November 12th, 2012
Evangeline Young, left, and photo of her taken on the set of The Good Wife, right
Evangeline Young, 9th grade PALCS Center for Performing and Fine Arts student, will make her television debut alongside Julianna Margulies in the CBS drama The Good Wife on Sunday, November 18th at 9 pm. Evangeline made several trips from her home in West Chester to New York City to film the episode, in which she plays Taylor, a friend of Margulies’ on-screen daughter, Grace. The show’s producers are considering making the role a recurring part of the show. Congratulations, Evangeline!
See how PALCS makes it possible for Evangeline!
June 18th, 2012
Students from the PALCS Class of 2012 have been accepted to the following college, university and trade schools:
Animal Behavior College
Baptist Bible College*
Berklee College of Music*
Bucks County Community College
Butler County Community College
California University of PA
Calvary Chapel Bible College*
Camden County College
Carnegie Mellon University*
Chestnut Hill College
College of Charleston
Colorado Mountain College
Community College of Allegheny
Community College of Philadelphia
Delaware County Community College
Delaware Valley College
East Stroudsburg University
El Paso Community College
Empire Beauty School
Franklin & Marshall College*
Full Sail University
George Mason University*
Great Lakes Institute of Technology
Grove City College*
Gwynedd Mercy College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Harrisburg University of Science and
Indiana University of Pennsylvania*
Indiana Wesleyan University
ITT Technical Institute
James Madison University*
Johnson & Wales University
Laguna College of Art & Design*
La Roche College
Lebanon Valley College*
Le Cordon Bleu Orlando
Lenape Nursing Program
Long Island University Global
Maranatha Baptist Bible College
Mary Baldwin College
Montgomery County Community College
|Montserrat College of Art
Moore College Of Art And Design
New York University*
New York Film Academy
Northampton Community College
Parsons School Of Design
Penn College of Technology
Penn Foster College
Penn State University*
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design*
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania Highland Community College
Philadelphia Biblical University/Cairn University
Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Point Park University
Richmond American International University
Ringling College of Art & Design
Robert Morris University
Roberts Wesleyan University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
St. Edward’s University*
St. John’s University*
St. Joseph’s University
San Diego State University
Santa Clara University*
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
School of Visual Arts*
Seton Hill University
Slippery Rock University
Southern Virginia University
Stevens Institute of Technology*
Sweet Briar College
University of California
University of Delaware*
University of District Columbia
University of Hartford
University of Illinois
University of New Haven
University of Phoenix
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh*
University of South Carolina*
University of Tennessee
University of Vermont
University of Virginia*
University of Winchester – United Kingdom
University of the Arts
Vet Tech institute
Virginia Military Institute*
Virginia Union University
West Chester University
Westmoreland County Community College
York Technical Institute
PALCS University Scholars students were accepted to schools marked with *s. The fourteen University Scholars Program graduates attending college earned $2,067,640 in scholarship awards; the fifteenth USP graduate will be studying abroad in Istanbul, Turkey through the AFS program.
June 17th, 2012
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Congratulations and best wishes to the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School Class of 2012!
The Class of 2012 is our largest graduating class yet, with 300 students. Two thirds of the graduates attended the commencement ceremony in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, June 16.
The ceremony included two musical performances: the first, “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You,” performed by seven excellent students from the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The second, “Tell My Father,” performed by Richard Rodriguez-Mitchell, received a standing ovation.
Savannah King, senior class representative, spoke of how the graduates did not have the traditional shared high school experience of talking about bad cafeteria food and popular students, but rather a new shared experience of being some of the first in the world to complete high school online. For the Class of 2012, PALCS made it possible.
Milagros Gonzalez, also a senior class representative, gave a moving speech about how the death of a friend encouraged her to turn her life around. PA Leadership Charter School provided the education and support she and other students needed to graduate high school.
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Walter Palmer of the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School. He encouraged the graduates to never be caught up in a mundane lifestyle, but rather make a difference in the world. He also had the students rise and applaud their families and teachers for helping them achieve the milestone of commencement.
Thirty-seven students received forty-eight awards and special recognitions at the ceremony and sixty-five students graduated with honors.
Edit 6/25/12: Videos from Commencement 2012 are now available on our YouTube channel!
May 29th, 2012
Elyse Guziewicz, PALCS 11th grade University Scholars student, has been chosen as a finalist in the National American Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, which will be held August 12-13 in Harrisburg.
National American Miss is a program whose emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship as well as setting and achieving personal goals.
Elyse’s ambition is to further her education in Mandarin linguistic studies. She is a high honors achiever of the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, and maintains memberships in the National Honors Society, the Choral Society of Northeastern PA, the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 201, the Pittston Area High School’s varsity track and field team, and the youth group of the Independent Bible Church of Duryea, PA.
Good luck, Elyse!
Kelsey Riker, a senior at the PALCS Center for Performing and Fine Arts, was presented with a full tuition check to Seton Hill University in a surprise ceremony on Tuesday, May 22. Though Kelsey was aware she had won the scholarship, she did not know Seton Hill would award a giant check in a presentation attended by PALCS musical theatre teachers and her parents. Kelsey will attend Greensburg-located Seton Hill in the fall, where she will study Musical Theatre.
Kelsey Riker, left, with Seton Hill University Representative
May 15th, 2012
Three PALCS University Scholars teams and one specially recognized student won medals at the Chester County Knowledge Bowl Competition in Downington on May 2.
The competition was divided into two groups: 5th-6th grade student teams and 7th-8th grade student teams.
The 7th-8th grade “Harvard Team” received 3rd place out of twenty-nine 7th-8th grade teams. The Harvard Team is composed of the following students:
- Grace Kier
- Matt LoPolito
- Ethan McPeak
- Ralph Lawton
- Gabby Plotts (alternate)
The 7th-8th grade “Yale Team,” competing in the same group of twenty-nine 7th-8th grade teams, received 5th place. The Yale Team is composed of the following students:
- Anna Cote
- Tommy McManus
- Aidan Piombino
- Kevin Schwenk
- Mark Truitt (alternate)
- David Howson (alternate)
The 5th-6th grade “Princeton Team” received 4th place out of seventeen 5th-6th grade teams. The Princeton Team is composed of the following students:
- Nathan Robino
- Ben Knower
- Gaea Lawton
- Andrew Lopolito
- Laura Dodds (alternate)
- Erica Weidner (alternate)
- Kashaf Zaman (alternate)
Additionally, 6th grade student Laura Dodds was recognized individually for her score on the written exam for the competition.
May 14th, 2012
Elliot Mast, PALCS 7th grader, has raised over $10,000 for Children’s Hospital through the charity he founded, FTK, “For the Kids.” Elliot was born with a club foot and received surgery from Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Fourteen years later, Elliot uses his love for and involvement in baseball to raise money for the hospital that helped him.
His story was featured on NBC 6, WJAC Johnstown on Sunday, May 6. Read and watch here !
Way to go, Elliot, you’re an inspiration!
May 11th, 2012
Congratulations to Julia Stevens, PALCS Junior, who has been accepted into the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio Summer Program! For two weeks this summer, Julia will be one of 130 students from around the country to visit the University of Iowa and engage in workshops in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
May 4th, 2012
PALCS students from the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) were featured on the NBC10 Philadelphia Wake-Up Call on Friday, May 4.
If you missed it on TV, be sure to watch NBC10 this Friday, May 11th, between 5:45am and 6:45am for another Wake-Up Call from the CPFA!
March 22nd, 2012
From The Almanac News
Venetia teen wins computing award
“Jaden Barney, a Venetia resident and PA Leadership Charter School-University Scholars Program student, has received the 2012 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by Bank of America and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology.’”… Read More at The Almanac