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Blue Ridge Elementary School announced the winners of their annual Oral Reading Contest. All contestants did a wonderful job this year, reading with expression and fluency. Congratulations to the winners, and to all of those that participated!
Winners from the First/Second Grade are: 1st Place – Corbin French, 2nd Place – Sierra Watts, 3rd Place – Amanda Riley.
Winners from the Third/Fourth Grade are: 1st Place – Cayli Allen, 2nd Place – Katherine Kempa, 3rd Place – Janelle Oakley.
Winners from the Fifth Grade are: 1st Place – Austin French, 2nd Place – Abby Rudock, 3rd Place – Jenna Bennett.
Blue Ridge Middle School’s eighth grade students attended an in-house career festival on May 18, 21 and 22. This festival was geared toward giving students the opportunity to research several different career paths currently available in the workplace.
Pictured are Felicia Haynes, job shadowing with the county’s drug dog, Cash and his handler, John Megivern, a member of the Susquehanna County Law Enforcement Task Force.
Students began their career festival activities by completing the “Choices” computer program available in the Blue Ridge High School Library. This program allows students to answer questions about themselves in order to create an employment profile. This profile was then used by the students when attending the presentations of over forty community speakers that attended the festival to speak about their respective careers with the students.
Students were also given the opportunity to participate in several field trips in conjunction with the career festival. Students were able to visit the Susquehanna County Jail in Montrose, PA, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin in Vestal, NY and the Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center Morgue in Johnson City, NY. All of these field trips provided the students with invaluable insight into several careers. By visiting these establishments the students were able to see firsthand what is expected of an employee in a professional setting.
The career festival culminated with the students participating in a job-shadowing event. Each student was able to choose an individual outside of Blue Ridge Middle School to spend the day with in order to learn the ins and outs of their chosen career. Students were expected to report to “work,” work alongside their mentor throughout the day, and then write an essay about their experience. Many students found this job-shadowing to be a valuable experience. Krissy Hall was able to job-shadow the Manager of Animal Services at the Binghamton Zoo in Binghamton, NY. Krissy said, “It was fun. I liked working with the animals.” Courtney Ucci spent time at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School in Binghamton, NY, job-shadowing a second grade teacher. Courtney said of her experience, “It was fun. I learned about how to keep the littler kids under control. I learned when to be strict and when not to be so strict.”
The Blue Ridge Middle School career festival gave the eighth grade students a unique opportunity to investigate careers that they may not have otherwise considered. After this experience, the students now have a realistic expectation of the education and dedication they need to fulfill their career goals.
Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal at the Elk Lake School is pleased to announce the April, 2007 Student of the Month Award winners.
Pictured (l-r) are: first row - Austin Bennett, Sarah Shuren, Brett Welsh, Brendon Douglas, Kyrston Swingle, Rachel Sprout, Laura Gacha; second row – Matt Woolcock, Darci Warner,Katie Colwell, Tim Marbaker, Bailey Tyler, Savannah Gleason, Jennifer VanEtten, Tim Crego, Rebecca Phillips; third row – Logan Luce,Jacob Cortright, Nick Dudock, Melinda Johnson, Cheyan Kelder, Veronica Head, Shane Kelder.
Students in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades were selected by their homeroom teachers. Students may be selected as student of the month from four different areas. Those four areas are academic achievement, attendance, citizenship and most improved.
Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.
Eliza Vagni, Principal of Mountain View High School, Kingsley, announced the selection of Julie Novak, daughter of Sally and Joel Novak, Forest City, as the Forest City Rotary "Student of the Month" for April, 2007. Julie merited this honor as a result of high scholastic achievement, participation in many extracurricular activities, and potential service to society.
Julie Novak, the April, 2007 Rotary Student of the Month.
An honor student in the Class of 2007, Julie had great interest in the Performing Arts, including band, dramatic productions, and Arts Alive. In sports she has been active in soccer and cheerleading, and was captain of the squad for two years. Julie is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, FBLA, and the Student Council. In addition, she attended Rotary Leadership Camp, MACC Leadership Camp, and the FBLA State Competition. Julie has studied piano and has worked as a business person cafeteria employee, as well as at Elk Mountain and in babysitting. Her graduation project topic was "Interior Design."
After graduation in June, Julie plans to attend Drexel, with an intended major in International Marketing.
Julie and her parents were invited to attend the May 21 dinner meeting as guests of the Forest City Rotary Club.
High school students from Susquehanna Community High School were challenged to launch a water balloon through a hula-hoop suspended from the Byron Recreation Center ceiling and then land on a target on the floor as part of The University of Scranton's annual Kane Competition.
The "Shooting Hoops" challenge was just one of the tests high school physics and engineering students faced as they competed individually and in teams of six to seven students at the competition. The competition tested the high school students' knowledge of basic physics and mechanical design through quizzes and hands-on experiments.
The teams competed in six events, including a quiz and several challenges, such as determining how fast a turntable can rotate while keeping an item from sliding off as it spins, and the shooting hoops challenge.
The annual Kane Competition is supported by the Joseph Kane Estate, The University of Scranton Financial Aid Office, The University of Scranton Physics and Electrical Engineering Department and students in the university's physics/electrical engineering program. The purpose of the competition is to encourage more students to pursue study in the lucrative fields of physics and engineering.
Shippensburg University announced the Dean’s List for the Spring, 2007 semester. The Dean's List is an honor roll of full-time students who have achieved academic excellence as evidenced by earning a semester Quality Point Average of 3.30 or better; or part-time students who have earned a Quality Point Average of 3.30 or better in the last 15 or more consecutive credits. Students from our area who have not only met the academic standards, but have exceeded them, are Erin Bailey, Hallstead and Christopher Lewis, Great Bend.
Danielle Stone of Archbald, daughter of Barb and Louie Stone of Thompson, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from College Misericordia on May 19, 2007. She has accepted a position with CMC in Scranton PA.
Danielle joins her aunts, Debby Frye and Kristen Lawrence as alumni of Misericordia's nursing program.
Danielle's sister, Deanna Stone will enter College Misericordia this fall to pursue a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Nicholas A. Holodick, vice president for academic affairs at King’s College, recently announced the students who have qualified for the Spring, 2007 Dean’s List, having achieved a grade point average of 3.4 or higher. The following students from our area achieved the honor: Lisa Chiarella, Hallstead; Sarah Stang, Lawton.
Penn State Worthington Scranton recognized academic achievement and presented diplomas to Baccalaureate and Associate Degree graduates in a ceremony on Friday, May 18. Graduates from our area included the following.
James R. Baker, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
John L. Bedell III, Meshoppen, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Sciences and Technology.
Dennis R. DiGiambattista, New Milford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
Dennis M. Dobitsch, Clifford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.
Karyn J. Giglia, Browndale, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
Brooke M. Lewis, Susquehanna, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.
Megan L. MacDonald, Susquehanna, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
Melissa S. McAndrew, Browndale, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business.
Alyssa D. McBride, Forest City, with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Amanda L. Moyer, Meshoppen, with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Nicole Pasternak, Nicholson, with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Amy L. Peckins, Kingsley, with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Jennifer Richards, Forest City, with an Associate Degree in Nursing.
Cynthia A. Seaman, Forest City, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
Douglas J. Wilmot, Nicholson, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Sciences and Technology.
Dallas, PA – College Misericordia recently recognized the academic accomplishments of Leslie DeFazio of Lenoxville, by presenting her with a medical imaging award during the institution’s annual Honors Awards Banquet. The Robert C. Fisher Clinical Excellence in Medical Imaging Award was awarded to Leslie. It is given to the student who best exemplifies the qualities of cooperation, competition and dedication to helping others while achieving the highest standards of clinical excellence. The award is determined by faculty and clinical instructors at the six sites where students perform their clinical assignments.
Anna Chichura, Kingsley, a junior attending Scranton Preparatory School was recently accepted to attend Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence for Health Care (PGSHC) at The University of Pittsburgh scheduled for this summer.
Anna was selected from academically talented high school students who are current juniors, who demonstrate academic achievement, especially in the sciences, an interest or potential in health care, and a record of leadership and service activities.The applications were reviewed by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center faculty and staff, state health and education officials, representatives of health care industries, and the program's administrators.
Applicants to PGSHC must demonstrate an interest in and an understanding of health care as a human service. They must also demonstrate excellent, mature writing skills; critical thinking; ownership of the ideas presented; self-awareness; and a genuine interest in and connection to health care. As part of the application process, they mustidentify a local need for health care information, education or service and fill it with a self-initiated project. The project proposal that the applicants present must demonstrate creative problem solving by identifying a significant need; be well organized and practical; be sensitive and understanding of the population to be served; and, must reveal an understanding of the applicant’s role in working with others and seeing a project through to fruition.
Anna’s proposal involves coordinating an asthma awareness day entitled, “Breathe Easy” at the Scranton Preparatory School. “Breathe Easy” will coincide with World Asthma Day, the second Tuesday in May. Anna hopes to provide information to students and faculty with asthma and also to any members of a student’s family that may have asthma.
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