Mountain Echo

Ben Blackie
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. 

Ben Blackie, Editor In Chief

Jan 22, 2021
Athletes return to practices, games (Story)
Jan 15, 2021
I Simply Love (Story/Media)
Jan 08, 2021
Perez learns more about his heritage (Story)
Jan 08, 2021
Senior athletes stay in shape during shut down (Story)
Dec 18, 2020
Student council membership surges (Story)
Dec 18, 2020
“I’m in” (Media)
Dec 16, 2020
Harrington assumes new role as assistant principal (Story)
Dec 11, 2020
Students express feelings of virtual education (Story)
Dec 09, 2020
New camera policy introduced (Story/Media)
Dec 03, 2020
How do you feel about the school board’s decision on being full virtual? (Story)
Nov 18, 2020
Fetter expresses love for journalism (Media)
Nov 18, 2020
GACTC remains hybrid since August  (Story)
Nov 17, 2020
Girls’ soccer team remains undefeated throughout season, advances to state tournament (Media)
Nov 10, 2020
Staff details orientation plans for students coming back (Media)
Nov 10, 2020
Football wins D6 championship (Story)
Oct 27, 2020
Girls’ soccer ranked #1 in state (Story/Media)
Oct 09, 2020
Covid restrictions don’t restrict school pride (Story)
Oct 02, 2020
Football gets chance to go 2-0 against rival team (Story)
Sep 30, 2020
School district allows 33% capacity at sporting events (Story/Media)
Sep 24, 2020
Football prepares for first game despite Covid-19 (Story)
May 21, 2020
School makes plan for 2020 graduation (Story)
May 11, 2020
How are you protecting yourself from Covid-19? (Story)
Apr 27, 2020
Student workers deemed “essential”, “non-essential” (Story)
Apr 14, 2020
School district collects masks for on-site employees (Story)
Apr 06, 2020
What’s one thing you miss or enjoy about not being in school? (Story)
Mar 23, 2020
AASD closed two more weeks (Story/Media)
Mar 09, 2020
Students create bracelets to memorialize Pfirshing (Story)
Feb 21, 2020
Winter sports wrap up (Story)
Feb 07, 2020
ACT to be held Feb. 8 (Story/Media)
Feb 05, 2020
School board to decide major changes for 2020 year (Story)
Jan 16, 2020
Girls’ 4×2 team sets new record (Story)
Jan 14, 2020
Student body lacks involvement in school, sports and activities  (Story)
Jan 13, 2020
Gymnastics meet 12/9 and chorus concert 12/13 (Story/Media)
Jan 03, 2020
Fall sports wrap up special edition (Story)
Dec 20, 2019
Winter sports teams look ahead for 2019-2020 season (Media)
Dec 13, 2019
Gymnasts win home opener (Story/Media)
Nov 27, 2019
Livewire and Mountain Echo November parties (Story)
Nov 26, 2019
School district says “No” to virtual snow days (Story/Media)
Nov 15, 2019
Boys’ soccer team captures District VI Championship (Media)
Nov 15, 2019
Mountain Echo begins fundraising (Media)
Oct 29, 2019
Miller retires after 40 years with football program (Story/Media)
Oct 28, 2019
Should teenagers be allowed to trick or treat? (Story)
Oct 03, 2019
World wide group makes impact on high school teens (Story/Media)
Sep 19, 2019
Boys’ soccer game 9/18 (Story/Media)
Sep 13, 2019
Girls’ soccer game 9/12 (Story)
Sep 12, 2019
Football prepares for next game. (Story)
Sep 11, 2019
Fall sports stay hopeful for 2019 season (Story)
Sep 06, 2019
Sept. 5 soccer game vs. Hollidaysburg (Story)
Jun 04, 2019
Violent Ends features 17 YA authors (Story/Media)
May 17, 2019
What’s your favorite summer memory and why? (Story/Media)
May 16, 2019
Krug, Palfey make changes to Keystone week (Story)
May 13, 2019
Beaten, bruised, breaking records (Story)
May 02, 2019
Mountain Lions perform “Little Shop of Horrors” (Story/Media)
Apr 23, 2019
Blood thirsty plant terrorizes florist (Story/Media)
Apr 12, 2019
Altoona to host Mountain Lion Tennis Classic (Story)
Mar 15, 2019
“On My Mind” benchmark focuses on students’ mental health (Story/Media)
Mar 08, 2019
Where is your favorite place to eat and what do you get? (Story)
Feb 13, 2019
Indoor track gives athletes winter competition (Story)
Jan 29, 2019
Games club gives students platform to hang out (Story)
Jan 04, 2019
This Is Where It Ends should be new must read (Story/Media)
Dec 19, 2018
TSA club prepares for upcoming regional competition. (Story)
Dec 17, 2018
Student council experiences big apple (Story)
Dec 10, 2018
Santa Claus keeps busy this time of year (Story)
Nov 27, 2018
Should Christmas music be played before Thanksgiving? (Story/Media)
Nov 21, 2018
Students, clubs raise money for turkey fun (Story/Media)
Nov 07, 2018
School needs multiple changes to make environment more modern, comfortable (Story/Media)
Nov 06, 2018
Fire alarm boxes need plastic shields installed (Media)
Oct 30, 2018
What is your favorite thing about fall? (Story)
Oct 20, 2018
October school board meeting held (Story)
Oct 11, 2018
TSA club prepares students for careers in technology (Story)
Oct 11, 2018
Yearbook staff begins 2018 work (Story)
Sep 22, 2018
Girls’ tennis team gets second shot at Hollidaysburg rival (Story)
Sep 22, 2018
2018 Yearbook class begins work (Media)
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