Education Briefs Winter 2019-20

January 22, 2020

Coons announces service academy nominees

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons has announced his U.S. service academy nominations for the Class of 2024.

Four Delaware students earned principal nominations and will be offered appointments should they meet all medical, physical and academic requirements. Principal nominees are: U.S. Military Academy at West Point,  Mackenzie Irelan of Harbeson, Cape Henlopen High School; U.S. Naval Academy, Amanda Carey of Dover, Dover High School; U.S. Air Force Academy, Andrew Garza of Dover, Polytech High School; and Donald Mendoza of Dover, Caesar Rodney High School.

Local students who are alternate nominees for consideration by the Department of Defense academies include Frank Carter of Lewes, Worcester Prep; Bridget Cosgrove of Seaford, Sussex Academy; Sharnaé Harmon of Ellendale, Sussex Tech; Dan Kaminski of Milford, Air Force Academy Prep School; and Mason Rolph of Seaford, Sussex Tech.

Coons also nominated 10 individuals to attend the Department of Transportation’s Merchant Marine Academy. Local nominees to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y., include Wyatt Fruehauf of Lewes and Felix Harmon of Millsboro, Cape Henlopen High School; Jake Mundok of Lewes, Sussex Academy; Cheyenne Snyder of Ocean View, Indian River High School; and Carson Watts of Milton, Sussex Tech.

Blunt Rochester announces service academy nominees

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester announced she has nominated 29 Delaware students for admission to U.S. service academies for the Class of 2024. Each year, members of the United States Congress are charged with nominating top candidates for attendance at four service academies and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Nominees must now be accepted by the academies to gain admittance.

Her local nominee to the U.S. Naval Academy is Bridget Cosgrove of Seaford, Sussex Academy. 

Blunt Rochester’s local nominations to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., are Frank Carter of Lewes, Worcester Prep School, and Mason Rolph of Seaford, Sussex Tech High School.

Her local nominations to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., are Felix Harmon of Millsboro and Wyatt Fruehauf of Lewes, Cape Henlopen High School; Jake Mundok of Lewes, Sussex Academy; and Cheyenne Snyder of Ocean View, Indian River High School.

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.

Most Blessed Sacrament to host open house Jan. 26

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Berlin, Md., will host an open house from 12 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. Attendees will see all that a Catholic education can offer a family. With students in preschool through eighth grade, Most Blessed Sacrament offers a learning environment grounded in Catholic values and based on the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ.  The school’s program emphasizes the intellectual, spiritual and physical development of every child. Respecting the individual and celebrating unity as Christian learners, the school is a mission-driven educational community that is both academically challenging and spiritually nourishing. Children are taught, as called for in the Gospel, that people are meant to serve others. The school is at 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md. For more information, contact Director of Admissions and Advancement Amanda Evans at 410-208-1600.

Equine studies scholarship applications due Jan. 31

Applications for scholarships awarded by the Delaware Equine Council Foundation are due by Friday, Jan. 31. Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each are to be awarded Sunday, March 14, during the DEC Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet to be held at the Harrington Moose Lodge. Applicants must be enrolled in a Delaware university agriculture program and in good standing or at an equine studies program at a U.S. university and in good standing; must submit a typewritten 400-word essay, "How I plan to use this course of study to further the equine industry”; and must complete an application, including a transcript of at least one full semester's grades from an accredited university. For more information and to apply, go to and search scholarships.

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.

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.

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.

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