21ST ANNUAL EDUCATION CELEBRATION
It was a night of celebration and appreciation students from nine area high schools, as they were honored at a celebration promoting students and their efforts. The Williamsport/Lycoming Area Chamber of Commerce held the 21st Annual Education Celebration on Thursday evening. As reported by Sun Gazette, Willow Perakovich, of Muncy High School, was chosen as the Outstanding Senior at the event. Other schools and their brightest students were honored, including but not limited to; Brennah Kennedy, Hughesville High School; Dustin Stoetzel, Jersey Shore Area High School and Allyia Kennedy, Loyalsock Township High School. In addition, the eductators received honors and the business Partner in Education award was given to PPL Electric Utilities.
PA DEPT OF EDUCATION RELEASES ASSESSMENT EXAM SCORES
Student scores on Pennsylvania standardized tests fell sharply last year in most categories, although state education officials cautioned the numbers were so distorted by pandemic conditions that they are of limited use for comparison to previous years — particularly regarding statewide trends. The Education Department on Friday released results of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams for grades three to eight that showed broad declines in both math and English language arts. The Keystone Exams that assess algebra, literature and biology for high school students had more mixed results. The Keystone exam participation at the high school level was so low, said Brian Campbell, director of the Bureau of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, that some smaller schools did not obtain sufficient data to calculate results and publish them without violating confidentiality of individual students’ results.
RESCUE ASSIGNMENT TO THE WORLDS END STATE PARK
It took a rescue assignment, upwards of 50 responders and much of the day, yesterday, to retrieve five women from the trails in Worlds End State Park. As reported by Sun Gazette, the women required assistance when one of them fell on the ice. Although no one was seriously injured, the rescue was an intensive effort and risky for all involved. The one fall victim was taken by ambulance to the Geisinger facility at the Penndale interchange.
WILLIAMSPORT BUREAU OF FIRE WORKING CLOSELY WITH SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT
It started on Friday at 6pm. The Williamsport Bureau of Fire will be responding, in conjunction, with the South Williamsport Fire Department. The Bureau will be responding to all emergency calls in South Williamsport, therein increasing response times and amount of staff responding to those incidents in South Williamsport.
DEATH IN ALLENWOOD PRISON
An Allenwood inmate died Friday while he was in his cell, shortly after 12:30 p.m. As reported by an online media source, Tulio Lopez was an inmate at the medium security prison, where he was found unresponsive. Life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. The death remains under investigation. Lopez was serving a 120-month sentence at the time of his passing for Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Conspiracy to Import Cocaine since August 2021.
FIVE PEOPLE INJURED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT IN SNYDER COUNTY
In total, five people were injured and three were hospitalized following the crash in Snyder County on Friday night. According to WNEP, it was during the hectic, Friday evening rush hour on Routes 11 & 15, also known as the Golden Strip, when an erratic driver, traveling southbound struck multiple vehicles, sheered off a utility pole, struck a mini-van and seemingly launched into the air, coming to rest on the roof of Golden Chopsticks. Updated reports alleged the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Both occupants, a woman and infant, remain in the hospital.