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Harlacher Wins First Place June 22, 2017

Joanna Harlacher of Mount Joy won first place in the Senior Individual Website category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest. Her project was titled "Beyond the Cardigan."

Harlacher, a member of the Class of 2017 at Donegal High School, was presented with the honor on June 15, the day celebrated as #NationalHistoryDay. The first-place award is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and each recipient receives the designation NEH Scholar.

More than half a million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia competed in the 2017 National History Day Contest. Middle and high school students created documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites based on the theme "Taking a Stand in History." The top entries from the contest in each state/affiliate were invited to the national contest held at the University of Maryland, College Park, on June 11 to 15.

To create their projects, students spend hours researching, writing, editing, and using analytical thinking skills. This fall, students around the world will begin creating entries for the 2018 contest, themed "Conflict and Compromise in History." For more information on the contest and how to enter, readers may visit


Center Holds Celebration June 22, 2017

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster held its 13th annual Celebration of Achievement on June 4 in the Johnston Auditorium of the Lancaster Masonic Center. A total of 11 children graduated from the program, and several continuing students were recognized for their progress. Additionally, 11 tutors and four scholars were recognized for their work with the 28 students enrolled at the center.

Heather Hinkel, director of the center, addressed the students, tutors and scholars, and governing board, thanking them for the work each provides to the program. Each graduate was given an autograph bear, the mascot adopted by the Children's Dyslexia Centers Inc., as a keepsake. Students presented words of thanks to their tutors and the board of governors.

The center, sponsored by the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Masons, is one of eight such centers in Pennsylvania providing tutoring at no charge to children from elementary through high school who fit a dyslexic profile. Children are eligible regardless of economic status or Masonic affiliation. The Orton-Gillingham approach, a sequential, multisensory, phonetic approach to language, is used as the basis for tutoring and tutor training.

The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster opened in 2002 and has helped as many as 150 students overcome dyslexic challenges; at least half of them have graduated from the program. Funding for the program, which averages $6,000 per student per year, comes in large measure from the local fundraising efforts undertaken by the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and the board of governors that oversees the program. Some of the fundraising efforts include holiday pie sales, apple dumpling and chicken corn soup sales, the annual Lancaster W. Scott Stoner Memorial Children's Dyslexia Center Walk, and the Extraordinary Give. Dates for these events can be found at or on the center's Facebook page. Readers may call 717-481-5680 or email for information about the program.


Gross Participates In New Program June 22, 2017

Meg Gross of Marietta participated in the Bob Jones University's first Language Halls program during the 2016-17 academic year. Gross is a senior studying humanities.

Gross joined one of the Chinese-, French-, and Spanish-only discipleship groups in the BJU residence halls. She signed a language commitment in a ceremony last August, committing to maintain the language integrity of the group for the entire academic year in order to fully benefit from the experience.

The purpose of the voluntary program is to add the possibility of daily immersion to the experience of language students. BJU's Student Life and Discipleship organization places groups of students in residence hall discipleship groups according to the language they are studying. Group leaders and strategically placed native speakers help maintain a no-English zone in the language-specific halls. Though students should have a certain level of ability in their language, they do not have to be language majors or minors - or currently enrolled in a language course - in order to participate.


Neal Receives Academic Honor June 22, 2017

Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C., announced that Melissa Neal of Manheim made the president's honor list for high academic achievement for the 2017 spring semester. Neal is a marketing major.

To qualify for the president's list for high academic achievement, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average and must be enrolled full-time.


Amen Receives College Degree June 22, 2017

On May 14, Christina Amen of Elizabethtown graduated from Emerson College, Boston, Mass.

She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing, literature, and publishing.


Wolf Named To Dean's List June 22, 2017

Trevor Wolf was named to the dean's list at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., for the spring 2017 semester. Wolf is a resident of Elizabethtown.

To qualify for the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than C. Full-time students must complete at least 14 credits in a semester, with at least 12 credits that have been graded on a letter grade basis to be eligible. Part-time students must complete at least six credits during a semester.


Kelly Receives Academic Honor June 22, 2017

Amanda Kelly of Elizabethtown has been named a presidential scholar for the spring 2017 semester at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. Kelly is a senior majoring in environmental engineering.

Presidential scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.


Booster Club Plans Run With The Donegal Indians 5K/10K June 22, 2017

What sets the Run With the Donegal Indians 5K/10K apart? According to race organizer Holly Willing, its location along the beautiful Susquehanna River makes it a great event for participants of all ages and ability levels. The third annual event is scheduled to take place rain or shine on Saturday, July 29, at Riverfront Park, 551 Vinegar Ferry Road, Marietta. "The trail is paved, so you have the feel of a road race under your feet, but the natural surroundings provide you with the feel of a trail race without the rocks, roots, and hills," Willing explained. "It's really the best of both worlds."

Interested individuals may register at by clicking on Calendar/Apps/Online Reg, selecting Race Calendar, and clicking on Run With the Donegal Indians 5K & 10K Race. A direct link to the registration page is available at the "Donegal Boys Soccer 5k/10k" page on Facebook. Online registration is available until Wednesday, July 26. Participants who register prior to Saturday, July 8, will receive a discounted rate and be guaranteed to receive a race T-shirt and goodie bag. After that date, T-shirts and goodie bags will be distributed to entrants while supplies last.

Registration, along with race number and goodie bag pickup, will be available on race day beginning at 8 a.m., at the Riverfront Park pavilion. Participants and spectators may also enter a giveaway to win a three-month family membership to a local athletic club.

Both races will step off at 9 a.m. Walkers are welcome.

The 5K and 10K will begin at Riverfront Park but head in opposite directions along the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. The 5K will start out going south or down river, and the 10K will take off to the north - with both routes proceeding to a turn-around point and back. Willing described the courses as flat and fast. "The vast majority of the path is wooded, with bits of open field to one side here and there," said Willing. "There are also a couple stream crossings."

Water stops will be set up along both courses. Willing said that last year's race was very hot, and organizers encourage individuals to drink plenty of fluids, be cautious and listen to their bodies, and slow down if necessary.

Post-race refreshments and beverages will be provided. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers and to the first- and second-place male and female finishers in several age categories. Special recognition will be given to all participants age 12 and under.

This year's awards will be wooden medals engraved with the Donegal Indians 5K/10K race logo and created at Elkwood Arts in Ridgway, Pa. Elkwood Arts is a nonprofit program that provides vocational opportunities to adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Folks may visit for more information.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Donegal Boys' Soccer Booster Club in its efforts to support the Donegal School District soccer program and players. Members of the Donegal High School boys' soccer team help with race preparations and promotions in addition to volunteering on race day. Willing extended thanks to the local businesses and organizations that have donated money and resources to supporting the race. "This is truly a community-supported event," stated Willing.


Szwast To Study In Costa Rica June 22, 2017

Kristen Szwast of Lititz will travel to Costa Rica in July to study lowland rain forest and montane cloud forests while investigating the biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity. Szwast is a master's student in the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) offered through Miami University's Project Dragonfly.

Szwast is a community engagement coordinator at Brandywine Valley SPCA.


87th Annual Legion Award Presented June 22, 2017

Each year on the last day of school, Alan Noll, retired Marine Corps staff sergeant, Vietnam veteran, and commander of New Holland American Legion Post 662, presents the American Legion Award to an eighth-grade boy and girl at Garden Spot Middle School (GSMS). This year, the award presentation was made during an all-school assembly on June 9.

Noll said that he feels honored to present the award, which has a long history in New Holland. "As commander, it is my privilege to present the annual American Legion school award to a young man and woman," he said. "We are proud of the recipients and their accomplishments." Noll went on to list the qualifications a student must possess to receive the award. "The award (is) given to a student who possesses the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service, which are necessary for the preservation and protection of the fundamental institutions of our government and the advancement of society," Noll said. "(Receiving the award) should be considered a building block in the foundation of the character of the recipients and serve as an indication of their future status as outstanding members of the community."

Noll then announced the names of the two students who would receive the medallion and accompanying certificate. Johanna Holmes, daughter of Jim and Lynne Holmes of Denver, and Joseph Sharp, son of David and Beth Sharp of New Holland, received the 2017 award.

The recipients are chosen based on nominations from their eighth-grade classmates. After the students' nominations are tallied, the names of the top three boys and top three girls are sent to faculty and staff, and winners are chosen.

Once the winners have been selected, the school notifies each student's parents and asks the parents to keep the information a secret from the student until the ceremony. Johanna's mother said that when she got the call two weeks before the presentation, she was surprised. "It was hard (to keep it quiet)," she admitted.

Joseph's mother said that she was also surprised and that she and her husband shared the secret and then worked to keep it quiet until the presentation. "We are very surprised, excited, and proud," she said.

Johanna said that she was surprised to receive the award and that when she saw her parents onstage, her first thought was, "Don't cry." At GSMS, Johanna plays percussion in band, jazz band, and World Beat Ensemble. She has taken part in the Science Olympiad, played soccer, and been a participant in track and field.

Joseph said he was surprised to learn he won the award. "I was happy that my classmates picked me," he said. At GSMS, Joseph has played soccer and basketball, and he has participated in track and field. He is a member of National Junior Honor Society.

Noll charged the recipients to continue to display the qualities the award represents. "On behalf of the American Legion and Post 662, we wish you success in all your future endeavors and ask that you continue to uphold the principles for which this award is given," he said.

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