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Students Receive Recognition January 21, 2019

Seven Elizabethtown Area School District students were recently recognized as Do the Right Thing recipients.

Ashton Aipa, a seventh-grade student at Elizabethtown Area Middle School (EAMS), was recognized for helping a classmate collect a dropped binder and papers. Fallon Amick, a first-grade student at Rheems Elementary, was honored for collecting donations for Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS) in lieu of birthday presents. Rheems third-graders Gavin Bush and Quinn Dugan received recognition for encouraging their peers. Hannah Fitzwater, an Elizabethtown Area High School senior, was honored for calming younger students during the November snow storm, when bus transportation was delayed. Gwyneth Slade, a third-grade student at Bainbridge Elementary, was recognized for participating in a hurricane relief trip to Wilmington, N.C. Kierstan Swanger, a third-grade student at Bainbridge, received recognition for befriending a classmate who was sitting alone at lunch.

The students' good deeds were acknowledged at ceremonies held recently at their respective schools, where they received a certificate of recognition, a Do the Right Thing T-shirt, and a gift certificate.

Do the Right Thing is a national program that is offered locally as a collaborative effort between Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC), the Elizabethtown local police departments, and the Elizabethtown Area School District. The program seeks to recognize students in the community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude, or outstanding efforts, and it emphasizes random acts of kindness that otherwise may go unnoticed.

School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a student. A volunteer committee reviews nominations and selects a winner or winners for each month. Nomination forms are available at


Released Time Program Plans Open House January 21, 2019

Warwick Released Time (WRT) invites the community to attend the student program and open house at Salem Lutheran Church, 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Third- and fourth-grade students from Kissel Hill Elementary who attend weekly religious classes at Salem Church will showcase what they are learning. Second-grade students and families are especially invited to attend the open house, since these students will be eligible for WRT classes next school year.

The theme for open house is "Faith, Fun, Friends - JOY," based on John 15:11-12. The program will begin with a song by all students, "Every Move I Make," and on-site director Sue Weiser will welcome attendees.

The fourth-grade class of Liz Preston and Correen Russo will present "Faith, Fun, Friends," and Betsy Wenger's class will sing "These Are the Books."

The story of Jacob and Esau will be presented by the third-grade class of Carolyn North, and members of Mim Shenk's class will share what they have been learning about Old Testament faith.

An offering will be received for the WRT program, and Sue Rohrer, WRT director, will give the prayer. The piano offertory, "Joy in Serving Jesus," will be played by Faith Meier. Concluding the program will be a congregational song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." The benediction will be given by Walter Wagner, interim pastor at Salem.

Hank Hershey will provide technical support for the open house program.

WRT has been in the Warwick School District since 1965.


Manheim Central Students Honored January 21, 2019


Students Named To Ensembles January 21, 2019

Hempfield High School students recently earned recognition for their musical abilities.

Cellist Konrad Hurst, a junior, earned second chair at the recent District 7 Orchestra Festival. He will continue on to the Central Region Orchestra Festival in Williamsport on Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 20 to 22. Konrad will be eligible for a seat in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra.

Double bassist Michael Banks, a senior, has been selected to perform at the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-East Orchestra Festival, a highly competitive and selective honor ensemble for students in the northeastern United States. Additionally, Michael is currently pursuing auditions at prestigious music schools for a future career in performance and music education.

The PMEA All-State Orchestra and NAfME All-East Orchestra festivals will be held in Pittsburgh on Thursday through Sunday, April 4 to 7.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students January 21, 2019

The Donegal High School Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Lyla Naqvi and Bailey Crager are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for January. Students selected for the honor are recognized by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Lyla, daughter of Jill and Ali Naqvi of Marietta, is a member of National Honor Society, in which she has served as president as a junior and senior; National Art Honor Society, serving as treasurer as a junior and senior; and Math Honor Society, serving as secretary since 10th grade. Lyla has been the marketing director for Student Council since 10th grade and class treasurer throughout high school. She has been a Link Crew member for two years. She is a three-year member of the tennis team and is captain this year.

Outside of school, Lyla volunteered in the area of endoscopy at Hershey Medical Center and has assisted with ESL classes at a local church. After graduation, Lyla plans to attend a college to major in biology and pursue a career in medicine.

Bailey, son of Jill and Ed Crager of Mount Joy, is a two-year member of National Honor Society and Math Honor Society. He was a college ambassador as a junior and has served as vice president of the Varsity Club his junior and senior years. He fills the role of the school mascot this year. He participated on the baseball team his freshman, sophomore, and junior years, as well as the basketball team as a ninth- and 10th-grader; he is a member of the track team his senior year.

Outside of school, Bailey has volunteered with youth baseball and basketball. Bailey has served as a scoreboard operator for junior high basketball and high school soccer teams. After graduation, Bailey is planning to pursue a degree in nursing and then obtain his master's degree in anesthesia.


School To Present "Beauty And The Beast" January 18, 2019

High school students from Milton Hershey School will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," a Broadway modern classic, in the Memorial Hall Auditorium, 901 Homestead Lane, Hershey. The community is invited to attend one of four performances that are free and open to the public, including Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 9, at 1 and 7 p.m.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" tells the story of youthful, intelligent Belle and the misunderstood Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn how to love and be loved, the spell will end and he will be transformed into his former self.

The production incorporates themes like community, respect, and acceptance - values embraced by Milton Hershey School and included in the school's social and emotional learning curriculum.

Tickets are free and available by visiting and searching for "Beauty and the Beast" at Milton Hershey School.

While the school does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices, readers who need accommodations for a disability are asked to notify the Milton Hershey School Campus Service Center 72 hours in advance at 717-520-2647.


Nominations Sought For Alumni Award January 18, 2019

The Manheim Township Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award is given to Manheim Township alumni who have positively impacted their community and/or have outstanding professional accomplishments. The annual recognition is meant to place a spotlight on the accomplishments of special individuals and inspire current students.

Nominations must be received by Friday, March 1. To nominate someone for the recognition, readers may email More information, including how to mail a nomination in the form of a letter, is available by visiting or by calling Tammi Fahrney, Alumni Association contact, at 717-560-3117.


Introducing The Mother-Son Night Of Fun January 17, 2019

Boys enrolled in Solanco School District's elementary and middle schools, along with their adult female family figures, are invited to attend the first-ever Mother-Son Night of Fun on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will be held at George A. Smith Middle School, 645 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. Activities will be set up throughout the school, with plenty of opportunities for youngsters and adults to expend some energy. Attendees are advised to wear appropriate clothing and shoes for being active. Basketball, a lacrosse toss, cornhole, dancing, mini-bowling, Wii games, and Minute-to-Win-It-style games will be offered, along with more calm activities like board and card games, building with Legos, and a selfie booth. Light refreshments will be provided.

There is a flat fee per family to attend the Mother-Son Night of Fun, with the proceeds going to the Smith Middle School PTO. Night of Fun co-chairs Angie Schlagnhaufer and Trina Armstrong explained that the new event is one of several that have been created as a replacement for the lap-running fundraiser that had once been the PTO's most significant source of funds.

"We're hoping this becomes a big thing so we don't have to do so many little (fundraisers)," Schlagnhaufer said. "It's the first year, so there aren't a lot of expectations. We have people signed up already, so we're excited."

Armstrong explained that the idea for the new event came from comments from other parents. "We heard a lot of moms say they wished there was something like this (for them)," Armstrong said, noting that a daddy-daughter dance has taken place in the district for a number of years.

Schlagnhaufer and Armstrong have consulted with their respective sons in planning the Night of Fun. Graydon Schlagnhaufer asserted that knockout will be the preferred style of basketball competition, and Wyatt Armstrong helped to test the Minute-to-Win-It-style games.

"I had to beat my sister," Wyatt commented. "It'll be fun."

Graydon and Wyatt, who are in seventh grade at Smith Middle School, will help to run activities at the Night of Fun. A number of Solanco High School students have also volunteered, as have PTO members and other parents. The refreshments will be donated by families from the school.

If the Mother-Son Night of Fun is canceled due to inclement weather, a notification will be posted at, and the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2.

For more information about the Mother-Son Night of Fun, readers may email Armstrong at


Students Of The Month Honored January 17, 2019

Elizabethtown Area High School seniors Katherine Kimbark and Sean Brown were named the Elizabethtown Rotary Club's Students of the Month for January. Katherine and Sean were honored for their high academic achievement and extensive involvement in school and community service activities.

Katherine is the daughter of Craig and Kristine Kimbark of Mount Joy. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Katherine is involved in Key Club, Mini-THON, and peer tutoring. She is the co-founder and co-president of the Mind and Body Club. She is also captain of the girls' volleyball team and a member of the track and field team.

In the community, Katherine volunteers with Susquehanna Stage Company and Toys for Tots.

She plans to attend college to major in biochemistry and pursue a career in pharmaceutical research.

Sean is the son of Franklin and Caroline Brown of Elizabethtown. He was named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and will be considered during the selection of finalists this spring. Sean is a member of the National Honor Society and has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar.

Sean was named to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District and Regional Orchestras, as well as the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association Orchestra. He is a member of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. He placed first in both the Hershey Symphony Young Artist Competition and the Allegro Orchestra of Lancaster youth competition.

In the community, Sean is active with the Libertarian Party of Lancaster County, serving as its secretary and the editor-in-chief of its newsletter.

Sean plans to attend college to major in economics and minor in music.

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


Students Excel In STEM Competition January 17, 2019

The team of Ashley Driesbach and Hannah Kline of Elizabethtown Area High School placed third in the 2018 Brossman Foundation and Ronald E. Frisbie Sr. Lectureship Program held at Millersville University. Ashley and Hannah competed against 16 teams from around the mid-state in a competitive science, mathematics, and technology examination for sophomores and juniors.

In addition to the competition, the students had the opportunity to take part in laboratory demonstrations as well as to hear from an expert in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field. This year's speaker was Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr., a theoretical physicist best known for his work in supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.


Students Showcase Physics Knowledge January 17, 2019

During Hempfield High School's annual Scrambler Challenge, students demonstrated their understanding of physics, including the conservation and transformation of energy. Patrick Ammons, Adeet Parikh and Josh Biltz won the competition.

Leading up to the event, students worked in small groups to build a "scrambler" vehicle to transport an egg safely across several meters to a goal line. The project showcased the students' understanding of force, friction, energy, rotation, and torque, which participants considered when planning how to move and stop their scramblers. The vehicles were built both in and out of school using provided specifications and rules.

The students' total grade included drawings, performance of the vehicle, calculations, preparations, and other criteria. Points were deducted if an egg was broken in the process of movement.


FFA Members Earn Keystone Degrees January 17, 2019

Solanco students Kelly Foose, Carlos Shillenn, and Lexi Findley recently earned their Keystone FFA Degrees at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The Keystone FFA Degree - the highest degree presented to FFA members at the state level - is awarded based on the student's project program, including FFA leadership activities, such as office and committee assignments; school and community activities outside of FFA; and FFA cooperative activities, including chapter, county, regional, state and national activities.

Kelly is the daughter of Lori and Wayne Foose of Quarryville. She plans to pursue a career in agriculture or agri-business.

Carlos is the son of Joseph Shillenn and Lita Miller of Quarryville. His plans include attending an equine college to study horses and the equine industry.

Lexi is the daughter of James and Crystal Findley of Holtwood. She plans to attend a community college where she will study to become a veterinarian assistant.

Additionally, several Solanco FFA members received FFA First-Year Jacket Scholarships. The honorees are Lainey Nolan, Austin O'Donnell, Kyle Welkand and Hannah Wood.

The Jacket Scholarship is offered through the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association. Students write an essay about the purpose of the FFA and why FFA membership is important to them, and the essays are judged, with top finishers receiving a free FFA jacket.


Bingo To Support Lacrosse Team January 17, 2019

The Penn Manor boys' lacrosse team will benefit from a designer bag bingo to be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, in the cafeteria at Penn Manor High School, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville. Doors will open at noon, and bingo will start at 1 p.m.

In addition to prizes of name-brand bags, the event will include various giveaway drawings for baskets and other items, along with door prizes and concessions.

Tickets will include 20 games of bingo and a door prize ticket. Tickets may be purchased for a discount in advance and for full price at the door. To purchase tickets, readers may email

Proceeds will help the team to purchase equipment bags.


Students Take Part In Band Festival January 17, 2019

Nine Elizabethtown Area Middle School music students recently took part in the Lebanon Valley College Middle School Band Festival. The students, all seventh-graders, were selected based on their teacher's recommendation for demonstrating outstanding musicianship.

The students were Sophia Merlo, clarinet; Nathan Merlo, trumpet; Emily Phillips, French horn; Bradley Kreider, Rowan Meiser, Trevor Merlo, and Jillian Wivell, trombone; Carter Ketchum, euphonium; and Colin Rilatt, tuba. Lynnette Fetzer directs Elizabethtown's middle school band program.

The festival was held on the campus of Lebanon Valley College on Jan. 10 and was sponsored by the college's chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Lebanon Valley College senior music education students directed the bands.

The event included a full day of rehearsals culminating with a community concert in the evening. The festival featured more than 200 students from area schools.


Rotary Club Honors Strenck January 17, 2019


Students Win Award At Farm Show January 16, 2019


Students Earn Recognition January 16, 2019

Lower Dauphin students from the high school and middle school participated in the second annual Lebanon Valley College Honors Choir Festival.

The vocalists from the high school included Sophia Ditty, Natasha Ebersole, Mauricette Musser, Samantha Farace, Jacob Pegher, Brayden Harris, Cameron Snelbaker and Donovan McDonald. They performed with students from the area surrounding the college and were directed by Matthew Erpelding.

Selected to participate from the middle school were Olivia Hulstein, Alex Raser, Ella Fields, Avery Alther, Kelly Bastian, Anna Schmidt, Chloe Haslup, Alysa Harbilas, Kayley Schell, Jolie Revenis, Brandon Bibb, Ace Turck and Grayson Simpson.


Students To Attend Band Festival January 16, 2019

Lower Dauphin will be represented at the annual Dauphin County Band Festival on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Susquehanna Township High School.

Participants from the high school will be Hayden Milic and Hayden Tierney, percussion; Kane Schrum, tuba; Isaac Fox, Clare Raser, and Kayla Pedersen, clarinet; Maddie Baumgardner, French horn; Wulfgar Ramsey, baritone saxophone; Micah Nye and Dan Little, tenor saxophone; Lily Nop, flute; Ethan Elicker, trumpet; Christian Gingerich, string bass; and Ian Bruce, trombone.

Participants from the middle school in the junior high band will be Sara Olweiler, flute; Abbie Carter, oboe; Adrian Olweiler, clarinet; Toby Waters, baritone saxophone; Enzo Dreon, Thomas Sutor, Hannah Theuret, and Carter McQuiddy, trumpet; Joey Scharmer, baritone; and Isaac Mende and Lauren Wahlers, mallet percussion.

Performing in the intermediate band, by school, are the following students:

Middle School - sixth-graders Dylan Kreiss, mallet percussion; Matilda Carver, flute; Julia Goss, clarinet; and Aubrey McClure-Sherrick, tuba.

Conewago Elementary - Riley Beers, Lacy Tobias, and Sarah Jones, clarinet, as well as Parker Marshall, saxophone.

East Hanover Elementary - Eva Sherman, flute; Noah Klopp and Astin Lehman, trumpet; and Evan Smeriglio, percussion.

Londonderry Elementary - Layla Bohner, Reese Bailey, and Kerrigan Justice, flute, as well as Anece Zubler, clarinet.

Nye Elementary - Audrey Adams and Nolan Gordon, trumpet; Micah Fox, French horn; and Mia Pegher, oboe.

South Hanover Elementary - Sophia Howes, flute; Praveen Prabakar, saxophone; and Ted Devinet, trombone.


Kindergarten Readiness Workshop Set January 16, 2019

Pequea Valley School District (PVSD) will hold Kindergarten Readiness Workshops for children who will attend kindergarten in PVSD in 2019 and will be age 5 by Sunday, Sept. 1. All sessions will be held at Salisbury Elementary School, 422 School Lane, Gap, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, Fun With Letters and Sounds will be offered. Registration is required by Thursday, Jan. 31, by visiting or emailing

To register a child for kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year, visit and click on Learner Registration. Questions about kindergarten registration may be directed to Deb Weaver at 717-768-5510, ext. 5258.


Kindergarten Readiness Workshop Planned January 16, 2019

Pequea Valley School District (PVSD) will hold Kindergarten Readiness Workshops for children who will attend kindergarten in PVSD in 2019 and will be age 5 by Sunday, Sept. 1. All sessions will be held at Salisbury Elementary School, 422 School Lane, Gap, from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

On Friday, March 15, Vocabulary and Rhyming will be offered. Registration is required by Thursday, March 7, by visiting or emailing

To register a child for kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year, visit and click on Learner Registration. Questions about kindergarten registration may be directed to Deb Weaver at 717-768-5510, ext. 5258.

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