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FROM MYANMAR TO MIDDLETOWN: MAHS student tells her story at conference


The family of Sang Chin Pui, a sophomore at Middletown Area High School, faced many challenges – particularly language – when they moved to the U.S. from Myanmar.tinymidstudent4 16 14Submitted photo - Attending the Capital Area Intermediate Unit’s conference on educating refugee youth are, from left to right, Joan Schwanger, an English as a Second Language teacher at Middletown Area High School (MAHS); Sang Chin Pui, a sophomore at MAHS; Donlynne Layne, an English as a Second Language teacher at MAHS; Cheryl Giles-Rudawski, of the Capital Area Intermediate Unit; Carol Hahn, a church sponsor; and Maria Feeser of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit’s Migrant and English as a Second Language programs.


Participants at a conference on educating refugee children heard Pui’s story when she presented a speech at the event on Thursday, March 20 at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit in Enola.


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'TAKING MY OWN ROUTE': Lower Dauphin’s Joe Julius gives up a soccer scholarship for a chance at football stardom

Under Friday night lights, the crowd looked on as Lower Dauphin kicker Joe Julius stepped onto the field. Tied 14-14 with 10 seconds left, the fate of the District 3 Class AAAA football semifinal game hinged on Julius’ kick.tinykickerpic4 9 14Photo by John Diffenderfer - Joe Julius launches a game-winning 46-yard field goal attempt through the uprights with 10 seconds left to give the Falcons a 17-14 victory over top-seeded Wilson in a District 3 Class AAAA semifinal playoff game last season.


It’s the type of scenario that can make even the strong buckle under pressure – but not Julius.


For the self-described adrenaline junkie, it’s the type of moment he lives for, thrives in.


There was the snap, the kick, and the three seconds of suspense it took the football to travel 46 yards to the goalpost.


“I didn’t even have to see it. The way I felt when I hit it, I knew,” Julius recalls. It was good.


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Steel-High to perform original comedy


It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky – and not quite what you would expect.tinycastpic4 9 14Photo by Noelle Barrett - The cast of Steelton-Highspire High School’s play, “Dead End Inn.”


This year, students at Steelton-Highspire High School are performing an original play, “Dead End Inn,’’ written by Rachel Fischer and Ann Marie Knorr.


The play is a dark comedy about a very eccentric family who hasn’t paid their taxes, and they decide to turn their home into a bed and breakfast, naming it the Dead End Inn.


“We wanted it to have the same feel as ‘The Addams Family,’” said Knorr, who also directs the play. “In the play, the family reaches out to friends and family, and you see them trying to come up with ways to get the money.”


The play has characteristics like the “The Addams Family” and “The Munsters,” something the students have really enjoyed portraying.

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E-town Mini-THON raises $54,308

etownthonpic4 2 14Eizabethtown Area High School raised a remarkable $54,308 at its annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON or 155 percent of its $35,000 goal.

All proceeds from the 12-hour dance marathon benefit the Four Diamonds Fund to conquer childhood cancer.

Elizabethtown Area High School was proud to support this cause as the Four Diamonds story originated in Elizabethtown with a former student, Chris Millard, who battled childhood cancer while a student at Elizabethtown Area School District in the early 1970s.

“I continue to be amazed at the dedication and commitment of the students in all of the fundraising,” said Michele Balliet, superintendent of schools. “Fifty-four thousand, three hundred and eight dollars is fantastic news and I am so proud of the team of students, faculty, and staff members that took part in our Mini-THON.”

Similar to Penn State University’s THON, students were not be permitted to sit down during the event. The Mini-THON ran from 7 p.m. on Friday, March 28 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 and culminated with the unveiling of how much money EAHS raised. Almost 250 students participated.

This year’s theme was “A Night of Hope” and was for all E-town high school students. It included music, dancing, speakers from the Four Diamonds Fund and Four Diamonds Families, entertainment from The Penn State Alumni Association-Lancaster County Chapter, student entertainment, a talent show, a Mr. Mini-THON pageant, games, and much more.

Heading up the fundraiser were seniors Morgan Gizzi and Craig Miller. Supporting Gizzi and Miller was a team of student captains that included Molly Bartholomew, Zachary Berra, Jay Bomgardner, Nick Brown, Andrew Bush, Clarissa Dempsey, Jennifer Eurich, John Hernley, Aria Hess, Virginia Moyer, Kara Muesser, Mariel Torres and Courtney Warren.
Over the past three years, EAHS has raised over $106,000 for Four Diamonds.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 21:30

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Middletown student chosen for all-state wind ensemble


tinyhernandezpic4 2 14Middletown Area High School sophomore Fabiola Hernandez, a clarinet player, was chosen to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Wind Ensemble.


Hernandez, daughter of Moises Hernandez and Maria Arias-Nunez, of Middletown, plays the E-flat soprano clarinet in the school band.


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