Twenty-five seventh and eighth grade students who are members of the Saucon Valley Middle School Robotics Club competed in a regional robotics competition at Temple University in Philadelphia Friday and represented their school proudly as the only team from the Lehigh Valley.
Owned and operated by Master Philip J. Geiter, Saucon Valley Karate Academy was awarded 2018 Dojang of the Year for Region 8 of the World Tang Soo Association at Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center Oct. 26-28.
Saucon Valley Dance Conservatory qualified for the Dance Explosion National competition in Wildwood, N.J. The competition was held July 11-16, 2016, and featured solo, duo, trio and group performances by conservatory students throughout the week and did an amazing job.
Meghan Altemose of Lower Saucon Township, a sophomore at Saucon Valley High School, has been recognized as a National Finalist in the Classical Singers Competition, Musical Theatre High School division.
Saucon Valley Youth cheerleaders competed in the 2016 Reach the Beach National Championships in Ocean City, Md., Saturday, where the Mighty Minis team (4th grade and under) received an honorable mention placement and Team Spirit (6th grade and under) was awarded third place. “Out of seven squads the Mighty Minis were one of three that got Honorable Mention, but we are all so proud of all of the girls for getting up on that high stage in front of so many spectators and doing a great job,” parent Karen Cooney said. “The scores showed they did really well,” she added. “They only had a couple points off that would have made the difference in ranking.” “The girls worked extremely hard this year and should be proud of their performances,” VP for cheerleading for the Saucon Valley Youth Sports Association Jeanne Reilly said.
A team of high school students primarily from the Lehigh Valley that includes a Saucon Valley resident will travel to St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada from June 24-28, where they will compete against top teams from around the world in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s 14th Annual International Student ROV Competition. This year’s theme is ROVs in Extreme Environments: Science and Industry in the Arctic. ROVs, or remotely operated vehicles, are underwater vessels that can be used for a variety of tasks by polar scientists as well as the oil and gas industry, for example. The local team, known as pROVe (Pennsylvania ROV Engineers), recently placed first overall at their state’s regional competition–the MATE Pennsylvania ROV Challenge at Villanova University, which was held May 9. This will be the fourth time traveling to the international competition for the team, which is made up of Timothy Gahman of Lower Saucon Township; Natalie Sampsell, John Sampsell and Hannah Smith of Macungie; Benjamin Green of Bethlehem; and Noah Jarratt of Harleysville.
Want to hear some great music and support the arts in the Saucon Valley School District at the same time? The annual Saucon Valley High School “Battle of the Bands” is scheduled for Friday, May 8 from 7 to 10 p.m in the high school auditorium. The price to enter the competition as a participant is $10. There is a $5 admission fee for attendees, and proceeds will benefit the Saucon Valley Music Connection, which supports students on music-related trips. Cash prizes will be awarded to the contest winners.
Note: The following information was contributed. The Force All-Stars, an Allentown-based competitive cheerleading program, competed last weekend at the American Cheer Power Wild West Competition in Trenton, N.J.
Currently there are seven Saucon Valley girls involved in the program: Kayla Reifinger, Alexis Anderson, Destiny Reccek, Trinity Phetsavanh, Alyssa Romig, Parie Anna Hahalis and Alexis Royer. The girls compete on several different teams, including Lynx (Level 1 youth), Matrix (Level 2 small junior), Onyx (Level 3 senior) and Phoenix (Level 4 senior co-ed). At the Wild West Competition, Team Phoenix (pictured below) took first place, Team Onyx took third place, Team Matrix took fifth place and Team Lynx took third place. This weekend the younger teams will be competing at Disneyworld in Florida.
The Saucon Valley High School Marching Band did exceptionally well at the U.S. Bands Nationals Competition Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The band scored a total of 91.225 points in its category, which is believed to be the second highest score in its history of participating in marching band competitions.