The Ambridge Area Board of Education has scheduled its regular monthly Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria of Ambridge Area High School, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge Borough.
Ambridge Area High School senior Lee Smith accepted an athletic scholarship and signed the National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the men's volleyball program at Penn State University. PSU is one of the top volleyball program in the country and has been in the NCAA Final Four the past 15 years.
Lee is a three-year All-State player and helped Ambridge earn back-to-back WPIAL Championships for the last two seasons and the team also earned 2nd place at the State Championships last season. Lee was a member of the 2012 USA Youth National Team which earned 3rd place at the NORCECA Championships in Tijuana, MEX.
The following is the Penn State University's press release:
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SIGNS ONE FOR 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –Head coach Mark Pavlik and his staff have announced the addition of Lee Smith, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Penn State men's volleyball team at the start of the 2015 season.
The 6-6 outside hitter from Sewickley, Pa. recently competed in the 2013 Boys' Youth National Volleyball training camp, after previously playing on the 2012 team that competed in the 2012 NORCECA Boys' Youth Continental Championship.
Lee also plays on the Beaver Valley Premier club team. In the last three consecutive years, he has played at the USAV High Performance Championships, earning three silver medals at the National Division.
"We are pleased to welcome Lee to the team," head coach Mark Pavlik said. "I am excited for his future as he brings a tradition of winning from Ambridge High School and head coach Glenn Freed."
At Ambridge Area High School, Lee helped guide the Bridgers to WPIAL titles in 2012 and 2013, as well as second-place finish in the 2013 PIAA Tournament and a third-place finish in the 2012 PIAA Tournament. He was team captain of the 2012 squad and earned three consecutive MVP honors from 2011 to 2013.
Lee also picked up WPIAL First Team All-Selection honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well as District 7 First Team honors in all three seasons, garnering MVP honors in 2012 and 2013.
"His skills in hitting and blocking will aid him as he develops at the collegiate level," Pavlik said. "He is a competitor who has been successful at every level in which he has been involved and I am sure that will continue as a Nittany Lion."
Congratulations to the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from Highland, State Street, and Economy Elementary that made the semi-finals of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest in Rochester. A special congratulations goes out to Kinsley Aswani, Economy, 2nd place in the 4th Grade division, Elizabeth Baronio, Economy, 1st place in the 5th Grade division, Dinah Bailey, Economy, 2nd place in the 5th Grade division, and Jacob Levato, State Street, 2nd place in the 6th Grade division.
For this Thanksgiving, the students and staff at the Ambridge Junior High will not only be giving thanks, but they will also be giving 677 donated food items to six families. During the week of November 18th, the Interact Club and Student Council teamed up to hold a homeroom competition to see who could collect the most canned foods, other non-perishables, and money.
After a week of spirited competition, Mrs. Baney’s homeroom reigned victorious, collecting a total of 144 food items. As a reward for all of their hard work, they will be receiving a pizza party. In addition to the food drive, our school also collected enough money to buy six turkeys, allowing us to give one to each of the families receiving canned goods.
A huge “thank you” goes out to all of the students and staff for their generosity during the canned food drive. Their response to this need was overwhelming. Although Mrs. Baney’s homeroom will be celebrating their victory with pizza, the true reward comes from knowing that because of the bigheartedness of the students and staff at the Junior High, we were able to show kindness and love to others during this season of giving.
The Ambridge Area Board of Education has scheduled its Reorganization Meeting for the purpose of reorganization under the School Code on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria of Ambridge Area High School, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge Borough. Immediately following the Reorganization Meeting, the Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting for the purpose of filling the vacancy created by the passing of Daniel Belich. The Meet and Discuss Board Meeting will be also be held on December 4, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the same location.
The 7th and 8th grade science classes are going to have the opportunity to perform their very own science fair project in class with brine shrimp and microscopes. It will be a simplified project compared to the Pittsburgh Science Fair projects but the intent to reach more students is key. Mr. Ayers won a MAC Grant for $500.00 from Mc Donald's that will pay for the supplies for this opportunity to come to fruition.
For most of us, the holidays are a time for family and friends to get together to share a meal, a laugh or a gift. Thatâ€™s not the case for many of the men and woman who are serving our country in the military. These brave men and women are thousands of miles away or separated from their loved ones during the holiday season. The students and faculty at the Junior High are hoping to make that time a little easier,by sending post cards with warm holiday wishes and words of thanks and appreciation to the troops. Mrs. Colorito and her students organized a Post card drive for the Troops during the lunch periods on October 28th to the 30th. As a result, more than 200 postcards were written and will be sent to various and random troops and military members around the world. Thanks to all of those who participated and are making a difference in the lives of those who keep our country safe.