Curiosity and creativity were on display at Northwestern Lehigh's second annual science fair Feb. 7 in the high school cafeteria.
Some 24 youngsters, from kindergarten through eighth grade, set up and explained their projects displaying their understanding.
"The science fair was run by the Science National Honor Society to promote interest in science," said adviser Dave Moyer.
"The students served as the judges."
Despite the uncooperative weather, high school students completed their Keystone Exams before the start of the new semester.
"On two days, we had a late start followed by a day off so we had to adjust," said high school Principal Aileen Yadush. "We made accommodations as needed. It [was] really an exercise in resilience and patience, [but] the kids and the parents were awesome about adjusting."
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in three subjects:Algebra I, literature and biology.
The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's system of high school graduation requirements.
Students who took the tests had a variety of reactions after completing the test.
The following students are members of the Class of 2017. Their reactions are as follows:
"The English test was pretty easy," said Karlie Bardonner. "I used the whole time. I took maybe an hour and 20 [minutes]."
Actions backed by words united Northwestern Elementary School students together in an assembly program where they shared the meaning of kindness and respect.
According to guidance counselor Kate Petcavage, each grade expressed the theme of kindness in its own inimitable way.
"The kindergarten had a winter clothing type drive," she said. "First grade wrote poems about kindness and second grade created posters to hang in the hallway."
"The third grade decided to write letters to people in the school who had shown them kindness," said third grade teacher Jake Bennett.
Brothers Shawn and Justin Zimmerman braved the frigid weather last week to donate blood.
"It's nice to give blood," said Justin, who was urged by his brother to do it."There are a lot of people who need my blood more than I do."
"I heard there would be a few snacks," quipped Shawn, who admitted he learned about the blood drive through an email sent by Bob Biese, adviser of Northwestern High School's Key Club, sponsor of the drive.
Nov. 13, 2014, was the day all those who wanted to help save a life actually could, just by taking a short trip to the high school and donating blood.
As in the past, Northwestern's Key Club worked in conjunction with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center.
"Anyone at all can donate," Club President Sarah Malay said. "One pint of blood can save three lives."
Key Club Adviser Bob Biese discussed the donation process.
As if rising from the ashes of the past, "Tiger Talk," Northwestern's high school newspaper made its reappearance online to a welcoming audience.
Since its first issue in October, the staff has continually produced subsequent issues available to the school and community online.
According to Editor-in-Chief Cidney Bachert, newspaper production is going "very well."
"[The paper is] getting everyone engaged and it's open to the community," Bachert said. "My parents think it's very cool."
News Editor Sarah Overstrum was happy with the newspaper's debut.
It was no ordinary Wednesday when the musical group "Flintface" brought music and meaning to high school students at Northwestern.
Right from the start, all eyes were fixed on the auditorium stage littered with hundreds of paper messages strewn across the floor.
The crowd's enthusiasm grew with each subsequent song Flintface delivered, and the message wasn't lost on them.
"Some people have to fight just to get up in the morning."
Several factors influenced SADD to move forward and book Flintface.
This year, Northwestern is heralding in the holiday season with three performances that capture a bygone era.
If the holidays are about family and nostalgia, then "The 1940's Radio Hour" fits the bill perfectly.
"The parents wanted to do another Christmas show," explained Director Bill Mutimer, who staged "It's a Wonderful Life" last fall. "This play does two things. It is an actual 1942 radio show that even features the Dickens' Christmas story, making it still a holiday play and it teaches [the students] about an era they don't know."
Anastasia Rivas, the young girl featured on the cover of "Parade Magazine" a few weeks ago, will now be able to do the things she has struggled with, thanks to 3-D printers.
The same sort of technology that gave the 10-year-old a new hand is now available to Northwestern students, who call themselves members of the "Makers Club."
Less than a year old, the Makers Club is attracting the attention of students who see the practical benefits technology promises now and in the future.
Two 3-D printers are available to the group, comprised mainly of underclassmen.