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2023 Nominations

2020 Maroon & Gray honorees, pictured with Dr. Robert J. O’Donnell, Superintendent, were honored in May 2022. Each year, the Maroon and Gra

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In Case You Missed It: Rudy Burruss Added to Maroon & Gray Society Inductees

The Education Foundation Board recently announced a new addition to the upcoming Maroon & Gray Society class to be inducted at the May 21 dinner. Rudy Burruss

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Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities Now Available

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As the Maroon & Gray Dinner approaches, you can make an even bigger impact on the Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund & Grant Program by becoming a dinner sponsor or advertiser. These opportunities are available not only

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Maroon & Gray Proceeds Dedicated to “Mardi’s Fund”

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Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming Maroon & Gray Dinner on May 21. As the first in-person Maroon & Gray celebration since 2019, the event promises a special evening celebrating the SCASD donor community, the 2020 honorees and the life of longtime SCASD educator

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A New Home for the “Old Iron Kettle”

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The Centre County Historical Society recently announce that the State High Alumni Association has donated the legendary “Old Iron Kettle” to be displayed in the Hearth Room at Centre Furnace Mansion. The Kettle was the coveted trophy from the intense Bellefonte‐State College football rivalry from 1941 to 1972. Tom Smith,

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Rudy Burruss: “I want every child to know how much they matter”

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Congratulations to Rudy for his recent nomination and approval to the upcoming class of Maroon & Gray Society inductees. It’s 1988, and Rudy Burruss is starring in a Reebok commercial. He’s the Wizard, playing up the middle for the Harlem Globetrotters, wearing the

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Straight Talk Task Force Tackles Difficult Subjects in Monthly Presentations

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All schoolyear long, the Straight Talk Task Force has been bringing free monthly presentations to SCASD parents, caregivers, and community members covering topics like depression and anxiety, drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse, self-harm, healthy relationships, and more. In April, SHAPE America’s Teacher of the Year in health ed

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Park Forest Elementary Chosen as Green Ribbon School

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In April, Park Forest Elementary School was one of 47 schools nationwide to be named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The criteria for selection are adherence to these pillars: reduced environmental impact and cost, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental sustainability education. PFE’s nom

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Middle School Students Host Mini-Thon

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Students from Mount Nittany, Park Forest, and Delta Middle Schools recently came together at PFMS for Mini-THON. Participants raised $60,115.72 for the Four Diamonds Fund to support pediatric cancer patients. Over the past eight years, the event has raised $326,000. The event, modeled after the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance

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April Is Counseling Awareness Month

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  In honor of Counseling Awareness Month, we’d like to thank the SCASD counselors who guide and support their students every day. Now more than ever, their work is critical in shaping our kids’ lives. One component of the SCASD Education Foundation’s mission is to make mental health resources a

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Why the Need for a Foundation? Your Questions Answered

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  With the establishment of the SCASD Education Foundation last fall, we recognize that many of you have questions about our purpose, our mission, and our plan to enhance the educational experience for all students in our district. We’ve been hearing questions such as “Aren’t my taxes enoug

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State High Senior Cycles 500 Miles in Five Days to Raise Money, Awareness

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On March 28, Lewis Yeaple, a senior at State High, hit the 500-mile mark. Yeaple spent five days over Spring Break pedaling around Centre County to achieve a personal goal and support a cause that hits close to home. At age four, Yeaple was diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes— and for as long as he can remember, blood sug

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School to School: Students Feed Students with Sustainable Produce

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  Farm to School is great, but School to School is really amazing. Check out this student-grown lettuce that is being served in the school cafeteria. Students in Jake Lyke's biology class can add a new skill to their high school resumes: creating a sustainable food pro

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CEEL Students and Food Bank Make Birthdays Brighter

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In February, students in the district’s Community Education Extended Learning (CEEL) program, a before and after school program for elementary students, assembled 177 Birthday Bags to donate to the State College Food Bank.  In February, students in the district’s Comm

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Awards & Achievements

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Students have been setting the bar high at recent extra-curricular events and competitions. From first-place finishes at the Health Occupation Students of America competition to numerous medals at the Northeast Regional Science Olympiad tournaments, SCASD students are upholding our longstanding reputation of excellence even beyond the

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Alum Gets Stung By Bees, Wins Ig Nobel Prize

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The State College Area School District has graduated many successful alumni—doctors, lawyers, professional athletes, and even a Nobel prize winner. Justin Schmidt '65 shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Physiology and Entomology at a ceremony September 19, 2015 at Harvard University. The prize was awarded for

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Steve and Amy Haffner: The State High Couple Who Came Home

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They could have sent their kids to just about any high school in the world. But they send them to State College Area High School, to ‘State High’. And when you think about that fact for a second, you’ll realize that it says a lot about two State High School alumni named Steve and Amy Haf

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The Unsung Heroes: Student-Athletes Make an Impact Off the Field and Court

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  For many State High athletes, determination and hard practice are the keys to a successful season. For others, their programs’ success is fueled by much, much more. It’s driven by how the players can bond together as teammates for a greater cause and make a difference in their school and in

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Behind the Scenes: Executive Director on the Impact Education Foundation Makes on Every Student

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State College Area School District Executive Director Paul Olivett believes in the little things that can make a difference in a student’s experiences at a big school like State High. He knows from personal experience, as his two kids went through SCASD and reaped the benefits of the numerous opportunities and activities offered. Tha

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SCASD Recognized at PSU’s MLK Banquet

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Several SCASD schools and faculty members were recognized at the annual Penn State Forum on Black Affairs (FOBA) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet. Congratulations to Debra Daggs (pictured here), Learning Enrichment teacher at Mount Nittany Middle School, who was honored for her work with "R

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