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.”

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

Five SHS students put under hypnosis spell

By Olivia Burger, Opinion Editor

Last Saturday, Jan. 24, seniors Ryan Kirdahy, Lance Neuscheler, Nick Rumzie, Garrett Zuver, and junior Nick Monico volunteered to enter a hypnotic state through the talents of traveling comedy hypnotist, Erick Kand. When asking for volunteers, all the students quickly walked upon stage and joined Kand on the Academy Theater stage, located in Meadville Pa. After attempting to be entranced through a series of initiation rituals, the students were asked to do numerous humorous actions such as pretending to be an oak tree, belly dancer, and pregnant woman.

Two of the students, Monico and Zuver, believe that they were under full hypnotic spell for a large duration of the show. “Oh yeah I was hypnotized. 100 percent. I didn’t act at all, it was all real,” Zuver said. “I remember all of it.”

The rest of the participants, Kirdahy, Neuscheler, and Rumzie, believe that they were not under full hypnotic spell, but were simply in a relaxed state of mind. “I don’t think I was hypnotized, but I also don’t think I would do some of that stuff if I wasn’t,” Kirdahy said. “It was really relaxing, and I remember it all.”

Rumzie said, “I don’t know what I was. I would not normally do something like act like a belly dancer in normal life if someone told be too. It was weird.”

Although the experience was different, all the students agree that they would go to a hypnotism show again. “I definitely will go again. I want to achieve a greater level of hypnosis. It was a lot of fun.”

Lurking in your food: What are you really eating?

Ba-da-ba-ba-bah I'm not lovin' It.

Ba-da-ba-ba-bah I’m not lovin’ It. image from http://www.peta.org/blog/gross-things-actually-found-food/

By Wyatt Fleischer, Assistant Social Media Editor

What is that chicken nugget really made of? There is some chicken in there, but not the kind of chicken you think. Many companies, like Tyson poultry, process their meats in an “efficient” way. Once the breast, wings, and thighs are stripped off the bird, all other parts of the bird are reused. The bones and skin are sent through a machine that turns them into a putrid pink, or a banal brown sludge. This is what makes up most of your chicken patties, hot dogs, and nuggets.

The FDA says massive companies need to have at least thirty-five percent real meat in their products. Okay, but what about the other sixty-five percent?  That mainly consists of water starches or chemicals, and let’s not forget about that sludge. This gelatinous goo makes up most of the chicken nuggets. Not only do these nuggets have huge amounts of calorie storage, but they also heighten the chances of you getting type two diabetes and foodborne illnesses.

The World Health Organization keeps a watchful eye on companies and jots down its observations, yet this doesn’t change what it’s seeing. The companies, under public watch, turn up their noses to any outcry of foul play in the creation of their products. Several years ago, CBS released a story about Subway’s bread. The bread contained a chemical that was also found in your everyday yoga mat and even the bottom of your shoes. The chemical is called azodicarbonamide. Subway used this to “bleach” the dough to make it whiter. This chemical comes from a genetically modified wheat. The effects of azodicarbonamide are skin irritation, oppression of the immune system, and even the disturbance of hormone levels. Europe and Australia have banned this chemical from all use near food. This isn’t only Subway’s bread, but also Little Debbie Honey Buns, Pillsbury Toaster Strudels, and many items served at McDonald’s, Burger King, and Starbucks. Subway did remove this chemical from its food to appease and serve the customers in a better fashion.

When it comes to peanut butter, as much as humans like this substance, so do our rodent counterparts. The FDA reports an allowance of one rat hair per one-hundred grams of peanut butter.  Diseases can be transmitted from these rodents to us through feces, urine, and saliva. Some of these diseases include hemorrhagic fever, rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, Leptospirosis, and Listeriosis. Rat-bite fever, much like the well known “cat scratch fever”, causes symptoms such as inflammation, fever and vomiting. Bad cases of Leptospirosis show failure of the kidneys, heart, brain, and lungs. CBS reported on many of these unorthodox ingredients found in many foods. To learn more, visit cbsnews.com.

Band and chorus spread holiday cheer

By Caitlin Bieganski, Assistant Photo Editor

Seasonal spirit was in the air last night, as Saegertown chorus and concert band put on a beautiful Christmas concert. Directed by Mr. Pat Baldwin, the band performed a total of seven pieces, finishing with Into the Storm by Robert W. Smith–a favorite of the ensemble. Chorus teacher Mrs. Susan James conducted ten classic Christmas songs, including as Carol, Singers Carol and Fum Fum Fum. As is tradition, the concert ended with Carol of the Bells, in which SHS alumni chorus members join the singers on stage. Every year, the concert spurs tender moments as the last Christmas performance for the senior members, who present Mrs. James with a gift and a large supply of Jelly Bellies.

 

Kisner reviews Interstellar for The Erie Reader

By Erin Sherry, Editor in Chief

erie-reader-logo-2014Last year current senior and Panther Press news editor Eric Kisner won a first place Student Keystone Press Award from the Pennsylvania News Media Association Foundation for writing reviews. That is a state-wide award, and it has resulted in another job for Kisner. Currently, he is a movie reviewer for The Erie Reader, Erie’s only free, independent, weekly source for news, arts, and entertainment, which has a base circulation of 10,000. Kisner’s reviews appear on the Erie Reader’s online site. Check out his review of Interstellar at eriereader.com. You can also click on his profile at the top of the page to read all his reviews.