Career Search: The road to operating an equine facility

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

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Autumn Jones

The general public says that the little girl’s wish to have a pony is just a stage that will soon expire before she moves on to the next fad of her young mind. Many may find this theory to be true, but when you’re the young girl who grew up surrounded by ponies, it’s no longer a stage.

As a child, I was constantly watching my parents work together to train the unruly horses which would be sent to our barn for a 30 day training session. As I grew older and situations began to change, I became the one who would help my father train these horses which would come in for a multitude of reasons and at many different ages and training levels.

This experience training horses with my father further fueled my passion to make a career in the horse industry and led me to the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio.

After visiting the campus and barns in the spring of my sophomore year, I was in love. My plan was to attend the school as a double major in Equine Business Management and Equine Western Studies. After much thought, I decided that I didn’t want to spend $50,000 a year on schooling and have to drive five hours to get there.

I began looking into other schools and talking to many people. All applications of business stem from a regular business management degree. This degree would give me many job openings as well as teach me how to properly operate a successful business, which I could apply while operating my equine facility. There is also a predicted increase in the business management jobs of 151,100 from 2014-2024 according to the U.S. Bureau and Labor Statistics, as well as a median annual wage of $99,310 in May 2016.

As of right now, I have not applied to any colleges. Over the winter months, I plan to tour colleges on a more local level such as Slippery Rock, Edinboro, and Clarion, which all have equestrian teams. The local aspect would allow me to get a head start on my business at home while I am still in school.

If you have any questions about the business management field or equine businesses, please feel free to email me at autjones@psdmail.org.

 

Saegertown ladies attend All American Quarter Horse Congress

by Kassie Boyd, news editor

 

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Autumn Jones and Mighty Mouth with her brother, SHS alumni Ty Jones.

Saegertown seniors Hunter Trzeciak and Autumn Jones attended the All American Quarter Horse Congress in late October. Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the world, held each year in Columbus, Ohio. According to the American Quarter Horse Congress website, over $3 million dollars are given in cash and prizes, and Congress generates $285 million for the central Ohio economy.

Senior Hunter Trzeciak competed on Oct. 20-22 and 25. She and her horse Countin Downthehours, or “Cody the Wonder Pony” were finalists in the novice youth hunter under saddle, the NYATT hunter under saddle, and the 15-18 hunter under saddle classes. Trzeciak was also in the top 35 of 150 in the 15-18 hunter under saddle. This was Treziciak’s fourth consecutive year showing at Congress. “My mom always talked about it, and when I started showing it was always one of my goals to show there,” Trzeciak said. “My first time showing there was in 2014, and I’ve shown there every year since.”

Senior Autumn Jones and her horse Mighty Mouth, or “Mouthy,” competed on Oct. 26 and 27. She took 18 of 74 in the pole bending segment of the 14-18 youth pole bending and barrel racing classes, and she also took part in the senior pole bending and barrel racing class. “I’ve been competing pretty much since I could get on a horse,” Jones said, “We’ve been going to shop since I was six or seven, and it usually falls on 4H states, but I decided to go this year.”

Both girls plan to continue riding and competing in the future. “As of right now I am taking a break until further notice. I may show a few times before I go to college but that’s it,” Trzeciak said. “I am planning to get back into showing full time once I finish college and am able to buy my own horse.” Jones plans to find a career training and boarding horses.

“The best thing about showing is going into the pen and having everyone’s eyes on you, and being able to show everyone what you have worked so hard for all year,” said Trzeciak.

Mulligan brings home belt from Super 32 Challenge tournament

by Laura Monico, social media editor

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Cody Mulligan with his father and coach Jim Mulligan.

Senior Cody Mulligan was in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 29 wrestling in the 182 lbs. finals of the Super 32 Challenge tournament which is accredited as the best preseason tournament in the entire country according to flowrestling.com. Mulligan has been reaching for a Super 32 title since last year’s loss in the elimination round.  “I really wanted to win the Super 32 because not being able to compete my sophomore year made me want to win it as a senior even more,” Mulligan said.  

The tournament began on Saturday Oct. 28. Mulligan started the day with by fall. He then moved on to win in the second preliminary round, 3-0. To end the day, Mulligan had another fall, securing a spot in the quarterfinals the following morning. He knew he needed to stay focused for day two of competition. “I wrestled my match. I didn’t worry about what the other guy was doing. I wrestled my pace and dictated the guys,” said Mulligan.

On Sunday morning Mulligan came gunning for his quarterfinals opponent winning the match with a score of 10-2.  At this point Mulligan’s bracket was narrowed down to the four best wrestlers at his weight. Many would be concerned with their upcoming opponents knowing they were only going to get better, but not Mulligan. He had his eye on the prize and was not letting anything get in his way. “I didn’t really pay attention. I didn’t look at my bracket the whole time.”  He was again victorious in his semi-finals bout winning 4-0.  He then went on to win in the finals 4-3 against Josh Stillings who placed second at the PIAA class AAA State Championship tournament last year. “They set up a big stage, and I let the nerves get to me a little bit, but it felt pretty good. I think I wrestled decent throughout the tournament. It was a pretty big accomplishment,” Mulligan said.

Mulligan’s senior and final high school wrestling season will begin shortly, and he is looking forward to it. “The team should be pretty good this year. We are getting a lot of guys to come out.”  After winning this tournament and being ranked third in the nation at 195 lbs. by flowrestling.com, Mulligan feels good about the upcoming season as an individual as well. “It makes me feel good. I just need to keep improving.”

Following this season Mulligan will be attending Edinboro University to continue his academic and athletic career. He said his soon to be Edinboro coaches were pleased with his performance as well. “They all said all of my hard work is paying off, and they think their practices are improving my wrestling.”

 

K-9 unit visits Saegertown students

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

k9 2k9 1Saegertown’s eighth grade students received a visit from the Edinboro Police K-9 unit during eighth period, on Wednesday, November 1. The unit consists of a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Kenzo and his handler Officer Landon Silva. Officer Silva was asked to come in and teach the students about the consequences of drug and alcohol possession while relating it to the current lessons being taught in their health classes.

Kenzo has been training with the force since he was a puppy, learning Dutch commands as he was taught in his kennel in Europe during his very early stages before being purchased for $13,000. Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger donated $10,000 of the cost.

Kenzo assists Officer Silva in apprehending and tracking criminals as well as searching for drugs. Kenzo’s handler carries Narcan with him in case of any overdoses the dog may encounter when sniffing for drugs in a search. The Narcan would then be administered nasally and would reverse the effects of most drugs which might have been inhaled.

“I love the dog and learning about different penalties with drugs and alcohol,” said eighth grader Olivia Lallemand. The students seemed to be very interested in the subject, as they were asking questions about drugs, alcohol, and Kenzo’s role on the force.

Kamryn Fuller said, “It was good. We learned a lot about drugs and what they (the dogs) do for their job.”

Kenzo returns home every night with Officer Landon Silva where they share a pillow. Despite being a police dog, Kenzo lives a regular life of a dog while he is not on duty.

School board election today: PENNCREST filling six seats

 

by Erik Murphy, web site editor

penncrest logo.jpegUnbeknownst to many of the students in the PENNCREST School District, a hotly contested election among school board candidates is taking place today and could result in huge implications for students, faculty, and taxpayers alike.

Nine candidates are currently running for six positions on the school board. Mark Gerow, Gerry Deane, Timothy Brown, and Travis Porter are seeking reelection while Bob Johnston, Jeffrey Brooks, Staci Porter, Terrance Deane, and Robert Gullick are seeking their first term on the board.

Timothy Brown is a Crawford County native and is married to Saegertown Elementary teacher Mrs. Brown. He seeks to update the curriculum and manage the budget while acknowledging that “micromanaging every penny of the budget is almost impossible.” Bob Johnston served eight years on the board of the now closed French Creek Valley School Board. Despite its closure, he claims that they were able to work through the issues at the time.

Travis Porter is a Saegertown graduate and local business owner. His children attend Cambridge Springs. He intends to make changes in regards to the declining enrollment and spend more time breaking down the budget. His wife, Staci Porter is also seeking a position on the board. She has an accounting degree and is employed at two tax offices in Meadville. Notably, she said that she seeks to run the school board “like a business,” at the candidate forum on Oct. 25 at Saegertown, but she later said, “Kids are not dollar signs.”

Gerry Deane, current vice president of the school board, spent 38 years in Education and is concerned with the the lack of teamwork in the board and student preparation for the global economy. Her husband, Terrance Deane, worked in the district since 1983. He is well-known in the community as Saegertown’s former junior high basketball coach. Deane seeks to gain a better grasp on the concept if elected and will try to lower expenses if at all possible.

Robert Gullick spent 25 years in retail and 17 years as an elementary teacher until he retired last year. Gullick shares similar viewpoints with Mr. Deane and said that the board should discuss what fellow boards are doing right and follow in their footsteps. He related this concept to compromising among board members. Mark Gerow graduated from Cambridge Springs and, like Mrs. Porter, possesses a degree in accounting. He discussed what things used to be like in the district in regards to community boards, clubs, boosters, etc.

Navy veteran Jeffrey Brooks spent time as a student teacher and a social worker. He became more involved in the school board and parent committee after proposed cuts to school libraries were made. At the candidate forum, Brooks suggested that a functioning board will attract good superintendents.

Many have vocalized concerns involving incremental, year on year tax increases. Increases of $50-$60 per year have become commonplace in nearby school districts such as General McLane. Such increases have been cited as the way of the future for PENNCREST, for better or for worse. Moreover, some have criticized spending in PENNCREST. At the October 12 school board meeting, citizen Art Hoffman said the school board lacks a system of “checks and balances” and “is not a dictatorship.”

All nine candidates stated that they are opposed to consolidation of two or all three schools into a singular facility. However, Mr. Porter and Mr. Gerow discussed the fact that it may come to that if something isn’t done.

Regardless of who is elected, the new board could certainly bring about a huge change in direction for the future of the district.

Election results will be posted on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.

Peters brings home PIAA State medal

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

GOLF1On Oct. 23 and 24, senior Ryan Peters and junior Will Phelan competed at the PIAA State Individual Golf Championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa.. In the event, the Panther duo came up short of the state title. Peters tied for ninth place, shooting a two-day total of 156. He finished nine strokes behind the winner, and Phelan tied for twenty-eighth place with a two-day total of 169.

Their journey to states started at the District 10 Individual Championships on Oct. 7-8 at Meadville Country Club as four Panthers had qualified for the event. The golfers were Peters, senior Michael Costello, Phelan, and sophomore Nick Archacki. Costello and Archacki did not qualify for states. Peters carded a score of 73 and Phelan came in with an 82, advancing them to the next day of competition.

Peters and Phelan were in comfortable position to advance to Regionals after their first day totals. Surprisingly though, Coach Brian Hanley witnessed something that was very special and unexpected in his words, as Peters was on a charge to win his first District 10 title. “He wanted to win. I could tell,” said Hanley in an interview with The Meadville Tribune. “The demeanor that I saw in him today was something I haven’t seen in him for four years (coaching the team). I saw him throw his tee into the weeds at one point. That’s not typical for him at all.”

Peters snatched the D10 Individual title away from North East’s Alec Hite by two strokes with a two-day total of 150 (73-77). As for Phelan, he shot back-to-back 82s, placing seventh in the tournament to move onto Regionals with his fellow Panther teammate.

On Oct. 16, the Panthers competed in the PIAA Western Regionals Championships at Tom’s Run Golf Resort in Blairsville. Peters was brilliant in his round, shooting a 75, placing second in the event that would be the final step in advancing to states. For Phelan, he got much more than what he bargained for. The junior was the final cut number tied for third place with an 85. Then he had to compete in a four hole playoff frenzy to win his spot for states. Phelan did not disappoint when he needed it most as he advanced to the state finals for his first time by winning the playoff. “I was extremely excited for Will when he won the playoff,” said Hanley. Seniors Peters and Michael Costello said that they’ve never seen Coach Hanley so fired up before in their lives as when Will won his spot for states.

On Oct. 23-24, Peters and Phelan were once again at a familiar golf course to compete for a state title at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort where they competed in 2015-16’ at the PIAA State Team Championships. Peters shot a total of 156 (76-80) placing in ninth and Phelan shot a total of 169 (85-84) placing in twenty-eighth. Disappointed with his finishing holes in his final round, Peters was still impressed with how he did as he won his second straight state individual medal, placing eighth and ninth in back-to-back years. “I’m a little disappointed because I wanted to improve from last year’s eighth place finish. It’s still pretty cool to get a medal, and I will definitely look back on this as a learning experience,” said Peters. Coach Hanley said, “I was really pleased with Will finishing tied for twenty-eighth at states. Ryan finished ninth, which is awesome, but I knew he wanted to win it because he has worked so hard as a player, so I felt bad for him.”

Saegertown sends two runners to States: McClymonds and Mondi headed to Hershey

by Braeden Kantz, sports editor

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Beka McClymonds and Maddie Mondi were honored at a state send-off celebration on Thursday afternoon. The pair will run in Hershey on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Beka McClymonds and sophomore Madison Mondi qualified for the PIAA state cross country meet after placing in the top tier of single A runners in District 10. McClymonds placed ninth of 119 runners with a time of 20:41, and Mondi placed twelfth with a time of 21:05 at the District 10 Championship on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Buhl Park in Sharon. “Maddie and Beka out performed themselves in the District competition,” said head coach Bill Hetrick.

The ladies were honored with a school-wide send off on Thursday afternoon. As “Don’t Stop Believin’” played over the speakers, they took a victory lap around the halls and received lots of high fives and well wishes from the Saegertown community. They leave for Hershey with their coach tomorrow morning, and their race will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the course, which is located near the Giant Center in Hershey.

Coach Hetrick is excited for the ladies. “They made it to states. We already got the cake, now we’re just trying to get the icing.” McClymonds, who placed fifty-ninth at states in her freshman year, said, “I feel good about my placement at Districts, and I am going to treat this like any other race.” First time state qualifier Mondi said, “My goal is top fifty, and I think I can get there.” You can follow all the action on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.

Saegertown draws the line. . . two inches above the knee

by Scout Van Cise and Hannah Nicholson, editor in chief and opinion editor

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Editorial Cartoon by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

On the second day of school, all students were pulled out of class and called into the auditorium by grade level to discuss various school policies and the idea of whether or not school is a fashion show. According to new assistant principal Mrs. Kylene Koper, it is not.

The student handbook says, “Saegertown Jr. – Sr. High School strives to promote a businesslike atmosphere and encourages all to ‘dress for success.’” This implies business casual attire for students and teachers alike. “The dress code prohibits dresses and skirts shorter than a notecard width or two inches above the knee (even with leggings or tights underneath), clothing, piercings, and tattoos that are distracting or interfere with the educational process, shirts with straps narrower than two inches in width, clothing with excessive holes or holes that expose skin higher than two inches above the knee, excessively torn, frayed, or unlaundered clothing, hats, headbands, bandanas, ‘hip hugger’ pants below the navel, chains, and pajama pants with or without pockets. Face makeup and hair ‘must be in accordance with cultural and community standards, and must not attract undue attention, cause a disruption in the classroom, or be considered to be potentially harmful to younger impressionable students.’”

Some students have accused the dresscode of being sexist. Shocking, right, considering that the current policy actually addresses men twice, regarding loose fitting pants and “wife-beaters.” According to Mrs. Koper, “Girls, you have so many opportunities or different things to be able to wear that it becomes an issue. I get that most of the time it may appear sexist because girls have, like I said, so many other opportunities.”

PENNCREST school board policy 221 states, “The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all rules and procedures implementing this policy impose only the minimum necessary restrictions on the exercise of the student’s taste and individuality.” This clarifies that students do indeed have freedom of expression and are permitted to wear whatever they want within reason.  The keyword here is “minimum” restrictions, so is it really necessary for the faculty to whip out a notecard to ensure the length of our dresses and skirts are not an educational distraction? In reality, students are sitting in a desk for the majority of their day anyway, so the length of their dresses and skirts are hardly seen let alone a distraction. Is it necessary to remove students from class if their clothing is deemed inappropriate rather than allow them the education that they are there to receive?

Despite the unpopular changes to the policy, students have found loopholes in the dress code. Many females with holes in their jeans wear leggings or tights underneath to prevent revealing skin. Students are able to wear leggings/yoga pants with a long shirt that covers the front and the back of the upper thigh and hip regions. Hats and pajamas can be worn on designated days organized by the Key Club once per month. Some of the dress code prohibitions are not regularly enforced, so while some students may get caught violating the dress code, others may not be for wearing similar apparel.

The dress code in the official student handbook has not been updated since last year, and the policies are not uniform with what is enforced, causing more unnecessary confusion. Despite what feels to some like excessive interdictions and the targeting of teenage girls, students deserve a clear and consistently enforced code. This poses the question: are we currently being distracted by our dresses, or our are we actually distracted by the dress code itself?

Technology upgrade at Saegertown: students receive new iPads

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

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Seventh Grader Ella Worley uses a new iPad during lunch.

The technology at Saegertown has received an upgrade from previous years. About 1,100 new full-size iPads with keyboards were purchased for students in grades seven through nine across the district. Last year, we learned that the cost for these iPads was roughly $398 a piece along with the Logitech Rugged Keyboard/Case Combo.

While students in grades seven through nine received the new devices, those in grades ten through twelve have kept the same iPad minis they have had throughout their high school career. If something happens to an iPad mini, the student will be given a replacement because technology staff have about a hundred on reserve due to the decrease in enrollment each year and the new devices that have been provided.

“They work nice, but I think they’re way too big, and when you go to put the keyboard behind the iPad, it disconnects from it; but as the year goes on, you get used to it,” freshman Cassie Dross said. Not all students feel negatively. “I like working with the keyboard better,” freshman Ella Nicholson said. “It’s easier to use than the one on the iPads.”

While generally efficient, there have been several complaints about the new iPads. “If a student has a problem with charging or an app download, they can restart the iPad and most problems are resolved,” said Jason Williams, PENNCREST supervisor of technology.

The future plans for the iPad are that every student will receive a new, full-size iPad with the keyboard and case combo.