Blake Cole Gill and Celeste Lamannix Osayi are the Middletown Area High School Students of the Month for February.
Blake Gill is the son of Robert Gill and Annette Cole-Gill. He is in National Honor Society, Link Crew, Mini-THON, varsity high school soccer and varsity high school tennis.
His activities include club soccer for CASA; first semester – internship with Urology of Central PA; first and second semester, volunteer/internship with Tristan Imaging; second semester, volunteer/internship with Pinnacle Health Hospital (Londonderry Road).
He is a two-year soccer captain (school) and first and second-team all-star (soccer). He is a Distinguished Honor Roll student. He previously worked at Chick-fil-A.
He is undecided on a college, but will major in biology and possibly minor in neuroscience. He plans to attend medical school to become a radiologist.
“I’m certainly honored to be chosen out of the plethora of grandiose choices,” he said.
Celeste Osayi is the daughter of Leroy Osayi and Angela Osayi. She is in marching band/concert band (librarian/secretary); National Honor Society (secretary); Youth & Government (president); Link Crew; and Musical Pit. She received the Award of Academic Excellence, Class of 2017 (ranked in top 5 of her class); and the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference, as the only student from her class chosen. She is on the Distinguished Honor Roll.
She plans on attending West Chester University to major in marketing. Her career goal is to become a market research analyst.
“I am very grateful that I am able to receive a form of recognition that only a few people in my class get to experience,” she said.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2017 12:56
Lula Reinert, a first-grader at Conewago Elementary School, and Jake Laudermilch, a junior at Lower Dauphin High School, recently were recognized by Hummelstown police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care in the Do the Right Thing program.
Lula was honored for spreading kindness. According to her teacher, Katrina Kelly, she donated toys to a charity, donated pet supplies to a shelter, picked up litter and taped money to a vending machine for someone else to use. “Lula hopes other people will see her acts of kindness and they will also be inspired to spread kindness,” Kelly said.
Jake found a wallet in the school parking lot. He called to return it right away and declined a reward from the wallet’s owner.
For their good deeds, they were recognized with a $25 gift card, a Do The Right Thing T-shirt and certificate, and Papa John’s pizza coupons.
The Do the Right Thing program is modeled after a successful national program. Now in its 10th year, the program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts.
School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a child.
A volunteer committee reviews the student nominations on a monthly basis and selects a winner for each month.
For more information, contact Kathy Peffer at 566-6096.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:56
Lower Dauphin High School seniors Sam Rothermel and Matt Foran were recently named finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
They will continue in the competition for about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that will be announced between April and July. These students are among 15,000 academically high school seniors from around the country and they represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors..
Sam is the son of Nancy and Joseph Rothermel. He is a four-year member of the orchestra and the spring musical’s pit orchestra, serving as concertmaster of each for the past three years. He is one of the most decorated musicians in school history, performing at states the past two years and earning a spot at nationals last year.
He is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is a four-year member and president of the Math Honor Society and a two-year member. He is also a three-year member of the National Science Honor Society and the Latin Honor Society and a two-year member of the National Honor Society and National English Honor Society.
He is a member of the chorus and has participated in Dramapalooza. He plans to attend a four-year university and major in musical performance.
Matt is the son of Donna and Joseph Foran. He is four-year member of the marching band, concert band and jazz band where he plays the trumpet. He is a four-year member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the National Science Honor Society. He is a three-year member of the National Honor Society and the Latin National Honor Society.
He also participated in the pingpong and chess club for three years and played lacrosse for two years. He plans to attend a four-year university and major in electrical engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:52
Penn State Harrisburg’s Diversity and Educational Equity Committee will play host to a screening of the locally produced film “African American Oral History Project: Part One” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Olmsted Building auditorium on campus.
The film, produced for the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and narrated by TV journalist and Harrisburg citizen Bryan Wade, traces the lives and descendants of former slaves, Civil War heroes and community leaders Ephraim Slaughter (1846-1943) and Robert Smalls (1839-1915) and freedman, writer and educator George H. Imes (1844-1892).
The film traces the history of each family from slavery through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, the Great Depression and the modern Civil Rights era, providing a century-and-a-half narrative of African-American history nationally and in Harrisburg.
The film was produced by Ruby Doub, Dauphin County, written and directed by Robert Philbin, Cumberland County, and features national historian Hari Jones, Washington, D.C., and local historian Calobe Jackson.
Doub, Philbin, Jackson and Wade will be in attendance. Slavery artifacts will be on display. The event is free and open to the public.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:13
Cast members from Lower Dauphin High School’s spring musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ performed at the Wednesday, Feb. 8, meeting of the Rotary Club of Hummelstown.
The students performed three numbers from the show, which features the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Junior Beth Rose Schindler, senior Logan Grubb and freshman Matthew Little sang “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Senior Patrick Norris sang “Blah, Blah, Blah.” Senior Frankie Vernouski and junior Gillian Miller performed “By Strauss.”
The musical will be held March 2-4. Show tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults and may be pre-ordered by calling 566-5393.
A sneak preview for senior citizens will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 1 following a complimentary breakfast at 8. Senior citizens interested in reserving a place for the preview show and breakfast may call 566-5330, ext. 1028.
The performance on Friday, March 3, will also feature a dinner before the show to benefit the Lower Dauphin Falcon Foundation. The dinner theater will feature a one-plate buffet meal with salad, sides and dessert. Tickets for the dinner theater must be reserved by Feb. 21 by calling 566-5393. Cost of tickets for dinner and the show is $15 for students and $25 for adults and includes admission to the show that evening.
The Hummelstown Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at noon at Hoss’s Steak & Seahouse in Hummelstown. For more information about the club, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HummelstownRotary.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 16:40