Library Holds Spelling Bee June 20, 2018
The Pequea Valley Library sponsored a spelling bee on June 15 during Heritage Days at Intercourse Park.
In the first division (third grade or younger), the first-place speller was Jackson McGory and second-place honors went to Landon Kneisley. In the second division (fourth through eighth grade), Mariella Esch earned first-place honors and second place went to Martha Sue Stoltzfus. Third division (ninth grade and up) winners included Bill Gravitz in first place and Melissa Harrison coming away with the second-place award.
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Irish Dancers To Compete June 20, 2018
Solo dancers from The Hooley School of Irish Dance have qualified for the North American Irish Dance Nationals Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 4. The event draws thousands of competitors from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as Great Britain, Ireland, and mainland Europe.
The Hooley dancers range in age from 8 to 21. The dancers and their competition age category include Kyla Horvath, U8; Avery Winters, Mia Kelly, and Natalie Raff, U10; Abigail Kelly, U11; Victoria Kutz, Olivia Raff, U13; David Irwin, U14; Isabella Carper, U15; Abigail Lauer and Chloe Wentling, U16; McKenna Murphy, U17; Savana Martin, U18; Thomas Lane, U18; Allyson McDaniel, U20; Faith Ishler, U21; and Megan Blount, Senior Ladies Over 22.
The School is led by Irish Dance Certified (Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha) teacher Crystal Carper and teachers Angelina Glick Press and Gretchen Weidler. The school performs locally in parades, talent showcases, performances, benefits, commercials, and Irish-themed celebrations throughout the year.