Learning Points

Jalot named to Dean’s List at University of New Haven

Laree Jalot of Ocean View was named to the Dean’s List at the University of New Haven for the spring 2014 semester. Full-time undergraduate students must have a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA for the semester to be eligible for the Dean’s List.

McCollum named to Mount St. Mary’s dean’s list

Elizabeth McCollum of Millville is among the 548 students who earned dean’s list honors for the spring 2014 semester at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. McCollum, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCollum, made the dean’s list by maintaining a 3.4 or higher grade point average.

Delmarva Christian High School graduates Class of 2014

Delmarva Christian High School has proudly celebrated the graduation of its 10th senior class — the Class of 2014. As construction of the school’s new Arts & Athletic Center was not ready for the May 23 event, the ceremony was moved to Eagle’s Nest Fellowship Church in Milton. The evening’s speaker was Todd Williams, president of Cairn University in Langhorn, Pa.

Tunnell-West historical complex to open weekly to public

The Ocean View Historical Society is hoping to open its doors — and, more specifically, its historical complex — this month to help teach locals and visitors about the area’s history.

Beginning June 18, the Ocean View Historical Society will have the Tunnell-West historical complex open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday.

History is less of a mystery with new South Bethany book

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.“With the advent of the 21st century, it became increasingly apparent that much of South Bethany’s rich history was slipping away.”

That concern ignited the South Bethany Historical Society, and the sentence now introduces the colorful 160-page history of the small town, published just last week.

“The Best Little Beach in Delaware” includes memories of life in the quiet town, as told by the residents themselves. They remember clamming, crabbing, watching National Guardsmen train in Bethany Beach, running errands in Selbyville and tying boats to shrubbery before bulkheads were installed.

“We tried to make history fun,” said coordinator and chairman John Speer Jr.

The book includes many opinions, from those who remember throwing parties in their parents’ beach houses to those who wish today’s parties were a bit quieter.

“The founder wanted us to interview the old-timers before they all passed or left the area or started getting forgetful,” said Tony Caputo, writer, designer and South Bethany councilmember, of SBHS founder Mary Suazo.

About 20 volunteers did the writing and interviewing.

Besides full interviews and stories, pages are dedicated to homeowners’ association, neighborhood watch, tennis club, wildlife sightings, storms and much more.

Past mayors had their say, discussing hot topics of the day.

Summer reading programs offered at Frankford Library

Children and teens are being invited to make new discoveries, enjoy free programs and participate in reading challenges this summer at the expanded Frankford library.

Local students receive state merit scholarships

The Delaware Department of Education this week announced the recipients of four state merit scholarship programs for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Botanic garden to host ‘Trees: Amenity or Necessity’ program

Joseph “Jay” Townsend will present “Trees: Amenity or Necessity in the 21st Century?” on Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lewes Public Library, hosted by the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.

Summer programs offered at South Coastal Library

Reading programs for all ages continue to lead the parade of events scheduled for summer at the South Coastal Library. Each program revolves around discovering and exploring the world of science.

IR students climb STEM to architecture and engineering

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Joseph Ciriello presents a real toy car and the 3D computer model at Indian River's STEM class.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Joseph Ciriello presents a real toy car and the 3D computer model at Indian River's STEM class.Many of today’s K-12 students are preparing for jobs that don’t even exist yet. As technology catapults forward, Indian River High School is pulling the lever with a pre-engineering pathway for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

Only two years old, the four-year STEM pathway is aimed at preparing students for a new level of technology and design in their college and careers.

“I like creating things,” said freshman Joseph Ciriello, who joined STEM after being inspired by a family friend who works in mechanical engineering. In the design-heavy course Introduction to Engineering Design, he’s ready to start building, but the students are first learning the computer programs that will propel them to the next step.

Long Neck counselor loves students, community service

Cathy Besden-Showell has more than 700 students at Long Neck Elementary School, but she aims to make a difference where it’s really needed.

“You have the opportunity to impact the students’ lives. I’m sure you don’t impact them all, but … some, you do make a difference,” she said.

Comolli brings passion to teaching at Indian River High

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Diane Comolli recently earned Teacher of the?Year at IRHS. Comolli compared winning the honor to an Oscar of the teaching world.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Indian River High School’s Diane Comolli recently earned Teacher of the?Year at IRHS. Comolli compared winning the honor to an Oscar of the teaching world.When Principal Bennett Murray tried to congratulate Diane Comolli for winning Teacher of the Year at Indian River High School, he couldn’t actually reach her. Students were eagerly swarming the English teacher’s classroom.

“I went down there to congratulate her after I had made the announcement via the PA system. I couldn’t get to her because her students were congratulating her and giving her hugs. Her kids were just as proud of her as we were,” Murray said. “I thought that spoke volumes that the students took time out of their schedules to congratulate her.”

“I was overwhelmed,” she said. “There are such fabulous teachers in this building. Just to be considered … is an honor. I guess, if you’re a teacher, that’s an Oscar!”

“I was so glad and honored to represent what is good about this building,” she said. “Indian River demonstrates each day what’s good about public schools.”

Teaching 10th-grade English, she sees students of all abilities, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I have a passion for all kids. They all deserve to learn. They all can learn, no matter what circumstances they come from,” said Comolli, adding that she feels she can approach multiple needs and learning styles.

“I got that from advertising. I talk to my audience in a way they’ll listen. … In high school, that’s especially important,” she said.

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