News In Brief


Students Honored at April Breakfast of Champions
Six students were honored at the April Breakfast of Champions held on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Ms. Fennell nominated junior Stacia Kissell for her positive attitude, strong worth ethic, high level of self motivation and pleasant demeanor. Junior Brianna Exton was nominated by Mr. Cremonese for her improvement in physical education. Sophomore Derek Hile was nominated by Mr. Wetzel for his desire to learn American History, as well as his mature, respectable attitude. Nominated by Mr. Hudock, senior Cody Torock was honored for his perfectionism and his ability to take pride in his work. Junior Rachael Komisak was recognized by Dr. Wnek for her achievements in problem solving and experimental design and analysis and also for assisting fellow classmates. Brittany Firestone, also a junior, was honored by Mrs. Ryder for her hard work in Spanish despite obstacles.  

Saint Vincent Economic Day of Understanding
On Wednesday, March 2, 2011, approximately fifty sophomore students attended the Economic Day of Understanding held at Saint Vincent College. The annual event welcomes sophomore students from Greater Latrobe and Derry Area to learn more about marketing. Presentations from professors taught students about marketing and shared an informative presentation about applying to college. The students were split into groups and given a task to create a attraction for a local amusement park, putting what they learned into action. Representatives from Idlewild and Soakzone, Sandcastle and Kennywood were present to help students create their ride or attraction. Students were advised to consider the target audience, to create a sales pitch and market their attraction. The final products were ranked and judged. Sophomore Sean Lynch, who attended the event commented, “The day was a good experience and it opened my eyes to how important and how much marketing was around me.” 


NAHS Art Field Trip

Nineteen National Art Honor Society members had the chance to experience art outside of the classroom through a field trip on Friday, April 8, 2011. Students attended The Andy Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory. Through guided tours of both museums, they learned about Warhol’s life and viewed his art and also experienced installation art. Ultimately, the students gained a better understanding of the specific types of art through viewing and experiencing it. Junior Daniel Sarver commented on the trip, “I really enjoyed the Andy Warhol Museum viewing art in a different way, specifically, with the silk screening art, as well as more diverse types of art at The Mattress Factory. It was a fun trip.”


GLSHS Library Celebrates National Library Week   
During the school week of Monday, April 11 thru Friday, April 15, 2011, National Library Week was celebrated around the country as well as in the GLSHS library. The week recognizes libraries and their contributions to society, and celebrates the strong, essential role libraries play in a student’s life. Specifically, at GLSHS, the week was celebrated with a student contest. For every book a student checked out, they could fill out a slip for a chance to win a hardback copy of Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, as well as a game of Scrabble.  Also, to continue to celebration, each day on the announcements a student-selected book was featured. The week gave students a chance to borrow some great books offered at the library and learn about other selections. Senior Lisa Vingin was the lucky winter of the prize.


2012 Class Banner Committee Formed

Talented junior Fabric Arts students have once again gathered together to form the 2012 class banner committee. This group will develop a unique design to represent their graduating class through colors, motto and flower. The committee’s goal is to come up with the arrangement and color schemes for the banner to be displayed during ‘Moving up Day’, as well as for years to come in the high school Auditorium. The committee’s first meeting was on Thursday, April 14, 2011, where the front and back of the banner were designed and the fabric ordered. This year, the committee consists of students Alexa Bell, Alex Brant, Molly Bruner,  Rachell Corletto, Brianna Tryon, and Allison Wisyanski. The group will meet three to four more times this year to construct and complete the banner. The class banner tradition at Greater Latrobe began in 1920 and has continued through many generations of students here at the Senior High.


Quiz League Students Take Part in Competition

Students on the Quiz League team at Greater Latrobe participated in the annual Westmoreland County Academic Competition, held at the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit. This event is one of the three activities that the league takes part in each year. The competition includes general knowledge and current event questions. Three teams compete at once and the members are able to conference. Members that attended include seniors, captain Josh Dorfman, Sam Prichard, and Danielle Shojaie, juniors Charlie Musick and Melissa Sinemus, and sophomore Alex Rutigliano. The team finished with a very strong showing, fourth place out of 18 teams.



AFS Club Officers Elected
AFS Club officers were elected for the 2011-2012 school year at a meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2011 with the results: President: Kelly Dick; Vice President: Katie Holtzer; Secretary: Tory Russo and Treasurer:  Kaylee Eans. President Kelly Dick commented on her hopes for the upcoming year, “I hope that the club can recruit new members and create a following because meeting new individuals is a very rewarding experience.”