Armco Scholarship Recipients
ARMCO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Armco Credit Union is pleased to award $22,000 in scholarships to 44 students entering their freshmen year of college in the fall. The students were selected from 79 qualified applicants based on academic and extracurricular achievement. Students attending college as well as vocational schools were eligible. This is the fourth year the credit union has provided scholarships for higher education. Watch our website, social media pages, or sign up for our monthly eNEWS for details on next year’s scholarships.
Alison Altman is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School where she plays soccer, basketball and track and field. She is a varsity letterman in all three sports, and was awarded Field MVP for the track and field team. Alison also received an award for the WPIAL second team all section for soccer, as well as receiving scholar athlete awards and high honors. Alison is a member of the Best Buddies Club, where she can meet students in her school who have different disabilities. Outside of school she plays club soccer for Century Steel, and volunteers at her church through community dinners. Alison will attend Duquesne University to study nursing. Alison is compassionate, energetic, and hardworking. She plans on using these skills to assist her in a nursing career specializing in Pediatric Oncology.
Logan Barnhart is a graduate of Moniteau Junior Senior High School. She lives in the Chicora area with her parents and brother. She participates in many organizations at school and even outside of school. Logan is a member of the volleyball and track & field teams. She is also treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the math and English tutoring center. Logan works at an ice cream stand, called Ginos, and spends her free time in the summer volunteering at Slippery Rock Community Farmers Market. Logan plans to attend BC3 to study nursing. Upon graduation, she would like to stay in the area and work at a local hospital helping others in the community.
Lauren Bash is a graduate of Butler Area High School. She will attend St. Vincent College and major in Biology Premed. After four years, she plans to attend LECOM medical school to become a pediatrician. Lauren has been involved with bowling for six years and has earned many titles in regionals, states and WPIBLS. She has volunteered with 4H, Girl Scouts and Candy Striping at Butler Memorial Hospital.
Jenna Blauser is a graduate of Moniteau Junior Senior High School. She participates in cross country, track & field, dance & drill, art club, and student council. Jenna is the President of the Math Tutoring Center, President of National Honor Society, Vice President of the Moniteau Writing Center and valedictorian. She will attend Delaware State University and major in Biochemistry. She will be a member of the women’s triathlon team. Go Hornets!
Payton Cornetti is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh, Pitt Honors College. She plans to study Finance as an undergraduate student and pursue an MBA. Payton looks forward to joining various academic and recreational clubs while in college and participating in study abroad opportunities. During high school, she was a member of the Butler Sequinette Dance Team for four years, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Best Buddies. She has been a dance student at the Butler Center for the Performing Arts for 13 years and graduated from the Butler County Youth Leadership Program. Payton also volunteered as a Junior Auxiliary Candystriper at Butler Memorial Hospital and worked part time in addition to volunteering for various additional organizations.
Daniel Deal is a graduate of Knoch High School. He is a member of the cross country and track & field teams. In addition to sports, he is plays in the school’s orchestra as well as the WPCA Academy Orchestra in Oakmont. Daniel has been in the National Honors Society for two years. He will attend Washington & Jefferson University and will compete in both cross country and track & field for the team.
Emerson Dickson is a graduate of Pine-Richland High School. She participated on the varsity girls’ golf team for four years and went to WPIAL qualifiers for three of those years. Emerson also swam for the varsity swim team for four years and attended WPIALS for three of those years. She was girls captain for both the swim and golf team her senior year. Outside of school, Emerson worked as a lifeguard at Butler Country Club for three summers and also worked at Fresh Thyme as a cashier. For the past 7 years she occasionally volunteered at St. Barnabas in their retail stores and charitable events. Emerson will attend Duquesne University in their five year accelerated PA program.
Sarah Fiorina is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. She was President of Student Council and an officer in the Best Buddies program. Sarah was also a state representative for the PA Best Buddies program. Sarah will attend Duquesne University and major in Elementary Education with minors in Special Education and Reading Specialty. She is excited for what her future holds and is blessed to have received this scholarship to help begin her journey.
Connor Francis is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. He will attend Butler County Community College to further his education and pursue a lifelong career in nursing. Throughout high school, he volunteered in several projects and organizations, such as the Candy Striper program at Butler Hospital; and Camp Apple, another organization dedicated to providing companionship to children with special needs. Volunteering and helping others are just a couple of his many interests. Connor loves sports, animals, reading, learning, and taking care of his dog. In the future, he hopes to continue to cultivate these passions while gaining a higher education, and advancing to a job in nursing so he may be able to help others every day.
Meghan Graf is a graduate of Mars Area High School. She was involved in the French club, art club and interact club. She also participated in the color guard program with the Mars Band for 4 years. Megan currently works at a dog daycare in Mars. In the fall, she will attend Robert Morris University to study Nursing.
Matt Griffiths is a graduate of Karns City High School. At Karns City, he served as the National Honor Society Student President and Senior Class President. He also played on the football and soccer teams and was a member of the weightlifting club, science club, and student council. Matthew will attend Penn State University in pursuit of a civil engineering degree. He works at II-VI Incorporated as the Diamond Turning Career Practicum Student. This occupation consists of providing engineering design support and managing new product orders from start to finish. He also conducts quality control and inspection tests while being able to provide managers and co-workers with strong verbal and written reports. Outside of work and school, Matthew is very active within St. Paul’s Community Church in Chicora and serves as a deacon and committee member.
Lauren Hesidenz graduated from Butler Area Senior High School with honors. She played and lettered in softball. Her other interests involve the love of kayaking, hunting and fishing. Lauren also serves her community by volunteering as a fireman with the East Butler Volunteer Fire Department by responding to emergencies and protecting her community. Lauren currently works at Cliffords Resturant in Evans City. Lauren will attend Butler County Community College and plans to become a Nurse Anesthetist. She also plans to continue playing softball at BC3. Lauren is the daughter of Eric and Michelle Hesidenz and she has an older brother, Dylan.
Paige Holt is a graduate of Butler Area High School. In her free time, she loves being with family, friends, and spending time outdoors. Riding horses is her favorite thing to do. She also enjoys working at Keelan Dental. This work experience has been a great start to her future because she will attend The University of Pittsburgh to major in dental hygiene. Paige is looking forward to this adventure, and thanks Armco CU for a scholarship to help her get started on the right foot!
Quinn Hughes is a graduate of Knoch High School. She will attend La Roche University and plans to play softball and volleyball. She will major in Biology with intentions of attending medical school at LECOM to earn a doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine. Her activities include National Honors Society, Class Cabinet, KDA (Knoch’s ski and snowboarding club), babysitting and functions at her church. Quinn would like to congratulate all the other scholarship winners and Armco CU for their time and efforts in reviewing applications and choosing her to be one of this year’s recipients.
Morgan Jack is a graduate of Knoch High School. She played volleyball for 7 years and was a captain for the varsity volleyball team her senior year. Morgan is a coffee enthusiast and enjoys taking her dog, Hendrix, on walks. She has worked for Concordia Lutheran Ministries for two years. After high school, Morgan plans on extending her academic career at BC3. Although she is unsure of what she would like to major in, she is interested in career paths that help people in her community.
Andrea Jones will graduate from Butler Area Senior High School with honors. She has been involved in organizations such as girl scouts, upward sports, Butler marching band and National Honors Society. Andrea has also been involved with varsity sports such as track & field and the golf team at Butler. Other activities include Latin club and environmental club where she served as president for the 2019 to 2020 school year. Andrea plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University with a focus on renewable energy. She is the daughter of Samuel and Michelle Jones.
Brayden Koegler is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High. He will attend West Virginia University to pursue a major in Forensic Chemistry. Brayden’s career goal is to eventually find work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In high school, he was a three-time varsity letterman on the cross country team and a one-time varsity letterman for the basketball and volleyball teams. He was also the secretary for the school’s National Honor Society and a member of the Best Buddies program.
Morgan Laughner is a graduate of Central Valley High School. She was involved in the National Honors Society, French club, and the student athletic training program. Morgan played volleyball all four years of high school. During her senior year, she was captain as well as second team all-section. She worked at Eat’n Park as a hostess. Morgan is currently working on her private pilot’s license and flies out of the Beaver County airport. This school year, she attended the High School Aviation Academy through the Community College of Beaver County. This summer, she will continue her education at CCBC to obtain a degree in Aviation Sciences. After receiving her degree at CCBC, she will attend the University of Southern Illinois to obtain a degree in Business Aviation. After college, Morgan hopes to become a commercial pilot.
David Leslie is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. He will attend Grove City College and major in Mechanical Engineering. David has been very active in sports. He began playing baseball for high school as an 8th grader on the 9th grade baseball team. He played varsity baseball for the past four years as a catcher, pitcher and second baseman. David also played high school basketball as a junior and senior as a guard. Once he completes his college education, one of David’s goals is to help as many people as he can with what he learns in college. Giving back to his community is very important to him.
Elizabeth Louttit is a graduate of Mars Area High School. She will attend the North Carolina State University College of Engineering and major in Computer Science. In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Student Council and the American Field Service/Mars International Student Association Club. She enjoys doing volunteer work at Glade Run Presbyterian Church and the Butler County Community College Food Pantry. From the age of 8, Andrea has been involved in regional All Star Cheerleading programs and had the opportunity to travel and compete in many states winning several national placements. She is looking forward to joining the NC State Wolfpack.
Isabel Mannella is a graduate of Mars Area High School. She will attend Penn State Behrend to major in Plastics Engineering. Isabel looks forward to meeting new people and joining a sorority in college. In high school, Isabel was involved in marching band since 8th grade, and was part of the stage crew for the school musical. Isabel was Art Club Vice President and French Club Vice President for two years. She was also admitted into the French National Honors Society. Isabel has been a member of the concert band since 2015 and a member of the Wind Ensemble for the past two years. Isabel volunteered for her church’s youth group and was group leader for the church’s summer program for four summers. She also volunteered for her local public library. Through the Art Club Isabel collected bottled caps for her elementary school to allow the students to make a collaborative mural.
Brittany Marburger is a graduate of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School. Along with academics, her major at Lincoln Park was Media Arts. She gained experience in photography, directing, shooting, script writing and editing. She volunteered for her school as a photographer and videographer covering music concerts, dance productions, musicals, and plays. Along with several clubs, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She hasn’t announced her college of choice, but plans to major in Storytelling with an emphasis in Film and Cinematography. She plans to focus on her passions, future legacy and what lasting impact she can have on the world and the lives of others. Her path to a great legacy is perseverance, developing talents, blazing a trail, influencing others, and leaving a footprint. Brittany is from Connoquenessing Twp.
Kendall McLister is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study business. Kendall is involved with many clubs and extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, Spanish club, volunteer work and much more. She is excited to start a new chapter in her life and is grateful to be honored with a scholarship to help her advance her education.
Alexia Mechling is a graduate of Butler Senior High School. She was a student athlete and competed regularly in indoor and outdoor track & field. In high school, she was involved in competitive dance, the school dance team and track & field. Alexia worked at Pflugers Candy shop for three years, working in food and customer service. She will attend Penn State at University Park to study Kinesiology. Alexia’s goals for the future are to attend a chiropractic school and obtain a doctorate degree. Her long-term goal is to open her own chiropractic practice and be able to help others within the community by providing them with compassion and care.
Rylie Milanovich is a graduate of Seneca Valley Senior High School. She enjoys running track, playing trumpet in the marching band, and volunteering with her youth group. Rylie works as a soccer referee on the weekends and loves spending time with her family. She will attend Robert Morris University to major in Statistics and Data Science.
Paige Miller is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High school. She is a three-year letterman for the Butler soccer team as a goalkeeper and also plays club soccer for Beadling. Paige’s favorite activity to do outside of school and soccer is art. She loves ceramics and painting. Her job throughout high school was babysitting. Paige will attend West Virginia Wesleyan College to major in Nursing and plans to become a nurse anesthetist. She will be play soccer for the Lady Bobcats.
Aryanna Napora is a graduate of Knoch High School. She will attend Pepperdine University and major in Sports Medicine. Aryanna was a diver all through high school competing at the district and state level. She was involved in many clubs such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honors Society. She was also a small group leader for the middle school youth group at Community Alliance Church. This past year, instead of doing virtual learning, Aryanna worked out of state as a live-in nanny for a military family. She is looking forward to being a Pepperdine Wave this fall! She thanks Armco Credit Union for their support!
Jacinto Orozco is a graduate of Karns City High School. He will attend the University of Arizona in Tucson, which is where he was born. He will study graphic design or gaming design. Jacinto has always enjoyed art and gaming and thinks that will be a good match for him. He was active in concert and marching band during high school and plays piano and saxophone. In 11th grade, Jacinto was assistant drum major and as a senior he led the marching band as the drum major. He also performed in the school musicals. Jacinto was selected to participate in the Andy Warhol Museums Youth Arts Council which is a yearlong leadership development program for students. He also has his own small business as an events superhero performer.
Sonny Ott is a graduate of Knoch High School. She will attend the BC3 Nursing Program this fall. Sonny is an active member of the Premier Livestock 4-H club where she shows market steers. Some of her interests include riding her horse, working with animals and learning about agriculture. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family. Sonny works part time at Lowe’s as a cashier. She has an interest in Biology and enjoys helping people which is what led her to the nursing field.
Vincent Persichini is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. He participated in the Butler Tornado Television school morning show. Vincent was an Alto Saxophonist in the Butler Marching Band; and also participated in the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week. Vincent will attend Butler County Community College to study Engineering with CADD as well as Video Production.
Dawson Pfabe is a graduate of Butler Senior High School. He will attend Butler County Community College in the fall.
Aslyn is a graduate of Moniteau Junior Senior High School. She was a member of the volleyball, basketball and track & field teams. She was also a member of Student Council and Vice-President of her class. Aslyn held many other leadership positions including President of the Captains Council, Secretary of the Spanish Club and Co-President of National Honor Society. She volunteers at the Math Tutoring Center and at her church. Some of her favorite hobbies include camping, boating, and hunting (basically anything outdoors). She will attend Butler County Community College and major in physical education. She plans to play both basketball and volleyball.
Morgan Raabe is a graduate of Mars Area High School. She currently works as a barista and enjoys spending her free time with friends and family. Morgan participated in track & field and was also a member of multiple clubs including Key Club, German club, Germany Honors Society, and Interact Club. She will attend Penn State University and major in Cybersecurity.
Addison Ritzert is a graduate of Karns City High School. She will attend Butler County Community College for the two-year Nursing program. After BC3, she plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. In high school, Addison was involved in Student Council, Spanish Club, Peer Leadership, Stand Tall, sideline cheerleading for both football and basketball, and the Competitive Spirit team. When Addison is not at school or practice, she is working at one of her many jobs. She also enjoys volunteering in her community. Addison enjoys spending her extra time with her family and friends.
Ian Robb is a graduate of Knoch High School. He will attend Penn State University and was accepted into the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Ian played soccer for 14 years. In his free time, he likes to play video games and spend time with his friends.
Cydney Rupert is a graduate of Armstrong High School. She was an executive member of Student Council, the Recording Secretary for Science Club, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Leo Club, Ski Club, National Honor Society, and Varsity/JV softball and volleyball. She works at Sprankle’s grocery store. In her free time, Cydney likes to listen to music, take her dogs on walks and go out to eat with friends. She plans to further her education at The University of Sciences in Philadelphia where she will major in Medical Laboratory Science. Her goal is to graduate from college, find a nice paying job, possibly go back to school, find a home and start a family with many dogs.
Sara Sawford is a graduate of West Allegheny High School. She will attend Michigan State to study physics and mathematics. Throughout high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Environmental Club, Film Club, and did Varsity Gymnastics for three years. Sara participated in club gymnastics for 15 years and is looking forward to joining the Michigan State Club Team! She also coaches the Xcel Bronze Gymnastics Team at her gym and helps with recreational gymnastics classes. In her spare time, she loves to bake and play with her two dogs!
Hayden Schultz is a 2021 graduate of Seneca Valley High School with a GPA of 4.4 Hayden was on the varsity football team and was awarded the Raider Nation Heart and Soul Award. He will attend Slippery Rock University where he will major in Biology and prepare for his Graduate degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Hayden works at Dicks Sporting Goods and enjoys cooking and kickboxing.
Brianna Sutara graduated from Freeport Area High School. She loves to be involved, and has participated in many different activities and clubs. In high school, she played soccer, ran cross country, and danced competitively outside of school. Brianna was President and Co-editor of the yearbook this year. She was an active member of the musicals, Key Club, band/chorus, and various other organizations. In her free time, Brianna loves to run, bake, ski, and spend time outside or with her friends. This fall, Brianna will attend Penn State at University Park and will double major in Psychology and Biology. In the future, she would like to obtain a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling at an accredited university.
Olivia Vissari is a graduate of Knoch High School. She has been playing softball since the age of 5, and was captain of the Knoch softball team. One of her favorite things to do is volunteer her time coaching the Saxonburg 8 and under softball team. Olivia also enjoys working out, painting, and hanging out with her friends. She is employed at Concordia Lutheran Ministries as a food service aide. Olivia will attend Butler County Community College to pursue a degree in nursing. She hopes to eventually continue her education to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
Nathan Waltman is a graduate of Karns City High School. In school, Nathan was a member of the Varsity football, basketball, and track & field teams. He earned all-state honors for football, and was a 1,000-point scorer in basketball. Nathan was also one of the top shot putters and discus throwers in his district. During school, Nathan was a member of the National Honors Society and Student Council. Outside of school, Nathan enjoys fishing and hunting. Nathan has had a lot of experience working as a laborer for multiple people. In the summer, he worked for Fawnwood Energy Inc. Nathan will be attending Slippery Rock University where he will be majoring in Accounting while also continuing to play football. He plans on receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and then obtain his CPA license. Nathan is the son of Tim and Charlotte Waltman of Fenelton.
Isabelle Wilson is a graduate of Slippery Rock High School. Her extra-curricular activities include Varsity Soccer, Chamber Singers, National Honors Society, Musical, TADA (Teens Against Drugs & Alcohol), TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use), KTC (Kids That Care), Youth Group and Church Choir. She will attend Penn State University to major in Architectural Engineering. Her interests include sports, art, music and reading. Her goal is to attend college to get the most out of her education while developing as both a student and a person.
Victoria Witouski is a 2021 graduate who was homeschooled. Golf is one activity Victoria is extremely passionate about. She currently works at Treesdale Golf and Country Club as a hostess and Oakmont Country Club as a caddie. She also enjoys serving as a volunteer coach at First Tee–Pittsburgh, mentoring youth in golf and life skills. Victoria also enjoys baking and she packages cookies every month for Meals on Wheels. She will attend University of Charleston to major in Pharmacy. She will play collegiate golf. In golf, Victoria’s goal is to play in the top five on the women’s golf team and qualify for the NCAA championships. Her career goal is to earn a doctorate in pharmacy and become a pharmacist working in outpatient care.
Logan Wolak is a graduate Slippery Rock High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Ultimate Frisbee Club and the captain of the Golf Team. Outside of school, he enjoys golfing with his family, hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors. Logan will attend Slippery Rock University to major in Physics and then continue to Penn State University to major in Electrical Engineering.
Zakkary Wolfe is a graduate of Brookville Area High School where he was a four-year letter winner in varsity soccer. Zakk led his team in assists and total points his junior and senior seasons and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2020. He has also participated in club soccer for the past 5 years and played in the Adidas National Soccer Showcase twice. Other high school activities of Zakk’s were Technology & Engineering Club, Mathematics Club and Spanish Club. He has volunteered in the local community while also working part time. He enjoys skeet and target shooting with his grandfather, going to the beach, and spending time with his dog Mako. Zakk will attend Slippery Rock University where he will be enrolled in a 3+2 program with the University of Pittsburgh, dual majoring in physics and chemical engineering.