Saegertown welcomes 2018-19 student council officers

By Hillary Twiford, news editor


Payton Brooks

The 2017-18 student council members are wrapping up their duties and saying goodbye to Saegertown High School. While they will be remembered for organizing many events, it is time for the 2018-19 seniors to take over the helm. “It has been an honor to serve the Saegertown community this year,” outgoing president Payton Brooks said.

In the fall, Saegertown welcomes Mikayla Balog as student council president, Braeden Kantz as vice president, Sheena Byham as secretary, Carlie Schlosser as treasurer, Kassie Boyd as public relations officer, and Gabe DeYoung as historian.


Mikayla Balog

“I have ideas to help improve the school,” Balog said. “I think I could make a positive change.” Her ideas include ways to boost school spirit and build a positive environment.

This year, the process of electing new members to student council was different. Normally, candidates create different parties and deliver speeches to the student body. Afterward, the student body votes to decide which students will represent them the following school year. However, this year only one group of students ran, resulting in them being named to the positions. Despite the unusual process, the new officers are ready to hit the ground running next year.


Ms. Tracy Lobins sees success in her first year

By Jake Reisinger, staff writer

Ms. Lobins

Ms. Tracy Lobins has completed her first year at Saegertown.

Junior high science teacher Tracy Lobins arrived in late October for her first year at Saegertown. In previous years this position was held by Mr. George Nahay, and the position was filled temporarily by Ms. Alicia Weiss at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Ms. Lobins felt that her first year went well. “The kids got to know me, which was nice,” Lobins said. “It was great. The staff is super friendly.”

The events Saegertown had to offer also pleased her. “The building had many fun events like the ice cream social, and the field day for Junior High Students.” While she enjoyed those events, her favorite one from the school year was the lip sync contest in December. “It was fun seeing all the kids join in and dance.” Most will remember that Lobins participated in the amazing junior high teacher lip sync to “YMCA” by the Village people. 

Ms. Lobins plans to get married to Jake Moore in October 2018. Her wedding will take place at a YMCA Camp named Camp Coffman. One of her best friends who also happens to teach at Saegertown, Ms. Kara Bechtel, will be married over this summer as well. “I’m excited for Ms. Bechtel and me both getting married this year,” Lobins said. 

Ms. Lobins did find a few differences from her old school compared to Saegertown. “There is a lot more school spirit here, and it seems that the kids like to be here.” Overall, she has enjoyed her first year at Saegertown. “It was a successful year for me, everything went well.”

Saegertown students compete in Tae Kwon Do tournament

by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

Two of Saegertown’s talented students, Renee Allen and Mykenzie Connally, competed in a Tae Kwon Do tournament on Saturday, May 19 at Northwestern High School. Both took away multiple awards from the tournament, with Allen winning two first places in self defense and kata, two second places in fighting and weapon kata, and Connally winning two first places in fighting and weapon, and two second places in kata and self defense.

Allen and Connally both participate in Tae Kwon Do classes at Humes Martial Arts in Waterford. Classes are held twice a week in preparation for the competitive tournaments. As for the experience, both say it is very positive. “It’s given me discipline and acting skills.” Connally said.

Despite all the stress the day of the tournaments, the participants still have fun no matter what; but when they win first place, the day gets even better. “It feels like a bunch of butterflies leave your stomach when you win first place because its like all your hard work paid off,” Allen said.

Firehouse Tap & Grille rekindles former Mickey’s Central Fire Station

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

20180520_183348For 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 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.

Field day cancelled; Junior vs. Senior sports tournament takes its place

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

For the first time in several years, Field Day at Saegertown High School has been canceled due to inclement weather expected tomorrow.  However, the Powder Puff game has been revamped and revised to become the Junior vs. Senior Sports Tournament which will take place in the gym.  Be sure to come see these Lady Panthers in action as they play rounds of flag football, dodgeball, and nitroball to fill the void of Field Day activities. Check out the line-ups for the juniors and seniors below.

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Spanish students celebrate Hispanic culture

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.


May 31 is Arts and Academics Night: Join us!

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.


A coffee and dessert bar is being held before and during the annual arts and academics night.

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.