Kaci Kranson Igniting Holy Cross Crusaders as Floor Leader

Athlete of the Month - Kaci KransonBy Steve Svetovich

Holy Cross Lady Crusaders sophomore point guard Kaci Kranson is a huge spark plug as the floor leader for coach Barry Fitzgerald.

Daughter of Jill and Ryan Kranson, Kaci, 16, helped coach Fitzgerald achieve his 599th career win scoring 24 points to lead No. 7 Holy Cross to a 69-39 win over Lakeland Thursday, January 30. 

Kaci scored 12 points in the first quarter as the Lady Crusaders jumped to an 18-6 lead. 

Abbey Lentowski scored 21 points and Emily Ferguson added 14 in the win which gave the Lady Crusaders a 12-6 record at press time.

Kaci leads Lackawanna League Division III in scoring average with 22.2 games per game at press time.

Modest in nature, Kaci downplayed her scoring average and instead focused on teammates when discussing the success of the Lady Crusaders.

“We are a young team because we lost a lot of starters from last year’s team,” she said. “But we are a young team with a lot of talent. We work hard at practice and play as a team. We are close unit, friends on and off the court. This team has a special bond. We are really stepping up and making it a great team.”

The sophomore stalwart also plays centerfield on the Holy Cross softball team. She was named to the Times-Tribune all-star team as a freshman for her softball exploits.

Well versed, Kaci is president of student council for her sophomore class. She is a member of the Biology Club, Service Club and Pro Life Club. She has a 3.6 academic average and her favorite subject is biology.

The scholar-athlete hopes to attend Bucknell University and study physical therapy. “I have an aunt who studied physical therapy. She likes it. I like helping people and think it would be a nice profession to do that. I also hope to play basketball in college.”

Kaci, who scored a season high 31 points in a win over Lakeland this year, talked about what it takes to be a good point guard in high school basketball.

“You need to have a high basketball IQ. You need to know where to pass the ball and when to get it inside. You need to set your teammates up for a shot. You need to be able to dribble under pressure while making a play.”

Well spoken and intelligent, Kaci said her has learned a lot from coach Fitzgerald and her parents.

“Coach Fitzgerald teaches me how to handle pressure, be calm and play your game,” she said. “My parents always teach me to work hard at all times. Push hard on the basketball court and on the softball field.”

Kaci said she enjoys listening to music in her spare time and would like to see Shawn Mendez, a pop artist, in concert.

She talked about her future goals. “I want to help my team continue to win games. I hope to earn a college scholarship for basketball. And I want to become a physical therapist and help people.”

Kaci said she loves going to school at Holy Cross.

“It’s been great. I love it here. It is like one big family. We are all friends here. We go to class and all know each other. It’s the best experience.”

Holy Cross Educator Recognized for “Innovative Teaching”

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Douglas Peters, Regional Vice President, Voya Financial Advisors, Inc., far right, visited Holy Cross High School to present teacher Kimberly Mecir, center, with her award and is shown with Benjamin Tolerico, principal, Holy Cross High School, far left, and Miss Mecir’s second period students.

Miss Kimberly Mecir, an educator at Holy Cross High School, is one of only four teachers in Pennsylvania being recognized with a 2019 Voya Financial Unsung Heroes Grant for Innovative Teaching. 

Selected from a group of more than 650 applicants, Mecir will receive $2,000 to bring one of her educational ideas to life.

Mecir’s innovative teaching idea, “Mission to Planet X,” focuses on increasing student engagement and achievement in biology through a story-driven experience that challenges students to use creativity, problem-solving and biology knowledge to uncover signs of life on an “alien plant.” After learning scientific method, biochemistry, 3D design and coding through a series of lessons and labs, students will be tasked with the mission of designing and 3D printing fins for a rocket that will launch a rover to the planet. It is the hope that this project helps students connect to biology content by framing it in a real-life research area of astrobiology as well as learn future-ready skills of 3D design, coding and critical thinking.

Since 1996, the Voya Unsung Heroes program has awarded more than $5 million to help the nation’s educators turn innovative teaching ideas into reality. Grants are available to K-12 educators nationwide to honor innovative teaching methods and creative educational projects that have the ability to positively influence children.

“The program continues to be a catalyst for innovative learning. It provides educators with an opportunity to make an impact in their community, inspire their students and be recognized for their creative teaching ideas,” Heather Lavallee, president of Tax-Exempt Markets for Voya’s Retirement business said. “We’re honored to help Kimberly Mecir go above and beyond to prepare our leaders of tomorrow for their own successful futures.”

In additional to the grant Mecir has already won, she will now compete with other finalists for one of the top three prizes – an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from Voya Financial.

Craft Fair & Home Showcase Set for October 20th at Holy Cross

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The Holy Cross High School Parent Club Craft Fair & Home Showcase will be held on Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 501 East Drinker St., Dunmore.

The event features over 95 vendors selling candles, soaps, candies, ceramics, pottery, home decor, jewelry and much more. There will be a basket raffle, door prizes and homemade food available.

Admission is $3; $2 for seniors and students; 12 and under free. For information call 570-614-3727.

Shown from left are: Caitlyn Roever, Benjamin Tolerico, principal, Holy Cross High School, Nathan McAndrew and William Hanna.