Pheasant permit created

by Bailey Kozalla, sports editor

In order to hunt pheasants in Pennsylvania in the fall, adult hunters will need to purchase a permit to hunt the birds along with their yearly license. In an attempt to increase revenue, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created the $25 permit, and reduce the $4.7 million cost by $1.5 million to stock the pheasants every year.

Along with the admission of the permit, two of the four pheasant farms have closed, including the Western Game Farm in Cambridge Springs. Eight PGC employees lost their jobs at this farm, reducing $1.7 million from the annual budget.

According to the PGC website, the primary goal of raising and stocking pheasants is to “provide a quality game bird for regulated hunting opportunities.” However, some areas of the program had to be cut. Since 1998, the licenses haven’t been increased to cope with inflation, which led the PGC to cut down on some programs. The pheasant program happened to be one of them. This was the only way to keep the program in place. Pheasant populations peaked in 1971, when more than 700,000 hunters harvested an estimated 1.3 million birds. Last year, about 240,000 pheasants were harvested. The reason so many pheasants were harvested in the seventies lies within the discontinued Soil Bank, and Feed Grain Program. These federal programs idled areas of cropland from production that are vital to nesting pheasants. Approximately 716,000 acres of farmland was lost to urban development in the end of the twentieth century.

The state relies on an artificial pheasant population to be created, as the original thriving population in the 1960s and 1970s diminished. In the past, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was created to sustain pheasant populations on private farmland. Approximately one percent of farm fields in Pennsylvania are CRP managed. An updated federal version, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), was created to improve farmland species in joint with Pheasants Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, county conservation districts, and Duck Unlimited. However, the current trends in pheasant habitat will make it very difficult in the coming years to restore thriving pheasants. Restoring these game birds will not only keep the sport alive, but it will also improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and assist other native species, thus securing the future of farmland species in Pennsylvania.


Seniors hyped for graduation parties

by Kaitlyn Walsh, features editor

For most students, summer means doing absolutely nothing and being the human equivalent of a slug for three months. But for seniors, summer means moving out and figuring out future plans. Somewhere in-between all of this madness, a graduation party is thrown for everyone to come and celebrate all of your high school and future accomplishments and goals.

Most people are having their graduation parties at their houses.

“I chose to have it at my house because we have a large backyard, and its located close to the school. It’s also easier to have it there than to go somewhere else”, said Rachel Barner.

However, this isn’t the only alternative. Many people are choosing to have their parties elsewhere. For example, Anna Swartout will be holding her celebration at Stainbrook Park.

“It’s a really pretty spot by the creek and it has a volleyball net for something to do,” Swartout said.

We all know that a party isn’t a party without a lot of food and drinks. Soda and some kind of protein are obviously essential to any outdoor party, but some people like to make their own variations on what they make. Kayla Justus decided to have German meatballs as the main dish at her party.

“They’re delicious, they represent my heritage, and it is a symbol of good luck for the future,” Justus said.

Having normal food is also just as good. Staples such as burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken are a hit with all ages and appetites. However you choose to do your graduation party is up to you, and the possibilities are endless

Saegertown team brings home bronze in state shoot

by Kaity Gage, special media projects editor 

Thirteen students from Saegertown High School traveled to Clairton on June 4 for the 2017 Pennsylvania State High School Clay Target League State Tournament.

Two of Saegertown’s students were incredibly successful and brought home medals to display.

Junior Dustin Hunter won a third place medal in the junior varsity division for his score of 86/100. “It was the best I’ve ever shot, and I was happy to take third place overall for my first year,” Hunter said.

Sophomore Sarah Swartout earned medals for being the third best female shooter at the tournament and second for having the best score overall from this season for females.

The students have been shooting every Sunday since April, with their scores submitted online to compete against other schools in Pennsylvania.

Overall, Saegertown High School came in third place as a team behind Corry High School and Portage Area High School.



Jageacks performs in local jazz jam

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor 

On Sunday June 4, junior Francis Jageacks was showcased in the Cootie Harris Jazz Jam. Jageacks was part of a 10 week Youth Jazz Initiative program instructed by Mikel Prester at the Markethouse in Meadville. The Jazz Jam was a 4 hour long performance of local jazz musicians playing improvisational music at the end of the 10 week program in which Jageacks played along with her clarinet.

By the end of the Jazz Initiative, Jageacks was prepared for the Jazz Jam after learning all of the scales and chords in her weekly lessons. “It felt great. It felt like I actually accomplished something in my playing, but I felt like I found my own culture of music. Jazz just really speaks to me, there’s so much freedom in it and it takes quite a knowledge of music theory in order to play it,” Jageacks said.


Things get choppy (at taekwondo tournament)

by Hillary Twiford, staff writer

Two Saegertown High School sophomores recently participated in the Champion of the Sword taekwondo tournament at Northwestern High School on May 20. Mykenzie Connally and Renee Allen competed in multiple categories to earn four swords each.

There were four divisions: sparring, self-defense, kadas, and weapon kadas. Connally earned first place in sparring and third in the other three divisions, and Allen earned third in sparring and second in both self-defense, kadas, and weapon kadas.

“I had to go first for the very first event, which was self defense,” Connally said. “I was too nervous. I was shaking the whole time, so I think it ruined my form.”

For Allen, the most nerve-racking part was the judges. “I don’t like talking to people I don’t know, so I didn’t like talking to the judges.” However, she still enjoyed the tournament. “I had a lot of fun, and I didn’t hurt myself!”

Connally’s favorite part of the tournament was receiving her swords at the end, but she did share enthusiasm for Allen’s favorite portion. “We weren’t a part of this thing called music kadas, but I enjoyed watching it because they were so into their routines and so energetic,” Allen said.

After competing in the tournament, both contestants strive for enhancement in martial arts. “I would improve my stance. One of the judges told me I was leaning forward, so I would fix that,” Connally said. Allen looks for overall improvement. “I want to practice more because now I know what the judges are looking for,” Allen said. Connally and Allen look forward to participating in more tournaments in the future.


Sample and Michaels crowned royalty of Prom 2017

by Elizabeth Hasko and Cami Reynolds, staff writers

Saegertown students attended prom on Friday, May 19. The theme of this year’s prom was Masquerade, and it was held at the Hotel Conneaut. Spanish teacher Miss Nova Dinsmore and students on prom committee decorated the scene for the night.

Seniors Sam Michaels and Brittany Sample were crowned this year’s prom king and queen. “Prom was great. I had lots of fun with my friends,” said king Michaels.

The court members included seniors Tana Walters, Brittany Sample, Emily Ford, Hannah Crum, and Kendra Taylor for the girls. The guys nominated were Luke Dangel, Sam Michaels, Grant Phelan, Zack Posego, and Dane Rhoades.

“For the underclassmen, my advice is to take as many pictures as possible, dance as long and as much as your can, and just have fun because it goes by fast,” said queen Sample.

The prom-aids for the night were Sophomores raef Rhoades, Brendan Leech, Carlie Schlosser, Claudia Fetzner, Grace Triola, Cami Reynolds, and Elizabeth Hasko. “I’m glad I was a prom-aid because I got to see what prom was like before I go,” said Fetzner.


Hernandez’s heavy lifting qualifies him for Youth Nationals

By Kaity Gage, Special Media Projects Editor

Seventh grader, Anthony Hernandez, will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia from June 22 to June 25 to compete at the 2017 Youth National Championships. Hernandez will be competing in weightlifting in the snatch and the clean and jerk. He trains for the sport in Meadville at the Relentless Barbell Club, the only Olympic style weightlifting club in Crawford County.

The snatch is when the lifter takes his barbell and lifts it directly from the floor to above their head. When Hernandez is executing this motion in practice, he uses 46 pound weights. During the clean and jerk, Hernandez takes the barbell off the floor, brings it to his shoulders, and rests the weights on his deltoids, without letting it fully rest on his clavicles.

He spends an average of two hours lifting, three times a week at his gym. He enjoys the physical activity along with seeing his progression over time.

Hernandez’s inspiration to lift and to continue growing stronger comes from his father. “He’s done everything for me and helped me get where I am,” Hernandez said.  

Blair Erdeljac, one of Hernandez’s coaches, said, Anthony is one of the smallest kids in school, but through weightlifting, he has built confidence and become a more outgoing kid.  He has also demonstrated a high level of maturity: taking his training seriously and becoming a dedicated athlete with great work ethic.”

Saegertown gymnast qualifies for states

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor and Braeden Kantz, staff writer

While baseball, softball, and volleyball are in season this time of year, many people overlook sports that are not affiliated with SHS. Gymnastics is one of those sports, and the state finals took place last month. Junior Hannah Smith was named runner up as a state finalist in Erie, Pa. as a member of the Greenville Gymnastics Academy and Cheer team.

Smith qualified for states with a score of 34 out of 40 and improved her final score to 37.775, earning second place overall. To prepare for this event, Smith spent approximately 20 hours and four days a week at the gym in Greenville. “I was ready to stop doing routines and work on other skills,” Smith said. But her efforts paid off, resulting in second on her floor and bars routines, third on vault, and fourth on beam. Smith has qualified for states eight years in a row, and she plans on attending next year to take home the gold.

Summer jobs take over school

by Rachel Barner, news editor and Hannah Myers, staff writer

Once that final bell rings at 3 p.m. on June 9, school is out and students have time to themselves. This also means that they have time now to consider getting a summer job for a little extra money. Many local places offer positions for students.

There are many different types of jobs, depending on what your interests are. If you are an outdoorsy type of person or like animals, working on a farm or at a fish hatchery, mowing lawns, pet sitting, working at the Wildlife Refuge in Woodcock, or camp counselor is right up your alley. These jobs can be minimum wage to deciding your own wages.

If you are a people-person, working in retail, at a fast food restaurant, receptionist, lifeguard, swimming instructor, library volunteer, or as a tutor can be an interest to you. In Saegertown and Meadville, a lot of the jobs are food service or retail.

Students over 18 can get a job at the local Dollar General, or at the Legion, where you can wait tables and be a bartender.

You don’t have to have a boss to have a job; you can be your own boss! Like some of the other jobs mentioned, plant sitting, becoming an Uber driver, housekeeping, photographer, babysitting, or selling home-grown vegetables is a great way to make money with your own hours.

“It’s really not fun, but it teaches you how to manage work,” senior and Dollar General Manager Kaitlyn Walsh said.