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Superintendent Mike Ognosky of the Montrose Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher T. McComb as Principal of the Choconut Valley Elementary School effective July 1, 2003. The appointment came at the Friday, May 9 public board meeting by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. Christopher is a native of Sharon, PA. and has served as an elementary teacher in the Sharon School District for the past eight years. His responsibilities included the instruction of technology for all students in grades 1-6 as well as the coordination and implementation of teacher training and staff development in the area of technology. In his capacity in the District, Christopher also had the responsibility of maintaining the computer equipment throughout the elementary schools. He has served as the Acting Principal in two of the three elementary buildings in the District and has been sent by the Sharon School District to two National Association of Elementary School Principals workshops. Christopher is also responsible for the development and implementation of the current standards aligned technology curriculum for the Sharon School District and serves on the District Technology Committee.
Mr. McComb is a graduate of Penn State University with a B. S. in Elementary Education. He received his Masters in Educational Administration from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and his Pennsylvania Certification in Elementary Administration in 2001. Christopher was appointed after a comprehensive three month search was conducted by the Montrose Area School District in a process that included the Board of Directors, Administration, and faculty, support staff and parents from the Choconut Valley Elementary School. Each of the final applicants went through two extensive interviews and also spent a full day in the district interviewing administration, faculty and community members. Chris and his wife, Tracie, currently reside in Sharon, Pa. and will be relocating to the area in the very near future. The Montrose Area School District welcomes Mr. and Mrs. McComb to the community, and is thrilled to include Mr. McComb as a member of the professional and administrative team.
On April 29, the Elk Lake eighth grade Quiz Bowl team participated in the Sweet Sixteen Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. The Quiz Bowl is a test that the group took on the Internet consisting of 100 questions in various categories.
The contest had 101 participants, from sixteen states. Elk Lakes team came in first place in the country!
Pictured (l-r) are: sitting Stefania Kloda, Troy Hinkley, Molly Copeland; standing Treg Davis, Mason Palmatier.
At the eighth grade level, the 1300 point barrier was broken by this team in Dimock with the top score of 1302. A team trophy and individual ribbons will be presented to the team at their awards assembly. Ms. Karen Krakosky is the moderator.
Mrs. Alice M. Davis, Vocational Director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, is proud to announce the following SCCTC Students of the Month for March, 2003 (l-r) as follows: Roy Barr, Jason Gerhard, Patricia Gassaway, Casey Rose, Ashley Mower, Gavin Davis, Thomas Westbrook, Keith Steffens and Mrs. Alice M. Davis. Absent from photo: Bryan Grier, Sue Zeyher.
Elk Lake High School is pleased to announce the following students who were selected as March, 2003 "Students of the Month."
(l-r) are: front row Mr. Kenneth Cuomo - High School Principal, Celia Seymour, Doris Martin, Paul Barnes, Adam Conklin, Colby Rockefeller. Absent from photo: Jessica Dafcik, Nick Cona, Katie Schuler.
Students of the Month are selected by nominations of any student in grades 1012, by a teacher for outstanding achievement. The student must show individual effort, community and school-wide effort, as well as effort in the classroom.
Other important criteria includes: a showing of personal growth, skill development, dedication, leadership, academic growth and improvement, school service and community service.
Gina Aliano, a 2001 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School, graduated on Saturday, May 17, 2003 from SUNY Delhi with an Associates Degree in Hotel/Resort Management.
Gina has secured employment with Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida and will embark on her career there in late August.
Gina is the daughter of Becky and Brian Lewis, Susquehanna and the late Tony Aliano.
A Whimsical Art Chair Silent Auction will be held at the Susquehanna Elementary School, in the large Conference Room on Friday, May 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. Miss Gallagher's art class has created many works of art, inspired by famous artists and have transformed ordinary chairs into paintings done by Monet, VanGogh and others. Come and see the beautiful pieces, and if one catches your eye, drop in a bid. The proceeds from the auction will be used to purchase computer drawing tablets for the students to use in school.
The auction is a silent one where a bid, as well as a breaker bid, is placed into a container, and at 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the bids will be collected, and the highest bid will receive the whimsical chair. Miss Gallagher's goal was to use works of art done by the students to purchase these computer drawing tools to better enhance the art program in school.
According to Miss Gallagher, "The students themselves should feel very proud of what they have accomplished. As this is the same night of the talent show in the high school, you can also stop by early to see our exhibit, and then go for a night of entertainment all within the boundaries of our community's school."
Justin Taylor, of Montrose was among the graduates at SUNY Cantons 95th commencement on Saturday, May 17.
Justin received an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology. Justin is a 2001 graduate of Montrose area Jr./Sr. High School.
Alexandra Barba, living with William and Sandra Post, Rushville was included with the 2003 P.E.A.C.E. Student Ambassadors, who set out to discover America on an annual educational field trip to historic American sites. This years trip was a six-day adventure which included visits to Plymouth, New Bedford, Battleship Cove, Boston, and Harvard University in MA, and Newport, RI.
P.E.A.C.E. is the only student exchange program which administers the T.O.E.FL. (Test of English as a Foreign Language), given to all students on the first full day of the trip.
P.E.A.C.E. (ProAmerican Educational And Cultural Exchange) is a Christian-oriented nonprofit exchange student program with US State Department designation specializing in US-Latin American placements.
Faith Leichliter, of Gamma Delta Sigma received the Panhellenic Greek Spirit Award at the 2003 Lycoming College Greek Award Ceremony. Students are nominated by their peers, and a committee of faculty and staff determine the winners.
Faith, a psychology major, is a resident of Laceyville. She is a graduate of Elk Lake School.
Knights of Columbus John V. OReilly Council #3255, Holy Name of Mary Church, recently awarded scholarships to two graduating seniors of the parish. Recipients of this years awards were Karen Halesky, who attends Montrose Area High School, and Ryan Coy, a Senior at Seton Central Catholic High School in Binghamton, NY. Karen has been accepted to Clarion University, where she will study Communications. Ryan plans to attend the Pennsylvania School of Gunsmithing.
"Karen and Ryan were chosen to receive this years scholarships because of their many years of faithful service to the Holy Name of Mary Church," said Grand Knight Ken Janoski. "We are proud to honor these students, and we also offer our best wishes to all of the graduating seniors in our church and community."
These scholarships were made possible through fundraising efforts by members of the council. The Knights invite you to purchase a homemade, freshly baked pie for your holiday eating enjoyment during the Montrose Sidewalk Sales on Saturday, May 24. The Knights Pie Stand will be located in front of Montrose Sporting Goods. Proceeds of this sale benefit the Knights Scholarship Fund. Those wishing to donate pies may leave them at Montrose Sporting Goods, before 7 p.m. on Friday, or by 9 a.m. on Saturday. For more information, call Grand Knight Ken Janoski at 278-2424.
Thirteen of the Blue Ridge Pride Club students, along with their advisor, Mrs. Sue Graham, participated in the March of Dimes Walk America. The team raised $839 for this worthy cause. The 6 mile walk took place on Sunday, May 4 in Montrose. They would like to thank all the participants and everyone who sponsored them. The March of Dimes promotes awareness and prevention of birth defects. They work very hard to help babies get a healthy start.
By walking and raising money, the team helped fund: research into the causes and preventions for prematurity and genetic birth defects; education to help women have healthy pregnancies and recognize the signs of preterm labor; assistance for health care providers in better identifying women at risk for premature birth; help for pregnant women with questions and concerns.
Participants this year were: Advisor Mrs. Sue Graham, Krystal Arnold, Ginny Arnold, Vicky Paulo-Snyder, Sara Ressiguie, Josh Osterhout, Danielle Gullick, Nicole Pagliarella, Katie Baley, Alison McNamara, Amber George, Brandi Gunn, Kelly Gregory, Cassie Bednarchick.
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