Sparta Students Receive Accolades and Degrees from Colleges


SPARTA, NJ – Sparta alumni have earned recognition and degrees for their accomplishments on college campuses.  Additionally, Sparta students have had academic experiences over the summer.

Maya Drummond has been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, one of the country’s oldest and most selective honor societies.  She is pursuing a Clinical Health Studies Major at Ithaca College.

Tyler Pelle, a SUNY Oswego meteorology and applied mathematics major has received the 2016 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, the highest student recognition through the State University system, as well as the Louis R. Deritter Award, and the Outstanding Senior in Meterology Award.  The awards was presented April 5 in a ceremony in Albany.  

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Pelle, a senior in the college's honors program, served as 2015-16 director of SUNY Oswego's Lake Effect Storm and Research Center, building on field research he did with the Ontario Winter Lake-effect System project. He worked last summer as a National Science Foundation research affiliate at MIT's Haystack Observatory.

Vice president of the Meteorology Club, he has attended national American Meteorological Society meetings, served as counselor for Oswego's mathematics bridge camp, volunteered with Adopt-a-Grandparent and Team Red, White and Blue, and presented at the Great Lakes Atmospheric Science Symposium. Academic honors include earning the college's Lewis R. Ritter Upper Division Mathematics Award in 2015.

"This fall, I will be attending the University of California, Irvine, as a Ph.D. candidate in the earth system science program to study the modeling of Arctic sea ice and its response to both natural and forced climate change," Pelle said.

He was also named to the President’s List for the spring 2016 semester at SUNY Oswego.  Oswego students who achieve grade averages of 3.80 and above on the 4.00 scale are named to the President's List.

Kerry Sullivan was named to the Dean’s List at Stonehill College in Easton, MA for the spring 2016 semester.  Sullivan is majoring in English and Interdisciplinary Studies.  To qualify for the Dean's List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better  

Jillian O’Grady was awarded her Master of Science degree at the commencement ceremony for University of Scranton on May 28, 2016.  O’Grady majored in human resources.


Simon Levien, a student at Sparta High School in the STEM Academy was accepted into the Academic Immersion program at Columbia University.   The three-week program exposes students to over 50 curricular subjects taught by expert instructors.  They are giving the opportunity to collaborate with “a global cohort of bright and talented classmates” according to Columbia University’s publication.  The program also allows for participation in community outreach and college prep programs as well as sports and fitness activities. 

Erin Jankowski and Jennifer Silvestri both graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. 

Jeremy Dericks, a Sparta High School Senior, spent a week on the campus of Bucknell University having been accepted into their Engineering Camp.  The five-day boarding program exposed participants to many disciplines of engineering with lectures and labs as well as opportunities to participate in campus-wide activities.

Brianne Eisenecker was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.  Eisenecker is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and special education.   Dean's list students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 out of 4.0.

Eisenecker was also recently inducted into the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. Membership is limited to senior students who have achieved a 3.6 GPA.  She was also inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education.

Gabrielle Pretot was among the 476 students who graduated at Lebanon Valley College's 147th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 14. Pretot received a bachelor of science in mathematics

This spring, Tanya Townsend was initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Townsend is pursuing a degree in Chemistry at The College of New Jersey.

Allison Fletcher graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science andEngineering from Lehigh University.  She also received the Alumni Association's Undergraduate Student Merit Award.  According to the university, this is the highest honor bestowed upon an undergraduate student by the Alumni Association. The recipients are members of the class of 2016, who by exemplary character, personality, scholarship, and participation in extra-curricular activities, represent the traditions of Lehigh University.

Fletcher also received the James J. Duane III Student Life Leadership Award in Spring 2016, given to seniors in recognition of extraordinary performance as a student leader at Lehigh University. 

Elena Bittinger and Jessica Birnbaum graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on May 14. Both Birnbaum and Bittinger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing.

Katherina Kapur, a senior Behavioral Science major at York College of Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2016 semester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Michael Brown graduated from Champlain College with a degree in Graphic Design and Digital Media on May 14, 2016. Champlain College is located in Burlington, VT.

Charles Ulrich was named to the Dean's List at Paul Smith's College for the spring 2016 semester. Ulrich, who is majoring in natural resources management and policy, earned a semester average of 3.3 or higher to receive this distinction. Paul Smith’s College is located in Paul Smiths, NY in the Adirondacks.

Keene State student Robin Chaney earned a spot on the college's Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester.  Keene State College is located in Keene, NH. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn dean's list honors.

Garrett Cappetta, a sophomore majoring in sociology and Zachary Sager, a sophomore majoring in exercise and sport science were both named to the Dean’s List at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC.  To qualify for the Dean's List upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

Steven Viola was named to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Spring 2016 Dean's List.  Viola is a member of the class of 2019 majoring in robotics engineering and computer science. WPI defines the Dean's List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

Madison Colaco, Nicole Gerardiello and Rachel Tarnopol were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  To be eligible for Dean's List, an undergraduate student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.60

Gina Castellano has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2016 semester at the University of Vermont. Castellano is a Biological Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences. To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

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