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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

Melissa Krainer

Melissa Krainer, Reporter

Ciao! My name is Melissa Krainer, and this is my second year reporting for the Mountain Echo. I’m very excited to be a part of the staff this year as a sophomore! I’ve always been passionate about writing, and I can’t wait to help report on school and community events this year. In my free time, you might find me crocheting, reading, playing the violin or working on math puzzles. I speak both English and German fluently. This is one of my favorite quotes:

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

All content by Melissa Krainer
Climbing the steps. Yohn and Matosziuk celebrated their placement at the FBLA SLC after the awards ceremony on stage. (Courtesy of Connor Matosziuk)

Coding to the top

Melissa Krainer, Reporter
May 17, 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.

[Photo] Senior Spotlights

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
March 25, 2024
Taking a break. District Orchestra members take a moment to relax after a long day of rehearsals.

[Photo] Candid Moments

Madison Aboud, Associate Editor
February 12, 2024
Smile. Kenai greets new student visitors in the library. The [Alaskan malamute] breed was bred to be a family dog and a working dog. Their frame is large so they can pull heavy weights for short distances. At the end of the day, they come inside and are a family pet. What was appealing about the malamute breed is how gentle and docile they are with kids and their ability to serve as a working dog in Arctic conditions, Love said.

Fetching Kenai

Melissa Krainer, Reporter
February 8, 2024
Save the date! PJAS club members participating in the competition will present their project findings to a board of teachers on the SFU campus. (Made with Canva)

PJAS Regional competition

Melissa Krainer, Reporter
February 1, 2024
Yum! FLC members enjoy hibachi at Aki during the fall of 2022. This year, interested students will be able to eat lunch at the restaurant on Oct. 25. (Courtesy of Ava Rokosky)

FLC to dine at Aki

Melissa Krainer, Reporter
October 20, 2023
Singing the way to change. Vocal ensemble students practice their choral pieces during eighth period. Sipes believes that reaching out to families and students to discuss concerns is crucial. Its important for voices to be heard, Sipes said. I think that the school is making positive changes in that regard.

‘Be the Change’

Melissa Krainer, Reporter
October 2, 2023
Adapting. Students pass in front of the guidance office on their way to class. For freshmen, the new high school environment can prove to be stressful at first. Its really difficult to get to classes on time when theres a lot of traffic in the halls, especially at the bridge, Dileo said. [But] now that Im more comfortable in the [high] school, I dont worry as much and its not as much of a struggle as it was the first couple of days.


Melissa Krainer, Reporter
September 15, 2023
Prom 2023

[Photo] Prom 2023

May 31, 2023
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