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Paola Bianco, associate professor of Spanish, at Wilkes University, recently published a new Spanish textbook in advanced conversation for university students. “Conversando con literatura” includes short stories and poetry from a vast selection of Hispanic writers. Bianco spent a year on sabbatical to complete the book, traveling overseas to interview several of the writers. The book offers a wide range of topics and universal themes that engage students in conversations and discussions. Bianco was born and spent her childhood in Italy. She later moved to Santiago, Chile, where she attended most of high school. She is an American citizen from birth because her father was an American. Bianco earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and a master’s degree in Italian and French from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She earned her doctorate degree in romance languages, specializing in Italian and Spanish, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bianco has published several books of Italian and Hispanic literature. She also serves as Wilkes University’s coordinator for the study abroad program in Spain.

Ian Nelson, a senior at West Side Career and Technology Center, was selected as the Student of the Month for March. Nelson, a student in the Computer Maintenance Program, was chosen based on his outstanding attributes in and out of the classroom. He plans on attending basic training for the National Guard and majoring in computer technology in college. He is the son of Darcy and Stephanie Nelson, Forty Fort.

Matthew Eric Korea, son of George and Karen Korea, Hunlock Creek, was named as Northwest Area’s Student of the Month for April. Korea has been a member of National Honor Society throughout high school and received numerous awards from the Business, Social Studies, Science and Wellness Departments. He has been a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams and senior legion baseball. Korea is a Little League baseball umpire and worked at the Little League World Series. He has been a videographer and statistician for Northwest sports and every Thanksgiving he volunteers at the Shickshinny food drive. His future plans include attending a four-year university to major in biology. He hopes to become a dentist.

Jeffrey Careyva, a junior at MMI Preparatory School, placed fourth in the junior level of the 65th annual Luzerne County Council of Teachers of Mathematics Contest recently held at Wilkes University. The contest was open to juniors and seniors from Luzerne County high schools and Tunkhannock High School. Careyva, the son of Edward and Jill Careyva, Ringtown, received a calculus book for his fourth-place finish.

Drew Harding, a junior at Dallas Senior High School, was selected as the annual essay winner from the Dallas American Legion Post 672. He was honored at a recent awards ceremony, where it was announced that he was also chosen as Pennsylvania’s District 12 winner. The topic for the essay contest was, “Should the Supreme Court Be Appointed or Elected?” Harding received a certificate, a medal and a cash award at the American Legion awards ceremony. This is the second consecutive year that Harding’s essay has received the top honor. He is the son of Brian and Dawn Harding, Dallas.

Cayle Spencer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Spencer, Sweet Valley, has been selected to join 250 leaders representing high schools from throughout central and northeast Pennsylvania at the Central Pennsylvania Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar from May 16-19 at Shippensburg University. Spencer will be representing Lake-Lehman High School. The seminar brings together sophomore students to interact with leaders in business, government and education.

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