Emmaus High School recently announced its area National Merit Scholars semifinalists.
The semifinalists will continue in the National Merit Scholarship Program competition.
This is the 62nd year of the scholarship program.
Ryan Taranto, a senior at Emmaus High School, received the Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow award from Boy Scouts of America, the highest honor awarded by the organization, in recent ceremonies at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center.
Taranto’s Eagle Scout project was to design and build jazz music stands for Emmaus High School. The 14 stands will be used in competitions and concerts.
Taranto is a member of the EHS marching, symphonic and jazz bands and played in the 2016 Steel Stacks All-Star High School Jazz Band at MUSIKFEST in August.
Developers, retailers, state and local officials gathered Nov. 18 to celebrate the grand opening of Hamilton Crossings, a retail center catering to consumers’ lifestyles by connecting them conveniently with shopping and personal services and building social connections with the community.
This year the Liberty Bell Museum’s holiday exhibit will showcase sculptures designed by Patrick Hulse, a Rhode Island based artist with roots in the Lehigh Valley.
This will be the premier showing of the sculptures in the Lehigh Valley, each depicting a scene from Hess’s Department Store.
While growing up, hearing stories about the store always fascinated Hulse, who created the sculptures based on pictures, stories, and family mementos.
The Emmaus Arts Commission announced the results of its annual film festival.
Student films premiered at the Emmaus Theatre recently.
Students create, shoot and edit a film in 120 hours. The festival is open to middle school and high school students.
This year’s top honors were awarded as follows:
First Place: Team Leader: Graham Burrell
School: Parkland High School
Film Title: Bubbles the Clown
Second Place: Team Leader: Harley Bender
Emmaus Magisterial District 31-1-03 Judge Donna R. Butler, was again certified for service as a member of Pennsylvania’s Unified Judicial System after successful completion recently of continuing legal education course work.
Conducted by the Minor Judiciary Education Board and the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, the education program for magisterial district judges is held in Harrisburg.
The drama department at Emmaus High School will present Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” for the fall production 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 4 and 5. This comedic play is the autobiographical account of Simon’s childhood growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., during the 1930s.
The play focuses on 14-year-old Eugene, who is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin, Nora. Eugene’s comic growing pains contrast with the darker issues troubling his family: poverty, illness and the growing Nazi threat to relatives in Europe.
A float looking in on life beneath the sea took Best in Show honors in the Emmaus Halloween Parade Oct. 15 in the borough.
Featuring characters from the animated films “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” the float was presented by Cub Pack 586, Bally. The award is sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission.
Other top honors earned included:
Marching Group Division
First Place – Cheryl Chickey’s All American Performing Arts Center
Second Place – Parkettes Gymnastics
Marching Group with a Float Division
First Place – Sharon Plessl School of Dance
Emmaus Police Department’s K-9 Ronny will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Ronny’s vest is sponsored by The Landis Family Foundation and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted with gratitude - The Landis Family Foundation.” Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.