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Hempfield Sets Dance Theatre April 28, 2017

Hempfield High School (HHS), 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville, will present "A Night in the Museum" as the 33rd annual Dance Theatre production, created and directed by Cody Smith. Performances will take place in the high school's Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 14.

A senior citizen preview performance of "A Night in the Museum" is slated for Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The dress rehearsal is free to all residents of Hempfield School District who are age 65 and older. Tickets and preregistration are not necessary for the preview.

In the 2017 production, iconic works of art will come to life with the use of multimedia technology and the language of dance. Degas' ballerinas will dance off of the canvas, and audience members will be able to feel the movement of Monet's "Water Lilies" and Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and the haunting quality of Munch's "The Scream." The production will also explore the rise of various art movements, including graffiti art, abstract art, and surrealism. Sculpture and a natural history exhibit, along with the planetarium and the well-known space race, will also be part of the production.

Dance Theatre has a cast of more than 100 student dancers. Senior principal dancers include Bethany Joyce and Rachel Smith, with junior principal dancers including Audrey Kepple, Grace Bruckner, Jordan Hooks, and Emily Young. Sophomore principal dancers include Megan Kosmela, Rachel Male, Alaina Simmons, and Katie White.

All seating is reserved, and separate costs have been set for adults and for students, children, and seniors age 65 and up. Tickets may be purchased at or at the box office on Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The box office will also open 45 minutes prior to show time for ticket sales.


May Day Celebration Set April 28, 2017

Columbia High School, 901 Ironville Pike, will host the 72nd May Day celebration on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the school's gymnasium. May Day is a celebration of nature.

For the past three years, a group of Columbia High School alumni has worked with one junior and one sophomore to create a new May Day celebration as the students' senior project. This year, junior Jordan Haberstroh and sophomore Brittnie Betteley are working with the alumni to hold the 2017 cherry blossom-themed May Day celebration. Additionally, many local organizations have donated toward the event.

Separate ticket costs have been set for adults and for students and senior citizens. Children under age 5 will be admitted for free.


Seniors Of The Month Honored April 28, 2017

Leah Hoffman and Kyle Peters have been selected as May Seniors of the Month at Manheim Central High School. The Manheim Women's Club sponsors the Girls of the Month and honors them at a dinner meeting at the end of the year. The Boys of the Month are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Manheim. Both students are invited to a luncheon at Teen Central for the month they are chosen. Seniors of the Month are chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character, and involvement within the school and community.

Leah Hoffman is the daughter of Randy and Kiersten Hoffman of Manheim. She is a four-year member of Spanish Club and the field hockey team and has been involved in Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society (NHS) her junior and senior years, serving as NHS president this year. She was class historian as a junior and has taken part in Wednesday Morning Worship as a junior and a senior. She received the National Spanish Exam Silver in 2016 and National Spanish Exam Bronze in 2015 and was named Lions Club History Student of the Year in 2013 and Field Hockey JV Player of the Year in 2015. She is the president of the youth group at Chiques Church of the Brethren youth group, and she has served as a day camp counselor, and a Manheim Central field hockey youth camp coach. After graduation, she plans to attend college.

Kyle Peters is the son of Brian and Michelle Peters of Manheim. He is a four-year member of video yearbook and the high school tennis team and has served as manager of the girls' tennis team for all four years of high school. As a junior and senior, he has been involved in pingpong club. He attended STN (Student Television Network) in Anaheim, Calif., for film in March. He was named Most Improved Player for tennis during his junior year and has received first and second honors throughout high school. He attends St. Paul's United Church of Christ and plays on a softball team. He has also completed mission work with churches both locally and in Tennessee, and he has served community breakfast once a month through his church. Kyle plans to pursue a career in film/cinematography.


Science Olympiad Team Advances To State Event April 28, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School's Science Olympiad Team recently competed in the regional Science Olympiad tournament held at Millersville University. The team took part in 23 total events in the areas of biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, physics, and science writing. The team earned a berth in the state tournament by placing fifth out of a field of 36 high school teams from Adams, Centre, Clearfield, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, Union, and York counties.

Team members include Kaitlyn Babinchak, Madi Ebersole, Liam Hanley, Solomon Heisey, Gabriel Hurst, Meili Kenley, Hannah Kuntz, Conor Larison, Thomas Maloney, Simon Munyan, Brooke Nicodemus, Aparna Paul, Sadie Seaman, Nick Sieber, and Kaitlyn Welch. Dr. Theresa Swenson, high school science teacher, is the team adviser.

Earning individual awards in an assortment of categories were the following two-person or three-person teams: Simon Munyan and Madi Ebersole, first place in Materials Science; Simon Munyan and Conor Larison, first place in Astronomy; Thomas Maloney and Liam Hanley, second place in Electric Vehicle; Meili Kenley and Sadie Seaman, second place in Hydrogeology; Aparna Paul and Nick Sieber, second place in Wind Power; Simon Munyan and Aparna Paul, third place in Forensics; Solomon Heisey and Kaitlyn Babinchak, fourth place in Helicopters; and Aparna Paul and Kaitlyn Welch, fourth place in Rocks and Minerals.

Science Olympiad competitions are designed to bring science to life, show how science works, and emphasize problem solving aspects of science and the understanding of science concepts, as well as develop teamwork and cooperative learning strategies among students. Additionally, Science Olympiad is devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, creating a technologically literate workforce, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers.


Alumni Group Plans Kickoff Event April 28, 2017

The Ephrata High School Alumni Association will be relaunched on Friday, June 30, at the Reading Fightin Phils' game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at FirstEnergy Stadium, 1900 Centre Ave. (Route 61 South), Reading. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m. and will include fireworks.

With direction from the Ephrata Area Education Foundation, a group of Ephrata High School graduates has relaunched the alumni group. The association's mission is to provide an alumni network while promoting a spirit of unity and engagement among graduates.

Alumni and their families are invited to attend the kick-off event. Those who wear purple and gold will receive an exclusive alumni goodie bag.

A portion of tickets sales will benefit the Ephrata Area Education Foundation. To purchase tickets, readers may visit

The Ephrata High School Alumni Association will be available to help facilitate class reunions. The group will organize various social events, publish a quarterly newsletter and raise funds to support the Ephrata Area Education Foundation. More information is available at

For more information, readers may contact Ann Marie K. Haus, Ephrata Area Education Foundation executive director, at 721-1598 or


Hastings Named Mr. Solanco April 28, 2017


Student-Athletes To Continue Careers April 28, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) recently held its Spring Sports Recognition Day. The celebration was for EAHS athletes who plan to continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. Joining the athletes in the high school auditorium were their families, teammates, coaches, faculty members, and administration.

As part of the program, the 12 honorees were saluted by their coaches for the contributions each made to his or her sports program. The coaches read off the accolades earned by each student-athlete, with common themes including Lancaster-Lebanon League all-stars, team captains, and MVP awards, as well as leadership qualities.

The honorees were as follows: Charles Alessi, lacrosse, King's College; Ryleigh Edmonds, track, Susquehanna University; Elise Forry, soccer, Slippery Rock University; Talia Grynkewicz, soccer, Millersville University; Hannah Keener, soccer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Jamie Marsico, soccer, Bloomsburg University; Bri Polites, basketball, Penn State - Altoona; Braydon Shuck, soccer, Lebanon Valley College; Lauryn Six, soccer, Penn State - Harrisburg; Megan Stoltzfus, soccer, Houghton College; Nick Stoner, baseball, Bloomsburg University; and Logan Yohn, football, Bloomsburg University.


2017 L-S Spirit Night Posted April 20, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) School District has announced that the annual L-S Spirit Night will take place on Saturday, April 29, when the Lancaster Barnstormers take on the Sugar Land Skeeters at the Barnstormers stadium, Prince Street, Lancaster. The high school jazz band will perform at the front gate from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and the district will be featured in activities throughout the night.

Proceeds from Spirit Night ticket sales will benefit the L-S Educational Foundation. When purchasing tickets online, through the box office, or in-person, the promotional code PIONEERS should be used so that a portion of the ticket price goes toward scholarships for deserving students.


School District Plans Concerts April 20, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg School District will host a series of spring concerts showcasing the talents of student instrumentalists and singers. All concerts are free and open to community members.

The concerts will be as follows: Thursday, April 27, jazz band; Tuesday, May 2, high school band; Thursday, May 11, high school chorus and orchestra; Tuesday, May 23, grades four and five chorus, orchestra, and band concert; Thursday, May 25, grades six through eight band, chorus, Madrigals, and orchestra.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the high school, 1600 Book Road, Lampeter. The high school and Martin Meylin Middle School marching bands also will perform in the Strasburg Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, at 9 a.m.


Groups To Host Candidate Debate April 20, 2017

Township United and the League of Women Votues will sponsor a debate involving the 16 candidates for the Manheim Tonwship School Board on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

The event will take place in the auditorium of Manheim Township Middle School, School Road, Lancaster.

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