In The Q
February 21, 2022 Newsletter
6 division titles in a row for wrestlers
11 Panthers capture individual SOL Liberty Division championships
The Quakertown Community High School wrestling team won its sixth consecutive Suburban One League Liberty Division championship in dominating fashion as 11 wrestlers captured individual crowns, eight by pin.
“The guys did a heck of a job,” Coach Kurt Handel said. “This is one of the toughest teams in Quakertown history, which is amazing.”
The coach praised QYC Wrestling, the youth organization, for recruiting youngsters into “a great program.” He also gave a shout-out to Strayer Middle School, which has strengthened its schedule and has performed admirably, including a recent fifth-place finish in the SEPA tournament.
SOL Liberty Division champions are Freddie Retter, heavyweight (30-3), Brandon Pierce, 215 pounds (10-10), Kaden Rosener, 189 (25-14), Calvin Lachman, 172 (29-7), Zach Borzio, 145 (29-13), Gavin Carrol, 138 (26-10), Collin Gaj, 132 (34-5), Todd McGann, 126 (24-14), Mason Ziegler, 120 (34-4), Justin Adamson, 113 (17-12), Ike Williams, 106 (23-12).
Five girls qualify for states
4x200 relay, shot put qualify for states
Quakertown Community High School’s 4x200 relay team, in photo left to right, Jade Williams, Mackenna Calabria, Kaitlin Calvello, and Callie Able, solidified their berth in the state championships during the Meet of Champions at Lehigh University. The girls set a personal record, finishing in 1:48.36. Trinity Lucas also qualified for states in the shot put.
The relay team dropped their time by 2 seconds by working on their handoffs as well as changing the order of the runners. “They really worked hard and persevered and their gold medal performance at Lehigh on Friday night was the talk of the meet,” Coach Jason Anderson said.
The Girls Track & Field team had the most participants qualify for the Lehigh meet in more than 10 years, Mr. Anderson said. He listed:
Jade Williams: 60 meters and 4x200 Relay
Adenike Onanuga- Shot Put and 60m Hurdles
Bekah Hickey: 3000m
Trinity Lucas: Shot Put
Mackenna Calabria : 60 m and 4x200 Relay
Sammi Radzai: 400 m and Distance Medley Relay
Callie Able: 4x200 Relay
Kaitlin Calvello: 4x200 Relay and Long Jump
Aislin Magalengo: 800 and Distance Medley Relay
Gabby Kishbaugh- High Jump
Lily Scheetz : Distance Medley Relay
Lena Patrick: Distance Medley Relay
Sabine Muse: Shot put
Lauren Harwick: Distance Medley Relay
The girls have really persevered over the adversity of the pandemic and weather this season,” Mr. Anderson said. “They have worked really hard outside in the cold as well as in the weight room and indoor track. Staying positive and supportive of each other has been one of their many strengths.”
Panthers capture several medals in divisionals
To say Quakertown Community High School swim Coach Tony Carty was excited with his team’s performance at the Suburban One League’s Liberty Division championships would be an understatement. “Wow, wow, wow!” Mr. Carty said in describing the Panthers' outstanding effort, both in relays and individual performances at Wissahickon High School on February 11-12.
Caleb Einolf earned two gold medals as Liberty Division champion in both the 200 IM with a school record of 1:57:18 and 100 backstroke in a Wissahickon HS record time of 53:28. Lilly Bauz broke two Panther records and won two silver medals in the 50 free in 24.66 and 100 fly in 59.62.
Kara Woods captured bronze medals in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle. Kara and Lilly also earned a bronze medal with Maria Wehmeyer and Anna Clement in the girls 200 medley relay. They finished in a school-record time of 1:55:59.
These triumphs highlighted an outstanding team effort that included 30 top times for Panther swimmers. “This was a fantastic performance by our team,” Coach Carty said. “They showed how outstanding they are on the league level. It was amazing to see the level of respect they have gained from swimmers and coaches in this league.”
Two other QCHS relay teams also set school records, the girls 200 freestyle relay of Lilly, Alexandria Tantoro, Maria and Kara, finishing in 1:42:03 and the boys 400 freestyle of David Pyfer, Josh Einolf, Ben Stella, and Caleb in 3:26:67.
“The team is awesome,” Caleb said. “We’re a tightly-knit family. It’s a lot of fun to be part of.”
17 students perfect on civics exam
The civics assessment was mandated by the Pennsylvania General Assembly for students between grades 7 to 12 in 2018. That same year, the Quakertown Community School Board agreed to have the district implement the assessment, which utilizes 30 questions from the 100-question US Naturalization and Citizenship test to meet this requirement.
“Our students have shown they have a level of understanding of civics and government that is proficient and above,” said Dr. Michael Zackon, QCSD’s Supervisor of Secondary Programs. “That’s both a credit to them and to their teachers, whose instruction enables us to achieve our mission, which includes giving students the skills they need for engaged citizenship.”
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Celebrating Black History Month
A wall of 21 iconic Black Americans can be found in the Sixth Grade Center
Ashley Walter figured just outside her classroom would be a perfect place to decorate the nearby wall with inspiring quotes from famous Black Americans.
“It’s something kids walk by every day and can see everything that they accomplished,” said Ms. Walter, autism and emotional support teacher at the Sixth Grade Center. “It’s awesome when I see them actually take the time to read them or point out the people they know.”
February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Teachers throughout the Quakertown Community School District bring their unique perspective to that observance.
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21 QCHS students medal in SkillsUSA
These students all attend the Upper Bucks County Technical School with fellow students from Palisades and Pennridge. In the SkillsUSA competition, they faced off against Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School, Career Institute of Technology, Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, Monroe Career & Technical Institute, and Colonial Academy in 30 technical and leadership competitions.
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Avinash Paul Finalist for National Merit Scholarship
Of 1.5 million students who entered the National Merit Scholarship Program, he is one of 15,000 to be named a Finalist. Avinash’s 1490 score on the 2020 Preliminary SAT served as an initial screen of program entrants, That score is achieved by fewer than 1 percent of today’s U.S. high school seniors.
He later scored 1590 out of a possible 1600 on his SAT. “I was one math question away (from a perfect score),” Avinash said.
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Student's vector art selected for Baum exhibition, competition
Caleb, a student in Amy Migliore’s Advanced Digital Design class, will receive a monetary prize for his vector art, titled “Tranquility.” The image shows a sailboat with sun, clouds, and birds reflected in the water. Its title is very fitting.
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Tuba player Daniel Juszynski qualifies for PMEA All-State Band
Quakertown Community High School junior Daniel Juszynski has qualified for the 2022 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Concert Band!
On January 28 Dan, along with Richard Strader, Elizabeth Callan, and Makya Milkowich participated in the PMEA District 11 Band Festival at Pennsbury High School. All four were selected by audition in November. The PMEA District 11 Band Festival is comprised of the best musicians from high schools in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
Dan was selected to move on to the PMEA Region 6 Band Festival on tuba. The Region Band Festival will be held on March 11 at West Chester Rustin High School.
"We are so proud of Dan for this special accomplishment," QCHS Band Director Frank Parker said. "Congratulations to all four of our outstanding QCHS District Band members!"
Esports competitions every Thursday
Quakertown Community High School students got a taste of the new Esports Club Thursday in a classroom engineering lab. The Panthers will be part of the North American Scholastic Esports Federation. Like all school clubs, students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a 2.0-grade point average, to participate.
The goal of the club is to provide students with a positive social environment that includes quality mentors to help them experience and grow positive skills that can be applied in their educational and personal lives, said Sandi Frisch, a QCHS business teacher who will be a club advisor along with video production teacher Lincoln Kaar and science teacher Andy Snyder.
Mr. Kaar let students know that Esports is one of the nation’s fastest-growing clubs, and that colleges are recruiting students and providing scholarships for Esports.
Since 2018, when the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) first recognized Esports as an official sport, more than 8,600 high schools have started video-gaming teams, according to the National Education Association. Last year, more than $16 million in Esports scholarships were awarded by U.S. colleges, helping to fuel that explosive growth.
The club plans to meet each Thursday after school. For more information, contact one of the club’s advisors.
The Quakertown Community School District is registering students for kindergarten classes through May 31. To be eligible for kindergarten in the 2022-23 school year, a child must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2022.
The intent of the School Board is to have full-day kindergarten for all students in each of the district’s elementary schools in 2022-23. Board leadership has given the administration the go-ahead to fill those new positions and the administration intends to advertise for them and budget accordingly.
More information on kindergarten registration may be found here. For a helpful video, click here. QCSD’s registrar, Kristine Fair, may be contacted at 215-529-2023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Saturday, March 5th, 12pm
Quakertown Community High School, 600 Park Ave.
A long-time favorite, the QCHS Daddy Daughter Dance, will be held for the first time in three years from noon to 2 PM on Saturday, March 5. Payments may be mailed to QCHS, 600 Park Avenue, Quakertown, PA 18951, or dropped off at the high school’s main office between 7 AM and 3 PM. Checks should be made out to QCHS Class of 2023. They are due by February 24.
We are REALLY looking forward to this event and hope to see you there. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Members of the Class of 2023
Free gowns in the counselors' office
QCHS families, these have not been the easiest of times financially for many people. With that in mind, if you have a daughter who needs a gown for a prom or formal dance, the school counselors have been collecting them from thoughtful community residents. They're FREE!
Please have your daughter speak to her school counselor. They want to help! No questions asked!
If you have a gown to donate, please drop it off at the high school's main office.
Strayer spring sports sign-ups
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QCHS grads in the news
Adria Retter, 2019
Adria Retter moved into the national top-10 Division III rankings with her personal record in the shot put. Adria finished second in the Frank Colden Invitational on February 5 with a personal-best toss of 43-11.75. That effort won Adria the Centennial Conference’s Athlete of the Week.
Since that event, she won the Keough Invitational with a 44-2.5 and followed that up by shattering her personal best at the Princeton Indoor Invitational with a 45-8, boosting her to eighth in the nation.
Adria also excels in the classroom. At Quakertown Community High School she was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. She is studying mathematics and computer science.
Hayden Smith, 2017
Tenor Hayden Smith is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Most recently, Hayden was the 1st place winner in the Upper College division of the NATS 2021 National Student Auditions. His upcoming engagements include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Rice University and Giuseppe in La Traviata and Elder Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah with Wolf Trap Opera as a Studio Artist.
Hayden has enjoyed summer engagements with Wolf Trap Opera (2020 and 2021), Music Academy of the West (2019), Houston Grand Opera's Young Artist Vocal Academy (2019), and the Chautauqua Institution Voice Program (2018).
“I am incredibly honored to be one of the inaugural recipients of the Dominick Argento and Carolyn Bailey Argento Fellowship for Vocal Performance," Hayden said. "This fellowship will enable me to focus more intensely on my vocal studies and serve as a crucial springboard for my transition from student to young artist. I am deeply grateful to the Argento family and the National Opera Association for the opportunity to represent the Argento legacy in this fashion."
Hayden is awarded the Carolyn Bailey Argento Fellowship for Vocal Performance for a Master of Music degree in the field of Vocal Performance at Rice University.
Justin Butler, 2021
According to the Lehigh baseball media guide, Justin "will certainly add tremendous depth to a talented catching core at Lehigh, coming to South Mountain from nearby Quakertown. He received the Quakertown Community High School Outstanding Athlete Award this past season and was a Second Team All-League selection in 2019 and 2021.
According to Perfect Game, Butler is ranked 30th overall in Pennsylvania's Class of 2021, coming in as the second-best catcher. He was one of the top 500 players picked by the publication in the country.
Employment Opportunities in QCSD
The Quakertown Borough Police Department is accepting applications for its 8th annual Citizens Police Academy. Classes begin on Tuesday, March 8th and will run each Tuesday for eight weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. at police headquarters.
Participants must be at least 15 years of age. If interested, email School Resource Officer Bob Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School bus cancelations
QCSD families, by now you are well aware there is a nationwide shortage of school bus drivers. Brooke Ott, QCSD's Transportation Coordinator, has been in regular contact with you regarding bus cancelations.
A page on the website is dedicated to these alerts. They can be found here.
If you or anyone you know enjoys working with children and is looking for a part-time job, please contact Levy Bus Company, (215) 536-4567 or email@example.com.
Free Winter Farmer’s Market March 1, 15
#QCSD families, on the first and third Tuesday, from 2-4 p.m., anyone can stop by the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center (21 N. Main Street in Quakertown) for free produce and other items. (Bring your own bags if possible!) Upcoming dates are March 1 and March 15.
If you don’t have transportation or have any other questions, please contact Amy Stank of Quakertown Community Outreach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free COVID-19 testing for students, QCSD employees
The Bucks County Health Department is providing free COVID-19 testing for:
- Bucks County school employees and contractors.
- Bucks County children who have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.
This free testing opportunity is not for individuals required to provide proof of a negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. Per the Bucks County Health Department, individuals required to produce proof of a negative test in lieu of vaccination will need to secure other testing arrangements.
Click here for the flyer which contains all the necessary links, addresses, and expectations. Please note that appointments are required and can be scheduled by scanning the QR code or clicking on the link provided. No walk-ins are accepted.
COVID testing at St. Luke's University Health Network.
CVS and Rite Aid do testing as well, and appointments can be made via their websites.
Click here to find other COVID-19 testing locations.
For information on picking up free rapid test kits, click here.
COVID-positive student online form
The Quakertown Community School District nursing staff has developed an online form for families to use if their child has tested positive for COVID. We’re hoping that having this option available makes it easier for our families to communicate positive results to our nurses. This process aligns with the goals of the district’s Health and Safety Plan to safely monitor student and staff health.
If your student has tested positive for COVID, please fill out this questionnaire.
County HS Poet of the Year contest
Bucks County students have until Friday, March 11 to submit three original poems for the chance to win $300. In addition to the prize money, the winner receives a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners, and the opportunity to read at a public reception.
Click here to submit your three original poems and an application form.
PennDOT's Safety Citizens program
Throughout the year, PennDOT will post information and ask a question about different topics challenging our Safety Citizens to come up with creative ways to answer the safety question. Submissions could include a short video, poem, drawing, or any type of original artwork.
The first topic for 2022 is Drowsy Driving. Participants are asked to submit a response to the question “What do you think are the best ways to avoid drowsy driving?” The kids’ challenge for the topic is to draw a picture of other ways to travel if someone is too tired to drive. Submissions are due by Monday, February 28.
The program is open to Safety Citizens of all ages. With each topic, PennDOT will choose submissions and feature them on its statewide social media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
PennDOT is seeking sound safety advice presented in creative, original ways. No answer is too obvious, and no artwork is too simple to be considered. Program details, deadlines and instructions regarding how to submit videos and artwork can be found online at www.PennDOT.gov/SafetyCitizens or questions can be emailed to SafetyCitizens@pa.gov.