Education on Centre: State High students, music program receive recognition

Britney Milazzo
Britney Milazzo

It seems like State College Area High School has become the local hub for awards.

And individual students and specific programs at the school have recently been recognized.

The high school was named a GRAMMY Signature School national semifinalist last week in recognition of the school’s music program.

The recognition is given to schools with exceptional music education programs, and State High was among 119 semifinalists.

According to a report from district spokesman Chris Rosenblum, the GRAMMY Foundation selects top public high schools across the county and recognizes their “commitment to excellent musical education programs” as GRAMMY Signature Schools.

If State High is selected as a finalist, it will receive an award and monetary grant to benefit its music education program, Rosenblum said.

Grants range from $1,000 to $6,000.

Finalists will be announced in March.

In the same month the school’s music program was recognized, 150 State High students received AP Scholar Awards for their performances on AP exams.

Of that, 27 qualified for the National AP Scholar Awards, Rosenblum said.

Students eligible for the national award scored a 4 or higher on eight or more exams.

The scoring is based on a five-point system.

Those students are: Noah Beattie Moss, Phillip Clauer, Jose Manuel Corichi Gomez, Anthony Degleris, Enrique del Castillo, Jay Deng, Jessica Ding, Matthew Driban, Lear Du, Joseph Feffer, Nicholas Feffer, Hannah Feldstein, Elias Jaenicke, Jacob Keller, Sojung Kim, Mahima Kumara, Vincent Liu, Andy Luo, Julia Ma, Prachi Patel, Eric Pauley, Elizabeth Reigel, Andrew Shu, Rosalie Sowers, Jacob Van Hook, Alexandra Wagner and Rosaleen Xiong.

Eighty students also qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, 29 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award and 41 qualified for the AP Scholar Award, Rosenblum said.

Advanced Placement classes are a set of courses tailored to college-level rigor with the opportunity for students to receive college credits based on test scores.