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School Notes 5/27/2019

May 27, 2019

Abington Heights

To continue his fight against pediatric cancer, third grader Matthew McDonnell’s nonprofit is sponsoring a 5K and Fun Run/Walk on Saturday at Nay Aug Park in Scranton.

Matthew, who fought cancer for four years, founded Matthew’s Hope 4 Miracles to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The South Abington Elementary School student started the organization for other kids to feel better and not be sick anymore.

Matthew is excited to have his family, friends, and faculty and staff from South Abington Elementary join him in fighting pediatric cancer.

The run/walk begins near the bandstand at 9 a.m.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Carbondale Area

Dylan Rowland and Noah Mauro were inducted into the National Business Honor Society.

They received the honor for having GPAs higher than 3.5 overall in their business classes.

They also competed at the state Future Business Leaders of America competition in Hershey, along with their high school peers.

“These experiences, including the workshops, taught me how to be a better leader,” said Noah. “I’m planning to attend Misericordia to major in physical therapy. These leadership skills will certainly come in handy throughout college and in my future career.”

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Career Technology Center

David Gonzalez, a senior automotive technology student from Scranton High School, works at Performance Kia as part of the CTC cooperative education program.

“We are fortunate to have an employee like David and cannot wait to have him as a full-time employee,” dealership officials said. “We look forward to watching him grow as both a valued employee and as an outstanding young man.”

David has also completed the state certification program for emissions inspection technician and already secured a job after graduation as a full-time automotive service technician for the Rosado Auto Group.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Dunmore

Some of the chorus program students from grades 6-9 recently took part in District 9’s Chorus Fest, which was held May 10 at Wallenpaupack North Middle School.

The event gave the students an opportunity to get to know other student singers from area school districts and gain knowledge on the mechanics and musicianship of choral singing. At the conclusion of the educational aspect of the day’s event, the students performed an evening concert before peers, family members and the community.

Eighth grader Nasir Creed participated in the program for the second time in the past two years. In order for the students to be invited to participate, they had to audition in front of the school’s chorus teachers.

“I really enjoyed participating in Chorus Fest, and I was honored to represent Dunmore at the event,” Nasir said. “Singing brings out the creative side in me. I’ve always loved music and singing, in general, and on stage performing, I am so excited because I always want to do my best.”

Other students participating from the district included Megan Brace, Addy Toole, Kristine Fagioli, Madison Waltz, Abby Kocher, Sofia Marzan, Maggie Jimmie, Lucas Urban, Emma Pasko, Madison Christiano, Ally McNeff and Jessica Trauger.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130

Forest City

Regional

Junior Chris Rogenkamp visited the United States Penitentiary at Canaan on May 9 with a group of juniors and some sophomores for Law Enforcement Career Day.

The day included information from the FBI, Scranton Bomb Squad, SWAT teams, police dogs, state police, department of corrections and special teams.

“The best part of the day was definitely the different canine units and the robot for the bomb squad,” Chris said.

He plans on studying history in college with hopes of a possible career in federal law enforcement.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

lzaccagnino@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130

Lackawanna Trail

Alec Jones and his teammates won first place in Wyoming County during the regional State Envirothon competition.

Their success led to a spot at the state competition held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown campus where they placed 37 out of 66 teams.

Team members also include Josh Semken, Connor Tobin, Monica Stuenzi and Rachel Saxton.

The team was tested in the areas of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues.

Alec’s specialty was current issues in environmental science. He researched growing trends in agriculture and had to answer questions about finding solutions to feeding the world’s growing population sustainably and ethically.

This is Alec’s second year on the Envirothon team. The junior runs cross country and track and field, plays in the concert band and serves as his class treasurer.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Mid Valley

Karah Laboranti is April’s Olyphant Lions Club student of the month.

A high honor roll student who is enrolled in honors English literature, honors calculus, economics and statistics, Karah is vice president of her class and the president of the SADD club.

She is also a member of student council, Leo club, drama club and the National Honor Society.

Karah was a member of the varsity cheerleading squad and tennis, basketball and varsity track and field teams.

She was named second team all-star for tennis during the 2018 season.

Karah also volunteers with the Olyphant Lions Pride Squad, a cheerleading unit for children with special needs.

Outside of school, she works part time at Alpine Swirl.

She plans to attend Marywood University’s physician’s assistant program after graduation and continue her tennis career.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114;

@kbolusTT on Twitter

Montrose Area

When “Mythbusters Jr.” star Elijah Horland lost a weather balloon, senior Michayla Stahl was there to retrieve it.

Last week, Horland sent out a tweet asking for help in recovering a crashed weather balloon — a device launched from Ithaca with the intent of recording space data. Horland knew that the balloon landed in a woodsy area of Susquehanna. Science teacher Anthony Mc-Kennas had planned to take five students on a field trip to the Lackawanna Coal Mine on May 17, but instead changed the itinerary to track down the balloon.

Michayla said that during the hike through the woods, the group split up toward the top of a mountain. At that point she saw a little piece of red material that belonged to the balloon that had been unclaimed for three days.

“I started freaking out,” Michayla said.

She, McKennas and the rest of the group are currently in the process of figuring out how to return the weather balloon to “Mythbusters Jr.”

— STAFF REPORT

Mountain View

Senior Angie Carroll and her team took third place at this year’s reading competition.

A member of the team since sophomore year, Angie said she’s learned about working as a team and how to finish something she’s started, even if “the literature wasn’t something I personally enjoyed.”

“I’m glad I took a chance and joined,” Angie said.

After graduation, Angie wants to pursue a degree in human services, hoping to be a children and youth case worker.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

North Pocono

Academics and sports played a large part in Ryan Dommes’ high school career.

The senior took eight AP courses, received high honors throughout his four years, is ranked in the top 20 of his class and is a member of SADD and Mathletes.

In addition, he’s a member of the football, golf and volleyball teams, played three years on the basketball team and a year on the soccer team.

Ryan has worked at Eagle Lake Association for the last three summers in the recreation department. After graduation, he will attend the University of Delaware to major in chemical engineering.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Old Forge

Third grade student Joselyn DeStefano’s art project was recently recognized by the Lackawanna Blind Association.

Joselyn drew a Halloween scene where children were trick-or-treating door to door and their candy bags were labeled with “no smoking.”

“I was thinking since a lot of kids are going house to house, adults will take notice and know how smoking is dangerous to your health,” she said.

Joselyn takes art lessons, and her favorite subject is math. In her spare time, she takes gymnastics classes and plays softball, soccer and basketball.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Riverside

Fifth grader Chase Marsala is learning to play saxophone.

Chase and his fellow classmates performed recently in their spring band and choral concert. His favorite song to play was “Super Flutes,” he said.

“I think more kids should learn an instrument,” he said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Scranton

West Scranton freshman Dakota Adams earned the bronze Presidential Award for volunteer service.

The award is given to teens who perform at least 50 to 74 hours of service within a 12-month period. Dakota has dedicated numerous hours volunteering at the Steamtown National Historic Site. Along with the honor of presidential recognition, recipients of this award receive a personalized certificate, an official medallion and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

shofius@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9133;

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Valley View

Class of 2019 valedictorian Amanda Sakulich was named senior of the month in April for social studies.

“I am very honored to be awarded senior of the month in social studies,” she said. “Mrs. Zeiss, along with many of my other teachers, mentors and friends have made my educational experience at Valley View amazing. I will definitely miss Valley View when I graduate in just a few short weeks.”

The award is sponsored by the student council and the Blakely/Peckville Lions Club.

Amanda was also named the NEIU 19 scholar of the year.

She is a member of Spanish club, SADD club, biology club, National Honor Society, Leo club and history club. For the past 12 years, Amanda studied ballet, tap and jazz at the Gina Tomassoni School of Dance.

She will attend Marywood University after graduation and major in early childhood and elementary education.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

kbolus@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolusTT on Twitter

Wallenpaupack

Seventh grader Angelina Krug is the first girl in the United States to make the rank of Scout in the Boy Scouts.

She recently joined the Boy Scouts of America, and her favorite parts are going camping and building projects, she said.

Eventually, she wants to make the rank of Eagle Scout.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

For the “Talk to your State Senator” contest, eighth grader Carly Degrazia made a film.

Carly and classmate Ivy Brinkerhoff produced and filmed a short video about bullying. She enjoyed working with her classmates on the project.

She also enjoys photography and drawing, especially mythical creatures.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

Senior Victoria Petrosky’s passion for arts and fashion have shaped a lot of her high school career.

She’s taken fashion design classes for four years and is one of the two senior fashion students who will display their collections in the school’s annual spring fashion show. Her collection is titled, “Elegance,” because of her love of “that formal, classy style,” she said.

Her love for sewing started a decade ago, when she joined the local Explorers 4-H Club in Hamlin.

“That experience really helped me grow,” Victoria said.

Victoria has also earned nine credits this year towards her four-year degree in sociology at East Stroudsburg University, spending half of her academic studies at Western Wayne and half at the university.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

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