Local firefighter inducted into national society

After graduating at the top of his class with a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and investigation and beginning his master’s degree in emergency services management through Columbia Southern University, firefighter Corey Fabricatore of Dickson City was recently inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

NSCS is the nation’s leading certified honor society for high-achieving first- and second-year college students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and invites less than 10 % of all eligible students nationwide to join the ranks of its diverse membership each year.

Notable NSCS distinguished honorary members include former president Jimmy Carter, U.S. Ambassador Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, the late Senator John McCain, and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.

Carbondale students excel in science competition

Molly, left, and Emily Kelly.

Molly, left, and Emily Kelly.

Budding scientists at Carbondale Area won more than 20 first place awards and seven second place awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science’s Region 2 competition.

Students who placed first in the regional PJAS competition will move on to the state competition later this year.

Sisters Emily and Molly Kelly, a junior and a freshman, respectively, each earned perfect scores for their projects on computer science. Emily’s project was called “Predicting Antares ISS Rendezvous Opportunities” and Molly’s project was titled “Computer Modeling of Coronavirus Transmission.”

“My PJAS project used a computer model to find out when resupply missions to the International Space Station can occur,” Emily said. “My program calculated the position of the ISS to determine the best date for a launch. I was fortunate enough to receive a perfect score at the regional competition.”

Molly noted that this year’s regional competition was different because of COVID-19 restrictions but said it seemed to have worked out well.

“My project modeled the spread of the coronavirus through a computer algorithm. My project basically showed how quick the virus can spread in different scenarios,” she said.

Giana Arnese

Giana Arnese

Senior Giana Arnese also earned the Perseverance Award for six years of participation in PJAS, which she started in seventh grade.

“PJAS is a club that has helped me develop public speaking skills and has taught me how to perform scientific projects,” she said. “Receiving this Perseverance Award means a lot to me. It took a lot of hard work over the last 6 years, but it was worth it in the end.”

First place winners:

  • Abigail Lent- Behavioral Science- The Placebo Effect
  • Natalie Skeba- Behavioral Science- Decisions and Drinks
  • Audrey Cobb- Behavioral Science- In the Children’s Eyes
  • Julia Gorel- Behavioral Science- Is there a Correlation Between Mental and Physical Health?
  • Shauna Durst- Behavioral Science- Do Looks Really Matter?
  • Mia Perri- Behavioral Science- Why Are Teens So Stressed?
  • Rylie Toolan- Biochemistry- What Paper Towel Brand is the Strongest
  • Olivia Lawler- Biology- Can Sugary Drinks Affect the Shell of an Egg?
  • Megan Cosklo- Biology- I Love Milk, But It Does Not Love Me
  • Kylie Kelly- Chemistry- Salt Bridge Over Electrified Water
  • Kaci Bannon-Chemistry- The pH Levels in Bottled Water
  • Jocelyn Brown- Chemistry- The Effect of Temperature on Reaction Time
  • Ellie Higdon- Chemistry- Which Type of Tylenol Dissolves Quickest?
  • Molly Kelly – Perfect Score– Computer Science- Computer Modeling of Coronavirus Transmission
  • Emily Kelly- Perfect Score– Computer Science- Predicting Antares ISS Rendezvous Opportunities
  • Caitlyn Burns-Mathematics- What Color Player in the Game “Among Us” Gets Imposter More?
  • Michael DeRichie-Microbiology- Which Hand Sanitizer Works Best for Killing Bacteria?
  • Caden Brennan- Microbiology- How Well Do Disinfectants Work?
  • Alyssa Cosklo- Microbiology- What Face Mask is the Most Effective?
  • Erika Hollis-Physics- Forensics: How Does it Matter? Measure the Splatter

Second place winners:

  • Stephanie Baker- Behavioral Science- Are People Bias Based Off Pictures?
  • Sarah Parry- Behavioral Science- Does Age Change Your Opinion
  • Makenna Fedorchak- Biology- Why Aren’t All Medicines Pills?
  • Gianna Arnese- Perseverance Award for 6 years of participation in PJAS– Biology- How Sweet is Your Sports Drink?
  • Joshua Berg- Engineering- What is the Best Type of Insulation?
  • Matthew Serkosky- Mathematics- Dice Probability
  • Jacob Berg- Physics- What Materials Can Block a Wi-Fi Signal

YMCA wellness director biking for bucks

The Greater Scranton YMCA’s Wellness Director Brandon Whipple will be putting the pedal to the medal to raise money for the recreation center.

Throughout the month of April, Whipple will participate in the Expresso Bike Challenge: Rally for the Y fundraiser.

Last year, Whipple rode 300 miles, raising $3,000. This year, he hopes to raise $5,000. In addition to money he raises, Expresso Bike will donate 10 cents per mile.

“In this line of work, raising money for those in need is very important,” Whipple said. “Giving those who are less fortunate a chance to come be part of our YMCA where they can make new friends and feel like they belong is an amazing feeling. The fact that I am able to raise money while exercising is an added bonus.”

Funds raised for the Annual Support Campaign support the Y’s financial assistance program.

To support the 2021 Rally for the Y fundraiser, visit their website and choose the 2021 Rally for the Y campaign. You can also mail a check to the Y. Note Rally for the Y on the memo line and mail to the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely Street, Dunmore, PA 18512.

Valley in Motion, partners to bring Blue Zone to region

Valley In Motion partnered with Geisinger Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and VaxServe to bring Blue Zone programs to northeastern Pennsylvania.

Blue Zones are areas of the world with exceptional health and wellness. They are also being developing across thecountry to decrease community risk prevalence and increase community well-being. A study commissioned by Valley In Motion last year found that by adopting a comprehensive Blue Zone program, the Scranton metropolitan area could save up to $952 million in medical, productivity and regional economic costs over 10 years.

Geisinger Health Plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, and VaxServe are among the first community partners to commit resources to conduct a site assessment for Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. The assessment will provide partners a blueprint of potential Blue Zone programs and local opportunities with the greatest impact to improve regional health and wellness. Programs will center on people, places and policies that transform a community’s culture and infrastructure for healthy living.

“Our region needs comprehensive, systematic changes that make our communities healthier and more resilient, especially in light of COVID-19,” said Gus Fahey, president of Valley In Motion.