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On Friday, May 21, Pre K children from Angel Beginnings Christian Learning Center and Treasure House Child Development Center spent the morning in a typical kindergarten setting. The Pre K children were divided among the 4 kindergarten classrooms and were given a kindergarten “friend” as a mentor for the morning. Time was spent in morning circle and follow up activities. Lunchtime in the cafeteria and time on the playground served as an introduction to two activities outside the classroom. This transitional experience serves as a step in the children’s journey toward kindergarten and the extension of a lifetime of education. Mrs. Clifford Taylor, bus driver, transported the children from their Pre K schools to the elementary school and gave instruction on bus safety.
This program was initiated by Susquehanna County CARES (Childcare, Agencies, Resources and Educational Services) 3 years ago. The children and their families wish to thank Stephnie Thornton, Director of CARES, Mr. Greg Adams, principal of the Lathrop Street Elementary School (MASD) and the kindergarten teachers for this opportunity.
On May 18, 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.
A luncheon was held at Green Gables Restaurant in New Milford. The students also received certificates which recognized their accomplishment. These students were honored by their principals: Alexa Lam of Elk Lake by Charles Pirone; Michael Kitchura of Forest City by Kenneth Swartz; Nicole Kimmell of Choconut Valley-Montrose by Christopher McComb; Tony Bennici of Lathrop St.-Montrose by Gregory Adams; Rachel Serfilippi of Susquehanna Community by Robert Keyes; and Kyle Bayle of Blue Ridge by Matthew Button. In addition, the principals awarded a $100 savings bond to Nicole Kimmell of Choconut Valley-Montrose. All of the principals are extremely proud of each student’s accomplishments.
Claire Williams O’Neil (1928-1980) was a teacher in the Susquehanna Community School District for over twenty years. Because of her dedication to education and the community, the Claire Williams O’Neil Foundation, a non-profit institution that sponsors educational and charitable initiatives on a community level, awards this scholarship to reflect her belief in the importance of education, both to the individual and to the community. The scholarship is awarded to a Susquehanna Community High School student who has achieved a cumulative average of 90% at the end of eleventh grade, and who also possesses a sincere desire to pursue high quality university studies with the potential to contribute meaningfully to the community. The student can be awarded anything up to about $80,000 for four years. To date, this award has totaled over $355,000.
The Claire Williams O’Neil Scholarship has created an incentive for all seniors in our small, rural, and economically disadvantaged school district to look well beyond the typical college options by applying to America’s best colleges and universities.
This year, two seniors were awarded this scholarship: Thomas J. Kelly and Kyla Kemmerer. Thomas J. Kelly is the son of Roberta and Thomas Kelly, of Susquehanna. Thomas has been an active student throughout high school by participating in the following activities: National Honor Society, Student Council, golf, drama club, chorus, Envirothon and the gifted program. He plans on attending Binghamton University majoring in chemical engineering.
Kyla is the daughter of Kyle Kemmerer and Ann Stewart of Susquehanna. Kyla has also been an active student in high school by participating in the following: National Honor Society, Basketball, drama club, Envirothon, Spanish club, student council, chorus, and the gifted program. Kyla plans on attending Pratt Institute of New York majoring in illustration.
Blue Ridge Elementary held its annual oral spelling bee for fourth and fifth grade students. All fourth and fifth graders were given the opportunity to take the written qualifying test which was held on May 3. Eleven fourth graders and twelve fifth graders placed to compete in the oral bee.
Pictured (l-r) above: James Goff, Megan Houlihan and Abigail Hartman.
On Friday, May 14, after eleven rounds, three contestants remained. The final contestants continued six more rounds until a champion was declared. The winners were Abigail Hartman, third place; James Goff, second place; and Megan Houlihan, first place. Congratulations to the winners and all of the fourth and fifth grade students who competed.
Local residents were among the 946 graduates of The University of Scranton. The Jesuit university conferred nearly 950 bachelor's and associate's degrees at its undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 30, 2010, at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Area graduates are as follows.
Jonathan P. Bennett, Harford, Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Theodore M. Brunelle, New Milford, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies; Tiffany A. Butler, Vandling, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Elizabeth A. Ficken, Lenoxville, Bachelor of Science in Elem Ed/Early Childhood Ed; Tiffanie M. Grover, Forest City, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Kerri L. Kappler, Union Dale, Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience; Amanda S. Marcy, Kingsley, Bachelor of Science in Accounting; Mary Lee A. Martines, Vandling, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies; Margaret I. McCarthy, Hallstead, Bachelor of Arts in English; Brian W. O'Connor, Susquehanna, Bachelor of Arts in History; Jeremy J. Travis, Susquehanna, Bachelor of Science in Electronic Commerce.
Stetson University College of Law announces that Jamie Lee DeLarco graduated with the degree of Juris Doctor with a concentration in Advocacy Law, with Leadership and Merit, on Saturday, May 15, 2010.
Ms. DeLarco is formerly a Florida State Graduate and graduated from Crystal River High School. The graduate was originally from Susquehanna Community High School.
La Plume - Keystone College celebrated its 139th commencement during ceremonies on the college’s campus in La Plume on Saturday, May 22. Degrees were conferred upon 352 students.
Keystone President Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr., presided over the ceremony. Vanessa Race, one of the most recognized and respected educators in Thailand and a 2000 Keystone College graduate, provided the keynote address. Ms. Race was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
Dr. Robert Cook, dean of academic affairs, and William H. Bender, chair of Keystone’s board of trustees, conferred the degrees to the graduates. The following local students received degrees and certificates:
Certificates: Jon D. Carpenter, Susquehanna.
Associate in Applied Science: Anthony Pipitone, New Milford; Brenda Reed, Jackson.
Associate in Science: Andrew Napolitano, Susquehanna; Marie Parkinson, Jackson; Steven Ressiguie, South Gibson; Jason R. Rosenkrans, Great Bend.
Bachelor of Arts: Danielle A. Cady, Clifford; Robin L. Cobb, Jackson; Robert B. Powers, Kingsley.
Bachelor of Science: Andrea S. Aukema, Friendsville; Vicki Cain, New Milford; Keisha M. Carman, Montrose; Erin M. Davis, Jackson; Eric Decker, Great Bend; Shane Decker, New Milford; Kyle N. Falkenberg, New Milford; Gary Haskell, Jackson; Penny Kamensky, Kingsley; Kailey Keiser, Great Bend; Megan L. Kinney, Montrose; Darci Margets, Great Bend; Elizabeth Martin, Montrose; Monica M. Miller, Kingsley; Michael Rogers, Montrose; Kaitlyn M. Shinn, Springville; Karl Sussman, Springville; Sara Verboys, Hallstead; Christina Wallace, Susquehanna.
Wilkes-Barre, PA - Dr. Nicholas A. Holodick, vice president for academic affairs at King’s College, recently announced the following students who have qualified for the Spring 2010 Dean’s List, having achieved a grade point average of 3.4 or higher: Tamara Sager, Thompson; Cassandra Cornell, Montrose.
Matt Markarian of Hallstead, PA, a senior secondary education major, has been named to the Deans' List for the spring 2010 semester at SUNY Oswego. The President's and Deans' lists represent the academic top 27 percent of the Oswego student body. To be included on the Deans' List, students must have a semester grade average of 3.30 to 3.79.
Dallas, PA - Misericordia University is proud to announce the following area 2010 graduates: Heidi English, Montrose, Occupational Therapy, MS; Julie Gallagher, Hallstead, Physical Therapy, DPT; Beth Anne Giangrieco, New Milford, Occupational Therapy, BMS; Kyle Karpich, Springville, Business Administration, BS; Katherine Lucenti, Montrose, Elementary Education, BS; Rebecca Rayias, Hop Bottom, Physical Therapy, BMS; Jeannie Rogers, Springville, Business Administration, BS; Kevin Thomas Woodruff, Montrose, Organizational Management, MS.
DES MOINES, IA - Des Moines University (DMU) awarded 466 degrees at its 2010 commencement service May 29 at 10 a.m. Amanda Wilmot from Nicholson, PA earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. She is the daughter of David D. and Patricia A. Wilmot of Nicholson, PA.
CLARION, PA - Several students received diplomas during commencement ceremonies at Clarion University, Saturday, May 8, 2010 in the Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium.
A total of 1,024 students received their degrees during two ceremonies, with 332 graduate/masters degree diplomas and 692 undergraduate degree diplomas presented. The following area students received degrees: Jeffrey Eddy, Montrose, AAS in Industrial Technology; Nicholas J. Haskins, Brackney, BA in English.
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