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Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
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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...
-Nikki Happe

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Table of Contents

“Jake Gyllenhall”

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“Mila Kunis”
-Sean Sickmund

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February 2011

Preparing for Success
StephanieHammell.StaffWriter
	
Ready or not the
spring SAT’s are quickly approac...
PT Focus			

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Campus Connections
KatieShultz.StaffWriter

	
Campus Connections
is a program run by members
of Students A...
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February 2011

Rip G’s Get V’s
MattLison.StaffWriter

	
The name “Sean Sickmund” conjures plenty of ideas:
cool t-shir...
Sports 			

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Under Review: Bigger Comeback
JohnGalatic.SportsEditor and ConorJackson.EntertainmentEditor

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MollyDoehring.StyleEditor

	
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Life & Style	

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Dating Do’s and Don’ts: 2011 Edition
CarlyBeck.StaffWriter

	
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How to Lose a Date in Ten Days
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others, Valentine’s Day is a b...
How to Lose a Girl

Too Into Sports

Too Much Cologne

Spitting
Late For Dates

Obsession Wth His Car
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December 2010

Panama Mission Trip
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People from all over
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People Features		

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Dance Team Hopes to Win Nationals
SavannaSchweizerStaffWriter

Photo by Savanna Schweizer

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President’s Day
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December 2010

Restaurant Review: Simply Yogurt
	
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Entertainment 	

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Off the Radar:
Florence + The Machine
MikeSchuck.Managing Editor-in-Chief
	

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February 2011

Apple Meets Verizon
Melina Sopko.StaffWriter
	
A year ago, Verizon launched
its newest phone, the Dro...
News Features		

McDonald’s Super Sizes Obesity
GabrielleBrinsky.Editor-in-Chief
	
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Feb. 2011 Smoke Signals Issue 3

  1. 1. February 2011 Volume 2 Issue 3 P T H S gnals ke Si o Sm Photo by Dan Tatman
  2. 2. Photo by Brynn Lantry Smoke Signals Volume2 Issue 3 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 five 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. Who would be your celebrity valentine? “Steve Carell” “Johnny Depp” “Tina Fey” -Katie Shultz -Julia Gauthier -Hardy Kern
  4. 4. -Nikki Happe 4-5 Table of Contents “Jake Gyllenhall” 6-7 8-9 10-11 “Mila Kunis” -Sean Sickmund 12-13 14-15 16-17 “Miles Austin” -Savanna Schwiezer 18-19 20-21 “Matthew McConaughey” -Jess Kleja 22-23 24 PT Focus Campus Connections Sports Lacrosse-Rip G’s Get V’s Blurring the Lines Relationships and the Media Life & Style Fashion Focus: Accessories Special Features How to Lose a Guy/Girl People Features New Teacher: Ms. Ingham Seasonal President’s Day Entertainment Simply Yogurt News Features Arizona Mass Shooting Student Work Focus: Media I Voices Worst Pick Up Lines
  5. 5. 4 February 2011 Preparing for Success StephanieHammell.StaffWriter Ready or not the spring SAT’s are quickly approaching; it is crunch time. Now is the time for signing up for SAT tutoring classes, ordering The Official SAT Study Guide book, and brushing up on those vocabulary words. Do not worry too much about what will be on the SAT, because the test only covers skills and topics previously learned in school. With these few tips to help you prepare, the SAT will not be a problem. First, sign up for SAT tutoring because it will be extremely beneficial. Tutoring ranges in cost from about $500 to $2,000, depending on location and length. Several local businesses offer tutoring in various forms such as, in person tutoring at their center, pri- vate one on one tutoring at your house, or online tutoring. The Official SAT Study Guide book is an essential tool. This book includes ten official SAT practice tests, three recently administered tests, detailed descriptions of math, critical reading, and writing sections of the SAT. There are also targeted practice questions for each SAT question type, practice essay questions along with sample essays, a review of math concepts tested in the exam and free online score reports plus exclusive access to online answer explanations. This book c o s t s $21.99 and is carried in any local bookstore or online. The practice tests in the book are set up exactly like the real SAT, each with a time limit for each section. Each practice test takes a few hours to complete and lists the answers for each section at the end. Once finished with the test, scoring is similar the real SAT allowing students to identify areas of weakness. Finally, begin to brush up on vocabulary. Author Brian Leaf has created a SAT novel, eliminating boring flashcards. For example, Leaf took the popular Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and wrote a vocabulary workbook that goes along with the book. Using context clues from the novel, users are able to decipher the meaning of each vocabulary word listed. There are a range of titles available to suit anyone’s interests. The SAT takes many weeks to prepare for, but remember the SAT does not test intelligence. It tests skills that were already acquired in school. What is your club going to do with the money earned from the smoothie sales? “We are planning on adding a variety of plants and also putting some of the money towards our project to install solar panels and add some skylights in the school.” -Katie Rickman, SAFE Winter 2011 “It is going towards our state project, Teen Challenge.” -Christina Dee, FBLA “It is our substitute for muffin day and we are planning on buying new books.” -Emily Madalena, Library Club
  6. 6. PT Focus 5 Campus Connections KatieShultz.StaffWriter Campus Connections is a program run by members of Students Against Drugs (SAD) that unites high school and elementary students. Twice a month, these teens travel to McMurray Elementary to meet with their “buddies.” “The high school SAD members bless the McMurray ‘little buddies’ by sharing their time, talents, and strong characters,” said Mrs. Gearhart, the high school’s SAD sponsor. High school students are known as “Big Buddies” and the elementary school students are their “Little Buddies.” Each high school student is assigned a buddy to mentor. They hang out together, play games, make crafts, talk in small groups, all while acting as a role model for the younger students. “It’s fun to help the little kids,” said senior Laura Bertoni. “I like the game ‘gym on fire’ and playing with the parachute.” “I feel like a big sister,” said senior Sam Meyer. She and the other big buddies assume the role of “big brother” or “big sister” when volunteering with the students. The Campus Connections program was introduced last year by three seniors, Hannah Hobbs, Lauren Hobbs, and Kaitlin Wiegmann. “We created Campus Connections because of the increasing prevalence of children who need a positive role model,” said Kaitlin Wiegmann. “We felt it was important for these children to have someone they can talk to or just to be a friend.” The girls came up with games and activities for the buddies to do during the first meeting and the program continued from there. The initial success of the program inspired a second year. Now, over 20 Little Buddies are involved with Campus Connections. “It’s fun to be a kid again,” stated Kyle Sossi. A favorite activity at Campus Connections is playing with the parachute. Big and little buddies get to play games to gether as a way of bonding. Konnichiwa Ms. Ingham AmandaMoore.StaffWriter Ms. Ingham moved here all the way from Okinawa, Japan. She loves the fresh start that she has gained from moving arriving in the US. “I’m amazed by all the opportunites I’ve gained by moving here,” stated Ingham. Ingham taught Social Studies at a school in Japan, Mountain View. Last year, she moved back home to Pennsylvania and she is loving teaching Social Studies here. “The students at Peters know how to get work done while having fun,” said Ingham. “This is my first time working with seniors and they have been nothing but fun.” Ingham is trying to become involved in school activites. She is the new advisor of the popular club, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). “All of the kids are really inspired to do their best and work hard,” stated Ingham. Becoming involved with extra curricular activities is one of her most important goals. Ingham will attend the State Leadership Conference in Hersey, PA with a select number of FBLA students in early April. Finally, Ms. Ingham looks forward to becoming even more involved in our school and its activities. She loves being here at PT. The students and teachers of Peters Township have welcomed her very warmly so far and she hopes to obtain a long career here teaching students Social Studies and Economics. Ms. Ingham, a new teacher, perpares a worksheet for her next class. “I love the new start I’ve gotten from moving here,” stated Ingham.
  7. 7. 6 February 2011 Rip G’s Get V’s MattLison.StaffWriter The name “Sean Sickmund” conjures plenty of ideas: cool t-shirts, beard, twin, media, and of course, lacrosse. Sickmund, a senior captain of the Peters Township Boy’s Lacrosse Team, can most likely be found on the lacrosse field. He heads into his senior season with high expectations. “Coming into the season with a lot of seniors this year, I expect us to have a big year and hopefully make it deep into the playoffs,” stated Sickmund. Although the team has seven returning starters, they will be faced with a tough challenge offensively because their two leading scorers graduated last year. “This year we are without our two leading scorers – Jimmy Cogley and Connor Mannion. Without them, I think we will need to spread the scoring out and have more of a team-based offense,” said Sickmund. This may seem like a great obstacle for any team to get around, but Sickmund knows what the remedy might be for his team to get some wins. “Our team needs to not underestimate ourselves and they must have the confidence that we can win no matter whom we are playing,” Sickmund said. With this type of leadership, it is no surprise that this is his second year as one of the team’s captains.This year, Sickmund not only has high expectations for his team, but for himself as well. “I hope to improve my game this year and to rip G’s and get V’s. After this season, I plan on playing at Mercyhurst College,” said Sickmund Being that it is his se- nior year, Sickmund has plenty of reasons why this year will be special for him. However, there is one thing that stands out. “I have been playing with most of these guys since fifth grade and it is probably my last time playing with them,” Sickmund stated. No matter what the outcome is of this year, there is no doubt that Sickmund has had an impact on the lacrosse field. Whether he is ripping G’s and getting V’s or being a leader off the lacrosse field, he will always be remembered for the work he has done. How well do you know Sean Sickmund? Food Carlo Summaria Angelo Toscano Corey Prykull Curt Sickmund Sean Sickmund Winter 2011 Color Artist Spoon (LAX Stick) Red Kid Cudi Mid-Afternoon Spoon Eggrolls Red Wiz Khalifa Late Night Spoon His Sisters Rice Orange Wale Tea Time Spoon Our Magenta Sisters Rice Justin Bieber Morning Spoon Chicken Lorenzo’s Italian Red Kid Cudi Morning Spoon Pizza Winner: Carlo Summaria
  8. 8. Sports 7 Under Review: Bigger Comeback JohnGalatic.SportsEditor and ConorJackson.EntertainmentEditor JG: Ben Roethlisberger success- fully pulled off the biggest comeback of the NFL season. By digging himself out of a deep, dark hole, he was able to lead his team to a great year. Roethlisberger has straightened out his life on and off the field. Despite his four-game suspension, Big Ben has enjoyed one of the best statistical years of his career in both passing and rushing. Even more impressive is his uncanny ability to extend plays, which is a huge attribute to the Steelers’ success. Outside the lines, Ben has improved his lifestyle considerably. There are rumors that he has finally stopped chasing women and is engaged to Ashley Harlan. While Ben has made a huge personality change for the better, Vick is still the arrogant narcissist he always was. Some things never change… CJ: Ben Roethlisberger digging himself out of a deep hole? How about Michael Vick spending 18 months in prison and coming back better than ever? If it weren’t for Tom Brady, Michael Vick would have easily won the MVP award this year. Roethlisberger’s name would never have been mentioned for such an award. Vick has achieved unprecedented success this season. On November 15, 2010 Vick became the first player in NFL history with 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns in a game. There is no doubt that he should be named offensive player of the year. Vick has also changed off the field. Obviously, he is not an “arrogant narcissist.” Vick has volunteered his time to travel to innercity schools and talk to students about animal cruelty and peer pressure. He has learned from his mistakes and has worked hard to improve himself not only in the world of football, but as a person. Michael Vick is clearly the better comeback story. After spending months in jail, he is close to being named MVP of the National Football League, a feat Roethlisberger could never achieve. JG: Another poor sap falls prey to Michael Vick’s incredible acting job. Do you honestly think Vick believes in any of the things he is saying? The only reason Vick is sorry for anything is because he got caught. He would have kept putting those innocent dogs in harm’s way had he not been arrested. Also, of course Michael Vick is self-conceited, he proclaimed himself deserving of the MVP award. The NFL’s best player does not lose in the first round of the playoffs. Speaking of which, Ben probably would have been seriously considered for MVP had he not been suspended for 4 games at the beginning of the season. Even after his suspension, Roethlisberger immediately contributed to the Steelers’ success. It took Michael Vick two whole years to achieve his current overrated status. I wouldn’t classify sitting behind Donovan McNabb for a year, and then having to beat an injured Kevin Kolb out of his starting job as a “great comeback.” The best comebacks take place immediately; something Michael Vick has not achieved at quarterback, nor will you with your upcoming response. CJ: Michael Vick is an actor? That’s weird. I thought he was a football player. I guess Ben Roethlisberger does not feel sorry either, because if he did not get caught, he would still be allegedly raping people. His crimes would continue just like every person in this world that does something bad. Ben would not even be named MVP of the Steelers, let alone the entire football league. Yeah, Roethlisberger might have contributed to the Steelers success this season. On the other hand, everyone and their mothers know the Steelers defense wins the games, not the quarterback. Remember the Bengals game this season? The mighty Ben Roethlisberger could have been taken down by the 4-12 Bengals if it was not for two defensive touchdowns by Troy Polomalu and Lamar Woodley. Yet again, the Steelers’ defense won the football game. That’s the only reason the Steelers are at the top of the league. Roethlisberger winning games because of his team’s defense does notshow much of a glorious comeback, but this response does. Best Sports Photos of 2010/2011 Photos By: Dan Tatman & Meredith Karavolis
  9. 9. : : By: Hardy Kern & Katie Denning Love i ever, s in the air on .H love is television s owhows, not al vision trayed w positi ays porpeople series por verba vely. T tra w l elein the ho do not y ing re ly, or even trust ir rela cheat. lation abuse ship Fo in the either tionships, show, s and hoo r example, physic k up Jers Jwo ally or does n ot pre ww, always s, though t ey Shore is crazil hese r vent h seems alway y arely s dep to b The B clubbing. F er from ch achelo eating e in a relat last. One p icturther ionsh erson rette r more, on he ip arely r propo find a couples on boyfriend , but that s whil rela The lation al, let alon e for y tionship th Bachelor a e ship o at la nT ear nd (www. he Bachelo s. The long sts past th r laste thefri e est re sky d Bache lorette .com), whi 51 months le The only h a record s a track two la of sti relatio ng nships. Once two people have decided to take the step into a relationship, a modern mile- stone is to make it “Facebook Official,” whereby those involved change their relationship status. By doing so, all Facebook friends can see what is going on in your romantic life including people like your best friend’s parents, grandparents, or even former teachers, suddenly can follow your every move. There is no privacy. Inside jokes between one of those involved and their friends may be taken the wrong way. Furthermore, there is a much smaller barrier between your significant other and the rest of your life.
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  11. 11. 10 February 2011 The “Clutch” Accessory MollyDoehring.StyleEditor Handbags and purses have been staple style accessories for the last century. Whether you need somewhere to keep your on-the-go essentials or just want to accent your ensemble, you need to be aware of what is “in” and what is “out”. In the past years, handbag designers have focused on east/west styled handbags, which tend to have a horizontal shape and are very structured. The spring 2011 season will bring a dramatic change from the east/west silhouette to what is now being called the north/south trend, which, as one could imagine, would be of a more vertical shape. They are made with soft leathers and other stretchable fabrics. The north/south bags have short, handheld straps as opposed to their shoulder strap counter- parts of past seasons. This trend in handbags is a casual one, but don’t go home and immediately throw out all your old purses. The east/west style can still be brought out for more serious and dressy ensembles. Instead, north/south bags are meant to enhance your everyday outfits. When looking for fabrics, colors, and patterns for the new season, you also need to keep a few things in mind. Cotton, linen, canvas, and patent leather are always popular choices for the spring season. Stripes are very in. Also, bright colors such as pink, green, yellow, and white look very cute in patent leather styles. Even though you might think that you cannot go wrong with black or brown because they are neutral, timeless colors, you would be wrong. Black and brown are Fresh Rides MattSikora.LayoutEditor This selection of cars provides you with the entire lineup needed to transport you in a chilling style. Go with the sleek coupe and have the speed to back you up or upgrade to a truck for some raw power. Either way you will be sure to impress upon arrival. Come on, who wouldn’t want to take these cars for a spin? They are just all around fun to cruise around in. Take your lemon and trade it in for some real lemonade, and transform into a stunner. Winter 2011 so boring and overrated, especially for the warm, upbeat seasons that are coming up. If you don’t feel bold enough to be able to pull off a bright color, try a nude or pale pink palette. They are very in right now and go with almost anything. If you’re feeling like you want to stand out, try metallic leather, in either silver or muted gold. When shopping for your prefect spring handbag, go for something new and exciting. You might surprise yourself with what you actually like and are capable of pulling off. The handbag is one accessory that is both stylish and practical, so don’t skimp on the price. Chances are, if you find a style the suits you and is well made, you will be wearing it for years to come.
  12. 12. Life & Style 11 Dating Do’s and Don’ts: 2011 Edition CarlyBeck.StaffWriter We’ve all sighed at the classic romantic comedy story line where the girl and the guy have their relationship perfectly fall into place. We’ve seen the corny pick up line get the girl on screen, but rarely in real life. Gone are the days of calling the house phone to propose a date. And rarely do the parents meet the special friend on the first date anymore. With all these standbys out the window and technology taking over, what are the new rules? “There are so many ways to keep in contact between texting, Facebook, and Skype,” stated junior Caroline Nixon. In today’s world, communi- cation never seemed so easy. With endless options, it falsely appears that dating has gotten easier. Any message sent to a girl starting with “I know we don’t know each other but….” is quickly labeled as creepy and deleted. Even though it may be less intimidating to shoot a girl a text or an inbox message, the gesture would be much more respected in person. “Not knowing every detail about the other person in a relationship keeps things more exciting,” said sophomore Trent McPherson. Although face to face contact is encouraged for introductions, technology is of course going to be a part of dating. Once the ice has been broken and the texts, pokes, and wall posts are flying, another issue can arise. It may not seem normal, but being okay with not knowing every detail of the significant other’s day is important. Two more rules to live by in the digital dating world are simple; tone and consistency play a major role. “In person I can tell what someone means by their voice, but in a text it can be tricky to figure out,” remarked junior Kristen Jacobs. The way you say something conveys as much as the actual words. So although this is easily lost in writing, a quick emoticon or exclamation point can sometimes do the trick. Consistency is important because it builds trust. A flooded inbox of texts for three days can be exciting, but one message everyday for a month is more meaningful. Consistency or the lack of can help discern a relationship from a fling. In the end, words are still cheap. Without a connection beyond the internet, a relationship can never really blossom. Human interaction is essential. Hearing a laugh, noticing a blushing cheek, or simply hearing their voice goes a long way past any LOL or <3. Cutest Couples at Peters... Breanna Ferchak 12 and Josh Orr 12 Morgan Wyatt 10 and Nick Esposito 12 Lexi Miller 10 and Joey Sala 10 Hannah Foster 9 and Cody Ruffing 9 Nikki Celko 11 and Trent McPherson 10 Savannah Brooks 9 and Dakota Erb 9 Eleni Coleman 11 and Justin Miller 11 Maggie O’Hare 10 and Greg Lippert 10
  13. 13. How to Lose a Date in Ten Days For some, chocolate candy and flowers are a must, but for others, Valentine’s Day is a bust! Forty Percent of Americans agree that this day does not bring love, but quite the opposite (Listverse. com). If you are feeling like your relationship is just not working out, there is a solution. Taking these ten easy steps will almost guarantee that you will be single and worry free. Always On The Phone How to Lose a Guy Mean Parents Talking About Herself Always With Friends Overly Flirty Talks Too Much Too Competitive Too Much Makeup Mood Swings
  14. 14. How to Lose a Girl Too Into Sports Too Much Cologne Spitting Late For Dates Obsession Wth His Car Overly Obnoxious Making The Girl Pay Not Listening
  15. 15. 14 December 2010 Panama Mission Trip JuliaGauthier.StaffWriter People from all over the world have been putting in a lot of time and effort to help others, whether it is sending supplies to the victims of Haiti or cleaning the animals and oceans affected by the BP oil spill. People commit random acts of kindness all the time: especially here in Peters Township. Seniors at Kurt Werner and Alyssa Trier, decided to accompany their church group to Panama to volunteer at a camp called “Word of Life.” Their trip occurred from Janu- ary 23 to January 30th. At “Word of Life,” Kurt and Alyssa counseled young orphans and lower-class children between the ages of nine and fourteen. While they were working with the children at the camp, they also be learned about their religion by reading the Bible regularly. By the end of the camp, both the counselors and campers should have an understanding about what they have to offer the world and what their talents are. Though Kurt and Alyssa will be working with young children, this camp is also offered for preschoolers and teens up through high school. This trip helped out many children who have not been very fortunate in life, whether it is because of financial troubles or other reasons. It provided them with a sense of hope and a feeling of belonging. The children gained a wonderful experience, but nothing can amount to the awareness of knowing you helped make someone’s life better. Ryan Crall: Student Extra Effort Award West Side Story This year’s musical, West Side Story, runs from April 7th-9th. This classic show tells a modern, dancing version of Romeo and Juliet, a timeless love story. Rehearsals have just begun, and with such a heavy emphasis on dance, the cast has a lot of work ahead of them. However, they are more than ready for the challenge and can’t wait to showcase their talent. On Thursday, January 27th , Ryan Crall was awarded the Student Extra Effort Award by KDKA-TV. TV personality Bob Pompeani presented the award to Crall at an assembly. Crall won the award due to his achievement in both athletics and acedemics. Congressman Murphy Issues Proclamations to Peters’ Sports Teams Girl’s Soccer Winter 2011 Boy’s Soccer Boy’s Golf
  16. 16. People Features 15 Dance Team Hopes to Win Nationals SavannaSchweizerStaffWriter Photo by Savanna Schweizer New Team, New Year, New Coaches LexiMiller.StaffWriter “This program means a lot to me,” said Varsity cheer coach Chelsea Stockhausen. “I want the g9irls to improve from past years.” A 2004 Peters graduate, Stockhausen has completely reformed the cheerleading program as the new head coach. Assistant varsity coach Alyssa Simmons and junior varsity coach Emily Sasso round out the staff. The cheerleaders have had a new coach every year for the last five years, and hope that the new coaches will continue to guide them to success as they have this year. “I expect a lot more out of the girls than previous coaches,” said Sasso. “I want us to work hard but have fun too!” The girls are just starting their winter season, which includes cheering for boys and girls basketball and wrestling, and they are working harder than ever before. Under the direction of their new coaches, the cheerleaders won several first place awards at the UCA (Universal Cheer Association) camp, held at Virginia Tech. With only a few weeks remaining, the dance team is undergoing intense practices accompanied with additional all-day practices to prepare for the UDA (Universal Dance Association) Nationals. In the first week of February, both Varsity and JV will be on their way to Walt Disney World, Florida for the annual Nationals competition. Danielle Debonis and Liz Egan, the Varsity team’s captains, are responsible for leading the team in practices and incorporating creative ideas in the routines. “I do a lot of visualizing. I also watch videos and try to find different tricks to try, and also look for different clothes for our costumes,” stated senior Liz Egan. With weekend practices ranging between 5-8 hours, the team is definitely utilizing that extra time to perfect and enhance their routines. “We add practices throughout the week and on the weekends we will schedule all day practices,” stated senior Danielle Debonis. The competition at Nationals is very intense this year. There are 44 teams in the Varsity category and 11 teams in the JV division. The dance team is putting in extra time and practice in order to improve their score from the previous year. They are determined to bring home first, an aspiration that looks quite promising. Photo byMeredith Karavolis
  17. 17. President’s Day “My favorite president is definitely the original: George Washington. After all, he was the man who wouldn’t be king.” - Mrs.Pinto G to the E-O-R-G-E I’m the number one protector of democracy The first president of the U.S.A All the homies still know me today. I have ivory teeth; NOT wood And was a member of the Virginia colony hood Fighting in the French and Indian and Revolutionary battles too I became the man, the myth, the legend Now what you gonna do? Never chopped down cherry trees That’s a fake part of history Valley Forge was pretty rough From it I got completely jacked and tough That’s why Martha Curtis loved me She thought I was a revolutionary hottie Living it up at my house Mt. Vernon with the grandkids in tow Gangsters welcome to the George Washington show OH! My name’s T. Jeffy Jeff that’s Mr. Jefferson to you I’m a Mac Daddy from Virginia and, oh yeah, I wrote the declaration too I say laissez faire, let the homies do as they choose Hamilton can’t stop me from wearing my leopard print shoes I was the 3rd president of the U.S.A Besties with John Adams, we hung out every day I was the Minister to France and the Secretary of State I always had smoking hot dates I was quite the babe magnet, every single day But I liked my chicks darker; Sarah “Sally” Hemings, get what I say The Louisiana Purchase, that was me But fellas I been a revolutionary since 1743 A politician, philosopher, and P-I-M-P You all wish you were as cool as me SNAP Did You Know? -President John Quincy Adams owned a pet alligator which he kept in the East Room of the White House. -Martin Van Buren, the eighth President, is sometimes credited with creating the word “OK.” -Woodrow Wilson kept sheep to trim the White House lawn. -Thomas Jefferson is the most famous red head in American history and the only President to be a ginger. -Ulysses S. Grant was given a traffic ticket while he was President. He was fined $20 for riding his horse too fast on Washington street. -George Washington loved to eat ice cream. -President Taft, weighing 332 pounds, got stuck in the White House bathtub and had to have an oversized version brought in All photos submitted for his use.
  18. 18. One day, PT students will rule the country. Here are our predictions for the future leaders of America... President First Lady Speaker of the House Vice President Secretary of Defense Secretary of State Secretary of the Interior Mark Seraly Constantine Politis Jen Rupprecht Hardy Kern Melissa Sarnicke Chief Justice Jake Brown Boyd Jones The PT Bonnie Strang Government
  19. 19. 18 December 2010 Restaurant Review: Simply Yogurt Attention all ice cream lovers; say goodbye to the sugar high and extra calories of ice cream sundaes and say hello to a low fat, delicious alternative. For those who have planned a weight-loss new year’s resolution but cannot seem to get rid of their sweet tooth, this treat will be sure to help and will not ruin a diet. Simply Yogurt is a frozen yogurt shop with premium ingredients and a laid back, Southern California feel. The store in South Park is conveniently located in the parking lot of the T-station, along Brownsville Road. The clean atmosphere and friendly employees keep customers coming back for more. A flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi make it a perfect place for students and adults to come and complete their work while sampling the different types of yogurt. The store does not only appeal to the mature crowd, but also children. The “build your own” ErinMasta.Editor-In-Chief toppings bar gives people of all ages the chance to personally design the dessert however they want.“I come to Simply Yogurt all the time because I never regret eating frozen yogurt as much as I would an ice cream sundae. It’s a perfect way to kill a sweet tooth or craving and is relatively healthy,” stated junior Danielle Rusnak. Simply Yogurt has an average of eight different kinds of yogurt and a self-assembly toppings bar. The classic French vanilla and chocolate flavors are accompanied by cheesecake, peanut butter, cake batter, raspberry, and various holiday flavors such as eggnog. After dispensing the desired amount of fro-yo, the toppings bar makes the experience personal. Fresh cut fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, pineapples, raspberries and blackberries can make it perfect. Granola, coconut, and sprinkles can also be selected to add flavor and crunch for barely any calories. For the health nuts that cannot get enough smoothies, the skinny smoothies made with fresh fruit and yogurt help people count calories and watch fat intake. Protein powder and health supplements can be added to strawberry, banana, and even mango smoothies to help those who are on a diet or fitness plan. People who are not exactly watching their waistline may take interest in Oreo cookies, peanut butter M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, cookie dough chunks, chocolate chips and many other sweet toppings. Hershey’s chocolate and caramel sauce along with Reese’s peanut butter topping can be put on top to make it complete. The NotSo-Skinny smoothies have various options such as the Twix smoothie that includes cookie chunks, caramel, and chocolate and also the Mocha smoothie with coffee bits and chocolate yogurt. Despite the name, the yogurt along with all of its fixings is still a healthier option than ice cream itself. Simply Yogurt strives to make itself different from runof-the-mill ice cream stores. Paying by the ounce, makes the customer feel in charge and helps control portion size. The friendly and clean environment makes it the perfect place to stop any time of day. It is open every day of the week and accommodates any type of schedule. I Heard That Song Before by Mary Higgins Clark KatieFinn.Staff Writer If you like murder mystery novels, you will definitely enjoy this book. Not only does Mary Higgins Clark use mystery, but she uses love and friendship to enhance the story as well. This book is one of the best she has published and it is one you will not want to miss out on. When Kay meets Peter Carrington, she automatically falls in love with him. Carrington is a rich man with an influential company and he has inherited millions from his father. Once he and Kay wed, they move into the family mansion that they will share with Elaine, Peter’s stepmother, and the servants that have worked for the family for years. The newlyweds have a lot on their plate including their new marriage and the unfortunate fact that Peter is being charged with the murders of his late wife, Grace, and his high school sweetheart, Susan. Winter 2010 Kay knows her husband could never commit these horrendous crimes. However, when her father’s body is found on Peter’s land everyone except Kay becomes skeptical of Peter’s innocence. Peter hires the best defense lawyer money can but he is found guilty and put in prison. Kay is not about to give up. She consistently visits with the lawyers and searches through facts to find evidence that supports Peter’s innocence. As the story comes to a close, Kay begins to find bits and pieces of evidence that lead to the real murderer of the three victims and Peter is released from jail. In the last lines of the novel, Kay finally puts the pieces together and realizes who the murderer really is. But is it enough to save her life?
  20. 20. Entertainment 19 Off the Radar: Florence + The Machine MikeSchuck.Managing Editor-in-Chief Take a brave step off the beaten path and try listening to songs that cannot be heard on the radio. The music of Florence + the Machine certainly falls under this category. F+M’s bold sound has fueled their steady progression from obscurity to the public square. The band is centered on 24-year-old Florence Welch, an eccentric songwriter from London. She is the only permanent member of the band, while the “Machine” is made up of various backing musicians who play based on necessity and availability. Their first album, Lungs, was released in 2009. It held the number one spot in the UK for a time, and produced such songs as “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)”, “You’ve Got the Love”, and “Dog Days Are Over”, the last of which has been used to promote movies such as Slumdog Millionaire, and Eat, Pray, Love. The song was also featured on a 2010 episode of Glee. The poppy and bright overall sound of Florence + the Machine is made even more complex by the dark and searching lyrics whose subjects can range from love and romance to death and coffin construction. Florence’s voice itself is a force of nature that lends itself well to her clear, passionate singing style. The group received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy Awards, held on February 13th. They are currently working in the studio on their next album, which has yet to be named. If nothing else, one can say that Florence + the Machine put soul into their music, a trait sorely lacking in today’s Top 40. Trent McPherson and Nico Summaria’s Romantic iPod List “My Boo” By Usher & Alicia Keys “Let Me Love You” By Mario “Find Your Love” By Drake “Today Was a Fairytale” By Taylor Swift “Baby” By Justin Beiber Will You Join the Family? Greg Marsh.StaffWriter For those of us who have played action/sandbox genre games such as Grand Theft Auto IV and Saint’s Row 2, we know that they are usually kick-butt games. There’s freedom to roam about, tons of cars to drive, and over-the-top action. However, with such expansive space in open-world games, it’s important that the environment feels full – living, breathing, alive. Fortunately, Mafia II fulfills that necessity brilliantly. Mafia II’s presentation is terrific. You become engaged in the story, cinematics, characters, and the city itself within the first 15 minutes. The detail is incred- ible and the sense of realism is top-notch. Graphically, it’s gorgeous, but there is one flaw. While the photo-realistic design, lighting effects, and textures are excellent, there is a decent amount of screen-tearing. This is relatively minor; most people will get used to it, but it may irritate others. Mafia II takes place in a fictional city called Empire Bay, during the 1940s. Therefore, the architecture, clothing styles, and cars all take you back in time. On foot, the controls are sharp and the button layout provides a smooth experience. You can walk, sprint, crouch, and aim down your gun sights. There’s also a convenient hand-to-hand fighting feature, and a simplistic covering system that’s similar to Gears of War. Overall, Mafia II is a good-looking, engrossing action/sandbox game that delivers an especially fresh experience thanks to the 1940s setting. The story is interesting, the voice acting is as good as it gets, and the soundtrack consists of a wonderful mix of ‘40s and ‘50s music. The game is slightly short (around 12 hours long), but if you take it slowly and stop to admire the detail of Empire Bay, Mafia II will last long and satisfy you entirely. Capiche?
  21. 21. 20 February 2011 Apple Meets Verizon Melina Sopko.StaffWriter A year ago, Verizon launched its newest phone, the Droid. They advertised the mobile phone using the slogan “Droid Does,” which implies that other phones, such as the iPhone, don’t. Surprisingly, Droid did. In the first year, Android-based cell phones outsold iPhones drastically. AT&T then lost its privileged deal to sell iPhones when Apple announced that the device will now be available through the Verizon Wireless Network, allowing U.S. iPhone buyers a choice of carriers for the very first time. Android, the Google operating system, allowed Samsung, Motorola and many other cell phone companies to create iPhone-like devices (Droid, Droid Aries, and Incredible). Since Verizon Smartphone’s began to overrule their competition, Apple became frightened. Since Apple’s 2007 debut of the iPhone, it has been sold exclusively to AT&T customer. AT&T activated 11.1 million iPhones in the first nine months of 2010. Verizon Wireless has 91 million subscribers, many of whom are aching for the iPhone. AT&T’s contract with Apple is demanding and completely in favor of the iPhone. The Verizon Wirless contract seems to be more evenly handed. Now when cell phone problems occur it will be more difficult for Apple to blame it on Verizon like they have been able to do to AT&T. This may mean Apple will have to take full responsibility for faulty iPhones. Also, Verizon uses Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology while AT&T uses the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Network. One limitation of CDMA is that, unlike GSM, it does not support simultaneous voice and data. People who want to be online while talking on the phone will have to wait for Verizon to come out with an upgrade for its CDMA Network that will allow voice and data to run simultaneously (This is not promised to happen). Another factor is, despite initial hopes, Verizon’s first iPhone will strictly be a 3G, not a 4G device. A plus for Verizon iPhone carriers is that the phone can serve as a hotspot, meaning subscribers will be able to connect five different devices to share the iPhones 3G connection to hop online. This company is confident and it is clear that it can handle the workload of the iPhone newcomers because it believes that Verizon is the nation’s most reliable network. Verizon’s rendition of the iPhone 4 makes its retail debut on February 10, 2011, although pre-existing customers have the opportunity to pre-order the phone starting February 2, 2011. With a standard 2- year contract, the Verizon iPhone will cost $199.99 for a 16GB model, and $299.99 for the 32GB model. A Media Massacre individuals, like Sarah Palin, to inappro- On January 8th, America was burdened with the news of another tragic shooting, carried out in a suburban grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Almost immediately it was identified as a failed political assassination that ultimately resulted in the death of six individuals and the wounding of thirteen others. During the attack, the accused gunman, Jared Loughner, attempted to end the life of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (who was holding a small community political forum). Following detainment, it became clear to investigators and the public that Loughner is a potentially deranged individual, mainly from the release of his eerie arrest photo and demeanor during early legal proceedings. The conclusion was that Loughner feels an irrational resentment toward the American political process, Congresswoman Giffords, and other symbols of authority and leader ship within the country. It is unfortunate that such slayings, with their increasing frequency and Winter 2011 KurtWerner.StaffWriter regrettably similar circumstances, seem to surprise the American culture less and less. Now it seems they occur consistently (almost annually) and that the repercussions are also consistent: grievance, confusion, anger, political tension, and eventually a departure from the headlines and our conscience. Another unfortunate aspect of the shooting was the reaction of our alwayswatchful media, who exploit these events in an attempt to fit a faulty agenda. Obviously, people from the left and the right used this tragedy to push their own political beliefs. However, Loughner’s reasoning was more fogged and sporadic that the politically inclined media is willing to stress. This behavior of our media ignores the seriously flawed action of the criminal and incites accusations at a time when our country is coping with the effects of extreme hate and trying to understand its essence. Such counteraction then opens the doors for priately defend her inappropriate use of crosshairs on a political map, and ironically complain that she has been unfairly “targeted.” Is it impossible to ignore one’s self image rather than let the issue go in the wake of such events? Clearly, for some it is not. Is this how to treat death? Certainly not, but some give politics priority over respect. Ideally, for the sake of our country, biased media and outspoken politicians should have joined the rest of the country and allowed for a much needed time of mourning, rather than press upon the public their familiar complaints, accusations, and suggestions for our society. President Obama saw a need to address this idea in his memorial speech, stating: “At a time when we are far to eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment, and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals… not in a way that wounds.”
  22. 22. News Features McDonald’s Super Sizes Obesity GabrielleBrinsky.Editor-in-Chief The Golden Arches are the ultimate American icon, but also the main cause of our country’s obesity problem. The media has made many attempts to try and turn the people away from this type of food with articles, books, and videos like Food Inc. and Super Size Me. Food Inc. was hailed by Peter Travers from Rolling Stone as “an essential, indelible documentary.” Super Size Me is an American documentary film created after an overweight lawsuit against McDonald’s failed. It’s premise was to tape a man eating McDonald’s for 30 days while showing the side effects. After the film concluded, the man worked for fourteen months to lose the weight he put on, which was over 24 pounds. Unfor tunately, people continue to consume this unhealthy food that has been proven to not decay. Karen Hanrahan, a McDonald’s buyer saved a burger and French fries from 1996, and to this day it still looks just as appetizing as it did the day she bought it. Recently, Sally Davies recreated the experiment. On day 180, the only change was that the food hardened. Real food is supposed to be perishable, beef is to rot, and bread should mold. However, many families turn to this unhealthy food for a quick and inexpensive meal. Americans eat over 1 million animals.The cows slaughtered for hamburger meat are from several different farms and sent to the six main processing plants McDonald’s owns. In each of the six plants, approximately 500,000 pounds of beef are produced daily. The average cow weighs 1,150 pounds which means 2,609 cows a day are turned into burgers. In the end, that’s 952,285 cows a year in each of these production plants. This is according to the producers of Food Inc. The chance of obtaining and spreading the contamination of salmonella or E. coli to any processing plant or onto any burger is very risky. Additionally, McDonald’s cooks their French fries in vegetable oil that contains beef extract in addition to milk and wheat. For years, McDonalds refused to release this information in order to appeal to all types of appetites and of people. Whether its goal is to target children or adults, McDonald’s has succeeded with both. John Robbins of WN Network proved children are able to recognize the golden arches before they are able to speak. They are fascinated with the toys that come with the Happy Meal. Nutritionists don’t recommend eating McDonald’s more than once a month, because eating a Big Mac and a large fry takes roughly seven straight hours to work off. People may be short on cash, but fast food is not the answer. Despite what the advertisements say, only seven items on the menu completely lack sugar. Basically, the human body does not want foods that refuse to decompose, raise your blood pressure, or jeopardize your health. McDonald’s is obviously hiding many things from their customers and when revealed, people refuse to believe it. Americans eat over 1 million animals an hour. 21 What In The World? Valerie Gobao.Section Editor A 33-year-old Indian farmer, Selvakumar, recently gave new meaning to the term “hot dog” when he married Selvi, a local stray female dog. But do not worry; it was only to break a curse. After stoning two dogs to death fifteen years ago, Selvakumar experienced paralysis of the legs and blindness in one eye. With the help of an astrologer, he found the true cause: a curse by the souls of the wronged mutts. To atone for his sin, he had to marry and live with a dog. However, the union will not be a happy one, as “the dog is only for lifting the curse and after that, he plans to get a real bride.” Who needs pants? According to “Improv Everywhere,” a comedy group based in New York City, no one does. On January 10, they held the ninth annual Pants-Free Commute, where people were encouraged to ride the subway in their underwear. To partake in this liberating event, all you had to do was arrive at a subway, walk in, and ditch your pants. To increase comedic effect, participants were instructed not to speak to each other, and to act naturally until they got off the train. One woman described it as “a wonderful thing to do.” The North Korean government has created a “super brain juice” that is supposed to multiply brain cells with its special blend of “60 different microelements.” According to the Central Korean News agency, it “protects skin from wrinkles and black spots, and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral haemorrhage [sic], myocardium and brain infarction.” Well, doesn’t that sound delicious? At least we now know why Kim Jong Il’s regime is so secretive.
  23. 23. Media I’s Flashy Photography ’Hare, 10 Maggie O Kruppa D Layout Design by Denée Renz Nina Leven , 10 9 cPeek, Jake M esai, 10 0 insky, 1 end Kam Ar Mike E re nberg, 9
  24. 24. Emily ellini, 9 Rachel C Collin s, 9 Gagi Georgia anas, 9 Andrea Sa Broo ke Lini nger ,9 lizzoni ,9 a, 9 iBattist abby D G Media I is the class where students are taught the basics of Photography, Journalism, Yearbook, and Broadcasting. Here are just a few examples of exceptional work created during the Journalism unit.
  25. 25. Roxanne Chalifoux “Is it hot in here, or is it just you?” JUNIORS “Excuse me, but I’m new in town. Can I have directions to your place?” SOPHOMORES Olivia Roberson “If you were a sandwich at McDonald’s you would be called McGorgeous.” “I lost my number. Can I have yours?” “If you were a book, I’d check you out.” Jake Wilhelm Carlee Wickstrom “Do your legs hurt from running through my dreams all night?” “Fat penguin... I needed something to break the ice.” “You must be a Windows ’95 because you’ve got me so unstable.” Jon Radolec Cole Snyder “If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.” Camilia Younes Courtney Golembiewski “I was so enchanted by your beauty that I ran into that wall over there. So I’m going to need your name and number for insurance purposes.” FRESHMEN TEACHERS “Don’t tell me you’re alone.” Tony Ritacco “Do you have a map because I am lost in your eyes?” “Are you a speeding ticket because you have fine written all over you?” Mrs. Canfield “I thought you liked my walrus impression.” “I was planning to eat those breadsticks.” “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?” Kayla Lewis “Do I know you? Because you look a lot like my next girlfriend.” Mr. Walsh Jason Achenbach “Do you know where the Dippin Dots are? I don’t want Dippin Dots, I just wanted to talk to you.” Mrs. Fox Trevor Rectenwald Rachel Windmueler Mr. Perrotte “Are you from Tennessee because you’re the only 10 I see?” Nick Wible “I lost my teddy bear. Can I snuggle with you?” Katie Levine Greg Kuzy SENIORS “Has anyone ever told you you look like___?”

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