Perkasie Rotary Honors Students of the Month

posted Feb 21, 2017, 1:26 PM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 6:45 AM ]

Rotary Students of the Month

Rotary Students of the Month

From left, Perkasie Rotary Club member Todd Hurley, students Hannah Fair and Kyle Yoder, and Rotary Club President Bob Hipp.

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.

Debate Team Wraps Up Regular Season

posted Feb 21, 2017, 8:38 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 8:38 AM ]

Debate Team
Congratulations to the PHS Debate Team for its 7-1 victory to end the regular season with a 27-5 overall record. 

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!

Winter Scholar-Athletes

posted Feb 16, 2017, 9:32 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Feb 16, 2017, 9:33 AM ]

Winter Scholar-Athletes
Congratulations to our Scholar-Athletes from Winter Sports:
  • Front row, left to right: Claire Beno (swimming); Sarah Craig (bowling); and Joshua Macnamara (bowling).

  • Back row, left to right: Kyle Yoder (basketball); Jared Pleibel (indoor track); and Madison Polson (indoor track).

  • Not pictured:  Hayden Sandt (swimming); Claire Podraza (basketball); Victoria Muredda (cheerleading), and Matt Parker (wrestling).

TSA Shines at Districts

posted Feb 14, 2017, 7:28 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 8:26 AM ]

TSA Students

(Pennridge Chapter placed 7 out of 12 qualifying students for states in this category) 

  • 3rd place: Chad Schaeffer 
  • 4th place: Eric Marcanello 
  • 5th place: Brandon Phy 
  • 6th place: Riley Grourke
  • 7th Place: Marshall Fowler
  • 8th Place: Vincent Olindo
  • 11th Place: Tim Sauers 

(Pennridge Chapter placed 5 out of 10 qualifying teams for States in this category) 

  • 1st place: Austin Geissel and Jeff Swartz 
  • 2nd place: Nate Engler and Mason Scheetz 
  • 3rd place: Riley LaRiviere and Anthony Sordini 
  • 7th place: Brandon Phy and Eric Marcanello 
  • 10th place: Brandon Lindley and Vishal Tailor


  • 2nd place: Riley LaRiviere, Chad Schaeffer and Nate Engler 
  • 3rd place: Nick Alvarez, Andrew Trueblood and Chance Burbach 


  • 4th place: Jeff Swartz 


  • 9th place: Nate Engler 


  • 8th place: Chris McKinney, Marshall Fowler and Andrew Bergey



Perkasie Rotary Students of the Month

posted Jan 25, 2017, 8:00 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 8:01 AM ]

Rotary Students of the Month
The Perkasie Rotary Club has honored seniors Kaitlyn Stevens and Chad Schaeffer as its Student of the Month for November and December.

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.

Festival Performers

posted Jan 25, 2017, 7:55 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 7:56 AM ]

District Chorus
Eight students represented PHS at the three-day Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District XI Chorus Festival earlier this month at Lower Moreland. Back row, left to right: Pragun Bhardwahj, Daniel Walker, Seanan Ellis, and Jeremy Noel. Front row, left to right: Katelyn Hughes, Kristen Dowling, Joseph Zook, and Jonathan Worthington.

Eight Advance to FBLA State Event

posted Jan 17, 2017, 7:57 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 8:13 AM ]

FBLA State Qualifiers
The Future Business Leaders of America Club attended the Regional Leadership Conference last month at Delaware Valley University. Our 39 members competed in various areas of business through a comprehensive exam or judged competition.  The following members place in the top 5 of their respective events:

  • Ian Kacergis, John Konieczny, Adam Yeager - 2nd Place in Management Decision Making (Team Event)* 
  • Vincent Olindo - 1st Place in Introduction to Business* 
  • Nick Spano - 4th Place in Introduction to Business* 
  • Alanna Lee - 2nd Place in Introduction to Financial Math* 
  • Kaitlyn Harries - 5th Place in Health Care Administration* 
  • Daniel Reinhold - 1st Place in Public Speaking II*
  • Lauren Harries - 2nd Place in Public Speaking I 
  • Nick Perricone - 2nd Place in Job Interview 
  • Shannon Milligan - 3rd Place in Impromptu Speaking 
  • John Casey - 3rd Place in Client Service
* 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).

Award Winners

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:34 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 8:35 AM ]

Award Winners
Congratulations to three PHS students who won awards at the PA State Thespian Conference in York earlier this month: Jeremy Noel (left) received a Performance Award for his Senior Audition. It was the first time a Pennridge student won scholarship money from the State Thespian Board. Natalie Sutton (right) won the Technical Theatre Hall of Fame Award for Costuming and Makeup. Julia Corrado (not pictured) won the Performance Hall of Fame Award.

Student Artwork on Display in Sellersville

posted Dec 23, 2016, 7:03 AM by Joe Ferry

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.

PHS Seniors Help Bring Water to Dominican Republic Village

posted Dec 8, 2016, 7:50 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Dec 8, 2016, 7:50 AM ]

The weather was hot and humid, the work physically demanding, the living conditions less than comfortable.

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.”

Kramer and Tyson learned about the opportunity thanks to a flier from Rustic Pathways, a global organization that combines education and travel with community service for students, that was distributed at Key Club’s last general membership meeting of the year. Having discussed problems facing people living in third-world countries during Social Studies class, they were intrigued by the idea of making a difference.

“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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