Education Briefs Winter 2019-20

February 12, 2020

Delmarva Christian Schools application fee discounted through March 31

Delmarva Christian Schools is accepting student applications now for incoming preschool through 12th-grade students for the 2020-21 school year. For students who file applications by Tuesday, March 31, the application fee is only $50. Students who would like to experience firsthand what life is like at the high school are encouraged to schedule a visit through the school’s Shadow-For-A-Day program. On shadow days, visitors are paired with student ambassadors who walk guests through class schedules; introduce them to other students and teachers; share information regarding academics, student life and athletics; and answer questions. Student visitors are also treated to lunch and other activities at the high school.

For student applications or to schedule a shadow day, go to For details on preschool through eighth grade, call Alison Kristunas at 302-684-4983, or for ninth through 12th grades, call Hailey Amendt at 302-856-4040.

Service academy information session set Feb. 18 in Dover

Middle and high school students, and their parents and educators are invited to attend Service Academy Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Delaware Technical Community College, Terry Campus, Dover. Delaware’s congressional delegation of Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons, and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester host this yearly, free event to connect Delawareans with the nation’s service academies – the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy – and to provide information about the application process.

“Being accepted into any one of our nation’s service academies is a tremendous honor,” said Carper, a 23-year veteran of the Navy. “Students accepted into these programs are given a unique opportunity to obtain an excellent education, serve their country and gain valuable leadership skills that will guide them as they become our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. I would encourage all Delaware students who may be interested in attending a service academy to come join us to learn more.”

No tickets are required. This is a free event for students, parents, educators and all who want to learn about the service academy application process. 

Outstanding environmental educator nominees due Feb. 28

Delaware Nature Society is seeking nominees for the Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28.

Nominations are open to all teachers and administrators working in Delaware in kindergarten through 12th grade schools. Presented every year since 1982, the award celebrates exceptional teachers and administrators who prepare their students to become environmentally aware citizens through creative lessons, impactful projects and outdoor experiences.

“Delaware Nature Society is proud to recognize public and private school teachers or administrators who go above and beyond so their students develop a sense of stewardship for the environment by presenting the Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year Award,” said DelNature Executive Director Anne Harper. “Exceptional teachers start today’s students on the path to become tomorrow’s environmental leaders.”

Outstanding Environmental Educator Award recipients receive $300 toward a classroom/school field trip experience, personal enrichment program or trip, or other DelNature products or services; a one-year Delaware Nature Society household membership; and statewide recognition through press releases and posts on DelNature’s website.

Bethel fun fair set Feb. 29

Bethel Christian School will host its fun fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, in the fellowship hall at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. 4th St., Lewes. Admission is $5 per person, for adults and children, with payment in cash or check only. On site will be Charlie the magician, Making Music with Ms. Nancy, the balloon man, a fire truck, food and more. 

Indian River scholarship applications due March 9

Indian River High School Alumni Association organizers are proud to continue offering scholarships to current college students and high school seniors. Both applications are due by Monday, March 9. 

The 2020 IR Pride Scholarship will award $1,000 to graduating IRHS seniors. This prize celebrates school spirit, not just academics, athletics or financial need. Applicants will respond to the question, “How have you contributed to make IR a better place?”

College students also need financial help, especially after freshman year, so alumni of any age can enter the IR Pride Scholarship for Current Alumni. Winners receive $500 for any college level, from an associate degree to post-doctorate. Applicants must be alumni association members. Membership registration is free online.

The nonprofit IRHSAA formed in 2012 to connect alumni while supporting and promoting IRHS. With community support, the association has given more than $50,000 in scholarships to dozens of students. Scholarships are funded through the community’s generosity at the annual Beef & Brew fundraiser. This year’s event is set for Saturday, April 4, at Frankford Fire Hall, featuring the Glass Onion party band. Tickets cost $35. For more information and applications, go to

Sarah Aleman of Millsboro named to McDaniel dean's list

McDaniel College announced that Sarah Aleman of Millsboro has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to its fall 2019 dean's list with high honors for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89.

Milton student named to Wilkes University dean’s list

Emma Fantoli of Milton was named to the dean's list at Wilkes University for the fall semester 2019. To be named to the dean's list, students must obtain a minimum 3.5 grade point average and carry at least 12 credits.

Lewes students named to dean’s list at University of New Haven

University of New Haven announced two Lewes students were named to its fall 2019 dean’s list. They are Tuathla Hefferan, who is majoring in national security studies in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, and Olivia Wilson, who is studying psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Local students commended at Clemson University 

Three local students were named to the fall 2019 president's list at Clemson University. They are Laura Elizabeth Issel of Lewes, whose major is biological sciences; Kathryn E. Richardson of Rehoboth Beach, whose major is health science; and Andrew Benson Stickler of Rehoboth Beach, whose major is general engineering. To be named to the president's list, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average. 

Grace C. Brokaw of Lewes has been named to the dean's list at Clemson University for the fall 2019 semester. Brokaw’s major is mechanical engineering. To be named to the dean's list, a student must achieve a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Lewes students commended at Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina University announced Haley Schnupp of Lewes was named to the president's list for the fall 2019 semester, having achieved a 4.0 grade point average for the term. Schnupp is an elementary education pre-major.

Brienna Kollock of Lewes was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester. She earned a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.99 for the semester. Kollock is a marketing major. 

Tess Garland Foraker named to president's list at Elon University

Tess Garland Foraker has been named to the president’s list for the 2019 fall semester at Elon University. The list includes students with no grade below an A-minus in a minimum of 12 semester hours. Foraker is the daughter of Donald J. Foraker Jr. and Margaret D. Foraker of Salisbury, Md., and a 2019 graduate of James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury.

Millsboro student Tyzhir Morris named to academic honor roll

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro was named to the 2019 Middle Atlantic Conference fall academic honor roll. Morris was one of 82 student-athletes to represent Alvernia on the honor roll by excelling in the classroom with a semester grade point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.00 scale. A graduate of Sussex Tech, Morris is studying education. 

Local students named to Lebanon Valley dean’s list

Lebanon Valley College named three local students to its dean’s list for the fall 2019 semester. Shelby Hoke of Millsboro and Kirstyn McNamara of Milton are each pursuing a bachelor of science degree in exercise science. Rylee Shockley of Millsboro is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education. All three are graduates of Sussex Technical High School. Dean's list students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 out of 4.0. 

Local students named to Cedar Crest dean’s list

Cedar Crest College announced Madison Maksymow of Lewes and Jade Shomper of Rehoboth Beach were named to its fall 2019 dean’s list. Eligible students have earned a grade point average of 3.65 or higher in the academic semester.

Lewes student Riley Shields named to Alvernia dean’s list

Riley Shields of Lewes was named to Alvernia University's dean's list for the fall 2019 semester. A graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Shields studies occupational therapy at Alvernia.

Local students commended at Champlain College

With a grade point average of 4.0 or higher, Anthony Pascone of Lewes has been named to the Champlain College president's list for the fall 2019 semester. With a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, Carly Freeman of Rehoboth Beach has been named to the Champlain College dean's list for the fall 2019 semester. 

Ella Marsh named to Hofstra dean's list

Ella Marsh of Lewes excelled during the fall 2019 semester at Hofstra University, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the dean's list.

Samantha Stryczek of Milton named to Widener dean's list 

Widener University announced that nursing major Samantha Stryczek of Milton achieved dean's list status during the fall 2019 semester. The dean's list recognizes full-time students who earned a grade point average of 3.50 and above for the semester.

Ethan Ward of Millsboro named to president’s list at West Virginia University 

Ethan Ward of Millsboro made the West Virginia University president's list, earning a 4.0 average for the fall 2019 semester. A freshman majoring in business, he is a 2019 graduate of Sussex Tech. 

Brittany Dundas of Millsboro named to dean's list at Grove City College

Brittany Dundas, a junior communication studies major at Grove City College, has been named to the dean's list with a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59 for the fall 2019 semester. A 2016 graduate of Geneva Academy, she is the daughter of Cherilyn Harmon from Millsboro.

Millsboro student Madison Rogers named to Shenandoah dean's list

Madison Rogers, a psychology major from Millsboro, was named to the dean’s list at Shenandoah University for the fall semester, when she earned a GPA of 3.5.

Emerson names local dean's list honorees

Emerson College announced Class of 2021 students Jolisa Osborn-Polakoff of Lewes and Kathryn Redefer of Rehoboth Beach were named to the dean's list for the fall 2019 semester with grade-point averages of 3.7 or higher. Osborn-Polakoff is majoring in design/technology. Redefer is majoring in journalism.

Lewes students named to Immaculata dean’s list

Immaculata University students Laura Markofski and Jane Yang, both from Lewes and in the class of 2022, were named to its fall 2019 dean’s list. Dean’s list students must achieve a grade point average of 3.7 on a scale of 4.0.

Catherine Pardee of Milton named to dean's list at Kutztown

Catherine Pardee of Milton was named to the fall 2019 dean's list at Kutztown University. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must take at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade point average of 3.60.

Local students named to University of Rhode Island dean's list

Jake Gladfelter of Lewes and McKenna O'Donnell of Millsboro were named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island. Eligible students must have completed 12 or more credits with at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Unico Foundation offers scholarships

Applications are open for Unico Foundation scholarships. Four undergraduate scholarships are available in the amount of $6,000 each. Graduate scholarships for students matriculated at an accredited college or university are available in general studies, medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy, nursing, literary scholarships, study abroad, engineering, Italian studies, science, fine arts and more. For more information and applications, go to

Reunion organizers seek Cape High Class of 1970 contact information 

Planning for the 50th reunion is underway for the Cape Henlopen High School Class of 1970. Organizers want to make sure everyone is invited. To send classmates’ contact information, email Tony Podraza at

Lefty’s accepting applications for 2020 scholarship

The Lefty’s Alley & Eats monthly Young Citizen Award and Annual Scholarship recognizes and rewards individuals who demonstrate the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and character in their homes, schools, and communities.

Each month, Lefty’s selects one area senior to receive a lane-side party for 10 at Lefty’s to celebrate their achievement. Each monthly recipient is considered for a $1,000 scholarship which will be awarded in May 2020.

Any area senior who exhibits strong leadership in school and community is encouraged to go to to apply for Lefty’s Young Citizen Award and Scholarship.

Kindergarten registration underway in Indian River district

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway in Indian River School District for children who will be 5 years old on or before Monday, Aug. 31. Parents can register their child by presenting an original birth certificate, proof of immunization, proof of residency and the required district registration forms to the child’s home school. To obtain a district registration packet, go to and follow the Registration link under the Parents & Students tab. Parents can search Delaware’s school locator website to see which school their child will be attending. The district will also hold a series of kindergarten registration sessions from Monday to Thursday, April 6 to 9. Parents are encouraged to call the school in advance to schedule an appointment.

Mediacom scholarship applications due Feb. 15

Mediacom Communications is offering $60,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education.

Now in its 19th consecutive year, the Mediacom scholarship program will award $1,000 World Class Scholarships to 60 high school seniors. Scholarship recipients can use the funds for postsecondary college costs or vocational training from any accredited institution starting in fall 2020. Award selection is based on academic achievement and leadership. Applicants do not have to be Mediacom customers but must live in areas where Mediacom provides broadband, video, phone and other digital communication services.

“As a company, Mediacom makes it a priority to give back to communities in which we do business, and one of the best ways is to invest in promising students who are our future leaders,” said Steve Purcell, Mediacom regional vice president. For more information or to apply, go to The deadline is Saturday, Feb. 15.

Residents of manufactured and modular housing scholarship applications due March 4

First State Manufactured Housing Association is offering four scholarship awards of $2,500 to Delaware residents of manufactured or modular homes. Qualifying candidates must be legal residents of Delaware and residents of a manufactured or modular home for at least one year prior to the application. The FSMHA scholarship is open to nontraditional students as well as recent high school graduates. 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 Wednesday, March 4. 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. For more information, go to, click on the industry tab at the top of the page and scroll down to scholarship.

Indian River band boosters to host bingo March 7

The 12th annual Indian River High School Band Boosters bingo fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Hall. With a brand-new bingo blower and 8-foot lighted number board purchased in January by the boosters, there will be a variety of regular and high-roller raffle items, a 50-50 raffle, lollipop tree and concessions. Last year’s 50/50 raffle winner took home $1,800. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. 

Last year’s proceeds were used to purchase a new set of four copper-bottom timpani drums, and new mellophones and baritones for the marching band. It was the first major instrument purchase in years. Booster organizers hope to make similar investments with this year’s proceeds. 

For more information, contact Lisa Bird at 302-569-1544 or