13 Reasons Why becomes teen conversation topic

13 Reasons Why becomes teen conversation topic

Gianna Ciavarella, Reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

13 Reasons Why is based on the New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher. 13 Reasons Why is the story of Hannah Baker, a high schooler, who commits suicide. Clay Jensen, a young friend of Hannah receives a box of tapes from Hannah, his late classmate and crush, after she kills herself. On the ta...

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Avengers: Infinity War Movie Review

Caden Mcmaster, Reporter

May 25, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Reviews

Avengers: Infinity War has been out for a while and this movie is beyond good. This movie takes viewers' hearts out and throws them on the floor. Infinity War is now known as the saddest Marvel movie ever. It takes something the heroes the fans love and puts them in very difficult situations testin...

Editorial: Summer approaches, students plan

Editorial:  Summer approaches, students plan

Editorial Board

May 25, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Grab your sunglasses, Kool-Aid, flip-flops and sunscreen. Summer is coming! The Altoona Area School District has had a successful year and the students plan on having and even more successful summer. Not all students have set-in-stone plans for summer break. Here are some fun ideas to kick off your brea...

Hey eighth graders! Follow these tips to start next year right

Hey eighth graders! Follow these tips to start next year right

Sydney Wilfong, Reporter

May 24, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear eighth graders, It’s almost the end of May, which means school is coming to an end and summer will soon commence. But don’t forget, when school begins again, you will be taking my place as a ninth grader. Now, don’t be scared; there’s nothing to fear--except the plethora of homework and...

Weather interferes with music department adjudication

Weather interferes with music department adjudication

Caley Galarneau, Reporter

May 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Saturday May 19, the music department went to Hershey, PA to compete in Music in the Parks.  It was a nice competition and was set up very efficiently, but the weather was terrible. The people in charge obviously could not do anything about the weather, but the marching band had to stand outside in th...

Happy retirement, Mr. Yon! We will miss you.

Happy retirement, Mr. Yon! We will miss you.

Sydney Wilfong, Reporter

May 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Jon Yon is AAJHS’ seventh grade marching and concert band director as well as varsity jazz band director. I’ve had the honor and privilege of having Yon as my marching band director in seventh grade and as my jazz band director in both eighth and ninth grade. This man has played a very important...

New softball fields benefit players

New softball fields benefit players

Riley Steinbugl, Reporter

May 18, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The new softball fields that have recently been put in for the softball players benefit them in many ways. They have much better playing conditions, more space and teams are able to play more home games at Logan Elementary School.The new fields replaced the old and worn out fields. They were a gift fo...

Ten tips for upcoming test takers

Ten tips for upcoming test takers

Jocelyn Fetter, Opinion editor

May 10, 2018


Filed under Columns

At one point or another, we’ve all taken a standardized test. If you’re like the most of us, your favorite part is the snacks afterwards. Although none of us enjoy it, we all have to take it, so here are  some tips to help you stay focused and pass your test the first time. Get a goodnight of ...

School year went extremely well

School year went extremely well

Caley Galarneau, Reporter

May 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This school year was very successful, and this was my best year at the junior high.  I met a lot of new friends, and I definitely did good with my grades. I accomplished my goal on getting higher grades, and I was able to lift my grades throughout the different marking periods. The only problem I...

AAJHS should provide more dress themed days for students

AAJHS should provide more dress themed days for students

Sydney Wilfong, Reporter

May 1, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s the end of April, and with the school year coming to an end, I want to make these last days of what we have left of ninth grade in this building special. What do I mean by special? I mean I want to have fun--particularly more fun on Fridays. Last Friday, AAJHS students dressed up as different...

Conspiracy theories make the world go around

Conspiracy theories make the world go around

Gianna Ciavarella, Reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under Columns

Good morning, good afternoon and goodnight! April 18 has passed, and we’re still here! If I’m being honest, quite frankly I’m disappointed yet not surprised. The conspiracy theory that the Malaysian airline had been overthrown by aliens and the same aliens have taken over the world have been prov...

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