Each Monday, The Times-tribune publishes School Notes, a page dedicated to keeping you informed of the newsmakers and events in your school.
Ellery and Anniston Yoder collected 290 sets of children’s pajamas this Christmas season during a drive for the Catherine Mcauley Center in Scranton.
Ellery and Anniston are sisters who attend South Abington Elementary School.
This was the second time they held the drive and they more than doubled their donations from 134 sets last year. The sisters solicited donations from friends and family and through Facebook. — Kathleen Bolus kbo[email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolustt on Twitter
The administration acknowledged first-grader Lillian Orner as consistently showing exemplary character in her classroom and throughout the school.
So far, she’s received 10 Character Counts coupons for exhibiting citizenship, responsibility, fairness, respect, trustworthiness and care. Additionally, she’s achieved a “Raider Rock Star” status on four separate occasions this school year.
“I really like getting Character Counts coupons,” Lillian said. “I feel proud when I help my friends.”
School officials said Lillian always helps a friend in need, setting the right example and is a student who can be counted on to make the right choices. — Daniel Rosler [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
Senior Abbey Zuraski is on board with two new incentive programs for students.
Through school attendance, Carbondale Area is measuring student performance along with improving attendance by engaging students, parents, educators and community members in a campaign that offers positive rewards for getting to school on time.
In November, the high school honored 147 students who achieved perfect attendance with a free breakfast. The students were happy to be rewarded for their efforts.
The second incentive program recognizes achievement in any subject matter. If a student achieves a 93 percent average in any subject, grades nine to 12, that student can choose not to take the final exam.
The students must also attend school regularly, follow the student code of conduct and master the required content.
“They are both good ideas to motivate students not only to come to school but to work hard and be engaged when they get here,” Abbey said. — Kathleen Bolus kbo[email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolustt on Twitter
Career Technology Center
Forest City Regional senior Nathan Darrenkamp excels in the culinary arts program.
A returning competitor in the Skillsusa district competition, Nathan maintains an A average.
He volunteers for every catering function before, during and after school, assists in the CTC cafeteria when needed and serves as a peer mentor for incoming students. Nathan is a role model for younger students, a team player and “exemplifies what a culinary student is all about,” according to the school.
Nathan, who holds a black belt in karate, plans to enroll in the culinary arts program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania after graduation. — sarah hofius hall [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twitter
Junior Josh Balcarcel excels in the classroom and on the field.
A member of the varsity football and lacrosse teams, he was named Offensive Player of the Year and led the lacrosse team with 94 total points (goals and assists) in his sophomore year. He also holds the honor of being the first-ever lacrosse player to reach 100 goals by his sophomore year.
“Being involved has allowed me to become better in both the classroom and on the field,” Josh said. “Being part of varsity sports has taught me discipline and showed me the responsibilities of being a Warrior.”
In addition, he serves as junior class president and volunteers with the Day of Caring, Special Olympics and various youth sporting camps/events.
“Volunteering has provided me the opportunity to give back to my community and made me reflect and realize that I should appreciate the opportunities given to me,” Josh added. — lisa Zaccagnino lzaccagnino @timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130
Eighth-grade students have been busy learning about careers in class.
They’ve identified and researched various career possibilities and studied the current job market for those areas of employment, in addition to completing quizzes to identify their individual personality types to see which careers best fit their personalities. The students also took part in a school-run career fair in December to interview experts in as many fields as possible, keeping track of their answers and applying the given information to their futures.
Eighth-grader Hannah Albano completed the most career expert interviews.
“At the beginning, I was unsure about many of the careers that were represented at the career fair. But after I was able to interview many people and learn about the various careers, the experience opened up many options for me,” she said.
Although she has several years to think about it, Hannah is interested in becoming a movie director. — lisa Zaccagnino lzaccagnino @timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130
Forest City Regional
Senior Isaiah Canfield volunteered for three days this summer at the Union Dale Fire Company fireman’s picnic, one of the fire company’s major fundraisers.
Isaiah worked at the basketball stand, including setting up and cleaning up.
He is a member of the drama club and works at the Forest City Nursing Home outside of school.
Isaiah plans on studying something in the medical field at college. — lisa Zaccagnino lzaccagnino @timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9130
Holy Cross High School
Junior Robert Grzyboski and classmates in Holy Cross’ film class designed and decorated a Christmas tree at the annual contest at the Electric City Trolley Museum.
“It was an awesome experience to go and see the trees that other students had created,” he said.
Robert is also a member of the school’s football team. — sarah hofius hall [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twitter
Junior Abigail Dalton was selected to play the lead female role of Lilli Vanessi in Lackawanna Trail’s upcoming spring production of the classic musical “Kiss Me Kate.”
“It’s really fun to take on a different personality and be someone who you are not on a regular basis. This year I get to be angry and yell and I don’t normally do that,” Abby said.
This is Abby’s second lead role at Lackawanna Trail. In 2018 she played Margie in the school’s presentation of “Out of the Frying Pan.”
Abigail also performs with the school’s concert band, jazz band, Madrigal choir and the award-winning Marching Lions. In addition, she volunteers through the school’s Interact club and is an active member of the Girl Scouts of America. — staff Report
Emily Keen will take on the role of Little Red Riding Hood in Lakeland’s production of “Into the Woods.”
“It’s a hilarious mishmash of fairy tales,” said Emily. “I love the part when all of the characters think the problem is solved ... and then a giant appears.”
“Into the Woods” premieres March 1 and runs through March 2 and 3 at the high school auditorium.
Emily is also a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, yearbook, drama club and chorus and plays lacrosse.
The junior plans to study fashion merchandising after high school. — Kathleen Bolus kbo[email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100 ext. 5114; @kbolustt on Twitter
Although a Mid Valley student, Bobby Zelinski wrestles with Scranton High School’s team.
The district does not have a wrestling team, but Bobby was recently honored for his commitment to the sport with a home match.
He lost to Delaware Valley in overtime but Bobby put up a good effort, school officials said.
The senior is also a dedicated student. He is enrolled in honors precalculus, physics with lab, advanced robotics, advanced physical education and economics.
After graduation, Bobby plans to either enlist in the Navy or attend college and major in electrical engineering. — Kathleen Bolus kbo[email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolustt on Twitter
Last month, 44 of Montrose’s Junior/senior High School students competed in the Region 27 Future Business Leaders of America conference at Keystone College.
They joined 10 other schools and about 400 students at the event. In addition to speeches, presentations and tests, the conference featured a workshop put on by Montrose Area senior Riley Brown, who serves as FBLA’S Region 27 president.
The workshop, titled “I Believe In,” aimed to help students look ahead at their futures and how to succeed.
“As leaders, we need to make sure that all students are achieving their goals,” Riley said.
All together, 25 of the Montrose students will be heading to the state FBLA conference in March, which will be held in Hershey.
“I am very proud of all of the Montrose FBLA members and can’t wait to see how we do at states,” Riley said. — staff Report
Currently, senior Ryan Deom is taking five AP courses, bringing him to a total of 11 AP courses in three years, while also maintaining high honors each quarter of his high school career.
Ryan is active in a lot of extracurricular activities and holds an officer position in National Honor Society, SADD, Mathletes, Interact club and computer club. He’s played basketball for three years and varsity baseball for four.
Ryan plans to attend Lehigh University with a major in biochemistry and will continue his athletic career by playing Division 1 baseball. [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
Fifth-grade student Sara Aulisio received the Devil Pride student of the month award for December.
“This was the first time I have ever received this award,” she said. “I was so surprised and happy because I have been waiting so long to receive this award.”
Sara helps with errands, delivers lunches and works hard in all her subjects, according to the school.
Her favorite subject is art and she plays basketball and loves cooking and baking with her mother.
“When I get older, I would like to open my own bakery,” she said. — sarah hofius hall [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twitter
The graphic arts class recently helped the maintenance department solve a problem: Brackets that support shelves within a shelving unit had broken, and replacements weren’t available.
Graphic arts instructor Chris Feerrar assigned two
students, Jared Yates and William Frances, to solve the problem.
Jared and William took precise measurements with a caliper and designed replacements. They used a 3D printer to produce brackets and, after several improvements, their printed brackets functioned better than the originals.
Jared and William operated as real engineers, from design to production, helping them learn the necessary skills for the career they both hope to pursue, according to school officials. — Daniel Rosler [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
Students in the West Scranton High School science classes of Frank Wahl and Amanda O’brien put together care packages containing warm socks, hand warmers and hygiene items to be distributed by the Community Intervention Center.
Participating students included Colin Amaya, Stephen Tabone, Haley Leonard, Ryan Sophabmixay, Brianna Strein, Rachael Mehl, Emily Rose, Zaynah Williams, Karissa Mackie, Sonya Castillo, Drew Yanni and Maeve Cast. — sarah hofius hall [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twitter
Freshman Stephanie Yatko hopes younger children learn to share her appreciation of STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math.
Stephanie started the STEM outreach club at Prep, and she and other club members work with younger students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
After school, Stephanie helps guide the students in experiments and other activities. She also volunteers at the center on her own.
“When I was younger, I really liked learning about math and science,” she said. “I fell in love with the subjects.”
At Prep, Stephanie plays basketball and hopes to be a member of the track and field team this spring. — sarah hofius hall [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twitter
Over the last few years, junior Steven Brown has had small parts in various productions as part of the drama club. However, this year, he “really stepped up to the plate” in December when he auditioned for and got the lead role of Elwood in the play “Harvey,” Drama Director Teresa Marino said.
“What I learned from this experience was that it takes many gears to work the machine,” Steven said. “One (gear) loose could have derailed the entire project.” — Daniel Rosler [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
Allie Giombetti is Valley View’s November senior of the month for science.
“I’m very honored and excited,” she said. “This means a lot to me and I’m
happy to represent Valley View in this way.”
Allie is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions, LEO club, marching band, concert band and student council and is the senior class secretary. She is also a member of the girls tennis team. — Kathleen Bolus kbo[email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbolustt on Twitter
Sixth-grader Joshua Griffith is a Boy Scout for Troop 129 and has four merit badges for rifle shooting, swimming, pioneering and leather work.
Joshua has been a Scout for six years, and his favorite part is the monthly camping trips. He plans on completing his Tenderfoot and Second Class this year and, eventually, wants to perform community service to earn his Eagle Scout. — Daniel Rosler [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
The administration chose eighth-grader Hannah Rybak as the master of ceremonies at the Damascus annual Veterans Day program for her “poise and excellent character.”
“I enjoyed hearing Lt. Commander Lloyd Edwards, a United States Navy Seal,” Hannah said. “His message of his life’s journey, both in and out of the military, was very inspiring.”
Hannah is also on the Damascus junior high girls basketball team. She enjoys reading and horseback riding in her free time. — Daniel Rosler [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
Evergreen Elementary School staff describe second-grader Kaitlyn Kloss as an outstanding student, both in and out of the classroom.
She is a great student who shows kindness to her classmates and adults, always lends a helping hand and completes all of her classwork and homework assignments, school officials said.
Aside from her success in school, Kaitlyn is also an active gymnast, taking lessons at Balance Gymnastics in White Mills for three years. She’s competed in many tournaments around Northeast Pennsylvania and has so far earned 17 medals. She recently competed in a home meet and earned first place for her balance beam routine, third place for her floor and bars routine, fourth place for the vault and third place for overall performance. Kaitlyn said her favorite part about gymnastics is “learning how to do cool stuff for certain events.” — Daniel Rosler [email protected]rock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twitter
YATKO Scranton Prep
RYBAK Wayne Highlands
CANFIELD Forest City Regional
GRIFFITH Wallenpaupack Area
ZURASKI Carbondale Area
DEOM North Pocono
BALCARCEL Delaware Valley
KLOSS Western Wayne
GIOMBETTI Valley View
AULISIO Old Forge
ZELINSKI Mid Valley
GRZYBOSKI Holy Cross
ORNER Blue Ridge