2021 – 2022 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Penncrest ranked sixth, out of 36 schools’ teams, at the recent State Science Olympiad. The team also medaled in a number of events.
Delaware County Youth Leadership Academy
Dan Le represented Penncrest at the leadership academy. Dan and his peers gave a presentation on leadership after a three-day event, offered to only 25 students, designed to bring together sophomores with local business, government, and nonprofit leaders to discuss trends, issues and qualities of leadership.
Penncrest has once again been recognized by U.S. News and World Reports as one of America’s Best High Schools. According to their rankings, they are ranked 48 out of over 700 high school in Pennsylvania, placing them among the best 7% of schools in the state and the nation.
National Latin Exam Awards
Seven students from Penncrest earned national awards for their scores on the National Latin Exam: Jess Sun-Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude, Trinity Marsh - Magna Cum Laude, Ariel Mehmeti - Magna Cum Laude, Justin Duvak - Cum Laude, Phoebe Barcomb - Cum Laude, Joe Evans - Cum Laud and Ella Sleutaris - Cum Laude
PA State Language Association
The Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association has once again honored Penncrest High School with the Golden Globe Award for the school’s exemplary world language program! The award is the most prestigious recognition given out by PSMLA, signifying that Penncrest’s program is among the best in Pennsylvania. World languages staff will be officially honored on the organization’s website and will receive a Golden Globe certificate.
The Penncrest Band traveled to Williamsburg, VA from March 16-20. They performed in the historic town square of Williamsburg on St. Patrick's Day and took part in educational clinics at Christopher Newport University. Additionally, they took part in tours of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown.
The following band members have achieved the highest level of student musicianship recognized by PMEA. They will represent Penncrest at the PMEA All State Festival: Josie InTham, clarinet, Sophia Lenderman, trumpet, Garrett Lynn, bass clarinet, Ben Werner, trombone and Niklas Umland, tuba.
The following Penncrest band members have been selected to perform at the PMEA State Conference: All-State Concert Band: Josie InTham, clarinet - Sophia Lenderman, trumpet and Benjamin Werner, trombone.
All-State Wind Ensemble: Garrett Lynn, bass clarinet and Niklas Umland, tuba.
Child Development Program
Penncrest Little Lions started on March 1. The preschoolers work with the Child Development students. Students teach lessons that help to prepare the Little Lions for kindergarten.
Model UN Club
Penncrest's Model UN Club roared into our 1st LIVE COMPETITION in over a year against the likes of Haverford, Spring-Ford, Masterman, Jenkintown, and Malvern Prep. Our Lions debated and collaborated about global issues regarding healthcare, banking, and education. AJ Torillo earned Honorary Mention kudos, while Matthew Sparling scored an Outstanding Delegate award. Congrats to all Penncrest attendees!
The PHS Astronomy Club
The PHS Astronomy Club attended a free interactive zoom session with the Widener Observatory. Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Harry Augensen, led the club through videos, photos, and interactive quizzes about the night sky and highlighted African American astronomers of the past.
All Penncrest World Language students participated in the district language contests during World Language classes this month. Winners for each language and level will be honored at the annual World Language Fête. Acc Level l French – First Place, Lillian Lauer. H Level I French – First Place Fourkone Roufai, Kimberly Engle, Justin Martin and Savannah Snyder. Acc Level II French – First Place, Lucas Chladek and Mary Cullen. Second Place, Sophia Donnelly, Third Place, Jennifer Peralta and Honorable Mention, Sohia Fante and Sarah Pyfer. H Level French II – First Place, Juliette DiMatteo and Ranica Levin, Second Place, John Khoury, Third Place, Owen O’Lynn, Honorable Mention, Skyler Bonner and Joshua Fineberg. Acc Level III French – First Place, Michele Sun, Second Place, Maggie McLane, Third Place, Amelie Turmel and Honorable Mention, Jordan Knox and Leah Strasser. H Level III French – First Place, Yasmin Ahmed, Second Place and Delaney Hewlings. Acc Level IV French – First Place, Zoe MacKenzie and Anna Rowland, Second Place, Alisun Coldiron, Third Place, Elsa Simon and Honorable Mention, Sophia Murpjy and Olivia Truocchio. AP French – First Place, Luck Watson, Second Place, Ivan Vuchic and Kim Bonilla and Third Place, Sophia Bush.
Acc Level I Latin – First Place, Ella Sleutaris, Second Place, Jackson Strine and Third Place, Ariel Mehmeti. H Level I Latin – First Place, Andrew Nutt, Second Place, Hannah Jacobi, Third Place, Sam Dinitz and Honorable Mention, Devin Baldwin, Kate Benson and Gianna Loveland-Smith. Acc Level II Latin – First Place, Jessica Sun, Second Place, Trinity Marsh, Third Place Mackenzie Beals and Honorable Mention, Zachary Ritchie, Paige Lota and Isabel Patrizio. H Level II – First Place, Ava Kearney, Second Place, Justin Duvak and Riley Signor, Third Place, Vanessa Kenny and Honorable Mention, Aurora Crater, Isabella Colucci and Ava Simpson. Acc Level III Latin – First Place, Ryan O’Connor and Phoebe Barcomb.
Acc Level I Mandarin Chinese – First Place, Esabella Shao and Felix Busic, Second Place, Timothy John, Third Place 0 Aaron Pham and Honorable Mention, Maxwell Phillips. H Level I Mandarin Chinese – First Place, Julia Casey and Julia Hunt, Second Place, Anantstasi Lauer, Third Place, Joseph Walters and Mary Cullen and Honorable Mention Heila Massaquoi. Acc Level II Mandarin Chinese – First Place, Serena Li and Brady Huggett, Second Place, Eva Chen and Liam Doyle, Third Place, Leo Ouyang, Emily Gregg and Amiyah Camper. Honorable Mention, Mira Kuttymartin.
SkillsUSA District 2 Competition
Lucas Sampson received a first place award in CPR and Jack Gomer received a third place award in carpentry.
National Technical Honor Society
Similoluwa Olaniyi was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. NTHS celebrates the accomplishments of today’s career and technical education students, empowering them to know the value and impact of their career paths and trades.
Music – All State Recognition
After moving through PMEA District and Region levels, the following students have achieved the highest student musician honor in the state: PMEA All-State: Josie InTham, clarinet, Garrett Lynn, bass clarinet, Sophia Lenderman, trumpet, Benjamin Werner, trombone and Niklas Umland, tuba. These students will take part in the PMEA Annual Conference, held at the Kalahari Resort, participating in rehearsals and master classes with outstanding educators and conductors. The conference concludes with performances by the All State Ensembles. The Penncrest Band is proud to have five representatives as this is a new school record. Congratulations to these young musicians for their hard work and achievement.
Ellie Simon, 11th grade, plans to study in France this summer as the Phyllis Kavanaugh Scholarship winter. Anastasia and Lilian Lauer, 10th grade, have been selected as the Keith Sendall Scholarship for Extended Study Abroad recipients. Both Anastasia and Lilian plan to spend the fall 2022 semester abroad in Spain.
R.E.V.I.V.E. (Responsible Engagement Valuing Improvement with a Vision Toward Excellence) Awards
Each marking period, Penncrest staff members, including teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators, nominate students who make measurable improvement in their grades and demonstrate increased involvement and effort in school or community activities for the REVIVE Award. This award recognizes students who are resilient and flexible and who exhibit steady and marked academic growth. The following students were recognized for the First Marking Period REVIVE Award: Madelon Andersen, Abigail Babicki, Chloe Ballard, Harshan Bhogal, Jon Burgess, Cara Childs, Jamie Closs, Raphaella Colucci, Willow Corbridge, Dylan Dejong, Ranvir Dhillon, Kira Dickinson, Caleb Epright, Matthew Ferry, Sophie Foster-Larner, Beebe Foss, Franklin Fox, Zach Geyer, Liam Glackin, Chloe Griffiths, Cheyanne Hancock, Jack Hebdon, William Hignutt, Eva Hunter, Annie Johnson, Brooke Kimmel, Jess Kimmel, Timm Kozma, Evan Kubiak, Timira Lee, Ranica Levin, Zach Lota, Alexandra Mariano, Kieran McConnel, Reilly McLane, Elizabeth Meyers, Angela Nela, Samiyah Osbourne, Shawn Quinn, Ahmiy Queen, Adrianna Rex-Dannaker, Jack, Robinson, Fourkone Roufai, Ellie Schaefer, Bernadette Schlotzhauer, Jake Stephens, Beckett Strine, Connor Thompson, Samantha Turk, Samuel Williams, Michael Williamson, Hajj Womack and Cole Wood.
PMEA District Level Musicians
The following students were announced as having successfully auditioned for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 12 festivals: District 12 Band students of Craig Snyder: Sabella Saulino, flute, Josie InTham, clarinet, Isaac Stone, clarinet, Paige Matson, clarinet, Serena Wesley, clarinet, Garrett Lynn, bass clarinet, Olivia Truocchio, trumpet, Sophia Lenderman, trumpet, Luke Watson, trombone, Ben Werner, trombone, Zoe Mackenzie, trombone and Nik Umland, tuba. District 12 Choir students of Megan Rozinski: Ella Baker, alto, Pierre Croquette, tenor, John Logue, bass, Garrett Lynn, tenor, Ellie Simon, soprano and Maddie Theveny, alto. District 12 Orchestra students of Ben Weaver and Craig Snyder: Angie Chen, violin, Sabella Saulino, flute, Isaac Stone, clarinet, Olivia Truocchio, trumpet, Luke Watson, trombone, Nik Umland, tuba and Josh Bartkowski, double bass.
Penncrest Hi-Q Team
The Penncrest Hi-Q Team hosted their first home match since Fall of 2019. The team defeated Ridley and Upper Darby. The final score was Penncrest 53, Ridley 39, Upper Darby 34. The team not only captured the win, but had their photo featured in the Daily Times.
Cheerleading Qualifies for the National Championships
Penncrest Cheerleaders won 1st place at the Pocono Regionals in the Game Day Division at the Lancaster Convention Center. This was the cheer team’s first appearance at the Regional Championship since 2017. Not only did our cheerleaders earn a bid to the National High School Cheerleader Championships in Orlando, Florida, they took the title at the Northeast Regionals over 12 other high schools in their division. They will represent Penncrest on a national stage this February. The competition team consists of: Seniors: Chayse Downend, Carly Field and Ella Schwartz, Juniors: Allie Brown, Bella Colucci and Hayley Piacentino, Sophomores: Gabriella Hamilton, Sarah Meek and Heidi Renneisen and Freshman: Megan Falkinburg, Julia Weld and Abbey Wolf.
National Merit Semifinalists
Penncrest’s semifinalists are Jesse R. Palmer and Hanwen Zhang. These students from Penncrest High School have been named semifinalists in the 67th National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among 16,000 semifinalists who have a chance to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.
2022 Best Schools In PA
Niche rated Penncrest High School #44 in the State. Traditional rankings relay almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance. Niche’s ratings combine user input – ratings from current students, alumni and parents – with data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more. Each school receives an overall letter grade based on academics, teachers, clubs and activities, diversity, college preparation and health and safety.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Ella Baker, class of '24, participated in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition at West Chester. She won First place in her category, Division 1A Young High School Musical Theater.
Miranda Muller will continue her education and Track career at the University of Redlands!
Garrett Whitfield will continue his education and Basketball career at Penn State University-Brandywine next year!
Mattea Baumgardner will continue her education and Softball career at Bates College!
Dan Munro will continue his education and Track/Field career at Cal University of PA next Fall!
Jake Moule will continue his education and Baseball career at Gwynedd Mercy University next Fall!
Kelsie Robinson will continue her education and XC/Track career at Bloomsburg University.
Connor Kraycik will continue his education and Soccer career at Alvernia University next Fall!
Connor was 1st team All Central/1st All Delco and broke the Penncrest single season goal record this year!
Ben Stanton will continue his education and basketball career at Elizabethtown College next year.
Dylan Walsh will continue his education and Lacrosse career at Averett University next Fall!
Quinten Perilli will continue his education and Baseball career at Elizabethtown College!
Zach Puckett will continue his education and Lacrosse career at Eastern University next year!
Michael Costello will continue his Baseball career at Millersville University next year!
Sophie Pasnak will continue her education and Lacrosse career at D1 Manhattan College next year!
Annalynn Pompetti will continue her education and Lacrosse career at D1 Old Dominion University next year! Annalynn was HM All-Central in 2021!
Carson Steinbach will continue his education and Volleyball career at Lewis University next year! Carson was 2020 5th place at 18 open and a member of the Yorktowne 18 Blue Team!
Dylan McDougall will continue his Lacrosse career at D1 Towson University next year!
Dylan was HM All-Central last year for the Lions!
Sophie Pasnak will continue her education and Lacrosse career at D1 Manhattan College next year!
Runner of the Year
Ruby Schwelm was named the female Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Delaware County Daily Times. Ruby is the first Penncrest runner to earn this honor since 1999. What makes this even more impressive is that Ruby is a Freshman!
Students of the Month are honored at a breakfast with their parents/guardians and teachers. Students of the Month for October are: Explorers: Dane Bellucci and Gabrielle Montlouis; Voyagers: Joseph Burch and Abigail Francis; Blazers: Santina Gandolfo and Royce Toussaint-Williams; Pioneers: Ella LiVolsi and Francis John Vernacchio lll; Patriots: Timothy Quigley and Samantha Ritchie; Eagles: Katharine Hartman and Justin Tezla; Discovery: Shlok Pambhar and Charlie Kratz; Endeavor: Wilson Li and Aurora Monroe; Odyssey: Kyle Chen and Arin Lee.
Students of the Month for November are: Blazers: Dylan Welc and Diana Howard; Pioneers: Jaylyn Barbee and Michael Simone; Patriots: Avery Hewlings and Jonah Carlis; Eagles: Tobie Brock and James Caldwell; Discovery: Nour Khoury and Christopher Teti; Endeavor: Henry Murphy and Jillian Locke; Odyssey: Beatrice Pollock and Nathaniel Anderson. Students of the Month for December are: Ryan King, Margaret Welsh, Logan Reilly, Abigail Tegan, Dylan Welc, Diana Howard, Jaylyn Barbee, Michael Simone, Avery Hewlings, Jonah Carlis, Tobie Brock, James Caldwell, Nour Khoury, Christopher Teti, Henry Murphy, Jillian Locke, Beatrice Pollock and Nathaniel Anderson. January Students of the Month are: Joshua Anthony, Adrianna Gianneas, Jamie Scott, Jenyl Yeboah, Calle Duffy, Colton Corkery, Matthew Kennedy, Ashley Gommer, Brandyn Boch, Zoe Lambert, Sydney Reid, Keegan Brophy, Logan Cosentino, Cora Scholtz, Kaleigh Herbert, Santo Echevarria, Rohan Gurnaney and Isabel Thomas. February Students of the Month are: Andrew Stitley, Anna Scanlon, Logan Dilenno, Reese Pettit, Donovan Williams, Violet Petrucci, Selina Fagundes, Thang Ma, Charles Bevan, Lucille Vollmer, Juliet Poletti, Acheson Neigh, Liam Wray, Azania Alfonso, Colin Hefferan, Reese Wickman, Gabriel Honan and Rebecca Honan. March Students of the Month are: Explorers: Milan Avinash and Ellen Davis; Voyagers: Kevin Graham and Madelinem Oliver; Blazers: Sabella McGee and Jack Janczyk; Pioneers: Oleksandra Dziuba and Daniel Shaak; Patriots: Charles Hull and Malia Lee; Eagles: Anneliese McLean and Phineas Petka; Discovery: Nash Grant and Dallas Thomas; Endeavor: Sean Benson and Zayna Alrez; Odyssey: Evyana Quaciari and Aiden Fox. The following Students of the Month for the month of April are: Explorers: A. Tang and G. Hague; Voyagers: K. DiGuiseppe and C. Titter; Blazers: P. Enriquez and S. Aguirre-Parker; Pioneers: D. Calliagas and J. Mersch; Patriots: B. Dougherty and M. Hettinger; Eagles: K. McCafferty and L. Carroll; Discovery: D. Gravinese and F. Lin; Endeavor: M. Gunawan and A. Tang; Odyssey: Z. Lane and G. Aguirre-Parker.
Springton was recognized by the PA Department of Education for its three-year participation in the P2G Initiative. This program helps to ensure that middle school students are on a positive trajectory and on the path to graduation.
April Kim, 7th grade, came in second place in the county-wide Spelling Bee. She battled 18 rounds in the DCIU Spelling Bee.
The Science Olympiad team qualified for the state competition after competing against local schools in our area.
Hoops for Hope
Hoops for Hope raised $3,600 which will be directed to the Eagles Autism Foundation, which raises money for innovative research and programs.
The School Championship Geography Bee came down to a pair of brothers: Amar and Sameer Dhillon. Amar, the older brother, eked out a victory on the 5th question of the championship round.
Caitlin Crumish placed first at every cross-country meet this season.
The seventh grade boys soccer team finished the season undefeated under the tutelage of the first year coach Mr. Frantz.
The Glenwood Reading Olympics team led by Miss Pinsley and Miss Coyne, received a Red Ribbon Award during the Delaware County Reading Olympics competition. This year the event was held virtually, which makes it more challenging, but the Glenwood readers still came out with an award! Students in the Reading Olympics read many different genres of books, and then answer ed a myriad of questions during the competition about the books, competing against different elementary schools from all over Delaware County. Congratulations to all of the participants!
Glenwood’s Read-A-Thon is at the halfway point. Students have read over 133,700 minutes.
March Book Madness
This year’s bracket theme is Glenwood Superheroes and starts off with 16 books. Students vote for their favorite book.
Pennsylvania Positive Behavior Support Network (PaPBS)
PaPBS recently announced that Glenwood Elementary School was a 2021 recipient of recognition for continued implementation of PBIS and participation in the PaPBS Network Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS).
Indian Lane students raised $6,050 for the Special Olympics drive. Mr. Reid, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Frank and Dr. Sitkowski participated in the Polar Pop.
Congratulations to our Grade 5 Geography Bee winners: 1st place, Chance Gray, 2nd place, Max Szychtel, and 3rd place, Hailey McGuire. Congratulations to all of our finalists, Jackson Burke, Matthew Dang, Cameron Evancho, Libby Haynes, Louisa Helbig, Ben Smith, and Josh Teti.
ROSE TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ronald McDonald House
Read for the House program raised $14,821 and Pajama Day raised $431.00 in support of Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. Rose Tree is the third highest fundraising school in the greater Philadelphia area.
Chris Grouzes - Teacher of the Year Finalist
Penncrest High School teacher Chris Grouzes has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2023 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award. Each year since 1995, the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year has honored one educator in the commonwealth who has embodied excellence in the classroom and has demonstrated a special ability to inspire students. An alumnus of Penncrest himself, Mr. Grouzes teaches English, public speaking, and theater at the school. He is known for creating a learning environment that encourages students to explore their creativity, combined with a high level of rigor and rich discussions on various cultural perspectives. Self-advocacy, acceptance, and laughter are at the core of his personal philosophy and teaching methods. He is especially passionate about helping students overcome social and speaking anxieties. Mr. Grouzes holds a master’s degree in communication studies from West Chester University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Lock Haven University. The individual named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year will become a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. They also will be asked to participate in a variety of activities, such as serving on Pennsylvania Department of Education committees.
Becka Cancelosi – Keystone Technology Innovator Award
Becka Cancelosi, a 4th-grade teacher at Indian Lane Elementary, received the 2022 Keystone Technology Innovator Award which was presented by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology. With this honor, Ms. Cancelosi joins a group of Pennsylvania teachers who are using technology in creative ways to engage learners and raise student achievement across grade levels.
2022 Substittue Educator of the Year
Joe Maurizi, a substitute support staff member at Indian Lane Elementary School, has been named one of just four recipients nationwide for the 2022 National Substitute Educator of the Year award. The award, given out annually by Kelly Education, recognizes Maurizi’s outstanding performance and excellent service as a support staff member in the Rose Tree Media School District. He was nominated by his peers for the positive impact he has had on students, colleagues, families and the community as a whole.
Ms. Costa received the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recognized as one of the outstanding and dedicated teachers from Delaware County, Chester County, New Castle County and Philadelphia. She received $1,000 towards classroom expenses and a commemorative keepsake from the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation.
Mr. Zervanos and the Gryphon staff at Penncrest High School received the Keystone Award for Best Literary Magazine in the State!
Ms. Grace-Green received the 2022 Excellence in Teaching Award. She was recognized as one of the outstanding and dedicated teachers from Delaware County, Chester County, New Castle County and Philadelphia. She received $1,000 towards classroom expenses and a Commemorative keepsake from the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Foundation.
RTMSD Receives Communication Award
The Rose Tree Media School District has received a 2022 Award of Honor from the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association for its monthly Board of School Directors updates. The award recognizes the district’s efforts to ensure greater transparency and engagement into the work of the board. The updates are part of RTMSD’s focus on improving its communication and community engagement over the past three years.