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EL Orator Opens Career On Top
The Stars Came Out

EL Orator Opens Career On Top

Prior to the 2006-07 season, the Elk Lake Forensics Team has never, in the 15-year history of the program, had an orator compete.

However, that all changed on October 28 at the Ironman Invitational, a tournament for first year competitors only, at Danville High School.

Pictured is Junior Toni Faux, who earned First Place in Persuasive Speaking at the Ironman Invitational at Danville High School.

Junior Toni Faux dominated the first-year competitors in her very first tournament, and placed first in Persuasive Speaking.

“Toni has worked very hard and this is a great start to her forensics career,” commented EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious.

The entire EL Forensics Team will open their season at the James M. Langan Memorial Tournament at Scranton High School on November 11.

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The Stars Came Out

The “stars” came out Thursday, October 26 at Mountain View Elementary School. As part of a “Night of STARS” event, about 30 families enjoyed an evening of information and entertainment based on a stars theme.

Parents learned about Pennsylvania’s quality childcare initiative, Keystone STARS from the Assistant Director of the Northeast Region, Kim Bastian. She explained the voluntary program that gives star rankings to childcare providers. Levels range from one to four stars, based on the areas ofstaff education, learning environment, leadership and management and partnerships with the community.

There are nearly a dozen Keystone STAR providers in Susquehanna County, and more childcare providers have expressed an interest in participating in the program designed to enhance the quality of care children receive.

Parents, along with their children continued on their “star” journey by learning about stars and the solar system from two astronomers. Carol Leola and Jim Spangler of the Lackawanna Astronomical Society also set up several telescopes for star viewing.

“Star” Children’s Author/Illustrator Lindsay Barrett George offered insights into her book, “Inside Mouse/Outside Mouse” while helping the children expand their artistic minds. The families also received a signed copy of her book, thanks to the Mountain View PTO.

WNEP-TV “Star” Marisa Burke acted as the evening’s master of ceremonies, while “star” helpers from the Mountain View Student Council assisted the families throughout the evening.

The evening ended with the families enjoying star cookies and beverages provided by the Mountain View PTO, and free drawings for door prizes.

The “Night of STARS” was sponsored by Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) along with CCIS of Susquehanna County and Mountain View Elementary School.

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