Spanish classes celebrate the end of the school

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By McKenzie Ashbaugh, Director of Marketing

With the school year coming to an end, Spanish teacher Mrs. Janyce Brawn and her classes celebrated by making pinatas. This year there were six new pinatas made: Mickey Mouse, M&M, heart eyed emoji, Mrs. Pacman, an eyeball, and Gary the snail from Spongebob. “I liked building it. I thought it was going to look like crap, but after it looked really good!” said junior Makenna Robison. Junior Peter Mattocks said he had fun and “enjoyed the conversation while making the pinatas.” Robison and Mattocks, both in Spanish 3, helped their class construct a Gary the snail pinata. Instead of breaking their new fancy piñata, the Spanish 3 class chose to fill an old Garfield pinata with candy to break outside. Senora Brawn said that her favorite part of making the pinatas is being able to see the creativity of the students.

Saegertown volleyball takes second in the state

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By Becca Siple, Assistant Social Media Editor 

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Brendan Barclay makes a play during the match against Northeastern. (Emily Ford/SHS)

A big congratulations to the boys volleyball team on such a successful season. On Saturday, June 6, the boys faced the Northeastern Bobcats in the PIAA state finals at Penn State.

Although they were defeated, they can claim the proud title of state runners-up in class AA. Many panther fans made the trip to cheer on their team, and they were welcomed back to the community on Saturday night with an escort of firetrucks and a reception at the school. Great job, guys!

Baseball team ends season with solid win streak

By Lance Neuscheler, Staff Writer

Despite having an on and off season, the Panther baseball team managed to finish the year off with a solid three game win streak. With a strong finish, Saegertown’s final record was 6-11 for the season. Though they lost more games than they won, many of the players do not feel that the season was failure. “I don’t think that our record reflected our team’s potential and we could have done much better now that we know what needed improvement. What really matters though is that we had a fun season” said senior Scott Sada.

In addition to their three game streak, at the end of the season the Panthers beat Cambridge Springs 10-1, making up for their 9-3 loss earlier in the season. Saegertown had a similar outcome with Harbor Creek, losing the first meeting 8-2 but getting a 9-6 in the second to last game of the year. “We started off the season rough, but we began really clicking in the end, and it felt good to get revenge on a few teams that beat us early on,” said senior Trey Reagle.

The Panthers will be graduating four seniors this year: Scott Sada, Trey Reagle, Kyle Tharp, and Cody McDonald. While three of the seniors have other plans, Sada will be attending Penn State Behrend to continue his baseball career. “I’m sad it’s over, but the underclassmen have a bright future,” said Tharp.

Senior banquet showcases poems and stories

By Eric Kisner, News Editor

The senior banquet. (photo contributed)

The senior banquet. (photo contributed)

The class of 2015 shared a final gathering at this year’s senior banquet on May 18 at Nick’s Place in Edinboro.The evening began with appetizers, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Senior Mitchell Lloyd, who is a culinary arts student at the Career Center said, “The experience was extremely reminiscent of the past years here. The food could have been better, but overall, the experience was totally worth the cost to attend.”

After dinner, the classmates watched their sixth grade poetry readings. As each student appeared on the screen, varying levels of applause and laughter would rise from the crowd. “Seeing everyone so young, some of them looked just the same and some looked completely different. The whole thing was just really cool,” said Abby Kasemer.

After the poetry readings, the seniors were given an open microphone to share stories and sentiments from the entirety of their academic careers. These ranged from bittersweet, to inspiring, to absurd. One of the night’s most emotional moments occurred when Matthew Myers took the microphone and personally thanked the class for their support and strength while he battled leukemia in tenth grade. Several other students, including Tucker Geer and Christopher Mook, shared stories about coming to Saegertown, and feeling welcomed by the student body.

Redesigned SAT to debut Spring 2016

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By Lauren Posego, Assistant News Editor

For the first time since 2005, the SAT is being revised. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a college admission test run by College Board. On March 5, 2014, the College Board announced that a redesigned version of the test will be given starting in March 2016, so this will affect students who are a sophomores or younger. The designers of the test feel that this version will correspond with Common Core Standards for math and reading benchmarks better, and will be more aligned with what is taught in school.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I hope it will be a better predictor of our ability and I hope Saegertown kids will be able to do better on it so we can raise our scores to be compatible to the national average,” said sophomore Sydney Kightlinger. Many changes have been made to improve to test.

Currently, the test is 3 hours and 45 minutes with a mandatory essay. It features five answers choices, a 400-2400 scale range, and deductions for wrong answers with sections including writing, critical reading, mathematics, and an essay.

The revised version will be 3 hours with an optional 50 minute essay. It will be based on a 400-1600 scale range, and the answer choices will be reduced from 5 to 4. The sections include evidence-based reading, math, and an optional essay; there will be no deduction for wrong answers. In an effort to incorporate history into the test, at least one reading passage will be about a historical event in American history. “I think that this new test will relieve some stress for me because it seems easier. Hopefully I’ll do well on it,” said sophomore Morgan Kightlinger.

In addition to this revised test, College Board is also introducing a new PSAT which will launch in October 2015. Its revision will comply better with the new SAT.

Find out more about the revised SAT at https://www.collegeboard.org/delivering-opportunity/sat/redesign

Students travel to Intel Science Showcase

By Bradley Amy, Staff Writer

On Thursday, May 14, Saegertown High Schools’ advanced biology and STEM class traveled to David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh for the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is described as  “a program of society for science and the public,” where high school juniors and seniors from all over the world come to present their inventions. In fact, students from over 75 countries, regions and territories were in attendance. With this trip to Pittsburgh, those teens were awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and even compete for approximately four million dollars in prizes. The grand winners of the events go on to participate in SSP-affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best can win the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF.

Not only did the STEM and Advanced Biology classes have the opportunity to look at many projects that were presented, they also participated in a lab to experiment with water samples from both Lake Erie, and Pymatuning Reservoir. This included looking at water clarifications and checking the pH of each. In addition, they collected the data of Zebra and Quagga mussels in a certain section and looked at specimen samples under microscope. For more information, go to https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef.

Seniors launch bottle rockets

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By Alanna Stafford, Staff Writer

Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Statman’s senior physics class prepared to launch their homemade water bottle rockets behind the school. Students used two 2-liter bottles, duct tape, and fins to construct the rockets. They used Mrs. Statman’s bottle launcher and air pump to add air into the bottle. When a pin was pulled, the rockets shot into the air, leaving students in awe and sometimes slightly nervous. They continued through phases where they added a parachute and eventually an egg that had to remain whole throughout the launch. The parachute had to be able to self deploy in the air, thus releasing the parachute and slowing the rocket’s descent. “The rocket didn’t launch right away and when they pulled the string, the launcher started to fall. It was pointing right at me! I had to dive to the side to avoid being hit by the rocket. It was a bit scary, but funny too,” said senior Jessica Tomiczek.

This week, Statman’s seniors launched their final rockets. They had to spin, deploy a parachute and safely deliver an egg to the ground. Students had been tirelessly working to perfect their rockets in preparation for the final launch. They all travelled to the football field hoping that they would have a successful launch, and that it wouldn’t end in a crunch. After the launch, some rockets were in mint condition while others were a crumpled mess. “Though it was a failure when the parachutes didn’t deploy, I love watching the rockets fall to the Earth and hit the ground at very high speeds. It usually ended up destroying them,” said senior Lance Neuscheler.