First Posted: 2/27/2013
Attention, juniors. Youth Salute applications are now available in the guidance office.
Who can be recognized by Youth Salute?
High school juniors with a 3.0 grade point average or above and involved in several or many activities (high achievers), including but not limited to school, religious activities and/or community.
What is Youth Salute?
Youth Salute is a national program created to recognize youth and their achievements. NCYL, Youth Salute is a non-profit program headquartered in St. Louis honoring youth leaders since 1976. Youth Salute conducts the national competition in cooperation with Washington University in St. Louis. On a local level, over 4,000 students have been recognized in the Greater Wyoming Valley. Youth Salute’s motto is “Recognizing and Applauding Today’s Youth.”
How does Youth Salute work?
Applications are available in the guidance office or at www.photo-by-andy.com/youth-salute.
Once a student has been accepted as a nominee, nominees will be scheduled for a photography session that will include four different outfits. The nominees can bring props or items that pertain to their accomplishments. Parents are required to accompany the nominees to their session. At this time, nominees will fill out a form with their profile information. All images and profile info must be completed by July 2013, in order for panels to be ready for their tour. Following this, the display panel is created and is scheduled for tour at set locations. This year-long program will continue from January to November. In September, the Greater Wyoming Valley will hold the Youth Salute Awards Program to honor the nominees and announce the local youth leaders.
How do Youth Salute nominees get recognized?
After applications are accepted, Youth Salute nominees are recognized in the area through a traveling display. Accepted nominees are photographed and, along with their individual achievement, a display profile is created for each accepted. The Youth Salute nominees are also recognized at a yearly awards ceremony. All nominees are invited to attend and are awarded their certificates and the Youth Leaders of the area are given recognition and some may receive scholarships. The top Youth Leader of the Year is awarded a fully-paid round trip to represent the Greater Wyoming Valley at the Nnationals in St. Louis and have a chance to compete for scholarship money.
Completed applications are due to the guidance office by March 22.
Cheerleaders redeemed at competition 2013
By Lauren Senese
The Pittston Area cheerleaders returned to Pennsylvania from Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL early in the morning on Tuesday, Feb. 12. They brought home 28 bronze medals, a third-place trophy and a national title. They participated in the Universal Cheerleading Association’s National High School Cheerleading Championship and competed in the category of Large Varsity Non-Tumbling for the third consecutive year. Their first competition was on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The cheerleaders placed in the top half of the semifinals and moved on to Sunday’s competition. They placed third in the nation for their category. They were first among schools from Pennsylvania.
Dr. Seuss birthday celebration
The Kindergarten Center celebrated the birthday of author Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 1. Our cafeteria served “Green Eggs and Ham” for breakfast and baked special birthday cookies that each student ate during lunchtime. Teachers read a Dr. Seuss book and the “Grinch” came to visit. He visited all the classrooms. Students received a “Read Across America 2013” participation certificate.