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Recognition given to local students at annual banquet

By Staff | Mar 8, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Bernard A. Oravec, publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Luminary, honors Maddie Solano-LaForme, of Montgomery High School, with the Outstanding Student Award during the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce 17th annual Education Celebration last week.

WILLIAMSPORT – The 17th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce was held at the Williamsport Country Club on Thursday, March 1st.

The event honors outstanding achievements in education throughout the county, including honoring one student from each of the county’s school districts with a Student Recognition Award.

The following local students in the East Lycoming area received a Student Recognition Award:

Jacob Reynolds, of Hughesville High School.

Maddie Solano-LaForme, of Montgomery Area High School.

Nathan Paisley, of Muncy Area High School.

Solano-LaForme from Montgomery also won the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award and received a $250 cash prize from M&T Bank and a $500 college textbook scholarship sponsored by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

“It is a tremendous honor to be before you here tonight representing Montgomery Area School District,” she said.

The students who won were also given a set of natural wood crayons sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. Jennifer Wilson, president and CEO of the foundation, said the crayons would be a symbol of a diverse, thriving community living together in the same box.

“The foundation has given each student honorees a charitable gift certificate to designate a $50 foundation grant to their favorite Lycoming County nonprofit,” Wilson said.

The following teachers also received the Outstanding Educator Award:

Mary Smith, of East Lycoming School District.

Tara Condit, of Montgomery Area School District.

Mike Weber, of Muncy School District.

“Teachers have a special place in my heart It is a great profession, and we don’t always say thank you for what they do enough,” said Vincent Matteo, president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.