Valley Grove School District
The Best of the Nest
Valley Grove Elementary School and Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School robotics team members and teachers were recognized for their visit to the PAsmart Advancing Grant Showcase on November 12th in Harrisburg and for the elementary team’s qualification to the state championships.
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Kathy Riley was recognized for her leadership and service working with preservice teachers within the Student PSEA.
Cindy Swendsen was recognized for 16 years of service on the Valley Grove School District Board of School Directors.
Valley Grove School School District Amber Nolan-Johnston was recognized for her outstanding community service as a first responder.
Floyd and Sue O’Neil will be recognized for 25 years of dedicated service to the students and athletic programs of Rocky Grove High School and leadership within the Booster Club.
Valley Grove Elementary School students Aaron Wetjen, Quinten Boozell, Lucas Hickey and Maddox Songer, members of the Brain Teasers robotics team, won the Sportsmanship Award at the Redbank Valley Tournament, won the Elementary Excellence Award and the teamwork Champion Award at the PA Rural Robotics Initiative League Championship, Qualified for the Western PA VEX IQ State Championships where they won the Elementary Excellence Award and qualified for the VEX IQ World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky on April 28-30. Their teacher/coach is Ben Barrett.
Valley Grove Elementary School LEAP students Bishop Williams, Elizabeth Mawhinney, Carly Moreland, Gaston Roth, Sierra Holben, Jesse Roth, Aaron Zabelsky, Andrew Williams and Ezrah Parson will be recognized for their achievements at the Academic Challenge Competition held at Riverview Intermediate Unit 6.
Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School seniors Austin Zinz and Emily Marvin were recognized for winning the PennDot plow painting competition.
The following Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School students will be recognized for their participation in Google Expeditions projects.
• St. Johns Tiffany Windows: Madeline Boyle (2018 graduate), Hayley Ripple (2018 graduate), Kalyn Porterfield, Nicholas Swatzler, Aryn Porterfield, Katelynn Ferricks, Braeden Riley, Corrin Toscano
• Historical Downtown Franklin: Mallory Wetjen, Kennedi Winslow, Alexis Chambers, Grace Beach, Austin Roberts, Aden Boozell, Magnum Vincent, and Paige Dailey
• Other projects: Nickolas Sanner, Tyler Knupp, Carley McCarty
Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School 10th grade student Justus Baker will be recognized for being chosen by the administration for creating the winning design for our school board member name plates.
The following students will be recognized for winning awards at the Venango County 4H Fair: Dawson Beach, Holden Cook, Logan Davis, Miranda Gardner, Charlee Ginnery, Ella Graham, Conner Jones, Dawson Jones, Angela Knapp, Ethan Knapp, Kaylee Knapp, Maxwell Knapp, RaeLynn Montgomery, Rex Montgomery, Caroline Paden, Emily Rice, Emily Ripple, Aiden Snyder, Charlie Snyder, Jaimie Thomas, Jacob Valdesalice
- Valley Grove Elementary School 6th grade students Spencer Riley and Elijah Wilson and their advisors, Thea Wheeling, Greg Wheeling, Ben Barrett and Kasey Latshaw, will be recognized for winning the 2018 Action Math Baseball World Series held at PNC Park.
- Valley Grove Elementary School students Aaliyah Cable, Michael Cochran, David Braden-Rick, and Grace Streczywilk will be recognized for winning the 2018 3rd Grade Science Olympics.
Jackson Donovan, Grace Beach, Annie Hawkins, Matalyn Diven, and Lexi Chambers will be recognized for finishing in second place at the regional STEM competition held in February 2018.
Diana Fesenmyer, PASR Venango President will present the 2018 Lauretta Woodson Awards to support staff member, Chama Renninger and teacher, Jessica Vogan.
Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School students Maxwell Empson, Allan Duvan-Nyberg, Trey Carulli, Stephanie George and Meghan LaVan were recognized for their induction into the National Technical Honor Society at the Venango Technology Center.
Four 9th grade students from Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School were recognized for awards won at Edinboro University’s annual Technology Challenge in November 2017. Alexis Chambers received second place in the oral presentation portion of the challenge. Grace Beach was awarded third place in the technical drawing portion. Matalyn Diven placed third in the CO2 race car event. Annabell Hawkins received third place in the presentation and craftsmanship portions of the challenge. The students were advised by technology teacher Kristopher Lowry.
Keirstin Gregory, tenth grade student at Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School, will be recognized for representing Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, MA in June 2017.
Anna Rodgers, third grade student at Valley Grove Elementary School, will be recognized for first place finishes at local gymnastics meets in Meadville and Franklin.
Emma Trinch, sixth grade student at Valley Grove Elementary School, who was recognized at the November board meeting but unable to attend, will be in attendance to complete the recognition process for her accomplishments in gymnastics.
Reece Henderson, 8th grade student at Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School, Carson “Chippy” Whitling, 6th grade student at Valley Grove Elementary School, and Caylee Henderson, 3rd grade student at Valley Grove Elementary School finished first in their age groups at the Elks Local Soccer Shoot Out competition held in Titusville on September 23rd. They competed in the finals at Penn State on November 5th.
Charlie Snyder, 4th grade student at Valley Grove Elementary School, received awards in Western Grooming and Showmanship: 4th in Districts (Crawford County Fair) and Top 30 in States (Harrisburg).
Keirstin Gregory, 10th grade student at Rocky Grove Junior-Senior High School, received an Award for Excellence for attending the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston in June, representing Pennsylvania and Rocky Grove.
Emma Trinch, 6th grade student at Valley Grove Elementary School, received 1st place at the Franklin gymnastics meet on October 14 and took 3rd place at the Titusville gymnastics meet on October 28th.
Ben Barrett will be recognized for his successful grant writing work. Mr. Barret applied for and received the Central Electric Cooperative Grant. The $1,000 grant will be used to purchase six K’NEX Renewable Energy Kits which will be used as part of the students’ STEM curriculum. .
Janel Prinkey will be recognized for her contribution to the book Thinking Like a Teacher: Preparing New Teachers for Today’s Classrooms, in which her photo was also featured on the book’s cover. Ms. Prinkey also completed a successful funding campaign in order to provide her students with a more comprehensive classroom library of books. .
Julian Johnson, Valley Grove Elementary School fourth grade student, was recognized for receiving 2nd place at the 2017 Pennsylvania Youth Stone Skipping Championship.