PHOTO: ABBY DREY (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) via the Centre Daily Times.

ABBY SEREFINE ’21 AMONG THE 1ST FEMALE EAGLE SCOUTS

Abby Serefine, a senior at State College Area High School, was officially inducted into the Boy Scouts of America’s inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts on February 8 — becoming the first in Centre County. “Gender is no reason to be able to pass on such an opportunity to be able to go on trips and to learn and to just build so many memories that are going to affect you for the rest of your life, so that shouldn’t hold anyone back,” Abby said in the Centre Daily Times article covering her latest achievement. Click here for the full story.

 

RJ SHIREY ’18 FEATURED IN PENN STATER MAGAZINE

Robert ‘RJ’ Shirey, our 2018 graduate and now a PSU student, was featured in the January/February PENN STATER magazine. The loss of a leg from an accidental gunshot wound did not deter him from the Penn State Ability Athletics program where he broke national records in javelin and shot put. He is now training with Paralympic qualification hopes. He is a Security and Risk Analysis major and works part-time for a company that teaches care for traumatic injuries. We commend him for his positive attitude! RJ can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

REUNIONS, ETC.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reunions, lunches, and get-togethers are now and have been on hold.  We ask that everybody be careful when outside home; wear your mask and practice social-distancing as we want everybody to be around when we can again meet.

 

YEARBOOKS & ALUMNI DIRECTORY

FOR SALE: $15 for High School and $8.00 for middle, intermediate, and junior high (we have none from Boalsburg High school and none after 2001). Please contact Randy Bitner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Randy is also working on getting some of the more recent yearbooks onto our website.

Our 2016 all-school directory is still available - the cost is now $30 for the book and $10 for the CD. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, CLASSMATES.COM offers copies of yearbooks for sale online.

 

MEMBER BENEFIT

Dues-paid members are eligible to join the State College Federal Credit Union (http://statecollegefcu.com/) AND have access to our online yearbooks and searches. (NOTE: a one-time payment of $75 or 4 payments of $25 will get you a lifetime membership.) Payments are made to Affinity Connection at the bottom of this e-letter.

 

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI

Due to the pandemic, our plans are on hold depending on school events- we host this reception in the South Building during Homecoming. However, Joe Dionisio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. continues to accept nominations for future events. Please contact him with your questions and nominations.

 

IN MEMORY OF

Velma Boal Hess ’48 (1/04/2021)
Elizabeth Simco Heimbach ’53 (12/4/2020)
James M.  Riley ’53 (1/3/2021)
Marjorie “Marge” Lear Florey ’57 (1/19/2021)
Pamela Anderson ’94 (1/15/2021)

 

ENGAGEMENT

Abigail Ruth Brentner to Ryan Andrew Willoughby (May 2021)

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 

The Covid vaccine is now available, but PA is near the bottom of the list of available supplies. When we do our obituary list I’m always saddened by the number of Covid-related deaths we have. Please do your best to make arrangements for the inoculation, wherever you are. When reunions are again possible, we want to see you there!

 

Sally Albright Lenker ’62, President