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While ticket sales have been brisk in recent weeks, there is still limited seating available at the venue, a large, 30-acre open field at the health care provider's campus just off Highland Colony Parkway near Highway 463 in Madison.   Chesney, one of country music's top touring artists, routinely performs in sold out stadiums and arenas across the U.S. General admission and a limited supply of front stage, standing room only tickets are available for $150 and $80 each at cspire.com/concert and through Ticketmaster.com.  An on-site box office also will sell tickets when gates open at noon on May 20. The concert starts at 2 p.m. Free parking will be available for concert goers at the following locations: Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway; Madison Central High School, 1417 Highland Colony Parkway and St. Dominic's Fine Arts Building, 106 Highlands Way, all in Madison and Holmes Community College, 412 W. Ridgeland Avenue in Ridgeland. Free concert-day shuttle service is available from 11 a.m. to an hour after the concert's conclusion. RV parking for the "No Shoes Nation," the nickname for Chesney's legion of tailgating fans, will be available at Holmes Community College's Ridgeland campus parking lot. ADA parking is available with a current permit and placard at the Baptist Health Systems building, 401 Baptist Drive, and parking for VIP ticket holders is available at the Madison Healthplex Performance Center, 501 Baptist Drive in Madison. A variety of vendors also will provide food and beverages to concert goers, including Chick-fil-a, Mazzio's, Pig & Pint BBQ, Backyard Burger, Penn's, Snow Critters, Ma and Pa's Kettle Corn and Deep South Pops.  Credit and debit cards will be accepted and ATMs will be on site. Joining Chesney on the big stage will be Rhett, who already has recorded three No. 1 hits and received Billboard's top country song and single of the year from ACM, ACCA and CMA Artist and Single of the Year in 2016; Owen, a singer-songwriter with six Billboard No. 1 country songs; Thompson Square, one of the leading vocal duos in country music and Dickerson, a singer-songwriter with over 20 million streams on Spotify and 2 million views on YouTube who performed here in 2013. This is the fourth major music concert hosted by C Spire in Madison County.  In 2013, Darius Rucker, the former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish, rocked the stage with tracks from his True Believers album.  In 2015, Lambert, the reigning queen of country music and its top female performer, was the featured headliner artist.  Last year, Florida Georgia Line, the mega-popular country music duo, performed before a sellout crowd of over 10,000 country music fans. City and company officials said they are looking forward to more top-caliber entertainment in Mississippi.  "We're proud to partner with C Spire to host some of the best country music entertainment around and excited to continue to provide these type of premium quality of life experiences for our residents and visitors," said Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. The concerts already have been a major economic boost to the region over the last four years – generating over $3 million from more than 25,000 country music fans who travel to the area from other parts of the state and the U.S., stay in local hotels, shop at local businesses and dine in local restaurants. "We're pleased to partner once again with Baptist Health Systems and the city of Madison to bring Kenny Chesney and some of the best new country music artists to our state, which has a long, rich tradition for being known as the birthplace of America's music," said Jim Richmond, vice president of Marketing for C Spire. Richmond said industry research, including Nielsen's Soundscan, CMA and Billboard, all show that country music continues to be the most popular format in the U.S. today among all age groups and listeners with over 100 million fans.  "As a company that gets our inspiration from customers, we're pleased to provide them with opportunities to enjoy some of the best entertainment around," he added. About C Spire C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides premium experiences designed specifically for its customers, including wireless communications, high-speed Internet access and a range of other telecommunications products and services to consumers and businesses.  This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/brisk-ticket-sales-continue-for-may-20-day-of-country-music-concert-featuring-kenny-chesney-at-baptist-health-systems-campus-in-madison-300456095.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
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216 students from Carroll, Haralson and Heard County Schools completed the requirements to receive their high school diplomas through the support of the Carrollton area program. 12 for Life will recognize 386 graduates for 2017, including 51 students from the program's Florence, Ala. location, 94 through the Great Promise Partnership and 25 from the first graduating class of Textron Specialized Vehicles, Inc.'s Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) program in Richmond County, Ga. These graduates mark a total of 2,000 students who have completed 12 for Life to date. "I am incredibly proud of our 2017 graduates and of all of the students that have graduated from 12 for Life over the last decade," said Rich Stinson, Southwire's president and CEO. "We deeply value the partnerships that make 12 for Life sustainable, and we are excited to see how the model is succeeding with other businesses and school systems around the nation." The 2017 ceremony was hosted by West Georgia Technical College. Attendees included students, teachers, parents, school system representatives, Southwire employees, community leaders and friends. "12 for Life is a powerful driver of success for the students of Carroll County," said Scott Cowart, superintendent of Carroll County Schools. "Celebrating this year's graduation and the 10th anniversary of 12 for Life reminds us of the tremendous impact the program has had on our community." The graduation event was led by Dr. Doug Wright, 12 for Life/Step Into STEM project director for Carroll County Schools. Guest speakers included Cowart and Kathleen Edge, Southwire's executive vice president of Human Resources. The keynote address for the ceremony was presented by Fredrick Bailey, a mentor, author and motivational speaker. Bailey's mission centers on equipping individuals to be agents of change. Through his words, Bailey inspired the graduates to focus on the impact of their attitudes and to think about the unique qualities that define leadership. Each graduate was also presented with a signed copy of his autobiography, Waiting on the Rain. "You perform the way that you think," said Bailey. "No matter how big the challenge may be, no matter how strong or powerful it may seem, you can bring it down. It's all about your attitude." In addition to the recognition of each graduate, several awards and scholarships were granted during the ceremony. The Academic Achievement Award, given to the student with the highest GPA in the program, was presented to Jordan King, Central High School, and Kalijah Boykin, also from Central High School, received the 12 for Life Standard of Excellence Award. 23 students were recognized by Blair Parker, operations manager of Carrollton's 12 for Life facility, for their eligibility for a Southwire Scholarship. The Harold H. Charles Memorial Scholarship was presented to Shawn Brown, Mt. Zion High School, and Bob Uglum presented the first Carrollton Golden K 12 for Life Scholarship to Bailee Galathe of Temple High School. Throughout their time at 12 for Life, many of the graduates also completed college courses and received certifications relative to their chosen career pathways. The ceremony closed with inspirational remarks by graduates Erika Dixon and Tiler Harpe. "Do not let a single opportunity pass you by," said Harpe to his peers. "It's all about seeing it and taking it while it still exists. There is nothing more expensive than a missed opportunity." 12 for Life will honor the graduates at its Florence location in an upcoming ceremony later this month. A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire's products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit www.southwire.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/12-for-life-celebrates-10-years-2000-graduates-300456433.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems and software, today announced the recipients of its 2017 Spark Something Great Educational Grant. The winners, selected from a record 119 grant applications, represent ten high schools, vocational schools, and community colleges from throughout North America. In its third year, the grant program aims to get the latest plasma technology into schools so the next generation of metalworkers can train on the equipment they will find once entering the workforce. Each school will receive a Hypertherm Powermax45 XP plasma system, Hypertherm’s AWS SENSE approved “Plasma Cutting Technology: Theory and Practice” curriculum kit, and in-person training from a Hypertherm industrial cutting expert. “We are excited to get our systems into the hands of students who would not have the opportunity to learn plasma without a program like this,” said Betsy Van Duyne, who manages Hypertherm’s educational program. “Of particular note this year, none of our 10 grant recipients had a working plasma so it’s gratifying to know these students can now cut, gouge, and mark using a system as versatile as the Powermax45 XP.” The 2017 Spark Something Great grant recipients are as follows: 1.    Judith Nyman Secondary School - Brampton, ON (Canada) 2.    Universidad Tecnológica del Centro de Veracruz - Cuitláhuac, Veracruz (Mexico) 3.    Escambia County High School - Atmore, AL 4.    Magazine High School - Magazine, AR 5.    Alamosa High School - Alamosa, CO 6.    Zane Trace High School - Chillicothe, OH 7.    Central High School - Independence, OR 8.    Salt Lake Community College - Salt Lake City, UT 9.    Auburn High School - Auburn, WA 10.    Magnolia High School - New Martinsville, WV In addition to its Spark Something Great Grant, Hypertherm supports schools by offering educational discounts to both teachers and students, and by making all ten hours of its plasma curriculum available for free download to teachers. To date, teachers from more than 1,200 schools have acquired the lesson plans helping standardize the teaching of plasma cutting to thousands of students. Hypertherm also offers its ProNest for Education program which places its ProNest CAD/CAM nesting software in schools. Since launching the program last spring, Hypertherm has donated 41 ProNest packages valued at more than $6 million dollars. Hypertherm designs and manufactures advanced cutting products for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes plasma, laser and waterjet cutting systems, in addition to CNC motion and height controls, CAM nesting software, robotic software and consumables. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that result in increased productivity and profitability for hundreds of thousands of businesses. The New Hampshire based company’s reputation for cutting innovation dates back nearly 50 years to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The 100 percent associate owned company, consistently named a best place to work, has more than 1,400 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide. Learn more at http://www.hypertherm.com.


While ticket sales are peaking this week, there is still limited seating available at the venue, a large, 30-acre open field at the health care provider's campus just off Highland Colony Parkway near Highway 463 in Madison.   Chesney, one of country music's top touring artists, routinely performs in sold out stadiums and arenas across the U.S. General admission and a limited supply of "The Good Stuff," front stage, standing room only tickets are available for $80 and $150 each at cspire.com/concert and through Ticketmaster.com.  An on-site box office also will sell tickets when gates open at noon on May 20. The concert starts at 2 p.m. Free parking will be available for concert goers at the following locations: Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway; Madison Central High School, 1417 Highland Colony Parkway and St. Dominic's Fine Arts Building, 106 Highlands Way, all in Madison and Holmes Community College, 412 W. Ridgeland Avenue in Ridgeland. Free concert-day shuttle service is available from 11 a.m. to an hour after the concert's conclusion. RV parking for the "No Shoes Nation," the nickname for Chesney's legion of tailgating fans, will be available at Holmes Community College's Ridgeland campus parking lot. ADA parking is available with a current permit and placard at the Baptist Health Systems building, 401 Baptist Drive. A variety of vendors also will provide food and beverages to concert goers, including Chick-fil-a, Mazzio's, Pig & Pint BBQ, Backyard Burger, Penn's, Snow Critters, Ma and Pa's Kettle Corn and Deep South Pops.  Credit and debit cards will be accepted and ATMs will be on site. Joining Chesney on the big stage will be Rhett, who already has recorded three No. 1 hits and received Billboard's top country song and single of the year from ACM, ACCA and CMA Artist and Single of the Year in 2016; Owen, a singer-songwriter with six Billboard No. 1 country songs; Thompson Square, one of the leading vocal duos in country music and Dickerson, a singer-songwriter who performed here in 2013, has over 30 million streams on Spotify and 3 million views on YouTube of his latest song "Yours," which is rapidly becoming a favorite among millennials. This is the fourth major music concert hosted by C Spire in Madison County.  In 2013, Darius Rucker, the former front man for Hootie and the Blowfish, rocked the stage with tracks from his True Believers album.  In 2015, Lambert, the reigning queen of country music and its top female performer, was the featured headliner artist.  Last year, Florida Georgia Line, the mega-popular country music duo, performed before a sellout crowd of over 10,000 country music fans. City and company officials said they are looking forward to more top-caliber entertainment in Mississippi.  "We're proud to partner with C Spire to host some of the best country music entertainment around and excited to continue to provide these type of premium quality of life experiences for our residents and visitors," said Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler. The concerts already have been a major economic boost to the region over the last four years – generating over $3 million from more than 25,000 country music fans who travel to the area from other parts of the state and the U.S., stay in local hotels, shop at local businesses and dine in local restaurants. "We're pleased to partner once again with Baptist Health Systems and the city of Madison to bring Kenny Chesney and some of the best new country music artists to our state, which has a long, rich tradition for being known as the birthplace of America's music," said Jim Richmond, vice president of Marketing for C Spire. Richmond said industry research, including Nielsen's Soundscan, CMA and Billboard, all show that country music continues to be the most popular format in the U.S. today among all age groups and listeners with over 100 million fans.  "As a company that gets our inspiration from customers, we're pleased to provide them with opportunities to enjoy some of the best entertainment around," he added. About C Spire C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides premium experiences designed specifically for its customers, including wireless communications, high-speed Internet access and a range of other telecommunications products and services to consumers and businesses.  This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tickets-going-fast-for-may-20-day-of-country-music-concert-featuring-kenny-chesney-at-baptist-health-systems-campus-in-madison-300458484.html


A Cause to Celebrate: OnPoint Manufacturing Donates Singer Sewing Machines to Central High School of Alabama In a special arrangement with Singer Sewing Machines, OnPoint Manufacturing has developed an initiative to foster early sewing programs that give young designers and seamstresses the necessary assistance and tools they need to jump start their careers. “When we approached Adam Himber at the Shoals Economic Development Authority about the possibility of a donation, he immediately thought of the great work that Rachel McFall was doing with their Family and Consumer Science program at Central High School,” stated J. Kirby Best, Chairman of OnPoint Manufacturing. “OPM has given Central High School an opportunity to advance in the modern sewing era. This donation will be a tremendous addition to my classroom. Currently I am teaching students to sew with four different machine models. This takes valuable time to explain. Using older, worn machines is troublesome with numerous problems.These new machines are all the same model and will allow me to teach one lesson, perform one demonstration, and troubleshoot in a much more efficient way. This will allow for ease of use and increase productivity,” states Rachel McFall, Consumer Science Teacher, Central High School. Rachel continues, “The goal of my Family and Consumer Science classroom is to spark an interest in sewing. My department has many projects planned for the upcoming year and we will definitely put these new computerized machines to use for personal use as well as public service.” “OnPoint Manufacturing has proven to be a great company and community partner to have in the Shoals. They understand the value of a skilled craftsman and the generous donation of new Singer sewing machines to area high schools will help students learn sewing skills that will lead to future career opportunities in the commercial sewing industry,” says Adam Himber, Existing Industry Coordinator, Shoals Economic Development Authority. About OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc. OnPoint Manufacturing specializes in Purchase Activated On-Demand Mass Customization of apparel. OnPoint has developed technically advanced manufacturing and distribution solutions for the apparel industry. Our factory model automates and integrates almost every aspect of the manufacturing process from order entry to delivery. The integrated components that are driven by complex software allow OnPoint to manufacture millions of unique SKU's on-demand reducing inventory costs and streamlining the whole supply chain. Founded by CEO J. Kirby Best, OnPoint maintains a manufacturing facility in Florence, Alabama, with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. Contacts J. Kirby Best, (615) 330-2407 Chairman Kirby@onpointmanufacturing.com Christopher Taylor, (615) 900-9022 Director of Marketing chris@onpointmanufacturing.com Florence, AL, May 24, 2017 --( PR.com )-- OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc., a Performance HealthCare Products, Inc. company, the leader in on-demand apparel manufacturing, announced today that it is giving back to the local community by donating several Singer sewing machines to Central High School of Florence, Alabama.In a special arrangement with Singer Sewing Machines, OnPoint Manufacturing has developed an initiative to foster early sewing programs that give young designers and seamstresses the necessary assistance and tools they need to jump start their careers.“When we approached Adam Himber at the Shoals Economic Development Authority about the possibility of a donation, he immediately thought of the great work that Rachel McFall was doing with their Family and Consumer Science program at Central High School,” stated J. Kirby Best, Chairman of OnPoint Manufacturing.“OPM has given Central High School an opportunity to advance in the modern sewing era. This donation will be a tremendous addition to my classroom. Currently I am teaching students to sew with four different machine models. This takes valuable time to explain. Using older, worn machines is troublesome with numerous problems.These new machines are all the same model and will allow me to teach one lesson, perform one demonstration, and troubleshoot in a much more efficient way. This will allow for ease of use and increase productivity,” states Rachel McFall, Consumer Science Teacher, Central High School.Rachel continues, “The goal of my Family and Consumer Science classroom is to spark an interest in sewing. My department has many projects planned for the upcoming year and we will definitely put these new computerized machines to use for personal use as well as public service.”“OnPoint Manufacturing has proven to be a great company and community partner to have in the Shoals. They understand the value of a skilled craftsman and the generous donation of new Singer sewing machines to area high schools will help students learn sewing skills that will lead to future career opportunities in the commercial sewing industry,” says Adam Himber, Existing Industry Coordinator, Shoals Economic Development Authority.About OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc.OnPoint Manufacturing specializes in Purchase Activated On-Demand Mass Customization of apparel. OnPoint has developed technically advanced manufacturing and distribution solutions for the apparel industry. Our factory model automates and integrates almost every aspect of the manufacturing process from order entry to delivery. The integrated components that are driven by complex software allow OnPoint to manufacture millions of unique SKU's on-demand reducing inventory costs and streamlining the whole supply chain. Founded by CEO J. Kirby Best, OnPoint maintains a manufacturing facility in Florence, Alabama, with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.ContactsJ. Kirby Best, (615) 330-2407ChairmanKirby@onpointmanufacturing.comChristopher Taylor, (615) 900-9022Director of Marketingchris@onpointmanufacturing.com Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Performance Healthcare Products


Comcast, joined by Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera, and City of Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, recognized the students at a special event held Tuesday at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. All of the 2017 Pennsylvania Leaders and Achievers recipients received $1,000 scholarships, except for one student, Adrianna Mowrer of Perkiomen, who was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founder's Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation. After a prize drawing, 10 students also received Samsung Chromebooks for use at college. "Governor Tom Wolf joins me in congratulating these gifted students for their outstanding achievements," said Pedro Rivera, the governor's Secretary of Education. "Ensuring a first-rate education is Gov. Wolf's top priority for Pennsylvania, and these young people exemplify what excellence in teaching and learning can mean for every student.  We also commend the Comcast Foundation for its ongoing charitable support of programs like this scholarship." The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. Visit here to learn more. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $200 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community. 2017 Comcast Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Winners from Pennsylvania: SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS (by County where the high school is located) Jamie Hogarty of New Oxford Senior High School Alexis Little of Littlestown Senior High School Zainab Adisa of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Brittany Andrews of South Park High School Samuel Bordo of Lakeview Christian Academy Isabella Brown of Quaker Valley Senior High School Kali Bunecicky of Chartiers Valley High School Breanna Cavanaugh of Elizabeth Forward High School Justin Cook of Seton-Lasalle High School Christopher DeSalle of Our Lady Sacred Heart High School LaDayazia Diggs of Westinhouse High School Carlee Domke of Plum Senior High School Christopher Johnston of Clairton High School Janel Jones of Allderdice High School Emmeline Klatt of Fox Chapel Area High School Tanner Klein of Brentwood Middle High School Quinn McGuire of Penn Hills High School Aaron Meyer of Northgate High School David Mrazik of North Allegheny Senior High School Tyler Raub of Deer Lakes High School Meghan Reith of North Hills High School Michael Skledar of Cheswick Christian Academy Vicki Wang of Upper St. Clair High School Jacob Wiesenfeld of Hillel Academy Pittsburgh Ryan Zoldos of Sto-Rox Junior-Senior High School Alexis Zovko of Thomas Jefferson High School Brianna Bell of Apollo Ridge Senior High School Emily Cornman of West Shamokin High School Jonathan Kamis of Armstrong High School Bryce Allen of Beaver Falls High School Christa Camp of New Brighton High School Amanda Clear of Beaver County Christian School Lauren Detrick of Ambridge Area High School Grace Dubois of Beaver Beaver Area High School Chloe Goehring of Western Beaver Junior / Senior High School Melissa Halstead of South Side High School Amanda Herzog of Freedom Area High School Frank Riggio of Blackhawk High School Nicholas Romano of Quigley Catholic School Montana Shugars of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School Holly Singer of Hopewell Senior High School Sneha Anmalsetty of Wilson Senior High School Evan Cardinal of Antietam Middle / Senior High School Felix Estevez Hilario of Reading High School Dylan Okonski of Muhlenberg High School Anastasia Ballasy of Archbishop Wood Luke McDonald of Holy Ghost Preparatory School Madeline McQuaid of Pennsbury High School Daniela Molina of Morrisville Middle / Senior High School Livia Pinover of Germantown Friends School Sanjana Shah of Central Bucks High – East Priyanka Chunduru of B. Reed Henderson High School Elizabeth Harvey of Oxford Area High School Adrianna Mowrer of Deleware Valley Friends School Mason Putt of Twin Valley High School Kameron Reeves of Coatesville Area Senior High School Portia Wiggins of Collegium Charter School Madeline Bender of Shippensburg Senior High School Autumn Bishard of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Chase DeShong of Trinity High School Joshua Lehigh of West Shore Christian Academy Tyler Myers of Camp Hill High School James Thompson of Harrisburg Academy Amanda Acri of Halifax Area High School Kyla Brezitski of Bishop McDevitt High School Richard Cross of Millersburg Area High School Hunter Herb of Upper Dauphin Area High School Bailey Jones of Big Spring High School Trevor Kisler of Steelton-Highspire Junior-Senior High School Olivia Ramsey of Central Dauphin East Senior High School Junaid Rehman of Scitech High School Sadie Troup of Central Dauphin High School Catherine Cai of Garnet Valley High School Kelsey Czyszczon of Sun Valley High School Regina Fairbanks of Marple Newtown Senior High School Edward Issertell of Cardinal O'Hara High School Davina Le of Academy Park High School Samantha Martin of Penncrest High School Riannon Atkins-Smith of James Buchanan Senior High School Cassidy Fritz of Greencastle-Antrim Senior High School Colby Maun of Shalom Christian Academy Cy McCleaf of Waynesboro Senior High School Misael Vera of Chambersburg Area High School Isaac Lohr of Penns Manor Area Junior-Senior High School Abrielle Okopal of Saltsburg Junior-Senior High School Hana Wahi of Indiana Area Senior High School Mya Zemlock of Homer Center Junior-Senior High School Madilyn Augustine of North Pocono High School Casey Greenfield of Old Forge High School Nicholas Maldonato of Dunmore Area High School Leah Pawluck of Holy Cross High School Alyssa Ames of Penn Manor High School Regan Donecker of Pequea Valley High School Madeline Harmes of Warwick High School Sharon Mathew of Lancaster Catholic High School Simon Munyan of Elizabethtown Area Senior High School Kelly Pentz of Solanco High School Ileana Santiago of McCaskey Campus Emily Stoltzfus of Dayspring Christian High School Stephanie Wagner of Manheim Central Senior High School Gabriella Colucci of Neshannock Junior / Senior High School Madison Donley of New Castle Junior / Senior High School Shania Johns of Shenango High School Autumn Deitrick of Loyalsock High School Noah Fagnano of Montoursville High School Justin Kramer of Muncy Junior-Senior High School Rebecca Nash of South Williamsport Junior Senior High School Kendra Snyder of St. John Neumann Regional Academy Mikayla Casey of Jenkintown High School Alay'na DiSanto of Merion Mercy Academy Naila Garbutt of Wyncote Academy Rachel Harmon of Springfield High School Francis Waweru of Norristown High School Sandra Arroyo of Kensington High School for International Business, Finance and Entrepreneurship Marshae Batchelor of Parkway Center City High School Mya Brown of Parkway West High School Nikell Byrd of Murrell Dobbins CTE High School John Carley of Father Judge High School Amondo Clayton of Roman Catholic High School Emily Coulter of Philadelphia Academy Charter School Gregory Damas of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School Tasia Dennis of Imhotep Institute Charter Cara DiMarcantonio of Archbishop Ryan School Tiana Douglas-Brown of High School of the Future Samantha Evans of Maritime Academy Charter School Montana Flowers of West Philadelphia Catholic High School Rochaelle Gill of International Christian High School Ajae Henson-Alston of Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School Semaj Herbert of Freire Charter School Kevin Ipina de Leon of Benjamin Franklin High School Brandon Jackson of Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School Mingwang Jiang of George Washington Carver High School for Engineering and Science Austin Lin of Academy at Palumbo Nasir Mack of Philadelphia Performing Arts & Sciences: A String Theory Charter School Mark Martin of Motivation High School Katherine Moronta of Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School Cheyenne Murray of Deleware Valley Charter High School Maimouna N'dongo of Sayre High School Franklin Okpala of Frankford High School Ramzy Raihan of Central High School Robert Sim of Julia Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School Yoshna Tamang of Furness High School Nghi Tran of Mercy Vocational High School Kayla Warren of Friends Select School Sayyid Watson of Charter High School for Architecture and Design Sierra Williams of Constitution High School Mercer Wright of W. B. Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences Maliyah Robertson of Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice Denislava Stefanova of Northeast High School Michaela Zammuto of Hallahan High School Maura Bentz of Minersville Area Junior-Senior High School Emily Witmier of Pottsville Area High School Tyler Zimerofsky of Nativity BVM High School Darci Debos of Washington High School Maria Lengwin of Ringgold High School Breanna McCann of South Fayette High School Tyler Meier of Canon McMillan High School Jeremy Bass of Norwin Senior High School Amber Carr of Greensburg-Salem High School Lauren Comito of Hempfield Area High Michaela Dearborn of Donegal High School Marc Gibson of Monessen Middle & Senior High School Maiah Repovz of Yough Senior High School Ciara Coombes of Northeastern Senior High School Rebecca Glusco of Dallastown Area Senior High School Trevor Grim of Bermudian Springs High School Evan Raubenstine of South Western Senior High School Adam Wolnikowski of Eastern York High School To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comcast-nbcuniversal-awards-188000-in-scholarships-to-178-pennsylvania-high-school-seniors-300463078.html


Chester, PA, April 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This Friday, April 28th, 2017, at 9:30am, the Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) robotics team, “The Bionic Beasts,” will be honored at an intimate reception attended by Hon. Thaddeus Kirkland, Mayor of Chester.  Dr. David Clark, CEO of CCCS, will present the seven-member team and its coaches with trophies to recognize their achievements, as they head to the National Robotics Competition. The reception will be held at CCCS’s East Campus, in the administration boardroom. “The Bionic Beasts” were awarded first place for Robot Performance and second place overall out of 31 teams at the First Lego League (FLL) competition, held at Central High School, in January. CCCS’s robotics team was founded in 2013 by Mr. Daniel Aulisio, who started a Lego-building and robot club after receiving Lego Mindstorms Robot kits for CCCS’s after-school program. He saw the untapped potential in the school’s students, and believed that the FLL would be something students could enjoy while also broadening their understanding of applied engineering. In 2015, after receiving an “FLL In The City” grant through the University of Pennsylvania’s Grasp Lab, Mr. Aulisio was able to expand the club into a full robotics team and students were able to participate in their first competition. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/c3c4fd8d-fe33-4662-88d9-da764b56ff6a


Chester, PA, May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- “The Bionic Beasts,” the Chester Community Charter School (CCCS) robotics team, was honored Friday by Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland at a ceremony attended CCCS board members on the school’s East Campus. At the program, CCCS CEO Dr. David Clark presented the seven-member team and its coaches with trophies and certificates to recognize their achievements. The Bionic Beasts most recent accomplishments include being awarded first place for Robot Performance, and second place overall out of 45 teams at the First Lego League (FLL) competition, held at Central High School in Philadelphia earlier this year. In February, after competing in regional championships at the University of Pennsylvania, the team qualified for the National Competition, in California, which will take place on May 18. There, they will face off against approximately 80 robotics teams from as far away as Japan and South Korea. The Bionic Beasts had to identify and solve a problem that exists between humans and animals. The team focused on house cats, and how susceptible the domesticated animal is to suffering from conditions such as OCD and depression, as compared to their feral counterparts. The Bionic Beasts learned carpentry, market analysis, and applied engineering in order to create an environmental enrichment toy that cats would be able to activate on their own. At the National Robotics Competition, The Bionic Beasts will also compete in a “robot game,” in which they will use a robot they built and programmed, to score points against an opposing team. At the reception on Friday, Mayor Kirkland addressed the students: “All of you should be proud of yourselves, and what you have accomplished. You represent the best and the brightest, here, in Chester, and I look forward to you representing us in California, as we cheer you on from back home.” According to the Level Playing Field Institute, an organization of the Kapor Klein Center for Social Impact, “African-Americans and Latinos makeup 39 percent of the U.S. school-aged population, yet comprise just 17 percent of high school AP math and science test-takers; 11 percent of science and engineering degree-holders, and nine percent of the entire U.S. science and engineering workforce.” Through the success of its award-winning robotics program, CCCS’s “Bionic Beasts” continue to challenge research that shows a lack of people of color in STEM, and barriers that get in the way of their achievement. Coach Daniel Aulisio, who started a Lego-building and robot club, after receiving Lego Mindstorms Robot kits for CCCS’s after-school program, founded CCCS’s robotics team in 2013. He saw the untapped potential in the school’s students, and believed that the FLL would be something students could enjoy while also broadening their understanding of applied engineering. Chester Community Charter School opened its doors on September 9, 1998, serving 97 students from its modest, four, meeting rooms, in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Hotel, in Chester, PA. Since that time, the school has steadily grown to include more than 3,000 students in 11 state-of-the-art-buildings, spanning three campuses. Through collaboration with the Gureghian Charitable Foundation, and CCCS’ High School Search and Selection Program, more than $9.5 million in scholarships and financial assistance to prestigious private secondary schools has been awarded to 225 of the school’s graduates, since 2009. http://chestercommunitycharter.org A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/1415ce16-15cb-47d9-b912-079c7143ba10

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