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Online newspaper of Altoona Area High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania
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  • March 31Student Council will be sponsoring a bloodmobile on April 19. See announcements for more information.
  • March 31Lunch- Toasted Cheese, Tomato Soup, Steamed Carrots, Caesar Salad, Choice of Fruit & Milk
  • March 31Announcements for today!
  • March 29Student Council will be sponsoring a bloodmobile on April 19. See announcements for more information.
  • March 29Lunch- Beef & Cheese Nachos, Baked Beans, Red Pepper Strips, Choice of Fruit & Milk
  • March 29Announcements for today!
  • March 28Donations for the FCCLA Soap and Shampoo Drive can be dropped off in the Attendance Office or A335 until March 31.
The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School

Mountain Echo

The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School

Mountain Echo

Law enforcement responds to the active shooter calls and filled the school parking lot.
Active shooter lockdown declared due to hoax
Cassidy Klock , Editor in Chief • March 29, 2023

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on March 29, the building was sent into lockdown ordered by head principal Andrew Neely and the police department....

Rebecca Skebecks Biomed classes will be observing an open heart surgery. Skebeck took nine seniors last year.
12 seniors to observe heart surgery
Maddie Cowfer, Reporter • March 28, 2023

Twelve seniors from biomedical classes will observe a heart surgery. This is the second year Allegheny General Hospital has invited students...

Paper or computer? AP tests will move online for five classes. The tests will be monitored to ensure no cheating.
AP tests move online
Allison Little, Reporter • March 27, 2023

According to the National Institute of Health, 25-40 percent  of students in the United States suffer from test-taking anxiety. Multiple students...

Dedication Before events, the Lioneers practice in the science commons of the B building to perfect routines. On weekdays the team would stay from 3-4 p.m.
Devoted to dancing
Mykenzi Doran, Reporter • March 31, 2023

During the 2022-2023 school year, the Lioneers performed at football games, basketball games and much more. Typically, the dance team would compete in competitions against...

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On March 21, a meeting to discuss upcoming spring sports took place. Phil Riccio spoke to upcoming spring athletes about the start of the new season.
Mixed emotions form as spring sports begin
Abigail Shearer, Reporter • March 31, 2023
Mountain Echo Voices
The day after this column was written the school was placed in a lockdown for an active shooter threat.  Although the threat was determined a hoax, at the time all those involved believed it to be real and responded as such.  Many parents reported to the school to pick up students and filled the parking lot.
How to hide from the elephant in the room
Makenzie Closson, Associate Editor • March 31, 2023

Run. Hide. Fight.  This is what teachers across the country are expected to teach their students, a lesson that not one of them wants to see in the curriculum—how to...

A crash course on how to act
A crash course on how to act
Dylan Gallo, Guest Reporter • March 29, 2023

Acting, like almost everything we consume, is an art. It's the art of losing yourself in the name of other people’s enjoyment. During my first year of acting, I just thought...

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Vacation turns deadly, thrilling, entertaining
Cevin Dively, Guest Reporter • March 25, 2023

Another fantastic thriller from M. Knight Shyamalan, “Knock at the Cabin”, is truly fascinating and fuels viewers' adventurous, survival sides.  This movie portrays...

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Tale as old as time. “By the Book” is a “Beauty and the Beast” modern day retelling.
Romance readers will love "By the Book"
Madison Aboud, Reporter • March 7, 2023

As a reader, I do my best to read a wide variety of genres. However, if there is one genre I always go back to, it’s romance.  I’ve read my fair share of romance novels....

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Editorial Cartoon:  Days
Editorial Cartoon: Days
Aaliyah McGee, Contributor • March 28, 2023

Letter to the Editor: Racism
Makayla Silver, Contributor • March 21, 2023
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Lined Up Students  line up by the opened bathrooms on the first floor of the B building during lunch.  New policies require limited numbers of students in the restrooms.
New bathroom regulations are unjust and unnecessary
Editorial Board, Reporter • March 28, 2023

Even a full year after the “devious licks” TikTok trend bathroom, destruction continues to trouble the school. On Feb. 27 the administration...

Echo in the Halls - Mountain Echo Edition
Echo in the Halls - Mountain Echo Edition
Makenzie Closson, Associate Editor • March 27, 2023

For this edition of Echo in the Halls, join the Mountain Echo reporters as they discuss what goes into making a successful online publication and their New York trip.   ***...

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