Recent Star performances in the State College Area School District
Hope Cox, Ryan Rider, from Mount Nittany Middle and Elizabeth Fisher, Mia Cavener, and Rachel Zhang from State College Area High School have their art on display at the PA Department of Education building in Harrisburg. The exhibit is sponsored by the PA Art Education Association and displays artwork from children all across PA in grades K through 12.
Alex Raup, PFMS English teacher, and Craig Herzing, PFMS guidance counselor, were honored at the annual PA Association of Student Assistance Professionals Conference at the Penn Stater. They received the award for creating online referral and reporting forms that are used throughout secondary schools in our district and at Penns Valley High School and at Bellefonte Middle School. This award is presented to a member who has expressed and demonstrated a key vision for student assistance in PA and to the PASAP organization. Through this vision, the individual has made important contributions both to the PASAP organization and to the cause of student assistance.
, Corl Street student, won first place in PSU's Insoluble Science Challenge and earned a scholarship to the science camp of her choice. Here's a link to her winning video
, High School Business Education teacher, was named PA DECA Advisor of the Year at the DECA States Leadership Conference.
SCASD's David Rockower,
former middle school teacher now State High librarian, shared powerful experiences in his article about combating bullying and "growing a strong classroom community" in Education Week Teacher, November 4
Congratulations to State High Thespians
on their outstanding performance of The Birds Dec. 6 & 7 at the PA State International Thespian Conference.
Awards received included: The Technical Theater Scholarship to Jordan Sugg, a Performance Cash Award to Zak Kalp, a Select Performance Award to Sadie Spivey, and 2nd place in the Technical Theatre team competition. Zak Kalp was named All-Star cast member and this year's Performance Hall of Fame and Jordan Sugg was added to this year's Tech Hall of Fame.
Paul Heasley, agricultural educator at State High, is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Ideas Unlimited Award on Dec. 7 at the NAAE annual convention. To enhance sustainability and vegetable production concepts for elementary students, Heasley came up with the “Grow House.” The house is a playhouse-like structure made of cattle panels, zip ties, and real-life plants. After assembling the house-shaped structure, he placed it in the elementary school’s garden. Heasley and his students planted plants around the house’s perimeter that grew up to create the walls and roof.
K-12 Coordinator of Music, Robert Drafall, has been awarded the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 4 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award.
Lori McGarry, 5th grade teacher at Park Forest Elementary, was named the 2013 Pennsylvania History Teacher of the Year. The award was co-sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation on behalf of its Preserve America Program, and the History channel.
Halee Wasson, the President of the State College Little Lions chapter, and Heather Wasson, the Vice-President, both seniors at State High, received Keystone Degrees, the highest state FFA degree, in January at the PA Mid-Winter FFA Convention. Heather is a former Pennsylvania State Alternate Dairy Princess and Halee is the current Centre County Dairy Princess.
Three of our outstanding seniors, Alicia Lai
(arts), Joseph Lin
, and Alexandra Tabachnikova
have been nominated as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. This program is one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students. Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, it recognizes and honors some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html
2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay, Poetry and Art Contest winners:
Junior Art Contest Winners - Grade 4: 1st-Noah Klatt-Willy, 2nd-Katy Liu, 3rd-Erik Martin, Honorable Mention-Lilly Fitzgerald, Ivy Macalus
Intermediate Poetry & Art Contest - Grades 5 & 6: 1st-Margo Novikov & Liz Orlova, 2nd-Mary Behr, 3rd-Kate Hooper
Senior Poetry & Art Contest Winners - Grade 7: 1st-Shirley Zhang & Jenna Zhang, 2nd-Owen Wilson Lloyd, 3rd-Erica Mi, Honorable Mention-Katrina Wanna, Ezra Raupach-Learn & Spencer Perry
Senior Essay Contest Winners - Grade 6: 1st-Gareth Prebble, 2nd-Sara Conklin, 3rd-Julia Rush, Honorable Mention-Grace Moyer, Lydia Grace Wolf
State High Building Construction Technology students accepted the First Place award for the Outstanding Student Chapter of the National Association of Home Builders at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas on February 5.
Senior Remington Derdel was one of 31 Most Outstanding Students recognized in the nation out of 1600 secondary students by the National Association of Home Builders at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. He is a dual program completer in Building Construction Technology & Architecture. He was also the Entrepreneurship Challenge County Winner for 2013 for best business plan.
Delta junior Deb Gilmore took first place in the Regional Shakespeare Competition February 17 in Harrisburg. She will go on to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition in May at Lincoln Center in New York City. Julia Laplante, State High senior, took third place at the competition. Students from ten schools presented sonnets and soliloquies from the works of William Shakespeare, which were then judged by a panel of Shakespeare scholars and actors.
State High's Science Bowl Team, sophomore Gopal Jayakar, junior Jacob Van Hook, senior Sajal Datta, senior (and captain) Joe Lin, and senior Sicong Shen, won their qualifying regional competition and are advancing to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April. The team advisor is James Bleil. The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete in a fast-paced question-and-answer format where they solve technical problems and answer questions on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics and math.
A number of State High track and field athletes
have met the qualifying standards to compete at the very limited and elite Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaching Association State Meet March 1.
60m Dash: Haley Crawford and Niara Valentine
200m Dash: Haley Crawford and Niara Valentine
400m Run: Victoria Crawford
800m Run: Emma Cousins and Natasha Fedkina
Mile Run: Larissa Burka and Hannah Catalano
Pole Vault: Megan Fry
4x200m Relay: Taylor Campbell, Haley Crawford, Niara Valentine, Monye Valentine, Olivia Watkins
4x400m Relay: Chandley Book, Emma Cousins, Victoria Crawford, Natasha Fedkina, Kaelyn Yoder
4x800m Relay: Larissa Burka, Emma Cousins, Victoria Crawford, Natasha Fedkina, Kaelyn Yoder
60m Hurdles: Rachel Wylie
4x200 Meter Relay: 1) John Smith 2) Noah Woods 3) Kellin Valentine 4) Tristan Daman 5) Max Herbst 6) Jordan Weaver
4x400 Meter Relay: 1) John Smith 2) Kyle Adams 3) Mason Post 4) William Cather 5) Chris Golembeski 6) Kellin Valentine
4x800 Meter Relay: 1) Chris Golembeski 2) Mason Post 3) Kyle Adams 4) William Cather 5) Alex Milligan 6) Anthony Degleris
60 Meter Dash: Tristan Daman
400m Run: Mason Post
800 Meter Run: William Cather
Mile Run: Alex Milligan
Long Jump: Bryce Williams and Kellin Valentine
Triple Jump: Bryce Williams and Kellin Valentine
60m Hurdles: Jon Smith
Ronald McDonalds' House Charity presented a check for $17,250. to Bill Hughes, Park Forest Middle School Technology Education Teacher, and Dr. Karen Wiser, Principal. The funds are to facilitate the purchase of a state-of-the-art computer numerically-controlled (CNC) laser for integrative STEM lessons.
The Girls Basketball Team is the District 6 champion and will play in the state tournament.