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A Night in Italy – March 6, 2015

February 20, 2015 in News by Zorbaugh Jody

The Middletown Area High School Mini-Thon Committee invites you to “A Night in Italy” on March 6, 2015 prior to the MAHS Spring Musical performance of “Damn Yankees.” The Italian dinner will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the MAHS cafeteria. Come support the MAHS Mini-Thon and stay for the musical!

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Honors Lunch

February 11, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the Middletown Area High School Staff served a honorary lunch to the Second Quarter Honor Roll students. Students were invited to a hot lunch buffet of chicken, potatoes, carrots, salad and a gooey dessert of hot apple crisp and ice cream. High school teachers and staff members filled plates, waited on students at their tables, served dessert and cleaned tables. The guests of honor received certificates for their achievements. Congratulations to the Second Quarter Honor Roll students!

2015 Wint Honors Lunch COLL

MAHS Welcomes Exchange Students

February 11, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

At the start of the 2014-2015 school year, Middletown Area High School welcomed two foreign exchange students. Rebecca Niccolai and Chalisa Nonthacoupt left their homes thousands of miles away to spend their junior year of high school as Blue Raiders. Middletown Area School District would like to introduce you our two new friends from the other side of the globe.

Niccolai.Rebecca PHOTO

Rebecca Niccolai

In the town of La Spezia, Northern Italy, Rebecca Niccolai lives with her two younger sisters, mother and stepfather. But Rebecca’s dream is to someday live in the United States. So to prepare for that desired future, Rebecca decided to spend a year in the States as a Foreign Exchange Student in hopes of improving her English. Italian students begin learning English at age six so Rebecca had a great foundation. But her transition to an English speaking country wasn’t without its challenges.

In the summer of 2014, Steve and Jody Koncar, and their daughter Bailee, a MAHS Senior, welcomed Rebecca into their home. Rebecca entered Middletown Area High School as a junior and started her first day of school totally overwhelmed and lonely. “I was miserable at the start of school because I couldn’t understand anything. Everything was so different,” she said. The idea of moving from room to room was completely foreign to her. In Italy, students stay in one classroom and the teachers do the rotating. “I was so confused trying to find my way around!” Rebecca said. Lockers, eating lunch at school, sports and the long school day were also new to her. Back home, school days are from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and students are home in time for lunch. They also attend school on Saturdays and have about three hours of homework per day. The Italian school system is also a year longer than the American system which means students don’t graduated until they are 19 years old.

The American testing style was another adjustment for Rebecca. “In Italy every two weeks we meet one on one with a teacher and spend an hour discussing what we’ve learned. Here we have to write out all our answers for our tests. I’m not used to that.” Rebecca also had to adjust to the letter grading scale since she is accustomed to receiving a 1 through 10 as her grade.

But now that the difficult transition is five months behind her, Rebecca has settled in very successfully. “I love it here! I love being in a different school, I love my new friends, I love my host family, I love my sister, Bailee! It is so much better than I ever expected.” Having only movies to form her impression of the American lifestyle, specifically the party atmosphere, Rebecca was relieved to discover that what she saw on the big screen wasn’t reality. “America isn’t at all like that. I love it here so much.” But of course, there are things that are left behind which are sorely missed. “In my town, we have these beautiful outdoor areas that people gather just to hang out and be with their friends. I really miss that. There’s nothing like that here.”

During her time in the states, Rebecca has had the opportunity to visit some of the major cities along the East Coast such as Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City. She hopes to get to see Boston, Washington D.C. and Niagra Falls before she returns home. Rebecca aspires to attend college to major in international business and she would like to learn Russian and Chinese.

Chalisa "Fon" Nonthacoupt

Chalisa “Fon” Nonthacoupt

Sixteen year old Chalisa Nonthacoupt lives in Thailand with her parents, older sister and five dogs. Chalisa was born during a rain storm so her parents call her “Fon” which is the word rain in her language. When Fon was accepted as a foreign exchange student she was first assigned to Japan. But when her location was changed to the United States, her parents were overjoyed. The English language is very important in Thailand, so opportunities to improve her English would equip Fon to find a better career in her home country. Fon had not had any formal training in English so she entered the States with very little English experience.

As expected, the language barrier was Fon’s biggest challenge. She predicted that she would cry on her first day of school. And she did. “I didn’t understand anything and I couldn’t talk or answer anyone.” All of that has drastically changed and Fon is now capable of having conversations with her friends and teachers. “Ms. Layne has really helped me and my friends help me with my homework when I don’t understand. I am more comfortable now.”

This is Fon’s first visit to the United States. Apart from the language, Fon says her culture is very similar to what she has experienced in the States so far. The most unusual thing she has seen in our country is the grocery carts with attached wheelchairs which she’s seen in action at Walmart. Of course, food is always a huge difference for cross-cultural students and Fon is no exception. She greatly misses her father’s cooking.

Fon says it hasn’t been too difficult to adjust to the American style of education. The greatest difference is that she’s accustomed to moving between buildings for different subjects similar to our American college campuses. Fon is a junior at MAHS but since Thailand won’t give her credit for her year of study in America, she will have to repeat 11th grade when she returns home. Fon decided to take advantage of the entire American high school experience by jumping in and participating in extra-curricular activities. Fon joined chorus, keyboarding class, Pride Club and the bowling team. Her Raider friends describe her as helpful and very kind to others. It was evident that they highly respect her as they talked about how well she gets along with others and how sensitive she is to people’s feelings. Fon and her new Middletown friends are proof that genuine friendships can break through any barriers…including language.

Dual Enrollment and Internships Prepare Seniors for Next Step

February 11, 2015 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 spring of 2015, five seniors have chosen to participate in Dual Enrollment and are taking college courses at Penn State Harrisburg.


Back Row: Kaitlyn Kellogg, World History II; Josh Alcock, Introductory Sociology; Morgan Light, Introductory Psychology. Front Row: Lauren Eppley, World History II; Christina Brinton, World History II. Not Pictured: Mason Guckavan, Introductory Psychology.

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.


Spring 2015 Senior Interns
Matt Anthony
Will Botterbusch
Michaila Brady
Alexa Bright
Christina Brinton
Karlee Deibler
Mikala Dworchak
Lauren Eppley
Jordan Flowers
*Zac Gates
*Alexyz Hall
Jordan Handley
Alexis Hile
Kim Hoover
Jessica Horesky
Dagen Hughes
*Madison Lewis
Mackenzie Lombardi
Zach Myers
Nate Ocker
John Ponnett
Meg Schopf
Scott Shaffer
Savanna Sutch
Julia Trout
Ariannah Williams
*Not pictured
Mentor Sites
Big 33 Scholarship Foundation
Brescia Orthopedics, Inc.
Dauphin County Treasurer’s Office
Discovery Kids Daycare
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute
Elizabethtown College, Department of Science
Harrisburg Heat
Hershey Medical Center, Department of Pharmacology
Joint State Government Commission
Kunkel Elementary School
MASD – Communications Department
MASD – Finance Department
MASD – Technology Department
Middletown Area High School
Middletown Area Middle School
Pinnacle Health Systems
Reid Elementary School

PLAYOFFS – Girls’ Basketball – 02/13/15

February 10, 2015 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The Blue Raiders Girls’ Basketball Team will be traveling to Big Springs on Friday, February 13, 2015 for the opening round of District 3 playoffs.
Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
Game time is 7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $4.oo for students/seniors and $6 for adults.

Signing Day – February 4, 2015

January 28, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, three Middletown Area High School athletes participated in National Signing Day. Coaches, Administrators, parents and family members gathered to support the athletes as they publicly announced their commitments to play a sport at the college of their choice. Congratulations to the following Blue Raiders and their families.

Jordan Flowers with Coach Shuleski

Sydney Alexanderwith Coach Huber

Sydney Alexander with Coach Huber

Brent Newton with Coach Myers

Jordan Flowers, son of Ed and Deb Flowers of Middletown, is committing to play baseball at York College of Pennsylvania. Flowers has been involved in baseball and football all four years of his high school career, lettering in three of the four years. Mr. Flowers was named as a Mid Penn Honorable Mention and was selected for the Keystone State Baseball Games. Flowers has also been a member of PRIDE Club and National Honors Society as well as being on the Distinguished Honor Roll. Jordan plans to major in nursing because of his interest in medicine and love for helping others. Sydney Alexander, daughter of Penny Alexander of Middletown, participated in chorus, band and volleyball for all four years of her high school career. During her senior year, Sydney was named a Mid Penn All Star for Volleyball. Miss Alexander was also a member of the Link Crew and the National Honor Society and was named to the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout her high school career. Sydney is committing to play volleyball at Elizabethtown College. She plans to major in Biology because of her interest in Science and her passion for helping others. Brent Newton, son of Bob Newton of Middletown and Beth Newton of Pittsburgh, is committing to play football at Millersville University. Newton has been a part of the gifted program all four years of his high school career, as well as a member of the TV Production class and the basketball and baseball teams. Mr. Newton was a member of the football team all four years and earned an All-Conference Offensive Linemen Award. Brent was unanimously voted captain of the football team his senior year. Newton plans to major in Early Elementary Education because he enjoys teaching children. Brent would someday like to coach in high school.

Spr 15 Signing COLL

Hockey Players Selected for All Star Team

January 16, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody


Two Middletown Area High School athletes were selected by the Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League for the 2015 All Star Team. The hockey players play for Middletown Ice Hockey and were chosen out of eighty-six sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Central Pennsylvania Area which consists of schools from Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, York, Lebanon and Lancaster counties.

Senior, Nick Maneval, son of Bryan and Peggy Maneval of Middletown, was chosen to play on the West team. This is Maneval’s second year being chosen to the CPIHL All Star Team. Maneval led his team in goals with 21 goals and 9 assists and had a game average of 1.88 points.

Sophomore, Noah Zimmerman, son of Jeff and Dawn Zimmerman of Middletown, was chosen to play on the East team. Zimmerman is one of only eleven sophomores chosen to this year’s All Star Team. Zimmerman leads his team in points with 15 goals and 15 assists and a game average of 2.14 points.

Both Zimmerman and Maneval led their team in total points with 30 each. They will face off against each other in the East vs. West All Star game at Klick Lewis Arena on Monday, February 23, 2015  at 7:00 p.m.

Souper Saturday – January 31, 2015

January 15, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

trumpet silohetteThe Middletown Area High School Jazz Band will host Souper Saturday on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Join the Jazz Band in the MAHS Cafeteria the night before the big game for a night of good food and great music. Tickets are available from any band member. 

Raider Athletes Achieve Honors

January 12, 2015 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Middletown Area High School athletes continue to represent Middletown Area School District with Raider Pride! Kyle Finsterbush, Karlee Deibler and Brianna Bennett-Stouffer have excelled in their sport and achieved the following accomplishments.

Deibler.Karlee PHOTO Karlee Deibler, Senior
Field Hockey

Karlee Deibler has been selected for the second team of the 2014 Penn Live Field Hockey All Star Team. All Stars are chosen based on their play throughout the Fall 2014 season, their career stats, and nominations from area coaches. For more details about the Field Hockey All Star Teams, click here for the complete Penn Live article.

Finsterbush.Kyle PHOTO Kyle Finsterbush, Senior

Kyle (Bubba) Finsterbush was selected for the second team of the 2014 Penn Live Soccer All Star Team. From the pool of varsity soccer players from 77 area high schools, 15 players are chosen for the first team and 15 for the second team. For more details about the Soccer All Star Teams, click here for the complete Penn Live article.

Bennett.Brianna PHOTO Brianna Bennett-Stouffer, Senior
Track & Field

In December 2014, the Middletown Area High School Winter Track Team participated in the Franklin & Marshall Indoor Invitational. Brianna took first place in shot put.

What’s Happening in January

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


January 19
No School (Martin Luther King Day)
3rd Make-up Day

January 26
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

January 31
Souper Saturday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
MAHS Jazz Band Dance

Future Business Leaders Represent

December 15, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Eleven MAHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students competed at the Region 15 Leadership Conference on Friday, December 12, 2014. A total of 282 students from twelve schools competed to qualify to represent Region 15 at the FBLA State Leadership Conference to be held in April 2015.

The following five MAHS students advanced to compete at the FBLA State Leadership Conference.

Eric Belles & John Ponnett: Sports & Entertainment Management (team event)
Charity Cooper: Agribusiness
Kyra Rizk: Business Procedures
Camryn Shank: Word Processing

Congratulations to all the MAHS students who participated in the Region 15 Leadership Conference and best of luck to Eric, John, Charity, Kyra and Camryn at States!

FBLA 2014

What’s Happening in December

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


December 3 – December 17
Keystone Exams Testing Window

December 4
Elementary Band Informance, 7:00 p.m.
ALL Elementary Bands @ Reid
School Board Organization Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

December 9
MAMS Holiday Concert, 7:00 p.m.

December 11
Elementary Choral Night, 7:00 p.m.
ALL Elementary Choirs @ MAMS

December 16
Reid Holiday Program
9:30 a.m. for K-2 Parents 
1:30 p.m. for Gr. 3-5 Parents

December 17
MAHS Band Choral Concert, 7:00 p.m.

December 18
Fink Holiday Program, 2:00 p.m.

December 22
School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

December 23
Kunkel Holiday Program
9:30 a.m. for K-2 Parents 
2:00 p.m. for Gr. 3-5 Parents

December 24, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Winter Recess

MAHS Students Complete Nurse Aide Training

November 30, 2014 in Featured News, News by Zorbaugh Jody

Madison Lewis, Alexis Hile, Julia Trout, Kianni Rhodes and Alexa Bright

Madison Lewis, Alexis Hile, Julia Trout, Kianni Rhodes and Alexa Bright

The HACC Nurse Aide Training Program is a 120-hour training opportunity for those 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 fall semester was held from September 23, 2014 through November 5, 2014 at Frey Village. The students pictured to the right graduated on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, in a small ceremony at Frey Village.

MAHS Staff Serves Honor Roll Students

November 26, 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.