Education Briefs

February 21, 2018

Tickets on sale for Worcester Prep musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Worcester Prep Upper School students will perform the musical  “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24, in the WPS Athletics and Performing Arts Center in Berlin, Md. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-641-3575. The show is open to the public.

Boating skills and seamanship course to start Feb. 26 

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Indian River Flotilla 12-09 will offer a seven-week boating skills and seamanship course for recreational boaters from 7 to 9 p.m., Mondays, Feb. 26 to April 9, at Short’s Marine off Long Neck Road, Millsboro. All boaters born after Jan. 1, 1978, must take a safe boating course to operate a boat in Delaware. Similar requirements are in force in Maryland and New Jersey. Attendees will learn about boat handling, rules, required equipment, navigational aids and local conditions.The course satisfies both federal and state training requirements. Cost is $30 and includes tuition, textbook and all supporting materials. Additional family members may take the course for $10. For more information or to enroll, call RA Andy Smith at 302-381-3882 or 302-537-2350.

Public feedback on data visuals due by March 1 to Department of Education

The Delaware Department of Education is seeking online public feedback on data visuals that will be used in the Delaware State Report Card. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires public reporting on schools. To meet these requirements, the Delaware Department of Education is developing the Delaware State Report Card to replace the current School Profiles site (

In October, the Delaware Department of Education hosted five community conversation meetings throughout the state to provide background about the Delaware Report Card and to solicit revision recommendations for how educational information and data will be shared with the public. Now the department needs additional feedback on data visuals. Data visuals along with guiding context, business rules, and specific data points will help provide a more comprehensive, accurate and transparent picture of state, district and school performance to the public.

To access the survey, go to The survey will close Thursday, March 1.

Scholarship applications due March 5 from qualifying residents of manufactured housing

First State Manufactured Housing Association is offering four scholarship awards of up to $1,000 to Delaware manufactured home residents. Each qualifying candidate must be a legal resident of Delaware and resident of a manufactured home for at least one year prior to the application. Unlike many other scholarships that only target high school seniors, the FSMHA scholarship is open to nontraditional students as well. Past winners include parents, grandparents, young adults – those continuing their educations and those returning after a hiatus. Award recipients can reapply annually. Eligible candidates will be evaluated on scholastic record, financial need, essay and personal/professional recommendations. Deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m., Monday March 5.

The scholarship may be used for any type of accredited two- or four-year degree program, or for any accredited training, licensing or certification program. Full- or part-time (at least 7 credits) enrollment in an accredited program is acceptable. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be filled out prior to the application deadline. For more information and to apply for the 2018-19 First State Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship, go to the Delaware Higher Education Office's secure Student Account Access site, First-time users must establish an account and provide a valid email and mailing address before proceeding to the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

DART poster contest entries due March 26

The Adventures of Riding DART is the theme for DART’s 18th Annual Poster Contest. Open to children in sixth to 12th grade, the contest is designed to encourage students to learn more about public transportation and its benefits, as well as the chance to see their artwork featured by DART in various advertisements, promotions and/or displays.

With continuous improvement and growth of transit services statewide, DART uses this opportunity to inform and promote the advantages of using public transit. Posters must be submitted by Monday, March 26, to DART Poster Contest, Marketing Dept., 119 Lower Beech St., Wilmington, DE 19805. Prizes and certificates will be provided by DART and its business partners.

Interested schools are being asked to conduct the contest in the appropriate grade levels at the school, and forward the entries to DART for judging. Individuals who wish to enter apart from their school may do so as long as they are in sixth to 12th grade. For details and contest instructions, call 302-576-6016 or go to

AAUW seeks scholarship applications by March 26

The Coastal-Georgetown Branch of the American Association of University Women offers three $2,000 academic scholarships to graduating senior females from Sussex County high schools. Any 2018 graduating students from Cape Henlopen, Indian River, Milford, Sussex Academy, Sussex Central and Sussex Tech high schools are welcome to apply. Interested students may contact their local school guidance counselor for the online application and information. The deadline to submit the completed application to the high school counselor is Monday, March 26.

Scholarship winners will be notified in May and presented their scholarships during the high school's academic awards ceremonies at the end of the school year. Also, the recipients and a parent will be invited to the June AAUW luncheon.

AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches, and 800 college and university members. Since AAUW's founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental educational, social, economic and political issues of the day. The Coastal-Georgetown Branch has been a part of the local community since 1957. Providing scholarships to deserving young women is the heart of organization's mission. For more information, go to

Delmarva Poultry Industry scholarship applications due April 2

Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. is now accepting applications for undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the amount of $1,500 or more for the 2018 Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. College Scholarship Program. 

Undergraduate applicants must be Delmarva residents and students in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States, or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva's chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An academic transcript must accompany each application. Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva's chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member or a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI could be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched. Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received on or before 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 2. Mail forms to DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881. For more information and application forms, call 302-856-9037, go to or email

Millsboro woman receives degree from Georgia Tech

Jessica Cahill of Millsboro has earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Local students named to president’s list at JMU

James Madison University announced that Nathan Carnevale of Lewes and Dana Butterfoss of Millsboro were named to the president's list for the fall 2017 semester. Students who earn president's list honors must carry at least 12 graded credit hours and earn a GPA of 3.9 or above.

Rehoboth Beach woman named to dean's list at Delaware

Shannon O'Neill, a Cape Henlopen High School graduate from Rehoboth Beach, has been named to the University of Delaware's dean's list for the fall 2017 semester. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled full time and earn a GPA of 3.33 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

Milton woman named to McDaniel College dean's list

Christina Grace Gooding of Milton has been named to the McDaniel College fall 2017 dean's list with high honors. High honors are for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89.

Lewes students named to dean's list at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama announced that Mallory McDonald and Grace Rovner, both of Lewes, were named to the fall dean's list with an academic record of 3.5 or above.

Lewes woman named to dean's list at Hofstra University

Hofstra University announced that Ella Marsh of Lewes excelled during the fall 2017 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the dean's list.

Lewes student named to dean's list at University of the Sciences

Jinal Patel of Lewes has been named to the fall 2017 dean's list at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a C, and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in fall 2017. Patel is a pharmacology and toxicology student.

Lewes student earns dean’s list recognition at Wesley College

Wesley College announced that Stephanie Hertz was was placed on dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. In order to be recognized, students must achieve between a 3.33 and 3.99 GPA for the semester.

Rehoboth Beach woman named to dean’s list at Catholic University

The Catholic University announced that Caitlin Whitford of Rehoboth Beach was named to the dean’s list for fall 2017. 

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.