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Aaron Soden, son of Richard and Sharon Soden of Starrucca, PA was recently awarded the Claire Williams O’Neil Scholarship. Claire Williams O’Neil (1928-1980) was a teacher in the Susquehanna Community School District for over twenty years. Because of her dedication to both education and the community, the Claire Williams O’Neil Foundation awards this scholarship to reflect and emphasize her belief in the importance of education. This is a non-profit institution that sponsors educational and charitable initiatives on a community level.
This award is given to a graduating senior from Susquehanna Community High School with the following criteria: the student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 90% or higher at the end of their junior year; the student should also possess a desire to pursue high quality universities with the strong potential to contribute back to the community meaningfully. The award for this scholarship is $40,000, which would be $10,000 per year for a total of four years. To date, this award has totaled over $395,000.
The Claire Williams O’Neil Scholarship provides both encouragement and incentive for all seniors in our small, rural community to look beyond their typical college options by applying to America’s best colleges and universities. These students challenge themselves and set high goals by applying to these prestigious schools. Aaron will join seven other students who have earned this outstanding award. These students have either graduated or are currently enrolled at the following schools: Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, Texas A & M, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Boston University, and New York University.
Aaron is a member of the National Honor. He has been an active student throughout his entire high school career and has participated in golf, basketball, baseball, student council and the ski club. Aaron and his family have always been very involved with both the school and the community of Susquehanna. He plans to attend Pennsylvania State University (University Park), majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering.
Cornell University is pleased to announce that Amanda Leigh Curry of Montrose, PA graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with the Class of 2009 during commencement ceremonies in Ithaca, NY, May 24, 2009.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania has recently released the following list of students named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2008-2009 academic year:
Gregory S. Bradley, Jesse J. Childress, Kimberly M. Frechen, Meghan M. Gilleran, Andrea P. Gregory, Matthew R. Kellum, Justin C. Lavo, Atwood J. Lunger, Aaron M. Nichols, Samantha L. Post, Nicole N. Ransbottom, Steven E. Sicovitch and Jessica K. Williams.
To qualify for Dean’s List, a student must earn a quality point average of 3.5 or higher (based on 4.0) during the semester.
On Thursday, March 26, 100 members of the Blue Ridge High School Band and Chorus boarded the Covered Wagon buses for a journey to sunny Florida. Leaving Blue Ridge with the air at a crisp 35 degrees and arriving at Daytona Beach with a sunny 85 degrees was a memorable moment in itself.
The group stayed the first evening in the Daytona Beachfront Hilton Resort. For some students, and adult chaperones, the thrill of being in the ocean sparked the beginning of a great trip. Following the day at the beach, the group dined at a two level gaming facility including an awesome Go-Cart race track that they could show off their northern skilled driving abilities.
The next day the group continued its trek south to start a 3 day tour of Disney World. Starting with the Magic Kingdom Park, students and adults got to experience the true magic of Disney.
The next day the Chorus started the day off with a performance on stage at Downtown Disney. This is an area located in the middle of all the Disney Theme Parks and has a great audience of people milling around all the various theme shops and food places. The chorus performed a half hour concert singing many Disney musical selections and featured many student soloists including Jim Treible, Carissa Stonier, Brianna Whitehead, Holly Hollbrook, Theresa Whitehead, Nate Hine and Cassy Summers.
After the chorus performance, the whole group had a great day at Disney’s Epcot Experience.
In the evening, the Blue Ridge Marching Raider Band was the featured performers for the Disney Epcot World Fest March. We met and grouped in the back lot studio of the Italy area of Epcot. Starting in the streets of Rome, the band marched around the world countries, stopping in the Town Square of China for a show stop concert to feature the 12 flag members in a few numbers. After that the band continued its one mile excursion marching the streets till it ended up in the back streets of Morocco. Senior band member, Emily Lynch was the drum major who led the group. Band Director, Mr. Jeff Burkett was pleased with the bands marching performance and proud of their total professionalism in the whole experience. Band senior, Cassy Summers stated, “It was an awesome experience. Thousands of people watched us perform all through the streets of Epcot. We had great weather and the whole group enjoyed our time together as an organization.”
The next day the group toured Disney Hollywood for the day. Packed with stunt shows, thrill rides, and educational history exhibits of Disney hits, the day was exciting. Topping off the day, High School Chorus Director was selected to perform at the Disney American Idol Experience. Her day was involved with pre-auditions, photo shoots, vocal coaching, promotional interviews, and makeup. The exact same details that are involved in the TV show version are included in the Disney episodes that run daily. The final competition for the 3 finalists is on stage in front of about 500 audience members who then vote for the performers. Though she was edged out by an Elvis impersonator from Chicago, she is still the Blue Ridge Band and Chorus American Idol.
Waving a fond farewell to Mickey Mouse and all his friends, the group traveled back to Pennsylvania and brought with them thousands of pictures of another Band/Chorus Performance trip that will be forever in their minds. The Blue Ridge High School Band will be presenting its final concert of the year on Monday, May 18 starting at 7 p.m. The Chorus will be presenting a Cabaret Chorus on Friday, May 22 starting at 7 p.m. The Marching Raiders will also be performing on Monday, May 25 at the Memorial Day ceremonies in Hallstead, New Milford, and Great Bend.
Blue Ridge Elementary students were treated to a fun and educational experience on Wednesday, May 6 when The Dome Theater visited the gymnasium to give several presentations throughout the day. The Dome Theater is a “mobile digital theater featuring highly innovative, immersive, and educational programs.” Students viewed “museum-quality shows in a state-of-the-art mobile digital theater system” that dealt with the topics of outer space, space technology, and the world we live in.
The Dome Theater was brought to Blue Ridge Elementary by the generosity of the Blue Ridge PTO.
The annual Arbor Day-Earth Day celebration took place on April 24 at the Choconut Valley Elementary School on the best spring day of the season. The program began with Principal Chris McComb leading everyone in the flag salute. Students, teachers, parents, Choconut Valley Garden Club members and school personnel were in attendance.
Several coral presentations were presented by the different grade levels. The fifth and sixth grade chorus sang “She’s Our Planet” followed by the kindergarten singing “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Later in the program “What Do you Do With a Water Waster?” was presented by grades three and four.
Pictured (l-r) are: first grade students Shelby Funk, Katherine Gatto and Noah Binde singing the first grade song, "Earth Day Helper."
A garden club update was given by Rita Eddy. Memorials to Darren Newman and Nicholas Bryant were presented to the club from the Choconut Valley Elementary staff. These memorials will be installed at a later date. The garden club plants and maintains the flowers and plantings on the school grounds.
Speakers for the event were: Jennifer Morelli from the County Recycling Center, Jim Garner from County Soil Conservation and Sandy Babuka represented Salt Springs. The program was closed by the first and second grade students singing “Earth Day Helper.”
Kenneth F. Cuomo, Ed.D., Elk Lake High School Principal is pleased to announce the following students who were selected as April 2009 “Students of the Month.”
Pictured above (l-r) are: front row - Stephanie Bianco, Elizabeth Vibbard, Brittany Bender; back row - Seth Kirk, Bryan Grosvenor, Devin Fiorentino, Mackenzie Franssen, Kenneth F. Cuomo, Ed.D., High School Principal. Absent from photo: Aubry Cohen.
Students of the month are selected by nominations of any student in grades 10-12 by a teacher for outstanding achievement. The student must show individual effort, community and school wide effort, as well as effort in the classroom.
Other important criteria include: a showing of personal growth, skill development, dedication, leadership, academic growth and improvement, school service and community service.
The Elk Lake Chapter of the National Honor Society recently recognized twenty three students who were inducted into the organization on the evening of March 17, with a candlelight ceremony in the auditorium.
Pictured (l-r) are the inductees: front - Kayla Fuller, Hunter Cole, Emily Mowry, Kyla Marcy, Sarrah Sutton, Stephanie Schuler, Megan Phillips; middle - Bowen Bushnell, Jessica Berger, Benjamin Burridge, Gabriella Baltzley, Brooke Darling, Cassie VanEtten, Nicholas Marbaker, Shannon Agredo; back: Hannah Hunsinger, Katherine Mitchell, Joseph Woolcock, Michael Bedell, Sean Carney, Jeffrey Horvath, Bradley Moore, Shea Skinner.
These students earned this distinction by exemplifying the principles upon which the National Honor Society proudly stands namely scholarship, service, leadership and character, cardinal qualities worthy of encouragement in all schools. The ceremony was followed by a reception in A Touch of Class restaurant in the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center. Assisting with the ceremony were the 2008-2009 officers: President, Anthony Juser; Vice-President, Kiah Snow; Secretary, Jacob Eastman; and Treasurer, Ashley Graves. Speakers included Secondary Principal, Dr. Kenneth Cuomo, and Honor Society Advisor, Mr. Jeff Horvath. Photography was provided by Secondary Librarian, Mrs. Kris Morahan.
Elk Lake Junior High School Principal, Brain Mallery has announced the April 2009 Students of the Month for grades seven through nine. Pictured above (l-r) are: front - Cody Franssen, Zachary Shafer, Shakeil Newhart, Cassandra Hunter, Scott McGarrigle, Elizabeth Trowbridge, Emily Williams, Jacob Cortright, Cory Wood, Brittany Adams; back - Ausin Madill, Kellie Grosvenor, Cody Franklin, Jared Kirchner, Antuan Robinson, Junior High Principal Brian Mallery, Zack Patton, Johnathan Krieg, Brendon Reimiller, Emily Herring, Melinda Johnson, Alysha Baker.
Mr. Charles Pirone, Elementary Principal of the Elk Lake School is please to announce the April 2009 student of the month award winners.
Students in 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.
Picture (l-r) are: 1st row – Merrick Whitney, Meriah Miller, Emily Forba, Kasey Warner, Kayla Mosier, Jenny Grosvenor, Desiree Brown, Brandon Swift; 2nd row – Jesse Bender, Riley Hinkley, Logan Luce, Abbigail Swenson, LaAnna Farnelli, Bobbi Kelder, Catey McAleer.
Elk Lake is proud of their students and congratulates them for their accomplishments.
Mountain View High School is proud to announce the third quarter honor roll list for the 2008-09 school year.
Grade 7: Andrew Adams, Paul Chichura, Zachary Corley, Aubrey Daniels, Zachariah Feduchak, Megan Getz, Shawna Getz, Katelyn Hartman, Nicholas Jarrow, Jillian Kochmer, Alyssa Kress, Jennifer Molenko, Ashley Nichols, Sarah Nichols, Alexis Oakley, Mikaela Phillips, Nicholas Schermerhorn, Colby Thomas, Morgan Vail.
Grade 8: Bryce Beeman, Elizabeth Black, Shannon Bollard, Rebekah Brown, Krista Chidester, Alyssa Clarkson, Brooke Colombo, Owen Flannery, Brian Hancock, Sarah Hosie, Kerri Jarnagin, Lucas Jodon, Molly Keogh, Adam Liepinis, Brian Liepinis, Erin McHale, Caroline Miller, James O'Brien, Jordan Roeske, Nicholas Sabuacak, Victoria Sterling, Caitlyn Tague, Dylan Thomas, Kelsey Twining, Katie Valentine, Stephanie Virbitsky, Tyler Walsh, Michala Zeck.
Grade 9: Sarah Bowman, Dalton Brozonis, Katherine Cure, Allison Davis, Tabitha Drum, Anthony Gaynor, Brian Goble, Deanna Hansen, Shannon Kavetski, Angelica Kester, Jennifer Kochmer, Stephen Landis, Elizabeth Lockwood, Liam Maloney, Carmelitta Oakley, Tyler Puorro, Kelly Purdy, Jeff Smalley, Alixandria Taylor, John Valentine, Michael Wakalowski.
Grade 10: Gregory Adams, Nicole Ball, Thor Banks, Alexis Barcia, Andrea Beeman, Barbara Bennett, Alaney Berish, Taylor Brainard, Dustin Compton, Tiffany Davis, Scott Edwards, Karch Frantz, Aaron Goodenough, Devin Hollenbeck, Carly Jesse, Aaron Jodon, James Johnson, Michael Keogh, Samantha Knowlton, Airika Krupovich, Alexandria Lynn, Logan Mack, Michael Mikloiche, Anthony Miller, Brian Miller, James Norton, Michael Purdy, Cody Robbins, Kristen Shuster, Mary Skurnowicz, Kristy Walker, Ryan Walsh, Olivia Zick.
Grade 11: Douglas Adler, Alena Beeman, Jessica Bodt, Ravi Figgles, Hannah Gow, Stephanie Grushinski, Peter Hartman, Luke Jenkins, Codie Jones, Sharon Jones, Jacqueline Kochmer, Cory Landes, Jonathan McBride, Kelly Morgan, Colin Rosene, Kyle Smith, Leah Tantanella, Seth Tiffany, Katherine Webster, Kelsey Whitaker.
Grade 12: Elaine Arsenault, Darlene Bloxham, Sarah Bradley, Jamie Buzzerd, Eric Congdon, Michael Conklin, David Corbin, Damion Daniels, Sarah Durant, Bryce Edwards, Sara Evans, Angela Ferrence, Carrie Gardoski, James Gething, Michaelene Gongliewski, Jessie Green, Joseph Harvey, Chelsea Jarnagin, Amelia Johnson, Briana Kozlowski, Michelle Lahnemann, Alexandra Laske, Erika Lewis, Brandi Manzer, Scott Martens, Macy Matthews, Daisy Matulevich, Brittany McGraw, Chase McLaud, Brandon Miller, Victoria Novajosky, Jessica O'Keefe, Michael Oakley, William Owens, Alexander Pashchuk, Kenneth Robbins, Brian Robinson, Amanda Schmidt, Tessa Sheridan, Jessica Short, Zakkary Snedeker, Donald Tantanella, Shelbey Twining, Sarah Walker, Jacqueline Wayman, Colleen Whitaker, Mariah White.
On Tuesday, April 21, King's College announced the winners of the poster contest for the Victims Resource Center "Take Back the Night Rally." The winners were all from Susquehanna Community High School. Taking 1st place was Megan Garcia, 2nd, Place Kaitlin Callender and 3rd, Place Heather Bixby. Congratulations to the students and their Art Teacher Mrs. Jime Grabowski. This is the second year that Susquehanna Community has produced the First place winner. The winning posters are on display at the Victims Resource Center located in Wilkes-Barre, PA at 99 North Franklin Street. Pictured left to right are Kaitlin Callender, Heather Bixby, Megan Garcia.
BALTIMORE - Paul M. Chichura, a student from Kingsley, was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children held by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), which was held at Bucknell University on Saturday, May 2.
Paul M. Chichura was invited to this awards ceremony sponsored by CTY based on an exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to second through eighth grade Talent Search participants. Seventh and eighth graders took the SAT or ACT - the same tests used for college admissions. Second through sixth graders took the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger students.
Since 1979, CTY has sought the most academically able elementary and middle school students each year and encouraged their enrollment in CTY’s annual Talent Search. Students enrolled in the Talent Search go on to test through the fall and spring.
The results of these tests give families a better idea of a child's academic talents, particularly in comparison to the thousands of other academically talented students in the Talent Search. Students can also earn recognition at CTY's awards ceremonies, and their test scores may qualify them for CTY's summer programs and distance education courses.
In 2007-08 alone, over 63,000 students from 19 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Talent Searches offered through CTY. About 30% of the 2nd and 6th graders who tested this winter earned an invitation to CTY's Awards Ceremony, and about 25% of the 7th and 8th grade testers earned an invitation to an Awards Ceremony.
Chichura, a seventh grade student attending Mountain View Junior/Senior High School, joined other award recipients at the recent state ceremony, and was individually honored by Johns Hopkins for his academic performance and promise. As a result of this achievement Chichura will be enrolled in a three week residential course at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island this summer.
"With our annual award ceremonies, we're committed to giving these exceptional young people a stage on which to recognize their academic achievements, just as we celebrate achievements in athletics or the performing arts," said CTY executive director, Lea Ybarra. "Their performance places them in the top tier of students taking these tests, and they certainly deserve acclaim." Who gets the credit for success? "The students," said Dr. Ybarra. "They possess an academic fearlessness and intellectual ability that will benefit their entire generation."
Leading them to their success, she said, are parents and educators. "Parents who support and encourage their children, and teachers who inspire through their knowledge and passion for a subject, create engaged young people who are well prepared to lead and shape tomorrow's world."
Mr. Robert Keyes, Principal of Susquehanna Community Elementary School, announced the “Students of the Month” for April, 2009.
Kindergarten, First Second, Third
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 - Jared Rockwell, Hayden Wayman, Hailey Buchanan, Austin Gow; row 2 - Charles Towner, Austin Presley, Timothy Sweeney, Ryan Armitage; row 3 - Angela Bianco, Trevor Dahm, Anthony Dolfini; row 4 - Travis Rockwell, Dylan Rockwell, Matthew Kane, Brodie Haskins. Absent from photo: Alycia Reynolds, Faith Acosta, Kyle Barton
Forth, Fifth, Sixth
Pictured (l-r) are: row 1 - Madison Canfield, Jade Hardy, Shayna Slocum; row - Codi O’Dell, Trevor Passetti, Daniel Braun; row 3 - Taryn Tross, Nicole Shay, Allison Ryder. Absent from photo: Adam MacDonald.
John Manders, illustrator of over 30 picture books, was invited to the Susquehanna Elementary School on April 15. One of his picture books, The Perfect Nest, written by Catherine Friend, was a Pennsylvania Readers Choice selection for 2008/2009. Although this book did not win the award, in May 2006 he was named outstanding illustrator/author by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association. Mr. Manders’ presentation consisted of reading and painting characters from his books, discussing steps involved in putting a picture book together, and autographing his books. He also took the time to be interviewed by several 6th grade students. The students and staff were delighted by his paintings and storytelling. For more information about John Manders, visit his website at www.johnmanders.com.
The Susquehanna Community High School is proud to announce the students listed to the 3rd Marking Period Honor Roll of the 2008-09 school year.
Highest Honors: 12th grade - Dylon Beamer, Christine Biegert, Heather Bixby, Amanda Butts, Sydney Carmody, Chasity Conklin, Christy Glidden, Diana Greene, Brittany Heller, Jessica Hubal, Justin Lee, Angela Leonard, Kaylin Lindquist, Michael Lloyd, Hannah Price, Lacey Sholtiss, Aaron Soden, Leann Terpstra, Jeffrey Williams; 11th grade - Phillip Barnes, Mindy Batson, Kelly Conklin, Nicole Conklin, Courtney Dininny, Nicholas Felter, Megan Garcia, Ashlee Getter, Thomas J. Kelly, Jr., Kyla Kemmerer, Alisha Martin, Shawn Norton, Brandon Stone, Jami Towner, Kayla Valentine, Andrea Walker; 10th grade - Brooklynne Baker, Susan Greene, Sean Leonard, Nicholas Marco, Alex Price, Ryan Rosenthal, Timothy Sager, Steven Skurski, Derek Williams, David Winn, Shane Wolf; 9th grade - Courtney Arthur, Brandon Deakin, Alexandria Dominick, Rex Fullam V, Brittany Herold, Matthew Hilling, Thomas Maby, Morgan Ofsharick, Gatanya Sedlock, Stephanie Skurski, Zachary Stanford, Jeffrey Wayman, Brian Yi, Farritty Zeruth; 8th grade - Lindsey Glidden, Melissa Kukowski, Raymond Polak, Ryan Swanson, Andrzej Tomczyk; 7th grade: -Sydney Avery, Jack Bradley, John DeLaPlaine, Joseph DeLaPlaine, Jonathan Felter, Nicholas Hall, Mashawna Hargett, Rachel Hubal, Alyssa Jacobs, Ashley Miller, Mollie Mroz, Macaela Rhone, Sarah Serfilippi, Brandon Soden, Michael Yi.
Honor Roll: 12th grade - Daniel Boughton, Robert Dorunda, Monique Drag, David Jackson, Kayshia Kruger, Ellen Matis, Samantha Neal, Kierstyn Slocum, Ashley Stein, Jeremy Wallace, Zachary Wignall, Justin Yates; 11th grade - Scott Arthur, Kaitlin Callender, Benjamin Case, Donald Cottrell, Melinda Holbrook, Maggie Lawrenson, James Marion, Jr., Lauren Reddon, Christopher Repa, David Szili; 10th grade - Kelsey Carmody, Christine Compton, Amanda Roth, Robert Skiba; 9th grade - Karlene Cottrell, Ashley Kapcsandi, Mary Kemmerer, Brenda Kochmer, Sierra McConnell, Kristy Monks; 8th grade - Emily Carmody, Kyleigh Fiske, Amanda Marco, Chelsea Matta, Zachary Vaughn, Casey Williams; 7th grade - Chelsea Ayres, Chastity Carvin, Nicholas Chamberlain, Richard Pelicci, Alexis Roe, Emily Staros, Cody Towers.
Merit Roll: 12th grade - Ashley Aldrich, Shane Bouren, Carlos Cuevas, Elizabeth Dooley, Molly Edwards, Kimberly Fortune, Connor Freitag, Timothy Gall, Lindsay Lawrenson, Joshua McKinney, Rosalee Mead, Cassie Miller, Corey Miller, Heather Mitchell Flanagan, Justin Redington, Kelly Sheriff, Samantha Soules, Edward Stone, Anthony Wayman, Misha Weldy, Justin Westbrook, Ashley Wray; 11th grade - Haley Atkinson, Jakilyn DeCicco, Matthew Leet, Michael Nagel, Jr., Stephanie Roche, Courtney Slocum, Matthew Welch; 10th grade - Zachary Baker, Kelly Burke, Kacie Chesnick, Taylor Cundey, Andrew DeSesso, Courtney Groover, Kacey Norris, Paige Payne, Basia Polak, Madison Rutkowski, Alex Sheriff, David Vales, Nicholas Vales; 9th grade - Jeremy Acone, Aaron Arthur, Ashley Ballard, Jamie Boerner, Austin Cowperthwait, Brett Deakin, Ashley Elliott, Timothy Flanagan, Alexis Gerhardt, Autumn Hadlick, Lindsay Way; 8th grade - Brett Archambault, Danielle Barnes, Brianne Bianco, Daniel Biegert, Megan Canfield, Daniel Cordner, Brandon DeRose, Britney Glover, Dessine Herzog, Tyler Hines, Sydney Larsen, Caitlynn O’Dell, Patricia Pauswinski, Chelsea Sparks, Ashley Sweeney, Amberly Warner, Allen Westbrook; 7th grade - Melvin Batson, Kaitlyn Bray, Lindsey Burdick, Dylan Cohen, Richard Delaney, Austin DeVries, Cody Dibble, Amber Dubanowitz, David Hallisey, Cheryl Hendrickson, Matthew Hugaboom, Taylor Kilmer, Nicholas Lloyd, Kyle MacDonald, Lauren Marco, Kaelin Payne, Cody Staerker, Joseph Weeks, Victoria White, Mark Zappe.
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