WVIA PR – WVIA Announces 2015-2016 Scholastic Scrimmage Champions

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PITTSTON, Pa. – WVIA is proud to announce that the overall 2015-2016 Scholastic Scrimmage champion is Lakeland Junior Senior High School.  The team consisting of Graeme Nichols, Armen Rissmiller, Ty Nichols, Stephen Liuzzo, Michael Goerlitz, Dylan Smith and advisor, Ms. Jill Marino received a $5,000 check from WVIA and medals and a plaque for their school's trophy case.


To win the competition Lakeland Junior Senior High School, who was also the winner of the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU) bracket, defeated Berwick High School, who won the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) bracket and was awarded $3,000 for finishing second overall in the competition. The Berwick team included Griffin Keller, Beau Blass, Andrew Barns, Annalouise Rivenbark, Zachary Beckley, and Michael Canouse, along with their advisor Mr. Todd Gunther


Loyalsock Township High School won the Lycoming County (LYCO) bracket and received $1,000 for their third place finish in the overall competition after defeating Wyoming Area in the semi finals. The Loyalsock team included Riane Aichner, Hayli Springer, Lucille Cullens, Autumn Deitrick and was advised by Kirk J. Bower.


Loyalsock’s participation was made possible by a grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, which enabled Lycoming County high schools to compete in this year’s Scholastic Scrimmage competition.


Wyoming Area High School won the Luzerne Intermediate Unit (LIU) bracket and placed fourth in the overall competition. The Wyoming Area team included Michael Murphy, Peter Butera, Lauren Perry, Bobby Acacia, Georgia Calimeres, Ryan Murphy and was advised by Molly Kearns.


High schools participating in this year’s Scholastic Scrimmage competition were Williamsport, Jersey Shore, South Williamsport, Hughesville, Muncy, Montoursville, Loyalsock, Montgomery, Mt. Carmel, Berwick, Lewisberg, Watherly, Millville, Southern Columbia, Milton, Selinsgrove, MMI, Coughlin, Nanticoke, Dallas, Meyers, Pittston, Tunkhannock, GAR, Lake-Lehman, Wyoming Area, Hanover, Wyoming Valley West, Hazleton, Forest City, Riverside, Valley View, Honesdale, Montrose, West Scranton, Scranton, Western Wayne, Susquehanna Community, Elk Lake, Old Forge, Mountain View, Lakeland, Abington Heights, Mid Valley, Dunmore and Wallenpaupack


WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage is a high school academic quiz show, produced in partnership with Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit with major funding for the competition and television program being provided by Williams. Scholastic Scrimmage challenges top students from WVIA’s member school districts about all academic disciplines. Contestants (grades 9-12) try to answer questions more quickly than members of the opposite team.



As an educational service agency, NEIU serves the school communities of Lackawanna, Wayne, and Susquehanna counties. The Intermediate Unit serves as a link between member school districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Through the NEIU mission, our organization supplements and supports local schools in their efforts to educate all students through education, collaboration, and innovation.



Williams, including its assets held through Williams Partners L.P., is an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s significant hydrocarbon resource plays to growing markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and olefins. Williams’ operations span from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian oil sands. Williams owns and operates midstream gathering and processing assets, and interstate natural gas pipelines.  In addition, Williams processes oil sands off-gas and produces olefins for petrochemical feedstocks. Williams common stock (WMB) and Williams Partners units (WPZ) are listed on the New York Exchange.


First Community Foundation Partnership:

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets.



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