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Tim Dubovi hired as Freedom’s new head football head coach Sarah Choflet

by Rosa, Dadich, and Fuller. The 10 finalists Editor-in-Chief were narrowed down to three, who were interAt its Feb. 14 meeting, the school board voted viewed by the school board. to hire a new head varsity football coach, Mr. Tim “The motion was made to hire Coach Dubovi. Upon the resignation of the current assisDubovi, and it was passed five [votes to] one. tant principal Mr. Frank Hernandez as head coach The other candidates weren’t voted on” by the in late 2012, the board began seeking new avenues board, Rosa said. of employment for the sport’s leader. Dubovi has several goals set in Dubovi’s previous football experi- “My first goal is to place for the future of the footence began in the days of junior high, turn out respectful stu- ball program. where he played football until receiving “My first goal is to turn out rean athletic scholarship for Lock Haven dents, football players spectful students, football players University in high school. and people in the community,” and people in the Dubovi not only played college Dubovi said. “I [also] want the community.” football but also began coaching while community to rally behind the ~ Tim Dubovi he was still receiving his education. team to make it special,” he said. Upon graduating from Lock Haven, he Dubovi also said he is excited to was hired at Mars High School as the assistant face the challenges presented by being the new football coach. coach, but acknowledges that “change is always After coaching at Lock Haven, Mars and Sehard.” neca Valley for a combined total of 14 years, Not only is Dubovi looking forward to being Dubovi applied and was hired for the job at FreeFreedom’s newest head football coach, some updom. coming football players are also anticipating the Out of 34 candidates who applied for the head arrival of the newest member of the coaching coaching position, Dubovi was chosen by the staff. board and athletic director, Mr. John Rosa. “Everything changes in life; you might as “The original [hiring] committee was myself, well get used to it sooner or later,” Junior Jared Dr. Fuller, and Mr. Dadich,” Rosa said. Choosing Hogue said. Despite the change, Hogue and Rosa Dubovi “was pretty clear-cut. Coach Dubovi stood are optimistic for the future of the football proout significantly in the process.” gram. Comments? E-mail Sarah at Dozens of potential hires were narrowed down to approximately 10, who were interviewed

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Coach Dubovi addressed the entire male FHS population in a football meeting, encouraging new athletes to join the team.

Funds to fix Freedom’s technological difficulties The school board approves Internet improvements Evan Stiger Asst. News Editor A major point in the criticism of Freedom High School is the prevalent technological issues that abound within the tile walls. On more than one occasion the hallways resonate with cries of frustration due to Internet failure. With so much classroom curriculum being dependent on Internet, vexation tends to take root. “It’s awful being in the ‘most technological school in the county,’ only to find out once we get to school, that we can’t do a lesson plan because we have no way to research things without the internet,” Senior Brandon Bionda said. According to the Director of Technology, Mr. Matt Scala, much of the problem comes from the fundamental setup of the wireless system.

Our current system is a “flat network,” Scala said. “There are no segments on our network or ‘Virtual LANs.’” This lack of alternate segments means that one issue in the system can have a detrimental effect on the entire network. The concept is similar to Christmas tree lights, where an entire strand can go dark from the loss of one miniscule bulb. Thankfully, on Feb. 14, the school board approved the use of funds for our technology crisis. The quantity approved to be used is $145,000. This money should be able to replace, refurbish and enhance the overall quality of the wireless Internet at the high school. Assigned to the task is Scala, the district’s vendor and technology consulting company, Communications Consulting Incorporated (CCI). This

group has designed a comprehensive strategy to attack the dilemma. “The funds that the board approved would replace all the core network equipment; this [includes] all the core data switches and wireless access points,” Scala said. “We would also be adding a centralized wireless controller and district firewall device which… protects us from outside intrusion and incoming virus attacks.” This is all good news since all of the outdated equipment that is partially responsible for our troubles will be dealt with easily. Also the new equipment packs refined storage such as 10GB speed. The addition is “so the ‘pipes’ that carry information from location to location will be able to hold ten times the amount of data,” Scala said. Besides actually improving the Internet itself, Scala hopes to avoid

any unnecessary future spending. “We made sure when evaluating equipment and network designs that the new equipment is modular so that it can be upgraded and extended without purchasing all new equipment,” Scala said. By making this choice, the school will hopefully be revamping the system for the last time. After the new equipment is installed, it will be monitored and maintained by Scala. “You want a system you can manage yourself or else you will be forever outsourcing to maintain it,” Scala said.

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First HOPE Award winners announced CTC Achievements The following Freedom students were recognized at the Feb. 14 school board meeting for placing highly in recent competitions.

2012-2013 FBLA Leadership Conference 1st place: Technology Concepts Katlyn Stark 1st place: Business Procedures Rachael Mogielski

Skills USA Champions at Work Competition 1st place: Carpentry Jacob Johnston

Evan Stiger Asst. News Editor Freedom has engaged in a new award activity. For the first time, Freedom faculty will be recognized for going above and beyond for their students through the Honoring Outstanding Professional Educators (HOPE) Awards. “Teachers are only required to be here from 7:25 to 2:45, but there are so many people here that do so much more than that,” Assistant Principal Frank Hernandez said. The HOPE award includes a strict selection process with students at the forefront of the choices. Students filled out applications for the teacher, counselor, coach or other staff member that has inspired them. Hernandez made the focus of the HOPE Awards clear “It’s more of an inspiration award,” Hernandez said “where they’ve inspired students to do better than they would do without [them].” The student body tied in their decisions, voting equally for Mr. Brian Wargo and Mr. Ed Majors. Students were clear about their decisions, eloquently describing their favorite teachers on their

“I remember not understanding much about Math when I started 10th Grade Honors Algebra II. I had barely scraped through Geometry, Algebra I, and wasn’t comfortable with math at all. Then Mr. Majors taught me how to understand math and do it easier and better. I’m really thankful for his help and support,” Sophomore Nathan James said.

1st place: Job Interview Tippin Harkins

3rd place: Welding Anthony Kosis

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“Honestly, he is an excellent teacher and helps me understand concepts that I didn’t think I would understand. Also, he is really nice,” Sophomore Andrew Baker said.

1st place: Health Knowledge Bowl Team Andrea Klesser & Ashley Seidl

1st place: Prepared Speech Kelsie Matlick

application forms. Hernandez, one of the administrators to read all of the applications, summarized the basic opinions for each. Majors: [Students] know with Mr. Majors that he’s a genuinely kind person. He takes the foundations of math and he helps kids understand the concepts by working from the ground up. Wargo: He’s encouraged a lot of kids throughout the years to go on to fields like engineering and into different fields within the sciences. They see that he’ll generally do whatever he needs to do to help them understand physics, to understand the concepts behind physics, and feel like they can succeed in physics.

“He never gives up on a student. If you take his class he will change the way you think. He always is a help with my work,” Junior Sam Deane said. “He strives to help everyone. He doesn’t put anyone down and tries to make everyone their best. He is single handedly the best teacher I have in my life. I have learned more from him in two nine weeks than I have in the last 10 years of my life,” Junior Andrew Ward said.

Student of the Month award winners recognized for respect Amanda Hryckowian News Editor After a brief hiatus, the Student of the Month award returns to Freedom High School. According to Assistant Principal Mr. Frank Hernandez, Student of the Month is “our way of honoring Freedom High students by grade level and gender for achievement in school.” The process began with sending an email to teachers asking if they could possibly nominate students who fit the criteria for the current theme. From there, the names of students nominated were imported into an Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, and teachers were left to vote. This month’s theme was respect. “It’s one of those things that’s underrated and in

the real world, valued,” Hernandez said. Hernandez then went on to say that respect needs to not only pertain to those around you and yourself, but to work that is assigned, the time in between classes and food served in the cafeteria. According to Mrs. Hill, the following themes will be academic excellence, resilience, improved and spirit and pride. This month, and every month following, will feature a girl and boy from each grade as winners, unless there is a tie. The winners will have their pictures featured in a display in the main entrance of the school.

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February Students of the Month with Mr. Hernandez, Mr. Dadich and Mrs. Hill SENIORS: Maddi Lewis, Evan Stiger and Noah Marks JUNIORS: Jessica Canonge and Ryan Whipple SOPHOMORES: Raylen Welling and Luke Kiefer FRESHMAN: Michaela Muron, Levi Bonzo, Louis Dubovi and Brett Adams


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Partying wholeheartedly Brianna Haglan Staff Writer Ice cubes, basketballs, T-shirts and hockey have one thing in common: they were all present at the recent FHS fundraiser. Freedom’s National Honors Society (NHS) chapter sponsored a heart carnival to support the American Heart Association. NHS held a heart carnival featuring different carnival games with witty heart tie-ins. The carnival was held during AAP in the gymnasium on Valentine’s Day. Committee Chair of the winter service project, Junior Gigi DeWeese was the leading organizer of this fundraiser. “The main goal [was] to make everyone aware of how big of an impact different cardiovascular diseases can have on such a large percentage of people,” DeWeese said. “I want everyone to become aware of this in a fun way, but at the same time help others.” NHS is still selling red T-shirts sporting the message “Rock the Beat” for the American Heart Association, in which all the proceeds benefit the association. The T-shirts were on sale for $10 and guaranteed entrance to

the carnival along with 10 tickets to put into a raffle for the grand prize of one free prom ticket or a gift card equivalent. “My goal was to raise at least $500 because that can buy a pacemaker, which could save someone’s life,” DeWeese said. NHS raised a total of $594 upon the conclusion of the heart carnival, but can still continue to raise money pending T-shirt sales. Besides the T-shirts, NHS also sold heart necklaces for $1 that also guaranteed entrance to the carnival and one ticket put into the raffle for the prom ticket or gift card. Shot to the Heart was but one of the carnival games present at the heart carnival, in which participants must aim for hearts within the net. Follow your Heart was another game which featured blind basketball shooting and teamwork. Less physical games included Archer’s Affection and Count the Candy Hearts. How Warm Is Your Heart was another original game that was simply an ice cube melting competition. Prizes for those winners of the

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Junior Jared Hogue is prepared to shoot a basketball without sight, using only the guidance his friends give. carnival games included one extra ticket that could be put into the drawing for the prom ticket or gift card equivalent. With prom tickets costing approximately $70 per person, students were eager to participate for the chance to win a free ticket. Senior

World Affairs Club: the Academic World Quest Lauren Dubovi Staff Writer On Friday Jan. 8, the World Affairs Club took four representatives to the Academic World Quest. These representatives consisted of Senior Evan Stiger, Junior Jacob Landis, Sophomores Raylen Welling and Kelley Pfeiffer.

This quest is a contest at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum in Oakland consisting of ten total rounds with a variety of history questions ranging from flags to East Asia to global health issues. This event had 50 other schools attending, with four students per team and one team per school. This was Freedom’s first year competing. “We didn’t do excessively well as a school. It goes to show you how much is happening globally and how inconsequential our small community is,” Senior Evan Stiger said. “It was interesting because I haven’t really hung out with the others and we’ve only had two weeks of preparation time,” Kelley Pfeiffer said. “Props to [the students], they did really well. Next year, we can really bring the heat,” said World Affairs Club sponsor Ms. Katherine Gigl.

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Ms. Gigl inspires World Affairs Club Members, Sophomores Kelley Pfeiffer and Raylen Welling and Junior Jacob Landis, between the rigorous sections of the quest activities.

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Noah Marks won the raffle and chose to win a free prom ticket.

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School Board round-up February meeting focuses on student and faculty recognition, district modifications Amanda Hryckowian News Editor Members from the community and those part of the school board met Feb. 14 for the second of the bimonthly meetings. Assistant principal Mr. Frank Hernandez then went on to explain Student of the Month and the HOPE award. Students awarded Student of the Month who attended the meeting, as well as their families, were honored. Mr. Matt Scala gave a presentation regarding the Internet issues and possible changes within the district. The architects in charge of creating a plan for Freedom becoming a single campus returned. They presented plans, which focused on the varying placement of fields. Throughout the presentation, school board members and community members voiced their concerns and comments about the plans presented. The meeting concluded with approving Mr. Tim Dubovi as head football coach and Mr. Bert Pickard as archery club sponsor. Comments? E-mail Amanda at

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Bashing our leaders Verbally bashing presidents, or anyone with authority for that matter, has become socially acceptable. The freedom of speech has been taken to an extreme, and it has become the norm to be disrespectful to other people. Respect should be given the instant that you meet a new person. If they do something to cause a lack of respect, that is one thing; however, you should still at least be polite to that person. There is an old saying: “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” This saying can be applied in many situations. Some students may say that teachers are more forgiving or understanding with certain kids. Those kids are usually some of the most respectful kids in the class, and if you are not respectful, teachers aren’t going to be as likely to cut you breaks that other students get. Teachers make more decisions in a day than a fighter pilot. They can’t please everyone, but those who are respectful often get remembered. Bashing a diplomat is just plain wrong. That diplomat, especially in America, was elected in by the people

of the country. The citizens chose this person, not because they were ‘cooler’ or anything, but because the person in power represents the beliefs of the people. Voting is a choice, but respecting the leader of your country is not an option. It takes a majority to win an election, so most of the people around you have very similar beliefs to the political figure. Freedom High School has a respect problem. When Mr. Dadich first came into the school, the hallways were filled with slurs against him and horrible names. However, as we have grown up this year with him, people say what great things Mr. Dadich has brought to the school. Just because you know someone on a more personal level than you would know the president, governor or mayor doesn’t give you the right to be rude towards them and their beliefs. Respect should always be present, it is not something that has to be earned, like how love is earned. Respecting someone in more authority than you, or even just respecting your peers makes you appear to be an open-minded and reasonable person.

FHS Press — Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief: Sarah Choflet Managing Editor: Taylar McCoy Asst. Managing Editor: Alexa Yanyanin Copy Editor: Gigi DeWeese News Editor: Amanda Hryckowian Asst. News Editor: Evan Stiger

Features Editor: Jon Bittner Asst. Features Editor: Hope Ruckert

Sports Editor: Desiree Davis Asst. Sports Editor: Courtney Schreiner

Newspaper Adviser: Mr. Aaron Fitzpatrick

Photo & Design Editor: Anna Patsch

Web Editor: Emily Majors

Business Manager: Emily Majors

Social Media Director: Morgan Greco

Staff Writers: Lauren Dubovi Brianna Haglan Contributing Artists: Amanda Hryckowian, Evan Stiger, Gigi DeWeese Multimedia Teachers: Mrs. Kristen Milanovich Mrs. Valerie Marburger

Section Flags: Ryan Kaufman, Nicole Cummins, Shelbie Miller, Danika Probst, Lauren Horner

Editorial Policies: FHS Press is the official student newspaper serving students and staff at 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 staff editorial is written based on the majority opinion of the student editorial board. The newspaper accepts and strives to publish signed letters to the editor under 250 words, which can be sent to To submit comments, questions, or press releases, or to purchase advertising in the paper, e-mail, or contact Mr. Fitzpatrick in Room 112.

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Bored on Friday night? IMPROVise W h o ’ s ration. Now, to all the funny people Looking at Freedom, I encourage you to parfor Someticipate in the skits. thing to Do One of the best parts is admison Friday? sion is only 3 dollars! There are also t’s 10 p.m. refreshments available for purchase. on a Friday I can’t think of many places where n i g h t . fun comes at such an inexpensive There are price. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Tippin Harkins no movies hang out spot that everyone in our that spark high school can enjoy? I know that I Contributing Writer your interlove when I have something to look est. The weather is too bleak forward to on the weekend. to stand outside at a concert. The Within the past year, more mall closed an hour Freedom students have ago. Hanging out at been showing up on a “[The Cellar Wal-Mart or making basis. Students Dwellars’] acts regular late night drives come with their boythrough McDonald’s will have you falfriends or girlfriends gets old. while others round up a ling out of your bunch of their friends. Every Friday, on the top floor of chair laughing. What better way to Beaver Valley Bowl bond with a new friend ~Tippin Harkins in Rochester, a from a different class crowd gathers from than to have them ex10 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. to watch top perience the most hilarious comedy -notch improvisation comedy. We show in town? The regulars that atrefer to this as Friday Night Improv tend will vouch for me when I say or FN’Improv. that it’s worth at least one Friday Yes, these people are funny all night. So, why not give it a chance? on their own! The group that participates, the Cellar Dwellars, is hilarious. I can guarantee that their acts will have you falling out of your Comments? E-mail Tippin at chair laughing. They perform geous acts without scripts or prepa-

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Dezz Sezz: Acting dumb will get you nowhere Being popular in high school is something some kids dream about all throughout their lives. It is Desiree Davis displayed Sports Editor all the time in movies as high school royalty; if you aren’t popular, you’re scum. In high school, or at Freedom at least, it isn’t like this. Not everyone wants to be popular, but there are a few who try too hard to make “being popular” their reality. What does it take to be popular? In movies it is different from day to day life. To be popular in films, it takes lying, cheating, breaking rules, doing illegal things and being a bully.. I know there isn’t a certain popular guy or girl that everyone wishes to be, but in my high school years, I’ve felt like some people do things to be cute, funny and, worst of all, popular. One of the biggest problems on my list is how many girls act unintelligent because it is “cute.” I don’t know what world they are living in,

but I’d like to meet just one guy who is attracted to that. It blows my mind how many girls do this. I experience it daily. That is really unfortunate because once a year is far too much. Attention girls: no one is falling for your act and everyone knows you’re smarter than that. It isn’t funny when you do it. Next time this happens, look around the room and notice that no one is laughing along. I don’t understand why girls wouldn’t want others to see their full potential. I know that I want everyone to see the best in me; whether it is my intelligence or how skilled I am. Speaking of skills, I can’t stand when boys boast about them. We all know that you’re good at your sport or whatever it may be; shouldn’t that be enough? It is okay to brag a little bit, but only to a point. Being super athletic doesn’t make everyone want to be you, and neither does being cocky. Another thing that bothers me is when “cool” people cut to the front of the lunch line just because they think they can. Personally, I don’t mind much because we are all going to get a lunch. But on the other hand, what makes these students think they can? Is it because you’re the captain of a

sports team or people love you because you’re “popular?” Do cocky kids just think they have authority over you because they are better looking? It’s like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop: the world may never know. Something else I will also never understand is what makes “popular” people bully others. Newsflash: just because you think you’re cool doesn’t mean others agree. But hey, if the cool kids are doing it, why can’t everyone else? Whether you realize it or not, you’re starting a trend, and not a very good one at that. I wish that everyone would just try to think about all the damage you could do to another person. It sickens me that people get a laugh out of doing that kind of stuff, too. Isn’t it

sad that these are the people, bullies, which everyone supposedly wants to be? I hope this makes everyone think and consider what they’re doing to their reputation. You could mess it up in seconds, even just by doing things that you think the “cool” kids do. Be your own person, set an example of what should make you popular, not what actually does, and do what you want to do: not what everyone else is doing.

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DTV haters: behind the scenes “3, 2, 1…. action! Every day here at Freedom H i g h S c h o o l starts out the same Anna Patsch way. You Photo & Design Editor arrive at school, go to your locker, pal around with your friends for a few minutes and go to class. At the beginning of second block, you are greeted with a different song of the day and an announcer asking you to rise for the pledge and pay attention to Dawg TV— DTV for short. DTV is a collaborative effort that is put together each day for the enjoyment of the student body. Unfortunately, like many of the organizations and clubs at Freedom, it is less than appreciated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard negative comments in the halls or in the classrooms about DTV: “stupid” and “pointless” are those most often thrown around about the program.. Hearing negativity in the halls of Freedom High School is nothing new. I have to admit that even I partake in a

little negativity now and then. Unfortunately, this negativity is coming from people that have absolutely no knowledge of what it takes to actually put on a show. DTV is a daily effort among the

producer and the computer operator, the announcements must be made. Visual images make the announcements more memorable and visually appealing to the kids. New announcements have to be made every day, and they must be excit-

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Juniors: Nate Lundy, Nicole Cummins, Lexi Hancock and Seniors: Deanna Edwards, Zack Malinak strive to produce Dawg students and teachers around the school. We as members of DawgTV have to gather all of the new emails and announcements and decide what will be in the show that day. After a combined effort from the

ing enough to catch the eye of the student. After handing out assignments to the students of DTV, they begin making the announcements. Photoshop, After Affects, and Sony Vegas are all abuzz

with the daily news for FHS. Once these images are prepped and ready they are sent over to the computer operator of the day. They are responsible for putting the show together and in the right order by using a program called Visual Communicator. Once the show is up and ready to go, it goes through a trial run. We run all of the announcements, pictures, and videos to make sure that the show will be running smoothly. When all DTV members are sure that all of the kinks are worked out, we record the final show. After the show is prepped, rehearsed and recorded, all in 80 minutes, it is ready to be shown to the world. Just like any other team, club or organization, DTV is a collaborative effort that takes time and effort to make. I understand that it might not be cool for kids to actually have enthusiasm about something. I’m not asking you to jump up and down every time you see the DTV logo pop up on the screen, I just ask that you have a little more enthusiasm for the people that work hard to make a show for you.

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When I was 17: Mr. Dadich Q: What kind of activities did you participate in when you were 17? A: “I played football, I wrestled, soccer, but my main focus was football.” Q: What kind of things would you do in your free time? A: “Oh boy, I didn’t really have any free time. I got up, went to school every morning at about 5:30 and hit the pools, hit the shower, go to classes, lift weights after school then I would go to work, get home at about 10:30. Then I would do it all again.” Q: What was your favorite memory from school? A: “Um, that would probably have to do with being in football; football kind of helped my focus because I went through some pretty tough things. I think the greatest memory with that, would be being named to the East-West All-Star football team. That was probably the best memory because I got to play with some of the best kids in Ohio; a couple are in the NFL.” Q: What was your favorite class? A: “My favorite class was probably my AP U.S. History class.” Q: If you could go back what would you change? A: “Oh goodness, honestly probably stay away from girls. They got me in a lot of trouble in school.” Q: What crowd would you hang

out with? Were there cliques? A: “Oh yeah, there were cliques. I hung out with, I guess you would refer to them as jocks. Everyone on the football team, wrestling team; we just all hung together.” Q: How are things different now from when you were 17? A: “Mostly we [hand-wrote] notes [and] news got around a lot slower. That’s probably the most different from school. You know, if something happened in school with a student typically the only immediate circle knew, but the way things are now if something comes to the office the kids find out before me, mostly because of the technology that is available. Q: Where did you guys mostly hang out? A: “Well, most of the time we were in the weight room together. On the weekends, we would go to each other’s houses; you know, a lot of driving around.” Q: When you were 17, did you have a job? A: “I did, I worked at the ice rink. I got to drive a zamboni; it was awesome.” Q: Did you have a car? A: “Oh man, my first car was a Chevy Cavalier Station Wagon, that was handed down to me. Thank God I only had that one for a couple of months, and

Senioritis: the cure for classwork Senioritis is just an excuse for laziness, but it can suck anyone in with its tentacles of relaxation and Taylar McCoy fun. Managing Editor As an underclassman, I thought that the strange disease, that only affects the older kids, did not exist. Now that I’ve aged into a senior, I am too familiar with the dreaded ailment. I’m ashamed to admit that the reigning power of this terrible curse is so intertwined with my high school career. I seem to have thoughts running through my head to try to rationalize my behavior. “I’m already accepted into the colleges I wanted to attend.” “I’ll do my homework later. Going to work and sleeping are more important right now.” “Wow, I do not need this for my major. Why would I even take it?” Regardless of the excuse, senioritis is pure negligence. I may not practice what I preach, but I’m working on it. Thankfully, when the facts

are observed, it’s hard not to change your ways. Would you rather have laziness now or luxury later? Colleges can actually revoke your acceptance once they see questionable grades and the potential of becoming a slacker. Procrastination and leisureliness aren’t qualities desired from your chosen university. Not to mention, taking a year off from school, especially if it is your senior year of high school, will give you a rude awakening when August rolls around. Even though it feels good in the moment to be free from high school duties, it won’t feel good when your only future employer is your local McDonald’s. To secure your future, work hard now. High school is said to be the most memorable time of your life. If you work hard, it probably won’t be. Luckily, the most memorable part of your life will be when you make your first million or save your first life. Just remember folks, you get out of life what you put into it.

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then I had a Ford Escort.” Q: How much was gas to fill it up? A: “Wow... it was only a dollar or a $1.20.” Q: What kind of music did you listen to? A: “Um, I went through a lot of different music through high school -- country music, probably; I listened Photo from 1997 Parma Senior High Yearbook to some rap in ninth grade, which was inter- Mr. Dadich after he won homecoming king at esting. Then I started Parma Senior High School listening to Dave Matimportant to go to college and to get a thews and Pearl Jam.” post-secondary education. And that’s Q: What was school like for you? because you’re not competing locally or A: “Very social; I didn’t really focus on regionally anymore, now its more like my academics. To be honest with you, I you’re competing against everything. can’t ever really remember doing my Q: How would you describe your homework in high school. Like people personality at the age of 17? always remember going home and A: I was a jerk. Probably self-absorbed, studying, and I don't think I did. I cared cocky. You see those movies, the ones more about sports than school.” where they focus on teens, the jock is usually the stereotypical blockhead and Q: What do you think is differI guess that was me. ent for 17-year-olds now? A: “Oh wow, I mean it wasn’t that long ago; it was in the late 90’s. You know, competition for jobs and everything was Comments? E-mail Hope at kind of more local. Now it’s even more

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InstaGarbage: Instagram users ruining app After gaining an incredible amount of popularity in such a s h o r t amount of time, the Amanda Hryckowian application News Editor and website, Instagram is now part of the solid foundation of social media that is also comprised of Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. All three sites are essentially identical; they allow updates and

other forms of media to be posted and shared with a number of followers. While it would be simple for Instagram to follow in the intertwined footsteps of the other sites, I believe that Instagram should remain as true as possible to the foundation it was founded upon: to edit and share photographs quickly with others possessing a smartphone and an account. Instagram is one of the only social media out-

lets that displays and thrives on the shared creativity and original works of its followers. Pre-created quotes, images from Google, game screenshots or, the most upsetting, “selfies” dominate the Instagram photostream. This is incredibly disheartening, especially when pictures of robbed images have the name of someone else on them. I understand most users, myself included, are not professional photographers. However, that doesn’t mean anyone has to succumb to posting these pictures just for the sake of posting them for likes or as blatant acts of attention. Taking a picture of something interesting around you, applying a filter and posting is far more quicker than the time needed to peruse Google, or an infinite number of sites, for the work of someone else, not as quick as a “selfie,” but hardly time consuming. Before long, the well of pictures taken by others will run low, and some Instagram users will finally have to take their own. Why not start early? Be proud of the pictures you take and post them for the sake of showing others what it

was that caught your eye.

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Corrections from January Issue Maura Lehocky’s name was spelled incorrectly. Sophomore Michelle Keith was incorrectly identified as a Junior. DeeDee Adams qualified for the PIAA Indoor Track State Championship meet in both the mile and 3000 meter run. Qualifying times were established by the PIAA, and Adams was one of 29 girls that qualified in the mile and one of 22 in the 3000. Congrats DeeDee!


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SAT: stressed, anxious, tense

Not all chick flicks are terrible

There are c e r t a i n things every high school s tu de nt dreads during his or her career. For some it Alexa Yanyanin may be passAsst. Managing Editor ing a specific course or maybe something simple like finding a date to prom. I think it is safe to say that for everyone taking the SAT, it is d e f i nitely towards the top of the “things every h i g h school student dreads” pyramid. The Scholastic Aptitude Test, or the SAT for short, is by far the most important exam you will ever take during your twelveyear run — mainly because it could make or break the colleges into which you get accepted. On the test, there are a variety of questions and a total of 10 sections you must complete. These sections consist of literature, grammar and mathematics. But don't fret! The wonderful thing about the SATs is that if you are not satisfied with your score, you can easily sign up and take it again on a certified test date. On Saturday March 9, Freedom will be a testing location for the exam. This is when most juniors (like myself)

So the worst h o l i da y e v e r known to man ( V al entine’s day) has Jon Bittner c o m e Features Editor a n d gone, and I feel so bad for all the guys out there who got stuck watching chick flicks this year. Last year I was tied down and forced to watch The Last Song with my lady friend, and I would rather shave my own head then have to watch another movie starring Hannah Montana. Now all the inexperienced lovers out there are thinking: “But Jon, how am I going to keep the girl happy and get out of watching poorly-done love movies?!?!?” I have one answer for you guys: Valentine’s Day. I’ll be honest; I was hoping for another horrible chick flick just to make fun of it through my writing, and I was a little disappointed when I realized I actually liked this movie. If you have seen any movie ever where you would recognize an actor, it’s Valentine’s Day. There are so many excellent actors in this movie, it’s unbelievable. The only downfalls to the cast were the two worst Taylors, and by that I mean the world’s worst country singer and Shark boy -- AKA Taylor Swift and Taylor Laut-

will be taking the SAT for the first time. Thankfully many of our teachers have been drilling certain practice questions and potential vocabulary into our brains since the moment we stepped into the building freshman year. WARNING: this is not an excuse to bomb or not take the test seriously. Now a days, many colleges look more at your grade point average and class rank as opposed to how you did on the SAT. Keep in mind though the test is still a huge factor in college acceptance. Though at times while preparing it may seem next to impossible, still try y o u r best to relax before the test. If you are taking the exam on March 9, make sure you c o m e prepared with number two pencils, two calculators and a small snack to eat during one of the breaks. Don't forget that College Board, who sponsors the exam, offers free test questions sent right to your email every day to help you study and prepare. Consider signing up for that; it can't hurt you. In the end, this test will have a definite impact on your future. Just remember to relax, try your best and be confident that all of the hard work you have put into your education will pay off. Comments? E-mail Alexa at

ner. Besides those two, this movie might have had the most starstudded cast. So what makes a chick flick horrible? The first thing that popped into my mind was that they’re cheesy. Every bad romantic movie is cheesy -- some are even more so than the moon, and the moon has a mass of around 7.35x10 22 kilograms of pure cheese! That’s a lot of cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love my cheese, but not in my movies, unless it is on the popcorn. Most valentine’s day/chick flicks/ romantic movies are cheesy, but I like this one because it was hilarious. Now this movie had its cheese, but just enough to keep the girl interested. Every time it got overly cheesy, it brought me back with some wholesome laughter. One thing that I thought was cool about this movie was that it told a bunch of different stories all at once, and connected them to each other in many different ways. It is hard to explain, but imagine if your friend of a friend had a brother who was your grandfather’s cousin and you all met on the same day. Yeah, confusing stuff like that. Either way, next time you let your girl sucker you into watching The Notebook, or god forbid, The Last Song, I suggest telling her that this one has a werewolf in it, and you will both enjoy the movie. Comments? E-mail Jon at

Q & A : H o w d i d y o u s p e n d Va l e n t i n e ’ s d a y ?

Ryan Edder

Josh & Zack Kugel

“I didn’t do anything.”

“We went to visit our grandmother.”

Luke Hutchinson “I sat there and watched TV by myself.”

Noah Marks & Emilee Baker “We saw a movie, and then Emilee fell asleep.”

Matt VanDeCar “I delivered my girlfriend a gift.”


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February Crossword Across: Want a gift card? Do this crossword and turn it in to Mr. Fitzpatrick in room 112, and you could win one. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you could win a Freedom calendar instead.

1. Leap Year happens once every ____ years. 4. Who is cupid’s Roman God Father? 5. What did physicians prescribe to their patients in the 1800’s, for lost love? 6. Birthstone of February 9. Zodiac sign until February 19th 10. February in Spanish Down: 2. 3. 7. 8.

Holiday on February 2nd Where was the first Valentine’s Day traced back to? Birth flower of February What group of people receive the most Valentine’s cards? 10. What is the Latin word for February? 11. This president was born on February 12th.

ABC: easy as R-E-S-P-E-C-T Treat others how you expect to be treated— except for t e ac her s. T h e y don’t get Gigi DeWeese up every Copy Editor day to come and teach you things that would help you get further in life. They don’t have your best interests at heart. Teachers are really just a complete waste of your time; they want to see you fail at everything you do. You could have taught yourself how to read, write and do arithmetic completely on your own. So next time a teacher is trying to help you in school, go ahead and talk back to them. Give them dirty looks, rude remarks and why not throw in a punch? I understand that high school students are still teenagers—troubled ones at that. But does that mean that we shouldn’t act like adults? We want to be treated like adults, but some aren’t willing to give the same respect back towards teach-

ers. Nothing upsets me more than students disrespecting the very people that want to see them succeed. I understand that there might be the occasional teacher that you don’t get along with, but if you have more than one or two, maybe you are the problem. Teachers are your superiors, and whether you like it or not, you must be civil towards them. In the real world, if you disrespect your boss, or anyone for that matter, you can and will lose your job. Most peoples’ reasoning as to why they don’t like their teachers are often ridiculous. “[He/she] assigns homework almost every class. What a jerk.” Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know homework was illegal to assign. “How dare the middle of my teacher’s sentence interrupt the beginning of mine!” I am sure what you have to say is much more important, anyways. The respect you earn from teachers isn’t determined by the grades you get in their class either. You can get 100% in a class, but if you are disrespectful, you will most likely have problems with that teacher.

Earning respect from teachers does have its benefits. Not only is the teacher more likely to help you out with schoolwork, but they will give you the benefit of the doubt and trust you as student more. If you need to use the restroom but might be out of bathroom passes, as long as the teacher knows he or she can trust you, most likely you will be allowed to go. The worst part is that students look at teachers as one group of ‘evil’ that is just there to keep their pupils in line. Everyone needs to view their teachers as individuals. They have feelings, just like you and me, and those feelings should be hon-

ored. You might not like school, which is completely your choice, but does being disrespectful towards adults make the situation any better? If you disagree with someone, there is a certain way you can bring your problem to their attention without giving attitude. If you want respect, you need to give it.

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Accolades at the finish line Morgan Greco

The Freedom High School track team has been successful in years past. The girls Social Media Director are six-time section champs. The indoor track season has come to Sophomore Tina Davis’ goals for this an end. From December to February, the year’s spring season are to qualify for team prepared themselves for not only the WPIALS again and hopefully states as indoor season, but also for outdoor track. well. Davis also hopes to make 16 seconds There’s no time to lose; reguor better for the 100 meter lar track conditioning started “Our biggest hurdles. the following Monday after “As a whole team, our biggoal is to make gest goal is to make it to the team’s last winter meet. Two indoor track meets WPIAL team finals and comit to WPIAL took place at Edinboro Indoor pete for the WPIAL Champiteam finals.” Track Facility during the seaonship,” Senior Adam Shawson. Coaches Mr. Ed ger said. ~ Senior Adam Shephard and Mr. Ryan “For my event, discus, I do a Shawger Smith trained the team for lot of weight training and lifttheir events. ing,” Shawger said. “I also do According to Sophoa lot of stretching and try to more Danny Conrad, the indoor track seaimprove my flexibility.” son is mostly just preparation for the outThe track team will continue to pracdoor season. tice and condition for the upcoming spring The track team is so dedicated that season. they don’t take any breaks in between the indoor and outdoor season. The spring track season starts in March, while conditioning began at the beginning of February. Throwers, runners, jumpers and pole vaulters stay after school to work on their Comments? E-mail Morgan at events.

Gigi DeWeese/FHS Press Coach Ed Shephard motivates Senior DeeDee Adams while she races.


Building blocks for next season Courtney Schreiner

Alexa Yanyanin/FHS Press Freshman Evin DeCiero, Sophomore Kahlil Caracter and Sophomore Jake Schwab play offense at the Avonworth game.

Asst. Sports Editor The boys basketball team finished their season with their last game against Quaker Valley on Feb. 8, which was also their senior night. “We had a lot of support senior night for how our season turned out to be,” Senior Bubba Heckman said. “This season was a lot of fun.” Although not getting quite as far as they’d like to, the team is proud of how far they’ve come. “Even though we didn't win that many games, we definitely improved as the season went on,” Junior Matt Feits said. In order to be successful during the season, the basketball team dedicated a significant amount of their time to getting better, both individually and as a whole. “We worked really hard and practiced six days a week, all season long,” Feits said. Though many interesting things happened throughout the entire season, one game that stands out to Senior Bubba

Heckman was the Ellwood City game. “It was the first game I was a part of that we won,” Heckman said. On and off the court, the team is always there for each other. According to Feits, everyone on the team really gets along together. “This is the best thing about being a part of the team,” Feits said. Senior Mikey Ross feels that he has improved as a player as well this season. “I try my hardest in every practice,” Ross said. Though there are seven seniors leaving this year, the team looks forward to the future. “I think they have potential, but they just have to work harder at it than we did this year,” Heckman said.

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Diving headfirst into determination and future success Evan Stiger Asst. News Editor The predominant goal for Freedom’s swim team at the beginning of the year was to enter individuals in the MACs and WPIALs Championships. The team has found definite success in this goal, with two relay teams consisting of four people each and two individuals competing in MACs. Junior Casum Matlick and Freshman Julia Fliessner will be competing based on their exceptional times in their individual races. “It’s the first time I’ll be going to MACs as an individual, and I’m just happy that I can go,” Matlick said. The last opportunity for team members to achieve these times was at the Northgate meet Feb. 4. Though some swimmers in the running didn’t quite make it, Head Coach Bill Layton made it clear, “I’m proud of my swimmers,” he said.“They do all I ask of them.” This year, the team grew substantially from “the great eight” of last year adding on numerous swimmers. Of these members Layton found one individual, Senior Zac Wilson, inspiring.

“When he first came to the team, he wasn’t able to make a length of the pool. Now Zac is swimming a 50 yard freestyle for me and going off the starting blocks,” Layton said. Wilson’s progress was partially attributed to the support of his team members as well. “I’m proud of… his teammates [for] helping,” Layton said. This support is good news for anyone hoping to join the team that is looking to expand once again next year. “I’m hoping to pick up at least another [six] to 10 more swimmers,” Layton said. “It’s just going to give us more depth and… make the whole [program] stronger.” The coach also wanted to make it clear that he plans on even more success for the team in the future. He still stands by the goals he had in the past. “When I first took this job three years ago, I said that I [wanted] to hang a championship banner in our gymnasium in five years,” Layton said. Individuals have built their own goals for next year. “I’m hoping that I can possibly make it to WPIALs,” Matlick said.

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Sophomore Josh Battaglia does the butterfly stroke in a swim meet against Quaker Valley.


A season worth smiling about Alexa Yanyanin Asst. Managing Editor With the season now concluded, the girls basketball team only has positive remarks to how the season played out. “This year, we actually played like a team, and we never gave up. We never once got down on each other on the floor. We always tried to lift one another up mentally while playing. That’s definitely something special,” Junior Sydney Kaercher said. The girls finished the season with an astonishing record compared to last year’s, and it shows much improvement. Throughout the season, the girls tried their best to work on team bonding on and off the court. “Last year, hardly any of us talked outside of practice or games. This year, we really came together,” Junior Joanne Barlamas said. Even though the girls stepped up their game and improved tremendously, they sadly fell short of a playoff spot. “It would have been great to make the playoffs, but I don’t regret a single thing about this season. We played hard, and that’s all I can ask for from my team,” Senior Maddi Lewis said. The girls have developed a tre-

mendous amount of respect and thankfulness for their coaches as well as everyone else who helped them this season. “A big thanks to our coaches for never giving up on us once this season, for only lifting us higher day in and day out and doing everything they possibly could for us ever since we first started practicing way back in June. A special thanks for Wanda, our book keeper for by far being our biggest fan, always,” Kaercher said. The lady bulldogs will be saying goodbye to two seniors, Maddi Lewis and Emilee Handyside. “They honestly were the best captains I have ever had in my three years on the team. I can only hope that my senior class can step up and fill their shoes and be as great as they were,” Kaercher said. “It’s definitely going to be hard not coming back next year. I love these girls. They’ve stuck by me through thick and thin. I wish them nothing but success next year,” Lewis said.

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Athlete Biographies

Matt Feits

Tippin Harkins

Maddi Lewis

Lane Ward

Favorite memory of your sport: “The mass amount of laughs I shared with everyone in and out of the water.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Beating Rochester and Ellwood City because they were both close games and fun to play in.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “I would say my favorite memory was when I broke the three-point record last year.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Going to Cici’s with the whole team after matches.”

Hobbies other than sports: “I love writing, exercising, baking and doing pageants.”

Hobbies other than sports: “Hanging out with friends, hunting, fishing and riding quads.”

Hobbies other than sports: “I like to dance and just hang out with my friends in my spare time.”

Hobbies other than sports: “Some of my hobbies would be drawing, reading, writing and playing or listening to music.”

Favorite season: “Summer because it’s the opposite of winter and I love my job as a lifeguard.”

Favorite season: “Summer because there’s no school and I like the warm weather.”

Favorite season: “Fall.”

Favorite season: “Fall because it’s campfire weather.”

Future goals: “To create my own business and live a happy life in a big house.”

Future goals: “I plan on attending a four year college for a business degree.”

Future goals: “I want to be done with school in six years and hopefully be a Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.”

Future goals: “To obtain a Ph.D in a science field or marry Angelina Jolie.”


Wounded but wishful Desiree Davis Sports Editor After beating Laurel and Ellwood City, Senior Boe Bonzo winning MACs for the fourth time and losing to Southside and Bentworth, the wrestling team has faced many ups and downs this season. The team learned that “no matter how many people are left on the team, we still learn to wrestle together,” Senior Tyler Cousins said. When Cousins says “no matter how many people are left on the team,” he is referring to the fact that more than half of the team was unable to compete at one point in time. At the second to last match of the season the team competed with only four athletes against the entire Hopewell team. Three athletes were suspended from the match, two injured and another ineligible.. Because of the size of Freedom’s team in comparison to Hopewell, the Bulldogs were defeated 74-3. Junior Lane Ward was the only wrestler to score points for the team. “It felt good on a personal basis to win and get the only team points, but when you lose as bad as we did as a team, it doesn’t matter. You still feel like you lost,” Ward


“I felt like I wanted to wrestle and help out. I wanted to help my team not look like a bunch of bums,” Bonzo said after the Hopewell match. Bonzo was injured and out of the last few matches. Through all the ups and downs, Bonzo keeps positive. The team had a rough practice one particular week, leaving everyone sore the few days to follow. Ward said that to make up for the stressful day, the team took a trip to the Sunrise Pool in New Brighton. It was an effective workout but also relaxing, fun and a quality way to bond. The team also bonds after wrestling matches by going out to eat usually somewhere like Sheetz or a Chinese buffet. The team is not discouraged, though. “Even though we went through a difficult time, we still stayed positive and focused on individual playoffs,” Bonzo said.

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Senior Boe Bonzo wrestles a competitor from Beaver at a home match.

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