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Mountain Echo

Online newspaper of Altoona Area High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania
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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

Charlie Kephart

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor

Hey everyone! My name is Charlie, I'm a junior and Associate Editor of the Mountain Echo. I was on the Livewire staff in Jr High and Mt Echo staff since 10th grade. I have had a passion for writing since 4th grade and even promised my 4th grade ELA teacher that I would publish a book some day. My main goals in life are to go into the medical field at Pitt. Whenever I am not at school, I enjoy watching Netflix, reading and hanging out with my boyfriend. I'm super excited to write stories to keep you guys updated on everything going on here at our school!

All content by Charlie Kephart
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is one of the few clubs funded by this budget. (Courtesy of Dave Borst)

School district budgets funds

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
May 10, 2024
Rising Star. Rylee Bush accepts the WISE Women award, pictured with Donna Gority. Bush accepted the award at a tribute dinner on April 17. (Courtesy of Rylee Bush)

Empowering women in Blair County

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
April 19, 2024
Agenda. All students attending the PSPA competition were given a lanyard with their agenda on the back. Students were also given a drawstring bag filled with various goodies, from pencils to notebooks and a cup.

[Photo] InTune Two [6]

Lillian Roberts, Editor in Chief
April 16, 2024
Keep an eye out. Senior Alexis Fraundorfer lifeguards at the pool at the YMCA. Fraundorfer works at a job at the pool and is on two swim teams.

[Photo] Senior Spotlights

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
March 25, 2024
Serve. Boys volleyball plays in a match during the spring of 2023. The game on March 20 will take place in the fieldhouse.

Boys’ volleyball to play Central

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
March 18, 2024
Preparation. A student prepares to write a story about marine viruses at a journalism camp she attended over the summer. Junior Charlie Kephart attended the Society of Professional Journalists summer camp program in July 2023.

[Photo] Here to Stay

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
February 24, 2024
Focus. Junior Victoria Wukovich kneels down to aim the ball. The tournament consisted of five rounds.

SFU Special Olympics bocce tournament

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
February 13, 2024
All smiles. Seniors Lily Roberts and Olivia McMinn and juniors Charlie Kephart, Lincoln Frank and Cider Ayala, gather for a picture. Some of the Mountain Echo staff ate pizza and enjoyed a visit from therapy dogs, taking advantage of the lunch periods changing due to the semester class changes.

[Photo] New year, new classes

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
January 29, 2024
Freshman Luke Geishauser wrestles against Indiana’s Jake Snyder. Geishauser competed in one of his first home matches as a high school wrestler on Jan. 11.

Mountain Lions pin Indiana Indians

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
January 17, 2024
Sophomore Taber Baker wrestles against Indianas Nico Fanella. This was the wrestling teams first match of the new year.

[Photo] Ringing in 2024

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
January 6, 2024
Altoona boys race Tyrone boys in last years meet in the 500 freestyle. Altoona took a win in every event last year, defeating Tyrone.

Swim team to face off against Tyrone

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
December 11, 2023
Early mornings. Fifth grader Alaina Ake works on painting the plow before school. The students get their painting in for the day before school, twice a week. (Courtesy of Maureen Hoyne)

Snow plow gets elementary makeover

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
October 17, 2023
Talent show. Caleb Marasco performs at the teacher talent show last school year. Marasco debuted his song Wished Away for the school. (Courtesy of Caleb Marasco)

Math teacher pursues music career

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
October 12, 2023
Halloween. Baker Mansions tours will be held on weekends this month. Their final tour will be held on Oct. 21. (Courtesy of Kate Rimbeck)

Baker Mansion Halloween tours

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
October 2, 2023
New Goals Superintendent Brad Hatch speaks to the entire district at the opening meeting on August 21.  Hatch detailed his plans for the district.  (Courtesy of Paula Foreman)

New administrators lead district

Charlie Kephart, Associate Editor
September 20, 2023
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