Students Display Artwork March 22, 2018
From kindergarten through high school, students at Lancaster Mennonite School's Hershey Campus engage in a variety of art forms in order to expose them to a wide range of possibilities. In high school, they have the opportunity to take semester-long courses that focus on drawing, painting and sculpture. Students in elementary grades complete units in drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles each year.
Each grade at the elementary level has a focus question that is used throughout the year. For fifth-graders, the question is "How does art connect to other subjects?" and each project is built on the connection to disciplines such as mathematics, science, history and English. This spring, fifth-graders were engaged in an origami project that was hung from the ceiling in the campus's main staircase.
To begin the origami lesson, art teacher Brookye Keeney inspired students through a video that showed how scientists are using the ancient form of paper folding to design devices such as solar panels that can be sent into space in small packages and then unfold.
Keeney's students also studied artists who create origami installations, such as Swiss origami master Sipho Mabona and artists Paul Jackson and Tom Hull, who create origami-based artwork.
Keeney introduced the lesson by explaining that origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. The word "origami" is a compound word of two smaller Japanese words: "ori," meaning to fold, and "kami," meaning paper.
Keeney chose to fold paper butterflies because the timing of this unit and installation is at the end of winter and beginning of spring. The butterfly design is also a simple design that takes about three minutes to complete. Once students learned basic folding techniques, they could experiment with creating their own designs.
The Hershey Campus strives to provide a comprehensive educational experience for 191 students in kindergarten through high school under one roof at 1525 Sand Hill Road, Hummelstown.
Students Take Part In Reading Challenge March 22, 2018
Pequea Elementary School second-graders used the Winter Olympics as inspiration to improve their reading skills and earn medals for their efforts.
The students participated in the Winter Olympics Reading Challenge from Feb. 9 to 25. They were asked to read as often as possible at home to earn a bronze (100 to 249 minutes), silver (250 to 399 minutes) or gold (400-plus minutes) medal.
On Feb. 28, the second grade classes held a medal ceremony for all 18 students who earned a medal. The gold medalists included Cameron Wenger, Avery McCracken, Klara Hess, Ashlyn Brenneman, Hailey Helsel, Leanne Kneisley and Jack Ryan.
Students Participate In Band Festival March 22, 2018
Elizabethtown Area School District band students Lauren Swope, clarinet, and Jared Wolf, saxophone, took part in the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Region 5 Band Festival held at Middletown Area High School in February. Swope and Wolf, both in 11th grade, were selected to the student ensemble based on their auditions at the District 7 music festival held in January.
Selection to the Region 5 band is highly competitive. While at the regional festival, Swope and Wolf worked under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Michael Volta, director of bands for the University of Maryland. Participants at the festival included the top performers in each instrument group from not only District 7, comprising Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties, but also District 10, comprising Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Schuylkill counties.
Students Attend Chorus Festivals March 22, 2018
Elizabethtown Area High School students Claire Fritz, Jake Sevcik, and Mackenzie Smith were selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 7 chorus. A team of judges consisting of local music teachers chose the vocal students from area high schools to be a part of the ensemble.
This year's festival was held at Susqueannock High School over two days in late January, and a culminating concert took place on the evening of the second day. Dr. Caron Daley, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, was the guest conductor. The ensemble consisted of nearly 200 singers chosen through auditions from 75 schools from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Franklin, Perry and York counties.
Students Join NHS Chapter March 22, 2018
Elizabethtown Area High School inducted 60 students into its T.H. Ebersole Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony held on March 15. Membership in NHS recognizes students who have exhibited scholarship, character, leadership and service.
The student-led ceremony recognized the students' selection into the organization in front of family and friends. Dr. Theresa Swenson, NHS adviser, and Maura Hobson, high school principal, offered congratulatory remarks.
This year's inductees were Abigail Alspaugh, Kaylee Altimore, Lila Becker, Abby Bender, Olivia Berra, Katie Bomboy, Jenna Brinkman, Sean Brown, Skylynn Coble, Megan Conley, Caeli Connolly, Cera Connolly, Ryan Dennehy, Zach Duncan, Mayelin Ebersole, Rebecca Epps, Amanda Franz, Christopher Gartley, Jonathan Gartley, Sarah Gerlach, Allyson Hampton, Zach Heistand, Gabrielle Hemsch, Ashley Johnson, Dylan Keeports, Adam Kimball, Katherine Kimbark, Logan Kline, Nick Kreider, Ryan Kruft, Katrina Kunselman, Jessica Lloyd, Marena Lonardi, Emily Louie, Erin Lownsbery, Rachel Malari, Nathaniel McCloud, Kristen McCord, Frank Miele, Ava Miller, Ryan Minnich, Grace Murray, Brecken Musser, Brooke Nicodemus, Adrienne Nolt, Amber Orban, Sydney Pierson, Julia Rathsam, Allen Reed, Gavin Reed, Evan Schneider, Sadie Seaman, Lorelei Self, Catherine Shontz, Madison Smith, Lauren Swope, Logan Vogelsong, Kyle Welch, Julee Wells, and Jared Wolf.
In addition, four NHS members were nominated to compete for NHS scholarships. More than $1.5 million in scholarships will be awarded this year to 475 of the nation's top high school seniors who are members of NHS. The general purpose of the NHS scholarship program is to highlight the importance of a well-rounded education. Elizabethtown's nominees are seniors David Buckwalter, Emma Lown, Audrey Schlosser, and Owen Shaffer.
NHS inductees must have a weighted GPA of 96 percent or higher. They must also exemplify the best attributes of character and leadership, as well as volunteer in at least two activities as a junior and three as a senior. The National Association of Secondary School Principals established NHS in 1921.
The NHS officers at Elizabethtown Area High School are Erin Kraskewicz, president; Baylee Sexton, vice president; Grey Fertich, treasurer; and Carissa Warren, secretary.
School Selects Students Of The Month March 22, 2018
Donegal High School has announced that Hannah Breedlove and Tyler Rupp were selected as the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for March. The selected students will be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during the club's monthly luncheon meeting.
Hannah is the daughter of Kandy Breedlove of Marietta. Hannah is an active member with Donegal Performing Arts, participating in numerous musicals such as "Midsummer/Jersey," "Footloose" and "Beauty and the Beast." She has also been involved with Rhythm Singers, chorus, Link Crew, and Future Business Leaders of America. She is the treasurer of National Honor Society, the secretary of Tri-M Music Honor Society and a College Ambassador.
In her spare time, Hannah enjoys babysitting, cross-stitching and tutoring.
Hannah plans to attend Franklin and Marshall College or Millersville University to major in secondary history education.
Tyler Rupp is the son of Tillman and Karen Rupp of Marietta. Tyler is a member of the football and track and field teams, the National Honor Society, and Prayer Group. He was a Link Crew leader in his junior year. Tyler is an active member with Donegal Performing Arts, performing in musicals such as "Footloose" and "Beauty and the Beast."
Outside school, Tyler went on a mission trip to Jamaica; attends his church's youth group, Student Body; and serves on the worship team at Community Bible Church in Marietta.
Tyler plans to attend a four-year college to major in electronics engineering.
Comets Threepeat as Pennsylvania Champs March 22, 2018
On lucky St. Patrick's Day, Penn Manor's bowling team captured its third straight Pennsylvania state bowling championship at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh. But luck had nothing to do with it.
"The kids just did not want to lose," said head coach Chris Vital.
The Comets, in a 12-team field, worked their way through the qualifying rounds and two baker sets and found themselves sitting in second place behind a familiar foe in District Three's Wilson. The Bulldogs, with a 4105 total, sat in first place while Penn Manor, with a 4064, fell in second place ahead of Franklin Regional (3993).
"We rolled a 1074 in the third game," said Vital. "That was the highest game by any team in the tournament."
In the Baker Game semifinals, the Comets, as they did in the L-L League finals and regional tournament, fought from behind to advance. Franklin took the first game 187-171. In a win-or-go-home second game, Manor pulled out a 206-205 win and then commanded the rubber match 236-173 to get Wilson in the finals.
"It was a total team effort," commented Vital. "We were pretty far ahead in that second game. We were on three strikes in a row going into the tenth frame and Dan Mease, who was a rock all weekend, rolled a nine on the first ball. After that, we had the momentum."
The Comets, with three strikes early, came out strong against Wilson, winning 209-173. But the Bulldogs, after falling to the Comets 2-1 in the regional finals on March 4, were looking for revenge and took the second game 206-196. That, however, wasn't enough as Manor charged back with a 234-174 championship-clinching game.
"Michael Morris took over the leadership role and kept everyone focused," Vital noted.
"When it came down to crunch time, we opened that last game with three straight spares and Wilson had an open frame in the third," explained Vital. "We took it upon ourselves to win and finished with five straight strikes. It was over by the ninth frame."
Prior to the team championships, Dan Mease competed in the singles competition on Friday and, in a field of 24 competitors, finished in 10th place. He rolled a 224 and a 226 in his last two games, the highest of his six qualifying rounds. Mease finished with a 1216 total. Lewisburg's Anthony Neuer was tops in the qualifying rounds with a 1455. The top six advanced to the stepladder finals.
"Dan wasn't far off the top five," Vital stated. "He was 44 pins away, but he fouled four times and that cost him 40 pins. He was right there.
"Dan is only the fourth Penn Manor boy ever to qualify for states," he added. "That's quite an accomplishment.
"It certainly was a memorable weekend."
Also competing in the state championships was swimmer Alaina Breitbach. The sophomore competed at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium on March 15 and finished 12th overall in the 100-yard breaststroke.
"Alaina dropped her time from districts by 1.1 seconds in the prelims and broke her own school record from last year with a 1:04.47," noted head coach Eric Urban. "She is also a Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coaches Association All-State Honorable Mention swimmer for the 2017-18 season. What a tremendous finish to the year," he added.
Seniors Alyssa Schriver and Macy Carroll were recently recognized as Section One All-Stars. Schriver, who joined the 1,000 point club earlier this year, was a First Team selection while Carroll received Honorable Mention recognition. Both were slated to play in the senior All-Star game on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 p.m. at Hempfield High School.
On the boys' side, Kevin Roldan represented the Comets as a Section One Honorable Mention All-Star.
A handful of Comet matmen also received all-star recognition for their efforts this season. Tanner Stefanick (106) and Trevor Grassel (113) were both First Team All-Stars, while Nick Fafel (126), Caden Rogers (132), Nick Baker (160), and TJ Keener (195) were voted to the Second Team. Receiving Honorable Mention recognition was Chad Mowbray (138).
Solanco Wrestlers Receive Awards March 22, 2018
Dominic Flatt, Grayson Charles, Nick Yannutz, and AJ Wilson received some of the top awards at Solanco's end-of-the-season wrestling banquet held on March 20 in Strasburg.
Flatt (106) received the Iron Man Award named after former coach Ivan Steele.
Wrestling at 138, Charles was the team captain and received the Outstanding Senior Award. Charles posted 103 career wins with 41 pins and earned 36 wins this year with 14 pins. He is a two time L-L League champion, and he received the Shorty Hitchcock Pin Award this year. Charles is a four-time Sectional runner-up, a three time First Team All-Star, and a four-time district/regional qualifier.
This year's Most Improved Wrestler Award, in memory of Ray Long, went to Yannutz with 26 wins and 16 pins at 195.
Wilson was awarded the Carlton Shindler Award/MVP and the Most Team Points Award. He wrestled at 160. He finished the season with 40 wins and 14 pins and pushed his career record to 102 wins with 40 pins. Wilson was a two-time Sectional champion, a district/regional third-place finisher in 2017, and this year's regional champion. He is also a two-time PIAA state qualifier, a sixth-place PIAA finisher, and a three-time First Team All-Star.
Also receiving awards were Ben Root, Zach Spade, Kaleb Tucker, Tucker Pierson, and Sheldon Peiffer. Root was a team captain and PIAA qualifier. He finished with 32 wins and 16 pins this year and pushed his career record to 117 wins with 58 pins. He is a two-time L-L League and Sectional champion.
Spade, who finished fifth in Sectionals, received a one-year Dedication Award.
With 46 career wins and 27 pins, Tucker received a three-year dedication award. He finished third in both the Mule Classic and Penn Manor tournaments, was fourth at the Trojan Wars, and was a Second Team All-Star.
Pierson and Peiffer both received four-year Dedication Awards. Peiffer capped his career with 61 wins and 25 pins, earning 25 wins and 10 pins this season. He is a two-time district/regional qualifier and a Second Team All-Star.
Students' Artwork Chosen For Exhibit March 22, 2018
Solanco School District has announced that artworks by 25 of its elementary school students is on display at Millersville University's Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, 60 W. Cottage Ave., in Millersville, as part of Studio for Students, the venue's arts engagement program. The exhibit is located in the reception area.
Artwork by the following Bart-Colerain students is included: Leilah Heath, Hadley Evans, Emma Reinhardt, Ava Lisinski, and Justin Poole. The exhibit also includes works by Clermont students Maura Housekeeper, Mia Daniel Morales, Addison Boyd, Danielle Kraynak, Skylar Davenport, Abby Mendenhall, and Sarah Martin. The featured Providence students are Isabelle Tomlinson, Gavin Musser, Alyssa Herr, Mallory Murphy, Blake Jenkins, and Kyleigh Murphy. Artworks by Quarryville students Ella Taylor, Claudia Underwood, Corey Allen, Sarah Curtis, Brendan Lopez, Lilia Reshchykovets, and Grace Messano is also included. Elementary art teachers Sue Ayres, Carrie Woody and Phoebe Bender chose the artwork to be included in the exhibition.
The exhibition, which features works by students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will be on view throughout March from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Admission is free.
Students Create, Donate Toys March 22, 2018
Penn Manor High School students recently made a special delivery to children at Pediatric Specialty Care Hospital. The students delivered a collection of colorful toys that they had designed and built in a collaboration between students who normally do not work together.
The Pediatric Toy Project paired students in a technology and applied engineering course with learning support students for an opportunity to create toys to benefit children with significant medical challenges.
Working in teams, the students shared their design and building knowledge with their peers to create safe, colorful, stimulating toys based on guidelines provided by the hospital, which sent a representative to meet with students during the design phase.
The toys had to use nontoxic materials and include no sharp edges, with soft-close lids and other safety features. They also needed to be stimulating to the senses, with distinct textures and sounds, bright colors and recognizable shapes.
The toys were made mostly from wood and Plexiglas, purchased with a $500 Venture Grant from Penn Manor Education Foundation.
Over several months, students designed, built, tested and painted their toys before delivering them to the pediatric hospital on March 1.
Students who took part in the project included Kyle Ament, Aidan Clark, Jonathan DiStefano, Josiah Edwards, Aaron Gale, Bryce Hanna, Kayla Hansen, Quinton James, Mitchell Martin, Cale Rehm, Julio Sepulveda, Brandon Singer, Toby Singer, Brandon Weitzel, Breanna Yanas, Cole Yecker, Tevonte Abernathy, Jose Alicea, Destinee Clinton, Madeline Gonzalez, Graylin Hyson, Victoria Kennedy, Cheyenne Reimer and Zana Yalch.
Students Compete In Math Bowl March 22, 2018
In a competition involving students from all seven Penn Manor elementary schools, teams of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders squared off in the Penn Manor Math Bowl. Teams from Central Manor Elementary School took home the first-place trophy in all three grades, and Eshleman students claimed the runner-up trophy.
More than 75 students participated in the competition, which tests students' general math ability and skills in solving multi-step and word problems and computations with and without a calculator.
The fourth-grade winner was the Central Manor team of IzEldeen Salem, Maryam Alfayyadh, Chloe Mummau and Kayla Joy. The Eshleman team of Tristn Torres, Jett Kroesen, Seth Barret and Luke Devinney earned second place.
The fifth-grade first-place winner was the Central Manor team of Zoe Thomas, Cooper Dawkins, Jorden Chen and Brady Breneman. The Eshleman team of Evan Lee, Andrew Gallion, Tyler Hudson and Ishmael Bolorin took runner-up.
The sixth-grade winner was the Central Manor team of Gavin Long, Matthew Perkins, Carter Vinson and Tristan Groff. The Eshleman team of Aydan Aliotta, Autumn Kirkley, Elizabeth Pursel and Mackenzi Nafziger received second place honors.
School Holds Dodgeball Tournament March 22, 2018
Twenty teams of Lower Dauphin Middle School students and one team of middle school staff members squared off on March 8 in a dodgeball tournament to benefit the high school's Mini-THON.
When the tournament ended, the winners were the Shake and Bake team of sixth-graders Tyler Persing, Joshua Sanchez-Ortiz, Jack Cranston, Griffin Barilla, Ben Hackman, Nick Riccio, Skylar Gorberg, Cael Rossi, Jonathan Hair, Brady Coonelly, and Clay Koser.
More importantly, the students raised $1,300 to donate to the high school's efforts to fight pediatric cancer.
Students Of The Month Honored March 22, 2018
Lampeter-Strasburg High School has recognized Katrina Herrera and Dylan Grau as the Pioneer Superlatives for February and Bailee Herr and Christopher Biondi as the Students of the Month for February.
Katrina is a junior and the daughter of Lazaro Herrera-Herbert of Wallingford and Elizabeth Nolan of Lancaster. She is a member of the cross country and track and field teams, National Honor Society, chorus, Madrigals, and recently appeared as Anita in the L-S Thespian Society's production of West Side Story. Katrina is a winner of the Strath Haven Theatre Arts Award, an honoree in the National Hispanic Recognition Program, and is a published poet. In her free time, she volunteers at Lancaster General Hospital and Water Street Rescue Mission and enjoys running, the performing arts, writing poetry and fiction, and reading. Katrina plans to study medicine and to become a surgeon.
Dylan is a senior and the son Celina Grau of Lancaster. Dylan is vice president of the senior class, the senior representative to the school board, an L-S Hero, ski and snowboard club participant, honor roll student, and a member of the cross country, swimming, and track and field teams. He serves as an altar server at Sacred Heart Church. Dylan spends his free time swimming, running, and spending time with friends and family. He plans to attend a four-year university to study pre-medicine.
Bailee is a freshman and the daughter of Daniel and Vanessa Herr of Lancaster. She is a member of the Pioneer Interact Club, the Fellowship of Christian Students and the spring musical stage crew. She is a school science fair winner and advanced to the countywide fair. Bailee enjoys playing soccer, astronomy, dogs, and her acro class. She plans to study for a career in astronomy or working with animals.
Christopher is senior and the son of John Biondi of Strasburg and Carrie Winters of Narvon. He is a member of the Pioneer Interact Club, the honor roll, and the basketball team. Chris assists neighbors with yardwork and snow removal. He enjoys the culinary arts as well as spending time with friends. After graduation, Chris plans to study accounting.
Author And Dog Visit School March 22, 2018
Author Anne Jessee and her dog, Franklin "Frankie" Benjamin, recently visited the first-graders at Reid Elementary to share Frankie's storybook, "Franklin in the Farmyard." Jessee's goal is to reach children who have experienced traumatic hardships and difficult life challenges such as her own. Jessee and Frankie travel to elementary schools to share Jessee's character development program with children of all ages. Jessee encourages children to exhibit kindness and respect to others.
Reid students had the opportunity to purchase Frankie's book, and the Reid PTO purchased two books to donate to the Reid library. Frankie demonstrated trained behaviors by following commands from Jessee.
Middle School Honors Students March 22, 2018
Martin Meylin Middle School has named its Students of the Month for February. Creative Arts teachers used respect as their gauge when selecting students. Chosen students displayed respectful attitudes toward staff and fellow students.
Students include Sarah Butler, family and consumer science; Grace Remollino, technology education; Eve Miller, German; Lana Dyer, Spanish; Skylar Sadaphal, art; Payton Hillen, health; Sutton Taggart, fitness and wellness; Jeimy Elvira-Paredes, physical education; Jason Long, physical education; Emma Landis, music; Jake Reichert, band; and Hagen Supeck, orchestra.
Ricky Gibson was the month's Pioneer Pride student for overall good attitude and citizenship.
Students Compete In Math Counts March 22, 2018
Martin Meylin Middle School students competed at the annual Lincoln Chapter Math Counts competition held at Millersville University on Feb. 24.
The team of Caleb Arulandu, Gabrielle Burdge, Ryker Holsinger, and Morgan Smith finished third in a field of 26 teams. Individually, participants Caleb Arulandu and Grant Beiler placed second and sixth, respectively, out of 203 total competitors. Caleb's performance earned him a spot at the state competition held on March 24 in Harrisburg.