School Notes 3/19/2018

March 19, 2018 GMT

Abington Heights

Nick Kester was accepted to the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training program.

In his senior year, Nick will learn to apply automotive operating principles and to diagnose malfunctions in automotive systems.

A dealership sponsored Nick for the Ford internship program.


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Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge elementary fifth-graders are finding creative ways to learn in physical education class.

This year, students began learning archery in hopes of one day shooting competitively in middle school and high school.

Fifth-grader Carlissa Mayancela is excelling in archery, her physical education teacher, Billy Arthur, said.

“Carlissa shows a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and excitement for the sport,” he said.

She’s one of the top archers in her school, and she hopes to continue practicing with her father over the summer.

“I love archery because it’s such a rush, but you also have to be calm and focus,” Carlissa said.


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Carbondale Area

Christina Carachilo and Salina Shock were named WVIA Artists of the Week.

Christina was named performing artist of the week while Salina was visual artist of the week.

“I’m honored to have been chosen,” said Christina.

At the WVIA studio, Christina sang “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles and interviewed her for the organization’s website.

Also at the studio, they took photos of Salina’s artwork while she explained her creations. Salina’s pictures and video were featured on the website. WVIA Artist of the Week honors high school students who excel in the study of the arts.


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Career Technology Center

Automotive technology student Josh Henneforth, a senior from Mid Valley High School, exemplifies the qualities of an exacting and inquisitive student, said instructor Bryan Peck.

“Josh does not accept ‘close enough’ as an answer. He is always focused on not only finding out how it works, but why it works,” Peck said.

A member of student council and National Technical Honor Society, Josh plans to attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to study aviation maintenance.

“Josh works very hard at everything he does and is always focused on completing tasks correctly,” Peck said. “Josh will be a success at no matter what he does in life.”


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Delaware Valley

Brooke Williams is a senior class member of the National Honor Society and varsity volleyball team, as well as manager for the boys volleyball team.

“Being a part of these activities keeps me involved with my fellow students and the community,” she said.

Brooke also donates her time yearly with the Day of Caring and at the local food pantry. “Volunteering makes me feel connected with others, and I appreciate helping those in need,” Brooke said. “It has also allowed me to work with a wide variety of people.”





Senior Lizzy McNeff is serving as secretary of the National Honor Society.

The officers, who also include Marley Palmere, Alexa Fangio and Anthony Costanzo, are in the midst of preparing for this year’s induction ceremony of new members. Membership is based on qualities of character, leadership, scholarship and service.

The society has been raising funds for the local branch of the American Cancer Society through its annual first-day-of-spring tulip sale.

“The National Honor Society is a prestigious academic organization that most high school students strive to be a part of, and I am honored to be a member and officer in the organization,” she said. “As a member of the National Honor Society, I value service and am pleased to be assisting with this project to donate money to the American Cancer Society with a hope that our small donation can assist them in finding a cure for cancer. We appreciate the support of our school community and our families in this endeavor.”

Lizzy is also president of the Spanish club and an editor of the yearbook. She is active with the school’s service club, health careers club, SADD club, TACT club and golf team.

Lizzy plans to study at Penn State University, with a career goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist.




Forest City Regional

Senior Caylin Gibbs was chosen as WVIA Artist of the Week for her musical talents, and was featured on both TV and the website. She was also interviewed about her history with music.

She is involved in drama, chorus, cheerleading, chamber choir, vocal jazz and National Honor Society at school.

Caylin plans to major in nursing in college.




Holy Cross

Junior Maggie Arcuri is a member of the Holy Cross mock trial team that recently won a regional competition and will advance to the state tournament in Harrisburg.

“After these last two years, I have really learned a lot about the justice system and continue to enjoy my time on the team,” Maggie said.

Maggie is also a basketball cheerleader, camp counselor at United Neighborhood Centers’ Camp Kelly and a member of the school’s pro-life club and track and field team.




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At least in terms of acting, Liam Osburn knows that sometimes it’s good to be bad.

The Lakeland student recently enjoyed the opportunity to play the villain, Monseigneur Claude Frollo, in the school’s production of the Victor Hugo classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

“My goal was to make the audience hate me as a person by the end of the play,” said Liam. “It was fun to be evil.”

Liam masterfully captured the wicked priest’s holier-than-thou persona as well as his desire for the gypsy Esmeralda, Lakeland elementary art teacher and publicity director John Swarts said.

Liam is also a member of National Honor Society, scholastic bowl, Envirothon, chorus, and marching and concert bands. He plans to study music education and composition after graduating high school.




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Mid Valley

As public relations intern for Mid Valley, Harshdeep Kahlon works on computers and edits videos and pictures.

He also serves as the president of the audio visual club.

Harshdeep has maintained high honor roll status throughout high school. He scored in the top 1 percent on the ACTs.

Outside of school, Harshdeep is a Wegmans front-end associate.

After graduation, he plans to attend Penn State at University Park, Drexel University or New York University for computer science.


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Mountain View

Eighth-grader Maressa Salanski was one of the co-chairs of the student council-sponsored seventh- and eighth-grade semiformal dance held in February.

“It wasn’t always easy to get the committee together, with students in different grades and classes working together, particularly with the snow days and canceled meetings, but we were able to pull off a great event that the students enjoyed,” she said.

It was challenging teaching students who were new to council how to work on the committee and get their assigned tasks completed in time, she said.

“I made sure to know everyone’s schedules and made sure to keep communication open among the committee,” Maressa said.

She’s looking forward to chairing future events, she said.


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North Pocono

Marissa Tripus has continuously challenged herself throughout high school by taking several academic and accelerated-level courses, as well as Advanced Placement music theory.

A member of the National Honor Society, she has been on high honors every quarter. During her junior year, Marissa took part in the Medusa Mythology Exam and the National Latin Exam. She’s received the 10-year member award as well as the bronze and silver awards. She was a recipient of the Bishop’s Youth Award for her work in St. Eulalia’s music ministry.

At school, she is a member of marching, concert, jazz and pep bands and has served as librarian for the music department since her freshman year. She is also involved with the high school orchestra, Crystal Band of Scranton and the Northeastern Youth Wind Ensemble. In addition, Marissa was one of 20 students accepted into a pre-college program at the University of Scranton called University of Success at the end of eighth grade.

Marissa plans to attend either Millersville University or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and major in meteorology and ocean sciences.



Old Forge

Old Forge’s mock trial team competed recently in two trials.

Gabby Margheriti won the award for best lawyer for the plaintiff, and Mollie Boyd won for best defense lawyer.

Students analyzed more than 70 pages of legal documents, including depositions and exhibits, to prepare for the competition. Mock trial attorneys also prepared direct and cross-examinations and wrote opening and closing statements.


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Second-grade student Evan Slocum is a student council member at West Elementary.

Evan likes being in the group because they talk about what they can do to help the school and community.

During Read Across America Day, he was able to read “Back to School with Bigfoot” to a kindergarten class.

Evan enjoyed reading to the younger children and loved how well they paid attention. He hopes to be able to do it again in the future.




West Scranton High School freshmen Joshua Safuto and Victoria Reilly participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region IV String Fest on Wednesday.

Their director, Laurie Burdett, nominated them. They played in an orchestra with more than 100 students from across Northeast Pennsylvania at Wyoming Seminary.


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Junior Emily Fremberg recently organized and led her school’s Walk-Up Day.

Instead of participating in the national walkouts to honor the 17 people killed in the Florida school shooting last month, Emily and her classmates challenged the student body to be more welcoming and kind, she said.

Emily is also a member of National Honor Society, the soccer team at Blue Ridge and HOBY’s Alumni Association Board. She participates in volunteering groups Pay it Forward and HOBY.

After high school, Emily plans to attend college, possibly majoring in a branch of journalism. She plans to continue volunteering and making a difference, she said.

“I am aware that I can’t fix everyone’s problems, but every single person I help counts,” Emily said.


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Valley View

John Chesson won third place in the 30th annual NEPA Regional Bridge Building Competition.

“I loved it,” said John. “It was very exciting competing with the other bridges from different schools.”

For the contest held at the Marketplace at Steamtown, John and his peers had to build small wooden versions of bridges that were tested for their ability to handle weight.

The award is sponsored by Lockheed Martin.

John also runs track and field.


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Wallenpaupack Area

Cassie Hnatko, a fifth-grade student, actively participates in the Student Ambassador program, student council and gymnastics.

In early February, student council members raised $360 in a lollipop sale, selling 600 lollipops in five days. They donated the money to the American Heart Association to help the Jump Rope for Heart program, which the fourth-graders were taking part in.

Jump Rope for Heart is designed to teach kids how to jump rope while learning how their own heart works and raising money to help children with heart problems, according to the AHA’s website.

“I could not believe how quick the lollipops sold out,” Cassie said. “I know how important it was to everyone. I really hope they do this every year.”


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Wayne Highlands

Whether she’s creating it and playing it herself, singing or just listening, seventh-grader Sophia Schaffer loves music.

Sophia is a member of the Preston Area School band and chorus, and she participated in the Middle Grades Music and Arts Festival.

She has been an active member in school plays since fourth grade. Recently, she earned the role of Violet in “Willy Wonka Jr.,” which she’ll be performing this spring.

Sophia enjoys helping out in the first-grade classrooms, where she reads with students. She’s also a member of student council and earned high honors on her most recent report card.


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Western Wayne

EverGreen Elementary fourth-grade students had the opportunity to design their own field trip by creating photo journals.

Promised Land State Park Ranger Alison Tews provided students with disposable cameras, developed the photos and gave students everything they needed to create their journals about “Nature in My Life.”

Phoebe Schmitt’sfavorite part of the project was drawing pictures to accompany her photos, she said.

Students are looking forward to taking a field trip to Promised Land in May, and the park employees will use the photo journals to target their environmental education program for the students’ interests.


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