Tip of the graduation cap to Mrs. Diane Stanzione. After 33 years she is finally graduating — or should I say retiring. She has been the guidance counselor or school counselor at Loyalsock High School since 1985. What is the difference? Nothing, like many jobs the title has just changed over the years.
During her tenure she has seen over 5,600 young people pass through the hallways. Mrs. Stanzione always made herself available to advise them during their days at Loyalsock and help them with where they were going after graduation. I was a senior in her first year, back then she was Miss Daneker. She has had both Jimmy and Hunter as students and has become like family. I can't thank her enough for helping out our boys.
Prior to her Lancer days, she spent five years working with adjudicated delinquents. So overall she has spent 38 years helping young folks. She loves working with kids no matter the subject matter and has done an unbelievable job. "Kids are amazing, I have had a wonderful career," stated Mrs. Stanzione.
She has been instrumental in the development of the SADD program, Youth Development Task Force, which is a countywide coming together of students and faculty to discuss the issues of today such as heroin and teen pregnancy. She has been involved in the county DUI Advisory Council, served on the board of the YWCA and Wise Options Advisory Council. She recently received a certificate of appreciation for the longest running member of the Pennsylvania SADD and DUI Association. Her list of accomplishments and involvement just go on and on.
"Years go by too fast. I am just looking forward to what God has in store for me next. I feel like I'm 25 and starting out again," added Mrs. Stanzione.
She wanted to give a special thanks to Mr. Ken Robbins, who took her under his wing when she began her days at Loyalsock, Former Principal Mr. Thomas Little and current principal Dr. Matthew Reitz who she has had the pleasure to work with for 22 years. She also wanted to acknowledge all the faculty and school personnel that made LHS such a special place each and every day during her tenure.
Mrs. Stanzione and husband Michael have two sons Matthew and Micah. Mike, or "Rock" as he is known by so many, got the athletic programs at Penn College rolling, where he retired from a few years back. I wish them both the very best. They are two of the finest folks I've had the pleasure to know.