New Building: Cafeteria to get subtle changes

In the new building there are many new features.  Among those is a remodeled cafeteria. Both the opened and closed cafeteria will receive new furniture.  The open cafeteria will receive a new entrance in the middle of where the shelves are now. Some of the shelves will be removed and the rest will be painted

New Building: Library remodel begins in 2019

Reconstruction of the library begins summer 2019.  The new renovations will feature more collaborative seating for students and a cyber cafe. “I asked for a cyber cafe where kids could eat, collaborate, relax, learn all at the same time. I asked for a more ‘Barnes and Noble’ look,” librarian Tanya Lucas said. “I think we

New Building: Construction, renovations set to begin

Altoona Area High School 2.0 is coming soon across the street near you! The new high school building was approved Apr. 9  and the construction is to start this week. Over the course of the next few days, Mountain Echo will publish stories on the new building. These stories will highlight specific areas of academic

Duo wins Inventionland gold

Two students in the Inventionland class built an invention that won first place in a competition. Inventionland is a Pittsburgh-based work environment where projects can be brought to life through creativity and innovation.   The competition occurred May 4 in Pittsburgh. Seniors Axelle Marcelli and Mason Ford were the two students who built the invention.

Sr. Poole retiring after 42 years

David Poole, better known as Sr. Poole, is completing his forty-second and final year of teaching Spanish. At the age of 64, he has announced his retirement. His teaching journey began during his senior year of high school. He initially planned on majoring history, but after reading a list of majors and noticing Spanish was

Seniors plan for life after high school

The school year is coming to an end for the seniors. The seniors been working hard and been waiting for graduation. This year was principal Jason McGinnis’ first senior class. “I have been blessed with my first senior class because they all have succeeded and followed my expectations. They did everything I asked them to

Boys tennis season begins

The boys tennis season has started. This year the team has 12 varsity players and 17 junior varsity players. There are 18 matches and one scrimmage. The team has a Twitter, which is not affiliated with the school district, but posts updates and pictures on matches. The handle is @AltoonaTennis.   Eric Hovan is the

German exchange student shares thoughts

Erik Senger is an exchange student. He’s been here for roughly three weeks. Often it is assumed that great differences exist between countries. “I don’t really see that much differences. Actually, it’s quite similar. Of course there are a few differences but not that many,” Senger said. There are a few things that are customary

‘Mountain Echo’ staffer experiences March

When I first heard about the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. for the March For Our Lives march and rally, I knew immediately that I was going to attend.  It took a lot of convincing to my parents to allow me to go, but they finally agreed. Friends, family members, and even my neighbor