Armco Scholarship Winners 2022
Armco Credit Union is pleased to award $20,000 in scholarships to 20 students entering their freshmen year of college in the fall. The students were selected from 80 qualified applicants based on academic and extracurricular achievement. Students attending college as well as vocational schools were eligible. Armco CU has awarded $77,000 in scholarships during the past five years. Watch for next year’s scholarship annoucement in our monthly eNEWS or follow us on social media.
Mackenzie Birckbichler is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. She was a four-year member of the Butler Sequinette Flag Team and a proud member of the National Honor Society. She serves the community in various ways through volunteer projects and community services. Mackenzie will attend Butler County Community College’s two-year Registered Nursing program. Her goals include furthering her education to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and later becoming a travel nurse.
Baylee Blauser is a graduate of Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School. She participated in volleyball, basketball, softball and track & field. She works at Yogi Bear Campground. Baylee serves the community by helping her neighbors with chores, helping kids learn safety with hunting and fishing, and teaching kids to ride horses safely. She enjoys being in the wilderness, riding horses and tanning by the pool. Baylee will attend Slippery Rock University and major in Medical Technology. She will participate in the SRU track & field program. Her goals include earning good grades, success in track & field, graduating college and finding a good job to start her life.
Abigail Callihan is a graduate of Karns City Area High School where she was involved in many clubs and sports teams. She was President of Student Council, Secretary of National Honor Society, captain of both the girls varsity soccer and girls varsity basketball teams and was a student athletic trainer. Along with being involved in school, she worked at Holy Sundae in Parker. In the fall, Abby will continue her academic career at PennWest University-Clarion Campus, where she will be study to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Imaging.
Jared Chantz is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. He was a member of the National Honors Society, the Student Ambassador Program, the varsity hockey team and the varsity lacrosse team. Jared served as an assistant captain of the hockey team his junior year and he was captain of the lacrosse team his senior year. He also played club hockey in PAHL and club lacrosse for True Lacrosse. Jared will attend Monmouth University, where he will major in Secondary English Education. He will also be a faceoff specialist on the university’s lacrosse team. He is a volunteer lacrosse coach for True Lacrosse, and he also referees hockey games in his free time. His goals are to become a teacher and a lacrosse coach at a high school so he can share his passion for learning and lacrosse with kids.
Jaydon Crawford is a graduate of Knoch High School where she participated in cross country, and track & field. She served as captain for two years on the cross-country team and as manager of the track & field team her senior year. Jaydon was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish and History Clubs. She will attend Duquesne University for the next 6 years to earn a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy. After college, she plans to remain in the Butler area to work as a pharmacist and volunteer in the community.
Christopher Dvorak is a graduate of Mars Area High School. He will attend Indiana University (Bloomington) next fall and plans to study Finance at the Kelley School of Business. During high school, Christopher was captain of both the varsity football and basketball teams, Secretary of National Honor Society, Captain of the Hometown High Q team, and a member of both German and Science National Honor Societies. In the community, Christopher volunteered as a basketball referee for Upward Youth Sports at LifePointe Alliance Church, as well as a Senior Altar Server and Usher at St. Kilian Parish. He also organized and participated in various sports and educational workshops for younger students in the Mars Area School District. Christopher looks forward to joining various business-related clubs in college and participating in recreational opportunities as well. He also plans to be involved and volunteer with different service clubs in the Bloomington community.
Jenna Fabian is a graduate of Laurel High School. She was involved in the National Honor Society, Student Council, Senior Council, Conservation Club, multiple bands and ensembles (playing clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone), track & field, cross country and softball. Jenna will attend a five-year program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering leading to a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. She will specialize in environmental and water resources engineering and plans to become employed as a pollution control or water quality engineer. While attending MSOE, Jenna will be involved in the University Scholars Honors Program and throw discus, javelin, shot put, and hammer for their track & field team. She will also play clarinet in the MSOE concert band and pep band.
Grace Foehringer is a graduate of Knoch High School where she played soccer and lacrosse. She will attend Triangle Tech for welding in the fall. Her goal is to become certified in welding, so she can travel while doing what she enjoys. In her free time, Grace works at Oakland Township as a mower. She also likes to help out at a local horse and animal rescue and volunteers at her church.
Piper Geibel is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. She was a multi-sport athlete, a member of Best Buddies and earned 21 college credits during her high school career. In addition, Piper completed the Heath Occupations program at Butler County Vo-Tech. She was an active member of the student organization HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), holding offices for two years. Piper has been active in her church, volunteering at various dinners and fundraisers as well as being an Altar Server for many years. She works part-time as a cashier or barista at Panera Bread. Piper will attend the two-year nursing program at Butler County Community College where she will become a Registered Nurse. She then plans to further her education with the eventual goal of becoming a traveling nurse.
Dathan Gillis is a graduate of Knoch High school. This fall he will attend Messiah University in order to continue his academic, athletic, and spiritual career. He intends to study math and although he is not certain of a career, he has a strong interest in actuarial science and data analytics. Outside of the classroom, Dathan is heavily involved in his church including youth group and mission trips. Baseball is his other passion, and he as has been blessed with the opportunity to play baseball at the division III level at Messiah College.
Brooke Griffith is a graduate of Karns City High School. She will attend Thiel College as a member of the Dietrich’s Honors Institute in the fall and dual major in Public Policy and Psychology. Brooke looks forward to running cross country/track for the Tomcats as well as participating in the performing arts. In high school, she ran cross country and track as well as performed in the drama club. Brooke was the President of the Karns City debate team and a member of the academic games team. This year, Brooke placed Top 10 in the nation at the 2022 AGLOA national tournament in the game theme category. Throughout high school, she also competed at Envirothon, Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, and English Fest. Brooke was a member of the Home Economics Club, Student Council, Spanish Club and Vice President of National Honors Society. Brooke was a Girl Scout for 12 years and earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. She also enjoys volunteering and her church.
Mark Haller is a graduate of Portersville Christian School which he has attended for 13 years. He will attend the University of Virginia in the fall and major in economics and data science. He hopes to one day attend law school or grad school. Mark has been involved in many activities such as Scouting and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2019 after completing construction of a walkway. Archery has been a major activity during his time at PCS, and he has been on the school’s team since fourth grade and traveled to many state and national tournaments over the years. Mark also enjoys helping with the fine arts productions on the tech crew and playing soccer for PCS. Last year he successfully hosted a blood drive at school to help with the shortage of blood during the pandemic. Mark hopes to continue volunteering while at UVA and looks forward to a new adventure.
Sophie Huff is a graduate of Mars Area High School. She is excited to enter the BSN Nursing Program at Saint Francis University. She plans to further her education and pursue a career as a Pediatric NP or Nurse Anesthetist. During high school, Sophie was a four-year letterman on the Mars swim and dive team. In addition, Sophie was a member of the National Honor Society, chamber orchestra and symphonic wind ensemble. She was an active member of various school activity clubs and community volunteerism, including the Junior Auxiliary at Butler Memorial Hospital. Sophie continues to work after school and summer months as a certified lifeguard and swim instructor at the YMCA.
Kaitlyn Pelaia is a graduate of Mars Area High School. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall majoring in Biology. She was also accepted into Pitt’s Physician Assistant Graduate Program with guaranteed admission. In high school, Kaitlyn was a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, German National Honor society, and Key Club. She was also vice president of her school’s A.F.S club as well as co-president of Color Expressions Club. Kaitlyn played basketball for a total of 12 years including four years on varsity as well as serving as senior captain. She volunteered at various events through school clubs, the Lighthouse Foundation, and as a camp counselor at basketball camps. Her interests include reading, watching movies, spending time with friends and family and working out.
Megan Penrod is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School as an Honors student with Distinction. She was a varsity letterman on the volleyball, basketball and track & field team. She was named Northern Area Athletic Directors Association Female Tri Athlete for her hard work on the court and in the classroom. She was an active member of the Best Buddies, Spanish Club and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Megan consistently volunteered through her church to help serve the community. She helped raise awareness for breast cancer, childhood cancer and a local backpack program. She is employed at Corner Cones, a family-owned ice cream shop. This fall, Megan will attend Duquesne University to pursue a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in hopes of changing the lives of many children.
Makenna Philson is a graduate of Greenville Senior High School. She will attend Bethany College and major in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education while pursuing two autism certifications. In high school, Makenna was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a four-year member of the tennis, basketball and track & field teams. In tennis, she received the 2021 District 10 John Best Memorial Good Sports Award, the 2021 Most Valuable Player award and the 2019 Most Improved Player award. In basketball, she received the US Army Award of Excellence in Leadership and she was a 3-year district qualifier in track & field. She also participated in the Key Club, Astronomy Club and Spanish Club. Makenna enjoyed being a peer tutor in the Gateway Life Skills classroom and a student chaperone with the A Night to Shine events.
Alex Pindel is a graduate of Shenango High School. He will attend Pittsburgh Technical College to major in graphic design. In high school, Alex was an honor student, a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and the varsity track team. He served as captain of the Ellwood City-Shenango varsity soccer team. In the community, Alex is an Eagle Scout and a member of St. Elias Orthodox Church. Alex works part time at Mr. Arcade and plays soccer for the HotSpurs in Butler. Alex is the son of Joe and Ronna Pindel of New Castle.
Jada Pinto is a senior at Butler Area Senior High School. She is excited to study nursing at Butler County Community College in the fall. In high school, she was an honors and AP level student, allowing her to maintain a 3.9 GPA. She is a a member of the Butler Youth Leadership Program and volunteered at her local church and as a Candy Striper at Butler Hospital.
Mya Slomers is a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School. She will attend Butler County Community College for Nursing to become a Registered Nurse. She hopes to later attend medical school to become a Nurse Anesthetist. During high school, Mya was a member of the Butler Varsity Competitive Cheerleading squad for four years, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, and President of the Student Ambassador Program. She is an active volunteer in the community and has a part time job at a restaurant. Mya’s interests include any form of art such as painting, drawing, and sculpting. Her major life goal is to leave an impact on those who she interacts with.
Meredith Tillotson is a Seneca Valley High School honors graduate. She participated with the school’s marching band during freshman year. She also attended the Butler County Vo-Tech for Culinary Arts. While there, Meredith earned her Serv-Safe and Serv-Safe Manager certifications. Meredith participated in community service through her youth group and Pennsylvania’s Adopt-A-Highway program. She works in the food service industry and has done so for the past three years. Meredith will attend BYU-Idaho in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.