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Dallas, PA Former Susquehanna Community High School athletic standout Amanda Gaffey was named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference all-academic team for the fall semester.
Amanda, a junior occupational therapy major at College Misericordia is a member of the volleyball team.
To be eligible for PAC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.20 while participating in varsity athletics.
Amanda is the daughter of Robert and Dawn Gaffey, Thompson, PA.
On January 9 and 10, eight Blue Ridge ninth grade instrumentalists traveled to Marywood University in Scranton to participate in the 20th annual NEPA Honors Band Festival. 165 students from 45 schools were selected to participate. The festival was conducted by the Director of Bands at Marywood University, Mr. William Weber and Mr. James Willow, founder of this event.
Blue Ridge students (pictured l-r) attending were as follows: Lauri Hall - Flute, Loren Smith - Clarinet, James Banko - French Horn, Becky Stone - Tenor Sax, Jon Wilbur - Trombone, Beth Stone - Trumpet, Nick Politi - Trumpet, Jessica Burkett - Flute.
The festival concluded with a concert open to the public on Saturday evening.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School announced the "Students of the Month" for December, 2003.
Kindergarten, First, Second, Third
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 Marissa McConnell, Devon Kelley, Benedict Kane, Gabrielle Cina; row 2 - Larisa Stevens, Samantha DeMaria, Tyler Petriello, Shawn Martin; row 3 - Steven Frye, Ciera Scepaniak, Emily Staros, David Hallisey; Row 4 - Jeffrey Conroy, William Terpstra, Britney Glover, Caitlynn O'Dell, Chelsea Sparks. Absent from photo- Breanna Bushong, Ryan Gorton.
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth
pictured (l-r) are: row 1 - Victoria Greenleaf, Heather Gordon, Scott Rowlands; row 2 - Kyle Napolitano, Kacey Norris, Sarah Parsons, Gabrielle Peksa; row 3 - Breanna Bastion, Tylor Thomas, Andrea Walker, John Herbert. Absent from photo - Alexx Nelson, Stephanie Skurski.
Elizabeth Leber, Thompson, PA, a freshman majoring in human services and health professions at Syracuse University was named to the Dean's List for the Fall, 2003 semester. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.
Erica J. Vogel, daughter of Michael and Teresa Vogel, Hallstead, was named to the Deans List at Marywood University for the Fall, 2003 semester. Erica is a junior, majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics. She is a 2001 graduate of Montrose Area Jr./Sr. High School.
Mansfield, PA A total of 710 Mansfield University undergraduates have been named to the Fall, 2003 Deans List and Presidents List.
To be named to the Deans List, a student must be attending the university full-time and earn at least a 3.50. Of the students, 137 were also honored by inclusion on the Presidents List. To receive this honor, a student must attain a perfect 4.0 average for the semester.
Following is the list of area students qualifying for the honor, with an asterisk * noting Presidents List students: Rachel Ackley, Thompson; David Empet, Kingsley; Rachel Hall, Susquehanna; Stephen Janoski, Montrose; Lisa Kuhn, Little Meadows; Robin OReilly*, Friendsville; Veronica Pistoia, Friendsville; Ashley Tierney*, Hallstead; Patricia Tierney*, Hallstead; Brian Woodruff, Montrose.
The Fall, 2003 Deans List has been announced at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Those named to the list are full-time or qualified part-time students who have earned a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or better.
Area students named to the Fall, 2003 Deans List at Penn College include: Jason R. Hawley, Montrose; Joshua R. Lodge, Montrose; Andrew D. Nice, Montrose; Daniel J. Walker, Susquehanna.
Thursday, February 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Susquehanna Community Junior-Senior High School will conduct Parent/Teacher Conferences for the second nine weeks of the 2003-2004 school year.
Parents interested in discussing curriculum, student problems, or school policies are requested to meet with the teachers and administration at this time. Particularly urged to attend are parents of students whose report card indicates parent conference requested.
It is in the best interest of students when their teachers and parents can meet and discuss progress which is being made, or problems which exist. Please make every effort to attend the conferences. If it is impossible to attend at the scheduled time please contact the high school office to arrange for an appointment.
The Lady Sabers basketball team will host Elk Lake at 6:00 p.m. on the same evening. There will be no admission fee.
On December 20, 2003, 4,209 students graduated from the Pennsylvania State University during a Fall commencement ceremony. Following are those from our readership area who achieved the milestone.
Michael P. Conigliaro, New Milford, BS, Computer Engineering.
Michael R, Fabian, Friendsville, BS, Electrical Engineering.
Melissa Gallinot, Forest City, BS, Human Development and Family Studies.
Benjamin E. Hibbard, Montrose, BS, Secondary Education.
Meghann C. Knowlton, Uniondale, AS, 2 yr. Business Administration.
Melissa J. Luery, Montrose, BS, Elementary and Kindergarten Education.
Melisa L. Marcy, Kingsley, BS, Mechanical Engineering.
Melisa L. Marcy, Kingsley, BS, Nuclear Engineering.
Bradley R. Mitchell, Springville, BS, Secondary Education.
Frances M. Mullen, Browndale, AS, 2 yr. Human Development and Family Studies.
Matthew P. Reimel, Montrose, BS, Civil Engineering.
Christopher B. Robinson, Kingsley, BS, Secondary Education.
Michael D. Rogan, Hop Bottom, BS, Business, With Distinction.
Marlise M. Signorile, Great Bend, BA, Crime, Law, and Justice.
Dedra E. Wolfe, Susquehanna, BS, Music Education.
Sayre Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna) reported today that more than 1,700 college students in the three-county area were awarded in excess of $4 million in state aid from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) during the 2002-03 school year.
Of the 1,777 students in the three counties who received state aid through the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, 842 live in Pickett's 110th Legislative District.
"A college education is the key that opens doors of opportunity," Pickett said. "But receiving that degree can put many hardships on students and their families. That why I was encouraged to see so many local students take advantage of state assistance that can ease college expenses."
The General Assembly invested nearly $348 million in the state grant program for 2002-03, which helped make a higher education more affordable for roughly 154,000 students. That represents an increase of 4,000 students over the previous year's grant recipients.
The grant program was established in 1966 to provide grants to eligible Pennsylvania students in need of financial aid. For more information on the program or other PHEAA assistance programs, visit www.pheaa.org.
Meriden, CT Teachers Insurance Plan, an auto insurance program exclusively for educators, has opened the nomination process for Pennsylvania's 2003-04 "Teacher of the Year" award. The award will include $1,000 to the winning teacher in the state and a $500 grant to that teachers school.
"Were very excited about being able to honor one of Pennsylvania's finest educators," said Leisa Johnson, Teachers Insurance Plans Manager for Pennsylvania. "I have a feeling our selection panel will have their work cut out for them when they try to narrow down the choices to just one winner."
The insurance program is making this years nomination form available on-line at www.teachers.com, as well as from schools throughout the state. Teachers, students and parents can nominate any of Pennsylvania's more than 125,000 accredited teachers between now and April 30. Teachers may also nominate themselves.
A panel of judges that include both public and private school teachers, administrators and union officials, as well as Teachers plan senior management will select the teacher who has contributed to the betterment of his or her school, students or educational community in a way that stands out among his or her colleagues in the state.
The winner is expected to be announced by June 1.
Nomination forms are being made available to all elementary, middle and high schools, both public and private, throughout the state. For additional forms or more information, call 1-800-671-8810.
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