Morgan Kriner named 2016 Young Woman of Excellence

The YWCA Northcentral PA recognizes that Women of Excellence begin serving their community with dedication and selflessness at a young age. For a fourth year, the YWCA invited each local school district to nominate one young woman who embodies the virtues of integrity, strength of character and leadership to be named the Young Woman of Excellence. This year the award was made possible by Lycoming College and Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The nominations, with all identifying information removed, are reviewed by a group of previously honored YWCA Women of Excellence. This group voted Morgan Kriner, a senior from St. John Neumann Regional Academy, as the 2016 Young Woman of Excellence. Kriner will be honored at the YWCA’s eighth annual Women of Excellence celebration at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Williamsport Country Club.

An honor student who gives countless hours in community service, Kriner was nominated by Abby Brown, St. John Neumann Regional Academy director of guidance.

Brown descried Kriner as a “leader of her peers,” “a wonderful student” and a “superb human being.”

Kriner’s consistent work ethic and dedication to personal achievement earned her the role of president of her school’s Executive Student Council. She is a member of the National Honor Society carrying a rigorous course load including AP physics, Spanish IV, theology honors, English IV and her favorite class — math survey. Additionally, she is a member of the yearbook and prom committees and has found success as part of her school’s Academic Decathlon team.

She has given many hours to the St. Boniface pancake breakfast, the Divine Providence car show, Ronald McDonald House, Operation Christmas Child, Immaculate Conception Parish picnic and holiday bell ringing for charity. Her concern for others is evident in her involvement in Students Against Destructive Decisions, The Leo Club, The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and the Lycoming County’s Youth Development Task Force.

Kriner excels with her schools’ softball team and earned the team all-star award along with an honorable mention at the All-State level. When she was a high school sophomore she was voted by her teammates to serve as team captain.

Her desire to serve others is evident in Kriner’s plans to pursue a nursing degree and specialize in neonatal care.

Kriner is the oldest of five siblings and enjoys spending time with her younger siblings, her family pets and her parents, Rhiannon Kriner and Michael Kriner and stepmother, Heather Fisher.

She works part-time at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, enjoys hiking and camping at state parks and has a passion for helping others.