NHS and Key Club spread the joy of reading

By McKenzie Ashbaugh, Director of Marketing

Juniors Haley Wise (left) and Maile Chang (right) read to a Head-Start class in the elementary school.

Juniors Haley Wise (left) and Maile Chang (right) read to a Head-Start class in the elementary school.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss)

On Monday, March 2 Saegertown High School’s National Honor Society and Key Club students participated in Read Across America. They ventured to Saegertown Elementary School under the guidance of librarian Mrs. Betty Litke to read to students. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day commemorates the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Each NHS or Key Club student was assigned at least one classroom at the elementary school to read to SES students. “Elementary students look forward to having the high school students come read to them. I think it provides the younger students with a role model who not only does well in school but has taken the time to select  a book that they will enjoy,” third grade teacher Mrs. Kendra Burger said.

Junior Madison Bartholomew, a former student of Mrs. Stacey Donahue, had the opportunity to read to Mrs. Donahue’s second grade class. “I thought it was fun to go read to the younger kids. I will definitely do it again next year!”

Mr. Chris Greco’s class performs cell skits

The three contestants of one of the skits pose together. Photo contributed by Maile Chang.

Wyatt Fleischer, Andrew Flynn and Brad Amy went all in for their cell skit. (Photo contributed by Maile Chang.)

Lauren Posego, Assistant News Editor

On Wednesday and Thursday last week in Mr. Chris Greco’s advanced biology classes, the juniors and seniors performed cell skits on stage in the auditorium.

The students were assigned parts of a cell and researched information about them. Then, in small groups, they chose a theme and incorporated their information into the skit. After days of practice and planning, they performed their skits on stage while they were recorded. Some various themes of the skits were a wrestling match, a dating show, a beauty pageant, a talent show, and a school theme. Junior Wyatt Fleischer, whose cell part was the mitochondria said, “I dressed up like a female; it was quite terrific.” Bradley Amy and Andrew Flynn were contestants in the beauty pageant and dressed up as females as well. At the end of their humorous skit, it was revealed that Flynn had won the beauty pageant.

Although the skits had an academic benefit, they were also very entertaining. Junior Bradley Amy commented, “This was one of the most fun assignments that we’ve had this year, and it was really funny to see everyone dress up.”

Le cafe Francais comes to SHS

By Lianna Ketcham, Website editor

Freshman Francis Jageacks poses with her cafe sign (Photo by Casey Fetzner).

Freshman Francis Jageacks poses with her cafe sign (Casey Fetzner/SHS).

Saegertown High School’s French I students presented their chapter projects on Wednesday, February 25 in the cafeteria. The assignment required students to create a French cafe.

After designing menus and dialogue sheets, the cafes were opened to the student body and faculty members during periods seven and eight. French students served coffee, sandwiches, ice cream, and other food products to their peers. “This experience, when it goes well, requires my French I students to stretch their language skills because they aren’t allowed to speak English during the cafe, and they have to make their customers speak French too,” said French teacher Mr. Nathan Youngblood.

Participants were graded on their French speaking skills and their ambition to make their customers speak as well. “It’s fun but really hard to keep up with everyone that comes,” said freshman Rachel Lance.

To see more photos from the event, visit Edline.

Bowlers fall one pin short at Ven-Craw Championship

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

The Saegertown Bowling team was tied with Cranberry after their championship match on Feb. 11. The two teams headed to sudden death. Saegertown came up short, losing 4-3 and finishing in second place, a repeat of last year’s finish, where they lost to Meadville. They went into the match ranked first while Cranberry was ranked second. They may have not improved their overall finish from last year, but it was still a successful season. “The season went really well. We were in first place by 16 points going into the last match,” said senior Tristan Higby. “I was really happy with the season I had this year, and I am going to miss this a lot.” In addition to Higby, senior CJ Mook also ended his high school career with this final match.

What’s trending in the seventh grade?

From left: seventh graders _____ to Luchansky. (Lauren Haylett/SHS)

From left: Seventh graders Mulligan to Luchansky shared their current favorites. (Lauren Haylett/SHS)

What do seventh graders like? Here’s a spotlight of their current food and movie favorites.

Kaylee Mulligan, pizza, Grown UpsBrandon Gaus, spaghetti, Million Dollar ArmLiam Sood, burritos, The Lord of the RingsKatie Berger, pizza, The InterviewKarley Price, pancakes, The Hunger Games; Kaitlyn Kozalla, ice cream, The Seventh Sun; Nathan Barner, chicken nuggets, Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesBen Burger, pierogis, Flags of our FathersAshely Wenzel, roast, ShrekChloe Luchansky, pizza, American Sniper.

Compiled by junior high reporter Lauren Haylett

Six attend PMEA District 2 Choral Festival; three advance to Regions

By Caitlin Bieganski, Assistant Photo Editor

District Chorus participants pose in front of the PMEA banner. (Photo contributed by Kayla Sibeto)

District Chorus participants pose in front of the PMEA banner. (contributed photo)

Six talented Saegertown students recently participated in Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 2 Choral Festival. Hosted by Meadville Area Senior High School and directed by Molly Caprara, the event began on Jan 21 and ended with a concert on Jan. 24. Guest conductor for the event was Dr. Rachel Cornacchio from Messiah College.

Seniors Eric Kisner, Kayla Sibeto, and Kristi Stoyer, junior Colten Burdick, and sophomores Ben Haylett and Emily Ford competed against members of the same vocal range and performed together in a public concert. “At first, all you’re doing is practicing a piece. But then everyone is together you realize that you’re just one small part. It all fits together,” said Kisner.

Auditions were held on Jan. 21 at 5:45 p.m. Seniors Kristi Stoyer, sixth chair, Kayla Sibeto, tenth chair, and Eric Kisner, second chair, advanced to the Region II Chorus Festival that will be held Feb. 25-27 at Oil City High School.

The three will undergo a similar audition process at Regions and hope to move on to the state competition.

Mini-Panthers prepare for high school basketball

By Becca Siple, Assistant Sports Editor

Max Fuller going up for a layup in his recent game on Saturday against Maplewood. Photo contributed by Becca Siple.

Max Fuller going up for a layup in his recent game on Saturday against Maplewood. Photo contributed by Becca Siple.

A fifth and sixth grade boys basketball league was brought to Saegertown from Cambridge 16 years ago by  Dan Bidwell, who coached the program along with Tim Wilson and Bob Beatty. The men each had kids who participated, and as their children would enter the high school, the parents would stop coaching and leave it in the hands of another set of parents. Todd Siple and Jim Amy were the most recent coaches, and as of 2014, they left it in the hands of Brant Fuller and Kelsy Reisinger. The program aims to teach young kids the basic fundamentals of the game and prepare them for their high school career.

This year there are two fifth grade teams and one sixth grade team. Mr. Fuller and Ms. Reisinger have spent many hours preparing the boys for game time. Teams from Cambridge, Fort LeBouf, General Mclane, Union City, and Maplewood participate in the program. They play on Saturdays, and high school basketball players volunteer to referee and work the scoreboard.