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.


World Language

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.




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.


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.


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 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 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.



Eighth Grade Band performed with Penncrest at the Annual Eighth Grade Football Night and performed the Star Spangled Banner to kick-off the Annual Penncrest Festival of Bands.

They also performed with Penncrest High School at the Annual Media Halloween Parade will participate in the Annual Media Veterans Day Parade. 


Strings Ensemble

Three members of the Honors Strings ensemble, Megan Chan, Kyle Chen and Sarah Meek performed at the National Junior Honor Society induction.




Mark Samilenko - Philadelphia Eagles and Axalta Award

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, 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, Rose Tree Media was ranked #13 – Best School Districts in PA