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"Annie" A Great Success!
C B & T Helps Blue Ridge Obtain Grant
Susky Elementary Students of the Month
B/R Middle School Team 8 Remembers the Titans!
Leah Simko Receives Rotary Recognition
Elk Lake High School Students Of The Month
SCES Second Grade Community Walk
Blue Ridge Elementary First Period Honor Roll
Julanne Skinner On IUP Dean's List

"Annie" A Great Success!

On the evenings of October 24 and 25, the theme song from the Broadway hit "Annie" certainly came true as the "sun came out" on all of those in attendance while the Blue Ridge Middle School Players staged "Annie". Under the direction of Mr. Jeff Burkett with assistance by student director/choreographer Jessica Williams, over fifty middle school students sang and danced their way into the audience’s hearts as they told the story of Little Orphan Annie and her journey from her home in a New York City orphanage at the hands of the abusive Miss Hannigan to a new life with Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, a billionaire businessman.

Pictured (l-r) are Brittany Phillips as Grace, Tyler Calkins as Daddy Warbucks, Cassandra Summers as Annie.

Annie was expertly played by Cassandra Summers, a seventh grader, whose feisty persona and beautifully executed songs made her the perfect central character. Her friends at the orphanage believably portrayed life at the hands of Miss Hannigan when they sang and danced to "Hard Knock Life." Sara Tompkins, an eighth grader, humorously played Miss Hannigan, much to the delight of the audience. Her rendition of "Little Girls" brought the house down. Daddy Warbucks (Tyler Calkins) stepped into the role with great gusto when he agreed to have his head shaved for the sake of his character. Audience members were having a difficult time believing that this actor was really an eighth grader, because of his expertise in acting and singing. His efficient, nurturing secretary Grace Farrell, played by eighth grader Brittany Phillips continually flanks Warbucks. Brittany’s poise on the stage rivals no other as she introduces Annie to the world of the wealthy. Rounding out the plot were Miss Hannigan’s brother Rooster (Josh Hartman) and his sidekick Lil (MacKenzie McCain), who believably portrayed the shady side of life with their title song "Easy Street."

Backed by a well-rehearsed chorus of middle school students and the expert directions of stage manager Sarah Barnard and costume designer Mr. Tim Hutchins, one could not get enough of "Annie". Blue Ridge has proven once again that its drama department is too good to miss.

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C B & T Helps Blue Ridge Obtain Grant

William F. Farber, Chairman of Community Bank & Trust Co. is pleased to announce that Blue Ridge Elementary and the following schools each received $500 grants from the ExxonMobil Education Alliance program to support the schools’ programs: Western Wayne High School, Riverside Elementary, Robert D. Wilson Elementary, and Carbondale Elementary. Robert Lambert, president of Petroleum Services, Dunmore, worked with school officials and Community Bank & Trust Co. to secure the grants which were among 4,000 available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations. The grants were made possible by funding from the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Pictured (l-r) are: Louis Zefran, Business Development Officer, Community Bank & Trust Co.; Robert Lampert, President, Petroleum Services, Dunmore; William F. Farber, President, Community Bank & Trust Co.; David Angeloni, Guidance Counselor, Blue Ridge Elementary.

"Each of these schools work hard to make learning interesting and fun," said Mr. Lambert. "As an Exxon/Mobil retailer, I am proud to help the young people of Susquehanna County and the surrounding areas."

The ExxonMobil Education Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. ExxonMobil believes that, as members of the community, local retailers are best qualified to work with local educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support.

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Susky Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the "Students of the Month" for October, 2003.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Daniel Braun, Alyssa Hubal, Codi O'Dell, Haley Aldrich; row 2 – David Fox, Felicia Hines, Emily Stark, Nicole Barnes, Brianna Graves; row 3 – Brook Morrison, Ashley Miller, Chastity Carvin, Matthew Hugaboom, Rachel Hubal; row 4 – Douglas Bishop, Callie Truex, Caleb Scepaniak, Chelsea Matta. Absent from photo - Rebecca Kelley.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Kelsie Drury, Courtney Arthur, Victoria Greenleaf, Alisha Russo, Mary Kemmerer; row 2 – Maureen Lawson, Melissa Zawisky, Nicholas Marco, David Winn, Robert Gorton; row 3 – Courtney Dininny, Kristianna Lake, Shawn Norton, Adam Macazan.

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B/R Middle School Team 8 Remembers the Titans!

"Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" is playing in the hallway, a goal post with Remember the Titans written above it and a Sabers balloon attached covers the wall, teachers dressed in Sabers uniforms complete with helmets are singing to the theme song as their students begin their school day. What is going on? It’s Halloween of course, and the teachers of Blue Ridge Middle School’s Team 8 once again were treating their students to a theme day in celebration of the holiday.

There was no question this year as to around what theme the teachers should center the students’ special day. Blue Ridge’s football co-sponsorship with Susquehanna Community High School and the true story of the integration of Alexandria, Viriginia’s T.C. Williams High School football team in Disney’s Remember the Titans seemed to go hand in hand.

Blue Ridge Middle School Team 8 faculty members "Remember the Titans" on Halloween.

The day commenced with a showing of the movie in the district theater, much to the delight of the students, many of whom had not previously viewed it. Through afternoon classes students explored a time line of historical events from 1870 to the 1970’s surrounding the acquisition of civil rights in the United States including the desegregation of public schools. A vocabulary lesson followed, including words such as integration, segregation, civil disobedience and affirmative action. To round out the lesson, high school students who play on the Sabers football team answered questions from the middle school students about their experience as the first players to play football on the co-sponsored team.

Once again Blue Ridge Middle School students enjoyed learning and supported their school through a thematic day. They will continue to Remember the Titans and support the Sabers.

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Leah Simko Receives Rotary Recognition

Miss Eliza Vagni, Assistant Principal of Mountain View High School, announced the selection of Leah Simko, daughter of Mrs. Kathy Urda, RR 1, Susquehanna, as the Forest City Rotary Student of the Month for November, 2003. She merited this recognition because of high academic achievement, participation in extracurricular and community activities, and potential for future service to society.

Leah Simko

An honor student in the Class of 2004, Leah is a member of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, the Student Leadership Council, and Envirothon. She has been extremely active in athletic competition in senior high girls’ basketball, volleyball, and softball and has received varsity letters in these sports throughout her high school career.

Leah’s community service includes special projects as a member of the VFW "Adopt a Highway" program and also of the VFW Junior Girls’ Unit.

Following graduation in 2004, Leah plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a baccalaureate degree in either criminal justice or sports medicine.

Leah and her mother were invited to attend the November dinner meeting as guests of the Forest City Rotary Club.

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Elk Lake High School Students Of The Month

Elk Lake High School is pleased to announce the following students who were selected as September, 2003 "Students of the Month."

Pictured (l-r) are: front row – Kristen Marshall, Leighann Warner, Amanda Curry, Dorothy Strain, Brianne Buckingham, Tom Proof; back row – Kenneth Cuomo, Ed.D. - High School Principal, Krystal Stephens, Justin Bach, Erik Tallada, Jason Carter. Absent from photo: Kara Talcott.

Students of the Month are selected by nominations of any student in grades 10–12, 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.

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SCES Second Grade Community Walk

The second grade teachers and students of Susquehanna Community Elementary School would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who made our "Second Grade Community Walk" a great success. We were very well received at all of the businesses and organizations that we visited. Students got a first hand look at what services and goods are available right here in our community.

SCES second graders enjoyed a tour of the inside of an ambulance at Barnes-Kasson Hospital.

We had a great time having a mock council meeting at the boro building and meeting Mayor Hurley. We enjoyed our sneak peak of our community's history, as we toured the museum. We didn't waste any time choosing books at the library, as they were all prepared for us with new library cards. We got a behind the scenes tour at Schneider's Market, the Susquehanna Post Office, People's National Bank, and Pennstar Bank. Barnes-Kasson Hospital was kind enough to let us tour the new M.R.I. building, the Emergency Room, and an ambulance... important community services indeed! Haynes Department Store showed us how those neat decals end up on our shirts. We learned just what it takes to make an article like this one appear in the newspaper, thanks to our tour of the Susquehanna County Transcript. Of course, none of us will forget the tasty treats we received on our trip to the Susquehanna Baking Company.

Look at all the fun things you can find at the Susquehanna Branch Library!

It takes special people to openly receive 80 second graders into their businesses and make them feel welcome. It's those same people who make the community of Susquehanna special. Thanks so much! Thank you, Robert Keyes Elementary Principal, for graciously supporting this endeavor.

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Blue Ridge Elementary First Period Honor Roll

Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary Honor Roll students for the first marking period of the 2003-04 school year.


Mrs. Buffington: Justin Banko, Marissa Kotar, Rhonda Lynch, Alicia Osterhout, Eric Smith.

Mrs. Chamberlain: Ashley Dorunda, Jillian Millard, Lexa Smith.

Mr. Mazikewich: Stephanie Fisher, Scott Lobdell, Curtis Miller.

Mrs. Wolfe: Allison Hall, Rebekah Harris, Courtney Ucci, Mark Willchock.

Mrs. Zelkowitz: Jillena Bennett, Taylor Carlsen, Sydney Decker, Emily Guinan, Benjamin Hepler, Gregory Stonier, Gabrielle Wolfe.


Mrs. Buffington: Calum Culkin, Katie Drake, Fancy Forthman, Kris Kelsey, Lindsey Moxen, Dylan Pruitt, Dan Smith, Kristy Walker.

Mrs. Chamberlain: Shawn Carey, Jordan Crook, Lynette Dooley, Eric Giangrieco, Kory Kibler, Corey Kleiner, Kaithlyn Krug, Eric Onyon, Hayley Rupakus.

Mr. Mazikewich: Christian Barrett, Frank Barton, Eric Brown, Meaghan Merritt, Tiffany Spencer, Brooklyn Welch.

Mrs. Wolfe: Alice Compton, Heather Grover, Carissa Hawk.

Mrs. Zelkowitz: Zachary Boman, Adam Gordon, Dominique Gulick, Daniel Kempa, Michael Stevens, Thomas Towner, Chris Zawiski.


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Julanne Skinner On IUP Dean's List

Julanne Z. Skinner, Montrose has been named to the Dean’s List at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the first and second summer sessions.

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