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    Graduates in the wings
     
     Congratulations, graduates!

    A total of 416 students walked across the stage at the PPL Center in Allentown for the Class of 2017’s graduation ceremony. According to student declarations, 52% plan to attend a four-year college next year while 20 percent will attend a two-year college. An additional three percent will attend career training. Four percent will join the military.

    You can read about the event and view 4 galleries of photos on the QCSD webpage. Click here. You can also check out the Senior Awards and Scholarships, on the QCHS webpage. Or, click  here.
     
                                                                
     
    Alumni, QCEF honor 31 people at annual meeting

    The QCHS Alumni Association and Quakertown Community Education Foundation honored two alumni, one retired teacher, two current students and 26 deceased military members last Saturday. At its annual meeting in the Commons, the Alumni Association awarded two $1,000 scholarships to seniors Emily E. Moyer and Katelyn Tampone. Scholarship committee members were impressed with Emily’s motivation and commitment to her dental career studies at Upper Bucks County Technical School. She will attend Bucks County Community College in the fall. The committee members enjoyed their conversation with Katelyn and noted that their scholarship decisions were tough because all candidates presented themselves well. Katelyn will study psychology at Bloomsburg University and continue her involvement with music performance and theater.

    The Alumni Association gave community activist Judith Guise, retired QCSD teacher, an Honorary Diploma. Ms. Guise has been retired as long as she taught. She remains active with numerous causes in the Quakertown area. Rear Admiral Valerie K. Huegel, Class of 1973, arrived in full dress blues, with plenty of ribbons and stars. She shared memories of her school years, from elementary through high school with her life-long friends in attendance, including Melea Barto Rupert and Arlene Price. Later, Admiral Huegel piggybacked off Judge Robert Roth’s presentation of a bronze plaque hung on the Athletic Hallway wall to commemorate QCHS alumni who gave their all in wars.  Judge Roth noted that he and others knew many of the alumni personally. “They were people, not just names.”

    Musician Craig Thatcher (Class of 1974) could not attend, so his friend, John Ruby, accepted his Wall of Fame award for him.

    The graduates killed during combat were World War I – C. Russell Leitch (Class of 1911) and Ivanhoe Metz (1913). World War II – Raymond F. Pfaff (1926); Donald Eugene Hoffman (1934); Alexander Evanko and Harry R. Maurer (1936); John Rivers and Harry Swartz (1937); Harry B. Booth (1938); Russell Allison and Richard Schaffner (1939); William T. Beck, Charles D. Benner and Alan R. Fluck (1941); Philip Ingalls (1942); Milford J. Rodgers (1944); Ralph Beck and Oswin Moll (1945). Korea – Clarence F. Rotenberger (1945). Vietnam - Paul E. Gross (1955); Atis K. Lielmanis (1957); Donald R. Kemmerer (1959); Gary D. Holland (1963); John R. Millikan (1966). Persian Gulf – Kristin E. Shemeley (1990); Tamarra J. Johnson (1997).

    You can watch a QCSDTV News video of the event by clicking here.
      
    Mr. Finnerty Maddie Neiman Ron Bernstein
     
         Senior wins two big awards

    Senior Madeleine Neiman won the Community Foundations Partnership Scholarship this year when director Ron Bernstein arrived at QCHS for his annual visit. He explained to Maddie that she can work with one of many organizations in the summer after her freshman year at Gettysburg College. Foundations gives a scholarship to students all over Bucks County and QCHS students capitalize most often on the opportunities afforded by the paid internships. The award is based on academics, community volunteer work and personal characteristics.

    Maddie said she plans to become a history teacher, so Gettysburg College and a possible internship at the Mercer Museum or Pearl Buck Society in Doylestown suit her interests. Gettysburg is giving her its highest academic, Lincoln Scholarship of $25,000.
     
    Maddie also recently won the Big Sister Big Brother Award of the year for all her volunteer work at Quakertown Elementary since ninth grade. Her “little” graduates from fifth grade to middle school while Maddie graduates from high school. Maddie was also the vice president of the QCHS German Club and traveled to Germany in 2016. She was a member of National Honor Society for two years and Student Council for three years. She was a mentor to freshmen this year during PRIDE. She also participated in Model UN her sophomore year and Key Club as a freshman and sophomore. She teaches piano to 16 students at Grand Staff Piano Studios in Quakertown. 
      
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    Newspapers feature two student athletes
     
    The Bucks County Courier Times recently featured senior track star Sierra Camburn. You can read the story by clicking here. Sierra is headed to Temple University with her eye on Columbia University for medical school. Senior softball player Lauren Beal will be featured in the newspaper today (June 8) as the Intelligencer's Athlete of the Year. She was recently named Most Courageous Athlete for QCHS at the Pennridge-Quakertown Hall of Fame dinner.
      
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     QCHS-UBCTS students pass NOCTI tests with flying colors

    Upper Bucks County Technical students recently took NOCTI tests, which show competence in their skills shops. NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) is the largest provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for career and technical education (CTE) programs across the nation. Of the 70 QCHS students who took the tests, 89% were competent or advanced and 73% were advanced.

    Dr. Harner, Superintendent, noted that the Class of 2017 is the last class with under 100 students at UBCTS. Three years ago, ninth graders started attending UBCTS for the first time, which moved QCSD’s share of enrollment from 40 to 52 percent. Sending districts QCHS, Pennridge and Palisades pay UBCTS  on a five-year average, so re-assessments will take place at the appropriate time.

    UBCTS and Bucks County Community College offer a Technical Entrepreneurship Program, which you can learn about in this QCSDTV News video by clicking here.
      
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    Numbers tell an improved story for sports teams

    QCHS athletic teams improved their win-loss percentage from 22 percent a year ago to 44 percent in the 2016-17 school year. Dr. Bill Harner, Superintendent, was thrilled with the improvement. “I knew the change would be good, but I never thought the results would be that good,” he said.

    In the fall, the girls’ soccer team went 11-0 in the Suburban One, Continental & American Conference to claim the title. The football team went 5-2. In the winter, the wrestling team posted a 7-0 league record for the title. In the spring, the softball team won the league title with a 13-1 record. The boys’ track team went 7-0 for the league title. And the baseball team went 11-3. The rest of the 14 teams look to hit their stride in the near future.
      
    Ana and Ben
     
    School Board student representatives honored

    Juniors Anna Tran and Ben Ocamb were on hand for recognition two weeks Ana
    ago for their year-long dedication as Student Representatives to the School Board. They alternated with junior Ana Handel at the board meetings. Each time the students sat at the board dais, they shared information about high school activities and student concerns. They also learned how government and politics work at the most local level. “It was interesting to hear from people in the community who would come in to speak,” Ana said. “I don’t think a lot of kids know how the board affects our school district.”

     
      
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    QE students tour the community

    Quakertown Elementary third graders, led by teachers Ryan Wieand and Amanda Goldcamp, recently took a walking tour of Quakertown Borough. They sat in Borough Council seats, checked out the inside of the police station’s holding cell, and met Fury the K-9 police dog. At QNB, students worked the drive-in window, used the coin counter, and toured the special vault. They picnicked at Memorial Park and played on the wooden playground. They learned the history of Sines 5 and 10 and bought some special treats. They ended their tour with a sweet treat from Rosemarie's. (You can watch a video of Sines on the Quakertown Borough YouTube channel, or by clicking here.)

    “Each location was gracious and welcomed our students openly,” noted teacher Christina Donis. “The students walked back to school and shared how much fun they had touring their hometown and local community. “
      
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    Ring, ring . . .  alumnus retrieves long lost QCHS ring

    A couple of months ago, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent Alice Bishop received a phone call from a woman in Emmaus who found a QCHS class ring while cleaning out her parents’ house. Mrs. Bishop received the ring in the mail and researched the engraved initials, TLC, in the Alumni Directory. She tracked down Theodore Campbell, class of 1948, at his home in Bethlehem. Mrs. Bishop invited Mr. Campbell to QCHS, where she gave him his ring. QCSDTV News staff members gave Mr. Campbell a tour of the renovated high school and made a video of the experience. You can watch it by clicking here
      
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    All hail the Romans at Milford

    Sixth graders in Carol Boerner’s class at Milford recently presented projects for the Roman Symposium.
    After weeks of research, students dressed in costume, memorized speeches and incorporated trifold displays and audience interaction activities to help visitors share in the learning. Students also feasted a bit.

    “Everybody learned something new about the ancient Romans, and we especially enjoyed tasting Roman food, watching mock gladiator battles, experimenting with working aqueduct models, and doing math problems using Roman numerals,” said Mrs. Boerner.
      
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    Full Day K students learn big words

    Full Day Kindergarteners at Quakertown Elementary recently shared the synonyms they learned during a literary reception. Students used their names to write acrostic poems using fancy words. Instead of funny, they told people, “You're humorous.” Kindergarteners learned that instead of smart, they are brilliant or intelligent.  If they are happy, they may be excited or merry. “They also used words like adorable, sophisticated and awesome,” noted QE Speech Therapist Allison Labadie. “We had to celebrate their epic use of synonyms.  [Book character] Fancy Nancy was our role model!”
      
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    Shopping at Giant pays off for schools

    Families can shop at Giant food markets and help their schools through the Giant A+ Rewards program. Manager Dave Werbisky recently brought a check to QCHS for more than $1,200. He handed it to QCHS Principal David Finnerty, above. Other district schools also received checks, including Pfaff for $834.40.

     
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    Who's Who

    QCSDTV News Staff Member
     
    Who’s Who? You, That’s Who!

    Thank you to all the people who helped gather stories for this year’s 39 weekly Quake newsletters. While my favorite opportunities are those that allow QCSDTV News students and me to grab video and written stories at the same time, we could not collect stories important to QCSD without people sending me information. We didn't get to all the stories people suggested, but we did get to a huge number of them. We graded 1,300 student videos. We put a lot of mileage on my Nikon and on the video cameras and tripods. Oh, the poor tripods.

    Next year, as my Video Production teaching partner Lincoln Kaar and I add journalism to the mix, students will work together to make videos and written stories in real-world media fashion. We will continue to broadcast stories on QCSDTV News YouTube, Quakertown Borough YouTube, Comcast (968, 22, 852) and Verizon (34, 37). We will add online and hard-copy print stories by journalism students.

    The public needs to know what a great job students, teachers and administrators are doing in Quakertown Community School District. If you shared a story this year, thank you. Share again next year! If you didn’t share, please make sure to get on board. Students and parents can send me ideas, too. Simply email me, estein@qcsd.org.

    Have a great summer. Rest, rejuvenate, and we’ll see you in August.

    Sincerely,
    Erica (Ricki) Stein
    Community Relations Coordinator
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    Featured Events

    June 10 - Unite Interfaith Group Opioid & Heroin Help. Click here for information.
    June 10 - Milford Volunteer Fire Dept. Junior Firefighter Day Camp. Click here for information.
    June 10 - Nockamixon State Park Kids' Fishing Tournament. Click here for information.
    July 22 - QCHS Golf Tournament, Slots Available. Click here for information.
    Quakertown Library Branch Summer Reading Program. Click here for information.
    Go to Community Bulletin Board for additional events. Click here.
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