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Students chosen for elementary school choir


Twelve students from the Middletown Area School District were selected to perform with a prestigious elementary school choir at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Elementary Song Fest on Saturday, April 5 at Annville.tinykidssing4 16 14Submitted photo - The 12 students from the Middletown Area School District who were chosen to sing in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District 7 Elementary Song Fest are, from left, Brock Welsh, Nate McGlone, Jayden Benner, Serina Gurm, Nieves Kohout, Abigail Grimland, Caroline Shiery, Emily Parker, Jenna Alford, Erin Brown and Katelyn Miller.


The students were chosen by audition.


The 150-voice choir included top elementary school vocalists from central Pennsylvania. Among the selections performed: “Kookaburra,’’ “Old Joe Clark’’ and “This Little Light of Mine.’’


The choir was directed by Melissa Malvar-Keylock, the choral community liaison and director of the apprentice program with The American Boychoir.


The Middletown students’ music teachers are Michael Checco and Mary Checco.


The students who were chosen are:

Erin Brown, daughter of Keith and Heather Brown, a fifth-grader at Fink Elementary School.

Emily Parker, daughter of Robert and Cristi Parker, a fourth-grader at Fink.

Katelyn Miller, daughter of Sam Miller of Dalmatia and Brandy Woodward, a fifth-grader at Fink.

Caroline Shiery, daughter of Jon and Melissa Shiery, a fourth-grader at Fink.

Jenna Alford, daughter of Edwin and Joann Alford, a fifth-grader at Kunkel Elementary School.

Abigail Grimland, daughter of Lori Grimland, a fifth-grader at Kunkel.

Serina Gurm, daughter of Baldev and Salinder Gurm, a fifth-grader at Kunkel.

Jayden Benner, son of Michael and Amy Benner, a fifth-grader at Reid Elementary School.

Nieves Kohout, daughter of Jerry and Danell Kohout, a fifth-grader at Reid.

Nate McGlone, son of Brendan and Jenna McGlone, a fifth-grader at Reid.

Brock Welsh, son of Kevin and Jessica Welsh, a fifth-grader at Reid.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:32

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Lower Dauphin High School honor roll


Lower Dauphin High School Principal Todd Neuhard has announced the Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second marking period. The students who earned honors are:


Distinguished Honor Roll

Grade 9 – Allison Bitting, Sarah Blessing, Ray Cotolo, Emma Durantine, Nathan Ebert, Peter Gingrich, Marni Granzow, Logan Grubb, Brittany Halbleib, Nicole Hsing-Smith, Meghan Lathrop, Anna Levi, Alexandra Little, Lucas McCanna, Nickolas Moosic, Anna Mostoller, Elise Musser, Samuel Rothermel, Emily Swist, Sarita Walters and Haohao Yu.    


Grade 10 – Logan Buffington, Haley Buggy, Matthew Canis, Leigh Coonelly, Samuel Elliott Mejia, Sarah Gibbs, Fallon Hammer, George Hatalowich, Zoe Irving, Matthew Kuehnle, Davin Malinen, Colin Marcavage, Samantha Markley, Austin Miller, Anna Nissley, Rachel Orth, Kristin Sarsfield, Katherine Spanos, Lariah Thompson and Beck Wiles.


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FROM MYANMAR TO MIDDLETOWN: MAHS student tells her story at conference


The family of Sang Chin Pui, a sophomore at Middletown Area High School, faced many challenges – particularly language – when they moved to the U.S. from Myanmar.tinymidstudent4 16 14Submitted photo - Attending the Capital Area Intermediate Unit’s conference on educating refugee youth are, from left to right, Joan Schwanger, an English as a Second Language teacher at Middletown Area High School (MAHS); Sang Chin Pui, a sophomore at MAHS; Donlynne Layne, an English as a Second Language teacher at MAHS; Cheryl Giles-Rudawski, of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit; Carol Hahn, a church sponsor; and Maria Feeser of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit’s Migrant and English as a Second Language programs.


Participants at a conference on educating refugee children heard Pui’s story when she presented a speech at the event on Thursday, March 20 at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola.


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'TAKING MY OWN ROUTE': Lower Dauphin’s Joe Julius gives up a soccer scholarship for a chance at football stardom

Under Friday night lights, the crowd looked on as Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius stepped onto the field. Tied 14-14 with 10 seconds left, the fate of the District 3 Class AAAA football semifinal game hinged on Julius’ kick.tinykickerpic4 9 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Joe Julius launches a game-winning 46-yard field goal attempt through the uprights with 10 seconds left to give the Falcons a 17-14 victory over top-seeded Wilson in a District 3 Class AAAA semifinal playoff game last season.


It’s the type of scenario that can make even the strong buckle under pressure – but not Julius.


For the self-described adrenaline junkie, it’s the type of moment he lives for, thrives in.


There was the snap, the kick, and the three seconds of suspense it took the football to travel 46 yards to the goalpost.


“I didn’t even have to see it. The way I felt when I hit it, I knew,” Julius recalls. It was good.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:20

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Steel-High to perform original comedy


It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky – and not quite what you would expect.tinycastpic4 9 14Photo by Noelle Barrett - The cast of Steelton-Highspire High School’s play, “Dead End Inn.”


This year, students at Steelton-Highspire High School are performing an original play, “Dead End Inn,’’ written by Rachel Fischer and Ann Marie Knorr.


The play is a dark comedy about a very eccentric family who hasn’t paid their taxes, and they decide to turn their home into a bed and breakfast, naming it the Dead End Inn.


“We wanted it to have the same feel as ‘The Addams Family,’” said Knorr, who also directs the play. “In the play, the family reaches out to friends and family, and you see them trying to come up with ways to get the money.”


The play has characteristics like the “The Addams Family” and “The Munsters,” something the students have really enjoyed portraying.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 20:14

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