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School Notes 11/19/2018

November 19, 2018
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School Notes 11/19/2018

Abington Heights

Masen Lounsbery represented Abington Heights High School at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston this summer.

The senior watched a live surgery and was able to question the surgeon in real-time during the congress.

She also heard from some of the country’s prominent medical school academic leaders.

Masen is involved in orchestra and the GSA club. She is an Advanced Placement and honor roll student.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Carbondale Area

Kaitlyn Shockey was chosen as president of Carbondale Area’s Students Against Destructive Decisions group.

“My goal as president is to make students aware of the dangers of substance abuse,” Kaitlyn said. “I’d also like to encourage them to think about what they are doing to prevent negative, life-changing events from happening.”

Other SADD officers include Annaliese Allen, vice president; Callista Calabro, treasurer; and Madison Hayner, secretary.

The group participated in Red Ribbon Week in October by selling ribbons during school lunch to encourage students not to use cigarettes, alcohol or drugs and to make good decisions.

Tricia Liuzzo is the club’s adviser.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Career Technology Center

Seniors John Kulick of Forest City Regional and Cesar Acosta of West Scranton will compete in the SkillsUSA District 1 cyber security contest at Luzerne County Community College next month.

The students in the computer systems technology/cyber security program will test their skills in evaluating the security of a corporate network, then document their assessment of the security, including recommendations on how the network may be better secured.

John and Cesar, who enjoy helping their family and friends with computer problems, plan to continue their education in the cyber security field after graduation.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Delaware Valley

Junior Zach Scillia believes in working hard as a student athlete both on and off the field.

He is a member of the varsity football, basketball and baseball teams, as well as the student body spirit committee.

“Being involved helps me stay active in the community,” Zach said.

In addition, he volunteers with United Way’s Day of Caring.

“It feels good to give back to the community,” he said. “I love helping people do things. Even if it’s hard work, I will always help someone else complete the task.”

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Dunmore

Senior Colleen Brown is serving as treasurer of the school’s service club and is also among the students with the most community service hours.

This included last month’s effort in making more than 2,000 pink ribbons for Dunmore’s annual Kickoff for the Cure events. The proceeds from the pink ribbon pink T-shirt sale totaled $2,000 and were donated to Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania. Over the past eight years, the school has donated $21,000 to the organization with fundraisers led by students.

Colleen also finds time to volunteer in the community with a local youth group and other agencies. She has accrued more than 100 hours of community service this year.

“Honestly, I love helping people. Seeing others smile makes me happy,” she said. “In our community, we’re always there for each other, and it means a great deal to me to help those who are struggling.”

She is also active with the earth club, SADD club, TACT club and school newspaper, and also serves as a photographer for the yearbook. Colleen plans on studying nursing in college.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Forest City

Regional

Senior Danny Congdon did work at the Career Technology Center for his senior project.

The computer technology teacher asked him to restore a shelving unit. He fixed the damaged unit and then refinished it before returning it to the teacher. Danny enjoyed the project and was happy to help his school.

He is a member of student council, the basketball team and has a job outside of school.

After graduation, Danny plans on entering the work force and studying at a technical college.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Holy Cross High School

Junior Eric Dixon performed as the Beast in the Holy Cross production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

“I have been so lucky to be a part of such an amazing production, and to be able to work with an incredible cast and crew that always made me feel welcome,” he said.

Eric is a member of advanced chorus, National Honor Society and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 Chorus. He is a junior class officer and plays the piano at Divine Mercy Parish.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Lackawanna Trail

Autobody student Dominic Lenz was student of the month at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center.

Dom is a Lackawanna Trail sophomore. His grandfather taught him auto body restoration at a young age.

“SCCTC is a great jump- start for a tech school like Johnson College, which I want to go to,” he said. “It’s a really worthwhile experience. When I walk into the shop, I can see the day ahead and know what to expect.”

Dom said there’s no stress in the shop and working on cars keeps him calm.

In the future, he’d like to open his own shop specializing in restoration as a tribute to his grandfather.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Lakeland

Jeremiah Albarracin was selected Lakeland High School student of the month for his kindness to his peers and for the positive example he sets for his fellow students.

Jeremiah, a junior, was rewarded with a Dunkin Donuts gift card.

In the future, he is interested in directing movies and plans to study at the California Institute of the Arts.

“I love the horror/comedy genre,” said Jeremiah. “I’d like to make a film like one from the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise.”

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Mid Valley

Despite setbacks due to injuries, Josh Vituszynski finished his high school cross country career on top.

Before finishing the season at the PIAA District 2 Championship, Josh helped lead the varsity boys team to 15 wins and earned individual medals at the 44th Cliff Robbins Invitational and the 25th Lackawanna Commissioner’s Invitational. Josh was also selected as a Coaches’ First Team All-Star for his performance throughout the season.

The senior is a high honors student who takes Advanced Placement and honors courses. He is a public relations intern at Mid Valley, secretary of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and a member of the varsity track and field team, Spanish club, photography club, the school newspaper staff and the yearbook committee. He is also a 2018 graduate of Leadership Lackawanna Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

Josh holds a part-time job at Giant Food Stores and is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America; he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in August 2017.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Montrose Area

Senior Riley Brown hosted the school district’s annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 9.

The entire junior and senior high school student body and 40 veterans attended the ceremony, which featured performances by the Montrose Area High School Band and keynote speaker Harold Gary, 97, a World War II veteran.

Riley has been in charge of the program since 2015, when he was in ninth grade. He said veterans in his life — including his grandparents who served in Vietnam and Korea — inspired him to get involved. Since he’s been involved, the program has evolved to include performances by the school band, a display on stage of the Armed Forces flag, and a veteran-themed display in the case in the main hallway.

Riley, who is interested in studying education or political science next year, will be passing the torch to current ninth-graders Kerry Tometchko and Hannah Cundey, who will both be in charge of putting on the event next year.

— STAFF REPORT

Mountain View

Among the Mountain View student council delegation at this year’s Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils State Conference at Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, were freshmen Casey Congdon and Ava Presley .

“It wasn’t what I expected,” Casey said. “There was a lot of positive energy and really motivated student leaders.”

“It was interesting to learn about different qualities of learning, and to see that different leadership qualities can work so well together,” Ava said.

Delegates attended student-led workshops during the three-day conference. Both believe the information they gained from the conference will make them strong leaders, and they look forward to applying what they have learned to future council projects.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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North Pocono

Senior Grace Straka is an honor roll student who enjoys writing and reading poetry. She also belongs to the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) and Latin Club (Dead Language Society).

“My favorite subject is English because I love reading and writing,” Grace said. “I would like to become a high school English teacher.”

After graduation, Grace wants to go to college to pursue her English teaching goals and hopes to attend either Penn State Scranton or the University of Scranton.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Old Forge

Students in the Old Forge French club donated and presented Halloween gifts to the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton. High school students involved were Evan Kerrigan, Brett Wargo, Hannah Grasso, Jonathan Nicholoff, George Jurnak, Jenna Ziemba, Hannah Lisowski, Andrew Cummings, Olivia Osborne, Abby Robson, Maddie Wagner, Binnie Patel, Cassandra Suchecki, Kristen Yurkavage and Dom Scalise.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Riverside

Collin Kneiss has been chosen to participate in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, a program that identifies high school juniors who demonstrate leadership abilities and prepares young people for committed involvement and responsible participation in the future of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Collin will work with students from various area high schools to develop teamwork, communication and practical analytical skills while exploring community needs, problems and resources. Each year, selected students develop and execute a community service project while learning invaluable skills to prepare them for work.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Scranton

Earlier this month, the Keystone State Literacy Association hosted reading time at the Marketplace at Steamtown.

More than 250 children listened to stories, made crafts and received a free book to take home.

Four West Scranton High School students volunteered at the event: Katherine Morales, Tiffany Laboy, Katie Fontini and Alyssa Cooper.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Scranton Prep

Junior Thomas Kennedy was part of a winning team at the Wilkes University speech and debate tournament.

Thomas and junior Lukas Fives won first place in the duo interpretation of literature category.

“It’s a challenge, but it’s fun,” Thomas of the category.

At Prep, Thomas is a member of Prep Players, student council and mock trial and the sustainability, book, physics and protect clubs. Thomas is also the basketball team manager and has played on Prep’s baseball and football teams.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Susquehanna Community

Each year, a sophomore student is chosen by faculty to be the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership representative, and, this year, it’s Madison Towner . Students write an essay on why they should be chosen to represent their school for the HOBY conference, and the faculty chose Madison’s anonymous essay.

Madison said she is interested in leadership roles and politics.

“I felt like this would be a good way to develop skills for the future,” she said. “I would be proud to be an ambassador for our community.”

Madison is also a member of student council, and she will attend the HOBY conference at Shippensburg University May 16 to 19.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Valley View

Dominick Nemeth was elected president of the Valley View freshman class.

“I felt like it’s a fun thing to do,” he said. “Although it requires a lot of work, ... in the end it’s all worth it.”

Dominick and the class’s vice president, Shay Gillen, made speeches to help them win the election.

Dominick runs cross country and is a member of the wrestling and track teams.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Wallenpaupack

Fifth-grader, Landon Shanaberger , is a hardworking student who is a member of student council and is a reporter for the school’s news team. As a member of student council, Landon was chosen as one of only two students to emcee the school’s annual “Turkey Bowl” festivities. He also participated in the “Good Morning, Pennsylvania” segment filmed by WNEP for the upcoming annual holiday festival.

“I like helping out a lot in the community and school, so I joined (student council) to be more active in those communities,” Landon said.

Landon also plays soccer and baseball and is a Cub Scout who will transition to a Boy Scout later this year and is working on his arrow of light badge.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Wayne Highlands

Fourth-grader Reed Howell regularly participates in the large variety of children’s programs offered at Grace Ridge Church in

Honesdale throughout the year. Currently, he’s attending the Grace Kids after- school program on Wednesdays, where he is able to experience fellowship, gain Biblical knowledge and have fun with friends.

Reed loves watching and playing sports and is involved in Honesdale Little League, Honesdale Biddy Basketball and Honesdale Soccer Club. He also decided to try something new this winter sports season and signed up for the Honesdale Elementary wrestling program because he wants to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Drew, and his cousin, Michael O’Day.

Reed had a great first quarter report card and enjoys reading and spending time with family in his spare time.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

Kindergartner Molly Gifford is being recognized as an outstanding student because of the generosity and kindness she displays both in and out of school.

She’s often found helping others in the classroom, helping classmates zip jackets, reminding them that they need to finish their work and assists when classmates are having a problem. Molly is great at listening and giving advice, which the students often use to solve their problems. Outside of school, Molly is involved with her church and is working on getting dinners to those who are hungry and toys to kids that don’t have gifts for the holidays.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

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