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Kelly and Maria Lynn Shiptoski, daughters of 1980 Pittston Area High School graduate Carmela Shiptoski, have recently graduated from high school and college respectively.

Kelly Shiptoski graduated with highest honors from Berwick Area Senior High School on June 1, 2012. She was ranked fifth in her class, and was a distinguished honor roll student for all four years of high school. Throughout her high school career, she completed 15 honors and advanced courses, four of which were Advanced Placement courses.

Kelly was a runner up for the Health Care Hero Award in 2009, a finalist in the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Essay Contest in 2009, and was named an AP Scholar in 2012 for scoring a 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams.

She was a member of the National Honor Society from 2010 until 2012 and attended the National Young Leaders Conference in 2009. In high school, Kelly was involved in the Ski Club, Advanced Research in Medicine, Drama Club, Marching/Concert Band, Mathletes, and Future Business Leaders of America. Kelly has devoted much of her time volunteering at the McBride Memorial Library. She has worked as a cashier at May's Drive-In since May of 2011. Kelly will be attending Drexel University this fall and majoring in engineering.

Maria Lynn Shiptoski graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in biology and minors in biochemistry and philosophy from the University of Scranton during their May 2012 Commencement. Shiptoski was just one of 25 members of the class of 2012 to graduate from the Honor's Program.

She completed her undergraduate thesis, The Role of NMDA-mediated Excitotoxicity in Stroke under the supervision of professors at both the University of Scranton and The Commonwealth Medical College. During her undergraduate career, she was inducted into the Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) National Honor Society for Biology, Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) National Health Pre-professional Honor Society, the Phi Sigma Tau International Honor Society in Philosophy, Nu Rho Psi National Honor Society in Neuroscience, and the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First Year Students.

In addition, she was nominated for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and received numerous scholarships and externship opportunities. In addition to her academic honors, Shiptoski served as the biology club president for 3.5 years and was active in several other clubs on campus. Shiptoski balanced two jobs and a rigorous academic schedule while continuing to volunteer regularly at both VNA Home Health and Hospice of Lackawanna County.

Math whiz

Colby O. Morgan, son of Chuck and Cathy Morgan, son of Chuck and Cathy Morgan, Moosic, recently represented Scranton Prep in participating in the 15th annual High School Math Contest hosted by Bloomsburg University. He led his team to a second place finish in the mathematical game of 24 points. The team consisted of Kaitlyn Davis, Molly Seibecker and Kevin Kelly.

There were a total of 54 high schools competing. Scranton Prep also placed three teams in the final eight in Quiz Bowl. That was a first for Scranton Prep. Colby has been honored to participate on the math team at Scranton Prep in his junior and senior years. Colby plans to major in computer science. Mr. Tom Gorman is the math team moderator.

Sem dean's list

Wyoming Seminary Dean Jay Harvey has announced the Greater Pittston Area students named to the Upper School Dean's List for the fall trimester of the 2012-2013 academic year.


Skylar Banul, Pittston; Caitlin Conway, Pittston; Salvadore Diaz, Avoca; Amanda Sedor, Wyoming; Bradley Sedor, Wyoming.


Alexandra Kilyanek, Hughestown; Matthew Obeid, Pittston; Stefan Olsen, Pittston; Amanda Stella, Pittston; Kira Zack, Dupont.

Attend career day

Neil Keener, Julie Musto, and Nicole Pierson of Pittston and Jennifer Howell of West Pittston, all students at King's College, recently participated in the fourth annual career day sponsored by the King's Washington, D.C., Area Alumni Club.

They were among 50 King's students who travelled to the nation's capital for the two-day event. The program featured 20 speakers, almost half of whom are King's graduates working in the Washington, D.C., area.

Keener is a junior majoring in economics, Musto is a junior majoring in mathematics, Pierson is a senior majoring in English and secondary education, and Howell is a senior majoring in finance and marketing at King's.

Happy Birthday

Happy birthday wishes go to Frankie Naugle celebrating his 50th birthday on Dec. 7, he is the son of Joan Naugle and the Late Donald Naugle of Pittston Twp.

He has a sister Donna and husband George Doman, Larksville and niece Sarah Doman Blezinka.

Happy birthday to Angela Rose Maher Forest Hills, NY daughter of Noreen Musto of Pittston who is celebrating on Dec. 9.

Happy birthday wishes to Jimmy Ardoline of Pittston celebrating on Dec. 11


A mistake was made last week in identifying the students from Mrs. Cosimo's Pittston Area first grade class at the November assembly.

This is the correct identification for the above photo being rerun today:

First Row: Kayleigh Avvisato, John Barchi-Crich, Joseph Armitage, Jordan Marstell, Kyle Santee, Danielle Whitman, Zachary Karrott, Joshua Curry

Second Row: David Walker, Alex Macaluso, Crista Bonk, Vinny Bonomo, Megan LaRue, Sierra Walling, Caroline Hintze, Leslie Dong

Third Row: Mr. Moran , Kevin Lockett, Colby Sarfine, Jasmyne Rakochy, Stephen Clark, Paris Doran, Adam Wickizer, Alex Lappano, Justin Welter, Mrs. Cosimo, Miss Assenza Absent from photo Morgan Maida

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