PA Farm Bureau AG Lab comes to SES

By Emily Johnson, Director of MarketingIMG_9930

On Monday, March 9, students of Saegertown Elementary paraded onto one of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile “Ag” Labs: one of six fully equipped trailers owned and operated by the Bureau that travel statewide to over 180 elementary and high schools, bringing hands-on agricultural education directly to the classroom.

The program, which is currently celebrating its tenth year of operation, has been welcomed back to Saegertown schools for the past five years, and hosts a variety of grade-level fifty minute lessons each day for classes and teachers to attend during its four day stay in the SES parking lot.  During its time in Panther Country, the lab will be visited by over 20 classes, spanning from pre-school to sixth grade.

IMG_0027“I remember coming to the Ag Lab last year, too,” said third grader Jarried Green from Mrs. Tina Johnston’s class. “It was fun. I was excited to come today and do something different than last year.”

Green, along with his classmates, participated in an experiment taught by Mrs. Cathy Vorisek (or, as her students have affectionately dubbed her, “The Bee Lady”), one of over thirty teachers employed by the PA Farm Bureau. As each student situated themselves throughout personal learning areas lining the sides of the lab, Vorisek began by holding up a handful of soybeans and asking if anyone could identify them. After exploring the importance of soy in various household products, the students were then asked if they preferred Crayola or Prang crayons; composed of wax and soybeans respectively.

During the lesson, the third graders were introduced to vocabulary words such as “hydrogenated” and “ethanol”, and learned how to turn the data they collected during their experiments into an eight paragraph research papers using the steps of the scientific method.

IMG_9922Richard Williams, another of Mrs. Johnston’s third graders, enjoyed learning about the benefits of biodegradable soybean products through the Crayola vs. Prang experiment. “I liked this project a lot better than the one we did last year,” he said. “It was fun to use the different crayons.”

The soybean experiment is only one of the several lessons Vorisek presented to SES classes before she and the lab bid farewell on March 14.

“I’ve loved coming to Saegertown schools for the past five years and watching the students I had when they were in Kindergarten grow up and become more involved in the lessons,” said Vorisek. “We’re proud to bring agriculture directly to the classroom, and we hope the students carry these lessons with them for years to come.”

Math and science club students attend Pi Day at Edinboro University

Kaylee Luchansky, Website Editor

Dr. Benjamin (photo by Stephen Boylan).

Dr. Arthur Benjamin (Stephen Boylan/SHS).

On Monday March 16, Edinboro University held its seventh annual Pi Day. Forty-six Saegertown juniors, seniors, and sophomores attended the all-day program, which started with a tour led by a student currently living on campus. The students then traveled to Ross Hall for activities including Bungee Barbie Jump, Buffon’s Stack of Needles, and the game 24.

All activities were optional and open to everyone along with nearby lectures. After lunch, the students gathered in the Cole Auditorium to be given awards and listen to Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College Professor of Mathematics and professional magician, talk about the Secrets of Mental Math. Several Saegertown students including Ben Haylett and Sam Michaels were asked to come up on the stage and participate in his activities.

Students participating in Buffon's Needles (photo contributed by Stephen Boylan).

Students participating in Buffon’s Needles (Stephen Boylan/SHS).

The students from Saegertown who were given awards were Jared McClymonds for reciting 202 digits of Pi (the student who won second place recited 150 digits), Jared Shaffer for Pi Day trivia, Dane Rhodes, Garrett Johnston, and Dustin Bierman for the Towers of Hanoi, and Tanna Walters received second place in the game 24.

“I had a great time. I especially liked Dr. Benjamin’s lecture,” said junior Kasey Newhard. Mrs. Kelli Peters, one of Math and Science Club’s advisors, said, “It was fun and I am really proud of our students winning three out of the six awards. I love my little geeks.”

Top 3 Most Disturbing Cartoon Moments

By Jacob Perrett, Director of Broadcasting

Let’s reminisce for a moment. When I was a kid, cartoons were my life. I fondly remember looking forward to watching new episodes every Saturday morning, and I definitely wasn’t opposed to acting sick just so I could stay home and watch them. While I enjoyed mostly every episode of programs such as Spongebob Squarepants, or Courage the Cowardly Dog, there were a few episodes that had a lasting effect on me. This lasting effect was not always a good one. I can remember a few occasions where an episode actually gave me nightmares, rather than entertain me. Looking back at some of these moments, it’s a wonder how the writers got away with some of the disturbing content.

  1. Courage the Cowardly Dog: Perfect

Courage the Cowardly Dog has always been known for its controversial topics and dark imagery, but this episode really pushed the buttons. In an episode called Perfect, Courage finds that he is unable to help Eustace and Muriel achieve simple tasks. Soon after the figure of a woman named The Perfectionist comes to Courage and attempts to make him perfect. She is disgusted by the fact that Courage has so many imperfections and begins to teach him how to walk and talk perfectly. That night Courage falls asleep and the episode takes an unexpected turn. As Courage sleeps, the image of a blue creature appears. Its head slowly bobs around and then it looks into the camera bellowing the words, “You’re not perfect.” As you’d expect, Courage then wakes up screaming. The episode is one of the most well known of the series, and to this day it still sent shivers down my spine as I rewatched it.

  1. Tom and Jerry: Heavenly Puss

Tom and Jerry  was one of those cartoons that was on for an hour straight. Mostly every episode showed Tom trying to eat Jerry, but Jerry always eluded his grasp while adding in some slapstick comedy. The show was good fun. One episode in particular however took things differently. The episode Heavenly Puss began as usual with the Tom and Jerry chase, but shocked many when it decided to have a sliding piano kill Tom. He lays there motionless as a light shines down from the ceiling, revealing a golden escalator. Tom then proceeds to get up and make his way to the gates of heaven, but stops when a white cat in a suit tells him that his fate lies in the hands of Jerry. His worst enemy. In order to make it into heaven Jerry must sign a slip of paper saying that he forgives Tom for all the things he has done to him. Tom desperately tries to persuade Jerry to sign it as the devil (portrayed as Spike) periodically comes to him telling him he is running out of time. Just as the episode comes to a close Jerry signs it and saves Tom from burning in a pot of fire. The concept of heaven and hell has rarely ever been brought up in cartoon history, and after watching this episode it’s evident why.

  1. Courage the Cowardly Dog: Courage in the Big Stinkin’ City

Oh boy, here we go. In this episode Muriel wins the family a trip to the city. When they arrive, they are greeted by a cockroach who shows the three to their rooms before requesting Courage to deliver a package to a nearby building. When he arrives, the place looks empty, but we quickly find out that it is quite the opposite. Courage enters and begins looking through the doors revealing all sorts of creepy images. He then climbs some stairs and opens a door. Behind it we see what looks like real footage of a girl seated, playing the violin. Her back is toward the audience so all seems innocent enough. Courage is relieved as well. Then in a split second she turns around revealing a terrifying claymation face, with eyes popping out of their sockets. She screams and so does Courage. He slams the door shut and moves on. Even though the show had its traumatic moments it lasts as a cult classic. I would definitely recommend it.

Pre-season volleyball: Saegertown boys battle Northeastern for state supremacy

By Shaun Boyle, Sports Editor

The  2015 boys volleyball season kicks off tomorrow night, Friday, March 20, as Saegertown takes on Northeastern in a battle for state supremacy. Saegertown is ranked first in the state preseason rankings and Northeastern is ranked second, based on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association poll. “I don’t think I’ve been more excited about a volleyball match in my entire life, and I have played in some big matches,” said senior Alex Barclay.

Northeastern, located in York, Pa., has three-peated as the Class AA state champions over the last three years. Saegertown hopes to stop this trend, starting with this match. “Since I started playing volleyball my freshman year, Northeastern was the team to beat, but we think this is our year,” said Barclay.

Come out and support the boys volleyball team at 7 p.m. at Saegertown High School. You can also follow the action live on Twitter @PantherPressSHS.


Saegertown sophomores finish strong with Bulldog hockey team

By Bradley Amy, Staff Writer

Throughout the Meadville Bulldogs hockey season this year, two Saegertown sophomores Luke Triola and Chase Leech have made major contributions to the team at the center and left wing positions. Together, Triola and Leech have combined to score 19 goals and have dished out 28 assists.

This year, the Bulldogs were excited make the playoffs with a new league, the PIHL (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League). “After transferring from the league that we won last year, it’s nice to be playing against better competition making ourselves better,” said Triola. Leech added, “Being in the playoffs is nerve-wracking, but I know that when the time comes, you gotta go out there and fill your role.”

After beating the Blackhawk Cougars 3-1 last Monday, the Bulldogs found themselves squaring off against Carrick in the semifinals round on Monday, March 16. Unfortunately, the boys came up short, losing 4-2, eliminating them from the playoffs. “I was happy with the way we performed this season, and I can’t wait for next year,” said Triola.

Senior Matt Peters advances to All State Band Festival

By Kristi Stoyer, Photo Editor 

The music doesn’t stop for senior Matt Peters. Of the six Saegertown students who participated in PMEA Region Band this year, he is the only Saegertown musician who will advance to the All-State Festival in Hershey. “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to advance to States again,” he said. “Last year was an amazing experience and I know there are still a lot of memories to be made.”

This is his second time attending the festival, auditioning on tenor saxophone both years. “I knew it depended a lot on the performance of the other instrumentalists,” Peters said, “but I did feel pretty good about the audition I had.” Peters took second chair at Region Band this year to advance.

Director Patrick Baldwin expressed his excitement about Peters’ accomplishment. “These are truly great opportunities,” Baldwin said. “I am glad he is getting the chance to experience them.”

Baldwin went on to say, “I am looking forward to the event. There are many professional development opportunities for me as well as the learning experiences for Matt.” The festival extends from March 25-28, and the concert will be held at the Hershey Theater.

Mitchell Loyd competes at ProStart competition

By Colleen Michaels, Features editor

Mitchell Loyd prepares a sauce at the ProStart competition.

Mitchell Loyd prepares a sauce at the ProStart competition. (contributed photo)

While you were at home watching Master Chef on television, senior Mitchell Loyd was at Penn State main campus doing the real thing. On February 24-25, a group of five students from the Crawford County Career and Technical Center’s (CCCTC) culinary class attended the ProStart competition to test their stellar cooking skills. The ProStart program gives high school students the opportunity to learn about the art of cooking and restaurant management through classes and competitions. This was the first year that the culinary class at CCCTC has been ProStart certified, and they were competing to move on to the national competition in California.

With sixty minutes, two Bunsen burners, no running water or electricity and only four people, the competition really was like something on a cooking show. Loyd, along with his team (four people and one alternate), made three different delectable dishes to wow the judges who were chefs from colleges across the state.They started with a cob salad lettuce wrap on a cracker. Then they prepared chicken fettuccine alfredo with snow peas, and they finished off with a strawberry crepe topped with amaretto cream sauce.

The CCCTC team poses with their completed meal. (contributed photo)

The CCCTC team poses with their completed meal. (contributed photo)

This may sound high stress, but top chef Mitchell Loyd enjoyed the experience. “It was really nerve-wracking, but it was a great experience. Having only the two Bunsen burners and no running water was a challenge, but it was really fun.” Loyd’s team included students from Meadville, CASH and Cochranton.

There were seven teams total in the competition, including the CCCTC students, and although they did not advance to the next level, the team members gained valuable experience. “I really hope that next year’s class gets to go because it was one of the coolest things ever,” Loyd said. The advisor for this cooking expedition was the culinary teacher at the CCCTC, Mr. Lester Lenhart.

To read more about the National ProStart Invitational, visit

Junior high celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Spirit Week

acqe9eRziBy Lauren Haylett, Junior High Reporter

Next week is spirit week for the junior high to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The council is under the supervision of Mrs. Nicole DeFrances, but as she is on maternity leave, Mrs. Anne Motter has taken over. The officers include Claudia Fetzner, president; Mikayla Balog, vice president; Sheena Byham, secretary; Samantha Evans, treasurer; Lauren Haylett, seventh grade President.  “I aspire to have the entire middle school participating in spirit week,” said Claudia Fetzner.  The council was coming up with ideas for a fun activity and thought why not have a spirit week? It’s free of charge to participate. “The day I am most looking forward to is Jersey Day,” said seventh grader Kenny Kiser. The themes are as follows:

Monday: Jersey Day

Tuesday: Green Day-Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Wednesday: Color War- Eighth graders are to wear black and seventh graders are to wear blue

Thursday: Tie-dye Thursday

Friday: Flannel Friday

American Legion Post 205 awards essay winners

By Stephen Boylan, Director of Marketing

(From left to right) Dan Cole, Anna Swartout, Hannah Crum, Sydney Kightlinger, Lexie Erdos, Don Powell

(From left to right) Dan Cole, Anna Swartout, Hannah Crum, Sydney Kightlinger, Lexie Erdos, Don Powell

“What is the American Legion and what does it do as an organization?” This was the topic of the 80th Annual American Legion Essay Contest. On Feb. 17, Dan Cole and Don Powell, Commander and Chief Financial Officer of Saegertown Legion Post 205 came to Saegertown High School to present awards to four winners, senior Lexie Erdos, first place, and sophomore runners-up  Sydney Kightlinger, Hannah Crum, and Anna Swartout.

Saegertown Legion has been actively involved in the essay contest for the past several years. “As American Legionnaires, we fully believe that education is the cornerstone upon which the future of America is built. Our Essay Scholarship Contest gives the students an opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities in English,” said Cole.

The essays were judged by English teachers at Saegertown, and the final selection of winners was made by the board of Post 205.

All 53 students from Saegertown who entered the essay contest researched the American Legion before beginning their writing endeavor. “I really enjoyed researching and writing the essay. I also never realized how much the Legion does on the local and national level,” said runner up Sydney Kightlinger.

The first place essay, written by Erdos, moved on to district level judging, and Cole returned to Saegertown on March 5 to give her an additional award for her efforts. Erdos’ essay did not advance to interdistrict competition. “Writing is a highly underappreciated talent, and it was nice to see it get some recognition,” Erdos said.

Mrs. Stacey Hetrick, who supervised the Saegertown writers, said, “It was amazing all the things we learned about the Legion. As a result of this essay contest, we now have students attending Keystone Boys and Girls State this year. We are incredibly thankful for all the Legion does for students.”