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4/23/2017
Hanover Area, Nanticoke Area teaming up on field for a good cause
Steve Bennett - Citizens Voice

When Nanticoke Area and Hanover Area had their exhibition baseball game postponed prior to the start of the season, it figured to be just another game lost to poor weather conditions.
But Hanover Area junior Matt Clarke had an idea, and it showed that when times are tough, positive things can come out of the most heated rivalries.
Not long after Nanticoke Area senior Aaron Kreitzer was diagnosed with leukemia in March, Clarke approached Hanover Area coach Mike Zapotoski about playing a game to benefit Kreitzer and his family. Zapotoski called Nanticoke Area coach Joe Yudichak, and Yudichak didn’t hesitate.
From there, Nanticoke Area athletic director Ken Bartuska thought it would be a good idea if the softball teams from both schools became involved.
And next Sunday, a doubleheader will be held at Hanover Area with all proceeds from the event going to the Kreitzer family. The Nanticoke Area and Hanover Area softball teams will play at 1, with the baseball teams scheduled to play at 2. Both games are exhibitions.
“He was going to be one of my senior leaders and a starting outfielder,” Yudichak said of Kreitzer, who is receiving treatment at Geisinger in Danville. “It is tough to put into words. This never happened to me with a player in 30 years of coaching. It shook up the whole team. The whole team is battling through it with him.”
The connection between the two schools goes well beyond the rivalry. There are friendships that have been forged, and Aaron’s father, Brian, is a health and physical education teacher at Hanover Area. He teaches alongside Hanover Area softball coach Kathy Healey. And, to take it a step further, Aaron’s cousin, Kyle, is an assistant baseball coach at Hanover Area.
Once Clarke came up with the idea of the game, Kyle Kreitzer took the ball and ran with it, mainly to keep the pressure of putting together something like this off the kids.
“When Kyle asked if the softball team wanted to play, we said we absolutely would,” Healey said. “The Hanover kids love Mr. Kreitzer, and they said they would do anything for him. A lot of our players know Aaron; they definitely want to help.”
The teams sold shirts for the game at a cost of $15, and the shirts the players will wear are donated by Senator John Yudichak and Joe Yudichak Sr. A limited number will be sold at the games on a first come, first served basis.
“The team brought it up, and I took it upon myself to take charge of it,” Kyle Kreitzer said. “Aaron is my cousin. We are pretty close. I grew up with him; we spend all the holidays together. We would hang out, go over his house swimming and all that.”
Kyle Kreitzer came up with the design for the shirts.
“I wanted to do something simple,” he said. “His jersey number (17) will be on the jersey and the word ‘Fight’ is across the back. Just a way of everyone coming together to fight for him and with him. Everybody will be wearing the number 17.
“Reality kind of sets in and you put all the rivalry stuff behind you. Especially with (Aaron) being a family member. It is nice for both communities to come together. Both communities are connected to him. It is nice we can all come together and have a game for him.”
Pat Revello from Old Forge, another relation to the Kreitzer family, is donating pizza for the event. There is also a contingent from Old Forge that will be traveling by bus to the games. They will be wearing similar shirts to the players — only theirs will be gold. Also, baked goods will be available, and there will be raffles and a 50-50 drawing. There is no admission fee to attend the games, but fans will be asked to donate money for parking.
“It’s a great thing, it shows that two rivals can come together and do something for a kid that is in need right now,” Yudichak said. “It is amazing that (Clarke) could come up with an idea like that. When (Zapotoski) called me to see if I wanted to set something up, I was thrilled. I am happy that the kids care. You see the heart in a lot of people when something like this happens.”
Yudichak said players from Nanticoke Area are constantly in touch with Aaron Kreitzer via text message. The Trojans wear a ribbon on their hat and a patch on their jerseys as a way to honor him.
“I can’t stress enough what a good kid he is,” Yudichak said.

4/19/2017
GNA travel programs broaden horizons
By Madelyn Bugdonovitch, Newspaper In Education student columnist

Citizens Voice

Traveling can open minds, giving a new sense of responsibility and a new sense of self to the traveler. The Greater Nanticoke Area High School gives its students the chance to step outside the mere walls of the classroom and take advantage of opportunities to get out of town, out of state, and even out of the country.
“International travel is so personally enriching; you get to see how other people live and think. As a teacher, it is amazing for me to see students so engaged in such a different environment,” said Linda Kelchner, Spanish teacher at GNA and chaperone for many of the international excursions.
Many opportunities
Through many of its programs, Greater Nanticoke Area affords students the opportunity to experience new places and cultures, to talk with people of other nationalities, to try foods different from that which they are used to, and to really step outside of their comfort zone and explore the world around them. They also get the chance to meet students who are traveling from other areas, and in some cases, to form lifelong friendships. By choosing to travel, students are allowing themselves a chance to grow and change in many positive ways.
For many students at GNA, this is their first time traveling alone without their families. This environment provides a chance to develop essential life skills such as decision-making, self-sufficiency, and money and time management.
Studying abroad and traveling internationally can help bring about a sense of independence that is essential for life after high school. These unique opportunities have been offered thanks to teachers who know and understand both the personal and educational value of international travel.
Taking WorldStrides
GNA has teamed up with WorldStrides to educate and make dreams of travel come true.
WorldStrides has more than 50 years of travel experience, taking more than seven million students all over the globe.
WorldStrides is not just a travel company but an actual accredited school. It’s just like other schools, but without the walls. They have a curriculum and an academics department that offers official academic credits to student travelers. Student travelers have the chance to complete online courses regarding the location they have travelled to and the things they experienced while there. By completing these courses, students can earn free high school credits and/or three college credits, truly making the most of their international travel.
Costa Rica trip
Last year, students from GNA traveled to Costa Rica. It was a nature-based trip that included time spent in the rainforest where students observed and studied the bats that inhabit the area. The travelers tested the waters of the Sarapiqui River, ran various experiments, and participated in many exciting activities, such as ziplining through the jungle.
“I watched students grow and begin to take risks. I watched them learn and become willing to try new things. Seeing these children develop, I find, is more rewarding than the trip itself. It was amazing to watch them discover a whole new side to themselves,” said Kelchner.
Everyone who attended this trip experienced something profound and returned with a new perspective and an improved self-confidence. “We had a student who absolutely did not want to zipline and, on the way up inside of the tramcar, he was second guessing his decision. Later on, that particular student was ahead of me. I called out, ‘Hey, are you liking it?’ and his response was, ‘No, I’m loving it!’ This brought tears to my eyes because here was a student who was dead-set on not participating. He took a risk and then had an amazing life-changing experience,” stated Kelchner.
This year, Peru
For the 2016-17 school year, students from GNA will travel to South America and spend 10 days exploring the country of Peru. This is a cultural and historical based trip where students will visit several sights and museums in Lima including the Lima Cathedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Presidential Palace, and the famous Larco Museum, where more than 4,000 years of Peruvian history is showcased.
After sightseeing around the “City of Kings,” students will fly to the Sacred Valley of Cusco, the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. There, they will follow the Inca Trail and visit several historic sites, such as the ancient ruins and temples, and the Inca baths of Tampu Mach’ay. Travelers will participate in a full day excursion to explore Peru’s most famous destination, the Lost City of Machu Picchu, which sits high up in the Andes Mountains. They will also be spending a few days exploring the Amazon Rainforest. Additionally, unique educational experiences will await them in Peru, where students will be visiting an Incan Tribe to learn about, watch, and participate in one of their ancient rituals to honor and give thanks to Mother Earth. Students will be spending time at a Peruvian School where they will have the opportunity to interact with Peruvian students. These are just a few of the incredible places and exciting things the students at Greater Nanticoke Area will be fortunate enough to experience.
Next year, Iceland
Next year, students will be given the rare opportunity to visit Iceland for an entire week of nature and science based experiences and experiments. Students will find themselves face to face with opportunities to view some of the most amazing sights in the world and can explore Icelandic life and visit numerous museums and villages in and around Reykjavík. Iceland is known as the “Land of Fire and Ice” due to the many volcanoes and glaciers that cover the country.
GNA students will study volcanoes, climb massive glaciers, explore ice caves, observe geysers in action, and hike to breathtaking waterfalls. The trip will conclude with a swim in the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spring. It is sure to be an adventure that students will not soon forget.
The Greater Nanticoke Area School District also offers a variety of travel opportunities within our country as well. Members of the chorus enjoy a trip to New York City every spring where they sightsee and attend a Broadway show. The Marching Band embarks on an annual trip to various locations where the days are filled with fun and interesting events, sights, and activities. In past years the GNA Marching Band has visited Boston, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York City, and even ventured across the border to Canada to visit Toronto and Niagara Falls. Seniors at GNA have the chance to visit Washington D.C. with their American Civics classes and also travel to Florida every spring to spend a week in Disney World and at Universal Studios. All of these opportunities provide the students at Greater Nanticoke Area with affordable, once in a lifetime experiences and unforgettable memories they can carry with them throughout their entire lives.
These experiences can undoubtedly help shape the students at Greater Nanticoke Area, giving them a sense of purpose and place in the world, as well as helping them establish lifelong values, priorities, independence, and confidence. “Lessons learned while traveling definitely transfers into students’ lives when they return home as well. I think they gain a lot of patience but, most of all, an opening of their world view,” said Kelchner. The benefits of travel are endless and students can gain invaluable perspective of the enormous and diverse world around them. Former First Lady Michelle Obama summed it up best when she said: “...studying abroad isn’t just an important part of a well-rounded educational experience. It’s also becoming increasingly important for success in the modern global economy. Getting ahead in today’s workplaces isn’t just about the skills you bring from the classroom. It’s also about the experiences you have with the world beyond our borders — with people, and languages, and cultures that are very different from our own.”
Madelyn Bugdonovitch is a sophomore at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.

3/9/2017
Where are they now?' Successful GNA alumni share their stories
Citizens Voice
Harley Larue - Greater NanticokeArea news

In "The Allegory of the Cave," Plato argues that those who have achieved enlightenment have a certain obligation to help those who have not yet attained such wisdom. If one applies Plato's concept to the field of education, it becomes apparent that a responsibility exists for those who have achieved academic success in the classroom and accomplishment in vocation. At Greater Nanticoke Area, the cyclical nature of education is displayed through the output of the "Where Are They Now?" section of our high school newspaper, The GNA Insider.
The GNA Insider highlights the happenings within Greater Nanticoke Area High School and gives students, teachers, and community members a unique inside glimpse into life at GNA. From academic achievement to athletic accomplishment, The GNA Insider covers all aspects of student life. The "Where Are They Now?" section, however, was created in order to give GNA Alumni a chance to inspire current students to believe that dreams can come true. With the continued success of our graduates, there is plenty of opportunity to reach out to accomplished alumni who are always eager to reciprocate the favor.
"Where Are They Now?" is published in every edition of The GNA Insider. Student journalists research the whereabouts of successful alumni and later conduct interviews with them. In the interview, former graduates discuss their current occupation and then explain how they attained success in their given profession. Though each interview is vastly different, they all possess a commonality: each graduate gives credit to the people of GNA who helped make their dreams become reality.
Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick,
inventor
Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick, a 1953 graduate of Nanticoke, former surgeon, and former professor at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Yale University, and Misericordia University, among others, is best known for a device he invented that successfully fed people through I.V. This specialized central venous feeding technique is called Intravenous Hyperalimentation (IVH), which has been acknowledged as one of the three most important advancements in surgery during the past century along with open heart surgery and organ transplantation. The GNA Insider interviewed Dr. Dudrick, asking him questions about his education, work, and life. He provided much insight, gave students advice on many levels, and discussed the importance of participation in GNA' s extracurricular activities. "We were blessed with a wide assortment and variety of extracurricular activities to supplement our formal education in a manner which allowed all of us to pursue interests and challenges outside of the curriculum," he said. He went on to praise the climate at Nanticoke. "The entire culture of the Nanticoke High School community was friendly, congenial, educational, helpful, supportive, and dedicated to our best interests, starting with the faculty and administration and pervading throughout the entire student body." Dr. Dudrick left students with some final words of wisdom. "Prudently establish your goals and then focus on achieving them by working as hard, conscientiously and consistently as you can toward achieving them. Never give up. Finally, remember that if you always do good, you will do well."
Michael Bukosky,
COO, USMD Holdings
The GNA Insider was also able to speak with Michael Bukosky, a 1971 graduate of GNA, who is currently the Chief Operating Officer of USMD Holdings and President of Physician Practices Management. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of University of Louisville Physicians and also as the Chairman of the Board for American Medical Group Association (AMGA), whose member organizations employ over 175,000 physicians and provide healthcare to one in three Americans. Bukosky stated, "GNA was a caring family in a safe and positive environment. From the superintendent to the teachers, to students, we all cared for each other. The community of the school along with the entire city of Nanticoke prepared us well as to how we should treat others in our entire adult life." His advice to students is quite simple. "Follow your heart, be thankful for your health, your family, and all who have supported you in school, in your faith and those close to you. As an American, there are no limits, the opportunities are endless, and in the end, and most important, be happy in what you decide to pursue."
Natalie Thimm, a 1987 graduate, spends her days busy as a makeup artist. Her work has been featured in many movies and television shows and she has worked with numerous celebrities, including Alice Cooper. When The GNA Insider spoke with her, she told students, "There is always someone who wants your job, but the key is to have a positive attitude, no matter how bad your day is going. Having a strong will and loving what you do is important."
State Sen. John Yudichak, a 1988 graduate, told The GNA Insider that he had "many great teachers" and offered students this piece of advice: "Study hard, work hard, and put forth effort. Enjoy your classmates because high school goes by quickly." State Rep. Gerald Mullery, also a 1988 graduate of GNA, expressed a similar sentiment regarding GNA. He credits much of his success to his teachers, whom he described as, "encouraging and always saying you could accomplish whatever you put your mind to."
Michael Hofherr, who graduated in 1995, worked his way from the hallways of GNA into the upper echelons of one of the largest and most influential universities in the United States. He currently holds the title of vice president and chief information officer at The Ohio State University. His success has been an inspiration to many students and his advice to GNA is simple… "Read. Ask. Be brave, be humble, and be accepting. Simplify." He explained to students that they should be proud of their school and community. "I am never so proud as when I talk about where I came from and giving back is such an honor."
Michael Height, a 2001 graduate, has held multiple positions with Disney, including working as the general manager for the Disney Theatrical Group and as the associate company manager for The Lion King and Mary Poppins North American Tours. Michael explained how GNA was a place "where individual differences melted away, and the focus was on celebrating ourselves as a whole school." He explained to students the importance of extracurricular activities and involvement in the arts. "Participating in these groups prepared me tremendously for life after high school. The most important things I learned were to stay organized and to keep your promises. The arts have played a major role in my overall character development."
Abby Gesecki Holt, a 2006 graduate of GNA and an alumna of the United States Naval Academy, was among the Navy's first female officers to serve aboard submarines. Abby accredits many of her achievements in her naval career to GNA, especially athletics, which helped her with overall character development. "I believe playing team sports was one of the most significant experiences that ultimately prepared me to become an officer in the Navy. I learned that being a leader is so much more than just being a good athlete. It's about how you perform when the game is over. It's about representing your school by carrying yourself with pride and respect and setting a good example for those who look up to you."
Other GNA graduates featured in the "Where Are They Now?" section of The GNA Insider include Harry Hamilton (GNA '80), member of the 1982 Penn State National Championship football team, former NFL safety, and federal government attorney; Jimmy "Mac" McDermott (GNA '88), local hall of fame inductee and semi-professional baseball player who is currently a Senior Oncology Accountant Manager for Exlixis; Daryle Cardone (GNA '89), a 21-year veteran and current Prospective Executive Officer of the Navy, graduate of the Navy Weapons Fighter School (TOPGUN), who has flown over 120 combat missions; Ellen Bartuska (GNA '90), member of the 1990 Trojanette State Championship team and current Zookeeper at the Philadelphia Zoo; Lynette Paczkowski (GNA '97), Notre Dame graduate ('01) and lawyer who made her way onto the Worcester Business Journal list of "40 Under 40" in the Boston area; Petrina Mashala ('98), a United States Secret Service Uniform Division Officer; Robert Oltra (GNA '00), Field/Segment and Associate Producer on Dancing With The Stars for 8 seasons who has worked on the sets of many popular movies and T. V. shows, and Michael Bernatovich (GNA '03), a NASA employee who spends his days designing spaceships.
Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger once said, "The most powerful thing you can give someone is hope. Giving your spirit to other people and giving them the feeling of, 'you know, it was worth it, all of this hard work.'" Every day in the Greater Nanticoke Area school system, students bear witness to certain elements of this institution that truly complete it as the perfect environment for budding bright minds to live, learn, and dream. A special bond is shared among us who "ever praise the white and blue." Though our graduates may find themselves hundreds of miles from the school they once called home, they never forget their roots and are always willing and eager to return to their alma mater and give back.
Harley LaRue is a sophomore journalism student at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year.

8/28/2016
Changes await students upon start of new year
mbuffer@citizensvoice.com

Amy Scibek is leaving Wyoming Valley West as State Street Elementary School principal to become principal at Greater Nanticoke Area High School. Also at Greater Nanticoke Area, the district is temporarily closing Kennedy Elementary School this year because of an upcoming construction and renovation project there.
Because Kennedy Elementary will be closed, second-grade students will attend the Elementary Center and fifth-grade students will attend the Educational Center. Both schools are at the Kosciuszko Street campus in Nanticoke.
Elementary school students will be getting new Google Chromebook computers to use in their classrooms, and teachers in grades K-7 will use a new mathematics program called “Go Math,” Superintendent Ronald Grevera said. The new series provides teachers with a variety of Common Core-aligned materials, and officials hope it increases math achievement in the district.
As the new high school principal, Scibek will be examining the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum, Grevera said. The district is adding a new high school course — Scientific Research and Design. It’s intended to introduce students to the skills needed for technical careers such as engineering and scientific research, Grevera said.

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