Learning Points

Sussex Tech student receives $25,000 

For Jessica Blatzheim, teaching is about knowing students’ needs and having an impact in their lives. That’s why the Ocean View resident is studying early care and education at Sussex Technical High School, planning on a career in the classroom.

Blatzheim’s path into teaching just got a big boost forward with a 2020 Horatio Alger National Scholarship, worth $25,000 — one of just 108 students across the country to receive the award.

“I really believe in teachers not just having an interest in working with kids, but really wanting to make a difference,” said the Sussex Tech senior. “There really has to be a passion behind it.”

After earning her college degree, Blatzheim wants to be an elementary-school teacher, focusing on the younger grades. She said teachers need to understand their students and where they’re coming from.

“For example, if you have a kid with behavior problems, you ask why they’re acting like that, and not just punish them right away,” she said. “Get into understanding your kids and creating comfortable environments. … It’s important to create connections early on, getting to know your kids and what learning needs are necessary for them.”

Blatzheim’s passion is also on display outside of her classes at Sussex Tech. Each week, she mentors a second-grade student at Georgetown Elementary School. She has competed twice at the national competition for Educators Rising, an organization of high school students planning to become teachers, and won gold honors twice at the state level. She is vice-president of Sussex Tech’s Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society and of the National Technical Honor Society.

She plans to use the SEED Scholarship to attend Delaware Technical Community College for two years and then earn her bachelor’s degree at Wilmington University. As a Horatio Alger National Scholar, Blatzheim will also attend the National Scholars Conference this spring in Washington, D.C.

Sussex Technical High School’s early care and education program is designed to prepare students for careers as teachers, childcare center directors, child psychologists, social workers or therapists. All students spend laboratory time working in the state-licensed daycare center at the high school, while coursework covers child growth and development, teaching methods and activities, classroom management and childcare regulations.


Local students named to UD dean’s lists

A number of local students were named to the University of Delaware Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester. Among them were:

John Douds of Selbyville

Taylor Pritchett of Millsboro

Adamari Rodriguez of Millsboro

Kayla Huebner of Frankford

Abigail Hudson of Millsboro

Madison Lively of Ocean View

Michael Boucher of Millsboro

Daysi Torres-Vanegas of Millsboro

Liana Williams of Millsboro

Meghan Paulus of Ocean View

Bethany Moran of Ocean View

Austin Gardoski of Millsboro

Dylan Hudson of Frankford

Margaret Ford of Frankford

Camryn Hinton of Millsboro

Carly Precht of Millsboro

Alex Carey of Selbyville

Matthew Lyons of Fenwick Island

Sydney Messick of Selbyville

Sara Binkley of Bethany Beach

Skyler Hudson of Frankford

Andrea Elsby of Selbyville

Kennedy Butch of Selbyville

Brandon Horton of Millville

Brianna Dorey of Millsboro

Lindsay Mann of Bethany Beach

Darshil Patel of Bridgeville

Allison Walsh of Bethany Beach

Chloe Pilkerton of Fenwick Island

Michael Payan of Selbyville

Lauren Smith of Selbyville

Bridget Langan of Fenwick Island

Natalie Mullen of Ocean View

Walker Chavatel of Selbyville

Hunter King of Fenwick Island

George Ward of Bethany Beach

Natalie Plambeck of Millsboro

Tia Persolio of Millsboro

Carly Collins of Bethany Beach

Samantha Whelen of Ocean View

Emily Tharby of Selbyville

Priya Patel of Frankford

Bethany Hall of Millsboro

Jewel Yanek of Selbyville

John Schoonfield of Millsboro

Nathaniel McCabe of Frankford

Skylar Balascio of Selbyville

Trinity Amankwa-Awuah of Millsboro

Sarah Buoni of Millsboro

Madison Killen of Frankford

Kaitlyn Kreiser of Millsboro

Robert Argo of Millsboro

Christina Dinisio of Ocean View

George Angello of Ocean View

Maria Ziethen of Selbyville

To meet eligibility requirements for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled full-time and earn a GPA of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.


Lapenna named to Clemson’s Dean’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University. Lapenna, whose major is psychology, made the Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.


Aleman named to McDaniel Dean’s List 

Sarah Aleman of Millsboro was recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the McDaniel College Fall 2019 Dean’s List with high honors.

Highest honors are earned for a semester grade point average of 3.90 or higher, high honors for a grade point average of 3.70-3.89, and honors for a 3.50-3.69 grade point average.

For more information about McDaniel College, visit www.mcdaniel.edu.


Local students named to York’s Dean’s List

Two local students were among the more than 1,500 students were recently named to the Dean’s List at York College of Pennsylvania. They were Lauren Grow of Selbyville and McClain Smith of Ocean View. To be eligible for this honor, a student must be registered for at least 12 academic credit hours and earn a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher.

A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 70 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,100 undergraduate students. The college also offers master’s programs in business, education and nursing, and a doctorate in nursing practice.


CAMP chorus concert to salute legends

Tickets are now on sale for the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus winter concert, “Legends.” Show times are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. All performances will be at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Led by music and artistic director Doug Yetter, the 95-member chorus will salute many legendary singers: ABBA, Queen, Sinatra, Elton, Patsy, Elvis, Dolly, Cher, Aretha and many others. “Mama Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Natural Woman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy” are just a few of the hits in the concert.

The show will be co-hosted by Liane Hansen and Donna DeKuyper. The chorus will be accompanied by the David Zipse band. There will be an ASL interpreter for all performances.

Tickets cost $25 and are available through CAMP Rehoboth online at https://www.camprehoboth.com/events. Performances of last year’s concert were sold out before the doors opened, and tickets are selling at a faster rate this year, so representatives advised would-be concertgoers to book seats early.


Goodrich earns bachelor’s degree

Nearly 600 students were awarded degrees in the fall of 2019 at Jacksonville State University, including Satchel C. Goodrich of Fenwick Island, who received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Founded in 1883 as a state teachers college, Jacksonville State University has grown into the Alabama regional university with the highest percentage of accredited programs. Located in the Appalachian foothills midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, JSU offers more than 150 courses of study, including more than 40 online programs, at the undergraduate and graduate level. To learn more, visit www.jsu.edu, call 1-800-231-JAX1 or e-mail jaxfacts@jsu.edu.


Ashmore named to Emerson’s Dean’s List

Sarah Ashmore, a native of Bethany Beach, has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester. Ashmore is majoring in journalism and is a member of the Class of 2021. The requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher.

Based in Boston, Mass., opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College has 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. For more information, visit emerson.edu.


Dundas named to Dean’s List

Brittany Dundas, a junior communication studies major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2019 semester. Dundas is a 2016 graduate of Geneva Academy and is the daughter of Cherilyn Harmon of Millsboro.

Students eligible for the Dean’s List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59; for the Dean’s List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Dean’s List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) is a national Christian liberal arts and sciences college established in 1876 and accepts no federal funds. It offers students degrees in more than 60 majors on a 180-acre campus north of Pittsburgh, Pa.


Murphy named to President’s List

Cailey Murphy of Georgetown was named to the College of Charleston Fall 2019 President’s List, the college announced this week. To qualify for President’s List (Highly Distinguished), students must earn a GPA of 3.800 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours. To quality for Dean’s List (Distinguished), students must earn a GPA of 3.600 or higher and complete a minimum of 14 semester hours.