Price Spends Spring Break With Native American Families
ST. JUDE’S TEAMS CLAIM DIOCESAN AWARD-The annual final spring competition of the Diocese of Scranton Forensics League was recently held at St. Clare/St. Paul’s School in Scranton. Junior varsity and varsity teams from the Holy Redeemer and Holy Cross Systems participated in this event where the theme was dramatic presentation of memorized plays. Presentations were to be four to seven minutes including an introduction to set the scene and the mood for the play. All three teams who represented St. Jude School earned awards. Shown, front from left: Matthew Hayden and Patrick Curley claimed Second Place in the Varsity Division for their performance of “Creepy Crawly “. Back: Emily Thomas and Taylor Josefowicz were awarded Honorable Mention in the Varsity Division for their presentation of “Most Popular”. Ryan Williams and Abby Lapinski earned Fifth Place in the Junior Varsity Division for their performance of “Super Glue”. All plays were written by Laurie Allen.

Kimberly Price of Mountain Top, was one of seven Wilkes University students who participated in an alternative spring break trip by volunteering with the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association in Mesa, Ariz.

Alternative spring break offers students an opportunity to perform community service while experiencing a different culture and developing their leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Guided by association coordinator Warren Kontz, the group traveled to the Maricopa, Yavapai and Apache reservations where they worked in a food bank, cleared a tribal elder’s property of dry brush and trees, and painted signs for social services programs.

Despite the Native Americans’ unease of working with those outside their communities due to a long and troubled history with non-Natives, the students were welcomed into each community as actors of positive change and were given an opportunity to participate in cultural exchanges.

Albert Pooley founded and serves as president of the Native American social services association. Megan Boone Valkenburg, Wilkes coordinator of student development, accompanied the students on the trip.