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Senior Ian Arnold Earns EPC Championship Title

September 26, 2018

ACCHS’s Ian Arnold is a familiar face in Lehigh Valley junior golf circles. He spent his first 14 years in the area, then his past two years at Heritage Academy in South Carolina – and now, he’s happily returned to his roots for his senior year.

 

Arnold carded a 5-over-par 77 on Wednesday at Woodstone Country Club to capture the individual boys' title at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf Championships. It was the second consecutive year a Viking golfer claimed the crown. Matt Kalamar, a graduate of the Allentown school, won last season with a 76.

 

Two years ago, Arnold knew he wanted to leave ACCHS for an academy school. This summer, he knew he wanted to return to the area. “There’s a lot of pressure playing at an academy,” said Arnold, who spent his sophomore and junior years at the boarding school. “It’s not much fun. But, today kind of shows me that everything I did for the last two years paid off. It was a difficult decision for me [to return] but I knew I wanted to come back.

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ACCHS Students Celebrate 17 Years of EITC

May 02, 2018

On May 7, 2001, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass an education tax credit program by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority. The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) reduces tax liability for businesses, while raising scholarship funds for students.

 

On May 2, 2018, Miss Alati’s American Government Class attended the 17th Annual EITC Birthday Rally sponsored by the REACH Foundation. Miss Alati's class has attended the rally for the past 12 years. She views this trip as an important lesson in American Government and examples of our First Amendment Rights: 1) Freedom of Speech, 2) Freedom of Assembly, and 3) Freedom to petition the government.

 

The high energy rally is held on the steps of the Capital Building in Harrisburg. It draws groups from Pennsylvania schools, businesses and religious organizations. The annual celebration highlights a highly successful program that gives school choice to parents and students. Over the past 17 years, nearly $900 million has been raised for scholarship money helping low and middle class families afford quality education.  

 

Students and others were encouraged to get involved by writing letters to editors and legislators to support renewal of this legislation. Area businesses work together to prepare our younger generations for a brighter future. More than 40,000 Pennsylvania students each year are able to choose the school that best fits their needs because of the EITC program.  

 

EITC authorizes a 75-90% tax credit for businesses that make contributions to Educational Improvement Organizations. For the past 15 years, ACCHS has received EITC funds for financial aid that has directly benefitted our students.  

 

Business owners interested in finding out more about the EITC scholarship program may contact Jen Heidenwolf in the ACCHS Development Office at 610-437-4601, ext. 108.

Viking Basketball DXI 5A Champions

March 02, 2018

The Viking Boys basketball team displayed its depth and it was gold-medal worthy. The third-seeded Vikings handled top-seeded Bangor 52-31 in the District 11 Class 5A final at Pleasant Valley High School. The championship is Allentown Central Catholic’s first since winning four in a row from 2011-14. The Slaters were competing for their first district crown since beating the Vikings for the 3A title in 1988.

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ACCHS Seniors Attend Keystone State Program

June 30, 2017

ACCHS Seniors Ryan Lacy, Madison Faust and Harrison Stevens who participated in the Keystone Boys & Girls State non-partisan Government and Civics program that is designed to teach the importance of responsible citizenship and to empower young men and women to make a change in their community.

 

Congratulations to Harrison Stevens, recipient of The Espirit De Corps award. This award is peer-nominated with counselors and legionaries selecting the best candidate. This award is given to someone who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities, dedication, and "behind the scenes" work, but may not always be leading from the forefront or from an elected position. It also includes a $500 scholarship from the Sons of the American Legion. 


"I was selected to receive this award for my work leading the Keystone media. As part of the media, I could not run for a government office, but could still vote. Although I didn't have the traditional KBS experience of getting involved in government, I had an amazing experience where I learned many leadership skills," said Stevens.

 

"I worked with the TV station and spent most of my time editing. I also had the opportunity to teach others about camera basics and how to use the editing software. As editor, I created the finished product which meant organizing and communicating with the media team to go out and record the different parts of a video. Additionally, I learned to work with a diverse group of people in the media who all had different ideas and senses of humor. In the end, we found a balance of important interviews with humorous skits."

 

I really enjoyed this experience, learned important lessons, and made many new friends!

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ACCHS Senior Marinos an Unheralded Soccer Star

October 11, 2016

Being a defensive high school soccer player is sometimes pretty tough when it comes to getting recognition. Unless you're scoring goals or getting assists, you may not seem your name mentioned at all. That's why unless you follow the Allentown Central Catholic girls soccer program, you may not know about senior Christina Marinos. Marinos is a two-year captain on a Vikettes defense that has been impressive this year. The Vikettes (11-4-1) took undefeated Parkland to overtime last week, the only team to do so this season. Marinos' defensive play was a big reason why even Parkland's players took notice.

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ACCHS Juniors are FOX News Athletes of the Week

August 01, 2016

ACCHS Juniors Alyssa, Chris, Emily and Nick Deschler were featured on FOX News 

(Philadelphia) on Saturday, July 27 in the Athletes of the Week segment. The Deschlers participate on the Viking cross country, soccer and track & field teams as well as other activitiesinside and outside of school. Reporting was covered by Central Catholic grad Madison Elliot. Madison had a wonderful XC and track career at Central, in addition to being a great student, and she is entering her senior year at LaSalle.

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ACCHS Students Celebrate 15th Birthday of EITC

May 25, 2016

On May 4, Miss Marcia Alati’s American Government Class attended the 15th Annual Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Birthday Rally in Harrisburg, sponsored by the REACH Foundation. Miss Alati, who has attended the rally with her class for 10 years, views this trip as an important lesson in American Government and examples of our First Amendment Rights: 1) Freedom of Speech, 2) Freedom of Assembly 3) Freedom to petition the government. 15 years ago, by an overwhelming bi-partisan majority, Pennsylvania became the first state to pass an education tax credit aimed at corporations. The high energy rally, held on the steps of the Capital Building in Harrisburg drew groups from Pennsylvania schools, businesses and religious organizations to celebrate this highly successful program that gives school choice to parents and students. In the 15 years since it began, nearly $900 million has been raised for scholarship money helping low and middle class families afford quality education. Students and others were encouraged to get involved by writing letters to editors and legislators to support renewal of this legislation. More than 40,000 Pennsylvania students each year are able to choose the school that best fits their needs because of this program. The EITC program authorizes tax credits (not deductions) for businesses that make contributions to Educational Improvement Organizations. The tax credit is a 75%-90% credit against taxes owed by the business. ACCHS has received EITC funds for the past 13 years for financial aid that has directly benefitted our students.  For the 2015-2016 school year, ACCHS has received $380,000 in EITC funds for financial aid. 

ACCHS Places First at Lehigh Model UN Conference

April 27, 2016

ACCHS students earned 15 medals leading to a first place victory in the Model UN Conference hosted by Lehigh University on March 18. ACCHS, who came up one medal short of first place last year, outpaced Emmaus, Parkland, Easton and Whitehall among others to win the title. Model UN moderator, Joe De Acetis, is very proud of the students and their efforts. Over 300 high school students from the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey spent the day at Lehigh University working on solutions to world problems during the annual Model UN competition. The conference teaches students about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. The procedures and rules of the conference follow those that the United Nations follow for presenting, debating and voting on resolutions. Each student represented a country as a delegate and participated on one of several committees, such as the General Assembly, World Health Organization, Security Council, and others. The day consisted of heated debate as well as civil yet passionate conversation on serious global situations needing solutions and action. ACCHS will have the opportunity to meet a UN Ambassador and attend a meeting hosted by Lehigh University in the fall. Medal winners for ACCHS are Mark D’Agostini, Ryan Beaky, Andrew Buck ( 2 medals), Rebecca Cone, Justin Deutsch, Connor Eckert, Joseph Galassi, Zachary Kent, Natasha Kuklis, Maddy Link, Pat McDaid, Anna Sixsmith, Alex Strohl and  Matt Szmigiel.  

Junior is Finalist in Disney/Marvel Challenge

April 22, 2016

Junior Margaret Fleck is a top five finalist in the Disney/Marvel Studios' Girls Reforming the Future Challenge! Margaret was chosen from over a thousand girls in the U.S. to present her innovative STEM-based project to a panel of experts in California. Margaret created an automated audio level regulating program for headphones to address the issue of hearing loss. She is now in the running to win an intership with Marvel Studios.

March For Life: An Overview | By Claudia Rosado

April 14, 2016

On April 5, 2016, many students made their way to the US Capitol for Allentown Central Catholic’s March for Life. The actual march, which was supposed to occur on January 22, 2016, alongside hundreds of thousands protesting against abortion, was postponed here at Central due to the 30+ inches of snow the Lehigh Valley received around the same time. Many students thought that would be the end to the march, myself included. However, our Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry, Father Allen Hoffa and the Coordinator of Retreats, Mrs. Mary Ellen Strohl, were committed to create a second opportunity for the students to participate in such a meaningful event. It would be Central’s own March for Life, and 260 students would take the journey down to Washington, DC.

 

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