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Da Vinci Science Center Honors 2012 Hall of Fame Award Winners

Three high school students, five educators, and the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation were honored Saturday evening during the 2012 Da Vinci Science Center Hall of Fame Gala, presented by Air Products.

Held at Lees Hall on the campus of Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., the gala featured the Da Vinci Science Center’s annual presentation of its Hall of Fame Awards. The gala’s dinner was sponsored by LSI, and its Honoree Reception was sponsored by Bill and Phyllis Grube. Gala proceeds benefited the Da Vinci Science Center and its programs.

The Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation received the Da Vinci Science Center’s Spirit of Verrocchio Award for Outstanding Mentorship. The award is named after a 15th century mentor of a young Leonardo da Vinci. The foundation was formed in 1986 by Dexter F. Baker, former Chairman and CEO of Air Products, Trexlertown, Pa., and his wife, Dorothy. Under their leadership, the foundation has underwritten artistic and educational initiatives in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Florida – including extensive support of the Da Vinci Science Center’s capital campaign, student programs, and exhibit floor.

Three students received the Center’s Apprentice Award for Outstanding Science Scholarship:

  • David Fritz is a senior at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pa.; his award was sponsored by Bob and Sandy Lovett.
  • Jack Huang is a senior at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pa.; his award was sponsored by Just Born.
  • Shweta Sen is a junior at Parkland High School, Allentown, Pa.; her award was sponsored by Beall and Linny Fowler.

Five educators of grades K-12 received the Grand Master Award for Outstanding Science Teaching:

  • Stephen Baier is an Environmental Science Teacher at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa.; his award was sponsored by Lehigh University and PMC.
  • John Harvey is a Physics Teacher at Louis E. Dieruff High School in Allentown, Pa.; his award was sponsored by PPL.
  • Jen Honsel is a first grade teacher at Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, Pa.; her award was sponsored by Lutron Electronics Company.
  • Rachel Petrisin is a Chemistry Teacher at the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) in Schnecksville, Pa.; her award was sponsored by Frank and Yvonne Schweighardt.
  • John Monahan – winner of the Teacher Professional Development Award – is the Technology Facilitator for the Allentown School District; his award was sponsored by Art and Denise Katsaros and Vincent and Michelle Sorgi.

The gala also featured a the Da Vinci Science Center’s annual presentation of its Hall of Fame Awards and a Keynote Presentation by Jeff Lieberman, host of the former Discovery Channel series “Time Warp.”


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