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Wanda Vanish

Wanda Vanish teaches junior high English and advises publications in Altoona, PA. She earned her degrees from Penn State University and has advised student publications for 22 years. Vanish advises the Mountain Echo online paper and the Horseshoe Yearbook.  Prior to advising the high school publications, Vanish served as adviser for the Blue and White at Roosevelt Junior High School.  Vanish continues to advise the junior high newspaper and literary magazine as well.  Vanish served as president of the Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA) from 2005-2008. She also served as newspaper critique chair, membership chair, and convention co-chair during her tenure with PSPA. She has worked with PennCORD and attended The Peter Jennings Institute for Journalists and the Constitution for two years. Vanish served JEA on the local committee for the Philadelphia convention and was PA state representative until 2011.  Wanda was honored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2010 as a recipient of the Gold Key Award.