Photos 14-15


CHALLENGE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES SENIORS
The Challenge Program Inc distributed financial awards to seniors at Homer-Center High School for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM and Community Service. Consol Energy is the sponsor of the program at Homer-Center. Pictured are Vicki Smith HCSD Board President and Consol Representative, Sam Longwell Attendance, Matt Cook STEM, Logan Dellafiora Community Service, Corrina Miller Academic Improvement and Chris Rura Academic Excellence.

HCHS RECOGNIZES MAGNA SCHOLARS
Each year HCHS recognizes students in grades 9-12 who have earned a GPA of a 96 to 97.999% for the academic year. Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Magna Scholars







HCHS RECOGNIZES SUMMA SCHOLARS
Each year HCHS recognizes students in grades 9-12 who have earned a GPA of 98% or higher for the academic year. Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Summa Scholars






HCHS HUNTING CLUB PARTICIPATES IN SAFETY SEMINAR
Hunting club members enjoyed their picnic hosted at the Red Barn Sportsman Club this past Saturday. 
Members were instructed on proper shooting techniques by a local retired police officer and firearms instructor.  Students demonstrated these skills on the range and also enjoyed a surprise visit from the Homer City K-9 police unit.     






HCHS STUDENTS ATTEND INTEL ISEP PUBLIC DAY
HCHS AP and Honors Math and AP Biology students recently attended Public Day at the Intel ISEP at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Students participated in an invasive species lab activity and tour of the extensive finalists projects. The finalist are students from all over the world. HCHS students enjoyed interacting with these students and learning about their projectss. Funding for our students to attend was secured by an application submitted by math teacher Sue Mazur and provided by the Society for Science and the Public.




JUNIOR HIGH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS
The HCHS Junior High Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted new members at a ceremony held May 6. Students inducted into National Honor Society possess the traits of Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Service.  Congratulations to our inductees






MICHAELA ROWSER EARNS MOST HCHS AR POINTS THRU QUARTER 3
Michaela Rowser has earned 958.7 AR Points as of the end of Quarter 3. In AR students books are worth a predetermined number of points and students earn points based on the level of the book read and the corresponding AR quiz result. Congratulations Michaela!











HEATHER PAYNTER SIGNS WITH UPJ
Senior Heather Paynter signed April 15 to continue her education and to run track at UPJ.  Congratulations Heather.









INDOOR PERCUSSION AND COLOR GUARD HOST FIRST SHOW 
Homer-Center hosted its first ever indoor competition this past 
on April 11th! Thanks to all of the community support the show was an overwhelming success. The indoor percussion earned a first place victory in their division while the color guard group placed second. This show marks the final push of the season as both groups gear up for championships in Wildwood, NJ this May. Good luck to both units as you prepare for championships!







HOMETOWN HIGH Q TEAM FINISHES THIRD
Congratulations to the Hometown High Q team for finishing third and earning $4000 for HCHS. The team consisted of Rick Orr, Logan Dellafiora and Nick Silveri.  








AMERICAN HISTORY II STUDENTS ATTEND SCREENING OF SELMA
Students in Ms. Bruno's and Mr. Stossel's American History II courses attended a screening of the film Selma at IUP March 31. After the screening students participated in a panel discussion with various experts in the field of African American Civil Rights. Thank you to IUP & Dr. Princes, the AACC and the Indiana Chapter of the NAACP for providing this educational opportunity for our students at no cost.





BLOOD MOBILE MEETS GOAL
The Spring Blood Drive sponsored by the Health Career Club reached their goal of 44 pints. In addition to saving a life, the drive helps generate scholarship awards for members of the senior class.









HOMETOWN HIGH-Q TEAM ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINALS
The Hometown High-Q team advanced to the semi-finals with wins over Bethel Park and Our Lady of Sacred Heart on March 21. The competition will be aired May 2 at 11:00 a.m. Team members L-R include Nick Silveri, Logan Dellafiora and Rick Orr. 





NICK SILVERI WINS PA GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD 
Nick Silveri placed first at the PA Geography Bee and has also qualified for the National History Bee to be held later this year n Washington, D.C. Congratulations Nick and good luck at Nationals.









HAYDEN MICHAEL PARTICIPATES AT REGIONAL CHORUS FESTIVAL
Hayden Michael attended the 2015 PMEA Region II All-State Festival on February 25-27 at Oil City High School.  The choir had 160 members, from 57 participating schools and an amazing guest director, Mr. Thomas Octave, a local conductor, from St. Vincent College. 











INDOOR PERCUSSION & COLOR GUARD PLACE AT TYRONE SHOW
The indoor percussion and color guard earned 1st and 2nd place honors respectively at the February 28th indoor show held at Tyrone HS. This marks the second win of the season for the indoor percussion in as many shows. It was also a commanding first ever performance by our indoor color guard as they topped several other guards to earn 2nd place. 







MIKAYLA DOKOS COMPETES IN D6 SWIM & DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mikayla Dokos earned 5th in the 100 Breaststroke at the PIAA D6 Swim & Dive Championships.  Mikayla also posted personal bests in other events in which she competed









HCHS BOYS CAPTURE HERITAGE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
The HCHS boys basketball team claimed their second straight Heritage Conference Championship. Congratulations to the players and coaches. Good luck in the District VI playoffs. A special shout out to the HCF for their support. 







GIRLS NIGHT OUT
In honor of the senior night game for girls basketball, students dressed the part to cheer on the girls team. Congratulations seniors. Thank you for representing HCHS with pride and class. Good luck in the District VI playoffs.









MICHAELA ROWSER TOP AR READER FOR 2ND QUARTER
For the second time this year Michaela Rowser was our top AR Reader for a marking period.  Michaela earned 553 AR Points for the 2nd Quarter and has earned 761.3 points for the year. Congratulations Michaela!









INDIANA COUNTY DA PAT DOUGHERTY VISITS HCHS
On February 5 Indiana County District Attorney Pat Dougherty presented the program 2 Smart 4 Trouble to the students at HCHS. DA Dougherty conducted two presentations; one for senior high students and a second geared to junior high students. The program focused on the importance of positive decision making and issues associated with teens in Indiana County.







INDOOR PERCUSSION BEGINS SEASON
The HCHS Indoor Percussion team began the season capturing 1st place honors at the Bedford competition. Congratulations to the team.  Good luck this season! 








HCHS BAND PINCH HITS FOR IUP 
The HCHS Band served as the pep band for the IUP men and women basketball teams 
during their games against Edinboro University.  










CAMBRIA ROWE PRESENTS WORKSHOP TO STUDENTS
Tyler Thompson, a representative from Cambria Rowe spoke to the combined classes of Career Prep and Independent Computers on Tuesday, January 13. His presentation included information about Cambria Rowe but also new ways college students are using technology to learn. Additionally, he discussed post-secondary courses offered including two new programs: App Design and Development and Web Development.  








HCHS GIVES $4000 TO TEDDY BEAR FUND
Students from HCHS presented our contribution to the annual Teddy Bear Fund to support the Pediatrics Unit at IRMC.  Students raised funds through various activities including the Penny Wars, Ping Pong Tournament and Restaurant Days. 













HOMER-CENTER CONTINUES SPIRIT OF GIVING
HCHS continued our tradition of giving this holiday season.  Various events were held to raise funds to support the Teddy Bear Fund Drive benefiting IRMC's Pediatric Unit. The various activities included Penny Wars, Ping Pong Tournament, Club Ornaments for the school Christmas Tree and Restaurant Days.  The students and staff at HCHS wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Pictured 






HCHS PARTICIPATES IN QUIZ BOWL
The HCHS varsity quiz bowl team advanced to the semi-finals before losing in overtime falling just short of the championship match and ending their season 7-2.  Congratulations on a successful season.









HCHS ART STUDENTS SPREAD HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Select students in Mr. Wyant's senior high art classes painted the studio windows at Renda Broadcasting.  This annual tradition provides opportunity for our students to display their talents and for HCHS to express our best wishes to the Indiana County community for a joyous holiday season.  






HCHS RECEIVES MAC GRANT
Mrs. Parfitt and Mrs. Olinger received a $500 MAC Grant presented by Mr. Jason Teal, Indiana McDonalds.  Funds will be used to provide our students with materials that will be used in classroom lessons designed to increase literacy.







FBLA COMPETES AT REGIONAL COMPETITION  
Students in the HCHS Chapter of FBLA competed in the Regional FBLA competition December 8.  Eight students qualified for the State FBLA competition to be held in April. Qualifying for State FBLA were Jacob Vilcek, Brandon Hummel and Logan Dellafiora (1st Place Sports Management), Kristina Albright and Sara McGee (1st Place Desktop Publishing), Madision Smith (1st Place Insurance & Risk Management), Emily Wiltrout (3rd Place Accounting I) and Marisa Henderson (3rd Place Business Calculations). Congratulations! 






LADY WILDCATS WIN ANNUAL TIP OFF TOURNAMENT
The girls basketball team opened the season winning the championship of the HC Tip Off tournament. Congratulations!




HCHS 8TH GRADERS COMPLETE A MISSION
Moonstruck: Students in the Homer-Center Eighth Grade exercise their math and science skills in the Challenger Program's RETURN TO MOON simulated mission at Wheeling Jesuit University.










NEW BAND UNIFORMS DEBUTED 
The new band uniforms were debuted at the October 31 football game. New look and great sound. Congratulations to the marching band on a successful marching season







NHS HOSTS ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE
The HCHS National Honor Society hosted their annual Blood Drive November 24.  Thank you to all students, staff and community members who turned out to donate the greatest gift, the gift of life.






HCHS GIVES TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
The Homer-Center student council organized the Basket of Love drive to help stock food items for our local pantry.  HCHS hopes our contribution of food items makes this holiday season a little better for local families in need.







THE WIZARD OF OZ
The Wizard of Oz was performed to near capacity crowds November 21 & 22.  Congratulations to the cast and crew on two great performan
ces.  To read more about the show go to http://www.indianagazette.com/mobile/news/student-news/homercenter-classic-adventure-wizard-of-oz-to-be-presented,20991460/







HCSD HONORS VETERANS
On November 10 the entire HCSD gathered in the high school gym to pay tribute to area veterans who attended our annual Veteran Day assembly. In addition to the posting of the colors by the IUP ROTC, there was also patriotic readings by HC students, performance of patriotic songs by the band and choral groups and special introductions and gists given to the veterans in attendance. Thank you to all Veterans for your service! 








MICHAELA ROWSER TOP HCHS AR READER FOR Q1
Congratulations to Michaela Rowser for earning the most AR points for HCHS for the first quarter. Michaela earned 208 points and passed 15 out of the 15 quizzes she attempted. As the top reader Michaela chose an Outfitters Travel Game- Mancala from the AR prize cart. Congratulations Michaela. Keep on reading! 








RED RIBBON WEEK OCTOBER 27-31
HCHS held many activities throughout the week to promote the Red Ribbon Campaign. The picture is from an assembly coordinated by SAP Leader Mrs. Karen Woods and Citizen Ambulance Paramedic and HC parent Mike Dunn. The assembly depicts the scene of a drug overdose and the impact that destructive choices can have on individuals, family, friends and a community.  Also participating in the assembly was Jerry Overman Indiana County Coroner and HC parent. Thank you to all those who participated in this powerful assembly. 






RUTH YATZKANIC EARNS DOCTORAL DEGREE
Reading teacher, Ruth Yatzkanic recently earned her doctoral degree.  We are proud of her accomplishments and for promoting and embracing the importance of being a life-long learner. Congratulations Dr. Yatzkanic.  







SAM CUNKELMAN AND HEATHER PAYNTER QUALIFY FOR PIAA XC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Good luck to Sam and Heather as they represent HCHS at the PIAA XC Championships November 1 in Hershey.


EAN LEE BECOMES HCHS ALL TIME LEADING RUSHER
Ean Lee surpassed Pete Kuta's 2590 rushing yards to become HCHS all time leading rusher. Ean earned the record on a 4th quarter run against West Middlesex October 18. 








SAM CUNKELMAN WINS HERITAGE CONFERENCE XC CHAMPIONSHIP 
Freshman Sam Cunkelman won the boys individual title at the Heritage Conference Championships October 16.  Sam won with a time of 17.28.8. Sam is the first male runner to capture a Heritage Conference XC championship in school history.  Congratulations Sam. (picture coming soon)  








HCHS CHORUS PERFORMS AT IRMC FOR TEDDY BEAR FUND KICKOFF 
The HCHS Choral Group performed Oct 15 at IRMC as part of the Teddy Bear Fund Kickoff event.  The HCHS chorus has traditionally performed at the kickoff and has help coordinate a combined chorus of local schools to perform as part of the annual B.E. Taylor Christmas show at the KCAC.







SENIORS WIN ANNUAL POWDER PUFF GAMES


HCHS GUIDANCE COUNSELORS FEATURED IN TCP NEWSLETTER
HCHS guidance counselors Kristin Curci and Tammy Buffone were featured in the October Newsletter published by The Challenge Program (TCP). TCP, through our community TCP sponsor Consol Energy, provides cash incentives to students who demonstrate academic improvement, academic achievement, community service, strong attendance and achievement in STEM courses. We are proud of our counseling team and commend them for their commitment to our students. To read the feature article go to 
http://tcpinc.org/educators/Featured_Educator









SAVE YOUR BRAIN ASSEMBLY
On September 30 all students in HCSD attended an assembly Save Your Brain.  The assembly was intended to increase awareness regarding concussion symptoms and the impact on students and learning.  The funding for the assembly was provided through a grant received by a joint partnership between ICTC and HCHS. 
 All parents of Homer-Center students grades K-12 will receive a video regarding concussions and actions to take if suspecting your child has a concussion. The video can also be seen by opening the following link http://play.iu28.org/view?v=a1mQaSbOu5e9vUbL







HAILEY DAWSON CROWNED HOMECOMING QUEEN  
Hailey Dawson was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the football game against Marion Center September 19. 










MATT MCADOO CROWNED HOMECOMING KING 
Matt McAdoo was crowned king during the annual homecoming assembly/pep rally.







HCHS PREPARES FOR HOMECOMING WITH SPIRIT WEEK ACTIVITIES
'MERICA MONDAY

TIE DYE TUESDA

DENIM DAY

THROWBACK THURSDAY

TRIVIA CHALLENGE WINNERS

BATTLE OF THE CLASSES


THE CHALLENGE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES TRAITS OF SUCCESS
Representatives of The Challenge Program (TCP) and our corporate sponsor, Consol Energy presented checks of $200 to students in grades 11 & 12 for accomplishments in Attendance, STEM. Academic Excellence, Academic Improvement and Community Service.  The students and staff extend our appreciate to TCP and Consol Energy for their continued support.








HOMECOMING SEPTEMBER 19 
Congratulations
 to the 2014 Homecoming Court.  The court will participate in the annual homecoming parade at 6:15 September 19. The queen will be crowned at the football game against Marion Center the same evening.   









EAN LEE ECLIPSES 2000 CAREER RUSHING YARDS
On September 12, Ean Lee became only the 6th Wildcat football player to rush for over 2000 yards in his career.  Congratulations Ean and the entire team.