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Democrat Women's Club Scholarships Awarded
High School Whiz Has Local Ties
Tegan Aherne Attends Leadership Seminar
Former Local Named Diector of NSTA
Katie Anna Brown Is In Who's Who
Area Students On IUP Dean's List


Democrat Women's Club Scholarships Awarded

Martha Chamberlain, Democrat Women’s Club Scholarship Chairman, announced the following winners of the annual $100.00 scholarship in each of the six county high schools.

Rachel Herbst, Forest City High School, will be attending East Stroudsburg University and major in Pre-Law. (No picture was supplied for Rachel.)

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High School Whiz Has Local Ties

Peter Dimmick of Woodbine, Maryland recently graduated from Glenelg High School in Glenelg, Maryland and will start in August at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida to study Mechanical Engineering and Space Sciences. He is the son of Ann Morgan Dimmick and the grandson of former Susquehanna residents Mary Cotter Morgan and the late Roger F. Morgan. Peter’s career goals include designing robotic arms and suspension systems for satellites and planetary rovers.

Peter’s interests and experiences in science and technology earned him a place in Who’s Who Among American High School Students and a Presidential Academic Achievement Award. He was a three-year member and design leader for his nationally ranked high school robotics team, which was the only NASA-US FIRST Robotics Team among his county’s high schools. That position guaranteed him a four-year NASA-US FIRST scholarship to Florida Tech. and he hopes to remain there after his undergraduate years to complete a Masters in Robotics. He was also a charter member of his school’s Future Scientists and Engineers of America club, and a four-year member of the Astronomy Club, of which he became president in his senior year. Peter was named Most Scientific Thinker in his class. He attended an invitation-only National Geographic astrophysics symposium about Mars and interplanetary travel, where he was happy to meet a number of astronauts. He has also been a guest at the Green Bank, West Virginia radio telescope where he and other members of the Astronomy Club spent several nights mapping the Milky Way. This past April, he received a private tour of the control rooms for the world’s largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Peter has also received a Certificate of Recognition from US Berkeley for logging over 250 work units on his home computer for their Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project. This involves receiving data collected at Arecibo, analyzing it, and then sending the reports to California.

Peter is also interested in Astrophotography and has had a number of his photographs copy written. Most recently he used his telescope and photographic equipment to capture the transit of Venus across the sun, which he did from a mountaintop near Susquehanna. In his non-scientific time, Peter likes to be with the family and cat, travel, paintball, work on cars and computers, play video games, and since his trip to Puerto Rico, would like to do more scuba diving.

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Tegan Aherne Attends Leadership Seminar

Tegan Aherne, daughter of Michael and Ellen Aherne, Kingsley, represented Mountain View High School at the annual Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar, held at Millersville University May 20-23.

This 2004 seminar focused on providing a structured, intense setting for high school students to interact with important leaders in business, education, the arts, and government, in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for both challenges and rewards in today’s societal encounters.

Those who attend the HOBY Seminar are encouraged to share their experiences with others in their communities and to be motivated positively, apropos self-development, responsibility, volunteerism, and future leadership roles.

Tegan was involved in meetings with dignitaries associated with HOBY operations; in specific leadership training sessions; in model legislative training; in a study about campaigning issues; in a seminar on business ethics; and in a special program about "Issues Facing Today’s Youth." Among the wide variety of topics were these: agriculture, business concerns, children and youth, education, the environment, health, the judiciary, state government, and transportation issues.

On Friday morning, May 21, Governor Ed Rendell addressed the 188 participants. This was the first time in 46 years that a governor of our state came to visit and to reflect on important topics during a HOBY seminar!

Tegan’s personal benefits are summarized in these comments: "I learned much about business, volunteerism, teamwork, legislative issues, parliamentary procedure, and the necessity of setting significant goals. I made numerous friends from many areas of Pennsylvania and shared worthwhile ideas which will be significant in future decision-making. My favorite parts of the schedule were daily exchanges with so many intelligent individuals and also the interesting legislative sessions in Harrisburg."

Tegan’s other school activities include Student Council, concert band, jazz band, wind ensemble, marching band, county chorus, district chorus, varsity soccer, varsity track and field, drama, Envirothon, Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, and she was her sophomore class president. She will also be playing the part of Portia, a wicked stepsister, in the Endless Mountains Theatre Company’s production of Cinderella, this August at Blue Ridge High School.

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Former Local Named Diector of NSTA

Arlington, VA – Walt Woolbaugh, a junior high science teacher in the Manhattan School District and an adjunct instructor at Montana State University, has been named a District Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest science teacher organization. His three-year term began June 1.

As Director of NSTA’s District XV, Woolbaugh represents the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming on the NSTA Council, an advisory body to the NSTA Board of Directors. In this position, he serves as the primary liaison for teachers in District XV on issues of importance to the improvement of science education at all levels.

Woolbaugh has been active in the NSTA organization. He currently serves as the Montana state coordinator for the NSTA Building Presence for Science program. The program seeks to identify a teacher in every school in the country who is a conduit of science information to teachers in their building.

Woolbaugh received an undergraduate degree from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and earned Master and Doctorate Degrees from Montana State University.

Walt Woolbaugh is a 1970 graduate of Blue Ridge High School and is the son of Robert and Lois Woolbaugh of Hallstead, PA.

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Katie Anna Brown Is In Who's Who

Katie Anna Brown of Hallstead, PA, daughter of Martin and Kathy Brown, has been selected by Keystone College as one of the country’s most outstanding campus leaders by Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges.

Katie joins an elite group of students selected from institutions of higher learning throughout the United States.

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Four Susquehanna County students have been named to the Dean’s List at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the second semester of the 2003-04 academic year. They are: Jeremiah S. Rosenkrans, Montrose; Trevor W. Calabro, New Milford; Lee M. Griffin, South Gibson; Kathryn Jean Haberle, Union Dale.

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