Stephanie Abdalla of Clarks Summit was recently hired as program coordinator for Residence Life at the University of Scranton.
Clarks Summit resident Natalia Billings was one of four staff members at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Chinchilla who recently completed veterinary technician certification. A certified veterinary technician works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian and can assist in collecting samples, performing lab tests, assisting in surgery, and assume many other clinical duties in a veterinary office or hospital.
Alec D'Elia, Joseph Fulton and Brandon Kelleher, all of Clarks Summit, recently participated in Great Medicine Leadership training as a part of the Boy Scouts of America. The training was designed to teach youths about the elements of leadership. In order to participate in the program, students must be recommended by their crew adviser or scoutmaster, hold a leadership position within their troop and have completed prerequisite leadership training.
Michael Dillon of Clarks Summit has recently accepted employment at 1st Financial Investments Inc. in Clarks summit as a retirement specialist.
Factoryville resident Roddy Hannah was recently named the assistant provost for student development at Baptist Bible College and Seminary.
South Abington Township resident Kurt Massoudi recently qualified for the Compent Communicator Award from Toastmasters International. Massoudi joined the Greater Scranton Roaring Ramblers chapter of Toastmasters International in February 2012 and has served as a club officer since July 2012. To become a Competent Communicator, one must complete the first ten speeches in the first speech manual.
Faye Moore of South Abington Township was recently named associate dean of students at Baptist Bible College and Seminary. Moore is also an assistant professor in the school's nursing department.
David J. Price of Clarks Summit recently received the "Eminent Eagle Award" from the Northeast Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Price is the president and chief executive officer of PDQ Print Centers.
Gerald "Jerry" Pronko of Clarks Summit was recently awarded the Charles M. Mattel Award by PennDOT District 4 Dunmore. The Charles M. Mattel Award is given to employees with 10 years or more service who participate in their communities and who go above the call of duty. Pronko has worked for PennDot for the past 32 years.
Abington Heights High School English teacher Marilyn Pryle recently spoke at the International Reading Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Pryle's session was entitled "Ten Authentic and Scaffolded Writing Lessons for an ELL Writing Workshop to Improve Not Only Writing but Reading, Listening and Speaking."
Nina Sampogne of Waverly has been named a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant to be held in Harrisburg. She was chosen as a finalist based on academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities. Sampogne qualified for last year's national pageant in the junior pre-teen division, finishing in the top 5 percent, winning talent and actress trophies and the Outstanding Program Participation award. This year, Sampogne will compete in the pre-teen category and participate in the interview, evening gown and talent competitions. She will also present her essay, "Defining Moment in History," for the spokesmodel competition. Sampogne has modeled since the age of four and has represented many companies, including Ralph Lauren, Toyota Motor Corporation and McCarthy Tires. Sampogne is a five-time Regional PTA Reflections winner in the category of musical composition and has studied piano for five years under the direction of Abington Piano Academy. She also studies ballet, tap and jazz at the Abington Heights Civic League dance academy and is a student in the Abington Heights Middle School. School News
Jillian Abballe of Dalton, Meredith Salmon of Clarks Summit and Sarah Walker of South Abington Township were recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society for all academic disciplines.
Margaret Anne Bannon of Clarks Summit was recently inducted into Omega Beta Sigma, the national women's business honor society at the University of Scranton.
Maitlyn S. Conaboy of Clarks Summit and Brittney R. Martin of Clarks Summit recently received the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award at Millersville University.
Maria Durdach of Dalton and Shannon Lavis of Clarks Summit were recently induced into Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for biology, at the University of Scranton.
Maria Durdach of Dalton, Anna Heckman of Clarks Summit, Devin Patel of Clarks Summit and Caroline Swift of Clarks Summit were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, at the University of Scranton.
Wilkes University student Mark Folwer of Waverly recently completed an internship for the spring 2013 semester at Wilkes University. Wilkes student interns complete their internships at various businesses and organizations in Pennsylvania. Fowler is studying accounting and business administration and interned at Hour Glass Global Logistics.
Clarks Summit resident Sarah Frantz was recently inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the national honor society for all academic disciplines, at the University of Delaware.
Clarks Summit resident Jordon Goldstein was named a member of Phi Beta Delta, an honor society for international scholars, at Widener University.
Anna Heckman of Clarks Summit is a 2013-2014 orientation assistant at the University of Scranton.
Devin Holmes of Fleetville was awarded the Jennie Hess Wandell scholarship at this year's commencement ceremony for Wyoming Seminary. The award is given in recognition of a student's academic achievements and school leadership. Holmes was also inducted into the Cum Laude Society, the national academic honor society for college preparatory schools. She also received the President's Educational Excellence award and was named to the school's dean's list with high honors.
Kavan Hughes, a student at South Abington Elementary School, was recently named a winner in the Armed Forces Drawing and Essay Contest, sponsored by the Lackawanna County communications, community outreach and community relations departments. Hughes won tickets to a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game.
Sarah Alicia Lamothe of South Abington Township recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton and received the Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarship in Nursing award. Lamothe majored in nursing with a minor in Spanish; she is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the honor society for Jesuit universities and colleges), Sigma Theta Tau (the international honor society for nursing), Alpha Mu Gamma (the national honor society for foreign languages) and Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for first-year students). She received the 2013 Frank O'Hara Award as the top student in the University's Panuska College of Professional Studies. She was also a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.Lamothe has volunteered as a student nurse and a Spanish interpreter at the Leahy Clinic for the Uninsured. She presented a research project at the annual Eastern Nursing Research Society Scientific Session in Boston, Mass. Lamothe is a graduate of Abington Heights High School.
Wyoming Seminary student Lauren Larar of Waverly recently received the Levi Sprague Fellowship, the school's highest honor for leadership service. The annual award gives students full room and board for their senior year.
Anna Lesneski of Clarks Summit was awarded the Alvernia University trustees' scholarship for criminal justice. Lesneski is a 2013 graduate of Abington Heights High School.
Timothy Patrick McGurrin Jr. of Clarks Summit recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton and received the Excellence in Accounting Award. McGurrin majored in accounting at the Jesuit university. He is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for first-year students) and Beta Gamma Sigma (the international honor society for business). He received the 2013 Frank O'Hara Award as the top student in the University's Kania School of Management. He also received an award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was a member of the Society of Accounting Students, the business and entrepreneurship clubs, and a student member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. McGurrin also served as captain of the university's varsity tennis team. McGurrin plans to begin law school this fall in pursuit of becoming a corporate attorney. McGurrin is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School.
Nina Teresa Muto of Clarks Summit recently received the Outstanding Academic Award in School Counseling at the University of Scranton's College of Graduate and Continuing Education commencement ceremony. She was one of 32 graduate students honored for their academic achievements by the university.
Megan O'Donnell of South Abington Township is participating in the Summer Scholars Program at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The program allows students to work exclusively with a faculty member to produce research that will be published by the university. Marina Pierre of Clarks Summit recently completed the Scranton Emerging Leaders program at the University of Scranton.
Sebastian Pruett, a 2013 graduate of Abington Heights High School, recently received the Bonnie Huber/Ferdinand Grayson Scholarship from the Waverly United Methodist Church. Pruett received a $750 scholarship to pursue engineering studies at Lackawanna College.
Newton-Ransom Elementary School student Liam Raino is participating in the National Young Scholars Program at Villanova University. Raino will participate in the medical portion of the program, where he will study human anatomy. He will also present an original plan of care and earn the "Apprentice M.D." designation. Raino was nominated for the program by his teacher, Becky Kameroski.
Bridgette Robinson of Clarks Summit was one of 62 student athletes at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta named to the SUNY Athletic Conference All-Academic Team for the fall 2012 season. To qualify for the All-Academic Team, a student must be a varsity athlete who has completed the entire season and who has earned a minimum grade point average of 3.3 for the semester in which they competed. Robinson, an environmental science major, was a member of the fall 2012 women's field hockey team.
Lackawanna Trail High School student Kodi Rozanski was recently recognized with a regional award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for 2013. The awards are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Rozanski received a silver key award for her short story, "The Loss," and an honorable mention for her short story, "Kisses."
Dalton resident Taylor Silvestri was recently honored at Champlain College's annual awards dinner for its division of communication and creative media. Silvestri is a rising senior majoring in creative media. He received the Essence of Creative Media Award at the dinner. Silvestri was also honored with a recognition of student excellence by the core division at Champlain College.
Noah M. Smith of Waverly received the Anderson Scholar Award in the highest distinction category at the University of Florida. This award is given to select undergraduate students in the school's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that have achieved academic excellence during their first two years of undergraduate study. The highest distinction category requires maintenance of a 4.0 grade point average for the candidate's entire college carer. Smith is majoring in political science with minors in education and European studies and will be a senior in the 2013-14 school year.
Nicole Sturdevant of Clarks Summit was recently inducted into the Mu Rho chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for history at the University of Scranton.
Caroline Ann Swift of Clark Summit recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton and received the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award. Swift majored in accounting with an operations management minor; she is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (the international honor society for business), Omega Beta Sigma (the women's business honor society), Alpha Lambda Delta (the national honor society for first-year students) and Alpha Sigma Nu (the honor society for Jesuit universities and colleges). Swift was also a member of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She belonged to the Society of Accounting Students, the operations management and MBA clubs and the Graduate and Continuing Education Student Organization. Swift will remain at the University of Scranton through next year to complete her MBA. She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in operations and supply chain management. Swift is a graduate of Abington Heights High School.
Robert Terry of Clarks Summit, a chemistry and neuroscience major at Wilkes University, is the recipient of the Judith H. and Leslie P. Weiner MD Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the medical science field.
Corinne Wolff of Clarks Summit was recently inducted into Tau Upsilon Alpha, the national honor society for counseling and human services at the University of Scranton.
Connor Zale of Clarks Summit is participating in a group of Wilkes University students who are spending the summer semester studying the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway of fruit flies. Abnormal growth of this pathway has been associated with several cancers. The students are characterizing genes whose expressions increase when the growth factor receptor pathway is overactive to study how it effects development in the flies and detect important targets in other animals, including humans. Zale is a junior biology major.