School notes

AAHS mock trial team second at competition

PHILADELPHIA -?The Altoona Area High School Mock Trial Team finished second overall at the University of Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Mock Trial Invitational on Jan. 18 and 19.

Forty-four of the best mock trial teams in the state were invited to participate in this year’s tournament.

The team was under the coaching leadership of faculty coaches James and Jennifer Lowe and attorney coach, David Andrews.

The team competed in four trials over the course of the weekend, defeating Strath Haven High School and Episcopal Academy on the second day of competition.

The second-place finish is the highest the Altoona team has achieved in this tournament.

Altoona achieved a fifth-place finish in 2012 and a third-place finish in 2013.

SAT?Prep Workshop held at Glendale High School

FLINTON – On April 12, two instructors from The Learning Lamp of Johnstown – Rachel Sernell and Emily Theys – presented a six-hour workshop on “SAT Test Preparation” to 24 Glendale high school students.

With the SAT a major factor in the college application process, the tutors sharpened the students’ test-taking skills by reviewing techniques, concepts and question types that apply to the three major sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test: Mathematics, Critical Reading and Writing.

This workshop was funded entirely by the Glendale Education Foundation and arranged through Glendale High School guidance counselor Kim Kozak.

In addition, the foundation purchased each student a copy of the latest edition of the “Official SAT Study Guide,” as well as practice exams.

Student is merit finalist

for scholarship program

Chelsea Keller, an Altoona Area High School senior, has been awarded $500 in the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers’ Foundation Scholarship Program.

Established in 1994, the foundation provides funds for charitable and educational initiatives throughout the Commonwealth.

The foundation’s scholarship fund benefits college-bound children of full-time employees and directors of PACB member institutions.

Chelsea’s mother, Jennifer Keller, is a teller and customer service representative at C&G Savings Bank – a member institution of the state-wide association.

During high school, Chelsea was a member of Student Council, Mock Trial and the National Honor Society.

She also participated on the school’s dance team. Chelsea plans to continue her education, majoring in pre-med biology in the fall.

Student gets $16,000 scholarship from Findlay

FINDLAY, Ohio – Alexis Locke of Portage was awarded a merit scholarship award for $16,000 from The University of Findlay for the 2014-15 academic year.

Merit scholarship awards are based on a student’s final, cumulative high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores.

Scholarships are awarded beginning with the freshman year and are renewable for up to four years (for a total of five years of scholarship aid).

Merit scholarships for transfer students are based on the student’s GPA from all previous college-level institutions.

Locke is a senior at Claysburg-Kimmel High School.

School notes

Penn Lincoln students donate cookie proceeds

Penn-Lincoln Elementary School students from the Uniquely Me program of the Western Pennsylvania Girl Scouts held a cookie booth at the school on March 13.

In one hour, the girls sold 163 boxes of cookies with a net profit of $114.10. They decided to donate their “troop proceeds” to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

The girls participated in the six-week Uniquely Me program earlier in the school year.

The program is a Girl Scout/

Unilever program designed to help foster positive self esteem for young girls ages 8 to 17.

S&T awards scholarships to children of employees

INDIANA, Pa. – S&T Bank, a full-service financial institution with branch locations in 11 Pennsylvania counties, announced the winners of the 2014 S&T Bank Scholarship. The annual scholarship program provides $1,000 scholarships to the children of 10 S&T Bank employees who achieved success in their high school academic pursuits and are preparing to further their education.

This year’s recipients include Kent Brustle, son of Karl Brustle from commercial lending, Altoona.

“On behalf of the scholarship committee, I’d like to thank all of the employees and the bright and talented applicants who participated in the scholarship program this year,” said Todd D. Brice, president and chief executive officer of S&T Bank.

“We are pleased to show our thanks to our employees by offering this scholarship program and wish the recipients luck as they pursue their higher education goals.”

Scholarship applicants were evaluated on academic success, including grade point average, class rank and SAT scores, as well as service to the community, essays, letters of recommendation and financial need.