Namedropper 5/13/2018

May 13, 2018

Super students

in future stripes

Valley View High School senior Abigail Pidgeon has accepted an offer of appointment to the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Abigail, who’s been interested in the academy since her junior year, loved her experience attending the Naval Academy Summer Seminar, a weeklong total-immersion experience targeting competitive candidates with strong STEM-related interests.

She hopes to serve as a career officer in the Navy.

The application process was tough and involved four interviews; she also had to write separate essays for each congressional member and one for the academy and had to have letters of recommendations from teachers and congressmen.

Abigail received the offer to attend because of academic, athletic and leadership excellence, integrity, determination and commitment to serve. The academy has an acceptance rate of about 8 percent. The Navy will pay for her tuition and in return Abigail will serve five years of active duty service upon graduation.

She was captain of the Valley View varsity basketball team this season, a Lackawanna League All-Star and was awarded most valuable player. She is a member of the marching band, track and field team, where she holds the school records for the 110 and 300 hurdles; National Honor Society, student council and biology, Spanish, Leo and Ping Pong clubs.

Abigail must successfully complete a 10-month program before entering the Naval Academy in Annapolis in the summer of 2019. She will be majoring in nuclear engineering.

High notes

The Scranton Women Teachers’ Club honored retirees, including Marcia Bohleman, Patricia Laboranti, Donna Pastore, Carolee MacDonald, Ann Connell, Marianne McHugh, Karen Lotz, Marianne Devine, Michele Sack and Mary Ellen Morris, during the club’s Books, Brunch & Bubbly themed retirement brunch and raffle.

The members raised $400 to benefit the McNichols Plaza Elementary School library.

Marci McDade Barnansky, club president; Sheila Durkin, vice president; Nanine Gramigna, past president, Kelly Davitt, Marian Poveromo, Lynne Michael, Courtney Homick, Donna Zaleski, Laura Stefonetti and Holly Scacchitti were also the brunch at Al Mia Amore in November.

Boy Scouts learn

Scranton Boy Scout Troop 57 from Mary Mother of God Parish, Holy Rosary Church, including Matthew and Andrew Kuloszewski; Liam Walter, Joshua Mills, Jayden Bell, Armand and Brandon Cruise; Andrew Babinski, Wences De la Cruz, Spencer and Tim Walsh; Ryan and Jacob Spies; Aiden Gutowski, Kevin and Patrick Whelan, Allen Hess, Dylan Berry and Aidan Molhon, hosted a Stop the Bleed event.

They, along with their Scout leaders and families, learned from members of the Geisinger Community Medical Center trauma team how to properly apply a tourniquet and effectively stop an individual with a severe wound from having an extreme loss of blood. Stop the Bleed staff included: Robert Getz, William Burrell, Michele Spataro and Zachary Smith, EMTs; and Kathryn Bommer, Geisinger Trauma Educator/Injury Prevention coordinator.