June 28, 2017
Celebrating our graduates
Our annual graduation supplement is included in this issue of the Bethlehem Press. Additional photos appear on the School page.
Liberty and BAVTS graduate learns to control the ‘sleeping beast’
Sometimes Pomp and Circumstance is the sweetest song in the world because the student hearing it worked hard to overcome obstacles on his way to graduation. The 2017 Liberty HS graduate Sam Lopez recalls a difficult road on his way through school as he learned how to control what he calls a “sleeping beast” – anger. “I’ve always been an angry kid,” he said. “From fifth grade all the way until my 12th grade year, anger has been one of my biggest battles, and still is!” Photo: Sam Lopez celebrates his graduation from Liberty HS with his mother Lydia Lopez and his father Samuel Lopez Sr.
By Michelle Meeh
Becahi graduate’s life has been full of many challenges
Jennie Lynn Alexina Miller, a member of Bethlehem Catholic’s class of 2017, has overcome many physical disabilities while challenging herself to greater heights. Jennie was born with a small right ear, a small right thumb and only a foot where her right leg was supposed to be, and no right hip. She wears a prosthetic right leg and scoliosis affects her lower back. In addition, Jennie has suffered two concussions and undergone roughly 15 surgeries. Photo: Bethlehem Catholic 2017 graduate Jennie Miller will begin classes at the University of New Haven Aug. 28 majoring in marine biology. Jennie’s life has been full of challenges which she has met and conquered.
By Selena Cintron
Quadrant moves into Historic House #1
The investment by Quadrant Private Wealth in the historic property at 2 West Market St. has paid off handsomely. The structure, which was constructed in the 1840s by immigrant Ernst Lehman, has been renovated to allow Quadrant to relocate its offices from One West Broad St. According to earlier documentation about the site’s history, trombones manufactured for the Moravian Trombone Choir were once manufactured by Ernst Lehman and his son Bernard in the clapboard building behind the residence. Photo: The new home of Quadrant Private Wealth at 2 West Market St. was built in the 1840s by immigrant Ernst Lehman. Quadrant moved into the building on June 2.
By Dana Grubb
Charters Arts club supports Haiti Health Trust
Members of the Youth for Christ Club at the LV Charter HS for the Arts present their check for $1,000 to Carol Van Artsdalen, secretary and treasurer of the Haiti Health Trust and Andrea Nichols, Haiti Health Trust board member. The trust supports a hospital in Haiti.
Tech/trade school students honored by SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA honored dozens of local students at its 31st annual Elmer Gates awards breakfast at the Best Western Conference Center recently. SkillsUSA Council founder Gates established a program to recognize students at local career and technical schools for exemplifying qualities desirable as both a student and prospective employee. The Elmer Gates Enterprise Awards are presented to students based on their scholastic achievement, school and community involvement, entrepreneurial spirit and involvement in SkillsUSA. Each winner is given a plaque and a $100 gift card from the Gates family. Photo: Freedom and Liberty HS Gates winners Joshua Crespo, Andrew Flynn, Kira McLendon, Chance Sigafoos, Alexander Ballek and Amr Asran.
By Nate Jastrzemski
Freedom girls reach Cedar Beech finals
The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase gave fans a sneak peek of what they can look for this winter on the hardwood and for the Freedom girls, that appears to be another district run after reaching the finals on Sunday. The Patriots fell to University City (N.J.) 51-40 in the championship game, as their New Jersey counterparts were the only team to beat Freedom in the tournament.
By Peter Car
When Noah Dach, a 2016 Muhlenberg College graduate, and fellow student Henry Evans decided they wanted to run away and join the circus, they instead created their own. Dach, Evans and Tommy McCarthy co-founded the Atlas Circus Company, which has been developing performances in and around New York City since the trio graduated from Muhlenberg College. McCarthy is assistant director of “Wild.” In part, they wanted to offer new opportunities for circus performers in an era when once-popular circus companies like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are shutting down. Ringling Bros., founded in 1871 and which billed itself as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” gave its final performance May 21 in Uniondale, Long Island, N.Y.
By Dawn Ouellette
Lehigh Valley: YWCAs host ‘Stand Against Racism’
Bethlehem Authority: Moths out, carbon in
Bethlehem: School board oppose bill that halts spot assessments
Bethlehem: Soiree celebrates 25th Rooms to View
Bethlehem: DA says council’s ethics draft needs work
State: PennDOT releases audio manual for dyslexic teens
Lehigh Valley: Student art display opens at PSU/LV campus
Lehigh Valley: Scouts complete shoebox project
Lehigh Valley: Grants helps Meals on Wheels
Hanover Township: Veterans get the best (parking) spot
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Center for Animal Health and Welfare
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