The Perkasie Rotary Club has honored PHS seniors Kyle Yoder and Hannah Fair as its Student of the Month for January and February, respectively, for their outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments.
Kyle has been a member of the National Honor Society while taking several Advanced Placement and Honors level courses. He has played baseball and basketball all four years and has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Kyle's community service includes working with Calvary Church's Bridge Disability Ministry. Last summer he made a mission trip to Haiti.
Kyle plans to study mechanical engineering in college.
Hannah also has been a member of the National Honor Society while taking several AP courses. She has also been involved in Key Club, Executive Council (Class of 2017 President) and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Hannah's community service includes volunteering at Grand View Hospital and a mission trip to Haiti.
Hannah plans to attend Cedarville University to study English and eventually become a published author.
Pennridge had 35 perfect scores on the day. First time perfect scorers were Kimi Bryan, Tristan Banks, Autumn Barnes, Lauren Saylor, Evan Carey, CJ Clifton, Jordan Altomare, Brandon Sipes, Ione Blaxall, and Alison Yurchak.
The team moves on to the semi-final rounds starting in March. You make us all Pennridge Proud!
(Pennridge Chapter placed 7 out of 12 qualifying students for states in this category)
STRUCTURAL DESIGN & ENGINEERING
(Pennridge Chapter placed 5 out of 10 qualifying teams for States in this category)
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY TEACHER
DESIGN, BUILD & TEST CHALLENGE
Kaitlyn has taken include six honors courses in her high school career: Biology, Algebra II, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, and Calculus. She has also been a member of Executive Council and Mini Thon, serving as President this year and Fundraising Chair last year.
Kaitlyn has been on the Distinguished Honor Roll and Honor Roll several times, and won the Family and Consumer Science Undergraduate Award as a Junior. She has also volunteered for three years at the Central Bucks Family YMCA in Abilities, Aquatics, Camp, and Youth Development.
Kaitlyn’s plans include attending college to major in Elementary Education and Special Education.
Chad has taken a total of 13 Honors levels courses in high school, including AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Government, and AP Calculus BC. He has also been involved in Key Club, the Technology Student Association, baseball, and the National Honor Society.
Chad has won a Design Engineering Award, Applied Technology and Robotics Award, and Physical Education and Wellness Award. He also has reached the rank of Eagle Scout by building a pavilion at his church and is currently restoring a classic Camaro in his spare time.
Chad’s community service includes working with his Youth Group to feed the homeless. He also volunteers at Alpaca Days, Boy Scouts, activities through Key Club and National Honor Society, and Shared Table and Urban Cupboard in Philadelphia.
Chad plans to study mechanical engineering in college.
* State Qualifier
FBLA State Qualifiers, from left to right: Adam Yeager, Ian Kacergis, John Konieczny,
Daniel Reinhold, Nick Spano, Kaitlyn Harries, Alanna Lee, and Vincent Olindo (in front).
Artwork by five Pennridge High School students -- Rachele Sanders, Samantha Smith, Mark Elwood, Jon Benitez, and Andrew Jennings -- will be on display at Stella's Cafe on Main Street in Sellersville through the rest of December.
This is the second year Stella's has featured the work of our student-artists. Stop by if you get a chance.
Yet Emma Kramer and Krista Tyson agree the 11 days they spent in the Dominican Republic this summer were among the most enjoyable of their young lives.
The two Pennridge seniors joined a dozen other Key Club members from around the country in bringing clean water to about 1,300 residents of a rural mountain village in the Jarabacoa region of the Caribbean nation. Using pick axes and shovels, they hacked out a trench nearly two miles long and installed pvc pipe to form an aqueduct, put together a filtration system, and planted trees along the way.
There were cheers and tears when residents saw the water start flowing and realized they would no longer have to make the daily trek to a nearby river.
“It was amazing,” said Kramer, a member of Key Club for four years. “I’ll never take running water for granted again. We are blessed and privileged to live where we do.”
Tyson, in her first year with Key Club, agreed.
“It was a lot of hard work,” said Tyson. “The people we so happy, it made it worthwhile.”
“I told Krista ‘I think we have to do this’,” recalled Kramer.
A few weeks later they left the relatively comfortable heat of a typical Hilltown summer for the suffocating equatorial heat of the Caribbean. They also left the neatly manicured properties of their rural neighborhoods for huts and shacks surrounded by barbed wire fences to keep wild animals at bay. They bonded quickly with other students who came together with a common goal of adventure and community service.
“We all had the same attitude,” said Kramer.
It was culture shock at first but Kramer and Tyson found the natives warm and welcoming. They embraced the culture, shopping in open air markets when they weren’t working and sampling new foods.
The experiences was so positive that Kramer hopes to some day work for Rustic Pathways after earning a degree in environmental science. Tyson plans to major in social work and continue community service around the world.
“We were good friends before,” said Kramer. “We’re even better friends now.”
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