The O'Latest

March 2016

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March 2016 - Issue 2 - March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's day to the class of 2016, families and friends!

We are ticking quickly closer to graduation. I know that many of you have senioritis but don't let this become a jeopardy for you towards graduation. More Scholarships are listed below, so don't forget to check them out.

Please note that there is a current job opportunity listed at the bottom of this issue of "The Latest"

Of special note, in the last issue of "The Latest", I included a list of students who have either not presented or scheduled a presentation for graduation project presentations. Students who do not show up on their assigned date will present on the day before graduation. Students who do not complete a graduation project will not receive a high school diploma. As a reminder, the graduation project includes 10 hours of service (turn in sheet of proof), a presentation and a three page paper with a minimum of three citations. Emails have recently been sent out to your school email showing your status as of 3/7/2016

May 1st is the universal national deadline to let Colleges and Universities know if you will be attending!

College O'Application Progress

O'FAFSA Completion

If you haven't done so, please make sure you check deadlines for financial aid forms. Remember you need to get a FSAID for both student and parent. This is your electronic signature.

Remember that it is now financial aid season. Pay attention to the deadlines for each of the colleges you have applied to as they vary from school to school. So far 43 FAFSA applications have been submitted by Lakeland students

Class of 2016 Application Statistics as of 3/14/2016

  • 75.5% of students have applied to college or trade school
  • 5% of students have firm plans to or have joined the military
  • 272 applications submitted
  • 93 reported college acceptances
  • 15.5% of students have reported that they intend to enter the workforce upon graduation

O'Application Results

Now that many of the college applications are done, the acceptances are starting to roll in. Please remember to bring a copy of your college acceptance letters in to the guidance office. If your notification was in an email or on an online college account, you could forward the email or screenshot the screen showing the acceptance. My email address is

We will not announce your college of attendance on class night if we do not have evidence of your acceptance. It is also helpful for us to collect this data as it will help us guide future applicants to each college. Even if you receive a denial letter, it is very helpful if you can provide that information to me. I won't share your individual information with anyone but would like to collect the data to better assist future students.

College O'Acceptances

The students listed below have been accepted to college for the fall of 2016! They have provided documentation of their acceptances. Some have been accepted to more than one school!

Congratulations to you all, I am very proud of you!

  • Liz Albanesi
  • Kayla Agentowicz *new acceptance
  • Connor Albino
  • Christine Anzelmi
  • Dana Beecroft
  • Ray Bonham
  • Cheyann Borsheski
  • Nick Cicio
  • Caela Collins * new acceptance
  • Jenneca Comes
  • Marina Contorno
  • Collin Cooper
  • Carolyn Cortes
  • Corey Davis
  • Harley Davis
  • Tiffany DeMarco
  • Kayla Deremer
  • Lindsey Domonoski
  • James Eskra
  • Taylor Flynn
  • Teya Heller
  • Kristen Hlavaty
  • Amanda Imbalzano
  • Kaela Jennette
  • Lindsay Jones
  • Tyler Jones *new acceptance
  • Jeff Kinderman *new acceptance
  • Ian Kondrat
  • Brianna Krzan
  • Michaelene Krzan
  • Zoe Link
  • Mariah Loughney
  • Karleigh Lukasik
  • Maria Merrigan
  • Taylor Morgan
  • Graeme Nichols
  • Sean Pittack
  • Zach Polito
  • Armen Rissmiller
  • Sara Roscioli
  • Mary Rzucidlo
  • Morgan Shiner
  • Jazlyn Sienkiewicz
  • Brooke Stearns
  • Georgia Verrastro
  • Katie Walsh
  • Joseph Wanat
  • Joshua Wayman
  • David Williams
  • Ami Yanochik

Scholarship Tips and Tricks

1. Scholarship applications commonly require information provided by the guidance office such as transcripts or recommendations. For this reason we will happily mail completed applications directly from the guidance office. Complete all student components of applications before dropping them off in the guidance office. We will add any required documents, fill out school/counselor portions and mail to the scholarship processing center. Please provide mailing address. Transcripts for scholarships can be requested through Naviance.
2. Beat the deadlines. Don't wait until the deadline to submit. Deadline are the final possible date to send out, it is very acceptable and recommended that you send earlier.
3. All of the below listed scholarships, as well as previously published scholarships can also be found on Naviance.
4. Information about additional scholarships will be sent out as they are received.
5. Don't forget to contact the financial aid office at the colleges/universities you hope to attend to find out about institutional scholarships.

William Popovich Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 23, 2016

The William Popovich Memorial Scholarship will be awarded by the Lackawanna Conservation District to one high school senior that lives in Lackawanna county and plans to further their education by studying in a course curriculum dealing with the Agriculture or Veterinary Science. Majors such as Agribusiness, Animal Science, Agricultural Engineering, Crop Science or Agronomy will qualify for the scholarship. If there is a question whether a student's field of study would qualify, call the Conservation District Office at 570-382-3086

Click here for the application.

Nancey & William Lange Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 23, 2016

The Nancey & William Lange Memorial Scholarship will be awarded by the Lackawanna Conservation District to one high school senior who lives in Lackawanna County and plans to further their education by studying in a course curriculum dealing with the Environment. Majors such as Environmental Studies or Engineering, Wildlife Resource management, Natural Resource conservation, Parks & Recreation or Forest Sciences would qualify for the scholarship. If there is a question whether a student's field of study would qualify, call the Conservation District Office at 570-382-3086.

Click here for the application.

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Anne Dowd Geoffroy Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Amount: $1,000

Anne Dowd Geoffroy Memorial Scholarship

Anne Dowd Geoffroy (September 22, 1947–September 20, 2013) was born in Carbondale, raised in New York City, and spent childhood summers at her family home in Jermyn. In college, she studied home economics at Marymount Manhattan and took her first job teaching the subject for the Minnesink Valley Central School District in Middletown, New York. She returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania, where she had so many wonderful childhood memories, in 1972, and began teaching at Sacred Heart of Mary Elementary School in Jermyn while living in her family home across the street from the school. At Sacred Heart Anne found her passion for teaching elementary school students. She joined the faculty of the Greenfield Elementary School in 1974 and along with her colleagues there found a joyful community of educators who felt deeply engaged with and invested in their young students. Anne worked within the Lakeland School District for the remainder of her career until her retirement in 2007. She taught third grade for eighteen years at Mayfield Elementary School.

Anne held her students to high academic and civic standards while maintaining a nurturing classroom environment. Anne instilled a confidence and compassion in her students that allowed them to seek strength within themselves. Megan (Smith) Keane ('99) loved going to school because of Anne, even with Anne's high expectations. Megan recalls, "She made learning fun and interesting, and she is the reason I love reading. Anne inspired me to read and helped me to see the wonderful magic books have to offer. The year I had Anne as my teacher I read continuously and even started reading Shakespeare. She always motivated her students to read at a higher level. She had confidence in her students and always pushed them to work harder." Anne kept a keen eye out for students who were struggling and did not hesitate to get involved when she sensed that a student faced challenges outside the classroom. Anne realized how detrimental the environment outside her classroom could be to a student's success. Cara (Milewski) Szili ('03) recalls how Anne helped her through the difficult time of losing a grandfather during third grade: "She taught me what it means to truly love your students. I always felt loved in third grade." Marisa Rosemellia ('00) remembers the sense of responsibility and leadership that Anne fostered in her. Now a teacher herself, Marisa tries "to instill a sense of responsibility and confidence in students. Thanks to her, I found this confidence at a young age and it helped me succeed throughout my life. I work hard to show my students that they can do anything they want to do if they just work hard and believe in themselves."

The Anne Dowd Geoffroy Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a senior graduating from Lakeland High School who demonstrates academic excellence, civic engagement, and community involvement, and will pursue a bachelor's degree in education combined with a subject-area focus. Anne's family inaugurated the scholarship to commemorate her commitment to industrious, compassionate education. Her former student, Will Bellucci ('99) articulated precisely the goal Anne's family has for the scholarship recipient: "I hope that those who apply for this great scholarship will strive to be the role model Mrs. Geoffroy was, and that the recipient will aim to achieve the high level of teaching and compassion for all students that she attained during her career."

Click here for the application.

Employment Opportunity

Pharmacy Technician

The primary purpose of this position is to assist the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager with serving customers and maintaining the Pharmacy department. The incumbent is also required to perform all tasks in a safe manner consistent with corporate policies and state and federal laws.

The associate is responsible for the functions below, in addition to other duties as assigned:
1. Perform all functions and duties of a Pharmacy Service Representative to ensure prompt service in the Pharmacy Department.
2. Perform computer entry of prescription information including but not limited to: patient search, prescriber search, drug selection, prescription interpretation & entry, insurance billing and basic problem resolution.
3. Accept customer and prescription information required to process new and refill prescriptions, including refill authorization from doctor offices where permitted by state law.
4. Retrieve the appropriate medication from inventory where permitted by state law.
5. Create prescription labels and put them on prescription containers where permitted by state law.
6. Place medication into prescription containers where permitted by state law.
7. Complete paperwork related to filling prescriptions and input customer and prescription data into the computer system where permitted by law.
8. Assist with maintaining the Pharmacy department by keeping it clean and in order.
9. Assist in inventory management processes including: order review, inventory returns, restocking shelves, and physical inventory preparation.
10. Administer Rite Aid programs including: FlavoRx, Living More, etc.
11. Reconstitute oral liquids where permitted by state law.

Here is the application website.

PROM 2016

Cinderella's Closet

om is just around the corner. Cinderella's Close of Northeaster Pennsylvania is an organization of community volunteers committed to fostering the self-esteem of young women and to provide them with an opportunity to discover an affordable dress through a positive boutique experience. Their spring event will be held on Thursday, April 14,2016 at Genetti Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Dickson City from 4pm-8pm