Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

‘We are a proud and accomplished class’

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Whitehall High School celebrates 2018 grads

Three hundred fifty-one members of the Class of 2018 joined the ranks of Whitehall High School alumni at the school’s 114th commencement ceremony at Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, June 4.

Following a performance of “Pomp and Circumstance” by the Whitehall High School band, Jacky Mansour delivered the opening remarks that empowered the outgoing students to stay motivated in chasing their dreams.

“Class of 2018, we never gave up when times were tough. We kept going. That’s what makes us special. That’s what makes us Zephyrs,” Mansour said.

EPC, CL split games

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.

The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.

Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of the net.

Steckel Elementary welcomes new interim principal

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

When Steckel Elementary Principal Peter Bugbee requested a leave of absence at the beginning of the year, Whitehall-Coplay School District turned to a familiar face to fill the position.

Karen Nicholas assumed the role of interim principal Feb. 20 and will serve through the end of the school year.

Nicholas spent 10 years as a language arts supervisor and reading specialist within the district before transferring to Northern Lehigh. She served as principal at Peters Elementary for 10 years, then assistant superintendent at Northern Lehigh for the last eight.

WCSD approves 2018-19 budget with tax increase

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in School

School board authorizes bonds to aid in the school district’s projects

Whitehall-Coplay School District School Board adopted the final 2018-19 general fund budget at its May 7 meeting.

The $70,416,225 budget is a 4.1-percent increase over the 2017-18 budget. A 3.8-percent increase in the district’s tax rate will be instituted to balance revenue with projected expenses.

The budget passed following a 6-3 vote. Vice President Tina Koren, Treasurer William Leiner Jr. and board member Patty Gaugler voted against the adoption.

Area celebrates Barkley to Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”

Students choose talking over walking

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

WHS event includes discussion, Q&A on gun laws, anti-bullying

As students across the country began planning demonstrations for National Walkout Day, Whitehall High School Principal Nate Davidson challenged his students to think outside the box.

Davidson implored student leaders to stay in school April 20 and create a constructive dialogue on school safety, gun control and mental health. The result was an informative, passionate discussion with state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, and Lehigh County Commissioner Phillips Armstrong in the school’s auditorium.

Veteran receives honorary diploma from WCSD

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Board vote on 2018-19 budget is expected at next meeting, set for May 7

Whitehall-Coplay School District Superintendent Dr. Lorie Hackett presented Richard Erbrick with an honorary diploma through Operation Veteran Recognition during the April 9 board meeting.

The school district has the authority to grant a high school diploma to any honorably discharged veteran who has served in the U.S. military and who would have been a member of a graduating class during the years in which he or she served.

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

No. 21 to hang at WHS for ‘the rest of its existence’

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

What a day!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Barkley parade, celebration draw thousands of fans

For frequent visitors of Happy Valley in the fall, hearing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” blasting from speakers and chants of “We Are” in the streets is nothing new.

But Coplay residents expecting to do their normal Saturday morning grocery shopping at their local Giant were in for a very different experience March 24.

It was Saquon Barkley Day in the borough.