Local business briefs: Pharmacy open, bakery relocating

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

The new Saegertown Pharmacy is open for business.  Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. “I think having a pharmacy in Saegertown is a great idea,” said senior Emily Fry. “It’s very convenient.”

In addition to prescription refills, the store carries many other items including bandages, vitamins, and ice packs. Owner Robert Sweeney shared that as the store builds a client base, more items will be available.  

A grand opening will be held on July 6 with games and face painting for the kids as well as hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be  many giveaways and a few larger items including four bikes, two child and two adult, and a TV. Froggy radio will be broadcasting from 4-6 p.m. and all are welcome.  

29778While the pharmacy is open, another Saegertown business is closing. Kristen’s Kookies has moved to Meadville to merge with Confections of a Cake Lover on Market Street.

“The move to Meadville has gone fairly smooth, a few bumps along the way but good for the most part,” said Kristen Boyles, the owner. According to Boyles, the location in Saegertown wasn’t working out for Kristin’s Kookies as most of her customers came in from other towns.

“I am still in business, just in a different location,” Boyles said. They are set for their ribbon cutting today, May 24.

Stone sisters’ Planet Hope provides shoes for Saegertown students

by Scout Van Cise and Hunter Trzeciak, editor-in-chief and features editor

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Kelly Stone of Planet Hope assists eighth grader Jazlen Miller with her new shoes.

For the past 26 years, Planet Hope, a philanthropic organization co-founded by Saegertown graduates Sharon and Kelly Stone, has been giving back to children all over the United States. The organization helps students in many ways such as providing prom dresses and sleeping bags, and funding medical and dental clinics for women and children. In addition, the group has distributed 400,000 toys to underprivileged children through Hope for the Holidays.

On May 23, Kelly Stone visited Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School with a special purpose. Through Planet Hope, Stone and her brother Patrick and his wife Tasha, and their children Hunter and Kaylee, her best friend Robin Davis, and Planet Hope employee Merrik Dragon donated and sized a pair of tennis shoes for every student who was interested. “It’s a huge thing in your life to be able to come back and do something in your hometown, and to come with people you love and your family,” K. Stone said.

Principal Tom Baker was pleased with the outcome. “We are very grateful that [the Stone sisters] are giving back to the community and school that they graduated from,” Mr. Baker said.

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Planet Hope donated a total of 229 pairs of shoes to the students at Saegertown with the help of secretary Debbie Chaney. “I really truly think it was a success. The kids were happy. I just thought it was great,” Mrs. Chaney said.

Eighth grader Kyarra Reist was ecstatic about her new sneakers. “That was very nice of them,” Reist said. “There are some kids that don’t have enough money to get new shoes.”

While S. Stone was unable to attend the event, she tweeted a photo of K. Stone with the shoes prior to her visit to Saegertown High School along with a caption about Planet Hope. For more information about this organization, visit planethope.org or follow on twitter @planethope4kids.  

Teachers’ hidden talents: Motocross has opened doors for Mr. Nahay

by Erik Murphy, website editor

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Saegertown technology teacher George Nahay

Mr. George Nahay has been racing motocross for years. The Saegertown technology education teacher has been riding dirt bikes since age 10 and racing since age 15 at local venues including the TV Land MX track in Pierpont, Ohio and the Maple Shade MX track in Sugar Grove, Pa.

“As a kid, I used to imagine myself riding alongside the school bus on a dirt bike,” Nahay said as he explained his inspiration for picking up the sport. His father responded to his vision by purchasing Nahay his first dirt bike.

He has a significant background in motocross and technology education as a whole. When he lived in North Carolina, he helped operate the Wide Open Motocross Park which was open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. Nahay was responsible for building the jumps on the track, grooming the track, and driving a 2,000-gallon water truck. This experience opened several doors.

One of his friends started a tactical driving company called American Offroad, which specializes in teaching offensive and defensive driving skills for combat situations, mainly to military groups. Nahay worked with them for a fair bit of time before moving to Pennsylvania, and he still visits annually.

 

He even thought about taking a permanent job in the field. “I considered teaching at a motocross training facility in South Carolina (Club MX) for riders aspiring to be professional racers. These riders are from all over the country and range in age from 12-18. During the day they train as professional athletes. In the evenings they take online classes on their own often without parents or teachers to guide them.  I worked with some of the kids individually as a tutor, but decided not to quit my job to teach there full time,” Nahay said.

Nahay continues to race during summer breaks, and he still enjoys the benefits of all his motocross experiences. He shared that he found his passion for working in technology education by fixing parts on dirt bikes.

Science teacher installs solar panels

by Laura Monico, social media editor

Mr. Phil Young, ninth grade Environmental Science teacher, recently installed 15 solar panels in his yard to generate some of his electric. Mr. Young invested in his panels to not only save money, but also preserve the environment. His career as a science teacher has encouraged him to make environmentally friendly changes in his day to day life. “It was probably my work with my STEM class that inspired this path that I’ve taken over the past couple of years to get to where I am at,” Mr. Young said.  

After a three day installation period, the panels (which were purchased from Solar Revolution in Erie) were up and running on May 1. Since the first day, the panels have created 450 kilowatt hours of electricity. The proficiency of the panels on any given day depends on the amount of sunlight they receive. Each day the solar panels convert energy from the sun to an average of 25 kilowatt hours of electricity. Mr. Young’s family uses about 40 kilowatt hours of electricity each day. Currently, his solar array will generate around 40 percent of his total electricity.

Although the panels were a large investment, in a few years, Mr. Young will be solely gathering free energy, and he will not have any electrical bills. “I will save money monthly from here on out; however, it will take nine to ten years before I have actually saved money on the overall cost. In five years, I won’t have a payment on the system or an electric bill,” Mr. Young said.  

Not only will Mr. Young be saving money, but he will also be saving the environment. He previously received his electricity through Penelec, which generates 60 percent of its electricity using coal. “Once my system is completely installed, right now I’ve only partially installed, I will no longer require coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, or hydroelectric power, which all have considerable negative impacts on the environment,” Mr. Young said.

He will be able to cut out all other sources of energy because in Pennsylvania there is legislation in place that allows you to hook personally owned solar panels to the electrical grid, and the state credits you a kilowatt hour for every kilowatt hour the panels generate. “You do not need backup,” Mr. Young said. “You have basically become an electrical generator.”

Mr. Young plans to purchase an additional 20 panels within the next year to create even more energy. He wishes more people would take advantage of solar panels. “It would be nice to see more people taking advantage of the free energy streaming down from the sun,” Mr. Young said.

As a science teacher Mr. Young felt an obligation to make this environmentally friendly change. “I already teach alternative energy in the ninth grade curriculum, but now instead of just talking, I can say I am living it. I’m walking the walk as well as talking the talk.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” smashes box-office records in a snap (Spoiler-Free)

by Dustin Steiger, broadcast director

AvengersInfinityWarEver since “Iron Man” landed in theaters in mid-2008, kicking off the box-office giant known as the MCU (also known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe), hardcore comic book fans have yearned for the Infinity War story-arc to reach theatres. Now, it’s here.

Hinted at for years, “Avengers: Infinity War” is the culmination of everything the MCU has built towards. The story follows the Mad Titan Thanos’ quest to obtain all six Infinity Stones, powerful gems that control Space, Reality, Power, Time, Mind, and Soul. Most of these stones have been seen before in the Marvel Universe (The Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers; The Aether in Thor: The Dark World; The Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy; The Time Stone in Doctor Strange; and the Mind Stone in Age of Ultron, as well as other various Marvel films), although one- The Soul Stone- has remained mysteriously absent… In order to stop Thanos from obtaining all the Infinity Stones and becoming an unbeatable god, the world’s mightiest heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy must team up to bring down the Mad Titan and his children, the Black Order.

With this movie comes an impressive cast of new characters and old favorites, and, due to the incredible risks and twists the story takes, it provides moviegoers with a fresh take on the superhero genre. There’s nothing quite like it. It shocks and dazzles its audience with an impressive story and spectacular graphics, proving once again why the MCU is the box-office it is today.

Speaking of which, Infinity War is made all the more impressive by its box office dominance. It’s currently the number one movie worldwide, holding this title for two-weeks and counting, with the film pulling in over $250 million on its opening weekend. In comparison, the original Avengers made slightly under $210 million for its opening weekend, and Avengers: Age of Ultron made around $191 million. Infinity War even managed to beat out the newer Star Wars films, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Overall, it’s already grossed over a billion dollars worldwide, and these impressive numbers continue to climb.

All in all, Avengers: Infinity War is a powerful must-see movie. However, due to its massive plot-threads that can tend to convolute those unfamiliar with the current state of the MCU, it might be best for those that aren’t caught up with franchise to wait before going to theaters (Here’s a list of movies it’d be best to watch beforehand, some of which can be streamed on Netflix). It’s a complex and emotional rollercoaster, with powerful moments and painful consequences, so be sure you’re ready for it.

Campbell headed to YMCA Gymnastics Nationals in June

by Kaity Gage, design editor

Throwing yourself upside down and into the air is no easy feat, but eighth grader Lennon Campbell makes it look effortless.

Campbell is currently a gymnast at the Meadville YMCA and is a member of the Meadville Twisters gymnastics team. The Twisters have been competing since their season began in October. During this time, Campbell and her teammates have attended fourteen competitions, earning trophies every time.

The team has won all of their awards based on their team scores, which are compiled using the data from each individual member’s performance in the four events: floor, bars, beam, and vault.

Although Campbell competes in all four events, her favorite is the floor routine. “My favorite move is a tumbling pass of a roundoff, back handspring, back tuck,” Campbell said.  From the beginning of her gymnastics career until now, Campbell has brought home thirty-eight medals from her competitions.

In June, Campbell and her teammates will travel to Toledo, Ohio to compete at the YMCA Gymnastics Nationals. Nationals will be conducted similar to all of the other competitions, but the stakes are definitely higher.

Whether she sticks her landings or takes a tumble, Campbell is thankful for the experience and memories she’s made with her teammates. “Competing this year has been really fun because my team supported me in every competition.”

What is happening at Saegertown? Check the event calendar to find out

by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor

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The community calendar is up and running. Check it out, and send your events. 

If you visit the Panther Press website, you may notice a new addition. An event calendar has been added for student and community use. Health teacher Pat Bradshaw has been heading up this project for the past couple months. The incentive for the calendar is to help bring school spirit back to SHS.

The calendar includes a feature where you can search keywords or dates to find an event. Mr. Bradshaw would like the calendar to eventually be mainly student-run, and updated as often as possible. “Still trying to figure out my team. That is the biggest thing. I need some people who are tech savvy,” Mr. Bradshaw said.  A few students, like senior Hannah Myers and sophomore Sam Shelenberger, have been helping with the project since the beginning. Myers has aided in collecting the dates of events from various teachers, as well as updating the calendar itself. “The biggest issue so far is figuring out how to work the program,” Myers said.

Mr. Bradshaw’s goals for next year are to have the calendar updated and ready, to have a set team of students willing to contribute to the upkeep, and for the calendar to be made more public. “It is in its infancy stage,” Mr. Bradshaw said. Infancy stage or not, the calendar is sure to bring the community closer together.

 

If you are interested in helping with this project or you want to submit events, contact Mr. Bradshaw at pbradshaw@penncrest.org . You can access the calendar here: https://thepantherpress.com/events/

Pennsylvania Business Week visits Saegertown

by Scout Van Cise, editor-in-chief

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This year’s winning team of Saegertown’s annual Business Week.

The week of April 23 – 27, Saegertown sophomores competed against each other in the annual Pennsylvania Business Week competition. Organized by Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, Inc. (ACES), Business Week allows for sophomores to compete in six teams against each other for five days in categories such as marketing, advertising, and finances to simulate a real business the students are operating. At the end of the week, the teams do presentations to a panel of judges who choose category winners as well as an overall top company. Mrs. Nicole Keller’s group was victorious in the competition, headed by CEO Oliver Smith and CFO Sam Shelenberger.

Smith’s company, called Power Sound Corporation, sold a product called Gemini Speakers. The company advertised their speakers as being touch screen, bluetooth, rechargeable, and capable of splitting in half to provide surround-sound.

While Smith was unable to attend the award ceremony in person, he witnessed his victory via FaceTime. Shelenberger was there: “It was very satisfying. We put a lot of hard work into what we did. It was a nice sigh of relief to know that we did well,” Shelenberger said. “It provided me with a lot of information on how to run a successful business, so if that is something that I choose to do in my future it will help me with that.”

Power Sound Corporation owes the success of its company to the togetherness of their team. “I think the strongest asset of the company was the cooperative teamwork. Everyone pulled their own weight,” Smith said.

Saegertown’s students take second at annual Envirothon competition

by Stevie Siple, staff writer

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Saegertown students competed at this year’s Envirothon competition on May 2.

The eighty degree weather at the 2018 Envirothon on May 2 provided a comfortable atmosphere for eager environmentalists at Pymatuning State Park in Jamestown, Pa.

Specializing in categories of wildlife, forestry, aquatics, soils, and current issue, three teams from Saegertown competed against teams from Crawford and Mercer counties.

Finishing in second place overall were the Tyrannosaurus Grex which includes seniors Laura Monico, Kaity Gage, Michael Chess, Bailey Kozalla, and freshman Landis Crawford. These competitors combined their knowledge to outscore eight other teams in the county. However, the CASH Eagle Ecologists were able to score more points to take the first place trophy.

Rotating between each station worth one hundred points each, the T-Grex scored 73 in soils, 83 in forestry, 65 in aquatics, 86 in current issue, and 60 in wildlife. Their impressive 367 point total, however, couldn’t top Conneaut Area’s 460 point total.

“We didn’t do as well as we wanted to, but finishing second is still a good place to finish knowing how many other really good teams there was,” Mike Chess said.