Cambria Heights

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Highlander Highlights

Junior Achievement Award

Junior Achievement of Western PA recently created its 18 Under Eighteen list to recognize students throughout western PA and northern West Virginia who stand out in various areas including academics, social causes, entrepreneurial skills, and much more. As part of this year's class, the judges selected Braden Thomas, son of Eric, and Julie Thomas of Carrolltown, as one of the 18 students to receive this honor.

Braden Thomas was recognized at the inaugural Junior Achievement 18 Under Eighteen Gala which was held on February 22, 2022. Braden was accompanied by his family and teachers, Mrs. Manack and Mrs. Schirf.

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Forensic Competition

The icy conditions on February 25th did not stop the Cambria Heights Forensics Team from competing in the District 14 competition. Within hours of announcing school closings, the tournament was quickly moved to a virtual format. This was the first and only virtual competition of the year, but the Cambria Heights competitors didn’t miss a beat.

Six students qualified to compete at the district level. Maya Legrand and Cassidy Davis competed in Oral Presentation of Poetry, Riley Hall and Jonathan Jolly competed in Prose, and Ian Hall and Zach Mislevy competed in Lincoln Douglas debate. All of the competitors did an excellent job in virtual format.

Special recognition goes to Zachary Mislevy. Zach swept the Lincoln Douglas category with all six of his judges scoring his debates as wins. Zach placed first in the competition and will move on to the state competition later in March.

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Heritage Conference Academic Competitions

Congratulations to the FCS Academic team for taking first place at the Heritage Academic Competition. The team consisted of Mrs. Schirato's group of senior girls; Carmella Fredo, Carly Mezzelo, Alyssa Laney, and Grace Jasper. Cambria Heights also competed in the following other competitions, Math 3rd Place, Science 5th Place, Current Events 3rd Place, and Impromptu Speech 5th Place. CH finished in 2nd place overall in the Heritage Academic Competition.

Technology Student Association Regional Conference

Cambria Heights High School TSA chapter competed at the regional conference on January 29th. We had fifteen students and teams compete in over 18 events. Our students did very well and several teams will be advancing to the state conference in April. Congratulations to all participants and winners

1st place Data Science & Analytics – Braden Thomas

1st place Debating Technological Issues – Team of Ian Hall & Zach Mislevy

1st place Fashion Design – Lyndsey Kitchen & Maya Legrand

1st place Technology Problem Solving – Team of Ian Hall & Ethan King

2nd place Coding – Team of Zach Mislevy & Cole Weiland

2nd place Future Technology Teacher – Lyndsey Kitchen

3rd place Future Technology Teacher – Austin Malenich

3rd place Prepared Presentation – Braden Thomas

3rd place Children’s Stories – Team of Morgan Link, Braden Thomas & Molly Hayes

3rd place Board Game Design – Team of Kenna Rogal, Rylee Bernecky & Abigail Zeglen

3rd place System Control – Team of Ian Hall, Zach Mislevy & Ethan King

4th place Technology Bowl Written High Score – Zach Mislevy

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Peter R. Marsh Foundation Award

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation, established in 2002, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Camas, Washington. The Foundation initiatives have included teaching Servant Leadership management principles to small private and public institutions, and to recognize and award private citizens who instinctively and voluntarily serve others within their communities.

Braden Thomas was recently awarded with the Silent Student Servant Award. Along with the award, Braden was also awarded $500.

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Enterprise Grant

Mrs. Kelli Pearce received an Enterprise Grant from the Highlander Foundation. Mrs. Pearce is using the grant to incorporate cooking into her math curriculum. The students are using their measurement and fraction skills in real-world situations.

CH Hosts Laurel Highlands Speech League

On January 26th, Cambria Heights hosted the Laurel Highlands Speech League’s third invitational tournament. Nine schools attended the meet with 77 competitors and 20 judges filling the rooms and hallways. Many admirations and compliments were expressed by the visitors over the beauty of the renovation as well the advanced technological resources that the school has to offer.

There are 12 speech categories at each competition; the broad categories are public address, impromptu, and dramatic. The Cambria Heights team competed in their selected categories which included Public Forum Debate, Poetry, and Prose. Jonathan Jolly (freshman) placed third in Prose and Maya Legrand (senior) placed first in Poetry - the 2 most competitive categories in the league.

The team looks forward to the district competition on February 25th at Westmont Hilltop.

Read Across America Day

Thank you to Cambria County Commissioner Thomas Chernisky. for coming to read to our learners in honor of Dr. Seuss! On Read Across America Day, March 2nd.

FCCLA State Leadership Conference

The Cambria Heights FCCLA Chapter traveled to Seven Springs March 21st - 23rd for the PA FCCLA State Leadership Conference. Ten students, along with Mrs. Debbie Yablinsky and Mrs. Robin Mislevy as advisers, attended leadership workshops, competed in STAR Events, and challenged the participants to make a difference in their families and communities. Chapter members returned from the conference with a determination to focus their energies on strengthening families and working on essential career skills.
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CHHS Child Development Read Across America Day

The CHHS Child Development class participated in Read Across America Day. The students read to the preschool and kindergarten students. The students planned various activities after reading their Dr Seuss books. Everyone had an enjoyable time.

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!

Visit to Triangle Tech

CH high school students visited Triangle Tech in Dubois on March 22, where they toured the facility and learned about their post-secondary programs in the skilled trades of welding, electrical, and CAD. Triangle Tech offers 16 month programs in all of these trades.

Valentine Day

The CHHS Child Development class visited the kindergarten students. The High School students planned Valentine-themed activities.

Bike Program at CHES

Thanks to the generosity of our CH community and the determination of our PE facilitator, Ms. Wharton, our Kindergartners and first graders are now learning how to ride a bike in PE class! These balance bikes are the first step before graduating to pedals.

Therapy Dog at CHES

Mr. Neff and Mrs. Ludwig’s second grade Reading class had a visit from Banjo, a certified therapy dog. Each learner was able to read to Banjo, and his owner, Summer Davis taught everyone about what a therapy dog can do!


SFU ROCK presenters came to CHHS chemistry classes and performed interactive demonstrations.


Tony Martin from WJAC-TV visited our 4th graders to teach us all about the weather.

Cambria Heights Middle School TV Newscasts

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Highlander Athletics

Student Athlete College Signings
Congratulations to Kadence Della Valle who committed to Mount Aloysius College where she will join the volleyball team and continue her education.
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Congratulations to Adam Ford who committed to Mount Aloysius College where he will join the baseball team and continue his education.
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Congratulations to Kendall Conrad who committed to Queens College New York where she will join the volleyball team and continue her education.
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2022 Spring Sports Schedules

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