Key Club Snowball Dance on Feb. 17

by Hannah Myers, staff writer

Got the wintertime blues? Looking for something fun to do? Well look no more! On Friday Feb. 17, there will be a Snowball Dance in the high school cafeteria hosted by the SHS Key Club.

The dance will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and is open to all students. There will also be beverages available for purchase during the dance. The cost will be $3 per person and $5 per couple.

Proceeds of the dance will go towards a new project Key Club is starting. For more information, contact Sydney Kightlinger.

Trump’s cabinet : the people behind our country

By Scout Van Cise, opinion editor

donald_trump_signs_orders_to_green-light_the_keystone_xl_and_dakota_access_pipelinesNo matter your political views, Donald Trump is the President of the United States. It’s a common belief that he will be calling all the shots for the next four years, but what most people forget is that the American government is divided into federal executive departments that involve almost every important subject matter with which the country is faced.

These departments are led by the Presidential Cabinet, handpicked by the current president to fill the 15 positions available. After being selected by the president, the nominees are presented to the Senate for either confirmation or rejection. The Senate consists of two senators from each state, a total of 100 voters. In the event of a 50-50 tie, the vice president makes the final decision, which has only happened once in history. That one time happened to be last week, over the Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos.

The Department of Education is in control of all student loans, grants, and laws in all forms of education. It provides federal funding for every type of school there is, from public, to private, to college. The Secretary of Education is in charge of managing a one trillion dollar student loan bank as well as protecting students from waste, fraud, and abuse of money and educational resources.

I cannot stress enough how unqualified DeVos is for this title. She admitted in her confirmation hearings that she has never been responsible for a student loan of any kind, nor has she managed any sort of bank to demonstrate that she will adequately manage the department’s finances. DeVos also argued during those hearings that guns may be necessary in schools to prevent outside predators such as… wait for it… grizzly bears.

While DeVos isn’t one of Trump’s better choices for his cabinet, some of his nominees are qualified and experienced in their fields. Elaine Chao, the new Secretary of Transportation, served from 2001-2009 as Secretary of Labor under the Bush administration. Chao has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School as well as serving several leadership positions such as director of the Peace Corps and the CEO of United Way of America, a nonprofit organization to better communities around the country. Chao won the confirmation vote with only six of the 100 senators voting against her. Chao is an example of one of Trump’s stronger cabinet members, but some are not as promising.

Rick Perry, Trump’s choice for Secretary of Energy, has little to no experience in his potential field. Perry himself ran for president in 2011, and actually planned on eliminating three executive departments, one of them being the Department of Energy. While Perry is the former governor of Texas with a special interest in fossil fuels, the department mainly deals with the development and safety of nuclear material. With Perry’s bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, he is not exactly what one might call an expert in nuclear devices. Rick Perry has yet to be confirmed as Secretary of Energy, but other cabinet members who have been confirmed are much better prepared for their posts. 

Confirmed Secretary of Defense James Mattis is retired general of the United States Marine Corps. Mattis served in the military for 41 years fighting in the Persian Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan, holding leadership positions such as head of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Mattis was confirmed with an overwhelming 98 votes in his favor, proof that the vast majority of U.S. senators trust that he will do his job as the head of the Defense Department.

Trump’s cabinet is still taking form, and not all members have been confirmed yet. Despite opposition and doubts, these 15 people will be making major decisions for our country for the next four years, so all we can do is hope that they will succeed.

Wrestlers look for a sweet victory at Team States

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By Payton Brooks, social media editor

The Panther wrestling team has had an incredible season, but it’s not over yet. They are now seeking gold at the Team State Championship in Hershey, Pa.

They qualified to go to Team States at the District Duals tournament on Feb. 4. At the Duals, they won 45-21 against Titusville in the first round, lost 53-13 against Reynolds, and then beat Fort Lebeouf 32-25. The team earned third place, so they had to travel to Moshannon Valley on Monday, Feb. 6 to see who would get to make the leap to Hershey. The Panthers did it again with a 37-21 victory.

“I think we’re going to do well, and I think we’re going to put forth our best efforts,” freshman starter Matt Posego said.

The first match the Panther’s have is at 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 against Bishop McDevitt. You can follow all the action on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.

 

Girls’ spring soccer kicks off

By Rachel Barner, News Editor


Winter is a time of snow, fun, and relaxing. It can also be a time for ladies to pick up a new sport: soccer. Varsity coach Geoff Bristow has scheduled indoor soccer practices on Saturday afternoons at Cambridge Springs High School gym to teach interested girls how to play soccer and to scrimmage. Bristow set up three sessions for three different age groups: grades 3-5 at 1 – 2:30 p.m., grades 6-8 at 2:30 – 4 p.m., and grades 9-12 at 4 – 5:30 p.m. This program runs until the end of March when the ladies in grades 9-12 will have the option to sign up for spring soccer for the next two weeks. The spring soccer team includes girls from Saegertown and Cambridge Springs, and they will play against other soccer teams in the region. For more information, contact Coach Bristow at gbristow1@gmail.com.

Students make joyful noise at 34th County Band

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By Jade Allen, staff writer

The 2017 County Band was held on Feb. 3-4 at Allegheny College in the Shafer Auditorium. Students attended rehearsal all day on Feb. 3 and on Feb. 4 there was a short run-through followed by a banquet prior to the concert. This concert has been held annually for the past 34 years for all high school musicians in Crawford County. The participants include: Saegertown High School, Maplewood High School, Cambridge Springs High School, Meadville Area Senior High, Cochranton High School, Conneaut Area Senior High, and Titusville High School.

Saegertown sent several musicians this year: seniors Jesse Stewart, Logan Krasa, Sydney Kightlinger, Jade Allen, junior Hannah Myers, and freshmen Carson Jones, Oliver Smith, and Sam Shelenberger. They were accompanied by Cambridge Springs High School music director Mr. Jeff Beltz, due to Mrs. Susan James medical leave.

This year’s musical selections were: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Moravian Dance,” “Highlights from Into the Woods,” “Silvercrest,” “Sheltering Sky,” “Within These Hallowed Halls,” and “Phoenix.” The concert was directed by Dr. Lowell Hepler, the music professor at Allegheny College. Every year a band director from one of the high schools directs a piece, and this year’s guest conductor was Titusville band director Mr. Jeff Herwig, who led the band in “Moravian Dance.”

Kightlinger, who last attended the festival as a freshman, returned this year on saxophone. “It was a wonderful experience. The people I sat next to were exceptionally talented. It’s always nice to play with people who have the same passion as you.”

Saegertown students attend 4-H Leadership Conference

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by Sydney Kightlinger, editor in chief

Four Saegertown students attended the Pennsylvania 4-H State Leadership Conference from Jan. 27-29. Seniors Rachel Barner and Melanie McClearn, junior Patrick Dunn, and freshman Kimmy Reisinger spent three days at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conferencing Center in State College working on leadership characteristics and principals with 4H members from around the state.

Students participated in a variety of workshops designed to improve communication techniques, team building, decision making, and goal setting. Dunn, who is President of Crawford County Council and his 4H club Champion Drive, attended the public speaking, make a good impression, executive decision, confidence, parliamentary procedure, and effective writing workshops.

“The one that benefited me the most was public speaking because I gained a lot from it. I learned how to get an audience’s attention and to think quickly. I plan on using some of it in my yearly demonstration,” said Dunn.

During McClearn’s workshops, she worked with kids to help them design a robot to help guide the elderly. “I learned a lot about team building. My goal is really to get the younger members to work better and speak about their ideas when I return,” said McClearn.

First year Crawford County Council member Resigner attended the effective writing workshop where she wrote numerous reports that resemble her 4H reports. “I will have to write for the rest of my life, and this will benefit my club.”

“It is important to help young men and women become better leaders. I look forward to coming back to teach and lead my club,” said Barner, who is the president of Pathfinders 4H Club and also member of the Crawford County Council. Barner added, “The confidence workshop taught me to become a better leader. You have to have confidence in yourself in order to give confidence to others. It is a lead by example sort of thing.”

Changes to parental consent for blood drive next week

By Hannah Nicholson, staff writer

For anyone under 18 who wants to donate blood, there have been some changes made to the forms you must complete. Parental consent must now be obtained for 16 and 17 year olds, whereas in past years, prior parental consent was only needed until age 16.

The change is due to a research test in blood centers searching for the Zika virus, which started on November 16, 2016 and is an FDA requirement. Individuals under 18 years of age require parental consent to be part of a research test due to Pennsylvania state law. If you are 16 or 17 years old and do not have a signed parental consent, you will not be permitted to donate blood.

The next blood drive at Saegertown will be Thursday, Feb. 9. The updated consent forms are available in the office.