Education Briefs Spring 2020

April 1, 2020

Indian River district seeks community advisory board members

The Indian River School District is committed to implementing the Nov. 6, 2019 consent order that focuses on building its capacity to meet the needs of all students in their home schools. To view the consent order, go to

In accordance with the consent order, the district is forming a community advisory board to address related matters, including academic and behavioral interventions for all district students, and inclusive practices. The board will consist of various community stakeholders, and members will meet on a schedule to be determined with school district representatives, and consult with the court-appointed special master.

Anyone who is interested in serving on the community advisory board should contact Director of Special Education Judith Brittingham at

Local students travel to London with Cedar Crest College

Cedar Crest College students recently  traveled to London as part of the Carmen Twillie Ambar Sophomore Expedition, a guaranteed study-abroad program. In the spring semester of their sophomore year, students participate in a series of classes to prepare them for the trip. Then they spend 8-10 days traveling as a class to an international destination where they participate in a number of service activities. This year they traveled to London Feb. 29 to March 7. Participating local students include Madison Maksymow of Lewes and Jade Shomper of Rehoboth Beach.

Local students named to RIT dean's list 

Rochester Institute of Technology announced its fall 2019 dean’s list included Mario Lagunes of Lewes, in the precision manufacturing technology program, and Nevada Scott of Millsboro, who is in the medical illustration program. To be eligible, students’ grade point average must be 3.4 or higher.

Lewes resident earns honors at Clark University

Clark University announced that Phyo Phyo M. Thu of Lewe has been named to second honors on its dean's list for the fall semester. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Sussex Tech business students win top honors at states

Sussex Technical High School students recently won top honors at the statewide conference of Business Professionals of America, a career-technical student organization which prepares members for careers in business, finance and other related fields. Lizbeth Cortez-Galindo, a junior from Milford, won first place in payroll accounting and third place in basic office systems and procedures. Turner Lee, a senior from Seaford, and Cameron Veazey, a senior from Laurel, won second place in presentation management (team). Daniel Rubini, a sophomore from Harbeson, won second place in basic office systems and procedures. Trinity Kelso, a junior from Millsboro, won fourth place in business law and ethics. Cameron Veazey also placed in the top six for human resource management. Amith Tatineni, a sophomore from Lewes, placed in the top six for interview skills.

These winners are eligible to compete at the national BPA competition.

Sussex Tech’s business, finance and marketing career-technical area area gives students direct, hands-on experience with running in-school businesses as well as a practical grounding in soft skills like public speaking, organization and team management. Students gain a firm foundation in business topics and can complete specialties including accounting or marketing management.

Sussex Tech electronics students earn FCC ham radio licenses

Electronics students at Sussex Technical High School recently earned their federal amateur radio operator technician-class licenses, a new step along their career pathway. 

Eight sophomore students earned the Federal Communications Commission certification, which allows them to operate an amateur or “ham” radio station and communicate with other operators worldwide.

Earning their licenses were Shaun Stanton, Milford; Kenneth “Jack” Morris, Milton; Austin Drace, Seaford; Alexander Horan, Milton; Chase Horton, Millville; Jack Blatz, Laurel; Bonnie “Abby” Gerhardt, Greenwood; and Callum Neely, Selbyville.

“Amateur radio is a great entry into the world of radio frequency engineering, as well as a useful asset in emergency communications for the community,” said Sussex Tech electronics teacher Anthony Carmen, himself a licensed ham radio operator.

Volunteers from the American Radio Relay League, Sussex County Amateur Radio Emergency Services, and Sussex Amateur Radio Association assisted with training and preparing students for the licensing exam.

Sussex Tech students succeed at state DECA competition

Sussex Technical High School students recently won top honors at the statewide conference of DECA, a career-technical student organization which prepares members for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Nathan Willey, a senior from Laurel, placed first in apparel and accessories marketing. Shannon O’Hara, a senior from Milford, and Kyle Morris, a senior from Millsboro, placed first in hospitality services team decision-making. Carly Callahan, a senior from Seaford, and Rachel Pappa, a senior from Lewes, placed second in travel and tourism team decision-making.

Apply by April 15 for Quiet Resorts foundation scholarships

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its annual college scholarship program through Wednesday, April 15. An area senior could receive a scholarship for $8,000 over the course of four years in college. A local junior or graduating senior may apply for a $1,000 arts scholarship. For more information for local students to apply, go to

Agriculture scholarship applications due April 15

The First State Antique Tractor Club awards four $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors interested in a college agriculture degree. Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 15. The awards are presented at the club’s annual show in June. To print the application form, go to For more information, contact William Argo at 302-856-7800.

Women’s Club of Milton scholarship applications due April 21

The Women’s Club of Milton will award three $2,000 scholarships to eligible local high school seniors. Applicants must be female college-bound students with at least a 3.0 grade point average. They must demonstrate participation in extracurricular activities as well as community and/or faith-related service. They must reside in the 19941, 19951, 19960, or 19968 ZIP code areas. 
Scholarship applications may be obtained from guidance counselors only at Cape Henlopen, Sussex Tech and Delmarva Christian high schools. Applications should be returned to high school guidance counselors no later than Tuesday, April 21.

All applications will be reviewed by the club’s scholarship committee. Winners will be announced at the respective schools’ senior awards ceremonies.

 Scholarship funding is provided through fundraising events sponsored by the Women’s Club of Milton such as the Holiday House Tour, Holly Festival Bake Sale and 50/50 sales. Women’s Club of Milton is a nonprofit organization and a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Scholarship applications due to Milford Garden Club by April 24

The Milford Garden Club is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a high school senior residing in Kent or Sussex counties. The scholarship will be awarded to a student planning on entering the field of horticulture, landscape design, forestry, environmental studies or a related field. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 24. For more information, contact Leona Langone at 302-422-8070 or

Apply for Zwaanendael Club scholarship by May 1

The GFWC Zwaanendael Club is now accepting scholarship applications from Cape Henlopen High School seniors who will continue their education at a college or vocational-technical school. Submission deadline is May 1. To download an application, go to For more information, email

Based on excellent academic achievement, the scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000. The winner will be announced at senior awards night in May at Cape High.

Salisbury University awards scholarships

Salisbury University’s School of Social Work announced $70,000 in scholarships awarded. Generated from a revenue-sharing program, the awards were distributed to 40 graduate and 20 undergraduate candidates and range from $500 to $2,000. Local recipients include Sydney Smyk of Milton, Shelby Wright of Georgetown, Nhiya Harmon of Delmar and Alexa Lynn Shoultes of Selbyville. Scholarship recipients must be social work majors who are currently enrolled, have demonstrated financial need and have earned at least a 3.0 grade 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.