Abing­ton Heights 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.


Zach Whee­land shares his pas­sion for Span­ish by help­ing other stu­dents mas­ter the lan­guage.

“I love the lan­guage so much and see­ing the same love of the lan­guage grow in­side some­one else is re­ward­ing for me,” he said.

The ju­nior be­gan tak­ing Span­ish his fresh­man year. Af­ter com­plet­ing an in­ter­ac­tive class with teacher Ni­cholas La­zor, he went on to per­fect the lan­guage us­ing the Duolingo app.

“From there, my love for the lan­guage just grew and grew, and to­day, just less than two years later, I’m bilin­gual in English and Span­ish and as­pire to be­come a Span­ish teacher,” he said.

Zach plays bas­ket­ball and foot­ball and has worked at Scran­ton La­bel Inc. for the past three years.

He is also an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the high school Span­ish Club. — Kathleen Bo­lus kbo­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Car­bon­dale Area

Eighth-grader Justin Toy and se­nior Dy­lan Row­land were re­gional fi­nal­ists in the Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars pa­tri­otic es­say-writ­ing con­tests.

Justin com­peted in the “Pa­triot’s Pen” con­test and wrote about why he hon­ors the Amer­i­can Flag.

“Our flag rep­re­sents the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our an­ces­tors,” he said. “Be­cause of their ef­forts, we en­joy the many ben­e­fits we have to­day.”

His peer, Mia Karo­sus,

placed sec­ond in the con­test.

Se­nior Dy­lan Row­land

placed first in the se­nior con­test, “Voice of Democ­racy,” for his es­say on why our votes mat­ter.

“By vot­ing, we all have a voice in what goes on in our coun­try... I know that we will use that voice to cre­ate an even bet­ter fu­ture for us all,” said Dy­lan, who plans to study me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing af­ter grad­u­a­tion. “It is so im­por­tant at this age to con­trib­ute to shap­ing our so­ci­ety and those who lead it.”

Se­nior Amelia Muta

placed sec­ond.

The stu­dents’ ad­viser, Thomas Mauro, was also hon­ored with the re­gional “Teacher of the Year” award be­cause he in­stills a

sense of na­tional pride in his stu­dents. He will also go on to com­pete on the dis­trict, state and na­tional level. — Kathleen Bo­lus kbo­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Ca­reer Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter

Katarina John­son, a se­nior from Mid Val­ley, has a 99 per­cent av­er­age in the sec­ond quar­ter in the cos­me­tol­ogy pro­gram.

Katarina has com­pleted her state board hours and is ready to test for her state li­cense. She is a team leader, Skills USA com­peti­tor, CTC stu­dent am­bas­sador, stu­dent coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive, com­mu­nity ser­vice vol­un­teer, CTC to­tal look com­pe­ti­tion win­ner, a mem­ber of the CTC honor so­ci­ety and was the PM class stu­dent of the month for Jan­uary.

“She is a well fo­cused

and de­ter­mined young lady with a great fu­ture ahead of her,” ac­cord­ing to the school.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Katarina plans to at­tend the Uni­ver­sity of Texas. — sarah hofius hall [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Delaware Val­ley

Addy Ross, a se­nior, has been able to meet many new people from be­ing in­volved in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I be­came close with stu­dents from all grades,” she said. “I cre­ated great bonds with them and other staff mem­bers at DV.”

The var­sity field hockey team cap­tain has com­mit­ted to play at Slip­pery Rock Uni­ver­sity next year. Addy

also serves as a cap­tain of the var­sity track and field team.

She finds time to give back to her com­mu­nity by vol­un­teer­ing with the Day of Car­ing, Re­lay for Life, Area P Spe­cial Olympics, area food drives and Toys for Tots, as well as help­ing to bake cook­ies for the el­derly and coach at youth field hockey camp.

“Vol­un­teer work has al­lowed me to open my eyes to see the good I can do that can help the com­mu­nity,” Addy said. “See­ing other people happy and smil­ing

be­cause of the work I’m do­ing has changed my per­spec­tive on vol­un­teer work.” — LISA ZACCAGNINO lza­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9130


Ju­nior Katie Hil­son, along with class­mates Nora Haggerty, Han­nah Shee­han and Daniel Walsh, took the helm in or­ga­niz­ing this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer events at their school.

With an as­sist from the ath­letic depart­ment, they held a raf­fle, a half-court shot con­test con­ducted dur­ing var­sity bas­ket­ball games and other events to raise funds as their se­nior project. Be­cause of their hard work and the giv­ing na­ture of the com­mu­nity, they pre­sented a check in the amount of $1,650 to the Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety on be­half of the high school.

The high school has been ac­tive with Coaches vs. Cancer for the past few years and Katie was happy to be part of this year’s project.

“I think Coaches vs. Cancer is a great or­ga­ni­za­tion for a great cause, and I’m ap­pre­cia­tive that the com­mu­nity reached out to help us,” she said.

The four were re­spon­si­ble for all as­pects of the events, from seek­ing dona­tions from area busi­nesses, mak­ing the raf­fle bas­kets, sell­ing tick­ets and ad­ver­tis­ing the event. — LISA ZACCAGNINO lza­ccagnino @timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9130

For­est City Re­gional

For his se­nior project, Stephen Stue­ber chose to help out the Pleas­ant Mount Pub­lic Li­brary.

Pri­vate dona­tions made it pos­si­ble for him to build and paint book­shelves along an en­tire wall of the li­brary, giv­ing the books a new home. He also put the time into re­search­ing his op­tions for the shelves.

“I en­joyed learn­ing to use the tools and help­ing the li­brary,” Stephen said.

He plans on join­ing the work­force af­ter he grad­u­ates. — LISA ZACCAGNINO lza­ccagnino @timessham­rock.com; 570-348-9130

Holy Cross High School

Se­nior Lau­ren Palmiter par­tic­i­pated in “Po­etry Out Loud” in De­cem­ber, a com­pe­ti­tion where stu­dents from around the area re­cite three po­ems.

“Po­etry Out Loud al­lowed me to in­ter­pret po­ems in my own style,” she said.

At Holy Cross, Lau­ren is a mem­ber of the ten­nis and track teams. She par­tic­i­pates in foren­sics, stu­dent coun­cil, his­tory club and state Sen. John Blake’s stu­dent am­bas­sador pro­gram. She is also class pres­i­dent and a mem­ber of the Mock Trial team, which re­cently placed in the top 10 at Penn. — SARAH HOFIUS HALL [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Lack­awanna Trail

Ethan Palaskas qual­i­fied for the Penn­syl­va­nia Mu­sic Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Re­gion IV Band Fes­ti­val.

“I started play­ing pi­ano early in el­e­men­tary school and joined band in fifth grade,” said Ethan. “I’ve al­ways grav­i­tated to­ward the key­board in­stru­ments — in the per­cus­sion sec­tion — and I think I’m bet­ter at them be­cause I have more ex­pe­ri­ence than on snare or other bat­tery in­stru­ments.”

Ethan, who is among four Lack­awanna Trail stu­dents who qual­i­fied for the fes­ti­val, said dis­trict band was an ex­cit­ing and re­ward­ing fes­ti­val. He en­joyed the ca­ma­raderie and learn­ing along­side other highly skilled mu­si­cians.

Ethan, a ju­nior, qual­i­fied for his first PMEA Dis­trict Band Fes­ti­val this win­ter af­ter a suc­cess­ful au­di­tion on mul­ti­ple per­cus­sion in­stru­ments in­clud­ing marimba, xy­lo­phone, tim­pani, snare and bass drums.

He looks for­ward to the re­gional fes­ti­val in late Fe­bru­ary in Lewisburg.

He is also a mem­ber of the track and field team, Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, Span­ish Honor So­ci­ety and In­ter­act Club, the stu­dent di­vi­sion of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional. — KATHLEEN BO­LUS kbo­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter


Se­nior Gary Snipes will por­tray Ra­pun­zel’s Prince in the Lake­land drama club pro­duc­tion of “Into the Woods.”

“It’s go­ing to be so good; we have so many sea­soned and re­turn­ing ac­tors this year,” said Gary.

The pro­duc­tion will be per­formed Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2.

Gary is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, stu­dent coun­cil, Mu Al­pha Theta, Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica, Lance, cur­tain club and Scholastic Bowl Team.

He is also the se­nior class rep­re­sen­ta­tive and plays soc­cer and lacrosse.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, he plans to at­tend col­lege in Philadel­phia. — KATHLEEN BO­LUS kbo­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Mid Val­ley

Se­nior Al­bert Kaus­meyer helped write code for his award-win­ning ro­bot­ics team.

The school’s team won its di­vi­sion at the Knight High School Qual­i­fier, beat­ing 65 other teams and ad­vanc­ing to the state cham­pi­onship.

Al­bert joined the ro­bot­ics team last year. He was a lead gui­tarist on the Spar­tans march­ing unit and a mem­ber of the var­sity boys golf team, which, this au­tumn, had its best sea­son record in Mid Val­ley his­tory.

Al­bert is a high-achiev­ing stu­dent who takes ad­vanced chem­istry, in­tro­duc­tion to engi­neer­ing and de­sign, hon­ors cal­cu­lus, hon­ors English and ad­vanced ro­bot­ics.

Out­side of school, he is the lead gui­tarist in a band and works part-time at Texas Road­house.

He plans to study me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing af­ter grad­u­a­tion. — KATHLEEN BO­LUS kbo­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

Mon­trose Area

In De­cem­ber, se­nior Joe Hester earned his 100th ca­reer win at the Tunkhan­nock tour­na­ment, where he also placed first in the 132-weight class.

Hester is the sixth mem­ber of the club at Mon­trose and will be the first name since 2016 to go on the 100 win poster.

“The 100 Win Club was def­i­nitely a mile­stone for me,” said Hester. “It’s nice to fi­nally get there.”

In his ca­reer, Hester is a two-time Ki­wa­nis Christ­mas Tour­na­ment cham­pion, a two-time Lack­awanna League cham­pion, and a four­time South Wil­liamsport cham­pion. He main­tains a 3.9 GPA and is a mem­ber of the Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica, where he’s placed first in the FBLA Re­gional Con­fer­ence for two years in a row.

He will be at­tend­ing Key­stone Col­lege in the fall.

Moun­tain View

Eighth-grader Tyler Keat­ing won the an­nual ge­og­ra­phy bee in Jan­uary for stu­dents in fifth, sixth, sev­enth and eighth grade. The com­pe­ti­tion con­sists of elim­i­na­tion rounds un­til one win­ner is left.

Tyler said he didn’t know the answer to a few ques­tions, but he was able to guess based on what he knew about world cul­tures.

Tyler took an on­line test to see if he will ad­vance to the state com­pe­ti­tion and will find out the re­sults soon. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

North Po­cono

Se­nior Syd­ney Young­blood will grad­u­ate this spring with six AP classes un­der her belt.

In ad­di­tion to study­ing AP bi­ol­ogy, AP English lit­er­a­ture and com­po­si­tion and AP Span­ish, she has re­ceived high hon­ors ev­ery quar­ter of high school and is cur­rently ranked 11th in her class.

Syd­ney is a mem­ber of Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and Stu­dent Coun­cil, serv­ing as a class rep­re­sen­ta­tive for both dur­ing her sopho­more and ju­nior years, and vice pres­i­dent of stu­dent coun­cil for her ju­nior and se­nior years. Ad­di­tion­ally, she served as the ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the MINI-THON fundrais­ing com­mit­tee, is a mem­ber of SADD, has taken dance classes since she was 5 and vol­un­teers reg­u­larly at St. Eu­lalia’s Par­ish. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Old Forge

Fifth-grader Brady Chuta re­ceived the Devil Pride Award for the month of Jan­uary.

“My teach­ers chose me and said I am re­spect­ful, kind and a role model to oth­ers,” Brady said. “I felt ner­vous when I was called on the stage to re­ceive this award be­cause it was the first time I got Devil Pride, but when I was in front of my peers I was happy to be cho­sen.”

Brady loves art, paint­ing and help­ing his friends and fam­ily. [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter


Ju­niors Caleigh Scaturro and Anthony Pavlovitz re­ceived awards for their work in the 2019 Scholastic Art Awards.

Caleigh re­ceived an honor­able men­tion for her full­head fiber sculp­ture. Anthony re­ceived a gold key for his face jug, “Snakes Sur­round Me.” His piece is in the run­ning for the na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion and will be on dis­play at the Ever­hart Mu­seum. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter


Se­nior Richard Ro­driguez par­tic­i­pates in many ac­tiv­i­ties at Scran­ton High School.

Along with be­ing pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, Richard is a mem­ber of stu­dent coun­cil, peer tu­tor­ing and Latin club and par­tic­i­pates in soc­cer, track and field and cross coun­try.

A state cham­pion in Tang Soo Do, Richard has also vol­un­teered in the com­mu­nity and trav­eled to Mex­ico for charity mis­sions.

With a goal of be­com­ing an ac­tu­ary, Richard plans to study math­e­mat­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9133; @hofiushalltt on Twit­ter

Susque­hanna Com­mu­nity

Sha­nia Me­givern joined the art club in ninth grade.

Now a ju­nior, she has com­pleted a wide va­ri­ety of art projects, in­clud­ing Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, paint­ing an in­spi­ra­tional sign for the bas­ket­ball team, paint­ing park­ing lot spots for fac­ulty and paint­ing signs for cars in the Home­com­ing pa­rade.

“I have al­ways been a doo­dler — teach­ers get­ting my home­work as­sign­ments with de­signs on the sides — and I love to make ran­dom draw­ings for my friends,” Sha­nia said. “My par­ents are both very artsy, and they have al­ways en­cour­aged me.”

Sha­nia also cred­its her art teacher, Mrs. Van Gor­den, for help­ing her the most by keep­ing her mo­ti­vated and en­cour­ag­ing Sha­nia to do her best work. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Val­ley View

Marc Ku­drich is Val­ley View’s Se­nior of the Month in De­cem­ber for so­cial stud­ies.

“I am hon­ored to re­ceive this award and my fam­ily is proud for my recog­ni­tion as a stu­dent,” he said.

He is the trea­surer of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and a mem­ber of SADD Club, Leo club and ping pong club.

He plays foot­ball and bas­ket­ball. — KATHLEEN BO­LUS kbo­[email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100 x5114; @kbo­lustt on Twit­ter

When she started high school, Amy Tellef­sen had no idea what she wanted to do af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Now a se­nior, Amy took ev­ery in­tro to ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion cour­ses she could fit into her sched­ule, and then she de­cided on con­tin­u­ing in the Al­lied Health Pro­gram.

Af­ter at­tend­ing the bio­med­i­cal academy and com­plet­ing ro­ta­tions at Wayne Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal, she be­came in­ter­ested in phys­i­cal ther­apy.

Amy went to a lo­cal phys­i­cal ther­apy out­pa­tient clinic, PIVOT, two weeks ago to ful­fill her vol­un­teer hours for the phys­i­cal ther­a­pist as­sis­tant pro­gram at Lack­awanna Col­lege. Af­ter vol­un­teer­ing, she was in­ter­viewed and of­fered a job as a re­hab tech with PIVOT.

“I am so ex­cited to be­gin my ca­reer in the phys­i­cal ther­apy field,” Amy said. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

Wayne High­lands

Fourth-grader Ben­jamin Sch­nei­der is de­scribed by the school dis­trict’s ad­min­is­tra­tion as a kind, re­spect­ful and re­spon­si­ble stu­dent who pays close at­ten­tion to de­tail and works dili­gently to do his best ev­ery day.

They said he also works hard help­ing his peers and is al­ways will­ing to lend a help­ing hand, in­clud­ing try­ing to cheer up any stu­dent he sees hav­ing a hard day.

Ben­jamin is also tal­ented at speed stack­ing. He has a world-class speed stack­ing time and con­tin­ues prac­tic­ing to im­prove his time. He also likes swim­ming and rid­ing his dirt bike, is a mem­ber of the Spurs Biddy Bas­ket­ball team, Cub Scout Pack 105 and Hones­dale’s Soc­cer Club. He also plays gui­tar and re­cently had a solo dur­ing the fourth-grade cho­rus con­cert. Ad­di­tion­ally, he has been a PTA Re­flec­tions win­ner the last two years for vis­ual projects, and he was the mu­sic stu­dent of the month in Jan­uary. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

West­ern Wayne

School ad­min­is­tra­tiors rec­og­nized ju­nior Max Phillips as an out­stand­ing hon­ors stu­dent who is also very in­volved in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties as well as the school’s ro­bot­ics club.

This is Max’s first year vol­un­teer­ing with the Maple­wood Fire and Res­cue Com­pany in Lake Ariel, where he is learn­ing the ropes at his weekly visit to the fire com­pany.

“It’s a good hobby,” Max said. “I like get­ting to help the com­mu­nity.”

Max also works on his mar­tial arts skills at Twin Dragons Mar­tial Arts in Ham­lin, where he is a sec­ond-de­gree black belt.

This is Max’s third year cre­at­ing ro­bots with his team for an­nual com­pe­ti­tions; this year, the theme is deep space. Max said he loves the ca­ma­raderie he shares with his team, where they learn to work well to­gether.

In the fu­ture, Max hopes to study ei­ther engi­neer­ing or soft­ware de­vel­op­ment in col­lege. — DANIEL ROSLER [email protected]­rock.com; 570-348-9100, x. 5365; droslertt on Twit­ter

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