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Seniors Prepare for the Future

September 11, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Dual Enrollment

Middletown Area High School partners with seven area post-secondary institutions to provide students the opportunity to gain high school and college credit. In the fall of 2014, five seniors have chosen to participate in Dual Enrollment and are taking college courses at Penn State Harrisburg.

Dual Enrollment CROP

Pictured left to right: Rachael Rusnov, Geography of International Affairs; Lauren Eppley, Consumer Choices in Health Care; Natalie Souder, Level One Chinese A; Christina Brinton, Consumer Choices in Health Care; Kaitlyn Kellogg, The Arts

Senior Interns

The senior internship program is designed to provide qualified seniors an opportunity to explore the various careers within their chosen pathway. Students attend school for four or more periods then spend the remainder of their day at their mentoring site. Students obtain mentor site placements which enable them to acquire meaningful career related experiences in an atmosphere conducive to learning. Internships are real-world experiences which are tailored to meet the needs of the students and the mentor site placements.

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2014 Senior Interns
Matt Anthony
Michaila Brady
*Alexa Bright
Christina Brinton
Karlee Deibler
Mikala Dworchak
Lauren Eppley
Caitlin Feltenberger
Jordan Flowers
Zac Gates
Bailey Gojmerac
*Alexis Hile
Kim Hoover
Jessica Horesky
Dagen Hughes
Sofiyah Ibidunni
Kaitlyn Kellogg
*Madison Lewis
Morgan Light
Mackenzie Lombardi
Halle Marion
Zach Myers
Nate Ocker
John Ponnett
Aaron Ravitz
*Kianni Rhodes
Madison Rios
Scott Shaffer
Camryn Shank
Zack Sims
*Julia Trout
*Nurse Aide Trainees
Mentor Sites
Best Authentics
Big 33
Dauphin County Controller’s Office
Dauphin County Treasurer’s Office
Discovery Kids
Drayer Physical Therapy
Harrisburg Heat
The Hetrick Center
Joint State Government Commission
Kunkel Elementary School
MAHS – MDS/Adaptive Phys Ed
MAHS – Office/Athletic Department
MASD – Athletic Training Department
MASD – Finance Department
MASD – Technology Department
Middletown Area Middle School
PinnacleHealth Community General Hospital
Reid Elementary School

Picture Day

September 10, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

MAHS POST BANNStock up on hair gel!
Heat up the hair straighteners!
Iron your jeans!
Floss those pearly whites!

Thursday, September 18, 2014 is Picture Day at MAHS.
Order forms are available at the office.

Stellar Student – Matt Anthony

September 9, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

When MAHS Career Coordinator, Mrs. Michele Myers, informed the IT Department that she had a student who was interested in pursuing computer science, Matthew Anthony’s journey towards a student internship began. In the Spring of 2014, the MAHS IT team interviewed Matt to discover his interests and skills and as a result offered him a summer internship. Matt was intrigued by the internship program because he wanted to learn about all that goes on behind the scenes in the computer department. When students and teachers departed for the summer, leaving their desktops, laptops, iPads and printers behind, the IT department had a huge task to conquer. Matt assisted with inventory of all District owned equipment and helped move labs and computers to their new locations. He was part of the crew that prepared hundreds of iPads for middle and high school students. This task was repetitious and time-consuming as they worked on each individual iPad but there was also a sense of accomplishment as the piles of completed iPads grew. Matt appreciated the wide variety of tasks he was exposed to and enjoyed working with the IT crew. So when teachers and students returned to their classrooms, the IT department didn’t want to see Matt go. So he didn’t!

Matt’s internship has continued into the school year. Matt assists Josh Bleecher, MAHS Computer Technician, at the student help desk every afternoon. Matt greets student who are having challenges with their iPads and troubleshoots the problem for them. Sometimes Matt can show the student how to fix the problem themselves. Other issues may take some further investigation which Matt looks into for them. Matt is currently working his internship around his soccer schedule but when soccer season ends, he expects he will be more available to move around the District. He’s interested in seeing how technology help is different on varying age levels. Mr. Bleecher says that Matt has been hard worker and a great addition to the team. Matt believes this hands-on experience will assist him in making a decision about his future in computer science.

In addition to playing soccer for the Raiders, Matt participates on the tennis team and also loves to ski in his free time.

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Meet the Raiders

August 2, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

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A Letter From Your Principal

August 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Letter from Princ POST BANNDear Students:

It is with great PRIDE that I welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year. I hope this school year provides you with great success and challenges you academically so you are better prepared for life. Middletown has a rich history of great PRIDE with high expectations of its students. My challenge to you is to meet the expectations and make your school and community a place that makes us all proud. Our staff has worked diligently preparing for the school year and are ready to work with and challenge you. I urge you to find an organization, club, sports team, or performing arts team group to join. This will help you be more successful in the classroom and life, as well as, surround you with others of like interests and common goals. If you need assistance throughout the school year make sure you are proactive and see a staff member to help you. Step up to the challenge and show your Blue Raider PRIDE!  Pride is what you do when no one is watching you.

Michael Carnes Principal Middletown Area High School
Work Phone: 717-948-3333
Categories: High School, Principals
Updated 1 month ago.

2014-2015 Sports Physicals

July 17, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Prior to participating in any PIAA sport in the Middletown Area School District, students are required to complete a PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (CIPPE). The CIPPE form, sections 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 must be completely filled out and signed by the parent or guardian before the doctor will examine the student and fill out section 6. No student will be allowed to participate in athletics during the PIAA season without the entire 6-page CIPPE packet completed. In accordance with the PIAA, physicals cannot be dated earlier than June 1, 2014 and will be effective for the entire school year, until May 31, 2015. The CIPPE form is available at the high school and middle school offices or can be found here.

Sections 7 and 8: for subsequent sport(s) in the same school year, a student must complete Section 7 of the CIPPE form and turn it in to the school before participating in additional sports during the 2014-2015 school year. The medical staff at MASD also requires that ANY ATHLETE having a CIPPE exam more than 6 weeks prior to the start of their sports season, must complete the Section 7 form, regardless of whether they played a sport in the previous season. The medical staff at MASD may require any athletes with a significant change in their medical history since their initial exam, to complete a CIPPE Section 8 form. This form is a medical recertification form that must be completed by the athlete’s physician.

Any students considering playing a sport for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year should attend the school district free CIPPE exam during the summer of 2014. MASD will only be offering the CIPPE exams during the dates and times listed below. ATHLETES MUST BRING THEIR COMPLETED PHYSICAL PACKET WITH THEM FOR THEIR EXAM. Athletes planning to attend the district exam must register online for an appointment. Appointment times can be chosen up until the day before the physical date. To pick a time slot for one of the below dates, click here and use the Entry Code: NEP133502. Students not attending the fee exam offered by the District will be responsible for seeing their own family doctor to have the exam completed.

June 2, 2014
3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School

July 30, 2014
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School

All completed forms must be returned directly to the School Nurse prior to the beginning of the season.

Questions can be directed to athletic trainer, Suzanne Bologa, at

Ocker to Pitch in BIG 26 Baseball Classic

July 2, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Nathan Ocker, Class of 2015, has been selected to participate in the 3rd annual Big 26 Baseball Classic at Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg. The Raider pitcher was also named a Mid Penn All Star and the Keystone All Conference C0-MVP for the 2014 baseball season. For more details and information about the three game series, see the PennLive article here.

Friday, July 18, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, July 19, 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 1:35 p.m.

Class of 2014 Commencement

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

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Middletown Area School District celebrated the graduation of the Middletown Area High School Class of 2014. The 135th Commencement Ceremony was held at The Forum in Harrisburg.

Commencement Speaker: The Honorable James M. Zugay, MAHS Class of 1985
Valedictorian: Matthew Cowan
Salutatorian: Megan Martz

Class of 2014 Commencement Program
Class of 2014 Honor Awards


June 2, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Due to the start of construction for the new Middletown Area High School, the following changes on the MAHS campus are underway:

  • Monday, June 2, 2014: the tennis courts at MAHS have been closed until further notice.
  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014: installation of construction fencing will begin on the current MAHS campus.
  • Wednesday, June 4, 2014: PRIDE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. There will be no access to Reid Elementary School and Middletown Area Middle School from the high school parking lot. Drivers traveling from MAHS to Reid and/or MAMS must utilize Union Street and Oberlin Road.

Class of 2014 Honor Awards

June 2, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Thursday, May 29, 2014, staff and family members celebrated the achievements of MAHS seniors at the annual MAHS Honors Night. Mr. Michael Carnes, MAHS Principal, recognized Matthew Cowan as the 2014 Valedictorian and Megan Martz as the 2014 Salutatorian. Over $53,000 in scholarships were awarded to the deserving seniors listed below. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 for representing Middletown Area School District with Raider pride and excellence!

Scholarship Recipient(s) Amount
American Legion Americanism Award Mary Collins, Andrew Rowe
Bill & Betty Fox Scholarship Matthew Cowan $10,000
Class 1948 Academic Scholarship John Carberry $2,500
Class of ’58 Pathways to Pride Scholarship – Human Services Ashley Royer $500.58
Class of 1949 Harold Hummel Memorial Award Ryan Popp $250
Denise Frisbee Scholarship Ivan Hernandez $500
Donald C. Conrad Memorial Scholarship Alyssa Stone $150
E.E. Jerry Brooks Awards David Brinton, Megan Martz, Jeremy Shaver
Edward E. Brunner Memorial Scholarship Victoria White $1,750
Edward Tennis Memorial Scholarship Allison Shipkowski $500
Elizabeth G. Alesick Scholarship David Brinton $500
Foundation for Enhancing Communities Johnessa Mummert $500
G. W. Feaser Scholarship Arlo Antle $500
George Lenker Football Award Joshua Matincheck $100
H.K. Alwine Award Calie Dozier $150
Hall Foundation Scholarship Elizabeth Young $2,000
Hugh O’Brian Leadership Award Ava Mrakovich
Ida Prouser Orstein/B’nai Jacob Synagogue Scholarship Jessica Shipkowski $500
John  C. Kunkel Elementary PTO Scholarship Kirsten German, Courtney O’Hara $500 each
Karen R. Kasper Performing Arts Scholarship Joshua Nieves-Hurley $2,000
Kiwanis Club Scholarship Megan Cobaugh $1,200
Lower Swatara Lions Club Sophomore Award Samantha Altland, Michael Osayi $100 each
Mel Fager Senior Award Alexis Butler, Ashley Leister, Joshua Matinchek, Elizabeth McDevitt, Brynne Schlicher $400 each
Mid-Penn Bank Best Attendance Award Cody Lutz $500
Middletown Alumni Association 2-4 Yr School Scholarship Megan Martz, Janelle Sheaffer, Victoria White $2500 each
Middletown Area Education Association Scholarship Emily Wilsbach $500
Middletown Cheerleading Booster Club Mackenzie Keefer $250
Middletown Scholar Athlete Megan Martz, Jeremy Shaver
Middletown Three Season Athletes Seth Babil, Dylan Danilowicz, Nicholas Drawbaugh, Melvin Fager, III, Michaela Shaver, Levi Varner
Nutrition, Inc. Kelly Templeton $1,000
One for the Kids Tiahara Adderley, Brooke Gates, Todd Houser, Alexander Mosher $600 each
Phoenix Contact Big 33 Ivan Hernandez, Jessica Shipkowski $1,000 each
PIAA District III Sportsmanship Award – Fackler/Hower Brynne Schlicher, Jeremy Shaver
R. James Kleinfelter Chemistry Award Tyler Hughes $500
Raider Club Honorary Football Scholarship Nicholas Drawbaugh, Aaron Gray, Christopher Holloman, Cody Lutz, Jeremy Shaver, Levi Varner $400 each
Robert Reid Elementary School PTO Scholarship Victoria White $500
Run for Joe – PRIDE Scholarship Nathan Reese $500
Ruth Coble Scholarship Drice Bahajak $306.82
Ruth L. Graham Award John Carberry $250
Service Above Self Rotary Award Jeremy Shaver $1,000
Steven Kuhn Pin N Win Zachari Ulerick
Ted Essex Memorial Award Kirsten German $500
U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award Melvin Fager, III
U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award Matthew Cowan
U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award John Carberry
U.S. Navy Inspirational Leadership Certificate Elizabeth Young
U.S. Navy Outstanding Athlete Certificate Jeremy Shaver
U.S. Navy Outstanding Scholar Certificate Tyler Hughes
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Jeremy Shaver
William & Wyllis Leonard Scholarship Megan Martz $4,000
Woodman of the World Award John Ponnett
Work Experience Scholarship Brendan Leahy, Megha Patel $1,200 each
Recognition of Scholarships from Colleges & Other Organizations Recipient Amount
Drexel University, AJ Drexel Scholarship, Drexel Endowed Scholarship and Drexel Dragon Scholarship Hope Dehnert
Findlay University, UF Trustees’ Scholarship Megan Martz $16,000
Full Sail University, Creative Minds Scholarship Ivan Hernandez $22,000
Gettysburg College, 1832 Founders Scholar Annual Award Katelyn Carnes $7,000
Lycoming College, Lycoming Grant and Lycoming Third Century Scholar Award Victoria White $26,300
Messiah College, Provost’s Scholarship Aaron Gray $11,500/year
Saint Michael’s College, Dean’s Scholarship Megan Cobaugh $23,200
2013- 2014 Students of the Month
October – Christopher Holloman and Megan Martz
November – John Carberry and Megha Patel
December – Pablo Orellana and Jessica Shipkowski
January – Matthew Cowan and Brynne Schlicher
February – Nicholas Drawbaugh and Megan Cobaugh
March – Alexander Mosher and Allison Shipkowski
April – Jeremy Shaver and Courtney O’Hara
May – Arlo Antle and Kirsten German

School Calendar

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

As the final days of the 2013-2014 school year approach, Middletown Area School District will be celebrating the following events.

Free Summer Lunch Program

May 23, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Free lunches will be provided rain or shine, Monday through Friday, to all children ages 18 and under. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Lunches will be distributed from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Middletown Area Middle School and Fink Elementary School on the following dates.

June 10 – August 1, 2014
Middletown Area Middle School Cafeteria

June 10 – August 8, 2014
Fink Elementary School @ War Memorial Field concession stand

No need to register or sign up!
Just show up and join your friends for a nutritious lunch!

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should immediately contact: USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th & Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-9410, (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Mini-THON Supports Four Diamonds

May 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

The Middletown Area High School held their 2013-2014 Mini-THON in support of Four Diamonds Fund in their fight of pediatric cancer. Throughout the school year, students and staff held various events to raise money for the cause. Teachers, Mr. Adam Shaffer and Mr. Tim Neff, participated in “tapings” during which they allowed themselves to be duct taped to a wall. Students paid $1 per piece of duct tape to get the privilege of attaching their favorite teacher to a wall. High School Principal, Mr. Michael Carnes, showed his support of Four Diamonds by being the target of a water balloon fundraiser.

On Friday April 11, 2014, the high school held its first “Mr. Middletown Pageant” to support THON. Eight MAHS seniors, Tyrone Best, John Carberry, Nick Drawbaugh, Chris Holloman, Todd Houser, Alex Mosher, Christian Roberts, and Levi Varner went head to head in the five part competition consisting of formal wear, talent, interview, swimsuit and dance. In the end, Todd Houser came out victorious as Mr. Middletown, raising almost $500. As a group, the seniors raised nearly $2,500 for Four Diamonds.

The final event of Mini-THON was held on Friday, May 2, 2014. The students’ commitment to the project was evident as they counted their donations and were excited to announce that MAHS had raised $16,720.14 for the Four Diamonds Fund! Thanks to the Mini-THON committee, the MAHS staff and the student body for another example of Raider Pride!

WMSS Wins Broadcasters Award

May 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Lydia Hursh, Mitchell Carson, John Hursh, Jake Leggore

The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters held their annual convention and awards luncheon at the Hotel Hershey on May 5, 2014. The association recognizes the achievements of award winning broadcasts from across the state which were aired within the past year.

Middletown Area School District is excited to announce that WMSS Radio, located at Middletown Area Middle School, received the award for Outstanding Radio Coverage of a Local Sporting Event. The winning broadcast was of the championship football game between Lebanon Valley College and Delaware Valley College in the fall of 2013. WMSS Radio General Manager, John Wilsbach, accepted the award at the convention and four Middletown Area High School students who assisted with the broadcast were in attendance. Lydia Hursh, Mitchell Carson, John Hursh and Jake Leggore controlled the music cues from the WMSS studio during the game. Congratulations to John Wilsbach and the MAHS students for representing Middletown with Raider Pride!

Athletes Announce Collegiate Intents

May 1, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, five Middletown Area High School seniors announced their selections for their post high school education and their athletic intent. Parents and coaches were present in support of the athletes as they received letters of congratulations from MAHS Administrators.

Best wishes to the Raider athletes below as they continue their athletic and academic careers at the schools of their choice.