Solanco middle school students earned first-, second- and third-place finishes in the Technology Student Association Region 2 Conference.

“I am proud of these students and their efforts,” teacher Kevin Childs said in a news release.

Winners were: Kara Peace, first place in prepared speech; Olivia Northern, second, digital photography; Kristen Eckman, qualifier in digital photography; Hadley Evans, qualifier in flight; team of Adam Wyatt, Jacob Trimble and Dom Martin, third, video game design; John Cheek, third, coding; Paul Kocher, Melana Soto and Kristen Eckman, second, Off the Grid (a home design for a specific geographic location that would operate “off the grid,” by using other means for heating, cooling and electricity; and Brayden Swope and Kara Peace, qualifier in problem solving.

Students who finished first, second or qualified are eligible to compete in the TSA State Conference.

Also competing were Jorden Ross, Connor Yingst, Connor Ginger, Clayton Craig, Braighton Lenhart and Kyle Keemer.

Scholastic Writing Award winners

Ten Solanco High School students have earned Scholastic Writing Awards, including three gold awards, three silver awards and several honorable mention honors.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the awards provide students with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and scholarships.

Students across America submitted nearly 350,000 original works in 29 categories of art and writing.

Solanco award winners with supporting teacher Leslie McRobbie are:

— Andrew Stocker, short story, “Levi,” gold; portfolio, “A Simple Reflection,” honorable mention.

—Olivia Stoltzfus, poetry, “The Cardinal or the Blue Jay,” gold; portfolio, “Voice in Writing,” gold; personal essay/memoir, “Swan Road,” silver; and honorable mentions for critical essay, “The Pursuit of Knowledge in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia,” and short story, “How Much I Missed My Mother.’’

Student winners working with supporting teacher Erica Long:

— Kara Armstrong, short story, “Melisandre’s Foxglove,” and science fiction/fantasy, “Burning Stars,” both honorable mentions.

Honored students working with teacher Christy Witmer:

— Tim Fetterman, personal essay/memoir, “The Cabin,” silver.

— Nicole Kudia, personal essay/memoir, “Some Beach, Some Air,” silver.

— Sophia Baker, poetry, “The Fall” and “Hidden Scars,” honorable mention.

—Victoria Bruno, short story, “Not a Drug Addict,” honorable mention.

— Grace Kreider, poetry, “Change,” honorable mention.

—Mike Palmer, poetry, “A Pencil, a Paper, and a Paradox,” honorable mention.

—Kay Sandoval, poetry, “Still Audience,” honorable mention.

The mission of the sponsoring organization, Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, is to identify and recognize students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and present their work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Top spellers at George A. Smith Middle School

John Cheek is the winner of this year’s George A. Smith Middle School Spelling Bee. Other top spellers were Charlotte Matos, Mya Monroy and Noah Goslin.

All four students advanced to the written semifinals last week with the hope of competing in the LNP Spelling Bee on March 22.

Spanish Honor Society inductees

Ten Solanco High School students are new members of the Spanish Honor Society. They are Sidney Beyer, Brenda Moreno, Paige Balliet, Holly Sensenig, Kayla McCauley, Holland Hatch, Michaela Brenneman, Jessica Mendenhall, Christopher Natale and Jadan Forren. “It is an extremely distinguished group of students that the World Language Department is very proud of,” teacher and honor society adviser Jen Eisenberger said in a news release. “We look forward to their future accomplishments in Spanish.”

Students of the Month

The Solanco School Board has honored the Students of the Month for January. Students were recognized for their strong work ethic and commitment to success, positive attitude toward school, their support of others, and their involvement in school and community activities.