LCDS Holds Graduation May 23, 2018
Fifty-three seniors participated in the 110th Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) commencement ceremony on May 19.
During the ceremony, Matt Lane received The Trustee Prize, awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average. Kathleen Waters received the Ruth S. Hostetter Award, given in memory of a 1931 alumna to a senior who works selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community. Emma Stover received the Ann Musselman Award, presented in honor of a former LCDS teacher to the students who best exemplifies personal qualities of enthusiastic curiosity, the courage to take intellectual risks, and joy in a lifetime of learning. Sam Davis received the Faculty Award, given to the student who is the embodiment of what the faculty most respect in a scholar and a person, someone who has a true love of learning and is a model citizen. Cristian Tineo and Lauren MacKinnon received the Head of School Award, which recognizes the seniors who are most deserving of special recognition for having qualities such as leadership, school spirit, persistence, and civic virtue.
Speakers included faculty member Mary Turner; faculty member Diane Wilikofsky, who gave the invocation; Steve Lisk, head of school; Dory Bittle and Lauren MacKinnon, senior class co-presidents; Clare Jackson, member of senior class; and Genevieve Munson, assistant head of Upper School and English department chair, who gave the benediction.
At an earlier awards ceremony, students were honored in a variety of areas, including Sarah Frick, Music Award; Delphi Aubry and Clare Jackson, Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre; Cristian Tineo, Visual Art Award; Matthew Lane, English Award; Delphi Aubry, Elizabeth Ross Award; Maya McDougall, Foreign Language Award - Latin; Lauren MacKinnon, Foreign Language Award - Spanish; Daniel Lane, Foreign Language Award - Chinese; Michael Etter, Science Award; Emma Stover, Female Athlete of the Year; Matthew Lane, Male Athlete of the Year; Nicholas Lane and Matthew Lane, PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award; and Emma Stover and Samuel Nelson, PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award.
MHS Signs MOU With Area College May 23, 2018
Milton Hershey School (MHS) and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving the outcome for low-income, first-generation college students. Because Thaddeus Stevens' curriculum aligns well with MHS's Career and Technical Education program, students who are interested in pursuing technical degrees will be able to build on their skills to reach their goals.
Currently, Thaddeus Stevens offers associate degrees in 22 innovative technical-based majors that educate and train students for various job opportunities. MHS students who attend Thaddeus Stevens will be able to build upon the career and technical education skills they received while in high school.
Through the agreement, MHS students also will receive academic coaching, student engagement resources, and retention support to ensure student success throughout their college careers. MHS career and higher education specialists support graduates through virtual check-ins and on-campus visits. In 2017, MHS staff organized 123 on-campus visits and sent 13,856 text messages to support graduates throughout their college experience.
The partnership is the ninth of its kind that MHS has established with postsecondary institutions across the state to increase graduation outcomes for low-income, first-generation college students. To learn more about postgraduate supports at Milton Hershey School, readers may visit www.mhskids.org.
Baseball, Softball Camp Slated May 23, 2018
Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) will hold a baseball and softball camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily from Monday to Thursday, June 25 to 28. The camp is for students entering fourth through ninth grades; children of all ability levels may participate. The camp will be led by LCHS baseball coach Ty Book, LCHS softball coach Marv Adams, and the Crusader baseball and softball staff and players.
There is a fee to participate. Registration is required by visiting www.lchsyes.org/camps/.
Team Wins "Rising Starters" Competition May 22, 2018
Bishop Shanahan High School (BSHS) student entrepreneurs were honored as first-place winners at the inaugural "Rising Starters" competition hosted by Drexel University's Close School of Entrepreneurship. The regional entrepreneurship competition was coordinated through the efforts of Sister Maureen Lawrence McDermott, chief academic officer and superintendent of secondary schools.
All 17 high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were challenged to hold competitions among interested students. Students developed innovative business ideas and plans to successfully implement in a real-world environment. BSHS had more than 40 teams compete in the first round of competition.
Seven groups advanced and presented their plans to a panel of judges from Schoolyard Venture, an official "Rising Starters" partner. One team from BSHS was selected to continue collaboration with Schoolyard Venture as they prepared for the Archdiocesan-wide competition. Together, they worked to identify the key areas and adopt best practices of business development. BSHS faculty provided on-site support to the student team leading up to the final competition.
Drexel University welcomed the 17 teams from each of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools for the "Rising Starters" pitch competition on May 16. The keynote speaker was Nick Bayer, CEO of a hospitality business. The teams were judged by panels of local business owners and leaders.
Six semifinalist teams advanced to the final round and presented to a new panel of judges. The Bishop Shanahan High School team, including Faith Busanic, Hailey Gibson, Michael Skros, and Shaun Vassil, received the first-place trophy and a $2,500 award to support their winning business proposal. They have been invited to spend a day on Drexel's campus in the Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship, where they will work with college entrepreneurs.
More information about BSHS, located in Downingtown, is available at www.shanahan.org.
Seven local Catholic school teachers and administrators received Golden Apple Awards presented by the Diocese of Harrisburg at a ceremony held at the Cardinal Keeler Center in Harrisburg on May 8. The award symbolizes a teacher's professional excellence, leadership, commitment to Catholic values, and devotion to teaching in Catholic schools.
The 2018 Golden Apple Award recipients are Tammy Dreihaup, instructional support teacher and librarian at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata; Jennifer Fleming, second-grade teacher at Saint Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg; Michael Warren Hayes, religion teacher at Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster; Sister Susan Marie Kuk, math teacher and activities director at Trinity High School in Camp Hill; Jane Lobeck, kindergarten teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Lancaster; Katherine Phenicie, religion teacher and director of spiritual life at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown; and Theresa Smith, fourth-grade teacher at Saint Joseph School in Hanover.
This year's recipients cover the broad spectrum of Catholic education. They boast a combined total of 196 years of education experience. Each recipient was nominated by a parent, student, or fellow teacher. Nominees were then evaluated on their teaching skills, leadership, service to the church and community, and commitment to their students and school.
Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, who helped present the awards, spoke of the selfless commitment that the awardees had demonstrated in service to the families of their students. The Rev. Edward Quinlan, secretary for education for the diocese, reflected on how Catholic schools partner parents in the education of their children, and he recognized the honorees for their academic achievements. All teachers in Catholic schools in the diocese must have state credentials, as well as additional certifications in education from the diocese.
Kuk offered remarks on behalf of all of the winners. She thanked everyone who was involved in the award process, including those who offered the nominations, the members of the screening committee, and the Donahue Family Foundation, which founded and supports the Golden Apple Awards. Each of the Diocese of Harrisburg's Golden Apple Award recipients received a certificate of achievement, a $5,000 cash award, a golden apple with a 24-carat gold cross, and an individual photo with Gainer.
In the Diocese of Harrisburg, approximately 11,000 students are enrolled at 39 schools. They are taught by a total of approximately 950 faculty. For more information about the Golden Apple Awards and Catholic education, readers may visit www.GoCatholicSchools.org.
LMHS Receives Award May 22, 2018
Tracy Linn, traffic safety specialist for the Center for Traffic Safety in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, recently presented an award to Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS) for displaying the greatest improvement in the 2017-18 Seat Belt Challenge from fall 2017 to spring 2018. The Center for Traffic Safety collected data on students using seat belts as they left campus in the fall and the spring. During that time, student seat belt use improved from 81 percent to 95 percent.
For this achievement, the high school received an award of $500 for vehicular safety education and the use of a photo booth at a school function. Geoff Groff, the school's driver education teacher, and principal Elvin Kennel accepted the award on behalf of the school.
School Garden Wins Award May 18, 2018
The Teaching Garden at Lancaster Mennonite School's New Danville Campus recently won a Plentiful Harvest award from Lighten Up Lancaster.
Lighten Up Lancaster supports school and community gardens. At the end of the last growing season, school and community gardens responded to a survey from Lighten Up Lancaster, which was used to produce a "garden report card." The school's Teaching Garden had the highest grade among participating gardens. One of the items on the report card was whether the school had a composting program, which the New Danville Campus does.
In preparation for Plant Day, horticulture students from Lancaster Mennonite High School helped students plant snow peas, leafy greens, and herbs in the raised beds of the Teaching Garden. Students also learned about composting lunch food scraps, sang songs about gardening, listened to a gardening story, and planted marigolds to take home.
The New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School serves students in prekindergarten through fifth grade.
Students Take Part In Essay Contest May 18, 2018
Eight middle school students at Lancaster Mennonite School's Locust Grove Campus received honorable mentions in The Hershey Story Museum History Essay Contest.
The Hershey Story offers the writing contest to encourage students to communicate their knowledge of history in a creative and coherent manner. Any student in grades five through eight and enrolled in public, private or homeschool in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry or York county is eligible to submit one entry to the contest.
Honorable mentions were awarded to sixth-graders Tessa Armstrong, Adam Nolt and Sarah Forry; seventh-graders Davin Esbenshade, Caleb Metzler and Emma Wilson; and eighth-graders Madison Wissler and Nardos Amare.
The Hershey Story is a nonprofit educational institution founded by Milton S. Hershey, who believed in providing educational and cultural opportunities for the people of central Pennsylvania. In keeping with Hershey's philosophy, The Hershey Story is dedicated to helping people of all ages understand and enjoy many aspects of history.
Faculty Announce Retirement May 17, 2018
Resurrection Catholic School fifth-grade teacher Kim Kramer and art teacher Patricia McGuire will retire at the end of the school year after serving the school for the past 20 years.
Kramer has been a teacher for a total of 26 years. Prior to joining Resurrection, Kramer worked at Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia. Between full-time jobs, she substituted at public and Catholic schools.
Upon Kramer's retirement, the Philadelphia native and her husband, who retired from Giant Corporation in January, will move to West Cape May, N.J. They built a home there in 1985 and have summered there ever since.
McGuire won first prize in a watercolor painting contest. But it was not until after she married, operated and sold a business, and volunteered that the art teacher position opened.
McGuire plans to continue in the arts, especially watercolor painting. She and her husband Drew plan to continue living in Strasburg.
School Fundraises For Fire Department May 16, 2018
Christian School of York recently presented proceeds from a bake sale on May 4 to the York City Fire Department. The school donated more than $1,301, and Penn Waste presented matching funds, bringing the total to more than $2,603.70.
Mackenzie Parr, eighth-grader at Christian School of York, was inspired to help after she passed some firefighters collecting money and learned about the fallen firefighters and their families. She approached her teacher, who works with the Spirit Club at Christian School of York, about coordinating a bake sale to benefit firefighters and their families. Partway through the bake sale, local company Penn Waste agreed to match the proceeds. Members of the Spirit Club also presented fresh baked goods for the firefighters.
For more information about Christian School of York, readers may visit www.csvonline.com.