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.