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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins honored the 2004 Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship winner, Christian Nickerson of Meadville Area High School, between periods of the December 29 home game.  The scholarship is valued at $2,500 and is co-sponsored by the Penguins Booster Club.

The Johnson scholarship was started in 1992 and is presented annually to a western

Penguins Director of Amateur Hockey Mark Shuttkleworth & Booster Club President Melinda Harty congratulate Christian Nickerson as the Bob Johnson Scholarship winner for 2004
Pennsylvania high school senior for academic excellence, community service and for providing leadership, sportsmanship and a positive attitude as a member of their school’s hockey program.  Students must have a grade point average of 3.2 to qualify for the scholarship.  

Nickerson was awarded the scholarship for excelling at right wing with Meadville Area’s hockey team.  He served as team captain his senior year while recording 45 goals and 76 assists for 121 points.  His 76 assists ranks second overall in school history while his 121 single season point total ranks fourth overall among all-time Bulldog players.  Through four years at Meadville, he amassed 289 points, the third highest point total in team history.

During his high school hockey career, he was honored with a variety of awards including the Bulldog Hockey Academic Award and Todd McClay Coaches Award.  He was a member of the 2003 State Championship Team and also collected honors as a Hockey Night in Boston All-Star, PIHL All-Star and a member of Team Pittsburgh 2003.

Nickerson also excelled academically as a member of the National Honor Society and served as Secretary of Meadville’s Senior Council, Head of the Tutoring Committee and Secondary President of the French Club.  He was also a member of the Student Council and Key Club.

In addition to his school activities, he volunteered for community service programs including Salvation Army collections, local blood drives, Make A Difference Day, MS Walk for Health, the March of Dimes and weekly skating and hockey classes for younger children.

He is the son of Doug and Robin Nickerson of Meadville, PA.  He attends Penn State University where he majors in political science and has continued his hockey career.

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