Dr. Steven Stein, an associate professor of biology at Mansfield University, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Southern Tioga School District and Mansfield Chamber of Commerce Youth Leaders of Tomorrow banquet at New Covenant Academy, Mansfield.

The banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

There are 20 candidates for the overall youth leader designation. Each school represented, North Penn-Mansfield, North Penn-Liberty and New Covenant Academy, will also have a designee named as their school’s youth leader.

There are four candidates from New Covenant, five candidates for North Penn-Liberty and 11 candidates from North Penn-Mansfield.

New Covenant


Nathaniel DiCamillo, son of Daniel and Stephanie DiCamillo of Mansfield, is active in student council, basketball and is a worship leader. He is taking college courses through Mansfield University’s dual enrollment program. Nathaniel takes part in fighting wildfires, wedding photography, backpacking and working at Irion Lumber Co. He plans to continue his photography and attend medical school. In his essay, “Learn from that One, and on to the Next,” he wrote: “I learned a very valuable lesson from this experience. The stress and work that I endured could have been avoided had I not given up. Volunteers are ideal participants, but the fact is the weight of work and responsibility needs to be shared. This means sometimes it needs to be delegated to those who do not desire it. ‘Learn from that one, and on to the rest,” a word of advice my basketball coach gave me when I missed layups. It is not advantageous to give up on a task, regardless if the metaphorical point is or is not on the scoreboard.”

John Griffin, son of Josh S. Griffin and Amy Lee of Elkland, has been involved in soccer, band, basketball, track, marching band, served as class treasurer and a volleyball assistant, and taken several college-level courses. He plans to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level, attain both a two- and four year degree with a goal of becoming a lawyer. In his essay, “A Time I Experienced Failure,” he wrote: “The most cliche statement I have heard in my life is ‘Sports builds character.’ I do not believe it does that. I believe it exposes it. It shows how people get angry when they lose. It shows when a person truly desires to win in a situation where there must be a loser, when people are fighting for what they want to achieve, they show their personality…. I think that expressing a professional demeanor in as many facets of life will help one win the game of life. In order to achieve this, one must fail at it.”

Logan McElrath, son of Tom and Amy McElrath of Wellsboro, has been active in choir, advanced art, Spanish, student council and dual enrollment courses through Mansfield University. He is active in the church youth group and is a drummer for the church worship team and Redeemed by Grace, a traveling worship ministry. He enjoys hunting, fishing, showboarding, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, automotive restoration and is employed at Custom Harvesting. He plans to attend college for a degree in transportation and natural resources. In his essay, “The Tires are Off,” he wrote: “The tractor tipping could have been preventable because, at the time of the incident, it did seem to me that what we were doing was dangerous and unsafe. However, I was not verbal enough to challenge what was happening. It taught me that I need to stand for what I think, be more of a leader, while also not being shut off to other voices. … This experience has taught me, if nothing else, that being a leader has to do with listening and understanding while also being strong and taking charge of any situation.”

Victoria Scolari, daughter of Peter and Heidi Scolari of Wellsboro, has been involved in soccer, basketball, student council, church choir, youth group and worship team member. She was a team leader at a Youth Bible Camp. She plans to attend Arnot Ogden School of Nursing to get a degree and eventually become a nurse practitioner. In her essay, “My Role Model,” she wrote: “I always had a great relationship and deep connection with my great-grandmother. … I feel like I failed my great-grandmother because when her health started to decline, our relationship declined as well. Instead of seeing her six days a week to strengthen our relationship, I would see her once a week or some weeks not at all. I was scared to not have my best friend anymore, and I thought that if I didn’t see her as much that her health would greatly improve if she got more rest. My great-grandmother died a few short months later, and I was filled with tremendous guilt.”

North Penn-


High School

Hannah Bowens, the daughter of Robert and Amy Bowens of Blossburg, is active in National Honor Society, student council, basketball, volleyball, volunteers at the Special Olympics at Mansfield University, the Empty Bowls Project at Blossburg Elementary School, the Lady Tigers youth basketball camp and has worked as a Blossburg Community Pool lifeguard and swimming lessons instructor. In her essay, “My experience with Failure,” Bowens said, “I have learned to value everyone in my life and never betray someone I love and care about. . . always be grateful for what you have and always think a situation through.” Bowens has been accepted into the bachelor fo Science in Nursing program at Mansfield University. Once she has completed her degree she would like to work in pediatric nursing then further her education and become a certified nurse practitioner.

Cassandra Brooks, the daughter of Donald Brooks and Kristen Lehman of Mansfield, is active in future business leaders of America, student council, computer fair, National Honor Society, Clever Clovers 4H Club, Special Olympics Volunteer and National Business Honor Society. In Brooks essay, “Burnt Brownies,” she said, “I was able to overcome my failure with an open and determined mindset, which is a skill I will cherish forever. I learned that failing isn’t something that stops you, but rather an obstacle in the road that makes you stronger once you overcome it. All too often we let our failures define us, but in reality, we should just turn the oven on and start another batch of brownies.”

Kathryn Coole, the daughter of John and Deb Coole of Mansfield, is active in chorus, band, Hamilton Gibson choir, marching band, musical theatre, National Honor Society, student council and girl scouts. In her youth leaders of tomorrow essay, Coole said, “I could be sorry for myself, or I could become better from it. I knew then that the latter had to be my only option. . . I refused to let myself fall back into the habit of blaming my issues on others. It is time I take responsibility for my performance, reflect on how I have performed before, and become better from it.” Coole’s future plans are to attend the University of Pittsburgh majoring in biology/pre-dentistry and then to attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental medicine.

Riley David, the daughter of Bill and Krista David of Mansfield, is active in Mini-Thon and has been president of the group in both her junior and senior years, National Honor Scoiety, student council, future business leaders of America, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership representative, Camp Cadet Counselor, Special Olympic Buddy, chorus, concert band, soccer, basketball, and track and field. In her essay, 0-18, David said, “Perseverance is the key to success even though sometimes it doesn’t end in a winning record. . . I have learned to lead by example and never let today’s loss be tomorrow’s regret.” David’s future plans are to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an associates degree in military science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania joining the Army ROTC program.

Nolan Frederick is the son of Robert and Elisa Frederick, of Blossburg. He is involved in basketball, football, track, future business leaders of America, student council, National Honor Society, special olympics, big buddy, mini-THON, lifting, hiking and drawing. His future plans include attending a tech school for carpentry and HVAC. In his essay, he wrote about the time he broke his leg, his mother’s cancer diagnosis and the toll it had on his mental health, and how he overcame it all. “I thought everything was going great with my life. My leg was healed, I was back to playing sports, and I felt like a kid again until one day my mom came to pick me up from work and sat me down to tell me that she has cancer. When I heard those words come out of her mouth, my happiness completely disappeared. I fell into the worst depression I have ever felt and I didn’t know if I was going to get through it. All I could think about was the ‘what ifs’ and how I wasn’t there for my mother enough. I failed myself and I felt as if my life was spiraling down.”

Eion Hicks-Lee, the son of Shane and Uni Hicks-Lee of Blossburg, is active in drama club, chorus, band, big buddy program,camp counselor for Camp Invention. Hicks-Lee is also involved in Fourth Sunday Supper, Blossburg Borough Council, C.A.T.C.H. In his essay, Hicks-Lee said, “It is okay to seek help when you are struglling with something; instead of wanting to give up you should always keep trying you best never letting failure get in your way of success.” Hicks-Lee’s future plans are to attend the Act 120 Police Academy at Mansfield University, where he hopes to complete training to become a police officer. After completing the academy he plans on gaining experience in the field and applying for the FBI training in Quantico, Va.

Matthea Mitchell, daughter of Lori and Kenneth Mitchell of Mansfield, has been involved in cross country, jazz band, track, student council, chorus, unified bocce ball, National Honor Society, Spirit Club, Yearbook staff and Battle of the Books. Outside of school, she is active in youth group, serves as a Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School helper and an accompanist at church. She plans to attend college, majoring in biology for a career in the medical field. In her essay, she wrote: “Failing is a necessity to life. If I never failed, I wouldn’t truly know the meaning of success. From my failure, being unable to participate in my favorite sport, I learned to consistently try my hardest, persevere through any obstacles, be thankful, known when to stop and how to appreciate success. Although failing caused me to be temporarily unhappy, it helped me in ways success couldn’t, and for that reason, I am thankful for my failure.”

Patelin Nowak is the daughter and Brian and Julie Nowak, of Blossburg. She is involved in student council, National Honor Society, future business leaders of America, STEAM team, National Business Honor Society, National Scholar Society, varsity and club volleyball and the big buddy program. She attended Flaming Foliage and she is also the Tioga County Maple Sweetheart and a bingo volunteer at her church. Her future plans include attending a college to obtain a degree in business education. In her essay, she wrote about her involvement in Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She applied during her sophomore year, but was not selected. She applied again her junior year. “...this time my interview went much differently. I had no preferences. I just wanted to be a big sister with all my heart. Just like before, a few weeks later I found myself going down the same stairs that would lead me to my fate. Once I arrived, my advisor introduced me to a fifth grade boy. I had finally been matched. We introduced ourselves and began talking. An hour later we were still conversing and laughing like we had been friends forever.”

Emma Palmer is the daughter of Robin Ingerick and Fred Palmer, of Troy. She is involved in student council, big buddy, special olympics, National Honor Society, basketball and is a manager of the football team. She works at Lil Half Pint and enjoys photography. Her future plans include attending college to further her education and minoring in photography. In her essay, she wrote about her self-confidence while playing sports, as she put in the work but didn’t get much playing time. “The hard part is when teachers and parents did not even know I participated in sports. They would talk to my twin about her season and see how she was doing and then turn to me and asked why I did not play any sports.” But things changed when she moved to Mansfield her sophomore year. “I ended up making varsity for my sophomore, junior and senior year. The coaches worked with me and pushed me to reach my full potential. For the first time in forever I actually believed in myself and had coaches that showed faith in me and trusted my ability.”

Jaime Palmer is the daughter of Robin Ingerick and Fred Palmer, of Troy. In her essay, she wrote about her low self-confidence due to people taunting her about her appearance, starting when she was younger and living in Wellsboro. “Having a lack of self-confidence was very difficult. A part of me was embarrassed of who I was, another part of me was mad, and upset at myself for letting myself feel that way. I didn’t want to care what people thought about me, but I did, and now that I look back at it I feel disappointed in me for letting myself feel that way. In 10th grade I moved to Mansfield. That’s where things changed. In Mansfield nobody really cared about my weight or the way I looked. It was refreshing. I started to understand that looks didn’t matter.”

Grace Tice is the daughter of Brad and Emily Tice, of Mansfield. She is involved in volleyball, future business leaders of America, National Honor Society, student council, ski club, track and field, computer fair, unified bocce ball, band, chorus and spirit club. She is also involved with the Bungy Cat Rescue, Clever Clovers 4-G, nightmare volleyball club and the National Honor Society of High School Scholars. Her future plans include attending a four-year undergraduate program in pre-veterinary medicine, while participating in track and field. She plans to attend graduate school and obtain a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. In her essay, she wrote about not placing in the top eight in the javelin at the NTLs during her freshman year, so she worked harder in the next seasons. “Despite my best efforts, I ended up in ninth place, missing the top eight by three inches … I went home from the NTL meet astounded. I didn’t know what else I could have done to prepare myself. I didn’t know what mistakes I had made, I thought I had given my all. But then, I had recalled times I had not taken practice seriously … there was so much more I could have done to better prepare myself for the competition.”

North Penn-

Liberty High


Emily Clark, daughter of Scott and Dawn Clark of Liberty, has participated in the following activities during her time at North Penn-Liberty. Clark is the class of 2020 secretary, part of the Culture Club, President of the Key Club 2019/2020, Student Council 2019/2020 President, FBLA 2019/2020 senior vice president, FBLA senior vice president 2019/2020 and aso is a member of 4-H and plans to attend a university to major in Anthropology or Geology. “There have been many times that I personally have experienced failure. These range from academic problems, to sports injuries to mental health. All of these have taught me a different lesson, I believe that part of growing up and maturing is making mistakes and learning how to improve for the future. There is one experience that sticks out to me. Several years ago, I let a family member down when they needed me the most. I failed my sister, and most of all I failed myself.”

Emma Harris, daughter of Amanda and Timothy Harris of Liberty, has participated in Culture Club, Cross Country (captain), Track and Field (captain), FBLA (president), Key Club (vice president), Student Council (secretary) and works at Ski Sawmill over the winter. Harris also works and volunteers year-round at the Tioga County Green and also volunteers time at the Arnot Community Church helping in children’s church. Harris plans on attending college to earn a degree in Secondary Education Mathematics with a minor in Psychology. Harris also plans on continuing to compete in cross country and track and field and traveling around the world for missionary trips. “Throughout all of the changes this event inflicted on me, I learned two important things about failure and helping others. It taught me that no matter how badly I fail, there is always an opportunity to make a change for the better. It also showed me that self-forgiveness and perseverance go a long way in maturing and moving forward.”

Camryn Moyer, daughter of Paul and Carolyn Moyer of Roaring Branch, has participated in FFA, Key Club, National Honors Society, band, chorus, basketball and track and field during her time as a North Penn-Liberty student. Moyer has also taken part in the Tioga County Dairy Promotion, Liberty Valley Lutheran Church Youth Group and 4-H. Moyer plans on attending Penn State University to major in Animal Science. “At the start of ninth grade the varsity coach told us that we are all a team, but that we are also fighting for the starting positions. My goal for that year was to start some JV games. I didn’t care if I made varsity, but I wanted to be able to get some playing time. One day at practice coach told us that he would talk to each one of us individually. When it was my turn to go up to talk to him he congratulated me and told me that I had made the varsity team. I was so excited to hear this news because that meant my hard work and dedication had paid off. This made me want to work even harder to get varsity and JV playing time. That year our JV team broke through a three year long losing streak to win agame. Later that year we won two more games and we were all so excited. The next two years I was determined to make varsity again, and I was able to start several JV games and even two varsity games. Playing basketball has encouraged me to work hard, and be determined. Though I faced many challenges throughout the years I was able to overcome those hardships to succeed.”

Brooke Russell, daughter of Matthew and Kelli Russell of Liberty, has participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, Culture Club, FBLA, Pier Helpers, basketball and volleyball during her time at North Penn-Liberty. Russell also enjoys camping, fishing and hunting in her free time. Russell plans on attending college to major in Childhood Education. “After my experience, I learned a lot. I now know that tearing your ACL is a huge adjustment. I had to learn how to do things differently than I was used to. For example, I had to shower differently so my stitches and staples didn’t get wet. I most of all learned that strengthening is an important part to any athlete. Whether you think you’ll have an injury or not. While at a doctors appointments I found out that it is important for athletes to lift weights. Athletes should lift weights to prevent injuries. If I would have lifted weights to strengthen my hamstrings and quads I could have my muscles stronger. I could have prevented tearing my ACL. While many people think it is not possible to prevent an injury, it is. While I failed to prepare myself for basketball season, I learned a lot and had a lot of things affect me. I learned how to prevent injuries but also learned why strengthening is important. Not only did I learn a lot, but I was also emotionally and physically affected.”

Samuel Shedden, son of Charles of Teresa Shedden of Canton, participated in cross country, basketball, track and field, FBLA and NHS during his time as a student in North Penn-Liberty. He also participated in NPL Mounties Basketball Program, Tri-County Parrish Youth Group and Ward UMC. Shedden plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania majoring in Sports Management. “The rest of the day was miserable for me. In fact miserable for the next three weeks. The newspaper reporter didn’t quite catch the story and that I didn’t make it, instead he put me as going to states on the front page article. And then it hit me. I was always sad, and could never find the right groove to get me going. I felt like I let everybody down that I knew, the current seniors, parents, coaches and teammates. And that’s when I experienced failure. Flash forward a couple of months now, I’ve plastered the newspaper articles all over my locker to use as determination. To look at them everyday when i go to my locker. I started running hard everyday and used that motivation to finish my hard workouts. To make sure that I won’t let that happen again. Be that close but, yet so far away from victory and instead experience failure.”

Next Week: The Gazette will publish the winners of the 2020 Youth Leaders of Tomorrow, both overall and individual schools.

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