EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 13, 2012

People in the News


Groveland

Trevor Kishbaugh, son of Levi and Kathleen Kishbaugh of Groveland, was named to the dean's list for the second semester of the 2011-12 school year at Hope College.

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Haverhill

Thomas Gostanian graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 11. Gostanian was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. Gostanian, a 2008 graduate of Haverhill High School, was accepted into the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst. He completed both the general studies and advanced scholarship curricula, including an intensive capstone thesis project, which involved molecular simulations of biomass derived chemicals through catalyst crystal pores.

The summer before his junior year, Gostanian was accepted into a National Science Foundation funded REU program (Research Experience for Undergraduates). That summer he worked under Dr. Chul Park of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department of UMass Amherst, researching new techniques in wastewater sludge removal. In the summer of his senior year he traveled to South Carolina to participate in another REU program.

There, he worked on synthesis of copper and gold bimetallic nanoparticles for potential use in catalytic converters. His results earned him first place for presentational skills at the end of summer talks, and third place for poster presentations at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in Minneapolis that fall.

His time at UMass wasn't only about earning his degree.

He performed in nearly a dozen plays and stage readings over the last four years through the Center for the Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies in Amherst, as well as a Hampshire Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet in the summer of 2010.

He also traveled to the University of Toronto's Victoria College for the Chester Cycle Plays in 2010. He is planning to spend June backpacking through Europe with some friends and then he will return to UMass Amherst for the remainder of the summer to continue his research. Gostanian will attend the University of Wisconsin Madison in the fall to pursue his PhD in chemical engineering.

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Ryan Dempsey of Haverhill has been named to the spring 2012 semester dean's list at Suffolk University.

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Brooke Basiliere and Elizabeth DiBurro, both of Haverhill, were selected as Quinnipiac University orientation leaders for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Colleen Hayes of Bradford was among 60 Providence College students who spent a week working on service trips in four different locations around the world, as a part of the college's Feinstein Academic Institute's Alternative Spring Break 2012 program. Hayes, a member of the class of 2013, worked with the Center for Mediation, Peace, and the Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC), and took photographs in Ecuador.

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Monica Messina of Bradford was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Messina is a senior nursing student.

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Irina Morgunova of Haverhill was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa's International Honor Society at North Shore Community College.

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Haverhill residents, Sarah Esty, Jesse Avalos, Kaitlyn Carr and Gregory Stratoti, graduated from Endicott College on May 19.

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Patrick O'Connor of Haverhill received a bachelor of science degree from Lasell College during commencement exercises on May 13. O'Connor majored in hospitality and event management. He also earned dean's list status for the 2012 spring semester.

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Jacqueline Martini of Bradford received a bachelor of arts degree from Lasell College during commencement exercises on May 13. Martini majored in fashion design and production. She also earned dean's list status for the 2012 spring semester.

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Army National Guard Master Sgt. Robert Smith has returned to the U.S. after being deployed overseas at a forward operating base to serve in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Smith is an operations noncommissioned officer with the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Yankee) based in Reading. He has served 29 years in the military. He is the son of Robert and Catherine Smith of Haverhill.

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Georgetown

Keith Burkinshaw and Roxanne Nealon, both of Georgetown, graduated from Endicott College on May 19.

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