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“World Express Restaurant” Provides Students Real World Experience

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Several Cocalico High School teachers made lunch reservations on the last Friday of February, but they didn’t need to leave the building. Instead, they were invited to dine at the World Express Restaurant, a creation of the Life Skills students and their teachers. “I am in charge of marketing,” said 16-year-old Ethan Wickenheiser, “but at some point I may do different roles if needed.”

Shown are diners and restaurant staff including, from left to right, (seated) James Castaneda, Jim Shoe­maker, Rich Kohler (En­glish teacher), Eddie Neg­ron, Nancy Lewis (English teacher), Wendy Schmid (Social Studies teacher), Elaine Shoemaker; (stand­ing) Jenna Schillaci (Life Skills teacher and Maste­mind behind the restaurant idea), Kyle Snyder, Jesse Davey, Jazzy Reinhole and Gage Law­horne.

In preparation, the stu­dents applied for various jobs — chef, dishwasher, server, busser, interior decorator, marketing, host, manager, inventory, buyer — and were interviewed by volunteers from the community.

“They got a phone call with their interview time,” said teacher Jenna Schillaci.

Malachi Ulysse prepared a television commercial that invited faculty members to the grand opening of the restaurant. Teachers then phoned the room for reservations, which were recorded by hostess Jennifer Hartman.

As interior decorator, Eddie Negron benefitted from a secret donor. “We feel like we have trans­formed the room into a real restaurant,” said teacher Dr. Elizabeth Zuraw. “We had a donation, so we were able to purchase dishes, silverware, curtains, uni­forms, table­cloths and placemats.”

February’s theme was Latin. In addition to cultural lessons on Latin culture, students visited Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown Denver. The restaurant’s owner ate lunch with the teachers in February and acted as “judge.” The restaurant will open again on the last Friday in March, this time featuring Irish cuisine. April will involve a trip to Chinatown in preparation for Asian food.

The World Express Rest­aurant builds upon the success students have had making Panini’s for the teachers on Fridays. “The students came up with the idea for the World Express Restaurant, in part, because of the success they experi­enced with the Panini Press. Through the Panini Press, they have been able to meet teachers, practice math (purchasing and account balances), learn cooking skills (measurement, food safety, presentation) and improve their communi­cation (written and verbal). The students hope the World Express will allow them to meet even more teachers and provide them the business challenges they are looking for,” said Dr. Zuraw.


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Abigail Kachel Earns Denver-Ephrata Area Rotary Club Recognition

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Abby Kachel was rec­ognized as the Ephrata High School February Student of the Month by the Denver-Ephrata Area Rotary Club. Abby is a senior at Ephrata High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, a member of the Link Crew, and a participant in soccer, track and marching band. Abby is also on the newspaper staff, student council and is involved with the spring musical. She also serves her community as a volunteer. After graduation, Abigail plans to attend a four-year college.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are Ted Kachel (parent), Beth Kachel (parent), Abby Kachel, Larry Maier (Rotary President) and Dr. Scott Galen (Rotary Member/Ephrata High School Principal).


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VFW Coloring Contest Winner

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Third grade Akron Elementary School student Bentley Rearich (middle) was surprised with a First Place award in the VFW Coloring Contest. The award was presented by Tatyana Belousov (left). Also shown in the photo is Akron Elementary School Principal Sheri Horner (right).


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Drone Pilot Earns Scholarship

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Cocalico High School sophomore Kerr McCray is on his way to becoming a licensed drone operator. He recently learned that he has won a scholarship that will give him lifetime access to a website that will help him study for the Part 107 exam to earn a commercial drone license. The Drone Pilot Ground School pays for access to the site as well as the $150 exam fee.

“You need to have the license to earn money from flying drones,” Kerr explained. He hopes to eventually start a drone business or provide a freelance service such as taking pictures. Kerr has a small drone that he flies at home but is looking forward to flying one of the school’s drones in Mr. Chris Hansel’s drone class. He is also saving up to buy a kit to build his own drone.


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Fulton Elementary Recognizes Student Efforts With Mountaineer Award

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The following Fulton Elementary School students were recently selected to receive the Mountaineer Slip award for their positive character traits. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front row) Aurora Blakely, Elise Martin, Oaklen Horner, Bennett Royer, Chase Pfautz, Grady McFarland; (second row) Alonzo Pioquinto, Alexis Nolan-Demanche, Phillip Walden, Connor Basore, Yvonne Hess, Brodie Flowers, Braelynn Anderson, Imogen Nolt; (third row) Trey DeHaven, William Jackson, Lavon Williams, Anastasia Rybaltouskaya, Alyssa Campalans, Anthony Lunsford, Paul Bowman, Jazmin Rubio, Nicole Shcherbakova; (fourth row) Devin Jellum, Kellen Doster, Ny’ile Ford, Daniel Gumenyuk, Brody Price, Emily Van Etten, Kasen Firestine, Chantz Gray. Not pictured are Anthony Guica, Corbin Antosy, James O’Donnell, Damian Loump, Celeste Celotto-Edwards and Andrew Alayon.