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New Family to State College Finds Support for a Smoother Transition

Moving to a new school, especially a new high school, can be a daunting experience for any teenager. Jonathon Cottingham is no exception. He recently moved with his family from Palmyra, Pennsylvania, to State College, when his Dad accepted a position with The Applied Research Lab at Penn State University. Thankfully, in part to the support of the teachers, counselors, and other students he has met at school, the transition has been a good one. 

A rising sophomore, Jonathon came from Palmyra High School where the entire enrollment is about the same size as SCASD’s ninth grade class. The difference in the size of the schools was one thing that has taken some getting used to.

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It’s Not Just the All-Stars Who Play at SCASD

A member of the Math Club might not score the game-winning touchdown under the lights on a Friday night. Best Buddies participants will probably never hear hundreds of fans screaming their names. Students participating in intramural sports may not become Olympians.

And that’s ok.

Mrs. Christina Manning, State High 11th Grade Assistant Principal in the North Building and first-year Activities Advisor, says that the lesser-known activities offered at SCASD are just as important as the really popular ones. They all have something to offer to the students who participate.

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