School Notes 6/13/21 | Education

Carbondale Area

Junior Amber Ogonowski attended the Special Olympics Youth Summit.

She and her peers met virtually with students from across the state and discussed how to advance inclusion within schools.

“I enjoyed the online meeting,” she said. “I was able to meet new friends and have fun. It doesn’t matter who wins or loses, we’ll have fun.”

She is a member of Unified Bocce and track, the school store and works at a hair salon.


Delaware Valley

Evelyn Hupka was accepted into Indiana University Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music.

She is a member of the marching band, indoor band, concert band, concert choir and is president of the computer science club. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society and a volunteer for the Kindred Spirits Arts program.

She will major in music performance.


Lackawanna Trail

Junior Abigail Fahey was Lackawanna Trail’s representative for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program, sponsored by Leadership Lackawanna.

She was recognized at a graduation ceremony May 20.

“It was really great hearing from all the presenters this year,” she said. “My favorite was a presentation on mental health awareness and all that could be done to assist others.”

Abigail worked with her peers on a presentation to benefit a nonprofit group.

“I would definitely recommend the program to other students,” she said.

Abigail is a member of the varsity field hockey and track and field teams, the National Honor Society and student council.



Sydney Bryla starred in Lakeland’s four 10-minute musicals.

“My favorite part of the performances this year was all of the support from my castmates,” she said. “I would look offstage every time I was singing and see all of them dancing and hyping me up. When I wasn’t on stage, I was doing the same for them.”

She also grew to love her songs, which at first made her nervous because there was so little time to learn the pieces and they were in a higher key than she usually sings.

“They ended up being so much fun,” she said.

The senior loved being able to have one last experience on stage.

“I thought, because of COVID, that last year was it, so I’m grateful,” she said.

She was a pole vaulter on the track and field team; a member of student council, National Honor Society, secretary of Students Against Destructive Decisions, yearbook and reading team. She also volunteered with Compassionate Care Hospice.

She will attend Penn State University Park on a full scholarship and major in biology.


Old Forge

The following students received recognition as Devil Pride winners for the month of May: Anya Aversa Crass, kindergarten; Gavyn Reece, first grade; Elijah Schulz, second grade; Alisha Anderson, third grade; Gwyneth O’Hearn, fourth grade; Gaige Molnar, fifth grade; and Savannah Strickland, sixth grade.



Fifth grader Declan Harrity participated in Field Day, an end-of-the-year event on the playground of the school.

“We’ve been working very hard this year and it’s a little different because of COVID-19,” he said.

Declan was looking forward to the balloon toss.

Grades third to sixth participated. Declan’s team was called Tallo’s Tic Tokers for their teacher’s name, Mrs. Tallo.



Students competed in the virtual state Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition last month.

Award winners are Kaylee Butler, Scranton High, derivatives, first; Jade Lewis, Scranton High, ocean acidification, first; Brittain Banull, West Scranton High School, mask effectiveness, first; Emma Kearney, South Scranton Intermediate, matrices, first; Ivy Neureuter, South Scranton Intermediate, equations of circles, second; Hope Polishan, South Scranton Intermediate, law of sines and cosines, first; and Erin Carey, South Scranton Intermediate, Rubik’s Cube algorithms, third.


Valley View

Tiffany Nestor won gold at both the SkillsUSA districts and states for esthetics.

She is headed to nationals this month.

Tiffany also won silver in SkillsUSA districts for cosmetology.

Tiffany is in the National Technical Honor Society for the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, where she won second place in a total look competition and in the men’s barbering competition. Tiffany was a student ambassador for a year, student of the month and passed her state board exam for her cosmetology license. She is OSHA 10 certified and barbercide certified.

She plans to work in a salon as a makeup artist or stylist and eventually open her own hair care business.


Wallenpaupack Area

Fifth grader Greg Nalesnik participates in student council and the Reading Relay.

“I really like to read books,” he said.

Greg also plays baseball and takes CCD with the Queen of Peace Church.

One day, he hopes to become a robotics engineer.


Western Wayne

Senior Jacob Poehailos placed 30th out of 200 competitors in the 2021 High School Senior Weld Contest at the Kentucky Welding Institute in April. He won a scholarship to the school, where he’ll continue his education in a six-month program.

“I find welding relaxing,” Jacob said. “In middle school, I had an interest in blacksmithing but then wanted to look at a trade that could make me more career ready.”

Since sophomore year, Jacob has been learning about the industry through the CTC program and he feels prepared to enter the workforce after finishing at KWI. Last summer and throughout this year, he worked at Standard Iron Works in Scranton and Pleasant Mount Welding. He’s also earned his OSHA 10 and TIG certifications, among others.


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