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Science Olympiad 2019.....Ten GAHS students competed in the Central Regional Science Olympiad competition at Millersville University on Saturday, March 2nd.  Thirty-one high schools participated in contests spanning many science disciplines.  This year marks the first year of competition for a GAHS team.  Ben Shearer and Jonah Weise won silver in the Astronomy event, in addition to placing 6th in Fermi Questions.  Freshman Ella Natter had a 9th place finish in the Protein Modeling competition that consisted of mostly upperclassmen. 

Students who attended:

Ben Shearer                                                                   
Jonah Weise                                                                     
Ella Natter                                                              
Luke May                                                                     
Aya Sato
Kaelyn Blocher
Daniel Garcia 
Nick Guillen-Hernandez
Claudia Mendez
Sam Wagner

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners - 

Over 350,000 art and writing entries throughout the United States were submitted to regional affiliates of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

There were over 70 districts participating in the Central Pennsylvania region, and we are pleased to share the results of the 2019 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

There was a total of 42 regional winners from Gettysburg Area School District alone.

Three out of ten students who were awarded senior art portfolio awards in the region came from Gettysburg!

We have some very talented artists and writers in Gettysburg!!!

14 Gettysburg High School Artists, Photographers, Designers, and Writers have won 36 Regional Awards and 6 Gettysburg Area Middle School Writers have won 6 Regional awards in the South Central PA Scholastic Art and Writing 2019 Competition.  An awards ceremony will take place at the William Penn Memorial State Museum in Harrisburg on March 9, recognizing the Gold and Silver Key winners on March 10, where an exhibit of selected winning works will be on display from March 9 to May 6.

The 6 gold key award-winning works from Gettysburg will move on to New York City for further adjudication at the national level.  There were 9 silver key awards & 27 honorable mentions at the regional level.

At the national level, roughly 2800 talented student artists and writers from across the country will be recognized with a medal and honored with a presentation by world famous writers, artists, actors, and musicians at Carnegie Hall for their creative ability.  Fingers are crossed for some national winners!! We will receive the post regarding national medalists on March 12.  Congratulate these students when you see them.  This is the same honor that Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stephen King earned when they were in high school!!

Gold Key Award Winners from Gettysburg High School:

Audrey Cole

Gold Key Award for Senior Portfolio, Gold Key Award for Photography, 4 Silver Key Awards for Photography and 2 Honorable Mentions for Photography

Emma Poulson

Gold Key for Photography

Ava Sonnett

2 Gold Keys for Photography and Silver Key for Photography

Silver Key Award Winners from Gettysburg High School:

Karrigan Sizemore

Silver Key for Photography and Honorable Mention for Photography

Molly Stover

Silver Key for Photography and Honorable Mention for Photography

Honorable Mention Winners from Gettysburg High School:

Megan Guy

Honorable Mention for Digital Art

Alek Hopkins

Honorable Mention for Photography

Sierra Jeffcoat

2 Honorable Mentions for Photography & Drawing & Illustration

Aidan Kanne

2 Honorable Mentions in Photography

Rhiannon Loudermilk

Honorable Mention in Sculpture

Irelyn O’Shea

Honorable Mention for Photography

Amanda Sanjuan Miranda

Honorable Mention for Senior Portfolio, Honorable Mention for Jewelry and Honorable Mention for Sculpture

Maxwell Wolfe

Honorable Mention for Senior Portfolio, Honorable Mention for Mixed Media, 3 Honorable Mentions for Photography and 3 Honorable Mentions for Photography

Keely Yanes

Honorable Mention for Digital Art


Gold Key Award Winner from Gettysburg Middle School:

Kim Heinzelmann

Gold Key for Science Fiction Fantasy

Silver Key Award Winners from Gettysburg Middle School:

Hannah Green

Silver Key for Poetry

Malina Reber

Silver Key for Personal Essay/ Memoir

Honorable Mention Winners from Gettysburg Middle School:

Ashton Arentz

Honorable Mention for Flash Fiction

Katie Hansen

Honorable Mention for Poetry

Zachary Tipton

Honorable Mention for Personal Essay/ Memoir

Congratulations to Battlefield FFA Officers Michael Riggs, Brianna Redding, and Brooke Hobbs for receiving their Keystone Degree at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. 

Ruth's Harvest....GAHS collected over 400 items during our Food Drive last week. Student's in Mrs. Myers, Mrs. Biggins' and Mr. Harvey's ARC classes collected the most items. Thank you to everyone who donated!                         

STEM Savvy Club hosted two great talks to promote science in the last week.  On Wednesday, November 14,  to a dozen students in the LGI after school, Brynn Burnash, E NCC NRD PHILADELPHIA, and Stephen Bugaj,  M ETN1 NRD PHILADELPHIA, NRS LANCASTER presented engineering careers in the U.S. Navy emphasizing the operation of nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers.   The lesson on how nuclear power produces energy aligned well with what is taught in chemistry classes at the high school. On Monday, November 19, twenty seven students met in the library to hear a college preparatory and biological engineering talk from 2017 GAHS graduate, Taylor Tuhy, a sophomore at Virginia Tech.  Her practical advice of how to set yourself apart included getting to know at least one professor on a first name basis to improve likelihood of a thorough recommendation letter.  She suggested volunteering weekly and keeping track of the hours to show commitment to your career goals and community.  Taylor shared about the neuroscience research about the changes in the mitochondria in the brains of football players with head trauma/concussions. She encouraged students to check out schools outside Pennsylvania and to explore academic experiences in other countries, like she did in South Africa.  Talks like these support the science department's goal to offer students a wide range of experiences and to connect students with mentors in a variety of scientific careers.

Congratulations to Senior Bassist, Ben Shearer for being accepted into the National Association for Music Educators All-Eastern Orchestra. Ben will be playing in Pittsburgh in April. Congratulations, Ben!


A representative from Tyler School of Art of Temple University visited Mrs. Dreves' Advanced Placement Studio Art Class and gave a presentation.  In preparation for an annual class field trip to National Portfolio Day Association's event, the representative also conducted a live portfolio review with brave senior, Keely Yanes, in front of her classmates.  Keely's artwork was approved and accepted as part of the college application process!  NPDA is a college fair, held exclusively for art and design candidates across the country, where students can do one stop college shopping with over 45 art schools, colleges, and universities in the USA, Canada, and Europe.  10 Gettysburg students, some parents, and Mrs. Dreves attended these weekend fairs in Philadelphia and Baltimore on 11/4 &/ or 11/18.  Students waited in long lines to share their art portfolios and meet with college admissions counselors at these heavily attended events.   Our seniors were told their work was college-ready, and many were encouraged to apply to top programs at Drexel University, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Penn State University, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Maryland Institute College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cal Arts, etc..  Some admissions counselors gave recommendations for specific scholarships to our students.  Underclassmen received positive feedback on work and advice for application process for senior year.  Afterwards in Philadelphia, students met up with Gettysburg alumni

Trick or Treat.....Last week in the GAHS Preschool, early learning students implemented their thematic unit lesson plans for Halloween. Preschool children dressed up in their favorite costumes and walked the halls to collect treats from teachers, administrators and staff. Other activities included spiderweb water color painting, skeleton dancing, and monster math. 
                                                                                               Trick or Treat

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Mrs. Dreves' Advanced Placement Studio Art and Mr. Colgan's and Mr. Deckert's Photography Classes collaborated on aesthetic adventure into Philadelphia's spookiest sites in October:  The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (ESP) and the Mutter Museum: College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  They captured amazing images at ESP and took a private tour to learn about the history of imprisonment in the US and about the building's architectural design.   Students captured a multitude of images ranging from Al Capone's lavish cell to weathered surfaces of walls, windows, and mechanical items, and they even used the wall as back drops for portraits.  This trip has continued to fascinate students for four years, and results in award-winning student artwork and photography in Scholastic Art and Writing and at local juried art exhibits.  Students also earned college credit through the Advanced Placement Studio Art classes with the photos they take at ESP.

              Penitentiary Walls                                ESP                           Mutter
The optional add-on trip to the Mutter Museum: the College of Physicians of Philadelpha, inspired students to draw skulls and better understand how to draw the human form.  Photography is prohibited, unless one applies in advance to get the museum's permission.  Our trip changed how the Mutter Museum viewed its guests.  Museum staff explained that they typically do not receive many requests from artists to photograph the objects, as most requests come from television crews or medical students studying and documenting medical issues, so GAHS students were given "press passes".  We were told that Gettysburg High School artists made them aware of things that will need to be rewritten to include aesthetic images to be used in art. They were honored that our students were utilizing the information learned as an aesthetic and conceptual issue in art, and explained that we were not to post the work on social media, but images could be used in art work and submitted to the National College Board for Advance Placement Studio Art.

                                              Boo Gram
Key Club students made 97 Boo Grams (bags of candy with a small halloween message) at their last meeting for the residents at SpiriTrust Lutheran.  On October 29, several members delivered the completed Boo Grams in costume to the residents.
The students also helpd out at the Garden's of Gettysburg's Trick or Treat night, they helpd the residence hand out candy to the youth who came.
Another project the Key Club, and several other groups are doing, is collecting for the annual bag the bounty food drive. 
They have also been very busy cleaning a stretch of the highway for PA's adopt a highway.  This occurred on Wednesday, October 24th.  
                                                                                             Adopt a Highway
Kudos for a job well done!

3D Printed Prosthetic Hand......Adam Thomas and Garrett Young presented the re-design of their 3D printed prosthetic hand on Wednesday, October 17 to the 2018 School Leadership Conference, sponsored by PA Association of School Administrators (PASA) and PA School Boards Association in Hershey, PA.   Both represented the school well and made the Technology Student Association proud.   Many school leaders shared positive comments.

MATH CLUB WIN......Congratulations to five of our GHS math club students.  On October 11, members of the math club won their latest round of online competition 27/30 competing against St Margaret's Episcopal School from San Juan Capistriano, CA   Members attending were:  Danny Sautter, Jonah Weise, Taylor Neller, Marrin Crist and Steve Forbe.  We are very proud of all of you!

                                                                                  math club



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Spirit Week... Woke up this Way Wednesday


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 Spirit Week... Tropical Tuesday

zombie run

The GAHS Mini-Thon Committee is organizing a Zombie Run (or stalk) 5k to benefit our school's effort to raise money for the 4 Diamonds fund. Ultimately, we are looking to help in the fight against childhood cancer! #FTK 



Academic Letter

 On Wednesday (9/5), GAHS recongnized students for Academic Achievements.

Each year, students with a WGPA above 90% earn an Academic Letter. Once students earn their "G" they are able to earn gold bars in subsequent years if they meet the same standard. 

We also awarded Academic Excellence pins to students who earned ADVANCED scores on all Keystone Exams taken at the high school. 

Students earning 5's on AP exams in the 2017-2018 school year were also recognized!


We ask students to #BeCommitted to their academic success!!! We feel that it's important to recognize that commitment when students earn it!!! #WarriorWay


Niche gives GAHS an A-




Gettysburg Area High School is a highly rated, public school located in Gettysburg, PA. It has 940 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.

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