Inaugural extension period brings good reviews

By Rachel Barner, news editor

On Tuesday March 14, Saegertown rolled out its first extension period. The next one is scheduled for Monday, March 27 during an a.m. activity period. So far, this new addition has received mostly positive reviews from both staff and students, despite a few setbacks, such as not knowing what to expect. Freshman Zane Schlosser said, “I feel like it could be beneficial when it starts to get going. The first meeting was kind of awkward. Nobody really knew what to do at first.” He feels like he has a better connection with the students and his teacher because of this period.

Seventh grader Shyanne Anglin has similar thoughts to Schlosser. “I feel like I have a better connection with my classmates because if we didn’t do this then we wouldn’t know much about them. Mr. Wise [Anglin’s teacher] said that you may know them but not as well as you think.” Anglin feels like this program could be improved upon.

On the flip side, junior Alisa Blaylock said, “I feel like they definitely need to be tutorials instead of just talking. I mean talking is good, but I don’t want to spend all period talking, especially if I have a lot of homework.”

English teacher Mr. William Hetrick, member of the leadership team that is guiding the extension period initiative, said, “From my perspective, it [the first meeting] went extremely well, and for most of the teachers it went very well.” Mr. Hetrick also said that there are some kinks to be worked out, and there is room for improvement. In his class, he and his students worked on getting to know each other. “I want the people in my group to believe I see them as people, not just as students in my room, and for them to see me as a person, not just as a teacher in front of them.”

Science teacher Mrs. Melissa Statman teaches juniors and seniors. “We had an icebreaking activity. I took the time to look at how each student was doing and shared with them something about me. I want to find ways to help them and to get to know who they are,” Mrs. Statman said. She added, “With any new endeavor there will be growing pains, and we will need to figure out how to improve what we are doing.”         

Many staff at the school are going into this with a positive outlook. “I wish everyone would take a step back to see this as a refreshing idea to create a positive culture in our school. Negative people will have a negative answer to everything. It brings negativity to the program. To have a positive change, you need to be open minded and have a positive outlook to bring a positive change,” Mr. Hetrick said.

Saegertown swimmers headed to states

By Braeden Kantz, staff writer 

 

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From left: J.J. Gowetski (CASH), Averie Braymer, Brittany Houck, Olivia Philbrick (Mdvl), and Peyton Bailey (SES) have qualified for the free relay at the state swim meet on Saturday, March 25 in State College, Pa. 

Under the surface and missed by the radar, two of Saegertown’s lady athletes swam their way to the state competition in Penn State this weekend. In the 11&12 age division, seventh graders Brittany Houck and Averie Braymer are two of ten swimmers on their Myst Makos YMCA team headed to states.

Houck and Braymer’s team is currently undefeated in meets, and they set a  section record of 1:50 in the relay on their journey to states. Houck, one of the state qualifiers, has shown significant improvement over the season, dropping over two seconds in her free stroke and helping her team trim several more seconds in relay races. “Last year I didn’t even make it to states, now I’m seeded top 12,” Houck said.

In order to qualify for states, an individual must place in the top six spots or have one of the top six times from the individuals who didn’t qualify originally.

Even with constant training and endless practices, it’s widely known how far a good team can push a focused athlete. Braymer said, “They (her team) push me. I want to beat the time goals of my friends.” The team’s methods are obviously working as they captured a second place overall team award.

With the state competition closing in fast, the girls will scramble to shave down their times for Saturday, March 25 in the Penn State Natatorium. 

Pharmacists visit health classes to warn of prescription drug abuse

By Scout Van Cise, opinion editor 

Throughout the week of March 13-17, several CVS pharmacists visited the tenth grade health classes to inform the sophomores about prescription drug use and and the dangers that come with them. The presentation stressed choices, both right and wrong. One of the pharmacists, Julie Thompson, explained the reason she presents information about drug abuse to students. “I went into the field because I wanted to help people, it makes me sick to know that people are abusing the medications I’m giving them,” Thompson said.

Health teacher Mr. Pat Bradshaw saw this as an important lesson for the students of Saegertown High School. “As a health class and as a school, we have to address these things. People in our community are affected by this,” Bradshaw said.

Sophomore Miquel Robison attended one of the presentations. “It was very eye opening. Hearing the true stories about people our age ending their lives because they were using drugs made me emotional because you never know if your friends could be doing that,” Robison said.

Why do we selfie?

By Hunter Trzeciak, arts and entertainment editor

People have been “selfie-ing” for decades now, but in recent years it has blown up, especially with all the social media empires that have had immense growth in the past few years.  Here are what Saegertown students had to say when asked, “Why do you selfie?” 

 

Name Grade Reason
Emily Burger 12 “I like to do my makeup extra, and then take selfies.”
Kevin Johns 11 “Because I’m sexy and I know it.”
Maddie Stevens 11 “I feel like social media needs to see my face.”
Laura Monico 11 “Because everyone else does.”
Carlie Schlosser 10 “To impress the community.”
Christina Fischer 10 “Because I’m Rihanna, Zendaya, and Beyoncè.”
Mikayla Balog 10 “I only find a need to take them when I am feeling fleeky.”
Cameron Hockenberry 10 “I just don’t take them.”
Chloe Luchansky 9 “I feel like I need to capture my bomb outfits.”
Zachary Balog 8 “To get more followers!”
Maycy Troples 7 “Because I’m cool.”

Let’s get sappy: Maple Tours on tap this weekend

By Kaity Gage, special media projects editor

It’s cold at night, it’s warmer during the day, and it’s time for the sugar maples to let their sweet sap flow.

Saturday and Sunday, March 18 and 19, will mark the 14th Annual Northwest PA Maple Association Maple Taste and Tour. On this tour, locals will be able to experience the processes that take place to make the delicious smooth syrup that is bought from grocery store shelves.

There are multiple stops on this tour all across Erie, Warren, and Crawford County. At some locations, small syrup products will be available for sampling and those same products will be available for purchase.

One maple farm, Yatzor’s Maple Products, has over 7,000 taps on trees in the Edinboro area. They use the old fashioned bucket taps and the more modern tube taps that will all drain into a large barrel until the sap is collected.

The tours will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are interested in visiting one of these sugar houses, check out pamaple.org for more information.

Bowling team finishes strong

By Elizabeth Hasko and Cami Reynolds, staff writers 

Sophomore phenom Kylee Higby bowled in the state finals today at Dutch Lanes in Ephrata, Pa. where she placed eighteenth out of 24 for the girls division. “It was really tough because it was so competitive. Plus, the lane conditions were insane,” said Higby. She shot a 196, 210, 143, 160, 169, and 185.

Higby was the lone Saegertown bowler to qualify for the state tourney, but the team overall enjoyed a very successful season. After Winning the Venango-Crawford district title for the second year, bowlers Ricky Kanline, Michael Costello, Austin Bedow, Kylee Higby, and Nick Archaki moved onto regionals which were held in Pittsburgh at Princess Lanes during the weekend of March 10-11.

Higby shot an average of 189, placing her sixth out of 84 in the individuals. “I am thrilled that we won [the league] for the second time in a row.  I am so proud of everyone,” Higby said.

During regionals, individuals competed at 9 a.m. Friday morning, while the team competed at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Unfortunately, senior Jake Sada could not attend regionals due to other priorities.  

Kanline shot 182, 224, and 256 at regionals. “This year started off a little shaky, but then a few weeks into bowling, it was like all of us became the family that we used to be,” Kanline said. “As the year progressed the bond was back, and we started to win as a team.”

Heading into regionals, the team wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but they remained confident. “You can’t count eggs before they hatch. We just have to go with the flow and keep confident,” Archaki said. “We didn’t do very well [at regions], it was really tough. We bowled against 17 other competitive teams. Unfortunately, the pins didn’t fall very well for us.”

 

 

Students create Spanish projects

By Hillary Twiford, staff writer

To end their latest unit on clothing and culture, students in Spanish two classes created artisan projects. The students were allowed to choose their projects as long as they were genuine to the culture. They had three class periods to complete their projects. Some of the projects included God’s Eyes, maracas, and other various things involving skulls. They are currently on display in the Spanish room.

“I think projects like this give students an appreciation of the culture of the twenty-one Spanish speaking countries,” Spanish teacher Señorita Nova Dinsmore, said. She also wants to do the project next year and has even started preparing. “I’ve already started collecting materials,” she said. “I certainly will do it again.”

Mulligan’s state title makes for sweet homecoming

By Payton Brooks, social media editor

The bitter wind was blowing across the anxious faces of the people gathered outside Saegertown High School as four fire engines blared their horns on their way through town on Sunday, March 12.

The trucks delivered freshman Kenny Kiser, junior Cody Mulligan, and seniors Jude Mattocks and Tyler Brooks, the wrestlers who had just returned from the state championship, to a crowd of cheering supporters. Mulligan stepped out first with the memory of his father placing the gold medal around his neck still fresh in his mind.

Before he could proudly return to such a welcome, however, he had to work his way there.

This was not his first time at the state tournament. As a freshman, he qualified and competed but came out without a medal. His sophomore season, he had a severe injury during a match that required him to forfeit the final two matches. Due to the injury, he defaulted to sixth place.

This year, Mulligan overcame the impairment to have an impressive season. He placed third at the King of the Mountain tournament, second at Powerade, and first at Tool City. In the three weeks prior to winning the state championship, the 182 pound section, region, and district titles went to him. Coincidentally, he beat the same competitor each time. Out of the four Panther wrestlers that competed at the Giants Center in Hershey on Mar. 9-11, Mulligan was the only one to place in the top eight. After demolishing all competition within his bracket, with a 17-2 technical fall, a 3-1 decision, and a 11-0 major, he came face to face with Dominic Fundy of Bethlehem-Center in the finals.

“I was pretty confident because he barely beat a guy that I had defeated three weeks in a row. It gave me some confidence going into the match,” Mulligan said. The first period of the championship match left the board scoreless, but Mulligan chose bottom for the second. He quickly escaped before getting a takedown to get up 3-0. He stayed on top for the rest of the period, and Fundy had choice for the third. He picked neutral in an attempt to close the gap, but Mulligan got a takedown and a technical point due to Fundy’s inactivity. For the final forty seconds of the match, his 6-0 lead stayed intact as Cody forced the kid down, resulting in one of the most dominant victories in the tournament finals.

“Cody will just work everyday. Winning the state title for Cody is not the end. It’s about the work,” head coach and Cody’s dad Jim Mulligan said. Cody’s goal is to get back into the wrestling room and improve so that he can defend his state title next year.

“I just want to say thanks. It means a lot coming back here and seeing all the people. I just couldn’t do it without them, my family, everybody else. It means a lot.” Cody Mulligan said. For video coverage of the homecoming, visit thepantherpress.com.