Lititz Area Mennonite School


Riley Bills

8th Grade

Riley Bills is a great 8th grade student at Lititz Area Mennonite School where he has attended since Pre-K. 

His favorite subject is history. Besides having a great teacher for this class, Riley likes it because he enjoys learning about the past. 

Riley excels at school and has made the honor roll every quarter this school year. He is also a very talented soccer player, playing for LAMS and for PA Mutiny Gold. In addition to soccer, he enjoys doing trick scootering and playing golf with his dad and poppy. 

After LAMS, Riley plans on attending high school at Warwick, where he hopes to continue playing soccer and maybe even golf. 

One of his role models is his dad because he has taught him a lot of things. Riley and his family attend Grace Church in Lititz. His favorite verse is Philippians 3:14,  “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

If Riley could change anything in the world, he would get rid of violence so we would have world peace and people would stop dying.

Overall, Riley is a great friend to have and makes a positive impact on those around him.

Written by: Trevor Nolt


Zoe Haverstick

8th Grade

Zoe Haverstick, grade 8, is Lititz Area Mennonite School’s April Student of the Month.

She is funny, good-natured, gives off positive vibes, and is enjoyable to be around. Her favorite subject in school is art because she enjoys artsy stuff and is very creative. She plays volleyball after school, and during school she practices performing with flags. 

Zoe’s favorite things about being a student at LAMS are the friends she’s made, the teachers, and what she learns there at school. Her most recent achievement is winning “Student of the Month!” 

Zoe’s hobbies are reading, hiking, baking and cooking, painting, drawing, watching movies, and playing board games. When she finishes 8th grade at LAMS, Zoe’s plan for the future is to attend Warwick for high school. 

Her dream job is to own a bed and breakfast, and one day she hopes to go with her church group on their trip to Africa. Zoe attends Lancaster Evangelical Free Church (LEFC) in Lititz. Her favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, Love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

One person Zoe looks up to is her older sister, Eva, because she is a good sister, is always there for her, and listens to her problems. 

There are a lot of things she would like to change in the world, but one thing is she would like to get rid of pollution and deforestation because she believes it is bad for the environment and the animals.

Written by: Beverley Spencer


Ben and Brandon Nolt

6th Grade

Ben and Brandon Nolt are 6th grade twin brothers at Lititz Area Mennonite School. Together, they are the LAMS “Students of the Month” for March. Brandon’s  key personality traits are that he is competitive and honest, and Ben’s main personality trait is being honest too. Their favorite subject is social studies because of the teacher as well as the activities they do. The extracurricular activities they participate in are archery and soccer. Some of the things they like about school are the teachers and that it’s a Christian environment. Some of their hobbies and interests outside of school are reading, playing in their fort, soccer, and archery. Brandon wants to be a roofer when he grows up, and Ben wants to be a hunting guide. They have not decided where they will attend high school yet. Ben’s biggest accomplishment so far is that he has made the honor roll, and Brandon’s favorite accomplishment so far is that he got a first place ribbon in showing pigs. The main change they would like to see in the world is for abortion to stop. Their role model in life is their dad, who is a hard worker and a strong Christian. The church that they attend is Cornerstone Mennonite Fellowship, and their favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31 which says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Written by: John Quirante


Aleah Martin

8th Grade

Aleah Martin is the Lititz Area Mennonite School student of the month for February. She is in 8th grade. Aleah is a friendly, energetic, kind, and all around fun person. Aleah enjoys being a student at LAMS because of the good teachers, good friends, and how God’s importance is shown in day-to-day school life. Aleah’s favorite school subject is language arts because she likes the teacher, and she enjoys the books we read. Some of the extracurricular activities Aleah is involved in are volleyball, worship team, drama, and student council. Her favorite activity is drama because she enjoys acting and performing. Some of Aleah’s hobbies are reading romantic suspense novels, spending time outside, listening to music, and doing things with her family. Aleah plans to attend Manheim Central for highschool and is looking forward to being on the volleyball team. When she grows up, she wants to be a 2nd grade teacher. Aleah’s role model is her mom because she trusts God in the hard times. Aleah and her family attend Meckville Mennonite church. One of Aleah’s greatest accomplishments is getting all A+ grades in one quarter. If Aleah could change one thing in the world it would be the way orphans are treated so that they would feel loved. Her favorite verse is Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Written by: Katelyn Nolt


Owen Sommers

7th Grade

Owen Sommers is the January student of the month at Lititz Area Mennonite School. His favorite subject in school is social studies because he finds it easy and the most interesting. Owen also does many extracurricular activities which include playing basketball, being in the school drama, playing a part in the worship team, and being on the student council. Owen also has some interests outside of school, one of them being playing and hanging out with his dog, Bailey. A couple of things that Owen loves about L.A.M.S. are the freedom that the students have and the clean, Christian education that is given. Owen also plans on going to L.A.M.S. for his high school education. When he grows up, Owen would like to have a job that relates to either sports or video editing/filming. The church that Owen currently goes to is DOVE Westgate, Ephrata, and his favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 which says, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Owen considers his role models in life to be his grandparents because both sets of them had gone on many missions trips throughout their lives, and Owen would like to go on one himself. He isn’t quite sure where he would like to go yet, but says that he would like to go somewhere with his church. One thing Owen would like to change about the world, however, is the way that some people state their opinions and just the overall toxicity that people with different opinions resort to when talking with each other. He thinks that violence should never be the answer in that scenario.

Written by: David Stoltzfus


Jeriah Miller

6th Grade

Jeriah Miller (grade 6) always has a smile on his face. Jeriah‘s favorite classes are language arts and geography because the teachers have so many fun games, and you don’t know what’s coming next!  Jeriah plays basketball and baseball in a local sports league and football just for fun. At school, he is part of the LAMS middle school student council. Jeriah feels that LAMS let him be himself in his faith and express his personality. Jeriah’s  hobbies are sports, hunting, fishing, playing with his dog, and hanging out with friends.  He’s planning to go to Warwick for high school. Jeriah attends Erbs Mennonite Church and looks forward to going on some youth group missions trips in the next few years. Jeriah wants to become a physical trainer for baseball players as his future career. So far in life, Jeriah feels that beating Manheim in baseball has been one of his greatest accomplishments. Jeriah’s role models are his grandparents because they are great examples. His favorite Bible verse is Luke 10:27 which says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” This verse motivates Jeriah to spread God‘s word to everyone!

Written by: Grady Auker


Chloe Taylor

8th Grade

The Student of the Month for October is Chloe Saylor! Chloe is in 8th grade, is full of energy, and always has a smile on her face! She is an encouraging friend, funny, artistic, and also very athletic. Chloe’s favorite sport to play is volleyball. She is a part of the Ephrata girls middle school volleyball team and has been playing volleyball for 3 years. She also enjoys playing the piano and the baritone, which she plays as part of the LAMS middle school band. When Chloe is at home, she loves to play with her dog and her bunnies. When she is at school, she always enjoys science class because she enjoys all the experiments! One of Chloe’s favorite things about going to LAMS is that she enjoys spending time with friends and being able to learn about God without being judged. Chloe plans to be homeschooled in high school, but her goal is to make the Ephrata high school volleyball team next year. Chloe doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do in the future, but she knows that she wants a job helping kids who have disabilities. One other thing she wants to do in the future is go to Alaska on a mission trip because her older sister will be going there soon. Chloe goes to Middle Creek Church and has attended there her whole life. A big event in Chloe’s life was when she became a Christian at age seven and also when she got baptized this past summer at her church. One person Chloe looks up to is her older sister, Nicole, because she is a good volleyball player, has a good attitude about things, and is a very nice person. If Chloe had to change one thing about the world it would be bringing more peace. Chloe’s favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

Written by: Lydia Sensenig


Kyra Lefever

7th Grade

The student of the month is an energetic 7th grader, Kyra Lefever. She always has a good attitude and loves playing sports, mainly soccer. Her favorite subject in school is math because she can understand it and work out the problems. She is very involved in school. Some of her activities include sports, student council, worship team, announcements, and drama. Kyra has also been on honor roll since her start of middle school. Soccer is a very big part of Kyra’s life, yet she is interested in many other things too, such as arts, crafts, flute, Google slides, football, basketball, and just being outside. She has a goal of reaching people on another level and showing them God’s love. Kyra also said one of her goals is to “graduate high school, get an athletic scholarship for a state college, and eventually get good enough to get on the Women’s U.S. soccer team.” One of the biggest events in her life was becoming a Christian. She also wants to “make America great again.” She looks up to Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles because of his willingness to serve God, and she also looks up to his wife, Julie Ertz of the U.S. women’s soccer team because she, like her husband, desires to put God first. Kyra attends Erb Mennonite Church in Manheim. She became a Christian when she was 8 and was baptized at age 9. “I believe God is my Heavenly Father and wish to honor him in all that I do,” says Kyra. She enjoys going to LAMS because it gives a good biblical education. She also likes how tightly knit her class is. She highly respects her friends and teachers for helping her along the way and strengthening her relationship with God.

Written by: Katelynn Zimmerman