Twenty Waynesburg University students will spend Friday, Jan. 2, to Saturday, Jan. 10, serving at a nutritional center in Patzun, Guatemala. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students at the University, and Laurie Steere, resident director at the University, will lead the team. While at the center, students will spend time with the residents, as well as assist with building a cinder block wall around the perimeter of the backyard at the facility.
Two Waynesburg University students who have participated in the trip in past years chose to book flights for Saturday, Dec. 20, so they would have extra time with the children. These students will spend their entire Christmas break in Guatemala.
Kyle Digiandomenico, senior psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio (Bridgeport High School); and Emily Nowakowski, sophomore nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School) will travel to Guatemala early.
According to Bristor, she and the students are most excited to see the children at the center.
“I have been going for years and it is exciting to get off the bus to children cheering your name,” said Bristor. “However, it is also very sad that the majority of the children are the same children as when I first went there.”
Additional students participating in the trip include:
•Sheleena Adams, junior criminal justice major from Cranberry, Pa. (Keystone Junior-Senior High School)
•Anna Artkowsky, sophomore sports broadcasting/sports information major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
•Rebekah Clendaniel, junior criminal justice major from Paxinos, Pa. (Meadowbrook Christian School)
•Heidi Dains, sophomore business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
•Joshuah Dains, senior business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
•Chelsea Dicks, senior journalism major from Jefferson, Pa. (Jefferson Morgan High School)
•Sara Faiad, senior psychology major from South Fork, Pa. (Forest Hills High School)
•Alyssa Fratto, sophomore engineering major from Melcroft, Pa. (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
•Amelia Graves, sophomore international business major from West Falls, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
•MacKenzie Hammer, junior chemistry major from McKees Rocks, Pa. (Montour High School)
•Rebekah Hotek, senior exercise science major from Front Royal, Va. (Home School)
•Sarah Kirk, junior nursing major from Valencia, Pa. (Plum Senior High School)
•Kendle Parsons, senior psychology major from Brownsville, Pa. (Brownsville Area Senior High School)
•Cullin Piatt, sophomore early childhood education (special education) major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mount Lebanon High School)
•Gracious Shavers, senior human services major from Ginowan City, Japan (Zion Christian Academy)
•Whitney Thomas, junior criminal justice major from Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale Area High School)
•Julie Wise, senior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio (Mathews High School)
•Kaitlyn Wood, junior sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa. (Pennsylvania Home Schoolers)
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