Dunmorean of the Month: Lauren Mrykalo

Dunmorean of the Month - Lauren MyrkaloBy Steve Svetovich

When Lauren Mrykalo, Dunmore, set out at Bloomsburg University to become a teacher, she didn’t know she would someday soon be instructing autistic students.

She just happened to get involved with elementary school autistic children and now has no intention of ever leaving the field.

Daughter of Richard and Marisa Scott, Dunmore, Lauren is married to Chris Mrykalo. She is a 2008 graduate of Dunmore High School and received a B.S. in elementary education/special education from Bloomsburg University in 2012.

Lauren, 29, started her career as a substitute teacher for a year and a half before she evolved into an autistic support teacher. Certified as a K-12 teacher, she currently is an autistic support teacher at Moscow Elementary School.

“I taught learning and emotional support before,” she said. “I had never taught autistic students before this. I went to a few conferences, but that was it.

“Once I got into this as an autistic support teacher, I never looked back. This is what I want to do for the rest of my teaching career. This is where I want to be.”

Lauren, who played basketball, soccer and ran track at Dunmore High School, spoke glowingly of her job.


Photo Credit: North Pocono School District

“I work with kids in the autistic spectrum. Every child is different. Each little problem is different, but they all have so much potential. I tell each child he or she can do so much more. 

Each child really has a chance to be somebody special just like anyone else. These children have so many extraordinary talents.


“I have six autistic students, with five in my classes all day. I have my own classroom accommodations for the students. The classroom accommodations are very important to the success of each student.

“I enjoy doing this so much. I hope to do it until I retire. It’s my fifth year working with autistic children. I plan on making it my career.”

Lauren, who enjoys running, basketball and playing guitar in her spare time, would like to improve her teaching skills for autistic children by attending graduate school in the near future.

“I want to get a master’s degree with a specialty in applied behavior analysis. There is a lot of evidence that this type of therapy will benefit the autistic student in many ways.

“This is not an easy job, but it is very fulfilling. You have to go into it knowing this. Every day is different. Every child is different. Every child has great potential.

“It’s a very satisfying career. Each child is very special.”

Lions Club Honors Graduating Seniors at Annual Scholarship Banquet

Lions DHS student awards

Dunmore High School students received scholarships from the Dunmore Lions Club at its 39th annual scholarship award banquet. Guests included, seated from left: Margo Balderson, DHS guidance counselor; Gianna Delfino; Cole Blasko, and Greg McDade. Back row: Mike Colangelo, James Aita, Anthony DeSantis and Sam Sebastianelli. (Photo Credi:; Rich Banick Photography)

The Dunmore Lions Club recently held its 39th annual scholarship award banquet at La Buona Vita Restaurant.  Honored with Penn State scholarships were Jennifer Robinson of Holy Cross High School and Cole Blasko of Dunmore High School.

Also honored with monetary gifts were: Dunmore High School Boy Scholar/Athlete –Greg McDade and Girl Scholar /Athlete- Gianna Delfino and Holy Cross High School Boy Scholar/Athlete- Anthony Fletcher and Girl Scholar/Athlete Kiearra Saldi.

Lions Holy Cross awards

Students from Holy Cross High School were recently awarded scholarships by the Dunmore Lions Club. Among those in attendance were, seated from left: Alexa Schoenberg, Holy Cross guidance counselor; Anthony Fletcher, Jennifer Robinson and Kiarra Saldi. Back row: Mike Colangelo, Anthony DeSandis and James Aita. (Photo Credit: Rich Banick Photography)

Remarks were offered by Margo Balderson, guidance counselor at Dunmore High School and Alexa Schoenberg, guidance counselor, at Holy Cross High School. Presentation of awards was made by Lion president James Aita and Lion committee co-chairmen Sam Sebastianelli and James Colangelo. Michael Colangelo offered invocation.

Anthony DeSantis served as toastmaster and commented “These and past award recipients demonstrate the outstanding traits necessary to receive Lions awards. All recipients have shown exemplary leadership. They’re all amazing students”.

The Dunmore Lions have been serving the community for over 68 years and are currently having a membership campaign. Anyone interested in joining or helping in any way should email dunmorelions@gmail.com or call 570-878-7166 or 570-947-1287.  See the Lions Facebook page for additional information.

Congratulations to the Holy Cross High School Class of 2019!

graduationHoly Cross High School in Dunmore held its commencement ceremonies on May 31 at the Sette La Verghetta Center for the Performing Arts at Marywood University with 98 students graduating.

Commencement speaker and honored guest was Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton. Benjamin D. Tolerico is school principal.

A Baccalaureate Mass was held on May 30 at Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton, with Rev. Cyril D. Edwards, Holy Cross High School chaplain, was principal celebrant.

Holy Cross Graduation - Valedictorian Caroline Kranick

Class of 2019 Valedictorian: Caroline Kranick

Caroline Kranick, daughter of Colleen and Robert Kranick of Jessup was valedictorian of the class. Caroline is vice president of the National Honor Society and has been a Student Council representative for four years.

She is a three-year member of the Mock Trial team which is two-time District and Regional Champions and the 2019 Pennsylvania State Champions. The team recently place ninth in the nation.

Caroline has participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science for five years and was a member of the Summer Service Trip to New Jersey during the 2018 summer bread. She is a four-year member of the Varsity Soccer, Basketball and Track teams, serving as 2018-19 captain for both soccer and basketball.

Caroline will be attending the University of Notre Dame, majoring in English, and hopes for a career in human rights or environmental law. 

Holy Cross Graduation - Salutatorian Hannah Carr

Class of 2019 Salutatorian: Hannah Carr

Hannah Carr, daughter of Maurya and Thomas Carr of Throop, was salutatorian. 

Hannah is an officer and four-year member of the History/Political Science Club and was both a Diocesan and an Immaculate Heart of Mary Scholar, in addition to her high school schedule.

A member of the National Honor Society and Holy Cross Tennis Team, Hannah is also a four-year member of the Foreign Language Club. she has been accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Scranton.

Members of the 2019 graduating class at Holy Cross High school are: Dominic James Arbie, Elizabeth Jane Arbie, Mary Margaret Elizabeth Arcuri, Denys Arkhypenko, Heather Elizabeth Bailey, Erik Jerome Bentler, Haley Elizabeth Bestrycki, Olivia Frances Bloskey, L. Matthias Boles, Gianna Jule Calciano, Annabelle Nicole Callis, Taylor Jordan Callis, Cang Ye Da, Hannah Mellody Carr, Alexandria Carter, Joshua Thomas Charles, Julia Elizabeth Cicco, Ryan Jeffrey Cole, William P. Craig, Geanna B. Cusmano, Matthew James Dowdell, Theresa Ann Dutter, Darlene Duverge, and Russell C. Dyson III.

Also, Hannah Elizabeth Ferenchick, Jeremy Kristian Fick, Anthony R. Fletcher, Marla Ann Gambucci, Megan Catherine Gashi, Jacob Michael Gatto, Santino Augustus Graziano, Serge John Grega, Logan A. Gregory, Alexander Ryan Hammer, Taylor Marie Hembury, Matthew Jacob Herne, Meghan Kathryn Keenan, Nicholas Daniel Klein, Kalley Nicole Kovaleski, Jonathan Paul Kowalski, Caroline Frances Kranick, Hunter Alan Wesley Krieg, Olivia Evelyn Krupski, Ryan Nicholas Lello, Alyssa Rose Liford, Elizabeth Ann Link, Joseph Fred Liuzzo Jr., Abigail Rose Lynott.

Also, Kaylee Magda, Guilia Rose Maiolatesi, Abbey Elizabeth Malinoski, Julia Elizabeth Mancuso, Brian Anthony Mariotti, Julie Ann Mazaleski, Kaitlin Ann Cecilia McDonnell, Jillian Josephine McDonough, Hailey Star McElroy, Zachary Michael Menichello, Thomas Anthony Montefour, Ismael Mikey Morales, Tyler Thomas Mozeleski, Lucia Penelope Nardelli, Nhien Phan Thao Nguyen, Sang T. Nguyen, Grace Pavlick Okrepkie, Olivia Lee Osborne, and Emma Kate Otis.

Also, Lauren Rosario Richards Palmiter, Chloe L. Pearce, Ericka Anne Pica, Jacob Francis Rasimovich, Eric David Rine, Jennifer Christine Robinson, Kyle Michael Rusinko, Gianna Sacchetti, Maria Teresa Sacco, Kiearra Saldi, Mia Gabrielle Sandy, Anthony Scartelli, Carl John Schuster IV, Dana Leigh Sebastianelli, Abigail Ann Sempa, Noah C. Somers, Kristen Ann Swierczek, Victoria Lynn Tanana, James Brien Thornton Jr.

Also, Declan Mark Tokash, Karli Tolerico, Shannon Elizabeth Tone, Jack Patrick Torquati, Kirsten Mary Van Louvender, Joshua James Walker, Justin Richard Walker, Abigail Theresa Walsh, Colin M. Walsh, Jake Wiercinski, Brenden Manfred Willsch, and Olivia Aneta Catherine Zehel.