Reynolds earns ‘IRON (ironman) POWER (powerade)TOOL (tool city)’ status

By Jessica Tomiczek, Social Media Editor 

Reynolds displays medal.

Senior wrestler Dylan Reynolds (shown here atop the podium at the IronMan Tournament) has recently won three major tournaments.

After a third place finish at the state championship last year, senior Dylan Reynolds felt like he had something to prove. In the Fall of last year, he committed to Clarion University, where he will follow his dream of wrestling for a Division I program with his brother, Shawn.

Then, he won the number one nationally ranked Iron Man tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio on Dec. 12-13. Next, he went on to be the first District 10 wrestler since 1993 to win the Powerade Tournament Dec. 29-30 at Canon McMillian High School in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

“I felt relieved after the match (the finals) because I was under a lot of pressure,” said Reynolds. The Powerade Tournament is the toughest tournament in Pennsylvania and the third toughest in the USA according to Four days later, he beat his opponent 4-3 in the finals, claiming his third consecutive Tool City Tournament title at Meadville High School. “I knew I had to win because I felt like I had something to prove,” he said. Head coach Jim Mulligan said, “It is an unbelievable feat what Dylan has done. Not many people in the country can do what he did. He’s ranked number eight in the country for a reason, but we can’t get too high about it. The ultimate goal is down the road.” Reynolds is now 19-0 on the season and has a career record of 136-21.

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 You can also click on his profile at the top of the page to read all his reviews.

Stewart performs with Erie Junior Philharmonic

By Sydney Kightlinger, Assistant Opinion Editor

Jesse Stewart after the winter concert at General McLane High School on Dec .2.

Jesse Stewart after the winter concert at General McLane High School on Dec. 2.

Any mention of dedicated musicians or grand performances conjures the image of middle aged adults in an elaborate theater playing some famous symphony by a dead obscure Russian composer, the kind of event parents make us attend.

This is not always the case, because some teenagers thrive on the warmth of the stage lights like sophomore Jesse Stewart. Stewart has been playing in the Erie Junior Philharmonic for two years. “There is nothing better than to be playing music with some of the best musicians all around the state,” said Stewart.

The Junior Philharmonic is an ensemble composed of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. It has students from twenty five schools including representation from all in the PENNCREST district. Jesse Stewart is the principle (first) tuba chair. Their most recent performance was Dec. 4, the Winter Ensemble Concert, where they played a wide variety of classical music. “The long hours of rehearsal really paid off. The music selection was one of our best. After the many weeks of rehearsal everything came together. I loved playing the Dubinushka,” said Stewart. The next concert is April 26, 2015.

Military homecoming: Jordan Weed surprises his brother

By Olivia Burger, Opinion Editor

Logan Weed, junior, reunited with his brother Jordan Weed.

Logan Weed, junior, reunited with his brother Jordan Weed.

On Wednesday Nov. 26, Mr. Scott Bidwell’s seventh period Algebra class was continuing as any normal class day would for junior Logan Weed. However to Logan’s surprise, the class ended with a shocker he never saw coming. His brother, Jordan Weed, had returned home for the holidays.

The surprise started when Assistant Principal Mrs. Laurie Kantz interrupted the class and said, “I think there’s someone here you’d like to see.” In the doorway stood Logan’s older brother, Jordan. Jordan had been released from the Shaw Air Force Base located in South Carolina where he is an Air Traffic Controller with an Airman 1st Class rank. Jordan’s break from service stretched from Wednesday Nov. 26 through Monday Dec. 1, giving him time to spend with his family and close friends over the Thanksgiving holiday season.

On Tuesday Nov. 25, the day before Jordan surprised Logan at the school, Jordan called his brother to trick him into thinking he wouldn’t be able to make it for Thanksgiving. “I was surprised because I talked to him the day before and he said he wasn’t coming, but he really was in the car on his way up here at that time,” said Logan.

Logan and Jordan, along with the rest of their family, were thankful for the time they spent together. Logan said, “That was the first time I had seen him in a year and a half. I hope I can see him for Christmas, but I’m glad I got to see him on Thanksgiving.”

Johnston (‘10) returns from service in Kuwait

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

Homecoming parade.

Homecoming parade.

Saegertown alumnus, Dylan Johnston (‘10), brother of Saegertown High School junior Garrett Johnston (that’s me) and son of MDS aid Michele Johnston, returned to the states on Nov. 4 after spending seven months on active duty in Kuwait. He returned to Crawford County on Nov. 6 after spending the required time at Fort Indiantown Gap in Harrisburg, Pa.

Johnston family at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Johnston family at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Dylan is a part of the 201st Red Horse Unit, a division of the United States Air National Guard. The unit entered Fort Indiantown Gap after being escorted from Newark, New Jersey by a police bike and a motorcycle group called the Guardian Knights. “It was really touching to see the parade when he returned,” said Michele. “I had no idea they would have an escort like that.  When I finally got to see him, I didn’t say anything. I just hugged him. So glad to have him home.” Dylan plans to return to Penn State Mont Alto in the spring to complete his final semester and receive his degree in forestry.

Vath and Reynolds commit to D1 wrestling programs

By Emily Callan, Design Editor

Dylan Reynolds and Tyler Vath signed commitments to D1 wrestling programs at Clarion and Edinboro respectively on Dec. 2 in the Saegertown High School Iibraries. (photo by Casey Fetzner)

Dylan Reynolds committed to Clarion and Tyler Vath signed with Edinboro on Dec. 2.

On Tuesday, December 2, Saegertown seniors Dylan Reynolds and Tyler Vath formally signed commitments to local colleges for wrestling.

Reynolds, a two-time state medalist, will be an Eagle at the University of Clarion. “It was an offer I couldn’t pass up, especially because I get to be with my brother,” said Reynolds, whose brother Shawn is a junior at Clarion. Vath, a three-time state medalist, signed to be a Scot at Edinboro University. Vath said he selected Edinboro because the school is D1, close to home, and offers his intended major (health and physical education).

Tyler’s father Brett Vath said, “Tyler had been looking at five other schools, and it came as a surprise to me that schools can show up late in the game but still serve as their (the wrestler’s) number one choice in the end.” Both grapplers will receive wrestling scholarships.

“It’s awesome to have two boys on a D1 scholarship program, this is the first time we have signed wrestlers to D1 since Pat Bradshaw in 2005. They are both very good wrestlers, and even better kids. This shows that there are scholarships out there, and I believe there will be more hardworking wrestlers to obtain them in the future,” said Saegertown Wrestling head coach Jim Mulligan.

Saegertown ladies travel to PSB for Women in Engineering Day

By Lianna Ketcham, Website Editor

Sophomore Sydney Kightlinger created a windmill at Penn State Behrend's Women in Engineering Day on Nov. 21..

Sophomore Sydney Kightlinger created a windmill at Penn State Behrend’s Women in Engineering Day on Nov. 21. (photo by Sydney Kightlinger)

Saegertown High School ladies ventured to Penn State Behrend today to participate in the ninth annual Women in Engineering Day. Sixteen girls in grades ten and eleven attended the day of math and science related activities along with many other schools in Pennsylvania and southern parts of New York. Guest speaker and PSB alumni, Tiffany Beers from Nike talked to the students about the opportunities that await those with engineering backgrounds.

Students attended different sessions where they created things such as windmills, gumball machines, and lava lamps. Presenters came from varying companies to help with the activities: Construction Process Solutions, Ltd., Erie Insurance, Eriez Magnetics, FMC Technologies, GE Transportation, and LORD Corporation. The program is designed to help steer students into thinking about their lives after graduation.

“It was very informative. I have been thinking about my future a lot recently, and I think engineering is definitely plausible for me,” said sophomore Sydney Kightlinger. Many students left the campus with thoughts of engineering possibilities.

To find out more, visit the Women in Engineering Day page at Penn State Behrend.