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HOMER-CENTER: FBLA members compete; Hula Challenge a success

by JULIA BUGGEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on April 26, 2013 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY — Within the past couple of weeks, many of Homer-Center High School’s students have been returning from educational trips.

The state qualifiers of Homer-Center’s Future Business Leaders of America club competed at Hershey Lodge for three days, lasting from April 15-17. The State Leadership Conference at Hershey is not only for the testing purposes of the qualifiers, but to help them brush up on their leadership abilities as well. This three-day trip consisted of individual tests, numerous workshops, acknowledging Pennsylvania’s FBLA officers, listening to captivating public speakers, individual responsibility and more.

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The main objective for all students attending this trip was to try to place well in their testing areas in order to attend the national competition in Anaheim, Calif.

We are proud to announce that we had a student that showcased her abilities and now has the opportunity to spend a few days across the country to compete against the best. Congratulations go to finalist Tory Dellafiora, for placing second in Impromptu Speech at Hershey, allowing her to advance to the 2013 National Leadership Conference from June 27-30.

Along with Dellafiora’s outstanding accomplishment, we would like to congratulate junior and FBLA state competitor, Michael Sweeney, for being selected to attend the Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.

This summer, Sweeney will be spending several weeks learning areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics from some of the area’s leading science professors.

Sweeney was one of the selected participants out of 56 students in the state of Pennsylvania.

Along with Homer-Center’s FBLA organization, other school-related clubs returned from extended day trips also. Members of our YAG (Youth and Government) club went to Harrisburg in order to live life in the government world for a few days. By becoming exposed to the Capitol building and analyzing bills, our students now have a better idea of how the government works; not to mention, now the students can bring back what they have experienced to the members of the YAG club that have not gone on the annual trips.

Also, within this past week, Homer-Center’s eighth-grade students approached the home stretch of their PSSA tests as they completed the science category earlier in the week.

As for elementary news, Homer-Center’s younger students enjoyed a new, fun and competitive activity that everyone is looking forward to doing again next school year.

The 2013 Hula Challenge has been an event that our kids trained for, trying to see who could be the last one standing and still hula hooping. We had 60 students qualify for the Hula Challenge, as they had to hula hoop with a 3-pound hoop for half an hour straight without any drops.

Students started hooping at 7 a.m. on April 19 to try to break the Project Fit America Hula record of 8 hours, 8 minutes and 8 seconds.

A good handful of the kids that participated made it past the two- and three-hour mark; some even pushed past the six-hour time mark.

Crazy enough, Homer-Center sixth-grade elementary student Megan Bozzer smashed the Project Fit America Record by a good hour.

Congratulations, Megan, for hula hooping the total time of 9 hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds.

On an ending note, that brings all of Homer-Center’s exciting, recent activities and news to a close. Tune in next week on for our last school column of the year to get information about prom and other “end of the year” events.

One final reminder — kindergarten orientation will be held on Wednesday, with a morning and an afternoon session. The morning is from 9 until 11 a.m., and the afternoon is from 1 until 3 p.m.  

There is no school that day for our current kindergarten students.  

We ask that parents attend accompanied by the newly registered child only; no younger siblings may be brought because of the nature of the orientation. Various speakers will be sharing important information. 

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