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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 25, 2013 – Six La Roche College students were recently inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. This year’s inductees include: junior Ashley Chiaramonte of Glenshaw; junior Katelynn Gazarik of Sarver; junior Lacey Lau of Brookline; sophomore Matthew Puller of Washington, D.C.; junior Elizabeth Schwartz of Pittsburgh; and junior Grant Wentzel of Pittsburgh.

The English Honor Society recognizes students who exemplify high academic achievement in English language, writing and literature. Membership is by invitation only and is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university. To qualify, a candidate must complete three semesters of coursework, maintain a 3.0 grade point average and rank in the highest 35 percent of his or her class. Once inducted, members are eligible to apply for various Sigma Tau Delta scholarships, writing awards and co-sponsored internships.

“Sigma Tau Delta membership is an honor because it recognizes the students’ academic abilities and gives them a chance to translate those abilities into leadership and service opportunities related to a love of language and literary study,” said Dr. Michelle Maher, Sigma Tau Delta advisor and professor of English at La Roche. “Our Sigma inductees are part of the next generation of writers, scholars and teachers –the kind of people who love reading and writing and who want to share those joys with others.”

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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