Lawrence Czeponis

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The 2018 recipient of the James M. Bach Scholar Award is Lawrence (Larry) Czeponis of Mount Carmel. Larry is a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School where he has been an integral member of Red Raider Basketball for the past four years. He currently serves as a senior co-captain. His hard work and determination as a player has helped the Raiders secure spots in the past District IV Single A playoffs. He and teammate Thomas Schultz have given the Raiders a dominating presence inside. Larry and the Red Raiders were able to win the District IV A Championship in 2018 and went all the way to the state championship game before settling for the silver in a loss to Kennedy Catholic by a score of 78 – 36.

As a freshman and sophomore, Larry participated with the Raider golf team and Red Tornado track and field team through the schools cooperative sports agreement.

In addition to athletics, Larry is an exemplary student and has maintained honors status throughout his high school academic career. He serves as the Secretary for the National Honor Society and is the Vice-President of Student Council. He is also a member of the French Honor Society. He also participates in many extracurricular activities including the Science/Math Club, School Ambassadors, Respect Life Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions. He has already completed numerous college courses through the Early College Program at Luzerne County Community College.

Czeponis was recently nominated by the faculty to be a Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Young American. This program recognizes outstanding accomplishments of twelfth grade students regarding academic and extracurricular activities at participating regional high schools.

Lawrence has been appointed to the Opioid Awareness Coalition allowing him the opportunity to address many of the concerns of the current opioid abuse epidemic. He also volunteers with Mount Carmel Downtown, Inc. in cleaning up and planting flowers and trees in his home community.

Larry is a member of Divine Redeemer Church where he serves as an Extraordinary Minister and also assists with parish fund raising. He was selected to receive the Saints Cyril and Methodius Servant Leadership Award, given to distinguished high school students, who have demonstrated superior attributes both academically and athletically, as well as, volunteer in their parish and community.

Larry is currently employed at Boyer’s Market in Mount Carmel. He plans to continue his education at a four-year college or university to major in political science and pre-law. He is the son of Lawrence and Ann Czeponis of Mount Carmel.

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