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High School Receives Governor's Award March 25, 2019

Conestoga Valley High School (CVHS) was selected by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to receive the 2019 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

CVHS was selected for its CV Recycles campaign. The school's recycling awareness and action campaign kicked off with the creation of a 6-foot-tall sign spelling "CV Recycles," with the letters C and V made from metal mesh and filled with recyclable materials. The campaign continued on to collect enough recyclables to make the energy needed to power a convenience store for a year and offset the same amount of greenhouse gases as 10 acres of forest land.

One individual and 17 organizations, businesses, and local governments in Pennsylvania were selected by the DEP to receive the award. The award recipients were chosen among 28 applicants. Any individual, business, school, government agency, or community organization in Pennsylvania was eligible to apply. DEP evaluated projects for their degree of environmental protection, innovation, partnership efforts, economic impact, consideration of climate change, and sustainability and results achieved.


Making A Difference Through Reading And More March 25, 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; and 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."


Students Participate In Regional Orchestra March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School orchestra students Sean Brown, violin, and Mayelin Ebersole, viola, recently took part in the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival held at the Performing Arts Center in Williamsport. Dr. Gerardo Edelstein, director of orchestras at Penn State University, conducted the ensemble of about 100 talented high school musicians.

A team of judges, composed of local music teachers, selected the students to the Central Region Orchestra based on their performance at the District 7 festival held in January.

Participants at the regional level represented the top orchestra students from not only District 7, which covers Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties, but also District 8, which consists of Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union counties.

This is the second time that Ebersole has played in the regional orchestra and the third time that Brown has earned the honor.

The high school's orchestra director is Rich Winey.


Farmdale Students Receive Recognition March 22, 2019


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.


Students Of The Month Receive Honor March 22, 2019


Grandview Will Host Concert March 22, 2019

On Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., the Manheim Township High School Concert Choir and Troubadours will present a concert at Grandview United Methodist Church, 888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster. The concert will be free of charge and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is a curricular ensemble of 40 to 50 students selected from the school's chorus. The Troubadours are a vocal ensemble comprised of 16 students selected by audition from those in the chorus and Concert Choir. Both ensembles are directed by Mark Wagner, who is in his 32nd year of teaching at the high school.

More information is available by calling 717-394-6887 or visiting


Harris To Compete In State GeoBee March 22, 2019

Michael Harris, an eighth-grader at Palmyra Area Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Pennsylvania State Competition. Michael is the son of Marc and Sheila Harris.

The state contest will be held at the State Museum in Harrisburg on Friday, March 29. State champions will receive a medal, cash and other prizes, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Championship. Students who place second and third at the state level will receive cash awards.

The National Championship will be held at National Geographic Society headquarters on Sunday, May 19, through Wednesday, May 22. Students will compete for cash awards and college scholarships. In addition, the champion will receive a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Readers may visit for more information on the National Geographic GeoBee.


Students Hold Mini-THON March 22, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) students raised $85,766 at its annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON, held from 7 p.m. on March 8 to 7 a.m. on March 9. All proceeds from the 12-hour dance marathon will benefit Four Diamonds, which aims to conquer childhood cancer. The fund originated in Elizabethtown with Chris Millard, who battled childhood cancer while a student at Elizabethtown Area School District in the early 1970s.

Mini-THON is similar to Penn State University's THON in that students are not be permitted to sit down during the event. The EAHS Mini-THON ran for 12 hours and culminated with the unveiling of how much money EAHS raised. This year's theme was "One Small Step for E-town, One Giant Leap for a Cure."

Approximately 350 students were active participants in this year's Mini-THON. Over the past five years, EAHS has raised more than $400,000 for Four Diamonds.


Students Of The Month Honored March 22, 2019

The Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club has recognized seniors Janna Oyola and Adrian Waplinger as Manheim Township High School Students of the Month for January. The club also recognized Jolie Awad and Liam Rockwell as Manheim Township Middle School Students of the Month for January. The students were recognized for school and community activities, leadership and achievements.

Janna's favorite subjects are English, Spanish and biology. She is a member of Key Club International and the International Baccalaureate Program, as well as president of the Asian Pop Culture Club. Janna received a student leadership award and volunteers at Manheim Township Public Library.

Adrian participates in Interact and Mini-THON and is a member of National Honor Society. His favorite subjects are economics and math, and he is on the first honor roll. Adrian is a varsity letter winner for swimming and Five-Star Swim Club participant.

Jolie's favorite subjects are math and world language. She is involved in vocal ensemble, chorus and orchestra and is a member of the Skyline Sharks Swim Team.

Liam's favorite subjects are math and science. He participates in cross-country and track.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are always welcome. For more details, readers may visit


Students Support AHA March 22, 2019

Rheems Elementary School recently held its Jump Rope for Heart campaign to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). Through the event, the school raised more than $10,100 for the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The top fundraiser was second-grader Elizabeth Kline, who raised $530. She was followed by first-grader Ryker Caruso and second-grader Nathan Kreisher, who raised $500 and $400, respectively.

The school's biennial fundraiser was held during the students' gym class. In teams of three, students jumped for one minute; exercised for a minute doing stretches, exercises, or dance moves; and then rested for one minute. They continued that rotation during their 45-minute gym class.

For 40 years, the AHA has been partnering with schools to help students improve their own health and raise funds for research to help fight heart disease and stroke. Besides promoting cardiovascular health, the students from Rheems learned about the benefits of physical activity and living a heart-healthy lifestyle, as well as the importance of giving back to the community.

Through the past five Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers, the school has raised more than $50,000 for the AHA. Lori DiRisio, physical education teacher, coordinated the program at Rheems.


Students Place In STEM Competition March 22, 2019

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teams from George A. Smith Middle School and Swift Middle School registered top finishes in the 2018-19 STEM Student Competition.

The STEM Competition involved identifying and creating a STEM solution for students' communities, such as something that affects their neighborhood, housing development, municipality, or township, like an issue with infrastructure. Each team had to create an innovation and build a model of it. They then had to create a video demonstrating their prototype and explaining how STEM and the Engineering-Design Process were incorporated into the project.

Members of a team from George A. Smith Middle School included Holly Grube, Graydon Schlagnhaufer, Droc Jones, and Jacob Trimble. They placed second in the seventh- to ninth-grade division. Each team member was to receive a gift card and a certificate from the IU 13.

The Smith team's innovation, called Cradle Floor T-20, was designed to help lessen the impact of injuries that elderly people may sustain in falls.

Swift Middle School's team of Brianna Dale, Ben Williams, Owen Underwood, and Brady Janssen placed third in the seventh- to ninth-grade division. They were each slated to receive a gift card and a certificate from the IU 13.

The Swift team came up with The Accident Eliminator, a sensor-and-light system for stop lights or stop signs designed to prevent vehicles from entering a blind intersection when a car is approaching.


Students Advance To MathCON Finals March 22, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Solanco High School student Aidan McBride has qualified for the national MathCON contest, which will take place in Chicago. In addition, Providence Elementary fifth-grader Isaac Esh has become the first Solanco elementary student to earn an invitation to the MathCON finals. Isaac scored 255 out of a possible 300 points, giving him a national ranking of 117 and placing him the 99th percentile of students who took the exam.

Over the past month, students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels competed in the 2019 MathCON competition. MathCON is an online mathematics contest that allows students to put their math skills to the test, competing in grade-level contests against math students around the country. The competition is separated into two parts. The first round is an online test, comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions that require students to apply what they have learned in their current grade's mathematics class to problems using their own ingenuity and insight. The second round is available to the students who qualify as the top finishers in the country based on the first round's test; the second round includes an in-person test in Chicago.

Three elementary students scored high enough on the exam to be placed on the waitlist for the national competition. Quarryville Elementary fifth-grader Nolan Huber scored 245 points and was ranked 158th in the country (97th percentile), Providence Elementary fifth-grader Blake Jenkins scored 240 points and was ranked 187th in the country (96th percentile), and Clermont Elementary fifth-grader Maddie Welch scored 240 points and was ranked 192nd in the country (96th percentile).

At the middle school level, a total of 96 students took the assessment. Smith Middle School seventh-grader Aliyah Kauffman and eighth-graders Yu Jiang Santiago and Emma Kline, along with Swift Middle School sixth-grader Joshua Craig, all qualified for the waitlist for the final round in the Chicago event.

Solanco High School ninth-grader Andre Mohler, 10th-grader Andrew Craig, 11th-grader Brandon Daniel, and 12th-grader Angel Daniel are alternates for Chicago.

For more information, including a list of students who earned honorable mention in MathCON, readers may visit


Stoltzfus Wins Scholarship Award March 22, 2019

Solanco High School student Olivia Stoltzfus has received the 2019 C.X. Carlson Senior Art Portfolio Scholarship Award of $11,500. The scholarship was awarded by the C.X. Carlson Cultural Trust in Lancaster and the Red Raven Art Company.

Olivia was scheduled to be honored during an awards ceremony at the Red Raven Art Company on March 24. Olivia's award-winning work will be featured on the business's Emerging Artist Wall in July.

Olivia has won numerous accolades in the Scholastic Art Awards and the Lancaster County Young Artists Awards. She was featured as the November 2017 Emerging Artist at the Hamilton Club of Lancaster, and her work was published on the cover of the Southern Lancaster Historical Society calendar in 2018. Olivia's work has also been featured in exhibitions at the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Demuth Museum, Millersville University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Also an accomplished writer, Olivia has seen her written work published in the 2018 winter edition of Philadelphia Stories Jr.

Olivia is currently working on the production of a portfolio to be considered for scholarships from visual arts schools. Olivia is considering The Cooper Union in New York City, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute in New York City, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.


Author Visits Middle School March 22, 2019

Landisville Middle School welcomed visiting writer Sharon G. Flake on March 12. Flake is the author of "The Skin I'm In," "Money Hungry," "Begging for Change," "Bang," "Pinned," "You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys," the short story collection "Who Am I Without Him?" and other works.

At Landisville Middle School, Flake led two small writing workshops and spoke at an all-school assembly. Flake led workshop participants through a creative writing exercise and gave feedback to the students. During the assembly, she shared her experiences as a professional writer and addressed issues of bullying that are woven through her debut nobel, "The Skin I'm In."

The book received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent and the YWCA Racial Justice Award and was named a New York Public Library Top Ten Book for the Teen Age and one of the Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year. Flake's second novel, "Money Hungry," received the Coretta Scott King Award, was named a Carolyn Field Honor Book, and received other accolades. Flake was born in Philadelphia and lives in Pittsburgh.

Flake's visit to Landisville Middle School was funded by a grant from the Hempfield Education Foundation.


Ravert To Attend Leadership Forum March 22, 2019

Solanco High School sophomore Alexus Ravert recently received national recognition for her academic achievement, work ethic, and determination to become a trauma surgeon. Alexus has earned a nomination to attend the National Leadership Forum: Advanced Medicine and Health Care at Johns Hopkins University this summer. The program, provided by Envision, is open to high school students from throughout the U.S.

Alexus is a member of the Solanco softball team and a junior firefighter at the Refton Fire Company. She is working with Solanco High School physical education teacher Dawn Kreider in training to receive certifications in CPR, AED and First Aid.


School Plans Lock-In Fundraiser March 21, 2019

George A. Smith Middle School students are continuing their efforts to provide support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The third annual Smith Middle School Lock-In for Leukemia will begin on the night of Friday, March 29, and continue until the morning of Saturday, March 30. The event's fundraising goal is $15,000.

The overnight activities will include a disc jockey and dancing, a lip sync contest, an obstacle course, relay races, dodgeball, matball, basketball, volleyball, tug-of-war, and "Minute to Win It"-style games. Teachers will participate in a masked singer competition.

Students are required to raise a set amount in pledges. They may collect more donations to qualify for participation in additional activities.

More than 200 students participated in each of the first two annual lock-ins.


Varsity Club To Host Bingo March 21, 2019

The Eastern York High School Varsity "E" Club will host an "A Little of This, a Little of That" bingo fundraiser on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at the high school, 720 Cool Creek Road, Wrightsville. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

Designed to be suitable for people of all ages, the event will include door prizes and specials, with food, snacks and beverages available. Tickets may be purchased in advance by emailing; a higher ticket price has been set at the door.


Book Swap Aims To Encourage Reading March 21, 2019

The memes about readers who hoard books are legion on social media. It can be difficult to part with a book, especially if the story is particularly gripping. Solanco High School librarian Emily Dawley hopes that the members of the high school community will want to share their favorite - and their unwanted - titles during the annual Great Book Swap event.

Every high school student, teacher, or staff member who brings in a book through Monday, April 1, will receive a ticket that may be redeemed during the swap, which will be held during school hours on Tuesday through Thursday, April 2 to 4, in the library. "The kids who are really into it will want to be here at 7 a.m. on Tuesday," Dawley remarked.

There is no limit to the number of books anyone can donate, nor a limit to the corresponding number of tickets they receive for their contribution. "I've had a kid bring in 30 books," Dawley recalled.

The swap is a great way for readers to obtain new titles without spending any money. Some folks even take the opportunity to choose books for gifts for loved ones, decreasing the number of books on their own shelves but increasing the literary happiness in others' lives.

Dawley will keep track of the tickets. At the end of the swap, any tickets not redeemed will be forfeited. Most of the unclaimed books will be given to students in the building who were unable to participate in the swap. A few titles will be stored until next year's swap, but Dawley said she does not like to keep a large inventory from year to year.

Dawley has set guidelines for books in the swap. Fiction, nonfiction, test prep, cookbooks, and more in good condition and appropriate for high school students to read will be accepted for the swap. Books for preschoolers and elementary students will be given to the Solanco Literacy Initiative and will not count toward donors' ticket totals.

"Fantasy is always a big draw, as are graphic novels," Dawley said. "Teens also like science fiction and contemporary fiction."

While community members may not receive books from the swap, they are welcome to donate books for the event. Volumes may be dropped off at the school office, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville, on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dawley is hopeful that participation in this year's event will greatly eclipse last year's. Because the library was being remodeled during the time of the 2018 swap, Dawley considered not offering the event. She persevered, however, holding the swap in a computer room, which was not visible enough, she said. This year, the swap will be held in the main library, where students like to congregate throughout the school day.

"So many kids come here now," Dawley remarked.

Since the remodel, she has expanded the fiction collection, but there are fewer nonfiction titles available. "Students are doing more of their research online," Dawley suggested. "We still offer a lot of really good options."

The school offers other quality ways to access books. Readers of digital materials may borrow e-books and audiobooks through the school version of the OverDrive app. Print materials may be obtained from libraries across the state through interlibrary loan.

"Print books are still really popular among our students," Dawley said.

For more information about the Great Book Swap, readers may email Dawley at


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.

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