HHS Good News
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
National Honor Society
Twenty seven HHS students that were inducted into the Hopewell Chapter of the National Honor Society on
March 1, 2023. The photo shows all current NHS Members. (Photo by James Bango)
NHS members are selected based on their accomplishments in the four Pillars of membership:
Students must first meet this criterion to become candidates for membership.
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student and done without compensation. Chapters can
evidence of service to either the school, the community or both.
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors.
Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community
activities while working with or for others. Chapters can require evidence of leadership from within
school or the
community or both.
The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability;
courtesy, concern, and respect for others. A chapter’s faculty council may review or consider
disciplinary records when
evaluating this criterion.
On April 22-24, 5 students from the SH and 3 from the JHS will be competing at the national level of
games. The students are Ethan Pletcher (competing in 6 games) Nate McGee (2 games) Ryan Vukovcan,
Allison Honeywill, and
Kylie Zito (each 4 games)
Hopewell HS Career Fair on 4/4. Juniors and Seniors got to listen to speakers about career options in
the skilled trades
and then got to meet with over 20 local employers, trade unions, and trade schools to learn about
options available to
them. Some of the employers in attendance included Range Resources, First Energy, Team Fishel, Heritage
Fed Ex, and several local trade unions.
On 4/19, all seniors participated in interview workshops facilitated by Job Training of Beaver County in
classes. They learned about how to prepare for interviews, what questions they can expect, as well as a
variety of other
interview tips and strategies.
Zachary Kovell - NSLS
Zachary Kovell, grade 10, has been selected by the PIAA to attend the 2023 National Federation of High
Leadership Summit (NSLS) in Indianapolis on July 29-31, 2023. 12 students were selected from across PA
to attend and all
expenses are covered by the PIAA. Congrats to Zach – we hope he will come back and share his learnings
with our student
Digital Media Arts Consortium
Hopewell Video Production and Journalism students competed in Robert Morris's annual DMAC (Digital Media
Consortium). Schools are able to submit one project in any of the 21 categories, which include videos,
graphic design. Hopewell submitted 17 projects and earned 6 awards. Isabella Timpano won an Award of
(essentially 2nd or 3rd place) for her feature article. Payton Rock won an Award of Excellence for her
an Award of Excellence for her documentary, and a Best in Category Award for her commercial, which she
Taylor Roberts. Taylor additionally won Best in Category for her feature photo. Aubryanna Snyder
received a Founder's
Award for her 4-year contributions to Hopewell's newspaper, morning announcements, and live events. It
was a great day
for Hopewell to shine amongst many much larger schools in the area: Seneca Valley, Erie McDowell,
Shaler, Mount Lebanon,
Greater Latrobe, Peters Township, Pine Richland, South Fayette, Penn Trafford, Freeport, Bentworth, and
up Hopewell's Competition.
Social Studies teachers, Mr. Mike Commesso and Mr. Mark Witterman accompanied 22 HHS student volunteers
to attend Beaver
County Special Olympics to help our Hopewell student athletes to get to their 4 Olympic events and eat a
good lunch. It
is was a great day of fun and memories.
Undefeated - Softball
Congrats to Girls Varsity Softball completed 1st half of season undefeated in section play and is
currently ranked in
Track - Section Champtions
Both the Boys and Girls Track Teams are undefeated in their section.
Beaver County Championships: Top 6 finishers get on podium and receive a medal or ribbon:
Hopewell Vikings Girls Champion Team and Combined Team Championship
- 100m Hurdle: Kira Shakespeare - 3rd place
- 110m Hurdle: Tyler Lewis - 1st place
- 100m Dash (Girls): Lauryn Speicher - 2nd place & Emma Palmieri - 5th place
- 100m Dash (Boys): Matthew Essey - 1st place & Cameron Fedorka - 4th place
- 1600m (Boys): Dominic Flitcraft - 2nd place
- 4x100 (Girls) relay: 1st place AND MEET RECORD!
- 400m Dash (Girls): Emma Palmieri -1st place
- 400m Dash (Boys): Zach Kovell - 5th place
- 300m Hurdle (Girls): Mary Adams - 1st place & Emily Bauknight - 6th
- 200m (Girls): Lauryn Speicher - 2nd; Aubryanna Snyder - 5th & Maya Richburg 6th place
- 200m (Boys): Matthew Essey - 1st place & Cameron Fedorka - 2nd place
- 3200m Run (Girls): Caylee Sundy - 6th place
- 200m Run (Boys): Dominic Flitcraft - 1st place & MEET RECORD & BROKE HIS SCHOOL RECORD
- 4x400m Relay (Girls): Lauryn Speicher, Emma Palmieri, Nevaeh Persi-Jones & Mary Adams - 1st
- 4x400m Relay (Boys): Zach Kovell, Zach Landry, Nico Flitcraft & Julian Baldwin - 5th place
- Girls 4x800 - 3rd place (Vicki, Avery, Christy & Nevaeh)
- Triple Jump (Girls): Aubryanna Snyder -1st place
- Long Jump (Girls): Aubryanna Snyder - 1st place
- Long Jump (Boys): Matthew Essey - 1st place
- Shot Put (Girls): Madison Pascia - 3rd place
- Discus (Girls): Taylor Roberts - 6th place
- PV (Girls): Meghan Kelly - 2nd place
- PV (Boys): Connor Progar - 5th place
On Saturday April 22 in honor of Earth Day the freshmen, academic history classes and members of AP
and executed our annual service project at Hopewell Park.
This year 150 people participated in the event, donating approximately 750 hours of labor to our
community. The students
repaired and painted picnic tables; weeded, spread mulch and planted flowers throughout the park in the
mulched the playground areas; mulched parts of the exercise trail; cleaned the concession stand; deep
cleaned the LF
Blaney Nature Center and library; removed deadfall from the trails, creek and hillside; removed winter
debris from all
parts of the park and buildings; made repairs to the duck boxes on the island; and removed trash in the
park and along
Laird Ave. The students also planted 7 trees and built a replacement bridge over a gully on the exercise
This year's crews were extremely efficient and hard-working, completing their tasks well and finishing
early to spite
the rain. They enjoyed a hot dog lunch funded by the HEA (but cooked by the seniors) before going home
wet, dirty, tired
and proud of their accomplishments. A number of faculty members also volunteered at the event. However,
as we do each
year-the students lead and if they have a grown up in their team, we followed.
The Hopewell Community Park Board is very pleased with their efforts, and I am very proud of the work
ethic these young
people displayed. All-in-all- it was a great day to be a Viking!