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Stories from Altoona Area High School
Spring play postponement gives cast, crew opportunity to reflect
Coronavirus

Sydney Wilfong | April 9, 2020

Due to the ongoing spread and global scare of the Coronavirus, drama students and staff must take the necessary precautions to protect the people of Altoona. Originally, the spring musical “Joseph and…

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Coronavirus changes colleges, college students
Coronavirus

McKenzie Quirin | April 8, 2020

Colleges around the world have been affected and impacted because of the increased spread of the Coronavirus.  With the increase in COVID-19, colleges have canceled events, closed dorms and disrupted…

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Essential workers fear catching coronavirus
Coronavirus

Destiny Montgomery | April 6, 2020

On March 19, Governor Tom Wolf announced all businesses that aren’t “life-sustaining” were to close due to concerns of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, spreading. Workers that are considered “essential”…

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School community adjusts with stay at home schedules
Coronavirus

McKenzie Quirin | April 3, 2020

As everyone knows the Coronavirus pandemic has affected thousands around the world. The increased spread of COVID-19 in the area has caused the community to be put on a stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania…

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Coronavirus affects students in school community
Coronavirus

McKenzie Quirin | March 25, 2020

All schools K-12 under Governor Tom Wolf’s jurisdiction originally planned to be closed through March 30. As of March 23, schools in the area will remain closed through April 6. 

Throughout the community,…

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Coronavirus affects student athletes, coaches
Coronavirus

Kamika Helsel | March 24, 2020

Recently Coronavirus (Covid-19) has alerted many countries throughout the world, as well as the businesses, schools and the people in them. All schools under Governor Tom Wolf’s jurisdiction K-12 have…

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Students mourn loss of classmate
News

Jocelyn Fetter | March 9, 2020

After the sudden loss of sophomore Devon Pfirshing, students, faculty, parents, friends, loved ones and family mourn the loss.

“When I first found out about him and what happened, I didn’t look…

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Rugby making its mark in boys, girls sports
Sports

Sydney Wilfong | February 12, 2020

The British sport of rugby has been around since the eighteenth century but is just now becoming more popular in America.

Open to students from all over Blair County, Hollidaysburg has both a boys’…

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School district says “No” to virtual snow days
News

Ben Blackie | November 26, 2019

On July 2, Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill allowing all schools, public and private, to incorporate cyber snow days into their school year. Senate Bill 440 allows schools to have up to five cyber snow…

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Apollo space capsule restored for planetarium museum
Features

Jada Quinn | November 7, 2019

Expect to see a new space capsule outside of the planetarium doors of the high school in spring 2020.

Mark Koch, a friend of astrononmy teacher James Krug, found the space capsule rusting on a farm…

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Sparkle provides school spirit to all
Features

Destiny Montgomery | October 16, 2019

The Sparkle Effect Cheerleading/Pep club continues cheering on sports teams and other events to show their full school spirit.

Sparkle is an inclusive, student-led cheerleading/pep club led by cheer…

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Roller coasters speak loudly in library
News

Nina Cipriani | March 20, 2019

Academic physics classes created roller coasters to showcase in the high school library March 13 and 14. Students had to put together a roller coaster from scratch. This is the third marking period benchmark…

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Graduation gets pushed back as snow days pile up
News

Nina Cipriani | March 20, 2019

One of the most controversial things having to do with school is the snow days: whether or not there should be one and whether or not there should be a two-hour delay. But, with snow days comes makeup…

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Teachers plan to build wall of cereal
News

Sydney Wilfong | February 5, 2019

With all the talk of walls in the news, perhaps the wall we all can agree on is the “Wall of Cereal” being built by teachers and students. The wall is an annual food drive where students bring in cereal…

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French film engages learners
Arts & Entertainment

Sonia Yost | December 18, 2018

Studying a foreign language, especially at a high school age, can be a difficult task. One thing that can help students learn a new language is to listen to and watch media in that language.

On Monday,…

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