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2016 Lower Dauphin High School Homecoming Court

10 12 ld court tonedContributed photo -- The Lower Dauphin High School 2016 Homecoming Court is, seated left to right, Ava Bottiglia, Kasey Curtis, Emma Durantine, Kora Houser, Meghan Johnson, Elise Musser, Halle O'Neill, Allison Rissmiller, and Abigail Stumpf. Standing left to right are David DeNotaris, William Gremmel, Hunter Harnish, Misa Mkwayaya, Denver Rissinger, Nick Scipione, and Michael Yarrish. Not pictured is Vince Homza.

Queen candidates

• Ava Bottiglia is the daughter of Matt and Nancy Bottiglia. Ava is the president of Future Educators of America, a member of various National Honor societies, a four-year starter as a pitcher for the Lower Dauphin softball team, and member of the rugby club. Outside of school, Ava works at the Hilton Garden Inn, as a summer recreation counselor in Hummelstown, and gives private pitching lessons. Her future plans include attending Kutztown University to play softball and major in occupational therapy.

• Kasey Curtis is the daughter of Melanie Mowery and Kevin Curtis. Kasey is a member of the LD girls soccer team and LDC United club soccer team. She is also a Special Olympics buddy, TOP Soccer buddy, summer soccer camp volunteer coach and a proud member of the Falcon Nation. After high school, Kasey plans on attending Millersville University to study pre-med and continue playing soccer. She would like to pursue a specialty in orthopedic surgery.

• Emma Durantine is the daughter of Peter and Angela Durantine. Emma is a two-year filed hockey and lacrosse starter for Lower Dauphin. She is a member of various National Honor societies and volunteers as a youth field hockey coach and at the Hummelstown Historical Society. Her future plans include attending Franklin & Marshall to play field hockey, where she plans to major in biology.

• Kora Houser is the daughter of Nicole and Ron Houser. Kora is a member of the softball team and coaches youth softball clinics. Outside of school, Kora holds a job at Giant Foods. Kora’s future plans include attending college to pursue a career in fashion business.

• Meghan Johnson is the daughter of Stephanie and Scott Johnson. Meghan is an active member in various National Honor societies and theatrical productions. She is Student Council president, Drama Club president, Volunteen president, Women’s Select Choir president, and a MiniTHON family relations captain. Her future plans are to attend a four-year college/conservatory to study theatre and voice/opera.

• Elise Musser is the daughter of Jason Musser. Elise is a member of the Health Career Exploration Program and various National Honor societies. She plays field hockey for Lower Dauphin and with Spooky Nook club field hockey. She is co-captain of the MiniTHON hospitality committee and is Student Council treasurer. Elise volunteers at the Hummelstown Food Bank and the Hummelstown Historical Society. She coaches Falcon youth field hockey and is a hostess at the Circular at The Hotel Hershey. Her future plans are to major in nursing.

• Halle O’Neill is the daughter of Irene and Roy O’Neill. Halle is a member of the Lower Dauphin field hockey and track and field teams. She is also a member of the Pa. Mavericks field hockey club, and the USA Indoor National Team. Halle is the assistant editor of the Yearbook, volunteers for LD youth field hockey, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Michigan to play field hockey and major in psychology.

• Allison Rissmiller is the daughter of Pam and Terry Rissmiller. Allison is a member of the varsity softball team, National Honor Society, and an official member of National Society of High School Scholars. Allison also plays for the Mid-Penn Lightning travel softball team, and is involved with study buddies at Londonderry Elementary School. Allison holds a job as a hostess at the Chocolate Avenue Grill, serves as a volunteer softball coach for Londonderry fast pitch, and an intern at Hummelstown Physical Therapy. After high school, she plans on attending college to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.

• Abigail Stumpf is the daughter of Julie Fromml and Kevin Stumpf. Abby plays lacrosse for Lower Dauphin and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Math Honor Society. She is a MiniTHON captain, a counselor at Camp Hebron and is a member of study buddies. She also volunteers as a lacrosse coach. During the summer, Abby works for the East Hanover Summer Recreation Program. Her future plans include attending a four-year college to major in business.

King candidates

• David DeNotaris is the son of Dave and Marina DeNotaris. David is a member of the wrestling team at Lower Dauphin and holds a job as a lifeguard at Hersheypark. His future plans include attending school to major in molecular biology.

• William Gremmel is the son of Dolores and Albert Gremmel. Will enjoys hunting, fishing and archery. Will has a job as a maintenance manager at ATA Trucking Co. His future plans include attending college to pursue a degree in computer science and to own his own business.

• Hunter Harnish is the son of Brandy and Kevin Harnish. Hunter is a member of the Lower Dauphin football and wrestling teams. He also enjoys Crossfit. During the summer, Hunter holds a job bailing hay. His future plans include attending a four-year college to continue either his wrestling or football career.

• Vincent Homza is the son of John and Josee Homza. Vincent is a member of the ice hockey team, and plays American Legion fall ball. Vincent holds a job as a freelance landscaper, and works in the East Hanover summer rec program and at Harrisburg Country Club as a cart attendant. He is also a volunteer firefighter for the Grantville Fire Department. Vincent would like to pursue a pre-med major in college.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:24

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2016 Middletown Area High School Homecoming Court

Group 4Contributed photo -- The Middletown Area High School 2016 Homecoming Court is, from left, Bianca Jasper escorted by Joseph Brady, Riley Zimmerman escorted by Luke Mrakovich, Sierra Smith escorted by Braedon Thomas, Jessica Knisely escorted by Logan Stoltzfus, and Riley Elhajj escorted by Ian Guckavan.

Joseph Brady

Parent Name: Margaret Brady
School Activities/Involvement: Link Crew, Key Club, captain of the golf team, varsity baseball, American Legion baseball, altar server, hospital volunteer.
Hobbies/Interests: Scuba certified, fishing, mountain biking.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: The staff is amazing and the new school is breathtaking!
Plans after MAHS: To attend Shippensburg University.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: It was an honor to be selected for the Homecoming Court.

Riley Elhajj

Parent Names: Tony and Lisa Elhajj; Andrea Elhajj
School Activities/Involvement: varsity field hockey captain, 2017 class secretary, Mini-THON chairman, Key Club secretary and Link Crew member.
Hobbies/Interests: Sports, hanging out with my family (especially Mimi), and hanging out with my friends.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: How much pride we take in our school — especially sports. Also how everybody knows everybody and how close we are as a community.
Plans after MAHS: Attend a four-year college to major in elementary education and minor in special education.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: I’m very honored and thankful that I am able to have this once-in-a-lifetime experience with all of my friends.

Ian Guckavan

Parent Names: Barbra Guckavan
School Activities/Involvement: varsity soccer, Link Crew, Ski Club.
Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, skiing, club soccer, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking
Favorite Thing about MAHS: Being a part of the first graduating class out of the new high school.
Plans after MAHS: Attend a four-year college.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: It was a privilege to be selected by my classmates.

Bianca Hazel Jasper

Parent Names: Maurice and Tonya Jasper
School Activities/Involvement: soccer, basketball, Link Crew, Little Dribblers coach, Raider Connection coach, mascot, and intern at Reid and Fink and will be interning at Pinnacle Health in the spring.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing basketball, the piano and guitar.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: The staff not only doing their jobs as teachers, but they also support their students in other areas — such as athletics, band, chorus, art and other activities outside of school. They are open to talk to and are great people.
Plans after MAHS: Attend Cal U to further my education on a basketball scholarship. I plan to major in pre-med biology.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: It is a privilege to be nominated by my peers to represent the Class of 2017. I am thankful to represent Middletown Area High School on the Homecoming Court because I will not only be remembered for my athletics and academics but also by my school spirit while attending Middletown Area High School.

Jessica Knisely

Parent Names: Shirley Knisely, Edward Knisely
School Activities/Involvement: varsity soccer captain, track and field, Mini THON Chair, National Honor Society member, 2017 class treasurer, Link Crew member, Key Club treasurer.
Hobbies/Interests: Outside of school, I hold a job at HMS Host, attend youth group, and enjoy sailing.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: My favorite thing about MAHS is the enthusiasm and friendliness of the students and staff.
Plans after MAHS: After graduation, I plan on pursuing my master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: Being selected for the 2016 Homecoming Court to represent Middletown Area High School is truly an honor.

Luke Mrakovich

Parent Names: Rodney Mrakovich and Erika Reigner
School Activities/Involvement: TV Production, Link Crew, basketball captain
Hobbies/Interests: Being around my friends and playing basketball
Favorite Thing about MAHS: The new school.
Plans after MAHS: Joining the United States Marine Corps.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: Blessed.

Sierra Smith

Parent Names: Susan Sharp
School Activities/Involvement: senior class president, TV Production, Yearbook, field hockey.
Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with my friends; going to sporting events
Favorite Thing about MAHS: Being with my class everyday and cherishing these moments before they end.
Plans after MAHS: Attend a four-year college and major in early childhood special education.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: Very blessed that I get to experience this great opportunity.

Logan Stoltzfus

Parent Names: Doug and Tara Stoltzfus
School Activities/Involvement: wrestling team.
Hobbies/Interests: Like to wrestle, fish, hunt and buy shoes.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: The new wrestling room and weight room. I also like that we have air conditioning now.
Plans after MAHS: To continue my wrestling career and academic studies at a four-year school.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: It is an honor to be selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court. Thank you, and let’s go Raiders!
Braedon Thomas
Parent Names: Nikki and Rick Thomas Jr.
School Activities/Involvement: basketball, Yearbook, TV Production
Hobbies/Interests: Listening to music, playing basketball with friends.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: Senior year in the new school and attending sporting events.
Plans after MAHS: Plan to attend Millersville University.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: I feel excited to be a part of this Middletown tradition.

Riley Christine Zimmerman

Parent Names: Susan Veigle and Anthony Zimmerman
School Activities/Involvement: I am involved in volleyball, Link Crew, Pride Club, and intern at Fink Elementary School.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, and eating out at fine restaurants.
Favorite Thing about MAHS: The memories created and shared with great friends.
Plans after MAHS: After graduation, I plan to get my bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
Thoughts about being selected to the 2016 Homecoming Court: I am thankful to being selected by my fellow classmates to be on the Homecoming Court. I am proud to be a part of the Class of 2017.
This has been a great experience that I will never forget!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:06

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LD school to host town hall meeting on opioid epidemic

Lower Dauphin School District will host a town hall meeting about the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic facing our community at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Lower Dauphin Middle School.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the town hall meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is being presented by Dauphin County and its Department of Drug and Alcohol Services and features keynote speaker Jason Snyder, special assistant to the secretary of the state Department of Human Services. There will also be a panel discussion with a county detective, Hummelstown police, an emergency department physician, a parent who lost her son to overdose, and a deputy from the county coroner’s office.

County Commissioner George P. Hartwick, Hummelstown Mayor Brad Miller and county District Attorney Ed Marsico will offer welcoming remarks, and LD Superintendent Sherri Smith will also speak.

Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999 and heroin-related overdose deaths have more than tripled since 2010. Among our neighboring counties, Dauphin County had both the highest per capita overdose death rate in 2015 and the highest percentage increase (52) from 2014 to 2015 in overdose deaths

In August, the Lower Dauphin School Board approved a policy allowing school personnel to use Naloxone to reverse overdoses caused by an opioid drug on school property. 

Hummelstown police also recently started carrying Naloxone in its police cruisers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:00

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Falcon Fest to raise funds for LD sports

The community of Lower Dauphin is planning a special night to celebrate Falcon Pride from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Falcon Fest will raise funds for the Lower Dauphin booster clubs’ contribution toward the district’s field house at the turf field complex on the middle school campus.

The Falcon Fest will be a casual social event for adults with light fare, beer/wine and a cash bar. The cost per person is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. There also will be both a live and silent auction.

In addition to attending the event, the committee is seeking donations to the auctions and general sponsors for the event. The event offers sponsorship levels of $2,500; $1,000; $500; and $250. These donors will be recognized on a permanent donor board outside the field house.

More information about Falcon Fest can be found on the LD Falcon Foundation website at Tickets may be pre-ordered on the website.

Checks should be made payable to: LD Falcon Foundation-Falcon Fest; Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation, 291 E. Main St., Hummelstown, PA 17036.Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 September 2016 15:37

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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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