The greatest stuntman

The greatest stuntman

Jocelyn Fetter, Opinion editor

April 5, 2018


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Caleb Asch has worked with horses for years and had the opportunity to work as a stunt man in the feature film The Greatest Showman.  The movie is all based around the circus, and the story behind the Barnum and Bailey circus. (Read my last Column and you can hear more about the movie, and what I th...

Easter for Eli ‘springs’ into action

Easter for Eli ‘springs’ into action

April 2, 2018


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To honor the little boy, Elias “Eli” Garrett and his fight with Non-Hodgkin’s T-Cell Lymphoma in 2009, schools all over the nation get their students to bring in items such as coloring books, toys, puzzles, stuffed animals, etc. to place in baskets for the little boys and girls who are hospitalized...

“Flight Academy” visits planetarium

“Flight Academy” visits planetarium

Maddy Pincin, Reporter

March 23, 2018


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During the week of Feb 26, 2018, a group called “Flight Academy” went on a field trip they earned to the high school to see an astronomy show. The “Flight Academy” is a group of students who are involved in a non-fiction reading program with Justina McCaulley and Sonya DeArmitt. DeArmitt’...

Clay Cup hosts mug give away

Clay Cup hosts mug give away

Maddie Detwiler, reporter

March 20, 2018


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On March 13 in downtown Altoona, the Clay Cup hosted an event for pottery students to hand out free mugs to whomever wanted one. Recipients of the mugs then also could fill the cup with free coffee. The Altoona Area School District Foundation funded this project with a grant. The end goals of the proj...

Teen shelter provides safe place to hangout

Teen shelter provides safe place to hangout

Chastity Brunner, Photographer

March 20, 2018


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The Altoona PA teen shelter is located at 1701 sixth avenue. The shelter is a place for teens ages 12-17 to go. The shelter has various open nights for teens such as: game nights, pizza nights, taco nights, plus other various activities. It is also a place for teens to stay for up to 21 days. When...

Students learn “The Treasures of Leadership” at student council conference

Students learn “The Treasures of Leadership” at student council conference

Ben Blackie, Photographer

March 20, 2018


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This year the school's Student Council sponsored and hosted a student council conference. Although most schools couldn't attend due to a snow storm, two schools did. Student Council members from AAJHS, AAHS, BGHS, HAHS and HAJHS enjoyed the conference and learned lessons from the workshops. Student Council...

Circus Schools help performers follow dreams

Circus Schools help performers follow dreams

Joleyna Martino, Reporter

March 20, 2018


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In the United States alone, there are approximately 219 circus schools open and available for individuals who have a dream to join the circus. These classes offer training for all types of circus arts for children and adults. The most well-known circus schools for those 18 and under are Sailor Circus, Circus Smirkus and Circus Juventas. Some circus schoo...

New ATOMS location: Altoona added this year

March 15, 2018


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ATOMS Enrollment 2018 Appalachia IU 8 is conducting the Advanced Training for Outstanding Mathematics and Science (ATOMS) Scholars Program again this summer. These are hands-on, high level, intensive STEM experiences for interested students who will be completing grades 2 through 8 this school year...

Vote now

Vote now

March 12, 2018


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Six students from AAJHS are part of the 2018 Dream It. Do It. PA  "What's so cool about manufacturing?" Video Contest. They have partnered with McLanahan Corporation in Duncansville with the goal of introducing students to the world of manufacturing. The viewer's choice voting window has opened today...

Hat day helps fundraise money for K-9 unit

Hat day helps fundraise money for K-9 unit

Maddy Pincin, Reporter

February 28, 2018


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On Feb. 9, 2018 the school held a hat day and staff had a dress down day in order to raise money for the Altoona K-9 unit. February, student council decided to help raise money for the K-9 unit hoping to help pay for the K-9 dog named Rik. Rik is undergoing operation and the unit needed help gettin...

Ninth grade English classes rewarded with field trip to Mishler

Ninth grade English classes rewarded with field trip to Mishler

Mychenze Alberts, Reporter

February 27, 2018


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Three teachers ninth grade English classes attended the Romeo and Juliet play at the Mishler Theatre on Feb. 14. Love tragedy on a day celebrating love. Ironic, right?  Students from Alyssa Hetrick, Autumn Barry-Kyle and Wanda Vanish were able to attend. Trenton Bush, a ninth grader in Vanish’s ...

Drama prepares for rendition of Mary Poppins

Drama prepares for rendition of Mary Poppins

Ben Blackie, Photographer

February 23, 2018


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As the 2017-2018 school year comes to the spring semester, the drama club prepares for their rendition of Mary Poppins. In the fall the club did their first 2017-2018 performance which was Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit. The drama club has been practicing the musical since  late December and since ...

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