Sklanka chosen for Hugh O’Brian Leadership Seminar

June 27th, 2015 1:55 am

First Posted: 5/14/2013

Eric Sklanka, son of Don and Grace Sklanka, Pittston Township has been selected to join 250 leaders representing many highs chools from throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar from May 16 to 19 at Shippensburg University.

Sklanka is representing Pittston Area High School.



Valentina Caparelli, daughter of Dave and Mary Caparelli, West Pittston, has been accepted to the 2013 National Young Scholars Program.

Valentina was nominated by her teacher, Mrs. Theresa Sabetta, based on her scholastic merit and leadership potential.

Valentina will join other young scholars from around the nation for a week in July at Villanova University, Philadelphia. Valentina is a fifth grade student at Wyoming Area Catholic, Exeter.

Valentina is an art student at the Art School of NEPA, Peckville, an altar server and choir member at Immaculate Conception Church and plays major league softball for G & S Car Wash in West Pittston.

Valentina has a brother, Dominic, 9.


Ron Eugene Pavalonis, of West Pittston, was among students who received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin during the recent spring commencement held in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on the UT Martin campus.




Chris Arnone, of Wyoming, and Jennifer Sciandra, of Harding, were among 13 adult learners at Misericordia University who were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society during a brunch and induction ceremony in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall on campus.

Alpha Sigma Lambda is the honor society for continuing education students. Its aim is to recognize the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The honor society is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career. By doing so, it encourages many students to continue toward and earn associate and baccalaureate degrees.


Wyoming Area student Joseph Roach was honored for his award-winning work by the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of American Chemical Society (ACS).

Roach finished as a runner-up in a test administered to top first-year chemistry students throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.



Dillon Cason, of West Pittston, was inducted into Phi Lambda Upsilon, the national honor society for chemistry established in 1899. Scranton’s chapter, Beta Kappa, was chartered in 1975 and recognizes students with 24 credits in chemistry who have achieved grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Cason is a junior majoring in biochenistry cell and moolecular biology at the Jesuit university.



Michael Holmes of Avoca was among the University of Scranton students inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for computing and information disciplines founded in 1967.

The Jesuit university’s Gamma chapter was established in 1985. Upsilon Pi Epsilon recognizes academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate leves in computing and information disciplines and is endorsed by the professional organizations of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.