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Da Vinci Science Center Names its 2014 Hall of Fame Award Winners

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The Da Vinci Science Center will honor Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Just Born; its Chairman, Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D.; and nine inspiring students and educators with its 2014 Hall of Fame Awards.

The Da Vinci Science Center has bestowed its Hall of Fame Awards annually since 1999 with the approval of its Hall of Fame selection committees and the Executive Committee of its Board of Trustees. All award winners study, work, or live in the Da Vinci Science Center’s primary service area in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

The Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Awards will be presented at the 2014 Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The gala at the LCCC Community Services Center in Schnecksville, Pa., is presented by Bob and Sandy Lovett.

Four high school students will receive Student Excellence Awards:

  • Qing Fan is a senior at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa.; her award is sponsored by PPL
  • Hannah Kim is a senior at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa.; her award is sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Gregory VanOmmeren is a senior at Northwestern Lehigh High School in New Tripoli, Pa.; his award is sponsored by Air Products
  • I. Nathan Peter Korsen – winner of the Spirit of Leonardo Award for enthusiasm for science and the arts – is a senior at Souderton Area High School in Souderton, Pa.; his award is sponsored by Fran and Pat Waller

Five educators in grades K-12 will receive Educator Excellence Awards:

  • Karen Gennaro is a kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Emmaus, Pa.; her award is sponsored by Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt
  • Susan Bauer is a sixth grade science teacher at Eyer Middle School in Macungie, Pa.; her award is sponsored by B. Braun
  • Jason Jones is a science teacher at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, Pa.; he award is sponsored by LSI
  • Christopher Canceliere and Robert Heffentrager – winners of the Excellence in Technology Award – are Technology Teachers at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pa.; their award is sponsored by Computer Aid and Art and Denise Katsaros

Da Vinci Science Center Chairman Frank K. Schweighardt, Ph.D. will receive the Center’s Spirit of Verrocchio Mentorship Award. The award is named after a 15th century mentor of a young Leonardo da Vinci. Schweighardt completes his tenure as Chairman in May 2014.

A retired chemist and Global Manager for Air Products, Schweighardt was a volunteer when the Da Vinci Science Center chose him to be its interim CEO from Aug. 2008-March 2009. He was elected to the Center’s Board of Trustees in 2009 and was elected Chairman in 2010. Schweighardt is an enthusiastic and prolific inventor, with more than 40 American and international patents. He also has been the driving force behind the Center’s Inventor’s Lab Program, which has helped students and earn American Patents.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pa. will receive a special topic Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by Avantor Performance Materials. Good Shepherd is a national leader in the use of assistive and rehabilitation technology to increase, maintain or improve the functional capability of people with disabilities. Good Shepherd was one of the first three hospitals in North America to use the Ekso system – a wearable, bionic suit that enables individuals with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk.

Just Born in Bethlehem, Pa., will receive the Da Vinci Science Center’s Grand Maestro Corporate Award in recognition of its substantial contributions to the scientific community and support for the Center. Founded in 1923, Just Born manufactures several iconic candy brands, including its signature marshmallow Peeps. Just Born has remained committed to the communities where it operates through its philanthropy, associate volunteerism, and sustainability programs.

Additional sponsors of the 2014 Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Gala include Young Inventor Sponsor Lutron Electronics Company; Reception Sponsor ATAS International, Inc.; Champion Sponsors Allentown School District Foundation and Vincent and Michelle Sorgi; Friend Sponsors Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and Lehigh University College of Education; Contributing Sponsors Buckno Lisicky and Company, Cedar Crest College, The Douglass Group-Merrill Lynch, Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Mack Trucks, and Stratix Systems; Vitruvian Trophy Sponsors Beall Fowler and Fowler and Peña Creations; Dinner Sponsor CulinArt; and News Media Sponsor The Morning Call Media Group.

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