12:51p, 1/29/2016 SHENANDOAH, Penna. - Last week, Pennsylvania State Legislators approved a bill that will delay the use of the state's Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement to the 2018-2019 School Year. Previously, members of the Class of 2017, this year's Junior Class, would be required to pass the exams to graduate. The Keystone Exams were introduced as a graduation requirement in 2013, and consist of three test subjects, Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology. Since the tests were introduced, schools have struggled across the commonwealth, including Shenandoah Valley, which had one student score "Advanced" on the Biology tests in the 2013-14 school year. Linked below are a few articles from different sources on the topic. We will also have an editorial later today on the subject.
1/20/15, 12:54p, FRACKVILLE, Penna. - Eighteen contestants, from ages 9 to 15, performed for a crowd of over 120 people yesterday at Frackville's Schuylkill Mall to kick off the 8th edition of Schuylkill County Junior Idol. Among the contestants were a few from our area, including Jacqueline Bubnis, 13, from Shenandoah, Raven Wesley, 14, from Frackville, and Faith Simpson, 9, from Gilberton, all of whom were interviewed by the Republican-Herald. A link to their article follows ours.
The field of 18 who performed yesterday will be narrowed down to 10 at 3:00p today for January 26th's quarterfinal. Semifinals will be on February 2nd, with an overall winner announced on February 9th. The winner of the competition wins a $500 Mall Shopping Spree, a $100 gift certificate courtesy of the Bon-Ton, a professional photo shoot courtesy of Michael’s Photography, Frackville, a gift courtesy of Totally Twisted Pretzel and a chance to perform at the Schuylkill County Fair in August.
Republican-Herald article: http://republicanherald.com/news/junior-idol-contestants-share-talent-1.1997298