April 2, 2009
The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) recently named two more Penn State Worthington Scranton athletes to its National All-Academic Team. Mallory Pencek, a senior business major from Factoryville, and Patrick Cunningham, a sophomore mining engineering major in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from Peckville, were recently honored at the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the USCAA Pre-Tournament Basketball Banquet. In order to achieve National All-Academic Team standing, student athletes must consistently maintain a 3.5 or higher grade point average. In addition to the USCAA honor, Ms. Pencek has also received the 2008 Greater Penn State Chapter's Pat Rose Award, served as captain of the campus' Lady Lions Basketball team, sang the National Anthem at all the team's home basketball games, served on the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, and was a member of the campus Chorale and a committee member for the Relay For Life Campaign. She has also participated in student panels for Penn Stater For A Day programs, campus Open Houses and on the Commission On Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED). Mr. Cunningham, a member of the Worthington Scranton's men's basketball team, was the 2008 recipient of the Dorothy Schnerr Minelli Memorial Scholarship, which honors graduates from Valley View High School who have demonstrated academic excellence and are considering a career in education, business or engineering. Ms. Pencek and Mr. Cunningham join four other student athletes from Worthington Scranton who also received National All-Academic Team honors this year.