Pen Argyl - February, 2015
MTD: 1.25 Normal: 2.77
Season Total - 32.75
November 13 ..............................0.50
Pius X HOBY Award
Pius X Jr/Sr High School is proud to announce the 2015 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award recipient is current sophomore, Brenda Haycock. Brenda is the daughter of Kevin and Michelle Haycock and resides in Columbia, NJ.
This prestigious award has been in existence since 1958 and recognizes high school youth for the contributions and leadership attributes to both their school community and the community in which they live. HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.
The faculty and staff at Pius X was asked to nominate a sophomore student that best meets the criteria set forth by the HOBY guidelines. Brenda was selected based on her leadership potential and commitment to serving our school community in a positive manner.
For her achievements, she will attend a weekend seminar sponsored by HOBY this spring at Villanova University
Fastnacht Donut Sale at Christ Lutheran Church
A Donut Sale will be held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 703 S. Delaware Dr. (Route 611), Mt. Bethel (Stone Church) on Tuesday, February 17th.
These delicious homemade donuts are available powdered or plain. Donuts should be picked up by 1 pm. The cost is $6.00 per dozen. Orders are recommended and can be placed until February 14th.
To place your order or for additional information call Blanche at 570-897-6612 or Chrissy at 610-588-0809.
Safe Haven Volunteer Meeting
Come to Cherry's Sunset Restaurant, Route 209, Kresgeville at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 17 for a bite to eat and meet the volunteers of Safe Haven Dog Rescue.
Safe Haven Pet Rescue is a small group of dedicated volunteers from the West End of the Poconos who save highly adoptable dogs from high kill and overcrowded shelters and finds them loving homes. Shelter killing is the number one cause of dog deaths and Safe Haven has saved more than 700 lives so far.
Safe Haven Rescue needs volunteers to help with adoption days, fundraising, transporting dogs to vets and groomers and fostering homeless dogs until they find their forever homes. Help save homeless dogs.
"Saving one dog won't change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever."
For more information about Safe Haven, and to find Volunteer and Foster applications, please visit www.SafeHavenPa.org . Contact Safe Haven at SafeHaven@epix.net. Join Safe Haven Pa on Facebook
Free CPR program
A free community CPR program will be offered at the historic Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg from 4-7 pm Thursday February 19. Training only takes 10 minutes. More info.: call Pocono Medical Center at 570-426-2879
Bangor's Reece Jones shoots over a defender during the Slaters' 59-49 win over Salisbury for the Colonial League Championship in a game played at Freedom High School Friday night before a packed house. (More photos tomorrow) (More photos below) PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Dylan Benton (23) shoots a lay up during the Slaters' 59-49 win over Salisbury for the Colonial League Championship in a game played at Freedom High School Friday night before a packed house. (More photos tomorrow) PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Tips to help prepare for your next interview
(BPT) - So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work’s done, right? Wrong. Don’t think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There’s no substitute for being prepared, and with some expert tips, you’ll ace the interview and be one step closer to a job offer.
“Research, research and research. The more you research the more prepared you are,” says Ricardo Estevez, career services director at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Having a firm understanding of the job description and job duties allows you to practice answers associating job duties with positions you’ve had in the past.
“This helps make sure your answers are succinct and helps connects the dots for the employer,” says Kristin Frank, career services director at The Art Institute of Phoenix.
Estevez adds that research can help you take charge of an unstructured interview and bring it back to home state. It also enables you to have questions to ask at the end of the interview. He says: “Without research, it’s hard to realign the interview and get out of uncomfortable spots.”
Along with getting a better understanding of the job, your preparation should also include getting a better grasp on your own skill set. “Be confident with your accomplishments, and be prepared to share them with multiple people who could be interviewing you,” says Frank. “I always say practice with your best friend. They are your biggest cheerleader. They will help you come up with some of your big statements about what you did.” Also having an outline of key points and clean, concise messages is going to benefit the entire process.
“Tell me a little about yourself” is usually the first point of discussion in an interview and is often one that can easily trip up the interviewee. “Usually, at the beginning of an interview, you really should keep it about the job, about your past experiences in relation to the job you’re applying for,” says Estevez. “Keep it hyper-focused on the position you’re interviewing for.” He adds to listen to how the question is asked. If the interviewer says “tell me more about you,” he or she usually wants to know more about you personally. People shouldn’t shy away from this but also not get too personal.
Another question that can be tricky to navigate is why you are leaving your current position. Both Estevez and Frank agree that the key here is keeping it 100 percent positive. For most people, the answer should be about opportunity, challenge and growth. “Having this answer planned out ahead of time is really going to be key,” says Frank.
If you are changing careers, Estevez recommends talking about how you are passionate about the new field you are entering. He also cautions about mentioning how a current employer doesn’t offer a flexible schedule. Make sure to keep things positive and career or passion focused.
If there is a gap in your resume, it will most certainly come up during the interview, and the HR representative or recruiter will always be a bit sensitive to this. “Be genuine,” says Frank. “It is up to the candidate to articulate in a way that’s genuine and not implying that something negative happened. Be really positive and be sure you are focusing on what you can bring to the table.” The same goes for any unfinished education.
While you are doing your research on the company, your interviewer is also doing research on you. “Many employers Google people before they come in for an interview or research them before they even become a candidate,” says Frank. She stresses you need to protect your image on social media and be aware of what is on the internet and ensure the information reflects your goals and experience.
“If salary comes up and they really want an answer and really want to know your number, everyone should know what their bottom-line number is. Add a bit more and negotiate down,” says Estevez. Once this question is asked, it is ok to then ask what the budget is for that position. If there is a big disparity, ask if there is an opportunity for a higher salary later.
Depending on the job your are interviewing for, demonstrations of your skills or job shadowing could be required. Skype interviews are also becoming more common, says Frank. These help interviews see how well a candidate can work with technology.
The biggest mistakes that Estevez sees is not being in the interview mindset as soon as you leave the house. Each person you see from the receptionist to the people you pass in the lobby or elevator, could potentially be part of your interview panel. Treat them all as such.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A family says a dog who ran away from home turned up at an Iowa hospital, where her owner was recovering from surgery.The dog, Sissy, went missing from home last Saturday. The miniature schnauzer traveled almost 2 miles to get to Mercy Medical Center. That's where the dog's owner, Nancy Franck, was.
A hospital security guard used Sissy's tags to call Franck's husband, Dale. He said Sissy was on a mission to see her mom but simply couldn't find the right elevator to take.
The family is still perplexed on how Sissy sniffed her way to the hospital. But they think she might have knew her way around from car trips in dropping Nancy Franck off for work next door..
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to email@example.com The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
PAHS Class of 1965 Seeks Classmate Info
The Pen Argyl High School Class of 1965 is planning their 50th reunion.
The class is in need of addresses for Thomas Caponigro, Kim Edwards, Brenda Lockhart Becker, Jody Miller, Linda Smith, Thomas Snyder, Richard Walizer, Walter Weaver, Gary Wilson and Carol Werner Miller.
If you have any information about them, please contact Judy Piper at 610-863-6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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