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Two teams of fifth grade students at Blue Ridge Elementary School recently participated in the 17th annual Pennsylvania Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl competition. The 16 students were required to answer rapid fire questions on a computer. The 100 multiple-choice questions covered a multitude of categories from classroom academics to current events and fun trivia.
Team 1 (in alphabetical order): Brooklyn Brulla, Sam Brush, Madison Button, Adam Demopoulus, Tyler Drake, Mike Gathany, Tyler Marvin, Ian Robinson.
Team 2 (in alphabetical order): Harley Ayers, Troy Carey, Sawyer Dearborn, Jessica Jhingoor, Shanyn Mattocks, Joe Phillips, Nathaniel Wellman. absent: Ed Bryant.
The teams practiced from Christmas vacation until the competition date of February 1. Top score was 1099 points and 89% correct. This placed the team 13th out of all the Pennsylvania participants. The winning score was 1228. The contest has proven to be a valuable learning experience for the students and the school is proud of their efforts.
Dallas, PA – Forty-five senior College Misericordia registered nursing students enrolled in the “Clinical Application of Advanced Nursing Concepts II’’ participated in a multi-site Virtual Clinical Practicum on Tuesday, April 25 that featured military medical experts treating a soldier who suffered severe burns during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The unidentified soldier agreed to participate in the real-time videoconference that featured clinicians from the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center based at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, and nursing and physical therapy students from Mount Aloysius College, University of New England, Thomas Jefferson University and College Misericordia.
The interactive clinical experience, established by Donna Ayers Snelson, chairwoman of the nursing department at College Misericordia, enabled students to speak directly to the patient and expert clinicians about the treatment of severe burn injuries. Videoconference clinicals are an important educational tool because it provides nursing students access to rare medical situations and an interdisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons and critical care nurses.
At the end of the Virtual Clinical Practicum, a post conference was conducted to summarize issues related to the patient’s care. The students received a briefing about the soldier’s medical history, medications, lab work and plan for care. During live Institute Surgical Research rounds, military clinicians discussed and demonstrated the physical assessment and care of the patient. Students were encouraged to ask presenters post-conference questions about the clinical and treatment plan.
Overall, the practicum featured eight doctoral physical therapy students, 32 medical surgical nursing students, and 99 registered nursing students.
Misericordia students from our area participating in the videoconference included Amelia Hotaling, Laceyville; Kelly Karpich, Springville; Melissa Kutch, Jessup; Amanda Millard, Brackney.
Eliza M. Vagni, Assistant Principal of Mountain View High School, announced the selection of Luke Kavka, son of Joseph and Debra Kavka, Kingsley, as the Forest City Rotary Student Of The Month for April, 2006. He merited this recognition on the basis of high scholastic achievement, participation in numerous extracurricular activities, and great potential for future service to society.
An honor student in the Class of 2006, Luke is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Spanish Honor Society, and Environthon and has participated in Knowledge Master, the Brain Bee, and the Science Fair. As a very active member of FBLA, Luke recently attended the State Leadership Conference and helped the Mountain View representatives to prevail for outstanding results in competitive events. Luke placed seventh in Internet and, as a team member with Adam Oakley and Jeff Oakley, placed eighth in Network Design.
Luke's community interests include 4-H projects in muzzle loading rifle and his part-time small engine repair business. His graduation project was the restoration of a 1973 Honda CB750 four.
Following graduation in June, Luke plans to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology to study Network Security and Systems Administration.
Luke and his parents were invited to attend the dinner meeting on April 24 as guests of the Forest City Rotary Club.
Dina Conigliaro, a student at Mansfield University recently spent time studying in Volgograd, Russia. For the last 14 years, the university has sent a faculty member and students to Volgograd State University in an exchange program. The trip began with a visit to St. Petersburg and ended with a short visit to Moscow. On February 21, Dina, along with fellow students and Dr. Jeffrey Bosworth shared their experiences with a picture presentation and a question and answer session.
Dina is the daughter of Joseph and Diane Conigliaro, New Milford. She earned President’s List honors for the fall, 2005 semester with a GPA of 4.0.
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