Fleetwood Area School District Report: Sharing the many accomplishments of our students

Each year I enjoy sharing the many accomplishments of our students. These accomplishments range from excellence in academics and vocational skills to excellence in fine arts and athletic skills.

In academic subjects, noteworthy accomplishments were achieved at both middle and high school levels. The high school Science Olympiad Team won first place in the county and sixth place in regional competitions. They placed thirteenth out of thirty-six teams that competed at the state level. The middle school team won fifth place in regional competition and twelfth out of thirty-six in the state-wide competition. The middle school MATHCOUNTS team placed sixth out of eighteen teams in the county competition. One of our students (Jonathan Sanchez) placed in the top 10% in the county. In other county competitions, Envirothon assesses students knowledge of our natural environment. The competition is held at the Nolde Environmental Education Center here in Berks County. The middle school team earned second place and the high school team earned seventh place. Twenty-one juniors and five seniors were honored through their induction into the National Honor Society this year. This recognizes excellence in academic achievement, character, leadership, and service. They joined nineteen seniors in the Society. Seventeen students were inducted into Quill and Scroll (an international honorary society for high school journalists), and four students were accepted in the National Business Honor Society.

In technical and job related skills, fourteen of our Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) seniors received awards in their area of study. Tyler Raifsnider received the Berks Career and Technology West Center Outstanding Senior award and was also chosen as the 2013 Berks Best Vocational/Technical Student.

Thirty-four students from our chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in the state leadership conference. Three of our students (Krista Witman, Piper OKeefe, Beth Rothenberger) earned first place for their Community Service Project. Kayln Hess was first in the state for her community service hours and our chapter was second in the state for the total number of community service hours (out of 250 chapters). Four students have earned the right to attend the National Leadership Conference at the end of June in California.

In music, through successful auditions, one student participated in All-State Orchestra (Andrew Schwartz) and two students in All-State Chorus (Killian Grider and Katelyn Roberts). Three students participated in regional chorus and one in regional orchestra. At the district level (consisting of seven counties), we had six students participate in district chorus, three in district band, and four in district orchestra. Forty-four of our high school students participated in county ensembles, including fourteen in the orchestra, eleven in the chorus, seventeen in the band, and two in the county jazz band. Ten students participated in the Junior County Chorus, nine in the Junior County Band, and seven in Junior County Orchestra. Thirty-four of our 4th to 6th grade students participated in county ensembles, with ten students participating in a district chorus and six in a district band.

In fine arts, we had three students recognized at the regional Scholastic Art competition for their art projects. Brittany Gantz received four gold awards (including one for her total art portfolio) and Ryan Schlegel received two gold awards. At the national level, Brittany Gantz won the silver recognition for wearable art (pair of shoes made out of clothes line). The high schools literary magazine (Artifact) won a silver medal in the state. Thirty-six students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society. Eleven of our senior art students will be continuing their education as art majors in college.

Our students also earned recognition in athletics. In Track and Field, Cyre Virgo was the High Jump State Champion and earned tenth place in the Long Jump at States. Morgan Shigo earned fifth place in the discus and thirteenth place in the shot put at States. This past winter during the indoor track and field season, Cyre Virgo was not only the state but also the national champion in the high jump. Morgan Shigo placed fifth at States and twelfth at Nationals on the shot put for the indoor season. This school year, our girls soccer team won the county championship. Madison Hileman was chosen as an All-State Soccer Player of the Year. Danielle Schultz was chosen as an All-State Volleyball Player of the Year. One high school student (Matt Leenhouts) won second place in the state swimming championships in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 freestyle.

The Fleetwood Area School District is very proud of all of our students and is pleased to recognize those students who have excelled.

The Board of School Directors will hold meetings on June 18 and July 16, both at 7 p.m.