Volume 2 Issue 1
Volume2 Issue I
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
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:
Jake Achenbach Katie Finn
Savanna Schweitzer Kurt Werner
Smoke Signals is produced four times a school year by the students of the Media II, III,
and IV Journalism staff at Peters Township High School. Staff Advisor is Mrs. N.
Sitler. Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the express opinion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its advisor, or the Peters Township School District.
Name your best Halloween Costume.
“A tuxedo with a white
mask and a top hat.”
“I was a watermelon
when I was younger.”
“Winnie the Pooh, it
was so cute!”
Table of Contents
“A bumble bee when
I was a baby.”
“Cinderella because I
had a big ball gown
with a hoop skirt.”
“The red power
“One year I wore
my sister’s red M&M
costume; it was awesome!”
Long Live the King
Next Year Is Here
A Look Back
Life & Style
Fashion Forward Fall Shoes
Starry Night Extravaganza
Artwork of Eleni Manganas
Long Live the King
This past summer, PTHS lost a
wonderful mentor and friend. Mr. Brian King, a social studies teacher, left a
legacy for all future teachers. Numerous
students had the privilege to know him
through World Cultures and AP Law and
Government. Mr. King engaged students
through participatory learning and encouraged them to reach their potential.
His class discussions kept students engaged.
“We had the most memorable
discussions about Greenpeace to Balloon
Boy to cake or pie,” said Joy Hou, a senior and one of King’s former students.
“He was a brilliant educator as well as the
most respectful man.”
“Out of all of the teachers I’ve
had, he was the most knowledgeable,”
stated senior Kurt Werner, who had King
for AP Law and Government. “He was
the most interested when we showed we
were the most interested.”
King was respected by his students and was able to inspire others.
“Every day he would go out of his way to
try and make your day better,” said senior
Doug Maronde, who had King for World
Cultures. “Even when fighting cancer, he
still taught with energy and was devoted
to his students.”
Besides students, King left behind a great impression on teachers as
“He impacted the school and
the students more than anyone can
know,” said Mr. Kevin Bastos, one of
King’s closest friends. “What I respect
about him most is his integrity, and he always strived to make himself the best he
can be. He made me better as a person.”
Past and present students, along
with friends and staff, have been able
to reflect on the impact Mr. King made
through Facebook groups. One group
called “Remembering Mr. King” lets
friends post their thoughts about him.
Matt Sherwin, the page’s creator, started the page so people could leave their
memories and let King’s family see his
importance to others.
“His passion for his subject and
his students were infectious,” said Sherwin. “He got all of his students to think
productively.” Mr. King’s lectures kept
students captivated throughout his thir-
Mr. King passed away on July 7, 2010. Loved by
both students and staff, he sadly lost his battle
teen years of teaching at the high school.
He was recognized for his teaching talents
when he received the Teacher Excellence
Award, the Award for Educational Excellence from the University of Pittsburgh,
and was included in “Who’s Who Among
America’s Teachers.” Mr. King never gave
up his passion for teaching even in poor
health. He passed away on July 7, 2010 at
age 59, but the valuable lessons he instilled
in PTHS will live forever.
To Kill A Muffin-Bird
To be brief, Muffin Days have been canceled. The given
reason for ending the weekly breakfast was that the muffins were
“too unhealthy.” Now students and teachers are voicing their discontent in the wake of this tragedy.
Muffin Day occurred each Friday morning. Every student surveyed said they disagreed with the cancellation: a credit
to the event's popularity.
The impact on the library is one of the main problems
with the recent decision. Muffin Days were one of few fundraisers for the high school’s library, along with Library Arts Café,
which is held each spring. However, money is not the real concern.
“Muffin Days weren’t just about funding for the library,
it was a way to bring students together,” said senior Emily Madalena, who volunteers in the high school library.
Nutrition, the reason for the muffins’ demise, is another
point of discussion. Were the muffins healthy? No. They contained an average of 650 calories each. Attempting to encourage healthy eating habits is surely a noble pursuit. However, the
question is whether the current decision will move the student
body toward this end.
High school is a place where adolescents become adults
with the help of faculty and administration. This means that at
some point during their four years of attendance, students must
begin to make their own decisions. What to eat is one such decision. Additionally, many students skip breakfast all-together.
Therefore, juice and a muffin are far better than nothing at all.
In addition, this event helped PTHS feel more like a
community. Otherwise, the high school is simply several hundred kids moving within their own separate cliques. As dramatic
as it may sound, Muffin Days added the human element to an
otherwise divided building. After all, what are more universal
If nothing else, Muffin Days were fun. Besides being a
motivation to get up and go to school on Friday, it was a way to
enjoy time with friends. Name five schools that sell ginormous
chocolate muffins on Fridays. That's what I thought.
A compromise can easily be reached. For example,
healthy food and drinks could be offered, such as bagels and
fruit. Moral of the story: there is no legitimate reason to eliminate Muffin Day. Period.
My Life Is PT
Being an upperclassman definitely has its benefits – such as having
the first pick in gym class. This fall,
juniors and seniors were offered fly
fishing in PE and very few hesitated
to sign up for the school year’s most
hyped field trip.
“Missing school to go fishing was a nice break from everyday stresses within the walls of the
school,” stated senior Nic Nee.
Many students used this trip
as an excuse to get away from all of
the hardwork but still stay within the
curriculum. It’s fair to say that every
student appreciated what the trip has
to offer: a day out of school, a cookout, and catching fish.
“We roasted hotdogs and
hamburgers for lunch, it was a thrill,”
said senior Phil Ross, “I could have
lived off of all the fish I was catching.”
Fish were not hard to come
by and most students caught at least a
few of them. However, some did not
rejoice in their catch as much as others did.
“All I caught was bluegill,
and I’ve caught millions of those in
my lifetime, so it didn’t really mean
anything to me,” remarked senior
Dan Milavec sarcastically.
The trip took place at a privately owned fish farm in Marriana,
PA. Getting out of town only added
more interest to taking the course.
Many students enjoyed the change in
scenery, especially on a Monday afternoon.
“It was a nice area, very
unpopulated and quiet. If I ever got
the chance again I would be the first
person to retake the trip,” said senior
Senior Nic Nee
roasts a hotdog
at lunchtime. “I
roasted a dog
because I get hungry
when I fish,” recalled
PT Focus: Volunteers
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Sophomore Sarah Bowler helps
clean up trash.
can be tons
better if people
picked up after
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• Today, I decided that if I ever have a daughter, I
will name her Stacy so I can listen to ‘Stacy’s Mom’
by Fountains of Wayne and feel good about myself.
• Today, I got a papercut while opening a band-aid box.
• Today, I successfully stole a Snack Shack cookie
from my friend by pointing and saying, “Look! A
• Today in World Cultures, we had a discussion about
where people in China try to dig their holes to.
• The other day I was applying to colleges. One
application gave me an essay prompt that said
something like “Write what you want, but show you
have a mastery of grammar, the English language,
and writing structure.” I wrote my essay on how to
properly cook Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I think
I’ll be accepted.
• Today I realized that a pack of gum lasts a lot longer
if you don’t share.
• Today in History class, my teacher was telling a story
about how a while back, Mr.Wood put in his lesson
plans that the class was going sledding on the lunch
trays down the PV hill. And they did. I will miss that
• Today in English, we were talking about compound
words. A girl asked what they are and I said,” They’re
words that can be broken into two words. Like airport
or backdrop.” She responded, “Oh, so like chicken!”
Yes, exactly like chicken.
Photo by Sean Sickmund
to help polar
bears. “It’s an
Junior Mike Sessa
goes to Kentuckey
to help build
houses. “I had fun
while doing a good
thing for people
who lost everything,” he said.
Moore proves you
don’t have to do
much to make a
change. “I love going
on freerice.com. I
can help people in
other countries while
studying,” she said.
• Today in class, me and my two best friends were
discussing how steep the stair cases are in this school.
We were complaining about the stairs from the Media
Wing to the third floor Science wing when I asked,
“What if they made vertical stairs that you would have
to climb up?” They paused a bit before informing me
that those are called ladders.
• Today at Cross Country practice when we were
supposed to be stretching, some boys decided to
wrap their shirts around their heads as bandanas.
They then tied blankets (that they got from their cars)
around their necks as capes. They started yelling “This
is SPARTA,” and ran down to the trail and screamed
the whole practice. This is now a normal occurance
known as ‘Warrior Wednesday’.
• Today, my friend and I were in outdoor games. I was
goofing around, so I told her, “Look, gullible is written
on the ceiling!” She looked up. I’m worried for this girl.
• Today, I figured out that surprise is spelled with two
r’s. This was a big, well you know, surprise...
Phil Ross: Chief of the Tribe Next Year is Here
A leader, a mentor, and a
teammate, Phil Ross is the epitome of
a captain. Ross heads into his senior
season commanding one of WPIAL’s
biggest powerhouses as a captain of the
Peters Township Indians soccer team,
and there is no better person for the
Some people are thrown into
a position of such high responsibility.
However, Ross seems to be a natural
“Being a captain this year
doesn’t really change the way I act. I’m
still going to act the same as I always
do: as a leader,” stated Ross.
Photo by Dan Tatman
The Indians will need this type of influence as they head into this season Senior captain Phil Ross gets loose before a
love the game
ranked third overall, behind only game. “Isenior year it of soccer and because
makes it even more
Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon. special,” stated Ross.
However, the seven returning starters
“For us, the team to beat this
make the Indians heavy favorites for
year is USC. They are our section ria title run.
“As a team, our expectations val and we hate them with a passion,”
are the same every year: win a section Ross explained. The Indians will face
title, WPIAL title, and state title,” says the Panthers twice this year and most
Ross. With their talent and experi- likely in the playoffs.
Having such a talented and
ence, the Indians should not expect
heavily favored team to go deep into
As expectations run high, the playoffs, the fans also have high
the Indians will face a number of expectations heading into the season.
Senior outside midfielder,
challenges throughout the season.
However, the biggest challenge they Dan Weyrick, said, “Expect a team
will face this year will not be an op- that plays with pace and plays a physical game. We have a lot of swag, but
ponent, but injuries.
“The main challenge we face still have a lot to prove. There are no
as a team is staying healthy,” said easy games in the WPIAL today.” For
Ross. With a healthy group of start- the fans of the Indians, Ross has an
ers, game after game, the Indians important message, “You can expect a
will seem nearly impossible to beat. show.”
“When we were little, we grew up saying next
year, next year we’ll do better, but the time is now, and
we came to win,” said senior quarterback Austin
Hancock echoed the football team’s theme
this year, next year is here. Their major goal is to make
the playoffs and ultimately win the conference. So far,
the record looks promising and the team had an amazing win against rival Bethel Park. The win was featured
on the front page of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and
In the past, the football team has struggled to
find success, but things are about to change. They are
working harder, playing tougher, and are more determined to win than ever before.
“We’re playing more as a team rather than as individuals, which is a mistake we’ve made in the past,” said senior and center Boyd Jones. So far, the changes they’ve
made this year have paid off.
Some of the players believe that their team
bonding sessions have contributed to their success on
the field. They have dinners on Thursdays after their
practice in preparation for their Friday night game.
Also, the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams combine, so
whoever does not get their playing time in the varsity
game Friday night gets their turn on Saturday morning, during the Junior Varsity game.
“Football has taught me a lot about leadership and
self-discipline. You have to work hard if you want to
achieve your goals,” said sophomore wide receiver Joey
On top of practicing every day, the team also
had several successful training camps in August, which
included camps at home as well as away. The away
camps were attended at Pennsylvania State University
and Michigan. In addition, the team also trained in a
speed camp with camp coordinator Tony Mitchell every weekday morning over the summer to improve on
agility and speed that contributed to their preparation
for the season.
Every Friday night the student section is
completely filled, with some students having to stand
along the fence, cheering on the Indians and celebrating the team’s improvement. Next year is finally here.
Which Athlete Would You Follow 24/7?
Christina Soff, 2011
Sarah Kronket, 2013
“Apolo Anton Ohno”
Nick Wells, 2014
Marco Femiani, 2012
Photo by Meredith Karavolis
Teammates junior Clayton Evans (56) and senior center
Boyd Jones (64) fire each other up before a game . “This
year has been special for me because this is my last year and
I find myself enjoying football more than ever,” said Jones.
Raising the Banner
“My goal for this team is to put up Simonson, Nicole Burkhardt, and Jess
a big 2010 on the volleyball banner in the Crossman. Burkhardt and Simonson are
gym,” said Coach Ashley Green.
both leaders for kills on the team. But the
true anchor of the defense is Crossman.
The banner is a topic of frequent She is the true defensive specialist, who
conversations. It helps to build team spirit plays back row for Burkhardt. Crossman’s
and encourages the team to win. The team strong defense enables the team to earn
hasn’t won a section title since 2003, and offensive points by making digs. There
Coach Green hopes to change that.
are three essential juniors on varsity, the
starting middle hitter Madison Mincone,
“This is a good team; they deserve so much another defensive specialist Alex McNally,
more than they have been given. They de- and the libero, Gabriella Santa Lucia.
serve to win and be champions, and that’s
exactly what we plan to do,” said Green.
Santa Lucia’s official position is libero. Liberos can only play in the back row,
Coach Green’s fire and passion fu- and can remove themselves from the game
els the girls on their road to victory along without a substitution. A libero wears the
with strong leadership from the seniors.
opposite colored jersey on the court so she
can be easily recognized. Santa Lucia’s deThe team’s defense is their best attribute, fense earned her a spot on the South Fayette
lead by the three senior co-captains, Nika All Tournament team.
Photo by Jenn Coffey
Senior Jess Crossman passes a ball to a
teammate. “I love playing defense. It’s
awesome whenever you dig a ball that looks
nearly impossible to get,” reflected Crossman.
Sophomore setter Kelly Johnson is
the quarterback of the team. She calls out
the plays, and let the hitters know where to
go. Johnson’s play has been flawless for this
Finally, sophomore Shiloh Simonson is a powerful force on the court; she
earned the MaxPreps.com “Player of the
Week” for the week of 9/26 to 10/2. In one
match alone, she compiled sixteen kills, five
digs, two aces, and one block.
John Galatic.Sports Editor & Jake Achenbach.Staff Writer
Which is more exciting: college football or the NFL?
What makes football exciting is the tradition, something
that is more prevalent at the college level. Fans young and old
travel to their team’s home site on Saturdays in the fall. The smell
of barbecue permeates the air in the parking lot near the stadium.
On the field, the band plays school fight songs and other exciting
pregame numbers. Even fans watching the game on TV can enjoy
the tradition that surrounds a college football game. Professional
football simply cannot compare in this area.
Tradition is for children, while the NFL is for big boys.
In fact, the league has always been known for legacies and dynasties. Tradition is great for college but most people only
spend about four years there. You can love an NFL team from
before your college days until the day you die.
You can still love a college football team as a kid. The
bond between you and a school simply grows when you enroll
there. As for dynasties, what makes the college level so exciting
is its variety from year to year. A team becomes different every
season when upperclassmen graduate or leave early and when
new freshmen arrive on campus. Because of this, many teams do
not usually suffer the same level of mediocrity each year (i.e. the
Cleveland Browns). Boise State, for example, went from complete
anonymity to being a serious National Championship contender.
The NFL looks the same every year. It is the same athletes playing
at the same level against the same teams season after season.
What are you talking about? College football has variety? When was the last time a team outside of the SEC won the
national title? More specifically, when was the last time anybody other than Florida or Alabama won the BCS championship? Granted, there are a number of “Cinderella” teams every
year or so, but for the most part college football stays the same.
In the NFL there is no recruiting. Therefore the best players are
distributed amongst all teams. It is fair to say that every team
from the Saints to the Lions has more than a few stand outs.
This is primarily the reason why repeat Super Bowl winners
are so rare.
You’re kidding, right? Out of the 44 Super Bowls, the
Steelers, Cowboys, and 49ers have won sixteen. That’s more than
a third. We’re not talking about a twelve team conference here.
These are single teams. That’s more than a third of the entire
league. Even third graders can tell you that these stats are lopsided. Concerning the NFL draft, certain teams have historically drafted better than others. This is what makes the Steelers
so great. And most years, each team only has one or two players
drafted that see any significant playing time. The others are released to free agency. When you watch an NFL game, you always
see the same names. Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, and Adrian Peterson
are DYNASTY players. They are on a team for the long run.
I’m sorry; I didn’t realize we were in math class. Want
some real stats? In the past twenty years, there have been less
than eleven teams that have won the national championship.
Also, we hear those names constantly because those players
are literally the best in the world at what they do. To prove
you wrong once again, I can list four names off of the top of
my head that were significant rookie starters in 08’-09’. Actually, let me just name the quarterbacks: Joe Flacco, Matthew
Stafford, Matthew Ryan, and Mark Sanchez. They are all from
different schools yet not quite standouts in the NFL. The only
reason I consider them significant is because they are starters.
It is undisputed that the NFL carries the better players and allows for various champions.
The 2010 edition of Senior Servant Day showcased a giant
whoopie cushion, bananas, and even the beloved stars of Disney’s
“Up” as part of a hectic day filled with hilarity. Hallways were a
complete traffic jam as our seniors dragged their “masters” around
in wagons and other ridiculous modes of transportation. People
showed up to class five, maybe ten minutes late. Seniors had mixed
feelings about the madness.
“I didn’t like my costume at all. I wish I had a bear costume to wear. But I thought it was fun… I just wouldn’t do it again,”
said Sean Sickmund, who was dressed as a girl.
Although a reduced amount of work was accomplished in
the classroom, high school students enjoyed a well-deserved break
from their every day routines. Smiles could be seen on just about
every face, even those of the more solemn teachers. Not only does
this day provide a great prelude to Homecoming weekend, it enables students to release stress that has been pent up since late August. Plus, seeing friends dressed up a like clowns is always a nice
Perhaps the best costumes were the girls dressed up as the
blue Na’vi from the movie Avatar. The costumes were spot on, and
the satire of the human race dominating the blue humanoids was
The annual pep rally held at the end of the day capped off
the madness, as the Homecoming Court was introduced, creating
much anticipation for the crowning of the king and queen. Finally,
all the senior servants played a slightly violent game of musical
chairs, won by Conor Jackson. Jackson was far from finished with
his antics in the assembly, winning a dance-off against fellow senior
servant Jesse Scheirer. Complimenting Jackson’s dance moves was
Assistant Principal Bergman’s surprise roundoff, which made the
crowd go wild.
Layout by Allie Schlafman
Photos by Mrs. Sitler and Savanna Schwiezer
Everyone has woken up one morning puzzled by the dream that is still fresh in
their minds. Whether it was a nightmare or
a happily-ever-after dream, the dreamer is
often left wondering “Why?” Dreams are a
window into the subconscious of the dreamer.
Each dream is filled with symbols representing thoughts that our minds process as we
“Usually I’m confused when I wake
up, but picking out the symbols in my dreams
makes them a lot simpler to figure out,” said
senior Lindsay Smore.
Learning to interpret these symbols
is the key to understanding our dreams,
which often seem illogical and bizarre. It is
essential to remember that dreamare mainly
based on the day before.
“Knowing my dreams are about the
previous day really limited the possible meanings they could have,” noted junior Nicole
The symbols and complex meaning of the dream can become clearer when
compared to real-life events.
According to the late Sigmund Freud,
an expert on dream analysis, common symbols
involved in dreams can be colors, people currently present in the dreamer’s life, or animals.
The colors involved in a dream can often be
overlooked; however, many agree that the common connotations of colors have meanings in
dreams. For example, white represents purity
and innocence, gray conveys indecisiveness,
and black represents power.
“I realized my dream full of gray
rooms was about deciding between saving my
money or spending it,” stated Celko.
Other colors such as pink, purple, and
blue symbolize love, loyalty and calm. Another
common symbol in dreams is the people present in the dreamer’s life.
“My dream about my English teacher reminded
me I was worried about the test that I took in
class yesterday,” remarked junior Drew Reis.
Obviously, the dreamer should interpret these kinds of symbols personally, depending on what role the person plays in their life.
Animals are a third common
symbol present in dreams. An animal has
certain physical qualities that we associate
with emotional traits. When animals are
present in dreams this can indicate the
fight or flight instinct taking over confrontational situations. For example, a cheetah
may mean you are quick and graceful with
your actions, while a lamb signifies a sacrifice. A puppy can represent a carefree and
Photo by Carly Beck
Dreaming her troubles away is Junior Katie Finn.
“My dreams usually seem strange at first, but after
I break them down they make sense,” remarked
Sikora’s Stunna Fresh Kicks
The pictures don’t do them justice; you have to get yourself a
pair. The theme for these was simple color schemes. Nothing to flashy,
but at the same time all business. You can rock black, white, or grey
with just about anything and you’ll look like a stunner.
“With these things on
you”ll be running the streets!”
Life & Style
Fall Shoe Trends
Sadly, the cold weather of autumn and winter is fast approaching. It’s
time to pack away the strappy sandals,
wedges, and flip-flops, and embrace
some styles that keep your feet a little
warmer. The fall 2010 fashion season
has brought back some classics, as well
as added some new trends too.
Shoes styles this season are
very much inspired by the military
look. We will be seeing many lace up
looks, as well as buckles, buttons, and
straps. Animal prints, particularly leopard, are big this season. They have been
seen on everything from boots to flats.
Also, many new textures have been filling the runways this year. Patent leather,
glitter, and even fur have been spotted.
The hottest shoes on the runway now are clogs. We are seeing them
everywhere. Some of the most expensive designers, like Christian Louboutin, all the way down to stores like Aldo
are supporting this classic look. They
vary in color, but are most commonly
seen in neutrals such as black, tan, and
brown. Clogs can be worn with flared or
skinny pants, and even skirts or dresses.
They have been the go- to fall shoe since
the 1960’s, and for now, are here to stay.
Another hot shoe trend this
season is thigh-high boots. If going for a
dramatic look, thigh high’s are the shoes
for you. They come in a wide range of
heel heights, from flats to some that
top out at five-plus inches! This season
boots are tending to be lace up, or include a large amount of fur, almost resembling Eskimos. Skirt-length boots
can be worn with either skinny pants or
dresses to elongate your legs, making
you look thinner. If not a fan of the
super high boots, try ankle boots
this fall. They were a popular trend
last season and will continue into
2010. Ankle boots work best with
skirts, shorts, or dresses, and can be
found in open and closed-toe varieties.
Platform heels are going to
be huge this winter. A classic look
since the 40’s, you cannot go wrong
with a pair of pumps. It would be a
good idea to invest in a pair of neutral pumps, whether they are peeptoed or close-toed. Pumps have always been in and will never go out.
Again, higher heeled shoes will give
the illusion of longer legs, making
a skinnier, more flattering figure.
Pumps can be worn with any type
of outfit. They can be dressed up for
a formal ensemble, or can be worn
with jeans for a more casual feel.
On the contrary, kitten
heels, most popular in the 50’s, are
making a comeback this season.
Pointed toes are the way to go, and
can give anyone the look of a taller, smaller leg. Animal prints look
great on this style, but solids are acceptable too.
Whether you are sporting clogs, boots, or pumps this fall
be sure to not fall victim to a fashion no-no. Be practical. Don’t try
to over-do the ensemble with too
many trends; you’ll end up looking
worse. When in doubt, keep it simple. If you follow these tips, you’ll
look like the fashionista you know
Flashy Fall Footwear
Clogs have made a
comeback and can be
found in almost any
Photos by Molly Doehring
Pumps and peep toe
heels are classics for a
Ankle boots look great
with any outfit and are
perfect for the cold
Sleep your way
to an a
Sleep is the brain’s way of
feeding itself. Sleep fuels your brain so
that you can get through your day without feeling tired, drowsy, or distracted.
The average teenager requires 8 hours
of sleep a night, sometimes more, but
60% of teens do not have this.
“I have gotten around five
and a half hours of sleep each night
[for] the past week.” said Junior Cassie
Most teen lifestyles are busy
because of extra-curricular activities,
sports, and other commitments. That
being said, sleep is no longer a priority.
After just two nights of inadequate sleep, the body starts to send
distress signals, such as dizziness and
headaches, telling the body that it is
being deprived of sleep. Lack of sleep
effects concentration, listening, and attention span. It contributes to aggressive, impatient behavior and illnesses.
Studies have also shown that
lack of sleep leads to more acne and
skin problems. Teens who sleep for
a half-hour more than the average
amount perform better in school and
increase their academic achievements.
The solution to these problems is to simply sleep more, but we all
know this is not as easy as it sounds.
With most schools starting at around
7:30, students are forced to wake up by
at least 6:30 to fit into the tight schedule of the school day.
These early-morning wakeup calls lead to drowsiness and a bad
mood throughout the school day. Instead of hoping for school schedules
to be changed, there are measures you
can take to improve your sleeping habits. For example, when going to sleep at
night, keep your room cool and dark
because this helps to have a deeper and
better sleep. In the morning, let bright
light into your room to signal your
body to wake up. Avoid caffeine by
staying away from coffee and chocolate
at the end of the day before you go to
sleep. Limit your naps to about thirty
minutes during the day. Any longer
will interfere with your sleeping patterns and make falling asleep at night
more difficult. Finally, establish a consistent sleeping pattern.
Layout by Sean Sickmund
Photos by Alexis Scheller, Stephanie Hammell,
Meredith Karavolis, Shannon Galloway, Lexi
Drawing the Future
Dreams can paint and color
the future. The past and present of Eleni
Manganas tells a story of how passion
and love for something can alter an entire
“I have always been passionate
about art, and ever since I could remember
I have doodled on everything around me
like napkins, notebooks, and even on the
back of my tests,” said Manganas.
From the time she was in third grade, her
desire for art has represented who she is.
At age 8, she won second in the nation for
a poster contest of Smokey the Bear and
Woodsy Owl. Later that year, it was displayed in Washington D.C for all to see.
Five years later, Eleni was asked to design
and paint a background for the dance of
the graduating eighth graders.
During high school, she became
a member of the Zine Magazine created
solely by high school students, where she
had the privilege to create the front cover.
This magazine was produced in the South
Side and distributed to surrounding areas.
“I really enjoyed being a member because
I felt like I was a part of something impor-
tant. It also gave me an outlook on what
my future may consist of,” stated Manganas.
Most recently, she has used her
talents to do good for the surrounding
communities. Kids have lined up on
Community Day in Dormont for Eleni
to paint their faces and bring their personalities to life.
Looking toward her future,
Manganas plans to pursue a career in art.
Columbia College in Chicago and the
Cleveland Art Institute are at the top of
her list. Although she enjoys all genres
of art, Manganas excels most in painting and
drawing and hopes to find a career that suits
“I’m looking forward to attending an art
school, because having a career doing something I love will be something extraordinary.”
Eleni Manganas has made one
thing clear, that she is pursuing art not because she is a spectacular artist, but because
it is what she loves. In her words, dreams
should be something desired, not something
expected from everyone else.
In her free time
art. “I enjoyed
owl due to the
Stirring Up The Drama
Photo By Julia Gauthier
Being a new teacher here, Mr.
Kuharcik (pronounced car-check) has
been trying to direct his way in his latest
role as an English and Drama teacher.
Mr. Kuharcik has always enjoyed theater. He began his acting career
in high school, starring in numerous
plays including Grease, as Danny Zuko,
and Sweeney Todd, as Judge Turpin. After high school, he attended Penn State
University, where he double majored
in Broadcast Journalism and English.
After graduating, Mr. Kuharcik worked in television and radio
broadcasting for two years, then moved
to teach seventh grade at Canon-Mac.
After working there for several years,
he applied for his current position.
“I knew Peters had a good reputation for their theater program, and wanted to get involved here,” said Kuharcik.
Only a blind person would
not notice Mr. Kuharcik’s sophisti-
cated taste in clothing. Buckle, Saks
Fifth Avenue, and Banana Republic
are just a few of the stores that supply Mr. Kuharcik’s vast Wardrobe.
“It is always exciting to
see what he is going to wear next,”
said sophomore Hannah Jacobs.
In addition to great fashion taste,
Mr. Kuharcik taste extends to the plays he
has chosen for this year. West Side Story
and Mousetrap will be challenging, but
the Thespians will draw huge audiences.
“I am excited to begin working with the entire creative team of
faculty members to bring the production together,” said Mr. Kuharcik.
So for those of you who do not
know Mr. Kuharcik, he is the stylish True
Blood and Reese Witherspoon-loving,
teacher walking through the hallways,
making a difference in the world of drama one step at a time.
WPIALS: Here We Come
The key to the girl’s
varsity soccer team’s success is
the senior leadership. Senior
captains Shannon O’Connor,
Shelli Spamer, Hannah Caso,
and Dani Hume are close
friends and that helps them
feed off each others’ energy
during games and practices. As
captains, they provide the team
with discipline and leadership.
Their goals for their senior year
are to win states and ultimately
compete in WPIALS.
activities have brought the team
closer together and increased
teamwork. The girls will often
have pasta dinners before their
games, and they sometimes
have team sleepovers to grow
closer as a team.
“Hanging out with
each other outside of practice
makes us more of a team on
the field,” stated senior captain
Many of these girls
have been playing soccer since
they were little and their love for
the sport has grown with age.
“I love the competition
and atmosphere that the sport
brings,” said senior goalie
Brittany Hoffman. Soccer is
their passion and some hope
to continue their soccer career
outside of high school.
The girls feel that they
are well prepared to compete
in WPIALS this year and make
their mark. They have made it
to states before but WPIALS is
their most important goal this
“Our team is going to
work a lot harder this year and
we are going to try improving as
much as we can,” stated captain
Photo by Allie Schlafman
Sophomore Alex Alavi takes a shot on goal during a girl’s
varsity soccer game against Mercyhurst. “This year was special
for me because I got closer with all the girls on the team,” said
Tae Kwon Do Experience
Martial arts have existed for centuries, consisting of
countless styles and denominations. One of the most balanced,
useful, and ancient martial arts is Tae Kwon Do. The American
Tae Kwon Do Association (ATA) is the largest single-system
martial arts organization in the United States, with over one
Karate teaches students how to utilize the body and
mind in a wide variety of ways. It also develops defensive and
potentially life-saving skills. Tae Kwon Do utilizes the body
evenly with hand and foot techniques. However, the art also
branches into close-combat self defense, combat sparring, and
exposure to various weapons.
“ATA is by far the best martial arts school you can
find,” said Cameron Statfeld, a fourteen year student and
When a student embarks on becoming a martial
artist within the ATA, they begin as the classic white belt
and advance through eight more colored belts. After one has
completed the colored belt requirements, they advance to First
Degree Black Belt. Herein lies where the training truly begins;
earning certification to instruct, training for higher degrees of
black belt rank, and competing in tournaments nationwide.
ATA Karate is a local school in Peters Township, stationed
at Waterdam Plaza, McMurray, and owned by Mr. Stephen
Reeve, Fourth Degree Black Belt & Certified Instructor. ATA
Karate is a phenomenal school that offers a broad yet focused
curriculum, expert training, and a high quality, professional
“Not only do you become good at martial arts, you
also become good at other things because of the dedication and
perseverance of being a martial artist,” Mr. Reeve said.
ATA Karate is perfect for all ages and skill levels. It is an activity
where anyone can comfortably fit in and benefit in many ways.
Those who are interested may visit the school’s website www.
atamcmurray.com, or visit to meet with Mr. Reeve during
Photo by Greg Marsh
Phantom Fright Night: a Scary Good Time
Every fall, when the Kennywood
Park gates close for the change in seasons,
someone or something continues to lurk in
the park. Kennywood’s staff tries to warn
visitors of the horrifying happenings, but
people insist on witnessing with their own
eyes. Next October will be the tenth year
for Phantom Fright Night at Kennywood
Park. This attraction is open to all ages,
although not intended for children under
thirteen. The rides continue to work but
the staff cannot figure out how the fun goes
on through the season changes.
Phantom Fright Nights are
held Fridays and Saturdays during October, from the first until the thirtieth; the
screams and cries begin at seven o’clock
and slowly fade away at one o’clock in the
morning. Within these hours, visitors experience scare zones. Some haunted areas
include Mortem Manor, Villa of the Vampires, Ghostwood Estate, and many
more. Scream-inducing thrills include
the new Sky Rocket, Swing Shot, Jack
Rabbit, Phantom’s Revenge, The Exterminator, and others.
“This year they changed the
mazes and had more rides open, the
rides are more exciting in the dark.
They say next year will be even better,”
commented senior Bethany Seibel.
Tickets are affordable and
give you the spending money for
freaky foods. This may include Fright
Fries, Brain Freezes, Grave Yard Pizza,
Monster Dogs, and Cotton Cobwebs.
Although the names are quite explanatory, trying the food will test even the
bravest of visitors.
Fright Night, named “One
of the Best Halloween Events” by the
annual Golden Ticket Awards readers’
poll consists of the ultimate Halloween
Photo by Gabrielle Brinsky
Ghostwood Estate is one of the many rides open
during Phantom Fright Nights which is in the
same place as the Gold Rush ride.
Photo by Gabrielle Brinsky
The man riding the skeleton greets the guests
as they enter the park, on their quest to enjoy
Top 10 Scary Movie List
Lexi Miller & Savanna Schwiezer
1. Mirrors (2008)
300 costumed actors roam the
park as vampires, pirates, monsters,
clowns, and ghosts. Fog blinds the visitors
while different colored light bulbs distract
them, making them vulnerable to a good
scare. Although the actors wear costumes,
it is prohibited that visitors do the same.
There are approximately 100 tomb stones,
3,000 corn stalks, 50 fog machines, and 64
gallons of colored dye for the fountains.
Along with 10,479 colored light bulbs,
2,500 square feet of gel lights, and 50 strobe
“The fog machines are overwhelming. You can barely see, so it’s easier
to be scared in the walk through paths,”
stated senior Justin Feeney.
Kennywood’s transformation is
surprisingly different than the typical summer amusement park to provide a little
Halloween spirit to all. Kennywood hopes
to scare you next year.
Photo by Gabrielle Brinsky
Kennywood’s staff dresses up to play the part of
all scary things that may be roaming the park
when it closes for winter.
What’s Your Best Scary Face?
2. Shutter Island (2010)
3. Strangers (2008)
4. Bloody Mary (2006)
5. Splice (2010)
Nika Simonson, 2012
Angelo Toscano, 2012
6. The Crazies (2010)
Tyler Santo, 2011
7. Paranormal Activity (2007)
8. Chucky (1988)
9. Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
10. The Halloween Series (Beginning in
For the faint of heart who cannot venture to haunted
houses this season, there are many fall festivals that accommodate all ages. Massive corn mazes, pumpkin patches and friendly
hay rides are great substitutes for the thrills and chills of Halloween.
Simmons Farm is a place to celebrate the season. Although this
is not a festival, fall activities are held here from the beginning of
September through Thanksgiving. Hay rides, apple picking, and
an adventure trail create a fun atmosphere at this farm. People
of all ages come to pick their own pumpkins and interact with
goats, chickens, and pigs at the petting zoo. Simmons is the traditional fall celebration for those who are looking for a fun day
on the farm.
“I used to go to Simmons Farm when I was little and I
still love going there now to pick my pumpkin,” commented junior Mandy Nerone. If hot cider and caramel apples are what you
are looking for, Trax Farm Fall Festival is the place to be. Held
every weekend from mid-September to the end of October, Trax
Farm hosts this event and welcomes everyone from young to old.
Aside from entertaining games and decorations, the homemade
baked goods keep the crowds coming back every weekend.
“My mom and I go to Trax farm all the time because I
love the apples and the fall decorations. It makes me excited for
the holidays,” stated senior Jenna Burg.
Venturing a little further from PT, Seven Springs Four
Seasons Mountain Resort holds AutumnFest Oktoberfest Weekends. This festival displays fall foliage at its best; red, orange, and
yellow leaves cove the mountainside and set the perfect autumn
scene for this event.
Craft and artisan shows, accompanied by live music and
entertainment attract visitors from all over Pennsylvania. There
are even hiking and biking trails all over for tourists to explore the
resort and work off those extra Halloween candy calories.
For the teens that don’t have any desire to pet goats, West
Virginia University holds a unique fall festival filled with music and
more. This past year, Ludacris, Maroon 5, Kris Allen, and W Brown
all performed at WVU. This celebration welcomes students back to
the campus and gets everyone excited for the school year.
Fall is a time for festivities and being with friends and family. For the people that hate Scarehouse, Fright Night, and Hundred
Acres Manor, but want to welcome the upcoming holidays, there are
many other ways to have a good time and enjoy Autumn. Fall festivals are going on in every community, so be sure to check them out.
Photo by Erin Masta
Senior, Katie Levine, ventures to Trax Farm every fall to pick her pumpkins. “I
love going to Trax because they have the best apple cider and pumpkins. It really
gets me excited for the holidays,” stated Levine.
An Eco-Friendly Halloween
Though Halloween is known for being creepy and scary, the spookiest thing of all is how much energy people waste.
Just like any other day of the year, Halloween can be turned into a much greener day without sacrificing any of the traditional
trick-or-treating fun. Here are a few tips to help:
Store bought Halloween costumes are usually made of very cheap, very polluting plastics, most of which will not
break down in a landfill. Try making your own costume this year, especially using objects you already have laying
Clown – Mismatch colorful and ragged clothing
Mother Nature – Use green body suits and weave leaves, flowers, and other natural objects through your hair.
Wizard – Using leftover cardboard and tinfoil, make a wand or a staff to go with a cape made out of an old
pillowcase or blanket.
The beauty of fall doesn’t need to be captured in lots of cheap, plastic decorations from the Halloween store. Instead,
use leaves, gourds, natural beeswax candles, and other outside items for your
autumn and Halloween decorating.
There are tons of organic Halloween candy stores online, such as:
-College Farm Organic Nature Pops – collegefarms.com
-Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops – LuckyVitamin.com
-Fair Trade Trick Or Treat – fairtrade.org/halloween
These tips will help you have a safe, happy, and earth friendly Halloween!
Photo by Hardy Kern
The world has been
taken over, not by stink bugs
or swine flu, but rather a
sixteen year old Canadian
From celebrities to
hordes of screaming teenage
girls and soccer moms, the
planet is being swept away
by this pop sensation; Peters
Township is no exception.
While walking the halls,
students and teachers often
see Bieber look-a-likes. With
their golden, flowing tresses
and oversized, neon hoodies,
they are hard to miss.
Although the entire
township appears to be
“Bieberized,” I am personally
baffled by the trend. In order
to understand why anyone
would want to emulate
such a disturbing style, I
tracked down two Bieber
doppelgangers. Junior Zach
Mauser and freshman Teddy
Elattrache explained their
inside view on what it is
like to have “Bieber fever”.
Elattrache was the
first to admit that though he
doesn’t see the resemblance,
he receives frequent catcalls
in the hallways due to his
to achieving my Justin
Bieber look is really all in
the hair,” said Elattrache.
With a little time,
a lot of gel, and frequent
trips to Steven’s Salon,
Elattrache swaggers down
the halls with a head of
luscious locks that Bieber
himself would be proud of.
is worth is worth it
because it gets so many
girls,” stated Elattrache.
Though, I found
it difficult to believe that
artfully blow dried hair is
every teenage girl’s dream.
“I just reel in the
ladies with my hair,” said
Despite the fact
that Elattrache is basically
Justin Bieber’s long- lost
twin, he admitted that he
does not have his singing
talents and is not a fan
of Justin Bieber’s music.
Elattrache, who seems to
revel in the attention from his
Bieber-like appearance, Junior
Zach Mauser finds it annoying
to be compared to Justin Bieber.
“Justin Bieber needs
to get a life,” said Mauser.
He seems to shudder at any
similarities he and Bieber
share. Unfortunately for
Mauser, there are many.
faultless swoop of Bieberapproved hair, and uncanny
similarity. That being said,
it is surprising that Mauser
has not been mauled by a
pack of rabid Bieber fanatics.
happens…and no I don’t
blow-dry it,” he stated.
“There is absolutely
nothing good about looking
like Justin Bieber,” said
Mauser. Despising Bieber’s
music, dancing, and over the
top personality, Mauser is
definitely not a “Belieber.”
Photo by McKenzie Fritz
Teddy Elattrache stares adoringly at his
twin. “My hair is perfect like Bieber’s,” said
Photo by McKenzie Fritz
Zach Mauser reluctently strikes a pose with
Justin Bieber. “There is absolutely nothing
good about looking like Justin Bieber,” said
NHL 20ll Sets High Standards
With the release of NHL 2011 on September 7, EA Sports added yet another fantastic upgrade to its NHL series. Released for both the Xbox 360
and Playstation 3, the game is one of the most popular on the market.
sports can boast its legitimacy with phenomenal ratings for the game, receiving a 9.0/10 from Gamespot and Game Informer, and an 8.5/10 from IGN.
Although major game play improvements have been made in the last few years,
NHL 2011 has certainly stolen the spotlight with a noticeable amount of upgrades. New
features include the ability to break and drop sticks, a physics-based engine causing hits and
falls to appear more life-like, an entirely new face-off system that makes older games appear
obsolete, and modified dangles (stick movements). When playing NHL ‘11, the gamer is not
restricted to playing only in the National Hockey League. In fact, eight additional leagues
are available for play, a few of which include the American Hockey League, Canadian
Hockey League and National Teams. Exciting multiplayer modes are definitely the way to
go. However, Be a Pro, Season, and General Manager modes enable the gamer to play with
a single team through a full season, as a professional or as the GM; responsible for organizing a team roster. All game types are certainly worth trying if you are interested enough.
NHL, like many other games has established a following for itself. “I really enjoy
the game; playing with friends is a lot of fun,” said Senior Nick Full.
Photo by Kurt Werner
Rocking out in the ‘Burgh
Over the next three months,
the city of Pittsburgh will be filled with
talent and new music. Numerous bands
are traveling to Pittsburgh, and you will
not want to miss out on all the fun and
excitement of their concerts. From classic country, to alternative to rock, there
is a concert for everyone.
Don’t miss out on this once in a
lifetime opportunity to see country music’s “king and queen” performing live.
On October 14, 2010, George Strait and
Reba McEntire will be performing at the
Consol Energy Center at 7:00 p.m. You
can purchase your tickets at Reba McEntire’s official website, www.reba.com or
www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets start
around $30.00 and the price increases as
the quality of your seats improve.
The infamous Goo Goo Dolls
will be performing at St. Vincent College
on October 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. At this
concert, you will also be able to check
out the up and coming opening band,
Spill Canvas, who will be opening for the
Goo Goo Dolls. Buy your tickets now
at www.ticketinventory.com before the
prices rise and you miss out on this excellent alternative rock band. Prices vary,
but the general admission fee is $30.65.
About a year ago, the band
3OH!3 became famous from their hit
single, “Don’t Trust Me.” Now, they
have become one of the most popular
punk rock bands in the country. You
can purchase tickets to see them live
on October 30, 2010 at the Ches-aRena Roller Rink in Cheswick, PA. The
concert begins at 12:00 a.m. Tickets for
this show are not yet available. However, you can visit www.eventful.com
to be notified when they are being offered.
This December, one of the
most famous pop culture icons will
be performing in Pittsburgh. On December 13, 2010, just in time for the
holiday season, Justin Bieber will be
stopping at the Consol Energy Center.
Bieber will be featuring his most popular album, My World, which features
smash hits “Baby” and “Somebody to
Love.” This album has reached number
one in over ten countries and promises
to be a performance you will not want
to miss. Tickets are available at www.
ticketmaster.com or www.ticketinventory.com. As of now, the tickets are
staring at about $80, but range in price
up to #1000.
The Glass Castle Book
Imagine living a life lacking common necessities, and everyday being a constant struggle. Jeannette Walls takes you into her own
true story of poverty. Her father coined her nickname, “Mountain
Goat,” which suited her well, seeing that she has navigated a towering
cliff all her life. The book consists of fond memories of her irresponsible parents, rough times she spent hunting for food and shelter with
her siblings, and the overwhelming outcome of their lifestyle. A typical day begins with Jeannette waking up to her ranting mother, who
was an aspiring artist with no hope. Later, she watched her brilliant
father down a bottle of Jack Daniel’s while listening to her younger
siblings cry out for attention. At the books beginning, Jeannette is
three years old living in a trailer in Arizona. While cooking hotdogs
for herself on the stove, she gets severely burned with the boiling water. Jeannette is hospitalized after the incident but only for a short
time because her father arrived at the hospital and checked Jeannette
out immediately. Jeannette’s father believed hospitals were overrated
and that she would heal better at home, so he unhooked her arm from
the sling, lifted her from the hospital bed, and headed down the hallway. The nurse yelled for them to stop but her dad began to run until
they reach the car that was already idling outside the hospital doors.
He called this typical routine the “skedaddle.” Now it’s up to Jeannette,
her brother, and her sisters to find a way out of this unfit upbringing.
Anyone who reads this book will be both stunned by the tragic circumstances of Jeanette’s childhood and awed by her strength.
Stereo Love by Edward
Sombody to Love by Justin Bieber
She Wolf by Shakira
Cuando Me Enamoro by
Check it Out by
Will-I-Am and Nicki Minaj
Grade: ADirector Gary Winick’s Letters to Juliet is easily the most
appealing romantic film of the season. I was pleasantly
surprised that this film was a noticeable cut above the rest.
I enjoyed it a lot, and judging from the audience so did
everyone else. The movie begins with an American girl on
vacation in Italy who finds an unanswered “Letter to Juliet.” One of thousands of letters left at the fictional lover’s
Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by the
“secretaries of Juliet”.
goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter. Most of the weight of the plot was on actress Amanda
Seyfried who handled the role very well, and made the
story come alive. It was a great film with many twists and
conflicts. This story was not your typical Chick flick. Two
thumbs up for Letters to Juliet.
Code Green is in Effect
A “green makeover” took place this
past summer, making the high school more
environmentally friendly without interrupting the flow of everyday school life.
Hardy Kern.Staff Writer
One of the high school’s new environmental changes is the lunch trays. Previously, PTHS used styrofoam trays. It takes
over one million years for Styrofoam to break
down, especially in the massive quantities that
our high school alone uses. The new trays are
made of recycled cardboard from a local factory. They are completely biodegradable and
only take about two months to decompose.
When a cafeteria such as ours uses roughly
500 lunch trays a day, (Nutrition Inc.), this
switch is going to have a huge impact in reducing the carbon footprint.
While the program is new at the
high school, it is not new for the district. In
fact, Bower Hill and Pleasant Valley Elementary Schools have had recycling programs for
the past 3 years.
“We are thrilled to finally have a
recycling program in all of the lunches, like
the elementary schools,” said Mr. Compeggie,
These little changes are bound to
have a huge impact in our cafeteria and have
already been well received by students and
faculty alike. Short glances toward the bins
during lunch reveal that students are embracing the idea by sorting their trash.
“It’s sad that it took our school that
long to get a recycling program. In today’s
green trend, easy little things like recycling
bins in the cafeteria are going to have a huge
impact,” stated senior Kevin Corrigan.
Another change students will see is
the new recycling bins in the cafeteria. While
the bins are unfortunately disguised as regular
garbage cans, the green and white recycling
arrows set them apart. These bins are specifically for glass and plastic bottles, aluminum
cans, and any other plastic recyclables students may have in their lunches. Instead of
being thrown away, these items will be taken
to a recycling center in Pittsburgh, sorted
through, and turned into other products.
Keep your eyes open for more Code
Green changes in the near future and remember, ask not what recycling bins can do for
you, but what you can put in recycling bins.
Driving with Death
For teenagers, texting is a necessity. It’s as if they cannot
survive a day without texting every second, even while driving.
Nationwide Insurance Agency compiled information about this
dangerous habit from studies conducted throughout the country.
These studies provided statistical evidence that should make every
driver think twice about texting while behind the wheel.
Texting is a disastrous distraction while driving. In fact,
use of a cell phone while behind the wheel creates the same diminishing effect on reaction time as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit. In other words, texting while driving inhibits
the driver just as much as driving drunk.
“Driving is too complicated [even] without texting. I
would never be able to focus if I were distracted by my phone,” said
junior Bri Deer.
The primary source of distraction behind the wheel is the
use of a cell phone. Conversely, one student admitted that there are
situations where texting while driving should be allowed.
“If you’re going straight and there’s minimal traffic,” stated
senior Doug Maronde.
However, the study found that drivers who text are four
times more likely to get in a crash that has serious injuries involved.
Additionally, according to Edgar Snyder’s Law Firm, twenty-one
percent of fatal car accidents among teenagers are the result of texting.
“My mom texts while driving, but I would rather not
damage my car,” commented junior Prit Roy. His mindset is one
that other young drivers should consider.
One out of every ten young adults, aged sixteen to
twenty-four, uses their cell phone while driving. Moreover, twenty
eight states have banned inexperienced drivers from using their
cell phone while behind the wheel.
Photo by Melina Sopko
Senior Mike Shuck demonstrates the dangerous habit of texting while driving. “For the record, I don’t own a cellphone or car and therefore don’t text
while I drive,” stated Shuck.
Smarter Shopping: Five Smart Money Tips
Valerie Kotar.Staff Writer
As high school students begin to get a taste of what the
real world has in-store for us the number one focus is necessities.
Clothing and food all have a price that parents might not always be
willing to pay, not to mention college, which is around the corner
for many of us. To cope with the big bills, we take any and all jobs
available. Whether it is mowing countless lawns or watching a
neighbor’s six cats for the week, it is all worth it . . . right? Well, with
a little extra effort, you could afford to say no to the next cat-sitting
job that comes your way.
These tips are simple, but can have a large impact. Take a
second to think of all the things you can do with some extra cash in
your pocket. No more strange jobs you have to take or borrowing
money you cannot pay back. Money may not buy happiness, but
using it wisely can put your mind at ease.
Tip 2: Cut Back.
This may not be the most enjoyable advice, but you may find
that it is possible to live without certain things. Do you really need
that coffee from Starbucks every day of the week? Try only making
three Starbucks trips each week. You could save at least seven dollars.
That might not sound like a whole lot to trade your morning energy
for, but think long term: there are 43 weeks in a school year. That’s
a grand total of $301.
Tip 3: Do You Need the Brand Name?
Tip 1: Coupons Are Your Best Friend.
If you desperately need that morning pick-me-up, try some
cheaper options. For example, a fall favorite at Starbucks is Pumpkin
Spice Lattes. If you buy a tall size it will cost $3.45. However, if you
are willing to forfeit the brand name and get something similar from
somewhere like Sheetz, it would only be $2.29.
You may not think that you have the time or attention span
to hunt down deals, but make the effort. The best part about coupons
is that they are everywhere. Newspapers, magazines, emails, and
websites all provide coupons. For example, www.retailmenot.com
contains deals from an enormous variety of stores. Everything from
Macys to Pizza Hut can be found here. A word of caution: read the
fine print. Some deals may require you to spend twenty dollars or
more, and some expire after a single weekend.
A lot of people hate carrying change around because it is
heavy and jingles with every step. Some helpful advice is to designate
a place to dump any kind of change you have. Then, when it fills
up, take it to the bank. Most banks have coin counting machines.
If you have an account there you might be able to use it for free.
You’ll be surprised how much money you can accumulate by saving
With the economy
these days everyone
is looking for ways to
save. Some great coupon websites to look
at are www.coupons.
com and www.smartsource.com
Photo by Valerie Kotar
Tip 4: Every Penny Counts.
Tip 5: Unexpected Places Can Have Better Prices.
There is nothing wrong with wanting a certain brand of
clothing. What is wrong is spending outrageous amounts of money
to get it. Name brand stores might not have the best deals for what
you want. Retail stores like T.J. Maxx are great places to look if you
are willing to search through the racks. If not, outlet malls such as
Tanger Outlets have deals that you wouldn’t normally find anywhere
else. Consignment stores such as Plato’s closet feature gently-used
clothing where you can find some great pieces. Extra tip: stores like
Plato’s Closet pay in cash if you want to get rid of some clothes that
are still in good condition.
What In The World?
An unemployed British man
found a new way to get a job:
selling himself on eBay. Tristam Rossin, a graphic designer,
put his design skills on sale for
forty hours a week, for one year
without a minimum bid. According to Rossin it was, “a very
serious venture,” an attempt to
support his family. Unfortunately, after reaching a bid of
€3100, eBay removed the advertisement stating that it was
“in breach with their policies.”
Who said that underwear can’t
be multifunctional? Dr. Elena
Bodnar took the meaning of
“Wonder Bra” to new heights,
by creating a bra that can double as a chemical face mask. In
twenty-five seconds, the bright
red “emergency bra” can be
transformed into two masks
that will filter out dangerous
chemicals in the air. Bodnar
won the Ig Nobel prize (a spoof
of the original) for her invention, which is on sale now for
Fifty four year old Wang Xianjun of China has done just
that, having eaten at least 1,500
bulbs since the age of twelve.
The peculiar habit started after
accidentally swallowing a fish
bone without any ill effects.
Eager for more, he tried, “several pieces of broken glasses,”
and then moved on to one
light bulb, broken into pieces,
every morning. Annual hospital checkups indicate that this
“light” diet has not damaged
After a whirlwind romance, two
horses recently tied the knot in
England. Their marriage, also
Britain’s first horse wedding,
was performed by pub owner
and “animal marriage expert,”
Jeremy Wescott . According
to their owner, Ali Blowfield,
the two love-beasts, Zippy and
Magic, met five months ago.
Blowfield said that they had an,
“instant attraction,” and that
they “are inseparable…It’s definitely love.”
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Photography is one of our most popular media classes.
Students are taught different techniques of using a camera and
Photoshop, while having the freedom to take pictures that
express themselves and display their style. Above are just a few
examples of the talent that can be found in our Photography