Junior high celebrates the holidays

The junior high is preparing for the upcoming holiday, Christmas. Seventh grader Ava Jones is looking forward to continuing her family’s Christmas traditions.  “Collin, Carson, and I wake up at 6:30 every year and wake up our parents to open gifts.”  Others have different traditions.  “My family goes to my grandma’s for Christmas Dinner,” said Katie Berger.  

Food is a common theme amongst the junior high. When asked about Christmas, Marli McGowan said, “My favorite food at Christmas is ham.” Some students even had food on their wish-list.  “I want a box of Ritz


Some of the junior high students participated in the holiday spirit day at SHS on December 22.

crackers,” said Kenny Kiser. Many students are not only excited to receive gifts, but also to give them.  Sydney Fredericks said, “I’m giving my mom a necklace from Jared’s, and I can’t wait to see her reaction.”  Others have a different agenda. Oliver Smith is planning to play a prank on his little brother Christmas morning. “My plan is to put a fairly large chunk of coal into a little package, and my brother Linus will get a little Christmas surprise from ‘Santa’ (I got him a real present as well).”

Overall everyone is part taking in the holiday cheer.  Matt Posego said, ”I want to spread joy throughout the world and an eighty pack of Ho Hos.”  Hohoho from Matt Posego and happy holidays from the Junior high.

Talents shine from SHS

Sydney Kightlinger, design editor and Rachel Barner, staff writer

To get everyone into the holiday spirit, the Student Council will be hosting a talent show in the auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Many students will have their talents showcased during the morning assembly that starts at 9:45.

Senior Colten Burdick and sophomore Kevin Johns are each performing


Grace Diley will perform the piece “Part of Your World” from the “Little Mermaid” during the Saegertown talent show on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

original raps. Burdick, who’s excited and slightly anxious for the performance, said, “I hope to maybe inspire some people and to show who I really am, and I hope I don’t burn down the place with my fire.”

Johns, who fears stuttering, is freestyling. “I am excited to explore my talent and seeing what I can do.”

In addition to rapping, seventh graders Jane Hetrick, Madison Shoop, junior Mackenzie Genaway, and the Chamber Singers will be singing.

Hetrick has  prepared a version of Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good” after seeing a video on YouTube of Carly Rose Sonenclar, a contestant on The X Factor.

Shoop is performing Katy Perry’s “Jar of Hearts”. She decided to  participate in the talent show because “performing in front of people has been hard for me, and there are times I need to get over that.”

 Genaway is performing “Night Changes” by One Direction, and she is “just a little” nervous to sing in front of an audience, but is very excited.

The Chamber Singers will perform pieces prepared for their winter concert that was earlier this month.

However, vocal performances are not the makeup of the entire show. Sophomore Megan Przybowski will be performing a piece on the trumpet that she is keeping a secret, and seventh grader Grace Diley will play “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “A Little Mermaid” on the piano. Both started playing their instruments while in elementary school.

Seventh grader Dairen Kaye will have a comedy routine. “I have always been able to make people laugh, and I can make many different voices,” said Kaye. He hopes to have the audience participate.

Student Council advisor Mrs. Nicole Keller hopes to make the talent show a tradition. “I hope our appreciation for the talents of students grow, and I hope next year more students sign-up.”

After the assembly, students will return to their classes. Classes will be shortened to 15-20 minutes with the exception of fifth period that will be normal. At 1:35 p.m., the holiday activity period will be begin.

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


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


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,


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.