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Blue Ridge Awarded Grant
Elizabeth Baessler Is Scholar Of The Year
Montrose Rotary Youth Exchange Students Speak

Blue Ridge Awarded Grant

Dollar General has awarded Blue Ridge School District a $5,000 Back-To-School-Grant to assist the district in purchasing books, new equipment, materials or software for its school libraries. The award is seen as recognition to the community’s resolve to rebuild after the flooding of June, 2006.

Pictured (l-r) are: Robert McNamara, Superintendent; Jennifer Yannone, High School Librarian; Dede Tersteeg, Art Teacher/ Grant writer.

Teachers are working with the district librarians to acquire materials to add to the collections at the middle school/high school and elementary libraries. Educators are considering World Book On-Line encyclopedia for students and their families and staff to use at school and at home over the internet. This is a resource that will benefit the entire Blue Ridge community from the library, classroom to home. The middle school/high school library is looking at some DVD series from the Discovery Channel and PBS, software for the health and physical education teachers, and new novels and plays for AP English classes.

Since 1983, the Dollar General Foundation has supported literacy by providing grants to schools and non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. Dollar General’s commitment to literacy began with J. L. Turner, co-founder of Dollar General. With only a third grade education, J. L. overcame tremendous odds and built the company now known as Dollar General. This year the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded $2.6 million in grants to 243 non-profit organizations across the nation. The Back-to-School-Grant that Blue Ridge received is one of two given each year to every state.

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Elizabeth Baessler Is Scholar Of The Year

Senior Elizabeth Baessler was recently selected as Montrose Area High School Scholar of the Year. She will be interviewed on radio Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. on the University of Scranton Radio Station WUSR-99.5 FM. The Scholar of the Year Program is sponsored by the Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit #19 and WUSR - 99.5 FM. One senior student from each high school in the intermediate unit is selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership, and citizenship. In addition to the broadcast interviews, the scholars and their parents are honored at a banquet at the end of the school year.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Bruce and Eileen Baessler of Montrose. Elizabeth is involved in many school and community activities. She is President of the Montrose Area National Honor Society and Drama Club, Captain of the Scholastic Team. Elizabeth has been chosen to represent Montrose Area Junior-Senior High School as an ambassador to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. As part of Montrose Area Band, she has earned a spot in District Band. Elizabeth has also been chosen Artist of the Month. She is a member of French Club and has been inducted into the French National Honor Society. Elizabeth is also a member of Key Club, Advanced Placement Club and Ski Club. Outside of school, Elizabeth is involved in community theatre both on stage and behind the scenes writing, directing and producing.

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Montrose Rotary Youth Exchange Students Speak

Six Rotary Youth Exchange students sponsored by the Montrose Rotary Club spoke at a recent club meeting. Matt Sydlosky, returned from India and Margherita de Eccher, recently arrived from Italy, attend Montrose High School.

Pictured (l-r) are: Matt Sydlosky, Margherita de Eccher, Travis Laudeman, Sarah Ives, Hillary Clarke, Alejandro Hernandez.

Three Elk Lake High School students have recently returned from their year’s stay abroad; Travis Laudeman from Brazil, Sarah Ives from Germany, and Hillary Clarke from Bolivia. Alejandro Hernandez arrived in August for a year of study at Elk Lake.

The Montrose Club is in the process of selecting students to go abroad in August, 2007. An informational program was held at school assemblies the week of October 23 at both Montrose and Elk Lake High Schools. Questions about Rotary Youth Exchange may be directed to the school guidance office, or to Tom Kurosky, at 278–3063.

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