12 7 cheerleaderContributed photo - Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson, a senior from Middletown Area High School, was one of more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country who represented the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the second annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 1-4.


The individuals invited to perform in the parade are part of a select group of 10th to 12th grade captains, co-captains and officers who attended a Varsity Spirit summer camp this summer hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association, Universal Dance Association, National Cheerleaders Association, National Dance Alliance and United Spirit Association.


Johnson performed in an exclusive pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park before of hundreds of fans. Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, performers had the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across that nation and enjoy the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort parks.


For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, visit www.varsity.com or www.varsitybrands.com.

> Middletown cheerleader performs at Disney World

12 7 cheerleaderContributed photo - Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson, a senior from Middletown Area High School, was one of more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country who represented the camp brands of Varsity Spirit in the second annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 1-4.


The individuals invited to perform in the parade are part of a select group of 10th to 12th grade captains, co-captains and officers who attended a Varsity Spirit summer camp this summer hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association, Universal Dance Association, National Cheerleaders Association, National Dance Alliance and United Spirit Association.


Johnson performed in an exclusive pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park before of hundreds of fans. Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, performers had the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across that nation and enjoy the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort parks.


For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, visit www.varsity.com or www.varsitybrands.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 December 2016 12:50

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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.

> 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 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.”

> 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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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

> 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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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.

> 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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