Anderson speaks powerfully in her new book “Shout”

 

by Sam Shelenberger, Broadcast Director

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Shelenberger read SHOUT for his locker lit display. 

Nearly two decades after publishing her critically acclaimed novel “Speak,” author Laurie Halse Anderson has published a memoir written in free-verse poetry titled “Shout.”

The book delves into the mind of Anderson and the trials and tribulations she’s faced in life. Covering everything from having a father with PTSD to being raped at thirteen, Anderson does not hold back. She empowers her audience to speak against injustice in the world.

Overall, the book was incredibly moving. Her anecdotes may help those who have experienced sexual abuse to be empowered, and it allowed those who are naive to realize the heinous crimes some people have committed.

The use of free-verse poetry to convey her point was effective as there were fewer words distracting the audience. Her use of colorful figurative language made the book much more enjoyable and gave power to her message. 

 

Saegertown teachers saddle up for ‘Donkey Basketball’

By Bree Snyder, staff writer

For a second year, teachers from Saegertown will face off against Maplewood in a game of donkey basketball. Principal Tom Baker, teachers Phil Young, Chris Greco, Kelli Peters, Kathleen Mattera, Shannon Stewart, Rose Baker, Brian Hanley, and cafeteria worker Memory Irwin will compete on behalf of SES and SHS.

Exactly as the name suggests, players from both schools will be seated on the backs of donkeys (provided by Buckeye Donkey Ball) while attempting to shoot hoops and score points for their respective teams.  

According to Maplewood PTO co-president Jenna Barickman, all proceeds will be split between the Maplewood Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Saegertown PTO. A Chinese Auction and raffle tickets will also be available for purchase.

“I’m looking forward to having fun,” Mr. Greco said. “I have friends from Maplewood, so I know it will be all in good fun.”

The action will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the Maplewood High School gymnasium. Entrance fees are $6 for advanced admission and $8 for gate admission. Children under six are free with paid adult admission.

For more information, you can email barickfam@gmail.com or call (814) 337-1659.

Saegertown Students dance their way to blue ribbons at the PA Farm Show

By Sam Shelenberger, broadcast director

On January 7, students from Saegertown High School traveled to the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in Harrisburg to compete in the Square Dance Competition for the ninth consecutive year.

Saegertown students brought home blue ribbons in the square dance competition from the 103rd PA Farm Show.

Seniors Seth Lang, Ben Shelenberger, juniors Nathan Barner, Sam Shelenberger, Marli McGowan, Emily Barr and sophomore Amanda Crowl are all members of the ‘Wild Country Dancers’ club.

“My favorite part is being out there on the floor at Farm Show with all of my friends,” said Crowl, who has been square dancing for four years. “I like dancing with my friends, and our instructors make it fun.”

The square dance team is instructed by Brenda Schmidt and Don Yosten. Starting in October, the club meets every Sunday at the VFW to practice. This year, the songs the club danced to were “Wagon Wheel,“ “Just Keep Rolling Along,” “Fancy Free,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” and “Write Your Name in the Sand.”

“The hardest part was taking the time to learn the new calls,” said five year veteran Emily Barr. “It wasn’t too hard because Brenda and Don are excellent instructors.”

Each of the seven SHS students received a blue ribbon, and are eager to return to the floor. “I can’t wait for next year,” Crowl said. “I’m ready to see what awaits us.”

Opinion: Adding clubs creates opportunity for students to connect

By Samantha Thomas, staff writer

After school clubs have served as a way to improve confidence and employability in ways that most things cannot. Not only do clubs teach about teamwork, but they make it easier to make and keep good friends. I believe that by joining clubs you can improve time management, build respect, and avoid risky behaviors.

I recently asked the students of Saegertown what new clubs they think we should have. Junior Logan Gage said, “We should have a Dungeons and Dragons club. It’s a great way to get away from stress at school and the world.” Gage isn’t the only one with that idea. Junior Casey Jackson agreed on the importance of having a place to game: “We should have a gaming club for the people who need to unwind and do something they enjoy.”

Senior Lexxi Frye thinks a photography club would be a great place to learn photography and photo editing. “There are a lot of people who join yearbook specifically for the photography aspect,” Frye said.

A student who asked to remain anonymous voiced, “We need a gay alliance club. I notice a lot of people struggling with their identity as members of the LGBT community.”

It is important for teenagers to be able to meet and communicate with people with the same uncertainties, beliefs, and hobbies. It’s nice to know you’re not alone when you are living in such a small and fairly secluded area where it’s easy to feel like an outcast.

Creating clubs can change that or at least make it easier to find friends and hobbies. I strongly believe that more after-school clubs would benefit the students of Saegertown in unique and incredible ways.

French Creek Community Theater packs the house at Disney World

 

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Saegertown students Dustin Steiger, Rachel White, and Blake Hamilton performed at Disney with a group from French Creek Community Theater over the Thanksgiving break.

By Dustin Steiger, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Roughly six months ago, the student performers of French Creek Community Theatre (FCCT) began training for “Team Disney 2018,” a special opportunity to perform as a show choir on Saturday, November 24 at Disney Springs. The young actors and actresses involved with FCCT were more than excited to show Orlando what they had. As Thanksgiving Break began, the students, including  Saegertown students Blake Hamilton, Rachel White, and myself, made their way to Florida.

As a proud FCCT performer myself, I can personally say that the experience was absolutely exhilarating. The group arrived and checked into Disney’s All-Star Music Resort a couple days before the performance, which gave us a couple days to get familiar with the parks and to explore. On Friday, November 23, the group attended two “Workshop” sessions, which gave us the opportunity to discover the process that Disney performers and voice actors go through first-hand.

For the first workshop, we learned and performed a dance routine for the Disney song “I Have a Dream,” and for the second workshop, we recorded voice-overs using footage from the Disney movie “Frozen.” While exploring the parks and attending the workshops were certainly amazing, the real highlight of the trip came from the Team Disney 2018 performance on Saturday.

With the hot sun beating down on us, we arrived at the Marketplace Stage in Disney Springs and crowded backstage, where we waited anxiously. After the group said a quick prayer, we were introduced by the announcer and walked on stage to find the seats filled, with a large number of people standing behind the seats in order to watch. With every song we performed came rounds of applause and smiles from the audience. The show lasted about a half an hour, with the group performing fourteen total songs, including popular Disney tunes such as “The Circle of Life,” “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” and “Colors of the Wind,” as well as a few Broadway hits, such as “One Short Day” from the musical Wicked and “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent.

“I one-hundred percent won’t (forget this),” said Jonathan Merritt, FCCT performer and a former Saegertown Panther. “(These are the) best years of my life.”

“This theatre is my family,” said Rachel White, “and I can always count on them. I will always remember the adventures.”

Lady Panthers fall short in playoffs

By Taylor Munce, sports editor

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The Lady Panthers prepare for the upcoming match as a team.

The Lady Panthers hit their way to a positive record, finishing the season 8-6, slightly improving on last year’s 7-7 record.The ladies had their final loss against Cochranton on Oct. 30 in the semi-finals of the D10 playoffs.

Despite their losses, the ladies had positive feelings about the season. Claudia Fetzer, senior libero, believes that teamwork and hard work carried the team to semi-finals. “It’s been my best volleyball season yet due to our teamwork,” Fetzner said.

Senior outside hitter Mikayla Balog agrees that this season has been the best of her high school volleyball career. Balog accomplished her personal goal of sixty 60 kills in an entire season.

Cami Reynolds, senior outside hitter, said: “During the season I think we had the skill, but there were times when it was a hit or miss,” she believes that the team had the “push” they needed from Coach Johnson.

The Panthers’ seniors: Mikayla Balog, Carlie Schlosser, Claudia Fetzner, and Cami Reynolds have become integral parts of the team and their losses will be felt by next years’ team. Junior Carmen Kantz and junior Kaylee Mulligan will lead the 2019 team as experienced players.

 

Ms. Nova Dinsmore receives REC grant for Hispanic Fair

By Morgan Radwick, design editor

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Ms. Nova Dinsmore

After the success of the first annual Hispanic Fair last school year, the Northwestern Regional Electric Company has awarded Spanish teacher Ms. Nova  Dinsmore a grant of $200 to put towards supplies and materials for this year’s event.

Ms. Dinsmore assigns her students a Spanish speaking country to research. Then they create tri-fold poster boards and prepare culturally accurate food that corresponds with their designated country. Students display their efforts at the Hispanic Fair. 

Ms. Dinsmore plans to spend the funds on baking and cooking supplies. “Last year students made food. However, we ran out quickly,” Ms. Dinsmore said. “This year I am hoping to give the students supplies so they can make more food.”

The Hispanic Fair will be held on Arts and Academics Night, which is set for May 29, 2019.