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GALLERY: Middletown Area High School Holiday Concert

The Middletown Area High School Holiday Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14 included the Middletown Area Jazz Band, Middletown Area High School Select Choir, Middletown Area High School Chorus and Middletown Area High School Concert Band. Songs included old favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Dashing Through the Snow,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.”

Photos by Jodi Ocker

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:32

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Middletown Area High School Students of the Month for December 2016

Middletown Area High School’s December students of the month are Aaron Fischer and Shannon Reese.

Reese is the daughter of Stuart and Jennifer Reese. She is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, treasurer of band, and a member of Link Crew, Science Olympiad, band, chorus and jazz band.Reese.ShannonShannon Reese

She is involved in her church youth group and church softball. She enjoys fencing, piano and flute lessons. She is on the Distinguished Honor Roll and has been honored with the Woodman of the World U.S. History Award.

She plans to attend a four-year college and study aerospace engineering.

“I am very honored to be chosen as the Student of the Month. I would like to thank my family, teachers and friends for supporting me,” she said.

Fischer is the son of Deb and Aaron Fischer. He is in jazz band and Science Olympiad (part of the state Science Olympiad team, 9th grade). He is president of Future Business Leaders of America, band equipment manager and National Honor Society treasurer. He was on the fall play stage crew. He was on the varsity soccer team and track. He is involved in his church youth group.

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He was on the 1st team nationals for Future City (8th grade) and part of first Middletown band to win the 3A class title. He is ranked fourth in his class.

He plans to attend Penn State and earn a degree in civil engineering.

“I am very appreciative for being chosen. I would like to thank my family, friends and teachers for supporting me,” he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:10

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Football, band, other sports honored

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Players and coaches with the Middletown Area High School varsity Blue Raiders football team were recognized by the school board and by district residents at the start of the board’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 19.

Each player was presented with a gold medal provided by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association in recognition of the team winning the District 3 championship. Each player also received a silver medal provided by PIAA recognizing the team as state runner-up in the Class AAA championship.

During Monday’s ceremony the silver medal was draped around the neck of each player by team Head Coach Brett Myers. The school district purchased some of the medals because PIAA does not provide them for the entire team, Myers said. District spokeswoman Jody Zorbaugh could not say how many of the medals that the district bought for the team.

Each player was also presented with a yellow box, containing an engraved watch. The watches were purchased by the Middletown Football Booster Club.

Also recognized by the school board during the meeting was the high school Blue Wave Marching Band, which earned first place in the Class A Group 3 Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championships in November.

The board also recognized the achievements of several other fall sports teams; including cross country, soccer, volleyball, and field hockey.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:49

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Penn State Harrisburg planning to hold emergency preparedness exercise Sept. 30

Penn State Harrisburg, in coordination with local and regional agencies, will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise in its library, on Friday, Sept. 30, starting at 9 a.m. The library will be closed to the public between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

As part of the exercise, the college community and visitors to campus can expect to see the increased presence of law enforcement and emergency response professionals. Except for activities in the library, the exercise is not expected to otherwise affect normal operations of the college.

As part of the exercise, alert systems such as the PSUAlert messaging system may be tested to help ensure functionality in a true emergency. All Penn State students, faculty, and staff are automatically signed up to receive e-mail alerts via their Penn State email address.  An active Penn State access account is required for users to access PSUAlert to change contact settings, such as adding cellphone numbers to receive text messages and adding e-mails.

The emergency exercise will provide the college and participating organizations with an opportunity to assess capabilities, policies, and procedures, as well as decision-making, coordination, and agency integration, with the goal of improving effectiveness in an actual emergency.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:56

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