Penncrest on PHL 17

PHL 17 featured the town of Media during its morning show, and they asked us to be a part of it!  They ran a feature on Penncrest Social Studies teacher and basketball coach, Mike Doyle.  Members of our Roaring Lion drumline and  saxophones section played live on the air and students from our TOPS Shop were present at the Plum Street Mall in Media to talk about the store.

Niche chose Penncrest as #36 in PA as the 2020 Best High Schools in Pennsylvania.


Penncrest Cheerleading

Penncrest Cheer ends their 8-month season with a very successful trip to Dallas, Texas for the NCA High School Nationals this past weekend.  The competition team advanced to finals in two divisions:  Performance and Game Day and made it to the “Winner’s Circle” during finals in the performance division.  Our Penncrest girls brought home bronze medals with an impressive third place finish among the nation's top teams in the medium varsity division. This is the highest that Penncrest Cheer has ever scored.   Additionally, Penncrest was chosen as one of only 10 finalists in the “Go Be Great” category which is solely based on community service and their work outside of cheerleading.  The “Go Be Great” finalists were chosen from over 150 applications for the award.   The competition team members are:  Allison Brown, Angelina Brown, Isabella Colucci, Chayse Downend, Carly Field, Grace Hamilton, Julia Howells, Kristina Kelly, Marisa Lucente, Hayley Piacentino, Meghan Robinson, Madison Skowronek, Lucy Stewart, Barbie Weyler and Kaylee Woodhull.  


Poetry Out Loud Winner

Archer Castle, our Penncrest Poetry Out Loud winner, won the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition in Philadelphia. Archer, Class of 2020, chose selections from the poetry of James Shirley, Edgar Allan Poe, and D. Gilson for his recitations in this event featuring students from high schools in the Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs. Archer will represent Penncrest and the Philadelphia area in the state finals to be held in Harrisburg in March. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership.


The Gryphon is Recognized for Excellence

Congratulations to Mr. Zervanos and all of the student contributors to the Gryphon. The Gryphon has been selected to receive the rank of REALM First Class in the 2019 NCTE (National Council of Teachers) Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) Program.

From the NCTE:  The mission of NCTE’s REALM Program is to publicly recognize excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing. Your magazine is a fine example of this mission in action, and the REALM committee looks forward to seeing future publications from your school! We hope that you will share this accolade with your local community, personally and through social media, to increase the impact of your accomplishments. Please be sure to tag NCTE on any social media! 

Congratulations on your school’s achievement. We hope you will participate again when the 2020 contest opens later this spring.  


Ambassadors Choir

The Ambassadors Choir participated in the 8th Annual A Cappella Sing-Off sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ardmore. Choirs from nine schools participated in this juried performance. The Ambassadors impressively placed 2nd. (1st place went to the Agnes Irwin School.) Their participation and placement earned them a $750 donation to the Media Food Bank, the charity of their choice. The Ambassadors Choir is Penncrest’s highest level choir, composed of 22 students. Congratulations to this talented and dedicated ensemble.


Hi-Q Team

The Hi-Q team had a strong performance in their competition at Garnet Valley.  The team came in a close second to Marple Newtown, but finished ahead of Garnet Valley on their “home turf.” 


Lauren Cawley

Penncrest Senior Lauren Cawley will continue her education and running career at Bryant University!  Lauren was 2019 HM All-Central for Outdoor track!


Kenya Kaut

Penncrest Senior Kenna Kaut will continue her education and Lacrosse career at Div. 1 Bryant University! Kenna was 2017 HM, 2018 1st and 2019 2nd team All Central League!  She was also 2018 and 2019 HM All-Delco for Girls Lacrosse!


2019 Keystone Exam scores in the Philadelphia region, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Students were scored in Algebra I, literature and biology. Penncrest High School in Rose Tree Media School District, 42nd. Scores: 85.8% in literature; 83.3% in biology and 82.6% in Algebra I.


International Thespian Society

Congratulations to the following students for earning induction into the International Thespian Society, the honor society for secondary school theater students: Matthew Brader, Archer Castle,

Jilliam Donohue, Elizabeth Hughes, Andy Lawrence, Delaney Rauscher Adams, Kayla Strine, Jackson Sweeney, Madalene Flebbe, Baye Fletcher, John O’Neill and Isabella Phillips.


Congratulations World Language Department, and our Students

Congratulations to sophomore, Hallie Meyer.  She has been awarded the 2019-2020 Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship for summer study abroad.  Hallie plans to spend her summer studying French in Toulouse, France.

The 2020 Keith Sendall Scholarship for Extended Study Abroad has been awarded to junior, Claire Kolmansberger.  Thanks to this generous scholarship, Claire plans to spend the fall 2020 semester abroad in Cordoba,Spain.

 The World Language Department is pleased to announce that the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has again awarded Penncrest student’s scholarships for summer study abroad. The scholarships total over $31,000. These students will spend part of their summer vacations studying in France, Spain, Argentina, Japan, Belgium, Russia and Ireland.

The World Language Department is pleased to announce that CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange has selected Penncrest High School as a Global Navigator School!  This honor bestows on Penncrest High School $25,000 in study abroad scholarships earmarked just for Penncrest students participating in CIEE Global Navigator summer programs. Over the past two years 8 Penncrest students have received awards to study in Chile, Spain, France, the Dominican Republic, and Japan.  Up until this point Penncrest students had no guarantee of financial assistance. However, in being named a Global Navigator School, there is a much greater chance that our students will receive financial assistance for what, without exaggeration, are life-changing experiences.


National Merit Semi-Finalists

Four Penncrest students have been named semi-finalists for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program:  Cella L. Lourie, Tony W. Pann, Yu Pan and Mackenzie Rosin. The semi-finalists include approximately 16,000 high-school seniors that will go on to compete for the scholarships that will be offered next spring.  Over 90 percent of the semi-finalists will be named as finalists for the scholarship. Of those finalists, about half will win a scholarship. More than 1.5 million students applied for the highly competitive scholarship and the semi-finalists represent less than 1 percent of all high-school seniors in the U.S. To become a finalist, the program explains that students and a high-school official must submit a detailed application. The application must contain information about a student's academic record, leadership abilities, the honors and awards they've received and more. Students will find out in February whether they make it to the finalist stage. The scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April 2020.



The Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band captured the USBANDS Pennsylvania Group V-A State Championship. This is the second consecutive year they have won a state championship event.  The Roaring Lions placed sixth at USBANDS National Group V-A Championships.


Marching Band Wins the Championship

The Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band edged out Bangor High School by a score of 84.61 to 84.38 to win the USBand Pennsylvania Group V-A State Championship. This is the second consecutive state championship title for the Roaring Lions.


The Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band will perform the National Anthem at the Phillies game on Monday September 9. This is the second year in a row that the band has received this honor.

According to, the 2019 Best College Prep Public High Schools is based on "rigorous analysis" of data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.  SAT scores, AP enrollment and test pass rate, graduation rate, college enrollment and other factors were used to determine the rankings. Penncrest High School Placed #34 in the ranking.




Science Olympiad Team

Science Olympiad team for a 6th place finish at the regional competition.  They will be competing at the state competition in April. Medal winners were Shane Wolff, Gurnoor Othie, Owen Meo, Aaron Pham, Sarthak Kandelwhal and Matt Tang.


What’s So Cool About Manufacturing

Congratulations to Amiyah Camper, Lizzie Allen, Angela Nela, Lily Riordan, and Lexie Smith on being awarded Most Outstanding Manufacturing Message award in the What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Video Contest.


PMEA District 12 String Festival

A fabulous concert was held at Unionville High School. Kyle Chen, Ritika Hait, and Timothy Kim, all violinists from Springton Lake MS participated in the String Festival rehearsals from 10 am to 5 pm yesterday, and played an amazing evening concert at 7. The audience was wowed by our 6th grade musicians as they joined almost 100 other students from 30 area schools in Delco and Chester counties.


6th French contest winners:

 1st place- Kyle Chen, 2nd place - Adam Ciuca,  3rd place- Gabriel Aguirre-Parker,  Leah Ajisafe, Otis Farnan and Matthew Roberts.


Geography Bee

David Meiser and Mac Crawford, the final two contestants in the School Championship Geography Bee, put on a brilliant display of geographic knowledge and awareness.  Congratulations to David for winning the title and best of luck on the state championship test.


Don Eichhorn Schools To Watch 2020 - Springton Lake Middle School

State leaders selected each school for its Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity and Organizational Structures and Processes. In addition, each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. Bruce Vosburgh PA State STW Director, stated, “We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a challenging, high-quality education.”

The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated. Unlike the Blue Ribbon recognition program, “Schools to Watch” requires schools to not just identify strengths, but to also focus on areas for continuous improvement; thus the three year re-designation.  The re-designation process is based on the schools continued growth since their last STW recognition.


Students of the Month

Students of the Month for October: Explorers:  Henry Murphy and Zayna Alrez; Voyagers:  Phyre Bunn-Phillip and Brody Burbage; Blazers: Regina Zizivily and Nathan Weinrich; Pioneers: Kyle Cunningham and Sophia Fante; Patriots:  Gabriel Palmer and Cara Childs; Eagles:  Sophia Donnelly and Jacey Fox; Discovery: Hayden Skowronek and Nadia Tinajero; Endeavor: John Logue and Ophelia Adams; Odyssey: Brady Huggett and Katherine Stanton. Students of the Month for November. Explorers:  Izabella Williams and Luke Merino; Voyagers:  Connor Finan and Delaney Millison; Blazers:  Mia Henry and Chase Hamilton; Pioneers:  Ava McLaughlin and Thomas Quagliarello; Patriots: Vishnu Parameswaran and Rita Tonsa; Eagles:  Mary Cullen and Ryan Kelley; Discovery:  Anastasia Lauer and Carl Galantino; Endeavor:  Miles Heck and Keely Aiken; Odyssey:  Andrew Rea and Jordan Knox. Students of the Month for December are: Explorers:  Otis Eli and Leela Jonosky; Voyagers:  Evan Goldstein and Cara Pan; Blazers:  Zoe Wells and Otis Farnan; Pioneers:  Savannah Rode and Matthew Psaris; Patriots:  Felix Gusic and Kayra Sacan; Eagles: Shaalin Gamble-Sarfo and Dante Cholmeley-Jones; Discovery: Audrey Santangelo and Carter Matson; Endeavor:  Matthew     Tang and Makayla Fickes; Odyssey:  Stephanie Bagosy and Marsel Akulov. Students of the Month for January: Explorers: Sydney Wittman and Dominic McDonald; Voyagers:  Natalie Cacciola and James Crawford; Blazers:  Caitlin and Emily Crumlish; Pioneers:  Oliver Marsh and Ava High; Patriots:  Aza Nyzio and Scott Scranton; Eagles:  Maria Karamitopoulos and Joshua Fineberg; Discovery:  Liam Mackenzie and Isabella Patrizio; Endeavor: Brendan Hefferan and Savanna Schmidt; Odyssey: CadenceMaxwell-Kerns and Kevin Gamlin.  February Students of the Month were honored this morning at a breakfast with their parent/guardians and teachers:  Explorers: Brendan Herzog and Samantha Tolotta; Voyagers:  Jillian Locke and Matthew Roberts; Blazers: Zachary DelPrato and Taylor Knox; Pioneers:  Owen Rhoda and Eleanor Cartwright Jaeger; Patriots:  Ashley Hile and Zachary Geyer; Eagles: Heila Massaquoi and James Cullen; Discovery: Rachel Adams and Andrew Thompson; Endeavor:  Mackenzie Alkins and Ethan Wahba; Odyssey:  Aaron Clarke and Keira Steffan.  March Students are: Caleb Slever, Amelia Gusic, Cianni Murray, Nash Grant, Maura Anstotz, Diawoye Diakite, Noelle Sok, Anthony Rossi, Lucy DiGuiseppe, Theodore Beshara, Ryna Patel, Justin Morris David Kennedy, Sarah Meek, Karley Stephens, Natalie Russo, Emma Baylor and Patrick Lester.


Veterans Day Essay Contest Winner

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit and the Veterans Legacy Project committee chose Rohan Gurnaney, grade 6, for the third place winner of the essay contest, Rohan recited his essay at the Veterans Day Parade Ceremony on November 11.  As a third place winner he received $150.  Rohan’s social studies teacher is Mr. Mark Homan.





Rachel Pinsley’s 5th Grade Class presented their essay as part of the PECO Citizenship Challenge sponsored by the Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Education and the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  Students competed against 100 schools in the region, which asked students to collaborate on an essay on the most important amendment in the Bill of Rights.  Mrs. Pinsley’s class chose the First Amendment which protects our right to yell E A G L E S.




National Geographic GeoBee

Our third place winner was Jack Janczyk, second place went to Garrett Moffitt, and first place went to Tyler Ong.



National Geographic GeoBee

Avantika (Tika) Nasta won the annual GeoBee competition held at Rose Tree. Tika will now go on to participate in the state level of the competition in early February. The level of competition was particularly high this year and we would like to congratulate Everett Luft and Jack Martin, who tied for second place, and the remaining finalists who did so well: Dylan Craddock, Brian Garwood, Milo Bice, Dylan Gill, Liliana Bradford, Madeline Oliver, Lila Hannon, Simon Horta, and Jamie Steinberg. Thanks also to the Rose Tree teachers who make the GeoBee such a successful event - Mrs. Lynch for coordinating the entire competition, Mrs. Maguire for keeping time so accurately, and Mr. Moore for being such a professional quizmaster!




Rachael Pinsley and Sue Flebbe

Apple Awards Congratulations to teachers Rachael Pinsley and Sue Flebbe for being recognized as Apple Award recipients by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These annual awards recognize exceptional efforts in teaching, coaching and other efforts that support educational excellence.


Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Award – Mark Semilendo

The Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta annually celebrate outstanding fifth through 12th grade school teachers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region specializing in STEM education as part of the All-Pro Teachers Program. Axalta congratulates all of the 2019 Axalta All-Pro Teachers and encourages students and schools throughout the Delaware Valley to learn more about the Axalta All-Pro Teacher program by visiting

Mark Samilenko is a ninth and 10th grade teacher at Penncrest High School, Media, PA





According to, Rose Tree Media School District ranked #4 for Best Teachers in PA

The rankings are based on seven factors: academic grades, parent/student surveys on teachers, teacher absenteeism, teacher salary index, teachers in their first or second year, average teacher salary and the student-teacher ratio.


According to Niche Rose Tree Media was ranked #13 – Best School Districts in PA