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At Carbondale Area High School, Peter Carter was chosen as valedictorian of the class of 2013.

Carter is a member of the National Honor Society and the Distinguished Honor Roll. He is a member of the physics club, science and technology club and he is president of the student council. He is also a member of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Carter organized fundraisers to benefit the local Make-A-Wish Foundation.

He will be pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is is the son of Laurie Carter of Carbondale.

Michael Farrell was chosen as the salutatorian. He is a six-year member of the National Honor Society and the Distinguished Honor Roll. He serves as treasurer of the medical careers club and the science and technology club. He was also a member of the physics club, Spanish club, drama club, Students Against Destructive Decisions and FBLA where was also treasurer. Farrell was a member of the Scholastic Team and has been a member of student council serving as vice-president of the senior class this year. He was also a YMCA Youth Board member.

Farrell plaed on the soccer team (where he was named captain his senior year), and also competed in cross country, basketball, track and field and volleyball. He was a UNICO Scranton Soccer Cup all star. He participated at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science for five years, and received many first place and excellence awards for his projects there.

This year he was awarded the Commonwealth Medical College fellowship, which entails a $150 monetary award and a two-day fellowship to TCMC to conduct research on science-related topics.

After graduation, Farrell plans to attend Penn State to study biology/pre-dentistry in hopes of pursuing a degree in orthodontics. He is the son of Joseph and Maria Farrell.

Third Academic Honors went to Geno Vadella. He has been ia member of the physics club, medical careers and Spanish clubs. Vadella was a member of the PROSPER team, where he participated in child care and fundraising activities for the group.

Vadella received the Bishop’s Youth Award for his leadership and service to St. Rose Church. He has also volunteered at the Carbondale Nursing Home and Assisted Living Center, helping with social events. Vadella participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine at Villanova University. He has been a six- year member of the National Honor Society, as well as a six-year member of the academic honors program.

This year, Vadella was selected as a “scholastic superstar” by the The Times-Tribune. Vadella was on the varsity soccer, basketball, track and field and cross country teams. After graduation, Vadella plans to attend Wilkes University where he will pursue a degree in biology/pre-med.

He is the son of Pat and Ann Vadella of Carbondale.

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