Education

Checking in with schools across Centre County

As the school year is wrapping up, here’s a look at what some local schools have been doing:

Central Pa. Institute of Science and Technology

CPI received the 2016 Centre County Green Business Partner award for its recycling efforts.

“Along with recycling efforts in our automotive, diesel technology, culinary, and horticulture/landscaping programs, CPI strives to educate our stakeholders about the importance of recycling,” adult and postsecondary program manager Marianne Hazel said. “We’ve added additional recycling bins in our buildings and hope to encourage more recycling.”

Soaring Heights

Students at Soaring Heights got a special treat when John Paul Dibert, a geology major at Penn State, brought back knowledge from a recent trip to Denver, where he studied major geographical events, to share with the students.

He taught them about Red Rock Park, Dinosaur Ridge, Valley of the Gods, Castle Rock and Florissant National Fossil Bed.

They also discussed the Rocky Mountains, K-T Boundary and the extinction of dinosaurs, and reviewed Idaho formations and rocks estimated to be more than 1.7 billion years old.

Late last month, students also learned a little bit about the Vietnam War Memorial.

They took a field trip to James E. Van Zandt Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Altoona, which houses the Vietnam War Memorial — The Wall That Heals, an exact replica of the monument in Washington, D.C.

Dibert said students were asked to find the names of soldiers from their hometowns. Once they found the names, they looked up the history of the person via the “virtual wall” — an online library.

The field trip was part of the school’s May art theme: Military Heroes.

Soaring Heights is a school for special needs students.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy

Students at St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy often get a visit from a special guest.

Thirty-five students from St. Joe’s already graduated, but leading up to the end of school, many activities were underway.

Earlier this month, leadership author and motivational speaker Lee Rubin held a leadership retreat for the sophomore class.

The mission was to engage kids in leadership roles that can extend outside of school.

Principal Chris Chirieleison said the event even aligned with the school’s pillars that include faith, scholarship, leadership and service.

Rubin has a bachelor’s degree in speech communications with a minor in business from Penn State. He received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Nittany Lions, a statement from St. Joe’s said.

A math team from the school also placed in the top 10 in the 53rd annual Mathematics Competition at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The team included students Peter Forstmeier, Joonho Cho, Taehan Choi and Michael Peters.

According to a release from St. Joe’s, this year’s IUP competition included 172 high school students who were challenged to solve 50 problems in 110 minutes.

The problems tested participants’ algebra, geometry, trigonometry and other secondary mathematics curriculum skills.

St. Joe’s placed ninth of 24 high school teams.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

Graduations

CPI: 7 p.m. Thursday at the school

Bellefonte Area: 6 p.m. Friday at the high school

Penns Valley Area: 6:30 p.m. Friday at the high school

Phiilpsburg-Osceola Area: 7 p.m. Friday at the high school

Bald Eagle Area: 11 a.m. Saturday at the high school

Grace Prep: 6 p.m. June 10 at State College Assembly of God Church

Centre County Christian Academy: 7 p.m. June 10 at Calvary Bible Church in Centre Hall

State College Area: 11 a.m. June 11 at the Bryce Jordan Center

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