Carbondale names scholar of the year

Carbondale Area Jr./Sr. High School is pleased to announce this year’s Scholar of the Year is Olivia Manarchuck.

Olivia serves as president of student council, the Medical Careers Club and Carbondale Area’s SADD Chapter.

She has also been a dedicated member of the Unified Track and Field and Bocce Teams, embracing and promoting the inclusion of all students to create an atmosphere and overall school culture in which students of all abilities are embraced, supported and engaged.

As a teen leader within the Carbondale and Greater Upper Valley’s PROSPER team – PROSPER referring to “Promoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience” – Olivia has long been a mentor for the younger program participants, displaying and modeling appropriate coping skills and problem-solving techniques while assisting the adult leaders with activities focusing on strengthening parent-child relationships and building youth life skills. Through her participation and involvement in PROSPER and in her faith community, Olivia has demonstrated a strong sense of pride, responsibility, and commitment.

Olivia has been further involved in various state and national leadership conferences – including the Hugh O’Brien Youth [HOBY] Leadership Seminar – which have enhanced both her leadership and interpersonal skills along with her ability to collaborate and work with others to achieve a common goal or purpose. Olivia has consistently participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science, where she has earned recognition at both the regional and state levels for her superior research, project development, and presentation.

She plans to attend University of Scranton and major in neuroscience within the p[re-med program. She aspires to later attend medical school and would like to become a surgeon, specializing in neurosurgery.

Students become ‘ambassadors’

The Lackawanna District Attorney’s Office announced the recipients of this year’s Ambassador Against Drugs Award.

The award is given every year by the district attorney’s office to a senior in each high school who has consistently worked to educate, assist and support others in the fight against illegal drug and alcohol use. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s graduation ceremonies and award nights were canceled. This year, the district attorney’s office increased the awards from $250 to $500 for each recipient.

“These students are inspiring for their leadership and commitment to helping our community fight this terrible epidemic,” district attorney officials said of the awardees.

Olivia Manarchuck of Carbondale Area High School, Owen Haggerty of Dunmore High School, Michael Miller of Mid Valley High School and Nicholas Tomassoni of Valley View High School were among the students named as recipients of this year’s award.

Record-breaking students

Carbondale Area broke a record this month, seeing the largest number of students ever to place in the Top 10 at the Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference.

In January, 38 students in the school’s FBLA qualify to compete at the conference. Ten went on to earn first place at the Regional Leadership Conference, which was held virtually because of COVID-19. Nine students placed in the top 10, according to results announced earlier this month.

First Place Introduction to Business: Kyle Perri.

Second Place Introduction to Business: Alyssa Cosklo.

Third Place Introduction to Financial Math — Julia Murphy.

Third Place Journalism — Olivia Kuttrubis.

Fifth Place Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure — Elizabeth Pantoja.

Seventh Place Business Law — Jarred Rosar.

Seventh Place Personal Finance — Alyvia Schiavone.

Eighth Place Introduction to Business Procedures — Julia Gorel.

10th Place Introduction to Information Technology — Caleb Higdon.

The Carbondale Area FBLA also placed sixth in Market Share for membership compared to school population.

Kyle Perri became the first winner in the state from Carbondale since 2005. In addition, he and Alyssa Cosko, Julia Murphy and Olivia Kuttrubis qualified to represent Carbondale Area at the Virtual National Leadership Conference at the end of June.

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