Student artwork added to permanent collection

Artwork by Pennsbury students across the district was recently added to the permanent art collection at the Pennsbury Administration Building in Fallsington.

  1. Pennsbury High School ’15 graduate, Alexandria Brehm, with her selected entry.
  1. PHS art teacher Danyelle Lala (left) with PHS student Moira Jaslar and her “Book Sculpture.”
  1. Charles Boehm Middle School student India Franklin (right) with her study of painting techniques, with art teacher Michelle Beres.
  1. Group shot, from left, Moira Jaslar, Alexandria Brehm, India Franklin, and Lucas Weng.
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Pennsbury Community Chorus sings songs of the season Dec. 12th

Special to the Times Publishing Newspapers

The Pennsbury Community Chorus (PCC) goes “Home for the Holidays” this year, where its 55 singers will offer seasonal hits known to American audiences for decades, as it presents its 16th annual year-end concert on Saturday, December 12th, at Pennsbury High School’s West campus, 608 S. Olds Boulevard, Fairless Hills.

The concert, starting at 3:00pm, features songs like “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “The Christmas Song,” among others, all performed in four-part harmony by the chorus. Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors over 65 and $5 for students with ID.

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Pennsbury students selected for ACDA Honor Choirs

Nine Pennsbury High School students have been selected for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) All-Eastern Honors Choirs. These choirs will meet in Boston February 10th-13th, 2016 during the Eastern Division Conference of the ACDA.

The final performance will be in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music. Selected for the High School Honor Choir were Ethan Barr, Forrester Connor, Quinten Darling, Casey Durso, Heather Goodman, and Connor McDowell.

Students who were selected for the South American Repertoire Honor Choir include Elizabeth Miller, James T. Moyer, and Madison Murphy.

Pictured in the front row from left are Forrester Connor, Maddie Murphy, Ethan Barr, and Heather Goodman; back row, Elizabeth Miller, Connor McDowell, Quinten Darling, Casey Durso, and James Thomas Moyer.

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PHS presents ‘A Piece of my Heart’ and ‘Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables’

Pennsbury High School’s drama department will present two productions this month; “Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables” and “A Piece of My Heart.”

All performances will take place in the Orange Auditorium located at the PHS West Campus, 608 South Olds Boulevard in Fairless Hills. The schedules and ticket pricing for these plays are as follows:

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Vocal concert to feature Hungarian composer

The Pennsbury High School Concert Choir and Women’s Ensemble will present a concert of music by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly on Wednesday, November 18th, at 7:30pm, in the Pennsbury High School-West Keller Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. The 90-voice Concert Choir will perform the “Missa Brevis” of Kodaly. Written between 1942-45 during the height of the Nazi invasion of Hungary, the Mass was premiered in the cloakroom of the Budapest Opera House while the city was under siege in February of 1945.

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FCP awards scholarship to Alek Sauer

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) has awarded a scholarship to Alek Sauer, a senior at Pennsbury High School, 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.

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Emily Peters selected for Rockette Summer Intensive Dance Program

by Patricia Cangelosi

Pennsbury High School Class of 2015 graduate Emily Peters, of Fairless Hills, has been dancing since age three. All that dancing has gotten her places, as she has been accepted into the Rockette Summer Intensive, a highly competitive program in New York City for advanced dancers where they train in the Rockettes style. Many dancers from this program have become real Radio City Rockettes.

Last year, Emily was accepted as one of only a few high-school-aged dancers into the program’s Invitational Week. She was offered a scholarship that’s only given to 10 applicants out of approximately 1,000.

“This week is designed for select students and is a great honor,” says Robin Peters, Emily’s mother. “It’s a lot of hard work. She has had the dream to be a Rockette since she was little after seeing them on the Thanksgiving Day parade.”

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Ari Bortman earns perfect AP score

Ari Bortman, a senior at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, recently earned the distinction of earning a top score of 5 on his AP Spanish Language and Culture exam, and was one of only 91 students world-wide to earn every point possible on the test, answering all multiple-choice questions correctly and earning full points for the free-response section of the examination.

The College Board, in an announcement letter to the PHS principals, stated, “This outstanding accomplishment is likely a direct reflection of the top quality education being offered at Pennsbury High School. We applaud Ari for his hours of hard work and also his AP teacher for the ability to engage students and enable them to excel in college-level courses.”

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Makefield Women’s Association distributes over $20,000 to deserving non-profits and students

by June Portnoy

Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) presented 10 Bucks County non-profit organizations and two Pennsbury High School seniors with over $20,000 worth of donations on Wednesday, April 1st following their monthly meeting in Lower Makefield.

Award recipients were selected as MWA’s 2014 Annual Beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are chosen each July through a membership and voting process. MWA raises the majority of these donations from its annual Autumn Fest held at Shady Brook Farm in September.

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Makefield Women’s Association distributes over $20,000 to deserving non-profits and students

by June Portnoy

Makefield Women’s Association (MWA) presented 10 Bucks County non-profit organizations and two Pennsbury High School seniors with over $20,000 worth of donations on Wednesday, April 1st following their monthly meeting in Lower Makefield.

Award recipients were selected as MWA’s 2014 Annual Beneficiaries. Beneficiaries are chosen each July through a membership and voting process. MWA raises the majority of these donations from its annual Autumn Fest held at Shady Brook Farm in September.

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