New Building: School will drive city’s growth

After spending the whole school year voting and countless board meetings, a new high school will be built. A couple years ago, the idea of a new high school building was introduced. Despite the negativity from the community, the new high school is a good idea. The B Building shows its age with small classrooms,

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

Speech league goes to competition

Speech league recently attended a competition that was held at the Bishop McCort High School on Dec. 5.   “There were 23 high schools now attendance,” adviser Michael Steininger said. As for how the students are judged during the competitions, each category has its own method of scoring.   “Judges have a score sheet or

Wrestling opens season with invitationals

The Altoona wrestling team has officially kicked off its season. The wrestlers competed at the Eastern Area Invitational. They placed eighth out of 23 teams. In the preliminaries freshman Matt Sarbo won by decision, junior Jordan Wagner pinned his opponent, sophomore Hayden Boutiller won by major decision, senior Hunter Stoudnour pinned his opponent and senior

Spectrum Club joins school organizations

A new club has been added to the collection of different clubs offered at AAHS. It is a support group for the LGBT+ community and its supporters. This club is called Spectrum. Senior Dustin Jones, the creator and student adviser of Spectrum club, first came to AAHS at the beginning of last school year. “When

AASD officers protect students

All over the world, there are police officers protecting and serving their communities.  Here at AAHS, we have our own jurisdiction with officers who protect us everyday.   Security and Safety Director Bill Pfeffer, who is well-known by the student body, has been here for 21 years.   The officers deal with situations that most

Youth and Government brings awareness to politics

Political issues and opinions are commonly not discussed on school grounds.  However, the AAHS Youth and Government Club attempts to bring this topic to a whole new light.  During presidential election years, the group runs mock elections.   Although the club sounds like it would mainly have to do with government and politics, they do

Speech league competes in numerous events

The lives of teens can become very busy and stressful in high school due to clubs, extracurricular activities and homework. On top of all of this, students participate in competitions having to do with those clubs. Speech league is one of many that compete in various competitions that take place during after school hours. Speech

Mathematics department receives new textbooks

Students burst through the front doors of the A building as the bell sounds for 7:40 a.m..  Classes begin to start, but students have noticed a change. Something has been replaced. Something is brand new. The old textbooks were not up to par.  New to this school year are Pearson math textbooks. To keep up

Watt takes over driver’s education spot

Driver’s education teacher Adam Watt joined the faculty earlier this year.   Watt has been teaching for 7 years. He attended St. Francis University for two years, then went to Slippery Rock for another two years for health and physical education. He wanted to become a teacher because of his family. “My whole family is