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QCHS musician improves craft with drum corps
Junior Antonio Bonilla-Garcia spent three months traveling the United States this summer as part of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Allentown. Older brother David, a sophomore at West Chester University, also participated but they didn’t have much to do with each other once they left the field, Antonio said. David started with the group two years ago, before graduating from QCHS. The professional marching band featured 150 people with an average age of 19. Antonio got in at 15, one of only two ever accepted at such a young age in the 83-year history of the organization. He played trumpet. He plays trumpet in the Panther Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony and Concert Band during the school year.
“I learned how to be a better musician,” Antonio said. “I learned basic life skills, like how to keep pushing to make the best of a situation and how to interact with people without getting frustrated. I learned how to be nice!”
Antonio said the group learned the routine during practices in Johnstown, PA and Ada, Ohio. He said the routine was very fast. “We were running around the field,” he explained. “We move much slower here in Quakertown.” Traditionally, the Cadets finish among the top three at competitions but this year struggled with several seventh place finishes out of 12 entries. The Cadets took buses to Austin, Texas, Kansas, Orlando, Florida and several spots on the East Coast. Next year’s travels will take them as far as California, but David won’t be able to go. He “aged out” at 21 years old. Overall, Antonio said he grew up a lot and learned about independence in three months on the road. He's excited about next summer's adventure.
Antonio provided links to two videos. Warning: They may cause goose bumps!
Students of the Month
The Sixth Grade Center's September Students of the Month were Kayla Arnold, Riley Mann, Lauren Harwick and Tyler Trump. The students were selected by their teachers for their strong academic performances and contributions to the building culture.
Pfaff dons new T-shirts
During Pfaff’s “gold out” October 12, the entire student body and staff wore their new gold PBIS T-shirts. Pfaff parent Jen Burns designed the shirst, based on this year’s focus area in the Pfaff Pledge, which is “respect.” The shirts’ yellow-gold color is based on Pfaff’s school colors and is a reminder to live the Golden Rule by being respectful. The graphic includes the message: “Respect for everyone, everywhere. Be Pfaff Proud!” Students and staff will wear the new shirts on each SWPBIS Pfaff Proud lesson day.
Cross-country team steps around the heart of it in NYC
The varsity boys cross country team traveled to Manhattan last Saturday to compete in perhaps the most challenging race in the Eastern United States. On the winding trails and rolling hills of iconic Van Cortlandt Park, the boys competed in a field of 179 runners, which featured the reigning State Championship teams from five states: NY, NJ, DE, MA, and MD. In the packed "Eastern States Championship" race, senior Hudson Delisle medaled with his 52nd place finish in a 2.5-mile time of 13:24 (average of 5:19 per mile).
Kevin Juszynski was Quakertown's second runner to cross the finish line in an impressive time of 14:15. Rounding out the top seven runners were junior Nick Yeatman, senior Nolan Pernia, sophomore Sam Barndt, senior Ben Ocamb, and senior Logan Saugling (Sr).
“This event was one our boys will remember fondly for many years to come!” said Coach Ryan Stetler.
Also this week, Hudson Delisle committed to run at Penn State.
Sports update: Seniors celebrated
The Panther football team lost 35-14 to Upper Moreland last Friday night. The team has a bye this week and plays at Plymouth Whitemarsh next week.
Meanwhile, the volleyball and soccer teams celebrated Senior Night this week. The volleyball team beat Wissachickon 3-1 and hosted Dig Pink to make it a busy and successful night. The seven seniors honored were Ana Handel, Madison Mood, Felicia Kelley, Kira Juchno, Maggie Keifer, Ashley Morris, and Noel Elvin.
The girls’ soccer team feted Becca Fox, Grace Kave, Katie Moyer, Morgan Small and Emily Drennan. The girls beat Upper Moreland 3-0. The QCHS team begins play in the District 1 tournament next Tuesday.
The boys’ soccer team honored Zach Mahler, Daniel Monastra, Ben Wackerman, Joel Welliver and Ben Yocum. The Panthers lost 3-2 to Springfield. Brendan Kishbaugh and Brandon Strecker scored Quakertown’s goals.
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QE Race for Education ends dramatically
Two weeks ago, Quakertown Elementary students took turns running around Alumni Field and the QE playground to celebrate the culmination of the major PIE fundraiser. In the first video, which you can find here, students explain what they did for the event. In the second video, which you can find here, students gleefully coated staff members with colors in a cloud of dust.
Speech class members teach each other useful skills
Students in Nicole Roeder’s speech class recently taught each other useful skills. In the photo above, students made balloon animals. Other topics for demonstration speeches included how to shoot a basketball; how to putt a golf ball; how to make slime; how to make Rice Krispy Treats; how to make pumpkin cupcakes; and how to flip a person for protection.
Meet QCSD people
QCSDTV News students are working on WHO videos about people in the district and community. The first set are viewable on Comcast (968), Verizon (34) and YouTube. In this batch, you can meet the QCHS cheerleading coaches, Mr. Anderson, Mrs. Fuller and Mr. Schick. Also, you can meet several QCHS students and a staff member who celebrate their Hispanic heritage. Click here.
The QCHS daily announcement broadcasts are placed on the bottom of the high school page every day.
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Oct. 21 - Quakertown Alive. Downtown Quakertown.
Oct. 22 - 2 p.m. Halloween Parade.Go to Community Bulletin Board for additional events. Click here.
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