FCP awards scholarships to Nicholas Wu and Nathan Sipler

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded scholarships to two Council Rock High School seniors through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

The Foundations Partnership in Education program recognizes the achievements of local Bucks County public high school seniors for their demonstrated community service, commitment to academic performance, and quality of character. Students are nominated to receive the award by their guidance counselor or a member of the school’s administration.

Ronald Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP presented checks for $1,000 to:

  • Nicholas Wu at Council Rock High School North (attending Princeton University);
  • Nathan Sipler at Council Rock High School South (attending Bucks County Community College).

Proceeds of the Partnership in Education award may only be used for educational purposes, including payment of college tuition, books, and related expenses.

“Foundations’ Partnership in Education program supports high school students who are developing meaningful roles in the community and working toward positive change as they enter college,” says Bernstein. “Our scholarship recipients have been active in community service and we encourage them to continue their role in advocating for positive change.”

For more information on the Partnership in Education program call FCP at 267-247-5584 or visit www.fcpartnership.org.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Nicholas Wu

  1. Nathan Sipler
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William O’Neill is runner-up in Cancer Support Community Teen Essay Contest

by June Portnoy

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted an award ceremony last month at its Gilda’s Club campus in Warminster, recognizing area middle and high school-aged teens for their winning essays expressing their first-hand accounts of how cancer has touched their lives.

Contestants of this third annual “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest, described their feelings about losing a loved one to cancer or living with an immediate family member currently or previously battling cancer. In former years, young people wrote essays about their own experiences of living with cancer.

William O’Neill, an 11th grader at Council Rock High School North, was a runner-up in the contest for his essay entitled, “Removing the Shards, One Piece at a Time.” His essay earned him a certificate and movie tickets.

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Ryan DeKorte and Grant Thorburn earn rank of Eagle Scout

Boy Scout’s of America Troop 99 in Newtown honored its two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor on June 13th at the Newtown Presbyterian Church. The venue is especially appropriate as Ryan DeKorte and Grant Thorburn both chose to complete their Eagle Scout Leadership Service project for the church.

Ryan’s project was the organization of a storage room at the church which is used to store seasonal decorations and supplies for the Presby Players. The project, which included building shelves, took over 200 person-hours to complete.

Ryan began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 99 before crossing over to Troop 99, where he held several leadership positions including that of Senior Patrol Leader. He attended the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in 2013, a year after being one of the very first Scouts to participate in the first shakedown campout held there.

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A fond farewell to CR School Superintendent Mark Klein

by June Portnoy

After working at Council Rock School District for 37 years, 26 years as an elementary school teacher and principal and the past 11 years as School Superintendent, Mark Klein, 59, will officially retire on August 31st.

It’s no surprise that Mr. Klein chose a career in education, as both of his parents were educators. In fact, he moved to Bucks County from Pittsburgh at the age of 12 when his father became Director of Pupil Services at Central Bucks School District.

Mr. Klein spent his childhood growing up in Doylestown and graduated from Central Bucks High School West. He currently lives with his wife, Diane, also an educator, in Jamison. Two of his three children have also pursued a career in education, which Mr. Klein jokingly refers to as “the family business.”

He began his teaching career at Churchville Elementary School in 1978. After teaching there for 10 years, he taught at Richboro Elementary School for a year when that building first opened. He returned to his roots at Churchville for another five years, this time working as the school principal.

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The Dance Academy wins big at major dance event

On April 25th and 26th, The Dance Academy competed in Lancaster, PA against dozens of dance studios from around the state and area for prestigious top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country.

The Dance Academy received nine crystal awards; 28 double platinum awards; 21 platinum awards; six gold awards.

This qualifies them to go to the Showstopper National Finals in Sandusky, Myrtle Beach, Anaheim, or Galveston this summer.

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Troop 230 honors five Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 230, chartered by St. Ignatius Church of Yardley, is honoring five outstanding young men who attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

They will be awarded this designation on Saturday evening, May 30th at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitors Center. Charles Brice, James Busch, Michael Busch, Brian Plunkett, and Daniel Silvernail all will be graduating high school this June and attending various universities in the fall.

Each young man earned a minimum of 21 Eagle-required merit badges, served in various leadership positions within the troop, and completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project to benefit their communities in order to attain the highest rank in boy scouts.

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Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge presents scholarship awards

by June Portnoy

The Yardley/Newtown Piazza Nuova Lodge (PNL) #2665 awarded $7,500 worth of scholarships to nine area graduating high school seniors, six of whom attend Bucks County high schools, and one additional Bucks County Community College (BCCC) student, during its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner, held earlier this month at the Morrisville Senior Center.

Funding for the scholarships was provided by the PNL C&E (Cultural & Educational) Foundations, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, and PNL’s philanthropic arm.

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Two Newtown Scouts earn Supernova Award

Anthony Gambescia Jr. and Alexander “A.J.” Fiore, both fifth-graders at Newtown Elementary School, were recently presented the Dr. Charles H. Townes Supernova Award. This award is part of the Boy Scouts of America STEM initiative, which aims to encourage interest and engage Scouts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Scouting has moved into the 21st century by adding its Nova and SuperNova programs. AJ and Tony are among the first Webelos Scouts in our District to earn this prestigious award,” said Playwicki District Chairman Bill Pitts, who presented the boys with their medals.

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MBIT students earn awards at SkillsUSA state competitions

The 2015 Pennsylvania SkillsUSA state competitions were held on April 8th-10th, in Hershey, PA. Middle Bucks Institute of Technology students had an impressive showing with eight students earning medals in five competitions.

Five MBIT gold medal winners will advance to the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, KY on June 22nd-26th.

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Patriot FC Teams are EPIC Tournament Champs!

The Patriot FC U12 Red Vipers and U11 Red Thunder girls’ soccer teams each won the 8 v 8 Elite Division Championship at the three-day YMS EPIC Tournament in Yardley earlier this month.

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