Students at

St. John the Evangelist School

in Lower Makefield have been stuffing Christmas stockings to send to troops in Iraq and Kuwait.

In the past, the school chose soldiers from


, a Web site started by a Philadelphia native devoted to supporting soldiers in harm's way. This year, 160 stockings, or about half the total, will be sent to immediate family members and friends of St. John's students, and the rest will go to troops picked from the Web site.

Students were given a list of the most requested items, which included pre-paid phone cards, toiletries and puzzles. The stockings also will include notes of encouragement and thanks.

After winning their regional final, two Yardley students, along with one New Jersey student, were selected to share a $20,000 scholarship for their team project through the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Caroline Lang and Naomi Collipp of Yardley, both juniors who are home-schooled, won the scholarship for their project titled, "Design of a Novel Video System to Assure Safe Cooking of Hamburgers in Commercial Kitchens." They were joined by Rebecca Ehrhardt of Hamilton Square, N.J.

The project created a system that monitors how well burgers are cooked and could lead to better prevention of E. coli in the fast-food industry.

Launched in 1998, the Siemens Competition recognizes talented math and science students in the nation.

College students looking to take academic advantage of their winter break can earn up to six credits in 11 class meetings during intersession at

Bucks County Community College


Registration has begun for the classes, running from Dec. 26 through Jan. 11. Seventeen three-credit classes are offered, including courses in Basic Human Anatomy, Introduction to Sociology, and Principles of Marketing.

Different formats are available, with certain classes meeting Monday through Friday mornings and others either completely online or a combination of the two.

Classes are $93 a credit for Bucks County residents. To register or view a list of available courses, visit


registration.html. Registration will end Dec. 21.

College-bound high school seniors have less than a week to enter the Beneficial Scholars Program essay contest sponsored by Philadelphia-based Beneficial Bank.

The program, which awards $45,000 in scholarships to six students, is accepting entries until Friday from seniors in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.

Students are asked to write an essay describing what they think is the most important issue facing their community, and how they would respond to this concern.

The winning writer will receive a $20,000 scholarship, and five runners-up will receive $5,000 scholarships. Judging will be done by a panel of area business and community leaders and educators.



for an entry form.

- Matt Sandy