Local student receives honor
Amanda Gawel of Clarks Summit was named the 2019 Lackawanna County Miss Agriculture USA.
Gawel, 19, is the daughter of Tom Gawel of Clarks Summit and Jill Strelecki of Olyphant. She is an Abington Heights High School graduate and attends Marywood University.
Her agricultural interests include market and breeding goats and market and breeding cows. She was a seven-year member of 4-H and is currently a 4-H adviser.
Miss Agriculture USA is a nonprofit agriculture promotion organization featuring Queens of all ages that promote, celebrate and educate about all the diverse aspects of agriculture, according to Gawel.
Gawel will compete for the State Queen title in March and will have the opportunity to continue on to the National Miss Agri
culture USA Queen competition in Ohio in June.
For more details, contact MissAgricultureUSA@gmail.com or www.MissAgricultureUSA.org.
Super students and teachers
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine faculty member, Dr. Brian Piper of Waverly, along with five students, published an article in the Jan. 17 edition of PeerJ, the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences.
The student authors include Fedor Cabrera, Erik Gamarra, Tiffany Garcia and Ashanti Littlejohn, all first-year medical students; and Daniel Chung, MBS.
The paper, titled “Opioid distribution trends (2006-2017) in the U.S. Territories” examined common prescription opioids over the last decade in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the school.
Other authors included Poul A. Chinga of the University of Scranton; Luis D. Pinentel-Morillo of Penn State University; Jorge R. Tirado of Elizabethtown College; Leana J. Pande of Wilkes University; Kenneth L. McCall of the University of New England; and Stephanie D. Nichols, Husson University.
North Pocono Elementary students, including Bree Fox, Ruby Stanton, Max Valenzano, Emily Kamora, Tyler Matay and Ryker Sandford, took money from their own piggy banks to support children and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
The students from Jefferson Elementary Center participated in the hospital’s Say Yay to Pajama Day fundraiser.
They brought in their donations and wore pajamas for the school day to raise a total of $304.