Monday, May 24, 2010

PR: Syracuse University names DV graduate a Remembrance Scholar

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University selected Ryan Balton (Delaware Valley ’07) as one of its 2010 Remembrance Scholars.

The university chooses 35 seniors each year to honor the memory of the 35 Syracuse students who died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988. The students had been returning from a study abroad program when the plane exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing everyone on board and 11 people on the ground.

Among the students killed in the tragedy was 1986 Port Jervis High School graduate Theodora Cohen. Theo was a junior at Syracuse’s College of Visual Performing Arts.

“Not only did the Pan Am tragedy affect my college community, it affected my home and the people in my backyard where I grew up,” Balton said. “That makes remembering the victims much more important to me, and it makes being a Remembrance Scholar an even greater honor.”

Syracuse will host a formal ceremony on Oct. 22 during its annual Remembrance Week to remember the 35 victims and to honor this year’s Remembrance Scholars. The university awards a $5,000 scholarship to each of the scholars.

The son of Bruce and Terry of Dingman Township, Balton is a dual major in television, radio, film and education policy studies. He is the general manager of the campus TV station, CitrusTV. The Pike County native will intern with ESPN’s studio operations in Bristol, Conn. this summer.

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