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by Scout Van Cise, editor-in-chief
Just three years ago, Saegertown graduate Breana Ferguson had a vision. She dreamed to start her own clothing line that fit the style of the millennial generation in which she was raised. After spending countless hours on her computer learning everything there is to know about creating a website, starting a clothing line, and searching for a style to create, Ferguson’s dream came to life.
Ferguson’s clothing line, Odd New Era Clothing, became available for purchase in February of 2018. “When it came time to pick a name, Odd New Era stuck out to me. I am a millennial. I was raised differently from my parents. My generation is tech-savvy, untraditional, and out of control. As a millennial, we do not associate with other generations because we are the next era,” Ferguson wrote on her website. “We understand each other. We may not be odd, but we are the new era.”
Ferguson has recently been organizing new designs and products to sell. “It’s a lot of work especially with college and sports. Hopefully it will be rewarding, but it’s still enjoyable to me either way,” Ferguson said.
Odd New Era Clothing creates products for snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX and other sports. Check out Ferguson’s clothing line at oddneweraclothing.com and follow Odd New Era Clothing on Facebook to support her dream.
Volume 12 Issue 7 was released on April 20, 2018. (click here to read)
by Nick Archacki, staff writer
The year 2017 was filled with many award-winning and extravagant films. At the end of 2017, however, another hit was released that had a special touch to it that can’t be denied. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” is a follow-up to the 1995 classic film “Jumanji” that is based on a story of four teenagers who get sucked into a video game that they’ve never heard of or seen before. The teenagers, Spencer, Fridge, Martha, and Bethany have to live the life of the avatars that they’ve chosen and beat the game with their hilarious new attributes in order to return home.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” adds an uproarious twist when the actors in the film get transformed into the avatars that they’ve chosen, many of whom are completely opposite to their real life personalities. Spencer, a nerdy student played by Alex Wolff and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is Dr. Smolder Bravestone. Fridge, the athletic football star played by Ser’Darius Blain and Kevin Hart, is Franklin “Mouse” Finbar. Bethany, the dramatic beauty queen played by Madison Iseman and ironically Jack Black, is Professor Shelly Oberon. Finally, Martha, the self-conscious loner played by Morgan Turner and Karen Gillan, is Ruby Roundhouse.
The four characters can exit the game, but they have to defeat all of the levels with the three lives they received when they first entered Jumanji. Characters who lose all their lives will die in the game and never go back to their real-life home. Therefore, the four teenagers who have transformed into adults in the game have to “find the missing piece, return the jewel back to the Jaguar, lift the curse and save Jumanji,” as said from the tour guide in the film, Nigel.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is a success with a rating of 76 percent, beating the original 1995 “Jumanji” film by over twenty percent. Rotten Tomatoes notes: “‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ uses a charming cast and a humorous twist to offer an undemanding yet solidly entertaining update on its source material.” iMBd (Internet Movie Database) rated the movie a 7/10, narrowly beating the original film, which was rated a 6.9/10. The movie is currently ranked forty-second on the all time worldwide box office gross list, crushing its predecessor, as the original “Jumanji” film is currently sitting in the 509th slot on the very same list.
The first time I watched the trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” I was in love from the start. When I watched it in theaters; the movie was unlike any other I’ve ever seen before because of the thrilling action, mystery, and hilarious comedy that it offered. It was statistically one of the best films of 2017, being the fifth best worldwide box office film of the year behind “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Fate and the Furious”, and “Despicable Me 3.”
Veteran Panther Press movie reviewer Dustin Steiger said, “‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ was a comedic masterpiece, and I would definitely recommend watching it!” “It was enjoyable from the get-go and it kept the audience laughing, myself included.”
by Bailey Kozalla, editor-in-chief
Saegertown seniors Owen Chess and Stevie Siple brought their basketball talents to Maplewood High School on March 26 in the All-Star game. Sponsored by Townville Lions Club, the game featured two teams of seniors separated into East and West teams. Chess and Siple played for the West.
The East was coached by Dave Gjovic of Maplewood and the West was coached by Mark McElhinny of Meadville. The Crawford County players included seniors from Saegertown, Cambridge Springs, Maplewood, Meadville, Cochranton, and General McLane.
The annual All-Star game is laid-back and high scoring by nature. Combining impressive shot attempts, and a plan to drive in with either a cool pass or an open three-point shot, the East team defeated the West with a score of 106-66.
Despite the loss, Siple and Chess contributed with two and eight points respectively.
“I got to really enjoy my last game without all the stress of competition. I am grateful for the experience to play,”Siple said.
Chess said, “It was a really fun game overall even though it was more relaxed. It was fun to go out on the court and just enjoy myself.”
In a Meadville Tribune interview, Harry Zurasky of the Townville Lions Club said, “It was an interesting game. They all shared the ball well. They all had fun and they compete all those years, and tonight they get to just have fun together.”
by Sam Shelenberger, broadcast director
by Hunter Trzeciak, features editor
by Sam Shelenberger, Staff Writer
Olivia Hoffman, Mrs. Susan James, and I recently traveled to McDowell Intermediate High School for the PMEA Region 2 Chorus Festival, one that will surely be remembered by all who attended. In fact, no one could have anticipated the random events that would unfold over the next few days.
The first day was relatively normal. We arrived and practiced for a bit before being sent off for auditions. Each section went to a separate holding room to wait for the auditions to begin. When we entered the audition room, we had to sing a scale and two selections from our music we had been practicing for over a month. One of the pieces we had to sing for the audition was in German. When the results were announced, Olivia placed seventeenth chair and I was thirteenth, both out of 20.
After dinner we resumed practicing, and around 8:30 p.m., the power went out. Surprisingly, the 165 teenagers sitting on the stage didn’t panic or move. We all calmly got out our phones and turned them on, using the flashlights to illuminate our music. It was a truly remarkable sight to see. The guest conductor somehow got a glow stick and used it to conduct the choir, allowing practice to continue for the rest of the night.
After practice, the choir was split into the four sections: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, and each section got a bus back to the hotel. Due to the two hour delay, everyone had to be out of the hotel by 10 a.m. Every bus except the tenor bus was loaded and sent to the school, but ours was nowhere to be seen. The entire time we waited for the bus to come, all 35 tenors stood watching the television in the lobby, screaming what the captions said.
On Saturday, we started back to the school, ready for the concert. We made it halfway down Peach Street and then had to go back to pick up the sopranos because their bus broke down. On our way back, the road was blocked by a semi, which led to a lot of remarks from the tenors as a whole bunch of cars attempted to make their way around it, many without success. The concert went off as scheduled, thankfully, and we all headed home.
And we agreed that even though nothing that happened was planned, there were plenty of memories made that weekend.
by Autumn Jones, marketing director