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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Page A4 ■ Altoona Mirror SCHOOLS Thursday, February 15, 2001 Cancel Bellwood school district approves ABCD Corp. request for KOEZ By Walt Frank Staff Writer BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday approved a request from Altoona-Blair County Development Corp. to designate a 51-acre tract of land on Old Route 220 as a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone. Board members resolution called for the land to be used only for industrial or commercial development — not residential, said Kenneth Swanson, business manager and board secretary. Antis Township supervisors pre viously approved the request and also have approved the preliminary subdivision plan for what is being called the Ardie J. Dillen Industrial Park II. The Blair County Commissioners also must approve the request. ABCD Corp., which purchased the land across from Parkview Estates, plans to construct a business park at the site. The KOEZ program is an extension of the Keystone Opportunity Zone, a tax abatement program approved by the General Assembly in 1998. Students enrolling in college courses from Williamsburg ■ Placement program allows full- or part-time enrollment at Allegany College of Maryland. By Michael Emery Staff Writer In a recent national survey, 40 percent of people said they were more afraid of speaking in public than of dying. What does that say about the students from Williamsburg, Tyrone, Juniata Valley and Southern Huntingdon high schools who voluntarily — and eagerly — participated in a speech competition Wednesday at Juniata Valley High School? ; Yes, they’ve got chutzpah — and confidence and charisma and character. And in the case of Cori Biddie and her Williamsburg High School teammates, they have college level speech courses that have made public speaking almost second nature. “I’ve been on the speech team since loth grade,” said Biddle, who now is a senior, “and the college Bh course has helped me a lot. ourse requires making a lot of speeches and that experience has helped me get into a comfortable routine when I’m making a speech.” • Biddle’s talents and classroom e>Cperience were evident in Williamsburg’s first speech competition this school year when she cairned first place in poetry. In that qampetition at Williamsburg, Biddle recited two of her original poems, “Passing Through A Summer’s Day” and “Farewell at tfcje Crossroads.” ! ‘‘The key to connecting to the audience in a speech is to have an introduction that grabs people’s attention and to use a conversation al tone of voice rather than a lecturing tone,” Biddle said. “The college course has helped me in both those areas. I think the fact that I don’t get too nervous when I’m making a speech helps me maintain an easy, conversational tone.” Williamsburg High School offers its students a variety of college-level courses through Allegany College of Maryland. For instance, in addition to the course in public speaking, Williamsburg High School is offering its students college-level courses in composition, English and psychology. “Cori is a great example of how the college-level courses have enabled our students the opportunity to strengthen their natural skills through the challenging coursework,” said Maureen Letcher, principal at Williamsburg High School. Some high school students age 16 or older are permitted to enroll at Allegany College of Maryland either as full-time or part-time college students through an early placement program. Early college students are either high school students who are enrolled in one or more Allegany College of Maryland courses or students who have waived their senior year in high school to enroll early in college. To be a part-time student, one must have the written approval of the high school principal and completed all normal college admission requirements. In special circumstances, Allegany College of Maryland can accept, with approval from school officials, a student who has completed seventh-grade and has attained a score of 1200 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or a score of 22 or more on the American College Test. Mirror Staff Writer Michael Emery can be reached at 946- 7520 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Prom Party Friday, Feb. 16 & Saturday, Feb. 17 Join us to shop for the largest selection of brand name prom dresses in the area! 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In other school board action, board members: ■ approved the use of Drost Field, the new teener league field on Old Route 220 for junior varsity baseball games; ■ reviewed the 2001-02 school calendar, which calls for classes to begin Aug. 27 and end May 29; ■ agreed to send flowers on behalf of the school district to the family of any employee who dies. Three district employees have died since the beginning of the 2000-01 school year. In other action, board members accepted the resignation for the purpose of retirement from first-grade teacher Linda Renney, effective June 29. Renney has worked for the district for 25 years. Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank can be reached at 946-7467 or email@example.com . 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