DFT Communications has announced that David Bleck III, Laura Pfleuger and Melissa Mjoen have all been selected as this year's recipients of the Indepen-dent Telephone Pioneer Association's (ITPA) Scholarship Awards.
David Bleck is the son of David and Carol Bleck of Fredonia. He will be entering into his second year at Brockport State University studying Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training with a minor in Biology. After his undergraduate studies he plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
During his first year at Brockport, David was involved with the Leadership Development Program and was on the Dean's List.
Pictured above are the 2012 winners of the ITPA Scholarship Awards along with their parents posing with Mark R. Maytum, President and COO of DFT Communications. Pictured from left to right are: Kurtz and Nina Mjoen, Laura Pfleuger, Ed Pfleuger, Melissa Mjoen, Mark Maytum, David Bleck and Dave Bleck.
A graduate of Fredonia High School, David was a three sport athlete participating in football, indoor track and golf all four years while also obtaining the Principal's Award with Distinction every semester.
Laura Pfleuger is the daughter of Ed and Kelly Pfleuger of Forestville. Laura will be attending Nazareth College as a Performing Vocal Major. While in high school, Laura was involved in National Honor Society, chorus, band, musicals, cheerleading and morning announcements. Laura has also been a member of the student council as well as a class officer. She has received several all-county honors and has participated in the Chautauqua Chamber Apprentice and Chautauqua Junior Idol programs. A gifted singer, Laura has performed at several local venues including Tri County Country Club, Buster Brown Bean Co. Cafe & Bistro and Kangaroo Cafe outside of school. She also performed once a month at Roswell Cancer Center during the last three years of high school as community service.
Melissa Mjoen, daughter of Kurtz and Nina Mjoen of Silver Creek, will be attending the University of Buffalo for Pharmacy. While in high school, Melissa was active in many organizations, serving as vice president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Key Club, treasurer of Earth Club and vice president of the Language Club.
Active in sports, she also played basketball and soccer. Melissa also participated in the 3-1-3 Program at SUNY Fredonia in her senior year.
Independent Telephone Pioneer Association awards seven scholarships to high school seniors and college students. Students must provide a copy of their high school or college transcripts and they are required to write a brief essay on how they will use their college experience and education to enrich their community, state or country and how they have done so already. Children of ITPA members can apply for the awards. This year's presentations were made at the Annual NYSTA Convention held in Cooperstown, New York in early June.
Congratulations to all of the recipients and their families.