THE CHALLENGE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES CLASS OF 2014
The Challenge Program (TCP) and our corporate sponsor Consol Energy recognized members of the Class of 2014 for their accomplishments. Picture (L-R) HCSD Board President and Consol Energy Representative Vicki Smith, Community Service Award Justin Smyers, Attendance and STEM Award Stanley Turcheck, Academic Achievement Michael Sweeney, Academic Improvement Darren Carr and TCP Representative Charlie Hunter. Each winner received a $200 check and a certificate recognizing their effort and accomplishment.
HCHS RECOGNIZES SUMMA SCHOLARS
HCHS recognizes students as Summa Scholars in grades 9-12 who earn a cumulative GPA of 98% or higher over the first three quarters of the current school year. A framed picture will be displayed in our school recognizes these students. Congratulations on your academic excellence!
HCHS RECOGNIZES MAGNA SCHOLARS
HCHS recognizes students as Magna Scholars in grades 9-12 who earn a cumulative GPA between 96% and 97.99% over the first three quarters of the current school year. A framed picture will be displayed in our school recognizes these students. Congratulations on your academic excellence!
AR READING PROGRAM IS BIG SUCCESS
In the first year of the Accelerated Reader (AR) program at HCHS, students earned various inventive prizes for accumulating points. Students earning 50 points received an ice cream treat, 100 points received a pizza party, 150 points a movie day and 200+ points a chance to pie Principal Jody Rainey during the annual cookout lunch. In the photo Corey Cavalier had great form as he pied Mr. Rainey.
HC TRACK QUALIFIES 10 FOR PIAA STATE TRACK MEET
10 track team members have qualified for the PIAA State track meet May 23 & 24 in Shippensburg. The girls 3200 relay team (Mandy McEheny, Heather Paynter, Lexi Leysock and Kristina Albright), the boys 1600 relay team John Capitosti, John Ireland, Ben Wolford and Joe Capitosti), Discus (Cody Miller), Shot Put (Mike Newhouse) and John Capitosti in the Long and High Jumps will represent our school. Good luck to our student-athletes at States.
HC JR HIGH TRACK COMPETES AT MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
HC Junior High Track members performed well at the recent Middle School Track Championships. Pictured (L-R): Kai Hrabovsky, Alexis Newhouse, and Sam CunkelmanSam was voted male runner of the meet and male athlete of the meet after winning the 1600 and 3200 and placing second in the 800. Alexis was voted female jumper of the meet after winning the triple jump and setting a new meet record at 32'-10", taking 2nd in the long jump, and 7th in the high jump.Kai was voted male jumper of the meet placing in the top 5 in all 3 jumps (high, triple and long).
HCHS MATH TEAM COMPETES AT IUP MATH COMPETITION
The HCHS Math team competed May 12 at the IUP Math competition. HCHS tops scorers included Chaeeun Park, Michael Sweeney and Sam Longwell.
MRS. SCOTT HELPS BUILD EXCITEMENT FOR KEYSTONE EXAMS
Mrs. Scott uses her creativity to let our students know attitude is important to success on the tests. The staff at HCHS encourages all our students to give their best in all their endeavors.
LUKE MONKO SIGNS TO CONTINUE EDUCATION AND FOOTBALL AT W&J
Luke Monko has signed to continue his academic studies and to play football for Washington & Jefferson. With Luke at his signing were his parents Ed and Kathy Monko, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Greg Page, and Principal Jody Rainey. Congratulations Luke!
SENIOR CLASS PERFORMS HARVEY
The senior class performed the play Harvey on April 25. The cast and crew are commended for an outstanding performance.
INDOOR NUCLEAR PERCUSSION WINS CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP
The Indoor Nuclear Percussion won the Chapter 11 Championship. The group is seeded first in the upcoming championships in Wildwood, New Jersey. Congratulations to the group and the directors. Good luck in Wildwood. To view a link of their championship performance click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13IMqngVT9k
JR & SR HIGH NHS INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS
The Junior High April 16) and Senior High (April 15) Homer-Center Chapters of the National Honor Society inducted new members. To qualify for induction students must maintain GPA's of 94% or higher and possess the qualities of Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. Congratulations to all our NHS members. (Picture: Junior High Ceremony April 16)
YAG ATTENDS STATE CONFERENCE EARN MULTIPLE AWARDS
HCHS YAG attended the YMCA Youth and Government Model Government convention at the State Capitol April 10 and 11. Both Taylor Palmer (YAG Representative) and Lynne Yaworski (YAG Senator had bills they introduced passed and signed by the YAG Governor , Calli Umipeg. Taylor's and Lynne's bills were two of twenty that passed and were signed by the YAG Governor. There were over 500 bills presented.
Additionally, Patrick Clark was voted as Outstanding Representative in the YAG House of Representatives. Taylor Palmer was awarded the Outstanding Committee Chair. (Picture Taylor (far right) getting her bill signed by the YAG Governor)
HCHS WINS HERITAGE ACADEMIC COMPETITIONS OVERALL CHAMPIONSHIP
HCHS won the overall championship for the Heritage Conference academic contests. Heritage Conference schools competed in Math (1st), Current Events (1st), FCS Cook Off (8th), Speech (3rd), and Science (8th).
INDOOR PERCUSSION CONTINUES TO ROLL UP VICTORIES
Homer-Center's Nuclear Percussion captured 1st place for the 4th consecutive time this season at the St. Mary's on April 12th. The group is currently undefeated this year and is ranked 3rd out of all percussion groups in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia! They will be competing at Chapter 11 Championships (percussion equivalent of D6 Championship) on April 26th in Tyrone, PA. The group will then go on to compete at All-Chapter Championships (percussion equivalent of State Championship) in Wildwood, NJ. To view the groups performance from the St. Marys competition click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rpQe_2BW8Y
HCHS WINS HERITAGE CONFERENCE CURRENT EVENTS COMPETITION
The HCHS current events team won the 2014 Heritage Conference competition. The team (L-R) consisted of (Michael Sweeney, Joey Popovich (MVP), Mary Beth Fletcher (MVP) and Ben Wolford. The team is coached by teacher Josh Tobin.
HCHS WINS HERITAGE CONFERENCE MATH COMPETITION
The HCHS math team "mathletes" won the 2014 Heritage Conference Math competition. The team (L-R) Chaeeun Park (MVP), Chris Rura, Anthony Caruso (MVP), Austin Cramer and
Corrine Taylor. The team is coached by teacher Sue Mazur
COUNSELOR KRISTIN CURCI RUNS LEG FOR ONE RUN FOR BOSTON RELAY
HCHS Guidance Counselor Kristin Curci ran a leg of the One Run For Boston relay in the early hours of April 9 with her sister and a family friend. Mrs. Curci was at the Boston Marathon last year supporting her sister who finished the marathon minutes before the attacks. Mrs. Curci wanting to support the victims of the attacks and to make a positive difference volunteered to run the relay. The picture includes members of our staff at HCHS who met Mrs. Curci along her route at 1:15 a.m. to encourage her and show our support. We are proud of the positive example Mrs. Curci sets everyday for our students at HCHS. To learn more about the One Run For Boston visit http://www.onerunforboston.org/index.asp
STUDENTS ATTEND KIWANIS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Fifteen tenth grade students were selected to attend the 2014 Kiwanis Leadership Conference at the Indiana Country Club on March 26. Various speakers discussed the importance of leadership and community involvement while the students participated in team- and group-building activities
INDOOR PERCUSSION EARNS FIRST PLACE AT JOHNSTOWN COMPETITION
Homer-Center's Nuclear Percussion captured 1st place for the second time this season at the Johnstown competition March 22. Things are looking up as the group is currently ranked 6th out of all percussion groups in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia! To view the group performance from the Johnstown competition click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JAriFks1U
NICK SILVERI QUALIFIES FOR NATIONAL HISTORY BEE & U.S. GEOGRAPHY BEE
Nick Silveri won the JV History Bee in Ohio, earning him a place at the National History Bee in Washington DC in April. At that same event, Nick qualified for the US Geography Challenge which will also be held in Washington DC. Congratulations Nick!
HCHS QUALIFIES FOR JV NATIONAL HISTORY BOWL
The HCHS JV History Bowl team earned a trip to the National History Bowl by earning 2nd place in a regional qualifier in Akron, OH March 22. The team consists of Nick Silveri, Ben Wolford, Rick Orr and Steve Novak. Congratulations to the team! Picture coming soon.
ANTI DRUG ASSEMBLY HELD
HCHS Health/PE Teacher and SAP Coordinator organized a school wide assembly to promote drug free choices. The assembly included a viewing of the Jonathan Morelli Story and word from parents of children who died from heroin overdoses and tow recovering heroin addicts Haley and Matt. The stories shared by the panel resonated with our students and staff. We encourage parents to attend a community forum at Saltsburg High School April 1 at 6:30 that is similar to this assembly.
HEALTH CAREERS CLUB HOSTS BLOOD MOBILE
The Health Careers Club hosted a Blood Mobile at HCHS on March 14. Students, staff and community members donating blood help replenish blood supplies and help HCHS students in the form of scholarship dollars presented by ARC based on pints collected. Thank you to all that gave your time and blood to help others.
HCHS SENIOR HIGH CHORUS TOURS NYC
Members of the Homer-Center Senior High Chorus toured New York City the first weekend in March. While in the city the group visited the Empire State Building, Chinatown, Little Italy, the 911 Memorial, Grand Central Station and Times Square. The group got on TV as part of the outside audience for the Today Show and attended the Broadway musical "Wicked".
BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WINS OPENING ROUND PIAA CLASS A PLAYOFF GAME
The boys basketball team defeated Elk County Catholic March 7 in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs. The team will play in their first PIAA Second round game since 2009 on March 11 against Vincentian at Hempfield HS. Congratulations to the players and coaches.
DEMI SHIRT DAY HELD TO STAND AGAINST TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
HCHS students and staff proudly stood against Tenn Dating Violence on March 6. The day was a memorial to Demi Cuccia who was murdered a day after her 16th birthday by her ex-boyfriend. Demi's father spoke to our 9-12 students in February and the shirt day was a way for our students and staff to affirm our commitment to standing against teen dating violence.
MYA ZEMLOCK NOVEL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
HCHS INDOOR NUCLEAR PERCUSSION EARNS 1ST PLACE
The HCHS Indoor Nuclear Percussion earned 1st Place honors at the Tyrone Competition February 22. Congratulations!
HCHS WINS BOYS BASKETBALL HERITAGE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Picture coming soon!
SPANISH CLUB ATTENDS BALLET
Members of the Spanish Club attended a performance of Swan Lake on February 14. This annual field trip is a great cultural and academic experience for our students. The students posed for this picture prior to departure.
DR. GARY CUCCIA DELIVERS POWERFUL MESSAGE
TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF TEEN DATING VIOLENCE
Dr. Gary Cuccia shared with HCHS students in grades 9-12 his personal story of tragedy regarding the murder of his daughter Demi Brea. Demi was murdered the day after her 16th birthday by her ex-boyfriend because she decided to end their relationship. Dr. Cuccia discussed warning signs of dating violence, provided statistical evidence of dating violence and shared suggestions with students on how to take action if they or a friend is a possible victim or in danger of becoming a victim of dating violence. HCHS thanks Dr. Cuccia for sharing his powerful message and we will help him honor Demi by taking a stand against Teen Dating Violence. Picture L-R Dr. Gary Cuccia, Principal Jody Rainey, Teacher Lisa Adams, Jodi Cuccia. Mrs. Adams was Demi's teacher when she worked in the Gateway School District and was instrumental in bringing Dr. Cuccia and his message to our students.
DREW HURD WINS YOUTH ANTI-DRUG CONTEST
Drew's anti-drug message was a PSA announcement played on local radio stations. His message was ........ Ladies and gentlemen I am here to tell you why you should avoid drugs and alcohol. There are many ways to avoid peer pressure but I think the best way is just to walk away. Drugs have ruined the lives of loved ones not just your friends or mine but every 48 minutes someone dies from drug or alcohol related accidents. Now I ask you to think what if one of those lives taken was of a family member or a friend of yours. Thank you. Drew won $100. Great message Drew and we are proud you are willing to take a stand against drugs!
HCHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN DISTRICT BAND FESTIVAL
Hayden Michael, Emerie Stagner, Tonee Clawson and Shannon Stains participate in the District Band Festival February 6-8. Shannon earned 1st chair for the saxophone and will advance to the Regional Band Festival. Congratulations to all the District Band participants.
HCHS WELCOMES EXCHANGE STUDENTS
HCHS welcomes two exchange students for the second semester. Chaeeun Park and Yeeun Yoo are from South Korea and began classes Janaury 22. We are excited to learn about their culture and hope they learn and enjoy our culture. Pictured L-R are Shawn Steffee, Chaeeun, Julia Buggey, Yeeun and Anna Overman. Shawn, Julia and Anna are serving as ambassadors and made sure our new students had some good H-C gear for the upcoming school spirit day.
SAFCA HONORS HCHS FOOTBALL EXCELLENCE
The Southern Alleghenies Football Coaches Association recognized Mike Newhouse as Defensive Player of the Year, Luke Monko as Offensive Player of the Year and Greg Page as Coach of the Year.
JOE CAPITOSTI JOINS HCHS 1000 POINT CLUB
FBLA COMPETES AT REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the State Leadership Conference: Morgan Smith, Madison Smith, Michael Sweeney and Courtney Kundla. Congratulations also goes out to Abby Plowcha, Lucas Monko, Bre Ruffner, Stephen McLoughlin, Heather Paynter and Rachel Worcester for placing at the Regional competition
HC FOOTBALL COACHES & PLAYERS ATTEND TAPING OF THE JEROME BETTIS SHOW
On January 3 a group of players and coaches attended the taping of the Jerome Bettis Show. The team representatives take an opportunity to meet "The Bus" and pose for this picture. Click on the link http://bcove.me/0wz58oxm for a short interview with the Bus and our team.
HC DRUMLINE PERFORMS AT B. E. TAYLOR CONCERT
The Homer-Center Drum Line had the honor of performing with B.E. Taylor at the annual Teddy Bear concert at the KCAC on December 20. To view their performance click
FBLA REPRESENTATIVES ATTEND CHAMBER LUNCHEON
Representatives of the HCHS FBLA attended an Indiana County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The speaker was Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting. Students had an opportunity to network and learn more about how local business is vital to our economy.
RESTAURANT DAYS HELD TO SUPPORT TEDDY BEAR FUND
Students in Mr. Page's 7th grade math classes hosted the annual Restaurant Days December 18 & 19 to raise money for the Teddy Bear Fund. Students bring in various dishes, develop a menu including prizes, set the room to accommodate guests, take reservations, take orders and run the check out counter to collect money. In addition to raising money for a great cause, the activity creates many opportunities to apply math concepts. Great job 7th grade.
QUIZ BOWL TEAMS COMPETE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The annual Quiz Bowl competition season recently concluded. Homer-Center won the JV Championship and finished strong in the varsity competition. Nick Silveri was named MVP for the Homer-Center team.
MYA ZEMLOCK PENS NOVEL
INDIANA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZE HCHS FOOTBALL TEAM
The Indiana County Commissioners recognized the Homer-Center football team at their monthly meeting December with a proclamation presented to senior football players and coaches
BAND AND CHORUS HOLD ANNUAL JOINT HOLIDAY CONCERT
The HCHS concert band and chorus held their annual joint concert December 9. Performing to a near capacity crowd both groups were sensational and helped get the audience in a festive spirit.
HOMER-CENTER BOYS WIN ANNUAL TIP OFF TOURNAMENT
The HCHS Boys Basketball team defeated Harmony and Derry to win the annual HCHS tournament hosted by the Basketball Boosters. Due to inclement weather the girls basketball team could only play one game and defeated Cambria Heights in their only contest in the tournament.
HCHS ART STUDENTS GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Students in Mr. Gary Wyant's senior high art classes paint a holiday theme on the studio windows at Renda Broadcasting. This annual project is one way our students try to spread holiday joy.
HCHS STUDENT COUNCIL LEADS BASKET OF LOVE DRIVE
The HCHS Student Council advised by Mr. Lou Stepanik coordinated the annual Basket of Love Drive to help stock the shelves for the Homer City Food Bank. This annual drive is an opportunity for our school to give back to our community and to help our families. We are proud of our students and staff for their generosity and community spirit.
MUSICAL IS HUGE SUCCESS
The musical, A Musical Christmas Carol, was performed the weekend of November 22. Students performed to a packed house both evenings. HCHS thanks the community for their support. Congratulations to the cast and crew for an outstanding performance!
HCHS 2013 DISTRICT VI CLASS A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
The Homer-Center Wildcats captured their third District VI Class A Football Championship and first since 1994 with a 22-12 victory over Bishop Guilfoyle November 23. The Wildcats have advanced to the PIAA Class A Quarter finals and will play Steelton-Highspire on November 30.
THE SPIRIT IS ALIVE AT HCHS
Students and staff gathered for a pep rally November 22 to support the HCHS football team prior to their District VI Championship Game. The Wildcat football team appreciates the support of the students, staff and community! Go 'Cats!
HCHS COLLECTS MORE THAN 1000 ITEMS FOR HOMELESS DRIVE
Students at HCHS collected more than 1000 items during Homeless Awareness Week. Led by HCSD Homeless Coordinator & Guidance Counselor Tammy Buffone and Social Studies teacher Rob Stossel and his Current Events class our students participated in various activities to raise awareness of this local issue.
HCSD HONORS LOCAL VETERANS AT ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
On November 8 students and staff from the elementary and high school gathered in the Homer Dome to honor our local veterans. This annual assembly is the only time the entire district gathers for a combined assembly. The program included many readings, musical selections and introduction of each veteran in attendance. Thank you veterans, for your honorable service to our nation!
Picture: Superintendent Dr. Charles Koren address the assembly.
JUSTIN SMYERS AND LAURA JONES ATTEND WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
Seniors Justin Smyers and Laura Jones attended the annual World Affairs Council. Many global topics are presented and discussed. Social Studies teacher Ms. Christina Bruno organizes this opportunity for students each year.
HCHS STUDENTS ELECTED TO YAG STATE POSITIONS
Taylor and Lynne were elected to serve on the state senate and house respectively and Megan Ratay was elected Social Media Editor. The elections were part of the YAG Conference hosted by HCHS November 9, 2013. (Picture coming soon)
HCHS CHORUS PERFORMS FOR TEDDY BEAR KICKOFF
Choir member Anna Overman was excited to get a photo with B.E. Taylor. Many local school choirs will perform at the B.E. Taylor concert at the KCAC December 14. Support the Teddy Bear Fund and our students and get your B.E. Taylor concert tickets at the KCAC.
NHS HOLDS ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
The HCHS National Honor Society hosted a Blood Mobile October 28 in the HS Gym. In addition to saving lives, NHS members are eligible for a scholarship based on the number of pints collected. Thanks you to all our community members who donated to make the Blood Drive a success!
HCHS WINS HERITAGE CONFERENCE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Wildcats secured their first Heritage Conference football title by defeating Penns Manor 41-21 on October 25. Congratulations to the players and coaches. Thank you to the fans for showing in force and blacking out the Comets! Photo courtesy of the Indiana Gazette.
HEATHER PAYNTER QUALIFIES FOR PIAA XC MEET
Heather Paynter finished 4th at the District 6 XC meet with a time of 20:04.2. Heather's efforts earned her her third consecutive trip to the PIAA XC meet. Congratulations Heather and good luck at the state meet.
RED RIBBON ACTIVITIES HELD AT HCHS
HCHS held Red Ribbon activities the week of October 21-25. The activities included the Every 30 Seconds program. .It represents the statistic that every 30
minutes someone is killed in an alcohol-related accident. Every
30 minutes, one person was taken out of class by a student representative
of an accident. The student removed was the
“victim” of the accident. The representative read a paragraph about the accident and the “victim” After
the “accident” the victim was not allowed to interact with any peers throughout
ACADEMIC LUNCHEON RECOGNIZES TOP SCHOLARS
The annual Academic Luncheon was held October 23. The luncheon honors students in grades 8-12 who earned magna and summa recognition the previous school year and students who earned honor roll status at least three times the previous year. Congratulations to our students who earned this achievement. (Picture posted soon)
HEATHER PAYNTER CLAIMS INDIANA COUNTY XC CHAMPIONSHIP
& HERITAGE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Heather Paynter claimed the 2013 Indiana County XC meet championship with a time of 20:36. The meet was held 10-10-13. Heather won the Heritage Conference Championship 10-17-13 with a time of 21:01. Congratulations Heather!
HOMETOWN HIGH Q WINS FIRST ROUND MATCH
Congratulations to the Hometown High Q team of Nick Silveri Logan Dellafiora and Rick Orr and Alternates Ben Wolford and Chris Rura for winning their first round match on October 5.
BRE RUFFNER NAMED 2013 HOMECOMING QUEEN
Bre Ruffner was named homecoming queen during halftime ceremonies September 27.
CODY MILLER NAMED 2013 HOMECOMING KING
Cody Miller was named homecoming king during the annual homecoming assembly September 27.
HOMECOMING QUEENS COURT RECOGNIZED AT ASSEMBLY
The homecoming queens court was recognized at the annual Homecoming Assembly September 27
MR. ANTHONY BUFFONE & MS. SANDY LEAR
RECEIVE LAURETTA WOODSON RECOGNITION AWARDS
The Lauretta Woodson Recognition Award, presented by the Indiana County Chapter of the PA Association of School Retirees, recognizes a teacher and support staff professional who do an outstanding job within our schools and represent the positive qualities of professionals in the education field. Mr. Buffone is a Science teacher at HCHS and Ms. Lear is a classroom/student aide at HCHS. Congratulations to Mr. Buffone & Ms. Lear and thank you for all you do for the students at HCHS.
TONEE CLAWSON RECEIVES HCHS WILDCAT RECOGNITION
Senior Tonee Clawson received the Homer-Center High School Wildact Recognition for September 2013. Tonee was recognized for her leadership in the Marching Band and for her initiative in helping many of our younger band members acclimate to the high school program. (Picture Tonee receiving a certificate from High School Principal Jody Rainey)
PATRICK CLARK RECEIVES HCSD RECOGNITION
Senior Patrick Clark was recognized by the Homer-Center Board of Directors for his participation in the American Legion's Keystone Boys State. Keystone Boys State is a leadership development program and students can, and Patrick did, earn university level credit for completing extension activities beyond the general program. (Picture Patrick receiving a certificate from High School Principal Jody Rainey)
HOMER-CENTER GOLF CLAIMS HERITAGE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Picture Coming Soon!
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT A SUCCESS
The annual Back to School Night was held on September 11. A new format this year, departments presented displays in each content area and parents visited the various display tables in the gym. The Drug and Alcohol Commission presented Teen Scene and the Suicide Task Force provided information to parents. Winners of the $25 Sheetz Gift Cards included Terry Gardner, Mark Longwell, Tim Buzzard and Dorothy Federinko. (Picture is Mrs. Yatzkanic and Mrs. Rura, reading instructors interacting with visitors.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES IN FULL SWING AT HOMER-CENTER
Senior Cheerleader Jill Overman running the banner in front of the Wildcats taking the field in the season opener. (Picture from Indiana Gazette Facebook feed). The Wildcats won the opener by defeating Saltsburg.
THE CHALLENGE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES HOMER-CENTER STUDENTS
The Challenge Program recognized current Homer-Center students for 2012-2013 accomplishments in Community Service, Attendance, Most Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence. Each students was awarded a $250 check and certificate by The Challenge Program and our corporate sponsor Consol Energy. Students in grades 10-11-12 are eligible for these awards and a new STEM award by meeting established criteria during the 2013-14 school year. Pictured with our students is Homer-Center School Board President & and Consol Energy Representative Vicki Smith