July 13, 2009

Fall music on the Elaine Langone Center lawn.
Fall music on the Elaine Langone Center lawn.

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(Editor's note: This is a continuing summer series.)

By Sam Alcorn

LEWISBURG, Pa. - In a few weeks, Bucknell University's Class of 2013 will begin orientation as first-year students.

Even though they haven't arrived on campus, press reports on members of Bucknell's newest class of 925 students suggest a class with diverse and eclectic interests and goals. ||Read first installment  || Read second installment || Class of 2013 profile

Anthony Rizzo of Wapwallopen, Pa., was among the more than 7,500 applicants for Bucknell's newest class that arrives on campus Friday, Aug. 21.

National champion
Rizzo, who began competing in biathlon - cross-country skiing and marksmanship - in 2005, is the 2008 Men's Junior National Champion and last September was one of three men representing the United States at the Summer Biathlon World Championships in France. Twenty-eight countries participated in the competition.

While at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Rizzo, who plans to study biology and join the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps' Bison Battalion, captured district titles in both cross country and 3,200-meter track. He plans to continue running track and cross country at Bucknell.

Jeff Madrack of Elk Lake, Pa., told his local newspaper that academics have always been a priority for him and that's a key reason he selected Bucknell to study computer engineering.

'I loved the campus'
"Bucknell has great academics, everything I ever wanted, and it has smaller class sizes," Madrack said. "I loved the campus."

Madrack wants to play Bison basketball and plans to try out this fall for the Division I team as a walk-on. "The main thing is for me to get a chance," he said.

Last season, Madrack led his Elk Lake team to its second straight Lackawanna Division III title and was last season's division player of the year.

Field hockey
Ellie Barrett of Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Va., plans to play field hockey when she arrives at Bucknell.

After four years of playing on the varsity level, she's leaving Fauquier High as the program's all-time leading scorer and the Fauquirer Times-Democrat Girls Athlete of the Year. "I'm so happy to get to continue playing for four more years (at Bucknell)," the prospective biology major told her local newspaper.

Some members of the Class of 2013 are using the summer to explore and get off the beaten track.

Carlyn Read of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., who was co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook at J.K. Mullen High School, will spend seven weeks this summer on a canoe trip - to the Arctic Circle, reported The Denver Post.

As a high school student, Read was a community volunteer doing peer tutoring, volunteering at Swedish Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity. She plans to major in animal behavior.

Family fun
Some, too, are just having family fun - with a little a luck and excitement thrown in.

Adam Wennick, a graduate of Chambersburg (Pa.) Area Senior High School, was with his family on his first deep-sea finishing expedition. About 55 miles off the Maryland coast, he hooked into a fairly significant blue-fin tuna.

It took all of 45 minutes to land the fish, but Wennick had reeled in a 158-pound blue-fin monster. "My arms are still sore," the prospective management major told a local reporter at the Public Opinion. "But I could not have asked for a more perfect first deep-sea trip."

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