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‘Stirring Motion’

On Thursday March 21, at 7 p.m., the Carbondale Area Drama Club will present the second annual New Playwright’s Project in the High School Auditorium. The project allows students the opportunity to write, produce and act in one-act plays that center around social issues that students have to deal with during their school careers .

This year’s edition will include a play titled “Stirring Motion.” The play deals with the sensitive subject of teen suicide , the second leading killer of teenagers in the United States. The play features an all-senior cast that includes Jake Borosky, Jessica Borders, Paige Norella, David Gonzalez, Jon Pugliese, Eric Cruz and Carbondale Area teacher Calvin O’Rourke. Seniors will also serve on the sound /light, stage crew and act as extras.

Admission for the show is free. The audience will be given questionnaires to allow them to give their thoughts on the show. Following the play, there will be an interactive discussion between the cast and the audience.

STEM night

Valley View High School presents the first annual Lackawanna County Family STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Night on Thursday, April 11, at 5-8 p.m., sponsored by United Way. This event is specifically designed for middle school students in the sixth through eighth grades and their parents. Students will learn how to program a sphero robot and design their very own electrical paper circuit. If interested, please visit the Valley View webpage and read more details about the event on the flyer. There are a limited number of seats and registration does not guarantee a spot. Admission is free and food will be provided free of cost.

Learning trips

Marywood University’s Lifelong Learners have scheduled two spring trips. The trips will leave from Marywood at 8 a.m.

On Thursday, April 11, the group will visit Corning, N.Y. and have guided tours of the Corning Museum of Glass and Rockwell Art Museum, with lunch included for $105.

On Wednesday, May 8, the group will travel to Jim Thorpe and tour the Old Jail Museum and ASA Packer Mansion. There will be time to shop in town and dinner will be included at the Powerhouse Restaurant in White Haven for $99. For reservations, call 570-383-0544.

Studying abroad

• Lauren Nardelli of Eynon was among the 18 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the fall semester. Nardelli studied European health systems in Bratislava, Slovakia.

• Local residents were among the 146 University of Scranton students who studied abroad during the intersession 2019 semester, including: Maiya Bautista of Mayfield who studied Christianity in the Middle East in Israel; Alyssa Sanderson of Archbald, who studied South America health systems in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Alexandra Wanas of Olyphant, who studied CIEE business and culture in Barcelona, Spain.

Sophomore exhibition

The Sophomore Expedition is a guaranteed study-abroad program. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend 8-10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activites. This year they traveled to Athens, Greece.

Among the students were Julie Krupka of Jessup and Shayonna Escalera of Peckville.

U of S competitions

The University of Scranton will host several academic competitions for area middle school and high school students during the spring semester.

• On Friday, March 29, the annual computer programming contest will be held in the Loyola Science Center. The competition for high school students will involve using programming languages to solve six computer-programming problems. Immediately following the competition, an awards banquet will recognize the first-, second- and third-place teams. For additional information, call 570-941-7774 or email robert.mccloskey@scranton.edu.

• On Saturday, April 6, the university will host Region 2 of the National History Day competition for the state of Pennsylvania. The competition allows junior and senior high school students from northeastern Pennsylvania to compete in the categories of historical essays, performances, documentaries, websites and exhibits on a historical theme. Contest winners will move on to the Pennsylvania state competition, with the potential to compete in the national championship in Washington, D.C., in the summer. For additional information, email sean.brennan@scranton.edu.

• The University of Scranton will sponsor an Earth Day essay contest for area students in grades seven to 12 with submissions due electronically by Wednesday, April 3. Essay contest winners will be announced at an Evening of Environmental Science, which will take place on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Loyola Science Center. The event, which is open to contest participants and their families as well as the general public, will include University student-run interactive science experiments and displays, as well as the exhibit of essay contest submissions. For additional information, call 570-941-7520.

• On Tuesday, April 16, the university will host its annual Hayes Competition for physics and engineering. The day-long contest tests high school students’ knowledge of physics through a series of hands-on games and challenges. Students compete individually and as part of a team. The competition can help participants prepare for Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Registration is required. For additional information, email nicholas.truncale@scranton.edu.

• On Tuesday, April 23, the annual Math Integration Bee for high school students will take place at 4:30 p.m. The competition, which is hosted by the Mathematics Department, can help high school students improve their skills for AP mathematics tests. The Bee is offered free of charge. For more information, call 570-941-6580 or email stacey.muir@scranton.edu.

• Business Scholars competition, hosted by university faculty and the High School Business Club, is planned for Saturday, May 4. A business case and instructions will be provided to the teams of one to four students prior to the event, and students will be judged by faculty and area business leaders on their presentations. The top teams are awarded plaques and cash prizes. For more information, call 570-941-4047 or email laura.talerico@scranton.edu.

• The university will host National Biomechanics Day programming on Wednesday, April 10, for middle and high school students in the university’s state-of-the-art exercise science labs. Area students will participate in hands-on activities including motion capture analysis, posturography, force plate activities, electromyography and other activities designed to introduce them to biomechanics. For more information, email bryon.applequist@scranton.edu. The University is also planning a social and digital media conference for high school sophomore and junior students on Tuesday, April 30. For more information, email sufyan.mohammed@scranton.edu.