By Michala Medved, staff writer
By Lauren Haylett, junior high staff writer
Mr. Brandon Edwards is the newest addition to the technology department at Saegertown. “I teach technology education which covers CAD (computer aided design), metal working, woodworking, photography, anything along those lines. But in this school, I teach intro to technology
education and Wood 1, 2, and 3.” From a young age, Mr. Edwards had a teaching ability in him. “Teaching was something I’d always done. Even when I was wrestling at a young age, I’d always go and help out the younger kids, so it always felt a bit normal to me,” he said. Technology came to him just as easily. “Technology was one of the things I always enjoyed in high school. I took all the woodworking classes. I took all the CAD and drafting classes. I took the transportation classes, so it was where I spent all my time. It was where I just enjoyed being.”
He continued his love of technology by going to college. “My first two years, I went to Pennsylvania College of Technology where I got an associates degree in construction. From there, I decided that construction wasn’t for me, so I transferred to California University of Pennsylvania and received my bachelor’s degree in education.”
Not only is Mr. Edwards new to the school, but new to Saegertown itself as well. “Saegertown is about half the size of Corry High School, so there’s a lot of things here that I’m adapting to and getting used to. It’s still a small town nature, but with it being half the size, there’s not as many participants in some of the extracurriculars. I think overall that it’s just a tight-knit community; it’s easy to know each other, and everyone helps each other out, so that aspect I really enjoy.”
By the end of the year, Mr. Edwards hopes to teach his students one thing: “What I want them to understand is you need to be well-rounded. You need to know just a little bit of everything before you pick a special path. But once you do pick that path, you need to put your nose to the grindstone and work as hard as you can and do everything you can to be successful.”
By Bailey Kozalla, staff writer
Since the first archery season began in 1951, thousands of Pennsylvanians have taken to the woods to pursue the notorious white-tailed deer. About 943,836 people bought Pennsylvania hunting licenses and 333,001 of them bought an archery license for the 2015-2016 hunting season.*
As the 2015 Pennsylvania archery season came to a close on November 14, a select group of Saegertown students were eager to fill their tags.
Wesley Fleischer, sophomore, had the opportunity to fill both of his tags,
as he got a doe early in season and an eight point buck on November 9 with his compound bow. Fleischer favors archery season over rifle season because, “The [archery] season lasts longer than rifle and it’s more of a challenge, and I like a challenge.” Since he began his bowhunting career when he was thirteen, he has harvested six deer.
Seventh grader, Dixie Kindervater, experienced an unsuccessful season. “We’ve seen a lot of does, and not a lot of bucks. I think it’s because the rut hasn’t been good where we hunt.” Since she was introduced to archery hunting when she was eight, Kindervater found the traditional sport of archery hunting to be pleasurable. “I love to sit out in Mother Nature,” Kindervater said.
Dakota Price, sophomore, came face-to-face with a thirteen point buck on November 7. Price arrowed the buck with his crossbow and successfully retrieved it after 100 yards of tracking. “I got the biggest buck in my life,” Price adds. His passion for bowhunting began when he was twelve years old. Since then, he has harvested five deer with his crossbow. “I’ve grown up doing it, and I get a new opportunity each year to hunt deer.”
*Information from the Pennsylvania Game Commission
By Michala Medved, staff writer
Got any plans tonight? Come out and show us your moves at the Neon Night dance sponsored by Key Club! Students all around the school are buzzing about the dance.
Senior Katie Loyd said, “I’m excited for all the glow lights.” Other students such as Emily Ford and Kendra Taylor are looking forward to having a great time with their friends. Because of the face painting being offered, some students already have an idea of what they would like painted on their faces. Sophomore Shannon Hatton said, “I would get a panther paw on my cheek.”Senior Colten Burdick said, “I want Aztec signs all over my face.”
DJ Ben Haylett will be playing all the hits. Shannon Hatton is looking forward to hearing any song by 21 Pilots, and Katie Loyd said she doesn’t care what kind of music it is, as long as it is “dancy, wild music.”
President of Key Club, senior Stephen Boylan said, “We’re trying to entice students of all grade levels with new, exciting activities.”
The dance will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the SHS cafeteria. All proceeds will be used to buy winter coats for children in need. Cost is $3 per person and $5 per couple. There is also a bundle being offered for a face paint and one plate of food for only $5. All students in grades 7-12 are welcome to attend.
By Jackie Galford, features editor and Kaitlyn Walsh, staff writer
Youth for Christ, also known as “Campus Life” here at SHS, has a vision of owning a community-based cafe located at Grotto Park designed for teens to socialize in a positive Christian atmosphere. The mission of Youth for Christ is to provide the opportunity for young people to work together with the local church to raise followers of Jesus Christ. Youth for Christ meets on a weekly basis in the home of Ed and Denette Adams. “A cafe has been the desire of several people for many years due to the lack of place in our area for young people to hang out and socialize free from negative influences,” said the Adams’.
Grotto Park is chosen for the location of this cafe for various reasons. “Our desire was to have it at a location that would not necessarily single out a particular community. Our hope is that the cafe will reach the bigger community of Crawford County, not just Saegertown. Grotto Park has so much potential beyond a cafe. At the park there is a large green area that we could have outdoor summer theatre nights, music concerts, and bonfires,” said the Adams’.
The cafe sparks many emotions for Ed and Denette. “We are excited and overwhelmed all in one. We are so excited about the possibilities. We have been sharing with young people for over 10 years and have heard many stories first hand of the struggles and stresses of young people. We want to offer a possible solution to the problems. We want to offer a positive alternative to all the negative temptations.”
People interested in hearing more about the project can attend a meeting at Grotto Park on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. “There is a twofold purpose for this event. We would really like the young people to come and express their desire for a community hang out and for the adults to hear the need from the young people,” said the Adams. To accomplish the vision of a positive Christian based-cafe, the community is invited to take part in this great opportunity. So, feel free to come enjoy a nice cup of coffee and some dessert and learn more about the desired cafe dedicated to the youth.
By Michala Medved and Sarah Shaw, staff writers
As their season is coming to an end, the football team has began to fundraise for a new scoreboard. On Friday, Nov.6 the Saegertown Football Boosters will hold a fundraiser for a new scoreboard. Starting at 6 p.m. the coaching staff will be duct taped to the goalpost. For $3.00 for 1 ½ feet or $5.00 for a yard, students can tape the coaches.
“We actually got this idea from Ethan Hayes. He’s a junior high player and when he saw that the elementary school did a fundraiser taping their principal, he thought it would be a great idea to do for a new scoreboard,” said Treasurer Margo Kralj.
Students and staff are looking forward to the fundraiser. “It’ll be hilarious, and I think it will bring in a lot of money,” football manager Daynna English said.
Varsity coach Adam Horne is nervous for the event, but is willing to participate. Everyone involved in the football program is looking forward to this event and hopes that there will be a good turn out. A new scoreboard costs about $8,000-25,000, so fundraising will be the most important step.
“All the money raised will be going towards the scoreboard,” said Kralj.