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‘Lead to Learn’ comes to FASD

Heisler selected for HOPE award (see page 4)

District allocates $336,000 for professional development measure

Once a month for the next year and a half two representatives from the Lead to Learn program, Mrs. Toni Hollingsworth and Mrs. Lisa Piazzola, will be observing classrooms and improving instructional skills implemented by the teachers within the district. “Lead to Learn is an organization that the school district has partnered with to provide professional development for our teachers,” Superintendent Jeffrey Fuller said. “They are going to be coming in and working with all of the teachers in the district... to help develop instruction skills.” The decision to bring this program to Freedom was not due to poor instructional skills, but rather to move forward as a district. “We already have...phenomenal teachers doing great things instructionally in the classrooms...but you can always get better,” Fuller said. “This program is really a coaching model. [Lead to Learn] is taking the already strong instructional skills of our teachers and making them better.” Hollingsworth and Piazzola want

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Toni Hollingsworth observes Ms. Katie Gigl’s classroom, paying attention to the way students learn within the classroom setting. to ensure that students are learning to forced to interact with the informathe best of their ability. They typical- tion,” Fuller said. ly spend between 10 and 30 minutes This program was brought to observing each classroom, then debrief Freedom as a solution for improvethe teacher on what they’re doing well ment by Fuller, who was familiar with and what can be improved for better this program. Fuller, former Assistant learning. Superintendent for Seneca Valley’s “You know, everybody can benefit elementary schools, was there when from having a coach,” Holling- this program was implemented at sworth said. “The students benefit Seneca Valley five years ago. because [they] are going to be able Lead to Learn, along with several to understand things more, to retain other changes at Seneca Valley, information longer because [they] will allowed for their movement from 74 to have a deeper understanding of it.” 12 according to Western Pennsylva“You don’t learn because a teacher nia’s Business Times. stands in front of you and tells you The total cost of this program was information. You learn when you are $336,000.

7 DECA members advance to Nationals (see page 2)

Art classes create Installation Art (see page 4)

New community game ‘hits’ Freedom

Squirt gun competition a growing area trend

With $230, 46 people, 46 squirt guns, 46 targets and 23 teams, the Freedom Assassins game began on Feb. 28. Seniors Bobby Thompson, Mark Zurick, Tyler Shingleton and Sophomore Garin Piehler introduced a new kind of game to Freedom Area: Freedom Assassins. According to Zurick, they adopted the idea from Seneca Valley, whose seniors play every year. This event also inspired other schools, such as Blackhawk to create their own version of the game. Teams consisted of two people. The rules of the game were as follows: at least one person from the team has to be able to drive, targets could be shot only with a water gun, and no one could be shot while in their car, working or on school property. However, the moment any player stepped out of their car, was clocked out of work or off school property, they became fair game. Throughout the game, players were upset with some of the techni-

calities of the game rules. Senior Jesse Ralston was working one night and heard that his assassins were going to be waiting outside to assassinate him. Since Ralston was aware of this, he walked out of work while still clocked in. He got into his car, called into work and had a fellow employee clock him out. Although Jesse was technically off the job, because he was still clocked in, the rules were not broken. Needless to say, his assassins weren’t happy. “I just wanted to find a way to get to my truck, and that was the only way they wouldn’t catch me,” Ralston said, adding that his managers helped him escape being eliminated. Proof of assassinations were key to keep the game running accordingly. When targets were assassinated, picture or video proof had to be sent to Piehler for him to post online. Without proof, there was no way to determine for sure if anyone had actually been assassinated. Throughout the month of March, the official twitter page of the game, @FHSAssassins, posted and tweeted every update to the game.

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Sophomore Natalie Price teases brother, Junior Corey Price after Senior Mariah eliminated him from the game The obvious object of the game is to not get assassinated, while still trying to eliminate your targets. To eliminate a target, he or she has to be squirted with a squirt gun. (COMMUNITY continued on page 2)

Track and Field season starts (see page 10)



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DECA successful at state competition Wallis first in state; 7 members moving on to nationals after state competition in Hershey Grace Hutchison

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Freedom Area High School’s DECA team returned from their three day competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Friday, Feb. 28. Seven out of the fourteen that attended the statewide competition in Hershey are going to nationals. To qualify for nationals, the participants had to place fourth or higher. Medallions were also awarded. Medallions are obtained by earning the highest score on the tests or role-playing. Those who are attending the national conference were as follows: Senior Jennifer Wallis, Juniors Patrick Baker, Ryan Gray, Zach Kugel, Sophomores Reilly Collins, Louis Dubovi and Freshman Maddie Edder. These students will fly to nationals, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, May 3-6. According to DECA’s official website,, “DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.” Every year, DECA awards over $500,000 in scholarships to students around the nation. Freedom’s DECA

Senior Jennifer Wallis and Mrs. Beth Majors smile in excitement after Wallis places first in the state. club officers include Grey, Juniors to meet new people and have a good Finance and more. All categories are Jamie Croll, Emily Allego and time.” fields of work, so a student can get an Sophomore Dereck Majors holding the At competitions, there is a variety idea of what that career is like before positions of President, Vice President, of categories that students can even graduating. Treasurer and Secretary respectively. compete in. They range from Hotel “DECA students are present“I really like DECA because it has and Lodging Management to Business ing solutions for actual problems helped me see what working in the Law and Ethics. Other categories that they may encounter in the business business industry would be like. It’s people can compete in include Market- world to professionals in these fields,” really a lot of fun,” Edder said. “We ing Managements, Human Resourc- Sponsor Mrs. Beth Majors said. had so much fun at states, and you get es, Travel and Tourism, Business

New classes offered for 2014-15 school year Brianna Frashure Emily Hawk

Freedom Area High School added a total of four new classes for the students to choose from for the upcoming school year. The classes added were: “Weightlifting, Conditioning and Leadership,” “Individual Wellness, Group Exercise and Leadership,” “CCBC Public Speaking” and “AP Biology.” Although the Public Speaking class is worth three CCBC credits, it is still during the school day for one semester and serves as a typical class such as the current Western

Civilization and Concepts of Literature courses, also offered through CCBC. Students taking this course will receive three college credits from this class. To complete this course, students will prepare and deliver short series of speeches to inform, persuade and entertain an audience. College courses offered in high schools benefit the students who are planning to go to college because they receive college credits at a discounted price and do not have to enroll in that course later on. “The CCBC Public Speaking Course provides students an opportunity to take speech while also earning valuable credits toward college...a money saver in the end for students

Community trend

(COMMUNITY continued from page 1)

Over the past few weeks, teams snuck around, followed and did some sleuthing on their competition in an attempt to eliminate their targets. Some players went so far as to waiting around for hours just to get their target. Sophomores Caley Miller and Madison Kopac hid in Junior Collin Gilarno’s shed for two hours until he got home. “We waited for [Collin] to put away his dirt bike so we could assassinate him. We heard the door opening, and our hearts instantly began racing. When he came into view, we squirted him and he was out,” Kopac said.

Each round was one week long; the first round started Feb. 28. When the first round ended, each of the teams had an opportunity to buy their way back in if they got out. However, on March 7, there was a sudden death round from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. to determine who would move on in the competition. Two weeks went by, and during the week of March 17, two teams slid into the third and final round. Senior Gage Kemerer and Junior Alex Howland went up against Seniors Mark Zurick and Trevor Mesing. At press time, no winner had been decided. Follow the story for final results on

wanting to take advantage of that,” Principal Timothy Dadich said. The AP Biology course will consist of molecules and cells, heredity and evolution as well as organisms and populations. There will be a course exam covering topics college professors would cover during introductory Biology courses offered at the collegiate level. “I really love science and biology. I took [Biology] in tenth grade. I need to take it my senior year so I have a better chance once I graduate in the medical field,” Junior Emily Allego said. For students looking to expand themselves in the fitness department, Freedom now offers classes beyond

the general physical education course. These additional fitness classes will be offered for any sophomores, juniors and seniors. In order to take these additional classes, students must complete Physical Education I and II. The student also needs to be approved into the class by a Physical Education teacher. “Mrs. Woods is running a group fitness class, and I am running a strength training class to try and cater to maybe a different crowd that doesn’t enjoy recreational games and wants to focus on personal fitness,” Mr. Chris Coennen said.

Rainbow in progress Emalee Sekely

As April 10 quickly approaches, the cast and crew of Freedom’s annual musical are steadily preparing for their four performances. This year, the Drama Club will perform the Wizard of Oz. Out of all of the musicals, the Wizard of Oz remains one of the most well-known shows in the world. For Musical Director Mr. Keith Kovalic, this was his first musical at Freedom, and he has no comment on whether it will be his last. “People should come see [The Wizard of Oz] because what we do every year is very good,” Kovalic said. “We work very hard to make this show the best around.” Many FHS students are participating in the musical, and they’re very enthusiastic about performing this show. “We have a nice group of kids who have a lot of talent, and we’re excited to show off our hard work over the past few months,” Junior Robbie Raso said. The kids are not only excited about performing such a popular show, but they enjoy just being together with everybody in the “Freedom Drama Family” again. “My favorite part about the musical experience is just getting to


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spend time with everyone else,” Junior Raylen Welling said. “We basically live at the school for two months, and sometimes there’s a lot of downtime. The bonding time we get to have is always great.” Students involved with the musical attend practice both after school and at night Monday through Thursday, depending on what groups or scenes they’re in. They spend the majority of their weekend in the auditorium as well. “We have all been spending a lot of extra time at the school lately working on perfecting all the little things in the show,” Welling said. “Everyone should come out to support us because it’s always cool to see your peers become a different person!” Both the stage and tech crews for the production are also spending a great amount of time making sure everything from sets to lighting is ready to be presented to hundreds of people. At the beginning of the month, they had practice every Tuesday and Thursday after school until about 4:30 p.m. Tickets are still on sale for $8 per student and $10 per adult.

Cold weather continues Jacob Landis

As most of you have probably noticed, this winter has been full of snow and cold weather. While the temperature did not reach -22 degrees in Western PA (which is the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Pittsburgh area on Jan. 19, 1994), we’ve had our fair share of frigid weather and snow. Most of these blasts of cold air can be contributed to what scientists call a changing of jet stream patterns. A jet stream is a narrow stream of mostly western wind currents that circle the earth about seven miles above the ground. There are typically two or three jet streams in each the northern and southern hemispheres. A new study seems to show that the jet stream of North America may be taking a longer path as a result of the warming arctic. Temperatures have been warming two to three times more in the arctic areas than the rest of the globe. This translates into more melting of arctic glaciers and increased sea levels in the ocean which leads to higher tides at the beach. This means that as the temperature difference decreases between the arctic and the middle latitudes, the jet stream slows down. This draws the conclusion that cold weather tends to last longer in the

northern United States. This also means that warmer weather will be found farther to the north and colder weather farther to the south. States like Alaska have had warmer winters while cities like Atlanta have had many unusual snowstorms and colder than normal temperatures. So while most people say this cold weather cannot be attributed to global warming, the warming of the arctic has actually caused these colder temperatures that have been seen in parts of the country. These snowy and cold winters can be expected to continue for the next few years, according to scientists at the World Meteorological Association. However, the summers in our area are expected to continue to stay on average for the next couple of years.

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Student of the Month and H.O.P.E. Award Nine students and one teacher are recognized for the month of March “Someone Very Important Along the Way”

Mr. Rich Heisler 8th grade Earth and Space Science Teacher


Left to right: Cody Lipinski, Nate Freed, JJ Wrhen, Marley Hoko, Casey Spieler, Michaela Muron, Hannah Mavrich and Dakota Pander. Not Pictured: Kiara Padgett

Not just another brick in the wall High school art classes display installation art throughout hallways Lauren Dubovi

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Students in Art III and IV have set up installation art around the school, which is very different from the work that the students would normally showcase. A total of seven projects line the halls, a few of which will become a permanent display. The art started being set up at the beginning of the month and will be displayed throughout the school for at least two or three weeks for the non-permanent fixtures. “The Mattress Factory [inspired us to] promote some new, unusual art. It’s nice to see [the students] look at different artists for inspiration,” Mrs. Kaylee Haggerty said. Many students have never had the chance to see or create installation art, and this project gave them that opportunity. Installation art uses a whole room or area as the art piece. “It can go from simple to complex, and most of it has meaning,” Senior Emily Pope said. In some cases, the art is made to be a permanent fixture and built on the site where it will stay. An example of this form of art would be the nature murals hanging on the wall outside the cafeteria. Seniors Belinda McNear, Kayla Rosenkranz, Nevin Sprecker and

Leslie Miller made the hanging rain cloud outside of the main office. “It’s hard to do because it sounds like a really good idea…but it just took forever,” McNear said. Senior Niki Vargo along with Juniors Tara Gardner and Morgan Greco worked to create an origami mural featuring Albert Einstein’s face. “Mr. Dadich wants to permanently keep it up if it looks good enough, so I’m looking forward to that,” Junior Morgan Greco said. “This project is not just us sitting at a table painting something; we are actually decorating the school.” The FHS Alumni poster project, created by Juniors Karlee Quinn, Samantha Alford and Carolyn Conedera, sits outside of the main office and features photos from old yearbooks, made into a pawprint shape. “[The installation art project] was pretty fun, but I’m excited to be going back to regular art because it was so stressful,” Conedera said. The strings project (on the window in the hallway outside of Mr. Aaron Fitzpatrick’s room) mimics work of installation artist Gabriel Dawe . “We got to express ourselves in any way we wanted to. The way [my group] intertwined the strings

Albert Einstein project in the science wing hallway by Senior Niki Vargo and Juniors Tara Gardner and Morgan Greco. represented how close we are, and when you take a step back from the project, it looks different and interesting, like we are as a group of people,” Senior Taryn Rider said.

Haggerty and the art classes request that students admire the art but to not touch because it is fragile.

January 31, December 20,2014 2013


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Discrimination nation

Anti-Gay Bill in Arizona reminiscent of Jim Crow Laws As 2014 rolled along, a new bill was proposed in Arizona. This bill could’ve potentially started a long line of discrimination and intolerance in America. The bill was considered to be parallel to the Jim Crow Laws of the South that were in effect from 1876 to 1965, which totals to almost 90 years of legal racial discrimination. The bill that legislators were trying to pass originally started in Arizona and would allow employers, shop-owners and others who provide service to deny their service to anyone who they assumed or knew to be homosexual. Those refusing service would be allowed is they practice a certain religion which deems these beliefs to be wrong. This bill was written after a court case in which a photographer was sued for discrimination after refusing

to photograph a same-sex wedding. He lost the court case, and then the bill came into circulation in rebuttal to the lawsuit. The bill was compared to the Jim Crow Laws, because those racial segregation laws defined African Americans as “separate but equal.” During this long period in time, segregation was still in place even after laws of equality were put into action. The bill caused such a huge upset, not only because of its parallel to the Jim Crow Laws, but because of the discrimination and segregation it could have caused towards people who are gay, or assumed to be. Legislators started and tried to pass the bill in the southern states of Arizona and Kansas but were denied after the large backlash from the public

when it made national headlines. The bill was stopped under the reasoning that young voters would see the negative feedback and lean away from the republican party believing that all their legislations were that radical. The bill was denied late in February by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who stated that “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is non-discrimination.” However, it hasn’t stopped legislators from shelving the measure with plans to try again next year. While it’s acceptable for everyone to support their own beliefs, it’s important to realize that it’s morally wrong to support what could negatively affect the lives of others. What we also must realize is that we need to avoid discrimination against the groups that propose bills and laws,

because in that situation both sides would be wrong. Typically the bad usually outweighs the good, and the groups that proposed this law have given the parties they support a bad image by doing so, even if the rest of their parties don’t reflect the same ideas and beliefs. Tolerance and acceptance of others and their practices is a key role in society for the human race to get along and live together peacefully. Many wars were, and still are, being fought because of people who don’t agree with each other and can’t see eye to eye on numerous issues. However, this doesn’t solve anything. The end goal for humanity should be to be completely happy and at peace with those around you.

FHS Press — Editorial Board Editors-in-Chief: Gigi DeWeese and Emalee Sekely Managing Editor: Jennifer Wallis News Editor: Hope Ruckert Asst. News Editor: Courtney Schreiner

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Features Editor: Jon Bittner Asst. Features Editor: Brianna Frashure

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

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Contributing Artists: Ally Wolf

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District changes evoke mixed reactions Gigi DeWeese Courtney Schreiner

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Anyone who steps foot inside (or even outside) the high school this year will notice many of the changes that are currently taking place. Some teachers were relocated to different classrooms, new courses were offered and a shipping and receiving area for the maintenance staff was added to the high school. Because of the new plans proposed for consolidating all schools onto the same campus, there was no room at the middle school to keep the shipping and receiving area in the same location. Some inconveniences resulting from these changes included pounding, knocking and floor shaking that students and teachers had to deal with on a daily basis. Furthermore, two classrooms were relocated in order to accommodate the new shipping and receiving area. This slightly altered the original plans that were to take place in the high school. Principal Timothy Dadich’s original plans were to keep all of the departments together. Currently, all instructors of the different departments are together, aside from the English Department. However, there are no plans of relocating these English classrooms in the near future. “It’s kind of scattered,” Dadich said. “But I don’t want to move teachers again.” There might be slight changes with other classrooms, such as the current rooms for the Physical Education department. Both Mr. Christopher Coennen and Mrs. Lisa Woods use AB1 and AB2 to teach health to their students, which is currently an issue. “AB1 and [AB]2 are impossible to teach from,” Dadich said. “[The rooms] aren’t conducive to teaching. They can’t really even use technology in there.” Though the layout of the high school isn’t as perfect as planned, when looking at plans for the entire district, this was a necessary change. Gary Mortimer, Building and Ground Director, explained that placing the shipping and receiving area within the school in addition to using repurposed materials to build an office inside of the new rooms was cost effective. The school faced a difficult choice between saving money by altering the original plans for the high school or to spend more money to build a new area for the maintenance staff. The ultimate decision was to save money. “[The School Board] wants to keep taxes low,”

A newly-furnished elementary music room replaced the former shipping and receiving area in the middle school. Mortimer said. In addition to saving money, this solution was the best option. “Where [the placement of the shipping and receiving area] made the most sense was at the end of [the high school] where we had easy access,” Fuller said. With the plan to consolidate the district onto one campus, this decision was the most beneficial to everyone. “We were able to complete the road around through the back parking lot so that the trucks could pass through, and we didn’t have to have as much impact on the whole campus in general with trucks coming and going,” Fuller said. The former maintenance staff room has already been replaced, housing several of the classrooms that will be utilized by the elementary students.

The new building that will be complete in August of 2015 will be for students in kindergarten through second grade. This building will go between the end of the middle school where the maintenance room was formerly located to the end of the football field, and then will curve towards the big tree in front of the middle school. “We’ve done a couple of projects that were setting the stage for the district consolidation project,” Fuller said. “We are doing some minor projects at the middle that from this point forward we should not have to impact students at all.” Ultimately, moving the shipping and receiving area to the high school caused some issues, but it was a necessary change. “We couldn’t leave the maintenance office where it was. It had to go somewhere,” Fuller said.

“The former maintenance office is now a CAD lab that will service Mr. Badamo’s Tech. Ed. classrooms,” Fuller said. As of now, the music room, art room and CAD lab have already been completed.

Chivalry on life support after new app is released Louis Dubovi

For only $1.99 the Android store offers the ultimate wingman: BroApp. As advertised, it “automatically messages your girlfriend sweet things so you can spend more time with the Bros.” Take a second to think about that. There’s an app that sends sweet messages to your girlfriend? If you’re considering buying it, you should also consider being single, because that’s probably what will happen if she finds out. The app can send a variety of personalized messages at a specific time of the day (i.e. when you are leaving work). It even knows not to send messages when you are in certain places. For example, if your phone connects to your girlfriend’s wifi, BroApp

will know not to send a message to her. Also, it won’t send a message if you have recently messaged your girlfriend. Sorry iPhone users, but BroApp is only for Android. Currently, it has a four out of five star review. Joe, a reviewer giving the app five out of five stars, said, “Excellent. Works great, I’m the best [boyfriend] ever.” David, a reviewer who also gave it five out of five stars, said, “The girl loves getting regular messages, and they get sent even when I’m temporarily distracted with other things.” Evidently the app is pretty popular. At this point, I hope you haven’t lost all of your hope in humanity. Upon discovering that their boyfriend has been using BroApp, the majority of girls would be upset to say the least. It may even ruin your relationship. I hope that none of you are actually considering using BroApp. If you really need to use an app to send

messages to your girlfriend because you don’t have time to send them yourself, then you probably don’t have time for a girlfriend at all. As if this couldn’t get worse, a large majority of the reviews are asking the developers to add a feature allowing the app to message multiple girls. Daniel, a reviewer, said “Doesn’t allow for multiple girlfriends.” Another review, Moody, gave a depressingly similar review. “Great app but would be way better if [I could] add more than one person as [my girlfriend],” Moody said. You don’t have enough time to send a message, yet you have two girlfriends? Sure, it’s sweet that you want to make your girlfriend feel appreciated, but BroApp probably isn’t the best way to do it. People commonly say chivalry is dead. This app not only assists in the murder, but it also hides the body.


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College readiness is important Jennifer Wallis Pre-school prepares us for Kindergarten. Kindergarten prepares us for elementary school. Elementary school gets us ready for middle school, which is one step before high school. What does high school do? Well, that depends; some of us plan on getting jobs and becoming adults, but others use high school to transition themselves into college. College may seem quite far off, especially for freshmen, or it can seem like the Big Bad Wolf ready to force you an eviction. Regardless of how close it seems, you may always feel it lurking, especially if you’re unsure of your future plans. Many seniors, including myself, are still unsure as to what we want to do with our lives. Once you decide whether or not you plan on attending higher education, which I highly suggest, the next domineering question arises: Where do I want to spend the next two to eight years of my life? There are many factors to consider: distance, acceptance, programs, living arrangements, food options, clubs, sports, activities, student enrollment and possibly the most important factor— the price it will take to go there. These factors are only the tip of the iceberg. All these topics to consider may seem overwhelming, and let me be the first to tell you, they are, but don’t give up hope. It may seem cheesy, but the best way to keep all the factors you find important right in front of you, is to make a chart.

I made a chart to help me through the process, and it has helped greatly. On the leftmost column, the colleges I am considering are listed. Data in this chart includes if I visited the campus, what the application fee is or when the free deadline is, if I finished my application, if I sent my transcript, if I was accepted, the academic scholarship they’ve awarded me, the tuition, the total cost with room, board, and fees and finally the price I’ll have to pay factored with the scholarship. This is just one chart that focuses on applications and money, but you could make other charts that focus on the clubs or student opportunities. Experts suggest that you should apply to at least ten schools and keep your mind open. Western PA is so highly populated with colleges and technical schools that there should be no problem with coming up with ten schools to apply to. Most schools do have application fees anywhere from $25-50. At the same time, most of those schools also waive the fee if you apply by a certain date. Most colleges also require scores from either the SATs or ACTs, so you must be sure you schedule at least one of those exams. Although they do cost about $50 to take, in the grand scheme of things, that is a very minute amount when dealing with the price of college. You also have the option to retake the test at a later date and for as many times as you would like. Many people don’t take this opportunity because of the price associated with it. I did retake the SATs and will suggest everyone to follow suit, because statistics show your scores improve after taking the tests a second time. I scored 210 points higher on the SAT which then increased the scholarships I received from some colleges up to $5,000. Organization and research are the most

important components when determining your future. If you don’t plan on going to college, you should research what you can do without a degree and what the job outlook is in the field you are looking at. For many, community college is the answer because it is considerably cheaper. At CCBC, they also provide a full-tuition scholarship for the first two years if you are in the top 10% of your class, keep good grades at the college and fulfill a given number of community service hours. When you research and evaluate your schooling options, you can start to relax and peel away the layers of stress. After evaluating, you can start to narrow down the pool of prospects and realize other questions you may have. When you narrow them down, you can personally contact each college and get the answers to those questions. Applying for additional scholarships within the colleges becomes easier when you only are focusing on two or three schools as opposed to 10 or 12. I extend good luck and fortune to all those who are planning their future. Feel free to contact me or the guidance office if you have any questions or concerns about college or your future plans.

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Academy of Country Music predictions

Desiree Davis and Michelle Keith predict the winners of he April 6 ACM Awards Categories:

Desiree: George Strait

Entertainer of the Year:

I’ve been a lifelong fan of George, and he doesn’t have a single song that I don’t enjoy listening to.

Male Vocalist of the Year:

Lee Brice has had an awesome year for country music. He sings songs that are personable to his own life, and that’s what makes him special.

Female Vocalist of the Year:

I love Miranda. Her songs are strong hearted and she isn’t afraid to show her true colors, which is what I’m all about in life.

Vocal Duo of the Year: Vocal Group of the Year: Album of the Year: Song of the Year: New Artist of the Year:

Lee Brice

Miranda Lambert

Florida Georgia Line

Michelle: George Strait

The man is a country legend. He has paved the way for so many new artists along with still coming up with songs that will continue to be popular years from now.

Lee Brice

This has been a fantastic year for Lee Brice. I personally think that it’s his sincere honesty and relatability that makes a Lee Brice song really fit any mood I may be in.

Sheryl Crow

After not hearing much out of Sheryl Crow in the past few years, she came back strong to country music with hits like “Calling Me When I’m Lonely.”

Thompson Square

They’re so diverse in their singing abilities. They don’t have a single song that isn’t enjoyable; every one is simply amazing.

This husband and wife duo has not only the best duets this year but probably some of the best country duets of all time.

Zac Brown Band

Lady Antebellum

Zac Brown Band could be on a poster for perfect harmonies. Their songs are relatable and are always beautifully sung.

Lady A deserves an “A”ward. They have released song after song recently and all are just all around great songs both instrumentally and vocally.

“Here’s to the Good Times” Florida Georgia Line

“Crash My Party” Luke Bryan

This is their debut album, and they couldn’t have started off on a better foot. Anyone and everyone should listen to this CD.

This album is not only popular with strictly country listeners but with other people who are not necessarily country fans.

“I Drive Your Truck” Lee Brice

“I Drive Your Truck” Lee Brice

The meaning behind it is heartfelt and really shows his feelings about losing his brother. This song is simply beautiful.

A beautiful song with a great message about handling the loss of someone close to you. Who wouldn’t vote for this gorgeous song?

Justin Moore

Brett Eldredge

This man always comes on my Pandora station, and every time, it’s a song I haven’t heard yet. He has a beautiful voice and records satisfying music.

He has certainly made an impact in the country music world. He has proven he is not just a one hit wonder, but he is here to stay.


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When I was 17...

Mrs. Schultz reveals all of her experiences at the age of 17 High School: I went to Grove City Senior High School.

First Car: I drove my parent’s 1997 maroon Pathfinder. I still drive around a Pathfinder. Not the same one, of course. Activities: I was in chorus. I’m an alto. I can’t sing high. I was a basketball cheerleader. I was a football cheerleader, and I was in the play. I was a chorus member in Mr. Scrooge, one of the narrators in “James and the Giant Peach” and I was a stage director/manager for “Joseph and the [Amazing] Technicolor Dreamcoat, “so I did three years of theater. And I did three years of the basketball and football cheerleading. Classes: My favorite class was Creative Writing. And we had Brit Lit, American Lit, Composition; there wasn’t anything crazy. Except for the creative writing. I was always more English and history and the arts. I wasn’t very good at science and math. It wasn’t really my thing. Favorite Books in High School: Catcher in the Rye. I love Holden. He was such a slacker and such a pain. He was so annoying yet at the same time there was something I liked about him. Like the things that annoyed him I was like ‘yeah.’ I went through that stage where I was like ‘everyone is fake, everyone is phony,’ and I think that’s just a part of, like, adolescence. But I always loved the Narnia series, too...I read those like a champ.

Photo Courtesy: Mrs. Catherine-Noelle Schultz

First Job I had a job at a coffee shop and I loved working at that job. It was just a lot of fun.

Career: Well actually when I was in high school I wanted to be a writer. I thought...I was going to write a great novel...I wrote a lot of poetry and I wrote in my journal all the time...I was always constantly writing. I would get caught in class writing or...reading under my desk all the time. Personal Struggles: I think one of the things I struggled with was friends. ‘Who was your friend?’ ‘Who is not your friend?’ I think one of the lessons that I learned was...not to talk about people behind their backs because if you do, they’ll find out. Just watch what you say. Watch who you befriend because some people think that they’re your friend, and then as you go through high school people...change and they get different friends...That was always very hard to accept. Advice for Students: Don’t care what other people think about you. Who cares? Like yourself. And if you don’t want negative stuff to come at you, don’t put negative stuff out there. Stay away from anything where you don’t feel valued...Just be yourself, and if they don’t like it, then just don’t talk to them. I never cared what people thought. Ever. Memories: My friends and I hung out at Eat’n Park a lot. We would just do our homework, we would drink coffee and we would read and talk and write in our journals. I’ve always liked doing that. And I also had a job at a coffee shop, and I loved working at that job... It was just a lot of fun. It was just more just hanging out with my friends. And as boring as it sounds, it was fun. When I was the narrator in “James and the Giant Peach,” yeah, that was a lot of fun.

Mrs. Catherine-Noelle Schultz as a cheerleader in 2001.

Breakfast sandwich hot spots Desiree Davis

Around New Sewickley, Freedom and Conway, there are multiple places to eat breakfast. The question is, who has the best breakfast sandwich in the area?


My favorite breakfast sandwich at this fast food joint is the bacon, egg and cheese McGriddle because of the syrupy pancake as the bread.

Pine Run Market

You can pick a sandwich up hot and fresh out of the market. The cheese is melted on the egg, the bacon is salted and peppered and the bagel is fresh and soft.

Four Corners Cafe

Homemade, fresh to order bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel comes straight from the kitchen to you, leaving the cheese freshly melted and the bacon and eggs salty.

Hot Dog Shoppe

This delicious sandwich comes on a bagel that is fresh and soft. It may be un-healthy, but what makes it irresistable is the small amount of grease left on the bagel.

Eat’n Park

This bacon, egg and cheese bagel has to be my least favorite out of all of these because it’s kind of plain. The sandwich is tasty overall, but compared to the others, it seems to not contain as much love.


Swinging into the season

Softball season delayed due to weather but springs into action after a week Ally Wolf

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Spring has sprung, the weather has slowly warmed up and softball has begun. This year, the team consists mostly of underclassmen with only one senior playing on the team. At the time of print, all softball games and scrimmages planned were cancelled due to weather and other complications, making the beginning of the season difficult. In previous years, girls softball has been a “struggling program” according to Head Coach Bill Boggs, who wishes to hopefully help rebuild. Boggs said that in his first year as head coach at Freedom, his priority was “just learning the basic abilities of his young team.” With only one senior member on the team, there are a lot of fresh players that have joined. Previously, Boggs served as an assistant softball coach at Freedom under Mrs. Brandi Burger and alongside Mrs. Andrea Niedbala. This year, Boggs expects the team to “not get beat by beating ourselves.” Junior Alexis Shingleton believes

the season will start strong. “It’s definitely going to be a lot better than last season because Bill is such a dedicated coach, and he wants to see us succeed and do better as a team,” Shingleton said. Junior Jessica Palak thinks that having a new coach has warranted positive reaction by the team so far. Palak also said that they did have a few problems with the old coach, but now she believes that “Bill is going to change the team for the better.” Boggs’ involvement with the girls during practice consists of him not only running the drills, but participating in the drills with the team as well. This allows athletes to learn by watching his example and letting them see exactly what to do in the drills. His interaction with the team also helps the girls become more encouraged and motivates them, Palak believes. Another interesting practice tactic that Boggs has put in play is his inclusion of the middle school softball players during high school practices. The goal is to help the middle school team grow and advance so that they will have a better understanding of what they are doing when they move

Sophomore Kristi Fiscus, Junior Carley Schroeder, Senior Hannah Mavrich and Freshman Caitlin Shaffer bend down low to catch the ball in practice on March 13. up to the high school team. Shingleton thinks that “it’s good to have a bunch of younger girls [on the team],” with the goal to “move forward and hopefully have a successful team and

win a section game this year.”


Going the extra mile

First scrimmage underway and the team is into the season Nicholas Schreiner

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Midway through March, the track team was prepared to kick off their season with their first scrimmage at home, but unfortunately they were rained out. The next week, the team went to Central Valley for their first scrimmage against both Central Valley and South Side. They were met with more rain, but not enough to keep the athletes from running, jumping and throwing. The team had to power through the rain and cold, and many were wet and tired by the end of it. Conditioning began in February, and according to Junior Travis Hryckowian, conditioning has become taxing. “[Conditioning] started out easy, but it’s definitely working its way up; we are doing a good job of preparing ourselves for the season,” Hryckowian said. Hryckowian was excited to get back into the swing of things with

track because he enjoys it and wants to get back into shape. The team has recently begun having actual practices instead of just the conditioning that they started out with. At the end of last year, Freedom’s track program had to say goodbye to some very fierce senior competitors who graduated. This year, the team consists of around 30 members, which may seem like a high number, but in reality it is not. “The middle school team has about 50 members, and that seems to be pretty average, so we do have sort of a smaller team,” Freshman Joey Pail said. At their first scrimmage, even though it was his first time ever running the 100 meter, Pail came in third place. He felt good but wasn’t very confident. “You know, I was pretty nervous. It was the first race, and I had to get the butterflies out,” Pail said. Despite the rain and the somewhat small team, both Pail and Hryckowian are happy with the team’s accomplish-

Junior Brenton Harrison (left) runs ahead of Senior Jared Hogue (right) to prepare for their hand-off during the 4 x 100 meter relay in a scrimmage against South Side and Central Valley on March 19. ments. “For what we have, we are doing pretty well,” Hryckowian said. They hope to see the team perform

well this season and believe that they have the talent and dedication to do just that.

March 28, 2014


FHS Press


Packing heat instead of snow Boys spend winter months preparing for spring season Kelsey Velemirovich

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Aware of the spring season fast approaching, the high school boy’s baseball team spent the winter training and preparing for the season ahead. After the team failed to make it to playoffs last season for the first time in five years, they’ve been working to make it to playoffs this season. With the loss of a handful of seniors from last year, the team has adapted and changed to fit the new group of guys. The baseball team has been practicing throughout the winter, as opposed to just starting now in early spring. This is something that most sports teams have started doing, as the off-season can be one of the biggest downfalls for athletes. Their practices started all the way back in late November. These earlier practices mostly consisted of conditioning and strength building. The start of the season will show if their extra time and effort was worthwhile. Unfortunately, their season was not able to start as soon as anticipated. Multiple scrimmage games were scheduled to be played before the regular season begun. The home scrimmage game against Western

Beaver was supposed to be held on March 11 but had to be cancelled due to poor field conditions. “We couldn’t play because the fields were too soft,” Senior Aaron McSorley said. The boys didn’t have much luck with the second scrimmage either. It was supposed to be hosted by Hopewell on March 14, but poor field conditions yet again kept them from playing. Hopewell had recently renovated their field, but the new infield was having drainage problems. You can’t play baseball with a watery, muddy infield. Finally a streak of decent weather came about, and the baseball team was able to play one of their scrimmage games. This game took place at Pullman Park on Sunday, March 16 against the Allegheny/Butler team. The purpose of this game was really to evaluate the newer players and get a feel for where the team currently stands. It was “mostly getting a gage for the younger kids,” McSorley said. The scrimmage game ended with Freedom down by 10 runs, largely due to the fact that the opposing team scored eight runs against them in one inning. The Varsity team, however, only lost their game by five runs.

The high school baseball team stretches in a large circle in the gym before practice on March 19. A scrimmage game was rescheduled for March 20, Freedom being defeated 9-1 by West Allegheny. The first regular season baseball game was scheduled for March 21, but was cancelled and rescheduled due to inclimate weather conditions. The game was played the next day, Saturday March 22. Freedom was defeated by Valley High School, 14-4.

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FHS Press

March 28, 2014

Athlete Biographies

Skylar Corfield

Travis Hryckowian

Mark Zurick

Hannah Mavrich

Favorite memory of your sport: “I just like competing in track meets. Track meets are fun.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Winning the 100 meter dash in seventh grade.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “The Brentwood game [my] junior year when I had my first home run, 7 RBI’s and we won 22-21.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Probably the bus rides and the long away games.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “I like swimming, hanging out with my friends, fishing and hanging out with my family.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Filming, photography and paintballing.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Golf, video games, eating food, hanging out with friends, looking at shoes, work and Twitter.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Fishing and wood-working.”

Favorite season: “Summer because it’s hot out.”

Favorite season: “Probably summer because I get to go to the ocean.”

Favorite season: “Summer because I can golf every day.”

Favorite season: “Spring because softball is the sport in spring.”

Future goals: “[To become] a faster hurdler and a better pole vaulter.”

Future goals: “To go to school for welding and eventually go to school for history.”

Future goals: “Going to Kent State to major in business administration or secondary education.”

Future goals: “To support my family and be the best person that I can be.”

Itchin’ to condition

Conditioning key component to athletic success Desiree Davis

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Most athletes that are a part of a sports team at FHS start conditioning before their season begins. However, the degree to which they condition varies. Some athletes condition year round to stay in good shape, while others start preparing based on their specific sport. On the other hand, some students that don’t participate in sports also try to stay in shape. Many football players can be found hanging out in the gym after school, lifting weights and preparing for the upcoming season. The football team basically takes over the weight room on days where their workout sessions take place. However, these sessions are not mandatory. Senior Alex Kastrol enjoys working out and staying in shape. “... conditioning and lifting and working out definitely helped me succeed in being a better athlete,” Kastrol said. Kastrol has been conditioning on his own for a good portion of his life now, and it has improved him for the better. If Kastrol didn’t work out, he believes his abilities would be limited. “I probably wouldn’t be nearly as fast or as strong, so I probably wouldn’t be as talented.”

In many cases, student athletes condition as a team. Spring sports recently started mandatory practices, and Senior Aaron McSorley feels that pre-season baseball conditioning always helps the team out for the actual season. “[Conditioning] is important because it builds team unity and makes us better and stronger in the process. Plus it prepares us physically for the season,” McSorley said. Baseball conditioning began near the end of November and had one weekly practice up until Christmas break. After that, the practices took place multiple times a week. Some of the members of the track team also participate in indoor track, and those athletes consider it conditioning for the outdoor track season. Mandatory practices for track and field began in March. The beginning of softball conditioning was in January and occurred on Saturdays and Sundays. Sophomore Kali Ralston feels that conditioning is an asset to the success of the team’s season. “[Conditioning] gets us in better shape for the season and we get to know one another and learn to work with one another before the season actually starts,” Ralston said.

Freshman Dean Ward conditions in the school gym in order to stay in shape for the upcoming football season. Athletic Trainer Vince Sinovic agrees that conditioning and working out in the off season is helpful, but also healthy for the body. Sinovic believes that conditioning is also a good idea because when an athlete’s specific sport season does come around, “...all you have to do then is take some of the rough edges off, and you’re ready to go,” Sinovic said.

According to Sinovic, Freedom’s conditioning programs are superb and “we have the people that run the programs that are really good, really good [coaches].” Sinovic recommends that athletes start conditioning before the season begins.

March 2014  
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