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School Notes 1/15/2018

January 15, 2018 GMT

Abington Heights

Abington Heights Middle School students have jobs staffing the Comet Corner, the new school store.

Fifth-graders Alexa Urell, Elizabeth Stanley and Brady McHugh; sixth- graders Aidan Fick and Jeremiah Faux; seventh- graders Olivia Rembecki, Matthew Tokash and Max Bessoir; and eighth-graders Shannon Horgan, Kris Suggs and Shelby Sobolewski are volunteering to assist in running the store, which is under the direction of Mrs. Landsiedel.

The store is designed to help students develop real-world skills in the school setting. It is open twice a week and sells school-related items during the students’ lunch periods.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Blue Ridge

Elementary schooler Andrew Kowalewski was chosen as fifth-grade Citizen of the Month for December.

School officials cited his great character, academic success and said he was a well-rounded student. Andrew didn’t expect to receive the award, but he attributes it to being a “kind, helpful and a good student,” he said.

Andrew was recently recommended to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM program this summer.

Outside of school, he participates in 4-H, where he shows his own animals and participates in various activities.

— FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY

flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5186

Carbondale Area

Kaitlyn Savage is Carbondale Area’s Scholar of the Year.

“I am happy to be recognized and would like to thank my parents and teachers for making my accomplishments possible,” she said.

Scholar of the Year is sponsored by the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit and University of Scranton radio station WUSR-FM.

Kaitlyn is ranked first out of 115 students in her senior class. The daughter of Rose Hessing and Michael Savage, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Distinguished Honor Roll and Spanish and library clubs; she is the treasurer of the physics club, on the scholastic bowl team and the yearbook and prom committees.

After graduation, Kaitlyn plans to attend Misericordia University to study math education.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Career Technology Center

Computer networking students Ryan Cullen and Nick Guarino , seniors from West Scranton High School, are motivated to improve their technical skills and serve as mentors to sophomore students.

Nick earned a bronze medal in information technology services at the SkillsUSA district level. He also works in cooperative education at the CTC with the school’s information technology coordinator.

“Nick is always trying to enhance his skills and is motivated to do his best,” instructor John Moran said. “He is very good at troubleshooting problems and can work through complex assignments with ease.”

Ryan competed at SkillsUSA for internetworking and came home with a silver medal this year; he earned a bronze medal last year.

“Ryan is always eager to learn new material and absorb as much information as he can,” Moran said. “While in the classroom, he is always zeroed in and focused on his task at hand and often helps others.”

Ryan and Nick both plan to go on to college after graduation.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Delaware Valley

Senior Thomas “TQ” Smith likes being a team member in his extracurricular activities.

He serves as president of the computer programming club, a math peer tutor and also participated in several computer programming competitions. A winner of the RIT Computing Medal award, TQ is involved in the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.

“Being involved has allowed me to build relationships with my peers,” TQ said.

In addition, he finds the importance of giving back to his community by volunteering with the Pike County Library and his church.

“Being a volunteer has helped me to develop effective communication skills with people of all ages,” he added.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Dunmore

Bella Ceccoli is a senior class member and captain of the school’s mock trial team.

Team members are presented with a case and then prepare it as if it was going to trial. The students are chosen for specific roles, whether it be as lawyers or witnesses, and then compete against teams from other schools in front of an actual judge and a jury composed of lawyers. The students have been working on the case after school and on weekends since early November.

Bella has been involved with the team for three years. Her roles this year are as plaintiff lawyer and a defense witness.

“Through the mock trial experience, I have learned valuable skills such as confidence, communication and leadership,” Bella said. “We work really hard as a team, and to see the professional product we produce is such a rewarding experience.”

Bella also serves as financial secretary of the senior class, a manager for the band, a member of the Earth and TACT clubs, and National Honor Society. She will be furthering her studies in business and political science, attend law school and ultimately enter politics.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Elk Lake

The Starry Knights art club will be holding a paint party with middle school students on Thursday.

“This one coming up is for the seventh and eighth-graders but we’ve done them with the fifth- and sixth-graders in the past,” said Kyleigh Marshall, the club’s vice president. “I just like how it’s a place for the young kids to express themselves and not worry about what other people think. They all paint the same thing and it gives them a chance to express their creativity and originality.”

Kyleigh is also involved in student council and prom steering at school. Next

year, she plans on studying medical imaging.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Forest City

Regional

Senior Jordan Non and junior Tom Piotrowski organized a 3 v 3 basketball tournament as a senior project.

Jordan is a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student council and Feed-a-Friend as well as playing on the basketball. volleyball and boys soccer teams. Tom is involved in National Honor Society, student council, CHOPS, soccer, volleyball, ski team and FBLA.

The boys chose this project as a way to raise money for T-shirts and warmups for the boys basketball team, as well as making it possible for students who normally are unable to play competitive basketball to participate. Another goal was to raise school spirit for the basketball season.

“Bringing the community together through the sport we love the most” is what Jordan enjoyed most.

He will be studying business at college in the fall.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Holy Cross High School

Senior Megan Farrell, a member of the pro-life club, plans to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., later this week.

Megan also attended the march her freshman year at Holy Cross.

“It’s an experience of a lifetime,” she said.

Megan is also a member of the drama club and is participating in a production of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Scranton Cultural Center.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Lackawanna Trail

Ethan Wright is a hard-working student who is organized, respectful and polite.

For those attributes, faculty and staff chose Ethan, a seventh-grade student, as student of the month.

Ethan enjoys having more space and more responsibility as a junior high student, compared to his elementary school days. His favorite class is science with Mrs. Warriner, where he enjoys learning new material every day.

Ethan works on his family farm and enjoys hunting and being outdoors. He plans to play baseball this spring for Lackawanna Trail.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Lakeland

For his helpfulness and work ethnic, Matt Fischer is the high school’s student of the month.

Matt’s peers and faculty chose him for the honor. He is an excellent science student.

“I hope to study biochemistry at Penn State in the future,” said Matt, a junior.

Matt is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions club and the soccer and baseball teams.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Mid Valley

Karissa Kalinoski is a very involved senior.

She is a member of the Leo and Spanish clubs, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Spartan Outlook.

Karissa plays soccer and runs track and has also played softball and basketball.

A member of the High Honor Roll, Karissa hopes to study biology/pre-medical or train to be a physician’s assistant in college.

“It’s been a journey,” she said of her high school experience.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Old Forge

Sixth-grader Ashley Beilman received the elementary Devil Pride award for the month of December.

“I was so happy to be chosen by my teachers,” Ashley said. “When my name was called, my feet went numb because everyone was cheering and clapping for me.”

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys dancing, soccer and hanging out with her friends.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Riverside

The sixth-grade class has been learning about Martin Luther King Jr. in social studies recently.

“He stepped up to stop racism and brought white and black schools together,” Esteban Reyes said.

The lesson was a way to teach the students about diversity.

“Martin Luther King Jr. stood by his family and wouldn’t let segregation get in his way of living his dream,” Bridget Moran added.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Scranton

West Scranton Intermediate School has announced its nominees for scholar and student of the month for January.

Nominees for scholar of month for the subject of fine arts are Camryn Roche and Wyatt Worsnick, sixth grade; Nora Flannery and Ella Frounfelker, seventh grade; and Olivia Dougher and Haley White, eighth grade.

Nominees for student of the month for the characteristic of “organized” are Madgalene Churilla, Tyson Cook, Michael Gilgallon, Emma Neiswender, Ava Stanton and Elizabeth Walsh, sixth grade; Haylie Anderson, Gabriella Grasso, Grace Pawluck, Vincent Rinaldi and Lindsay Tunis, seventh grade; and Ashlyn Cook, Nevaeh Hammond, Kohlbin McDonough, Natalie Nowakowski and Grace Piasecki, eighth grade.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Scranton Prep

With the assistance of sophomore Jack Reilly , the Notre Dame Chorale performed at Prep last week.

Jack’s mother, Alyson Reilly, graduated from Notre Dame, and he has been a fan of the Fighting Irish for as long as he can remember.

With the chorale looking for a location to hold a concert to help raise money for an upcoming trip to Ireland, Jack and his mother helped arrange the performance at Prep’s theater. The chorale also sang the national anthem at a basketball game.

“Everyone loved them,” Jack said.

At Prep, Jack is a member of the football and track and field teams.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Valley View

For Seth Ver-non’s birthday he asked for donations to Veteran’s Promise, a local foundation that advocates for veterans and their families.

“The veterans went out of their way to defend our country,” said Seth. “When they come back we need to recognize their service and give them the help they need.”

He celebrated his birthday on Nov. 21. Both Seth’s grandfather, Wayne Miller, and his aunt, Lynn Pacheco, are veterans of the Navy.

In his senior year, Seth is a member of history club and Students Against Destructive Decisions and plays football and runs track and field.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

Wayne Highlands School District recently conducted its PTA Reflections contest.

Second-grader Minka Beisel won in two categories: visual arts and photography.

“It was fun to do,” Minka said.

— FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY

flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5186

Wallenpaupack

Travis York was recommended for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award contest because of his high score on the AP U.S. History exam, as well as his record of good citizenship, high academics and reputation for patriotism.

Travis was allocated two hours to write an essay explaining how America advanced the cause of freedom throughout the world.

Shortly after his submission, Travis received a letter notifying him that he had won the Good Citizen Award from the Wayne Chapter of the D.A.R., who sent his information and essay to the state level.

“The essay prompt was really right up my alley,” Travis said. “I felt very prepared for it, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity.”

— FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY

flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5186

Western Wayne

Western Wayne High School administration recognized Ty Alpaugh as an outstanding student.

The senior was accepted into Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she plans to study liberal arts with a focus on drama and film.

“I just can’t wait to meet all of the new people from different backgrounds,” she said. “I feel like it will be such a tightknit community at Vassar where everyone has a passion for the arts.”

Throughout high school, she dedicated herself to four musical productions.

Ty, a two-year National Honor Society member, is also a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist who scored a 1,500 out of 1,600 on her SAT with her score evenly split between reading and math.

— FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY

flesnefsky@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5186