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Greater Latrobe Junior High School seventh-grade students Maddy Petruzzi, Robin Reilly and Ben Bradley captured third place at the Student Congress GOAL event on Feb. 26 at Greensburg Salem Middle School. Bradley received third place and also placed fourth in the individual competition. Students researched and wrote about 15 different bills to present arguments to the Student Congress. Read more

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Greater Latrobe Senior High School students Deanna Mylant, Alek Gmuer, (back row) Nathan Lemmon, Dom Panichelle, Max Wilson, Katie Ulishney, Breanna Carini and Owen Miele recently welcomed Kennedy Barasa (back row, fourth from left), a Fulbright Swahili teaching assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, to share East African culture with Spanish, German and Global Studies classes, as well as other interested students. A native of Kenya, Kennedy offered a presentation covering myths and misconceptions about Africa, Swahili greetings, everyday life and more. Read more

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Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chad Amond, Westmoreland Community Action Director Mandy Zalich, students Cydney Wierzbowski, Amber Platt, Tamra Schissler, Eli Wigand, teacher Jennifer Welty and Derry Area High School Principal Casey Long honored the four Derry Area students, who took first place at the recent Westmoreland County Census Video Competition. As part of the competition, local school districts, colleges and universities were asked to produce an inviting video stating the importance of the 2020 census within the county. Read more

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The Greater Latrobe Junior High School Student Council recently sponsored a Random Act of Kindness School Spirit Week and held a backpack supply collection through the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit (WIU). WIU Executive Director Dr. Jason Conway (back row, left) came to pick up the donations from students Brylee Bodnar, Sarah Hoffman, Aiden Kammerer, Jaycee Bodnar, (back row) Mikena Marino, Belle Blossey, Mia Myers, Eric Bisignani, Robin Reilly, Eleri West, Chiara Mongelluzzo, Penelope Wetzel, Brianna Hoffer, Regan Reilly and Louis Amatucci. Students in grades 7 and 8 donated over 600 items that are needed for the WIU backpack drive. Julie Ferrero-Marker also had some students help with the collection for their community service project. Read more

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Eleven Greater Latrobe Junior High School students participated in the Westmoreland County Music Educator Association Junior High Band Festivalon Feb. 21 at Wendover Middle School in the Hempfield Area School District, including Abigail Wolfgang, (second row) Molly Holsopple, Sarah Hoffman, Amber Taylor, (third row) Isaac Murgi, Kristen Scranton, Allyson Horner, (fourth row) Landon Shine, Katie Glasser, Abigail Vogelsang and Connor Benyo. Read more

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The Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce has been requesting donations for the Blackburn Center, so children and families from Latrobe Kinder-Schull preschool classes collected donations and the students recently bundled up and delivered their donations to the Chamber. The donations were then transported to the Blackburn Center in Greensburg. Read more

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Sixth-grade chorus students from Derry Area Middle School were selected to participate in the WCMEA Sixth-Grade County Chorus Festival on Feb. 28, including Zoe Frayvolt, Brennan Borbonus, Davin Barger, John Kerin, Hermione Lehosky, Kenzington Jones and Liberty Kuhns. The festival took place at Yough Intermediate School, and the guest conductor was Shawn Funk. Read more

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During Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week at Derry Area High School, the FFA sponsored many activities including a visit from representatives of Gallikers Company, who spoke to the FFA and accounting students at the school. Taking part were Gallikers Company representatives Matt Lohr, Jim Fleck and Adriann Pocesta; (back row) vocational agriculture teachers Carly-Jean Rippole and Roy Campbell; accounting teacher Debbie Bushey, and high school principal Casey Long. Read more

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Greater Latrobe Senior High School recently honored 10 students at the February Breakfast of Champions, including: John Aaron (who was honored by physical education teacher Jordan Zeunges), Cecilia Long (music teacher Cynthia Baltzer), Bionca Diggs (social studies teacher Kara Olecki-Leeper), Lindsay Hollick (family and consumer science teacher Courtney Coss), Hannah Thomas (language arts teacher Scott Marker), (back row) Daniel Miller (language arts teacher Tom Rohrbaugh), Jack Beddick (math teacher Melyssa Vinsick), Jolene Mazur (social studies teacher Dave Cook), Richard Gaia (science teacher Jackie Hoopes) and Lauren Jones (math teacher Heather Doyle). Read more

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Derry Area Middle School (DAMS) recently announced its STAR Students of the Quarter, including: Talon Turnage, grade 6, who was recognized for Life Skills; (second row) Sawyer Newhouse, grade 6, Science; Katelyn Dunlap, grade 8, Math; Alexa Kahl, grade 7, Language Arts; Regan Repak, grade 7, Art; Preston Kantoris, grade 6, World Regions; (back row) Vincent Mastrorocco, grade 8, Chorus; Kendall Cymmerman, grade 8, Physical Education, and Davin Barger, grade 6, Chorus. Read more

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Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) February Student of the Month Isabelle Kaecher accepts her certificate from Kevin Mack, chairperson of the EWCTC Joint Operating Committee (JOC). Kaecher is a Machine Tool Technology senior from Greater Latrobe Senior High School. Her instructor, Ken Pedder, said, “Isabelle is the total package. She’s got high mechanical aptitude, high math skills and a drive to succeed.” Her passion for machining led her to earn OSHA 10, Kennametal and four NIMS certifications. She won the precision machining competition for SkillsUSA districts in January and will compete at states in April. She is the 2020 class president, secretary of SkillsUSA and a member of the National Technical Honor Society. Last year, she participated in BotsIQ. She is also a major advocate for EWCTC. She acted as a teacher’s assistant for EWCTC’s Young Engineers Camp for three years and currently serves as a student ambassador. She is also a member of the Nati… Read more

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