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264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: 724-941-6250
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Meet the Staff
Managing Editor-In-Chief: Mike Schuck
Online Editor-In-Chief: Katie Denning
Layout Editor-in-Chief: Matt Si...
-Joe Grossi

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Table of Contents

“A box full of socks.”

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“One year my brother
took one of my shoes,
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December 2010

CoffeeHouse 2010: “In the Beanginning”
KatieShultz.StaffWriter
	
This year's CoffeeHouse, held
Decembe...
PT Focus			

A Toy Goes A Long Way
ChristineManganas.SpecialFeaturesEditor
	
People say that the holidays
are about giving...
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December 2010

PT Hockey: A Captain’s Tale
JakeAchenbach.StaffWriter
	
It takes hard work to
be considered one of the ...
Sports 			

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Under Review

Lebron Vs Kobe
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December 2010

Life of a Christmas Tree
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We place our gifts
underneath them. We hang
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Life & Style	

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Fresh Winter Fashion for Less
MollyDoehring.StaffWriter

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12 Days before Break

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People Features		

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A New Spin on World Cultures Rockapella Rocks PTHS
SavannaSchweizer.StaffWriter

Ms. Giaquinto (com...
A Year In The Bubble:
Who would have guessed last year that students could text during lunch? Over the past
year, a lot ha...
2010 In Review

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Football

For the first time in years, the
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December 2010

Restaurant Review: Juniper Grill
ErinMasta.Co-Editor-inChief
	
Peters Township has limited options wh...
Entertainment 	

A Glee-ful Holiday
LexiMiller.StaffWriter

Teenagers everywhere have fallen in love with Fox Entertainmen...
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December 2010

2010 Year In Review
Kurt Werner.Staff Writer
	
Throughout 2010, major international events made for a...
News Features		

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Be Weird (Like Chad Smith)
Katie Finn.Staff Writer
	
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  1. 1. P December 2010 Volume 2 Issue 2 gnals Si moke S T H S www.ptmedia.net
  2. 2. Smoke Signals Volume2 Issue 2 Peters Township High School 264 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 Phone: 724-941-6250 www.ptmedia.net
  3. 3. Meet the Staff Managing Editor-In-Chief: Mike Schuck Online Editor-In-Chief: Katie Denning Layout Editor-in-Chief: Matt Sikora Period 1 Editor-In-Chief: Erin Masta . Period 3 Editor-In-Chief: Gabrielle Brinsky Layout Editors: Val Gobao and Joe Grossi Entertainment Editor: Conor Jackson Life & Style Editor: Molly Doehring Special Features Editor: Christine Manganas Sports Editor: John Galatic People Editor: McKenzie Fritz PT Focus Editor: Amanda Moore Staff Writers: Layout Staff: Carly Beck Lexi Miller Melina Sopko Jessica Kleja Hardy Kern Valerie Kotar Madison Mincone Sean Sickmund Katie Shultz Matt Lison Julia Gauthier Kenzie Stepanik Jake Achenbach Katie Finn Greg Marsh Denee Renz Savanna Schweitzer Kurt Werner Steph Hammell Nikki Happe Allie Schlafman Mission Statement: Smoke Signals is produced four times a school year by the students of the Media II, III, and IV Journalism staff at Peters Township High School. Staff Advisor is Mrs. N. Sitler. Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the express opinion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its advisor, or the Peters Township School District. What was your worst holiday present you’ve ever recieved? “I have never really received a bad present.” “Someone else’s pink and purple socks.” “A necklace that was actually a keychain.” -Molly Doehring -Mike Shuck -Val Gobao
  4. 4. -Joe Grossi 4-5 Table of Contents “A box full of socks.” 6-7 8-9 10-11 “One year my brother took one of my shoes, wrapped it up, and gave it to me.” -Allie Schlafman 12-13 14-15 16-17 “My mom put coal in my stocking one year.” -Conor Jackson 18-19 20-21 “My crazy aunt got me a needlepoint kit with a cat on it.” -McKenzie Fritz 22-23 24 PT Focus Coffeehouse Sports PT Hockey: Captain’s Tale Blurring the Lines Media Influences Life & Style Healthy Snacks 12 Days of Break A Parody People Features DJ Clam & Handewzy Seasonal 2010 In Review Entertainment Black Ops Review News Features Chad Smith Student Work Art Voices Christmas Movies
  5. 5. 4 December 2010 CoffeeHouse 2010: “In the Beanginning” KatieShultz.StaffWriter This year's CoffeeHouse, held December 9th-11th, included acts that ranged from vocal solos and musical numbers to baton twirling and rock bands. The annual show's theme was "In the Beanginning." To be able to perform in the show, each act had to audition before CoffeeHouse directors Mrs. Bockstoce and Mrs. Kuhn. “Every year, CoffeeHouse gets bigger and better,” said Mrs. Bockstoce. “There always seems to be more talent and enthusiasm as the legend of CoffeeHouse grows.” After auditions, all involved with the show worked to make it a success. Performers and tech crew members designed and decorated the set, created the table centerpieces, and painted the backdrop. The students started to practice a month before opening night and had the chance to watch each other act, sing, dance, and play. A total of thirty acts performed over the three nights to make the show a success. "I loved getting the chance to see all of my friends perform," stated sophomore Macy McKnight. To make sure that everything was running efficiently during the show, student co-directors Taylor Laster and Julia Norton, and stage manager Meredith Karavolis worked behind the scenes. “Even though being stage manager was stressful because I had so many responsibilities, I loved seeing everyone perform and I loved to help the show go smoothly,” said Karavolis. “Being co-director with Julia Norton was very fun. I really enjoyed the thrill of pulling together Coffeehouse and keeping all the acts organized and ready to perform,” said Laster. “It was very satisfying to see all our hard work shown on stage. It was also fun to work with Mrs. Kuhn and Mrs. Bockstoce, because they put so much effort into making Coffeehouse happen, and it really pays off.” Besides the acts, a big part of CoffeeHouse was the food. Patrons ordered a variety of coffee and desserts, delivered by waiters and waitresses. “This was my first experience Photo by Katie Shultz Photo by Katie Shultz CoffeeHouse performers also practiced out of school to prepare for the show. Members from the Into the Woods musical number were working on their scene. with the logistics of Coffeehouse, and I must say that it has been the performers who had really made it great,” said sophomore house manager Carla Hoge. “They have so much talent, and were easy to work with as well! I've really enjoyed the Coffeehouse experience.” Of course, the show wasn’t complete without the hosts: Seniors Lauren Spinabelli and Hardy Kern. The duo performed in between skits and introduced each act. “CoffeeHouse allows everyone in the school to display their artistic talent,” said Kern. What inspires you to play an instrument? Grace Brandstetter, Grade 10 – I just like to play. Emily Kipling, Grade 11 – My mom makes me. Winter 2010 Brock Burns, Grade 9 – I really like music and the ability to do something I love. H.B. Hull, Grade 12 –I play for Milt Barney.
  6. 6. PT Focus A Toy Goes A Long Way ChristineManganas.SpecialFeaturesEditor People say that the holidays are about giving and receiving gifts from family and friends, but what they fail to recognize is that the season is more importantly about taking the time to do good for someone you know, or even someone you don‘t. One of the most well known organizations around the Christmas season is Toys for Tots. Their mission is to collect newly purchased or unwrapped toys, and give them to less fortunate children in the community. Every year, Peters Township School District takes part in this event by placing enormous boxes in each classroom. Day by day students bring in various toys ranging from dolls to board games, but with school work and extra activities on their minds, some students are not always motivated to bring in a donation for the organization. In response to this, a number of teachers and faculty members take the cause into their own hands and make it a homework assignment, or a replacement to an in-class assignment. One of these dedicated teachers who takes Toys for Tots very seriously is Media I teacher Mr. Bastos. “I am very fortunate to have a good Christmas unlike others, and collecting just a small amount of toys makes a big difference at Christmas time ” stated Bastos. 5 My Life Is PT A Parody of www.MyLifeIsAverage.com * Today, I came into Foods late. I had to explain to Mrs. Powell that I was in the nurse’s office with a heating pad on my neck; I was practicing my “Whip my Hair” dance so that I could look like Willow Smith. Photo by Christine Manganas Year by year, he has created a competition between his Media I classes to collect the most toys, and the class who achieves this goal receives a reward. A frequent donator for Toys for Tots is junior Erica Gretz. “ I feel that every child should have something to open on the holiday. Donating gives every child a chance to open something on Christmas morning” stated Gretz. Not only can you bring your purchased items to school, but also to a participating Toys R’ Us store, the Peters Township Municipal building, Library, and Recreational Center. Children all around the United States look forward to Christmas and waking up to see the presents under the tree. No child should be without that feeling. Light Up the Tree MadisonMincone.StaffWriter The annual Tree lighting ceremony was held December fifth at the Peters Public Library. People of all ages gathered outside of the library to listen to the McMurray Elementary chorus sing and to light the tree truly making the scene magical. * Today, I woke up and looked at the clock which read 8:00. I started freaking out because I thought I missed my bus and I was late for school. I ran downstairs to see my parents eating dinner. It was 8 PM and I had already been to school. * Today, I went to an assembly and Chad Smith put socks down his pants. * Today, I was walking down the hall and I saw two boys in gorilla suits fighting while Broadcasting students video taped them. * Today, I was walking out of choir when a guy dressed head to toe in tin foil walked past me. * Today, I walked into first period and sat down. I then tried to put my seatbelt on. It was a long day. * Today, a substitute teacher was lecturing my English class. He was sitting down at the teacher’s desk and when his hands touched the desk, it completely collapsed. He flipped over it and just sat there looking surprised for a while before getting up and continuing to teach the lesson. * Today, I went to the bathroom three times during my first period English class due to a stomach ache. Let’s just say my teacher gives me funny looks now and it was a rough first period. Photos by Rich Weber
  7. 7. 6 December 2010 PT Hockey: A Captain’s Tale JakeAchenbach.StaffWriter It takes hard work to be considered one of the best high school hockey teams in Western Pennsylvania. It is even more difficult to lead that team. However, for Mike Amelio, it is a fitting role. When the season started in early fall, Peters Township was expected to be a front runner to represent Western Pennsylvania in the class AA Ice Hockey State Championships. There was only one question: Who would lead the team to that game? “We knew it was going to be a tight vote between five of the seniors, but we had no idea who it would be,” stated Amelio. After the ballots were cast and Amelio was elected captain, things started to take shape. The team had their leader. Now it was time to figure out how to recreate the offensive dominance that the team displayed the year before. “Losing Lison, Hough, and Whitey hit our team hard. Lison and Whitey were the best goal scorers in the league last year and Hough was virtually unbeatable in the face-off circle. Those are some pretty big holes we will have to fill,” said Amelio. Even with an offensive relapse, the Indians ice hockey team is starting to find talent in their younger players. It is improbable to see any individual Peters Township players lead the league in scoring, but it will be likely to see the team sitting atop the standings. “The Taylor Cox, Alex Dagnal, and Cole Snyder line is definitely a good replacement for the White, Boss and Lison line. Ben Dachille, Mike Glicksman, and Trevor Recktenwald are also part of a solid line that has really stepped their game up,” said Amelio. With new players filling a roster that lost a Division I college hockey player to the University of Vermont, the In- dians once again are predicted to make a deep playoff run. However, Peters Township will have to make it through two opponents often seen around playoff time. “Bishop Canevin and Greater Latrobe are two teams we will have to beat to make it to states. We lost to Canevin in the first game of the season and Latrobe knocked us out of the playoffs last year at Mellon Arena. Latrobe will be a powerhouse again and are threetime defending state champs. If we can play our game and beat them, anything is possible,” concluded Amelio. Golden Girls JohnGalatic.StaffWriter A difficult season filled with hours of practice, thrilling games, and determination had finally paid off, when the Peters Township girls’ soccer team won the PIAA Championship. The Lady Indians defeated nationally ranked Archbishop Wood High School by a score of 1-0 in Hershey, PA. Senior standout Dani Hume once again carried the team by scoring the lone goal late in the contest. This state championship capped off a remarkable season for the girls, finishing the year with a 23-2 record. They had reached the state championship in 2008, when they came just short of the gold with a loss to Conestoga that many seniors remember. “We wanted it more this year. We as seniors didn’t expect anything less than winning. We all wanted to win states and WPIALS for the first time, and we worked so hard to deserve it,” said senior captain Shannon O’Connor. Needless to say, the PT girls wear that gold medal with pride. When they returned to school the following Monday, their fellow students felt the same. Winter 2010 Photo by Mrs.Hume The Girls Varsity soccer team poses for a team picture after winning the state championship at Hershey Park Stadium. “We all wanted to win and I think it brought us closer together,” stated junior Brooke Smith. Who will win the 2011 Super Bowl? Steelers Caitlyn Bieda, 2011 Jets Kenny Ward, 2014 Patriots Conor Bigley, 2012 Steelers Dallas Davidson, 2013
  8. 8. Sports 7 Under Review Lebron Vs Kobe JohnGalatic.SportsEditor&JakeAchenbach.StaffWriter Lebron • 2 league MVP awards • Carried his team to 5 playoff -appearances (1 final • 7 all-star games(2 all-star MVP awards) JA: Kobe’s five NBA championship rings are something to brag about. He also accomplished that without the help of two other superstars. Indeed the Lakers did have other players who are also arguably superstars, but they did not have the talent and skill that Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh possess. In Cleveland, Lebron James was surrounded by only a little less talent. He made it to the NBA finals once and was swept by the Spurs in four games. JG: Just a little less talent? Please. I don’t think Mo Williams and Alex Varejao exactly share the same talent level as Pau Gasol and Shaq in his prime. The Lakers are always loaded with valuable players, and yet Kobe still continues to be a selfish ball-hog every year. As for Wade and Bosh, LeBron just started playing on the same team as them this year. King James accomplished great things before that. The bottom line is LeBron is accomplishing everything Kobe has at a much faster rate, and the championship rings will come with time. Kobe • 1 league MVP award • 5 time NBA champion • 12 all-star games(3 all-star MVP awards) JA: The only reason the rings will come are because of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Stats don’t tell the whole story. When it comes to overall performance, Kobe is the one who always gets the job done. Kobe is the ultimate game ending, clutch shooter. To say Lebron is the better player is immature. It is similar to saying Alexander Ovechkin is a better hockey player than Sidney Crosby. Ovi scores more goals but everyone knows points are not everything. Kobe is the undisputed, best player in the NBA today. JG: While I fully agree that Crosby is by far the better player, your reference is nonsense. Ovi, much like Kobe, alienates himself from his teammates and coaches by flaunting his elephant-sized ego. And yes, of course having Bosh and Wade will be a helpful asset to LeBron’s championship quest. It’s not like he is going to bring a team like Miami back to glory by himself. Kobe had his superstar sidekicks when he won his rings. While Bosh and Wade are amazing players, they are not elite players like Kobe and LeBron. These two players are very much alike in many ways, and therefore, must be compared by the stat sheet. Advantage: LeBron James. Rivalries Go Classic MattLison.StaffWriter Heinz Field has been the home of the Steelers, Pitt Panthers, and numerous concerts for almost ten years. Considered to be one of the rowdiest stadiums in the NFL – thanks to “Steelers Country” – Heinz Field will live up to its reputation on January 1. Not because the Pittsburgh Steelers are playing the Baltimore Ravens or because the Pitt Panthers are playing West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl. Instead, Heinz Field welcomes a new team into the stadium – The Pittsburgh Penguins. The NHL Winter Classic has had much success in the past three years. Fans have seen the birth of the Winter Classic, which featured the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres. Plus, two of the Original Six rivalries: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers. Although those three contests seemed nearly impossible to outdo, the NHL continues to surpass expectations. This year the NHL presents the fans with two of the biggest rivalries in all of sports wrapped up into one game –the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals otherwise referred to as Crosby vs. Ovechkin. The NHL hopes to attract fans to see the two best hockey players in the world: Crosby and Ovechkin as they take their rivalry outdoors. “I like the fact that the NHL is showcasing their two premier players in what will probably be the most watched game of the season,” stated senior Jake Achenbach, whom will be in attendance during this year’s Winter Classic. Some might consider the Crosby vs. Ovechkin rivalry the most heated rivalry the sport has ever seen, and the NHL is embracing it. Having this rivalry in the Winter Classic might be a publicity stunt, but it will surely not disappoint the fans on New Year’s Day. Although some fans around the hockey world may be upset with the fact that this is the Penguins’ second Winter Classic appearance, there is no doubt that this is the most exciting matchup the NHL could possibly put together. Photo by Mrs. Sitler Freshman Keenan Witmer poses for a photo in his Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic jersey. “The game is probably going to be really close, which is exciting for the fans,” stated Witmer.
  9. 9. rinChief ingEdito Chief k .Manag ikeSchucing.Co-Editor-an M n KatieDen America as a whole is under the influence -- of media, that is. In particular, the youth of the country spend the majority of their waking hours using some type of technology. Since media represents such a significant portion of daily life, it is vital to view technology’s messages with a discerning eye. The following is a short study of major media outlets and how they affect the daily life of an average teenager. Facebook is a major force in the modern world, especially in the world of teenagers. The website is impartial, allowing users to act in the same way that they would in real life. As a result, many teens reference underage drinking in their pictures and statuses. This excites the herd mentality: ‘If all of these people do it, then it can’t be that bad.’ However, many non-profit organizations have found their way onto the social network and use it to raise awareness of their respective causes. For example, the suicide- and depression-prevention group “To Write Love on Her Arms” has over 900,000 likes, many of which are teenagers. Teenagers can rarely go without texting. However, it may not always be a beneficial social outlet, but instead an avenue toward peer pressure. Most students use their phones actively during their classes, which leads them to influence their friends to cheat during tests. Also, texting is often used as a way to gossip about others. Sometimes teenagers even feel they need to send inappropriate pictures of themselves to their boyfriend or girlfriend. However, these “sexts” are often anything but private and instead can be forwarded to people who were never intended to see them. Then, they are discussed around school and used to bully other students. Additionally, texting conversations can be used to influence friends to drink, smoke, and participate in other irresponsible activities. This social outlet provides yet another way for teenagers to pressure friends to make dangerous decisions.
  10. 10. 9 One of the most powerful representations of media influence is music. The Top 40 alone shows how lyrics have degraded from being a form of poetry to a list of things to do when there is plenty of money and little common sense. To be fair, independent artists are starting to represent a large part of the modern music industry. These artists often act counter-culturally. In other words, they view lyrics as a priority and an art form. But the music most commonly heard on the radio, at dances, and in the headphones of teens everywhere is incredibly shallow. Movies present a fairly weak influence, at least in comparison to other branches of media. A trip to the theater is rarer than sitting down in front of the T.V. The only time a movie has a chance of having a continuous presence is when it is released on DVD or shown on television. Even so, the most popular movies are of the action/ adventure genre, which is defined by special effects and explosions, not references to drugs and alcohol. Most talk shows on television try to be major influences by distributing their opinions. But a more subtle and often effective way for the media to manipulate teenagers is through television shows. It may not be obvious, but the events that occur in 90210, Jersey Shore, and Gossip Girl indirectly shape our generation’s actions. In 90210, drugs and teenage pregnancy are glamorized and embraced as a common occurrence. While Jersey Shore’s plot lines only revolve around drinking and partying. Additionally, Gossip Girl suggests that being rich, drinking, and smoking will make you popular. In one episode, according to TV Fanatic, a bouncer asks Serena if she has an I.D. and she nonchalantly responds, “I didn’t come to rent a car.” These television shows influence teenagers to feel that the only way to be popular is to participate in “glamorous” activities such as underage drinking and partying. However, they rarely portray the consequences that are likely to follow.
  11. 11. 10 December 2010 Life of a Christmas Tree HardyKern.StaffWriter We place our gifts underneath them. We hang ornaments spanning generations from their branches. We sing German carols about them. We even have air fresheners scented like them. The Christmas tree has been a holiday focal point for hundreds of years, representing the spirit of the season and bringing everyone together. However, rarely does anyone think about where their tree came from, how it started, or any of the hard work that went into getting it from a pinecone to your living room. Historically, Christmas trees were used by Christians to represent the starry skies and heavens during worship. The first Christmas tree was decorated in Latvia by Martin Luther in 1510. The custom was adopted to Christmas celebrations because the evergreen trees were the only ones still in full life by the time Christmas (in Lat- via) came around. Originally, the trees were decorated with cookies, candies, and fruits; things which hold little value to us, but were considered gifts by the common people in the 1500’s. As people became wealthier, gifts got bigger and moved under the branches instead of on them. For obvious safety issues, electric lights have replaced candles. A Christmas tree, as all other plants, starts as a seed. The seeds are embedded in the pinecones that fall out of the tree branches. Once a seed begins germinating, it will sprout after a few weeks, and exist as a spindly stalk for up to two months. The trees need to be planted ten feet from all others for optimal root growth. They must be watered and pruned every day. “It’s not like you just plant them in the ground and leave them be,” says Dale Johannson, a Christmas tree farmer in Monro- eville, PA. “I’m in the grove every day, pruning each tree, watering each tree. They’re like needy children.” Pests and animals are also problems for growing trees, especially saplings. Certain chemicals must be used to ensure the survival of the tree. Insects such as weevils often burrow into small evergreen trees and kill them from the inside out. Once the trees have taken root at around two years of age, it is not advisable to move them. “They’re surprisingly sensitive,” Johannson says. Depending on which of the 500 species of evergreens the tree is, and the quality of care, the tree will grow one foot every year. After five years, most trees slow down, taking much longer to grow than their younger counterparts. One eightfoot-tall Christmas tree was roughly 11 years in the mak- ing, according to Johannson. “Once they’re done, you either cut them and sell them to a tree depot, or you allow folks to come out and cut them on their own.” After reaching a desirable height or fullness, the trees are cut down and then sold in bulk to distributors, such as tree lots and large stores. In the United States alone, between 25 and 30 million live Christmas trees are sold yearly. When the season is over, most are hauled out to the curb and taken to a garbage facility. Some are composted, and some are even sold to furniture manufacturers. “I like the business because I like making people’s Christmas feel real,” concluded Johannson. So when you finally find that perfect tree and prop it up in your living room, take some time to consider just how much work went into getting it there for you. Sikora’s Stunner Fresh Scents “These are the best, forget the rest. All you need is a little bit of cash, these won’t break your wallet. Wear some of these after you dress fly, and you’re sure to win., “ said Sikora. Winter 2010
  12. 12. Life & Style 11 Fresh Winter Fashion for Less MollyDoehring.StaffWriter We’re all so busy with this cheerful season that we tend to look less than perfect, which we all know is just unacceptable in the fashion world. Keeping this in mind, the Peters Township News Magazine has come up with a few looks to accommodate all of this holiday season’s events. These tips will alleviate fashion faux paus and help find your inner fashionista, all while adhering to your budget rules. In a stylist’s eye, you should always look put together. Since this is the busiest season of the year, it is a good time to start following this rule. Yes, this means saying goodbye to your go-to sweats and Uggs ensemble. Try a cute trench with a cinched belt. Macy’s carries one for thirty dollars. Pair this with your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a pair of black ballet flats that can be found at Forever 21 for around fifteen dollars. Plus, both of these purchases are classics and will never go out of style, so they’re good investment pieces. Around this time of year, it is common occurrence to get invited to some kind of dressy celebration or family get-together. Instead of your typical high-waisted pencil skirt and blouse, try channeling an Audrey Hepburn type of look. She was an iconic trendsetter in the 1960’s, and her style is still a style staple A peacoat and jeans make any shopping spree stylish and classy. It is not only warm but fabulous. today. Macy’s sells a black bouclé, sequined dress for forty dollars that screams the traditional “little black dress” title. Add a pair of peep- toes from Steve Madden that sell for around eighty dollars. To finish the look, put your hair in a simple bun. With this outfit you’ll be sure to be the best-dressed girl at the party. New Year’s Eve is the biggest party night of the year. It’s the perfect occasion to break out the sparkles and sequins! Sport a pair of dress shorts that can be found at Express for around forty dollars. They come in a variety of textures including sequins and tweed with inlays of sparkly thread. Pair them with solid You can never go wrong with the timeless, classic, little black dress. It is perfect for any holiday party. black tights. Wear a blouselike tank from H&M that costs around thirty dollars, which dresses up the casual shorts. Strap on a pair of heels and some drop earrings, and your get-up will be ready for the count down to 2011! Around the holidays you have the right to look stylish and present yourself well. Don’t be afraid to strep out of your comfort zone and try something new. You deserve to splurge a little on a nice outfit, so treat yourself. Remember this important rule: less is more; the simpler, the more stylish. Follow these tips, and you’ll be the Rudolph of the fashion scene this holiday season. Tailored dress shorts are the hottest trend this season. They are cute and comfy. Photos by Molly Doehring Smart Snacking CarlyBeck.StaffWriter After a long day of school, figuring out what will keep you full through practice or homework is always tricky. Opening the pantry may present a thousand choices, some of which leave you hungry fifteen minutes later. In the months of holiday treats, eating healthy is even more difficult. Healthy snacks are easier to find than imagined. Next time you reach for a bag of chips or cookies, rethink with these simple solutions. Fruit is an obvious healthy choice, but it can get boring day after day. Switch things up by trying a fruit smoothie. Combine your favorite fruit, like strawberries, blueberries, or even mango, with low fat yogurt, ice, and milk in a blender for a delicious, cold treat. Adding one whole banana to any smoothie recipe gives you an extra fruit serving, as well as a great flavor. Another add- in is a splash of vanilla extract for a sweeter taste. If that salty bag of chips would hit the spot for you, lightly salted pita chips are a great alternative. These crunchy chips are low in fat and taste great dipped in hummus or sprinkled with cinnamon. Hummus is packed with fiber, sure to keep you full until your next meal. Another option takes a little preparation, but the tasty result is worth it. For this snack, start with your favorite kind of Triscuit. Then select a light Laughing Cow cheese to spread on top of it. Either enjoy the snack like this or for an extra touch add salsa or a tomato slice. In addition to the great taste, this snack will keep you satisfied for hours. Photos by Carly Beck
  13. 13. 12 Days before Break eaters sw 12 ugly Around the Holidays, life get stressful, the weather gets cool Students count down the days until they’re free from school. This winter vacation, this song will be key, 12 days before break you’ll find these in PT… 10 soggy uggs y 6 sleep seniors mores 7 sick sopho 4 frantic juniors cr amming ents 3 pricey pres
  14. 14. 11 extra p ounds 8 exhausting exams achers gs te 9 naggin ys 2 hour dela 5 freezing fr eshman OT 1 cancellation...N Happy Holidays!
  15. 15. 14 December 2010 DJ Clam and Handewzy GabbyBrinsky.Co-Editor-in-Chief and ConorJackson.StaffWriter If you are a student at Peters Township High school then you have most likely heard of the new music sensation: DJ Clam and Handewzy. This dynamic duo is made up of Joey Sypula and Austin Hancock. The two started off by making a song to get a few laughs from the football team in the weight room. Before they knew it, the Dewzy Drip turned into a school favorite. In the past, Sypula has created raps of his own, but by mixing it up he has now gone official. DJ Clam (Sypula) and Handewzy (Hancock) have stepped up to create the song “Dew Da Dewz.” Sypula and Hancock use their broadcast skills and experience to create something worth raving about. Mrs. Frick’s Broadcasting Production class is producing a music show called Studio 2. Due to the assignment in Sypula’s broadcasting class he was able to incorporate something that interests him as well as his friends. “It was easy to create, we just asked a few of our friends to help us out and participate as extras in the video,” stated Sypula. DJ Clam and Handewzy plan to continue the path of mix making as they begin producing new songs. In addition to the other songs they have produced, this one has set a record for those involved. The accredited crew includes, of course, Joey Sypula and Austin Hancock, but also Harrison Hunter, Kevin Glod, Mark Seraly, Grant Taylor and Alexis Pusateri. These students have accomplished not only a music video, but the honor of having it added on iTunes. “Contacting a business that primarily promotes songs was nerve-racking, but when they accepted it, I was relieved. They then put our song on iTunes for .99 cents,” said Sypula. Sypula and his crew plan to create another mix soon. The song is titled “Mountain Dewzy” and the duo is guaranteeing that it will be just as big of a hit as their debut. Sending Computers to Ethiopia ConorJackson.StaffWriter Photo by Conor Jackson Senior John McKay is using his knowledge to reconstruct computers to send to Tanzania and other poor African nations. He collects old nonfunctioning computers to repair for needy children. Bertoni is an AllAmerican McKenzieFritz.PeopleFeaturesEditor Photo by McKenzie Fritz Photo by Brittany Grzejka Winter 2010 Senior, Laura Bertoni was recently chosen to play with the U.S Army All American Marching Band. This prestigious honor allows Bertoni to receive an all-expenses -paid trip to San Antonio, Texas. While there, Bertoni will play with 124 other talented musicians during the halftime performance of the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome, after a week of rigorous practice. In order to be included in this program, Bertoni had to be nominated by her music teacher, Mr. Barney, and complete audition forms and tapes, which was a very grueling process. However, all of Bertoni’s hard work paid off when she found out she had been selected. “I am honored to be included in this program. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can’t wait,” stated Bertoni.
  16. 16. People Features 15 A New Spin on World Cultures Rockapella Rocks PTHS SavannaSchweizer.StaffWriter Ms. Giaquinto (commonly referred to as Ms. G) is a new part-time member of the teaching staff this year. She is an outstanding World Cultures teacher and there is no doubt that her students enjoy her class. shows her love for the Pens. Besides hockey, she enjoys watching and participating in golf. The Walt Disney World Showcase at Disney World’s Epcot is her favorite vacation spot. It houses the most popular tourist countries and exemplifies the culture and cuisine of Italy, China, Norway, France, Mexico, Japan, and many others. KatieShultz.StaffWriter Two members of the world-renown group Rockapella visited the PTHS choir on December 6th. Scott Leonard (the lead) and Jeff Thacher (the beatboxer) gave the choir tips to make their concert a success. The choir sang several of Rockapella’s songs, including “Here Comes the Sun,” “I’ll Hear Your Voice,” and other Rockapella hits. She is a Pittsburgh native and is a student at Canon Mac alumnus. After graduating high school in 2005, she continued her education at Duquesne University and graduated with a degree in “I love being able to expeSecondary Education Social Stud- rience many different cultures in ies in 2009. one place,”said Ms. Giaquinto. She enjoys spending her weekends by going out to dinner and movies with friends. You can always find her at her favorite stores, Ann Taylor and Barnes and Noble, during her free time. She also enjoys spending her time putting together jigsaw puzzles. Christmas remains Ms. G’s favorite holiday and at the top of her list is lifetime supply of Kate Spade purses. Like many students, she’s also looking forward to some of the holiday dishes, which includes her favorite, broccoli casserole. Ringing in the New Year excites Ms. G because she is looking “I am a diehard hockey forward to learning and experiencfan,” said Ms. G. ing new things. The Penguins are her “My New Year’s resolunumber one favorite team with the tion is to learn another language, Blackhawks trailing close behind. such as Russian or Swedish,” said Her signature Penguin necklace Ms. Giaquinto. doubles as a fashion accessory and Photo by Katie Shultz Letter of Intent Signing Day Photo by Brittany Grzejka Photo by Brittany Grzejka Senior Brady Sheetz signs his Letter of Intent to the Senior Justin Bianco signs his Letter of Intent to the University of Hartford for baseball. “I play baseball because it is University of Pittsburgh for baseball. “I enjoy playing with all of what I love to do,” stated Sheetz. my friends and having fun playing the game,” stated Bianco.
  17. 17. A Year In The Bubble: Who would have guessed last year that students could text during lunch? Over the past year, a lot has changed. The Girls Soccer Team won the state championship and the football team even made it to the playoffs. The district was recognized as a National School District of Character. Can this upcoming winter match last year’s record snow accumulation?The loss of muffin day was a huge shock and now students must roam the halls with empty stomachs each Friday morning. Change is inevitable, but 2010 was unforgettable. Grad Project All photos submitted The new cell phone/iPod policy allows students to use cell phones and iPods in study hall and during lunch. “I like the fact that the administration trusts us enough to use cell phones,” said senior Carley Adams. Muffin Day Starting with the class of 2013, students are required to complete a project over the four years of high school to be able to graduate. The project focuses on career exploration. Students are required to research a career, present a career speech, do job shadowing and community service, and create a presentation detailing the entire experience. Dance Team Cell Phones Sadly, Muffin Day was canceled at the begining The Peters Township Dance Team took second place at Nationals in Orlando, Florida this past winter. The girls worked hard all year and hope to take first in this year’s competition. of the 2010/11 school year. Many disappointed students voiced their protest. The “unhealthy” Friday tradition will be missed.
  18. 18. 2010 In Review 17 National District Of Character Football For the first time in years, the Boys Varsity Football Team made it to the playoffs. After defeating rival Bethel Park, the team ended the regular season with a record of 5-3. Sadly, they lost to North Allegheny in the first round of the playoffs, but hope to make it even further next year. In early February, PT was truly a winter wonderland. A record 22 inches of snow blanketed the ground, killing the electricity and causing us to miss four days of school. The Character Education Partnership named the Peters Township School District a 2010 National District of Character. Peters Township earned this award for character education initiatives in all of the schools. As a part of the program, the district was honored at the National Forum on Character Education and received a $3,000 grant. “SnowMageddon” Soccer The Girls Varsity Soccer team won WPIALS against Norwin and then continued to the state championship to beat Archbishop 1-0. The Boys Varsity Soccer teamm won WPIALS against Central Catholic and progressed to quarter finals of states.
  19. 19. 18 December 2010 Restaurant Review: Juniper Grill ErinMasta.Co-Editor-inChief Peters Township has limited options when it comes to going out to eat. The common staples Max & Ermas, Applebees, and Harrys, although good, can become boring. Thanks to Pat McDonnell, owner of Atrias, The Juniper Grill truly is the light at the end of the tunnel when on a search for a different dining experience. On November 8, 2010, Juniper Grill opened its doors to the public in the Lakeview Square strip center. The Southwestern-inspired menu attracts people of all ages. When walking through the front doors, the intense smell of barbeque fills the air and creates a southern feel. The atmosphere is modern and relaxing. Stone pillars and walls accompany dark wood flooring and create a simple yet elegant ambiance. Huge flat-screened TV’s positioned around the bar give patrons a chance to catch up on the scores of the latest games. When seated, friendly waiters and waitresses make you feel at home. The simple one page menu is designed to give a variety of choices without being overwhelming. Shrimp flatbreads, fish tacos, California burgers, and decadent chocolate cake are a few of the selections. This Southwestern style of food, which is most commonly seen in the west coast of California, is displayed in both the burgers and tacos. The mango salsa on the fish tacos infuses this exotic taste. Juniper Grill also features guacamole, fresh chili peppers, beans, corn, and various meats throughout the dishes on the menu. “I ordered the fish of the day from the featured menu and really enjoyed all the tastes and flavors,” remarked junior Carly Beck. Another interesting aspect of the Juniper Grill is the exhibition kitchen. While waiting for food, customers can watch the chefs busily chopping, grilling, and rushing to get the meals on the table. This high energy atmosphere and modern looking plates create Photo by Erin Masta the feel of an edgy, upscale New York restaurant. Despite the loud alternative rock music, this establishment makes clientele feel at ease and comfortable. The people of Peters Township can finally breathe a sigh of relief and change up their usual restaurant locations thanks to the arrival of the Juniper Grill. This eatery is a great place for people of all ages to come and enjoy classic American Southwestern-style meals. Hopefully, this restaurant will pave the way for many more to come to Peters and save us from our standard pizza, burgers and fries. Video Game Review: Call of Duty Black Ops GregMarsh.StaffWriter In the video game world, the Call of Duty franchise gets every gamer’s adrenaline pumping, and this year, the new CoD game, Black Ops, is taking the excitement to a whole new level. As the sales suggest, it is the blockbuster smash-hit of the year for reasons that players must experience for themselves. Upon launching the game, players are thrown into the action before they even view a menu screen. Black Ops’ campaign mode is unlike any Call of Duty single-player experience some of the past. The story is a seamless flow of ludicrous action, encompassing a gripping story that jumps into various war-eras on the fly. Most of the campaign is spent playing as an ex-soldier named Mason, who is suffering from post war trauma. Held captive, Mason struggles to remember a sequence of numbers that Winter 2010 his interrogators are forcing out of him. The meaning of the numbers is only discovered at the end of the campaign. Overall, the campaign is gripping and jaw-dropping, including the graphic content. Be prepared for shockers. Black Ops’ online multiplayer feels fantastic. Following the formula of CoD: Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops retains the core experience while altering and adding various features. The first change is that new perks, weapons, and upgrades are obtained via a currency system rather than the typical level based system, making upgrades immediately ready to purchase. Secondly, there is now a theatre mode that resembles that of the Halo franchise. Finally, zombie mode has returned and is entertaining both solo or with friends. There are also an abundance of new customization aspects for your weapons and online character. No hardcore gamer or first-person shooter fan should pass up this sublime experience that gives players much more than their money’s worth. Photo by Greg Marsh
  20. 20. Entertainment A Glee-ful Holiday LexiMiller.StaffWriter Teenagers everywhere have fallen in love with Fox Entertainment’s hit television show, Glee. The show is about a group of high school outcasts, from all difference cliques and backgrounds, with a common passion for performing, who decide to form a glee club. Glee is full of drama and surprising twists, as well as amazing musical performances. While many may view the show as controversial because one of the main characters is pregnant, the producers of Glee have made it clear that they do not promote teenage pregnancy in any way. Controversies aside, after watching one episode of Glee, you will not be able to stop watching. Fox’s program captivates its audiences, with fans who call themselves “Gleeks,” week after week. The producers of Glee are no strangers to television and entertainment. Producers Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk also founded the series Nip/Tuck, which airs on FX. Thanks to their hard work, Glee was nominated for nineteen Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe awards. The show also won the 2010 Golden Globe award for the Best Television Series in the department of Musical/Comedy. Based on the show’s success, the cast (in partnership with Columbia Records) has released a Glee Christmas album, oh-sooriginally titled “The Glee Christmas Album,” which is available on iTunes. The new album has not budged from its number eight spot on the top hits chart since it debuted on November 16. It features classic holiday songs, such as “Baby, Its Cold Outside” and “Jingle Bells.” Each song is performed by different combinations of the Glee cast members. Thanks to the album, fans everywhere will have a very Glee-filled holiday. 19 Matt Lison’s Classic Christmas List “Winter Wonderland” - Tony Bennett “Sleigh Ride” - Ella Fitzgerald “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” - Gene Autry “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” - Brenda Lee “A Holly Jolly Christmas” Burl Ives Book Review: A Thosand Splendid Suns JuliaGauthier.StaffWriter The book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini is a breathtaking story about two women growing up in past and present day Afghanistan. It begins with the story of a girl named Mariam, who is forced to marry a man much older than herself after her mother dies. Another girl, Laila lives a more modern lifestyle where she is able to get an education. Events take a turn for the worse when the Taliban takes over. The two women are brought together under unfortunate circumstances and forced to rely on one another to survive. This book is very closely related to Kite Runner, another New York Times best seller written by Hosseini. However, Kite Runner is about fatherson relationships instead of a motherdaughter relationship like A Thousand Splendid Suns. Hosseini does a wonderful job at portraying both perspectives of a man and a woman in each story and how greatly their problems vary. A Thousand Splendid Suns attempts to show the violence crushing down on not only Afghanistan but also on many other Middle Eastern countries. Instead of showing it as an overall perspective, though, the novel focuses in on individual characters, making it all the more heart-wrenching. This riveting tale describes the endeavors two girls must struggle through just for a roof over their heads and a meal. It illustrates the horrific effects the Taliban regime is having on millions of individuals across the Middle East. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a must read. Photo by: Julia Gauthier
  21. 21. 20 December 2010 2010 Year In Review Kurt Werner.Staff Writer Throughout 2010, major international events made for a globalized year. Events were marked by international competition, national pride, catastrophe, and progression. Below are the five most influential events of the year 2010. 1. On July 11, Spain defeated the Netherlands with a single goal in extra time to put the finish on the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The tournament began on June 11 in the country of South Africa, which hosted 32 teams, with prospective winners including Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina and Brazil. For an entire month, the world paid close attention through the group stage and all rounds of the tournament. Symbolized by Vuvuzelas, the new Jabulani match ball, and popular songs (Waving Flag and Waka Waka), the World Cup prompted strong national and global sentiment. The U.S. team displayed strong potential in the Cup; it won its group stage for the first time ever, but lost in the first tournament round to Ghana. 2. On January 12, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 brought cat- astrophic destruction upon parts of Haiti. Occurring only a short distance west of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the earthquake inflicted extensive damage to a very densely populated region. Reports estimate that nearly three million people were affected by the disaster and more than 230,000 were killed. In the wake of the event, numerous relief efforts began. Aid groups included the United Nations, individual countries, private and public organizations, and international agencies. Many of the operations are on going, facing many obstacles. 3. President Obama announced on September 1 that the U.S. military would be ending operations in Iraq. Approximately 50,000 soldiers are to remain in the country, they are there only to assist Iraqi forces. Ultimately, American commanded combat has been stopped and any further military presence would be at the necessity of the Iraqi people and government. Obama also announced that the U.S. would continue to rebuild the economy, ensure security, and strengthen the new political system. 4. After spending 69 days almost a kilometer underground, 33 Chilean miners were finally rescued on October 12. The miners found themselves trapped underground after several collapses in the mine blocked their exits. The miners respected seniority and their usual hierarchy, while exhibiting incredible resourcefulness. An evacuation shaft reaching their position resulted in the survival of all the miners. 5. Throughout February, the XXI Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver, Canada. At the close of the games, the U.S. finished with 37 medals, more than any of the other 82 participating countries (gold-9, silver-15, and bronze-13). Among the most popular American athletes were Shaun White, Bode Miller, Shani Davis, Apollo Anton Ohno, Lindsey Vonn and Ryan Miller. Miller’s outstanding performance for the men’s hockey team earned him an MVP and best goaltender awards for the tournament. He and the U.S. Men’s hockey team nearly won the gold medal over the Canadians. I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas Hardy Kern.Staff Writer While most of the green may have gone away with the changing of the seasons, being green never goes out of style. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate during the winter months, here are some very easy ways to save energy and carbon over the winter months. If nothing else, it’ll give you a few extra bucks to spend on yourself. Tire Pressure -For all of the cool students with lanyards hanging out of their pockets, it’s easy to save on gas and on carbon by checking your tire pressure. As it gets colder outside, the amount of air needed inside the tires to keep them taut increases. By checking your tire pressure before the cold fronts move in, and adjusting it accordingly, you can save up to $5.00 per fifty miles driven. Mug at Starbucks -As the temperature falls, the amount of trips to Starbucks rises. Instead of getting a new paper cup every time you visit, purchase a reusable coffee mug that Starbucks can fill every time you go there. You still get your coffee, and you help to save on paper use. Winter 2010 Creative Wrapping Paper -Break away from the regular, store bought wrapping paper and use a more creative material in your gift wrapping this year. Use old comic books, newspapers, or magazines to wrap gifts instead of the plastic or petroleum based wrapping papers. Your friends and relatives will appreciate the creativity and you will have greatly reduced your carbon footprint. No Escape -Make sure that any large cracks in windows, spaces in window and door frames, and any other openings to the outdoors are firmly sealed. Getting the problem fixed is the best solution, but tape or rugs can work just as well. Preventing expensive heat from escaping your home will save drastically on heating costs. Renewable Christmas Shopping Bags -It’s officially the season for shopping, and while you’re out getting gifts for everyone on your list, keep the planet in mind. Take your own reusable shopping bags to the store, or reuse bags from shopping trips you have already made. Unplug the Lights! -Everyone is proud of their holiday lights once they’re up, mostly because they decorated every gutter without major injuries from falling off the roof. It’s great to showcase your decorative talents, but keep your lights off during the day and turn them off around 10:00 at night. It prevents wasting electricity, and automatic timers are inexpensive and effective. Photo by Katie Shultz
  22. 22. News Features 21 Be Weird (Like Chad Smith) Katie Finn.Staff Writer In November, PTHS got a chance to experience the musical magic of Chad Smith, drummer from the world, famous rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He performed songs from their previous albums and gave a memorable motivational speech about music and his inspiring journey to reach his goals. “Even though I’m not personally into playing music, his talk really inspired me to succeed in what I love: tennis. To hear firsthand everything he had to work through to become what he is inspired me to work ten times harder at everything I do,” said junior Eleni Coleman. This musical performance was a lucky catch due to the fact that it was a national contest sponsored by the Percussion Marketing Council. It was entered by the local music merchants and by chance the music store, “U Rock”, won. During Smith’s talk to the students, he focused on being original and having your own sense of individuality, or in other words, being weird. This made students realize that if you enjoy the same things as everyone else and follow the crowd, they will never reach their potential. Not only did Smith perform for the entire student body, but the drummers of the PTHS band and all the high school and middle school percussionists had the chance to participate in a clinic sponsored by Smith himself, and one other musician. “I had such a great time with Smith. He made me realize that I really can go places with the things I love, but I have to have the perseverance and passion for it, ”said junior Adam Ferraco, who Smith referred to as his “little brother.” Overall, the drummers were excited to have an opportunity like this and to meet a famous musician. “Chad is a part of one of my favorite bands of all time, so I have a lot of respect for him. To be able to meet him was amazing, but being able to learn from him was even better,” Ferraco. This musical experience will never be forgotten by student body here at Peters Township High School. Photo by Julie Griffith Photo by Julie Griffith Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith paid a visit to PTHS on November 16, 2010. “He was cool because he didn’t care about what anyone thought or had to say” stated Junior Mike Ranalli What In The World? ValerieGobao.PhotographyEditor In central Kentucky, two men are being charged with probation after forcing another man to eat his own beard. The victim, Harvey Westmoreland, said that he was assaulted by two of his drunken friends over an argument about a tractor. “Before I knowed it, there was knives and guns,” stated Westmoreland. After being held at knife point, the aggressors cut off his beard and made him eat it. “Well, did you ever chew on a sponge? That’d be about what it would be like,” he said of the experience. Hong Kong is the center of the newest McCraze: the McWedding. Starting in 2011, couples will be able to get married at three McDonalds locations scattered around the city. The ceremonies will be open to the general public. These super cheap weddings include “a personalized menu, decorations, McDonald’s themed gifts, and an apple pie wedding cake,” all for about $129. The idea began when a couple who met at McDonald’s decided to get married there, turning the concept into a Chinese trend. Who wouldn’t want to get married at their local McDonald’s? Ever wondered what happens after the flush? Now you can find out with Flush Tracker. The new Google Maps empowered website allows you to trace your fecal matter’s journey through the local sewer system. This website was created by the World Toilet Organization and Domestos to raise awareness of a sobering fact; 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sewer systems and toilets. Defecation has never been so fun. Nigerian officials have detained a goat for suspicion of attempted armed robbery. That’s right, a goat. According to a police report, two men were seen trying to steal a Mazda and were pursued by vigilantes, “however one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat.” Black magic is to blame for this mysterious occurrence. But, the goat will not be formally prosecuted until its transformation can be proven by science, which, of course, is only a matter of time.
  23. 23. An Artist’s Touch... Marlea Plachecki, 11 Carly Ad ams, 12 Jillian D eBolt, 12 Layout Design by Denée Renz , 12 Matty Smith Sarah Bootm an, 10 , na Soff Christi 12
  24. 24. G Alexis Emma nuel E ld erkin, 2 olias, 1 Nico B ur ris, 12 schl, 12 icole Pa N 12 Nick Nee, 12 hardt, 12 Nicole Burk The Art department has some of our most popular electives. In these art classes, students are taught different techniques of using canvas and clay while having the freedom to create pieces that express themselves and their style. Here are just a few examples of the talent found in our Art department.
  25. 25. Kyle Sossi “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Sammi Phillips Jordan Lupori “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” “Charlie Brown Christmas Special” Carlee Schneider Mike Minjock “Elf!” “Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas” “It’s a Wonderful Life”” Luke Gregor “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” “Elf!” Mrs. Gearhart Jose Beaumariage Tyler Pollack TEACHERS Mr. Lacey Mr. Bastos “The Santa Clause” Mrs. Kocan Carly Little Kenny Ward Mrs. Hlebinsky “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” “Home Alone 2” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” “Home Alone” FRESHMEN “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” “A Christmas Story” “Snoopy” SOPHOMORES Maura Waycher Gail Luster “Charlie Brown Christmas Special” “A Christmas Story” Garret Warmbein “Elf!” “Elf!” “A Year Without a Santa Claus” David Copeland “Home Alone” JUNIORS Jackie Graves Sean Sullivan Reuben Narey Meredith Karavolis “The Polar Express” Mark Seraly Katie Shultz SENIORS “Elf!” “Charlie Brown Chrsitmas Special”

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