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Students Of The Month Honored March 22, 2018

Lampeter-Strasburg High School has recognized Katrina Herrera and Dylan Grau as the Pioneer Superlatives for February and Bailee Herr and Christopher Biondi as the Students of the Month for February.

Katrina is a junior and the daughter of Lazaro Herrera-Herbert of Wallingford and Elizabeth Nolan of Lancaster. She is a member of the cross country and track and field teams, National Honor Society, chorus, Madrigals, and recently appeared as Anita in the L-S Thespian Society's production of West Side Story. Katrina is a winner of the Strath Haven Theatre Arts Award, an honoree in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and is a published poet. In her free time, she volunteers at Lancaster General Hospital and Water Street Rescue Mission and enjoys running, the performing arts, writing poetry and fiction, and reading. Katrina plans to study medicine and to become a surgeon.

Dylan is a senior and the son Celina Grau of Lancaster. Dylan is vice president of the senior class, the senior representative to the school board, an L-S Hero, ski and snowboard club participant, honor roll student, and a member of the cross country, swimming, and track and field teams. He serves as an altar server at Sacred Heart Church. Dylan spends his free time swimming, running, and spending time with friends and family. He plans to attend a four-year university to study pre-medicine.

Bailee is a freshman and the daughter of Daniel and Vanessa Herr of Lancaster. She is a member of the Pioneer Interact Club, the Fellowship of Christian Students and the spring musical stage crew. She is a school science fair winner and advanced to the countywide fair. Bailee enjoys playing soccer, astronomy, dogs, and her acro class. She plans to study for a career in astronomy or working with animals.

Christopher is senior and the son of John Biondi of Strasburg and Carrie Winters of Narvon. He is a member of the Pioneer Interact Club, the honor roll, and the basketball team. Chris assists neighbors with yardwork and snow removal. He enjoys the culinary arts as well as spending time with friends. After graduation, Chris plans to study accounting.


Elverson Garden Club Excels At Philadelphia Flower Show March 21, 2018

Once again, members of the Elverson Garden Club placed at the Philadelphia Flower Show, successfully competing in the category titled "Interiorscape - A Passion for Plants." The show was themed "The Wonders of Water."

As part of the Interiorscape competition, themed "My Urban Oasis," entrants were required to create a comfortable room using plants and water to fashion a retreat or sanctuary. "The criteria was to fill a 10-by-12-foot space," explained flower show chair Carol Simonetti. "It had to be an interior room and have rooted plants. It also had to have a water feature."

The Elverson Garden Club created an urban office. In the back of the display, there were three large metal mesh screens hung with plants that were artistically arranged in the shape of a wave pattern to visually create motion. "The top part of those screens was (covered with) bromeliads, and (they were) filled in with spider plants, crotons and air plants," Simonetti noted.

The office desk featured a copper water feature that was able to self-water Sansevieria plants that were hung in containers upside down from the desk, providing a relaxing water sound.

Club members began working on the project in September of 2017. "We started staging the project and blocked the area off with tape," Simonetti said. "'My Urban Oasis' was geared to a young millennial in an urban setting. It would be her home office or home living space."

Club members volunteered to set up the display at the flower show, which ran from March 3 through 11. "We had from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 1 to set up, and then we had two hours the next morning to prepare for judging," Simonetti said.

During the show, each entry was actually judged twice. The first set of judges gave the Elverson Garden Club's entry a second-place ribbon, and the second set of judges awarded the club a third-place ribbon. "It's two totally different sets of judges. The first judging was on March 2 after we set up," explained Simonetti. "The first set loved it."

She noted that there were three other entries in the category. One depicted the library of a botanist. Another entry was a setup for a garage band, and the fourth entry was a potter's studio. Simonetti reported that all of the competitors in the category won blue ribbons for Class Commendations from the judges.

During the show, club members had to do maintenance on their entry. "Different members of the club went down every morning of the show at 6 a.m.," said Simonetti. "They watered the plants and made sure the water feature was running and the area was swept. It was a commitment on the club's part."

Simonetti noted that the local club traditionally does well at the Philadelphia Flower Show. In 2014, it won a blue ribbon for its Salvador Dali-inspired courtyard. In 2015, the club's "Shooting Stars" display won first place in the store window category. In 2016, the club won a ribbon for creating a floral carpet.

"It's the number-one flower show in the world; this is the 12th year the club has had an entry," Simonetti said. "We've done very well. They tend to give us a big space because they feel we have something that is show-worthy."

She said that the club has already planned to enter the 2019 flower show, hoping that its first choice of a balcony scene will be accepted for next year.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Elverson Garden Club are invited to attend the next club meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at the Crow's Nest Preserve, 201 Piersol Road, Elverson. Guest speaker Jeffrey Dorr will teach members about growing dinner-plate-size dahlias.

For membership information, readers may contact Linda Horner at 610-286-9184 or


Wooddell Wins Award March 21, 2018

Oxford Area High School (OAHS) mathematics and computer science teacher Scott Wooddell is the Oxford Area School District's recipient of the 2018 Citadel Heart of Learning Award sponsored by Citadel Federal Credit Union and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. The annual award recognizes the outstanding job Chester County's teachers perform in educating and caring for young people.

Prior to coming to Oxford, Wooddell was a high school and middle school teacher in the Baltimore County Public Schools for 12 years. During his 13 years at OAHS, he served as chairman of the math department and for five years coordinated the academically talented programs at both the high school and Penn's Grove School.

Wooddell currently teaches AP Calculus BC; Introduction to Computer Science; Computer Science Essentials, which is part of the high school's grant-funded Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum; and AP Computer Science. He is the Oxford Area School District's Teacher on Assignment: Technology Services and is well known among district staff for his weekly Tech Tip Tuesday emails.

In addition to the award, Wooddell received $500 for classroom use. He is one of 15 finalists for the county Heart of Learning Award, which will be announced at the annual awards banquet in May.

Wooddell coaches the boys' tennis team and the high school's team in the Chester County Academic Competition. He is also a co-adviser to the OAHS chapter of National Honor Society.

Wooddell earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and a master's degree in mathematics education from Towson University. He and his wife, Dolores, live in Rising Sun, Md., and have two children, Nathan and Sarah.


Yurchak Named To Dean's List March 21, 2018

Samara Yurchak was named to the fall 2017 dean's list at The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. To be eligible, students must maintain a semester grade point average of 3.500 to 3.999 and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

A resident of Leola, Yurchak is studying in the accelerated BS/MSA accounting program.


Becker-Stahl March 21, 2018

Michael and Gretchen Becker, of Mifflinburg and formerly of Stewartstown, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Cassandra Becker, to Derek Stahl.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Linda Henry and Eli Henry Jr. of Stewartstown and the great-granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Hunt, formerly of Delta, and Mr. and Mrs. Eli Henry Sr., formerly of Stewartstown.

Mr. Stahl is the son of Jeffery and Gaye Stahl of Mazeppa.


DeMers Named To Dean's List March 21, 2018

Sophia DeMers was named to the dean's list for the fall 2017 semester at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. DeMers is majoring in fashion design.

To be eligible for the dean's list, undergraduate students must have taken at least 12 credit hours per semester with a grade point average of 3.65 or higher.


Orchard Named To Dean's List March 21, 2018

Shane Orchard was named to the fall 2017 dean's list at The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. To be eligible, students must maintain a semester grade point average of 3.500 to 3.999 and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

A resident of Dover, Orchard is majoring in political science.


Artley Named To Dean's List March 21, 2018

Taylor Artley has been named to the dean's list at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., for the fall 2017 semester. To make the list, students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Artley is a sophomore business major from York Haven.


Gamber Earns Degree March 21, 2018

John Gamber recently received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., during its 151st commencement ceremonies.

Gamber is a resident of Wellsville.


Rakhmatullin Earns Honor March 21, 2018

Tagir Rakhmatullin, a marketing major from York Haven, was named to the dean's list at Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Mo., for academic achievement during the fall 2017 semester.

To be named to the dean's list, students must have earned between a 3.5 and 3.99 grade point average and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours, with no grade lower than a C.


Lloyd Receives Academic Honor March 21, 2018

Caleb Lloyd was named to the fall 2017 dean's list at The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. To be eligible, students must maintain a semester grade point average of 3.500 to 3.999 and be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

A resident of Seven Valleys, Lloyd is majoring in organizational supervision.


Esbenshade Completes Research Study March 16, 2018

More than 60 students collaborated with faculty on a variety of research projects last summer as part of Muhlenberg College's research community. Among them was Katherine Esbenshade, a neuroscience major from Manheim.

Topics can be student- or faculty-driven and can span the natural and social sciences, humanities, and arts. Students are typically on campus for eight to 10 weeks of full-time research and receive a stipend, housing, and college credit. Funds are provided from a variety of sources including college grants and independent scholarships.

The undergraduate research participants join in a weekly summer seminar series in which they discuss their work and present it via a poster session. Students may also travel off-campus to present at regional, national, and international conferences. Students may also continue their research during the academic year by registering for independent study credit or a research assistantship under the guidance of a faculty member.


Cicala Named To Dean's List March 16, 2018

Nicholas Cicala of Lititz was one of nearly 450 University of Dallas students named to the fall 2017 dean's list for earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Cicala is majoring in history.


Distinguished Honors Posted March 16, 2018

Solanco High School recently announced its distinguished honor roll. Students in grades nine through 12 were recognized for their academic achievements.

Seniors named to the distinguished honor roll include Sean Anderson, Autumn Aukamp, Reid Balliet, Jason Boyle, Thomas Broomell, Ian Brown, Aaron Constein, Anna Cooney, Paige Crawford, Stephanie Golden, Jewelya Harper, Jordyn Herman, Alicia Hertzler, Kyle Johnson, Lindsey Lane, William Lehmann, Damian Martinez, Elizabeth Mowrer, Austin Peinhardt, William Phipps, Braden Redcay, Zachary Roten, Jonathon Rush, David Simms, Joanna Smith, Hannah Snyder, Christian Stead, Sarah Sweda, and McKinzie Wilson.

Students in grade 11 placed on the distinguished honor roll are Tyler Allen, Molly Baber, Jessica Cabrera, Joshua Canale, Lana Carter, Morgan Chapman, Reece Curry-Saner, Brianna Davis, Perez Diaz, Rachel Eckman, Alyson Eldridge, Georgia Ewing, Mackenzie Gladfelter, Zoe Goebel, Cheyanne Hall, David Harvey, Laura Haywood, Noah Huyett, Eliyah Kraynak, Jason Lane, Brianna Langley, Natalie Lasko, Victoria Lawson, Kayla Lewis, Montana Lockhart, David Matos, Vanessa McCauley, Kara McClune, Joel McGuire, Hannah McNamee, Troyana Miller, Guadalupe Montes, Kyle Osborne, Hanna Phillips, Jenna Phillips, Jillian Quickel, Diana Quintino-Romero, Aubree Roop, Noelle Schneider, Gabrielle Sheets, Sophia Spero, Austin Stanton, Corey Stively, Andrew Stocker, Olivia Stoltzfus, Skyla Townsley, Hannah Wheeler, Zachary Wiker, Henry Woy, and Alexander Wright.

Sophomores named to the distinguished honor roll include Colin Althoff, Jenna Bleacher, Alexander Buitron-Zavala, Lillie Church, Perez Diaz, Hope Dosch, Kaitlyn Himelright, Rachel Johnson, Anna Kreider, Nicholas Kretzing, Keirra Laird, Gabriel LaMonaca, Mikayla McCamant, Alyssa Morrison, Logan Peace, Joshua Peinhardt, Elisa Perez, MacKenzie Roth, Joshua Sheets, Cheyanne Shotts, Alyssa Slickers, Jacob Smolik, Hannah Sweda, Reyse Taylor, Emma Urbine, Aidan Ward, Sydney Wolf, and Benjamin Zook.

Students in the freshman class named to the distinguished honor roll are Daniel Althoff, Elizabeth Bailey, Zedekiah Baker, Paige Balliet, Kimberly Beacham, Kayden Bedwell, Danielle Bishop, Lucas Boyd, Norman Brooks, Alexandra Coble, Racheal Cornelius, Moreno Cuamatzi, Wade Davis, Makayla DellaRova, Dominic Flatt, Lauren Fritz, Donald Gilbert, Jackson Houghton, Maranda Johnson, Sean Keller, Gwenyth Kemper, Kara Lane, Andrew Lau, Hailey Lehman, Cody Little, Hunter Mellinger, Colin Moran, James Moran, Morgan Osborne, Molly-Ann Peffer, Greta Plechner, Thomas Pursel, Tristan Rush, Sudarshan Sheets, Mariya Shulhina, Daniel Simms, Mason Simpkins, Brooke Smith, Ryan Smith, Sarah Snyder, Emily Stalfire, Anna Stickler, Mariah Stoltzfus, Paige Stoltzfus, Emily Torrise, Hannah Weicksel, Jarrett Welk, Garrett Worthington, and Lauren Yoder.


Scout Earns Eagle Rank March 16, 2018

Bryan Millard, a member of Troop 53 in Maytown and a junior at Donegal High School, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Bryan's Scouting journey began as a Tiger Cub when he was 7 years old. He continued through Cub Scouts, crossing over into Boy Scouts at age 11. Bryan has completed 26 merit badges, including his favorite, swimming.

Bryan's Eagle Scout project benefited the residents of Longwood Manor, an assisted living facility in Maytown. The residents of Longwood Manor had previously had one raised flower box, which enabled them to plant flowers as a hobby. The existing flower box was worn and in need of replacement. Bryan, along with the Scouts from Troop 53, replaced the existing flower box and built another one nearby. Several weeks after installation, Bryan returned to check on the boxes and received praise from residents, staff, and administration.

Bryan's Eagle ceremony was held on Dec. 2, 2017, and was attended by family, friends, and members of Troop 53.


Yoder-Miller March 15, 2018

The wedding of Elizabeth Joy Miller and Dennis Ray Yoder took place on Dec. 30, 2017, at Miller's Greenhouse in Landisville. Chad Zueck officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony. Providing music for the ceremony were Jennifer and Maya Sauder.

The bride is the daughter of Tim and Kelly Miller of Manheim. She graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2013.

The groom is the son of Donald and Joan Yoder of Barnesville, Ga. He attended a homeschool program and is the owner of Buckeye Preferred Tree Services in East Dublin, Ga.

The maid of honor was Angela Miller of Manheim, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Julia Shenk of Wrightsville, Ga., sister of the bride; Charlotte Sauder of Tremont, Ill., sister of the groom; and Andrea Yoder of Barnesville, sister of the groom. The flower girl was Cherish Hoeltzle of Conestoga, cousin of the bride.

Serving as best man was Arnold Yoder of East Dublin, Ga., brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Dallas Yoder, Larry Yoder, and Lee Yoder, all of Barnesville, brothers of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a white embroidered lace V-neck gown with long sleeves, fit and flare style with a keyhole back and scallop lace train. She carried a cascade bouquet with king protea, purple calla lilies, brunia berries, mini white roses, and eucalyptus.

The reception was held at Landisville Mennonite Church in Landisville.

After a wedding trip to Venice, Fla., the couple resides in East Dublin, Ga.


Students Win STEM Competition March 15, 2018

A team of Solanco students recently won first place in the Pennsylvania Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Regional Competition.

The team included Jack Hertzler, Patrick Hodgson, Timothy Fetterman, Cody Forren, and Gabrielle Dolan. A specialized shirt was the students' project that was presented at the competition. According to team coach and Solanco teacher Caley Roark, the device is simply a compression shirt with a specially designed brace that stiffens on impact, preventing neck and spine injuries.

The STEM competition challenges teams of students to research, present, and design a project that can make the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania. While at the competition, the team also participated in a spontaneous problem-solving challenge called "Project in a Box" which measured the students' ability to communicate, collaborate, and think critically and creatively. The Solanco students earned first place in "Project in a Box" and also first place overall in the competition.

With their win in the regional competition held at Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) in Lancaster, the team advanced to the state tournament in April at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, where they will represent IU 13.

For more information about the competition, readers may visit


Student Honored For Good Deed March 15, 2018

Price School junior Gauge Fox was working at his part-time job when he and a co-worker discovered an unconscious man in a restaurant restroom. He quickly jumped into action, calling 911 and following the 911 operator's instructions. The man regained consciousness as the ambulance was en route. Gauge waited with the customer until emergency responders could take care of him.

When his teacher, Amy Wingerter, heard about this story, she nominated Gauge for a Do the Right Thing award. For his efforts, Gauge was awarded a T-shirt, a gift card, a certificate, and a pizza coupon.

The Do the Right Thing program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. Any adult over the age of 18 may nominate a child.

For more information, readers may contact Kathy Peffer at 717-433-8110.


School Posts Honor Roll March 15, 2018

Lower Dauphin Middle School has announced the distinguished honor roll for the second marking period. To earn a place on the distinguished honor roll, a student must have all A's or perfect marks on his or her report card.

The following sixth-graders were honored: Amber Abela, Alyssa Amspacher, McKayley Anderson, Taylor Atkinson, Kyle Barber, Angela Bouch, Logan Chiara, Ella Clark, Carolyn Clouser, Brady Coonelly, Brett DeBell, Jordan Dormer, Enzo Dreon, Caleb Eisenhour, Michael Estes, Nicole Estes, Ryan Fellin, Grace Flickinger, Abigail Foran, Madeline Foreman, Nicolas Fry, Michael Fure, Aaron Gingrich, Benjamin Glass, Arun Gopinath, Sarah Gourley, Hunter Gundy, Connor Hanula, Abdi Henry, Ella Klopp, Ethan Kurtz, Victoria Kutz, Sydney Laubach, Lillian Linnell, Nancy Liu, Chloee Lynch, Quinn Madden, Ava Masorti, Kathleen Mauger, Alek McGlaughlin, Cali Mease, Luke Mease, Ty Millhimes, Kyle Nguyen, Emily O'Donnell, Adrian Olweiler, Peter Otto, Grace Pankake, Jainee Patel, Logan Pedersen, Tyler Persing, Grace Peterson, Cassidy Piegzik, Claire Rafferty, Arminda Rhodes, Drake Risser, Oceana Sams, Joseph Scharmer, Rees Schrode, Sarah Sells, Emma Shobe, Zachary Simpson, Havannah Singletary, Marshal Stahl, Meredith Stoe, Spencer Sweigart, Emma Thomas, Grace Turjan, Ian Vasil, Nathaniel Wappman, Marina Weidman, Casey Westerberg, Selin Yalcinanahtar, Megan Zerbe, Laurel Zubler, and Isabella Zulli.

The school also recognized seventh-grade students Shannon Angerer, Abbigail Auringer, Cameron Barber, Kelly Bastian, Raphael Bastos, Tucker Berzinski, Regan Bixler, Thomas Campbell, Jacob Collins, Ethan Covell, Patrick Daugherty, Jaiden Dissinger, Lily Ditty, Katelyn Economopoulos, Kristen Economopoulos, Kelsey Epoca, Scott Felter, William Foley, Eric Fry, Caitlyn Galbraith, Joseph Goduto, Alysa Harbilas, Leyna Harner, Parker Hayes, Rylan Helmer, Valerie Hevner, Ean High, Ryan Jorich, Ava Kulp, Carter Lammando, Rylee Malseed, Antonio Mardegain, Hannah McConnell, Mia McEvers, Jacob McIntire, Isaac Mende, Vivian Merry, Audrey Meyers, Cory Miduri, Raeann Miller, Jacob Neithercoat, Megan Orris, Andi Pagano, Ethan Parker, Jolie Revenis, Makenna Robinson, Thomas Rose, Katherine Ross, Thomas Royer, Caleb Runk, Julia Ruzzi, Madeline Sanders, Andrew Seacord, Brynn Shaffer, Makayla Shutt, William Sierer, Morgan Sparks, Carissa Steffe, Victoria Steinly, Tyler Tharp, Lauren Wahlers, Tobias Waters, Aden Weigle, and Alexandria Wells.

The following eighth-graders were honored: Paige Berzinski, Clara Breidenstine, Emma Dickinson, Brianna Espenshade, Ethan Espenshade, Katherine Estes, Adam Fellin, Matthew Giampetro, Conor Grubb, Josephine Grundon, Marissa Kopec, Anne Linker, Hudson Millar, Sean Murphy, Carolynn O'Donnell, Cameron Patterson, Aidan Powell, Gracie White, and Saige Wilt.


Minnich Honored For Service March 15, 2018

Jeff Minnich, owner of Groff's Printing in Quarryville, is the recipient of the first annual Community Service Award from the Southern Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce (SLCCC). The award recognizes a person who has provided important, lasting, volunteer public service in Quarryville and southern Lancaster County.

Kendall Keeler, a member of the chamber's board of directors and chairman of its community service award committee, presented Minnich with a plaque during the chamber's annual banquet at The Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. In addition, Keeler announced that a $500 scholarship in Minnich's name will be awarded to a student in the Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg school districts who will major in a business-related field in college or technical school, or who plan to operate their own business following high school graduation. Upon receiving his award, Minnich announced that he will provide a matching $500 to make it a $1,000 business-related scholarship for a Solanco or Lampeter-Strasburg senior.

While presenting Minnich with the award, Keeler noted Minnich's remarkable support for the community and involvement in many activities, specifically mentioning his coordination of the Solanco Fair parade each year.

Nominees for the 2019 Community Service Award are being accepted. To nominate someone, readers may visit, or email Keith Kaufman at

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