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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 East team. This is Maneval’s second year being chosen to the CPIHL All Star Team. With a few games still remaining in the season, Maneval leads his team in goals with 20 goals and 8 assists and is 10th overall in points in the Tier 3 Division.

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 sophmores chosen to this year’s All Star Team. Zimmerman leads his team in points with 14 goals and 15 assists for a total of 29 points thus far this season. He placed 8th overall in points in the Tier 3 Division.

Zimmerman and Maneval will face off against each other in the East vs. West All Star game at Klick Lewis Arena on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:15 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

Stellar Student – Fabiola Hernandez

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

Hernandez.Fabiola PHOTOFabiola Hernandez, Middletown Area High School junior, has been selected to play with the National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Honors Band. Hernandez plays the Eb Soprano Clarinet under the direction of Mr. Sam Fisher, Band Director at Middletown Area High School. Fabiola will join over 800 of the most musically talented high school vocalists and instrumentalists in the Eastern region of the United States for three days of rehearsals under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Fabiola will perform with the 150 member All-Eastern Honors Band at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Rhode Island. Students will prepare remarkably challenging music in preparation for their performances on April 11 and 12, 2015.

Congratulations to Fabiola Hernandez and Mr. Fisher for representing Middletown with Raider Pride!

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.

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.

Ponnett.John TROMBONE

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.

Nordai, Christian Blue Wave.jpg

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.