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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

Madison Aboud

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor

My name is Madison Aboud and I am a sophomore at AAHS. This is my second year on Mountain Echo staff and my first year as an Associate Editor. In Jr. high, I was a reporter on the AAJHS Livewire. In my free time, you can find me reading or singing along to my favorite show-tunes. I’ve always had a passion for writing. My ultimate goal after high school is to become a professional journalist. Outside of Mountain Echo, I am in band, chorus, vocal ensemble, student council and Friends of Rachel. I strive to make sure students of AAHS are finding out everything they need to know within a timely manner. I can’t wait for another great year! 

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The love of pets

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
April 19, 2024
World of scales. Reptiland is set to visit Altoona biology students on April 22.

Reptiland to visit biology classes

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
April 19, 2024
Drumming the Beat. Freshman Nick Boose does a buzz roll on the snare drum keeping the whole band in time.

Freshmen Spotlight

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
April 15, 2024
Music. Sophomore Isabella Abbott warms up prior to the closing night performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat. She played the Keyboard I part in the Pit Orchestra.

Junior and Sophomore Spotlight

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
April 5, 2024
Books through music. Comparing novels that must be read in school to popular and well known songs.

April Book of the Month

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
April 4, 2024
Success. Senior Sarah Saylor smiles prior to a western Region Orchestra rehearsal. Saylor earned second chair in the bass section after auditions, qualifying her for the State Orchestra festival. Western Region Orchestra lasted from March 21 - 23, with the festival concluding the festival on Saturday, March 23.

Senior Spotlights

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
March 25, 2024
Celebration. Biology teacher Paula Irwin dresses up in honor of St. Patricks Day.

Women’s History Month

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
March 15, 2024
This is how a dream comes true. Abigail Burchfield plays Fiona in Shrek Jr.

Spotlight students

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
March 8, 2024
Moments in time. Capturing concerts and trips, Chorus teacher Kelly Sipes hangs photos of her students on her classroom wall.

Altoona Pride

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
March 1, 2024
Made with Canva

February Book of the Month

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
February 29, 2024
A world of knowledge. The view from one of  the Columbia University libraries looking across the campus to the other.

Here to Stay

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
February 24, 2024
Focusing in: Senior Olivia McMinn focuses on editing the yearbook during her newswriting class.

Candid Moments

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
February 12, 2024
Cause for celebration. 17 Altoona Wind Ensemble members pose for a photo before the PMEA District band. 16 members are continuing to regions.

Region Band to be held at Bald Eagle

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
February 5, 2024
Rise and shine. Seniors Abigail Miller and Jaynie Estlow walk into school to begin the third marking period. The two girls are prepared to graduate in May.

New year, new classes

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
January 29, 2024
Moonlit walks. On Christmas night, nothing is better  than a walk at the campus, with the moon shining up above.

Ringing in 2024

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
January 6, 2024
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Best Books of the Year – Yearly wrap

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
December 21, 2023
Made with Canva.

December Book of the Month

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
December 14, 2023
Getting Ready. Juniors Eileena Guo and Lavendia Guo prepare before rehearsal for the symphonic orchestra concert. Both sisters play the violin.

Winter Wonderland

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
December 8, 2023
Think Science! On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Junior Academy of Science club members traveled to St. Francis Universitys 30th annual STEAM Day. Student participants attended seminars on a wide variety of science-related topics, ranging from engineering to physics. (Courtesy of St. Francis University)

Academic Adventurers

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
November 30, 2023
Made in Canva

“1989” never goes out of style

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
November 29, 2023
Preparing to win. Junior Seth Goheen talks to reporter Melissa Krainer about how he feels the Turkey Bowl will go for his team. Goheen was the Captain of Feast Mode

Turkey Bowl

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
November 28, 2023
March on by. On Oct. 25, the Altoona Wind Ensemble went the Penn State for the day where they played side by side with the Penn State Wind Ensemble.

Falling through time

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
November 17, 2023
Some of my favorites books from recent months

November Books of the Month

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
November 13, 2023
Moment in time. Seniors Claire Piper and Ethan Eisenhart converse before being introduced at the Homecoming dance. Piper was the Homecoming candidate for Chorus. Eisenhart was her escort.

Homecoming Dance 2023

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
October 19, 2023
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