Athlete of the Month: Erika Bistran

athlete-of-the-month-erika-bistran-picBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore senior volleyball outside hitter Erika Bistran was selected All Regional for the second time in her outstanding four-year career.

Daughter of Lori and Rob Bistran, Dunmore, Erika, 18, is a team player all the way.

Hard working and humble, she was quick to praise teammates, opponents and coaches when she heard about her selection.

“I was shocked and did not expect it,” she said. “It is quite an accomplishment and takes a lot of hard work. There are a lot of great players in our league, so you don’t know if this is possible. We have great coaching and it’s a team game. Volleyball is point by point. It is play by play. You play as a team. I have great teammates here who all work hard.”

Erika finished the season with 268 kills, 60 digs, 67 aces and 107 serving points. She finished her career with 415 kills, 135 digs, 139 aces and 381 serving points.

She was also an All Regional selection in her freshman year. She was a first-team all-star as a freshman.

Coached by Sue Dempsey, the Dunmore girls’ volleyball team finished a splendid season with an 18-3 record. Dunmore finished second in its division and lost the district title game to Holy Redeemer.

“We had a nice year,” said Erika. “We were young and a little inexperienced, so we had to come together as a team. We had to get the job done and make it happen. It was a lot of hard work, but we played as a team and really put it together.”

Erika has a 3.6 academic average and aspires to become a Physician’s Assistant. She has applied to Kings College for the Physician’s Assistant program.

Erika, well rounded in all aspects of academics, clubs and sports, is president of the Spanish Club at Dunmore. She is secretary of the TACT Club and a member of SADD, the French Club and National Honor Society. Her favorite subject is history.

Erika is also a four-year member and two-year starter as a forward on the Dunmore girls’ basketball team. She averaged over six points and over eight rebounds per game last season.

She has been a Dunmore football cheerleader for the past two years.

She talked about what it takes to be a good volleyball player in high school. “It takes a lot of hard work. You have to practice hard both in season and out of season. You have to push yourself to be the best. And you really have to love the sport.”

Erika said she has learned a lot from coach Dempsey. “She always teaches to be a team player and a leader. When you are down, pick everyone up. Volleyball is a team sport, not an individual sport.”

Erika, who is a big fan of Carrie Underwood and would like to see her in concert, talked about her future goals. “I definitely want to focus on school and become a Physician’s Assistant. I might play volleyball in college. In the end, it is all about school.”

The talented scholar-athlete lives by the Beach Boys song, “Be True to Your School.” Erika loves Dunmore High School.

“I love it,” she said. “Dunmore High is a great place to be. The environment is great. The environment is like no other school. The Friday night football games are amazing. Dunmore is one of a kind. I love it here. I have great experiences with great people.”

DHS Cheerleaders attend Penn State clinic

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The Dunmore High School varsity football cheerleaders recently attended a cheerleading clinic at Penn State University conducted by the Penn State cheerleaders and Lionettes and also attended a football game in which they learned a dance to perform at halftime at Beaver Stadium.

Kneeling from left are: Cori Pietruszkiewicz, Celia Hartshorn, co-captain Maeve King, captain Caroline Barone,co-captain Nina Bonavoglia, Kate Adams, Megan Hartshorn, and Kathleen Klatt. Standing, same order: Stephanie Kolozieski , Justine Lim, Rachel Alunni,Vanessa Vinskofski, Cessna Pendon, Mara Walsh, Julia Lowe,Mackenzie Senatore, Marissa Moraski, and Taylor Ruane.

DHS cheerleaders are coached by Mrs. Sherry Nicolais assisted by Mrs.Sara Worozbyt.

 

New Miss Buck Looks to be Strong Role Model

By Steve Svetovich

She is humble, kind, wholesome, sweet and caring. She is Dunmore High School senior Angelica Plappert—Dunmore High School’s new Miss Buck for the  2015-2016 school year.

Daughter of Robert and Victoria Plappert, Dunmore, Angelica said she felt “relieved, happy and excited” when learning she was chosen to be Miss Buck on April 2, 2015 and said that she will do her very best to represent Dunmore High School.

“This is very rewarding,” Angelica said. “As Miss Buck, I want to represent Dunmore High School very well and hopefully have the younger students look up to me as a role model. I hope we have a great year with all sports, cheerleading, academics and everything else.”

Soft spoken and polite, Angelica will be in her fourth year as a basketball cheerleader. She also plays varsity soccer and is a member of SADD and TACT clubs. Her best academic subject is English.

The DHS basketball cheerleading coach is Maura Dempsey. “She always tells us to do our best and try to give a good performance.”

Angelica said her parents taught her a lot over the years. “They teach me to never give up. They tell me to keep pushing and do my best,” she said. “My parents were very happy for me and proud when they found out I was Miss Buck. They felt I did my best and it worked out for me.”

Angelica’s dad is president of the Dunmore Sherwood Park Youth Association. He was recently a chairperson for the third annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park. And no doubt, Angelica’s parents are very proud of her accomplishments.

Energetic and positive, Angelica set a goal to become Miss Buck and did it.

She talked about her future goals beyond high school. “I want to go to college in the medical field. I am not sure where I will go yet, but I want to help sick people. It would be a good feeling helping them to get better.”

Angelica has a strong work ethic and does volunteer work in her spare time..The Dunmore senior worked this past summer as a lifeguard at Montage Mountain. Angelica also volunteers at the Saint Joseph’s Day Care Center in Dunmore.

The new Miss Buck said she loves country music and would like to see Luke Bryan in concert. Her hobbies include playing sports, cheerleading, working and friends. Angelica is really looking forward to her senior year at Dunmore.

“Dunmore has been a great experience for me. I want to make the most of every single moment and have a lot of fun in my senior year,” said Angelica. “I really look forward to representing Dunmore as Miss Buck. It’s going to be a great year at Dunmore High School.”