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The learning support classes at Blue Ridge Elementary School spent the morning Tuesday, December 10 at Kesslers Tree Farm in New Milford, PA. Mr. Kessler taught the students how to identify the different types of Christmas trees. They also learned the importance of giving during the holiday season. Mr. and Mrs. Kessler donated a Scotch Pine to be put on display in the elementary lobby. The Kesslers also surprised the students with a gift of cookies, found under a tree at the farm. At the beginning of winter break, the tree will be donated to a family in the Blue Ridge School District.
Patrick H. Coffey, Hallstead, a freshman at The University of Scranton, has been named a recipient of a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. He received the Brian R. Mullin, M.D. Scholarship. The scholarships, named in honor of individuals who have made significant contributions to the university and the community, are awarded to incoming freshmen with exemplary high school records both inside and outside the classroom. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for four years of study, as long as the recipient maintains at least a 3.25 grade point average.
Pictured (l-r) are: Brian R. Mullin, M.D. Presidential Scholarship honoree, Bonnie Mullin, Philip Coffey, Patrick H. Coffey recipient of the Brian R. Mullin Scholarship, Mary Coffey, University of Scranton President Joseph M. McShane.
Mr. Coffey is a graduate of Montrose Area High School, where he was a Commended National Merit Scholar and a member of the National Honor society. He was named to Whos Who in American High Schools, and was chosen as the Scranton Times-Tribune/ESPN Athlete of the Week. Mr. Coffey was a member of his high schools soccer, basketball and track teams, the German Club, the German Honor Society, and student council. His extracurricular activities included teaching religious education and acting as an altar server. He is a biochemistry/pre-med major.
Pictured above are several Susquehanna Community High School girls decorating the school lobby in anticipation of the holidays.
A former Mountain View alumnus and teacher, Christopher Lake, Jackson, was recently recognized as an outstanding teacher in the country by earning his National Board Certification. There are less than 100 teachers in Pennsylvania who have earned this distinction.
Based on five standards of good teachers, the National Board identifies what is means to be an excellent teacher. Candidates must demonstrate, through a professional portfolio and an assessment that they: 1.) are committed to students and their learning; 2.) know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students; 3.) are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning; 4.) think systematically about their practice and learn from experience; and 5.) are members of learning communities.
Mr. Lake taught English and theater at Mountain View High School for thirteen years and has served as an adjunct faculty member for Luzerne County Community College for ten years. While at Mountain View, he directed numerous theatrical productions, advised the classes of 1994, 1997 and 2000, co-advised the yearbook, and founded the Mountain View Chapter of the NJHS. Currently, he teaches World Literature and serves as Art in Education Coordinator at Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA. Chris, who earned his BS and MS from the University of Scranton, is enrolled in Temple Universitys doctoral program in Educational Administration. In addition, he is proprietor of Sleigh Ride Manor Bed and Breakfast, in Gelatt.
The Unity College mens soccer team captured fifth place in the USCAA National Soccer Tournament, held this year in Dallas, Texas. The Rams were defeated by the University of Dallas in the tourney opener, but came back to knock off Vermont Technical College in a consolation game. This was the same team that had beat the Rams the week before for the Yankee Conference title. The Rams garnered some individual awards during their trip to Dallas. Darrell Pardoe and Grant Harter were named Academic All-American, which requires a 3.5 GPA or higher. Grant is a former Blue Ridge soccer player. The trip to Dallas ended the Rams tenth consecutive winning season under Coach Gary Zane.
Grant is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay (Cathy) Harter, Susquehanna, PA.
University of Scranton senior Michael Venn, Hop Bottom, has received one of only 40 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Scholarships awarded to students attending four-year colleges throughout the nation. The undergraduate scholarships will provide up to $30,000 annually to undergraduate students representing 37 states and Washington DC.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation, established by the late Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. According to the foundations Web site, its purpose "is to reward young men and women for unusual intelligence, application, deportment, and character."
"This was the first undergraduate scholarship competition held by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation," said Mr. Venn. "I found out about it through Dr. Engel at the universitys fellowship office." Working with faculty advisors, the universitys Office of Fellowship Programs prepares students to compete for a range of non-Fulbright fellowships and scholarships, including Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Truman, Madison, Ford, National Science Foundation and National Security Educational Program grants. The office is under the direction of Mary F. Engel, Ph.D., director of medical school placement and the fellowship programs. "The Fellowship Office at the University has helped me focus my plans for law school and graduate school and has helped me compete for scholarship opportunities available to help me meet my goals," said Mr. Venn.
A political science and international studies major, Mr. Venn has minors in Japanese, philosophy and history. He is a member of the Pre-Law Society, the College Democrats and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is also a member of Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society in social sciences; Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society for philosophy; and Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history.
Mr. Venn recently completed a summer internship for the State Department in Washington, DC. He is also involved in community outreach programs and is a volunteer student tutor at The University of Scranton. Mr. Venn works at Wegmans, Dickson City, where he has previously been named employee of the month. Valedictorian of his class at Mountain View Junior Senior High School, Mr. Venn is fluent in several languages and plans to use his language skills in the field of international diplomacy and law. He resides in Hop Bottom with his Mother, Karen Jurco and his stepfather, Richard Jurco.
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