Education Briefs

May 24, 2018

Cape Henlopen school board approves new school resource officer, sponsorship requests

The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education voted May 10 to hire an additional full-time school resource officer dedicated to Cape High. The board also approved the Cape High baseball team trip to Hawaii in spring 2019 and will provide $1,000 in sponsorship funds. The board also approved $1,000 each in sponsorships for the Robotics SeaPerch national competition and FCCLA Leadership Academy. 

Cape Henlopen school board regular meeting May 24 cancelled

The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education regular meeting for Thursday, May 24, has been cancelled.

Milford man graduates with honors from Penn College

The spring 2018 graduates have been announced at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa., a special mission affiliate of the Pennsylvania State University. Nathaniel W. Nichols of Milford earned a bachelor of science degree, electronics and computer engineering technology, cum laude.

Milton woman named to honors list at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Marissa Levis of Milton, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Florham Campus in Madison, N.J., has been named to the honors list for the spring 2018 semester. To qualify, a student must carry a 3.5 or better grade point average out of a possible 4.0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 letter-graded hours.

Women can apply for P.E.O. scholarships by Aug. 1

P.E.O. Chapter L, Lewes is currently accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded during the 2019 academic year. These are need-based scholarships, and amounts awarded are based on applicants' individual needs and available monies in the Chapter L Delaware Scholarship Fund. Application deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Women who apply must be high school graduates, or about to graduate, and be enrolled in an accredited postsecondary program leading to a degree or certification. Priority will be given to Delaware residents, but postsecondary study may be anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

To request application materials, email or request by mail to: Suzanne Proska, 34485 Holly Tree Lane, Dagsboro, DE 19939.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded Jan. 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic and educational organization interested in bringing women increased opportunities for higher education. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly 240,000 active members. Chapter L, Lewes, was organized in May 1999.

Indian River School District moves last student day to June 7

At its regular meeting  April 23,  the Indian River School District Board of Education approved a series of changes to the 2017-18 school district calendar. The last day of school for students will now be Thursday, June 7. The last day for preschool students will be Friday, June 1. The last day for teachers and paraprofessionals will be Monday, June 11. Sussex Central High School’s senior exams will now be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23. The changes are the result of unused surplus hours built into the calendar to compensate for weather-related school cancellations.

Milton man finishes Merchant Marine Sea Year program

Midshipman Devin Kai Vitella, son of Sharon and Dave Vitella of Milton, recently completed Sea Year training at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.  Vitella was nominated to the elite federal service academy by Delaware’s Sen. Chris Coons and Sen. Tom Carper. Vitella is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School.

Sea Year is the USMMA's signature program where midshipmen spend one year training aboard oceangoing vessels. Vitella traveled to Guam, the Philippines, Germany, Belgium, England, Singapore, and the West and Gulf coasts aboard the USNS Pecos, M/V Philadelphia Express, Maersk Iowa, and the USNS Pecos. Sea Year is a unique immersive program in which midshipmen are assigned to commercial vessels as officers in training to learn maritime skills in a real-world environment. By the end of their Sea Year, midshipmen will have trained on vessels such as container ships, roll-on-roll-off ships, bulk grain and ore ships, and oil tankers.

The USMMA is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers. In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by their congressman or senator.

All USMMA graduates earn both a bachelor of science degree and a Merchant Marine Officer license, and incur an obligation to serve the country as an active or reserve officer in the U.S. armed forces. For more information, go to

Milton man earns top academic honors

Blake Mann of Milton, majoring in health and exercise science, was among Bridgewater College’s more than 360 graduating seniors May 5. Mann, a dean’s list honoree, was one of just 17 students who graduated summa cum laude – the top academic honor which requires at least a 3.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Millsboro man wins education scholarship

Justin Revel of Millsboro, Class of 2019, received the Ann E. Wonsiewicz Scholars in Education Award during Muhlenberg College’s annual Honors Convocation April 29. This award is given to three students, a rising junior, a rising senior and a graduating senior working toward certification in primary or secondary education. Awardees are selected on the basis of their academic achievement and potential for teaching excellence. This award is named for and given in memory of the late professor of education.

Millsboro woman graduates from EMU

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., conferred 540 degrees at its 100th Commencement Ceremony held May 6. Amanda Williams of Millsboro graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology - environmental sustainability.

Laurel woman earns degree from Shepherd University

Catherine E. Minton of Laurel received a bachelor’s degree during Shepherd University's 145th Commencement May 5. Shepherd is a public liberal arts university located in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

Delmarva Christian High School hosts Shadow-For-A-Day 

Delmarva Christian High School offers a Shadow-For-A-Day program for ninth- to 12th-grade students who are considering enrolling in DCHS. Spending the day shadowing a DCHS student is a great way for a child to learn firsthand what it is like to attend Delmarva Christian. The Shadow-For-A-Day program is offered every Wednesday when school is in session. To begin the day, visitors are paired with DCHS student ambassadors who will take the prospective students to the weekly chapel service of praise and worship music along with an inspirational message. Throughout the day, visitors have the opportunity to follow a normal class schedule where they will visit core classes as well as electives including, art, performing arts, computer applications and digital media design. This program gives the students the chance to meet Delmarva Christian teachers and make new friends as they explore the school. Delmarva Christian High School is a nondenominational Christian school serving students from ninth to 12th grade. The school’s mission is to proclaim the gospel by preparing students spiritually, academically and physically to know and do God's will in their lives. To register for the Shadow-For-A-Day program or for more information, go to or call 302-856-4040.

Sussex Tech Adult Division to offer new auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes

The Sussex Tech Adult Division is expanding to offer auto tech and carpentry apprenticeship training classes this fall. The Auto Tech Specialist - Tech C Program is designed to prepare students to take four automotive service excellence exams and advance to a Tech C level within a two-year time frame. The four-year carpentry program starts with level one this year. Registered apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training with related instruction classes provided by Sussex Tech instructors two evenings per week. Employees who are sponsored by their employer as state-registered apprentices can enroll tuition-free. Apprenticeship training classes are also available to anyone who is not sponsored by an employer on a paid tuition basis. For more information, call 302-856-9035.