Art students create cover for Alumni Banquet

by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor


From left to right, Meadow Campbell, Carla Conrad, Melanie Twiford, and Paula Stachuletz

Several weeks ago, Saegertown art teacher Mrs. Papinchak assigned her students to create a cover for the program of the Saegertown Alumni Association’s annual banquet. This is a yearly assignment for Papinchak’s students, but this year the outcome was unusual. While there is usually just one winner chosen, this year there were three: Paula Stachuletz, Melanie Twiford, and Meadow Campbell.

“I thought it was really nice that they picked three winners this year. There were a lot of entries,” Papinchak said. Carla Conrad, a representative for the alumni association, met with the students personally to deliver the checks for their contributions to the banquet. Each student received $25.

The students were all happily surprised to have won. “I was very surprised. I did not expect to win, so it is a pleasure that I actually did,” Campbell said.  

The banquet will be held at Smith’s Country Garden on August 4 where the three art pieces will be displayed.

Scrapbooking Hall of Fame: Mrs. Nicole Keller gets creative with paper crafts

by Hillary Twiford, news editor


Mrs. Keller

Mrs. Nicole Keller

Did you know that biology teacher Mrs. Nicole Keller is a member of the Scrapbooking Hall of Fame? As soon as you walk into her classroom, you can tell she is interested in crafts. Her room has brightly colored science decorations, some created by her students and some of her own. Her passion for crafting extends beyond simply decorating her room, however. Mrs. Keller’s scrapbooking creations have been featured in numerous magazines and trade publications. 


May 2005 cover “Creating Keepsakes.”

The magazine “Creating Keepsakes” held a competition for their cover image. “They send you a picture, and you try to scrapbook it. They choose the ones they like the most to publish,” Mrs. Keller said. Her design was published on the cover of the May 2005 issue.

In the card making book, “The Best of Card Creations,” her card was used on the cover as well. She was even featured in the 2001 Scrapbook Hall of Fame.

She cites her creativity as the reason she got into designing and submitting her work. “Ever since I was little, I had to make something. It was part of my creative nature,” she said. “And in scrapbooking, you use your photos of family. It’s about preserving memories and documenting the situations that have happened.”

Over the years, Mrs. Keller has assembled multiple scrapbooks, but her favorite remains one she made about her grandmother. I sat down with a tape recorder and interviewed my mother’s mom.  “I sat down with a tape recorder and talked to my mother’s mom. I typed up everything she said and made a scrapbook about our family. About a year and half later, she passed away, so I was really glad that I did it.”

Lately, Mrs. Keller has been preoccupied with earning her master’s degree and extra credits, so she hasn’t submitted to a magazine in the past couple of years. However, she notes that today’s increasing technology have streamlined the process of publishing  creations through alternate methods.

“It’s easier to get your work out there because now you can publish yourself with a blog,” Mrs. Keller said. “Because of Pinterest and blogs, there is more of a sharing of ideas between everyone. Someone who wouldn’t usually take the time to send stuff into magazines or other print media can still share their work through those ways.”

For more information on Mrs. Keller’s creations, visit her blog,

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Mrs. Keller was featured in the Scrapbooking Hall of Fame in 2001.

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.