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 goerie.com.

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 goerie.com.

 

Saegertown Hi-Q team takes the silver medal

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Members of the Hi-Q team. From left to right: Jared McClymonds, Tyler Brooks, Brennen Burke, Sydney Kightlinger, Dustin Bierman, Jared Shaffer, and Eric Kisner.

By Stephen Boylan, Director of Marketing

The first PENNCREST Hi-Q was held in 1980, thirty-five years ago. On Wednesday April 29, the Saegertown Hi-Q team went head to head against Cambridge Springs and Maplewood in the annual contest, which consists of three fifteen-minute rounds of trivia.

After the first round, Maplewood was in first place with 55 points, followed by Cambridge Springs with 45 points, and Saegertown was in last place with 30 points. At the end of the competition, Saegertown took second place with 195 points, only 15 points behind Maplewood. Cambridge Springs took last place with 95 points. “I think we did well. We performed well. I hope next year we can close that 15 point gap. I’m looking forward to that friendly competition,” said Saegertown’s team captain, sophomore Sydney Kightlinger.

“We certainly made it interesting at the end. I am proud of the seniors, Eric Kisner and Brennen Burke. They have been wonderful competitors for several years, and they will be missed. This event is a grand tradition, and I hope the friendly rivalry continues for years to come,” said Hi-Q adviser Mrs. Stacey Hetrick.

Art teacher shares ceramics expertise with students

Fred Corle uses the pottery wheel. (Photo contributed)

Fred Corle uses the pottery wheel. (Photo contributed)


By Caitlin Bieganski, Assistant Photo Editor

On April 28, retired Cambridge art teacher Fred Corle demonstrated ceramic techniques in Ms. Dani Hewston’s and Mrs. Heather Papinchak’s art classes. Students in art 1 – 4 were welcome attend, and the experience gave them some expert insight before they tried their own hands at the wheel.

Fred Corle visits the art classes. (Photo contributed)

Fred Corle visits the art classes. (Photo contributed)

Now that he is retired, Corle now spends much of his free time exploring his talents at a local studio. He also occasionally places his pieces at art shows. Being such an experienced potter and teacher, Corle almost effortlessly showed the art students the basic process of creating a small bowl or pot; from centering a crude ball of clay onto the wheel, to shaping the lump into a cylinder or a bowl. During the demonstration, he broke down the surprisingly complex process and explained the techniques he uses to steady his hands and gradually morph the clay into a piece of art, even slicing the finished product in half to show its thickness.
Emily Morris, a current art 3 student, said, “Mr. Corle seemed to be very passionate about his work, and he explained it in a way was both interesting and easy to follow.”  Overall, the students were both impressed with his skills and thoroughly enlightened about the process of ceramics.

Advanced biology students plant trees for PENNCREST Foundation

By Stephen Boylan, Director of Marketing

Check out the Slide Show from May 1 tree planting at Kinter Hill near Edinboro. Science teachers Mr. Chris Greco, Mr. Phil Young and Mr. Matt McLaughlin supervised around 30 juniors with the trees, which will provide funding for future scholarships from the PENNCREST Foundation.

Advanced Biology students attend Creek Connections

By Kaylee Luchansky, Web Site Editor

Saegertown High School's introductory photo at Creek Connections. (Photo contributed by Mr. Greco)

Saegertown High School’s introductory photo at Creek Connections. (Photo contributed by Mr. Greco)

Students from Mr. Chris Greco’s advanced biology classes presented their interactive tri-folds about local waterways and the surrounding area on April 24 at Allegheny College,  along with projects from schools across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.

The day began in Shafer Auditorium where David Pallant discussed his journey to Vietnam and the Philippines to rid the creeks of garbage and sewage. Students then separated into two groups; some stayed in Shafer auditorium to listen to presentations while the others explored the tri-folds set up outside, and listened to students share their expertise on topics ranging from pollution in our water to watersheds and much more.

Junior Stephen Boylan sets up his tri-fold.

Junior Stephen Boylan sets up his tri-fold.

Then, the students separated to attend activities such as Gone Batty with Terry Lobdell and Map and Compass.

After a successful and informational day, the students went home with a participation certificate, knowledge about their area, and a new sense of respect for all that the Creek Connections workers do.

“It was fun watching Mr. Greco trying to figure it out (Map and Compass),” said junior Felisha Offi. For more information about Creek Connections, visit the Allegheny College web site.

Spring Fling coming Friday

Spring Fling poster. (photo contributed)

Spring Fling poster. (photo contributed)

By Lauren Haylett, junior high reporter

The Key Club is hosting a dance for seventh, eighth, and ninth graders on May 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  “The Spring Fling was an idea the Key Club came up with a few years ago and we are continuing it, so while the juniors, seniors, and some sophomores can go to prom, the junior high and the freshman can go to a dance too,” said head of spring fling committee, freshman Kaity Gage. Other members include Ericka Caldwell, Kasey Newhard, Izzy Weier, Eric Kisner, Matt Peters, Emily Callan, and Hannah Smith. Many students plan to attend. “Heck yeah, I’m going to the dance!” said seventh grader Karley Price,”I can’t wait to go.”  Most girls have already got their dresses. “The dress is semi-formal,” explained Gage. “I plan to wear nice jeans and a plaid dress shirt,” said ninth grader Tylor Luikhart. Both singles and couples are welcome to come. The price to attend is $3 per person and $5 per couple.  “We don’t have a goal of money to raise,” said Key Club advisor, Mrs. Statman. “Key Club is about helping the school, so the dance is just for the junior high to have fun.” Bonus points and incentives are being provided by some teachers for those who attend the dance.  The dance DJ will be sophomore Ben Haylett.  “I want to take into consideration what the crowd wants to hear and play as many requests as possible,” said Haylett.  Katie Berger said,”I’m so excited I’m going to explode!”

Top 5 List of Songs to Play at Dance

  1. Uptown Funk
  2. Chains
  3. Cupid Shuffle
  4. Wobble
  5. Thinking Out Loud

Panther Press staff excels in Journalism Day at Edinboro University

By Brad Amy, Staff Writer

Panther Press award winners: clockwise from top: Jacob Perrett and Nick Woge, Jacob Perrett, Kaylee Luchansky and Lianna Ketcham, Kristi Stoyer, Lexie Erdos, and Erin Sherry.

Panther Press award winners: clockwise from top: Jacob Perrett and Nick Woge, Jacob Perrett, Kaylee Luchansky and Lianna Ketcham, Kristi Stoyer, Lexie Erdos, and Erin Sherry. Missing from photos are Jessica Tomiczek and Casey Fetzner.

On April 10, the Panther Press staff travelled to the Pogue Center at Edinboro University to participate in the ninth annual Journalism Day. The day started with breakfast, where the staff members met journalists from eight other high schools participating in the event: McDowell, Collegiate Academy, General McLane, Youngsville, Eisenhower, Norwin, Fort LeBoeuf, Cathedral Prep, and Corry. After welcoming remarks from Dr. Anthony Peyronel, chairperson of the department of journalism and public relations, and Edinboro University President Dr. Julie Wollman, the morning speaker was Jamison Hixenbaugh from Lilly Broadcasting in Erie. The staff then split into three groups to attend sessions on multimedia journalism, public relations,  or meet with journalism professionals for a critique of their publications. After lunch, Jack Speer, newscaster for NPR (National Public Radio) delivered the keynote address. He told the students about his career, his time as an NPR Journalist, and what he is doing now.

The day finished with the annual award ceremony, where the Panther Press staff received several awards. The winners are as follows: broadcast news package Nick Woge and Jacob Perrett, third; Perrett, first; broadcast news anchor Perrett, first place; news Lexie Erdos third and Kristi Stoyer first; news photo Casey Fetzner first; opinion Erin Sherry first, and sports Jessica Tomiczek first. Lianna Ketcham and Kaylee Luchansky took second place in web publication. Finally, Perrett was awarded a $1000 scholarship for Best in Show. In total, the Panther Press staff brought home six first place awards, one second place award and one third place finish, along with best in show for the whole day. “Edinboro puts on an excellent conference,” said Panther Press adviser Mrs. Stacey Hetrick. “We have been coming to this event for nine years, and it just gets better each time.”

TEK4S comes to SHS

By Emily Johnson, Director of Marketing

Technology is an ever growing educational tool, and it can be difficult to use. Here at Saegertown, a hidden gem called TEK4S helps with just that. The program has been functioning for eight years. It is run by Mr. Nick Paolini, and, in his Prezi, he describes TEK4S’s mission. “Participants will acquire and hone 21st century skills essential to learning while fostering the use of emerging technologies to strengthen the pedagogical practices of educators within their districts,” he said. Mr. Jeff Patrick, the adviser of TEK4S, works with several students: eighth graders Mikayla Balog and Will Phelan, and seventh grade students Megan Murphy and Josh Weaver. All four students were nominated by teachers to be in the club.

“It’s a jumpstart for kids interested in technology,” said seventh grader Josh Weaver. It introduces seventh and eighth grade students with newly developed technology, but there is a twist; the students attend meetings at the intermediate unit 5 in Edinboro. While at IU5, they’re assigned an education oriented application. Then the students, back at the school, make presentations to share at IU5, and teach their teachers how to use the apps. They explore three apps and complete three presentations per year. Their final project, if satisfactory, can make it to the state level. The students also participate in activities in order to receive prizes. Unfortunately this is the last year for TEK4S due to state level budget cuts, but it has supported our school for years.

Mr. Horne takes over Panther football program

By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor

Coach Adam Horne

Adam Horne

Social studies teacher Mr. Adam Horne was introduced as the new head football coach at Saegertown High School on April 22 during a tutorial meeting for next year’s football team.  Horne is taking over for former head coach Mike Rhoades. “I’m optimistic about the upcoming year. I am pleased with the number of kids that are participating in our lifting program,” said Horne. Lifting takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Horne is a promoter for lifting and cardio workouts.“You have to be in shape to play the game the way it’s meant to be played. Usually when we are tired is when we make mistakes,” he said.

Students who want to play football this upcoming year will need to fill out a Saegertown Football paper. These forms can be found in the office. The 2015 football season kicks off Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. against Mercyhurst Prep.