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K-Kids foundation donates to district, creates new award

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

Northampton Area Konkrete Kids Educational Foundation has donated $133,000 to Northampton Area School District.

Bill Conner, president of Konkrete Kids Foundation Board, also said in his report at the Dec. 18 Northampton Area School District Board of Education meeting that the foundation donated $25,000 this year and $33,000 last year to the district.

Conner announced the foundation has launched a new program: the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Past Freddy Awards for NAHS

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in School

With support of the school’s Drama Boosters, the theater program is poised to build on its record of 20 Freddy nominations and two Freddy Awards in 13 years of competition.

2016 — “Oliver!”: winner, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress, Madison Lahr as Nancy

2015 — “Once Upon a Mattress”: nominated, Outstanding Use of Costumes; nominated, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actor, Nickolas Campbell as King Sextimus

2014 — “Bye Bye Birdie”: nominated, Outstanding Featured Performance by an Actress, Karen Fucia as Mrs. Mae Peterson

School board hears proposal for class rank changes

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

New plan would eliminate recognition of valedictorian, salutatorian

Changes in class rank and graduation requirements are proposed for Northampton Area High School.

If codified by the Northampton Area School District policy committee and approved by the NASD Board of Education, students in the incoming ninth-grade class would be affected, beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, as of the 2018-19 school year, would not be affected.

“This is not impacting any students now in high school,” said NAHS Principal Robert Steckel during a one-hour presentation at the Dec. 18 school board meeting.

Movie Review: ‘Coco’

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.

Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?

During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual journey on “the other side.”

Review: ‘Marshall’

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Marshall” is a powerful film about a Bridgeport, Conn., civil rights case in 1941 pivotal in the life and career of Atty. Thurgood Marshall, who in 1967 was the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

Director Reginald Hudlin handles the controversial material with care, emphasizing the human drama and the importance of the case in Marshall’s career and the Civil Rights Movement.

High school theater program gets boost

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Local News

Board approves group to encourage community involvement, raise funds

At least one resident of Northampton Area School District claims the Northampton Area High School theater program doesn’t have a chance when it comes to the annual Freddy Awards.

Her assertion provided some drama at the Nov. 20 NASD Board of Education meeting.

“Why is the school district not supporting the drama club?” asked Jean Rundle, a former NASD school board member.

NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik noted that advisers, set designers and directors are paid for NAHS theater productions.

Movie Review: ‘Express’

Friday, November 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Murder On The Orient Express” isn’t exactly murder to watch, but it is painful.

While boasting a bravura turn as Hercule Poirot by Kenneth Branagh, who directs the star-studded extravaganza, the remake of the 1974 movie that was directed by Sidney Lumet, which is also based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie, is pretty much of a train wreck, literally and figuratively.