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tuba8 20 14Photo by Jodi Ocker: Senior Camryn Shank plays the sousaphone


With lots of bottled water and sunscreen, the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band began the football season learning its halftime routine at band camp that opened on Monday, Aug. 4 at Middletown Area Middle School.


This year’s halftime show will feature the music of Elton John.


The band is under the direction of Sam Fisher.


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:06

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LD students receive 99 AP Scholar awards

Lower Dauphin High School students received 99 AP Scholar awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Exams last year.

One student, Jeffrey Groh, earned the prestigious AP International Diploma which is awarded to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP Exams in three or more subject areas.

Another six students, Quintin Baugh, Groh, Emily Haase, William Kuehnle, Christopher Messner, and Wade Spooner, qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more exams.

The students took AP Exams in May after completing challenging college-level courses at their high schools. Lower Dauphin High School offers 15 Advanced Placement courses.

Most of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit, advanced placement or both based upon successful performance on the AP exams. Of the 468 AP exams taken at Lower Dauphin last year, 83 percent scored a 3 or higher, which would qualify a student for credit or advanced placement.

Thirty-six students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Along with Groh, Baugh, Haase, Kuehnle, Messner and Spooner, the qualifying students are:

Nathan Carl, Daniel Davis, Heather Everts, Anne Forshey, Samuel Freeburn, Kaitlin Gibbs, Megan Hauck, Jason Heath, Emma Irving, Nathan Kreider, Chad Krick, Elizabeth Legro, Ryan Lilliock, Eric Markley, Cassidy Morris, Rye Morris, John Mulligan, Colten Nagy, Paul Nestler, Lane Reigle, Adam Rish, Brooke Rottet, Joshua Santeusanio, Austin Schwartz, Margaret Smith, Margaret Tamburro, Madeleine Waters, Amanda Waxman, Julia Wren and Victoria Yohe.

Another 19 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Sean Acker, Michael Aksu, Madaline Becker, Kevin Breisch, Kathryn Brown, John Dahmus, Paul Davis, Luke Haldeman, Isaac Helmer, Elizabeth Kugle, Andrew Lehman, James McDonough, Max Moyer, Carmen Posteraro, Brooke Stouffer, Christine Umberger, Christina Yarrish, Bethany Zelusky and Cullen Zerbe.

Finally, 44 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with grades of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars include Grant Abbondanza, Devyn Barry, Kevin Beaver, Rachel Bitner, Christopher Brian, Parth Delvadia, Chongyang Du, Emily Errickson, Todd Espenshade, Jake Fox, Ruth George, David Hamaty, Timothy Harper, Catharine Harwin, Shannon Heckman, Alaina Jones, Sarah Jones, Tanner Kelley, Jamie Knaub, Zachary Lauer, Madison Light, Angela Linton, Sarah Little, Gabrielle Longreen, Michael Mattis, Bryana Melnic, Alex Messner, Allison Michalowski, Luke Mummau, Amy Palmer, Jonathan Ringenbach, Ben Ross, Luke Rutledge, Katelyn Rynearson, Noah Scholfield, Sarah Schulteis, Stephen Slimak, Hunter Smith, Katrina Smith, Collin Swartz, Devin Timms, Hannah Walter, Caleb Walters and David Wuestner.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:50

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MAHS announces Honor Roll


Middletown Area High School has announced its Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll for the fourth marking period.
Students who received honors are:

Distinguished Honor Roll

Grade 11 – Joshua Alcock, Sydney Alexander, Brett Altland, William Botterbusch, Christina Brinton, Karlee Deibler, Colleen Harkins, Jessica Horetsky, Mackenzie Lombardi, John Ponnett, Margaret Schopf and Scott Shaffer. . .

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:20

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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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