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District News: WHS’ Caleb Knotts wins Gold Key, Jury Award for drawing

Congratulations to Whitehall High School freshman Caleb Knotts, a student in Lehigh Career and Technical Institute’s advertising design/commercial art program, who won both a Gold Key and a Jury Award for his pen and ink drawing “Over Heaven” during the region’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ceremony at Kutztown University.

There were more than 650 entries, and only one other piece received a Jury Award in the East Central Pennsylvania art region.

Students awarded Gold Keys at the regional level go on to compete with their peers across the country, with top winners receiving an exhibition in New York City and a ceremony at Carnegie Hall.


Reminder: If Steckel Elementary School students bring $1 to lunch March 24, they will receive a freeze pop. All donations will go toward Steckel Elementary’s fundraising goal toward helping the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley program.

On April 2, some Steckel staff members will be bowling for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Staff members will be supporting the mission to create one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth right in the Lehigh Valley. Many of the Steckel students are a part of this amazing program.


Tickets for Whitehall High School’s spring musical, “9 to 5,” will be available at showtix4u.com/events/whitehalltheater and at the box office 9 a.m.-noon March 25.

Tickets may also be available at the door before each performance, scheduled for 7 p.m. March 30 through April 1 and 2 p.m. April 2.

Based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, you will see three co-workers deal with a despicable boss and land themselves in a sticky situation. With music written by Parton, this hilarious show promotes themes of friendship, standing up for oneself and female empowerment.


The last day for free swim, for Whitehall and Coplay residents only, in the WHS natatorium is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 29. You must show your photo ID.


Whitehall Waves Aquatic Club is looking for swimmers. Registration is open now through March 31. Sessions will run April 11-May 19.

Visit the WCSD website and follow the linked flier for additional details.


Whitehall-Coplay School District will be closed April 6-10 for spring break. Have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends.


The Zephyr Elementary School fifth-grade band and chorus will be opening the Phantoms hockey game 7 p.m. April 14 with a performance on the ice. Spread the word and plan to wear your Zephyr apparel if attending.

Parents/guardians need to purchase tickets to the April 14 game online only by visiting fevo.me/3wAfh08. Tickets cost $15. To get seats together, it’s strongly encouraged to purchase all tickets you need at one time.


WCSD’s Family Night event, celebrating the district’s cultural diversity, will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 19 at WHS.

The event is open to all K-12 students, families and anyone and everyone from the community.


Some third-grade students at Steckel are participating in an after-school STEM program, which will continue through April 27. Parents/guardians, make sure your child stays on the appropriate day, depending on if he or she is a Tuesday or Thursday attendee.


The Zephyr football team’s annual golf tournament is set for June 3 at Whitetail Golf Club, 2679 Klein Road, Bath.

To register your foursome or help sponsor, visit zephyrfootball.net/golf-tournament.


Whitehall Police Department’s second annual youth law enforcement academy program is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 19-23 at the police department. The academy is available to Whitehall students, or students who live in the Whitehall area, in fifth and sixth grades.

Registration opened March 19 and is limited to 32 participants. Spots fill quickly.

To register, find it in the March 19 Whitehall-Coplay School District newsletter, the police Facebook page and on Officer Matthew Christman’s Twitter page at @SRO_Christman.

If you have questions, contact Christman at christmanm@whitehallcoplay.org or Officer Quadir Carter at carterq@whitehallcoplay.org.


The WHS Class of 1978 will be holding its 45-year reunion Sept. 16. Please share this information with any other classmates.

If interested in attending, send an email, noted “WHS Class of 1978 reunion,” to jamb87@hotmail.com.


Help make graduation beautiful and sponsor a flowergram for your senior. Flowers add a beautiful accent to the stage and to the memories of this exciting day!

Potted flowers will be placed on the stage at the PPL Center in honor of your graduate. A list of flowergram sponsors will be included in the program noting your special message to your graduate.

A flowergram pickup card will be enclosed with your graduate’s diploma envelope, and your graduate or designee must take this card to the stage after the ceremony to pick up your flowers.

The cost is $20, and checks can be made payable to WHS Activity Fund. Include your graduate’s name, sponsor’s name and your special message to your graduate. Checks can be mailed to Whitehall High School, attn: Nicole Eiden, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall, 18052.


With warmer weather outside approaching, students are going out for recess more often. Remember to have your children wear proper footwear to run around or send sneakers in their backpacks to put on to avoid injury.


WHS yearbooks are on sale for $80. Purchase now to guarantee your book - great memories to have!

To purchase, visit balfour.com and search Whitehall High School.


WHS students, do you have any extra textbooks, library books or painting supplies that were supposed to be handed in? Return them to the main office, so staff can remove any obligations that you may owe.


Reminder: If a junior or senior will be missing school for a college visit, be sure to complete a vacation trip form prior to the absence and indicate college visit for question number two on the form.

Forms need to be returned to the attendance office.


Do you have any school news?

This column is a compilation of upcoming school events in WCSD. Teachers, administrators, parents, students, coaches, PTOs, club advisers and any other community members are invited to share their upcoming activities.

Email me at jamb87@hotmail.com with “WCSD news” in the subject line at least a week or two before an event.