The Penn-Delco School Board, during a recent meeting, recognized retirees Elizabeth Todak, paraprofessional at Coebourn Elementary School (16 years); Col. Thomas Reiman, JROTC instructor at Sun Valley High School (8.5 years); Mario Fernandez, custodian at Sun Valley High School (16.5); and Robert Owsiany, security guard (13.5).
Personal sentiments were shared about each retiree by their supervisors. Joined by family members and friends, each was recognized for their many years of service to the district.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Steinhoff and school board President Kevin Tinsley presented each with a gift and thanked them for their commitment and service.
Retirees not attending included: Robert Ellingsworth, bus driver (nine years); Patricia Bertele, paraprofessional at Parkside Elementary School (12 years); Sue Crowley, secretary to the principal at Sun Valley High School (21years); and security guard Albert Fraim (45 years) was honored posthumously.
The school board also recognized countywide Math 24 champions.
Penn-Delco dominated at the championship which took place in May at the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. Students competed against pupils representing several districts from across the county, ultimately taking the top prize in two levels as well as significant finishes across the board.
Coebourn Elementary School student Blaize Eldridge captured first place overall at the elementary level (4th/5th grade). Also taking first place at the seventh grade level, representing Northley Middle School, was Emily Woznicki. In the sixth grade finals, Northley’s Justin Wassel finished second overall and Julia DiNicola finished third overall.
Rhyuhn Green, from Parkside Elementary, received a silver medal in the semi-finals and Drake Graham, from Coebourn Elementary, and Faye Liu and Natasha Sichanh, both from Parkside Elementary, each received a bronze medal for their performance in the semi-finals. Eldridge, Woznicki, Wassel and DiNicola will all go on to compete at the state-level competition in Harrisburg this week.
Math 24 is a competitive game that challenges players to out-perform their opponents by being the best at using mental math strategies to solve multi-step problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Also recognized were Penn-Delco winners in the 2017 Dr. Nicholas Spennato Young Authors Writing Project.
The Project celebrated its 38th year and is one of the longest running projects of its kind. Students in grades one through eight in public and nonpublic schools in Delaware County submit a piece of writing of their choice. This year, more than 800 writing pieces were submitted and 103 winners were named.
Nine winners were named from the Penn-Delco School District. They include Leah Eastburn and Leah Fehrle, first grade, Pennell Elementary; Marrah Lonnquist and Savannah Schmitz, second grade, Parkside Elementary; Ariana Spence, third grade, Parkside Elementary, and Ava Shinkle, third grade, Aston Elementary; Jessica Hassel, fourth grade, Pennell Elementary; and Abigail Chambers and Paige Bowker, sixth grade, Northley Middle School.