Benefit dinner held for Saegertown’s Dakota Price

by Kassie Boyd, news editor

IMG_5948.jpg

Junior Stephanie Polach serving a meal during the “Pasta with a Purpose” benefit dinner on Jan. 20.

A benefit dinner and Chinese auction dubbed “Pasta with a Purpose” was held on Jan. 20 to support senior Dakota Price and his family. Price, who was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in March of last year, is currently in remission after a tough battle.

The dinner and auction was held at the Saegertown United Methodist Church on the corner of Euclid Avenue and Washington Street from 2-6 p.m. Attendees could buy tickets and bid on items donated by local businesses and community members during dinner. The Chinese auction began at 8 p.m.

Volunteers from the community, including students from Saegertown High School and the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, served pasta, washed dishes, set up table and prepared food. “It helped someone in my community,” said Courtney Hess, a volunteer and junior at Saegertown. “Lots of people came and supported him. It was a massive success.”

Over $25,000 was raised through a combination of donations and tickets. Volunteers served over 700 plates, and eventually had to order Pizza Joes because they ran out of pasta.  

The community has rallied behind the Price family several times in the past year. Saegertown High School threw the “Volley for a Cure” match in October to raise money, and the First Baptist Church of Cambridge Springs hosted a blood drive in Price’s honor in May.

Price is set to walk at graduation with the class of 2018.

 

Costa Rica 2018: Dinsmore travels to Panama for training

by Autumn Jones, marketing director

Screen Shot 2018-01-24 at 12.26.54 PM

Photos taken by Señorita Nova Dinsmore during her trip to Panama. She was training with EF tours for the June 2018 trip to Costa Rica. 

Eighteen students will be traveling to Costa Rica with Señorita Nova Dinsmore in June of 2018 with a company called EF Educational Tours. EF, standing for Education First, is a company built on experiential learning, cultural immersion, and authentic connections. According to the company website, EF was started in 1965 by a Swedish student named Bertil Hult, who lived his life struggling with dyslexia. In 1960, he traveled to London and after only a few short months, he was speaking fluent English, a feat he never thought possible. Hult created EF to allow other students to benefit from learning through travel.  As a result, Señorita Dinsmore visited Panama City from Jan. 10-15 to complete required EF training in preparation for the trip to Costa Rica.

Dinsmore

Señorita Nova Dinsmore

In Panama, Señorita met up with fifty other teachers as well as her two travelling partners with whom she flew with from Pittsburgh. Along with the training, Señorita Dinsmore visited a few sites during her trip. She was able to stand right beside the Panama Canal with only a yellow line standing between her and the canal, unlike anything which would ever happen in the United States where there are guards and physical barriers to keep you from getting too close to the edge.

Dinsmore also visited Casco Viejo which translates to “the old horseshoe,” a rebuilt version of the Old City, Panama Viejo, which was attacked by Pirate Henry Morgan in 1671. The walled city is filled with sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish colonial architecture alongside new, modern architecture. According to cascoviejo.org, it is a “vibrant community, consisting of a sharp contrast of old and new, local and foreign.” Senorita said, “Traveling for me has always left me with inspiration. Casco Viejo was no different: French and Spanish influenced buildings, churches lined with actual gold, and a flower covered walkway overlooking the ocean where artisans can sell their wares. Casco Viejo is both historical and ‘hermosa’[beautiful], plus what in life isn’t better with palm trees!”

Señorita Dinsmore also visited the first city in Panama and went snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. She even discovered a creature she didn’t know existed before called a Tapir. Tapirs are large herbivorous creatures similar in shape and structure to a pig with a trunk-like snout and weighing in at five hundred pounds. Señorita compared the likelihood of seeing one in Panama to that of a deer in our community.  Describing the trip,  Señorita said, “It was amazing, probably just because of the cultural differences. It’s nothing like you see in this area on a day-to-day basis.”

With June quickly approaching, Señorita and the students are gearing up for their trip where the students will be learning through cultural experience and being submerged into the language and the people who speak that language. Senorita Dinsmore noted that her excitement for the trip is growing. She said, “Even more so now after being in Panama and being with the company to see how they’ve changed things. I’m especially excited for the students to get out and see things outside of Saegertown.”

On their trip, the students will create many memories and check off many experiences with the schedule that is planned for them. They will be going zip lining and on a boat cruise through the jungle, as well as visiting a coffee plantation, a volcano, and the city of San Jose. To further the experience, the students will also attend a cooking class and experience the authentic foods of Costa Rica. All these encounters will take place with a group of approximately thirty other students from different areas of the United States.

To provide a unique adventure over the seven day trip, the students will be staying in three different hotels in three different cities. One of the hotels will be like a hotel which you would typically stay in here in the United States. Another hotel they will stay in is called a biodiverse hotel, stressing the use of very little water and providing few towels in order to conserve those resources. The final hotel will be a hut by the ocean, putting the students in a smaller individual setting, rather than many rooms in one big building.

This is not the first time Señorita has travelled with students, but she has not done it since she had children of her own. She hopes take a trip like this every other year, with the next one tentatively scheduled for 2020.  “I’m very excited to experience everything through the students’ eyes,” Señorita Dinsmore said.

YouTuber sparks controversy with shocking video

by Kassie Boyd, news editor

YouTube celebrity Logan Paul, who rose to fame on the popular app Vine in 2013, has come under fire for posting a video entitled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” which was quickly deleted, but not before garnering nearly three million views.

Paul begins the video by saying: “This is not clickbait. This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted on this channel and this is the most circumstantially surreal event that has ever happened in my life.”

Paul and a group of friends filmed their experience in Japan’s Aokigahara. The forest, located near Mount Fuji, holds the tragic title of the second most popular place to commit suicide (the first is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco). The video shows a hanging victim, unblurred and uncensored, with the exception of his face. Japan adheres to much stricter privacy laws than the United States, and while Paul will avoid legal trouble, he demonstrates a massive lack of respect for the deceased man, and Japanese culture in general.

Other than blatant disregard for cultural and emotional sensitivity, Paul spends the entire video perpetuating the American stereotype: loud and ill-mannered. While the body is certainly the most shocking part of the video, it’s not the only problematic part of Paul’s trip to Japan.

Paul and company spent the entirety of their trip making a mockery of Japanese culture. He dresses up in Kimonos and throws Poké Balls at unsuspecting people, he destroys things in stores and shoves dead fish and squid into stranger’s faces.

The video was only up for a few hours. It was deleted and followed by a half-hearted apology that placed the blame on everything and everyone but himself. It’s important to note that his apology video was monetized, meaning Paul ultimately profited from this whole ordeal.

YouTube came under fire following Paul’s video, for allowing it to trend and for not taking harsher action. Many claimed that Paul’s video violated Youtube’s strict content laws about privacy and disturbing imagery.

Following the blowback, Youtube dropped Paul from their YouTube Red comedy “Foursome,” and set aside any original material Paul was working on. He was cut from Google Preferred, a premium ad program that runs on the top five percent of Youtube channels. While Paul will still make money off his videos, he won’t make nearly as much.

Subscribers and non-subscribers alike denounced his actions. “I think what he posted was extremely offensive to people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and/or depression,” said junior Mikayla Balog. “It’s also offensive to Japanese culture and the family of the deceased.”    

YouTube’s official statement included a reminder of their partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a condemnation of Paul’s actions. Many said YouTube did too little, too late.

“Everyone deserves a second chance,” Paul said in a recent video. He plans to return to vlogging soon, most likely hoping the whole incident will blow over.

Maybe it will; people forget or ignore issues and troublesome past in order to focus solely on artistic matter.

But his reputation has taken a massive, and well-deserved blow.

Mulligan makes history at Tool City Tournament

by Braeden Kantz and Laura Monico, sports editor and social media editor

IMG_0978

Cody Mulligan captured his fourth straight  Tool City title on Jan. 6.

PIAA state champion wrestler Cody Mulligan became only the seventh wrestler to claim the gold medal four times at the Tool City Tournament.  On Jan. 6,  some of the state’s best wrestlers met in the 39th annual tournament finals where two of Saegertown’s best found themselves on the podium. Junior Kenny Kiser placed second,  and senior Cody Mulligan captured his fourth straight title. After beating rival Julian Gorring from Fort LeBoeuf 8-1 in the finals, Mulligan joins a small group of elite wrestlers who have accomplished such a feat.  

Going into this year’s tournament, Mulligan had beaten all of his opponents in the finals by one point. Mulligan said “Before the match, all I could think about was that I had only won by a point in the finals the last three years, so this year I was looking to dominate whoever I wrestled.” Mulligan is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation with a season record of 24-3. He has the chance to become Crawford County’s first ever two time PIAA State Champion.

The head coach of the Saegertown wrestling team, Jim Mulligan said, “Looking forward our goal is to keep wrestling well throughout the season and ultimately to be selected for the Dapper Dan tournament.” Even after such a feat, Mulligan is still working towards achieving his national level goals. He hopes to win his second state title and be nominated for the Dapper Dan team where the best athletes in the country are selected to compete on a team against Pennsylvania’s best wrestlers. In the wrestling community, being selected for this team is a huge feat.

Mulligan has already accomplished many of his personal goals this season, but he plans to achieve greater things. Mulligan’s Tool City win has credited him as one of Crawford County’s best wrestlers, but he is striving to become one of the nation’s best this year.  

Electives assembly tomorrow: new scheduling process underway

by Kaity Gage, design editor

Change is coming to scheduling for Saegertown, with scheduling forms slated to be handed out before the end of January.

“The goal is to be ahead,” said Assistant Principal Kylene Koper. In order to do that, on Tuesday Jan. 23 from 2 – 3 p.m.,  all students in grades 7 – 11 will be attending an assembly to discuss the scheduling plans for the 2018-2019 school year and learn about the elective courses available to them. This will include everything from journalism to robotics to anatomy to history of the media. Faculty speakers from all departments will be sharing the exciting possibilities offered through their electives.

The new scheduling forms will be different from what students have known in the past in an effort to make them easier to read. Each grade level will be given a specific form to allow them to see what courses they will be required to take (which will be highlighted) and what electives are available to them.

Several new classes, such as computer programming, may be offered next year. However, for the classes to be put onto the master schedule, ten students must enroll in the course. If there are only five students who are looking to take a course, it is likely that the class will not be offered that year. It will become a supply and demand situation. When it comes to AP (advanced placement) classes, there are not clear rules to how it will work yet if there are not the minimum ten students enrolled in the class.

The new scheduling process has been district approved and is being implemented in an effort to create more consistency between the three high schools in the PENNCREST school district.

The plan is to have the master schedule and the student schedules completed prior to the end of the school year. This would alleviate a majority of scheduling problems that are normally encountered over the summer months and at the start of the year.

More information will be available to students after the assembly on Jan. 23.

Pasta with a Purpose: Benefit dinner this Saturday

by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

IMG_5912On January 20, there will be a pasta benefit dinner for Saegertown senior Dakota Price. Dakota was diagnosed with leukemia last March and received treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for the remainder of 2017. He had a bone marrow transplant on Dec. 5 and learned he was in remission exactly a month later. Dakota will be spending the next several months in Pittsburgh as he gains strength throughout his recovery.

  Members of the community, friends, and members of the church are helping make cookies, salad, and meatballs in preparation for the dinner as well as helping serve and clean as it takes place. Senior Michael Chess has been involved with gathering fellow students to help out at the event. “We’ve all known him for so long, and I think we should be doing everything we can to help him, especially given the circumstances.”

Many Saegertown students have committed to helping at the dinner, including several NHS and Key Club members as well as junior high students.

The dinner will be from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Saegertown United Methodist. The cost for the dinner is a donation and takeout options available.  There will also be a Chinese auction, for which donations are still being accepted.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will be going to Dakota and his family. You can donate by contacting the church office at 814-763-6685 or email saegertownumc@gmail.org.

Workrooms provide push in positive direction: Next incentive day scheduled for February 23

by Kaitlyn Kozalla, staff writer

While some students spent their last day before Christmas break enjoying a multitude of festive activities, students who chose not do their work were in teacher-supervised workrooms. On Dec. 21, the workroom gave an opportunity for students to complete their work during the Lip Sync and participate in the afternoon activities once all of their incomplete assignments were finished.

Assistant Principal Kylene Koper noted the promotion of fun activities or rewards helps convince students get work turned in. “The day work was due, there were around one hundred thirty students with incomplete work. By the end of the day, there were around fifty,” Mrs. Koper said. She also added her thoughts of improvements for the workrooms. “Next time we want to have some hard copies of assignments for students. We also want extra iPads or laptops, extra pencils, and for students to bring a book to read when they’re done.”

There were differing opinions on the workroom. Some students failed to utilize the opportunity. “I didn’t get much done because there were students who were talking non-stop while other people were trying to get stuff done,” tenth grader Joshua McWright said.

While some students had a negative attitude, others were very optimistic. “The workroom was nice,” said seventh grader Montana White. “I got to spend time working on what I needed to work on.”

The workroom supervisors in the morning were Mr. Adam Horne for seventh and eighth, Mr. Richard Rutkowski for ninth and tenth, and Mrs. Heather Mook for eleventh and twelfth grade. “The students were doing their work, and they worked well,” Mr. Rutkowski said.

In the afternoon, Mr. Brad Wise supervised the middle schoolers while Mrs. Melissa Statman was in charge of the high school students. “It was absolutely productive,” Mrs. Statman said. “Every single person was working the entire time. Most of the kids were pretty good natured about it. There was even some camaraderie with kids who had the same teachers and assignments working together to get done.” She also noted that four or five students finished all their work during the afternoon and were able to go to an activity.

The next activity on February 23 will include a teachers vs. students dodgeball tournament as part of the day’s festivities. Again, the purpose of these activities, according to Mrs. Koper, is to reward students for getting their work turned in before the end of the nine weeks and to build community spirit in the school. So take note; make sure you turn in your work in time to participate in the next fun-filled day.

Principals’ talk will return next week. Stay tuned for the topic of a new attendance incentive.