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Columbia High School Sets Commencement May 24, 2018

On Friday, June 1, when Columbia High School (CHS) graduates approximately 102 seniors from the Class of 2018, three students will address the audience full of family and friends. Bailee Armold, Courtney Betteley, and Jordan Haberstroh, the top three students in the CHS Class of 2018, have written speeches centered on memories of their time in the Columbia School District. CHS principal Dr. Michael Smith will be the featured speaker during the ceremony.

The commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia. Each member of the senior class will receive six tickets, and admission will be by ticket only.

The three senior speakers got together to brainstorm, plan, and coordinate their speeches and decided to each focus on a different time period of their collective academic years. Jordan will focus on elementary school highlights, while Bailee and Courtney will share middle and high school memories, respectively. Jordan said that they hope to spotlight different classmates and watch their eyes light up in recognition of various sporting events, music and drama productions, classes, projects, and other memories that have stuck out from their years together.

"We're a small school, so we know everyone who's in our class, and we've known each other since seventh grade," Jordan noted. Her advice to incoming freshmen and underclassmen looking to make the most of their time at CHS is to study, ask questions when something does not make sense, and get involved. "Because we are a small school, there are a lot of opportunities to lead and to get involved," said Jordan.

"Don't be afraid to get involved," agreed Courtney. Being part of the CHS theater department "family" was a highlight of Courtney's high school career. "We had really energetic drama productions this year," said Courtney. "We weren't afraid to go out on a limb."

Annual May Day celebrations, Book Bloom events, raising butterflies and trout in biology class, and a recent senior class trip to Washington, D.C., were just a few of the other prominent memories the three students mentioned as they reminisced on their time at CHS. Meeting the rigorous deadlines in Linda Eckman-Wissler's honors British literature class was a point of pride and relief for all three. Bailee attributed the writing skills she learned in Sheila Ayres' English class with helping her to succeed, as well as with the honing of her time management skills.

Bailee, the daughter of George and Pamela Armold, plans to study biomedical science at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in the fall. She aspires to become a physician assistant. At CHS, Bailee was involved in the student mentoring program, National Honor Society (NHS), chorus, and the theater department. She is treasurer of her class.

Courtney is the daughter of George Betteley and Anna Hammill. Her post-graduation plans involve attending York College to major in secondary math education. During high school, Courtney was a part of the theater department, NHS, and the student mentoring program.

Jordan is the daughter of Kenneth and Jodi Haberstroh. She plans to attend York College to major in nursing and to continue running cross-country and track, which she excelled at during her time at CHS. Jordan is president of NHS the Class of 2018. She is a member of Student Council and chorus and played oboe and clarinet in the school band.

The CHS Class of 2018's voted-upon song is "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds. The class flower is a sunflower, and the class color scheme is rainbow.

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Donegal Class Of 2018 To Graduate May 23, 2018

The Donegal High School (DHS) Class of 2018 commencement ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Donegal Athletic Complex, 1051 Koser Road, Mount Joy. Tickets are required to attend, and each of the estimated 204 graduates will receive eight tickets.

The ceremony will be broadcast live in the school auditorium, which will also provide overflow seating and an air-conditioned option for audience members. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the school auditorium.

Senior class president Andrew Erb will present the welcoming address. Andrew is the son of Phil and Mindy Erb. During his time at DHS, he played football and baseball. He was also president of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), a prayer group leader, and a member of National Honor Society (NHS). In the fall, Andrew plans to attend Penn State University to study finance.

DHS principal John Felix and Donegal School District superintendent J. Michael Lausch will offer orations. Senior class members of the DHS chorus will perform "Our Journey Continues" by Greg Gilpin, and senior Silas Buckwalter will have a solo.

Andrew and Student Council president Rachael Overlander will announce the names of fellow classmates as they receive their diplomas. Rachael is the daughter of Ollie and Tina Overlander. She was a member of the DHS field hockey and softball teams, NHS, and Varsity Club. Rachael also serves as class treasurer and vice president of Booster Club. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Villanova University to major in nursing and play field hockey.

Both Andrew and Rachael expressed pride in being part of the Donegal Indian tradition, crediting relationships they have formed and the support from excellent teachers, coaches, and leaders for contributing to their success. "Our class is close, and it's special because we have a lot of great people. We have a lot of talent," shared Rachael. "The majority love Donegal and being a part of what we have here."

Being a member of the state championship-winning field hockey and softball teams in 2016 and 2017, respectively, was a definite highlight of Rachael's time at Donegal, along with lots of other memories from sports. "When we were freshmen, the softball and baseball teams won districts on the same night," recalled Rachael. "So after the girls played (at Messiah College), we rode the bus to the York Revolution stadium to watch the guys play."

Spending Friday nights under the lights at football games is something else both students said they will not forget - whether on the field for Andrew or in the student section for Rachael. With Tanner Koehler dressed as the Donegal Indian mascot and leading the student section, good seats were a hot commodity. "You had to get there super early to be in the front," Rachael said.

"There's just something about being out in the huddle and being able to hear the student section ... everybody was just so loud," remarked Andrew. "It was special to have all that support from the community."

When it comes to advice for underclassmen looking to make the most of their time at DHS, Andrew and Rachael both encouraged participating and being involved as much as possible. "This year I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried out for the musical. I got one of the lead roles, and that was a lot of fun," said Andrew. "Find something you love and get involved and get to know as many people as possible, because four years go really fast."

The DHS Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian will be announced at commencement and will be the featured speakers for the evening. In addition to commencement, the Class of 2018 will host a student-led baccalaureate ceremony on Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m. in the DHS auditorium.

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Penn Manor Honors Employees May 23, 2018

Penn Manor honored 18 retirees with nearly 450 years of combined service on May 2 during the 39th annual Employee Recognition Dinner in the high school cafeteria. Attendees watched a video presentation of comments and a song-and-dance number by 12 of the retirees - Jeff Roth, Marilyn Springer, Donna Brady, Anne Butterfield, Cheryl Dearolf, Frank Dell'Estate, Sue Frese, Shirley Jackson, Nancy Kaufhold, Peg Murr, Wayne Martin and Dave Bender. The other retirees were Karen Braun, CeCe O'Day, Dave Hoar, Faye Sangrey, Christine Pierce and Cheryl Drumm-Miklos.

At the event, the school district also honored 41 Penn Manor employees with 20 or more years of service and the Outstanding Employee and Educators of the Year. Cindy Bachman, high school athletics secretary, was named Outstanding Employee for 2017-18. The Outstanding Educators were Beth Mader, a Central Manor Elementary second-grade teacher, and Ken Webster, a Marticville Middle School social studies teacher.

The following employees were honored for 30 years of service: Carol Alexander, Sharlotte Dammerman, Cynthia Frey, Lori Graham, Jeff Himes, Peg Murr, Michelle Rankin and Melany Rios.

The following employees were honored for 25 years of service: Cindy Bachman, Anne Butterfield, Donna Falk, Kathy Grenier, Kelley Groff, Marty Ioannidis, Doug Kramer, Marjean Long, Gary Luft, Amy Niemkiewicz, Carol Purzycki, Carol Ragland, Kathleen Railing, Maryann Saylor and Laura Stephan.

The following employees were honored for 20 years of service: Mark Andrew, Christine Bachman, Beth Corl, Rebecca Eichler, Stephen Harnish, Erica Kopp, Carin Leisure, Lisa Martin, Emily Mattern, Shawn Maxwell, Charlie Reisinger, Cindy Rhoades, Deborah Sensenig, Streeter Stuart, Jennifer Winters and Pam Witmer.

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Reception Slated For Retiring Superintendent May 22, 2018

Superintendent Dr. Thomas L. Newcome II is slated to retire from the Octorara Area School District (OASD) after 22 years of service.

Newcome started at the district in August of 1996 as a middle school principal. He was principal of both the middle school and high school in 2000-01 and served as the assistant to the superintendent for curriculum and instruction from 2001-03 before becoming superintendent of schools in 2003.

Newcome has also been involved in the Octorara community by serving on the boards of directors at the Family Resource Counseling Center in Gap, CCRES, 21st Century Cyber Charter School, Chesconet, and the Parkesburg Point Youth Center.

The OASD will host a reception in Newcome's honor on Sunday, June 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Octorara Primary Learning Center, 87 Highland Road, Atglen. A time of sharing will begin at 3 p.m. Past and present staff members, students, parents, and community members are invited to drop in to celebrate Newcome's 22 years of service to the district and to wish him well in his retirement.

Readers may contact Jill Hardy at 610-593-8214 for more information.

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Foundation Holds Fundraising Event May 22, 2018

The Foundation for the West York Area School District held its All In For Education community fundraising event on March 16. Proceeds from the event were to benefit students and teachers in the West York Area School District.

The Foundation for the West York Area School District is a volunteer-led organization that serves the students of the West York Area School District by funding programs that otherwise may not be implemented due to budgetary constraints. Most of the money raised by the foundation benefits West York Area School District students through scholarships, teacher grants and technology-enhanced classrooms that are placed throughout schools in the district. For more information, readers may email info@foundationwyasd.org or visit www.foundationwyasd.org.

A list of all monetary and gift-in-kind donors for this year's fundraising event is available at http://www.foundationwyasd.org/events-activities/2018-casino_night/.

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Outstanding Students Of The Year Recognized May 22, 2018

Middletown Area School District has announced the recipients of the 2017-18 Outstanding Student of the Year Award. The winners are Gretchen Sutton and ArJay Green from Fink Elementary School, Cassidy Pomraning and Tyson Bomberger from Kunkel Elementary School, Hayden Herneisey and Cameron Scully from Reid Elementary School, and Sara Dintiman and Dagan Hughes from Middletown Area Middle School.

At the school board meeting on May 15, school principals presented the honorees to the school board. A video introducing the students and their accomplishments was shared with the attendees. Readers may visit http://www.raiderweb.org/?p=20607 to view the video.

Each spring, staff members at Fink, Kunkel, and Reid elementary schools select two fifth-grade students from each school, and Middletown Area Middle School staff members select two eighth-grade students to receive the designation of Outstanding Student of the Year. Students who have exhibited academic excellence and exemplary character are chosen for the honor.

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Softball Team Honors Teachers May 18, 2018

The Manheim Township High School softball players held Honor an Educator Day at their game on May 7. The players honored all the teachers in the Manheim Township School District, particularly four teachers chosen by the seniors as their favorite teachers during their time in the school district.

Andrea Acosta honored Betsy Cook, who was her second-grade teacher at Neff Elementary School. Acosta honored Cook for her kind and loving heart, compassion, patience, excellent communication skills, and ability to make her class feel like a family and her classroom feel like home. Acosta said that even on tough days Cook had a special way of connecting with her students to let them know that everything was going to be OK.

Tahj Charles honored high school English teacher Judy Lepore, who was one of Charles' teachers in 11th grade. Charles recognized Lepore because of her honesty, sense of humor, and equal and respectful treatment of all students. Charles said Lepore listens to and supports her students, but she also requires everyone in her classes to respect her and each other. Charles said she learned a great deal from Lepore in the one year she studied with her.

Breeze Brown recognized Kathy Costello, her fourth-grade teacher at Brecht Elementary. Brown said Costello came to school every day with a smile on her face and had a way of making her day better when she was feeling down. She said Costello had high expectations for her students and worked with each of them to help them reach their full potential in the classroom. Brown also remembered a time Costello made cookies for the class, proving that the most memorable things in life are often the little things that are done in kindness.

Mikayla Brennan recognized Nicole Eshelman, who taught her 11th-grade Advanced Placement U.S. History class. Brennan honored Eshelman for her smile, positive attitude, and unique way of teaching history that makes her class fun and the material memorable. No matter what kind of day Brennan was having, she always looked forward to Eshleman's class.

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Ord Receives Recognition May 18, 2018

Nancy Ord has been named the Hempfield School District Senior Tax Worker of the Year. This award is given by the Hempfield School District, in partnership with Woodcrest Villa/Mennonite Home Communities.

Early in the year, teachers, staff, and administrators nominated senior tax workers who go above and beyond in their duties. Ord was nominated by Landisville Intermediate Center (LIC) principal Ian Daecher. At the awards event, Daecher presented a few examples of Ord's accomplishments, including how she had worked side by side with recently retired art teacher, Mrs. Bailey, to ensure that student artwork was displayed in museum-inspired art installations. Also, Ord is currently assisting with LIC's School Wide Positive Behavior Incentive Plan. Daecher also recognized Ord's commitment to working with students and teachers, as well as her determination in continuing her work in the future.

Hempfield School District implemented the Senior Tax Worker Program as part of a commitment to offer real estate tax relief to senior citizens who reside in the district. The program offers senior citizens the opportunity to apply for a position as a substitute employee for the district and to designate their net pay after taxes to an account to be applied against their tax bill. More information about the program is available at www.hempfieldsd.org/Page/129.

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District Sets Schedule May 18, 2018

Middletown Area School District has posted upcoming events at its schools.

Thursday, May 24, will be Reid Career Day, and the Reid spring chorus concert will take place at 7 p.m.

On Friday, May 25, special events will include Fink Field Day, Kunkel Career Day, and the Fink PTO outdoor movie night.

There will be no school on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Middletown Area Middle School's Civil War Day will be on Wednesday, May 30. Middletown Area High School Honors Night will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.

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Burrowes Scholars Announced May 17, 2018

Each year, Lampeter-Strasburg educators choose from among the best and brightest students in each subject area as Burrowes Scholars. Recipients of this longstanding district award are chosen from the fifth, eighth, and 11th grades. This year's group includes two third-time (gold) winners, eight second-time (silver) winners, and two students receiving awards in two subject areas.

The Burrowes Scholars program is named for Dr. Thomas Henry Burrowes, a Strasburg native and education advocate who served as the president of Pennsylvania State University. The students selected as Burrowes Scholars each year exemplify traits befitting of Burrowes. They are self-motivated, diligent individuals who challenge themselves to excel and to be leaders both inside and outside the classroom.

The fifth-grade honorees are Alaina Brenneman, English/language arts; Chloe Bucher, physical education; Kaitlin Churchill, English/language arts; Emma Dice, English/language arts; Emory Fluhr, mathematics; Liam Grubb, mathematics; Noelle Hess, English/language arts; Truman Horst, mathematics; Madelyn Lowe, orchestra; Daniel Mullin, English/language arts; Calandra Reynolds, art; Drea Rice, band; Annaliese Sauve, English/language arts and vocal music; Preston Schonour, mathematics; Cayden See, physical education; and Chase Smucker, mathematics.

The eighth-grade honorees are Santino Azzarelli, social studies and German; Sidney Brinkman, English/language arts; Cassie Meck, music; Leah Denlinger, physical education; Adrian Elia, art; Hannah Gawne, family and consumer science; Ella Horst, Spanish; Andrew Reidenbaugh, physical education; Owen Risser, technology education; Elizabeth Stahovich, science; and Maggie Visniski, mathematics.

The 11th-grade honorees are Hannah Andersen, social studies; Chase Broderick, business education; Logan Emmert, vocal music; Luca Ferretti, instrumental music; Jacob Garcia, Mandarin Chinese; Katelyn Graybeal, Spanish; Logan Heister, physical education; Maya Horst, physical education; Alyssa Long, family and consumer science; Jordan Martin, agriculture; Ivy McComsey, orchestra; Jansen Miller, mathematics; Skye Reinacher, German; Thomas Sellers, science; Kathryn Sigafoos, English; Elli Strauss, art; and Joseph Underwood, technology education.

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Students Take Part In Ophelia Day May 17, 2018

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School District Honors Retirees May 17, 2018

Employees with a combined 250 years of service to Solanco are retiring. Five of the retirees have been with Solanco for 30 years or more.

The retirees include director of special education Linda Overley, whose Solanco career began in 2004; business office secretary and former school secretary Pat Giffing, 1983; Bart-Colerain Elementary kindergarten teacher Jane Ausel, 1980; Clermont Elementary health and physical education teacher Gloria Jaremko, 2002; Quarryville Elementary special education teacher Lisa Wright, 2005; Swift Middle School health and physical education teacher Diane Overly, 1982; high school ESL teacher and former social studies teacher J. Tim Glackin, 2000; high school custodian Irma Holmes, 2002; high school health and physical education teacher Michele Lovell, 1987; and high school guidance office secretary Nancy Roland, 1985.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Bliss and the principals commended the teachers and staff for their passion for students, their creativity and energy, their leadership, and their commitment to providing outstanding service to our students and entire community.

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Saunders Named Technology Director May 17, 2018

Solanco School District has announced that Jason Sauders is the school district's new director of technology. Previously, from 2008 to 2011 Saunders served as a technician in the Solanco technology department, where his responsibilities included software deployment, updates, security patches, hardware upgrades and ongoing maintenance.

Sauders' experience also includes seven years as a technology specialist for the Penn Manor School District and an internship in the Lampeter-Strasburg IT Department. He is a graduate of YTI Career Institute with an associate degree in cyber security technology.

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Solanco Honors Students Of The Month May 17, 2018

Solanco School District superintendent Dr. Brian Bliss and the school board recently honored the Solanco Students of the Month. The honorees were Joshua Morales-Roblero, first grade, Quarryville Elementary; Jaxon Culberson, second, Clermont; Jadeyn Jacyszyn, second, Providence; Kira Roark, fourth, Bart-Colerain; Gabriella Kraynak, sixth, Swift Middle School; Ava Spangler, sixth, Smith Middle School; and Nigeria Taylor, 12th, high school. Each student received a copy of his or her teacher's nomination letter, a Solanco shirt, and a restaurant gift certificate.

The students were nominated by their teachers, who recognized the students for the exemplary leadership they provide in their classrooms and schools, their positive attitude toward school, their support of their classmates, their outstanding work ethic and academic success, and their consistent demonstration of the Solanco core expectations of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness.

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Student's Poster Receives Recognition May 16, 2018

Middletown Area High School (MAHS) teacher Dan Riggs assigned some of his classes the task of creating posters for the annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest hosted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The students were challenged to design a poster using their own words and images that promoted safe and healthy alternatives to underage drinking. A group of MAHS teachers and administrators served as judges and selected a few posters to be submitted to the contest.

The Bureau of Alcohol Education received more than 800 submissions from area students. Only 46 of the posters were selected to be featured at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. The poster of MAHS student Mahnoor Azim, "Strike Out Alcohol," was selected as one of the winning posters. The student artists were honored at a ceremony on April 4. All winning posters were on display at the museum from April 9 to 13.

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School Receives Grant May 16, 2018

Twin Valley School District has announced that Robeson Elementary Center recently received a $10,000 grant through a partnership between Bemis Company and Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a nonprofit organization that provides learning experiences for kindergarten through 12th-grade students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Robeson Elementary Center will use funds from the grant to start the PLTW Launch program and help cover annual program fees, teacher professional development, and required classroom equipment and materials.

Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Twin Valley School District will offer PLTW Launch to fourth-graders as part of the science curriculum in all the elementary centers, expanding the district's current PLTW program from fourth through 12th grades. PLTW Launch provides students with early opportunities to develop a passion for and confidence in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects while helping them to adopt a design-thinking mindset through real-world activities. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and grow as problem solvers.

Twin Valley School District joins more than 10,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students. To receive a grant, schools engage in a competitive application process that includes demonstration of the school's ability to meet specific requirements and eligibility criteria. The requirements include district and community support, teacher professional development, technology acquisitions, and a program sustainability plan.

For more information about PLTW, readers may visit www.pltw.org.

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School District Names Distinguished Alumni May 16, 2018

Three Conestoga Valley (CV) High School graduates were named Distinguished Alumni of Conestoga Valley School District at a ceremony held on April 6 at the high school. Jill D. Brensinger Trimbath, Class of 1988; Tyler E. Benedum, Class of 1994; and David J. Groff, Class of 2000, were honored.

CV Distinguished Alumni are chosen by a committee of current and retired CV administrators, faculty and staff. This year's inductees have all reached leadership positions in their careers or made significant contributions to their profession. Additionally, they were honored for their strong character and community service.

Before taking on her current role as director of admissions at Veritas Academy, Trimbath worked as a genetic counselor with some of the top names in medicine. Trimbath served as a genetic counselor at Johns Hopkins, where she also served as a faculty member responsible for publishing articles in the New England Journal of Medicine. She was also involved in the White House Colon Cancer Initiative. Trimbath has publically spoken about her work, including being interviewed on "Good Morning America" alongside Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome project. Trimbath holds a Master of Science. In her spare time, she teaches Sunday school and plays the flute at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Benedum joined Avid Radiopharmaceuticals as its second employee in 2005 and helped grow the company. During his 12 years at Avid, he has played a key role in advancing a diagnostic agent for brain imaging of beta-amyloid plaques in patients with cognitive impairment being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease and other causes of cognitive decline. He has advanced the agent through proof-of-mechanism studies, CMC development, FDA and EMA approval, and commercialization.

Benedum received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Virginia and did his undergraduate training in chemistry at Washington College. Prior to joining Avid, Benedum completed a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, where he trained in natural product synthesis. He is also active in his sister's nonprofit organization, Today Is a Good Day.

Groff began working at Clark Associates in 2004 and today serves as president of the Webstaurant Store division. Groff also serves as a board member of the Strasburg Jaycee Park and has led efforts for several capital improvement projects, including the construction of a new playground.

CV launched its Distinguished Alumni program during the 2007-08 school year in celebration of the district's 50th anniversary.

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Twin Valley Students Engage In Outdoor Learning May 16, 2018

A group of 260 enthusiastic fourth-graders from the Twin Valley School District recently had the opportunity to experience outdoor learning during a field trip to French Creek State Park in Elverson. Numerous volunteers were on hand at the event on May 10, ready to share their knowledge about the environment.

The districtwide event featured 25 educational stations ranging from orienteering and geocaching to a nature scavenger hunt and a stream study. Participating students were from the Twin Valley Elementary Center (TVEC), the Honey Brook Elementary Center and the Robeson Elementary Center.

Students traveled from station to station, where they were introduced to a variety of environmental topics. They learned about solar ovens and solar-powered cars, frogs and salamanders and more, and they played tree hide-and-seek and Big Woods kickball. The volunteer station masters included teachers, environmental education professionals, park rangers and community leaders.

Students were able to visit four stations of their choice during the day. At one station, students learned about fly fishing from local fishermen, including master angler and stream evaluator Edgar Payne. In addition to being a fly fishing expert, Payne creates handmade fishing rods. He noted that the students were able to catch fish throughout the day, but then they released them back into Hopewell Lake.

Julie Fox, a master angler, noted that she and Payne teach the fourth-graders every year. "This is our seventh year," added Fox. She noted that fish that can be found in Hopewell Lake include sunfish, bluegills, large- and small-mouth bass and catfish.

"(Edgar) taught me how to fly fish," noted angler Emerson Freese Jr. Freese came from Jim Thorpe - a two-hour drive - to provide fly fishing instruction to the students. Freese is also a professional artist specializing in wildlife painting.

Olivia Carlson, watershed specialist/environmental educator from the Berks County Conservation District, used an EnviroScape model to show students how different activities can pollute the water. Carlson introduced various forms of pollution to the model, which resembled a community with homes, trees, lawns and farms. She used green powdered mix to represent fertilizer and hot chocolate mix to represent pet and livestock waste. Students then got to see what happens when it rains and how the pollutants on the land end up in the river that flows through the community.

At another station, children were taught how to take better outdoor photos with their digital devices, including cellphones and electronic tablets, by professional photographer Kelly Miller and parent volunteer Jenn Secord.

"The first thing is that you need light. You want to make sure that you move where there is light on your subject," Miller told the students. "You should also experiment with different angles. Instead of taking pictures (straight on), you can look up at something or take pictures of something on the ground. It gives you a different perspective."

Following the talk, students were given an opportunity to take their own photographs and to create a collage.

Event organizer Sue Sanger, a teacher at TVEC, said the purpose of the trip was to enhance the students' understanding of the environment. Another goal of the trip was to allow students from all three elementary buildings to meet and get to know each other since they will attend middle school together next year.

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FFA Honors Shrom May 11, 2018

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Students Attend TSA Conference May 11, 2018

Marticville Middle School student Jaden Smith placed first in Pennsylvania in the Children's Stories category of the Technology Student Association (TSA) State Conference, held April 18 to 21 at Seven Springs Resort. Penn Manor High School student Ray Gerner earned second place for his extemporaneous speech.

Jaden and Ray were among 14 Penn Manor students who finished in the top 10 in the competition, which included more than 1,900 of the state's best STEM students competing in a variety of events, from robotics and biotechnology to extemporaneous presentations and architectural design.

In all, 32 Penn Manor students participated in the competition. In addition to Jaden, the top-10 finishers from Marticville Middle School included Grace Fafel, Digital Photography, eighth place. Jaden also won sixth place in Materials Process.

Top-10 Penn Manor High School finishers in addition to Ray included Morgan Cooper, Joshua Gerlach, Aliya Trussell, and Christopher Trussell, Animatronics, fifth place; Bryce Eberly, Max Minnick, and Kevin Ward, System Control Technology, fifth place; Joshua Gerlach, Audrey Ritchie, Joshua Adams, Trey Erisman, Simon Schoelkopf, and Christopher Trussel, Video Game Design, sixth place; and Alexander Detter, Prepared Presentation, eighth place, and Digital Video Production, eighth place.

Molly Miller and Alisha Gerhart are co-advisers of Penn Manor TSA.

Both Jaden and Ray qualified for the national TSA conference, slated for Friday to Tuesday, June 22 to 26, in Atlanta.

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