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L-S thespians help open Lancaster Chamber's 146th Annual Dinner

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During a night filled with business leaders, their guests and clients, (and Philadelphia Eagles' Quarterback, Carson Wentz!), a few Lampeter-Strasburg students took to the stage to open the Lancaster Chamber's 146th Annual Dinner. 
Straight out of the award winning movie "The Greatest Showman", Third Graders Piper Davidson, Cooper Frizado, and Zack Frizado, Seventh Grader Tanner Emerling, and Seniors Nolan Davidson and Brendan Massar dressed in "steampunk circus" dazzled the crowd with singing and dancing to open and close the event. 
Having only two days to pull together a crowd-pleasing opening, they worked with other students active in local theater to entertain over 2600 guests! It truly was a night to remember!


Garden Spot FFA Spring Regional CDE Contests

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Career Development Events (CDE’s ) are contests that FFA members participate in to learn skills and knowledge for a specific career. Members have to opportunity to compete at the county, regional, state, and national level for their contest.

Many members of the Garden Spot FFA have been practicing for different CDE’s in teams and individually. Some contests require teams and individuals to qualify for the regional and state competitions, while others only compete at state competitions with chances of moving on to the nation competitions. Members are required to attend weekly practices outside of school to prepare for their competition to the best of their ability.

The Small Gas Engines Team competed at the Lancaster County Contest to qualify for the State Competition. Bryce Johnson placed 5th and Gwenn Spotts placed 6th. Skylar Reese competed as an individual. Together they qualified for Penn State for the individual and team events. The contest consisted of a engine manual reading …

Garden Spots FFA participates in New Holland Ag Security Week

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Eight members of the Garden Spot FFA chapter had the special privilege of joining New Holland Ag and CNH Industrial to celebrate Food Security Week. Members had the opportunity to tour the New Holland Hay Tool Facility, participate in a community service activity, and attended a meeting discussing food security.

Leah Welk, Jess Herr, Jared Risser, Roddie Rice, Jordan Martin, Gracie Hess, Bryce Johnson, and Danae Ranck joined the PA State FFA Officers for this special experience. We had the opportunity to meet different managers and business professionals that explained the history of CNH, different parts of their company, and future goals. New Holland was founded in 1895 and has grown significantly since. They have partnered with several other companies and have dealerships all over the world.

Our tour guides were retired employees that spent over 35 years at CNH Industrial. They thoroughly explained the New Holland Hay Tool Facility as we walked through. They shared how CNH Industri…

Who will be crowned 2018 prom queen and king?

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This year’s prom court consists of seven girls and seven boys. The candidates were nominated by teachers and staff for their participation in class, extracurricular activities, and positive interactions with peers and staff, and commitment to excellence.

Candidates for Prom Queen Emily Bishop, Shannon Ferrari, Hanna Garber, Sarah Gawne, Olivia Honert, Jenna Lapp, and Rachel Marcroft.


Candidates for Prom King Ethan Bare, Isaac Beers, Peyton Denlinger, Dylan Grau, Steven Greenwood, Cam Neimeyer, and Luke Weigel.

Voting will take place at the prom by the L-S students in attendance. Prom is this Saturday, May 19 at the Country Barn. Prom King and Queen will be crowned that evening.
Meet the Candidates

Ethan Bare

Ethan busied himself with chorus, mads, county chorus, thespian society, Tri-M, plays, musicals, guitar, soccer, ski and outdoor club, Interact, Heroes, WLSH, and work study with the one and only Mr. Wieand. This fall Ethan plans to participate in a gap year at Costa Rica with Score …

2018 edition of the L-S creative arts publication Enigma now available for download

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The 2018 edition of Enigma, Lampeter-Strasburg High School's creative arts publication, is now available for download. Furthermore for the first time ever this year's edition can be downloaded in Apple's iTunes Books store for free.




Contributors for this year's publication include:Hayden Goldberg, Giovanni Azzarelli, Keira Duryee, Madison Stabinger, Josiah Inman, Shannon Ferrari, Anastasia Curran, Melissa Long, Hayden Goldberg, Shannon Ferrari, Ansley Yost, Malaina Bauzon, Josie Lau, Maximo Franco, Rachel Fish, Carissa Myers, Ellie Knowles, Emma Gochnauer, Kira Thomas, Sami Williams, Olivia Honert, Ellie Crumpler, Hannah Dawson, Ellie Knowles, Katrina Herrera, Maximo Franco, Stephen Shepherd, Madi Stabinger, Ivy McComsey, Katrina Kreider, Nathaniel Young, LeAnn Dienner, and Aliza Howe.

Click this link to download a PDF copy of the 2018 Enigma.
View more Enigma submissions.

Enigma is the art and literary magazine. Staff membership is open to any interested high school stu…

L-S Softball Comes Out on Top

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The Lampeter-Strasburg Softball team had many accomplishments this season in section three. The varsity team ended with the section title, beating their rivals, Donegal, two days in a row. 
The Lady Pioneers only posted three losses all season. They lost their first two games, first against Dallastown and second against Donegal, and later in the season against Penn Manor. 
Going into what turned out to be the last game of the season, they were behind Donegal by one game. A win meant a tie-breaker for the section title, a loss meant second place and a final game against Warwick.
The softball team played fantastically that Tuesday afternoon. They ended up defeating the team 9-3. The game featured a tremendous over-the-fence home run. The home run was a good thirty feet over the fence before it finally hit the ground. With the win, the team had forced another game the next day.
The final game started off with a 3-0 L-S lead after the first inning. That got extended to 5-0. Donegal was b…

Logan Davidson takes fourth at USA Wrestling Northeast Regional Tournament as sole L-S representative

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Late last month, Logan Davidson was the lone Lampeter-Strasburg wrestler competing at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Association’s Eastern Nationals Tournament at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland.
MAWA’s as they are called are a scholastic wrestling tournament series under the AAU organization that starts after the scholastic season finishes with District Qualifiers all over the East Coast of the U.S. If you place in the top 3 at the District Qualifier, you advance to one of 4 regional tournaments (North, South, East, and West). 
The top four finishers from the Regional Tournaments meet in a 16 person bracket at the Eastern Nationals Tournament in early May.

Logan placed fourth as the Western Regional Tournament which was held in the Utz Arena in York, PA on March 30. This Saturday and Sunday, after losing his first match 3-0 to another Regional Champion, Logan pinned two wrestlers which put him into the second days competition and in the top 8 which is placing. 

On Sunda…

In My Own Words: Once in a lifetime opportunity for dancers in Moscow

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In My Own Words In this installment of In My Own Words, Emma Westcott discusses her upcoming trip to Moscow to study ballet.  

I am a very committed dancer, and I'm excited that my studio, the Viktor Yeliohin International Ballet Academy, is planning a once in a lifetime trip to Moscow, Russia in the summer of 2019. Many people may not know this, but ballet is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Russia and has existed since the 18th century.

I've always wanted to travel abroad and explore another culture, but to be doing so with others from my ballet school is a dream come true. I will not only receive world class instruction, but also learn about the Russian culture, history, lifestyle, all while touring the city of Moscow and studying with Russian students.

For the first week, we will have outings to famous landmarks including Gorky Park, Red Square, along with a tour of the Bolshoi Theatre. I also am looking forward to sampling local foods and being immersed in…

Support Ryan Weitzel’s legacy by participating in annual Ryan’s Race

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It's been eleven years since Ryan Weitzel lost his battle with cancer. To commemorate Ryan's memory, the Varsity Club has created this Remembering Ryan video. In it, faculty and former students share Ryan's story, his impact on the Lampeter-Strasburg community, and why we continue to honor him.  The Varsity Club hopes that you will find a few minutes to watch this video.


Each year the Lampeter-Strasburg community gathers for this 5k to raise money to fund two scholarships that honor graduating seniors who embody the characteristics that Whitey was known for: courage, selflessness, and positivity in the face of adversity.
Everyone is invited to participate in this year's 5k and Kids Fun Run on May 12 to support a great cause!

This year's race is a road race with professional timing.
5k begins at 8:30AMKids Fun Run begins at 9:30AMFor more information visit the website.

Download the registration form here.
The Varsity Club thanks for your support in passing on Ryan’s …

Book Review: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds

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Here’s a little known book that made it on my favorite book list: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. I found this book amidst a cart of free books my school was giving away and grabbed it because the title and cover were cool.

Who doesn’t love a small book that looks cool? There was a short description of the book in the front but I didn’t get what it was about so when I got home I sat down and read it one sitting.


The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds is a play about a mother named Beatrice raising her two daughters. Her oldest daughter, Ruth is severely effects by reoccurring nightmares and her youngest, Matilda-or Tillie- does her science fair project offstage and pets her bunny.

My copy’s pages are dotted with small drawings of the bunny. Tillie’s science fair project, sharing the title of the book, makes its appearance at the end of the play when Ruth’s despise for her mother is at its apex. Tillie explains what her science fair …

Restaurant Review: Iron Hill a delicious dining destination in Lancaster

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One of my favorite restaurants in downtown Lancaster is Iron Hill Brewery. If you have not been here before, I would say hands down it is worthy of a try.

First, if possible, you want to get a table along the windows of Harrisburg Pike. From this vantage point you will have a great view of the beautiful campus of Franklin & Marshall College while you dine.

The wait staff is friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable.


The menu is filled with food representing several specialties from many countries. With plentiful portions including seafood, meat, salads, pizzas and a variety of appetizers, there is much for every person to enjoy.

Being originally from Maine I love seafood and I always order the seafood chowder. This starter does not disappoint! Clams, shrimp, and scallops were mixed in a creamy broth that was a fantastic start to my meal.

My family also typically shares an order of Rhode Island calamari. With Greek ancestry, this was a lightly fried and tasty treat that my mom s…

Food Critic Nick: The Breakfast is by miles the best

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This week’s edition of Food Critic Nick talks about breakfast for lunch.

At long last, the quintessential, unparalleled in both quality and quantity, unrivaled in basically every other aspect, breakfast for lunch.

So what makes breakfast “for lunch” so flawless? Let me begin with the hash browns. As opposed to the satisfactory tater tots, these gifts from God are warm, soft, and never have an underwhelming or unreasonable amount of butter. Whether or not you decide to dip the hash in ketchup, they are the highlight of the course. If I want seconds, I will almost undoubtedly snag these.

The French toast sticks, although bearing little resemblance to conventional French toast, are a home run. Admittedly, they taste bland plain, but dipped in syrup these babies pack a punch. For maximum results, soak these in the syrup.


Now this is the trial that separates the boys from the men: Omelet or sausage? The sausage (pictured above) and the omelet (in the first picture, but not really clear) a…

Good Eats in Lancaster: Scrumptious Speckled Hen

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Do you happen to be looking for another restaurant or cafe in Lancaster? Our second destination is Speckled Hen. Don’t be fooled by the name… it is actually a cafe, not a hen house. This one will really tickle your taste buds!


Speckled Hen is located in Strasburg. The address is 141 E Main St, Strasburg, PA 17579. Just like Rachel’s Creperie, in my last article, Speckled Hen also has a little bit of everything on its menu.

A big plus is that the food comes out fairly fast, and every time I have gone it has been very fresh. From their drinks to their food, everything is delicious.


My personal favorite drink is the Honest tea, which is not on the menu, but by the counter where you pay. Also, their yogurt parfait is very tasty. The fruit in it changes based on the season, which you would think that some of the fruit they put in would not taste good in a parfait, but just wait until you try it. The granola they put on the parfait is also amazing!


Not only is the food terrific, but the int…

JV Pioneer baseball has miracle come from behind victory over Township

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Owen Fikkert steps on the mound. The Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers are ready to face a tough opponent and rival, Manheim Township. The first inning starts, and it is not how L-S wanted to start. line drive after line drive are hit. When they finally get three outs, the score is 3-0, Township. L-S cannot answer so the first inning ends 3-0.



The second inning is scoreless, and in the top of the third, Township adds two more runs to their score to make the game 5-0.

The Pioneers needs to start doing something. Bottom of the third; L-S gets on the board with a run but it is only 5-1. Finally, in the fourth inning, the Pioneer's hitting shows up. Township goes scoreless, and L-S gets three runs to make the score 5-4 going into the fifth.

Township, however, has an answer. the next two innings go by pretty slowly, as Township gets four runs and L-S musters up only two. The score is 8-6. L-S cannot seem to take a lead, but they might want to soon, as they are in the final inning.

The sev…