Three students from

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

in Whitemarsh Township won the Eastern division title of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Operation Safe Surf video contest, which promoted Internet safety for teens.

The contest was open to all Pennsylvania middle and high school students, who were asked to produce a 30-second public service announcement about online safety.

Plymouth Whitemarsh's video was titled

Safe Surf or Die

, and was created by juniors Julia Pauline and Dave Flanagan and senior Chris Yaracs. John Quinn was the supervising teacher.

Six regional finalists, three from western Pennsylvania and three from eastern Pennsylvania, were chosen out of dozens of entries. A school from the eastern and western regions of the state each earned first place by receiving the highest number of online votes. Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie was the Western winner.

Also, three students from

North Penn High School

in Lansdale were selected as an Eastern finalist for their submission,


. The students were junior Yoseph Abdelsalam and seniors Peter Schmidley and Mike Yazujian. The supervising teacher was Kyle Berger.


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Timothy J. Quinn started as superintendent of schools May 1 in the

Methacton School District

, which serves about 5,440 students in Lower Providence and Worcester Townships.

Quinn, 45, replaces Barbara E. Burke-Stevenson, acting superintendent. Stevenson, who has not disclosed her plans, was appointed last summer after Jeffrey A. Miller's retirement.

Most recently, Quinn served as superintendent of the Elizabeth Area School District in Elizabethtown, Pa. He has a bachelor's degree in music education from Susquehanna University, a master's degree in educational leadership from Widener University, and a doctorate in education from Widener.

He completed a superintendent, curriculum, and instruction certificate program at Bucknell University.

A one-act play written by Bryn Athyn resident Louisa Hill was performed four times during the 13th Street Repertory Company's Short Play Festival earlier this month in New York.

Her play,

An Afternoon With Auntie Phil

, is a farce that explores gender roles in the context of a cooking show.

Hill, 20, a 2005 graduate of

Academy of the New Church

in Bryn Athyn, was the only college student who wrote a play selected for the festival, said Karen Raphaeli, producer of the festival. The five other plays selected were written by professional playwrights.

Hill is a junior majoring in theater at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.


Montgomery County Intermediate Unit

's Education Foundation was awarded a $988,500 grant this month from the Teaching American History Grants Program of the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant will be used to create the George Washington Valley Forge Freedom Institute, which will provide a three-year professional development project for teachers and an expanded American history curriculum for students. The project will serve about 60 middle and high schools in Montgomery County.

Offerings of the institute, which will begin operating in July, will include lectures, training sessions and field trips. To learn more, visit



Roberts Elementary School

in Wayne held a ceremony May 2 to dedicate a banner and celebrate winning a 2007 National Network of Partnership Schools Award, given to schools that promote diversity and community outreach.

The school, part of the Upper Merion Area School District, received the award last fall. Roberts was one of seven winners from across the country, and the only recipient in Montgomery County.

Principal Sharon Kuznick said Roberts Elementary was selected because of RobTV, a streaming video program on the school's Web site.

"We have a very diverse population at our school, and if a grandparent is living in California, India or China, they can log on and watch a school event even though they are not nearby," Kuznick said. "This program promotes outreach."

- Erica Lamberg