Dunmorean of the Month: Julia Walsh

Dunmorean of the Month - JuliaWalshBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore graduate Julia Walsh has a strong intellect for math and science and wants to use those smarts to become a chemical engineer.

Daughter of Jeff and Maureen Walsh, the recent Dunmore High School graduate will study chemical engineering at Penn State University main campus in the fall. 

Well versed, Julia finished sixth in her class with a 3.8 grade point average and played four years of both basketball and cross country at Dunmore. She was a member of the Spanish club, TACT, SADD, Service Club, Earth Club and National Honor Society.

Julia was Vice President of her senior class at Dunmore.

Her hobbies include running, going to the gym and playing pickup basketball. She enjoys listening to music, especially pop artist Shawn Mendez.

Lady Bucks Honored PixA strong leader, Julia was a captain on both the basketball and cross country teams at Dunmore. She played on a Lady Bucks basketball team that finished as a state runner up this past season and was a part of two district title teams. 

Julia said her favorite academic subjects are chemistry and math. And that made chemical engineering an easier choice as a college major.

“I always leaned towards math and chemistry as my favorite subjects,” she said. “I talked to my academic advisors and counselors and they directed me towards the path of chemical engineering. At Penn State you can easily change a major, but I feel it is the right choice for me.

“I love the college. I know Penn State is in the middle of nowhere, but it is going to be a great place to be for me. I want to study hard, do well in school and eventually get a job in a big city like Boston or Philadelphia.”

Julia said she will never forget Dunmore High School.

“I loved it all there, especially the teachers. It was the best decision my parents ever made for me. I went to a private grade school until the third grade when my parents sent me to Dunmore Elementary. Dunmore High School was the best four years of my life. Going to Dunmore from the third grade on was such a great experience.”

Julia, who has a younger brother Jeffrey, 15, credits her parents for a lot of her success.

“Our mom and dad always taught my brother and I to always work hard and do our best. They helped make us competitive in a good way.”

Julia is keeping busy this summer working for her uncle, Dr. Scott McKenna, a plastic surgeon. His office is located on Sanderson Avenue in Scranton.

She was also involved recently in a cross country race alumni fund raiser in which money was raised for “Jog for Jude” research and the Dunmore cross country team.

penn-state“It was a fun event, with a great turnout for a good cause,” she said.

Kind and gentle in her manner, Julia received a college scholarship from Feel Good Motors for “kindness.” She also received a scholarship for finishing in the top 10 percent of her class.

She looks forward to Penn State and her future. “It is going to take a lot of hard work and determination,” she said. “These classes are not going to be easy by any means.”

DHS Hosts Outdoor Commencement for the First Time in Years

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A total of 114 students graduated from Dunmore High School in June. The graduates included: Kaitlin Mary Ahern, Ta’Nazha Chante Beatrice Isabel Allen, James Thomas Angerson, Jaren Russell Argust, Michael Kenneth Aronica, Noah Barton, Cole Michael Blasko, Joshua Austin Bloom, Mia Isabella Bonavoglia, Wyatt Osman Bravo, Keenan Michael Patrick Brazil.

Also, Colleen Grace Brown, Christian Brian Buckas, Jayden Anthony Buckley, Max James Burke, Patrick David Burke, Molly Grace Butler, Antoinette Catherine Cantarella, Kayleigh Carey, Madison Joy Castellano, Emma Rose Coar, Emily Isabelle Comparetta, Lily Elizabeth Conboy, Arianna Costanzi, Gabrielle Andrea Crawford, Kelly Ann Czankner.

Also, Dylan Richard Davey, Gabriella Rose Deabreu, Kristopher Louis DeLeo Jr., Gianna Rose Delfino, Charles Michael DeNapoli, Colby Michael DeSando, Nicholas David DeSando, Patrick August Donvito, William Joseph Donvito, Madison Virginia Eagen, Hannah Jane Earley, Alana Elizabeth Emker, Abby Elizabeth Errico, Domenique Catherine Eutizi.

Also, John Michael Flis Jr., Marian Rayessa Fox, Brooke Lynn Frable, Jenna Furey, Michael Dominick Giannetta III, Tommi Jane Golden, Kyle Patrick Harrity, Philip Joseph Haser, Haylee Allouise Hein, Kelsey Lynn Hill, Julia Ingargiola, Abdul-Ahad Roshee James, Anthony John Kashmer, Corey Keating, Kathleen Elizabeth Kennedy, Julia Elise Klotz, Eric Christopher Kolodziewski, Zackery James Kubilus.

Also, Louis Gary LaCapra, Christian Rocco Lawler, Kaylie Marie Levinsky, Jazmine Angelique Lim, Sydney Joan Loftus, Anita Lucille Lucas, Jeremy Lyons Jr., Isabella Josephine Mandarano, Alexander Thomas Martin, Annabella Maria Massaro, Victoria Jayvin Mathews, Allison Leigh Mayer, Gregory Thomas McDade, Sierra Brooke McGinnity, Robert Michael McMynne, Lydia Anna Meade, George Joseph Mesko, Noah Nathan John Mihal, Korral Jae Mooney.Muhammad An’Nur Fard Harris-Moore.

Also, Sophia Marie Norvilas, Gia Virginia Occhipinti, Tyler Mason Overholtz, Nicholas Anthony Panunzio, Julia Marie Pasko, Kris Vjaykumar Patel, Kush Dilip Patel, Megan Marie Pavlowski, Marchete Reyn Nica Baba Pendon, Luke Nathan James Perez, Devin Andrew Peterson, Kalianna Philmeck, Caroline Ann Pinto, Laila Nicola Qarmout, Seth Michael Reyes, Amanda Donelle Roche, Molly Ruth Romeo, Noah Xavier Rudy, Mitchell Conrad Russavage.

Also, Khamille Sanaphol, Anthony Abda Santarsiero, Jacob Earl Brice Sawka, Lydia Grace Schork, Christian Eugene Simonetti, Emily Lauren Stedina, Dante Tyler Stipp, Tabitha Helen Stout, Lucia Nicole Summa, Lisa Ann Tallo, Victoria Margaret Toomey, Amaya Megan Tropeano.

Also, Julia Mairin Walsh, Lee David Weidow Jr., Kyle David Williams, Anthony Michael Woytach, Micaiah Jolie Yarosh.

New Book Details History of Dunmore Fire Department

Fire Dept book cover (1)A new book chronicling the history of the Dunmore Fire Department is now available. “The Boys from Bucktown: The History of the Dunmore, PA Fire Department” is the third book by Joseph M. Klapatch. 

His first two books were on the histories of the Carbondale Fire Department and the Scranton Fire Department Including Minooka Hose Company. 

The book gives a brief overall history of the borough, but continues with the development of the fire department as well as the borough dating back to 1875. A total of thirteen companies were found, including the companies that changed their names throughout history.

The stories are supplemented with color and black & white photos.

The Dunmore Fire Department that stands today actually dates back to 1885 when a group of teenagers, 14 to 16 years of age, gathered and organized the Columbia Hose Company. A week later, they changed the name to Independent Hose Company. They later became a Hook & Ladder Company and merged with the Neptune Fire Company when the current Dunmore Borough Building was constructed.

The book is written as a local history book, including information for the history buff, fire buff or genealogist. It is currently available at the Library Express Bookstore in the Marketplace at Steamtown; the Lackawanna Historical Society, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, and NBT Bank, O’Neill Highway, Dunmore. Other outlets will be added and book signing will be scheduled in the near future.