Allegany High School

616 Sedgwick Street • Cumberland, MD 21502 Phone:301-777-8110


Allegany's Varsity Mock Trial Team to Compete in Regional Championship

Allegany to Advance to Final Four Competition April 23rd 

Allegany High Schools’ varsity mock trial team won the title of circuit champion this school year, earning them the opportunity to advance to the state regional competition against Oakdale High School April 13, 2015, in Washington County.  Allegany was also succesful in winning this match and will now move on to the Final Four competition and represent the region in Annapolis on April 23, 2015.
The Mock Trial program, sponsored by the Maryland State Bar Association and the Citizenship and Law Related Education Program, produces a fictional case based on real issues for the students to debate.
Allegany’s mock trial team’s teacher-coach is Brian White, and the team’s attorney coaches are Rob Alderson and Michael Baruch, assisted by Chris Logsdon. 


Pictured: (first row) Kaitlyn Kauffman, Hannah Cantafio, Emily Alderson, Brooke Buskirk; (second row) Garrett Hughes, Maxwell Phillips, Grant Hoover; (third row) Walker Magrath, Zachary Ellsworth, Thorne Lindsey; (fourth row) Jonathan Frank, Ethan Greist.
Published 3/31/15 

Allegany High School Teacher Wins MASC Advisor of the Year Award


Tammy Twigg Selected for Dedicated Service to Student Leadership

Tammy Twigg, social studies teacher and student government advisor at Allegany High School, was recently selected by a committee to receive the 2014-2015 Maryland Association of Student Councils Mike Michaelson Advisor of the Year Award. This prestigious honor is given to an advisor for their dedicated service to student leadership.
Twigg was nominated by Kara Kennell, the advisor of the Allegany County Association of Student Councils, for “going above and beyond in her role as the student council advisor at Allegany.” Kennell went on to say, “She supports students in all types of leadership activities, and she constantly pushes students to get involved at their school, county, and state level.”
Also writing letters of recommendation on Tammy’s behalf were Hunter Barclay, president of ACASC, and John Logsdon, social studies supervisor. Hunter stated, “Tammy Twigg has had a positive influence on many students while she has served as a student government advisor. To many students, including myself, she is a voice of reason, a confidant, and a positive influence.” He continued, “Mrs. Twigg has said many wise things, has done many great things, but most importantly, she has made many students feel that they can actually make a difference.”
Mr. Logsdon echoed these sentiments. “When I think of the appropriate term for advisors, Tammy comes to mind as the best that I’ve ever seen. Throughout the years, she has gained respect of all her students and students from other schools as she has given up a tremendous amount of her time to volunteer and make student council stronger.”
As the recipient of the Mike Michaelson Advisor of the Year Award, Tammy now has the opportunity to represent the State of Maryland for recognition in the 2016 NASC National High School Advisor of the Year competition.

Published 3/31/15

Nathan Bruck Wins at Robotics Competition

Nathan Bruck, junior at Allegany High School, is a member of the school’s robotics team and was recently honored with the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Dean’s List Award. The award, named after FIRST’s founder, Dean Kamen, is the highest honor an individual on a robotics team can earn and is given to a robotics team member that exemplifies great leadership for the team and its community. Nathan is one of only two students in the state of Maryland to have received this award.

FIRST is a non-profit charity that designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. FIRST organizes robotics tournaments around the world, and states throughout the U.S. hold qualifying tournaments to see which teams will have the opportunity to ultimately advance to the world championship.

During one such qualifying tournament held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, on January 10th, Nathan was selected to represent Maryland. He will now participate in the world championship tournament April 22-25, 2015, in St. Louis, MO.





“Horsing Around”

Anyone interested in a horseback riding summer day camp is to stop by the main office for information. You will learn all the aspects of horseback riding.

Movie Basket Raffle

How would you like to curl up with a warm blanket, a bowl of popcorn, and your favorite candy to watch a great movie? The sophomore class will be raffling off a movie basket with candy, soda, popcorn, and movies. Tickets will be sold through April 20 for $1 each. They can be purchased from any sophomore class officer. Enter for your chance to win today!

SHOP $100 VISA Card Raffle

Spring is finally here and so is your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card. Just purchase a ticket, or 6, or 13 from any SHOP member or Mrs. Sloane. The drawing will be next Friday morning, April 24.
Blood Drive
If you haven’t signed up for the Red Cross Blood Drive being sponsored by SHOP this Wednesday, April 15, please see Mrs. Sloane in room 111. If you are 16 years old, you MUST have a parental consent form completed and returned to Mrs. Sloane. Students with all required paperwork turned in to Mrs. Sloane will be served a Chick-Fil-A breakfast sandwich in Mrs. Sloane’s room at 7:30 on Wednesday morning.

Summer School Information

Summer school information is now on the county’s website. The policy and rules have changed, so please read carefully. Three types of summer school classes are being offered:
• Recovery Summer School is only for students attending the Career Center next year or juniors going to be seniors. Students can earn up to 2 credits, starting June 22. Cost is $100.00.

• Original credit for students who wish to take the following courses for the first time: Physical Education, Health, and/or Personal Finance. The cost for PE is $350.00 and for Health and Personal Finance is $150.00.

• Attendance summer school for students with excessive absences, the cost is free.
Applications (which will be on the web shortly) and money should be sent to Mrs. Marsha Miller at the Board of Education.

Attention Seniors Considering FSU This Fall:

The deposit that is due May 1st may be deferred if you wish. If you are interested in having the deposit deferred, please contact FSU admissions directly, and let them know you wish to defer the payment of the deposit.

Prom Tickets

Prom will soon be here! Tickets go on sale in the main lobby, and at lunch time beginning Monday, April 27, 2015. The theme is masquerade. Masks covering eyes only are allowed, you will receive a mask when you buy a ticket. The cost for couples is $25.00, and singles are $15.00. They will be on sale until Friday, May 8, 2015.

Meritorious Service Learning Award

Any senior wanting to earn the Meritorious Service Learning Award for Graduation must have hours turned into Mrs. Twigg in room 123 by Friday, May 1, 2015.

Class Officer or Student Council Officer

Any student running for class officer or student council officer, petitions are due to Mrs. Twigg by Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Student Links

>>Yearbook Purchase
>>Yearbook Registration

>>Allegany ALUMNI Website



Blood Drive in the Gymnasium
Instructional Leaders Meeting, 8:00 AM
Tennis vs. Mountain Ridge, Away, 4:00 PM
Baseball vs. Bishop Walsh, Away, 4:00 PM
Softball vs. Northern, Away, 4:30 PM

THURSDAY, April 16
PARCC Assessment (ALG 1)
Report Cards Distributed
Tennis vs. Hyndman, Away, 4:00 PM
Softball vs. Bishop Walsh, Home, 4:30 PM
Spring Musical in the Auditorium, 7:00 PM

FRIDAY, April 17
Spring Musical in the Auditorium, 7:00 PM

SATURDAY, April 18
Baseball vs. Northern (JV only), Away, 10:00 AM
Tennis "AMAC Championships", TBA
Track @ Mountain Ridge, 7:00 PM
Spring Musical in the Auditorium, 7:00 PM

SUNDAY, April 19
Braddock Softball Clinic in the Gymnasium, 1:00 PM
Spring Musical in the Auditorium 7:00 PM

Detention Hall   
April 13, Mrs. Ditto
April 14-15, Mrs. Edwards


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Allegany chalks up 11th in row

Carson Imes

CUMBERLAND — T.J. Hartley doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning and they would stand as the difference, thanks to two-hit pitching by Carson Imes, as the top-ranked Allegany Campers remained undefeated with a 3-1 win over third-ranked Hampshire Tuesday at Allegany.

Allegany Pads Win Streak to 10

Allegany pads win streak to 10

CUMBERLAND— Brenten Miller struck out three to escape a seventh-inning jam and earn a save as top-ranked Allegany edged No. 4 Mountain Ridge 6-5 in App-alachian Mountain Athletic Conference baseball Monday at Campobello.

Teacher of the Year

Mr. Brian White

Allegany Teacher of the Year


Brian White, National Board Certified Teacher, received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Frostburg State University in 1995.  He teaches AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, and Historical Research Methods at his alma mater, Allegany High School.  Brian created the Historical Research Methods course, inspiring other state models and receiving national recognition.  He serves as the Assistant Band Director and the Mock Trial coach.  Brian was the recipient of the Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award in 2005, the Maryland International Reading Association Council Print and Media Award in 2007, and was recognized as a Maryland Gifted and Talented Educator of Excellence in 2010.  


"I believe that my role as an educator is to be an advocate for my students and make available to them the best learning experience possible.  Most successful educators work in cooperation with each other, as well as with the greater community, resulting in the development of students that can exceed all expectations." - Brian White


William Santilli Cuts Hair for Kids in Need; Donation Marks 7th Time for Santilli


Allegany High School English teacher, William Santilli, cut off nearly thirteen inches of his hair to be donated to a charity that make wigs for children suffering from long-term hair loss from any medical diagnosis. This marks the seventh donation that Santilli has made to either Wigs for Kids or Locks of Love since he began his charitable work in 1998. “One of the most important lessons for today’s narcissistic and egocentric society is to do something that does not benefit oneself, but benefits someone else,” says Santilli.

“Crosby from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young croons about cutting his hair. In most cultures, it is seen as a sign of disgrace. Whether it is Samson or a samurai, cutting the hair is seen as something more than what it is,” says Santilli. “There is a long investment of time and maintenance. They way people perceive you is based on the outward presentation.”

Santilli had two junior students, Alasha Younger and Chloe Neff, cut his locks for him. “Honestly, I hate cutting my hair,” Santilli states. “I have trepidation before, and I hate the way it looks after. There are seven to eight months where it looks like a nub. But ultimately, I concede that is a foolish problem to have.” He went on to say, “When we as people do things, it is often the case can be traced back to the incentive behind it. I look at the action, and then I ask ‘why would someone do that?’ The motivation is typically based on incentive, and that is why it is so important that I do something that is difficult for me to do. I cut my hair despite not liking it.”

Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love are public non-profit organizations that provide hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair. The prosthetic wigs help restore some confidence and self-esteem in these children. The cost of one custom hair system can range from $1,800-$3,000, but thanks to the generosity of individuals such as William Santilli, eligible children will receive wigs free of charge.

“So why grow hair for three years, maintaining and nurturing it, to promote healthy hair, just to cut it off and be unsatisfied with the way it looks,” asks Santilli. “The answer is simple, and I believe if it became the anthem of more people, the world would improve. That anthem should be, “It is not about me.”

For more information on either charity, visit their websites at or

Allegany Senior Activities

Welcome Home Awards Voting

Babst Award Voting For All Around Senior Boy Athlete
Faherty Award Voting For All Around Senior Girl Athlete

Senior Obligations payment will be cash only from this date.

Senior Prom at the Windsor Castle from 8 to 11 PM
Cost: $15 Per Person/$25 Couple
After Prom in the Gymnasium 12 to 5:30 AM
Cost: $10 per person/$15 couple

Baccalaureate Ceremony in the Auditorium at 7 PM

Traditional "Dress-up" Day
Senior Luncheon in the Cafeteria
Seniors Must Pay Cashe Dues in Order to Attend the Senior Luncheon

Senior Locker Clean-Outand Inspection

Class Picture (Auditorium 8:40 AM)
Senior Brunch (Cafeteria 9:00 AM)
Seniors Must Pay Cash Dues in Order to Attend the Senior Luncheon

Senior Graduation Practice in Gym at 9:15 AM
Report Cards Will be Distributed
Graduation Will be in the Gymnasium at 7 PM
All Seniors Report by 6 PM - Be Ready in Cap and Gown by 6:30 PM for the Processional.

History of Allegany

Allegany High School was initially a secondary education school held on Maryland Avenue. The school had many different locations including the building on Greene Street, which was used as a combined middle/high school until the spring of 1926. At that time, the building now known as Allegany High School had been completed and was prepared to accept Greene Street’s high school students. Middle school students remained on Greene Street until the school later burned down in 1932. “Camp Hill,” the site of the present day Allegany, was a federal army camp during the Civil War.

The “Camper” mascot is a source of much confusion. Many think the name refers to Campobello, a Shawnee Indian Tribe camp, from which the federal army took their name during the Civil War. This, however, is a misconception. The most widely accepted theory is that Civil War General Lewis Wallace and his men began calling the site that during their time here. The word Campobello in fact does not appear in any Native American language and is derived from Latin, meaning “camp of war”.

Allegany High School, with an enrollment of approximately 800 students, focuses on student achievement and success in all areas of education through a combined effort of students, faculty, staff, home, and community. The class of 2008 marked an important milestone for Allegany: the students were the 120th class to graduate from the long-standing institution.

Vision/Mission Statements

Allegany High School


Education must be a cooperative effort involving the student, the teacher, the home, the school, and the community. Recognizing that the student must be the focal point of our education program, we must instill a desire for learning and create a learning environment in which the student can learn and develop according to ability and interest. The curriculum must emphasize life skills, preparation for continuing education, and preparation for employment to enable our students to become responsible citizens and enjoy a productive life. The school must ensure an atmosphere that will promote learning through the cooperative effort of staff, students, family, and community working together.

Preparing all students for tomorrow’s challenges – life, college, and career