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Eliza Vagni, Principal of Mountain View High School announced the selection of Christina Zick, daughter of James and Carol Zick, Kingsley, as the Forest City Rotary "Student of the Month" for May. She merited this recognition on the basis of high scholastic achievement, participation in numerous extra-curricular activities, and great potential for service to society.
Ranking second academically in the Class of 2008, Christina is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, the Senior Chorus, Envirothon, the varsity track team, Knowledge Master Open, and Future Business Leaders of Tomorrow, of which she currently serves as president. At the 2007 Regional Competition of FBLA, Christina ranked first in Parliamentary Procedure. In addition, she participated as a tutor in the Writing Lab and also in reading and mathematics.
Last summer Christina represented her local zone on the Claverack Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. and met students from many areas of the United States.
A member of the United Church of Christ in Harford, Christina is a Sunday School teacher and has volunteered with many activities sponsored by the Willing Workers. She also serves at the annual Susquehanna County Farm/City Feast and at the Republican Lincoln Day Dinner.
As president of the Sizzlin' Steaks 4-H Club, Christina is involved with a wide variety of projects and since 2001 has received awards as Grand Champion in Vegetables, Flowers, First Aid, Pumpkins, and News Reporter. She is very active in beautification projects, such as flower gardens at the Harford Fair and the memorial garden at her church.
From the National Institute on Cooperative Education, Christina received outstanding awards in the following categories: Business Management Skills, Creative Problem Solving and Teamwork, Marketing, Cooperative, all in 2006.
Christina's work experience includes serving and doing inventory at Perry's Ice Cream Stand and caring for livestock and loading hay at Zickview Farm.
After graduation in June, Christina plans to attend Cornell University, where she will pursue a baccalaureate degree in Economics and Management.
Christina and her parents were invited to attend the May 12 dinner meeting as guests of the Forest City Rotary Club.
Elk Lake junior high school principal Brain Mallery has announced the April, 2008 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine. Pictured (l-r) are: seated – Samantha Neville, Doug Brooks, Laura Gacha, Alya Capwell, Samantha Stevens; standing – Johnathan Krieg, Nick Davis, Junior High Principal Brian Mallery, Josh Kiefer, Kaitlyn Depew. Absent from photo: Devin Zeyher.
Following are the area students who received degrees from Luzerne County Community College at the 40th annual commencement exercises held on Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Wachovia Arena.
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE: Barbara A. Burdick, Susquehanna; Caren Rebecca Bush, Susquehanna; Glenn Leslie Collier, Susquehanna; Barbara A. Davis, Meshoppen; Laura Frances Eastman, Meshoppen; Amy Lynn Mininger Frantz, Thompson; Elizabeth Anne Hanrahan, Susquehanna; Aaron M. Hitchcock, Montrose; Tracee McEvoy-Kilmer, Nicholson; Edward Thomas Milot, Jr., Springville; Alan A. Mindas, Jr., Forest City; Sara Renee Nowik, Montrose; Karen Parkinson, Susquehanna; Crystal Rose Story, Montrose; Tiffany Nicole Tanner, Susquehanna; Nanci Lynne Travis-Larnerd, Hallstead; Ashley Marie Yachymiak, Kingsley; Alicia Mary Zuk, Forest City.
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE: Tressa Lynn Blank, Kingsley; Kathryn Elizabeth Homan, Friendsville; Christine Paula VanTassel, Starrucca.
Denise Skorupa, Forest City Elementary School fourth grade teacher, and Darlene Hamlyn, Administrative Assistant/Date Coordinator in the elementary office, received the Lauretta Woodson Awards for a professional and support staff member at a PTO meeting on May 20. The award is named for Dr. Lauretta Woodson, a prominent Pennsylvania Educator, an assistant professor at Temple University, and an active member of PASR. She left a bequest to honor those who have exhibited creativity, initiative and productivity relative to the learning process and growth of children and have had a positive influence on the learning process and growth of children.
Pictured (l-r) are: Denise Skorupa, PASR Rep. Ellen Holdredge, Principal Kenneth Swartz, Darlene Hamlyn.
This award was presented by Ellen Holdredge, Educational Support Chairperson of the Susquehanna County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) and Gary Parker, President of that Chapter. Mrs. Skorupa, a 25-year veteran teacher at Forest City, is described by Elementary Principal Kenneth Swartz as a caring and giving professional who works well with students and faculty. Her cheerful disposition and positive attitude have helped to create a positive learning environment for her students.
Receiving the Woodson Award for support staff was Darlene Hamlyn, Administrative Assistant/Data Coordinator in the elementary office. Principal Swartz stated that she can be found putting in many hours of hard work at the school. A competent and hard-working person in the office is essential to the smooth flow of the school day for students and teachers. Ms. Hamlyn’s pleasant disposition and devotion to the students and faculty contribute to making her deserving of the award.
PASR is proud to reward these women for their dedication and contributions to the Forest City Regional School District and its children.
On May 17, 2008 Megan Clough traveled to State College, Pennsylvania one last time to attend her Commencement Ceremonies. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from the College of Education of The Pennsylvania State University. On this journey of celebration, she was accompanied by her parents, Thomas and Lavern Clough; grandmother, Eveline Rolston; aunt, Joanne Lubbe; and boyfriend, Lee Page. Her most recent semester found her with a 4.0 grade point average, with a four-year cumulative of 3.85, having been on the Dean’s List every semester. Extracurricular activities throughout her college career included cheerleading in her freshman through sophomore years, and participating in autism awareness activities on the main campus in her junior through senior years. Megan is already active in the cheerleading aspect of the local Triplets football organization and hopes to obtain a teaching position in one of our area schools.
At the awards assembly for Elk Lake High School seniors on May 18, Billie Reynaud received the scholarship awarded by the Susquehanna County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR). Ellen Holdredge, Educational Support Chairperson and former Mountain View teacher was assisted by Robert Orner, retired Elk Lake music teacher, in presenting the award.
Pictured (l-r) are: Ed. Support Chairperson Ellen Holdredge, Elk Lake scholarship winner Billie Reynaud, Susquehanna County Chapter PASR President Elect Bob Orner.
During her high school years, Billie was involved in the girl's volleyball program, basketball cheerleading her senior year, and served as secretary of the Starry Knights art club.
Billie will be attending Mansfield University in the fall with a major in art education.
On May 13, the elementary school principals of Susquehanna County honored one outstanding student from each school. Each student was selected from the highest grade within the elementary school. The recipients of these “Principal Awards” were selected by teachers and each principal. The students were chosen for outstanding scholarship, citizenship, attendance, and overall merit within the school community.
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Pictured (l-r) the Principal Awards luncheon are: front row – students Anna Ruseski,Lathrop Street-Montrose; Rachel Manzek, Elk Lake; Micaela Rhone, Susquehanna; Thomas Jasinski, Lackawanna Trail; Patrick Conboy, Choconut Valley-Montrose; Gregory Kowalewski, Forest City; back row – principals Charles Pirone, Elk Lake;Matthew Button, Blue Ridge; Gregory Adams, Lathrop Street-Montrose; Robert Keyes, Susquehanna Community; Bonnie Gregory, Lackawanna Trail; Christopher McComb, Choconut Valley-Montrose; Sue Pipitone, Mountain View;Ken Swartz, Forest City. Absent from photo: Faith Galu, Blue Ridge; James Murnock, Mountain View.
A luncheon was held at the Green Gables Restaurant in New Milford. The students also received certificates which recognized their accomplishment. These students were honored by their principals: Rachel Manzek of Elk Lake by Charles Pirone; Gregory Kowaleski of Forest City by Kenneth Swartz; Patrick Conboy of Choconut Valley-Montrose by Christopher McComb; Anna Ruseski of Lathrop St.-Montrose by Gregory Adams; James Murnock of Mountain View by Sue Pipitone; Micaela Rhone of Susquehanna Community by Robert Keyes; and, Faith Galu of Blue Ridge by Matthew Button. In addition, the principals awarded a $100 savings bond to Anna Ruseski of Lathrop Street-Montrose. All of the principals are extremely proud of each student’s accomplishments.
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