School Notes

Each Mon­day, The Times-tri­bune pub­lishes School Notes, a page ded­i­cated to keep­ing you in­formed of the news­mak­ers and events in your school.

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Abing­ton Heights

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]­; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Blue Ridge

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]­; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Car­bon­dale Area

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]­; 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]­; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Delaware Val­ley

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 @timessham­; 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 @timessham­; 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 @timessham­; 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]­; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Lack­awanna Trail

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]­; 570-348-9100 ext. 5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Mid Val­ley

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]­; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Mon­trose Area

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

North Po­cono

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]­; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Old Forge

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]­; 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]­; 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]­; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Scran­ton Prep

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]­; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Susque­hanna Com­mu­nity

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]­; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Val­ley View

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]­; 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]­; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Wayne High­lands

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]­; 570-348-9100, ext. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Western Wayne

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]­; 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

FRANCES River­side

AULI­SIO Old Forge

KEEN Lake­land

ZELIN­SKI Mid Val­ley

AL­BANO Dun­more

BROWN Susque­hanna


ORNER Blue Ridge

YATES River­side


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