Class of 2017 Graduates from Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross Graduation - Valedictorian Meghan Healey

Class of 2017 Valedictorian: Meghan Ann Brigid Healey.

Holy Cross High School graduated 89 students on Friday, June 2, at Sette LaVerghetta Center at Marywood University with Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, as commencement speaker and honored guest.

A baccalaureate mass was held on Thursday, June 1, at Cathedral of St. Peter with Rev. Cyril D. Edwards as principal celebrant. Benjamin D. Tolerico is school principal.

Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Healey, Scranton, was named valedictorian. Salutatorian was Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Gilhooley, Olyphant.

Meghan was a four-year member of the varsity cross country and varsity track teams and was named senior captain of both teams. She served as class vice president for four years; was a two member of the swim and basketball teams, a senior Student Council representation, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club and Crusaders for Compassion.

Holy Cross Graduation - Salutatorian Hannah Gilhooley

Class of 2017 Salutatorian: Hannah Ruth Gilhooley

Hannah was a member and parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, Pro-Life Club, Environmental Club, Language Club, Habitat for Humanity, Immaculate Heart of Mary Scholar, and a four-year varsity softball team member. She will attend the University of Scranton majoring in biology in the  PreMed track.

Members of the 2017 Holy Cross graduating class were: Abigail Sarah Anderson, Caitlin Marie Andrews, Dean Michael Angeloni, Jeffrey Joseph Antosh, Joseph Aloysius Arbie, Kevan Joseph Bailey, Christopher Michael Baumher, Erica Evanne Berlot, Lianna Shania Bilbao, Grant Joseph Brogenski, Deidra Cali, Kaitlyn Ashley Cebular, Ryan Commodario, Abigail Rose Corrigan.

Also, Francesca Ann Creavey, Marguerite Josephine Cummings, Thomas Antonio Deredita, Brianna Leigh Dyson, Shayonna D. Escalera, Dustin Bernard Fagnani, Kelly Ann Farrell, Thaddeus James Farrell, Jacob Andrew Geda, Matthew Paul Genovese, Leah Mary Clare Georgiades, Hannah Ruth Gilhooley, Mary-Margaret Graff.

Also, Emilly Paige Griffiths, Cassandra Groncki, Abigail Guziewicz, James Arthur Hanna, Meghan Ann Brigid Healey, Robert J. Hernandez, Julianne Frances Hunt, John L. Iacobacci, Patrick Kane, Jeabog Kim, Mark Stephen Kobierecki II, Acacia Krenitsky, Morgan Rebecca Kriefski, Daviane J. Laforme, Deion Joseph Lewis, Mia Francesca Maiolatesi, Paul Joseph Marmo, Rose Martillotti.

Also, Colin Quinn McAndrew, Makayla Isabelle McClemens, Madelyn McGoff, Emily Ann McHale, Laurel Ann Mekilo, Joseph David Mies, Rachel Anne Moffitt, Timothy Jared Murphy, Celine Antoinette Nash, Matthew G. Nelson, Maria Rachel Noyes, Kaitlyn Christine O’Connor, Kateri Christine O’Connor, Christian A. Ogozaly, James Dougas Owens, Kella Ann Pacifico, Leah Pawluck, Grace Alyona Perechinsky, Shelby Anne Petrillo, Alyssa Lynn Pezzuti.

Also, Malachi Jordan Phillips, Miranda Piwowarski, KiSeong Kevin Ra, Michael Joseph Roberts, Amanda Ross, Bailey T. Simrell, Alana Bridget Siock, Ann Marie Siock, Noah James Sirannni, Jordan Joseph Symonies, Carly Ann Tomaine, John Barton Topalanchik, Lauren Kathleen Torre, James Michael Tressler, Tracey Ann Tyrrell, Nicholas Henry Urso.

Also, Giovanni Charlie Vega, Lauren Catherine Walker, Ashley Elizabeth Walsh, Matthew Ryan Warden, Madison Christine Ware, Jade Jiajing Wehner, Tazu-Ling Sunny Weng and Suming Wu.




Area Students Participate in 14th Annual Kane Competition

A total of 18 Dunmore High School students participated in The University of Scranton’s 14th annual Kane Competition. They are among the nearly 200 students from 15 area high schools that competed in a series of events that tested the students’ knowledge on physics and engineering through interactive challenges.

Inspired by the 1985 film “Back to the Future,” this year’s Kane Competition included a Jeopardy-style quiz featuring questions similar to those found on the AP physics exam tested students on knowledge in mechanics, waves, optics, electromagnetism and basic circuits.

Another event, “The Time is Ripe,” required teams to determine the drop height from which to release a large piece of fruit enclosed within a net attached to a bungee cord. The competition ended with an event that required students to work in a team to win a perpetual trophy, the “Kane Cup.”

Tyler Mahone from Wallenpaupack Area High School came in first place in the individual competition. Spencer Yacuboski from Berwick High School came in second place. Evan Esposito from Wyoming Area High School came in third place and also was the highest placing student in the Jeopardy round who will be attending the University starting in the fall of 2017 with a $1,500 University of Scranton Scholarship. Team one from Berwick High School placed first in the group portion of the competition. Wallenpaupack Area High school placed second. Team one from North Pocono High school placed third.

The competition is organized by the University’s Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering with the purpose of encouraging more students to pursue careers in physics and engineering. The Kane Competition is supported by the Joseph Kane Estate, the University’s Financial Aid Office and Physics and Electrical Engineering Department, and students in the University’s physics and electrical engineering program.


Kane Competition - DHS Team 1

Members of Team 1 from Dunmore High School included, seated from left: University of Scranton sophomore Peter Kulick, advisor Aimee Wentzell, and Emily Pavlowski. Standing, same order: Maddie Martin, Kyle Delhagen, Conor Walsh, Robert Bistran and Danial Lopatka.

Kane Competition - DHS Team 2

Dunmore High School Team 2 at the Kane Competition included, seated from left: University of Scranton sophomore Peter Kulick, advisor Aimee Wentzell, and Matt Taylor. Standing, same order: Elizabeth Nolen, Justine Lim, Gina Bernotsky, Kathleen Coar and Grace Nolen.

Kane Competition - DHS Team 3

Dunmore High School Team 3 at the Kane Competition included, seated from left: University of Scranton sophomore Peter Kulick, advisor Aimee Wentzell, and Nico Summa. Standing, same order: Maryse Madrazo, Cessna Pendon, Olivia Miller, Nicolette Lucas and Nina MacClean.


Dunmoreans of the Month: Alec Yanisko and Joe Del Vecchio

Dunmoreans of the Month - Joe and Alec

By Steve Svetovich

Whether it was an act of heroism or being in the right place at the right time, two Dunmore teens showed smart judgement in alerting authorities to find missing U.S. District Judge Edwin Kosik.

Alec Yanisko, 15, son of Steve and Stacey Yanisko, a Dunmore High School freshman, and Joe Del Vecchio, 18, son of Dave and Denise Del Vecchio, a Dunmore High School junior, discovered Judge Kosik’s gray 2015 Acura RDX in a wooded area off Tigue Street in Dunmore around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30.

After finding identity inside the vehicle, the teens went back to Del Vecchio’s home and notified police.

Law enforcement agencies immediately drove to the scene, including a Dunmore Police Department canine unit. The search dog picked up Judge Kosik’s scent and located him about 100 yards away.

The two teens were riding ATVs around the Dunmore Reservoir before stumbling upon the missing judge’s  vehicle. The jurist had been missing in the cold without food or water for two days.

kosickU.S. marshals said Judge Kosik, 91, had been taking medication for memory loss and was last seen entering Bill’s ShopRite on the Daleville Highway in Covington Township late Tuesday night, March 28.

“These two boys are being called heroes in the borough,” said Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney when contacted by The Dunmorean. “They were in the right place at the right time.

“And fortunately for Judge Kosik, they did not walk away from this potentially tragic situation. They used good judgement and did some work on their own. They checked the vehicle, found identification and went to work. They went to one of the boy’s homes and immediately called police. They alerted police to the scene. They acted quick and responsibly.

“The two teens should be commended for what they did. The borough is very thankful and we will express that gratitude in some way.

“We are very proud of those two young men and their parents.”

Alec Yanisko, an honor student and lineman on the Dunmore Bucks freshman football team, said he enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and ATV riding. He would like to eventually study plumbing and heating at Johnson School of Technology.

When contacted by The Dunmorean, he said, “I don’t know for sure if you can consider us heroes, but we were at the right place at the right time.

“It was going to rain that night and we weren’t even going to go out. But we had nothing to do, so we went out on our ATVs. It was raining and we pulled over. We spotted the car and found identification inside. We went to Joe’s parents house and called the police. We showed them the car and then the canine dog found Judge Kosik.

“At first we were not sure if he would be found alive. He had been missing two days. It sure feels good he was found alive. We want to meet him and his family now.”

And then there was the reception of classmates at Dunmore High School Friday, March 31, the day after Judge Kosik was located. “The kids at school were tremendous,” said Alec. “They were calling us heroes and saying that we saved the judge. It was outstanding.”

Joe Del Vecchio, like his friend, also loves the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and ATV riding. He is an honor student, hopes to eventually attend Penn State and wants to be a state trooper.

When contacted by The Dunmorean, he said, “It was going to rain that night, so we weren’t even going to ride our ATVs that night. But we were looking for something to do, so we decided to go,out. When we first spotted the car in the woods we were a little nervous. So we got the identification and immediately went back to my house. We told my dad about it and he helped us contact the police. We found out what was going on and were happy to help police locate the judge.

“As far as being called heroes, well, we were just happy to assist in finding the judge and help him out. We are happy he is okay. Now we just want to meet him.

“The kids at school were all excited the next day. They were all congratulating us. It was great.”

Judge Kosik was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for an examination after he was found. He was taking medication for memory loss. The judge was awake and aware authorities were around him at the time he was found.

Kosik had been a federal judge for over 30 years. Earlier this year, he transferred to inactive status due to health issues.

His disappearance touched a widespread search. A state police helicopter searched in the air. Electronic signs reported his license plate to passing motorists.

The boys located a Sam’s Club card bearing Kosik’s name inside the stuck vehicle. The windows of the car were found smashed. The boys checked the judge’s name on Facebook and found numerous news stories reporting the judge’s disappearance. That all led to authorities and the canine dog finding him.

Prior to his tenure on the federal bench, Kosik served as the Lackawanna County president judge from 1979 to 1986. During his three decades on the federal bench, Kosik presided over several high profile cases, including the “kids for cash” scandal.

Athlete of the Month: Abby Sempa

athlete-of-the-month-abby-sempaBy Steve Svetovich

Abby Sempa is only a sophomore on the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders basketball team, but she fit in right away with her teammates.

And that is because she cares more about being a teammate than anything else.

Daughter of Fran and Mary Sempa, the sophomore starting shooting guard averages 8.3 points per game and adds an additional offensive threat to the team and the league’s leading scorer, teammate senior Abby Anderson. She was 50-61 from the free-throw line (82%) and made 27 three-point goals and a total of 58 field goals.

Abby, a two-year member of the Lady Crusaders, helped her team to a 15-5 record despite a 45-44 loss to Mid Valley in the first round of district playoffs.

The sophomore stalwart scored 10 points in the tough loss.

Abby, 16, is also a member of the cross country team at Holy Cross. She was a second-team all-star as a freshman cross country runner.

sempaA scholar-athlete, Abby has an impressive 3.8 academic average. Her best subject is math. She will be joining the environmental club this month.

Abby talked about what it takes to be a successful shooting guard. “You need a lot of focus and situational awareness. And be ready for the ball all the time.”

She talked about the success of the team during the regular season. “It’s all about teamwork and being close to each other as a team,” she said. “No one is selfish. We work as a team. We work hard. We cheer each other on. We are always there for each other on and off the court.”

Abby said she learned a lot from Holy Cross girls’ basketball coach Barry Fitzgerald. “He taught me how to play better defense and how to play in tough situations.”

And she has learned plenty from her parents. “My parents taught me how to be a better person, how to be respectful and about sportsmanship.”

Abby has a couple older sisters to look up to. Mary Grace played basketball and is a 2011 Holy Cross graduate. Eileen played basketball and is a 2007 Bishop Hannan graduate.

Abby talked about her future goals. “I want to try to excel on the basketball court and play for my teammates. I want to keep up on my grades and academic subjects. I want to go to a good college.”

The talented guard said she likes listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Maroon 5 in concert.

Abby has totally enjoyed her experience at Holy Cross thus far. “It has been a very good experience,” she said. “I like it here a lot, but sports has played a big part of it. I really enjoy keeping up on my grades too. The entire Catholic experience has been a major part of it for me.”