Send your heartfelt wishes to homebound students

by Hannah Myers, Photo editor

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Boxes to donate Valentine cards for junior Jared Kula and Dakota Price.

For Valentines Day, student council will be coordinating two big boxes of Valentine cards and other goodies to send to junior Jared Kula and senior Dakota Price who are currently on medical leave from school. Some teachers will be making these in class; however, if your class is not, you may drop your items off in the two boxes in the cafeteria from February 6 – 9. Student council adviser Mrs. Nicole Keller said, “Thanks to Mrs. Houck for coming up with this idea.” She noted that response to the project has been enthusiastic so far.

The Student Council is coordinating two big boxes of Valentines (cards or other goodies if you wish) to send home with both Jared Kula (a junior who had major surgery) and Dakota Price.  (Thanks to Debbie Houck for coming up with this idea!)

With extension period this week and shortened classes on Friday, I thought this might be a good time to have your students make a card for these young men.

On Wednesday I will have some blank Valentines, heart cutouts, paper, etc. in the Library during PLC that you could use to do this project with your classes if you would like.

On Friday during Activity period the Student Council Officers will come around to collect anything you would like to donate to the boxes.

I will send the boxes home to the boys the end of the week of February 9th so if you need a bit more time that will work too.

Thanks!

Saegertown welcomes new MDS teacher

by Paula Stachuletz and Morgan Radwick, staff writers

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Ms. Karen Breisinger was welcomed to the Saegertown staff in 2017.

At the start of the 2017-18 school year, Saegertown welcomed Ms. Karen Breisinger as the new teacher in the multi-handicapped room. So far, her experience has been positive. “I really enjoy being here. The staff is very friendly,” Breisinger said.

Ms. Breisinger has a long history of working with handicapped students. After graduating from Bowling Green State University with certifications in special education, English, math, regular education and reading specialism, she worked in Houston and later in Pittsburgh. Twenty years ago she moved to Erie and spent her time caring for her children – two boys, 16 and 21 and a daughter, 26 – for 14 years. In 2009, Ms. Breisinger started working for IU5 as a consultant and taught handicapped children aged three to five. For the last four years, she taught autistic support at Northwestern High School, and in August 2017, she arrived at Saegertown.

“We laugh a lot in here and enjoy the small things they [our students] achieve, even if it’s just baby steps,” she said of her days in the MDS room. She also shared her enjoyment of taking the students to art classes with Ms. Heather Papinchak and sharing gym classes with the other Saegertown students.

Outside of work Ms. Breisinger spends a lot of time with her family, often going to her youngest son’s soccer and tennis matches while generally spending time with her children. She and her husband enjoy visiting Ms. Breisinger’s sister in Colorado, listening to local live bands, and going to concerts. “I used to play violin myself in high school. I don’t know if I was good, but I could memorize up to nine pages of chords, so I guess I wasn’t that bad,” Breisinger said. “I haven’t done it for years, though. I probably forgot a lot of things by now.”

Ms. Breisinger is clearly passionate about working with MDS-students. She is a welcome addition to the Saegertown staff.

Allegheny College professor wows with “The Weekend Workshop”

by Scout Van Cise and Kassie Boyd, editor in chief and news editor

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Joshua Searle-White stars in his self-written narration “The Weekend Workshop.”

Allegheny College psychology professor Joshua Searle-White amused and captivated his audience Jan. 20 and 21 with a hilarious self-written narration called “The Weekend Workshop.”

In the one man show, Searle-White’s character travels to a motivational retreat in order to improve his relationship with his girlfriend Sarah, a spiritual enthusiast. Despite his skepticism and dread, the narrator attends the workshop anyway to please her. Throughout the weekend, he meets a variety of eccentric characters ranging from a timid and introverted individual to a burly biker with a big heart.

Over the course of the retreat, Searle-White’s character goes out of his comfort zone and truly begins to understand and befriend the other individuals he originally thought to be strange.

As the retreat draws to a close, the narrator is still skeptical of the self help process, but he is more open to the ideas introduced to him throughout the weekend.

Seale-White painted a spectacular and humorous picture of a middle aged man trying to better himself. Although he was the only actor on stage, Searle-White skillfully portrayed an array of colorful characters were different and unique, adding their own spark to the show itself.  

His quirky personality and stage presence made for a charming one man production that told a hilarious story that warmed the hearts of the entire audience. “It was super interesting,” said Madison Morgan, who saw the show early during an open rehearsal. “The characters were endearing and I really enjoyed it.”

SHS website undergoes revitalization

by Laura Monico, social media editor

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The SHS website has experienced many positive changes as of late under the direction of Mr. George Nahay.

When was the last time you visited the Saegertown High School website? Were you even aware that there is one? Many students and staff of Saegertown High School had stopped visiting the school’s website due to its lack of updated content; however, this is no longer an issue. Technology Education teacher Mr. George Nahay and his multimedia class have taken on the task of revitalizing the school’s home webpage. Mr. Nahay and his students were approached by Principal Tom Baker with the proposition of rejuvenating the site, and they agreed that they were the right people for the job.

Before the update of the website could begin, Mr. Nahay needed to have permission to control the website from the district. This process took some time because teachers are not usually allowed to have editing capabilities of the school’s website, but this allowed Mr. Nahay and his students to learn the skills they needed in order to improve the site. “While our role for the website was being determined, we began learning about photography and other multimedia projects. Once I was given editing rights to the website, we began as a class to compile a list of changes that we felt should be made to improve the school website,” Mr. Nahay wrote.

The class has plans to make numerous improvements that include adding photos, updating the appearance, adding student and teacher resources, and a quick links sidebar.

The multimedia students have been split into two teams, photo and video, in order to make the changes efficiently. The photo team’s focus is to capture events from around the school to keep the website up to date and interesting to the viewers’ eye. In charge of the photo team are seniors Hannah Myers and Cheyenne Mast. Mast said, “I think our goal is to make it look nice so people will actually go to it and enjoy using it. I remember it used to be nice and now it’s boring and dull so we are improving it.”

Working alongside the photo team is the video team headed by senior Bailey Kozalla. Kozalla has been working with her classmates to create highlight videos around five minutes in length that will air weekly on loop on both the website and the televisions located throughout the school. The TVs will not have volume during the school day, so the videos will have subtitles. “The highlight videos will focus on all events that have occurred in the past week at SHS along with a schedule of upcoming events for students to participate in,” Mr. Nahay said. Senior Erika Calwell is looking forward to viewing this new project. Caldwell said, “I think it is a good way to keep the students informed about school activities and I think it will be beneficial in creating more school spirit. I am excited to watch what the multimedia class creates.” Kozalla is also excited for this new project and the effect it will have on the school.  “I think it will make our school day more entertaining,” Kozalla said.

The first video was posted to YouTube on Jan. 16 and the second video was posted the following week on Jan. 22; however, they were not linked to the website or displayed on the TVs. Eventually the TVs will be linked to YouTube and they will continuously loop the video. The videos that have already been posted were rough drafts. The class is waiting to link the televisions until they feel that the videos are more professional.

Principal Baker is glad that the televisions will be up and running on a consistent basis. “We have these televisions and we do not use them, so why don’t we use them,” Mr. Baker said. He is eager to see the first video. “I can’t wait to see the first video that we can play on them,” he said.

The multimedia class hopes that the updated website will be useful to the SHS community. Mr. Nahay wrote, “Our goal for the website is to become an online hub which will contain useful information, relevant updates, and some highlights of the great things happening at SHS.”

To keep up to date on all that is happening at SHS check out the newly renovated  website: https://sites.google.com/a/penncrest.org/shs/

If you find any mistakes or have any suggestions regarding the website you can email George Nahay at gnayhay@penncrest.org

Local business: Saegertown getting a new pharmacy

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

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The door at the end the aisle will connect H & H with the new pharmacy that will be opening soon. 

This past summer, Saegertown Hardware transitioned to a larger facility one mile north, vacating their former location next to H&H. In its place will be Saegertown Pharmacy, which is owned by Robert and Esther Sweeney. The former space occupied by Saegertown Hardware has been split in two separate areas by a wall. The pharmacy will occupy one of these spaces, and will be family-owned and operated.

“I think that’s cool. I think it’s a good thing to have around here, it kind of adds a little more character to our little town,” Saegertown senior Cheyanne Mast said.

So far the owners have received a very positive response. “The public is ecstatic, we have gotten a very overwhelming response,” Esther said. “We are hoping to get all of the local people there for a soft opening and will have a grand opening once the weather is nicer.”

At this point, the opening day is still unknown, as they are waiting on the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy for a license. “We can be open at anytime. We just need 24 hours to get everything set up,” Esther said

More information will follow as the new businesses progress.

Follow us @PantherPressSHS on twitter for more up to date news.

Saegertown seniors shine at showcase

by Hannah Nicholson and Hillary Twiford, opinion editor and news editor

 

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After weeks of preparation and planning, members of the Class of 2018 presented their future plans to the public at the annual Senior Showcase on Jan. 17. Students, staff, and family members gathered in the gymnasium to observe projects created by the senior class. The seniors constructed tri-fold displays with information about their plans after high school, including budgeting, education costs and requirements, and other pertinent details. Each student also presented a slideshow for two teachers and family and community members. The following day, they completed a reflection in Mr. William Hetrick’s English class. Here is what the seniors had to say about the experience:

 Positive/negative aspects of senior project process.

“I don’t have any negative things about the graduation project process. I believe it is a great way to start looking into how you should start planning and saving for your future.”

  • Courtney Delizio

“I would like to give a huge thanks to all of my teachers that helped me get this far in life and helped me get ready for the outside world.”

  • Garet Metzler

“The process of learning all the types of documents you may need to get a job or college application helped me so much.”

  • Haley Hess

“Some positives were that I had to go out and do a job shadow. I liked that because I got to meet new people, and I got to see what it would be like to work that job on a regular day.”

  • Iain Scott

“The only con to this project is I feel that our presentation night is too early in the school year. I have not received all my scholarship info, and many students have not yet received their admissions decisions. I feel that pushing the date back could possibly be beneficial.”

  • Emily Loccisano

Describe how you have grown throughout the process.

“This experience has helped me grow individually by giving me the opportunity to see all of my options for after high school. It made me grow by wanting to become a more active community member.”

  • Marissa Henry

“While I would like to believe my eyes were already opened to my future, this process magnified the smaller details.”

  • Alisa Blaylock

“I started thinking about my future more. It’s something that I put off for a long time because it meant I was growing up. Now I’m thinking more about it, and I have a plan.”

  • Hannah Myers

“Going through this project as an individual, I have learned that there are many little steps that you have to take to pay to live on your own.”

  • Lexie Vath

“This project allowed me to learn basic life skills before going into the real world and also pressured me into getting stuff done sooner than later.”

  • Emily Loccisano

“I grew throughout the project because it let me see the jobs that I wanted to go for and clearly helped me with what college I want to attend.”

  • Patrick Dunn

“ I have discovered more about my abilities and have gained some self-confidence.”

  • Devlin Ives

“Before I started the project, I had a decent idea, but now that I am finished, I can actually see my goal.”

  • Bailey Kozalla

Reflect on the project presentation.

“I was really nervous at first, but after everything was done and over with, I felt like I accomplished something.”

  • Emily Bowman

“I enjoyed seeing all of my grade come together for a special night.”

  • Erika Caldwell

“I really like the presentation night because it gives us a chance to show all of our friends and family the work we’ve done and talk to our teachers to get advice on our future.”

  • Stefanie Arblaster

“I learned to slow down and think, that it’s okay to pause and collect your thoughts. The presentation left me feeling very confident.”

  • Emily Fry

“Having to present my plan has forced me to really think about it, and now that I have started to think about my plan, I am even more excited.”

  • Hannah Nicholson

Benefit dinner held for Saegertown’s Dakota Price

by Kassie Boyd, news editor

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Junior Stephanie Polach serving a meal during the “Pasta with a Purpose” benefit dinner on Jan. 20.

A benefit dinner and Chinese auction dubbed “Pasta with a Purpose” was held on Jan. 20 to support senior Dakota Price and his family. Price, who was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March of last year, is currently in remission after a tough battle.

The dinner and auction was held at the Saegertown United Methodist Church on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Washington Street from 2-6 p.m. Attendees could buy tickets and bid on items donated by local businesses and community members during dinner. The Chinese auction began at 8 p.m.

Volunteers from the community, including students from Saegertown High School and the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, served pasta, washed dishes, set up table and prepared food. “It helped someone in my community,” said Courtney Hess, a volunteer and junior at Saegertown. “Lots of people came and supported him. It was a massive success.”

Over $25,000 was raised through a combination of donations and tickets. Volunteers served over 700 plates, and eventually had to order Pizza Joes because they ran out of pasta.  

The community has rallied behind the Price family several times in the past year. Saegertown High School threw the “Volley for a Cure” match in October to raise money, and the First Baptist Church of Cambridge Springs hosted a blood drive in Price’s honor in May.

Price is set to walk at graduation with the class of 2018.