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
Written by Press And Journal Staff
Middletown Area School District students will have class on Presidents Day.
Because of the closing of Middletown Area School District schools on Thursday, Feb. 9, school will now be in session on Monday, Feb. 20, for all students, kindergarten through high school.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2017 12:53
Middletown Area High School recently released its honor rolls for the second quarter.
12th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
DeVelin, Elizabeth Ann; Fitzpatrick, James Thomas; Gaumer, Brandi Nichole; Gill, Blake Cole; Hursh, Lydia Grace; Osayi, Celeste Lamannix; Reese, Shannon Rebecca; Rusnov, Jessaca Michaela; Sessa, Rowan; Templeton, Erin Nicole; Woody, Laron Stanley.
12th Grade Honor Roll
Andree, Dylan Robert; Brandt, Jacob Dawson; Brown, Joshua Neil; Burrows, Nikol Lee; Carson, Mitchell Bryce; Dang, Mai Tuyet; Dworchak, Kelsey Vannessa; Figueroa, Edwin Emilio; Fischer, Aaron James; Frekot, Jarod Riley; Gabner, Carson Lee; Gambini, Connor Mathew; Gardner, Zachary Ty; Glaser, Tyler Allen; Gudoski, Donna Lynn; Gudoski, Heidi Ann; Hursh, John Dennis; Jasper, Bianca Hazel; Kleinfelter, Tauren Alexus; Knaub, Ian Matthew; Krupilis, Gabrielle Paige; Landis, Haden William; Landis, Kyle Michael; LaPlante, Sidonie Phillips; Lear, Ricki Jo; Lebo, Trey Anthony; Mayhew, Marisa Lynn; Miller, Brandon Kyle; Moyer, Kelly Renae; Mrakovich, Luke Rodney; Noon, Malik Anthony; Ortiz, Xavier Antonio; Rivera, Jasmine Maria; Scheaffer, Kelton Dean; Shields, Michelle Rene; Snavely, Chase Michael; Staker, Thomas Richard; Thomas, Braedon Thil; Warhola, Kayla Lynn; Williams, Camryn Mikayla; Yohn, Abby Lynne; Zimmerman, Dylan Bradley; Zimmerman, Mackenzie Rose; Zimmerman, Riley Christine.
11th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Buckwalter, Levi David; Drevland, Lene Aarvik; Kennedy, Morgan May; Sanabria, Taina Raelyne; Thomas, Alayna Hope; Truesdale, Kyle James; Wisniewski, Gabriel Ryan.
11th Grade Honor Roll
Alcock, David Paul; Barni, Ashley Marie; Battistini, Jan Carlos Javier; Baxter, Hayley Samantha; Brady, Donovan Sleight; Bright, Zoey Renee; Cowan, Nicholas Mark; Dailey, Zachery Adam; Davis, Chastity Morgan; Dickey, Rayshawn; Ebersole, Breanna Elaine; Einolf, Thomas Charles; Fluke, Sarah Ann; Frehse, Joshua Anthony; German, Adrienne Elizabeth; Golden, Tierra Jeanne; Hernandez, Alexandra Grace; Hughes, Jordina Christian ; Hughes, Ryan Christopher; Hutchins, Kenneth Charles; Idowu, Jacob ; Knaub, Jared Michael; Lee, Thomas Andrew; Lombardi, Keely Ann; Luther, Shelby Grace; Martnishn, Ivianna Marie; McDevitt, Aaron Lamm; Mercado, Daniel Alejandro; Mosher, Steven Craig; Nelson, Nathaniel Patrick; Nieves Ubiles, Dylaila Esther; Patel, Richa Sanjay; Plummer, Christian Lamont; Redline, Marissa Kathryn; Shatto, Kyle David; Sinkkanen, Mason Christopher; Souders, Zachary Scott; Spear, Jacob Mitchell; Srogota, Justin Brian; Stevenson, Alasia Capri.
10th Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Funck, Adriene Michelle; Harmon, Alexis Novalee; Knaub, Kaitlyn Joy-Lee; Koser, Jocilyn Aliana; Lawrence, Ceajay Hope; Par, Duh Hnem; Parkhill, Cameron Joseph; Patel, Aayushi; Senior, Jade Elise; Sessa, Aiden Matthew; Zimmer, Lexi Nicole.
10th Grade Honor Roll
Akakpo-Martin, Hayli Grace; Ash, Scott Jeffrey; Berstler, Ryan Dennis; Brown, Kashea Elizabeth ; Buffington, Anna Katherine; Finsterbush, Devon Marie; Fish, Alexandria Marie; Garza, Mason David; Hernandez, Angela Elisabeth; Jefferson, Terrance Duane; Jeffries, Keasia Jamir; Jorich, Kayla Danielle; Kamara, Sierra Aminata; Kennedy, Alexandria Noel; Knisely, Benjamin Edward; Lee, Devin Dakar; Martnishn, Hunter David; Matincheck, Sarah Elizabeth; Miller, Ethan William; Miller, Shelby Jean; Ramirez Cruz, Genesis Nicole; Reed, Christopher James; Senior, Cole Joseph; Senior, Jaxson Taylor; Spagnolo, Abrielle Catherine; Van Eik, Jesse Nicholas ; Wagner, Clayton David; Williams, Kelley RaeAnne; Wisniewski, Abigail Marie; Woodley, Lynnsey Marie; Yeich, Noah Thomas; York, Sophia Alexis.
Ninth Grade Distinguished Honor Roll
Altland, Nicole Renee; Bakaric, Dylan Joseph; Brenner, Daniel Scott; Dupes, Jordyn Elise; Fitzpatrick, Kathleen Hope; Garman, Cayla Miranda; Habbershon, Alexis Jameson; Hockenberry, Hailey Jean; Leiby, Connor Charles; McGovern, Madalyne Grace; Miller, Haven Shalice; Shank, Anna Gene; Spear, Joseph Thomas; Torres, Angelina Rose; Truntz, Raymond Eric.
Ninth Grade Honor Roll
Appleby, Macy Taylor; Batten, Halsey James; Bivens, Emily Rose; Bloom, Kaylee Elizabeth; Brown, Emily Sarah; Buffington, Jacob Cole; Burger, Paige Elizabeth; Burghdorf, Megan Rose; Burkholder, Sarah Ann; Cassidy, Tristan Jason; Devkota, Bankshita; Diaz Martinez, Melanie; Dipofi, Austin Nathaneal; Donicker, Larraye Ellis ; Ebersole, Dane Alexander; Eckert, Casandra Marie; Fegley, Luke Alexander; Fulmer, Leilani Ann; Gill, Caroline Julianna; Golden, Conner Avery; Guckavan, Kiera Anne; Gutshall, Destiney Marie; Gutshall, Kayla Faith; Imler, Jace Anthony; Jorich, Alexia Nicole; Joseph, Christopher Sherman; Kell, Camden James; Kleinfelter, Timothy James; Lakey, Laura Jane; Lopez-Quinones, Jose Miguel; Lopiparo, John Duane; Malay, Zachary Thaddeus; Martz, Alyssa Ann; Miles, Lindsey Marie; Miller, Garrett David; Miller, Jaden Michael; Molander, Miranda Kay; O’Rourke, Kaden Ann; Patel, Vidhi Kirankumar; Radic, Leah Grace; Redline, Makenna Racheal; Reid, Alairah Lynne; Rivas, Andrea Marie; Russ, Camryn Noelle; Schopf, Marie Grace; Shaffer, Courtney Christine; Spangler, Matthew Scott; Springer, Caleb Bretz; Stiffler, Kendall Renee; Stillo, Isabella Marie; Stoltzfus, Mason Douglas; Thomas, Lyniese Stasia; Wynkoop, Matthew Carter; Zimmerman, Noelle Nicole.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:17
LDHS Mini-THON executive committee members Nick Scipione, left, Marni Granzow, third from left and Bryce Carter, at right, share a moment with Meghan Johnson after she spoke to LD students Thursday morning.
Lower Dauphin High School senior Meghan Johnson was an outstanding student, vocalist and actress with a fiery spirit, infectious smile and luxurious black hair.
As she spoke in the high school auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 2, the hair was a shadow of its former glory, but the spirit, smile and comfort on the stage was still there. Meghan, a member of the school’s Mini-THON committee, spoke to her classmates about her own battle with brain cancer.
The tumor was discovered during a procedure in October and doctors believed it to be benign. Then after a series of increasingly worrisome issues, it was discovered to have grown from the size of a cashew to the size of a baseball and they determined it to be stage-4 cancer, a glioblastoma.
In three weeks, she had five brain surgeries and doctors removed 95 percent of the tumor. She received radiation treatments and chemotherapy. She suffered from vision and memory problems and lost her hair. Meghan still receives chemotherapy treatment and she continues to fight.
“One day I woke up and I had cancer,” she told her fellow students.
She went from a supporter of the Four Diamonds and Lower Dauphin’s Mini-THON effort to being a beneficiary of it. One pill for her chemotherapy costs $150 and she has to take four in the morning and four at night. That’s why she says raising money for Four Diamonds is so important.
“You are making a difference,” she said. “Every single thing you do makes such a difference. That’s why it’s so, so important to raise money.”
The high school’s Mini-THON is modeled after Penn State’s THON just on a smaller scale. Last year, more than 70,000 student volunteers and 235 schools in five states in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges raised more than $5.5 million for Four Diamonds.
Each year, Four Diamonds provides direct support to approximately 600 children with cancer — 100 who are newly diagnosed and 500 who are continuing their fight.
Four Diamonds covers 100 percent of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for qualifying Four Diamonds children. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 3,700 children and families and supported a platform of childhood cancer research at Penn State Children's Hospital, seeking improved treatments and cures to benefit those around the world.
Last year, the high school raised more than $102,000 in its Mini-THON to support the Four Diamonds.
This year’s high school event will feature dancing, a bouncy obstacle course, Zumba, volleyball, a scavenger hunt, table tennis and other activities. The only catch is that students may not sit down the entire night. The event will run from 7 p.m. March 17 through 7 a.m. March 18. To participate, students must raise a minimum of $75 by the night of the Mini-THON and pay a $10 registration fee to participate.
The event is only open to Lower Dauphin High School students or Lower Dauphin students who attend Dauphin County Technical School.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:40