Joel Melo, Isaiah Lewis share Student of the Month Award honors at Hazleton

Two photos of students; one in a suit with a black bow tie and another leaning over a rock with arms folded in front of him in a white long sleeved shirt.

Penn State Hazleton first-year students Joel Melo (left) and Isaiah Lewis (right) were recognized with the Student of the Month Award for January.

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HAZLETON, Pa. — Isaiah Lewis and Joel Melo share Student of the Month Award honors for January. 

Lewis, a first-year physical therapist assistant major from New Rochelle, New York, was nominated for his commitment to academic improvement and achievement over obstacles.

According to Lewis’ nominator, his performance improved significantly after he changed his major and began working more closely with faculty.

“Isaiah actively seeks assistance, demonstrating a commendable work ethic, and consistently achieves one of the highest grades in the class.” his nominator wrote. “His dedicated efforts and proactive approach have transformed his campus experience into a highly positive one.”

Lewis, a member of the campus’ Black Student Union organization, said the recognition is proof that hard work produces positive results.

“It feels great to be noticed,” Lewis said. “This award gives me a real motivation to keep working.”

Melo, also a first-year student, had a similar reaction to his award-winning academic performance.

“It’s an honor to be chosen for the Student of the Month award,” he said. “I’m grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been given as a Penn State Hazleton student and for all of the friends and professors I’ve met so far. Everyone on this campus has been caring and helpful.”

Melo’s nominator noted that Melo, an architectural engineering major from Hazleton, has also shined outside of the classroom by serving as president of the Swim and Water Polo Club, student manager with the women’s basketball team, and volunteer firefighter and part-time Department of Public Works employee for the city of Hazleton. 

“Not only is he a model student for others, but he is also an asset to our community,” his nominator wrote.

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