By JUSTIN REESE – On April 6, five students from IHS participated in the National History Day regional competition at IUP, winning a gold medal and moving onto the state-wide competition held in Carlisle, PA on May 11. The students stayed overnight to compete against students from all across the state. After putting a great deal of effort into their presentation, they unfortunately did not make it to finals.
By ADRIANA GUTH-BOROWSKI – On Thursday, May 3, forty-two dedicated students were inducted into the IHS chapter of the National Honor Society. These students were composed of four seniors and thirty-eight Juniors.
Students accepted into NHS were treated to an induction ceremony, which began with a speech by Principal Mr. McElheny. After being congratulated, the new NHS members received a certificate of their achievement.
By JORIE MEIL- IHS students took a field trip to Washington D.C on April sixth. Students from the French III classes and seniors who are involved in the art department visited art museums and galleries in the Nation’s capital.
Forty students from IHS made their way to our Nation’s capital to experience art along with French teacher Mr. Dykun and art teachers Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Miller. French III students went on the field trip following the completion of a unit on art, specifically French. The 16 French students were joined by 24 art students.
By JULIAN YERGER – On March 23, 2018, 120 students from 11 regional high schools competed in the Physics Olympics, an annual math and science competition hosted by IUP undergraduates. A four-person team from Indiana won the spaghetti and tape tower building competition, but other schools won the jeopardy game, aptitude test, physics puzzles, and cumulative score competition.
By MIA LENZI – Drama Club students were invited to participate in an IUP Dance performance. They performed their homemade dance on April 6, 7, and 8. Directed by Holly Boda-Sutton, the show consisted of two acts starting out with Kintercircus and ending with Princess and the Pea…Brained.
IHS dancers could be spotted during the first act show, Kintercircus. They were dressed as clowns to match the circus setting and performed a rhythmic and comedic dance. Six students were invited by Boda-Sutton herself to perform in the dance.
By ADRIANA GUTH-BOROWSKI – On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Parkland High School in Florida in which 17 people were killed. The students of IHS joined together in remembrance of the people who lost their lives.
With over 100 people in attendance, students gathered on the Andrew Kuzneski field. Students stood together for six minutes and twenty seconds of silence, which is the time it took for the shooting to occur.
By MIA LENZI – Want to see the reality of auditioning for a play, or maybe getting an interview for a job, or even trying out for Miss Kentucky? IHS presents The Interview, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7:30, where three short shows are combined to make one humorous performance. The Interview features the shows Miss Kentucky by Allison Williams, The Role of Della by John Wooten, and Hard Candy by Jonathan Rand.
By EMMA NORMAN – Studying abroad is an opportunity that very few students have the ability to do. Here at IHS, two students will be spending time abroad. Maggie Conjelko and Tyler Pruitt, sophomores at IHS, will be spending several months abroad.
By ASHLEE GRAHAM – Every year, IHS FBLA takes a group of young and aspiring business students to the FBLA SLC (State Level Conference) to perform in a competition related to a specific area of the business field.
By INDIA KRUG – For students in the band department, many acclaimed jazz musicians are contained within sheet music– mere names connected to the songs they wrote or performed. The Artist in Residence program provides something more tangible: bringing the musicians straight to Indiana, PA.
By HANNAH STEELE- Some may say that journalism is a dying art, but it was very much alive at the annual “Newspaper in Education” banquet on March 22nd at the Indiana Gazette office.
The Indiana Gazette hosted an event honoring the winners and runner-ups of the NIE competition, which had an attendance of 80 people. Between the “Write an Opinion,” “Write a Feature Story,” and numerous photography contests, IHS had 17 award winners from all grade levels.
By DEBRA FLINT- March 24 marked the the 29th annual Foreign Language Competition at IUP. Indiana had many participants and over a hundred students in the competition.
APPLES, the Appalachian Professional Language Educators’ Society is a group formed in 1986 to foster cooperation among teachers at elementary through university levels in the same subject area.
BY JENNIFER BRICE – The night of March 23 marked the 10th annual IHS Mini-THON, a philanthropic event that benefits the fight against pediatric cancer by donating to the Four Diamonds Fund. Students remained on their feet for six hours of the night to symbolize the relentless battle faced by children affected by illness. This year, the IHS community came together to raise a donation that totaled over $27,000 by the end of the night.
By JULIAN YERGER – During the summer of 2018, IHS Junior Madeline Redhead-Kriston (Maddie RK to those that know her) will be attending the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) from June 24 to 29. Hosted by George Mason University, this prestigious conference invites 300 students from across the country to learn environmental science and conservation policy.
By JENNIFER BRICE – On Friday, March 9, staff members from every school throughout the Indiana Area School District came together in the high school’s new gymnasium for the annual Battle of the Faculties.
The event is a well-loved tradition that treats students to a night of entertainment as teachers compete for their school’s team in a variety of activities. Most importantly, the event’s purpose is to collect donations for Hopeful Hearts, a local charity that provides a safe environment for grieving children and families.
By HANNAH STEELE – On Friday, March 2, fifteen senior members of the Portfolio Club displayed their creative artwork in The Artists Hand Gallery at the 2018 Indiana High School Senior Art Show. The exhibit, which will remain up until April 9, invites all of Indiana County to admire the beautiful pieces.
By MIA LENZI – Dozens upon dozens of students have dedicated their time to construct the 2018 IHS musical, The Addams Family. The show will occur on March 15 and 16 at 7:30 pm, and on March 17 at both 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8.00.
The musical is based on the well-known nostalgic cartoon and television show, and focuses on a kooky, yet loving family learning how to face the troubles that come along with change, whether that involves letting their daughter grow up or facing the fact of “not today.” The show gives the audience a look at how a family works together, whether living, dead, or undecided.
By JORIE MEIL – Students from Indiana and Marion Center high schools, along with members of the community, attended the annual ATHENA luncheon. Friday, February 9 marked this year’s ATHENA luncheon. This year’s luncheon was a Women in Leadership forum.
PRESS RELEASE – On February 24, 2018, twenty-two Indiana Area high school students traveled to Slippery Rock University to compete in the Region Nine Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) fair. Students competed in multiple categories including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological and Social Sciences.
By MIA LENZI – Smells of cookies, chocolate, brownies and cake flow through the upper commons. The source is unknown until the snack bar comes into view. There, behind the counter are many cheerful drama club members, selling their homemade baked goods!