Host families sought
for exchange students
International high school exchange students are coming to study in Pennsylvania during the 2012-13 school year. These students will integrate themselves into a local family with the goal of experiencing American culture as an American high school student does. In turn, they will provide insight into their own culture.
STS Foundation, a nonprofit student exchange organization, is looking to place a 16 year-old boy from Brazil for the fall semester, and a 16-year-old girl from France for the full academic year. The boy enjoys playing soccer and is learning to play guitar. He is looking forward to making new friends and sharing his Brazilian culture with his host family. The girl has a passion for music and theater and takes acting and piano lessons. She also enjoys horseback riding and would love to find a family who shares her interests. They are both excellent students and will have their own spending money and health insurance.
Hosts are unpaid volunteers and are asked to provide a separate bed, family meals and a loving and safe environment. If your family is interested in hosting, call Cristina Carrasco at 800-522-4678 or send an email to email@example.com.
For more information visit www.stsfoundation.org.
2 local students
perform in play
Appropriately performed in a leap year, "Pirates of Penzance," a Gilbert and Sullivan comedic operetta, took the stage at Elizabethtown College's Leffler Chapel and Performance Center on May 6.
Jennifer Frey, a freshman, of Turbotville, and Matthew Shank, a sophomore, of Flemington, were among the cast's performers.
Muncy student honored
for high Praxis II score
Josh Gochnauer, of Muncy, received a Recognition of Excellence award from the Educational Testing Service for his exceptionally high score on his social studies Praxis II test. The awards are given to test takers whose scores are higher than or match those of the top 15 percent of candidates.
Gochnauer graduated from Lycoming College in May with a degree in history.
Praxis tests are administered to students pursuing their teaching certification and are used in part of the licensing and certification process.
Praxis II exams are specific to subjects students are interested in teaching. The tests are used to gauge students' knowledge and skills of their subjects and as a teacher. Recognition of Excellence awards are given to inspire the development of highly qualified teachers.
Muncy graduate receives
computer science award
Olivia Elizabeth Youngman, of Muncy, was selected for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Computer Science Outstanding Student Award for Computer Organization and Assembly Language.
Youngman, the daughter of John C. Youngman III and Elizabeth Youngman, is a 2010 graduate of Muncy High School.
Grandson of local couple
earns engineering prize
Jack Andraka, 15, a high school freshman from Crownsville, Md., and the grandson of Judith and Romuald Andraka of Trout Run, took top the top prize of $75,000 at the International Science and Engineering Fair 2012 in Pittsburgh and other top prizes for a total of more than $100,000 with his creation of a non-invasive pancreatic cancer detection tool.
Mountain View Christian School, South Williamsport, held graduation June 23.
The Rev. Anthony Crawford gave the graduation address, titled "The Impossible Made Possible." Symphony Fisher and Tristin Gribbin graduated from kindergarten and Caleb Holt and Joey Wozniak graduated from the eighth grade.
Presenting the diplomas were Susan Holt, principal, and Jeff Fulmer, vice board chairman.
honored at university
Timothy Smith, of Montoursville, was inducted into the 2011-12 Honors Fellows at Belhaven University, Jackson, Miss.
Smith is pursuing a bachelor's degree in creative writing. The newly inducted students were announced at the Belhaven Honors Convocation on April 10. The Honors College at Belhaven University gives academically advanced and highly motivated students continued opportunities to expand their education.
inducted into society
Lewis University, Romeoville, Ill., recently inducted 100 students in the new Lambda Epsilon Delta Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. None of the inducted students have a grade-point average lower than a 3.86. The chapter was established in January at Lewis University.
Laura Hutton, of Lewisburg, was among the honored students. Hutton is studying business administration.