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Members of the Mars Area High School Band were selected by solo audition for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region Orchestra Festival March 8 to 10 at State College Area High School.

Students selected were seniors Andrew Nelson (bassoon), Madelyn Ostapchenko (flute) and Kole Yingling (string bass); and junior Meghan Smith (clarinet).

The event concluded with a public concert March 10 at State College Area High School.

Mars Area High School students, from left, Kole Yingling, Meghan Smith, Madelyn Ostapchenko and Andrew Nelson were selected by solo audition to perform at the PMEA Region Orchestra Festival. Submitted Photo


Mars Area School District selected its winning entries in the District’s 2023 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

In Division 1, open to students in kindergarten to second grade, first-grader Myra Mistry took first place; first-grader Anthony Zimmerman, second place; and second-grader Dyani Martinez, third place. In Division 2 for grades three to five, third-grader Tyler McKinney received first place; fourth-grader Cole Knight, second place; and fourth-grader Kate Sherwin, third place. And in Division 3 for grades six to eight, sixth-grader Rhythm Srivastava took first place.

The first-place winners’ entries will be submitted to the 2023 PennDOT School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Winners of the state contest will be announced in April 2023.

The annual PennDOT contest asked students to design and submit a poster on this year’s contest theme, “Safely Rolling to My Destination.”


Seven Seneca Valley students were recently announced as Gold Key winners in the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, while 11 students took home the Silver Key and 31 received Honorable Mentions.

Gold Key Winners include seniors Ava Campagna, Anna Johnson, Arden Kiely, Kimberly Lahoz-Ruiz, Regan Ridenour and Morgan Taber and sophomore, Miles Bornes. Gold Key Recipients go on to be judged at the National Level in New York City.

Seneca Valley Silver Key recipients include seniors Allison Alexander, Jonathan Allen, Emma Bedell, Mattie Berger, Miles Bornes, Veronica Grassell, Anna Johnson, Gretchen Kellar, Kimberly Lahoz-Ruiz, Alexis Neal and Massi Petitta.

Also, several students from Seneca Valley received Honorable Mentions for their entries including seniors Allison Alexander, Jonathan Allen, Emma Bedell (12 Honorable Mentions), Mattie Berger, Ella Butterfield, Peri Gaguzis, Marijose Garcia Rodriguez, Grace Hwang, Anna Johnson (three Honorable Mentions), Kimberly Lahoz-Ruiz (three Honorable Mentions), Madison Long, Jackson Magill, Karen Malloy, Em Morrissey, Alexis Neal, Massi Petitta (two Honorable Mentions), Reagan Porter, Kayla Rabinovitz, Regan Ridenour, Eddie Soderquist, Mya Stackhouse (two Honorable Mentions), Kelli Trimble, Paige Walko (two Honorable Mentions); juniors Dacie Bachman (two Honorable Mentions), Paige Baker, Carly Cravotta, Daniel Edwards, Hannah Smith (three Honorable Mentions); sophomore Miles Bornes (three Honorable Mentions), Jo Fernandez-Jenkins (five Honorable Mentions) and Scarlett Woolslare (Honorable Mention).


Several Mars Area High School students were inducted into the French National Honor Society Chapter.

Students are seniors Colby Bird, Gabrielle Chamblin, Emily Cronin, Emma Hannan, Kyra Harvey, Zachary Ingram, Lia Mironianski, Lucie Morlino, Carly Radomski, Grace Roda, Madison Scott and Shannon Sticinski; juniors Brooke Beck, Emma Bostedo, Malina Cameron, Cecelia Crowley, Sophia Darocy, Reese Hanna, Jake Johnson, Abigail Lape, Kaitlyn Lawless, Emma MacDonald, Claire Magness, Gabrianna Salvini, Nolan Wojcikiewicz and sophomore Alyssa Fagley.

The French National Honor Society, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, recognizes outstanding scholarship in the study of French.

Seneca Valley students recently took part in the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. They are front row, from left, Karen Malloy, Arden Kiely, Em Morrissey, Scarlett Woolslare, Regan Ridenour and Kimberly Lahoz-Ruiz; middle row, from left, Anna Johnson, Paige Walko, Madison Long, Kayla Rabinovitz, Carly Cravotta, Ella Butterfield, Hannah Smith, Miles Bornes and Reagan Porter; and back row, from left, Emma Bedell, Massi Petitta, Jonathan Allen, Ava Campagna, Morgan Taber, Grace Hwang, Mattie Berger, Jo Fernandez-Jenkins and Alexis Neal. Submitted Photo

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