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Athletics – REVISIONS for 4/15/14

April 15, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

All athletic events scheduled for April 15, 2014 have been cancelled due to weather. Please check the Sports Schedule Star site for details.

Students Model Government at Capitol

April 14, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Pictured left to right: John Hursh, Emily Kreider, Advisor, Lydia Hursh, Gregg Sullivan, Alexa Bright, Theresa Clark, Sam Romberger, Caitlin Hunt, Advisor, Sammi Altland, Jordan Smith, Aly Marshall, and Zac Gates.

Ten Middletown Area High School Youth & Government students participated in the YMCA Model Government which was held at the State Capitol April 10-13, 2014. These bright and motivated students worked hard all year by writing and researching bills and preparing for elections. The students spent the first few days experiencing the legislative process by modeling the following roles.

Lieutenant Governor: Zac Gates
Senators and Representatives: Sammi Altland, Theresa Clark, Alyson Marshall and Sam Romberger
Hospital Lobbyists: Alexa Bright and Jordan Smith
Press Corp.: Gregg Sullivan

Representing East Shore YMCA club: John and Lydia Hursh
(MAHS does not have a judicial part of their club.)

Due to their performances during Model Government, several students achieved awards. Alexa Bright and Jordan Smith won a bill citation award. This award is given to bills that tackle important topics, are properly researched, and are well-written. Zac Gates and Gregg Sullivan were selected to the Conference on National Affairs. This is a national version of the state conference. Only 20 out of 400+ PA students are selected for this conference. Theresa Clark was chosen as an alternate. This conference takes place in the summer of 2014.

In addition, on Sunday, April 13, 2014, several students ran for executive office for next year’s government. After campaigning throughout the week, candidates presented their election speeches after which their peers cast their votes and winners were announced. As a result of the elections, Gregg Sullivan was chosen to represent Middletown as the Editor in Chief for PA for the 2014-2015 conference year. Gregg also had numerous articles published everyday of the conference in the Model newspaper.

Congratulations to the Youth & Government students and their advisors, Emily Kreider and Caitlin Hunt, for their excellent representation of Middletown Area High School.

MAHS students interested in joining the Youth & Government Club next year may contact Miss Kreider.
MAMS students interested in helping to start a Youth & Government club at MAMS may contact Mr. Skees.

Vocalists Sing National Anthem

April 14, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Back Row: Josh Hurley and John Carberry. Front Row: Autumn Miller and Brynne Schlicher

Throughout the year, student vocalists are invited to sing the national anthem at sporting events, conferences and various special occasions. Several Middletown Area High School students were privileged to be selected for this honor.

On March 7, 2014, the four vocalists pictured to the right sang the anthem during the opening ceremonies of the PIAA Wrestling State Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA.

Sofiyah Ibidunni

Junior, Sofiyah Ibidunni has performed the national anthem at the Giant Center for several PIAA events. She sang at the Team Wrestling State Championships, the Individual Wrestling State Championships and the Boys’ Basketball State Championships.

Congratulations to these musicians who represented Middletown with Raider Pride through the use of their vocal talents.

“Finding a Better Way” Behavioral Workshop

April 11, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

~ Are you a parent who is dealing with challenging behavior from your child?
~ Do you feel like you repeat the same pattern over and over but nothing ever changes?
~ Would you like to learn new behavioral intervention strategies to break out of the cycle and better understand your child?
~ Would you like to meet other parents dealing with the same issues?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, we would like to invite you to attend “Finding A Better Way for Moms and Dads.” This class is sponsored by Philhaven and taught by a trainer certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

Who can attend? MASD parents of children age 15 and under
How much does it cost? FREE! FREE! FREE!
Where is it held? Fink Elementary School
What are the dates? The four-session workshop will be held on consecutive Wednesdays: April 16, 23, 30 and May 7.
What time do we meet? 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
What about dinner? A FREE dinner will be served from 6-6:30 p.m.
What do we do with our kids? FREE childcare will be provided.
How do we register? Contact either of the following individuals…
Rubina Azizdin, 717-673-3644,
OR Marie Drazenovich, 717-948-3300 ext. 1008,

Registration will be based on a first-come first-served basis.
Class size is limited to 20 so register NOW!

Entrepreneurs Announce Sale of Fresh Product

April 11, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Raider Express, the startup company in Mrs. Denise Wade’s entrepreneurship class at Middletown Area High School, will be selling air fresheners in three different scents: berry, dark ice, and vanilla. The sale will begin on Monday, April 14, 2014. Get several so you can put them in your car, locker, gym bag and book bag. For only $2.00 a piece, you can freshen the air around you.

Air fresheners will be available during all three lunches or you may contact Bailey at

Raiders Shine at County Chorus Festival

April 8, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., twenty-four Middletown Area High School vocalists performed at the Dauphin County Music Educator’s annual County Chorus Festival at The Forum in Harrisburg. The festival was comprised of elementary, middle and senior high choirs from over ten different schools in the Dauphin County area. In the senior high choir there were almost 200 students who performed at the final concert.

Middletown Area High School County Chorus Participants:

Sammi Altland
Bryana Barnes
Tyrone Best
Kyle Brennan
John Carberry
Mitch Carson
Daniel Geiger
Colleen Harkins
Josh Hurley
Sofiyah Ibidunni
Mackenzie Keefer
Marisa Mayhew
Donyah McCallebb
Autumn Miller
Jalen Morra
Malik Noon
Christian Nordai
Caleb Orner
Carly Oldham
Ashton Rife
Sarahi Sanders
Brynne Schlicher
Victoria Spangler
Kelly Templeton

Sophomore Speaks at Refugee Conference

April 7, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Joan Schwanger, Sang Chin Pui, Donlynne Layne, Cheryl Giles-Rudawski (CAIU), Carol Hahn (church sponsor) and Maria Feeser (Summer Migrant Program)

On March 20, 2014, the Lincoln Intermediate Unit presented a workshop entitled “Educating Refugee Children and Youth in Pennsylvania: How Can Schools and Communities Be More Culturally Responsive?” Among the many excellent guest speakers was Sang Chin Pui, daughter of Richard Thawng and Iang Zing of Middletown. Pui’s family moved from Chin Country in Myanmar to the United States. She is a sophomore in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Middletown Area High School. Pui’s excellent presentation centered on the challenges of her family’s move to the states and finding her voice through ESL classes at Middletown. Middletown Area School District’s ESL teachers, Donlynne Layne and Joan Schwanger were in attendance, along with Carol Hahn, church sponsor from the community. Congratulations to Sang Chin Pui for her excellent representation of Middletown Area School District.

Wrestlers Pin Down a Strong Season

April 4, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Four Middletown Area High School wrestlers advanced to Districts during the 2013-14 season. The District 3 competition was held at the Hersheypark Arena, February 21-22, 2014.

District Qualifiers: Will Botterbusch, Logan Stoltzfus and Todd Houser

Junior, Will Botterbusch, son of William and Emily Botterbusch, qualified in the 152 lb. class.

Freshman, Logan Stoltzfus, son of Doug and Tara Stoltzfus, qualified in the 106 lb. class and advanced to the second round during District competition.

Senior, Todd Houser, son of Todd and Jennifer Houser, qualified in the 145 lb. class and advanced to the second round at Districts.

District and State Qualifier: Zach Ulerick


Senior, Zach Ulerick, son of Ken and Jennifer Ulerick, qualified in the 120 lb class and finished 4th place at Districts. Zach’s placement advanced him to States which was held at The Giant Center, March 6-8, 2014.

Congratulations to our wrestlers for representing Middletown Area High School with Raider Pride.

Mr. Middletown Pageant

April 3, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area High School will hold its first ever “Mr. Middletown Pageant” on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the high school auditorium. The pageant is part of the annual Middletown Mini-Thon, which raises funds for the Four Diamonds Fund to help fight pediatric cancer. Eight MAHS seniors, Tyrone Best, John Carberry, Nick Drawbaugh, Chris Holloman, Todd Houser, Alex Mosher, Christian Roberts, and Levi Varner will go head to head in the five part competition consisting of formal wear, talent, interview, swimsuit and dance. Admission is $2.00 for students and $5.00 for adults. Upon arrival, guests will be asked to designate their admission fee to the contestant of their choice. Throughout the pageant, attenders will have additional opportunities to donate funds toward their favorite contestants. The senior who collects the most money at the end of the night for the Four Diamonds Fund, will be crowned Mr. Middletown 2014.

Hernandez Advances to State Band

March 31, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Fabiola Hernandez

Middletown Area High School sophomore, Fabiola Hernandez, was selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Wind Ensemble. Fabiola, daughter of Moises Hernandez and Maria Arias-Nunez of Middletown, plays the Eb Soprano Clarinet in the MAHS band.

All first chair Eb Clarinets from each of the twelve District Bands had the opportunity to audition for the PMEA State Band through the online Acceptd audition software. From this rigorous online audition, Fabiola placed 2nd in the state and was awarded a spot in the PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble. A wind ensemble is a small band that can perform a more challenging repertoire. The PMEA All-State Wind Ensemble rehearsed at Messiah College March 27-28, 2014 and presented a concert at The Forum in Harrisburg on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 4:00pm.

MAHS Bowlers Strike Again

March 27, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Two Middletown Area High School sophomores represented MASD with Raider pride during the 2013-14 bowling season. Under the guidance of their coach, Darryl Bower, of ABC East Lanes, Eric Belles and Cole Kautz rolled their way to championship competitions.

Eric Belles

Eric Belles likes big numbers. During the regular season of the Harrisburg Area Interscholastic Bowling League (HAIBL), Eric held a 215 game average. He fell below 200 in only six games and had a game high of 258. His highest two game series was 477.

Due to his performance in the HAIBL, Eric qualified for both the District III Independent Qualifier and the Eastern PA Interscholastic Bowling Championships. This was Eric’s second consecutive year as a competitor in the Eastern PA Championships and he placed a respectable 88th place amongst 176 bowlers.

Cole Kautz

Cole Kautz’s performance in the HAIBL also qualified him for both the District III Independent Qualifier and the Eastern PA Interscholastic Bowling Championships. But it was during the post season that Cole pulled out all the stops. In the District III Independent Qualifier, he placed in the top six which earn him a spot in the District III Championships. During the District III Championships, he rolled six consecutive 200 games, ending with a 209 average, and just missing the finals.

At the Eastern PA Championships, Cole rolled a 275 game during his five game block and averaged 219. He landed in 7th place which earned him a spot in the PA State High School Bowling Championships in Pittsburgh. At states he finished 23rd. Cole is the only student from Middletown to have advanced to the PA State High School Bowling Championships.

Congratulations to Eric, Cole and Coach Bower for a tremendous season!

Nurse Aide Graduates

March 20, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Mr. Michael Carnes, MAHS Principal, Allison Shipkowski, Jordan Flowers, Lindsay Truesdale, Ms. Michele Myers, MAHS Career Coordinator

The HACC Nurse Aide Training Program is a 120 hour training opportunity for students who wish to become certified nurse aides. The purpose of the course is to provide the long-term care nurse aide trainee with a basic level of knowledge and skills needed to care for an elderly resident/client as set forth by the profession of nursing and related by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon successful completion of the course, students are prepared to take the PA State Certification Exam for nurse aides.

The spring semester was held from January 28 – March 14, 2014 at Frey Village. The students graduated on Friday, March 14, 2014 in a small ceremony at Frey Village.

Congratulations to the Spring 2014 graduates!
Pictured left to right: Allison Shipkowski, Jordan Flowers and Lindsay Truesdale

Science Olympiad Team Advances to States

March 12, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Pictured left to right: Shannon Reese, Nate Nelson, Rowan Sessa, John McDevitt, Mason Garza, Lydia Hursh, AJ Fischer, John Hursh, Xavier Ortiz, Aiden Sessa, Mitchell Lee, Noah Yeich, Gabe Wisniewski, Marcus Williams, Aaron McDevitt, and Georgie Britcher

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, a group of MASD students in grades 7-9 participated in the 2014 Science Olympiad regional competition at Millersville University. The fifteen member team faced off against eighteen area middle school teams and finished in 5th place. Their performance qualifies them for the state competition which will be held at Juniata College in May.

The Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school is permitted to enter 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events as detailed below.

Middletown’s combined score for the 23 events earned them the 5th place title and a chance to compete again at the state level. In addition, Middletown also medaled in three events. Congratulations to all participants for their research, practice and preparation for the Science Olympiad. We are looking forward to hearing the results of the state competition.

Science Olympiad Events:

  1. Anatomy – teams are tested on their knowledge of anatomy and health concepts including nervous and integumentary systems.
  2. Boomilever – students build a cantilevered wooden structure.
  3. Can’t Judge A Powder – students characterize a pure substance and then, based only on data they collect, answer a series of questions about that substance.
  4. Crime Busters – teams identify the perpetrators of a crime or crimes by using paper chromatography and analysis of unknown solids, liquids, and plastics found at the scene of a crime.
  5. Disease Detective – students apply principles of epidemiology to a published report of a real-life health situation or problem.
  6. Dynamic Planet – teams work at stations that display a variety of earth science materials and related earth science questions.
  7. Entomology – students are asked to identify insects by order and family, answer questions about insects and use or construct a dichotomous key.
  8. Experimental Design – given a set of unknown objects, teams design, conduct, analyze and write-up an experiment.
  9. Helicopters – students construct and test free flight rubber-powered helicopters prior to the tournament to achieve maximum flight times.
  10. Heredity – students solve problems and analyze data or diagrams using their knowledge of the basic principles of genetics.
  11. Meteorology – this event involves the use of process skills as applied to meteorology.
  12. Metric Mastery – students demonstrate an intuitive feeling for estimating then measuring metric units including mass, volume, area, surface area, force, distance, time and temperature.
  13. Road Scholar – requires the accurate interpretation and understanding of various map features using a variety of road and topographic maps.
  14. Robo-Cross – teams design and build a robot capable of performing certain tasks on a prescribed playing field.
  15. Rocks and Minerals – teams demonstrate their knowledge of rocks and minerals.
  16. Rotor Egg Drop – teams construct a helicopter device which uses one or more helicopter rotors to safely transport a raw chicken egg from a specified height to the floor.
  17. Shock Value – students compete in activities involving basic understanding of electricity, magnetism and simple electrical devices.
  18. Simple Machines – students perform activities and answer questions related to simple machines
  19. Solar System – students demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the properties and evolution of extraterrestrial ice and water in the solar system.
  20. Sounds of Music – prior to the competition, students build two instruments based on a 12 tone tempered scale, prepare to describe the principles behind their operation and be able to perform a major scale, a required melody and a chosen melody with each.
  21. Water Quality – this event focuses on evaluating aquatic environments.
  22. Wheeled Vehicle – competitors must design, build and test one vehicle that uses a non-metallic, elastic solid as its sole means of propulsion to travel a distance as quickly and accurately as possible.
  23. Write It/Do It – a technical writing exercise where students write a description of a contraption and other students attempt to recreate it using only the written description.

Jazz Band Performs at Capitol

March 7, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Senator Teplitz, MAHS Jazz Band, and Mr. Sam Fisher, Band Director

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the Middletown Area High School Jazz Band performed in the East Wing of the Capitol. As part of “Music in our Schools Month,” the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association invited area school groups to provide music for Capitol guests throughout the month of March.

The Jazz Band performed 45 minutes of jazz selections for employees and visitors. Bystanders and staff members commented on the exceptional talent of the band. The students also had the privilege of meeting Representative John Payne and Senator Rob Teplitz who graciously provided photo opportunities with the group. The day ended with a very informative tour of the exquisite building which is full of history and priceless architecture. The Jazz Band represented Middletown Area School District with pride!


February 27, 2014 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

Bailey Gojmerac and Katie Kellogg

The annual PRIDE cake was devoured by MAHS students and staff in celebration of the halfway mark of the school year. The giant cake was a combination of six chocolate and six vanilla sheet cakes. PRIDE members and staff built and decorated the cake with the help of Nutrition, Inc. The theme of the cake, “Kiss Cancer Goodbye” was in support of the upcoming Thon campaign. The PRIDE Club is led by Ms. Kathy Sayre and Ms. Lynn Miller.

PRIDE is an acronym used to communication five main values at MAHS:

  • Perseverance
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Excellence