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Senior Trip to Cedar Point

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The senior class traveled six hours to Sandusky, Ohio for one last hoorah together May 23 to 25. The Senior Class trip was voted on by the class and Kalahari Resort and Cedar Point Amusement Park was chosen.

 

The senior class officers, Abigail Mackling (12), Renee Sollenberger (12), Saige Eckard (12), Rachel Manikowski (12), and Madelyn Hissong (12) worked to plan the best trip they could with the help of their advisors, Mrs. Lynn Fleury-Adamek (Faculty) and Mr. Matthew Riegsecker (Faculty).

 

“It took a lot of collaboration between all of us,” Mackling said. “We had to represent the whole class, not just what we wanted.”

 

The trip began with departing from the school at 6:30 A.M. on Wednesday. After one stop the class arrived at Kalahari Resort around 12:00 P.M. The resort consisted of an indoor waterpark, outdoor waterpark, an arcade, and several restaurants from which to choose. There was plenty to do to keep busy.

 

“I really enjoyed the arcade,” Claire Alfree (12) said. “There was a lot to do in the arcade like laser tag, bowling, and games.”

 

On Wednesday the day was spent in the resort for time to enjoy the waterparks and other attractions. The resort even held a private pasta bar for the class as a free meal.

Lobby of Kalahari Resort and Hotel

 

Thursday, the class then traveled to Cedar Point Amusement Park and spent the day there. Cedar Point is known as, “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

 

“We thought Cedar Point would be a great place to go,” Sollenberger said. “The park is huge and there are plenty of rides for everyone, whether you like roller coasters or not.”

 

The park had many attractions, including restaurants, roller coasters, games, and animals.

 

“One of my favorite parts of Cedar Point was the petting zoo,” Caitlin Heise (12) said. “It was very hands on you could pet goats, sheep, llamas, and even ride horses.”

 

Thursday night and Friday morning were spent in the resort. After a long day at Cedar Point, the class was ready to head back to Kalahari to relax. Departure from Kalahari was at 3:00 P.M. Friday, and arrival back to the school was 9:00 P.M.

 

The class officers saw all their hard work pay off after the trip with positive feedback from the rest of the class.  

 

“Everyone seemed to love Cedar Point,” Mackling said. “People also liked how we didn’t have strict schedules and we could do whatever we wanted.”

 

After months of planning and four years of fundraising for the officers and advisors, the trip was finally complete.

 

“I personally believe the trip went really well,” Mackling said. “Everyone was just there for one last good time as a group.”

 

After one last time as a class the James Buchanan Class of 2018 is ready to graduate and open new chapters in their lives.

 

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LenFest Scholars For Life

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LenFest Scholars For Life

Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

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The expenses of college are enough to overwhelm students. And they take every opportunity they can to earn money to pay for those extra years of education. There is one scholarship in particular that not only helps you financially, but it also helps students go through everyday life unlike any other award.  

 

The Lenfest Scholarship was founded upon by H.F (Gerry) and Marguerite Lenfest, who prospered in the oil industry. Because of their wealth, they decided to give money back to the community, especially to students. They came up with the LenFest Scholarship to help students make it to college. The goal was to take kids from rural communities and introduce them into rigorous academic pursuits.

Celebrating their success, Mrs. Lynn Fleury-Adamek, Faculty, and Mrs. Bethany Snyder attend the LenFest Scholarship Awards dinner with recipients Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12.

 

James Buchanan High School is one of the many schools found in the rural areas of Central and Southern Pennsylvania. Two students from JBHS applied for this Scholarship: Nicholas Garbinski, 12, and Renee Sollenberger, 12.

 

Garbinski and Sollenberger are both very active throughout the school, participating in many extracurricular activities.

 

Garbinski is part of the Swim team, Cross Country team and the Wrestling team, along with being a part of the JBHS Band. 

 

“I am currently looking into engineering…” said Garbinski. “Not sure what kind yet, but I would either go for civil engineering or chemical engineering.”

 

Sollenberger is an athlete in basketball and volleyball. In addition, she is the secretary for the graduating Class of 2017. Like Garbinski, she is also a part of the JBHS Band.  

 

“I am majoring for something in the sciences…” Sollenberger said. “Either biological engineering or just biology.”

 

Sollenberger and Garbinski heard about Lenfest from their school counselors during their junior year. They both decided to take the challenge, but there was a lot of work and effort that was ahead of them.

“There are three different rounds that each student applicant has to go through,” guidance counselor Mrs. Lynn Troutman, Faculty, explained.

 

“The first round is when each applicant gives the basic information about themselves and then they write a short essay,” said Troutman.

 

“If they make it to the next round, they receive three long essays and they must get teacher recommendations along with a counselor recommendation. The third round is when they do an interview with different universities.”

 

They do not find out whether or not they make it as a LenFest Scholar until the end of May. 

 

 

The toughest part about applying for a college or for a scholarship is the wait and the results. Sollenberger and Garbinski started to feel a little anxiety awaiting the results.

 

According to Sollenberger, “I was not the first one to find out about my results. My dad opened the letter before I got home from practice because he really wanted to know what the ending results were.”

 

“I come home to an open letter from LenFest. I could not explain what all I was feeling. All I wanted to know is whether or not I got in,” Sollenberger said. ”

— Renee Sollenberger

 

“Once I pulled out the letter, I felt so relieved. All of that hard work paid off. I told my mom (who at the time, already knew about it) and she said that dad already told me. The biggest surprise was when he came home with flowers in his hand.”

 

“When I found out that Renee got her letter and she got in, that’s when the nerves started to settle in because I did not get the letter yet,” Garbinski said.

 

 

“I checked the mail the next day and holding that letter was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life,” Garbinski said.”

— Nicholas Garbinski

 

“Heart pounding, palms sweating because you are so nervous that you are going to open the letter and it is going to say, ‘Thank you for the application, but no thanks.’ Fortunately I was lucky enough to get the letter, ‘Congratulations you are a LenFest Scholar.’ I was pumped after that.”

 

Troutman described Sollenberger and Garbinski as “two pleasant, strong students academically and their involvement in the school.”

 

She was not surprised when she found out that both of them got accepted.

“All of their hard work and diligence paid off in the end. These students are good examples for what Lenfest is looking for.””

— Lynn Troutman

 

Lenfest is looking for students who show leadership, volunteerism-giving back to the community, and students who have the academic ability to get into prestigious universities.

 

Both Sollenberger and Garbinski agreed that it is worth taking this opportunity. Grades do play an important role in this process. Whether or not students believe they can or can not get the end result is up to them. The more work effort that gets put in can lead to the desired result.

 

To find out more information about this opportunity go to https://www.lenfestscholars.org/

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