“Spider-Man: Homecoming” swings into the superhero genre

by Dustin Steiger, broadcast director

2017 has been full of amazing films, especially in the superhero genre. While Marvel threw in some heavy hitters, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy; Volume 2” and “Logan,” DC Comics made an extraordinary comeback with their movie “Wonder Woman,” the first modern-age female superhero movie in years, not to mention their first live-action film since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Trilogy” to be “Certified Fresh” (a reward given to only the most deserving and “best reviewed” movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes).

With Saegertown’s Homecoming scheduled for October 13, it seems like an opportune time to review one of Marvel’s most recent successes, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” For those unfamiliar with this successful blockbuster, it follows the young Peter Parker (Tom Holland), better known to the audience as Spider-Man, as he attempts to balance his superhuman “activities” with the humdrum routine of high school bullies, homework, and a crush that seems to have no clue he even exists.

The story takes place after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) mentoring Peter and telling him to “Stay close to the ground,” that he should let the more powerful heroes take on the jobs that they don’t think he can do… advice that a young and anxious Peter Parker is not happy about. Determined to prove himself worthy of the Avenger’s approval, Spider-Man suits up to take on the Vulture (Michael Keaton) and to show the world exactly what he’s got.

Many critics and viewers were skeptical going in to see it, as “Homecoming” marks the third reboot of the Spider-Man franchise since 2002, some of which didn’t do so well (specifically “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with sites like IndieWire calling it “wildly overstuffed,” and “Spider-Man 3,” with reviewers like Chris Hewitt from Empire claiming that it didn’t live up to its promised “greatness.”). However, fans weren’t disappointed. With beautiful graphics and a balanced and well-developed story, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” brings this amazing comic book character to life in a relatable and fun way that everyone can enjoy.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is available on Digital and iTunes and will be available on DVD on October 17.

The world welcomes baby O’Shea

by Laura Monico, social media editor

Saegertown learning support teacher, Mrs. Casey O’Shea and her husband Miles welcomed a baby girl, Quinn Catherine O’Shea, on Sept. 1, at 7:43 a.m. The new addition weighed in at 8 lbs. 15 oz. with dark hair and blue eyes.

Although the gender was a surprise, Mrs. O’Shea said, “I thought it would be a girl.” She also shared how the name Quinn was chosen.  “We wanted something uncommon and with us both being teachers, we hear every name.”

Quinn joined her two-year-old brother Mac. When asked about his reaction to the new arrival, Mrs. O’Shea said, “He loves her.” Now as a party of four, the O’Sheas are not sure if their family will continue to grow just yet. “The jury is still out on thatMaybe three, but it is hard to imagine right now with a two-year-old and a newborn.”

In today’s ever changing world, Mrs. O’Shea has high hopes for her children. “I hope that my children will be able to grow up in a loving, caring, and safe environment. I hope they will grow to be caring and thoughtful people who have a positive influence on the world around them.”

Mrs. O’Shea is enjoying her time with Mac and Quinn at home while she can. Although she she’ll be nervous to leave them, she is excited to return to school in January 2018 at the semester break.

(photo contributed by Mrs. O’Shea)


Career search: A look into speech-language pathology and audiology

by Kaity Gage, design editor


Kaity Gage

When a family member can’t pronounce their “r’s”, “th’s”, or even has a hard time speaking or swallowing due to a recent stroke, that is when it is time to go see a Speech Pathologist.  

Speech pathologists are often known as speech therapists. They’re the ones who can diagnose and treat disabilities involving speech, voice, language, communication and swallowing disorders.

From a young age, I knew that I wanted to help people. Watching my brother go through therapy when he was younger inspired me to explore the different therapy fields. I eventually learned about speech pathologists and the role they play in helping their communities.

To be a licensed speech pathologist, you must obtain your master’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology. The salaries vary between states and areas in which the therapists are working, but there is an excellent job outlook for these experts. The rate is currently at a 21 percent job increase projected from 2014-2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This past summer I spent some time researching colleges that offered the master’s degree for speech pathology and that is when I found Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In August I toured their campus and fell in love with the facilities and the professors. I received excellent treatment from everyone I met, so I decided to submit my application that day. After waiting patiently for two weeks, I learned that I was accepted into Clarion. Now I am an incredibly excited senior who looks forward to my future schooling, and I am more than ready to go into the world and help those who need my services.

If you are interested in becoming a speech pathologist, have any questions about this profession, or would like to know more about Clarion’s Speech Pathology program, please email me at kagage@psdmail.org or visit Clarion’s website for more information about their program.

(Career search will be an ongoing feature this year as staff members share explorations of their future plans.)

Pheasant permit created

by Bailey Kozalla, sports editor

In order to hunt pheasants in Pennsylvania in the fall, adult hunters will need to purchase a permit to hunt the birds along with their yearly license. In an attempt to increase revenue, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has created the $25 permit, and reduce the $4.7 million cost by $1.5 million to stock the pheasants every year.

Along with the admission of the permit, two of the four pheasant farms have closed, including the Western Game Farm in Cambridge Springs. Eight PGC employees lost their jobs at this farm, reducing $1.7 million from the annual budget.

According to the PGC website, the primary goal of raising and stocking pheasants is to “provide a quality game bird for regulated hunting opportunities.” However, some areas of the program had to be cut. Since 1998, the licenses haven’t been increased to cope with inflation, which led the PGC to cut down on some programs. The pheasant program happened to be one of them. This was the only way to keep the program in place. Pheasant populations peaked in 1971, when more than 700,000 hunters harvested an estimated 1.3 million birds. Last year, about 240,000 pheasants were harvested. The reason so many pheasants were harvested in the seventies lies within the discontinued Soil Bank, and Feed Grain Program. These federal programs idled areas of cropland from production that are vital to nesting pheasants. Approximately 716,000 acres of farmland was lost to urban development in the end of the twentieth century.

The state relies on an artificial pheasant population to be created, as the original thriving population in the 1960s and 1970s diminished. In the past, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was created to sustain pheasant populations on private farmland. Approximately one percent of farm fields in Pennsylvania are CRP managed. An updated federal version, the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), was created to improve farmland species in joint with Pheasants Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, county conservation districts, and Duck Unlimited. However, the current trends in pheasant habitat will make it very difficult in the coming years to restore thriving pheasants. Restoring these game birds will not only keep the sport alive, but it will also improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, and assist other native species, thus securing the future of farmland species in Pennsylvania.


Seniors hyped for graduation parties

by Kaitlyn Walsh, features editor

For most students, summer means doing absolutely nothing and being the human equivalent of a slug for three months. But for seniors, summer means moving out and figuring out future plans. Somewhere in-between all of this madness, a graduation party is thrown for everyone to come and celebrate all of your high school and future accomplishments and goals.

Most people are having their graduation parties at their houses.

“I chose to have it at my house because we have a large backyard, and its located close to the school. It’s also easier to have it there than to go somewhere else”, said Rachel Barner.

However, this isn’t the only alternative. Many people are choosing to have their parties elsewhere. For example, Anna Swartout will be holding her celebration at Stainbrook Park.

“It’s a really pretty spot by the creek and it has a volleyball net for something to do,” Swartout said.

We all know that a party isn’t a party without a lot of food and drinks. Soda and some kind of protein are obviously essential to any outdoor party, but some people like to make their own variations on what they make. Kayla Justus decided to have German meatballs as the main dish at her party.

“They’re delicious, they represent my heritage, and it is a symbol of good luck for the future,” Justus said.

Having normal food is also just as good. Staples such as burgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken are a hit with all ages and appetites. However you choose to do your graduation party is up to you, and the possibilities are endless

Saegertown team brings home bronze in state shoot

by Kaity Gage, special media projects editor 

Thirteen students from Saegertown High School traveled to Clairton on June 4 for the 2017 Pennsylvania State High School Clay Target League State Tournament.

Two of Saegertown’s students were incredibly successful and brought home medals to display.

Junior Dustin Hunter won a third place medal in the junior varsity division for his score of 86/100. “It was the best I’ve ever shot, and I was happy to take third place overall for my first year,” Hunter said.

Sophomore Sarah Swartout earned medals for being the third best female shooter at the tournament and second for having the best score overall from this season for females.

The students have been shooting every Sunday since April, with their scores submitted online to compete against other schools in Pennsylvania.

Overall, Saegertown High School came in third place as a team behind Corry High School and Portage Area High School.



Jageacks performs in local jazz jam

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor 

On Sunday June 4, junior Francis Jageacks was showcased in the Cootie Harris Jazz Jam. Jageacks was part of a 10 week Youth Jazz Initiative program instructed by Mikel Prester at the Markethouse in Meadville. The Jazz Jam was a 4 hour long performance of local jazz musicians playing improvisational music at the end of the 10 week program in which Jageacks played along with her clarinet.

By the end of the Jazz Initiative, Jageacks was prepared for the Jazz Jam after learning all of the scales and chords in her weekly lessons. “It felt great. It felt like I actually accomplished something in my playing, but I felt like I found my own culture of music. Jazz just really speaks to me, there’s so much freedom in it and it takes quite a knowledge of music theory in order to play it,” Jageacks said.


Things get choppy (at taekwondo tournament)

by Hillary Twiford, staff writer

Two Saegertown High School sophomores recently participated in the Champion of the Sword taekwondo tournament at Northwestern High School on May 20. Mykenzie Connally and Renee Allen competed in multiple categories to earn four swords each.

There were four divisions: sparring, self-defense, kadas, and weapon kadas. Connally earned first place in sparring and third in the other three divisions, and Allen earned third in sparring and second in both self-defense, kadas, and weapon kadas.

“I had to go first for the very first event, which was self defense,” Connally said. “I was too nervous. I was shaking the whole time, so I think it ruined my form.”

For Allen, the most nerve-racking part was the judges. “I don’t like talking to people I don’t know, so I didn’t like talking to the judges.” However, she still enjoyed the tournament. “I had a lot of fun, and I didn’t hurt myself!”

Connally’s favorite part of the tournament was receiving her swords at the end, but she did share enthusiasm for Allen’s favorite portion. “We weren’t a part of this thing called music kadas, but I enjoyed watching it because they were so into their routines and so energetic,” Allen said.

After competing in the tournament, both contestants strive for enhancement in martial arts. “I would improve my stance. One of the judges told me I was leaning forward, so I would fix that,” Connally said. Allen looks for overall improvement. “I want to practice more because now I know what the judges are looking for,” Allen said. Connally and Allen look forward to participating in more tournaments in the future.


Sample and Michaels crowned royalty of Prom 2017

by Elizabeth Hasko and Cami Reynolds, staff writers

Saegertown students attended prom on Friday, May 19. The theme of this year’s prom was Masquerade, and it was held at the Hotel Conneaut. Spanish teacher Miss Nova Dinsmore and students on prom committee decorated the scene for the night.

Seniors Sam Michaels and Brittany Sample were crowned this year’s prom king and queen. “Prom was great. I had lots of fun with my friends,” said king Michaels.

The court members included seniors Tana Walters, Brittany Sample, Emily Ford, Hannah Crum, and Kendra Taylor for the girls. The guys nominated were Luke Dangel, Sam Michaels, Grant Phelan, Zack Posego, and Dane Rhoades.

“For the underclassmen, my advice is to take as many pictures as possible, dance as long and as much as your can, and just have fun because it goes by fast,” said queen Sample.

The prom-aids for the night were Sophomores raef Rhoades, Brendan Leech, Carlie Schlosser, Claudia Fetzner, Grace Triola, Cami Reynolds, and Elizabeth Hasko. “I’m glad I was a prom-aid because I got to see what prom was like before I go,” said Fetzner.