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Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month
Local Students Make Kutztown Dean’s List
Local Students Graduate Penn State University
Blue Ridge Students Excel In Quiz Bowl
Scholarship Offered To Mt. View Students


Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month

Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal of the Elk Lake School is please to announce the January, 2008 student of the month award winners.

Pictured (l-r) are: first row – Shelby Valvano, Elizabeth Hinkley, Cassidy Greenwood, Brittany Warfle, Hyrum Bell, Lydia Hunsinger; second row – Mikayla Smith, Zachary Visakay, Meriah Miller, Emily Sayles, Olivia Riscavage, Natasha Luce.

Students in third and fourth 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 our students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.

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Local Students Make Kutztown Dean’s List

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Carlos Vargas has announced the Dean’s List students for the 2007 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must earn a quality point average (QPA) of 3.60 out of a possible 4.0 and be registered for at least 12 credit hours. Students named to the Dean’s List are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at KU.

Following are the local students who achieved the recognition: Katherine Drop, Vandling; Cheryl Brown, Kingsley; Kirsten Kemmerer, Susquehanna; Heidi Page, Susquehanna; Laura Van Cott, New Milford.

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Local Students Graduate Penn State University

The 2007 fall commencement ceremonies at University Park recognized about 2,808 graduating Pennsylvania State University students. Among those honored were the following local students.

Kenton B. Adriance, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education.

William J. Dempsey, Forest City, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Science.

Derek C. Guiton Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Leanne M. Kelley, Forest City, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Policy and Administration.

Nicholas C. Pease, Susquehanna, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness Management.

Coleen J. Walsh, Brackney, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Management.

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Blue Ridge Students Excel In Quiz Bowl

Two teams of fifth grade students at Blue Ridge Elementary School recently participated in the 19th annual Pennsylvania Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl competition.   The 18 students were required to answer rapid-fire questions on a computer.  The 100 multiple-choice questions covered a multitude of categories, from classroom academics to current events and fun trivia. 

Pictured (in alphabetical order) is Team 1: Cayli Allen, Gabrielle Button, Kristine Carlsen, Jeshua DeJesse, Xavier LaVigne, Jessika Pagano, Allen Weed, Austin White, Lauren Whitney.

Pictured (in alphabetical order) is Team 2: Garrett Beebe, Trey Hillard, Dana Kruse, Mary Mangel, Sierra Marriott, Erin Perry, Casey Purdum, Leon Repella, Julia Stanley.

The teams practiced from the beginning of January until the competition date of January 24.  Top score was 1075 points and 85% correct.   This placed the Blue Ridge  team 13th out of all the Pennsylvania participants.  The winning score was 1206.  The contest has proven to be a valuable learning experience for students.

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Scholarship Offered To Mt. View Students
By Ted Brewster

Jan Winemiller of Carlisle and North Harford, and her sister, Linda McAndrews of Freeport, Long Island, are endowing an annual scholarship for seniors at Mountain View High School in memory of their mother, Carol Richardson Steiner, who graduated from Mountain View in 1960. The Carol Steiner Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to a student who "demonstrate[s] academic achievement, along with a strong record of involvement in school and community activities."

In a letter to applicants explaining the scholarship, Ms. Winemiller and Ms. McAndrews are asking that the recipient of the scholarship "direct an additional gift of $250 to the service of others." Applicants must fill out the school's "general scholarship form" and attach to it "a brief essay describing the organization" which would receive the gift.

The letter describes the sisters' motivation thus: "The scholarship for which you are applying is given in memory of our mother, Carol Richardson Steiner, a 1960 graduate of Mountain View High School. In addition to a deep love for her family, her life was remarkable in her commitment to helping others. She worked to provide service to disabled children and adults, advanced the cause of adult literacy, was a leader in her church, and gave endlessly of her time and talents to many community organizations. As a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, her well-lived life is an example to others and an inspiration to us."

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2008.

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