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Hempfield Places On AP District Honor Roll December 15, 2017

Hempfield High School is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll.

To be included, Hempfield School District had to increase the number of students participating in AP since 2015 while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. The district is also committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, along with consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP exams, including world language and culture.

To receive the recognition, districts needed to increase participation/access to AP by a set percentage based on the size of the district; increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam; and improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district had already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earned a 3 or higher.

The complete eighth annual AP District Honor Roll may be viewed at


District Hires Serfass December 15, 2017

At its Dec. 12 action meeting, the Elizabethtown Area School District board of education unanimously approved the hiring of its former high school principal Dan Serfass as the assistant to the superintendent for learning. Serfass will replace Amanda Hann, who will be leaving for the Donegal School District in mid-January. Serfass will rejoin the district in June 2018 at the completion of his commitment as principal of Wiesbaden Middle School in Germany.

Serfass was hired following an extensive search process that involved a series of interviews. The interview team was comprised of district and school administrators, teachers, and school board members.

Wiesbaden Middle School is a United States Department of Defense public school for children of U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. Prior to his most recent position at Wiesbaden, Serfass was principal at Elizabethtown Area High School for two years.

Serfass has also successfully served as the principal of Rota Middle-High School in Spain and Livorno Elementary-Middle School in Italy. Further, he has served as assistant principal at Hershey High School and Radnor High School in Wayne. He also taught civics and science and coached at William Allen High School in Allentown and The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr prior to transitioning into public school administration.

Serfass is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics. He was awarded a master's degree in educational Leadership from Lehigh University in 2005. Other postgraduate degrees include a master's in management from Troy University in 1996 and a master's in public administration from Shippensburg University in 1993, which he received while studying National Security Affairs at the U.S. Army Senior Officer War College in Carlisle. During his 20-year career as a United States Naval officer, his tours of duty included leadership positions as a commanding officer and chief of staff. He also trained countless men and women in the performance of their skilled trades while sustaining exceptional rates of organizational mission accomplishments.


Students Of The Month Honored December 15, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) seniors Hannah Ruby and Austin Denlinger were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club's Students of the Month for December. Ruby and Denlinger were honored for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities.

Ruby is the daughter of Greg and Nikki Ruby of Bainbridge. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and is active with the school newspaper, where she serves as opinion editor. She is a member of the competition science team and Key Club and treasurer for the Class of 2018. In the community, she serves as a peer tutor in French. She plans to attend college to double major in biology and psychology with the goal of attending medical school.

Denlinger is the son of Matthew and Marianne Denlinger of Elizabethtown. He is a member of NHS and is active in numerous school activities, including Student Council and Mini-THON. He also earned Lancaster-Lebanon League all-star status in both soccer and baseball. In the community, Denlinger is active with the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce, packing bags for Santa at the holiday parade. He also supports the Rotary Club and its Christmas tree sales. Denlinger plans to attend college and later pursue a degree in civil engineering.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown, readers may visit


Students Of The Month Honored December 14, 2017


Students Of The Month Recognized December 14, 2017


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students Of The Month December 14, 2017

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Molly Stoe and Dylan Zuch have been named the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for December. Students receiving the honor will be recognized by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during its monthly luncheon meeting.

Molly is the daughter of Thomas and Kim Stoe. From ninth through 12th grades, she has been an active member of the Donegal Performing Arts Club, marching band, concert band, and chorus. Molly holds leadership roles in the marching band and chorus. She is a member of Tri-M, National Honor Society, and Math Honor Society, and she has helped guide underclassmen at DHS by being a Link Crew Leader.

Molly has also been active in County Band and swimming over the summer. She plans to attend Shippensburg University or Elizabethtown College to major in communications with a focus in public relations.

Dylan is the son of Tim and Mariella Zuch. From ninth through 12th grades, he has participated in basketball and track and field, as well as cross country his junior and senior years. He is vice president of D.E.E.P. and helps underclassmen by serving with the Link Crew at DHS.

Outside of school, Dylan has run with the Keystone Track Club. Dylan has also participated on his church's television show, "Cause of our Joy", and traveled on a mission's trip with his church, Mary Mother of the Church. He plans to attend pharmacy school at the University of the Sciences and compete on the cross country and track teams.


Rotary Club Honors Students December 13, 2017


Waters Wins Geography Bee December 13, 2017

Lower Dauphin Middle School seventh-grader Toby Waters won the school's annual Geography Bee on Dec. 8. He out-dueled eighth-grader Katie Estes in the first round of the championship tie-breaker after they were still deadlocked after the three championship questions. Toby won by identifying Ecuador as the smallest and most densely populated country on South America's Pacific coast.

Toby is the son of Pam and David Waters, and Katie is the daughter of Stephanie and Nathan Estes.

The bee started with 15 contestants who answered seven rounds of questions on topics ranging from states and continents to physical and historical geography and even state birds. In the finals, seven students competed for five rounds for the right to go one-on-one in the championship round. Middle school assistant principal Maria Miller was the Geography Bee moderator.

Toby will take a written exam later in the school year for a chance to represent the school at the state geography bee on Friday, April 6.

Toby also won the school's spelling bee the week before the Geography Bee. He is the school's second student to win both bees in the same year, a feat last accomplished in the 2000-01 school year.


Student-Athletes Recognized December 13, 2017

The Southern York County School District (SYCSD) school board of directors recently presented a Resolution of Commendation to three outstanding student-athletes during its recent meeting.

Susquehannock High School students Kendel Abrams, Taylor Tannura, and Jason Weger were commended for their dedication, leadership, and success as student-athletes. The board expressed its recognition, gratitude, and admiration for how each student represented Susquehannock High School.

Abrams played and lettered in varsity golf during her four years at Susquehannock. She had the lowest female scoring average in Division II of the York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) and was named a GameTime PA First Team All-Star. Abrams was the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District III girls' golf champion and the PIAA East Regional AAA girls' golf champion. She placed sixth at the PIAA AAA State Championships.

Tannura played and lettered in girls' varsity soccer for four years. She was named a YAIAA Division II First Team All-Star and the YAIAA Division II Girls' Soccer Player of the Year 2017. Tannura was a GameTime PA First Team All-Star and achieved All-State recognition in girls' soccer.

Weger played and lettered in boys' varsity soccer for three years. He was named YAIAA Division II First Team All-Star and the YAIAA Division II Boys Soccer Player of the Year 2017. Weger was also received All-State honors in boys' soccer.


School Honors Students Of The Month December 13, 2017


High School Students Enter Contest December 13, 2017

The art department at William Penn Senior High School in York City School District has entered an Interscholastic Holiday Painting Contest. The goal is to provide students with additional opportunities while making connections with the community. The participating schools were issued large canvasses to paint a holiday painting to be displayed in the store at Miller Plant Farm over the holiday shopping period.

From Nov. 25 through Dec. 18, customers could pay a nominal fee to vote for their favorite painting. All voting money went to the winning school and was matched by Miller Plant Farm.


School Posts Honor Roll December 13, 2017

Kennard-Dale High School recently posted its distinguished honor roll for the first marking period.

The following ninth-graders were honored: Brooke Ashenfelter, Caroline Beighley, Aisley Bergdoll, Caroline Boyle, Jack Bradley, Nicholas Broyles, Kyle Bryant, Kaitlin Carl, McKenna Channell, McKenzie Clauss, Garrett Cooper, Alyssa Cooper, Jordyn Creamer, Eliot DeVita, Brianna Dixon, Hannah Dubbs, Emily Enders, Shannon Fletcher, Nicholas Fowler, Axel Georgieff, Suzanna Gesla, Daniel Gibney, Sarah Gross, Tyler Heaps, Samantha Hefner, Caroline Henning, Tyler Henschen, Nikalina Hill, Molly Holz, Jolie Hoppes, Mikayla Hostler, Gabriel Hulslander, Abigail Kisamore, Lillian Kreiss, Michael Landreneaux, Cross Lawrence, Mackenzie Lengal, Avery Logue, Lily Lohrmann, Marcela Macas, Caleb Mannarino, Kyle McFarland, Natalie Miller, Marleigh Miller, Angela Mink, John Moscynski, Jordan Nagel, Tyler Nagel, Kaylee Prestianni, Connor Preston, Pierce Ragland, Tyler Rake, Julie Rubelmann, Trinity Sandefur, Victoria Santoriello, Caleb Scarborough, Maggie Scarborough, Stacey Schultz, Benjamin Schwartz, Corinne Sharnetzka, Aidan Stewart, Rosella Stike, Brendon Stoner, Alyssa Thompson, Blake Tingley, Quinn Vienneau, Jacob Walters, Collin Wolf, Aalyssa Wright, and Gabriele Yerkins.

The school also recognized 10th-graders Joshua Amberman, Lily Ambrose, Taylor Anderson, David Atkinson, Robert Beihl, Mark Bogdan, Mackenzie Brooks, Justin Bryant, Sophie Castro, Jessica China, Owen Clark, Sydney Clayton, Chloe Cole, William Cooper, Alyssa Davis, Kaitlyn Dealy, Aliza DeVoe, William Dunbar IV, Victoria Eickhoff, Elizabeth Freese, Karlie Fromm, Daniela Gesla, Elias Grow, Megan Hawkins, Wyatt Henschen, Alexis Hurley, Sydney Hutchison, Hayley Jackson, Cole Janes, Ryan Jones, Nicholas Karavas, Olivia Kessler, Lexie Kopko, Kelsey Lauer, Alissa LeBrun, Olivia Leftridge, Tess Leighty, Kayla Lijewski, Patrick Maloney, Kylie Marsteller, Wyatt McCleary, Annie McPherson, Brianna Miller, Benjamin Moore, Audra Newmeyer, Nicole Nipper, Cameron Rexrode, Cole Schlaline, Maria Schneider, Juha Schraden, Travis Schultz, Savana Sealover, Daniel Sentman, Alexander Sharp, Grace Shaw, Meghan Silva, Elizabeth Skinner, Alexandra Smith, Jenna Soukaseum, Chandler Swanson, Cloe Thoericht, Seth Thompson, Gregory Udzinski, Ansley Utter, Zachary Waltrup, William Warner, and Ian Yankelov.

The school honored 11th-graders Abigail Anderson, Caleb Bakalyar, Bryce Baliko, Alexis Barlow, Natalie Bradley, Johnathan Brown, Samantha Burk, Peyton Cate, Riley Chandler, Mary Cochran, Logan Coomes, Katelyn Copenhaver, Addyson Creamer, Carson DeVoe, Alysen Donahue, Hannah Dunphy, Lauren Gable, Ryan Gibney, Emily Glackin, Jaden Gray, Megan Halczuk, Kelli Hamme, Deborah Holle, William Holz, Ryan Hoshall, Kayla Huber, Noah Hulslander, Jacob Ingoe, Thomas Johnson, Jenna Kandeel, Kasey Karoll, Lydia Kief, Stephanie Kowalski, Garrett Lowe, Ryan Lutters, Rachel Macas, Isaiah Marsteller, Hayley Mathews, Brooke Mathews, Christopher McKee, Samantha Miles, Kathleen Miller, Akira Misselhorn, Abigail Mooneyhan, Luke Moscynski, Crystal Mullins, Colleen Nersten, Alek Nielsen, Elizabeth Parks, Brooke Reinhart, Jacob Schubert, Myranda Shifflett, Cole Sinnott, Autumn Smith, Jamilyn Smith, Justine Sommer, Takoda Stike, Megan Thomas, Matthew Tracey, Paul Traeger, Madison Warfield, Faith Warner, Julia Wecker, Christopher Wiland, Madison Wolfe, Mackenzie Young, and Kayla Young.

The following 12th-graders were included on the honor roll: Brennan Beach, Amber Belt, Nathaniel Bittner, Allison Bogdan, Morgan Bowings, Paije Carbonell, Alexus Chilcote, Rachel Clayton, Lyllian Comer, Sarah Davis, Lindsay Dell, Mackenzie DeVita, Allison Ebaugh, John Enders, Carson Fish, Maggie Freund, Sara Geldmacher, Katelyn Golden, Leah Hays, Gabriel Huber, Susan Kelly, Noah Leftridge, Clay LePore, Lauren Lisek, Benjamin Livezey, Rachel Locke, Emma Lucas, Mikayla Marsjanik, Madelyn Miller, Jessica Moore, Kyle Orem, Blaine Phillips, Makayla Phoebus, Autumn Phoukieo, Allison Rake, Daniel Riale, Louis Sentman III, Vincent Skinner, Aubrey Stewart, Dalton Stike, Noah Tart, Joseph Thomas, Cody Thompson, Morgan Walker, Noel Waltemire, Hannah Winters, and Kayla Wisnom.


Student Receives Recognition December 12, 2017

Elizabethtown Area High School student Dalton Kerstetter was recently recognized as a Do the Right Thing winner for November. Kerstetter was recognized for helping and encouraging another student.

He received his award on Nov. 17. Kerstetter, his family, the nominator, the business sponsor, the school principals, and the school resource officer attended the award presentation. The honoree received a certificate of recognition, a Do the Right Thing T-Shirt, and a gift certificate.

The Do the Right Thing program seeks to recognize students in the Elizabethtown community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. The program especially emphasizes random acts of kindness that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. Any adult over the age of 18 may nominate a child. For more information, readers may contact Gail Viscome, executive director of Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care at 717-367-0678.


Students Of The Month Honored December 12, 2017

Lower Dauphin High School seniors Abigail Mauger and Rory Klingensmith were recognized as Students of the Month for October. Abigail was honored by the Hummelstown Women's Club, and Rory was honored by the Rotary Club of Hummelstown.

Abigail is the daughter of Elizabeth and David Mauger. She has played viola for four years in the orchestra and two years in the pit orchestra. She is a National Merit Scholar semifinalist and competes in several academic competitions. She is also vice president and a two-year member of the National Latin Honor Society. Abigail is a two-year member of the National English Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. In the community, Abigail competes in Bible quiz competitions. She also performs in the Elizabethtown College Community Orchestra. She plans to attend college and graduate school to major in biochemistry.

Rory is the daughter of Don and Jennifer Klingensmith. She is a four-year member and captain of the girls' soccer team and the girls' track and field team. She also participated in winter track for three years. She is a four-year member of the orchestra, playing the cello. Rory is vice president of the National Spanish Honor Society, secretary of the National Math Honor Society, and secretary of the senior class. She is a three-year member of Class Council and National Honor Society. She is a two-year member of the National English Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also a counselor in Lower Dauphin's outdoor education program and participates as a buddy in Special Olympics. She was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholar competition. In the community, she plays club soccer with LDC United and is a mentor in the LD Communities That Care Study Buddy program. She plans to attend Drexel University to major in biomedical engineering or mechanical engineering.


Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent December 12, 2017

Nine Lower Dauphin student-athletes announced their college choices at a Letter of Intent signing ceremony in the school cafeteria on Nov. 8.

Kayla Hoffer, daughter of Tim and Leslie Hoffer, was 13th in the archery IBO World Championships in 2016 and ninth in 2015. In 2014, she was third at Indoor Nationals FITA-style. In addition to archery, she is a member of several national honor societies, a buddy in Special Olympics, and a mentor in Lower Dauphin's Outdoor Education program. She will continue her archery career at Pennsylvania College of Technology and study in the physician's assistant program.

Baseball player Thomas Bramley, son of Harry and Karen Bramley, was a first-team divisional all-star in the Mid-Penn Keystone last season and was an honorable mention in the 2016 campaign. He also plays ice hockey. He will continue his baseball career at Mount St. Mary's University and major in criminal justice.

Connor Buggy, son of Deb and Jim Buggy, is a varsity infielder for the Falcons baseball team. He was also the starting goalkeeper on the soccer team this season. He is a buddy in Special Olympics and with the Diamond Days baseball program. He will attend Mount St. Mary's University, where he will continue his baseball career.

Derek Wyld, son of Steven and Dani Wyld, is a 2018 baseball preseason All-American and was a Mid-Penn all-star last season. He is also a member of the golf team and was a district qualifier this fall. He is a member of the Mini-THON committee. He will attend Hood College, where he will major in computer science and play baseball and potentially golf for the Blazers.

Amber Schweiger, daughter of Melissa Turner and Troy Schweiger, was basketball team captain in her junior year and was a first-team divisional all-star in the Mid-Penn Keystone. She was also an honorable mention all-star her first two seasons. She is involved in yearbook and is a buddy with Special Olympics. She will continue her basketball career at the University of Findlay as part of its pre-veterinary medicine program.

Tori Tredinnick, daughter of Dan and Dorian Tredinnick, is an academic All-American in field hockey. She is also a member of the softball team, a buddy in Special Olympics, and a member of the National Art Honor Society. She will attend Queens University of Charlotte and major in exercise and sports science while continuing her field hockey career.

Karina Long, daughter of Chris and Kelly Long, is a two-sport athlete with District 3 gold medals in field hockey, long jump, and triple jump. She is the school record-holder in both long jump and triple jump. She is a member of the yearbook staff and coaches youth field hockey and track and field. She will attend Lock Haven University to continue her education and compete in both sports.

Paige Hollinger, daughter of Michael and Carol Hollinger, is an infielder, pitcher, and designated hitter on the softball team, which was a three-time district and state qualifier. She is a member of several honor societies and volunteers with Special Olympics, Study Buddies and Relay For Life. She will attend Geneva College, where she will major in biology and continue her softball career.

Hannah Swartz, daughter of Robert and Doris Swartz, is a captain and four-year starter at catcher on the softball team. She is a member of several honor societies and is a mentor in the Study Buddies program. She will attend Mansfield University, where she will major in biology and continue her softball career.


Students Celebrate Apple Day December 12, 2017

Eshleman Elementary School students participated in Apple Day activities on Oct. 6.

The event involved fifth-graders and their second-grade "buddies," who learned about different varieties of apples and cross pollination, completed puzzles, and played memory and tasting games using apples.

Students also got to vote on their favorite variety of apple and record the results on a graph. The activity ended with students enjoying homemade apple pie a la mode.


Students Chosen For District Orchestra December 12, 2017

Six Lower Dauphin High School musicians will perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Orchestra. Representing Lower Dauphin will be Ella Hickey, Annie Dickinson and Aidan Ferguson, violin; Ryan Pumo and Christian Gingrich, string bass; and Ian Bruce, trombone.

The students were selected after auditioning for the orchestra festival in December. The festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10, at Cedar Cliff High School. The concert theme is "American Reflections," and the concert will be led by guest conductor Capt. Justin Lewis, officer in charge of the U.S. Air Force's Central Command Band.


Robotics Team Wins Tournament December 11, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg High School sophomore Lander Holsinger and two other drive team members from Out of the Box Robotics recently drove their robot to a first-place tournament finish among 30 teams at the FIRST qualifier. The team also received the Inspire Award, the highest award bestowed on a team by a panel of judges who recognize teams in categories like community outreach, innovation, and software and sensor integration.

Out of the Box Robotics concluded its previous season in April with a semi-final finish on the world stage in St. Louis. Lander and his team then set to work designing their next robot. Using a CAD laptop and a 3D printer, Lander designed three robot drive trains over the summer between seasons. After the annual game reveal in September, one of Lander's drive train designs was selected by the team of 14 students and several adult coaches and mentors.

Lander and his team set about finalizing the design and working with local machine shops to machine, laser cut and powder coat the components. Lander and his team created a unique intake mechanism to gather, stack, transport and deploy foam blocks called glyphs.

After its qualifier win, Out of the Box Robotics now returns to the shop to prepare for the state competition and potentially the regional event in Scranton, where teams will compete to qualify for the world championship in Detroit in April.

Lander's interest in robotics was sparked at the FIRST Lego League, where elementary and middle school students compete with Lego robots. Lander has also attended all the Millersville STEM summer camps.

For more information on FIRST in Pennsylvania, readers may visit


Gold Honor Roll Posted December 11, 2017

Marticville Middle School recently posted its gold honor roll for the first marking period of the 2017-18 school year. Students named to the gold honor roll earned all A's in all subjects.

Students who earned recognition on the gold honor roll include Brooke Adams, Micah Adams, Thomas Alexander, Austin Beats, Anne Bibus, Garrett Breneman, Logan Broderick, Olivia Brunner, Emily Chang, Donovan Christman, Kaitlyn Clawson, Ella Coleman, Olivia Cox, Jenna DeVinney, Rylee Dean, Joshua Doyle, Colette Evans, Hunter Evans, Amber Floyd, Leah Forrest, Brooke Frey, Bella Fulmer, Nicholas Greenawalt, Peter Hamill, Jessica Hemmerly, Caleb Hess, Cody Hess, Adam Hollinger, Mia-bella Jones, Aidan Karlow, Paige Kendig, Adelaide Kline, Matthew Lenox, Ian Lutter, Annaliese Mann, Brandon McMichael, Nathan Mintzer, Madeline Mitchell, Blessing Mmugambi, Joule Murphy, Natalie Myer, Bethany Osborne, Chloe Perry, De'Lyilah Rebman, Kaitlyn Roth, Trevor Salzman, Samantha Shaub, Harley Smith, Justin Smith, Lauren Stoner, Liam Streets, Gabriel Sullivan, Luke Thomas, Jaden Thompson, Kayden Vest, Eli Warfel, Reagan Webster, Tyler Whirt, Cameron Bitts, Adilei Bradley, Maxwell Bushong, McKenna DeFalcis, Keegan Dings, Josephine Ebersole, Maggie Eckroat, Zachary Erb, Grace Fafel, Caroline Foltz, Colton Garber, Ava Ginder, Kylie Goss, Tyler Grassel, Sophia Groff, Carter Hess, Izzibella Hoffman, Madelyn Kahler, Andrea Kirkley, Devyn Mauger, Gavin McCanna, Gabrielle Nguyen, Anders Nordstrom, Audrey Paterson, Tyler Rankin, Brienna Reinike, Janelle Richardson, Riley Robinson, Benjamin Shaffer, Taylor Shirk, Jaden Smith, Leah Stover, Lily Sugra, Carley Sweigart, Paige Wall, Jazmyne Wanger, Tara Wenger, and Emily Witmer.


Students Perform At Music Festivals December 11, 2017

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