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Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month
EL Forensics Team Brings Home Trophies
Blue Ridge School Establishes Foundation
Aubrey Wood Chosen For NYL Forum
Adult Classes At Mt. View School
Alyssa Jones Makes S U Dean's List
Elk Lake "K-Kids" Are Chartered
Erica Vogel Makes M U Dean's List
Kristen Gerhard Makes L U Dean's List
Local Students Graduate PSU
Local Students Make PSU Dean's List


Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal at Elk Lake School, is pleased to announce the December, 2004 Student of the Month Award winners.

Pictured (l-r) are: sitting – Tia Jones, Kennidy Finch, Evan Ashley, Cole Orlandini, Olivia Riscavage, Harlee Baker, Ivy Chance; standing – Jacen Sterling, Violet Burnside, Sabrina Clark, Wyatt Warner, Zach VanWinkle, Chris Cook, Ben Townsend, Desiree Tucker, Ryan Keough, Douglas Stark. Absent from photo: Tallia Isenberg.

Students in kindergarten, first and second grades were selected by their homeroom teachers. Students may be selected as student of the month from four different areas. Those four areas are academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and most improved.

Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.

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EL Forensics Team Brings Home Trophies

The Elk Lake Forensics Team wrapped up the last regular season tournament in the Scranton Catholic Forensics League by bringing home several trophies on January 29 at West Scranton High School.

Winners at Scranton CFL Tournament on January 29 (l-r) are: Max McKeon – Second Place in Varsity Student Congress; Brad Flower – Fourth Place in Varsity Student Congress; Molly Copeland – First Place in Varsity LD Debate.

Sophomore Molly Copeland continued her success as she compiled an undefeated, four win and no loss, preliminary round record in Varsity Lincoln-Douglas Debate by beating debaters from Central Columbia, Danville, and Meyers High Schools.

In the Final Round, Copeland defeated Megan Kwak from Bishop Hoban High School on a unanimous decision. These wins bring her season record to 21 wins and 2 losses.

In Varsity Student Congress, freshman Max McKeon placed second, only one point behind the tournament champion.

Sophomore Brad Flower placed fourth in Varsity Student Congress, just 2 points behind his teammate and three points behind the eventual tournament champion.

In March, the Scranton CFL hosts its National Qualifying tournament to determine which competitors will advance to compete at CFL Nationals in Milwaukee, WI over Memorial Day Weekend. Only the top four competitors in each event qualify to Nationals.

“This was a great performance by a very young team. These underclassmen have worked incredibly hard all season,” commented EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious.

The team will travel to Pennsbury High School in suburban Philadelphia for the Falcon Invitational on February 4-5. They will then wrap up the regular competition season at the prestigious North Hills Invitational Tournament in suburban Pittsburgh on February 11-12.

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Blue Ridge School Establishes Foundation

The Blue Ridge School District under the leadership of Superintendent Robert McNamara has established a foundation to support the educational and operational needs of its students.  The Blue Ridge School District Foundation will be an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County.  The move will allow the district to be more flexible in the investment of its donations for scholarships and other school improvements. It may also relieve the district of scholarship administration burdens.

The Community Foundation will receive no fees for establishing this foundation. Blue Ridge will retain its ability to direct its own scholarship funds which will be the initial focus of the foundation.  It is anticipated that as the Blue Ridge School District Foundation grows the School Board will select its own advisor group to manage grant-making and scholarships.

Pictured (l-r) are Community Foundation of Susquehanna County President Joseph Burke, Superintendent Robert McNamara, and Robert J. Brown working to establish the Blue Ridge School District Foundation.

About 1200 students are enrolled in the district and about 65 percent pursue higher education. Since low income families represent more than 36 percent of Blue Ridge students and about 13 percent require special education, scholarships are tremendously important.

Superintendent McNamara’s enthusiasm for the move was evident in his prompt, personal donation to establish the foundation’s first fund, The Blue Ridge Superintendents’ Fund. Several other existing district scholarship funds may soon be added.

In 2004 Community Foundation donors contributed over $131,000 to regional scholarships.  The Foundation will continue to explore avenues to bring private funding to benefit Blue Ridge and all other local public school districts.

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Aubrey Wood Chosen For NYL Forum

Washington, DC – Miss Aubrey Wood of South Montrose, was recently selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing, (NYLF/Nursing) from Tuesday, February 15 to Sunday, February 20 in Boston, Massachusetts. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in the nursing profession, Aubrey will  join more than 200 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the Forum on  Nursing.

Health care has been a part of Aubrey’s life for many years. Aubrey is the granddaughter of the late Robert Wood, who founded the Montrose Minute Men Ambulance Service in Montrose in 1955. At the age of six weeks, Aubrey started riding on ambulance calls with her parents. Aubrey’s father, David R. Wood was an EMT, he resides in Elkhart, IN. Her mother, Patty is a nurse and also is an EMT, she resides in South Montrose. Aubrey is the granddaughter or Robert Atticks of Montrose and Alice Wood, also of Montrose.

In March of 1999 at the age of 11, Aubrey was the youngest person in Susquehanna County to be certified by the American Red Cross in “Adult, Infant, and Child CPR” and “Community First Aid and Safety.” Aubrey also volunteered at Asa Park manor Nursing Center, now known as Meadow View Senior Living Center. In the eighth grade, Aubrey was presented with the Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award from The McDonalds Corporation.

In ninth grade, Aubrey was one of 34 students chosen to participate in a week-long camp, “Exploring Careers in Health” through the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, located at Keystone College, LaPlume, PA.

Now in eleventh grade at Montrose Area High School, Aubrey is working with the Youth Apprentice program that is offered by the Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium. Aubrey uses her skills as a youth apprentice at Tyler Memorial Hospital. This program is designed to provide Aubrey with on-the-job skills and career preparedness in the field of nursing. Aubrey has the opportunity to rotate between departments to get a firsthand look at different health care careers. She has been in OB/GYN, the operating room, and the Med/Surg floor, in addition she will be going to the ICU and the Short Stay/Chemo unit.

In November, 2004 Aubrey successfully completed a 140-hour emergency medical technician (EMT) course offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health. She was notified in December that all of her requirements for certification were met and she now holds the title of Emergency Medical Technician.

Aubrey is currently employed at Gracious Living Estates Personal Care Home and is a volunteer for the Montrose Minute Men Ambulance Service.

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Adult Classes At Mt. View School

The Mountain View School District will once again be offering an adult education program during the Spring of 2005. The classes will be offered on different nights throughout each week so that more people can participate in the programs.

Tuition will be charged for each class. However, if a resident of the district attends 80% of the classes he or she will have the tuition refunded. The tuition will not be refunded to non-district people who are participating in the program. A resident of the district who attends less than 80% of the classes will not receive a refund.

All expenses for materials in the classes will be borne by the participant. Classes may not be  held for fewer than nine participants in each course.

To register for one or more classes call Mrs. Joy Marcy at 434–2180 ext. 413 on any school day between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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Alyssa Jones Makes S U Dean's List

Alyssa Jones, Friendsville, enrolled in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University was named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2004 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.

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Elk Lake "K-Kids" Are Chartered

The Montrose Kiwanis is very proud to announce that the Elk Lake “K-Kids” Club was officially chartered on November 15, 2004. The dream of a “K-Kids” Club at Elk Lake originated with Heather Shadduck, who is now a senior at Elk Lake and a Key Club member. She chose starting a “K-Kids” Club at Elk Lake as her senior project. The Montrose Kiwanis was very happy to sponsor this club and support Heather’s goal to organize a “K-Kids” at Elk Lake.

Heather began her research for this project in her junior year. At the beginning of the 2004-05 school year, she spoke with sixth grade students to evaluate the interest of students to be a part of this club. Everyone was excited and ready to go.

The Elk Lake Club’s faculty advisor, Louise Hicks is pleased to have thirty-five sixth grade students participating. On December 8, the Elk Lake “K-Kids” had their first official meeting. They made wreaths and cards for an area care facility.

The core values of “K-Kids” are: Character Building, Inclusiveness, Caring, and Leadership. The motto of “K-Kids” is, “We Build.”

The Montrose Area Kiwanis would like to thank Heather Shadduck for the time she has spent to get the club organized, Louise Hicks who will be the faculty advisor for the club for the time she spends to lead this fine group, and the parents of members of the newly formed “K-Kids” for their support of their children’s activities.

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Erica Vogel Makes M U Dean's List

Erica J. Vogel, daughter of Michael and Teresa Vogel, Hallstead, was named to the Dean’s List at Marywood University for the Fall, 2004 semester. She is a senior Nutrition/Dietetics major. Erica is a 2001 graduate of the Montrose Area High School.

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Kristen Gerhard Makes L U Dean's List

Bethlehem, PA - A certificate of achievement was awarded to Kristen Gerhard of Starrucca, a Lehigh University student who was named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2004 semester.

Undergraduates on the Dean's List earned a grade point average of 3.5 or better-on a 4.0 scale-and carried at least 12 hours of courses.

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Local Students Graduate PSU

On December 18, 2004, 4,243 students graduated from The Pennsylvania State University at a Fall Commencement ceremony.

Following is a list of students from our area who achieved the milestone.

Thomas R. Charles, Montrose, B S Information Sciences and Technology.

David W. Daugherty, Forest City, B S Computer Engineering.

Donna R. Ellsworth, South Montrose, B S Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management.

Stephen T. Mc Namara, Susquehanna, B S Economics.

Christine M. Nash, Montrose, B A Art.

Christine M. Nash, Montrose, B A Advertising-Public Relations.

Kristina A. Osborn, Forest City, B S Business, With Distinction.

Matthew R. Pavelski, Susquehanna, B S Animal Sciences.

Roxanne M. Remus, Forest City, B S Nursing.

Richard T. Skarbez, Browndale, B S Computer Engineering.

Brian T. Snyder, Montrose, B S Information Sciences and Technology.

Megan E. Thomas Wescott, Lawton, B A Speech Communication.

Hilary P. Walsh, Brackney, B S Elementary and Kindergarten Education.

Brandon A. Whipple, Brackney, B S Mathematics.

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Local Students Make PSU Dean's List

The following local students qualified for The Pennsylvania State University Fall, 2004 Dean’sList.

Those achieving at least a 3.5 GPA making the Dean's list from our locale were: Frank M. Bennett, Montrose; April A. Berger, New Milford; Sarah M. Bollinger, Montrose; Brittany L. Brainard, Kingsley; Anthony F. Capotosto, Friendsville; Toby I. Ciprich, Montrose; Megan F. Clough, Susquehanna; Christopher J. Connor, Forest City; Jerry C. Dayton, Susquehanna; Douglas L. De Pue, Brackney; William J. Dempsey, Forest City; Dennis R. Di Giambattista, New Milford; Dennis M. Dobitsch, Clifford; Christopher J. Dyer, Thompson; Daynne C. Eaton, Susquehanna; Bryanne Farrell, Vandling; Marisa I. Formica, Union Dale; Daniel C. Frechen, Susquehanna; Karyn J. Giglia, Browndale; Lindsey A. Glezen, Hallstead; Matthew M. Hartman, Harford; Sara L. Kovaleski, Browndale; Rachel L. Lambert, Kingsley; Daniel B. Lewis, Susquehanna; Tonya R. Mcnair, Susquehanna; Frances M. Mullen, Browndale; Christine M. Nash, Montrose; Adam G. Nelson, Montrose; Wendy M. O Reilly, Friendsville; Sara J. Obrien, Montrose; Jason A. Olcese, Uniondale; Jennifer R. Oliver, Hallstead; Amanda E. Otto, Montrose; Roxanne M. Remus, Forest City; Emily G. Resseguie, Clifford; Laura E. Signorile, Great Bend; Richard T. Skarbez, Browndale; Kathryn E. Stevens, Little Meadows; James A. Stewart, Thompson; Victoria A. Strope, Brackney; Lauren M. Tingley, Susquehanna; Hilary P. Walsh, Brackney; Brandon A. Whipple, Brackney.

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