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 athletics.
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 third place in regional competitions. They placed sixteenth at the state level out of thirty-six teams. The middle school team won second place in regional competition and twelfth out of thirty-six in the state-wide competition. Two of the students on the middle school MathCounts team placed in the top 25% 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 fifth place and the high school team earned tenth place. Three students earned second place in the Berks County Mathematics Competition. For the first time in at least eight years, the high school’s Economics Challenge Team earned the opportunity to compete in the state competition.
Many students were recognized for their achievement through their induction in honor societies. Twenty-nine juniors and seven 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 twenty seniors in the Society. Fourteen students were inducted into Quill and Scroll (an international honorary society for high school journalists). In technical and job related skills, ten Fleetwood students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
Twenty students from our chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in the state leadership conference. At the conference the Fleetwood Chapter was recognized as an Outstanding Chapter for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The chapter also won 1st place for the amount of community service hours (9,523) that the members logged. Makayla Noll and Joyce Zheng earned the Future Level of the National Business Achievement Awards and Joyce also earned the National Community Service Achievement Award for earning first place in the number of community service hours. Makayla Noll was inducted into the National Business Honor Society.
In music, through successful auditions, one student participated in All-State Orchestra (Andrew Schwartz) and one student represented Fleetwood at both State Chorus and National Chorus in Nashville (Killian Grider). Four students participated in Regional Chorus, two in Regional Orchestra, and two in Regional Band. At the district level (consisting of seven counties), we had six students participate in District Chorus, six in District Band, one in District Jazz band and three in District Orchestra. Thirty-seven of our high school students participated in Senior County ensembles, including eleven in the Orchestra, thirteen in the Chorus, twelve in the Band, and one in the County Jazz Band. Eleven students participated in the Junior County Chorus, seven in the Junior County Band, and eight in Junior County Orchestra. Twenty-five of our 4th to 6th grade students participated in county ensembles (five of whom went to Intermediate District Band), including twelve students in the 6th Grade County Band which Fleetwood hosted this spring. Six seniors will be going on to study music in college as either a Music Performance major, Music Education major, or Music minor.
In fine arts, we had four students recognized at the regional Scholastic Art competition for their art projects. Matt Bogacki, Lauren Schlegel and Courtney Hermany received gold awards and Stephanie Favata earned a silver award. The high school’s literary magazine (Artifact) won a silver medal in the state from the Pennsylvania School Press Association. Twenty-six students were inducted into the National Art Honor Society. Five 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 county, district and state champion for the high jump and was county and district champion for the long jump. Morgan Shigo was the county champion in discus and county and district champion in the shot put. He earned fourth place in the discus and second place in the shot put at the state championships. Madison Hileman was chosen as an All-State Soccer Player of the Year. Joey Fick was county champion in wresting for the 132 lb weight class. Matt Leenhouts was the district champion for both the 200 and 500 freestyle and won third place in the state swimming championships in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 freestyle. He was chosen as an All-State Swimmer. For the first time in school history, our girls’ basketball team won a state playoff game this winter.
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 its June business meeting on the 17th at 7:00 p.m.