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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.

Track Meet – REVISION for 05.01.14

April 30, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

The Track Meet vs. Camp Hill originally scheduled for Thursday, May 1, 2014 has been postponed to Monday, May 12, 2014.

Athletics – REVISIONS for 04/30/14

April 30, 2014 in News, Updates by Zorbaugh Jody

Due to inclement weather, there are several revisions to athletic events previously scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Please check the MASD Schedule Star Site for ongoing updates.

CBS21 Features Raiders’ Pitcher

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

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, the Blue Raiders faced Susquehanna Township on the baseball field. Word is out that Middletown’s pitcher, Nathan Ocker, is having another striking season. Harrisburg’s CBS21 News caught Nate in action at Tuesday’s extra innings game and aired the story that evening. Ocker actually had 18 strike outs, not 17 as reported. After inning eight of the scoreless game, a storm blew in and postponed the finish of the game until Wednesday. The Raiders overcame Susquehanna Township 1-0 in the 1oth inning when Ethan Kell hit an RBI single to score Zack Sims for the Wednesday win. To view the CBS21 coverage of Middletown Area High School junior, Nate Ocker, click here.

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.