Carbondale Area

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Carbondale Area’s Future Business Leaders of America club won big at the virtual Regional Leadership Conference earlier this year.

In addition to earning 11 first place awards, 28 students who placed in the top three of their category qualified to compete at the state leadership conference.

Senior Anthony Mustica won the political science category.

“I was not expecting to be in first place, so it felt amazing to find out how well I did,” Anthony said. “I have been interested in politics and government since 8th grade, but I never thought that it would put me in first place at something. Qualifying for a second year of states makes me feel accomplished and ready to test my knowledge at the next level.”

Senior Alyvia Schiavone placed second in the Help Desk category and punched her ticket to states.

“I am extremely grateful that the FBLA advisors took the extra step to make sure we were still given the opportunity to test one last time during my last year in high school,” she said. “Although it was not the same with it being virtual, I still appreciate the fact that they took the time to make it happen.”

Find a complete list of the winners online at

First Place/State Qualifiers

  • Kyle Perri- Business Law
  • Taylor Mazza- Health Care Administration
  • Deana Mancuso- Help Desk
  • Matthew Totsky and Brycen Kelly- International Business
  • Julia Gorel- Introduction to Business
  • Megan Cosklo- Introduction to Business Communication
  • Julia Murphy- Introduction to Business Procedures
  • Emily Kelly- Networking Infrastructure
  • Amelia Esgro- Personal Finance
  • Anthony Mustica- Political Science

Second Place/State Qualifiers

  • Jonathon Purvis- Banking and Financial Service
  • Bayley Grizzanti- Business Calculations
  • Alyssa Cosklo- Business Law
  • Avianna Pugliese- Cyber Security
  • Elizabeth Pantoja- Health Care Administration
  • Alyvia Schiavone- Help Desk
  • Evan Miller- Insurance and Risk Management
  • Molly Kelly- Introduction to Business Communication
  • Caleb Higdon- Networking Infrastructures
  • Giana Arnese- Personal Finance

Third Place/State Qualifiers

  • Deanna Holbert- Accounting
  • Tatiana Elston- Advertising
  • Gianelly Prieto- Cyber Security
  • Kacydi Brewen- Help Desk
  • Bryan Salitsky- Introduction to Business Procedure
  • Gia Mark- Introduction to FBLA
  • Sarah Tolerico- Personal Finance

Fourth Place

  • Amelia Muta- Advertising
  • Maria Cerra- Cyber Security
  • Kylie Kelly- Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure
  • Chloee Rumford and Mia Perri- Management Decision Making
  • MaKena Sanderson- Securities and Investment

Fifth Place

  • Ellen Higdon- Business Communication
  • Nathan Totsky- Economics
  • Alexis Price- Health Care Administration
  • Sadie Gardus- Introduction to Business
  • Raymond Ofner- Sports and Entertainment Management

Earth Day essay contest open for submissions

Area students can participate in The University of Scranton’s Earth Day Essay Contest 2021. The contest is offered free and this year’s essay theme is “Caring for our Common Home.”

Essays for students in grades seven and eight must be between 200 to 400 words. Essays for students in grades nine to 12 must be between 300 to 500 words. Submissions must be sent to by April 9.

Visit the university’s Sustainability website for complete submission rules and details. Only electronic submissions will be accepted this year.

Winners of the Earth Day Essay Contest will be announced via an event hosted on The University of Scranton Sustainability Office Facebook page on Earth Day, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Flags, markers available for Memorial Day

The calendar is heading towards May and the annual Memorial Day exercises and veterans’ graves preparation.

Flags and markers order forms and other materials were mailed to all volunteers and post commanders to complete and return ASAP to the Lackawanna County Veterans Affairs Office, Government Center, 123 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503, so that they can be processed for distribution in plenty of time.

Now, the department has placed the order forms on its web page for even quicker order fulfillment.

For more information, call the department at 570-963-6778.

YMCA launches e-sports program

With a goal to promote teamwork, leadership, online safety, and individual growth steeped in YMCA youth development practices, the Greater Scranton YMCA will participate in the national Y’s e-sports program.

Registration is open for the program, which will be comprised of NBA 2K, Super Smash Bros and Rocket League. Each league can serve up to 50 children in middle and high school.

Registrants will make up the Greater Scranton YMCA team, which will compete against other YMCAs across the country. Interested participants will need to have the ability to play on a PC, Xbox, PlayStation or Switch. In its pilot session, there will no cost to participate in the program, which is open to existing YMCA members and non-members. In future sessions, registration fees will apply.

“The YMCA is excited to launch this new program as we continue to evolveto find ways to keep kids engaged with one another virtually during COVID,” Wayne Stump, branch executive director, Greater Scranton YMCA, said in a press release. “Not only do e- sports require teamwork, communication, critical and strategic thinking, creativity, sportsmanship and leadership, but they also help kids develop friendships and provide an educational opportunity through developing STEM skills that can help with a future career path.”

Similar to in-person youth sports leagues, e-sports will be held in eight-week sessions, with practice and games held twice per week. The program will run from April 5 through May 28. The middle school group will practice and compete on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. and the high school group will practice and compete on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.

Yearly league championships will lead to regional championships, which will then lead to the national championship.

For more information, contact Wayne at or 570-828-3266. To register, visit

Marywood students send love to patients

Members of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association — Marywood Chapter sent virtual Valentine’s Day cards to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Although the cards were “virtual,” the holiday sentiments were the same, sending positive messages to children and their families. Chapter Advisor Andrea Novak established a challenge for the NSSLHA Chapter that involved a monetary donation to St. Jude’s if a minimum of 250 cards were sent. Another faculty member, Renee Jourdanais, also followed the lead with a donation if the challenge was met.

The chapter met the challenge and sent monetary donations and 255 cards from chapter members, faculty and friends of our department.