In the Schools

Cavalcade of Champions

set for July 6

LEWISBURG – Five senior drum and bugle corps will be in competition on July 6 at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium at Bucknell University.

Crowd favorites Hawthorne Caballeros, Empire Statesmen, Sunrisers and the Bushwackers will compete along with a corps new to Cavalcade crowds, the Winsor Regiment.

Fans also will welcome the Hawthorne Alumni Corps and Preston Scout Home in exhibition.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats and $17 for general admission and will go on sale June 17 at

Central Mountain to hold

band and chorus concerts

The Central Mountain Middle School Band and Chorus will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the middle school auditorium. Both groups will feature a wide variety of music, performed by more than 150 students. The performance is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, email Mr. Nelson at pnel or Mr. Connor at

Warrior Run announces

year-end activities

The junior-senior prom, “My Heart Will Go On,” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Acacia Club at the Scottish Rite. The crowning will be presented at 8:30 p.m..

An optional Baccalaureate Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Lutheran Church, Turbotville.

The annual Senior Awards Program will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 5 in the middle school auditorium.

Dr. John Kurelja, superintendent, will preside over the 55th annual graduation exercises of the Warrior Run High School at 7:30 p.m. June 7 in the middle school auditorium.

Presentation of diplomas to approximately 138 graduates will be made by Patricia Cross, high school principal, and the following members of the Warrior Run School Board; Todd Moser, president and William Hartine, vice president.

Marian Kilgus, president of the Class of 2013, will give the welcome speech. Class speakers will be the valedictorian and salutatorian, which have yet to be named. Final senior grades are due on Friday. Information on speakers, speeches and titles can be obtained the following week.

Entertainment for both evenings will include selections from the Concert Choir and a performance by the Marching Band for graduation.

Loyalsock seeks volunteers

Loyalsock Township School District welcomes community members to become actively involved in the district’s upcoming 2014-20 comprehensive planning process.

The district requests the assistance of interested community members to serve on one or more of the following Core Foundation (CF) areas:

Standards (CF1)

Curriculum (CF2)

Instruction (CF3)

Assessments (CF4)

Safe and Supportive Schools (CF5)

Materials and Resources (CF6)

Professional Education (CF7)

Special Education (CF8)

For more information call Susan Iachini at 326-6508, ext. 1001 by June 14.

Lycoming College students inducted

into business honor society

The Lycoming College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, the honor society for business students, recently inducted 16 students during a ceremony in April.

Among those inducted were Brennan Pysher, a sophomore business-financial major from Williamsport; Kayla DeMar, a senior accounting major from Middleburg; Kendra Bitner, a junior corporate communications major from Newville; Megan Keck, a senior business-management major from Millerton; Kyle Hetner, a junior business-marketing major from South Williamsport; Gabrielle Gaugler, a junior English-creative writing major from Fogelsville; Pierce Lawver, a sophomore business-financial major from Middleburg; Kimberly Guthrie, a junior accounting major from Mansfield; Curtis Hoffer, a junior accounting major from Manheim; Ngan Le, a senior business-financial major from Vietnam; Emily Smith, a senior accounting major from Towanda; Andrew Paulhamus, a senior accounting major from Linden; and Duong Pham, a senior accounting major from Vietnam.

Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university, according to Heather Demshock, assistant professor or accounting. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.

Former NFL star to bring

positive message to WASD

On Tuesday Shawn Harper, a former NFL player with the Indianapolis Colts, will visit Hepburn-Lycoming Elementary School to spread a message against bullying, the importance of good character and the power of choice.

Harper’s visit to the building will include two presentations: one beginning at 9:20 a.m. with kindergarten to second-grade students and another at 1:50 p.m. for students in grades three to five.

The athlete’s visit is being made possible by a $1,000-grant from the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation and a $1,500-grant from the school’s PTO.

In the schools

Bob Bridgman Memorial Run set for May 27

MANSFIELD -The 13th annual Bob Bridgman 5K Memorial Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 27 at Mansfield University’s Shaute Field. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.

A kids’ fun run will be held while the runners are out on the course.

Bridgeman, a math professor at MU for 36 years, began long distance running in 1976 and brought to the sport the integrity he took everywhere he went. He loved the sport and the people who participated. He also loved our community and did much to improve it.

The Bob Bridgman 5K Memorial Run honors his memory by returning all proceeds from this race to the Mansfield area. The organizations that benefited benefit the Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, M.U. Cross Country, Mansfield H.S. Cross Country, and the Bob Bridgman Memorial Scholarship at M.U.

The Bob Bridgman Scholarship is awarded to an incoming MU freshman who ranks in the top 25 percent of their high school class, has a minimum SAT score of 1,000 and demonstrates the highest traits of leadership, citizenship and character, and shows evidence of providing service to people or animals and a willingness and desire to continue to do so in the future.

Pre-registration fee is $15 and must be postmarked by Tuesday. Day of the race registration is $20.

For more information and a downloadable race form, go to Call 297-3271 or 662-3600 for more information.

Quick Start Leadership Program offered by WDCE at Penn College

High-performing individuals often are tapped for leadership roles with little or no training in effective leadership.

The Quick Start Leadership program, presented by Workforce Development and Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology, assists those launching leadership careers and facilitates leadership teams by presenting common approaches to issues leaders may face.

The noncredit program, which consists of two training sessions, includes information on transitioning into your new leadership role, understanding and developing your leadership style, communicating critical job information, and performing legally and ethically.

The sessions will run from 7:30 a.m. to noon on May 29 and June 5 at the Center for Business and Workforce Development on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The program also can be customized and delivered at employer locations.

Instructor Eric Bergstrom is an experienced leader of organization development, human resource management and manufacturing/operations management with more than 20 years of industry experience. He holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development from Penn State University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in training and development.

Call WDCE at 327-4775 for more information or visit (click on “courses”) to register or view a complete listing of courses, descriptions and dates.

For information on credit offerings at Penn College, visit

Great Valu announces scholarship winners

TURBOTVILLE – Turbotville Great Valu has awarded its ninth annual Great Scholarships for Great Students scholarship to Rebecca Lapp of Watsontown.

The independent owners of Great Valu Supermarkets underwrite the Great Scholarships for Great Students program, which has awarded nearly $300,000 in scholarships to date. It is through the scholarship program that Great Valu stores recognize the commitment of high school students to their education and communities. The Great Scholarships for Great Students program enables a deserving high school senior in each of the retail markets, in addition to a number of store associates in the overall marketing group, to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of their post-secondary education.

The program is managed by Great Valu’s scholarship committee, which selected the winners. The applicants represented a broad cross section of outstanding seniors from all the markets served by Great Valu stores. Selections were made based on grade-point average, extra curricular activities and individual student life challenges.

Student selected to attend HOBY seminar

Adam J. Malek has been selected to join 250 leaders representing many high schools from throughout Central and Northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) from May 16 through 19 at Shippensburg University. Representing Loyalsock Township High School, Malek is the son of Witold and Leslie Silvagni Malek of Williamsport.

For the past 55 years, HOBY Leadership Seminars have brought together select groups of high school sophomores to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government and education to discuss present and future issues in an enthusiastic learning environment.

HOBY was established by the veteran actor Hugh O’Brian following a visit to Africa where he was inspired my a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Says O’Brian, “HOBY’S goal is to seek out, recognize and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation’s youth.”

In the schools

BU commencement ceremonies slated for May 17 and 18

BLOOMSBURG – Nearly 1,300 Bloomsburg University seniors will receive bachelor’s degrees Saturday during commencement ceremonies on the BU Academic Quadrangle.

BU will hold two commencement ceremonies for undergraduates on May 18. Students from the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts will graduate at 10 a.m.; students from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology will receive their degrees at 3 p.m.

The speaker for both ceremonies is Barbara Benner Hudock ’75, CEO and founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources.

Hudock, a former member of the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board, has more than 36 years of financial services experience. Active in the community and in professional organizations, she is a director of WVIA Public TV and Radio, Susquehanna Health, Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts and the Pershing Advisor Solutions Advisor Council. Her honors include BU’s Young Alumna of the Year Award, the Governor’s Patron of the Arts Award and the YWCA of Northcentral Pennsylvania’s Wise Woman of the Year Award.

The students who earned the highest grade point averages in each college, known as top honor graduates, will be recognized during the commencement ceremonies. The graduates, their hometowns and majors are:

College of Liberal Arts and College of Business – Sarah E. Geise, Northumberland, double major in economics and business administration/management.

College of Education – Justin E. Drumm, Bloomsburg, education/early childhood.

College of Science and Technology – Dagaen Garrett Brady Golomb, Bloomsburg, double major in computer science and mathematics; and Caitlin Green, Factoryville, speech pathology and audiology.

Six doctorates and 207 master’s degrees will be conferred during graduate commencement Friday in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.

Teacher honored with Lindback distinguished teaching award

Erika McFadden recently was honored as a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award representing Roxborough High School in the Philadelphia School District.

A native of Williamsport, McFadden graduated from Loyalsock Township High School in 2001.

She received a bachelor’s degree in science with a minor in secondary education from West Chester University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Phoenix.

She performed her student teaching at Roxborough High School and accepted a teaching position there upon graduation.

McFadden teaches biology and AP biology and is the instructional coordinator for the science department.

Stephen Brandt is the principal of the high school. McFadden lives in Philadelphia with her sons Jason and Ryan and their father Raheem Allen.

The Christian R. and Mary S. Lindback Foundation celebrates excellence in education and has been awarding the teaching prizes since 2008. Winners were nominated by their colleagues and students and endorsed by their principals.

There is one winner from each high school in the Philadelphia School District. The teachers were honored May 7 at ceremonies held at the Prince Music Theater.

Schramm honored at Student Volunteer Day

SELINSGROVE – Melanie Schramm, of Cogan Station, recently received the Ribbons of Love award at Susquehanna University.

Schramm, a sophomore at Susquehanna, is an early childhood education major.

Susquehanna established Student Volunteer Day in 1985 to recognize all student volunteers and faculty members engaged in service learning activities.

A special awards program and reception, SU CHEERS (Celebrating Helpful Experiences through Engaging Relationships in Service), was held April 23 to honor Susquehanna’s student volunteers.

The program is dedicated to individuals and student groups who complete a significant amount of community service. Groups are invited to recognize individuals who are outstanding in their contributions to the community.

Schramm is a 2011 graduate of Williamsport Area High School and is the daughter of George and Joyce Schramm.

In the schools

Rotary has school loans available

MILTON – The Milton Rotary Club has available loans for college-bound students in the boundaries of the Milton and Warrior Run school districts.

The loans are in amounts up to $1,500 and applications for the loans are available now from the Loan Committee chairperson, Milton Rotary Club, Box 36, Milton, PA 17847.

The maximum annual loan amount is $1,500 with a maximum of $6,000 to one student. The interest rate is 3 percent for 2013-14.

Priority considerations for applicants are existing loanholders, graduate of public or private schools in the Milton and Warrior Run school districts, basis of need, undergraduates over graduate students, former Interact members and plans to return to the area after graduation.

Each loan note must be co-signed by parent or guardian and interest accrues at graduation or termination of studies.

Proof of acceptance at a school of higher education and maintenance of acceptable academic standing is required.

Additional first year requirements include letter of recommendation from any Rotarian or guidance counselor and a copy of the letter of acceptance from the school of higher learning.

West Branch School to hold fair and music festival

West Branch School will hold its 41st annual Fair and Music Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the school, 755 Moore Ave..

There will be smoked shad, pulled pork, gourmet salads, strawberries and cream and desserts. There will be a bouncy house, slide, and kids games to entertain all ages. Several artisan vendors will be on site to help out with any last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Many local bands will be performing throughout the day, and on the inside stage, live animals from Clyde Peelings Reptiland will be featured.

WAHS to hold mock crash event

For the first time in three years, the Williamsport Area High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club will deliver a heavy message to its peers by conducting a mock DUI crash program from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday in the high school auditorium.

While the “crash scene” itself will be streamed live to students from the parking lot to the auditorium, it will have the accompaniment of previously filmed footage, featuring WAHS students, at subsequent places such as the hospital, morgue, DUI center and funeral home to show the reality and fatal consequences of a DUI crash.

The program is aimed for students in grades 10 to 12, and also will feature live performances on stage of the victim’s funeral and the perpetrator’s court scene.

This year’s SADD program was built with the help of a number of community agencies, businesses and organizations, such as the Lycoming County Coroner’s Office; the city’s emergency response teams; Susquehanna Health; Aikey’s Body Shop; and Knight-Confer Funeral Home Inc. Additionally, Wegmans, Weis Food Markets and Round World Coffee helped sponsor the event.

Student selected to attend HOBY seminar

Logan Wein has been selected to join 250 leaders representing many high schools from throughout Central and Northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) from May 16 through 19 at Shippensburg University. Representing South Williamsport Area High School Wein is the son of Dawn and Jason Wein of South Williamsport.

For the past 55 years, HOBY Leadership Seminars have brought together select groups of high school sophomores to interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government and education to discuss present and future issues in an enthusiastic learning environment.

HOBY was established by the veteran actor Hugh O’Brian following a visit to Africa where he was inspired my a meeting with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Says O’Brian, “HOBY’S goal is to seek out, recognize and develop outstanding leadership potential among our nation’s youth.”

Lycoming student receives scholarship from education council

Lycoming College student Briana Wingrove, a junior in the education program and a psychology major, was recently awarded the 2013 Susquehanna Valley Reading Council (SVRC) Education Scholarship.

Wingrove competed with students pursuing teacher certification from Lycoming and other surrounding colleges and universities. SVRC is an organization of professional and private individuals whose mission is to promote reading and literacy.

Wingrove is pursuing both PreK-4 early childhood education and PreK-8 special education teaching credentials. She is completing a pre-student teaching experience in the classroom where she will student teach in the upcoming fall semester.

Dr. Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, assistant professor of education, said that each semester she takes a group of students to the SVRC’s meeting.

“It is a good opportunity for them to connect with a professional organization, to meet in-service educators and hear about current issues in the teaching field,” Hickoff-Cresko said. “Amy Cline, a senior in the education program and a psychology major, received the award last year and was the first Lycoming College student to do so.”