On April 1, social studies teacher Mr. Brian Lipps held an egg coloring competition. Every period started off with a brief history behind Easter followed by egg coloring. Then winners were chosen, and their eggs were kept for display. The winners from eighth grade are Will Phelan, Jared Kula, Samantha Evans, Morgan Radwick, Mikayla Balog, Renee Allen, Brooklyn Kridler, Lydia Betts, Claudia Fetzner, and Dustin Steiger. Senior high winners are Makayla Miller, Abby Kasemer, and Lindsey Price.
Jess Tomiczek, Social Media Editor
Rich Jones, a culinary specialist from the Art Institute in Pittsburgh visited Mrs. Patton’s foods classes on Friday, March 20 preparing bruschetta for the students. Jones has been traveling to schools for fifteen years showing them how to make certain dishes.
He also showed a slideshow on all of the programs that The Art Institute has to offer such as culinary arts, game programming, photography, and much more. The Art Institute has many different locations throughout the United States. “He is a very good speaker. He keeps the students engaged and entertained, plus he feeds them, so it’s a bonus,” said Mrs. Patton.
By Kaylee Luchansky and Lianna Ketcham, Website editors
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“I was in the hallway, stationed at my locker, when the horrific occurrence happened. My hand rose to shut my locker door, but instead of grabbing it, my hand went directly into the pants pocket of the kid beside me. Yeah, right into the left pocket like an eight ball in a game of pool. The first grading period of my freshman year hadn’t even ended yet, and I already did something ridiculously embarrassing.
The kid laughed, made an inappropriate joke, and moved on. But I hadn’t. As the embarrassment faded, my friend joined me and I began to tell the tale for the first time. As the words escaped my lips, I realized how funny the excursion actually was and promptly burst into laughter. My mortification was soon replaced with tears and a tummy ache from laughing so hard.
The event left a mark in my mind that I will never forget, but instead of being horrified at the awkward happening, I actually look back at it as a funny thing that happened. I can’t speak for the pocket owner, but I will definitely remember this for years to come.”
“The most awkward experience I’ve ever had would probably be when I accidently hip bumped a teacher in the middle of the hallway. My bad.”
“Have you ever had someone think something happened to you, but it didn’t? I once had a sub believe that my nose exploded instead of my lipgloss. I went to apply it when an air pocket became my enemy and sent the pink liquid directly into my face. In a panic, I put both of my hands to my face. The sub rushed over to see if I was alright and was quite surprised to hear it was only my lipgloss. No sir, I did not need a tissue, but thanks for caring I guess.”
Junior Garrett Johnston, sophomore Dustin Bierman, and sophomore Dane Rhoades participate in the Towers of Hanoi at Edinboro University’s Pi Day on March 16. (contributed by Stephen Boylan)
On Monday, March 9, students of Saegertown Elementary paraded onto one of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile “Ag” Labs: one of six fully equipped trailers owned and operated by the Bureau that travel statewide to over 180 elementary and high schools, bringing hands-on agricultural education directly to the classroom.
The program, which is currently celebrating its tenth year of operation, has been welcomed back to Saegertown schools for the past five years, and hosts a variety of grade-level fifty minute lessons each day for classes and teachers to attend during its four day stay in the SES parking lot. During its time in Panther Country, the lab will be visited by over 20 classes, spanning from pre-school to sixth grade.
Green, along with his classmates, participated in an experiment taught by Mrs. Cathy Vorisek (or, as her students have affectionately dubbed her, “The Bee Lady”), one of over thirty teachers employed by the PA Farm Bureau. As each student situated themselves throughout personal learning areas lining the sides of the lab, Vorisek began by holding up a handful of soybeans and asking if anyone could identify them. After exploring the importance of soy in various household products, the students were then asked if they preferred Crayola or Prang crayons; composed of wax and soybeans respectively.
During the lesson, the third graders were introduced to vocabulary words such as “hydrogenated” and “ethanol”, and learned how to turn the data they collected during their experiments into an eight paragraph research papers using the steps of the scientific method.
Richard Williams, another of Mrs. Johnston’s third graders, enjoyed learning about the benefits of biodegradable soybean products through the Crayola vs. Prang experiment. “I liked this project a lot better than the one we did last year,” he said. “It was fun to use the different crayons.”
The soybean experiment is only one of the several lessons Vorisek presented to SES classes before she and the lab bid farewell on March 14.
“I’ve loved coming to Saegertown schools for the past five years and watching the students I had when they were in Kindergarten grow up and become more involved in the lessons,” said Vorisek. “We’re proud to bring agriculture directly to the classroom, and we hope the students carry these lessons with them for years to come.”
Kaylee Luchansky, Website Editor
On Monday March 16, Edinboro University held its seventh annual Pi Day. Forty-six Saegertown juniors, seniors, and sophomores attended the all-day program, which started with a tour led by a student currently living on campus. The students then traveled to Ross Hall for activities including Bungee Barbie Jump, Buffon’s Stack of Needles, and the game 24.
All activities were optional and open to everyone along with nearby lectures. After lunch, the students gathered in the Cole Auditorium to be given awards and listen to Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College Professor of Mathematics and professional magician, talk about the Secrets of Mental Math. Several Saegertown students including Ben Haylett and Sam Michaels were asked to come up on the stage and participate in his activities.
The students from Saegertown who were given awards were Jared McClymonds for reciting 202 digits of Pi (the student who won second place recited 150 digits), Jared Shaffer for Pi Day trivia, Dane Rhodes, Garrett Johnston, and Dustin Bierman for the Towers of Hanoi, and Tanna Walters received second place in the game 24.
“I had a great time. I especially liked Dr. Benjamin’s lecture,” said junior Kasey Newhard. Mrs. Kelli Peters, one of Math and Science Club’s advisors, said, “It was fun and I am really proud of our students winning three out of the six awards. I love my little geeks.”
By Jacob Perrett, Director of Broadcasting
Let’s reminisce for a moment. When I was a kid, cartoons were my life. I fondly remember looking forward to watching new episodes every Saturday morning, and I definitely wasn’t opposed to acting sick just so I could stay home and watch them. While I enjoyed mostly every episode of programs such as Spongebob Squarepants, or Courage the Cowardly Dog, there were a few episodes that had a lasting effect on me. This lasting effect was not always a good one. I can remember a few occasions where an episode actually gave me nightmares, rather than entertain me. Looking back at some of these moments, it’s a wonder how the writers got away with some of the disturbing content.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Perfect
Courage the Cowardly Dog has always been known for its controversial topics and dark imagery, but this episode really pushed the buttons. In an episode called Perfect, Courage finds that he is unable to help Eustace and Muriel achieve simple tasks. Soon after the figure of a woman named The Perfectionist comes to Courage and attempts to make him perfect. She is disgusted by the fact that Courage has so many imperfections and begins to teach him how to walk and talk perfectly. That night Courage falls asleep and the episode takes an unexpected turn. As Courage sleeps, the image of a blue creature appears. Its head slowly bobs around and then it looks into the camera bellowing the words, “You’re not perfect.” As you’d expect, Courage then wakes up screaming. The episode is one of the most well known of the series, and to this day it still sent shivers down my spine as I rewatched it.
- Tom and Jerry: Heavenly Puss
Tom and Jerry was one of those cartoons that was on for an hour straight. Mostly every episode showed Tom trying to eat Jerry, but Jerry always eluded his grasp while adding in some slapstick comedy. The show was good fun. One episode in particular however took things differently. The episode Heavenly Puss began as usual with the Tom and Jerry chase, but shocked many when it decided to have a sliding piano kill Tom. He lays there motionless as a light shines down from the ceiling, revealing a golden escalator. Tom then proceeds to get up and make his way to the gates of heaven, but stops when a white cat in a suit tells him that his fate lies in the hands of Jerry. His worst enemy. In order to make it into heaven Jerry must sign a slip of paper saying that he forgives Tom for all the things he has done to him. Tom desperately tries to persuade Jerry to sign it as the devil (portrayed as Spike) periodically comes to him telling him he is running out of time. Just as the episode comes to a close Jerry signs it and saves Tom from burning in a pot of fire. The concept of heaven and hell has rarely ever been brought up in cartoon history, and after watching this episode it’s evident why.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Courage in the Big Stinkin’ City
Oh boy, here we go. In this episode Muriel wins the family a trip to the city. When they arrive, they are greeted by a cockroach who shows the three to their rooms before requesting Courage to deliver a package to a nearby building. When he arrives, the place looks empty, but we quickly find out that it is quite the opposite. Courage enters and begins looking through the doors revealing all sorts of creepy images. He then climbs some stairs and opens a door. Behind it we see what looks like real footage of a girl seated, playing the violin. Her back is toward the audience so all seems innocent enough. Courage is relieved as well. Then in a split second she turns around revealing a terrifying claymation face, with eyes popping out of their sockets. She screams and so does Courage. He slams the door shut and moves on. Even though the show had its traumatic moments it lasts as a cult classic. I would definitely recommend it.
By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor
The 2015 boys volleyball season kicks off tomorrow night, Friday, March 20, as Saegertown takes on Northeastern in a battle for state supremacy. Saegertown is ranked first in the state preseason rankings and Northeastern is ranked second, based on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll. “I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a volleyball match in my entire life, and I have played in some big matches,” said senior Alex Barclay.
Northeastern, located in York, Pa., has three-peated as the Class AA state champions over the last three years. Saegertown hopes to stop this trend, starting with this match. “Since I started playing volleyball my freshman year, Northeastern was the team to beat, but we think this is our year,” said Barclay.
Come out and support the boys volleyball team at 7 p.m. at Saegertown High School. You can also follow the action live on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.