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School Notes For Week Of June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018 GMT

Abington Heights Sophomore Nina Sampogne organized a child abuse awareness project at Abington Heights in April. Nina has worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center since she was 8 years old. At her high school, she spearheaded an awareness campaign through the interact club, painted windows with child abuse facts, planted a pinwheel garden and collected donations for the center. She also helped organize a dress-down day as a fundraiser and planted 898 pinwheels on the lawn at Lackawanna County Courthouse Square. Nina also collected juice boxes, water bottles and individually wrapped snacks and toiletries for the center. — KATHLEEN BOLUS kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter Blue Ridge Junior William Clauson lost 101 pounds in preparation for next year’s wrestling season at his school. This school year was William’s first full year at the high school. Every day during study hall, William walks the halls to lose weight. His goal is to get to a wrestling weight of 285 pounds or lower. He inspired his fellow students and Blue Ridge staff members so much that he was voted Junior Student of the Year. “Life is a journey, and some people take it and some don’t,” he said. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Carbondale Area Jessica Borders will represent Carbondale Area this summer as a National Youth Delegate to the 2018 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. “I’m very excited to be a part of this experience,” she said. “I’m interested in learning more about environmental science, my intended major and getting new ideas about conserving our planet.” Jessica will participate in the intensive, weeklong study of leadership in environmental science and conservation alongside 300 students from across the country. She was picked for the summit because of her academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. The university partners with National Geographic and the National Zoo for the summit in Washington, D.C. Aspiring environmentalists, like Jessica, learn from distinguished faculty and guest speakers, and have direct access to elite D.C. practitioners. “I hope to gain leadership skills, make new friends and represent my school,” Jessica said. The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment is from June 24 to 29. — KATHLEEN BOLUS kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter Career Technology Center Alyssa Kurey, an early child care and development junior from Scranton High School, has been recognized by her instructor, Kristine Lenceski, for impressive academic skills in the program. “Alyssa is an organized, creative and highly motivated student who consistently takes initiative while displaying many other positive qualities, such as being hardworking, determined and focused,” Lenceski said. Early child care and development is her favorite class. “It (the program) and my teacher helped shape me into becoming a better person and allowed me to recognize my strentghs and how to use them for my benefit,” Alyssa said. The color guard/marching band captain for Scranton High School, Alyssa works part time at McDonald’s. She also volunteers as a student for job shadowing in various clinical experiences, including those in the North Scranton Head Start program — all while working hard to maintain her grades as an honor-roll student at Career Technology Center. Alyssa plans to attend Keystone College and pursue a degree in early childhood education. She loves working with children and admires their honesty and positive energy. In her spare time, she loves to bake, go for walks, swim and spend time with her family. — JIM LOCKWOOD jlockwood@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5185; @jlockwoodTT on Twitter Delaware Valley Freshman Evelyn Hupka enjoys music and is a member of marching band, choir, jazz band and orchestra. “Being involved in school-related activities gives me something to look forward to during the school day,” she said. “I like to think it makes me a well-rounded person.” In addition, Evelyn helps at both school and community events. “Volunteer work has made me better in many ways,” she added. “It gave me better communication skills while bringing me closer to the school and community.” — LISA ZACCAGNINO lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130 Dunmore The football team recently took part in the Parents Loving Children through Autism Foundation (PLCAF) Autism Awareness Walk at Nay Aug Park. They helped with cleanup, walked with the children during the 5K and also took time to dance with them after the walk. These acts earned them a plaque from the PLCAF, naming them the 2018 outstanding youth group of the year. Junior team member Greg McDade was one of the players who participated. “It meant a lot for me to help out with this organization and see how excited the kids were. It was satisfying to see their smiles,” he said. Greg credits his coaches for teaching the team that it’s not all about football. They instill in the players the importance of community service and respect for others, especially the public, which gives them such support during the football season. “We appreciate our community, and we are taught the importance of giving back,” Greg added. — LISA ZACCAGNINO lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130 Forest City Regional Makayla Piasecki completed 25 hours running the school coffee cart for her senior project, where she was responsible for setting up the coffee and condiments each day, keeping track of the staff orders and student cards to track the number of coffee purchases and then cleaning up and taking down the cart to put it away for the following day. She was extremely personable and helpful to everyone and enjoyed all of the interaction throughout the process. Makayla has already graduated from Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County on May 24 and was the recipient of an advanced score on her theory and practical NOCTI. She will be pursuing a cosmetology career after she graduates from high school. — LISA ZACCAGNINO lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130 Lackawanna Trail Jayde Waibel set a goal this year: to win a writing contest. The seventh-grade student achieved that goal after she was featured in Scholastic Scope magazine’s April issue. The article focused on Jayde’s interview with a 12-year-old, Bella Rossborough, who ended the use of plastic bags in her hometown. Jayde asked Bella about her passion to protect her community’s natural resources, why she initiated the project and felt compelled to act, and how others could follow in her footsteps in their own community. She entered the interview in the magazine’s “You Write It” contest, which she learned about in English language arts class. She also won a cash prize for the piece. Jayde has always been interested in reading and writing and feels it comes naturally to her. The captain of the junior high girls basketball team, Jayde is also a member of the junior high cross country team and chorus. Outside of school, she enjoys working and performing with the Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA. — KATHLEEN BOLUS kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter Mid Valley On Wednesdays and Thursdays, Grace Goetz collects recyclable items throughout Mid Valley. In seventh grade, Grace is a member of the recycling club. The club is trying to collect 1,000 pounds of recyclables and is competing against other school districts in the Greensylvania recycling competition. She is also a member of the STEM club and, along with two of her friends, won a first-place prize for engineering at the 2018 NEPA Girls STEM Competition. Grace is also a member of the science club, the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, student council, junior high basketball and track teams, and is a high honor roll student. — KATHLEEN BOLUS kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter Mountain View Junior Alexus Wilbur was the captain of the high school reading competition team this year. The team placed second at the competition held at Western Wayne. “I was happy for my team, but also a little disappointed. After winning the reading competition the last two years, we were hoping to continue that streak,” Wilbur said. “I know we can do better and plan to return to the reading competition team next year.” As team captain, it was Alexus’ job to provide the correct answers from the team. “It was sometimes challenging to get the right answer without battling for it,” she said. “There were a lot of people on our team, and I had to work with and listen to everyone. I learned that teamwork is really important and everyone’s opinions can contribute to the overall answer.” After high school, she plans to become a lawyer. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter North Pocono Haley Zemek has taken full advantage of the school’s academic and accelerated course offerings throughout the past four years. An honor roll and high honors student, Haley has been a starter on the girls’ varsity tennis team her entire high school career and served as captain this past year. A member of the school’s chorus and show choir, she was also treasurer in grades 10 and 11. She has taken part in the North Pocono drama club since eighth grade, with performances in various spring productions including Seussical the Musical, Footloose the Musical, Lucky Stiff, Our Town, and West Side Story, where she played the lead role of Maria. She was a nominee by the Excellence in School Theatre Arts program for “Best Featured Ensemble Member” as Dominique du Monaco in the school’s 2016 production of Lucky Stiff. Haley is active with prom committee and Students Against Destructive Decisions. In her community, Haley is affiliated with her church’s youth group, also having served as president, and has taken part in numerous summer mission trips to Vermont, West Virginia, Virginia, New York and Massachusetts. Haley works as a cashier and freight worker at Five Below and as a lifeguard at Eagle Lake Community Association seasonally. Next year, she will be double majoring in theatre and sports media at Seton Hall University and is already set to study in Ireland during the 2019 spring break. The experience will include an acting workshop at the Abby Theatre School, an Abby Theatre performance, Trinity College visit and the Book of Kells. — LISA ZACCAGNINO lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130 Old Forge Sixth grader Emma Price received her first ever Devil Pride Award in May. “I felt great when I was chosen for this award,” Emma said. “I have been waiting for this award since kindergarten, which makes this even more special to receive this award in my last month and year of elementary school.” Emma said she is looking forward to moving on to high school, but nervous. Her summer plans include going to Knoebels amusement park, a trip to the beach and hanging out with her friends. — CLAYTON OVER cover@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5363; @ClaytonOver on Twitter Riverside Robert Creo, grade 5, and his classmates showed support for our troops in a recent class project, working hard to collect items to send to Marines who are serving overseas. The Marine recipients included a 2014 graduate of Riverside, Lance Cpl. Joseph McBride. “It made me feel proud because I helped the lives of many people,” Robert said. This project aimed to teach the students respect for the servicemen who fight for our country. “It’s important to do this because the soldiers protect us and our freedom,” he added. — LISA ZACCAGNINO lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130 Valley View Robert Sebastianelli is senior of the month for Technology Education. “I am so excited to receive this award,” he said. “I really worked hard and I was happy to finish my senior career with this honor.” The award is sponsored by the Valley View High School Student Council and the Blakely/Peckville Lions Club. Captain of the football and baseball teams, Robert is a member of National Honor Society, Biology Club, Leo Club and Student Council. After graduation, he will study biology at Temple University. — KATHLEEN BOLUS kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter Wallenpaupack Adrianna Bauer, a seventh-grade student, is involved in a youth organization called Rainbow. Rainbow is an international girls group that encourages service in the community. Adrianna has been involved with the program for over a year, and her favorite part has been planting flowers in a park. “One of the most important things that I have learned from being a part of Rainbow is the ability to speak in front of people,” she said. Adrianna is looking forward to helping run a fair at Hawley Park this summer. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter Western Wayne Western Wayne High School administration recognized junior Paige Barillo as an outstanding student. She recently completed a senior project where she held a food collection drive for the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton. She worked with her school’s administration in the high school, middle school and elementary schools to gather food in the district. Paige gathered more than a truckload of food, estimated to be more than 1,000 pounds. She previously volunteered at St. Francis, helping to serve meals, and she wanted her senior project to benefit the group. St. Francis strives to have “respect, dignity and compassion when serving their patrons,” she said. “That really stood out to me.” Paige is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to continue volunteering at St. Francis next year. She also participates in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and the Future Business Leaders of America. — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5181; @flesnefskyTT on Twitter