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

Students attend March For Our Lives

The March For Our Lives event occured Mar. 24 in Washington D.C.  Students attended the march through the school, as most were bused to the area on the day of the event.   Students had many reasons to attend the march. “I was inspired by the bravery of the Parkland survivors to attend the March

School board narrowly approves new building project

At the Apr. 9 school board meeting, the construction of the new high school was approved by a 5-4 vote. Board President Dutch Brennan, Vice President Wayne Hippo, Kelly Irwin-Adams, Rick Hoover and Bill Celgar voted in favor of the project. Board members who voted against the building are Sharon Bream, Ron Johnston, Ed Kreuz

Reckless driving real problem for teens

Reckless and distracted driving is the leading cause of death among teenagers ages 16-19. You may think that it’s not going to happen to you or that you’re the safest driver in the world, but recent events at the school prove that none of us are invincible. According to,  3,477 people died in 2015

Musicians head to states

Music department regional festivals occurred a few weeks ago.  All musical groups partake in these competitions. “The kids have to make districts first, and then if you are a high enough chair position in districts, then you get to move on to regionals,” band director Larry Detwiler said. Out of the nineteen students that performed

Junior: Silence stops expression

There was a nationally planned student walk-out in memory for the victims of the Parkland school shooting March 14. The administration and a few students came up with an alternative plan. The students and the administration devised a plan for a five minute video which discusses the lives of the victims and their unfortunate passing.