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Jason D. Zawisky Graduates HACC
Jedediah Millard Graduates C U
Local Students Earn Keystone Diplomas
Krista DeRiancho Myers Graduates With Honors
Donations Update MAHS Tech Lab
Area Students Graduate Misericordia University
Students “Move Up” To Kindergarten
Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month


Jason D. Zawisky Graduates HACC

Harrisburg Area Community College announced the names of students who graduated recently during spring commencement at the Giant Center in Hershey. Susquehanna County resident, Jason D. Zawisky, Union Dale, was among those who earned degrees.

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Jedediah Millard Graduates C U

Jedediah Daniel Millard of Montrose received a Masters Degree in Business Administration during commencement ceremonies held at Clarion University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 10, 2008.

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Local Students Earn Keystone Diplomas

Keystone College celebrated its 137th commencement during ceremonies on the college’s campus in La Plume on Saturday, May 17, 2008. Keystone President Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr., presided over the ceremony. Frank Deford, one of the nation’s most respected sports authors and commentators, provided the keynote address. Mr. Deford was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

Michelle Naylor, Hallstead, addressed her classmates as outstanding Weekender Baccalaureate graduate.

Dr. Robert Cook, Dean of Academic Affairs, and Diane C. Paparo ’76, chair of Keystone’s Board of Trustees, conferred the degrees to the graduates. The following local students received degrees and certificates:

Certificates: Rachel A. Arrieta, Susquehanna; Matthew S. Treible, Hallstead.

Associate of Applied Science: Katelyn M. Franks, New Milford; Shawna M. Hill, Hop Bottom; Ashley L. Kilhullen, Thompson; Anthony J. Noble, Montrose; Ashley Noble, Montrose.

Associate of Arts: Jhared Madrid, Thompson.

Associate in Science: Lori Miller, Great Bend; Michelle Naylor, Hallstead; Jason W. Rudock, Hallstead.

Bachelor of Arts: Whitney E. Dyson, Springville; Peter Kachadourian, New Milford; Heather A. Martyak, Hallstead; Daniel P. Ulco, New Milford; Leann M. Wolf, Susquehanna.

Bachelor of Science: Brandon J. Bennett, Harford; Mark W. Blaisure, Montrose; Heather M. Burridge, Montrose; Jacqueline K. Ferenczi, New Milford; Jeanette L. Harvey, Hallstead; Amy L. Johnson, Montrose; Melissa E. Lee, Hallstead; Heather M. Martinho, Hallstead; Bradley J. Mead, Susquehanna; Danelle O’Neil, New Milford; Jolene Otasevic, Hallstead; Melody C. Phillips, New Milford; John C. Pierson, Montrose; Tierra N. Shortt, Montrose; Melissa A. Sussman, Springville; Christine E. Tingley, New Milford; Stephanie A. Tompkins, New Milford; Brenda L. Walker, Hallstead.

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Krista DeRiancho Myers Graduates With Honors

Krista DeRiancho Myers graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Stroudsburg University on May 10 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She was a member of the Honor Society for all four years. She was inducted in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is the daughter of Steve and Katherine DeRiancho of Birchardville. She will reside in Hubert , NC with her husband, Cpl. Michael Myers of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Donations Update MAHS Tech Lab

Videoconferencing is one educational tool that teachers and students at Montrose Area High School have used since the early 1990s, according to technology director Craig Owens, but technologies change, sometimes faster than schools can keep up with, and facilities require frequent upgrades of both software and hardware.

Pictured (l-r) are: Peter Quigg, Director of Development for The Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, Debbie Dissinger - Executive Vice President of People’s National Bank, Richard Lochen - President and CEO of People’s National Bank, MASD Superintendent Mike Ognosky, State Representative Sandra Major, Craig Owens, Technology Director for the Montrose Area School District, at the April 3 check presentation, to help fund the renovation of Montrose Area High School’s distance learning facility.

To improve its current facility to assist student learning and also provide a modern conference space for community groups looking for computer and Internet access, a digital projector, and videoconferencing capability, the Montrose Area School District agreed to work with The Community Foundation of Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties, which assists local schools in providing projects that will enhance existing curricula and provide a valuable return to the community at large. Funding for these projects is provided by local corporations through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program.

The Community Foundation has been awarded a $40,000 grant to fund the renovation of the MAHS distance learning facility as approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) based upon a project proposal submitted by The Community Foundation that was prepared from information provided by Mr. Owens. To begin the project, Pennstar Bank has provided $10,000, and People’s National Bank has donated $30,000 and has pledged an additional $30,000 to complete the project.

Peter Quigg, Director of Development for The Community Foundation, says he is pleased that this project was accepted by the DCED and that funding was also made available. In addition to the leaders of the two local banks, others have contributed to the success of the project, Mr. Quigg says. State Representative Sandra Major, Superintendent Mike Ognosky and business manager Lew Plauny have offered input and been instrumental in developing and implementing this proposal.

The Community Foundation is also working with the newly established Endless Mountains Technology Center, and the renovated MAHS facility will be fully prepared to benefit from classes and seminars provided by the center.

Mr. Owens expects to remodel the current facility in the high school by installing permanent seating, improving the lighting, and upgrading the technical equipment to allow high speed Internet-based videoconferencing – a camera, digital projector and microphones along with the electronics that establish the remote connections.

“Our equipment has surpassed its normal life expectancy,” Mr. Owens says. “We seek to replace the aging equipment and make upgrades to the dedicated facility in which this equipment is utilized.”

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Area Students Graduate Misericordia University

The following area students received diplomas during the 82nd annual commencement exercises at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA on May 17, 2008.

Ryan Calby, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Joseph B. Pipitone, New Milford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.

Rachel M. Weaver, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.

Nicole Watts, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Imaging.

Holly Leigh Corbin, Hop Bottom, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.

Dennis Feece, Montrose, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology.

Andrea Aleecia Smith, New Milford, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Jessica Lynn Williams, Thompson, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

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Students “Move Up” To Kindergarten
Submitted By Stephnie Thornton

Pre-kindergarten children from Treasure House Child Development Center experienced a taste of kindergarten on May 23. The youngsters spent the morning at Lathrop Street Elementary School in Montrose as part of “Move-Up Day.” The idea is to help to ease first school year jitters.

More than a dozen three- and four-year olds were welcomed in the kindergarten classrooms, not only by teachers and staff, but the children as well. The soon-to-be first graders acted as mentors for their new friends. The pre-k children learned about daily routines, enjoyed art and story times, and played on ‘big kid’ playground equipment during school recess.

Pre-kindergarten children from Treasure House visited the Lathrop Street Elementary School as part of “Move-Up Day.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for our children,” said Mary Lee Salerno, Pre-K Counts Coordinator for all Treasure House Child Development Centers. “They are seeing and participating in so many activities.” Treasure House in Montrose is involved in Pennsylvania’s pilot Pre-K Counts initiative, providing free, quality, full day pre-kindergarten to at-risk children.

The “Move Up Day” was made possible through a grant to Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) and coordinated through CARES, Montrose Area School District and Treasure House. The activity helps promote Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, because every child is Pennsylvania’s future.

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Elk Lake Elementary Students of the Month

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

Pictured (l-r) are: first row – Michael Figueroa, Myra Harshbarger, Andrea Lopez, Mckenna Kiefer, Angel Fassett, Rierdan Reyan; second row – Joshua Skinner, Andryannah Delong, Brianna Deater, Makala Newhart, Hailey Hollister, Lexus Gowka, Garrett Stark, Lucy Ives. Absent from photo: Carson Mack.

Students in kindergarten, first, and second 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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