PA seniors named WVIA Artists of Week

First Posted: 1/20/2013

Pittston Area seniors, Karlee Patton and Kristen Santey, were chosen as WVIA’s Visual and Performance Artists of the Week during the month of December.

The pair were interviewed at the WVIA studios and a short video clip.

Patton, who was selected as the visual artist, was nominated by high school art teacher Mrs. Judy Greenwald. She said her favorite modern artist is Tim Burton, who inspired me to become an art director. She draws nearly every waking moment and plans to pursue her love of art in college.

Santey was nominated by high school music teacher Mr. Adam Burdett as the performance artist. For the interview she performed a piece on tenor saxophone, although her musical interests also include singing. Santey plans on pursuing an elementary education degree from Wilkes University, but she also intend on minoring in music and joining their civic (concert) band.

David Wilczewski, PA student

Student teaching

Pittston Area graduate Shaelynn Dragon, Inkerkman was one of 26 Misericordia University teacher education majors assigned to student teaching for the spring semester during an orientation program in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library.

The Teacher Education Department at Misericordia University requires student teachers to observe student instruction for 14 weeks in two different classrooms as part of their educational and professional experience. Students spend the school day in their assigned classrooms at first observing and then gradually teaching classes.

Misericordia’s Teacher Education Department was one of the first teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania to meet the state’s more rigorous requirements. A recent report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education gave Misericordia high marks in many areas, but especially for its work to implement early and continuous field experiences, and for its extensive student teaching program. The department was fully accredited by the state in 2000.

Happy birthday

Birthday wishes go to Hope Napkora of West Wyoming and her twin sister Faith Chipeleski of Drums who celebrated their birthdays on Jan. 19.

Also to Beverly Bertocci, Wyoming celebrating today Jan. 20.

Faye Chmiel of Dupont celebrated her birthday on Jan. 17.

Penn State grad

Sadie Smiles, Wyoming Area class of 2009, graduated from Penn State Main campus on December 22. Smiles graduated from the College of Communications with a degree in media studies, emphasis on film and TV, and minors in political science and English.

Bucknell Dean’s List

Bucknell University has released the dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year. A student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a scale of 4.0 to receive dean’s list recognition. Local students who met this standard are:

James C. Castellino, son of James and Lisa Castellino, of Pittston and a 2011 graduate of Pittston Area.

Corey N. Furman, son of Richard and Carolyn Furman, of Exeter and a 2010 graduate of Wyoming Area

Michael Mattei, son of Richard and Donna Mattei, of Harding and a 2009 graduate of Wyoming Area.

Louis J. Vullo, son of Joseph and Cynthia Vullo, of West Pittston and a 2012 graduate of Wyoming Area..

Wilkes grads

Local students were among the 250 Wilkes University students who completed their degrees, graduating in December.

Bachelor of Arts: Andrew Miele, of Dupont.

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Stephanie Schaefer, of Pittston.

Master of Science: Lisa Joyce, of Pittston; Sheila Keezer, of Exeter; Sara Thomas, of Duryea; Lisa Zelinski, of West Pittston

King’s Dean’s list

Brittany Czerniakowski attained the Dean’s List for the fall semester at King’s College. Her name was inadvertently omitted from last week’s listing.

Nutrition classes

The Penn State Luzerne County Extension is offering hands-on educational classes on nutrition through its Nutrition Links program. The program is designed to help families and individuals with low incomes stretch their food dollars to achieve a healthy diet. The program is taught in small groups, led by a nutrition education adviser, who is part of the Luzerne County Extension staff. Sessions, which are free of charge, are held in community centers, homes, churches and a variety of other sites. More information about Nutrition Links is available at the Luzerne County Extension office at 16 Luzerne Ave., Suite 200 West Pittston or by calling 825-1701.

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