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This is the homepage for Weatherly Area's Online and Gifted Support program for the Weatherly Area School District located in Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Please look in the left navigation bar to find the pages you are interested in. Be sure to scroll down the page, there is a lot to view. If you like to learn, check out the Free Agent learner link for many sites that teach new things. Also, you can read many books for free....all here on this site!

Scholastic Scrimmage Match: Weatherly Vs. Berwick

3D Survey for students

Driver's Education Survey

Here are the URLS for the courses we use: (Keystone Courses) Driver’s Ed) (SAT Prep)

Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions you have about our online courses.

Katie Leach

Pictures from the 2017-2018 School Year!!

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Weatherly Area High School students to compete on upcoming episode of WVIA’s Scholastic ScrimmageWeatherly Area High School students will be competing on the Monday, April 9th episode of WVIA’s Scholastic Scrimmage against Berwick High School at 7:30pm.WVIA’s Scholastic Scrimmage is a high school academic quiz show, produced in partnership with NEIU 19. Top students from WVIA’s member school districts compete in a tournament style competition which covers all academic disciplines. At the end of this year’s Scholastic Scrimmage season the winning school is awarded $5,000, with second place receiving $3,000 and third place receiving $1,000. The winning team also receives medals, a plaque for their high school's trophy case, and the bragging rights of being the very best.4 students from Weatherly compete in the game. The students are Joel Hinkle, Kenneth Hinkle, Ashley James, and their team captain Alan Knepper. The team has 2 team alternates, Rachael Caccese & Michayla McPeak. The team’s school advisor is Katie Leach.

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Weatherly Area’s Math and Science Senior team placed 3rd in the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition at Bucknell University! Students answered multiple choice questions about “Engineering our Environment”, built a tower out of pipe cleaners, straws and paperclips to hold a tennis ball, and wrote an essay about transforming a prominent building within our community to conserve energy and be more environmentally friendly. The essay addressed the current impact of the existing building on the environment; proposed modifications to: reduce energy use; improve energy efficiency and/or reduce any negative environmental impact; and identify the advantages and disadvantages to implementing their plan.L to R: Dr.Katie Leach, Advisor, Jesse Gehman, Joel Hinkle, AJ Knepper, Deanna Stolpe, Jessica McKee, Samantha Knepper, Khadijah Zuberi, and Marie Gunderman

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Jesse Gehman, Marie Gunderman, Joel Hinkle and Samantha Knepper placed 3rd in the PA Governor’s STEM Regional Competition at CLIU #21. The team created a device that could shovel snow and put down salt at the same time. In another part of the competition, the team had to take items inside a box and make the items travel as far as possible on their own.On TEAMS 2018 Winners Picture, L to R: Dr.Katie Leach, Advisor, Jesse Gehman, Joel Hinkle, AJ Knepper, Deanna Stolpe, Jessica McKee, Samantha Knepper, Khadijah Zuberi, and Marie GundermanOn PA Governor’s STEM Regional Winners Picture, L to R: Jesse Gehman, Joel Hinkle, Samantha Knepper and Marie Gunderman

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Students donate over $100 to Weatherly High School with Coca-Cola Give ProjectWeatherly Area High School students turned Coca-Cola codes into cash for WeatherlyArea High School! Students worked each day before their holiday break to enter codesfrom Coca-cola caps and codes inside Coca-cola packaging to give the High School$116.92 . All “Coca-Cola Give” donations go directly to school administration for use attheir discretion. Any donation that a school receives from the program can be used topurchase supplies for extra-curricular activities including sports, technology, art and/orschool supplies within the school.The students who helped in the project were: Jasmine Montalvo, Austin Koslop, NickBerger, Emily Zoscin, Hannah Stefansky, Alexis Wilkinson, Kaileigh Barnes, DakotaMehlig, Dakota Kane, Albert Kislan, Braden Markovchick, Nicholas Pleban, and JustinWyffels.In the picture, top donators, L to R: Front – Jasmine Montalvo, Kaileigh Barnes, EmilyZoscin. Back – Alexis Wilkinson, Hannah Stephansky, Austin Koslop, Nick Berger

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Learn and Serve Program with Heritage Hill and Weatherly High SchoolFour students from Weatherly High School are participating in a Learn and ServeProgram with Heritage Hill Senior Community. Freshman Ashley James, Lilli Kunkle,Olivia Hirko, and Madilyn Hinkle work with the residents of the Community to teachthem how to use the computer. The students help with email, finding interesting website,and finding online games the residents enjoy playing. The goal of the program is not onlyto have students teach residents about the computer, but for students to form friendshipswith the residents and learn from them!Coordinators of the program are Deb Hauze, Activities Director at Heritage Hill, alongwith Tracy Earhart and Katie Leach, teachers at Weatherly Area School DistrictPicture, L to R: Madilyn Hinkle, Olivia Hirko, Deb Hauze, Lilli Kunkle and AshleyJames

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Weatherly Geography Bee Champion – Ricky RayRicky Ray won the National Geographic Geography Bee Championship at WeatherlyMiddle School! Jayce Shupe won second place and Jonathan Darraugh won third placein a fierce competition to test the students' knowledge about US and WorldGeography. This year, Tyler Fosburg answered every question correctly in thepreliminary round, which is very difficult to accomplish! Other students in the "TopTen" include: Frank Willis, Gavin Bradley, Brady Walters, Jayson Keller, ThomasChapman, and Jackie Guth.Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the NationalGeographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. Thecontest is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works. Witha top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship—plus other prizes—the contest is designedto encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest inthe subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Students from all 50 states,the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the Department of Defense DependentsSchools are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee.There are three levels of competition: school, state, and national. To compete foradvancement from the school to the state level, the winning student at each school musttake the online qualifying test. As many as 100 of the highest-scoring students in a stateor territory advance to the state competition. The state Bee champion advances to thenational championship in Washington, D.C.Picture, L – R: Tyler Fosburg, Jonathan Darraugh, Ricky Ray, and Jayce Shupe.


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8th Grade eCybermission takes first place in Pennsylvania! L to R: Kelly Royer, Holly Gehman, Dr. Leach, Alyssa Heister, Ethan Broskoskie

Celebrating the $1,000 grant from PPL at WVIA. In back row, left, seniors Avery Vizentine and John Hinkle were honored for their work in the 3D printer.

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Recreation of the Weatherly Schwab School on the 3D printer, created by John Hinkle

Scholastic Scrimmage Team at the Carbon County Academic Meet with State Representative Doyle Heffley!

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Weatherly Captures Second Place at PA Governor’s Regional STEM Competition!
Weatherly Area High School Juniors took the challenge to research, present and design a device that is capable of making the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania in the Governor’s STEM Regional Competition held at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit! Jesse Gehman, Marie Gunderman, Joel Hinkle and Samantha Knepper won second place with a device made in the 3D printer to help braid grocery store plastic bags! The rope made by the students was able to hold 400 pounds. The students listed 64 uses for the rope they created.
The team placed first in the “Project in a Box” phase of the competition by creating a boat to float in water, while holding 93 pennies, with just 2 paper cups, foil and duct tape. Information about the competition can be found at:

L to R: Marie Gunderman, Samantha Knepper, Joel Hinkle, Jesse Gehman

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Geography Bee Winners 2016!
Aiden Boerner claimed the title of this year’s Champion at Weatherly Area School District’s Geography Bee! Although five seventh graders and five eighth graders competed for the top spot, the seventh graders prevailed. The top three students in the Bee were all seventh graders! Frank Willis finished the Bee in second place and Angelina Davis finished in third place. The other seven top finalists were Gavin Bradley, Gianna Lowman, Alyssa Heister, Luke Derr, Kelly Royer, Ethan Broskoskie, and Antonio Rivera.
The school champions, including Aiden, will take
a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state Bee on March 31, 2017.
The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the Bee national championship rounds May 15-17, 2017. The first- place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and a trip to the Galápagos Islands, courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.
The national finals will air on television on May 19 at 8 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations. Check local listings for dates and times.
Everyone can test their geography knowledge by downloading the “National Geographic GeoBee Challenge” app, with more than 1,000 questions culled from past Bees, available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; from the Android Market; or for NOOK Color.
National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit
In picture, L to R: Aiden Boerner; Frank Willis; Angelina Davis; Thomas McLaughlin, WASD Superintendent

Geography - Post Card Contest
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Math Ace At Weatherly

In October, students from across Carbon and Lehigh county competed in the Sumdog contest, a math contest for students in game format. Sixth grader Abby Paisley was one of the top ten students participating in the contest. Abby answered 865 of the 1000 questions correctly, taking an average of 7.6 seconds to answer each question!
L to R: Katie Leach, Sumdog Coordinator at Weatherly, Abby Paisley, Thomas McLaughlin, Weatherly Area Superintendent
Math Madness
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This Fall, students in Grades 9 - 12 competed in the Math Madness competition, sponsored by the Mathematics Association of America (MMA)

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Weatherly Has Two State Winners in Geography Contest!Weatherly Area School DIstrict is proud to announce two student winners in the 2016 Geography Awareness Week K-12 Postcard Contest! This years's theme was "Explore the Power of Parks". Kayla Kennelly, third grader, won Honorable Mention in the 3rd to 5th grade division and Jesse Gehman, Junior, won Honorable Mention in the High School Division! Kayla will receive the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas and Jesse will receive the Rand McNally 2017 EasyFinder Midsize Road Atlas.
This contest was held for all students in Pennsylvania, and a record 1,044 entries were submitted this year! The winning entries may be viewed on at the Pennsylvania Alliance for Geographic Education website at John McGee was coordinator of the 3rd grade student contest and Katie Leach was coordinator of the high school contest.
L to R: Dr. Leach, Jesse Gehman, Kayla Kennelly, Mrs. Slavick (Elementary Principal), Mr. McGee

Geography - Post Card Contest


The school year is now ending, but it has been a wonderful year for the Weatherly Wreckers!! If you click on the event below that we participated in, you will find the website for the event! Under the list you will find information about our team, along with a picture of the team!


Hour of Code

National Geography Bee

Arete (formerly Math Madness)

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Congressional App Challenge



Project SAGE (Securing a Greener Environment)

"What's So Cool About Manufacturing"...Dream it Do it

PA Governor's STEM Competition

Scholastic Scrimmage on WVIA TV, Carbon County Academic Meet and CLIU#21 Academic Meet

Math 24

Marywood University Math Competition

Lehigh University Math Competition


American Legion Auxiliary Essay Contest

AMC 10 and 12 Winners

Gold Math Exam at Bucknell

Purple Comet Math Competition

Empowered Educators Grant - WVIA

Weatherly Sumdog Team wins Carbon-Lehigh Math Contest!!

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The Sumdog team with Sandra Slavick (Elementary/Middle School Principal), Thomas McLaughlin (Superintendent) and Katie Leach, advisor.

Members of this year's team (in alphabetical order, Michael Berger is missing from the photo): Michael Berger, Owen Broskoskie, Nariana Cordoba, Adrianna Dotzel, Danielle Gordon, Karoline Hirko, Kayla Jones, Taylor Jones, Jash Khatiwala, Timothy Maguschak, Rhianne Markovchick, Ian McLaurin, Jack Nemshick, Abby Paisley, Ashley Pleban, Owen Podgers, George Prusak, Brianna Shuman, Nathan Tripp, Madisyn VonFrisch, and Frank Willis.

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From October 16th to October 22nd, a team of 5th and 6th grade students from Weatherly battled with other Carbon-Lehigh schools to win the Carbon-Lehigh Sumdog contest! After a week of math challenges, Weatherly 's team was the 1st place team! All the students in the competition answered 41,720 math questions correctly! Top ten scorers in the October competition were, L - R Front: Michael Berger, Madisyn vonFrisch, Kayla Jones. Back row: Sandra Slavick (Elementary/Middle School Principal), Katie Leach, advisor, Thomas McLaughlin (Superintendent).

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JUST DO IT and these girls did!!! L to R: Rhianne Markovchick, Kayla Jones and Taylor Jones were in the top ten scorers in the Carbon-Lehigh Sumdog competition in January and Rhianne was also a top ten scorer in the May Carbon-Lehigh Sumdog competition! Weatherly placing 2nd in both contests!

Hour of Code

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Two hundred and ninety-six students from Weatherly Area School District participated in the “Hour of Code”, a worldwide initiative to introduce students to computer coding! On the Hour of Code website,, students chose one of three challenges to learn how to code. Some students chose the Minecraft challenge to take Steve or Alex on an adventure though a Minecraft world. Other students learned to program droids and created their own Star Wars game or they joined Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and learned how to skate in intricate patterns on the ice.

If you would like to learn more about coding, please see As of this press release, the games are still up and ready to be played!

National Geography Bee

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L to R: Isabella Wagner, Tia Gettig, Alyssa Heister, Kenneth Hinkle and Mrs. Slavick, Middle School Principal

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Mrs. Slavick, Middle School Principal, and Weatherly Area Middle School Geography Bee Champion, Alyssa Heister

The National Geography Bee was held at Weatherly Middle School on December 18th. Students in grade 7 and 8 competed for the honor of being named "School Champion". This year, Alyssa Heister, 7th grade, was the School Championship, and Tia Gettig won second place in a very close final round. Both Alyssa and Tia only missed four questions in the entire competition! Isabella Wagner and Kenneth Hinkle battled for 3rd and 4th place until Isabella pulled ahead by one question and remained in 3rd place. Kenneth Hinkle finished the Bee in 4th place.

Top ten finalists, in addition to the students above, were: Makenna Bankes, Lilli Kunkle, Joshua Andreuzzi,, Rachel Caccese, Jarrod Gillott, Justin Wyffels.

Arete (formerly Math Madness)

Math Madness was held in the Fall. Our matches were held at 2:30pm on Tuesdays with the following schedule:

September 29, 2015 vs Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, CO
October 6, 2015 vs Okemos HS, Okemos, MI
October 13, 2015 vs Phoenix Country Day School, Paradise Valley, AZ
October 20, 2015 vs Bayonne HS, Bayonne, NJ
October 27, 2015 vs Ross School, East Hampton, NY

Team members: Nick Berger; Jackie Gillott; Morgan Gower; Katie Graham; Richard Grenet; Marie Gunderman; Lynn Gunderman; Joel Hinkle; John Hinkle; Sami Knepper; Jeremy Moser; Josh Naegele; Lillian Newton; Ashley Nunez; Nikki Polivka; and Cyrick Thomas.

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

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Check out this creative app created by Chester Gunderman, Aaron Zullick, Shelby Berger, Trent Dempsey and Muskan Khatiwala!

On YouTube:

Congressional App Challenge

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Aaron Zullick and Chester Gunderman! Submission made to PA-11-District, Rep. Lou Barletta


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7th Grade Team - Survival Seeds (Ethan Broskoskie, Alyssa Heister, Holly Gehman and Kelly Royer). Testing seeds that grow in the dark!
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L to R: Ethan Broskoskie, Holly Gehman, Alyssa Heister, Kelly Royer

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9th Grade Team - Graft Crabs (Nikki Polivka, Nick Berger and Jeremy Moser) Grafting crabapple trees to apple trees!

KNEX Competition, CLIU#21

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The Mean, Green, Powerhouse Machine

Weatherly's Team at the KNEX competition, L to R: Dominic Collins, Mason Claypoole, Nathaniel Neidlinger, Robert Kephart, and Leland Kunkle

Our "environmentally friendly" machine had a wind mill, water wheel run by rainwater collected on top of the tower (over a meter tall), and a solar panel! Thank you to Mrs. Peiser for helping with this club!

Project SAGE (Securing a Greener Environment)

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L-R: Morgan Gonzalez, Mackenzie Sherman, Rachael Caccese, Abigail Milore, Michayla McPeak, Elijah Derr
Two Spring trips are planned ....a tour of Bemis Corporation, Inc. in Hazleton, PA and a visit to Penn State Hazleton for a presentation on alternative energy.

What's So Cool About Manufacturing...Dream It Do It


Our video can be found at the link: Weatherly Casting and Machine Company

Sixth 8th graders took on the challenge of the "What's So Cool About Manufacturing" competition! Our team travelled to the Weatherly Casting and Machine Company to find out "what's so cool about manufacturing?"!! On the team were: Rachael Caccese, Elijah Derr, Morgan Gonzalez, Michayla McPeak, Abigail Milore, and Mackenzie Sherman. Mackenzie was the producer, Rachael and Michayla were the hosts, Elijah and Machayla were the photographs with the GoPro camera, Morgan and Abigail were the editors, and Abigail was the Sound Technician!

PA Governor's STEM Competition

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L-R: Joel Hinkle, Jesse Gehman, Marie Gunderman and Sami Knepper, sophomores of the Wrecker Math and Engineering team, participated in the PA Governor’s STEM competition at IU#21 on February 10th and won 2nd place for their prototype design to improve student safety near bus stops. For this competition, the team wrote an essay, gave a 30 minute presentation and participated in a “Challenge in a box” competition. Weatherly tied with the first place team in the “Challenge in a box” portion of the competition. Students were given 5 pieces of card stock, 5 pieces of tissue paper, glue, tape and a raw egg with instructions to fly the raw egg for10 feet to land in the bullseye. The Weatherly team landed their “plane” next to the bullseye with the unbroken raw egg inside!

Scholastic Scrimmage

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Weatherly's Team at the Carbon County Academic Meet, L - R: Front Row - Gavin Newton, Frank Shor, Ally Watkins, Olivia Winheld. Back Row - Cyrick Thomas and Drew Solonoski.

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Weatherly's team at the Carbon County Academic Meet, L - R: Laila Panckeri, Ally Watkins, Olivia Winheld, Frank Shor, County Commissioner Thomas Gerhard, Cyrick Thomas, Drew Solonoski, Gavin Newton, Dana Weiss, Advisor Katie Leach

WVIA Scholastic Scrimage Team: Frank Shor, Olivia Winheld, Cyrick Thomas, Ally Watkins, Lynn Gunderman and Nikki Polivka

Math 24

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This is the Weatherly Math 24 Team composed of 4th and 5th graders! This team competed at the IU in February! L - R: Front Row - Leland Kunkle and Michael Berger. Back Row - 5th grade Math teacher Carl Mondero, Sun Wang, Own Broskoskie, Taylor Jones, Jack Nemshick, Advisor Katie Leach

Marywood University Math Competition

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Ten students from Weatherly High School traveled to Marywood University to participate in the High School Math Competition. Participating students were Jeremy Moser, Katie Graham, Nikki Polivka, Nick Berger, Joel Hinkle, Sami Knepper, Jesse Gehman, Lynn Gunderman, Jphnny Hinkle, and Julia Hinkle.

Katie Graham placed in the top ten of the 92 students in 9th and 10th grade who took the Marywood University High School Math Exam on March 19th. She has been invited to join the Northeast Pennsylvania team that will compete in the American Regions Mathematics League (ARML) held at Penn State Main Campus on June 4, 2016.

Lehigh University High School Math Competition

Julia Hinkle, Johnny Hinkle, Jesse Gehman, Sami Knepper, Joel Hinkle, Katie Graham and Jeremy Moser participated in the Lehigh University Math competition held at Lehigh University on the last Saturday in February.


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Front Row, L - R: Jeremy Moser, Sami Knepper, Marie Gunderman. Back row: Joel Hinkle, Nikki Polivka, Nick Berger, Jesse Gehman and Mr. McLaughlin, WASD Superintendent

The 9th and 10th grade Math and Engineering team from Weatherly won first place at Bucknell University in the TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Apptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition on February 22nd. This year’s theme was “Engineering the Tools of Innovation”. In addition to answering questions in the morning, the team split in the afternoon to write essays and participate in a design challenge. Team members include freshmen: Nicholas Berger, Jeremy Moser, and Nikki Polivka and sophomores: Jesse Gehmen, Marie Gunderman, Joel Hinkle and Samantha Knepper.

American Legion Essay Contest - May 16, 2016

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Congratulations to the winners from Weatherly Area School District! L - R: Amanda Zaremba, HS Principal; Luke Derr, 1st Place Class 3; Ryan Shevlin, 1st Place Class 5; Julia Hinkle, 1st Place Class 4; Katie Leach, Advisor; Mrs. Drasher, Essay Coordinator. Julia's essay also won 1st place at the District level! Missing in photo - Drew Solonoski, 2nd Place Class 5

AMC 10 and 12 Winners
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American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10th grade and 12th grade winners at Weatherly High School: Congratulations to Weatherly's top six AMC winners! 12th grade winners were: Lynn Gunderman, 1st place; Christopher MacNeal, 2nd place; and Aaron Zullick 3rd place. AMC 10th grade winners were: Katie Graham, 1st place, Jeremy Moser, 2nd place; and Nick Berger, 3rd place.

Gold Math Exam at Bucknell University

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The top six Weatherly winners of the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) represented Weatherly High School at the John Steiner Gold Exam on March 16th at Bucknell Univeristy. Christopher MacNeal achieved first place among students from Weatherly. He received a certificate and the book, "Math Hysteria" by Ian Stewart as his prize!

Purple Comet Math Competition

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The Divisions vs Divide and Conquer!

Twelve Weatherly students divided into two teams to compete in the world-wide Purple Comet Math competition on April 20, 2016! "The Divisions" (Aaron Zullick, Cyrick Thomas, Lynn Gunderman, Marie Gunderman, Katie Graham and Ryan Gillott) faced "Divide and Conquer" (Jeremy Moser, Joel Hinkle, Drew Solonoski, Morgan Gower, Nikki Polivka and Sami Knepper) and 3055 other teams from 57 countries! This math contest is unique because the team can work together to answer the 30 math questions. As team mates find the answers, they type the answer in a text box on the Purple Comet website. Students can add/change their answers until the 90 minute competition ends! Winners will be announced on April 24, 2016!

Empowering Educators Caring for Communities Grant

L - R Luke Derr, Ryan Schertrumpf, Elijah Derr, Rachael Caccese, Michayla McPeak. Missing from photo - Holly Gehman

These students came to the Weatherly Area Community Library to help build shelves bought with the $1,000 grant from the Empowering Teachers Caring for Communities Grant. After assembling the shelves, the students put books on the shelves! To view the presentation given at WVIA, go to this link on YouTube:


What a fantastic year for our students!! Here are highlights of our year!

eCybermission Teams Top in State

eCybermission Teams Top in State
eCybermission Teams Top in State

This year our eCybermission teams again won not only state awards, but one team was featured on WNEP’s Home and Backyard TV program! Our ninth grade team won first place in Pennsylvania for their work finding a way to use recycled material to make solar panels. Ninth grade team members Jesse Gehman, Marie Gunderman, Joel Hinkle and Samantha Knepper experimented with replacing silicon with tin and iron to generate more energy than solar panels using silicon. Although their experiment did not yield hoped for results, the team was precise in their engineering design process.
Our 8th grade team, Nick Berger, Jeremy Moser and Nikki Polivka grew lettuce in a hydroponics system. The inspiration for this idea came from an episode about hydroponics on “Home and Backyard”. The producer of “Home and Backyard” came to see the work the students did and filmed a segment which was televised on “Home and Backyard” on April 4th. The segment can be viewed at: When the lettuce was ready to be harvested, the team bagged the lettuce and took it to the local food pantry, Shepherd House, for distribution to those in need! This team received an “Honorable Mention” with this project being recognized as one of the top in the state.
Our sixth grade team won second place in Pennsylvania for creating QR codes for state parks close to our district. The QR codes link to a map of the state park, which hikers can then view in their cell phone to help with directions. One judge commented, “Well done! Through your research, you came up with a very useful product that will be able to help a lot of people. You also did a great job working as a team. Keep up the good work!”. Team members were Ethan Broskoskie, Alyssa Heister, Holly Gehman and Kelly Royer.
Left to Right: Front Row (9th grade team): Joel Hinkle, Samatha Knepper, Jesse Gehman, Marie Gunderman Middle Row (6th grade team): Ethan Broskoskie, Holly Gehman, Kelly Royer, Alyssa Heister Back Row (8th grade team): Nick Berger, Nikki Polivka, Jeremy Moser

Math and Engineering Team Competed In TEAMS Competition

Math and Engineering Team Competed In TEAMS Competition
Math and Engineering Team Competed In TEAMS Competition

Weatherly’s Math and Engineering team competed in the TEAMS competition (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) at Bucknell University. This is a one-day engineering competition for students in middle and high school. The competition is divided into two parts, multiple choice questions and essay questions based on this year’s theme, “The Power of Engineering”, which examines and explores the relationship between energy and engineering. After Part I multiple-choice questions were tallied, the Wreckers placed 4th in Division 1 for 11th and 12th graders. However, the Wreckers surged ahead in the Part II essays, finishing with the highest Part I and Part II combined score to be the top Division One team of 11th and 12th graders in the state of Pennsylvania. Team members included: Jacquelyn Gillott, Morgan Gower, John Hinkle, Michael Matirko, Brianna McCardle, and Drew Solonoski.
Five 9th and 10th grade Math team members travelled to Marywood University for the High School Math competition. Richard Grenet was the top scorer from Weatherly with Joel Hinkle coming in 2nd in the Weatherly team. Samantha Knepper, Christopher MacNeal and John Hinkle were all within 6 points behind Joel Hinkle!
The Gold Math Exam was held at Bucknell University. Representing Weatherly High School were: Jacquelyn Gillott, Morgan Gower, Richard Grenet, John Hinkle, Joshua Naegele, Cyrick Thomas and Aaron Zullick. Top scorer for Weatherly was John Hinkle.
Five Math team members competed in the Bloomsburg High School Math Competition. Cyrick Thomas, Michael Matirko, Madeline Aurisano, Morgan Gower, and Aaron Zullick faced three challenges. First, unique mathematical puzzles to solve while waited for their turn to play a quiz bowl tournament with math questions. After lunch, the team played a brisk game of 24 with other competing schools!
Left to Right: Front Row: Aaron Zullick, Jacquelyn Gillott, Morgan Gower, Madeline Aurisano, Samantha Knepper, Brianna McCardle, Christopher MacNeal
Back Row: Joshua Naegele, Cyrick Thomas, Richard Grenet, John Hinkle, Joel Hinkle, Drew Solonoski, Michael Matirko

Hydroponics Lettuce - 8th Grade eCybermission Team for US Army Competition

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Hydroponics Lettuce

For a project for the eCybermission program, Nikki Polivka, Jeremy Moser and Nick Berger, 8th grade students at Weatherly Middle School grew lettuce in a hydroponics bay to test whether plants in soil or in water grow faster. The students look the lettuce grown in the hydroponics bay (which did grow faster) to the local food pantry, "Shepherd House". Provisions for an Easter dinner, including the lettuce, were distributed to needy families last Saturday.
After we finished delivering the lettuce to the Shepherd House the students were asked them if they were ready to pack up the hydroponics bay for the year and they said they want to try to grow another batch of lettuce for the Shepherd House before the school year ends!
On Tuesday, March 24th, "Home and Backyard" producer Doug Engle and host, Paul Epsom, filmed a segment about the project which will air this coming Saturday at on WNEP! Here is their website:

Credit: Stephanie Grega for the Journal-Herald newspaper

Carbon County Academic Meet, hosted by Mrs. Leach, Guest Quizmaster is Rep. Doyle Heffley

Trivia Tests Students at Academic Meet - Article in Standard Speaker

Maria Jacketti
Published: March 26, 2015, Standard Speaker, Hazleton, PA
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ELLEN O'CONNELL/Staff PhotographerStudents at Weatherly Area High School take a break during Thursday's Carbon County Academic Meet that was held at the Weatherly Area Elementary School. Pictured from left are: Drew Solonoski, Jennifer Weiss, Frank Shor, Allyson Watkins, Catherine Maleski, Olivia Winheld and Michael Matirko.
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ELLEN O’CONNELL/Staff Photographer Students from Jim Thorpe Area High School participate in the final round of the Carbon County Academic Meet on Thursday. Pictured, from left, are Steven Jaramillo, Maggie Holloway, Takumi Hawes and Emily Layden.

Carbon County high school students wrestled with an encyclopedia’s-worth of questions Wednesday during the 10th annual Carbon County Academic Meet, held at the Weatherly Area Elementary Middle School Complex. Fans of quiz shows such as “Jeopardy!” would have enjoyed the competition but also would have needed to answer questions difficult enough to challenge top-tier academic trivia masters.
Competing high schools brought four team members and two alternates to the meet. After grueling competition in the preliminary rounds, Palmerton and Jim Thorpe met in the championship, with Jim Thorpe winning the match 120-90. Last year, Palmerton Area High School took home the trophy. For the eight previous years, Jim Thorpe had reigned triumphant before regaining the crown. Each year, the winning school’s name is engraved onto the much-sought-after trophy, with the high-scoring school keeping the trophy for a year until the next meet.
The competition, which encompasses all the high schools in Carbon County, is the brainchild of Katie Leach, the Online-Learning Classroom’s Coach.
“This is not a cutthroat competition,” she said. “We get together to have fun, and the coaches provide the refreshments.”
Weatherly Area High School, Jim Thorpe Area High School, Palmerton Area High School, Lehighton Area High School, Panther Valley High School and Carbon County Technical Institute participated. The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees (PASR) purchased the trophy for the competition and also provided grant funds for items such as buzzers when the competition first began. They have also served as competition judges since its inception. This organization encompasses not only teachers but other staff members, such as retired bus drivers and secretaries.
Jay Hoffman has been a judge for the competition from the very beginning, watching diverse groups of Carbon County students test the depths, as well as every nook and cranny, of their knowledge. He commented,“Youth get a (bad) rap, but when you see students like this, it really makes you feel great.”
State Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-122, served as quizmaster. He has been doing this since 2010.
“Weatherly has done a phenomenal job with this,” he said. “You know, you have baseball, football, softball, track and field — but this was an academic meet, giving the students a chance to show off their talents. With what we saw today, I think the future is in good hands,” he said.
Winners from Jim Thorpe were Steven Jaramillo, Maggie Holloway, Takumi Hawes and Emily Layden. Runners-up from Palmerton were Bruce Hettler, Kaitlyn Stevens, Lauren Campbell and Gavin Scott.

WAHS Student Wins American Legion Essay Contest at Local, County and District Level

WAHS Student Wins American Legion Essay Contest at Local, County and District Level
WAHS Student Wins American Legion Essay Contest at Local, County and District Level

Andrew S. Solonoski, IV has won $375 with his winning essay at the local, county and district level of the American Legion essay contest for students in high school. This year’s essay title was, “What is our Responsibility to our Wounded Veterans”. Thomas W. Keener, Commander, Carbon County InterPost Association of American Legion Posts presented a certificate of participation to Andrew, a sophomore, on May 13th at Weatherly High School.
The essay contest is held every year for high school students. Information about the essay contest can be found at
In Photo(L-R): Commander Thomas W. Keener and Andrew Solonoski.

Annual Geography Bee

Annual Geography Bee
Annual Geography Bee

The annual geography bee was held at Weatherly Middle School on December 17th. After seven preliminary rounds, a semi-final and final round, Toriana Rizzo was named "School Champion". She will now enter the next round of competition in hopes of being one of the top 100 scorers in Pennsylvania, allowing her to participate in the state Geography Bee in the Spring.
Second place honors went to Hannah Stefansky and third place winner was Lillian Newton. The top ten finalists included Jeremy Moser, Kaileigh Barnes, Caleb Schock, Kevin Michaels, Ashton Gerhard, Joshua Andreuzzi and Kevin Osifat. Kevin Osifat received special recognition for answering all seven of the preliminary questions correctly!
In Picture, from left to right: Toriana Rizzo, Lillian Newton, Hannah Stefansky, Kevin Osifat and Mrs. Slavick, Middle School Principal