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Early Childhood to Grade 8 Campus

Superintendent's Letter: August 10, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the sixth in a series of communications the school has shared over the course of the summer. The August 10, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes updated information about the 2020-21 school year, including:

  • a link to the school's updated and board-approved Health and Safety Plan
  • a link to a waiver protecting our students, parents and school community
  • an updated FAQ about the school's reopening plan

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

 

Photo: Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and his assistant, Mrs. Cathy Schmidt

Dock announces Fall Reopening Plan

Dock Mennonite Academy's Pandemic Team hosted a Zoom presentation for parents this morning to more fully describe the school's plan to reopen this fall with both on-campus and remote learning options, as well as the rationale for their direction. They also provided some insight as to how these options might be experienced by students at both campuses. Parents were encouraged to ask questions through the Chat feature on Zoom. The presentation was recorded for those not able to join at that time. The archive recording of that presentation, as well as the Powerpoint used, are available at the link below.

Read about Dock's reopening plan for the fall

 

"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers...thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!" ~ Dock Elementary Family

 

"I am very confident with the decisions that were made by administration, the board and the pandemic team. There are two options—on-campus learning or remote learning for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you Dock administrators, teachers and board members for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"    ~ Dock high school parent

Superintendent's Letter: July 27, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fifth in a series of communications the school is sharing over the course of the summer. The July 27, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including

  • a link to the school's Health and Safety Plan
  • details about our on-campus and learn-at-home options for the fall
  • announcement of a Zoom meeting for parents to learn more about their fall options
  • the opportunity to register your child for one of the fall options

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

Summer 2020 Lamplighter

The Summer 2020 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine is now available. It includes coverage of:

  • Dock's online learning experience during the second half of the 2019-20 school year
  • Stories of Dock alum serving on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Arts Day 2020
  • A story about Dock grad Jenny Chen ('20) giving back to her home community in China
  • Plus Alumni News and more!

In addition, the online version of Lamplighter includes extra content related to our alumni:

  • Erik Kratz ('98) Zooming with Dock students and reflecting on a 20-year major league baseball career
  • Food truck operator and aspiring cafe owner Janine Powis ('11)
  • Halle Putera ('16) rocking her senior year at Franklin & Marshall

Access the digital version of the Summer 2020 Lamplighter

 

Superintendent's Letter: July 22, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fourth in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 22, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

Dock 8th grader uses 3D printer to help save endangered owls

Most of us exist in a two-dimensional world, but Dock student Alex Brown thinks in 3D.

When his family decided to ride out the pandemic in Florida, the 8th grader completed a project he had started in his Genius Hour class before Dock went to online learning. Alex created miniature burrowing owls using his 3D printer and used them to raise $150, which he donated to a Florida non-profit trying to protect the endangered species.

"I think they're the cutest things ever," Alex told the Cape Coral Daily Breeze. "I realize their population is in danger, so I decided I needed to try and help them financially by donating to the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife." CCFW said Alex's donation provided seed money for its new "Adopt an Owl" fundraising program.

Alex came to appreciate the owls by observing them in a burrow near his home in Cape Coral. He decided to make them the subject of his Genius Hour project, and researched the owls extensively. Printing the owls in miniature proved to be a challenge, as Alex had to make adjustments to a horned owl template. For example, horned owls have large ears, or "tufts," while burrowing owls do not. After some trial and error, Alex was able to print the owl he wanted, and he gave them to family and friends in return for a donation. Along with the plastic owl, he provided a brochure with information about the creatures, and how donations could make a difference in preserving their habitat.

Genius Hour is part of Dock's Middle School project-based learning curriculum, where students are encouraged to pursue learning about things they are passionate about, and work at issues where they want to see change. We're proud of you for using what you learned to make a difference, Alex!

Read about Alex in the Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Learn more or make a donation to CCFW's Adopt an Owl program

 

 

Superintendent's Letter: July 8, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the third in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 8, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes more detail on Dock's plans for the coming 2020-21 school year, including the possibility of both on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

Dock announces STEM initiative

Dock Mennonite Academy has announced significant enhancements to its STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that will provide students with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in our increasingly digital society, economy, and culture. These enhancements, which essentially double the STEM curriculum at each campus, will prepare students for emerging career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

Key components of the expanded STEM curriculum include new Computer Science courses in coding, computer systems and networks, database systems, programming languages, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and software engineering, well as the development of a STEM lab at the Grades 9-12 Campus to provide increased hands-on learning in robots, circuits, and 3D printing. Significant enhancements are also taking place at the EC-Grade 8 Campus, particularly in the Middle School STEM curriculum.

You can read all the details about these exciting new curriculum developments in the attached article.

Dock's STEM Initiative

Superintendent's Letter: June 26, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the first of a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The June 26, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes more detail on Dock's plans for the coming 2020-21 school year.

Read the full text of the letter here

Superintendent's Letter: June 8, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the first of a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The June 8, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes reflections on the 2019-20 school year, Dock's response to the recent tensions around race and racism, and a word about our plans for the coming 2020-21 school year.

Read the full text of the letter here

Grades 9 to 12 Campus

Superintendent's Letter: August 10, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the sixth in a series of communications the school has shared over the course of the summer. The August 10, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes updated information about the 2020-21 school year, including:

  • a link to the school's updated and board-approved Health and Safety Plan
  • a link to a waiver protecting our students, parents and school community
  • an updated FAQ about the school's reopening plan

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

 

Photo: Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and his assistant, Mrs. Cathy Schmidt

Yearbook Night this Thursday!

Don't miss THE social event of the summer: Yearbook Night! Be the first to see the 2020 Schul Andenken on Thursday, August 6, at 7:00 p.m. on the Detweiler House porch. It's a great time to reconnect with friends...all grades are welcome! While this event is being held outside, students are expected to wear a mask. We look forward to seeing you!

Dock announces Fall Reopening Plan

Dock Mennonite Academy's Pandemic Team hosted a Zoom presentation for parents this morning to more fully describe the school's plan to reopen this fall with both on-campus and remote learning options, as well as the rationale for their direction. They also provided some insight as to how these options might be experienced by students at both campuses. Parents were encouraged to ask questions through the Chat feature on Zoom. The presentation was recorded for those not able to join at that time. The archive recording of that presentation, as well as the Powerpoint used, are available at the link below.

Read about Dock's reopening plan for the fall

 

"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers...thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!" ~ Dock Elementary Family

 

"I am very confident with the decisions that were made by administration, the board and the pandemic team. There are two options—on-campus learning or remote learning for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you Dock administrators, teachers and board members for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"    ~ Dock high school parent

Superintendent's Letter: July 27, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fifth in a series of communications the school is sharing over the course of the summer. The July 27, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including

  • a link to the school's Health and Safety Plan
  • details about our on-campus and learn-at-home options for the fall
  • announcement of a Zoom meeting for parents to learn more about their fall options
  • the opportunity to register your child for one of the fall options

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

Summer 2020 Lamplighter

The Summer 2020 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine is now available. It includes coverage of:

  • Dock's online learning experience during the second half of the 2019-20 school year
  • Stories of Dock alum serving on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Arts Day 2020
  • A story about Dock grad Jenny Chen ('20) giving back to her home community in China
  • Plus Alumni News and more!

In addition, the online version of Lamplighter includes extra content related to our alumni:

  • Erik Kratz ('98) Zooming with Dock students and reflecting on a 20-year major league baseball career
  • Food truck operator and aspiring cafe owner Janine Powis ('11)
  • Halle Putera ('16) rocking her senior year at Franklin & Marshall

Access the digital version of the Summer 2020 Lamplighter

 

Superintendent's Letter: July 22, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fourth in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 22, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

Superintendent's Letter: July 8, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the third in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 8, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes more detail on Dock's plans for the coming 2020-21 school year, including the possibility of both on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

Dock announces STEM initiative

Dock Mennonite Academy has announced significant enhancements to its STEM curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) that will provide students with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in our increasingly digital society, economy, and culture. These enhancements, which essentially double the STEM curriculum at each campus, will prepare students for emerging career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

Key components of the expanded STEM curriculum include new Computer Science courses in coding, computer systems and networks, database systems, programming languages, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and software engineering, well as the development of a STEM lab at the Grades 9-12 Campus to provide increased hands-on learning in robots, circuits, and 3D printing. Significant enhancements are also taking place at the EC-Grade 8 Campus, particularly in the Middle School STEM curriculum.

You can read all the details about these exciting new curriculum developments in the attached article.

Dock's STEM Initiative

Superintendent's Letter: June 26, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the first of a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The June 26, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes more detail on Dock's plans for the coming 2020-21 school year.

Read the full text of the letter here

Dock adds girls lacrosse for Spring 2021

Dock Mennonite Academy will add Girls Lacrosse to its athletic program, beginning play in Spring 2021.

"We have been considering the possibility of adding girls lacrosse for five years now," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "The sport is growing in popularity nationwide, and in our community. In fact, over the past couple of decades, lacrosse has been the fastest-growing high school sport in the nation." 

Increasing numbers of prospective student-athletes, as well as current students already playing other sports, have asked for an opportunity to play girls lacrosse at Dock, Ehst added. Earlier this year, a group of Dock parents put together a formal request to add the sport. That request included a student survey showing 24 returning Dock student-athletes interested in playing girls lacrosse for the Pioneers next year.

After considering this formal request at the administrative level, the Athletic Department made a proposal to Dock's Board of Trustees, who then approved a Dock girls lacrosse team starting in the 2020-21 school year. The team will play during the spring sport season, participating in the Bicentennial Athletic League.

With this addition, Dock now offers 12 varsity sports, including Golf (co-ed), Field Hockey, Volleyball (boys and girls), Cross Country (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Bowling (boys and girls), Basketball (boys and girls), Baseball, Softball, Track and Field (boys and girls), and Lacrosse. Dock also offers Soccer (co-ed), Basketball (boys and girls), Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, and Track and Field (co-ed) at the Middle School level.

Photo: Sophomore Mackenzie Derstine ('23) is one of the Dock student-athletes looking forward to playing lacrosse for the Pioneers.

 

For additional information:

Tim Ehst, Athletic Director

215.362.2675, ext. 401

tehst@dock.org

 

Doug Hackman, Director of Admissions

215.362.2675, ext. 106

dhackman@dock.org

 

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All-School News

Superintendent's Letter: August 10, 2020
Superintendent's Letter: August 10, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the sixth in a series of communications the school has shared over the course of the summer. The August 10, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes updated information about the 2020-21 school year, including:

  • a link to the school's updated and board-approved Health and Safety Plan
  • a link to a waiver protecting our students, parents and school community
  • an updated FAQ about the school's reopening plan

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

 

Photo: Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber and his assistant, Mrs. Cathy Schmidt

Dock announces Fall Reopening Plan
Dock announces Fall Reopening Plan

Dock Mennonite Academy's Pandemic Team hosted a Zoom presentation for parents this morning to more fully describe the school's plan to reopen this fall with both on-campus and remote learning options, as well as the rationale for their direction. They also provided some insight as to how these options might be experienced by students at both campuses. Parents were encouraged to ask questions through the Chat feature on Zoom. The presentation was recorded for those not able to join at that time. The archive recording of that presentation, as well as the Powerpoint used, are available at the link below.

Read about Dock's reopening plan for the fall

 

"I just want to take a moment to say thank you. It is obvious that Dock has spent time and prepared a plan that takes into account the many different thoughts, opinions, concerns, and frustrations of all families during this pandemic. While it is impossible to please everyone, it is clear the two options you have outlined have the biggest probability of satisfying the majority of your families. Providing two options is so refreshing and I realize this will be much extra work for your staff and teachers...thank you! This will be our oldest child's first year at the school, and we could not be more pleased with our choice of Dock!" ~ Dock Elementary Family

"I am very confident with the decisions that were made by administration, the board and the pandemic team. There are two options—on-campus learning or remote learning for Early Childhood through 12th grade. Thank you Dock administrators, teachers and board members for spending your summer planning for the fall. I know many families from other schools are concerned about the options available to them. Dock has a large facility with a smaller number of students, so safety, academics, and social interactions will not be compromised!"    ~ Dock high school parent

Superintendent's Letter: July 27, 2020
Superintendent's Letter: July 27, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fifth in a series of communications the school is sharing over the course of the summer. The July 27, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including

  • a link to the school's Health and Safety Plan
  • details about our on-campus and learn-at-home options for the fall
  • announcement of a Zoom meeting for parents to learn more about their fall options
  • the opportunity to register your child for one of the fall options

We urge Dock parents to read this information carefully!

Read the full text of the letter here

Summer 2020 Lamplighter
Summer 2020 Lamplighter

The Summer 2020 issue of Dock's Lamplighter magazine is now available. It includes coverage of:

  • Dock's online learning experience during the second half of the 2019-20 school year
  • Stories of Dock alum serving on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Arts Day 2020
  • A story about Dock grad Jenny Chen ('20) giving back to her home community in China
  • Plus Alumni News and more!

In addition, the online version of Lamplighter includes extra content related to our alumni:

  • Erik Kratz ('98) Zooming with Dock students and reflecting on a 20-year major league baseball career
  • Food truck operator and aspiring cafe owner Janine Powis ('11)
  • Halle Putera ('16) rocking her senior year at Franklin & Marshall

 

Access the digital version of the Summer 2020 Lamplighter

 

Superintendent's Letter: July 22, 2020
Superintendent's Letter: July 22, 2020

Dock Mennonite Academy Superintendent Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber has written a letter to Dock students and their families, the fourth in a series of communications the school expects to share over the course of the summer. The July 22, 2020 Superintendent's Letter includes some exciting news about the 2020-21 school year, including on-campus and learn-at-home options.

Read the full text of the letter here

Arts News

Watch our Senior Recital

Dock's annual Senior Recital is an opportunity to celebrate the arts—specifically the musical and artistic abilities of our graduating seniors. This year's recital was held on Tuesday, May 26. The archive recording is available here and on Dock's YouTube channel.

Watch the Senior Recital 

Santiago nominated for a Cappie

Dock senior Miguel Santiago has been nominated in the "Best Solo Dancer" category of the Cappies, an international program for celebrating the best of high school theater. Santiago was nominated by the Greater Philadelphia chapter for his role as Jack Kelly, the leader of the "Newsies" in their battle against media tycoons for better pay and working conditions in turn-of-the-century New York. The lead role in Dock's fall musical was a demanding one in terms of acting, singing and dancing, and we are proud of Miguel for this well-deserved nomination!

The Cappies also provides learning experiences for aspiring writers, as teams of critics write reviews for each high school production. Dock's team of theater critics and reviewers for 2019-20 included Lily Teti, Christine Hu, Braden Churches, and Ben Longacre.

Touring Choir Zooms with composer

On Friday, April 24, Dock Mennonite Academy students from the Touring Choir and Chamber Choir spent part of their afternoon on a Zoom call with composer and performer Moira Smiley.

Smiley wrote two songs that students were rehearsing before Dock moved to online learning. Smiley led the group in warm-ups, talked about how she writes music, answered questions, and performed some of her music! "It was a real privilege to learn directly from the composer of the songs we sing," said Touring Choir Director Mrs. Michele Sensenig. "Dock choirs look forward to sharing these songs with the community at a future event."

 

Touring Choir becomes a virtual choir

In any normal year, Dock Mennonite Academy's Touring Choir would be more than halfway through their church concert schedule, and looking forward to the end of the school year and the start of their every-other-year trek through the churches and village squares of Europe.

But this is not a normal year, and the choir has adjusted as they must. Recently, this group of auditioned juniors and seniors put aside the disappointment of their canceled concert season and Europe trip to record a virtual choir piece that is also a statement of faith: Mark A. Miller's "I Believe." Combining 45 voices in 4-part harmony is an incredibly complex task, yet Touring Choir senior Miguel Santiago and Director Mrs. Michelle Sensenig did a masterful job of editing, infusing this beautiful choral work with even greater poignance and emotion. We are grateful to them and to the entire choir for creating something so beautiful during a season of such disappointment and uncertainty.

Note: These files are available for churches to use in their livestream or recorded worship services. In addition to "I Believe," we are also providing a recording of the choir's traditional benediction, "Go Ye Now in Peace," set to a slide show of the beautiful Dock campus in springtime. You are welcome to use the YouTube links provided here, but Dock can also provide access to files of the recordings. Please contact Jay Gordon at jbgordon@dock.org if you would like those files.

I Believe

Go Ye Now in Peace

 

Dock student wins music essay contest

Dock EC-Grade 8 Band Director Mrs. Shelley Berg is happy to announce that Middle School student Corbin Tenney's entry in the School Band and Orchestra (SBO) 20th Annual Scholarship Essay Contest, "How does your musical instrument match your personality?" has been chosen as one of the 10 winners! Corbin will receive a $1,000 cash scholarship. His essay, entitled "Matching with a Bass Clarinet" was selected from a field of several thousand entries from throughout the United States. His name and essay will be posted on the SBO website, www.sbomagazine.com and in an upcoming issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine. In addition, our school will receive music products from the co-sponsors of the contest. Congratulations Corbin!

Athletics News

Dock adds girls lacrosse for Spring 2021

Dock Mennonite Academy will add Girls Lacrosse to its athletic program, beginning play in Spring 2021.

"We have been considering the possibility of adding girls lacrosse for five years now," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "The sport is growing in popularity nationwide, and in our community. In fact, over the past couple of decades, lacrosse has been the fastest-growing high school sport in the nation." 

Increasing numbers of prospective student-athletes, as well as current students already playing other sports, have asked for an opportunity to play girls lacrosse at Dock, Ehst added. Earlier this year, a group of Dock parents put together a formal request to add the sport. That request included a student survey showing 24 returning Dock student-athletes interested in playing girls lacrosse for the Pioneers next year.

After considering this formal request at the administrative level, the Athletic Department made a proposal to Dock's Board of Trustees, who then approved a Dock girls lacrosse team starting in the 2020-21 school year. The team will play during the spring sport season, participating in the Bicentennial Athletic League.

With this addition, Dock now offers 12 varsity sports, including Golf (co-ed), Field Hockey, Volleyball (boys and girls), Cross Country (boys and girls), Soccer (boys and girls), Tennis (boys and girls), Bowling (boys and girls), Basketball (boys and girls), Baseball, Softball, Track and Field (boys and girls), and Lacrosse. Dock also offers Soccer (co-ed), Basketball (boys and girls), Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, and Track and Field (co-ed) at the Middle School level.

Photo: Sophomore Mackenzie Derstine ('23) is one of the Dock student-athletes looking forward to playing lacrosse for the Pioneers.

 

For additional information:

Tim Ehst, Athletic Director

215.362.2675, ext. 401

tehst@dock.org

 

Doug Hackman, Director of Admissions

215.362.2675, ext. 106

dhackman@dock.org

 

Dock announces new boys volleyball coach

The Dock Athletic Department announces the hiring of Mr. Kirby King as the school's head boys volleyball coach. Coach King started the school's boys volleyball program in 1996, and during his initial 11-year coaching tenure our teams won six league titles and two district championships. At that time, Dock competed at the larger school AAA level for both district and state playoffs, which made Dock's success somewhat unusual. Dock won back-to-back district titles in 2003 and 2004, and was in the state AAA rankings in the early years of that decade.

King has been Dock's boys volleyball assistant coach for the past four years, which helps in making the transition more seamless. "Coach King brings a great knowledge of what it takes to win and be successful at the high school level," said Dock Athletic Director Tim Ehst. "His knowledge of and ability to teach fundamentals and game strategies, and his calm but direct communication style, are helpful in developing players and building team success."

Visit the Dock Athletics website

Dock wins sportsmanship award

Dock Mennonite Academy has received the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's 2019-20 Sportsmanship Award. It is the 10th time in the 22-year history of the award that Dock has received the highest rating among all schools in the Bicentennial Athletic League Presidents Division.

Dock also received the 2019-20 Greg Pinelli Memorial Sportsmanship Award for both its male and female athletic programs. The awards honor not only sportsmanship by student-athletes and coaches on the field or court, but also athletic department hospitality and the sportsmanship of spectators.

"I want to first and foremost thank our coaches for their efforts in this area. They are most instrumental in getting our sportsmanship expectations off the ground, which are standards important to game environment and life beyond athletics," said Dock Athletic Director Mr. Tim Ehst. "Our student-athletes consistently do a great job of bringing positive energy to their games, as well as respect for opponents and officials. It has also been great having enthusiastic fan support from both parents and our energized student section."

Ehst also singled out game supervisors, along with coaches and the Dock campus community for doing their part in welcoming opposing teams and spectators to our campus in a courteous and respectful manner.

"Equally important is the daily work our administration and faculty do to cultivate respect, both on campus and in the classroom," Ehst said. "Our school culture, driven by our Christian faith, has had a positive impact on our sportsmanship in athletics, and has played a part in being honored with these awards."

Learn more about Dock Athletics

Watch Robert Cercos Gonzalez state championship match

Congratulations to Dock senior Robert Cercos Gonzalez, who finished as the runner-up in the PIAA 2A tennis championships—the first district champion and state singles finalist in Dock Athletics history. Congratulations to Robert on an outstanding season of tennis!

Now you can watch Robert's state championship match on Dock's YouTube channel:

Watch Set 1

Watch Set 2

Pictured above l to r: Robert Cercos Gonzalez, Jonathan Nottingham of Masterman High School, and bronze medalist Lenny Maiocco, Western Wayne High School.

Pictured below: Robert with gold medal winner Jonathan Nottingham of Masterman High School in Philadelphia.

Athletes make college commitments

Dock Athletics hosted an event on Wednesday, May 8, to recognize student-athletes who have been recruited by a college coach, and have committed to playing their sport at the college level. Congratulations to these Dock student-athletes:

Macy Balmer – NCAA D3 – Field Hockey – Lancaster Bible College. Parents: Jen and Dwane Balmer

Theresa Beck – NCAA D3 – Softball – Cairn University. Parents: Katie and Doug Beck

Nolan Bolton – NCAA D1 – Baseball – Liberty University. Parents: Lori and Todd Bolton

Brooke Bozarth – NCAA D3 – Basketball and Soccer – Hood College. Parents: Tracy and Bob Bozarth

Mason Fisher – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Moravian College. Parents: Lisa and Keith Fisher

Mason Keller – NCAA D3 – Baseball – Immaculata University. Parents: Andrea and Kurt Keller

Austin Nice – NCAA D2 – Track and Field – East Stroudsburg University. Parents: Linda and Kevin Nice

Kate Strickland – NCAA D2 – Field Hockey – Millersville University. Parents: Bob and Anna Strickland

The event also featured video highlights from each athlete's career, and a reception was held afterward. Dock wishes all of our student-athletes success as they continue their playing careers!

Pictured, standing l to r: Mason Keller, Theresa Beck, Austin Nice. Seated l to r: Macy Balmer, Brooke Bozarth, Kate Strickland, Nolan Bolton, Mason Fisher.