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Cambria Heights School Board updated on renovation project

Vol. 124 No. 6

USPS 044-380

Northern Cambria, Pa.

Thursday, Feburary 6, 2020

Since 1893

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‘We want to get this completed as soon as possible’

By Calem Illig

of Mainline Newspapers

During the monthly meeting of the Cambria Heights School Board of Directors Jan. 28, the board received numerous upgrades from Eckles Architecture regarding the current renovation project at the high school campus. Work is currently being completed on the auditorium, but the project will soon see a hiatus to accommodate the school musical, which takes place this March. Work on the stage has not begun yet, and given that work will be extensive to redo the stage and curtains, the district decided to halt the project to allow the musical to take place. Pappas said once the musical ends, the stage will be demolished and rebuilt. He is hoping the auditorium is complete before the summer due to other projects on the agenda.

“We already have a busy summer,” Pappas said. “We want to get this completed as soon as possible.” All new flooring has been installed, along with touching up on several walls. Pappas said the back wall of the gymnasium was made of old vinyl and was peeling. The wall was refinished with drywall. The new ceiling is finished, and the final row of seats will be installed within the next week. The auditorium is expected to seat around 570 people. “We really spruced up the whole area,” Pappas said. The contractor is now working on framing the new cafeteria and getting ready to install the floating floors. Pappas hopes to have all dust work completed soon so the partition wall separating the kitchen and cafeteria can be torn down. SEE RENOVATION, PAGE 9A

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson and Northern Cambria TSA advisor Ed Link participate in the closing event of another successful year at the TSA regionals held at Northern Cambria Middle School Feb. 1. Photo by Austin Feathers

Northern Cambria hosts TSA regionals

By Austin Feathers

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria Heights TSA team of Braden Thomas, Morgan Link, Molly Hayes and Anastasia Foulks won first place in the children’s stories category at the TSA competition held at Northern Cambria High School Feb. 1 and will move on to the state competition. Submitted photo.

St. Benedict, NCCS celebrate National Catholic Schools Week

By Austin Feathers

of Mainline Newspapers

The final week of January is National Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States for the past 46 years. Typically, Catholic schools observe the week with masses, assemblies and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Northern Cambria Catholic School (NCCS) in Nicktown and St. Benedict School in Carrolltown took part in the cel-

ebrations with a full week of fun and worship for students. The schools celebrated the week by stressing the national theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” “We try to make it a week that is special and one that students will remember. This week all of our activities are tied together through faith and literacy,” NCCS principal Theresa Burba said. Each day featured a different activity for the students. NCCS students began the week on Jan. 26 by participating in the weekend liturgies at St. Nicholas Parish. St. Benedict School kicked off the week on Jan. 25 with a 4 p.m. mass for the parish and the school community. After the mass, the school hosted an open house, which St. Benedict principal Jeff Maucieri said many families

attended. NCCS students in grades 5-8 participated in a career day, where they interacted with 12 speakers who shared their education and their careers with the students. The speakers included journalist and TV personality Dawn Pellas, PA state trooper Jesse Dumm and occupational therapist Cindy Letso. Students in grades K-4 enjoyed a Clifford-themed field day in the gym during the afternoon. Tuesday was Patriotic Day at St. Benedict’s, and the students prayed the Patriotic Rosary in church. NCCS celebrated by having family bingo, where students’ family members could play bingo with the children. Wednesday was full of fun and prayer at NCCS. The day started off with mass, then in the afternoon, all of the students

SEE WEEK, PAGE 4A

On Sat Feb. 1, students all across Region 8 of the TechnologyStudent Association (TSA) gathered at Northern Cambria for its annual regional competition. Students were dressed and ready to present their projects they have been working on since the beginning of the school year. In attendance for the competition were 17 high school teams and 13 middle school teams. TSA’s Region 8 is the largest region in Pennsylvania and has successfully sent many candidates to the state and national levels of the competition. Just in the last year, students from the region had national champions at both the middle and high school levels. The competition started off at 9 a.m. with an opening in the school’s auditorium where Northern Cambria advisors Matt Kline and Ed Link welcomed everyone to the competition as well as celebrated Northern Cambria hosting the competition for the third year. Family, students, and teachers alike were in the auditorium. Commissioner Tom Chernisky was also in attendance for the opening. “Thank you for being the best of the best,” Chernisky said to all the students. He also wished good luck to all of the students. Superintendent Bob Rocco also wished the competitors well. “Good luck and best wishes on your endeavors,” he said. Before everyone was allowed to leave for their events, Region 8 president Nicholas Regus held a Miracle Minute, where student representatives from each chapter received Ziplock bags and ran around the auditorium for a minute collecting donations. “We raised $400 dollars last year, lets try and beat the goal.” said Regus before he started the minute. After the opening, students were allowed to leave so they could go to their event. In total there were 53

events, 28 for middle school students and 25 for high school students. While some students’ events did not begin until later in the day, they did not waste that time given to them. Those students used their time preparing for their event, going over their speeches, practicing asking each other questions and providing answers and doing last minute check overs on their projects to make sure they were event ready. Some events were also open to the public. When events were over, the judges tabulated the scores. In the middle of the day, Region 8 president Nicholas Regus announced that there would be a Mario Kart tournament. Students could enter for $2 and the money would go to the American Cancer Society. Students from every school lined up to be apart of the tournament. Regus said he has been involved in TSA since high school and has continued to be involved in the program ever since. “I was always told from teachers, that I should join. I considered it in ninth grade and I have loved it ever since,” he said. To close out the competition, all of the students regrouped in the auditorium where U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson addressed the students and said he was impressed with what they have achieved. Regus then announced that $453 was raised during the Miracle Minute, beating their old record. Including the revenue from the Mario Kart tournament, the students raised a grand total of $516 for the American Cancer society. “This is Super Bowl weekend and you just competed in your Super Bowl,” said Link. Northern Cambria Middle School had five regional champion teams who will be competing at the state level, while the high school is sending four teams going to states. The Cambria Heights High School has one team headed to the state competition.

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