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The twelfth annual “Song Fest” was held on Friday, April 1, at Lackawanna Trail High School. This is an event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association designed to feature outstanding vocal students in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Conducting for the elementary portion of the concert was Ms. Susan Kelly. Mrs. Eileen Hower conducted the middle school performance.
Pictured (l-r) representing Mountain View Elementary School are: top row – Liam Maloney, Ridge Mack, Joel Madas; bottom row – Elissa Muller, Nina Knorr, Angelica Kester.
The following six students represented Mountain View Elementary School: Angelica Kester, Nina Knorr, Ridge Mack, Joel Madas, Liam Maloney, and Elissa Muller.
After several hours of vigorous rehearsal time, 293 elementary and middle school students from our area performed a concert that evening in Lackawanna Trail’s High School 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!
Sarah Reed is pictured with South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford on April 20, after receiving the Governor’s Citizenship Award, representing Riverside Middle School in Pendleton, South Carolina. Across the state, each school may choose one of its students to receive this prestigious award for outstanding character, service, leadership, responsibility, and discipline.
Sarah is an eighth grade student at Riverside Middle School. She plays French horn with the Riverside Middle School band and marches with the Pride of Pendleton Marching Band, 2004 SC 2A State Marching Band Champions. She is a Junior Beta Club member. Sarah is a Cadette Girl Scout in Troop 594 and received her Girl Scout Silver Award in May 2005. She dances with the Steppin’ Out Dance Studio in Anderson. She is a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Clemson and sings in its Junior Choir.
Sarah is the daughter of Karel and Joseph Reed of Pendleton and the granddaughter of Margery Grimm of Gainesville, Florida, and Paul and Jessie Reed of Great Bend, Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR) is pleased to announce that Paula Freitag is a Grand Award Essayist in its fourteenth annual essay contest for high school students. Paula is a senior at Susquehanna Community. Paula, her parents, and biology teacher, Anastasia Zabielski, attended an awards ceremony in Philadelphia on May 24. Paula received a limousine ride to the awards banquet, a letter of recognition from Governor Rendell and a $500 cash prize for her accomplishment.
A total of 366 students from 63 different schools wrote on the topic question, "Why Are Animals Used in Biomedical Research?" The society 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.
This is the third year in a row Susquehanna Community has placed in this essay contest. Ashley Gaffey placed first, two years ago and Mary Winter won last year.
On May 22, 2005 Sara Francis Iveson completed Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University, School of Law.
Ms. Iveson graduated Cum Laude, finishing in the top ten percent of her graduating class. The Graduation Ceremony was held at the Forum located in the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Iveson also served as the Treasurer of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society as well as an Academic Support Fellow.
Sara Francis is a graduate of Susquehanna Community School District and the daughter of William and Sara Clarke Iveson of Susquehanna.
Savannah, GA – Adam Chase Swindlehurst, of Thompson recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Swindlehurst received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Computer Art.
Adam is the son of Bruce Swindlehurst and Vickie Swindlehurst.
On Monday, May 23, Barnes-Kasson Hospital entertained a group of students from Trehab as a part of the Trehab After-School Program. Joanie Mazikewich, Susquehanna County Youth Career Advisor for Trehab explained, “Susquehanna Community School was the only district selected for this program.”
Six students arrived at Barnes-Kasson and met with Administrator, Sara C. Iveson. Mrs. Iveson reported, “We are always thrilled to have students visit us. It is a great way for the young people to be exposed to the field of healthcare as well as participate in the fun activities we have planned.”
The students spent several hours with Mrs. Iveson and Mr. Overmeyer, teacher from Susquehanna Community School District, planting flowers on the hospital grounds. Mrs. Iveson also fielded questions regarding educational opportunities within the hospital system as well as at the college level.
Mrs. Iveson later said, “I am excited to see young people asking questions about their future. There are so many opportunities available to students and I enjoy working with the local school districts to help open those doors.”
The Trehab After-School Program is funded by the Northern Tier Regional Planning Commission. Ms. Mazikewich reported, “The two main goals of this program are to establish work readiness goals and provide them with exposure to the medical field.
The students worked diligently for three hours with Mr. Overmeyer and Mrs. Iveson before concluding their visit to the hospital. Representatives from Barnes assured Ms. Mazikewich that the students are always welcome to participate in outreach programs at the hospital.
Mrs. Iveson added, “It was our pleasure to meet the group from Trehab and I would like to extend a special thanks to Mr. Overmeyer for calling me with this opportunity.”
Following is a list of Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens of the Month for May, 2005.
Kindergarten: Mrs. Johnson – Kendra Skinner, Mrs. Farrell – Alexis Benesh, Mrs. Rhone – Daniel Beesley, Mrs. Small – Jontue Gregory, Mrs. Whitehead – Bridgette Chaffee.
Grade 1: Miss Bowman – Kyle Bayle, Mrs. Button – Jamie Smith, Mrs. Reese – Mariah Haggerty, Mrs. Scott – Taylor Bronson, Mrs. Skal – Bernadette Harris.
Grade 2: Mrs. Hepler – Trey Hillard, Ms. Levine – Ben Frailey, Mrs. Theophila – Loretta Forthman, Mrs. Yurgosky – Cayli Allen.
Grade 3: Mrs. Berger – Rachel Paumgardhen, Mrs. Harter – Kristen Cobb, Mrs. Kelly – Kelsi Hine, Miss Pease – Samantha Allen.
Grade 4: Mrs. Bartkus – Nichole Groover, Mrs. Eidenier – Jessica Jhingoor, Mr. Goff – Melissa Pedro, Mr. Jones – Jacob James.
Grade 5: Mrs. Buffington – Devan Sieben, Mrs. Chamberlain – Kellie Jesse, Mr. Mazikewich – Maggie Darrow, Mrs. Wolfe – Kailey Ragard.
Mrs. Bleck – Tyler Freeman.
Mrs. Heal – Stacey Darrow.
Mrs. Hitchcock – George Ward.
Mrs. Suchy – Dillon Thomas.
Mrs. Klenchik – Jessie Kruger.
Pittsburgh – Hanni M. Batzel, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, has received the John H. Tsui Memorial Award from the University’s Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Program. She will research AIDS education and awareness in Wuhan, China.
Hanni, a medical student, is the daughter of Carl and Carol Batzel of Susquehanna.
Clarion, PA – Jedediah Millard, Montrose has been named to the Dean’s List at Clarion University of Pennsylvania for the second semester of the 2004-05 academic year.
Dean’s List students must have earned a 3.5 quality point average or higher (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester to be included in the honor.
Selinsgrove, PA – Katie L. Hawley of Montrose graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a minor in Information Systems as Susquehanna University closed its 147th academic year with annual commencement exercises on Sunday, May 15. Katie is the daughter of James and Penny Hawley and a 2001 graduate of Montrose Area Junior/Senior High School.
Katie’s activities at Susquehanna included the accounting club. Following graduation, she plans to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Pittsburgh in the systems process assurance department, and sit for the CPA exam this summer.
Bethlehem, PA-Certificates of achievement were awarded to 1,336 Lehigh University students who were named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2005 semester. Kristen Gerhard of Starrucca was included in those honored.
At the end of each semester, the Dean of Students publishes a list of all full time undergraduates who during that semester made a scholastic average of 3.50 or better and carried at least twelve hours of regularly graded courses.
Kutztown University graduated 1,036 students during spring commencement exercises May 7, 2005, at University Field. This is the largest graduating class in the university’s 139-year history.
Achieving the honor from our area were the following.
Erin K. Griffiths, Forest City, cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design.
Brian M. Aldrich, Montrose, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Service/Info Technology.
Courtney E. Harrison, Nicholson, with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media/Journalism–Public Relations.
Deirdre D. Philpott, Lanesboro, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Clinical Counseling.
Jessica M. Zedar, Forest City, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management.
Rebecca K. Wood, Jackson, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education.
Maya Angelou, award-winning poet, author, educator, actress, playwright and civil rights activist, exhorted the 1,650 graduates at Lehigh University's 137th commencement on Monday, May 23 to head boldly toward their life's journey and embrace the challenges that face them.
Local graduate and prize winner included Kristen Gerhard of Starrucca. Kristen was awarded a B.A. with a major in journalism with high honors. Kristen received the Patti T. Ota Women's Study Award, given to a student who, during her undergraduate years has pursued a course of study that included women's studies issues and has contributed to efforts to improve the atmosphere and campus climate for women's studies.
Lisa Marie Paterno, North Jackson, completed her freshman year at Broome County Community College, majoring in secondary education and was named to the President’s List for the 2004-2005 school year. To qualify for the President’s List students must achieve a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
She is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the National Dean’s List.
Lisa Marie, a Blue Ridge High School graduate, is the daughter of George and Amelia Paterno.
The Mountain View Elementary sixth grade students enjoyed their annual trip to Baltimore Inner Harbor and Washington D. C. on May 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2005.
The 103 students and 34 adult chaperones, under the direction of trip coordinator Bill Whitney and the sixth grade faculty, began by visiting the National Aquarium in Baltimore with its exciting dolphin show and educational aquatic exhibits. The group followed that visit with a tour of the Maryland Science Center which provided them with many hands-on experiences with gravity and other forces of nature and space.
During the next three days the group experienced many of our Nation’s Capital sites including the Smithsonian Institution Museums, including the new and exciting Smithsonian American Indian Museum, the Capitol Building and class picture with Congressman Don Sherwood, a visit to Mount Vernon with a boat ride on the historic Potomac River, and a tour of Arlington National Cemetery where the class presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. An evening tour of the Lincoln Memorial, Viet Nam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and FDR Memorial was inspiring for students and adults alike.
The final day of the trip included a visit to Ford‘s Theater, a view of the World War II Memorial, and a few hours at the Washington National Zoo to see the pandas and other interesting animals.
Once again the sixth grade students of the Mountain View School District have been provided with this exciting and valuable educational experience through the cooperation of the Board of Education, administration, community, and faculty, and have gained insight and memories that will serve them for years to come.
Lynbrook, NY – 144 students from the region covered by the Susquehanna County Transcript qualified for induction into the 2004-05 National Honor Roll.
The National Honor Roll recognizes high-achieving high school and middle school students. “Young people like our inductees, who work hard to attain academic success, deserve to be congratulated,” says Lynn Romeo, Publisher of the National Honor Roll. “Honoring their achievements provides motivation and encourages them to continue striving. We’re proud to include them in the National Honor Roll.”
Qualifying from our local were: Tegan M. Aherne, Kingsley; Joseph M. Bennett, Jr., Susquehanna; Ashley M. Birchard, Montrose; Thomas F. Burgh, S. Montrose; Jordan Clapper, Great Bend; Amanda Curry, Montrose; Elysia Curry, Montrose; Neal A. Dawes, Hallstead; Jonathan E. DeWitt, Montrose; Stephen Delfino, New Milford; Colin S. Dixon, New Milford; Katelyn M. Donovan, Hallstead; Nicole Edwards, New Milford; Stephen J. Esposito, Hallstead; Travis Findley, Hallstead; Ben O. Fisher, Great Bend; Sarah Gardner, New Milford; Joshua Gesford, Montrose; Andrea P. B. Gregory, Montrose; Justin Herbert, New Milford; Tiffany Holgate, Kingsley; Steffany Jahnke, Montrose; Joanna Kelley, Montrose; Heather Kelsey, New Milford; Kenneth Krug, Susquehanna; Lawrence L. Larue, Montrose; Shana L. Mack, Kingsley; Amanda S. Marcy, Kingsley; Michael R. Mullen, Great Bend; Stephanie Noble, Hop Bottom; Aaron Onyon, New Milford; Nicole Gliarella, Hallstead; Becci Phelps, New Milford; Nicole N. Ransbottom, Susquehanna; Kimberly Reed, Jackson; Fran Roach, Hallstead; Logan L. Robinson, New Milford; Anthony J. Sellitto, Susquehanna; Rachel Sokoloski, Montrose; Tracy Soller, Great Bend; Bethany R. Stockdale, Union Dale; Helena Tyler, Montrose; Kelliann Walsh, Susquehanna; Jessica Wescott, Hallstead; Jessica K. Williams, Hallstead.
The Spring 2005 Dean’s 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 2005 Dean’s List at Penn College include: Daniel J. Ferencik, Brackney; Marshall R. Haire, LeRaysville; Joshua R. Lodge, Montrose; Andrew D. Nice, Montrose; Amy J. Pencek, Nicholson; Erick M. Stone, Susquehanna.
The Wayne/Susquehanna Chapter of the environmental group R.E.S.C.U.E. has made a cash award of $100.00 to six graduating seniors of the class of 2005, from each of the school districts within Wayne/Susquehanna R.E.S.C.U.E. geographical boundaries.
Qualifications for the award include good citizenship, leadership in an environmental area, past interest in environmental projects, and/or the possibility of a future career in an area that would benefit the environment.
This years recipients are: Carol Severs of Susquehanna Community School District; Nicole Schau of Western Wayne High School; Liberty Clearwater of Honesdale High School; Nicholas Cicco of Mountain View High School; Ashley Zuidema of Forest City Regional High School; and Jared Wormuth of Hancock High School. Congratulations to all the winners!
The University of Scranton conferred 1,140 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its commencement ceremony. University of Scranton President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., presented 897 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and 236 master’s degrees and seven doctoral degrees in physical therapy, which were the first doctoral degrees issued in the 117-year history of the Jesuit university.
The commencement was held on May 29 at the Wachovia Arena, Wilkes-Barre Township. A list of graduates from our area is as follows.
Margo K. Christiansen, Forest City.
Charlene M. Collins, Forest City.
Elizabeth Konchar, Forest City.
Marja N. Litwin, Nicholson.
James A. Marsicano, Vandling.
John D. Reuther, Forest City.
David A. Taylor, Union Dale.
Stephanie L. Woolbaugh, Hallstead.
Lauren E. Zefran, Browndale.
Jessica A. Dibble, Montrose.
Matthew M. Dragwa, Forest City.
Gene J. Markoski, Clifford.
Jeanette M. Roberts, Susquehanna.
Beth L. Spedding, Greenfield Township.
Sarah A. Teel, Dimock.
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