New York City’s Backtrack Vocals coming to Saegertown tomorrow

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

On Thursday May 3, Backtrack Vocals (an award-winning New York based, five-person a cappella group) will perform for Saegertown High School students at 1 p.m. in the auditorium.

In addition, the group will offer workshops for students in Mrs. Susan James’ chorus classes on topics including movement/stage presence, group vocal improvisation, beatboxing, and singing solos.

Backtrack Vocals performs around the United States at universities, concert halls, festivals, high schools and private functions. Noteworthy locations they’ve appeared at are Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater and Beacon Theater.

Mrs. James is excited for the opportunity. “I hope it will help them [chorus members] see the possibilities of where singing could take them. I want them to have a different perspective than just their music teacher,” Mrs. James said. “As for everyone else, I just want them to have a good time and see something they don’t usually see live.”

The group’s web site states: “Backtrack explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies and world-class beatboxing. The group pushes the limits of a cappella, creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.”

Backtrack has won multiple awards such as the 2017 Steve Harvey’s Sing Off Winner, 2017 International Championship of A Cappella Open (Final); Best Beatbox, 2017 International Championship of A Cappella Open (Northeast Semi-final); First Place, Best Arrangement, 2017 Aca-Challenge; First Place; Audience Favorite and 2016 YouTube Next Up competition Winner.

Backtrack has accumulated almost ten million views on their YouTube page ‘Backtrack Vocals,’ with 109,800 subscribers. You can visit them at their website, www.backtrackvocals.com, Facebook, Instagram, or download their music on iTunes.

 

Statistics surveys

Mr. Bidwell’s Saegertown statistics classes are currently surveying students for accurate data on a variety of subjects. In order to take a survey, click on any of the nine links below. All nine surveys should not take more than five minutes, and we ask that you please answer all of them honestly. Thank you for your time and cooperation.

Favorite color

Favorite pet

Favorite Jolly Rancher

Standardized testing

CDT growth

Favorite pizza

Favorite Vehicle

School cafeteria food

Favorite sports

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.

 

Career Search: what it means to be an editor

By Paula Stachuletz, staff writer

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Paula Stachuletz

In today’s world, we are surrounded by text. Online, on paper, on TV, on ebooks – text is everywhere and plays a crucial role in sharing and getting information. To make sure that they’re error-free and logical, you need someone to look over and correct them. That is what an editor does; they’re one of the most important people behind every piece of writing that is published.

To become an editor, you will need a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or communication. Many employers prefer people who already have some experience in different kinds of media – working for your high school’s or college’s newspaper is great for that. Most editors start out as assistants and climb the career ladder by proving they have an outstanding ability to work with text. You can even become a manager in your area if you’re good enough.

If you want to work in this field, you’ll need lots of creativity, a broad knowledge and the determination to meet hard deadlines. Sometimes a lot of projects are going on at the same time which also means that your work days will be longer; an average day is between eight and nine hours. However, more work can mean more than ten hours. While many editors work in offices, it’s often possible to operate from home where you can plan your schedule yourself. That makes the job a little easier.

Editors in 2016 had an average annual salary of $57,210 and earned around $28 per hour. Most editors are hired by professional information services, book publishers, magazines and newspapers. While it’s an option to become self-employed, it’s normally safer to get a job at a company.

With the ongoing digitalization of our world, the traditional job of an editor is slowly losing importance. Autocorrect replaces actual humans to proofread and point out mistakes; however, a machine can’t spot logical or aesthetical errors. If an editor can work well with computers and text programs it is possible to get a good job.

I always had a passion for text, but the thought of being an author never really amazed me. While I enjoy writing, I prefer not being in the spotlight too much. Since I’m very interested in grammar, spelling, logical plotlines and such, being an editor sounds great to me. My uncle works for a newspaper and it’s very fascinating to learn about the journey that a story goes through before it’s published. I would like to be a part of that process.