Max English, member of the Blue Band and recent graduate of Penn State University, visited Soaring Heights School in State College to speak to students about career opportunities in music. During his presentation, Max revealed how he auditioned for the Blue Band and was accepted as a member. He also detailed the long hours and commitment it took for him to remain a contributing member of the band and the opportunity to play in the Rose Bowl and Pinstripe Bowl along with other Blue Band commitments.
Max demonstrated how to play the trumpet and played several songs that the students enjoyed. He will soon spend 7 months on a cruise ship as a member of the orchestra. Max explained that his ability to play an instrument well has led to job positions in the private sector.
Soaring Heights School staff participated in the 12th annual Autism Speaks Walk at the People’s Natural Gas Field in Altoona on Sunday, October 6, 2019. The State College staff raised funds for the Autism Speaks Walk Fundraiser over the past year through various fundraising programs. They assisted with set up, organization and clean up after the program. All proceeds go to Autism Research and help for local families.
Students visited Bear Meadows Natural Area located south of Boalsburg on Friday. The area contains a bog surrounded by steep mountains and hiking trails. The bog, which covers 320 acres, has been forming since the end of the last glacial period 10,000 years ago and is surrounded by an old growth forest of boreal species typically found much farther north. Students hiked and inspected various plants, insect and animal life in the area. Students then wrote about their experiences and how they will preserve the area.