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Students Win Recognition At Conference January 16, 2019

Nine students from the West York Area High School Model United Nations Club attended the Hershey Regional Conference, held at the Hershey Conference Lodge and Hotel on Jan. 4 to 6.

Two West York students took home awards. Alisa Steele, a ninth-grader, won an Outstanding First Year Delegate Award for her committee, and senior Lydia Slajchert won an Outstanding Country Team Award. Alisa represented Ecuador on the Pan-American Summit, and Lydia represented Oman on the Middle East and North Africa Summit.

The other West York attendees, their represented countries and their committees are as follows: 12th-grader Angelina Marchozzi, Algeria, Environment and Technology Committee; 12th-grader Melody Slajchert, Canada, General Assembly A; 11th-grader Katherine Hutton, Canada, General Assembly C; 11th-grader Ashley Jordan, Denmark, Social and Humanitarian Council; 11th-grader Awaiz Zahra, Legal B Committee; ninth-grader Tyler Bard, Syria, Historical Security Council, 1967; and ninth-grader Kylie Smith, Canada, General Assembly B.

The club adviser for the West York Model United Nations Club is Melissa J. Carl, a social studies and gifted support teacher at the high school. Carl is also the National Honor Society adviser for West York.


PJP II To Celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 15, 2019

An open house, Faculty and Student Appreciation Days and special assemblies are just some of the activities being planned at Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School (PJP II) in West Brandywine in celebration of Catholic Schools Week (CSW).

CSW, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, will be observed from Sunday, Jan. 27, through Friday, Feb 1. This year's national theme is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed."

PJP II, located at 2875 Manor Road (Route 82), Coatesville, will kick off the celebration with a Community Open House on Jan. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to tour the school, which serves 612 students from prekindergarten to eighth grade. PJP II is also home to Little Saints Academy, which serves infants and toddlers from 3 to 36 months of age.

"It's an open house for both current and prospective families," said Maria Samson, PJP advancement director. "Prospective families will have an opportunity to get a personal tour with a student or parent ambassador. We will also have information for prospective families on how to apply for the next school year."

In addition, a Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the library during the open house. The book sale will be open to the community.

Those who visit the open house will have an opportunity to view students' projects in the STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) Expo. The exhibits will be on display in the school's gymnasium. "There will also be art displayed from our lower grades, kindergarten through fourth," said Samson, noting that the artwork will feature a science component.

Complimentary baked goods will be available in the school's multipurpose room throughout the event.

Also featured during CSW will be special student activities, including Movie Star Monday on Monday, Jan. 28, where students will be invited to dress up as their favorite celebrity or movie character.

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, there will be a Human Board Game assembly for fourth- through eighth-graders and a Puppets Pizzazz assembly for the younger students.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, which will include a free breakfast provided by the PJP II Home and School Association, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30. There will also be a flag football game in the school gym that day.

Crazy Hair and Hat Day will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, which will be Student Appreciation Day. Additionally, PJP II families will be able to enjoy an event at a local trampoline park that evening.

The week will conclude with a closing Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 1 at St. Peter Church, located next to the school. There will also be a new activity, Step-Up Day. "Students will have an opportunity to get a first-hand look at what they will be doing in the next school year," Samson explained. "It will get them excited about some of the highlights of their next academic grade."

PJP II principal Sarah Kerins said the week is designed to showcase all that Catholic schools have to offer. She listed some of the school's strengths, as noted by comments from visitors: "a strong foundation of academics, the way students treat each other and the way the faculty interacts with them, our Gospel values, the focus in the classroom and the self-discipline that the students learn."

PJP II serves the parishes of St. Peter in West Brandywine, Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Joseph in Coatesville and Our Lady of Consolation in Parkesburg. For more information on the school or any Catholic Schools Week activities, readers may contact Samson at 610-384-5961, ext. 5408, or More information about the school is available at


Students Named To Dean's List January 15, 2019

Nicole Hanselman of Manheim and Adam Eby of Lancaster were named to Elmira College's dean's list for academic achievement for the fall 2018 term.

The dean's list recognizes students who have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.


Students Of The Quarter Honored January 15, 2019

Lancaster Catholic High School students Ella Cassidy, Matthew Keebler, Sebastian Klemmer, and Vivian Klemmer were named Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Students of the Quarter. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Ella's favorite subjects are precalculus and chemistry. She participates in the marching and jazz bands as well as the percussion ensemble/samba band and quiz bowl club. She is on the Mini-THON committee and is a member of the Crusader Youth Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She participates in dance classes at the Cavod Academy of the Arts and has participated in County Band and Orchestra.

Matthew's favorite subjects are calculus, chemistry and biology. He founded the school's Autism Awareness Club and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Future Medical Leaders of America. Matthew is on the bowling and tennis teams and captains the school soccer team, which voted him Offensive Player of the Year. He is also a 2018 Lancaster-Lebanon League first-team soccer All-Star. Matthew volunteers at Landis Homes and Lancashire Hall Nursing and Rehab Center.

Sebastian's favorite subjects are Western civilization and Advanced Placement English literature and composition. He enjoys playing in the jazz and marching bands and the pit orchestra. Sebastian participates in cross-country, track and field, and quiz bowl. He is an altar server and teaches eighth-grade religious education at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Sebastian received a 2018 National Merit commendation.

Vivian's favorite subjects are algebra 2 and world history. She enjoys field hockey and basketball and plays in the brass and string ensembles as well as the pit orchestra for the school musical. She is a member of the quiz bowl club and the Aevidum student suicide awareness club. Vivian is an altar server.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are welcome. More information is available at


School Receives Donation January 15, 2019

The Knights of Columbus 10474 Father Gerrity Council of Holy Infant Parish in Manchester recently presented York Catholic principal Katie Seufert a check for $10,000 in support of York Catholic's "Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow" Capital Campaign. The campaign is designed to provide resources for needed renovations and improvements to the high school with a focus on academic, student life, and extracurricular experiences.

Among the projects are renovated classrooms with facility-wide air-conditioning; upgrades and modernization to science labs and science lecture rooms; facility-wide safety enhancements, including an elevator; the creation of a new Student and Media Center, which will also house a College and Career Readiness Center, student center, renovated chapel, and upgraded lobby; and the installation of a turf athletic field that will be used by 12 athletic teams.


Clark Receives Academic Honor January 14, 2019

Ethan Clark of Seven Valleys was recently named to the president's list at The State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam, N.Y.

To achieve the honor of being on the president's list, a student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically graded semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Austin Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Sierra Austin of York has been named to the president's list for the fall 2018 semester at Mansfield University.

To be named to the president's list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 quality point average for the semester.


Gray Receives Academic Honor January 14, 2019

Teah Gray of York has been named to the president's list for the fall 2018 semester at Mansfield University.

To be named to the president's list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 quality point average for the semester.


Local Students Receive Honor January 14, 2019

Several local students have qualified for the fall 2018 dean's list at King's College, Wilkes-Barre.

The students include Madison Lawrence, Dover; Bryce Willett, Red Lion; and Emily Agnello, Kerri Carbaugh, Bryce Floyd, Tanner Hale, Joseph Jones, and Steven Ream, all of York.


Local Students Receive Honor January 14, 2019

Five York residents were named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

The local students include Alexis Boie, Kara Brett, Lindsey Chatterton, Giovanni Giambanco, and Elle Stine.


Bag And Basket Bingo Planned January 14, 2019

South Eastern Dollars for Scholars will hold a designer bag and basket bingo on Friday, March 22, at Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove. Every bingo winner will receive a designer bag and a designer basket.

The event will feature 20 games, door prizes, and more. Tickets and more information will be available at a later date.


Singal Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Aneesh Singal of Red Lion was named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

To be named to the dean's list, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.


Grant Secures New Equipment January 14, 2019

Immaculata University recently announced that the Division of Nursing has secured a grant of $75,000 from the Henry A. Quinn Charitable Foundation for the purchase of two new Nursing Anne high-fidelity simulators. The mannequins will provide students with the opportunity to practice skills in a safe laboratory environment, with the goal of enabling them to transfer these skills to the clinical setting.

The new mannequins will complement the simulation mannequins that the Division of Nursing currently utilizes in its labs. Nursing Anne simulators are lifelike and will be used for a variety of activities across the curriculum. These state-of-the-art mannequins display neurological and physiological symptoms and provide multiple features that will help nursing students learn life-saving interventions and practice their clinical skills. The mannequins provide the opportunity to practice many basic and advanced clinical skills without risk to patients.

For more information about Immaculata University, readers may visit


Hardie Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Julia Hardie of Chester Springs qualified for the fall 2018 dean's list at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I.

To be included on the dean's list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 credits with a 3.30 quality point average.


Norton Named To Dean's List January 14, 2019

Hannah Norton of Morgantown was named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

To be named to the dean's list, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Local Students Earn Recognition January 14, 2019

Two students from Cochranville, Kenneth Pate and Alexandra Taylor, have been named to the president's list for the fall 2018 semester at Mansfield University, Mansfield.

To be named to the president's list, a student must attend the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 quality point average for the semester.


Donegal Junior High Names Geography Bee Winner January 14, 2019

The Euphrates River joins the Tigris River to form the Shatt al-Arab on which continent? Which country does not border Mozambique: Tanzania, Malawi, or Libya? If the presidents' faces on Mount Rushmore had bodies, they would stand 46 stories tall; Mount Rushmore is located in which state? If you answered Asia, Libya, and South Dakota, respectively, then you just may have been able to keep up with the Donegal Junior High School (DJHS) students who recently competed in the school's annual National Geographic GeoBee.

All DJHS students took a written exam to qualify for the competition, and a total of 24 seventh- and eighth-graders scored high enough to take part in preliminary rounds on Jan. 3. Former DJHS and Donegal High School social studies teacher Liz Lewis served as narrator for the geography bee. DJHS social studies teachers Trent Hoffmaster and Matt Pogue served as scorekeepers.

The students took turns answering a constant rotation of questions in the library, while the rest of the student body watched a livestream of the competition from their classrooms. The preliminary rounds included the multiple-choice categories of State Savvy, State Stats, Weird But True, and Odd One Out. In addition, students had to name the correct continent to answer questions designed to get contestants thinking about the locations of world rivers in the Source to Sea category.

Once the scorekeepers tallied the number of correct answers for the first five rounds, it was announced that the following students had correctly answered every question they had been given and were eligible to go on to the championship round on Jan. 4: Delton Brixius, eighth grade; Jose Corona, eighth grade; Marie Gehman, seventh grade; Pierce Gohn, seventh grade; and Mark Overlander, seventh grade.

At the end of the competition on Jan. 4, Delton was named the DJHS National Geographic GeoBee champion. Pierce came in second, and Marie earned third place. Delton received a medal and a certificate and will take a written test to qualify for the state-level competition, which is set for Friday, March 29.

Winners of the state bee qualify for the national competition set to take place on May 19 to 22, at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The 2019 national champion will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, $1,000 in cash, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Registration for the National Geographic GeoBee is open to public and private schools and homeschool associations in the United States for students in grades four through eight. For more information, readers may visit


Released Time Program Sets Open House January 14, 2019

The first in a series of Warwick Released Time (WRT) open houses will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Lititz Trinity Church, South Cedar and East Orange streets, Lititz, at 7 p.m. All students are to arrive at 6:45 p.m. All are invited, including parents, families, grandparents, and public school staff.

All third- and fourth-grade Lititz Elementary Released Time students will present a program of song, Scripture, and skits, which will show what they are learning in their weekly classes. The theme this year is "WRT: Faith, Fun, Friends - JOY."

The third-grade students study the Old Testament under the direction of teachers Heidi Limbert, Faith Meier, and Bonnie Norris. Fourth-grade students study the New Testament of the Bible under the leadership of teachers Emily Myallis; John Courchesne, who is also a pastor; Sue Weiser; and Dawn Youndt. The on-site director is Mel Rohrer, and the director is Sue Rohrer.

The student program will begin with the third and fourth grades singing "My God Is So Great." The program by the third grade will follow with Meier's class presenting "Creation," Norris' class presenting "The Tower of Babel," and Limbert's class sharing songs about the Bible and Scripture.

The fourth-grade program will feature "Fruit of the Spirit" presented by Myallis and Courchesne's class and the song "These Are the Books of the Bible" by Weiser and Youndt's class.

An offering will be received to benefit the WRT program. Meier will provide special piano music for the offertory.

The program will close with the congregation and students singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

WRT has been in existence in the Warwick School District since 1965.


Kits Offer Virtual Field Trips January 11, 2019

In December, virtual field trips were made possible for students in Hempfield School District through the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) Google Expeditions Virtual Reality (VR) Kits. At Heritage Day in December, Landisville Primary Center students enjoyed field trips from the comfort of their school desks, and earlier in December at East Petersburg Elementary, Diane Kargo's students in second grade took a virtual field trip to study rocks, minerals, and fossils.

The IU 13 provides training for teachers who would like to lead their lessons with a virtual field trip to one of more than 200 destinations using the VR kits. Hempfield School District teachers have been taking advantage of this opportunity.

According to Landisville Primary Center teacher Jadi Redcay, she completed training through the IU 13 and was then able to sign out VR goggles. She then began to expand on the use of the goggles in the classroom. Her students partnered with first-graders in Sandy McConnell's class to complete tours that showcased various polar animals, and the experience was connected to a collaborative writing project.

One purpose of the kits is to touch on a variety of subjects with the goal of creating maximum engagement for students with a unique experience while sparking student creativity.


Gross Receives Academic Honor January 11, 2019

Senior Susanna Gross was named to the president's list at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., for high academic achievement during the fall 2018 semester. To qualify for the president's list, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester.

Gross, a resident of Marietta, is a biblical counseling major.

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