Good News - March 2023

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Good News - March 2023

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Our Hopewell High School Vikings continue to demonstrate their purpose, passion, and pride in many ways! We are proud of all of our Vikings!!! These are our highlights this month!

Teachers & Students

Merrick Art Gallery

Two high school seniors had their work displayed at the Merrick Art Gallery's Beaver County Senior High School Exhibit March 19th through April 13th. Seniors Ty Eberhart and Jamie Garrett each sent 4 pieces to the exhibit. Jamie's piece titled "Disappearing Smiles," depicting an African Wild Dog, took a first place win. The concept of this African Wild dog is a passion project of Jamie's, for which she is raising funds to support the "African Wild Dog Conservation." Jamie will be setting up a table at the Senior High Schools Art Show to sell prints of her winning design for the conservation. Come see her extraordinary work at the show that evening.
Hopewell Students standing in front of art

Hopewell High School Art Show

The Scarab Art Club will be hosting this year’s art show on April 20th from 6 to 8pm. The event will include work from all of the students in the Art Classes here at the High School as well as some work featured from the Junior High and Elementary students. Art activity tables will be set up for the community to enjoy. Entrance fee $5 donation. Please come out and enjoy the show!


Dr. Dreshman and Mrs. Colangelo hosted the Navy Explosive Disposal Ordinance Team at the high school. The Navy demonstrated their equipment to STEM classes throughout the morning.
Students listening to Navy representatives Navy representatives demonstrating a tatical procedure


Mrs. Valentine received a grant from the Beaver County Educational Trust for a project called #PlayHHS Esports Evolution that provided resources to purchase three (3) Nintendo switch systems and other needed equipment to begin running esports tournaments for our students at HHS.

Mrs. Colangelo and Mrs. Valentine along with the Technology Club have been planning and preparing for in house esports tournaments. The first was Mario Kart and the second was Rocket League. Esports provides students an opportunity to develop STEAM-based skills, as well as social emotional attributes including communication, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities. By harnessing students’ passion for games, this allows students to acquire opportunities for growth and promotes an inclusive environment where everyone can feel welcome, meet, compete and evolve.

Mrs. Valentine reported that our first Rocket League tournament champion was Jacob Pollick! Shout out also to Nick Gray who took 2nd and Frank Castillona who placed 3rd! Mrs. Colangelo and Mrs. Valentine would like to thank everyone who participated. It was a lot of fun!

Game Design

Students in Game Design have been working through various platforms learning and applying game design principles and basic programming knowledge to design their own games. Learners with all different backgrounds and abilities have achieved and earned their Code Combat and Ozaria Certificates of Completion. Game Design students just finished creating their own worlds in Minecraft Education and their own version of Frogger. Through these tasks, students have become computational thinkers, without realizing via creating 3D objects, drawing 2D and 3D shapes, creating 3D worlds by assembling the shapes built into exciting worlds. Students brought their worlds to life by programming and using drag and drop rules.

High School Media Day

Seventeen Hopewell Journalism students and their instructor Mr. Mohrbacher attended "High School Media Day Spring 2023" at Point Park University on Friday, March 24th. During the trip students heard from keynote speaker Elena Laquatra. Elena is reports traffic for WTAE morning news, and she is an anchor on the noon news. She told her inspirational story and answered a number of students' questions. In addition to the keynote speaker session, each student attended one workshop and 2 lectures of his or her choosing. The workshops and lecture sessions ranged a variety of topics including diversity in the media, digital newsrooms, radio, podcasting, photography, and more. The students had an awesome time learning and navigating a Point Park University's city campus.
Students at Media Day holding a certificate

FCCLA Conference

Haley Stough - Service

Haley Stough competed in the FCCLA service display project which focuses on an in-depth service project that contributes to families, schools, and communities. She created a display board showcasing her project “Princess Tea Party”. In December Haley planned and implemented a princess tea party where we had 47 attendees. Her project and presentation earned her silver recognition and a silver medal. We also learned that Haley Stough by placing in the Chapter Service Project she will be receiving a $3,000 scholarship!

Aubrey Stamm - Fashion Construction

Aubrey Stamm competed in a fashion construction event for her project titled “So Cool Summer.” For this project she had to apply fashion construction skills learned in her Family and Consumer Sciences courses to create a display using samples of their skills. This required her to go to JoAnn fabrics to purchase garment patterns and fabric to construct a top and bottom. Her project and presentation earned her bronze recognition.

Power of One Award

Emily Anderson, Aubrey Stamm, and Haley Stough received their Power of One awards. Power of One gives youth the POWER to fulfill their dreams by creating self-directed projects that focus on A Better You, Family Ties, Working on Working, Taking the Lead, and Speak Out for FCCLA. Only 10% of FCCLA members ever complete the Power of One program. These students will also be recognized at the National Leadership Conference this summer in Denver, CO.
Three students sitting holding certificates

Silver Outstanding Chapter Award

Hopewell FCCLA also received the Silver Outstanding Chapter award. This award goes to chapters who demonstrate Chapter operations, Regional, State and National involvement, FCCLA Program, Public Relations and Membership. Lastly, Hopewell FCCLA chapter received awards and recognition for participating in four national programs. These programs have been incorporated into the current curriculum in the Family and Consumer Sciences.
Students and teacher sitting holding a certificate

Haley Stough - Scholarship

There are numerous colleges and universities that sponsor scholarships for FCCLA members who participate in STAR events. FCCLA has a partnership with Sullivan University who recognizes the value and hard work of these events. They offer scholarships for all first, second, and third place winners in each category. I received an email today that Haley Stough placed third in the Chapter Service Project and will be receiving a $3,000 scholarship!

Community Service

Serving St. Jude

Mrs. Valentine’s Digital Awareness students have been working on using technology appropriately and positively. In honor of National Random Act of Kindness Day, celebrated on February 17, students created digital cards and sent them to St. Jude patients undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases and their families, writing positive and encouraging messages to spread some positivity.

Band and Chorus

Hopewell Musical

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Hopewell Musical's performance of Curtains! The outstanding show wrapped up last weekend, Special nod to the student pit orchestra musicians: seniors Gia Krebs and Isabella Timpano.
Musical Cast

Regional PMEA Band Festivals

Gia Krebs has also auditioned on bass clarinet into the Region level of PMEA Band Festivals. She will be rehearsing and performing at Butler Intermediate HS March 23-25. She will also audition for a chance in one of the All-State ensembles. Go Gia!
Gia in uniform holding a clarinet

PMEA District 5 Junior High District Band

Hopewell High School will host PMEA District 5 Junior High District Band Fest on Tuesday, March 28. Students from Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties will gather to play in a 7th8th grade band and a 9th grade band. Mr. Mark Godwin from Geneva College and Dr. Jason Worzbyt from IUP will be guest conducting, and Dr. Kevin Eisensmith will be guest performing on trumpet. Mr. Keiper is co-hosting this event with the band director from Central Valley, Mrs. Wendy Lewis. The concert starts at 7:00PM in the Hopewell HS auditorium. Tickets are $5.


New School Record

Congratulations to Dom Flitcraft for shattering the school record in the 3200m run by 5 seconds, running 9:44.54 in last week’s meet against Central Valley!!”
Dom Flitcraft with coaches

HHS Viking Pride Vikings of the Month

Students of the Month

February Vikings of the Month

Grade 12 - Meghan Kelly
Grade 11 - Dylan Malobabich
Grade 10 - David Rogerson
Grade 9 - Julian Baldwin

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