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Virtual world becomes reality

Over $1,000 raised by one class (see page 2)

Oculus Rift takes users into various worlds through headset Dereck Majors

Technology improves faster than the blink of an eye. From computers, cellular devices or televisions, there is always something new being worked on or improved. The same applies to the gaming industry, which is shifting into a whole different market (and taking its consumers into it as well). This new form of technology is a virtual reality headset made for game play: Oculus Rift. The headset places the user into a world where only the user can see and control. The places the user can “go” are always being updated. Mr. Matt Scala and Sophomore Louis Dubovi testing the Oculus Rift Outer space, inside of a helicopter and program. even into Jerry Seinfield’s apartment As for what Oculus Rift is and how immersed in a virtual world. Technolfrom “Seinfield” are just a few of the it is used, the user puts on the goggles ogy continues to advance every day, possibilities. Mr. Matt Scala, the director of which conceal a seven inch screen and and the possibilities are limitless. In technology and information services are connected to a computer monitor via the near future, video games will likely for the district, owns the first Oculus USB. From there, downloads of various combine virtual reality headsets (like portals can be found on Oculus’s website the Oculus Rift) and motion tracking developer kit of this new technology. “I bought the headset in July or and can be used to explore. After that, technology (like the Xbox Kinect) to it is up to the user to explore the world make for a one of a kind gaming experiAugust of 2013,” Scala said. The first generation of headsets where they are set. As for bringing this ence. In as little as two years, the Oculus were released to the public on Sept. technology into the school, Scala said it Rift will be commercially available. Both Sony and Microsoft have 26, 2012 for $300, but are no longer has a few broad uses. “There is a parking simulator, a begun developing their own virtual available, as of March 12, 2014. Soon museum which you can walk around reality headsets and will drastically after, the company will release a second developer’s kit with 1080p resolution and see actual works of art. You can change the gaming industry. Experiin July 2014. It can be preordered for walk up to a painting, see the painting encing the Oculus Rift firsthand is just and learn what it’s about,” Scala said. about the only way to truly understand $350. He also mentioned that one day it how phenomenal it is. After the company showcased could be a new way for students to use their second developer’s kit, Facebook bought the company for $400 million cyber school. Oculus Rift is basically every in cash, $1.6 million in Facebook stock gamer’s dream: to be inside the video and, if Oculus makes a certain financial game. It enables the user to be fully target, an additional $300 million.

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Freedom Drama Club “brought the house down” as they performed “The Wizard of Oz” April 10, 11, 12 and 13. This year, a Thursday show was added compared to past years because tickets sold out so fast for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows. “When I started directing, there were only two shows,” Director Keith Kovalic said. When the audiences started to grow, a third show was added, and this year, a fourth. This can be attributed to the popularity of the Members of the Drama Club come together to perform “The Wizard show, as well as the enlarged cast size. of Oz” for the 2014 musical at FHS. Many of the students were excited about the outcome of the play. (MUSICAL continued on page 2)

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April 25, 2014

Fun ways to fund-raise

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Anatomy students raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association Michelle Keith

This month, students in Mrs. Meghan Boland’s Human Anatomy and Physiology class have been in charge of different fund raisers to raise awareness and money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Muscular Dystrophy is a group of progressive muscle disorders caused by a gene defect that is characterized as irreversible wasting of skeletal muscles. Boland had the idea to break her class up into groups that would come up with a unique fund raising idea and put it into action. Each group also researched a specific muscle disease and presented the information they discovered to the class. In addition to raising money for charity, the group that raised the most money at the end of the muscular dystrophy unit were permitted to create the study guide and other review material in place of taking the unit test. “These fund raisers are for such a bigger cause than just raising the most money in our class. It’s a great opportunity to raise money to help save lives for people in need that suffer from muscular dystrophy,” Senior Hunter Bonzo said. Not only were these fund raisers for a great cause, but many students and faculty got on board to participate and donate to this great cause. The fund raisers for muscular

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Students and faculty helped support the MDA by participating in an ice cream eating contest. dystrophy included an ice cream that raised the most money for the eating contest, pretzel sales, hoagie MDA were Seniors Kayla Angeline, sales, a prom ticket raffle, donations Lexi Hancock, Sydney Kaercher and to have teachers do something out of Caitlyn Sherrock. The group raised the ordinary as well as a chance to win $650 with their hoagie fundraiser. Principal Timothy Dadich’s parking “We’re really glad we sold so many spot. hoagies and could support [the fight “I wanted to do the ice cream against] muscular dystrophy,” Lexi eating contest because I really like Hancock said. ice cream and the money was going to a good cause,” Freshman Lindsey Moldovan said. In total the groups have raised $1,140.51 for the MDA. The group

Officer Liberty sends a message Emalee Sekely

In addition to all of the clubs, sports and class gatherings happening every week, a new kind of meeting comes to FHS—Officer Tom Liberty has been going from room to room during AAP to discuss certain issues occurring with young adults in the world today. Most recently, he’s touched upon topics such as sexting and underage drinking. “When I accepted the position as the school officer, I met with Mr. [Timothy] Dadich and Mr. [Frank] Hernandez, and they actually gave me the leeway to come in and talk about whatever I wanted to talk about,” Liberty said. “We had this problem [with sexting] about six years ago, so I thought this was perfect to lead off with.” Liberty believes that covering these topics with students will prevent certain tragedies from happening. He plans on speaking to every class about different issues eventually, and he has even made his way down the hill to the junior high to discuss these concerns. “[The meetings are] going to be for the whole school. I just finished the sexting [presentations],” Liberty said. “I actually just went down and spoke

Officer Tom Liberty informs students about dangers of sexting. with the eighth graders about a week previously mentioned: sexting and ago on the same topic.” underage drinking. Liberty even plans on meeting “Right now, I’m starting with the with the elementary students since he senior class talking about underage will “be here for the next four years,” drinking. Prom season is coming up, giving him a lot of time to “come up and unfortunately, underage drinking with a lot of interesting topics to talk and prom season seem to coexist about.” together,” Liberty said. “The sexting one is the only Liberty believes that these [presentation] I plan on doing this meetings will be very effective and year. However, next year I have some important for students to know and ‘stranger danger’ stuff I want to get hopes that we will all take something out to younger kids,” Liberty said. away from them. According to Liberty, they don’t “It’s probably one of the most call it ‘stranger danger’ anymore; they important things that I think that I call it ‘violent intruder’ due to all of can do here in this position,” Liberty the incidents they’re having in schools said. “I enjoy being able to know that nowadays. He said that those talks whenever you guys all leave here… will be starting next year. that we’ve all had a chance to talk, As for the rest of this year, he’s and you guys know what’s out there.” only focusing on the two main topics

“It was really successful compared to what we had the night before the show; everyone worked hard and performed to the best of their ability. It was my first time being in a musical, but I thought [the performances] were great,” Junior Lane Mankevich, who played the role of an Ugly Tree, said. Junior Robbie Raso, the Cowardly Lion, agreed. “I was very satisfied with the outcome of the musical and was proud of everyone for working so hard. How much fun we have [determines the success of the musical]; some audiences can be more receptive than others, but if the cast knows we put on a good show, then we were successful,” Raso said. Raso explained that despite the lack of previous experiences from some of the cast and crew, the stage performance was improved because it inspired them to do better. From the cast’s perspective, the show was highly successful. “I think the overall outcome of success depends on how well [the shows go] and everyone having fun,” Senior Shelby Miller, who depicted Aunt Em, said. Over 30 students from the elementary and middle schools were added to the show as munchkins, Ozians, flying monkeys and jitterbugs, which not only increased the amount of practice, but also advertisement, ticket and Cash Bash sales. From a financial standpoint, the goal isn’t to have fun, but rather to properly budget money towards different aspects of the production. As “The Wizard of Oz” is highly popular, it was likely to be successful, but the overall production “exceeded expectations,” Kovalic said. Costs of the musical at Freedom includes lighting, sound and projector fees, adding up to over $15,000, which includes some of the costs to hire the people running the operations. This money is not given to the club by the school district—it is student-raised funds. “The goal is to have our own [lighting and sound systems]. It would save money and make things easier,” Production Coordinator Anna Maria Folmar said. Owning their own equipment would allow for students to learn about the technology and be able to run it without payment, in addition to relieving the worries of balancing a tight budget. Including the team-teaching room seats, there are 700 seats in the auditorium, and for three nights, those seats can bring in close to $19,000, but by adding the fourth show, an additional $6,000 can be profited from ticket sales alone. However, that money goes towards lumber for sets, paint, batteries for wireless microphones, costumes, etc. which can easily eat up the hard earned money the cast has earned from their fund raising events. Though some can get lost in the cost of putting on a production because of the large price tag, when you have the brains, heart and courage to create the musical atmosphere, there’s no place like home, and to the drama club, that is the stage.


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April 25, 2014

Murray helping Freedom make music New student teacher shares her love for musical education Jacob Landis

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Ms. Alisha Murray, Mr. Keith Kovalic’s new student teacher, shows her passion for teaching. Arriving from Geneva College, she is one of many Geneva student teachers Freedom has seen over the past few years. She will graduate from Geneva this May with a degree in Music Education. Murray hails from the Pittsburgh area and attended Pittsburgh CAPA 9-12 for Creative and Performing Arts during her high school years. Since she was young, Murray has always loved music. “I enjoy music and find it to be my happy place,” Murray said. She chose to major in music because she wants to share her love of music with other students. “I want them to find how they can enjoy music just like I did. Music allows students to express themselves, and that is one of the only classes where you can do that,” Murray said. She has always enjoyed music and wants to help students see how music can enrich their lives. Murray will be helping out Kovalic in many of his classes and eventually

Ms. Alisha Murray assists Mr. Keith Kovalic’s chorus class to prepare for their upcoming concert. teaching lessons after her observation period. After she graduates, she will have the ability to teach band, music and chorus classes in grades K-12. Murray chose Geneva as her

Restroom rash Students affected by rash Marley Hoko

Recently, many FHS students have contracted a mysterious “butt rash.” This rash was found on the back of the legs, buttocks and lower backs of some female high school students. The rash and burning sensation was discovered shortly after using the two girls bathrooms located on the second floor. After going to the nurse to be treated, there was still not a cause for this bizarre health scare. At that point, the only information known was that the rash was not contagious in any way, shape or form. At first, it was rumored that the cleaning supplies the school uses was to blame. That idea was quickly shot down, because the school district hadn’t changed the cleaning supplies that they use in about four years. If the cleaning supplies weren’t the cause, then what was? The school is still unsure of what caused this mystery rash, but samples were sent in for testing so that the substance might be identified. In order to ensure the safety of students, the toilet seats in the affected bathrooms were removed and replaced. All the bathrooms are also being cleaned twice per day, as a precautionary action. There have been no recent reports of this rash since the initial complaints.

Remember all of those times that parents said not to sit on public toilet seats? Well, it would’ve been a good idea to listen to that here. Next time you decide that you need to go to the bathroom, remember, T.P. (toilet paper) the seat, or you could get a butt rash.

college of choice because of its Christian background and its excellent music education program, which is recognized as one of the best in the state. Murray hopes to be teaching by

next fall and sharing her love for both music and chorus.


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Student of the Month and H.O.P.E. Award

April 25, 2014

Eight students and two teachers are recognized for the month of April “THEME”


Ms. Ruthanne Gudzan

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Left to right: Alexa Schwab, Trevor Adams, Sara Skinger, Jared Hogue, Cory Sterrett, Hunter Bonzo, Robbie Raso, and Kristy Sturgess

NTHS inducts 6 Freedom students Desiree Davis

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The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) inducted six Freedom students into the program on April 16 held at The Beaver County Career and Technology Center. Seniors Leslie Miller, Rachael Mogielski and Courtney Sandala as well as Juniors Tina Davis, Jamie Johnson and Alex Howland were selected by their CTC instructors to be a part of the program. There are numerous programs to attend at this career and technology center, and these particular students take classes in: health occupations, welding, cosmetology, business information systems and graphic arts and printing. Since the induction ceremony last year, Seniors Casum Matlick and Mike Kucel have been members, Matlick attending for electrical occupations and Kucel for carpentry. The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is similar to the National Honor Society at Freedom. The members must get community service hours and attain specific grade point averages; one at CTC and another at his or her regular school. The nomination process first begins with CTC instructors. They are to elect certain students who meet national and local standards in order to be inducted. The students are required to have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA at CTC and a 2.75 at the home, or regular, school. “Teachers from all programs

Tina Davis, Leslie Miller, Alex Howland, Casum Matlick, Courtney Sandala, Rachael Mogielski and Jamie Johnson were inducted into the NTHS on April 6. have the opportunity to nominate accepted into NTHS],” Mogielski said. students that are their leaders in the Mogielski would have been inducted classroom,” NTHS Co-Advisor Dolores into the program last year, but she Mason said. could not make an appearance to the Next, the NTHS advisors dinner in order to be inducted. interview each candidate. During the To start out the night of events, the interview, advisors specifically look culinary arts students served dinner for participation in CTC, extracur- to the NTHS members and their ricular, community and home school families. There was a hearty spread of activities. food, which included: pasta, chicken, “[NTHS students] should show salad, rice, steak, bread, vegetables good character, they should show good and dessert pies. After dinner, the workmanship in the projects that they students walked downstairs to dress work on and they should also have in white robes in which looked similar good scholastic ability and reflect it by to graduation gowns. Members that their grades,” Mason said. were already inducted wore a purple “I feel like it’s an honor [to be tassel while the inductees wore white.

The ceremony lasted approximately an hour. Employees of CTC and select students gave speeches, After the speeches were given, the inductees were called to a table to be handed an official paper of acceptance to the NTHS by Guidance Counselor Anne Liller and to light a candle. As a group, the students recited the NTHS creed. Matlick attended the ceremony and feels that NTHS has taught him a few aspects to life. “It has taught me leadership and [that] moral values are of the highest essence in life and you want to continue your education to the highest you can to get the best work you can and do the best you can in life,” Matlick said. Howland would agree that NTHS is “an honor to be in.” “National Technical Honor Society has given me a sense of greater responsibility. It has helped me branch out and has allowed me to work with many other bright and talented individuals,” New Brighton Student Ashley Glentz said. Glentz is currently the President of NTHS and feels that “[the new members of NTHS] have achieved so much, [and] they should also be proud of themselves.” As long as the criteria continues to be matched, these memberships and life lessons will last for the students throughout their senior year.

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January 31, December 20,2014 2013

Battle of the sexes


Gender inequality still prevalent issue despite progress

Sexism is still prevalent in today’s society mainly because of two types of people: those who believe one gender is superior to the other, and those who believe both genders are equal but do nothing to help the situation. Many people are under the impression that when women obtained the right to vote in 1920, sexism ended, but it remains a prevalent issue today. Though under the law women might be viewed equally, the way they’re portrayed suggests otherwise. In today’s society, women are no longer expected to stay at home, bake cookies and take care of the children. However, women who do step into the workforce are not treated equally in terms of payment and job positions. Women had to step up and take on the jobs that the male soldiers left behind during World Wars I and II. The only reason this even happened was because the men were no longer at home to work, so there was no other option but to let women work. Women began working in factories and having jobs other than the ones that were distinctly left for females

such as nursing and being a secretary. When the soldiers returned from war, some women continued working the jobs they already had. Thus began the image of a working woman who doesn’t need to rely on an income from a husband, but can earn a living on her own. If a woman does the same work as a man she makes, on average, 77 cents for every dollar he makes. The only difference between these two workers is their physiology. How would you feel if you and someone sitting next to you got the same number of questions right on a test, but you received a lower grade because your shoulders were more narrow? Speaking of physiology, women are objectified in magazines and advertisements even when it has nothing to do with the product. For example, almost every perfume advertisement involves a nearly naked woman holding the bottle in a seductive manner. No one is actually looking at the perfume any longer, and many believe if they do buy this perfume, they are instantly 5’7”, 110

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pounds and beautiful. Objectifying women only promotes sexism, and those who don’t meet the criteria for being a “perfect woman” often feel like they are lesser than other women. Though the first reaction is to blame men for the negative treatment of women, it’s not their fault alone. Many women, whether they realize it or not, don’t help to promote equality between genders. Many women shy away from jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, which are primarily dominated by men. This promotes the continuation of the cycle of gender inequality. Then, there are certain people who believe women are better than men. This is the same problem women are currently dealing with, just flipped, making this situation equally wrong. Gender inequality only exists because our society allows it to. Though the treatment of women is better than a century ago, there are still many problems to fix. In order to make any kind of change, both men and women need to get together and equally fight for the end of sexism.



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April 25, 2014

Technology takeover Brianna Frashure/FHS Press

Brianna Frashure Growing up, having technology was a luxury, not a necessity. Nowadays you walk through a store and see a 4-year-old playing on an iPad. The first thing that pops into your head might be, “What does a 4-year-old need to be doing on an iPad?” I grew up with a lot of toys; don’t get me wrong; my parents got me whatever I wanted as long as it was within reason. However, technology wasn’t something that was handed to me, and I was perfectly fine without it. When I was younger, someone would come into school with the newest phone or iPod, and I would just stare in awe. I was so fascinated by a small piece of equipment. With this fascination came the desire to have one. Looking back, I am thankful my parents made me work or wait for what I wanted. Currently, that isn’t the case anymore. These days almost everyone has a phone or a music player of some sort. I’m sure you could walk down any city street and see almost everyone on their phones, texting, tweeting or talking to someone. Though there is no harm done when talking to someone on the phone or texting them, the real problem is that we rely on technology way too much at any and all ages. Don’t take this the wrong way, because I am guilty of being too reliant on technology, too. I would rather go on the internet to figure an answer out as opposed to searching through books, newspapers or even (gasp) an encyclopedia. There is too much technology in our society. People rely so much on technology that they can’t function without it. What ever happened to books? Yes, books. The kind you can actually hold in your hand instead of reading off of a screen. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I used an encyclopedia.

Why? Because I don’t have to. Technology is becoming so ridiculous that they even have watches that allow you to call someone. Our wrists are not meant to carry phones. There are so many positive aspects about having technology in today’s society, but there are also negatives. Just imagine what the world would be like without technology. Would it be easier or harder? Better or worse? Technology can open doors to both wonderful and terrifying things. One negative effect technology has on the younger generations is cyber bullying. The stuff you see posted while scrolling through Facebook or Twitter wouldn’t be there if we didn’t have all of this technology. Technology is wonderful on certain occasions

when it’s actually needed. Law enforcement has been able to greatly improve their work with the increase in technology. They can track someone down from a phone in less than 60 seconds. Still, it’s also terrible for certain occasions, like texting while driving. So many car accidents happen because of people on their phones. Without phones, there would be fewer accidents. Next time you find yourself sitting around playing on Twitter, go out with your friends and do something. Remember, friends never run out of batteries.

PDA: How much is too much? Emily Hawk Imagine that you’re walking through the school and you suddenly get a feeling that you are walking through a rated “R” movie. Public display of affection (PDA) has a certain time and place where it is acceptable, but school is not one of them. Before you go kissing your boyfriend/girlfriend, think about where you are first, and look at the people who are around you. According to the 2013-2014 FHS Student-Parent Handbook, “Inappropriate (CUDDLING, INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING, EXCESSIVE HUGGING, KISSING IN THE HALLWAY) display of affection is not permitted in the school setting. Students will be disciplined and parents contacted if necessary.” School is an environment that is supposed to promote a satisfactory learning environment for everyone. You can’t tell me that you are able to really focus on your school work when you are busy kissing your significant other. Furthermore, those who are around you are most likely bothered by all of the giggling and movement from your general direction. No one wants to see the touchy-feely couples that can be spotted when you are on the way to class. I’m happy that you people are happy and feel that way for each other, but school is supposed to be a place for learning, not for kissing your significant other. If you want to display your affection for one another, at least try thinking of place to meet up

with one another where there aren’t going to be a lot of students around. But really, school isn’t the place for that anyways, especially in between classes where everyone in the school can see. PDA can also be found on the internet. Whenever you post about your significant other on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, who are you posting it for? Obviously you want other people to notice, that is why you posted it in the first place. I know you’re just trying to show him/her off, but I’m pretty sure we know you two are dating because you post

lationship.Look where you are; do you really want a bunch of people staring at you? Think to yourself, “Would I do this stuff in front of my parents or grandparents?” Bottom line, school is not an acceptable location for PDA, especially because it is against school rules. Relationships might not last forever, and you have all of the time in the world to be with your significant other. However, your school years are almost over, so make the most of it while you can, and don’t distract yourself or those around you.

‘Inappropriate (cuddling, innapropriate touching, excessive hugging, kissing in the hallway) display of affection is not permitted in the school setting. Students will be isciplined and parents contacted if necessary.’ - Student-Parent Handbook stuff like that every day of the week. You should be spending that time with each other, not taking pictures and uploading them to every social networking site there is. And please stop with making your girlfriend/boyfriend your #MCM (Man Candy Monday) or #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) on Instagram. Posting stuff like that is fine, but when you get to the point of doing it every week, you probably need to find some type of hobby. I’m not saying that you have to rethink your whole relationship. It’s just that when you are out in public, remember that you are in a private re-

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April 25, 2014

Saving two birds with one dumpster What happens after you recycle your paper? Jennifer Wallis

Earth Day fell on Tuesday, April 22 this year so people all over the country did their part to be a bit greener. Although Freedom’s National Honor Society worked on the gardens outside the school, FHS as a whole didn’t do anything special for this day; however, there is something the entire school does in order to continuously help the environment. Instead of just one day of the year, FHS puts that one green foot forward every day—we recycle. Approximately seven years ago, former FHS teacher Mr. David Hartman began this program.

Since then, he has passed the torch to Mrs. Natalie Miles, the current high school Science Club advisor. In 2012, Mrs. Miles left the high school to teach English at the middle school, passing this responsibility to Ms. Jessika Fontaine, who then passed it on to the current holder, Mr. George Miklas. On the last white day of every week, Miklas’s White block four class collects all of the papers from the recycling boxes in every classroom and empties them into the Paper Retriever Recycling dumpster in the rear of the school. In order to encourage more people and businesses to recycle, Paper Retriever Recycling compensates the recyclers for their efforts. These profits at FHS go to the Science Club, appropriately. “I think [we are compensated] per ton, but I honestly can’t remember. I have no idea what we make off of it but it’s hardly anything,” Miles said.

“It’s certainly not worth doing for the money. We do it because it’s better for the environment.” After collection, the papers are taken to be broken down, washed, pressed and rolled into large sheets of paper which are then sent off to locations in need, starting the process again. FHS is not the only holder of these recycling bins. There are numerous drop-off locations in the immediate vicinity of our community. Recycling is one of the simple things our community can do to help our environment.

Everyday acts of immaturity Teenagers push the limits on how far their excuses can go Courtney Schreiner Imagine you’re driving home from work one night. Suddenly, a wild pack of teenagers run out in front of your car, forcing you to slam on the brakes. As they walk away, laughing excitedly and joking about how cool they are for running in traffic, you have to wonder: why? Why is it that people, especially teens, do stupid things, excusing their actions with their age or with the ever prevalent “YOLO” bellowing from their mouths? The transition from teen to responsible adult is anything but simple, but how much can this justify? Being in high school, we all have the itch to create memories that will carry on to the next years of our lives. This is totally understandable, but there’s a point where immature actions become overbearing. Little things in school such as talking back to

Addicting apps

teachers, not doing homework or disrupting the learning process by making a ruckus only display the immaturity one can possess. High school is the perfect time for an existential crisis. We crave the responsibility of being adults. We’re beginning to drive, preparing to leave for college or other plans after high school and trying to act more independently. We get mad when our parents give us curfews or when we’re treated as a child. However, just because we want to be treated as an adult, doesn’t guarantee that treatment. Showing responsibility by actually being responsible will earn adultlike treatment, as opposed to throwing a temper-tantrum and demanding to be treated like an adult. Why should anyone treat you like an adult if you don’t act like one? Using the excuse of doing immature and seemingly pointless activities because of being young contradicts the idea of being treated like an adult. Being an adult means being responsible and mature. Though everyone can be immature at times, constant excuses don’t apply. One of the biggest acts of immaturity found in

Mobile game market takes over next generation Jon Bittner Ever since the introduction of the smartphone, applications (apps) have been the big thing in the world of electronics. There are many different types of apps. For example, Apple’s app store has over ten categories for applications to be sorted into. With all these new tools, our lives are easier and more entertaining. In today’s world, it’s almost taboo to walk out of the house without your favorite mobile game right beside you. That being said, what makes these games and apps so addicting? Games have been around since humans have been around. Sometimes we get bored, and what better way to entertain yourself than by smashing a bunch of green pigs with a bird via slingshot? I’m talking about Angry Birds, of course. This game, like most, started as one man’s idea for a fun way to distract yourself, and it turned into a huge multimillion dollar company with 10 different versions of the same basic idea.

There are countless other games out there all fighting to be the next big thing, but for some, popularity is not an achievement. Flappy Bird took over in early 2014 within the blink of an eye. Flappy Bird was released on May 24, 2013 and come January 2014, it was the only app people talked about. For a short time, it was the most downloaded app in all of America, the U.K. and China. At its height, Flappy Bird’s developer, Dong Nguyen, claimed to have a daily revenue of $50,000 just from in-app advertising. After being a huge success, one month later in February 2014, Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from the market. According to Nguyen, the game had to come off due to “it’s addictive nature.” This raises the question of how much is too much? Apparently success is not on everyone’s bucket list, and only Nguyen could explain why he removed the game. Regardless of what the next big game entails, developers will keep developing because our generation is hooked, and we can’t get enough of these time-wasting machines.

school in my opinion is gossiping. “Friends” talking about each other every other day and being catty with hair-whipping bickering gets old to everyone who is witnessing it. Everyone has conflicts, but the way one goes about dealing with them shows a lot about that person. Communicating and handling problems in a civil way will always allow people to take you more seriously instead of talking behind each other’s backs and doing little but trash talking. Immaturity can very well ruin friendships, and it shows you the true sides of your peers. High school is all about growing up and learning how to move on to the next step in your life. It’s a time for learning as well as making mistakes. It’s best to leave immaturity behind and move forward to becoming an adult. Before you whine about not being treated like an adult, try acting like one first. As Mr. Nathanial Langelli says, “Every day, we have opportunities to practice maturity.”


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April 25, 2014

FHS-Press Reviews Local Musicals

Western Beaver presents ‘Shrek: The Musical’ Courtney Schreiner While the hype of “the Wizard of Oz” flew through the hallways at Freedom, other schools were preparing and performing their musicals as well. Signs and cut-outs could be found all over Beaver County advertising various high school’s musicals. Starting on Feb. 28 through March 2, Western Beaver High School performed their portrayal of “Shrek: The Musical.” The audience followed Shrek as he journeyed to save his swamp. The most enjoyable aspect of this musical was how humorous it was. All of the characters made everyone laugh in their own way: Shrek and Donkey’s constant bantering, Farquaad’s kneerunning across the stage and the giant-headed Wal-

ter fleeing from Shrek in fear were just a few examples. If you have even the slightest sense of humor, this definitely would’ve been your kind of musical. This musical was unique in the sense that not many people have even heard about the popular cartoon, Shrek, becoming a musical. The plot followed close to the movie, with Lord Farquaad exiling the fairy tales to a swamp and Shrek saving Princess Fiona in the end. All around, this musical didn’t disappoint. Talent was found in all ages at Western Beaver, with a cast consisting of middle school actors alongside the high schoolers. One part of the show I found interesting was having Princess Fiona portrayed at different ages. All three actresses sounded wonderful together, and the audience got to see the different Fiona attitudes in the castle. Throughout the show, there was never a dull moment. Whether captured by the strong voices of the singers in the cast or the talented dancers taking over the stage, audience members were entirely

entertained. The show featured a number of dances throughout the show, including a fairy tale revolt and a tap number. Besides the cast itself, the scenes and set pieces were remarkable. From the tower-guarding dragon to the moving rope bridge, the set came to life. Along with set, costume pieces provided a great aspect to the show, from the giant green ogre, to the various fairy-tale characters, and the villagers who were identical to one another. Overall, I found this musical to be a lot more than expected. I had never seen another performance of Shrek: The Musical, and this was a great one to see first. The cast featured a lot of talented underclassmen, and I thoroughly look forward to seeing what they perform in the future.

Pour the pirate sherry

Quaker Valley’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ a silly treasure Ally Wolf Quaker Valley’s “The Pirates of Penzance” was performed on March 20, 21 and 22. During this time, most schools in Beaver County were busy with their preparations for their own shows. The musicals that were being performed this year were all very

diverse. The stage of “The Pirates of Penzance” was very unique; the entire play only had about three main scenes, but the stage was set up to mock a victorian stage. The stage was slanted with the back of the stage raised up a few feet from the ground, letting the audience see everything that was going on and

making the chase scenes ridiculously funny. Given away by its name, the lesser known musical focuses on a group of pirates, whose apprentice has grown old enough to leave “their pirate fold” after being indentured to them for so many years. The songs were set up mostly in a challenging “patter” form (songs with a fast tempo and a succession of rapid rhythmic patterns). The songs are supposed to be tongue twisters. Playing for the actors and actresses on the stage, the orchestra was a “band” of pirates; they dressed the part and interacted with the cast as part of the performance. The musical itself, being a comedy, has a very silly plot, accompanied by the comedic songs. It’s incredibly difficult to pick a favorite scene and even more difficult to pick a favorite character. I particularly enjoyed the “zany” policemen and their eccentric dancing, as well as the pirates sneaking into the castle as “quietly” as possible.

All the members of the cast were a joy to watch, the students were very talented and the ensemble was one of the strongest that I’ve ever heard. There was simply not an unlikeable character in this play and not an actor on stage who was lacking talent. Anyone willing to broaden their musical horizons should definitely consider travelling around the district next year to see the other musicals that are performed and maybe even discover one they have never heard of before. Needless to say, “The Pirates of Penzance” was not only hysterical, but incredibly well done, moving onto my personal list of favorite musicals.

April 25, 2014

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Overcoming obstacles

Baseball team works through problems on and off the field Kelsey Velemirovich

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With the baseball season now in full swing, the boy’s baseball team has been affected by some drawbacks on and off the field. Eligibility has become a rising problem for this team. If any student is failing two or more core classes, that means they are not able to participate in any sports or after school clubs or activities until the offending grades are brought back up into an appropriate range. “We’ve had a few small issues with eligibility this season,” Senior Aaron McSorley said. A few students had trouble as the third nine weeks ended and the fourth nine weeks began. In most cases, the issues originated from students that had missed work in a class due to absences, and didn’t have the chance to have their work turned in and regraded before eligibility grades were pulled. It’s a standard process here at Freedom, and no one is an exception to the rule, not even sports or extracurricular activity participants. Being that baseball is a team sport, there are struggles that come with athletes being benched. Occasionally, some athletes aren’t able to attend a game, which is where benching the boys comes into play. According to Sophomore John Petrocelli, Coach Dan O’Leary benches these boys for the next game. Mother nature hasn’t been kind to the team either, as many games had to be cancelled and rescheduled due to inclement weather.

Due to such setbacks, the baseball team is currently 0-2 in their section. This doesn’t mean that they’ve lost every game they’ve played though; this record is only based off of the two games played against teams in their specific section. The weather has forced the athletes to practice in the gym. “Practicing inside keeps us from doing as much as we could if we were [practicing] outside,” Sophomore Evin DiCiero said. Other team members suffer in other ways as well. For Senior Bobby Thompson, it’s the head games. “You get mentally prepared, then it rains, and you go through that two or three times before you actually get to play,” Thompson said. “Towards the end [of the season] you play a lot of games, and it gets to be too much to handle.” Despite these issues, overall participation for baseball has still been prominent. Though often rescheduled, games are still played and practices continue to take place in the evening and after school as well. Petrocelli feels that practice helps the team improve, but the boys need to work on certain areas like motivation and support. “We put in a lot of work at practice; it’s just that a lot of people don’t motivate each other, and when someone makes a mistake, we don’t really recover from it,” Petrocelli said. Petrocelli feels that if the team rooted each other on more often, they would perform better during games. For example, when the boys go up to bat, “we need people screaming [the current batter’s] name and number,”

The high school baseball team huddles before a game against Quaker Valley on April 2. Petrocelli said. According to him, the team proved that their practice and boys participated in yelling motiva- perseverance could pay off, and they tional words, and they came back to did manage to win against Carlynton win the game. on April 9, the final score being 6-5. “We’re having a rough start, but Petrocelli said that the team “went we [have to] believe in ourselves to into the season lazy,” but he feels that start picking up some wins,” Senior they are improving. Christian Edder said. True to Edder’s words, the baseball


Heavy hitters

Team improves as season goes on, according to players Ally Wolf

The season began with the softball team facing off against Mohawk on March 27. Last year, Mohawk was one of the final eight teams remaining in the playoffs, meaning Freedom would have to step up their game to obtain a win. This game ended by the sixth inning, with a loss for Freedom, the score 11-0, and on April 15, their second game against this team was cancelled. “Our first game was a little rocky.

It was against the number one team in our section last year,” Sophomore Jodie Willis said. The team played on April 1 against Beaver at home, and then against Laurel on April 2. Both games resulted in a loss. However, these games lasted until the seventh innings, with scores of 20-2 against Beaver and 9-1 against Laurel. In high school softball, the games play a little differently from the normal ball game, with there only being seven innings. As well as this, Coach Bill Boggs rotates the team

captain each game, letting two different players take leadership and gain experience. Though rescheduled, the Riverside and Quaker Valley games were cancelled due to weather conditions. After the succession of cancellations, the softball team was finally able to start the season. “...[it’s] good to get all the girls on the field...It’s nice to see how we all work together,” Willis said. Junior Carley Schroeder began her third year on the team. She agrees that the season started rough, “[but]

after the first two games I think we improved.” Although her first year on the high school team, Freshman Breanna Karns thinks also feels that the team has improved since the start of the season. “We have definitely improved. We had very little softball knowledge; now we have a lot more,” Karns said. She feels that Boggs is a big aspect to the team’s accomplishments in the way that he teaches the girls more (SOFTBALL continued on page

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the high school team, thinks that they are already “improving a lot” on the teamwork and performance in games. Sophomore Caitlin Shaffer affirms that statement, believing they are already playing “a lot better than last year.” According the Shaffer, the team trusts each other more, and that last year “no one really worked as a team... No one really talked to each other; we went in our little groups.” The softball team continued their season with several more games all in a row on April 9 against Beaver Falls, April 10 against New Brighton, April 11 against Aliquippa and April 12 against Riverside, which all ended in losses as well.

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about the rules and “tells more about [game-like] situations and helps with more drills,” she said. According to Karns, Boggs brought a new and helpful drill to practices, called “Infield, Outfield.” Boggs hits ground or fly balls from the batter’s box and the girls must be prepared to handle whatever comes their way. Despite the team’s losses, the team has still accomplished victories in its own sense. According to Boggs, Schroeder pitched “five walks and two strikeouts” during their first game. Willis nearly hit a home run with the ball making it all the way to the fence during the Beaver Falls game. In their game against Laurel, the team made it through all the innings without getting cut short. Even though the team believes the season started out rough, Freshman Destiny Ebert, first year starter on

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Junior Kristy Sturgess awaits a pitch as her team looks on in a game against Beaver on April 1.


Track team springs into action

Warm weather comes into play creating lower times for athletes Gigi DeWeese

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Currently, both the boys’ and girls’ track teams are 7-2. On March 27, the track team held a home meet against Beaver Falls and Rochester. The girls’ team was victorious against both teams, scoring 110-34 against Beaver Falls and 109-26 against Rochester. The boys’ team lost to Beaver Falls, 55-68, and won against Rochester, 72-47. Because other schools in Freedom’s section beat Beaver Falls, the boys’ team will still be able to advance to WPIAL team semi-finals. On April 1, the track team had a home quad-meet against New Brighton, Summit Academy, and the Ellis School. Because Summit Academy only has males on their team, they only scored against the boys’ track team, and the Ellis School, an all girls school, only competed against the girls’ track team. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were victorious against all of these schools. The scores for the girls’ teams were: 87-62 against New Brighton and 103-42 against the Ellis School. For the boys’ team, the scores were: 80-70 against New Brighton and 87-50 against Summit Academy. The Warrior Classic Invitational held at Central Valley on April 5 was not a day that involved the most favorable temperatures. “The weather was miserable. The cold weather made most athletes not even want to participate,” Senior Sydney Kaercher said. “Warming up didn’t even really help because by the time an event started, all body parts were already numb again.” Another section meet was held on April 8 against O.L.S.H., Wilkinsburg and Winchester Thurston. The boys’ team defeated all of their opponents, but unfortunately the girls’ team

lost to O.L.S.H. 65-85, removing the possibility for them making it to team semi-finals. On April 12, the Beaver County Championships were held at Riverside High School. Many Freedom athletes were able to place at this invitational. With the weather at the Beaver County Championships being in the mid 70s, many athletes were able to perform better. “Now that the weather is warming up, everyone is happy and times are starting to drop,” Kaercher said. “It’s finally track weather!” Kaercher was an example of times dropping, placing 5th in the open 400 meter run with a time of 1:04. The last section meet for the track team took place on April 15 against Beaver. Because the girls’ team was already knocked out of making it to team semi-finals, many of the athletes on the girls’ team were able to focus more on their individual events. However, the boys’ team did not have the luxury of being able to relax at Junior Draek Boggs and Sophomore Erich Borgman sprint this meet. “Everyone needed to chip in for down the track in the 100 meter dash in a home meet against us to win,” Junior Travis Hryckowian Wilkinsburg, Winchester Thurston and O.L.S.H. on April 8. said. Results from Beaver County Championships: Because the boy’s team has been section champs in past years, there was a lot of pressure to win against 100 meter hurdles: High Jump: Beaver. Tina Davis, 4th place Brenton Harrison, 2nd place “This meet determines us winning 100 meter dash: Shot Put: sections,” Junior Lane Mankevich said. “We need to keep it going.” Jared Hogue, 2nd place Trevor Adams, 5th place Unfortunately, the boys’ team was 1600 meter run: Javelin: not able to win against Beaver with a score of 89-61. Jarrett Boyd, 6th place Brenton Harrison, 2nd place On April 23, the MAC Champion400 meter dash: Pole Vault: ships were held at Mars High School. Sydney Kaercher, 5th place Niki Vargo, 1st place By the time of submission, the results from this meet were not able to be 4x100 meter relay: Megan Scott, 5th place determined. Boys’ team, 3rd place High Jump: The next track meet is on April 800 meter run: Megan Scott, 6th place 26 for 9th and 10th graders at Blackhawk. Danny Conrad, 4th place


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April 25, 2014

Athlete Biographies

Trevor Adams

Noah Wolf

Bobby Thompson

Jessica Palak

Favorite memory of your sport: “Breaking the middle school discus record.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Definitely the bus rides.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Almost throwing a no-hitter at Hopewell [my] sophomore year.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Last year for our last game, we took a twerking picture on the dugout fence.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Lifting.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Hang out with friends, listen to music and work out.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Hanging out with friends, eating and work.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Hunting and fishing.”

Favorite season: “Fall because it’s not too warm or too cold.”

Favorite season: “Definitely summer because that’s football season.”

Favorite season: “Summer because it’s fantastic.”

Favorite season: “Summer and fall because of soccer.”

Future goals: “To advance to the state meet this year.”

Future goals: “To go to college and get a good education and also play sports in college and get a successful job.”

Future goals: “Go to college and get an education.”

Future goals: “To go to college, I just don’t know what for yet.”

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