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Susky Students Excel At Envirothon 2006
Envirothon 2006 Results
Elk Lake Junior High Students of the Month
County Principals Honor Students
Special Operations Wing Visits SCCTC
Blue Ridge Elementary Citizens Of The Month

Susky Students Excel At Envirothon 2006

The “We Found Nemo” Envirothon team from Susquehanna Community High School placed second at the Susquehanna County Envirothon held on May 3. Susquehanna students were under the supervision of science teachers Chuck Fuller, Anastasia Zabielski, Tracy Bergen and John Ord at the Envirothon which was held at Camp Archbald.

Teams from Blue Ridge, Mountain View, Elk Lake, Forest City and Susquehanna Community competed for the opportunity to go to the state competition. The second place team consisted of Ashley Hubal, Carrie Lewis, Dan Brinton, Ellen Reavey and Tim Haynes. Six other teams from Susquehanna competed with respectable showings. The students all studied for hands-on testing in the areas of forestry, aquatics, soil, wildlife and current issues. The second place students received medals for their participation.

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Envirothon 2006 Results

The Susquehanna County Conservation District is pleased with the success of the 2006 Susquehanna County Envirothon competition. Twenty-three teams and over 100 students from Susquehanna County Schools participated in the event.

Pictured (l-r) is the Envirothon Competition winning team, Dixie Cowboys: Stuart Slocum, John Corbin, Hilary Shinn, Chelsea Marcho, Whitney Twining, Ken Jesse, Michael Talabiska.

The Envirothon gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of environmental issues. Students work together as a team in a thirty-minute per station format and are challenged in the areas of Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a current environmental issue, which was “Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate.” The annual Susquehanna County Seedling Sale helps fund this event. Watershed Specialist, Kathy Blaisure coordinated the event.

This year’s champions were the Mountain View Dixie Cowboys. Advisor Mike Talabiska and Stuart Slocum helped students, John Corbin, Ken Jesse, Hilary Shinn, Chelsea Marcho, and Whitney Twining bring in the winning score of 421 points. This win earns them the opportunity to compete in the Statewide Envirothon Competition.

Susquehanna Community School team, We Found Nemo, with students Ellen Reavey, Ashley Hubal, Carrie Lewis, Tim Haynes, and Dan Brinton came in second place. Mountain View School can also boast the third place team, Zig Zag, with students Beatty Price, Luke Kavka, Shaynna Mack, Brittany Wilkins, and Katie Kelley. Many Envirothon advisors credit the Envirothon competition as a resource which increases the students’ interest in eventually pursuing college degrees in various natural resource studies.

Special thanks go out to all of the students, advisors, and agency representatives, whose participation and hard work make a successful Envirothon event possible.

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Elk Lake Junior High Students of the Month

Elk Lake Junior High School principal, Brain Mallery has announced the April, 2006 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine.

Pictured (l-r) are: seated – Gabby Baltzley, Stephanie Schuler, Rovena Grant, Blaise Marshall, Leonna Noble, Sarah Myers, Jessica Sirbak; standing: Victoria Wasilewski, Jehiel Boner, Chris Sobonski, Rip VanWinkle, Junior High Principal Mr. Brian Mallery, Morgan Hermick, Mike Nicolette, Shane Bayak, Michael Baldwin. Absent from photo: Katrina Montonya.

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County Principals Honor Students

On May 9, 2006, the elementary school principals of Susquehanna County honored one outstanding student from each school. Each student was selected from the highest grade within the elementary school. The recipients of these “Principal Awards” were selected by teachers and each principal. The students were chosen for outstanding scholarship, citizenship, attendance, and overall merit within the school community.

Pictured (l-r) are: back – Principals Christopher McComb, Greg Adams, Robert Keyes, Robert Dietz, Margaret Foster, Charles Pirone, Kenneth Swartz; front – students Thomas Lewis, Matthew Coy, Jeffrey Wayman, Andrea Isby, Allexa Schneider, Allison Davis, Teddy Carpenter.

A luncheon was held at the Green Gables Restaurant in New Milford. The students also received certificates which recognized their accomplishment. These students were honored by their principals: Allexa Schneider of Elk Lake by Charles Pirone; Teddy Carpenter of Forest City by Kenneth Swartz; Thomas Lewis of Choconut Valley-Montrose by Christopher McComb; Matthew Coy of Lathrop St.-Montrose by Greg Adams; Allison Davis of Mountain View by Margaret Foster; Jeffrey Wayman of Susquehanna Community by Robert Keyes; and, Andrea Isby of Blue Ridge by Robert Dietz. In addition, the principals awarded a $100 savings bond to Jeffrey Wayman. All of the principals are extremely proud of each student’s accomplishments. Emily Holzman and Principal Bonnie Gregory of Lackawanna Trail were unable to attend.

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Special Operations Wing Visits SCCTC

Creating fiber optic cables, monitoring live weather readings, and interacting with specialists from the 193rd Special Operations Wing (SOW) of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard were among some of the activities students from the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center (SCCTC) participated in on April 25 and 26.

Every spring, seniors from the SCCTC take a written and hands-on exam designed by the National Occupation Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). The two-day exam measures student achievement in the Automotive Industries, Building Trades I (carpentry), Building Trades II (heating/plumbing), Business Industries, Cosmetology, Food Management, Graphic Production Industries, and Health Care Technology.

In previous years, juniors and sophomores worked on other assignments, while the seniors completed the NOCTI exams. This year Ms. Alice M. Davis, Vocational Director and Guidance/Placement Director of the SCCTC, with the help of Mr. Jim Gregory, Director of the Northern Tier Tech Prep Consortium, made arrangements to host the 193rd SOW, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. “It was a great opportunity for our students to see the vast technical career choices that are available to them,” commented Ms. Davis.

As part of an educational outreach, members of the 193rd SOW, Pennsylvania Air National Guard set up three stations (one of which is pictured above) for students from the SCCTC to work directly with fiber optics, weather monitoring equipment, and special missions equipment. Additionally, members of the 193rd SOW, Pennsylvania Air National Guard highlighted the history and significant role the 193rd SOW currently plays in the Global War on Terror.

Fielding questions from teenagers, the twelve members representing the 193rd SOW talked candidly with the teenagers and shared exciting stories about serving their state and nation, as well as the thrills of traveling throughout the world. In addition the members encouraged students to continue their education and training in whatever field they chose, to stay out of trouble, stay drug-free, and pursue education with gusto.

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