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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.


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.


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.


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


YWCA Seeks Nominations For Award March 14, 2018

YWCA York is accepting nominations for the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award, which each year recognizes a woman in the community who is making a difference in the lives of others.

Nominees must live or work in York County; support advocacy for racial justice, civil rights, empowerment for women and girls, or health and safety for women and girls; actively engage in the community through volunteerism or their profession; and promote YWCA York's mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, strengthening families, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Nominees may not be currently employed by YWCA York.

To nominate someone for the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award, readers may visit to obtain a form and instructions. The deadline for all emailed submissions is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

YWCA York's board advocacy committee will make the final selection, and final notification of the decision will be made to all nominating individuals by the end of March. The honoree will receive the award at YWCA York's Lessons From My Mother Luncheon on Tuesday, May 22, at the Country Club of York.

YWCA York created the Dorrie Leader Advocacy Award in 1995 to honor women advocates working to bring about change in York County. Dorrie Leader dedicated her life to the fight for civil rights, the empowerment of women, and advocating for social justice. Leader was present in 1963 at the March on Washington, accompanied by her two oldest daughters, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak of his dream for America. She was commited to helping achieve that dream nationally and in York. Leader served as YWCA York's president in the early 1950s before going onto serve on the national board of the YWCA from 1958 to 1976.

Past honorees include Meg Brubaker, Carla Christopher, Ruthe Craley, Cynthia Dixon, Helen Elfner, Traci Foster, Deborah Gable, Genevieve Ray, Delma Rivera, Stephanie Seaton, Doris Sweeney, Jane Zarfoss, and Jerri Zimmerman.


Meet The Award Winners March 14, 2018

The high school seniors who were recently presented a Good Citizen Award from the Chester County Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) were given an opportunity to talk about their volunteer experiences in school and in the community during the award ceremony.

Samantha Yaros from Downingtown High School West spoke of her involvement with Generation for Change, a school club that fundraises for various causes, most recently sponsoring a school talent show and coffeehouse to benefit Habitat for Humanity. "Volunteering has given me a great new perspective on life," she stated.

Laura Wilson, a student at B. Reed Henderson High School, talked about volunteering to help people in need through the Appalachian Service Project. "On the last day of work, the family bought our work crew ice cream sundaes," Laura recalled. "This act of kindness showed me that even people with so little still want to give to others. This reminds me every day to give more and put others before myself."

Sarah Wilkinson, a student at Oxford Area High School, is president of the school's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the Rotary Interact Club, among other clubs. "Through clubs like these, I have found a true passion that I have for volunteering to help others," she said, noting that she also volunteers at the Lighthouse Youth Center, where she takes part in sports activities with the youths who visit the center. "Putting smiles on people's faces is what volunteering is all about," she added.

Ashwin Singh, a student at Unionville High School, noted that he has excelled in public speaking and debate competitions. He also spoke about the important of volunteering. "Volunteering can truly change the lives of people," he stated. "I volunteer so that I can afford opportunities for others that my parents afforded to me when I came to this great nation."

Diana Sears, a student at the Downingtown STEM Academy, talked about volunteering as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), through which squad members take part in the Wreaths Across America program by laying wreaths on the graves of veterans. "I am passionate about service before self," she stated. "Even if I can't see the direct impact, participating in activities and organizations that I know will make an impact on the community is an indescribable feeling."

Sarah Ploener, a student at Kennett Consolidated High School, talked about her involvement with Girl Scouts, volunteering as a summer counselor and organizing a coat drive, among other activities. "Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life. It is more of a lifestyle than a sense of duty," she said.

Meredith Norris, a student at Octorara Area High School, said that Scouting has been the focus of her community contributions. "To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, we built raised garden beds for the Chester County Food Bank and planted vegetables that would grow through the entire growing season," she said, noting that her Bronze Award project was to install a flag at a community park. "Volunteering is something that is so special to me that I wish I could do even more," she said.

Alana Hausker, a student at Villa Maria Academy, talked about how she and her dog, Marshall, a certified therapy dog, visit a nursing home weekly to spend time with the residents. "I have two passions in life. I want to help and serve others, and I enjoy four-legged critters," she said. "I brought my two passions together."

John Clifford, a student at Coatesville Area Senior High School, is captain of the school football team and volunteers at football and basketball clinics throughout the year. Clifford said his goal is to improve how the Coatesville community is sometimes perceived by others, noting that his hometown is "truly a remarkable place."

Other students who were named Good Citizens who were unable to attend the event included Renee Agsten from Downingtown High School East, Kelsey French from Bishop Shanahan High School, Evan Greenberg from Bayard Rustin High School and Gabrielle Tapper from East High School.


Organization Recognizes Employees March 14, 2018

Bell Socialization Services Inc. recently recognized employees for outstanding achievement with three 2017 awards, Outstanding Newcomer Award, S.T.A.R. Award, and Innovation Award.

The Outstanding Newcomer Award recognizes Bell employees who have worked for the agency at least six months but no more than two years in their current office or department. The recipient of the 2017 award is Maria Rodriguez-Gonzalez, part of the New Beginnings team. Rodriguez-Gonzalez eagerly began working with service users and building a caseload. She was also nominated for being a team player and a dedicated employee.

The S.T.A.R. Award (representing service, teamwork, attitude, and reliability), honors an employee who has consistently excelled in his or her position; has made outstanding contributions in the area of service and dedication to Bell; has promoted teamwork and collaboration across Bell departments and other agencies, groups, or businesses in the community; has worked behind the scenes to improve his or her program or department; and has consistently done so with a positive and forward-thinking attitude. The recipient of the 2017 award is Diane Sowers, who was recognized for going out of her way to provide individualized services to individuals in the Community Residential Apartment Services (CRAS) program while managing full-time and part-time hourly staff. She was also nominated for taking initiative to get work done and always working cooperatively with others.

The Innovation Award is given to a Bell employee who has generated novel and/or valuable ideas to develop new or improved processes, programs, or services. The recipient of the 2017 award is Michael Splawski, who works to create solutions that help the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team work more efficiently. He was also honored for assisting with other mental health programs, including implementation of the electronic records software system.

Bell Socialization Services Inc. is a 501(c)(3) human services agency based in York that provides housing and living skills supports to individuals living with mental illness, people with intellectual disabilities, and homeless families.


Leadership Award Winners Posted March 14, 2018

Widener University has posted the winners of the 2018 Widener University High School Leadership Awards.

In its seventh year, the program recognizes 175 students from high schools throughout the region for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. The recipients include the following students.

Michaela Brady of Thorndale attends Bishop Shanahan High School and has made a difference by overcoming any difficulties that arise, pushing forward and spreading tolerance and peace among those around her.

Elizabeth McCook of Chester Springs attends Downingtown East High School and has made a difference by serving as the captain of the varsity golf team. When she was injured, she used her time away to help others better their golf game by working at a camp.

Rushil Ramprasad of Chester Springs attends Downingtown STEM Academy and has made a difference by conducting food drives every year for the Chester County Food Bank and investing a great amount of time into his school and his community.

Morgan Prichard of Elverson attends Owen J. Roberts High School and has made a difference by guiding her peers with compassion to make the right decisions and staying true to her values.

Luke Winand of Nottingham attends Oxford Area High School and has made a difference by contributing with numerous service projects and assisting with the development of two new playgrounds in his community, one which was designed for local handicapped children.

Evan Dietrich of Phoenixville attends Phoenixville Area High School and has made a difference by volunteering over 40 hours at the Ronald McDonald House cooking meals for families.

Samantha Schriver of York attends William Penn Senior High School and has made a difference by being the founder and president of the Gay-Straight Alliance, a student group that advocates and supports the needs of its members and promotes a positive school climate.

Winners attended a celebratory breakfast at the National Constitution Center on March 13 and were invited to a leadership conference at Widener University in the fall of 2018. Winners will receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years if they choose to enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

For more information regarding the awards and to view a complete list of winners, readers may visit


Nonprofit Award Finalists Posted March 14, 2018

The finalists in the 2018 Nonprofit Innovation Awards program were recently announced. The finalists will be recognized at an awards breakfast on Thursday, April 12, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill. Thirty-five central Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and their leaders will be honored for developing creative ways to help the region's citizens with limited resources.

During the program, the winning organization in each category will be revealed. Winners will receive a check to continue their good work in the community.

The finalists in the Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign Category are Advoz, Lancaster County; Chinese Cultural and Arts Institute, Dauphin County; Communities in Schools of Pennsylvania, Dauphin County; Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, Cumberland County; and Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library, Adams County. These nonprofits have used a new marketing concept to attract financial support, volunteers, and clients.

The Collaboration Category recognizes organizations that have executed an innovative program with another organization for a common goal. Finalists include Children's Home of York, York County; Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Lancaster County; Garden Spot Communities, Lancaster County; Good Samaritan Services, Lancaster County; Leg Up Farm, York County; Music For Everyone, Lancaster County; Susquehanna Heritage, York County; United Way of Lancaster County, Lancaster County; YMCA of York County, York County; and YWCA York, York County.

The Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Category identifies and recognizes an exemplary nonprofit leader whose accomplishments have advanced his or her organization and field of service. The finalists are Sheila Mastropietro, Church World Service of Lancaster, Lancaster County; Chad E. Barger, Cultural Enrichment Fund, Dauphin County; Barry Ramper, Homeland at Home - Hospice, HomeHealth and HomeCare, Dauphin; Tom Russell, Junior Achievement of South Central Pennsylvania, York County; and Peter G. Gurt, president, Milton Hershey School, Dauphin County.

The finalists in the Programs Category have created and implemented programs or events locally to increase the effectiveness of their mission. The finalists include Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, Dauphin County; Byrnes Health Education Center, York/Lancaster County; Family First Health, York County; Gemma's Angels, Dauphin County; Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Dauphin County; Girls on the Run Capital Area, Cumberland County; Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society, Dauphin County; Hoffman Homes for Youth, Adams County; Hospice and Community Care, Lancaster County; Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster County; Rainbow's End Youth Services, Lancaster County; Randi's House of Angels, Cumberland County; Susquehanna Folk Music Society, York County; The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region, Dauphin County; and TrueNorth Wellness Services, York County.

Everyone is welcome to attend the breakfast, where they can congratulate and network with the honorees. For more details and reservations, readers may visit Readers may also contact Olivia Berrigan with the Central Penn Business Journal at 717-323-5250 or for more details.


Organization Honors Donley Family March 13, 2018

York County Literacy Council (YCLC) honored the Donley family at its 2018 Literacy Empowerment Campaign Kickoff, held at York College's Center for Community Engagement on March 1.

Tom and Cindy Donley received recognition for their personal participation and support, along with the Donley Foundation grants, that have helped to sustain the YCLC programs for years. Tom's participation was inspired by his parents, Edward and Inez, who for years lived lives focused on giving back and believing in education for all.

York County Commissioner Chris Reilly presented Tom and Cindy with a literacy empowerment proclamation. Many friends also remembered Tom's service as executive director of the York County Chamber of Commerce.

Tom and Cindy are the honorary chairs of Renewing Dreams, YCLC's Literacy Empowerment Campaign. The campaign's goal is to raise $85,000 to enable adults to renew their dreams of pursuing education.

For additional information about YCLC, readers may visit or call Margo at 717-845-8719.


EAMS Student Named State's Top Youth Volunteer March 9, 2018

Elizabethtown Area Middle School (EAMS) eighth-grader Ashley Geesey has been named Pennsylvania's top youth volunteer at the middle school level by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The nationwide program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As the commonwealth's 2018 middle school award winner, Geesey will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses-paid trip in late April to Washington, D.C., where she will join the winners at both the high school and middle school levels from each state and the District of Columbia.

While in the nation's capital, Geesey will spend four days touring landmarks, meeting the top youth volunteers from around the country, attending a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and visiting with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. In addition, the 102 honorees will vie for the distinction of being named one of America's top youth volunteers.

Middle school principal Dr. Nate Frank nominated Geesey for her bracelet making business, Jewelry for a Cause. Money raised through Geesey's initiative has benefited the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Currently, Geesey is raising money for Four Diamonds, which supports cancer care for children being treated for cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital.

According to Frank, the prestigious honor is well deserved and Geesey's impact on the school environment extends beyond her bracelet making business. "Ashley is very deserving of this honor as her Jewelry for a Cause initiative is positively impacting lives throughout our community," said Frank. "But it is not just this one initiative. Ashley is committed to altruism each day in our school by being a leader on our Student Council and by volunteering her time to serve as a peer mentor to a seventh-grade student."

Geesey said she enjoys making jewelry and thought it might be a way to help those in need, particularly children struggling with illness. "I got started by picking up some jewelry and messing around," Geesey said. "I really didn't have a motive. I just knew that I was a kid in great health, and I wanted to help those who were not."

Geesey works with three friends to create the jewelry. To advertise the creations, they created an Instagram account and asked local businesses to display the work. Their initial goal was to raise $200. However, as word spread, the orders exceeded their expectations, and before long the group had $2,000 to donate to the CMN. They have also raised $300 for the hurricane relief efforts.

Now in its 23rd year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. All public and private middle schools and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of Points of Lights HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local award. The local honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected the state honorees based on personal initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.


Fitzgerald Earns Award March 9, 2018

Madison Fitzgerald, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2018, has earned the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence. Fitzgerald, of Lititz, is a graduate of Peddie School. Fitzgerald's current major is international relations.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.3 or higher while completing at least three courses earn the fall 2017 Dean's Award for Academic Excellence.


Woman's Club Honors Student March 8, 2018

Gabrielle Rudig was selected by the Art Department of Hempfield High School as the Hempfield Woman's Club March Student of the Month. Gabrielle, a senior, is the daughter of Matthew and Ramie Rudig.

Gabrielle served for two years as the historian of the Anchor Club. She was also a member of the National Art Honor Society and served a secretary of the Fifth Element Club, a ceramics club.

Gabrielle started her interest in art at an early age. Her favorite artistic medium is 3-D work in clay and fire metals. Gabrielle portrays her love for nature and its organic matter through her art using natural colors such as green and brown. She also incorporates shapes that are imperfect and organic.

After graduation, Gabrielle would like to attend college to study art therapy or art education.


Penn Manor To Honor Alumni March 7, 2018

The Penn Manor Alumni Association will honor its 2018 Distinguished Alumni during a reception on Thursday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lancaster Tennis and Yacht Club, 2615 Columbia Ave., Lancaster.

This year's inductees are Joshua H. Herr, Class of 2001, a designer for Adidas; Craig L. Kauffman, Class of 1981, a BB&T Bank regional president; J. Samuel Walker, Class of 1964, an author and historian; and Jan Mindish, a former longtime teacher and principal of Penn Manor High School. Mindish is an honorary alumna.

The reception will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and coffee. There is a fee to attend, and reservations are required.

Registration and payment is due by Tuesday, April 3. For more information, readers may call Cindy Rhoades at 717-872-9500, ext. 2223.


Art Student Earn Awards March 7, 2018

Seven Solanco High School art students won eight Gold Awards, seven Silver Awards, and 10 Honorable Mentions in the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards/Lancaster County Young Artists Awards. The students were honored during an opening awards reception on March 2. In addition, Tyler Allen, Tyson Grant, and Olivia Stoltzfus' artwork that received Gold Awards will be forwarded to New York for national adjudication.

Scholastic Art Award-winning artwork will be on exhibit during March at the Demuth Museum, 120 E. King St., Lancaster. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Lancaster County Young Artists award-winning works will be on exhibit in March at the Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 N. Lime St., Lancaster, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

In addition to Tyler, Tyson, and Olivia, awards were presented to Olivia Fisher, Gold Lancaster County Young Artists Award; Charlotte Melot, Gold Lancaster County Young Artists Award; Matthew Mentz, Silver Lancaster County Young Artists Award; and Mackenzie Britigan, Silver Lancaster County Young Artists Award.


Robotics Team Competes At State Contest March 7, 2018

Members of the Kardia Robotics FIRST Tech Challenge Team fared well at their first state competition, which took place at Dallastown Intermediate School in York County on Feb. 24.

Dr. Timothy Tam, one of the team's coaches and mentors, reported that the team, as well as one of the team members, earned awards at the event.

"We were able to place third in the state for the Think Award, which is awarded to the team that best communicates the journey our team has undertaken through the course of the season through our engineering notebook," Tam explained. "Also, one of our students - Emily Schaeffer - was named a finalist for the prestigious Dean's List Award and will advance to the World Championships (to be) held in Detroit, Michigan, in April."

Tam explained that the award is presented in honor of Dean Kamen, who is the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The award is presented to 10 students in the nation who best exemplify leadership qualities and increase awareness of FIRST and its mission. The students selected at the state championships are in the running for the final selection of the Dean's List awards. "Our student was one of three finalists who will advance from Pennsylvania," he noted.

Kardia Robotics consists of middle and high school students from Lancaster and Berks counties who attend Kardia Learning Center, a Christian homeschool cooperative located near Reading.

In addition to Emily, team members include Abigail Disipio, Jadyn Heck-Hoppes, Allison Breneman, Lauren Schaeffer, Daniel Lantz, Jacob Reese, Nathan Tam, Kenton Vermulm, Christopher Hamm, Joseph Conte, Benjamin Conte, Christian Stoltzfus, Andrew O'Donohue and Malachi Nash.

To qualify for States, the team competed at the Hat Tricks Qualifying Tournament in Horsham on Dec. 2, 2017. The team also captured the THINK Award during the Horsham event.

As part of the competition, FIRST Tech Challenge teams design, build, program and operate robots that must be designed to play a floor game. This year's game, Relic Recovery, involved stacking foam blocks, transferring relics and retrieving jewels that are placed around a square field.

Tam said that participating in States was impressive because this is only the team's second year of competing. "Although we were not able to advance to Super Regionals, we still had a great experience (at States)," he added. "The kids and our robot performed well, and we are already looking forward to next season and hopefully a chance to make it back to States."


Scholarship Winner Announced March 7, 2018

Alexia Rayman was the Austin L. Grove American Legion Post 403 National High School Oratorical Scholarship (NHSOS) contest winner for 2018. She also recently represented Post 403 at the American Legion Department of Pennsylvania District 22 (Fulton, Franklin, Adams and York counties) level competition, where she took second place. During her first year of competition, Alexia took home an American Legion Certificate of Distinction from the Post, a second-place certificate from District 22 and scholarships totaling $500.

Alexia is a junior a Spring Grove Area High School (SGAHS), where she is a member of the Mock Trial team, which placed fifth at the statewide tournament during the 2016-17 school year and went for another district title on March 7. Alexia is also a recipient of a scholarship to attend American Legion Auxiliary Keystone Girls State this summer at Shippensburg University, where she will continue to hone her leadership and oratorical skills and expand her knowledge of the American system of government.

Each contestant delivered prepared talks between eight and 10 minutes on an aspect of the U.S. Constitution of their choosing. Then they each delivered an additional extemporaneous address lasting between three and five minutes on one of the 2018 assigned topics of the Second, Third, or 15th Amendments, or Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution, which is randomly drawn just five minutes before speaking. In addition to the time restrictions, they had to speak without using note cards or written materials of any kind, a public-address system, and a podium.

The Legion's annual contest began in 1934 and was adopted by the Legion nationwide in 1938. Additional scholarship funds are awarded to those who win at the state and national competitions. The contest began in late November within high schools and Posts, with county and district contests in January, inter-district and sectional contests in February, department (state) contests in March and the national contest in April. It is open to public, private, parochial and homeschooled students in grades nine through 12 residing in the Southern York County and Spring Grove Area school district service areas.

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