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Nicole Ransbottom graduated from Susquehanna Community High School on June 9, 2007. She received the Mariano and Maria Lampazzi Fiaschi Nursing Scholarship, the Viola D. Glasgow Memorial Award for Nursing, and the Elizabeth Ann Seton Scholarship.
Nicole has worked very hard throughout her high school years. She was on the National Honor Roll for four years and Highest Honors for several years. Nicole will be attending Bloomsburg University, where she will be studying nursing. When she completes college she plans to work at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
A reward was presented to two Elk Lake High School students for perfect attendance. Students who achieve a marking period without missing a day have their name entered into a drawing for two laptop computers. A computer is awarded to one student in grades 7-9 and another for grades 10-12. At an assembly for Junior High and another for Senior High, a drawing is held to chose the winner.
Pictured (l-r) are Ben Stang and Anthony Juser, winners of this year’s Perfect Attendance awards at Elk Lake High School.
This year’s Junior High Perfect Attendance Computer winner was Ben Stang. Ben is the son of Lee and Tammy Stang, Meshoppen. Ben is an eighth grade student who has had perfect attendance for the entire school year. There were 409 entries in the Junior High drawing.
The Senior High winner was Anthony Juser. A total of 258 entries were in the Senior High drawing. Anthony is a tenth grade student. He is the son of Lynda and David Juser, Montrose.
The computers are purchased by the Elk Lake Board of Education, Administration, professional and support staff associations.
The following is a list of the Susquehanna Community Elementary School students who received a Reading Achievement Award for the fourth marking period of the 2006-07 school year. A student must maintain an A average (93-100) for the entire marking period in order to receive this award.
Mrs. Tingley - 1-1: Aaron Babcock, Kendra Colwell, Emily Frye, Eric Lee, Lucas Marco, Kayla Marino, Katie McDonald, Hunter Wignall.
Mrs. Rowe – 1-2: Stephanie Ballard, Elizabeth Delaney, William Dixon, Matthew Kane, Marisa Kenny, Morgan Rivenburg, Natalie Schield, Darren Wallace.
Mrs. Davis – 1-3: Travis Acosta, Shaun Anderson, Christian Burke, Emily Lawrenson, Kaylin Trynoski, Stephen Vivona.
Mrs. Glidden – 1-4: Becca Bushong, Travis Craig, Ethan Dixon, Kiersten Kelly, Tristan Megivern, Anthony Ralston, Madisson Stanford, Jacob Wertz.
Mrs. Hilling – 2-1: Evan Cantone, Danielle DeMaria, Jessica Lamb, Chad Lee, Jonathan Teribury, Nathan Wallace.
Mrs. Hinkley – 2-2: Austin Chisek, August Cotter, Kassandra Hall, Dakota Henderson, Saige Perry, Cole Smith, Tyler Towers, Alexandria Warring.
Mrs. Houghton – 2-3: Gabrielle Glover, Nicole Harris, Karina Polak, Kali White.
Mrs. Stanley – 2-4: Amber Cina, Annabelle DiNoto, Jonathan Edwards, Garret Grausgruber, Alexia Presley, Griffin VanLierop.
Mrs. Steele – 3-1: Michael Armitage, David Baker, Cori Glidden, Miranda Groover, Austin Harper, Tyler Seidel, Jessica Staros.
Mrs. Stone – 3-2: Baily Barnes, Taylor Cook-Kelly, Sean Elliott, Alyssa Hubal, Benedict Kane, Miranda Rhone, Alyssa Rockwell, Rachel Serfilippi.
Mrs. Heath – 3-3: John Ball, Breanna Bushong, Nicole Sherman, Brandon Stauffer.
Mrs. Soden – 3-4: Haley Aldrich, Daniel Braun, Abby Burdick, Kaitlyn Gow, Samantha Irwin, Cameron Mallery, Trevor Passetti, Jessica Plutino.
Mrs. Rockwell: Makala Sharer.
Mrs. Homer – 4-1: Tiara Leonard, Sara Perry, Anthony Petronaci, Brad Sherman, Justin Stanford, Daniel Staros, Samantha Yoskowitz.
Mrs. Fuller – 4-2: Kasey Burdick, Ivy Christensen, Olivia Rockwell.
Mr. Presley 4-3: Nicole Barnes, Felicia Hines, Adam MacDonald, Tyler Petriello, Anastasia Smith.
Mr. Hall – 5-1: Sarah Serfilippi, Jack DeLaPlaine, Joseph DeLaPlaine.
Mrs. Conklin – 5-2: Melvin Batson, Amber Dubanowitz, Jonathan Felter, Rachel Hubal, Micaela Rhone.
Ms. Rhone – 5-3: Sydney Avery, Chaz Comstock, Sal Pelicci, Alexis Roe, Ciera Scepaniak, Cody Towers.
Mrs. Burdick: Dylan Cohen.
Mr. Rezykowski – 6-1: Brett Archambault, Melissa Kukowski, Chantal Stith, Ryan Swanson.
Mrs. Vauter – 6-2: Derek Case.
Mrs. Chervanka – 6-3: Danielle Barnes, Emily Carmody, Brandon DeRose, Lindsey Glidden, Raymond Polak, Brooke Sampson, Amberly Warner, Casey Williams.
Mrs. Loscig: Lucas Wentzell.
Following are the Susquehanna Community Elementary School students who were honored with Reading Recognition Awards. Students must have received a Reading Achievement Award for all four marking periods of the 2006-07 school year to receive this recognition.
Mrs. Tingley – 1-1: Emily Frye, Eric Lee, Lucas Marco, Kayla Marino, Hunter Wignall.
Mrs. Rowe – 1-2: Elizabeth Delaney, William Dixon, Matthew Kane, Marisa Kenny, Morgan Rivenburg, Natalie Schield, Darren Wallace.
Mrs. Davis – 1-3: Travis Acosta, Christian Burke, Emily Lawrenson, Kaylin Trynoski, Stephen Vivona.
Mrs. Glidden – 1-4: Becca Bushong, Tristan Megivern, Madisson Stanford, Jacob Wertz.
Mrs. Hilling – 2-1: Evan Cantone, Danielle DeMaria, Chad Lee, Nathan Wallace.
Mrs. Hinkley – 2-2: Austin Chisek, Kassandra Hall, Saige Perry, Alexandria Warring.
Mrs. Houghton – 2-3: Gabrielle Glover, Nicole Harris.
Mrs. Stanley – 2-4: Amber Cina, Annabelle DiNoto, Garret Grausgruber, Alexia Presley.
Mrs. Steele – 3-1: Michael Armitage, Cori Glidden, Tyler Seidel, Jessica Staros.
Mrs. Stone – 3-2: Baily Barnes, Alyssa Hubal, Miranda Rhone, Alyssa Rockwell, Rachel Serfilippi.
Mrs. Heath – 3-3: Breanna Bushong, Nicole Sherman.
Mrs. Soden – 3-4: Daniel Braun, Abby Burdick, Kaitlyn Gow, Samantha Irwin, Trevor Passetti, Jessica Plutino.
Mrs. Homer – 4-1: Brad Sherman, Justin Stanford, Daniel Staros.
Mr. Presley – 4-3: Nicole Barnes, Tyler Petriello, Anastasia Smith.
Mr. Hall – 5-1: Sarah Serfilippi.
Mrs. Conklin – 5-2: Amber Dubanowitz, Jonathan Felter, Rachel Hubal, Micaela Rhone.
Mrs. Burdick: Dylan Cohen.
Mr. Rezykowski – 6-1: Melissa Kukowski, Ryan Swanson.
Mrs. Chervanka – 6-3: Emily Carmody, Brandon DeRose, Lindsey Glidden, Raymond Polak, Casey Williams.
Susquehanna Community High School students received a Silver Eagle coin for perfect school attendance. The following students (l-r) were presented with this award on the final day of the 2006-07 school year: first row – Mike Ervin, Lucas Marion, Scott Fisher; second row – Anthony Wayman, Nick Felter, CJ Felter, Tim Sager, Scott Arthur, Tom Maby, Lacey Sholtiss, Dylan Aldrich, Aaron Arthur, Jeff Wayman.
The University of Scranton has announced its Dean’s List, which recognizes students for academic excellence during the 2007 spring semester. A student must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better with a minimum number of credit hours to make the Dean’s List. Named to the list were the following area residents: Jessica L. Andrews, Forest City; Jonathan P. Bennett, Harford; Patrick J. Brothwell, Browndale; Shawn M. Brothwell, Browndale; Theodore M. Brunelle, New Milford; Tiffany A. Butler, Vandling; Joanna Fischer, Forest City; Megan I. Henry, Hop Bottom; Brooke L. Hinkley, Hallstead; Adele N. Kryger, Kingsley; Amanda S. Marcy, Kingsley; Danica L. Newman, Montrose; William D. Orasin, Forest City; Raymond Totten, Clifford; Jeremy J. Travis, Lanesboro; Seth D. Wasnock, Forest City.
The University of Scranton conferred more than 1,400 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including approximately 900 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees, 495 master’s degrees and 17 doctoral degrees, at its Memorial Day weekend commencement ceremonies. Following are the graduates from our area and the degrees they earned.
Jessica L. Andrews, Forest City, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy, Magna Cum Laude.
Heather M. Bradley, New Milford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.
John F. O'Connor, Susquehanna, with a Bacheolor of Science Degree in Biology.
Katherine N. Thullen, Thompson, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education - Citizenship/Political Science, Cum Laude.
Samantha F. Weisner, Brooklyn, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling and Human Services.
Anthony J. Obelenus, Union Dale, with a Master of Arts Degree in History.
Mark D. Snitzer, Susquehanna, Master of Science Degree in School Counseling.
Ryan M. Volk, Uniondale, Master of Science Degree, Nurse Anesthesia.
La Plume, PA – Keystone College celebrated its 136th commencement during ceremonies on the college’s campus in La Plume on Saturday, May 19. Degrees were conferred upon 329 students, with 67 percent receiving baccalaureate degrees and the remainder receiving associate degrees or professional certificates.
Graduates included the following students from Susquehanna County.
Christine A. Atherton, Harford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Kyle J. Cobb, Union Dale, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Ronalyn A. Corbin, Hop Bottom, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Jessica DeArmond, Union Dale, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Joyce A. Decker, South Gibson, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Brandon J. Doubrava, Susquehanna, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
James E. Dougherty, New Milford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Stephanie Everett, Kingsley, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Leslie A. Foster, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Ken Gall, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Matthew Gregory, Susquehanna, with an Associate Degree in Science.
Kirsten E. Hendricks, Hop Bottom, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Ashley M. Jennings, Dimock, with an Associate Degree in Arts.
Kathy L. Kwitoski, Hallstead, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Lori King, Montrose with an Associate Degree in Arts.
Katherine G. Masters, Kingsley, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Marita T. Mondi, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Lori M. Novak, New Milford, with a Certificate.
Jesse J. Oleksza, Little Meadows, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Brittany J. Page, Susquehanna, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Dawn M. Puorro, Union Dale, with an Associate Degree in Science.
Andrew R. Shaffer, Friendsville, with an Associate Degree in Arts.
Megan F. Shinn, Clifford, with an Associate Degree in Science.
Amber Sickler, Hop Bottom, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Ashley N. Skiba, Susquehanna, with an Associate Degree in Science.
Raymond M. Testa, Susquehanna, with a Certificate.
Bridget L. Thomas, Harford, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Brandi Valentine, South Gibson, with an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
Ryan D. Wilcox, Friendsville with an Associate Degree in Arts.
Deborah A. Watson-Graves, Thompson, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Bridget Zick, Kingsley, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Elk Lake elementary teacher Valerie Morrison and Elk Lake classroom aide Gaylene Mowry have received the Lauretta Woodson Award, given by the Susquehanna Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). The award was presented by Betty Campbell, Educational Support Chairperson, and Mary Ketterer, Chapter President, at the elementary faculty luncheon, June 8. Dr. Lauretta Woodson, a prominent Pennsylvania educator and active member of PASR, left a bequest to honor those who have had a positive influence on the learning process and growth of children.
Pictured (l-r) are Betty Campbell and Valerie Morrison during presentation of the 2007 Lauretta Woodson Awards.
Superintendent William Bush praised Mrs. Morrison as dedicated to her students and to her profession. Always a consummate professional, Dr. Bush lauded her as hardworking, dedicated, and always putting the needs of her students first. He remarked that over the past fifteen years, many parents have expressed their appreciation for Mrs. Morrison’s efforts and have credited her with inspiring their children. A teacher at Elk Lake since 1978, Mrs. Morrison has taught first and third grade.
Dr. Bush expressed admiration for Mrs. Mowry, an aide in the Elk Lake Primary Partial Hospitalization program for the past 17 years. Gaylene Mowry has accomplished wonders with students who otherwise would not have been able to attend public school, but who have flourished under Mrs. Mowry’s attention and care.
The following local students were named to the Spring, 2007 Dean’s List at College Misericordia: Ryan Calby, Montrose; Traci Decker, Great Bend; Matthew Hornak, Montrose; Kirk Lunger, Montrose; Julie Ochse Drachler, Montrose.
The 23rd annual Elk Lake Scholarship Banquet was held on Wednesday evening, May 23. Sponsored by the teachers of the Elk Lake Education Association, the event recognized those students in grades 7 through 12 who have continually achieved Honor Roll status throughout the year. Two, one-thousand dollar scholarships were awarded to seniors Molly Copeland and Julianne Spadine. Mrs. Donna Evans, Food Management Instructor, and her classes prepared a delicious meal that was served by the Elk Lake teachers and staff to over 300 students, parents, and friends. Mrs. Evans also served as this year’s chairperson. Pictured above, (l-r) at the awards banquet are ELEA scholarship winner senior Julianne Spadine, ELEA president Mr. Joe Cimino, ELEA scholarship winner Molly Copeland.
Elk Lake senior Molly Copeland wrapped up her Lincoln-Douglas Debate career by placing ninth in the country at the Catholic Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament in Houston, TX over Memorial Day Weekend.
Pictured are Molly Copeland – ninth in the country in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at NCFL Grand National Tournament in Houston, TX, and EL Forensics Director Keith Brosious.
Copeland, who had an undefeated 5 win and 0 loss record in the preliminary rounds, advanced to Octafinals, the round of 32, out of a field of 203 debaters as the first seed.
In rounds one and two, she defeated debaters from Salina, KS and Milwaukee, WI respectively.
From the third through fifth rounds, she was paired against debaters with the same record that she had. During those three rounds she soundly defeated debaters from Atlanta, GA, Sarasota, FL and Rockville Center, NY, respectively.
In every round except for the third round, Copeland won unanimous 3-0 decisions from the three judges in the room. Her undefeated record, the number of judges she picked up, and her speaker point totals gave her the top seed in the elimination round bracket.
On the second day of the tournament, she defeated Matt Shapiro, the 32nd seeded debater, from the Governor’s School for the Gifted in Richmond, VA and advanced to the Octafinal Round.
In that round, she was eliminated from the competition by losing to Marco Marrazza from Walt Whitman High School in Washington, DC. As a result of her previous seeding, her final placement was 9th.
“This is an incredible way to end a very solid career. Molly is the first debater in the team’s 15-year history to advance beyond the first elimination round at nationals. Advancing to elimination rounds and finishing in the top ten, against the best debaters in the country, is a testament to the amount of effort that Molly has put in throughout her career,” commented EL Forensics Director, Keith Brosious.
As a result of her successes in Houston, Copeland now owns all of the following Elk Lake LD Debate records: Career Wins – 147 (in only three years); Season Wins – 61; Debates in a Season – 74; Career Winning Percentage – 0.747; Wins in a Single Tournament – 8; National Forensics League Points – 993.
In the 60-year history of the NCFL, Copeland is the first ever, first seeded debater from Pennsylvania.
Copeland will be attending the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in the fall.
Students from Susquehanna County have been named to the Spring, 2007 Dean’s List at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students achieve Dean’s List status when they are full-time (12 or more credits) with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Achieving the honor were: Laura Jean Curtis, Forest City; Christopher Thomas Stanis, Friendsville; Suzanne E. Creps, South Gibson.
Alyssa Jones, Friendsville, a senior majoring in bioengineering, has been named to Syracuse University L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science Dean's List for the Spring, 2007 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s
List, students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0
scale) during the semester.
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