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On Tuesday, April 27, 85 Blue Ridge fourth graders, under the direction of Mrs. Holly Snitzer, performed the mini-musical, "Straight From the Heart," by Jill and Michael Gillena. Along with learning the songs, which covered such subjects as good sportsmanship and service to ones community, the students selected two service projects on which to work during the second school semester. The first project was to collect tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, because families in their own fourth grade have benefited from the use of these facilities. The second was to supply some needed products for the Womens Resource Center.
The school thanks Mrs. Tina Sieben, Mrs. Penny Aldrich, and Miss Wanda for coming to the school to introduce the children to their programs. They also thank Mrs. Lorraine Hall for accepting, on behalf of McDonalds Restaurant, the over 100,000 tabs collected by eager participants, families, and school community. With smiling faces and a song on their lips, these children have truly learned to give "Straight From the Heart."
During May I went to the Mountain View Elementary School to talk to the fifth and sixth grade students. Two weeks prior to my visit I sent a letter to the teachers, asking them to start having the students collect Real Seals and 3-A-Day emblems. The results I got were great!
Mr. Warners fifth grade class collected over 1,000 Real Seals! They were very excited when I talked to them and they enjoyed the pizza party for being the fifth grade winners.
Mrs. Deckers class was the sixth grade winning class. They collected over 400 Real Seals and 3-A-Day emblems. I found out that the sixth grade students didnt know what a 3-A-Day emblem was. I sent an example to school with my brother, Cody for Mrs. Deckers class and she helped send it around to the other classes so they knew what it looked like. Mrs. Deckers class was very excited to have won.
I visited all of the fifth and sixth grade classes and talked to them about osteoporosis and lactose intolerance. The students were very receptive and learned a lot because they did not know about osteoporosis and lactose intolerance.
On my way out of the school I stopped at the library and presented three books about agriculture to the school.
I enjoyed my day with the elementary students and was happy to see the results of my promotions. Remember to look for the Real Seal and 3-A-Day emblems and get your three servings of calcium a day.
The eleventh annual "Song Fest" was held on Friday, April 2, at Valley View High School in Archbald, PA. This is an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association designed to feature outstanding vocal students in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Conducting for the elementary portion of the concert was Mrs. Patricia Spoor. She is currently the choral director at the Wallenpaupack Area High School. Dr. Steven Thomas, Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University, conducted the middle school portion of the concert.
The following four students represented Mountain View Elementary School: Dustin Compton, son of Dale and Ginger Compton, Nicholson; Andrea Mason, daughter of Ken and Kathy Mason, Hop Bottom; Ryan Walsh, son of Michael and Maureen Walsh; Kalena Williams, daughter of David and Rose Williams, Kingsley.
After several hours of vigorous rehearsal time, 293 elementary and middle school students from our area performed a concert at 7:00 that evening in Valley View High Schools auditorium. The performance was excellent! This proved to be a tremendous learning experience as well as an opportunity for students to meet other students with similar interests from schools in our area. Congratulations to these talented young people for a job well done!
The Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) is pleased to announce that Mary Winter is a Grand Award Essayist in its thirteenth annual essay contest for high school students. Mary is a senior at Susquehanna Community. Mary will attend an awards ceremony in Philadelphia on June 8, 2004. Her parents, Tim and Delores Elliott and her biology teacher, Anastasia Zabielski will accompany her to the ceremony. Mary will receive a $500.00 cash prize for her accomplishment.
The PSBR was formed by universities, medical schools, pharmaceutical firms and professional societies in Pennsylvania. Current members and supporters include many of the Commonwealth's leading biomedical research and educational institutions, professional societies, and hospitals. Their mission is to foster a better understanding of the benefits of biomedical research and the vital role it plays in improving the quality of human and animal health and expanding our economy. The topic question for this year was "Why are Animals Used in Biomedical Research?" A total of 509 students from 61 different schools wrote on the topic question.
Ashley Skiba and Jessica Williams received honorable mention for well written essays. Susquehanna Community High School students have now received the first place award for two consecutive years. Ashley Gaffey, currently a student at Texas A & M won the statewide contest last year. Adam Napolitano, who currently attends Wilkes University, placed second in the same contest held last year.
Kimberly Moore of Syracuse University has been selected by JPMorgan Chase, a leading global financial services firm, for an eight-week business internship in London, England this summer.
Kim currently attends the Whitman School of Management class of 2005 at Syracuse University, dual majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. She belongs to Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the American Marketing Association, the SU Fast Pitch Club Softball team, and is actively involved with volunteer work for Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.
Kimberly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Susquehanna Community High School in 2002 as a National Honor Society member and the Claire Williams O'Neil Scholarship recipient.
Kim is the daughter of George and Beverly Moore, Jackson, PA.
The Elk Lake Support Staff was pleased to award three scholarships to Elk Lake seniors. On Monday, May 17 at the awards program held at Elk Lake, Abby Manns, Heidi Liebegott, and Erin Karpich were each awarded a three hundred dollar scholarship.
Abby is the daughter of George and Mary Beth Manns of RR 5, Montrose. She plans to attend Bloomsburg University majoring in Secondary Education and Communications.
Heidi Liebegott will major in English Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Heidi is the daughter of Jane and Charles Liebegott of RR 1, Springville.
Erin is the daughter of Kathy and Paul Karpich of RR 1, Springville. Erin will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology majoring in Accounting.
TREHAB Drug and Alcohol Prevention in conjunction with the PA Department of Health and the Susquehanna County Drug and Alcohol Commission held a BUSTED! One-Day Conference on April 19, at the Montrose Bible Conference.
BUSTED! is the name for Pennsylvanias official anti-tobacco youth movement. Since 2001, teens have organized tobacco prevention programs, established smoke free campaigns, and advocated against tobacco companies. Through regional meetings and statewide summits as well as local events BUSTED! recruits youth throughout the commonwealth.
The Susquehanna County conference was open to teens ages 13-17. Thirty-two teens representing three school districts in the county participated. Keynote speaker and local physician Dr. Paul Kerr kicked off the morning sharing his personal perspective on the hazards of tobacco use. Leadership topics such as team building, time management, and communication skills allowed the teens to meet new youth and work together to solve problems. The afternoon workshops discussed tobacco statistics, how to develop and plan a local tobacco coalition, and ended with guest speaker District Attorney Jason Legg discussing the PA Clean Indoor Air Act.
In the future this group will be conducting surveys of area restaurants for compliance with the Clean Indoor Air Act, and further developing a Susquehanna County Youth Tobacco Coalition called Students Against Smoking (SAS).
Individual youth and school or community organizations interested in joining BUSTED! or SAS should contact Brandy Pitcher, TREHAB Tobacco Control Specialist, at 570-278-5237.
The 3-5 year old students at the Creative-Play Preschool just finished learning all about the four seasons. Since learning and doing go hand-in-hand, the children made crafts correlating to each season.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the Students of the Month for April, 2004.
Kindergarten, First, Second, Third
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth
The Susquehanna Community School Districts sixth annual Fine & Performing Arts Night will be presented on Friday, May 28 at the high school and elementary schools. The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an art show at the elementary school and continue with a talent show in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the activities at the elementary school. Admission to the talent show is $3.00. Monies raised from the talent show will benefit the Mike Robinson Memorial Scholarship in the Fine and Performing Arts, given each year to a graduating senior planning to pursue a career in the arts.
Elementary art teacher Barb Gallagher has been working with fourth, fifth and sixth grade students to create an exhibit of garden sculptures made from old shoes and boots. The pieces include planters, toad abodes, gazing ball holders, wind chimes, rain gauges and bird and butterfly houses. All the pieces will be for sale and half the monies raised will go to the young artists and the rest will be used to purchase art books for the elementary school library. The sale will run until the completion of the talent show.
This years talent show is organized by high school art teacher Dan Demora with the assistance of new music teacher Stacy Whitaker. The show will feature a variety of performances including the high school jazz band, choral performances, theater skits, singing, and two bands comprised of high school students. This years show will be emceed by seventh grade students Connor Freitag and David Jackson.
Allison A. Konsur, Jackson was among the one thousand four hundred ninety students named to the Deans List at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the 2004 spring semester.
In order to attain this highly regarded academic honor, students must maintain a quality point average of 3.4 for the semester, complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit, and receive no grade lower than C in any course.
Elizabeth Anne Adamec, New Milford, PA received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Lafayette College at the colleges 169th commencement, Saturday, May 22, 2004.
Williamsport, PA Faith Leichliter, Laceyville, PA, a Psychology Major, was among the 251 students who received Bachelor Degrees from Lycoming College on Sunday, May 9, 2004.
Jeffrey A. Rood, Susquehanna, is among the 402 Millersville University of Pennsylvania students recognized for academic achievement and service to the university at its recent 46th annual Honors and Awards Convocation.
Jeff received three awards, the American Institute of Chemists Award, presented to the outstanding senior, based on character, academic standing and potential to become a successful chemist, the Faculty-Student Athletic Committee Award, presented to the male and female varsity letter winners who have attained the highest GPA over seven semesters of course work, and a PSAC Scholar Athlete Award, given to student athletes with a GPA of 3.25.
A total of 1,231 students were eligible for the Spring 2004 Deans List at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. This recognition is given to students who received a quality point average of at least 3.60 while carrying at least 12 hours of credit for the semester.
Qualifying for the honor from our locale were: Brenda Adams, Kingsley; Benjamin M. Carbone, Forest City; Brandy C. Cassidy, Susquehanna; Kelly M. Joines, Montrose; Deirdre D. Philpott, Lanesboro; Jaime L. Ruch, Kingsley; Wendy J. Sivers, South Gibson; James R. Wolfe, Union Dale.
Buena Vista, VA Nathan Hall has signed an institutional letter-of-intent to attend Southern Virginia University and participate in the intercollegiate football program. Nathan, the son of Marjorie and Bradley Hall, will graduate from Blue Ridge High School in New Milford, PA this June. While at New Milford he played as offensive guard and defensive tackle for Coach Zabielski, and was on the high honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society, and was listed in Whos Who Among American High School Students. Nathan plans to major in Biology at Southern Virginia University.
In making the announcement Dr. Gary M. Buer, Head Football Coach at SVU stated, "We are excited to have a young man with the enthusiasm and excitement that Nathan has for the game of football join our team. Nathans best football is still ahead of him as he continues to work on his overall strength and agility. Nathan is 5 10" and weighs 190 pounds and will be evaluated at the defensive end and linebacker positions. Playing for Coach Zabielski, I know that Nathan has been taught great fundamentals and technique and our football staff at SVU looks forward to the opportunity of working with Nathan."
The Spring 2004 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 Spring, 2004 Deans List at Penn College include: Daniel J. Ferencik, Brackney; Jason R. Hawley, Montrose; Andrew D. Nice, Montrose; Daniel J. Walker, Susquehanna.
On Saturday, May 15, 2004 over 1,000 SUNY Fredonia students were awarded their various degrees and diplomas. Among them was Scott Burman, son of Ivan and Elaine Burman of Thompson. Scott, a 2000 graduate of Susquehanna Community School, received his BS with a major in Communication focusing on audio/radio production and a minor in American Studies.
While attending SUNY Fredonia Scott was on the Deans list, a member of Psi Beta National Honor Society for Psychology, and served for three years as program director for the college radio station. Scott has also received a degree from Luzerne County Community College in sound recording and was on the Presidents list. Scott looks forward to a career in sound recording, radio programming and production.
A total of 1,983 students were named to the Shippensburg University Deans List for the spring, 2004 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.
Qualifying for the honor from our area were the following students: Christopher Lewis, Great Bend; Ashley Robinson, South Gibson; Heather Teed, Hallstead.
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