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Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students March 22, 2019

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Janell Brinser and Nathan McNece are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for March. The selected outstanding students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Janell Brinser is the daughter of Jim and Sandy Brinser of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS), Women in Business, and Key Club, and she has served in leadership positions in Link Crew, as well as serving as president of National Art Honor Society, treasurer of Student Council, and president of Mini-THON. She also participated in Donegal Performing Arts wardrobe crew and Ski and Snowboard Club all four years of high school, DEEP as a senior, and Varsity Club in 10th through 12th grades. She is a four-year member of the track and field and soccer teams, serving as captain of the latter.

Outside of school, Janell volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital over the summer and participates with the Penn Legacy Soccer team. She also attends Trinity Lutheran Church and is a member of the youth group.

After graduation, Janell plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship. She plans to major in nursing.

Nathan is the son of Brian and Andrea McNece of Mount Joy. He is a two-year member of NHS and Math Honor Society. He was a 2018 Lenfest Scholar Semifinalist; Lenfest is a prestigious and competitive local scholarship. He participated on the tennis team all four years of high school and was also involved in the Spanish Club, ping-pong club, and chess club. He is a performing arts member and participated in the musical "Anything Goes." Nathan was on the Donegal Court this year.

Outside of school, Nathan plays tennis and participates in youth group.

After graduation, Nathan plans to attend Lehigh University to study computer science and business.


School District Receives Supplies March 22, 2019

Students in the Elizabethtown Area School District recently benefited from the Teachers Rock campaign of The Cellular Connection (TCC), a local retailer of Verizon Wireless. Through the initiative, the district was presented with 10 boxes of school supplies.

East High Street Elementary School principal Kari Druckenmiller, East High Street Elementary School assistant principal Amy Secor, and East High Street Elementary School second-grade teacher Andrea Styer and her students accepted the supplies on behalf of the district. A variety of items were donated, including glue, pens, pencils, notebook paper, and more. Presenting the items to the district were Ryan Slayton, TCC store manager, and Euronel Silva, TCC team member.


Making A Difference Through Reading And More March 22, 2019

"Barons are difference makers." That phrase, the motto of Manheim Central School District, is more than just a catchy slogan for students at Doe Run and H.C. Burgard elementary schools.

To prove they are difference makers, kindergartners through fourth-graders at both elementary schools took part in a reading challenge that culminated with fundraiser parties that benefited local organizations and continued the celebration of reading. As part of the challenge, participants at both elementary schools aimed to read in 15-minute increments, or "steps," and the class with the highest number of steps received special honors during the parties, dubbed the Family Reading Night and Read-a-THON Celebration, held on March 14 at the respective schools.

The Read-a-THON coincided with the middle and high school Mini-THON events as a way for younger grades to get in on the excitement of Mini-THON, which raises funds for Four Diamonds. Monetary donations were collected for Four Diamonds during the Read-a-THON. Youngsters at both Doe Run and H.C. Burgard held a reading spirit week leading up to the Read-a-THON. During the week, students were invited to participate in dress-up days such as Hats Off to Reading Day, when students could wear a hat all day; Curl Up With a Book Pajama Day; or Read My Shirt Day, where students wore shirts with writing that classmates could read.

According to Doe Run principal Art Paynter, the schools pulled out all the stops to promote reading during the culminating parties on March 14. "This is a way for us to celebrate the students and their efforts to be enthusiastic readers," Paynter explained.

In addition to celebrating and encouraging reading, administrators decided to tie in the idea of giving back and doing good in another way, just like Mini-THON. "We decided to join with Child Life and have students donate items," Paynter shared.

Students brought in donations of crayons, toys, craft supplies, and more in the days leading up to the parties as well as during the March 14 events. At the Doe Run event, the school's lobby was filled with the items as youngsters streamed in to take part in the activities planned for the evening.

Students earned prize drawing tickets depending on the number of steps they logged, and they could earn extra tickets by bringing in donations. Prize bags lined the wall in the cafeteria, and students clambered to place tickets in the bags of the most coveted items, such as a football autographed by Matt Nagy, a Manheim Central alumnus and head coach of the Chicago Bears.

The fun continued in the Doe Run gymnasium, where a disc jockey played popular tunes. Each grade was called out to the center of the dance floor to participate in a specific dance, such as the Chicken Dance or the Cha-Cha Slide. Special guests, including the MC Baron mascot, a couple of oversized chocolate bar mascots, and several 2018 District 3 champion Baron football players, joined in on the dancing fun.

Snacks, face painting, and the spring book fair provided additional enjoyment for Read-a-THON attendees.

The evening was brought to a festive close when Paynter and vice principal Christopher Montagna endured a shower of aerosol string. Students earned the privilege of dousing the administrators in the gooey gunk by winning a classroom door decorating contest. Both gentlemen took the experience in stride.

"We are proud of our Barons," Paynter said. "This is just another way our students prove that Barons are difference makers."


Donegal FBLA To Host Craft Show March 21, 2019

Community members are invited to kick off the spring season with the Donegal High School (DHS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at its fourth annual craft show. The free event will take place at DHS, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy, on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The show will feature more than 100 crafters selling homemade artisan products such as wooden crafts, soaps, chocolates, candles, decorations, and more. In addition, the event will offer pictures with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a concession stand, and giveaway drawings. Everyone who attends the event will be provided with a complimentary ticket to enter the drawings.

Proceeds will go toward covering the cost of sending 17 FBLA members to the annual state competition in Hershey in April. The students studied and worked their way past the regional competition in order to compete at the state conference.

FBLA is a national organization that aims to promote and develop leadership skills, prepare students for future careers, and emphasize community service projects. The Donegal FBLA Club is active during the school year, planning and carrying out community projects such as food drives and a Santa breakfast, making donations to various charities, serving breakfast to honor DHS administrative assistants, and running the annual craft show. In addition, student members compete in business-related events at the regional and state levels.

For more information, readers may search for "@donegalfuturebusinessleaders" on Facebook or "@DonegalFBLA" on Instagram.


PMEF Awards Grants March 20, 2019

Penn Manor Education Foundation (PMEF) has awarded more than $15,000 in grants to improve opportunities for students and families through its Strong and Healthy Families initiative.

The 2019 Strong Grants include $5,000 to pay for uniforms, tools, equipment and supplies for financially challenged Penn Manor students attending Lancaster Career and Technology Center programs; $2,500 to help students pay fees for dual enrollment classes and Advanced Placement tests to earn college credits; and $1,000 to pay for credit-recovery courses to help students graduate.

In addition, a $2,000 grant is supporting Samaritan Counseling Center's Teen Hope program, which provides mental health screenings to all Penn Manor ninth-graders. A $1,000 grant will fund a Literacy Outreach program that brings books and other materials to children in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and that provides books to all kindergarten students.

Additional grants include $1,000 for supplies for PM CARES, a program that provides household essentials to families in need; $1,850 for counseling programs for at-risk students; and $760 to purchase graduation caps and gowns for students from low-income families.

The $15,110 total awarded this year is the highest since the Strong and Healthy Families initiative was established in 2016 in response to the increasing needs of families in the Penn Manor community. Nearly 43 percent of Penn Manor students now qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

The Strong Grants are in addition to PMEF's Venture Grant program for classroom teachers and its scholarship program for graduating Penn Manor High School seniors.

For more information on Strong and Healthy Families, readers may contact PMEF executive director Jan Mindish at


L-S Teachers Recognized March 19, 2019

Two Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) School District teachers were recently recognized.

Lampeter-Strasburg High School social studies teacher Adam Titter was selected by faculty and staff as Teacher of the Quarter for the second marking period. Titter has been with the school district for 16 years. He is a Lancaster native and a graduate of Manheim Township High School. Titter teaches American Cultures and Local History. He advises the school's Model UN chapter and is president of the Susquehanna Valley Model United Nations Conference. He coaches soccer and resides in York with his wife and three children.

Martin Meylin Middle School English Language Arts (ELA) teacher Jennifer Risser was selected by her colleagues to be the Teacher of the Month for January. Risser currently teaches seventh grade classes and is the head of the school's ELA department. A member of the Martin Meylin faculty since 2008, she helps to run the annual spelling bee and is co-chair of the school's first Reading Olympics.


School District Hires Technology Director March 19, 2019

The West York Area School District has welcomed Steven Clutter as the district's new technology director. The board of directors approved the hire at the Feb. 19 board meeting.

Clutter comes to the district with more than 15 years of technology experience in networking, development, and integration. Previously, he has served as the technology manager for Lincoln Charter School, director of technology at the Columbia Borough School District, and information technology manager at Access 411. Most recently, he was employed as an MSP network engineer at Velocity IQ in St. Petersburg, Fla. Clutter is a graduate of the York Technical Institute, where he has also served as an adjunct technology instructor and a member of the school's advisory board.

At West York Area School District, he will assume the lead on several district projects, including Phase 2 of 1:1 Integration, the new Learning Management System (LMS), and the Tech-Enhanced Classroom initiative. He replaces Sherri Miller, who recently retired after serving for 11 years as the district's director of technology.


Quinones Named Football Coach March 18, 2019

Ivan A. Quinones has been named the new West York Area High School football head coach. His appointment was approved at the Feb. 12 board of school directors' meeting.

Quinones brings an extensive coaching and athletic management background dating back to 1998. He has held positions with the Severn Athletic Club in Maryland, the Dallastown Youth Athletics football programs, and the York County Youth Football Association. Most recently, he served as assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator for Dallastown Area High School.

Quinones a former commander for the Maryland State Police, is currently the director of public safety and security for all of the campuses of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland and is pursuing a master's degree in public safety and administration from the Arizona State University.


District Holds Food Drive March 15, 2019

Hempfield School District recently held its ninth annual district-wide food drive. A total of 5,587 pounds of food was donated to the Hempfield Area Food Pantry as the result of the food drive, held during February.

On March 1, representatives from J.K. Mechanical and Market Street Sports Group visited each school location to pick up food donated by students, parents, guardians, staff members, and community members. The food was loaded into vans and transported to the food pantry.

Each month, more than 187 households utilize the Hempfield Area Food Pantry, many visiting on a weekly basis. In addition, the pantry operates solely by volunteers from more than 10 area churches. To learn more, readers may visit


Students Win Writing Awards March 15, 2019

Three Centerville Middle School eighth-graders were recently honored for their entries in the National Scholastic Writing Awards Contest. After winning Gold Keys in the regional competition, the students' writings were sent on to the national competition for judging.

In the national competition, the following students received honors: Mariana Agadis, Gold Key Award, flash fiction; Leilani Rivera, Silver Key Award, short story; and Joseph Striggle, Gold Key Award, humor.

The students have been invited to attend the awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.


Penn Manor High School Makes Major Parking Changes March 15, 2019

Major changes in parking and access were slated to be implemented at Penn Manor High School, 101 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville, on March 18 as part of the renovation/construction project of the school.

Students, staff members, and visitors are advised to note the following changes:

No student parking will be permitted on-site. Students will park at Comet Field, and shuttle buses will take them to and from the high school. Shuttles will begin at 7:15 a.m. and run throughout the day.

The main driveway from East Cottage Avenue will be closed at the pedestrian bridge, and the administrative and agricultural parking lots will be closed off.

Visitors will park in the lot at the entrance to the cafeteria, across from the bus parking area, between 7:45 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Visitors arriving before 7:45 a.m. and after 2:20 p.m. will park in the lot near the former tennis courts.

All visitors will enter the school at the band entrance, across from the bus parking lot.

Staff members will enter the campus via Model Avenue and park in the parking garage. Visitors cannot use this access route during school hours.

All buses and parents dropping off students will enter from East Cottage Avenue. Buses will use the current bus parking lot, and parents will drop off students at the technology education wing and circle around the building to exit via the main driveway.

Disabled students will enter the school via a ramp at the auditorium entrance.

Transportation for student-athletes will also be affected. Detailed information is available at

Signs will be erected to direct traffic at the high school. The administration asks that the community bear with the adjustments as the school transitions to full construction. Patience and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.


Foundation Scholarships Available March 15, 2019

Applications are currently available for $1,000 scholarships to be awarded by the Solanco Education Foundation to seniors who will continue their education beyond high school.

A $1,000 Futures Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Solanco senior whose parents did not attend a college, university, or trade school. A $1,000 Opportunity Scholarship will be available to a senior who may not meet typical scholarship requirements. In addition, the foundation awards a number of $1,000 scholarships to college-bound seniors based on class standing, scholastic ability, involvement in school and community activities, and good character and leadership.

Applications for Solanco Education Foundation scholarships can be completed and submitted at The deadline for application submission is Sunday, March 31.


Schools Form 5K Team March 12, 2019

Pequea Valley High School and Intermediate School have entered a team in the 21st annual Race Against Racism 5K, slated to occur on Saturday, April 27, in Lancaster.

Due to a scholarship grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the Pequea Valley students are able to participate in the race for free. They may register in school.

Parents and community members are also invited to participate. To register, readers may visit and join the Pequea Valley team.

There is a fee for adults to register. The deadline to join the Pequea Valley team is Sunday, April 21.


Scholarship News Posted March 8, 2019

More than 60 scholarships are available to Solanco High School seniors who will graduate in the spring. Details about the scholarships and applications are available at

The deadline for application submission is Sunday, March 31. Scholarships will be awarded at Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 22.


Students Named To Breakfast Club March 8, 2019


High School To Hold Mini-THON March 6, 2019

Manheim Central High School will hold its Mini-THON on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23. The dance event raises funds for Four Diamonds.

Readers are invited to donate to the cause at

Also supporting the event will be the "Readers Are Difference Makers" Reading Mini-THON, taking place at Doe Run and H.C. Burgard elementary schools on Wednesday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Through the effort, monetary donations are being received for Four Diamonds and Child Life.

All donations will be added to the high school Mini-THON's total amount. For more information, contact Colleen Reiner at or 717-665-8900 or Melissa Troiano at or 717-665-8800.


High School Honors Students Of The Month March 5, 2019

Middletown Area High School honored Kaitlyn Knaub and Benjamin Knisely as Students of the Month for February. The honorees were selected by their teachers.

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Steve and Dona Lee Knaub. Throughout high school, she has earned honor roll and distinguished honor roll distinction. She is also the vice president of National Honor Society and co-president of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. Kaitlyn serves as a Mini-THON chair, and she is on the Link Crew and is a member of the concert band, county band, and chorus.

Kaitlyn is a student leader at her church as well as a camp counselor. She played volleyball for four years and was selected as a first team Mid-Penn All Star. She earned first place at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in science/medicine and was the recipient of the Dr. George Hayward Love Sr. Judges Award for exceptional display and interview. After high school, Kaitlyn plans to attend a four-year college to study biology.

Benjamin is the son of Ed and Shirley Knisely. He has earned both honor roll and distinguished honor roll distinction throughout his high school career. Benjamin also holds many officer positions in clubs, such as president of National Honor Society, treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America, and Mini-THON chair. He is also a member of Student Council and Link Crew.

Benjamin was a member of the soccer team and was a varsity captain. Additionally, he completed an Eagle Scout project at the Hershey Free Church through Boy Scout Troop 594. He plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering.


Community Swim Program Opens March 5, 2019

The Red Lion Community Swim Program has started its spring session. A full range of Red Cross-certified courses is being offered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday afternoons on a shortened schedule due to the pool being scheduled to be closed for repair work from Sunday, May 5, until the start of the 2019-20 school year. Class fees have been set for Red Lion Area School District residents, with a higher cost for nonresidents.

Competitive swim practices will also be offered. It is recommended that participants be at least past level 3 of Red Cross lessons. Practices will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for senior and junior high students. Elementary students and swimmers from other districts will practice from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

A Red Cross lifeguarding class will also be offered starting on Thursday, April 4. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and will run until Thursday, May 2. Participants must be at least 15 years of age by the end of the session and must pass a written and physical skills test. Proof of age must be presented at the first class. A cost has been set.

For further information, readers may visit or contact Heather McDanel by text at 717-693-3310 or email at


YSEF Honors Outgoing President March 5, 2019

The York Suburban Education Foundation (YSEF) recently acknowledged the contributions made to the organization by its outgoing president, Sarah Reinecker, who served in this role for the past four years. Two books have been donated by the YSEF board to the school libraries in Reinecker's honor.

The board of directors thanked Reinecker for her commitment and personal investment. According to the board, Reinecker's inclusive leadership and warmth, passion, excitement, knowledge and dedication have helped YSEF forge strong relationships with donors, York Suburban (YS) alumni, staff, volunteers and students and has boosted YSEF's public profile significantly. Reinecker was recognized for being a judicious steward of YSEF, always mindful of its core mission to enhance the educational experience for students.

During her presidency, Reinecker has been a central member of the group that established the Impact Foundation, a student-led committee of YSEF. This included the establishment of six Impact Closets - one in each YS building - and the Food for Thought weekend backpack program. Reinecker has also been instrumental in increasing Pennsylvania state EITC and major giving support, alumni involvement, and community presence through the YSEF website and social media. She also led the board through an ongoing strategic assessment to keep YSEF relevant with the ever-changing educational landscape.

Reinecker is a founding member of YSEF. Prior to serving as president, she served as governance chair, fund development chair, a Celebration of Excellence committee member, and vice president. She is the Impact Foundation committee chair.


Board Confirms Appointment March 5, 2019

The Spring Grove Area School District board of school directors announced George W. Ioannidis as the next superintendent of Spring Grove Area School District. The appointment will take effect on Tuesday, July 2.

Ioannidis has been a member of the district for more than 10 years as the business manager and board secretary. He has 26 years of experience in public school administration. Additionally, Ioannidis expects to earn his doctorate in educational leadership in May.

For more information on the process of selecting the new superintendent, readers may visit and click on the Superintendent Search Updates link.

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