Mount Pleasant’s Ski Club returns

by Erik Murphy, web site editor

MOUNT PLEASANT.pngMount Pleasant’s After School Learn to Ski Program will return on Jan. 10. The program includes six weeks of ski lessons, rentals, and a lift ticket. Lessons and rentals will not be valid following the six week program while the lift ticket lasts for the entire season. Mr. Phil Young is currently handing out forms for the program which are due Dec. 19. It should be noted that you can join later if you pay a ten dollar fee, but it is preferred that you register on time. The program costs $135.00.

Lessons will be held on Wednesday from Jan. 10 until Valentine’s day. Students in the program are also encouraged to use their group passes on MLK, Jr. Day and on President’s Day as skiing is free on those days.

For any additional information contact advisor Mr. Chris Levis at 573-7965.

Students share their talents at Variety Show

by Hannah Myers and Dayna Woodruff, photo editor and staff writer

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Students from Saegertown High School and Cambridge Springs High School had the opportunity to display their talents in two variety shows. On Nov. 17, CSHS held the show with a total of 17 acts, which featured singing, dancing, martial arts, guitar and piano. The show came to SHS on Dec. 1 and involved 13 acts. Both shows were sponsored by Cambridge Springs History Day Club and The Panther Press.

Saegertown freshman Autumn Atkins opened the Saegertown show with her rendition of “Fireflies” by Owl City. Next up was the second place winner, Cambridge junior Logan Bill, who played his original composition on the piano. Cambridge students Addison Lundin and Kristina Carico dazzled the audience with a cover of “Here Comes a Thought” from the television show “Steven Universe,” despite the technical difficulties during the act. Elizabeth Adolphson then joined Kristina Carico on stage to sing “Secondary Characters” from the musical “A Title Show.”

Breaking up the musical acts, Cambridge student Sawyer Yasenchak wowed the crowd with his martial arts skills. Saegertown junior Madison Morgan showed her vocal and acting talent by singing “Nothing” from the musical “A Chorus Line.” Saegertown senior Quaid Ross then took the stage to perform an original song “Today.” A highlight of the evening followed when The Barbershop Boys (Saegertown sophomores Aaron Brown, Oliver Smith, Carson Jones, and Josh McWright) sang an acapella version of “For the Longest Time” by Billy Joel that brought down the house. The final act was Cambridge student Meagan Myers, who closed the show with a sweet version of “Stand by Me” by Ben King.

The first place winners of the December show were the Barbershop Boys. Pianist Logan Bill received second place while singer Jane Hetrick took third. Kristina Carico and Elizabeth Adolphson claimed an honorable mention. It is hoped that the combined variety show will become an annual event. “I would be in the show again, and try to be a two-time champion,” Aaron Brown said.

Reisinger travels to national 4-H Avian Bowl

by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

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Saegertown students competing at the Avian Bowl.

Sophomore Kimmy Reisinger knows more poultry trivia than the average person, and she recently attended the National 4-H Avian Bowl held in Louisville, Kentucky. The contest challenges its participants’ knowledge on poultry. Contestants are given a manual to study over the summer before the competition and are tested on the content. In addition, each contestant receives a day old chick that they raise and take to the competition.

Reisinger qualified for Nationals this year after she and her team, which includes Heidi Wentz from Maplewood and John Reinman from Cochranton, took first place in the competition last year which was held at Penn State University Park. The national competition was held this year from Nov. 14-17.

“I like everything about it,” Reisinger said. Her favorite part is raising the chick she was given and learning anything and everything she can about the small hen.

The qualifying contest is comprised of twenty-five questions including short answer multiple choice, and spelling questions.  

Reisinger’s competition took place on Thursday, Nov. 16. She and her team also toured the Louisville Slugger bat factory and Churchill Downs on Wednesday. ”It was very stressful, but after my first round I relaxed and just had fun,” Reisinger said. “We were first up which was very scary.” Despite being nervous, Reisinger and her team came in fifth out of 13 teams.      

Concluding the competition, Reisinger said, “The day of showmanship is stressful, but it’s worth it in the end.”

Shelenberger inducted into Erie Jr. Philharmonic

By Hannah Myers, photo editor

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Sam Shelenberger

Each and every one of us has a passion; for sophomore Sam Shelenberger, his passion is music. On September 11, Shelenberger was accepted into The Erie Jr. Philharmonic, as a trombone player.

The Erie Jr. Philharmonic is a performing ensemble for students in fifth through twelfth grades who excel in instrumental performance. The ensemble was started in 1953 by Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster. The group is currently celebrating its sixty fourth anniversary.

“I felt like it would give me an excellent opportunity to grow as a musician. It certainly has done that, and we’re only halfway through the season,” Shelenberger said. He has already had two performances with the group, including a combined side-by-side concert with the Erie Philharmonic on Nov. 1.

Shelenberger plays in both the orchestra, where he is on the trombone two part and in the brass ensemble. “I was told by Jesse Stewart to do it, so I auditioned and got in.” SInce Stewart graduated last year, Shelenberger is currently the only student from Saegertown to play in the Jr. Phil.

The group practices at General McLane and performs at Cole Auditorium in Edinboro. His upcoming concerts are the Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Cole Auditorium (general admission $5), and the Winter Ensemble Concert at Blasco Library in Erie on Thursday Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. which is free to the public.

With two concerts next week, Shelenberger is ready. “I am kind of nervous, but I think we will pull it off.”