Students receive military nominations
Gianna Calciano of Dunmore; Abigail Pidgeon, Archbald; Alexandria Carter, Dickson City; Dylan Rowland and Nicholas Vadella of Carbondale and Cameron Lloyd, Chesapeake, Virginia, are among U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s local student nominees for United States service academies.
Gianna, the daughter of Genaro and Lisa Calciano; Abigail, the daughter of Sarah Pidgeon; Alexandria, the daughter of Alisa Carter; and Cameron, the son of LCDR David and Jacqueline Lloyd, originally from Moosic, were nominated for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Dylan, the son of Michael and Jacqueline Rowland; and Nicholas, the son of Joseph and Ann Vadella, are nominated to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Dylan was also nominated for United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Gianna is a high-achieving student at Holy Cross High School. She is a multi-sport standout athlete and an active member of many school clubs. She is finishing her senior year as the vice president of student council.
Alexandria is also a Holy Cross High School senior and high-achieving student academically and on the field. She participates in the IHM Dual Enrollment Program, holds a part-time job and logged over 165 hours of community service.
Abigail currently attends the Naval Academy Preparatory School, and during her time at Valley View High School, Abigail was recognized for her achievements both in and out of the classroom.
Dylan and Nicholas are both seniors at Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School. Both have been recognized for their achievements in and outside of the classroom.
Dylan is a member of many in-school clubs and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is a two-sport athlete and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Nicholas is a National Honor Society member who has been named to the Distinguished Honor Roll. He is involved in many school organizations, concert band and is a multi-sport athlete where he has lettered.
Cameron attends the Norfolk Academy in Virginia, where his father is stationed with the Navy. He is a high-achieving student and a Renaissance Scholar who is a member of the sailing, indoor track and rowing teams and outdoors club.
Western Wayne counselor Erica Booth was named Pennsylvania School Counselor of the Year.
A counselor at the Robert D. Wilson School, Booth was honored at the School Counselor Annual Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
Booth, a South Canaan native, has worked at the school for six years. The award honors professional school counselors who have made significant contributions to their students and/or school districts.
She is a Western Wayne and Cedar Crest College graduate. She received a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marywood University in 2008 and, after an additional 27 credits, received her school counseling certification in 2012.
While working as a mobile therapist for her master’s degree, Booth reconnected with her high school adviser, John Kowalski.
“He was the one who suggested I become a school counselor,” she said. She called her adviser at Marywood and began the steps to get her school counseling certificate.
Booth received her certificate the same month the counseling position was posted.
“I truly believe there was some outside force driving my career path, and I share this story often with my students,” she said.