UNICO Presents Service Above Self Awards

Service Above Self award

UNICO Keystone Chapter’s immediate past chapter president Cathy Bianchi presented Nanine Gramigna and Bob Collins with the chapter’s annual “Service Above Self” Awards for their exemplary contributions to Keystone.

From left are Nanine Gramigna, past president Cathy Bianchi and Bob Collins.

Prima Elite Dancers Win Big at Regional Competition

Prima Elite Titles

Maeve Ludka, Lucia Dudziec ,and Bobbi-Rose Smith were awarded Regional Champion Titles at Dancers Inc. Scranton Regional Competition. The girls will be competing at Dancers Inc. National Finals & MSA/OnTour Intensive in the Poconos in July.

Prima Elite Academy of Dance, founded by Jennifer Griglock, a professional dancer and educated dance teacher from Dunmore,  has announced their studio awards for their first competition this year at Dancers Inc. Scranton Regional Competition.

In their second year, the studio participated at the competition with 13 students and was awarded three regional champion title awards, a number of top overall awards, and many student medals of the competition. Dancers Inc. is a leader in the dance competition/convention industry and the completion was part of their national circuit. The studio will be attending Dancers Inc. National Finals & MSA/OnTour Intensive in Poconos, PA in July.

Student medals are as follows: Lucia Dudziec, Regional Champion Title, 3rd and 8th overall, elite and high gold; Maeve Ludka, Regional Champion Title, 2nd and 4th overall: 2 elites and high gold; Bobbi-Rose Smith, Regional Champion Title, 3rd overall and elite; Nodiya Defreitas, Prestigious Elite; Bella Nardone, elite: 2nd overall; Aaliyah Defreitas, 3rd overall, 2 elites; Ashlin Brody-Walega, elite, high gold, 5th overall; Reagan Martin high gold, Maya Terbovich high gold; Riley Pica, gold; Bella Diana, high gold; Jaiden Brody-Walega, high gold; Mariel Curra, gold.

Trios: Bobbi-Rose Smith, Jazmin DeFreitas, Bella Diana: elite, 2nd overall; Reagan Martin, Maya Terbovich and  Riley Pica, high gold.

Duos: Mariel Curra, Bella Nardone, high gold, 1st overall; Ashlin and Jaiden Brody-Walega, high gold; Maeve Ludka and Aaliyah DeFreitas, high gold, Bella Diana and Jazmin DeFreitas, high gold.

Studio group dances: Breathe of Life: elite, 1st overall; Power of the dream, high gold, 1st overall; Star Wars cantina, high gold: 5th overall.



Purple Club awards scholarships to area students


The Purple Club awarded four annual $1,000 scholarships to University of Scranton students from Lackawanna County.

Noteworthy among gifts to University of Scranton students are the amounts contributed annually by the Purple Club of Scranton. Since its founding in 1933, the Purple Club has provided special financial support to deserving and qualified students.

Standing, from left: Ed Karpovich, vice president; Crystal Ondrick, U of S financial aid; Joe DeAntona, Deborah Perry, secretary/treasurer, and Caelin Docalovich, scholarship winner, accepting check from Patrick O’Malley, president.

Seated in front row: Hannah Gaul,  Katrina Coviello and Kathleen Healey, scholarship winners.