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Junior Council Person (JCP) Presentations

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In January, Rachel Spack from Punxsutawney Borough was recognized for her commitment as a Junior Council Person. Pictured are Larry Chenoga, Borough Council President, Joe Spack (Rachel's father), Rachel Spack, PSAB Board Member Ronald E. Evanko, and Paula Spack (Rachel's mother). PSAB Past President Betty Ann Moyer presented a Distinguished Junior Council Person Award to Sarah Finn in January. PSAB Senior Director Ed Knittel presented a Distinguished Junior Council Person Award to Oxford Borough JCP Sarah Hershey in January. Sarah is pictured with her father. PSAB 2nd Vice President Chuck Mummert presents a Distinguished Junior Council Person Award to Andrew Williams and Grace McDonough, of Christiana Borough. PSAB Board member Frank Cortazzo presented Brittany Fabio, of Castle Shannon Borough, with a Distinguished Junior Council Person Award in February. Hayley Williams received the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award from Michael C. Kirkham, Millersville Borough Council President. Also pictured is Ed Arnold, Borough Manager. PSAB Board member Frank Cortazzo presented Etna Borough JCP Nathan Porter with a Distinguished Council Person Award in February. Hellertown Borough recognized its Junior Council Persons (JCP) with a Distinguished Junior Council Award in April. Pictured are Thomas Rieger, Council President; Richard Weddingen, Junior Council Person; Nicole Payung,  Junior Council Person; and Christopher Cap, PSAB Executive Director. PSAB Board Member Mary Labert presented a Distinguished Junior Council Person Award to Michael Arrington from Schuylkill Haven Borough in April. Matthew Scott, a JCP from Moscow Borough, is presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award from Joe Scott from PSAB. Sophia Parola, a JCP in Moscow Borough, is presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award from Joe Scott, PSAB. Tyler Machajewski, a JCP in Millvale Borough, Allegheny County, is presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award by PSAB 2nd Vice President Bill Rossey. Also pictured are Jim Machajewski, Council President and Tyler’s father, and Mayor Vince Cinski. Domenic Magnelli, the Junior Council Person from Sharpsburg Borough, Allegheny County, is presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award by Council President Karen Pastor and Bill Rossey, PSAB 2nd Vice President. PSAB Past President Ed Child presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award to JCP Ashlin Brook and JCP Jakob Aigeldinger, both from Perkasie Borough. Morrisville Borough Junior Council Person Anna Zuckerman is surrounded by Mayor David Rivella and Councilmembers Jeffrey Johnson, Fred Kerner, Corryn Kronnagel, Ted Parker, Nancy Sherlock, Vic Cicero, Debbie Smith and Todd Sanford. Grove City Borough Mayor Randy Riddle (left) and Council Member Amy Gallagher  presented Junior Council Person Ethan Foley with the DIstinguished Junior Council Person Award in May 2016. PSAB Board Member Ed Arnold recently presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award to Courtney Burkhardt of Atglen Borough,  Chester County. Courtney is Atglen Borough’s first Junior Council Person. Courtney is a Junior at Octorara High School where she is a member of the Academic and Tennis teams, Yearbook Club, Model United Nations, Future Nurses of America, and Marching Band. She has also been a Girl Scout for seven years and feels that community service is an important part of education. Kaia Scott is a JCP in Highspire Borough, Dauphin County. She is a student at Steelton-Highspire High School. Madison McCartney is a JCP in Oxford Borough, Chester County. She is a student at Oxford Area High School. Arianna Taylor is a JCP in Waynesboro Borough, Franklin County. She is a student at Waynesboro Area High School. Sophia Van Gilder is a JCP in Waynesboro Borough. She is a student at Waynesboro Area High School. Jasmine Harbaugh is a JCP in Port Vue Borough, Allegheny County. She is a student at South Allegheny High School. Harry McGoey is a JCP in Schuylkill Haven Borough, Schuylkill County. He is a student at Schuylkill Haven Area High School. Jake Davis is a JCP in Etna Borough, Allegheny County. He is a student at Shaler Area High School. Jewell VanRyn is a JCP in Canton Borough, Bradford County. She is a student at Canton Area High School. William Tellez of Minersville Borough received the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award from PSAB. PSAB Senior Director of Education Ed Knittel presented Makenzie Hockensmith of Mechanicsburg Borough with the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award. Jacob E. McGovern is a Junior Council Person in Schuylkill Haven Borough, Schuylkill County. McGovern is a senior at Schuylkill Haven Area High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society. He is the captain of the Quiz Bowl team, performs in school musicals, and competes in the State Science Fair. McGovern has also spent several years working for the borough in its recreation department. McGovern ran for a borough council position in 2017. He plans to attend college and major in electrical engineering or political science, but hopes to continue his political aspirations. Due to increased interest, Grove City Borough, Mercer County, has created a Junior Council Person (JCP) Committee to allow more students share in the local government experience. Pictured from left are Councilwoman Amy Gallagher; Senior Junior Council Person Maxwell Boshaw; Junior Council Person Estelle Graham: Junior Council Person Committee Members Madelyn Lattyak, Ruiting Feng, Jenny Baglia, Erika Filer; and Mayor Randy Riddle John (Jack) Cherundolo is a Junior Council Person in Moscow Borough, Lackawanna County. He is a senior honor student at North Pocono High School, where he a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and Future Business Leaders of America, in which he was recognized for innovative work in computer communications, networking, and global business. Cherundolo also participates in varsity soccer and track and field. Upon graduation in June, he plans to attend college and major in computer engineering.  In his community, Cherundolo has volunteered as a server at St. Vincent de Paul, to assist the poor and low-income community. As a Junior Council Person, he is focused on becoming a liaison for the community and school, in addition to participating in efforts to provide technical support and instruction to senior citizens in the community. Michael Nikos Laertes Goroncy is a Junior Council Person in California Borough, Washington County. He was class president in 2014-15, serves on the peer jury, is a member of the cross country team, and is a Hugh O’Brien Youth Ambassador. In his community, Goroncy is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1168, where he is an Eagle Scout. He was also a Rotary Student of the Month and an American Legion scholar honoree. Upon graduation, he plans to join the U.S. Army. He said he became a Junior Council Person to share his ideas and give the young demographic a voice in the community. Olivia R. Barney is a Junior Council Person in Orbisonia Borough, Huntingdon County. She is a senior at Southern Huntingdon County High School. Barney is vice president of her senior class and is a member of the National Honor Society and Daily New Press Club. She is also co-captain of the field hockey team. Barney is a team leader for Relay for Life and participates in the National Day of Giving. She is a PIAA Track champion and has been honored as a student of the month every year. Upon graduation, she will attend Lafayette College and major in Spanish and Government. She became a Junior Council Person to make a difference in her community. Noah Glattke is a Junior Council Person in Geistown Borough, Cambria County. He is a senior at Richland High School. He is an on-air weatherman for RAM-TV, is the school’s football manager, and is an actor with the Richland Performing Arts Center. He serves on student council and volunteers at church festival. Glattke is the recipient of the Jean Lutz Speaker of the Year Award and Forensics Merit Speaker. Upon graduation, he will attend college and move into a career in public services. He said he became a Junior Council Person to be mentored by borough council and develop leadership skills. Joshua Welker is a Junior Council Person in Dillsburg Borough, York County. He is a student at Northern York High School. Welker is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and is on the Honor Roll. He said he decided to become a Junior Council Person because he has a strong heart for his community and for his willingness to learn. After graduation, he plans to attend Harrisburg Area Community College to major in Culinary Arts. William Tellez was awarded the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs. Tellez, of Minersville Borough, Schuylkill County, was presented the award by Leslie Suhr, PSAB Director of Public Affairs, and Stephanie Drake, PSAB Junior Council Person Program Director. Pictured from left are: William A Tellez, III; Suhr; Tellez; Kasia Tellez; Drake; and Minersville Borough Councilman Ian Mahal. Jordyn Helgert is a Junior Council Person in Sharpsburg Borough, Allegheny County. She is a freshman at Fox Chapel Area High School, where she is on the track and field team, chorus, and is a member of the student government. She is also a silver Olympic junior medalist in boxing. Helgert said she became a Junior Council Person because she wanted to interact with students and wanted the “goth” of Sharpsburg to have a voice. She enjoys planning events for youth in the community. Aiesha Elwakdy, a Junior Council Person in Manheim Borough, Lancaster County, was presented the Distinguished Junior Council Person Award by PSAB Past President Chuck Mummert, Mayor of Elizabethtown Borough, Lancaster County. Elwakdy, a 2017 graduate of Manheim Central Senior High School, will attend Franklin and Marshall College this fall. Nick Ciucci was a Junior Council Person in Danville Borough, Montour County. He is a 2017 graduate of Danville High School. He was part of the team that finished second in the Blue Maroon and White Forensics Tournament. Ciucci said he was honored to serve as a Junior Council Person and attend meetings and learn how government function.  He will attend Bloomsburg University and major in computer science and applied science.