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School Notes 3/11/2019

March 11, 2019 GMT

Abington Heights

Students from Waverly and Clarks Summit Elementary contributed to a victory during the 39th annual Stanco Tournament for Summit Wrestling.

Gabe LaRosa, Connor Bugno, Ethan Fanning, Chace Berry, Jacob Felton, Marek Sandone, William Cox and Alex Marchetti participated in the event held in January at Abington Heights High School.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Blue Ridge

For kindergartner Quinn Templeton, the best part of playing the Queen of Hearts was the Mad Tea Party songs.

Quinn and fellow kindergarteners performed “Adventures in Wonderland” for their families and community members Feb. 14.

“From the beginning of the Artist in Residence program, Quinn picked up every lyric and dance move,” said Theo Lencicki, artist in residence. “She always was in character on stage and never missed a beat.”

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Carbondale Area

Junior Olivia Dietz placed first and second in high school dance choreography in this year’s Reflections contest.

“I was able to go to my dance studio and record the dances, which I made up myself, so I am very proud to have my work chosen as the best,” she said. “My 12 years of dance lessons have definitely paid off.”

She performed two numbers: “Be Your Own Hero” and “Role Model.”

Jaden Fedorchak won first, second and third place for high school literature for his pieces, “A Helping Hand,” “A Friend in Need” and “The Horse Race,” respectively.

In photography middle division, Holly Burke won first place with “Vietnam Vet”; Alexis Marder won second place with “Grassy Leaf”; and Molly Kelly won third place with “Cloudy with a Chance of Heroes.”

In photography high school division, Dylan Rowland won first place with “My Hero” and Olivia Dietz won second place with “Forest Hunters.”

In visual arts, middle division, Gavin Waering was awarded first place for “Local Student Writes about an Emergency Call” and Alayshia Williams earned second place for “Heroes Are Drug Free.”

In visual arts, high school division, Ashley Gorel won first place for “Mental Therapists Around Me” and Aveana Hund-Gatey came in second for “American Flag Police Badge.”

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Career Technology Center of

Lackawanna

County

Joachim Lena has a smile on his face each morning as he greets students entering the building.

“His motivation and positive attitude pushes him to be successful in the service occupations program,” according to the school.

The Valley View senior participates in a work-based learning experience as a store clerk at Gerrity’s in Clarks Summit. He has received positive feedback from his job coach, Kevin Grum from Community Options.

“Joachim has a positive social interaction with co-workers and customers, he helps customers bag their groceries and stocks shelves successfully with some verbal prompting,” Grum said. “Joachim’s vibrant personality is displayed when he is greeting customers daily.”

—SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Delaware Valley

Junior Matt Chabak has a busy year, with duties including president of Junior Historians, alto saxophone leader in the marching band and memberships in National Honor Society, martial arts and Model UN.

“Being involved has allowed me to become a part of various groups of people and broaden my interests to encompass more than just academics,” he said.

Matt also donates his time to the United Way Day of Caring, Delaware River Cleanup, area food pantry and Habitat for Humanity.

“Volunteering has given me a drive to help others as well as the community,” Matt said. “It provides a different perspective and allows me to value giving time to help others because it is often more rewarding than most other activities.”

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Dunmore

Third-graders at the elementary center were busy collecting money, food and toys for the True Friends Animal Shelter in Montrose recently.

Elizabella Reilly organized the project for her classmates and donated her own money to help out the shelter.

“Some animals don’t have homes and have to stay at the shelter. I wanted to help them because it’s the right thing to do,” Elizabella said.

She said the shelter greatly appreciated the donation, which is especially important during cold-weather months. Elizabella was so thankful for all of the help she received from her classmates.

“I love animals, and so I feel happy to help them. I am thankful for everyone’s help,” she said.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Forest City

Regional

Senior Annie Sullivan was able to parlay her love of animals into her senior project by assisting at a veterinary hospital in Carbondale.

Her duties included cleaning animal cages, monitoring vital signs of the patients, walking animals and other jobs at the hospital. Annie was also able to watch staff work with the animals.

“Learning how the hospital functions from a vet technician perspective was great,” she said, adding she especially enjoyed being a comfort for the animals.

She is a member of art club and plans on studying to be a veterinary technician after graduation.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Lackawanna Trail

Lili Martin found inspiration for her life and an award-winning essay in an acclaimed biography and a visit to a museum in Mexico.

The senior won the essay contest for Trail Rotary Club, District 7410. Juniors and seniors were asked to submit stories on their source of inspiration.

Lili’s essay focused on two powerful events in her high school career: The first is when she read Malala Yousafzai’s biography “I Am Malala.” The book taught her to not take her right to an education in the United States for granted and to be the best student she can be.

She also discussed visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico last summer. The trip influenced her to study student immigration law and women’s rights in college.

“My mom is a great source of inspiration for me and I considered writing the essay about her,” she said. “But I knew everyone would write about their parents, so I thought a lot about other experiences that I have had that had an impact on my learning.”

Lili won a $50 cash prize and her essay will move on for consideration of a top prize of a $1,000 scholarship.

Lili is in the top three of her class. She is an active member of the Interact club, a member of the school’s field hockey and track and field teams, and a part of state Sen. John Blake’s Student Ambassador program.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Lakeland

Eighth-grader Madison Miller was selected as January Student of the Month for her respectful, kind nature and her trustworthiness.

She was selected for the honor by her teachers and received a Dunkin’ gift card for her hard work.

“I already spent most of it on iced tea and doughnuts,” Madison said.

Madison is a member of the Envirothon and cross country teams. She is looking forward to running on the track team this spring.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mid Valley

Senior Mark Longo won a Scholastic Gold Key award for his ceramic art.

The piece was on display at the Everhart Museum.

Mark is also an athlete and dedicated scholar. He is a four-year member of the varsity baseball team and a two-year member of the varsity basketball team. He is secretary of Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Outside of school, Mark works part time at Cinnabon to earn money for a future degree in accounting.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Montrose Area

Senior Tracy Kerr was crowned the winner of the 2019 Mr. Meteor Pageant on Feb. 22, beating out classmates Sean Argust and Max Brewer.

Tracy impressed the crowd with his great school spirit, motivational speech and surprising dance moves. For the talent portion of the event, Tracy gave a motivational speech inspired by his involvement in seventh-grade teacher Charlotte Sherwood’s Make Your Mark program.

“It’s fun to show school spirit in front of the school and be a bigger role model to the seventh- and eighth-graders,” said Tracy, adding that he didn’t expect to win but had a lot of fun.

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Mountain View

Eighth-grader Jordyn Walker was a committee chair for the seventh- and eighth-grade semiformal dance.

“I’m really pleased with how the dance went,” she said. “People really enjoyed the DJ and the food.”

Jordyn said she learned a lot that will help her become a stronger leader in the future.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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North Pocono

Not only is senior Evelyn Ciero a member of National Honor Society, honor roll and high honors throughout high school, she also finds time to enjoy a variety of activities.

She’s bowled since she was 5 years old and danced since she was 4.

She’s also volunteered as a part of the Covington Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for seven years; taken an annual mission trip with Moscow United Methodist Church; served as a NPJT D-squad cheer coach for four years; and volunteered at various church functions with her youth group.

After high school, Evelyn wants to major in pediatric nursing and is interested in St. Francis University, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Eastern University, Bloomsburg University and Waynesburg University.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Old Forge

Ben Thomas received the Devil Pride award for February.

The sixth-grade student works hard every day and said he was happy to receive the honor.

Teachers chose him for the award because of “his outgoing personality and for following all the school rules,” according to the school.

Ben, whose favorite subject is math, said he is looking forward to going to high school next year.

—SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Riverside

Lorenzo Lello enjoyed the “Read Across America Week” celebration at school.

Fifth-grade students had themed dress days and focused on reading activities for the week.

“My favorite Dr. Seuss book is ‘One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,’ ” Lorenzo said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Scranton

First-grade students at Robert Morris Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by participating in science, technology, engineering and math activities.

The students built towers with 100 cups, used block patterns for the number 100 and created a tiered cake with containers of Play-Doh and 100 crayons.

“We really enjoyed building a layered cake out of 100 cups and after we built it, the best part was we were able to knock the cups down,” student Sophia Dempsey said.

—SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Susquehanna Community

Senior William Perry is the student council president, where he works with students and teachers to create a better environment to learn and grow.

William and the rest of student council will participate in the annual Pride and Polish on May 23, a community service event where students volunteer and do tasks to improve the community.

Perry has led the student government for two years. He also plays football, track and field and volleyball.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Valley View

Jakob Davitt is senior of the month in January for physical education.

“I felt very proud of being selected,” he said. “I feel accomplished about being senior of the month.”

Jakob is a member of the Jessup Hose Company 2 ambulance and an associate volunteer senior firefighter.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Wallenpaupack Area

Sara Warner’s administrators said she’s well-liked, friendly and enjoys helping others.

The second-grader is also active with the Girl Scouts, where she helped collect food for the local pantry and donated cookies to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Sara likes performing and is a member of the Ritz Bitz Children’s Theater. She hopes to be a songwriter when she grows up.

Sara’s favorite subject is reading, particularly books from the “Magic Treehouse” series.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Western Wayne

Parker Howell has been recognized by his school’s administration as an outstanding student.

The junior is an honor roll student and a member of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America club.

Parker is a guard and outside linebacker on the football team and is especially proud to be on the team this year after they had their first district playoff win in years.

“It felt amazing,” Parker said. “I have never felt closer to my teammates.”

Parker is also on the indoor and outdoor track team and loves being a part of a variety of teams for his school.

“I like the camaraderie and brotherhood it makes me feel,” Parker said. “I try to teach the underclassmen how to lead once upperclassmen like me have moved on.”

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Wayne Highlands

First-grader William Campbell’s school administrators describe him as friendly, energetic and creative.

William loves all types of vehicles, cuddling with his pet rabbit, playing with his family and friends, and visiting his neighbors.

He also loves adventure, especially roller coasters, boogie boarding and exploring. William recently earned his National Park Junior Ranger badge at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Park in Hawaii.

Additionally, William plays soccer, takes swimming lessons and started taking piano lessons.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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