First Alumni Social Was a Success!!

The first Penn Manor Alumni Association social was a success! Another one is currently being planned for November or December. Check back here or friend our Facebook page – Penn Manor Alumni Association – for the upcoming announcement!! The Class of 1963 and the Class of 2003 had the largest turnout on September 29. Which class will dominate at our next social??


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Join us for PMAA’s First Social Night at Copper Hill on September 29

The first social night for Penn Manor Alumni will be held on Thursday evening, September 29 from 5 to 7 pm at Copper Hill Public House located at Crossgates Golf Course in Millersville. This is a great time try a new restaurant, owned by Penn Manor grads, and meet and mingle with other Penn Manor alums. Totally casual and just for fun!! Drop in and see some old friends and make some new ones! Watch the PMAA website and our Facebook page for future social night events.


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Men’s Alumni Soccer Game to be held Saturday, July 30, 2016

This year the men’s alumni soccer game is scheduled for Saturday,  July 30, 2016. The teams will be picked between 5:15- 5:30 pm. (odd years VS even years). The game will start at 6:00 p.m. at Comet Field.

Bring two shirts (blue and white). Post game festivities to be announced on game day.

Players planning to attend please RSVP by contacting Richard Frantz at 717-872-4591 or Jim Frantz at 717- 413-7691 or Ryan Butzer 717-615-7140

See poster below for more information!

Alumni Game 2016 poster


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Join us for a night of alumni networking!

Hello PM Alumni-
The Penn Manor Alumni Association could really use your ideas!  Currently PMAA gives scholarships, has a presence at the PM Homecoming festivities and holds a banquet where Distinguished Alumni are recognized.  We are  hoping to build an avenue for networking and connection among alumni and are interested in your thoughts on how we can do this.  Would you please consider joining us on May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Lucky Dog on Columbia Avenue?  It will be a nice time to socialize and gather ideas on how our organization can evolve to support all PM Alumni. Bring along a fellow alum too!
Please let Jan or Melissa know if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough space. Hope to see you there!
Jan Mindish –
Melissa Ostrowski –


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Invitation to Class of 1966 to Attend 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Dear Member of the Penn Manor High School Class of 1966:

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and graduating class of 2016, I invite you and a guest to attend this year’s commencement ceremony.   The graduation ceremony will be held on June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Alumni Sports Center on the campus of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The Penn Manor Alumni Association is a very active group and continues to benefit the students of Penn Manor High School.  As a thank you for your impact, we would like to honor the Class of 1966 at this year’s graduation.  We will have a small reception before the ceremony from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., a designated section for seating during the ceremony and a small recognition during the ceremony.

If you are able to attend the Penn Manor High School commencement ceremony on June 7, please contact my office at (717) 872-9520, ext. 1809 or through email by emailing me at  Upon confirmation of your attendance, ticket(s) to the commencement ceremony will be mailed to you.

Thank you for your continued support of Penn Manor High School.


Philip B. Gale, Ed.D.

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Check out the Upcoming Reunions Page for the Most Up-to-date Reunion Information!

If you have any reunion information, let us know and we will post it on the Upcoming Reunions page! Check out the info for the Class of 1996’s reunion! Sounds like it will be fun!!

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ExtraOrdinary Give Benefits PM Students – Nov 20, 2015

Penn Manor Education Foundation is again participating in the ExtraOrdinary Give, a 24-hour online fund-raising event for local nonprofits.

If you would like to contribute, please go to the website at any time on Nov. 20 and click on the PMEF link. Last year, many generous donors participated in the ExtraGive, providing $5,100 to the Foundation. Gifts of all sizes are welcome.

A gift of $25 can purchase library materials to excite young learners and support curricular goals.

A gift of $100 can buy a starter musical instrument to allow a disadvantaged student to learn to play and join the school band.

A $500 gift can fund a scholarship for a graduating Penn Manor High School student.

PMAA and PMEF thanks you for your support!


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Homecoming! – Friday, October 9, 2015

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 9, 2015 to attend the Penn Manor Homecoming football game at 7:00 pm at Biemesderfer Stadium where our Comets will take on McCaskey. Stop by the alumni tent inside the stadium where the first 150 alums will receive a free gift! There will be small PM footballs and face tattoos for children of alumni. Be sure to sign up for the raffles for cash and gift cards for alumni.  If you haven’t joined the Penn Manor Alumni Association yet, what are you waiting for?!

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Penn Manor Alumni Annual Soccer Game – Saturday, August 1, 2015

This year the men’s alumni soccer game is scheduled for Saturday,  August 1st, 2015. The teams will be picked between 5:15- 5:30 pm. (odd years VS even years). The game will start at 6:00 p.m. at Comet Field.

Bring two shirts (blue and white). Post game festivities to be announced on game day.

Players planning to attend please RSVP by contacting Richard Frantz at 717-872-4591 or Jim Frantz at 717- 413-7691 or Ryan Butzer 717-615-7140

See the flyer for more details.

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Penn Manor honors Distinguished Alumni

Four outstanding Penn Manor High School graduates were inducted Saturday into the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Saturday during the Alumni Banquet in the high school cafeteria. Also honored at the banquet were members of the health care profession.

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni are Kenneth Hackman, Class of 1955; Coleen Ortman Kayden, Class of 1973; Tracy Goodman, Class of 1988; and Jennifer Sorensen, Class of 1992. Jennifer and Coleen were unable to attend. Coleen was represented by her sister, Julie Ortmann Waltman, a 1977 Penn Manor graduate.

Here are the accomplishments of the Distinguished Alumni:

Kenneth L. Hackman (’55) During high school, Ken was vice-president of the Photography Club and was referred to in the bio section of the yearbook as a “camera bug.”

He hoped one day to become a professional photographer. Sometimes dreams do come true! Last year Ken was awarded the prestigious Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award by the National Press Photographers Association for his military photojournalism. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Air Force out of high school in 1955. When his enlistment ended in 1960, he became an Air Force civil service photographer for the next three decades, documenting military action around the globe.

During his career, he photographed the Vietnam War, one of the last atomic bomb detonations off Christmas Island in the South Pacific, eight Olympic Games and Bob Hope’s USO tours. He also was the official photographer for Air Force One for 25 years. Ken founded the Air Force’s photojournalism training program at Syracuse University in 1971 and headed the program until his retirement in 1995.

Ken currently lives in Studio City, California.

Coleen Ortmann Kayden (’73) Coleen was very active in high school, playing field hockey and basketball and clarinet in the band for all four years. She also participated in many other school clubs and activities.

Coleen graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She is a past president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, past chairperson of the Lancaster Community Plan board of directors, and a founding board member of Linking Pharmacists to Improved Health Outcomes.

In 2010, Coleen was named the 56th recipient of the Annual Alumni Award from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. She has stayed local, living in Conestoga and working at Williams Apothecary and consulting for several long-term care facilities in Lancaster County.

Tracy L. Goodman (’88) Tracy was on the field hockey and track teams all four years of high school. She was also a member of the Spanish Honor Society. In the yearbook, Tracy said her future plans were to attend college, travel, “then work the rest of my life to pay for it all!”

She graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and dedicated her legal career to serving families and children. Tracy got her wish to travel when she worked in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for Microsoft as a piracy investigator and later for the American Center for International Labor Solidarity. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Returning to the United States in 2002, she joined the staff of the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C., where she is currently the Director of Healthy Together.

Tracy lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and three children.

Jennifer L. Sorensen (’92) Jennifer was a member of the Penn Points staff and served as art editor in her senior year. Jen also played in the orchestra for all four years. Her future plans (according to the yearbook) were “To make my life a Magical Mystery Tour, find Penny Lane, ride a Yellow Submarine, avoid Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, and walk through Strawberry Fields Forever.”

Jen attended the University of Virginia, studying cultural anthropology. She drew cartoons for college publications. In 2014, she won the Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning, becoming the first woman to receive the prize. Her editorial cartoons appear in 20 alternative newspapers and have appeared in a number of national publications.

Jen was a previous recipient of the 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the 2013 National Cartoonists Society Award for Editorial Cartoonists. Jen and her husband live in Austin, Texas.

Pictured from left – Julie Ortmann Waltman (accepting for her sister Coleen), Ken Hackman, Tracy Goodman.


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