Family members: Belinda and Matthew Austin (parents) and Donavan Austin (brother)
Favorite subject(s): Psychology is my favorite subject because I like learning about how to understand why people behave the way they do and it also helps me understand and better empathize with the people around me.
Activities: National Honor Society
Next steps (after high school): Attending a four year university and majoring in criminal justice and minoring in sociology.
Career goals: Police officer and behavior analyst
Over 400 students from six career and technical institutes competed in 54 hands-on skill and leadership District 11 SkillsUSA Showcase of Skills competitions Feb. 1 at the Agri-Plex in Allentown.
This “Showcase of Skills” provided a unique opportunity to observe some of the most talented career and technical education students in the area.
One hundred and thirty high school musicians from District 10, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, performed Feb. 11 at Parkland High School.
Richard Sniscak, superintendent with Parkland School District gave the opening remarks.
Eric Hahn, president with PMEA District 10 also spoke.
The opening numbers were directed by Parkland High School Director Jason Lerew.
He then introduced the guest conductor Dennis Glocke, professor with Penn State University.
Professor Glocke is the director of concert bands at Penn State.
Family members: Carol Piazza (mother), Mark Piazza (father) and Kristen Piazza (sister)
Favorite subject: My favorite subject to study is my business classes because I intend to study in the business field once I reach the college level.
Activities: I am involved in Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Friends Peer Listeners, Retreat Team, Kairos leader fall 2016, MiniTHON participant, MiniTHON committee, Future Business Leaders of America, a member of the softball team and student body president.
The Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) will be hosting its fifth annual MiniTHON, modeled after Pennsylvania State University’s event held to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. Liberty and Freedom, typically rival schools, come together as one in this unique 12-hour dance marathon. MiniTHON will be held at Liberty HS March 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
SteelStacks: Jazz band showcase March 19
Following four preliminary rounds, several high school jazz bands have advanced to the 2017 SteelStacks High School Jazz Band Showcase finals presented by King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC. The groups will perform at 4 p.m. March 19 at the Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way.
The only local band to reach the finals is Easton Area HS. The band will perform a 20-minute set before a live audience and the judges.
Family members: Wendy (mom), Michael (dad), Caitlin and Allison (sisters)
Favorite subject: My favorite subjects are probably chemistry and world history. I’m fascinated with archaeology and anthropology and these classes give me a good opportunity to learn about them.
Activities: I took martial arts for four years. I am the soundboard operator/sound designer for my school’s theater department. I often hike with my school’s outdoor education program.
Next steps: I plan to go to a college which I have yet to choose.
Rochester Institute of TechnologyNathan Bracalente, of Bethlehem, was named to the RIT dean’s list for the fall 2016-2017 semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for the list if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of “Incomplete”, “D” or “F”; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.
Rochester Institute of Technology is located at 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623. Visit www.rit.edu.
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