Academic Achievement May 11

• Unionville High School students Nicholas Y. Yang and Paige E. Young were awarded a National Merit Scholarship. The award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation's funds.

• Patrick Stoyer, a student at Garnet Valley High School, also earned a National Merit Scholarship as did Zachary George Hrenko, of Kennett High School, and Louis J. Zammarchi, of Kennett Square who attends The Tatnall School in Wilmington.

• Hossam Abdou of Chadds Ford and 86 others members of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's graduating Class of 2017 received doctor of medicine degrees at a commencement ceremony held Sunday, May 7 at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

• Matthew Bixby, an Ithaca College student from Chadds Ford, presented research at the American Chemistry Society's national conference in San Francisco. Bixby's research focused on "Energy-conserving inorganic pigments."

• Unionville High School junior Katelyn Tsai will spend four weeks with students from around the country and the world attending the Pennsylvania School of Global Entrepreneurship hosted by the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. Tsai will devote her time to learning about entrepreneurial business development and innovation by spending time in the classroom with Institute faculty and guest lecturers, and she will get to learn about the practical application of those classroom concepts by taking part in workshops and case studies with local business leaders and organizations.

Fellow UHS junior Michael Iacocca will spend five weeks in Pittsburgh with students from around the Commonwealth, having received a full scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He will attend science classes taught by Carnegie Mellon University faculty and staff, as well as instructors from neighboring universities like University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne, and Robert Morris Universities.

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