Valley View student gets gold

Tiffany Nestor

From left: Brian Durkin, principal; Tiffany Nestor; and Morgan Englehardt, guidance counselor.

Valley View senior Tiffany Nestor won gold at both the SkillsUSA districts and states for esthetics.

The win means she’ll be heading to Nationals in June.

Tiffany also won silver in SkillUSA districts for cosmetology. She is in the National Technical Honor Society for CTC, where she won trophies for second place in a total look competition, and in the men’s barbering competition.

Tiffany also serves as a student ambassador for a year and has been named student of the month. She passed her state board exam for her cosmetology license, and she is OSHA 10-certified and barbercide-certified. Her future plans include working in a salon as a make-up artist or stylist, and eventually opening her own small business for hair care.

Marywood students nab first place

National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association members, from left, Makenzie Reinhard, Nicole Koestler, Emily Bubel, Maggie Carter, Katelyn Gjini and Kirsten Persico. Not pictured: Abby Lovatt, Meredith Santiago and Rachel Totten.

The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association won first place in the Student Advocacy Day Public Service Announcement Project.

Following an educational session on legislative issues in Pennsylvania, chapters were asked to develop a public service announcement that would address key issues professionals and individuals with communication disorders are facing, to help others understand the purpose for advocating for these issues and to make their voices heard. The Marywood chapter chose to create a PSA about diversity in the workplace. The monetary prize awarded is to be used towards funding of an organization of the students’ choice. The chapter chose to donate to the NativityMiguel School on Marywood’s campus.

CA students inducted into honor society

Two of Carbondale Area’s students were recently inducted into the National Business Honor Society.

Senior Amelia Esgro and junior Caleb Higdon obtained membership by meeting the requirements set forth by the honor society: a 3.5 GPA, completing a professional resume, and interviewing and writing a paper about leadership.

“Being inducted into the National Business Honor Society has been an accomplishment I’ll always remember,” Amelia said. “Fellow seniors and I are grateful for this opportunity that has highlighted all of our accomplishments for the past four years.”

Caleb added, “I was very honored to be inducted into the National Business Honor Society. It is a great opportunity for me to extend my knowledge in the field of business and represent my school in a positive way. I hope to gain many skills from this organization as I continue to work with them in the future.”

Valley View students tops at local history

Brothers and Valley View students Chris and Mike Ossont defeated former Jermyn mayor Bruce Smallacombe and fire historian Joe Klapatch at a trivia competition hosted by the Lackawanna County Historical Society.

The annual event, called “You Live Here; You Should Know This,” tests the local history knowledge of teams of two from around the region. The game show-style competition featured questions written by Valley View and Riverside high schools. Eight teams went head-to-head on questions about people, places and events in Lackawanna County, with special categories posed by celebrity hosts including WNEP’s Ryan Lecky, WVIA’s Erika Funke, and WBRE/WYOU’s Mark Hiller. The games were aired lived on ECTV and can be viewed on YouTube channels hosted by ECTV or the Lackawanna Historical Society.

For more information about the program, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email

Scranton YMCA gives water safety tips

May is Water Safety Month and the Greater Scranton YMCA has some tips to keep everyone safe all summer.

“As ‘America’s Swim Instructor,’ the Greater Scranton YMCA typically teaches 1,500 children invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year. Last year, though due to COVID-19 precautions, we saw that number dip and want to remind parents and caregivers that it’s more important than ever to keep water safety top of mind as families start to return to their usual summer routines,” said Trish Fisher, president and CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA.

Tips include:

  • Never swim alone or without a water watcher. When children are swimming, make sure they are actively supervised at all times. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty, or where a responsible adult agrees to watch the children in the water without distractions.
  • Supervise your children whenever they’re in or near water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Don’t engage in breath-holding activities. Children should not hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.
  • Wear a life jacket. Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

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