Education


Osher offering programs throughout county this fall

Registration is open now for fall classes at the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) with classes scheduled for Sept. 3-Nov. 18 in Bridgeville, Dover, Lewes and Ocean View.

Nicknamed “OLLI,” UD’s lifelong...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:01pm

IR graduate Gavin Smith sets his sights on veterinary training at Delaware Technical Community College.

IR grad seeking support for college veterinary training

All those graduation cards that talk about “resting on your laurels” — that’s a nice idea, unless the recent graduate has a goal to reach and doesn’t want to waste time reaching it.

Gavin Smith didn’t take a break after graduating from...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:57pm

Local students among Delaware College Scholars graduates

On June 16, parents, faculty and supporters gathered to celebrate as 36 rising college freshmen graduated from the Delaware College Scholars (DCS) program.

“Each of you has truly accomplished something impressive,” remarked the graduation’...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:18pm

Revel graduates from Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg College celebrated its 171st commencement on May 19. During the ceremony, which was held on the College Green, 502 students were awarded their undergraduate degrees, including Justin Revel of Millsboro, who graduated magna cum laude...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 12:16pm

Schrock earns degree from Albright College

A graduate of Cape Henlopen High School, Hannah Rose Schrock of Millsboro has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing while minoring in digital media, at Albright College.

Albright’s Class of 2019 consists of 395...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:17am

Lapenna named to Clemson University President’s List

Lauren A. Lapenna of Selbyville has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2019 semester, the university announced this week. Lapenna’s major is psychology. To be named to the President’s List, a student must...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:16am

Evans graduates from JMU

James Madison University announced this week that Laura Evans of Millsboro was among the 3,700 students who received degrees during the university’s May 2019 commencement exercises. Evans graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences....

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:11am

Morris named Alvernia University student ambassador

Tyzhir Morris of Millsboro has been named a student ambassador at Alvernia University for the 2019-2020 academic year. Morris is majoring in early childhood education, pre-K-4, with special-ed pre-K-8, at Alvernia.

The Student Ambassadors...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:03am

Taite Daisey graduates from College of Charleston

Taite Daisey of Frankford graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public health from the College of Charleston during the college’s spring 2019 commencement on May 10-11. Daisey was among more than 1,700 bachelor’s degree and master’s degree...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:01am

Education Briefs

Shockley completes service trip to Peru

Rylee Shockley of Millsboro is one of nine Lebanon Valley College students who completed a week of service in Peru in May. Shockley, a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, is pursuing a bachelor...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 11:00am

Seashore State park launches educational programs

Staff at Delaware Seashore State Park are geared up for another jam-packed schedule of educational programs this season. The park, which includes the Indian River Inlet, extends for 6.5 miles between Dewey and Bethany beaches. Park staff have...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:51am

Kuharich graduates from University of Alabama

Kelli Elizabeth Kuharich of Selbyville recently received a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama. UA awarded some 5,716 degrees during spring commencement May 3-5.

UA offers its students...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 10:39am

School district re-starts process to build new school

It’s just the first step of many, but the Indian River School District has made the first movement toward the referendum process for building a new school.

That doesn’t necessarily mean the IRSD Board of Education will decide to host a...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:56pm

Grace Snyder will follow four generations of her mother’s family into U.S. military service. She is the first female IRHS grad to attend West Point.

IR grad takes her game to West Point

Grace Snyder had to buy men’s boots for school this autumn. The West Point supply store doesn’t carry women’s sizes.

For the next four years of college, she’ll be wearing a uniform, as 17-year-old Snyder was accepted to the U.S. Military...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:58am

IRHS students finish strong on honor roll

Indian River High School recently announced its honor roll students for the fourth and final marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Students receiving High Honors were:

• Seniors Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Riley Blatzheim, Bailee...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:55am

Three local students awarded degrees at Widener University

Widener University conferred degrees to more than 1,100 graduates in a ceremony Friday, May 17. Commencement was held at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

The commencement speaker was former U.S. Congressman and past...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:53am

Grace Kemp won the inaugural SDSA Distinguished Dragon award.

Kemp named SDSA’s first Distinguished Dragon

Sometimes, the best leaders aren’t center-stage. But they can deliver a great pep talk behind the scenes. Grace Kemp of Millsboro proved that in June while finishing eighth grade at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. She won the inaugural...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 10:50am

IRSD turns to operational and reserve funds to function

The Indian River School District is brainstorming temporary financial solutions until the public approves a permanent fix.

To build a needed new school, the district had hoped to use state funds and a local tax increase. Since the local...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:19am

FI Lions award $15K in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside, as part of their annual budget, funds to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding seniors of Indian River High School.

“To choose the recipients of the scholarships is always a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:41am

Sussex Tech honors employees for service

The Sussex Technical School District recently honored 31 employees for their years of public service, to the state and to the district. The employees honored have worked a combined 510 years for the State of Delaware and 353 years for Sussex Tech...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33am

Revel receives Scholars in Education Award

On May 5, Muhlenberg College held its annual Honors Convocation, designed to honor and celebrate leadership and scholarly excellence and achievement. The awards recognize select members of the faculty and student body for their contributions to...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:31am

Father’s Day is an opportunity to be a father

Father’s Day is a trick.

It’s a trick and a conspiracy and a trap and anything else you want to call it — as long as you’re calling it something that is borderline deceitful. It preys on our insecurities, falsely inflates our valuation of...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:28pm

Magee to take part in Envision’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference

This summer, Aiden Magee, who recently completed fifth grade at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, will join other elementary school students from across the nation to take part in an academic- and career-oriented development experience, Envision’...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:58am

Shockley recognized on dean’s list, as student-athlete

Rylee Shockley of Millsboro is one of more than 200 student-athletes who competed for the Flying Dutchmen during the spring 2019 semester. Shockley, a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 10:56am

Indian River’s Zach Schultz will be taking his lacrosse talents to Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill College, a NCAA Division II program, in the fall to study criminal justice administration. He is seen here with IR head coach Dave Spencer, left, Shane Forrey, back, and Arien Curcio.

Schultz taking talents to DII Chestnut Hill

Many a student-athlete’s dream is to one day be able to play at the next level, whether it is collegiately or on the grand stage of the professional ranks.

Indian River High School’s Zach Schultz now gets to realize that dream, having...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:43am

Shockley named to Honor Roll

Rylee Shockley of Millsboro was recently named to the Middle Atlantic Conference’s (MAC) Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. Shockley, a graduate of Sussex Technical High School, is a member of the Lebanon Valley College softball team, and is...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:38pm

Brielle Monroe Farlow passed away in 2018, just a few days after starting first grade.

‘She was so nice’

Brielle’s Bench will be a tribute to beloved LB student

The loss of a child can impact the whole community. Lord Baltimore Elementary School is remembering the late Brielle Monroe Farlow of Frankford with a help from her friends, classmates and family.

Brielle passed away at 6, after an...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:16am

The Indian River High School Class of 2019 enjoys their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 29.

IRHS celebrates 2019 graduation ceremony

With the planned outdoor commencement ceremony thwarted by a chance of thunderstorms, Indian River High School held its 51st commencement indoors. But the Class of 2019 was ready to celebrate, and the 228 graduates brought enough family, friends...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:01am

Statler awarded Delaware Poultry Industry college scholarship

Nine students pursuing college and graduate studies connected to careers in Delmarva’s chicken industry will receive $2,000 scholarships through the Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. (DPI) College Scholarship Program. Eight of the recipients will...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:28am

Robo-minded

These Selbyville Middle School students won first place in their Delaware Student Technology Association (TSA) competition. Besides being named the VEX Robots Skills champions, Kaitlyn Johnson, Andy Morales and Noah Coleman also won the overall...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 9:42am

The new IRHS alma mater debuted at IRHS graduation on May 29,2019, performed by the River Rhythms a capella group.

IRHS’ new alma mater debuting at graduation

What makes a school worthy of song? At Indian River High School, “Pride” is the name and theme of the new alma mater, a song celebrating the Green and Gold.

At the 50th commencement for IRHS on May 29, the Class of 2019 was set to debut...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:13pm

Marine Corps Sgt. Joseph Bryant, left, quizzes second-year cadet James Brett on military and U.S. history.

Eye on the target: IRHS cadets test their limits

“Come on guys, if you can hit one bullseye, you can hit ‘em all.”

Lester “Gunny” James stood in the Indian River High School gymnasium behind three cadets. They very carefully aimed air rifles at wooden boards and paper targets. This was...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:31am

Indian River High School Marching Band performs at the 2018 Return Day Parade in Georgetown.

The eyes of a nation: IR band marches in DC parade on Monday

Indian River High School Band is packing their bags for perhaps their most exciting performance ever: the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 27,

The parade will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. around the country...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 3:41pm

Southern Delaware School of the Arts-iversary

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

Southern Delaware School of the Arts celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, May 11. Since opening in the fall of 1999, SDSA has served Indian River School District students, kindergarten through...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 10:00am

Sussex Tech students named to honor roll

A total of 472 Sussex Technical High School students were recently named to the honor roll for the third marking period for the 2018-2019 academic year. Local students who were recognized included:

• From Bethany Beach, Evan Davis,...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:55am

Local students among those named to Delaware College Scholars

Delaware College Scholars (DCS) recently announced its newest cohort of students (Cohort 6) slated to begin its program this June.

Local students from Sussex County who have been selected include: Tatyana Alexis, Sussex Central High School...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:50am

Indian River High School highlights third quarter honor roll

Indian River High School in Dagsboro recently announced the Honor Roll for the third marking period in the 2018-2019 school year. Students honorees were:

• Seniors with High Honors — Robert Argo, Shelby Bacon, Riley Blatzheim, Bailee...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:46am

MBS announces second-trimester scholastic achievement

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School recently congratulated a number of students who scholastic recognition in the second trimester:

• Sixth grade, Danaya Arzadon, Katherine Erickson, Isaiah Failla, Theresa Hayes, Sophie Maskell, Sean...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:46am

Guzman recognized on Cedar Crest College’s Spring 2019 Dean’s List

Cedar Crest College recently congratulated dozens of students who were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring semester of 2019. Among the students recognized is Guadalupe Guzman of Selbyville.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who have...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:40am

Kraushaar honored during Albright College award ceremony

Sarah Kraushaar of Ocean View was honored during Albright College’s end-of-year Honors & Awards Ceremony on May 5. A graduate of Indian River High School, Kraushaar earned the Ellery B. Haskell Memorial Award for Religious Studies. Kraushaar...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:39am

Ashmore named to Dean’s List for Spring 2019

Sarah Ashmore, a resident of Bethany Beach, has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester, the college announced this week. Ashmore is majoring in journalism and is a member of the Class of 2021. The requirement...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:39am

Sussex Tech marks Peace Officers Memorial Day

To mark Peace Officers Memorial Day last week, Sussex Technical High School invited representatives from local law-enforcement agencies to attend a brief flag ceremony honoring fallen police officers. Sussex Tech’s JROTC cadets performed the...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:33am

Six Selbyville Middle School students won prizes from the Lord Baltimore Lions Club in the group’s drug-free poster contest, designed to encourage youth to avoid illegal and non-prescribed drugs. Pictured celebrating the honor, from left, are: LBLC President Janet Bauer, winning SMS students Samantha Ciociola, Isaac Smith, Taylor Conaway, Collin King, Gina Garcia and Shanyla Hanley, and SMS Principal Jason Macrides.

SMS students win drug-free poster contest

The Selbyville Middle School PTO, in partnership with the administration of Selbyville Middle School and the Lord Baltimore Lions Club, recently sponsored a drug-free poster contest to promote awareness of the dangers and permanent damage to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:32am

DelDOT Delaware Bridge Design Competition third-place award winners include, back row, DCHS freshmen Noah Culver, Aaron Brown and Michael Hart, and second-place award winners, front row, Isabelle Donihue, Gavin Catron and SarahAnne Smith.

DCHS students win awards at DelDOT bridge design competition

On Wednesday, May 1, Delmarva Christian High School physical science teacher Tiffany Haley and her ninth-grade physical science students traveled to Woodside to participate in DelDOT’s Second Annual Delaware Bridge Design Competition. Later that...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:29am

Attendees at a previous year’s Artisans Fair shop for works of art from Delaware and surrounding states.

Artisans Fair to bring fine art, food and more to Lord Baltimore

The 12th Annual Artisans Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, which means Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will be bursting at the seams with arts and crafts inside and out, as well as a farmers’ market outside.

The...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:25am

Selbyville library’s summer reading, free lunch program set to begin

The Selbyville Public Library is set to launch their annual Summer Reading Program on June 1 and will start serving free lunches on June 10. The programs, aimed at helping to bridge the summer learning gap, and provide convenience and ease to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:43am

SDSA students Ellie Merrick, left, and Ava Strong and put their art skills to the test, winning prizes in the 2019 Delaware Arbor Day Poster Contest.

SDSA students win state Arbor Day poster contest

Southern Delaware School of the Arts produced two winners in the 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest hosted by Delaware Forest Service.

Ellie Merrick, a fifth-grader from Selbyville, was Delaware’s overall state winner for 2019.

Ava...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:31am

IRSD referendum re-do defeated by 65 votes

Local elections prove that every vote truly counts. More than 9,000 people voted in the May 7 Indian River School District referendum, which was defeated by only 65 votes.

The unofficial tally was 4,643 to 4,578. After failing in February...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:01pm

Southern Delaware School of the Arts students perform a dance show earlier this school year. SDSA will celebrate 20 years of educating students in the arts.

SDSA set to celebrate 20 years of arts-based education

In the fall of 1999, what was once the old Selbyville Middle School reopened with fresh paint and new chairs to house the Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

“A group of parents, administrators and the board really wanted to build a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:44pm

Teacher Katherine Bennett wants kids to be themselves, even if that means a little extra chatter in the classroom.

Bennett creates an open learning environment at PCS

Katherine Bennett doesn’t mind that her students are talkative. That just means they’re comfortable expressing themselves.

“I want them to be real with me, not stuffy or controlled,” she said. “Good learning doesn’t happen in that...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:26am