Education Briefs Fall 2019

November 26, 2019

Lewes student Marisa Benedict inducted into academic honor society

Marisa Benedict of Lewes was initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Benedict is pursuing a degree in nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Benedict is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only, and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership.

Millsboro Middle a state finalist in national STEM competition

Millsboro Middle School is a Delaware state finalist in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition that encourages students in sixth to 12th grades to creatively use science, technology, engineering and math skills to solve a community challenge. From a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, Millsboro Middle is one of only 300 schools selected as state finalists.

The school was chosen based on the creative proposal submitted by seventh-grade teacher Sarah Betlejewski to prevent tick-borne illness using STEM learning in her classroom. As a Delaware state finalist, Betlejewski will receive a Samsung tablet for her classroom. She also has the chance to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes.

Sussex Tech marks National Apprenticeship Week

Sussex Technical School District celebrated National Apprenticeship Week in partnership with the Delaware Department of Labor, hosting a visitation of business leaders, educators and state officials to tour its Adult Education Division classes.

Dignitaries in attendance included Delaware Secretary of Labor Cerron Cade, Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, Rep. Ron Gray, R-Selbyville, Sussex Tech Board of Education member Adele Jones and Jim Foti, regional director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship.

“Our apprentices represent what is best about Sussex County’s workforce – dedicated, hardworking men and women who work during the day and attend classes at night to advance their careers,” said Dr. Michael Owens, Sussex Tech’s director of extended learning and adult education. “We are also appreciative of our partnerships with employers, who sponsor their workers to help them advance to journeyman status.”

The apprenticeship program combines daily hands-on training through a sponsoring employer with classroom training through Sussex Tech. Programs include automotive technology, carpentry, child care, electrical, HVAC-R, marine mechanics, plumbing and welding. For more information, call 302-856-9035.

National Apprenticeship Week was celebrated Nov. 11-17.

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.

Book drive to benefit Read Aloud through Nov. 30

To benefit Read Aloud Delaware, the Leadership Central Delaware Class of 2020 is running a book drive through Saturday, Nov. 30. Gently used children's books will be collected to assist the statewide agency promoting literacy. The biggest need is for pop-up or lift-the-flap style books and elementary chapter books. For more information or to arrange for a donation drop-off or pickup, call Michelle at 630-338 -6448 or Katie at 915-342 -0878, or email

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.

After-school program has openings in Lewes

The Lewes After School Program recently announced available openings for students. The program is housed and supported by Lewes Presbyterian Church and has been in operation since 2004. It follows the Cape Henlopen School District calendar and serves students in grades one to five. LASP offers fun and challenging activities that support topics learned during the school day. The program includes healthy snacks, small-group homework help, one-to-one reading and math help, recreation, arts and crafts, technology, and more.

Cost is $50 for five days per week; first week’s tuition is due at registration. LASP accepts Purchase of Care, and scholarships are available. It is licensed as an after-school program for school-age children by the Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing.

For more information about enrolling a child, contact Teresa Lockerman, program director, at 302-645-5345 or