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Volume 4 Issue 3
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Meet the Staff
Business & Sports Editor
Life & Style Editor
Special Features Editor
PT Focus & News Editor
Voices and Student Work Editor
Staff Writers & Layout Staff
People Features Editor
Smoke Signals is produced six times a
school year by the students of Media
II, III, and IV Journalism staff at Peters Township High School.
The staff adviser is Mrs. N. Sitler.
Commentaries, reviews, and opinion
columns are the expressed opinion of
the author and not of Smoke Signals,
its advisor, or the
Peters Township School District.
Also in this Issue....
PT Focus 4-5
Life & Style: 10-11
Student Work: 22-23
Faculty Face-Off: 12-13
Mrs. Ranade and
compete on CBS’s
Hometown High Q
March POWER RANKINGS:
Most Bizarre Occurrences at PTHS
Since the high school hasn’t been renovated since the Civil War, there’s been some crazy things
happening over the years. Here’s just some of the best of from the 2000s.
- Don’t ever complain about shoveling again. The school missed almost a week’s worth of classes thanks to this nonstop
blizzard. For three or four days consecutively, snow came on down onto the lovely streets of PT, accumulating up to a
few feet. The students received an early spring break, spending much of their time outside. No, not sledding. No, not
having snowball fights. No, not building snowmen. Yes, shoveling. The pattern was as follows: wake up, shovel, salt
the driveway, drink hot chocolate, warm up for fifteen minutes, repeat (without waking up again). Needless to say,
many students were ready for school to resume by the end of it.
3. The Blackout of 2013
Photo from AP Images
- Alvin! What’s a chipmunk struggling to find acorns to do in a cold winter? Gnaw on the wires of PTHS’s reserve
generator, of course! Usually when the power system fails, the school relies on the backup generator. However, the cable
chomping chipmunks knocked it out, leaving the school in complete darkness. Madness ensued. Teachers were forced to
play a game of flashlight tag with students in the hallways. Many kids were locked in the same classroom for about four
hours, WITHOUT FOOD. School dismissed 45 minutes early; however, students couldn’t access their locker upon exit,
for fear of students running nuts. The power returned the next day.
2. Graduation Day, 2002
Photo from AP Images
- Ah, commencement. Throughout high school, students wait anxiously for this day. One can only hope for a sunny day, a few decent speeches,
no beach balls, and the hats to be tossed up in a timely fashion. Sorry, Class of 2002. In the middle of the ceremony, rain started coming down.
Not just a slight drizzle. An absolute downpour. There was difficulty even seeing the stage. The red on the guys’ gowns bled into their shirts.
Diplomas became wet naps. The ceremony was forced to be halted and then resumed indoors. Girls graduated without any shoes on. And to top
it off, the speech from the superintendent dragged on. Surprise, surprise. At least they’ll remember it forever.
1. The Sewage Flood of 2005
- If you haven’t heard of this, just ask the teachers in the basement. Basically, there was something of a “plumbing malfunction” in the
downstairs boys’ bathroom. As a result, the entire basement was covered in a thin layer of “murky” water, not to be mistaken for drinking water.
Students lucky enough to have a basement locker couldn’t reach it all day. Many ended up throwing away all clothes/food/belongings that
soaked up the pleasant aroma. Teachers were forced to conduct classes in the auditorium. After a day passed, the mess was cleaned up. Yet the
smell still lingered for weeks. Even today, eating off the basement floor isn’t recommended.
Bringing Music to Virginia Beach
Photo By Julia Gauthier
Once every other year,
the school gathers together
its largest organization, packs
them all onto buses, and drives
them to some far off location
to compete. The groups within
this organization include
the marching band, various
school bands (concert, wind
symphony, jazz), and the choir
Usually functioning as
separate entities, these groups
join during trip years to form
the Peters Township Music
Department. Each group will
compete once and bask in the
applause from the entire Peters
Music Department, along with
that of neighboring schools.
The judges will then gather
the results and announce the
group’s score in the closing
department will be turning
their backs on the cold, grey
weather of Pittsburgh, PA and
heading for Virginia Beach.
While there, each group will
be competing separately.
However, even with all the
competitions there is a lot
of free time. That brings our
teachers and chaperones to a
huge dilemma: what do you
do with 300 plus students who
have nothing to do? The faculty
doesn’t view this question as a
stress but rather as an exciting
task. They research activities,
make calls, and plan schedules so
that by the time the students make
it back to the hotel at night they
will be too tired to cause a ruckus.
the organization’s groups
have paraded through the
competition at Chicago, Disney
World, and Washington D.C,
and left flying blue ribbons
high. Individual students have
also been recognized for their
exceptional talent. This year,
the group expects nothing less.
“I cannot wait for this final
trip,” says senior Drum Major,
Melanie Roberts, “It will be
a great ending to the entire
music season.” With the help
of the band’s percussion and
the choir’s baritone sections,
there is no doubt that the
music department’s season
will end with a bang.
Many students often
find themselves doing the same
routine over the summer: sleep
in until noon and then go hang
out with friends at the pool or
the mall. These daily trips can
get expensive and leave you
broke. Why not get a summer
job? It will make your schedule
more productive and will award
you some extra cash.
If you’re an outdoors
person, consider lifeguarding.
There are many pools in the
Peters Township area such as
Rose Garden (724) 941-9944,
Rolling Hills (724) 941-6123,
Valley Brook (724) 746-9000,
and Southpointe (724) 7462950. Although you have to
be certified to be hired as a
lifeguard, the tests are fairly easy.
Also, the job does not require
hard work. All you do is make
sure no one drowns, enforce
rules, such as no running by the
pool, and occasionally check the
pH level of the water. Another
plus to this job is that you are
guaranteed to have a nice tan by
the end of the summer.
If you don’t mind yard
Woo! Spring Break ’13
Students always say that there is nothing to do around
Peters. Well, have no fear, here is a list of fun and (relatively)
local places to go during the warm spring weather, and most of
these activities don’t cost any money. DISCLAIMER: MOST OF
THESE ACTIVITES REQUIRE YOU TO HAVE FUN WITH
This local hotspot is a surefire
hit for you and all your friends.
This is a spectacular spot to go
to have a picnic or just take a
walk. The best part about this
place is that there’s a lake. Lakes
are a great place to go fishing or
if possible, go canoeing. Pack a
lunch, bring your friends, and
get ready for a good time.
Mingo Creek Park
This is the most underrated,
underused park in the area.
This park is beautiful and goes
on for miles. There is so much
to do there, with its countless
trails and babbling creek, it is
the perfect pace for a picnic for
you and your friends, even if
your best friend is a horse there
are plenty of trails for horseback
riding. Mingo is also a great
place to go exploring, it has so
many hidden gems that are too
numerous to name. You’ll just
have to go and discover them
There are many places in and
around PT that offer outside
eating. There are many dessert
places that have benches or
tables for you to sit at while
enjoying your frozen dairy
treats, such as Bruster’s, Rita’s,
or Sarris. Other places that
offer actual food include
Chipotle, McDonalds, Sonic,
Farmhouse Coffee, and My Big
Fat Greek Gyro.
There are many different
activities to do at this particular
park. There are two different
playgrounds available for your
jungle gym-ing pleasure. This
park is also right next to the
recreation center which is
a fun place to go for pickup
basketball games, or running
on the indoor track. This park
also connected to the beautiful
Montour Trail which is perfect
for running, riding your bike,
or walking your dog.
work, maybe consider mowing
people’s lawns. In the summer
most people go on vacation
and do not have time to tend
to their lawns and need to hire
someone. This job is easy as
long as you know how to use
a lawnmower and fortunately,
you can even negotiate how
much you want to be paid.
During the summer,
parents that work day jobs
are often left with the
struggle of figuring out
who is going to take
care of their children
while they are at work.
As long as you are
responsible and know
how to play hide-andgo-seek, this could be
a job for you. Most people pay
around ten dollars an hour for
a babysitter. If you babysit four
times a week, for six hours a
day, for three months, by the
end of the summer you will
have earned roughly $2,880.
That is nothing to complain
These are just a few of
the many job ideas the summer
has to offer. Another option
could be working at Rita’s
(724) 941-5004, or
running a good oldfashioned lemonade
stand. Don’t work to
hard though; save
a little down time
to enjoy with your
Photos from AP Images
PTHS Varsity Team led by senior captains Jess Joseph, Alyssa Townsend, and Carla Buzzato won the 2013 Universal Dance Association Championship in Orlando, FL clinching the team’s first national title in the hip hop category..
“We were so focused and determined this entire year. We
wanted to do our absolute best during every performance,” said senior Jess Joseph. The winning dance routine was choreographed to
Rihanna’s song “Story” It begins with lyrical dancing then builds to
a powerful upbeat ending.
“We get real tight in formation and just get ‘raw and grimy’
as we like to call it.,” said senior co-assistant caption Carla Buzzato,
“It just pumps me up so I perform the ending strong and with a lot
of energy.” The unique and award-winning choreography gave the
crowd and judges something they had never seen before. Like most
successful endeavors, the routines required an intense time commitment and lots of effort to perfect. “The team worked harder than ever
this year and it just proved that the hard work paid off,” said Buzzato.
Leading up to nationals, the team had multiple all-day practices.
Not only did the dance team work hard, but they also were
in the right mindset when competing. “We made sure before we
performed that we were
doing it for ourselves
and for our team,” said
Abraham. To focus before they performed,
they warmed up while
listening to music.
Experience is another advantage that the
varsity team had with
seven of the fourteen
team members being returning seniors.
Athlete of the Month
Senior Raechelle Dietsch has overcome
many hurdles to become the athlete that she is
today. Becoming one of the top senior track participants doesn’t just happen overnight, it takes
hard work and dedication.
Dietsch is coming off one of her best
winters of indoor track and is now in a cool
down period before the outdoor season starts.
Competing in hurdles in both indoor and outdoor track is a difficult task. Dietsch was pleased
with her indoor season and cannot wait to carry that over to the
outdoor campaign. “It was by far my best indoor season I’ve had in
high school,” she said. Indoor track is a great way to prepare for the
grueling outdoor season that follows. She uses the indoors to her
advantage by perfecting the little things so when the outdoor year
rolls around she’s more than prepared for what it has to throw at
“The indoor season helps me to get into shape before the
challenging outdoor season begins,” Dietsch said. Though it was
her best indoor track year yet, she believes that the real accomplishments and personal feats will come during the outdoor season. Constantly stretching and running are some personal responsibilities to keep on top of her game. “It’s a demanding sport and
you never know what it’s going to throw at you, so you have to stay
at your peak performance,” Dietsch said. With the outdoor campaign coming right around the corner, she has high expectations
for herself, and her recent accomplishments gave her the motivation to do even better. “It’s going to be a tough season this year, but
I’m striving to come out on top,” said Dietsch.
Nick Tost: Athlete
of the Month
Nicole Torchio|Staff Writer
Since fourth grade, senior Nick Tost has had a passion for playing lacrosse. He hopes that his senior season will be a memorable one as
he leads the Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse team as captain. He uses this position
to practice his leadership skills. “My method of leadership is encouraging
players to simply do the little things right and to go full speed at practice,” said Tost. The Varsity Boys’ Lacrosse team practices Monday through
Friday, for about two hours each day. Tost stated, “Practicing on my own
allowed my stick skills to develop greatly.” Aside from the time and hard
work the team puts in at practice, varsity also has games one to three times
a week, starting in the last week of March. Tost hinted to the Rowdy Red as
he said a big crowd would be awesome to play in front of!
Tost’s ultimate goal for his senior year is to lead his team to the
WPIAL championships. “We definitely have the potential, we have shown
it in the off-season against defending champions Seneca Valley (7-2 victory), we just have to execute it,” said Tost. The team is also going back to
the “Wild Cat Classic”, which they won last year. “The Wild Cat Classic
tournament in Ohio was a great time. We are hoping for a 2-peat,” stated
Additionally, Tost has also been named
first team all-section for defense and was a part of
the “Low and Away Lacrosse team,” a club team.
After graduation, Tost is going to the University of
Pittsburgh to study biological sciences/pre-medicine. He was recruited by Furman University, but
decided that Pitt was his best all-around fit, but is
not forgetting about lacrosse completely. Tost said,
“Pitt has a pretty good club team I might check out.”
With this option open to him, it’s a great possibility Photo by Nicole Torchio
his lacrosse days aren’t over just yet.
Season Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
Hope and expectation are two very
different words. The Pittsburgh Pirates
gave fans both in 2012, going into the
all-star break at 48-37, owning a slim
one game lead in the National League
Central Division. Unfortunately, the
team underwent its second consecutive second half collapse and was eliminated from playoff contention for a 20th
Despite last season’s collapse, and
the one before it, the Bucs, known for
being loveable losers, will finally crack
the .500 mark in 2013. Heck, they will
even make the playoffs. Here’s why.
Catcher- Russell Martin takes over
as the starting catcher after a two year,
$17 million contract lured him to Pittsburgh. His veteran leadership and ability to handle the pitching staff are paramount, and the added pop behind the
plate (21 homeruns last year) will be a
welcome additon. Michael McKenry will
serve as the primary backup.
First Base- Garrett Jones and Gabby Sanchez will platoon at the position,
although I expect Jones to see more atbats. The lefty slugger will look to build
off a strong 2012 in which he hit .274 and
cranked 27 homeruns, and Sanchez will
provide relief against left handed pitch-
Infield- Neil Walker is entrenched at
second base. His .280 average, 14 homers and 69 RBI’S in an injury-filled 2012
will compliment Andrew McCutchen,
Pedro Alvarez, and Jones in the middle
of the lineup. Clint Barmes, who was a
disappointment in 2012 after coming
over from the Astro’s, is back as the team’s
starting shortstop. Alvarez mans third
base for the club. He is looking to build
off an up and down year which saw him
hit 30 homeruns but also fan 180 times in
525 at bats. His stick will go a long way in
determining just how far the Pirates can
extend their success this summer.
McCutchen put up MVP-like numbers in 2012 (.327/31/96/.400) and the
MLB13: The Show cover winner is expected to do the same this season. McCutchen, 26, is undoubtedly the heart and
soul of the club and his leadership both
on and off the field is not seen often in a
player his age. He is flanked in the outfield by Starling Marte and Travis Snider,
but it would not be wise to count out Alex
Presley, Jose Tabata, or Jerry Sands from
getting some at-bats as well.
The starting rotation is flanked by
A.J. Burnett, a savvy 36 year old who
posted solid numbers for the team in 2012.
His 16-10 record, 181 K’s, and 3.51 ERA were
tops on the squad. The Opening Day starter
is going to be counted on to lead the staff.
Behind Burnett is lefty Wandy Rodriquez.
A deadline deal with the Astros brought his
arm to the ‘Burgh, and although he struggled
to gain ground with fans after he came over,
he quietly had a successful tenure, going 5-4
with a 3.80 ERA. James McDonald may be the
biggest question for the rotation as it heads
into the new season. He was arguably the best
pitcher in baseball in the first half of 2012, going 9-3 with a 2.37 ERA; he did a face plant
in the second half and found himself in the
bullpen by season’s end. If he can find success
with his curveball and maintain it, the rotation will be a very complete one. Fighting for
the final two spots are Francisco Liriano, Jeff
Karstens, Jonathan Sanchez, Kyle McPherson,
Jeff Locke, and the teams top prospect, Gerrit Cole, among others. Liriano was inked to a
two year, $12.75 million contract, but he broke
his non-throwing arm in a domestic incident
the day before he was to arrive in Pittsburgh
for his physical. After a month-long standoff,
the two sides agreed to a restructured contract
at a lower value of one million dollars. He is
not expected to join the rotation until May, so
until then expect Karstens and McPherson to
win jobs out of Spring Training.
Under Review: March Madness All Tournament
Jeff Berry and JC Brush| Staffwriters
Most people associate March with the start of spring and warm weather. If you are a sports fan, all you can think about is the
madness and excitement of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The tournament provides fans with thrilling games, buzzer beaters,
upsets, and heartbreak. It is the best time of the year for sports and fans all across the country. The tournament can make or break players, some rise to the occasion and some shrink on the big stage. The players that step up and play the best this time of year are the ones
who will be remembered and go down in history. Being on our all-tournament team is a special honor because only five players make it
out of 68 teams. These are players we believe can make a difference and lead their team through the ups and downs of the “big dance.”
PG- Michael Carter-Williams- Syracuse
PG- Trey Burke- Michigan
The Michigan point guard is the heart and soul of his basketball Carter-Williams is incredibly valuable to the Orange’s success in the tourteam. He is leading his team in points per game, averaging just ney due to his ability to pass the ball. The point guard is second in the
over eighteen and is eighth in the nation in assists per game. While nation averaging 8.2 assists a game. He is also a tough matchup for other
his size isn’t over powering, his quickness and agility makes up for teams because of his size and length. Carter-Williams can do it all.
SG- Tim Hardaway Jr.- Michigan
Hardaway Jr. may be the second best player on his team next to Trey
SG- Ben McLemore- Kansas
Ben McLemore is having a career year at Kansas as a freshman. Burke, but he is the key to them making a Final Four run. He has undeNot only is he leading his team in scoring, he is also shooting niable athletic ability partnered with a smooth 3 point shot. During the
43.5% from long range; many players don’t shoot that highly from regular season, he has shown that he can make the big shot in big games.
any range. Expect McLemore to take his team deep into tourna- This kid is fearless when the game is on the line.
ment this year, possibly making a Final Four appearance.
SF- Deshaun Thomas- Ohio State
Without Thomas carrying the load offensively for Ohio State, the BuckSF- Solomon Hill- Arizona
Solomon Hill is a senior forward at Arizona and has been a leader eyes could have an early exit. Thomas is averaging twenty points a game
his team for the past two years. He is a big, physical player who this season, and when all breaks down, he can create his own shot. Thomalways uses his strength to his advantage. He may not be having as has tremendous ability to get to the rim.
his best year statistically, but what he does for this team is virtually
PF- Jack Cooley- Notre Dame
irreplaceable. You can’t coach his determination and will.
They are by no means an elite team, but they can go as far as senior Cooley
takes them. Cooley averages a double-double with points and rebounds.
PF- Ryan Kelly- Duke
Duke’s big man hasn’t played in a game since mid January due to a He has good touch around the rim and is relentless on the boards; he is
foot injury but is expected to come back for the tournament. At the just a tough kid with a high motor.
time of his injury, he was averaging 13.4 PPG and 5.4 rebounds,
while logging just over 28 minutes each game. When he does come C- Mason Plumlee- Duke
Duke is a team loaded with talent but without Plumlee, I don’t think they
back, expect him to light it up.
are a top team. Plumlee is averaging a double-double on the year with
eighteen points and ten rebounds per game. His length and athleticism
C- Cody Zeller- Indiana
The Indiana star is a player of the year candidate and without a have always been there, but this season being a huge threat in the post has
doubt the best center in the game. Aside from his versatility, he taken his game to new heights.
puts up 18.5 points a game with an average of 8.2 rebounds per
game. If it weren’t for Zeller, Indiana would be on the bubble and
not even a contender in the talented Big Ten.
PT Baseball Preview
The Indians finished
with a 9-11 record last year,
which was a major disappointment. Last season was the first
in twenty years the Indians
missed the playoffs, so expectations are high for the 2013 campaign.
“We’re not going to
dwell on the highs and lows of
last season. Our main goal focus is to concentrate and prepare for this season,” said senior
catcher Brett DiCello. However
with eleven seniors this year,
the team has a lot of leadership and hopes to return to the
playoffs. To prepare for their
tough section competition,
offseason workouts started in
January. “Our seniors aren’t just
great players, but great leaders.
Younger players can learn and
develop with help from them,”
said senior outfielder David
Ghilani. However the underclassmen are going to need to
play a pivotal role, including
sophomore Ryan Tassone, who
already has some varsity experience from last year. “Last
year gave younger players experience that we will need to
help us in the future. Younger
players are going to play a big
role this season,” said Tassone.
Peters Township is in one of the
toughest sections in WPIALS.
They need to play every team
strong if they expect to win. The
team aims to defeat conference
opponents such as Mt. Lebanon, especially since they lost
twice last year. “Our section is
filled with talented teams. I am
anxious for all section games
and hopefully we will play well
enough to win,” stated DiCello.
With a new coaching staff this year Peters Township, including Coach Bair and
Coach DeLuca, the team gains
even more leadership. The players and coaches are determined
to get back to the playoffs. “We
who can relate and help
The team is
taking it one
step at a time
from the off-season workouts to
real games. Making the playoffs
is the first step, but winning the
WPIAL championship is the
main goal. “This is my last season to try to make the playoffs,
so I will work even harder to do
that. We want to do this for our
seniors and for our coaches,”
said senior Chris Wastchak.
Photo by Julie Griffith
If you’ve ever been on
YouTube before, you have
probably seen (or skipped
over) one of the thousands
of videos created by YouTube beauty gurus featurPhoto from AP Images
ing everything from what
they bought on their latest shopping trip to how to create
the perfect smoky eye. For many, these videos are fun to
watch and provide helpful insight. These gurus have one
thing in common: they all go to IMATS.
IMATS, or the International Makeup Artist Trade
Show, made its debut in Los Angeles in 1997 by Make-Up
Artist magazine’s Michael Key in order to provide a place
for the industry’s best and brightest professionals to display their talents. In 2013, the show features anything and
everything related to makeup, including several drugstore,
luxury, and professional cosmetic companies. Make-Up
Artist magazine still sponsors the event, which is now held
six times each year in six different places: Los Angeles,
New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney, and Toronto.
your roommate for college, you could go about
it two different ways: random, or picky. It’s your personal preference, but don’t
be surprised who you may
end up with. Even when getting down to the nitty gritty
when seeking out the perfect
roommate you may not get
what you thought. Here are
some helpful tips, just in case
you’re not sure what to look
You might be wondering: “Why should I care? I’m
not a makeup artist.” This is a completely valid thought.
However, the great thing about IMATS is that it is open
to the public. What’s even better is that, at the event, the
public is allowed the purchase products at the same amazingly discounted price that professionals do. Featured
well-known luxury brands at IMATS include Bobbi Brown,
Dermalogica, Inglot, Laura Mercier, MAC Pro, Stila, Sigma,
and Smashbox. However, each event varies in the brands
that attend, and the majority of the event is comprised of
At IMATS, you can shop to your heart’s content,
but you can also take part in many of the classes, makeovers, and demonstrations they put on for the duration of
the two day event. While the Los Angeles event already
occurred in January of this year, tickets are still available for
New York IMATS event, which will take place on April 6
and 7. For more information on the event, you can visit the
website at www.IMATS.net.
You will be sharing a very
tight, confined area with this
person. Just simply ask them.
You want someone to respect
your space and keep it the
way you both like it.
The second factor to be concerned about
is whether or not they are a
partier or someone who never leaves the room. Wouldn’t
it be nice to find someone in
the middle? When scouting out your perfect roommate you can do it through
your school’s Facebook
page. Creeping on students’
personal Facebook pages is
great way to see who they
are, and maybe even who
their friends are. This can
help you find out a little bit
more about their social life.
factor when choosing your
First, are they neat
roommate should be their
and tidy or a complete mess?
sleep schedule. If they like to
go to bed early and you like
to stay out, it may cause some
conflict when you’re waking
them up every night. And
if they like to get up at the
crack of dawn with an annoying alarm every morning
and you like to sleep through
the day, it may not work
out. Maybe also find out if
they prefer the room cold or
warm just so you don’t find
yourself freezing or sweating
in your own room.
Something else to
look at may be their major. It
is one way you can see what
their interests are. You can
find out if they are artsy, or if
they are science or business
oriented. Then compare it to
your major and your interests. It may be a good thing if
you and your roommate are
in the same major, that way
you can relate and help each
other. However, I don’t think
this is a deal-breaker.
Ask them how and
when they prefer to do their
homework. If they like the
room completely silent and
you like music when you
work, one of you may need
to find a study room. They
might even prefer to go to a
study room, which would be
a good thing; you’d get the
room to yourself for a few
hours. The reason I say ask
when is because if they’re
a night owl and need the
bright light on to do their
homework, it may bother
you when you’re trying to
get some sleep before a big
Meet a few times
before making a definite decision to room together, or
choose random and hope for
the best. Good luck!
It is coming down to
final decisions. After spending
what feels like an eternity visiting, investigating, preparing
for, applying to, and waiting on
colleges, the high school class
of 2013 must
now choose the
path that will
the rest of their
lives. No pressure.
Decision letters have
been pouring in
(and some, since August) for
many high school seniors from
safety schools to dream schools.
Now, many students ponder
where they’ll be spending the
four couple years of their life.
Some of us have known since
day one that they would be attending a certain school, allowing them to focus towards
grades and scholarships. For
the majority of us, however, we
have so many factors that have
clouded our decisions, making
it a little overwhelming.
A good place to be-
gin when deciding is to start
with yourself and your interests. Take a second to think
you’d like to be
in a city, the
even out in the
country. Consider whether
you want to
be a part of a
a small, tightly-knit one, or somewhere in
between. Before any other factors for college are considered,
students should establish their
comfort zone in order to make
college a more enjoyable experience.
For many, the primary
obstacle is money. Education
is exorbitantly expensive, so
the lack of funding may stop a
student from going where they
want to go. Hundreds upon
hundreds of scholarship opportunities exist for every person,
it’s just a matter of taking ad-
vantage of these opportunities.
Websites like CollegeBoard and
Fastweb Scholarships feature
lists of scholarships for high
school students to take advantage of.
Keep this in mind
though, especially if you’re
looking at a prestigious institute: sometimes you do not
need to go to extremes to get
the job of your dream. Many
students believe they have to
go to the school that is the best
for their major, even if their
Don’t try to go
to NYU if you
would like to
be a middle
may cost more
than you need
to pay. And don’t think that
just because you’re not going to
a big name school, you’re not
going to succeed in life. Your
education is what you make of
it. In the end, it all comes down
to your motivation and work
When you finally find
your dream school, you may
find that you’re a little farther
from the nest than you’d like to
be. Being away from home is a
new experience for many high
school grads, and might be even
harder on parents. With the expansive list of communication
tools made available via the
internet, it’s easy to feel nearby
even if you are geographically
The stress of making
such a monumental
decision can really
weigh on a person. Be sure to
sit down with
your family to
every factor before you make
your final decision. College is an incredible
step on the path to becoming
the successful adult you know
you are capable of becoming.
All photos from AP Images
Fake Opinions: All In Under 10 Characters
In the wake of recent tragedies, a lot of young people have
forgotten what it’s like to be truly empathetic; you can thank Twitter for that. When we hear about school shootings, deaths, and
other horrific tragedies on the news, most people would keep the
victimized in their thoughts and prayers. This sense of empathy
and love is what’s been socially acceptable for as long as history can
Although using social networking sites to spread news is
innovative and thoughtful, Twitter users may have taken it too far
this time. Once a user gets addicted to the rave and rant of the
Twitter world, their tweets become unimportant and fairly narcissistic.
For example, on December 14 when the horrific school
shooting occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, Twitter blew up.
Out of the 200 million current Twitter users, a large sum of them
probably found out about this event via their feed, rather than the
news. While it is a positive occurence to spread the news and keep
the victims and their families in their thoughts and prayers, some
users were using this opportunity to benefit themselves, or their
own personal causes. Some users may want to change public
perception, and given the circumstances, most likely tweeted
#PrayersforNewton, not because
they cared, but because they want
to give people the impression that
they are a good-hearted person.
Many people did care and pray
for those in need, but these truly sympathetic people didn’t need
to advertise it on the internet.
If those who claimed to “care” about these issues actually did care, they would act upon it. Typing on your iPhone or
laptop will do nothing to prevent this from happening again. If
you want to show people that you truly do care, keep it off the internet and broadcast it to your peers; organize fundraisers for the
cause, brainstorm ideas to help the victimized, and put yourself
out there, not your opinion.
Photo by Andi Salizzoni
10 Life & Style
The Do’s and Don’ts of Spring
With the weather
warming up, teenagers are excitedly pulling out their cute
springtime outfits. However,
they may not always be appropriate for school. While looking
stylish for school is important,
it is just as important to avoid
ending up in the principal’s office because your “cute” outfit
violates the dress code. We’re
here to help define what school
stylish is in the fashion world.
We’ll focus on the three looks
that are most common for
Dress for school, not
for a modeling photo shoot or
a summertime party. Nope, sorry, just plain old school. No one
to impress here, sorry to shatter
Sophomore Jill Ciaffoni demonstrates the do’s and
don’ts of the sporty chic style.
Do wear shorts with a two inch
inseam; don’t wear short shorts
that may give people the wrong
impression of you. Do wear a
jacket on top of your spaghetti
straps; do not allow your bare
shoulders to show, it is an unevenly distributed air-conditioned school, you’re not under
the warm sun in the summertime quite yet.
is exhibited by senior Rachel
Crane. Do wear a nice blouse
that makes your tan pop out,
don’t wear a skimpy, short cocktail dress to school. It’s school,
not a party. Do wear an appropriate length skirt, don’t wear a
dress or skirt that could make
your legs look like those of a
Ecker shows off her cute, casual
look. Do wear jean shorts with
a two inch inseam; don’t wear
such short jean shorts that will
land you an after-school. No
one wants to see your bare skin.
Do wear a cute T-shirt that
shows you are ready to have
fun; don’t wear a low tank top.
Again, it is not summertime
Poses in PT
LexiMiller Life and Style Editor
You’ve never tried
yoga like this before.
heated classes, the temperature
is kept at 79 degrees.
SHPY, or South Hills
Power Yoga, has finally arrived
in Peters Township. The Peters
Township studio is located in
the same plaza as Panera Bread
and is the second studio of
the business, the first being in
There are a variety
of classes at SHPY. The most
common classes are the “Basics” and “All Levels”, which
are heated and are both perfect
for anyone from beginners to
experts. There are two nonheated classes as well: “Gentle/
Restorative” and “Seated Meditation”. The “Seated Meditation” classes are free to the
public and are a half hour long.
SHPY offers a “Pay-What-YouCan” class once a week, which
is non-heated and is at a level
in between the “Basics” and
“All Levels”. It is the most costeffective class that they offer,
because it runs solely on donations from the participants.
Power Yoga is an intense workout-based form of
yoga that is designed to increase flexibility, strength, and
focus. It combines the synchronized breathing, or Vinyasa, a series of poses, and a
heated studio room. All classes at the Peters studio are held
in the same room, but the temperature varies as some classes
are heated and some are not.
In the heated classes, the room
is kept at a temperature between 90 and 95 degrees, with
60% humidity. In the non-
For new students to
SHPY, they created a “10 for
$10” deal in which first-timers
are allowed to attend as many
practices as they want for ten
days, for just ten dollars. The
studio also offers a great student
discount with a high school or
college student ID. Once the
offer expires, you are welcome
to pay the drop-in rate for
$13 a class, or $9 for students.
You can also purchase multiple class passes, or an unlimited class pass for one or three
months. All class passes can be
redeemed at either studio location, and can be purchased both
in-studio or online.
All teachers at SHPY
have completed the 200-hour
training program and are highly knowledgeable.
If you want to grow
stronger in both mind and
body, yoga is a perfect opportunity for you. South Hills Power
Yoga is a great way to take advantage of it!
Photo by Lexi Miller
My Journey to the Grammys
This year I had the amazing opportunity to attend music’s
biggest night, the Grammys. When
I think of award shows, I think of
a glamorous, magical night. But for
the celebrities that attend, it is just
another night out. For us average
Joes though, the night was surreal
on every aspect. Watching it on TV
and then actually being there are two
completely different experiences.
On the day of the Grammys,
my friends and I were so nervous.
We were afraid of tripping or making a fool out of ourselves in front of
the celebrities. We arrived at the red
carpet at 2:30 and were atomically shocked at the rush of people,
the flashing of the lights, and the overall noise. As we were walking to the actual carpet, we came face-to -face with Kelly Osborne. The funny thing about seeing celebrities is that you will
not recognize them when you see them. We were so used to seeing celebrities in pictures or on the TV that when we saw them
in person, we didn’t know who they were. Every celebrity that I
saw or met, I didn’t realize it was actually them until much later. I
know it’s an antique cliché to say that celebrities are just like you
and me, but that is really the truth. Some of us see celebrities as
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girl and Ryan Secreast was a very short man with blonde hair.
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As we entered the Staples Center, all around us people
were eating McDonalds in ball gowns. Pretty ironic, right? Everywhere you went, people stared. Not because you looked terrible
or too terribly good but because they were curious as to whom
you were. When we walked into the Staples Center, people were
filing in left and right. We took our seats early to watch the celebrities come in. When you are watching the show, it appears to be
well put together and magical, but when you are actually there, it
was a production. When you see maybe four people on the stage
on your screen, there were actually 50 people on the stage. There
were people constantly on the stage, setting up the next set and
cleaning up from the last performance. Nothing was as it seemed.
When the presenters were on stage, people dressed in
black guided them down the stairs. When there were commercials, everyone got up and walked around while past performances
were playing on the projections around the room. 30 seconds before the show was about to air,
the announcer would say “Sit
down, take your seats!” When
everyone was sitting down the
announcer would ask for applause and everyone would
applaud and scream. After the
show, we were lead to the after
party. The after party was Bollywood theme. The party was
everything you would imagine
it would be. There were belly dancers performing with snakes and
the room was filled with colors of purple and blue. There was a
buffet of Indian food all along the sides of the room. On the other
side of the room, Estelle was
performing on the dance floor.
The room was loud and there
were celebrities everywhere.
The night was unreal,
and to be honest, it hasn’t really
hit me that I was at the Grammys. My friends and I kept saying, “What are we even doing
here?” “What is this?!” “I don’t
know what’s happening!” It’s
safe to say that this was a once
in a lifetime experience.
Photos sumbitted by Alex Alavi
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14 People Features
Fiddlers in the Pit
The school musical, Fiddler on
the Roof, is finally here and all
of the cast and crew are hard at
work with last-minute preparations for opening night. Everyone is fired up and ready to
perform. However, the people
on the stage are not the only
ones who are busy practicing
to get this show on the road.
Down below in front of the
stage, in the area that gets no
spotlight, is the pit. This large
group of young musicians is
sweating it out just as much as
the stars onstage.
Under the direction
of Mrs. Fox, instrumentalists
of all kinds come together to
create and supply a symphony
of brilliance every year for the
spring musical. After last year’s
performance of Legally Blonde
the Musical, the pit is eager to
be playing some
music that’s a
little more “traditional.” Since
have been busy
the play. Let’s
face it; sitting in
in the band
for hours and hours is exhausting and can sometimes even
be frustrating. The musical is
one of the biggest high school
events of the year, so the students try their hardest to
sound the best that they can.
“The music is fun to
play and the music isn’t that
hard,” says sophomore saxophonist Andrea Bryan. “Each
song contributes to the whole
Chrissy McNeal enthuses, “It’s
fun. We have jokes and [being
in pit] really improves my playing.”
Adam Shope, states, “[My favorite song from the musical
would be] Sunrise Sunset”.
One of the other popular pieces to play among the
pit is Entr’acte. The students
cannot get the tune out of their
“For me, the thrill of
any theatre production with an
orchestra is very exciting,” Mrs.
Fox, states, “I grew up listening
to both opera and musical theatre. During production, I enjoy watching the project evolve
and seeing the individual efforts of every member of the
company from the tech crew to
the actors, singers and dancers,
and the musicians, come together with a synergy that defies explanation. Every performance has a kind of ‘electrical
current’ that builds throughout
all of the rehearsals and brings
it all to life in front of the audience. As for favorite songs,
I really like them all, some for
their energy, some for their
charm and some because they
deliver the plot far better than
mere dialogue could.”
The students highly
encourage other young instrumentalists to join them in the
pit. Not only is pit a way of
improving music skills, but it’s
also a way of meeting people
who all share a same interestmusic.
It’s evident that the life in the
pit can be stressful, but also a
load of fun. As the musical’s
full performance rolls in, the
pit is warming up their scales
and trills. All of the young musicians are really excited for the
play where all their hard work
will finally pay off.
Photos by Casey Kirwan
Dancing On the Roof
On March 21st, 22nd, and 23rd,
the Thespian Troupe proudly presents
their spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof.
The cast and crew worked for months to
prepare, practicing their singing, acting,
and dancing. While every cast member is
required to dance in a few numbers, some
students were cast as “specialty dancers”
and will perform the more strenuous routines. Although several of these girls take
lessons or are on the dance team, just as
many of these “specialty” dancers
have little to no previous experience.
Senior Carla Hoge is the perfect
example; she has not taken a dance
class since third grade, when she
took a jazz class for a few weeks.
Almost every girl, like Hoge, took
dance lessons at some point in her
young life, but that does not guarantee she knows how to do a pirouette or
step-ball-change. “I literally laughed out
loud when I saw the cast list, but I also
thought it would be a fun challenge” said
junior Emma Gray. Still, the girls have
accepted this challenge and have worked
for countless hours with choreographer
Lisa Elliott. “Lisa is super helpful and very
nice,” said freshman Jenna Jacobs. Hoge
added, “Lisa is absolutely the most patient
and helpful choreographer I could ask
The main number the girls dance
in is “L’Chaim,” or “To Life.” In this scene
they play Russian men, a proud, cocky,
talented group of dancers. This requires
the girls to act confident and masculine,
all while completing Russian-style jumps,
kicks, squats, and knee walks. “The hardest part is definitely the knee walks and the
jumps,” said Gray. All in all, the specialty
dancers feel even more special now than
when they were initially cast.
Additionally, the girls learned a
few life lessons. “I learned that I can meet
so many more people by trying something
new,” Jacobs said. Gray learned a different
lesson, “I learned to not be afraid to take
on challenges, even if they may involve
dancing… in front of people…”
Hometown HiQ on Queue
Photo sumbitted by Mrs. Ranade
The Peters Township
Hometown Hi Q team is
having undeniable success
this season. Jack Hussey, Josh
Bowman, and Sean Yang, the
masters of general knowledge,
are the main reasons for the
team’s dominance. The team
won in the playoffs
against Bethel Park
High Schools on
February 16 at
and is now in the
much of the credit to the weekly
practices, which help the team
“We do lots of sample
questions, we practice using
buzzers and go over answers in
each of the 4 main categoriesmath, science, literature, and
social studies,” she said.
competition isn’t just a
competition, it’s the most
important in their team’s
history, and she is aware extra
preparations need to be made.
“Focus on harder
questions, study material
in-depth, encourage kids to
watch Jeopardy and Hi Q
shows regularly, more math,
anatomy, and chemistry
building strategies to help us
win,” Ranade stated.
This is the most
successful Hometown Hi Q
squad PTHS has ever had.
Not only did they make school
history by becoming the first
PTHS Hi Q team to make the
semifinals, but they have also
been invited to the National
Academic Championship in
May in the nation’s capital.
The semifinal will be aired
on March 23 at 11:00 AM on
KDKA. Tune in to watch the
team advance to the finals for
the first time ever.
PTHS Hometown HiQ team consists
of seniors Josh Bowman and Sean Yang
and junior Jack Hussey. Congratulations on an outstanding season.
Ten Seniors Sign Athletic Scholarships
Spring means one thing for the seniors: their high
school career is coming to an end. The class of 2013 will leave
their legacy here and will always be remembered for what
they’ve accomplished academically, as well as in their extracurricular activities. In the class of 2013, seventeen seniors were
talented enough to sign into their dream colleges on a sports
scholarship. This issue focuses on the ten senior that signed in
February. These students are looking forward to meeting new
people and living on their own, as well as exploring new options outside of “the bubble.”
“The thing I’m most excited about is playing on a new
team and getting to meet the new coaches,” stated senior Olivia
However, the end of their high school careers only
means the beginning of a new one; moving on to bigger and
better things in their lives.
“One of the things I’m looking forward to have got to
be the Point Park University meal plan,” senior Shiloh Simonson said.
Senior Shiloh Simonson signs to her dream
college of Point Park
Uiversity on a Volleyball
After taking one of the
biggest steps in their
lives, all ten seniors line
up to document this
moment after signing to
Alex Alavi- Haverford College, Soccer
Adam Becker- Bethany College, Baseball
Kelly Johnson- University of Mount Union, Volleyball
Cole Kochman- Youngstown State University, Football
Abbie Lavigna- Kent State University, Soccer
Bill McLuckie- Bethany College, Baseball
Olivia Robertson- Duquesne University, Soccer
Harmony Shepardson- University of Charleston, Golf
Shiloh Simonson- Point Park University, Volleyball
Mike Woltz- Robert Morris, Football
Senior Adam Becker signs
to Bethany College on a
well earned baseball scholarship.
Photos by Alexa Kennedy
Matt Mullan Staff Writer
Alright fellas, this is something you’re going to want
to pay attention to. Everyone knows that prom is all about
looking good and having a good time dancing until you can’t
dance no more. Something that you have to think about before getting ready to look dapper in your suit and tie, is how
are you going to get there? You’re going to need to clean up
the inside and outside of your ride. What’s that? You don’t
have a ‘whip’ and you’re stuck in something like a 2002 minivan? Sweet talk your parents and see if you can drive their
car. They”ll get a free carwash and you get a nice ride. Win,
Another option you have is to rent a limo. Since
prom is downtown this year, it isn’t a bad idea. No one has
to worry about getting lost in the city and missing the whole
night, or finding parking, because someone else can do all
that for you. If you have a decently sized group, you can all
split the cost and it will be relatively inexpensive.
If you are driving yourself, especially your parents’
car, be careful driving, stay above the influence, and make
sure you know where you’re going and allow yourself to have
enough time to get there so you’re not rushing.
Kristina Carbonara Staff Writer
• Dress to impress, this isn’t
just a casual get together.
• Coordinate the dress with
the tie and the vest, matching
colors is a must
• Get matching flowers for the
corsage and boutonniere.
• Go all out with hair, makeup, nails, dress, etc. You only
go to prom once or twice.
• Take lots of pictures, Prom
is something you want to remember and look back on
with good memories.
• Have a great time, have fun
with friends, your date, and
Design by Julie Griffith
• Wear tennis shoes with your
dress. It is okay to bring them
along as something to change
into, but it is a major don’t if
you wear them for pictures or
just in general
• Wear any funky colored tuxes
such as pastel colors or animal
print, but if you do want to wear
white make sure you discuss it
with your date first.
• Pick any random flower because you like it or think it is
pretty, pay attention to colors
and types of flowers.
• Cowboy hats, cowboy boots,
or bowlows. We live in Peters,
not the wild wild West.
• Forget a camera or you cell
phone, you will regret not having any photos of your own
• Cause drama about groups!
Go with your friends and you
will see the rest at the dance and
get pictures there.
Alana Lomis Staff Writer
Jeanie Lambert, the owner of Sorrelle Bridal, is an expert when it comes to finding the perfect prom gown. Mrs. Lambert came up with a list to help you get that perfect prom dress. Read it,
memorize it, live by it. These tips will make your prom dress shopping stress free.
Prom Dress Professional Tips
• Above all else, be you.
• Only bring your best friend. Your entire group of friends don’t have to go.
• Sherri Hill and Jovani are Jeanie’s favorite designers, but they can be a bit expensive. “If you
want dynamite, you are going to pay for dynamite.”
• Dresses range from $250 to over $1,000. Have a budget in mind.
• This year it is all about the lace, glitz, and glam.
• When going for a ball gown, make sure you can actually move in it.
• Make sure you can move around in any dress. Too tight is never right.
• If you find a dress you love, buy it! It may be gone the next day. Do not wait.
• Start looking now. If you need a different size or want a different color, it may be too late to
order the dress.
• If it’s your senior year, go out with a bang; don’t be afraid to be original.
• You are the one wearing the dress, so make sure you like it. This one seems obvious, but you’d
• Leave the boyfriend at home.
Hannah Carpenter Staff Writer
The all-coveted high school prom is upon us. It is an evening promoted from a young age as being the most glamorous night of our lives.
Now, prom is a lovely evening and can be a lot of fun, but (like everything else in high school) it comes with its own drama.
Even if prama (drama + prom. Get it?) is inevitable, if you go in to the evening knowing that it’s not going to be a sparkly spread from a
Seventeen magazine, you can enjoy yourself. Even if the list of problems seems to go on and on, you may find that you can handle these
situations and have a lovely evening. Remember: This is advice, not a firm set of ground rules. Do what you want to do at prom. Try not
to over think this evening and have a great time. That is what ultimately matters.
THE LOOK: Girls- please don’t panic about your look. I know that you
may think everything has to be perfect, from the hair to the make-up
to the jewelry to the shoes. Quick rundown: If you don’t like your hair
when the hairdresser is done, SAY SOMETHING. They will definitely
help you fix it. Doing your hair yourself is also more than acceptable.
You may find that girls spend way too much on a style they could have
done themselves at home. Do not go overboard on the make-up. You
will just end up sweating it at the dance. Same idea with the shoes-they’re only relevant during the pictures. Try not to spend a ton on
six-inch pumps that you will never wear again because they hurt your
feet. Think practical; you will probably take them off when you dance
anyway. As for jewelry, as fun as it may be, no one spends too much
time nit-picking jewelry. Thinking simple is fine.
THE OUTFIT: Girls spend anywhere from the day before prom,
to the day after prom last year picking out the perfect dress for
that special night. They seem to go through a whole lot of trouble
making sure their dress is a reflection of themselves, and glamorous enough to make them stand out, but not too much. Before
you drop a fortune on a dress you’ll wear for only one evening,
know that there are plenty of dress shops online where you can
find a perfectly suitable dress without forfeiting your college tuition. Check out promgirl.com or micwell.com for great options.
As for you, guys, it is simple. Go with your date to your tuxedo
shop of choice to make sure you both match. If you’re going stag,
get a black and white tuxedo, that way you will look great with
THE GROUP: This planning step can be the stickiest. Try to never
let your group get too big. If your group has forty people-- you’ve
gone too far. As difficult as it may be, aim for a smaller group. Arranging tables and pictures will be much easier as a result.
THE DATE: The panic of finding a date to prom seems to trouble
almost everyone for months. Keep an open mind. Don’t be afraid
to ask a friend. Prom does not need to be romanticized. Don’t feel
pressured to make a big event out of “the asking” either. Finding
a date in general is exciting enough, not that a little showmanship
ever hurt anybody. When it ultimately comes down to it, going
single with a group of friends is perfectly acceptable.
THE DANCING: Have no fear. In the long run, almost no one
knows how to dance too well in high school. Be adventurous and
enjoy yourself, just try not to hurt yourself or anyone around you.
The Entertainment Must List
Spring is the best time of year—it’s the end of the awful cold, and everything outside grows and becomes and full of life. While staying in
school during these beautiful months can be such a drag, you can make it better by checking out some of these pop culture greats.
At the end of 2012, Mac Miller released
a jazz EP with The Velvet Revival under
the name Larry Lovestein. Mac shows his
versatility, switching from hip-hop to jazz.
Whether you like the Pittsburgh rapper or
not, You shows he’s underrated. Consistently Mac is remembered as the kid rapping on “Donald Trump,” but it’s Larry that
should be getting the attention. The EP
features five songs, each with him crooning over love. It’s not the best of jazz, but
I’m more than willing to believe Larry can
only go up from here.
Life of Pi
This spectacular film was recently nominated for 12 Oscars, four of which it won
(more than any other film). The plot
centers on a young boy, Pi, and his fight
for survival in the ocean on a small boat
with no one but a Bengal tiger. Ang Lee,
the film’s director (who took home a welldeserved Oscar for his work) captured the
spiritual dilemma of the film perfectly.
Life of Pi presents the question of whether people overcome hardships through
self-determination or with the help of a
higher being. The additions of an amazing
soundtrack, breathtaking shots, and mindblowing special effects make this film a
Season 3 of Workaholics
In January the Comedy Central show came
back from its hiatus. Workaholics follows
the everyday experiences of Blake, Anders,
and Adam; three college dropouts and
TelAmeriCorp workers. The show is written by its stars and Kyle Newacheck. Their
random everyday lives combined with the
pop culture references and memorable
quotes (“Substance abuse problem? If anything, we have a Subway abuse problem.
We destroy $5 footlongs!” and many more
I unfortunately cannot put in here) make
the show hilarious. Let’s. Get. Weird.
Thomas Pynchon wrote this novel (set in
L.A. in the late 60’s) a few years ago. Pynchon’s imagery and descriptions of the
setting reminisce on an easy-going time.
The plot follows Doc Sportello, whose exgirlfriend comes looking for his help in
her tangled relationship with an important
real-estate agent. Inherent Vice ’s descriptions of sunny L.A. make it easy to escape
the seemingly never-ending cold we have
Like many rappers coming from California
recently (along with Kendrick Lamar, OF,
Dom Kennedy, and OverDoz) Skeme is
doing great things. A few months ago, he
released a full album titled Alive Living.
On many tracks, his flow and metaphors
really hit, such as “Alive,” “Kidz With Gunz
(feat. Schoolboy Q),” and “All the Time.”
However, he still has work to do to meet
the talents of his Cali neighbors.
Catching a Killer from Your Couch
Crime shows can be entertaining
and appealing to everyone. People watch
crime shows for the ultimate thrill of catching the killer and finding his/her motive.
“I enjoy watching crime shows
because they are interesting and full of
suspense. I am always on the edge on my
seat while watching them,” said sophomore
There are numerous crime shows
on TV today. Two popular ones include
NCIS and Psych. NCIS which stands for
Naval Criminal Investigative Service is an
extremely popular drama crime show, and
is currently on its’ tenth season. This show
is about a team of special agents who solve
murders, catch serial killers and terrorists,
and track down kidnappers relating to the
Navy or Marines. Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a
former Marine is the caring, intuitive, but
intimidating team leader.
Gibb’s team consists of five close,
but very different members. The comedian, Special Agent Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, references a movie every episode while
flirting with almost every woman he encounters. Special Agent Timothy McGee,
referred to as “McGeek “or “Probie” by DiNozzo, is the computer geek of the squad.
The hardcore and former Mussad officer,
Special Agent Ziva David, has an unspoken
chemistry between DiNozzo, bringing romance into the show. Supporting the team
is a Gothic forensic scientist, Abby Sciuto,
who can process any evidence thrown at
her and is like a daughter to Gibbs. The
last component of team is a British Medical
Examiner, Donald “Ducky” Mallard, who
always has a unique story to tell.
“My favorite crime show is by far
NCIS because it is able to combine comedy
and chemistry between the characters with
a serious topic about investigating murders,” said sophomore Sarah Magyan.
Psych which returned for its’
seventh season on February 27, is a crime
show about a fake psychic, Shawn Spencer. He conned the police into hiring him,
thinking that he is a real psychic, due to his
remarkable talent for noticing the tiniest
details. Shawn is assisted by his childhood
best friend, Burton ‘Gus’ Guster, a pharmaceutical salesman. Together, they go on
hilarious adventures while solving every
murder case thrown at them.
“Psych is my favorite crime show
because in every episode Shawn and Gus
are able to spin who murdered who into
something completely unsuspected while
keeping you laughing every minute,” stated
freshman Emily Fornof
Shawn and Gus work for the Santa Barbra Police Department under Chief
Karen Vick. The head detective for the
SBPD is Carlton “Lassie” Lassiter, whose
tolerance for Shawn’s juvenile ways often
pushes him over the limits. Lassiter’s partner, Detective Juliet O’Hara is Shawn’s girlfriend in the current season.
Students who enjoy watching
crime shows should definitely watch NCIS
and Psych. Together; these shows offer
something for everyone such as comedy,
suspense, thrill, romance, and much more!
NCIS stars Mark Harmon, Rocky Carol, and
Cote de Pablo discuss their TV Show, NCIS.
Queen B Makes a Comeback
Beyoncé: Every guy loves her and every girl wants to blue, and from the Roman numeral IV, hence Ivy. The number four
be her. She is the oh-so talented music artist and actress that has plays an important role in the duo’s lives. Beyoncé’s birthday is Sepsingle-handedly created an empire that is all her own. She has ev- tember 4, Jay-Z’s is December 4, and they were married on April
erything: immense fame, platinum albums, a loving family, and a 4. The couple also has tattoos of the Roman numeral on their ring
strong head on her shoulders. After fading into the shadows for a fingers.
short period of time, Ms. Knowles has made a major comeback in
Beyoncé has also come out with her own documentary,
the past few months, and that has people talking.
which is available on HBO or on demand. The documentary is
After parting ways in 2005, Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, unique in the sense that Beyoncé, who has never been one to share
and Kelly Rowland reunited for the first time in eight years to personal information, opens up about every aspect of her life. It
bring Destiny’s Child back together. Yes people, the triple threat is goes through her decision to become independent and break free
back. They released an album on January 29 titled “Love Songs.”
from her manager, whom is also her father, and how that has af
Beyoncé also took the opportunity to perform the half- fected their relationship. It describes the hardships she has endured
time show during the Super Bowl. She rocked it, performing many losing her first baby in a miscarriage, and it also displays home
of her popular songs, such as “Crazy in Love” and “Halo.” Her per- videos of Beyoncé as a child. And, of course,
formance was powerful and one to never, ever forget. Rowland there is never-before-seen footage of Beyonand Williams accompanied Beyoncé, singing a number from their cé’s breathtaking voice and performances, as
new album. The show brought down the house, and needless to well as extremely personal interviews. Beyonsay, left everyone speechless. The Twitter timelines had much to cé gives new meaning to the creatively titled
say about Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé’s performance, and her legs.
documentary “Life is but a Dream.”
Adding to Beyonce’s crazy life, she and her husband Jay-
Beyoncé has achieved these acZ welcomed their beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, (unique, we complishments all on her own in the past
know) into the world just over a year ago. This was a tremendous few months, as she is her own manager now.
milestone for the couple, and for fans everywhere. This child will Knowles is making her way back up the
sure be more than talented, and needless to say one of the lucki- charts, and we will continue to watch as she
est in the world. Who wouldn’t love having Beyoncé and Jay-Z as continues her success, and takes over the
their parents? Blue’s unique name comes from Jay’s favorite color, world.
Is Pitch Perfect the new Mean Girls?
It’s been nearly begins to approach you to say “shalom.” If
a decade since you replied “that’s not a real word, but keep
Mean Girls first trying you will get there,” the rest of the
hit the big screen, cast wouldn’t be very surprised since most
all of them have seen Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect
who saw it. If a screaming that at some kid in a yarmulke.
movie like this
Although as audience members we
can be so successful for this long, what made love our quotes, we may love those special
it so special and can any other movie top characters just a bit more. Mean Girls has
it? Let’s be honest, fans like Mean Girls so Coach Carr. He’s blunt, he’s awkward, and
much because it is so quotable in everyday his small role plays a large part in the film.
life. But this past October, Mean Girls may He provides the very apparently loved “or
have met its match…Pitch Perfect.
you will get pregnant and die” quote that
Let’s say you are sitting in Mr. so many people use in “Real Talk” when
Milchovich’s math class learning about it’s time to anonymously write a phrase on
limits. You and your friend are not quite their sticky note. But Pitch Perfect has its
sure of the answer, so naturally, the “limit shining star, Fat Amy. Fat Amy is an “open
does not exist,” according to Mean Girls. Or book,” according to her own description.
perhaps you are running the mile in gym She says whatever she is thinking about at
class…eh, well, kind of… and Mr. Farrell the given moment. She is highlight of the
begins to ask you what you are doing. Your movie, no questions asked. Plus most of the
first response should be, “I’m horizontal laughs at the show come from one of her
running,” from Pitch Perfect. Let’s be lines, which she improvised most of them.
honest, you are still running aren’t you? Now that is true talent, my friends.
Maybe you are participating in a tolerance
Half of these references will
assembly in the auditorium, and you are not make sense if you haven’t seen these
not quite sure who is on the stage speaking movies, but trust me; it is worthwhile to
from your class. Someone will inevitably be able to quote them in your everyday life
scream “she doesn’t even go here,” while and experience characters Hollywood has
odds are, she does, or at least that’s what not seen up until now. Pitch Perfect is the
Mean Girls would say. And while being on up-and-coming Mean Girls of this decade,
the subject of the stage, maybe you are a but it’s not for me to decide. “I hate myself
cast member in the spring musical, Fiddler everyday because of it.” So I cannot really
on the Roof and you are playing a daughter be the judge.
in the wedding. Another cast member
Playlist of the
Design by Christine Gaab
Ready, Aim, Law?
After the recent school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut
and other schools across the nation, gun control groups, law enforcement officials, and others are asking for Congress to address
gun violence. President Obama did not press any gun control
measures in his first term, but now with the help of his democratic
leaders in the House, he has rolled out a large number of proposals and made this issue a top priority. Congress will have to face
the uphill battle, however, in order for a gun restriction law to be
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi presented fifteen principles that focus on limiting gun rights. Some of the central and
most controversial pieces include reinstating the assault weapons
ban and requiring universal background checks for anyone purchasing firearms. Members of Congress, however, think that reinstating the assault weapons ban will not get enough support from
both parties. When it comes to reducing gun violence, President
Obama believes it is best to look at criminal records and check
mental stability before purchasing. Once his ideas are approved,
the next step is to vote on it.
Other recommendations include strengthening the current
background check database, restoring federal funding to research
ways to reduce gun violence, improving mental health resources,
and improving school safety. Pelosi told Congress that she wanted
“the boldest possible package” and argued that “the American
people are way ahead of Congress on this issue” (CNN.com). The
American public has an interest
in the issue and public opinion
polls show more people are willing to approve stricter controls
and new laws. The National Rifle
Association (NRA) is ramping
up a campaign against the proposed gun control measures.
They do not believe that the five
key states (Arkansas, Louisiana,
Maine, North Carolina and West
Photo by AP Images
Virginia) are going to be able to get enough
votes. Several Democratic senators are expected to face tough re-election fights in their respective states
because of supporting stricter gun control measures.
It’s March, and the
SATs are rapidly approaching.
Whether you’ve prepared for
them or not, it can be a treacherous experience. Getting up
early on a Saturday morning
and taking a four hour long
test is definitely not a student’s
cup of tea. And nothing is more
frustrating than when the scores
come back lower than expected.
Many high school students have
their own theories about the
best ways to study, but the question is, what is the best way to
There is always the option of signing up for an SAT
prep course if you’re willing
to spend some cash. According to studies, SAT classes can
potentially raise your score by
Yousufzai: A Voice for
Kelsey Hunter|Staff Writer
Inspiration is everywhere. For
millions of women throughout the
world, theirs now stems from a fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl named
Malala Yousufzai. She is one of the
greatest activists the world has ever
seen and is not even old enough to
In Pakistan, it is a
rare occurrence for a woman to voice
her opinion, and unheard of to speak
out against the Taliban. This brave
Photo by AP Images
girl spoke up for all Middle Eastern women
wanting an education. But, she was punished. Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck on her way home
from school on October 9, 2012. The shooters fled from the scene
but were known to be Taliban gunmen.
Yousufzai’s life was in critical condition and she was airlifted to a hospital in the United Kingdom. Even with the critical injuries she received, she survived the near-fatal accident and
left the hospital able to walk and speak again, improving each day
with physical therapy and rehabilitation. Still the Taliban remain a
huge threat to this young prodigy. CNN reported that the Taliban
will not tolerate Yosufzai and if she continues to speak out against
them, they will continue to target her.
There is still fear that they may attack again. So for now
Yousufzai is living in Great Britain. However, this has not stopped
her work. Even after this horrific incident, she continues to write
a blog and speak out against the way Pakistani women are being
treated. In an interview with CNN Yousufzai stated, “I want to
serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated.”
Yousufzai’s bravery shows that there is hope even against
strong military leaders like the Taliban. She is still speaking up in
her blog when she writes about standing up for her rights and the
desire to improve her country.
“It seems that it is only when dozens of schools have been
destroyed and hundreds others closed down that the army thinks
about protecting them. Had they conducted their operations here
properly, this situation would not have arisen,” (criticalapp.com).
This courage from just one young girl proves that truly anyone can
make a difference. Malala Yousufzai is a legacy.
Don’t Sweat the SATs
200 points. SAT classes can lege board book and other helpbe found everywhere and can ful materials,” said junior Alana
range from semi-private to Hiner.
large group instruction.
While a classroom
“The class I’m enrolled setting might work very well
in gives me tips on how to ef- for one student, it may be too
ficiently take the SAT test. It broad for another. Private tucosts $175 for four three-hour toring is a different and more
classes at the public library on specialized method to practice
Sundays. We learn from other for the SATs, but typically you
classmates’ questions and mis- get less time for your money.
takes so the classroom setting
“I have an SAT tuhelps. We have two Penn State tor that comes to my house for
professors who have previously two hours a week. I feel like I’m
scored the SAT so they know learning a lot because there are
what is expected from us. The no distractions from other kids
class is worth the money also and I can practice whatever I
because we are given the col- need to work on with the tu-
tor. I take a practice test and
she tells me why I’m missing
the things I miss,” said junior
independent studying is the cheapest.
The College Board SAT book
serves as a good resource to
those who are practicing individually.
Contrary to popular
belief, it doesn’t take hours of
prep classes and studying to
get satisfactory SAT scores.
One of the most important
score boosters is confidence
and perseverance. The SATs
can be taken as many times as
needed, so if scores from the
March test aren’t ideal, there
are many more chances to
The Future is Now
October 21st, 2015. Does that date ring
a bell? It’s the date that Marty McFly and
Doc Brown fly to in Back to the Future
Part II. Although director Robert Zemeckis’s predictions of flying cars, hover
boards, and self-tying shoelaces may
not come true by the time the current
sophomores are seniors, but technology
is headed toward a whole other level.
Google recently released a promo
for their new product “Google Glass.”
According to the video, the product is to be worn as glasses and
perform many of the same functions as other top-rated Apple
products, such as the iPhone. The commercial shows people doing remarkable things such as recording videos, taking pictures,
sending texts, using GPS, surfing the Web, and finding restaurants.
Of course, the product does resemble spy glasses with the widget
on the top of one lens and extending back. However, the fact that
Google has the ability to create such a product is incredible. The
company targets a release before year’s end at a price under $1,500.
It makes one wonder what is to come next in the world
of technology. Both Sony and Microsoft have already announced
the release of new gaming consoles in the near future. With the
Playstation Move and the Xbox Kinect already in place, it will be
interesting to see how the two rival companies build off the already
astounding capabilities of the devices.
Additionally, the electric car was founded not all too long
ago. Although many find it unimportant, it’s a huge step in the environmental and technology worlds. Who knows how close we really are to flying cars?
We live in a world today that centers entirely around technology. Many students can’t last more than ten minutes without
checking their smartphone. In between every class period, hundreds of students have their headphones in, listening to their iPods.
With every passing day, masterminds are busy behind their computers, working on the next big thing.
For those who say that they don’t obsess over the newest
gadgets, think about it. More than likely, you either make fun of
your friends that have flip phones or weep over the fact that the
best phone you ever owned was the LG Chocolate. The iPod Classic
now seems like a tool a caveman would have used to draw on the
Search for New Pope
Pope Benedict XVI, at age 85, has recently become the first pope to retire from the
Catholic Church in six hundred years. He gave
an emotional farewell speech during a meeting of Vatican Cardinals. The pope left due to
his decreasing health and high age on February 28, 2013. He felt his age did not allow him
to fully complete the job that was entrusted to
Replacing Pope Benedict will not be an
easy task. Leading over one billion Roman Catholics nationwide
requires both “strength and mind of body.” The new pope must be
elected by the end of March, which leaves a large task ahead of the
cardinals. Managing a church that holds over a billion Catholics is
not an easy job to walk into, which makes the Pope’s decision to
step down even more bold.
March 2013 21
What in the World?
The latest in technology has arrived. A transparent phone was recently
constructed in Taiwan and after six years
of intense research and development, it
will be produced this year. The innovation is said to have the same capabilities
as the typical smart phone, except it is
transparent and 25 percent lighter than
the iPhone 5. Although the price has not
been released, the inventors claimed the new device to be sold
cheaper than the iPhone 5! If Taiwan’s production continues to
succeed, it looks like the transparent phones may become more
common than the iPhone.
Who could possibly be more intelligent than Einstein?
Shockingly enough, a sixteen year old girl from the United Kingdom has been discovered as smarter. After stumbling upon an
IQ test, newfound genius Lauren Marbe,
whose interests include fake tanning and
manicures, scored 161, which is higher
than Einstein and Bill Gates. Lauren has
defied the “dumb blonde” stereotype, and
she is blown away by her accomplishment. “It was such an achievement and I
got a bit tearful to tell you the truth,” said
Marbe (indianexpress.com). Lauren’s love
for cosmetics and blonde highlights does
not change the fact that she is one of the
most clever individuals out there.
If you think you may have an unhealthy addiction to
chocolate or potato chips, meet Nicole, a 19 year old whose personal addiction is consuming a stick of roll-on deodorant per
day. While the average teenager uses this as an antiperspirant,
Nicole uses this as her main
source of nutrition. “My
brain tells me, ‘You have to
eat it.’ I tried giving it up for
a week but got really sick and
had bad headaches,” admits
Nicole (mirror.co.uk). In order to control her odd craving for deodorant, she eats
almonds as a substitute.
What’s the best way to stop a robber? Forget the bat,
club, or knife and use a hot cup of Joe. In New Haven, Connecticut, a man attempted to climb through the Dunkin’ Donuts
drive-through window after an employee refused to give him
change for a $100 bill. As a quick and desperate measure to stop
the man, the employee threw hot coffee at his face. The startled
man drove away empty handed.
Art classes are the most widely taken electives at PTHS. From Eletronic Imagery to Ceramics, students can demonstrate creativity through a variety of media and learn new ways to express themselves through art. Below are pieces that the students have recently created.
Liz McElhaney, 10
Hannah Falcione, 9
Macy McKnight, 12
Emily Warne, 11
Diana Sarnicke, 11
Emily Corrigan, 12
Lauren Belack, 12
Kelsey Collins, 10
Nico Arribas, 12
Design by Jenn Coffey
Photos by Justin Puente and Emily Koch
Freshmen:Where is the most memorable place you’ve found an Easter Basket?
Stephan Aronson: “The bottom Courtney Ecker: “In
of a diving board.”
“The top of a tree.”
Sophomores: What are you looking forward to with the warm spring weather?
Casey Moran: “Short
shorts and parties!”
Courtney Smore: “Spending
Brycen Hancock: “To
time outside with friends.” drive with my top down.”
Mia Magnotti: “Playing
Juniors: Who would be your celebrity prom date?
Geno DeBlasio: “Kate
Elsie Growall: “Jesse
Seniors: What is the best April Fools prank you’ve ever played?
Lauren Cisney: “Gave someone Drew Schaefer: “Lied to my Carla Buzzatto: “Wrapped sink Landen Donofrio: “Put broth
caramel covered onions.” cousin about video game cheats.” faucet with rubber band.”
cubes in shower head.”
Teachers: What would be your dream vacation to take over spring break?
Señora Miller: “Visit my
mom in Mexico. Most amazing tamales.”
Mrs. Boni: “Any beach with
Mr. Davidson: “Fiji, anything
to get away from the cold.”