Staff shares holiday favorites

By Bailey Kozalla and Kaity Gage, Staff Writer and Marketing Director

All around the world Christmas is celebrated in a variety of ways.  Some people might buy gifts for family and friends, sing Christmas carols, or even wear their favorite ugly Christmas sweater.

At Saegertown High School some teachers choose to either go Christmas shopping in-store, online, or not at all.  Principal Tom Baker and Mr. Chris

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Mrs. Kimmel holds her dancing Santa.

Greco prefer to do their shopping online, while Mrs. Debbie Houck completes her Christmas shopping in-store.  

The teachers have also addressed their favorite foods and beverages during Christmas time.  Mr. Adam Horne enjoys drinking eggnog and Mr. Molnar’s favorite Christmas food is “ham, the way my wife makes it.”  Mr. Greco celebrates Christmas Eve with his family, and they enjoy steak, lobster, and homemade spaghetti for dinner.  

Certain teachers follow traditions during the holidays, or they might forge a whole new tradition of their own to share with their families.  Mrs. Donna Kimmel likes Santa Claus figures and has a continually growing collection that she adds to every year.  Mr. Molnar adopted an entire new tradition this year.  His cats have become increasingly fond of his Christmas tree, so he has had to “fish them out,” meaning that he physically reaches into the tree to pull them out. Mr. Baker said that he does not have a tradition because (in his own words), “I’m a bah humbug kinda person.”  

Regardless of the variety of ways to celebrate Christmas, the staff always finds time to be with their families and friends during this special time of year.  Mr. Molnar may perhaps summarize it the best, “I believe on giving a gift that keeps on giving.”  

Mr. Edwards hopes students will choose their own path

By Lauren Haylett, junior high staff writer

  Mr. Brandon Edwards is the newest addition to the technology department at Saegertown.  “I teach technology education which covers CAD (computer aided design), metal working, woodworking, photography, anything along those lines. But in this school, I teach intro to technology

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Mr. Edwards is the newest teacher in the industrial technology program at Saegertown.

education and Wood 1, 2, and 3.”  From a young age, Mr. Edwards had a teaching ability in him.  “Teaching was something I’d always done.  Even when I was wrestling at a young age, I’d always go and help out the younger kids, so it always felt a bit normal to me,” he said. Technology came to him just as easily. “Technology was one of the things I always enjoyed in high school. I took all the woodworking classes. I took all the CAD and drafting classes. I took the transportation classes, so it was where I spent all my time. It was where I just enjoyed being.”

He continued his love of technology by going to college. “My first two years, I went to Pennsylvania College of Technology where I got an associates degree in construction.  From there, I decided that  construction wasn’t for me, so I transferred to California University of Pennsylvania and received my bachelor’s degree in education.”

Not only is Mr. Edwards new to the school, but new to Saegertown itself as well.  “Saegertown is about half the size of Corry High School, so there’s a lot of things here that I’m adapting to and getting used to.  It’s still a small town nature, but with it being half the size, there’s not as many participants in some of the extracurriculars.  I think overall that it’s just a tight-knit community; it’s easy to know each other, and everyone helps each other out, so that aspect I really enjoy.”

By the end of the year, Mr. Edwards hopes to teach his students one thing: “What I want them to understand is you need to be well-rounded. You need to know just a little bit of everything before you pick a special path.  But once you do pick that path, you need to put your nose to the grindstone and work as hard as you can and do everything you can to be successful.”

2015 Archery season review

By Bailey Kozalla, staff writer

Since the first archery season began in 1951, thousands of Pennsylvanians have taken to the woods to pursue the notorious white-tailed deer.  About 943,836 people bought Pennsylvania hunting licenses and 333,001 of them bought an archery license for the 2015-2016 hunting season.*  

As the 2015 Pennsylvania archery season came to a close on November 14, a select group of Saegertown students were eager to fill their tags.  

Wesley Fleischer, sophomore, had the opportunity to fill both of his tags,

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Sophomore Dakota Price shot a 13 point buck with his crossbow on Nov. 7, the largest that he has ever harvested.

as he got a doe early in season and an eight point buck on November 9 with his compound bow.  Fleischer favors archery season over rifle season because, “The [archery] season lasts longer than rifle and it’s more of a challenge, and I like a challenge.”  Since he began his bowhunting career when he was thirteen, he has harvested six deer.  

 

Seventh grader, Dixie Kindervater, experienced an unsuccessful season.  “We’ve seen a lot of does, and not a lot of bucks.  I think it’s because the rut hasn’t been good where we hunt.”  Since she was introduced to archery hunting when she was eight, Kindervater found the traditional sport of archery hunting to be pleasurable.  “I love to sit out in Mother Nature,” Kindervater said.  

Dakota Price, sophomore, came face-to-face with a thirteen point buck on November 7.  Price arrowed the buck with his crossbow and successfully retrieved it after 100 yards of tracking.  “I got the biggest buck in my life,”  Price adds.  His passion for bowhunting began when he was twelve years old.  Since then, he has harvested five deer with his crossbow.  “I’ve grown up doing it, and I get a new opportunity each year to hunt deer.”

*Information from the Pennsylvania Game Commission

Key Club volunteers (early) for Make A Difference Day

By Rachel Barner, staff writer

Members of Key Club at Saegertown raked leaves at Janet Haas’s house in remembrance of Dwight Haas, a former member of the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club

Members of Key Club at Saegertown raked leaves at Janet Haas’s house in remembrance of Dwight Haas, a former member of the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club

On the cold, Fall morning of October 17, a few members of the Key Club raked leaves on Ryan Road, supervised by Marlene Jenkins, the Pantherian Key Club supervisor from the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club.

Although the official Make A Difference Day was held Oct. 24, for Key Club, the difference came a week early as they raked leaves at Janet Haas’s house in remembrance of Dwight Haas, a member of the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club, who passed away last April. Haas was a large supporter of SHS Key Club.

Make A Difference Day is the largest single-day of volunteering, in collaboration with Points of Light, another large volunteering service. This was the twenty-fourth year it has been held on the last Saturday of every October. This year, the date for Make A Difference Day was October 24. USA TODAY initiated Make A Difference Day, and is backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA, Inc. 

To make a difference for Make A Difference Day, visit makeadifferenceday.com.

Class council conducts fundraiser to benefit local kennel

By Lauren Haylett, junior high reporter

Junior high class council raised money to assist the Townville Kennel.

Junior high class council raised money to assist the Townville Kennel.

Junior high students have been raising funds by selling pizzas and pizza kits. The money is not only for their field trip,

which will be organized by the class council, but also for hungry animals in need.  “The morning we were supposed to be starting our Little Caesar’s fundraiser, on the news they had talked about the Townville Kennel and that if they didn’t get animal food, they were going to have to shut their doors and who knows what would’ve happened to the animals?” said Mrs. Nicole DeFrances, class council adviser.  So the council decided to help out by giving part of their fundraiser money as well as other donations like pet food. Many students are pleased with this addition to the fundraiser.  “This fundraiser is good because not only are we helping ourselves, but we’re helping someone else,” said class council vice president Chloe Luchansky. “I don’t know how much we’ve collected so far, but at least we’ve got some food and for every item sold, one dollar will be donated.  I feel like we’re going to have a nice chunk to send to them,” said DeFrances.  The pick up date for the pizza kits is October 29, and all orders must be into Mrs. DeFrances as soon as possible. The junior high is more than willing to give away part of the earnings to help others in need. Eighth-grader Sydney Fredericks said, “I feel as if even though we aren’t the biggest school, the little things that we can do, make a difference.”

AP World History class up and running with two students

By Payton Brooks and Ellie Lybarger, staff writers

Super small AP World History class meets everyday during seventh period.

Super small AP World History class meets everyday during seventh period.

You know that moment when the teacher asks a question and you look around to see who will answer it? Well, imagine that you are in a class with only two people. That’s the situation this year for juniors Sydney Kightlinger and Tyler Brooks in the Advanced Placement World History class being offered for the first time this year and taught by Mrs. Kara Bechtel.

The class was first announced midsummer, so it was not widely known by potential students. Mrs. Bechtel focuses the

class on a lot of writing on world themes, and changes and constants throughout time. Kightlinger said, “Take everything you would learn in three or more years in a general class, add more information, and put it into one year.” Mrs. Bechtel notes the difference between AP history and normal history as, “the amount of work, outside reading, and expanding on prior knowledge.”  Brooks says that he is intrigued by the world’s past and wishes there were more classes like this because they are intellectually stimulating. They are preparing for the AP World Exam that will take place on May 12, 2016 at Saegertown.

Kightlinger, Brooks, and Mrs. Bechtel commented that they enjoy the small class size but would prefer a class of about seven to nine. Mrs. Bechtel said, “I like a smaller size, but two is a little…,” and Brooks added,  “I prefer a smaller class, but not this small.” Both students commented on the struggle with having debates with only two people. One of Mrs. Bechtel’s hopes for the class next year is to get more students enrolled in the class.

Panthers kick things into gear

By Becca Siple, social media editor

The Saegertown boys varsity soccer team has kicked its way into a fantastic season with only three losses thus far, to Warren once and Meadville twice.

And standout senior captain Peter Mattocks, dubbed the Haitian Sensation by The Meadville Tribune, has broken two records so far this season.

Peter Mattocks takes the ball down the field against Calvary Baptist on Sept. 4.

Peter Mattocks takes the ball down the field against Calvary Baptist on Sept. 4.

Mattocks was crowned the new reigning leader for most career goals scored with a whopping 81 and counting. “It was awesome. I knew I was close, and I’m glad I finally got it,” said Mattocks of the achievement. He also broke his own record for goals scored in a season from 24, to 41. When asked how it felt to break yet another record, Mattocks said, “I was proud and excited.“

As the season continues to move rapidly, the Panthers are hoping to keep the wins coming. They are getting ready to enter playoffs, and they expect to make the community proud. “I want the team to get better, dominate in playoffs, and bring home something good,” Mattocks said. The team will be in action again on Monday Oct. 26 at home against General Mclane.

Sarah Allen wins Young Driver Skills competition

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

Sarah Allen received first place and $1,000 in the Young Driver Skills Competition in Crawford County on April 14. The competition is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, and the money is awarded by Allstate Insurance. During the competition, the drivers had to take a written test, a perceptual test, and a low speed driving test. The perceptual test involved the competitors being shown a series of slides, and then being asked three questions about them. Allen’s combined score was the highest in seven years, with 128 correct out of a possible 165. “I was really shocked because I didn’t think I did that well,” Allen said.  IMG_0066

She will be competing in the state competition on May 12 in Camp Hill, Pa. She will have the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship if she places first. She is not the only student from Crawford who will be advancing to the state level, however. The top two from the local competition will move on, which includes Jon Frawley, a senior at CASH.  Allen was not the only student from Saegertown to place in the competition. Senior Tyler Nulph took third place and is planning to buy a car with the $300 he won. “It was a great experience, and it was more difficult than I thought it would be,” Nulph said.

Panthers lace up skates

By Bradley Amy, Staff Writer

Saegertown players Chase Leech, middle, and Luke Triola, right, face off in a recent match.

Saegertown players Chase Leech, middle, and Luke Triola, right, face off in a recent match.

Saegertown Sophomores, Luke Triola (25) and Chase Leech (36), are spending their winter lacing up the skates, tapping the sticks, and shredding the ice all day as they join the Meadville Bulldogs Varsity Hockey team. Currently, the focus of winter sports at Saegertown is on wrestling and basketball. Although hockey is not offered here, Triola and Leech have been able to join a newly found team and make it popular with students outside the walls of Saegertown. The boys started their season in October and currently sit at 4-4-1 overall. Triola has three goals and five assists; Leech has one goal and four assists. They played Peters Township last Tuesday, and the Bulldogs came out on top with a 3-2 victory. On November 18, Triola scored a hat-trick and led the Bulldogs to a 10-3 victory. The Bulldogs will be back in action Thursday, November 20, at Harbor Creek.