2021 – 2022 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
National Merit Semifinalists
Penncrest’s semifinalists are Jesse R. Palmer and Hanwen Zhang. These students from Penncrest High School have been named semifinalists in the 67th National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among 16,000 semifinalists who have a chance to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.
2022 Best Schools In PA
Niche rated Penncrest High School #44 in the State. Traditional rankings relay almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance. Niche’s ratings combine user input – ratings from current students, alumni and parents – with data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more. Each school receives an overall letter grade based on academics, teachers, clubs and activities, diversity, college preparation and health and safety.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Ella Baker, class of '24, participated in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition at West Chester. She won First place in her category, Division 1A Young High School Musical Theater.
Dylan Walsh will continue his education and Lacrosse career at Averett University next Fall
Quinten Perilli will continue his education and Baseball career at Elizabethtown College!
Zach Puckett will continue his education and Lacrosse career at Eastern University next year!
Michael Costello will continue his Baseball career at Millersville University next year!
Sophie Pasnak will continue her education and Lacrosse career at D1 Manhattan College next year!
Annalynn Pompetti will continue her education and Lacrosse career at D1 Old Dominion University next year! Annalynn was HM All-Central in 2021!
Carson Steinbach will continue his education and Volleyball career at Lewis University next year! Carson was 2020 5th place at 18 open and a member of the Yorktowne 18 Blue Team!
Dylan McDougall will continue his Lacrosse career at D1 Towson University next year!
Dylan was HM All-Central last year for the Lions!
Sophie Pasnak will continue her education and Lacrosse career at D1 Manhattan College next year!
Students of the Month for October were honored at a breakfast with their parents/guardians and teachers: Explorers: Dane Bellucci and Gabrielle Montlouis; Voyagers: Joseph Burch and Abigail Francis; Blazers: Santina Gandolfo and Royce Toussaint-Williams; Pioneers: Ella LiVolsi and Francis John Vernacchio lll; Patriots: Timothy Quigley and Samantha Ritchie; Eagles: Katharine Hartman and Justin Tezla; Discovery: Shlok Pambhar and Charlie Kratz; Endeavor: Wilson Li and Aurora Monroe; Odyssey: Kyle Chen and Arin Lee. Students of the Month for November were honored at a breakfast with their parents/guardians and teachers: Explorers: Ryan King and Margaret Welsh; Voyagers: Logan Reilly and Abigail Tegan; Blazers: Dylan Welc and Diana Howard; Pioneers: JaylynBarbee and Michael Simone; Patriots: Avery Hewlings and Jonah Carlis; Eagles: Tobie Brock and James Caldwell; Discovery: Nour Khoury and Christopher Teti; Endeavor: Henry Murphy and Jillian Locke; Odyssey: Beatrice Pollock and Nathaniel Anderson.
Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PaPBS) PaPBS recently announced that Glenwood Elementary School was a 2021 recipient of recognition for continued implementation of PBIS and participation in the PaPBS Network Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).
2020-2021 - ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition
Six students from Mrs. Kuntz’s 9th grade English class won prizes in the 2021 Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition sponsored by the JCRC of Philadelphia. Meixi Sun, first place prose, Jingxi Sun, second place prose, Lauren Troy, first place poetry, Maggie McLane, second place poetry, Leon Ouyang, second place poetry and Paige Lota, third place poetry.
The Penncrest Envirothon team competed at the 2021 Pennsylvania state competition. The team of Arun Mohan, Sophia Murphy, Zaid Salaria, Jordan Knox, and Leo Ouyang competed virtually against 57 other teams that represented the best from their respective counties. Penncrest, representing Delaware county, finished in second place to Monroe county. Students compete as a team of five in station testing in categories of wildlife, aquatics, forestry, soils and agriculture, and current issues (ground water resource management). They also gave a ten minute oral presentation regarding a real-life scenario about ground water management in a community. This was followed by questions from a set of judges. For their second place showing, each student received $750 in scholarship money from the Pennsylvania Envirothon and their sponsors. Congratulations to the whole team.
Congratulations to senior Chloe King on her acceptance into the University of Cincinnati's College Ballet Conservatory Program in their College Conservatory of Music! This is a prestigious program, and the honor is well-earned. Great job, Chloe!
National Spanish Exam Winners:
Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding achievement on the 2021 National Spanish Exam: Plata Spanish II - Jordan Coutts, Spanish IV - Arun Mohan. Bronce Spanish II - Mattea Baumgardner, Amiyah Camper, Brady Huggett, John Logue & Anna Ramage. Spanish III
Samuel Kleiman & Cynthia Renneisen. Spanish IV - Eva Goldstock-Vazquez. Spanish V - John Carnevale. Mención Honorífica Spanish II - Rachel Adams, Elizabeth Allen, Rosebella Delcampo, Rebekah Hogan, Sarthak Khandelwal, Lilian Lauer, David Meiser, Savannah Schmidt, Alexis Smith, Lauren Troy, Aubrey Wade, Abigail Williams & Gavin Wray. Spanish III - Hayden Campbell, Angie Chen, Marlana Gramo, Tyler Kolmansberger, Marisa Lucente, Veronica Lutz, Nicola Pepper, Hannah Puckett, Kennedy Quale, Delaney Moran, Ericka Ricarde, Megan Staley and Sammy Woody. Spanish IV - Erin Boell, Isabella DiGiulio, Amanda He, Amulya Nasta, Mary Pahides & Anthony Torrillo. Spanish V- Faith Aldrich, Sarah Ahlgren, Claire Santangelo, Emma Szwajkowski, & Amanda White.
World Language Student Award
The World Language Department is thrilled to announce that Penncrest Senior Claire Kolmansberger has been chosen by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association as the First Prize Winner of the 2021 PSMLA Outstanding High School Graduating World Language Student Award. Students from across the Commonwealth were nominated for this prestigious award, and Claire emerged as the winner after a rigorous selection process. Claire has studied French, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish at Penncrest, and is one of only 7 seniors to be graduating as a Penncrest Global Scholar this year. She plans to pursue a double major in International Studies and Public Health at American University next year, while continuing the study of all three languages.
Global Scholars Graduates
The Penncrest Global Scholars Program is pleased to announce the Global Scholars Graduates for the Class of 2021: Sarah Ahlgren, Faith Aldrich, John Carnevale, Claire Kolmansberger, Delia Quinn, Ashley Plick and Victoria Vallone.
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Maggie Crowner made the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Choir this year! She's one of only 12 altos in the state to make the ensemble. It's a huge achievement and we are so proud of her!
Poetry Out Loud
Spencer won the regional 2020-2021 Poetry Out Loud Competition and will represent Penncrest at the State finals to be held in March.
Exercise Therapy Program
Shauna Mulhern earned the honor of induction into the National Technical Honor Society! The Exercise Therapy program at the Delaware County Technical School.
Scholastic Art and Writing Award
Jess, Jingxi Sun, received recognition in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, her painting “Miss” received the Honorable Mention award. She attended the competition as a Penncrest student, and she’s proud of being one of the Lions.
Congratulations Cheer Team!
For the very first time, Penncrest Cheerleaders won the Central League Cheer Championships in the Game Day Division hosted at Haverford High School. The Game Day team consists of the following members: Allison Brown, Angelina Brown, Isabella Colucci, Chayse Downend, Carly Field, Gabriella Hamilton, Grace Hamilton, Julia Howells, Kristina Kelly, Emily Knapp, Paige Lota, Marisa Lucente, Sarah Meek, Mia Mesoraca, Charlotte Papatheoharis, Hayley Piacentino, Heidi Renneisen, Ella Schwartz, Lucy Stewart, Barbie Weyler and Kaylee Woodhull.
The cheerleaders competed in 2 virtual competitions. They submitted a video performance of their routine. Because of all the Covid protocol, their last chance to submit a video before the deadline was to film outside on the football field. The girls battled 32 degree temps and high winds but managed to pull it off before the shutdown. The football field made such an impact in the video. The first was in Western Pennsylvania “Battle in the ‘Burgh” in which the cheerleaders took 2nd place in the Game Day Division. The other was in the Pocono Regionals which earned them a bid to the UCA High School National Championships! The Game Day Competition Team includes: Allie Brown, Angelina Brown, Isabella Colucci, Chayse Downend, Carly Field, Gabriella Hamilton, Grace Hamilton, Julia Howells, Kristina Kelly, Emily Knapp, Paige Lota, Marisa Lucente, Sarah Meek, Mia Mesoraca, Charlotte Papatheoharis, Hayley Piacentino, Heidi Renneisen, Ella Schwartz, Lucy Stewart, Barbie Weyler, Kaylee Woodhull.
PMEA All State Concert Band
Juniors Sophia Lenderman (trumpet), and Niklas Umland (tuba) qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band. These band members qualified through a rigorous audition process and, along with the other top musicians in the state, will attend a virtual conference in April.
PMEA - Penncrest Students Successfully Audition for PMEA
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 17 Penncrest High School students have been recognized as District Level musicians by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
PMEA held auditions in December. Students submitted video auditions to showcase their skills in band, chorus, and orchestra. PMEA announced the recognized students last week. “We are incredibly proud of our students for continuing to practice and hone their musical skills, even at a time when they have been unable to come together as a group this school year,” said Ralph Harrison, Principal of Penncrest High School. “Our school is privileged to have such a robust and successful music program that provides opportunities to students to learn to play instruments and explore their talents and creativity. We appreciate our students’ hard work and dedication, which has been recognized by PMEA.” The following Penncrest High School students have been recognized:
District Band: Sabella Saulino, flute, Nicole Westcott, flute, Anaanya Nasta, Bassoon, Spencer Schwartz, clarinet, Garrett Lynn, bass clarinet (first chair), Thomas Cao, bass clarinet, Sophia Lenderman, trumpet (first chair), Zoe Mackenzie, trombone, Luke Watson, trombone, Tyler Blessington, trombone, Ben Werner, trombone and Niklas Umland, tuba (first chair). District Chorus: Kira Crowner, alto and Anaanya Nasta, alto. District Orchestra: Angie Chen, violin, Caroline Kratz, viola, Sophia Lenderman, trumpet (first chair), Amulya Nasa, oboe, Anaanya Nasta, bassoon, Luke Watson, trombone and Niklas Umland, tuba (first chair).
Each marking period teachers nominate students who make measurable improvement in their grades and demonstrate increased involvement and effort in a school community activity. The award recognizes students who are resilient and flexible and students who exhibit steady and marked academic growth. It is especially remarkable this marking period while in the midst of a pandemic to recognize the following students for the REVIVE Award: James Attiani, Christopher Carman, Dominique Basciano, Katherine Baylor, Julia Biordi, Maddie Bitondo, Elizabeth Bubnis, Jessica Callahan, Edwin Craig, Aurora Crater, Holly Crockett, Dylan DeJong, Angel Diaz, Leraynha Epps, Nick Falcone, Matthew Ferry, Kalub Fiske, Michael Foy, Max Guthrie, Sean Harrison-Parramore, William Hignutt, Alok Ishwar, Jack Johnson, Madeleine Knower, Caroline Lindgren, John Logue, Olivia Mackfee, Julian MacNamara, Thomas McLoughlin, Darian McQuiston, Bayshaun McWorter, Angela Nela, Patrick Ng, Tolani Olanivi, Alivia Oreo Zach Paikoff, Vincent Puleio, Cooper Quick, Jayne Richardson, Amanda Rodriguez, Ethan Saputra, John Savoy, Michael Skerritt, Beckett Strine, Isaac Stone, Daniel Storniolo, Anthony Teti, Thai Tran, Brian Valentine, Ethan Wahba, Dylan Walsh, Carlie Wieman, and Dimitar Zhekov.
The second marking period the following students were nominated: Elizabeth Salazar, Dominique Basciano, Colin O’Halloran, Elijah Alston, Sophie Foster-Larner, Sean Harrison-Parramore, Michael Foy, Ronan Donaghy, Jay Patel, Matthew Ferry, Riley Bittle, Aurora Crater, Madelyn Bitondo, Ethan Ryan, Caia Bell, Harsh Patel, Jack Hebdon, Christopher Carman, Beppe Tangorra, Madison Marinelli, Nora Staiber, Chuckie Ciancaglione, Ranvir Dhillon, Collin Judge, Noah Bernstein, Nick Renzulli, Devon Umberger, Moses Hufford-Bucklin, Natalie Toma, Sydney Milligan, Mark Feinman, Tina Lowry, Tom Pepper, Max Guthrie, Jamie Closs, Hannah Cullen, Declan Hefferan, Zachary Paikoff, Ben Hastings, Amiyah Camper, Madeline Bachovchin, Leraynha Epps, Samuel Williams, Jayden Sakers, Beckett Strine and Elizabeth Salazar.
The third marking period REVIVE recipients are: Tristan Blair, Maddie Bitondo, Riley Bittle, Kailyn Bostwick, Denzel Boyer, Ryan Calderone, Jessica Callahan, Amanda Cannon, Ethan Carroll, Julian Carr, Alex Cotumaccio, Nick Dawson, Julia DeJong, Nicholas DelPizzo, Sophia Douglas, Matthew Ferry, Sophie Foster-Larner, Michael Foy, Micheal Frederico, Joseph Chambers, Kevin Gamlin, Nicholas Grantland, Colby Grewell, Noah Grieco, Max Guthrie, Madeline Harkin, Declan Hefferan, Eva Hunter, Makayla Kane, Timothy Kazma, Vaness Kenny, Joseph Kinfu, Mia Li, Benjamin Liebman, Jeremy Lindenmuth, Aruanna Mammucari, Stephen “Rex” Matarazzo, Carter Matson, Amanda McCloskey, Luke McGee, Ian McMillian, Andi Oliver, Ava Oliver, Katie O’Neill, Aaron Pagan, Sophia Phillips, Nick Renzulli, Mackenzie Shaffer, Gracianna Smith, Olivia Sotiropoulos, Beckett Strine, Thai Tran, Hunter Valenti, Abby Williams, Garvey Williams and Sam Williams.
Model UN Club
The Model UN Club attended the 34th annual Delaware Model United Nations Conference (DELMUN) hosted by Salesianum School. Students represented countries or individuals in various committees over the course of this one day virtual event. Junior A.J. Torrillo was awarded Best Delegate for his performance in his role as Robert McNamara during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Historical Crisis Committee. This is the first time a Penncrest student has ever earned the distinction of Best Delegate at DELMUN.
Members of the Model UN Club attended the Nueva Model UN Conference sponsored by the Nueva School in San Mateo, California. The focus of this year's simulation was the colonization of Mars. Students represented countries, corporations, or labor unions in various committees over this two day virtual event. Senior A.J. Torrillo was awarded Honorable Mention for his performance at the conference.
Matthew Coulter was awarded the Ralph Abele Excellence in Outreach Award. The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a year-round program for high school students that begins with rigorous summer field schools that focus on wildlife/fishing biology and conservation as well as leadership skills development. Matthew has been an active participant of the Leadership Academy since 2019. He went above and beyond to make an impact in the community.
National French Contest:
The following students have received recognition for their achievement in the National French Contest: Level II: Honorable Mention: Joy Chen and Jordan Knox. Silver: Michele Sun. Level III: Honorable Mention: Drini Barci, Holly Doran, Michala Dyer and Olivia Truocchio. Bronze: Ali Coldiron, Zoe Mackenzie and Sophia Murphy. Silver: Anna Rowland Level IV: Honorable Mention: Oumou Keita, Jesse Palmer and Luke Watson. Level V: Honorable Mention: Caroline Kratz.
World Language Contest Winners
French: Acc Level II, first place – Meixi Sun, second place – Jordan Knox, third place – Airel Mehmeti and honorable mention – Joy Chen. Level II, first place - Liam Mackdenzie, second place – Andrew Rea, third place – Julia deJong, and honorable mention – Amelie Turmel. Acc Level III, First place – Anna Rowland, second place – Zoe MacKenzie, third place, Ema Swajkowski and honorable mention – Rebecca Bernstein and Sophia Murphy. H Level III, first place - Zachary Diab, second place – Nate Dzien and Vivienne Nguyen, third place – Patrick Ng, Acc Level IV, first place – Luke Watson, second place – Oumou Keita, third place – Sophia Bush, Kayla Mistica and Sabella Sauliino. AP, first place – Lauren Bialek, second place - Amelie Lebourgeois, third place – Jake Haber and Arianna Fowler. Latin: Acc Level I, first place – Trinity Marsh, second place – Jessica Sun and third place – Jason Luthultz Schoen. H Level I, first place – Paige Lota, second place – Isabella Patrizio, third place – Vanessa Kenny and honorable mention - Joseph Evans, Jack Bobber and Joseph Pujol. Acc Level II, first place – Emily Knapp. H Level II, first place, Ryan O’Connor and second place – Owen Steiner. Acc Level III, first place - Jake Wascabage and Daniel Storniolo, second place – Phoebe Barcombe and third place – Sydney Siravo. Acc Level IV, first place – Arianna Flower and Lucy Stewart, second place – Julia Coffman and Delaney Rauscher-Adams. Mandarin Chinese: Acc Level I Heritage Learner, first place – Eva Chen, second place – Leo Ouyang, third place – Serena Li and honorable mention – Audrey Tang. Acc Level I, first place – Emily Gregg, second place – Flynn Hollinger and third place – Yannick Brock, and honorable mention – Brady Huggett, Sarah Meek and Shawn Quin. H Level I, first place – Jessica Callahan, second place – Sara Liebman, third place – Bridget McKay and honorable mention - Mira Kuttymartin. Acc Level II, first place – Alston Liu, second place – Sammy Liu, third place – Emma Thompson and honorable mention – Brianna Lemisch. H Level II, first place – Isaac Froehlich. Acc Level III heritage learner, first place – Helen Lin and second place – Mandy Liu. Acc Level III, first place – Elizabeth Kelk, second place – Charles Katz, third place – Ryan Cao, Samantha Wagner-Robertson and Kyler Con, honorable mention – Daniel Evans. H Level III, first place – Noah Kuttymartin. Acc Level IV, first place – Connor Meek, second place – Christopher Carman, third place – James Rainey and honorable mention – Sage Forsythe and Jack Hunsberger. AP, first place – Peng Dai and Tyler Blessington. Spanish Acc Level IA, first place - Nauhad Khoury second place – Anna Rowland, third place – Bandy Khoury. H Level IA, first place – Alok Ishwar, second place – Anna Rowland and third place – Bandy Khoury. H Level IA, first place – Alok Ishwar, second place – Lily Riordan, third place – Dean Gutu and honorable mention – Julianna Gill, Mark Hilditch and Elie Reading. Acc Level IB, first place – Rylee Garman, second place – Alivia Oreo and third place – Jatin Prabhakar. H Level IB, first place – Darian McQuiston, second place – Kathryn Quinn and third place – Joseph Tangora. Acc Level II, first place Jordan Coutts and John Logue, second place – Mattea Baumgardner, third place – Elizabeth Allen and Anna Ramage and honorable mention – Rachel Adams, Gwen Chorney and Harper O’Neill. H Level II, first place – Katie Gommer, second place – Jamal Williams, third place – Kaela McDonald and Vaugh-Tam Nguyen, honorable mention – Makayla Johnson, Tshegofatso Jwili and Shannon McDonnell, Acc Level III, first place – Alejandro Naranjo-Rodrigeuz, second place – Samantha Woody, third place – Samuel Kleiman and Yusuf Ahmed, honorable mention – Ericka Ricarde and Mack Greenlaw-Scully. H Level III, first place – Bryan Hang, second place - Chloe Breeze, third place – Quang Pham and honorable mention – Belen Scull. Acc Level IV heritage learner, first place – Eva Goldstock-Vazquez and second place – Sabrina Maldonado. Acc Level IV, first place – Amulya Nasta, second place – Isabella Digiulio, third place – Mary Pahides, Amanda He, Aryn Mohan and Julia Gauffreau, honorable mention – Hanwen Zhang. AP heritage learner, first placer– Danielle Bernal McCracken. AP, first place – Mark Marquez and Emma Szwajkowski, second place – Claire Sangangelo and Amanda White, third place – Owen Schnyder and honorable mention – Jennifer Plick.
College Education and Sports Commitments
Jada Hanson will continue her education and Track career at Seton Hill University!
Cionni Warrington will continue her education and Lacrosse career at Neumann University!
Shayna Polsky will continue her education and Soccer career at Hamilton College!
Marisa Lucente will continue her education and Cheer career at the University of Pittsburgh!
Angelina Brown will continue her education and Cheer career at the University of Pittsburgh!
Bobby Sypher will continue his education and Lacrosse career at Alvernia University.
Mia George will continue her education and Lacrosse career at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Steven Woolery will continue his education and Lacrosse career at Jacksonville University.
Megan Gress will continue her education and Lacrosse career at Elizabethtown College.
SPRINGTON LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Spartan Strong: No Matter the Distance
STEM Design Challenge
The following sixth grade students won awards at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit STEM Design Challenge. 2nd Place and Best Journal: Gabriel Green, Tyler Ong, Andrea Strasser, and Edward Wightman - Design: “Cabinet Generator System.” Best Blueprint: Rishi Kulkami, Quan Do, Laz Palmer, and Jack Martin - Design: “Geothermal Generator.”
Congratulations to our Springton Lake Reading Olympics team, the Titans of Text, who earned red ribbons at the May 10th Delaware County virtual competition. Congratulations go out to Kevin O'Connor, Owen Cummings, Tyler Ong, Emma Welsh, Guillermo Romero-Feito, Gregory Lvin, Rohin Kuttymartin, Amar Dhillon, and Ava Sortino, who did a great job of reading forty-five books as a team and then answering extremely challenging questions about those books at the May event. Well done, Titans!
What’s So Cool About Manufacturing
Council Manufacturing Alliance of Chester and Delaware Counties awarded Springton Lake “Outstanding Video” for their video profiling New Way Air Bearings. Students team up with area manufacturers to create two-minute video profiles that feature what the manufacturers produce, how they make their products and how working in a technology-driven environment can be a rewarding career.
Veterans Day Contest
Cadie Thomas earned second place in the Delaware County Intermediate Unit Veterans Day contest. Students were asked to interview a family member or close family friend who has served in the United States military and write a short piece about that person’s experiences. Cadie read her essay about her father during the virtual Veterans Day celebration.
Students of the Month
Students are selected by their teachers for consistently demonstrating our core values of Ready, Respectful, Responsible, & Resilient. October Students of the Month are: Fiona Conboy, Armond Cholmeley-Jones, Erika Jonen, Shane Pettit, James Logue, Mallory Hettinger, Sarah Kesling, Rishi Amaravadi, Annabel Bruce, Sergio Hernandez, Reese Wickman, James Hanson, Jackson Strine, Elizabeth Scholtzhauer, Jessica Olds, Ryan Navickas, Owen Thompson and Mia Hanover. Students of the Month for November: Katherine McGuire, Emmett Hagan, Mason Coutts, Maya Le, John Ryan, Briella Wachter, Jack Janovsky, Aurora Munro, Natalie Cacciola, Yamu Xi, Samantha Atkins, Shane Wolff, Grace Sanford, Shawn Welsh, Reese Bigler, Anthony Rossi, Evan Menta and Ruby Schwelm. December Students of the Month are: Explorers: Paige Krissinger and Miles Foster-Larner; Voyagers: Owen Kelly and Amelia Reno; Blazers: Campbell O'Neill and Timothy Quigley; Pioneers: Zachary DelPrato and Zoe Wells; Patriots: Michael Mita and Sophia Klinger; Eagles: Siyani Dennis and Christopher Teti; Discovery: Charlotte Goldstein and Nicholas Fante; Endeavor: Abigail Puckett and Brady Pettit; Odyssey: Nicolas Fox and Briana Phillip. January Students of the Month are: Maggie Magee, Jonas Punzo, Annalisa Galasso, Brendan Kawan, Phoebe Woo, Aaron McAnany, Lily McCloskey, Elliott Day, Matthew Roberts, Gloria Damon, Amelia Sokolik, Faris El Merhebi, Kristen Keinath, Mark Walker, Abbey Ryan, Oliver Marsh, Caroline Lenderman and Kyle Cunningham. February Students of Month are: Avantika Nasta, Carson Griffiths, Reagan Mogck, Daniel Satner, Francis Shafer, Grace Rim-Thomas, Pablo Strine, Yekaterina Zhdanova, Mac Crawford, Lucia Renzulli, Vanessa Arsenault, Rahonel Tejada. Lilia Reilly, Lucas Valez, Kayra Sacan, John Khoury, Addison Wolfe, and Owen Meo. March Students of the Month: Leah Ajisafe, Nicholas Asalone, Kailey Atkins, Niklas Backstrom, Mary Cullen, Gloria Damon, Juliette DiMatteo, Viktoras Ford, Ryan Gauffreau, Maverick George, Noah Hanson, Violet Henretig, Kira Minnock, Kristen Murphy, Aditya Murthy, Daniel Shaak, Sophie Tarbell and Samantha Tolotta. The following students are the Students of the Month for April: Aidan Crane, Emily Wernert, Benjamin Meiser, Callie Scranton, Jeremy Schneider, Emma Bilson, Wilson Li, Riley Fredericks, Lisette Perna, Brody Burbage, Ciara O'Neill, Richard Flounders III, Grace Coughlin, Timira Lee, Logan Darby, Katelyn Wascavage, Blase Persichetti and Kaitlyn Roth. May Students of the Month are: Derek Pham, Samantha Ritchie, Michael Cardone, Lily Chung. Juliet Poletti, Owen Haenn, Jack Malone, Keira Ridpath, Evan Goldstein, Cianni Murray, Amalia Welch, Gregory Lvin, Kolby Poole, Allison Haenn, Rayna Patel, Matthew Psaris, Olivia Jacobi and James Locker.
GLENWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
The PBIS program earned statewide Tier 1 recognition and continues to be at the center of the school goals. Students and staff practice the 3 R’s: Be Ready, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. Students earn PAWS when they are observed demonstrating goals and are entered into a drawing to win books from their new book vending machine.
Spreading Optimism and Cheer
Glenwood has made successful partnerships with several nursing homes. Students made cards, crafts and write letters to the residents in hopes that they feel a connection and know they are being thought of.
15 fourth and fifth graders are working together to prepare for the 202 Reading Olympics. They have to read about 50 books pre-selected by the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Groups of students read the same book on their own over the course of two weeks. The club meets virtually after school and each group talks about the book they read. In May, they will compete in the Reading Olympics. During the virtual competition, they will go head to head with teams from across the county to answer questions about all 50 books.
Be There For Each Other!
INDIAN LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Congratulations to our two Indian Lane Reading Olympics teams. “The Purple Bunch” and “Green Machines” competed in the competition to answer questions about books they read from a designated list. Both teams, consisting of 25 fourth and fifth grade students, worked together to make us proud.
Students earn Bobcat Brags for being ready, respectful and responsible. Teachers and staff can reward students with Bobcat Brags. Jessica Hilden, Counselor, posts the brags in the lobby where everyone can see.
Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network
Indian Lane has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network as a school that has met the criteria for implementing School-Wide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) at Tier 1 with fidelity during the 2019-2020 school year.
Bob D. Schiller Memorial Cancer Research and Support Award
Indian Lane received the 2020 Bob D. Schiller Memorial Cancer Research and Support Award. Applications were submitted this past Spring to the PA Principals Association for our MLK Day of Service project where students collect donations and decorate bags with inspirational messages to those who are undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The bags are filled with items to help patients pass the time while receiving treatment. Over 500 bags are donated to local treatment centers to help brighten patient’s days.
MEDIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Second grade students participated in a STEM Challenge that incorporated fine motor skills and allowed students to see how links of different sizes impacted the length of a chain link. The students were challenged to see how long they could make their paper chain.
Young Authors’ Project
17 Media Elementary students participated in the annual Dr. Nicholas Spennato Young Authors’ Project sponsored by the Delaware County Council chapter of the Keystone State Literacy Association. Given the pandemic, entries from last school year were not reviewed until late fall of 2020. We are excited to share that fourth grade student, Abby McCoy, has been recognized as a 2020 Young Author.
Due to the pandemic, National Geographic cancelled their annual Geography Bee. Despite this temporary setback, fifth grade teachers, Mr. Goldfarb, Ms. Senavitis, and Mr. Schaffer held a Geography Bee for Media’s fifth grade students. Congratulations to our finalists, Bennett Sullivan, Dylan Welc, Jayden Zhu, Logan Welch and Owen Sanford, 3rd place winners Gabrielle Montlouis and Ben D’Alonzo, 2nd place winner, Alex Condrasky and our school Geo Bee Champion, Milan Avinash.
It’s a GREAT day to be a Media Mustang!
ROSE TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Kids n’ Kindness Award
Logan Amaya received this year’s Kids n’ Kindness Award provided by the Women’s Club of Media.
Young Authors’ Project
Elena Bradbury, 4th grader, was selected as a winner in the Dr. Nicholas Spennato Young Authors’ Project. Elena’s entre was chosen from one of over 700 entries.
Benjamin Crawford, 5th grade student, received the Dr. Nicholas Spennato Young Authors’ Project Award. His essay titled “Firewatch” was selected from more than 700 entries.
World Down Syndrome Day
Students participated in Rock Your Socks day to support World Down Syndrome Day.
School District with Best Teachers in PA
According to Niche.com, Rose Tree Media has placed 9th in Pennsylvania for having the best teachers for 2021.
Pennsylvania’s Best School Districts
Penncrest ranked #22 by Niche. The District received a letter grade for Academics, diversity, teachers, college prep, clubs and activities, health and safety, administration, sports, food and resources and facilities. Niche looked at data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users.
Emily Ferdon has been selected as a Keystone Innovation Star! The recognition goes to educators who create distinct and dynamic learning communities for their students. Ms. Ferdon teaches second grade at Indian Lane Elementary School. We are so proud of her accomplishment!
Congratulations PSMLA Global Educator Donna Montich and Penncrest High School! PSMLA commends you for your commitment to furthering interculturality and global competence in your students. Donna has distinguished herself by not only establishing the PSMLA Global Scholars program at Penncrest High School but also by inspiring and challenging students to become PSMLA Global Scholars Graduates for at least 2 consecutive years. For her efforts and dedication, PSMLA is proud to award Donna the PSMLA Global Educator Certificate. Donna is only one of seventeen educators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to earn this recognition. In the current global pandemic, the importance of the interconnectedness and interdependence of countries in the world has become ever more evident. While educators provide opportunities for students to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and personally and provide learning scenarios that inspire and challenge, they also prepare students to lead and contribute on local, state, national, and global levels. In these unusual times of alternating between face-to-face, hybrid, and remote learning, Donna has accepted the additional challenge of adapting her instructional and learning strategies to guide students through the PSMLA Global Scholars program process. Congratulations to both Donna Montich and Penncrest High School! PSMLA looks forward to future PSMLA Global Scholars Graduates from Penncrest High School!
AMLE’s winner of this year’s #InnovationChallenge. The funds will help her acquire sound and video production equipment for media studies courses and student projects.
Penncrest English teacher Jim Zervanos has been published once again! His essay titled Millennial Girl appears in the May 2020 English Journal, the premier publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Another essay, Changing Your Mind, earned an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest.
Student Honors in English and Mathematics
Pi Lambda Sigma, the Penncrest High School chapter of the National English Honor Society, recently elected new officers and honored the following student leaders: President - Vaish Parameswaran, Vice President - Allison Barusevicius, Treasurer - Sage Forsythe, Secretary -Jenny Plick, Public Relations - Nicole Westcott and Activities Chair - Sarah Ahlgren. The Penncrest High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, elected new officers at a virtual meeting late last month. Virtual congratulations and awards also were presented to the outgoing officers of the club: President - Paige Goldberg, Vice President - Casey Biscoll, Treasurer - Lindsay Allison and Secretary - Joshua Contrucci.
Excellence in Environmental Science
The Pennsylvania Envirothon is a statewide academic competition focused on high school environmental science. The Penncrest High School team practiced for and participated in a virtual competition, receiving a score of 470 out of 500! Team members included Jamie Dinella, Sage Forsythe, Arianna Fowler, Sara Kristiansen, Lillian Kuntz, Arun Mohan, Sophia Murphy, Zaid Salaria, Spencer Schwartz and Neil Sen.
Penncrest Medical Scholars Present Research
More than a dozen participants in Penncrest High School’s Medical Scholars Club presented research findings at the 15th Annual Annenberg High School Science Symposium. This year’s meeting was held virtually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students also practiced and participated in a virtual competition, and they also presented and participated in a question-and-answer session with Bryn Mawr healthcare professionals. The following high school students were recognized for their leadership and involvement: Ryan Brubaker, Eva Goldstock-Vasquez, Vivienne Guenther, Elisabeth Kelk, Vanessa Kenney, Miranda Miller, Ciara O'Laughlin, Fiona O'Loughlin, Delia Quinn, Molly Roe, Tegan Schults, Abigale Walsh, Samantha Wagner-Robertson and Barbie Weyler.
TOPS Shop Recognizes General Manager, Danny Quagliariello
The Penncrest High School TOPS Shop provides students with real life, hands-on experience running a business, including creating a business plan, managing inventory, cash handling, marketing, staffing, customer interactions and preparing products and services. Students in the Linking Learning to Life Program managed and operated the store, implementing and strengthening learned strategies though sessions with related service providers, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language and school-based psychological services. Danny Quagliariello has been the TOPS Shop manager for two years. He has created and managed inventory, served customers, assisted with finances and coordinated special events. Danny also was recently interviewed by PHL 17!
Seniors Named AP Capstone Scholars
Graduating seniors earned the distinction of being named AP Scholars for successfully completing the College Board's rigorous AP Capstone requirements. These eight Penncrest High School students received scarlet cords to wear with the graduation regalia: Connor Axelrod, Jasleen Gill, Mya McKeown, Ciara O’Loughlin, Tony Pan, Elise Priest, Abigail Volz and Holly Werner.
Penncrest Students Earn National Merit Scholarships
Two Penncrest High School students were named winners of National Merit Scholarships, coming out on top among more than 15,000 other finalists. Tony Pan and Yu Pan are each recipients of $2500 scholarships.National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Penncrest Students Receive R.E.V.I.V.E. Awards
PHS staff members nominated students who displayed improvement in their academic performance and effort during the third marking period. In lieu of an in-person ceremony, students and their families will receive PDF versions of their certificates with an email message of congratulations. The following students received recognition through the R.E.V.I.V.E program this school year: Riley Harkins, Victoria Stahl, Emma Williams, Victoria Master , Avery Anderson, Rylee Garman, Tyler Becker, Ethan Saputra, Jayson Pierce, Nevaeh Gilliam, Ryan Baldwin, Luke McGee, Mason McHugh, Damian Carr, Eva Goldstock Vazquez, Peter Valtos, Jordan Kalinowski, Riley Bittle, Justin Sullivan, Saahir Lee, Tara Miley, Savannah Snyder, Joseph Cornacchia, Franklin Fox Jr., Kyree Owens, Julie Gilligan, Caroline Lindgren and Tyler Weld.
All State Musicians
Congratulations to the following Penncrest musicians who have received the highest recognition that the state provides through the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association: Sophomore Caroline Kratz qualified for All State Orchestra on viola. Junior Spencer Schwartz qualified for All State Concert Band on clarinet. Senior Adam Dougherty qualified for All State Orchestra on French horn. Although the All State festivals were cancelled this year, the students still receive this recognition through a rigorous, statewide audition process.
World Language Department
A fourth Gold Globe PSMLA Exemplary Program Award has been awarded to the Rose Tree Media World Languages department. Penncrest is one of only 12 PA high schools recognized with a Gold Globe for exemplary programs by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association. Penncrest High School's World Languages department earned the highest award, a Gold Globe for its strong academic program that focuses on best instructional practices and national world language standards for all Penncrest students.
2020 World Language Contest Winners.
Winners are determined for each language and level. This year’s first place winners are: French: Athulya Abhilash, Marietou Diakité, Alisun Coldiron, Liza Lee, Luke Watson, Katherine Baylor, Jacob Haber and Jasleen Gill. Latin: Emily Knapp, Ryan O'Connor, Phoebe Barcombe, Daniel Storniolo, Ariana Fowler and Angel Fernandez Rivera. Mandarin Chinese: Sammy Liu, Emma Thompson, Ehan Saputra, Peng Dai, Kevin Morrison, Ellie Kelk, Elaine Chen, Sage Forsythe, Jenny Li. Spanish: Jatin Prabhakar, Anna Ramage, Julia Scholtz, Erin Brechemin, Belén Scull, Eva Goldstock-Vazquez, Julia Gauffreau, Ian McMillan, Daniela Bernal-McCracken, Allison Deaton and Emily Emanuel.
Class of 2020 Global Scholars
The Penncrest World Language Department is proud to present the Global Scholars Program graduates of the Class of 2020. These students not only have extensive language study, but have all completed additional academic, extracurricular, and volunteer work that was global in nature. As a group they have studied French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese; they have studied abroad in 5 different countries; they have volunteered their time at Penncrest, in the local community, and abroad; and they have developed a global awareness that will carry them into further study and beyond: Joshua Contrucci, Catherine Coyne, Ethan Donnelly, Carly Ford, Katherine Lee, Liam Mosteller, Ciara O’Loughlin, Paola Peralta and Emily Rafferty.
Corona Relief Squad
Penncrest High School senior Jasleen Gill has created the “Corona Relief Squad,” an informal group of volunteers who are delivering needed items to seniors in the Delaware County community. “I'm running a community service group called the Corona Relief Squad with the help of a few volunteers,” the 18-year-old said. “During these difficult and uncertain times, we provide and deliver sealed food items to elderly residents and to anybody concerned about getting meals—no strings attached. Jasleen was inspired by the doctors and nurses and others in healthcare who were still out there on the front lines,” Jasleen said. “I realized that I don’t need a degree to help or make a difference in the community.” She enrolled the help of her only sibling, Ranvir Gill, a student at Springton Lake Middle School. She and her brother began delivering groceries and other essential items to the vulnerable elderly who couldn’t get out of their homes. She created a Facebook page, “Corona Relief Squad,” which not only gave suggestions on keeping safe, but also was a vehicle to accept requests, solicit donations to buy the food, and advertise for more volunteers since the numbers of those in need seems to keep growing.
Best Music Education Award
Congratulations to the 754 school districts that are among the Best Communities in the nation for music education. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. https://www.nammfoundation.org/articles/bcme-2020-districts
Penncrest Physics Olympics won the 2019-2020 season on at Henderson High School! Kyle May, Kevin Fernandes, and Chase Cohen won a silver medal in the basswood bridge building competition and advance to the International competition (to be held by mail) in early May. Leadership was provided by Helena Ciavarelli, Lucas Lindenmuth, Samarth Khandelwal, Spencer Schwartz, Tim Dresden, and others.
The Penncrest Unified Special Olympics bocce team, which includes students with disabilities (athletes) and students who do not have disabilities (partners), participated in the Delaware County Unified Special Olympics bocce tournament. One Penncrest team earned a fifth-place ribbon and one Penncrest team earned a silver medal! Several adults commented about how enthusiastic, kind, and spirited Penncrest's teams were and how they even encouraged their opponents! The bocce team made Penncrest very proud at this tournament and throughout the season :-)! Team members include: Shane Kelley, Sophia Stafford, John Ziegler, Buddy Stewart, Luke McGee, Liam MacCurtin, Danny Quagliariello, Aedan DiCecco, Ethan Bagosy, Joey Stancheck, Decklan Hefferan, Olivia Macckfee, Sarah Simpkins, Thomas McLaughlin, Abi Stauffer and Sydney Siravo.
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 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.
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.
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.”
Penncrest Senior Lauren Cawley will continue her education and running career at Bryant University! Lauren was 2019 HM All-Central for Outdoor track!
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 performed 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 Niche.com, 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.
Students Excel in American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest
Eighth-grade students at Springton Lake Middle School were invited to write an essay on the following topic: What does the American flag mean to you and why is it important to respect it?
Four students were selected as winners and were to be recognized in a ceremony at Lima Estates in March. While that program did not occur due to COVID-19, Principal Dr. Robert Salladino hand-delivered the awards—including certificates and monetary prizes—to each winner: Lizzy Allen, Max Buoinincontro, Jordan Coutts and Tshegofatso Jwili.
Debate Club Honors Julianna Gill’s Service
In a recent Google Meet, the Springton Lake Middle School Debate Club recognized Julianna Gill for three years of service as a club officer and for being one of its most talented and dedicated members. Ms. McCarthy presented a virtual award and Julianna will receive an engraved golden gavel in the mail. Her dedication, passion and talent inspired club members throughout the years!
The Scholar Athlete Award recognizes individuals at Springton Lake Middle School for their athletic and scholastic accomplishments. This honor is bestowed upon two student-athletes from each school in our 15-school league who exemplify the characteristics of honor, leadership, positive conduct and performance. The student-athletes were celebrated in a Zoom meeting with their families, as well as through the SLMS Virtual Award Ceremony. The 2019-2020 recipients of the Scholar Athlete Award are: Kathryn Harding - FemaleRecipient Brendan Hefferan - Male Recipient
SLMS Honor Strings Make Beautiful Music
SLMS Honor Strings Make Beautiful Music The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 String Festivals feature sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Delaware County, parts of Chester County and parts of Philadelphia County who excel in orchestra. Springton Lake sixth graders who were able to participate before the shutdown received certificates and recognition in the Winter Concert program and on the SLMS Orchestra twitter. Students in grades 7-8 who were unable to participate because of the shutdown will be recognized virtually in a year-end orchestra montage.
7th/8th Grade PMEA D12 String Fest: Megan Chan, Sarah Meek, Vishnu Parameswaran, Caroline Lenderman, Sheldon Viau, Aaron Pham. 6th Grade PMEA D12 String Fest: Kyle Chen, Timothy Kim, Ritika Hait
Since the school shutdown, the Honors Strings Orchestra continued its work with Spring Concert literature and added a new piece to its repertoire. Students submitted videos of their performances of “Ode to Joy,” and Mrs. Kaiser is compiling them into a larger video of the piece. In a few days, look for the uplifting song, performed by members of the SLMS Honors Orchestra!Student musicians in the Honors Orchestra are:Violin: Megan Chan, Kyle Chen, Ian Cohen, Jordan Coutts, Ritika Hait, Tim Kim, Arin Lee, Fiona Lin, Liam Mackenzie, Kayla Nguyen, Megha Pandian, Vishnu Parameswaran, Audrey Tang, Melina Vendramin Holloway Viola: Amanda Chung, Lucy DiGuiseppe, Rebekah Hogan, Ephraim Lu, Sarah Meek, Aaron Pham Cello: Jordan Milligan, Roy Olsen, Lucas Punzo, Yamu Xi
Students Earn Spots at PMEA Band Fest
Springton Lake Middle School students Andrew Bostwick, James Crawford, Otis Eli, Charlotte Kratz, Nigel Steager and Zoe Wells were selected for the District 12 PMEA Band Fest! The fest features select fifth- and sixth-grade students in Delaware County who excel in band.
Corona Relief Squad
Penncrest High School senior Jasleen Gill has created the “Corona Relief Squad,” an informal group of volunteers who are delivering needed items to seniors in the Delaware County community. She enrolled the help of her only sibling, Ranvir Gill, a student at Springton Lake Middle School. She and her brother began delivering groceries and other essential items to the vulnerable elderly who couldn’t get out of their homes. She created a Facebook page, “Corona Relief Squad,” which not only gave suggestions on keeping safe, but also was a vehicle to accept requests, solicit donations to buy the food, and advertise for more volunteers since the numbers of those in need seems to keep growing.
You Be the Chemist Competition
Eighth grade students Sarthak Khandelwal, Leo Ouyang, and Shawn Quinn finished in third place at the Delaware/Chester County You Be the Chemist Competition.
Science Olympiad Team
Science Olympiad team had 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.
STEM Design Challenge: 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 sponsored by DCIU. Special congratulations to the award-winning teams: Winners of “Best Design” – 6th graders: Olivia Omlor, Keira Ridpath, Emma Watson, and Izzy Williams. Winners of “Best Inventory” – 8th graders: Katie Brokken, Rhea Gurnaney, and Josephine Truocchio.
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.
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: 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 of the Month include: Caleb Siever, Amelia Gusic, Cianni Murray, Nash Grant, Maura Anstotz, Diawoye Diakite, Noelle Sok, Anthony Rossi, Lucy Diguiseppe, Theodore Beshara, Rayna 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.
2020 Making A Difference Award Winners
The Delaware County Right to Education Local Task Force’s “Making A Difference Award” honors students and adults in the community who are leveling the playing field for children with disabilities. The Award recognizes outstanding individuals who meet one of the following criteria: Students who have persevered and overcome challenges to be successful within an inclusive setting. Students who have demonstrated exceptional support, friendship, acceptance and understanding to ensure the inclusion of classmates of all abilities. Adults who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts through their exceptional work to promote acceptance and understanding to ensure the inclusion of children of all abilities. The honorees from the Rose Tree Media School District are: Dynamic Duo - Elle Wermert and Norah Krissinger (Students) Student - Caitlyn Hannah, Adult - Katie Rodgers, Lifetime Achievement - Chrissy Raymond Partnership Award - Kortne Mazzella
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.
Bel Canto Bobcats Selected to Perform at American Young Voices Concert
The Bel Canto Bobcats choir from Indian Lane Middle School was selected to perform at the Liacouras Center as part of American Young Voices Concert! Unfortunately, rehearsals had not yet started and the event was postponed by the time RTMSD schools closed due to COVID-19. Members of the Bel Canto Bobcats are Talia Deutsch, Selina Rose Fagundes, Gabe Green, Carson Griffiths, Molly Malehorn, Julieanne Master, Caitlin McDonnell, Caroline Meile and Callie Scranton.
National Geographic GeoBee
Our third place winner was Jack Janczyk, second place went to Garrett Moffitt, and first place went to Tyler Ong.
The fifth grade AGP students competed in the DCIU K’Nex STEM Design Challenge. Over 300 middle school and elementary school teams competed. The RTMSD Elementary Academically Gifted Program swept their division. RTES finished in first, GES finished in second, and MES finished in third place. RTES will continue to the state competition held in Harrisburg on May 8th.
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 www.PhiladelphiaEagles.com/AxaltaAllProTeachers.
Mark Samilenko is a ninth and 10th grade teacher at Penncrest High School, Media, PA
Mrs. Bellamy, Media Elementary art teacher, was chosen as Delco’s Excellence in Teaching nominee.
2020 Making a Difference Award Winners
This year’s Rose Tree Media School District Making a Difference Award winners are as follows:
Dynamic Duo: Elle Wernert and Norah Krissinger (Nominated by: Stacy McMorrow)
Student: Caitlyn Hannah (Nominated by: Trisha Elmer)
Adult: Katie Rodgers (Nominated by: Robert Salladino)
Lifetime Achievement: Chrissy Raymond (Nominated by: Eric Bucci and Bonnie Keiles)
Partnership Award: Kortne Mazzella (Nominated by: Michelle Lydon and Lorraine Pearce-DCIU Language Class Teachers)
Best Teachers in PA
According to Niche.com, 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