Namedropper 10/24/2017

October 24, 2017 GMT

Characters take over library

“Harry Potter’s” Minerva McGonagall and “Star War’s” Kylo Ren were among many of the fictional characters from movies, video games, comic books and Anime who attended the Mini Comic-Con held at Wayne County Public Library.

The event Oct. 7 featured a question-and- answer panel from of the characters, including Christine San Jose as Professor McGonagall; Amanda DeMasi as Yubaba from “Spirited Away”; Chris Evans as Kylo Ren; Harrison Balthaser as Commander Shepard from BioWare’s Mass Effect game trilogy; and Lars Balthaser as Master Chief and Tom Burke as Halo Warrior Noble 6, both from the “Halo” video games.

Heather Hogan-Spencer and Jim Spencer of Bodhi Tree Art Studio presented an adult workshop demonstrating the use of makeup in costuming.

With help from Danielle Brussell, teens wrote their best fan fiction. Melanie Shaffer, along with Melody Balthaser, Kathy Bowman and Mikki McDonnell, using face paint, turned children into superheroes.

Students from Ruth Skorupa’s Master Tang Soo Do Academy demonstrated Jedi moves against the Dark Side.

The library’s tech tutor, Andy Ford, won a trivia contest.

The comic-con ended with a parade and cosplay contest. In the adult category, Jake Forelli won first place; Moe won second place. In the teen category: Abbs Fuller, won first place; and Ryan Forelli, second place. In the children’s category, Logan Lester won first place; and Talon Mullin, second place.

Stars in stripes

Andrew Hudak of Scranton and Thitprapan Somsri of Kingston were awarded Gold Stars from the Citadel for outstanding academic achievement during the 2017 spring semester. Andrew and Thitprapan achieved a 3.7 grade point average or higher in a semester. They were also placed on the Citadel’s dean’s list.

Super students

The Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women awarded two local students with scholarships.

Lauren Baldwin from Lackawanna Trail High School and Carly Tomaine from Holy Cross High School received the awards from council president and Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cum mings.