May 20, 2013

Jumpers compete at rope regionals

ADAMS TWP — Several members of Mars Stars Jump Rope Team competed at the AAU Maryland Open Jump Rope Regional Qualifying Tournament, held May 11 in Ellicott City, Md.

The Mars Stars Competitive Double Dutch Team of junior Maggie McKernan, eighth-graders Cassie McKernan and Rachel McKernan, and seventh-grader Natalie Welsh earned first place for Best Overall Double Dutch Team (ages 15 to 17). The team also took first place in Double Dutch Speed, 4x30 Relay, Single Freestyle and Pairs Freestyle and second place in Double Dutch Power.

In their respective age groups in the Singles Overall category, second-grader Josh Dunham took first place; third-graders Kevin Butler and Sara Soltis each earned third place; fourth-graders Adrian Zugehar, Sarah Weis and Cassidi Bender took fifth, seventh and ninth place, respectively; fifth-graders Tessa Bessette and Adrian Zugehar placed third and ninth, respectively; and Welsh took eighth place. In Singles Speed, Dunham earned first place; Butler, Soltis and Bessette, third place; Gentile, seventh place; Zugehar, eighth place; Weis, ninth place; and Bender, 11th place.

In Singles Power, Dunham and Soltis took first place; Butler, second place; Bessette, third place; Weis, fifth place; Gentile, sixth place; Bender and Welsh, seventh place; and Zugehar, eighth place. In the Singles Freestyle, Dunham took first place; Bessette, Butler, Gentile and Soltis, third place; Weis, seventh place; Bender, eighth place; and Zugehar and Welsh, ninth place.

The team of Soltis and Weis earned second place in Pairs Overall; third place in Pairs Speed; fifth place in Pairs Power; and second place in Pairs Freestyle. The team of Bender and Bessette place 10th in Pairs Overall, eighth in Pairs Speed and third in Pairs Power.

For more information, contact Pam Best, Mars Stars Jump Rope Team coach, at 724-625-3161.

Students to share original storybooks

ADAMS TWP — Sixth-graders from Mars Centennial School will share original children’s books from 9:10 to 10:10 a.m. at Mars Primary Center and from 9:25 to 11 a.m. at Mars Elementary School on Wednesday.

As part of an annual language arts project, the students wrote their own fractured fairy tales, says Ruth Goncus, sixth grade teacher. The students were asked to brainstorm ideas; write a draft; edit and revise their stories; and finally to illustrate their children’s books.

On Wednesday, the students will have an opportunity to share their hard work with other students in the district, says Goncus. And the younger students will benefit from hearing stories written and read by the sixth-graders.”

Mars Planet Foundation provided funding for the annual project. For more information, contact Goncus at 724-625-2601.

Summer Leadership Academy offered

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School will hold its inaugural Summer Leadership Academy from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24 to 28.

The program, which will include hands-on activities and group projects, will aid students in identifying and developing leadership skills and strengths. Cost is $175.

Applications are available at Mars High School’s Guidance Office or online at via the high school “Guidance” page. Application deadline is May 29.

For more information, contact Tina Yankello or Darcy Silbaugh, program coordinators, at 724-625-1581.

Planet Foundation board to meet

ADAMS TWP — Mars Planet Foundation board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mars School District Administration Office, 545 Route 228.

Mars Planet Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves to develop, promote and finance educational programs, activities and projects within Mars School District. As a 501(c)(3), which is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization, the foundation may apply for specific grants and other private and public allocations.

All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Anna Saker, director of pupil services/grant writer, at 724-898-1562.

School to hold medieval fair

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School will hold its annual Seventh Grade Medieval Fair from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium.

Students will dress in period clothing and offer presentations and demonstrations on life during the Middle Ages.