Aspiring teacher and social worker earn March Students of the Month honors

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College announces Alex Horvatits ’17, of Lancaster, N.Y., and Hanna Tegel ’17, of Westlake, Ohio, as its March Students of the Month.

Horvatits is an early childhood and special education major. He has played football all four years and was captain of the team last fall. He played on the tennis team for three years, is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society. He is also the historian for Thiel’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international education honor society. Since 2014, he has served as the junior high basketball coach at Greenville Area High School.

“I would like to thank the devoted people at Thiel who are always willing to lend a hand when someone is looking for help,” Horvatits said. “These are the people that make Thiel great!”

Following graduation, he will pursue work as a teacher and coach.

Horvatits, a 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, is the son of Kevin and Kathleen Horvatits, of Lancaster, N.Y.

Tegel is a double major in political science and religion with a minor in international relations. She is a member of the equestrian team, Sigma Kappa sorority, and Alpha Chi national honor society, and is a student ambassador for the Office of Admission.

After graduation, Tegel will move to Denver to work for a non-profit that assists refugees.

“I would like to thank professors Dr. [Marie] Courtemanche and Dr. [George] Branch-Trevathan,” Tegel said. “And especially my parents for their ongoing support throughout my time at Thiel. They have allowed me to achieve the goals I set … and pursue the dreams I never thought were possible.”

Tegel, a 2013 graduate of Westlake High School, is the daughter of Carl and Cheryl Tegel, of Westlake, Ohio.

The Student of the Month is awarded to seniors. It is among the most prestigious student awards at Thiel College, with only about six ­­­students each semester earning the honor.

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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 new Master of Science in speech-language pathology and 2Master of Business Administration. Both 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. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program.A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.