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Elk Lake High School is pleased to announce the following students who were selected as April, 2003 "Students of the Month."
Pictured (l-r) are: front row Nicole Nasser, Amber Sickler, Kaala Myers, Tonya Manzer; back row Shealynn Rogers, Taylor Hallock, Matt Smith, Alan Benscoter, Mr. Cuomo - High School Principal. Absent from photo: Joe Ward, Tamra Bomford.
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.
The Mountain View Elementary sixth grade students enjoyed their annual field trip to Baltimore Inner Harbor and Washington, DC May 13-16, 2003.
The 115 students and 36 adults, under the direction of trip coordinator Bill Whitney and the sixth grade faculty, began by visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore with its exciting dolphin show and informative aquatic exhibits. The group followed that visit with a tour of the Maryland Science Center which provided them with many hands-on experiences with gravity and other forces of nature and space as well as viewing the 3-D Imax film "Ghosts of the Abyss," by James Cameron of Titanic fame.
Wednesday through Friday the group experienced many of our Nations Capital sites including the Smithsonian Institution Museums, the Capitol Building Congressional Tour and a class picture and visit with Cong. Don Sherwood, a visit to Mount Vernon with a boat ride on the Potomac River, and a tour of Arlington National Cemetery where the class presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The group was also invited to attend the evening "Twilight Tattoo" military pageant, presented by the Army 3rd Infantry Old Guard on the ellipse of the White House.
A beautiful evening visit to the Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Korean Memorial, and FDR Memorial was a thrill for students and adults alike.
Of course, any visit to Washington would not be complete for young people without seeing the pandas and other animals at the National Zoo.
Once again the sixth grade students of Mountain View School District have been provided with this exciting and valuable educational experience through the cooperation of community, the board of education, administration, and faculty and will cherish their memories for years to come.
University of Scranton senior Michael Venn has received one of only 43 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarships awarded in the nation. The graduate scholarships will provide up to $50,000 annually to the elite group of graduating seniors for up to six years of graduate or professional studies. Individual scholars may receive as much as $300,000 over a six-year period.
Mr. Venn, Hop Bottom, will pursue an MPhil degree in European Studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. After he completes his masters degree, he will pursue his doctorate in European Studies, focusing on the new legal order within the European Union. He will receive the scholarship for all six years. The award will provide funding for tuition, room and board, fees, and books.
"Its been my dream to study in England," said Mr. Venn. "I am amazed that I was awarded the scholarship. I didnt think that I had much of a chance competing with such a select group of students. But I had a lot of support from professors, friends and the entire University community."
Mr. Venn intends to practice international relations and international law for the government or with a non-profit organization. A political science and international studies major, Mr. Venn has minors in Japanese and philosophy. 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 Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society; Pi Gamma Mu, the national honor society in social sciences; Phi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for political science; and Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history.
Mr. Venn has also been active in community outreach programs in his town, where he has served as an EMT and worked with the local Habitat for Humanity Program, and in programs sponsored through his employer, Wegmans, where he works in the pricing department in the Dickson City store. He has also served as a volunteer student tutor at The University of Scranton.
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.
Steven M. DeRiancho, a 1999 graduate of Montrose Area High School, graduated from the University of Scranton on Sunday, May 25, 2003. While there, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics.
Steven is a financial consultant for AXA Advisors, Vestal, NY.
He is the son of Steve and Kitty DeRiancho, St. Joseph, PA.
Marie Williams, Hallstead, a part-time Syracuse University student, enrolled through Syracuse University continuing education division, University College, was among the 450 academic degree candidates honored at University's College's 55th commencement ceremony held May 2 in Hendricks Chapel on the University campus.
Marie received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Louise Elizabeth Pacewicz, Nicholson, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lafayette College at the colleges 168th commencement, Saturday, May 24, 2003.
Mrs. Alice M. Davis, Vocational Director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center, is proud to announce the SCCTC Students of the Month for April, 2003. Pictured (l-r) are: Erin Karpich, Nikki Traver, Jacqueline Morrell, Patrick Warner, Matthew Constable, Joseph Inman, Louis Butts, Mrs. Alice M. Davis. Absent from photo: Matthew Bussell, Robert Squier, Tammy Weaver.
Close to 650 students were scheduled to receive their degrees from Luzerne County Community College at the 35th annual Commencement exercises held Thursday, May 29 at the First Union Arena. Following are students from our area and the degrees they earned.
Associate in Applied Science: Jill Marie Baron, Forest City; Terry Lynn Cooper, Springville; Karin Marie Cure, New Milford; Mary Stella Farrett, New Milford; Thomas H. Flower, Meshoppen; Lillian Joan Klym, Susquehanna; Bryan Joseph Kuruts, Forest City; Paulette Ann Mayhew, Susquehanna.
Associate in Science: Kenneth William Fisher, Jr., Susquehanna; Trishalaine Grace Murphy, New Milford.
A total of 1,897 students were named to the Shippensburg University Deans List for the spring semester. To be named to the list, a student must achieve a semester grade point average of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.
Those qualifying from our area included Richard Ainey, Jr., New Milford and Ryann Rood, Kingsley.
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