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L-S Seniors Receive Awards July 17, 2018

Sixty-six members of the Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School Class of 2018 received scholarship awards totaling more than $77,000 at Senior Awards Night on May 17. School representatives announced that Isaac Esh was valedictorian and Sarah Gawne was salutatorian. Megan Breneman was third in the class and received the Bill and LaRue Helm Award during commencement exercises on June 1.

The senior award winners included Ethan Bare, who received two awards and plans to spend nine months with SCORE International before attending Liberty University; Sarah Baxter, who received one award and will take time off after graduation to determine her goals; Emma Bender, one award, Liberty University; Greta Bennett, two awards, Susquehanna University, luxury brand marketing and management; Emily Bishop, three awards, Millersville University, secondary English education; Nicholas Blair, one award, Millersville University, secondary social studies education; Preston Brazzle, one award, University of Pittsburgh, computer science and Mandarin Chinese; Megan Breneman, two awards, Lock Haven University, pre-physician assistant/health science; Nathaniel Brightup, one award, Virginia Tech University, materials engineering; Sean Burke, one award, Millersville University, German education; Elizabeth Crumpler, two awards, Penn State University, secondary English education; and Rebecca Cohen, three awards, University of Pittsburgh, chemistry/pre-med.

Also receiving senior awards were Nevelise Crespo, one award, York Technical Institute, pastry arts; Hannah Dawson, one award, Bloomsburg University, nursing; Anthony Del Grande, one award, Millersville University, applied engineering and construction management; Peyton Denlinger, one award, McDaniel College, kinesiology; Zakarias Dombrowski, one award, Alvernia University or HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, nursing; Tyler Dougherty, one award, Wilkes University, business marketing; Joshua Eidemiller, one award, Middle Tennessee University, aerospace/aviation; Isaac Esh, one award, Eastern Mennonite University Honors Program, mathematics; Ramon Estevez, one award, Drexel University, biomedical engineering; Ryan Fahnestock, four awards, Drexel University, computer science; James Fakolt, one award, Millersville University, government/political affairs; Shannon Ferrari, one award, Moore College of Art and Design, curatorial studies; Sarah Fish, one award, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, and Penn State, education; Cody Fisher, two awards, Penn State University, biochemistry and molecular biology; Hanna Garber, one award, University of Delaware, mathematics education; Donita Rose Garcia, two awards, Millersville University, chemistry; Dylan Grau, three awards, Temple University, biology/pre-med; and Steven Greenwood, five awards, Liberty University, music/worship.

Additional senior awards honorees included Erin Harnish, one award, Penn State University, criminal justice; Michael Hazboun, one award, Penn State University, business; Olivia Honert, one award, will attend Arcadia University to study scientific illustration and will spend the spring of 2019 studying in Scotland; Everett Honert, two awards, Thaddeus Stevens, cabinetry and woodworking; Laura Horner, one award, Muhlenberg College, history/education; John Kieley, one award, Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, veterinary science; Kyle Knapp, four awards, St. Joseph's University, food marketing; Nicholas Mark Krantz, one award, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, architectural CHD; Mackenzie Krebs, one award, American University, justice and law, concentrating in criminology and homeland security; Jenna Lapp, three awards, Eastern University, early childhood education, Spanish, and ESL certification; Matthew Leaman, one award, stonemason apprenticeship with Signature Stone; Allison Leonard, one award, Millersville University, mathematics and inclusive education; Melissa Long, one award, Millersville University, molecular biology and Spanish; Natalie Ludwig, one award, Drexel University, nursing; Rachel Marcroft, four awards, Messiah College, nutrition and dietetics; Megan Mellinger, one award, gap year before beginning further studies; Ashley Mellinger, one award, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, nursing; Mikayla Miller, one award, Penn State University, agriculture education and extension; Sara Mills, one award, St. Vincent College, biology and Spanish; Aaron Musser, one award, Judson University, architecture; Matthew Rhoades, one award, Loyola Marymount University, marketing; Alina Rutherford, two awards, Shippensburg University, international studies; and Todd Shelley, Pioneer Strong Football Scholarship, Albright College, social studies education.

Also receiving senior awards were Ryan Smith, one award, East Stroudsburg University, exercise science; Drew Smith, one award, Penn State University, business; Sydnie Smith, one award, a gap year before entering school, pre-med; Kyle Spotts, one award, employment on the family dairy farm before entering the diesel trade; Sarah Stahovich, one award, Butler University, dance performance and pre-physical therapy; Joshua Strauss, one award, University of Pittsburgh, chemistry/pre-med; Nathan Tobler, one award, Elizabethtown College, engineering; Luke Tordoff, two awards, Gordon College, sociology/pre-law; Nichelle Torres-Vera, one award, Penn State University, psychology; Cheyanne Waller, one award, Penn State University, communication sciences and disorders; Luke Weigel, one award, LaSalle University, education; Samantha Williams, one award, Moore College of Art and Design, fashion design and business; Alexander Williams, one award, St. Olaf College, computer engineering; and Morgan Wilson, one award, Penn State University, business and marketing.


Students Recognized In VFW Contest July 13, 2018


Penn Manor Teacher Receives Award July 12, 2018

Penn Manor technology education teacher Molly Miller has been named the Secondary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher of the Year by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance. Miller teaches Honors Engineering Principles, Advanced Placement Computer Science, Applied Science and Exploring Tech courses at Penn Manor High School. She was nominated for the award by assistant principal Jason D'Amico, who said that Miller leads student clubs to promote technology at both the middle and high school levels and has helped developed new classes in engineering and computer science.

Award applicants submitted examples of lesson plans, videos of classroom instruction, their educational philosophy, and other materials to a panel of technology industry representatives and postsecondary educators who selected the award recipients. Candidates were evaluated on how well they are implementing an innovative, inquiry-based curriculum that includes real-world applications of technology and addresses the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and abilities.

This is the fourth year for the awards, which are sponsored by the Lancaster County STEM Alliance and the Steinman Foundation.

Miller received her award on May 23 at the STEM Awards Banquet.


PVSD Provides Summer Enrichment Camp July 12, 2018

Preventing summer boredom and giving children an academic boost are among the goals of Summer Enrichment Camp, a Pequea Valley School District (PVSD) initiative being held at Paradise Elementary School from July 10 through 26. A character education program overseen by the Together Initiative is held in conjunction with the camp, as is a baby sitter training course. This year, a special STEM program is being held at the Pequea Valley Intermediate School (PVIS) for 20 interested learners entering fourth through sixth grades. PVSD is a school-wide Title 1 district with close to 60 percent of students receiving free and reduced lunches.

Summer Enrichment Camp includes academic instruction at the school for select kindergarten through seventh-grade students from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Students have been meeting at the school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The school district provides transportation for the up to 80 students who attend. From noon to 12:30 p.m., lunch, provided by a cooperative effort between The Factory Ministries and Grace Point Church, is served.

Rich Eby, assistant to the PVSD superintendent, noted that while some students leave at noon, many stay for the character education program, which is held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The program combines simple character lessons with a variety of activities. Students are divided into three groups according to age, and then the three groups rotate through a character lesson, an art activity, and games in the gym. Art activities included making kinetic sand, making slime, and weaving. The Factory provides a lesson plan for a character trait, such as respect, along with a book on the subject that can be read to the students. Becca Holt, community engagement coordinator with The Factory, said, "The books help to give visual representations to what may be more abstract ideas, like respect, perseverance, and courage."

During the first few weeks of Summer Enrichment, PVSD nurse Robin McCracken held a baby-sitting certification class for fifth- and sixth-grade students, including CPR and first aid. Students who take part and receive certification are invited to stay and help with the afternoon program. This year, 12 new learners signed up for the first week of camp and six students came to classes to be recertified.

This summer, PVIS teacher Rob Webb, who led the charge to update the school planetarium and won a grant to make that dream a reality, held a STEM Camp for 10 boys and 10 girls. "We (accepted applicants) on a first-come, first-served (basis)," said Eby, who added that the program utilized the same transportation as the Summer Enrichment Camp, running a shuttle from Paradise Elementary to PVIS. STEM Camp was slated for July 10 to 12, and 17 to 19. Students who took part delved into learning about robots, rockets, 3-D printing, and space missions. Activities included an egg-drop challenge, robot art, rocket launching, and solar system modeling, and students attended planetarium shows on the history of space flight.

According to Eby, PVSD has collaborated with The Factory for close to 10 years. More information about PVSD may be found at Readers who are interested in volunteering with The Factory or would like more information about the ministry may visit or call 717-687-9594.


Sustaining Values July 12, 2018

GOTR Endowment Puts Focus On Future

Girls on the Run (GOTR) Lancaster program director Jennifer West never wants to see a girl miss out on taking part in the program because of a lack of funds. "The worst thing we can hear is that a girl didn't participate because it costs too much money," said Jennifer. "We want to make the program accessible to every girl regardless of financial limitations."

The GOTR endowment, created in honor of Ellen McCabe, West's stepmother, and administered by the Lancaster Community Foundation, will work to make sure that never happens. "The money GOTR will (receive) from the endowment will go directly to financial assistance for girls in need," explained West. GOTR Lancaster executive director Carrie Johnson elaborated, "We will receive a percentage each year based on how much is in (the fund)," she said, adding that about half the girls who take part in the program receive scholarship funds.

GOTR uses physical activity coupled with specific lessons to help develop competency in areas related to social, psychological, and physical development for girls in third through eighth grades. GOTR is not a competitive running program, but the curriculum uses running to teach life skills and promote health.

According to West, McCabe was an integral part of GOTR Lancaster from its inception in March 2009. "She talked to us about fundraising and helped us find donors," said West, who noted that McCabe willingly shared her knowledge of how to run a nonprofit organization with West and Johnson. "She was very much a cheerleader and encourager who got us really excited and helped us to stay focused throughout the entire process," said West. "The entire way, (McCabe) was there giving us ideas and supporting us in any way we needed."

When McCabe passed away in the fall of 2016, West's husband, Peter, made a suggestion. "My husband said, 'Ellen loved GOTR, and she would do anything for it,'" shared West, adding, "She saw how it was changing these girls." Peter suggested the family start an endowment fund in McCabe's memory for GOTR. "Ellen felt no matter how much money you have, you should give a percentage away," said West.

Seeing the work of GOTR continue is important to both West and Johnson. "We want the same values to continue (into the future) for girls in the community and the thousands of girls we reach every year," explained Johnson. "That can't happen unless we have big-picture thinkers who value today and tomorrow equally. Our children are our future, and that is where hope lives."

According to Johnson, creating the endowment is an investment in the future. "(The endowment embodies) the intention to continue supporting girls for generations," she said. West noted that the funds will support Lancaster-area young people in years to come. "Sustainability is key. Our thought process was that if you invest, you want to make sure the money will be used correctly," she said. "Should GOTR ever cease to exist, the endowment will be used for another organization that supports youths in Lancaster."

Johnson lauded the Wests for their forward thinking. "Endowments create an important opportunity to keep money working positively in our community over time," she said, noting that while many people make gifts to causes, only a small percentage leave funds to an organization. "When people are gone, their gifts are gone," said Johnson.

West said that she hopes area residents will consider the endowment in their planned giving. "We invite and encourage the community to give toward the endowment fund," West said.

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Distinguished Honors Posted July 12, 2018

The distinguished honor roll for the fourth marking period at Lower Dauphin Middle School was announced. To earn a place on the distinguished honor roll, a student must have all A's or perfect marks on their report card. Students in grades six through eight were recognized for their academic excellence.

The students in grade six who earned distinguished honors for this marking period are Amber Abela, Alyssa Amspacher, Taylor Atkinson, Kyle Barber, Ainsley Black, Greta Bretz, Heidi Bretz, Ella Clark, Carolyn Clouser, Brady Coonelly, Jordan Dormer, Enzo Dreon, Evan Dupler, Caleb Eisenhour, Griffin Erney, Michael Estes, Nicole Estes, Grace Flickinger, Abigail Foran, Maximus Ford, Madeline Foreman, Nicolas Fry, Michael Fure, Emilia Garibay-Romero, Benjamin Glass, Arun Gopinath, Sarah Gourley, Hunter Gundy, Connor Hanula, Jack Hoffman, Kaitlyn Hoffman, Kylie Houser, Ella Klopp, Ethan Kurtz, Victoria Kutz, Sydney Laubach, Lillian Linnell, Nancy Liu, Chloee Lynch, Quinn Madden, Ava Masorti, Kathleen Mauger, Alek McGlaughlin, Cali Mease, Luke Mease, Lucas Millar, Ty Millhimes, Raymond Morris, Emily O'Donnell, Adrian Olweiler, Peter Otto, Grace Pankake, Jainee Patel, Logan Pedersen, Tyler Persing, Grace Peterson, Cassidy Piegzik, Claire Rafferty, Arminda Rhodes, Drake Risser, Oceana Sams, Joseph Scharmer, Rees Schrode, Sarah Sells, Havannah Singletary, Ryder Stahl, Ellyse Stumpf, Emma Thomas, Grace Turjan, Ian Vasil, Nathaniel Wappman, Marina Weidman, Casey Westerberg, Selin Yalcinanahtar, Megan Zerbe, Laurel Zubler, and Isabella Zulli.

Seventh-graders named to the distinguished honor roll include Davin Adelman, Digby Althoff, Shannon Angerer, Abbigail Auringer, Cameron Barber, Kelly Bastian, Raphael Bastos, Regan Bixler, Hannah Bloomer, Ethan Covell, Jaiden Dissinger, Lily Ditty, Katelyn Economopoulos, Kristen Economopoulos, Kelsey Epoca, Scott Felter, William Foley, Eric Fry, Joseph Goduto, Alysa Harbilas, Leyna Harner, Rylan Helmer, Valerie Hevner, Kyler Holland, Alyssa Johnson, Ryan Jorich, Ava Kulp, Carter Lammando, Rylee Malseed, Hannah McConnell, Marielle McGurrin, Isaac Mende, Audrey Meyers, Raeann Miller, Megan Orris, Ethan Parker, Jolie Revenis, Bawan Rezhan, Thomas Rose, Katherine Ross, Thomas Royer, Caleb Runk, Julia Ruzzi, Madeline Sanders, Andrew Seacord, Brynn Shaffer, Makayla Shutt, Morgan Sparks, Carissa Steffe, Piper Taylor, Lauren Wahlers, Tobias Waters, Aden Weigle, Alexandria Wells, Eric West, and Allison Wilbert.

Students in grade eight who received distinguished honors are Mohamed Abdessameud, Paige Berzinski, Avery Book, Clara Breidenstine, Morgan Clouser, Gwen Daily, Emma Dickinson, Ethan Espenshade, Katherine Estes, Hannah Fischer, Joshua Given, Conor Grubb, Makaylee Hale, Katelyn Hanft, Alicia Jones, Maxwell Klingensmith, Hailley Lynch, Hudson Millar, Kayla Nguyen, Lilian Nop, Carolynn O'Donnell, Aidan Powell, Leah Tierney, and Gracie White.


Students Earn Academic Honor July 12, 2018

The distinguished honor roll for the fourth marking period at Lower Dauphin High School was announced. To earn a place on the distinguished honor roll, a student must have all A's or perfect marks on their report card. Students in grades nine through 12 were recognized for their academic excellence.

Students in the freshman class who earned distinguished honors are Nicole Baker, Rachel Blessing, Josalyn Byers, Alexandra Cassel, Alvin Coulbourn, Caiden Covell, Kiara Cressinger, Sophia Ditty, Abigaile English, Katherine Foley, Bella Fry, Steven Goss, Nathan Helmer, Maya Hoover, Lauren Hunter, Noah Leach, Abigail Lennox, Briona Lookenbill, Annabel Mauger, Derek McGlaughlin, Tristan McQuiddy, Robin Mitchell, Kayla Pedersen, Melina Putt, Miran Rezhan, Alaina Riley, Janie Rost, Kilee Sims, Angelina Smith, James Taylor, Mason Wahlers, Emma Walt, Catherine Walter, Grace Walter, Lillie Weaver, and Julia Zewe.

Sophomores named to the distinguished honor roll include Sophia Balshy, Kellie Chandler, Natasha Ebersole, Zachary Feehrer, Aidan Ferguson, Christian Gingrich, Alayna Graeff, Brandelynn Heinbaugh, Bryce Hickey, Ryan Hsing-Smith, Isabelle Johnson, Donavan Kann, Zachary Landis, Jack Levi, Daniel Little, Amy Miller, Morgan Mosco, Ashley Nguyen, Micah Nye, Tanav Patel, Devin Roth, Nidhi Singh, Shenandoah Stull, Hunter Thomas, Clayton Ulrey, Carson Wendling, and Ethan Westerberg.

Students in the junior class who received distinguished honors are Kelly Barr, Summer Blouch, Miles Book, Robert Bray, Avery Cassel, Annie Dickinson, Jeanine Ebling, Hailey Foreman, Alexandria Frantz, Marine Ghazaryan, Baylee Hall, Josiah Helmer, Caitlin Holland, Tanner Kennedy, Sydney Koons, Brendon Little, Collin McCanna, Grace McCloskey, Nicholas Messner, Luke Miller, Lauren Natkin, James Ramsey, Jacob Snyder, Kendra Trowbridge, Jenna Waughen, and Maxfield Wootten.

Seniors who achieved distinguished honor roll include Rebecca Anderson, Abigail Berrios, Justine Bonham, Evan Bowman, Kayley Brookes, Micaiah Bulgrien, Danielle Cake, Rachel Clouser, Erynne DeLano, Cameron Gardner, Alexis Goddard, Ella Hickey, Jacob Janssen, Aidan Klassen, Rory Klingensmith, Alison Kreider, Hannah Laychock, Alexandra Little, Abigail Mauger, Chiara Meyers, Spencer Miller, Jacob O'Donnell, Benitez Olguin, Angela Orwan, Nandini Patel, James Perry, Brendan Roth, Faith Swanger, Rebecca Tezak, Kourtney Whittington, Michelle Yohe, and Colin Yohn.


Archery Club On Target at National Competition July 11, 2018

Just two years ago, Joe Weinhold had only shot a bow a few times, and he did not own one of his own. Just two years ago, there were no Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA) Programs in Pennsylvania.

Fast forward to the National S3DA Championships held June 16 through 19 in Metropolis, Ill. Reading Archery Club's (RAC) shooter, "superman" for the weekend, was Joe Weinhold, who shot a 440 to earn the runner-up position in the High School Fixed Pin Class.

Weinhold was not the only star on the RAC team. During the championships, 14 local youths put Pennsylvania on the S3DA map at the sixth annual S3DA National Championships. Twelve of the 14 archers are from ELANCO School District and shoot with the RAC S3DA Team, coached by retired Garden Spot High School teacher Bob Lauffer; his son, Reece; and Jason Burke.

RAC came home with fourth place in the nation as a team with 2,047 points, beating out another team with the same score based on number of bonus rings the archers garnered. Members of the team and their scores include Weinhold in second place with a 440, Chance Taylor in 30th place with a 407, Riley Oppenheim in 37th place with a 404, Holt Albertson finishing 41st with a 398 in the open class, Brayden Wentzel in 53rd place with a score of 398, Luke Shirk with a score of 386, Willam Hower with a score of 363, and RJ Maio with a score of 357.

The team totals are added up based on a combined score of two days of shooting at 20 targets each day. Eight members are required per team, and the top five scores are added to get a team total.

Bob reflected on the team's showing, noting, "I was hoping for a top-10 finish, but since this was our first time with a high school -age team, I didn't know what to expect." Bob added that he was hoping to see some individual team members finish in the top 10, and two of the archers - Weinhold and elementary competitior Cannon Youndt - reached that goal. "I could not be any prouder of everyone on this team for the way they shot and the way they supported one another," Bob said.

Youndt earned an even 400 on his 40 targets, which put him in ninth place overall. Erin Hostetter, who competed in the elementary division, shot 183-181 for a total of 364 and 26th place in fixed pins. Davis Oppenheim and Zander Clymer were RAC's youngest competitors in Elementary Fixed Pins. Oppenheim shot a total of 356, and Clymer garnered 259 points. Two Garden Spot eighth-grade students competed in the Middle School Fixed Pins category. Greg Weidman shot a 370, and Bryce Clymer shot a 355.

Reece noted that as coaches, he and his father stress the fundamentals and consistency during regular practices. "We are a young team both in age and competitive experience," he said. "With some two-year shooters coming up through the ranks, the future for RAC S3DA is bright. As they advance, I (will) try to show them some of the little things that may give them an edge technique wise and mentally."

RAC S3DA is open to anyone in grades three through 12 who wants to give archery a try. Practices are held at the RAC, off Route 625 on Church Road, Mohnton, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Readers who would like more information about the local club may search for "Reading Archery Club S3DA" on Facebook. Individuals who have questions about the local club may call 717-799-8525 or email


Manor FFA Members Receive Awards July 11, 2018

Manor FFA members earned multiple awards at the chapter's 58th annual banquet, held recently in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria. Pennsylvania FFA state secretary Taylor Halbleib spoke at the event, which celebrated the hard work of chapter members during the school year.

Members received the following awards.

Proficiency: Kenny Barley, agriculture sales; Arilyn Tegtmeier, agriscience research - animal systems; Kyle Bushong, dairy production; Melodie Garrett, diversified livestock production; Jonathan Eshbach, specialty crop production; and Rebecca High, swine production.

Supervised agricultural experience (SAE) Start-Up Grants: Arilyn Tegtmeier, Megan Reen, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt, and Brenna McDevitt.

SAE Expansion Grants: Arilyn Tegtmeier, Colin Smith, Marshall Ebersole, Angie Frola, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant, and Austin Kolb.

Scholarship Awards: Clara Hess, Ben Raifsnider, Joe Allman, Becky Barley, Abigail Reiff, Emily Aukamp, Kyle Bushong, Arilyn Tegtmeir, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant, Kenny Barley, and Ben Raifsnider.

Leadership Awards: Michael Brumbaugh, Emily Aukamp, Elizabeth Broderick, Kenny Barley, Melodie Garrett, Rebecca High, Jonathan Eshbach, Arilyn Tegtmeier, Austin Kolb, Becky Barley, Renee Eshbach, Sarah Bleacher, Bobbie Ditzler, Emma French, and Rebecca High.

Additionally, Rebecca High and Melodie Garrett were recognized for receiving Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships for a weeklong conference this summer.

Katey Bleacher, Bradley Groff and Sammy Bleacher were recognized for receiving the American Degree, the highest degree in the FFA.

Austin Kolb was a Star Chapter recipient in agribusiness, and Maddy Denlinger was a Star Chapter recipient in placement.

The Star Greenhand recipients were Laurel Barley in placement, Berklee Perry in production and Jolene Fields in agriscience.

Honorary Degree recipients were recognized for their continued support. They are Rosalind Cowan, Brian and April Eshbach, Kaleb Long, Carroll Herr, Scott Kreider, Ellis Kreider, Dave and Starla Hess, Jay and Bonni Bauman, Erin Deamer, Missy and Larry Eshbach and International Harvester Collector's Club, Chapter 8.

This year's Blue and Gold recipients are Ken and Nancy Witmer.

At the close of the banquet, Manor FFA officers were installed for 2018-19. Rebecca High is president, and Arilyn Tegtmeier and Melodie Garrett are vice presidents. The additional officers are Lauren Sensenich, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt, Jolene Fields, Renee Eshbach, Alyssa Chalfant, Sarah Bleacher, Darby Conrad, Michael Brumbaugh, and Laurel Barley.


Anchor Club Earns Recognition July 11, 2018


School Receives Recognition July 11, 2018

Twin Valley Middle School (TVMS) celebrated its 2018 Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch Program designation with a schoolwide pep rally on May 11. Afterward, the board held a reception, featuring artistic and musical performances and recognition of the school's students, staff and leadership by board president Gary McEwen, superintendent Robert Pleis, Sen. Judith Schwank and Sen. John Rafferty Jr. State director of Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Bruce Vosburgh presented the certificate and spoke to the audiences at both gatherings.

TVMS joins 35 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. TVMS was to be recognized nationally with all the other recognized Schools to Watch schools across the country in Washington, D.C., at the National Forum's National Schools to Watch conference from June 28 to 30.

The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they met criteria developed by the National Forum. TVMS was visited by state teams that observed classrooms; interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents; and examined achievement data, suspension rates, the quality of lessons, and student work. TVMS is initially recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years, it must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be redesignated. The Schools to Watch program requires TVMS to not just identify strengths, but also to focus on areas for continuous improvement.

For more information about the Schools to Watch program, readers may visit

More information about TVMS' school characteristics and replicable practices is available at


FFA Members Attend Convention July 10, 2018

Grassland FFA members attended the annual Pennsylvania FFA State Convention at the Pennsylvania State University from June 12 to 14. The convention was composed of competitions, sessions, and social activities, including eating ice cream from the creamery. FFA chapters from across Pennsylvania were represented.

Three general sessions were held at the Bryce Jordan Center. The sessions featured Pennsylvania FFA sponsors and supporters, motivational speakers, recognition of FFA members' accomplishments, and lessons on leadership. Unique this year, Pennsylvania FFA honored past state officers, including Grassland FFA's Kenneth Martin. Incorporating Pennsylvania FFA's 2018-19 theme, "Ignite, Create, and Illuminate," the newly retired 2017-18 state officer team members reflected on how FFA members may ignite, create, and illuminate in their schools, chapters, and communities.

Grassland FFA members competed in a variety of Career and Leadership Development Events (LDE/CDE) that tested their knowledge and skills within specific areas in agriculture.

Daniel Horning placed first in the state in Junior Prepared Public Speaking. In Agriculture Sales, the team consisting of Hadassah Hoover, Jack McCarty, Willoh Robbins, and Sarah Shirk placed fourth. The food science and technology team consisting of Bryonna Buck, Kylie Coy, Abigail O'Neill, and Arywn Robbins placed fifth.

In the Talent Competition, Alexandria O'Neill placed seventh, and in Senior Prepared Public Speaking, Brandon Bixler placed 10th. In Wildlife, competing as individuals, Brandon Bixler placed 11th and Robert Ford placing 58th. In Agronomy, competing as an individual, Luke Shirk placed 18th. In Livestock Evaluation, Olivia Bramm placed 34th as an individual and Madelynn Sasso placed 93rd as an individual.

Additionally, FFA member and chapter officer Hadassah Hoover took second place in the Teach Ag! Essay Contest. Hoover created, taught, and reflected on an agriculture lesson of choice in the Environmental Science class.

Grassland FFA's chapter scrapbook placed third in the state. Many FFA members helped design and create the collection of memories.

Recent Grassland FFA alumnus William Horning represented the Grassland FFA by running for a state officer position.


LCCTC Students Receive Recognition July 5, 2018

Local students from the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) won awards at the 2018 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 27 and 28. Vi Nguyen, a Lancaster resident and a student at the Willow Street LCCTC campus, received the High School Gold Medal in Dental Assisting and a Skill Point Certificate. Nichole Kilby, a Holtwood resident and a student at the Willow Street LCCTC campus, received a Skill Point Certificate in Dental Assisting. Loe Say, a Lancaster resident and a student at the Mount Joy LCCTC campus, received a Skill Point Certificate in Sheet Metal.

The SkillsUSA Championships event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs as part of the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year's participants were invited to the event to demonstrate their technical skills, workplace skills and personal skills in 102 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions. Industry leaders planned the competitions and evaluated the contestants based on their standards for entry-level workers.

Skill Point Certificates were awarded in 72 occupational and leadership events to students who met a predetermined threshold score in their competition, as defined by industry. The Skill Point Certificate is a component of SkillsUSA's assessment program for career and technical education.

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Act 34 Hearing Set For High School Project July 5, 2018

Penn Manor High School is slated to look quite different in a few years. The school was built in the 1950s and was partially renovated beginning in 1994. Ongoing deterioration and major component failures led to a school board vote in June 2016 to pursue an on-site renovation and construction project that is scheduled to begin next summer.

A hearing in accordance with Pennsylvania's Act 34 of 1973 - sometimes known as the "Taj Mahal Act" - will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 16, in the auditorium of Manor Middle School, 2950 Charlestown Road, Lancaster. The public meeting will include a description of the proposed renovations and construction, along with presentations on the educational, physical, administrative, budgetary, and fiscal aspects of the project. Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on the project.

The proposed improvements include upgrades to the high school's HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, technology, and security systems, along with the replacement of major sections of the school. A new athletic wing is planned, along with a 900-seat auditorium and band, chorus, orchestra, and ensemble rooms. Proposed new classroom spaces include an art suite; a three-story humanities classroom section; a two-story science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) wing; and new agricultural classrooms, labs, and a greenhouse.

While the project is projected to cost $87 million, the option of an alternate proposal that adds district offices exists. With that option included, along with construction management fees, the total project cost is estimated at $91 million.

For more information about the project, readers may visit or find "Penn Manor HS Project" on Facebook.


Academy Receives Grant July 5, 2018

The Lancaster County Academy (LCA) recently received a $500 mini-grant from the Lancaster County School Counselors Association to be used to help motivate high school students who are at risk for not graduating.

The recipient of the grant school counselor and service learning coordinator Deborah Schmidt saw that many of her students had poor time management skills and lacked the necessary motivation to complete graduation requirements. To address this need, Schmidt compiled a series of four lesson plans centered around goal setting. Lessons included creation of a vision board depicting students' future lives, understanding how to write and implement effective goals, how to devise a monthly goal planning calendar, the importance of finding an accountability partner, how to overcome obstacles, and designing a chart to keep track of their progress.

Students at the LCA participated in all goal setting lessons and were asked to come up with both a personal and school goal. Students were also told that if they completed at least one high school course during a three-month period and had good school attendance, that they would be invited on a field trip to the YMCA's Camp Shand. Outdoor activities at the camp would include a high and low adventure ropes course with a zipline, nature hike, and campfire circle. Grant funds were used to pay for lesson materials, as well as the field trip expenses.

Results of the grant were that students gained a 41 percent increase in knowledge about goal-setting. Additionally, 30 percent of the student population were eligible to attend the fieldtrip. After implementation of the goal setting lessons and incentive, high school graduation rates increased from 16 students in 2017 to 19 students in 2018. Students commented that the goal setting lessons were helpful and they enjoyed the field trip so much that they hope the school does it again in the future. Field trip attendees included Haley Canfield, Jeffrey Figuereo, Jenna Koehler, Patience Morrow-Boyer, Adam Persson-Snyder, Karina Quinones, Josiah Ramos, and Madison Turner.

LCA is an alternative public high school for students ages 16 to 20 and is located in the Park City Mall. The school was founded to help students who have not succeeded in the traditional high school setting. Reasons students attend LCA may include chronic medical conditions, being pregnant or parenting, mental health issues, substance abuse issues, returning from court placement, or having family issues. Students who graduate from LCA receive a diploma from their sponsoring school district. Since its inception, LCA has graduated more than 800 students.


Students Will Travel To China For Physics Competition July 3, 2018

Students from three area schools have earned places on the United States team that will take part in the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT) in Beijing, China, on Thursday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 25.

Katherine Baker of Coatesville Area Senior High School (CASH), Eric Beery and Anthony Mazur of Phoenixville Area High School (PAHS), and Jarod Dagney and Ben Mellema of Octorara Area High School (OAHS), along with two alternates, Willetta Wisely from PAHS and Kyle Quinn from OAHS, were chosen for the local team at a selection competition at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) in March.

On April 14, the five team members and two alternates traveled to the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for the regional competition, where they defeated a team from Princeton Regional Institute of Science and Math, a New Jersey STEM high school, to earn the right to represent the United States in the international competition.

The students began to prepare for the regional competition when they started the school year last fall. They were presented with 17 physics problems that do not have readily available answers. Working in clubs after school and in their free time, they researched the problems and came up with solutions and presentations.

Each school has a teacher involved in its club to help the students with their research and to prepare them for competition. Assisting teachers are William McWatters, OAHS; David Fenimore, CASH; and Jay Jennings, PAHS.

Thirty-five teams will compete in the IYPT, where the five local students hope to be among the top 15 finishers.

The team members all have a knowledge of each of the 17 problems, but each of them has specialized in two or three specific problems. Since the team was selected, the students have continued to work alone and together to prepare for the IYPT.

The problems represent a wide range of physics topics. Ben took on the acoustic levitation problem, and with the help of other OAHS Physics Club members, created a working model that can keep very small light weight foam balls hovering in mid-air by the use of sound waves.

Because the competition is being held in China, the team members are unable to take the equipment they have built to the IYPT with them. Instead, they will be prepared with data, videos, and PowerPoint presentations.

For the IYPT competition, a team will present its findings on one of the problems to a panel of judges and two other teams. One of those teams will dispute that solution, and the other will review how well the solution and the dispute were presented, commenting on each. All three teams will be scored on their work.

"It forces you to find a way to articulate your thoughts to someone who has no idea what you're talking about. I don't think you get that experience anywhere else, especially in a traditional school setting," Eric said. "One of the most important parts is the mathematical theory, so you have to come up with the mathematical models to demonstrate how the phenomenon occurs. There's experimentation and there's math theory, and you have to get all of those into the presentation, so it makes sense."

The international tournament has been held annually since 1988. A grant and funding from the school districts are helping to fund the team's trip to China. Although there will be teams from throughout the world, the competition will be held in English. To learn more about the event, readers may visit

All students on the team are recent graduates of their respective high schools. They all plan to continue their education in the fall: Jarod at the University of Delaware, Ben at Drexel University, Katherine at Ursinus College, Eric at Haverford College, and Anthony at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Students Of The Month Honored July 3, 2018


Students Of The Month Recognized July 3, 2018


Students Win Award At State Contest July 3, 2018

Lower Dauphin High School's team of Hailey Foreman, Morgan Cummings, Annie Dickinson, Kelly Barr and Abbie Natkin recently competed in the statewide Governor's STEM Competition at Thaddeus Stevens College. The competition was broken into three groups: sustainability, survivability and medical. Competing in the sustainability bracket, the Lower Dauphin students debuted their final prototype, "Plastioca: The Tapioca Bioplastic of the Future."

The team, coached by high school science teacher Beth Kirman, won the People's Choice Award for the most ecologically friendly product and took first in their division. Competing against the other top projects from the other divisions, the team placed third in the state. Plastioca is a biodegradable, renewable and green alternative to traditional polymer-based plastics. For their project, the girls used a 3-D printer at their school to create molds to form a soda six-pack holder.

The team qualified for the state contest by winning the regional competition earlier in the year. They were the only all-female group to advance.


Hopewell Students Receive Recognition July 3, 2018

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