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Selaks receive Ursuline Distinguished Alumni Awards

The scholarship they endow assists students from Saint Rose in Girard.
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From left are Ursuline President Rev. Richard Murphy ('72), Maria Kregar Selak ('68), August Selak ('67) and Principal Matthew Sammartino. The Selaks were recently presented Distinguished Alumni Awards.

YOUNGSTOWN — August (Class of '67) and Maria Kregar Selak (’68) were honored with Ursuline High School's Distinguished Alumni Awards when the Feast of Saint Ursula Liturgy was celebrated Oct. 20.

The awards have been presented for 35 years to graduates of Ursuline High School who have distinguished themselves by dedicated service to our school and to the community at large. 

Gus Selak and Maria Kregar were childhood sweethearts and who graduated from Saint Rose School in Girard. 

While an Ursuline student, Gus was a hall monitor, a member of the Albertus Magnus Club, Chess Club and Ham Radio Club. He participated in Junior Classical League and Auxilium Latinum Test (Summa). He won first place in the Tri-County Science Fair. 

Gus attended John Carroll University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) in 1971. From 1971-1977, Gus was a member of the 425th MP Company, Ohio National Guard. 

He earned a degree in Metallurgical Engineering Technology and a Master's of Engineering in Materials Science from Youngstown State University. 

Gus worked at Copperweld Steel Corp. as a chemist from 1971-2001 and at Spectrochemical Testing Inc. as a chemist from 2002 until now. 

Maria Kregar graduated with the Ursuline Class of 1968 which was the largest class in Ursuline history (just shy of 500 seniors). While an Ursuline student, she was involved in the Glee Club, Memory Book Staff, Junior Classical League, Future Teachers of America, Auxilium Latinum Test (Maxima), Pep Club and the National Honor Society. 

Maria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Youngstown State University graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1972. She also took library science classes at Kent State University. 

Maria was the first children’s librarian at the Girard Free Library from 1972-78 and serves in that capacity from 2001 to the present. 

She has served as a substitute teacher and librarian at St. Rose, Girard City and Liberty schools. Maria is a member of the Saint Rose Choir, Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi, Friends of the Girard Library and American Mutual Life Association Slovenian Society, Lodge 42.

Gus and Maria were married on Aug. 9, 1975. They are members of St. Rose Parish and have three children who are Ursuline alumni:  Andrea, Class of '96, of New York; Mark, Class of '01, of Florida; and Monica, Class of '03, of North Carolina.   

They endowed the August and Maria Kregar Selak Scholarship which is part of Ursuline Endowment Fund Inc. and provides tuition assistance to students from Saint Rose who wish to attend Ursuline High School.

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