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Students to travel to Patzun, Guatemala during Thanksgiving

Posted by Ashley Wise on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

This Thanksgiving break, 18 Waynesburg University students will serve at the Centro Nutricional y Hogar de Ninos in Patzun, Guatemala. Led by Heidi Szuminksy, director of donor and alumni relations at Waynesburg University, and her husband, Brandon Szuminsky, lecturer of communication at Waynesburg University, the group will depart Saturday, Nov. 17 and return Saturday, Nov. 24.

“The children who live at the nutritional center captured my heart,” Heidi said. “I keep going back because I want so badly to make the lives of these children better, even if it is in a small way. I also am passionate about taking students on this trip because it is eye-opening to see the poverty in Guatemala.”

This trip marks the 11th year that students have assisted the Franciscan nuns at the children’s home. While there, activities will be provided for the children, including a carnival, sports, music and crafts.

Students participating in the mission service trip include:

  • Marissa Adele Barr, a junior biblical & ministry studies major from Lititz, Pa. (Lititz Christian School)
  • Sarah Ann Bell, a senior communication (journalism) major from Clarksville, Pa. (Bethlehem-Center High School)
  • Kenneth Cline, a freshman accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio (Indian Creek High School)
  • Joshuah Allen Dains, a sophomore business management major from Clarksville, Pa. (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Chelsea Lynn Dicks, a freshman communication (journalism) major from Jefferson, Pa. (Jefferson-Morgan High School)
  • Kyle Andrew Digiandomenico, a sophomore psychology major from Martins Ferry, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Angele Rose Hagy, a junior early childhood/special education major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Mt. Lebanon High School)
  • Kelsey Elizabeth May, a junior middle level education major from Mill Run, Pa. (Connellsville High School)
  • Kimberly Grace Peters, a junior human services (social science) major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Hills High School)
  • Gracious Katsuko Shavers, a sophomore human services (education) major from  Japan (Zion Christian Academy)
  • Ryan A. Smith, a sophomore biblical & ministry studies (international studies) major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Rachel Danielle Snavely, a freshman music ministry major from Manheim, Pa. (Manheim Central High School)
  • Steven Phillip Snow, a junior criminal justice administration major from Butler, Pa. (Knoch High School)
  • Hannah Michelle Szymanik, a junior early childhood/special education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa. (Boiling Springs High School)
  • Bethany Marie Taylor, a senior early childhood/special education major from Harrison City, Pa. (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Sara L. Tetil, a junior psychology major from Dunbar, Pa. (Connellsville High School)
  • Julie Anne Wise, a sophomore criminal justice administration major from Fowler, Ohio (Mathews High School)
  • Cherlylnn Shird, a junior sociology (urban studies) major from Washington, D.C. (Kamit Institute)

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Topics: guatemala, Waynesburg University, service