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EXETER: Retired Wyoming Area social studies teacher Barbara Bullions will lead an educational tour to Central and Eastern Europe next summer.


With the Communist era fading into history, students will see how cities once behind the “iron curtain” have proudly emerged in the 21st century. The tour will begin in Berlin, where the Brandenburg Gate stands as a symbol of freedom. They will see Checkpoint Charlie and get a feel for what a divided city was like. They then move to Prague, Czech Republic, with a stop in Dresden on the way. In Dresden, students will learn about and witness the remains of the devastation of the Allied bombing in World War II. The third city will be Krakow, Poland. Students will relate the city to the movie “Schindler’s List.” While there, the group will tour the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Next, they will cross through Slovakia and the Tatra Mountains to reach Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The final stop will be Vienna, Austria, a city that inspired many great composers and was home to Sigmund Freud.


The trip is not limited to Wyoming Area students. Adults and students from other schools are welcome. An informational meeting will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Room 196. You may also inquire at bbullions@gmail.com.


FORTY FORT: Current fourth- through seventh-graders not currently enrolled at Wyoming Seminary Lower School are invited to register for Sem’s Scholarship Exam, to be held Nov. 16 at the school’s Forty Fort campus.


This is the first year that the exam will be given in November. The exam previously was offered in February.


One full-tuition and two half-tuition merit-based scholarships will be awarded to students who display outstanding performance on the competitive exam. Lower School scholarship recipients who maintain at least a “B” average and who remain in good standing will receive the same tuition percentage throughout their time at Lower School and at Upper School as well.


To qualify for an award, all students must complete a visit to the Lower School, shadowing a current Lower School student for a full day of classes, on or before Dec. 13.


Exam registration opens at 8 a.m. and the exam will be given promptly at 8:30 a.m. Parents are invited to stay for a presentation on the middle school curriculum and affordability. Tours of the Lower School will be offered and refreshments will be served.


KINGSTON: Area eighth- and ninth-graders not already enrolled at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School are encouraged to register for the Wyoming Seminary Scholarship Exam, to be held Nov. 16 at the school’s Kingston campus.


This is the first year that the exam will be given in November. The exam previously was offered in February.


Up to six four-year scholarships will be awarded, including one full tuition scholarship and five half-tuition scholarships.


Merit scholarships are awarded to students who combine outstanding performance on the competitive exam with excellent communication skills, academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement. For each subsequent year while attending Wyoming Seminary, these students receive the same amount.


Interested students must complete the Sem Scholarship application by Nov. 8 and register for the exam. There is no registration fee.


On Nov. 16, registration will be at 9 a.m. and the exam will be given at 9:30 a.m. at the Upper School campus. During the exam, parents are encouraged to attend informational sessions on college opportunities and making independent education affordable.


Following the exam, prospective families are invited to join current students and faculty for the President’s Luncheon, hosted by Dr. Kip Nygren. The afternoon will end with campus tours and admission representatives will also be available to meet with families.


WILKES-BARRE: The Grotto Pizza Restaurant in the Wyoming Valley Mall will be the scene of the annual reunion for people who attended the former North Street Elementary School in Wilkes-Barre.


It will be the seventh consecutive year for the event, which will be held on Oct. 24, beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are due by Friday. For more information, call Bill at 570-779-4437.


WILKES-BARRE: A Christmas Novena to St. Anthony of Padua will be conducted every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave.


The devotion will be held on nine consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 22 to Dec. 17.


The theme will be “St. Padre Pio - Saint, Mystic, Wonder Worker, Saint.” For information, call 570 824-7832.


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