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With only five team members, the Elk Lake Forensics Team made every round count and placed third as a team, out of 23 teams, at the LaSalle Forum Invitational Tournament at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, PA on January 12-13.
Pictured (l-r) are Elk Lake Forensics Team Place winners at the LaSalle Forum Tournament: back – Max McKeon – Second in Student Congress, Molly Copeland – First in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Brad Flower – Second in Extemp Commentary, Karyn Hunsinger – Fourth in Student Congress; front – EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious holding the Third Place Team Sweepstakes Plaque.
Four of Elk Lake’s five team members brought home individual trophies at a tournament that brought together the best debaters from the Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania areas.
Leading the team was senior Lincoln-Douglas Debater Molly Copeland, who compiled a five win and no loss record in the preliminary rounds by defeating debaters from LaSalle College, Perkiomen Valley, Pocono Mountain West, and Danville high schools. As a result of her undefeated record, she was the top seeded debater, in a field of 26 debaters, entering the Semi-Final Round.
In Semi-Finals, Copeland defeated Sean Janda, who she had defeated in the first round, from LaSalle College High School by a unanimous decision.
In Finals, Copeland completed her sweep of the field by defeating Jay Garlapati from Unionville High School on another unanimous decision and won the LD Debate Championship title.
Senior Brad Flower was competing in only his second tournament of the season in Extemp Commentary. However, that did not stop him from advancing to Finals and placing second overall in the event.
The Elk Lake success continued in Student Congress, as both EL competitors in this event placed in the top five. Junior Max McKeon placed second, and junior Karyn Hunsinger, in only the third Congress tournament of her career, placed fourth.
Because the tournament counts only the top three speech competitors and the top two debate competitors toward the overall Team Sweepstakes awards, every EL team member, including, eighth grader Shea Skinner, who did not place but did compete, counted toward the team sweepstakes award.
EL placed Third in team sweepstakes behind only eastern PA, and national, powers Holy Ghost Prep and LaSalle College High School. This was EL Forensic Team’s first Team Sweepstakes award in the history of the program.
“This was an incredible performance by a veteran team. The coaches challenged the team this week and they answered the challenge. They made history with their finish Saturday,” commented EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious.
Brosious added that the procedures for determining team sweepstakes awards helped EL defeat teams that had three or four times the number of competitors that Elk Lake had in the field. However, he also noted that the format benefited teams like EL, who had a balance of competitors between speech and debate events.
The EL Forensics Team was scheduled to travel to Meyers High School on January 20 to compete at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Tournament, and to Shikellamy High School on January 27 to compete at the Blue Maroon and White Tournament.
Elk Lake Junior High School Principal Brain Mallery announced the December, 2006 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine. Pictured (l-r) are: seated – Jared Curry, Briana Hollenbeck, Kyla Marcy, Emily Mowry, Josh Reed, Theresa Smurkowski, Lydia Watkins, Lacy Marbaker, Blaise Marshall; standing – Megan Oliver, Dylan Hitchcock, Ryan Wilson, Joey Woolcock, Jacob Boner, Junior High Principal Mr. Brian Mallery, Hannah Hunsinger, Shanise Bennett, Sarah Brojack, Seth Kirk, Cody Anderson, Rick Hemann. Absent from photo: Dylan Ellis, T.J. Warholic.
Wilkes-Barre, PA – Dr. Nicholas A. Holodick, vice president for academic affairs at King’s College, recently announced the students who have qualified for the Fall, 2006 Dean’s List, having achieved a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. The students from our area who achieved the honor were Lisa Chiarella, Hallstead and Sarah Stang, Lawton.
The Mountain View School District Alumni Association has recently established the Robert W. Klenk Scholarship with The Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. This new scholarship will provide assistance to Mountain View graduates who will attend college to earn a degree in education and who have an economic need for such assistance.
Robert W. Klenk.
Mr. Klenk, also known as “Mr. Mountain View,” has a long and illustrious history with the school district, dating back to the 1950s when he was hired as a Health and Physical Education teacher at the Harford High School. He would eventually serve as Principal of the Mountain View High School, and Principal of the Elementary School as well. After his retirement, he continued to substitute teach and assist the administration. Upon his retirement in 1981, the school district recognized Mr. Klenk as an Honorary Alumnus and in 2006 the Alumni Association named him the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
During World War II, Mr. Klenk served in the Coast Guard and the Navy. After the war he attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College before moving to Harford where he became involved with the Congregational Church and with the Rotary Club, particularly its exchange student program. In 1979 he received the Joe M. Butler Sports Award from the Scranton Times, and in 1998 was inducted into the Northeastern Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. The Mountain View sports complex was named in his honor by the School Board in 2001. Mr. Klenk and his wife, Miriam, live in Harford, and they have four children and six grandchildren.
Further contributions to this scholarship may be made in honor of Mr. Klenk, and to enhance the assistance provided to future generations of Mt. View graduates, by sending tax-deductible donations to the Klenk Scholarship at The Community Foundation at 36 Lake Avenue in Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801.
Two local students have been named to the Luzerne County Community College Dean’s List for the fall, 2006 semester. They are Angela Guzy, New Milford and Shannon Cullen, Lanesboro.
If your child will be five before September 1, 2007, he/she may register for kindergarten at the Mountain View Elementary School on April 17, 18, and 19.
A set of registration papers will be sent to everyone on the pre-school list in order to make registration go faster. If you do not receive a packet by March 23, call the Mountain View Elementary School (434-2181, Ext. 439) for an appointment.
An evening informational meeting for parents prior to registration is planned for Wednesday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m.
If you believe that your school-age or pre-school aged child may be in need of special education services and related services, please arrange for a screening or evaluation. The programs and evaluations are at no cost to the parents. For parents of pre-school aged children, call Katheryn Bonomo at 1-800-228-1750; for parents of school-aged children, call Mary Hvezda at 434-2181, ext. 437.
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the "Students of the Month" for December, 2006.
Kindergarten, First, Second, Third
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Nicodemus Webster, MacKenzie Williams, Paige O'Hara, Bethany Maby; row 2 – Kyle Barton, Tristan Megivern, Kayla Marino; row 3 – Amber Hession, Evan Cantone, Karina Polak, Jade Hardy, Taylor Williams; row 4 – Kaitlyn Gow, Breanna Bushong, David Baker, Miranda Rhone. Absent from photo: Darren Wallace.
Fourth, Fifth, Sixth
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 – Emily Stark, Samantha DeMaria, Samantha Yoskowitz, David Fox; row 2 – Trevor Hampton, Richard Delaney, Brandon Rafferty, Amber Dubanowitz; row 3 – Amanda Marco, Ashley Sweeney, Raymond Polak. Absent from photo: Tyler Barber.
LEWISBURG, PA – Bucknell University has released the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2006-07 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive Dean’s List recognition. Meeting the standards from our area was Travis D. Hoadley, Hop Bottom.
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