Smyrna junior earns spot on state board of education

SMYRNA — In middle school, Elise Sampson asked her teacher why she wasn’t nominated for National Junior Honor Society. She recalls being told, “You’re already in enough; you already have enough.” “That was never acceptable for me,” she said. “And I feel like it shouldn’t be acceptable for anyone. Anyone is capable of doing these […]

Building Bridges: Smyrna High student starts Black Student Union

SMYRNA — When Elise Sampson came into high school in 2018 with the goal of starting a Black Student Union, her motivation came from a place of love. “I definitely saw a racial divide amongst peers that wouldn’t be present to most people’s eye,” she said. “I thought that a BSU could really clear up […]

School districts face challenge feeding students

SMYRNA — When schools closed, it took districts just a few days to switch gears and begin offering free breakfasts and lunches to students at sites across the state to fill the need they’re accustomed to addressing every day. With schools out for a full month — and another month to go, at the very […]

Smyrna High junior lauded for leadership

SMYRNA — Mia Davis has always had a passion for helping others. The 17-year-old junior is a part of many organizations at Smyrna High School, including the Smyrna Youth Leadership Organization and being president of HOSA: Future Health Professionals. But one of her main passions is being part of the school’s Mental Health Club. For […]

Judge denies Smyrna School District appeal on expulsion

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  SMYRNA — Affirming earlier findings of an unwarranted student expulsion last year, a judge denied a Smyrna Board of Education appeal earlier this week. On Tuesday in Superior Court, Judge Andrea L. Rocanelli agreed with the Delaware Board of Education’s finding that “substantial evidence did not exist to support the Smyrna School Board’s decision […]

Police: Smyrna High student arrested for bringing BB gun to school: Accused of using it to threaten another student in school cafeteria

SMYRNA — A 15-year-old Smyrna High student was arrested at his home hours after allegedly threatening another student with a BB gun in the school cafeteria earlier Tuesday, police said. The male student, whose name and other information was not released by Smyrna Police in a Wednesday news release due to his age, was taken […]

Former Smyrna schools’ employee gets probation in rape of 2 underage students

DOVER — A former Smyrna School District employee received four years probation Wednesday after pleading guilty in November 2017 to raping two underage students. The Delaware Department of Justice sought a four year-prison sentence for Karen L. Brooks, of Dover, who was a 38-year-old educational diagnostician, working in the Special Services department at Smyrna Middle […]

Former Smyrna educator pleads guilty in rape case

  DOVER — A Dover woman pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree rape Thursday morning after a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old teen while she was a Smyrna School District employee. Karen L. Brooks, 38 at the time of her arrest in June, faces zero to 30 years in prison when sentenced in Kent […]

Harrington Eagle Scout flying high

  DOVER — Harrington Eagle Scout Ryan Patrick’s personal mantra of trying new things and always giving the maximum effort was put to the test Thursday night. The 17-year-old was told mere days before that he’d been selected to speak at the Del-Mar-Va Council Boy Scouts of America’s 33rd annual Kent Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner […]

Smyrna High 2017 graduation

Photos special to the Delaware State News/Jon Lloyd Jr.