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Young Americans named at Lourdes



Emma Gownley

Emma Gownley

COAL TOWNSHIP — Our Lady Of Lourdes Regional School seniors Lawrence Czeponis III, Emma Gownley, John Daniel Kerris, Nora Rompolski and Dawson Williams have been selected as Young Americans for the 2017-18 school year.

The Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the program, recognizes students in participating high schools for their achievements in academic and extracurricular activities. Students are also selected for their in-school activities, character and out-of-school participation.

Czeponis, of Mount Carmel, is secretary of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the French Honor Society, Science/Math Club, School Ambassadors, Respect Life Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is involved in student government and is vice president of student council.

Czeponis is involved in athletics and is a member and co-captain of the basketball team.

He has been appointed to the Opioid Awareness Coalition and assists with cleanup and planting flowers and trees in his community by volunteering for Mount Carmel Downtown Inc.

He has completed numerous college courses through the Early College Program at Luzerne County Community College.

Czeponis is a member of Divine Redeemer Church where he is an extraordinary minister and assists with general help and parish

Dawson Williams

Dawson Williams

fund raising.

He has also been involved with the parish youth group and was selected to receive the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Servant Leadership Award. It is presented to distinguished high school students who are superior in academic and athletic achievements but also volunteer in their parishes and communities.

Czeponis, who is employed at Boyer’s Market, plans to continue his education at a college or university and major in political science and pre-law.

He is a son of Lawrence and Ann Czeponis, of Mount Carmel.

Gownley, of Mount Carmel, is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, School Ambassadors, Chorus, Girls Action League, Respect Life Club, yearbook and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

She is involved in student government and has been class president in grades nine through 12.

She is involved in athletics and is a member of the Lourdes Cheerleaders. She is also a member of the football cheerleaders for Mount Carmel Area High School through a cooperative program.

Gownley was selected to represent Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, where she had the opportunity to stay on a college campus, meet a diverse

Nora Rompolski

Nora Rompolski

group of students and cultivate her leadership skills.

She has been appointed to the Opioid Awareness Coalition.

Gownley is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, where she is a lector, altar server and assists with general help and parish fundraising.

She, who is employed by Pepe’s Famous Italian Ice, Gownley plans to continue her education at a college or university and major in nursing.

She is a daughter of Sean and Katrina Gownley, of Mount Carmel.

Kerris, of Kulpmont, is treasurer of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society, chorus, School Ambassadors, drama/performing arts, Respect Life, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

He has participated in robotics and the stock market game, is involved in student government and is president of student council.

He is a member of the basketball team and is co-captain of the soccer team.

Kerris was chosen as a Songfest Select Soloist.

He has been appointed to the Diocesan Youth Council and was selected to represent Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, where he had the opportunity to stay on a college campus, meet a diverse group of

John Daniel Kerris

John Daniel Kerris

students and cultivate leadership skills.

Kerris has been appointed to the Opioid Awareness Coalition.

He has completed college courses through the Early College Program at Luzerne County Community College.

He is a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, where he is a lector and altar server and assists with parish fundraising.

He was selected to receive the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Servant Leadership Award given to distinguished high school students who are superior in academic and athletic achievements and also volunteer in their parishes and communities.

Kerris, who is employed by Black Diamond Sports Network, plans to continue his education and major in finance and law.

He is a son of Daniel and Jacqueline Kerris, of Kulpmont.

Rompolski, of Coal Township, is president of the National Honor Society and is a member of the French Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, French Club, Girls Action League, Respect Life Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

She is treasurer of student council and has been vice president of her class in grades nine through 12.

She also participates in athletics, where she is co-captain of the cheerleaders for Lourdes basketball and is a co-captain of the football cheerleaders at Mount

Lawrence Czeponis III

Lawrence Czeponis III

Carmel Area High School through the cooperative program.

Rompolski has been selected as an All-American Cheerleading nominee. She is a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, where she assists with parish fundraising.

She is employed by Knoebels Amusement Resort and Valley Gun and Country Club.

Rompolski plans to continue her education at a college or university, major in political science and pursue an advanced degree.

She is a daughter of David and Ann Marie Rompolski, of Coal Township.

Williams, of Shamokin, is vice president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Spanish Honor Society, School Ambassadors and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

He is secretary of student council and has been class secretary in grades nine through 12.

He is a member of the basketball team and is a co-captain of the soccer team. He was selected to Schuylkill League Division II first team all-stars.

Williams has completed college courses through the Early College Program at Luzerne County Community College.

He is a member of Our Lady Of Hope Church and has assisted with Shepherd’s Table.

Employed by the Housing Authority of Northumberland County, he plans to continue his education and major in pre-medicine.

He is a son of Christopher and Lanza Williams, of Shamokin.