Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Senior High School

909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003 | 724.266.2833 | f. 724-266-5056
Principal, Ms. Janice Zupsic x2287 | Assistant Principal, Mr. John Booher x2479

Class of 2020

We are sorry that your final year of high school is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the status of some of the events and activities that we are sure you were looking forward is uncertain, we want you to know that we are committed to recognizing you and your accomplishments.

During the month of April, the AAHS Senior Class will post an #aahsseniorspotlight daily. We are in this together…help us #celebrate2020Bridgers


Today’s #aahsseniorspotlight decided it takes two to make a thing go right…  If you would like for us to share, please email all pictures to Jennifer Phillips at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lydia plans to study Speech Pathology at WVU. When asked about WVU Lydia Kovach stated, “Take me home country road”.

Mason Kovach will study Sports Management while playing soccer. He says he is “eager to start" at West Liberty University.

Ashlyn Livley said, "I chose to attend Kent State because I feel they have a great nursing program. They have a beautiful campus and I feel this is a great fit for me."

Brooke is excited to play soccer at Slippery Rock University stated, "I chose Slippery Rock because it is close to my family and the campus is beautiful. It also has the major I want to pursue in criminal justice. Also, I will continue playing soccer while I am attending Slippery Rock. I really liked the coaches and players I met and how they will challenge me to excel in soccer going forward."

Haley Racioppo has decided to attend Chatham University in the fall and said, "I knew Chatham was the school for me the moment I stepped on the campus!"

Ryan Racioppo on the other hand will attend the University of Pittsburgh. When asked about his decision he stated, "Chemistry is fascinating at both the macro and atomic level. Mrs. Moon showed me that, and I want to apply chemistry to different problems through research, which is why I chose it as my major. H2P"

Noah Smokovich - Plans to attend Slippery Rock University in the fall with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Accounting or Psychology. Quote: “The first few chapters of our existence are written out in much detail. We may now revise and edit extended chapters during early adulthood to fix our haunting inner demons. Then destiny will be fulfilled to finish our published autobiography and seek out the shining light that beckons us all to read.” - The Book of Life.

Adam Smokovich - Plans are to attend Slippery Rock University for a degree in Safety Management. Quote: "Time is of the essence, but of the essence, there is never enough time."


Students at the Ambridge Area High School performed Disney’s The Little Mermaid on March 5-8, 2020. Great job to all of the cast, stage crew, and directors! Some of the lead roles were played by Piper Dunlap (Ariel), Reed Fisher (Prince Eric), Noah White (King Triton), Grant Scheidemantle (Grimsby), John Barnhart (Scuttle), Ryan Krokonko (Sebastian), Carlina Powell (Ursula), and Fiona Ozenich (Flounder). The production was directed by Jessica Patterson. Thank you to Joe Indovina for the pictures, Jeff DeSantis for conducting the orchestra, AAHS Stage Crew, and a special thank you to the production staff!  

Impact Guard Apprenticeships – Four Ambridge high school students are participating in a paid-apprenticeship program through Impact Guard.  Seniors Dylan Bellinger, Ethan Hertneky, and Ethan Henry as well as junior Kory McKenzie blended schedule which permits them to work as well as take classes during their school day.  All of these students have the opportunity of obtaining full-time employment upon graduation.


Americorps students preparing the beehives for Old Economy Village.  Four Ambridge high school students participate in a community-based program through Americorps.  Junior Kyle Seibert and sophomores Michael Shoats, Noah Siebert, and Randall Allison have a blended schedule in which part of their day is involved in assisting the community.  These students are mentored by John Laudenslager through Americorps’ grant.  These students have also assisted the Beautification Committee of Ambridge by building a sitting area by the Police Station public gardens.  The Americorps students also assist the Ambridge Chamber of Commerce.

Ambridge high school students participate in various field trips regarding the trades.  These students have toured McKamish, Sippel Steel Fabrications, and Impact Guard.  Exposing students to the various employment opportunities and post-secondary schools thought the trades is a focus point for the district. 

The Technology Education department is pleased to announce the results from the Technology Student Association (TSA) Regions 1 & 6 Leadership Conference. Twenty-eight members of the local Ambridge Area Chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) captured Thirty-Five individual and team awards. The conference was held at Blackhawk High School January 18, 2020.

Please congratulate the following members for their accomplishments:

Read more: HS TSA Regional 2020 Results

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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.

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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.”



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.