Education Briefs Summer 2020

June 17, 2020

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.

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.

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

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.

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