Saegertown’s Ferguson starts Odd New Era Clothing

by Scout Van Cise, editor-in-chief

image1 (1)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.

Region Chorus: The night the lights went out

by Sam Shelenberger, Staff Writer

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The PMEA Region 2 Choir practiced by phone light after the power went out during rehearsal on March 1.

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.  

Tutorial and interventions ideas on the table for next year

by Braeden Kantz, sports editor

Rumors have been swirling through the halls regarding the possibility of scheduled tutorials returning for the 2018-19 school year. After the 2015-16 school year, there have been no scheduled tutorials or study halls. Many students and teachers relied on those periods to tutor students and get work done.

This year, junior high students have been place into WINN (What I Need Now) classes, an advisory period for students who will benefit from an extra period to study, complete late work, or participate in enrichment activities. Many students and teachers agree that a similar class would be advantageous for high school students.

“There is an opportunity that some students will get a tutorial-like period opposite a gym class, but will not be offered to all students. However, there is also a possibility that intervention and extension periods will be introduced as an everyday occurrence,” Principal Tom Baker said.

Many students agree that the intervention and extension periods are useful, but may be redundant if offered every day. “I think everyday would be too much. They should just bring back the regular tutorial,” junior Abbey Passilla said. Others see the extra time as beneficial. “I would definitely use the time to do homework,” junior Hillary Twiford said.

Thanks to the early scheduling process this year, students should know by late May what to expect for the 2018-19 school year.

 

Saegertown students and staff participate in National School Walkout

Here are the full remarks from this morning’s National School Walkout at Saegertown:

Thank you all for coming. For the next 17 minutes we will be honoring the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting that took place one month ago today. This is about unity and joining together as a community to show our support for Parkland and the families who lost their loved ones as well as taking a stand against school shootings. Our event is in no way motivated by gun control, but led to commemorate the students and staff who so tragically lost their lives on February 14. We ask for your respect during this time of grief and remembrance. We request that you remain silent for the time we are here together and take this time to reflect on the idea that schools should be safe places for all of us to learn and grow as people and a community.

  1. a loved and respected member of Parkland’s travel soccer team.

  2. a geography teacher and camp counselor in his spare time.

  3. known for his kindness and humor in the Parkland community.

  4. a talented swimmer who planned to attend the University of Indianapolis in the fall.

  5. an assistant football coach at Stoneman Douglas. He was known for his selflessness and generosity.

  6. loved by her community, especially by her mother, father, and brother.

  7. the school’s athletic director and wrestling coach. He was a veteran who served in Iraq.

  8. the youngest in his family and will be remembered by his constant happiness and optimism.

  9. a member of the Drake School of Irish Dance and was always smiling.

  10. a member of the winter guard on the school’s marching band and a gifted artist.

  11. enjoyed football, basketball, and spending time with his girlfriend.

  12. vibrant and determined, and she loved to serve her community.

  13. an energetic young lady who planned to attend Lynn University in the fall.

  14. smart, kind hearted, and thoughtful. She brought the best out of all who knew her.

  15. played baritone and trombone in the school marching band and orchestra.

  16. a national merit scholar semi finalist. She will be remembered for her outstanding academics and kind nature.

  17. a member of the ROTC program. He was known for always making others  laugh.

(Those who are holding the orange hearts, please hold them up now in honor of the Parkland students and in hopes that this will never happen again).

Thank you all for attending the #NeverAgain walkout in honor of the fallen members of  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We appreciate your respect as we came together as a school to show our support for students and staff just like us. As we remember the students of Parkland today, let us also show support for each other and come together as a community to ensure that this devastating crime never happens again. Please return to your third period class in a respectful and orderly fashion.

Dodgeball tournament: Teachers vs. students and more

by Kaitlyn Kozalla, staff writer

On Feb. 23, the Saegertown community came together to celebrate with everyone’s favorite sport: dodgeball. Check out the pics below. This event was part of a continuing incentive program to encourage students to keep up with all their school work. Students who were missing assignments went to a work room for the afternoon. Next month’s activity will be held the day before Easter break begins.

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