Family members: Jim Peslis (father), Pam Peslis (mother) and Ryan Peslis (brother)
Favorite subject: My favorite subject is government and politics. I think it is extremely important for citizens to be educated about what is going on in our nation. I also find it very interesting how our government works each day.
Activities: Student body president, Debate Team captain, soccer team captain, leader of the new charity club, The Movement, National Honor Society, Peer Listening
“Stay close,” the 182 graduates in the class of 2019 were told at Bethlehem Catholic HS’s graduation, June 5 at the high school auditorium.
During his Invocation, school chaplain Rev. Kevin Bobbin urged graduates to stay close to the school, to each other and to God.
A prayer in the graduation program told the graduates of how much the school community celebrates their achievements.
Liberty High School had its 97th commencement exercise at a nearly packed Stabler Arena June 5, as a festive, sometimes raucous crowd cheered and blared an occasion noise horn. According to officials, 631 students earned their high school diplomas.
“The students did a good job,” said Dr. Jack Silva, assistant superintendent for education and chief academic officer. “They are a strong group of kids.”
Notre Dame Green Pond’s Class of 2019 graduated on June 6 in an outdoor ceremony at the school’s football stadium. They were graced by sunny skies, a hovering drone and the occasional firecracker.There were 121 graduates, accompanied by at least 500 friends and family, celebrating the end of one journey and the beginning of another.
It was difficult to reconcile the ebullient atmosphere with the event’s theme.
Freedom HS’s commencement at Stabler Arena June 6 was by and large electric and rarely affected by the gravity of “Pursuing Discomfort and Embracing Change.”
Northampton Community College
NCC’s Erickson elected
The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges announced May 14 that Northampton Community College President Dr. Mark Erickson was elected as vice chair of the executive committee of the group’s board of directors. The committee is instrumental in determining the statewide direction and policy interests of PACCC’s 14 community colleges.
Dr. Erickson’s two-year term begins July 1.
ARC grants for NCC CDL program
“Never forget to leave a lasting legacy,” class of 2019 President Michael Schellenberg concluded his remarks to his graduating classmates at Moravian Academy’s commencement June 1.
The ceremony had been moved indoors to the gymnasium due to the threat of evening showers. The showers never materialized, but the move didn’t seem to dampen the high spirits of the 82 graduates and the packed house of their friends and families.
BASD: Any Given Child supports arts ed
On May 7, Any Given Child Bethlehem announced the program’s strategies and plan to implement arts opportunities within Bethlehem Area schools and unveiled the updated branding and new Any Given Child Bethlehem website.
“It‘s been an honor to be here on behalf of the board of trustees,” said Board President Martin Smith as he praised the Lehigh Valley Academy graduating seniors at the Zoellner Arts Center May 28. For him, Smith announced, it was personal; his daughter, Madalyn, was one of the 61 receiving high school diplomas from the regional charter school that day.
Freedom HS sophomore Olivia Taylor organized a group of volunteers to assist her and members of Friends of Johnston, Inc. in renovating the Children’s Garden at Camel’s Hump Farm April 13. As a local event tied to Global Youth Service Day, Taylor successfully scored a $700 grant for the project from the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.
The 16-year-old said, “I truly like doing outdoor projects,” and mentioned that she has helped out at Camel’s Hump Farm for three summers.