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Most programs safe from budget ax, but student costs will rise Emily Francis Editor-in-Chief

At the May 12 school board meeting, members discussed important issues and changes to be implemented to the district next year. The high school will be seeing a few major changes in different areas, including athletics and band. All these decisions are not completely finalized, and will be set into motion for the following school year in June. The one-to-one laptop program was approved for next year. The budget allocated approximately $100,000 for the laptops; most of that money will go to purchasing a new round of machines to replace the 5or 6-year-old ones that are still around. Monetary distribution for the band is still to be discussed further, but as of the meeting it was determined that busing would not be provided for any marching band parades or festivals that are outside of the district.

Breakfast and lunch costs will be increasing again by ten cents. High School students without free or reduced lunch will be paying $1.10 for breakfast and $2.15 for lunch. According to Superintendent Dr. Ron Sofo, it was determined at the May 12 board meeting that the pool will be drained after Project Graduation As a result, the summer swimming program will be eliminated. According to Athletic Director Mr. John Rosa, in the original budget cut proposal, both the varsity swimming and golf teams were to be completely eliminated. However, because of the cooperation of all varsity coaches, each sport was able to compromise a little bit of money to keep the two sports around. “Essentially all the coaches saved swimming and golf,” Mr. Rosa said. During the swim season, the district will pay for the team to practice, most likely at a local YMCA, said Dr. Sofo. The school will not be providing busing to and from practices. The same goes for the golf team, which will also have a coach and continue to exist, pro-

vided the athletes can transport themselves to and from practice. However, the school will provide busing to away meets for both sports. As for additions to the athletic department, head football coach Frank Hernandez was granted the request for new communications headsets for the team. Also, a washer and dryer was purchased for any of the high school teams to use to keep uniforms clean. Administration for the district will be moved around slightly; Mr. Rich Edder, the current principal at Big Knob Elementary, will be filling in the middle school principals position next year, as the current middle school principal Mr. Bob Gallagher will be retiring. The position as principal for Big Knob Elementary will be filled by Mrs. Debbie Baycura who will also continue to be Conway Elementary‟s principal. According to Dr. Staub, the district‟s plan is to eventually close Conway Elementary, move all fourth grade classes to the middle school, and consolidate all elementary students in one building.

The Mancini Awards are a way for dedicated drama students Copy Editor & Editor-in-Chief to be recognized for all of the The FHS drama club took hard work, time and effort that home a total of eight Mancini they put into their school‟s producAwards for their spring performtion. Freedom competed with 12 ance of Footloose when they vis- other schools to win different ited Geneva College on May 18. awards for their productions. Freedom was nominated in 11 of “Heaven Help Me, I‟m Free,” the 13 categories in which a school an ensemble number from Footmay receive nominations. loose, was chosen from all the

songs in the show to be performed at the ceremony. “It‟s a powerful number,” Band Director Keith Kovalic (KK) said. Regarding their awards in comparison to those won last year for the performance of Beauty and the Beast, KK said, “it‟s not an apples to apples comparison.” Last year‟s Disney fantasy included the drama club in a few different categories that Footloose didn‟t, such as costuming. This year, they may Awards won by the Drama Club: Photo by Brianna Haglan, Contributing Writer Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role Outstanding Dance Performance have taken home fewer trophies, but in comparison to the last time Jordan Cinderich and Christian Beck accept the Outstanding Male in a Supporting Role Outstanding Sets and Scenery Freedom performed Footloose, Noteworthy Performance by and Individual: Outstanding Orchestra Outstanding Dance Performance award on behalf Andrea Carey Outstanding Overall Production they doubled their awards.

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of the Drama Club at the Mancini’s on May 18.

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Everyone knows and thinks of Ms. Moore as the high school librarian, but she has actually only been in the profession for 12 years. One of those years was spent as an elementary librarian at Ambridge. Before becoming a librarian, Ms. Moore was a biology teacher at Penn Hills. She quit to have children and stay home with them when they were young. When she was ready to go back, so much had changed in biology that she would have

had to take new classes, so she decided to instead get a second master‟s degree in library science. "I've always loved books, but I especially loved reading to my children, especially when they were little," she said. After she retires, Ms. Moore plans on travelling and seeing a lot of her “seven and a half grandchildren” (the half is Ms. Moore‟s not-yet-born grandchild, who is due to arrive in July). The biggest change Ms. Moore has seen while at FHS has been the switch to block scheduling and the 1:1 program. "The library was the computer center of the school before every student had a laptop," she said. Of everything at FHS, she said she will miss the people the most.

Mrs. Rich has been working at Freedom for 36 years and has seen many changes during her time here. When she first began teaching, there were three full-time home economics teachers. “When I started, the funding for home economics was tremendous,” and the funding slowly declined, she said.

When Mrs. Rich first started, the middle school was called the junior high and it was grades 7-9. She said that she has seen countless other changes as well, including the name of her department changing from home economics to family consumer sciences. She got into home economics because she found consumer rights fascinating and liked cooking and child development. “The subject matter is things that everyone needs to know through life,” Mrs. Rich said. She said that the best part of her job was “when you see enthusiasm from a student and they share that excitement.” Mrs. Rich said she is most going to miss “interactions with students and staff.”

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Senior Michael Schwoegl was one of 400 state finalists in the Doodle 4 Google National Contest. His entry was designed based on the future career he intends to pursue, computer engineering.

because of the way they are stated in the handbook. The rule says Sports Editor that shorts and skirts need to be Mrs. Corris is planning to longer than the finger tips. change several rules to better the Depending on arm length, high school experience for stushorts might have to be down to a dents next year. There are a few student‟s knees. According to rules that will change drastically, Mrs. Corris, the general rule of and a few that are just in the proc- thumb is that the hemline should ess of thought. be only two inches above your One of them, however, has to knee, but the finger tip rule will do with the health of upcoming not change. freshmen; severe peanut allergies Tank tops and shirts with are going to keep food out of the straps are another gray area. Most hallways. Also, hats might come schools don‟t allow straps at all, back into style, and bullying will and the shirts all need to have finally be stopped. some sort of sleeves. “I‟m not going to stand there and measure your tank top straps,” Mrs. Corris Food in the Hallways There are a few factors that said. “There isn‟t that much of a are changing the rule for food in difference between spaghetti the hallways. Though there is a straps and one inch straps, so the rule in the handbook rule doesn‟t make “Kids get saying food is alsense.” The rule will lowed between stay as it stands, though. defensive classes, the rule is about their Flip Flops set to change. On the surveys about school The rumor about enclothing.” that students took in forcing the flip flop rule their English classes, is false. Though sandals the number one com- ~Mrs.Corris are said to be more danplaint was the gerous than closed-toed cleanliness of the school. “I have shoes, Mrs. Corris and even some to take all complaints into consid- teachers are advocates of flip eration,” Mrs. Corris said. flops. “I would wear them if I Peanut allergies are also a could. They should make dressy serious issue with upcoming stu- ones,” Mrs. Corris said. dents. Though there are a myriad of different allergies in the school, “Civility Project” the peanut allergy is the most Civility is the first of Freeprominent. The incoming students dom‟s “eight learning outcomes.” are allergic to peanuts so much Civility is just another word for that even the smell is dangerous to respect, and to “treat people like them. Even though the school is you want to be treated.” Mrs. Cornot planning on changing to a pea- ris and a group of teachers and nut-free menu, having food in the concerned students are having the hallways could prove to be harm- premiere of the civility project in ful for students with such allerthe fall of the 2011-2012 school gies. There is most likely going to year. be a “safe zone” for students with The project will try to stop severe allergies to eat. all bullying and encourage bystanders to help each other. The point of the group isn‟t just to stop Clothing “Kids get defensive about the bullying, but to recognize and their clothing,” Mrs. Corris said. congratulate people who are doing The rules are so hard to enforce the right thing.

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STAFF EDITORIAL:

You‟ve heard it all before: Facebook is an extremely popular website with lots of pros and cons. You can keep in touch with friends, play games, etc. However, with every change Mark Zuckerberg‟s employees enact, Facebook becomes less of a place to just chat with friends and more of an important news source. Think about it: when is the last time you didn‟t first hear about the death of a celebrity through at least thirty of your friends‟ statuses? With the ability to find out breaking information so fast, Facebook puts things like the Beaver County Times and KDKA to shame. It‟s an amazing thing to find out about natural disasters just minutes after they strike or that you already have a two-hour delay for the next morning just seconds after the decision is made. On the other hand, just because your acquaintance posts that a tornado hit Beaver County doesn‟t mean it‟s true. They probably misread a tornado warning. Breaking news that you only learn about from Facebook can easily

be blown out of proportion, especially when it has been the victim of a huge game of telephone. Typical Facebook users have hundreds of friends who are all competing to be the first to cover important news – much like sources such as CNN and Fox. Because of this, your news feed is often plastered with the same information, status update after status update. If everyone with a Facebook account is talking about the same thing, it becomes way more believable. The problem with this is, people are now less likely to research on their own and it makes the population lazier as a whole. Even if you don‟t intend to replace MSNBC with Facebook, such an outcome becomes almost inevitable as time goes on. It‟s hard to say that receiving important news as fast as someone can type it is a bad thing. However, when it comes down to non-reputable sources, increased gullibility, and embellished information, it‟s also hard to say it‟s the best source.

With the temperature slowly creeping up around 80 and the sun shining its brightest, it is commonly thought that the attendance rate at FHS would start to decline. But does it? What the graph shows below is that, at the beginning of the school year, attendance was at an impressive 99 percent. After August, the rate slowly begins to decline until reaching 93 percent at November, where it flat lines for the rest of the school year. Overall, the student attendance rate of FHS stays at a fairly constant 93 percent. So good job Freedom for not letting this beautiful weather hinder your attendance!

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FHS Press — Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief: Managing Editor: News Editor: Features Editor: Sports Editor: Copy Editor: Photo & Design: Web Editor: Faculty Adviser:

Emily Francis Jake Cruise Sarah Choflet Emily Bittner Taylar McCoy Jordan Kusich Melanie Socash Amanda Hryckowian Mr. David Hartman

Contributing Writers: Rosalyn Nye, Brianna Haglan Editorial Policies: FHS Press is the official student newspaper serving Freedom Area High School, in Freedom, Pennsylvania. The views presented herein are not representative of the school, faculty, or administration; they are solely the views of individual student writers. The newspaper accepts and strives to publish signed letters to the editor under 250 words. To submit comments, press releases, or letters to the editor, or to purchase advertising space in the paper, e -mail newspaper@freedomarea.org, or contact Mr. Hartman in Room 114.

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The first moment that I stepped into Freedom High School, I was absolutely terrified. About a million thoughts were flying through my head: where is my locker? Why is everyone happy to be here right now? Will that person be my new Emily Francis best friend? Oh, he is cute. Did she just call soda, Editor-in-Chief “pop”? Where is a giant hole to hide in when you need it? Why isn’t the world collapsing right now? Oh wait- it is. Thankfully my world collapsed less and less each day, and I was quickly able to accept FHS as my new home for the next three years. I didn‟t think it would be that difficult to move from a small, rural high school to an even smaller, more rural high school. At my school in Central New York I felt that I had a pretty successful freshman year; I knew a lot of people, I was involved, I didn‟t get stuffed into lockers by any upperclassmen, etc. After a few days of getting lost and forgetting names, I realized that adjusting would be harder than I thought; it was just like freshman year all over again. As a decently responsible sophomore in Mr. Hartman‟s communications class, newspaper articles were thrown at me partially against my will. This was partly because I was a brown-noser, and partly because I was terrified of all upperclassmen and had difficulty just saying no. No one really told me how to

write them, I just did. Ironically enough, in communications my favorite thing to do was pick out the obnoxious errors in the newspaper each month and openly mock the authors for their mediocrity. Like I knew. By the end of my first year at FHS, I was convinced I could do a much better job, and decided to schedule the newly-created Print Media Workshop elective into my junior year schedule. As Copy Editor, all I had to do was find the grammatical errors in the issue. My rude awakening was met at 1:30 am the night before all articles were due to the section editors for layout, and I was only halfway done. It was evident from that point on that I had underestimated the job. Everything about the class was hard for me that year: learning how to write articles from an objective standpoint, keeping up with the deadlines, attending almost every school event to take pictures, and finding ways not to be mediocre. But I learned like everyone else did, and eventually was able to expand on my creativity, which is something I never even thought I had. About halfway through my junior year, I knew that I wanted to be the next editor-in-chief. I knew there were more efficient ways for the writers and editors to communicate, and I wanted the chance to change things for the better. For the rest of the year I took every assignment that no one wanted. I spent my junior prom taking pictures of everyone else having fun, and I stayed up until 4 am to take pictures of some other seniors‟ Project Graduation. It was safe to

$UMMER Summer is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing: summer job dilemmas. High school students are Emily Bittner going to Features Editor spend the entirety of their summer complaining that all they do is work or that they don‟t have money to enjoy themselves because a lack of a job. Almost everyone is split into these two groups and for all of summer vacation spend time arguing over who has it worse. People who work all summer seem to think that they have the authority to put down someone who complains that they don‟t have a job. Telling your friend how much you hate spending your day at work and how awful it is won‟t change the fact that they may want a job more than you know. Sure, it‟s hard to remember that you aren‟t bagging groceries as a form of torture and that you actually do get something great out of it: money. No amount of unnecessary grumbling will take those dollar signs out of some-

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one‟s eyes. Those who don‟t work aren‟t entirely victims though. You can‟t assume that it‟s fun and incredibly rewarding to have a summer job. Having extra spending cash doesn‟t come with as much ease as you would think. That new iPhone and mall shopping spree aren‟t necessities and won‟t kill you to not have. You‟re still a teenager and you don‟t have any majorly high bills to pay like the mortgages your parents do, so having a job isn‟t as vital to your summer as you think it is. It‟s amazingly easy to think the grass is greener on the other side, but the way that people want to spend their summer varies. So rather than telling your friends they don‟t want a job, let them make their own decisions; and instead of complaining that you don‟t have a job, don‟t assume getting one would make you instantly happier. Personally, I‟ll be one of those people who work all summer – and probably complain about it every day – but as much as I‟ll express my jealousy of my non-working friends, I know I‟ll make a materialistic choice to spend my last summer working hard for my minimum wage paychecks.

say that working hard paid off for me when I got the position I worked for. This year was so much better than I ever thought it would be. Everyone in the room – those who lasted the year – was willing to go the extra mile and help each other out. Print Media was everything I could want in a class because I was able to work hard and be rewarded for my hard work. Although, the bittersweet reward of my efforts was always more work... I wouldn‟t have gotten the experience I now have without Mr. Hartman. He never gave up on me at times when I had given up on myself, and he pushed me and our publication to its fullest potential this year. Mostly no one realizes the countless hours he spends in his room every day, both before and after school, to help kids and to constantly make his classroom a better learning experience. He is the reason that our newspaper is what it is, and I could not thank him enough for teaching me more than I ever thought I could learn from one class. Graduation is right around the corner, and seniors are already starting down the slippery sentimental slope of strolling down memory lane. As I look back on high school, I can‟t help but think about this newspaper and everything that being a part of it has done for me. Experiencing my writing being displayed for anyone to see truly honed my attention to detail. Working with other writers and having strict deadlines were extremely overbearing responsibilities, but getting through the hard times and the passed deadlines were what made me a better writer, editor and student overall.

Student Profile: Jimmy Kappas A few months ago, Freedom student, James Kappas, received his acceptance letter to William & Jefferson College. The reason this was such a big deal is because he was only a junior. Jimmy agreed to sit down with FHS Press’s Emily Bittner for an interview discussing his plan to enter college one year early. Are you a junior or a senior now? Since I'm graduating early, I'm technically a senior. I felt like a junior until three months ago and now it feels weird, like I know I can't come back next year. Do you think graduating one year early will benefit you? Absolutely. I get an extra jump on the work force and now I'm not forced to take classes I didn't want to take. Do you feel like you’re missing out on your “senior year”? Actually that was one of the things I thought about when making my decision, but I decided the benefits outweighed that.

Have your friends and teachers been supportive? Yeah, mostly all of them have been. There is only a few people that have said it's a bad idea and meant it. Is there anything you’re going to miss next year? (laughs) Physics 2.


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It‟s finally time to put the Carharts and Ugg boots to rest: May is here. And with it comes the opportune Amanda time for Hryckowian spring fashion to finally Web Editor flourish. This small portion of Beaver County that we call Freedom might not have all the greatest high-end stores, but rest assured, this doesn‟t mean that its inhabitants can‟t take advantage of all that spring fashion has to offer. One main trend this spring is tremendous amounts of color.

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From pastels - which are paler and seemingly washed out colors - to all the brights imaginable under the rainbow. However, this particular trend might seem a tad overwhelming. Ladies can start out with a few bold accessories such as earrings or a necklace with an outfit that needs a splash of color. For those who aren‟t afraid to dive into the impending wonderland of colors, try out a bright colored dress with a bold, jeweltoned necklace or belt. There is no reason for guys to be left out of this, so try a bright shirt accented by simple pants. Gentlemen who are feeling absolutely daring, don‟t be afraid to try a bright pair of khaki colored pants rolled at the ankle with boat shoes, which look like loafers, but really aren‟t, or sandals. The options are limitless. On the opposite end of the color spectrum is another trend that was quite prevalent on the runways: neutral colors. There‟s a good chance that you have been in dark colors for all of fall and winter, why not change it up for a couple of months until the cycle of darkness begins again? Spring is a time of renewal and beginnings and that is just what this trend offers through shades of white and beige. These particular colors also look clean and fresh. Feel free to carry this color scheme out in any article of clothing for guys and ladies alike. Along with color this season, prints and patterns are also alive and well. For ladies, animal and floral prints are the most prominent. You can mix and match articles of clothing at your own risk, with different prints, but please remember that each article of clothing must have at least one or more matching colors so you don‟t look like you got dressed blindfolded. For the guys, maybe consider a striped rugby shirt or polo and plaid Bermuda shorts, but the call is yours. With the summer season fast approaching, nautical stripes would not do any harm for either guys or girls. Two favored and versatile trends from fall have progressed and dominated their way onto the runways of spring. They are lace and sheer articles of clothing. Please remember that you are at a school and not

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somewhere where see-through clothing is appropriate. Keep it classy, Freedom! Lace has transformed from its dark beginnings last fall to light and airy tops, dresses, and skirts in varying shades of neutral and pale. Sheer fabrics have followed in the footsteps of lace and grown accustomed to the breezy feel of spring. If you‟re concerned about a wardrobe malfunction while changing classes, feel free to wear a light tank top or two underneath either to make sure that you are covered and stay cool. Flip flops with embellishments, woven wedges, and almost any sandal or heel will make any of these outfits this season. For guys, make sure to consider boat shoes or sandals as well. Give the Nikes a break. Also, if you‟re looking for inspiration on how to exactly wear some of the popular trends this season, remember that there are a ton of fashion blogs and sites along with magazines. Some popular fashion sights are whowhatwear.com, lookbook.nu and fashiontoast.com. All of these sites offer great examples from ordinary people all over the world along with celebrities. If you‟d rather have a magazine to consult, your best bets are Marie Claire, Elle, Harper‟s Bazaar, InStyle and Teen Vogue.

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Nathan Rosser What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Anybody can make something hard. It takes a true genius to make it easy.” What was your favorite class at Freedom? CCBC 1960s/ Vietnam What is your best high school memory? Days off Sadie Schweinsberg What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduate college and move to California for my job What is your best high school memory? Drama Club What was your favorite class at Freedom? Japanese with New Brighton Courtney Cotten Who was your biggest high school influence? My family and myself because I realized to be good at life and you must follow through with things. Never let anyone tell you how to live your life. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Sit down and shut up.” -Mr. Partridge Senior will: I bequeath my humor and fiestyness to my ginger friend, Tricia Johnson. Briar Dewhirst What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Hey there buddy.” -Mr. Partridge What was your favorite class at Freedom? Physics. Well, just Wargo. Senior will: I bequeath my mojo to Shane Bonzo.

Matthew Willis Nicknames: Matt Willis, Willis, Matty Willis, Matty Dubs Who was your biggest high school influence? My mom „cause she always pushed me no matter what. What is your best high school memory? Waking up everyday and coming into high school to see Delaney Marroni‟s gorgeous face.

Senior will: I bequeath everything of me and unskilled.” -Tink to every underclassman. Who was your biggest high school influence? Tink. His sarcastically hippieDarrek Hogue like life inspires me not to live my own Nicknames: D. Hogue, Diesel. life as an unaware idiot. Senior will: I bequeath the FHS Press to What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Speak softly and carry a big the mightiest of PMW-ites. stick.” -Mr. Hernandez Senior will: I bequeath my lifting abilities to Jared Hogue.

boosted my confidence. He always offered help, and I thank him for that. What is your best high school memory? Our „fashion show‟ in Ms. Ross‟s room. Senior will: I bequeath my smarts, cheer skills, and of course my love to Lexie Challis and Courtney Busse.

Ashlee Greenlee What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Straight Folded would be my pimpin‟ name.” -Tink Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Summers; he was always there to listen and help. What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? A nursing degree Jenna Bell What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “It is what it is.” -Mrs. Cairns (Vo-Tech teacher) What is your best high school memory? Last day of school (tractor day) or prom Senior will: I bequeath my willingness to do all homework to whoever hates doing homework. Ashley Throne What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Supremacy What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Sorry, I was trying to hurry too quickly.” -Mr. Majors Alexandria Ward What is something you won’t miss from high school? Our 70s style cafete- What do you hope to have accomria. plished in five years? In five years I hope I am in PT school or have graduBreanne Prinkey ated from PT school and have a good job. What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope to graduate What was your favorite class at Freemy 3/1 program at Waynesberg and start dom? Anatomy with Burger or English dolphin therapy. with Wilson What is your favorite quote by a If you could change one decision you teacher? “I wonder how long it takes to made in high school, what would it be? blow up...well actually how long it takes I would have gotten into more activities to inflate. I don‟t want to know how long it takes to blow up.” -Shep, about Edin- Cody Wylie boro bubble What do you hope to have accomWho was your biggest high school in- plished in five years? Have a place of fluence? My friends. In high school you my own really find yourself and that‟s where you What is your favorite quote by a find who your true friends are. I‟ve had a teacher? “Sit down and shut up.” -Mr. lot of chances where my friends weren‟t Partridge there for support and it really opened my If you could change one decision you eyes. made in high school, what would it be? Not retaliating in arguments in gym Emily Francis Nicknames: Em/Emfran/Wickwire/ Sierra Boggs Franny Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Majors; he always told me What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Luck is a crutch for the weak that I was a good student, and always

Michael Schwoegl What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Become a computer engineer Who is your biggest high school influence? Mr. Saludis, because he always pushed us to try hard. Senior will: I bequeath Monica to Bubba...if he wants it. Lizz Reese What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope to have a bachelor‟s in neuroscience and be accepted into med school. What is your best high school memory? I‟d have to say my physics classes and Wargo‟s craziness. Senior will: I bequeath my crazy schedule to all you juniors. :) Lauren Reese What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Work your butt off in high school. That‟s how you‟ll be successful in college.” -Mr. Wargo. Who is your biggest high school influ-


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made in high school, what would it be? Who was your biggest influence in To not procrastinate on my senior prohigh school? Bre Kopac - she‟s my partject!!!!!!!!!! ner in crime. Senior will: I bequeath my awesome Breonna Kopac butterfly skills to Natalie Snow. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Our school has a crest? What Christian Beck is it, a tractor?” -Tink What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Living in New What is your best high school memory? Definitely prom: you could never York City performing on Broadway! go wrong with loud music and dancing. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Believe in yourself.” -Mr. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Kline. I wouldn‟t change anything; don‟t regret What is your best high school memanything in life, it‟s too short to be any- ory? Winning Henry Mancini awards thing but happy. Senior will: I bequeath the great times at musical practice to Zac Wilson and NaJordan Kusich than Fleming. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Don‟t contradict me in front Shannon Schimmer of the toaster!” -Dhart What do you hope to have accomWho was your biggest high school in- plished in five years? Graduated from fluence? Taylar McCoy, because she college with a steady job and super hot taught me how to cope with husband “constructive” criticism. What is your favorite quote by a What was your favorite class at Free- teacher? “It‟s nice to know that they let dom? 11th grade English you come to school with the normal ence? Tink, he‟s the man. Zane Zeigler Senior will: I bequeath my Monster ad- kids.” -Mr. Wargo. What is your best high school memWho was your biggest high school in- diction to Emily Bittner. Who was your biggest high school inory? New York City with Emily Francis fluence? Shep; he helped me excel in fluence? Mr. Wargo because he helped and Mrs. Hastings track. Leah Penson me realize I was much smarter than I Senior will: I bequeath my ability to be a What is you best high school memory? What do you hope to have accomthought. comic relief in Saludis‟s class to anyProm with friends and girlfriend plished in five years? A bachelor‟s de- What is your best high school membody who is brave enough to take chem. If you could change one decision you gree in Criminal Justice ory? Getting class clown, biggest accomplishment made in high school, what would it be? What is your favorite quote by a Ian Lint To not tear my hamstring teacher? “You will only go as far as Senior will: I bequeath my intelligence your heart desires.” -Ms. Ross Stephanie Duez What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Prescribing pills to Brandon Padgett. Who was your biggest high school in- What is something that you won’t miss fluence? Ms. Ross when she was still about high school? The drama; the less Whats is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Is your lab close to Ian‟s?” Liz Brunner here. She allowed me to open up my drama the better Mr. Saludis. “No?” -Jordan C. “Then mind and think of things I never thought What do you hope to have accomWhat was your favorite class at Freeyou‟re okay.” -Mr. Saludis. plished in five years? Two dogs, one before. dom? Psychology and US History in 9th shark, three eels, four tiny rabbits, one grade with Mrs. Porter What is your best high school memory? School play chipmunk, two potbellied pigs, and one Deanna Miklos What is your best high school memSenior will: I bequeath motivation to Asian child ory? The musicals; they were always the What is your favorite quote by a excel to freshmen....and the rest of the teacher? “Essays should be like a skirt. best. It was always so great to work with What is your favorite quote by a school. teacher?“That‟s the F-bomb alert!” Long enough to cover what needs to be our “little family”. Mrs. Russell covered, short enough to stay interestCasey Sterrett Senior will: I bequeath everything exing.” -Ms. Ross. Tony Dambach cept my car to JoeJoe Beans Brunner. What do you hope to have accomWho was your biggest high school in- What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope that in fluence? Ms. Ross, because she taught plished in five years? To be on my way five years I can be graduated from colme so much. to being a teacher lege and starting my career with SpanWhat is your best high school memWhat is something you won’t miss ish. ory? Tea parties with Sara Murphy, about Freedom? The food Meagen Finnerty, Jordan Kusich, Putri What is your favorite quote by a What is your best high school memteacher? “If I was half as funny as I Mesing, Emily Hilliard, and PR. ory? The Florida trips. think I am, you would think I am twice Senior will: I bequeath my love for Disas funny as I really am.” -Shep. ney to Zach Malinak. Annie Murphy Senior will: I bequeath the clarinet What do you hope to have accomsection to Megan, Kelsie, and Julietta. Kelsey Brooks plished in five years? Have a college degree, a good job, and be as far away What do you hope to have accomAlana Hill plished in five years? Furthering my from Beaver County as possible. :) psychology career Who is your biggest high school inWhat is your best high school memfluence? Mr. Majors. He always ofory? When Nick Turner put a french fry What is something you won’t miss fered help when needed and made me from high school? All the drama and in the microwave for 6 minutes at lunch better at math, which is a REALLY everyone knowing everyone else‟s busi- HAHAHA. hard thing to do. ness Senior will: I bequeath my severe case Marissa Rance What is your best high school memWho was your biggest high school in- of senioritis to next year‟s seniors. ory? When Tyla fell out of a mount and Nickname: Mojo Jojo. fluence? Ms. Ross; she made me decide came up with grass in between her teeth What is your favorite quote by a to make creative writing my minor. Clayton Cordes teacher? “Have a great weekend!” If you could change one decision you What do you hope to have accomDeb Fanning plished in five years? Get done with made in high school, what would it be? Who was your biggest influence in Not trying as hard as I could my freshhigh school? Ms. Ionta pushed me to PTI for graphic design and start going What is something you won’t miss man and sophomore year with academics apply myself to history! about high school? The food and the back for game design/programming crazy drama If you could change one decision you What is your best high school mem-


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ory? The one that was SO awesome I forgot it If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Join some sports teams Senior will: I bequeath my hidden pot of gold to some random school teacher.

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Tyla Piehler What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope to graduate from college, working with a job I love, living in either Cali or Florida, and engaged to a fine, rich doctor. Who is your biggest high school influence? My friends, obviously. They‟re Jimmy Kappas the only reason I come here. :) Nicknames: James, Jimbo, JimJam Kap- What is your best high school mempas, Jim, Kapinator, Jimster, Jimmy Boy, ory? Whenever Ms. Ross‟s substitute Kap-Attack, Himmy didn‟t show up. After hiding in the closet for a good 20 minutes we all put on cosWhat is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Everyone get up off your tumes and had a fashion show on the masses!” -Wargo desks. Who is your biggest high school influence? Mr. Wargo. He‟s inspired me to Jake Cruise be a scientist. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Shhh. Don‟t contradict me in Sami Jo Smith front of the toaster.” -Dhart What do you hope to have accomWho was your biggest high school inplished in 5 years? Married to Haley fluence? Tink. He teaches us more than Williams and starring in a movie with just history. Emma Stone or Ellen Page. WHOA What is your best high school memDREAM BIG! ory? Swimming. “We‟re like a family.” Senior will: I bequeath my love to Jon What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “If you remember one thing let Bittner and Jake Potts. it be this, stay away from men who wear too much leather and too much jewelry.” Putri Mesing -Ms. Ross Who was your biggest high school inWhat is something that you won’t miss fluence? Patti Ross, she‟s everything a from high school? There isn‟t enough teacher could be and more. <3 room... What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Believe in yourself.” -Mr. Ashlynd Lee Rob Dale Kline. Senior will: I bequeath all my love to What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To graduate col- Zac Wilson. lege and move to Alabama to teach. Sara Sanderson What is something you won’t miss from high school? I will not miss all the What do you hope to have accomdrama and underclassmen making out in plished in five years? Get a solid educathe hallways. tion, get into my dream career, and be happy! What is your best high school memory? Every musical I have ever done. What is something you won’t miss Peter Pan, Joseph, Beauty and the Beast, from high school? Students screaming Footloose. The friends are more like in the hallways family. What is your best high school Senior will: I bequeath my parking spot memory? Sitting on the bench #84 to Nicholas Duchene. every morning talking to my odd friends Jessica Meyers Ashlie Elmer What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “When in doubt, take a deriva- What is something you won’t tive.” -Mrs. Hastings. miss from high school? Drama Who was your biggest high school in- Who was your biggest influence fluence? My mommy :) in high school? Dr. Staub because he was laid back but strict What is your best high school memory? Sami Jo‟s raptor at the same time and that‟s how Senior will: I bequeath nothing to anyteachers should be too. one because no one is worthy... What was your favorite class in high school? Psychology Caitlynn Milligan Senior will: I bequeath #9 softWhat is something that you won’t miss ball jersey to Britty Mavrich. from high school? Pre-Cal and getting yelled at for parking in the teachers‟ Erika Woelper parking lot What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Don‟t b.s. a b.s.er.” What is your best high school memory? Winning our soccer section in the Mr. Hernandez aka “Tank” 9th grade and when all the fans ran on Who was your biggest high the field school influence? Mr. Prigorac. He made me want to come to If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? school in the mornings. Getting senioritis that I developed as a Senior will: I bequeath my stunsophomore ning good looks and witty personality to Courtney Busse.

Meghan Dunbar Who was your biggest high school influence? Tink, because he taught us about life outside of high school. What was your favorite class in high school? Anatomy What is your best high school memory? Any that include my friends...there‟s too many to pick just one If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? The decision to take chem Derek Lehocky Who was your biggest high school influence? Christopher Patrick Glass What is your best high school memory? Baseball If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Quitting football Senior will: I bequeath Nick Schwab with my balling skills and Forrest Petcovic with my shoes to fill. Jordan Cinderich What do you hope to have accomplished in five years To be completely prepared to challenge the world with what I have to offer Who was your biggest high school influence? KK, he taught me so much about life in and out of the classroom. Senior will: I bequeath my love to Brianna Haglan.

hallway to my sister. Cullen Rider What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? My first five years of college Who was your biggest high school influence? Caitlinn Mikus, she is just the most amazing person I have ever met. She is so much smarter than me, so much more good looking than me, so much nicer than me, and just an all around better person than me. What is your best high school memory? Caitlinn Mikus Alex Moldonado What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Straight up and straight back.” - Mr. Wilson If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Work hard all year round Courtney Valko What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduate college; have a good paying job What is something you won’t miss about high school? Drama; crowded hallways If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? To be involved in a sport

Sara Patton What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I Caitlinn Mikus hope to be going to college in Europe. What is your favorite class at FreeWhat is your favorite quote by a dom? Psychology teacher? “I think Gandhi would think light sabers are cool.” - Tink If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Who was your biggest influence in Slacking off my first two years high school? Myself; I became more Senior will: I bequeath my spot in the determined to succeed than ever.


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What is your best high school memory? First day of high school Amber Radzicki What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I want to have a job as a kindergarten teacher and traveling during my summers. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Don‟t catch senior-itis already!” - Mr. Majors If could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be ? I wouldn‟t take everything so seriously, but I‟d still work hard. :D underclassmen. Nikk Poliak What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Establish a career What is something you won’t miss about high school? The work. What was your favorite class at Freedom? Physics. Cole Leonberg What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduate from Lake Erie College and then be started on furthering my education What was your favorite class at Freedom? 1960s and Vietnam What is your best high school memory? Making and being top 16 at WPIALS in both events Senior will: I bequeath the swim team to the grave :‟( Kellie Mercier What is your favorite quote by a teacher? Anything that comes out of Tink‟s mouth What is something you won’t miss about high school? The complete and utter lack of school spirit, and the drama If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Everything happens for a reason...no regrets! Senior will: I bequeath the ability to have as much fun as possible to all of the

Adam Miller What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? A finished truck and new house What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Watch the language.” - Mr. Wilson What was your favorite class at Freedom? Vo-tech Senior will: I bequeath my truck spot, the third spot, to Nick Casey!

ory? When Angel flipped out on Cody, Michal, and Jason in English class If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? I‟d change my classes around. Michael Droz What is something you won’t miss about high school? Immature classmates and school lunch What was your favorite class at Freedom? Drafting and design at Vo-Tech What is your best high school memory? Tractor day If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? I would not have taken pre-cal this year

Gabi Glowark What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To have my own business on its way to being up and running Who was your biggest high school influence? My mom, she keeps me going in in the right direction What is something you won’t miss about high school? Tyler yelling at Glen Howard teachers Senior will: I bequeath a large painted What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Fortune and own- shelf to the office ladies. ing a truck What was your favorite class at Free- Andrew Christopher dom? Physics with Wargo junior year What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Have a degree, If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? lots of money, and reliable job Only throwing shot as a senior, I would Who was your biggest high school inhave started as a freshman fluence? Mr. Wargo because he has Senior will: I bequeath my work ethic in taught me the most the chutes to J.J. Meinert. Senior will: I bequeath my physics folder to an underclassmen. Justine Hays Tyler Kerr What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduate from What do you hope to have accomcollege and get my dream job plished in five years? Still be alive and be successful Who was your biggest influence in high school? Mrs. Hill because she has Who was your biggest high school helped me so much and helped me move influence? Nick Pertile telling me to on. “keep doing what you‟re doing Kerr.” What is your best high school memWhat is your best high school memory? When I rode wheelies during lunch on my quad Michal Foley What is something you won’t miss about high school? Fake people Who was your biggest high school influence? Bucky Jones because he brightened my day If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Not getting into trouble and doing my homework Senior will: I bequeath my best year to anyone. Miranda Kosis Who was your biggest high school influence? Probably just myself . I never really listened to what other people told me to do, I just kinda did what I wanted. What is your best high school memory? Just hanging out with my friends and seeing them all everyday. I didn‟t realize how much I was going to miss it.

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If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? I would have taken my freshman and sophomore years a lot more seriously. Jeremy Hunter What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Join military and have job and money Who was your biggest high school influence? Dr. Staub and Mr. Wilson What is your best high school memory? Friends and dancing for projects and in the hallways for people Senior will: I bequeath my dance videos to everyone! Enjoy! Adam Hunkins What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Stay outta trouble If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? To not get senioritis. Senior will: I bequeath my hard work to the freshmen. Brandon Prest What is your favorite quote said by a teacher? “God bless you, please sanitize.” - Mrs. Milanovich Who was your biggest high school influence? Myself:) Cause I‟m awesome What is your best high school memory? Breaking Freedom‟s 3-point record with nine 3‟s in one game Thomas Rasmussen Who was your biggest influence in high school? Adam Hunkins, I don‟t wanna be like him

If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? To do something Senior will: I bequeath my hard work to the freshmen. Donnie Wingrove Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Hernandez because he inspired me to follow the road of teaching History. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Get better grades and not sleep Senior will: I bequeath my history skills to Austin Bailey.


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Paige Cooper What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope to be graduated from college pursing a career in nursing possibly married What is something you won’t miss about high school? Having to get up everyday What is your best high school memory? Prom and senior year getting ready to graduate If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Take all four years seriously and don‟t mess around.

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Tiffany Zorbas What was your favorite class at Freedom? Mrs. Isanogal‟s geometry What is your best high school memory? Having fun with friends. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what Terry Wilson would it be? Putting school off till my senior year. What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Move to Ohio and Senior will: I bequeath my have a good job, graduate from college strength to survive high school to Who was your biggest high school in- Carolyn Jenny and Marissa Marfluence? Mrs. Milanovich roni. What is your best high school memory? When Tyler used to run past Mrs. Mason Eldridge Majors screaming everyday What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? State If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? trooper and be rich To have tried harder Who was your biggest high school influence? Me Bret Cetto If you could change one decision What do you hope to have accomyou made in high school, what would plished in five years? Become a profes- it be? None sional bass fisher Lenny Radzicki What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “That ain‟t so good Cetto.‟ Who was your biggest high school inBert Pickard. fluence? Dr. Staub What is something you won’t miss What is your best high school memabout high school? Having to walk ory? Wrestling home the rest of my senior year What was your favorite class at FreeWhat was your favorite class at Free- dom? Physics dom? Woodshop Senior will: I bequeath everything to Jesse Herzog. Tyler Moldovan Who was your biggest high school in- Daniel Wesolowski fluence? KK, because he taught me that What do you hope to have accomslacking off gets you no where in life. plished in five years? Become a state trooper What is your best high school memory? Florida trip senior year What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “That‟s a late.” - Mr. Pickard If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be ? Don‟t let people judge you, and be If you could change one decision you happy with yourself. made in high school, what would it be? Senior will: I bequeath my parking spot Not to take study halls to Kenny McClain. AJ Nigro Kasey Frizell What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Established and What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduating colwith a good paying job lege What is your favorite quote by a Who was your biggest high school in- teacher? “Speak again sweet cheeks.” fluence? My brothers because I wanted Bert Pickard to accomplish something they didn‟t What is something you won’t miss about high school? Immaturity What is your best high school memory? Cheerleading Kristi Tibolet Nick Sotiriou What is your favorite quote by a Who was your biggest high school in- teacher? Anything Summers ever said fluence? Mr. Wilson with senior projects Who was your biggest high school inWhat was your favorite class at Free- fluence? Mrs. Burger taught me a lot dom? Psychology with Mrs. Porter about maturity and discipline Senior will: I bequeath my senior basWhat is your best high school memory? Prom ketball leadership to the junior basketball Senior will: I bequeath my parking spot players. to Lauren Barrett. Jocelynne Johnson

Who was your biggest high school influence? My mom, she helped me through a lot. What is your best high school memory? Earning my first letter Senior will: I bequeath my leadership and knowledge to the underclassmen.

ize that swearing isn‟t attractive. What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduated college and a good job If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Not to cut class and pay more attention India Redmond What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Have a nursing career Who was your biggest high school influence? Mrs. Hill because she always took me on career trips that helped me realize life and to the Special Olympics so I could help kids, and I loved that. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Try harder and not put everything off

Jessee Hipple What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Go to the air force, come back and go to college What is your best high school memory? Sitting at lunch and laughing so hard milk came out my nose and went everywhere Senior will: I bequeath skating abilities to Damen Hunt. Adam Libonati What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Read the directions.” - Bert Pickard What was your best high school memory? Friends Senior will: I bequeath my luck to the juniors.

Jason Boord What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Be in the U.S. Marine Corps. Hopefully as a Sgt. Who was your biggest high school influence? 1st Sgt. Carl Curtis USMC Retired. He helped me find my dream of becoming a Marine. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? My grades. I should have come in more and tried harder. Chris Wright Who was your biggest high school influence? My dad, he pushed me so that I could have a better life than he had. What was your favorite class at Freedom? Wargo‟s Physics Senior will: I bequeath my fabricating skills to the juniors at Vo-Tech.

Angel Black Who was your biggest high school in- Nick Turner fluence? Mrs. Porter, she got me to real- What do you hope to have accom-


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become a model!!!! Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Summers. He‟s my role model/ hero. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? To keep my grades up and not be a bum. Have more self-respect and try as hard as I could.

Cody Burkhammer Matthew Leasure What is something you won’t miss about high school? Homework and proWhat do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Have my college jects degree and a job Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. McGee because he was What is your best high school memory? Meeting my girlfriend featured as a role model for the school to be a better person If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? What do you hope to have accomTo wear more shorts. plished in five years? To get a high paySenior will: I bequeath my mojo to ing job Natalie Snow. Ivan Stanyard Justin Clagg What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To be an accomWhat do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Major in Phys- plished electrician ics Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Summers. He teaches not What is something you won’t miss about high school? Bad lunches only gym, but life itself. What is your best high school memWhat is your best high school memory? Graduation ory? Beating New Brighton 21-20 Senior will: I bequeath my favorite penIf you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? cil to my brother, Joey. I would have joined track/cross country team my freshman year. Samantha Hildman What do you hope to have accomJeremy Canonge plished in five years? Going to college and figuring out what exactly I want to What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “I forgot.” - Mr. Saludis do with my life Who was your biggest high school in- Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Saludis, he helped me to fluence? Myself and my parents. I influexcel to the best of my ability. enced myself and so did they to help me Senior will: I bequeath the golf team to get through senior year. Nick Schwab. What is your best high school memory? Senior year Emily Winterbottom Senior will: I bequeath my super great tan to Brooke Petcovic. What is something you won’t miss about high school? Waking up to go to school, which is covered in stink bugs, Matt Notarianni homework, and school lunches What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Marry Ke$ha What is your best high school memory? My best high school memory is Who was your biggest high school inspending every day with my best friends. fluence? Mrs. Milanovich because she Senior will: I bequeath control of the always saw my potential and made me soccer team to Joanne Barlamas! use it If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Waiting until a week before I presented to start my senior project

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Brandon Brown What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To finish up whatever I‟m multiplying in college What was your favorite class at high school? Chemistry What is your best high school memory? First moving here from a different school If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Taking another elective besides Spanish Ryan Baran What is your favorite quote by a

teacher? “Does anyone have any questions...no? Okay.” -Mr. Majors What is something you won’t miss in high school? Homework everyday in Calculus What is your best high school memory? Justin Baumiller in his blow-up bull suit Matt Casto Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Bohon, because he always motivates us to learn Spanish. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Not procrastinating as much, prepare more for speeches and projects Senior will: I bequeath my baseball ability to Fran O‟Connor and Jordan Price. Justin Baumiller What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Make a time machine What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “I don‟t tell lies, only stories.” - Bucky Who was your biggest high school influence? Myself, I make my own path Senior will: I bequeath my humor and love to those who have none. :) Taryn Martin What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life, have my own place, and be on my own. What is your best high school memory? Just goofing around everyday Senior will: I bequeath my random outgoingness to Brooke Petcovic. Scott Merkel What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To get my education to the standard it needs to be Who was your biggest high school influence? My father, he tried pushing me to the limits on my grades. What is your best high school memory? Making playoffs for wrestling Senior will: I bequeath the wrestling team to Zeke Stroupe. Alahna Alderette Who was your biggest high school influence? Sadie for making me get my work done What was your favorite class at Freedom? Gia‟s English class What is your best high school memory? Florida band trip 2011 Senior will: I bequeath my hyperness to anyone who needs it. Alayna Shaw What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Join the peace corps and go to school for something Who was your biggest high school influence? Tink because he actually made me want to come to school for his class. Senior will: I bequeath my seat on the bus and good times to Sam McFarland

and Lexie Hancock. Colton Gardner What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To finish high school, graduate college, and have a good job Who was your biggest high school influence? Mr. Wilson, always making sure I had my work What was your favorite class at Freedom? Robots with Pickard Rosalyn Nye What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Rosalyn, if you burn the camera, I will burn you.” -Dhart Who was your biggest high school influence? A lot of my teachers influenced my future plans: Ms. Ionta, Mr. Hartman, Mlle Linden, 韩老师, and Tink. Senior will: I bequeath yearbook editorship to whoever is willing to devote their life to it. Delaney Marroni What was your favorite class at Freedom? Art What is your best high school memory? Going into Mr. Wilson‟s and seeing Matt Willis‟s beautiful face Senior will: I bequeath my locker to my sister. Matt McKinney Who was your biggest high school influence? Tink because he is both my mentor and coach. If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Taking French as a freshman Senior will: I bequeath my dashing good looks to Noah, Jake, Kurt, Wes, David, and Brock. Jessie Shidemantle What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To be a nurse Who was your biggest high school influence? John Challis If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Coming to school everyday and going to prom Canaan Tsuris Who was your biggest high school influence? My old IEP teacher at Ambridge, Mrs. K, she kept me from failing. What is your best high school memory? Probably prom If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Get better grades Jesse Sturm What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Complete college and have a home and a job If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Come to school more Senior will: I bequeath my bench warming skills to the basketball team.


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made in high school, what would it be? I would have gotten involved with the musical.

Sam Adams What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Graduating college, becoming an art teacher and startEddie Angeline ing my life. What do you hope to have accomWhat is something you won’t miss plished in five years? Full-time job from high school? Drama! Who was your biggest high school in- What was your favorite class at Freefluence? John Challis, because he never dom? Tutoring Center, 10th grade Engquit fighting. lish. Delshawn Popowich What was your favorite class at Free- If you could change one decision you Who was your biggest high school in- dom? Woodshop made in high school, what would it be? Caitlin Frain fluence? Mr. Hernandez. He helped me What is your best high school memActually paying attention and going to What do you hope to have accomchange and try harder. ory? Making playoffs my senior year for school. plished in five years? To have received baseball my bachelor‟s degree from Temple UniWhat was your favorite class at Freedom? Gym and any history class Taylar Richards versity. Senior will: I bequeath a small amount Mariah McGlothlin What do you hope to have accomWhat is something you won’t miss of my greatness to the underclassmen. plished in five years? Graduate college from high school? The wearing of the What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? To be a second and move out! poof with the headbands Lexi Stout grade teacher and have a class filled with What is your favorite quote by a Who was your biggest high school incute little kids teacher? “Straight up and straight fluence? Lauren Reese; she‟s my best What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? I hope to have a back!” Mr. Wilson friend and I‟ve had every class with her Who was your biggest high school ingood job and survive on my own. fluence? Shep, he is the best track coach Who was your biggest high school in- since freshman year. Senior will: I bequeath my singing and Who was your biggest high school in- in the world. And I‟ll miss him so much! fluence? My family, they gave me no fluence? Mr. Wargo. He is the only excuse to quit. dancing skillz to Lexi Crossland. What was your favorite class at Freeteacher who pushed me and believed I dom? All my classes with Zane What was your favorite class at Freecould do better. Senior will: I bequeath my love for the dom? Art Vince Trombetto Senior will: I bequeath my smarts to my girls‟ track team to Sara Allego & What is your favorite quote by a brother, Allan-Michael. Emilee Handyside. Sam Baker teacher? “Bless you, please sanitize.” Mrs. Milanovich What do you hope to have accomShane Pfeuffer If you could change one decision What is something you won’t you made in high school, what miss about high school? Lunch would it be? Actually tried every year. What is your best high school memory? Algebra 1 with Ashlie What was your favorite class at Elmer Freedom? Gym If you could change one deciChris Yeager sion you made in high school, what would it be? I would have Who was your biggest high school given it my all. influence? Tink. His views on life changed and challenged the way I Harley Lipinski think. What is something you won’t What is your favorite class at Freemiss about high school? Food dom? AP US History Senior will: I bequeath the trombone What was your favorite class at Freedom? Gym section to Jimmy...oh wait, he‟s Senior will: I bequeath my graduating. I guess Kev Kev can have locker to David. it then. Shane Rape What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Have a good career Who was your biggest high school influence? My brother What was your favorite class at Freedom? Art Sam Praskovich What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Hopefully a bachelor‟s degree in Psychology What is something you won’t miss from high school? All the drama, fights, and fake people If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? The people I hung around Brandi Ward

Robert Deane What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Talk about it.” -Mrs. Russell What is your favorite class at Freedom? Spanish/Vietnam If you could change one decision you made in high school, what would it be? Work a bit harder, study a lot more.

Megan Alicandro What is something you won’t miss from high school? Days when KK is in a bad mood What is your best high school memory? Adam asking me to prom with Post -it notes all over my car If you could change one decision you

plished in five years? I hope to have enough money to buy a Lamborghini. What is your favorite quote by a teacher? “Just stomp on my heart! Stomp on it!” - Ms. Ross, laying on the ground Senior will: I bequeath Frank to Emilee Baker. Do not kill him.

Michael Yablinski What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Making 6 figures What is something you won’t miss from high school? Food What is your best high school memory? Wood shop with Bert Pickard Senior will: I bequeath my lifting skills to Josh Herdt.


Brianna Haglan Contributing Writer A week before their last game on Wednesday, May 11, Freedom‟s girls‟ softball team could be seen at practice motivating each other as the season comes to a close. One could say this season has taken a toll on the girls, but they continued to keep their heads up and their hopes high by practicing as much as six days a week. In attempts to fulfill their hopes of winning a game, the team members rotated between practicing their positions, returning ground balls and hitting 55 mph balls in the cage. Juggling all of these rigorous tasks, the team suffered many injuries over the course of the season. Senior Kellie Mercier, one of the four co-captains of the team, has had “too many [injuries] to count.” When leading off of third base, Mercier was “beamed” with a ball in her forearm, leaving a sizeable bruise. As of May 11, Kellie‟s bruise seems like a scrape compared to the wounds Sophomore Madeline Lewis and Senior Kristi Tibolet have. Lewis and Tibolet were both going for the ball when they collided; Lewis with a bloody mouth, and Tibolet with a bloddy elbow. Lewis and Tibolet left the game early to rush to the emergency room. But before Lewis could go to the ER, she had to

make a quick stop at the dentist office to get her wiggling central incisor glued in. If that wasn‟t enough, the inning after the first accident, Sophomore Patricia Johnson, who was Lewis‟s temporary replacement, tore her MCL running to first base. “Keep your head up,” Mercier said regarding her personal motto. “Obviously it has been a hard season, but we learned a lot from it all, and we continue to get better.” The consensus of the team was that overall, they improved their skills in hitting, pitching and fielding. Team veterans like Sophomore Caitie Bohach believe that the team has improved 150 percent from years prior. Along with their improved skills comes an improved motto as well: rekindle the fire. This motto not only fits their

struggle to improve their individual skills, but their team as a whole. Just like Many of the girls hold the memories it takes time to achieve a roaring flame, made with their fellow teammates close their team spirit slowly continues to to their heart, calling them their favorite grow. part of the season. “They‟re learning a new style,” Coach Mike Braddock said. “We‟ll get better. I‟m going to be here for years to come; I have no intent of leaving. I‟ve accepted my challenge.”

Above: Senior Kristi Tibolet throws the ball to Alex Ward to get the batter out. Left: Zoe Sayre pitches in a game. Middle: Brittany Mavrich plays in the outfield. Right: Sophomore Tricia Johnson shows off crutches after tearing her MCL. All photos by Amanda Hryckowian, Web Editor


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Baseball team gets haircuts and makes it to playoffs Melanie Socash Photo and Design Editor Players are proud and hopes are high as the boys‟ baseball team proves that they are a force within their section. After defeating Bishop Canevin on May 9, the team advanced into the playoffs, finishing the regular season with a section record of 10-4 and an 11-5 record overall. “I think we‟re actually in the toughest section,” said Senior Eddie Angeline, making the success even more gratifying; the team faced, and defeated, competitors that they hadn‟t played in previous years. “We‟re a lot better than everybody expected us to be,” said JV player Colin Macon. Junior Riley Schwertz agreed. “Nobody thought we would do this well,” he said. “I‟m overly satisfied.” The team‟s effort has not gone unnoticed, either. There have been multiple attempts to make a group bus for students who wanted to cheer the team on at away games. “I was surprised even the 15 or so students signed up,” Schwertz said. Not only is the team‟s record gaining attention, but so are many of the players‟ recent haircuts. This playoff tradition has left the many of the guys with not just shaved heads, but blue mohawks. “We had thought of doing the blue Avatar arrow if we made playoffs,” said senior Matt Casto. “One day at practice we decided to just do mohawks, but since we already had the blue dye for the arrow, we dyed them blue.” Unfortunately they have not yet been able to show off these new cuts; attempts to play a first playoff game against Riverside have been repeatedly canceled due to rain. The team must win in order to advance further in the playoffs, but many players said that they are optimistic.

Photo by: Jake Cruise, Managing Editor

Mr. Rosa now has multiple roles to play in the upcoming year. These include: Being a teacher, sponsoring the Junior class, being president of the teachers’ union, and now being the new Athletic Director.

Photos by: Jake Cruise, Managing Editor

Top: Riley Schwertz Middle: Matt Feits and Sam Beckey happily show off their Mohawks. Bottom: Senior Franzee Barlamas

Bri Haglan, Contributing Photographer

FHS hires new athletic director: Mr. John Rosa Emily Francis Editor-in-Chief As of May 1 officially, Mr. John Rosa is the new athletic director (AD) for the FHS, taking the place of fill-in AD Mr. Robert Gallagher. Enduring a three month interview process, Mr. Rosa was chosen from 32 applicants to accept the responsibilities of a high school athletics director. Those obligations include scheduling meets and games all year, organizing buses, helping the school board to hire coaches, ordering supplies, and managing the new budget for next year to attempt to keep all varsity sports. Dr. Staub said that Mr. Rosa was the ideal AD because he is an experienced coach, has a passion for athletics, and as a faculty member, he knows the kids and is located in the building. “He‟s here, he‟s accessible, he‟s a resource,” Dr. Staub said. As well as his new AD job, Mr. Rosa is also the president of the teachers‟ union, the junior class sponsor and a member of the mathematics department. According to Dr. Staub, his teaching responsibilities will be reduced to compromise time for his new job. Mr. Rosa has been a member of the Freedom faculty since 1990, and has since then coached four different sports. “I‟m at my best when I‟m busiest,” he said. As junior class sponsor, during prom season Mr. Rosa becomes very consumed with the upcoming events. Next year at this time he will be juggling his regular classes, putting together the many prom activities, and maintaining organization of all spring sports. “I have a lot of faculty willing to help,” he said.


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Track teams go to WPIAL Champs; qualifiers move on to states Sarah Choflet & Emily Francis News Editor & Editor-in-Chief The boys‟ and girls‟ track teams both ended their winning seasons by attending the WPIAL Team Championship on May 12. Attendance by both boys and girls is a first in Freedom‟s history. The WPIAL competition was the last event in which the team competed as a whole. Aside from this competition, the athletes only continued on an individual level. WPIAL Individual Qualifiers took place May 10. For each event, there is a certain requirement that must be surpassed for an individual athlete to qualify, such as a certain distance thrown. Once athletes meet this quota, up to three individual competitors can be sent to WPIAL Individual Qualifiers from Freedom in each event. If no athletes competing in a particular event qualify, then one person from FHS may still attend the competition. If any athletes advance from WPIAL Individual Qualifiers, they attend the WPIAL Individual meet. The top five competitors in every event advance to the state competition, which will be held at Shippensburg University. There were nine individual FHS athletes that made their way through the individual competitions to the state competition.

2011 State Qualifiers:

Photos submitted by Keith Braun

Left: Kahlil Character runs the 100 meter dash at WPIAL Championships. Right: Ryan Baran runs the 200 meter dash.

two hours under the hot summer sun. Although Johnny Fiscus doesn‟t particularly enjoy the feeling that arrives Amanda Hryckowian the morning after the strenuous workouts, but he does Web Editor like how the team works together. It has been said that every end brings a For the members of the track team who also new beginning. This saying is especially true for the actively participate in cross country, the running conspring and fall sports teams of Freedom. As the school tinues for all of summer and once school starts. Pracyear winds down, so do the spring sports. Once the tices begin in June and have a pretty relaxed atmosspring sports members have turned in their jerseys the phere. There is no set time for practices, the members members of fall sports slowly start to uncover their just have to get done what they need to get done, which equipment that has been in hiding since the ending of is mostly running a certain amount of miles and comthe season once the weather became chillier. The fall plete various workouts. Nick Jackman says that along sports that choose to partake in summer conditioning with the running, he enjoys the exclusiveness that cross are football, boys‟ soccer, girls‟ soccer, and cross coun- country brings. try. “I like that instead of having to worry about Although football has various workout sched- everyone doing good in track, in cross [country] it‟s ules throughout the year, the official conditioning bejust us seven guys, and we all just push each other,” gins in early July. During the practices the team parsaid Jackman. takes in running, various cardio workouts, ladders and Although the spring sports are still winding flips tires. These grueling practices usually last up to down, the boys‟ soccer team has already begun condi-

Zane Zeigler, 300 and 110 meter hurdles Niki Vargo, pole vault Wesley Roberts, two mile Dee Dee Adams, two mile Nick Turner, pole vault Emilee Handyside, Gigi DeWeese, Sara Allego, Dee Dee Adams, 4x8 relay Kyeem Moon, shot put and discus

tioning for the fall season which officially begins in September. So far the team has worked on running and lifting. The team has also focused on fundamentals so that they can improve their skills as a whole and be ready for whatever the upcoming season will cause them to face. These conditioning sessions, which will extend into the summer, last about two to three hours. Although boys‟ and girls‟ soccer teams may share the same game, their practices tend to differ. Sure, the girls‟ team still runs and works on fundamentals, but they also camp week. “An hour is devoted to team building activities. We work on situations and weaknesses,” Brittany Mavrich explains. Another crucial aspect to the game that is worked out during summer practices are the positions on the field and how everyone will look once on the field. “Girls‟ soccer isn‟t just a Freedom sport,” Mavrich said.

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