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HARMONY: Student recognized for accomplishments

by NICOLE ELLI, Gazette Student News Reporter on November 02, 2012 10:45 AM

WESTOVER -- This week has been a week of accomplishments at Harmony. Members of the chorus, band, basketball team and even the freshman class all got major honors that deserve some congratulations.

Eight members of the Harmony High School chorus attended Clearfield County Chorus on Oct. 20-21.

The members joined seven other schools from Clearfield County to practice and perform a concert on Monday night.

The chorus put in many hours of practice to prepare the music, starting at 8:30 on Saturday in the West Branch School District.

It was a great opportunity for the members to be in a chorus of 200 people, rather than the 20 that they are used to at Harmony.

The marching band had the opportunity to go to the Johnstown Halloween Parade on Oct. 25.

They led the parade dressed in many different costumes.

The band was very excited and had a lot of fun watching the other bands celebrating the Halloween mood.

The junior varsity girls' basketball team was recently named the Mo Valley champs and went undefeated. The score of their last game with West Branch was 18-16, so it was a nail-biter.

Seventh-grader Elizabeth Rorabaugh said, "It takes strong dedication and skill to be a Mo Valley champ. It takes a lot of teamwork, too."

Jason Romagna, the middle school history teacher, made each team member a sign for their locker to show off their win.

The freshman class got some interesting news this week.

Last year they took the eighth-grade Science PSSA and this year, because of their outstanding scores, Harmony Middle School has been selected by the Division of Federal Programs as one of the 113 Title I schools to be named Distinguished Schools.

Harmony has been selected in "All Students Science" and "White Science."

The percentage gain shot up from 30 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced to 60 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced.

Harmony will be honored at the Improving Schools Conference, held in Pittsburgh, in January.

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