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A luncheon was held recently to honor individuals and school districts that have participated in drug & alcohol prevention programs sponsored by the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission. Some 30 persons attended the appreciation luncheon, held at the Montrose Bible Conference Tea Room.
Hosting the event was Jim Martin, formerly acting director of the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission. He thanked the schools and TREHAB for implementing various programs aimed at helping youth avoid risky behaviors and make positive lifestyle choices. He also thanked the county commissioners for their ongoing involvement in the Commissions efforts.
As TREHAB Prevention Specialist Johnine Barnes looks on at left, Jim Martin, former acting director of the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission presents recognition certificates to Tammy Stone and Anastasia Ziebelski representing Susquehanna Community Schools.
"Our kids are our future, and for that reason we must work together to keep in place programs to help them," Susquehanna County Commissioner Cal Dean told those attending.
Prior to asking Mr. Martin to present certificates of appreciation to representatives of the countys six school districts, TREHAB D&A Prevention Program Supervisor Roselyn Hibbard used a "fish" metaphor to explain what the school programs are attempting to do: "The goal of prevention," she said, "is to warn the fish about the hook behind the bait." She emphasized the importance of adults attitudes in getting their message across to youth.
Representing Blue Ridge Schools and receiving recognition certificates from Jim Martin, former acting director of the Susquehanna County Drug & Alcohol Commission are Susan Cawley, left, and Angel Sincavage. Looking on, second from left, is Joan Dooley, TREHAB Prevention Specialist.
Receiving awards of recognition for their school prevention programs were: Angel Sincavage and Susan Cawley, Blue Ridge; Brian Mallery and Alan Caines, Elk Lake; Sandy Monahan and Terri Erdmann, Forest City; Jean Hollister, Montrose; Eliza Vagni and Mona Hoadley, Mountain View; Tammy Stone and Anastasia Ziebelski, Susquehanna.
Also on hand at the appreciation luncheon were D&A Commission staff Jeffrey Zerechak, Jackie Halesky, and Tina Wydeen, along with county D&A Commission board members Beverly Bennett, George Hill and Jason Legg.
Students from Mrs. Kerr's fifth grade class at Mountain View Elementary wanted to show their support for the military men and women overseas. After contacting the Montrose chapter of the Red Cross, the students decided they wanted to take part in "Operation Comfort," a program that was being sponsored by the Red Cross. Students began collecting microwave popcorn, canned peanuts, hand wipes, puzzles, games, etc. from students at the school. The Red Cross said that they also needed help with the cost of postage to send the supplies.
Mrs. Decker's sixth grade class volunteered to help Mrs. Kerr's students raise the money. The two classes made over 1,000 red, white, and blue pins, and many adult volunteers came to school to help with the production of large yellow ribbons that were later sold to elementary students and their families. After all the expenses were made, the two classes made over $960.00. A check was presented to Mrs. Dawn Swetland, of the Montrose Chapter of the Red Cross.
The students felt patriotic, had some fun, made some new friends and learned that even in difficult times, everyone can do something.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the "Students of the Month" for April, 2003.
Kindergarten, First, Second, Third
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 Kelly Gordon, Samantha Yoskowitz, Susan Chamberlain, Dustin Hansen, Lucas Brinton; row 2 Delbert Rowlands, Micaela Rhone, Chelsea Ayres, Joseph DeLaPlaine; row 3 Jeffrey Conroy, Melissa Kukowski, Amberly Warner, William Terpstra, Daniel Biegert; row 4 Andrew Burdick, Nathan Gaskill, Jeremy Acone, Kayla Coleman, Ashley Kapcsandi.
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 Jesse Redington, Kaitlyn Halesky, Steven Schmidt, Taylor Cundey, Dylan Dubanowitz; row 2 Roger May, Kelly Landry, Andrea Walker, Joey Silfies, Gafston Stone; row 3 Alissa Macazan, Amanda Carvin, Edward Stone, Leann Terpstra.
Frank Eric Robinson, Austin, Texas, has been named a National Merit Scholar. This national, academic award was earned by approximately 2,000 high school seniors nationwide.
Eric is the son of Susan Mary Morgan and Frank E. Robinson, M.D. He is a grandson of Maureen Cotter Morgan and the late Roger Morgan, formerly of Susquehanna.
Eric will graduate from McCallum High School June 1, 2003. He is ranked in the top 1% of his class of 309. He plans to attend Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, on scholarship.
Eric enjoyed a successful high school career. Academic awards include: the Trustee Award, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years; National Honor Society; Foreign Language Honor Society; and a nomination for Kiwanis Sophomore of the year. He is listed in Whos Who of American High School Students.
Trinity University has awarded him their Murchison Scholarship as well as National Merit Scholarship, each renewable for the next four years.
Eric played alto saxophone in the high school symphonic band for three years and high school marching band for four years. He played in the steel band during his senior year. The McCallum band performed in Carnegie Hall, June, 2000 and in Hawaii, June, 2002.
Nicknamed "The Wall" by his teammates, Eric held position of goalie on the McCallum Knights Lacrosse Team. The Knights were undefeated Division One Central Texas champions, for the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. He was voted MVP for the 2001-02 season and was goalie on the Central Texas All-Star Team and was selected to play on the 2003 All-Star Team. He also played on the high school Ultimate Frisbee team as well as Frisbee Golf.
As his mode of transportation, Eric drove his grandfathers 1982 Toyota truck, which added another dimension to his campus stature!
His family has spent many vacations at "Morgan Manner," his grandparents summer cottage near Deposit, NY. They have many relatives and friends in the Susquehanna area.
Stacey Benedict, a Blue Ridge High School Senior, has chosen to attend Mansfield University this fall.
Stacey intends to pursue a career in dentistry. Stacey, who lettered in Varsity Soccer for the Blue Ridge Girls Team, is also an accomplished Ice Hockey Defenseman. Stacey spent her junior and senior high school sports career playing travel hockey for the Binghamton Area Girls Hockey Association. She was an Empire League All Star and played in National Womens Tournaments in Canada. She also played for Seton Catholic Central H.S. Boys Ice Hockey Team her junior and senior years.
Stacey works after school for the Xtra Mart in Conklin, New York. Stacey is the daughter of Don and Cathy Benedict, of Jackson.
Bradley Warren, son of Mary Ann and Thomas Warren of New Milford and a senior at Blue Ridge High School, recently participated in the 58th annual Citizenship Education Conference, sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Bradley will enroll in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences this fall.
The United States Achievement Academy announced that Erica Smith, Montrose, has been named an All-American Scholar.
The USAA has established the All-American Scholar Award Program to offer deserved recognition to superior students who excel in the academic disciplines. The All-American Scholars must earn a 3.3 or higher grade point average. Only scholars selected by a school instructor, counselor, or other qualified sponsor are accepted. These scholars are also eligible for other awards given by the USAA.
Erica, who attends Montrose Area School, was nominated for this national award by the Guidance Department.
Erica will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook, which is published nationally.
Erica is the daughter of Ray and Debbie Smith, Montrose. Grandparents are Lee and Charlotte Smith, Montrose and Irene Wood, Montrose.
Following is the Mountain View High School third period Honor roll list for the 2002-03 school year.
GRADE 7: Alecia Beeman, Maura Bocan, Allison Bodt, Alisha Burgess, Anna Chichura, Krystal Chubirka, Gina Cicco, Matthew Daniels, Sierra Daniels, Nicole Feduchak, Benjamin Garrison, Carly Gaughan, Kelly Griffin, Joshua Harris, Kyle Holgate, Joshua Jarnagin, Christina Kane, Amy Kern, Emily Klees, Brittany Kozlowski, Mattie Kupinski, Patrick Lambert, Brian Lockwood, Dustin Mack, Amanda Makosky, Zachary Matulevich, Matthew Morgan, Justin Moser, Andrew Nichols, Justine Pevec, Matthew Powers, Kelly Rafferty, Kendra Rafferty, Kristin Repchick, Nicole Rhodes, Erin Robinson, Megan Shipsky, Rachel Vauter, Justina Wadge, Michael Walsh, ALeia Weida, Andrew Wnuk.
GRADE 8: Sarah Bishop, Melinda Chidester, Cody Chrzan, Ashley Compton, Wesley Congdon, John Corbin, Kyle Davidson, Gregory Dmohoski, David Evans, Julio Faramelli, Diipali Figgles, Derek Gelormini, Steven Gillman, Sonya Greenberg, Kenneth Jesse, Robert Johnson, Jessica Kimble, Sarah Knowlton, Adreanna Konsur, Chad Lasher, Chelsea Marcho, Gregory Misiura, Julie Novak, Adam Oakley, Jeffrey Oakley, Matthew Potter, Hilary Shinn, Brendan Smith, Tiffany Testa, Jocelyn Thomas, Whitney Twining, Jordan Walker.
GRADE 9: Tegan Aherne, Timothy Bennett, Sierra Buck, Corey Butler, Andrew Conrad, Justin Davis, Shanna Eshelman, Leon Feduchak, Elizabeth Ficken, John Geyer, Erica Gonzalez, Brandon Henneforth, Joseph Johnson, Luke Kavka, April Kern, Margaret Klees, Ashley Krizauskas, Darek Ladden, Amanda Marcy, Bethany Martens, Caitlyn McBride, Marc Miller, Jody Molenko, Stacy Morrison, Jennifer Mullisky, Alicia Oakley, Matthew Panasevich, Luke Parraga, Rebecca Phelps, Jenna Regan, Jessica Rudock, Stephen Simko, Jessica Speth, Brittany Wilkins.
GRADE 10: Kara Ainey-Franklin, Daniel Arthur, Chad Batzel, Dawn Belcher, Jared Bradley, Amanda Breese, Crystal Butcher, Sarah Button, Nicholas Cicco, Sarah Daniels, Stephanie Doty, Amanda Estabrook, Christine Estabrook, Marissa Franchak, Sean Frankovsky, Matthew Georgetti, Kendra Gordon, Ashley Gregory, Tiffany Holgate, Stephen Kane, Marisa Kilmer, Shana Mack, Shawn Matthews, Kristin Olcese, Melinda Owens, Beth Pelton, Aaron Peterka, Nicholas Pratt, Jason Robertson, Rebecca Rose, Felisha Schaffer, Anne Stankevich, Ashley Thatcher, Neda Tuttle, Emily Wise.
GRADE 11: Brandon Bennett, Danielle Benson, Samantha Bode, Carrie Calabro, Kerri Cali, Holly Corbin, Suzanne Creps, Erica Drake, Larissa Fallon, Kelly Finan, Megan Henry, Jaime Himka, Megan Holleran, Matthew Johnson, Adele Kryger, Emily McBride, Kristy Mellow, Michael Molenko, Elizabeth Nitterauer, Lee Nyman, Amy Pencek, Cari Reynolds, Kristen Shipsky, Lean Simko, Alana Speth, Tonya Wood.
GRADE 12: Jessica Alquist, Kelly-Jo Balent, Jessica Baron, Jennifer Belcher, Michael Belcher, Jill Bixby, Demenica Caballero, Mark Choplosky, Kyle Cobb, Margaret Daniels, Leslie DeFazio, Holly Estabrook, Renee Felton, Rachael Gardoski, Rachel Gaughan, Christin Goble, Ernest Griffis, Taylor Harrison, Travis Hoadley, Jenny Keating, Jennifer LaMont, Carolyn Martens, Lynn McLaud, Bettylou Mihal, Linda Misiura, Katrina Reed, Elizabeth Rivenburg, Ashley Robinson, Sarah Rusek, Eric Salansky, Katie Salansky, Jacob Scanlon, Ashley Twining, Robby Vega, Dustin Webster, Kevin Wulff, Scott Wulff, Bridget Zick.
Amy L. DeWitt, formerly of Montrose, will graduate May 19, 2003 from Wake Forest School of Law with a Juris Doctor. She is a 1989 graduate of Montrose Area High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and an MBA from Binghamton University. She has accepted a position in Washington, DC.
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