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MAHS Staff Serves Honor Roll Students

November 21, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the Middletown Area High School Staff served a celebratory lunch to the First Quarter Honor Roll students. Students were invited to a hot lunch buffet where teachers and staff members filled their plates and waited on their tables. The guests of honor received certificates for their achievements. Congratulations to the First Quarter Honor Roll students!

Honors Bfast

MAHS Junior Shadow Day

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

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, one hundred sixty-four juniors at Middletown Area High School participated in the annual Junior Shadow Day. Students selected local businesses and organizations in their fields of interest and spent the day with a mentor on the job. Mrs. Michele Myers, MAHS Career Coordinator, organized the event and matched up the students with the participating businesses listed below.


Ammanda Maldonado shadowed Jody Zorbaugh

Ammanda Maldonado, Middletown Area High School photography student, shadowed Middletown Area School District’s Communications Specialist, Jody Zorbaugh. Ammanda shot and edited the photos for this article and assisted with the layout of the finished designs. Ammanda has only been a student at Middletown Area High School for a few weeks. Her Shadow Day experience gave her the opportunity to visit Reid Elementary School for the first time and to meet some of her classmates as she took their pictures with their mentors. High School Principal, Mr. Michael Carnes, gave Ammanda a tour of the construction site of the new High School so she could help document the progress of the facility. Ammanda and her classmates, the Class of 2016, will be the last class to graduate from the current High School facility.

2014 Shadow Day

Middletown Area High School would like to thank the following businesses and organizations
for being willing to mentor the Class of 2016 on Junior Shadow Day.

Aflac/C A Lupp Inc.
Barton Associates, Inc.
C & J Catering
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates
Cumberland Perry AVTS
Dauphin Co. Office of Information Technology
Dauphin County Sheriff’s Office
Discovery Kids Childcare Center, Inc.
Divine Crown Academy of Cosmetology
Donegal Insurance
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Ebenezer Child Care
Elizabethtown Child Care Center
Exel Inc.
Exelon-Three Mile Island
Eyecare Eyewear Center
General Mills Inc.
Hair Cuttery
Harrisburg Area Community College
Hershey Bears Hockey Club
Hershey Pharmacy
HMT Maintenance & Design
Holy Spirit Hospital
Hurst Home Services LLC
Jiffy Lube
K.R. MacDonald Inc.
Kerns & Ashby DDS
Kunkel Elementary School
LCBC Church
Locust Lane Dental Group
Londonderry Animal Hospital
Lower Dauphin High School
Middletown Area High School
Middletown Area Middle School
Middletown Area School Operations
Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Services
Middletown Tire & Alignment
Northwest Regional Police Department
PA House of Representatives
PA State Republican Communications Office
PaANG 193d Special Operations Squadron
Penn Dot Fleet Management
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
PennLive – The Patriot News
Pennsylvania Sling Co.
Phoenix Contact
Premier Caterers
Press and Journal
PSU – Central PA Laboratory for Biofuels
Reid Elementary
Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, LLP
Residential Warranty Company, LLC
Salon 412
Sanzi Hair Salon/Cumberland Perry AVTS
Select Physical Therapy
Settino & Sheets Partnership
Swatara Township Police Department
TE Connectivity
The Camera Box
The Hetrick Center
Triangle Press Inc.
United Concorida Dental
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
WITF Public Media
Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc.

Is There a Doctor in the House?

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

Dr in House POST BANN

The Middletown Area High School Performing Arts Department announces their Fall Play, “Is There a Doctor in the House?”

Dates: November 14 & 15, 2014
Times: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door:
$5 for Adults, $3 for Students and Senior Citizens

Note: Performing Arts performances honor Senior Citizen Gold Cards but do not accept Athletics Season Passes.

Raiders Run For A Cure

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

Raiders Run PHOTOThe Middletown Area High School Mini-Thon Committee is planning a 5K & Fun Run to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. The 5K will take place at Middletown Area High School on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. with walkers beginning at 8:45 a.m. The Mile Fun Run will take place at the High School track and will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. All students participating in the Fun Run will receive medals and goody bags.

The Raider Run registration and t-shirt order form is available here. T-shirts will be available to the first 150 registrants. All proceeds for the event will go towards the Middletown Area High School Mini-Thon which benefits the Four Diamonds Fund for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

$25.00 – Adults – $30.00 for walk-ins on the day of the event
$15.00 – Students – $20.00 for walk-ins on the day of the event
$10.00 – Kids Fun Run (Grades K-5)

For questions or more information, please contact

BLUE WAVE Members Receive Honors

November 6, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area High School’s Blue Wave Marching Band is proud to announce the achievements of two Blue Wave members during the 2014 marching band season.

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John Ponnett, Trombonist

John Ponnett, son of John Ponnett and Stephanie Ponnett, both of Middletown, received a $750 scholarship from Tournament of Bands for his accomplishments as a trombonist. John is a Senior at MAHS and also served as the Band President.

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Christian Nordai, Trumpeter

Christian Nordai, son of Benjamin and Jessica Nordai of Middletown, is a Junior at MAHS and is a trumpeter in the Blue Wave Marching Band. Christian was selected to perform in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Tournament of Bands All-Star Band.

Congratulations to both of these young men on their accomplishments. The Blue Wave Marching Band is under the direction of Mr. Samuel Fisher.

Honorary Football Awards

October 24, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

In an effort to elevate the importance of academics amongst athletes, the Middletown Area High School football coaches initiate Honorary Football Awards during football season. Each week a football player is elected by teachers as an “Academic Captain” and at home games a high school teacher is elected by players as a “Honorary Coach.”

Each teacher who has a football student in their classroom is encouraged to nominate a student who is excelling, has shown academic improvement, or is just downright awesome! The player with the most votes will be assigned as the “Academic Captain” for that week’s Friday night football game. This is the coaches’ way of honoring those students who are working hard not only on the football field but also in the classroom, which is a significant part of the football team’s mission.

The football players will also be choosing an “Honorary Coach” for each home game. Players can nominate a teacher who has made a difference in their lives. The winning teacher will be able to watch the game from the sideline and take part in any other part of game day activity that they would like. But don’t worry, they will NOT have the power to call plays.

Congratulations to the teachers and players who have been selected for the 2014 Honorary Football Awards.

Figueroa.Edwin CROP October 24, 2014
Academic Captain:
Edwin Figueroa, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
Chris Bradford
Shaver.Justin CROP October 17, 2014
Academic Captain:
Justin Shaver, Junior
Honorary Coach:
No coach is selected for away games
Snavely.Chase CROP October 10, 2014
Academic Captain:
Chase Snavely, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
Mr. Steve Carson
Stone.Colton October 3, 2014
Academic Captain:
Colton Stone, Junior
Honorary Coach:
Mrs. Justine Shippling
Staker.Thomas CROP September 26, 2014
Academic Captain:
Tommy Staker, Sophomore
Honorary Coach:
No coach is selected for away games
Osayi.Michael September 19, 2014
Academic Captain:
Michael Osayi, Junior
Honorary Coach:
Mr. Scott Pettis
Altland.Brett CROP September 12, 2014
Academic Captain:
Brett Altland, Senior
Honorary Coach:
Ms. Amanda Henry


Pathways Breakfast

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

Pathways COLL

On Friday, October 17, 2014, the Middletown Area High School Guidance Department invited local business partners to their annual Pathways Breakfast. This networking event provides the opportunity for MAHS staff and students to partner with area businesses and organizations in an effort to guide students into their future career paths. Middletown Area High School would like to thank the follow partners for their participation in this year’s event: American Beauty Academy, BELCO, Capital Blue Cross, Capital Region Partnership for Career Development, Dauphin County Human Services, Exel Logistics, Exelon Corporation, Harrisburg Community College, Hershey Bears, Hershey Company, Hershey Medical Center, Holy Spirit Hospital, Joint State Government Commission, ManorCare Elizabethtown, Penn State Department of Public Health Sciences, Penn State Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Library System, Phoenix Contact, Progressive Studios, Reinsel Kuntz & Lesher, Residential Warranty Co., LLC, and Shippensburg University

This year’s feature presentation was provided by a group of sophomores who are participating in the Penn State University Epidemiology Challenge. The students attend the EPI Boot Camp during the summer of 2013 where they received training from PSU staff. They will work on their challenges this school year and present their final projects at a culminating event held June 17-19, 2015. Special thanks to the PSU Staff who have assisted MAHS with the EPI Challenge: Robin Taylor Wilson, Principle Investigator; Robin Perry-Smith, Project Manager; Andrea Stennett, PSU Coach.

EPI Challenge Group CROP

Epidemiology Challenge Teams and Their Hypotheses

Fab Five: single parenting increases drug and alcohol use in teenagers
Raider Epidemic: people who spend two or more hours on screen time directly before bed,
experience sleep deprivation and less quality sleep overall.
The Performance: students who play sports have a higher GPA.
The X Factor: teens who spend more than 4.4 hrs on social network per day will have different behavior
with person to person interaction than those who spend less than 4.4 hrs.
Furage Four: students who multi-task perform better than those who perform one task at a time. Music does not count as multitasking.

Homecoming – October 25, 2014

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

Homecoming is an annual highlight for the town of Middletown. This year is sure not to disappoint. Weeklong activities will lead up to a fantastic parade in the morning and an exciting football game in the afternoon. And, of course, there will be the crowning of the Homecoming Queen at halftime. Here’s everything you need to know to join the fun on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Middletown Area High School will host Spirit Week, October 20-24, to build Raider spirit in preparation for the weekend’s activities. Middletown Area Middle School will hold their Homecoming Dance on Friday, October 24, 2014 at MAMS from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Homecoming Parade – NEW PARADE ROUTE
On Homecoming Day, Saturday, October 25, 2014, the festivities will kick off with the annual parade at 11:30 a.m. This community tradition will feature former Homecoming Queens, class floats, community groups, sports teams, the Middletown Middle School Marching Band and the Middletown Area High School Blue Wave Marching Band. This year’s Honor Class will be the Class of 1964. The Grand Marshalls will be Dr. Herb Henderson, Class of 1951 and Mrs. Audra Henderson, Class of 1950. Parade staging will be at Hoffer Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and will take a new route due to downtown road closures: right onto Race Street; left onto E. Emaus Street; right onto N. Pine Street; right onto E. Water Street; right onto Race Street; left onto Conewago Street; right into the War Memorial Field parking lot entrance. For questions concerning the parade logistics, please contact Earl Bright IV at

Tailgate Lunch
Middletown Area School District and the MASD Alumni Association invite all MASD employees and Alumni Association Members to a tailgate lunch in the Fink Cafeteria at noon. Seating will be available indoors and outdoors so plan to attend rain or shine. Admission is free for all current Alumni Association Members. Other guests may purchase $5.00 tickets, by contacting Mr. Earl Bright, III at 717-944-5454 or

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Homecoming Game – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday afternoon War Memorial Field will be packed with past, present and future Raiders for the Middletown vs. Steelton Highspire game and the crowning of the 2014 Homecoming Queen at halftime.

Alumni Association Evening Events
Alumni Dinner – 5:00 p.m. at Middletown American Legion, 137 E. High Street, Middletown
Alumni Association Meeting – a brief meeting for association business, awards and recognitions will follow dinner.
Entertainment – 7:30 p.m. by Dan Steele, local DJ and radio personality

To reserve your spot for alumni events, contact Mr. Earl Bright III at 717-944-5454 or

Group Picture COURT

Pictured left to right: Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams, Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios, Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion, Jordan Handley & Alexis Hile, Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi

Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams

Jalen Morra & Ariannah Williams

Jalen Morra is the son of Dan and Sylvia Morra of Middletown. Jalen has participated in wrestling and chorus at MAHS. He enjoys activities such as Crossfit, swimming and traveling. What he appreciates about MAHS is the diversity of classes which allows students to prepare for college and future careers of all aspects and trades. Jalen is honored to be given the chance to represent his community and school by being on the Homecoming Court and thanks his fellow classmates and teachers for the honor. After graduation, Jalen plans to join the United States Navy for training in Specialized Warfare.

Ariannah Nichole Williams is the daughter of Alexander and Stephanie Little of Middletown. During her high school career, Ariannah has participated in Key Club and Link Crew. She enjoys going to concerts, reading, shopping and being with her friends and family. Ariannah is grateful for the amount of pride MAHS has developed in the past few years. She is extremely happy and honored to be recognized by her fellow friends and classmates by being selected for the 2014 Homecoming Court. After graduation, Ariannah plans to attend Penn State with an undecided major.

Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios

Scott Shaffer & Madison Rios

Scott Shaffer is the son of Tom and Christine Shaffer of Middletown. Scott participates in soccer and track at MAHS. His interests are hunting, fishing and kayaking. His favorite thing about MAHS is how close the student body is. Scott thanks his classmates for nominating him to be on the Homecoming Court. After high school, Scott plans to attend college to pursue a career in Sports Management.

Madison Brooke Rios is the daughter of Frankie and Kristen Rios of Middletown. In her time at MAHS, Madison has participated in Key Club, Mini-THON, Field Hockey, Dual Enrollment, Link Crew, TV Production, Yearbook, and National Honor Society. In her free time she enjoys running, getting coffee, reading, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. Madison has appreciated all of the academic and extra-curricular opportunities that are offered at MAHS. She is grateful to be representing the senior class by being a part of the Homecoming Court. After graduation, Madison is aspiring to be a Penn State Nittany Lion and major in film and cinematography.

Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion

Eddie Arnold & Halle Marion

Edward Ray Arnold is the son of Edward and Carol Arnold of Middletown. In his years at MAHS, Eddie has participated in PRIDE Club, Link Crew, Yearbook, soccer for four years, and baseball for three years. Eddie enjoys fishing, watching movies, and golfing. Eddie appreciates that the MAHS teachers are always there to motivate and encourage students to do their best. After graduation, Eddie plans to attend college to obtain a business and marketing degree. Eddie says, “It is an honor to have been chosen by my peers to represent my graduating Class of 2015. GO RAIDERS!”

Halle Marie Marion is the daughter of Kenneth and Traci Marion of Middletown. While at MAHS, Halle has participated in varsity basketball and varsity softball. Halle enjoys watching and playing sports, especially softball, spending time with her friends and family and watching movies. Halle appreciates the support from the faculty, administration and coaches throughout her years at MAHS. Halle is very honored to be selected by her peers to represent the senior class on the Homecoming Court. After high school, Halle has committed to play softball at Saint Francis University and plans to study Physical Therapy.

Jordan Handley & Alexis HIle

Jordan Handley & Alexis HIle

Jordan Handley is the son of Doug and Dana Handley of Middletown. Jordan has played soccer and baseball at MAHS. He enjoys fishing and long walks in the park. Jordan appreciates the friendly and caring environment at MAHS. Jordan is honored to be selected for the Homecoming Court and is excited to represent the senior class alongside of some of his best friends. Jordan plans to attend a four year college and major in Education and minor in Communications/Journalism.

Alexis Leah Hile is the daughter of Joseph and Tami Hile of Middletown. She has participated on the softball team, PRIDE Club, Link Crew, Internship Program, Nurse’s Aide Training, Special Olympics Buddy, THON, and served as a wrestling manager and Pinnacle Health volunteer. Alexis enjoys fishing, hiking, bonfires with her friends, Penn State football (Go State – beat those Buckeyes!) and being a part of the Raider Nation student section (Go Raiders!). Alexis appreciates how the student body exhibits Raider pride and sticks together. She is honored to be a member of the Homecoming Court and thanks her classmates for their support. After high school Alexis plans to study nursing at Penn State University.

Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi

Zack Sims & Mackenzie Lombardi

Zachary Baldwin Sims is the son of Aimee Sims of Harrisburg. During his high school career, Zack has participated in baseball, FBLA, Key Club, PRIDE, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Zack enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing baseball, and traveling. Zack appreciates the close-knit family atmosphere at MAHS. He considers it an honor and a privilege to be selected by his peers to represent the Class of 2015 on the Homecoming Court. After high school Zack plans to attend Shippensburg University to play baseball and to major in business.

Mackenzie Marion Lombardi is the daughter of Robert and Julie Lombardi of Middletown. Mackenzie has participated in volleyball, basketball, track and field, Key Club, Link Crew, Student Council, National Honor Society and served as a class officer. During her free time, Mackenzie enjoys spending time with her friends and family and playing sports. She loves the sense of community at MAHS and the support everyone has for each other. Mackenzie feels very lucky to be able to represent her senior class at Homecoming and is excited to be a part of all of Middletown’s Homecoming traditions. After high school, Mackenzie plans to attend a four year college or university and major in Exercise Science.

Photos courtesy of Jodi Ocker

MASD Honors Ben Olsen, DC United Head Coach

October 13, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

At a ceremony held before the Raider’s soccer game versus Northern York on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, alumnist Ben Olsen was recognized for his achievements as a professional soccer player and coach. Olsen graduated from Middletown Area High School in 1995 where he played soccer for the Raiders under the leadership of Coach Bob Stitt. Stitt participated in the ceremony and encouraged the current soccer team to look to Ben as an exemplary model not just for his athleticism and accomplishments but more importantly for his character and integrity. Olsen went on to play for the University of Virginia which was a springboard for his professional soccer career. He has been a member of the USA Olympic team, played in the World Cup and holds a soccer resume filled with awards, achievements, broken records and highest honors such as MVP, All-star, Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and so much more. At the age of 33, Olsen became the youngest head coach, at the time, in Major League Soccer. On Friday, October 3, 2014, DC United became the first team to qualify for the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs.

Upon Ben’s arrival he asked event coordinator, Paula Alcock, “May I have time to talk to the team? That is really what I came for.” That’s Ben. So before the ceremony, Ben spent several minutes inspiring the Raiders players and coaches with words of advice and encouragement. To kick off the ceremony, Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry III, read a proclamation listing Olsen’s achievements and declaring that October 7 would be known as Ben Olsen Day in Middletown. After hearing accolades from former coach Bob Stitt and current coach Larry Kapenstein, Ben then had an opportunity to address his hometown.

Thanking the crowd

Ben Olsen, Head Coach of DC United, thanks his hometown of Middletown, PA

“I’ve had my jersey retired twice. Not many people get to do that; that’s pretty impressive. Good evening! It’s good to be back home and back in Memorial Field once again…under the lights. It gives me the itch to want to play tonight. PIAA would probably frown upon that, but you never know. I want to thank Paula Alcock, Mayor Curry, Coach Kap, Coach Stitt, who I put through a lot as a player. I was not the easiest player to coach – contrary to what everybody’s saying. I put him to the test and he did a heck of a job with this group. Jeremy King, also for this wonderful presentation. Thank you very much, it means a lot to me. I see a lot of friends, family members, teachers, coaches here tonight that were a big part of my life growing up and I’d like to acknowledge you guys.

“From afar, I’ve always had an amazing amount of support from this town. It’s a great town with great people and I love coming back and I’m very proud to have grown up here. Both as a player and now as a coach, this town gave me a foundation, the right foundation to have success. Again, it’s a blue-collar town with the right fundamental stuff that was instilled in me to have success at an elite level – and I’ll always cherish this place for having given me that.

“Thanks again for having me back and for honoring me in this way. Again, it’s very overwhelming and it’s an emotional day for me…for my family. So I do want to thank you guys one more time. Enjoy the game. I traveled a couple hours for this game so I’m expecting a win. No disrespect over there, but it’s on. It’s on tonight. So let’s make sure we enjoy the game and cheer on the group here for a win.”

Olsen was presented with gifts of a Raiders jacket and a soccer ball signed by the current soccer players. It was also announced that the Booster Club and Ben Olsen would be offering an annual scholarship to a promising soccer player. The $1000 Ben Olsen Scholarship will be awarded to a four year soccer player who has a 3.0 GPA or higher, has exhibited excellent citizenship, and plans to attend college.

After the ceremony, in true Ben-style, Olsen made his way over to the Northern York team to greet the players and coaches. That’s Ben.

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Ben Olsen, Class of 1995, Head Coach of DC United

Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry III, officially proclaims October 7 as Ben Olsen Day

Middletown Mayor, James H. Curry III, officially proclaims October 7 as Ben Olsen Day

Olsen's Raider Coach, Bob Stitt, speaks of Ben's model example

Ben’s Raider Coach, Bob Stitt, speaks of his model example

DC United fans greet Ben

DC United fans greet Ben

Reunited with classmate Gene Manfred

Reunited with classmate Gene Manfred

Future raiders

MLS hopefuls are inspired by their hometown hero

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Soccer Teams Enter Playoffs

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

Soccer Playoffs POST BANNAfter exciting and successful seasons, the Middletown Blue Raiders are sending both the Boys’ Varsity and Girls’ Varsity soccer teams to district playoffs! Congratulations to the players and coaches who demonstrated tremendous teamwork on and off the fields this season. For complete playoff brackets, click here. Both teams will enter the first round of playoffs on Monday, October 20, 2014. Game prices are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Middletown Boys’ Varsity vs. West York
Monday, October 20, 2014
4:00 p.m. @ West York High School
NOTE: West York is currently undergoing construction on their campus. Please park at the West York Middle School.

Middletown Girls’ Varsity vs. Northern York
Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 p.m. @ War Memorial Field - Come support our girls and provide the home team advantage!
NOTE: The Kiwanis Halloween Parade is also scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening. Please plan accordingly as some roads will be closed for the parade route, parking will be at a premium, and traffic may be congested. 

Operation Safe Stop

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

2014 Op Safe Stop POST BANNOn Wednesday, October 22, 2014, the 18th annual Operation Safe Stop will be conducted in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 20-24, 2014. Operation Safe Stop is a public awareness and enforcement effort to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus, when children are loading or unloading, is both dangerous and illegal. Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and PennDOT have combined their efforts to raise public awareness about the potential consequences and reduce the occurrence of illegal school bus passes.

Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, bus drivers will document all illegal passes occurring on their routes as a part of Operation Safe Stop.

Student Art Selected by Whitaker Center

September 29, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, the Whitaker Center wanted to celebrate the next generation of artists by holding a Youth Juried Art Show. In the spring of 2014, Whitaker had an open call for Central Pennsylvania high school students to submit their artwork for the show. This unique opportunity allowed high school artists to have their work evaluated by a jury of art professionals. Elizabeth McDevitt, Taylor Pitman and Alexus Reynolds of the Middletown Area High School each had a work of art selected by the jury to be displayed in the show. The students and their work were honored at a reception at the Whitaker Art on the Curved Wall Gallery September 15, 2014 in conjunction with the 26th Annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk. On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Middletown Area School Board of Education recognized the artists and Mrs. Elizabeth Strite, Middletown Area High School Art Teacher, for their accomplishments. The student artwork is currently on display at the Art on the Curved Wall Gallery inside the Whitaker Center until October 31, 2014.

McDevitt.Liz COLL“I Don’t Belong Here” by Elizabeth McDevitt
“Everyone will suffer through feelings of alienation at some point in their lives. This piece was created when the artist was feeling this emotion more than ever. The black and white box represents Americans’ daily lives – in this case, school. The box in color is the daydream of the subject in the first box. The subject dreams of being in a place where she can be alone with nature and not have to constantly feel judged by other people. Although the subject’s body moves through the day as it should, the subject’s mind is always somewhere else.”

Reynolds.A COLL

“Let’s Go For A Ride” by Alexus Reynolds
“I created this piece after being given the contour line assignment to pick a segment of a bike to sketch that multiple times. To get the details of the bike I had too focus on looking at the bike itself, not the sketches I was creating. After getting a good feel for the bike and the angle I was working at, I started to work on my canvas. I choose to use a map in my background because maps are symbolic of travel and bikes are used as a mode of travel and maps navigate your travels. I felt that it was good combination for my background. I chose complementary colors as accent colors and analogous colors when blending to make the color scheme appealing to the eye. This was one of my better pieces in my opinion and I am unbelievably happy with it.”

Pitman.Taylor COLL“Silver” by Taylor Pitman
“I drew this piece for an assignment that was given in my art class. The project was designed for the students to practice drawing textures. It involved recognizing the many different kinds of textures that exist in the world around us, as well as familiarizing ourselves with and utilizing the right techniques to properly replicate them in a drawing. Basically, we had to pick a few objects of different textures, assemble them in an appealing way and create a value study using graphite. I chose a spoon, a plastic gem, and a string of beads because of their reflective qualities. Rendering reflections properly is something that I’ve always struggled with as an artist and I decided to take on this as a personal challenge. I wanted to draw these items so that I could improve on my techniques to better my art and myself. Completing this piece taught me a lot and forced me to really take the time to recognize the small, complex, and beautiful details that even the simplest of things possess. I had a lot of fun doing the drawing.”

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!
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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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