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 Livewire online paper and Mixed Media literary magazine.  The staffs of both publications have been recognized locally and nationally. Prior to advising the Altoona Junior High publications, Vanish served as adviser for the Blue and White at Roosevelt Junior High School .  Both publication staffs work with print and online publication.  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.