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Pittsburgh Penguins Honor Greater Latrobe Senior with 2009 Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have awarded the 2009 Bob Johnson Memorial Scholarship to Greater Latrobe High School senior Ryan LaDuke.  The scholarship, valued at $2,500, is co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Booster Club.

The Johnson scholarship was created in 1992 and is presented annually to a western 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 minimum grade point average of 3.2 to qualify for the scholarship.  

LaDuke, a four-year letterman left wing, contributed greatly to Latrobe’s 2008 and 2009 Pennsylvania State Championship teams.  Through three years at Latrobe, LaDuke recorded 55 goals and 100 points. 

He also excelled academically and was named to the Distinguished Honor Roll.  He was a member of the Student Council, Spanish Club and was elected Sports Editor of the school newspaper. 

A well-rounded athlete, LaDuke was also a three-year letterman in football and track.  He excelled as a captain and team leader in all three sports.  As a wide-receiver, he captured First Team All-Conference Wide Receiver honors and was named to the Tribune-Review’s Terrific 25 Football Team in 2008.  

Active in the community, LaDuke has volunteered at a Developmental Hockey Clinic; participated in Rockdown, a charity fundraiser for cancer research; served meals at an annual senior citizen luncheon and volunteered at an annual Thanksgiving food drive.

He is the son of John and Bridget LaDuke of Greensburg, PA.  He attends St. Francis University where he majors in Physician Assistant Sciences.
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