On Wednesday, March 21st, the high school hosted an hour-long open house for the families of 365 eighth graders preparing to start high school in the fall. The night began in the auditorium where the students were introduced to the ninth grade principal Mr. Freed. He spoke to the students about making the transition into high school as easy as possible. Mr. Freed encouraged parents to get involved in the school community.
On February 6th, the Williamsport Area High School STEM team competed in the 2018 Governor's Regional STEM Competition hosted by Penn College. Here they presented their invention called the SafeCar. The SafeCar is a prototype vehicle the students constructed out of plywood and then painted to look like a real car. The concept of the car is to equip it with sensors to help protect children and pets from being trapped in vehicles.
At the beginning of school year, the AP Environmental Science students each choose a country. Over the course of the year, the students research their chosen country and use it as a focus for many of the concepts taught. The research focuses on environmental issues and conditions and other factors within the country that help give students a more global understanding of the concepts on the AP test.
Senior Anna Vaughn Stewart always hoped to write a play before she graduated. She has recently accomplished that goal. Anna wrote a play based on series of vignettes about a boy named Alex.
Recently, the WAHS cheer team competed at the PIAA Competitive Spirit Championships. This was only the third time in Williamsport’s history that a team had qualified for the state competition, and this team is the first to make it to the championship semi-finals.
At the high school, there are many students who take advantage of the Career and Technical Education programs. Some advanced CTE students have the unique opportunity to work as an intern or apprentice in their respective programs. By taking classes themselves, then using what they learned to help first level students and to complete various tasks, for these students, going to school and having a job become one.
The WAHS Top Hat Pride School Store is holding a fundraiser for the Top Hat Pride Program--supporting our School Wide Positive Behavior initiatives. Please drop off completed order forms to Diane Ferguson in the Athletic Office. Thanks for your continued support of our Top Hat Pride Program!
Over the last few months, the Williamsport Area High School choirs have been preparing three holiday songs from the movie Home Alone to perform on December 12 at the Community Arts Center with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. On December 2, some of the choir students who are also part of the a cappella ensembles at Williamsport, GQ and Les Chanteuse, had the opportunity to perform at the White House for guests walking through on tours.
In 1972, Williamsport Area High School was built fully equipped with a state-of-the art planetarium. However, technology has evolved over the past 43 years, and now the once state-of-the-art planetarium is in need of renovations. This school year, two seniors involved in the CTE Engineering and Robotics program at the High School, LJ Boone and Cameron Crossley, have decided to take on the task.
As a 9th grader, Cecilia Fink has had more experience fundraising for charities than some people will in a lifetime. In her fourth year of raising money for charitable causes, Cece decided to organize the Thanksgiving Day Fun Run. “This was a big event for me. I came up with the idea, but obviously my parents were a huge help in getting everything together. The last few days leading up to the event were crazy. We had to get food for the runner’s stations, prizes for raffle tickets, get the course set up; it was a lot.”
Several groups of students from the high school’s service clubs formed teams for the PCT Out of Darkness Suicide Awareness walk. This event occurred Saturday October 21, 2017 at the PCT Field House where the Pennsylvania College of Technology invited its local community to participate in raising awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the high school will return the BackPack Program in September. This provides a bag of nonperishable food at the end of each week for participating students to take home and eat when school meal programs are unavailable.
A small number of Varicella (chicken pox) cases have occurred in the Williamsport Area School District. Chicken pox poses a risk to those who are not immunized, those whose immune system is compromised, and individuals who are pregnant. If your child develops a blister-like rash, please contact your family doctor and do not send your child to school.