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School Notes 5/6/2019

May 6, 2019

Abington Heights

Sophomore Adam Vale is a cadet staff sergeant in the Scranton Civil Air Patrol Squadron 201 and a three- time recipient of the Airman of the Month award.

Adam has been a member of the squadron for the past year. The Civil Air Patrol is the United States Air Force’s Auxiliary and performs search and rescue missions and offers cadet programs for students ages 12 to 18 who are interested in aviation.

At school, Adam has a 4.0 GPA and is involved in many extracurricular activities, including student council, transition team and Future Business Leaders of America.

He is also a member of the varsity swim team and varsity tennis team.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Blue Ridge

Tyler Carpenter plays a large role in his elementary school’s news channel.

The fifth grader is the video editor for the Raider Report as well as the writer and star of the “Weekend Weather” segment, where he “gets to be fun and wacky in front of the camera,” his administration said.

He and his fellow students run the show from start to finish and have a channel on YouTube, where they post segments like Special Reports, Weird Facts, Book Corner, Sports and Weekend Weather.

Tyler’s favorite role is editing the video clips and seeing everything come together.

He would not want any other position, he said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Carbondale Area

National Honor Society President Nicholas Vadella and Vice President Emily Wall spoke at the society’s induction ceremony in April.

Nicholas spoke to the inductees about scholarship, one of the four qualities required for a student to be inducted into the society, while Emily addressed the service aspect of the group.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” said Emily, who has been a member of the society for the past six years. “I’d like to have a career as a physician’s assistant, so working hard and doing well is very important to me.”

Nicholas said being a part of the society means a lot since he will be graduating this year.

“I believe the work ethic and values instilled in me at CA will help get me through my college curriculum and my future,” said Nicholas, who plans to attend Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, to study computer science.

—KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Career Technology Center

Matthew Kishbaugh, a senior from Lakeland in the Service Occupations program, does an “outstanding job beyond his academics,” according to the school.

He recently participated in the SkillsUSA state competition in Hershey and earned a silver medal in building mechanics. Matt also completed a co-op position for a nine-week job program at T.J. Maxx where he took on the role of being a leader to his peers.

“His determined work ethic has made him a well-rounded individual,” according to the school. Matt plans to gain part-time employment after graduation.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Delaware Valley

Senior Joel Martin works hard as a member of the Warrior Fit Club and Peer Buddies.

“Fit Club has helped me learn commitment, discipline and getting along with others,” he said.

Joel has also earned silver and gold medals in swimming at Special Olympics.

He volunteers with GAIT, a therapeutic riding center in Milford, cleaning the horse stables and grooming the horses. In addition, he donated his time hanging the autism awareness bows on the trees that line Milford.

“I felt happy to help my community,” Joel said.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Dunmore

Mia Chiaro will serve as senior class president for the 2019-20 school year.

She will be responsible for representing her class when working with administration, as well as helping with class fundraising and organizing senior activities, including spirit week, prom and graduation.

This will be her third year in a row serving as a class president.

“I am proud to serve as president because it gives me the opportunity to ensure that our grade accomplishes our goals and that we can fundraise to control our senior year expenses,” Mia said. “I take the job seriously, and I’m honored to represent my class.”

Mia is a member of the girls soccer, swim, and track and field teams, serves as football cheerleader and is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish, French, earth, SADD, TACT and health careers clubs.

She plans to pursue a law degree.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Forest City

Regional

Brittney Meheltz volunteered with the Browndale Fire Company at the chicken barbecue event for her senior project, bagging 700 takeout dinners for customers.

She helped make the event’s food and assisted members of the company. Brittney said she “enjoyed meeting people and serving the community” and found the experience helping the Browndale Fire Company rewarding.

Brittney will be receiving her cosmetology license this month from CTC, where she has been a student for three years. She plans to study radiology at Johnson College in the fall.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Lackawanna Trail

Junior Damian Howard won the 800m race Wednesday during Lackawanna Trail’s first Unified Lions track meet at home.

This was Damian’s first win on the track and one of his biggest accomplishments to date.

Unified Sports promotes inclusion through athletics and joins students of similar ages and abilities, with and without intellectual disabilities, on the same team.

Training and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding, according to the organization’s mission.

“My favorite part of running for the Unified Lions is meeting new friends from other districts,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of new friends on my team, too.”

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Mid Valley

Alyssa Moore placed sixth in personal finance during the Future Business Leaders of America state conference.

The junior placed first at the regional conference.

She was introduced to the business field in an elective class during her freshman year. She has been pursuing the field ever since. Alyssa takes dual enrollment courses at the University of Scranton in the High School Business Scholars Program. She is also the treasurer of the High School Business Scholars Club at the university.

A member of the National Honor Society, Alyssa is enrolled in honors pre-calculus/trigonometry and honors English 11.

She also started an astronomy club at Mid Valley and is a member of varsity softball, mock trial and Spanish club.

Outside of school, she has a part-time position at JCPenney and takes piano lessons. After graduation, she is considering majoring in international business and minoring in Spanish.

—KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Montrose Area

Montrose freshmen Aiden Martin and Devon Ford will teach their final iSafe session of the school year on Tuesday.

The program enlists high- schoolers to educate elementary students on safe internet practices. Martin and Ford co-taught four sessions to third graders at both Choconut and Lathrop Street elementary schools. Their final session will be a “Jeopardy!”-style review of the things they covered, which include topics like avoiding predators online through social media and gaming.

“It was a good experience,” Aiden said. “It was an honor to be selected and help teach the future generation how to stay safe online.”

Both Martin and Ford were invited to participate in iSafe by technology teacher Kari Smith and Assistant Principal Sean Castellani.

“I really enjoyed it,” Devon said. “I was really happy to participate.”

— STAFF REPORT

North Pocono

Senior Emily Leggiero’s array of academic achievements and her passion for environmental science has helped her prepare for a double major in college.

Emily enrolled in AP environmental science, AP psychology and AP literature, along with six other AP courses throughout high school. She’s maintained high honors every quarter and is ranked in the top 10% of her class. Emily has been the student invitational director for two years with Science Olympiad and received medals at regional and state competitions of the Junior Academy of Science.

She works with the student conservation association to promote environmental conservation and is the recipient of both the Board of Governors Scholarship and the STEM Scholarship.

She plans to attend Kutztown University to pursue a double major in marine biology and environmental science.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Old Forge

Students completed an anti-drug presentation for the sixth grade.

As part of their senior project, Alexus Pugh, Lisbeth Rosa-Ruiz, Jenna Dallalio, Jaslyn Leepier and Ace Shepherd met with members of the district attorney’s office, visited a rehab and interviewed a drug and alcohol counselor.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Riverside

In her reading class, fourth grader Grace Sochovka and her classmates were tasked with an assignment to create dioramas depicting the setting of the story “Hatchet.”

Grace said she liked making the forest, the site of the plane crash where the main character lands and has to survive with nothing but a hatchet.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Scranton

West Scranton Intermediate School honored two students for the month of April.

Ella Frounfelker, eighth grade, is the scholar of the month for the subject area of English.

Missveli Cruz Reyes, eighth grade, is student of the month for the characteristic of being a “positive role model for other students.”

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushallTT on Twitter

Susquehanna Community

Senior Caitlin Ryerson received an award for her artistic achievement at Marywood University’s second annual Bayleaf Open.

For the competition, local students submit their best works of art and creative writing for one of the themes of beauty, culture or environment. Caitlin chose the theme of culture, specifically religion. She submitted a photo she took of her mother kneeling at the altar of St. John’s Church in Susquehanna.

Caitlin won first place and received a $250 gift certificate to AC Moore Arts and Crafts.

She has been accepted to Marywood University in the art department and will major in photography.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; @droslerTT on Twitter

Valley View

Noah Benjamin is March’s Senior of the Month for science.

Noah excelled in biology and anatomy classes because of his enthusiasm for this area of study.

“Science is helping medicine make great strides continuously and I want to use my passion and drive to offer new ideas and help to overcome sickness and the hardships it presents,” said Noah, who plans to study to become a physician’s assistant at Thomas Jefferson University after graduation.

Senior of the Month is sponsored by the Valley View Student Council and the Blakely/Peckville Lions Club.

Noah is a member of National Honor Society, chorus secretary, Voices of the Valley and has performed in the school plays.

—KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter

Wallenpaupack

Second-grader Adelyn Ezzo likes to help her community.

She and her sister go on walks to pick up trash to keep the roads clean.

Adelyn’s favorite subjects are math and reading. She particularly enjoys the series, Judy Moody, because “they are funny and adventurous,” she said.

Her administration said she is an enthusiastic, standout student. But Adelyn keeps busy outside of school as well, participating in gymnastics, softball, basketball, swimming, fishing and bike riding.

Adelyn said she hopes to work with animals when she grows up.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; @droslerTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

While some students might plan on a relaxing vacation after graduation, Lily Heffron has other plans.

The senior will board a flight to southeast Asia and, for seven weeks, volunteer with orphaned and economically disadvantaged children in Vietnam, Cambodia and Bali.

“This has been a dream of mine since middle school,” Lily said. “And I’m so blessed to get to live out my passion.”

She has been a class treasurer, student council secretary, member of the Youth Advisory Committee, a representative for the Wayne County Children and Youth Services and a member of the ski club and national honor society.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; @droslerTT on Twitter

 

Western Wayne

While fifth-grader Brendan Mistishin might be most proud of the Olweus kick off event — where he worked with students to be kinder and prevent bullying — his newest interest is more robotic.

He’s attended robotic camps at Penn State Scranton and is interested in the robotics club at Western Wayne.

Brendan is also a member of the student council, a former student of karate for three years and is interested in learning the skills offered in his school’s auto and wood classes.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; @droslerTT on Twitter