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FHS students take part in Rachel’s Challenge Gigi DeWeese

he morning of Sept. 19, approximately 500 students entered the high school auditorium to become a part of a life-changing event: Rachel’s Challenge. This program asks for everyone to start a chain reaction of kindness in order to make the world a better place. Many schools implement anti-bullying programs, but this is more than that; Rachel’s Challenge asks for students to be compassionate towards one another, allowing for hate and cruelty to go away. The elementary, middle and high schools took part in this program, as well as the community. “Our kids deal with so much stuff on a daily basis,” Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Fuller said when presenting this program during the evening session. “[We wanted] a program that would make sense to kids,” Fuller said. The first session of Rachel’s Challenge started before school. All teachers and support staff came together and participated in this challenge during an in-service day. The representative from Rachel’s Challenge, Mrs. DeeDee Cooper, explained to the school what makes Rachel Joy Scott so important. Rachel was the first person that died at Columbine High School and videos were presented about her journals, influences, family and her life goals. The guidance department throughout the district took the lead with this program, advertising it to students and organizing the event. Because of this, most students realized the nature of this assembly beforehand. “I knew it was going [to be] emotional, but I didn’t think so many people were going to be so emotionally affected,” Freshman Meghan Kiefer

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Members of the FOR Club hug to show support for one another

said. After the assembly, many students were strained. Groups of students could be found all over the building talking about how they felt after watching the presentation. During the afternoon, anyone who signed up for the Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club came back to the auditorium. Though typical FOR groups normally only consist of 100 students, 130 were present due to the high interest at our school. This presentation had staff sitting among the students and included different activities, most of which involved learning more ways to start a chain reaction of kindness. The opening question of the afternoon session was, “How did today’s presentation affect you?” This question, though very simple, brought together students like never before. Several students and teachers alike shared how Rachel’s Challenge affected them, while the other students listened and encouraged those who were presenting.

It is important to understand that FOR Club is not an anti-bullying club but rather a pro-positive club that encourages kindness, which will ultimately end bullying and encourage acceptance. “Overall, I think the school will make a conscious effort to be nice. Also, the FOR club plans to tackle projects that actually need fixing and are cared about,” Freshman Madeline Kiefer said. Later on that evening, members of the community attended the final session for the day. The auditorium was nearly filled. This presentation was a summary of the events that took place during the previous sessions for the high school students. The community reacted in the same manner that the students did. Hundreds of members in our small community have already committed to Rachel’s Challenge; will you accept it too?

fix the problem. “Whatever we do is a temporary fix,” superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Fuller stated. The final decision was to have a generator run the lights. It has been a success thus far, providing lights to football and soccer games alike. “We’re not just talking about football. You have band and soccer too.” Mrs. Lori Pail said. The school board also approved the hiring of Ms. Amanda Smith, the new science teacher at the high school. Other changes at the high school include the hiring of Mrs. Lasko as a long term substitute for Mrs. Russell and Ms. Clear as a long term substitute for Mrs. Barr.

The September meeting talked about the success thus far of the generators, and how the band, football and Lil’ Bulldogs boosters are collecting money to help give back to PUSH Beaver County, the company that supplied the generator. Also at the meeting, the board approved the hiring of boy’s basketball coach Mr. Gary Cercone for this upcoming season. The next meeting will be held on Oct. 3 in the middle school library.

Lights, teachers, action Courtney Schreiner

Asst. News Editor

On Aug. 20, the Freedom Area School District held a school board meeting. This meeting, although held to discuss a number of topics, was mainly pointed towards the problems with the stadium lights at the football field. The meeting opened up with President of the Boosters, Mr. Jim Regan, asking the school board what had happened with the lights and what they were planning to do about the damage. A cable powering the field lights had shorted out, and different options were presented to

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Welcome aboard, Ms. Smith Where? There? Room despair

FHS welcomes new science teacher Jacob Landis

Emalee Sekely

Though there have been many changes with regards to the rooms and classes in the high school this year, there was only one new teacher: Ms. Amanda Smith. Smith is certified in both math and science. This year, she is teaching both Chemistry and Algebra to underclassmen. Like many of the name changes that have occurred at Freedom this year due to marriage, Smith will soon become Mrs. Bovard after her wedding in October. Smith is new to the Freedom School district but not to western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Baldwin High School near Pittsburgh and is also a recent graduate of Geneva College— where many Freedom High School graduates have also attended. Similar to a large percentage of Freedom’s population, she too was involved in her high school marching band. Her passion for playing the flute led to her playing in college, as well. Also in western Pennsylvania, you may have noticed her at the local YMCA where she is a swim lesson instructor. You may catch her teaching the breaststroke, which is her favorite technique. The biggest thing that bothers her is other people talking while she is. Smith

New math and science teacher at FHS, Ms. Smith

believes that the key to life is, “Dream big, look for the best in others and always choose positive influences. If you look for these things and believe that you can do it, you will succeed in anything you want to do.”

First class course Ally Wolf

Art Director Lost and confused, the students walk the school. Where are they going? Why isn’t this classroom here anymore? What even is Myths, Legends, and Folklore? These are a few questions you might be asking yourself as well. Along with the recent addition of the Freshmen Academy and the movement of classrooms, Freedom High School has added many new courses for each grade to take. To get an idea of how to expand the selection of courses throughout the school, a survey was conducted last year asking students to select which courses they would like to be able to attend. Most of the classes that opened up were in the English department. A few classes made available are Sports Literature, Sci-Fi Literature, Literature to Film, Holocaust Literature and Satire. AP Psychology is now available to the senior class along with AP Chem, which has been brought back after not being available for two years. New technology classes have opened up to students, such as the Freedom Fortune 500, Web Design, and more. CCBC Western Civilization as well as Civics and

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Government are new options in regards to history classes. Ceramics and Painting, both semester courses, have also been created for the art department. With new classes there are new complications. For the Ceramics class, the kiln is still being installed to fire the art projects. Mrs. Haggerty wishes they were better prepared with supplies for these classes, but is excited to have the new class this year so far. Senior Sam Schweinsberg, who is currently taking Myths, Legends and Folklore, is happy about the new classes in the school as he feels it “adds variety” for everyone. The class has assignments like writing your own fable and researching Greek Mythology further in the year. Schweinsberg adds, “It’s still an English class so we go over grammar and idioms and stuff like that.” But the course primarily focuses on myths, legends and folkore—hence the title of the class. Students of Freedom are now able to have a diverse variety of different courses to pick and choose from, leading the school year off with a good start.

Comments? E-mail Ally at awolf@freedomarea.org

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It’s the first day of school and you’re walking down the hallway. You stop at your locker, catch up with all the people you haven’t seen in two months and then head to class. You arrive at your destination only to find that the room you are standing in front of is not your English class as you had expected. That would be due to Freedom’s new layout for the high school, and it’s pretty simple; don’t let it confuse you too much. At the end of last year, as most of you may recall, half of the teachers in the building were assigned new rooms for the 2013-2014 school year. The new layout was pretty logical to anyone who saw it; all of the departments were set to be grouped off in their own general areas, and the creation of the “Freshmen Academy” was going to be installed upstairs near the art room. This is where all of the core freshmen classes can be found. The upstairs wing that is perpendicular to that hallway is now strictly math and science classrooms, and the English and History Departments can be found downstairs in the hallway past Mr. Timothy Dadich’s office. Not everything worked out as planned, however. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the maintenance at Freedom actually needed a lot of extra space. Instead of the whole English department being in the downstairs hallway, Mrs. Heather Giammaria and Mr. Aaron Fitzpatrick moved their classrooms upstairs to make room for maintenance, which now have their two classrooms for storage. Giammaria is pleased with her new room, which is now on the corner of the school above the band room. “I do enjoy the extra room space for my theater classes. This will especially come in handy during all of the times that we lose the stage throughout the year. I’m definitely not looking forward to the snow that I have heard blows in the broken windows during the winter, though,” Giammaria said. There have been a lot of changes at Freedom during the past couple of years, and I definitely would not classify this as a bad one. The organization of the classrooms is much better now. This is only the start of another great school year at Freedom, let’s make the most of it (and not get too lost in the meantime).

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Scheduling pains

If you’re a junior, senior or have upperclassmen friends, you have probably heard about how some people didn’t get “perfect” schedules. Both the freshman and sophomore class schedules worked out in a way that there weren’t too many classes that overlapped. It’s pretty much like having those cookies in the can that you eat at Christmas with a reindeer in the middle. Cut, bake and it’s done. The schedules just need filled in with the two or three classes that the students pick. Juniors and seniors, however, are more of the made from scratch kind of cookies. They have more options, which could be compared to the ingredients. Unlike making cookies there is only one order: the single classes (band, Spanish 4, AP classes, etc.) and then everything else. A computer program takes singular classes and tries to work a schedule out for the largest amount of requests with the least amount of conflicts. This system does not go by grade, it simply schedules everyone at the same time. That means freshmen through seniors altogether. Because there are so many new classes in the English and Technology departments, it made scheduling a little bit rough with all the options.

If your schedule didn’t work out exactly how you wanted, it’s probably because there were two or more classes that overlapped in your schedule, not because underclassmen were scheduled first. Juniors, you still have another year to get those classes. Seniors, isn’t your final year of high school supposed to be fun? Don’t stress. You can probably take the classes you missed out on in college. If you were hoping for your absolute favorite teacher, though, you may be out of luck. You can still stop in and talk to them between classes because they will still be around. To sum it all up you’ll get over the problems with your schedule eventually. Maybe not in a month, or a year, but when you’re a 100 year-old person, you’ll either have forgotten, died or just won’t care. Make the best of a seemingly bad situation and meet new friends, learn something you wouldn’t have if your schedule did work and be happy. Being in high school should be fun— don’t fret over things that are out of your control.

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FHS Press — Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief: Gigi DeWeese editor@freedomarea.org Managing Editor: Jennifer Wallis managing@freedomarea.org Copy Editor: Emalee Sekely copy@freedomarea.org News Editor: Hope Ruckert Asst. News Editor: Courtney Schreiner news@freedomarea.org

Features Editor: Jon Bittner Asst. Features Editor: Brianna Frashure features@freedomarea.org

Sports Editor: Desiree Davis Asst. Sports Editor: Nick Schreiner sports@freedomarea.org

Business Manager: Louis Dubovi Asst. Business Managers: Dereck Majors and Jacob Landis business@freedomarea.org

Art Director: Ally Wolf art@freedomarea.org

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Web Editor: Kelsey Velemirovich web@freedomarea.org

Photo and Design Editor: Emily Hawk photo@freedomarea.org

Staff Writers: Lauren Dubovi Marley Hoko

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Social Media Director: Courtney Schreiner socialmedia@freedomarea.org

Editorial Policies: FHS Press is the official student newspaper serving students and staff at Freedom Area High School, in Freedom, Pennsylvania. The views presented herein are not representative of the school, faculty, or administration; they are solely the views of individual student writers. The staff editorial is written based on the majority opinion of the student editorial board. The newspaper accepts and strives to publish signed letters to the editor under 250 words, which can be sent to editor@freedomarea.org. To submit comments, questions, or press releases, or to purchase advertising in the paper, e-mail fhspress@freedomarea.org, or contact Mr. Fitzpatrick in Room 226.

Choosy children choose clubs

Not many students know about all of the clubs that are available in this school, and many students graduate without having ever joined one. The faculty has been working this year to allow pupils to be more involved in the school. On Sept. 17 a club fair took place during AAP to allow students to see every activity they can join in the school. All the sponsors of the clubs wrote brief descriptions about the club they are in charge of for students to see, including Ally Wolf any requirements for the club or any trips that the club will be going on. The list was Art Director handed out the day before the club fair, and students were able to sign up to visit the clubs of their choice. During AAP, the club classrooms were opened for everyone to visit and learn about. Sponsors of the clubs and the officers were there to talk about what their club does, so interested students could decide whether to join the activity or not. The club fair was successful, as it made students aware of what exactly was happening in the school, and increased student involvement. According to Mr. Frank Hernandez, there are certain clubs that only have two students in them currently. “Any time students are involved in activities outside the school, their engagement and connectivity to school increases,” Hernandez says. At the Sept. 6 Pep Assembly, Mr. Hernandez was happy to see the majority of the school down on the field with a team, but would still love to see an increase in the student’s involvement Comments? E-mail Ally at with after-school activities and awolf@freedomarea.org organizations.


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Dear Freshmen Welcome to the high school! Things at the high school are much different than what you’re used to and I want to make sure you’re prepared. I hope your first month at the high school went well, and that you’re able to enjoy your first year here. There are a few things you should know about being Brianna Frashure a freshman. The biggest thing you need to know is how to use Asst. Features Editor your time wisely. At first, AAP sounded like another boring class that was a waste of time. It isn’t. It has helped me in times when I had other activities to do after school. Don’t give the excuse that you will do it at home. Most of the time you will procrastinate because you’re too busy watching the latest episode of “Duck Dynasty” or “Teen Wolf.” It’s important to get all of your assignments done as soon as possible. Another thing is to listen to directions the first time they are given. Don’t be that student that fails a project for not following or reading the directions properly. Two internet sites you should view multiple times a week as a freshman are your school email and MMS. Make sure you are always checking them. If you have a smartphone, set up your alerts to go off every time you get an email from your school account. It makes your life a lot easier, and getting last minute messages from teachers is always a possibility. Having good attendance is also important. Most courses introduce new material every class period, so missing a day won’t be beneficial if the teacher gave a lecture that day. If you miss a class, go straight to the teacher to see what you missed. They won’t hunt you down if you missed something— it’s your responsibility. You are in high school now, and there is a lot more expected of you. Your grades as a freshman count just as much as any other grade. If you get bad grades now, you may regret it later, so don’t play the game of catch up. Also, never be shy to ask a teacher for help. They are there to help you; it’s their job. None of the freshman teachers are scary. In fact, most of them are very easy to talk to. Make sure you get to know your teachers to an extent that it won’t be uncomfortable later on when you need something important. They care if you pass; they want to see you trying your best. However, it isn’t their job to make you pass. You have to do the work and try your best. If you need help but are afraid to ask in class, you can go during AAP or after school and they will be more than happy to help because you are going out of your way to learn. Last but not least, have fun. There are so many clubs, sports and activities you can be involved in. Join a club and make some new friends. Work hard, but have a good time.

Comments? E-mail Brianna at bfrashure@freedomarea.org

September 27, 2013

Dear Sophomores Dear Juniors

Gigi DeWeese Editor-in-Chief

Congratulations on making it through your freshman year. There is quite a difference between middle and high school. Hopefully your first year at FHS was not too stressful or easy. It is important that you maintain a balance so that you can still be successful without cracking under the pressure. Though many do not put their school work first, you should. As long as you stay organized and focused, you will still have plenty of free

time for fun. It’s easy to say that the grade you are currently in is the most difficult, and I won’t try to convince you otherwise. Every year of school should push you a little bit harder in order to prepare you for whatever you choose to pursue after high school. If you haven’t heard of the term “senioritis” yet, it’s a made up disease seniors have as an excuse to not do work. Some people have an extremely bad case of this disease and get “sophomoritis.” If you’re already procrastinating, I would advise you stop, or it is going to be a long and miserable journey throughout high school. I don’t think I can stress it enough; even if you think you don’t want to go to college for a science degree, don’t avoid taking science classes or doing poorly in them. It’s best to leave your options as open as possible. I’ve changed my mind numerous times about what job I want to pursue after high school, so the best way to ensure you can still accomplish all of the goals you wish to is to do your best at everything you can. Now that you are adjusted to high school, it’s important that you think about getting involved. Many people always complain about how bored they are, but personally, I’ve never had a day in my high school career where I’ve been bored. Joining clubs and sports is the best ways to make sure you have an enjoyable high school experience. If you are to take anything away from this article, I want it to be the following three things: 1) Start thinking about what careers you’re interested in so you know how to tailor your schedule the next two years in order to prepare you for college or the work force. Even though you migh change your mind, if you find something you are passionate about now and look into that career, you’re off to a good start! 2) Make sure you start practicing good study habits for your junior year; not only are classes challenging, but the SAT’s and ACT’s require you to remember math skills taught in a variety of classes as well as punctuation and vocabulary obtained within your English classes. 3) Relax. By the end of this year you will be half way through your high school career. It’s important that you learn as much as you can, but having fun is just as important too. I wish you all the best as you continue your journey through high school!

Comments? E-mail Gigi at gdeweese@freedomarea.org

Jennifer Wallis Managing Editor

Now that you’re almost done with your required education, the time has come for you to kick up your feet, close your eyes and relax as the year rolls by without a hitch – that is if you do not mind taking all these classes again next year! Your junior year is anything but a breeze (unless there is a breeze through your hair as you hang your head out the window of the bus or car because you cannot stay awake after losing sleep from all your

homework). For some of you, getting good grades requires little effort, while others bend over backward to get an A. I have one piece of advice to say to all of you: try harder. Why? Your junior year is the most important year of high school. When applying to colleges, they focus on your most recent year and how you have improved. You might be thinking, “What if I can’t afford to go to college?” Now more than ever, there are resources to help pay for college. Everyone reading this should at least strongly consider going. Because there are over 200 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania alone, you should start visiting some now, especially those who give free food, so you can visit at least 10 in order to give you plenty of options for your final decision. Many colleges will let you apply for free when visiting campus, or even if you just subscribe to their emails, so apply to as many as you can. Even if you have no preference as to which you should attend, you can go to the one that gives you the best price for tuition. Most colleges require SAT or ACT scores to get accepted, which means you should schedule those tests soon. Most people score better a second time around and take their tests in the spring of junior year and fall of senior year. Aside from all the stressful decisions of when to test and where to go, you can still have a good time. Taking advantage of extracurricular activities can be a great way to not only impress colleges, but also to hang out with and make new friends. This is killing two birds with one stone! Expand your list of friends and acquaintances while having loads of fun. Don’t kill yourself over school: have a social life. Some may struggle with the balance of getting good grades, having a social life and getting enough sleep, but equilibrium is possible. With the right balance, this very well may be the best year of your life. Have a happy junior year!

Comments? E-mail Jennifer at jwallis@freedomarea.org

Sneak peak of this month’s online exclusives Jon Bittner reviews Wiz Khalifa’s summer concert at First Niagra Pavilion

Carly Park covers all of the different senior projects that take place this fall

Courtney Schreiner reviews Van’s Warped Tour Concert

What surprised me the most is that he had a full band with him. I really appreciated that, because I thought that the music for rap was all made on an overpriced Mac. Not only was there a full band, but at one point when Wiz was introducing his band they all had crazy awesome solos. My point to all of this is that if you like rap, and you’ve never been to a rap concert before, then you are missing out. If someone like me, who doesn’t like rap that much can enjoy it live then imagine how much more someone who actually likes rap would get out of it. All in all Wiz Khalifa entertained me, and that’s all that matters.

All of the students who are starting their projects this fall are putting a great deal of work into their senior projects. If you’re in the Class of 2014, you should be just as eager to get your project finished, but remember to get it done the right way. As an underclassman, I encourage the rest of you to get involved with the creative projects and to be supportive of the others putting hard work into theirs. Good luck to all of the seniors who will be working throughout the school year to complete amazing projects.

With summer comes an activity almost all of us enjoy: concerts. On July 17, Vans Warped Tour came to its Pittsburgh stop at the First Niagara Pavilion. Beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., Warped Tour is an entire day’s worth of music entertainment. With over 50 bands in the lineup throughout the day, there’s always something to do or someone to be watching. Stages are set up around the area, and people are free to roam from stage to stage to watch bands all day.


Dear Seniors Senior year is finally here. It’s weird to all of us, including me, but what does senior year mean? Thanks to Facebook and Twitter I know how feels. Desiree Davis everyone I am excited this is my final Sports Editor year just like everyone else, but just because I am aware this is my senior year and I realize what is going to happen after we graduate in nine months, I don’t post it all over social media. I’m almost sick of scrolling down my news feed and reading, “I can’t believe this is my senior year… I really have to make this count.” Okay, we all get it. I want to point out what senior year also consists of besides “making it count.” What do those three words even mean?

They have a different meaning to everyone, and I’m sure a lot of those people didn’t mean they will be doing scholarly work. I’m not sure I even take “making it count” in that way. I feel like just because we are still in high school, people believe it’s their last year to make mistakes and do crazy things. In reality, that ends when the age 18 comes around, which for some of us has already happened. In my opinion, “making it count” should mean that this year is our last one together in this very high school; we can all have fun, but college is right around the corner. Our grades and attitudes have to count. Speaking of fun, a lot of the seniors don’t know how to make it fun for everyone else. By that I mean some people are close-minded and judgmental. The seniors last year were all mature and ended up becoming closer with one another. Our class doesn’t consist of cliques, but of two different divisions: groups that talk to nobody but each other, and the rest of the class who will talk to anyone whenever. Bullying isn’t the word I’m looking for; it’s more like childish

It’s chill to have air conditioning We’ve all felt the heat during a test, or when a teacher asks us a question in front of the class. The thick suffocation that the heat causes Emily Hawk only makes it harder Photo and Design to think. How are the students supposed to get a great education when all they are thinking about is the temperature? Many are frustrated that we can get a donation to fix the stadium lights, but not one to put air conditioning in the high school. There are many different reasons why the school should install air conditioning; not only does the heat affect the students, but the teachers as well. By not having air conditioning, distractions are created. Those not in the school are fortunate enough to not have to experience them. How can anyone expect students to focus in class when we’re all dripping sweat onto our desks, smudging the ink on our papers and falling into the crack of our keyboards? Some students might be comfortable in a hot room, but to most it’s hard to stay focused. If you aren’t staying focused during a lesson then there is a chance you might not know what to expect when it comes to taking a test or quiz. In attempts to cool the room down, most of the teachers keep their windows open during class. This causes even more distractions. When the windows are opened, the likelihood of a bug flying in is even greater. The addition of air conditioning will spare people’s eyes as well. How,

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you ask? By lowering the temperature, students no longer will have the excuse to expose more skin than the handbook allows. Another bonus about having air conditioning is that the students would smell more pleasant. As of right now, the school is hot and gives no student the chance to cool down. The students who have gym class get hot and sweaty. They never get a chance to cool down because of the lack of air conditioning. Even though the students change for gym, it doesn’t help. Perfume and cologne tend to cause a terrible odor most of the time because it gets over sprayed. If it’s hot, these scents are designed to please the nose, instead become mixed with sweat and spreads across the room then nauseates all in the room. The school should really consider trying to get air conditioning. Though the heat is typically only prevalent for a few weeks of school, by purchasing more fans or portable air conditioning units, we could make sure that the students are able to have a more enjoyable learning experience. There are some ways to fundraise that the student body and faculty can do in order to raise enough to either install air conditioning, or if that is too absurd, to even buy more fans for classrooms. I believe that doing this would be a great start for the school.

Comments? E-mail Emily at ehawk@freedomarea.org

behavior. For example: During class, a student will say something that could potentially be awkward or weird. Another group of students will snicker or whisper under their breath leaving that student to feel intimidated or put down. This is not what senior year is about. Make the intimidated become comfortable; give attention to those who deserve it. None of us are better than the others, and I feel like that’s what most of every year of school has been about within my class. Certain groups of seniors are more “popular” than others, but what makes you popular? Is it the fact that you try to love and care for everybody that comes your way, or because you’re so rebellious that people know you for that? I suggest that everyone rethinks their placement in this school and realize that we are all equally important. No one should be judging or talking about anyone. I would like to say one more thing: senioritis is an actual sickness. I know that I am a culprit of this because while I sit in study hall, I daydream about what’s for

dinner or whisper to friends. I should be working harder as all of us should be, but it’s hard to. It’s our senior year, our last year before we are forced to be adults. We just don’t feel like doing school anymore, but this is an important year and we have to own up to it. Just like any sickness, you have the power to fight and work to overcome it. I remember every year in band, seniors would get first pick for everything. They would scream “senior” and rush to the front of the line or get dismissed first. All this time we’ve been waiting for our turn. Well seniors, it’s our turn. We can either shove it off and dislike each other on the way to graduation, or make it the best year we have ever had and do it together. I choose to make it the best and do it together.

Comments? E-mail Desiree at ddavis@freedomarea.org

All aboard the fall train As the summer heat turns to the icy chills of winter I start to wonder, “what should I do?” There are a ton of wonderful activities conquer Hope Ruckert to over the fall season, so News Editor buckle your seat belts— I am about to take you on a fall activity adventure. The first rule of fall is going on a hayride— it’s a must. Whether visiting Yeck’s farm with the amazing childhood movie and TV show paintings or just a tour around a farm, it’s a fun way to be close with your friends and sing cheesy songs that absolutely no one likes unless on a hay ride. The next activity to add to the to-do list is haunted houses. Halloween is all about getting a good scare, so why not treat yourself to being chased around a maze by a man with a chainsaw? There are always haunted houses open in the fall; they are not expensive and it’s pretty fun when you have a group of fellow cry-babies to go with you. Next on the map is bonfires. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love a nice bonfire. Where can you go wrong? Other than catching someone or yourself on fire, everything is great about this night time adventure. The combination of hoodies, warm fire, marshmallow roasting, friends, laughing and so much more makes a bonfire a definite winner. Another stop on the adventure train is going to a football game. Even

if you aren’t a big football fan, it’s nice to go the Friday night games and support your school team and band. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, it’s also a great way to hang out with your friends.The excitement and great food is a good way to spend your night. If you enjoy the football games, why not try all of our fall sports? We have golf, cross country, soccer and volleyball. Go out and be supportive. If you’re asking yourself, “can there possibly be more?” Yes— there is always more. Pumpkin carving is a super messy, but very much worth it activity. You can carve anything your heart desires. I would hope though that if you’re planning on putting it on your porch that you don’t get too crazy; however, it’s a great way to get creative! Once everything is carved you can also take the seeds, rinse them off, add a little salt, throw them into the oven and enjoy a delicious and nutritious snack. This is like killing two birds with one stone but less serious; they are just pumpkin seeds. Whether it’s going to a haunted hayride or simply raking up leaves and jumping in them, go crazy. The fall can be so much more than a last chance to go on a bike ride. Make this fall something to remember.

Comments? E-mail Hope at hruckert@freedomarea.org


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Percy Jackson: “Sea of Monsters” review Dave Trumbore/collider.com

Everyone knows the “sequel curse”— the original movie is better than its predecessor. This is not the only curse movies fall prey to, however. Sometimes, the sequel doesn’t need to even happen. This can occur due to a number of factors. One would be that the original didn’t make enough Dereck Majors movie money. Another is that the original didn’t need a Asst. Business Manager sequel.An example of this would be “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.” The original ruined the chance to make a sequel. The first movie, “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,” didn’t follow its source material and acted as if it was intended to be a solo film. Because the first movie made enough money (actually doubling the budget), the studio went ahead with the concept of a sequel by turning the next book of the series, “Sea of Monsters,” into a film. At the end of the movie, “The Lightning Thief,” Luke, actor Jake Abel, is the son of Hermes and poisons the tree of Thalia, daughter of Zeus. This important plot point led to “The Sea of Monsters” where Percy, played by Logan Lerman, and friends set out on a hunt to find the Golden Fleece, which will recover the tree. In the end of “The Lightning Thief,” this part was entirely left out, thus leading to “The Sea of Monsters” having a massive hole to fill in order to stay true to the book.Though the film left large shoes to fill, it somehow managed to pick up the pace by intertwining the ending of the first movie to the beginning of the second. This fixed a problem the movie had but could not make up for the

Cover of the Percy Jackson film mistakes that occurred later in the film. In the movie, Percy and his friends, Annabeth, Grover and Tyson (Percy’s half brother) go on a search throughout the Bermuda Triangle to find the Golden Fleece and Luke before he sets up his next evil plan. Clarisse, another camper at Camp Half-Blood, has already been granted a mission to do this herself, whereas Percy has not. As Grover is kidnapped by one of Luke’s men in the beginning, the others now have another thing to add to their

endless list of “things-to-accomplish-before-we-runout-of-our-budget.” After finding Luke on his yacht, the three are also captured by Luke and are held hostage. Once escaping, they find Grover in a lair, which surprisingly holds the Golden Fleece. After taking the fleece, Luke arrives and wants the fleece as well. Because Percy will not budge, Luke shoots Tyson with a crossbow, which was intended for Percy. Next, a raging fight breaks out. As Luke gets possession of the fleece and intends to bring Kronos— who was the main villain in the previous installment— back to life, Tyson comes “back from the dead”—let us not forget this was a PG rated movie— and throws Luke to the side. However, he is too late and Kronos rises and attacks Percy. Once the fight is over, Annabeth dies in Percy’s arms, but is later healed by the Golden Fleece. As the story comes to a close, Clarisse takes the fleece back to Camp Half-Blood and places it on Thalia’s tree. Later, Thalia is brought back to life which leads into the next part of the series. This movie, after reading the book, turned out to be a disappointment as it did not serve its purpose. The flaws this film had were the same the first had. If you haven’t already read the books, you may feel as if this movie was a fun adventure. But for fans of the book series, you will find nothing more than a better chance to say, “the book was better than the movie.”

Comments? E-mail Dereck at dmajors@freedomarea.org

A roaring review

Two pop queens compete for a spot on the top charts Michael/hulshofschmidt.wordpress.com

Pop queens Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have both returned after a two year hiatus from the success of their hit albums with a new pop single, which were released on the same day, and are now dueling for the top of the charts. Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Gaga’s “Applause” are dueling Grace Hutchison for the number one spot. The last music Lady Gaga released was her album Staff Writer “The Fame Monster.” After the fame of a new hit album fizzled out she seemed to do the same. She was not in the news or in the studio for quite some time. Katy Perry’s latest single was the exceptionally repetitive and disappointing “Wide Awake.” Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are two of my all-time favorite artists, and I expected highly of both of them. Were my expectations met, though? Not in the least. Lady Gaga is expected to release her new album “ARTPOP” on Nov. 11, with her first single release from the album titled “Applause.” I have always been a fan of Gaga, but I honestly have trouble listening to “Applause” without plugging my ears. Gaga proved she has a spectacular voice with her old album “The Fame,” especially with her slow love song “Brown Eyes,” which is much different than what she most recently tried to pass as music. Throughout the entirety of the song, Gaga is speaking (and on occasion, pointlessly yelling) in this monotone voice saying almost the same inaudible lines that each contain the word “applause” with

love this song, while many others do not. Though I love her generous charity work, I absolutely hate her new music and the “new” Gaga. Last but definitely not least is Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which is the first single released from her upcoming album “PRISM,” which is expected to be released about two weeks before Gaga’s on Oct. 22. Katy Perry has a similar sound with most of her songs: a catchy beat and hook line that features her almost flawless strong voice. “Roar” is no different, and out of all of her songs it reminds me the most of “Firework.” The song is not only fun and catchy but like “Firework,” it’s inspirational and makes you want to sing along. The song is about Katy bouncing back from a bad breakup and finding her independence again. The changing tempo and interesting lyrics kept me entertained throughout the entire song. Katy has made another hit, and I am sure it will stay on the top of the charts and replay on the radio for months to come. If “Roar” is just a taste of what is to come on her next album, Oct. 22 cannot come fast enough. Katy Perry’s song beat Lady Gaga’s because Katy’s song showcased her natural voice, rather than an auto-tuned one. If Lady Gaga keeps it up with this annoying music on her next album, she is going to hear me roar.

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry compete for top spot Skrillex-like music in the background. It sounds like someone playing a good techno song with terrible quality speakers. I have heard many say that they

Comments? E-mail Grace at ghutchison@freedomarea.org


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September 27, 2013

Homecoming Court 2013

Jesse Herzog and Lauren Dubovi

Jared Hogue and Lexi Hancock

Luke Hutchison and Samantha Ruckert

Trevor Mesing and Niki Vargo

One fish, two fish Big class, small class Freedom High School has witnessed several changes this school year including the introduction of many new classes. Because of these new options in the curriculum, there are many staff and students alike witnessing extreme variations in class sizes. One block, Kelsey Velemirovich you have a cozy group of four classmates and next you’re scurrying off to a Web Editor different class with almost 30 students enrolled. Most students can probably relate to this, and if not, consider yourself lucky. Some find it hard to just switch gears like that, but others enjoy the varying amounts of students. Of course, with every size class there are both benefits and drawbacks, not only for the students but for the teachers as well. Some of the new English elective classes, like Myths, Legends, and Folklore as well as Creative Writing, are seeing numbers nearing 30 students. Larger class sizes have certain benefits like the potential for large group discussions or multiple smaller group discussions and more diversity interpreted through the assignments and projects. Performing Arts Teacher, Mrs. Heather Giammaria, said she likes having larger theater classes. “I like to include a lot of students in my

theater shows, and with larger class sizes we have more options.” On the downside, teachers tend to see a lot more talking and distractions while some students may feel hidden behind the more vocal students in the class. In the end, it’s up to personal discretion. These varying class sizes aren’t just affecting the English department though. They’re affecting the Technology Department, Advanced Placement courses and many other classes as well. A few Tech classes such as Web Design and App Land are lucky to accumulate five students and the Advanced Placement Chemistry class is down to just three students. These more personal class sizes allow students and teachers to learn with a more one-onone experience. These strange class sizes have to do with the student’s interest in the classes—or lack thereof— as well as scheduling conflicts. With all the changes we experienced last year, I’m sure all of the students and staff here will adapt and make the best of their classes no matter what the size.

Comments? E-mail Kelsey at kvelemirovich@freedomarea.org

Tristan Cumberledge and Hunter Bonzo

Christian Edder and Courtney Cummins

Matt Feits and Nicole Cummins

Allen Moeller and Jennifer Wallis

Lane Ward and Ally Wolf

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Homecoming Queen and King, Hunter Bonzo and Luke Hutchison

Jon Bittner and Joanne Barlamas


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April 29, 2013

FOOTBALL:

Mentality and strength in each other Desiree Davis Sports Editor

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On the morning of Aug. 30, 38 high school boys woke up and dressed themselves in a Freedom jersey. The first game of the season was that night, and some of the seniors had high expectations for the upcoming season. The team played Mohawk for the season opener, an opponent in which the team was successful in beating two years ago. Although the boys put up a good fight, this game ended in the opposite direction. “We expected to beat [Mohawk], they just came out wanting it more. They didn’t have players to take plays off and they didn’t have mental mistakes,” Senior Jared Hogue said. “Taking plays off” is when a player goes out onto the field and doesn’t give their 100 % performance. According to some of the captains, the football team needs to work on this aspect. Another important part of winning games and making playoffs is not only the physicality of playing football, but mentality as well. Mental blocks seem to be another obstacle the athletes need to overcome to improve their game. Even though the team has lost some because of problems, they are not disheartened. “I had faith in the team and I still do. We have been working really hard, it’s just the mental errors that are killing us,” Junior Lucas Yeck said. “[The season] isn’t going as I planned, but that’s life. You just have to go with it and make changes as you go,” Sophomore Jake Pinkerton said. Some of the team is made up of first year members and also athletes who left for a year or two. Senior Andrew Ward and Junior Andrew Baker are two culprits of this. “[I came back] because as soon as you leave something and see it happening without you, that’s when you realize you made a mistake. Seeing some of your best friends work as hard as they can without you kills you. I missed it more than anything,” Ward said. Freshman Kody Komara, a newbie to the team,

The football team gathers before their game on Sept. 20. said he enjoys being on the football team because football is something he’s always loved since he was young, and he’s honored to be a part of it. “What makes me proud is how all the upperclassmen present themselves. It makes me proud to be on a team with such great friendship,” Komara said. Like Komara, Coach Tim Dubovi is also new to the team this season, and he has high expectations for the team. “We’ve had a lot of adversity. We’ve just had various injuries where we haven’t been able to practice with neither our offensive or defensive line. We haven’t been able to have the consistency of having our five linemen working together every day,” Dubovi said. According to Dubovi, the week of Sept. 9 was the best practice because everyone

worked hard and listened. There were no mental mistakes and they worked on what they were taught. Pinkerton also believes there are ways to improve and areas to work on. “Someone needs to step up and be an all around leader. We must communicate and do what we’re taught then we’ll be be back to playing Bulldog football,” Pinkerton said. Dubovi hopes that the hard work will carry over to the field and that everyone will see a number of improvements on Friday nights.

Comments? E-mail Desiree at ddavis@freedomarea.org

GOLF:

Strides, drives and crazy van rides Golf team stays strong throughout the season Courtney Schreiner Asst. News Editor

This season, 14 student athletes make up the golf team. Although this is less than last year, the team is still striving for success. With eight on the varsity and six on the junior varsity teams, there is a lot of room for talent. The team is very optimistic this season. “This year, we have a strong team and it looks like we’re on our way to playoffs, as long as we keep it up,” Senior Jessica Canonge said. “We shot a 204 in our match against New Brighton, which is really good.” On Sept. 12, Canonge participated in the girl’s MAC tournament, placing eighth out of 32 golfers. Out of the 10 matches played so far, the athletes won nine of them. “If you’re willing to try, it’s worth it in the end,” Senior Christian Edder said. There have already been a number of successes

achieved by the golf team this season. “I’ve been shooting my best so far [this season],” Sophomore Anthony Thompson said. His goal for the team is to “just continue winning.” Senior David Grove has a positive outlook on this year as well. “We’re doing pretty good thus far,” said Grove. “[The goal is] our team winning a section title.” Every athlete has a reason for sticking with their sport. “I like [golfing] because of the challenge,” Sophomore Stu Skogsholm said, whose personal goal is to qualify for WPIALs. According to Seniors Mark Zurick and Aaron McSorley, being on the golf team has also taught the players about character. “It’s taught me to be a lot more respectful,” Zurick said. McSorley feels that golf has made him a lot calmer because of the nature of the sport. On another note, Edder has faith in the JV team. “I hope they’re successful and keep the tradition of

winning from past years.” Being a captain, Edder appreciates that his team respects him as a leader, and gives him the chance to lead by example. With six seniors graduating this year, the golf team encourages more students to come out and give it a shot. “Definitely [try out] because it’s fun, you can golf for free and it’s easy,” Zurick said. The team will continue their season with a match against South Side on Oct. 1.

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VOLLEYBALL:

Serving up the season

Changes are upon the girls Marley Hoko Staff Writer

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The 2013-2014 high school girls volleyball season may have just begun, but they started preparing for this moment weeks before the season opener. The team of 21 players and two coaches began their tough and challenging camp the week before school started. Each day the volleyball team had to be up and ready to practice from 6 to 8 a.m. and then again that same evening from 7 to 9 p.m.. In the words of Sophomore Hannah Leonberg, “[Camp week] was a lot of work. We worked out all morning and then came back to do volleyball training that night.” In order to be prepared for the upcoming season, athletes had to condition, run miles, work on skills and just flat out practice. Both new and returning players are all working extremely well together as a team and unit. “For me personally, coming in as a new player was definitely a lot more work that I expected it to be, but the hard work was worth it,” Sophomore Haleigh Petersen said. With so much hard work and determination from both the players and coaches being shown each and every day, the team shouldn’t have any problems accomplishing their one simple goal: to win. So far, the athletes haven’t suffered from any serious injuries. Although each player has had her fair share of bumps and bruises, these small issues won’t stop the girls from what they want to accomplish individually and as a team. According to Assistant Coach Kathy Ames, even with these minor problems, the girls keep pushing through

The girl’s volleyball team won on Sept. 23 in their game against Quigley. because they want to have a successful season. Overall, Ames is thrilled with the team’s progression as a whole. She just had one piece of advice to give to the team: to simply just have “patience with themselves, and push a little harder.” According to Senior Courtney Cummins, there will always be challenges the team will face, and times when they might want to quit, but if they keep

pushing through with their heads held high, they will do just fine.

Comments? E-mail Marley at mhoko@freedomarea.org


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September 27, 2013

GIRLS SOCCER:

One step back, two steps forward Hard work and new assistant coach leads to improvement Grace Hutchison Staff Writer

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The Freedom High School girl’s soccer team has been working hard for months prior to this season. The athletes have been practicing and preparing themselves for what looks like a winning season. The team practices every day and all of the players have to be completely committed to giving their time and best effort to this demanding sport. On Sept. 4, the girls dominated South Side with a score of 7-0. Senior Joanne Barlamas and Freshman Alexa Schwab both scored two goals, as well as Junior Casey Spieler, Junior Tina Davis and Sophomore Marley Hoko scoring one goal. Junior Meghan Bohach has a certain team in mind that she can’t wait to play against: New Brighton. “It’s always a close game when we play them. Although we lost during our scrimmage against them, I believe that we can get the win if we keep our heads up and be positive.” With all of the hard work the team puts in at practice, they are looking forward to

winning plenty more games to come. This season, the girls were introduced to a new assistant coach: Jenn Cantella. She has helped bring together the team and coach them for a winning season according to Hoko. Cantella also played on the team when she was in high school at Freedom, so she can relate to some of the stress put on the girls from school and practice. Cantella’s fun personality helps to take pressure off of the stressful practice and she also makes sure to push them to do their best. Though they miss their former assistant coach, the team is extremely happy with their replacement, for Cantella has brought a positive change to the team. The team’s season is not over yet; they have much more hard work and practice to go. With their current determined attitude and the right support from the school, their season will continue to improve. Because the girls soccer team has three games a week, they are in need of more student support in the stands. Crowds cheering on the team and showing their support will boost team spirit

Junior Casey Spieler goes for the ball during an away game. and help the team do even better during games, according to Bohach. So far this season has brought many changes to the girls soccer team. The new changes have bettered the

team and possibly created a successful rest of the season.

Comments? E-mail Grace at ghutchison@freedomarea.org

BOYS SOCCER:

Striving for success New coach and player effort brings team to higher level of playing Michelle Keith Staff Writer

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The Freedom High School boys’ soccer team is on fire this year. Under the direction of their new coach, Craig Morgan, the Bulldogs are off to a great start for the 2013 season. In regards to how the team will do this year, “I feel like we’re going to #turnup,” Junior Lane Mankevich said. With an outstanding 8-4 win against Southside on Sept. 3, the team was excited to play Central Valley on Sept. 5. The Central Valley game started off with Senior Gage Kemerer scoring in the first 30 seconds. Both teams went into the game with previous wins and worked hard to defend their status. The offensively strong Central Valley team made for a tough game. Despite the opponents’ strength, Kemerer scored once again in the first half. Senior Matt Pavlick threw the ball back into the game toward Kemerer. Meanwhile, Kemerer bounced the ball off of his head into the net, scoring for Freedom. Pavlick, with pure determination, headed straight up the middle of the field for an impressive goal in the second half. Senior Tyler Shingleton and Junior Sam Sharpless showed great teamwork and helped Freedom’s defense remain strong throughout the entire game, which allowed for a shutout against Central Valley. “It felt like the world was lifted

Senior Gage Kemerer steals the ball from an opponent. off our shoulders; we went in as the underdogs and dominated the game with a 3-0 win,” said Mankevich. The Junior Varsity team is also doing fantastic this season with wins against Southside and Central Valley as well. Freshmen Jarret Boyd, Joey Pail and Junior Chris Droz all scored against Central Valley for a 3-2 victory.

Freshman Jordan Herzog is showing remarkable success blocking goals as a goalie. Herzog had a great save in the last eight seconds of the Junior Varsity game, helping to secure another win for the team. The team plays on Tuesday and Thursday each week and occasionally on Monday evenings. Watch DTV for

game locations and times. Why not head out to a game to support and encourage the Freedom boys’ soccer team so their winning streak isn’t broken?

Comments? E-mail Michelle at mkeith@freedomarea.org


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CROSS COUNTRY:

Run here, run there, run everywhere Cross country runners rely on each other to push harder Hope Ruckert

Cross country is a very physically demanding sport that involves running for lengthy periods of time. Freedom’s current cross country team consists of members from all grade levels. You can find these athletes either running around school property, or even out into various locations within the district. Extreme heat, rain and even snow doesn’t stop the members of this team from running. They are always outside working hard to be the best they can be. Last year the team lost a vast amount of seniors but there are quite a few new additions to the team this season: Freshmen Meghan Kiefer, Madeline Kiefer, Joey Pail, Jarret Boyd, Junior Zach Kugel and Senior Lane Ward. This sport requires dedication and determination. “We run every day and when we run we try to not focus on running as much. We just joke around with each other; it keeps you from thinking about running.”

Assistant athletic trainers Desiree Davis

Sports Editor

In the stands on a Friday night, people might look onto the football field wondering who those three or four girls are running around taking care of the team. They happen to be Athletic Trainer Vince Sinovic’s right hand girls. If Sinovic is busy with another task, the assistants are to the rescue. Just like every other sports team, these girls attend football practices to learn new things and work hard all summer. The trainers for the 2013 football season are Senior Lizzy VanDeCar and Juniors Tina Davis and Casey Prell. This is Davis’s second year as a trainer, and to say the least, she loves helping out and feels as if she is a part of the team. “I feel excited [to help the team] because I want to be in the health field and get more background of the human body. I came back this year because I love helping and learning a little more every year,” Davis said. The other two trainers are firstyear assistant trainers, and like Davis, VanDeCar decided to help the team because she will be attending college to obtain a degree in some aspect of the medical field. Prell just started her assistant athletic training on Sept. 13. “I decided to be an assistant trainer because it is something that has interested me and I might want to pursue. I’m really liking it because I like learning new things and helping people,” Prell said.

According to VanDeCar, the girls have learned how to wrap or tape an athlete’s injury, which is one of the most common needs for the athletes. During the summer practices, you could find the girls riding around on a golf cart with Sinovic. Most of the time they would ride the cart in order to carry ice for other injuries that may have not needed special attention. In VanDeCar’s opinion, the Friday night football games are the best part about being an assistant trainer. During a game, the girls always know exactly when the boys need water. According to VanDeCar, when the athletes need a drink, they simply scream for water. The girls are happy to take the boys some fluids because when performing such physical activity, water is in need. The football players are very thankful for the assistant trainers. Without them, who would be there to hydrate the boys after a tough play? “If it wasn’t for them, we would be dehydrated, and they inspire me to be better everyday,” Senior Jordan Gaus said. The assistant athletic trainers are a wonderful aspect to Friday Night Lights, and at the next game, try to watch what they do and how helpful those girls really are.

Comments? E-mail Desiree at ddavis@freedomarea.org

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News Editor

Junior Danny Conrad said. Patience is a big part in cross country because these athletes don’t run for just a few minutes at a time at practice. They are running many miles over a very long period of time. Running for an extended period of time takes perseverance. Quitting can’t be an option if success is in mind— the members of the team have to keep running until the finish line is crossed. According to Conrad, during practices the team relies on each other for motivation to keep going as well as moral support. Before every meet the athletes have a few unique traditions that they do to help “warm up” before their race. This includes the boys on the team getting together and warming up while standing in a circle. In order to have a team, there is a minimum of five members required. Because of the new members, the boys are now able to have a team. The girls are still short one runner to qualify. Cross country meets aren’t held at the high school, but you can go

Freshman Madeline Kiefer and Junior Kayleigh Roberts run during practice after school. and support your team either at Brush Creek Park, which is their home course, or go on the website under Bulldog Athletics and go to away meets to support and motivate our team. “We would love for everyone to

come out and support us; it would mean a lot. We know it’s hard since we aren’t at the school, but the support helps,” Junior Luke Kiefer said.

Comments? E-mail Hope at hruckert@freedomarea.org

Agonized athletes

Frustrated athletes have their fair share of injuries Louis Dubovi

Business Manager

Freedom’s fall sports teams are just getting started and the last thing any team wants is an injured player. Unfortunately, there have already been multiple injuries so far this season. Aside from minor injuries, there have been a number of athletes who have experienced more serious ones. Sophomore Erich Borgman received a serious concussion in early August, which may prevent him from playing football at all this season. Borgman received a concussion the previous year which kept him from playing at all, as well as causing him to miss a few weeks of school. This year, Borgman hopes to be able to play, but he isn’t sure whether he will be back or not because he only has limited details on his concussion. “The worst part is standing on the sidelines and watching the team,” Borgman said. He wishes the team good luck and hopes to be able to play before the end of the season. Senior Allen Moeller also got a concussion when he hit helmets with a fellow teammate at practice. Moeller had to miss both the New Brighton and the Beaver game. Like Borgman, Moeller dislikes the fact that he can’t play with the team. “It feels bad to watch your team out there while you are sitting on the bench,” Moeller said, “I hope everyone comes out and supports us this season.” When a player is out for a long

period of time, the team can no longer rely on them. Every player is important, so no matter what the sport, the team will be at a disadvantage. Concussions are an extremely dangerous injury and they can cause permanent brain damage. What used to be known as “getting your bell rung” can now prevent you from playing sports or even attending school for weeks. Concussions are very serious. Because they are a brain injury caused by impact to the head, the immediate effects can be dizziness, nausea, confusion, painful headaches and sometimes loss of consciousness. Concussions are unfortunately a common injury among nearly all sports and are sometimes hard to avoid. Even small injuries can cause issues for teams. Sophomore Stuart Skogsholm of the golf team dislocated his finger, causing him to miss a match. Skogsholm was injured while playing football with his friends. His injury occurred off the field, but definitely affected his ability to play. “I was pretty mad that I had to miss a match”, Skogsholm said. When Skogsholm finally could play again, he had to change his grip so he could hold his clubs. Luckily the injury hasn’t affected him too badly; he was only five strokes away from qualifying for WPIAL’s with a total score of 89— his best this year.

Comments? E-mail Louis at louisdubovi@freedomarea.org


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Athlete Biographies

September 27, 2013

Luke Kiefer

Christian Edder

Alex Kastroll

Elizabeth VanDeCar

Favorite memory of your sport: “Probably the Central Catholic invite last year. I ran my best time there and it was a fun race.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Using putters off of the tee.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Courtney Cummins tripping and falling at New Brighton last year.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Drawing and reading.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Drums, baseball and hockey.”

Favorite memory of your sport: “Definitely when we made play offs last year because it was a big accomplishment for us. We all worked extremely hard and were happy it paid off.”

Favorite season: “Fall. It’s warm and there aren’t too many bugs.”

Favorite season: “Winter because it’s hockey season.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “I enjoy fishing, that’s probably my favorite hobby along with lifting and spending time with friends.”

Future goals: “Go to college for animation or art.”

Future goals: “I am going to attend Robert Morris University for TV/Video Production.”

Favorite season: “I would have to say fall by far. I enjoy the weather and there’s lots of college and NFL football games to watch.” Future goals: “To attend college and play football while getting a degree in either law enforcement or business.”

Hobbies other than your sport: “Reading.” Favorite season: “Spring.” Future goals: “To become a physical therapist.”


September 2013