Pennsylvania American Water’s “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest Winners

Pennsylvania American Water today announced the winners of its 20th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” art contest, with a sixth-grade student from Cumberland County scoring top honors. The company received more than 400 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the Commonwealth.

Sixth grader Colton Stamy of Eagle View Middle School in Mechanicsburg earned the grand prize for his artwork, which will be featured on the cover of Pennsylvania American Water’s annual “Protect Our Watersheds” wall calendar. The calendars will be printed and distributed across the Commonwealth later this year for use in 2023. 

“With increasing emphasis on environmental education in schools, we are seeing more students take an active role in watershed preservation and protection,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Mike Doran. “Activities like our art contest help to remind us that we all have a part in protecting our water sources.”

Stamy’s artwork earned first prize among eastern Pennsylvania entries, followed by Ellie Hine, a sixth-grade student also from Eagle View Middle School, in second place. Sixth-grader Genevieve Cobley, of St. Mary’s of Carmel School in Dunmore (Lackawanna County), finished third.

Genevieve Cobley

In western Pennsylvania, the first-place winner is Annelise Mayer, a sixth-grade student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County), with second place going to sixth-grader Layden Painter from Butler Catholic School (Butler County), and fifth-grader Faith Simon from Ave Maria School in Jefferson Hills (Allegheny County) earning third place.

In addition to having their artwork featured in the 2023 wall calendar, winners will receive bookstore gift cards.

Six runners-up have also been selected, and their artwork will be featured in the calendar and highlighted on the company’s social media channels. They are: Michelle An Dao and Pranaya Ponduri, both sixth-graders at Eagle View Middle School; Elizabeth Rich, a sixth-grader at Holy Rosary Elementary School in St. Duryea (Luzerne County); Madalyn Krill, a fifth-grader at Butler Catholic School; Harper Davies, a sixth-grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School; and Maddie Fellin, a sixth-grader at Ave Maria Academy.

Elizabeth Rich

Pennsylvania American Water’s contest requires that the students accompany their artwork with a short description of how watershed protection affects them personally.

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Geisinger Honors Susan M. Robel Award Winners

Geisinger has recognized 10 employees who go above and beyond in their dedication to patients at work and in the community with the Susan M. Robel Nursing Scholarship and Caring Award.

Created to honor the legacy of Sue Robel, Geisinger’s former chief nursing officer and co-chief patient experience officer, the two award programs annually recognize the dedicated work of Geisinger employees.

“Our Geisinger family members are always looking for ways — big and small — to improve the patient experience and make better health easier for everyone,” said Janet Tomcavage, chief nursing executive at Geisinger. “Congratulations to all of these deserving recipients. We thank you for your service to our patients and the communities we serve.”

The Caring Award honors Geisinger employees who are dedicated to caring for others in the workplace and beyond. Like Robel, who defined collegiality and was an exemplary colleague to all, these people demonstrate a steadfast commitment to serving others and are incredible advocates throughout our community. They inspire with their compassion, thoughtfulness and selflessness. In addition to other honors, winners receive $500 in cash and $500 for their charity of choice.

The Caring Award winners are:

  • Carlos Castillo, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
  • Candace Cremard, RN, Geisinger Community Medical Center
  • Ashley Hoffman, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
  • Judy Rockey, RN, Geisinger Scenery Park
  • Michele Swida, RN, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

The Nursing Scholarship program recognizes employees currently enrolled in nursing school who exemplify what it means to go above and beyond in providing patient care. These people continually show a commitment to meeting the highest standards of bedside care and work tirelessly to make sure patients are treated with the utmost compassion and kindness. Each scholarship recipient receives $1,000 toward their tuition, funded by the Alice E. Steele Endowment.

The Nursing Scholarship winners are:

  • Brianna Benscoter, RN, Geisinger Medical Center
  • Megan Harshbarger, Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
  • Jasselis Pozo-Guzman, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
  • Terri Seidel, RN, Geisinger Medical Center
  • Katelyn Urbina, RN, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Scranton Area Community Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to announce its 2021 scholarship recipients, benefitting 168 local students from various schools in the area from scholarship funds administered by the Foundation. A total of $474,440 was recently distributed through 63 scholarships, including the #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship, the Matt McGloin Scholarship, the Neal J. Fasula Scholarship, and the highly-competitive James F. Swift scholarship.

The complete listing of all 2021 scholarship recipients is detailed below.

Scholarship recipients are selected annually by various scholarship committees at the Foundation.

“We are grateful to the generous donors who make these scholarships possible to benefit so many students from across the region,” stated Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi. “The Foundation proudly manages over 50 individual scholarship funds established by charitable donors who want to support outstanding students and make higher education more attainable for so many in our communities.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, many scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

For more information on any of the scholarships at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

To establish a scholarship fund in honor of or memory of a loved one or to include a scholarship as a legacy gift in your estate plans, please contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation today or visit to learn more.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

#GaryInspiredMe Scholarship 
Natalie Deal (North Pocono)
Shiloh Miller (Northwest Area)

American Legion A. Pierson Hurd Academic Scholarship
Margaret Domski (Valley View)

Angelina Fricchione and Michael Cupple Scholarship
Sydney Dana (Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine)

Ann Wall Scholarship
Nathan Dill (Lackawanna Trail)

Anthracite Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke)
Joseph Fasula (Scranton Prep)
Joseph Ferrara (Wallenpaupak)
Hunter Geise (Riverside)
John Gilchrist (Riverside)
Lindsay Grzyboski (Riverside)
Zack Kovalchik (Valley View)
Shiloh Miller (Northwest Area)
Isabelle Ritz (Hazleton)
Matthew Williams (Holy Redeemer)

Ashley and Erin Williams Memorial Scholarship
Destiny Anello (North Pocono)

Blakely Borough Scholarship
Emma Burak (Valley View)

Caroline Ace, LPN/Angela Muchal, LPN Scholarship
Morgan Veina (Career Technology Center)

Catherine A. Alu Memorial Scholarship
Paige Martin (Dunmore)

Chris Moran Scholarship
Chase Poplawski (Mountain View)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)

Chris Till Sender Scholarship       
Christine Townsend (Scranton)

Cinderella’s Closet Scholarship                
Jillian Brennan (Holy Cross)

Constance M. and Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship
Travis Bridgeman (Scranton Prep)
Samuel Grizzanti (Scranton Prep)
Grace Ann Kapacs (Scranton Prep)

Danielle Faramelli Scholarship
Olivia Kaschak (Valley View)

David Gallagher Memorial Scholarship
Kayla Przekop (Abington Heights)

Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Scholarship
Peter Heckman (University of Scranton)

Dr. E.C. LaCoe Scholarship
Kristin Lipkus (Abington Heights)
Tyler Petty (Abington Heights)

Dr. George J. Hallesky Memorial Scholarship
Allana Elizabeth Warner (Johnson College)

Dulcey Degilio Scholarship
Kristin Lipkus (Abington Heights)

Edward C. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
John Barrera (Kings College)

Greg Legg NEPA Diamond Scholarship
Zack Kovalchik (Valley View)

James F. Swift Scholarship
Jillian Brennan (Holy Cross)
Shannon Baransky (Marywood)
Tanner Begin (Penn State University)
Cameron Butka (West Scranton)
Sofia Capozzi (Abington Heights)
Calista Calabro (Penn State University)
Ashley Capone (Marywood)
Christina Carachilo (University of Scranton)
Hannah Carr (University of Scranton)
Ryan Coleman (Valley View)
Andrew Cummings (Dickinson College)
Ava Decker (West Scranton)
James Docalovich (Lehigh University)
Caitlin Doughton (University of Scranton)
Collin Ennis (University of Scranton)
Fione Evans (University of Scranton)
Marguerite Flynn (Boston College)
Hunter Geise (Riverside)
Austin Glidewell (University of Scranton)
Nicholas Guerra (University of Scranton)
Marilyn Hoskins (Marywood University)
Matthew Howard (Scranton Prep)
Daniel Jaggars (University of Nebraska)
Rebecca Johnson (University of Scranton)
Tiffini Kalt (Marywood University)
Meghan Keenan (Elizabethtown College)
Benjamin Koshinski (University of Scranton)
Tori Kovalchick (Penn State University)
Korey Kruk (Scranton High School)
Kristen Lello (Marywood University)
Rebecca Lucas (University of the Sciences)
Ximena Maldonado (University of Scranton)
Olivia Manarchuck (University of Scranton)
Hailey Matechak (Lakeland)
Sara McCormack (Scranton)
David McKenney (Lakeland)
Mark Melesky (Penn State University)
Brooke Mickavicz (Marywood University)
Tyler Muskey (University of Scranton)
Jenna O’Malley (University of Scranton)
Gia Occhipinti (University of Pittsburgh)
Marisol Olivares (North Pocono)
Marley Palmere (Moravian College)
Claudia Pitts (University of Scranton)
Antonio Pugliese (Penn State University)
Megan Purcell (Lehigh University)
Meredith Purcell (Scranton Prep)
Taralyn Reilly (Valley View)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)
Julia Romanovich (University of Scranton)
Kayla Rose (Riverside)
Amanda Sakulich (Marywood University)
Nina Sampogne (Penn State University)
Gerardo Sanchez Garcia (University of Scranton)
Kaitlyn Savage (Marywood University)
Taylor Seprosky (Marywood University)
Gwyneth Serowinski (Keystone College)
Christian Snee (Mid Valley)
Gabrielle Snee (Mid Valley)
Natalie Sottile (University of Scranton)
Eric Spivak (Marywood University)
Elizabeth Stone (Marywood University)
Christopher Talluto (Elizabethtown College)
Alexis Tanana (Holy Cross)
Benjamin Thompson (North Pocono)
Makenna Thorpe (Saint Joseph’s University)
Evan Tremback (Marywood University)
Maura Turi (University of Scranton)
Ryan Turlip (University of Pennsylvania)
Alexandra Valvano (Villanova University)
Anna Van Wert (University of Scranton)
Jacob Vituszynski (University of Scranton)
Joshua Vituszynski (University of Scranton)
Stone Wormuth (Wilkes University)
Alec Yanisko (Johnson College)
Drew Yanni (Marywood University)

James M. Akens North Pocono Athletic Trust Fun
Casey Serine (North Pocono)
Kyle Serine (North Pocono)

Jane H. Rushmore Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Lisa Engroff (Career Technology Center)
Kacie Szczech (Career Technology Center)

Jason Evans Memorial Wrestling Scholarship
James Brown (Abington Heights)

Jefferson Scholarship
Sara Reyes Guerrero (Riverside)
Jaela Johnson (West Scranton)

Jeffrey Morgan Davis Memorial Scholarship
Sean Herbert (Holy Cross)

Jennifer Morgan Scholarship
Lindsey Christian (Pittston Area)

John and Grace Kreig Scholarship
Jeffery Higgins (Riverside)

John R. and Maureen J. Pesavento All Saints Interparochial Academy Scholarship
Ella Cohen (Scranton Prep)
Nicholas Rusinko (Holy Cross)

Joseph (Firp) and Charles Pacino Scholarship
Peter Kawash (Lakeland)

Joseph J. Costa Memorial Scholarship
Gene Biscontini (Lackawanna College)
Lindsey Eason (Lackawanna College)
Gilbert Diaz (Lackawanna College)

Joseph P. McDonald Memorial Scholarship
David Day (Dunmore)
Katie McKitish (Dunmore)
Steven Qarmout (Dunmore)

Junior League of Scranton Scholarship
Sara McCormack (Scranton)

Keisling Family Scholarship
Sarah Tolerico (Carbondale)

Margaret Briggs/Lackawanna College Scholarship
Tara Palumbo (Lackawanna College)
Donald Yarros (Lackawanna College)

Matt McGloin Scholarship
Brennan Burnside (West Scranton)
Iylah Mosley (West Scranton)

Midori Yamanouchi, PhD Scholarship             
Nevica Molinaro (Riverside)

Neal J. Fasula Scholarship
Gavin Beck (Marywood University)
Mia Castellano (Edinboro University)
Kevin Jumper (Holy Cross)
Norah Kelly (Holy Cross
Bryan Melliand (Penn State University)
Samantha Meeker (Penn State University)
Alexandra Mitchell (Penn State University)
Adam Nitch (West Chester University)
Will Oliphant (Misericordia University)
Frank Rosenski (Abington Heights)
William White (Penn State University)

Page to the Stage Collegiate Scholarship      
Damien Chmielewski (Mid Valley)

Patrick Andrew Luptak Scholarship
Natalie Deal (North Pocono)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)
Sarah Tolerico (Carbondale)

Pay It Forward Scholarship
Jessica Kehl (Penn State University)
Emma Kernoschak (Penn State University)

Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke Area)

Russell J. O’Malley and James E. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship
Richard Rodenbach (Temple University)

Sarah Beth Beynon Memorial Scholarship
Jadan Zawierucha (Pittston Area)

Scotty Cummings Perry Special Ed Scholarship     
Margaret Domski (Valley View)

Scranton Central High School Class of 1964 Scholarship
Emily Kizer (Scranton)

Sean J. Calpin Automotive Technology Scholarship
Nicholas Wilson (Johnson College)

Teddick Family Scholarship
Ashtyn Mecca (Lackawanna Trail)
Zoe Pickett (Elk Lake)
Chase Poplawski (Mountain View)

The Melvin-Deininger Scholarship
Madeline Meckwood (Abington Heights)

Tolerance Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke)

Todd Angelo Memorial Scholarship
Peter Heckman (University of Scranton)

Waverly Women’s Club Scholarship      
Sarah Siddiqui (Abington Heights)

Waverly Women’s Club Mildred Mumford English Scholarship
Isabell Holland (Abington Heights)

Waverly Women’s Club Technical School Scholarship      
Spencer Jones (Abington Heights)

FNCB Bank Foundation Announces 2021 College Scholarship Winners

FNCB Bank, locally-based since 1910, is pleased to announce the winners of the FNCB Bank Foundation merit scholarship awards for the 2021-2022 academic year. Overall, the foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to three area high school seniors based on their academic excellence, community and school involvement, and citizenship.

This year’s winners are Isabella Wisenburn of Abington Heights High School, Sarah Stettler of Holy Redeemer High School, and Danielle Lamberti of Lackawanna Trail High School. Ms. Wisenburn will be attending Juniata College (Bilingual Early Education), Ms. Stettler will be attending King’s College (Psychology) and Ms. Lamberti will be attending Misericordia University (Nursing).

“It was no easy task selecting three winners from a large pool of highly qualified applicants,” said Michael Cummings, FNCB Bank vice president, marketing manager and foundation chairman. “We would like to congratulate all our winners and wish them success in their future academic and professional pursuits.” For more information on the FNCB Bank Foundation Scholarship program, please visit

Rally for Restaurants Announces Not Just One, but Five #RallyFinale Contest Winners

Lackawanna College Rally for Restaurants and Metz Culinary Management had committed to raising up to $10,000 for the #RallyFinale Contest through their final dinner event with Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, but exceeded the amount, raising $14,000. Instead of awarding just one grand prize, Rally for Restaurants awarded the grand prize of $10,000to the winning restaurant, The 16th Ward which received the most community votes along with $1,000to each of the four finalists at an award ceremony on May 10 at 409 on Adams at Lackawanna College.

In collaboration with Metz Culinary Management, the Rally for Restaurants #RallyFinale Contest asked local restaurants to submit videos explaining how the funds would help support their eatery after being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Finalists stated that the funds would help replace equipment, pay for building repairs, cover bills, and pay employees.

“The spirit of Rally for Restaurants is an entire community coming together to help our local restaurants survive the pandemic,” said Stephanie Decker, AVP for Social and Economic Impact at Lackawanna College. “We are blown away by the overwhelming support. Once again, Northeast Pa. comes through for our area businesses. Lackawanna College is not a community college, but we are a college for our community and together we are making a difference.”

The Lackawanna College Rally for Restaurants initiative was able to donate a total of $79,300 to the local restaurant community and generate over $17,000 in scholarships for students in the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality.

“Our community continues to come together in amazing ways. We have a long road ahead to help our businesses and households recover – projects like Rally for Restaurants are a huge piece of getting us there,” said Scranton MayorPaige Gebhardt Cognetti.

“We were overwhelmed with the positive response and attendance this past Thursday for the final night of the Rally for Restaurants event held at the College featuring our Ruth’s Chris Steak House menu executed by the service and culinary team at Lackawanna College,” said Jeff Metz, President & CEO of Metz Culinary Management. “The sold-out event allowed us to raise even more money than we expected which will allow us to give back to the community in an even more meaningful way. We are proud to help support local restaurants as we are all in this together.”

#RallyFinale Contest Finalists included The 16th Ward, Bar Pazzo, POSH, El Buen Amigo, and Eden a Vegan Café.

The Dime Bank Announces PennCFL Challenge Winners

The Dime Bank is thrilled to announce winners of The Dime Bank sponsored Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) Stock Market Challenge competition.

Paige Schmidt, a student at Honesdale High School under the leadership of Ms. Barbara Lutat, triumphed in the Pike & Wayne Stock Market Challenge competition by finishing in first place in the High School Division. Read More

Kevin Scissons, a student at Preston School under the leadership of Mr. Don Burchell, finished in first place in the Middle School Division. Read More

Lakota Kinney, a student at Damascus School under the leadership of Mr. Don Burchell, finished in second place in the Middle School Division. Read More

Logan Arthur, a student at Carbondale High School under the leadership of Ms. Licia Olivetti, finished in third place in the High School Division. Read More

Reilly McNish, a student at Wallenpaupack Area School District under the leadership of Mrs. Argyro Paspalas, finished in third place in the Middle School Division. Read More

Rosa SanClementi, a student from the Wallenpaupack Area School District, finished top ten in the state in the Spring Statewide 2021 Elementary School Division. Rosa worked under the leadership of her teacher, Mrs. Argyro Paspalas. Read More

Congratulations Paige, Kevin, Lakota, Logan, Reilly, Rosa, and their teachers Ms. Lutat, Mr. Burchell, Ms. Olivetti, and Mrs. Argyro Paspalas on job well done!

PennCFL provides to all students in grades K -12 in Pennsylvania a world-class, web-based stock simulation platform and curriculum. The cutting-edge, real-time stock game is derived from Stock-Trak’s University Platform, which is used in over 80% of the top business schools in the United States. The Dime Bank is proud to sponsor programs such as PennCFL that promotes financial education in our local schools.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Announces Northeast PA 2021 Man & Woman of the Year Winners

A local man and woman have been named the winners of this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Northeast PA Man & Woman of the Year.

The two winners, Frank Ruggiero of Greenfield Township and Kristen Schoemig of Albrightsville, raised $76,515 and $13,984 respectively to support LLS’s goal to find cures for blood cancers and ensure that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. The entire candidate class raised a record breaking $175,493 for blood cancer research. 

During a spirited 10 week fundraising period beginning with a virtual kickoff celebration, candidates across the country competed in honor of a local boy or girl who is a blood cancer survivor to raise the most funds to ensure a world without blood cancers. 

Candidates and their campaign teams were judged solely on fundraising success, each dollar counting as one vote. Their totals are then considered for the national title. Candidates in each LLS chapter across the country vie for the local title, and the highest fundraisers earn the title of National Man & Woman of the Year. The national titles will be awarded to the top fundraisers in the country, to be announced this summer. 

This year is the third year for this campaign in Northeast PA and 6 men and 3 women stepped up to the challenge to raise money for blood cancer research. This year’s class of candidates set a goal of raising $100,000 and a personal mission of not only raising funds to help create a world without blood cancers, but also raising awareness for LLS’s goal to cure blood cancers and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

“Congratulations to our winners, and to all of our candidates and campaign team members who participated in this year’s Man & Woman of the Year campaign,” said Megan Galko,  Campaign Development Manager of the Man and Woman of the Year campaign. “These exceptional volunteers are all passionate and determined individuals, and leaders in their communities. Together, we are getting closer to LLS’s goal of a world without blood cancer.” 

LLS is the world’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Every nine minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a blood cancer. Through programs like Man & Woman of the Year, LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. In 2017 alone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 18 therapies to treat patients with blood cancers, including some entirely new agents and some new uses for already approved drugs. The funds raised through LLS’s Man & Woman of the Year are used for:

  • Research to advance targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives;
  • Blood cancer information, education and support for patients;
  • Policies that ensure patients have access to blood cancer treatments.

Visit the Man & Woman of the Year website ( or email to learn how you can become engaged with LLS.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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