Eight AAHS students have distinguished themselves by their induction into the Tri-M Honor Society, chapter 3967 at Ambridge Area High School. John Barnhart, Rhiannon Bosh, Amelia Freed, Natalie Garrison, Marjorie Jarsulic, Fiona Ozenich, Elisabetta Pucci, and Zoe Setzenfand were inducted on December 3, after meeting all of the required criteria for membership. This criteria includes: maintaining an “A” average in all music classes and a “B” average in all other classes, participation in at least two music ensembles, teacher recommendations, and a public performance in either a solo capacity, or a small group.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is an international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Through more than 4,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M was founded in 1936 by Alexander and Frances Harley, incorporated and renamed Modern Music Masters in 1952, and in 1983 recognized as the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
The 14th Annual Winter Olympics were held Friday December 20th at the high school. Competition among the grades in grueling events like the Obstacle Course, Soccer and Hockey. The exhilaration of victory and the pain of defeat as the students cheered for their classmates.
Congratulations to the winners of the Holiday Card Contest! Students were asked to create a seasonal card for the Ambridge Area School District. The selected winners were printed on the district's holiday greeting card. Dr. Welter and the School Board will recognize the winners at the January 15th School Board Meeting.
Alice Smedley, 2nd Grade, State Street Elementary
Morgan Hartman, 4th Grade, Economy Elementary
Runner Up – Alena Strong, 3rd Grade, Highland Elementary
To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, Ambridge’s high school jazz department recently hosted the Beaver County Arts Education Consortium’s Jazz Workshop. The workshop took place on Wednesday April 6th in the High School music suite and included students from all over Beaver County. Kevin McManus, adjunct professor at five different universities and freelance musician, was the artist in residence and Ambridge’s own elementary music educators Samantha Rappolt and Samuel Eisenreich served as clinicians. Participating students from Mrs. Baney’s and Mr. Hartman’s jazz bands included Jacob Best, Tim Bruce, Faith Holcomb, Margie Jarsulic, Matt Kowalski, Josh Lockhart, Claire Matzie, Ryan Mikush, Carlina Powell, Kevan Rotthoff, Pearl Swann, and Hayden Wesche.
Sixteen AAHS band and choir students, and five MS band students had the honor of being chosen to participate in the Beaver County Band and Chorus festival on November 20 and 21. Hunter Hogue, Joshua Hohman, Leah Fritsch, Claire Matzie, Elisabetta Pucci, Naomi Husted, Kylee Bobak, and Jai West represented the HS Band. Mackenzie Morrell, Emma Diakiwsky, Noah White, John Barnhart, Grant Scheidemantle, Marc Ross, Kayla Raynak, and Lily Vignere represented the HS Choir. Anthony Scott, Emma Wenum, Anthony Speicher, Pietro Pucci, and Chase Fetterman represented the MS band. The nearly 300 students rehearsed at Beaver HS with students from all over Beaver County, concluding the festival with a public concert featuring the ensembles performing a variety of patriotic music, concluding with the combined high school band and chorus performing “Armed Forces -- The Pride of America.”
The first annual Bridger Back-to-School Kick-Off event was held on Monday, Aug. 19 at Wright Field House. The event featured food, fun and games for the entire family. A special thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the day extra special for our students and their families. Welcome back Bridgers! The first day of school for the 2019-2020 School Year is Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. A highlight reel of yesterday's event is available here or by clicking on the photo above.
During a special signing ceremony this afternoon, five Ambridge Area High School student athletes signed commitment letters to their respective colleges. Congratulations to the following student athletes:
- Liam Buck, Volleyball, Lewis University
- Daniel Yetsick, Wrestling, Davidson College
- Brooke Lively, Girls Soccer, Slippery Rock University
- Brandie Nauman, Girls Soccer, Slippery Rock University
- Gretchen Oslick, Girls Soccer, Gannon University
Six Ambridge Area High School student athletes attended the 2019 WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Heinz History Center & Sports Museum in Pittsburgh. It's the 11th year in a row the WPIAL has hosted the summit, which is designed to present and discuss topics relating to sportsmanship.
About 600 student athletes from Western Pennsylvania attended the event. Keynote speakers included Bernie Colbert, Lead Educator for Coaching Boys into Men and Karen Hall, a former WPIAL athlete and current ESPN3 color analyst for women's college basketball.
On October 29, the Ambridge Area School District held its 3rd annual Technical Trade Expo. This event is designed to promote industry and trade related prospects to students in the 11th and 12th grade. Many opportunities are currently available to those choosing the non-traditional, four-year collegiate route; it is here where students were able to partner with local organizations including Almatis, Impact Guard, Pennaflame, O'neal Manufacturing, American Subcontractors Association and Sukup Structures allowing them the ability to train and start careers directly from high school making a substantial salary.
In addition, Judge Ross, a pioneer for unions in the Beaver County area, came to speak with representatives to alert students of the countless jobs becoming available in their industries. Thank you to all who made this day a great success. We look forward to next year and building community partnerships for our students! If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Mrs. Santini or Mrs. Brewer.
Our annual Harvest Fest Art Show was a great success. Congratulations to all of our talented winners:
9th grade 1st & People’s Choice Award- Erin Finnegan
2nd - Naomi Husted
3rd - Jaida Kinter
10th grade 1st- Haley Hogue
2nd- Danielle Carpenter
3rd – Brionna Lee
11th grade 1st – Breonna Sea
2nd Khloe Terry
3rd Kyra Ogbara
12th grade 1st Quinn Kelly
2nd Hannah Suckfiel
3rd Bianca Castille