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
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
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 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
Nicole Poulos is doing a canned food drive for the Center for Hope locally based in Ambridge.
We will be collecting at the following varsity football home games by the front gates and by the band concession stand:
Collecting during school the week of October 17th.
Ask your teachers for bonus if you donate.
Ambridge Area School District Parents and Residents:
On Monday, October 10, 2016, the Ambridge Area High School Field House (located on the corner of Duss Avenue and 8th Street) will be the site of a campaign stop sponsored by Donald Trump for President, Incorporated. The event begins at 3:30 PM.
Ambridge Area Senior High students will be dismissed at 2:00 PM to alleviate traffic in the vicinity. All students at the junior high school and each of the elementary schools will be dismissed at their regularly scheduled times.
As with other candidates seeking political office in the past the Donald Trump for President, Incorporated Campaign Committee has followed district policy in renting the field house for the campaign stop. This rental does not signify that the Ambridge Area School District endorses Donald Trump as a candidate. District policy does not permit us to discriminate against renting our facilities based on our personal political views.
The Ambridge Area School District is continually updating and implementing best practices to improve student safety. One of the latest recommended programs is ALICE. The Ambridge Area School District in conjunction with local police, will be holding a Parent Information Night in the Ambridge Area High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
Come try volleyball for free!
Ambridge Area High School will be the site of a free Open Court event for girls and boys in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 1:00-3:30pm. The high school girls' and boys' head coaches will be leading the event.
Pre-registration is not needed. No previous volleyball experience is required. We expect everyone to be brand new with the sport. Just come and have fun with the awesome sport of volleyball.