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July 19, 2011 > Fake scholarship prank draws laughs, scolding

Fake scholarship prank draws laughs, scolding

Submitted By AP Wire Service

BANGOR, Pa. (AP), Jun 21 - It turns out a Pennsylvania high school graduate's scholarship was just a load of bull.

Ethan Rosenberry got a stern talking-to over the bogus scholarship award that made its way into the Bangor Area High School graduation program, The Express-Times of Easton reported.

Roseberry told the paper he hadn't won anything. Zip. Zero. Nada. Jack... squat. So he invented an award that truly acknowledged his lack of accomplishments.

The Jack Hitte Award, with the middle initial S., drew laughter Thursday from a few audience members who caught the joke - which is more than can be said for the school officials who didn't catch on when Rosenberry put the fictitious scholarship down on the form he received for listing his scholastic accomplishments.

Rosenberry told the newspaper he got creative with the form because he hadn't received any of the scholarships for which he'd applied.

``I was laughing and thought I got jack (expletive), so I wrote I got the Jack S. Hitte Award,'' Rosenberry said.

Rosenberry thought it was all about to hit the fan when he was pulled aside and told he had to speak to Principal Robert Vlasaty, he said.

``Whenever you do something like this, whenever you take the risk, you have to assume there will be consequences,'' Rosenberry said.

But he said he was allowed to leave with his diploma after being told the district didn't approve of the joke but could take it in good humor.

``If Mr. Vlasaty wasn't such a great guy, there could have been huge problems,'' Rosenberry said.

The district is looking into the prank but declined further comment, said Assistant Superintendent Frank DeFelice.

Rosenberry is headed to Slippery Rock University in the fall to study political science.

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Information from: The Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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