The Sucess of JHS 2018-2019

          Juniata High School was very successful in both academics and athletics of the 2018-2019 school year. It saw its students succeeding in the arts, academics, sports competitions and more. At the beginning of the year JHS saw its boys soccer team proceed to district finals for the first time ever. They lost a close game, but still came out of it proud of the fantastic season! Our coed golf team had a wonderful season as well, remaining almost undefeated, while standouts Max Lauver and Will Orwig both carried many of the wins. The coed cross country team had large numbers this year, especially for the program only having its second official year as a school team. Garrett Baublitz won 1st at districts and Emily Houtz won 7th. Both Houtz and Baublitz ended up qualifying for states, with Baublitz taking home the second place title. 
         Aside from athletics JHS hosted the Region 4 District Band Festival. The band had a wonderful success rate of twelve students qualifying for the festival, with eight of those students proceeding to Regionals. One of those remaining students, Zach Marshall proceeded even further to the State level. Our band also had the honor of seeing its top tuba player, Malin Kint, be selected to perform at the All East Festival, this being one of the highest honors a high school student can receive. Along with district band, Juniata also had the privilege of sending four of its amazing musicians to District Orchestra. Two of these four (Megan Brubaker and Hannah Erdman) qualified for regionals and states. 
        The Juniata High School Chorus sent eight members (one being a pianist) to the District Chorus Festival this year. Out of the eight, Jessen Abram and Emily Erdman (the pianist) both made it to the region chorus festival. The Juniata High School Jazz Band sent five members to the District Jazz Festival this year.
Many successes were made in the winter of 2018. Once again, our school saw many students compete in the Poetry Out Loud Competition. Owen Hadsell won 1st, Sydney Houtz won 2nd, and Julia Rice took 3rd. The AG program saw its very own Kyley Painter compete in the the Area Public Speaking Contest, where she won the competition and placed at the regional competition. 
         The JHS winter sports accomplished many great things this past season. The girls and boys basketball teams both proceeded to districts. JHS’s small but very successful swim team saw Sydney Houtz and Emily Houtz at the district meet where Sydney placed 1st in the 100 backstroke and broke the district record yet again, and Emily placed 3rd in the 500 free. Sydney Houtz then advanced the whole way to nationals where she placed top 50 in two events. The JHS boys wrestling team had a very successful season this winter. Tyler Wilmen won districts and proceeded to states along with a couple other members of his team.
         Our spring sports season was probably the most successful time of the 2018-2019 school year. This year our boys and girls track sent thirty-eight members to districts. From those thirty-eight, we sent eleven of them to states. Four out of those eleven advance to state finals. Megan Brubaker took home 9th in triple jumps, Garrett Baublitz took 1st in the mile and 1st in the 800, breaking his previous mile and 800 record time for the school. The girls 4x1 relay including Anna Stroup, Zoe Burns, Nylah Pannebaker and Ashlyn Pannebaker broke the school record this year earning 3rd place at districts. Chase Lehman broke the school pole vault this year and was one of the four to advance to state finals. 
         This year’s boys and girls tennis team had their best season yet. Zach Hemond and Max Lauver went to doubles districts and took home the win. The whole team then competed at districts and won for the first time in JHS Tennis team history! The team then advanced and lost in a tough match at states. Zach and Max advanced to doubles states as well, winning their first match but losing in the semi finals.
           JHS saw many “wins” in its academic field as well. The JHS TSA club qualified for states this year and placed in the regional competition. CJ Foltz took home 1st place in two different CADD competitions. Our art club also saw two of its very talented students, Bri Graybill and Aubrey Kirkland, win the 2020 Calendar Contest. This year the JHS Band program had the honor of one of its students, Amaris Wolfe being selected for the Future Music Educators Honor Symposium, an opportunity for talented musicians looking to further their music into teaching. JHS also had two of its teams take 1st and 3rd in the Envirothon this year. 
Forty eight students were inducted into National Honors Society this year, and more than 100 students ended the year consistently earning honor roll or distinguished honor roll. Many other students prospered academically, athletically, and artistically. Overall the JHS student body put on quite a show for the 2018-2019 school year, and can only hope for the same in the year to come. JHS is very proud of its many seniors who were accepted into college, military, and work professions. We are excited for next year!

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