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School Notes 12/17/2018

December 17, 2018
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School Notes 12/17/2018

Abington Heights

Because of Jerome Wheeler’s role as a fishmonger in Abington Heights High School’s production of “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” more than 100 cast members integrated American Sign Language into the production.

Jerome, the son of Jennifer Wheeler, is member of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. This was the freshman’s first production with the high school drama department. Jerome is also a member of the wrestling team and the Sign Language Club.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Carbondale Area

Senior Kristina Gorel and her team recently competed at Intermediate Unit 19’s Scholastic Bowl.

The bowl is an academic challenge program for the schools within the IU and held at Penn State. It spotlights academically talented young scholars in area high schools.

“It’s a fun, educational experience beyond the classroom setting,” said Kristina.

Seniors Madison Hayner, Stone Wormuth and Dylan Rowland were also on the team.

“It’s always interesting to compete with other schools to show them all we know,” Kristina said. “It’s also good to see where they stand and where we come out when the competition is over.” The team adviser is Chris Schuster.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Career Tech Center

Dayivette Pacheco, an early child care and development senior from Scranton High School, has been recognized by her instructor, Kristine Lenceski, for impressive academic skills in the program.

“Dayivette is an organized, creative, artistic and responsible student who displays many other positive qualities such as being hardworking, determined and focused,” school officials said. She enjoys working with children and plans to attend Lackawan­na College to become a pediatric nurse’s aide.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Delaware Valley

Senior Xavier Pick is musically inclined — and an avid mountain bike rider.

“Participating in indoor winds allowed me to hang out with people who have very similar interests,” he said. “Mountain bike riding got me more involved and increased my skill level.”

His love for the sport also leads him to volunteering his time assisting others in preparing for mountain bike races, marking and clearing courses, and loading and unloading trailers.

“I am able to take part in what I love to do and still be able to help out,” he added.

Xavier is also a member of National Honor Society.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Dunmore

Senior Megan Pavlowski is president of the school’s chapter of Teens Against Corporate Tobacco club.

She educates the young students in the district on the harmful effects of tobacco, including smoking, chewing and vaping. The TACT club also gives back to the community with service projects, especially at Christmas, including donating toys to the Police Department’s Cram the Cruiser event.

“In our borough, Dunmore takes care of Dunmore. We appreciate what the community does for us, and we wanted to give back, especially during the holidays,” Megan said. She said she is involved in the club because “I think I can reach these kids, lead by example and make a difference.”

Megan is also active with softball, basketball cheer, and the Spanish, French, Earth, SADD, service and health careers clubs.

Next year, Megan plans to major in architecture at college.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Forest City Regional

Alissa Pelick participated in the Junior Leadership program in Wayne County for her senior project, where the students attended workshops each month on topics such as economic development, county and local government, health care and criminal justice.

The activities included visiting and touring various departments at a hospital, and taking a tour of a prison. “I thought it was very interesting and educational seeing the prison,” Alissa said.

She is a member of National Honor Society, yearbook, softball, cheerleading, Spanish club, Future Business Leaders of America and CHOPS. Alissa plans to study laboratory science at Marywood University.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Holy Cross High

Freshman Milana Snyder participated in Act Out Theatre’s production of “Elf.”

Milana was cast as an elf, and portrayed Emily in another performance.

“I had fun doing the show, and I made new friends that support me,” she said. Milana also studies art and acts, and takes voice lessons.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Lackawanna Trail

Lillian Bruner, William Evans, Jack Perucki, Austin Chiochio, Owen Corby, Casey Locker and Brayden Jones were selected Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center’s ROAR Students of the Month.

The students displayed the qualities of being respectful, organized, accepting and responsible.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Lakeland

Joseph Cieszkowski was just standing in line to see the Easter Bunny when a woman asked him if he’d like to be featured in Highlights Magazine.

Joey, in first grade, demonstrated a pouch-making craft for the national publication.

Joey made his debut in the fall issue of Highlights.

An A student, he enjoys playing basketball and baseball.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mid Valley

Varsity athlete and National Merit Commended Scholar Caleb Taber is November Student of the Month.

The senior runs varsity cross country and is a member of the LEO club, photo club and vice president of the Spanish club.

He is a member of the National Honor Society and an IT intern at school.

In the classroom, he takes Advanced Placement English literature and calculus, honors physics and honors Spanish IV.

Outside of school, he works part time at Fastenal.

He plans to study computer science at the University of Pennsylvania after graduation.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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570-348-9100 x5114;

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Montrose Area

Earlier this month, the freshman class elected Kerry Tometchko class president.

She is joined by Nick Harder as vice president, Kyle Kaminski as treasurer and Maggie Nebzydoski as secretary.

Kerry was chosen over Cassidy Beeman.

“I thought Cassidy would win,” Kerry said. “But I was really happy and it is reassuring to know that my classmates thought I’d be a good leader.”

Kerry said she’d like to get started soon on fundraising projects such as bingo or movie nights — events that emphasize bonding that “bring our class together.”

In her speech, Kerry stated that her goal over the next four years is to take the class of 2022 “somewhere warm that’s not Montrose” for the annual senior trip.

— STAFF REPORT

North Pocono

Senior Sammie Zou has challenged herself by taking multiple accelerated and AP courses, making high honors every quarter.

She’s currently taking AP chemistry, AP literature and composition, AP psychology and AP calculus AB. By graduation, she will have taken nine AP courses and is currently ranked sixth in her class.

Sammie is also an active member of the North Pocono marching and concert band, mathletes club, interact club and National Honor Society. During the summer, she attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp, where she developed leadership skills and took part in challenging activities with students from a variety of schools. In addition, Sammie volunteers at the Dunmore Senior Center.

She has been accepted to the pre-pharmacy guaranteed seat program at Wilkes University and plans to become a pharmacist.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Old Forge

Third-grade student Kamryn Notari was chosen as a Devil Pride student for November.

Kamryn comes to school each day with a contagious smile, is kind and respectful to everyone she meets and is willing to help out in any way she can. She is also independent, dependable, makes good decisions and leads by example, according to the school.

“I feel so happy, surprised and excited to receive this award,” she said. “I enjoy helping to run errands, I am very respectful and I follow all the classroom rules.”

Kamryn, whose favorite subject is math, said she enjoys softball, basketball, soccer and dancing.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Riverside

Sixth-grader Jace Gaughan leads the school’s student council. “It’s fun because we do so much for the school all year long,” Jace said.

As president, he oversees a variety of activities and events with other elected officers and classroom representatives. “Our penny arcade is our biggest fundraiser,” he said. “It helps to fund fun things like having a DJ for events and so much more.”

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

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Susquehanna Community

Sophomore Ryan Hall has improved his skills as an archer through his participation in a new offshoot of the school district’s program.

Several years ago, the school expanded its archery program to include a travel club, which meets after hours to practice and compete. Ryan was one of its inaugural members. In addition to honing his skills, he’s also matured into a serious competitor who looks forward to practicing, school officials said. “I always look forward to the next session and want to improve my game constantly,” Ryan said.

Ryan just completed the first tournament of the 2018-19 season with a score of 209/300, ranking him 15th in high school boys and seventh among 10th-grade boys.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Valley View

Rachel Chiricos is November Senior of the Month for art.

“I started getting into art in my sophomore year. Now it is one of my favorite classes and something I would like to pursue in the future,” said Rachel. She also recently participated in the Friends of the Poor Thanksgiving set-up with the National Honor Society.

She is a member of art club, National Honor Society and math honor society. Rachel is also a football cheerleader, runs cross country and dances at Kelly Patrick Studio of Dance.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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570-348-9100 x5114;

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Wallenpaupack Area

Fifth-grader Ben Scholl helped students and faculty with a sweet way to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Students and faculty can purchase and send “candy cane grams” for a $1 donation. Their messages are tied to a candy cane and will be delivered to the recipients by Ben and other fifth-grade student council members. All proceeds are donated to the children’s hospital.

“I think this is a wonderful activity to raise money for children in the hospital,” said Ben, who also is involved in Cub Scouts.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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570-348-9100 x5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

Honesdale High School senior Mikayla Barnes is participating in a community awareness project for HOSA-Future Health Professionals Competition.

Mikayla’s project is going to be on how the human body is affected by vaping. Her group will come up with a community project concerning “Juuling,” a brand of e-cigarettes, to raise money and donate to cancer patients nationally. She will compete at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Valley Forge.

Mikalya is active in school and her community, participating in track and field, field hockey and cheerleading. After graduation, she plans to attend college to major in nursing and minor in criminal justice.

“Since I was a little girl, I always loved to play doctor and visit my grandma, who has worked in the medical field for years,” Mikalya said. “I love the idea of being someone’s hero and best friend during the times when they need it most.”

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9100 x5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

School officials call fifth-grader Tristan Vivona a fun-loving student who gives 100 percent as a student and athlete, exemplifying Western Wayne pride in work ethic, perseverance, kindness and generosity.

Tristan’s favorite subject is math. He enjoys the mental challenge and solving problems. He is looking forward to working as a class helper/tutor.

When he’s not working hard in the classroom, he is involved in athletics. He’s an exceptional tennis player, having won multiple tournaments on the local, regional and state levels. He won the Middle States Competition for his age division.

— DANIEL ROSLER

drosler@timesshamrock.com;

570-348-9100 x5365;

@droslerTT on Twitter

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