Members of the National Honor Society volunteered their time at the Schuylkill Valley Community Food Pantry on Sat Feb 20. Because of their efforts, over 100 families were served. Mrs. Lisa Chillot (SVHS) and Mrs. Dana Heins (SVMS) serve as co-advisors for NHS.
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Schools’ Competition
Kevin Cook (gr 12) and Kylie Brown (gr 11) represented Schuylkill Valley at the 2016 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Schools’ Competition on Sat Mar 5. Not only did they earn the admiration of the three panels of initial adjudicators, they also qualified for the final showcase in the main theatre and were each awarded the top prize of $2,000 scholarships should they choose to attend DeSales University for Theatre. Mr. Tim Mogford accompanied Kevin and Kylie to DeSales. Congratulations Kevin and Kylie!
Hoops for Hearts
Mr. Phil Yoder reported that the Schuylkill Valley students who participated in the “Hoops for Hearts” program raised $508 for the American Heart Association.
The Freshman Class is selling Reading Fightin’ Phils ticket books from March 1st through May 2nd. Each book costs $27 and contains six general admission tickets that are good for all regular-season home games. The class will receive $10 for each book sold. Miss Michelle DeStefano is the advisor for the Class of 2019.
Student and Alumni News and Recognition
USA Weightlifting’s Junior National Championship was held in February in Oaks, PA. Hayley Reichardt (gr 11), Jacob Horst (gr 12), and alumni Tanner Reichardt all competed. Alumni Dane Miller (owner of Garage Strength where Hayley, Jacob, and Tanner train) coaches these athletes. Alumni Andy Carl helped with preparations at the convention center to make this competition a reality.
Hayley Reichardt entered the competition as the #1 ranked female youth lifter in the United States. She did not disappoint! Hayley won the Junior National Championship and broke four American lifting records. She snatched 66k and clean & jerked 86k for the overall win. Congratulation Hayley!
Art teacher, Mrs. Evelyn Braun, is proud to report that the following Schuylkill Valley artists won awards at the BCIU Art Exhibit which was held at the GoggleWorks in March.
On Wed Mar 9, Mrs. Phyllis Frodsham from Kutztown will visit Mrs. Rebecca Boland’s Sewing Studio class to share her passion for both sewing and charitable work. Mrs. Frodsham represents the organization named “Ryan’s Case for Smiles” which makes pillowcases for children in the hospital. Each month, Lehigh Valley and Reading Hospitals need 225 pillow cases; Hershey Hospital needs 450; and Boston Hospital needs 632. Mrs. Frodsham will teach sewing tips and tricks to our students and lead the class in making pillowcases which will be donated to deserving children.
On Tue Mar 29 at 9 am (in the LGI), Mrs. Lois Bachrach will host Mrs. Kim Yashek Lockhart who will speak about her father who survived a Nazi death camp. Mrs. Lockhart has a Power Point presentation about her father’s life before, during, and after liberation.
WAG (Welfare of Animals Group)
WAG members will volunteer at the Animal Rescue League on Tue Mar 15. The advisor for WAG is Mrs. Michelle Moran.
Mock Trial students participated in the first round of district (Berks, Lehigh, and Northhampton counties) competition at Lehigh County court house on Tue Feb 23. The team scored well enough to finish in the top six of twenty competing schools and advanced to the second round which was held on Tue Mar 1.
Although not advancing to the district championship, the team will be competing at the county level later this month. The accomplishments of this team are very impressive considering that all the members except one are brand new to Mock Trial this year.
Four students will be attending the second of three meetings with Senator Judy Schwank’s Model Senate program. Students simulate each step of the process of proposing, amending, debating, and voting on bills. In this next session, they will hold hearings with experts and amend the bills as needed. The final session will be held in Harrisburg in mid-April. Mrs. Jen Boyer is the advisor for Mock Trial.
Mr. Mark Horrell, Leo Club advisor, has reported that the club is collecting used eye glasses to benefit visually impaired or financially disadvantaged individuals. The collection box is located in the high school office. The club will also be conducting a canned fruits and canned soup drive for the Schuylkill Valley Community Food Pantry now through Wed Mar 16.
On Wed Mar 16, Mr. Kevin Raudenbush will address the Leo Club regarding Relay for Life event being held in May. Mr. Mark Mohn of the Centerport Lions Club will attend the same meeting to introduce himself to the Leo Club.
Eight members of the Leo Club volunteered at the Schuylkill Valley Food Pantry on Sat Feb 20 and are scheduled again on Thu Mar 19. Club members will also volunteer at the Bern Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt on Sat Mar 26.