Featured Students

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‘Opportunities and experiences’

While Jaymes Jackson originally came to Penn State Wilkes-Barre to play basketball, he has also found the school to be a great environment to focus on his studies as he works toward his degree in corporate communication.
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Already on the road to success

As a homeschooled student, John Stone was used to working independently. He mapped out his college plan during his sophomore year of high school and has continued on the path he laid out for himself with the help of his professors and advisers at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.
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Similar goals; different paths

Emma Sands and Abby Yatsko both graduated from the same high school and attended Penn State Wilkes-Barre after high school. After that, their paths diverged—but each will earn a degree from Penn State this year, Sands in business and Yatsko in accounting. Students who want to study business have options at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, including pursuing their bachelor’s degree here or transitioning to another campus after two years.
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Like father, like son

A father-son alumni connection is what first drew Walter Ninotti from Massachusetts to Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Now in his second year, Ninotti is happy about the choice he made to attend the campus for his first two years.
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Early graduation plans

“Penn State Wilkes-Barre has been the perfect university for me and my personal needs. I think the 2+2 Plan really helped me be able to advance as far as I wanted to. I think without it, I wouldn’t have been able to be a year ahead in my studies.” — Alessandra Ayoub
Angelena Allen

Coming full circle

Penn State Wilkes-Barre has been part of Angelena Allen’s life since she first stepped foot on campus as an elementary school student for summer camp. After attending the camps as a child, she came back to Penn State Wilkes‑Barre as a college student to take classes and to teach in the same summer camp program she once attended.
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Knowledge and experience

Electrical engineering student Will Smith, a sophomore at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, is already getting the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in his field. He is a student trainee at Tobyhanna Army Depot in the Air Defense and Counterfire department. He began his internship in June and hopes to attain a position at Tobyhanna after graduating.
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Learning from athletics

For Chloe Inniss, playing sports at Penn State Wilkes-Barre has been key to helping her learn time management skills and meet others on campus. She is a member of the basketball and volleyball teams and said she has learned lessons from athletics as well as academics.
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Learning and leading

As president of the Surveying Society on campus, Hannah Corson is leading the way in showing others the opportunities available in her field. Corson, a senior surveying engineering major at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, took on the role of president after serving as vice president last year. As president, she coordinates employer presentations on campus, the club’s attendance at the annual Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) conference, and other events.
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Serving her country

After completing her military service in the spring, Daelyn Mynes traded the busy, crowded atmosphere of a Navy ship for the peaceful environment of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus. She was stationed with a squadron in Virginia Beach as a logistics specialist in the supply department. Mynes' five-year deployment ended in March 2022 and she returned home and enrolled at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.