Local Chatter: Pittston Area graduate Christopher Santana is sonar technician in Washington

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Santana working as sonar technician

SILVERDALE, W.A. — Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Santana, of Pittston, is currently working as a sonar technician aboard one of the world’s most advanced ballistic missile submarines, USS Nebraska.

As a sonar technician, Santana is responsible for detecting, tracking and classifying contacts while underway.

Choi receives white coat

SCRANTON — Youngeun Choi, of Pittston, received the first symbol of hernew profession as Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) held its 10th annual White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2022 Aug. 3.

Locals receive degrees from Bloomsburg University

BLOOMSBURG — The following Greater Pittston residents received degrees from Bloomsburg University.

Michael Antal, Pittston Township; Sally DeLuca, West Pittston; Kaitlyn McGuire, Pittston; Joseph Mies, Duryea; Samantha Moska, Port Griffith; Justin Peterson, Pittston; Kaitlyn Simyan, Pittston; Kevin Wesolowski, Dupont.

Solomon doing summer research

WILKES-BARRE — Laura Solomon, of Dupont, is completing summer research at Wilkes University with Kenneth Klemow, a biology professor, who is working with students as they add specimens to the Rosenthal Herbarium at Wilkes University.

Murphy doing summer research

WILKES-BARRE — Neil Murphy, of Pittston, is completing summer research at Wilkes University with Jeffrey Stratford, associate professor of biology, who is working with students to use DNA barcodes to identify insects and plants.

Yatison doing summer research

WILKES-BARRE — Matthew Yatison, of Pittston, is completing summer research at Wilkes University with Ken Klemow, professor of biology and geoenvironmental science; Donald Mencer, associate professor of chemistry, and William Terzaghi, professor of biology.

Thornton honored for academic achievements

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Abby Thornton, of West Pittston, who was awarded a bachelor’s degree during Providence College commencement ceremonies held on May 20, was recently honored for her academic achievements as a chemistry major.

Thornton was awarded the Highest Academic Record in Chemistry. She was a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program and the Women’s Field Hockey team.

Thornton is pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Birth announcements

A boy was born to Angela and Charley Hunsinger, Exeter, on July 7.

A boy was born to Cathy and Matthew Mitchell, Old Forge, on July 19.

A boy was born to Caitlin Eakle and Domingo Rios, Pittston, on July 26.