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Emily Gruca, 14-year-old Ambridge High School freshman joined 2,500 teenagers from 30 countries to attend Presidential Inauguration Leadership Summit in DC.
The summit happens every four years and is designed to empower next generation leaders as they continue on their journey toward realizing the power of their potential.
Gruca was originally nominated by her junior high school teacher, Anthony Amadio, to attend the Envision STEM Camp in the summer of 2016 at Loyola University in Chicago.
"Emily is a highly self-motivated individual that involved herself in her school activities while maintaining a high level of achievement" said Amadio. "I felt after my time with Emily in class and watching her participate in her extracurricular activities, that she was the type of young adult for this type of program."
Amadio added " I wanted to empower her to explore her interests and gain critical learning experiences beyond our classroom."
"The Presidential Inauguration only happens every four years, so being able to witness it was truly amazing" shared Gruca. "I also had the privilege to meet kids my age from all over the country, and I even made friends with a girl from New Zealand."
During the five day program, Summit scholars were given the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts and work together in small-group breakout delegations to generate solutions to 21st-century challenges that the next president and next generation leaders will face.
Gruca had to tackle one-of-six topics that were given; she choose would impact her most in their future. The final topics are in the areas of healthcare, technology, the environment, foreign relations, human capital and women in leadership.
"I learned more about current global issues, such as the lack of women’s leadership and the role it plays in world peace" shared Gruca. "This was something I found particularly interesting to learn about, since we aren’t normally made aware of issues like that in school. I also improved my public speaking skills, and I learned how to better communicate and collaborate with others."
Gruca's future goal is to graduate as valedictorian from Ambridge, enroll at Stanford, majoring in Astronomy. "Ever since the fourth grade, I have had a passion for trying to explain the origin of extraterrestrial objects and their evolution, as well as studying the planets, moons, stars, and other galaxies" added Gruca.
"I recognize, however, that my dream college and career are subject to change in the next four years. Until then, I plan on going to more camps that will broaden my knowledge of careers and interests."
Originally Posted by The Ambridge Connection : http://www.ambridgeconnection.com/local-news/ambridge-freshman-attends-presidential-inauguration-leadership-summit
On Saturday, February 4th, ten students from the Junior High School participated in the MathCounts competition at Penn State - Beaver. Rhiannon Bosh, Jonathan Ciani, Xander Dowlin, Connor Finnegan, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Jeremiah Giordani, Ezra Hanna, Joshua Hovan, Marissa Kennedy, and Elliott Powell competed against students from 8 other Beaver County schools. Four of our students placed in the TOP 10 after 3 rounds of competition. Connor Finnegan came in 10th, Xander Dowlin in 7th, JeremiahYou Giordani in 6th, and Jonathan Ciani 2nd. This qualified Jonathan to compete at the state level MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 11th. In addition, each school selects a 4 person group for the team round. The teams compete for a spot in the state competition with only the 1st place team qualifying. The Ambridge team earned 1st place! Congratulations to Jonathan, Xander, Kyla, and Elliott for being able to represent the Junior High and Beaver County in Harrisburg. Please join us in congratulating all of the students and wishing our state competitors good luck!
Growing up, Samantha Giordani was an active child, playing soccer. After a cancer diagnosis sidelined her a few years ago, Giordani turned to track, where she's found success as a sophomore at Ambridge. Click the link below to read the full article on The Times Online
Photo taken by Joe Sabella
After functioning as more of a role player for Ambridge basketball as a freshman, Kara Haslett's sophomore season looked like it was going to be her breakout year. Instead, Haslett spent the year watching her teammates from the sideline.
Playing in an off-season shootout tournament in November 2015 at Seneca Valley, Haslett drove to the hoop, jump stopped and felt her knee pop. The diagnosis was severe: a torn ACL.
To read the full article writtern by Jeremy Tepper on The Times Online, click the link below.
Jr High Science Fair Winners January 19, 2017
1st Place - Dinah Bailey
2nd Place - Matt Kowalsky/Brady Eisel
3rd Place - Jacob Ernst
4th Place - Dominic Santia
HM - Jacob Kotula/Will Hrinko
HM - Maura Devine
Congratulations to our Ambridge Area School District students who were finalists in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest. Our 4th and 5th graders swept their divisions! They were presented their plaques and monetary awards at the Dr. King Banquet in Rochester on Sunday, January 15th. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Ambridge Steel Drum Band.
In the fourth grade division, the winners were Madelyn Palmer of Economy Elementary in first place and Ja...red Astorino of Highland Elementary in second place.
In the fifth grade division, the winners were Mackenzie Sutton from State Street Elementary in first place and Madison Holcomb, also from State Street, in second place.
We are extremely proud of your knowledge of Dr. King and the oratorical skills you are developing at such a young age!
Ambridge Area School District Modified 2016-2017 School Calendar
It is recommended the Ambridge Area School District 2016-2017 school calendar be modified as follows:
January, 2017 (School Make-Up Days)
Friday, January 13………… Full Day (K-12)
Monday, January 16…….. School Make-Up Day….(1) (Full Day)
Tuesday, January 17……… School Make-Up Day…(2) (Full Day)
February, 2017 (School Make-Up Days)
Monday, February 20……. School Make-Up Day… (3) (Full Day)
March, 2017 (School Make-Up Day)
Friday, March 10…………… Full Day (K-12)
April, 2017 (School Make-Up Day)
Wednesday, April 12……… Full Day (K-12)
Thursday, April 13………….. School Make-Up Day..(4) (Full Day)
Friday, April 14……………….. School Make-Up Day..(5) (Full Day)
Monday, April 17……………. School Make-Up Day..(6) (Full Day)
May, 2017 (School Make-Up Day)
Friday, May 5………………….. Full Day (K-12)
Tuesday, May 30…………….. School Make-Up Day..(7) (Full Day)
Wednesday, May 31……….. School Make-Up Day..(8) (Full Day)
June, 2017 (School Make-Up Day)
- Monday, June 12……………. School Make-Up Day…(9) (Full Day)
- Tuesday, June 13……………. School Make-Up Day…(10) (Full Day)
- Wednesday, June 14………. School Make-Up Day Elementary and Secondary / 180th Day of School for Secondary only (11 for Secondary) (Full Day)
Thursday, June 15…………… School Make-Up Day / Elementary only / 180th Day of School for Elementary only (11 for Elementary) (Full Day)
Thursday, June 15…………….In-Service Day / Secondary Only
Friday, June 16………………….Clerical Day / Elementary and Secondary
The following days in January have been changed on our district calendar to FULL days of school:
- Friday, January 13 (Full Day K-12)
- Monday, January 16 (Full Day K-12)
- Tuesday, January 17 (Full Day K-12)
School will be in session for ALL of the remaining weekdays in January. The district is currently working on publishing a new calendar for the remainder of the school year. You will be receiving a copy within the next few days.
In 1st grade Reading students read different versions the folktale, The Three Little Pigs. In the STEAM Lab with Miss Conroy, students at Economy and State Street created houses for the 3 Little pigs out of drinking straws, craft sticks and Legos and cubes. Students worked as a team and followed the Engineering and Design process. They documented their progress in their Engineering & Design Notebooks. Students read a Reader’s Theater script of The Three Little Pigs and acted out the play through a puppet show. Each class filmed 2 videos on an iPad using green screen technology. Below you will find their final products. We hope you enjoy them!
Sarah Fischer is a senior on the Ambridge basketball team. With her first basket of the game, Fischer registered her 1,000th career point in a 20-point effort over Franklin Regional in the North Allegheny tournament on Thursday. Ambridge is 5-5 overall and 2-1 in Section 2-4A. Click on the link below for more information and Fischer's answers during an interview.