Manor FFA members earn gold at National Convention

A group of Manor FFA members earned a gold medal in Poultry Evaluation at the National FFA Convention and Expo, held Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis.

The team of Sarah Bleacher, Renee Eshbach, Morgan Harnish and Megan Reen – all Penn Manor High School sophomores – placed 11th in the nation to earn the gold. Sarah and Renee each earned gold individual medals, and Morgan and Megan earned silver.

By earning gold, the team qualified for an all-expenses-paid trip to the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta in February.

Competitors had to take a test on poultry management, evaluate hens, broilers, eggs and carcasses and complete a team activity in which they evaluated fertility, egg weight and hatchery management and presented their findings to a panel of judges.

Also at the convention, the Manor FFA chapter earned a three-star rating – the highest possible – based on an application that outlined the plans, goals, and achievements of nine activities carried out by the chapter.

In addition, Manor FFA members Samantha Garrett and Shelby Martin received their American FFA Degrees, the highest degree achievable in the national FFA organization. Both are members of the Penn Manor Class of 2016.

Congratulations to the award recipients!

poultry evaluation team members
Members of the Manor FFA Poultry Evaluation team, from left, are Renee Eshbach, Morgan Harnish, Sarah Bleacher and Megan Reen.


Seven Penn Manor students named to District, County Chorus    

Seven Penn Manor High School students have qualified to participate in the Lancaster-Lebanon County Chorus Festival, and three have earned a spot in the PMEA District 7 Chorus Festival.

Diane Imboden (soprano 2), True Herbert (bass 1) and Leilani Torres (alto 2), were named to District 7 Chorus after auditioning before judges Saturday.

They were among the more than 700 students from schools spanning eight counties competing for spots.

They will perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 Chorus Festival Feb. 7-9 at Cedar Cliff High School.

The three students also qualified for the Lancaster-Lebanon County Chorus Festival, along with fellow Penn Manor students Jane Beiler (alto 1), Jordan Stum (bass 2), Adelyn Beans (soprano 1) and Briana Shyver (soprano 2).

The seven students were selected following auditions before a panel of judges who evaluated students from throughout Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

They will perform at the Feb. 2 Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators County Chorus Festival at Donegal High School.

Congratulations to these talented students!

From left, Janae Beiler, Leilani Torres, Jordan Stum, True Herbert, Adelyn Beans, Diane Imboden and Briana Shyver.

Wert honored for 20 years of service to Penn Manor school board

Congratulations to Donna Wert for being named to the Honor Roll of School Board Service for her 20 years serving on Penn Manor school board.

Karen Devine, of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, presented Wert with a certificate of appreciation at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Wert, a retired teacher who joined the all-volunteer board of school directors in 1998, said it has been “ultra fulfilling” to serve on the board.

Since 1983, the PSBA has been recognizing school board members who have served for eight years or more.

The honor roll “is a way of saying thank you to those individuals who exemplify leadership and statesmanship, giving unselfishly of their time and talents for the future of our public schools,” according to the PSBA.

Thanks, Donna!


Janae Beiler named Homecoming Queen for 2018

Congratulations to Janae Beiler, who was crowned the 2018 Penn Manor High School Homecoming Queen.

Janae was chosen from among the eight members of the Penn Manor homecoming court at halftime of the Oct. 5 football game against Cedar Crest High School.

Last year’s queen, Sierra Echavarria, was on hand to pass down the crown during a ceremony on the field.

Janae is the daughter of Barbie and Elam Beiler of Mountville. She was escorted Friday night by her brother, Austin Beiler.

She participates in honors chorus, Manor Singers, vocal jazz and German Club. She was co-captain of the tennis team and was involved in the yearbook.

After graduation, Janae plans to attend the OneLife “gap year” program before attending college to major in business.

Other members of the court were Valentina Zamora, Kloe Sanchez, Emma DeBerdine, Tara Kinser, Gabriella Santiago, Rylee Mellott and Gurleen Pal.

The court raised money in support of suicide prevention and awareness efforts.

Homecoming activities included a pep rally in the East Gym, tailgating and a Homecoming Dance Saturday in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria.

In addition, the Penn Manor Alumni Association distributed flashlights and pom-poms to the many alumni in the crowd.

Best wishes to Janae and all members of the homecoming court!

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Four Manor FFA members earn Big E honors

Four Manor FFA members have earned awards at the Eastern States Exposition, held Sept. 15 in Springfield, Mass.

The dairy judging team of Austin Kolb, Alyssa Chalfant, Laurel Barley and Madeleine Denlinger placed third overall.

In addition, Austin placed first and Alyssa placed sixth in the individual dairy judging competition. Austin also was honored as the highest-placing individual for the Brown Swiss Breed.

The students all attend Penn Manor High School.

The dairy judging competition consisted of a 40-question general knowledge test and 10 questions on a Dairy Herd Improvement Association paper.

Participants then had to judge four classes of calves, one class of yearlings and one class of cows. The teams also had to evaluate different scenarios in which a farmer housed his animals, present to a judge the pros and cons of each and discuss potential problems and how they could be corrected.

The Exposition, known as the Big E, brings together FFA members from across the eastern United States.

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54 PMHS students join National Honor Society

The Penn Manor chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 54 new members during an induction ceremony Sept. 19 in the high school cafeteria.

To qualify for NHS, the Penn Manor High School juniors and seniors had to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.85 and demonstrate strong leadership, service and character traits.

The 2018-2019 inductees include:

Kyle Ament, Grace Bibus, Janae Beiler, Tomas Bonnici, Victoria Brody, Ryan Buchwalder, William Burke, Ian Carper, Lucas Charles, Liban Chibssa, Rachel Collison, Ryan Dang, Angela Frola, Justine Fry, Aaron Gale, Jolie Haertter, Bassam Hattar, Jackson Heiney, Tim Hermansen, Shannon Hertzog.

Jadyn Hess, Dylan Jacyszn, Malcom Jones, Matt Julian, Devon Keene, Brady Lehman, Isaac Leshok, Daniel Mader, Neel Pariket Mahapatra, Stephen Marquette, Alexandra Martino, Connor Mayers, Catherine McMahan, Izabella Miller, Sonja Mowery, Gavin Neuman, Kaden Peart, Emma-Li Peters.

Bethany Pettis, Audrey Ritchie, Juan Lucas Gustavo Rizo-Patron, Dominic Roma, Ashley Sanchez, Ashley Seiger, Briana Shyver, Fikir Simegn, Hannah Smith, Madison Stallings, Kaitlyn Stauffer, Kailey Stoner, Jordan Stum, Austin Thomas, Aliya Trussell and Mary Anna Vozzella.

Congratulations for earning this distinguished recognition!

Photos courtesy of LifeTouch

National Honor Society inductees


Eight seniors vying for title of Penn Manor Homecoming Queen

Eight Penn Manor High School seniors are vying for the title of 2018 Homecoming Queen while raising money to support suicide awareness and prevention programs.

Janae Beiler, Valentina Zamora, Kloe Sanchez, Emma DeBerdine, Tara Kinser, Gabriella Santiago, Rylee Mellott and Gurleen Pal are this year’s candidates. The Homecoming Queen will be announced at halftime of the Oct. 5 Penn Manor home football game against Cedar Crest School.

Gurleen Pal is the daughter of Promala and Dharam Pal of Millersville. Her father will be her homecoming escort.

Gurleen is co-editor of the yearbook and participates in Student Council, Serteen, Science National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors and Attollo. After high school, she plans to study pre-med in college.

Rylee Mellot is the daughter of Nancy and Richard Mellott of Conestoga. Her father will be her homecoming escort.

Rylee is involved in Student Council and MiniTHON. After graduation, she hopes to study veterinary and biomedical science at Penn State University.

Gabriella Santiago is the daughter of Meggin and Benjamin Santiago of Millersville. Her parents will be her homecoming escorts.

Gabriella participates in cheerleading, competition cheerleading, the Thespian Club, chorus and Varsity Club. After graduation, she plans to attend a four-year college and study pre-law while pursing music.

Tara Kinser is the daughter of Connie and Harry Kinser of Lancaster. Her father will be her homecoming escort.

Tara participates in girls’ soccer, FCA, MiniTHON, chorus, Young Humanitarians and is leader of First Priority and participates in Manor Church Youth Group.

She plans to take a “gap year” and serve as a missionary in Haiti.

Emma DeBerdine is the daughter of Debra and Michael DeBerdine of Millersville.  Her father will be her homecoming escort.

Emma is president of Student Council and participates in field hockey, National Honor Society and Varsity Club.

After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Maryland and pursue academics and field hockey.

Kloe Sanchez is the daughter of Heather Sanchez of Lancaster and the late Max Sanchez. Her mother will be her homecoming escort.

Kloe participates in softball and Aevidum. After high school, she plans to study nursing at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Valentina Zamora is the daughter of Claudia Salas and Jaime Zamora of Lancaster. Her parents will be her homecoming escorts.

Valentina is a member of the Penn Manor Ambassadors, Young Life, the Multicultural Club and the International Thespian Society and participates in theater.

After high school, she plans to attend Temple University to study communications, digital media, fashion and design.

Janae Beiler is the daughter of Barbie and Elam Beiler of Mountville. Her brother, Austin Beiler, will be her homecoming escort.

Janae participates in honors chorus, Manor Singers, vocal jazz and German Club. She was co-captain of the tennis team and was involved in the yearbook.

After graduation, she plans to attend the OneLife “gap year” program before attending college to major in business.

Best of luck to all members of the court!

The 2018 Homcoming Court.
From left, Emma DeBerdine, Gurleen Pal, Rylee Mellott, Kloe Sanchez, Gabriella Santiago, Tara Kinser, Janae Beiler and Valentina Zamora.



Penn Manor students earn National Youth Arts theater awards

Penn Manor students have won four National Youth Arts Awards for their work in theater productions at Penn Manor High School over the past year.

Senior Hailey Fafel won an award for outstanding lead performance in a musical for her role in “Mary Poppins,” which was presented last March.

In addition, Max Minnick, a 2018 graduate, won an award for outstanding supporting performance in a musical for his portrayal of George Banks, and the entire “Mary Poppins” cast was honored with an outstanding ensemble award.

Penn Manor sophomore Brianna Clow won an award for outstanding set design for “And Then There Were None,” presented last fall at the high school. In addition, several students were nominated for awards for their roles in the two productions. The students are:

“Mary Poppins” – Claudia Heitland (Mrs. Corry), Leilani Torres (Bird Woman and Miss Andrew), Kassidy Ponton (Winifred Banks), Garrison Webster (Bert), Brianna Clow (set design) and John Matusek (direction).

“And Then There Were None” – Claudia Heitland (Vera Claythorne), Max Minnick (Phillip Lombard), Caitlin Moser (Emily Brent) and Garrison Webster (Sir Lawrence Wargrave). In addition, the cast was nominated for an ensemble award.

During the Arts Awards competition, more than 600 productions spanning 17 states and the United Kingdom were considered for awards.

The awards ceremony was modeled after the TONYs, with awards and speeches mixed in with winning performances. It was held at Riverdale Theater in New York City August 19.

Congratulations to our talented Penn Manor students and directors!

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Five Penn Manor students earn national FFA recognition

Four recent Penn Manor graduates and one returning senior have earned national recognition from the FFA for completing projects in vegetable, dairy and crop production, ag sales and animal systems.

Kenny Barley, Jonathon Eshbach, Clara Hess and Damian Kreider, all 2018 graduates of Penn Manor High School, earned medals for proficiency, and Penn Manor senior Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman earned a medal in animal systems from the national FFA.

All are members of Manor FFA, the local chapter of the organization.

Kenny earned a National Silver Medal in proficiency in the category Ag Sales Entrepreneurship for his experience in owning and running a business, Walnut Hollow Mulch.

Jonathon earned a National Bronze Medal in proficiency in Special Crop Production for his experience growing and processing tobacco as a fourth-generation farmer.

Damian earned a National Bronze Medal in proficiency in Vegetable Production for his experience owning and operating a tomato sales business.

Clara earned a National Bronze Medal in proficiency in Dairy Production for her experience caring for calves on her family’s dairy farm.

Arilyn earned a National Bronze Medal in the Animal Systems Division for her research on the nutritional impact of raw food blends versus commercial feeds in small animals.

The national awards went to the top students from schools across the country, based on recent judging at the National FFA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The awards “truly recognize the students’ growth and mastery,” said Diane Glock-Cornman, a Penn Manor agricultural education teacher. “I am really proud of this crew.”

Congratulations to all these students, and best wishes on your future endeavors!

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Volleyball team named to Academic Honor Roll 2 years straight

For the second year in a row, the Penn Manor girls’ volleyball team has been named to the Academic All-American Honor Roll by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2017 team qualified by earning a cumulative grade-point average of 4.11, which ranks among the top 25 of girls’ high school teams in the United States.

“I’m really proud of our girls for winning this recognition two years in a row,” said head coach Tim Joyce. “This accolade is a great testament to their attitude, character and efforts.”

Eight of 13 Penn Manor varsity players earned a GPA of 4.0 or higher – seniors Emily Cummings, Ava Dunford-Groves, Tiana Ferko, Sydney Leichliter and Mikiah Sangrey, juniors Nicole Krahulik and Erica Shaub and freshman Jordan Schucker.

“Led by a strong group of seniors, the team members always put their studies first,” Joyce said. “Our athletes often were seen before matches or in between games at tournaments with textbooks out, working diligently on course work.”

Congratulations, ladies, on this terrific accomplishment!

Penn Manor girls' volleyball team
The 2017 girls’ volleyball team


Manor FFA members earn state honors

Manor FFA students placed in the top 10 in several categories at the Pennsylvania FFA Convention, held June 12-14 at Penn State University, with several students earning the right to compete regionally and nationally.

The Penn Manor High School students competed in career development and leadership development events to demonstrate their skills in several areas. Here are the results:

Poultry Evaluation – The team placed first and will compete in the National FFA Convention and Expo in October.

Team members were Sarah Bleacher (3rd place gold award), Morgan Harnish (4th place gold), Renee Eshbach (5th place gold) and Jolene Fields (9th place silver). Individuals who competed were Megan Reen (1st place gold), Berklee Perry (8th place silver), Brianna McMichael (11th place silver), and Jordan Arms (14th place bronze).

Dairy Cattle Management and Evaluation – The team placed second and will compete at the Big E Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.  Team members were Austin Kolb (6th place gold), Alyssa Chalfant (8th place gold), Madeleine Denlinger (12th place silver), and Laurel Barley (43rd place).

National Chapter Award – Manor FFA placed 10th (gold) and will move on to national competition.

Employment Skills – Emily Aukamp, 5th place silver.

Horse Evaluation —The team placed sixth. Team members were Amanda Baker (14th place silver), Hannah Ile (33rd place), Darby Conrad (39th place), and Rebecca Roland (47th place).

Floriculture – Melodie Garrett, 11th place bronze.

Veterinary Science – Angela Frola (14th place silver) and Brenna McDevitt (16th place silver).

Scrapbook – The chapter scrapbook placed 14th and earned a silver medal.

Proficiency Awards – The following students received their state proficiency:  Kenny Barley (ag sales entrepreneurship), Jonathon Eshbach (specialty crop production), Clara Hess (dairy placement) and Damian Kreider (vegetable production).

State Officer Nominating Committee – Rebecca High served as a member of the committee to select state FFA officers.

State officer candidates – Kenny Barley and Samantha Garrett spent two days in the state officer selection process.

Congratulations to these students for representing Penn Manor so well!

Poultry evaluation team
Poultry Evaluation team members, from left, Berklee Perry, Jordan Arms, Sarah Bleacher, Renee Eshbach, Megan Reen, Jolene Fields, Morgan Harnish and Brianna McMichael.



Penn Manor seniors honored with athletic awards

More than 60 Penn Manor High School student athletes were honored May 16 during the Senior Sports Awards Social in the high school cafeteria.

The top athletic awards went to:

  • All-Around Male and Female Athletes — Alyssa Schriver and Josiah Edwards.
  • Outstanding Penn Manor Male and Female Athletes — Taraje Whitfield, Alex Sheivert and Brittany Hook.
  • Penn Manor Coaches Association Scholarships — Evann Jones, Cade Braas, Taraje Whitfield, Ben Wright, Emily Cummings, Autumn Gager, Sydney Leichliter and Nasheyla Greggs.

Here’s what their coaches had to say about the top award winners:

Alyssa Schriver scored her 1,000th career point during her senior year of basketball and was both a great offensive and defensive player, with exceptional ball-handling skills. She earned First Team All-Star recognition.

She also was a member of two state championship Penn Manor field hockey teams, played softball for a year and participated in track and field. She holds the school record for the 400-meter dash and contributed to the school record 4 x 100 relay run.

Josiah Edwards emerged as the starting quarterback his junior year and played every offensive snap for two seasons. A dual threat as a runner and a passer, he finished his football career at Penn Manor with 2,904 total yards of offense and 20 TDs.

As a track and field athlete, Josiah achieved excellence in the javelin. On the basketball court, he was one of the most productive forwards in the league and nearly averaged a double-double in points and rebounds during the last month of the season.

Taraje Whitfield was an All-State athlete in indoor and outdoor track. He won numerous L-L League, district, and state medals in the 60-meter, 110-meter, and 300-meter hurdles while setting school records in several events.

Alex Scheivert was recognized as one of the top javelin throwers in the state and nation. He has won L-L League and district championships and was second in the state his junior year. He is the school record holder in the javelin.

Brittany Hook amassed some lofty stats in softball – 70 career wins, 22 losses, 998 strikeouts, and a .406 batting average, with 14 home runs.  She also was an exemplary teammate who led by example for other players on how to be a good softball player. She also was goalie for the undefeated state championship field hockey team.

Evann Jones was a team captain and two-year varsity letter winner in football. He led the team in sacks on defense and split time at running back on offense. Evann was named LNP Player of the week and was a Section 1 first team All Star at defensive end. He was selected to play in the L-L All Star football game this spring.

Cade Braas played lacrosse for PM for the last three years, scored one goal this past spring and was a great teammate during practices who always did what was best for the team.

Ben Wright, a team captain for football, was the second leading tackler on defense and the leading rusher on offense. He was recognized as a first team L-L All-Star and recently was selected to represent Penn Manor in the league All-Star football game.

Emily Cummings was a four-year volleyball team member who played in 154 varsity sets and earned a Lancaster-Lebanon League Second Team All-Star Award. She had 274 kills and 228 digs in varsity play and was a member of the 2016 team that was recognized with All-State and All-American Academic Honors, earning a top 25 team GPA nationally.

Autumn Gager started every game as a defender on the field hockey team, which was Section I Champion, L-L League Champion, District III Champion and PIAA State Champion. Autumn was a First Team L-L League All Star and an Honorable Mention All-State Player.

Sydney Leichliter was a four-year volleyball player who was the starting setter in both her junior and senior years, amassing 893 assists, the second highest in program history. She played in 153 varsity sets and was a member of the 2016 team that was recognized with All-State and All-American Academic Honors, earning a top 25 team GPA nationally.

Nasheyla Greggs was a dedicated member of the basketball team. Her man-to-man defense was excellent, and she was always asked to guard an opposing offensive threat.

In all, more than 40 awards were presented, including Coach of the Year to Matt Soto and Assistant Coach of the Year to Scott Files.

Here is a list of all the awards: Senior athletic awards 2018

Top athletic award winners
From left, Sydney Leichliter, Alex Scheivert, Autumn Gager, Taraje Whitfield, Nasheyla Greggs, Cade Braas, Alyssa Schreiver, Josiah Edwards, Brittany Hook and Emily Cummings.


Students receive numerous awards at Manor FFA banquet

Manor FFA members earned multiple awards at the chapter’s 58th annual banquet, held recently in the Penn Manor High School cafeteria.

Pennsylvania FFA State Secretary Taylor Halbleib spoke at the event, which celebrated the hard work of chapter members during the school year.

Members received the following awards:

Proficiency – Kenny Barley, agriculture sales; Arilyn Tegtmeier, agriscience research (animal systems); Kyle Bushong, dairy production; Melodie Garrett, diversified livestock production; Jonathon Eshbach, specialty crop production; and Rebecca High, swine production.

SAE Start-Up Grants – Arilyn Tegtmeier, Megan Reen, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt and Brenna McDevitt.

SAE Expansion Grants – Arilyn Tegtmeier, Colin Smith, Marshall Ebersole, Angie Frola, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant and Austin Kolb.

Scholarship Awards – Clara Hess, Ben Raifsnider, Joe Allman, Becky Barley, Abigail Reiff, Emily Aukamp, Kyle Bushong, Arilyn Tegtmeir, Rebecca High, Alyssa Chalfant, Kenny Barley and Ben Raifsnider.

Leadership Awards – Michael Brumbaugh, Emily Aukamp, Elizabeth Broderick, Kenny Barley, Melodie Garrett, Rebecca High, Jonathon Eshbach, Arilyn Tegtmeier, Austin Kolb, Becky Barley, Renee Eshbach, Sarah Bleacher, Bobbie Ditzler, Emma French and Rebecca High.

Rebecca High and Melodie Garrett were recognized for receiving Washington Leadership Conference Scholarships for a week-long conference this summer.

Katey Bleacher, Bradley Groff and Sammy Bleacher were recognized for receiving the American Degree, the highest degree in the FFA.

Star Chapter recipients – Austin Kolb (agribusiness) and Maddy Denlinger (placement).

Star Greenhand recipients – Laurel Barley (placement), Berklee Perry (production) and Jolene Fields (agrisicence).

Honorary Degree recipients were recognized for their continued support. They are Rosalind Cowan, Brian and April Eshbach, Kaleb Long, Carroll Herr, Scott Kreider, Ellis Kreider, Dave and Starla Hess, Jay and Bonni Bauman, Erin Deamer, Missy and Larry Eshbach and International Harvester Collector’s Club, Chapter 8.

This year’s Blue & Gold recipients are Ken and Nancy Witmer.

At the close of the banquet, Manor FFA officers were installed for 2018-2019. They are Rebecca High (president), Arilyn Tegtmeier and Melodie Garrett (vice presidents), Lauren Sensenich, Maddy Denlinger, Cody Hurlburt, Jolene Fields, Renee Eshbach, Alyssa Chalfant, Sarah Bleacher, Darby Conrad, Michael Brumbaugh and Laurel Barley.

Congratulations to the award recipients, and many thanks to all the banquet sponsors.


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Penn Manor junior headed for Health Career Scholars Academy

Penn Manor High School junior Mark Smith will get to experience college life firsthand when he participates in the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy this summer.

Mark was one of about 100 students accepted into the program, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Health Careers. It will be held from June 24 though July 21 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus.

“I feel that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no one should pass up,” said Mark. “I’m planning on going into the medical field, and I’m hoping that this summer will help me narrow down my options.”

All students in the program are assigned to pursue one area of study in depth. The courses vary from year to year, and have included health care for the chronically ill, family and child health, behavioral health, geriatrics, global health and public health.

Mark is hoping to concentrate on mental/behavioral health or anatomy.

He recently completed 50 hours of job shadowing as a volunteer working at the Urgent Care medical facility on Rohrerstown Road alongside physicians’ assistants.

Congratulations, Mark, and best wishes this summer!

Mark Smith
Mark Smith



371 graduate from Penn Manor High School

Members of the Penn Manor Class of 2018 received their diplomas Wednesday night before family and friends during a festive, upbeat graduation ceremony at Franklin & Marshall College.

In his address to the crowd, principal Dr. Phil Gale celebrated the many accomplishments of the graduates, including state and national recognition in the performing arts, agriculture, athletics, technology and academics.

He pointed out that seniors received 145 academic awards and scholarships totaling more than $150,000 and more than $3.2 million in outside scholarship money and financial aid to continue their education.

Members of the Class of 2018 completed 91 college classes while enrolled at Penn Manor and took 484 advanced-placement exams in 24 different subjects. In addition, 74 seniors graduated with honors, 60 students graduated with a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher, and 53 seniors earned a GPA of 4.0 or higher and graduated with honors.

Gale presented awards to valedictorian Nicholas Fafel, who graduated with a GPA of 4.8, and salutatorian Joshua Adams, who earned a 4.677 GPA.

During the ceremony, Taraje Whitfield was named Student of the Year, and six students — Kayla Hansen, Ryan Mowery, Breanna Yanas, Justin Hoang, Mikiah Sangry and Aidan Toomey — were recognized for near-perfect attendance.  Also honored were the 12 graduates who have enlisted in the military.

Gale also praised five retiring high school staff members, with a collective 142 years of experience at Penn Manor, for their positive impact on students — teachers Frank Dell’Estate, Donna Brady and Dave Bender, school nurse Anne Butterfield and athletic director Jeff Roth.

“Through the education you have received, you are well prepared, but it is the example of these five teachers, and their 120 colleagues, that have provided you with a firm foundation on which you can build the rest of your life,” he told the graduates.

The ceremony also honored members of the Penn Manor High School Class of 1968, many of whom were in attendance.

You can view a video of the ceremony here.

Congratulations to the 371 members of the Class of 2018, and best wishes as you embark on the next chapter of your lives!

Several photos provided by LifeTouch

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