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Thiel College recognizes valedictorians, salutatorian and top scholarship winner


Thiel College recognizes valedictorians, salutatorian and top scholarship winner

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Three graduates were recognized as the top students and another was awarded a top post-graduate scholarship by Thiel College recently.

Emily Groves ’21, of Greenville, Pa., and Sophia Kostoff ’21, of Akron, Ohio, were recognized as valedictorians, each graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and Bailey Marie Shepard ’21, of West Middlesex, Pa., was salutatorian.

Groves, a 2017 West Middlesex High School graduate, was a triple major. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in business administration and computer science and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. She was a member of the national mathematics honorary society and Les Lauriers, the senior honorary society based on scholarship, service and leadership.

Kostoff, a 2017 graduate of Our Lady of Elms High School, was an English major. She was belonged to the English, music and psychology honorary societies and was a member of Women Inspiring the Next Generation.

Shepard, a 2018 graduate of West Middlesex High School, was a public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communications major. She was a member of Chi Omega women’s fraternity, Women Inspiring the Next Generation, the live events club, the sophomore honorary society, the Organization of Black Collegians and was a peer mentor.

Delaney Merideth ’21, of Toronto, Ohio, was granted the Dr. Frank Baker Soar Scholarship. Merideth, a 2017 graduate of Toronto High School, was a public relations, advertising and integrated marketing major. She was a resident assistant and also a peer mentor. Merideth was a member of the senior class gift committee, Student Government Association, the live events club and the Organization of Black Collegians.

The Soar scholarship recognizes a top senior and awards them $1,000 and also makes a $1,000 donation to the charity of choice by the scholarship winner.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and graduate programs in, Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology. All of Thiel College’s master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce outstanding graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to diversity and inclusion. The College combines tradition with innovation as it honors its past and celebrates its future.

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