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“I think it’s dumb. I mean they don’t really count towards anything anyway.” ninth grader Layla Shelow said.
Photo taken by Ben Blackie

“I think it’s dumb. I mean they don’t really count towards anything anyway.” ninth grader Layla Shelow said. Photo taken by Ben Blackie

“I think it’s dumb. I mean they don’t really count towards anything anyway.” ninth grader Layla Shelow said. Photo taken by Ben Blackie

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What are your thoughts on standardized tests? Explain.

“I don’t like them because they are too hard.” eighth grader Nate Empson said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I don’t like it because it’s boring. It’s just a waste of time,” seventh grader Matthew Giordano said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I guess they are helpful because they get you ready for bigger tests in high school,” eighth grader Jenna Williams said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I don’t really like it because it is a hassle and it takes a long period of time,” eighth grader Chawntelle Ogureck said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“Standardized testing is not worth the struggle,” seventh grader Danielle Bardelang said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I think it’s dumb. I mean they don’t really count towards anything anyway,” ninth grader Layla Shelow said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“It’s stupid. They can’t just give tests like that, kids have different abilities. It just doesn’t make sense,” ninth grader Rylie Whitaker said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I think it’s great because you can show what you learned, what you’re proficient in, and what your teachers taught,” eighth grader Tyler Bennett said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I think they’re dumb. They’re long for no reason. And it’s just complicated,” ninth grader Leslie Flores said. Photo by Ben Blackie

“I don’t think they’re necessary. They just cause everyone more stress. And, in my opinion it stresses me out a lot. I mean they could count next year for levels, but it’s not really helpful,” seventh grader Emma Peterman said.
Photo by Ben Blackie

About the Writers
Caley Galarneau, Reporter

Caley Galarneau is very active and loves to be around people. She is one of the Feature Twirlers for the Varsity band. Caley also loves to ride horses and go to the farm and be around animals.

Ben Blackie, Reporter

Ben Blackie is a student at AAJHS. Along with being in the school newspaper, he has been a part of the school’s student council since seventh grade. He is also in the ninth grade committee. Every year during his summer vacation he and his family try to do a new and adventurous activity. For example this past summer he went parasailing and zip lining .

Chastity Brunner, Reporter

Chastity Brunner is a student at Altoona Area Junior High School. Along with being in her school’s newspaper site, she is a captain for the AAJHS cheer squad, in vocal ensemble and is currently in honors classes. Twenty One Pilots is her favorite band. Her favorite sport is football, and her favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chastity also has two dogs and one cat, and she loves to draw and take photos in her free time.

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