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.
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.
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.
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
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 won the 1600 meter run and 3200 meter run at the annual Heritage Conference Track & Field Meet May 7
Lauren Langham received 2nd place at the recent Indiana Art Association's Youth Art Celebration.
Megan packer received Honorable Mention at the recent Indiana Art Association's Youth Art Celebration.
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
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!
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
Congratulations Coach Bob Rado, Joe Capitosti, Isiah Carr, Darren Carr, Maggie McLoughlin and Sydney Horel for being selected to the Gazette team.
Michael will participate in the Governor's School this summer at Carnegie Mellon University.
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
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!
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.
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
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 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.
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?
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!
Thank you students and staff for continually giving back to the community.
Congratulations! Good luck in the tournament!
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 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 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. Zimmer will be recognized at the annual state conference in April.
Congratulations Mrs. Zimmer!
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.
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!
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.
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 scored her 1000th career point with a field goal in the first quarter in a game versus United January 2, 2013. Congratulations Maggie!
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.
JV Quiz Bowl members include Jill Overman, Michael Sweeney, Nick Silveri,
Laura Jones and Logan Dellafiora.
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
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.
All tournament team selections include Matt Jones, Maggie McLoughlin, Darren Carr. Sydney Horel and Joe Capitosti
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.
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
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
EARNS MEDAL AT PIAA CHAMPIONSHIP CROSS COUNTRY MEET
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.
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.
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 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
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 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 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
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
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 was crowned queen at the annual homecoming game October 12
Congratulations Anne and to the entire homecoming court.
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
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
Week 3 WCCS 1160 Fan Favorite of the Week
Week 2 WCCS 1160 Fan Favorite of the Week
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