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MASD announces Students of the Year for Fink, Reid, Kunkel elementaries, MAMS

Posted 6/5/19

At the end of each school year, the principals and teachers from the Middletown Area School District’s three elementary schools and from Middletown Area Middle School select one female and …

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MASD announces Students of the Year for Fink, Reid, Kunkel elementaries, MAMS


At the end of each school year, the principals and teachers from the Middletown Area School District’s three elementary schools and from Middletown Area Middle School select one female and one male student from their highest grade level who have exhibited excellence as Outstanding Students of the Year.

Students are selected for this honor based on their academic achievements and exemplary character. The Middletown Area School Board recognized the students at its board meeting  May 28.

Lyall J. Fink Elementary School

Haley Adams is the daughter of AJ Adams and Jessica Wheeler. Her favorite subjects are math and social studies, and she has been a member of the Continental Math League, Word Masters Challenge, and elementary chorus. Haley has been in two Readers Theater Shows and has had her art displayed at the Middletown Area School District Art Exhibit. Haley is skilled in coding and enjoys reading as well. Outside of school, she has played for Olmsted Soccer since kindergarten and was recently selected for the Elite Soccer Academy Team. Haley is a member of the Middletown Dolphins Swim Team and participates in multiple STEM based clubs.

Connor Murphy is the son of Jason and Heather Murphy and has been a student at Fink since kindergarten. His favorite thing about school is math, and that is why he says he enjoys being a part of the Continental Math League. His other favorite subjects are social studies and specials such as gym, music and art. Connor was also part of the Word Masters Challenge. He is very involved in sports outside of school and plays baseball, basketball, and takes swim lessons at Penn State Harrisburg. Connor is known for being a math expert, good at sports and being competitive at board games.

John C. Kunkel Elementary School

Gabrielle Harvey is the daughter of Eric and Rebecca Harvey and has been a student at Kunkel since kindergarten. Gabby’s favorite school subjects are math and reading; she especially enjoys reading books about history. In school, Gabby says she likes helping others and being with her friends. Gabby is in the gifted program, Math 24 competition, Word Masters Challenge, and Continental Math League. Gabby also plays the clarinet, drums and xylophone, and she assists the first-year band students to help prepare them for the spring concert. Gabby is a goalie for the Olmsted Angels soccer team and was recently accepted to play for the Elite Soccer Academy team. When she’s not playing an instrument or blocking a soccer shot, Gabby enjoys shopping and bargain hunting. She says her best find was the purchase of an American Girl doll for $2 which retails for $115.

Tyson Snyder is the son of Justin and Ashlee Snyder. In school, Tyson excels in math and enjoys doing experiments in science class. He says he enjoys being able to spend time with his friends. He plays the baritone in band and was in Word Masters Challenge and Continental Math League. Tyson enjoyed helping with the morning announcements at Kunkel. Tyson is also very involved with sports outside of school. He plays on a travel basketball team, travel soccer team, and both recreational and travel baseball.

Robert G. Reid Elementary School

Na’Sayah Wright is the daughter of Quortnee Noon. Na’Sayah entered Reid as a fourth-grader. Na’Sayah’s says her favorite thing about school is her fifth-grade teacher, Laura Ribec, because she makes learning easy and really cares about her students. In school she enjoys art and reading and spends most of her free time writing and illustrating short stories. Na’sayah loves music. She has been in chorus for two years, was selected for the African drumming group, and writes songs to perform for her family. Outside of school, Na’Sayah plays rec basketball, enjoys cooking and riding her bike, and going to local libraries for their kids activities.

Strummer Woodworth is the son of Mike and Katie Woodworth and has been at Reid since first grade. Strummer’s favorite subjects are science and math, and he also enjoys reading and drawing. Strummer is part of the gifted education program, and he enjoys learning new things. Strummer has been involved in band, Xcel2fitness, Continental Math League, Word Masters Challenge, Math 24, and Gifted Challenge Day. Strummer was one of the winners of this year’s American Legion Essay Contest. As a second-grader, Strummer was chosen as a student aid for the autism support class at Reid. He has also volunteered with RaiderPacks alongside his dad. Strummer plays for Olmsted soccer, and is in the Dauphin County Nerf Club and Communities that Care Youth Corps.

Middletown Area Middle School

Katie Yoder is the daughter of Paul and Amy Yoder. Katie has been involved in band, chorus, Pennsylvania Young Readers, Word Masters and MathCounts of which she was the team captain this year. Katie has been in the middle school musical all three years and played the lead role of Lucy in the musical this past year. Additionally, Katie is the treasurer of National Junior Honor Society, and she placed first in Write it, Do it in the Science Olympiad this year. Katie has completed DJ training for WMSS where she has a shift every Wednesday. She also played softball for two years. Outside of school, Katie earned third place in the Middletown Community Art Show and helps with her brother’s Scout troop. Her most influential teachers have been Mark Mohar and Alison Chambers at MAMS, and Mackenzie D’amour at Kunkel. As Katie transitions from the middle school to the high school, she says she is most interested in all of the new clubs and opportunities she can participate in at the high school.

Jaron Imler is the son of Mark and Stacey Imler. Jaron has earned distinguished honor roll every marking period for all three years of middle school and has been a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a Peer Helper for all three years as well. Jaron is also in Student Council and was elected president this year. Jaron has been a member of the Quiz Bowl team for two years and was on the 2019 Quiz Bowl Championship team this year. Jaron played saxophone in the band during sixth and seventh grades and runs cross country and plays soccer for both the middle school team and Penn FC. Jaron volunteers at his church and serves as a referee for soccer. Throughout his years at MAMS, he says the teachers who influenced him the most are Chris Etter, Matt Kleinfelter and Alison Chambers. He says he is looking forward to playing soccer at the high school level next year.