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School Notes 5/20/2019

May 20, 2019

Abington Heights

Senior Katerina Williams is a National Merit finalist.

“It means a lot to me because I was very nervous about the test,” said Katerina. “I just knew it would be an awesome honor.”

To achieve the honor, Katerina had to score high on both the SAT and the PSAT. The organization contacted her after reviewing her scores, and she had to submit an application with an essay.

She was selected as one of 7,500 winners nationally from over 15,000 finalists.

Katerina plays clarinet in the marching band and oboe in concert band. She is also a member of the Science Olympiad team and is a dancer at the A Steppin’ Time Dance Company in Clarks Summit.

After graduation she plans to attend Princeton University to study molecular biology.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Carbondale Area

Freshman Emily Kelly was recently inducted into the Carbondale Area PSSA Hall of Fame for her 2018 tests.

“It was nice to be recognized for all of my hard work throughout the year,” said Emily.

She received a perfect score and also a junior high computer science excellence award and first place at the regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition.

Students who scored in the top three in their respective categories: English language arts, math and science are inducted into the hall of fame.

Emily’s peers who were also inducted include Sophia Calzola, ELA; Layla Gregory, ELA; Nya Freeman, ELA; Emily Kelly, science; Jonathan Purvis, math and science; Logan Wormuth, math; Ellie Higdon, math; and Caleb Higdon, science.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Career Technology Center

Students from the carpentry program donated their time and skill to Olyphant borough over the past few months. The students installed siding and three exterior doors on the concession stand at Consburg Park in the borough.

“This is a way for the students to give back to the community while honing the skills they learn in the carpentry program,” carpentry instructor Shane Malicky said.

Students who volunteered included Ricardo Rosa, Mike Nee, Camryn Kuchak, Robert Rodriguez, Tyler Jimmerson, Zach Major and Mike Arendt.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Delaware Valley

David Marcial is a senior class member of National Honor Society, student council, junior historians, Mu Alpha Theta and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He also played varsity soccer, winning the Warrior Award for soccer this year.

“Being involved has created a close friend group and has challenged me both academically and athletically to become a better all-around student,” David said.

He is a volunteer with the United Way’s Day of Caring and Relay for Life and assists at St. Joseph’s Church in Matamoras and the local food pantry.

“Volunteering has allowed me to give back to the community and put a smile on other people’s faces,” he added. “In giving to others, I have grown myself.”

David hopes to be remembered as an involved student who works hard and made a positive impact in his school community.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130

Dunmore

The Spanish Club recently conducted its annual Cinco de Mayo 5K race 4 at the school. This year, the event helped a Dunmore family whose child is battling leukemia. The race consisted of more than 100 runners, and also featured basket raffle, and contributions from the community. In total, more than $3,200 was raised.

Senior Abby Errico was one of the members who helped organize the race. Her responsibilities included conducting registration the day of the race, as well as being the driving force in advertising and taking charge of the sign-ups for the race, obtaining sponsors, T-shirt design and planning the basket raffle. Club members served as crossing guards during the well-attended race. “I’m very happy to be have been involved in this race. It was for such an important cause, and that had a big impact on why I involved myself,” Abby said, adding, “we are very grateful for the support of the community. Many people participated in the race and contributed donations. Our community will always work really hard to help each other, no matter what anyone needs. We always have each other’s backs.”

She has also participated in past Cinco de Mayo 5K races and hopes the tradition continues.

Abby plans on majoring in graphic design at Temple’s Tyler School of Art.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130

Forest City

Regional

Christopher Eakle helped his CTC teacher Mr. Sheridan with a masonry project for his senior project. His duties included helping demolish the sidewalks in order to put in new ones and construct a wall for the school outside the CTC. He assisted with other CTC students as well. They began the project last year and continued until graduation. Although they finished the wall, the sidewalks aren’t yet completed. Christopher said he enjoyed the demo the most, “it’s the exciting part of the project.”

After graduation, Chris plans to work full time in the masonry field.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130

Lakeland

Sophomore David Campbell placed 23rd out of 482 participants during the Small Schools National Championship Tournament in Chicago.

“It was a challenging event,” said David. “There was a lot better competition in Chicago.”

The championship was a Quiz Bowl-style tournament where 80 schools from around the nation competed. Lakeland placed 39th nationally.

David is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the Scholastic Bowl Team, the Envirothon Team and runs both Track and Cross Country.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mid Valley

Christian Chakiris is a major reason the Mid Valley varsity boys track and field team has had a successful season.

Christian ran in more than three events during meets to help the Spartans finish the team’s regular season with a 4-1 league record. He is a member of the school’s record-holding 1600m relay team; during the Wallenpaupack Ice Breaker Relays, Christian won gold in the 110 meter hurldles relay and silver in the 800m sprint medley; and at the Jack Roddick Invitational at Shippensburg University, he won gold in the 200m dash and had a sixth place in the 100m dash. In the post season, Christian has won silver in the 400m relay, gold in the 1200m sprint medley and silver in the 1600m relay, which led the Spartans to a shared victory with the Montrose Meteors at the 64th annual Jordan Relays.

In the classroom, Christian, a junior, takes honors pre-calculus and trigonometry, honors English 11, advanced physical education, anatomy and chemistry.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, a percussionist in the marching band and holds a part-time job at Fastennal. He is interested in pursuing a degree in the sciences after graduation.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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@kbolusTT on Twitter

Montrose

The Montrose team fared well at this year’s Envirothon competition.

The science knowledge-based competition was held at Elk Mountain in early May. Out of 23 teams, Montrose saw a third-, sixth- and 11th-place finish.

The top team, made up of Isaac Walker , Maverick Beeman , Rachel Sorensen , Michayla Stahl and Annalise Ely , had the highest score in the wildlife category and missed an overall second-place finish by only a point.

The team qualified for an all-expenses paid trip to Chesapeake Bay.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Mountain View

Eighth graders Alex Karp and Michael Gaynor became the first team at Mountain View to design a line-tracking robot.

“We had to program a robotic vehicle to follow a set path,” Alex said.

The three, infrared sensors on the front directed the robot on when to go forward, turn or reverse, Alex said.

The students had to write code and troubleshoot its functionality.

They got some ideas from conducting online research, but most of the project required logic, according to their automation and robotics teacher, Glen Mackey.

Alex and Michael look forward to working on more projects in the future.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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North Pocono

Despite a busy high school career, senior Molly Morgan has maintained over a 3.8 GPA.

A member of the National Honor Society for three years, she’s taken part in the high honors assembly for two years, as well as several accelerated courses, including AP environmental science, her favorite subject.

Molly also takes martial arts — Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu — ballet, ballroom dancing, gymnastics and lowbow archery.

In addition to lifeguarding at Big Bass Lake, Molly also volunteers at churches for various functions as well as her grandmother’s personal homecare for veterans and more.

After graduation, Molly plans to attend Pennsylvania State University to study business and marketing.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Old Forge

Abigail Nee is nearing the end of a busy senior year.

After being chosen as a Devil Pride student of the month for April, she was crowned prom queen earlier this month.

A member of the basketball and golf teams, she also serves as secretary for the senior class. In the few weeks of school left, class officers will cook for the elementary students’ field day and barbecue. As part of the peer mediation group, Abigail will also go on a whitewater rafting trip.

“I am really going to miss my friends and teachers after I graduate but am looking forward to attending King’s College,” she said. “I am majoring in primary education and special education.”

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Riverside

Sophomore Hunter Geise recently completed a unique opportunity to career-shadow at Madison Square Garden.

Hunter met with several leaders who handle all of the sports and entertainment events at the Garden. He also met with members of the business analytics/ticket relations department, public relations (statistics), ticket sales, marketing the New York Rangers’ team statistician and several vice presidents.

Hunter is the first person from Riverside to career-shadow at Madison Square Garden and plans on pursing a career in sports statistics, metrics, analytics or actuary math.

The opportunity was facilitated by Riverside alumnus, Brandon Lawrence, director of group sales for Madison Square Garden.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

Scranton

Scranton High School juniors Lydia McConlogue, Fione Evans and Meredith Santiago participated in Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program.

Through the seven months of the program, the students learned leadership skills and developed community connections.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Valley View

Paul Krzan is Valley View’s senior of the month for technology education.

“I am honored to receive this award and I am glad my hard work paid off,” he said.

The award is sponsored by the Valley View Student Council and the Blakely/Peckville Lions Club.

After graduation, Paul plans to pursue a career in architecture or engineering.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Wallenpaupack

Fourth grader Connor Marro gave a performance in a school play that his administration described as outstanding and enjoyed by students, staff and family.

Connor played the role of Chad in the school play, “McQuadle: A Dragon’s Tale,” by Eddie McPherson.

This is Connor’s first year in drama club.

“The people are my favorite,” Connor said. “They all did a really good job and were super nice.”

Connor wants to continue with the drama club but also hopes to participate in the computer club and karate.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

Second grader Esme Schloesser has a passion for the performing arts.

As a first grader, she placed third for a vocal performance in a talent show that included students four grades higher than her.

Esme is also a member of the balance gymnastics team in White Mills and competes at the excel silver level. She had a successful first season of competition, earning gold, silver and bronze medals.

She hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a dentist.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

Seventh grader Jacob Leslie recently placed eighth in the Mid Atlantic Wrestling Association’s Eastern Nationals.

Jacob wrestles with the Gracie NEPA Grappling Club and started wrestling in the fourth grade. Before the nationals, he placed in the top four at districts and was second in regionals in his division.

He trains five days a week at his parents’ gym, CrossFit Vertex, Olyphant, and wrestles two days a week at the grappling club his father owns.

“It’s all on you,” Jacob said. “It’s a lot of hard work that you have to do individually.”

Jacob credits his brother, Matt Leslie, a sophomore on the Western Wayne team, as well as the grappling club, as an influence.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

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