University students to serve in Costa Rica over winter break

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Twelve students will travel to Carillos, Costa Rica, Saturday, Dec. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 22, to partner with Strong Missions, a ministry supporting the local churches of Carrillos. Christopher Kellner, resident director at the University, will lead the team as they provide construction aid for churches and homes as well as education and day care services. Ashley Kelver, a women’s resident director, and her husband, Joshua, will also help to lead the trip. 

“My goal for this trip is to connect our University and the trip members to a community I love dearly: Carrillos, Costa Rica,” Kellner said. “I hope for a fair exchange where both we and those we meet are blessed. Most of all I hope that love will be shown and grown within us all.”

Students participating in the mission service trip include: 

  • Jennifer Brown, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Latrobe, Pa. (Greater Latrobe High School) 
  • Derrick Conner, a senior nursing major from Smithfield, Pa. (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School) 
  • Joshua Hennig, a sophomore history major from Butler, Pa. (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Brooke Larson, a senior communication major from Dunkirk, Md. (Shiloh Christian Academy) 
  • Raymond Melone, a junior engineering (mathematics) major from Philadelphia, Pa. (Franklin Towne Charter High School) 
  • Kiersten Neff, a senior forensic science major from Johnstown, Pa. (Greater Johnstown High School) 
  • Becca Perlmutter, a junior marketing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School) 
  • Laura Shawver, a junior art major from Avella, Pa. 
  • Carrie Sneller, a senior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School) 
  • Amanda Stillings, a sophomore arts administration major from Sussex, N.J. (High Point Regional High School)
  • William Sungala, a junior engineering (mathematics) major from Denbo, Pa. (Bethlehem Center High School) 
  • Jaimie White, a senior nursing major from Wattsburg, Pa. (Seneca High School) 

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