Unicorn magic and other varieties come to Starbucks

By Francis Jageacks, staff writer

People need a lot of caffeine to wake up in the morning, or if you’re majestic enough, maybe some unicorn magic.

Starbucks started selling their new Unicorn Frappacino as a part of their happy hour deal on April 19 until the stores sold out of the product. This monumental frappuccino is a blend of mango and blue raspberry syrup, cream mixed with pink and blue sour powder, topped off with vanilla whipped cream and some blue drizzle.

What was it that made consumers run to this product? Is it the illusion of its colorful ingredients that makes it seem like it’s made from unicorns, or is it all the sweet sugar that made people run to Starbucks with their iPhones?

Let’s start with the blue drizzle. It’s actually the mocha syrup with skim milk, coconut milk, coconut oil, and butter. The mango syrup and the colour powders are made of dextrose, fruit and vegetable color, and citric acid. The drizzle is pretty natural, but the powders are just sugar with food coloring.

The creator of the drink, food stylist Adeline Waugh, was exploring the idea of fun and colorful food that does not contain any artificial coloring. Waugh created unicorn toast that was posted on Teen Vogue that led to this idea of the Unicorn drink. The idea of unicorn food or adding style to food is a way of marketing. It’s equivalent to the iconic Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos or Little Caesars pretzel pizza crust. People are trying this limited time drink to gain an experience that they can post on their social media.

The Unicorn frappuccino has led to other underground variations of the drink such as the unicorn lemonade and the dragon frappuccino. When the baristas ran out of ingredients for the unicorn drinks or when they were on break, they played with different ingredients for their own enjoyment, and they created some new underground drinks.

Starbucks is still debating  if the unicorn drink will come back as a limited time drink or as a regular menu item. 

PSA: Student Council election candidates

By Kassie Boyd, staff writer

The following are the candidates for the 2017-2018 Saegertown Student Council election:

 

President

Erik Murphy (Independent Party)

Hunter Trzeciak (Kool K.A.T.S. Party)

Payton Brooks (Presidential Party)

 

Vice President

Stefanie Arblaster (Kool K.A.T.S. Party)

Julia Sada (Presidential Party)

 

Secretary

Bailey Kozalla (Kool K.AT.S. Party)

 

Treasurer

Taylor Schultz (Kool K.A.T.S. Party)

 

This morning, students were able to hear speeches from candidates. Voting will take place tomorrow Wednesday, May 10, during Social Studies classes in the Panther Hallway. There are paper ballots in the office for student who will be on field trip during elections. 

Thirteen Reasons Why sparks controversy among teenagers

by Scout Van Cise, opinion editor

The latest fascination of teenagers from all over the world is the Netflix-original series Thirteen Reasons Why. The 13 episode show, based on the 2007 novel under the same title by Jay Asher, follows the life of the late Hannah Baker, a high school student who was driven to the point of suicide due to the influence of some of her classmates. Before ending her life, Hannah made 13 cassette tapes, each dedicated to a person in her school that affected her life in a negative way.

The series, which aired on March 31, has been controversial. Many people argue that it romanticizes mental illness and self harm and that it is not healthy for teenagers to watch. Executive producer Selena Gomez responded to the controversy in an interview with E! News. “I just wanted it to come across in a way that kids would be frightened, but confused — in a way that they would talk about it because it’s something that’s happening all the time,” Gomez said.

This article by Psychology Today highlights the psychological effects of Thirteen Reasons Why.

Others are angered by viewers not taking the show seriously. Some have even gone so far as to turn the plot line into a social media game, making facebook or instagram posts asking friends and followers to comment their name so that the poster can reply with “tape” or “no tape.” “Tape” implies that the commenter wronged the poster at some point while “no tape” means that they’ve never offended them. There have also been several promposals with tapes labeled “Thirteen Reasons Why you should go to prom with me,” turning the show’s unsettling message into a way to get a date.

Saegertown students have mixed reviews about Thirteen Reasons Why. Junior Laura Monico saw the meaning of the show to be significant, but also saw flaws in the production of it. “I think everyone, even adults, should watch it. I do think that some of Hannah’s depression in the show is glorified and not completely accurately displayed, but again I think the message was clear and very important,” Monico said. “Even if people don’t agree with it or find it morally okay, everyone should be aware of how harsh and life changing their words can be.”

Sophomore Sheena Byham enjoyed the show but did not think it was appropriate for all audiences. “It was a really explicit show, and it was a dramatic vision on how high school can be. It was a good show overall, but some scenes aren’t meant for kids,” Byham said.

If you have strong opinions on Thirteen Reasons Why, email them to Scout Van Cise at livancise@psdmail.org.

What’s new at prom? Prom packet outlines new guidelines

By Jade Allen, staff writer

This year’s prom will be held at Hotel Conneaut in Conneaut Lake Park on May 19 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Guidelines, some old and some new, are being put into effect this year as laid out in the newly released “Prom Packet,” prepared by Ms. Nova Dinsmore, this year’s prom advisor.

Dinner will be offered at 6 p.m. this year before the dance at Hotel Conneaut. The tickets The junior ticket with dinner is $50 and without dinner is $30. The senior ticket with dinner is $35 and without dinner is $15. Ms. Dinsmore said, “We’re moving in the direction of having dinner included to keep the kids all in one place for dinner, so there’s less opportunity for accidents.”

The packet states that formal attire is suggested and girls wearing two-piece dresses must not show more than 3 inches of midriff.

Fallon’s Photography is doing couples pictures starting at 6:15 pm. at Conneaut Lake Park. They have a list of products you can purchase when you get them taken prior to prom on the back of the Prom Packet. You will be able to view and purchase them online as well two weeks after prom.

In addition, the prom committee has broken with tradition by charging seniors for tickets. In the past it was the responsibility of juniors to fundraise, and in exchange, they wouldn’t pay as seniors to attend. Ms. Dinsmore said, “The juniors this year only fundraised a total of $700 this year. No money, no Prom.”

However, as this is the transitional year, and this year’s seniors fundraised for prom as juniors, senior class officers and advisors Mr. Bill Hetrick and Mr. Chris Greco used remaining senior class funds to purchase tickets for any seniors who expressed interest in going to the prom.

Cracking a book: Saegertown students attend Youngstown University English Festival

by Sydney Kightlinger, editor in chief

C.S. Lewis once said, “We read to know we are not alone.” On April 26, 24 Penncrest Students proved Lewis’s statement when they joined a thousand other students from Pennsylvania and Ohio high schools at the 39th Annual Youngstown State English Festival in Youngstown, OH.

Students begin preparing for the festival last fall when Saegertown and Maplewood librarians Mrs. Betty Litke and Mrs. Jeanne Rose started organizing groups. Registration for the three day festival opened in October.  

The YSU English Festival is dedicated to examining and analysing popular young adult novels in a multitude of genres like mystery, fantasy and historical fiction. The year participants read “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” and  “We Were Liars”  by E. Lockhart, “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Jandy Nelson, “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven, “Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick, and “Boxers” and “Saints” by Gene Luen Yang prior to attending the festival.

Senior Rachel Barner has attended the festival the past four years and is impressed with the books every year. “‘We Were Liars’ and ‘All the Bright Places’ really made me think. My jaw hit the floor when I finished ‘We were liars.’ It was refreshing to spend the day with others who feel the same about books,” said Barner.

At the festival, students are assigned a track with five workshops for the day centered around the selected books. Some workshops are contests like “Writing Games,” “Not So Trivial Pursuit,” “Limericks,” “Impromptu,”and “Journalism.”

Saegertown freshman Kimmy Reisinger took first for her limerick and sophomore Madison Morgan took second in “Not so Trivial Pursuit.” “I was shocked when I won the limerick competition because walking in I didn’t think I knew who to write a limerick”, said Reisinger.

In addition to competing, students get to sit down with some of the year’s featured authors. This year’s Candace Gay Memorial Lecturer was E. Lockhart, the writer of two YSU selections: “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” and “We Were Liars.”

Lockhart signed books and talk to students about the her writing process.

Her [Lockhart’s] writing process was really creative. She would look up quotes or stare a photo that inspired her to write. She would take her laptop and go off and write anywhere,” said Resinger.

I enjoy taking kids to the festival. They have to read seven books and be able to analyze and discuss with a thousand other kids. The get to meet authors, listen to their narrative, and ask them questions. It gives children the opportunity to see that authors are people too and that anyone can tell a story and their are many ways to tell a story,” said Mrs. Litke, who introduced the other featured author Gene Luen Yang.

Yang wrote the graphic novels “Boxers” and “Saints” illustrating the eighteenth century  Chinese Boxer Rebellion. “I love history, but I didn’t know much about the Boxer rebellion before YSU. Between the graphic novels and a lecture I sat in on, I am fascinated seeing the conflict from more than the American perspective,” said Barner.

 

Crawford County 4-H to hold annual FUNd for YOUth auction

by Kaity Gage, special media projects editor 

The FUNd for YOUth auction is scheduled to take place on May 13. The item viewing will begin at 4 p.m. and the auction is to start at 5 p.m. This is a key fundraising event for Crawford County 4-H clubs.

The Fund for Youth Auction has been taking place in Crawford County for multiple years and many families look forward to going annually. “It’s great that we can support local 4-Hers by buying the items they collected,” said Janet Hunter, a retired 4-H leader. In an effort to support the auction, 4-H clubs and their members are encouraged to go to local businesses to collect donations and some will even submit their own crafts. The funds from the auction are divided up by the Crawford County Extension Office and distributed back among the clubs who participated. The amount each club receives is based on how much their donations sell for and their contributions to the event. During the auction, 4-H members check-in and hold the items on the stage while they are being auctioned off.  

“We hope to see you there,” said a member of the Fabulous Farmers 4-H Club.

 

Lifted takes top spot in Pennsylvania Business Week

by Hannah Nicholson, staff writer

Pennsylvania Business Week winners have been announced, and Lifted, under the leadership of CEO Claudia Fetzner, won top company. Their efforts were evaluated in their Marketing and Advertising presentations, the RONA competition, and the trade show. The top company winners received $100 each.

ACES (Americans for Competitive Enterprise System, Inc.) brings Pennsylvania Business Week to Saegertown High School in hopes that sophomores can get a sense of real business situations.

For this year’s competition, there were two products, shoes and clocks, with three companies in each category. The shoe companies were Sole Strong, Lifted, and Flexx. Sophomores came up with interesting features for the shoes which included replaceable soles, shoes with springs in them, and massaging shoes.

In the clock categories, the companies were Clock It, Paradox, and Tick Tock Technologies. Paradox was marketing for an older audience, so they had a medical aspect to their clocks that measured heartbeat and alerted a hospital if there were significant changes in heartbeat speed. Clock It took a different route, however, and marketed a clock for appliances.

The Marketing and Advertising presentations are based around how they sold their products and how well their finances did based on their marketing techniques. The sophomores made posters, speeches, and commercials to present to judges. One of the aspects they included in their presentations were the RONA (Return on Net Assets) numbers. This evaluates the company’s finances over 11 business quarters. By the end of the eleventh quarter, Lifted and Paradox were in first place in their respective industries.

On Friday, winners were announced in RONA, advertising and marketing, stockholders, and the trade show. Paradox won both RONA and stockholders, Sole Strong won advertising and marketing, and Flexx won the trade show aspect.

CEO of Lifted, Claudia Fetzner did not expect to win, but said, “We were confident in what we did. We really worked well together, and everyone did their job.”

Member of Lifted included: Efrian Vega-Vega, Charlie Johnston, Claudia Fetzner, Will Phelan, John Kozlowski, James Hammond, Austin Bedow, Brode Burger, Cheyenne Manross, Hillary Twiford, Stephanie Polach, Sierra Miller, Ben Shelenburger,  Jalisa Norr, and Brendan Mahoney.

 

The true YouTube experience

By Kaitlyn Walsh, features editor

It’s a boring Saturday night. All of your friends are out doing stuff without you, and you don’t want to sleep the night away. What do you do? You turn to the internet. YouTube, to be specific. You probably know of some YouTube channels that are already pretty popular, such as PewDiePie or Jenna Marbles. But there are a few that you may not know about, and they’re just as entertaining.

Zefrank1  is one of my personal favorites. He makes videos called ‘True Facts,’ which showcase animals that people might not know much about such as the Anglerfish or the Sea Pig. His monotonous voice is very interesting, and makes learning fun for those of you who would rather poke your eye out than learn anything new.

BigCatDerek is another favorite of mine. Derek Krahn, an Operations Director for a non-profit big cat sanctuary in Texas, makes vlogs of the cats that are in his care. You can get up close and personal with Solano, the one-eyed white tiger, or Cassie the mountain lion. It’s an experience that you may not get to have in real life, but the Internet is the next best bet.

Arf is a popular internet obscurity, perfect for when you have nothing to do and don’t want to do anything of substance. The entire channel is nothing but popular songs remixed with the yappy barking of Gabe the Dog. Popular videos include Bork Busters, Jurassic Bork, and Careless Bork.  

Whatever you decide to watch, I hope this miniature guide will point you in a good direction. Happy internet travels Saegertown.

Saegertown students to attend Adjudication Festival

by Stefanie Arblaster, website editor

The Saegertown chamber singers will be attending the 2017 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Adjudication Festival hosted by Westminister College in New Wilmington, Pa. on May 10. The festival will feature twelve different chamber singer groups from across the state, including Wilmington, Mercer, and Butler. Each group will perform three songs for a panel of judges and receive written and spoken comments on their performance.

Mrs. Susan James, Saegertown’s musical director, who attended this festival once in 1994, has entered this year’s chamber singers in hopes of improving the group’s abilities as a whole. “I hope that they can provide some positive feedback as well as some things to improve on. I think this will be a really good experience for them to hear other schools and to get out of their comfort zone,” Mrs. James said.

The chamber singers will be performing Take me home” by Penatonix, “Sing me to heaven” by Daniel E. Gawthrop, and “Adoramus Te,” a traditional Catholic song. “I really enjoy all of the pieces we chose this year and I’m really confident that we’ll do well as a group and learn a lot from this experience,” senior Emily Burger said.

 

Spring season holds high expectations

By Grant Phelan, staff writer

The spring season brings a roll of thunder with the warming temperatures, but thunder isn’t the only sound filling the Pennsylvanian forests this spring. On any given morning, one can probably travel to a nearby ridgetop or field and hear the booming gobble of a lovestruck wild turkey.

Gobblers will be seeking to breed hens. It’s an annual ritual starting in February and lasting until late May. Last Saturday, hunters were able to start sneaking into the predawn woods in hopes of filling their tags. “Since there wasn’t a high harvest rate last year, birds will be smarter. So you won’t be able to call them in. That or the birds that have never been called will be easier to call in. It’s seems like if they haven’t been messed with, you shouldn’t have too much trouble,” sophomore Seth Lang said.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), allows hunters to harvest one turkey per day and two per season if they have purchased a separate bonus tag. This tag costs $21.70 as of 2016. Although the season for adults began Saturday, it runs until May 31. From the opener to May 13, hunters may only be in the woods until noon. However, since 2011, hunters have been allowed to hunt in the afternoon during the latter half of the season. That latter half is from the May 14 until the last day this year.

It has been a week since the Youth Turkey Hunt Day on April 23. That was when Junior and Mentor Hunters ages sixteen and younger could try their luck at bagging a bird. When the regular season starts, youth who haven’t found a bird can still participate, but adults are added to the equation. Sophomore Devin Steiger was fortunate enough to bag a four inch bearded bird on the Youth Hunt.

With almost a month of hunting, Saegertown students will have plenty of opportunities, and lost sleep trying to harvest a big gobbler. “Get in early before the crowds and before sunrise,” Lang said. “If you can get in your spot and know where they are, start calling, and they will come right in.”
Email your successful hunts to grphelan@psdmailorg or tweet  them @PantherPressSHS.