Students Earn Recognition In Regional Contest March 15, 2018
Eighth-grade students from Our Mother of Perpetual Help School recently attended the Region 9 National History Day Competition, held at Kutztown University. Earlier in the school year, the students had chosen their topics based on the theme of "Conflict and Compromise." Projects were completed in one of many categories, including documentaries, web sites, and papers. On the day of the competition, students presented their projects and answered questions asked by a panel of judges.
In the Group Documentary category, students Michael Burns and Kyle Francis received second place, and Mary McAleer and Fiona Holland won third place. Alexis Baker placed second in the Individual Web Site category. These students will represent OMPH School at the state competition in May.
OMPH School welcomes children from the local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. The school is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools. For more information, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit www.omph.org.
Students Place In Chemistry Competition March 15, 2018
Students from Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) School recently competed in the 2018 Lancaster County You Be the Chemist Challenge, held on March 5 at Manheim Central Middle School. The contest, for students in grades five through eight, involves the knowledge of chemistry concepts and how to use them in the real world.
Seventh-grade students Tyler Miller, Matt Mercer and Sam Cassidy survived the first elimination, finishing in the top half of participants. Matt came in third place overall, making him eligible to go to the state competition, to be held at Penn State University on Saturday, April 14. Sam finished in fourth place overall, making him the alternate for the state competition. Also representing OMPH School in the challenge were sixth-grade students Sydney Dissinger and Luke Hinojosa.
OMPH School welcomes children from the local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. The school is accredited through the Middle States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. For more information, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit www.omph.org.
Distinguished Honors Posted March 14, 2018
Crispus Attucks Charter School recently announced its second trimester honor rolls for the 2017-18 school year. Students were recognized for their academic excellence.
Students named to the distinguished honor roll are Isabella All, Rachelle Capellan, Selmary Colon-Alvarado, Silmary Colon-Alvarado, Patricia Davis, and Kristen Hamlin.
STEM Program Seeks Applicants March 14, 2018
The Trinity College Preparatory Academy (TCPA): Jacob DeHoff Learning Center, 32 W. Market St., York, a program designed to assist youth in their quest for higher education, announced the full funding of 12 student scholarships for its July 2018 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program. The STEM program is a full-time weekday program from Monday, July 2, through Tuesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The STEM approach focuses on inspiring students in these four subjects by integrating the teaching with an applied learning approach based on real-world applications. A college professor, a high school teacher, and a college student intern will teach the program. Lunch will be provided.
Each scholarship is valued at $5,000. The selection process is competitive and priority will be given to the first 12 student candidates who are best qualified to be successful in the program. Priority will be given to students who attend the monthly TCPA seminar during the year. Enrollment is open during the year. For additional information regarding the TCPA program, readers may visit www.trinityucc-york.org/tcpa-ministry.
Interested candidates should send a letter detailing why he or she will be a good candidate for the STEM Program. Candidates who are selected to move forward in the application process will sit for an interview with the academy advisory board members. Application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject heading should be TCPA Jacob DeHoff Learning Center STEM Application. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 13, at 5 p.m. For more details, readers may call Dr. Larry Covin at 717-848-1775 or 443-621-0820.
School Plans Spring Celebration March 14, 2018
York Catholic High School will hold its Spring Celebration fundraising event on Saturday, April 28, at the Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York. The event will begin at 6 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the program will begin at 8 p.m. The Spring Celebration will include a silent auction, a live auction, and entertainment.
Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are available. Seating is limited. Net proceeds will support the York Catholic Annual Fund, which benefits students and the school. To purchase tickets, readers may contact Jennifer Sabo at 717-846-8871, ext. 222, or email@example.com by Friday, April 13.
School To Construct Play Space March 14, 2018
The Vista School, 1021 Springboard Drive, Hershey, was slated to break ground on Ben's Playce, an interactive and multisensory play space, on March 20.
The space is named for Ben Gingrich, who passed away in March 2017 at age 7. Representatives of The Vista School recall Ben's infectious smile and note that, despite his health challenges, he was making progress toward reaching his educational goals.
The play space is designed to meet the needs of children with autism. To address the needs of children with autism for pressure and touch, Ben's Playce will have spinning and swinging apparatus, a bumpy roller slide, and a rock climber. To encourage social interaction, the space will have a merry-go-round, a tire swing, and spring riders. It will be covered with a safe, rubberized surface instead of wood chips.
Through the support of various businesses and organizations, approximately 75 percent of the $160,000 total funds to build the play space was covered as of early March. To help complete the funding, readers may visit www.thevistaschool.org/giving or send support to development director Linda Whipple at the school.
Founded in 2002, Vista provides an array of specialized services to children, adults, and their families in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties. The Vista School is a licensed Approved Private School for children with autism. Additionally, Vista Outreach Services provides support to students with autism in their home school districts and other private schools. Vista Adult Services offers employment, skills training, and residential services to adults with autism.
For more information, readers may visit www.thevistaschool.org or call 717-583-5102.
Robotics Team Competes At State Contest March 7, 2018
Members of the Kardia Robotics FIRST Tech Challenge Team fared well at their first state competition, which took place at Dallastown Intermediate School in York County on Feb. 24.
Dr. Timothy Tam, one of the team's coaches and mentors, reported that the team, as well as one of the team members, earned awards at the event.
"We were able to place third in the state for the Think Award, which is awarded to the team that best communicates the journey our team has undertaken through the course of the season through our engineering notebook," Tam explained. "Also, one of our students - Emily Schaeffer - was named a finalist for the prestigious Dean's List Award and will advance to the World Championships (to be) held in Detroit, Michigan, in April."
Tam explained that the award is presented in honor of Dean Kamen, who is the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The award is presented to 10 students in the nation who best exemplify leadership qualities and increase awareness of FIRST and its mission. The students selected at the state championships are in the running for the final selection of the Dean's List awards. "Our student was one of three finalists who will advance from Pennsylvania," he noted.
Kardia Robotics consists of middle and high school students from Lancaster and Berks counties who attend Kardia Learning Center, a Christian homeschool cooperative located near Reading.
In addition to Emily, team members include Abigail Disipio, Jadyn Heck-Hoppes, Allison Breneman, Lauren Schaeffer, Daniel Lantz, Jacob Reese, Nathan Tam, Kenton Vermulm, Christopher Hamm, Joseph Conte, Benjamin Conte, Christian Stoltzfus, Andrew O'Donohue and Malachi Nash.
To qualify for States, the team competed at the Hat Tricks Qualifying Tournament in Horsham on Dec. 2, 2017. The team also captured the THINK Award during the Horsham event.
As part of the competition, FIRST Tech Challenge teams design, build, program and operate robots that must be designed to play a floor game. This year's game, Relic Recovery, involved stacking foam blocks, transferring relics and retrieving jewels that are placed around a square field.
Tam said that participating in States was impressive because this is only the team's second year of competing. "Although we were not able to advance to Super Regionals, we still had a great experience (at States)," he added. "The kids and our robot performed well, and we are already looking forward to next season and hopefully a chance to make it back to States."
Basketball Team Wins Championship March 6, 2018
The varsity boys' basketball team from Saint Theresa School in New Cumberland won the 66th annual Harrisburg Diocese Championship held at St. Patrick's Catholic School in Carlisle on March 4. It is only the fourth Harrisburg DIO Championship in the last 55 years for the boys' program.
With the win, the team qualified for the Pennsylvania State Championship Final 8 Tournament, which will be held in the Harrisburg Diocese at Trinity High School from Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18.
The team finished the regular season and postseason play with a combined record of 29-3. In addition to the DIO championship, the team won the Harrisburg Area League regular-season title with an undefeated record of 18-0 as well as the STS preseason tournament. The team also finished third at the St. Paul's School showcase tournament in Baltimore against national-level competition.
Team members include Jack Staul, Tyler Houser, Charlie Werner, Chance Westry, Evan Scott, Gabe Deppen, Ethan Pfeffer, Jacob Shull, Danny Britten, Daniel Mailey, Malachi Palmer, Cooper Manley, Jordan Negley, and Joe Charbonneau. They are coached by head coach Jason Grace and assistants Scott Rider, Steve Kuntzelman, and Chris Schemeck.
A pep rally will take place at the school on March 16 at 11:15 a.m., followed by a police and fire engine sendoff at approximately noon. The public is invited. Fundraising events will take place to help offset the tournament expenses for the team. To order championship T-shirts, readers may visit www.sainttheresaschool.org. The state championship schedule has also been posted.
Dayspring Slates Open House March 5, 2018
Dayspring Christian Academy (DCA), 120 College Ave., Mountville, will host an all-school open house on Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Families may tour the school, visit with teachers of every grade level and subject, and learn about the Principle Approach, the method of education available at DCA.
Dayspring is one of 25 Principle Approach schools in America. Of those, Dayspring is one of five model demonstration schools. Students are equipped to develop a biblical worldview. Through the classical method of education, students are assisted in developing excellence in academics and character.
DCA offers a variety of extracurricular activities, including Lower School and Upper School sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, track, cross-country, and golf. A partnership with McCaskey High School, Lancaster, permits students to participate in all of the school's sports, including football, baseball, swimming, and more. Additionally, courses and clubs include Lower School Choir, Honors Choir, middle school and high school choirs, art, and more. Further, students in fourth grade learn to play the violin while fifth-grade students all learn to play the ukulele.
The school's Principle Approach curriculum includes many in-depth field study experiences, including time in Plymouth, Mass., to study the Pilgrims; Boston to study John Adams' family; Gettysburg; the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.; and New York City. As a culmination to the Principle Approach education, seniors travel to Israel for a nearly two-week field study.
To register for the open house, readers may visit www.dayspringchristian.com or call 717-285-2000.
Women's Giving Circle Plans Meeting March 1, 2018
Dayspring Christian Academy, 120 College Ave., Mountville, recently created the Women's Giving Circle, which is designed to bring together women who are committed to the school and desire to harness the power of collective giving by pooling donations and investing in projects that will build and strengthen the school. Interested community members, family, and friends are invited to attend the social membership meeting on Tuesday, April 24, in the school auditorium.
The 2017 Giving Circle supported art, music, athletics, and many classrooms with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to Joanne Martin, development director and coordinator of the Women's Giving Circle.
Any woman may join the Giving Circle at Dayspring by making an annual contribution of $175 and a commitment to participate in the group's social membership meeting in April and the annual meeting in October. Each year, the combined contributions of the Women's Giving Circle membership will be used to support specific projects and services of Dayspring. The membership will vote annually in October on which projects will benefit from the fund.
For more information, readers may contact Martin at 717-285-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chess Team Wins Championship March 1, 2018
The Lancaster Mennonite High School chess team recently won its second consecutive Lancaster-Lebanon League championship. The team placed first during the regular season with a 14-2 record and was the top seed going into the post-season championship tournament. The team won the championship with seven wins and one tie for a 4.5-.5 score.
The team captains were Haolun "Harry" Wu, Class of 20; Katherine Gish, Class of 2018; and Ruiming "Rita" Zhang, Class of 2019. The team is coached by teacher Cedric Steiner. The Lancaster Mennonite team includes more girls than the rest of the league's teams combined.
School Posts Honor Roll March 1, 2018
The Lancaster Mennonite High School has announced its honor roll students for the second quarter.
The following ninth-grade students were honored: Eden A. Addisu, Falon R. Akers, Isabella T. Astuto, Sarah Baak, Samuel E. Berehe, India A. Bradley, Ella M. Brubaker, Woojin Chung, Woosung Chung, Hannah L. Clatterbuck, Robsan A. Dinka, Chloe L. Elie, Josiah M. Esch, Megan O. Esch, Ann S. Fink, Tate M. Frailey, Luka A. Friesen, Joshua A. Gingrich, Jonathan Glick, Abigail M. Greenleaf, Ellie E. Groff, Jillian C. Hargraves, Cameron S. Hoober, Kate Hoober, Sara Hoober, Triston D. Horst, Tiffany A. Iraheta, Doran T. Kennedy, Sang Hyun Kim, Kaeleigh W. King, Sheyenne W. King, Hannah G. Kirk, Leilani Krady, Isaac M. Kraenbring, Courtney K. Lehman, Nanga Lin, Kaleb A. Martiny, Sofia G. Masciale-Walmer, Joseph D. Nguyen, Esther L. Nolt, Madison Sehenuk, Olivia E. Shumaker, Braeden Stevens, Noelle L. Stringer, Brianna I. Travis, Micah D. Wenger, and Natalie C. Willig.
The school also recognized 10th-graders Elizabeth Adams, Jacob Adams, Timothy Adams, Salem A. Addisu, Eden E. Ali, Douglas S. Becker, Abenezer Belamo, Leah E. Bowman, Hunter Brubaker, Ian M. Buckwalter, Xinyu Chang, Qitong Chen, Zheli Chen, Matthew J. Churchill, Madelyn E. Ciliento, Olivia Coakley, Kendra L. Coryell, Mia P. Deibert, Kira R. Denlinger, Elaina Dinse, Mesa Dula, Emily G. Eshleman, Dominic France, Isaac K. Harnish, Justin Z. Hoover, Justin N. Horst, Kariann S. Horst, Alarie Hurst, Anika L. Hurst, Junguang Jia, Myles C. Jones, Tara Sang X. Kauffman, NamSeo Kim, Seunghyun Kim, Younha Kim, Elizabeth A. Leaman, Zachary T. Lees, Yi Li, Zhenhao Li, Jeffrey T. Lile, Nathan C. Longenecker, Benjamin K. Mast, Siyuantu Meng, Xiangze Meng, Abel Haileyesus Mengistu, Hannah F. Millar, Tyler D. Mongiovi, Haoran Mou, Anne E. Mowery, Kara J. Moyer, Ella C. Murray, Stephen J. Myers, Levi P. Nelson, Grace D. Reinhart, Landon D. Rychener, Rebecca Sauder, Noah Schnabel, Haneul Seo, Megan G. Shirk, Emma G. Shreiner, Aidan M. Sommers, Caleb D. Stoltzfus, Noah C. Swartzentruber, Joshua Watson, Lauren V. Will, Haolun Wu, Tingting Wu, Jianing Xue, Jiaying Yang, Junxin Ying, Jingyi Zhu, and Mikaela R. Zimmerman.
The following 11th-grade students were include don the honor roll: Calla R. Ashley, Mikayla T. Beers, Willa S. Beidler, Olivia R. Beiler, Coleman Briguglio, Selorm K. Bruce, Elijah I. Bynum, Hieu M. Dang, Ebba A. Dinka, Connor B. Edie, Ashlee M. Evans, Justin A. Gibble, Caelin Grambau, Jenna C. Groff, Nardos A. Haile, Seth Harmer, Wenye He, Xin He, Jared D. Hoober, Brendan J. Horst, Joel N. Horst, Logan J. Horst, Emma C. Jackson, Chloe L. King, Matthew N. Kirk, Hannah J. Kraenbring, Gabrielle L. Leaman, Benjamin A. Lefever, Mandi J. Lehman, Fenglian Li, Jia Li, Mutian Li, Yile Li, Yangyang Liu, Zulmi A. Marshall, Kendall L. Martin, Sota Masuda, Xiaoyue Mei, Xuetong Miao, Yujia Miao, Bryanna M. Miller, Clayton R. Nafziger, Lydia M. Nolt, Ty L. Palfi, Paul L. Peachey, Yue Qiu, Hunter D. Rohrer, Nicholas P. Sampsell, Destinlee M. Santiago, Erin Sedano-Perez, Xingyu She, Jashan Singh, Hannah G. Steckbeck, Elleah F. Stillman, Maria L. Stoltzfus, Avonlea Stringer, Shota Totani, Kylie A. Troyer, Melissa K. Umble, Cassidy J. Walker, Mengyao Wang, Siyu Wang, Clinton J. Wilson, Changdong Wu, Haochen Xie, Xinhui Yan, Chengan Ye, Shihan Ye, Chenhao Yin, Merry Bizuayehu Yirga, Nathan R. Yoder, Lan Zhang, Ruiming Zhang, Xiaozhe Zhang, Zekai Zhang, and Zhiran Zhang.
The school also honored 12th-graders Roman B. Ali, Stephen E. Baak, Joan A. Bencosme, Natan E. Berehe, Rachel N. Breslin, Bethany M. Bronkema, Maxwell H. Brubaker, Sennan Cen, Sheng Chang, Chuyi Chen, Peter C. Cook, Carli M. Costello, Allison K. Deibler, Wei Du, Sydney J. Esch, Kayla S. Farrar, Chenchen Feng, Cole D. Forte, Johnathon T. Gillespie, Katherine Gish, Benjamin P. Greenleaf, Nelson A. Habacivch, Samantha Harker, Mary K. Harnish, Oguilvia Hernandez, Charles Hoober, Marisa R. Hoober, Yangfan Huang, Carter R. Hurst, Emma J. Hurst, Younji Jin, Mengtao Jing, Josiah R. Kanagy, Soyeon Kim, Kate E. Kindelberger, Ashley A. King, Jerilyn G. Lapp, Joseph A. Lapp, Caleb B. Leaman, Sang Hun Lee, SangBin Lee, Serim Lee, Meng Li, Yingwen Li, Yining Li, Yuchen Lin, Tao Liu, Rachel I. Mast, Dominic S. Mattilio, Noel Haileyesus Mengistu, Hannah J. Murray, Makayla L. Myers, Melissa S. Nafziger, Andrew J. Nell, Nicole Newswanger, Jaleah L. Nisly, Allyssa C. Peters, Joanna E. Ranck, Anna I. Reyburn, Nicholas Robey, Joy Rutt, Elizabeth P. Schnabel, Ashley P. Spangler, Zachary Steffen, Shae L. Stoltzfus, Matthew R. Walker, Cassidy R. Weaver, Matthew B. Whitney, Min Seob Woo, Laura Yeboah-Appiah, Laurine Yeboah-Appiah, Yiran Zhang, and Zheyu Zhou.
CHAP Plans Annual Convention February 28, 2018
Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) will hold its annual convention at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster, on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2. The event brings together homeschooling families from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
Early registration will end on Thursday, March 15. CHAP members will receive a discounted admission price.
For more information, readers may visit https://conv.chaponline.com/ or call 717-838-1980.
Students Learn About Systems Thinking February 27, 2018
At Lancaster Mennonite Middle School (LMMS), the second exhibition of the school year challenged LMMSConnect! students to understand systems thinking with the theme "All Systems GO!" From coral reefs and trebuchets to go-karts, the immune system, Native American reservations, and inequities in the educational system, students showcased their learning and applied it to real world systems and problems in these systems.
In "All Systems GO!" students learned to identify systems and approach complex relationships more effectively. Building on themes of community, identity, and collaboration, students shifted how they think, communicate, and act by asking deep, probing questions. As they identified problems within a system, students explored possible solutions and developed a project to demonstrate possible solutions.
The LMMSConnect! program for grades seven and eight is an interdisciplinary approach that engages students in project-based learning. Project-based learning invites students to acquire knowledge and skills through investigation, integration, and synthesis of a complex question, problem, or challenge experienced in the real world.
As part of the school's project-based learning curriculum for grades seven and eight, LMMS exhibitions are held each quarter to provide students with the opportunity to show an authentic audience what they have learned throughout the quarter.
The next exhibition of the year will be held on Thursday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. The theme will be "History Now!" LMMS exhibitions are open to the public.
Brothers Support Cancer Patients February 27, 2018
Brothers Declan and Padraig Gardner, a kindergartner and a second-grader, respectively, at Saint Theresa School in New Cumberland, recently made donations to help people with cancer.
In August, Declan donated 10 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Declan had been growing his hair for quite some time in honor of a boy named William who had cancer. Every time Declan's mother asked him to cut his hair, he said that someone else needed it more than him, but it was not yet long enough to donate. William died four days before his 13th birthday in July, but William's father, Derek, drove more than an hour to be with Declan on the day of the haircut.
Additionally, Declan and Padraig set up a lemonade stand to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital. The brothers made the lemonade, and their mother helped to make treats. In three hours, Declan and Padraig raised $600, which they donated to St. Jude in William's honor.