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 Oct. 22, 2002

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854;  e-mail:


           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Twenty-two high school juniors and 26 seniors have distinguished themselves academically and qualified for $8,000 scholarships to Slippery Rock University, made possible by a $1 million commitment from The First Bank National of Slippery Rock.  The program aims to keep talented young people in western Pennsylvania during their college years and beyond.

            Students have been invited to a special brunch on Saturday with university President G. Warren Smith, as well as Saturday’s home football game against Edinboro University.

            The bank in 2000 committed $1 million to The Campaign for Slippery Rock University to endow The First National Bank of Slippery Rock Scholars Program. It includes a scholars and leadership development program that challenges top sophomores and juniors in local high school. Those earning The First National Bank of Slippery Rock Scholar distinction at the end of their junior year in high school receive $8,000 scholarship upon enrollment at Slippery Rock University. The application fee is waived for all FNB scholars.

            Students were selected for the program by being the academically top ranked sophomore in their high school at the end of the year. Scholars were honored from high schools in Butler, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties.

            “There are many talented young people in this area,” says William C. Sonntag, president and CEO of The First National Bank of Slippery Rock. “We are confident that Slippery Rock University will help them achieve their potential. Hopefully, these outstanding students will choose to remain in the area and contribute to its economic and cultural growth.”

            FNB Scholars, grouped by their home counties and schools:

Butler County:


 Butler Senior High School – Rebecca Miller, Meghan Schnur

Knock High School – Claire Fleeger

Moniteau High School – Cynthia Metz

Seneca Valley High School – Kevin Davis, Trent Emerick

Slippery Rock High School – Tiffaney Czapski.


 Butler Senior High School – Jared Puvac, Matthew Schnur

Knoch High School – April Duncan

Moniteau High School – Melanie Foreman

Seneca Valley High School – Francesco Guglielmo

Slippery Rock High School – Nadya Mamoozadeh

 Lawrence County:


 Lakeview High School – Ned Moore, Nathaniel Miller

Lincoln High School – Chris Nocera

Mohawk High School – Kara Evanoff, Roberta DiLeo

Neshannock High School -- Joseph Roberts

New Castle High School – Sarah Togisala

Union High School – Kathleen Boyles

Wilmington High School – Alissa Mosurinjohn, Frances Filer


Laurel High School -- Jenette Kline

Union High School – Caleb Pardick

Mohawk High School – Brooke Pezzuolo

Nashannonock High School – Brittany Steele

New Castle High School, Sarah Petrus

Lakeview High School – Andrew Rau

Willimington High School – Lisa Baumgartner

Mercer County


Farrell High School – Alexis Henderson

Grove City High School – Curpreet Gill

Hickory High School, Haley Rose

Kennedy Catholic High School – Jessica Miller

Sharon High School  -- Sean Genis

Shenango High School – Sarah Shaffer

West Middlesex High School – Andy Leuenberger


Farrell High School – Thomas Cimorie

Grove City High School – Rachel Littlefield

Mercer High School – Emma Waterloo

Sharon High School – Eric Hayden

Shenango High School – Lacey Koprivnak

Kennedy Catholic High School – Elijah Pearce

West Middlesex – Adam Radkowski

Venango County


Franklin High School – Melissa Hines

Titusville High School -- James Nasralla


Titusville High School – Sarah Ongley





















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