Life on the Farm
8 R&W November 2009
milk per day
spent on farm
DON’T JUST TEACH
by morgan lee, features editor
Science teacher Todd Davis volunteers
at the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire
Department whenever his pager sounds.
His main duty is driving the engine,
getting the apparatus and ﬁreﬁghters
safely to the ﬁre and supplying the
equipment. “The best part is getting
back after we’ve done a good job and
just joking with everybody,” says Davis.
Industrial Technology instructor
Kirk Marshall extends his talents and
skills into a part-time career with
home repairing and remodeling.
Marshall explains that the hardest
part of juggling both careers is time
management factor but he enjoys
success in both. “I love seeing a job
come together smoothly,” says Marshall.
Math teacher Debra Shuman feeds Star, a
week-old calf, on her farm.
Corn is the main crop for Shuman Family
Farms this year. They harvest it in October
NUMBERScollected by morgan lee, features editor
SHUMAN FAMILY FARMS
TODD DAVIS KIRK MARSHALL
Photos by Morgan Lee and Courtney Sabo, cover illustration by Briana Yablonski
by ilea franklin
Teaching is a full time job, but math teacher
Debra Shuman has another occupation that
focuses on family, personal interests and the
desire to keep busy.
“You’ve got to love
what you’re doing, or
it becomes a chore.
Farming is a great
Although Shuman Family Farms appears undisturbed, it bustles with activity every
weeknight when the members of the Shuman family complete their duties.
Biology and chemistry teacher James
Perry is also an assistant coach for
Hazleton High School’s swim team. He
additionally coaches Sandlot-Sluggers,
a summer baseball league. Perry plans
to soon substitute his swimming nights
for bimonthly city council meetings.
“Although they are time-consuming,
they are all well worth it,” he says.
In addition to teaching Ecology, Doug
Vanbrunt spends his summers at
the Old Forge Brewing Company in
Danville working as either a manager or
a chef about 30 hours per week. “When
I’m managing, I just run the restaurant,
but my favorite part is interacting with
the public,” says Vanbrunt.
The Shuman family uses the no-till grain drill to
plant grains without eroding the soil.
human works at least two hours every weeknight with her
husband Rich and two children on the family farm, time that
fulﬁlls a lifelong involvement in agriculture and a work ethic that
she shares with her students in class and outside of school.
With she and her husband working the late shift, Shuman has turned
farm work into a shared eﬀort. “We all go out to the barn at night,” says
Shuman. “It’s a family event.”
She takes along her nine-year-old son Steven and her ﬁve-year-old
daughter Courtney, giving them responsibilities similar to her own
when she was younger. “My job was to feed and take care of the calves,”
says Shuman. “Only when I got older did I get into milking.”
With this experience, Shuman learned how to manage her time
when she was in high school, using study halls to ﬁnish homework
and tending to the calves before late-night basketball games. To her
advantage, these skills have stayed with her throughout her life and serve
her well. “I wake up about 5:30 and arrive at school around 7:00,” says
Shuman. After school, her time is spent helping students in AIC, but
because of her farm duties, she must be home by 4:00.
After assisting her students and completing work on the farm,
Shuman’s day ends with cooking dinner, helping Courtney and Steven
with their homework and preparing for the next day. “I often fall asleep
with my daughter at 8:00,” says Shuman.
Although family and teaching responsibilities are her ﬁrst priorities,
Shuman enjoys working on the farm and has had a lifetime to get used
to it. “I’ve lived on a farm all my life,” says Shuman.
Her earlier farm experience on a dairy farm makes her an expert at
what she does now. “I milk about two hours a night,” says Shuman,
referring to the twice-a-day responsibility she has with 30 of her cows.
With Shuman’s lifestyle comes diﬃcult
professional and personal decisions. “My
responsibility needs to be there,” says Shuman
of the farm and family, which makes extra-
curricular school participation improbable
but in the past, not impossible. “I was
with SADD (Students Against Destructive
Decisions), Student Council, and I was a class
adviser,” says Shuman. “This year, I was a
powder puﬀ coach.”
Her 15 to 17-hour days are tiring but rewarding. “You’ve got to love
what you’re doing, or it becomes a chore,” says Shuman. “Farming is a
Although Shuman usually faces these long hours with her family,
every Sunday is highlighted by a helping hand. Senior Jack Breisch is
there when crops need to be harvested or other large jobs come up.
“I wake up at four and help with feeding and milking the calves,” says
Breisch. Shuman says that Breisch is a diligent worker who lends a hand
around the farm if she or her husband happen to be sick or take a rare
vacation. Breisch even helps out during the summer by unloading hay
and performing other labor intensive jobs.
With farm prices low and expenses continuing to rise, Shuman
knows the reality of her decisions. “You have to have some other type of
income, or it’s diﬃcult to make ends meet.”
Regardless of the hard work and the long hours, Shuman feels the
farm is well worth the eﬀort.
JAMES PERRY DOUG VANBRUNT
& Nothing Else Matters
16 R&W February 2010
MARTIN JET PACK
For everyone who had the dream of ﬂying through the
air without a plane, the Martin Jet Pack has arrived.
Capable of reaching 8,000 feet and traveling at 31
mph, this contraption costs $100,000. Sure, the price
may be a bit out of our range, but a pilot’s license is
not required, and the machine even features a built-in
L5 iPHONE REMOTE
For everyone who is waiting for an app to control
your home theater system, Apple has come up with a
solution. The L5 iPhone Remote ($50). This miniscule
Dock-connecting accessory let you
build your own interface
using a library of
Each year, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, which, like any villainous all-powerful organization,
is simply known as The Academy, deigns to present we
mortals with a list of nominations for awards. Predictions are
made and yet we are always surprised at the announcement,
sometimes angered, always perplexed. Knowing I will be
incorrect in my predictions, I present them to you anyway.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
George Clooney in Up in the Air. I think what gets Clooney
the nod over Jeﬀ Bridges’ work in Crazy Heart is his
humanitarian work, speciﬁcally in Haiti. Bridges gets robbed
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
Meryl Streep in Julia & Julia. I know that Sandra Bullock
won a Golden Globe, but she has a problem. Well, several
actually – do we start at Speed or Miss Congeniality ... The
Academy never forgets. That leaves Mirren and Streep, and
as I’ve heard more about Streep’s veritably becoming Julia
Childs, I think she takes home the Oscar.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
Up. This is still a category? Here I thought they just handed
this award to Disney/Pixar every year.
Best Motion Picture of the Year:
Avatar. If The Academy doesn’t at least pander to the public a
little bit, I think they’ll risk public outrage. That said, I think
that Up and District 9 are both alternatives just as, if not
more, deserving, simply based on the content of the works
rather than their shiny veneer of “innovation.”
by michael mcgarry, film studies teacher
that has not diminished its worldwide take of over $2.4
billion in just over 60 days.
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
iFitness is an exercise database that
provides clear images, videos and
instructions to diﬀerent workout
routines. Achieve your New Year’s
resolution of getting and staying ﬁt
Bring the love of Rock Band to
your iPhone. Link up with friends
and play more than 28 free tracks
from legendary artists and bands we
all know and love.
With Wi-Fi, send and receive
unlimited free texts with an iPod
Touch or iPhone to any U.S.
mobile phone or iPod touch
without having to pay any fees
besides the cost of the app.
With about 180,000 applications in Apple’s App Store, you can ﬁnd almost anything you want. Not all of them are games used for wasting
time, and many apps are free. Here’s a look at four apps we thought you would ﬁnd interesting.
Touch Mouse turns your iPhone or
iPod Touch into a wireless mouse or
keypad for your computer. Point,
click, scroll and type from any
location on a Mac or PC.
HEINZ DIP & SQUEEZE
Holding three times as much tomatoey goodness as a
regular packet, the Heinz Dip & Squeeze packs oﬀers
two ways to open the bottle-shaped
container: either lift at the top for
squeezing the ketchup onto
your food or open at the
bottom for dipping
by seth loff
by seth loff
a look at the new stuff
A PERFECT RATIO
“It certainly would be a help for someone
who could not afford their own computer.
It would advance technology in the
classroom because everyone would have
their own laptop.”
aQWe asked librarian Linda Steﬀan,
“How would our school beneﬁt from
the 1:1 program?
“I like the idea that you get
to keep your own laptop.
The privacy for each student
would be better too.”
SHOULD THE SCHOOL
PROVIDE YOU WITH YOUR
OWN PERSONAL LAPTOP TO
KEEP THROUGH GRADUATION?
collected by hillary drumheller, news editor
“It would be helpful if you
purchase it from the school
you get to use the same
laptop later on.”
“It would be awesome. I
think it could further your
education and prepare you
for real life experiences.”
“I would like it better than the
system we have now.”
collected by hillary drumheller, news editor
collected by hillary drumheller, news editor
For months, rumors have
spread across the world about
the launch of Apple’s new 7-to-
9-inch touch screen computer
tablet. This device will resemble
a larger version of the iPod
Touch or iPhone.
Speculation is that the Apple
tablet could leave Microsoft
in a technological shock.
Blog sites are featuring posts
from computer savvy bloggers
anticipating that the tablet will
come in two editions – one
featuring a webcam and the
other conﬁgured for educational
purposes. Hopefully, Apple will
release more than hints to clear
up the Internet rumors.
IN THE NEWS: LATEST TECHNOLOGY
by hillary drumheller,
Photos by Hillary Drumheller, illustration by Courtney Sabo
collected by hillary drumheller, news editor
WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT,
32% OF ALL ONLINE USERS
BROWSE WITH THIS POPULAR
$999-$2,499DEPENDING ON CONFIGURATION
THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR
SEARCH ENGINE HAS EXPANDED
TO INCLUDE CHAT, VIDEO CHAT,
AND ONLINE DOCUMENTS THAT
MIRROR MICROSOFT’S OFFICE
In addition to desktop and laptop computers, schools must
provide software for students. Those investments usually involve
site licenses which are bought so several or every computer can
share the same programs. But how much would you have to pay
if you wanted these on your desktop?
4 R&W January 2010
becoming an ever-
growing part of
students ﬁnd themselves without the luxury
of having their own computers to access the
Internet and work on school projects. Providing
students with their own laptops would even out the playing
ﬁeld for families who otherwise do not have home computers.
In an eﬀort to prepare students for lifelong learning, progressive educator Dr.
Gary Stager was among the ﬁrst who explored the idea of the 1:1 laptop initiative,
which was named for the ratio of students to laptops in this program. In 2000,
Maine’s state Department of Education embraced the 1:1 program, an eﬀort
similar to PA’s Classrooms For the Future (CFF), but instead of laptop carts in
classrooms, Maine provided each student with their own machine.
In the past ﬁve years, over $283,000 was spent on laptops for students in
our district, and although the district would still need to purchase insurance
and software licenses, the 1:1 program would be more
economically eﬃcient. “Financially, we would be
saving $80,000 a year by purchasing netbooks for
each student on a four-year plan,” says District
Director of Technology Gary Honabach, who
notes that Selinsgrove schools have implemented
the program but not without facing several
Some students realize that laptops would only
be a ﬁrst step for integrating such technology.
File sharing between home and school can
sometimes be diﬃcult and frustrating. “Students
who only have one computer at home are
restricted with saving data and with the amount
of time they spend on it,” says junior Tyler
Dalious. “Providing every child with a computer
could make things much easier.”
The 1:1 program has the potential to change
everything about teaching and learning. “This
could beneﬁt the faculty because it oﬀers the
ability to access educational content through
technology in any classroom in any part of the
building,” says Honabach.
English teacher Michael McGarry, whose
students use laptops on a daily basis, believes
changes will be needed to help the project
succeed in an educational manner. “Technology
in education is wonderful, but it will be diﬃcult
to contain,” says McGarry.
Using just one computer for four years has
some obvious drawbacks. “I think the initiative
has good intentions, but with the way technology
changes, the computer that was given to a
student for four years could become obsolete by
our senior year,” says freshman Forrest Bennett,
who uses an Asus netbook that he received for
“The best case would be the implementation in
the 2011-2012 school year,” says Honabach. “But
honestly, there is a lot of work to be done.”
School District Business Manager Michael Upton
proposed a radical plan at a recent school board meeting
that would provide every BHS
freshman with a laptop to use
by brittany karpinski
2 R&W February 2010
NASTY TAKES CHARITY TITLE
by gavin pellitteri
Team Nasty poses shortly after winning the Sam Brown Charity Dodgeball Tournament at
Central Columbia High School. Team members include juniors Adam Sosnoski, Michael
Recla, Seth Loff, Spencer Eriksen, senior Jack Breisch and junior Logan Mauk.
AROUND THE SCHOOL
by gavin pellitteri
On Jan. 30, juniors Seth Loﬀ, Adam Sosnoski, Michael Recla,
Spencer Eriksen, Logan Mauk and senior Jack Breisch won a
charity dodgeball tournament at Central High School. The team
defeated 23 teams to become victors of this ﬁrst year tournament
that raised over $1,000 in charitable funds that will be given to
the family of Sam Brown, a Central Middle School student who
was injured after being allegedly bullied in school. Just last week,
charges were ﬁled as part of an ongoing investigation by local
“We all had a great time playing, and it was for a really good
cause,” says tournament MVP Recla.
The guys called themselves Team Nasty, and they started with
two goals. “We wanted to enter the tournament because it was for
a great cause, and we knew we would have a great time beating
everybody,” adds Sosnoski.
Class of 2011
The Junior Class prom committee recently
decided on a masquerade/Mardi Gras theme
for their May 14 dance.
The Drama Club will be presenting three
performances of The Sound of Music on March
5 and 6 with evening shows beginning at 7:30
p.m. and the Saturday matinee beginning at
1:00. Tickets are on sale at the box oﬃce.
Future Educators Association members will be
participating in the annual Read Across America
Day on March 2, a time when the Dr. Seuss
themed-day encourages adults to read to all
age levels, especially to elementary students.
Members will also be selling daﬀodils to raise
money for the American Breast Cancer Society
from March 15-21.
Health educator Bill Perkins will take his
11/12 grade students to BU for the American
Red Cross CPR certiﬁcation class on March 9.
Juniors and seniors will be attending
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s Project
Discovery production of William Shakespeare’s
Hamlet on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Students will
be dismissed during second period and will
return to the high school at 1:00 p.m.
Adviser Kirk Marshall and his students have
started building their robotic prototypes
in class as they prepare for an early March
competition in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Following the success of their Angel Dance
and Hats for Haiti day, Council oﬃcers and
adviser James Yates are trying to schedule a
blood drive, but ﬁnding a date that everyone
can agree on is quite diﬃcult.
Kirk Marshall and his students have started
their projects. The members are either working
individually or in small groups in preparation
for the Feb. 20 competition.
Photos by Seth Loff and Courtney Sabo
Advisers Jon Cubik and Mark Keeley found
time in their student teaching schedules with
social studies teacher Ron Grzybowski and
math teacher Michael Kakaley to organize
and supervise a Chess Club, which meets
every Wednesday afternoon. Each meeting
begins with black and white pieces ﬂying
across red and black chessboards that dot
cafeteria tables, but the best part is that
experience is not necessary. Chess Club is
for experienced players and those who just
want to know in which direction the rook
With a turnout of about 20 members,
both advisers have been pleasantly surprised
by the interest in the game and in gaming
strategies. If chess is your game or if learning
the skills of combat on a 64-square board
brings out your competitive nature, you may
have found your niche.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
by gavin pellitteri
is the number of AR points
sophomore Jeremy Hoﬀman
has earned since the beginning
of this school year.
R&W WINS PRO
The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association
(PNA) just released their 2010 Scholastic
Keystone Award winners, and from the
thousands of entries vying for the 39 potential
winners, R&W staﬀ members won two.
A ﬁrst place award went to editor-in-chief
and production editor Courtney Sabo for her
page design titled Balancing the Equation.
Professional journalists and art designers
commented that Sabo’s entry was “as good as
any professional publication’s best eﬀort.”
This is Sabo’s second consecutive ﬁrst place
entry in the PNA Keystone competition.
Staﬀ writer Meghan Ashford earned an
honorable mention for her coverage of students
who volunteered their time this past summer
in Rwanda in her feature, Rebuilding Rwanda.
Both girls have been invited to attend the
scholastic awards luncheon at the Hershey
Lodge on March 17.
Our concert band was represented at PMEA
District 8 Concert Band by seniors Matt Day,
Tim Gordon and Emily Hudock. Day and
Hudock then earned ﬁrst chair status going
into Regional Band, which will be held
later this year.
R&W staff members Courtney Sabo and
Meghan Ashford earned state
recognition from the Pennsylvania Newspaper
TALENT PROPELS 3
TO REGIONAL BAND
by gavin pellitteri
Francis Howell North
John B. Connally High
Back on Top?
Blue Valley Northwest
6 R&W February 2010
nuns in the U.S. in 1968
T he Congregation of the
Sisters of Saints Cyril and
Methodius was founded in
1909 and has been serving in
the Diocese of Harrisburg for over 90
years, so who better to use as a model
for Mother Abbess than these sisters
now living and working in Danville?
This year’s production tells the story
of a woman named Maria who travels
from an abbey to assist Naval captain
Georg Von Trapp with his seven impish
children. During Maria’s stay, Mother Abbess works furtively as Maria’s guardian to help her to
Davis’ goal is to portray Mother Abbess as accurately as possible, and her ﬁrst step towards
mastering Mother Abbess’ personality starts with insight. So, Davis and her fellow acting nuns
journeyed to the Saint Cyril and Methodius Congressional for an in-depth experience. “We really
wanted to get a feel for what their life is like every day and their motivations behind it,” says Davis.
And they found that the Sisters of Saint Cyril and Methodius have embraced every aspect of their
spiritual beliefs. “As a nun, we take three vows to the simple life: poverty, chastity and obedience,”
says Villa Elementary School Principal Sister Donna Marie, goals that Davis embraced for her part.
But Davis was not always enthusiastic about her role as a nun. “I didn’t think I would like it at
ﬁrst,” she says. “I thought it might be too dowdy and strict.”
But with her parents’ support, Davis was soon on her way. “They bought me a lot of nun-related
things for Christmas,” says Davis, who particularly enjoys her racing nun action ﬁgures. “They think
it’s hysterical,” she says. “We sometimes play with them at play practice.”
When the cast is not clowning around
with the racing nuns, Davis focuses on
her role because her part includes more
than just the physical aspect. “[The Sound
of Music co-director Timothy] Latsha had
us sit and imagine our character, thinking
about their weaknesses and strengths,”
says Davis.Because their weekly practice allowed
time for self-reﬂection, Davis found the
mental connection with Mother Abbess.
“She is open to the idea that not everyone
is cut out to be a nun,” says Davis.
And now that she is breathing life
into her part, Davis revised her original
opinion. “I have really grown to like it,”
says Davis, “and I really love her songs.”
Sister Donna Marie, who speaks to
every performer but applauds Davis.
“Every actor has to try to understand
their role,” she says. “I think it’s great that
Julia is understanding the part.”
The potency of this musical speaks to
all, including Sister Donna Marie. “I had
a chance to meet the Trapp Family, and I
think it’s a good representation,” she says.
“It’s a wonderful story.”
For senior Julia Davis, getting into character for
her role of Mother Abbess
in the production The
Sound of Music transcends
costume and makeup.
by ilea franklin
Cast members who will be playing nuns and co-director Timothy
Latsha listen intently as Villa Chaplin Sister Maria Theresa
Hronec explains her life as a nun during a recent visit.
Sister Maria Theresa shows some cast members
the yearbook that celebrates the 100th
anniversary of the Villa Sacred Heart.
Julia Davis, who portrays Mother Abbess,
shares a story with Sister Maria Theresa in the
Sister Maria Theresa smiles as Julia Davis (not
shown) sings a stanza of Climb Every Mountain.
The cast applauds Sister Maria Theresa after
she sings a Slovak song.
nuns in the U.S. in 2008
68average age of a Catholic
10percent decrease in those
belonging to religious
orders between 2005
ﬁlm The Sound of Music
is (adjusted for inﬂation)
5Academy Awards won by
The Sound of Music
23diﬀerent languages The
Sound of Music has been
adapted into 
Del Campo High School, Fair Oaks, Calif., 2010
• What is the BEST way
to tell the story?
• Alternative story forms
• Storytelling devices
“Whatever you want to
call it, the broadcast/
print model is dead.”
Photo by Bradley Wilson
“You have to start with the
story. You have to know how
to communicate a story to
your audience. How do I
want to tell it? Every story I
want to tell starts with that
Photo by Bradley Wilson
Paying to Play
10 R&W February 2010
Photo by staff
ut what is the truth behind that claim, especially
when the athletic department provides the basic
equipment required for most sports? Football
players are outﬁtted with shoulder pads, knee
pads, helmets, jerseys and pants which could total
$250. But footwear is not provided, so what are players
wearing? “I spent $100 on my cleats. The season is hard
on them, so I usually have to get new ones every year,”
says junior running back Michael Noll. But $100 does
not put Noll onto the short list of high-end budgets.
Junior tennis player Amy Lynn spends over $315
on merchandise which she needs to compete in the
upcoming seasons. She ticks oﬀ the basics, “Racket
($175), tennis balls ($10 to start), sneakers ($70), bag
($50) and grip tape ($10). My parents buy me the
necessities, and any extra things I want, I pay for,” says
Lynn. To help cover the expenses of these items, Lynn
has a part time job, which paid for her sports bag and
A quick look at the baseball ﬁeld, and equipment costs
take a signiﬁcant jump. Junior baseball player Seth Loﬀ
spends an estimated $650 on his equipment. The biggest
portion of this is spent on his catcher’s gear ($200), but
that is just where he starts. Now throw in batting gloves
($20), cleats ($80), catcher’s gloves ($100), outﬁelder’s
glove ($90), his own batting helmet ($40) and a personal
bat ($120), and his part time job at Weis Markets
becomes essential. “My parents used to buy my gear until
I got a job. Now I have to pay for a lot of it,” says Loﬀ.
Even though the needed equipment is pricey, he adds, “It
lasts, so I don’t have to buy new stuﬀ every year.”
Most Expensive Sport
But the golf course is where the real money starts to
add up. Loﬀ and Lynn together invest over $1,065 in
their athletic activities, but that pales next to senior
golfer Pat Dillon’s holdings. Dillon’s inventory lists clubs
($2,250), bag ($250), shoes ($100) and 12 golf balls
($50) which must be replaced every two to three rounds.
Does he have any good ﬁnancial news? “My bag and
clubs will last about three years, and my shoes will make
it two years before I have to replace them,” says Dillon.
Now multiply all this by the number of students who
participate in varsity sports just in this high school, and
the total is a staggering amount. But for those who want
to just play the game, teams provide much of what is
needed for a successful career, and lower-priced products
often are just as good for the starting athlete.
The consensus is that the more
expensive the product, the better
it must be. And that opinion often
results in believing that sports have
become too expensive for the average
high school athlete.
by tyler lunger
“I got a Merican ﬁeld
hockey stick, and
that was $250.”
“Nike football cleats
that cost $150.”
“I spend $60 on
costumes for many
collected by luke klingler,
Junior Jordyn Siciliano, who plays
soccer and runs track, poses with
a variety of sports equipment
at Schuylkill Valley Sports. Store
manager Barry Stoud assisted us with
the photo at the Columbia Mall.
$259for an Ampac Enterprise all
star youth combo mask, Easton
Jr. synergy stick, Xara tornado
safety ball, Nike Basketball, Nike
Shox, Wilson football and Nike
Vapor 12 gloves
The Reporter, Miami Dade College, North Campus, Miami, Fla.
The Ball State
Ball State University, 2008
• World Wide Web
• Social media
• Facebook, Twitter, YouTube/Vimeo,
• Mobile media
and sharing videos.
Many schools block
YouTube, founded in
2005. YouTube is now a
subsidiary of Google.
Vimeo, founded in 2004,
is a little more
‘sheltered’ and has more
than 3 million users.
Flickr is an image-
hosting and video-
hosting site created in
2004 and acquired by
Yahoo! in 2005.
Photographers use it to share
photographs in their communities and
to get comments.
• Reporter and
• Photographer and
• Designer and
• Editor, all working with