Panthers plant for a cause

By Morgan Barksdale, Staff Writer

Seniors plant trees on Beautification Day. (left to right: Shauna Bowen, Marissa Cormier, Emily Ohmer)

Seniors plant trees on Beautification Day. (left to right: Shauna Bowen, Marissa Cormier, Emily Ohmer)

Mr. Chris Greco’s advanced biology classes, along with the seniors who took advanced biology last year, took a day to give back to nature. They went to Stainbrook Park on April 27 and gave the park a good, natural touch-up.

The group did everything from planting trees to landscaping, and even housekeeping. “The work wasn’t very hard; it made me feel more connected with my community,” said senior Spencer Price. The students enjoyed taking part in the beautification of a park that is so close to home.

Juniors took part in the beautification on Friday, May 1, in a field in Edinboro. The plain space was made spectacular by planting hardwoods. Trees that had been cut down were replaced, and when the new trees are harvested, they money will continue to benefit PENNCREST students through a scholarship fund. “Students worked hard, and the day was a success,” said Mr. Greco.

Spanish Club students “Fiesta like theres no Manana”

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Saegertown Spanish Club traveled to Pittsburgh on May 7. (photo contributed).

By Makenna Robison, Assistant Design Editor

The Saegertown Spanish Club held a fundraiser at the beginning of the school year to raise money for a trip to Pittsburgh on May 7. The club members toured the Nationality Rooms in the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. They visited a select few among the thirty different rooms featured on campus. In the afternoon, they visited the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. They capped off the trip with a Spanish dinner cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper Duchess. On the boat, the students and chaperones were served Spanish cultural food and an apple pie dessert. Sailing the Monongahela, Ohio, and Allegheny Rivers, they wrapped up their night becoming acquainted with other schools while learning new dances and playing limbo.

Awkward tales from the depths of SHS (part 2)

By Lianna Ketcham and Kaylee Luchansky, Website editors

All of these stories are brought to you by the students of Saegertown. If you would like your awkward story to be featured in the next set, email Lianna Ketcham at or Kaylee Luchansky at All stories will remain anonymous.

“This one time I waved to my friend and a tampon came flying out of her sleeve at my face when she waved back. That was awkward.”

“Being a klutz, I often find myself face to face with awkwardness. I can never hold on to anything handed to me. Since I’m throwing all of my flaws out there, I might as well mention I’m a gum addict. I can’t even count how many times I’ve bothered somebody for a piece of gum only to unwrap it and drop it on the ground. To make it worse, I usually end up stepping on it. To all of the pieces of gum I’ve murdered, I’m sorry.”

“I don’t know if it’s happened to anyone else, but there’s always that awkward occurrence of accidentally caressing a teachers hand as you’re walking down the hallway. That’s always super awkward, like I wasn’t trying to grab your hand; it just happened; please don’t fail me on my next test.”

Sophomores gain experience during Business Week

Winning company Chronos in action. (photo contributed)

Winning company Chronos in action. (photo contributed)

Ally Shenk, Staff Writer

ACES (Americans for Competitive Enterprise System, Inc.) brings Pennsylvania Business Week, which was held April 27-May 1, to Saegertown High School in hope that sophomores can get a sense of real business situations.

During the week, students are separated into companies and assigned a position such as CEO, marketing director, etc. Each company is assigned a product to “sell” to the public, and using the resources given, they must execute the design, development and marketing of the object. “I expected it to be boring, but it’s actually fun,” said sophomore Kendra Taylor.

Chronos. (photo contributed)

(photo contributed)

The trade show, held in the gym on Friday, gave students, teachers, and parents a chance to experience the hard work and experience the sales and marketing pitches of the six companies. Mrs. Nicole Keller’s group of Kalib Kiser, Tanna Walters, Aidan Byham, Cutter’b Pritchard, Jude Mattocks, Jillian Rosipko, Kirsten Mowris, Marc Kightlinger, John Jackson, TJ Hasychak, Alandis Doctor, Rachel Barner, Tatin Bailey, Alexis Oldakowski, and Greg Gunn who produced the “Chronos” watch won the Top Company award at the awards ceremony Friday afternoon. Each team member received $100, t-shirts, coupons, water bottles, and other items. Other prizes were given to those for exceeding expectations in their group or performing well in competitions that featured their expertise.

“It was very stressful; I think the fact that we all worked together well and didn’t have problems was the reason we won,” said CEO of Chronos Aidan Byham. For more information about PA Business Week, visit

E-Books are now accessible everywhere

By Sydney Kightlinger, Assistant Opinion Editor

Time to turn off those games you are vigorously playing on your iPad because there is now something worthwhile in town. Instead of rotting your brain with that riveting game of 1010, you can now grow your mind with the tiny tablet. The library is now offering electronic books, E-books.

There are over 120 books in all genres from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. “I like the thought of having access to E-books, especially since the library is closed for business every other day,” said senior Eric Kisner.

To start checking out books, go to Mrs. Litke with your iPad, and she will give you login information.

Happy Reading!

Boys and girls junior high volleyball

By Lindsey Price, Staff Writer

FullSizeRender-2Saegertown sends congratulations to the junior high boys and girls volleyball teams for a great end to their seasons. The boys finished 1-4 while the girls finished the season 5-5. “Although we only won one tournament, we’ve improved a lot since last year, especially because we gained five new players just this year,” said eighth grader Will Phelan. The boys conquered their last tournament at Saegertown with a win. Several excited fans in the crowd were happy to see the boys win the nail-biting final match against Maplewood. FullSizeRender-3Elizabeth Hasko and Carlie Schlosser of the girls junior high team said, “We’ve seen ourselves, as well as new members, improve. More volleys and discipline have been incorporated this year, which could be why we had more success.” The girls participated in two tournaments this season, and ended each in the final four group.  Both teams are excited for what next year holds and will continue to work on new skills learned for the years to come.

Youth bowlers headed to Pepsi State Finals

By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor

Saturday, May 9, three student bowlers from Saegertown High School will travel to Hanover, Pennsylvania to compete in the Pepsi State Finals, sponsored by Pennsylvania State USBC Youth Bowling. Nick Archacki, Michael Costello, and Kylee Higby will be competing against youth bowlers from across the state to determine a winner. The bowlers are split into categories determined by their age and gender. Nick and Michael will bowl in the Under 15 boys group, and Kylee will bowl in the Under 15 girls group. Each bowler will bowl a 3-game set with handicap added to finalize their score. After every bowler has bowled, results will be posted to decide a winner.

“I’m pretty confident heading into this weekend. I feel like my game is strong, and I am going to score well,” said Archacki.

To make it to the state finals, the bowlers must qualify at their home bowling house. All three participants from Saegertown bowled at Plaza Lanes in Meadville to qualify. Archacki said, “I can’t wait to get down there and start bowling.” For more information about the tournament and results, visit


Panther Press Twitter Feed featured in Erie-Times News Varsity magazine

By Eric Kisner, News Editor

“While the sports reporting industry goes through a digital revolution, the students at Saegertown’s Panther Press are staying ahead of the curve.” This was the close to renowned Erie Times News’ sports writer Tom Reisenwebers’ recent piece regarding the Panther Press’s evolving media output, most notably its twitter coverage of sports and other school events.

On April 16, the Panther Press staff received a visit from the Erie Times News’ Andy Colwell, who photographed the staff and and talked with its reporters and advisor Stacey Hetrick. Staff members were also interviewed at that time by Reisenweber, who is well known to local high school athletes for his coverage on

Starting in 2011, the staff has provided coverage of sporting events, an idea that was proposed by then editor in chief Hunter Johnston, who Hetrick described as “an excellent sports writer.”

In the past few years, the Panther Press’ twitter feed (@PantherPressSHS) has expanded to cover not just sports, but a number of extracurricular activities such as music, theatre, and Hi-Q, and provides links to the staff’s website.

The Panther Press has come a long way, since its inception in 2006. Hetrick, who kickstarted and is now the program’s sole advisor, is extremely pleased with the accomplishments of her students, as well as the direction that their publication is headed.

In the article, Hetrick said, “On a daily basis, I’m impressed with what my students are able to do. We have a following of around 500 people on Twitter, and it’s really interesting and gratifying to see the site get traction. The kids are getting looks and feedback on the tweets as they are able to share information and tell the story of our sports teams.”

To read the full article, visit