Ephrata High School


Ashton Kunkle


Quiet. Persistent. Thorough.  Not easily frustrated. These are words that technology education teacher Rodney Myers easily uses to describe senior Ashton Kunkle. “It’s his willingness to repeat and to stick to it until he gets it right that sets him apart.”

Throughout his years at Ephrata High School, Ashton has been the recipient of multiple robotics awards, winner of the Mountaineer Recognition Award, maintained a 3.89 GPA, and held part time job at Sharp Shopper.

 Myers has been one of Ashton’s role models since freshman year. They have had several classes together, including Project Lead the Way computer and engineering-based course work.

During his time in Robotics Club, Ashton has won several awards at competitions run by VEX, in addition to receiving separate awards from the school board. He was a part of the first freshman team to ever qualify for the robotics tournament. 

However, he doesn’t spend computer time solely on robotics. Ashton puts together songs on his home laptop and enjoys creating electronic music. He even runs his own Youtube channel called Avinix.

Clearly, Ashton is a goal-oriented person who admits that he would love to work for Elon Musk and Tesla because “his brand is incredibly impressive with all the lives he has impacted.”

It is no surprise that Ashton finds motivation in being positive and creating good goals in life. Recently he has become really passionate about school.

“It’s become a priority for me. I mean, why not do well in school?”

Written by: Eleonora Scutaru


Tyler Hepler


Tyler Hepler is a senior at Ephrata High School, but he is also a full-time student at Mount Joy’s Career and Technology Center (CTC). There he studies precision machining and computer aided manufacturing, which he enjoys because of its practicality. 

“I like it because it’s simple. If I have an idea, I can just do it,” says Tyler. 

In previous years, before he joined his current CTC program, he played the cello in the high school orchestra. Due to his CTC schedule, he was unable to participate in orchestra this year, but he still very much appreciates the instrument.

“My favorite thing to do is learn. Learn as much as I can, especially culturally,” Tyler says. 

Not surprisingly,  he had been a part of the German program at Ephrata. He first became involved when he was a freshman and was easily captivated during class. He loved learning a different language. Though unable to continue his cultural education in school, he says it is his favorite pastime. With the use of apps and the internet, Tyler is still feeding his love of cultural education.

“I would want people to have more of a willingness to learn new things,” Tyler responded when asked what he would change in the world if he had the opportunity to do so. This is certainly an unusual response from a teenager, but it expresses his eagerness to learn as well as the high value he places on learning.

After Tyler finishes high school and CTC, he would like to further his education in machining at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

Written by: Olivia Good


Alyssa Weaver


Motivated, amicable, and hard-working, Ephrata High School senior Alyssa Weaver has a bright future ahead of her.

Weaver has a busy year approaching as she is involved in many in-school activities. Not only is she the president of student council, but Weaver is also a member of National Honor Society (NHS), the Spanish and science NHS, bible study, Leo club, Friends of Rachel, book club, and Link Crew.

With all of these activities on her plate, it’s no surprise that Weaver’s favorite part of school is the extra-curriculars and clubs she’s involved in. She enjoys meeting and talking to new people, getting them involved in the school.

Her favorite class during her time in the high school was government, taught by Mr. Chris Helock. She enjoyed staying up to date on current events and learning more about the world around her.

“It’s going to help me become a better citizen and stay better informed when I’m able to vote,” Weaver added.

Outside of school, Weaver has a job as a server in the Luther Acres Retirement Community in Lititz. She loves being able to interact with the residents there.

After high school, Weaver plans on attending a private school in Pennsylvania where she will major in communications. She then plans to go on and work in public relations.

A big inspiration for Weaver is her parents.

“They’re like my role models,” she says. “They’ve always shown me how to be a good person and have good morals.”

When she’s not at work or school, you can find Weaver either out thrifting for a new outfit or cozying up with a good book while camping.

With such a bright personality and diligent work ethic, Alyssa Weaver is headed straight for success.

Written by: Leah Kreider


James Ellis


Many people know senior James Ellis as “the guy in a football uniform who plays with the band.” And while that is an interesting description, there is much more to his character than that.

While James is eager to graduate, he has many peers and extracurriculars that he is holding onto for his last year of high school. In the fall, James plays on the football team as number 55, and is seen on the marching band field with a trumpet. When the season changes, his home is in the ring, wrestling an opponent to the ground. He does so well that he even qualified for the national high school wrestling tournament in 2021.

You will also see him on the trumpet with the Ephrata High School Jazz Band. If you think that is a lot, then you have yet to hear of James’s academic accomplishments. He is a proud member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society and German National Honor Society. He enjoys studying economics with Mr. Hagen, and he describes the class as “a fun type of psychology, but with money.”

After high school, James would like to attend college to study either chemical engineering or physics. If he were to do one thing to help the world, he states “I would get everyone to stop talking for a minute and listen.”

Keep an eye out for number 55 on the football field and for the name James Ellis because he sure has one bright future.

Written by: Mattie Walker