Theodore Carroll receives Foundations scholarship

Theodore Carroll, a New Hope resident and senior at New Hope-Solebury High School, was recently awarded a $1000 scholarship from the Foundations Community Partnership in Education program. The 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.

Theodore will attend West Chester University in the fall.

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NH-S High students participate in Bucks County Envirothon

by June Portnoy

New Hope-Solebury High School students demonstrated their knowledge of the ecosystem at the Bucks County Conservation District’s (BCCD) annual Bucks County Envirothon held last month at Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown. The high school competed against teams from Central Bucks East, Central Bucks West, Central Bucks South, Neshaminy, Quakertown and William Tennent.

Each team rotated through five stations where they were given 25 minutes at each area to answer written questions about Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and a Current Environmental Issue, which changes each year. This year’s issue was invasive species.

“An invasive species can be either an insect, animal or a plant,” explained Mary Ellen Noonan, BCCD’s Environmental Educator. “Invasive species are very aggressive, so every year they have the potential to spread and outcompete our native plants.

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Theodore Carroll recognized by FCP

On May 2nd, New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Theodore Carroll, was presented with the Foundations Community Partnership in Education Award.

FCP is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County. The organization awards scholarships to one senior in each Bucks County public high school who demonstrates academic excellence and a commitment to human services in Bucks County for children, youth and families.

Pictured from left are Ron Bernstein, Executive Director of FCP, Theodore, and NH-S High School Principal, Stephen Seier.

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Julian Leveille honored for second year with national volunteer service award

Julian Leveille, a senior at New Hope-Solebury High School and a third year student in the Public Safety program at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, was recently honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama. This is the second consecutive year that Julian received the prestigious award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

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New Hope-Solebury High School Film Fest names winners

The New Hope-Solebury High School Film Club named the winners of its second annual student film festival, The Bridge, on April 19th at the Stephen J. Buck Theater, located at New Hope-Solebury High School in New Hope. Student filmmakers from the Solebury School, New Hope-Solebury High School and Middle Bucks Technical School submitted films for the event.

Best Overall Picture went to Afrah Boateng’s “What it Means to be Biracial” (Solebury School); Best Story went to Alex Babicki for “Dear Mr. Hall” (Solebury School); Best Director went to Anthony Lagana for “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury); Best Cinematography went to Florencia Minniti for “Blind” (MBIT); Best Actor went to Christopher Cuthrell in “Monochrome World” (Solebury School); Best Actress went to Shaelyn Parker in “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury); Best Sound went to Eric Luo for “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury); Best Editing went to Afrah Boateng for “What it Means to be Biracial” (Solebury School); Audience Choice Award went to “The Verses of Gamayun” (New Hope-Solebury).

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Jake Harraka signs with La Verne

New Hope-Solebury High School senior, Jake Harraka, recently signed to run track with the University of La Verne in California. He looks forward to following his father’s footsteps with a major in pre-law. Jake, who mostly competes in sprints, was very impressed with La Verne’s athletic program as well as the academic programs. He has had a successful running history at New Hope-Solebury, winning the Bicentennial Athletic Award (BAL) 800-meter dash and the 400-meter dash at districts last year. Sitting with Jake are his parents Joe and Amy.

Standing are (from left) NH-S Principal Stephen Seier, Teacher Bob Gaffney, Athletic Director Ted Harrington and Coach Dianna Dececco.

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Nate Wilson signs to play baseball with Cairn University

New Hope-Solebury senior, Nate Wilson, recently signed with Cairn University in Langhorne to play baseball. Nate will play third base and pitch.

Though he has not made a firm decision, Nate is thinking of majoring in Education.

Pictured seated with Nate (center) are parents Chuck and Kim Wilson; standing from left, Athletic Director Ted Harrington, Coach Tony Vlahovic and Principal Stephen Seier.

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Kelsey Smith receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Kelsey Smith of New Hope, a senior at New Hope-Solebury High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. New Hope-Solebury High School nominated Kelsey this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Kelsey did most of her volunteer service through the Trinity Youth Group of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury. This past summer she helped to build playgrounds and gardens throughout the West Philadelphia community.

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NHS Spirit Week goes beyond points

by Bailey Hendricks

Spirit Week 2016 has come to an end. Filled with heated competitions of both physical and intellectual abilities, a pig roast, a handball tournament, hallway decorations, Family Feud, the gong show, and of course… Star Wars, it was a closer competition than many of the spirit weeks of the past.

In the end, Gold triumphed and the Juniors celebrated their first Spirit Week win. However, the excitement of the week moves past the coveted points and the win.

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NH-S High School raises over $13,000 at their version of ‘THON’

From 7:00pm through 7:00am on Friday and Saturday, January 8th and 9th, New Hope-Solebury High School students attended a 12-hour dance marathon.

This overnight event, in partnership with Four Diamonds, fundraised over $13,000 for Penn State at Hershey Children’s Hospital that will go to pay the medical bills of pediatric cancer patients and for cancer research to find a cure.

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