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Keep up great work, local students: Editorial

Posted 11/7/18

The Middletown football team continued its amazing success this year, and we wish it the best as it tries to grab the one thing that’s eluded it in the previous two seasons — a state …

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Keep up great work, local students: Editorial

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The Middletown football team continued its amazing success this year, and we wish it the best as it tries to grab the one thing that’s eluded it in the previous two seasons — a state title.

Its quest will start Friday against Wyomissing at War Memorial Field. See more details on page B1.

But we also want to praise the volleyball team for making the district playoffs for the first time. Coach Lisa Huber appears to have that program on the right track as well, building with younger players so they are ready when they reach the varsity level.

Some MAHS programs are still trying to find their footing, but a lack of wins on the field or court doesn’t mean that athletics aren’t key in helping young people become responsible and successful adults.

Of course, most of school life isn’t about athletics. We hear of many success stories in the schools, and we can only touch on some of them in the pages of the Press & Journal.

What is going on with Stacey Miller and her eighth-grade art students at Middletown Area Middle School is a big deal, however. We profiled the class in last week’s edition.

Out of all their peers across the state, Miller’s eighth-grade art students were picked to decorate 24 ornaments to hang on the tree that represents Pennsylvania as part of the 2018 National Christmas Tree exhibit in Washington, D.C. Students from only one school from each of the 56 states, territories and D.C. were chosen to decorate the ornaments to represent their respective tree.

She believes her class was chosen based largely on the exposure she has been able to get for the art work done by her students, due to the special projects Miller has done for PDE over the years.

It’s a great honor and shows the hard work that the art students put in.

“I always get comments like, ‘That’s eighth-grade work? That’s a middle-schooler doing that? They do great work,’” Miller told the Press & Journal. “I’m lucky. I get surrounded by great artists all the day.”

If you are in the nation’s capital for the holidays, make sure to check it out.

If you want holiday spirit closer to home, Middletown Area School District students are busy making 800 ornaments for the Governor’s Mansion.

Students from all three elementaries and the high school are working together to make the ornaments, which will decorate every room of the Governor’s Mansion.

Holiday tours of the Governor’s Mansion will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19.

This year’s annual Holiday Open House at the mansion will be 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

Lower Dauphin High School just completed it’s fall play, “She Kills Monsters,” last weekend. The effort a high school play takes is very high, and we congratulate all who made it possible.

If you can, get out and support your school activities, even if you don’t know anyone taking part. Full seats at a football game or a play is a wonderful sight to see.

Extracurricular activities form lasting memories. Projects such as creating holiday decorations for both Harrisburg and Washington is a memory the students will never forget.

Congratulations to everyone! Keep up the good work.