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Lower Dauphin to hold holiday concerts

Lower Dauphin students will ring in the holidays with a host of concerts across the district this winter.

“It’s a great way to celebrate the season by enjoying the musical talents of our students in elementary school, middle school and high school,” said Dr. Sherri Smith, superintendent. “We’re looking forward to seeing those smiling faces on stage again this year.”

The schedule for the district’s winter concerts is:

• Dec. 8: Lower Dauphin High School will host its orchestra and string orchestra along with the middle school’s sixth-grade strings under the direction of Mrs. Melody Cliff at 7 p.m.

• Dec. 12: Lower Dauphin High School will host its concert band under the direction of Keith Richardson along with the middle school’s sixth-grade band under the direction of Greg Hutchison at 7 p.m.

• Dec. 14: Lower Dauphin High School will host a choral concert featuring the chorus, women’s select choir and chamber singers under the direction of Elizabeth Colpo along with the middle school’s sixth-grade chorus under the direction of Matt Dickinson at 7 p.m.

• Dec. 15: Conewago Elementary School will host concerts at 1:30 and 7 p.m. featuring the fifth-grade band, strings and chorus and the second grade under the direction of Jessica O’Donnell and Jamie Marrs.

• Dec. 15: East Hanover Elementary School will host concerts at 2 and 7 p.m. featuring the fifth-grade band, strings and chorus and the second grade under the direction of Jessica Zampelli and Caleb Stelle.

• Dec. 21: Nye Elementary School will host concerts at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. featuring fifth-grade band, strings and chorus and the second grade under the direction of Melissa Brosius.

• Dec. 21: Londonderry Elementary School will host concerts at 1:30 and 7 p.m. featuring fifth-grade band, strings and chorus and the second grade under the direction of Jamie Marrs and Jessica O’Donnell.

• Dec. 21: South Hanover Elementary School will host concerts at 2 and 7 p.m. featuring fifth-grade band, strings and chorus and the second grade under the direction of Caleb Stelle and Jessica Zampelli.

• Jan. 24: Lower Dauphin Middle School will host a concert at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium featuring the seventh- and eighth-grade band, orchestra and chorus that will be under the direction of Greg Hutchison, Melody Cliff and Matt Dickinson, respectively.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:01

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Middletown school board shakeup continues as president abruptly resigns

Middletown Area School Board will have new leaders — and some new faces — for 2017.

Five board members voted 5-0 to elect Linda Mehaffie as the board’s new president for 2017 during a reorganization meeting on Monday, Dec. 5. The board also voted 5-0 to choose Michael Corradi as vice president.

Among the four members absent was Newton Davis, who has been the board’s president throughout all of 2016. 

Davis unexpectedly dropped off a letter of resignation earlier in the day to Superintendent Lori Suski, Suski said. The one-sentence letter only said that Davis was resigning effective immediately, and gave no reason why, Suski said.

The board quickly moved during the reorganization to appoint by 5-0 vote to fill Davis’s seat Darnell Montgomery of the 1700 block of Lakeside Drive in Lower Swatara Township.

Montgomery is to be sworn into office during the board’s next meeting on Dec. 19 by District Judge David Judy, Suski said. Montgomery will hold the seat through Dec. 4, 2017, although he can choose to run for election to a full four-year term in 2017.

Montgomery had been one of five residents who had applied to fill another board seat that had been vacated in October by Michael Richards. Richards had been on the board for 21 years but, like Davis, resigned abruptly without telling the public why.

Corradi as vice president replaces David John, who like Davis had a year ago been elected as the board’s vice president for 2016.

John also was not at Monday’s meeting; however, there is no indication he is resigning.

Davis had been on the board since being appointed in 2010. 

Davis and John were both to stand for re-election in 2017. However, both stated during a board meeting in November that they do not intend to run again next year.

Mehaffie, a Realtor from Lower Swatara Township, was elected to the school board in 2015. She led the effort to create a new foundation to provide an alternate source of revenue for school district programs and initiatives besides the local property tax.

Mehaffie issued a statement to the Press And Journal saying: “I am honored for being elected by my peers and given the opportunity to serve as president. We have a great enthusiastic board and a lot of great new and exciting things to come.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 16:06

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Seniors top juniors in Powder Puff

image008Photo by Bill Darrah -- The juniors and seniors get together for a group picture at the end of the game.

The Seniors beat the Juniors 22-14 last week in the Powder Puff game, a battle for bragging rights held annually at Middletown Area High School. This tradition has been played every year for many years. The game is a flag football match between the females in each class with football players from each class coaching. The other male members take on the roll as cheerleaders.

To see more photos of the Powder Puff game by Bill Darrah, check out our print edition or click here for our E-edition

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 16:14

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Students of the Month: Middletown Area High School

Thomas Staker and Bianca Jasper recently were selected as Middletown Area High School’s Students of the Month.

Staker is the son of Tom and Jen Staker. He is involved in Link Crew, IT internship, football (four years) and track (two years). He is a volunteer for Seven Sorrows Pony football and Seven Sorrows track and field. He has been on the honor roll, an academic captain for football, and was the 2015 second team guard in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division.
After graduation, he plans to attend a four-year school for computer security and pursue a career in cybersecurity.
“I feel honored and I would like to thank everyone who made this possible,” he said.Staker.Thomas.PhotoThomas Staker


Jasper is the daughter of Maurice and Tonya Jasper.

Jasper.Bianca.PhotoBianca Jasper

She plays basketball (captain) and soccer (captain). She is a Link Crew leader, mascot for football, and MiniTHON canning committee chair. She had internships at Reid/Fink and PinnacleHealth System and was on the Homecoming Court. She is a Raider Connection coach, involved with Little Dribblers, and attends Glad Tidings Assembly of God. She was the PennLive Player of the Week in January for basketball, is an honoral student, and was a Mid-Penn all star in basketball and soccer. She is a babysitter and Olmsted basketball clock keeper.

She plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania to further her academic and athletics on a basketball scholarship. She plans to study pre-med biology to become an ER doctor or pediatrician.

“I am honored to be selected among my classmates to be Student of the Month. I am thankful for all the teachers who have helped me throughout the years,” she said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:48

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Honor roll announced at LD Middle School for first period (first marking period 2016-17)

Lower Dauphin Middle School recently announced its honor rolls for the first marking period.
To earn a place on the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student must have all “A’s” or perfect marks on their report card. To be named to the Honor Roll, a student must receive all “A’s” and “B’s” on their report card. The students who earned honors for this marking period and their class year are as follows:

Distinguished Honor Roll

Grade 6: Shannon Angerer, Rudy Anthony, Abbigail Auringer, Cameron Barber, Kelly Bastian, Raphael Bastos, Regan Bixler, Hannah Bloomer, Jacob Collins, Jaiden Dissinger, Lily Ditty, Katelyn Economopoulos, Kristen Economopoulos, Scott Felter, William Foley, II, Fry Joseph Goduto, Leyna Harner, Valerie Hevner, Ryan Jorich, Carter Lammando, Rylee Malseed, Marielle McGurrin, Isaac Mende, Audrey Meyers, Katelyn Miller, Raeann Miller, Jacob Neithercoat, Caelyn Nikoloff, Megan Orris, Lekhana Pa, Andi Pagano, Ethan Parker, Jolie Revenis, Thomas Royer, Julia Ruzzi, Madeline Sanders, Andrew Seacord, Brynn Shaffer, Makayla Shutt, William Sierer, Julia Singiser, Carissa Steffe, Carly Stephens, Wyatt Stoneroad, Piper Taylor, Miranda Ulrey, Lauren Wahlers, Tobias Waters, Aden Weigle, Eric West, Reghyn Wilson and Roman Wintergrass.

Grade 7: Heather Abate, Kristen Ajala, Paige Berzinski, Paige Bitting, Clara Breidenstine, Ezra Bulgrien, Jackson Burger, Liam Carney, Morgan Clouser, Emma Dickinson, Kevin Ding, Adam Dotts, Ethan Espenshade, Katherine Estes, Adam Fellin, Matthew Giampetro, Larisa Goodman, Conor Grubb, Katelyn Hanft, Courtney Holl, Luke Johns, Alicia Jones, Andrew King, Maxwell Klingensmith, Marissa Kopec, Austin Little, Hailley Lynch, Sydnee Lynch, Lucian Martir, Lucy McCurdy, Hudson Millar, Matthew Mosco, Olivia Murray, Lilian Nop, Carolynn O’Donnell, Hadley Orth, Ella Rafferty, Anya Ray, Isabelle Rodemaker, Alexa Shaffer, David Shillow, Lindsey Stine, Ryan Stoe, Logan Suggs, Leah Tierney, Grant Tredinnick, Sofia Walsh, Celleste Wohlfarth, Emma Yeager, Hunter Yohn and Brandon Zelusky.

Grade 8: Nischal Adhikari, Sophia Alterio, Nicole Baker, Rachel Blessing, Jackson Bruce, Hailey Clouser, Caiden Covell, Grace Craig, Sophia Ditty, Katherine Foley, Steven Goss, Travis Hershey, Maya Hoover, Lauren Hunter, Kaycee Johnson, Kyla Knauber, Stephanie Kopec, Marguerite Kutz, Abby Lauer, Noah Leach, Briona Lookenbill, Annabel Mauger, Tristan McQuiddy, Aidan Mende, Rachael Miller, Kayla Pedersen, Jacob Pegher, Melina Putt, Benelli Risser, Deyanery Rodriguez, Janie Rost, Morgan Roth, Sebastian Salinas, Vaughn Sarago, Angelina Smith, Cameron Snelbaker, James Taylor, Catherine Walter, Grace Walter, Bridget Wappman, Lillie Weaver, Katherine Weigle, Luke Wren and Julia Zewe.

Honor Roll

Grade 6: Davin Adelman, Paige Adelman, Digby Althoff, Christina Asbury, Sophia Athans, Caleb Banning, Andrew Bell, Tucker Berzinski, Brandon Bibb, Ella Blazi, Landen Brown, Merci Brown-Nystrom, Chaeli Buck, Abigail Carter, Gavin Clark, Phillip Cooke, Ethan Covell, Mary Coyle, Isaiah Edmonds, Mason English, Kelsey Epoca, Cameron Evans, Riley Fanning, Ella Fields, Travis Fink, Tyce Fischl, Julia Flory, Luke Foerster, Ivan Fombu, Caitlyn Galbraith, Tyler Ginder, Ryleigh Goetter, Collin Gourley, Alysa Harbilas, Devin Harris, Parker Hayes, Ella Heinbaugh, Rylan Helmer, Ean High, Kyler Holland, Plummer Jefferis, Payton Killian, Rebecca Kline, Mayson Klopp, Ava Kulp, Lillian Lachina, Jeffrey LaRuffa, Kenzie Laudermilch, Bridget Lawn, Chayse Leppo, Ada Livingston, Devin Lutz, Antonio Mardegain, Felicity Martin, Nicole McCloskey, Hannah McConnell, Mia McEvers, Jacob McIntire, Vivian Merry, Cory Miduri, Ethan Miller, Aaron Moyer, Elijah Nalesnik, Eliana Nieves, Hunter Pankake, Constance Pullin, Madison Rehm, Dylan Robinson, Makenna Robinson, Martina Rojas, Thomas Rose, Katherine Ross, Caleb Runk, Jasmine Santiago, Wylie Schatz, Kayley Schell, Anna Schmidt, Luke Schnoor, Lucas Sevison, Ian Sharp, Grayson Simpson, Chase Smith, Ellis Snow, Morgan Sparks, Madalyn Stamey, Jack Starry, Jr., Victoria Steinly, Chaye Stewart, Aaron Sun, Wesley Taggart, Tyler Tharp, Jason Tierney, Teanna Villarreal, Colin Warner, Luke Warner, LeeAnna Watts, Tanner Webb, Cora Wetzel, Collin Whitley, Allison Wilbert, Christopher Williams and Eden Williams.

Grade 7: Ryan Angerer, Tessa Barone, Delanie Batula, Chelsea Blazina, Avery Book, Britley Brubaker, Sarah Brubaker, Olivia Byers, Caden Carney, Stevie Clark, Cody Dent, Logan Devine, Alana Earley, Morgan Earley, Benjamin Ebert, Elijah Elhajj, Brianna Espenshade, Samantha Farace, Hannah Fischer, Isaiah Fisher, Emma Foley, Racheal Foreman, Jack Francis, Joseph Frank, Autumn Fritz, Megan Geesaman, Luke Gibbs, Joshua Given, Andrew Good, Gabrielle Goodman, Elaria Gregg, Max Griffiths, Katelynn Groscost, Josephine Grundon, Makaylee Hale, Sarah Hanula, Lauren Haraske, Darren Harman, David Hensley, Anna Hess, Leonora Holahan, Delaney Hoover, Chloe Hsing-Smith, Tate Ingram, Cadence Kanode, Julia Katzenmoyer, Blake Kelley, Miranda Kelley, Daniel Kenney, Tevon Kerr-Hornbaker, Aiyana Kibler, Joshua Kimberlin, Logan Klinger, Olivia Kouletsis, Braden Landis, Adam Lemarr, Anne Linker, Lindsay Malone, Donovan McDonald, Grace McIntire, Shaine McMonagle, Hayden Milic, Ethan Miller, Sean Murphy, Hannah Murray, William Nelson, Joseph Nestico, Matthew Newman, Kayla Nguyen, Lilliana Oyler, Gabriella Pagano, Isabella Pascale, Novani Patel, Cameron Patterson, Angelica Peluso, James Perales, Abigail Perez, Ethan Piegzik, Sarah Pikhit, Zaniya Pimienta, Madison Ploutz, Jordon Popp, Aidan Powell, Maeve Ramsey, Kisla Rhoads, Megan Ritchie, Carlos Rodriguez, Kamiren Rodriguez, Angelena Rossi, Cameron Saich, Geraldine Salinas, Samuel Sandy, Jarrett Simonetti, Grayson Smith, Chyde Stewart, Zoe Stoessel, Morgan Stumpf, Cassandra Tipa-Bowman, Wyatt Turck, Madeline Turjan, Savannah Vega, Sam Walker, Colton Waters, Jackson Weber, Cailynn White, Gracie White, Jonathan Wolfe, Ryan Woolf, Adam Yalcinanahtar, Wyatt Yeakle, Hannah Zabolotny and Joseph Zeigler.

Grade 8: Casey Ahern, Haley Anderson, Madison Balmer, Camille Barrett, Qualen Bechtel, Ava Bell, Natalie Bennett, Zachary Bixler, Benton Black, Adam Bonawitz, Bethany Bonham, Emma Bretz, Emily Brubaker, Coryn Buck, Sophia Bunting, Randy Burkhardt, Cassidy Burton, Josalyn Byers, Olivia Carnes, Keegan Carter, Jason Carver, Alexandra Cassel, Danielle Cathcart, Mackenzie Collins, Olivia Cormack, Eva Day, Brielle DeCampos, Nicholas Dirkman, Abigaile English, Brandt Foerster, Daniel Fombu, Bella Fry, Joshua Gardner, Madison Geesaman, Kylie Gerst, Caleb Gibbs, Destiny Groen, Landis Groff, Anthony Hannan, Nathan Helmer, Jaylen Hernandez, Allison Hoffman, Brooke Hofsass, Tyson Hofsass, Caroline Hummer, Logan Kephart, Ethan Kercher, Lauren Kirsch, Ella Klinger, Kaylee Knull, Tyler Kobielnik, Timothy Koons, McKenna LaDuke, Sydney Leininger, Abigail Lennox, Julianna Licata, Curtis Lin, Kate Little, Makayla Lookenbill, Julian Loraschi, Mya Macfarlane, Steven Mannetta, Derek McGlaughlin, Zachary McIntire, Sean McKinney, Aunjolane McMillan, Jack McNally, Clarissa McQuain, Alec Merry, Trevor Millhimes, Robin Mitchell, Mackenzie Mowery, Daysha Nelson, Matheus Neves, Sara Novosel, Justine Parcon, Greyson Parks, Ethan Peterson, Casey Pheasant, Hannah Pho, Matthew Piermattei, Isabella Portser, Avery Price, Luis Radanovic, Alison Rankin, Madisyn Renninger, Yessenia Reza, Cole Rife, Alaina Riley, Brianna Risser, Elizabeth Rusnic, Dale Sanders, Madalyn Sanders, Valentina Scottodicarlo, Elijah Sells, Brendan Shanahan, Cameron Shearer, Zackery Sholder, Kylie Silks, Sierra Slentz, Sarah Snavely, Rachel Steigerwald, Luke Thompson, Ashlynn Tolbert, Patrick Tonkin, Marissa Vandernick, Mason Wahlers, Emma Walt, Ashlyn Walters, Emily Wealand, Ty Weaver, Olivia Weigher, Halie Woodring, Brody York, Austin Zavoda, and Madison Zerbe.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:19

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