Awards/Activities/Pics


CHALLENGE PROGRAM RECOGNIZES SENIORS
The Challenge Program and sponsor Consol Energy recognized students in four areas Attendance, Academic Excellence, Academic Improvement and Community Service. Receiving The Challenge Program awards Chris Boyer (Attendance), Jaime Rura (Academic Excellence), Aaron Little (Academic Improvement) and Evan Bertig (Community Service).  Congratulations to our students and thanks to the Challenge Program and Consul Energy for their partnership and support. Juniors and Sophomores will be recognized at a Challenge Program kick-off assembly early next school year.





HOMER-CENTER STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT
Students receiving scholarships, National Qualifiers for Academic Events and other distinguished awards were recognized May 22 during the annual awards program.  Pictured School Board Vice President Jerry Bertig addressing the award recipients. 





HOMER-CENTER STUDENT-ATHLETES QUALIFY FOR PIAA TRACK & FIELD MEET
District VI Pole Vault Champion Jared Nealey, Heather Paynter 1600 & 3200 Meter Runs, Levi McCracken 300 Hurdles, Mike Newhouse Shot Put, Cody Miller Discuss, John Capitosti, Devin Zayac, Levi McCracken & Jared Nealey 4 X 400 Relay, Joe Capitosti & Logan Pollack relay alternates have all qualified for the PIAA Meet May 24 & 25 at Shippensburg University.  





HOMER-CENTER SUMMA SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED
Summa Scholars earned a 98% or higher GPA for the first three quarters of the current academic year.

This picture will be framed and displayed near the lobby area during the 2013-2014 school year.
Congratulations to all our honored scholars





HOMER-CENTER MAGNA SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED
Magna Scholars earned between a 96% and 97.999% GPA for the first three quarters of the current academic year.

This picture will be framed and displayed near the lobby area during the 2013-2014 school year.
Congratulations to all our honored scholars 






HEATHER PAYNTER EARNS TWO HERITAGE CONFERENCE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Heather Paynter won the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter run at the annual Heritage Conference Track & Field Meet May 7 












LAUREN LANGHAM RECOGNIZED FOR ART WORK BY INDIANA ART ASSOCIATION
Lauren Langham received 2nd place at the recent Indiana Art Association's Youth Art Celebration. 












MEGAN PACKER RECOGNIZED FOR ART WORK BY INDIANA ART ASSOCIATION
Megan packer received Honorable Mention at the recent Indiana Art Association's Youth Art Celebration.











HEATHER PAYNTER NAMED MOST VALUABLE TRACK ATHLETE AT INDIANA COUNTY PRINCIPALS MEET
Heather earned the honor by winning the 1600 meter (5:47.11) and 3200 meter (12:15.93) runs
Heather also earned a second place finish in the 800 meter (2:33.63) run 
Congratulations Heather!






JUSTIN SMYERS SELECTED TO REPRESENT PA AT CONFERENCE ON NATIONAL AFFAIRS
Justin Smyers was selected to represent Pennsylvania at the Conference on National Affairs. This is the National Team for the Youth and Government Program (YAG).  Congratulations Justin!  











KIWANIS CLUB RECOGNIZES SENIOR STUDENTS' OF THE MONTH AT BANQUET
On April 22 the Kiwanis Club recognized all senior selected as Student of the Month.  Each student will receive a $50 award and three students; Kaitlyn Deptola, Evan Bertig and  Jaime Rura received larger scholarships that will be presented at the senior awards night.  Congratulations to all the students recognized 






INDIANA GAZETTE ANNOUNCES BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL 
ALL GAZETTE-LAND SELECTIONS 
Congratulations Coach Bob Rado, Joe Capitosti, Isiah Carr, Darren Carr, Maggie McLoughlin and Sydney Horel for being selected to the Gazette team.






MICHAEL SWEENEY SELECTED TO GOVERNORS SCHOOL FOR THE SCIENCES
Michael will participate in the Governor's School this summer at Carnegie Mellon University.











TORY DELLAFIORA QUALIFIES FOR FBLA NATIONAL COMPETITION
Tory will compete in the Impromptu Speech competition at the National Conference.  
Tory earned the opportunity to compete at Nationals by earning 2nd place in Impromptu Speech at the recent state FBLA competition 









HOMER-CENTER HOSTS ANNUAL ARIN IU 28 CONVENTION
The Homer-Center High School hosted the annual IU 28 Convention on April 16.  Our students and staff represented all that is good about Homer-Center.  Special thanks to the student volunteers for serving the meal, the Indoor Color Guard and Indoor Percussion groups  (pictured below) for their great performance, Art students from Mr. Wyant's and Mr. Hartnett's classes for displaying their work,  Mr. Shopland, Mr. Butler and Mr. Stepanik (pictured to left) for providing pre-dinner entertainment, the cafeteria staff for preparing a great meal , the custodial staff for preparing the facilities and the technology department for their assistance.  Great job by all!





SENIOR CLASS PERFORMS "YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU"
The senior class performed the play "You Can't Take It With You" on Friday April 5.  Twenty-three members of the class were involved in the production.  Congratulations to the students for a great performance. 






JUNIOR HIGH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS
The Junior High NHS Induction ceremony was held March 27 in the HS Auditorium. Students inducted exceed criteria related to Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. Congratulations to all the inductees 


 
MOLLIE LITTLE RECEIVES WILDCAT RECOGNITION AWARD
The Wildcat Recognition award recognizes a student each month from each building who displays positive traits that mirror the traits we hope all our students develop.  The traits of integrity, leadership, effort, respect and compassion are a few of the traits we look for when selecting award recipients.  Presenting Mollie her award is Mrs. Zimmer FCS teacher and Mr. Rainey, High School Principal. Congratulations Mollie!







MYA ZEMLOCK AND SARAH BARD CAPTURE FIRST PLACE AT REGIONAL HISTORY DAY
Mya and Sarah won first place in the Junior Division-Performance Category.  Their performance Voyage of the Mayflower was based on the history day theme Turning Points in History. Mya and Sarah have earned the opportunity to compete in the State History Day competition later this school year.  Congratulations ladies and good luck at states.   









MATH DEPARTMENT PROMOTES PI DAY 3.14
The high school math team promoted the wondrous world of Math Land by organizing Pi Day festivities.  The math teachers provided pie for students and staff and created various Pi related activities. We wonder which academic department can top this effort?






HOMER-CENTER STUDENTS CELEBRATE PI DAY 3.14 
Laura Jones and Megan Topeka enjoyed a piece of Pi in Ms. Mazur's Pre-Calculus class.  Students in grades 7-12 were involved in many Pi Day activities in their mathematics classes to celebrate the day!







HCHS RAISES MOST MONEY HIGH SCHOOL PER CAPITA IN TEDDY BEAR FUND DRIVE
Thank you students and staff for continually giving back to the community.  









BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM ADVANCES TO PIAA STATE TOURNAMENT
Congratulations! Good luck in the tournament! 







HEALTH CAREERS BLOOD DRIVE A SUCCESS
The Blood Drive held on March 1 collected 58 pints. Special thanks to the community and student donors.
Your contribution will be used to save a life!








TORY DELLAFIORA AND PATRICK CLARK ADVANCE TO REGIONAL CHORUS
Tory Dellafiora and Patrick Clark recently attended the District Chorus festival at Franklin High School, and were selected to advance to the Regional Chorus festival that will be held at Redbank Valley High School. Tory was placed eighth chair Alto II, while Patrick was tenth chair Bass II. Great job and good luck!






TORY DELLAFIORA ADVANCES TO REGIONAL BAND 
Tory Dellafiora recently attended the District Band festival at Clarion High School. She was placed as the 2nd-chair 2nd clarinet, as well as the 4th clarinet overall out of the 30-member section. This earned her a spot in the Regional Band festival, which will be held at Meadville High School March 7th-9th. While there, she will audition for a spot in the State Band. Good Luck Tory!










MRS. TRISH ZIMMER NAMED PENNSYLVANIA FCS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Mrs. Zimmer will be recognized at the annual state conference in April.
Congratulations Mrs. Zimmer! 











HCWC WILDCAST NEWS HITS THE AIR  

This is the first time in the school's history that morning announcements are being delivered on the television each day.  Mrs. Magolis' media classes work hard behind the scenes each day to prepare graphics and scripts.  Currently seniors Tyler Strini and Alexis Baum are the morning anchors.  Kayla Waltemire and Ryan Minniti are working as director and producer.  Throughout the school year other students will take the anchor desk and the controls.  The students will also produce a monthly news magazine show that will premiere in February.






Kayla Waltemire and Ryan Minniti are working as director and producer for Wildcast News.  Throughout the school year other students will take the anchor desk and the controls.  The students will also produce a monthly news magazine show that will premiere in February.











HISTORY BOWL TEAM CAPTURES WESTERN PA JV CHAMPIONSHIP 
CAPTURES VARSITY WESSTERN PA FINALIST STATUS
NICK SILVERI CAPTURES WESTERN PA HISTORY BEE CHAMPIONSHIP

The team (L-R) Ben Wolford, Rick Orr, Nick Silveri, Stephen Novak, Alex Arone)






COACH BOB RADO  EARNS 100TH H-C VICTORY
Coach Rado earned his 100th victory as Head Coach of the Wildcat Boys Basketball program on January 16th.
Congratulations Coach Rado!


HOMER-CENTER PARTICIPATES IN SUPPLY DRIVE
The purpose of the Supply Drive was to collect school & personal items for various local community agencies. The HCSD,  long known for its history of generously giving back to the community, would like to thank the parents, students & staff for their continued support of Civics-minded projects.







TEACHERS PERFORM FOR STUDENTS AT CHRISTMAS ASSEMBLY
Lou and the Marksmen (Mr. Lou Stepanik, Mr. Mark Butler and Mr. Mark Shopland) continue the Christmas tradition at HCHS by organizing a musical assembly for the student-body prior to Christmas Break. These performances have quickly become a student favorite and demonstrates the positive relationship and connection between the H-C students and our staff.  This photo is the final encore involving numerous members of the staff with the H-C version of the 12 Days of Christmas.    





MAGGIE MCLOUGHLIN JOINS H-C 1000 POINT CLUB
Maggie scored her 1000th career point with a field goal in the first quarter in a game versus United January 2, 2013. Congratulations Maggie!












7th GRADE HOLDS ANNUAL RESTAURANT DAYS FOR TEDDY BEAR FUND 
Students in Mr. Page's 7th grade math classes held the annual Restaurant Days December 19 & 20. In addition to providing a variety of food items, students apply various math and service skills organizing and managing the event.








HOMER-CENTER WINS JV QUIZ BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP
JV Quiz Bowl members include Jill Overman, Michael Sweeney, Nick Silveri, 
Laura Jones and Logan Dellafiora.









TORY DELLAFIORA NAMED QUIZ BOWL MVP FOR HOMER-CENTER
Tory was honored at the recent Quiz Bowl finals held at Rustic Lodge.
  











HOMER-CENTER FOOTBALL PLAYERS EARN ALL-GAZETTELAND HONORS
Cody Miller OL, Jim Bence DL and Mike Newhouse LB earn 1st team honors.
Dominick Cloud DL,Bill Grozanick OL, Levi McCracken DB, Luke Monko OL, Jared Nealey WR, and Duce Peroli DB earn honorable mention

EVAN STRITTMATTER ASSUMES OWNERSHIP OF INDIANA VAC
To review the article that appeared in the Tribune-Review click the link below 


DRIVE ONE EVENTS EARNS $5,790 FOR AFTER PROM ACTIVITIES
The Junior-Senior classes partnered with Luther Ford Homer City to raise money for a safe and entertaining after prom.  Class officers Sydney Black and Justin Smyers received a check from our local dealership representatives on December 10. 






BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL WINS ANNUAL TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP








TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM ANNOUNCED
All tournament team selections include Matt Jones, Maggie McLoughlin, Darren Carr. Sydney Horel and Joe Capitosti






HOMER-CENTER ART STUDENTS SPREAD HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Students' in Mr. Gary Wyant's Senior High Art class continued a H-C holiday tradition of a holiday themed window painting at the Renda Broadcasting Studio in Indiana.

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TROUT CAM FOR MR. SHOPLAND'S SCIENCE CLASS ACTIVATED
Trout in the classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented environmental education program.  Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and release the trout into approved cold water streams and lakes.  This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.  We have activated our H-C Trout Cam so you can monitor the progress of the trout from your home.  The camera is activate during daylight hours only. To access the trout cam go to http://mshopland.wikispaces.com/Navigation+Table





STUDENT COUNCIL COLLECTS OVER 1500 ITEMS FOR BASKET OF LOVE
Homer-Center students under the leadership of student council collected over 1500 items, well exceeding our goal, for the annual Basket of Love. All items are given to our local food pantry and helps families in need in our community.       






MUSICAL THE PAJAMA GAME PERFORMED AT HOMER-CENTER
The annual musical performance was held November 16 & 17.  
Over 70 students participated in the production.  
Congratulations to the cast and crew on a great show! 





STUDENTS ATTEND WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
On November 13 Sydney Black and Anthony Fancella attended the World Affairs Council Institute at Heinz History Center for a presentation on "Understanding the Global Economic Meltdown." Students were briefed on the different world regions and how their economic status affects not only their development and domestic/foreign policies, but also other countries. Special thanks to the Indiana Rotary Club for sponsoring our students to attend this educational field trip.  
 





MAGGIE MCLOUGHLIN SIGNS NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT
Maggie will continue her basketball career at Division II Shepherd University in West Virginia
Joining Maggie for her signing are her parents seated Jim & Susan McLoughlin, and standing Superintendent Dr. Charles Koren, Athletic Director Greg Page, brother Stephen, HC Head Coach Tom Lasher and Principal Jody Rainey.  Congratulations Maggie!   






ANNUAL ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE LUNCHEON HELD
On November 7 students in grades 8-12 meeting established academic criteria during the 2011-2012 school year were honored at a luncheon held at the Penn Run Outreach Center.  This year 149 students were recognized at the luncheon for their academic accomplishments.  The senior luncheon committee selected Mrs. Magolis a Communications/English teacher at HC to be the keynote speaker.  






HOMER-CENTER HONORS VETERANS
The annual Veterans Day assembly was held November 9.
The assembly for local veterans and family members of students and staff that are veterans are treated to musical performances, readings and other symbolic presentations. This is the only assembly that the entire school district comes together to celebrate.
 






HOMER-CENTER HOLDS MOCK ELECTION
Mrs. Yurky's Honors Civics class held the traditional mock election on October 6.
Homer-Center students and staff had the opportunity to vote during the day.Voters had to sign in at the polls, received a real ballot and followed the same processes they would follow in a "real" election. In races of particular interest H-C re-elected President Obama, Senator Casey and Congressman Shuster.







HEATHER PAYNTER FINISHES 24TH 
EARNS MEDAL AT PIAA CHAMPIONSHIP CROSS COUNTRY MEET
Congratulations Heather!











POWER TEAM VISITS HOMER-CENTER
The Power Team, a group of athletes and power lifters visited H-C on November 1.
The team demonstrates various feats of strength and delivers a powerful message to students about self-worth and character.
  





HOMER-CENTER NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY DRAWS FIRST BLOOD
The Homer-Center NHS hosted the first of two blood drives for the 2012-2013 school year.
The drive held October 29 brought in over 50 pints and broke our targeted goal.  











HEALTH CAREER CLUB ORGANIZES ANNUAL WALK FOR LIFE
The H-C Health Careers Club organized the annual Walk for Life.  Students walk in honor and/or memory of anybody they want to remember that has fought or is fighting cancer and those that lost the fight.  
 





CONGRESSMAN SHUSTER VISITS HOMER-CENTER HONORS AMERICAN HISTORY CLASSES
Congressman Shuster visited students in Ms. Bruno's American History Honors classes.  The Congressman explained his role in our governmental system and answered numerous questions posed by our students.  Special thanks to Joe Nocco, a H-C grad and staffer for the Congressman, fo being instrumental in making this visit a reality.






    
HOMER-CENTER BAND STUDENTS PERFORM AT UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH ANNUAL BAND DAY 
Homer-Center students participating included Tyler Aaron, Jake Hurd, Mollie Little, Hayden Michael, Shannon Stains, Tonee Clawson, Tory Dellafiora and Paige Stiffey. Our students are at far right 20 yard line.  Tory is in white rest of our kids in front of her in black uniforms. To see the performance go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG8wfQD61TY


HOMER CITY POLICE CHIEF LOU SACCO PRESENTS SAFETY PROGRAM
Chief Sacco presented a safety program regarding teen driving and the negative effects of reckless driving.  The presentation was part of Mrs. Andrie's Grade 11 Health class.







 
HEATHER PAYNTER FINISHES 3RD AT PIAA DISTRICT VI CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET
HEATHER WILL COMPETE AT THE PIAA XC CHAMPIONSHIP MEET NOVEMBER 3
Congratulations Heather!  Best of luck at the State meet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IAN ILLIG FINISHES 20TH AT PIAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations Ian on a great season! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
HOMER-CENTER CHORUS PERFORMS AT ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR FUND DRIVE KICKOFF
Homer-Center senior high chorus performed at the annual Teddy Bear fund drive kickoff breakfast at IRMC
In addition to performing live on all Renda Broadcasting stations the chorus got to meet B.E. Taylor who will perform at KCAC in December  
 
 
 
 

HOMER-CENTER HOSTS 1ST ROUND INDIANA COUNTY QUIZ BOWL COMPETITION
On October 16 Homer-Center hosted the first round of the 2012 Quiz Bowl competition.
Commendations to all participants and their coaches on a great competition    
 




INDIANA COUNTY DA PAT DOUGHERTY PRESENTS 2 SMART 4 TROUBLE ASSEMBLY 
The assembly presented to HC 7th and 8th grade students focused on anti-bullying, good decision making and other timely issues that can lead young students into the legal system.  The program was very informative and special thanks to the Indiana County DA's office for presenting to our students







ANNE SCHMIDT CROWNED HOMECOMING QUEEN
Anne Schmidt was crowned queen at the annual homecoming game October 12
Congratulations Anne and to the entire homecoming court. 
 






1962 LAURA LAMAR TEAM HONORED AT ANNUAL HOMECOMING GAME
The 1962 team was honored prior to the start of our annual homecoming game.
Coach Buff Fanella and several players from the 8-0-1 squad were on hand and particpated in the ceremonies
The team gave up only 7 points during the 1962 season and is considered by many as the greatest team ever in Indiana County 
To read the game program insert honoring the 1962 team open the attachment below  
 



1962 TEAM AT PREGAME TAILGATE PARTY










IUP BASKETBALL & H-C PARTNERSHIP
STAY IN, TO WIN!
Homer-Center has partnered with IUP Basketball for a program that will help our 7th & 8th grade students develop a plan for success.  The program stress Staying in School, Building a Support Team, Good Decision Making  Academic Performance and Personal Development. Students completing the program will attend an IUP game and have a chance to visit the team locker room and interact with the IUP team 

    

 
 
HOMER-CENTER GOLF TEAM  HERITAGE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
 



 
 

CONGRATULATIONS #44 RB MIKE NEWHOUSE
Week 3 WCCS 1160 Fan Favorite of the Week
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS #18 QB AARON BERZANSKY
Week 2 WCCS 1160 Fan Favorite of the Week 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH VISITS HOMER-CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
On September 13 Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele visited Ms. Bruno's American History 11 Honors class. The Secretary explained her role in our government and answered various questions about politics and government posed by our students.

 
 
 
THE SPIRIT OF HOMER-CENTER HIGH SCHOOL
Football, Cheerleaders & Band together after the first victory of 2012
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Jody Rainey,
Oct 19, 2012, 8:31 AM