WASD’s events, student awards and alumni nominations

From the annual upcoming YAM-JAM event to middle school students winning regional awards and alumni nominations, Williamsport Area School District has a lot going in and outside of the classroom.

Students earn awards

Eight students in eighth grade at Williamsport Area Middle School recently were recognized for earning regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Two earned the coveted Gold Key Award for their work in the Personal Essay and Memoir Category: Carter Weaver for “April Showers “ and Audrey Donnell for “Revelations.”

Three earned a Silver Key Award also in the Memoir Category. Noah McKenzie for “Stages of Grief,”Aliyah Wright for “Misconceptions” and Lauren Trump for “Heart.”

Three also earned an Honorable Mention. Connor Nyein the Dramatic Script category for “Expect the Unexpected;” Sean McCann for “Tyson” in the Short Story category; and Bryen Waltz for “Why Did He Have to Go?” in the Personal Essay and Memoir Category.

YAM-JAM events

The annual YAM-JAM event held by the Curtin and Lycoming Valley Intermediate celebrates the National Youth Art and Music in Our Schools month.

Curtin’s school features musical performances from the school’s ukulele group, The Ukes of Hazard, the chamber orchestra, jazz and brass bands and an all-encompassing hero sing-a-long.

It also includes an art gallery of work created by the students in fourth to sixth grade in addition to a number of hands-on stations for attendees to explore the arts, literacy and technology. There also will be face painting. Curtin’s event is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 8 in the gymnasium. The theme is How the Arts Bring Out Our Superpowers.

Lycoming Valley’s YAM-JAM event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 19, in the school’s gymnasium and cafeteria. Through a This is Me! theme, the event will showcase student work in both art and music, student work from around Williamsport Area School District and the community. Interactive activities will be provided from local art and music vendors as well as faculty and staff. Student perrformances will continue throughout the evening.

Both events will have basket raffles, provided by and benefitting their parent teacher organizations.

Distinguished alumni

The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation is seeking nominations for the District’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni. The 2019 recipients will be inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame and invited to attend an award presentation at the foundation’s second Donor and Alumni Appreciation event in September.

Up to four individuals can be recognized in the following categories:

• Outstanding Recent Alumni Award: Given to an alumnus who has graduated 15 years ago or less. It recognizes outstanding service and accomplishments of an exceptional young alumnus. Areas of service may include professional, personal and civic.

• Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Given to an alumnus who has provided outstanding service to his/her profession and/or community.

• Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Given to an alumnus who has modeled and employed a focus on achievement within his/her profession.

• Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award: Given to an alumnus who has provided extraordinary service for the benefit of others.

For a person to be considered, the following must be received by May 31:

• A completed nomination form and the candidate’s resume or vita.

• Provided evidence to support any philanthropy, community service, accomplishments, awards and distinctions (professional or otherwise), and military and public safety involvement.

• At least one letter of endorsement and any material to support reasoning.

• A recent photo of the candidate.

The foundation’s alumni committee will evaluate each nomination and an announcement of this year’s recipients will be made on or before June 30.

For those wishing to nominate an individual, either living or deceased, nomination forms are available at the Education Foundation office, 2780 W. Fourth St., or online at www.wasdeducationfoundation.org under “Programs.”