Smith Middle School student Olivia Northern has qualified to compete in the National Technology Student Association Conference. At the Pennsylvania TSA State Conference in Seven Springs, Olivia earned a third-place finish in digital photography. Smith student Kara Peace was a semifinalist in prepared speech.

“We had students compete in coding, digital photography, flight, delta dart — another flight event, prepared speech, problem-solving and video game design,” Solanco TSA adviser Kevin Childs said in a press release. “I am very proud of all of their efforts.”

Also competing at the state level were: Adam Wyatt, coding; Hadley Evans, flight and delta dart; Melana Soto, delta dart; Brayden Swope, problem-solving and delta dart; and Jacob Trimble, Adam Wyatt and Dom Martin, video game design.

MathCON showing

For the fourth year in a row, Solanco High School student Aidan McBride has qualified for the national MathCON contest in Chicago.

Additionally, Providence fifth grader Isaac Esh is the first Solanco elementary student to earn an invitation to the MathCON finals. Isaac scored 255 out of a possible 300 points, giving him a national ranking of 117 and placing him in the 99th percentile of students who took the exam.

Over the past month, students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels competed in the 2019 MathCON, an online mathematics contest that allows students to put their math skills to the test, competing in grade level contests against math students around the country, according to a news release.

The competition is separated into two parts: the first is an online test and the second, for qualifying students, is held in Chicago.

Three elementary students scored high enough on the exam to be placed on the waitlist for national competition: fifth graders Nolan Huber, of Quarryville; Blake Jenkins, of Providence; and Maddie Welch, of Clermont.

At the middle school level, Swift sixth grader Joshua Craig and Smith seventh grader Aliyah Kauffman and eighth graders Yu Jiang Santiago and Emma Kline qualified for the waitlist. High school freshman Andre Mohler, sophomore Andrew Craig, junior Brandon Daniel and senior Angel Daniel are alternates for Chicago.

Middle-schoolers honored

Swift students Paul Swinehart, Emma Zkrojewski, Nick Williams and Morgan Robertson were recognized in the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” video competition. Their video promoting career opportunities at the Buck Co. won an award for outstanding marketing plan.

'Be the Nice Kid'

Speaker Bryan Skavnak recently visited all Solanco elementary schools to entertain students with positive, uplifting stories while encouraging them to “Be the Nice Kid.”

“Bryan Skavnak is new, cutting-edge, renowned,” Providence Elementary Principal Christina McLaughlin said. He was invited to Solanco as part of the district’s elementary anti-bullying campaign.

A teacher and children’s golf instructor, Skavnak urges students to avoid making assumptions about others, to include and support peers, and to look for the fun in life.