Organizing Solanco High School's blood drives has become a tradition passed down from one small group of students to another.
Rachel Johnson and Gabi Dolan planned the most recent drive, which was held in the chorus room on May 30.
Elementary-age kids and high school students share something in common.
They all enjoy escaping the classroom for a day of fun, food, and friendship.
They did just that Thursday, May 23, as Solanco High School hosted its 15th Ophelia Day, a celebration where students from Solanco School District elementary schools visited the high school and "buddy up" with high school students.
Everyone did not read every book.
But six Solanco High School students did get through most of the 45 books listed for the first Intermediate Unit 13's Reading Olympics. In the process, they learned enough to tie for second place when teams from two counties competed last month.
Thanks to its Renaissance program, Solanco High School students are routinely recognized for outstanding academics, good attendance records, and exemplary behavior.
On Friday night, May 10, students will have the opportunity to display different types of skills.
The school is hosting a talent/variety show Friday night at 7. Doors open at 6:30. Admission is $5.
Members of Solanco High School’s football team spent Saturday morning, April 27, raking leaves and spreading mulch at the SECA grounds in Quarryville.
Buses, students, and teachers now have to wait for traffic to clear before leaving Solanco High School at the end of the day.
Solanco High School's small engine repair team finished third in the annual regional competition. The contest was held in the school's ag shop on Tuesday afternoon, March 26.
In order to fully understand how high Johnny Rogan hopes to go, you must first comprehend how low he has already been.
Rogan, known by the name "Johnny Rogue" in the music business, has packed a lot of living in his 25 years. It hasn't all been rainbows and unicorns. Rogan, a 2011 graduate of Solanco High School, dropped out of college. He has been broke and hooked on drugs and alcohol. He has endured the disappointment of not being able to reenlist in the Marine Corps. He even considered taking his own life.
Yet he has risen from the depths of despair to a state of unbridled optimism.
Solanco High School librarian Emily Dawley says students still love to read print books.
That's why she started The Great Book Swap seven years ago and why it's still a popular program today.
"Generally, reading books might be down a little but we still have a lot of kids who absolutely still love reading books," said Dawley. "Reading is still a priority for kids. There are still a lot of kids who prefer print books."
Solanco School District officials hope to begin construction of a new sports building this spring.
The structure will replace a wrestling building destroyed by heavy snow last winter.
Three members of the Solanco High School FFA Chapter will earn the organization's highest state degree next month.
Seniors Kelly Foose, Lexi Findley, and Carlos Shillenn will receive their Keystone degrees at FFA activities during the annual state farm show. The chapter and the experiences that go with it are a tradition in her family, Findley said.
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Solanco's FFA small engine repair team won the annual regional contest last week.
Reilly Sollenberger finished first in the individual scoring with a total of 199.5 and Daniel Craig was third with a score of 180.5. That gave the team a total of 380 points. The team from Pequea Valley finished second with 352 and Lampeter-Strasburg came in third with 302.
Elementary-age girls who want to look their best for the Daddy-Daughter Dance on March 3 can get help from a group of Solanco High School students.
On the day of the dance, members of the high school's freshman class will host a salon for the girls.
"The kids just wanted to do something outside the box [as a fundraiser]," said high school librarian Emily Dawley. Dawley and teacher Leslie McRobbie are the class's advisors.
The music in this year's halftime show is familiar, Solanco High School band director Scott Weyman said last week.
"We're doing a Queen show, based on the music from the British rock group," he said.
A lot of listeners as well as musicians know the songs, and that can be a challenge for the band.
Early next year Solanco will join the increasing number of districts that have police officers in schools.
"Of the 16 school districts in the county, only Solanco, Lampeter-Strasburg, Pequea Valley and Cocalico do not have school resource officers," said Dr. Brian Bliss, Solanco's superintendent of schools. "Penn Manor has had one since 2000, Conestoga Valley started in 2002, and Garden Spot in 2003."
Solanco High School's Odyssey of the Mind program will send two teams to the state competition early next month.
"This is only the second time we've had two teams, and it's the first time both will go to the states," teacher and coach Caley Roark said last week.
By last Wednesday morning, organizers had already gathered nearly 1,000 volumes for the third annual Solanco High School book swap.
"The kids seem more willing to part with their books now that they know this will continue," said junior Dallas Absher.
"We've had more people bring in books this year," junior Erika Barr added.
Students and teachers began contributing books last Tuesday; books will continue to come in until this Tuesday.
Donors receive one coupon for every book donated. Those coupons can be exchanged for different books.
Getting from point A to point B can be easy. Students can walk, ride skateboards, peddle a bike, or drive.
Or they can pick the difficult route, putting together a machine that uses spoked wheels and is driven by a battery-powered drill.
That machine, if it works as planned, will take team members to Millersville, a state competition, and the world championship.
The national contest is the ultimate destination for successful Odyssey of the Mind teams.
Solanco teacher Greg Lyon had a summer reading project.
"I read Les Misérables, the entire thing," he said.
He did that so he could choose the play that most accurately reflected Victor Hugo's 19th century novel.
That led him to the version by Michael Druce, a retired English teacher.
What started as a way to recruit distance runners for the school's track team has become one of Solanco's most successful sports.
"I did it to create interest in the running program," said former coach Lee Rhoads of the start of the school's cross country program.
The first year, 1965, cross country was a club, he recalled.
"The school district wanted to be sure there was an interest in it before they committed to making it a varsity sport."
That happened in 1966, when about half the schools in Lancaster County had cross country teams.
About 30 novice wrestlers turned out for a free, three-session basic camp at Solanco High School last week.
The camp was run by the school's wrestling coaches and varsity wrestlers.
The high school wrestlers included Wyatt Jennings, Joey Davis, Ben Root, Grayson Charles, Dalton Groff, Kody Hart, and Owen Stull. The coaches were John Little, Tony Mendez, David Beard, and Bob Bledsoe.
It taught wrestling fundamentals, Olympic lifts, cross training methods, and games.
The camp was held July 27 through 29.
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Kyle Munro didn't miss a day of school during his last semester at Solanco High School.
But what he learned during the three hours before he headed off to class in his final semester at Solanco reinforced his decision about how he will spend much of his adult life.
Munro will go to Lebanon Valley College in August where he will begin studying criminal justice.