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Comcast Awards $188,000 In Scholarships To 179 Pennsylvania High School Seniors

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Comcast Awards $188,000 In Scholarships To 179 Pennsylvania High School Seniors

11:29 EDT Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program Recognizes Pennsylvania Students for their Academic Achievement and Community Service

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, is awarding 179 Pennsylvania high school seniors scholarships through its annual Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program.  The program, one of the Comcast Foundation's signature community investment initiatives, recognizes students' leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.


Comcast, joined by Pennsylvania Lt. Governor Jim Cawley and other government officials, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. 178 of the 2013 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships. Cristal Liriano of I-LEAD Charter School in Reading, Pa., was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship ? instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation ? for a total of $188,000 awarded this year to Pennsylvania high school seniors.  After a prize drawing, 10 students were also given netbooks to use at college.

"Governor Tom Corbett joins me in congratulating these gifted students for their outstanding achievements," said Lt. Governor Jim Cawley. "We also commend the Comcast Foundation for its ongoing charitable support of programs like this scholarship."

"Comcast recognizes the importance of fostering leadership and excellence in the next generation," said Jim Samaha, regional senior vice president for Comcast.  "These students are role models in their communities and at their schools. We commend them for their exceptional achievements, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors."

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program provides one-time $1000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students.  The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to be prepared for the future, to engage youth in their communities, and to demonstrate the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Since the program's inception, more than $17.7 million in scholarship money has been presented to more than 17,000 scholarship winners nationwide.

2013 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania:SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located)

AdamsKirsten Ambrose of Littlestown Senior High SchoolCorby Myers of New Oxford Senior High SchoolMatthew Noel of Delone Catholic High SchoolXenia Yelovich of Fairfield Area High School

AlleghenyAshley Aiello of Seton-Lasalle High SchoolAustin Airhart of Thomas Jefferson High SchoolJoseph Bandi of West Allegheny Senior High SchoolRachel Betzner of Bishop Canevin Catholic High SchoolEmily Breen of Chartiers Valley High SchoolBrandon Briscoe of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12Susannah Byrd of Northgate High SchoolJordan Campeau of Plum Senior High SchoolBridget Coologhan of South Park High SchoolMarina Giannirakis of Montour High SchoolKatherine Girdhar of Oakland Catholic High SchoolGary Hancock of City Charter High SchoolKeza Harewood of Woodland Hills High SchoolShannon Holley of South Fayette High SchoolLindsey Jeffress of Cornell Senior High SchoolDenashia Jones of Westinghouse High SchoolSteven Kohane of Hillel Academy PittsburghAndrew Maust of Cheswick Christian AcademyAshley McMillen of Deer Lakes High SchoolJamie Ranalli of Keystone Oaks High SchoolGabrielle Smith of Cherrington Home SchoolJordan Terry of Penn Hills High SchoolAaron White of Northside Urban Pathways SchoolJared Wink of North Hills High School

ArmstrongBeverley Kozuch of West Shamokin High School

BeaverJacob DeWeese of Freedom Area High SchoolBrae Geary of Hopewell High SchoolJacob Pearson of Western Beaver High SchoolBrooke Sabella of New Brighton High SchoolNicole Stone of Beaver Falls High School

BedfordChase Webb of Bedford High School

BerksAsia Crawford of Reading High SchoolMorgan George of Hamburg Area High SchoolJillian Kravatz of Schuylkill Valley High SchoolCristal Liriano of I-LEAD Charter SchoolEric Rodrigo of Wilson High SchoolZachary Vicario of Muhlenberg High School

BlairKeturah Weaver of Tyrone Area High School

BucksAlisa Behari of Harry S. Truman High School in LevittownAnthony Formicola of Central Bucks High School in WarringtonMackenzie Haines of Plumstead Christian High School in PlumsteadvilleSarah Madden of Villa Joseph Marie High School in HollandMelanie Matyi of Neshaminy High School in LanghorneAdam Sokol of Pennsbury High School in Fairless HillsCollin Takita of Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem

ButlerJennifer Matjasko of Freeport Area High School

CentreAudrey Kreiser of State College Area High School

ChesterHenok Abraham of Coatesville Area Senior High in CoatesvilleHortencia Correa of Kennett High School in Kennett SquareBridget Cummiskey of Oxford Area High SchoolBrett Lloyd of Octorara High SchoolWilliam Slotznick of West Chester Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester

ClarionBrooke Mann of Redbank High School

ClearfieldJacob Ponist of Moshannon Valley High School

ClintonDaniel Flack of Bucktail High School

CumberlandEmily Allen of Cedar Cliff High SchoolChase Angle of Shippensburg Senior High SchoolJohn Keeports of Bible Baptist SchoolEvie Milburn of Cumberland Valley High SchoolMark Moore of Trinity High SchoolNoel Potter of Harrisburg AcademyJoshua Ringquist of Mechanicsburg Area High SchoolMadeleine Silva of Camp Hill High School

DauphinAmber Coppula of Halifax Area High SchoolHayley Daub of Millersburg Area High SchoolNicholas Devine of Bishop McDevitt High SchoolBenton Felty of Central Dauphin High SchoolLinda Guo of Upper Dauphin High SchoolHeather Lorenz of Central Dauphin High SchoolJanae Yellock of Steelton-Highspire High School

DelawareRachel Adams of Chichester High School in BoothwynSneha Jose of Springfield High School in SpringfieldZiyu Xian of Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill

FranklinMegan Dougherty of Fannett-Metal Senior High SchoolBrittany Hoffman of Waynesboro Senior High SchoolBenjamin Reinert of Shalom Christian Academy

FultonDavid Welsh of McConnellsburg High School

GreeneJessica Black of West Greene High School

HuntingdonTiffany Baker of Huntingdon Area High SchoolMakayla Hawbaker of South Huntingdon High School

IndianaNichole Johnson of Saltsburg High SchoolJennifer Knezovich of Penns-Manor Area High SchoolSarah Peles of Purchase Line High SchoolEmily Stiles of Blairsville High School

JeffersonAustin Sabatucci of Punxsutawney High School

LackawannaKendra Croker of Scranton Preparatory High SchoolAbigail Mancus of West Scranton High School

LancasterLucas Carney of Pequea High SchoolMairym Cruz-Bernard of Columbia High SchoolNga Do of Garden Spot High SchoolTyler McCardell of Solanco High SchoolAbigail Weaver of Manheim Central High School

LawrenceSara Bracken of New Castle High SchoolKatelyn Burrelli of Neshannock High School

LebanonJustin Allison of Northern Lebanon High School

LuzerneDeanna Dinelli of Greater Nanicoke Area High SchoolTiffany Smith of Pittston Area High SchoolMarcus Wagner of Dallas High School

LycomingMorgan Chambers of Loyalsock High SchoolDominic Galanti of Montgomery High SchoolRose Morris of Montoursville High SchoolJoseph Pierce of St. John Neumann Regional AcademyAleesha Smith of Williamsport Area High School

MontgomeryZacorra Atkins of Owen J. Roberts High School in PottstownIris Chan of Upper Dublin High School in Fort WashingtonDanielle Finley of Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian Academy in ErdenheimRachel Heller of Mount St. Joseph Academy in FlourtownDavid Lakata of Lower Moreland Twp. High School in Huntingdon ValleyKayla Lane of Merion Mercy Academy in Merion StationClaire Lippay of Jenkintown High School in JenkintownDaniel Maloney of Lansdale Catholic High SchoolPhoebe Mikalonis of Spring Ford High School in RoyersfordMadison Monaco of Notre Dame Academy in VillanovaSamantha Stalford of Upper Perkiomen High School in PennsburgIan Yanusko of Pottsgrove Senior High School in Pottstown

PerryFarren Dell of West Perry High SchoolTyler Legge of Newport High School

PhiladelphiaOyinkansola Adekitan of Germantown High SchoolHeather Amos of Parkway Center High SchoolImani Briscoe of West Philadelphia Catholic SchoolIan Caplan of Chestnut Hill AcademyMiah Collins of Simon Gratz High SchoolUnique Cooper of Motivation High SchoolLinda Croskey of Carver High School of Engineering & ScienceDharielle Dorsett of Delaware Valley Charter High SchoolSelena Duvivier of Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter SchoolBrittany Hodges of Masterman High SchoolKristina Hunter of Hallahan High SchoolKyshon Johnson of Parkway Northwest High SchoolNatalie Jusino of Nueva Esperenza Academy Charter SchoolCharisse Laws of Philadelphia Military Academy at LeedsTaisha Martinez of Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High SchoolResheen McCloud of Roberts Vaux High SchoolAnton McFadden of Kensington Business and Finance High SchoolRyan McKinney of Imhotep Institute Charter HighSimone Mokum of Freire Charter High SchoolKayode Oduwiaye of High School for the FutureLizMarie Perez of Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter SchoolJames Phillips of Bok Technical High SchoolYalisa Rodriguez of Kensington Culinary Arts High SchoolSarahn Sankofa of Central High SchooolYanique Seac of Parkway-West High SchoolJelisa Smith of Franklin High SchoolAyana Swanson of Bodine International Affairs High SchoolMarquell Tate of Murrell Dobbins CTE High SchoolKhalil Thompson of Mastery Charter SchoolJamie Tomkowicz of Franklin Towne Charter High SchoolBrian Vazquez of International Christian High SchoolChristian Warrick of University City High SchoolShawn Webster of Lankenau High SchoolAsha Wescott of Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing ArtsRosalind Williams of Mastbaum Technical High SchoolKayleah Woods of City Center AcademyMichaiah Young of Mercy Vocational High SchoolYingzhu Zhang of St. Hubert High School

SchuylkillBrianna Amos of Pottsville High SchoolJacqueline Boran of Blue Mountain High SchoolRachel Eckert of Nativity B.V.M. High SchoolKateLynn LaScala of Schuylkill Haven Area High SchoolBrett Polinsky of Minersville Area High School

SomersetMorgan Lyons of North Star High SchoolAshley May of Somerset High SchoolKeith Russel of Turkeyfoot High School

WashingtonJacob Brown of Canon-McMillan High SchoolShane Coffield of Trinity High School Nathaniel Heim of Washington High SchoolRobert Higgins of Ringgold High SchoolMikayla Lunardini of McGuffey High School

WestmorelandCorinne Dally of Norwin High SchoolSara Layne of Monessen High SchoolJaydyn Morrison of Greensburg-Salem High School

YorkScott Hess of Susquehannock High SchoolMarisa Hudson of William Penn High SchoolAlexander Iula of Dallastown Area High SchoolSarah Williamson of Northeastern High School

About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities.  The Foundation has three community investment priorities ? promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated over $116 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at

About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses.  NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.  Visit for more information.

SOURCE Comcast Corporation

For further information: Jennifer Bilotta, Comcast,, 215.642.6635

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