Career search: A look into speech-language pathology and audiology

by Kaity Gage, design editor

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Kaity Gage

When a family member can’t pronounce their “r’s”, “th’s”, or even has a hard time speaking or swallowing due to a recent stroke, that is when it is time to go see a Speech Pathologist.  

Speech pathologists are often known as speech therapists. They’re the ones who can diagnose and treat disabilities involving speech, voice, language, communication and swallowing disorders.

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to help people. Watching my brother go through therapy when he was younger inspired me to explore the different therapy fields. I eventually learned about speech pathologists and the role they play in helping their communities.

To be a licensed speech pathologist, you must obtain your master’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. The salaries vary between states and areas in which the therapists are working, but there is an excellent job outlook for these experts. The rate is currently at a 21 percent job increase projected from 2014-2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This past summer I spent some time researching colleges that offered the master’s degree for speech pathology and that is when I found Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In August I toured their campus and fell in love with the facilities and the professors. I received excellent treatment from everyone I met, so I decided to submit my application that day. After waiting patiently for two weeks, I learned that I was accepted into Clarion. Now I am an incredibly excited senior who looks forward to my future schooling, and I am more than ready to go into the world and help those who need my services.

If you are interested in becoming a speech pathologist, have any questions about this profession, or would like to know more about Clarion’s Speech Pathology program, please email me at kagage@psdmail.org or visit Clarion’s website for more information about their program.

(Career search will be an ongoing feature this year as staff members share explorations of their future plans.)

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

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Scholarship opportunities for juniors and seniors

by Rachel Barner, news editor

Student loans are haunting seniors’ and juniors’ minds with the thought of college ahead. One thing that can save them from going into large debt is scholarships. There are scholarships, both local and national, specific and broad, that fit every student.

A Google search can bring up a bunch of scholarships that are relevant to your major or to your situation. However, instead of searching for the perfect website, here are some with great scholarships.

A good online site is the Scholarship website. It has many scholarships that are available in Pennsylvania, from your major to a specific thing that you are involved in. There are different types of scholarships, with the dates ranging from the end of May to the middle of 2018, for all ages and grades, and with many different amounts of money awarded. Check it out here.

Another website is the College Degree website, which offers 35 scholarships anyone can get. It has many different topics for essays and monetary amounts are ranging, and large corporations and organizations offer these scholarships. Check it out here.

There are many other ways to find scholarships, such as asking local businesses and organizations if they have one, sports scholarships, club scholarships, and even asking your guidance counselor for ones that are around the area.

 

 

 

Career search: Becoming a Veterinary Technician

by Hannah Myers, staff writer

Being a junior, I have been scrambling around all school year trying to decide what I should be. One of the great interests in my life is horses. I have been riding and training horses with Hobbs Hollow Stable since I was 8 years old.

When one of the horses I work with, Westfield, got caught in the gate and broke his splint bone, I realized I enjoyed taking care of him and helping him recover, thus my idea of being an Equine Rehabilitation therapist was born. To do this, I learned that I would first have to train to be a Vet Tech, or Veterinary Technician. The thought of being a Vet Tech worried me because I wasn’t sure I could handle doing the things they do.

On Wednesday, Apr. 26, I was given the chance to watch a surgery. When one of the ponies I had been working with, Zoe, grew a possibly cancerous tumor (we later found out it was from a fungal infection) on her neck, I jumped at the chance to go to a professional equine clinic Called the Cleveland Equine clinic. While I was there, I experienced many things that Vet Techs do. I watched lameness tests which are given when a horse, or any animal really, has something wrong with their legs, hips, and joints. I was also able to study an x-ray and observe Zoe’s surgery. I was originally worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle seeing the pony I have grown quite attached to being cut into; however, that was not the case, and I found myself very intrigued and excited.

Now I know that even though I haven’t experienced all of what it takes to be a Vet Tech, I got a taste of what it’s like, and I am now one step closer to deciding what my future career will be. If you have had an experience like mine that has led you to a particular career path, contact me @hamyers@psdmail.org so I can tell your story.

(photo caption: Zoe recovers at Hobbs Hollow Stables after having a tumor removed from her neck. photo credit: Hannah Myers)

 

 

Brooks without Birds: God’s rejected reptiles roam badlands

by Tyler Brooks, staff writer

That’s right, an article NOT about birds. Let’s get to it. Deserts seem inhospitable for creatures whose body temperature alter with their environment, such as a lizard. But, to the surprise of all, deserts are home to some of the most unique lizards on this planet. From lesbian lizards to salt-sneezers, the desert is where their uniqueness shows.

The Thorny Devil is a foot long mass of rocky bumps. The Australian lizard roams the desert eating veggies and insects. Over the night, it lets dew collect on its body. The water, through capillary action (look it up, I teach birds not physics), all flows towards the lizard’s mouth. Even when it finds water, it simply dips a foot in and allows the water to flow mouthward and quench its thirst.

The New Mexico whiptail is a lizard native to, you guessed it, New Mexico. The lizard is unique in its breeding habits, despite looking commonplace. The whiptails are all females. They reproduce asexually, producing identical clones of themselves. The lizards do, despite their uniform gender, still mimic the copulation (baby-making) process with one another. Why? Maybe it just feels. . .right.

The Horned Toad is yet another weird lizard in the desert, which was apparently the trash bin for messed up lizards. Horned Toads (lizards, despite the name) have the ability to spew forth blood from their eye sockets. The blood is shot up to three feet, from a 3 inch reptile. The blood comes directly from the circulatory system, and is capable of scaring off mammals, like coyotes and cats.

The chuckwalla is a small, unassuming lizard. When threatened, it scurries off with all its speed, like any other lizard. But the chuckwalla knows what he’s about, so he runs between rocks. If the predator tries to extract him, he puffs up like a balloon and is nearly impossible to extract. Chuckwallas, due to living in the desert, have to drink water when they find it, no matter the salinity. When salt levels build up in chuckwallas, the lizard will sneeze pure salt crystals to remove it. A pet chuckwalla is the perfect replacement for any salt shaker.

As we comb through the deserts for more rejectiles, we come to the Gila Monster and its cousin, the Mexican Beaded Lizard. Both of these lizards have “beads” in place of conventional scales. Alongside the Komodo Dragon, beaded lizards are the only poisonous lizards. Not particularly huge, beaded lizards are still between one and two feet, have forked tongues, and that nasty bite for killing prey.

That’s not all, let me tell ya what. Frilled lizards, toadhead agamas, desert geckos, and armadillo lizards are all exceptional creatures you’ll only find in nature’s reptilian wastebasket. Maybe they live in these environments because they’re neat little guys. They’re daring you to come find them. Nature’s daring you to find its coolest inhabitants in its hottest habitats. Or maybe the desert does some trippy things to reptiles because why not, man?

Oogey gooey egg yolk gaining popularity

By JT Sloan Staff Writer

Everyone loves a little bit of ooey and a little bit of gooey, right? Well, even if you don’t, egg yolk is a projected 2017 food trend, according to EAT THIS, NOT THAT. “Once word got out that egg yolks do not, in fact, increase cholesterol levels, people started going crazy with the stuff!”’ said Dana Leigh Smith who wrote the article “17 Food Trends You’ll See in 2017.”

With that knowledge, EAT THIS, NOT THAT predicts egg yolk popularity will only increase in 2017 and honestly I don’t see why not because egg yolk goodness should be part of everyone’s diet in some way or another.

“I like it [egg yolk] because you can put it on burgers and sandwiches, and it still tastes awesome,” said senior Marc Kightlinger. Kightlinger likes his yolks ‘dippy and oozey and yummy’ and he loves putting them on hamburgers because they get “oozey and juicy.”

There are many delicious recipes for egg yolk, but my favorite is the Best Loaded Breakfast Skillet, courtesy of Delish, a well-known recipe website. It’s my favorite because you have chunky crunchy bacon, then soft russet potatoes. Then it hits you. The flavor train of egg yolk hits you. It is a pleasant surprise to know runny yolk goes with bacon and potatoes. Look for more tasty recipes with or without egg yolk at delish.com. And if you have a favorite recipe that incorporates egg yolk, tweet a picture and recipe @PantherPressSHS.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 russet potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed clean
  • 4 strips bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop potatoes into small cubes, about 3/4″-thick.
  2. Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and fry until crispy. Turn off heat and transfer bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. Keep most of bacon fat in skillet, removing any black pieces from the bacon.
  3. Turn the heat back to medium and add onion to the skillet. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to soften. Add potatoes and toss until evenly coated in bacon fat. Pour in water and cover skillet with a large lid. (This helps speed up the cooking and prevent burning.) Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes, checking the potatoes occasionally. If they start to brown too quickly, remove the lid and add more water.
  4. When the potatoes are tender, remove lid and stir in garlic, green onions, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Using a wooden spoon, make four holes in the potatoes to reveal bottom of skillet. Crack an egg into each hole and season each egg with salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese and cooked bacon bits over the entire skillet. Replace lid and cook until eggs are cooked to your liking, about 5 minutes for a just runny egg. Serve warm.