Jeff Conway is a 2006 graduate of the Camp Hill High School. After graduation, he attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania to study Physical Education. Currently he is teaching physical education (high school) in the Northern York County School District. Jeff also enjoys hunting, fishing, taking walks with his wife, and working part-time at Salt and Pepper Farms in Wellsville, Pennsylvania. He plans to talk about negative hearsay.
Maggie Gassert is a recent graduate of Camp Hill High School currently attending American University. She plans to pursue a dual degree in Public Health and International Studies. As a member of her church she was continuously introduced to actions which involved helping others. Currently, her interests have streamed towards issues involving social justice across many spectrums. Through these interests she has been able to get involved in several organizations. This summer she dedicated time at Harrisburg’s Planned Parenthood working as a volunteer intern in community affairs. Prior to this experience, she dabbled in working with other volunteer organizations such as Harrisburg Hospital; however, the ones that struck her the most were New Hope Ministries and mission work in Appalachia. New Hope Ministries works to uplift families from the stress of low socioeconomic situations. Her work there as a counselor for an after school program and camp was a positive experience. As a member of a work group taking four trips to Appalachia, Maggie worked on different houses and shelters for those living in generational poverty. Maggie looks forward to continuing the pursuit of her educational goals, as well as her work in these various organizations. She hopes to expand her mission work to a wider scale in the future. Her topic for the event focuses on poverty.
Krista Haas is a sophomore at Camp Hill High School this year. Her activities include dance, band, chorus, speech and debate club, environmental club, Girl Scouts, and volunteering in the library. She would like to matriculate to college and eventually earn an advanced degree in archaeology. Krista will be talking about literacy for girls.
Olivia Hess is an 11th grader at Mechanicsburg area senior high school. She has been working at Penn State University Medical Center in the department of neurosurgery’s biomedical research lab since the summer. Since July, she has been working in associate with a post-doctorate researcher on a grant that studies therapeutic treatments to ALS. She is also involved in the ALS clinic with patients at the Hershey Medical Center. She hopes to educate young people on the value of medical research and promote the future of finding a cure for ALS.
Annie Morefield is a senior at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. Over the summer, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study photography in Peru. Her photographs show the irony between the optimistic attitudes of her subjects and their harsh third world surroundings. Her subjects’ perspectives challenged her own outlook. Through her photographs she hopes to change others’ perspectives on the privileges awarded to us in an industrialized nation. At the event, Annie will be talking about optimism in the face of adversity.
Avi Stein is a high school senior, dually enrolled at Commonwealth Connections Academy and Messiah College. His activities include a rigorous academic schedule, gardening and permaculture, fencing, and home-designed engineering and science experiments. His goal is either to become a family doctor and/or to start his own business involving the design and engineering of medical and health systems. He plans to talk about permaculture at the event.
Mitch is a recent Mechanicsburg Area Senior High graduate and is currently a freshman at Messiah College. In addition to being an avid tennis player, Mitch is a youth group leader in his church. While in middle school, Mitch was instrumental in organizing the first Honor Bus, an event designed to allow students and the community to show gratitude to veterans of the U.S Armed Forces for their service to our country. Mitch continues to promote student involvement in community events.
Kat Carlsen is a senior at Mechanicsburg Area Senior High who is a jazz pianist and singer. She took classical piano lessons for six years before discovering her passion for jazz piano. Over her three years of high school, she switched her focus entirely to jazz and started performing with local jazz bands. During the summer of 2012, Kat decided to start singing and accompanying herself so she could perform without a full band, and she now often plays solo in her community. She will be playing a few jazz songs and one original song at the event.
John Lichtenstein is a junior at Camp Hill High School. John studied piano initially with his mother, a piano teacher, then joined the James Sempeles Piano Studio in early 2011. John is a member of the following Camp Hill High School musical groups: Marching Band (Tuba), Concert Band (Tuba), Jazz Band (piano), Chorus, Mixed Ensemble, and Vocal Jazz. John has participated in the County Chorus Festival for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. During Summer 2012, he was invited to participate in an honors recital at Crane Youth Music, a summer program of the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, Potsdam. John also sings bass in the choir at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, where he is a member. In his spare time John enjoys building model airplanes and boats, fishing, and ultimate frisbee. John plans a career in music. He will be performing a Chopin piano piece at the event.
Anna has been in twenty musicals in addition to being a longstanding member of the Camp Hill Band. She has played trumpet for eight years and piano for eleven. She is the very proud child of Beth and Tim Holmes, and John and Anna Gilfert.
Taylor is a freshman at Camp Hill High School. She as been in two high school musicals and is currently in the high school play, The Wisdom of Eve. Taylor has been in numerous productions with the Camp Hill Youth Summer Stage, Theater Harrisburg, and Open Stage. She studies voice and piano with David Glasgow and hopes to one day have a career in musical theater.