By Wyatt Fleischer, Sports Editor
At the opening assembly on Sept. 2 in the auditorium, Principal Doug Wilson welcomed the students and staff back to the building in his normal fashion with a booming, “GOOD MORNING SAEGERTOWN!”
He then introduced newly named Assistant Principal Tom Baker who spoke briefly about his excitement at becoming a Panther after spending several years at our sister school Cambridge Springs.
Before the students were dismissed, Mr. Wilson called upon Student Council advisers Mrs. Nicole Keller and Ms. Amanda Scott to recognize the first set of academic varsity letter-winners at SHS. Seniors Maile Chang, Garrett Johnston, Brianna Lybarger and Katie Thompson and juniors Luke Dangel and Tanna Walters qualified for this award by having a grade point average of 92 percent or better, passing all three Keystone exams (literature, algebra and biology), and having no incompletes for any grading period in their high school careers.
Instead of an actual letter, they received a pin engraved with the word “honor.” Mrs.Keller said, ”It felt great handing out the first letters for this achievement. We come to school to learn, and it seems that we sometimes put a larger emphasis on sports at this school.” Keller and Scott were selected to award the letters because last year’s Student Council promoted the idea, and they look forward to watching the list of recipients grow. “Frankly, I was extremely surprised, but it was a true honor to make my mark in Saegertown’s history,” said Chang.