Courtney Okwara receives Foundations scholarship

Foundations Community Partnership awarded a $1000 scholarship to Courtney Okwara, a senior at Neshaminy High School, through its annual Partnership in Education program this month.

Courtney ranks 11th in her class of 644 students. Some of the awards she has received are the National Achievement Outstanding Participant Award, AP Scholar With Honors Award, and Suburban One League Scholar Athlete Award. She has also been on the Distinguished Honor Roll every marking period since ninth grade.

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Neshaminy Education Foundation Grants announces grant recipients

The Neshaminy Education Foundation (NEF) recently announced recipients for its 2013-2014 grants. Led by a group of dedicated volunteer board members, the foundation gives out annual grants with the goal of improving education quality within the Neshaminy School District. This year, the foundation gave out $13,793 worth of grants ranging from $180 to $2500, in support of 14 projects at eight schools throughout the district.

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NHS honors students joining the armed forces

by Shealyn Miles, senior, Neshaminy High School

On May 23rd, the community gathered in the Neshaminy High School hub to honor those students committed to future employment in the armed services. Family, friends, students, teachers and administrators came to show their support, in addition to military leaders and local congressmen.

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NHS wins first place in Bucks Envirothon

by June Portnoy

Students from Neshaminy High School’s Nature Club won first place in the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Envirothon, held Friday, April 25th at Peace Valley Park in Doylestown.

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Senior citizens return to ‘high school days’

Neshaminy High School’s Senior Citizen Prom was held on Friday, May 2nd. The event was organized by Student Council (Richard Kain, advisor) and the Service Learning Club (Cate Romano and Kelly Macauley, advisors). Students made all of the food, centerpieces for the tables, corsages and boutonnieres for the guests, and decorated the gym. Dinner included baked ziti, meatballs, bread, and salad. A singer and piano player entertained through dinner. A DJ followed, with everyone on their feet dancing. Photos by Cindy Demore.

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NHS wins first place in Bucks Envirothon

by June Portnoy

Students from Neshaminy High School’s Nature Club won first place in the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Envirothon, held Friday, April 25th at Peace Valley Park in Doylestown.

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YWCA recognizes Neshaminy High School’s Jasmin Tharakan as Teen Volunteer Nominee of the Year

by June Portnoy

Jasmin Tharakan, a Neshaminy High School senior, was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a monetary award in recognition of her exemplary volunteer service during the YWCA Bucks County’s Volunteer of the Year Awards program, held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week at Bucks County Community College in Newtown on Tuesday, April 8th.

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Feasterville Rotary Student of the Month

Dan Johnson was recognized as March’s Student of the Month by the Feasterville Rotary Club at its breakfast meeting on March 11th. He was introduced to the Rotary by Mr. William Ritchey, 12th Grade Assistant Principal at Neshaminy High School. Dan has attended Neshaminy schools for the past 12 years. His GPA is 4.46, and he ranks seventh in his class of 644.

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Feasterville Rotary honors Roman Krutikov, April Student of the Month

Roman Krutikov was recognized as April’s Student of the Month by the Feasterville Rotary Club at their breakfast meeting on April 8th.

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Dasia Pressley pushes ahead at state championships

by Natalie Pietrowski, freshman, Neshaminy High School

March 1st brought a new month and excitement for the overly anticipated season of spring. And this year it also produced unforgettable moments for the Neshaminy High School Winter Track team. Records were broken and dreams became reality at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) Indoor State Championships at State College, PA. 

Neshaminy’s own Dasia Pressley ran the 200-meter dash and not only placed first, capturing the title of PA State Champion, but also qualified for nationals. With a record-breaking time of 24.42 seconds, she is ranked fifth in the entire nation. It is the first time in Neshaminy history a sprinter has done this well. “It’s a great feeling and something I will never forget,” Dasia said. 

Pressure was high at the state competition, but Dasia kept calm and kept the faith. “I just prayed and remembered that I deserved to be here like every other girl. It still hasn’t really hit me how serious this is,” she said. Dasia also ran in the women’s 60-meter dash and placed third. Her time of 7.66 seconds is currently the new Winter Track record.

It wasn’t just the 200-meter champ who set new records on the track at Penn State; many other competitors gave it everything they had and left it all on the track that day. High jumper Lisa Patterson finished 15th overall, with a total height of 1.52 meters. Lisa was just a few inches shy of beating the school record. Junior Alyssa Zukowski also finished the season nicely placing seventh overall in the 60m hurdles. With a time of 9.15 seconds, Alyssa now holds the school record.

The 4×200 meter relay team made up of Dasia, Cheyenne Oswald, Alex Jackson and Saloni Hebron finished ninth overall with a time of 1 minute and 45.63 seconds.

Moving from ninth to fifth place in the nation in just one year takes as much motivation as it does dedication, and no one knows this the way Dasia does. She admitted that when she got comfortable she wasn’t working as hard as she wanted to. She decided to step things up and take it more seriously.  “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” she said, explaining her motivation.

The sprinter is already planning to qualify for outdoor state championships and hopes to win big again. “My goal for spring is to maybe win state champ again in the 200 and even place in the 100,” she said.

“Work hard, and never get comfortable because there is always someone out there trying to take your spot,” Dasia said, advising other athletes. “Always stay humble and never arrogant, because attitude is everything.”

PHOTO CAP: Dasia Pressley

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