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School Notes 9/24/2018

September 24, 2018

Abington Heights

Corinne Jacoby and her horse, Epsom Bloom, qualified for Marshall and Sterling National Insurance League National Finals.

Corinne will compete at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, New York. The junior showed all summer to qualify and make it in the 2’6” children’s medal, Bit O’ Straw and the Hits Hunter II, where she placed seventh and eighth out of 30 riders.

The daughter of Dave and Amy Jacoby and sister of Eric and Scott Jacoby, Corinne is an honor roll student and member of the Transition Team.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Blue Ridge

Senior Natasha Johnson won the Outstanding Community Partnership award for donating a container as part of the international art project.

The project asks young people and communities to create art within the “infinitely interlocking shape of a hexagon — a metaphor for our interconnectedness,” as described by the Interdependence Hexagon Project. Natasha raised $300 for Dachshund Rescue of Bucks County for donating hers.

“I wanted to help raise money for this organization to support my mother’s passion,” Natasha said.

An art opening was held at the Marketplace at Steamtown on Sept. 16 to recognize winning student work.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Carbondale Area

McKinley Borders spent part of her summer in Vietnam visiting a school for the deaf, painting murals on walls and learning organic rice farming while helping local farmers clear out their irrigation canal systems.

“It was very eye opening,” she said. “I feel as though it was life changing. It made me realize how much we take for granted here in the USA.”

McKinley, a junior, was part of the West Coast Connections group that ran the community service trip from June 29 to July 19.

She visited Hanoi and Hoi An and Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, where she and her group fed and played with children at an orphanage for disabled children.

“The love, care and education we receive here is something that the people I visited did not receive daily,” she said. “I was so impressed with how kind the people were and how readily they were able to speak English.”

McKinley hopes to participate in a similar exchange program in the future where she can see the world while also helping others.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Delaware Valley

Junior Ashley Thalassinos has gained a sense of responsibility by being active in sports at school.

A member of varsity field hockey, basketball, and track and field teams, Ashley also lettered in all three during the past two years.

“Playing three sports all year round has taught me how to interact with other people,” she said. “Being involved in athletics has taught me how to work with other people in life and what it means to be a part of a team.”

In addition, Ashley volunteers with the youth girls basketball program during winter months.

“Volunteer work has made me a better leader and has taught me how to create relationships with many different people,” Ashley said. “Working with young girls and coaching them has made me realize my love for basketball.”

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Dunmore

Senior Max Burke, school service club president, is serving as chairman of the annual Homecoming food drive.

This week, service club members will be conducting the districtwide drive to benefit local food pantries. Fans at Friday’s football game against Old Forge, which is also Homecoming, will also be asked to bring nonperishable food items.

“I hope to get the entire community involved in this food drive,” he said. “We are relying on our loyal fans to support this cause while they cheer on their Bucks. A little help can go a long way.”

Max has been a volunteer at service club events over the past few years.

“No matter what’s going on, I try to think about others before myself,” Max said.

In addition to his service club duties, Max is senior class treasurer, yearbook editor-in-chief, French club secretary, TACT club treasurer, and a member of National Honor Society, SADD club and the boys tennis team.

A food drive collection bin will be available at Friday’s game, and monetary donations will also be accepted.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Forest City Regional

Tomi-Ann Holliday and Nicole DellaRocca helped with the seventh-grade orientation for their senior project over the summer.

They assisted with the preparation of the event, organizing and setting up materials for the students, as well as at the orientation event. They met students and helped with lockers and the program.

“I enjoyed helping the kids and making them feel comfortable,” Tomi-Ann said.

Tomi-Ann plays on the school’s softball team and also works part time.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Holy Cross High School

Junior Ryan Strony, a member of Boy Scout Troop 21 of Dickson City, assisted with a Sept. 11 flag ceremony.

At the event at the Valley Community Library, Ryan helped replace an American flag and retire older flags that were worn out.

“This important experience helps give me a better understanding of the sacrifice that our first responders gave to save the innocent lives of others,” he said.

In addition to Boy Scouts, Ryan is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 665, Dickson City.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Lackawanna Trail

Josiah Frank earned his first-degree black belt in taekwondo.

The junior has studied martial arts for more than 10 years. He started when he was 5 years old with On Target martial arts in Nicholson.

Martial arts keeps Josiah busy after school, and the practice builds confidence and character, he said, adding it focuses his energy, teaches responsibility and respect, and is great for keeping in shape.

He also holds a second-degree black belt in wing chun and for the past four years has studied boxing.

Josiah works part time at a local restaurant and volunteers at a food pantry in Scranton.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Lakeland

Cheyenne Dippre is a member of the yearbook club that grew from just seven members three years ago to 35 members this year.

“I’m excited about all of the new members,” said Cheyenne. “With all that help, I’m sure we’ll end up with a great-looking yearbook.”

She is also a member of the Kazoo Crew, a pep band sponsored by the yearbook club.

“We wanted to make sure every sport feels supported, so we started the Kazoo Crew for fun,” she said.

In her senior year, Cheyenne is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions and newspaper club, and competes in basketball and track.

After graduation, she plans to study to be a physical therapist or physician’s assistant.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mid Valley

Gabby Snee is a high-achieving cross country runner.

The sophomore already won a 17th-place trophy at the 44th Cliff Robbins Invitational and a 21st-place trophy at the 25th Lackawanna County Commissioners Invitational.

She is a member of the varsity softball team during the spring. Gabby is also a member of the Spanish, Leo and family/consumer science clubs. She takes honors math and English courses as well as child development and contemporary family living as electives.

She hopes to one day become an English teacher.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mountain View

Junior Andrea Ofalt traveled to Europe during the summer with a group of fellow students and chaperones.

Her favorite country was France, where she particularly enjoyed the Eiffel Tower and museums. She also described seeing Germany and Italy as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“You can’t understand how beautiful it is until you get to see it firsthand,” she said.

Andrea said she would definitely go again and recommends the experience to others.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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North Pocono

Senior Sarah Sposito not only has a slew of academic accomplishments under her belt — including multiple AP courses, National Honor Society and placing 13th in her class — she has also found success on the tennis team, earning two bronze medals in doubles, a silver for team districts, and a gold in District 2 doubles, earning her a spot in states — a first in North Pocono history.

Sarah also has a strong interest in comedy and screenwriting and hopes to study screenwriting at DePaul University, Syracuse University or Florida State University. This passion began in eighth grade.

“Ever since then, the only thing I want to do in my free time is write scripts and create short films with my amazingly talented best friends,” she said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Old Forge

Over the summer, members of Old Forge’s football team volunteered with the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties.

Students who assisted with the food pantry at John Adams Elementary School included Tommy Souriyavong, Tyler Carey, Nick Dodge, Jackson Uhrin, Jon Nicholoff, Brett Wargo, Colin Holzman and Jackson Lynwood.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Scranton

West Scranton High School junior Kailey DeFina joined other high school students from across the country at the Intensive Law and Trial Program at Stanford University this summer.

Students worked closely with Stanford law professors and local attorneys, attended lectures and workshops at the university and had the opportunity to work with groups to analyze practice case materials. Kailey’s team won the mock trial competition.

Along with studying at Stanford, students got to visit locations around the university in California.

Kailey hopes to pursue a career in family law.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Scranton Prep

When Grace Berlew arrived for a weeklong Jesuit leadership conference at Boston College over the summer, she didn’t know what to expect.

“It ended up being one of the most profound experiences of my life,” the senior said.

Grace left the conference with “best friends from four different continents” and a vision for her future.

Grace hopes to attend Boston College next year and study political communications, with a goal of becoming a campaign manager or political lobbyist for Jesuits.

At Prep, Grace is co-president of the Prep political union and is a member of the service and respect clubs. She also helps with numerous social activities at Prep.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Susquehanna

Jordan King, a senior, dressed as a pirate to entertain elementary students for “Pirate Day” on Wednesday.

He and fellow senior Emily Fremberg mingled with students during their lunch periods, playing pirates, and even participated in some gym classes.

Jordan said the students thoroughly enjoyed their time with them.

“I really loved seeing them have so much fun,” he said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Valley View

Junior Mia Rudalavage volunteers her time to help her younger peers succeed on the court.

She coaches fourth- to sixth-grade girls basketball and also volunteers at the Valley View Girls Basketball Camp.

“I like to be involved in my community,” she said. “I like even more when I can make people happy, whether it is helping box food, serving food or just making someone smile.”

Mia volunteered at many community events, including Christ the King Church picnic and the Eynon Hose Company chicken barbecue. She is also a junior firefighter at the Eynon Hose Company.

At school, Mia is member of biology club, Math National Honor Society, history club, Girls Who Code and National Honor Society. She is a football cheerleader and plays basketball for her school and AAU.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Wayne Highlands

Honesdale High School senior Andrew LaTourette recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

His service project was to design and build an information kiosk on a hiking trail in Hawley, which displays the history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal.

“I was glad to be able to do a project that involved engineering as well as preserving the local history,” he said.

Andrew plans to attend Penn State for mechanical engineering, with hopes of getting a job in the automotive industry. Andrew currently has a job at Music and Video Express in Honesdale while remaining active in the Boy Scouts.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Western Wayne

Recognized by the school administration as an outstanding student, eighth-grader Eleanor Black achieved honor roll status for her entire seventh-grade year and is working hard to maintain that success for this school year.

An active member of the soccer team, Eleanor also loves math, language arts and music classes.

“Math comes easily to me,” she said. “When I understand a problem, it’s really rewarding.”

Eleanor also plays the flute in her school’s band.

In the future, Eleanor said she wants to be a writer.

“I’d like to write fiction. I want to write something that could inspire others to help people,” she said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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570-348-9100 x5365;

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