Passion for Irish dancing earns high honor


First Posted: 2/26/2013

Breanna Cannell, 14, Exeter, from Scoil Rince na Connemara, was awarded the Ken Dificco Memorial Trophy at Mist of Ireland’s George Washington Birthday Feis in Hammonton, N.J. on Feb. 16. This perpetual trophy is awarded to a dancer who shows sportsmanship, friendly competition and passion for Irish Dancing and Irish Culture.

Pat Silver, instructor for Mist of Ireland said, “To keep my husband’s memory alive I created the Kenneth DeFiccio Memorial Award. It is a perpetual trophy given to a dancer during the annual George Washington Feis held every year in February. During the year prior to the feis I keep my eyes open to see that one dancer who stands out.”

Cannell is the first recipient of this award and will bring the trophy back next year to pass it along to another deserving Irish dancer. Silver said, “Breanna has such a beautiful spirit. She is a respectful young lady. When she is at a feis I have noticed how she goes out of her way to be friendly, gracious, and kind to everyone. These qualities are what stood out to me when I choose her for this award. She captured the true spirit of what an Irish Dancer is supposed to be.”

Cannell has been dancing with Scoil Rince na Connemara for 6 years and is currently competing in the Novice category. In addition to receiving this award at the competition, she also won a second place, two third places and a fourth place.

Earns Master’s

Eric Fay received a Master of Science degree in Network Security at Monmouth University in W. Long Branch, N.J., on Jan. 18. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Monmouth in 2011 and was a sprinter on the Monmouth Hawks track team during his undergrad years.

Eric is a 2007 Pittston Area graduate. He works as a Security Analyst for Dow Jones in Princeton and lives in North Brunswick, N.J. He is the son of Richard and Lynne Fay, Duryea.

Carnegie performance

Erik Cudo, Wyoming, is one of four students from Holy Redeemer High School selected to participate in the annual Carnegie Hall Showcase Recital to be held in New York or at the F.M. Kirby Center recital after auditions sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (NEPMTA) at Marywood University.

Cudo was selected to perform piano at Carnegie on March 30. Louis Jablowski will perform at the Kirby in both voice and piano, and Brianna Stilp and Maria Khoudary will play piano at the Kirby on April 14. Erik and Maria are students of Christine Leandri, Louis is a student of Andrea Bogusko and Laura Anderson, and Brianna is taught by Diane Shuleski.

Dean’s List

Allison Golden, of West Pittston, has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor list for outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2012 semester. Students with a quality point average of 3.60 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for a semester’s work are placed on the College’s Dean’s Honor List.

Terrence Donnelly, a member of the class of 2016 from West Pittston, has been named to the fall 2012 Dean’s List at Loyola University Maryland.

Happy Birthday

Birthday wishes go to Rosalyn Fasciana, Dupont, who is celebrating her 16th birthday, March 4; Brian Talipan, of Pittston Township, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Feb. 28; and James Talipan, Pittston, who celebrated his birthday on March 2; and Bob Chmarney, who recently turned 60. Also to Kim Gydish Davidson, of Florida, celebrating today, March 3; Ann Ames, of Pittston, celebrating March 7 and Anita Lizza, Exeter, celebrating on March 9.

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