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Solanco's FFA small engine repair team won the annual regional contest last week.
Reilly Sollenberger finished first in the individual scoring with a total of 199.5 and Daniel Craig was third with a score of 180.5. That gave the team a total of 380 points. The team from Pequea Valley finished second with 352 and Lampeter-Strasburg came in third with 302.
Elementary-age girls who want to look their best for the Daddy-Daughter Dance on March 3 can get help from a group of Solanco High School students.
On the day of the dance, members of the high school's freshman class will host a salon for the girls.
"The kids just wanted to do something outside the box [as a fundraiser]," said high school librarian Emily Dawley. Dawley and teacher Leslie McRobbie are the class's advisors.
The music in this year's halftime show is familiar, Solanco High School band director Scott Weyman said last week.
"We're doing a Queen show, based on the music from the British rock group," he said.
A lot of listeners as well as musicians know the songs, and that can be a challenge for the band.
Early next year Solanco will join the increasing number of districts that have police officers in schools.
"Of the 16 school districts in the county, only Solanco, Lampeter-Strasburg, Pequea Valley and Cocalico do not have school resource officers," said Dr. Brian Bliss, Solanco's superintendent of schools. "Penn Manor has had one since 2000, Conestoga Valley started in 2002, and Garden Spot in 2003."
Solanco High School's Odyssey of the Mind program will send two teams to the state competition early next month.
"This is only the second time we've had two teams, and it's the first time both will go to the states," teacher and coach Caley Roark said last week.
By last Wednesday morning, organizers had already gathered nearly 1,000 volumes for the third annual Solanco High School book swap.
"The kids seem more willing to part with their books now that they know this will continue," said junior Dallas Absher.
"We've had more people bring in books this year," junior Erika Barr added.
Students and teachers began contributing books last Tuesday; books will continue to come in until this Tuesday.
Donors receive one coupon for every book donated. Those coupons can be exchanged for different books.
Getting from point A to point B can be easy. Students can walk, ride skateboards, peddle a bike, or drive.
Or they can pick the difficult route, putting together a machine that uses spoked wheels and is driven by a battery-powered drill.
That machine, if it works as planned, will take team members to Millersville, a state competition, and the world championship.
The national contest is the ultimate destination for successful Odyssey of the Mind teams.
Solanco teacher Greg Lyon had a summer reading project.
"I read Les Misérables, the entire thing," he said.
He did that so he could choose the play that most accurately reflected Victor Hugo's 19th century novel.
That led him to the version by Michael Druce, a retired English teacher.