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School Notes 1/28/2019

January 28, 2019
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School Notes 1/28/2019

Abington Heights

Isabella “Izzy” Stanton will represent the school district in state Sen. John Blake’s Student Ambassador Program.

Izzy was selected through a competitive process to represent her school. The program gives high school seniors from the 22nd Senatorial District the opportunity to represent their school in a number of meetings, tours and government networking events. The program is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of all levels of government and to develop critical thinking and leadership skills with an emphasis on public service.

After graduation, Izzy plans to study international relations. She has applied to George Washington, American and Johns Hopkins universities, among others.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Carbondale Area

Ninth-grader Cayden Watts won first place in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol holiday poster contest.

“I was thrilled to find out my artwork was chosen as the first-place winner,” said Cayden.

Cayden’s artwork is a picture of a train with the caption: “Stay on track, Celebrate Sober.”

“I’ve always liked art and I’m considering going to college to explore that talent,” she said.

The contest provides students with an educational opportunity to artistically demonstrate the consequences of substance abuse.

Cayden’s artwork will be displayed on billboards, posters and buttons distributed throughout Lackawanna County.

Other Carbondale Area winners include Jessica Esbensen, seventh grade, who won first place in the billboard contest; Emily Moser, honorable mention; and Erin McHale, second place. Jessica’s artwork will be displayed on a billboard in Carbondale in April.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Career Technology Center

Phong Tran, a junior at Scranton High School, is a student in the computer systems networking program.

In his first year competing in the SkillsUSA district competition, Phong won a gold medal in information technology services. He will represent CTC at the state competition in Hershey.

“Phong serves as a role model to all students and is usually one of the first students to volunteer to assist others. He is driven to do his best every day and better himself academically however he can,” according to the school. “Phong fully embraces and accepts what a computer systems networking student at the CTC is capable of.”

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Dunmore

The junior-senior high school received a grant to participate in the “Every Student Every Day” program, encouraging the students to attend school each day and also not be tardy.

Administrators wanted to emphasize the connection between the importance of attendance and student academic success and used the grant to offer the students incentives to attend school every day and be on time.

At the conclusion of each school week, eligible students without any absences or tardies will have their names entered into a raffle. As each month ends, one student from each grade (7-12) will win a gift card to a local establishment. At the conclusion of the year, any student with five or fewer absences, tardies or early dismissals for the entire school year is eligible for the grand prize.

Junior Thomas Lewis won last month’s drawing in his grade and to date, he boasts a perfect attendance record.

“I enjoy coming to school and being in class because the teachers make learning an enjoyable experience,” he said. “When I’m absent, I miss a lot of school work, and it’s hard to catch up.”

Other initiative winners include Quinn Healey, Mia Novak, Cadie Lewis, Allison Reesey, Colby Murray, Isabella Stanco, Raj Gandhi, Jaksh Patel, Layla King, Kelly Czankner and Alana Emker.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Forest City

Regional

Senior Hayley Christison worked with SADD and the club adviser, Mrs. Morahan, for her senior project.

She assisted in securing a grant for SADD by completing certain projects. In addition to her involvement in the winter festival, she helped with T-shirts for all club members to wear and took part in the Secret Santa exchange, the Miles for Smiles and back-to-school carnival as part of her project. Hayley also earned first place for her poster design for the “Too Smart to Start” contest.

“My favorite part was getting younger generations to agree and sign an agreement saying they are too smart to start,” Hayley said.

She succeeded in earning her CNA this year, and is a member of SADD, art club, yearbook and student council. Hayley also volunteers with the food pantry and Steamtown Marathon.

Her future plans include attending college and becoming a nurse.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino

@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9130

Lakeland

Senior Carissa Kishbaugh is Lakeland High School’s student of the month for December.

“I was happy when I

heard my name. It kind of came out of the blue,” said Carissa.

Her teacher, Krishelle Keen, however, wasn’t surprised.

“Carissa is the most kind student I’ve ever encountered,” said Keen. “She’s always the first to give to others before thinking of herself.”

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

Mid Valley

Erica Nemitz is an athlete and high-achieving student who spends her time volunteering.

Erica has been a varsity cheerleader for four years, for both varsity football and basketball teams. She is also a Pride Buddy for the Olyphant Lions Pride Squad, a youth cheerleading team that consists of boys and girls with mental or physical disabilities.

During her senior year, Erica is taking advanced chemistry, honors English, honors pre-calculus and physics with lab.

She also runs varsity track and field and is a member of the drama club and yearbook committee.

Erica, who works part time at Price Chopper, plans to study biochemistry after graduation.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

North Pocono

Senior Kelsey Banfield will have completed four AP courses by the end of her high school career and, while also managing full course loads, she has achieved high honors every quarter.

She is ranked 12th in her class and has been a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, she’s received many academic awards, including student of the month and the AP scholar award.

Kelsey is also a four-year member of the school’s rifle team, for which she is currently captain; a member of the SADD club and prom committee, and has taken a variety of dance classes since she was 5 years old.

During the spring, Kelsey volunteers her time by helping fourth-graders in the intermediate school learn Spanish. She is employed at Susan’s Hallmark in Daleville. After high school, she plans to attend Penn State University.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Old Forge

Sophomore Caleb Gething was named a December Devil Pride student of the month.

Caleb’s teachers said, “He is a respectful young man and is always there for his peers.”

“It made me happy to be recognized for all the hard work and dedication I am doing,” Caleb said. “I feel like I am making a difference, and helping others makes me happy.”

Caleb is involved in the drama club and chorus. He’s looking forward to the school’s performance of “Bye Bye Birdie” this spring, along with the spring concert in May.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Scranton

Two students from West Scranton High School attended the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Band Festival. The event features the top student musicians from throughout the region.

Senior Alura Henderson qualified for the first and second flute section, and junior Kailey DeFina qualified for third clarinet. Both students also represented West Scranton High School as the 2018-19 drum majors for the Marching Invaders.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Susquehanna Community

Junior Airyll Rockwell is a member of the first formally chartered Interact Club at Susquehanna Community High School with the New Milford Area Rotary Club.

Interact is a service club for students ages 12 to 18 who want to connect with other young people while serving their communities.

The clubs meet at least twice a month and organizes two projects a year: One helps their school or community and the other promotes international understanding.

“I’m looking forward to taking action in our community and others to help spread environmental stewardship, locally and internationally, for the benefit of our planet,” Airyll said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Valley View

Nathaniel Worrell is a musically inclined ninth-grader.

He is involved with high school choir, where he sings bass, select choir Voices of the Valley, concert band, marching band and jazz band.

Nathaniel plays alto saxophone and piano for the band.

“The Valley View music program has so much to offer,” he said. “The program does a fantastic job at including everyone and making them feel welcome. No one is ever left out by this program.”

He is also a member of student council and runs track and field.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Wallenpaupack

Her school district describes second-grader McKenna Kessler as a friendly, energetic and hardworking 7-year-old who is always kind to others and willing to help anyone in her class.

She enjoys her music and art classes. Her favorite project in art class was making wrapping paper because it involved painting, and she was able to wrap gifts with it at Christmas.

McKenna is also involved with the Hurricanes cheer squad and Brownies. Her Brownies group was recently involved in a food and clothing donation project.

“The best part of the project was giving things to other people,” McKenna said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

Senior Grace Hollister is an honor roll student who, according to administration, excels at volleyball and swimming and is an outstanding student.

Grace serves as vice president of the National Honor Society and the yearbook and is the secretary for the senior class.

She’s the captain of her volleyball team and currently represents her school’s swim team, having recently finished first in the 200m free with a time of 2:18.48 and first in the 100m free with a 1:02.30 in their meet versus Scranton Prep.

Grace plans on attending Pennsylvania College of Technology to study dental hygiene. She believes all she has learned academically and through athletics has prepared her for the future.

“You can’t be a follower,” Grace said. “You have to go and do it. You need to take chances and risks along with working hard in order to achieve success.”

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

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