Saegertown scientist schools students in chemistry

by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor

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Saegertown alum Joe Braymer, who is a chemist in Germany, returned to share his experiences with the chemistry students  in Mrs. Kelli Peters’ classes on Dec. 20.

On Dec. 20, Saegertown High School chemistry students had the opportunity to learn about what they could do in the science field from alumni Joe Braymer who graduated from Saegertown in 2004.

Chemistry teacher Mrs. Kelli Peters organized his visit. She contacted Braymer through his mother, who she sees often during the summer. “It’s nice seeing how successful our kids are when they leave here,” Mrs. Peters said. Mrs. Peters was aware that he was doing research, and even being a chemistry teacher could not prepare her for the kind of research he does. “It’s way beyond me,” she said. In the future Mrs. Peters would like for him to come back to talk more about his research, and to talk to Mr. Greco’s advanced biology class as well.  

After his graduation from Saegertown, Braymer went to Edinboro for his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Then he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the University of Michigan for his doctoral degree in organic chemistry. While he was getting his PhD, he began to do his own research at Michigan where he researched the development of small molecules that could be used to treat Alzheimer’s Disease. After receiving his doctorate, Braymer attended Indiana University Bloomington for his post-doctoral research position to expand into biochemistry.

Braymer now lives in Marburg, Germany and is working on a second post-doctoral at Philipps University Marburg. “I call myself a bioinorganic chemist,” Braymer said. He works with trying to understand how transitional metals are important to life. “You need these metals to live, and I try to understand why,” Braymer said. “I work at understanding how proteins fold and function, and how that function relates to a cellular function.”

Braymer mainly works with yeast cells which serve as a model cell for understanding human physiology. Braymer hopes that in the future his research could create medicines to help correct metabolic disorders.

“I look around me, I see colors, I see lights and I really want to know why something is red or has a certain form. That’s chemistry. I want to know why things are the way they are,” said Braymer, while talking to students in Mrs. Kelli Peters’ class about why he became a chemist.

While he was studying in Michigan, Braymer met his girlfriend from Germany. “That’s the main reason I am there,” Braymer said. “I am visiting for Christmas of course.”

Being a Saegertown alum, Braymer has some fond memories of high school. “What I remember most about Saegertown is wrestling. I wrestled every year and although I never reached my goals, I learned a lot about myself through wrestling,” Braymer said.  

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to SHS. From what I saw, there was a lot of positive energy in the school.  My advice to students is to heed advice from others but to never be afraid to make your own path.”

 

Lip Sync 2017: All the photos!

Photos by Hannah Myers, photo editor

Winners of the Lip Sync were: first place, Aaron Brown and Carson Jones with “You can call me Al” by Paul Simon; second place, Elijah Campbell with “Simple Man” by Shinedown; third place tie between Kat Diesing with “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne and Colton and Kylie Beck with “The Campfire Song” from SpongeBob Squarepants. Thanks to Student Council for coordinating this event.

Lifted takes top spot in Pennsylvania Business Week

by Hannah Nicholson, staff writer

Pennsylvania Business Week winners have been announced, and Lifted, under the leadership of CEO Claudia Fetzner, won top company. Their efforts were evaluated in their Marketing and Advertising presentations, the RONA competition, and the trade show. The top company winners received $100 each.

ACES (Americans for Competitive Enterprise System, Inc.) brings Pennsylvania Business Week to Saegertown High School in hopes that sophomores can get a sense of real business situations.

For this year’s competition, there were two products, shoes and clocks, with three companies in each category. The shoe companies were Sole Strong, Lifted, and Flexx. Sophomores came up with interesting features for the shoes which included replaceable soles, shoes with springs in them, and massaging shoes.

In the clock categories, the companies were Clock It, Paradox, and Tick Tock Technologies. Paradox was marketing for an older audience, so they had a medical aspect to their clocks that measured heartbeat and alerted a hospital if there were significant changes in heartbeat speed. Clock It took a different route, however, and marketed a clock for appliances.

The Marketing and Advertising presentations are based around how they sold their products and how well their finances did based on their marketing techniques. The sophomores made posters, speeches, and commercials to present to judges. One of the aspects they included in their presentations were the RONA (Return on Net Assets) numbers. This evaluates the company’s finances over 11 business quarters. By the end of the eleventh quarter, Lifted and Paradox were in first place in their respective industries.

On Friday, winners were announced in RONA, advertising and marketing, stockholders, and the trade show. Paradox won both RONA and stockholders, Sole Strong won advertising and marketing, and Flexx won the trade show aspect.

CEO of Lifted, Claudia Fetzner did not expect to win, but said, “We were confident in what we did. We really worked well together, and everyone did their job.”

Member of Lifted included: Efrian Vega-Vega, Charlie Johnston, Claudia Fetzner, Will Phelan, John Kozlowski, James Hammond, Austin Bedow, Brode Burger, Cheyenne Manross, Hillary Twiford, Stephanie Polach, Sierra Miller, Ben Shelenburger,  Jalisa Norr, and Brendan Mahoney.

 

Saegertown students to attend Adjudication Festival

by Stefanie Arblaster, website editor

The Saegertown chamber singers will be attending the 2017 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Adjudication Festival hosted by Westminister College in New Wilmington, Pa. on May 10. The festival will feature twelve different chamber singer groups from across the state, including Wilmington, Mercer, and Butler. Each group will perform three songs for a panel of judges and receive written and spoken comments on their performance.

Mrs. Susan James, Saegertown’s musical director, who attended this festival once in 1994, has entered this year’s chamber singers in hopes of improving the group’s abilities as a whole. “I hope that they can provide some positive feedback as well as some things to improve on. I think this will be a really good experience for them to hear other schools and to get out of their comfort zone,” Mrs. James said.

The chamber singers will be performing Take me home” by Penatonix, “Sing me to heaven” by Daniel E. Gawthrop, and “Adoramus Te,” a traditional Catholic song. “I really enjoy all of the pieces we chose this year and I’m really confident that we’ll do well as a group and learn a lot from this experience,” senior Emily Burger said.