Junior high ladies on a run of redemption

By Braeden Kantz, staff writer

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Ava Jones reaches for the layup and draws the foul against Meadville on Sept. 19.

After losing three games in a row, the junior high Lady Panthers basketball players seem to be on a run of redemption as they secured their fourth straight victory on Sept. 22 against the Cochranton Cardinals. The Panthers showed their dominance in a crushing 35-25 victory.

The seventh grade team has had similar success as Macy Troples has led the team to a 3-4 record thus far. “Our goal is to win every game, have good sportsmanship and play together,” Troples said. The girls’ recent success can be accredited to their hard work and their dedication.

Legendary ladies Coach Steve Scott said, “We have a lot of young players this year that have the ability to step up.” Tonight, the team travels to Conneaut Lake for a match-up with the Eagles. 

Early Homecoming brings mixed reviews

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By Rachel Barner, news editor and Jade Allen, staff writer

Homecoming is a time of fun, hanging out with your friends and celebrating school spirit. It is usually held in late October, but this year, there is a new twist.

Homecoming this year is the night of Sept. 24, with our homecoming game being Sept. 23. Since the football season started a week earlier this year and most of the home games are early in the season, our homecoming is also early. The homecoming court was announced at the end of the last school year because of other homecoming preparations that need to be completed. Saegertown students are adjusting accordingly; however, many have strong opinions about this change.  

For instance, senior Daynna English said, “I prefer it to be early to start the school year with excitement and school spirit.”

On the other hand, some people aren’t liking this idea as much. “I feel like we don’t have any time to prepare,” said sophomore Morgan Radwick.

Some simply just do not mind the change. “I’m really impartial to it,” said freshman Carson Jones.

Because homecoming is early this year, some students have had problems finding their attire for the dance. Some feel that their time to shop for these items has been crunched. Senior Brittany Sample said, “I don’t like it because you don’t have time to get dresses.”

Saegertown is not the only school with an early homecoming. Neighboring schools Maplewood, Cochranton, and Conneaut Area Senior High are all on the same night. Students who have been invited to one of these other homecomings have to decide which one they want to attend.

Early homecoming isn’t the only change to hit Saegertown this year. Student Council and the advisors have chosen to have a theme which is “Let’s Luau.” Student Council advisor Mrs. Nicole Keller said, “It is just fun, festive, and easy to do. We are going to start picking a theme every year.” Student Council president Austin Brown said, “There’s always supposed to be a theme, but this year was the first year it was actually put into place. Every six years the themes will rotate, so in seven years the luau will be used again.”

Steiger witnesses armed robbery

By Scout Van Cise, opinion editor

On Sunday Sept. 18, an armed man in a black ski mask robbed a Kwik Fill in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The robbery took place at approximately 7 p.m. at Kwik Fill on Blooming Valley Road by the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Saegertown junior Dominic Steiger was at the scene of the crime and held at gunpoint.

Steiger had gone to the convenience store to get a gallon of milk for his family. “I had just grabbed the milk, and when I turned around, there was a shotgun to my chest,” Steiger said.

The next thing he knew, he was being told to get on the ground. The robber, described by Steiger as a white man with a high pitched voice possibly in his late 20s, proceeded to take the money from the money safe and the cash register of the store. He then left in a gray van with no windows or license plate. Dominic then called the police and remained at Kwik Fill until nearly 11 p.m. being questioned. Although the situation was frightening, Steiger optimistically said, “At least I got two free gallons of milk, two free gatorades, and everyone is still alive.”

 

District budget woes still unclear

By Sydney Kightlinger, design editor and Austin Brown, news editor

With a $1.8 million deficit still looming over the district, little was said pertaining to the 35 cuts on the chopping block at the School Board Meeting held on Thursday, June 9 at Central Office. It was speculated by The Titusville Herald that the Board would release a change in the cuts in regard to content areas; however, nothing was formally released to the public.

Superintendent Michael Healey said he had intentions of releasing the content area staffing changes at the meeting, but due to a memorandum of understand, he could not finalize the changes. The cuts still include 28 teachers and seven support staff, but the areas of instruction being cut will be changed. Superintendent Healey plans to have the changes announced by the end of the business day today.

One change was announced by Board President Jason Bakus at the beginning of the meeting. He shared that the district will not be making cuts to the library program. This means that the schools will continue to have librarians in the 2016-17 school year.

The Board conducted a roll-called every motion on the table. Every motion was passed except a one to approve $89,425.00 for a district-wide keyless access system, which was tabled by President Bakus.

Updated budget documents can be found at: here

The final budget will be passed at the June 30 meeting at the Central Office board room. This meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

Summer kickoff at Common Grounds

Summer Kick off 2016

By Jackie Galford, features editor and Kaitlyn Walsh, staff writer
Common Grounds, the new cafe made possible by Youth for Christ and the surrounding community is hosting a Summer Kickoff event at their cafe Friday, June 17 from 6-10 p.m. Activities will include cornhole, ultimate frisbee, KanJam, nine-square, and a welcoming campfire. According to Denette Adams from Youth for Christ, this event will truly be the perfect kickoff to summer, providing an opportunity for the youth to make memories and enjoy themselves. In addition to the summer kickoff, Common Grounds is also continuing a fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising $40,000 by June 30. Their current pizza sale extends through June 14. For details or to order a pizza, contact Denette Adams at 814-573-6223 or email commongrounds.crawfordcounty@gmail.com.

Junior high students take town tour

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By Lauren Haylett, junior high staff

“We should know the importance and heritage of our town,” said Oliver Smith. Eighth grade students participated in the annual Saegertown Walking Tour on Thursday, June 2. The students learned about Saegertown’s history as they visited sites that they drive by everyday.

To start the field trip, former Saegertown teacher and Saegertown historian, Mrs. Linda Fink discussed the history of the Saegertown Inn. Dariann Beebe said, “I liked whenever we talked with Mrs. Fink by French Creek. It was the first thing we did, and we could see where the parts of the Saegertown Inn used to be as she talked about them.”

A representative from the Mizner Funeral Home also spoke to the eighth graders. He gave insights on what the funeral home does, and how the funeral home was run when it was first started in 1892. “I thought it was pretty impressive how long it’s been open. I mean around here there’s not much that sticks around for that long; the Saegertown Inn got completely destroyed,” said Ashley Wenzel.

 A main site along the tour was the Patrick McGill house where the students were able to tour the home and see how people lived in the early 1800s. Liam Sood said, “I liked the McGill house because it was neat to feel like you were stepping back really far into history, and it seemed really boring to live back then, but it was still kinda cool.”

Many of the students on the trip enjoyed the Saegertown Area Heritage Museum that shows the progression of Saegertown from 1824 to 2016. “My favorite part was the museum because they had so many cool artifacts,” said Josh McWright. Residents of the Saegertown area have donated relics to the Historical Society and are on display at the museum. English teacher, Mr. Brad Wise, said, “I had not been to the Historical Society in several years, and the amount of stuff that they’ve added, and the historical values of it: amazing.”

The students ate lunch at Jordan Park and then were treated to ice cream at the Dairy Inn courtesy of the seventh and eighth grade class council.  The eighth grade then traveled to the Saegertown Cemetery on Grange Center Road where they completed a scavenger hunt.

Overall, the walking tour informed the students and brought to light the significance of Saegertown. Kaylee Mulligan said, “I thought the trip was amazing to learn about all the neat things that happened in Saegertown’s history, and how the town could’ve been a big deal, but it just didn’t end up that way.”