Key Club continues to serve community

By Amanda Crowl, staff writer

Members of the Saegertown Key Club are working around the clock to benefit their community through improvement projects and community service. As active and present as Key Club is, not everyone knows what they are doing.

Key Club members and Allegheny students volunteered at the Meadville Library in February.

On the second Saturday of each month, Allegheny College holds a “Service Saturday.” For three years, members of Saegertown’s Key Club have joined with Allegheny students to help Meadville’s less fortunate.

Recently, Saegertown Key Club created a miniature library in Saegertown’s local laundromat as part of the ‘Youth Serving Youth’ service project. This year’s project theme is ‘literacy.’

In addition to providing books to community members via the library, Key Club will be donating ten new books to Saegertown Elementary’s library, whose funding has been cut significantly in recent years.

Key Club also hosts the popular ‘Hat and Pajama Day’ at the high school. Students pay one dollar to wear a hat, or pajamas, or both. The money raised during events such as these directly fund community projects.

“I am glad to give back to the community,” said club vice president Mykenzie Connally, who believes each of Key Club’s projects make a positive impact on the community.

Key Club creates library for the laundromat

By Amanda Crowl, staff writer

The shelf is stocked with donated books from the Saegertown community.

The Saegertown Laundromat on Main St. is now home to a fully stocked bookshelf thanks to the Pantherian Key Club at Saegertown High School.

Every year, Key Clubs across Pennsylvania complete a ‘Youth Serving Youth’  (YSY) project. The theme for this year’s project is literacy. To promote reading, members of Key Club decided to put a bookshelf in the Saegertown laundromat.

The bookshelf is filled with children’s books donated by Saegertown students. Parents who regularly use the laundromat can take and return books or read them to their children while they are at the laundromat.

Key Club president Stephanie Polach is excited to see how this project impacts the community. “We had talked about doing this project for a while, and we had the resources to do it,” Polach said.

Sophomore Isaac Levis received the bookshelf from Key Club adviser Marlene Jenkins, and had to stain, paint, and finish the bookshelf. “I had the tools, and it was something inexpensive,” Levis said. The biggest setback for Levis was waiting for the vote to buy paint for the bookshelf, but it was soon approved and the bookshelf was finished.

Polach and Levis were delighted with how the project turned out. “It turned out a lot better than I hoped because we received more books that need to find a home than we thought,” Polach said. She hopes to expand this project in the future.

Key Club Snowball Dance on Feb. 17

by Hannah Myers, staff writer

Got the wintertime blues? Looking for something fun to do? Well look no more! On Friday Feb. 17, there will be a Snowball Dance in the high school cafeteria hosted by the SHS Key Club.

The dance will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and is open to all students. There will also be beverages available for purchase during the dance. The cost will be $3 per person and $5 per couple.

Proceeds of the dance will go towards a new project Key Club is starting. For more information, contact Sydney Kightlinger.

Key Club ‘Graveyard Gala’ set for Oct. 28

By Ben Haylett, director of broadcasting

Hey, are you looking for a fun way to spread the Halloween spirit without the fear of being attacked by a vicious clown? Well, you should come to the Graveyard Gala on Oct. 28 sponsored by the Pantherian Key Club and show off your amazing creation and sick dance moves.

The dance is from 7- 9:30 p.m. and the entire school is welcome to come. You can buy snack and drinks, and prizes will be given out for the most spooky, creative, and humorous costumes. The proceeds of the dance will go to Trick or Treat for Unicef and other Key Club sponsored activities.

Additional informations can be found at, or ask Sydney Kightlinger. Hope to see you there!

Spring Fling coming Friday

Spring Fling poster. (photo contributed)

Spring Fling poster. (photo contributed)

By Lauren Haylett, junior high reporter

The Key Club is hosting a dance for seventh, eighth, and ninth graders on May 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  “The Spring Fling was an idea the Key Club came up with a few years ago and we are continuing it, so while the juniors, seniors, and some sophomores can go to prom, the junior high and the freshman can go to a dance too,” said head of spring fling committee, freshman Kaity Gage. Other members include Ericka Caldwell, Kasey Newhard, Izzy Weier, Eric Kisner, Matt Peters, Emily Callan, and Hannah Smith. Many students plan to attend. “Heck yeah, I’m going to the dance!” said seventh grader Karley Price,”I can’t wait to go.”  Most girls have already got their dresses. “The dress is semi-formal,” explained Gage. “I plan to wear nice jeans and a plaid dress shirt,” said ninth grader Tylor Luikhart. Both singles and couples are welcome to come. The price to attend is $3 per person and $5 per couple.  “We don’t have a goal of money to raise,” said Key Club advisor, Mrs. Statman. “Key Club is about helping the school, so the dance is just for the junior high to have fun.” Bonus points and incentives are being provided by some teachers for those who attend the dance.  The dance DJ will be sophomore Ben Haylett.  “I want to take into consideration what the crowd wants to hear and play as many requests as possible,” said Haylett.  Katie Berger said,”I’m so excited I’m going to explode!”

Top 5 List of Songs to Play at Dance

  1. Uptown Funk
  2. Chains
  3. Cupid Shuffle
  4. Wobble
  5. Thinking Out Loud

Pantherian Key Club elects new leadership

The new leaders gather in the library.

The new leaders gather in the library. From left, Haylett, Gage, Kightlinger, Hatton and Boylan.

By Haley Wise, Staff Writer

“I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”

Each meeting, the members of the Pantherian Key Club rise and recite this pledge which represents the mission of the club as well as what members should strive to achieve through their membership.  On Tuesday, February 17, five Saegertown students decided to go beyond merely attending meetings and reciting this mantra when they were elected 2015-2016 Key Club Officers.

Junior Stephen Boylan was elected president. Sophomores Sydney Kightlinger and Ben Haylett will serve as vice president and editor, respectively. Freshmen Kaity George and Shannon Hatton will be treasurer and secretary. Key Club adviser Mrs. Melissa Statman said, “I believe these officers will work well together because they are all passionate about Key Club. They are organized and will share responsibility.”

Incoming president Stephen Boylan said, “I believe my responsibility as 2015-2016 President of Saegertown High School’s Key Club is to lead my fellow Keyclubbers to expand our community service involvement beyond our high school.”

Boylan has already begun planning his approach and goals for next year.  “Within our school, I would like to receive more recognition for our accomplishments. I’m eager to further old traditions and create new ones.”

The current officers, seniors, are: president Lexie Erdos, vice president Rachel Smith, treasurer Sarah Allen, secretary Erin Sherry and editor Matt Peters. These officers will continue to serve until the end of the school year, and they will mentor newly elected officers so they will be prepared for next year.

Current president Lexie Erdos said, “Being heavily involved in Key Club throughout high school taught me to be a strong leader, sharpen my public speaking skills, and work on my communication abilities. It required a lot of my time, so it will be strange to not have that responsibility, but I am completely confident in the ability of the upcoming officers.”

Erdos is eager to pass down her responsibilities to such a dependable group of students and allow them to have their own opportunity to improve their skills and abilities. “The new president, Stephen Boylan, will really help the club to grow even more. When I was a freshman, almost no one had even heard of Key Club- it was just starting out. Now, it has grown into one of the most prominent clubs, and I’m sure that the new officers will help the club continue to flourish.”

NHS and Key Club spread the joy of reading

By McKenzie Ashbaugh, Director of Marketing

Juniors Haley Wise (left) and Maile Chang (right) read to a Head-Start class in the elementary school.

Juniors Haley Wise (left) and Maile Chang (right) read to a Head-Start class in the elementary school.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss)

On Monday, March 2 Saegertown High School’s National Honor Society and Key Club students participated in Read Across America. They ventured to Saegertown Elementary School under the guidance of librarian Mrs. Betty Litke to read to students. Sponsored by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day commemorates the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

Each NHS or Key Club student was assigned at least one classroom at the elementary school to read to SES students. “Elementary students look forward to having the high school students come read to them. I think it provides the younger students with a role model who not only does well in school but has taken the time to select  a book that they will enjoy,” third grade teacher Mrs. Kendra Burger said.

Junior Madison Bartholomew, a former student of Mrs. Stacey Donahue, had the opportunity to read to Mrs. Donahue’s second grade class. “I thought it was fun to go read to the younger kids. I will definitely do it again next year!”

Snowball Dance to be held Jan. 30

By Lauren Posego, Assistant News Editor

Don't miss out on the SHS Snow Ball Dance this Friday!  (Picture contributed by Lianna Ketcham)

Don’t miss out on the SHS Snow Ball Dance this Friday!
(Photo contributed by Lianna Ketcham)

Need something to do to beat the winter blues? The Key Club will be hosting a Snow Ball Dance on Friday, January 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Saegertown High School gymnasium for all students in grades 7-12. The gym will be decorated for the occasion with a winter theme. Cost will be $3 per person or $5 per couple. The dance is informal; you may wear any appropriate type of clothing that you wish. The proceeds from the dance will benefit the SHS Key Club and charities. Snacks and drinks will be available for extra cost. You may bring students from other schools, but they must be signed up in the office. Ben Haylett is going to DJ the event while using equipment provided by Mr.Youngblood. “Students from grades seven to twelve are coming, so we’ll have a diverse group. It’s going to be a ton of fun!” says Key Club representative, Sydney Kightlinger.