Senior High School
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
The Mistletoe Dance was held on Saturday, December 17th at the Sheraton, Moon Township. The students were dressed to impress in their best formal wear. The Mistletoe Court, crowned at the dance, are pictured from left to right: Travis Holman, Madison Sas, Isaac Elliott, Alana Jula, Sierra Kazil (Queen), Nick Campalong (King), Brooklyn Kotula, Zak Ernst, Taylor Mealie, Landon Hanna.
Center for Hope
fundraiser will take place on
December 3, 2016 in the Ambridge Area
High School Gym. Do your Christmas shopping or
just shop for yourself. Doors open at 10 a.m. Luncheon
at noon. Music by our very own Steel Drums.Live auction to follow.
Over 100 baskets and a live auction. For tickets call ext. 2405
Benefits the Center For Hope
Come see your favorite princesses sing songs from their movies!
Featuring Songs From: Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Tangled and More!
Refreshments and Pictures to follow performance!
Pre Sales Tickets Available On:
December 3- Ambridge Christmas Parade
December 5- Highland Santaland Preview
December 7- Economy Santaland Preview
December 8- Ambridge Junior High Band Concert
December 20- Ambridge High School Band Concert
Tickets Also Available At the Door
Performed by Ambridge Musical Alumni
Ambridge students partook in the annual Senior Pride Day at Penn State Beaver where students competed in special challenges designed to teach them about balance, leadership, time-management and communication; skills that are necessary for success in college! This year our students came in second place on the day of competition and 3rd overall out of 8 schools that participated. Great job guys!
Congratulations to the Ambridge Girls' Cross Country Team! The members of the team are Mica Hanish, Elyssa Penson, Leuca Hanish, Julianna Detrick, Samantha Giordani, Nadine Bosh, and Hannah Doncevic. For the first time in over three decades, they were undefeated the entire season, they won section championships, and they qualified for PIAA State Championships. At WPIAL Qualifiers, Mica and Leuca Hanish both qualified for States as individuals. Mica placed second in 19:50, and Leuca placed fifteenth in 21:07. The entire team placed third. At States, Mica Hanish placed eighth in 19:22. The seniors on the team are Mica Hanish, Elyssa Penson, Julianna Detrick, and Nadine Bosh. Congratulations on a great season!
The team after winning sectionals Girls who placed at WPIAL Qualifiers
Left to right: Nadine Bosh, Samantha Giordani, Julianna Detrick, Coach Hess, Top row, second from left: Mica Hanish
Mica Hanish, Elyssa Penson, Leuca Hanish, Hannah Doncevic Bottom row, far left: Leuca Hanish
Girls who placed at PIAA State Championships
Eighth from left: Mica Hanish
Congratulations to the student of the month and extra effort winners!
Student of the month:
9th: -Ryan Racioppo
10th - Adam Fisher
11th -Priya Runner
12th- Sean Malatesta
9th: -Bianca Brown
10th - Camren Nelson
11th -Luke Sweigart
12th- Cierra Barnum
Congratulations to the Ambridge Girls Soccer team who defeated Franklin Regional and Mars this week to advance to the WPIAL Semifinals. The #12 seeded Bridgers beat #5 Franklin Regional 2-1 Monday night on goals from Brandie Nauman and Gretchen Oslick. Mars, the #4 seed, then fell to the Ambridge girls 1-0 on Thursday on a goal from Haley O’Brien. This season has been the most successful in the history of the Ambridge girl’s soccer program. Congratulations!
Ambridge takes on Moon on Saturday, October 29th at 4:00 PM at West Allegheny High School. Come out and support the girls!
Photos provided by Dave Woten / Megan Mealie
If you want to order a yearbook, you can go to www.yearbookforever.com to order. The cost is $60. Order early before the price increases at the end of December.
Senior Baby Photos (by December 21st)
Student Pet Photos (must be in the photo with your pet)
Spirit Week Photos
Any other school events
Thank you for your help with the yearbook!
Two hundred and two little princesses, skeletons, minions, pirates, clowns, superheroes, among other creepy ghouls, visited Ambridge Area High School for the Interact Club’s Annual Halloween at the High School. This event was offered to students in the district up to Sixth grade. Each child received a bag of goodies courtesy of the Interact Members, faculty, and staff in the Ambridge Area School District. The Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union also participated by donating and handing out fresh popcorn. Costumed children had the opportunity to play an assortment of games, including Pumpkin Bowling, Witches Hat Toss, and Toilet Paper Mummy. After playing each game, the children received two tickets that allowed them to select a prize. The Halloween Costume Contest took place in the Auditorium and three prizes were given out for three age categories. Interact also provided Halloween themed cutouts and props for photo opportunities as well. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs. Each year, Interact club completes at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:
• Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
• Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
• Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
• Advancing international understanding and goodwill