Heads Above The Crowd

Posted: August 15, 1993

Tanya Hofler of Glenmoore participated in this year's Penn State 4-H Ambassador Conference at the University Park Campus. Hofler, who helped organize the fifth annual conference with other junior and senior student advisers, attended workshops on interviewing skills, public speaking and marketing.

Ambassadors will serve as representatives for the more than 20,000 4-H members throughout Pennsylvania. Hofler, as an ambassador, will promote the 4- H youth-development program and the land-grant university system.

The Ambassador Conference, held June 20-23, was sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Pennsylvania Friends of 4-H, which provides scholarships for county delegates attending the conference. The honorary chairman of the 4-H Conference was William Asbury, Penn State's vice president for student affairs.

4-H is open to anyone 8 to 19 years old, including those with disabilities. Hofler will be a senior this fall at Downingtown Senior High School.

* Karen Brady of Kennett Square is the first recipient of the Virginia Veal Scholarship at Widener University's School of Management. The $500 scholarship, sponsored by the Atlantic Federal Credit Union, is awarded to School of Management students for outstanding academic achievement. Brady, a junior, is majoring in management.

* Laura Stevens of Eagle was selected to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania Junior National Teen-Ager Pageant, held on Aug. 6 in Nashville. Contestants were judged on scholastic achievements, honors, leadership qualities, volunteer services, personality and appearance. All participants had the chance to visit Opryland USA and other local points of interest. Stevens will be a junior at Downingtown High School this fall. Last year, Stevens was selected as a National Cheerleaders Association All-America cheerleader and participated in the Aloha Bowl halftime performance in Hawaii at Christmas. Stevens currently is a volunteer at the Brandywine Rehabilitation Center and hopes to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

* The Taco Bell in Downingtown has been named Employer of the Quarter for the second quarter of 1993 by Handi-Crafters Inc.

Handi-Crafters recognizes Taco Bell for its commitment to hiring people with disabilities and helping them to continue to learn and develop through employment. Judy Tonkin, a Handi-Crafters-trained worker, has been employed by Taco Bell since May 1992 as a general utility worker. Tonkin lives in Phoenixville.

Handi-Crafters Inc. of Thorndale is a nonprofit agency providing rehabilitation, employment, job placement and follow-up services for people with disabilities.

* Herbert MacIntyre was chosen as employee of the month for July at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville. MacIntyre, a respiratory therapy technician, was nominated by his supervisor for his caring attitude toward patients. MacIntyre was also praised for his regular suggestions on how to improve patient care. MacIntyre is a resident of Reading.

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