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Lycoming presents High School Teacher of Excellence Award

Lycoming presents High School Teacher of Excellence Award

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The inaugural Lycoming College High School Teacher of Excellence Award was presented during the College’s 165th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5. The recipient was Jill Dean of Central High School in Martinsburg, Pa., who teaches anatomy, biology and chemistry. She was nominated by Jordan Krebs, who earned a biology degree from Lycoming.

In recognition of Dean’s honor, students from Central High School who enroll at Lycoming during the 2014-15 academic year will receive a $5,000 Teacher of Excellence Scholarship for four consecutive years.

The award was created by Lycoming’s Office of Admissions, which asked seniors to nominate one of their high school teachers who has made a significant educational impact on their lives, effectively imparted ideas and information, encouraged curiosity and analysis, and supported them in pursuit of a post-secondary education.

Krebs has accepted a position at the National Institutes of Health within its genomics and immunity section and will later begin the M.D./Ph.D. program funded by the NIH.

“Mrs. Jill Dean fostered and supported my love of biology,” Krebs said. “Most importantly, I visited a biotech company during her AP biotechnology class trip. Two months later, I was hired at that biotech company, Lampire Biology Laboratories. I enjoyed the maximum two-year internship at Lampire during school and summer breaks. Mrs. Dean also shared her experience at the National Institutes of Health with me. I am now a NIH scholar. She has had a tremendous impact on my young scientific career.”

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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