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Students attend career exploration camp

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Area high school students are back home after participating in a national career exploration camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Rochester Institute of Technology. About 100 students from as far away as California attended.

Trey Shultz of Cresson, who will be a senior this fall at Penn Cambria High?School, participated in Explore Your Future, a six-day career exploration camp at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the RIT campus in Rochester, N.Y.

Campers got a taste of possible careers in computer art design, business, health care, laboratory science, computing and engineering.

Explore Your Future, in its 29th year, not only helped the students and their parents decide what majors and careers may best interest them, the experience also allows many to meet others their ages who have similar backgrounds. Many deaf and hard-of-hearing students may be the only or one of a few deaf students in their school. Evening activities included visiting an amusement park, bowling and a dance.

Many of the students used sign language to communicate. Others didn’t. But the diversity in communication didn’t stop them from making many new friends.

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields.

This past year, more than 1,250 deaf and hard-of-hearing students attended RIT/NTID, making it the largest college for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduates in the country.

Hundreds of interpreters, classroom captionists, tutors and notetakers support students in and out of the classroom, making it the most accessible college campus for deaf and hard-of-hearing students anywhere.

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Blair Tea Party awards scholarship

The Blair County Tea Party congratulates the 2014 Blair County Tea Party Patriot Scholarship winner Hunter DeRensis.

The BCTP Patriot Scholarship is a $1,300 scholarship that was open to all high school seniors in Blair County, including those who attend parochial schools or are home schooled.

Students that were considered for the scholarship submitted an essay which addressed the question, “Which of the first 10 amendments would have had the greatest impact on U.S. History if it had not existed?” The finalists were interviewed and invited to the BCTP’s annual Freedom Fest celebration where the winner was announced. Hunter shared his winning essay and was presented with a plaque. The other finalists were also presented with commemorative gifts.

Hunter is a graduate of AAHS with plans of attending George Mason University and majoring in History and wants to go into public service.

Rachel McIntosh, a graduate of AAHS with plans of attending Liberty University and majoring in public relations, advertising and international relations, received commemorative gifts for second place.

Altoona student recognized nationally

Kyler C. Merritts of Altoona has been recognized by The National Society of High School Scholars.

The society recognizes top scholars who demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment.

The announcement was made by NSHSS founder and chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel prizes.

Kyler is the son of Brian Merritts and Rhonda Eckenrode and will be a senior this fall at Altoona Area High School.

Kyler is planning to attend college after graduation to study engineering.

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Area student receives scholarship to attend IUP

INDIANA, Pa. – Sara Miller of Ebensburg has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Charles and Margaret Kupchella Scholarship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Miller, daughter of John and Darlene Miller, is a 2014 graduate of Blacklick Valley High School.

She plans to major in interior design at IUP.

Testing set for students new to Hollidaysburg

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School will conduct a testing and orientation for students new to the district from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 19 in the junior high school library.

This event is for students new to the district, entering grades seven, eight or nine.

The session will include counselor discussion of curriculum, a brief tour and testing. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend with their child.

Take current report cards and standardized testing results, if available, and call 695-4426, ext. 6520, with any questions.

Sixth-grader serves as principal for the day

CLAYSBURG -?Michael Baker, sixth-grade student at Claysburg-Kimmel Elementary School, was able to be principal for the day.

He received this honor for earning 500 Accelerated Reader points.

Michael said he worked very hard this year and was motivated to read so he could earn his 500 points.

Michael felt being a principal meant attending lots of meetings, watching how teachers and students were doing and punishing kids who did things wrong so they would learn.

He had to run a sixth-grade transition meeting, give AR rewards, answer staff’s and student’s questions, take care of cafeteria issues, as well as other tasks.

Laurie Criswell, elementary principal, said “Michael is such a wonderful student who works hard to make great decisions and be a role model for others.”

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Mo Valley Elementary rewards positive behavior

FLINTON -?The Moshannon Valley Elementary School held its annual ice cream social and spaghetti dinner on May 14 and 21.

The dinner was held to reward students for positive schoolwide behavior in the classroom and throughout the school building.

To earn this recognition, students had to achieve a “Top Hat” or Principal’s Award at least two out of the first three marking periods.

Students received invitations to the dinner and were allowed to bring parents, family and friends.

The ice cream social was for students in kindergarten through third grade. This event was sponsored by Sez Sew Stitching and Jimmy’s Corner. More than 400 students, family, friends and staff were in attendance for the social.

The spaghetti dinner was sponsored by George Pry from Horrace Mann Insurance. This dinner was for students in fourth through sixth grades. Approximately 250 students, family, friends and staff attended.

These events included prizes such as: a trip for four to New York City from Fullington Bus Co., a bowling party from Moshannon Valley Super Bowl, ride and slide passes from DelGrosso’s Amusement Park and Lakemont Park, free movie rentals from Videos Unlimited in Houtzdale and pizza from Lia’s Pizza in Houtzdale.

Other sponsors included the Moshannon Valley PTO, Dan Rebar Contracting and Moshannon Valley Floral.

Student gets scholarship to attend Enterprise Week

Abdul Pearson of Altoona and a sophomore at Altoona Area High School, was granted a full scholarship to attend Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2014’s Aug. 3 to 9 session on the campus of Lycoming College, Williamsport.

Pearson is the son of Tiffeny Newman of Altoona.

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week is a weeklong economic education program that offers students an inside look at the private enterprise system and the way the free market functions.

Teachers and counselors recommend the candidates who are then reviewed by the PFEW staff.

Admission is based on motivation to learn that is demonstrated through essays submitted by the applicants. Those accepted are awarded scholarships, which cover all program costs, excluding a registration fee and transportation.

Students are housed in dormitories, where they experience a taste of college life.

During the week, student “companies” simulate the actual operation of their own businesses for the equivalent of three years. Business volunteers serve as company advisers who mentor the students as they face many of the same decisions real executives confront.

The companies compete against each other in management skill, return on net assets, a marketing and advertising campaign and a presentation to stockholders.

Company advisers do not make decisions, but suggest available options and share their own experiences and challenges.

Scholarship winners learn the value of teamwork, cooperation and leadership.