Julia Moskel, a Coughlin High School senior, was the winning local entry in Lyons Studio's drawing for entry into the Senior Photography International $3,000 Giveaway. Moskel will receive $25 cash from Lyons Studio and is entered into the $3,000 drawing to be held during the S.P.I. Convention on Jan. 27.
Tegan Ostroski, Shavertown, recently competed at the Performing Arts Alliance dance competition in King of Prussia. Tegan was named title winner for the Junior Miss Photogenic ages 8-9 and Junior Miss Performing Arts ages 8-9. She won a total of six first-place and one second-place award in solo events. She also won three first-place duo/trio events and one second-place duo event. Tegan is a member of the dance groups Sugar and Encore, which earned five first-place and one second-place award in group events. She also qualified to perform 13 individual and group events at the Performing Arts Alliance Contest of Champions in January. Tegan is a dance student under the direction of Robert and Kristine Oberst, owners and directors of the Back Mountain Dance Studio, Dallas. She is the daughter of Rick and Chris Ostroski.
Carly Kappler, 9, Dallas, recently participated in the Stars on the Rise Dance and Talent Competition in Tannersville and the Performing Arts Alliance Dance and Talent Competition in King of Prussia. Kappler placed in 29-of-30 combined dance and talent categories. She performed in 21 solos, three duos, one trio, three lines and two groups. She scored 13 first places, 11 second places and five third places. Kappler received the Miss Petite Star title at the Stars on the Rise event and was the first runner-up in the overall photogenic category, combined ages from 3-18. Since she qualified at the King of Prussia event, Kappler will be competing at the upcoming Performing Arts Alliance Contest of the Champions in January. She is the daughter of Chas and Leah Kappler. She is a member of the Sugar and Encore dance groups and a dance student under the direction of Robert and Kristine Oberst, owners of Back Mountain Dance Studio of Dallas.
Gregory Yannes, a senior at MMI Preparatory School, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Yannes is the son of Robert and Christine Yannes, White Haven. He will be notified in February if he has advanced to finalist standing. Students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of about 1.5 million program entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
Rielly Miller, a fifth-grade student at the GNA Elementary Center, Nanticoke, was selected as the September Student of the Month. The program is designed to promote and reward good citizenship. Local vendors provide prizes to each student monthly.