Whitehall-Coplay School District held its 116th commencement ceremony virtually June 4, due to restrictions put in place by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, in order to combat COVID-19. The hope was that an in-person graduation would be possible later in the summer.
When it appeared conditions across the state might allow an in-person event to occur, WCSD administration and Whitehall High School Principal Nathan Davidson set a tentative date of Aug. 3 for the ceremony to be held at the PPL Center in Allentown.
Registration for the fall semester at Lehigh Carbon Community College is currently underway.
Classes begin Aug. 22 and may consist of online or remote format and face-to-face classes.
As long as the state continues to be in the green status prior to the start of the fall semester, a select number of hands-on or equipment-based courses will include a face-to-face element. If the states moves to red or yellow restrictions, all credit courses will be offered online or remotely.
SALEM CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Autumn Drovich, a student of Salem Christian School and a resident in the Whitehall-Coplay School District, graduated during Salem Christian School’s 40th commencement June 6 in celebration of the SCS Class of 2020.
This year’s ceremony was quite unique. In the days before the event, the school administration visited the homes of each of the 18 seniors to hold a mini-ceremony, featuring the conferring of the student’s diploma and a time of family prayer.
The two major criteria for getting a Rotary scholarship are service and leadership.
In her scholarship application, Whitehall resident Kassidy Cunningham said, “Serving people around me is important and is my ultimate career goal.”
This is one of the reasons Cunningham was awarded the $1,000 scholarship from Allentown-West Rotary Club. The scholarship will be payable directly to a university or college of her choice.
West Point Society of the Lehigh Valley
Christian Dieter, a Whitehall High School student, was named a recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award, given to a student leader of character, for 2020.
Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative has partnered with DanJon Management Corp. Inc. and Greater Valley YMCA for a brand-new summer lunch program at Mickley Run Apartments.
The free Grab & Go lunches are available 12-12:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays to all Mickley Run Apartments children 18 years old and under. This will run through Aug. 26.
This program was also to include programming for the children, but it cannot be done this summer because of COVID-19.
At the Whitehall-Coplay School Board meeting June 8, members approved the 2020-21 homestead and farmstead exclusion resolution, providing $1,182,088.95 in total property tax reduction funds, or $172.65 for 6,847 approved homesteads or farmsteads within the district in accordance with Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer Relief Act.
Also at the meeting, Hackett thanked The Giant Company for the monetary donation in relation to its mission of “Connecting Families for a Better Future.”
Members of the Communities That Care group were joined by Allison Frantz and David Zimmerman from the Lehigh County Suicide Prevention Task Force during the May 15 CTC meeting.
Frantz and Zimmerman introduced the group to a new website called Lehigh Valley Community Hub.
According to its website, “The Lehigh Valley Hub is a tool that can help support leaders working toward community change with a focus on cross-sector data-driven collaboration. The intent is to encourage the sharing of data and the use of data to effect change throughout the life span of an initiative.”
Whitehall High School has announced the students who received 2020 graduation awards in the 2019-20 academic year.
WHS Science NHS Award
Outstanding Industrial Technology Student
John Pemberton Esq. Class of 1920-1921 Scholarship
Alton Wagaman Memorial Scholarship
Jay H. Gilbert and Family Award
Whitehall-Coplay PTO PLUS Scholarship
Zephyr Pride Foundation Scholarship
WHS Zephyr Nation Spirit Award