Thursday, September 22, 2011
Joyce has one busy senior year ahead of her.
- Ed Benkin
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Emma Joyce doesn’t like to slow down. The Upper Moreland senior can be found just about everywhere at her school. Joyce is one of Upper Moreland’s most active students. She is involved in everything from sports to music to community service. “It’s a little difficult at times,” said Joyce. “There are a lot of late nights. I get by, and I love all of the things that I’m doing. For different reasons, I wouldn’t stop doing any one of them. I have fun.” The fun includes Joyce’s time as president of the Key Club. She is serving on the executive board and is also the club’s historian. “I’ve always been a person who really likes to be busy,” Joyce said. “It’s really a great honor to be Key Club president. I’m really looking forward to being …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Marina has a picture-perfect shot at her goal of becoming a graphic artist.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Marina Kohls didn’t initially appear to be headed for a career in art or graphics design. Kohls had always been a fan of photography and took plenty of pictures of family and friends when she was 13 years old. However, a class Kohls took her freshman year at Upper Moreland didn’t exactly go as planned for the local resident, so she found an alternative way of developing her skills. “I took an art class my freshman year of high school and really did poorly,” said Kohls. “It was all art history. Then I went to EASTERN and they just had a whole bunch of different stuff I was interested and I decided photography was what I wanted to focus on. I realized I was more interested in the design part of it than the photo.” EASTERN [Eastern Center…
Friday, August 12, 2011
Although just in Middle School Joey wanted to get a head start on a potential teaching career by volunteering in the district's ESY program.
Many middle school students like to spend their time during summer vacation relaxing. Joey Miller wasn’t about to sit around all summer. Miller is getting ready for his final year at Upper Moreland Middle School. He wanted to spend his summer giving back to the community and found a program which helps other students from various age groups catch up during the summer months. The Extended School Year program (ESY) is a way for students to get help during the summer through extended work through teachers. The program also looks for volunteers, and Miller jumped at the chance to help with ESY. “I always wanted to try to find a way to help my community and my school,” said Miller. “They had something where you could help out some of the …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This Upper Moreland student is comfortable behind the mic.
Many high school students are still trying to carve out a career path. Gavin Lichtenstein doesn’t have that problem. The Upper Moreland student is getting ready for his junior year and has already picked up a head start to his career. Lichtenstein is hoping to one day become a sports broadcaster, but he is already gaining valuable experience at Upper Moreland. “I’ve been a color analyst and play-by-play announcer for the past two years,” said Lichtenstein. “When I came into the high school, there was never a student who broadcasted the games. For the past two years, I’ve become that student.” When Lichtenstein first arrived at Upper Moreland, he wanted to get started on his broadcasting career immediately. He met with Tony Gauker, the …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sgro will certainly keep himself busy during his senior year at Upper Moreland High School.
Austin Sgro doesn’t like sitting on the sidelines. The Upper Moreland High School student is taking advantage of his opportunity to get involved by keeping busy with a host of activities. “I hate watching,” said Sgro. “I’m not a watcher. I’m more of a doer. If I hear about something, I definitely hop in and give a hand, and not sit and watch.” Sgro can never be accused of sitting and watching. As Sgro prepares for his senior year, he has another busy schedule on the horizon. Last year, Sgro was a member of the National Honor Society, and he earned a spot on the school’s Distinguished Honor Roll. He will serve as the National Honor Society vice-president this coming year. Sgro will also serve as co-president of the Key Club, and president…
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Brunner is busy on both on the stage and in school.
Kathryn Brunner has many passions in her life. Her passion for the theater has taken the Upper Moreland High School student to New York City. Brunner is playing the part of Maria in an off-Broadway production of The Sound of Music. Brunner has come full circle from her first moment on stage as a first-grader who heard about an audition for a play about one of her favorite stories. “The high school in my town was doing The Sound of Music when I was in first grade,” said Brunner. “That’s my favorite show. The movie I always watched when I was little was The Sound of Music. I went to the audition and was cast as the youngest one, Gretl, in the Von Trapp family.” Brunner has had plenty of work on stage in between her two Sound of Music …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Hali moves on from UMHS as a tireless community servant.
Hali Kohls likes to follow the actions of her family and friends. The result is an impressive resume of community involvement. “I usually get involved with things that family and friends are doing,” said Kohls. “I started working at a school for the deaf because my mom starting working there. I have a close family friend who has AIDS, so I do the Philadelphia AIDS walk. My friends and I from the Key Club do the Relay for Life every year. I just like to get involved.” Kohls graduated from Upper Moreland High School this month. She leaves Upper Moreland not only with an impressive academic resume, but an equally impressive list of non-profit work. Kohls is a leader with the Upper Moreland's Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). Kohls also …
Friday, June 24, 2011
After a successful and busy high school career at UMHS, Vaikunt will be going to Bucknell University in the fall.
No one can ever call Vaikunt Ranganathan lazy. Ranganathan recently graduated from Upper Moreland High School and made quite an impression during his high school days. He was involved in a host of extracurricular activities while still finishing in the top five-percent of his graduating class. For Ranganathan, it was all about time management during a busy four years at Upper Moreland. “It’s did seem to take a while to get it under control,” said Ranganathan. “There’s a lot of stuff to do, but I was keeping in mind the colleges I want to get into. It was the end goal for me and it kind of kept me going.” Ranganathan was the co-captain of the bowling and tennis teams at Upper Moreland. He was also a member of the Key Club and treasurer…
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
This week's Whiz Kid has perfect taste in her academics and career ambition.
Erin Cain’s sweet tooth is a bit different than most people. Cain is finishing up her senior year at Abington High School. The Willow Grove resident is benefiting from her time at Eastern, a public school offering specialized programs to help students get a head start on their careers. Cain had taken an interest in culinary arts, and after working at Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor in Chestnut Hill, she is hoping to pursue a career in cake decorating. “It just fascinated me watching some of the decorators ice the cakes and decorate the cakes,” Cain said. “It made me want to try it. Once I started at Eastern, it made me love it more, so I wanted to get into the industry.” Cain’s hard work at Abington and Eastern has earned her a …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Upper Moreland Middle School gymnast will compete on the national level.
It didn’t take long for Dan Wilcox to find his calling when it came to athletics. His mother and father detected his passion for gymnastics at an early age. “My parents realized I was doing little cartwheels when I was younger,” said Dan. “I was doing summersaults on soccer fields and baseball fields. They decided to put me in a gymnastics class when I was 6. From there, I just took off.” Dan has found some larger venues to show off his gymnastics skills. The Upper Moreland Middle School student is competing in the National Junior Olympics in California after an impressive showing in the regional competition. The 14-year-old is a Level 9 gymnast who has been competing for eight years. A Level 9 gymnast is allowed to choreograph his own …