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.


STEM students use smart Legos

By Ellie Lybarger, staff writer

The Legos purchased last year for STEM classes are currently used in Mr. Jeff Patrick’s robotics and foundations of tech classes and Mrs. Melissa Statman’s eighth grade STEM class. In these classes, students are given a task and challenged to build and program the Legos to complete it.

These aren’t your average Legos that you can purchase at Walmart. These are LEGO MINDSTORMS® EV3 which allow you to build and program just about anything you can imagine. They are equipped with Bluetooth capabilities, Wi-Fi, sensors, the ability to link multiple units together, and even infrared. This kind of technology gives students insight into what industries today are using. “The difference is that the kids aren’t just building with Legos, they are learning how to object program them,” Mrs. Statman said.

In Mrs. Statman’s class, the eighth graders used five sets of Legos for nine weeks to work through a curriculum developed by Carnegie Mellon University that challenged them to program different behaviors, such as movement, sensors, and decisions. Students showed that they mastered the programming by completing a maze challenge, a Sensebot challenge, where a programmed robot moves to different spots and raises and lowers its arm, and an orchard challenge, where a programmed robot must move through three rows of fruit trees. “I liked it because it was a more hands-on experience,” Amber Costello said.

Mr. Patrick also uses these Legos for about nine weeks in each class and teaches his students the basic and intermediate concepts of programming and engineering practices. Most of his projects include the use of sensors such as light sensors, motion sensors, audio sensors, and distance. The robotics class also uses Legos to prototype their Battlebots, which cuts the cost drastically. “The Lego kits are vital to the Technology and Industrial Arts curriculum as well as the STEM classes,” Mr. Patrick said.

The cost for these Legos was approximately $8,000. This included the core set, expansion set, simple machines, hydraulics, and accessories. However, the National Tooling and Machining Association matched PENNCREST’s investment and cut the cost in half. The use of the Legos also saves money by replacing consumable materials like wood and metal. Currently there are twelve sets of Legos available to any faculty member to use in their classes as they see fit.

Saegertown students take the SAT and AP tests

By Hannah Nicholson, staff writer

The season of standardized testing is upon us. While the Keystone Testing window begins today and runs through May 23 for the sophomores, juniors and seniors college preparatory exams are in full swing. At the start of May, juniors took the SAT and Advanced Placement United States History test (APUSH), and seniors took the Advanced Placement English Literature test.

The SAT is intended to assess students’ readiness for college, and it is out of 1600 points unless it is taken with the optional essay, which will makes the top score 2400.

Advanced Placement tests are traditionally taken after taking an Advanced Placement course. If you score at least a three on the test, which is out of 5 points, then most colleges will count that test for 1 college credit.

Many juniors took the SAT on May 6, at either Conneaut Area High School or General McLane High School. Though many students worried about the test, junior Erik Murphy advises against worrying. “It was easier than I expected, and I felt like I was prepared,” Murphy said.

The SAT is comprised of three tests: Reading, Writing and Language, Math without a calculator, Math with a calculator, and the optional Essay.  Murphy hopes to score a 1300, but he does plan on taking it again to try for a higher score.

Not quite as many juniors took the AP U.S. History test, only 11 students. They took the AP U.S. History test on May 5. There were three sections of the AP test: multiple choice, short answer, and essay. Maddie Stevens had the most trouble with the essays, but she felt mostly prepared. She suggests to future AP U.S. History test takers that you need to study a lot on your own, and not to just rely on in-class notes because of how much content will be on the test. “The parts of history you don’t expect to be on the test will definitely be on the test, so study everything,” Stevens said.

Thirteen seniors took the AP Literature and Composition exam on May 3. Senior Sydney Kightlinger is hoping to score a five on the test. The two parts of this AP test were multiple choice and essay. There were three essays altogether.  Kightlinger had a problem with time management on the essay section of the test. “I had a hard time with time management because I have a lot to say. I write a lot,” Kightlinger said. She advises future AP English test takers to read a lot outside of class. “Read anything and everything, nothing will hurt you,” Kightlinger said.

The next SAT date is June 3, and while the registration date has already passed, late registrations are still being accepted until May 24. The ACT registration date for the June 10 test has passed as well, but late registrations will be accepted until May 17.

T. Grex dominates at Envirothon

by Grant Phelan, staff writer

For the last few weeks, three science teams from Saegertown have been studying up on a variety of environmental topics: Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatics, Soils, and Current Events for the annual Envirothon competition.

On Wednesday May 3, that preparation paid off as team Tyrannosaurus Grex brought home top honors in Aquatics and Wildlife, along with placing third overall.

“I was very happy and did not expect much less,” junior Mike Chess said. “We have a very strong, smart group of kids.”

Thirteen teams from across Crawford County traveled to Jamestown Park to compete in the aforementioned categories. For winning Aquatics with a score of 63, team members were given a one year subscription to “PA Boat and Angler” Magazine and a ten dollar gift certificate to Acorn Naturalist, a science and environmental education supplier.

Chess was the specialist in Aquatics for Grex, which was the B team in the competition for Saegertown. Members included seniors Grant Phelan and Tyler Brooks, and juniors Colton Beck, Chess, and Laura Monico. They also were awarded another ten dollar gift certificate and a Game Commission “Working for Wildlife 2017” patch for their first place Wildlife score of 78.

“I was really happy and not surprised to be honest. Our team worked really well together,” junior Laura Monico said. “I plan to donate my certificates to Mr. Greco so he can buy materials to help our envirothon teams grow and succeed.”

PSA: Student Council election candidates

By Kassie Boyd, staff writer

The following are the candidates for the 2017-2018 Saegertown Student Council election:



Erik Murphy (Independent Party)

Hunter Trzeciak (Kool K.A.T.S. Party)

Payton Brooks (Presidential Party)


Vice President

Stefanie Arblaster (Kool K.A.T.S. Party)

Julia Sada (Presidential Party)



Bailey Kozalla (Kool K.AT.S. Party)



Taylor Schultz (Kool K.A.T.S. Party)


This morning, students were able to hear speeches from candidates. Voting will take place tomorrow Wednesday, May 10, during Social Studies classes in the Panther Hallway. There are paper ballots in the office for student who will be on field trip during elections. 

What’s new at prom? Prom packet outlines new guidelines

By Jade Allen, staff writer

This year’s prom will be held at Hotel Conneaut in Conneaut Lake Park on May 19 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Guidelines, some old and some new, are being put into effect this year as laid out in the newly released “Prom Packet,” prepared by Ms. Nova Dinsmore, this year’s prom advisor.

Dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. this year before the dance at Hotel Conneaut. The tickets The junior ticket with dinner is $50 and without dinner is $30. The senior ticket with dinner is $35 and without dinner is $15. Ms. Dinsmore said, “We’re moving in the direction of having dinner included to keep the kids all in one place for dinner, so there’s less opportunity for accidents.”

The packet states that formal attire is suggested and girls wearing two-piece dresses must not show more than 3 inches of midriff.

Fallon’s Photography is doing couples pictures starting at 6:15 pm. at Conneaut Lake Park. They have a list of products you can purchase when you get them taken prior to prom on the back of the Prom Packet. You will be able to view and purchase them online as well two weeks after prom.

In addition, the prom committee has broken with tradition by charging seniors for tickets. In the past it was the responsibility of juniors to fundraise, and in exchange, they wouldn’t pay as seniors to attend. Ms. Dinsmore said, “The juniors this year only fundraised a total of $700 this year. No money, no Prom.”

However, as this is the transitional year, and this year’s seniors fundraised for prom as juniors, senior class officers and advisors Mr. Bill Hetrick and Mr. Chris Greco used remaining senior class funds to purchase tickets for any seniors who expressed interest in going to the prom.

Lifted takes top spot in Pennsylvania Business Week

by Hannah Nicholson, staff writer

Pennsylvania Business Week winners have been announced, and Lifted, under the leadership of CEO Claudia Fetzner, won top company. Their efforts were evaluated in their Marketing and Advertising presentations, the RONA competition, and the trade show. The top company winners received $100 each.

ACES (Americans for Competitive Enterprise System, Inc.) brings Pennsylvania Business Week to Saegertown High School in hopes that sophomores can get a sense of real business situations.

For this year’s competition, there were two products, shoes and clocks, with three companies in each category. The shoe companies were Sole Strong, Lifted, and Flexx. Sophomores came up with interesting features for the shoes which included replaceable soles, shoes with springs in them, and massaging shoes.

In the clock categories, the companies were Clock It, Paradox, and Tick Tock Technologies. Paradox was marketing for an older audience, so they had a medical aspect to their clocks that measured heartbeat and alerted a hospital if there were significant changes in heartbeat speed. Clock It took a different route, however, and marketed a clock for appliances.

The Marketing and Advertising presentations are based around how they sold their products and how well their finances did based on their marketing techniques. The sophomores made posters, speeches, and commercials to present to judges. One of the aspects they included in their presentations were the RONA (Return on Net Assets) numbers. This evaluates the company’s finances over 11 business quarters. By the end of the eleventh quarter, Lifted and Paradox were in first place in their respective industries.

On Friday, winners were announced in RONA, advertising and marketing, stockholders, and the trade show. Paradox won both RONA and stockholders, Sole Strong won advertising and marketing, and Flexx won the trade show aspect.

CEO of Lifted, Claudia Fetzner did not expect to win, but said, “We were confident in what we did. We really worked well together, and everyone did their job.”

Member of Lifted included: Efrian Vega-Vega, Charlie Johnston, Claudia Fetzner, Will Phelan, John Kozlowski, James Hammond, Austin Bedow, Brode Burger, Cheyenne Manross, Hillary Twiford, Stephanie Polach, Sierra Miller, Ben Shelenburger,  Jalisa Norr, and Brendan Mahoney.


Saegertown barrel racer wins saddle

by Hannah Myers, staff writer

This year junior Autumn Jones will be winning a saddle for youth barrels for taking first in the Everwind Ranch Winter Series. Barrel racing is a timed event where the horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern without any faults. “It makes me feel like I have accomplished something huge because there are a couple of people who are big competition there,” said Jones.

Jones has been barrel racing her entire life, and is currently running with Dave Martin’s Bull Riding Mania. She shows 2-3 weekends per month in the winter and every weekend along with fair rodeo, in the summer. “The atmosphere is so different at rodeos. It’s electrifying to be in front of the crowd and under the arena lights,” said Jones.

This year she is showing a 13.2 hand pony, Mighty Mouth, also known as Mouthy. In the past, she has won three buckles and multiple awards, but nothing quite as remarkable as a saddle. Jones has plans of competing again next year.

Extension period update: new guidelines released amid mixed reviews

by Rachel Barner, news editor and Kaitlyn Walsh, features editor

The third extension period was held yesterday afternoon, and new guidelines for this time were released to the students and staff.

According to these guidelines, this “is a time for teachers to be actively monitoring the students in their group,” and it is not a free time for the students. It requires the students to be working at all times or participating in group activities without their iPads or their phones. It is like a normal class, such as needing a pass to leave and the teacher knowing where the student is going.

So far, opinions are mixed, and these periods are falling into two camps:  team building and work sessions.  

“I think it is a good opportunity to relax from the school day to wind down little bit. We sit in a group circle and we get a worksheet with different activities on it. We don’t have a giant group, so it is more one on one,”  said senior Jackie Galford, who is in Mr. William Hetrick’s extension period.

Freshman Sam Shelenberger is in Mr. Adam Horne’s extension period, and he has similar thoughts about the extension period. “I feel like it is a good idea because it is basically a tutorial so we can get our work done, but it is not every day so we are not bored,” Shelenberger said.

Freshman Morgan Murphy, who has Mrs. Heather Papinchak, said it is treated like a tutorial. “I feel like it is a good time for catching up on work,” Murphy said. She would not change this because she can finish up her art projects, and she feels a closer connection to the students in her class.

In addition, some students feel out of place within their groups. “I was put in a room of freshman so I didn’t feel comfortable opening up. I tried to move out of it, but I wasn’t allowed and I am really annoyed. Mr. Horne is really cool and understanding about it, though,” senior Kalib Kiser said.

Others just want time to work. “I wish it were like a tutorial, especially playing a sport. I could be using that time better for myself,” sophomore Megan Walsh said.

How do you feel about this? If you want your voice to be heard about this extension period, please email or