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Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 

Eight Wyoming Seminary wrestlers recently announced their college decisions. Sem's Blue Knights won the Pa. State Prep Wrestling Tournament for the 11th consecutive year and took second place for the third consecutive year at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament, finishing the season with a national ranking of sixth place in the Adidas National Rankings and eighth place in InterMat.

Seen during their announcement are, seated from left: Kieran Duggan, Merchant Marine Academy; Jake Riegel, Clarion University; Kyle Cortez, U.S. Naval Academy; and Will Moss, Colorado Mesa University. Standing, from left: Karen Klassner, Sem director of athletics; Joseph (JT) Correll, University of Michigan; Mansur Abdul-Malik, University of Maryland; Dan Herman, Columbia University; Jacob Lill, New York University; and Scott Green, Sem head wrestling coach.

Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 

Stanley Zaneski, a senior swimmer at Wyoming Seminary, will continue his academic and athletic career at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, in fall, 2017. He is a member of the Sem Blue Knights swim team, coached by Philip and Jennifer Mercatili. At season's end he had set or was part of a relay that set records in the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay; helped the Blue Knights win the WVC title and the District 2 Class 2A title; earned four gold medals at districts and three medals at states: bronze in the 50 free, fourth in the 100 free and sixth in the 400 free relay. Seen following Stanley Zaneski's announcement are, seated from left: Linda Zaneski, mother; Stanley Zaneski, athlete; and Stan Zaneski, father. Standing, from left: Philip Mercatili, Wyoming Seminary head swim coach; and Karen Klassner, Sem director of athletics.

Posted Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 

"THE NERD" by the Wyoming Seminary Players

April 28 & 29- 7:30 p.m.

$3 in Advance, $4 at the Door

Buckingham Performing Arts Center
Wyoming Seminary Upper School Campus, Kingston, Pa.

"The Nerd" by Larry Shue is a play set in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1979. This hilarious comedy centers around architect Willum Cubbert and his housemates Axel and Tansy.

Listen to the radio interview by Frankie Warren of Magic 93!

Axel would like Willum to get his life together. Tansy would just like to see him gain some gumption. How far would you go for friendship? For love? On Willum's 34th birthday, an old army buddy that he's never met (but who saved his life) shows up unexpectedly. Willum's life will never be the same!

The Cast of The Nerd:

Willum Cubbert: Richard C. Kraus
Tansy McGinnis: Erica Fletcher
Axel Hammond: Dylan Jolley
Warnock Waldgrave: Dominic Wright
Clelia Waldgrave: Katie Karpiak
Thor Waldgrave: Teddy Kraus
Rick Steadman: Max Liebetrau

Director: Ellen O'Brien Sherry

Students! Come dressed as a "nerd" for FREE admission Friday and Saturday. During intermission, the "nerdiest" dresser will be chosen via applause and win a prize!

Posted Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 

The economic and ethical aspects of climate change will be discussed in a special free public lecture to be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Wyoming Seminary Upper School.

The speakers will be Professor Donald Brown, scholar in residence and professor of sustainability and law at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, and Keith Welks, Esq., deputy state treasurer for fiscal operations in the Pennsylvania Treasury Department.

The lecture, a presentation of Sem Speaks: A Global Topics Lecture Series, will be held at the Kirby Center for Creative Arts, 260 North Sprague Ave., Kingston, and is free and open to the public.

Brown will discuss the topic "On the practical importance of seeing and responding to climate change as a civilization-challenging moral problem." He will describe why he believes it is vital that governments face the moral and justice dimensions of responding to human-induced warming in order to develop and carry out effective climate-change policies. He also will discuss ways in which those who are concerned about climate change can best help the public understand the moral and ethical problems of the issue and how the issue is publicly debated.

Welks will explore "The importance of impact financing, particularly public financing, in combating climate change." He will explain the role of public financing in promoting clean, alternative and energy efficiency, and will discuss how public financing has changed during the past 15-20 years.

Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers following the lectures.

Brown teaches international environmental law, human rights law and climate change law at the Commonwealth Law School. He also is a part-time professor at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology in Nanjing, China, where he lectures regularly on climate change ethics. He also has served as a visiting professor at Nagoya University in Japan and Griffith University in Australia. Previously he served as associate professor of environmental ethics, science and law at Pennsylvania State University where he taught courses on climate change and sustainable development issues, and as an environmental lawyer for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 5th Assessment Report, he is the author of "Navigating the Perfect Moral Storm, Climate Ethics."

As Pennsylvania deputy treasurer for fiscal operations, Welks oversees the processing of more than 24 million payments each year for more than $75 billion, and is responsible for developing and implementing special Treasury programs enabling Commonwealth assets to produce greater returns. He led the Treasury's creation of the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and the Better Choice program, designed to combat predatory payday loans. He also is actively involved in developing a secondary market to support energy efficiency financing for residential improvement and to transform energy conservation on college campuses and other built institutional environments. He has served as chief counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources (DER), chief criminal deputy general for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and founder and president of the Phoenix Land Recycling Company, a 501(c)(3) firm.

For more information about this lecture or the Sem Speaks lecture series, please call the Sem communications office at 570-270-2192.

Posted Friday, Apr 14, 2017 

Wyoming Seminary's new pilot girls wrestling program will be led by USA Wrestling's Assistant National Women's Coach Erin Tomeo Vandiver (pictured), announced Karen Klassner, Sem director of athletics, on Friday.

Sem's girls wrestling program, first announced in January 2017, will begin as a pilot program in fall, 2017, and its members will train with the school's nationally-ranked boys wrestling program. The expansion of Sem's wrestling program to include a girl's program reflects the burgeoning nation-wide popularity of the sport.

Vandiver has served on USA's senior women's world team coaching staff since 2009 and helped lead the 2012 and 2016 Olympic women's wrestling teams. In 2016 Helen Maroulis was the first woman to win a gold medal for the United States in women's wrestling, competing in the 53k weight class. Vandiver also coached the 2016 Pan American Championship team, served as head coach for the Junior National Team and Cadet National Team and has led the Women's University National team and Women's Junior World Team.

As a member of the U.S. Olympic Training Center wrestling coaching staff for resident athletes, she has worked with many U.S. senior women wrestlers who have won World and Olympic medals for the United States.

A Pennsylvania native, Vandiver wrestled at Grove City High School and was the first girl in state history to place at districts and win a match at the regional high school boys wrestling tournament. She wrestled at Lock Haven University before joining the U.S. Olympic Training Center as a resident athlete. She was a member of the 2001 and 2006 U.S. World Teams, placing seventh in the 2006 games; won the 2008 U.S. Open and was a four-time U.S. Open runner-up. She has earned medals in international competitions and holds gold medals from the Dave Schultz Memorial International and New York AC International. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor of science degree in history.

"We are thrilled to have such an incredible coach join our staff," Klassner said. "She is one of the best-known names in women's wrestling."

Scott Green, Sem boys head wrestling coach, told USA Wrestling he believes Sem has a good model in place for success in girls wrestling.

"We have a national brand established here and we are in a unique position to really impact girls wrestling at the high school level," he said. "With Erin coming back to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to the Northeast, it will be really exciting for girls to train here. She will have a big impact on our school, as well as on girls wrestling in the Northeast in general."

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