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Shining stars: CV honors Scholastic Superstars Class of 2019


Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA - The Citizens’ Voice and sponsor PPL Electric Utilities honored 20 high school seniors Tuesday at the first Scholastic Superstars ceremony.


From left, seated, are Scholastic Superstars Juilia Andrejko, Andrea Shaw, Alexandra Miller; standing, Alana Roberts, PPL Electric Utiliites regional affaits director; Scholastic Superstars Sarah Liskowicz, Katelyn Whetstone, Shelby Carr, Sarah Pontier, Nathaniel Smith, Jenavieve Pursell, Jacob Shusta, Trevor Grohowski, Evan Elko, Michael Abromovage, Aleah Kranson, Harley LaRue, Cameron O'Neill, and Madison Weiss.  Also honored were Scholastic Superstars Sophia Adeghe, MollyLeahy and Nikolai Stefanov. Dave Scherbenco / The Citizons' Voice


“I am really glad to be here today. It was an honor to receive this award and represent my school, and I got to bring the teacher of my choice, Mrs. Berrettini. And I am glad I could let her have the night with me as well,” said Jenavieve Pursell, a Wyoming Valley West High School senior from Swoyersville.


Her journalism teacher at Wyoming Valley West, Erica Berrettini, attended the ceremony, along with the student’s parents.

“It was just an honor to have such a great student ask me to be here, and it’s not everyday that you have someone that great in your class. And it was privilege,” Berrettini said.


A team of judges narrowed down a list of nominations from area high schools to determine the Scholastic Superstars Class of 2019, said Kristen Gaydos, assistant city editor and Scholastic Superstars program coordinator for The Citizens’ Voice.


“We’re here tonight to honor the Scholastic Superstars Class of 2019 — a group of students whose achievements are varied and truly outstanding,” Gaydos said. “They’re so exceptional that they made me wish I could go back to high school and maybe join some more clubs, add in some more activities to improve my credentials.”


Gaydos introduced the students during the ceremony, and Larry Holeva, executive editor of The Citizens’ Voice, conferred the students with their medals.


Annette Weiss, a Mountain Top resident, attended the ceremony with her daughter, Madison Weiss, a senior at Crestwood High School.


“It was a well-done program,” Annette Weiss said. “It was a great honor for her to be nominated by the school and then be accepted by The Citizens’ Voice to be rewarded with the first class The Citizens’ Voice is doing. It was a good night. It was a good time.”


Melissa Whetstone joined her daughter Katelyn Whetstone, another senior at Crestwood.


“I thought it went very well,” Melissa Whetstone said. “I think it’s really good for the kids to gain accomplishments they could be proud of and look back on, and it helps start them off on a good foot for their college years and the future.”


Diane Grohowski of Nanticoke was there with her son, Trevor Grohowski, a senior at Greater Nanticoke Area Highs School.

“I think it was an incredible program to showcase the area students and their educational accomplishments,” she said. “It was very nice to get together and see what we have coming out of the valley because we don’t always hear good things.”

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