2021 – 2022 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PENNCREST HIGH SCHOOL
Ellie Simon, 11th grade, plans to study in France this summer as the Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship winter. Anastasia and Lilian Lauer, 10th grade, have been selected as the Keith Sendall Scholarship for Extended Study Abroad recipients. Both Anastasia and Lilian plan to spend the fall 2022 semester abroad in Spain.
R.E.V.I.V.E. (Responsible Engagement Valuing Improvement with a Vision Toward Excellence) Awards
Each marking period, Penncrest staff members, including teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators, nominate students who make measurable improvement in their grades and demonstrate increased involvement and effort in school or community activities for the REVIVE Award. This award recognizes students who are resilient and flexible and who exhibit steady and marked academic growth. The following students were recognized for the First Marking Period REVIVE Award: Madelon Andersen, Abigail Babicki, Chloe Ballard, Harshan Bhogal, Jon Burgess, Cara Childs, Jamie Closs, Raphaella Colucci, Willow Corbridge, Dylan Dejong, Ranvir Dhillon, Kira Dickinson, Caleb Epright, Matthew Ferry, Sophie Foster-Larner, Beebe Foss, Franklin Fox, Zach Geyer, Liam Glackin, Chloe Griffiths, Cheyanne Hancock, Jack Hebdon, William Hignutt, Eva Hunter, Annie Johnson, Brooke Kimmel, Jess Kimmel, Timm Kozma, Evan Kubiak, Timira Lee, Ranica Levin, Zach Lota, Alexandra Mariano, Kieran McConnel, Reilly McLane, Elizabeth Meyers, Angela Nela, Samiyah Osbourne, Shawn Quinn, Ahmiy Queen, Adrianna Rex-Dannaker, Jack, Robinson, Fourkone Roufai, Ellie Schaefer, Bernadette Schlotzhauer, Jake Stephens, Beckett Strine, Connor Thompson, Samantha Turk, Samuel Williams, Michael Williamson, Hajj Womack and Cole Wood.
PMEA District Level Musicians
The following students were announced as having successfully auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 festivals: District 12 Band students of Craig Snyder: Sabella Saulino, flute, Josie InTham, clarinet, Isaac Stone, clarinet, Paige Matson, clarinet, Serena Wesley, clarinet, Garrett Lynn, bass clarinet, Olivia Truocchio, trumpet, Sophia Lenderman, trumpet, Luke Watson, trombone, Ben Werner, trombone, Zoe Mackenzie, trombone and Nik Umland, tuba. District 12 Choir students of Megan Rozinski: Ella Baker, alto, Pierre Croquette, tenor, John Logue, bass, Garrett Lynn, tenor, Ellie Simon, soprano and Maddie Theveny, alto. District 12 Orchestra students of Ben Weaver and Craig Snyder: Angie Chen, violin, Sabella Saulino, flute, Isaac Stone, clarinet, Olivia Truocchio, trumpet, Luke Watson, trombone, Nik Umland, tuba and Josh Bartkowski, double bass.
Penncrest Hi-Q Team
The Penncrest Hi-Q Team hosted their first home match since Fall of 2019. The team defeated Ridley and Upper Darby. The final score was Penncrest 53, Ridley 39, Upper Darby 34. The team not only captured the win, but had their photo featured in the Daily Times.
Cheerleading Qualifies for the National Championships
Penncrest Cheerleaders won 1st place at the Pocono Regionals in the Game Day Division at the Lancaster Convention Center. This was the cheer team’s first appearance at the Regional Championship since 2017. Not only did our cheerleaders earn a bid to the National High School Cheerleader Championships in Orlando, Florida, they took the title at the Northeast Regionals over 12 other high schools in their division. They will represent Penncrest on a national stage this February. The competition team consists of: Seniors: Chayse Downend, Carly Field and Ella Schwartz, Juniors: Allie Brown, Bella Colucci and Hayley Piacentino, Sophomores: Gabriella Hamilton, Sarah Meek and Heidi Renneisen and Freshman: Megan Falkinburg, Julia Weld and Abbey Wolf.
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.
Runner of the Year - Ruby Schwelm was named the female Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Delaware County Daily Times. Ruby is the first Penncrest runner to earn this honor since 1999. What makes this even more impressive is that Ruby is a Freshman!
Kelsie Robinson will continue her education and XC/Track career at Bloomsburg University.
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 are honored at a breakfast with their parents/guardians and teachers. Students of the Month for October are: 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 are: Explorers: Ryan King and Margaret Welsh; Voyagers: Logan Reilly and Abigail Tegan; Blazers: Dylan Welc and Diana Howard; Pioneers: Jaylyn Barbee 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. Students of the Month for December are: Ryan King, Margaret Welsh, Logan Reilly, Abigail Tegan, Dylan Welc, Diana Howard, Jaylyn Barbee, Michael Simone, Avery Hewlings, Jonah Carlis, Tobie Brock, James Caldwell, Nour Khoury, Christopher Teti, Henry Murphy, Jillian Locke, 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.