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Students Anjelica Rubin (center right) and Anja Lee showcased their social justice course project at the Delta Program Monday evening.
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An inaugural social justice course at the State College Area High School and the Delta Program taught students how to approach complex social issues and find fixes. 

About 40 students took the course, which was named “Bridging Divides,” and spent a semester learning about their own identities as well as historically marginalized communities. Students presented their projects Monday evening.

State High building
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A State College Area High School student brought a bullet to school on Wednesday and showed it to classmates. Although the high school’s resource officer found that no firearm was involved, a rumor of a gun in the school prompted a parent of another student to call 911, resulting in a 10-minute lockdown at the high school, according to the State College Area School District.

Kyle Hynes' map won first place in the central region's youth division.
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Update at noon on Feb. 6, 2019: 

Kyle Hynes won first place statewide in the youth division. The Penn State geography class led by Prof. Chris Fowler won first place statewide in the higher education division.

Original Story:  

He’s not old enough to cast a ballot, but that hasn’t stopped 15-year-old Kyle Hynes from redrawing the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts.

Tara Hutchingame is a senior at State College Area High School. For the last few months, she has dedicated a lot of energy to helping her fellow students register to vote.
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The voter turnout rate among 18- to 29-year-olds is historically lower than any other age group nationwide. In State College, high school students who led the local protests against gun violence also worked to encourage young voters to go to the polls.

Tara Hutchingame is a senior at State College Area High School. For the last few months, she has dedicated a lot of energy to helping her fellow students register to vote.

About 300 State College High School students attended a memorial in rememberance of the victims of the Parkland Shooting in conjunction with the National School Walkout.
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Students across the nation hosted walkouts on Wednesday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. 

Students of State College High School held a memorial to pay tribute. Seventeen students read names and biographies of the 17 victims who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, followed by a moment of silence.  

About 300 students chose to attend the memorial in the school courtyard. School administration and student organizers worked together to plan to event.