Twirlettes make marks

on local high schools

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Double “R” Twirlettes perform for seven different area high schools. Sitting, from left, Lindsey Kausmeyer, Stephanie Hicks and Alexandra Taffera. Kneeling, from left, Kristen Griffiths, Sara Swavola, Natalie Nareski and Madison Waltz. Standing, from left, Sadie Solensky, Lydia Monroe, Madison Doyle, Jordan Gioupis, Morgan Tullio and Lauren Zajaczkowski. Missing from photo, Olivia Major.

The Double “R” Twirlettes are well represented this football season: 14 group members twirl for seven different high schools.

Alexandra Taffera is Miss Trojan at North Pocono High School. Jordan Gioupis is captain of the North Pocono twirling team. Olivia Major, Lydia Monroe and Lauren Zajaczkowski are twirlers at North Pocono.

Lindsey Kausmeyer is Miss Spartan at Mid Valley Secondary Center. Madison Doyle, Sadie Solensky and Morgan Tullio are members of Mid Valley’s twirling team.

Stephanie Hicks is Miss Comet at Abington Heights High School. Sara Swavola is feature twirler at Scranton High School. Natalie Nareski is feature twirler at Old Forge High School. Madison Waltz is captain of the Dunmore High School majorettes and Kristen Griffiths performs with the Wyoming Valley West drill team.

The performers are all students of Kathleen Y. Mercatili, who is director of the Double “R” Twirlettes, which is based in Peckville.

CA French Club officers named

Liam Shenise

Liam Shenise

Heaven Busalacchi

Heaven Busalacchi

Cora Wylie

Cora Wylie

Julia Gorel

Julia Gorel

Chris Kozel, Carbondale Area’s French Club advisor, named officers for the 2020-21 school year.

Julia Gorel will serve as president, Cora Wylie as vice president, Heaven Busalacchi as secretary and and Liam Shenise as treasurer.

“I would like to congratulate the newly elected officers of the French Club for the 2020-2021 school year.” Kozel said. “Although we are not able to attend school in person yet, everyone in the club is hopeful that we will be back in our classrooms soon.”

She added that the club has some parties planned and are also exploring designing a club T-shirt to wear on Spirit Fridays.

“As French Club president, I hope to help set up even more events this year, with a focus on experiencing the entire French culture,” said Julia, a sophomore. “It may be a challenge in the virtual setting, but we will do our best to make French Club a positive experience for everyone and to stay optimistic until we return to the normal setting.”

Valley View musician earns national honor

Ryan Coleman

Ryan Coleman

Valley View senior Ryan Coleman earned a spot among the top US high school musicians recently.

Ryan was selected to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Mixed Ensemble after recently qualifying in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9, Region IV, and All-State Choirs in 2020.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. So much more than a musical showcase, the ANHE program is a comprehensive and educational experience. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the NAfME made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person All-National Honor Ensembles, originally scheduled to take place Nov. 4-8 in Orlando, Florida. A virtual 2020 All-National Honor Ensembles program will take place in January 2021.

Ryan is only the sixth student in Valley View history to attain this national honor.

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