Author: Katie Kohler

The Sky is His Limit HS senior proves overcoming circumstances is possible

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com For football players, two-a-days in summer heat is merciless. Offensive linemen driving them to the ground is tough. Two minutes left in the fourth quarter with muscles aching is mind-over-matter time. Penn Wood High School’s Kenny Ngaima experienced a different type of struggle, a life or death type, before he ever stepped inside the white lines of a football field. Ngaima was forced to grow up at a young age due to being born in Sierra Leone in 1998 in the midst of the country’s civil war which he says he was “blessed” to survive. “In...

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Football wasn’t the only thing to cheer for last weekend

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com Whether you rooted for the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots, there was plenty to cheer about in Delaware County during Super Bowl weekend. The “Souper Bowl of Caring,” a national youth-led non-profit organization which utilizes the weekend of the big game to mobilize young people to fight hunger in their local communities, collected over 33,000 units (and counting) of food and cash donations. Two weekends before the Super Bowl, volunteers distributed flyers to homes in the county. On Saturday, Feb. 4th, they collected the food donations. On Sunday, over a dozen area churches held collections for...

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Local youths stay in ‘step’ with team devoted to excellence

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com Jenaya Smith stands in front of her team of girls from Yeadon ranging in ages from seven to 16. She eyes each of them like a sergeant sizing up a platoon. Her instructions are concise. “Five, six, seven, eight,” Smith repeats during practice at Yeadon Hall. She wants to see it. She wants to hear it. Smith’s group, the Royal Excellence Step Team, is always pursuing that one fantastic noise – the sound of one person stepping. Step is a type of rhythm dance in which the participant’s entire body becomes an instrument to produce complex...

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Family-friendly auto show features superstar rides

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com David Kelleher, the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show chairman, has plenty of options to choose from when asked about the coolest part about the annual late winter exhibition of the finest on four wheels. Something from the new Super Car Display like the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo Competition, Ferrari 599XX, or Mosler Raptor GTR? Maybe an exotic Aston Martin DB11, Lamborghini LP710 SV or a Maserati Levante S? Perhaps Kelleher’s tastes are more classic and he will be drawn to the 1968 Ford Shelby? He speaks on each show topic like a man who has plenty of...

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Passionate arguments precede Harbert vote

By KatieKohler kkohler@myspiritnews.com On Saturday morning during a special voting meeting of the Board of Directors of the William Penn School District, Jane Harbert was appointed superintendent by a 6-3 vote. Harbert, who was the interim superintendent, will serve a term through June 30, 2020 at a salary of $167,000. The meeting was scheduled after last Monday night’s regular meeting yielded no motion or second to appoint Harbert, an action required to pass. Both meetings, however, drew the largest-in-recent-memory capacity crowds. Parents of the school district, even those offering no support or dissent of Harbert, were impassioned about the...

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