The Susquehanna Valley Local Section has developed a number of awards. These awards are designed to recognize thsoe within our section who have helped to promote chemistry, the chemical professions, and the section. More information on the awards and the nomination processes will be added to this page soon. Please check back when you visit the site.

The Joseph Priestley Service Award - The Section established this award to recognize outstanding community involvement and outreach activities within our section membership. The award criteria are broadly defined so both "worker-bees" as well as those in formal leadership roles are eligible. It is hoped that this continuing award will stimulate community involvement in the section, and provide examples of community-active role models for the younger professionals in our section. The award is normally awarded annually and includes a modest monetary award ($100) and a handsome plaque. When possible, the award is given to the recipient at our annual awards banquet (the May monthly meeting).

Award Winners

2023 Dr. Ernie Trujillo
2022 Dr. Holly Bendorf
2021 Dr. David Rovnyak
2020 Dr. Ronald Supkowski
2019 Dr. Dee Casteel
2018 Dr. Charles Mahler
2017 Dr. Geneive Henry
2016 Dr. Chris Hallen
2015 Dr. William Simpson
2014 Dr. Margaret E. Kastner
2013 Dr. William Vandenheuvel
2012 Dr. Raymond Borkowski
2011 Dr. Michael E. Pugh
2010 Dr. Donald E. Mencer
2009 Dr. Timothy Strein
2008 Mr. Roderic Moore
2007 Dr. David A. Franz
2006 Mr. Ronald Blatchley
2005 Dr. James J. Bohning
2004 Dr. Ben Willeford
2003 Dr. Owen Faut
2002 Dr. Lester Kieft

Ron Blatchley Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award - The Section established this award to recognize outstanding teaching of chemistry in the high school setting. This award is given to the recipient during National Chemistry Week in October.  This award is represented to the recipient at our annual awards banquet (the May monthly meeting of the next calander year).

2022 Ms. Adrianna Rupprecht Old Forge Jr/Sr HS
2021 Mr. Todd Davis Bloomsburg Area HS
2020 Ms. Tracey Hepner Selinsgrove HS
2019 Mr. Gordan Williams Wyoming Area Secondary Center
2018 Ms. Angela Gockley Lewisburg Area HS
2017 Ms. Maria Masankay Western Wayne HS
2016 Ms. Michelle Tonkin Honesdale HS
2015 Mr. Robert Valente Marian Catholic HS
2014 Mr. John Tamblin Hughesville HS
2013 Dr. Jocelyn Holodick-Reed Hanover Area HS
2012 Ms. Dale Seeley Williamsport Area HS
2011 Mr. John Fredericks Dallas HS
2010 Ms. Laura Petro MMI Preparatory School
2009 Mr. Brian Landis Mifflinburg Area HS
2008 Ms. Carolyn Siwak Abington Heights HS
2007 Ms. Deborah Slattery Danville HS
2006 Ms. Jane Nagurney Scranton Preparatory School
2005 Mr. Ralph Smith Jersey Shore Senior HS
2004 Mr. Ed Kelley Williamsport Area HS
2003 Ms. Eileen Palmer Wyoming Area HS

The David H. Frederick Memorial Awards in High School Chemistry - This series of awards recognizes the commitment to excellence in demonstrated by high school students in their studies of chemistry. These awards are also given to the recipient at our annual awards banquet (the May monthly meeting). Students must complete an exam in order to earn recognition in this category.

High School Chemistry Exams

  • Advanced Exam Award
  • First Year Exam Award

United States National Chemistry Olympiad - Students must be nominated by their high school teacher in order to particpate in the USNCO. No more than two students from any one high school and no more than eight students from the entire section may compete in this event. Students who compete in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (ICO). The national exam includes three parts. Part I is a 90-minute multiple-choice test. Part II is a 105 minute written response section. Part III is 90-minute laboratory practical composed of two exercises. The total testing time for the two written sections and lab practical will be 4 hours and 45 minutes. These awards are also given to the recipient at our annual awards banquet (the May monthly meeting).

College Awards - Each college or university within the section selects the one graduating senior chemistry or biochemistry major that best represents the best qualities of a beginning chemical professional. These awards are also given to the recipient at our annual awards banquet (the May monthly meeting).

Our Academic Partners

Bloomsburg University Bucknell University King's College Lycoming College Marywood University Misericordia University Penn State Hazleton Penn State Scranton Penn State Wilkes-Barre Susquehanna University University of Scranton Wilkes University


The Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society began in 1958 and serves eight counties in PA:

The section provides services for the chemistry professionals, undergraduate chemistry students, and high school students of the area.


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