Pantherian Key Club elects new leadership

The new leaders gather in the library.

The new leaders gather in the library. From left, Haylett, Gage, Kightlinger, Hatton and Boylan.

By Haley Wise, Staff Writer

“I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”

Each meeting, the members of the Pantherian Key Club rise and recite this pledge which represents the mission of the club as well as what members should strive to achieve through their membership.  On Tuesday, February 17, five Saegertown students decided to go beyond merely attending meetings and reciting this mantra when they were elected 2015-2016 Key Club Officers.

Junior Stephen Boylan was elected president. Sophomores Sydney Kightlinger and Ben Haylett will serve as vice president and editor, respectively. Freshmen Kaity George and Shannon Hatton will be treasurer and secretary. Key Club adviser Mrs. Melissa Statman said, “I believe these officers will work well together because they are all passionate about Key Club. They are organized and will share responsibility.”

Incoming president Stephen Boylan said, “I believe my responsibility as 2015-2016 President of Saegertown High School’s Key Club is to lead my fellow Keyclubbers to expand our community service involvement beyond our high school.”

Boylan has already begun planning his approach and goals for next year.  “Within our school, I would like to receive more recognition for our accomplishments. I’m eager to further old traditions and create new ones.”

The current officers, seniors, are: president Lexie Erdos, vice president Rachel Smith, treasurer Sarah Allen, secretary Erin Sherry and editor Matt Peters. These officers will continue to serve until the end of the school year, and they will mentor newly elected officers so they will be prepared for next year.

Current president Lexie Erdos said, “Being heavily involved in Key Club throughout high school taught me to be a strong leader, sharpen my public speaking skills, and work on my communication abilities. It required a lot of my time, so it will be strange to not have that responsibility, but I am completely confident in the ability of the upcoming officers.”

Erdos is eager to pass down her responsibilities to such a dependable group of students and allow them to have their own opportunity to improve their skills and abilities. “The new president, Stephen Boylan, will really help the club to grow even more. When I was a freshman, almost no one had even heard of Key Club- it was just starting out. Now, it has grown into one of the most prominent clubs, and I’m sure that the new officers will help the club continue to flourish.”

NHS and Key Club spread the joy of reading

By McKenzie Ashbaugh, Director of Marketing

Juniors Haley Wise (left) and Maile Chang (right) read to a Head-Start class in the elementary school.

Juniors Haley Wise (left) and Maile Chang (right) read to a Head-Start class in the elementary school.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss)

On Monday, March 2 Saegertown High School’s National Honor Society and Key Club students participated in Read Across America. They ventured to Saegertown Elementary School under the guidance of librarian Mrs. Betty Litke to read to students. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day commemorates the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Each NHS or Key Club student was assigned at least one classroom at the elementary school to read to SES students. “Elementary students look forward to having the high school students come read to them. I think it provides the younger students with a role model who not only does well in school but has taken the time to select  a book that they will enjoy,” third grade teacher Mrs. Kendra Burger said.

Junior Madison Bartholomew, a former student of Mrs. Stacey Donahue, had the opportunity to read to Mrs. Donahue’s second grade class. “I thought it was fun to go read to the younger kids. I will definitely do it again next year!”

Le cafe Francais comes to SHS

By Lianna Ketcham, Website editor

Freshman Francis Jageacks poses with her cafe sign (Photo by Casey Fetzner).

Freshman Francis Jageacks poses with her cafe sign (Casey Fetzner/SHS).

Saegertown High School’s French I students presented their chapter projects on Wednesday, February 25 in the cafeteria. The assignment required students to create a French cafe.

After designing menus and dialogue sheets, the cafes were opened to the student body and faculty members during periods seven and eight. French students served coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, and other food products to their peers. “This experience, when it goes well, requires my French I students to stretch their language skills because they aren’t allowed to speak English during the cafe, and they have to make their customers speak French too,” said French teacher Mr. Nathan Youngblood.

Participants were graded on their French speaking skills and their ambition to make their customers speak as well. “It’s fun but really hard to keep up with everyone that comes,” said freshman Rachel Lance.

To see more photos from the event, visit Edline.

Bowlers fall one pin short at Ven-Craw Championship

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

The Saegertown Bowling team was tied with Cranberry after their championship match on Feb. 11. The two teams headed to sudden death. Saegertown came up short, losing 4-3 and finishing in second place, a repeat of last year’s finish, where they lost to Meadville. They went into the match ranked first while Cranberry was ranked second. They may have not improved their overall finish from last year, but it was still a successful season. “The season went really well. We were in first place by 16 points going into the last match,” said senior Tristan Higby. “I was really happy with the season I had this year, and I am going to miss this a lot.” In addition to Higby, senior CJ Mook also ended his high school career with this final match.

Six attend PMEA District 2 Choral Festival; three advance to Regions

By Caitlin Bieganski, Assistant Photo Editor

District Chorus participants pose in front of the PMEA banner. (Photo contributed by Kayla Sibeto)

District Chorus participants pose in front of the PMEA banner. (contributed photo)

Six talented Saegertown students recently participated in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 2 Choral Festival. Hosted by Meadville Area Senior High School and directed by Molly Caprara, the event began on Jan 21 and ended with a concert on Jan. 24. Guest conductor for the event was Dr. Rachel Cornacchio from Messiah College.

Seniors Eric Kisner, Kayla Sibeto, and Kristi Stoyer, junior Colten Burdick, and sophomores Ben Haylett and Emily Ford competed against members of the same vocal range and performed together in a public concert. “At first, all you’re doing is practicing a piece. But then everyone is together you realize that you’re just one small part. It all fits together,” said Kisner.

Auditions were held on Jan. 21 at 5:45 p.m. Seniors Kristi Stoyer, sixth chair, Kayla Sibeto, tenth chair, and Eric Kisner, second chair, advanced to the Region II Chorus Festival that will be held Feb. 25-27 at Oil City High School.

The three will undergo a similar audition process at Regions and hope to move on to the state competition.

Seniors showcase future plans

By Lindsey Price, Staff Writer

Jess Tomiczek stands with her trifold at Senior Showcase Night.  (SHS/Lindsey Price)

Jess Tomiczek stands with her trifold at Senior Showcase Night. (Lindsey Price/SHS)

After completing the long journey leading up to Senior Showcase night, Saegertown High School’s seniors are relieved to have finished this stage in their senior year. English teacher and senior advisor Mr. William Hetrick described the showcase, which was held Jan. 21:  “It was absolutely perfect. I think all of the students did well with a few exceptions.”Throughout the night, the students shared their projects and presentations with peers, teachers, friends and family. Senior Olivia Burger said, “I really liked how this year was different than it’s been in the past, I thought the project was beneficial to me personally. It wasn’t just a general project; it was a personal experience which helped me a lot.” Mr. Hetrick said, “Although this year’s seminar went very well, there may be some minor tweaks and changes in store for next year.” To see more pictures from Senior Showcase, visit the school’s Edline page.

Yearbook takes silver in American Scholastic Press Association competition

SHS seniors pose with their award.  (Picture by Makenna Robison)

SHS seniors pose with their award.
(Picture by Makenna Robison)

By Haley Wise, Staff Writer

Last year’s Pantherian Yearbook titled “Branching Out” was recently awarded second place by the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA).

The staff became eligible for this award by mailing an application to the ASPA. Each school that submits an application is categorized by their number of students. Saegertown was placed in a division along with other schools that enrolled roughly 550 students last year.

The ASPA judges each yearbook on aspects such as: overall use of theme, use of color, photographs, quality of the copy (stories) and inclusion of as many students as possible. Yearbook adviser Mrs. Dee Henry said, “We were proud of our overall aesthetic appearance and lack of grammatical errors.”

The ASPA provides feedback for the yearbook staff as well. They critique the publication and make suggestions to improve or change aspects of the yearbook. “We are really excited to make the necessary changes to improve our publication this year,” said Mrs. Henry.

PMEA District II Band Festival: Six advance to regions

By Ally Shenk, Staff Writer

Musicians from forty schools took the stage Jan. 7-10. (Casey Fetzner/SHS)

Musicians from forty schools took the stage Jan. 7-10. (Casey Fetzner/SHS)

Saegertown High School played host to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District II Band Festival last week (Jan. 7-10). One hundred-seventy students came from forty high schools across the three-county region to compete for a position in Region II Band, which will be held at Fort LeBoeuf High School in February.

The musicians were supposed to begin practice and participate in auditions on Wednesday night, but, due to weather delays, they didn’t start until Thursday, January 8. The community concert was held Friday at 8 p.m., with a second concert on Saturday at 1 p.m.  The guest conductor Robert W. Smith said, “Preparation was easy, and I got a sense of where the students were at skill wise.” The only difficulty he seemed to face was getting the students to play as a whole. Smith is a nationally known composer who has over 700 works to his name. Saegertown band director Mr. Patrick Baldwin called him a “rock star” among composers of concert band music.

Several students from Saegertown made it to the Region II Festival: seniors Kristina West, Matt Peters, and Makayla Miller; juniors Ben Courson and Jared Shaffer; and sophomore Jesse Stewart (who earned first chair in a field of eight tubas). “We learned how to transpose Mary had a Little Lamb,” said senior Kristina West. At Region Band, students will have the opportunity to compete for a position in All-State Band, which will be held in Hershey, Pa. To see more photos from the event, visit http://www.edline.net/pages/Saegertownjshs.

Johnston (‘10) returns from service in Kuwait

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

Homecoming parade.

Homecoming parade.

Saegertown alumnus, Dylan Johnston (‘10), brother of Saegertown High School junior Garrett Johnston (that’s me) and son of MDS aid Michele Johnston, returned to the states on Nov. 4 after spending seven months on active duty in Kuwait. He returned to Crawford County on Nov. 6 after spending the required time at Fort Indiantown Gap in Harrisburg, Pa.

Johnston family at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Johnston family at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Dylan is a part of the 201st Red Horse Unit, a division of the United States Air National Guard. The unit entered Fort Indiantown Gap after being escorted from Newark, New Jersey by a police bike and a motorcycle group called the Guardian Knights. “It was really touching to see the parade when he returned,” said Michele. “I had no idea they would have an escort like that.  When I finally got to see him, I didn’t say anything. I just hugged him. So glad to have him home.” Dylan plans to return to Penn State Mont Alto in the spring to complete his final semester and receive his degree in forestry.

Saegertown ladies travel to PSB for Women in Engineering Day

By Lianna Ketcham, Website Editor

Sophomore Sydney Kightlinger created a windmill at Penn State Behrend's Women in Engineering Day on Nov. 21..

Sophomore Sydney Kightlinger created a windmill at Penn State Behrend’s Women in Engineering Day on Nov. 21. (photo by Sydney Kightlinger)

Saegertown High School ladies ventured to Penn State Behrend today to participate in the ninth annual Women in Engineering Day. Sixteen girls in grades ten and eleven attended the day of math and science related activities along with many other schools in Pennsylvania and southern parts of New York. Guest speaker and PSB alumni, Tiffany Beers from Nike talked to the students about the opportunities that await those with engineering backgrounds.

Students attended different sessions where they created things such as windmills, gumball machines, and lava lamps. Presenters came from varying companies to help with the activities: Construction Process Solutions, Ltd., Erie Insurance, Eriez Magnetics, FMC Technologies, GE Transportation, and LORD Corporation. The program is designed to help steer students into thinking about their lives after graduation.

“It was very informative. I have been thinking about my future a lot recently, and I think engineering is definitely plausible for me,” said sophomore Sydney Kightlinger. Many students left the campus with thoughts of engineering possibilities.

To find out more, visit the Women in Engineering Day page at Penn State Behrend.