Samantha Matarella named Hazleton's January Student of the Month

Student learning up against fence outdoors.
Credit: Samantha Matarella

HAZLETON, Pa. — Samantha Matarella, a second-year kinesiology major from Hazleton, has been named student of the month for January at Penn State Hazleton. 

Nominated for civility, community care and involvement, Matarella has served a key role in promoting health and well-being over the past two academic years as a member of the Penn State Hazleton Exercise is Medicine on Campus committee, according to her nominator.  

“Matarella helped organize and volunteered herself at this year’s Exercise is Medicine on Campus event, where she assisted in taking vital signs on participants who attended,” her nominator wrote. “With her newly acquired skills taking vitals, she challenged herself within her profession by speaking during the Penn State Library Speaker Series.” 

Matarella said she is grateful for the award. 

“I feel like my hard work is being recognized,” she said. 

Matarella is a graduate of Hazleton Area High School and currently works at Bradley Caldwell in West Hazleton. She plans on attending graduate school for physical therapy.