Local Chatter: Pittston’s Melanie Kusakavitch earns preseason honors with James Madison University field hockey

Kusakavitch earns honors

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Melanie Kusakavitch, Pittston, was named to the 2016 Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association field hockey team for her play with James Madison University field hockey.

Kusakavitch appeared in all 20 games for the Dukes in 2015, getting the start in 17.

She posted 15 points for JMU off five goals and five assists. She is a two-time NFHCA All-Academic and a CAA All-Academic selection.

LCCC awards degrees

NANTICOKE — Luzerne County Community College recently awarded degrees to students who completed requirements for their fields of study in August.

• Associate in Applied Science — Brittany Aulisio, Old Forge; Stephanie Castillo, Pittston Township; Christina Keller, Exeter.

• Associate in Science — Jessica Caramanna Santos, West Pittston; Kimberly Chesniak, Dupont; Briana Eipper, Exeter; Raymond Luczak, West Pittston; Danielle McDade, Pittston Township; Taya Oliver, Pittston; Jocelyn Zerfoss, Exeter.

• Certificate of Specialization — Joseph Chiumento, Jenkins Township; Scott Sayer, West Pittston.

• Diploma — Christopher Bone, Exeter; Donald Booth, Avoca.

Happy Birthday wishes

Debbie Talipan of Pittston Township will celebrate her birthday on Sept. 13.

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