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School Notes 12/3/2018

December 3, 2018
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School Notes 12/3/2018

Abington Heights

Members of the Abington Heights High School National Honor Society collected 10,228 cans for the Dalton Food Pantry, society spokesman Connor Thorpe said.

The freshman class brought in 1,669 cans; the sophomore class, 1,809 cans; the junior class, 1,584 cans; and the senior class, 4,264 cans. The teachers donated 473 cans.

This year, Thorpe and his fellow officers created goals for the students to donate 10,000 cans.

Since the students reached their goal, the teachers took pies to their faces, a fun incentive started last year. The students also participated in a Powderpuff game and shaved Principal Andrew Snyder’s head Nov. 21.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Carbondale Area

Megan Wallis plans to show students that reading can open their world as president of Carbondale Area’s Library Club.

“I love the excitement on the young students’ faces when we read to them or do fun activities with them,” she said.

Megan, along with Vice President Calista Calabro, Secretary Noah Mauro and the club members, will promote reading and implement fun reading activities for sixth-graders at the elementary school. The Library Club does work around the library, including decorating.

In her senior year, Megan plans to pursue a degree in biology after graduation.

“Reading will come in very handy as I work my way through all of the difficult coursework,” she said.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County

Students in commercial and advertising design and digital communications will exhibit their design and illustration work at Wonderstone Gallery in Dunmore for the month of December.

The show will include various projects from this year, along with holiday greeting card designs.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Delaware Valley

Junior Luke Stevens is an integral part and successful leader on the swimming team.

Chosen as the outstanding swimmer at school last season, he earned second place in the 500 freestyle and the 200 IM at districts. In addition to school, Luke is also active with the New York Sharks club team.

“Swimming has helped me be a part of a team and have more team spirit,” he said. “I have practice all the time — it keeps me busy. I love having the opportunity I have to swim for the varsity team.”

Luke also gives back to the community by volunteering with the United Way’s Day of Caring.

“It is a great experience to help the community,” he said. “It gave me a drive to do more each year.”

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Dunmore

Art program students recently took part in the Lackawanna/Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs Annual Holiday Celebrate Sober Campaign. The message reflected in the art was celebrating the holidays sober.

Senior Annabella Massaro took third place and was honored at a ceremony recently. It was the second straight year she received honors after earning fifth place last year.

Annabella’s work featured a winter scene with watercolors including snowmen with the message “Be cool. Be you. Celebrate Sober.”

“I was really excited to place again this year,” Annabella said.

The award took on additional importance since Annabella serves as an officer in both the art and SADD clubs.

Annabella will be studying at Bloomsburg University next year in hopes of one day becoming a tech analyst.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Forest City Regional

Senior Natalie Lipko worked on her senior project with the CHOPS school service club with her co-president, Laura Statkun.

The girls organized the elementary field day, volunteered their time with the food pantry and assisted with the Family to Family Thanksgiving program at the Scranton Cultural Center in November.

“The best part of this project was the feeling I got in return from helping others. It was very nice to be able to get my friends involved also,” Natalie said.

She is a member of the volleyball team, Future Business Leaders of America, student council, Spanish club, National Honor Society, art club and yearbook.

Natalie will be majoring in marketing and minoring in international business next year.

Laura is a member of student council, FBLA, National Honor Society and yearbook, and plans to study psychology at college.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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570-348-9130

Lackawanna Trail

Seventh-grader Eliza Fotta and eighth-grader Matthew Rakauskas will compete during the Pennsylvania Cyber Robotics Coding Competition finals in Harrisburg.

Eliza and Matthew were chosen by their peers in the Lackawanna Trail Computer Club to compete after the team qualified among 100 students from throughout the state for the final competition.

Trail teams competed this fall in an online science, technology, engineering and math tournament along with computer coding and technological literacy. The competition utilized virtual 3-D robots that were coded by the students to perform complex tasks and missions.

The competition is Tuesday at Harrisburg University.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Lakeland

The giant Pacific octopus at Scranton’s Electric City Aquarium and Reptile Den has a name, thanks to Sydney Basalyga and her first-grade class.

Sydney suggested naming the octopus Coral, and her class suggested the winning name.

The class plans to visit the aquarium soon.

“I hope Coral comes to the glass to say hello when we visit,” said Sydney, an A student.

She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mid Valley

Junior John Piorkowski is a decorated athlete, high-achieving student and part-time worker.

John is a member of the National Honor Society and takes Advanced Placement history, advanced chemistry, honors physics with lab, honors pre-calculus and trigonometry, and honors English.

A student council member, John is also in the robotics and chess clubs, on the scholastic bowl team, the marching band and concert band and Spartan Steel.

On the field, he is the varsity boys soccer team’s starting goalie. The team was Division III league champions this season and John was selected to the Coaches’ Division III First Team All-Stars.

He has also won multiple district medals as a member of the varsity track and field team.

John works part time at Basilico’s Pizza.

He is interested in studying chemical engineering after high school.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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@kbolusTT on Twitter

Montrose

Senior Katie Puterbaugh was recognized by Assistant Principal Sean Castellani for winning the National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student Award.

Katie, who was recognized at the Nov. 12 Montrose Area School Board work session, won the award based on her score on the 2017 PSAT, where she earned a 1410. Puterbaugh was one of 34,000 students nationally to receive the honor. A commended student is one who placed in the top 50,000 test takers out of 1.6 million who took the exam last year.

“It was nice to have my hard work in school recognized,” Katie said.

While commended students do not continue in the competition for a National Merit Scholarship, Katie remains eligible for a special scholarship provided by corporate and business sponsors of the program.

Katie plans to major in biochemistry next year and is considering RPI, Skidmore, Haverford, Colgate, Hamilton and Swarthmore.

— STAFF REPORT

North Pocono

Senior Kelsey Kline has taken advantage of the rigorous courses at her school for her entire high school career.

She is taking five Advanced Placement courses, bringing her to a total of 11 AP courses over the past three years. She’s also been recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction for her success in these classes.

Additionally, Kelsey is active in several extracurricular activities, where she holds executive positions as finance committee chairperson for Mini-THON; treasurer for Science Olympiad, where she has been honored as a regional and state competitor since her sophomore year; senior class historian for student council; a member of National Honor Society; SADD; Mathletes and a volunteer for ARC Angels on Stage, a program that teaches theater to adults with various developmental disabilities. Kelsey has also played on the school’s volleyball team for four years, serving as head captain in her junior year, and, for the past three years, has played for Northeast Alliance AAU Travel Volleyball.

After high school, Kelsey hopes to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where she wants to major in neuroscience and psychology to eventually become a neurologist.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Old Forge

Freshman Nicholas Rasmus was a Devil Pride student for the month of October.

Teachers say Nick is always prepared for every class and is highly respectful.

He volunteers for extra tasks and gives help where needed.

“His actions make him a good example to others,” according to the school.

Nick is active with football, the French club and drama club.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Riverside

Third-grader Lindsey Fuentez is excited to perform in her class’s holiday musical, “On With the Snow.”

“I’m excited because I’m a backup dancer, and I never had a part in a show before,” she said.

The production includes more than 100 third-graders and teaches a lesson about not judging a monster by its fur.

“My cousins, Tony and Stephen, even helped me practice at home,” Lindsey said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

Susquehanna Community School District

Bradley Cottrell’s dream is to play major league baseball, and the beginning of that dream came true when the ninth-grader tried out at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton and qualified for the Baseball Factory Select Training and Competition at Pirate City.

Along with approximately 75 other students from across the United States, Brad spent several days in November in Florida at the Pittsburgh Pirates training facility, where they spent the mornings training.

“My favorite part of the day was participating in the games every afternoon,” Brad said.

Brad is a catcher, and he was able to work with college scouts and coaches on his catching skills.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

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Valley View

Noelle DiMattina was October’s Senior of the Month for Family and Consumer Science.

“I was surprised and honored to have been given this title because I wasn’t expecting it,” she said.

Noelle plans to pursue a career in nursing after graduation.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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@kbolusTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

Damascus fourth-grader Addy Hunter and her younger sister, third-grader Abby, recently participated in a Spartan Kid Sprint Race in Vernon, New Jersey.

The races consisted of a series of obstacles that contestants must run through, and the sisters competed with approximately 20 other kids. Abby and Addy worked together as a team to complete the harder obstacles.

“My favorite obstacle was the small wall climb,” Addy said.

“My favorite was the triangle wall climb,” Abby said.

The sisters were introduced to Spartan Racing from a friend of their father’s. One of their favorite things to do when not in school is playing outdoors with their puppy, Blue.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

Junior Sydney Krompasky has been recognized by her high school’s administration as an outstanding student.

A dual-sport athlete, Sydney plays the position of middle hitter on the volleyball team and has been a part of the team for the past three years. This year, they made it to the first round of the playoffs against Lake Lehman.

“I like working on the court with everyone and making sure the ball doesn’t hit the floor,” she said. “I love the atmosphere of the sport and the girls I work with.”

Sydney’s second sport is the school’s track team, where she does hurdles, high jump and pole vault. High jump is her favorite because she feels it comes naturally to her.

Sydney hopes to follow in her dad’s steps by working in the field of forestry, which she plans to major in while at college after graduation.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

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