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Garden Spot Announces Homecoming Court September 17, 2018


Marching Band Members Perform Service September 14, 2018

The Manheim Township High School marching band participated in the United Way of Lancaster County's annual Day of Caring on Sept. 8. The work was completed as part of the 2018 United Way Day of Caring.

This year, a total of 150 students, staff and adult volunteers traveled to the Wittell Farm in Elizabethtown to pick sweet corn.

Dr. Robin Felty, Manheim Township School District superintendent, thanked the students for their efforts and for giving back to the community. After receiving additional thanks and instructions from Scott Siegel, Manheim Township band director, and pastor Matt Lenahan, Hunger Free Lancaster County board member and the manager of the Wittell Farm Growing Project, the volunteers took to the fields for three hours, picking the corn and collecting it in large bins.

Student and adult volunteers could be seen through the field picking corn and loading it into bins while talking, laughing and singing. The group's work wrapped up by 11:30 a.m. with 8,800 pounds picked. Kevin Ditzler, the United Way of Lancaster County's vice president of development, thanked the band for its participation. The Manheim Township marching band has participated in the United Way Day of Caring for the past four years.

For more information on the Manheim Township marching band and the Manheim Township Marching Band Boosters, readers may visit


Rotary Club Honors Seniors Of The Month September 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Manheim recognized Carson Brenize and Brittany Benner as the Manheim Central High School Seniors of the Month for September.

Carson is the son of Rob and Deb Brenize of Manheim. Brittany is the daughter of Loren and Amy Benner of Mount Joy.

The students were chosen by the professional staff of the high school based on academic achievement, character and involvement within the school and community.


Volunteers Sought For JA Event September 13, 2018

Manheim Central High School is seeking volunteers for an event at the high school, 400 Adele Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Junior Achievement (JA) of South Central PA will offer its REAL Life program, and all 260 students in 11th grade will participate in daylong activities related to financial literacy.

Volunteers will facilitate one of the activities during the day. JA will provide all the training the morning of the event, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To sign up to volunteer, email For more information, contact Allison Kierce, vice president of volunteer engagement, at


Local Student To Perform In National Production September 13, 2018

Eighth-grader Seth Erdley played the title role of Oliver Twist in the production of "Oliver!" at Northeastern Middle School in February. Seth is now in New York City rehearsing for his role as one of the brothers in the national tour of "Finding Neverland," which is the tale behind the creation of the story of "Peter Pan."

Local residents may see Seth in the 2018-19 tour when it opens on Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 2 to 7, at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Northeastern High School Dramatics recommends that students and staff attend the show on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., as this is the Family Night on Broadway showing with special entertainment prior to the show and reduced rates for tickets, which are limited. Attendees will travel independently, but car pooling is being arranged. Also, assistance will be offered to students with financial difficulty to offset the ticket price.

Tickets are available at

Additionally, readers may follow Seth's adventures at the Instagram handle @seth_in_neverland. To view the show's official program, readers may visit


Community Invited To Help Create Mural September 13, 2018

Hempfield High School's artist-in-residence, Kevin Leman, and Hempfield High School ceramics teacher Kelly Gallagher will host an Art Community Night on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will take place in room 197 at Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville. Participants will have the opportunity to roll out clay slabs and make tiles for the second library mosaic mural. All are welcome. The first mosaic was completed this past summer.

For more information, readers may email Gallagher at


LCCTC Receives Mini Excavator September 13, 2018


School Plans Day Of Service September 12, 2018

Solanco High School is seeking individuals or organizations that would benefit from services provided on the second annual Solanco High School Day of Service on Thursday, Nov. 8. Solanco students and staff members will aim to improve their community by completing a variety of service projects across the county during the all-school event. To request services or to help provide services or contribute in another way, readers may contact Chris Rachor at Solanco High School at 717-786-2151, ext. 8807.

In 2017, a total of nearly 900 students and staff members were involved in more than 40 activities, including cleaning, painting, planting, building, and crafting. Some of the participants performed maintenance at Black Rock Retreat, assisted at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community and the food bank, planted trees in Lancaster, and cleaned up yards for seniors citizens in Solanco.


School Dedicates Water Bottle Filling Stations September 12, 2018

Southern Middle School recently dedicated several water bottle filling stations throughout the school building to help reduce waste from disposable water bottles. The Southern Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) donated one station through a fundraising effort, and two Southern Middle School students donated three stations. Students Abigail Foster and Madeline Gajewski organized their water bottle filler project through their Girl Scout troop and approached Shrewsbury Masonic Lodge 423 for assistance with the donations.

Altogether, the fillers have helped eliminate waste from more than 7,800 disposable water bottles since their installation.


SYCSD Educators Will Receive Awards September 12, 2018

Two educators from Southern York County School District (SYCSD) are recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award for 2018-19, sponsored by the Shippensburg University School Study Council. Susquehannock High School art teacher Wade Bowers and Friendship Elementary School sixth-grade teacher Katie Lhotsky will be honored with the award at a luncheon at Shippensburg University in November.

Bowers has been teaching in Southern York County School District for 14 years. He started teaching fine arts at Susquehannock High School before taking over the visual communications program. He received his bachelor's degree from York College in graphic design with minors in fine arts, art history, and photography. Bowers completed his master's degree in art education from Messiah College.

Lhotsky recently began her 11th year at Friendship Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from West Chester University with a minor in literacy. She earned her master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Northcentral University.


Rudisill Chosen For National Music Ensembles September 12, 2018

Adam Rudisill, a junior from the Octorara Area Junior-Senior High School, will be a member of the National Association for Music Education's (NAfME) All-National Honor Ensembles from Sunday to Wednesday, Nov. 25 to 28, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Rudisill is one of 551 students selected from 49 states and territories for the honor.

Rudisill has performed with numerous local ensembles, including the Immaculata Symphony, the Lukens Band, and the Chesco Pops Orchestra. He has also performed with youth ensembles, such as the Liberty Youth Wind Symphony and the West Chester University Honors Percussion Ensemble. Recently, he auditioned and was accepted into the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra for its 2018-19 concert season. Rudisill was very active in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) high school festival programs. He earned chairs in the District 12 and Region VI orchestras and concert bands, and he also performed with the PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble at the 2018 festival in Lancaster.

The All-National Honor Ensembles will be a jazz ensemble, a mixed choir, a guitar ensemble, a symphony orchestra, and a concert band. Students were chosen through an audition process. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in the national honor ensembles.

Selected students will rehearse a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the batons the following conductors: Todd Stoll, jazz ensemble; Dr. Amanda Quist, mixed choir; Dr. Michael Quantz, guitar ensemble; Dr. Jean Montès, symphony orchestra; and Dennis Glocke, concert band. All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with the students before the concert.


Veterans Visit Washington, D.C. September 11, 2018

In April, more than 70 veterans of the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras and other eras gathered at Northeastern High School for the 13th Honor Bus trip. The trip was sponsored by the Northeastern High School Honor Bus Project, a group of students that escorts local veterans on all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C., to visit the various memorials dedicated to their service.

During the recent trip, veterans also visited Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. All participants were treated to breakfast, a bag lunch, and a banquet upon return to Northeastern High School.

The 14th Honor Bus trip is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, and is open to all veterans of the following time periods: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, Gulf Wars, and War on Terror. Anyone who has ever served in the military is welcome to take part.

For information and an application, readers may contact Duane Swartz at Northeastern High School at 717-266-3644, ext. 81307, or visit Donations to help offset the cost of the trip are appreciated and may be given to Northeastern High School.


Prayer Initiative To Launch September 11, 2018

S.O.S. in Prayer, a prayer initiative, will meet on Mondays starting Sept. 10. S.O.S. in Prayer stands for "Surrounding Our Schools in Prayer."

The community is invited to join at any public park or trail, such as John G. Herr's Park, which surrounds two schools. Initially, this trail is expected to be an S.O.S. gathering place throughout the day. Participants may pray alone at a park bench or pray with others as they walk. They may also invite others to join them.

The purpose of the initiative is to unify the community and fight school violence through the power of prayer while glorifying God. There is no political agenda, no fee, and no one to contact, as the group members wish to remain anonymous.


Students Invited To Bible Adventure Program September 7, 2018

Third- through fifth-graders attending South Hanover Elementary School in Lower Dauphin School District or Northside Elementary and Forge Street Elementary schools in Palmyra School District are invited to be a part of the Joy El Bible Adventure program this school year.

Northside Elementary and Forge Street Elementary will meet at Victory Christian Fellowship, 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, on Thursdays beginning Sept. 20. Northside Students will meet from noon to 1 p.m., and Forge students will meet from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. South Hanover students will meet on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Union Deposit United Methodist Church, 34 W. Main St., Hershey. Transportation will be provided to and from the Bible Adventure programs.

Bible Adventure (formerly called Released Time) is a legal program provided by Joy El Generation, Greencastle, that allows public school children to leave their classrooms with parental permission for one hour each week to receive biblical teaching. Bible Adventure provides moral and character development in a Christian context. The program has been serving Pennsylvania communities since 1965 and is presently offered in 90 schools throughout the state.

Parents who would like to enroll their children in the Bible Adventure program may request registration forms from the child's public school office. South Hanover parents may also contact coordinator Jim Dengler at 717-220-1474. Forge Street parents may contact Christine Frenchek at 717-991-2682, and Northside parents may contact Carolyn Hall at 717-579-2836. Registration may also be completed at


Bible2School Program Set September 7, 2018

An expanded Bible2School program will return to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 100 W. Main St., Mountville. This year's program will be open to second-, third-, and fourth-graders at Mountville Elementary School.

Sessions will start the week of Tuesday, Sept. 25. Second-graders will meet on Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and third-graders will meet on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sessions for fourth-graders will be on Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Students will learn Bible principles and applications from trained volunteers.

Bible2School is a nondenominational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization allowed by section 1546 of the Pennsylvania school code. It is funded through sponsorships from individuals and organizations.

For more information, readers may visit or contact Heather Bates at 717-715-2192 or the church at 717-285-5020.


Moms In Prayer Groups To Meet September 7, 2018

Moms in Prayer groups for Manheim Central School District invite other moms to join in prayer for children and schools this coming year. All mothers of Manheim Central students are welcome to participate. The Moms in Prayer groups meet weekly throughout the school year for one hour of prayer, following a format that includes praise, silent confession, thanksgiving, and intercession.

A kickoff brunch open to all Manheim Central Moms in Prayer groups and those interested in joining is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at 246 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. Preschool-age children are welcome. Those planning to attend are asked to register by contacting Emily Lindberg at 717-664-2723 or

The Burgard Elementary group will meet at 314 N. Strickler Road, Manheim, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays beginning Oct. 4. The leader, Laura Kreider, may be contacted at or 717-492-1899.

The Doe Run Elementary and Manheim Central Middle School groups will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Fridays beginning Sept. 28 at Salem United Methodist Church, 140 N. Penn St., Manheim. The Doe Run leader, Emily Lindberg, may be reached at her previously mentioned contact information. The middle school leaders are Amy Minnich and Toche Groff. Individuals may contact Minnich at or 717-665-6391 or Groff at or 717-682-3225. Nursery space will be provided for preschool children of moms participating in either of these groups.

The Manheim Central High School group will meet at 2161 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 26. The leader, Shelly Lutz, may be reached at or 717-892-8871.

Moms in Prayer is an international organization that began in 1984 when one mom, Fern Nichols, started a group to pray for her children. Groups are now praying for children and schools in every state in the U.S. and in more than 140 countries.


MASD Honors Staff Members September 6, 2018


CV To Induct Former Athletes September 6, 2018

On Friday, Sept. 21, Conestoga Valley (CV) will welcome three former athletes into its 20th Athletic Hall of Fame Class. A reception and induction ceremony will be held in the Conestoga Valley High School lobby and auditorium beginning at 4:45 p.m. Following the ceremony, this year's honorees will be introduced to the CV community during halftime of the football game against Solanco. The newest members of CV's Athletic Hall of Fame include James Bounds, Robert Cardina, and Tony Franciscus.

Bounds, a 1997 graduate, earned seven varsity letters while a member of the football and wrestling teams. On the gridiron, Bounds received Section II Honorable Mention recognition his junior year, was named a Section II All-Star his senior year, earned the team's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards, and participated in the War of the Roses Game. As a wrestler, he was a Section II All-Star his junior and senior years, won a Section Title, and finished fourth in the PIAA District 3 Tournament. Following high school, Bounds played football for the University of Richmond.

Cardina, a 2012 graduate, earned 14 varsity letters through his involvement in track and field, soccer, basketball, and football. On the track, Cardina captained the team that won the Lancaster-Lebanon (L-L) League Championships in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He scored numerous top 10 finishes and registered a school record of 761 career points. As the football team's punter and place kicker, he was Special Teams Player of the Year three times and a Section II All-Star. On the basketball court, Cardina captained the 2012 team, was named to the Lancaster-Lebanon League First All-Star Team, and helped the Bucks win an L-L League Championship in 2009. On the soccer pitch, he was a four-year starter, recorded 38 goals and 19 assists, and was a member of the Section II Championship Team. He was named to the Section II All-Star First Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was Section II Player of the Year in 2011. At Penn State University, Cardina participated in the decathlon and heptathlon and was named NCAA First Team All-American in the decathlon.

Franciscus, a 1985 graduate, was a scholastic standout in football and wrestling, earning five varsity letters. As a football player, he was selected to the Second Team All-State, received the Lineman of the Year Award, and played in the Big 33 Game in 1984. As a wrestler, Tony won a Section Championship his junior year. At the University of Maryland, he earned two varsity letters.


Avon Grove Charter School Dedicates New Addition September 5, 2018

A new wing featuring classrooms and office space at the Avon Grove Charter School's Kemblesville campus has been completed on time and within budget. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held on Aug. 23 with many of the people who made the project possible in attendance.

The new 40,000-square-foot, two-story addition blends seamlessly to the building, adding seven third-grade classrooms; a music room; a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) room; administrative offices; a conference room; and a storage room for students' records. The project also included an addition to the parking lot and new playground space.

"The purpose of this amazing project is so that third grade can come and move back over here from the main campus," said Kristen Bishop, CEO and head of school. "We also have a business office we were renting in Jennersville. Now we can save the rental cost, because we have a new business office and administrative space that was very much needed."

The charter school had a $5.9 million budget for the project and completed the expansion within that amount. The construction project, which broke ground last October, was also on time, so third-graders could begin the school year in their new classrooms on opening day, Aug. 27.

"We started planning three years ago, along with working on a bond issue," financial officer Donna Archer explained.

The Kemblesville campus had been dedicated to kindergarten and first and second grades, while the main campus on State Road, a former high school building, housed the remaining grades for the charter school.

This year, third-grade students have been welcomed into new spaces designed with them in mind. The classrooms are bright and cheery, with flexible seating. The STEM classroom features a Lego theme, including Lego-covered walls.

Outside, the playground includes a unique feature - a bicycle track. "I think we're the only school in Chester County that has a bike path for children to ride in recess. We're really excited about it," Bishop said.

Relocation of the third grade to Kemblesville has allowed the charter school to increase the grade's enrollment to 180 students. Numbers are also increasing for the charter school, with 1,865 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade this school year, up from 1,640 in 2017-18.

"We're excited about the ability for the school to provide more options for the students, the ability to expand out the high school by moving the third grade back here to Kemblesville," said school board facilities committee chair John Lupfer. "The parents feel much better as their kids are going from second to third grade knowing that their kids are going to be here in a nice school with children close to their own age. It gives them another year before they go into the high school building."

For more information about Avon Grove Charter School, readers may visit or


SYCSD Homecoming Activities Planned September 5, 2018

The Susquehannock High School Alumni Association will host its annual homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 12. The event will be held in conjunction with Susquehannock's homecoming football game against Eastern York Area High School, which will begin at 7 p.m. All Southern York County School District (SYCSD) students, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to attend. The high school is located at 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock.

The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a Susquehannock alumni reception at the Dale R. Keagy Plaza, located at the Susquehannock Alumni Field House. Alumni who visit the Alumni Association's registration booth will receive commemorative gifts, including a collectible alumni homecoming button. Alumni are also encouraged to wear their varsity jackets. The reception will continue until halftime of the game.

Homecoming festivities will begin on the football field at 6:25 p.m. and will include the crowning of the 2018 homecoming queen. At halftime of the game, the annual Susquehannock Alumni Spirit Award will be presented to this year's recipient. In 2017, former Susquehannock High School teacher, coach, and athletic director Chuck Abbott received the award.

Attendees should enter the stadium at the East ticket booth entrance to purchase a ticket for admittance. Separate ticket prices have been set for adults, for students, and for senior citizens.

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