By Caitlin Bieganski, Assistant Photo Editor
Seasonal spirit was in the air last night, as Saegertown chorus and concert band put on a beautiful Christmas concert. Directed by Mr. Pat Baldwin, the band performed a total of seven pieces, finishing with Into the Storm by Robert W. Smith–a favorite of the ensemble. Chorus teacher Mrs. Susan James conducted ten classic Christmas songs, including as Carol, Singers Carol and Fum Fum Fum. As is tradition, the concert ended with Carol of the Bells, in which SHS alumni chorus members join the singers on stage. Every year, the concert spurs tender moments as the last Christmas performance for the senior members, who present Mrs. James with a gift and a large supply of Jelly Bellies.
By Erin Sherry, Editor in Chief
Last year current senior and Panther Press news editor Eric Kisner won a first place Student Keystone Press Award from the Pennsylvania News Media Association Foundation for writing reviews. That is a state-wide award, and it has resulted in another job for Kisner. Currently, he is a movie reviewer for The Erie Reader, Erie’s only free, independent, weekly source for news, arts, and entertainment, which has a base circulation of 10,000. Kisner’s reviews appear on the Erie Reader’s online site. Check out his review of Interstellar at eriereader.com. You can also click on his profile at the top of the page to read all his reviews.
By Sydney Kightlinger, Assistant Opinion Editor
Jesse Stewart after the winter concert at General McLane High School on Dec. 2.
Any mention of dedicated musicians or grand performances conjures the image of middle aged adults in an elaborate theater playing some famous symphony by a dead obscure Russian composer, the kind of event parents make us attend.
This is not always the case, because some teenagers thrive on the warmth of the stage lights like sophomore Jesse Stewart. Stewart has been playing in the Erie Junior Philharmonic for two years. “There is nothing better than to be playing music with some of the best musicians all around the state,” said Stewart.
The Junior Philharmonic is an ensemble composed of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. It has students from twenty five schools including representation from all in the PENNCREST district. Jesse Stewart is the principle (first) tuba chair. Their most recent performance was Dec. 4, the Winter Ensemble Concert, where they played a wide variety of classical music. “The long hours of rehearsal really paid off. The music selection was one of our best. After the many weeks of rehearsal everything came together. I loved playing the Dubinushka,” said Stewart. The next concert is April 26, 2015.
By Olivia Burger, Opinion Editor
Logan Weed, junior, reunited with his brother Jordan Weed.
On Wednesday Nov. 26, Mr. Scott Bidwell’s seventh period Algebra class was continuing as any normal class day would for junior Logan Weed. However to Logan’s surprise, the class ended with a shocker he never saw coming. His brother, Jordan Weed, had returned home for the holidays.
The surprise started when Assistant Principal Mrs. Laurie Kantz interrupted the class and said, “I think there’s someone here you’d like to see.” In the doorway stood Logan’s older brother, Jordan. Jordan had been released from the Shaw Air Force Base located in South Carolina where he is an Air Traffic Controller with an Airman 1st Class rank. Jordan’s break from service stretched from Wednesday Nov. 26 through Monday Dec. 1, giving him time to spend with his family and close friends over the Thanksgiving holiday season.
On Tuesday Nov. 25, the day before Jordan surprised Logan at the school, Jordan called his brother to trick him into thinking he wouldn’t be able to make it for Thanksgiving. “I was surprised because I talked to him the day before and he said he wasn’t coming, but he really was in the car on his way up here at that time,” said Logan.
Logan and Jordan, along with the rest of their family, were thankful for the time they spent together. Logan said, “That was the first time I had seen him in a year and a half. I hope I can see him for Christmas, but I’m glad I got to see him on Thanksgiving.”
By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor
Saegertown alumnus, Dylan Johnston (‘10), brother of Saegertown High School junior Garrett Johnston (that’s me) and son of MDS aid Michele Johnston, returned to the states on Nov. 4 after spending seven months on active duty in Kuwait. He returned to Crawford County on Nov. 6 after spending the required time at Fort Indiantown Gap in Harrisburg, Pa.
Johnston family at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Dylan is a part of the 201st Red Horse Unit, a division of the United States Air National Guard. The unit entered Fort Indiantown Gap after being escorted from Newark, New Jersey by a police bike and a motorcycle group called the Guardian Knights. “It was really touching to see the parade when he returned,” said Michele. “I had no idea they would have an escort like that. When I finally got to see him, I didn’t say anything. I just hugged him. So glad to have him home.” Dylan plans to return to Penn State Mont Alto in the spring to complete his final semester and receive his degree in forestry.
By Emily Callan, Design Editor
Dylan Reynolds committed to Clarion and Tyler Vath signed with Edinboro on Dec. 2.
On Tuesday, December 2, Saegertown seniors Dylan Reynolds and Tyler Vath formally signed commitments to local colleges for wrestling.
Reynolds, a two-time state medalist, will be an Eagle at the University of Clarion. “It was an offer I couldn’t pass up, especially because I get to be with my brother,” said Reynolds, whose brother Shawn is a junior at Clarion. Vath, a three-time state medalist, signed to be a Scot at Edinboro University. Vath said he selected Edinboro because the school is D1, close to home, and offers his intended major (health and physical education).
Tyler’s father Brett Vath said, “Tyler had been looking at five other schools, and it came as a surprise to me that schools can show up late in the game but still serve as their (the wrestler’s) number one choice in the end.” Both grapplers will receive wrestling scholarships.
“It’s awesome to have two boys on a D1 scholarship program, this is the first time we have signed wrestlers to D1 since Pat Bradshaw in 2005. They are both very good wrestlers, and even better kids. This shows that there are scholarships out there, and I believe there will be more hardworking wrestlers to obtain them in the future,” said Saegertown Wrestling head coach Jim Mulligan.