In The Q
February 22, 2023 Newsletter
Future Doctor and Army Captain
Noah Wood: Set to make his mark in medicine and the military
One of Quakertown Community High School’s former student leaders, currently in medical school, was recently sworn in as an Army 2nd Lt. Noah Wood, a 2017 QCHS graduate attending Kansas City University - Joplin, will become a Captain and perform his residency upon graduation, followed by four years of active duty.
“I’m really excited,” Noah said in a recent phone conversation. “For one, it’s a full ride and I’m paid to go to school. Two, there are many areas of medicine to learn, and perhaps develop a specific interest, along with opportunities to travel.”
A 5-foot-8, 185-pound all-league linebacker, running back, and wrestler as a Panther, Noah also excelled in the classroom with a 4.19-grade point average. He was part of the Medical Career Pathways program and during his senior year spent two days a week at St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital. “It gave me the opportunity to see different aspects of health care,” he said. “It was eye-opening. From that experience, I knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Wrestlers dominate SOL Liberty Division
7 Panthers earn championships in the 13 weight classes
Quakertown dominated the Suburban One League Liberty Division Wrestling Championships on Wednesday with seven champions in the 13 weight classes. The Panthers also had one wrestler finish second and three finish fourth.
Liberty Division champs included Isaac Williams (114 pounds), Mason Ziegler (121), Logan Pfistner (127), Gavin Carroll (139), Collin Gaj (145), Zach Borzio (152), and Calvin Lachman (215). Waylen Strzelski was second at 107. Fourth-place finishes went to Cody Stank (133), Maxwell Hibsman (160), and Dylan Fenstermacher (172).
These performances allowed the Panthers to win the meet with 186 points. They were followed by Upper Dublin (148), Plymouth Whitemarsh (124), Hatboro-Horsham (106.5), Wissahickon (98), and Abington (73.5).
Quakertown hosts the district tournament on Saturday, February 25.
First SOL Girls Wrestling Championships
2 Panthers earn titles, 1 takes second
Quakertown Community High School had two champions and one second-place finish at the first Suburban One League Girls’ Wrestling Championships.
Congratulations to Caroline Hattala and Ashley Stank for winning titles in the event, and to Chase-Marie Ryan for placing second.
Ice Hockey Playoffs: Quakertown vs. Plymouth Whitemarsh
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 8:45pm
350 County Line Road
Middle School Champs
Strayer wrestlers go undefeated
SOL Swimming Championships
Several swimmers qualify for districts
Several Quakertown Community High School swimmers qualified for districts at the recent Suburban One League Liberty Championships.
Joshua Einolf finished second in the 100 Fly and third in the 200 IM. Kara Woods set a team record in the 100 Fly and was third in the 100 Back.
Lilly Bauz, Alex Tantorno, Maria Wehmeyer, and Kara set records in the 200 Medley and 200 Free relays.
District qualifiers include Lilly in the 50 free and 100 fly, Joshua in the 100 Fly and 200 IM, Kara in the 100 Fly and 100 Back, and the 200 Free relay team of Lilly Bauz, Alex, Maria, and Kara.
4 Panthers among area's top returning football players in 2023
Phillyburbs.com lists its top 105 returning football players for 2023. Four Panthers made the list: defensive end Ed Bittner, linebacker Gavin Carroll, linebacker Devon Eure, and quarterback Vince Micucci.
Let's go Panthers!!!
QE students rewarded with books
The school receives a special vending machine
A special piece of equipment was recently unveiled at Quakertown Elementary School that could have a positive impact on reading and behavior. A book vending machine was purchased with the help of the Quakertown Community Education Foundation and Title IV funds.
Similar to vending machines that pop out soda and snacks, this one drops books. And to receive one, students must earn golden PRIDE tickets for demonstrating Perseverance, Respect, In-control Behavior, Dependability, and Effort. These five PRIDE points are based on PBIS, the Positive Behavior Intervention Support program in place at QE.
“The vending machine works by rewarding kids for good behavior, good grades, good attendance, and anything else we can celebrate about our students,” Principal Dr. Greg Lesher said. “The PBIS Core Team came up with this idea and our belief is that the combination of vending books with our own personalized reward system could bridge the gap between literacy and engagement. Our long-term hope is that the book vending machine becomes the school's centerpiece and serves as a constant reminder about books and literacy.”
Fab Lab brings cutting-edge technology to QE
The Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s Fab Lab has been educating Quakertown Elementary School students on the process of digital fabrication. The lab is a transit van that transports several carts full of equipment such as 3D printers, a laser engraver, CNC router, vinyl cutter, and a variety of robotics equipment. It also has laptop computers with specialized software programs to control and interact with the equipment.
There’s great demand for the unit, and its annual one-week residencies at schools fill up in approximately 36 hours once posted. The equipment gives students an opportunity to learn from cutting-edge technology designed to inspire and encourage them to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fields.
Richland collects 1000 books for CHOP
Congratulations to the hard-working students as approximately 1,000 books were collected! Books will appear in waiting rooms in CHOP Primary Care Centers.
Fifth graders celebrate 1000 days of math at Neidig
Neidig teacher Patricia O'Neill always comes up with fun ways to teach math. Recently, she had her fifth graders celebrate their 1000th day of school.
The students started a Dimes to Dollars Drive to raise money for charity. Each class has a goal of 1000 dimes! They also made a memory chain with 1000 favorite memories of school. And, of course, they do lots of math with the number 1000!
students educated about distracted driving
The Quakertown Community School District wants to thank Carly Mannon, Community Traffic Safety Program Manager at TMA Bucks, the county’s transportation management association, for speaking with all high school health classes about the dangers of distracted driving.
QCSD Budget Workshop
Thursday, March 2nd, 7pm
100 Commerce Drive, Quakertown
QCHS seeks Wall of Fame nominations
Quakertown Community High School Principal Mattias van 't Hoenderdaal is seeking Wall of Fame nominations from the public. Alumni considered will have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a career or have contributed significantly to the health, welfare or human rights of the local, state, national, or international community.
The Wall of Fame Committee is comprised of:
- Ray Fox, Quakertown Alumni Association
- Tom Klee, At-Large Member
- Audrey Waddell, Quakertown Community Education Association
- Sylvia Kalasz, Superintendent Representative
- Christopher Betz, Quakertown Community Education Foundation
Free prom dresses available; see your school counselor
Registration for State Police Camp Cadet
The Pennsylvania State Police Troop M will once again be hosting the annual Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet Program at Camp Fowler, 5851 Horseshoe Road, Orefield (Lehigh County). Camp will take place from Sunday, June 11 through Friday June 16.
Camp Cadet is an overnight summer camp for boys and girls between the ages of 12 to 15 years old. The goal of Camp Cadet is to introduce cadets to the diverse criminal justice system and establish a positive relationship between law enforcement and youth, while living in an atmosphere similar to an actual State Police Academy.
Presentations will include various municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This camp stresses teamwork, honesty, and integrity, while developing discipline and self-esteem, which will promote good decision-making at a young age. At the completion of the week, cadets will not only be proud of their accomplishments, but also gain an understanding of what it takes to be a police officer.
For those who are interested in attending Troop M Camp Cadet, registration can be done by going on-line and registering through the below link. Registration is open all of February and limited to the number of applicants.
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.