Loyalsock High School’s extracurriculars

FBLA, Environmental Leadership, the Maroon Market, PMEA?District Band and much more

Loyalsock High School students represented their district in the Pennsylvania Music Educations' Association District 8 Band Festival at Montoursville High School. The picture was provided by Bob Barrett.

With approximately 510 students, 37 teachers and over three dozen extracurriculars, Loyalsock High School is a busy place. Here’s a run-down of some recent activities:


According to advisor Michelle Carpenter, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) “is designed to help students develop leadership abilities and prepare for entry and advancement into a business-related field.”

Twenty-four Loyalsock students in the high school’s FBLA will move on to state competition after attending the regional leadership conference in January.

The winner and their content areas include:

Seniors — Allison Clark, marketing; Madison Fox, sports and entertainment management; Morgan O’Connor, marketing; Anthony Pastore, sports and entertainment management; Adeline Pereira, hospitality management; Morgan Pinkerton, hospitality management; Alexandra Rouffignac, business ethics.

Juniors — Jaime Ellis, publication design; Harrison Frear, voting delegate; Evelyn Griffith, organizational leadership; David Hutchinson, political science; Yahya Khan, health care administration; Makenzie Shimko, publication design.

Sophomores — Jacob Daniels, economics; Catherine Dash, economics; Brady Dowell, computer applications; Sophia Gardner, sports and entertainment management; Cassie Gee, sports and entertainment management; Keanu Singh, sports and entertainment management; Lindsay Snyder, introduction to financial math; Jonathan Stroud, voting delegate; Daniel Tripp, economics.

Freshmen — Hibah Khan, introduction to finance math; John Nickolaus, introduction to business presentation.

The state competition is slated for April 8 to 10 in Hershey. Anyone advancing from States will move on to national competition in San Antonio, Texas, over the summer.

Maroon Market

FLBA also runs the high school’s Maroon Market, which is open once a week at the end of the school day. Selling Loyalsock-related apparel and gear along with snacks and cold drinks, it is staffed by FBLA members, as well as students from Carpenter’s business classes.

All profits go to competitive events for FBLA.


Loyalsock High School also runs a comprehensive recycling program overseen by the ECO-ACT Environmental Leadership Program. Each classroom in the school gets a large bin, and single-stream recyclables are picked up once a week by members of the club, which is advised by biology teacher Kindra Brelsford.

“The bins are always full,” says ECO-ACT president Quinn Deitrick. Other officers are Connor Rude, vice-president; Alex Schluter, treasurer; and Alexa Daniels, public relations.

PMEA district band

Eight Loyalsock High School students participated in the recent district band festival run by the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA): Harrison Frear, alto sax; Connor Gross, French horn; Emily Huskin, euphonium; David Hutchinson, trumpet; Zackary Keller, tuba; Collin Porter, trombone; Cameron Temple, clarinet; and Taylor Wentzel, French horn.

The festival was recently held at Montoursville High School and featured more than 130 of the best high school band students from a nine-county region, under the direction of Penn State’s Dennis Glocke. The festival concluded with a free public concert on Jan. 25.

Huskin, Hutchinson, Porter, Temple, Wentzel and Keller advanced to PMEA Region IV Band, which will be held March 7 to 9 in Lewisburg. That festival will also finish up with a free concert at 1 p.m. on March 9 at Lewisburg High School.

District chorus

Six Loyalsock High School students participated in the PMEA District Chorus festival recently held at Williamsport’s Community Arts Center — Evelyn Griffith, Zackary Keller, Hannah Rankey, Makenzie Shimko, Cameron Temple and Sadie Wentzel.

The festival concluded with a free concert at the CAC under the direction of Brandon Williams, from Rutgers University.

Griffith and Shimko both advanced to Region Chorus, which will be held March 21 to 23 at Williamport’s CAC; Keller placed as an alternate. Region Chorus will be under the direction of Dr. Peggy Dettwiler from Mansfield University.

Movie reviews

Loyalsock High School also has two students currently writing film reviews for the Sun-Gazette.

Seeds for this were planted several years ago, when a high school English teacher noticed Quinn Deitrick’s fondness for film and began encouraging him to learn more about the field.

Deitrick, currently a senior, has penned more than 30 pieces since January 2018. This year, senior Alston Kehler likewise began writing film reviews for the Sun-Gazette, also under his teacher’s mentorship.

“I just love movies,” said Kehler, who is planning on a creative-writing major in college after one year off. He added that these reviews would make a nice addition to his writing portfolio.

In addition, said Deitrick, writing these articles “allowed me to get my foot in the door if I ever want to get into film. It allowed me to do what I love.”