Palmerton board honors Sixth Sense student winners
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton sixth graders who won this year's Sixth Sense Competition held earlier this month include (l-r) Lucas Christman, Chris Fredericks, Matthew Binder, Zeke Himmelwright, and Reshan Selva. Pictured behind them is co-advisor Pamela Storm. Missing from the photo is student Ben Netznik.
They've just gone back-to-back, and show no signs of any slack.
On the heels of their second victory in as many years, Palmerton sixth graders who won the 2013 Sixth Sense Competition were recognized at a workshop session of the school board on Tuesday.
The team won the competition held last week at Panther Valley High School. The competition included teams from Palmerton, Panther Valley, Northern Lehigh, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe, Tamaqua, Pleasant Valley, and Northwestern Lehigh school districts.
Co-advisor Pamela Storm said "we have very talented, intelligent and involved students here in our school district. They are a reflection of their parents and families and of the wonderful community in which we live and work."
"They are hard workers, with an incredibly bright future," Storm said. "I am very proud of this group, as I am of all of our hard working students."
Storm then introduced the students: Matthew Binder, Chris Fredericks, Zeke Himmelwright, Reshan Selva and Lucas Christman. Not in attendance was student Ben Netznik.
Zeke said the competition showed him that he could perform well under pressure.
Mary Brumbach, principal of S.S. Palmer Elementary and Parkside Education Center, told the students she was proud of their achievement, and added that much of the credit deserves to go to Storm and co-advisor Bobbi Yeager for what they do on a daily basis.
The board also congratulated the students on their accomplishment, and thanked them for their brief presentation.
Also on Tuesday, the board revisited discussion on the potential renovation and upgrade of the district's fitness center/weight room.
Directors Sherry Haas and Susan Debski said their concerns were whether an adult would be on hand at all times to provide supervision for the students when they utilize the facility, and that any debris would be cleaned up.
Last month, the board unanimously agreed to table the renovation and upgrade of the facility at a total cost not to exceed $20,500.
The project - to update the weight room and make it more practical for all teams to use - would be paid for from the balance of Save Our Sports funds and district funds. The district has $14,043 from its SOS funds to apply toward the project.
It would consist of the addition of new flooring, paint, cardiovascular equipment, and a card reader for security access. It would be open to all students, not just athletes.