Wy­oming Sem­i­nary

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Wy­oming Sem­i­nary se­niors Sophia Pol­gar and James Hughes, both of Kingston, re­ceived the 2017 Wy­oming Sem­i­nary Alumni Ser­vice Awards dur­ing Sem’s re­cent Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. The award rec­og­nizes ex­cep­tional stu­dent lead­er­ship and ser­vice to the cam­pus com­mu­nity.

Pol­gar and Hughes were two of eight se­niors nom­i­nated for this year’s alumni award. Nom­i­nees also in­cluded Ari­anna Bu­falino of Wy­oming, Sa­man­tha Im­midis­etti of Som­er­set, N.J., Jaclyn Mor­gan of Clarks Sum­mit, Matthew Par­sons of Bear Creek, Ki­ran Sharma of Mt. Bethel and Sam Sweitzer of Dal­las.

Mem­bers of the Wy­oming Sem­i­nary Alumni Coun­cil in­ter­viewed the eight stu­dents and de­ter­mined the two 2017 award re­cip­i­ents.

Pol­gar, daugh­ter of Michele Schas­berger and Michael Pol­gar of Kingston, serves as vice pres­i­dent of Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment’s ex­ec­u­tive board and is past pres­i­dent of the sopho­more and ju­nior classes. She also serves as the se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the English depart­ment, is ac­tive in Model UN and the In­ter­na­tional Club, and serves as a Writ­ing Cen­ter tu­tor. She was a mem­ber of the STEM Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, the Cho­rale and Madri­gal Singers, and the Med­i­cal Club. A Level 10 gym­nast at the North­east Gym­nas­tics Academy, she is a re­gional and state medal­ist. She also is a mem­ber of the Youth Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee to the Luzerne Foun­da­tion and the B’nai B’rith Youth Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Wilkes-Barre Chap­ter, and was elected Di­rec­tor of So­cial Ac­tion. She also ini­ti­ated the Wilkes-Barre BBYO Com­mu­nity Gar­den in 2016.

Hughes, son of Hugh Hughes of Kingston and the late Kathryn Hughes, is the se­nior class rep­re­sen­ta­tive and ex­ec­u­tive board sec­re­tary of Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment, and serves on the STEM ad­vi­sory board and STEM ex­ec­u­tive board. The leader of the En­gi­neer­ing Club and the Philo­soph­i­cal So­ci­ety, he also is ac­tive on the Li­brary Ad­vi­sory Board, the Sci­ence Re­search Group, Med­i­cal Club, Speech and De­bate Club, IT Club, Sem Dance Marathon and Blue Key. He is a mem­ber of both the boys ten­nis team and cross-coun­try team. An Ea­gle Scout and mem­ber of the Shaver­town Methodist Youth Group and Choir, he vol­un­teers with the Back Moun­tain Li­brary Auc­tion, where he earned the Vol­un­teer Award for nu­mer­ous years of ser­vice. He also vol­un­teers for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Nom­i­nees and re­cip­i­ents of the 2017 Alumni Ser­vice Awards at Sem­i­nary, from left, are award re­cip­i­ent, Sophia Pol­gar, Kingston; award nom­i­nee Sam Sweitzer, Dal­las; nom­i­nee Jaclyn Mor­gan, Clarks Sum­mit; award re­cip­i­ent James Hughes, Kingston; nom­i­nee Sa­man­tha Im­midis­etti, Som­er­set, N.J.; nom­i­nee Ki­ran Sharma, Mt. Bethel; nom­i­nee Ari­anna Bu­falino, Wy­oming; nom­i­nee Matthew Par­sons, Bear Creek, and Kevin Rea, Wy­oming Sem­i­nary pres­i­dent.

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