22 students contend for top honor at annual event
MANSFIELD – Twenty-two seniors from Southern Tioga School District region schools will vie for the overall title and scholarships during this year’s Youth Leaders of Tomorrow banquet Friday.
The seniors, from New Covenant Academy, Mansfield; North Penn High School, Blossburg; Mansfield High School; and Liberty High School are selected by a team that includes teachers, administrators and members of a Chamber of Commerce committee, which sponsor the annual event.
This year’s guest speaker will be university president, Fran Hendricks.
The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at New Covenant Academy, which hosts it each year.
Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce.
The following are the candidates listed by high school:
Liberty High School
Jessica Brodnicki, daughter of John and Juanita Brodnicki, of Morris, has served on student council and participated in Key Club, band, jazz band and chorus. She also has been a member of Bandfront, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Ski Club and Spanish Club. She has been involved with her church youth group, taken piano lessons, been a ski instructor and volunteered with Child Evangelism Fellowship and Partners in Progress. She plans to attend college and major in special education.
Crystal Deitrick, daughter of Bill and Lori Deitrick, of Morris, has served as class president and participated in Key Club, Spanish Club, band and chorus.
She also played basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Morris-Blackwell United Methodist Church, is an active volunteer for the Morris Fire and Ambulance Co., was a 2013 Flaming Foliage representative and a Tioga County Youth Leadership Program graduate, as well as a volunteer at the Special Olympics. She plans to attend college and major in psychology.
Alyssa Zeafla, daughter of Roy and Debbie Zeafla, of Liberty, has been a member of band, Key Club and National Honor Society. She also participated in the “Battle of the Books” and Leadership Institute of Penn State and played soccer.
She served on yearbook committee and was a student activities reporter. She also is a member of 4-H Club and helps with her church’s events.
She plans to attend Mansfield University and major in business or accounting.
Eric Kreger, son of Timothy and Ichiko Kreger, of Morris, has been a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, band, marching band, chorus, a capella group, district and regional chorus. He also has played soccer, basketball and tennis and has been a member of the National Honor Society.
He served his class as treasurer and won third place in the 2013 Tioga County Envirothon. He also is a member of Boy Scouts of America, Morris-Blackwell United Methodist Church, where he plays piano, Keystone Boys State, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, 2011 Leadership Institute and took a mission trip to Swann’s Island, Maine. He plans to attend college to major in computer science.
Barbara Hostetler, daughter of Bobbi and Noah Hostetler, of Morris, served on student council, was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, Peer Helpers, National Honor Society, yearbook committee, Odyssey of the Mind team, Future Farmers of America and Tioga County Youth Leadership program.
She also is a member of Rock Start Ministries, the National Society of High School Scholars and was a “Goodies for our Troops” volunteer. She plans to attend college to major in biology, on a pre-veterinarian path.
Leah Fritz, daughter of David and Chanda Fritz, of Trout Run, served as her class president, as treasurer of student council, vice president of National Honor Society, participated in Key Club, Spanish Club, yearbook committee, Ski Club, volleyball and band.
She also was a volunteer at Camp Partners for Partners in Progress, Tioga County Special Olympics, Penn State Leadership Institute and Tri-County Rural Electric Youth Tour.
She plans to attend college and major in speech pathology and minor in special education.
Mansfield High School
Shannon Madigan, daughter of Timothy and Patricia Madigan, of Mansfield, was the captain of the volleyball team, and participated in track and field. She also held a dual enrollment with Mansfield University in pre-calculus, college algebra and composition in her senior year and in anthropology and personal and common health in her junior year.
She participated in Chinese 101 at Hua Zhong University, Whuhan, China, in her freshman year.
She served on the Miss Mansfield Court, was president of her class in 2014 and secretary of the National Honor Society.
She also participated in Mock Trial, Odyssey of the Mind and chorus. She worked as an assistant at the Mansfield Free Public Library and in the kitchen at the Wren’s Nest Restaurant. She plans to attend college and major in environmental biology.
Erin Dempsey, daughter of Timothy and Heather Dempsey of Mansfield played soccer and basketball, was in cross country and track and field. She was a Tiger Basketball Camp counselor, and was in Tiger Soccer Camp. She participated in chorus, band, brass ensemble, Jubilation, district jazz and jazz band. She also participated in Mock Trial, Battle of the Books, Odyssey of the Mind, and was a member of National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and was an FBLA state qualifier. She was a candidate for Miss Flaming Foliage and volunteered at Special Olympics and is a PFEW alumnus. She is a member of Girl Scouts of America and was an MU Soccer Camp counselor, a Wellsboro Soccer Camp counselor and a Mt. Laurel Day Camp volunteer as well as a Corning Museum of Glass volunteer. She plans to attend college to major in history and minor in art history.
Maggie Farrer, daughter of Sharlene and Tuck Farrer of Mansfield, played soccer, basketball and track and field and was a member of Future Business Leaders of America, participated in Mock Trial, the SAFE Program and Jubilation. She plans to attend college and major in communications.
Jenny Loher, daughter of Brian and Robbin Loher, of Mansfield, served as student council treasurer and was captain of the soccer team. She also played softball and was a member of the National Honor Society county chorus and Jubilation. She participated in Battle of the Books, held a dual enrollment at the university and volunteered with the Special Olympics. She also assisted with vacation Bible school and Sunday School and took flute lessons. She plans to attend college to major in a science discipline.
Andrew A. Nodas, son of Daniel and Cerelina Nodas of Mansfield, played soccer, tennis and was on the cross country team. He also served in student council and was a member of National Honor Society and band. He is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was an altar server at his church. He participated in Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, the Leadership Institute at Penn State, the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree and worked as a lifeguard. He plans to serve in the United States Army and eventually earn a college degree.
Kassey Powlison, daughter of Dave and Kelly Krause of Mansfield, played soccer, basketball and softball, served in student council, participated in chorus, band, Jubilation and jazz band; participated in Mock Trial. She was a member of the National Honor Society, PFEW, Relay For Life and volunteered with Special Olympics. She also was a member of Club Soccer, Club Softball, Girl Scouts of America, took tap, ballet, jazz and pointe and was a member of the Miss Mansfield Court and was the Mansfield Women’s Club Girl of the Month for October. She plans to attend a four year college and major in pre-veterinary medicine.
Brandy Reisler, daughter of Wayne and Gloria Reisler, of Mansfield, served on student council and participated in Jubilation. She also ran on the track team. She plans to attend college and major in psychology or secondary English.
New Covenant Academy
Hannah Howe, daughter of Thomas and Faith Howe of Lawrenceville, was a member of the Girl Scouts of America, volleyball captain, worship team leader and Bible group leader. She also was a camp counselor at Camp Lainoka and a junior church teacher and lead activities at vacation Bible school.
She plans to attend nursing school at Liberty University.
Kayla Harris, daughter of Amanda Fulkerson and Timothy Harris Sr., of Liberty, served on student council and as her class treasurer. She also played soccer and basketball and was a youth leader in the Tioga County Development Corporation Youth Leadership Program. She also was a member of the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association, and the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Queen, and was in the Pennsylvania Keystone Junior Rodeo Association. She plans to attend college to major in occupational therapy and minor in equine science.
Kurtis Eby, son of Mark and Loretta Eby, of Mansfield, served as class president, on student council, and took mission trips to Mexico and El Salvador. He also was captain of the soccer and basketball teams, and participated in the Youth Leadership Program and service clubs. He plans to attend Messiah College and major in business administration.
Autumn Scolari, daughter of Peter and Heidi Scolari of Wellsboro, participated in the Tioga County Development Corporation Youth Leadership Program, and Hamilton Gibson choir. She also volunteered in the Mothers of Pre Schoolers program at First Baptist Church and in Awana at Independent Bible Church.
She was in choir at Dexter Baptist Church. She played soccer and basketball and served as her class president and student council vice president. She was in special choir and was a worship team leader. She also was a kitchen staff person, lifeguard and team leader at Pennwood Bible Camp. She worked at Penn Wells Hotel and Lodge in the pool area and as part of the kitchen staff.
She plans to attend Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. and major in math or mathematics education.
North Penn High School
Ashley Hunter, daughter of Kathy and Todd Tice, of Covington, was a member of Key Club, and Youth Leadership, Junior Leadership and National Honor Society. She also was in chorus. She plans to attend Lycoming College or York College to major in a psychology with a minor in business management.
Sydney Andrews, daughter of Judy and Chuck Andrews of Covington, was a member of the Southern Tioga Percussion Ensemble and marching band, played volleyball, was in concert band, concert chorus and served as vice president of her class.
She also was in the National Honor Society as secretary and was a candidate for Miss Flaming Foliage. She also plays piano at Arnot Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Hawthorne Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
She plans to attend Pittsburgh University to take pre-med classes and go on to medical school to become a radiologist.
Rebekah Erway, daughter of Ivan J. and Rosemary Erway of Mansfield, was in chorus, band, marching band, district chorus and National Honor Society. She also participated in Battle of the Books and served her class as secretary.
She also participated in the Leadership Institute and HOBY Leadership Seminar. She participated in youth group at her church and took ballet. She also was a color guard for the school.
She plans to attend a college to study English and the theater.
Cassie Frederick, daughter of Elisa and Robert Frederick, of Blossburg, played basketball, volleyball and softball; was vice president of the National Honor Society; did elementary tutoring and was Kiwanis Club Student of the Month. She also volunteered with Special Olympics, Blossburg Hoops, the summer reading program at the library and community clean up.
She enjoys riding dirt bike, horseback riding, playing intramural volleyball and helping take care of animals at friends’ farms. She plans to attend college and study zoology and wildlife biology.
Bradley Brobaker, son of Jay and Verna Brobaker of Covington, played football and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society. He also participated in First Citizen’s SAFE Program, works a job and does farming. He plans to continue working and farming.