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Adam Grady To Enlist In Air Force
Derrick Warner Attends PA College Of Technology
Latin American Fiesta Held At Susky High
Local Students Exhibit Art Work
Local Students Going To State Band Festival
Susky Elementary Students of the Month
Youth Learn About Business, Economy
Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens of the Month
Joshua Silver In Chancel Drama
Kristin Culnane Makes ESU Dean's List
Local Students Make LCCC Academic List
Math/Science Expo At Susky School

Adam Grady To Enlist In Air Force

Adam Grady, pictured, displays his acceptance recognition certificate from the U.S. Air Force.

Adam Grady, Hallstead, is currently attending the Electronic Technology Program at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA. A recent GED Program graduate of the Great Bend TREHAB Center, Adam is exploring this line of work prior to enlistment in the United States Air Force.

Adam has participated in Trehab’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program, which provides employment and training programs to residents of Susquehanna County. These programs are funded through the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission.


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Derrick Warner Attends PA College of Technology
Derrick Warner, Hallstead, is currently attending The PA College of Technology, Williamsport, PA, in its two-year Hospitality Management Program. Derrick has expressed interest in Culinary Arts and he plans to utilize this educational program as the foundation for eventual employment in this field.

Derrick has been a participant in Trehab’s Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult Program, which provides programs for employment and training to residents of Susquehanna County. These programs are funded through the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission.

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Latin American Fiesta Held At Susky High

The seventh grade students of Susquehanna Community recently held a Latin American Fiesta. The students prepared ethnic foods such as Mexican pudding, corn bread, tortillas, punch, and nachos. Pictured above is Dan Downton, celebrating with his classmates at the festival. The students invited teachers and administrators to share in the fun as they enjoyed the feast and listened to the music of Latin America. It was the culminating activity of a Social Studies unit and was under the direction of Mrs. Tammy Stone.

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Local Students Exhibit Art Work

Susquehanna Community High School students Erika Briar, Melanie DeWitt, Dan Frechen, and Sarah Kuss recently had artwork selected for inclusion in the annual Scholastic Art Awards Competition at Marywood University.

Their works were chosen from over 800 pieces submitted by high school students in four counties. In the end, just over 200 were displayed.

Pictured (l-r) are Susquehanna students Erika Briar, Melanie DeWitt, Dan Frechen, Sarah Kuss.

All four students are enrolled in the "Painting" class taught by Dan Demora at Susquehanna Community High School.

"I’m proud that these students were recognized for the quality of their work," said Mr. Demora. "I’m particularly happy for Erika and Sarah, because they’re seniors. They’ve been with me for six years and have always been exceptional students."

Junior Dan Frechen was honored again for his work, marking the third time he’s had work exhibited in the annual show. Junior Melanie DeWitt was recognized for the first time.

‘Dan’s always been a strong student with a real sense of purpose. Melanie’s really showing great potential. They really represent the talent present here at the school. I look forward to seeing what they do in the future," said Mr. Demora.

The Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit is being held at the Marywood University’s Mahady Gallery in Scranton, PA. Hours for the exhibit are Monday, Thursday and Friday 9-4, Tuesday and Wednesday 9-8, and Saturday and Sunday 1-4.

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Local Students Going To State Band Festival

The Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association has announced that Katherine McHale and Amanda Fallon (pictured), both from Susquehanna Community High School, have been selected to participate in the Region IV State Band Festival to be held March 12-15. This year’s festival will include 160 of the best high school musicians from over 60 school districts in Central and Northeast Pennsylvania. The guest conductor for the festival is Professor Anthony Maiello from George Mason University. A public concert will be presented on Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. in the Shamokin Area High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

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Susky Elementary Students Of the Month

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announces the following "Students of the Month" for January, 2003.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Nicholas Chamberlain, Abigail Stumbo, Shelby Brinton; row 2 – Tyler St. Andrew, Brandon Soden, Ciera Scepaniak, Joshua Wheeler; row 3 – Tiffani Colwell, Lucas Wentzell, Callie Truex, Brendan Conklin; row 4 – Alexx Nelson, Ashley Craig, Amanda Tanzini, Brian Yi. Absent from photo: Sheridan Cowperthwait, Marah Rhone, Brianne Bianco.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Sean Leonard, Billy Leinauer, Sean MacDonald, Jordon Shelp; row 2 – Scott Arthur, Jordan Aldrich, Jami Towner, Michael Nagel; row 3 – Shawn Cavanaugh, Kierstyn Slocum, Kaysha Kruger. Absent from photo: Courtney Sterling, Justin Cotter, Jessica Hubal.

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Youth Learn About Business, Economy

Elk Lake – The Susquehanna County "YO!" (Youth Opportunities) Committee recently held another session of the Youth Leadership Program that is currently underway within the county. This session focused on providing an understanding and awareness of the economy in Susquehanna County and possible job opportunities.

The program was conducted at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center at Elk Lake High School. Participating 11th grade students from across the county were given a comprehensive look at the business world and entrepreneurship. In addition, the "YO!" Committee worked to instill good work ethics, and to show career opportunities here in Susquehanna County and how to prepare for them.

Pictured (l-r) are students in the Elk Lake Food Management class: Bryan Grien, Rusty Hertzler, Joseph Staria, Ashley Norville, Melissa Jo Garber, Kyle Hanjaras, Chris Brenner, Shawn Barron.

Susquehanna County Economic Development Director Justin Taylor presented a component related to starting your own business within the county, and Assets TREHAB Coordinator Mary Ann Waddington conducted a Vision Quest Program where the students had the opportunity to come up with their own business idea using a short list of words. Each participant also received a detailed packet of information related to business start-up operations.

According to session evaluations, 29 out of the 30 participants expressed concern for the economy, while the same amount realized that a lack of jobs and businesses is being addressed in Susquehanna County.

As part of this business and career session, the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center’s Food Management Class offered to provide an excellent dining experience, and give some insight into the realm of food services. Not only were the student chefs competent, prepared, and polite, they exemplified the work ethic needed to be successful in any enterprise.

For more information about the Susquehanna County Youth Leadership Program, the "YO!" Committee, or any of the organizations mentioned, contact the Department of Economic Development at (570) 278-4600 ext. 558 or e-mail

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Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month

Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens of the Month for January, 2003.

Kindergarten: Mrs. Glezen - Allen Weed; Mrs. Johnson - Kristine Carlsen; Mrs. Rhone - Chloe Randall; Mrs. Small - Alyssa Calla; Mrs. Whitehead - Leeann Forthman.

Grade 1: Mrs. Button - Sierra Hall; Miss Felici - Michelle Norton; Mrs. Revie - Kara Empett; Mrs. Roe - Austin French.

Grade 2: Mrs. Bistocchi - Sara Schmidt; Mrs. Hepler - Miranda Dunne; Mrs. Theophila - Ian Robinson; Mrs. Yurgosky - Stephanie Button.

Grade 3: Mrs. Berger - Amber Gard; Mrs. Harter - Ashley Warren; Mrs. Kelly - Jacob Hinkley; Miss Pease - Lawrence Rudock.

Grade 4: Mrs. Bartkus - Fancy Forthman; Miss Daniels - Katie Drake; Mr. Goff - Daniel Smith; Mr. Jones - Rhonda Lynch; Mrs. Mackachinas - Jessica Muzzy.

Grade 5: Mrs. Buffington - Megan Winnie; Mrs. Chamberlain - Caleb Park; Mr. Mazikewich - Taylor Yarosklawski; Mrs. Wolfe - Mindy Corbin; Mrs. Zelkowitz - Dustin Gorick.

Mrs. Bleck - Jared Conklin.

Mrs. Heal - Kiere Hall.

Mrs. Suchy - Sian Emerson.

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Joshua Silver In Chancel Drama

Selinsgrove, PA – Joshua Silver, Hallstead, PA, was one of 23 students to perform in Susquehanna University’s Chancel Drama performance of Children of Eden, January 23-25. The production is based upon the first nine chapters of the book of Genesis. Following the lives of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and the Ark, the show is a story about family, faith, and the gift of free will.

The Chancel Drama presents performances each year that are produced and directed by fellow students. Past performances include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Joshua, the son of Dean and Lisa Silver, Hallstead, is a sophomore music education major. He is also a member of the university choir; chamber singers; chapel choir; a volunteer at the Selinsgrove Center; and is the secretary and founding member of S.U. Swings! at Susquehanna.

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Kristin Culnane Makes E S U Dean’s List

Kristin Culnane has qualified for the Dean’s List for the fall, 2002 semester, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Kristin is majoring in Elementary Education at East Stroudsburg University. She will graduate in December, 2003. She is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Culnane, Susquehanna, and a 1999 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School.

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Local Students Make LCCC Academic List

Luzerne County Community College announced the following students have earned recognition for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2002 semester.

To qualify for the President’s List, a student must earn a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. Students who attain a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99 are included on the Dean’s List, and those with an average between 3.25 and 3.49 are included on the Honors List.

President’s List: Julie Capwell, Montrose; Nancy Clark, Laceyville; Tammy Heller, Susquehanna; Katherine Nealy, Montrose; Shannon Reeder, Meshoppen; Ellen Slocum, Susquehanna; Scott Snyder, Springville; Kimberly Watson, Susquehanna; Bonnie Westcott, Lanesboro.

Dean’s List: Michel Bookman, Susquehanna; Valerie Burdick, Great Bend; Caren Bush, Susquehanna; Mary Farrett, New Milford; Carolyn Francis, Susquehanna; Melissa Homer, Lakewood; Cheryl Lamphere, Hallstead; Melissa Martin, New Milford; Paulette Mayhew, Susquehanna; William Reeder, Meshoppen; Karen Rogowski, Meshoppen; Kimberly Smurkowski, Meshoppen; Amy Vivona, Thompson; Augustus Wilber, Hallstead; Nancy Williams, Susquehanna; John Zenefski, Montrose.

Honors List: Sue Cottrell, Thompson; Timothy Fisher, Susquehanna; Dana Mallery, Susquehanna; Vince McClain, Meshoppen; Jennifer O’Dell, Forest City; Heather Shingler, Meshoppen; Donna Stacknick, Nicholson; Melanie Staples, Forest City; Tina Whitney, Lanesboro; Victoria Wickizer, Montrose.

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Math/Science Expo At Susky School

The Susquehanna Community School District is sponsoring its annual Math/Science Exposition on March 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., in the elementary gymnasium. The Exposition features displays and/or demonstrations by local businesses or organizations and student developed projects and demonstrations.

The Exposition is intended to be both fun and educational for both students, (grades K–12), and community members by incorporating school, business and industry and civic organizations. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to show how math and science are related to their field by sponsoring a booth with informational handouts, displays, and/or hands-on activities. Sponsorship of special awards for outstanding student projects is another way that businesses and organizations can become involved in the Exposition. Sponsors of special awards are invited to select the recipient of their award and present it to the individual at the conclusion of the Exposition. If a sponsor cannot attend the Exposition, other arrangements can be made to present the sponsor's award.

Students will showcase their math and science knowledge based on classroom experience and individual research. Students explore diverse topics and it is always a treat to see their unique insights into the natural world.

Student and community involvement is the key to making the annual Math/Science Exposition a success. If your organization wishes to participate on March 15, or for more information, contact Anastasia Zabielski at the Susquehanna Community High School, (570) 853-4921.

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