Joshua Fry awarded Christopher T. Secules Memorial Scholarship

The first Christopher T. Secules Memorial Scholarship of $500 was awarded on June 6, to Joshua Fry, recent Hughesville High School graduate.

A scholarship is presented annually to a deserving high school senior in the East Lycoming School District.

Priority is given to a student of East Lycoming School District who has been involved in music or musical theater and has been accepted to an institution of higher learning, with an intended major in music, engineering, computer science and technology or medicine.

Fry plans to attend Penn State University, State College, in the fall to study mathematics.

During his time at Hughesville, he participated in the Spartan band playing the tuba for six years.

Theater has been a passion of his since eighth grade, performing both supporting and leading roles in the high school musicals.

He has been rewarded with two “Ray of Light” nominations for his on-stage acting and persona.

Fry’s other school activities include student council, including the office of president in his senior year; class president since 10th grade; and varsity tennis for four years.

Outside of school, Fry is actively involved with church, the Rotary Club’s Interact program and the East Lycoming Historical Society.

The Christopher T. Secules Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Christopher Secules, a member of the Hughesville High School class of 1998, who passed away in Aug. 2012, as a result of liver failure while waiting for a liver transplant.

Secules’ interests included theater, community, Boy Scouts and church.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Lafayette College in 2002, and a master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey.

He also was a civilian employee for the Army at Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, for 10 years before liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, claimed his life at the age of 32.

He was survived by his wife, daughter and son.

A second fundraiser dinner and Chinese auction will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 from at the Hughesville Volunteer Firemen’s Social Hall to support the fundraising goal for this annual award.