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Commencement Set For Penn Manor Seniors May 24, 2018

Five student speakers have been named for Penn Manor High School's 2018 commencement, which has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College Alumni Sports and Fitness Center off Harrisburg Avenue in Lancaster. Nicholas Fafel, Aniah Washington, Joshua Adams, Blake Martin, and Kevin Ward will address those in attendance.

Nicholas, the son of Steve and Vicki Fafel of Conestoga, is class valedictorian. He participated in cross-country, wrestling, track and field, Rocket Club, and National Honor Society (NHS). Nicholas was president of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and vice president of Science National Honor Society. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Delaware.

During commencement, Nicholas will speak about using one's abilities to the fullest. One occasion where Nicholas and his peers did their best occurred in math. "My entire AP Calculus BC class scored a 5 on the AP exam, and we shaved a '60' into the back of (math teacher Anthony) Carrodo's head," he recalled.

Aniah, the daughter of Stephanie Stoy of Lancaster, is senior class president. She participated in soccer, track and field, Aevidum, and Mock Trial, and she was business manager for the yearbook. She plans to study law, jurisprudence, and social thought at Amherst College. Aniah will speak on the subject of dealing with expectations. "Embrace your uniqueness," she remarked. "It is not a bad thing to stand out."

Joshua, the class salutatorian, is the son of Jeffrey and Monique Adams of Lancaster. He was a TSA participant and enjoyed attending three state TSA conferences. He plans to attend Penn State University. "Try to dedicate yourself to something," Joshua advised. "It's important to be involved without spreading your time so thin that you can't meaningfully impact any one activity."

Blake is the son of Curtis and Beth Martin of Lancaster. He participated in lacrosse, soccer, and Model United Nations, and he was a tutor for Math Bowl. Blake plans to study biomechanical engineering at Penn State. While Blake is still firming up the topic of his commencement address, he had some advice for next year's freshmen. "Take a broad range of classes that will allow you to diversify your education," he said, stressing, "Join clubs."

Kevin is the son of John and Deborah Ward of Millersville. He was a member of the marching unit, the percussion ensemble, the Quiz Bowl team, NHS, TSA, the STEM Team, and Attollo. Kevin plans to study computer engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. His commencement speech will address the theme of "stepping forward."

Admission to commencement is by ticket only, and each graduate will receive nine tickets. All seating, with the exception of a reserved section for disabled and honored guests, will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Admission tickets will be distributed to graduates at the end of commencement practices, which will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, at Penn Manor High School.

The commencement ceremony will be webcast live beginning at 6 p.m. at www.pennmanor.net. Readers may visit the website to learn how to purchase DVDs of commencement and to view F&M event parking details.

Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Pequea Church, 40 Church Road, Lancaster. Seniors may also participate in a "Senior Walk" on June 5. While bedecked in their caps and gowns, the graduates may process through the halls of the elementary schools they attended from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

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Students Earn Success In Academic Challenge May 24, 2018

Two teams of students from Elizabethtown Area School District won first place in the Pennsylvania Destination ImaginNation tournament and qualified to advance to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., to compete against thousands of students from 45 states and more than 15 countries.

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving organization that aims to empower students to utilize their creativity, curiosity, and courage through project-based learning to solve various challenges that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). The students also develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, and creative thinking.

The Smart Dummiez team, consisting of Jaycen Conrad, Jonah Perrin, Matthew Heffner, and Lilianna Milligan, competed in the Scientific Challenge. Their task was to research and explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions and then design and build an attraction that used three scientific concepts during its operation. They had to create and present a story that featured the attraction operating in an unlikely location that was portrayed using sights and sounds.

The Twisted Talent team consisting of Greta Bornmann, Lillia Alvarez, Julia Laszakovits, Mikaela Condran, and Rebecca Mink took part in the Fine Arts Challenge. The task was to create and present a musical that included a change in plans and featured music and lyrics to enhance the storytelling. Team members had to create and present a spectacle as part of their musical as well as design and integrate a set change.

For information about the Destination ImagiNation program, readers may contact Taisha Milligan at taisha_milligan@etownschools.org.

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Students Win Fine Art Awards May 24, 2018

Hempfield High School fine metals students swept the category of fine arts at the 34th annual Lancaster County Peace Arts Contest, taking first, second, and third places.

Lancaster County-area high school students in grades nine through 12 at public or private schools or homeschool programs competed. The theme was "Peace Begins With Me."

The winners of the 2018 Peace Coalition Creative Arts contest were Allyson Givler, grade 12, first place for her piece "Zusammen"; Shona Spetrini, grade 11, second place for her piece "Basking in a New Warmth"; and Gaby Rudig, grade 12, third place for her piece "Imagine a World Without Trees."

The judges used a rubric indicating attention to theme, individual experience, creativity, construction, and following rules of the contest.

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Columbia High School Sets Commencement May 24, 2018

On Friday, June 1, when Columbia High School (CHS) graduates approximately 102 seniors from the Class of 2018, three students will address the audience full of family and friends. Bailee Armold, Courtney Betteley, and Jordan Haberstroh, the top three students in the CHS Class of 2018, have written speeches centered on memories of their time in the Columbia School District. CHS principal Dr. Michael Smith will be the featured speaker during the ceremony.

The commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia. Each member of the senior class will receive six tickets, and admission will be by ticket only.

The three senior speakers got together to brainstorm, plan, and coordinate their speeches and decided to each focus on a different time period of their collective academic years. Jordan will focus on elementary school highlights, while Bailee and Courtney will share middle and high school memories, respectively. Jordan said that they hope to spotlight different classmates and watch their eyes light up in recognition of various sporting events, music and drama productions, classes, projects, and other memories that have stuck out from their years together.

"We're a small school, so we know everyone who's in our class, and we've known each other since seventh grade," Jordan noted. Her advice to incoming freshmen and underclassmen looking to make the most of their time at CHS is to study, ask questions when something does not make sense, and get involved. "Because we are a small school, there are a lot of opportunities to lead and to get involved," said Jordan.

"Don't be afraid to get involved," agreed Courtney. Being part of the CHS theater department "family" was a highlight of Courtney's high school career. "We had really energetic drama productions this year," said Courtney. "We weren't afraid to go out on a limb."

Annual May Day celebrations, Book Bloom events, raising butterflies and trout in biology class, and a recent senior class trip to Washington, D.C., were just a few of the other prominent memories the three students mentioned as they reminisced on their time at CHS. Meeting the rigorous deadlines in Linda Eckman-Wissler's honors British literature class was a point of pride and relief for all three. Bailee attributed the writing skills she learned in Sheila Ayres' English class with helping her to succeed, as well as with the honing of her time management skills.

Bailee, the daughter of George and Pamela Armold, plans to study biomedical science at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in the fall. She aspires to become a physician assistant. At CHS, Bailee was involved in the student mentoring program, National Honor Society (NHS), chorus, and the theater department. She is treasurer of her class.

Courtney is the daughter of George Betteley and Anna Hammill. Her post-graduation plans involve attending York College to major in secondary math education. During high school, Courtney was a part of the theater department, NHS, and the student mentoring program.

Jordan is the daughter of Kenneth and Jodi Haberstroh. She plans to attend York College to major in nursing and to continue running cross-country and track, which she excelled at during her time at CHS. Jordan is president of NHS the Class of 2018. She is a member of Student Council and chorus and played oboe and clarinet in the school band.

The CHS Class of 2018's voted-upon song is "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds. The class flower is a sunflower, and the class color scheme is rainbow.

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Yeager, Chudzik Earn Perfect Scores May 24, 2018

Hempfield High School students William Yeager and Justin Chudzik both scored perfectly on recent standardized tests. Yeager, a junior, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Chudzik, a senior, achieved a perfect total score of 1600 on the SAT, which consists of evidence-based reading and writing questions, a math section, and an optional essay.

Many students take the ACT and SAT tests to be considered for college admission and merit-based scholarships.

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High School Seniors Receive Awards May 24, 2018

Manheim Central School District recently presented awards to its high school seniors. The honorees and their awards were as follows.

Alicia Bauman: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest, LLMEA County Orchestra, Manheim Rotary Musical Achievement Award, MCEA Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Sara Uibel Brubaker Music Scholarship.

Billie Jo Bollinger: Robert C. Sterling Educational Scholarship, William F. Brossman Scholarship, MCEA Scholarship, Nicholas J. Bryson No. 32 Scholarship, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Brooke Breinich: Manheim Rotary Personal Financial Management Award, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest, and Manheim Women's Club Scholarship.

Benjamin Burkhart: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Class of 1954 Math Award, Barons Best and Brightest, and Advanced Physics Award.

Johnathan Butler: First Pin Baron Stage.

Amber Cassel: MCEA Scholarship.

Cody Cressman: Penn Elms Lions Club.

David Cruz: President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Lauren Dorwart: Rick Hershey Unsung Hero Award, Robert C. Sterling Educational Scholarship, MCFEE Student Trustee Appreciation Award, and Manheim Rotary Family Consumer Science Award.

Alexandra Duttera: President's Award for Educational Excellence and Patrick Gilmore Award.

Gretchen Enterline: Best Supporting Actress for Fall Play, Best Actress for Spring Musical, Third Pin Baron Stage, County Chorus, District Chorus, and Regional Chorus.

Danielle Fittery: Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Samantha Frontz: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest

Timothy Garner: Lancaster County Historical Association, Rho Kappa, and LVC Honors Orchestra.

Desirea Gibson: LCCT Cosmetology - Merit Student.

Cade Ginder: Manheim Rotary Club Production Technology Award.

Ryan Groff: LCCT Welding - Outstanding Student.

Meghan Healy: Manheim Rotary Child Care and Development Award.

Bryan Hernandez: Manheim Central Video Production Award.

Kacie Herr: President's Award for Educational Excellence, William F. Brossman Scholarship, Barons Best and Brightest, MCEA Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Manheim Women's Club Scholarship.

Kayla Herr: William F. Brossman Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Manheim Women's Club Scholarship.

J. Alec Hess: Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Ashley Hoffer: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Manheim Lions Club 12th Grade Social Studies Award, Barons Best and Brightest, Woody Herman Award, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Joshua Hornbaker: LCCT Welding - Workforce Grant.

Madalyn Hosler: Manheim Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship.

Michael Hudson: LCCT Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation - Outstanding Student.

Christopher Ill: Willow Street CTC Campus Scholarship Winner.

Andrew Kerdeman: Allison Walsh Memorial Stage Crew Award and First Pin Baron Stage.

Tristan Klopp: Best Supporting Actor for Spring Musical, Second Pin Baron Stage, President's Award for Educational Excellence, Manheim Historical Society Robert Morris History Award, Rotary Club Student Council Leadership Scholarship, First Year Physics Award, MCEA Scholarship, Richard Steinhauer Memorial Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, and Baron Von Stiegel.

Joseph Kolk: LCCT Plumbing - Award of Merit.

Tayler Lauver: Barons Best and Brightest.

Destiny Lebron: Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

John Benjamin Lehman: Manheim Sertoma Club Technology Award.

Matthew Lowe: LCCT Advanced Health Careers - Outstanding Student.

An Ly: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Class of 1958 English Award, Manheim Lions Club Literature Award, and Manheim VFW French Award.

Anah Martin: Patrick Gilmore Award.

Trent Martin: Barons Best and Brightest.

Jordan McKey: Second Pin Baron Stage, County Chorus, District Chorus, Regional Chorus, President's Award for Educational Excellence, William F. Brossman Scholarship, Georgia Sowers Memorial Scholarship for Theater Arts, Orrstown Bank Foundation Scholarship, Richard Steinhauer Memorial Scholarship, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Holly Musser: Manheim Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Education Award, Manheim FFA Scholarship, Ressler Mill Foundation Award, The Ann Brown Scholarship, and Elizabethtown Area Grange Scholarship.

Serrah Nau: Technical Theater Award for Fall Play, Technical Theater Award for Spring Musical, Third Pin Baron Stage, and Fourth Pin Baron Stage.

Caleb Nolt: LCCT Electrical Construction Technology - Outstanding Senior and LCCT Foundation Workforce Grant Award.

Karlie Nolt: Auxiliary to VFW Post 5956 Manheim Nursing Award.

Paul Jacob Novak: President's Award for Educational Excellence and DeVaughn T. Lee Scholarship.

Sydney Oxenrider: Manheim Lions Club Writing Award.

Gabriela Pacheco: Barons Best and Brightest.

Grant Patrick: MCEA Scholarship, John Philip Sousa Award, and Matthew "Chester" Cupernall Memorial Scholarship.

Dakota Ramsier: First Pin Baron Stage and LCCT Culinary Arts - Outstanding Student.

Rebecca Rogers: LCCT Photography and Digital Imaging - Award of Merit.

Reagan Rohrer: Barons Best and Brightest and MCEA Scholarship.

Ashley Schultz: LCCT Advance Health Careers - Award of Merit.

Taylor Sell: Barons Best and Brightest.

Isaac Shenk: Manheim Rotary Club Energy, Power, and Transportation Award; MCEA Scholarship; and President's Award.

Tyler Shull: Best Actor for Fall Play, Best Actor for Spring Musical, Third Pin Baron Stage, County Chorus, District Chorus, Regional Chorus, All-State Chorus, Barons Best and Brightest, MCEA Scholarship, Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship, Manheim Lodge No. 587 Free and Accepted Masons Arts Award.

Tyler Simon: Army ROTC Scholarship.

Abigail Smith: LCCT Advanced Health Careers - Award of Merit.

Laura Spencer: President's Award for Educational Excellence.

Tanner Stauffer: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest.

Gabriel Stewart: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Senior Math Award, Henry G. Givler Memorial Award, William F. Brossman Scholarship, Barons Best and Brightest, MCHS Senior Science Award, MCEA Scholarship, 2018 Herb Zukauskas Scholarship, Seth Good Integrity Scholarship, and Mary Graybill Shearer Scholarship.

Heidi Strausbaugh: President's Award for Educational Excellence, Barons Best and Brightest, and Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Megan Swope: Manheim Rotary Agriculture Award and Ressler Mill Foundation Award.

Claire Tracy: President's Award for Educational Excellence and Barons Best and Brightest.

Michael Wagner: LCCT HVAC - Award of Merit.

Mary Ellisyn Weaver: President's Award for Educational Excellence and Robert C. Sterling Educational Scholarship.

Felisha Willen: Manheim Lions Club 12th Grade Award and Willow Street Career and Technology Campus Award.

Stefan Winsett: LCCT Materials Handling and Logistics - Award of Merit.

Emily Witmer: Ressler Mill Foundation Award and Dekalb Award.

Josiah Zimerman: LCCT Architectural CAD/Design - Award of Merit and Brownstown CTC Faculty/Staff Award.

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Baccalaureate Service Posted May 24, 2018

Hempfield High School has announced that a baccalaureate service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, at Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster.

Additional information is available in the Franklin Office of Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville.

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Student Receives Service Award May 24, 2018

Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, recognized Gold Community Service Award recipients who have served more than 100 hours and have completed a multi-day residential service project. The 2018 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways.

Local residents include Nicole Files of Lancaster. Files is a graduate of Manheim Township High School and received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration and Spanish from LVC.

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University Recognizes Gingrich May 24, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Amanda Gingrich of Lititz received the Resident Assistant, Graduating Seniors Recognition presented by Office of Residence Life.

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L-S Class Of 2018 Prepares To Graduate May 23, 2018

Commencement will be held for the Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School Class of 2018 on Friday, June 1, at 7 p.m. Due to construction on the stadium, the ceremony will be held in the school's Performing Arts Center, 1600 Book Road, Lancaster. Each senior will be provided with several general admission tickets. Satellite seating will be available in the cafeteria, and the full ceremony will be streamed live on the school's YouTube channel.

Class secretary Becca Cohen and treasurer Sarah Stahobich will read the names of the anticipated 265 graduates, and president Emily Bishop will announce the turning of the tassels. Along with vice president Dylan Grau, the officers reflected upon their time in high school.

"I'll miss my teachers. I developed a really strong bond with them," Emily said. Her plans to major in secondary English education at Millersville University and have a career as a high school English teacher were influenced by her instructors. "I learned what teaching styles I liked and respected. During work study in classrooms, I figured out what works and what doesn't," she added.

Emily and Becca shared a wish for more language options at L-S, but they are grateful for what they did have. "We had really great Spanish teachers," Becca said. A highlight for her and Dylan was a class trip to Spain in the summer of 2017. "(Knowing another language) allows you to communicate with so many more people. (As a doctor) I can help them through their problems," Becca said.

Becca hopes to become a pediatrician. She plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where she will major in chemistry on the pre-med track and minor in Spanish. Likewise, Dylan desires to have a career in medicine and will also minor in Spanish. He will attend Temple University, where he will major in biology on the pre-med track. Sarah is planning for a career in physical therapy (PT), and she has chosen to attend Butler University to study dance performance and prepare for graduate work in PT.

"Anatomy and physiology (class) pushed me to do PT," Sarah explained. "I am glad for the work-study program at (a local physical therapy clinic). It was good to pair it with AP Biology."

The officers look fondly on the nonacademic aspects of their high school careers as well. Mini-THON was restarted when they were sophomores, and Dylan proudly reported that this year's event raised almost $20,000. The class continued the tradition of "long john days," when the pastries were provided as a treat for every senior. The officer team worked closely with class advisers Jeffrey Houck and Lisa Clark to host four schoolwide blood drives.

The four officers also shared advice for this fall's incoming freshmen.

"Get involved as much as possible," Dylan said. "Make sure you branch out. Don't try to slide by and do the bare minimum."

"Work hard through all of your classes," Sarah recommended. "Be open to new opportunities. The school has a lot to offer."

"It's important to challenge yourself with the courses you take, but don't overwhelm yourself," Emily added, noting that while Advanced Placement courses might be prestigious, they should be taken only in subjects students enjoy.

"Be aware that your teachers are willing to help you," Becca said, suggesting that students use study halls to meet with teachers for help, rather than goofing off. She praised chemistry teacher Melissa Stunja and calculus teacher John Achille for going above and beyond the call of duty when she missed a month of school last year following surgery. Thanks to the teachers' help, Becca was able to stay on track with her AP Chemistry and AP Calculus classes.

For more information about commencement, readers may visit www.l-spioneers.org/Schools/L-S-High-School/Graduation.

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LCDS Holds Graduation May 23, 2018

Fifty-three seniors participated in the 110th Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) commencement ceremony on May 19.

During the ceremony, Matt Lane received The Trustee Prize, awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average. Kathleen Waters received the Ruth S. Hostetter Award, given in memory of a 1931 alumna to a senior who works selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community. Emma Stover received the Ann Musselman Award, presented in honor of a former LCDS teacher to the students who best exemplifies personal qualities of enthusiastic curiosity, the courage to take intellectual risks, and joy in a lifetime of learning. Sam Davis received the Faculty Award, given to the student who is the embodiment of what the faculty most respect in a scholar and a person, someone who has a true love of learning and is a model citizen. Cristian Tineo and Lauren MacKinnon received the Head of School Award, which recognizes the seniors who are most deserving of special recognition for having qualities such as leadership, school spirit, persistence, and civic virtue.

Speakers included faculty member Mary Turner; faculty member Diane Wilikofsky, who gave the invocation; Steve Lisk, head of school; Dory Bittle and Lauren MacKinnon, senior class co-presidents; Clare Jackson, member of senior class; and Genevieve Munson, assistant head of Upper School and English department chair, who gave the benediction.

At an earlier awards ceremony, students were honored in a variety of areas, including Sarah Frick, Music Award; Delphi Aubry and Clare Jackson, Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre; Cristian Tineo, Visual Art Award; Matthew Lane, English Award; Delphi Aubry, Elizabeth Ross Award; Maya McDougall, Foreign Language Award - Latin; Lauren MacKinnon, Foreign Language Award - Spanish; Daniel Lane, Foreign Language Award - Chinese; Michael Etter, Science Award; Emma Stover, Female Athlete of the Year; Matthew Lane, Male Athlete of the Year; Nicholas Lane and Matthew Lane, PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award; and Emma Stover and Samuel Nelson, PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award.

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Donegal Class Of 2018 To Graduate May 23, 2018

The Donegal High School (DHS) Class of 2018 commencement ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Donegal Athletic Complex, 1051 Koser Road, Mount Joy. Tickets are required to attend, and each of the estimated 204 graduates will receive eight tickets.

The ceremony will be broadcast live in the school auditorium, which will also provide overflow seating and an air-conditioned option for audience members. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the school auditorium.

Senior class president Andrew Erb will present the welcoming address. Andrew is the son of Phil and Mindy Erb. During his time at DHS, he played football and baseball. He was also president of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), a prayer group leader, and a member of National Honor Society (NHS). In the fall, Andrew plans to attend Penn State University to study finance.

DHS principal John Felix and Donegal School District superintendent J. Michael Lausch will offer orations. Senior class members of the DHS chorus will perform "Our Journey Continues" by Greg Gilpin, and senior Silas Buckwalter will have a solo.

Andrew and Student Council president Rachael Overlander will announce the names of fellow classmates as they receive their diplomas. Rachael is the daughter of Ollie and Tina Overlander. She was a member of the DHS field hockey and softball teams, NHS, and Varsity Club. Rachael also serves as class treasurer and vice president of Booster Club. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Villanova University to major in nursing and play field hockey.

Both Andrew and Rachael expressed pride in being part of the Donegal Indian tradition, crediting relationships they have formed and the support from excellent teachers, coaches, and leaders for contributing to their success. "Our class is close, and it's special because we have a lot of great people. We have a lot of talent," shared Rachael. "The majority love Donegal and being a part of what we have here."

Being a member of the state championship-winning field hockey and softball teams in 2016 and 2017, respectively, was a definite highlight of Rachael's time at Donegal, along with lots of other memories from sports. "When we were freshmen, the softball and baseball teams won districts on the same night," recalled Rachael. "So after the girls played (at Messiah College), we rode the bus to the York Revolution stadium to watch the guys play."

Spending Friday nights under the lights at football games is something else both students said they will not forget - whether on the field for Andrew or in the student section for Rachael. With Tanner Koehler dressed as the Donegal Indian mascot and leading the student section, good seats were a hot commodity. "You had to get there super early to be in the front," Rachael said.

"There's just something about being out in the huddle and being able to hear the student section ... everybody was just so loud," remarked Andrew. "It was special to have all that support from the community."

When it comes to advice for underclassmen looking to make the most of their time at DHS, Andrew and Rachael both encouraged participating and being involved as much as possible. "This year I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried out for the musical. I got one of the lead roles, and that was a lot of fun," said Andrew. "Find something you love and get involved and get to know as many people as possible, because four years go really fast."

The DHS Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced at commencement and will be the featured speakers for the evening. In addition to commencement, the Class of 2018 will host a student-led baccalaureate ceremony on Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the DHS auditorium.

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Students Receive Scholarships May 23, 2018

The York Chapter of Credit Unions announced the winners of its 2018 scholarship contest on May 7. Carmen Andreoli, Philip Andreoli and Daniel Hanuska each received $1,000 toward their first year of schooling.

Carmen is a son of Anthony and Tina Andreoli. Carmen is a senior at Red Land Senior High School, where he is ranked third in his graduating class. He is on the distinguished honor roll, is part of the jazz band, volunteers for the Mini-THON committee, serves as president of Student Council, and is part of the National Honor Society. He plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in the fall to pursue a degree in bioengineering or actuarial science. Carmen is a member of Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

Philip is a son of Anthony and Tina Andreoli. Philip is a senior at Red Land Senior High School, where he is ranked second in his graduating class. He is on the distinguished honor roll, is part of the jazz band, volunteers for the Mini-THON committee, serves as vice president of Student Council, and is part of the National Honor Society. Philip plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in the fall to pursue a degree in industrial engineering. Philip is a member of Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

Daniel is the son of John and Betsy Hanuska. Daniel is a senior at Dallastown Area High School, where he is a part of the cross-country and track team. He is on the distinguished honor roll and is part of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. He plans to attend Penn State University in the fall to major in physics, with the long-term goal of earning a Ph.D. Daniel is a member of First Capital Federal Credit Union.

The York Chapter of Credit Unions is an organization of financial institutions with the guiding philosophy of people helping people.

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School Announces Prom Court May 23, 2018

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Gingrich Earns Service Award May 23, 2018

Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, recognized Gold Community Service Award recipients who have served more than 100 hours and have completed a multi-day residential service project. The 2018 Gold Award recipients, 20 in all, served the local community in a variety of ways.

Local students include Katelyn Gingrich of Palmyra. Gingrich is a graduate of Palmyra Area High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from LVC.

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Espenshade Receives Recognition May 23, 2018

Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, recognized more than 95 students, faculty, and staff at the Extracurricular Awards Luncheon for their contributions to activities outside the classroom.

Todd Espenshade of Hummelstown received the e-Mentor, Graduating Seniors Recognition presented by Office of Student Development.

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MHS Signs MOU With Area College May 23, 2018

Milton Hershey School (MHS) and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving the outcome for low-income, first-generation college students. Because Thaddeus Stevens' curriculum aligns well with MHS's Career and Technical Education program, students who are interested in pursuing technical degrees will be able to build on their skills to reach their goals.

Currently, Thaddeus Stevens offers associate degrees in 22 innovative technical-based majors that educate and train students for various job opportunities. MHS students who attend Thaddeus Stevens will be able to build upon the career and technical education skills they received while in high school.

Through the agreement, MHS students also will receive academic coaching, student engagement resources, and retention support to ensure student success throughout their college careers. MHS career and higher education specialists support graduates through virtual check-ins and on-campus visits. In 2017, MHS staff organized 123 on-campus visits and sent 13,856 text messages to support graduates throughout their college experience.

The partnership is the ninth of its kind that MHS has established with postsecondary institutions across the state to increase graduation outcomes for low-income, first-generation college students. To learn more about postgraduate supports at Milton Hershey School, readers may visit www.mhskids.org.

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Public Preview Of Post Prom Slated May 23, 2018

Mum's the word on the theme for the Solanco post prom, but all will be revealed on Saturday, June 2. Solanco High School seniors and their guests will enjoy post prom at the school, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville, from 11 p.m. on June 2 until 3 a.m. on Sunday, June 3. Members of the public are invited to preview the festivities from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 2.

"It's a big undertaking, and we want to show it off," explained fundraising chair Gretchen Plechner. "We've had tremendous support from the community, and we want them to see what we've done for the kids and get more parents involved."

A committee comprised of parents of Solanco seniors works each year to create post prom. The event is intended to be an exciting alternative to private parties, which could potentially provide students with opportunities to make poor decisions.

"We want to provide a safe and fun place for kids after the prom," Plechner said. "It's at the school, but it's unrecognizable when it's all set up - at least, we hope so." With her guidance, the post prom committee has raised approximately $20,000 since last year's post prom event. The group will continue to accept donations of items that can be used for door prizes, as well as donations of cash or time. At least 40 parents are expected to help with the event, but more are welcome.

In addition to creating decorations with a top-secret theme, the post prom committee has planned a variety of activities ranging from artistic to athletic to keep students engaged during the four-hour event. Several giant inflatables will be set up inside the school, and a vast array of food will be offered. Every senior who attends will receive an entry into the drawing for door prizes. A kayak, several smartphone watches, a big-screen television, and other items have been donated or purchased by the committee.

Admission to the public preview and for the main event is free of charge. More than 320 students have signed up for post prom, which is open to all seniors regardless of whether they attend prom. "That's more than other years," Plechner observed. "I think the excitement's there."

For more information about post prom or to contribute, readers may visit www.solancopostprom.org or call Ina Wilson at the high school at 717-786-2151.

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School Honors Students Of The Month May 23, 2018

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Student Wins Piano Competition May 23, 2018

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