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Donations Needed For Book Sale March 16, 2018

Penn Manor Marching Unit is seeking donations for its annual book sale. Donations will be accepted on Thursdays, March 29, April 5 and April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the band entrance of Penn Manor High School, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville. Volunteers will be on hand to unload donations.

The marching band will accept gently used books, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs.


Distinguished Honors Posted March 16, 2018

Solanco High School recently announced its distinguished honor roll. Students in grades nine through 12 were recognized for their academic achievements.

Seniors named to the distinguished honor roll include Sean Anderson, Autumn Aukamp, Reid Balliet, Jason Boyle, Thomas Broomell, Ian Brown, Aaron Constein, Anna Cooney, Paige Crawford, Stephanie Golden, Jewelya Harper, Jordyn Herman, Alicia Hertzler, Kyle Johnson, Lindsey Lane, William Lehmann, Damian Martinez, Elizabeth Mowrer, Austin Peinhardt, William Phipps, Braden Redcay, Zachary Roten, Jonathon Rush, David Simms, Joanna Smith, Hannah Snyder, Christian Stead, Sarah Sweda, and McKinzie Wilson.

Students in grade 11 placed on the distinguished honor roll are Tyler Allen, Molly Baber, Jessica Cabrera, Joshua Canale, Lana Carter, Morgan Chapman, Reece Curry-Saner, Brianna Davis, Perez Diaz, Rachel Eckman, Alyson Eldridge, Georgia Ewing, Mackenzie Gladfelter, Zoe Goebel, Cheyanne Hall, David Harvey, Laura Haywood, Noah Huyett, Eliyah Kraynak, Jason Lane, Brianna Langley, Natalie Lasko, Victoria Lawson, Kayla Lewis, Montana Lockhart, David Matos, Vanessa McCauley, Kara McClune, Joel McGuire, Hannah McNamee, Troyana Miller, Guadalupe Montes, Kyle Osborne, Hanna Phillips, Jenna Phillips, Jillian Quickel, Diana Quintino-Romero, Aubree Roop, Noelle Schneider, Gabrielle Sheets, Sophia Spero, Austin Stanton, Corey Stively, Andrew Stocker, Olivia Stoltzfus, Skyla Townsley, Hannah Wheeler, Zachary Wiker, Henry Woy, and Alexander Wright.

Sophomores named to the distinguished honor roll include Colin Althoff, Jenna Bleacher, Alexander Buitron-Zavala, Lillie Church, Perez Diaz, Hope Dosch, Kaitlyn Himelright, Rachel Johnson, Anna Kreider, Nicholas Kretzing, Keirra Laird, Gabriel LaMonaca, Mikayla McCamant, Alyssa Morrison, Logan Peace, Joshua Peinhardt, Elisa Perez, MacKenzie Roth, Joshua Sheets, Cheyanne Shotts, Alyssa Slickers, Jacob Smolik, Hannah Sweda, Reyse Taylor, Emma Urbine, Aidan Ward, Sydney Wolf, and Benjamin Zook.

Students in the freshman class named to the distinguished honor roll are Daniel Althoff, Elizabeth Bailey, Zedekiah Baker, Paige Balliet, Kimberly Beacham, Kayden Bedwell, Danielle Bishop, Lucas Boyd, Norman Brooks, Alexandra Coble, Racheal Cornelius, Moreno Cuamatzi, Wade Davis, Makayla DellaRova, Dominic Flatt, Lauren Fritz, Donald Gilbert, Jackson Houghton, Maranda Johnson, Sean Keller, Gwenyth Kemper, Kara Lane, Andrew Lau, Hailey Lehman, Cody Little, Hunter Mellinger, Colin Moran, James Moran, Morgan Osborne, Molly-Ann Peffer, Greta Plechner, Thomas Pursel, Tristan Rush, Sudarshan Sheets, Mariya Shulhina, Daniel Simms, Mason Simpkins, Brooke Smith, Ryan Smith, Sarah Snyder, Emily Stalfire, Anna Stickler, Mariah Stoltzfus, Paige Stoltzfus, Emily Torrise, Hannah Weicksel, Jarrett Welk, Garrett Worthington, and Lauren Yoder.


Solanco Recognizes Students March 16, 2018

Solanco High School recently recognized students on the 4.0 honor roll.

Seniors named to the list include Morgan Armstrong, Andra Beiler, Jada Brown, Eniyah Brown-Moore, Harleigh Church, Jenna Coleman, Audrey Crandall, Alexis Jackson, Katelyn Landis, Kexin Liu, Allison McDowell, Emily Mellinger, Xiao Moore, Eric Moyer, Abigail Nelson, Colton Peters, Sophie Plechner, Timothy Schmitt, Emma Sensenig, Abigail Stull, Dylon Sturgill, and Jacob Zook.

Juniors who earned the honor include Alta Brandenberger, Aleksa Burger, Angel Daniel-Morales, Timothy Fetterman, Madison Findley, Alyson Glick, Gabriella Griffonetti, Joshua Herr, Patrick Hodgson, Corey Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Julianna King, Grace Kreider, Dana Landis, Rachel McLaren, Jackson Richards, Faith Rineer, Katelyn Sheaffer, Brooke Wheeler, Jadan Willis, Logan Yaletchko, and Elsie Zaborskiy.

Students in 10th grade who received recognition include Caroline Arrowsmith, Julia Bare, Michaela Brenneman, Mackenzie Britigan, Luke Brown, Hailey Clark, Brandon Daniel-Morales, Gabrielle Dolan, Jenna Dombach, Nathan Eller, Alexandra Glomb, Michael Hertzler, Chesley Ledesma, Lay La Ly, Natalie Mohler, Ilynd Rapant, and Jessica Richardson.

Ninth-graders on the list include Kendell Beiler, Sidney Beyer, Jenna Brown, Andrew Craig, Emma Curtis, Cheyanne Cutler, Danielle Drumm, Jadan Forren, Holland Hatch, Jackson Hazell, Emily Herr, Rayna Johnston, Elaina Kreider, Adam Lisinski, Kayla McCauley, Dylan McLimans, Jessica Mendenhall, Matthew Mentz, Nathan Miller, Christopher Natale, Faith Redcay, Jordan Rush, Holly Sensenig, Colesen Sheaffer, Mylee Smith, Hannah Soulliard, James Sprout, James Steffy, Nicole Trout, Dwaine Watterson, Kaley Wilson, and Lance Workman.


Students Of The Month Honored March 16, 2018

Each month, Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club recognizes two Manheim Township High School seniors for school and community activities, leadership and academic achievements.

Students of the Month for January were Luke Emge and Katherine Lopez.

Luke is a member of National Honor Society and earned First Honor Roll. He is an All-State quarterback, the Maxwell Football Club 2017 Pennsylvania Player of the Year, and he has been selected to play on the Big 33 all-star Pennsylvania football team. He is also a volunteer with local football and baseball youth camps. Emge has been accepted to Harvard University and will continue his football career.

Katherine's favorite school subjects are psychology, English and history. She is involved with Manheim Township girls soccer, serves as one of the heads of the design committee for Mini-THON and belongs to Rotary's Interact Club. Lopez is a Kidz Klub employee at Universal Athletic. She has also received a Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award.

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. More information is available at


Students Attend History Competition March 16, 2018

Students from Elizabethtown Area High School recently took part in the 2018 National History Day (NHD) regional competition at Kutztown University. High school juniors Ryan Minnich, Sean Brown, and Nat McCloud, as well as high school freshmen Benjamin Heinz and Ryan Risser, all represented the district at the competition. High School social studies teacher Gerald Huesken Jr. advised the students on their current contest roles through the High School's National History Day club.

During the contest's awards ceremony, both Brown (third) and McCloud (second) placed in the Senior Individual Research Paper category of the contest while Heinz and Risser (third) placed in the Senior Group Documentary category. Brown, McCloud, Heinz, and Risser will now have an opportunity to present their work at the Pennsylvania State National History Competition in May at Carlisle High School. Winners at this competition have the opportunity to move on to the National NHD Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June.

The National History Day program is for middle school and high school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in NHD contests in all fifty states as well as overseas in Guam, American Samoa, and Department of Defense (DOD) schools around the world.

Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at the local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians, NHD officials, and educators. The contest also operates each year under a broad historical theme to help students focus their research and project ideas. The contest theme for 2018 is "Conflict and Compromise."

Minnich's project focuses on a discussion of conflict and compromise in the world of philosophy with a look at the competing philosophical viewpoints of existentialism, nihilism, and absurdism and how they impact human nature and our role in the world. Brown's project focuses on the conflicting viewpoints and eventual compromise of economic and democratic values with the "Miracle of Chile," a term used by American economists Milton Friedman to describe the economic reforms of the 1980s under the military government of Augusto Pinochet. McCloud's project focuses on American writer Kurt Vonnegut and how his social and political views and experience with war conflicted through his writings with the politics of the 1960s. Heinz and Risser worked together on a project that explores the ethical questions and compromises of scientific data gathered from Nazi wartime experiments and the post-war debate over what to do with the data.


Donegal Students Assist With Trout Stocking March 16, 2018

Stocking streams with trout in time for fishing season is a community endeavor in Lancaster County, with volunteers, neighbors, and even local students pitching in to help. On March 9, students from the emotional support class at Donegal Intermediate School had the opportunity to assist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's (PFBC) trout stocking event, which helps to supplement the fish population living in the waterways before opening day on Saturday, March 31.

PFBC Officer Jeffrey Schmidt conducted an interactive presentation in the students' classroom on Feb. 23 in order to prepare them for the task. Schmidt explained the stocking process, which entails using buckets provided by the PFBC to transfer fish from the truck to the waterways. Making sure that the buckets do not come in contact with the receiving water is important, Schmidt said, as to prevent cross-contamination between the water in the creeks and the stocking truck. As with every education program Schmidt presents, he also spoke on boating safety, emphasizing the importance of wearing a personal floatation device/life jacket.

"I have three primary objectives for the student teams," Schmidt said. "Safety first, learn something new in engaging in the outdoors, and take away an earned self-reward in your efforts and accomplishments."

On stocking day, the Donegal students were guided by IU 13 job trainer Becky Surra, who coordinates the students' involvement with PFBC. "This (was) their first time helping, and they (were) really excited," said Surra.

The school van closely followed the PFBC stock truck, with a caravan of vehicles driven by community volunteers behind them as they journeyed from Conoy Township Park to various stops along the Conoy Creek, Donegal Springs Creek, and Chiques Creek.

"The student stocking volunteers are a valued hands-on asset in accomplishing the work to stock trout waters in advance of both the opening day, as well as throughout the spring trout season," Schmidt noted.

Individuals interested in helping with the stocking efforts are welcome to participate on any of the upcoming dates scheduled for northern Lancaster County. The final preseason stock is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, at the PPL Service Center, 651 Delp Road, Lancaster, for the Little Conestoga Creek and Swarr Run. An in-season stocking event is planned for Tuesday, April 24, at Conoy Township Park, located along Route 441 in Bainbridge. Additional dates and details are available at the PFBC's website,

Once the season commences, fishing licenses are required for anyone age 16 and older. In addition, trout anglers age 16 and older must possess a trout/salmon permit to fish for trout. Licenses may be purchased any time either through the Fish and Boat Commission's website or at local issuing agents, including Kinsey's Outdoors, 1660 Steel Way Drive, Mount Joy; Kmart, 1605 S. Market St., Elizabethtown; and Longenecker's Hardware, 127 Doe Run Road, Manheim.

PFBC will host Mentored Youth Trout Days on Saturdays, March 24 and April 7, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. On both days, youths age 15 and younger may join an adult angler who has a current fishing license and trout permit to fish stocked trout waters.


Students Win STEM Competition March 15, 2018

A team of Solanco students recently won first place in the Pennsylvania Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Regional Competition.

The team included Jack Hertzler, Patrick Hodgson, Timothy Fetterman, Cody Forren, and Gabrielle Dolan. A specialized shirt was the students' project that was presented at the competition. According to team coach and Solanco teacher Caley Roark, the device is simply a compression shirt with a specially designed brace that stiffens on impact, preventing neck and spine injuries.

The STEM competition challenges teams of students to research, present, and design a project that can make the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania. While at the competition, the team also participated in a spontaneous problem-solving challenge called "Project in a Box" which measured the students' ability to communicate, collaborate, and think critically and creatively. The Solanco students earned first place in "Project in a Box" and also first place overall in the competition.

With their win in the regional competition held at Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) in Lancaster, the team advanced to the state tournament in April at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, where they will represent IU 13.

For more information about the competition, readers may visit


Students Join Honor Society March 15, 2018

Smith Middle School has announced that several of its students were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). To join the organization, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and demonstrate leadership, service, citizenship and character.

The following eighth-grade students joined NJHS: Kara Armstrong, Jada Dow, Julia Gavin, Emma Grego, Katelyn Johnson, Joel Troutman and Cassandra Wright.

The organization also welcomed seventh-grade students Debora Arredondo, Megan Bailey, Madelyn Curtis, Lina Dominguez, Kendall Himelright, Anika Hodgdon, Chloe Holmes, Kate Kauffman, Emma Kline, Sarah Landis, Jyllian Law, Nolan Lewis, Brooke McLimans, Adam Noel, Olivia Northern, Kara Peace, Isabelle Peachey, Blaine Plastino, Brooke Rineer, Chasity Rineer, Brad Salisbury, Hailey Sears, Joshua Sharp, Madeline Strehle, Jaden Summers, Rachel Swann, Julianna Tice, Brooke Trager and Lucas Yost.


School Posts Honor Roll March 15, 2018

Lower Dauphin Middle School has announced the distinguished honor roll for the second marking period. To earn a place on the distinguished honor roll, a student must have all A's or perfect marks on his or her report card.

The following sixth-graders were honored: Amber Abela, Alyssa Amspacher, McKayley Anderson, Taylor Atkinson, Kyle Barber, Angela Bouch, Logan Chiara, Ella Clark, Carolyn Clouser, Brady Coonelly, Brett DeBell, Jordan Dormer, Enzo Dreon, Caleb Eisenhour, Michael Estes, Nicole Estes, Ryan Fellin, Grace Flickinger, Abigail Foran, Madeline Foreman, Nicolas Fry, Michael Fure, Aaron Gingrich, Benjamin Glass, Arun Gopinath, Sarah Gourley, Hunter Gundy, Connor Hanula, Abdi Henry, 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, Ty Millhimes, Kyle Nguyen, 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, Emma Shobe, Zachary Simpson, Havannah Singletary, Marshal Stahl, Meredith Stoe, Spencer Sweigart, Emma Thomas, Grace Turjan, Ian Vasil, Nathaniel Wappman, Marina Weidman, Casey Westerberg, Selin Yalcinanahtar, Megan Zerbe, Laurel Zubler, and Isabella Zulli.

The school also recognized seventh-grade students Shannon Angerer, Abbigail Auringer, Cameron Barber, Kelly Bastian, Raphael Bastos, Tucker Berzinski, Regan Bixler, Thomas Campbell, Jacob Collins, Ethan Covell, Patrick Daugherty, Jaiden Dissinger, Lily Ditty, Katelyn Economopoulos, Kristen Economopoulos, Kelsey Epoca, Scott Felter, William Foley, Eric Fry, Caitlyn Galbraith, Joseph Goduto, Alysa Harbilas, Leyna Harner, Parker Hayes, Rylan Helmer, Valerie Hevner, Ean High, Ryan Jorich, Ava Kulp, Carter Lammando, Rylee Malseed, Antonio Mardegain, Hannah McConnell, Mia McEvers, Jacob McIntire, Isaac Mende, Vivian Merry, Audrey Meyers, Cory Miduri, Raeann Miller, Jacob Neithercoat, Megan Orris, Andi Pagano, Ethan Parker, Jolie Revenis, Makenna Robinson, Thomas Rose, Katherine Ross, Thomas Royer, Caleb Runk, Julia Ruzzi, Madeline Sanders, Andrew Seacord, Brynn Shaffer, Makayla Shutt, William Sierer, Morgan Sparks, Carissa Steffe, Victoria Steinly, Tyler Tharp, Lauren Wahlers, Tobias Waters, Aden Weigle, and Alexandria Wells.

The following eighth-graders were honored: Paige Berzinski, Clara Breidenstine, Emma Dickinson, Brianna Espenshade, Ethan Espenshade, Katherine Estes, Adam Fellin, Matthew Giampetro, Conor Grubb, Josephine Grundon, Marissa Kopec, Anne Linker, Hudson Millar, Sean Murphy, Carolynn O'Donnell, Cameron Patterson, Aidan Powell, Gracie White, and Saige Wilt.


FFA Groups Will Hold Car Show And Barbecue March 15, 2018

The Manor FFA Chapter and the Manor FFA Alumni Association have teamed up to host a car show and barbecue on Saturday, April 14, at Comet Field, which is located at the intersection of Millersville Road (Route 741) and Wabank Road, Lancaster.

The FFA chapter has held a car show for several years to raise funds for charitable organizations. This year's iteration will be called Hot Rods for Hunger, and proceeds will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The car show will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a fee has been set to enter a vehicle. The entrance fee will be discounted a set amount for each item of nonperishable food an entrant contributes. There is no charge for spectators. Additionally, there will be opportunities to enter prize drawings. Approximately $1,500 was raised through last year's event.

"It started as a chapter fundraiser, but we wanted to serve our local community," explained chapter president Kenny Barley.

Chapter adviser and agriculture teacher Meagan Slates noted that charitable giving is part of the chapter's DNA. The group regularly donates unsold fruit from its annual citrus sale to a cancer-related organization in Millersville, and it finds recipients for leftovers from spaghetti dinners and other fundraisers.

Any ride, both foreign and domestic, is welcome at Hot Rods for Hunger. These may include muscle cars, motorcycles, trucks, classics and antiques, semi-trucks, tractors, off-road vehicles, and more. Exhibitors and spectators will receive score cards that they will complete, and the results of the scoring will determine the winners in several categories.

The alumni association has coordinated the barbecue, which will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two meals will be offered. The pork version will include a Kaiser roll, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, coleslaw, chips, a cookie, and a beverage. The chicken meal will include a half-chicken, a roll and butter, applesauce, chips, a cookie, and a beverage. Chicken halves may be purchased separately.

Barbecue tickets may be purchased in advance until Saturday, March 31, by calling Missy at 717-606-8879. Tickets will be available at the event as supplies last. The proceeds from the barbecue will be used to purchase a bus for the FFA chapter. The proposed 28-passenger vehicle will have storage for luggage so it can be used for both day trips and transportation to multi-day conferences and competitions.

"We're window shopping and getting ideas," Kenny said.

Members of the Young Humanitarian League at Penn Manor High School will help with the car show and barbecue.

"It's cool that (the chapter) is reaching out to other groups in the school," Slates commented. "We're excited to partner with them."

For more information about Hot Rods for Hunger, readers may call committee chair Alyssa Chalfant at 717-758-9595. Social media users may also find Manor FFA and Manor FFA Alumni on Facebook.


Students Enjoy New Technology March 15, 2018

Salisbury Elementary participated in Google's Pioneer program on March 2. Students from kindergarten through sixth grade had the opportunity during their daily scheduled specials time to experience a new technology being developed called Google Expeditions AR (augmented reality). The technology allows students, through their device, to explore 3-D models of content that is being talked about during a lesson. For example, during the fourth-grade lesson on photosynthesis, students could figuratively place themselves inside of a plant cell to discover the parts of the cell that are involved in the process of photosynthesis.

Among the subjects explored were probability and statistics, sixth grade; cells, fifth grade; photosynthesis, fourth grade; landforms, third grade; modes of transportation, second grade; and animal adaptations, first grade and kindergarten.


MAMS Holds Mini-THON March 15, 2018

Students at Middletown Area Middle School (MAMS) held their annual Mini-THON to aid Four Diamonds on Feb. 23. MAMS' sponsored child, Ayden, and his family also attended the event. Participants wore specially made T-shirts for the event. The 165 students participated in cornhole, ping-pong, laddergolf and a dance game, as well as a gaga ball tournament and a basketball tournament.

The organizing committee set a goal of raising $2,000, but the MAMS students and staff exceeded their goal and raised more than $3,000. The top fundraisers were seventh-graders Ashley Brittlely with $253 and Brayden Dunn with $177.

Additionally, Brayden spent time with Ayden and his little sister during the evening, ensuring that the guests were enjoying the activities and interacting with students. Brayden also gave Ayden the gift card he won for being one of the top fundraisers.


Students Compete In Spelling Bee March 15, 2018

Southern Middle School students Colin Baust-Crain, Colin Brusse, and Matt O'Brien recently competed in the televised regional WITF Grand Championship Spelling Bee in Harrisburg. Due to the participants' high performance, many of them were asked to spell non-study words.

Baust-Crain was the top finisher for Southern Middle School. He placed sixth, earning a medal and many prizes.


Teachers Present At Conference March 15, 2018

Middletown Area High School (MAHS) teachers Rebecca Kotzman, Ashley Kessel, and Tiffany Lewis, presented a session titled "Blended Learning: The New Wave of Education?" on Feb. 13 at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) in Hershey.

The presentation focused on the innovative way MAHS uses online education to meet the needs of its students. Attendees of the presentation learned how this instructional strategy opens more opportunities for students in a small district.

Despite teaching in different subject areas - Kotzman in social studies, Kessel in English, and Lewis in biology - the three teachers shared their most effective common resources with the audience. Conference coordinators were so impressed by the presentation that they asked the teachers to return for an encore performance.


Student Donates Funds March 15, 2018

Nye Elementary School principal Bryan MacLeod and fourth-grader Ian Lane presented a donation to the Bethesda Mission on Feb. 16.

When Ian was in kindergarten he saw a homeless encampment near Harrisburg and wanted to do something to help. His family researched options and decided with Ian to do something special on National Gumball Day, the first Friday of February. The school gave Ian permission to sell gumballs and lollipops to his schoolmates and donate the proceeds to the Bethesda Mission.

Ian is now a fourth-grader. The total from this year's National Gumball Day sales was $1,000.


Lower Dauphin Students Receive Recognition March 14, 2018

A pair of Lower Dauphin elementary students were recently recognized by Hummelstown Police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care for helping make the world a better place.

South Hanover Elementary first-grader Phineas Howarth was recognized for helping another student who rides to school in the same van. Phin helps the other boy with his backpack and gives him a pat on the back and a thumbs-up before they go to their classrooms.

At the middle school, eighth-grader Emma Simpson was recognized for helping another student open her locker in the mornings and afternoons. Emma was nominated by teacher Danielle Pfeffer.

For their good deeds, the students were recognized with gift cards, Do the Right Thing T-shirts and certificates, and pizza coupons. This month's program sponsor was the Hummelstown Lions Club.

High school senior Drew Mondi received a Do the Right Thing certificate for helping with the Study Buddy program on days he did not have practice during the boys' soccer team's run to its second state title.

The Do the Right Thing program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. Any adult over the age of 18 may nominate a child. For more information, readers may contact Kathy Peffer at 717-433-8110.


Students' Art Earns Recognition March 14, 2018

Several Garden Spot High School students have been recognized among this year's Scholastic Art winners.

Blake Hurst and Marjorie Montania were awarded the top prize of a Gold Key for their art submissions. Blake won in the Architecture and Industrial Design category, and Marjorie won in the Ceramics and Glass category.

Honorable mention recipients included Julie Sanger, sculpture; Janae Sauder, jewelry; and Karlee Hartman, sculpture.

The winners were slated to receive their awards on March 2 at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster city. The artwork will be on display through Thursday, March 29.


Spaghetti Dinner To Benefit PTO March 14, 2018

The Brecknock Elementary School PTO will benefit from a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Friday, March 23, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 361 School Road, Denver. The event will also feature a giveaway drawing and a talent show.

Tickets are required, with separate prices set for adults and for children from 4-year-olds to sixth-graders. All proceeds will support educational field trips.

For more information, contact Jenny Sensenig at 717-207-8898 or


EAMS Student Named State's Top Youth Volunteer March 9, 2018

Elizabethtown Area Middle School (EAMS) eighth-grader Ashley Geesey has been named Pennsylvania's top youth volunteer at the middle school level by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The nationwide program honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As the commonwealth's 2018 middle school award winner, Geesey will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses-paid trip in late April to Washington, D.C., where she will join the winners at both the high school and middle school levels from each state and the District of Columbia.

While in the nation's capital, Geesey will spend four days touring landmarks, meeting the top youth volunteers from around the country, attending a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and visiting with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. In addition, the 102 honorees will vie for the distinction of being named one of America's top youth volunteers.

Middle school principal Dr. Nate Frank nominated Geesey for her bracelet making business, Jewelry for a Cause. Money raised through Geesey's initiative has benefited the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Currently, Geesey is raising money for Four Diamonds, which supports cancer care for children being treated for cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital.

According to Frank, the prestigious honor is well deserved and Geesey's impact on the school environment extends beyond her bracelet making business. "Ashley is very deserving of this honor as her Jewelry for a Cause initiative is positively impacting lives throughout our community," said Frank. "But it is not just this one initiative. Ashley is committed to altruism each day in our school by being a leader on our Student Council and by volunteering her time to serve as a peer mentor to a seventh-grade student."

Geesey said she enjoys making jewelry and thought it might be a way to help those in need, particularly children struggling with illness. "I got started by picking up some jewelry and messing around," Geesey said. "I really didn't have a motive. I just knew that I was a kid in great health, and I wanted to help those who were not."

Geesey works with three friends to create the jewelry. To advertise the creations, they created an Instagram account and asked local businesses to display the work. Their initial goal was to raise $200. However, as word spread, the orders exceeded their expectations, and before long the group had $2,000 to donate to the CMN. They have also raised $300 for the hurricane relief efforts.

Now in its 23rd year, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. All public and private middle schools and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of Points of Lights HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local award. The local honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected the state honorees based on personal initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.


School District, Company Hold Food Drive March 9, 2018

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