Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Parkland High School ranked 55th out of 687 Pennsylvania high schools, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Parkland High School ranks among the best in the state, according to annual rankings published Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report. Parkland High School ranked 55th out of 687 high schools in Pennsylvania. That ranking is actually down from a 49th ranking in 2012. Still, the news was welcomed by Parkland Superintendent of Schools Richard Sniscak. "It's nice to be recognized by an independent party," Sniscak said. "It's an accomplishment and something we can be proud of. It's obviously a credit to the students, staff and the parents in the district. Our board and administration contribute as well." The 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools rankings are based on data collected from more than 21,000 public U.S. high schools from…
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Parkland High School student athletes sign letters of intent Wednesday after receiving partial scholarships to play collegiate sports.
Twelve Parkland High School student athletes signed letters of intent Wednesday, accepting partial scholarships to play collegiate sports. Timothy Baranek, a member of the football team, will continue his education at Lock Haven University, where he received a partial athletic scholarship. Tim served as Parkland's quarterback and helped win a District 11 championship. He is the first player in Parkland history to run/pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. He also played basketball, baseball and ran track and plans to become a state police officer. Austin Beidleman, a member of the basketball team, will continue his education at Kutztown University, where he received a partial athletic scholarship. He was a two-time All-League …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Justin Sheftel Tournament was started in 2005 within three weeks after Justin was killed by a drunk driver.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Parkland School Board accepted the resignation of Jane H. Barthold, who spent 34 years in the school district.
Parkland High School Assistant Principal Jane H. Barthold is retiring after 34 years with the district. The Parkland School Board accepted her resignation at its Tuesday meeting. In other personnel matters, the board approved: Change of Status: Hire:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
John R. Ritter, 62, of Neffs died Tuesday.
Devoted Parkland teacher John R. Ritter, 62, of Neffs died Tuesday. His obituary is here. Friends and family may visit 6-9 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday In Trexler Funeral Home, 1625 Highland St., Allentown, according to the obituary. The service will follow Saturday’s calling hour. Interment will take place at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery, Trexlertown. Patch wrote about Ritter's battle with a rare blood cancer in May 2012. The story included Ritter's poignant writings: “Faced with mortality, my bucket list is pretty mundane. In the immediate future I hope to enjoy another sunset, moonlit night, and sunrise. I hope to have another day to hold hands with my wife and cuddle in bed. Our bluebirds have returned to their nesting box; I …
Sunday, April 14, 2013
College acceptance letters are in—tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all Parkland seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college or starting a new job, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here too.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Sen. Pat Toomey and Congressman Charlie Dent will host an informational meeting for high school juniors interested in learning about U.S. service academies Saturday at Parkland High School.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Shouts of 'Bravo!' after Parkland High School's stellar opening night of 'Phantom of the Opera' brought the audience to its feet.
Parkland High School's production of "Phantom of the Opera" brought the audience to its feet and drew cheers and whistles on opening night. The show is sold out through Sunday.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Parkland High School will present five sold-out shows of 'Phantom of the Opera,' beginning Wednesday night.
Parkland High School will present five sold-out performances of 'Phantom of the Opera,' beginning Wednesday night in the school auditorium. School officials say more than 7,000 tickets were sold for the five shows. The operatic production of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel is a love triangle set in and around an old opera house revolving around the Phantom (played by senior William Marshall), Raoul de Chagny (played by senior Adam Groff) and the young Christine Daae (played by senior Elizabeth Stirba). A total of 52 cast members, 23 crew members and 44 pit musicians will take part in the production. Patch was on hand Tuesday night to capture some of the dress rehearsal action.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Parkland High School's production of 'Phantom of the Opera,' set for five performances next week, has been a daunting challenge for cast, crew and director.
Parkland High School director Frank Anonia wanted to give his thespians a real a challenge for the 2013 spring musical. So, he came up with a doozy for this year's production, one that the Parkland community has latched onto with great excitement. The school will present five shows of "Phantom of the Opera," from Wednesday, April 10 through Sunday, April 14 at the Parkland High School auditorium. "This is not the student version. This is the real Broadway show," Anonia said. "People are eager to see what we can do with this kind of show. The community has rallied around this, given the name and magnitude of the show. We've never done five shows before. The most we've done is four." The five-show stand is nearly sold out. Limited tickets …