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Vol I, Issue IV

Contact Information
Peters Township High School
631 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Party in the F
The freshman class is the biggest class to ever
go through the high school, with 380 students.
Together, th...
Freshman Class
Alyse Kilberg & Jordan Schuler
Our favorite memory together is
when we were on the same soccer
team when we...
Roadmap through
Roadmap through

Sophomore Survival

Freshman year was fun, but now
it is time to grow up. Here...
Sophomore Year
Class Song

I’m Awesome by Spose

Class Saying

“That’s legit.”
Journey to Junior Year
1. I’m nervous about...
They’re Legit
Junior year: a time of standardized testing, sleep deprivation, and stress. Thanks to a quick
(Students All-together sick of Testing)

1. What color best represents the junior class?
a. Red
b. blue
c. purple
Where Is Everyone Going to College?


Miami University of Ohio




Slippery Rock Un...


Carnegie Mellon University

Ethics and Public Policy



University of Notre Dame



Youngstown State University

Business Economics



Geneva College

Civil Engineering
June 2010 Smoke Signals Issue 4
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June 2010 Smoke Signals Issue 4

  1. 1. Vol I, Issue IV Smoke Signals Contact Information Peters Township High School 631 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 Photo by Andrea Briggs Staff Editors Andrea Briggs Editor in Chief Katie Ellis Managing Editor Emily Estep Print Editor Averi Clements Online Editor Kaitlyn Richert Photography Editor Section Leaders Gabrielle Brinksy Paige Burris Amy Burzotta Conor Jackson Steph Nitschmann Matt Sikora Bethany Suchy Staff Writers Olivia Bayer Katie Denning Molly Doehring McKenzie Fritz John Galatic Val Gobao Joe Grossi Kayla Keddal Christine Manganas Erin Masta Amanda Moore Kira Scammell Mike Schuck Ashley Sherwin Ryan Tingle Elizabeth Weimer Table of Contents 2 Freshman Page 4 Sophomore Page 6 Senior Page 8 Junior Page 10 College Page Mission Statement Smoke Signals is produced four times a school year by the students of the Media II, III, and IV Journalism staff at Peters Township High School. Staff Advisor is Mrs. N. Sitler. Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the express opinion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its advisor, or the Peters Township School District.
  2. 2. Party in the F The freshman class is the biggest class to ever go through the high school, with 380 students. Together, they got through freshman year, but that doesn’t mean they had no worries coming in. Between getting lost and hiding from upperclassmen, new friendships were formed. But through it all, it was a “party” in the freshman class. Did You Get Lost? “I missed first period English because I thought I had Bio. It was really awkward when I walked into the Bio class and I wasn’t supposed to be there,” said Trent McPherson. “I didn’t get lost on the first day of school because my sister had already taken me through my classes,” Maura Howard said.
  3. 3. Freshman Class Alyse Kilberg & Jordan Schuler Our favorite memory together is when we were on the same soccer team when we were little. We hope to be BFFs forever. Jake Blandino and Abbot Zuk One of our best times together was when we got lost in the Outer Banks last summer.” Mr. & Miss Freshman Jeff Bergman and Maddy Maggs “I feel honored to be nominated Miss Freshman by my classmates because not many people get this opportunity,” said Maddy Maggs.
  4. 4. Roadmap through Roadmap through S-S-Speech Sophomore Survival Freshman year was fun, but now it is time to grow up. Here are some of our best wise words of advice for cruising down the road of sophomore success: Public speaking? Those words strike fear into the hearts of students everywhere. Speech class is a graduation requirement, so start sweating and shaking, because you have to take it. -”Don’t stand in the middle of the hall.” -”Get good grades.” - “Know your place.” - “Have fun while you can.” eory Dr h r’s T ive It’s the most important class you’ll ever take! Clear the Roads... because the class of 2012 is ready to drive! Most sophomores are taking Driver’s Theory to prepare to get their license or permit. Joe Maize approves.
  5. 5. Sophomore Year Class Song I’m Awesome by Spose Class Saying “That’s legit.” Journey to Junior Year 1. I’m nervous about SATs and PSSAs. The SATs are just another standardized test, really. The only difference is that this is the test that colleges look at. Unless you really want to get into an ivy-league school, you shouldn’t be stressing too much. Still do your best, but don’t kill yourself by way of test preparation and stressing. Besides, it’s possible to go into the test cold turkey and still do well. As for PSSAs, they test the basics. They will be a welcome change after SATs. 2. I’m scared I won’t be able to keep my grades up. The fact that you’re worried is a good sign that you’re serious about your schoolwork and that you want to do well. This motivation is half the battle. Yes, it will be difficult and you will have to work hard to do well, Even if you don’t keep your grades up, there will always be a way get to where you want to go. It comes down to balancing a healthy fear of failure with the confidence that you can accomplish your goals. 3. I’m worried about college and getting ready for it. Just being in school is preparing for college. Many pieces of the puzzle will fall together as time passes, but the thing to keep in mind is trying to do your best and thinking about what you enjoy doing. Base your college search around doing something you love. The letters from colleges will come pouring in and you will have plenty of places to look at. But much of the preparation is talking to teachers and your guidance counselor. Mr. and Miss Sophomore Class Caroline Nixon &Jake Brown
  6. 6. Juniors: They’re Legit Junior year: a time of standardized testing, sleep deprivation, and stress. Thanks to a quick survey, we have an even bigger list of what defines the Junior class. Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA best describes the class of 2011. Most of us think that senior year will be easier than this year. Also, we like purple and enjoyed having to stand in the snow because of an elevator. After all, that’s legit. . . Mr. and Miss Junior Class Doug Maronde Why do you deserve to represent the junior class? Laura Stroyne “Because I’m bringing sexy back.” What was your favorite part of junior year? “Homecoming.”
  7. 7. The SAT (Students All-together sick of Testing) 1. What color best represents the junior class? a. Red b. blue c. purple d. green e. yellow 2. What is the official saying of the junior class? a. She doesn’t even go here! b. Not gonna lie c. That’s legit d. Sick dude.... e. He’s a creeper 3. What is the junior class song? a. Bad Romance b. Doozy Drip c. Party in the USA d. All You Need is Love e. Tik-Tok 4. What is your favorite memory of Junior year? a. The fake lock-down b. Cramming for SAT’s the night before c. The ice-cold fire drill d. Pep Assemblies e. Muffin Days 5. Senior year will be ________ a. The same as Junior year b. Not worth showing up for c. Easier than Junior year d. A party e. None of the above Legitests Inc. Class of 2011
  8. 8. Where Is Everyone Going to College? Aaron Christine Miami University of Ohio Undecided Deiley Shane Slippery Rock University Education Alderson Cassie Duquesne University Nursing Delaney Chelsea Kent State University Fashion Merchandising Ali Shayne Coastal Carolina University Sports Management DeLuca Daniel Training in Musical Theater Allen Alana Bethany College Elementary Education DeNardo Nicholas Purdue University Chemical Engineering Ambe Trisha Carnegie Mellon University Biomedical Engineering Desai Shivani University of Pittsburgh Pre-Pharmacy Arnita Salvador Washington & Jefferson University Pre-Medical DeVincentis Maria Kent State University Fashion Merchandising Arnoni Breann Ohio University Special Education Devine Julia Wittenberg University English Attwood Wesley Washington & Jefferson University History/Hypotics DiCio Chelsie La Roche College Nursing Ayesta Daniel School in Venezuela Undecided Dinger Tim Penn State University Mechanical Engineering Bachik Nathan Penn State University Undecided Doerr Amber Point Park University Photography Barna Emily Indiana University of PA Secondary Education Dolcich Danielle Duquesne University Secondary Education Bayer Olivia West Virginia University Pre-Occupational Therapy Drusbasky Cody CCAC Aero-Nautical Engineering Benson Chelsea Bethany College Elementary Education Ducoeur Haylee Slippery Rock University Education Beres Joshua Undecided Duffy Bryan BBA Associates Undecided Berliner Keri Penn State University Undecided Dunn Shannon James Madison University Undecided Berry Sean Ohio University Undecided Ellis Katie Clarion University Library Science/Education Bertini Brian Purdue University Engineering Ellis Carolyn Denison University Environmental Studies Bertrand Jonathan University of Pittsburgh History Eskew Bryce Penn State University Undecided Beto Rachel University of Pittsburgh Nursing Estep Emily Ohio University Journalism Bevilacqua Gabe Pittsburgh Culinary Institute Culinary Arts Falascino Richard Ohio University Undecided Bilodeau Amanda Champlain St. Lawrence Business/Marketing Falbo Kyle Ohio State University Biology (Pre-Medical) Blatt Kristen West Virginia University Nursing Fazio Vincent West Virgina University Criminal Justice Boehme Sarah University of Dayton Business Femiani Julianne Virginia Tech Business Borne Tyler Washington & Jefferson University Political Science Ferri Ashley Penn State University Undecided Boss Jacob University of Kentucky Business Fife Kathryn Thiel College Elementary Education Bovalina Olivia University of Dayton Early Childhood Education Fincham Adam Undecided Bowen Ryan West Virginia University Engineering Fitzgerald Jared Boston University Criminal Justice Boyer Alexandra College of Wooster English/Russian Minor Fitzgerald Michael Devry University Web Page Development Boze Kelsey Point Park University Musical Theater Fitzgerald Kaleigh Point Park University Cinema/Digital Arts Briggs Andrea McDaniel College English/Creative Writing Flaherty John Swarthmore College Biology Burkholder Devon University of Maryland Undecided Foglia Katie Ohio University Communications Burris Paige Vidal Sassons Cosmetology Fornear Taylor Ohio University Business/Marketing Burzotta Amy Elon University Elementary Education Fortna Samuel Penn State University Electro-Mechanical Engineering Buzzatto Harrison Point Park University Acting Foster Rachael Robert Morris University Elementary Education Callery Mikayla University of Louisville Biology Frambes Elizabeth Westminster College Elementary Special Education Castriota Michael Fort Lewis College Marketing Freyder Christopher West Virginia University Industrial Mathematics/Engineering Cavolo Colleen Point Park University Cinema/Digital Arts Gaab Justin Elon University Musical Theater Chappell Sean University of South Carolina International Relations Gaber James West Virginia University Pre-Medical Chastel Jeffrey St. Francis University Engineering Gallagher Michael Coastal Carolina University Health Promotions Chavel Zachary Mount Union College Undecided Gasior Jonathan Clarion University Business/Communications Chess Emily Ohio University Elementary Education Gatto Anthony Coastal Carolina University Pre-Medical (Biology) Cisney Erin Purdue University Chemistry (Pre-Medical) Gauthier Benjamin Davidson College Undecided Clark Daniel California University of PA Business/Marketing Gerritsen Haley Penn State University Business Clements Averi Slippery Rock University Secondary Spanish Education Giovanitti Shalynn Clarion University Communications/Broadcasting Cogley James Seton Hill University Actuary Science Girouard Julia Gannon University Physician Assistant Studies Collins W. Ogden Penn State University Business Gisoni Devan John Carroll University Pre-Law Conroy Maximillian University of Pittsburgh Undecided Glod Michael Ohio University Undecided Corbett Kristina CCAC English/Creative Writing Golden Lindsey Penn State University Pre-Medical Courtney Vincent Indiana University of PA Physical Therapy Grippi Joseph Carnegie Mellon University Clarinet Performance Courtney Edward University of Maryland Biology Gross Lauren Wheaton College Health Science Crawford Allison University of Pittsburgh Undecided Grube Berend Thiel College Business Cunningham Kelsey Washington & Jefferson University Chemistry Gubala Cody West Virginia University Business Curran Timothy Washington & Jefferson University Business/Political Science Gust Brian Bethany College Business D’Abarno Jeffrey Penn State University Engineering Haak David West Virginia University Business Daniels Jordan Ranger College Engineering Halo Joseph Penn State University Undecided Dawson Matthew Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Hammell Elizabeth University of Akron Aeronautical Engineering
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Hancherick Carly Carnegie Mellon University Ethics and Public Policy LaRosa Claire University of Notre Dame Engineering Hanley Molly EL School of Professional Makeup Special Effects/Prosthetics Latinovich Zoltan California University of PA Education Hanlon Ellie University of Florida Undecided Lawrence Taylor Indiana University of PA Elementary Education Hanson Jonathon Duquesne University Pre-Law Lazewski Celine Iéseg School of Management Management Harmon Chelsea Capital University Music Technology Leech Sarah Ohio Northern University English Literature Hayes Mark Penn State University Mechanical Engineering Lehn Michael Purdue University Engineering Heitmeier Dylan Westminster College Pre-Physical Therapy Levine Danielle Penn State University Engineering Henney Paul West Virginia University Engineering Limetti Daniel West Virginia University Business Herder Elizabeth Ohio Wesleyan University Chemistry (Pre-Medical) Lioon Jeffrey University of North Carolina Business Herman Shaina Indiana University of PA Criminology (Pre-Law) Lisanti Gina Undecided Higgins Casey Edinboro University Elementary Education Lo Alan Purdue University Engineering Higgins Kevin United States Marine Corps Security Forces LoCastro Victoria Waynesburg University Environmental Science Hirko Bradley Ohio University Pre-Medical Lois Robert Duquesne University Secondary Education Hobbs Hannah Wake Forest University Communications Lucas Jaime California University of PA Undecided Hobbs Lauren Wake Forest University Psychology Lugar Colleen Slippery Rock University Health/Physical Education Hoelle Dara California University of PA Business Management Luketich Thomas Duquesne University Music Technology Hoffman Brandon West Virgina University Criminal Justice Lusk Stephanie California University of PA Criminal Justice Honeygosky Michael Art Institute of Pittsburgh Photography Madore Matthew Hockey Hoover Lindsey University of Louisville Exercise Physiology Magnotti Joel Clarion University Pre-Elementary Education Horensky Phillip Virginia Tech Engineering Magreni Stephen University of Pittsburgh Undecided Hough Kevin University of Pittsburgh Engineering Maher Taylor Penn State University Chemical Engineering Howard Kayla St. Vincent College Pharmacy Makrinos Julianna Central Michigan University Actuarial Science Hubbell Erika Baldwin-Wallace College Music Education Makrinos Daniel University of Maine Marine Science Huber Mark University of Utah Business Malenka Zachary Edinboro University Music Hume Anthony Penn State University Engineering Manning Meghan Point Park University Dance Irwin Eva Washington and Jefferson University Early Childhood Education Mannion Connor Ohio University Undecided Jarrett Melissa Bard College English/Film Marnik Carly Mercyhurst College Early Childhood Education John Tyler University of Louisville Mathematics Secondary Education Martin Rachel West Virginia University Physical Therapy Johns Alisha Virginia Tech Undecided Maszle Maxwell Penn State University Business Johnson Brian Robert Morris University Accounting Matthews Christa Messiah College Nursing Johnston Andrew Purdue University Engineering Matthis Emily Duquesne University Undecided Jones Caitlin Carnegie Mellon University Economics McBride Kevin West Virginia University Business Joyce James University of Pittsburgh Business McCauley Charles Penn State University Undecided Jozwiak Erika Franklin & Marshall College Undecided McCloskey Natalie Undecided Junker Megan St. Bonaventure University Physical Education McClure Brad Penn State University Undecided Kaecher Catherine Hope College Social Work McEvoy Kevin California University of PA Athletic Training Kaier Jeremy University of Utah Exercise Sport Science McGlennon Robert United States Army/Ole Miss Univ. Military Science Karavolis Mallory University of Pittsburgh Dietetics/Nutrition McGonigal Maura Penn State University Undecided Karras Laura Penn State University Communications McIntyre Evan Otterbein College Music Education Keddal Kayla University of South Carolina Journalism/Communications McLaughlin Sean Duquesne University Athletic Training Keffer Anni Gap Year Miller Jeffrey Ohio University Undecided Keller Matthew University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Moore Ryan Miami University of Ohio Communications (Video) Kelly Jeremy Carpentry Carpentry Moore Reilly Neumann University Undecided Kelly Jacob West Virginia University Education (Health and Fitness) Morford Michael University of Alabama History Kern Roderick Penn State University Civil Engineering Mullan Connor St. Francis University Physical Therapy Khan Sean Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Mumbray Amber Indiana University of PA Elementary Education Kilberg Brianna Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. Chemical Engineering Munsick Kelsey Indiana University of PA Dietetics/Nutrition Klaja Vittoria Penn State University Business Murman Jade West Virgina University Psychology Knapp Evan Penn State University Undecided Murphy Katherine Boston College Sociology Kocher Grant Thiel College Graphic Design/Business Advertising Murphy Deven University of Dayton Undecided Koenig Philip Purdue University Undecided Naumoff Michael Pittsburgh Technical Institute Multimedia Komoroski Evan University of Notre Dame Mechanical Engineering Nee Meghan Penn State University Communication Disorders Kovac Jon University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy Nee Coleman Penn State University Business/Accounting Kress James Dean Tech Electrical Nelson Wesley CCAC Chiropractic Krewin Nadine Penn State University Undecided Nepa Gina Macalester College Creative Writing Ladzinski Alexander Pittsburgh Technical Institute Smart Building Technology Nissly Austin Boston College Business Lages Elena University of Pittsburgh Nursing Nitschmann Stephanie Purdue University Psychology
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Nixon Christopher Youngstown State University Business Economics Spangenberg Eric Geneva College Civil Engineering Norris Samantha Robert Morris University Nursing Spinabelli Vico Penn State University Engineering Northrop James University of North Carolina Undecided Spindler Corey Ohio State University Engineering Norton Thomas University of Dayton Marketing Squeglia Madison Slippery Rock University Secondary English Education O’Laughlin Patrick Kent State University Architecture Stopperich Renee Bradford School Medical Assistant O’Leary Brenna Seton Hill University Business Strang Douglas Waynesburg University Nursing Ondeck Cassandra Duke University Biomedical Engineering Stroyne Julie Otterbein College Nursing O’Rourke Kayla University of Pittsburgh Psychology Suchy Bethany University of Dayton Business/Spanish Paeplow Catherine University of Louisville History Sunday Rachel St. Mary’s College Undecided Pahountis Marina Jacobs School of Music at IU Piano Performance/Political Science Sweeney Chelsea University of Pittsburgh Communications Palumbo Bryce University of Pittsburgh Business Swick Amanda St. Vincent College International Relations Parham Jessie Youngstown State University Physical Therapy Swisher Charles Duquesne University Business Paterra Monica Waynesburg University Criminal Justice Swoope Corinne West Virginia University Business Peranteau Theresa St. Francis University Physical Therapy Szuhoza Jessica CCAC Education Pisarcik Molly CCAC Undecided Tabler Zacariah University of Pittsburgh Undecided Piscatelli Thaddeus Washington & Jefferson University Biology Taylor Richard CCAC Nutrition Pollock Paul Duquesne University Secondary Education Taylor Julianne West Virgina University Elementary Education Powell Heather CCAC Physical Therapy Thakore Khyati Washington & Jefferson University Undecided Powell Brandon North Central University Communications Thome Nicole California University of PA Biology Prewett Nicholas Case Western Reserve University Physics/Music Thompson Meghan Clarion University Speech Pathology Pritz Benjamin Boston University Biomedical Engineering Tingle Ryan Point Park University Film/Photography/Business Purkey Hannah CCAC Undecided Tomlins Mara Pittsburgh Culinary Institute Culinary Arts Quinn Sarah Slippery Rock University Art Education Toscano Natalie Slippery Rock University Undecided Ranalli Angela Virginia Tech Architecture Tropeano Jamie Duquesne University Pharmacy Richards Amy California University of PA English Troscinski Nathan Indiana University Business Richert Kaitlyn Ohio University Magazine Journalism/Media Studies Troup Jeremy CCAC Photography Robles Mariano Mass Maritime Academy Marine Transportation Trylko Brad Indiana University of PA Business - Marketing Rose Fortunato Pittsburgh Art Institute Graphics and Design Tselepis Leeza Duquesne University Nursing Roth Brooks Hockey Tupta Stephen Virginia Tech Aerospace Engineering Rothaar Nicholas Duquesne University Business Turbeville Diana Frostburg State University Business Administration Rothermel Sean Penn State University Finance/Economics Ultsch Ann Wittenberg University English/History Rubeo Andrew Penn State University Business Vachon Devan Indiana University of PA Elementary Education Rudy Brian California University of PA Business VanNewkirk Linsey Mercyhurst College Physical Therapy Assistance Sadler Matthew PA College of Technology Heating/Ventilating/Air Conditioning Venanzi Philip Grove City College Computer Engineering Sadler Jeffrey Robert Morris University Accounting/Business Vibonese Joseph University of Southern Florida Business Santry Mitchell West Virginia University Business/Accounting Vierheller Alex University of Pittsburgh Undecided Scammell Kira University of Pittsburgh Pre-Medical Wagner Molly John Carroll University Finance Schake Joshua Ohio University Actuarial Science Wagner Steven Penn State University Engineering or Business Scherrer Nathan Devry University Game and Simulation Programming Walker Patrick Robert Morris University Communications Schilling Timothy California University of PA Business Wallach Daniel Rochester Institute of Technology Software Engineering Schratz Alexander Duquesne University Pre-Dental Walters William CCAC Criminal Justice Schumpf Kevin Penn State University Marketing Wassilchalk Anna Otterbein College Nursing Schweizer Ross Penn State University Business Wawrose John Williams College Undecided Schwotzer Erica Washington & Lee University Biochemistry Weaver Andrew University of Pittsburgh Computer Science Sciple Skyllar California University of PA Criminology West Benjamin Dickinson College History Settimio Gina James Madison University Biology White Matthew University of Vermont Business Sharman Kathryn Penn State University Early Childhood Education Wickstrom Louis University of Pittsburgh Management/Accounting Shell Kaitlin California University of PA Undecided Wiegman Kaitlin Slippery Rock University Exercise Science Shepherd Sarah University of Pittsburgh Undecided Wilcox Corey University of Pittsburgh Business Sherwin Ashley George Mason University Communications Williams Jayln Point Park University Dance Sheth Kyle Rochester Institute of Technology Industrial Design Wilson Zachary Purdue University Engineering Simpson Tyler Penn State University Business Wolcott Craig Duquesne University Undecided Simpson Justin University of Dayton Computer Science Woodrow Brittany Penn State University Speech Pathology Skraitz Cody Johnson & Wales College Business Yundt D. Alex West Virginia University Business Smith Rhianna Penn State Commercial Cosmetology Yurick Brittany Pittsburgh Beauty Academy Cosmetology Smith Shannon Penn State University Chemical Engineering Zuccarini Melissa Penn State University Nutrition Smith Ashley University of North Carolina Special Education Zuloaga Andrea University of Pittsburgh Pharmacy