It was a night of music, laughter and culture all to recognize students and faculty for their dedication to public education on Friday at Bear Creek Mountain Resort for the inaugural Eastern Region chapter of the Pennsylvania State Education Association Awards Banquet and Ceremony.

Over 90 students applied for the scholarship by submitting an essay about their experience through the public education system. Overall, only five students from each county, Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill were chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Tonight is about celebrating students “who have excelled in academics, character and leadership.” Said Tim Kearney, Third Representative of Eastern PSEA during his opening remarks.

Scholarship recipient for Berks County, Connor Oswald, senior at Hamburg High School spoke about his time in participating in a student program with the schools Technology Department during his acceptance speech.

“I am especially grateful for gaining practical knowledge in something that all people take advantage of but most do not understand, for some reason if I were to choose a different path, the skills I leaned at school would still be with me the rest of my life.” Oswald said.

In addition to the student scholarship awards, the association also gave out three awards to its members, the Champion for Children Award was given to Robert Creveling and the Eastern PSEA Presidential Legacy Award was given to George Treisner.

Guests of the night not only enjoyed dinner but also a special performance by the Reading High School Castleaires Jazz Band.

Student Scholarship winners include Abigail Brickler of Schuylkill County, Peyton Sailer of Northampton County, Landon Annoni of Lehigh County, Elise Johnston of Carbon County and Connor Oswald of Berks County.

View the photo gallery of the banquet: https://www.flickr.com/gp/rdgmag/3E21tE or re-watch the entire ceremony: https://youtu.be/2Q5clurH-iY