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    Twenty-one high school students completed The University of Scranton’s University of Success program in 2022. University of Success graduates are, first row, from left: Margaret Loughney, director of the University of Success program at The University of Scranton, Mayra Suely Varela, Mahnoor Sami and Ritu Regmi. Second row: Rebecca Coldwell and Adriana Gentle. Third row: John Edgardo Velazguez, Emily Kogan and Shane Frank. Fourth row Corey Ortiz, Cailou Kaneski and Jordan Traver. Fifth row: Yeraiza Pena, Samuel Anthony Loukopoulos and Elisha De Souza. Top row: Liam Misko, Pavel Vorozilchak, Anthony Diaz and Logan Matone. Absent from photo are: Mikayla Mendez, Andrea Murphy and Victoria Scarpati.
    June 14, 2022

    Twenty-one high school students completed The University of Scranton’s University of Success program, a multi-year, an academic and enrichment program that is designed for high school students to develop the skills needed to successfully gain acceptance to college. All of the graduates have plan to continue their education post-secondary schools, with 19 already committing to colleges, universities and trade schools.

    The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants. Donors to the program include Dime Bank, Fidelity Bank, Carl and JoAnne Kuehner, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, Inc., Overlook Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PPL Foundation, Lisa C. Thomas, M.D., and Waste Management.

    Students enter the University of Success at the completion of the eighth grade and continue through their four years of high school. The program offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking, math, science, art and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars.

    The following is a list of 2022 University of Success graduates, the high school they attended, and their post-high school plans.

    Rebecca Coldwell of Taylor, who graduated from Riverside Junior/Senior High School, plans to attend The University of Scranton and major in physiology in the pre-medical and pre-health professions program.

    Elisha De Souza of Blakely, who graduated from Valley View High School, plans to attend The University of Scranton and will pursue a major in business.

    Anthony Diaz of Scranton, who graduated from West Scranton High School, plans to attend Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio and major in biology in the pre-veterinary program.

    Shane Frank of Taylor, who graduated from Riverside Junior/Senior High School, plans to attend Juniata College and major in physics.

    Adriana Gentle of Tunkhannock, who graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School, plans to attend Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre. She has not yet declared a major.

    Caillou Kaneski of Tunkhannock, who graduated from Tunkhannock Area High School, plans to attend The University of Scranton and major in mathematics and computer science.

    Emily Kogan of Moscow, who graduated from North Pocono High School, plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in chemistry.

    Samuel Anthony Loukopoulos of Scranton, who graduated from Scranton High School, plans to attend Lackawanna College. He has not yet declared a major.

    Logan Matone of Throop, who graduated from Mid Valley Secondary Center, plans to attend The University of Scranton and major in electrical or mechanical engineering.

    Mikayla Mendez of Taylor, who graduated from Riverside Junior/Senior High School, plans to attend Georgia State University and major in early and primary education.

    Liam Misko of Carbondale, who graduated from Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School, plans to attend Kentucky Welding Institute for pipeline fabrication.

    Andrea Murphy of Milford, who graduated from Delaware Valley High School, plans to attend an online university to study real estate.

    Corey Ortiz of Bushkill, who graduated from Norte Dame High School, plans to attend Pennsylvania State University, main campus, and major in computer science.

    Yeraiza Pena of Scranton, who graduated from Scranton High School, plans to attend The University of Scranton and major in international business.

    Ritu Regmi of Scranton, who graduated from Scranton High School, plans to attend Marywood University in the pre-physician assistant program.

    Mahnoor Sami of Jessup, who graduated from Valley View High School, plans to attend Marywood University in the pre-physician assistant program.

    Victoria Scarpati of Lake Ariel, who graduated from Western Wayne High School, plans to attend the University of New Haven. She has not yet declared a major.

    Jordan Traver of Friendville, who graduated from Montrose Area Junior Senior High School, plans to attend The University of Scranton and major in nursing.

    Mayra Suely Varela of Taylor, who graduated from Riverside Junior/Senior High School, plans to attend Marywood University and major in nursing.

    John Edgardo Velazguez of Scranton, who graduated from West Scranton High School, plans to attend Kutztown University and major in physics/astronomy.

    Pavel Vorozilchak of Blakely, who graduated from Valley View High School, has not yet committed to a college or university. He is interested in studying political science, Spanish or business.

    Additional information about the program can be found on the  University of Success web site.

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