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    Sonya Laley gains real-world experience at Dairy Challenge

    Pictured from left rear to front are Dr. Bruce Richards (coach), Matt Edgin ’18, Emily Lewis ’18, Emily Hunter ’19, Bryan Supplee ’18, Aaron Stepnoski (coach), Caitlyn Degner ’19, Brooke Payne ’19, Sonya Laley ’18, Lynsey Abrahart ’18, Corinne Bricker ’18, Amanda Wengryn ’19, Sarah Fenwick ’18. Photo courtesy NAIDC.

    Sonya Laley gains real-world experience at Dairy Challenge

    DOYLESTOWN – Sonya Laley of Bernville participated in the 17th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge held April 12 through 14 in Visalia, Calif. Laley traveled to the competition as a representative of Delaware Valley University.

    DelVal seniors served on Dairy Challenge Team and younger students participated in the Dairy Challenge Academy. One student served as a media representative.

    The DelVal team included: Lynsey Abrahart ’18, Matt Edgin ’18, Sonya Laley ’18, and Bryan Supplee ’18. Additionally, Emily Lewis ’18 and Corinne Bricker ’18 participated on aggregate teams.

    Academy participants from DelVal included Caitlyn Degner ’19, Emily Hunter ’19, Brooke Payne ’19, and Amanda Wengryn ’19. Sarah Fenwick ’18 represented the University on the media corps at the NAIDC by taking pictures of the event and promoting it through social media.

    In total, 235 students from 38 colleges across the U.S. and Canada attended this educational event.

    More than 700 students graduate from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12

    More than 700 students graduate from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12

    YORK – More than 700 students graduated from York College of Pennsylvania on May 12.

    • Julia Mohn of Bernville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science.
    • Patrick Flynn of Douglassville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
    • Chad Meier of Fleetwood graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology.
    • Nicholas Leidy of Leesport graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
    • Benjamin Mochan of Sinking Spring graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management.

    Spiffing up Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park

    Spiffing up Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park
    The Humane Society of Berks County maintains the Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park as a free community dog park for residents of Berks County and we rely on volunteers and staff to keep the area beautiful for the public and their furry friends.
    Please join us in thanking our volunteer friends at Wells Fargo who took time out of their day to help us tidy up, weed, and mulch on two separate days in April and May.
    We also would like to thank Motta’s Country Gardens and Landscaping who generously donated mulch for use throughout the park.
    You guys are paw-some!
    The Ruiz-Murphy Dog Park, located at 503 S. Center Road in Birdsboro, is free to the public and open seven days a week during daylight hours.

    “Swords & Shakespeare” at Central Penn College Thursday, June 7

    “Swords & Shakespeare” at Central Penn College Thursday, June 7

    SUMMERDALE – Start your summer with a bang … and a clang at “Swords and Shakespeare: Scenes of Conflict and Combat.” The hour-long, free event features fight scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, including Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.

    “If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair or just plain old action movies, ‘Swords & Shakespeare’ has something for you,” says Janet Bixler, theatre director at Central Penn College. “And if you like Shakespeare, too, all the better!”

    Attendees will experience intense, high-energy fight scenes choreographed by Dan Burke of Safe Violence.

    “The range of weaponry in the production is impressive,” says Bixler. “It includes broadswords, daggers and rapiers, with some hand-to-hand combat thrown in for good measure.”

    The performance is open to the public and will be held outside at the Student Fellowship Amphitheater on Central Penn College’s campus in Summerdale.

    “This event is not just for students and faculty but for the entire community,” says Bixler.

    Parking is available at the College Hill Road lot near the basketball courts. If it rains, the performance will be moved to The Conference Center on the first floor of the ATEC building.

    My apologies, loyal Courier readers

    Publisher Martha E. Conway

    My apologies, loyal Courier readers

    My mom’s been in the hospital for more than a week, and posting news has been a catch-as-catch-can sort of operation.

    I will be back at it in full swing as soon as humanly possible.

    Tyler Stoney Named Winner of Award for Achievement in Data Analytics

    Pictured from left are Alex Ogeka, executive director, Kutztown University Foundation; Dr. Dale Parson, professor of Computer Science and Information Technology, Kutztown University; Tyler Stoney; Jim Ludlow, CEO, Liquid Interactive; Dr. Anne Zayaitz, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Kutztown University.

    Tyler Stoney Named Winner of Award for Achievement in Data Analytics

    KUTZTOWN – Tyler Stoney, Blandon, Pa., was named the 2017-2018 winner of the $1000 Liquid Interactive Award for Achievement in Data Analytics at Kutztown University. Tyler’s project, “Data Mining Charities,” set out to determine whether there is a correlation between the type of a charity in terms of class of recipients, and its effectiveness in distributing funds to recipients.

    In addition to establishing a lack of such correlation, he uncovered what appeared to be a negative correlation between a charity’s CEO’s salary and and its effectiveness in distributing funds. Deeper investigation uncovered a point of diminishing returns, where an increase in CEO salary correlates with an increase in effectiveness, up to around the mean CEO salary, after which effectiveness diminishes monotonically.

    The award is in its inaugural year and is sponsored by Liquid Interactive, Allentown. For more information visit www.liquidint.com.

    Raguz, Hoffman and Leacraft Qualify for Track & Field Outdoor NCAA National Championships

    5/15/2018 | Men’s Track and Field
    List of Selected Athletes

    KUTZTOWN – Senior Brandon Raguz, freshman Luke Hoffman and junior Brandon Leacraft of the Kutztown University men’s track & field team have officially punched their tickets to nationals Tuesday, as the trio were announced as qualifiers for the NCAA National Championships in Charlotte, N.C. from May 24-26.

    It is the most men’s student-athletes KU has had qualify for nationals since the 2014 outdoor season when it also had three.

    All three Golden Bears were named All-Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) earlier Tuesday.

    The discus is scheduled for Friday, May 25 at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the javelin opens the day at 10:30 a.m., followed by the pole vault at 12:30 p.m.

    Raguz returns to outdoor nationals for the second year in a row, after earning All-America honors in

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    BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

    BLOTTER: Kutztown Borough Police Department

    May 11, 2018

    • Police arrested Sage Rizzo, 20, of Milford; Ethan Ridgeway, 22, of West Chester; and Timothy Hopper, 21, of Ridley Park, for disorderly conduct following an incident that occurred at the intersection of W. Main and N. Whiteoak streets.
    • Police arrested Amedeo Citro, 19, of Harleysville, for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 67 S. Baldy St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

    May 12, 2018

    • Police arrested Christopher Valek, 30, of Kutztown, for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 347 E. Walnut St.
    • Police are investigating the report of vandalism to vehicles after it was reported that three vehicles were keyed while parked in the 00 block of N. Whiteoak St.

    May 13, 2018

    • Police arrested Jordyn Davis, 25, of Reading, for violation of the borough peace and good order ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of S. Whiteoak St.

    May 15, 2018

    • After completing their investigation, police arrested Jordan Blatt, 24, of West Reading, for simple assault/physical, recklessly endangering another person, harassment/acts to annoy and for disorderly conduct following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of S. Baldy St.

    May 16, 2018

    • Police investigated the report of theft after an item was reported missing following an incident that occurred at Dollar Tree, 45 Constitution Blvd.

    May 17, 2018

    • After completing their investigation, police arrested Timothy Hopper, 21, of Ridley Park, for violation of the borough noise ordinance following an incident that occurred at 216 W. Walnut St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

    Twin Valley Middle School celebrated its 2018 Don Eichborn Schools “Schools to Watch” designation with local dignitaries

    Pictured from left holding Schools to Watch designation certificate are TVMS Principals Brenda Boyer and Gerry Catagnus with Senators Judith Schwank and John Rafferty, Jr.

    Twin Valley Middle School celebrated its 2018 Don Eichborn Schools “Schools to Watch” designation with local dignitaries

    On May 11, 2018, Twin Valley Middle School celebrated its 2018 Don Eichborn Schools “Schools to Watch” designation with a school wide pep rally, followed by a reception with artistic and musical performances, and recognition given to its students, staff and leadership by Board President Gary McEwen, Superintendent Robert Pleis, Senator Judith Schwank and Senator John Rafferty Jr.

    Bruce Vosburgh, the State Director of Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, presented the certificate and spoke to the audiences at both gatherings.

    Twin Valley Middle School joins 35 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools recognized previously. Twin Valley Middle School will be recognized nationally with all the other recognized Schools to Watch schools across the country in Washington, DC at the National Forum’s National Schools to Watch conference on June 28-30, 2018.

    The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the National Forum. TVMS was visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. TVMS is initially recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated. Unlike the Blue Ribbon recognition program, “Schools to Watch”  requires TVMS to not just identify strengths, but to also focus on areas for continuous improvement; thus the three year re-designation.

    Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 researched based criteria developed by the National Forum. The Forum developed a web site (http://middlegradesforum.org) that features online tours of schools, as well as detailed information about the selection criteria used in the recognition program. There are now 18 states across the country, which have trained Schools to Watch State Teams, with more than 450 schools recognized across the country.

    The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform began as an alliance of 65 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades.

    For more information, visit middlegradesforum.org.

    More information about Twin Valley Middle School’s School Characteristics and Replicable Practices can be found here: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/0b6eef_7a2495e4392e4f26a6c3c40ca1ca3c38.pdf.

    Seven KU Track & Field Members Earn All-Region Honors

    5/15/2018 | Men’s Track and Field
    USTFCCA Release

    KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University men’s and women’s track & field programs had seven representatives named All-Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) when it announced All-Region honorees for the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field season on Tuesday.

    Brandon Raguz, Luke Hoffman and Brandon Leacraft of the men’s team were recognized, and McKenzie Fagan, Anecia Alexaki, Ashley Petre and Stephanie Bresadola earned the accolade on the women’s side.

    The top-five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top-three relay teams. The regions used for this award – Atlantic, Central, East, Midwest, South, South Central, Southeast and West – match those used during the indoor track & field season.

    KU is a member of the Atlantic Region, which features 60 teams.

    Raguz is the highest ranked member of the Golden Bears septet. His third straight All-Region honor comes fresh off his first ever Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) championship in the pole vault at PSAC’s on May 4, the first men’s pole vault championship since 2015. He broke the meet record

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