St. Peters Union Church - Senior Sunday
St. Peter's  - ELCA & UCC Shared Ministry
May 19th 2019

     We are continuing our tradition at St. Peter’s by celebrating “Senior Sunday” on May 19th.  During morning worship on that day we are planning a special service that will honor our graduating seniors from preschool, high school and college or technical school.  We would like to include a   power point presentation that highlights the lives of our graduates and includes their accomplishments as well as plans for the  future.  We are also seeking participants in the   worship service from the pool of graduates.  If you or someone you know will be graduating this spring, please notify the church office immediately.  And, we hope the entire congregation will join in our worship celebration of these incredible young people with whom God has gifted us.  A time of fellowship will follow the service.

June 10th 2018

College –

Molly Kathryn Betz is the daughter of Kristine Betz.  She will be graduating from Misericordia University with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences.  While attending Misericordia she was the Music Director of Beyond Harmony, an acappella group;  the Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association serving as secretary her senior year; the Misericordia Love Your Melon Campus Crew, serving as the inaugural social media chair her senior year; a member of Peer Advocates; a member of the Occupational Therapy International Club; a member of the Cougar Cardio, serving as secretary for 3 years; and a Work Study for the Cougars Filed Hockey Team.  She was a member of the Pi Theta Occupational Therapy Honor Society; she was an Occupational Therapy missionary to Jamaica in 2016; she received the Leadership and Service Award for 3 years; was on Dean’s List for 7 semesters, and was in Misericordia’s Honors Program.  She did her Graduate Research on the effects of Sensory Based Strategies and Social Skill Training on the Development of Social Skills among preschool children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  She has been a volunteer at Verve Vertu Art    Studio, Meadows Nursing Center and Wesley Village.  She served as coordinator for 4 concerts benefitting the Make A Wish Foundation, Operation Smile and the St. Joseph’s Foundation.  She acquired 200+ hours of  service through the Occupational Therapy Club during her undergraduate studies.  She enjoys playing the piano and flute, arranging music for acappella and socializing with her classmates (when they weren’t studying).

Joann Butkus is the daughter of Pete and Diane Butkus.  Joann graduated    Suma Cum Laude from Susquehanna University with department honors in  Biochemistry with a Spanish minor while swimming varsity and doing          research.
Anthony J. Iacoviello is the son of Tammy Iacoviello and the late James Iacoviello. He is graduating from Marywood University with a Masters of Science in Nutrition.  After graduation he plans on attending Drexel University College of Medicine.  While at Marywood he completed his thesis on the Prevalence of Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes and Codiagnosis of both diseases in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.  He received the best poster award at the Research Symposium.  He has competed in powerlifting competitions with USA Powerlifting and worked part-time as a Scribe at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Emergency Room for the past 2 years where he got a little taste of what the field of medicine is all about. 
Tannar Urban, daughter of Greg and Kathy Urban, graduated from Florida State University in 3 years with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Professional Sales with minors in Entrepreneurship and Economics.
High School –

Chole Bates is the daughter of Cary and Michelle Bates.  She is graduating from Tamaqua Area High School.
Chelsea Lynn Eckhart is the daughter of Daniel and Carissa Myers.  She is graduating from Lehighton Area High School and will be attending Cedar Crest College majoring in Nursing.  While attending high school she was a 2 year member of the Varsity Soccer Team, a 2 year member of the Varsity Track & Field Team and a 2 year member of the FCCLA.  She received the Rachel Hoffmeir Scholarship, the Blauch Scholarship and the Cedar Crest Founder’s Scholarship.  She is a 9 year 4H member and enjoys 4-wheeling, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping.
Andy Luther Fogel is the son of Jeff and Ann Fogel.  He is graduating from Lehighton Area High School and will be attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in Landscape and Horticulture with an emphasis on Plant Production.  He received the Andy Knappenberger Scholarship.  He is a 4H livestock Club member and is currently working at Walker’s Tree Farm.  Andy enjoys hunting, fishing, helping on the family farm and growing plants and produce to sell at the Lehighton Downtown Farmer’s Market.
Lainey B. Gilbert is the daughter of Lamar and Denise Gilbert and graduated in January 2018 from West Oak High School in Westminster, South Carolina due to early course completion.. She will be attending TriCounty Technical College and plans on becoming a Veterinarian Assistant.
Mitchell Kent Miller is the son of Kent and Jen Miller, grandson of Arnold and Kay Miller and Albert and Charlene Miller and great-grandson of Eldora Rex.  He is graduating from Tamaqua Area High School and the Schuylkill Technology Center Welding and Technology Program.  While attending school he was an Honor Student, received the American Welding Society SENSE Certification, the American Welding Society D1.1 Structural Steel Certification, the NOCTI Welding Certification and the OSHA 1-Hour  Certification. He served as Vice President of SkillsUSA, was a member of Science Olympiad and the Tamaqua High School Ski Club.  He also served as President of the West Penn 4-H Club and the Nocked and Loaded Archery Club.  Mitch also plays on the St. Peter’s Softball Team.  He enjoys hunting, farming, snowboarding, target/archery/clay shooting and 4-wheeling.  Mitch plans to attend Lehigh County Community College majoring in Business Management. 
Brooke Marisol Zellner is the daughter of Shelly Babinchak and David  Zellner.  She is a 2018 graduate from Tamaqua Area High School.  She will be attending Lebanon Valley College to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  While attending high school she was a 4-year letterman  on the Tamaqua Lady Raider’s Softball Team and was the Team Captain for both her Junior and Senior year.  Brooke was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.  Club related activities included Biology Club, World Language Club and Step-Up Tamaqua. She was a member of the 2018 Homecoming Court.  Brooke was also a recipient of the Student  Recognition Committee Scholarship during the 2018 Night of Achievement Scholarship Awards. She received the Schuylkill County Medical Society Alliance Award Scholarship.  Brooke was also awarded the 2018 Kyle Miller Courage Award at the Lehigh Valley All Star Softball Classic  It's given in recognition of an individual who overcame adversity and showed dedication and commitment to her sport.  Brooke volunteers as a coach for the West Penn Softball U12 and U14 teams for the past 3 years and also volunteers with the Mahoning Township Lions Club. She enjoys coaching for West Penn Softball, playing with her dogs Rollie & Biscuit, likes going to Heisler's and hiking with her friends, snowboarding, and of course ~ softball

Preschool –
Zane Zeigenfuss is the son of  Craig and Amy Zeigenfuss.  He has an older sister, Riley, and an older brother, Chase.   Zane just turned 5 years old in May.  He will be attending  kindergarten in Fall at West Penn Elementary.  Zane enjoys playing with his farm toys, playing outside and doing everything his big brother does.
We thank God for the gift of these young people to their families, to our faith community, and to the world in which they live.  May all that they do today and in the future be a reflection of God’s glory!
Congratulations and many prayers for success for each of you in the months and years ahead!

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