Junior high celebrates the holidays

The junior high is preparing for the upcoming holiday, Christmas. Seventh grader Ava Jones is looking forward to continuing her family’s Christmas traditions.  “Collin, Carson, and I wake up at 6:30 every year and wake up our parents to open gifts.”  Others have different traditions.  “My family goes to my grandma’s for Christmas Dinner,” said Katie Berger.  

Food is a common theme amongst the junior high. When asked about Christmas, Marli McGowan said, “My favorite food at Christmas is ham.” Some students even had food on their wish-list.  “I want a box of Ritz

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Some of the junior high students participated in the holiday spirit day at SHS on December 22.

crackers,” said Kenny Kiser. Many students are not only excited to receive gifts, but also to give them.  Sydney Fredericks said, “I’m giving my mom a necklace from Jared’s, and I can’t wait to see her reaction.”  Others have a different agenda. Oliver Smith is planning to play a prank on his little brother Christmas morning. “My plan is to put a fairly large chunk of coal into a little package, and my brother Linus will get a little Christmas surprise from ‘Santa’ (I got him a real present as well).”

Overall everyone is part taking in the holiday cheer.  Matt Posego said, ”I want to spread joy throughout the world and an eighty pack of Ho Hos.”  Hohoho from Matt Posego and happy holidays from the Junior high.

Little Norwood is welcomed to the Earth

By Rachel Barner, staff writer

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Mrs. Norwood poses with her daughter Vanessa.

November 4 was a special day for English teacher Mrs. Susan Norwood and her husband Zack. On that day at 6:31 p.m. at the Meadville Medical Center, a six pound and two ounce Vanessa Lin Norwood was born.

It has been over a month since baby Norwood was born, and Norwood and her husband are already accustomed to the new routine with a baby. Norwood uses the word ‘routine’ very loosely, since Vanessa’s routine is “eat, sleep, poop, repeat.” She and her husband take shifts of when to take care of the baby, but Norwood usually gets a nap from 8-10 a.m.

“I am surprised at how many hours go to caring for a newborn baby; it disappears quickly!” Norwood said. “It’s a struggle to complete basic housework, and there is no such thing as a ‘quick trip’ anywhere if she’s going.”

“She is fabulous, but I am biased.  Vanessa is quite petite; many people compare her to or call her a peanut. She has been great meeting new people,” said Norwood. “It is mesmerizing, watching her day to day.  She makes hilarious faces, loves stretching or sleeping with her hands in the air, and squirms around in the most amusing ways.”

Norwood and her husband love being parents. “It’s a messy job, but somebody’s gotta do it,” Zack Norwood said about parenting. Norwood has felt all of the mom instincts kick in, and she loves cuddling with Vanessa. She says parenting is all-consuming, but that she would not change it for anything. She has also has a newfound respect for mothers who have more than one child and mothers that go back to work right away.

The Norwood family plans on spending Vanessa’s first holiday with extented family and friends. “We would like to visit with family as much as possible, but we’re most looking forward to some time, just the three of us, to bond and relax while my husband has some time off from work,” Norwood said.

Norwood plans on returning to SHS in April of 2016.

Scouting and Hunting: Principal’s Edition

By Hunter Trzeciak and Scout Van Cise, arts and entertainment editors

As you know, the students of Saegertown High School have their fair share of unique and remarkable talents, but our new principal is hiding an ability that is a mystery to the staff and student body.  We have learned that in high school and college Mr. Baker was in fact a thespian.

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Principal Tom Baker has appeared in productions including Annie and The Wizard of Oz

Starting his career in theater at Berlin High School, Mr. Baker acted in a school production of “Annie” and played the Mayor of Munchkin City in “The Wizard of Oz.”  He was interested in theater because he liked to meet new people and appreciated that “you get to become someone that you’re not.”

After four years of being a part of high school productions, Mr. Baker furthered his theatrical career for two years in college, appearing in “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Increased Difficulty of Concentration.” Though Mr. Baker loves all of the plays that he participated in, his personal favorite is “The Wizard of Oz.”

Mr. Baker no longer takes part in shows because of lack of rehearsal time, but he enjoys watching them.  His personal favorites include “Wicked” and “Les Miserables.”  Even though Mr. Baker has retired from the theater business, he would still enjoy playing a small part in a local or school production. He encourages all students to get involved in theater, for the best part is “just having fun because it’s structured, but you still have the ability to make the character your own.”

Talents shine from SHS

Sydney Kightlinger, design editor and Rachel Barner, staff writer

To get everyone into the holiday spirit, the Student Council will be hosting a talent show in the auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 22. Many students will have their talents showcased during the morning assembly that starts at 9:45.

Senior Colten Burdick and sophomore Kevin Johns are each performing

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Grace Diley will perform the piece “Part of Your World” from the “Little Mermaid” during the Saegertown talent show on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

original raps. Burdick, who’s excited and slightly anxious for the performance, said, “I hope to maybe inspire some people and to show who I really am, and I hope I don’t burn down the place with my fire.”

Johns, who fears stuttering, is freestyling. “I am excited to explore my talent and seeing what I can do.”

In addition to rapping, seventh graders Jane Hetrick, Madison Shoop, junior Mackenzie Genaway, and the Chamber Singers will be singing.

Hetrick has  prepared a version of Michael Bublé’s “Feeling Good” after seeing a video on YouTube of Carly Rose Sonenclar, a contestant on The X Factor.

Shoop is performing Katy Perry’s “Jar of Hearts”. She decided to  participate in the talent show because “performing in front of people has been hard for me, and there are times I need to get over that.”

 Genaway is performing “Night Changes” by One Direction, and she is “just a little” nervous to sing in front of an audience, but is very excited.

The Chamber Singers will perform pieces prepared for their winter concert that was earlier this month.

However, vocal performances are not the makeup of the entire show. Sophomore Megan Przybowski will be performing a piece on the trumpet that she is keeping a secret, and seventh grader Grace Diley will play “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “A Little Mermaid” on the piano. Both started playing their instruments while in elementary school.

Seventh grader Dairen Kaye will have a comedy routine. “I have always been able to make people laugh, and I can make many different voices,” said Kaye. He hopes to have the audience participate.

Student Council advisor Mrs. Nicole Keller hopes to make the talent show a tradition. “I hope our appreciation for the talents of students grow, and I hope next year more students sign-up.”

After the assembly, students will return to their classes. Classes will be shortened to 15-20 minutes with the exception of fifth period that will be normal. At 1:35 p.m., the holiday activity period will be begin.

Staff shares holiday favorites

By Bailey Kozalla and Kaity Gage, Staff Writer and Marketing Director

All around the world Christmas is celebrated in a variety of ways.  Some people might buy gifts for family and friends, sing Christmas carols, or even wear their favorite ugly Christmas sweater.

At Saegertown High School some teachers choose to either go Christmas shopping in-store, online, or not at all.  Principal Tom Baker and Mr. Chris

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Mrs. Kimmel holds her dancing Santa.

Greco prefer to do their shopping online, while Mrs. Debbie Houck completes her Christmas shopping in-store.  

The teachers have also addressed their favorite foods and beverages during Christmas time.  Mr. Adam Horne enjoys drinking eggnog and Mr. Molnar’s favorite Christmas food is “ham, the way my wife makes it.”  Mr. Greco celebrates Christmas Eve with his family, and they enjoy steak, lobster, and homemade spaghetti for dinner.  

Certain teachers follow traditions during the holidays, or they might forge a whole new tradition of their own to share with their families.  Mrs. Donna Kimmel likes Santa Claus figures and has a continually growing collection that she adds to every year.  Mr. Molnar adopted an entire new tradition this year.  His cats have become increasingly fond of his Christmas tree, so he has had to “fish them out,” meaning that he physically reaches into the tree to pull them out. Mr. Baker said that he does not have a tradition because (in his own words), “I’m a bah humbug kinda person.”  

Regardless of the variety of ways to celebrate Christmas, the staff always finds time to be with their families and friends during this special time of year.  Mr. Molnar may perhaps summarize it the best, “I believe on giving a gift that keeps on giving.”  

Panthers grapple at Walsh Ironman Tournament

By Hannah Draa and Cutter’b Pritchard, Staff Writers

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Cody Mulligan stands all the way to the left of the podium with his seventh place plaque at the Ironman Tournament on Dec. 12.

From coast to coast, wrestlers all over the country travel to compete in the Walsh Ironman Tournament. This year, the well-represented Saegertown wrestling team participated in this event on Dec. 11 through Dec. 12. It is known as the number one ranked tournament in the country. It is held at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio. Last year, the panthers made a name for themselves  when graduate Dylan Reynolds took first place at weight 195lbs.

Saegertown traveled to the round robin for their third consecutive year, and they took fourteen starting varsity wrestlers. With the competition being fierce, many of the wrestlers valued the opportunity to take part in the meet.

“I feel honored to go and place. I think I’m gonna win it next year,” said sophomore Cody Mulligan who placed seventh at this year’s Ironman tournament. Senior Nick Monico was able to celebrate his 100th win during this year’s competition. Not only did Monico make it through to the second day, but Mulligan also made it through the first day’s challenges and both were able to compete in matches for the second day.

During the two day span of the tournament, the wrestlers made many memories. “The most memorable moment for me is when my dad and Mr. Bradshaw were yelling at me after I lost. The coaching experience is original and organic at tournaments,” said Mulligan. “It’s a good gauge to see where you’re at for the regular season known as March mattness,” said Monico.