Volume 1, Issue 9: January 22, 2018
Welcome to The Mt. Lion Roar where you can read about some of the things happening in the Altoona Area School District. With nearly 8,000 students, AASD is the area's top choice for Academics, Arts and Athletics.
AAHS Mock Trial Takes Top Honors
PSU Blue & White Courtroom Classic
The AAHS Mock Trial Team under the leadership of James and Jennifer Lowe, earned first place at the Penn State Mock Trial Blue & White Courtroom Classic on January 13-14, 2018. The team earned a perfect record, 8-0. Geneva Flarend won a Best Attorney award and Sarah Harmon earned a Best Witness award.

The team's next trial will be held at the Blair County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

Team members include (L to R): Mr. James Lowe, Mrs. Jennifer Lowe, Tori Cox, Geneva Flarend, Dan McCoy, Natahlia Daversa, Sarah Harmon, Masen Nartatez, Kaleb Deterline, Marissa Abbott, John Blough 
Priority Peace Box Project
AAJHS Art instructor Sara O'Roark introduced Priority Peace Box Project to serve as a catalyst to spark dialogue about ways to promote positive change in a peaceful way. The Priority Peace Box Project is based off visual artist Franck de las Mercedes's ten year project, 2006-2016. During that time he painted and sent over 16,000 "Peace Boxes" to participants all over the world, each labeled with "Fragile Contains: Peace, Love or Hope" in order to initiate dialogue on peace and to challenge people to "reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value, and priority given to those concepts."

"This project is completely student managed," said Mrs. O'Roark. "Student artists design the boxes based upon their specific class, i.e. abstract art, printmaking,etc., process the requests received by students and staff, fulfill the orders, and complete the deliveries."

To read more: Priority Peace Box
AAHS Cheerleaders Participate in Citrus Bowl Pre-Game
New Year's Day had special meaning this year for ten AAHS Cheerleaders who had the opportunity to take part in the pregame performance at the 2018 Citrus Bowl played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. A little bit of rain didn't dampen their spirits as they took the field.

The cheerleaders received an invitation to perform at the game by Universal Cheerleaders Association after attending the UCA Cheerleader Camp this past summer.

Congratulations and thank you for representing Altoona with pride!
Juniata Gap Students Create Mural
Students at Juniata Gap Elementary school designed a mural during Day of the Arts, a day where students participate in and learn about different types of art. The mural was recently given to UPMC-Altoona Pediatrics. The hope is the mural will bring cheerfulness to an otherwise not so pleasant time for young people who are fighting illness. The mural is entitled "Reach for the Stars."

Book Blizzard Locations:
  • Penn Lincoln - Baker & Penn Lincoln
  • Juniata Gap - Juniata & Juniata Gap
  • Logan - MHI @ Irving & Logan
  • Pleasant Valley - Ebner & Pleasant Valley

The 2nd Annual Book Blizzard will be held on January 30, 2018. As part of the Book Blizzard activities, students who attend the AAHS Boys basketball game on January 22 will be admitted free with a paying adult and receive a free book. Hidden inside 12 of the books is a Golden Ticket good for basketball raffle tickets to be used at the Book Blizzard.

The Book Blizzard will combine two schools at one location. Each school will have fun and interactive games and activities for students and their family members.