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May 2014/Vol. 5 Issue 5
Volume 5 Issue 5
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Layout by Emilou Landas
Editorial Team Leader
Section Editor-Student Content
Section Editor-Student Content
Kassianna Politis- #connect Editor
Natalie Rihmland- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Spindler- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Folino- Section Editor: Life and Style
Maria Hoge- Section Editor: News
Madi Start- Section Editor: PT Focus
Vanessa Scoulos- Section Editor: Student Content
Meet the Junior Editors
Entertainment: PT Focus:
Life and Style:
Table of Contents
Smoke Signals is produced six times a school year by the students of
Media II, III, IV Journalism Staff at Peters Township High School.
The staff adviser is Mrs. Sitler.
Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the expressed opin-
ion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its adviser, or the Peters
Township School District.
Athletes of the Month
Neil Walker Interview
Pen’s Cup Champions
Morp: Senior Class
Trouble in Ukraine
100 Things to do in May
Rather than be in School
Prom Date Anyone?
Jump out of a plane without a parachute
Light my hair on fire
Frolic through a field of snakes
04 Layout by Val Mikec
Peters Hockey Prides Pennsylvania
urse? What curse? The Peters Township Hockey team broke its
own strange, unfortunate anomaly to capture the Penguins Cup
with a 4-2 win over of Bethel Park on March 16 at Consol Energy
Center, and then claimed its first State Cup in nine years by outworking
LaSalle 2-1 on March 21 at Pegula Ice Center in Penn State.
It was the team’s first Penguins Cup win in four years, with the other three
losses coming against Bishop Canevin as a member of class AA in 2011,
Bethel Park in 2012 in its inaugural campaign as a member of class AAA,
and North Allegheny last spring. Losing on a grand stage three years in
a row would be enough to dim the light of optimism that shined on the
talented group of players, but this brand of Peters Hockey took it all in
“After three tough losses in a row, we knew we had to come out strong this
year, and we did,” said senior forward Evan Opeka.
Pacing the team between the pipes was senior goaltender Brian Baker. The All-Star netminder turned away 60 shots in this year’s
PIHL playoffs, including 41 in the title game, and posted a 1.33 GAA in route in to championship. The win was especially gratifying
for Baker, as he had been on the short end of the stick the prior three years as a member of the school’s varsity squad.
“Our goaltending is what kept us in every game this year. If Bakes and Jesse didn’t show up like they did all year, we wouldn’t be where
we are at,” said senior forward Andrew Stroud, speaking about Baker and the team’s backup goalie, senior Jesse Borne.
In addition to Baker, the Indians were lead by the efforts of junior forward Adam Alavi and senior forward Jonathan Dagnal.
The two combined for all four of Peters Township’s goals in the Bethel Park game, including a hat trick for Dagnal, his second in as
many games. The dynamic Dagnal, who joined the team seven games into the season, had seven goals in three playoff games, a feat
unmatched by any other player in the tournament.
“I’m glad he joined the team this year. It was fun watching him play and having a chance to play with him. He’s definitely
special,” said junior forward Gavin Rebholz.
Despite the above players’ contributions, the wins would not have been possible without the rest of the team as a whole. Every
member of the team played a significant role, whether it be adding secondary scoring or getting dirty and grinding out pucks from
the corners. Senior captain’s Josef Kittelberger, Evan Opeka, and Brock Burns were the embodiments of the hustle and determination
it requires to be a champion. Burns, a forward, played hard every time he was called upon, and his veteran leadership on the bench
was invaluable. Opeka, a former national champion speed skater, used his dynamic speed and finesse to chip in several key goals
throughout the regular season and playoffs. He also played the State Cup championship game with fractured vertebrae in his back, a
feat that speaks volumes to the type of player and teammate he
Perhaps nobody was hungrier than Kittelberger, however. The
defenseman, who gained experience from his time on the team
the prior two years, accepted the role of captain this year and
took it by storm. He was a calming presence on defense and
helped mold the group with his infectious personality and
tenacious play. He also scored the decisive goal in the Indians
2-1 triumph over LaSalle, which cemented his place in Peter
Township hockey lore.
“Joey was a great player and an even better leader and I’m
definitely going to miss him on the team next year,” said
sophomore defenseman Matt Tylenda.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches, as well as all
members of the Peters Township hockey organization! Great
Photos by Jessie Fairbanks
PTHS PT Focus // May 2014
“Unless you are a hermit, you are going to have children
in your life. Everyone needs to learn to work with children to
bring out their best,” said Mrs. Powell.
Most people don’t know that there is a preschool inside
of PTHS. During the second semester, Child Development II
students run a preschool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
This class is definitely one of the most enjoyable electives. The
students not only learn how to teach lessons to young kids, but
also get a chance to return to their preschool days.
The children that
attend the preschool
are between the ages
of three to five years
old. It is interesting to
see how different and
fast a child’s fine motor
skills (movements the
involve writing, cutting,
holding, etc.) are
developed. On the first
day of preschool, most of the kids are shy and keep to themselves
but throughout the weeks their personalities shine through.
Little Scout’s Preschool
“I like the little kids, they are so adorable and their voices
are so little and high,” said junior Adena Welsh.
Each high school student or “big buddy” is assigned a
preschooler or “little buddy” to help for the year. The pairs of big
and little buddies establish a bond throughout the year and it’s
really great to see the bond grow.
“Seeing my little buddy makes me happy because we
have so much fun together,” said sophomore Liz McElhaney.
Each week a high school student will teach a different
lesson. The topic could be anything from dinosaurs to emotions.
The little buddies learn lots of new skills during the time they are
at the preschool, although they may not seem important they are
crucial to a child’s development.
“The biggest skill my little buddy has learned so far is
how to use scissors and write his name. These are important skills
for him to have when he goes to kindergarten,” said junior Katy
If you have any intentions of taking child development,
next year will be the last year to take the class. Ms. Powell will be
retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 school year and the program
will end at that time. For those of you that have already taken
Child Development I, consider taking Child Development II.
It’s a great experience; Plus, who doesn’t like making crafts and
hanging out with little kids?
Photo by Hannah Foster
It’s been a great ride. Thank you to the Smoke Signals faithful for sticking with me for the past three years. What
have we learned throughout the experience? Who really knows?
3. How Not to Celebrate Holidays
The holidays are a time for family and tradition. However, there are many to avoid. I can only hope that you
will follow my ten commandments about holiday traditions to give up. There’s no need to thank me, I need
no recognition. Just think of me fondly every year when you see that you have a fewer amount of holiday
cards. Think of me when you’re about to buy that extra carton of egg nog. I have your collective backs.
2. I Have Too Many Strong Opinions on Unimportant Matters
I’m man enough to admit it. For example, I will fight the fact that the Final Destination movies are some of the
best in the last few decades. I will always defend Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift in the middle of the VMAs.
I will never understand why people think Nicholas Cage should be allowed in movies. Seriously, who is the person
that gives him roles in films? Anyway, the point is that arguments are healthy. Why ever be wrong when you can
make illegitimate points to make yourself feel correct?
1. Power Rankings Are Essential to Life
Rankings are what make the world go round. When looking at two items in a category, one is ALWAYS better than the other. Ties
do not exist. Blueberry frosted pop-tarts are clearly superior to strawberry ones. Kendrick Lamar is clearly superior to the rest of the
rap game. Legos undoubtedly trump Play-Doh. Scat tickets are much more useful than actual currency. The list is endless. I wish you
could see some of the power rankings that I wanted to put in this magazine. Apparently the five greatest Pokémon aren’t relevant
enough. Unfortunately, the same goes for the top five reasons that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the backbone of our nation.
Know that even as I step down from Smoke Signals, I will continue to rank meaningless topics. I can only hope
POWER RANKINGS: What We’ve Learned
From Power RankingsJoshGlicksman|Editor-in-Chief
Photos by AP Images
Photo by Hannah Foster
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Sports // May 2014
Athletes of the Month:
Cody Sheetz Tori Weida
He’s smart, kind, competitive, and above all, athletic. Se-
nior Cody Sheetz earned his spot as captain on the varsity
lacrosse team. It all started when his older brother, Brady,
talked him into joining the sport. Now, Sheetz could not
imagine life without it.
“This will be my eighth year playing and I plan to play lacrosse in
college at the Virginia Military Institute. Lacrosse is a sport that I love and
could not see myself not being able to play,” said Sheetz.
Sheetz has a passion for lacrosse and would not trade it for anything.
Eight years of lacrosse has produced many unforgettable memories. However,
Sheetz still remembers what it was like at his first day of tryouts. He especially
remembers meeting his teammates for the first time and working as a team to
reach a common goal.
“My favorite memory would be going 15-2 last season, which led to
being ranked number one in the WPIAL,” said Sheetz.
Being involved in any high school sport definitely has its benefits.
These include making new friends, learning new skills, and discovering how
to work with your teammates to have a successful season. Now,
as college is quickly approaching, it’s important to cherish every
moment and the memories that accompany it.
“For incoming freshman lacrosse players, all I have to
say is do not take this opportunity for granted. Before you know
it you will be a senior and it will be your last high school season,”
From warm up drills to bus rides to winning WPIAl
titles, Sheetz will definitely miss everything about lacrosse, espe-
cially his teammates and the bond they have. He will even miss
playing their biggest rival, Mt. Lebanon.
“Our biggest rivalry is easily Mt. Lebo, and in order for us to
prepare for this game we have to start off with a positive state of mind
and tell ourselves we are undefeated with momentum as a result of beating
them in the end,” stated Sheetz.
Senior Tori Weida has been playing softball
since she was just 5 years old and looks forward to mak-
ing this season memorable. In order to do that, Weida has
set both individual and team goals. A personal goal Weida
has in mind for this year is to make the best of it and have
as much fun as possible. While the team’s ambition is to
replicate last year’s record.
Although the team has had great success, their
focus is not solely about winning.
“I look forward to having fun, that is the most important thing to
me. I take the game seriously just like everyone else but if you are not having
fun too there is no point in playing. Sports are supposed to be fun,” said Weida.
The team continues to enjoy their sport while staying focused and
dedicated to the game throughout the season. Certain superstitions are strictly
followed before and during games to ensure a sense of familiarity. Before every
game this year, the players have a dance-off with other players and coaches to
get them pumped up and ready to play. If the players do not warm up to music,
it feels like everything is wrong. Music is key to team success. Another supersti-
tion that the team strictly follows is when the bats are leaning against a fence,
the handles can never cross. If they cross, it is bad luck.
Softball has undoubtedly played a significant role in Weida’s life, but
she is also eager to start the next chapter of her life. Weida is attending
Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida next year, but does not plan on
“I have played softball my whole life and it is time for me to experi-
ence and try new things I never got the chance to. I am going to miss it
immensely but I am ready to try new things as well,” said Weida.
Even when Weida graduates, softball will leave her with a lifetime of
memories and lessons.
“Softball has taught me so many things. I have learned
life lessons, gained best friends, and had amazing experi-
ences,” said Weida.
Reflecting on these valuable teachings, Weida
has some advice for the younger players just starting their
high school career.
“One thing, over my four years, that I would
pass on to the upcoming freshmen, is to let go of drama and focus on what is
really important,” she said.
“Gatorball is the highlight of the year,” said sophomore and 2013
Gatorball Champion Brady Pike.
Mr. Farrell, head of rules and regulations for the International Ga-
torball Tournament, prepares students for the big day on May 3, 2014 at 6:00
“I decided to make this a yearly event because my students asked me
to do it since they enjoy playing it so much during gym class,” said Farrell. “I
thought about it and talked to some other students. There were so many kids
that seemed interested, Mr. Kuhn and I decided to plan and host it.”
Although the game itself is what interests the students, the uniforms
and bonds between teams keep the game so intense and competitive.
“We got all of the teams together and they got to pick their own
name which made them more engaged in the idea,” said Farrell. “The boys
especially get very competitive with each other. They also get to choose their
own uniforms, which I think also makes it more enjoyable.”
The reigning champions, The Baby Gators, are already prepared to
dominate this year’s tournament, as they are striving for back-to-back titles.
“The Baby Gators have the best chance of winning this year,” said
Farrell. “How can you bet against last year’s champions?”
The Baby Gators are made
up of mostly sophomore boys. Brady
Pike believes his team will be victori-
“Our team consists of Kel-
son Marisa, Ben Doyle, Connor Man-
ning, Bennett Faloni, Sam Verner,
Adam Cisney, Jake Dachille, and our
newest member, Cam Asbell.” said
Pike. “We won last year, so there’s no
doubt in my mind that we’ll win this year.”
Another member of the Baby Gators, Sam Verner, is ready to com-
pete as well.
“It was pretty awesome winning as a freshman. I look forward to
being in the dome again,” said Verner.
Proceeds for the Gatorball tournament will benefit the high school
golf program. Be sure to check out the action on May 3 and support a good
“Gatorball is a very fast pace, competitive game that requires condi-
tioning,” said Farrell. “This year will be very interesting as each team goes down
one by one. Some people just can’t hang.”
Touching Base With Neil Walker
If humility had a face on the Pittsburgh Pirates, it would replicate Neil Walker, a Gibsonia native whose per-
sonality may be bigger than the power of his bat. With the month of February coming to a close and March 31 looming
near, I followed in the footsteps of many baseball junkies before me and set out on my own pilgrimage of sorts to Pirate
City, the Pirates Spring Training facility located in Bradenton, Florida, for Spring Training. As I arrived, I was pleasantly
surprised to run into the second baseman in a lobby outside of my family’s condo.
Walker was accompanied by a few of his childhood friends and two arm full of groceries, but he was gracious
enough to sit there and gripe with me and my dad for a while, jumping from baseball to high school life to his favorite
foods. There tends to be a sort of annoyance in some players when it comes to dealing with fans, but if Walker was dis-
interested he did not show it.
“Oh yeah, Peters Township, huh?” Walker quipped as I gave him some insight on the school, “I remember play-
ing against them in my Pine Richland days. I have a good buddy who played on the team, Jimmy Gallagher, so it was
always fun to play against him and get to spend some time with him.”
It was refreshing to see him take such a genuine interest in someone as insignificant as myself, and it speaks
volumes to the type of person he is; one who will stop what he’s doing, regardless of whether he is busy or not, to sign
an autograph or two for a couple kids waiting outside the gates; one who sends as many well-wishes as he receives in
return; a man who embodies what it means to be a Pittsburgher. He is a million-dollar man who lives an Average Joe
life, by choice.
“I like to just relax when I have downtime; go to the pool, go golfing or fishing, play with my dog Oliver, who is
an Australian Sheppard and is also my best buddy, or head to the movies or dinner with my wife. We like to hang out a
lot in Sarasota at a place called St. Armand’s circle. It’s a cool spot to shop and eat and walk around, and it’s close to the
beach, which is definitely a plus,” said Walker.
Fortunately for Pirate fans, “The Pittsburgh Kid” is back in town for the 2014 season after signing a one year,
$5.75 million dollar deal this winter. Walker was a key contributor to the team’s breakthrough in 2013, batting .251 and
knocking in 53 runs despite missing roughly 30 games due to injury. His slick fielding and knack for clutch hits, which
included a team high eight homeruns in the month of September, helped the team capture 94 wins and a playoff berth
(its first since 1992). Unfortunately, he struggled to find consistency at the plate in October, ending his postseason with
an .083 average as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals in the NLDS.
“You don’t want to change your approach at the plate at all, I think. If
anything, you want to try to continue to do the same things that made you
successful all year long,” said Walker. “I think I got into a situation where I
tried to do too much last year, and it was actually more counterproductive
Success feeds the hungry, and, in Walker’s case, no one is hungrier.
“I think 2014 is the year we break out offensively,” said Walker. “We
have an offense in Pittsburgh that hasn’t been unleashed yet, but
it all starts here. As long as we stay humble and hungry, the sky
is the limit.”
Photos by Shane Dazen
#connect // May 2014PTHS
Layout by EmmaLee Ducoeur
Graduation season is the perfect time to reflect on the
many memories made during our years together. Enjoy
these throwback pictures of preschool and kindergarten
AP Images Osan
A Luxury to Regularity to Necessity
As phones continue to advance in their capabilities, it seems we can’t live without
them. It is very unlikely that the public will step away from this obsession any time soon.
With e-mail, internet, social networks, text messaging, and tons of apps all on one device
(not to mention various apps, music, etc.), it’s easy for someone to get sucked in. The
important thing is that people don’t become so consumed with their cell phones that it
begins to detract from their social skills. Only time will tell just how technologically ad-
vanced these phones may become. But for now, let’s take a look back on how the role of
cell phones has evolved so drastically in our lives the past few years.
Remember the LG flip phones? How about when you had to press the number nine button three times just so you
could use the letter y in a text message? This was stage one. This stage included the newfound interest that came with all of
the responsibility of having cell phone at the age of thirteen. This stage also included chain text messages, too much text talk,
and lots of bad pictures.
Remember the LG Chocolate phones? How about the three enVs? This was stage two. This
stage included very mediocre ringtones (as well as ringback tones), obsession over how many contacts
were in your phone, and lots of bad pictures. Middle school was the best, am I right?
Where are we now? Stage three. This stage involves total obsession over your cell phone, which
is almost certainly a smartphone at this point. Be it the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or an Android, you
spend too much time on your phone checking social networks, surfing the web, and especially taking
As phones continue to progress into the future, one thing is for sure; we love spending time with
our phones. And we also love taking bad pictures. That’s never going to change.
AP Images Wellenbach
Morp 2014: A Senior Class
The domino of events that occurred after the Snowball dance left students in PTHS,
particularly the seniors, wanting to prove they were more than just their dance moves. The
students just wanted an event that would allow them to have fun with their friends and class-
mates in a relaxed environment. That is exactly why seniors Xander Browell and Riley Crane
created MORP 2014.
One night while studying for AP Physics, the duo discussed the events that occurred
after snowball and came up with the idea to host a casual dance before prom. The rest is his-
“I put out a tweet asking people if that would be a good idea. After almost 200
retweets, we decided to make this a reality,” said Browell.
After realizing that this idea had the potential to be one of the largest events PTHS
has ever seen, Browell and Crane decided to use the excess proceeds above operational costs
to benefit charity. They chose to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since Brow-
ell’s little sister was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of two.
With the positive feedback on Twitter, Browell and Crane started planning this epic
night. The two toured numerous venues, deciding on Southpointe Fieldhouse to hold the event. The boys decided they wanted this
dance to be as informal and fun as they could make it. They wanted there to be as much neon clothing and decorations and bright
lights as possible. Crane and Browell took a leap of faith and deposited money on the venue, as well as glow in the dark wrist bands
that would serve as tickets to get into the event.
Their goal was to create an event that EVERYONE could enjoy themselves at, where a date was not needed. The senior class
wanted to unite and show that they are a force to be reckoned with. They can do good in the community while having an enjoyable
time with their classmates. After some of the drama that occurred this school year, the
seniors wanted to prove to the community that they were not what the media construed
them to be.
“I can’t say how many kids did the fox trot at MORP, but I can definitely
say that kids will be enjoyed themselves while aiding the fight against Juvenile
Diabetes. THAT is what MORP 2014 was all about,” stated Browell.
Ticket sales occurred in Peterswood Park in March. During the first sale, over
300 tickets were sold. That sale covered all of their operational costs and allowed them to
establish their J.D. donation fund. PT students made up the majority in attendance, along
with a mix of students from six surrounding school districts. The second ticket sale was just
as successful and in total, the boys sold over 500 tickets at $7.00 a piece- you do the math.
Browell disc-jockeyed Morp, since he has been doing that for the past three years
with his father at Macky-Sasser DJ Services.
“We put extra funds to getting more lights, effects, and sound reinforcement to
rival a concert, because we wanted MORP to be as incredible and memorable as it was,”
Browell did not disappoint. The event went off without a hitch. Everyone in at-
tendance came decked out in head-to-toe neon gear and ready to “Morp.” The music, lights, and atmosphere were unforgettable.
“It was really fun to have everyone from school united in a place other than a school sponsored event,” said Morp attendee,
junior Olivia Glod.
Instagram and Twitter were filled with shout-outs to Browell and Crane and
their families for all of their efforts in planning and executing this event. The event went
so smoothly, that afterwards the man who owns the field house e-mailed Browell with his
“I never would have known there were 500 people
there the night before. Thanks for being so well organized
and pulling this event off so smooth,” Southpointe Fieldhouse
owner Matt Giglotti.
Because of Morp, over $2,000 was raised for the Ju-
venile Diabetes Foundation.
With Morp 2014 under our belt, are you ready for Morp 2.0?
All photos submitted
10 Layout by Naomi Burke
Soaking Up the Summer StyleNicoleSpindler|BusinessEditor-in-Chief
Summer is always the best time of year, but not if your
closet is not equipped with the correct clothes, it can be a ‘hot’
mess. Ladies, below are the summer clothing basics. A bright-
er future will come with eye candy. Whether they are oversized,
futuristic, studded, or fleur-framed specs, these sunny looks will
steal the show. They don’t have to be expensive as long as they have
the UVA protection and are comfortable to wear.
Ladies, save the daisy-dukes for when
school is out, which is why lengthier
shorts come in handy. They can be played
down during the day and dressed up in
the evening. The different possibilities of
colors and patterns are endless. After all,
summer is all about creating new outfits
A girl’s best friend is a handbag, but
who wants to lug a heavy purse with them
all the time? Keeping your bag small not
only makes it easy to carry, but it does not
detract from your outfit. If you do not like
the long straps or over the shoulder look, try an oversized clutch
or a wristlet in a bold color. Try looking for a bag that works with
different clothes, it will be your go-to this summer.
No matter what shape your body
is, every girl can rock a dress, especially
when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees.
Look for cheery colors or unique designs
that scream summer. When shopping,
pick a dress that you can wear casually
during the day and later at night. Adding
a necklace or belt can make any dress pop.
Here are some basics pairs of
shoes to have handy in your closet: a
comfortable pair of sandals for the pool
and beach when traveling, a slip-on flat
or sneak to go with any casual look, and
a dressy heel to go with a summer dress.
With these cool kicks, you will be able to
soak up the summer sun.
This summer is all about experimenting with different
styles; pick a painterly pattern, mix in some classics, focus on the
details, and make a statement. You can decide what works with
your style or personality. Do not forget to be bold, dare to try, and
make a splash this summer with fashion trends!
The ABC’s of Prom DressesCaseyKirwan|WebEditor-in-Chief
It’s prom season. For most girls, the most important thing to ensure the perfect night is having the perfect dress. There are
some girls that have had their dresses ready for this special night since September. That may seem a little ridiculous, but finding the right
dress is an important part of prom. Everyone wants to be able to feel both beautiful and comfortable for the big night. New trends in all
the local bridal shops and boutiques are popping up everywhere. It’s important to think about the accessories, the basic dress style, and
the color when it comes to picking the perfect dress for you. It’s as easy as A-B-C.
A- Accessorizing is always important to add that little extra sparkle to your look. One of the biggest
trends is rhinestones. Having jewelry with gems can add the perfect something extra to go with your dress.
They can provide more color or even a little more dazzle. Something new this year that Macy’s has been
showing off is corsages with little lights in them. Small bulbs about the size of Christmas tree lights are built
into the corsages under the flowers, to make the petals glow. Wearing these flowers will definitely help light
up the night.
B- Basic style types of prom dresses come in plenty of varieties. There are
mermaid style, empire waist, open-back, and many more. Of course, a long dress
is traditional for prom, but for girls that are a little more vertically challenged, the
floor length look isn’t always the most flattering. The high-low dress is a great option for girls tall and short
because you can get the classic long prom dress look and still have something that flat-
ters your body-type. A lot of high-low dresses make the longer part of the dress detach-
able, so that you can take it off to make dancing easier. Having the detachable length
is super convenient for anyone who doesn’t want to have to worry about tripping over
their dress all night either.
C- Color is key. Another trend that is seen in dresses is bold color. A lot of dresses
are going from soft pastels, to outstanding hues such as red, blue, purple or hot pink.
These vibrant colors really make you stand out on the dance floor and really brighten
up your prom photos. Colorful patterns that accent the dress are also coming into style to create even more of a
Whatever the trends may be, it is most important to find the perfect dress for you. Find the dress that flatters
you the most and makes you feel fabulous.
Photos by Casey Kirwan
Life&Style // May 2014
Subject To Change:
Symptoms of a Slacking Senior
Graduation anticipation [and Peters Township in general] got you down? No worries kid, you are a mere
victim in the vicious, ravenous, and possibly fatal outbreak of Senioritis. This inevitable contagion claims
its victims each year, striking hardest around second semester. Common symptoms may include the following:
Put one foot in front of the
other- this is called walking. If
you’re incapable of completing
this basic life task, you may be
suffering from a primary symp-
tom of this disease, laziness.
Don’t mistake this symptom for
casual naps every three hours;
ing hundreds of thousands of
victims each year, this deadly
symptom has a nasty habit of
sticking around through col-
lege and years after. There is
no known cure for this yet, but
doctors struggle every year in
making advances towards an
elixir to totally eradicate such a
Intolerance for others
This symptom isn’t your ev-
eryday frustration toward the
world; it becomes real intoler-
ance when you look around the
classroom and can only count
the people have some patience
for on one hand. Another warn-
ing sign is indicated when you
find yourself planning who to
sacrifice first in the event of the
zombie apocalypse. Other signs
include coming to the realiza-
tion that in the event of fleeing
the country, you would only
miss three people; that includes
your dog. Something you could
also categorize under this
symptom—yep, back to baby-
hood; all you can find yourself
doing is complaining about this
and whining about that, and
she said that and yata yata yata.
In this case, it’s not me, it’s you.
“The Nuggeting Stage”
had it. All logic and patience
has been tossed out the window,
and experiencing this symptom
will lead to excessive fatigue
and self-loathing. At this point
you don’t even feel a little guilty
in deciding to watch the Bach-
elor season finally instead of
“attempting” your homework.
Victims find themselves in a
violent relationship with their
alarm clock, and impending
“nuggeting” in a cozy blanket.
Nuggeting is classified as the
act of cocooning oneself in a
blanket, its only true nuggeting
if you’re fetal.
“Pop the Bubble”
Finding your Friday nights at
the local TJ-Maxx, Starbucks,
and/or Giant Eagle? Yearning to
cross that line into Canon-Mac?
You’re probably suffering from
the later stages of Senioritis,
aka “Popping the Bubble” syn-
drome. This yearning to break
away falls last among the earlier
signs of this disease; proving
most painful to endure. This
symptom calls for extreme rest-
lessness and causes the person
to seek a good time anywhere
outside the PT lines.
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se photos as inspiration for new destinations.
tures and take a journey around the world.
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Every school hosts
their own unique dance, and
every student has their own
opinion of which one is the
best. Local schools like Peters
Township, Canon-Mac, Key-
stone Oaks, and Seton La Salle
compete to have the most ex-
travagant dance in the tri-state
area. This creates many differences in music, venue, food, attire,
and overall experience.
“I would have to say Peters Township would be my
top choice for a dance because I would be able to be with all my
friends, plus the music here is better than a lot of other schools,”
said junior Jill Ciaffoni.
Water bottles are running out
not even halfway through the dances
because the music captures the students
into dancing the entire night. Our school
is known to have brought the best DJs in
the city to our school dances and it defi-
nitely pays off in the students eyes. How-
ever, as surprising as it is, there is a world
outside of the bubble where the dances
can be very different than ours.
“Canon-Mac was interesting to
say the least. Although, one thing I did like about it was the Sarris
station,” junior Erin Fitzgerald stated.
Yes, Canon-Mac actually does serve Sarris at their
dances, including a whole chocolate Sarris fountain. Could you
imagine how great this would be at Peters? Nevertheless, Peters
topped another school with music. According to Fitzgerald, Can-
on-Mac played a lot of country and slow music. Gah, who wants
that at a dance?
“Keystone Oaks is definitely
very creative with their dances;
I always love their decorations,”
junior Mackenzie Moore said.
Keystone Oaks is
known to be the king of dance
decorations in the tri-state area.
This year’s homecoming theme
was Night in Paris and the dec-
orations were out of this world.
Stars covered their dimmed
gym to resemble the night sky with a brightly lit Eiffel tower to
the side, creating a sense of actually being in Paris. Yet, the Paris
feeling was shortly crushed after realizing there was absolutely
no food or snacks at all. Keeping up with latest decorations must
have really put a damper on the school’s food committee.
Apparently this is the opposite for Seton La Salle. “Seton
La Salle’s prom certainly has the best food. They cater food that
appeals to teenagers way more than other schools do,” senior Na-
talia Haynes stated.
This year, Seton La Salle is offering mouth-watering
ravioli or a delicious roasted chicken breast. This may not seem
enough, but they both come with wedding soup, chef’s design
of starch and vegetables, assorted Mediterranean breads, and
dessert. The dessert menu consists of Chocolate Royal cake or
William Penn Cheesecake. It seems like Seton La Salle is attempt-
ing to get their students to sit around the dinner table eating all
Despite all of the differences between each dance, one
goal that all schools have is to ensure their students have fun. On
a second note, where do you want to spend your next dance?
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Prom is quickly approaching and I, as always, am dateless. I’m here to put myself on the market for a prom date. I’m not very
picky, in other words, I’m desperate. The number of requirements I have are just as low as my standards.
The few requirements that I do have however, are a must. You have to be willing to boogie. I like to get down; if you’re not
cool with that, then I may not be the best date for you. If you’re embarrassed easily, don’t even bother. There’s a 100% chance I will
embarrass you and a 100% chance I will make you embarrass yourself. Also, it is strongly encouraged that you can rock a tux. *Not a
requirement but preferred: tri’s, bi’s, and pec’s.*
If you meet all of these requirements but still aren’t convinced that I’m your girl, allow me to bring this home. You
will witness me get freaky to “Ignition (Remix)” on the dance floor. I will make you look really good because while
I’m making a fool out of myself, you will look like the normal one. Finally, I’ll show you the
time of your life. Also, I’m a great catch (or so my mom
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No one is perfect.
At least, that’s what we’re told
when we come home dejected
because we didn’t get the score
we wanted on that last big
test. Even gifted students can
struggle when it comes to the
through an extensive amount
of preparation for the tests,
but it’s easy to crack under the
pressure when SAT and ACT
scores have a considerable
impact on the future.
According to the NY
Times, just over 1.6 million
students took the SAT in 2012.
The ACT, for the first time in
history, was taken by about
Gummersbach: A Picture of Perfection
2,000 more students than the
SAT. Each year, only a couple
hundred students achieve a
perfect 2400 on the SAT or a
perfect 36 on the ACT. Only a
few thousand achieve a perfect
score on one of the three
sections part of the SAT.
The odds of being
in any one of those categories
are miniscule, and yet, three
juniors from our high school-
Nick Roberts, Roy Wang, and
Matt Gummersbach- have
beaten them; Gummersbach
achieved maybe the most
impressive feat of the three, a
36 on the ACT. Gummersbach
is in elite company, but
didn’t have any big reaction
to the news of the perfect
score. It would probably be a
surprise to most that he didn’t
spend any time specifically
studying for the standardized
test. For others looking to
The Typical Teenage Girl DriverKassiannaPolitis|#connectEditor
Stereotypically, women are often referred to as the worst drivers on the face of the earth. Teenage girls further ruin the
reputation of the female driver. Countless high school and college female drivers constantly make silly mistakes. Although these slipups
are extremely common, many students hesitate to admit them. However, almost every girl can relate. So girls listen up, here is some
advice that could save your life.
Mistake one: The Music. Jamming out to the radio can be very entertaining, but teenage girls take this to the extreme. Girls
cannot be satisfied with a particular song for more than five seconds and therefore are constantly
changing the tune more than that they are actually driving. However, once they find a song they
actually like, they will turn up the volume all the way and pretend they are a contestant on American
Mistake two: The Make-up. Teenage girls are sometimes in such a hurry that they feel like
they do not have time to put on their make-up at home. As a result, they resort to putting it on in the
car. You get out your brush and apply away. Out of the blue, you end up blowing your tire out because
you swerved a little too much to the right and ended up running over a curb. Good job. Although
most cases of the “makeup in the car stunt” are not this serious, it may happen. Therefore, just wake
up five minutes earlier and put your make-up on at home.
Mistake three: The Wave. You stop at a red light. You’re mad. You may apply some lipstick. All of a sudden, your BFF pulls up
right next to you. You wave like a crazy person until they see you and roll down the window and start talking to them. Then the light
turns green, people honk, but your music is too loud to hear the horns. Next thing you know, you have missed the green light and you
are back to square one.
Mistake four: The Pile Up. To be honest, teenage girls do absolutely everything together. From going to the bathroom to going
to Starbucks, they seem to be attached at the hip. So when six friends want to go to the mall, they all pile up in the back seat, instead of
just simply taking two cars. Now instead of one girl singing, applying make-up, and being obnoxious, there are six.
If you said “yes, I do this” to any of the above, then congratulations, you are a typical teenage girl driver.
recommends being involved
in the most challenging classes
“Do your best.
Remember that standardized
tests aren’t everything,”
Gummersbach said. “Take your
time. Take some practice tests
before the day of the exam to
get a feel for the format and
Perhaps his secret to
success is the time he’s spent
in other parts of the world. He
shared that he’s lived in Europe
for three years, and that he’s
moved a total of five times. He
has also traveled to multiple
“I have been to China
and Egypt,” Gummersbach
He explained that
these locations have various
similarities and differences to
home and that he has gathered
many memorable and valuable
only excels in academics, but
also in extracurricular activities.
He is a member of the cross-
country and baseball teams and
participates in math club and
SADD. He aspires to study
engineering after high school,
but has no one he looks up to in
“I’m my own person,”
Gummersbach was one of three stu-
dents to achieve perfection on a stan-
dardized test. Juniors Nick Roberts and
Roy Wang both achieved perfect SAT
scores this spring.
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Photo by Kassiana Politis
100 things I’d rather be
Jump out of a plane without a parachute
Get run over by a salt truck
Swim in a shark tank
Walk through snow barefoot
Roll down a hill covered in thorn bushes
Jump in a vat of unknown liquid
Frolic through a field of snakes
Go on a date with Juan PabloGet dragged across the ice by a zamboni
Be dropped in the middle of the desert with no food or water
Babysit 25 two-year-olds
Light my hair on fire
Get stung by a wasp 100 times
Lick the pavement on a sunny day
Work a shift as a garbage man
Take an ice bath
Eat a pig heart
Lick a toilet seat
Eat a pound of Brussels sprouts Stick my hands in boiling water
Jump in a pool of jello
Drink 3 gallons of prune juice
Read the Twilight series
Jump in a pool of jelly fish
Walk a mile on broken sea shells
Fight a black belt
Gulp down a gallon of steaming hot hot chocolate
Run a half marathon in a winter jacket in 90 degree
Get stuck at the top of the sky coaster for 12 hours
Lose a toe
Have my finger nails plucked off
Drink a jar of Atomic hot sauce from QS&L
Go grocery shopping with my grandma
Watch Frozen on a loop
Take a road trip
Walk around in wet jeans
Ride an elephant in the Amazon
Stub my toe on the edge of concrete
Take over the recommended amount of laxatives
Have wooden teeth
Sleep in a bed infested with bedbugs
Walk around a lion exhibit blind folded with a steak necklaceGet stuck in a cave full of bats
Swim in a tank of leeches
Freeze my body for science
Swallow a nail
Get a sun burn
be doing... in May
Compete in a cross-fit competition
Face plant into the cement
Shave my head
Run across the United States
Spend a week working in a nursing home
Take a shift cleaning rest stop bathrooms
Have my room filled with Chucky dollsBe on a rollercoaster during a thunderstorm
Slip n’ Slide into a lake full of piranhas
Get in a fight with BatmanListen to “Friday” nonstop for 24 hours
Have Beyonce hate me
Be a prisoner of Azkaban
Be a hufflepuff
Read the dictionary front to back
Have a dual with Alexander Hamilton
Shake it with Shakira Watch a twelve hour game of baseball
Play one-on-one basketball with Shaq
Be tackled 100 times by Ray Lewis
Take a pitch straight to the chest from Aroldis Chapman
Close my hand in the car door
Touch a car buckle on a hot summer day
Walk through freshly prepared tar Starve myself for a week
Play bloody knuckles
Cut my nails too short
Clean up road kill
Stick my hand in a beehive
Hang-glide over a valley full of hungry wolvesJump in a pool of jelly fish
Fight a black belt
Have someone throw up on me
Have sand in pants all day
Wear a poopy diaper all day
Get stuck in an elevator full of hockey players post game
Walk across burning sand
Have permanent brain freeze
Get spit on by a homeless person
Not shower for a week
Sleep in a dumpster
Ride a spaceship into the sun Tell Aloe Blacc that he isn’t the man, you are
Have my entire body waxed head to toe
Have a winning lottery ticket and then lose it
Not wear shoes for a week
Disney movie marathon
Get trampled while Black Friday shoppingGet deported with Justin Bieber
Be attached at the hip to Kim Kardashian
Sit in a tub of sardines
Go on a hot air balloon ride
Eat 100 donuts
Drink nothing but milkshakes for a week
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A Blast From Our Past
We grew up watching
our favorite stars on Disney
Channel and Nickelodeon. We
idolized them as role models
and for their ability to do no
wrong. Time has passed and
these teenage celebrities have
grown up. Some have managed
to stay out of the news,
while others are still making
Radio Disney pop star,
with her upbeat and cheerful
songs. Her bubbly personality
shined through in the Disney
TV series Lizzie McGuire as she
portrayed an average teen girl
facing everyday high school
challenges. While making a
name for herself in the Disney
industry, she produced multiple
albums. Don’t lie, every girl still
has her Metamorphosis CD
sitting at home somewhere;
we all sang along to “What
Dreams Are Made Of” and
“So Yesterday” in the car with
our moms. Now, to answer
the question we’re sure you’re
asking yourself, no, Hilary Duff
did not go to rehab. Unique
for girls in her industry, Hilary
got married BEFORE having
a child. Crazy, right? Mike
Comrie won over her heart
and married her in 2010; their
adorable child, Luca, is two.
Hilary Duff and her happy
family stayed out of the news
for a couple years, until just
recently they announced their
divorce…Okay let’s forget
about that and move onto the
Aaron Carter defined
swag before Justin Bieber even
got his hands on it. Along with
making albums of his own,
Aaron made songs for Disney
movies and TV shows. His
catchy and popular song, “I
Want Candy,” which reads
“I know a girl who’s tough
and sweet; she’s so fine she
can’t be beat” is about Hilary
Duff. He sang it to her in the
memorable Lizzie McGuire
Christmas episode. Aaron and
Hilary dated in 2001 then broke
up after Mr. Carter decided
Lindsay Lohan was a sweeter
piece of candy than Hilary...
We all know how that one
turned out for LiLo. Aaron also
stayed out of the news for years
until he recently professed his
love for Hilary. We are just as
shocked as you are.
Jamie Lynn Spears
ruined our lives. Zoey 101
abruptly ended in 2008 due
to her unexpected pregnancy
with boyfriend Casey Aldridge.
The final episode of Zoey 101
concluded with Zoey realizing
her love for Chase after he
returns to PCA for the prom.
We wonder where Chase is right
now, probably still in Britain
pressing Control G waiting for
Zoey to answer his video chat. If
she had not gotten pregnant we
could have continued watching
our favorite show and dreaming
of attending PCA. Spears and
Aldridge were engaged for two
years before they split. Spears
recently married Jamie Watson
and has not acted in anything
since the end of Zoey 101. Her
daughter Maddie is five, which
means it has been five years
since Zoey 101 was taken away
from us. Yes, we are still bitter
What happens when
two teenage boys who have
nothing in common become
step-brothers and roommates?
An endless amount of pranks,
fights, and adventures. Drake
Parker and Josh Nichols’ worlds
collided when Drake’s mom
married Josh’s dad. Drake was
a jock that was girl-crazy and
didn’t care much about school,
while Josh was intelligent
and studious with a reserved
personality. Josh recently acted
in movies Battle of the Year, Red
Dawn, and ATM while Drake is
still working with Nickelodeon
to produce A Fairly Odd
Summer in 2014. There have
been rumors that there will be
a new Drake and Josh movie in
2015, but we aren’t so sure this
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will actually happen. MEGAN!
Since they aren’t making a
movie, our guess is that in their
free time Drake will continue
to express his hatred towards
Justin Bieber on Twitter and
Josh will…well…we haven’t
seen Oprah in awhile, someone
call an ambulance.
Entertainment // May 2014
Once school winds down for the year, it’s time to start thinking about what to do during the summer. Sure, going to
Kennywood or grabbing Rita’s with a friend can be fun, but it gets boring after a while. Switch it up this year by going to a few concerts.
Vans Warped Tour
This annual music fest started in 1995 as a “third wave ska tour” and has entertained over a million people. Although it
includes primarily rock bands, pop and indie artists are also featured. The tour is usually held outdoors, and about ten stages are set
up for every stop of the tour, allowing multiple bands to play at the same time. A typical day lasts from 11AM to 9PM, and during
this time up to 100 bands play. This year, Breathe Carolina, The Ready Set, and We The Kings are just some of the well-known bands
coming to Burgettstown on July 15. Tickets are on sale from $23.50 to $48.50.
Fun fact: As a teen, Katy was a gospel singer and released her own album. Who would
have known? She hit the jackpot in 2007 when she was signed to Capitol Records and released
her popular songs “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot ‘N Cold.” Although she has taken on a modern
pop vibe, she still incorporates her religious beliefs, especially through her songs “By The Grace
Of God” and “Spiritual” off of her newest album, PRISM. This album was released last October
and has taken the world by storm with its Swedish dance music vibe. Top hits include “Roar”
and “Dark Horse.” It features self-empowering and mature lyrics. She will be performing most
of these songs, along with some of her classics, at Consol Energy Center on July 22.
Panic! At The Disco/ Walk The Moon
Panic! At The Disco was formed in 2004 as a pop/punk rock band. The members
were childhood friends and recorded their first demos while still in high school. Some of
their most popular songs include “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine In The Afternoon.”
Opening for them is Walk The Moon, which was established in 2008 out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
They became popular after releasing their songs “Anna Sun” and “Jenny.” If you’re a fan of rock and electronic music, this concert will
be one you surely won’t forget. They will be rocking Stage AE on August 1.
OneRepublic/ The Script
OneRepublic came out with their newest hit “Counting Stars” off of their album “Native” at the end of 2013. It peaked
at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their band was formed in 2003 by head guitarist Ryan Tedder and gained national
recognition in 2007 with their song “Stop and Stare.” They are currently touring with The Script, a famous Irish rock band, who
will open for OneRepublic with their songs “Breakeven” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.” These two bands are coming to First
Niagara Pavilion on August 8.
Fall Out Boy/ Paramore
Fall Out Boy, a pop punk band, became nationally recognized after
their song “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” hit radio stations
all over the country in 2013. It has been downloaded more than two million
times. Although many of their fans have been following them since the
beginning, their attendance at concerts has been booming recently. They will
be performing on July 3 at First Niagara Pavilion along with Paramore. Hayley
Williams, the famous red-headed phenomenon, formed this band in 2004 to
create rock music that speaks to people. The band is excited to perform songs
from their albums “Riot” and “Brand New Eyes.” This is sure to be an excellent
concert for anyone who enjoys rock music.
Falling into a routine is about the worst thing you can do during
your summers. Break up your schedule this year with these concerts. Gather up your friends and have a blast listening to your favorite
Top 5 Summer Concerts
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“I like being able to help people. The club contrib-
utes to society by helping people in need and making the
world better for some people. My favorite project is making
Valentine’s Day cards with the kids at the blind school,” said
senior Halie Brindle.
The Interact Club has presented our student body
a reasonable amount of opportunity to complete real com-
munity service, solely for the purpose of wanting to help
others, not just for a teacher’s signature. The opportunities
presented to these committed students are reaching great
heights when it comes to putting a dent into improving PT
and surrounding communities as a whole.
Time and time again, students that are considered
active members of the Interact Club (participate in at least
half of the activities/events) have proven what they are ca-
pable of when they have a true passion for improving some-
thing in the community. Club Officers Sebastian Hymson
(President), Kenna Kuehn (Vice-President), Zenas Zhuang
(Treasurer), Steven Lo (Recording Secretary), and Casey
Kirwan (Corresponding Secretary) work tremendously hard
to organize and successfully execute projects year round.
The list can go on, but here are a handful of the big projects
that the Interact Club has pulled off thanks to its devoted
PV Tutoring: This is one of the most popular proj-
ects organized by the club.
Students who volunteer go
up to Pleasant Valley to
help kids do their home-
work, catch up on a new
lesson, or just reinforce
what they already know.
This is a great program not
only for the Elementary
students, but also for vol-
unteers who have interest in either
working with kids or being a teacher when they grow up.
Shepherds Heart Valentine’s Day Dinner: This
was the second year for the Shepherds Heart Valentine’s
Day Dinner. Shepherds Heart Veterans Home is located in
downtown Pittsburgh that houses retired or handicapped
veterans; this home helps veterans get back into the work-
force. This project became a success through not only the
work of the Interact Club, but also from the PT Rotary, and
the students and families of PTHS. Prior to the actual event,
students coordinated with Pleasant Valley Elementary
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and Bower Hill elementary schools to have the kids make Val-
entine’s Day cards. Along with that, students held a clothing
drive for the men. Students served a spaghetti dinner and a
night of good conversation at Shepherds Heart. Overall, it was
Memorial Wall: You may have seen this new addi-
tion to the school when you walked through the doors this
past August. This project sparked off of the Shepherds Heart
dinner, when students wanted to bring light to those serving
out of PT. The American Flag on the right side of the main
entrance was done completely by juniors Rachel Cowler and
Kenna Kuehn. Their coordination with PTHS and military
recruiters, hard work, and dedication toward those serving
overseas is what drove this project to be triumphant.
to help honor those
who honor our coun-
try is very reward-
ing. For our school
to be able to allow us
to do so and to sup-
port us while we do
so, that’s truly amaz-
ing,” said junior Kenna Kuehn.
In-Stride Therapeutic Riding Barn: This ongoing
project is staffed by not only students, but also members of the
Peters Township Rotarians. Students helped with this project
by making repairs to the barn itself and preparing it for its new
equestrians. This barn is specifically for kids with physical dis-
abilities to have the opportunity to ride horseback. Students
also help by walking side by side with the kids and giving
them an unforgettable experience.
Autism Walk: This is the event of the year. Although
new to the club, students dive in wholeheartedly to this proj-
ect, whether it be participating in the bake sale, fundraising,
or the walk/run. Senior Casey Kirwan came up with the idea
of the project and executed it with compassion and success.
Kirwan recounted about the event, “The autism
walk is about the biggest project we do in the club each year. I
started the project my sophomore year and have continued it
ever since. We have made about $8,000 in the past two years.
Money goes to help fund Autism Speaks and autism programs
in the community. We hang posters to promote awareness. We
have gift baskets, a bake sale, and activities at the walk. It’s a lot
of fun and I hope to see it grow even more in years to come.”
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PTHS Outside the Bubble // May 2014
In Michigan, hundreds of onlookers and twelve com-
petitors showed up for the Wurst Challlenge. The challenge was
part of a local fundraiser to benefit the FLY Children’s Art Center.
The main event of the fundraiser challenged the appetites of the
twelve competitors, including Mayor Paul Schreiber and Eastern
Michigan University President, Susan Martin. The main course
of the competition included a 6 pound, 20-foot-long bratwurst,
which is a fine type of German sausage. All in all, the fundraiser
was quite a success as they managed to raise $7,000.
Wilkesboro police recently reported that 64-year-old
Polly Richards provoked a scuffle with 69-year-old Linwood
Moore at the Golden Corral in Wilkesboro. According to the
officers, the fight all started when the older of the two, Moore,
made the mistake of taking Richard’s spot in the checkout line
when she went to receive her beverage. In lieu of a subtle con-
frontation, the two senior citizens began cursing, punching,
shoving, and throwing nearby objects at one in other. Ultimately,
the dispute ended and Richards went to jail with a $1,500 secured
bond; however, not until Fay Cardwell, a 62-year-old bystander,
was injured by an allegedly thrown plate.
These days people seem to find the most absurd ways
to consume their money, and large amounts of money at that.
The Hasselblad 500, accord-
ing to Vienna auctioneers
Galerie Westlicht, was part
of the equipment used by the
1971 Apollo 15 mission, not
to mention the only camera to
make it to the moon and back.
The proud new owner of the
Hasselblad 500, Terukazu Fu-
jisawa, a Japanese business-
man, spent a whopping 550,000 Euros, which is approximately
$760,000. This number may come as a shock to many of you, but
Fujisawa and the Hasselblad 500 are just one example. In fact, an
anonymous EBay bidder recently bought a car for over 100,000
Euros. Initially 100,000 Euros does not sound that insane, right?
Wrong. This car was abandoned after being completely sub-
merged in the Somerset flood back in December.
Even though the 2014 Winter Olympics came to
a close in February, the world’s attention proceeds to shine
on Russia as the Ukraine crisis continues to escalate. Be-
tween the recent annexation of Crimea and sanctions placed
on government officials of both Russia and the United States,
there is fear the tension will give way to a second Cold War.
However, the situ-
ation did not simply begin
with a recent invasion of Rus-
sian troops into the Ukraine.
Within the past century,
Ukraine has bounced from
independence to being held
captivate under the hands
of the Soviet Union. How-
ever, once the Soviet Union
crumbled in 1991, Ukraine
was once again recognized
as an independent nation. Yet, independence was not easy
for the citizens of Ukraine. Since the country’s emancipation
from the world power, Ukraine has suffered vast economic tur-
moil and remained consistently dependent on foreign aid.
Ukraine’s problems arise over the different influ-
ences pouring from the Westernized Europeans and the tra-
ditional Russians from the East. The problems seemed to be
overlooked until protests began in November of 2013 when
former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, who had ties
to Moscow and Putin, began veering away from the close
knit opportunities the nation had with the European Union.
On February 22, two days before the end of the Olympic
Games, Yanukovych fled the country leaving the nation drowning
in chaos. Putin used the positive spotlight from the games as a
distraction for his next bold and shroud political move.
Immediately after the games, Russia’s government in-
vaded the nation that left them for independence. Russian mili-
tary bases were springing to life in Ukraine and the urgency for
Crimea to break free from the collapsed nation became prevalent.
Numerous Western nations, including the United States, viewed
Russia’s involvement as an infringement on international law.
Despite extensive U.S. involve-
ment, Crimea held an elec-
tion on March 6 to officially
rejoin Putin and the Russian
government. At this point
in time, not many improve-
ments have been made for
Ukraine. The United States
has placed some sanctions
on Russian officials, an act
that will clearly affect their economy. Putin, however, was not
frightened, and in fact responded with placing sanctions on
U.S. officials, including speaker of the House of Representatives
John Boehner and influential Arizona senator John McCain.
From here, every move made involving Ukraine will have
a detrimental impact on the already harrowing relationship be-
tween the United States and Russia.
Crimea and Ukraine
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Halie Brindle, 12 Michael Wright, 10
Adam Ketyer, 12
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Students from Foods I displayed these edible masterpieces for this month’s news magazine. These delicious projects were
graded on planning and sketching, execution of ideas, level of difficulty, and time management. Much thought went into
every arrangement; most students stayed true to their subject’s color and texture. Various themes inspired the innovative
garnishes. “I love whales, and I thought I could incorporate my love for whales in a cute little garnish,” said senior Rhea Papi.
and in shape. Instead of the daily workout routine of walk-
ing on a treadmill or climbing endlessly up the stairmaster,
Zumba adds excitement and fun to the workout.
Lesson Two: What Traveling Has Taught Me
Not only have I traveled to various parts of the globe, but I have
lived in numerous areas of the Spanish-speaking world. The num-
ber one lesson as you travel abroad is becoming introspective.
Traveling helps you challenge yourself and become the best version
of you. You meet and learn about people from different cultures,
allowing you to become more confident. You mature and become a
more tolerant, understanding, and compassionate human being.
Lesson Three: Spanish Teacher Style
I would have to say that Kate Middleton is one of my favorites.
Princess Kate embodies a perfect and timeless style. I love Rachel
Zoe, who is a stylist for many stars, including Anne Hathaway and
Jennifer Lawrence. I try to learn from her expertise and experience
in the fashion world. Another person who inspires me is Dulce
Candy; she uploads weekly videos on YouTube that keeps me in the
loop on what’s new and hot for each season.
Lesson Four: Trading Places
Anyone that knows me knows that I would trade places with Sha-
kira. Why would I not want to be her? She can do no wrong in my
mind. From starring on “The Voice” to taking part in her own mu-
sic videos, I would love to trade places with her for a day.
Lesson Five: Spanish in my Life
One aspect I truly love about the Spanish culture is the people. They
are always so warm and genuine and always put family and friends
above anything else. I also love the lifestyle of Hispanics. It’s pretty
laid-back and extremely family centered. Other aspects I love about
the culture is the language, the music, the dancing, and of course,
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Lesson One: Zumba
A huge part of my life is devoted to
Spanish, so it only makes sense that
it ever since. Zumba and Latin music are a great
combination and add up to a great workout every
time. Zumba has helped me stay happy, healthy,
Latin music is one of my passions. There
is no way someone can listen to salsa,
merengue, or reggaeton and not want to
dance! The second I heard about Zumba,
I became certified to teach and have loved