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E.A.S.S. Welcomes 2019 Officers And Board Members

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The Ephrata Area Social Services is pleased to welcome their 2019 Officers and Board Members.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front row) Joy Ashley (Executive Director), Dave Davies (President), Rev. Glenn Beard Jr. (Vice President), Lori Snyder (Secretary); (middle row) E. Richard Young Jr., Dave Austin, Lori Beatty, Lisa Gockley (Program Coordinator), Robin Boyer, Sandy Howe; (back row) Kim Bahata, Phil Hess, Chris Ament, Paul Trella and Merv Witmer (Co-Treasurer). Missing from the photo is Jim F. Martin (Co-Treasurer) and Rev. Matt Lenahan.



Brownstown All Girl Troop 82 Bridging Ceremony Is A Joyous Occasion

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On a brutally cold night with temperatures hovering around seven degrees, all girl Troop 82 of Brownstown became the first female troop to be officially accepted into the Penn­sylvania Dutch Council. The new troop is now part of the organization’s new Scouts BSA program for children ages 11 to 17. The girls were not aware that the bridging ceremony would be taking place at midnight on Thursday, January 31, but it had to be at midnight because Friday, February 1 is when their efforts would be officially recognized. The evening started with the girls moving through a variety of stations conducted by Eagle Scouts who decided if they had passed the test and were ready to move to the next station. The ceremony started at The Amish Farm and House along Lincoln Highway and progressed along a snowy path to the covered bridge, which was chosen for the bridging ceremonies’ cul­mination because the previous Troop 82, which dissolved 30 years ago, had a covered bridge on their patch. After completing each task, the girls crossed the bridge at midnight, officially becoming scouts and getting pinned with their first rank by their parents. Tears of joy could be seen on several of the girls faces as the ceremony progressed and this long awaited day became reality.

Shown in the left photo is Lyndsey Nedrow (Junior Assistant Scoutmaster), waving a flag as Lauren Nedrow (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), Caity Schaefer, Brielle Stoltzfus, Norah Martin (Patrol Leader), Lydia Salmons (Senior Patrol Leader), Caris Daneker, Lindsey Mousch, Kayley Nyugen, Sarah Marston, Samantha Herr (Assistant Senior Patrol Leader), Jenna Oechslin (Scoutmaster) and Erin Blank look on. Shown in the right photo are Scouts tying knots (from left to right) Senior Patrol Leader Caris Daneker, Genevieve Phill­ips, Katelyn Nguyen and Junior Assistant Scout­master Lyndsey Nedrow.

Present, but not pictured, are Imogen Crumbling, Pat­rol Leader Vaughn Eckhardt, Alden Salmons (BSA Ven­turing Crew 1861 & Troop 83 Scout, brother to Lydia Salmons), John Oechslin (Order of the Arrow Wunita Gohkos Lodge Chief and Troop 83 Scout, brother to Jenna Oechslin), Josh Herr (Troop 83 Scout, brother to Samantha Herr), Jasmine Mateen (Pack 82 Webelos Scout, “First Female Cub Scout of Pack 82”), and Austin Nedrow (BSA Venturing Crew 1861 and Troop 83 Eagle Scout, brother to Lyndsey and Lauren Nedrow).




National Letter Of Intent Day Ceremony At Cocalico

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Wednesday, February 6 was the official date when senior athletes announce their decision on which Division I or Division II institution they will commit to attend and continue their athletic careers. The athletic department at Cocalico High School held a ceremony for the three athletes pictured who made their choice and wished to publicly announce their decisions to family, friends, faculty/staff members and representatives from numerous media sources. These athletes come from a variety of sports and have had much success throughout their years at Cocalico. To be able to have the talent and opportunity to compete at a Division I or Division II collegiate level is a great accomplishment! Best wishes to these athletes in their future endeavors: Evan Kreider, X-CO/T&F, Shippensburg University (D2); Rowan Lapi, Girls’ Soccer, Northwestern University (D1); and Katherine (KC) Miller, Bowling, Wilmington University (D2)



Hinkletown Mennonite School STEM Project

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Walking in the door of the third-grade classroom at Hinkletown Mennonite School (HMS), you would hear “You came at the best time—STEM class!” as her teammate climbs the ladder with the team’s parachute and she prepares the stopwatch to time its flight. What are they doing? They are investigating the variables that affect the “drag” and speed of the parachutes that they have built. It’s part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) challenge that Hinkletown Mennonite School intermediate students took on this year and it is teaching them not only about parachutes, but also about teamwork and critical thinking.

Third, fourth and fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Renita Denlinger, Mrs. Anette Raiser and Mr. Matthew Moyer collaborate on the annual STEM project, bringing the grades together to build cooperation and community. “This is such an opportunity for students to work across the grade levels,” states Mrs. Denlinger. “Working together is a set of skills that need to be taught. We aren’t born knowing how to do it. This program gives teachers an opportunity to model and teach those skills and gives the students a safe environment to practice them.” Fifth grade student Micah Martin would concur, “It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone can learn something with this.”

This particular project was chosen through the professional development work of fifth grade teacher Mr. Matthew Moyer in a summer STEM workshop offered by the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 and taught by instructors trained at the Museum of Science in Boston. “What caught my eye,” Mr. Moyer shares, “was that [the program] encourages students to think as engineers and it incorporates both math and literacy. It was also designed to be appropriate for the elementary ages. So often STEM programs are designed for older kids.”

This STEM project highlights the focus that Hinkletown Mennonite School puts on hands-on learning and connecting student learning through a variety of instructional styles and techniques. It starts with students researching three variables affecting a parachute: canopy size, canopy material, and line length. Fourth grade student Hannah Martin shared her team’s analysis, “We thought that the big canopy would drop fast, but it actually went slowly.”

Students then design their own parachute, incorporating a greater variety of materials, and requiring the students to take their initial research elements and apply it to the final product. Fourth grade teacher Mrs. Raiser states, “It doesn’t have to be a complex or complicated problem in order for learning to occur. We have realized that giving the students time to analyze and process the results is very important.”

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Madalyn Ament (grade 5), Isabella Gonzalez (grade 3), Brady Youndt (grade 3), Tahlia Kuhn (grade 4), Alayna Horst (grade 4), Allysen Kalash (grade 5), Hadassah Knowles (grade 5, on the ladder), Micah Martin (grade 5) and Hannah Martin (grade 4).



National Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

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Katie Earl (left), a senior at Ephrata High School, has been selected as first place to represent Ephrata Senior High School at the regional level of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry competition. Her winning recitation was the John Keats ballad “La Belle Dame sans Merci.” She will compete at the Ware Center in Lancaster on Tuesday, January 29. Hannah Grube (right), a junior, took second place with her entry “Undivided Attention” by Taylor Mali; and sophomore Madison Stewart (middle) won third place with her entry, “Work Without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Poetry Out Loud is a recitation competition that was created by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006. The program encourages students to explore great poetry through memorization and recitation. Building self-confidence, mastering public speaking and learning about literary history are some of the outcomes of Poetry Out Loud.

The winner of the regional competition will advance to the state level to be held Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4. State winners attend the national finals in Washington D.C. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at this level and beyond.