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 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.
CHIPPEWA TWP. -- It quickly became apparent that the Ambridge girls’ soccer team was entering uncharted territory Monday night after a 6-3 playoff-clinching win over Blackhawk.
“This is the first time in my career I’ll be going to the playoffs,” said senior captain Taylor Mealie, who's first half goal extended the lead to 3-1. “I had faith in my teammates that we could do it.”
That faith, though, would have been wasted without actions. The Bridgers needed to win at Blackhawk to make the playoffs.
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to State Street Elementary for winning FIRST PLACE and bringing the Beaver County Battle of the Books trophy back to the Ambridge Area School District! For the past three years our district has participated in Battle of the Books, and every year we have had one of our elementary schools make the finals. There were approximately 150 students at the competition vying for this honor, and we are very proud of State Street- Team 1 for the win. Members of the team were Kylie Dreyer, Naomi Husted, and Micah Kwolek. Along with the traveling trophy, the students received individual medals and gift cards to Barnes and Noble.
All of the students at Economy, Highland, and State Street who participated in this year's competition should be very proud of their performances at the Battle. They volunteered much of their free time to read the books and quiz each other on them, even meeting after school, at lunchtime, or during free periods. We are very proud of all their effort!
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as Sept. Physical Education Star Students of the month. Mrs. Parisi has dedicated a bulletin board in the gym to honor her students. Mrs. Parisi has established the following criteria for the award. Not absent on a Gym Day, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: Colten Wetzel, Nicholas Mccullough, Aribella Castellano, Paige Speer, Aaron Scheib, Vincent Riegner, Donte Depalma, Hannah Hoke, Cameron Raynak, Kailyn Turko, Andrew Palkovic, Margo Petalino, Brayden Reeves, Kylee Morrow, Zap Lewis, Nicholas Thomas, Brendan Jones, William Gruca, Kayla Raynak, Ashley Kiley, Robert Delp, & Kinsley Aswani.
Missing from the picture are: Ryder Lambert, Preston Korol, & Joshua Hovan.
Congratulations to all!
AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL SCHEDULE FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016
• Responding to numerous parent concerns about the Trump Rally in the Field House
• The District will have a shortened school day for all students tomorrow Monday, October 10, 2016
• The High School and Junior High School will dismiss at 11:00 AM
• The Elementary Schools will dismiss at 12:00 noon
• Parents using their own judgment may believe it is better to keep their children home from school on Monday
• District Officials have been monitoring the planning with Law Enforcement since last week and met on Friday with Secret Service and local law enforcement and were satisfied with the planning to date – Again, today Sunday District Officials have observed planning at the Field House are satisfied with the level of national, local and district preparations.
• Keep in mind that when Mr. Trump makes his remarks at the Field House which is a separate building away from the high school building all of the district school buildings will be closed including the high school
• No student will be required to attend or encouraged to attend this rally, that decision will be up to those students and their parents
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the Ambridge Cross Country team had a home meet and senior night. The seniors on the girls' cross country team are Mica Hanish, Elyssa Penson, Julianna Detrick and Nadine Bosh. The sophomores on the girls' team are Leuca Hanish, Samantha Giordani, and Hannah Doncevic. Lydia Ciani unfortunately could not run because of an injury. The seniors on the boys' team are Sean Malatesta, Jeremy Bucuren, Garrett Penn, Tyler Marree, and Salim Rollog. The sophomores are Corey Shaffer, Trent Lewis, Nathan Erickson, Josh Sabolosky, Zach Ochman, and Caleb Beile. Unfortunately Jacob Dunlap broke his Tibia. The freshmen are Logan Erickson and Jethro Bell. The girls' team was able to win the meet, making them undefeated for the entire season. They won sectionals, which has never been done before by Ambridge Cross Country. The boys' team ran very well during the home meet, as well as the junior high team. Congratulations to the Ambridge Cross Country team, and good luck at WPIALs!
Left to Right: Nadine Bosh, Samantha Giordani, Julianna Detrick, Mr. Hess, Mica Hanish, Elyssa Penson, Leuca Hanish, Hannah Doncevic
- New Unit Ventilator, Book Cases and piping covers installed.
- New High Efficiency Hot water Heating system is online today for start of school.
- 3000 Amp Load Center 95% Installed and operational.
Installations under way
• The Piping mains in the hallways are about 98 percent installed and have been pressure tested. Ceiling tiles are being reinstalled.
• All of the classroom and Hallway Unit Ventilators and Shelving Units are received and are being Installed in their intended locations.
• The pads have been poured in the mechanical Room and the Major equipment and pumps have been set on them.
• The Chiller Pad is constructed.
• The two Air Handling Units in that supply the locker rooms are demolished and the replacements are hung in place.
• Ductwork and Piping is being installed on the ceiling mounted Unit Ventilators .
• Hydronic Final Connections are being installed on the RTUs
• The Roofing is finished and the RTUs are set in place.
• Piping run outs have been started and are 95% Complete- Insulation is following very closely to piping completions.
• Electrical circuits are being installed.
• Mini Cassette Evaporator hung in Shop and Faculty area.
• DLC has been on site for first shutdown and is sending an engineer to access the vault condition (Pending).
• Switch Gear is in schedule and will arrive by Monday 8/15/16 (Did not arrive and is being investigated)
• Installation of Boilers, HW Heaters, Pumps and other Hydronic have continue and are around 45 % installed.
• OZ Enterprises continues with their wiring trunk installation