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Education Delmar students receive nearly $2 million in scholarship money By Donna Dukes-Huston Delmar High School held its annual Senior Academic Awards ceremony May 22 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. A total of $594,000 in scholarships was awarded to members of the senior class from local and state organizations as well as civic clubs. This amount does not take into consideration, however, the additional money in merit-based scholarships that many students received. An additional $1,315,000 has been awarded to Delmar seniors from colleges and universities, according to Gene Kline, senior guidance counselor at Delmar High School. This puts the senior class at just over $1.9 million, and the money continues to roll in. Kline predicts that Delmar seniors will receive over $2 million in the end. New scholarship opportunities, such as SEEDS, have helped to make this possible. This is a program offered by Delaware Technical and Community College and the University of Delaware Associate Program.

Delaware students who earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and have no criminal record qualify for free tuition for two years. This can provide a savings of at least $4,600 per year. "It has opened the door for many Delaware kids who would otherwise not have gone to college," Kline said. Eight Delmar students will be taking advantage of this opportunity in the fall, according to Kline. In his 18 years in the guidance department, Kline has seen both the amount of scholarship money Delmar students receive as well as the number of these seniors accepted into college increase substantially. "In 1990 only about 22 percent of our graduating seniors went to college and they received around $40,000-$60,000," Kline said. This year 78 percent of the senior class has been accepted to a two- or four-year college, according to Kline. This is based on a graduating class of 118 students. Kline also reported that a total of 181 college applications were submitted by our seniors with 170 acceptances, a 94 percent acceptance rate.

Academic Challenge program holds annual awards ceremony The Academic Challenge Program (ACP) at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, Georgetown, held its annual awards ceremony on May 22. Special recognition was given during the evening to the 20th anniversary of the ACP. Academic Challenge is an accelerated English and mathematics program supported by the Sussex County school districts in cooperation with Delaware Tech. The program allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits at Delaware Tech & the University of Delaware while completing their high school classes. The Outstanding Student award was given to John E. Blakeney, Seaford High School. He was selected for his outstanding academic performance, program commitment, maturity, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and creativity. The Jenny Moore Award was presented to Brian D. Tinsman, a home-schooled student from Seaford. His selection was based upon his leadership, commitment, dependability and constancy. Students honored for their exceptional performance in the English classes were: Level I Writing Skills - Emily Farrell, Beacon Middle, Molly M. Cain, Seaford Middle, Margaux K. Lopez, Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences; Level 2 Oral Communications - Sarah E. May, Cape Henlopen High; Writing with Word Power - Carey M. Phalen, Milford High; Level 3 Literary Criticism - Amanda J. Ludden,

Sussex Central High; Great Readings Rachel E. Southmayd, Sussex Technical High. Receiving honors in the ACP/University of Delaware courses in English were: Level 4 Short Story - Erin C. Thomas, Delmar Jr./Sr. High; Introduction to Poetry - Eric G. Willey, Woodbridge High; Introduction to the Novel - Levin P. Westfall; Level 5 Introduction to Drama - John E. Blakeney, Seaford High; Short Story Winona L. Landis, Cape Henlopen High. Students earning awards for their excellence in math were: Level I Algebra I - Jinah Lee, Sussex Central Middle; Algebra II - Lindsey T. Smith, Milford Middle; Level 2 Geometry - Tuyet-Nhung T. Nguyen, Seaford High; Trigonometry Jonathon P. Sharman, Sussex Technical High; Level 3 Statistics - Debra Elise Breda, Delmar Jr./Sr. High; Pre-Calculus Amanda J. Ludden, Sussex Central High. Receiving honors in the ACP/University of Delaware courses in math were: Level 4 Calculus A - William P. Phalen, Milford High; Calculus B - Trevor S. Ricker, Cape Henlopen High; Level 5 Calculus C - John E. Blakeney, Seaford High; Differential Equations - John E. Blakeney, Seaford High; Erica E. Evans, Indian River High; Dierdre B. Kelly, Cape Henlopen High; Michele Fascelli, Seaford High. All students participating in the Academic Challenge Program are recognized for their commendable performances during the 2006-2007 school year.

SUSSEX TECH STUDENTS HONORED FOR VOLUNTEERISM EFFORTS - The State Office of Volunteerism presented Sussex Technical High School students with certificates of appreciation for completing 90 hours of community service. They also earned one elective high school credit toward graduation. Seated from left are Abigail Adkins, Millsboro; James Harmon, Dagsboro; Jonathan Masten, Milford; Tara McMillon, Seaford; and Melina Pineyro, Bridgeville. Standing from left are Principal Curt Bunting; Sarah Smith, Seaford; Brandon Snyder, Millsboro; C.J. Talley, Millsboro; Jasmine Trotman, Milford; Brandon Wilkins, Laurel; and Matthew Wiltshire, Lewes. Not pictured are Tiffany Snyder, Seaford; LaToya Drummond, Bridgeville; Joseph Lagano, Frankford; Nicole Mahoney, Laurel; Leigh Powell, Millsboro; Ashley Tull, Greenwood; Walter "Lee" Vanaman III, Georgetown; and Karlissa Wise, Laurel.

New registration guidelines for Delmar Student registrations will be conducted on assigned Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dates include June 27, 28; July 11,12, 18, 19, 25, 26; and Aug. 1, 2, 8, 9. Registrants must be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian and should report to the school's main office. There will be a guidance counselor available to complete the process. To expedite the registration process, call the guidance office at 846-9544, ext.

135. In order to complete the registration process the following documents must be provided at the time of registration birth certificate; immunization records; proof of residency - P.O. boxes are not acceptable; copy of the registrant's last report card; school transcript/records; completed withdrawal form or official letter from the previous school; and court documented custody/guardianship papers.

SUSSEX TECH THANKS AYES MENTORS - Sussex Tehnical High School Auto Body and Auto Diesel technical areas held an appreciation breakfast at Sussex Tech to thank the members of the local industry who have supported Sussex Tech’s AYES program by being mentors to automotive students. Students who participated, shown with their mentors standing behind them, are, from left - Stephen Galvacky (Lewes) and Dale Lebeau of C.P. Diver, Lewes; Chris Marinucci (Lewes) and Steve Dayton, C.P. Diver, Lewes; Kyle Krucelyak (Millsboro) and Dave Jones, Auto Works and Wayne Williams, I.G. Burton Seaford Chevy; Kyle Messick (Seaford) and Richard Paul, 1st State Chevy; Robert Chandler (Laurel) and Eli Shrock, I.G. Burton Chevy, Milford; and Kristin Parsons (Laurel) and Shannon Bower, I.G. Burton, Seaford.

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ALUMNI OF ALL AGES - LHS class of 1957 celebrates 50-year reunion, page 18. And DHS holds commencement ceremony for brand new grads. Page 20...