Volume 12 Issue 8: Senior Issue was released on June 1, 2018 (click here to read)
Volume 12 Issue 8: Senior Issue was released on June 1, 2018 (click here to read)
by Nick Archacki, staff writer
For twenty one years, Mickey’s Central Fire Station was a mainstay in the Meadville community as owners Dave and Cynthia Stone transformed a former firehouse into a fantastic restaurant and bar to reunite with friends or watch your favorite sports teams play against their rivals. However, supervising the restaurant became a very difficult task to handle for both Cynthia and Dave, coming to the conclusion that their business needed a helping hand.
Therefore in 2015, Miller Brothers Staffing Solution, a family company that aids businesses, bought Mickey’s from the Stones in a six individual split-purchase. The Miller Brothers transformed the building into a whole new atmosphere with incredible renovations, (downstairs to upstairs), new food items, employees, cooking items and changing the name of the restaurant from Mickey’s Central Fire Station to the Firehouse Tap & Grille.
Ever since I was a little kid, I went to Mickey’s frequently with my parents as my aunt and uncle, Dave and Cynthia Stone, owned the well-known restaurant. Thus, I evolved with the establishment much like my aunt and uncle had and experience the amazing food, renovations, and comradery over my past sixteen years.
Recently I visited the restaurant with my family to hopefully have another delicious meal and the Firehouse chefs, once again, didn’t disappoint. The restaurant waitresses were very accommodating, refilling your drinks in an instant, checking your table to make sure your party was assisted, and offered very kind attitudes to all of their customers that walked through the doors.
To test the Firehouse’s wide range of food items, I tried an item on their menu that I had never eaten at the restaurant, but is undoubtedly one of my favorite entrees, BBQ Ribs. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with how good their BBQ ribs were and how good their sauce was on it, my first few bites were unlike any flavor I’ve had before when I’ve had ribs. Additionally, the side of fries and rice pilaf to add to my meal are always great options to add to a meal as the Firehouse’s fries are some of the best I’ve ever had before.
If you are or aren’t a fan of eating meat, you are not limited to just choosing those types of options at the Firehouse as you can check out their menu at www.firehousetapandgrille.net. The Firehouse Tap & Grille is another great place to spend an evening with family, meet up with friends, or watch your favorite sports teams play on the field. The Firehouse Tap & Grille is a restaurant to definitely “hook and ladder” on your personal favorites list.
by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor and Hillary Twiford, news editor
Throughout the school year, Spanish students worked on projects commemorating the 21 Spanish speaking countries. Each nine weeks, a set of projects was assigned. The finished products will be compiled into booths for the Hispanic fair, which takes place the morning of June 1 in the gymnasium.
“It is important for students to be culturally aware,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Nova Dinsmore. Dinsmore assigned this project as a culminating activity to wrap up and tie together the all of the projects the students completed all year.
While the projects required a lot of time, students feel positively about the project. “It is important for other kids so they can learn about Spanish speaking countries,” senior Madison Stevens said. “And I liked the craft we had to do. I restored a pan flute and painted it.”
Each booth features a different hispanic country alongside multiple projects, including a facts poster, map, country flag, travel brochure, article of clothing, craft, recipe book, and a sample of an authentic food. The students were given lots of freedom with the projects, which created a wide range of results. Maps are made from many different materials and the clothing, crafts, and food vary from group to group. The final projects display the diversity of Spanish speaking countries and shine a light on cultures that may be unfamiliar to Saegertown students.
Students from the elementary school will check out the booths and complete a scavenger hunt. Teachers in the high school are also welcome to bring their classes to the fair. Everyone who completes the search has a chance to win a prize, so make sure to check it out.
by Kaitlyn Kozalla, staff writer
As the year is winding down, the abundance of yearly accomplishments for musically and artistically inclined students will be showcased at the annual ‘Arts and Academics’ night. This event will be held on Thursday, May 31 and doors will open at 6 p.m.
Every year, this event showcases the work of students in 7-12 grade, and top works in each category will be placed first, second or third. Senior high categories are graphite, charcoal, ink, painting, batik and thrown pottery. Junior high categories are grid drawings, illuminated letters, shaded still life and ceramic mugs.
The annual music concert will begin at 7 p.m. From 6 – 8 p.m., there will be a coffee and dessert bar in the cafeteria. Cost is donation, and the proceeds will benefit the marching band. There will also be displays of student work in the cafeteria, including a slide show of the seniors sharing what they are grateful for as they prepare to graduate. The concert will be live streamed to the cafeteria for any overflow from the auditorium.
The junior high chorus will perform “This Is It” from The Bugs Bunny Show, “Step In time” from Mary Poppins, and “When I Get My Name In Lights” from The Boy From Oz. Senior high chorus songs are, “Seize The Day” from Newsies, “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia (soloist Jane Hetrick), “Singing in the Rain” from Singing in the Rain, “New York, New York” from New York, New York, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel combined with “Climb Every Mountain” from Sound of Music (Soloist: Olivia Hoffman). Chamber singers will perform “Light in the Hallway,” “Gloria Fanfare,” and “Earth Song.” All songs are from Broadway musicals, excluding the chamber singers numbers.
The junior high band will perform “Mama Mia” from Mama Mia, “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods, “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, and “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. The senior high band will perform “Give my Regards to Broadway” from Give my Regards to Broadway, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “West Side Story” from West Side Story, and “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables (Soloist: Madison Morgan). Combined bands will play “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music.
In addition to taking in all the art displays and music, ladies in attendance are encouraged to check out the newly renovated ladies restroom in the Panther Hallway. A recent beautification project is being unveiled and the artists honored.
The music program is under the direction of Mrs. Susan James, and Mrs. Heather Papinchak teaches art. The Panther Press will announce winners in the art categories via Twitter on Friday, June 1.
by Hannah Myers, photo editor
The new Saegertown Pharmacy is open for business. Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. “I think having a pharmacy in Saegertown is a great idea,” said senior Emily Fry. “It’s very convenient.”
In addition to prescription refills, the store carries many other items including bandages, vitamins, and ice packs. Owner Robert Sweeney shared that as the store builds a client base, more items will be available.
A grand opening will be held on July 6 with games and face painting for the kids as well as hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be many giveaways and a few larger items including four bikes, two child and two adult, and a TV. Froggy radio will be broadcasting from 4-6 p.m. and all are welcome.
While the pharmacy is open, another Saegertown business is closing. Kristen’s Kookies has moved to Meadville to merge with Confections of a Cake Lover on Market Street.
“The move to Meadville has gone fairly smooth, a few bumps along the way but good for the most part,” said Kristen Boyles, the owner. According to Boyles, the location in Saegertown wasn’t working out for Kristin’s Kookies as most of her customers came in from other towns.
“I am still in business, just in a different location,” Boyles said. They are set for their ribbon cutting today, May 24.
by Scout Van Cise and Hunter Trzeciak, editor-in-chief and features editor
For the past 26 years, Planet Hope, a philanthropic organization co-founded by Saegertown graduates Sharon and Kelly Stone, has been giving back to children all over the United States. The organization helps students in many ways such as providing prom dresses and sleeping bags, and funding medical and dental clinics for women and children. In addition, the group has distributed 400,000 toys to underprivileged children through Hope for the Holidays.
On May 23, Kelly Stone visited Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School with a special purpose. Through Planet Hope, Stone and her brother Patrick and his wife Tasha, and their children Hunter and Kaylee, her best friend Robin Davis, and Planet Hope employee Merrik Dragon donated and sized a pair of tennis shoes for every student who was interested. “It’s a huge thing in your life to be able to come back and do something in your hometown, and to come with people you love and your family,” K. Stone said.
Principal Tom Baker was pleased with the outcome. “We are very grateful that [the Stone sisters] are giving back to the community and school that they graduated from,” Mr. Baker said.
Planet Hope donated a total of 229 pairs of shoes to the students at Saegertown with the help of secretary Debbie Chaney. “I really truly think it was a success. The kids were happy. I just thought it was great,” Mrs. Chaney said.
Eighth grader Kyarra Reist was ecstatic about her new sneakers. “That was very nice of them,” Reist said. “There are some kids that don’t have enough money to get new shoes.”
While S. Stone was unable to attend the event, she tweeted a photo of K. Stone with the shoes prior to her visit to Saegertown High School along with a caption about Planet Hope. For more information about this organization, visit planethope.org or follow on twitter @planethope4kids.
by Erik Murphy, website editor
Mr. George Nahay has been racing motocross for years. The Saegertown technology education teacher has been riding dirt bikes since age 10 and racing since age 15 at local venues including the TV Land MX track in Pierpont, Ohio and the Maple Shade MX track in Sugar Grove, Pa.
“As a kid, I used to imagine myself riding alongside the school bus on a dirt bike,” Nahay said as he explained his inspiration for picking up the sport. His father responded to his vision by purchasing Nahay his first dirt bike.
He has a significant background in motocross and technology education as a whole. When he lived in North Carolina, he helped operate the Wide Open Motocross Park which was open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. Nahay was responsible for building the jumps on the track, grooming the track, and driving a 2,000-gallon water truck. This experience opened several doors.
One of his friends started a tactical driving company called American Offroad, which specializes in teaching offensive and defensive driving skills for combat situations, mainly to military groups. Nahay worked with them for a fair bit of time before moving to Pennsylvania, and he still visits annually.
He even thought about taking a permanent job in the field. “I considered teaching at a motocross training facility in South Carolina (Club MX) for riders aspiring to be professional racers. These riders are from all over the country and range in age from 12-18. During the day they train as professional athletes. In the evenings they take online classes on their own often without parents or teachers to guide them. I worked with some of the kids individually as a tutor, but decided not to quit my job to teach there full time,” Nahay said.
Nahay continues to race during summer breaks, and he still enjoys the benefits of all his motocross experiences. He shared that he found his passion for working in technology education by fixing parts on dirt bikes.
by Laura Monico, social media editor
Mr. Phil Young, ninth grade Environmental Science teacher, recently installed 15 solar panels in his yard to generate some of his electric. Mr. Young invested in his panels to not only save money, but also preserve the environment. His career as a science teacher has encouraged him to make environmentally friendly changes in his day to day life. “It was probably my work with my STEM class that inspired this path that I’ve taken over the past couple of years to get to where I am at,” Mr. Young said.
After a three day installation period, the panels (which were purchased from Solar Revolution in Erie) were up and running on May 1. Since the first day, the panels have created 450 kilowatt hours of electricity. The proficiency of the panels on any given day depends on the amount of sunlight they receive. Each day the solar panels convert energy from the sun to an average of 25 kilowatt hours of electricity. Mr. Young’s family uses about 40 kilowatt hours of electricity each day. Currently, his solar array will generate around 40 percent of his total electricity.
Although the panels were a large investment, in a few years, Mr. Young will be solely gathering free energy, and he will not have any electrical bills. “I will save money monthly from here on out; however, it will take nine to ten years before I have actually saved money on the overall cost. In five years, I won’t have a payment on the system or an electric bill,” Mr. Young said.
Not only will Mr. Young be saving money, but he will also be saving the environment. He previously received his electricity through Penelec, which generates 60 percent of its electricity using coal. “Once my system is completely installed, right now I’ve only partially installed, I will no longer require coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, or hydroelectric power, which all have considerable negative impacts on the environment,” Mr. Young said.
He will be able to cut out all other sources of energy because in Pennsylvania there is legislation in place that allows you to hook personally owned solar panels to the electrical grid, and the state credits you a kilowatt hour for every kilowatt hour the panels generate. “You do not need backup,” Mr. Young said. “You have basically become an electrical generator.”
Mr. Young plans to purchase an additional 20 panels within the next year to create even more energy. He wishes more people would take advantage of solar panels. “It would be nice to see more people taking advantage of the free energy streaming down from the sun,” Mr. Young said.
As a science teacher Mr. Young felt an obligation to make this environmentally friendly change. “I already teach alternative energy in the ninth grade curriculum, but now instead of just talking, I can say I am living it. I’m walking the walk as well as talking the talk.”
by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor
If you visit the Panther Press website, you may notice a new addition. An event calendar has been added for student and community use. Health teacher Pat Bradshaw has been heading up this project for the past couple months. The incentive for the calendar is to help bring school spirit back to SHS.
The calendar includes a feature where you can search keywords or dates to find an event. Mr. Bradshaw would like the calendar to eventually be mainly student-run, and updated as often as possible. “Still trying to figure out my team. That is the biggest thing. I need some people who are tech savvy,” Mr. Bradshaw said. A few students, like senior Hannah Myers and sophomore Sam Shelenberger, have been helping with the project since the beginning. Myers has aided in collecting the dates of events from various teachers, as well as updating the calendar itself. “The biggest issue so far is figuring out how to work the program,” Myers said.
Mr. Bradshaw’s goals for next year are to have the calendar updated and ready, to have a set team of students willing to contribute to the upkeep, and for the calendar to be made more public. “It is in its infancy stage,” Mr. Bradshaw said. Infancy stage or not, the calendar is sure to bring the community closer together.
If you are interested in helping with this project or you want to submit events, contact Mr. Bradshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can access the calendar here: https://thepantherpress.com/events/
by Scout Van Cise, editor-in-chief
The week of April 23 – 27, Saegertown sophomores competed against each other in the annual Pennsylvania Business Week competition. Organized by Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, Inc. (ACES), Business Week allows for sophomores to compete in six teams against each other for five days in categories such as marketing, advertising, and finances to simulate a real business the students are operating. At the end of the week, the teams do presentations to a panel of judges who choose category winners as well as an overall top company. Mrs. Nicole Keller’s group was victorious in the competition, headed by CEO Oliver Smith and CFO Sam Shelenberger.
Smith’s company, called Power Sound Corporation, sold a product called Gemini Speakers. The company advertised their speakers as being touch screen, bluetooth, rechargeable, and capable of splitting in half to provide surround-sound.
While Smith was unable to attend the award ceremony in person, he witnessed his victory via FaceTime. Shelenberger was there: “It was very satisfying. We put a lot of hard work into what we did. It was a nice sigh of relief to know that we did well,” Shelenberger said. “It provided me with a lot of information on how to run a successful business, so if that is something that I choose to do in my future it will help me with that.”
Power Sound Corporation owes the success of its company to the togetherness of their team. “I think the strongest asset of the company was the cooperative teamwork. Everyone pulled their own weight,” Smith said.