Five students tied for the 2019 Academic Achievement Award from Saint Francis University and will conclude their college careers with perfect QPAs. But that’s not all-each student is brilliant, compassionate, and a privilege to teach. Photo from left: Eric Horell, Director of Alumni Engagement; Arlan “AJ” Zelenky; Isabella Bubb; Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D., President; Elise Dumouchelle; Rebecca Kasun; and Gabrielle Beck.

LORETTO — Arlan Zelenky of DuBois is one of five students who won the 36th Academic Achievement Award presented by the Saint Francis University Alumni Association at the President’s Awards Convocation on April 30.

This award is given to the graduating senior with the highest QPA over their entire college career. For the first time, there was a five-way tie. These five students will conclude their undergraduate careers with perfect QPAs, the highest of their class, an incredible feat on its own, but even more impressive when you consider that between these five students there are eight majors, seven minors, two Honor students, and a variety of leadership positions on and off campus.

Zelenky is a mathematics and secondary education student with a self-designed minor in Mathematical Economics. He has passed all teacher certification tests from the state of Pennsylvania in the content areas of seventh through 12th grade mathematics, physics, and chemistry. He is a lead peer tutor at the University, the treasurer of the Education Club, and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Phi Education and Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics honor societies.

His presentation “Sudoko Solutions in Mupad Using Grobner Basis” was named one of the best presentations at the Great Lakes Regional meeting of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society. Diligent, brilliant, and passionate for mathematics are just a few of the many, many praises from professors about Zelenky.

Saint Francis University (www.francis.edu) in Loretto is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States. Its mission is to help students grow into compassionate, successful professionals through a culture of generosity, respect, discovery and joy.

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