Top Students Honored As Scholastic Superstars

April 20, 2018 GMT

They help their neighbors and inspire younger students. One grows super-hot peppers, while others compete on the national level both athletically and academically. These are just a few of the accomplishments of The Times-Tribune’s 24th class of Scholastic Superstars who were honored Thursday in downtown Scranton. The students from around the region excel in academics, serve their communities and act as role models to their peers. Twenty-three of the superstars and their families, teachers, principals and mentors attended the medal ceremony and reception at The Scranton Times Building. The 2018 class of Scholastic Superstars are: Tylea Alpaugh, Western Wayne High School; Erin Barrett, Scranton High School; Mason Black, Valley View High School; Matthew Caputo, North Pocono High School; Matthew Cerep, Holy Cross High School; Richard Chowanec, Mid Valley Secondary Center; Katherine Dammer, Abington Heights High School; Paul DeMarco, Tunkhannock Area High School; Shane Fagan, Delaware Valley High School; Sean Harder, Tunkhannock Area High School; Mateen Kasim, Abington Heights High School; Amanda Katchmar. Old Forge High School; James Kazmierski, Abington Heights High School; Michael Kowalski, North Pocono High School; Charles Kulick, Scranton Preparatory School; Cindy Li, Delaware Valley High School; Allison McGee, Holy Cross High School; Priya Patel, Mid Valley Secondary Center; Jennifer Price, Lackawanna Trail High School; Gabriel Ramos, North Pocono High School; Ryan Sauter, Scranton Preparatory School; Christina Shaffern, Holy Cross High School; Kerry Shamnoski, Pittston Area High School; Balin Shrivastava, Tunkhannock Area High School; and Matthew Trotter, Forest City Regional High School. The 2018 team took to the newspaper’s fifth floor auditorium on Thursday to tell the audience which colleges and universities they will attend. Some are leaving Northeast Pennsylvania for Texas or an exchange program in Brazil while others will stay local at Marywood University and the University of Scranton. This year’s team was selected from 70 nominees from more than two dozen Northeast Pennsylvania high schools. The Times-Shamrock newspaper invited schools to nominate up to three seniors who excel in academic performance, school activities and community service. Contact the writer: kbolus@timesshamrock.com 570-348-9100 x5114 @kbolusTT