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.

Hollywood Hillbillies coming to Saegertown stage

1059Saegertown High School’s drama department will present Hollywood Hillbillies, a play by Tim Kelly, on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door,  are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Children three and under are free. There will also be pick-a-prize auction, bake sale and raffle.

In what is billed as a laff-provoking mixture of spoofing and non-stop action, the play is in the Ozark Mountains, off the beaten track, WAY OFF!. Gram Hawley (Kayla Sibeto) and granddaughter Cindy Lou (Caitlin Bieganski) run the general store in Happy Hollow, deep in the Ozarks, but there is a new highway coming through.That means Happy Hollow soon will be dynamited off the map. It’s discovered Gram’s property contains the biggest store of natural gas ever, and a couple of crooks want to have the unsuspecting Gram sign her land over to them. Enter some folks from Hollywood who insist on making a movie about life in the hills – if they can find some money – and some snobbish California relatives who loathe every minute with the weird Hawleys, and you’ve got all the ingredients for a comedy explosion.

The cast, under the direction of Mrs. Susan James and Mr. Patrick Baldwin, includes (in addition to Sibeto and Bieganski) Colten Burdick, Sydney Kightlinger, Ashley Neumann, Jared Shaffer, Dustin Steiger, Emily Fry, Kaity Gage, Jesse Stewart, Eric Kisner, Josephine Novotny, Matt Peters, Ben Courson, Donald Baron, Francis Jageacks, Ben Haylett, Kristi Stoyer, Shannon Hatton, Lauren Haylett, Aaron Brown, Carmen Kantz, Karley Price, Zach Courson, Noah Greenawalt, Rachel Lance, Mikayla Miller, Hannah Myers and Kaitlyn Walsh. Ya’ll come join us, y’hear?



Sarah Allen wins Young Driver Skills competition

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

Sarah Allen received first place and $1,000 in the Young Driver Skills Competition in Crawford County on April 14. The competition is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, and the money is awarded by Allstate Insurance. During the competition, the drivers had to take a written test, a perceptual test, and a low speed driving test. The perceptual test involved the competitors being shown a series of slides, and then being asked three questions about them. Allen’s combined score was the highest in seven years, with 128 correct out of a possible 165. “I was really shocked because I didn’t think I did that well,” Allen said.  IMG_0066

She will be competing in the state competition on May 12 in Camp Hill, Pa. She will have the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship if she places first. She is not the only student from Crawford who will be advancing to the state level, however. The top two from the local competition will move on, which includes Jon Frawley, a senior at CASH.  Allen was not the only student from Saegertown to place in the competition. Senior Tyler Nulph took third place and is planning to buy a car with the $300 he won. “It was a great experience, and it was more difficult than I thought it would be,” Nulph said.

Panthers support HK Pinwheel Packs

HK Pinwheel Packs logo. (contributed photo)

HK Pinwheel Packs logo. (contributed photo)

By Olivia Burger, Opinion Editor

The seventh and eighth grade student council is sponsoring a local fundraiser that is very important to one certain seventh grade student. The fundraiser, called HK Pinwheel Pack, is a local fundraiser organized by seventh grader Meadow Campbell and her mother, Nerissa Galt.

The purpose of the HK Pinwheel Pack is to create care packages for the children of families who have delivered stillborn babies. The care packages contain a variety of items including pinwheels, craft supplies, and small toys. This idea is important to Campbell because when she was younger her family delivered a stillborn child. “I just want to help families with their grieving, and I hope that I can just help people,” she said.

Meadow Campbell and Samantha Evans hold donated items. (photo contributed)

Meadow Campbell and Samantha Evans hold donated items. (photo contributed)

So far, HK Pinwheel Pack has put together ten baskets for families located all around the United States. One package was sent all the way to California while some have been delivered locally in Meadville. In order to receive a care package, families can request to receive one through the organization’s Facebook page.

Saegertown students and teachers can support HK Pinwheel Pack by donating items for the fundraiser that runs through April 23. Junior high student council advisor Mrs. Nicole DeFrances said, “It would be nice to see SHS support more hometown organizations and really give back to their own community.”

Trout make the run upstream

By Assistant Sports Editor Wyatt Fleischer 

A trout that resembles the trough stocked in woodcock creek. (photo from http://www.flyfishingportraits.com/products/screen-savers-and-backgrounds/madison-river-rainbow-and-brown-trout/)

A trout that resembles those stocked in Woodcock creek. (photo from flyfishingportraits.com)

The bait hits the water and SPLASH, the surface lights up and a trout launches out of the water into the air like a lion exploding from its cover to attack its prey. The spring run is on and in full swing. The ice has melted away, the creeks have swelled and the fish are in a frenzy. The creeks are stocked with everything from rainbow, to brown, to cut throat, to brook trout, and even lake trout in Lake Erie. Here we are, living everyday on the battlegrounds of some of the most renowned trout fishing territory in the nation.

The state of Pennsylvania has a tremendous hatchery. The Pennsylvania Fish Commission stocks many of our local creeks, including nearby Woodcock creek with brown and rainbow trout any time from last Saturday, to April 28. They will also be stocking Conneaut Creek from April 17, to May 6 with only browns. The season opens on April 4, in the Southeastern part of the state. The rest of the states season opens April 18.

To fish for trout in Pennsylvania, you have to buy a normal fishing license for $22. Then you must buy a trout stamp for an extra $10. Keep in mind that in order to fish in any watershed of Lake Erie, you must also purchase an Erie stamp for another $10. That’s $42 for all three.

So what does it take to fish trout? Well first, get up early to beat the crowds to the best holes. The first couple of weeks will be crowded, so if you beat the competition there, you have just increased your chances by tenfold. Second, fight nature. The air will be cold, the water will be high and muddy, and the fish may be on the bottom. Mr. Adam Horne, social studies teacher, advised, “You gotta put weight on it. The fish are down there, just put more weight on.” Third, use the right bait. Now, everybody and their brother will be throwing a maggot, or a worm, or a minnow on a hook. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. When the fish are at the hatchery, they are fed corn by the bucket loads. The little ones will bite near everything. The big ones will stick to what has kept them alive their whole lives, that’s corn. For those of you who like a challenge, use artificial baits. Senior John Adams is an avid trout fisherman. “I caught an 18 inch brown trout out of my secret honey hole last year.” When asked about his spot, he said he would have to kill me if he told me.

When it comes to trout, their numbers are depleted throughout the season, so the old baits really do the job. We all know, with age comes wisdom. So over an old fish’s lifetime, it has seen all the tricks of the trade and won’t bite. When the trout are stocked, they are new and new to the old-fashioned baits, so they should get the job done. Panther Martin spinners, dare devil spoons, flies. Anything that looks like an easy meal, the fish will more than likely bite on it. These baits take skill and practice to work efficiently. To make a spoon look like a real fish on its last breath, or a fly that flew too close to the water and it’s struggling to get into the air before it is inhaled by the ultimate predator takes practice. But with dedication, it should come quickly. For more information about trout season, which begins this Saturday in our area, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

PSSA testing begins today for junior high

By Lauren Haylett, junior high reporter

The PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of School Assessments) are right around the corner for the junior high and teachers are scrambling to make sure the students are prepared for testing in English Language Arts, math, and science.  “This year we have switched to the PA Core Standards, and  the test is going to more difficult than before,” explained reading and English teacher Mrs. Nicole DeFrances.  “I think even though it is harder, everyone should still strive to improve,” said seventh grader, Kaylee Mulligan.  Many students are nervous about the test, but most feel as if they are ready for it. But of above all else, most students don’t care for the PSSAs.  For some, it’s because they don’t like tests, but others, like Mulligan, feel that it’s an unfair way of testing one’s knowledge and reflects the school and not individuals.  But from a teacher’s standpoint, they see it as a positive opportunity for students  to show off their skills.  Mrs. DeFrances feels that even though the students have a negative attitude towards the test, they should still show their ability by doing their best.  Teachers are preparing the students by giving them state-issued practice tests.  “I like the practice tests,” said Chloe Luchansky, “They give us a heads up on what he have to work on.”  According to the PSSA Code of Conduct for Test Takers, students should get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast the day of the tests, which will be given Tuesday through Thursday this week and next. The testing period will begin at 9:04 a.m  and will last until 10:30 a.m.  Students are to report to their assigned rooms with a book, water bottle, and no electronics. Breakfast will be provided for seventh graders.  For more information on the PSSAs, visit www.portal.state.pa.us.


Mrs. Nicole DeFrances returns from maternity leave

By Morgan Barksdale, Staff Writer

Mrs. DeFrances poses with her family. (Photo contributed by Mrs. DeFrances)

Mrs. DeFrances poses with her family. (Photo contributed by Mrs. DeFrances)

Mrs. Nicole DeFrances has returned after the delivery of her healthy baby boy Michael. Adding a new member to the family, she expressed that he is a marvelous baby and never fussy. She is excited and enthusiastic about being a new mom. “I have a new outlook on the world. Being a mom opens your eyes,” she said. “I love being with him.” She returned on March 25 and was welcomed back with the excited smiles of students and staff. “Everybody was very welcoming. I couldn’t be happier to be back,” said DeFrances. “I like having her back, she’s more understanding and the communication is better between her and the students,” said seventh grader Kimmy Reisinger. Reisinger, like the rest of the seventh grade class, was excited about her return. Being on leave, Mrs.DeFrances expressed that she was worried about being replaced, but coming back, she says that this was not the case. “Getting back into rhythm is no challenge. Having a baby has definitely made me a better teacher,” Mrs. DeFrances said.

Woge crafts new header for Panther Press

PantherPressMasthead2015By Bradley Amy, Staff Writer

Woge poses with two copies of The Panther Press with the new header. (photo contributed)

Woge poses with two copies of The Panther Press with the new header. (photo contributed)

Back at the very beginning of the school year, Panther Press graphic designer Nick Woge, senior, proposed the idea of creating a new header for The Panther Press. Woge wanted this new header mainly to give the paper a new look. “It has been almost ten years since the Panther Press has had a different header, and I figured with it being my last year at Saegertown, that it was time for something new.”

After a long week of working on ten different headers, Woge left the decision of the new header to the staff of the Panther Press. They ended up choosing the header of a panther pouncing behind the heading “The Panther Press.” Assistant social media editor Becca Siple said, “I really like the new addition to the paper, and it’s nice to see a change after ten years.” The new header first made its debut on Feb. 12, in the Valentine’s Day edition. Hetrick said, “I think it looks clean and modern. We’ll probably keep it for the next ten years. Nick did a great job, and this will be his legacy.”