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Drivas Receives Academic Honor July 16, 2018

Magdalayna Drivas of York was named to the dean's academic honor list at the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2018 spring semester at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

Students honored on the dean's list are undergraduates with a minimum grade point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.


Barton Receives Academic Honor July 16, 2018

Sierra Barton of Dover was named to the president's list at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala., for spring 2018. To be named to the president's list, a student must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average while attending full-time.

Barton is an exercise science/wellness major.


Brown Earns Doctorate July 16, 2018

Amanda Brown earned a Doctor of Occupational Therapy at the 176th commencement ceremony of Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Va., on May 20.

Brown is a resident of Red Lion.


Students Named To Dean's List July 16, 2018

King's College, Wilkes-Barre, recently announced the students who have qualified for the spring 2018 dean's list.

Local students include Kyle McKiernan, Etters; Richard Kell, York Haven; and York residents Emily Agnello, Kerri Carbaugh, Bryce Floyd, Madison Miller, and Steven Ream.


School Supply Drive To Benefit Local Students July 13, 2018

Almost as quickly as the school year ends, summer always seems to race to a finish, and the preparations for a new school year begin. To help ensure that children in Columbia Borough are ready, Columbia Life Network is once again hosting its annual school supply drive to collect items for students of the Columbia Borough School District and Our Lady of the Angels Catholic School.

Items requested include new backpacks, pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, scissors, binders, notebooks, glue sticks, and more. Several opportunities for the community to donate school supplies to the effort are planned. The first will be at several local retail stores on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once the list of locations is finalized, it will be posted at

Another opportunity to drop off donations will be at the popular "Jail 'N' Bail" event during the Columbia Borough Police Department's National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Glatfelter Field, 1249 Lancaster Ave., Columbia. Throughout the evening, donors will receive tickets that can be used to help their favorite local celebrity get out of the makeshift "jail." Celebrities will include teachers and administrators from Columbia Borough School District and Our Lady of the Angels, Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz, Columbia Borough Police Chief Jack Brommer, Ray McCarty of the Columbia Boys Athletic Association, and Columbia Public Library staff members.

School supplies may also be dropped off at Columbia Life Network, 336 Locust St., Columbia, between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays. Monetary donations are also accepted by Columbia Life Network and will be used to purchase other supplies that are needed throughout the school year.

Jamie Widener, who has been serving as the executive director of Columbia Life Network since November 2017, said that the costs of school supplies continue to rise each year and having assistance can provide a tremendous amount of savings for families. The school supplies are divvied up and donated to each of the schools in Columbia and then distributed to students according to need.

Widener said that financial donations are also crucial for helping teachers and families out during the midpoint of the school year - typically after the holiday break - with restocking items. Columbia Life Network reaches out to the schools at that time to see what they need. "A lot of time they're asking for simple things like tissues, because at that point it's flu season," Widener noted.

Columbia Life Network exists to offer a hand up to residents in need in the Columbia Borough and surrounding areas by connecting them with available resources and facilitating efforts to develop services to answer needs within the local community.

As of this summer, Columbia Life Network has teamed up with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Community Action Partnership, and several other groups and businesses to bring Fresh Express to the area. Income eligible individuals and families are now able to pick up free fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month (excluding November) at Park Elementary School, 50 S. Sixth St., Columbia. Volunteers to support the Fresh Express program are desperately needed, Widener noted. To register for the program or to sign up to volunteer, readers may contact Widener at or 717-684-8094.


Students Recognized In VFW Contest July 13, 2018


Preschool Posts Open House July 13, 2018

Bossler Christian Preschool, 2021 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown, will hold an open house on Thursday, July 26, between 9:30 and 11 a.m. The preschool serves children ages 3 to 5, and families are invited to bring their preschooler to the open house to experience learning in a real one-room schoolhouse.

The preschool aims to teach children about the world through Bible stories, art and cooking experiences, science discoveries, music and movement activities, math, and language development.

A discount is being offered for the afternoon class, which runs from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more information, call 717-537-8192 or visit


Penn Manor Teacher Receives Award July 12, 2018

Penn Manor technology education teacher Molly Miller has been named the Secondary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher of the Year by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance. Miller teaches Honors Engineering Principles, Advanced Placement Computer Science, Applied Science and Exploring Tech courses at Penn Manor High School. She was nominated for the award by assistant principal Jason D'Amico, who said that Miller leads student clubs to promote technology at both the middle and high school levels and has helped developed new classes in engineering and computer science.

Award applicants submitted examples of lesson plans, videos of classroom instruction, their educational philosophy, and other materials to a panel of technology industry representatives and postsecondary educators who selected the award recipients. Candidates were evaluated on how well they are implementing an innovative, inquiry-based curriculum that includes real-world applications of technology and addresses the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

This is the fourth year for the awards, which are sponsored by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance and the Steinman Foundation.

Miller received her award on May 23 at the STEM Awards Banquet.


PVSD Provides Summer Enrichment Camp July 12, 2018

Preventing summer boredom and giving children an academic boost are among the goals of Summer Enrichment Camp, a Pequea Valley School District (PVSD) initiative being held at Paradise Elementary School from July 10 through 26. A character education program overseen by the Together Initiative is held in conjunction with the camp, as is a baby sitter training course. This year, a special STEM program is being held at the Pequea Valley Intermediate School (PVIS) for 20 interested learners entering fourth through sixth grades. PVSD is a school-wide Title 1 district with close to 60 percent of students receiving free and reduced lunches.

Summer Enrichment Camp includes academic instruction at the school for select kindergarten through seventh-grade students from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Students have been meeting at the school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The school district provides transportation for the up to 80 students who attend. From noon to 12:30 p.m., lunch, provided by a cooperative effort between The Factory Ministries and Grace Point Church, is served.

Rich Eby, assistant to the PVSD superintendent, noted that while some students leave at noon, many stay for the character education program, which is held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The program combines simple character lessons with a variety of activities. Students are divided into three groups according to age, and then the three groups rotate through a character lesson, an art activity, and games in the gym. Art activities included making kinetic sand, making slime, and weaving. The Factory provides a lesson plan for a character trait, such as respect, along with a book on the subject that can be read to the students. Becca Holt, community engagement coordinator with The Factory, said, "The books help to give visual representations to what may be more abstract ideas, like respect, perseverance, and courage."

During the first few weeks of Summer Enrichment, PVSD nurse Robin McCracken held a baby-sitting certification class for fifth- and sixth-grade students, including CPR and first aid. Students who take part and receive certification are invited to stay and help with the afternoon program. This year, 12 new learners signed up for the first week of camp and six students came to classes to be recertified.

This summer, PVIS teacher Rob Webb, who led the charge to update the school planetarium and won a grant to make that dream a reality, held a STEM Camp for 10 boys and 10 girls. "We (accepted applicants) on a first-come, first-served (basis)," said Eby, who added that the program utilized the same transportation as the Summer Enrichment Camp, running a shuttle from Paradise Elementary to PVIS. STEM Camp was slated for July 10 to 12, and 17 to 19. Students who took part delved into learning about robots, rockets, 3-D printing, and space missions. Activities included an egg-drop challenge, robot art, rocket launching, and solar system modeling, and students attended planetarium shows on the history of space flight.

According to Eby, PVSD has collaborated with The Factory for close to 10 years. More information about PVSD may be found at Readers who are interested in volunteering with The Factory or would like more information about the ministry may visit or call 717-687-9594.


McCarty Earns Academic Honor July 12, 2018

Gabriela McCarty of Hummelstown earned placement on the spring dean's list at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.

Students named to the dean's list must earn a minimum 3.5 grade point average.


Esbenshade Earns Honor July 12, 2018

This spring semester, Katherine Esbenshade was inducted into the Muhlenberg College, Allentown, chapter of Phi beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honorary society in America.

Esbenshade is a resident of Manheim.


Students Will Study Conservation July 12, 2018

In June and July, graduate students from Miami University's Project Dragonfly were scheduled to travel to Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas to engage in action projects on vital human and ecological issues.

Sarah Goodman of Hummelstown, a new master's student in the Global Field Program (GFP) from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Baja in July. Goodman will study desert and marine landscapes through ecological and social field methods. Goodman works as a teacher at Lower Dauphin School District. More information about Goodman's course can be found at

Taylor Baker of Harrisburg, a new master's student in the Global Field Program (GFP) from Miami University's Project Dragonfly, will travel to Belize in July. Baker will study coral reefs, manatees, howler monkeys, jaguars and other wildlife while learning the methods communities are using to sustain them. Baker works as a carpenter's apprentice for Union. More information about Baker's course can be found at

Project Dragonfly's Earth Expeditions graduate courses engage people in firsthand educational and scientific research at critical conservation field sites in Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Dragonfly is located in the department of biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio. Miami was established in 1809 and is listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.

To learn more about Project Dragonfly, readers may visit


Culver Wins Scholarship July 12, 2018

Brock Culver of Palmyra, a first-year student at Elizabethtown College, has been awarded a Stamps Scholarship. Culver is a computer science major.

Culver is one of five first-year students that are selected each fall semester to receive a prestigious scholarship from the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.

This exclusive program has been created to recognize students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service and innovation. Recipients of the Stamp Scholarship receive monetary awards, individual mentors and extra opportunities. Those opportunities can include attending retreats, conventions, banquets, and lectures.


Sustaining Values July 12, 2018

GOTR Endowment Puts Focus On Future

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Lancaster program director Jennifer West never wants to see a girl miss out on taking part in the program because of a lack of funds. "The worst thing we can hear is that a girl didn't participate because it costs too much money," said Jennifer. "We want to make the program accessible to every girl regardless of financial limitations."

The GOTR endowment, created in honor of Ellen McCabe, West's stepmother, and administered by the Lancaster Community Foundation, will work to make sure that never happens. "The money GOTR will (receive) from the endowment will go directly to financial assistance for girls in need," explained West. GOTR Lancaster executive director Carrie Johnson elaborated, "We will receive a percentage each year based on how much is in (the fund)," she said, adding that about half the girls who take part in the program receive scholarship funds.

GOTR uses physical activity coupled with specific lessons to help develop competency in areas related to social, psychological, and physical development for girls in third through eighth grades. GOTR is not a competitive running program, but the curriculum uses running to teach life skills and promote health.

According to West, McCabe was an integral part of GOTR Lancaster from its inception in March 2009. "She talked to us about fundraising and helped us find donors," said West, who noted that McCabe willingly shared her knowledge of how to run a nonprofit organization with West and Johnson. "She was very much a cheerleader and encourager who got us really excited and helped us to stay focused throughout the entire process," said West. "The entire way, (McCabe) was there giving us ideas and supporting us in any way we needed."

When McCabe passed away in the fall of 2016, West's husband, Peter, made a suggestion. "My husband said, 'Ellen loved GOTR, and she would do anything for it,'" shared West, adding, "She saw how it was changing these girls." Peter suggested the family start an endowment fund in McCabe's memory for GOTR. "Ellen felt no matter how much money you have, you should give a percentage away," said West.

Seeing the work of GOTR continue is important to both West and Johnson. "We want the same values to continue (into the future) for girls in the community and the thousands of girls we reach every year," explained Johnson. "That can't happen unless we have big-picture thinkers who value today and tomorrow equally. Our children are our future, and that is where hope lives."

According to Johnson, creating the endowment is an investment in the future. "(The endowment embodies) the intention to continue supporting girls for generations," she said. West noted that the funds will support Lancaster-area young people in years to come. "Sustainability is key. Our thought process was that if you invest, you want to make sure the money will be used correctly," she said. "Should GOTR ever cease to exist, the endowment will be used for another organization that supports youths in Lancaster."

Johnson lauded the Wests for their forward thinking. "Endowments create an important opportunity to keep money working positively in our community over time," she said, noting that while many people make gifts to causes, only a small percentage leave funds to an organization. "When people are gone, their gifts are gone," said Johnson.

West said that she hopes area residents will consider the endowment in their planned giving. "We invite and encourage the community to give toward the endowment fund," West said.

Readers who would like to learn more about the endowment may visit


Classroom In The Field Day Highlights Agriculture July 12, 2018

Over two days before the end of the school year, Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School students led hands-on farming, soil and water management, and environmental science activities for Classroom in the Field Day.

Classroom in the Field Day is a creation of teachers Eva Strawser and Holly Oberholtzer. As part of the L-S fifth-grade science instruction, which includes units on agriculture and society, watersheds and wetlands, the scientific method, and interaction with the environment, Strawser realized that L-S had an untapped resource in the form of the the high school's active agriculture department. She contacted Oberholtzer, and together they put together an educational day of activities beneficial to students at both the elementary and high school levels.

According to Strawser, the purpose of the day is for students to get a glimpse into the real-life application of their impact on the environment, as well as career options.

Fifth-graders had the opportunity to interact with older students, examine and ask questions about equipment, and feed their interests in a variety of disciplines. For the agriculture science class, it was an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice as well as a chance to work with younger students. The older students had to develop and practice lesson plans, as well as adapt them on the spot.

The Agriculture Department, Garden Spot FFA, and fifth grade hope to continue implementing this activity in future years.


Norcross Earns Academic Honor July 12, 2018

Gloria Norcross of Willow Street was named to the dean's honor list at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg. Students whose semester averages are 3.6 or above earn placement on the dean's honor list.


Distinguished Honors Posted July 12, 2018

The distinguished honor roll for the fourth marking period at Lower Dauphin Middle School was announced. To earn a place on the distinguished honor roll, a student must have all A's or perfect marks on their report card. Students in grades six through eight were recognized for their academic excellence.

The students in grade six who earned distinguished honors for this marking period are Amber Abela, Alyssa Amspacher, Taylor Atkinson, Kyle Barber, Ainsley Black, Greta Bretz, Heidi Bretz, Ella Clark, Carolyn Clouser, Brady Coonelly, Jordan Dormer, Enzo Dreon, Evan Dupler, Caleb Eisenhour, Griffin Erney, Michael Estes, Nicole Estes, Grace Flickinger, Abigail Foran, Maximus Ford, Madeline Foreman, Nicolas Fry, Michael Fure, Emilia Garibay-Romero, Benjamin Glass, Arun Gopinath, Sarah Gourley, Hunter Gundy, Connor Hanula, Jack Hoffman, Kaitlyn Hoffman, Kylie Houser, Ella Klopp, Ethan Kurtz, Victoria Kutz, Sydney Laubach, Lillian Linnell, Nancy Liu, Chloee Lynch, Quinn Madden, Ava Masorti, Kathleen Mauger, Alek McGlaughlin, Cali Mease, Luke Mease, Lucas Millar, Ty Millhimes, Raymond Morris, Emily O'Donnell, Adrian Olweiler, Peter Otto, Grace Pankake, Jainee Patel, Logan Pedersen, Tyler Persing, Grace Peterson, Cassidy Piegzik, Claire Rafferty, Arminda Rhodes, Drake Risser, Oceana Sams, Joseph Scharmer, Rees Schrode, Sarah Sells, Havannah Singletary, Ryder Stahl, Ellyse Stumpf, Emma Thomas, Grace Turjan, Ian Vasil, Nathaniel Wappman, Marina Weidman, Casey Westerberg, Selin Yalcinanahtar, Megan Zerbe, Laurel Zubler, and Isabella Zulli.

Seventh-graders named to the distinguished honor roll include Davin Adelman, Digby Althoff, Shannon Angerer, Abbigail Auringer, Cameron Barber, Kelly Bastian, Raphael Bastos, Regan Bixler, Hannah Bloomer, Ethan Covell, Jaiden Dissinger, Lily Ditty, Katelyn Economopoulos, Kristen Economopoulos, Kelsey Epoca, Scott Felter, William Foley, Eric Fry, Joseph Goduto, Alysa Harbilas, Leyna Harner, Rylan Helmer, Valerie Hevner, Kyler Holland, Alyssa Johnson, Ryan Jorich, Ava Kulp, Carter Lammando, Rylee Malseed, Hannah McConnell, Marielle McGurrin, Isaac Mende, Audrey Meyers, Raeann Miller, Megan Orris, Ethan Parker, Jolie Revenis, Bawan Rezhan, Thomas Rose, Katherine Ross, Thomas Royer, Caleb Runk, Julia Ruzzi, Madeline Sanders, Andrew Seacord, Brynn Shaffer, Makayla Shutt, Morgan Sparks, Carissa Steffe, Piper Taylor, Lauren Wahlers, Tobias Waters, Aden Weigle, Alexandria Wells, Eric West, and Allison Wilbert.

Students in grade eight who received distinguished honors are Mohamed Abdessameud, Paige Berzinski, Avery Book, Clara Breidenstine, Morgan Clouser, Gwen Daily, Emma Dickinson, Ethan Espenshade, Katherine Estes, Hannah Fischer, Joshua Given, Conor Grubb, Makaylee Hale, Katelyn Hanft, Alicia Jones, Maxwell Klingensmith, Hailley Lynch, Hudson Millar, Kayla Nguyen, Lilian Nop, Carolynn O'Donnell, Aidan Powell, Leah Tierney, and Gracie White.


Students Earn Academic Honor July 12, 2018

The distinguished honor roll for the fourth marking period at Lower Dauphin High School was announced. To earn a place on the distinguished honor roll, a student must have all A's or perfect marks on their report card. Students in grades nine through 12 were recognized for their academic excellence.

Students in the freshman class who earned distinguished honors are Nicole Baker, Rachel Blessing, Josalyn Byers, Alexandra Cassel, Alvin Coulbourn, Caiden Covell, Kiara Cressinger, Sophia Ditty, Abigaile English, Katherine Foley, Bella Fry, Steven Goss, Nathan Helmer, Maya Hoover, Lauren Hunter, Noah Leach, Abigail Lennox, Briona Lookenbill, Annabel Mauger, Derek McGlaughlin, Tristan McQuiddy, Robin Mitchell, Kayla Pedersen, Melina Putt, Miran Rezhan, Alaina Riley, Janie Rost, Kilee Sims, Angelina Smith, James Taylor, Mason Wahlers, Emma Walt, Catherine Walter, Grace Walter, Lillie Weaver, and Julia Zewe.

Sophomores named to the distinguished honor roll include Sophia Balshy, Kellie Chandler, Natasha Ebersole, Zachary Feehrer, Aidan Ferguson, Christian Gingrich, Alayna Graeff, Brandelynn Heinbaugh, Bryce Hickey, Ryan Hsing-Smith, Isabelle Johnson, Donavan Kann, Zachary Landis, Jack Levi, Daniel Little, Amy Miller, Morgan Mosco, Ashley Nguyen, Micah Nye, Tanav Patel, Devin Roth, Nidhi Singh, Shenandoah Stull, Hunter Thomas, Clayton Ulrey, Carson Wendling, and Ethan Westerberg.

Students in the junior class who received distinguished honors are Kelly Barr, Summer Blouch, Miles Book, Robert Bray, Avery Cassel, Annie Dickinson, Jeanine Ebling, Hailey Foreman, Alexandria Frantz, Marine Ghazaryan, Baylee Hall, Josiah Helmer, Caitlin Holland, Tanner Kennedy, Sydney Koons, Brendon Little, Collin McCanna, Grace McCloskey, Nicholas Messner, Luke Miller, Lauren Natkin, James Ramsey, Jacob Snyder, Kendra Trowbridge, Jenna Waughen, and Maxfield Wootten.

Seniors who achieved distinguished honor roll include Rebecca Anderson, Abigail Berrios, Justine Bonham, Evan Bowman, Kayley Brookes, Micaiah Bulgrien, Danielle Cake, Rachel Clouser, Erynne DeLano, Cameron Gardner, Alexis Goddard, Ella Hickey, Jacob Janssen, Aidan Klassen, Rory Klingensmith, Alison Kreider, Hannah Laychock, Alexandra Little, Abigail Mauger, Chiara Meyers, Spencer Miller, Jacob O'Donnell, Benitez Olguin, Angela Orwan, Nandini Patel, James Perry, Brendan Roth, Faith Swanger, Rebecca Tezak, Kourtney Whittington, Michelle Yohe, and Colin Yohn.


Brubaker Earns Academic Honor July 11, 2018

Lauren Brubaker was named to the dean's list at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, for the spring 2018 semester. To be eligible for this recognition, students in traditional programs must earn a grade point average of at least 3.6 while passing 12 credit hours or more.

Brubaker is a resident of Mount Joy. She is earning a degree in PK-4 education/PK-8 special education.


Student-Athletes Earn Recognition July 11, 2018

Three student-athletes at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are recipients of national academic awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The students are David Thompson, Noah Tarr, and Alexander Prudhomme.

Thompson, a member of the Class of 2019 and the cross country team, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic First Team with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). Thompson, a Warwick High School graduate, is studying electro-mechanical technology.

Tarr, a member of the Class of 2019 and the wrestling team, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic Second team with a 3.86 GPA. The Blairsville native is in the plumbing technology program. As a freshman, Tarr qualified for the national tournament after placing second in the Eastern District II tournament at 157 lbs.

Prudhomme, a member of the Class of 2018 and the track and field team, was named to the NJCAA All-Academic Third Team with a GPA of 3.67 in earning a certificate in electrical construction and maintenance. Prudhomme is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School.

To learn more about Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, readers may visit

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