Local girl to dance in ‘From Russia to Broadway’ at Sem

June 27th, 2015 1:51 am

First Posted: 4/30/2013

Wyoming Seminary senior Lauren Golden (above) of Dupont is among the students who will perform in the Wyoming Seminary Dance Company’s presentation of works from the great Russian ballets to famous numbers from Bob Fosse musicals during their annual spring performance, titled “From Russia To Broadway.”

Two performances will be given on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. each night in the Buckingham Performing Arts Center, North Sprague Avenue, Kingston. The performances are free and open to the public.

The performance, designed and choreographed by company director Bernardine Vojtko, will bring together the dance skills of 45 performers as well as two dance company alumni, Bryn Harvey ’08 and Chloe Kalna ’08. Harvey, guest teacher and choreographer for the season, also has created a number of tap dances for the show.

Performing with this year’s company will be guest artist Sean Bromiley from King’s College and second grade students from Sem’s Lower School. Bromiley will partner with Golden in “City Scene Rhapsody,” a dance story filled with amusing characters set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Sem’s second graders will present the comical and fun-filled number “A Day for the Cat in the Hat” from “Seussical the Musical.”

For more information about the Sem Dance Company performance of “From Russia to Broadway,” contact the Sem Communications Office at 270-2192.

Rensselaer Inducts Allison

Welling Into Phalanx Society

Allison Welling, daughter of Tim and Bert Welling of Duryea was one of 23 students to be inducted into the Phalanx Honor Society for 2013 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Phalanx honors student leadership, service, and devotion to the university, and celebrates those who have worked to better the standing of Rensselaer both on and off campus. New members were selected—or tapped—by the student members of Phalanx at a ceremony on April 6. Members are nominated selected from based on contributions that are distinctive and value.

Welling is a graduate of Pittston Area High School and received the Times Leader Best and Brightest honor in the music category in 2010.

She is majoring in Biochemistry and Biophysics and will be traveling to Sandia National Labratories in New Mexico for a summer internship.

Happy Anniversary

David and Barbara Stefanoski, of Hughestown, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on May 4. They have two daughters: Barbara Stefanoski from West Wyoming and Diane and husband Neil Woelkers from Hughestown.

Mr. Stefanoski is an active member of Hughestown council.

Honored at Colgate

Christopher Canyon Donnelly, a member of the Class of 2015 at Colgate University, has been named a Dana Scholar in recognition of superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the campus community.

Donnelly is from West Pittston,and is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School. At Colgate, Donnelly studies chemistry.

Colgate’s Charles A. Dana Scholars are selected during their sophomore, junior or senior years, in recognition of superior academic achievement as well as demonstrated leadership in the college community.

In terms of academic prestige, the Dana award, established in 1965 by Charles A. Dana, a legislator and businessman from New York State, is considered to be second only to Phi Beta Kappa.

Aita named LCCC

Foundation VP

The Board of Directors of the Luzerne County Community College Foundation, Inc. has elected new officers for 2013, including Judith Aita, of West Pittston, owner of Company’s Coming, who has been elected second vice president.

The LCCC Foundation is a non-profit entity founded in 1981 for educational purposes to assist in developing programs and facilities necessary to carry out the mission of the College and to provide opportunities to students, staff, faculty, and the region through gifts, grants and donations to the College. The Board is comprised of leaders from the community representing business, industry, health care, education, and banking.

Local Students get ‘stuffed’

Students from Avoca, Duryea and Pittston were amomg the 29 Misericordia University students who set a campus record for piling into a campus van during a recent “Stuff the Van” contest. (See photo, page 8)

The event was one of a number of programs organized by the Student Government Association (SGA) as part of the world record-themed “Springfest Weekend,” which was designed to add some fun to the last week of classes on campus.

Other events throughout the weekend included students connecting 1,432 Crayola Erasable Markers end-to-end for a length of 628 feet in an attempt to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

They also set a campus record for “Touch the Van,” when two competitors, Jaimie Washofer of Waldwick, N.J., and Angelo Prince of Hainesport, N.J., were awarded iPad Minis by outlasting others in the contest for 26 hours. Other events included a dance-a-thon, a salon-a-thon, and a wing-eating contest.

Local Sem Students

win math competition

Two eighth grade Wyoming Sem students from Pittston, Connor McGowan and Reeya Lele, were part of the MATHCOUNTS team at Wyoming Seminary Lower School which took first place in the Keystone Northeast Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition at the Martin Mattei School in Pittston.

McGowan took first place on both the written exam and the countdown round.

The team also took part in state competition and McGowan placed 25th out of 152 competitors. He also competed in the Marywood University Math Contest and tied for third place in the Level I competition.

Sem middle-school mathematics teacher Renee McGowan coached this year’s team.