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School Notes 11/12/2018

November 12, 2018
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School Notes 11/12/2018

Abington Heights

Alexa Boersma spent three days in August pulling weeds, raking, putting down mulch and planting new flowers to beautify the entrance to the Abington Heights Middle School.

The senior and National Honor Society member completed the project for her community service requirements.

Her sister, Zorina, a fifth- grade student at the middle school, helped her.

Alexa also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity this summer in Alabama.

Her favorite part of the service trip was “roofing.”

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Blue Ridge

Eighth-grader Madison Carpenter is president of the middle school student council.

When she heard about a fundraiser that was being arranged to benefit families of Susquehanna students injured in a car crash, she came up with the idea of a T-shirt sale and brought the idea to middle school student council adviser Dawn McHale.

They sold 120 shirts, which contained the phrase “Raiders Got Your Back,” and raised $600 for the families. Blue Ridge officials said they’re proud of Madison for her selfless act to support a neighboring school district.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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Carbondale Area

As president of the science and technology club, Madison Hayner hopes to put her good ideas to use to make this year a memorable time for the group.

“We have club T-shirts this year and hope to plan a field trip in the spring,” she said.

Other officers include Jon Pugliese, vice president; Jake Borosky, treasurer; and Mason Higdon, secretary.

The group’s stargazing party was held on a hill behind the elementary school. There was a small campfire and hot chocolate. Members used telescopes and binoculars to observe celestial objects.

In the future, Madison hopes to become a math teacher.

“All of this science background will come in handy as I pursue my career,” she said.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Career Technology Center

Senior Mykaela Kline , a student from Scranton High School, is working on her co-op program through Pennsylvania Ambulance. After graduation, she plans to enlist in the Air Force.

Outside of school, Mykaela is involved in hiking, fishing, running, camping and swimming and loves the ocean.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Dunmore

The high school’s Crimson Company is presenting its fall play, Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” this week, with shows set for Wednesday-Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children under 5.

Senior Madison Eagen has one of the lead roles, playing Celia in the production. Celia is the main character’s best friend who is very honest and funny, often teasing the other characters on stage, Madison explained.

“I see a great deal of myself in her, but I did prepare a great deal for the role, especially with the more emotional parts,” she said.

Madison has taken part in every high school production throughout her high school career, working both behind the scenes and on stage.

“I like putting myself in roles that challenge me because it allows me to do things that I wouldn’t normally do in everyday life,” she said. “I am honored to share the stage with my fellow performers because we all work so hard to put on a great show.”

Next year, Madison plans to major in early childhood education at college.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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Elk Lake

Senior Vicki Clark took part in the Pennsylvania State Days for Dairy Judging, where she finished fourth in the competition, guaranteeing her a spot on the Pennsylvania State Dairy Judging team.

Their next step was competing in Madison, Wisconsin, in the National Dairy Judging Contest at the World Dairy Expo during the first week of October.

“I was on our county team and then our state team. On our way out to Wisconsin, we stopped at different farms to practice for the competition after making appointments with the farmers,” Vicki said.

She is a member of student council, prom steering and yearbook. Outside of school, Vicki is involved in 4-H and lives on a dairy farm, where sheep, pigs and beefers are raised. She is also on the Susquehanna County Dairy Quiz Bowl Team.

Next year, Vicki plans to attend the Pennsylvania School of Petroleum and Natural Gas, with an ultimate goal of working in the natural gas industry.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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570-348-9130

Forest City

Regional

Senior Keanue Rosario ran the sports concession stand all season for his senior project.

His duties included stocking items, supply ordering and breaking down and setting up the food stand. In addition, Keanue collected and counted money. He said his favorite part was having “fun and joking with the customers.”

Keanue is a member of SADD and also helps in the school produce market.

He plans to study technology in college next year.

— LISA ZACCAGNINO

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570-348-9130

Lackawanna Trail

Fourth-grader Nadia Kuchak was one of 50 student winners in the Scholastic News Harry Potter Writing Contest.

“Harry Potter is my favorite book because I like all the details that J.K. Rowling puts into her stories,” she said.

Nadia received a Harry Potter poster signed by illustrator Brian Selznick.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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Lakeland

Alyssa Albino and her fellow National Honor Society members organized a “Haunted Halls” fundraiser the weekend before Halloween.

“It was our best year ever, with nearly 400 people coming to be scared,” said Albino.

Around 60 society members put in dozens of hours to transform the front hallways of the high school into the haunted attraction.

Alyssa is also a member of student council and plays soccer. She plans to study speech pathology next fall.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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@kbolusTT on Twitter

Mid Valley

Sean MacCallum , a top student in the class of 2019, is Mid Valley’s September student of the month.

Sean was picked by his teachers for the honor. This year, he is taking AP calculus, English literature and composition, advanced chemistry, Spanish IV and statistics.

He is also the president of the school’s National Honor Society, president of the Spanish club, secretary of the Leo club and plays the trumpet in the marching band.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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@kbolusTT on Twitter

Mountain View

Senior Scarlett Catalfamo is playing the lead in “Seussical the Musical” this fall as part of the Mountain View drama club production.

“I’m extremely excited to get to play the Cat in the Hat,” she said. “I feel like all the roles I’ve had over the past six years have led to this role.”

Scarlett has been an active member of the drama club since seventh grade, but she said her role as Cat in the Hat has forced her to be more outgoing than other parts she’s played. She said her time on stage has allowed her to discover who she really is.

Scarlett hopes to pursue acting in theater or directing after high school.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

North Pocono

Senior Vivian Garrido has taken honors and AP Spanish, honors biology and has been a part of National Honor Society and world language honors society.

She is also an active member of her church, where she helps prepare and package meals and hand them out to homeless people. She also donates blood whenever possible and tries to help out whenever there is a need for volunteers at any school or community event.

Vivian wants to go to college to major in biology or animal science, with hopes of being a veterinarian.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

Old Forge

Teachers describe seventh-grader Elizabeth Cummings as “awesome.”

Known as Lizzy, the October Devil Pride student of the month is always prepared and willing to help. For example, at a cross country meet, a runner from another team had trouble breathing. Lizzy stayed with her and comforted her until the girl’s coach got there. Lizzy sacrificed her own finish time, but it did not matter to her.

“She is always happy, respectful, dedicated, helpful and very dependable,” according to the school. “She is truly a great example to others and a great leader.”

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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Riverside

Fourth-grader Madyson Kelly likes rainbows.

As part of the students’ reward for having no behavioral infractions during the month of October, they painted rocks to create a garden-type river.

“I painted my rock for our new courtyard rock river like a rainbow,” Madyson said. “I thought it was a cool idea.”

The idea stemmed from the book “There’s Only One You.”

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

Scranton

Scranton High School senior Jason Ardan hopes to attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

Jason is a member of the high school’s cross country, baseball and swim teams and is captain of the Green Ridge baseball team. A member of the National Honor Society, Jason is a three-time swimming district champion and a state swim meet finalist. His baseball teams have also won district championships.

Jason is a geriatric exercise class leader and is a volunteer for the Steamtown Marathon, Waste Management and Green Ridge Little League.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Scranton Prep

Senior Mary Molly Harrison attended the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in Washington, D.C., this month, where she met people from across the country and discussed important issues.

This year’s teach-in focused on mass incarceration reform and immigration.

“Overall, it was a wonderful learning experience,” she said. “There were so many different people with different stories.

Mary Molly, who travels to Prep each day from Narrowsburg, New York, is president of the technology student association, is a master electrician for Prep Players and is a member of the 24 club. She hopes to study business and political science in college.

— SARAH HOFIUS HALL

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

@hofiushallTT on Twitter

Susquehanna Community

School District

As part of a job-shadowing requirement, Geena Miller spent the day at Earth Farms Studios in Montrose with John Puzo, who provides residential design, drafting and engineering services.

“It was a wonderful experience being able to work with him, seeing the day-to-day process of a building designer,” Geena, a junior, said. “He gave me wonderful advice and even let me provide input on one of his drawings.”

Geena said the experience helped her realize a direction for her future.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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@droslerTT on Twitter

Valley View

Kathryn O’Leary was co-chairwoman of a Red Cross blood drive at her high school.

“I feel that being a part of this is a great way to help the community,” Kathryn said. “Getting people to sign up for it and get involved is a way for people to help others.”

The senior was voted to Valley View’s Homecoming Court. She is a member of Leo Club, yearbook club, student council and National Honor Society and is a varsity football cheer captain.

— KATHLEEN BOLUS

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@kbolusTT on Twitter

Wallenpaupack

Sophia Valerio, the daughter of Jennifer and Salvatore Valerio, is a second-grade student whose younger brother, Ben, will start kindergarten next year.

Her favorite foods are pizza and chocolate. After school, she enjoys gymnastics and going to her mom’s classroom to play. Her favorite class is art because she loves to draw and make projects. Additionally, this year she has discovered the author Dan Gutman, and has read about 10 of his books.

“They are really funny,” Sophia said.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Wayne Highlands

Brianna Woodmansee , a sixth-grader at Preston Area, recently competed in the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Ohio, a national event with 77 competitors.

Brianna competed in the 13-and-under, level-one barrel race with her horse, Mitey Broke.

Brianna posted the second fastest time, including against riders from the older division, which put her in the running to win a horse trailer. She also had the chance to meet celebrity barrel racer Martha Josey.

“I was very excited to meet Martha,” she said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Brianna has been riding horses her entire life and recently purchased a 4-year-old horse to start training. She rides every day, even in the winter. Her goal is to one day compete in the American Competition in Las Vegas.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

Western Wayne

Fifth-grader Madelyn Vinton enjoys math and is looking forward to middle school, where she can take challenging classes.

When she’s not in the classroom, she is working on projects as a Girl Scout and is the vice president of the Robert D. Wilson Advisory Council, which is currently planning an Olweus kickoff event for the student body. Olweus is a program that promotes kindness and deters bullying at school.

Madelyn has been recognized by the administration as the student of the month for November because she has keen awareness of when a person needs help and the leadership skills to step in and assist the person. She also enjoys working with students in the autistic support classroom and playing on the Western Wayne travel team for basketball and a winter biddy basketball team.

— DANIEL ROSLER

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

@droslerTT on Twitter

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