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On May 19, 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 over all merit within the school community.
Pictured (l-r) are: front - Caleb Hoal,Amber Cain, Jennifer VanEtten, Marc Stanton, Keith Hubal, Katelyn Zembrzycki; back -Gregory Adams, Christopher McComb, Charles Piorone, Matthew Button, Robert Keyes, Ken Swartz.
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: Jennifer VanEtten of Elk Lake by Charles Piorone; Katelyn Zembrzycki of Forest City by Kenneth Swartz; Amber Cain of Choconut Valley-Montrose by Christopher McComb; Caleb Hoal of Lathrop St.-Montrose by Gregory Adams; Keith Hubal of Susquehanna Community by Robert Keyes; and Marc Stanton of Blue Ridge by Matthew Button. In addition, the principals awarded a $100 savings bond to Amber Cain of Choconut Valley-Montrose. All of the principals are extremely proud of each student’s accomplishments.
The Susquehanna County Conservation District is pleased to announce that the Blue Ridge Team, CWD, has won this year’s Susquehanna County Envirothon. It is the second win in a row for Blue Ridge who took first place in the 2008 Envirothon competition last May. The winning score of 371 points allow Envirothon Advisors, Ed Price and Trudy Hepler, to take their winning team to Bald Eagle State Park for the State Envirothon Competition. Teammates Scott Sienko, Tim Esposito, Eric Onyon, Sarah Parsons, and Ben Hepler study aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and biodiversity throughout the school year to be so successful at this competition.
The Blue Ridge Envirothon Team, CWD.
This year’s county Envirothon was held at Camp Archbald on May 7 and hosted 145 students from all six of the county’s high schools. Representatives from the Fish & Boat Commission, DEP, NRCS, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and PA Game Commission help make this competition a success by working with the students throughout the school year and by administering the exam the day of the Envirothon. Susquehanna County Conservation District sponsors the event and has a barbeque lunch and prizes for the students. State Representative Sandra Major gave out the awards.
The 2009 County Envirothon was successful only with the help of the following sponsors: the Honorable Sandra Major, Susquehanna County Commissioners Mary Ann Warren, Leon Allen and Michael Giangrieco, Brigadoon Bee Products, Cargill Taylor Beef Wyalusing, Claverack Rural Electric, Elk Mountain VFW Post 8488, Karen’s Kut & Kurl, Lewis Tree Service, Montrose Auto Parts, Pennsylvania Trappers Association, Robinson’s South Town Market, and Ron Kowalewski Construction. Thank you all for the work done to make the Susquehanna County Envirothon a success!
Can you spell exhilaration? That’s what Brianna Brewer was feeling as she cinched this year’s annual Spelling Bee held at Blue Ridge Elementary. Almost one hundred-fifty 4th and 5th grade students took a voluntary written spelling test to see if they would qualify for the oral spelling bee. To be eligible, they couldn’t miss more than five of the test’s thirty words. Twenty-eight students ended up making the grade and took to the stage on May 20, cheered on by classmates and family members in the audience. James Goff, the only student who earned a one hundred percent on the written test, ended up placing second in the contest. Corbin French, another fourth grader, came in third. Fifth grader Brianna Brewer earned the title of Spelling Bee Champ by successfully spelling tornado. “I knew there was no “e” in it,” Brianna said. And how did she get ready for the challenge of the spelling bee? “A lot of my friends helped me prepare for it, and my family.” When asked how she felt upon winning, Brianna responded with a wide grin. “It was my fifteen seconds of fame.” Pictured above are: first place winner, Brianna Brewer; second place winner, James Goff; third place winner, Corbin French.
The Elk Lake Education Support Personnel Association was pleased to present an award in memory of Earl Churchill. Mr. Churchill was a member of ELESPA until his retirement. After retirement, Mr. Churchill volunteered many hours in the Elk Lake Elementary. Mr. Churchill loved working with the children and always had a joke for all. This year the ELESPA was pleased to present the award to two seniors who have also affected a child’s life in a very positive way.
Anthony Juser and Jehiel Boner were each awarded $350.00 at the senior award Assembly held at Elk Lake on Monday, May 18. These students have shown in various ways how they have been a good influence on a child’s life.
Pictured above (l-r) are: Tony Blaisure, Anthony Juser and Jehiel Boner.
Anthony Juser is the son of Dave and Lynda Juser of Montrose. Anthony plans to attend West Virginia University, majoring in Forest Resource Management. Anthony has been active in church activities, plus tutoring students at Elk Lake. Anthony has been very active during his high school years. He has been a member of the wresting team, baseball team, track team, robotics, Envirothon team and the National Honor Society.
Jehiel Boner is also very involved in his church. Jehiel is very busy with sports including swimming, cross country and baseball. He also participated in the FBLA, student council and the prom steering committee. Jehiel plans on attending Lycoming College, majoring in Business.
For the eleventh year, the ELESPA was pleased to give various awards to seniors at the Elk Lake School. The association wished the Class of 2009 success in their future endeavors.
Delaware Valley College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Dr. Dorothy Prisco announced the following students have been honored for academic achievement by being named to the spring 2009 Dean's List:
Elizabeth Gerhard of Montrose, Abigail Onyon of New Milford and Nicholas Tomeo of Great Bend.
Delaware Valley College is a four-year institution of higher education located in Doylestown, PA. It offers more than 40 programs of study on both undergraduate and graduate levels and has about 1600 students.
Misericordia University is pleased to announce that Drachler Ochse of Montrose, PA graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management with the Class of 2009 during the 83rd annual Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 16.
The 25th annual Elk Lake Scholarship Banquet was held on Wednesday evening, May 20. Sponsored by the Elk Lake Education Association, the event recognized those students in grades 7-12 who have continually achieved honor roll status throughout the year.
Pictured (l-r) are the Elk Lake Senior Honor Students: front row - Gillian Clarke, Katelyn Chambers, Kylie VanEtten, Chelsea Cuomo, and Kimberly Caines; back row - Eugene Trowbridge, Ross Williams, Jeff Madrak, and Anthony Juser.
Two one thousand dollar scholarships were awarded to seniors Anthony Juser and Katelyn Chambers. One hundred dollar bonds were awarded to seniors Kimberly Caines, Gillian Clarke, Chelsea Cuomo, and Anthony Juser for maintaining honor roll status consistently in grades 7-12.
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 was also this year’s chairperson.
Bucknell University is pleased to announce that Erica L. Lopatofsky of Union Dale, PA graduated with a Master of Science in Education with the Class of 2009 during commencement ceremonies in Lewisburg, PA, May 17, 2009. Erica is a graduate of Sacred Heart Jr-Sr High School.
The Elk Lake Education Support Personnel Association was pleased to present an award in memory of Eugene Hitchcock. Mr. Hitchcock was a member of the ELESPA and a member of the maintenance staff at Elk Lake until his death. Mr. Hitchcock was very proud of the service he gave to his community. For the third year the ELESPA was pleased to present this award to Elk Lake seniors.
Philip Trowbridge and Karley Mosier were each awarded $350.00 at the senior award assembly held at Elk Lake on Monday, May 18. These students were chosen for their contribution to the local community.
Pictured (l-r) are: Philip Trowbridge, Karley Mosier and Tony Blaisure.
Philip Trowbridge is actively involved in the Boys Scouts and his church. Philip plans to attend Penn State, majoring in the Geo Sciences Program.
Karley volunteers for the Ruth Athletic Association, Lawton Carnival and the Fairdale Church. Karley is also very active in dairy promotion in Susquehanna County. Karley plans on attending Lackawanna College majoring in Medical Imaging.
The ELESPA was pleased to provide awards of over $3,000 this year to students at the Elk Lake School. The association wishes the Class of 2009 success in their future endeavors.
The University of Notre Dame Graduate School Commencement Ceremony was held Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Joyce Center - South Dome.
Receiving his Doctoral Degree at this ceremony was Jeffrey Rood of Susquehanna. His major was in chemistry and his dissertation was Metal-Organic Frameworks as Functional, Porous Material. Jeff’s director was Dr. Kenneth W. Henderson.
Jeff has accepted a professor of chemistry position at Elizabethtown College. Jeff is the son of Jack and Judy Rood.
On May 16, 2009 Adam Napolitano graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, attaining the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy. Dr. Napolitano will be pursuing a one year Residency at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Adam is the son of very proud parents, George and Rebecca Napolitano and brother Andrew Napolitano, of Susquehanna, PA.
Text came alive on May eighth and thirteenth as Blue Ridge Elementary students performed readings from literature in the school’s annual Oral Reading Contest. A girl and boy from each elementary classroom were chosen by their teachers to perform a prepared, self-selected passage in front of four judges and an audience of peers and parents. Next, in round two, all contestants were given an unfamiliar passage to read “cold”. The students were judged on factors such as fluency and appropriate expression. “We were listening for evidence of the students truly connecting with the material, and for those who showed the most skill in getting the author’s message across,” explained Ms. Levine, a reading teacher at Blue Ridge and one of the judges. “Strong readers are intuitive. It’s a rewarding experience to hear talented readers give life to words.”
Pictured above are the Blue Ridge Elementary 2009 Oral Reading Contest Winners: Andrew Scott, Kyra Powell, Charles Randall, Corbin French and Janelle Oakley, along with Principal Matthew Button and Oral Reading Contest coordinator and Title 1 reading teacher Rhonda Levine. The entire student body, faculty and staff of Blue Ridge Elementary School wish them a well-earned, “Congratulations!”
Dr. Alice M. Davis, Administrative Director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center (SCCTC), is proud to announce the SCCTC’s “Students of the Month” for April 2009. Pictured (l-r) are: Roger May, Eli Beshears, David Jensen, David Latwinski, Jeri Traver, Anthony Kanuk, Alicia Wenzel, Tyler Spickerman, Stacy Hillier, Katelynn Chambers, Amanda Butts, Matt Arnold and Dr. Alice M. Davis; absent from photo - Robert Benscoter and Elizabeth Vibbard.
William D. Orasin of Forest City and Megan I. Henry of Hop Bottom have been included in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. They are among 80 students from The University of Scranton’s undergraduate colleges who have been selected as national outstanding leaders.
Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory selected students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
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