Articles by: Andrew Bundy

Brockway's Sydney Manno, Shaughny Richardson, and Molly Wise pose with Carlisle High School mascot Thor at the state competition for National History Day.

Two Brockway Students Place in National History Day Top 5

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – Two Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School students missed the National History Day Final Competition by a few points. Shaughny Richardson and Sydney Manno both took top spots for their categories in the National History Day Regional Competition in April. Molly Wise took third in that competition, giving her the chance to go to the regional competition as well. “Only seven percent of competitors make it this far,” said National History Day Pennsylvania President Jeffrey Hawks said at the awards ceremony. “Pennsylvania has one of the toughest competitions. This is my tenth year, and the judges told me that this year was very difficult to judge.” The National History Day website boasts that half a million students from all over the country compete in the event. It is a project-based competition designed to further interest in history as well as work on presentation and critical thinking skills. The event was founded in 1974. Richardson, a junior, took third place in the paper category, meaning that she is an alternate should first or second place need to back out of the competition. “It felt really good to know that all that hard work was appreciated,” Richardson said. “After how well my interview went, I knew I did well.” [caption id="attachment_228994" align="alignleft" width="700"] Brockway's Sydney Manno, Shaughny Richardson, and Molly Wise pose with Carlisle High School mascot Thor at the state competition for National History Day.[/caption] Wise, a senior, felt that the interview experience was the most-important part of the trip to Carlisle. “It feels pretty good to be asked about something you’ve studied and know so much about,” she said. “It’s interview experience. You learn a lot from the process, and you gain confidence because you know what you’re talking about.” Wise wrote about the effects of the Black Death. Richardson’s third-place paper was about Native American relocation. Sophomore Sydney Manno took fifth place in the poster category. Her display board was about the Orphan Trains. Manno went along last year to support Richardson, who took first place in the region then, too. “I had fun being there,” Manno said. “I went from personal assistant to competitor. I felt honored to be surround by such good projects.” All of the students got information detailing the judging process and what they missed. They will be pouring over those notes before tackling next year’s topic, “Breaking Barriers.” Richardson and Manno have a chance to continue their competitions, but all three girls learned something from the experience. “The most important thing I got from this experience is how important history is,” Richardson said. “Not just to us as teenagers but to the judges as well. The many who interviewed me was so proud of our generation caring about history. It furthered my passion in history and historical education.” More about National History Day can be found at its website.
by · May 15, 2019 · Local News
The Brockway School Board kicks off its May meeting behind posters by Laura Starr's sixth grade class.

Brockway School Board Accepts Retirements, Gets New Phones

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – In the first of two May meetings, the Brockway Area School Board accepted four resignations and praised the prom committee’s work. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 15, 2019 · Local News
Brockway Police Investigate Criminal Mischief at Creekside Auto

Brockway Police Investigate Criminal Mischief at Creekside Auto

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – An unknown actor used a BB gun to shoot several vehicles at Creekside Auto, prompting the Brockway Borough Police Department to seek more information from the community. FULL ARTICLE
Local Artist Sets Sights on Comicons

Local Artist Sets Sights on Comicons

DuBOIS, Pa. (EYT) – As summer approaches, a young artist in DuBois is preparing to embark on a great artistic adventure: selling his art at comicons. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 11, 2019 · Local News
Brockway's Austin Pringle. Tanner Pierce, Jacob DeBerti, Cecilia Manno, and Emily Roush. (Photo by Kyle Norman)

Brockway Students Sweep Conservation District Envirothon

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Students from Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School dominated an environmental competition Tuesday, sweeping all categories. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 10, 2019 · Local News
Brockway students enact a mock accident to warn fellow students about drunk driving.

Mock Accident Prepares Brockway For Prom

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – With prom coming at the end of the week, juniors and seniors at Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School got a vivid reminder of how bad choices can had consequences. The school district partnered with the police department, ambulance service, and the fire department to put on a mock accident. Brockway Police Chief Terry Young kicked off the event by saying that DUIs lead the crimes in Pennsylvania. He went over different rules related to DUIs and gave students a laminated handout with traffic laws. “Look to your left, look to your right: odds are, someone is going to die sometime due to alcohol,” Young said. “When I was your age, they said the same thing. I looked at my friend, not expecting anything. A year later, he was killed in a DUI.” [caption id="attachment_227959" align="alignnone" width="700"] Brockway students enact a mock accident to warn fellow students about drunk driving.[/caption] The chief made sure students knew the legal limits for them. He said that they need to pay attention because this is something that kills young people every day, with prom coming up, parties can take a really bad turn. “Please take this seriously,” he said. “The odds are, someone in this class will drive drunk one day. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. Drunk driving accounts for a quarter of them.” Young took the students outside where the mock accident was set up. Brockway Ambulance and the fire department assisted in the drill. Two vehicles, a minivan and an SUV, were arranged as though the van cut in front of the other vehicle. Brockway seniors Santino Inzana and Madison Barefield played dead while classmate Garrett McClintick acted as though he were the drunk driver who caused the accident. The fire department responded from around the corner, mimicking an actual call. McClintick was “arrested” for DUI. McClintick, Barefield, and Inzana got high praise from their classmates. The other students were impressed with how realistic the students made the crash scene. “I thought it was eye-opening,” Brockway junior Justice Williams said. “Some people take it as a joke, but seeing that may have convinced them. I hear about that stuff to begin with, but to see it -- to see the sirens, the body bags, that was intense.” “I would be sad to see those kids in a car crash,” Taylor Little, another junior, said. “It gave me chills. It was intense. The actors were really good. I think we need to do things like this more often so people can visualize it. I feel like this and the Reality Tour makes you think twice about parties and what you’re doing.” “It was something we should do again,” classmate Elijah Snell said. “Seeing them cover up Madison’s body, that’s when the seriousness hit me.” Brockway co-principal Mark Dippold said that he hopes that students take this message to heart when prom comes around. “It is a reminder to students of the dangers of drinking and driving,” he said. “This scenario gives them a very realistic look at what could happen if they make bad decisions.”
by · May 9, 2019 · Local News
Justin Parson (right) talks to Brockway students about their interviews.

Brockway Students Get Interview Experience

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – Brockway Area Junior-Senior High School gave its juniors a taste of real-world interviews as part of their graduation projects. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 7, 2019 · Local News, School News
A mock-up of an intersection along 219 in Brockway.  The map is not an official design and is more of a place-holder until engineers get a chance to study the project.

Brockway Addresses Intersection Concerns

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – For the past few months, the Brockway Borough Council has been hearing from businesses near the intersection by Sheetz along Route 219. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 3, 2019 · Local News, News, Uncategorized
The Brockway Borough Office.

Brockway Borough Council Hears From Residents

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – The Brockway Borough Council learned that a blighted property on Main Street may soon be cleaned up. FULL ARTICLE
by · May 3, 2019 · Local News
The Kids' Library at Mengle Memorial. (Photo by Darlene Marshall).

Jefferson County Libraries Celebrate Children’s Book Week

BROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) – For 100 years, libraries across the United States have been celebrating Children's Book Week during what is called the longest-running literacy event in the nation. This year's theme is "Read Now, Read Forever," which is driving libraries in the Jefferson County Library System to encourage parents to read to their children. The Jefferson County Library System, which includes Brockway’s Mengle Memorial Library, celebrated this year's event starting Monday and running to Sunday. “We are trying to remind people of the importance of using the library every day and reading to children,” Mengle Head Librarian Darlene Marshall said. “Let kids pick the books they want to read, but the most important thing a parent can do is expose their children to a wide variety of literature.” [caption id="attachment_227553" align="alignnone" width="700"] The Kids' Library at Mengle Memorial. (Photo by Darlene Marshall).[/caption] Marshall said that reading with children creates a bond with the kids even when the children can read for themselves. It makes reading a fun, comfortable activity. “Bringing them to the library for books is an easy way to expose children to a wide variety of literature,” she said. “Borrow more books than you think they're going to be able to read. More choices will encourage extra reading time.” Mengle, like the rest of the libraries in the Jefferson County System, has many children’s books to choose from. And, sometimes, parents can find some of their old favorites to share with their children. “Some of the best books I've ever read are children's books,” Mengle’s Sandy Sherry said. “Some are hilarious, some can be incredibly touching, but the best have one thing in common: they can be enjoyed by everyone.” Sherry said that Mengle has a summer reading program that will start June 11. The library also offers story hours and more. More information on how the whole county library system is celebrating Children’s Book Week can be found at its website. Libraries in the system are Mengle, Rebecca M. Arthurs Memorial Library in Brookville, Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Reynoldsville Public Library, Summerville Public Library, and Sykesville Public Library.
by · May 1, 2019 · Local News