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Greater Latrobe Superintendent Michael Porembka recognized students at Mountain View Elementary School who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.7 for third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade. Shown here are Daniel Stevenson, Anna Bechtell, Isla Purvis, Corinne Gardiner, Natalia Summa-Scekeres, Jaxson Kettering, Luca Plundo, Rowen Watson (front), Marissa Munchinski, Kenley Lynn, Cailyn Janos, Josie Ruggery, Olivia Ross, Grace Woitkowiak, Superintendent Michael Porembka, Ella Noel, Averi Pellis, Luke Marts, Aaron Gaskey, Dominic Angelicchio, Micheal Monios (back). Absent from the photo is Bryn Murphy. Read more

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The Student Council of Derry Area High School announced their Senior Leadership Medalists for 2022. Students are awarded points toward their leadership medal by fulfilling requirements that include their commitment to student council goals, academics, school and community. Pictured here are Mrs. Michelle Dorazio (adviser), Zachary Burkholder, Kimber Miller, Taylor Myers, Autumn Zerfoss, Hailey Byers, Jessica Uschak and Mrs. Florence Prato (advisor). Read more

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Derry Area High School Student Council recently elected their officer team for the 2022-23 school year. These students will play active roles as representatives for the student body of Derry Area. Shown here are Vincent Mastrorocco (co-secretary), Cassie Byers (vice president) Amber Platt (president), Emma Sabo (historian), Tehlor Weimer (co-secretary), Anthony Buccigrossi (treasurer). Read more

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Greater Latrobe Senior High School seniors Isaac Krom (pianist) and Reese McCracken (saxophonist) returned to their alma mater, Christ the Divine Teacher School, May 26 to perform a recital for current students. Both students received their musical beginnings at CDT as members of the extracurricular music program nearly 10 years ago. Most recently, Krom performed the lead role of Conrad Birdie in Greater Latrobe’s musical, “Bye Bye Birdie,” and performed in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Choir Festival. Krom plans to attend Catholic University in the fall to study math and philosophy. McCracken played Reed 1 in “Bye Bye Birdie” and attended the PMEA Future Music Educators Honors Symposium. This fall, McCracken plans to attend Duquesne University to major in music education. Read more

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Researchers increasingly are finding that “do-re-mi” may be just as essential to children’s development as “A-B-C.” Music education, which was once required in the classroom, is increasingly absent from school curriculums. However, proponents feel there should be a greater push for musical education as part of school curricula because of the many benefits students reap from music education. Read more

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A recent study from researchers at The Ohio State University found that the disparity between the number of words young children who are frequently read to have heard compared to those who have not been read to is significant. The study first appeared online in the Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics and found that young children whose parents read them five books a day entered kindergarten having heard roughly 1.48 million words. By comparison, children whose parents never read to them had heard just over 4,600 words by the time they entered kindergarten. Even children who are read to daily hear significantly fewer words than children whose parents read them five books a day. Such children hear just under 300,000 words prior to entering kindergarten. Read more

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Don Bakewell, Tech Ed instructor at Ligonier Valley Middle School, selected six learners who have shown a lot of interest in manufacturing and have exceeded mastery on the LVMS tech ed learning outcomes. On April 22, Bakewell and the six learners went to the Westmoreland County Community College Advanced Technology Center to compete against other schools on different categories of manufacturing. Maggie Peters, shown here, was the virtual welding top scorer. She even scored higher than Bakewell, which still makes him chuckle. SUBMITTED PHOTO Read more

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Derry Area Middle School STAR students of the third quarter are Joseph Hignett (sixth grade), Kylee Marks (sixth grade), Ella Kubiak (eighth grade), Fancy Hunter (eighth grade), (back row) Jacob French (seventh grade), Sofia Cinamella (seventh grade), Lucas Foster (sixth grade), Dale Spillar (eighth grade) and (missing from photo) Caelyn McFarland (seventh grade), according to Karen Semelsberger, Derry Area Middle School aide and PIMS administrator. Read more

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Greater Latrobe freshman Madelyn Slater was selected as a 2022 Carson Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship award along with a medal and certificate. This spring the 2022 Carson Scholars will be honored at exclusive movie premiere showings across the nation. The Carson Scholars Fund original movie, “Carson Scholars: Heroes Among Us,” will feature the Carson Scholars. The scholars will receive special recognition in front of their families and peers. Read more

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Nine Greater Latrobe fifth and sixth grade students participated in the Westmoreland County Music Educators Association’s fifth and sixth Grade County Band Festival at Wendover Middle School in the Hempfield Area School District. Shown here are: Joey Hussak, Jessica Gold, Sarah Daniels, Daniel Stevenson, Anna Fridg, Cori Gardiner, Anna Tokesky, Rowen Watson and Caden Mikulsky. Read more

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