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Students of the Month: Middletown Area High School for December


Rachael Rusnov and William Botterbusch III were named Middletown Area High School’s Students of the Month for December.


botterbusch12 10 14William Botterbusch


Botterbusch, son of Emily and Bill Botterbusch, is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, football team, wrestling team and Key Club. He is a senior class officer.


He is a singer who has been selected to the American Choral Directors Association National Honor Choir and Eastern Division Honor Choir. In football, he received the David H. Dengler Memorial Award from the Raider Club; and in wrestling, he has earned a spot in the District 3 championships.


He has started a landscaping service and worked as an animal caretaker at Waggin’ Tails Pet Camp.


He plans to attend college or a military service academy to study mechanical engineering or become a pilot.


“I have always wondered if I would ever get chosen as Student of the Month when I would see the names on the sign at the high school each month, and I am glad that I can now have my name on the board as well,’’ he said.


rusnovphoto12 10 14Rachael Rusnov


 Rusnov, daughter of Ivye and Simo Rusnov III, is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, Link Crew, MASH, marching band, jazz band and concert band. She is senior class historian.

She has been named to the Honor Roll, district band and region band.

In the community, she works at the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg and as a tutor at Middletown Area Middle School.

She plans to attend college and major in international business.

“I feel very honored that I have been selected for this award,’’ she said. “I would like to thank all my teachers and my family for their support.’’



Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 23:03

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December Lower Dauphin Students of the Month

 lightmaddiepic12 3 14webMaddie Light


Madie Light was named October’s Student of the Month at Lower Dauphin High School by the Rotary Club of Hummelstown, while Carissa Sweet was named October’s Young Woman of the Month by the Hummelstown Women’s Club. 


Light, daughter of Fred and Julie Light, is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society and a three-year member of the National English Honor Society. She is a member and committee captain for the Lower Dauphin Mini-THON. She is a four-year letter winner in soccer and a three-year letter winner in track and field. She holds school records in the pole vault and the 400-meter relay.


In the community, she is active in club soccer with LDC United and volunteers with TOP Soccer. She also is active with her church’s festival, has worked at the Ronald McDonald House and participates in the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

She plans to attend American University and major in biology and play soccer.

sweetpic12 3 14webCarissa SweetSweet, daughter of Daniel and Lynne Sweet, is a member of the marching band, where she is a percussion section leader; the concert band, where she is the principal euphonium player; and orchestra, where she is a co-principal percussionist. She is the president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She was a member of the drumline and chorus. She also is a member of the National French Honor Society and Mini-THON.

In the community, she was a member of the Syracuse University Youth Honors Band, the Lebanon Valley College Honors Band and the Susquehanna University Honors Band. She volunteers at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, is a volunteer instructor for the Lower Dauphin Middle School drumline and is a tutor at Conewago Elementary School.

She plans to attend Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., or Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, and major in music education.







Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 December 2014 20:24

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MAHS to hold 'Raiders Run for a Cure'


If you like to run – or just walk – here’s how to turn your fleet feet into cash to support a good cause.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, a 5-kilometer “Raiders Run for a Cure” to raise money for the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital will be held at Middletown Area High School. The event will also include a Mile Fun Run.

All proceeds from both events will go toward the Middletown Area High School Mini-THON, which benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the children’s hospital.

The 5K will start at the high school at 8:30 a.m. Walkers will start at 8:45 a.m.

The Mile Fun Run will start at the high school track at about 9:30 a.m. All students who take part in the Fun Run will get medals and goody bags.

You can register now online by going to or register the day of the event.

The Mini-THON is a smaller version of Penn State’s THON, which also supports the Four Diamonds Fund. Considered the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, THON has raised more than $114 million since 1977.

Middletown Area’s Mini-THON raised $16,720 last May.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 21:45

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MAMS announces Honor Roll


Middletown Area Middle School has announced its Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the second marking period:


Distinguished Honor Roll

Grade 6: Nicole Altland, Macy Appleby, Johnicia Badgett, Madison Baumgardner, Ean Benner, Daniel Brenner, Paige Burger, Megan Burghdorf, William Cleland, Austin DiPofi, Jordyn Dupes, Dane Ebersole, Chloe Erb, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Cayla Garman, Alexis Habbershon, Hailey Hockenberry, Timothy Kleinfelter, Zachary Malay, Madalyne McGovern, Garrett Miller, Haven Miller, Jaden Miller, Anna Shank, Joseph Spear, Sara Starliper, Angelina Torres, Raymond Truntz and Justin Yohn.


Grade 7: Hayli Akakpo-Martin, Ryan Berstler, Edward Evans, Stephanie Finsterbush, Mason Garza, Terrance Jefferson, Alexandria Kennedy, Kaitlyn Knaub, Benjamin Knisely, Edgar Lopez, Aayushi Patel, Ian Pirkey, Jade Senior, Aiden Sessa, Abigail Wisniewski, Noah Yeich and Lexi Zimmer.


Grade 8: David Alcock, Donovan Brady, Isabella Fegley, Sarah Fluke, Madison Garber, Adrienne German, Blake Jacoby, Morgan Kennedy, Jared Knaub, Alexcia Kolish, Thomas Lee, Keely Lombardi, Shelby Luther, Ivianna Martnishn, Steven Mosher, Jerrod Myers, Desia Perry, Marissa Redline, Jacob Spear, Alayna Thomas and Gabriel Wisniewski.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:47

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First-time voters get helping hand

While many young, first-time voters took to the polls to vote with parents and relatives, a group of students at Steelton-Highspire had a unique opportunity to go together.


The district offered transportation and guidance for students eligible to vote for the first time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:42

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