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Source: April 1991 Volume 29 Number 2, Pages 83–84

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Conestoga Again Wins County Academic Competition

Conestoga High School again won top honors in this year's county-wide academic competition, a project of the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Meridian Bank. The victory was its fourth in the seven-year history of the competition and marked the first time any school has repeated as champions.

The competition includes questions in history, literature, mathematics, science, and current events, answered in "college bowl" style.

The members of the winning team, coached by Mrs. Mary Golin, a member of the faculty, were Derek Apanovitch, George Ballas, Jeff Mackie, Mike Melesky, Peter Mills, Jason Patton, Matt Selheimer and George Vitray, with Steve Aichele and Ben Ballard as alternates.


Two Top Persian Gulf Commanders VFMA Graduates

Two of the top commanders in the recent Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations in the Persian Gulf area were graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy.

The commander of all the coalition forces in the area, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, was graduated from the Academy in 1952 at the top of his class. While he was a cadet there he also played tackle on the football team, was editor of the school yearbook "Crossed Swords", won awards in debating and public speaking, and was treasurer of his class.

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He was described as a student who "took advantage of everything the school had to offer, athletically, academically, and militarily" by retired General Milton Medenbach, who was assistant superintendent of the A cademy when Schwarzkopf was a cadet.

After leaving Valley Forge, Schwarzkopf went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and later served two tours of duty in Vietnam, where he was wounded twice and received three Silver Star medals for gallantry in action. He attended the U.S. War College in Carlisle in 1972-1973, and in 1978 became a general.

General John Yeosock, the commander of the U. S. Army forces in the Gulf, was graduated from Valley Forge three years later, in the Class of 1955, and was also the valedictorian of his class, as well as the president of the class and a member of the baseball team.

After graduation he attended Penn State before beginning his career in the military in the ROTC. He became a general in 1983, and among his assignments was a two year stint in Saudi Arabia overseeing the modernization of its national guard.

When Valley Forge Military Academy opened, in the fall of 1928, it was located in the old Devon Inn in Easttown Township; it moved to its present location after a fire in mid-January of 1929.


T-E Teacher Finds Nest of Dinosaur Eggs

Working as a field camp instructor at the Egg Mountain Paleontological Site in Montana last summer, Sid Hostetter, a teacher of earth space science at the Tredyffrin-Easttown Intermediate School, found a clutch of rare unhatched dinosaur eggs. Although a number of individual eggs have been found at the site over the years, this discovery is said to be only the second nest of unhatched eggs found in the western hemisphere.

The site is located in the badlands of central Montana. After excavation work by professional paleontologists there from 1979 to 1984, the site was closed for four years. It was reopened in 1988 by the University of Montana as a field school to train people in paleontological methods.

Hostetter's interest in dinosaurs began when he was six, encouraged by plastic models of the big reptiles he obtained in packages of cereal. On sabbatical leave in 1984 he worked at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, putting together dinosaur skeletons from pieces in the Academy's collection. It was through the Academy that he first visited the Montana site, where he has spent a part of the summer each year ever since.

Hostetter has been a member of the faculty in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District since 1973.


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