Teen collecting donations for Texas

A Forest City Regional High School senior from Browndale is collected cases of water to help people affected by the bad weather in Texas.

Madison McCracken will collect donated water at the Forest City Area Emergency Services building, 380 Railroad St., on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until dark. Team Biondi Trucking donated a truck to deliver the water to Texas, according to an announcement about the collection.

Olyphant teen advocates at Capitol Hill

A Mid Valley student participated in a virtual event in Washington, D.C. this week as part of the Tourette Association’s Youth Ambassador Program.

Callum deQuevedo, 15, was chosen as part of a group of teens, both with and without Tourette Syndrome and related tic disorders, to share their personal stories and learn how to raise funds and advocate for public policies and services that promote positive school, work and social environments for individuals affected by the disorder.

“I applied to become a Youth Ambassador with the Tourette Association of America because I feel there is a lack of knowledge about Tourette Syndrome and tic disorders,” Callum said in a press release. ”I want to help educate our community and take away the myths and misunderstandings about Tourette Syndrome.”

Johnson College wins top 10 designation

Johnson College announced todaythat it has earned the 2021-2022 Military Friendly Top Ten School designation.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-22 survey with 747 earning the designation.

The 2021-22 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at


Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic based scoring assessment. They measure the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, degree advancement or transfer and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

In a press release, Jessica Farrell, the director of financial aid and certifying veterans official at Johnson College, said, “As the college’s certifying official, it’s my goal to make sure the process of using military benefits is streamlined and easy to understand. As the wife of a veteran I know first-hand the dedication and commitment these men and women have given to our Country and the last thing they should be worried about is how they are going to pay for their education.”

For more information about Johnson College’s student veteran programs, visit Johnson College’s website at johnson.edu/future-students/veterans/.

Foundation seeking scholarship applications

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021 James F. Swift Scholarship, which provides local high school seniors graduating from a Lackawanna County high school $4,000 per year for each recipient for up to four years to assist with continuing education expenses.

Twenty area students will be selected for this scholarship.

Created in 2002 through a gift by James F. Swift to the Scranton Area Community Foundation, the fund has awarded over $2.9 million since 2008, benefiting over 220 local students to date.

The scholarship aims to provide an ongoing stream of matriculation at Lackawanna County colleges and universities. It is the goal of the Scranton Area Community Foundation to award 75% of the scholarships to students who plan to attend institutions of higher learning in the Lackawanna County region.

Scranton Area Community Foundation President & CEO Laura Ducceschi praised the generosity of James Swift, noting “he has left a permanent and enduring legacy for the young people of our region. His scholarship fund makes higher education more attainable for generations of students.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, James F. Swift Scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

Applications for the James F. Swift Scholarship will be accepted until 4 p.m. on March 15. Applicants must apply online at learnmore.scholarsapply.org/james-swift/.