Key Club volunteers (early) for Make A Difference Day

By Rachel Barner, staff writer

Members of Key Club at Saegertown raked leaves at Janet Haas’s house in remembrance of Dwight Haas, a former member of the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club

Members of Key Club at Saegertown raked leaves at Janet Haas’s house in remembrance of Dwight Haas, a former member of the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club

On the cold, Fall morning of October 17, a few members of the Key Club raked leaves on Ryan Road, supervised by Marlene Jenkins, the Pantherian Key Club supervisor from the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club.

Although the official Make A Difference Day was held Oct. 24, for Key Club, the difference came a week early as they raked leaves at Janet Haas’s house in remembrance of Dwight Haas, a member of the Meadville Golden K Kiwanis Club, who passed away last April. Haas was a large supporter of SHS Key Club.

Make A Difference Day is the largest single-day of volunteering, in collaboration with Points of Light, another large volunteering service. This was the twenty-fourth year it has been held on the last Saturday of every October. This year, the date for Make A Difference Day was October 24. USA TODAY initiated Make A Difference Day, and is backed by the Gannett Company and TEGNA, Inc. 

To make a difference for Make A Difference Day, visit makeadifferenceday.com.

Class council conducts fundraiser to benefit local kennel

By Lauren Haylett, junior high reporter

Junior high class council raised money to assist the Townville Kennel.

Junior high class council raised money to assist the Townville Kennel.

Junior high students have been raising funds by selling pizzas and pizza kits. The money is not only for their field trip,

which will be organized by the class council, but also for hungry animals in need.  “The morning we were supposed to be starting our Little Caesar’s fundraiser, on the news they had talked about the Townville Kennel and that if they didn’t get animal food, they were going to have to shut their doors and who knows what would’ve happened to the animals?” said Mrs. Nicole DeFrances, class council adviser.  So the council decided to help out by giving part of their fundraiser money as well as other donations like pet food. Many students are pleased with this addition to the fundraiser.  “This fundraiser is good because not only are we helping ourselves, but we’re helping someone else,” said class council vice president Chloe Luchansky. “I don’t know how much we’ve collected so far, but at least we’ve got some food and for every item sold, one dollar will be donated.  I feel like we’re going to have a nice chunk to send to them,” said DeFrances.  The pick up date for the pizza kits is October 29, and all orders must be into Mrs. DeFrances as soon as possible. The junior high is more than willing to give away part of the earnings to help others in need. Eighth-grader Sydney Fredericks said, “I feel as if even though we aren’t the biggest school, the little things that we can do, make a difference.”

AP World History class up and running with two students

By Payton Brooks and Ellie Lybarger, staff writers

Super small AP World History class meets everyday during seventh period.

Super small AP World History class meets everyday during seventh period.

You know that moment when the teacher asks a question and you look around to see who will answer it? Well, imagine that you are in a class with only two people. That’s the situation this year for juniors Sydney Kightlinger and Tyler Brooks in the Advanced Placement World History class being offered for the first time this year and taught by Mrs. Kara Bechtel.

The class was first announced midsummer, so it was not widely known by potential students. Mrs. Bechtel focuses the

class on a lot of writing on world themes, and changes and constants throughout time. Kightlinger said, “Take everything you would learn in three or more years in a general class, add more information, and put it into one year.” Mrs. Bechtel notes the difference between AP history and normal history as, “the amount of work, outside reading, and expanding on prior knowledge.”  Brooks says that he is intrigued by the world’s past and wishes there were more classes like this because they are intellectually stimulating. They are preparing for the AP World Exam that will take place on May 12, 2016 at Saegertown.

Kightlinger, Brooks, and Mrs. Bechtel commented that they enjoy the small class size but would prefer a class of about seven to nine. Mrs. Bechtel said, “I like a smaller size, but two is a little…,” and Brooks added,  “I prefer a smaller class, but not this small.” Both students commented on the struggle with having debates with only two people. One of Mrs. Bechtel’s hopes for the class next year is to get more students enrolled in the class.

Panthers kick things into gear

By Becca Siple, social media editor

The Saegertown boys varsity soccer team has kicked its way into a fantastic season with only three losses thus far, to Warren once and Meadville twice.

And standout senior captain Peter Mattocks, dubbed the Haitian Sensation by The Meadville Tribune, has broken two records so far this season.

Peter Mattocks takes the ball down the field against Calvary Baptist on Sept. 4.

Peter Mattocks takes the ball down the field against Calvary Baptist on Sept. 4.

Mattocks was crowned the new reigning leader for most career goals scored with a whopping 81 and counting. “It was awesome. I knew I was close, and I’m glad I finally got it,” said Mattocks of the achievement. He also broke his own record for goals scored in a season from 24, to 41. When asked how it felt to break yet another record, Mattocks said, “I was proud and excited.“

As the season continues to move rapidly, the Panthers are hoping to keep the wins coming. They are getting ready to enter playoffs, and they expect to make the community proud. “I want the team to get better, dominate in playoffs, and bring home something good,” Mattocks said. The team will be in action again on Monday Oct. 26 at home against General Mclane.

Sarah Allen wins Young Driver Skills competition

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

Sarah Allen received first place and $1,000 in the Young Driver Skills Competition in Crawford County on April 14. The competition is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, and the money is awarded by Allstate Insurance. During the competition, the drivers had to take a written test, a perceptual test, and a low speed driving test. The perceptual test involved the competitors being shown a series of slides, and then being asked three questions about them. Allen’s combined score was the highest in seven years, with 128 correct out of a possible 165. “I was really shocked because I didn’t think I did that well,” Allen said.  IMG_0066

She will be competing in the state competition on May 12 in Camp Hill, Pa. She will have the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship if she places first. She is not the only student from Crawford who will be advancing to the state level, however. The top two from the local competition will move on, which includes Jon Frawley, a senior at CASH.  Allen was not the only student from Saegertown to place in the competition. Senior Tyler Nulph took third place and is planning to buy a car with the $300 he won. “It was a great experience, and it was more difficult than I thought it would be,” Nulph said.

Panthers lace up skates

By Bradley Amy, Staff Writer

Saegertown players Chase Leech, middle, and Luke Triola, right, face off in a recent match.

Saegertown players Chase Leech, middle, and Luke Triola, right, face off in a recent match.

Saegertown Sophomores, Luke Triola (25) and Chase Leech (36), are spending their winter lacing up the skates, tapping the sticks, and shredding the ice all day as they join the Meadville Bulldogs Varsity Hockey team. Currently, the focus of winter sports at Saegertown is on wrestling and basketball. Although hockey is not offered here, Triola and Leech have been able to join a newly found team and make it popular with students outside the walls of Saegertown. The boys started their season in October and currently sit at 4-4-1 overall. Triola has three goals and five assists; Leech has one goal and four assists. They played Peters Township last Tuesday, and the Bulldogs came out on top with a 3-2 victory. On November 18, Triola scored a hat-trick and led the Bulldogs to a 10-3 victory. The Bulldogs will be back in action Thursday, November 20, at Harbor Creek.