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‘Mamma Mia!’

Valley View Performing Arts will present “Mamma Mia!” March 15-17, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10; $8 for students.

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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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

• 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 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

Dean’s list

• At Colgate University, students who made the dean’s list during the fall semester included Valley View graduate Vincent Betti of Jessup, and Lakeland graduate Curtis Reeves of Greenfield Township.

• Elizabethtown College named the students who made the fall dean’s list. Among them was Kaedy Masters of Dickson City.