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The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School

Mountain Echo

The Student News Site of Altoona Area High School

Mountain Echo

Ben Blackie

Ben Blackie, Editor In Chief

Hi! I’m Ben Blackie and I’m a senior at AAHS. This year, I am the Editor in Chief of the Mountain Echo. I took on the role my junior year, and I’m excited to see what this year's staff and I can accomplish. My interests include photography and social media. I enjoy portrait and landscape photography. My favorite thing about portrait photography is being able to express emotion through the picture. My favorite part about photography is the editing process and being able to transform an image into something better. If you’re interested in seeing my work you can visit my website,, or my Instagram, @benblackiephotography. After high school, I hope to become a high school teacher and pursue photography as a side job. Besides being involved in news writing, I am also a part of the yearbook staff, student council and football. On offense, I play guard and on defense, I play defensive end. I recently finished the show 'Shameless' on Netflix. My favorite movie is 'Dark Shadows.' I enjoy all types of music, but my favorite genre is alternative rock/indie. I also enjoy creating playlists on Spotify to suit different moods or feelings I may be in. 

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Moving on to bigger things.
Senior Benjamin Blackie will attend Penn State University after high school. Blackie plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education.

[Photo] “I’m in”

December 18, 2020
Winter sports wrap up

Winter sports wrap up

February 21, 2020
This ACT session is free for students. Half of test takers will do it on their Chromebooks.

ACT to be held Feb. 8

February 7, 2020
Go team! The team gets pumped up before they have to start competing. The team does this every meet.

Gymnasts win home opener

December 13, 2019
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