Student-Athletes To Continue Careers April 28, 2017
Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) recently held its Spring Sports Recognition Day. The celebration was for EAHS athletes who plan to continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. Joining the athletes in the high school auditorium were their families, teammates, coaches, faculty members, and administration.
As part of the program, the 12 honorees were saluted by their coaches for the contributions each made to his or her sports program. The coaches read off the accolades earned by each student-athlete, with common themes including Lancaster-Lebanon League all-stars, team captains, and MVP awards, as well as leadership qualities.
The honorees were as follows: Charles Alessi, lacrosse, King's College; Ryleigh Edmonds, track, Susquehanna University; Elise Forry, soccer, Slippery Rock University; Talia Grynkewicz, soccer, Millersville University; Hannah Keener, soccer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Jamie Marsico, soccer, Bloomsburg University; Bri Polites, basketball, Penn State - Altoona; Braydon Shuck, soccer, Lebanon Valley College; Lauryn Six, soccer, Penn State - Harrisburg; Megan Stoltzfus, soccer, Houghton College; Nick Stoner, baseball, Bloomsburg University; and Logan Yohn, football, Bloomsburg University.
Sperry Runs Boston Marathon April 20, 2017
Solanco High School math teacher Jason Sperry recently ran the Boston Marathon. He finished with a time of 3:21:43 and was 5,021st of the 27,221 runners who started the race. It was Sperry's first Boston Marathon and his fifth marathon overall.
"The Boston Marathon experience was tremendous. I was able to meet and compete with tremendous athletes from all over the world. However, my biggest takeaway from the event was the overwhelming support I received from family, friends, and co-workers. I cannot express my gratitude. I feel blessed on so many levels," Sperry said.
Solanco Students Excel In Math Competition April 6, 2017
Two Solanco students, a high school student and an elementary student, have achieved exceptional scores on a MathCON preliminary exam. Tenth-grader Aidan McBride's performance has put him near the very top among the brightest high school math students in the U.S. Quarryville Elementary student Brayden Herr scored the highest among all fifth-graders in Pennsylvania who took the MathCON exam.
Aidan scored in the 99th percentile among the nearly 50,000 students nationwide who took the preliminary exam and has received an invitation to participate in the national MathCON finals in Chicago in April. This will be the third year in a row that he has qualified for this event.
High school students who earned an honorable mention include Erika Hunter, Amanda Leigh, Joshua Kennedy, Audrey Crandall, Timothy Schmitt, Maurissa Roslan, Christian Stead, Joshua Canale, Dan Keller, David Harvey, Zoe Goebel, Azra Mutapcic, Josh Herr, Logan Yaletchko, Brooke Wheeler, and Grady Unger.
At the middle school level, the following students earned honorable mention scores. Smith Middle School sixth-graders include Anika Hodgdon, Ayden Maggs, Blaine Plastino, Willow Sowards, Miciah Summers, Adam Wyatt, and Levi Zook. Swift Middle School sixth-graders include Paige Althoff, Charles Golden, Evelyn Jacobsen, and Renee Moran.
Smith Middle School seventh-graders include Triniti Erisman, Trent Henry, Brooke Killian, Maddie Mosley, Alyssa Schlagenhaufer, and Joel Troutman. Swift Middle School seventh-graders include Edward Billings, Owen Brazelton, Mia Grinestaff, Avery Jacobsen, Ellie Mankin, Eric Reinhardt, and Shane Sollenberger.
Smith Middle School eighth-graders include Macee Fryberger, Colesen Sheaffer, Kyrian Sowards, Unique Rodriguez-Faber, and Kaley Wilson. Swift Middle School eighth-graders include Andrew Craig, Sean Keller, Andrew Lau, and Lance Workman.
Thirteen elementary students earned honorable mention recognition, including Ryan Foreacre, Harry Humbert, and Olivia Taylor, Bart-Colerain; Raven Garabo, Brady Janssen, and Ben Williams, Clermont; Xander Monarrez, Graydon Schlagenhaufer, Brandon Smith, Aidan Todd, Bradley Weder, and Austin Wenger, Providence; and Brayden Herr, Quarryville.
Students Commit To Ursinus March 29, 2017
Twin Valley School District officials have announced that two Twin Valley High School seniors signed letters of intent to play sports for Ursinus College in the fall of 2017.
Braden Burns signed a letter of intent to play soccer. Burns' accolades include All-Division Berks II during his junior year, All-Division Berks II during his senior year, and the NCAA Award of Excellence.
Darren Sipf signed a letter of intent to play football. His accomplishments include the Berks County Combine third-place tire flip in 2014; third-place bench press in 2014; 1,500 pound club in 2014; and 1,565 pounds total, comprising the following: squat, 495; bench, 315; deadlift, 505; and power clean, 250. In the 2016-17 school year, he was named First Team All-League Tight End and Defensive End, Second Team All-Berks Defensive End, and Berks County All-Academic Team member.