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    Highlighting newsworthy accomplishments around the district


    "Macte" (Latin for congratulations) to State High ninth-grader Paulina Tabachnikova for recording a perfect score on the 2018 National Latin Exam, a rare feat achieve by only 256 students out of 140,000 from 24 countries.
    Patti Begg, the vocal music teacher for Gray's Woods and Park Forest elementary schools, received the 2018 Penn State School of Music Outstanding Alumni Music Educator Award, the school’s highest music education honor, for making a difference to children and families through music education.
    Congratulations to the Mount Nittany Middle School team of Zach Cheslock, Daniel Miller, Tony Tzolov and Jenny Yu for repeating as state Mathcounts competition champions on March 23-24 at Hershey. Tzolov finished second in the written competition and third overall, and Cheslock placed sixth and seventh in the respective categories. By virture of his performance, Tzolov qualified for the four-person state team in the national competition in Washington, D.C. Park Forest Middle School's team of Julian Kim, Daniel Xu, Evie Zhang and Claire Zheng took third, with Zheng placing seventh in the written competition, sixth overall and winning a scholarship for being the top female competitor.
    The Professional Development School program, a 20-year partnership between the district and the Penn State College of Education, recently received the prestigious Exemplary PDS Achievement Award from the National Association for Professional Development Schools. Winning the award for the second time, the partnership was honored at the NAPDS annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla., along with PDS partnerships involving SUNY Buffalo State, Baylor University and Ohio University.
    At its 43rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet on Jan. 15, 2018, Penn State's Forum on Black Affairs recognized the Delta Program and Park Forest Elementary School with Student Group Awards for creating innovative programs that promoted racial and cultural understanding and acceptance.
    Bravo to seniors Alicia Eckley, Olivia Marshall, Savannah Wilson and Ted Zhang for placing first in the PA Renaissance Faire Shakespeare Competition on Oct. 4, 2017, the third straight top finish for State High. The students were studying Shakespeare as part of their Learning Enrichment Advanced Performing Arts class, and for the competition, they performed a five-minute scene from Act II, scene 2, of "A Comedy of Errors."

    Congratulations to the students competing in the TSA National Conference in Orlando: Jason Lee, Olivia Kerr, Tejas Wein, Peter Lauer, Caroline Sparrow, Emma Jacobson, Jeanette Felmlee-Gartner, Shreyas Sundar, Petr Esakov, Ben Rudnik, Jay Sim, and Erica Mi. We had two National Champion​​ teams: Technology Bowl (Jason Lee, Peter Lauer, Tejas, Wein) and Debating Technical Issues​ (Sundar, Lee).

    Delta Middle Level teacher David Rockower has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 NCTE Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award in the English Language Arts.

    Congratulations to Kristine Lai, a 2017 National Merit Scholarship recipient. State High's 2017 National Merit Scholarship finalists were: Kurtis Darl Brown, Mia Cavener, Crystal Dahm, Lars de Lorenzi, Joseph Feffer, Nicholas Feffer, Joshua Geselowitz, Katherine Curie Kim, Kristine Lai, Joseph McCracken, Alexis Soto, Andrew Yang and Hayden Yoder. Semifinalists were Alexander Burka, Xichen Cui, Annie Liu and Hanna Yu.

    The Park Forest Middle School STEM team of teachers Bill HughesLynn Mona, Steve McAninch, Jeff Seamans, Heath Stout and Greg Wilson received the Gerald Day Excellence Award: Top Volunteered Article by a Classroom Teacher Team for their article, "Every Day a New 3D Printing Material." Hughes was the lead author. The award came from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's 2017 Communications Survey, and will be presented at the ITEEA's 2018 conference in Alanta next April.

    After leading State College to its first-ever Mid Penn championship — and its first playoff win since 2009 — junior forward Drew Friberg was rewarded April 14 with a spot on the Class 6A all-state boys’ basketball team. Friberg secured a spot on the third team, as chosen by a panel of Pennsylvania sports writers. Overall, six players made the first team, seven earned spots on the second and another seven were on the third.

    State High student Joey Feffer was named to the national team bound for the International Linguistics Olympiad. Feffer will compete on one of two four-person US teams in Dublin, Ireland, July 31-Aug. 4. To qualify for the team, he passed two rounds of testing with the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, a contest in which high school students use logic skills to solve linguistic puzzles.


    State High student Aria Mason earned an Academic All American award from the National Speech & Debate Association. Of more than 141,000 student members, fewer than 500, or the top .5 percent, earn the honor. The award recognizes students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction in the NSDA Honor Society, met rigorous GPA and test score requirements, and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership.


    State High student Baron Cao placed third at the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition on March 20, 2017, in Baltimore, Md. To reach the competition, Cao won at state and regional MTNA competitions.

    Radio Park Elementary third grade teacher Kelly Mark received the National Association of Professional Development Schools 2017 Outstanding PDS Dissertation Award at the NAPDS national conference in Washington, D.C.
    Senior boys' basketball player Drew Friberg scored his 1,000th career point against Central Dauphin Feb. 3, 2017. 

    Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/sports/high-school/article130728654.html#storylink=
    The State High STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) team of Lauren Connelly, Aaron Li, Joe Sepich and Jon Taylor won first place in the Governor’s PA STEM Competition Feb. 7 at Bellefonte Area High School. Their project, titled “The Concushion,” explored developing a low cost but enhanced football padding material to reduce impact forces in collisions and thus the frequency of concussions in high school athletes. To complete their project prototype, the students employed physics, calculus, 3-D printing, computer-aided design and drafting, and electronic data collection technology while applying scientific methods and engineering processes. They will travel to the state competition at Thaddeus Stevens College in May. 
    State High girls' volleyball coach Chad Weight was named the 2016 Coach of the Year for the Mid Penn Conference's Commonwealth Division. Senior setter-right side hitter Taylor Kuruzovich received Player of the Year honors for the division.
    State High head football coach Matt Lintal was named the 2016 Coach of the Year for the Mid Penn Conference's Commonwealth Division. Senior linebacker Pete Haffner earned co-defensive Most Valuable Player honors for the second consecutive year.
    State High girls' and boys' tennis coach Jane Borden was named the 2016 U.S. Professional Tennis Association's High School Coach of the Year for the Middle States Division (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania).
    State High senior Laura Guay received the Mitsubishi Scholar-Athlete of the Week Award from WJAC-TV before the station's "Friday Nights Rivals" broadcast of the home football game between State College and Cumberland Valley. Guay was chosen for her achievements in tennis, academics and activities.
    Radio Park Elementary second grade teacher Mary Robert is receiving the PSU College of Education Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016.
    State College field hockey player Kelsey Love is a Centre Daily Times Athlete of the Week Sept. 12, 2016.
    Love scored the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Chambersburg on Tuesday. She assisted on the game-winning goal by her sister, Taylor, in a 1-0 win over Cedar Cliff on Thursday. She then recorded a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Central Columbia on Saturday. MORE
    State College Area High School's Cassandra Greenland, 17, made the finals of Centre County’s Outstanding Young Woman program Sept. 10, 2016. MORE
    Park Forest Middle School 8th grader Nico Cardenas-Miller's short horror film "The Guest" was accepted for the All American High School Film Festival in New York City. Cardenas-Miller made the film as a special English class project.  Festival organizers chose the top 35 percent of 1,800 submissions. For the festival Oct. 7-9, Cardenas-Miller will travel to New York to see his film screened at the AMC Empire 25 theater in Times Square, and also to attend filmmaking and directing workshops. More
    Easterly Parkway Elementary teachers Andrea de Carle and Nicole Titus were recognized by the American Educational Research Association for their research in the Professional Development School, the partnership between Penn State and the State College Area School District. The teachers each won the prestigious Claudia Ballach Award.

    Park Forest Middle School technology teachers Bill Hughes, Lynn Mona, Greg Wilson, Jeff Seamans, Steve McAninch and Heather Stout had their article “Everyday a New 3D Printing Material” published in the current Technology & Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania Journal. The article also will be published in the winter edition of Technology and Engineering Teacher, the flagship journal of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.
    Vincent Liu, who graduated in June, helped the five-member U.S. Physics Team place fifth in the world at the 47th International Physics Olympiad July 10-18 in Zurich, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Liu, who will attend Penn State in the fall, won an individual silver medal, and his team finished seventh in the medal count with two golds and three silvers. More
    State College Area High School students have been recognized as National Merit Scholarship winners, finalists, semifinalists, commended and National Hispanic Recognition Program:
    National Merit Scholarship Winners:  Sojung Kim, Mahima Kumara, Cuyler Luck
    National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Catherine Campbell, Sarah Dangelo, Jessica Ding, Anna Hirsch, Mma Grace Ikwut-Ukwa, Gopal Jayakar, Alice Lin, Vincent Liu, Victoria Maras, Mason Millard, Olivia Mulley, Guinevere Oliver, Bessie Rubenstein, Abigail Stevenson, James Wittrig, Megan Woods, Rachel Zhang.
    National Merit Hispanic Recognition Program Recipient: Anthony Degleris
    National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists: Elijah Kelsey and Rosaleen Xiong
    National Merit Scholarship Commended: Kendall Allen, Neil Ashtekar, Erin Bevilacqua, Hope Bodenschatz, Gabriel Costanzo, Anthony Degleris, Jay Deng, Elizabeth Fisher, Maria Gorenflo, James Graef, Mathilde Hsia, Emma Lee, Cecilia Leskowicz, Milan Liu, Aileen McKinstry, Bethany Parkinson, Sarah Rohan, Margaret Rothrock and Alison Thomas.  
    State College Area High School's Technology Student Association excelled at the TSA National Conference in Nashville June 28-July 2, 2016, taking first and fifth places in the Technology Bowl. Participants complete a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral question/response, head‑to‑head team competition. Congratulations to the following teams who placed in these national TSA competitions:
    The 9th & 10th grade team of Tejas Wein, Pete Lauer and Jason Lee placed first in the Technology Bowl, Oral competition, and the 11th & 12th grade team of Gopal Jayakar, Ignatius Liu, and Steven Krupa placed 5th.
    Steven Krupa placed 3rd in the Technology Bowl, Written and placed 6th in Photographic Technology.
    The 11th & 12th grade team of Gopal Jayakar, Ignatius Liu, Justin Turenne, Nick Wanner, Connor McCandless, and Steven Krupa placed 4th in Software Development.
    The 11th & 12th grade team of Connor McCandless, Ignatius Liu, Gopal Jayakar, Justin Turenne, and Nick Wanner placed 4th in Video Game Design.
    State College Little Lions FFA members earned 10 awards at the PA FFA Association's Activities Week Convention and state Career Development Events June 14-16 at Penn State. Justin Kurtz won two golds, finishing first in the extemporaneous public speaking event and third in the talent competition. Katie Elder won the horse evaluation event, and she and her teammates Shannon Kohler, Abigail Kerr (both gold winners, 3rd and 9th respectively) and Claire Mierwald (silver, 12th) won the team title. Kurtz and the horse evaluation team members will attend the national FFA convention Oct. 18-22 in Indianapolis, Ind. Cody Harpster and Megan Royer (7th and 9th respectively) won gold awards in the job interview competition, and Kelly Beck won a gold in floriculture. Emily Allegar (12th) won a job interview silver.
    Little Lions Boys' Track and Field team won the Class AAA PIAA state championship and the Little Lions Girls' Track and Field team placed second in the Class AAA PIAA state championship.
    Kyla Irwin is the Centre Daily Times Female Inspiring Athlete of the Year and will be part of the University of Connecticut team next year.
    State College Girls' Rugby team capped off an undefeated season with a state championship. 
    State High senior Vincent Liu was named to the 2016 U.S. Physics Team based on his performance on a rigorous exam given by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The second State High student to make the team, he was one of 20 high school students chosen from 4,300 candidates nationwide. In May and June, team members will study physics at a training camp at the University of Maryland, and five will be selected to represent the nation at the 47th International Physics Olympiad in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
    Kaylah Urie, State High senior is the recipient of the Centre County Comcast Leader & Achievers Scholarship Award. She attended a special recognition ceremony at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA. Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners exemplify leadership and commitment to academic excellence and community service.
    The State College boys’ and girls’ track and field teams both finished first at the Mid Penn Conference Championships on May 14, 2016. Both teams compete at the District 6 Class AAA Championships May 19.

    State High received a Top Global Learning School Award from AFS-USA, a nonprofit that promotes international student exchange through scholarships, financial aid and volunteer support, and the National Society of High School Scholars. Nationwide, 74 schools were honored with the award for promoting global citizenship through intercultural learning in and out of the classroom.
    Park Forest Elementary was one of 47 schools nationwide chosen as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools “for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure sustainability practices,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. Read more.
    State College’s Matt Wherley and Owen Lloyd won the District 6 Class AAA boys’ tennis doubles championship. State College’s Nick Vanden captured the District 6 Class AAA singles championship. They will compete in the PIAA Class AAA doubles championships in Hershey on May 27.
    State College boys’ and girls’ swim teams won PIAA Class AAA District Championships.
    The State High Thespians received 10 Isaac Award nominations for their performance of Fiddler on the Roof. Isaac Awards are Central Pennsylvania’s high school musical theatre awards. Thespians received nominations for Design, Actor in a Leading Role, two for Actress in a Supporting Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, two for Actress in a Featured Role, two for Best Featured Dancer, and Best Production.
    Lisa Harrington, kindergarten teacher at Ferguson Township Elementary, Mary Robert, second grade teacher at Radio Park Elementary, and Mary Hershey, chemistry teacher at State High, were featured as Teachers of the Year in the May issue of State College magazine.

    Mount Nittany Middle and Park Forest Middle school students rallied at Park Forest Middle School and raised $60,115.72 for the Four Diamonds Fund to support pediatric cancer patients. Over the past eight years they've raised $326,000!
    State High health education teacher Melanie Lynch was named the SHAPE America National Health Education Teacher of the Year Award on April 8 at SHAPE America's National Convention and Expo in Minneapolis, Minn. SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators, honored six teachers out of 24 district winners with Teacher of the Year awards in different categories.

    Congratulations to senior Rosaleen Xiong for being the 2016 Recipient of the Youth Service Bureau Centre of County's Dr. Bruce E. Knox Outstanding Community Service Award.
    Battling cancer, senior Isaac Messner wished from the Make a Wish Foundation for new uniforms for the boy’s track and field team. On March 23, he presented them to the team. 
    Park Forest Middle School 8th grader Jupiter Ding took first place in the written portion of the Mathcounts state competition and earned a spot on the PA team to nationals. The Math Counts team: Kyle Hynes, Jupiter Ding, Silu Shen, Emily Wang, Toby Ma and Ananya Tadigadapa placed second in the state. Read more.

    Park Forest Elementary 4th graders Branden Boob, Villy Kolossov, Pranav Sharma, and Ian Yorke competed against 4th and 5th graders and placed second in the CIU#10 K’Nex Design Challenge. They were challenged to design and build a building and demonstrate its strength, draw blueprints, and make a presentation to the group about their building. 

    The PFMS Tech Bowl team of Max Krasilnikov, Jack Haris, and Jack Erickson won third in the state at the Technology Student Association Tech Bowl in double overtime.
    Senior Lewis Yeaple finished his "500 in 5" benefit bike ride — 100 miles a day for five straight days — March 28 at Mount Nittany Middle School. His senior project raised $3,735 for diabetes research.

    State High’s Jessica Ding, Music (harp) and Rachel Zhang, Visual Arts, have been chosen as 2016 Young Arts national award winners. They are among 850 winners who were selected from a pool of 12,000 applicants.
    Senior Kyla Irwin was named to the girls' basketball Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State first team for the second straight year. She finished her career with 2,032 points and 1,188 rebounds, both school records, and has signed to play for national champion University of Connecticut.
    Junior David Wagner was awarded a prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship to study abroad in Germany. He will spend 10 months abroad living with a German host family and attending a German high school.
    Senior Rachel Zhang and freshman Drew Spielvogel garnered regional awards in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Zhang won Silver and Gold Keys for her artwork, and Spielvogel won Silver and Gold Keys for his writing.
    The Park Forest Middle School Integrative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) team consisting of Bill Hughes, Jeff Seamans, Greg Wilson, Karianne Smith, Lynn Mona, Mike Bierly, Heath Stout, Steve McAninch, and Bryan Brightbill are the 2016 recipients of the national Gerhard Salinger Award For Enhancing STEM Education Through Technological/Engineering Design-Based Instruction. Read more 
    U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson announced that Lachlan Campbell, a State College Area High School student, is PA’s 5th Congressional District’s winner for the 2015 Congressional App Challenge. Campbell’s software application, or “app,” is titled “Noodles,” and is designed to easily store recipes and make them easy to use. Check out Lachlan’s video explaining his Noodles app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acttx0idnUE&feature=youtu.be
    State High's boy's and girl's swim teams both won the District competition. 
    State High's HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) state competition team won the most gold medals and most overall medals per school/program. Fifteen of the 22 students placing in the top three in their category were from State High. State High placed in 13 of the 18 categories in which they competed. Three freshmen, Supryia Kumar, Sanjana Kuchipudi, and Roshni Raj, won first in the state in their categories and two seniors, Catherine Campbell and Alice Lin, placed first for the fourth year in a row with each year in a new challenging category. First place winners: Alice Lin, Caylan Kowalski, Catherine Campbell, Zishma Rana, Katherine Kim, Laura Hildebrand, Lylian Wang, Oliver Rose, Roshni Raj, Sanjana Kuchipudi. Second place winners: Supriya Kumar, Alli Henderson, Jesse Torbic, Needi Sharma, and Blaine Hoak.
    Delta Program student Ulysses Yarber was selected as one of the top five Pennsylvania finalists at the Harrisburg Poetry Out Loud competition.
    At the Indoor Track and Field State competition, State College boys' team finished second with 41 points, the highest finish for a State College boys' team at a state tournament in the program's history. 

    The Little Lion and Little Lady Lions basketball teams won the district titles. Kyla Irwin broke her record with 2,001 points, becoming the second player from Centre County to reach 2,000 points.

    Congratulations to these regional winners (CIU #10) of the Governors PA STEM Competition and who will represent State High at the State STEM Competition May 27, Iggy Liu, Ben Piazza, Gopal Jayakar, Steve Krupa, Ameya Patankar. Bob White is the advisor. 
    State High senior Dina Kim recently received the national President's Volunteer Service Award for about 300 hours of community service teaching English to refugee children and translating letters for South Korean children. She translates letters from Korean to English and vice versa for an international nonprofit child advocacy organization. Read more  
    PFMS music and art teachers Molly McAninch and Danielle Fulmer spoke at the 2016 PAMLE Conference at The Penn Stater. They presented a workshop entitled "Art and Music on the Interdisciplinary Team".
    After serving three years on the PA Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Board of Directors, Ed Poprik, Director of Physical Plant, was elected Vice-President of the organization. He will service as Vice-President for 2015-16, and will be President-Elect for 2016-17, and will become President for 2017-18. 
    Congratulations to State High senior Kendall Allen for winning first place in the critical essay division of the Brigham Young University English Department Re:Writing Contest for High School Students. Allen's winning essay was titled "The Royal Housewife." In addition, she won second place in the short fiction division with her story "A Family Dinner."
    Congratulations to Melanie Lynch on being named the Shape America Eastern District Health Teacher of the Year. This qualifies her for the Shape America National Health Teacher of the Year which will be decided on in April.
    Congratulations to Radio Park Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Eve Evans for being named the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Pennsylvania History Teacher of the Year for Pennsylvania. The award is given by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    Congratulations to State High senior Mahima Kumara, who won the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition on Oct. 3. She will play the Grieg Piano Concerto 1st Movement as a soloist with the orchestra in its Moments of Joy Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.
    Congratulations to State High seniors Sojung Kim, Cuyler Luck and Gopal Jayakar for achieving ultra-rare perfect standardized test scores. Kim scored a 240 on the PSAT, the equivalent of a 2,400 on the SAT and a feat matched on average by about 100 students out of the 3.5 million who take the test nationally. Luck and Jayakar each scored the highest possible score of 36 on the ACT. On average, fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of students taking the ACT earn perfect composite scores.
    Congratulations to Mount Nittany Middle School art teacher Amy Anderson for receiving the 2015 Pennsylvania Art Education Association's 2015 PAEA Outstanding Art Educator Award. The award recognizes exemplary contributions, achievements and service to art education. Anderson will accept her award Oct. 17 during the annual PAEA Conference at the Harrisburg Hilton. 
    Congratulations to Steven Krupa, Ignatius Liu, and Gopal Jayakar, 1st Place National winners in Technology Bowl at the Technology Student Association National Conference in Dallas. Participants complete a written, objective test in order to qualify for oral question/response, head‑to‑head team competition. They have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of TSA leadership skills and the systems of technology. Congratulations also to national semifinalists in Music Production Ignatius Liu, Wesley MacDougall, Gopal Jayakar, Mario Lestz and Steven Krupa. Greg Wilson is our TSA advisor.
    Park Forest Middle School student Jordan Reed has just been named a finalist for the peace first prize. Two finalists will be chosen for a two-year $25,000 Peace First Fellowship. Learn more about how she created the Penguin Pack program for Park Forest Elementary students. Every Friday, 30 elementary school students in need receive enough meals, snacks and drinks to last the weekend. From teachers, to staff, to special needs students who help her bag the donated food from her church, Jordan has engaged her entire community in caring for those in need.
    State High Chemistry teacher Patrick Gallagher was awarded a $1000 by the Society of Chemical Industry after having been nominated by one of his former students, Peyton Forrest.
    State High sophomore Alyssa Huff was named one of five finalists out of 330 applicants in the national Genes in Space competition sponsored by Boeing, the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, Math for America and miniPCR. The contest, open to students in grades 7-12, called for design proposals for experiments to solve a real-life space exploration program through DNA analysis, with the winning experiment to be performed aboard the International Space Station. Huff's proposal outlines a method for detecting extraterrestrial life by testing natural and unnatural genetic material in space. Aided by scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, finalists will present their proposals July 7-9 to a panel of scientists, educators and technologists at the ISS Research and Development Conference in Boston.
    On May 28th, the Gateway to Equity award was presented by the State College branch of the AAUW to teachers Wendy Watts, Beth Keim and Christina Kohl for their work with the Challenging Science Investigations program, an outreach program to engage middle school girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) 
Last Modified on July 5, 2018