FFA Members Earn Keystone Degrees January 17, 2019
Solanco students Kelly Foose, Carlos Shillenn, and Lexi Findley recently earned their Keystone FFA Degrees at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The Keystone FFA Degree - the highest degree presented to FFA members at the state level - is awarded based on the student's project program, including FFA leadership activities, such as office and committee assignments; school and community activities outside of FFA; and FFA cooperative activities, including chapter, county, regional, state and national activities.
Kelly is the daughter of Lori and Wayne Foose of Quarryville. She plans to pursue a career in agriculture or agri-business.
Carlos is the son of Joseph Shillenn and Lita Miller of Quarryville. His plans include attending an equine college to study horses and the equine industry.
Lexi is the daughter of James and Crystal Findley of Holtwood. She plans to attend a community college where she will study to become a veterinarian assistant.
Additionally, several Solanco FFA members received FFA First-Year Jacket Scholarships. The honorees are Lainey Nolan, Austin O'Donnell, Kyle Welkand and Hannah Wood.
The Jacket Scholarship is offered through the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association. Students write an essay about the purpose of the FFA and why FFA membership is important to them, and the essays are judged, with top finishers receiving a free FFA jacket.
Introducing The Mother-Son Night Of Fun January 17, 2019
Boys enrolled in Solanco School District's elementary and middle schools, along with their adult female family figures, are invited to attend the first-ever Mother-Son Night of Fun on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event will be held at George A. Smith Middle School, 645 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. Activities will be set up throughout the school, with plenty of opportunities for youngsters and adults to expend some energy. Attendees are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for being active. Basketball, a lacrosse toss, cornhole, dancing, mini-bowling, Wii games, and Minute-to-Win-It-style games will be offered, along with more calm activities like board and card games, building with Legos, and a selfie booth. Light refreshments will be provided.
There is a flat fee per family to attend the Mother-Son Night of Fun, with the proceeds going to the Smith Middle School PTO. Night of Fun co-chairs Angie Schlagnhaufer and Trina Armstrong explained that the new event is one of several that have been created as a replacement for the lap-running fundraiser that had once been the PTO's most significant source of funds.
"We're hoping this becomes a big thing so we don't have to do so many little (fundraisers)," Schlagnhaufer said. "It's the first year, so there aren't a lot of expectations. We have people signed up already, so we're excited."
Armstrong explained that the idea for the new event came from comments from other parents. "We heard a lot of moms say they wished there was something like this (for them)," Armstrong said, noting that a daddy-daughter dance has taken place in the district for a number of years.
Schlagnhaufer and Armstrong have consulted with their respective sons in planning the Night of Fun. Graydon Schlagnhaufer asserted that knockout will be the preferred style of basketball competition, and Wyatt Armstrong helped to test the Minute-to-Win-It-style games.
"I had to beat my sister," Wyatt commented. "It'll be fun."
Graydon and Wyatt, who are in seventh grade at Smith Middle School, will help to run activities at the Night of Fun. A number of Solanco High School students have also volunteered, as have PTO members and other parents. The refreshments will be donated by families from the school.
If the Mother-Son Night of Fun is canceled due to inclement weather, a notification will be posted at www.solancosd.org, and the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2.
For more information about the Mother-Son Night of Fun, readers may email Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.