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LD seniors are semifinalists for National Merit Scholarships

meritwebSubmitted photos - Michael Aksu (left) and Madeline Waters


Two Lower Dauphin High School seniors were named as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition this fall.

Michael Aksu and Madeline Waters are among the 16,000 semifinalists competing for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships that will be awarded this spring. They were among 1.5 million juniors who entered the competition for the scholarships, which will amount to more than $34 million.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:44

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MAHS celebrates Homecoming

 

courtphoto10 22 14Press and Journal Photo by Jodi Ocker -- Chosen for the Middletown Area High School Homecoming Court are, from left: seated, Ariannah Williams, Madison Rios, Halle Marion, Alexis Hile and Mackenzie Lombardi; standing, Jalen Morra, Scott Shaffer, Edward Arnold, Jordan Handley and Zachary Sims.

Middletown Area High School will celebrate Homecoming with a parade, alumni dinner and traditional crowning of a king and queen on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Hoffer Park and turn right on Race Street; left on East Emaus Street; right on Pine Street; right on East Water Street; right on Race Street; left on Conewago Street; and right into the War Memorial Field parking lot.

 

The Class of 1964 will be honored in the parade. The Grand Marshals will be Dr. Herb Henderson, Class of 1951, and Audra Henderson, Class of 1950.

 

A Tailgate Lunch will be held at noon at Fink Elementary School’s cafeteria. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime of Middletown’s football game against Steelton-Highspire at 2 p.m. at War Memorial Field.

 

The Alumni Dinner will be held at 5 p.m. at the Middletown American Legion, 137 E. High St. Local disc jockey Dan Steele will provide music beginning at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Middletown Area Middle School will hold its Homecoming Dance from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24 at the school.

 

Members of this year’s Homecoming Court are:

Edward Arnold, son of Ed and Carol Arnold, a member of the soccer team, the baseball team, PRIDE Club, Link Crew and yearbook staff. He enjoys fishing, golfing and watching movies, and his favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the teachers who motivate and encourage him.

 

He plans to attend college to earn a business and marketing degree. “It is an honor to have been chosen by my peers to represent my graduating Class of 2015,’’ he said. “Go Raiders!’’

 

Jordan Handley, son of Doug and Dana Handley, a member of the soccer and baseball teams. He enjoys fishing and walking in the park, and his favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the friendly and caring environment.

 

He plans to attend college to major in education and minor in communications/journalism. “I am honored that I was picked and excited that I get to represent the senior class right beside some of my best friends,’’ he said.

 

Alexis Hile, daughter of Joe and Tami Hile, a member of the softball team, PRIDE Club and Link Crew; a wrestling team manager; a Special Olympics buddy, Mini-THON participant and volunteer for PinnacleHealth. She enjoys Penn State football, fishing, hiking, bonfires and cheering with the Raider Nation student section. Her favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is that “we all show Raider pride and stick together.’’

 

She plans to attend Penn State to study nursing. “I am honored to be a member of the court. I want to thank my classmates for their support,’’ she said. “Go Raiders!’’

 

Mackenzie Lombardi, daughter of Bob and Julie Lombardi, is a member of the volleyball, basketball and track and field teams, the National Honor Society, the Key Club, the Link Crew, and Student Council. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, and playing sports. Her favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the sense of community and support.

 

She plans to attend college and major in exercise science. “I feel very lucky to be able to represent my class at Homecoming,’’ she said. “I am very excited to be a part of all of Middletown’s Homecoming traditions.’’

 

Halle Marion, daughter of Ken and Traci Marion, is a member of the basketball and softball teams, and enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time with friends and family and watching movies. Her favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the support from teachers, administrators and coaches.

 

She plans to attend St. Francis University, Loretto, to study physical therapy and play softball. “I am very honored to be selected by my peers,’’ she said.

 

Jalen Morra, son of Dan and Sylvia Morra, is a member of the wrestling team and chorus. He enjoys swimming, cross-fit training and traveling. His favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the diversity of classes that allow students to prepare for their future.

 

He plans to join the Navy to train for specialized warfare. “I am honored to be given the chance to represent my community and school and thank my fellow classmates and my teachers,’’ he said.

 

Madison Rios, daughter of Frankie and Kristen Rios, is a member of the field hockey team, the National Honor Society, the Key Club, the Mini-THON committee, the Link Crew and the yearbook staff. She enjoys running, reading, coffee, time with friends and listening to music. Her favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the academic and extracurricular opportunities it offers.

 

She plans to attend Penn State and major in film and cinematography. “I am so grateful that I get to be a part of representing our senior class,’’ she said.

 

Scott Shaffer, son of Tom and Christine Shaffer, is a member of the soccer and track and field teams, and enjoys hunting, fishing and kayaking. His favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the camaraderie among students.

 

He plans to attend college to study sports management. “I’d like to thank my classmates for nominating me to be on Homecoming Court,’’ he said.

 

Zachary Sims, son of Aimee Sims, is a member of the baseball team, the National Honor Society, the Key Club, PRIDE Club and the Future Business Leaders of America. He enjoys spending time with friends, playing baseball and traveling. His favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the close-knit, family atmosphere.

 

He plans to attend Shippensburg University to major in business and play baseball. “It is an honor and a privilege to be selected by my peers to represent the Class of 2015’s Homecoming Court,’’ he said.

 

Ariannah Williams, daughter of Alexander and Stephanie Little, is a member of the Key Club and Link Crew. She enjoys going to concerts, reading, shopping and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite thing about Middletown Area High School is the pride that has grown at the school over the past few years.

 

She plans to attend Penn State. “I am extremely happy and feel honored to be recognized by my fellow friends and classmates,’’ she said.

 

Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:10

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Students of the Month - Middletown Area High School: October 2014

 

 

 

Mackenzie Lombardi and John Ponnett III have been named the Middletown Area High School Students of the Month for October.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 21:02

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Lower Dauphin hosts Homecoming events

LDcourt10 15 14Submitted photo -- Members of Lower Dauphin High School’s 2015 Homecoming Court are, from left: seated,Virginia Bramley, Rachele Branchi, Kayla Confair, Ashley Ebersole, Joely Helder, Amber Lehman, Aliza Mizak and Madison O’Neill; standing, Cole Backenstose, Tommy Bowen, Adam Domovich, Quentin Horting, Matt Joyce, Blair Lewis, Colton Swartz and Adam Zeiders

 

Lower Dauphin High School will celebrate Homecoming with the crowning of a queen at its football game against rival Hershey on Friday, Oct. 17 at Hersheypark Stadium and a king at the Homecoming dance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the school.

 

The crownings are two of the festivities planned for Homecoming this year.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 20:29

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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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