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Local Students Receive Honor April 28, 2017

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for May. Students who are selected for the honor are recognized by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly meeting.

The Mount Joy Rotary Girl of the Month is Delainie Morelock, daughter of Kim and Ted Morelock of Mount Joy. Delainie has been a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council during her junior and senior years and has been involved in yearbook since 10th grade. Delainie also serves as a class officer, holding the position of class historian as a junior and senior, and as a Link Crew leader, mentoring freshman classmates. She is also a four-year member of the girls' tennis team and has been involved in the Booster Club all four years of high school.

Delainie participates in the annual Relay for Life benefit for the American Cancer Society, and she also took part in the German American Partnership Student Exchange Program during the summer of her junior year. After graduation, she plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania.

The Mount Joy Rotary Boy of the Month is Kobe Bistline, son of Tony and Leslie Bistline of Marietta. Kobe has been involved as a junior and senior in organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America, serving as Parliamentarian; National Honor Society; and Link Crew, serving as a Link Crew Leader. Kobe is also a four-year member of the varsity football and baseball teams, serving as team captain during his senior year.

Kobe is a member of the Mount Joy Church of God, where he volunteers as a Sunday school teacher in the children's ministry, serves as a supervisor in the church nursery, and coaches the youth flag football team. During the summer months, he also volunteers as a church camp counselor. After graduation, Kobe plans to attend Lancaster Bible College to obtain a degree in pastoral ministry with a long-term goal of one day serving as a pastor in his own church.

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Seniors Of The Month Honored April 28, 2017

Leah Hoffman and Kyle Peters have been selected as May Seniors of the Month at Manheim Central High School. The Manheim Women's Club sponsors the Girls of the Month and honors them at a dinner meeting at the end of the year. The Boys of the Month are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manheim. Both students are invited to a luncheon at Teen Central for the month they are chosen. Seniors of the Month are chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character, and involvement within the school and community.

Leah Hoffman is the daughter of Randy and Kiersten Hoffman of Manheim. She is a four-year member of Spanish Club and the field hockey team and has been involved in Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society (NHS) her junior and senior years, serving as NHS president this year. She was class historian as a junior and has taken part in Wednesday Morning Worship as a junior and a senior. She received the National Spanish Exam Silver in 2016 and National Spanish Exam Bronze in 2015 and was named Lions Club History Student of the Year in 2013 and Field Hockey JV Player of the Year in 2015. She is the president of the youth group at Chiques Church of the Brethren youth group, and she has served as a day camp counselor, and a Manheim Central field hockey youth camp coach. After graduation, she plans to attend college.

Kyle Peters is the son of Brian and Michelle Peters of Manheim. He is a four-year member of video yearbook and the high school tennis team and has served as manager of the girls' tennis team for all four years of high school. As a junior and senior, he has been involved in pingpong club. He attended STN (Student Television Network) in Anaheim, Calif., for film in March. He was named Most Improved Player for tennis during his junior year and has received first and second honors throughout high school. He attends St. Paul's United Church of Christ and plays on a softball team. He has also completed mission work with churches both locally and in Tennessee, and he has served community breakfast once a month through his church. Kyle plans to pursue a career in film/cinematography.

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Woman's Club Honors Local Student April 28, 2017

The Hempfield Woman's Club has announced that Sara Kontra is the May Student of the Month. Sara, a senior at Hempfield High School and the daughter of Pete and Shelly Kontra, was selected by the Hempfield Art Department.

Sara is enrolled in the Advanced Placement Art Program. She has been the recipient of a Gold Award in ceramics. She has also received two Lancaster Young Artist Awards for ceramics and drawing. Sara would like to earn an associate degree in fine arts and then become a tattoo artist.

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Garden Club Posts News April 20, 2017

Palmyra Garden Club recently elected its officers. Cathy Wieland was elected president. Additional officers include Richard Bell, 1st vice president, 2017-18; Maddie Reed, 2nd vice president, 2016-17; Carol Clortan, recording secretary, 2016-2017; Doris Graeff, corresponding secretary, 2017-18; Joanne Wendte, treasurer, 2017-18; and Heidi Neiswender, advisor/parliamentarian, 2016-17.

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Students Receive Books April 20, 2017

Members of the Millersville Woman's Club recently presented books to 76 third-graders at Hambright Elementary School. With the help of their teachers, Kristen Bock, Brandy Smith, and Thomas Brighter, each student chose from a selection of titles, including "How to Catch a Leprechaun," "Spring According to Humphrey," "My Father's Dragon," and "My Weird School: Mr. Nick Is a Lunatic."

This was the 12th year for project, which aims to help students develop their reading skills.

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GOTR Earns Recognition April 20, 2017

Girls on the Run (GOTR), as a national organization, was recognized as one of the National AfterSchool Association's (NAA) Most Influential in Health and Wellness. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that helps girls in third through eighth grade develop key life skills through dynamic lessons and interactive running games. During each 10-week season, girls strengthen their sense of self, build connections with teammates and coaches, create and implement a Community Impact Project, and prepare to complete a celebratory end-of-season 5K event.

The NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. The inaugural NAA's Most Influential in Health and Wellness selections are intended to honor individuals and organizations whose service, action and leadership support health and wellness and affect a large number of youth, families, or afterschool professionals.

More information about Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Lebanon is available at www.gotrlancaster.org.

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Flea Market Seeks Vendors April 20, 2017

Lancaster Amvets Post 19, 715 Fairview Ave., Lancaster, is holding a flea market on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. The flea market will continue through Sept. 30.

The group welcomes additional vendors. There is a fee to rent a space. Vendors are responsible for items such as tables and tents. Individuals may rent a space for as many or as few of the weeks as they prefer. Proceeds from space rentals will benefit the Amvets building fund.

No outside food vendors are permitted. For more information, readers may contact Craig Hess at 283-6746 or email amvetspost19@comcast.net.

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Scout Leaders Earn Award April 20, 2017

Boy Scout Troop 48 leaders Cory Miller and Chad Whenry were recently recognized for completing requirements to earn the Wood Badge Training Award, the most advanced training available to leaders of the Boy Scouts of America.

The Wood Badge for the 21st Century focuses on strengthening every volunteer's ability to work with groups of youths and adults, incorporating leadership concepts that are used in corporate America. The course teaches participants the basics of listening, communicating, valuing people, team development, situational leadership, problem solving, and managing conflict.

Miller and Whenry each received a certificate, a special neckerchief, a leather slide or woggle, and two small wooden beads on a leather thong. These items are recognized in every country that has the scouting program.

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Club Honors Twin Valley Students April 19, 2017

Twin Valley Rotary Club honored Twin Valley High School seniors Autumn Phillips and Ben Rader as the Students of the Month on March 29.

Autumn attended Twin Valley in kindergarten through eighth grade and then spent her freshman year cyber schooling and attending a performing arts school. She attended Regina Luminis Academy during her sophomore and junior years and has returned to Twin Valley for her senior year. At each school, Autumn has always been involved in many school activities, including Student Council, prom committee, chorus, orchestra, Mini-THON, select chorus, Academic World Quest, and Theatre Arts Club.

Outside school, Autumn is very involved in her church youth group, and she takes singing and dancing lessons. She is especially involved in theatrical endeavors, both at school and at numerous community theaters in the area. She has interned at Steel River Playhouse and has been involved in theater productions at Barley Sheaf, SALT, Steel River and at Devon Prep school. She is part of "42nd Street," this year's musical at Twin Valley. Autumn is interested in studying theater, theology, English and history in college.

Ben has been involved in many activities at Twin Valley. He is heavily involved in music, as he is part of concert band and chorus, jazz band, and select chorus, and he has taken many music-related classes. Ben is president of the Theater Arts Club and this year is a lead in "42nd Street" in the part of Billy Lawlor. In previous years, he has been cast in leading roles, including the Tin Man in the "The Wizard of Oz" and LeFou in "Beauty and the Beast." Ben is also the production intern, assisting with much of the behind-the-scenes work.

Ben has been involved in National Honor Society since 11th grade. In 10th grade, Ben was among three selected students that attended the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership conference, where he developed skills related to service and leadership. Outside school, he volunteers often with his church by operating the lights or playing drums with the church band.

After high school, Ben plans to attend American University in order to study international relations. His goal is to become a diplomat. He plans to center his field of study on southern Sudan. Ben would like to join the Peace Corps.

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YSEF Announces Grant Awards April 19, 2017

The York Suburban Education Foundation (YSEF) recently announced it has awarded 11 grants totaling $45,078.54 through its 2017 Grant Program. Funds are made possible by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and community partners. For more information, readers may visit www.ysef.org.

Greenhouses...To Grow Healthy and Successful Students - A grant of $1,549.34 will allow the third graders at East York Elementary to participate in experiential learning opportunities in science and mathematics through the purchase of portable greenhouses. As these students are applying their content learning by getting dirty growing their own seedlings, they will also engage their community by marketing and selling the plants they grow at the annual East York May Day. The greenhouses will also be utilized by East York's newly created Envirothon team for fifth-graders as they conduct experiments and research. This grant was made possible from endowment proceeds through the Jeffrey D. Sindicich Foundation, in memory of Jeffrey Sindicich, York Suburban graduate class of 1986.

Escaping Language Limits - In 2016, YSEF supported this pilot program which aims to build connections through Imagine Learning, an award-winning software program that features interactive content for the increasing population of English language learners. This program provides first-language support in 15 languages, while gradually translating reading for the students to begin acquiring essential English language skills. To encourage consistent participation when school is not in session, this $750 grant will fund three face-to-face activity meetings throughout the summer with students and their families to keep the program active and celebrate student progress with families through fun incentives.

Mindful Moments and Yoga for Kids - The goal of these two grants, totaling $2,339.54, is to enhance the district's innovative approach to improving students' social-emotional well-being through lessons in mindfulness inspired by The Mind Up Curriculum. This grant will facilitate the creation of a Mindful Moments Room, a private space with a calming atmosphere where students can go to focus on the present, calm down, relax, and re-center. It will also provide teachers professional development on the benefits of yoga, yoga-based breathing, and relaxation techniques. Yoga classes for students, led by a professional instructor, will also be part of the learning experience with the goal of working toward independent skill use.

Learning Commons District Initiative - YSEF has awarded $30,000 to be distributed among four grants in support of a district wide "Learning Commons" strategic initiative to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) concepts into the York Suburban curriculum at all learning levels. STEAM promotes inquiry and project-based learning, collaborative learning, critical thinking skills, innovation, and creativity. From incorporating coding, engineering, and design into kindergarten lessons to enhancing STEAM labs in the high school to transforming the middle and high school libraries into flexible learning spaces that allows for collaboration and exploration, the collective York Suburban Learning Commons grant reinforces the district's dedication to maintain academic rigor, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. These grants are supported with corporate funds donated to YSEF through the PA State Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.

Trout in the Classroom - In 2016, YSEF granted funding to launch Trout in the Classroom (TIC), an interdisciplinary program provided by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Education's Environmental and Ecology, and Pennsylvania Trout Unlimited. This successful pilot program, which allowed students to raise brook trout by observing and monitoring a cold water ecosystem in a classroom aquarium, exceeded student engagement expectations. This $3,000 grant will allow the TIC program to expand into two more science classrooms so that all seventh grade York Suburban students benefit from this experiential learning.

Job Ready Career Skills Online Program - This $1,295 grant will provide funding for a web-based product that is designed to teach students the fundamental skills that employers have identified as key to success in the workplace. This cross-curricular program will cover topics, including work habits, workplace effectiveness, communication skills, business etiquette, and the job search. This program will offer necessary tools for success upon graduation regardless of a student's post high school plan.

Stand Up For Kids - This $6,144.10 grant for alternative classroom furniture in middle school math classes will provide for standing desks benefiting the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of middle school students. These desks will enable students to focus and boost brain function, which research has shown to promote academic growth. Providing students with desks where they can stand will continue to benefit students through increased levels of engagement while encouraging more discussion, collaboration, and ultimately, higher level thinking.

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