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John Paul Colton, son of Paul and Coleen Colton and Grandson of John and Dixie Russell recently returned from a 16 day tour of Australia, with the group "People to People", as a good will ambassador for the state of Pennsylvania.
John was selected on his scholastic ability, community activity and letters from his teachers and parish priest. John lived with the people of Australia, attended their school, and learned of their ways and culture. John is 12 and a student at Blue Ridge Middle School.
Twenty one students from the fourth, fifth and sixth grades of the Countys elementary schools participated in this years YO! (Youth Opportunities) Youth Leadership Camp, at Montrose Area High School from July 19 through 23. This years theme was "Blast Off to LeaderSHIP."
Returning camp counselors, who also are graduates of the Youth Leadership program, were Holly Backo, recent graduate of Susquehanna Community High School and Carrie Robinson, Jeff Robinson, and Holly Templeton, recent graduates of Montrose Area High School. Bethany Templeton and Desirea Aldrich, both from Montrose Area High School, were first-year camp counselors.
The focus of the camp was to provide an opportunity for grade-school-aged students to begin learning skills needed to become leaders. Roselyn Hibbard, Brandy Pitcher and Christina Carter of Trehab served as Directors of the program and used the principles of rocketry and space flight to present various leadership topics, including public speaking, goal setting, assertiveness, and problem solving.
Assisting with the camp were: Joann Kowalski, Rachel Weaver and LouAnn Kiefer of Penn State Cooperative Extension in Susquehanna County; Ray Osburn, Susquehanna County Services for Children and Youth; Bob Templeton, Susquehanna County Department of Planning; and Ryan Tator, EMT.
The Montrose Rotary Club, through its Spring fund-raiser, and a benefit concert featuring local singer/songwriters Corky Staats and Rosi Hibbard provided additional funding for this years YO Camp.
LaPlume Charlotte Ravaioli, vice president of academic affairs and dean of Keystone College, announced the following local students who have been named to the presidents, deans and honors list for the spring, 2004 semester: Presidents List Deborah A. Watson-Graves, Susquehanna; Deans List Danielle L. Stone Thompson and Amanda Anne Wheeler, Susquehanna.
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