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April 05. 2013 7:30AM


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Peter Shaver, a junior at Dallas High School, earned a first-place award at the National History Day Competition held at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in Lehman. Shaver received the award in the Individual Historical Paper Senior Division for his essay, “The Great Sioux War: The Plains Indians Last Stand for their Way of Life.” Shaver has competed in History Day since sixth grade and has won for the last six consecutive years with his historical paper entries. He will advance to the Pennsylvania State Competition in May at Cumberland Valley High School, Mechanicsburg.


Jason Curtis, Hannah Gabriel and Henry (Gus) Smith, seniors at Wyoming Seminary, have been named finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition. Curtis, Cape May Courthouse, N.J., has been named to the Dean’s List with High Honors and is active in the Chorale and select Madrigal Singers. He is also a member of the orchestra, mock trial and Model United Nations. He is the captain of the junior varsity soccer team and played a leading role in the 2012 school musical “Pippin.” Gabriel, Forty Fort, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Honors and is active in the school theater as an actress, stage manager, counselor and assistant director. She is also a member of the softball team, select Madrigal Singers and Chorale and her church choir. She was selected as a Wyoming Seminary representative to the Junior Leadership of Wilkes-Barre and an NFCA scholar-athlete. Smith, Mountain Top, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Honors and to Cum Laude, the national academic honor society for college preparatory schools. He is an award-winning member of the Science Research Group and is co-founder of the school’s Robotics Club and Film Club. He also is active in cross-country, stage crew, Model United Nations and Peer Group. He was also the winner of the school’s creative writing prize last year.


Alexis Schutz, Hanover Township, a student at Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School, has been nominated to represent Pennsylvania as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2013 Washington Journalism and Media Conference July 7-12 at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. Schutz will join 250 students from across the country to participate in the week-long study of journalism and media. She was chosen based on her academic accomplishments and interest in journalism and media studies.


Emily Smith, Exeter, a student at Wyoming Area Secondary School, has been selected to represent Pennsylvania as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment June 23-28 at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. Smith will join 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. She was chosen based on her academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.


King’s College students Michael Brannon, Old Forge, Ryan Cordingly, Berwick, Debbie Gross, West Pittston, Kyley Henry, Mountain Top, Steven Kondracki, Kingston, Hilary Mihoch, Forty Fort, Connor Murphy, Mountain Top, and Mara Olenick, Shickshinny, are among 89 students currently serving as tutors to other King’s College students. The Peer Tutoring Program offers regular, semester-long support for students through scheduled individual and small group tutoring sessions. Tutors are required to have a strong working knowledge of specific course content and must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.




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