The Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the winners of the
2018 Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition. The annual state competition is in its twenty-second
year overall, and is coordinated for the tenth year by Saint Francis University. Cash awards of $96 for
first place, $72 for second, $48 for third, and $24 for fourth in each of four grade levels are awarded to
the students who submitted winning posters.
External financial support is provided by several regional and state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance, Mathematics Council of Western Pennsylvania, and the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Chapters of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
A statistics poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.
The 474 posters submitted included 123 in the K-3 grade category, 209 from grades 4-6, 44 from grades 7-9, and 98 from grades 10-12. These 474 posters were submitted from a total of 778 students! Judging for the state competition was held on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Winning posters were then submitted to the National Statistics Poster Competition, which is coordinated by the American Statistical Association. Congratulations to all the students who created and submitted the winning and honorable mention posters, and to the teachers who guided the students.
Grades 7-9 Winning Posters 2018
Marissa Saturley and Emma Diakiwsky
Ambridge Junior High School
Taught by Donald Ayers
This work of art was created by the 2017-18 art students in conjunction with artist Lindsay Huff and art teacher Ms. Zbrzezny. Each year, our Interact club helps to recognize Children’s Grief Awareness week with several activities. During lunch periods, students write messages to loved ones who have passed away on Hope butterflies and hang them on a tree fabricated by student artists. The tree represents changes or seasons of life as well as growth and rebirth.
This upcycled artwork will serve as an interactive mural that will be used to house Hope butterflies year after year at our middle school. It took around 190 students 2 months to create from scratch. The boards were first measured and laid out to draw and color code the initial sketch idea. Next, cans of all colors donated by students and the community were cut down to size and the mural was filled in like a mosaic. It was a labor of love and a true test in GRIT.
This Artist Residency Project was supported in part by the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Arts in Education Partner serving Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties is Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Instructor: Don Ayers
Congratulations to the following students who have been voted by their peers to have given the best combined informative and persuasive charity speeches in Ms. Wandel’s 8th grade English classes. These students will have donations made in their names to the charities on which they presented.
The winners are:
Lanaya Pharr and the charity He for She
Austin Merlina and the charity Easter Seals
Elliott Powell and The Fisher House charity
Brandon Streb and the ALS Foundation
Jenna McFarland and the Breast Cancer Foundation
Congratulations to all students on a job well done, and thank you to everyone who donated!
Students were greeted this morning by encouraging and positive messages from staff members for the start of the PSSA testing. Staff arrived to school early today to create the messages, and also placed supportive messages in the hallways for students near their assigned testing areas.
Each year the National Park Trust holds a contest to get kids to parks. They offer a $1,000 grant that must be written mostly by students. This year Jenna McFarland with the help of Mr. Ayers won the $1,000 grant. She is taking the 8th grade honors classes to Moraine State Park on May 8th. The program will include the following: Forest Management with a Dept. Natural Resources Forester, a history & sight-seeing trip on the boat the Nautical Nature, and Tree Identification with the local Park Ranger Mike Shaffer. Great job Jenna!
On March 23rd and 24th, a seventh grader at the junior high school, Rudy Erickson, competed at the state MathCounts competition in Harrisburg against 126 students from across the state. To qualify for the state competition, students from 274 schools participated in the 21 local competitions.
On Friday, Rudy participated in an engineering activity sponsored by University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, and also a practice countdown round. Saturday morning was the actual testing round, in which he competed along with 5 other students from Beaver County.
Please join us in congratulating Rudy for his achievement in being among the top Mathletes in the state.
On Saturday, February 3rd, ten students from Ambridge Area Junior High competed at Penn State Beaver for the annual Beaver County MathCounts Competition. MathCounts is a nationwide junior high school math program. Its purpose is to administer math enrichment, coaching, and competition programs, while increasing enthusiasm and enhancing achievement in middle school mathematics. Each year, 500+ local competitions and 57 state competitions are conducted through the United States.
Competitors from Ambridge were: Rudy Erickson, Leah Fritsch, Will Gruca, Josh Hovan, Camden Mawhinney, Elliott Powell, Dalton Prevost, Ivan You, Evan Waschak, and Nicholas Waschak.
After 3 rounds of competition, our four person team of Rudy Erickson, Josh Hovan, Elliott Powell, and Ivan You won the 2nd place team trophy. After the final countdown round, where each student in the top ten came to the stage for a head to head contest, three of our students placed in the top ten. Ivan You earned the 8th place spot, Elliott Powell the 5th place award, and Rudy Erickson earned 3rd place.
As part of the top 4 individuals in Beaver County, Rudy Erickson will be representing Ambridge and Beaver County at the state MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 23-24, 2018. Please join us in supporting Rudy as he travels to Harrisburg to compete against students across Pennsylvania!
Congratulations to the Ambridge Junior High for their outstanding fundraising efforts made in the support of the American Heart Association. Over the course of a week, the Interact Club held various fundraising activities including face painting and selling wrist bands. The week ended in a dodge ball tournament for which students bought American Heart Association t-shirts as their ticket to play in the game. Because of the generosity and involvement of the students and staff, the Junior High raised approximately $1,300 in support of the American Heart Association! A huge thanks goes out to all of the students and staff of the Ambridge Junior High, as well as the administration for their ongoing support to these charitable endeavors.
Starting on Monday, the Junior High Interact Club will be hosting a "Penny War" to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. This fundraiser will run the recommended three week time frame from Monday, March 5th until Friday, March 23rd.
What is a Penny War you may ask? It's pretty simple. Students bring in all the pennies they can and put them in their homeroom's donation box. Easy enough? There's just one catch...they can also bring in any other money, like nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollar bills to sabotage other homerooms! Anything other than pennies will subtract from the money earned. General rule...pennies will add to your total, and all other money will take away. The homeroom with the highest balance (taking into account the sabotages) will win! So, we are asking students to bring in their money starting Monday! As long as the school raises $750, the Leukemia and Lymphoma society will pay for a pizza party for the winning homeroom.
The best part is that regardless of the highest or lowest balances collected by homerooms, all of the money collected will benefit a person in need. The Interact Club thanks you for your generosity!