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Motivation for MiniTHON
12-year-old Cora Beyer (center) is surrounded by several Penn State students at THON 2013 after singing her favorite Taylor Swift song to the crowd. Inspired by THON, Central’s own MiniTHON takes place tomorrow at Central York High School. (Photo by Stephanie Beyer). By Caroline Hughes STAFF WRITER
Three years in a hospital may seem like a long time, but it’s nothing compared to the feeling Cora Beyer has of being cancer-free for four years and counting. Cora, now 12, says her three years in and out of the hospital flew by with help from her “support team” at Hershey Medical Center. Cora’s mother, Stephanie Beyer, recently shared their family’s battle, describing the unexpected yet cherished
moments of her daughter’s experience being a pediatric cancer patient at Hershey Medical Center. Home to the Four Diamonds Fund and thousands of visiting students at Penn State University, the hospital was comparable to a “cruise ship,” with the chief focus on children’s comfort and entertainment. Without an ounce of previous knowledge of the Four Diamonds Fund or THON, Beyer learned that to be a part of the Four Diamonds family “you just have to show up.” Cora was 5 years old
when she was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis, a rare disease that produced white blood cells that attacked and ate away at her body. The disease is so rare that the chance of developing it is 1 in 200,000. Her parents already noticed a change in Cora’s weight and behavior when they found her drinking from the outside hose when she was supposed to be eating breakfast. Her cancer caused water to run right through her, superseding her need to eat, so she didn’t. Cora, then
25 pounds, began treatment with oral chemotherapy and steroids. Cora said the nurses let her go home for Easter and came to her house to give her treatment so that she could be with her family. “We called it a sick bug,” Stephanie said. She said, “When you’re in that mode and life, it becomes natural to think ‘now what?’” It’s for children like Cora that THON was born 40 years ago at Penn State. Penn State holds a 46-hour long fundraising dance marathon in February for pediatric cancer. The money goes to the Four Diamonds Fund, a charitable organization based out of Hershey Medical Center. Cora first attended THON at Penn State in 2008, after about a year of treatment had gone by. “I was surprised to see that many people come together,” Cora said. She now sings every year at THON, dressing up as Taylor Swift and singing one of Swift’s songs. The Beyer family lives in Red Lion School District and has attended Red Lion’s MiniTHON as well. Beyer spoke at Red Lion’s MiniTHON every year up until one day Cora had a change of heart. “I think they’ve heard enough of you, I want to talk this time,” Cora said to her
mother. Ever since, Cora has prepared her own speeches to share with the students at MiniTHON. Central’s MiniTHON is a smaller version of Penn State’s THON, and will take place tomorrow at the high school from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. MiniTHON began at Central when Trevor Smith, then a sophomore, decided to do his graduation exit project on a cause close to his heart. He and his family lost a very close friend to pediatric cancer. His childhood friend inspired him to create an opportunity for Central to get involved. As for tomorrow’s big day, Beth Smith, the “parent adviser” of Central’s MiniTHON committee, said six Four Diamonds families have already been scheduled to attend. To prepare for the nonstop festivities, Smith said, “The committee members work once a week year round. They’re the heart of why it all happens.” Central’s MiniTHON goal this year is $50,000, a nearly $20,000 increase from last year. There’s a lot to be hopeful for, Smith agrees, especially because every MiniTHON helps children like Cora get a second chance at becoming cancer-free. Remember, it’s for the kids.
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Lights, camera, action: Central students related to celebrities By Ashley Mullinix staff writer
Haley Vaughn, 11
Vince Vaughn, Actor
Everyone is connected to everyone else by six or fewer people, according to the theory of Six Degrees of Separation. The theory has become a popular way of establishing a connection to celebrities. But junior Haley Vaughn and freshman Leah Burkey are less than six degrees away from celebrities, both counting the celebrities as relatives. Vince Vaughn, star of movies such as “Wedding Crashers,” “Dodgeball” and “The Break-Up,” is Haley Vaughn’s second cousin. Although Haley hasn’t met Vince herself, her grandfather has. She also mentioned that being related to a celebrity hasn’t affected her life much, but that it’s cool to tell people. “Some people don’t believe me at first,” Vaughn said. She said that her family likes to go see his movies at the movie theater when they come out and that she thinks his movies are really funny. “Dodgeball” is her favorite. Haley said that Vince likes to lead a relatively lowprofile life; he’s not really looking for fame. Haley said that Vince is the only one in their family who acts. “He doesn’t really act like a star,” she said. Vince’s family describes him as being funny and compassionate. “He’s just a normal guy,” she said, stressing that he’s a family man and
doesn’t seek out the spotlight. Another student here at Central with a celebrity relative is Leah Burkey. She and Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson are cousins through marriage. Burkey’s mother’s uncle is married to Johnson’s aunt. Though Burkey hasn’t gotten to meet Johnson yet, she said that they do talk on Facebook sometimes. Johnson is close to Burkey’s cousin, and her family has lots of good things to say about her. “She’s just a part of the family,” according to Burkey. “We treat her just like everyone else.” The gymnast has also been supportive of Burkey’s family. Burkey said that one of her cousins lost his house in the 2011 Joplin tornado, but Johnson was quick to help him financially after the tragedy. Burkey said that she was excited when she found out she was related to Johnson, since Burkey used to be a gymnast. She also talked about how exciting it was to see Johnson compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I was screaming at the TV,” Burkey said. Some of her family went to China to watch Johnson win her four Olympic medals, including a gold on balance beam, Johnson’s favorite event. What have these girls learned about celebrities? “Celebrities are really just regular people,” said Vaughn.
Leah Burkey, 9
Shawn Johnson, Olympic gymnast
March 2013 By Naya Cheatem ONLINE MANAGEr Eleven years ago, Katelyn Zambito never imagined herself trying out for Penn State cheerleading. The large co-ed partner stunt squad and an all-girl squad cheers for football, women’s and men basketball and volleyball. Zambito hopes to one day be a part of the Penn State cheerleading team. “I was always a huge Penn State fan,” Zambito said. Starting out cheering at the Viper P.I.T, then moving her way up, Zambito landed herself on the Central York High School competitive cheerleading squad. “We practiced Monday through Wednesday nights and that helped me with my dancing
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Zambito trades Panther pom-poms and being tight,” Zambito said. Zambito spends time in private partner stunts classes and tumbling classes to prepare for the April tryouts. “The hardest part is trusting the guy under you,” Zambito said. “For a while when I was partner stunting, it felt like I was falling back, but I really wasn’t,” Zambito said. “The key to a great fall is to try and fall straight down on your feet so the guy can catch you.” Being selected as cheer captain by head coach Cathy Trimmer has also helped her get her mind set for tryouts. “I think it played a big part with leadership,” Zambito said. “She’s an all-around
awesome cheerleader,” Trimmer said. “For example: she has great knowledge of material, great ideas, outstanding technique, willingness to help others and outstanding jumps, motions and stunting abilities.” Since football, basketball and competitive cheerleading were all a part of the Central program, the times never overlapped each other. Zambito said she had a hard time keeping up with school work with private stunting lessons and tumbling classes into the mix. Throughout her high school career, football cheerleading has helped Zambito prepare for her future cheerleading career the most, she said.
“It was the most competitive and I could tumble w h e n e v e r, ” she said. “Also cheering in front of a couple hundred people for football is definitely going to help when I’m cheering in front of a couple thousand people.” Zambito’s mother, Stacey, Katelyn Zambito prepares for April tryouts in one was also a for- of her private partner classes. Zambito was selected mer cheerleader as captain for Central’s competition cheerleading squad this year. (Photo by Brittany Zambito). herself. “My mom has been the one that got me into most supportive; she’s the cheering.”
Adams flies to the top competitive sports, but its demands on the body and mind are astounding, freshman Albany Adams explained. She says that while it is demanding, she continues to grow Albany Adams practices a toe touch. Adams cheered and love on the Central squad during the football and basketthe sport. ball seasons. (Photo courtesy of Albany Adams). Adams has By Ashley Kazakos been cheering for eight years STAFF WRITEr and has been on a variety of Cheerleading may not different teams. She started be the first sport to come out on the EYC Blackhawks to mind when you think of and more recently cheered
with the Central team during football and basketball seasons. During her time as an EYC cheerleader, she was able to compete in a competition at the end of each season. The farthest away that Adams ever competed was at Palmyra High School. While some teenagers would rather cheer on teams than compete, she says “I like it a lot. It’s really fun.” Adams is a flyer on the Central squad. A flyer is the person that the cheerleaders hold up in the air to do different stunts. Some may say that looks scary; however, Adams explains: “It was scary my first time; after the years go on, it keeps getting
more fun and less scary.” In addition to the school practices once or twice a week, Adams also attends a tumbling course at the YMCA gym once a week to work on her tumbling skills. She says that currently her hardest tumbling pass is a front tuck round off double back handspring full. “It’s hard with practices right after school to come home with not much time to do stuff,” Adams says. She often has to help her three younger brothers get ready for bed. Besides the emotional stress of juggling multiple things, cheer takes a physical toll as well. Adams says that she has injured both her an-
kle and knee with this sport. She has braces for both of them and continues to work though it. Adams says that cheer has taught her many lessons that she is able to apply to real life. “Be the best that you can be,” she says. Adams explains that the first couple years of cheer were difficult. When she first started she thought it would be something fun to try. Now she has quit gymnastics to be a full time cheerleader. Adams said teens should “never give up,” when aspiring for their dreams. “ If you really want to do something, then just go for it.”
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Growing wiffleball club swings for fences By Mickayla Miller STAFF WRITER
What has bats, balls and screaming students? That’s right: Wiffleball Club. Andrew Wertz, an art teacher, started Wiffleball Club in fall 2012 as “an activity for everyone to participate in a non-threatening way of exercise.” English teacher Wesley Ward agreed to help manage the club. The 24 students in this club play every Day 5 in the art wing. Wertz and Ward have both been involved in wiffleball since they were young. “I’ve been playing since I was about two, using a Fred Flintstone plastic club and a foam ball,” Wertz said. Ward made a wiffleball field in his backyard during high school and continued to play into college. To play indoor wiffleball, the players simply wait in line for their turn to have unlimited chances to hit the ball. Once they make contact with the ball, their turn is over. If they hit the back wall, then
it’s considered a home run, and their team gets a point. When everyone has hit, then the teams switch. “It’s like baseball without the bases, so there isn’t any running. At Central, we rely on ‘ghost runners.’ There are official rules that get tweaked from one league to the next,” Ward said. Wertz had a different view of the meaning of wiffleball. “It’s the energy and aura of engaging fun and fellowship, with a twist of competition,” Wertz said. “It’s a great time,” said Matt Matylewicz, a sophomore in Wiffleball Club. “It takes our minds off of school and lets us have some fun.” Wertz said that he was surprised at the enthusiasm that people show towards the club. “I am especially surprised with the seniors because they’re staying for senior release.” They definitely have enough interest to become a 100 person team and even move into competitive realms, Wertz said, but they
A member of the Wiffleball Club takes a swing during a club period on Day 5. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
don’t have a designated area to play in. They sometimes play outdoors, but the recent freezing temperatures have kept the team indoors. “We don’t have any gym space, so we have to play in the hallways and the commons. That’s unfortunate,” said Wertz. What isn’t unfortunate is the spirit that comes from the members of the team. “Alex Yarrish and I go way back, and I knew based on his attributes, he’d make the perfect clubhouse manager,” Wertz said about the student manager of the club. “I’ve been most impressed with Matylewicz because of his positive attitude and spirit. He even bought and silkscreened home and away jerseys for the entire team.” Wertz said. But one doesn’t need to go to those extremes to be a part of the wiffleball experience. “Just be committed to coming. No one wants to depend on undependable people,” Wertz said. The only way that someone can get kicked out of the club is if they don’t show commitment, such as not coming and not playing, he said. It also requires a bit of humility, Ward said. “Even the best athletes strike out.” Although the future of this club is yet undetermined, Wertz said he would love to see it go further. With the administration being so supportive, the chances of this appear fairly likely, he said. “We will just keep wiffling until we’re told to stop,” Wertz said.
Duane Gavins models the clothes he designs for his graphic design business, Dummie Love. (Photo by Duane Gavins).
By Karly Spangle CO-NEWS EDITOR
It all began when 2010 Central graduate, Duane Gavins, was eight years old. Gavins always had a knack for business. He started his very own car wash in his neighborhood, and two years later started selling homemade art. And then, in middle school, he was selling his graphic designs on clothing. During September 2009, Gavins established Dummie Love, his own graphic design company. The name came from his friend who was in love with a girl. His friend was trying to start his own business and was doing all sorts of odd things for his girlfriend. Because of his friend’s foolish acts, Gavins was calling his friend a “dummie.” Since then, Dummie Love has lived on as the name of Gavins’ business. Gavins creates original designs, which are then transferred onto clothing like shirts and hats. He mainly focuses on men’s clothing. “I never create something I wouldn’t wear,” said Gavins.
Depending on the design, most shirts range from $25 to $35. During a season, Gavins may produce 20 or more designs at a time. Every now and then he will create a design for a special day like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. He even creates designs for shoe releases. Senior Tre Lawrence has been a regular customer since the beginning. “I like all the hearts and designs on the inside, and the material.” Gavins has had customers from all over the country including California, the Carolinas, New York and even across the pond in London. When he is not on his computer creating new designs, he is working at one of his three jobs and going to classes at the Art Institute of York. He would like to continue his business later in life as a career. As of now, he is working on promoting his business to places like MTV and karmaloop.com, hoping to increase business and become well known around the country.
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Props & snubs Props: - Tyson Chen and Viktor Polites advancing to the Intel International Science Fair - Dylan Chatterton finishing in 5th place in the PIAA Class AAA wrestling tournament - Central ‘s competition cheerleadering team winning the YAIAA large varsity cheerleading title - 20 years of free Rita’s Italian Ice on the first day of spring
snubs: - The weather not being able to make up its mind - Bridge construction over Codorus Creek - Teens not being able to find jobs - Unappetizing mashed potatoes at lunch
Prowler Staff March 2013 Editors: Doug White (Editor-in-Chief), Chris Garling (Managing Editor), Kayla Smith (Co-Features Editor), Erin O’Neill (Photography Editor/ Editor-in-Chief of Online Publication/Co-Features Editor), Katelyn Caralle (Co-Opinions Editor), Morgan Webb (Co-Opinions Editor), Kelly Hartzell (Co-Sports Editor), Thomas Flinchbaugh (Co-Sports Editor), Sean Innerst (CoSports Editor), Karly Spangle (Co-News Editor), Jordan Nittinger (Co-News Editor), Paige Gross (Co-Arts Editor), Kristen Shipley (Co-Arts Editor), Naya Cheatem (Managing Editor of Online Publication), Shelby McGeary (On the Prowl Editor-in-Chief), Amanda Chan (Copy Editor) Staff Writers: Shaelynn Bailey, Lauren Baker, Chandler Copenheaver, Breanna Couch, Katelyn Dermes, Sydney Fuhrman, Caroline Hughes, Ashley Kazakos, Madison Luckenbaugh, Mickayla Miller, Ashley Mullinix, Anthony Neville, Emily Nolte, Austyn Ray, Emmalynne Rosser, Emma Woodward Adviser: Lucinda Hogentogler The views expressed in the Opinions section are the views of the bylined author, as opposed to a reflection of the views of the staff in its entirety.
Opinions Freeze! By Katelyn Caralle Co-opinions Editor
Class cuts: Students being absent from their class for any period of time. Being unaccounted for at any period of time. Being in the hallway without their IDs or passbooks. Being somewhere they aren’t supposed to be according to their passbook. Or simply taking the “scenic route” back to their class. According to administration, class cuts are one of the biggest dicipline issues at Central York. And there have been many occasions when I have been in the hallway and have seen people blatantly skipping or hanging out where they aren’t supposed to be. As a way to tackle class cuts, the administration implemented “Hallway Freezes,” or random lockdowns. This “lockdown” would be a moment when no student in the hallways at the time would be allowed into any rooms, even their own. Administrators who are free at the moment and teachers on their planning period would then go out into the hall and check the passes of all the students. Any student with a questionable pass, intent or destination would be sent to the cafeteria where administrators would be “investigating” their intentions in the hallway. If a student is then found to be cutting class, he would get one day of in
school suspension. I agree that what the administration wants to get out of this “Hallway Freeze” is meaningful. I understand that they want to crack down on class cuts and eliminate the problem. However, I do not think “Hallway Freezes” are the appropriate way to solve this issue. I believe it is rather extreme to announce a lock down. And these “investigations” seem uncalled for. If skipping class is such a big deal, then there should be administrators at all times checking the halls and making sure passes are valid. There does not have to be this designated time to check for the class cutters, especially considering that would not catch the majority of people who are skipping most of the time. If administrators are always checking for class cutters, there is more of a chance they will catch the “real” culprits, rather than those who inadvertently left their passbooks in the classroom while getting a drink, picking up a print out from the Tech Office or using the bathroom. Attendance sheets should be checked regularly. If there is a student who was present at school but not in class, they should be called down to the office the next day. Also, giving that student who was skipping an inschool suspension as a first result is a little extreme. An after- school detention for a first- time offender would suffice. I agree with the administration that class cuts need to be cracked down on, but there are much simpler ways to ensure students are where they should be.
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Seniors spoiled? By Chris Garling Managing Editor
What do seniors get? The senior café, equipped with a microwave and a flat-screen television. Senior quotes in the yearbook. The senior edition of the Prowler. Senior release. What do underclassmen get? Health and driver’s education classes. It’s hard for us seniors to recognize the inequality inherent to our experiences as fourth-year high school students. The disparity between the privileges of seniors and the rest of the student body is much more apparent to nonseniors. And it is this population, representing roughly three-quarters of our school, that I advocate for. I have talked to seniors who justify their exclusive privileges by identifying senior year as more important than the other grades, based solely on the sentimental fact that it is our last year of high school. While it is our last year, I don’t believe that it’s fair for seniors to have privileges that others are refused. I believe that the preferential treatment of seniors is detrimental to the social dynamics of our school. We seek to ensure that our students all have equal social rights in school by fighting bullying and discrimination.
However, we grant seniors exclusive privileges that are desirable for everyone. The superior rights of seniors equates in the subconscious minds of our student body to seniors being superior. Privileges such as senior release are rights that every grade level should be allowed. What makes a senior more deserving of early dismissal than a junior? I have heard people claim that seniors exhibit maturity beyond that of the other grades, but I believe this is a fallacious sentiment based on society’s paradigm that age equals maturity. There are certainly underclassmen that are more mature than seniors. We should grant privileges to the whole school and revoke rights based on inappropriate behavior. We should seek to trust our students and allow them to exhibit maturity. How do we know if underclassmen can be responsible if we never give them the opportunity? It is inappropriate for the school to grant rights based on grade level. This tells our students that it is okay to generalize people based on age and that seniors are worthy of privileges while underclassmen are not. Not only does it make underclassmen feel that they are not appreciated, it could make them feel inferior to seniors. This is what happens when one group has rights or privileges that other groups do not. We should be supporting equality and trust, both of which we could exhibit by giving underclassmen rights previously reserved for seniors.
Graduation = segregation
By Amanda Chan Copy editor
For seniors, graduation symbolizes independence. We finally escape the restrictions of a household with unavoidable supervision and a high school with a few too many hallway freezes. Graduation, in our minds, is the ultimate goal. It is the prideful moment when we finally unify with our classmates as a single group of graduates. It is so normalized in American culture that we anticipate the chance when
we get to wear those unflattering gowns and cardboard caps. Suddenly, a tassel is not just a tacky furniture decoration; it represents our transformation into adulthood. The graduation dress code is significant with century old-traditions; however, this analysis leads to a more personal inquiry: What is the symbolism behind the gender segregation at our graduation? In years past, the gender separation struck me as odd. Surely, in a ceremony dedicated to unifying a class, the genders should not be divided. As a class, we are isolating ourselves from society to go through a transformation, and, as a class, we should be regarded as equals. Yet, our gowns and seating chart tell a different story.
We dress, walk and sit categorized by our gender. If the school so deeply desires to integrate both orange and black, then let students choose their color. A classmate of mine even suggested graduates be assigned a specific gown color by alphabetical order. Either of these options would be better than dividing the class using a line of division that plagues the world. History has proven that separate can never be equal, and it’s time for the school to acknowledge that by changing our seating chart and dress code to something that conveys the essential significance behind graduation: Unifying before making an impression on the world, not fostering a sense of inequality.
Hollywood, it’s time to grow up
By Paige Gross co-arts editor
Although Hollywood tries to stay young in looks, it’s done a poor job at employing actual young people. Being a teenager today is hard enough without having perfect looking “teens” in shows and movies. “Glee,” a fan-favorite, is notorious for over age casting. In fact, Cory Monteith, who plays Finn Hudson, a 19-year-old, is actually 30. The youngest person on the
show is 21 (Samuel Larson), playing a high school senior, Joe Hart. The famous girls of Pretty Little Liars follow this pattern as well. Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin) and Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings) are all in their midtwenties, while their characters are still in high school. I understand that they are talented, and I like watching them; they embrace their characters very well. But I am tired of them being called teenagers. These people are adults. They look like adults. They talk like adults. It’s impossible as a viewer to not compare these fictional high schools to ones existing in real life.
The Disney Channel does a great job of casting actors with ages that actually reflect their characters. When “Hannah Montana” premiered in 2006, Miley Cyrus was the ripe age of 13, and had the chance to mature along with her viewers. Dylan and Cole Sprouse were 12 when “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” premiered in 2005, pulling pranks and experiencing their first crushes. I’m tired of trying to identify with a teenage character and later finding out the actor is nearing 30 years old. Kids travel to Hollywood every day to act; why not cast them in roles meant for their age? The next time I see a 27-year-old playing a whiny teenager, I’m tuning out.
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Is Puerto Rico star-worthy? By Lauren Baker Staff Writer Should there be a 51st star against the blue field of the flag of the United States of America? There could be, now that Puerto Rico is paving the way to losing its second-class status as a territory of the U.S. In the past 54 years since Hawaii joined the Union, U.S. citizens have become comfortable with the current
number of states. Is it time to welcome the 51st? I think so, provided the Puerto Rican citizens support the idea fully. This past November, voters in Puerto Rico showed their preferences in a nonbinding referendum regarding the territory’s political status, and the results reflected a divided electorate. The main issue with the results of the two-part ballot was
the large number of voters who opted out of completing the second part, which asked their preferred option: statehood, independence or sovereign-free association. It has caused some to debate how much of the island’s population actually supports statehood. No matter how one analyzes the results of the referendum, one thing is clear: Puerto Ricans are unsatisfied with their current status as a semi-autonomous United
States commonwealth. If it becomes the 51st state, Puerto Rico would benefit from an extra $20 billion a year in federal funds. It’s true that dividing federal money could potentially leave less for the existing 50 states, but wouldn’t that be offset by the increased tax collection from Puerto Rico? If Puerto Rico were to become a state, it would be granted the fundamental rights of the other 50 states, including two seats in the
March 2013 U.S. Senate and five in the House of Representatives, as opposed to its current single congressional representative. According to the Huffington Post, backers of Puerto Rican statehood are outraged at their current inability to vote for president of the United States. A basic right that we in the mainland take for granted is considered an honor and privilege in Puerto Rico. That seems patriotic enough for me.
Colleges: ‘Avoiding discrimination’ by discriminating
Puerto Rico is considered a United States territory and has its own flag. There is a possibility, though, that Puerto Rico could become a U.S. state.
Slow and steady makes schools safe By Breanna Couch Staff Writer In modern America, public shootings can be considered almost commonplace, especially in schools. Think Columbine, Virginia Tech, Nickel Mines and most recently, Sandy Hook. With the media and our own heartstrings at work, tragedies such as these appear to be a perfect place to apply the age-old saying, “desperate times call for desperate measures.” But is that really a good approach when it comes to the safety of our children and schools?
Even though it may seem like it, there actually has been no increase in school shootings in recent times. “Without minimizing the pain and suffering of the hundreds of who have been victimized in [senseless] attacks, the facts say clearly that [there] has been no increase in mass killings, and certainly no epidemic,” wrote James Allen Fox in a column for Boston.com in August 2012. Fox went on to say, “The lack of any upward trend should not stop us, of course, from trying to find causes
By Mickayla Miller Staff Writer
Something arrives in the mail. It’s from that prestigious college that you were looking at; the one you meet all of the qualifications for. Opening the letter, you see the official stamp at the top, letting you know it’s real. “We are sorry to inform you, but we gave your spot to a person who has brown eyes. We apologize for the inconvenience.” Could you even imagine getting a letter like that? Everyone hopes to be accepted to the college of their dreams, so they do their best in high school. And that’s
what it should be based on: effort. Getting into a college based on your race, religion or sexual orientation is ridiculous, not enriching. According to Bloomberg News, Michigan State University looks at their students from a point system. Out of 150 possible points, minorities automatically gain 20 points, purely for being a minority. How is that fair to all of the people who have worked hard just to try to get into Michigan State? Imagine all of that hard work going to waste because you were just a couple of points off. If colleges were to accept
people only based on their work ethic, the diversity would show through just fine. And if the point of accepting minority groups is to show that they provide equality, aren’t they just proving that there isn’t equality to begin with? The fact that they even have to look at those kind of qualifications implies that they weren’t just looking at work ethic. Trying to eliminate discrimination only creates more discrimination, and it only contradicts everything that they were trying to fix. It isn’t realistic. It isn’t enriching.
and solutions for extreme violence.” Fox is definitely on to something there. To simply sit and not do anything in reaction to such horrendous deeds is senseless and, quite frankly, against our moral obligations as human beings. The key, though, is the method in which we go about our response.
If we think irrationally, we are likely to become a paranoid society and negligently infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. That could have counterproductive and damaging effects, such as in the case of gun control. To make our children and schools safer, we must think critically and not let our-
selves be overcome by emotion. As a nation, we must tread lightly, lest our mental states get the best of us. The best course of action is to approach decisions with a steady, level head, use caution and, quite simply, take our time. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste.”
Central should help city schools
By Lauren Baker Staff writer
What would happen if we were to have a portion of the students from a struggling school system come to Central? It’s been talked about, but nothing will be concrete until a lengthy discussion and community input have taken place. The objective is to provide students from the struggling York City School District with a sound and effective education. In order to do this, the absorption of York City students into surrounding districts, namely Central York, York Suburban and West York, has been proposed. It’s an idea that has some firmly opposed and others completely supportive. But in this case, reason trumps reactionary emotion.
I believe this option would be beneficial to the York City students because they would be provided with a better education and more opportunities to pave their future. After all, we’re actually helping ourselves by helping them, by bettering education and, therefore, the future. It should be that straightforward. York City School District eliminated five of its sports teams this year: soccer, tennis, swimming, wrestling and baseball. For some students, sports are the main reason they keep their grades above failing. In addition to athletics, the more creative side of York City schools is bearing the brunt of the situation as well. Just recently, the York City School District’s instrumental and choral programs were proposed to be cut for the 2012/2013 school year. This cut never took place, but aren’t music and art the sort of programs we want to grow? That being said, what sort of valuable opportunities
would be available to these students at Central? This may cause more competition between students, but doesn’t competition fuel harder work? Some may bring up the issue of adjustment, questioning how these students would conform to their surroundings. Sure, that may take time, but all change does. Others are opposed to the idea simply because they don’t want an influx of new students, but it is irrational to use this as an excuse. As students, we need to stop being afraid of change and start accepting progress with open arms. The fact is, a struggling York City School District means a struggling York City and a struggling York County. Whatever happened to lending a hand to a neighbor when they fall on tough times? It may not be the most comfortable situation, but the service that would be provided to the students from York City is certainly worth the temporary strain.
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Combat fighting is for females By Morgan Webb co-opinions editor
In 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1983, Dr. Sally K. Ride was the first American woman to travel to space. In 2013, Danica Patrick became the first female driver to win a pole position, lead a lap in the Daytona 500 and place as high as eighth in a NASCAR premier event. Women have been making major advances in American history within the past hundred years, and just recently the Pentagon lifted the 1994 Defense Department ruling that forbade women to fight in combat. This decision is the next big step for women everywhere, right? Wrong. Although the ruling gives the illusion that women have identical rights as men in military combat, this is not the case. While women are now allowed to perform more hazardous duties, they still are not allowed to be in the infantry, commando units or combat tank units. I don’t know about the rest of America, but I’m pretty tired of women being underestimated in the military and in other professions as well. Time and time again, women have surpassed low expectations and made astounding advances.
Many have said that women are not strong, brave or mentally durable enough to handle the tough conditions of combat. Some protest that it would create a privacy issue among the genders and that there would be sexual tension between soldiers. However, in reality, these allegations are either sexist or just minor conflicts that can be resolved over time. Right now, women aren’t even given the opportunity to prove themselves useful in dangerous combat situations. The only way to truly decide whether a woman will crack under the circumstance is to give her the chance to prove herself. You never know, she may even be able to do it better than a man. The way I see it, if a woman wants to be in the infantry, let her. If a woman wants to work in commando units, so be it. It should be her decision to do whatever she wants, and it should be no different than if she wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. It’s time to finally put away the ankle-length dresses and be rid of the inferior label. Women are no longer only capable of having children, cooking dinner, and cleaning the house; they have evolved into a force to be reckoned with and deserve equal treatment in combat and other professions as well. Women have already proved that one’s gender does not determine their capability or success. It’s time for strong females everywhere to show the military just how much women can do.
Page 10 March 2013 By Breanna Couch STAFF WRITER
2,000 spectators. Seven buildings. Six teams. One night every two years. It’s the spring of 2013, and Battle of the Buildings is back again. Four-time veteran event coordinator Summer Hill describes the event—affectionately known as B.O.B.—as “an every other year scholarship fundraiser sponsored by CYEA. Six teams (primary teachers, intermediate teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, CY juniors [and] CY seniors) participate in wild and crazy games to be crowned champion.” “The Battle of the Build-
NEWS It’s back: Battle of the Buildings ings has a unique history of camaraderie and school spirit. It is a favorite event of many students year after year. Everyone looks forward to it, and I enjoy being a part of that tradition,” said Hill of the event slated for April. Hill isn’t the only one who enjoys being a part of B.O.B. Tara Smeltzer, a kindergarten teacher at Roundtown Elementary, has been involved with the event since her second year of teaching in the district back in 2002. “I love the great energy it creates throughout the district. It’s always fun to see current and previous students cheering and showing Panther pride,” she said. “I
keep participating because it helps to raise money for a wonderful cause and I want to help promote that.” “B.O.B. raises funds to support the CYEA scholarships for future educators. It showcases our faculty, staff and students in a fun, familyfriendly activity.” While B.O.B. is known for its wholesome family entertainment, the competition can sometimes be a little fierce. For spectators wanting to join in on the friendly rivalries and show support for their building’s team, both women have advice. “Wear their team colors,” said Hill. Primary schools are red; intermediates are green;
Captain: Lauren Moyer
Lauren Moyer Jordan Nittinger Asyck schildt Matt Sharp austin borden Nate Trona blue curry Nick Salter brandon bors Patrick guinan brandon king reef sutton brooke heilman rocky lutz eddie lehigh ryan gardner jordyn miller Ryan Wiltsie kayla smith sam sweeney kadie surgenor shawn morrison kelsie newman thomas flinchbaugh luke hinkle Wyatt rentzel Matt perkins andrews Dadeboe
the middle school is black; high school teachers are yellow; juniors are blue and seniors are orange. Fans are also encouraged by Hill to make posters to cheer for their favorite teachers or their team. “It is so exciting to see all the buildings get so ‘pumped’ for a common cause,” Smeltzer said. “No doubt about it. Show up. Cheer loud. Be positive.” This year, B.O.B. is coming to the Central York High School gymnasium from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 5. At the event, there will be t-shirts in each team color for sale for $4 each, along with buttons and temporary tattoos for 25 cents each. There will also be a bake sale.
Hill went on to say, “Anyone in the Central York community is invited to purchase tickets and attend… Tickets will be sold in each building from March 20 to April 3 (or whenever we sell out). Students are $1 and adults are $3.” Beware, though. “We sell out every time. Approximately 2,000 people attend each year.” For those planning to attend, there is much to take away from the whole experience. Smeltzer said, “I have gained a whole lot of fun. A lot of funny stories, smiles and school spirit.”
Captain: Adam Rutter
Adam Rutter Jenn Wenger Emily Loeffelholz Mackenzie windsor Becca Lachman Chris Snowadzky Jay Stone Royce clemens erik ramirez Jake Viller Erik rishel kyle belnick collin george
Donny Crabill Max Haldeman marshall shelton dylan shue Dylan hose Josh Meisenhelter Kendra Snyder Katie Hackos Megan cappella Brandon Combs Ian Desenberg Andrew Judge shane walker
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March 2013 By Emmalynne Rosser STAFF WRITER
Outdoor Classroom to make debut
A stone pile. A group of engineering students. Big ideas. Put all these together and you have the newest addition to Central York High School, an Outdoor Classroom. According to Central York Facilities Director Harry Eimerbrink, two years ago Principal Ryan Caufman approached him to discuss the Outdoor Classroom that he had budgeted. “In the spirit of education, I thought it was a great idea. Since my trade background is construction, I thought I could assist.” Since then, senior Matt Thomas has taken over the
design of the Outdoor Classroom. Assistant Principal Barry Flicker had the idea to go to Thomas for the designs of the classroom, which will consist of a few rows of seating and a platform for the teacher to speak on. Eimerbrink said, according to the original design, that the amphitheater-like classroom would be 640 square feet and hold 3035 students. “I’m sure it is planned to be much bigger now.” But of one thing Eimerbrink is sure the Outdoor Classroom will be finished before the June graduation. Although there is not a set location for the Outdoor Classroom, Eimerbrink says
that a good location would probably be on the east side of the school between the parking lot and the old farmhouse on ground that was leveled off from previous renovations. Thomas and three other seniors work on the new plans every day for an hour during fourth period. They say the new designs are much different from previous ones. “It’s inspired by an amphitheater,” Thomas said. Teachers will sign up for the classroom and many other events, such as the Coffee House, will benefit from the Outdoor Classroom as well. “I’m sure kids will like going outside, because
they’re probably sitting in class all day,” Thomas said. He said the atmosphere will be very user friendly. “We’ll have wifi and lighting.” Not only is the atmosphere and design student-friendly, but so is the building process. Tech-Ed classes will get to participate in the building of the classroom itself. “It’ll be a good experience for all the Tech-Ed kids who will come outside and build,” Thomas said. In addition, the classroom will be continuously changing as new minds and groups come together with ideas, Eimerbrink said. “One of my recommendations was to build it in phases to give other grades and clubs opportuni-
Technology is tomorrow By Kristen Shipley Co-Arts Editor
“Safari can’t open the page.” “Failed to open page.” ”The connection was interrupted.” “Trying to reach google. com.” We’ve all been plagued with these cryptic messages at some point while trying to access GoogleDocs or do school work online. Technology serves as a tool to enhance learning, but when it fails, we are often left crippled. Thankfully, our school has a technology (tech) office with staff wellversed in all types of technology: hardware, projectors, computers, laptops, DVD Players and VCRs. “Our job is to fix any
technological problems that arise,” said technology professional Debbie Bieber. Within the past month, the school has experienced slow Internet connection speeds, and the tech office has been proactive in combating these issues. In late February after the server died, the broadband speed increased from 50 MB to 80 MB per second. Bieber suggests thinking of it as a hose pipe: When more water, or in this case, information, has a bigger pipe opening, more can come out at once. A variety of factors cause Internet connection to be delayed. Although, technical problems may lead to a server crash, students are also responsible for a stall in service. “Audio and visual takes
up bandwidth...You are just hurting your fellow students by [playing games, listening to music and watching video],” Bieber said. “It’s a privilege to have the technology we have here,” said junior Rachael Nelson. Central York High School owns nearly 2,000 devices including laptops, desktop computers, iPads, iPod touch carts, projectors, etc. Teachers and students use all of this equipment to boost the educational value of the studied material. “Teachers can teach students, and students can teach teachers,” said Bieber. The school currently uses Comcast Internet connection with filters to block sites that are not appropriate. Every classroom contains an access pad that connects
ties to build onto the idea of it all. It just won’t stop after one year,” he said. Clubs could add many more “phases,” such as shading or landscaping to make the environment their own. According to Thomas, workers will break ground in April, and the Outdoor Classroom will be done in May. It seems likely that the last Coffee House of the year, for the National Arts Honor Society, will be held there. The classroom should be available for sign-up all year long, unless the community gets a huge amount of snowfall, Eimerbrink said.
Debbie Bieber works on a student’s ipad in the tech office. (Photo by Jordan Nittinger).
the students in that area to the Internet. This setup generally works in the classroom setting. “We want [students] to be able to learn as efficiently as possible,” said Bieber. Seemingly, the internet is becoming more prominent
in the classroom than textbooks and worksheets. “Technology is the future. It is tomorrow,” said junior Kayla Heggie. “It’s going to be like paper.” Junior Niky Blouse added, “It already is like paper.”
Page 12 By Chandler Copenheaver STAFF WRITER Gay is a word that holds a lot of different meanings for a lot of different people. To some people, it’s taboo. To others, it’s an identity. And to others, it’s an uncertainty. Central houses a club that aims to educate and allow a judgment-free place for the subject: the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). 2011 Central graduate, Rachel Watson, started the GSA in 2008 during her sophomore year. The club’s first year only had five regular members and now hosts 20 regular students every club day, with new students coming in and out every meeting.
GSA: Club that makes a difference
“It’s hard to feel open about sharing in other settings,” said junior Mickayla Miller, student president of the GSA. “There’s a lot of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) discrimination in our school.” Miller aims to raise awareness and make the discussion in our school more well informed. “Something should be done,” said Miller, who has initiated plans over the past year to further the school district in its acceptance, such as a politically correct LGBT terminology sheet that could be given to teachers. “We don’t want to impose our beliefs; we want to educate,” said Miller. “The second we impose on what others believe is the moment we become hypocrites.” Miller says the GSA doesn’t want to criticize oth-
ers’ beliefs, but rather get them to think critically about those who identify as a LGBT and how society views and dictates their treatment and rights. “We have rules against racism, so we should have rules for all forms of discrimination.” The club is advised by teacher Erica Walter and counselor Wendolyn Hewitt, whose main goal is to provide a safe haven for kids to talk about the issues they face as a LGBT or for anyone who wants to learn more and help support equal treatment for LGBTs. “We, as a district, really do try to promote diversity,” said Walter. The GSA had a booth at the previous CYMS diversity celebration promoting diversity and acceptance. “The club itself
Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance club brainstorm ideas for posters during a club meeting. The GSA meets on club days during ACP. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
also aims to provide a support system, a safe space.” Dallastown came to visit Central’s GSA club in hopes to be able to start a similar club in their school modeled off Central’s.
“It’s never too late to join GSA,” said Walter. Both Walter and Miller heavily stress that GSA is for all students The GSA meets every day five and is open and accepting to any who wish to discuss anything LGBT-related.
Central girls explore the world of engineering By Emma Woodward STAFF WRITER Four students from Central attended a conference hosted at the C.S. Davidson (a local engineering firm based on Duke Street in York) facility Thursday, February 21 to learn about engineering and the disparity between men and women in the field. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is a national initiative to introduce female students to the field of engineering, according to Connie Sohnleitner, Central’s career counselor. Junior Leah Davis is enrolled in the ACE Engineering Design Mentorship Program run by C.S. Davidson. On the day of the conference,
she and the other girls in the program, Sarah Dudney, Jenna Swenor and Rebecca Zhou, were invited to a luncheon to discuss the pros and cons of being a woman in a male-dominated field. Davis said, “It wasn’t your stereotypical conference where they don’t tell you the good... The speaker [Kerryn E. Fulton] told us stories about how she got where she is. She told us the good, the bad and everything in between. She didn’t want to sugarcoat the truth, but she wanted us to realize how good and unique this field can be.” Fulton, a senior project manager at the engineering firm, spoke about finding someone to support girls
throughout their career experience, noting that for her, it was her husband. “We expect demand to grow in our industry, which means in a more competitive job market, we are predicting more jobs. As high school students look for challenging and creative majors to explore in college, engineering needs to be better understood earlier on so all students, including girls, know the industry’s potential,” Fulton said. “Diversity in the workplace is an important part of advancing our world,” she said. “Diversity encourages different thoughts, ideas and opinions.” Davis states that she plans to advance in the field of engineering and hopes
to major in environmental engineering. “I never thought I would be in this spot right now. My freshman and sophomore years, I never thought I could be an engineer. I told myself I couldn’t. I realized I could when I went out on a limb and took two electives in my sophomore year (Introduction to Engineering Design and Computer Languages) … and I realized it wasn’t what I had thought it was,” said Davis. “It is also a male-dominated field which means us ladies need to show them we can do it too.” Sohnleitner said she has noticed changes in the career paths of men and women. “I am seeing some diversification in the female and male population. For example, male nurses, female auto technicians, and a
few female engineers,” she said. As for girls entering engineering paths specifically, she notes that she has been seeing a greater effort to inform females of engineering opportunities. “There are so many careers to choose from as a high school student. More and more we are seeing females that have a passion for a field exploring it even if it has been primarily a male-dominated field and vice versa.” Sohnleitner suggests that these interested females stay flexible and confident. “You will be in the minority and you must be confident with your skills and be part of the team to be successful,” she said.
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News flash: Non-profits need teen volunteers en to animals. We raise money to stop this cruelty and help other animal missions,” said Einsig. Devki Gami says that it is Teenagers from the age of 13 to not tough to find volunteer op18 can fill orders that consist of portunities in York. Gami, the treats and food for the animals. president of National Honor They can also work in the lobby Society, recommends that stuto greet the public, make postdents find a cause that they are ers and help at local fundraising passionate about and the serevents. vice hours will come easily. Meetings are the first Satur “National Honor Society reday of each month for about quires members to have a minitwo hours. But Einsig said that mum of 15 volunteer hours. although this is a job for hardNHS members find that they working and determined teens, surpass the 15-hour minimum the volunteers also have benefits requirement per semester befor their work. To find out more cause of all of the projects and information about volunteerevents they have,” she said. ing, contact Kay Kelly at ycspca. The Prowler interviewed email@example.com. three representatives from non Memorial Hospital offers profit organizations that are teens an educational chance to looking for student volunteers. become involved in the commu Leg Up Farm, located in Mt. nity. Wolf, Pa, is a business with a Anyone over the age of 14 mission. Ethan Nososs, an emand heading towards the medical ployee at the farm said, “Our field should take this opportunimission is to achieve personal, ty. Josette Myers, the vice president of community relations and marketing, said, “These go fast for the summer, and there are very few positions for the number of applicants interested. By April, volunteers are selected.” Volunteers will experience a variety of tasks ranging from working on the patient floors to delivering newspapers. If interested contact mhyork.org Still looking for more? Unitedway.org Along with landscaping and office jobs at Leg Up farm, volunteers can help with is a fairly easy way to the animals, including barn work and therapeutic horesback riding lessons. (Photo locate opportunities by Erin O’Neill). specifically within a 25 mile radius. By Madison Luckenbaugh staff writer
emotional and physical goals for kids with special needs.” Fortunately, he says, there are many opportunities for anyone over the age of 14 to participate. There are summer camps, barn work, equine sessions, landscaping or gardening and basic office jobs. “Hours are fairly flexible,” Nososs says. Leg Up Farm is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and volunteers can also work on the weekends in shifts from 9 to 11a.m. or from 3 to 5 p.m. All you need to do is contact their volunteer coordinator, Jessica Melhorn at (717)-2669294. The SPCA, located on the Susquehanna Trail, also looks for teen volunteers. Junior Hunter Einsig, an SPCA volunteer, said, “I love animals. I wanted to walk the dogs, but you have to be 18.” “The SPCA spreads awareness for neglect and cruelty giv-
Central scholarships save money By Katelyn Dermes STAFF WRITER
Going to college is one thing, but paying for it is another. For many, the thought of swimming in a pool of debt after college doesn’t seem worth the degree. There are many scholarships offered at Central York High School, from Dollars for Scholars to the Joshua D. Mottin Scholarship, but many students don’t know what is available for their use, according to guidance counselor Suzanne Schlager. Below are a few of the scholarship offerings for seniors:
Future Nurse Scholarship Amount: $1,000 Deadline: May 1, 2013 This scholarship is for seniors interested in pursuing nursing. An essay, two letters of reference and a list of co-curricular activities are required. Shiloh Garden Club Scholarship Amount: $500 Deadline: May 1, 2013 To be considered for this scholarship, one must be a senior and planning to study in horticulture, floriculture, landscape architecture, conservation, forestry, botany or plant pathology. You must write a personal statement, acquire two letters of recomendation and be a resident of York County. Big Sun Athletic Scholarship Amount: $500 Deadline: June 21, 2013 Senior athletes involved in any sport may apply. An essay must be written and submitted to www.bigsunathletes. com.
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Kroh shines in studio and on stage By Erin O’Neill Online editor-in-chief The lyrics from her original song say: “My dreams will come to me, because I know my destiny.” Those who have heard her voice would agree that Kayla Kroh’s destiny is to sing. Kroh, a freshman, has been singing since she was three and now, eight years later, has polished that talent to create an E.P. (extended play) release and to perform at benefit concerts for children with disabilities. The singer has been playing guitar and performing locally for almost three years. Kroh said her gigs are like a family reunion. “Music is a big part of my family,”
Kroh of Sneeringer, who said that although the young singer was a bit when shy when she first met her, she showed a lot of talent. “She started to play guitar and picked up on it really quickly,” she said. Sneeringer helped Kroh produce her first EP, a five-track release, in June 2012. Kroh said that she worked in the studio two to three times a week. Kroh said that she wants to get back into the studio before the end of the summer. She finds herself in the country-pop/jazz genre. Jessie J, Miranda Lambert and Adele are a few artists she compares herself to. She writes her own music, “I want to keep original music because it shows that I’m not just a performer;
Kroh performs at the recent Post-Prom Fashion Show. (Photo by Erin O’Neill). she said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.” She began taking voice and guitar lessons with professional singer and teacher, Heather Sneeringer, in 2010. “She is like a second mom to me,” said
I’m an artist,” Kroh said. She is an artist in the singing community, but a performer on the stage. Kroh led the high school musical, Oliver! with her role of Nancy. “I love being involved in CYHS productions,”
she said. It was her first musical ever. “It is totally different from what I’m used to,” said Kroh. Sneeringer supports her acting involvement. “Acting really helps her stage presence,” said Sneeringer. She said that Kroh is learning to come out of her shell. Kroh sings “I’d do Anything,” during curtain call of Oliver in S n e e r i n g e r March. (Photo by Erin O’Neill). said it is hard to “bring people in a restaurant firefighters,” said Kroh, whose father scene.” - which is where Kroh regu- is a career firefighter/EMT at the larly plays her music. Manchester Township firehouse. “It Unlike many singers, who may was close to my heart.” aspire to fame and fortune, Kroh Kroh’s compassion is not limited has different goals. “I don’t want to to people. do singing just for me,” said Kroh. “I want to be able to raise money “I want to be able to sing at Hershey for the SPCA,” said Kroh, adding that Medical Center for the kids.” she adopted her black coonhound Kroh said that she wants to sing lab mix from the SPCA. at THON someday because she She said that she wants to be able to wants to give back to the children raise money to save animals’ lives. who cherish things that other stu- “She really tries hard, doing the dents sometimes take for granted. right thing,” said Sneeringer. Kroh sang at a fundraiser for East- As talented as she may be, Kroh ern Seals called “Summer in Para- says American Idol and The Voice dise”. aren’t for her. “I’m not a competitive The Eastern Seals raise money person,” she said. for children with disabilities. “I got She does perform regularly at to play with a bunch of really cool many local downtown venues includmusicians,” she said. Additionally, ing Maewyn’s Restaurant, Macklin’s she participated in a MDA (Muscu- Cafe, and Mudhook. Most recently lar Dystrophy Association) benefit she played the role of Nancy in Oliconcert. She said it was an honor ver! the Central Performing Arts Deto play with Billy Covington, who partment’s spring musical. sang on American Idol Season 5. “It And if “her dreams do come to was exciting to perform with some- her,” performing at a benefit concert one of his success.” at Madison Square Garden is in her “The whole concert was run by destiny.
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Backstage ‘gems’ create stage ‘magic’ By Sydney Fuhrman STAFF WRITER
to high school.” Wolfe didn’t mind the challenge. “I love knowing I could completely screw up the show or make it go how it’s supposed to.” She said she much prefers working behind the scenes. “I’m not the type to like the spotlight.” “I work literally in the
has played her violin in the pit for three musicals in the When the lights are high school, the most recent dimmed just enough that being Oliver!. She said that, they cast a lulling ambience as a member of the pit, she over a crowd, it isn’t magic. is to be “an accompaniment When the curtains ever so for the acting onstage,” and slowly pull away from the to play music during scene stage to reveal hand-painted changes “so there’s never a scenery, it isn’t a product of dull moment.” alien intelligence. When a But working in the pit charming melody filters into is no picnic. the silence, it Seiple reisn’t just a re- “It’s a lot of work, but it’s rewarding and ported that cording. she is faced fun.” So what with stress Savannah Seiple does bring like the other about these esmembers of sential parts of the musical. a Central York High School dark,” said Wolfe. The back- “I have a few solos,” said production? The behind-the- stage members of a produc- Seiple, indicating that the scene workers, who work tion are rarely glimpsed, but pressure tends to be great just as hard the actors, all the products of their dedi- for soloists in a live produccooperate to create the atmo- cation are witnessed by the tion. “You can’t go back and sphere of each unique play eyes of every member in the fix it. And you can’t just stop or musical that is produced audience. playing in the middle of the in the high school. Though In the recent musical, Ol- show.” they don’t often get the rec- iver!, Wolfe was the produc- Even so, she enjoys the ognition they deserve, most tion stage manager. Her roles experience. “It’s music everyagree the backstage members have alternated from sound one knows, not stereotypical are just as crucial to the show to spotlight to all varieties violin music.” And while it’s as the performers. of stage managing since her fun for Seiple, she says the Lauren Wolfe, a senior, start. position isn’t for everyone. has been involved in Cen- She said that the direc- “Some of the music is hard, tral’s productions since she tor will often step back so harder than you’d expect for was in seventh grade. Some the stage managers can take a musical.” of the productions she’s been over. When this happens Though the backstage a part of have been Curtains, in the school productions, workers find their jobs to The Wizard of Oz and The Wolfe said, “It’s my baby; be stressful, Wolfe said, “It’s Musical Comedy Murders of it’s my show.” The authority well worth it, and it prepares 1940, all of which were held is something Wolfe said she you for so much.” in Central’s auditorium. Seiple agreed. “It’s a lot enjoys having. Over the years, she’s Though not involved in of work, but it’s rewarding learned how much effort every show like stage man- and fun.” and time go into a show. But agers and those who control Actors are an essential when she started, the job the sounds and lights, there piece to the overall producdidn’t entail building sets or is another group of students tion, but the contributions being too involved; rather, who sticks to the shadows: of those in the shadows canshe said, “It was just spots the players in the orchestra not be denied. “I’m involved and sounds and mics. ... It pit. with the whole show,” Wolfe was a big step starting [there] Junior Savannah Seiple said. “I run it.”
American Legion Contest 2013
The winners of this year’s Pennsylvania American Legion Annual Essay Contest, (from left: Abby Davis, Alexa Gladfelter, Jennifer Elder, Tomas Fouad, not pictured: Jillian Czaplinski) each won scholarship money. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
In February 2013, several Central York High School Students participated in the 2013 Pennsylvania American Legion 78th Annual Essay Contest. This year’s essay contest topic was “Should the Supreme Court be Appointed or Elected?” The following CYHS students have been identified as local essay winners at American Legion Post # 799 located in Pleasureville, Pennsylvania: First Place: Alexa Gladfelter (9th Grade) Award Prize of $300 Second Place: Jennifer Elder (9th Grade) Award Prize of $200 Third Place: Abby Davis (9th Grade) Award Prize of $100 Fourth Place: Jillian Czaplinski (9th Grade) Award Prize $50 Fifth Place: Tomas Fouad (9th Grade) Award Prize $50 Alexa Gladfelter wrote the winning essay for American Legion Post # 799 and her essay has been forwarded to compete in the Inter-District Essay competition, which will be judged on March 8, 2013. If Alexa wins at the District level then her essay will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania American Legion State Essay Competition that will be judged on April 26, 2013. Top prizes to be awarded at the state competition, are First Place $3,500 Scholarship, Second Place $3,000 Scholarship, and Third Place $2,500 Scholarship.
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Creativity abounds in CYHS art department
By Mina Fair STAFF WRITER
It’s almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing some form of art, whether it be in the school or out in public. This is especially true for the art wing in Central York High School, where walls are lined with imagery at any time of year. Student work is even featured at the district’s main site: the Education Service Center on Marion Road. But what goes into the creation of these visual displays? “We’ve been fortunate to have strong support from all of our stakeholders,” said Andrew Wertz as he worked on one of his many projects. As an art teacher for Drawing and Painting courses and
By Emily Nolte STAFF WRITER
The ‘20s introduced flappers with straight, short dresses and high heels. The ‘50s was a time of poodle skirts, polka dots and bobby socks. The ‘80s showcased leg warmers, big hair and vibrant colors. Today’s fashion is about confidence in bold colors and patterns. Future fashion? The characteristics are yet to be revealed. Even though the qualities of these decades were quite distant from each other, all their styles and trends are expected to come together in Central York High School’s auditorium during the NAHS Fashion Show.
Illustration Design, Wertz is in a position that allows him to see just what goes on behind the scenes in the art department. His own high school in Dauphin County also had a strong art program, but he admits that it wasn’t quite as big as the one in CYHS. “We have support from many facets of the community and administration,” Wertz said. In the past few years, there have been government funding cuts for education and, subsequently, the arts. Students in surrounding schools have suffered cuts to their musical and art education programs as well. “Brain development research proves that visual and performing arts build and strengthen an entire student by shaping today’s learner
and tomorrow’s patron,” Wertz said. By offering so many different classes, students can pursue their passions. First-year students can sign up for a class on the fundamentals of art, and from there they can go on to different levels of 3D Design, Drawing and Painting and even 2D design. His Drawing and Painting students are working with color theory and optical mixture. These students are building a portfolio with a multitude of similarly-themed works. Many of these pieces will be displayed in the next art show April 18. Junior Caitlyn Kunkel, a student artist, gives a similar perspective. “I’ve been into art my whole life,” she said. Later in life she got into
sculpture because of an online comic called “Homestuck.” She’s used Model Magic and paint to create many recreations of Homestuck “troll” horns, and even constructed a plush of character “Tinkerbull” from scratch. Some of her work is on display in the atrium hallway of the upper 600 wing. One is entitled “Sleep Tight” and the other is called “Shipping.” However, Kunkel does not have much of an interest in pursuing art as a career. “My major is pharmacy, but I might minor in 3D Design or Drawing.” How important is art to Kunkel, despite not planning to major in it? “If CYHS had to cut funding for art courses, I would fall down, cry a lot and then die,” she said
jokingly. Kaden Petry, also an art student in grade 11, feels the same. “I’d be really upset, you know, if I wanted to pursue art as a career. I wouldn’t be able to take the classes here to prepare me.” A poster hangs in Wertz’s room that says, “The Earth without art is just ‘eh.’” Most agree it’s a blessing that Central York High School offers a wide variety of classes, enough that even someone new to the field can get involved. “The best advice I was ever given is that if you want to learn how to do something, do more of it,” Wertz said. “Take ownership in your education instead of a passive approach.”
NAHS Fashion Show comes to Central NAHS, or National Art Honors Society, is an organization in which students volunteer their time to help the community, according to senior Brittany Crowley, vice president of the group. “It’s a great way to get involved,” she said. The Fashion Show is making its first appearance at Central this year. “We’re actually collaborating with Suburban [High School] who has been doing it for years,” Crowley said. “I like vintage. I’m a big fan of the ‘50s,” Brittany Connell, also a senior and a member of Central’s NAHS, says. “[There are going to be] a lot of polka dots. It’s pretty
Brittany Connell, member of NAHS, models an example outfit of fashions to come at the Fashion Show April 13. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
colorful,” Connell says on the outfit she is currently creating for the fashion show. Connell says outfits can be designed from scratch or be put together; she is carrying out a little of both. Walking down the runway is what Connell is looking forward to most about the fashion show. “I’m rather short to model, so it’ll be fun to fulfill my mini dream,” she said. Another student creating an outfit is president of NAHS, senior Shelby McGeary. Unlike Connell, McGeary has a much different theme for her outfit. “It’s going to be future themed because my favorite designer is Alexander
McQueen,” McGeary said. It’s not completed yet, but she pictures a metallic silver dress with many add-ons to pull the outfit together. The collaboration of Central and Suburban National Art Honors Societies along with the combination of outfits from multiple different decades seems to be a crowd pleaser. The National Art Honors Society’s fashion show is to be held in Central York High School’s auditorium April 13. All profits will benefit the NAHS organizations from both Central and Suburban High Schools. “It’s going to be good,” Crowley said.
By Chandler Copenheaver STAFF WRITER
The Strokes- “Comedown Machine”: After almost two years since the release of their last album, “Angles”, garage rock/ post punk revivalist, The Strokes, are releasing their fifth studio album March 26. Wavves- “Afraid of Heights”: Their follow-up to their 2011 acclaimed album “King of the Beach”, surf-rock/ punk band are releasing their fourth studio album March 26. The Flaming Lips- “The Terror”: Releasing their thirteenth studio album in their now 30 year career, experimental/ psychedelic band, The Flaming Lips, are releasing “The Terror”, a concept album centered around the theme of love April 2. Tyler, The Creator- “Wolf”: His first solo album since his 2011 release, “Goblin”, which rocketed him into mainstream popularity, hip-hop collective Odd Future leader, Tyler, The Creator, is releasing “Wolf” April 2. James Blake- “Overgrown”: After his landmark self-titled debut album, electronica/ singer songwriter James Blake is releasing his sophomore album, “Overgrown,” April 8, with much buzz having been generated from the first single, “Retrograde.” Tom Odell- “Long Way Day”: Newcomer British singer/songwriter Tom Odell releases his debut album April 15 with a style heavily reliant on brutally truthful and emotionally powerful lyrics, garnering himself the Critics’ Choice Award winner in the 2013 BRIT awards. Kid Cudi- “Indicud”: The follow-up to his chart topping sophomore album, “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager”, alternative hip-hop artist Kid Cudi will be releasing his third album, “Indicud,” April 23.
Spring movies Admission PG-13 March 22, 2013
A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.
The Host PG-13
March 29, 2013
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
Olympus Has Fallen
R March 22, 2013 Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers. *All blurbs from IMDB.com
If you could only listen to one artist for the rest of the year, who would it be?
“Adele” -Alexys Tarashik, 9
“Fun.” - Jacob Caralle, 10
“Marina and the Diamonds” - Coreena Chan, 10
“Jack White” - Amber Swanick, 9
“Wiz Khalifa” - Matthew Edris, 9
“Maroon 5” - Leah Keller, 10
“Mayday Parade” - Kyle Lafaille, 10
“The Weekend” -Bri Carr, 12
Book spotlight: John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars
Nine years ago, first time author John Green released the book Looking for Alaska that, while unsuspecting at the time, would come to be a foundation for a collection of books that would grow to be some of the most highly acclaimed young adult novels of its generation. His most recent novel, The Fault in our Stars, debuted at the number-one spot on The New York Bestsellers List and held the spot for seven weeks. The book follows Hazel, age 16, a cancer patient, and the adventure that ensues after meeting Augustus, fellow cancer patient and lover of all things Hazel. I hate to talk about cancer movies as if they’re a genre, but when discussing what I want from this movie, the only thing I can think of is the Seth Rogan/Joseph Gordon Levitt film from 2011, 50/50, as the perfect formula for a film dealing with terminal illnesses. While I don’t think FIOS should try to be carbon copy of 50/50, I think they’d be wise to analyze the great things that film did by delving into the deeper personal stories and traumas faced by the characters and how cancer strained friendships and relationships while still managing to be quirky and funny (which FIOS itself also was able to do.) While the book is meant for young adults, it has a large variety of mature themes throughout. Although teenagers are probably going to be the main demographic that the studios will be keeping in mind while producing Green thanks President Obama for congratulait, I don’t want it to be dumbed down or made less mature. I have high hopes for the film, and its source material tions on his second child in a recent VlogBrothers makes for great potential. But there’s no telling what could happen with it if a large studio like Fox 2000, whose post. usual primary goal is to make money, and that it could possibly turn into a cheesy teen drama. Hopefully it will take a lesson or two from the previously released The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was able to garner in big box office bucks and high praise from critics, while avoiding many of the teenage movie tropes.
By Chandler Copenheaver
Page 19 March 2013
Baseball team plans for ‘grand slam’ season By Nick Noleff STAFF WRITER
Central York finished the 2012 baseball season with an 8-12 record. The Panthers appeared to show glimpses of greatness last year, but they just weren’t able to pull it all together. This year’s team hopes to change all of that. Of the 17 players that made Central’s varsity team, nine of the players on the team are returning seniors, including first baseman Jordan Chacanias and pitcher Tyler Lingg. A total of six juniors also made the team, including Dan Sepic and Caleb Lynch. Lynch played on varsity both as a freshman and sophomore at Christian School of York. “I’m just here to play ball,” said Lynch, who has played the sport for about seven years. Second-year coach Jason Kelly thinks the team is being overlooked by most people. “I think we’re strong defensively; the players hustle, and they work hard,” said Kelly. Kelly, who started teaching at Central during the 2012 spring semester, knows the game of baseball well. “I’ve played baseball my whole life, probably since I was five,” said Kelly. He also played baseball for Shippensburg in college as a pitcher and an outfielder. “In eight of our 12 losses last season, we held the lead in the early innings,” said Kelly. “We struggled with our defense last year in the later innings.”
Kyle Arganbright pitches at a Central baseball game. The Varsity Panthers open the season March 25 at Kennard Dale. (Photo by Jennifer Arganbright).
The coaching staff believes that this was the team’s downfall last season. Due to this, strong defensive play is being preached to Central players. “Just like in football, defense wins championships in baseball,” said Lynch. Last season, Central was fairly average on offense, but they look to improve on that this season. Kelly said that the team looked good hitting the ball during tryouts and the first few days of practice. However, he did say that
it could be misleading because tryouts were indoors. No matter, the players are confident they can hit the ball this year. “I feel like all of us can hit and field the ball very well,” said Lynch. Despite his confidence, not everyone is believing the hype. “I believe that people don’t think very highly of us. If I remember correctly, the York Daily Record picked us to finish the season fourth out of five teams in our division,” said Kelly.
Central almost made the playoffs last year with a record of 8-12, due to the strength of the schedule they played. Central had one of the hardest schedules last year, as they played teams like Spring Grove and South Western, as well as last year’s Division III State champs, West York. Central’s schedule was rated the seventh hardest schedule out of 37 teams in Division III baseball. Of the 37 teams, 20 of those teams will move on to
the playoffs. That means that if Central can finish at, or above, .500 this season, that they will have a fairly good chance to make the playoffs because of the difficulty of their schedule. This year’s team has one goal: “I think that we can make Districts this year... Now, obviously, if we are able to make Districts, then the goal will be to win it all,” said Kelly. While everyone seems to be counting out Central this year, the team has high expectations for itself. “We enjoy being in the underdog role,” said Kelly. The team hopes that if they can pull together, they can start a winning trend. Central baseball usually runs in cycles of a few good seasons, followed by a few bad seasons, and back to a few good seasons. Kelly said that, along with this year’s team, many younger players on the junior varsity team look good. He said that Central should improve in baseball over the next few years. This is the last chance for the nine seniors to make a run in the playoffs. The team wants to send their seniors off as winners, as well as prove that Central York is a serious threat when it comes to the future of high school baseball. Central has a lot of different pieces that can help them win, but the only way they will be able to do it is if they can rally around players like Dan Sepic and Tyler Lingg. If the team can do that, then maybe Central can pull off a Cinderella story.
The Prowler sports
Boys tennis looks to maintain dominance and only three seniors,” said Central senior Josh Strickler, who racked up an impressive 10-3 record in his 2012 season. Along with Strickler, the Panther tennis team is led by fellow seniors Hunter Brown and
Senior Josh Strickler works on his swing during a boys tennis practice. Strickler is one of the few seniors leading the young Panther squad. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
By Thomas Flinchbaugh CO-SPORTS EDITOR It is no secret Central’s boys tennis matches have not been the most popular sporting events to attend. There is no body paint covering rowdy Central fans, and no tailgate to hype everyone up before an intense on the field battle. However,
over the past decade the Panthers’ boys tennis team has been without a doubt one of the most dominant sport in Central York High School. Since 2003, the boys tennis team has racked up an astounding 12119 record, five of those years with only a single loss. They also possess two YAIAA Division
I and District III AAA Championships, and were winners of the CV Buckskin Invitational in 2012. However, as spring sports begin, it is tough to tell how these Panther athletes will measure up to their previous success. “It’s tough to say how good we will be this year because we have a younger team than in the past
Tyson Chen. The three will have their work cut out for them after losing four varsity athletes, including Ryan Keffer who placed third in the YAIAA county singles championships. Despite this fallback, the boys tennis team has been working hard to bring the same level of skill and intensity as they have in past years. Every weekday for two and a half hours, these Central athletes practice drills, condition and play challenge matches to prepare for upcoming meets. Coach Eric Sweitzer stresses the importance of conditioning and positive talk, according to Strickler. The Panthers’ toughest competition in their
2013 season will be Southwestern, who gave Central one of their two losses last year. The other loss came from rival Dallastown in their last meet of the season. Fortunately for Central, the Wildcats lost the YAIAA Division I boys tennis player of the year, Adam Gante. Southwestern will also be missing their top player after losing league champion, Mack Meyer. The Panther boys take on the Mustangs April 17 and the Wildcats April 22, both in away meets. The Panthers may have lost some key players, but with solid work ethic from the younger athletes Strickler hopes the boys tennis team will hopefully remain Central’s winningest team. “Our team plays with a lot of consistency. One of the stronger suits about Central tennis is our mental state and overall attitude towards the game,” he said.
March 2013 By Shaelynn Bailey Staff Writer
Lacrosse: From war game to American sport
A game that was originally played and created by the Native Americans as a preparation for war has evolved into a huge sport for many high schools and their students. Now the question: Is it really gaining all the popularity we assume it is? After World War II and into the 70’s, lacosse began to grow. A survey produced by the U.S. Lacrosse organization states that the number of lacrosse players increased from 250,000 in 2001 to 620,000 in 2010. Although lacrosse started becoming more popular back in the ‘70s and was mainly located in the Northeast, York
was one of the later counties to jump on the bandwagon. Lacrosse became a medal sport in the 1904 Olympics, but was removed in 1948 and has not been in the games since. “Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America,” said sophomore Frank Ross, who has played lacrosse for seven years and joined the Central team freshman year. “Plus it combines a skill set unique to all other sports.” “Lacrosse became a school funded sport here at Central in 2008. I was the varsity assistant in 2008. Then from 2009 on I have been the head coach,” boys head coach Wade Noonan said.
Noonan, A Central grad, played since middle school on a team composed of players from Red Lion, Dallastown, Kennard Dale and Central. “I have been the only player in York County to play five years of varsity lacrosse.” After high school, he played one year for Essex Community College, which was a feeder program for the University of Maryland Baltimore County. “I played for the first team in York, which was called Team York.” “I wanted to coach the boys lacrosse team at Central because I had played at Central before and wanted to come back and teach what I
knew about the game to the kids,” Noonan said. With a team consisting of 40-44 players, he wants to make sure he can get the best out every player, “and hopefully help them all get a college scholarship.” Lacrosse is a sport that continues to expand its presence across the country. Division I lacrosse programs remain almost exclusively on the East Coast, and the number of colleges sponsoring lacrosse, while growing, is still small. As lacrosse grows in popularity across the country, especially on the East Coast, so does the competition for lacrosse scholarships at schools with top athletic
programs. “What I love most is that people don’t understand that I play year round. Going all over the East Coast and playing with and against elite teams,” said Ross. We work just as hard as any other sport and I am glad we are getting the recognition we deserve,” said Noonan. “My favorite thing about lacrosse is when I can take a bucket of lacrosse balls and go shoot at the goal for hours,” Noonan said. But his favorite part about coaching is getting the best out of every player and helping them succeed and accomplish the goals that they set for the team, but, more importantly, set for themselves.
Central lacrosse eyes championship banner By Sean Innerst co-sports editor
Senior attacker CJ Belker charges across the field in a scrimmage against Northern. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
It is the fastest growing sport in America. And as lacrosse continues to gain popularity across the country, more high schools and colleges are starting to offer this sport as a school sponsored sport. There are many opportunities and benefits from playing lacrosse, like college offers and scholarships. After improving each year since becoming a school sport, the Central boys lacrosse team finds itself looking at a promising season this year. Junior Midfielder Ian Desenberg expects this year’s
team to put up a banner in the gym and have less than four total losses. While this seems like a tough task, his teammates and coaches believe they can accomplish this as well. Desenberg said, “The coaches this year have as much faith in us as we do, because they are pushing us and expect us to do good because they know we can and we know it also.” Another junior, and faceoff midfielder, Collin George, said, “The coaches are cool and do a good job of relating to the players and getting us to buy into what we are doing as a program.” Both of the players feel that the roster chosen this
year is very talented and has lots of potential. This team will be led by a few standouts including Ian Desenberg, Max Haldeman, Sherief Sutton, Collin George, Conor Thornton, CJ Belker, Asyck Schildt, Jake Villier, Luke Hinkle and Shane Walker. Desenberg feels like this year’s team put in a lot more work in the offseason and will be more prepared for this season. “My personal goal is to be a team player and put the team before myself.” George said his one goal is to help put a banner in the gym for this season, which goes along with the teams ultimate goal.
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The Prowler SPORTS
Seniors sign to play college sports
Some high school graduates go off to college to be doctors or business people. Some go straight into the workforce. However some seniors go off to fulfill their college sports dreams. These seniors have worked hard to achieve this goal, and here are just a few of them from the Class of 2013.
Soccer Midfield/Left Defender Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ)
Schildt preliminary signed to play lacrosse with Mars Hill College next year in mid-January. “It’s a really nice and small college with a good coach.” Schildt also looked at Center College, Mercer, and Hood College. Since the eighth grade Schildt has been playing lacrosse saying “Brandon Bors got me to play the game.” Schildt also played on the Central York football team throughout his time in high school.
Lacrosse Defense Mars Hill College (Mars Hill, NC)
Corey Hartz Football
Morrison signed his letter of intent to play soccer with Seton Hall University Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Morrison verbally committed to Memphis in the fall of 2012 but changed his decision to Seton Hall. “It was closer and has a good educational system for what I’m interested in.” Morrison’s major is revolved around business. Morrison also added that a positive of Seton Hall, which is located in South Orange, New Jersey, is that it’s close to New York City.
Football Runningback/Cornerback Kutztown University (Kutztown, PA)
Hartz signed his letter of intent to play football with Delaware Valley College January 17, 2013, three days after his visit to the campus. Hartz, a three-year varsity basketball player, plans on trying out for Delaware Valley’s basketball team. Hartz picked Delaware Valley over Shippensburg University and Washington Jefferson College. “It has a great football program and it’s a small school... Since I was able to crawl, I had a football. I stuck with it because I just loved the sport.” Sutton verbally committed to Kutztown University to play football Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and signed his letter of intent Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Sutton said he made his decision based upon his visit to the campus. “I enjoyed the people and had opportunities for a lot of playing time.” Sutton is a two-sport athlete, also playing on the Central York lacrosse team.
March 2013 Let me tell you why...
By Doug White editor-in-chief
Then and now: A change in sports
We all know that there is no true method to the madness of this month. But trends do develop, favorites do emerge and Cinderella teams do show themselves... eventually. Too bad that they wait to reveal themselves AFTER you fill out your bracket. Yeah, it’s not fair; but we should be used to it by now. With that being said, let me take a shot at telling you what you should expect in this year’s NCAA tournament. If you don’t have Duke going deep... you’re insane. Unless you’re a Cameron Crazy yourself, Duke is a team that everyone loves to hate (Personally, I’m one of their biggest and proudest haters.). Nevertheless, I’m shocked at the overwhelming amount of people, especially analysts, who are expecting Michigan State to knock Duke out in the Sweet 16. No matter how much you hate the Blue Devils, you have to respect this year’s team; they are one of the most complete teams in the nation. With Ryan Kelly back, and both he and Seth Curry fully healthy, they’re built to make a long run this year. As always. It’s pretty scary when you could consider Mason Plumlee the third-best player on a team. That being said, Duke should be feared. Gonzaga, Ohio State and Georgetown could make early exits. These hyped high seeds and are a part of many Final Fours, but their foundations are built solely on the elite play of one player. The Bulldogs, Buckeyes and Hoyas are putting all of their hope into Kelly Olynyk, Deshaun Thomas and Otto Porter, repectively. Teams completely driven by one star’s play usually don’t see the results they expect, and I don’t expect any of these three teams to make it out of the Sweet 16. You shouldn’t fall in love with giving Louisville the championship. Yes, the Cardinals have played great to close the season, including winning the Big East conference tournament. However, just a couple of weeks ago, Peyton Siva, their best player, had a stretch of games where he struggled to score, including a few in which he put up 0 points. Don’t be hasty and blindly pick Louisville to go all the way, because you never know which Louisville team is going to show up. The Sweet 16 will be the most entertaining round of the tournament. Indiana-Syracuse, Duke-Michigan State, Georgetown-Florida, KansasMichigan and Miami-Marquette are all potential Sweet 16 matchups. Need I say more? Final Four Prediction: Duke vs. Wisconsin, Michigan vs. Indiana National Championship Prediction: Michigan over Duke, 74-69 An empty bracket begs you to take chances, so I’m taking mine on Michigan. Once the nation’s #1 team, the Wolverines are driven by Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr., two players who can catch fire and lead a team to a championship. Along with Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary in the paint, Michigan can shoot their way all the way to a title. This year’s tournament will be one of the most unpredictable in history. Truly anything could happen. I mean, I’m one VCU upset away from my champion being eliminated in the second round. Don’t be surprised if you’re ripping up your bracket sooner rather than later. *As of March 20, 2013
Central York track teammates pass the baton many years ago. Uniforms are just one example of ways high school sports have changed over the years. (Borrowed Photo).
By Lauren Baker STAFF WRITER
What defines a great high school experience? For some, the academics. For others, vibrant social lives. Yet for many, the best part of these four years is the athletic programs at school that enrich their lives and teach them self-discipline, honor and sportsmanship. Looking back 40 plus years, most students today would be surprised at the changes in the landscape of high school sports. Among the most obvious changes involve game rules and technology, for the better. According to Randy Mumford, head cross country coach at the high school and a Central graduate, it’s the clothing and shoes that have made the biggest transformation since he was an athlete in the early 1970s. He says training wasn’t as technical or scientific, and the sport itself was much less competitive and required less commitment from athletes and their parents, say-
ing, “That’s the difference in sports today: It’s bigger, faster and stronger.” In regards to injury prevention and treatment in the ’70s, Mumford said, “ I don’t even know if we had an athletic trainer.” Likewise, according to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), student-athlete concussions, once considered little more than a minor injury to the head, are now taken more seriously than ever before. Additionally, if athletes wanted to get in shape before an upcoming season, that was left entirely up to them. Programs like winter track and field and pre-season workouts didn’t exist. Also changed, Mumford said, is the standard high school cross country course length in Pennsylvania, formerly in the 2.5 mile range. These days, the uniform length of a course is 5 kilometers, or 3.1 miles. One of the biggest changes in the past four decades
has been the appearance of girls in sports, thanks to Title IX, which requires schools to have equal athletic opportunities for both genders in order to receive funding. Coach Mumford recalls that there was no girls cross country team at Central, although there were girls field hockey and volleyball teams. He said that he has seen girls in athletics become more confident and driven with the same ambitions and training that males had years ago. “As a result, females have really become very much talented and athletic because they have a wide variety of sports available,” he said. “In the sports that I coach, cross country, basketball and track, females have really become super competitive and their skills have improved greatly.” According to the PIAA, there are currently seventeen school-sponsored sports available to girls all across the state. One thing that has remained the same is the academic standard student athletes cannot fall below if they wish to continue participating in their sport. PIAA rules specify that a student must be passing at least four fullcredit courses or the equivalent as of each Friday in the marking period. Looking back through the decades, the main attraction to high school athletics seems to be in the experience and teamwork, something that would be hard to rival in any classroom. “What was I really doing it for? The memories,” said Mumford. “It taught me in life to never give up.”
Centralâ€™s Jake Villier runs up the field with a defender at his back during a March 15 scrimmage against Northern. The Panther lacrosse team opens their season home April 3 against Red Lion. (Photo by Erin Oâ€™Neill).