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Tara Flor To Attend HOBY Conference
Strong Finish For Forensics Team
Anthony Folk To Attend Free Enterprise Week
Students Receive Service Awards
Susky Elementary Students Of The Month
Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month

Tara Flor To Attend HOBY Conference

Tara Flor was selected to join 230 leaders representing as many high schools from throughout Central Pennsylvania at the Central PA Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) from May 18-21 at Millersville University.

Tara Flor

Representing Susquehanna Community High School, Tara is the daughter of Kathy and Michael Flor.

For the past 47 years, HOBY Leadership Seminars have brought together select groups of high school sophomores to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, and education to discuss present and future issues in an enthusiastic learning environment.

HOBY was established by the veteran actor Hugh O’Brien following a visit to Africa where he was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Says O’Brian, “HOBY’s goal is to seek out, recognize, and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation’s youth.”

Tara is a member of the National Honor Society, the girls’ varsity softball team, SCHS Chorus, girls’ volleyball, ski team, and Envirothon team. She is a member of 4-H, and has shown rabbits for six years. She has also been an altar server at St. Martin of Tours Church, Jackson for four years.

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Strong Finish For Forensics Team

The Elk Lake Forensics Team wrapped up its regular season by bringing home three trophies at the Spartan Invitational Tournament at Southern Lehigh High School on April 29.

Pictured (l-r) are EL Forensics Team Place-winners at Spartan Invitational: Karyn Hunsinger – Fifth Place in PF Debate; Molly Copeland – Third Place in LD Debate; Lyndsey Pompey – Fifth Place in PF Debate.

Junior Molly Copeland led the team in Lincoln-Douglas Debate by defeating debaters from Gettysburg, Southern Lehigh, and Friends Select High Schools and compiling an undefeated four win, no loss record in the preliminary rounds.

She entered Semi-Finals as the top seeded debater. In Semi’s, she lost a split decision to Will Kammerer from Gettysburg High School and, consequently, placed third overall.

In Public Forum Debate, the team of Karyn Hunsinger, regularly an LD Debater, and Lyndsey Pompey, who was at her first tournament, placed fifth overall.

This also marked the first tournament for seventh grader Shea Skinner, who put in an impressive performance against a field of high school debaters.

Copeland has one tournament remaining this year. Over Memorial Day weekend, she will travel to Chicago to compete against the top 220 debaters in the country at the Catholic Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament.

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Anthony Folk To Attend Free Enterprise Week

Anthony Folk, Hallstead, son of Tami Sherwood and Tim Folk, a junior at Blue Ridge High School, has been granted a full scholarship to attend PA Free Enterprise Week 2006 on the campus of Lycoming College, Williamsport. PA Free Enterprise Week is a weeklong economic education program that offers students an inside look at the private enterprise system and the way the free market functions. Teachers and counselors recommend the candidates, who are then reviewed by the PFEW staff. Admission is based on motivation to learn that is demonstrated through essays submitted by the applicants.

Anthony Folk

During the week, student “companies” simulate the actual operation of their own businesses for the equivalent of three years. Business volunteers serve as “Company Advisors” who mentor the students as they face many of the same decisions real executives confront. The companies compete against each other in the areas of management skill, return on net assets, a marketing and advertising campaign, and a presentation to stockholders. Company advisors do not make decisions for their team, but suggest available options and share their own experiences and challenges. Scholarship winners learn the value of teamwork, cooperation, and leadership.

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Students Receive Service Awards

DALLAS, PA – Forty-eight members of the College Misericordia community were honored Friday, May 5 with the Dean’s Award at the 23rd annual Service Leadership Awards Dinner.

The award is given to recognize a group of individuals who perform service learning-related projects on campus or in the community. This year’s recipients, comprised of students and staff, spent their March 4-11 spring break week in the Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi region helping hurricane recovery efforts. They cleared hurricane-related debris along the coast, manned food and clothing distribution centers and assisted in rebuilding efforts. A plaque will hang in the Banks Student Life Center and each year the group that is honored will have their name added to it.

College Misericordia’s volunteers were divided into three teams. One team remained at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, otherwise known as “Camp Hope,’’ in Gulfport, MS, to facilitate repairs and cleanup, and to help operate the church’s food and clothing distribution center.

The second group traveled to Long Beach, MS, to address the devastation of St. Thomas’ Catholic Church, which lost its rectory, school and parish center. The third team was assigned to “God’s Kitchen,’’ also known as “Katrina’s Kitchen,’’ in Pass Christian, MS. The teams’ assignments rotated daily so Misericordia’s volunteers had an opportunity help in many ways.

Students from our area receiving the Dean’s Award were Jodi Kozlevcar, Union Dale; Jessica Watson, Montrose; Joe Pipitone, New Milford.

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Susky Elementary Students Of The Month

Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the "Students of the Month" for April, 2006.

Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – David Vinsko, Chloe Haskins, Sierra Lake, Emily Lawrenson; row 2 – Dakota Henderson, Angelica DeLong, Kassi Hall, Madison Canfield; row 3 – Tyler Seidel, Brandon Ferrante, Kaitlyn Gow, Lauren Meszaros; row 4 – Hunter VanLierop, Felicia Hines, Daniel Staros, Kaitlyn Hession, Ryan Gorton. Absent from photo: Mikaela Swank.

Fourth, Fifth, Sixth

Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Melvin Batson, DJ Price, Nicholas Wilmot, Brianne LaRue; row 2 – Cody Dibble, Ryan Swanson, Gerard Martin, Taylor Soules; row 3 – Alisha Russo, Emily Conroy, Toni Testa. Absent from photo: Mark Conklin.

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Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month

Following are the Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens of the Month for May, 2006.

KINDERGARTEN: Mrs. Johnson – Kaeleigh Layton, Mrs. Rhone – Danielle DeLongo, Mrs. Skal – Ryan Allen, Mrs. Small – Maria Benedict.

GRADE 1: Miss Bowman – Bethany Bleil, Mrs. Button – Adam Crook, Mrs. Farrell – Daniel Beesley, Mrs. Reese – Katriana Raimondi, Mrs. Scott – Justin Vogel.

GRADE2: Mrs. Berger – Viktoria Layton, Ms. Hepler – Olivia White, Ms. Levine – Kyle Gary, Mrs. Theophila – Dakota Jones.

GRADE 3: Miss Mead – Dylan Carpenter, Miss Pease – Cheyne Brulla, Ms. Pitcher – Leon Repella, Mrs. Watkins – Kelsey Wages.

GRADE 4: Miss Daniels – Malory Principe, Mr. Goff – Craig Monks, Mrs. Harter – Jessica Loomis, Mr. Jones – Quentin Millard.

GRADE 5: Mrs. Buffington – Joel Warner, Mrs. Chamberlain – Joey Zawiski, Mrs. Wolfe – Melody Carpenter.

Mrs. Bleck – Iliene Fitch.

Mrs. Heal – Cameron Lindquist.

Mrs. Hitchcock – Casey Roberts.

Mrs. Suchy – Ashley Meck.

Mrs. Klenchik – Jessie Kruger.

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