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HOMER-CENTER: Undefeated Indoor Percussion team to attend event

by JULIA BUGGEY, Gazette Student News Reporter on May 02, 2014 11:00 AM

HOMER CITY — It’s now that time of year when the majority of the school year is taken care of and we’re just about halfway through the fourth nine weeks.

With a little over a month left of school, Homer-Center High School students will be finishing up their major assignments and taking final tests in several class subject areas. In the meantime, however, we’d like to wish a good luck to the Indoor Percussion group as they are currently competing at the 42nd annual Tournament Indoor Association Atlantic Coast Championships in Wildwood, N.J.

[PHOTO: The indoor percussion team at Homer-Center High School displayed their talents for the entire student body Wednesday morning before their departure for the Atlantic Coast Championships in Wildwood, N.J.  (Submitted photo/Homer-Center High School)]

Homer-Center’s Indoor Percussion team has made incredible steps this year, placing and being victorious in the majority of the competitions they’ve attended. Not to mention, the performers have just recently claimed the Chapter 11 championship. Their successful performance at this event can be viewed on YouTube for all of those interested in witnessing the capabilities of our students. Before claiming the “champion” title, this group was and currently is undefeated. We congratulate the hard workers for ranking third out of all indoor percussion groups in the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Best of luck to the Indoor Percussion performers during their time in Wildwood. They departed this past Wednesday and will be expected to return near the end of the weekend.

For those in track and field and those anxious to attend the big meets in the future, the dates on the schedule as of now are listed: West Central Coaches Meet at Mansion Park, Altoona, today; District 6 Class AA track meet on May 13, also at Altoona; and the PIAA state meet on May 23 and May 24, at Shippensburg University. Good luck to all of the district qualifiers in hopes of advancing to compete at the AA state level.

Just a quick addition to athletic events, for those that notified their intentions to attend the Lady Wildcats Athletic Year End Celebration, it will be this coming Wednesday. The party will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Although spring hasn’t seemed to have sprung just yet because of the weather, the students and their dates look forward to the prom festivities that will be taking place at the end of next week. The decision for the prom theme this year is “A Great Gatsby Garden Party.”

The 2014 prom will be on May 9, kicking off with the Grand March starting at 5:30 p.m. Dining and dancing will be enjoyed on Pittsburgh’s scenic Gateway Clipper. After-prom will again be held at the Funfest Entertainment Center in Harmar Township. Here, the students can enjoy cosmic bowling, arcade games, laser tag, billiards and good food. We hope that everyone has great prom experiences and we encourage friends and family to meet the students dressed up in their prom attire next Friday.

Also just around the corner are the spring choral concerts for both the elementary and the high school. The younger choir members of the elementary school will be singing on May 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Similarly, the high school’s junior and senior high choirs will be performing on May 20, also approximately from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Awards Night will be on May 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for all of you receiving your scholarships and awards for your academic achievements. On a side note, our elementary school will be holding kindergarten orientations on Wednesday. They will also be participating in their annual field day, scheduled for May 15; if unfit weather becomes an issue, the rain date is May 16.

In addition, the seniors will travel to Cedar Point in Ohio for their class trip the week before school ends, falling on May 23.

The week before the final week of school will be the main time period for the students’ final testing and also graduation for those in ICTC on May 30.

The very last week of school consists of senior picture arrangements for the class of 2015 on June 2 and 3 and the graduation of the class of 2014. The last day for underclassmen is June 4, followed by the graduation service from 7 to 8 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

On a final ending note, that brings all news for Homer-Center to a close for now. Thanks to all who have taken the time to tune in to all of the events and happenings at HC during the 2013-14 school year. Since this is the last student column for the year, we wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer vacation in advance.

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