Senior Matt Peters advances to All State Band Festival

By Kristi Stoyer, Photo Editor 

The music doesn’t stop for senior Matt Peters. Of the six Saegertown students who participated in PMEA Region Band this year, he is the only Saegertown musician who will advance to the All-State Festival in Hershey. “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to advance to States again,” he said. “Last year was an amazing experience and I know there are still a lot of memories to be made.”

This is his second time attending the festival, auditioning on tenor saxophone both years. “I knew it depended a lot on the performance of the other instrumentalists,” Peters said, “but I did feel pretty good about the audition I had.” Peters took second chair at Region Band this year to advance.

Director Patrick Baldwin expressed his excitement about Peters’ accomplishment. “These are truly great opportunities,” Baldwin said. “I am glad he is getting the chance to experience them.”

Baldwin went on to say, “I am looking forward to the event. There are many professional development opportunities for me as well as the learning experiences for Matt.” The festival extends from March 25-28, and the concert will be held at the Hershey Theater.

Mitchell Loyd competes at ProStart competition

By Colleen Michaels, Features editor

Mitchell Loyd prepares a sauce at the ProStart competition.

Mitchell Loyd prepares a sauce at the ProStart competition. (contributed photo)

While you were at home watching Master Chef on television, senior Mitchell Loyd was at Penn State main campus doing the real thing. On February 24-25, a group of five students from the Crawford County Career and Technical Center’s (CCCTC) culinary class attended the ProStart competition to test their stellar cooking skills. The ProStart program gives high school students the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and restaurant management through classes and competitions. This was the first year that the culinary class at CCCTC has been ProStart certified, and they were competing to move on to the national competition in California.

With sixty minutes, two Bunsen burners, no running water or electricity and only four people, the competition really was like something on a cooking show. Loyd, along with his team (four people and one alternate), made three different delectable dishes to wow the judges who were chefs from colleges across the state.They started with a cob salad lettuce wrap on a cracker. Then they prepared chicken fettuccine alfredo with snow peas, and they finished off with a strawberry crepe topped with amaretto cream sauce.

The CCCTC team poses with their completed meal. (contributed photo)

The CCCTC team poses with their completed meal. (contributed photo)

This may sound high stress, but top chef Mitchell Loyd enjoyed the experience. “It was really nerve-wracking, but it was a great experience. Having only the two Bunsen burners and no running water was a challenge, but it was really fun.” Loyd’s team included students from Meadville, CASH and Cochranton.

There were seven teams total in the competition, including the CCCTC students, and although they did not advance to the next level, the team members gained valuable experience. “I really hope that next year’s class gets to go because it was one of the coolest things ever,” Loyd said. The advisor for this cooking expedition was the culinary teacher at the CCCTC, Mr. Lester Lenhart.

To read more about the National ProStart Invitational, visit

Junior high celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Spirit Week

acqe9eRziBy Lauren Haylett, Junior High Reporter

Next week is spirit week for the junior high to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The council is under the supervision of Mrs. Nicole DeFrances, but as she is on maternity leave, Mrs. Anne Motter has taken over. The officers include Claudia Fetzner, president; Mikayla Balog, vice president; Sheena Byham, secretary; Samantha Evans, treasurer; Lauren Haylett, seventh grade President.  “I aspire to have the entire middle school participating in spirit week,” said Claudia Fetzner.  The council was coming up with ideas for a fun activity and thought why not have a spirit week? It’s free of charge to participate. “The day I am most looking forward to is Jersey Day,” said seventh grader Kenny Kiser. The themes are as follows:

Monday: Jersey Day

Tuesday: Green Day-Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Wednesday: Color War- Eighth graders are to wear black and seventh graders are to wear blue

Thursday: Tie-dye Thursday

Friday: Flannel Friday

American Legion Post 205 awards essay winners

By Stephen Boylan, Director of Marketing

(From left to right) Dan Cole, Anna Swartout, Hannah Crum, Sydney Kightlinger, Lexie Erdos, Don Powell

(From left to right) Dan Cole, Anna Swartout, Hannah Crum, Sydney Kightlinger, Lexie Erdos, Don Powell

“What is the American Legion and what does it do as an organization?” This was the topic of the 80th Annual American Legion Essay Contest. On Feb. 17, Dan Cole and Don Powell, Commander and Chief Financial Officer of Saegertown Legion Post 205 came to Saegertown High School to present awards to four winners, senior Lexie Erdos, first place, and sophomore runners-up  Sydney Kightlinger, Hannah Crum, and Anna Swartout.

Saegertown Legion has been actively involved in the essay contest for the past several years. “As American Legionnaires, we fully believe that education is the cornerstone upon which the future of America is built. Our Essay Scholarship Contest gives the students an opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities in English,” said Cole.

The essays were judged by English teachers at Saegertown, and the final selection of winners was made by the board of Post 205.

All 53 students from Saegertown who entered the essay contest researched the American Legion before beginning their writing endeavor. “I really enjoyed researching and writing the essay. I also never realized how much the Legion does on the local and national level,” said runner up Sydney Kightlinger.

The first place essay, written by Erdos, moved on to district level judging, and Cole returned to Saegertown on March 5 to give her an additional award for her efforts. Erdos’ essay did not advance to interdistrict competition. “Writing is a highly underappreciated talent, and it was nice to see it get some recognition,” Erdos said.

Mrs. Stacey Hetrick, who supervised the Saegertown writers, said, “It was amazing all the things we learned about the Legion. As a result of this essay contest, we now have students attending Keystone Boys and Girls State this year. We are incredibly thankful for all the Legion does for students.”

Two students at SHS conquer Leukemia

By Becca Siple, Assistant Social Media Editor

Hallways were decorated to celebrate Catrina and Matt's return.

Hallways were decorated to celebrate Catrina and Matt’s return on March 9

Two students at SHS recently defeated the life-threatening disease of Leukemia: senior Matt Myers and junior Catrina Erie. The national color for leukemia is orange, and students and staff were asked to wear the color Monday, March 9 in appreciation of Matt and Catrina’s recoveries. Orange balloons were given to each teacher and hung in the halls outside of their rooms.

Matt came back to school his sophomore year after winning the battle. “They [my emotions] were mixed. I was gone for a year, so I didn’t know what had changed and what hadn’t,” he said. Upon returning to school, he made the adjustments necessary and did well. Matt will proudly be graduating with the class of 2015. He had a smile on his face as he explained how happy he was to graduate. “Hold on, there’s always someone there to back you up,” he said. The school and community are so proud of Matt and his success over the years.

Catrina returned to Saegertown on Monday March 9 and also wore the color orange. For those who do not know, Catrina found out she had Leukemia at the end of her sophomore year, but she fought hard and managed to pull through. “Physically [I’m] okay; mentally [I’m] normal,” she said. With the new changes, Catrina hopes to adjust quickly.

Aevidum sled riding party beats the winter blues

By Morgan Barksdale, Staff Writer

In the midst of the winter blitz, with temperatures below 10 degrees and knee deep in the frigid snow, students bundled up from head to toe. The air was filled with laughter and the smell of hot cocoa brewing in the distance.

On Feb. 27, Saegertown students got the opportunity to get out of the house and go sled riding with fellow classmates on the hills leading to the football field.  Saegertown’s Aevidum core team hosted this activity as a way for students to beat the winter blues.

Aevidum is a student-based empowerment program that brings awareness to everyday issues in the lives of students. “We thought it would be a good idea to give the students something to do instead of staying home on a Friday night,” said core team member Emily Ford, sophomore.

The evening was fun-filled and brought warming smiles to students despite the freezing temperatures. “I thought it was a lot of fun and was better than I expected. It was cold, but the hot chocolate was a nice touch,” said senior Shauna Bowen.  Aevidium core team plans on making after school activities a regular to prevent students staying home alone on Friday nights because they always “have your back.”  Aevidum will host a cornhole tournament March 27 and will be giving out prizes to the top four teams. You can register your team in the office.

Pantherian Key Club elects new leadership

The new leaders gather in the library.

The new leaders gather in the library. From left, Haylett, Gage, Kightlinger, Hatton and Boylan.

By Haley Wise, Staff Writer

“I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”

Each meeting, the members of the Pantherian Key Club rise and recite this pledge which represents the mission of the club as well as what members should strive to achieve through their membership.  On Tuesday, February 17, five Saegertown students decided to go beyond merely attending meetings and reciting this mantra when they were elected 2015-2016 Key Club Officers.

Junior Stephen Boylan was elected president. Sophomores Sydney Kightlinger and Ben Haylett will serve as vice president and editor, respectively. Freshmen Kaity George and Shannon Hatton will be treasurer and secretary. Key Club adviser Mrs. Melissa Statman said, “I believe these officers will work well together because they are all passionate about Key Club. They are organized and will share responsibility.”

Incoming president Stephen Boylan said, “I believe my responsibility as 2015-2016 President of Saegertown High School’s Key Club is to lead my fellow Keyclubbers to expand our community service involvement beyond our high school.”

Boylan has already begun planning his approach and goals for next year.  “Within our school, I would like to receive more recognition for our accomplishments. I’m eager to further old traditions and create new ones.”

The current officers, seniors, are: president Lexie Erdos, vice president Rachel Smith, treasurer Sarah Allen, secretary Erin Sherry and editor Matt Peters. These officers will continue to serve until the end of the school year, and they will mentor newly elected officers so they will be prepared for next year.

Current president Lexie Erdos said, “Being heavily involved in Key Club throughout high school taught me to be a strong leader, sharpen my public speaking skills, and work on my communication abilities. It required a lot of my time, so it will be strange to not have that responsibility, but I am completely confident in the ability of the upcoming officers.”

Erdos is eager to pass down her responsibilities to such a dependable group of students and allow them to have their own opportunity to improve their skills and abilities. “The new president, Stephen Boylan, will really help the club to grow even more. When I was a freshman, almost no one had even heard of Key Club- it was just starting out. Now, it has grown into one of the most prominent clubs, and I’m sure that the new officers will help the club continue to flourish.”