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Penn State Scholarship Awards Announced
Susky Students In Socratic Seminar
Van Cott Scholarship Created
Mt. View Elementary 3rd Period Honor Roll
Daniel Carlson Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
Heather Warneke Interns At WLVT

Penn State Scholarship Awards Announced

Lindsay Franks, a Blue Ridge High School graduate, Nicole Pietrosanti, a Binghamton High School graduate, and Brandon Farzad, a Maine-Endwell High School graduate have received the 2006-2007 scholarships presented by the Penn State Chapter of Greater Binghamton. The Chapter has presented a total of 30 scholarships, which are awarded annually to Penn State students living in Susquehanna County, PA and Greater Binghamton. The endowed scholarship fund is supported by the 2000 Penn State Alumni families living in Susquehanna County and New York areas.

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Susky Students In Socratic Seminar

Eight students in Mr. John Seigle’s 12th Grade Dual Enrollment English Course at Susquehanna Community High School participated in a DVD taping of a Socratic Seminar at WVIA studios in Avoca, PA on Wednesday, April 11. The students involved in the project were Andrew Crawford, Ashley Hubal, Timothy Haynes, Jessica Lee, Carrie Lewis, William McHale, Ellen Reavey, and Brian James. The students discussed the Ancient Greek Tragedy Antigone, and the discussion will be featured in a one-hour segment of a DVD intended to provide a model for teachers on how to run a Socratic Seminar in their high school classes. The edited DVD will be sent to teachers in all high schools in the five counties served by NEIU #19. Students from Dunmore High School will also be featured in the video. The coordinator of the project is Dr. Lillian DeLeo.

Socratic Seminar is a method for discussing written text through conversation instead of lecture or debate. The practice dates back to Ancient Greece and is based on the methods of the Greek philosopher Socrates, who used the strategy of asking and answering questions in order to gain an understanding of a particular topic. Socrates believed that the key to understanding anything is to question everything but, unlike a debate, the Socratic Seminar welcomes and embraces different viewpoints and opinions. Students discuss a text by asking questions which draw students into the topic and allow them to explore areas of the topic not usually covered through lecture or debate. Students take detailed notes, mark up the text, look up unfamiliar words, and question both the text and the author in order to more fully comprehend difficult material. According to the most recent educational research, the Socratic Seminar method of discussion is one of the most effective ways to help students comprehend what they are reading in class.

Although Mr. Seigle uses this method in his English classes, Socratic Seminar is not limited to the study of literature. According to Dr. DeLeo, some colleges also use this comprehension strategy in Math, Science, History, and Sociology classes. Studies have shown that this can work in just about any subject area, and that is one of the reasons Dr. DeLeo is putting together the training video. The Susquehanna Community School District is honored to show off the work of these eight students and even more honored by the fact that their work will be used to teach others this method. Everyone involved hopes that this project will inspire other teachers to use Socratic Seminars as a means to help their students develop higher level thinking skills.

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Van Cott Scholarship Created

The family of Kermit Van Cott, of New Milford, recently created a scholarship in his honor for graduates of Blue Ridge High School. The Kermit Van Cott Horticulture Scholarship is a component of the Blue Ridge School District Foundation, which is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Susquehanna & Wyoming Counties. This permanent, annual scholarship will be awarded to students who will attend college or a post secondary degree program to study horticulture, botany, forestry, or agriculture.

Mr. Van Cott was born in New Milford in 1918. Upon graduation from New Milford High School in 1936, he attended Penn State University for forestry. He started Van Cott’s Nursery in 1938, which was comprised of tree trimming and surgery, and the spraying of orchards. In 1942 he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the United States and in the South Pacific. After World War II he returned home and continued the nursery and landscaping business. In 1975 he opened Van Cott’s Garden Center and ran the business until his retirement in 1989. Mr. Van Cott was married to Ruth Cooper, of Newburgh, NY, and they have three children who all live in Susquehanna County. His son Cooper now runs the landscaping business. Kermit lives in the Barnes-Kasson Skilled Nursing Facility and will celebrate his 89th birthday on May 14.

Friends wishing to honor Mr. Van Cott, and also enhance the scholarship award for future generations of Blue Ridge students may make tax-deductible donations to the scholarship at The Community Foundation, 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose 18801. This is a fitting way to recognize a man who, for decades, has done much to beautify our local landscape. Visit The Foundation’s web site at for information about this and other funds serving our area.

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Mt. View Elementary 3rd Period Honor Roll

Following is the Mountain View Elementary School Honor Roll for the third marking period of the 2006-07 school year.

GRADE 4: Sabrina Bolado, Garrett Cameron, Joseph Cerra, Matthew Cowan, Amanda Dingee, Sydney Domaracki, Delaney Esslinger, Nicolas Estabrook, Sabrina Fallon, Keegan Ficarro, Aaron Freeman, Ariana Gabriel, Jared Griffin, Hope Grover, Lindsay Hanas, Amanda Hartman, Eliza Himko, Savanah Irwin, Stephen Jesse, Crystal Johnson, Annie Johnson, Traci Kromko, Ryan Lavin, Lindsey Leschak, Carly Lewis, Hayley Maloney, Bryan Owens, Robert Perry, Alyssa Royce, Paige Spencer, Brittany Staudinger, Masen Suhadolnik, Christian Tomaino, Taira Tonkin, Emily Tracy, Allison Virbitsky, Lauren Wallis, Thomas Ware, Makenna Whitaker, James Christopher White, Sunny Wilder, Elliot Zach Williams

GRADE 5: Andrew Adams, Tyler Albert, Dylan Bean, Paul Chichura, Aubrey Daniels, Zach Feduchak, Mark Fontana, Kerry Gaynor, Shawna Getz, Katelyn Hartman, Jacob Heller, Matt Heller, Julianna Jarnagin, Nicholas Jarrow, Jillian Kochmer, Alyssa Kress, Austin Mack, Peter Maloney, Ben McCarty, Samantha McWhirr, Matthew Mecca, Sarah Nichols, Alexis Oakley, Bobby Pfahl, Cheyenne Pfahl, Mikaela Phillips, Nicholas Schermerhorn, Megan Stenzhorn, Morgan Taylor.

GRADE 6: Misty Barlow, Paige Belcher, Alicia Belcher, Gabel Bell ,Elizabeth Black, Shannon Bollard, Jessica Bostjancic, Kamara Brink, Rebekah Brown, Krista Chidester, Tyler Chidester, Alyssa Clarkson, Seth Decker, Owen Flannery, Nathan Goodenough, Kiesha Green, Alexis Hancock, Sarah Hosie, Kerri Jarnagin, Lucas Jodon, Ashley Rose Kneller, Marshall Kupinski, Brian Liepinis, Raven Lydon, Erin McHale, Caroline Miller, Laura Moser, James O'Brien, Logan Palmiter, Brad Pfahl, Veronica Robbins, Jordan Roeske, Nicholas Sabuacak, Lee Anne Sherman, Matthew Shipsky, Victoria Sterling, Caitlyn Tague, Kelsey Twining, Katie Valentine, Stephanie Virbitsky, Tyler Walsh, Molly Williams,Kari Lynn Zupanovich.

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Daniel Carlson Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Daniel Frazier Carlson, grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Paul R. Carlson, Montrose, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in Israel for the 2007-08 academic year.

Daniel Frazier Carlson

Daniel recently completed his Masters Degree in Physical Oceanography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he served as a graduate research assistant.

He will spend his time in Israel at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, named in honor of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, a noted scientist and the first president of the State of Israel. One focus of his research will be red tide, a microorganism harmful to marine life and some humans.

Daniel did his undergraduate work at Stetson University in Deland, where he received his Baccalaureate in Physics, Magna Cum Laude. He spent one semester at Oxford University in England and also had a summer internship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts.

The Weizmann Institute is one of the top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions in the world. It brings together 2,500 scientists, technicians and research students devoted to adventuring into areas of the unknown for the advancement of civilization.

The US government’s Fulbright program is one of the world’s most prestigious and widely known academic exchange programs.

Daniel’s younger brother, Aaron Manning Carlson, will spend his second summer at the Jacksonville campus of the Mayo Clinic, where he is a student intern assisting in a project involving abnormal proteins found in patients suffering from various forms of dementia.

During his junior year at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Aaron scored between the 92nd and 93rd percentiles in the MEDCAT exam, required of all students seeking admission to medical school. His interest is in the area of neurology.

The men are the sons of Paul and Laura Ann Carlson, both of whom received their doctorates in Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina and are now employed as research scientists at the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Their sons are graduates of the Lakewood High School Center for Advanced Technologies in St. Petersburg.

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Heather Warneke Interns At WLVT

Heather Warneke of Mount Pocono, PA, is serving an internship at WLVT-TV (PBS) in Bethlehem, PA, this spring. She is a junior broadcasting major at Susquehanna University.

Heather’s responsibilities include assisting in daily production operations, such as helping reporters and photographers in the field as well as in the studio. Heather will also help log tapes and research. Through the course of the internship, she will gain experience in the broadcasting field.

Heather is a 2004 graduate of Susquehanna Community High School, and is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Warneke.

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