The Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation recently held its 14th Annual Recipient Reception to recognize its 2014 award winners. During the ceremony, the PSF congratulated the 85 Pennsbury graduates who have been awarded a total of $130,000 for the 2014-15 school year. This was the greatest dollar amount awarded in one year to the highest number of recipients in PSF history. The awards, which are one-half grant and one-half zero interest loans, are based on four equally weighted criteria: academic record, financial need, character and leadership.
Sanjana’s academic curriculum includes AP Calculus and AP Biology, but her proudest achievement is earning an “A” at the Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she took a Nanotechnology course, wrote a research paper with a PowerPoint presentation, and delivered this in front of 100 people. Outside the classroom, she has been a Student Ambassador with Pennsylvania Hospital, and volunteers at St. Mary’s Hospital. She also started the Habitat for Humanity club at her school.
by Audrey Deng, senior, PHS
- The cathedral bell at East, which releases students from period to period with its mighty toll. I doubt I will ever hear another sound akin to this campanological wonder.
Devin Kawailani Barricklow of Yardley, a junior at Pennsbury High School, has been named the 2014 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year, officials at Bucks County Community College recently announced. Devin rose to the top of 104 entries to win the 27th annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college.
This spring, Pennsbury High School’s “Long Orange Line” Marching Band traveled to southern California to march in the Disneyland Parade.
Under the leadership of Pennsbury Instrumental Music Director Frank Mazzeo, the marching band entertained a large crowd of park-goers lining Disney’s Magic Kingdom Main Street with a medley of Disney classics. A few nights later, the Pennsbury Concert Jazz Band performed at Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.
The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 24-hour event, Relay For Life of Fairless Hills, will be held at Pennsbury High School’s Falcon Field on Saturday and Sunday, June 28th-29th. The opening ceremony and Survivor Lap will take place at 11:00am Saturday morning. This is the headlining event of the community’s yearlong fundraising efforts in the on-going fight against cancer.
Gretchen Bednarz, a junior at Pennsbury High School, has just been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Students of German. Among other things, her new role will entail running next year’s Deutschfest, an annual overnight competition held each March in Jamison, PA, for German scholars across the Delaware Valley.
by June Portnoy
Neha Gupta, a Pennsbury High School senior, was awarded Bucks County Teen Volunteer of the Year during YWCA Buck 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.