Penncrest High School Scholarship Foundation
(2013) The 2013 scholarship was awarded to Natasha Canavarro.
(2012) The 2012 scholarship was awarded to Tyler Piotti.
The 2011 scholarship was
awarded to Shea Gaffney.
(2009) Marianna Gazzara was given our scholarship award this year. The award was in memory of our classmate Mary Jane Rathey through the generosity of Arlene Ponte Clanton.
Our original plan was to completely fund the foundation enabling us to present annual scholarships indefinitely starting in 2013, our 50th reunion year. Th2 2006 scholarships were made possible through additional contributions from the children, grandchildren, and friends of Pearl Sorkin and Marian Hevner.
(2013) Natasha Canvarro
The spring weather is finally here! I have good news to share with you. The Penncrest Local Scholarship Committee recently convened and selected Natasha Canavarro to receive the Class of 1963 Award.
Natasha is an exceptional art student who will begin her studies in the fall at the Moore College of Art studying Textile Design & Business.
Over the past few summers Natasha has taken ceramics courses at local art centers. In addition, her interest in fashion and textiles was spurred by her experiences modeling for not only local Philadelphia designers but also as a model for runway shows in New York. Last summer she enrolled in a landscape painting course in Tuscany, Italy. She also enrolled in a live model figure drawing/painting course in Philadelphia Studio Incamminati with artist Leona Shanks.
In addition to her artistic gifts Natasha is also a talented athlete. She competes in both indoor and outdoor track as well as volleyball and basketball.
Tyler is a tremendous student who carries a 3.46 gpa. Tyler will major in Business at Temple University this fall. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America where he was the regional President and has earned medalist recognition at the region and state level, Model U.N., Spanish Exchange Program, Penncrest Swim Team, Penncrest Physics Olympics Team, American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Shea Gaffney is
an outstanding student who has been involved in a variety of
activities at Penncrest. She is active in our theater
productions including the all school musical for 10,11, 12.
She performs with Penncrest's select Ambassador Choir as
well as the community choir in grades 10, 11. In addition to
theater Shea has participated in Physics Olympics and the JV
Show. This year she was the Homecoming Queen.
Tres (Tray) has
been an active member of both theater and music activities
at Penncrest. He is a four year member of the Penncrest
Roaring Lions Marching Band as well as the Concert Choir.
In addition, Tres has been a member of the elite Penncrest
Ambassador Choir for 10,11,12.
Marianna Gazzara is an outstanding student. Per this year's Class of 1963 criteria recognizing the life and interests of Mary Jane Rathey, Marianna was selected as a student who is a true student of World Languages. She has been a member of the World Language Honor Society since 10th grade. She has earned first place recognition in the District Spanish Contest, first place in the District French Contest, 2nd Place in the District Spanish Contest in Grade 11. In the 2007-2008 school year Marianna traveled to Spain as part of Penncrest's Spanish Exchange Program.
In addition to her considerable work with World Language, Marianna is also a member of the Penncrest swim team, National Honor Society and member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club. She is also a member of Penncrest's Lion's Paw Society (Student ambassadors to the community).
Marianna is a great selection for this year's award. In the fall she will attend Temple University to study Secondary Education/World Language.
Kortne, will attend Elizabethtown College in the fall and major in education. She has a particular interest in working with Special Education students. Throughout her high school career Kortne has been an active member of the student body. She was a four year member of the field hockey team, a peer mentor for new students, a member of the choir and a member of the Lion's Paw Society. (Lion's Paw students are specifically nominated by the staff and selected by the administration to represent Penncrest High School at various events) Kortne is a Special Olympics volunteer and also volunteers her time at the Elwyn Institute.
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