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Volume 95; Issue 2

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John and Brianca Go Above and Beyond

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Editor in Cheif Kasey Lettrich Editors Molly Cunningham Lydia Daily Raven Dupilka Cennedi Fry, Online Alex Hartley, Print Paige Lesko Nick Malizia Bianca Pate, Online Alexandria Potter Kenzie Shafron, Print Staff Members Molly Bobik Dianna Dinh Braelyn Henry Elisha McCoy Chad Polombo Maura Rodgers Miranda Saunders Maddie Stas Keshean Williams Matt Bobula Colvin Stallings Buisness Manager Adrianna Guarino Adivser Mrs. Stallings Adminstartion Mr.Mains Mr.Krehlik Mr.Ingel Printed by the Latrobe Bulletin

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The Executive Director of the Science and Technology congress, Mr. Richard Rossi, discussed how when a special group of people come together you can “defy gravity”. Two of Greater Latrobe’s most distinguished students, John Mylant and Brianca Pal were able to defy gravity through the National Leadership Academy congress. They attended a three day congress in Lowell, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Each attended the congress related to their specific field of sci-

ence and technology. John attended the Congress of Future Science and Technology leaders, whereas Brianca attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Brianca was chosen by the school district to attend this congress because of her high GPA and interest in the fields to be discussed, the medical field specifically. Each day a different speaker talked to the attendees, many of which were Nobel Prize winners and motivational speakers. They talked about their journeys and discoveries in life and in their respective fields. They also discussed their failures and successes to show students what they need to achieve their goals. They also cautioned to the struggles that occur on your way to your goals. Some of the specific speakers included Sylvester James Gates, Jr. PhD, Jack Andraka, Sean Stephenson, DCH, and John C. Mather, PhD. Brianca truly enjoyed her days, she said, “I think the best part was meeting new people. The congress included

students nationwide, and I had the privilege of meeting many from California, Michigan, and New York. We still keep in touch today, and it’s very cool to have relationships like that.” Brianca wishes to someday complete a 5-year Physician's Assistant program and get a job with a specialty in pediatrics. John seemed to have a similarly motivational experience, he said, “It was a really powerful experience to be able to be in the presence of so many motivated students with similar goals and interests.” John was able to hear from speakers discussing their accomplishments in their respective fields, and topics such as the movement of gravity, detection of cancers, and the relation of mathematical equations to nature. He wishes to someday gain a degree in a science related engineering field. The most important thing John learned during his days at the congress is “knowing what kind of energy and atmosphere can be created with a group of driven people.” Kasey Lettrich, Editor in Cheif

Breakfast of Champions This month starts the celebration of the Breakfast of Champions. Month after month, a morning breakfast is held in the Center for Student Creativity. Teachers from each department, such as Arts, Science, Mathematics, etc., choose one student for the year that they think went above and beyond the classroom and learning. For the math department, Mrs. Lint nominated junior Kevin Chen. “I had Kevin last year in my Academic Algebra II class, this year he’s in my AP Computer Programming class, and last year he was a very hard working student, he had high character and was very responsible.” said Mrs. Lint. Kevin also participates in Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Marching Bands, and is a part of the Stage Crew. This year Kevin is apart of the Link Crew and is the team captain for the BotsIQ team. For the phys. Ed. department, Mr. McCombie nominated senior Zeke Baumgartel. “Zeke brought in a kindness to my class, that wasn’t there before he joined.” said Mr. McCombie. He also describes Zeke as soft spoken, but also takes additional time out of his day to help other students during his study hall. “He is a perfect fit for this position by allowing growth in a positive environment without intimidating others.” For the science department, Mr. Richter nominated two students, who he thought were great leaders, juniors Joe Thompson and Addy Vavick. He described them as students who set great examples for the class and they bring a fun environment to the classroom, while also maintaining a good learning environment. Their willingness to participate in classroom discussions and attending tutoring sessions has

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inspired other students to do the same. For the social studies department, Mrs. Olecki-Leeper chose senior Marianna Shrack. She described Marianna as extremely motivated and has great integrity. Marianna has worked with Mrs. Olecki-Leeper for three years, having her for homeroom during her sophomore year, taking her Law I and Law II courses her junior year, and being a student aid during her senior year. They’ve both connected on a personal level and she says that Marianna’s actions show her caring and thoughtful nature. For the arts department, Mrs. Mack chose senior Madison Kornides. “For me, Maddy is an easy choice for the Art Department’s Breakfast of Champion recognition. She possesses many of the developmental assets that will help her to become a success in life.” said Mrs. Mack. She also described Madison as highly motivated with a strong work ethic in the classroom and outside. Mrs. Mack says that the things that make Madison stand out are her wonderful attitude and personality that help her to achieve in her art classes and other academic courses. Joe Thompson commented on his achievement. “Being Mr. Richter’s champion was a great experience, it makes me feel good to think that he chose me as one of his best students for the year.” Being apart of the Breakfast of Champions is an outstanding achievement for students, because it shows their dedication to school and their teachers and it is a good way to showcase their achievements and great way to start the school year. Nick Malizia, Staff Writer

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New LES Building Project

Molly Bobik, Staff Writer

The legacy of the longest standing school in the Greater Latrobe School District is coming to as the construction of an updated Latrobe Elementary School moves forward. Construction began last spring when the ground was broken at the site of the new school. The school will be located on the Old Athletic Field, in Latrobe, across the street from the old administration building. The one hundred year old school was built as a four story building. This setup made it more time consuming when switching classrooms. “The students of LES spend more time traveling and less time in the classroom,” said Mike Porembka, Director of Teaching and Learning at Greater Latrobe.The updated elementary school will only be two stories and have two wings of classrooms. To provide the students with a better learning environment, the school’s wings will be built on an east west axis . This allows for natural light to enter the rooms, which has been found to benefit the students while learning. In addition, the new school’s amenities will better fit the 21st century. “The new Latrobe Elementary will be a state-of-the art facility,” said Kurt Thomas, Director of Facilities, Operation, and Planning. “LES will deliver flexible, adaptive, and sustainable learning environments that will build an excitement for learning.” The school will provide a sensory room for kids with disabilities. Encore Learning Spaces, that will include labs for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and art classes, will be supplied. The library will be furnished with a full media center, and a scaled down version of the high school’s Center for Student Creativity will be incorporated. Furthermore the school will include flexible seating throughout the building. When the board was debating on whether to renovate the old LES or build a completely new school, they had to consider the cost. In order to fix up the school and meet the students needs, it was determined to cost around $23 million. An entirely new school was estimated to cost around $29 million. The board decided that it would be a wiser decision to start from the ground up in order to provide the students with the same opportunities that those at Mountain View and Baggaley have. “It was a

Depicted is a virtual representation of what LES will look like once construction is completed.

decision that the board made in the best interest of the students,” said Judy Swigart, Superintendent of Greater Latrobe. “The board approved a minimum building construction cost of $26,985,000 and a maximum project cost of $35,000,000,” said Dan Watson the business administrator for the district. The construction cost of the school was projected to be in between, at around $29 million. The building is being funded through issuance of bonds. If all goes as planned, the period in which these bonds will be paid back is about 12 years, and the payments will made through the use of state and local funding. With this funding in place, the surrounding community will not see an increase in their taxes, which generally is seen to happen when projects like this take place. Over the summer, Nello Construction has worked to lay the base of the school: lay masonry, set steel, pour concrete, and create the structural frame. “Currently the building structure and concrete floors are about 80 percent and will be complete in the next few weeks,” said Thomas. The building is nearly to the mid-way point. “The building is on time and under budget,” said Porembka. “Those are the two best things.” Currently the construction crew is working towards “temporary enclosure” in preparation for the winter months. This stage will ensure that the inside stays dry and the temperature is controlled to allow for work to be done on the interior. The entire project is expected to wrap around August 3, 2018. Just in time for the following school year. Many are excited that this long awaited project is in motion. “I feel it’s great.” said sophomore Tommy Donegan, former student of LES. “Kids don’t have to go to the old run down school.” Along with this joy, some feel melancholy. “A lot of people went to elementary school there,” said Porembka, “ and they’re sad to see it go.” Emma Gert, another tenth grader from LES, is among some of them and said, “I feel sad because that building represents my childhood.” What is to be done with the old school is still to be determined. It will be decided on by the board once the 2017-18 school years comes to an end.

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Emily Fenton Shares First Hand Account on Vegas Shooting Lee Brice performed in the Las Vegas Country Music Festival Saturday night. Emily Fenton was a part of this crowd while enjoying the show.

The crew members of Sirius XM smile big as they arrived to Las Vegas to report on the Country Music festival. In the middle, above the man in the black t-shirt, stands Emily Fenton, Mr. Fentons daughter. Maddie Stas, Staff Writer

October 1 2017: a day that will be remembered as one of the saddest in American history. Early this day, a disturbed man smuggled 17 guns into a hotel room. 10 of these were considered to be legally in possession. He then proceeded to interrupt a Jason Aldean concert in the Las Vegas strip district with a semi-automatic weapon. The concert was a part of a weekend music festival featuring some of the biggest names in country music. This is where he went on a rampage, killing 59 people and leaving over 100 injured. He has no criminal record, and his brother seems honestly shocked at the whole situation. Some say that an American shooting other Americans isn’t preventable. Others disagree. Whatever the reasoning may be, this shooting has left families broken and police officers killed. But these things never seem as real unless they hit close to home, and this tragedy has. An English teacher in the Junior High, Mr. Fenton, heard this heartbreaking news along with the gut wrenching fact that his daughter was working in Las Vegas that same exact day. Emily Fenton, daughter of Mr. Fenton, works for SiriusXM radio and helps out with two different channels: The Highway & The Garth Channel. She does a lot of behind the scenes work for both channels and was in Las Vegas covering the festival with exclusive live performances and interviews over the three days. Emily helped out with artist interview prep, social media and did a lot of editing to help replay partial sets and interviews. During the beginning of the festival, Emily explained, “The first two nights I was out in the crowd watching the headliners, Eric Church and Sam Hunt, but I did not have the urge to go out on Sunday night because I had work I needed to get done for Monday since we'd be traveling most of the day” On the day of the shooting, Emily had said “I just wrapped up our 3-day broadcast of the Route 91 Harvest Festival with an interview with

Jason Aldean around 8:30 p.m. PST.” Thankfully, Emily was not outside when the gunshots started. “I was working backstage in our trailer that we had for the 3 days - it had wi-fi and a nice space to work on my computer. There were three audio engineers who were cleaning up some of their equipment in the trailer while I finished up my work. At first, we all kind of looked at each other and were all like ‘What was that?’ We thought it was fireworks or part of Jason Aldean's set because it stopped... but then we heard it again and one of the engineers said, ‘I think that's gunshots’ We then took cover on the floor in the trailer. It went on for about 20 seconds and stopped again. Ben, one of the engineers, looked out the window of the trailer and saw people running and security was telling everybody to evacuate the site and run…” said Emily. Once the shooting had begun, Emily and part of her crew were forced to evacuate. “The four of us ran out of the trailer and hopped a 10 foot fence. Our trailer was near the Artist Catering area and luckily someone had stacked up plastic storage containers, that weren't very sturdy, but we were able to climb on those and then get over the fence. A stranger was on the other side of the fence when I was ready to jump down and he caught me thankfully. Then the four of us ran towards the airport which down the road away from the strip,” explained Emily. Since Las Vegas is in a different time zone, this all began in the early hours in Pennsylvania. Mr. Fenton was informed about the shooter through text messaging. “We got a text Monday morning (3 a.m.) that there was an activeshooter but she was ok. She then called her mom at 7:20 a.m.. While fleeing in the scene, multiple things were going through Emily’s mind. “My adrenaline definitely kicked in when we took off running from the trailer - it was mostly a blur -people

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screaming and running - I couldn't believe what was happening. I honestly thought that there was a gunman on the loose in the venue - that's how loud the gunshots were,” said Emily After they fled the scene, one of the crew members, James, had a friend that lived about 25 minutes out of the city where they ended up crashing there for the night. They didn’t sleep and had CNN on the whole night and were shocked when they saw the number of deaths and injuries. “Everyone knew it was bad when we were on the site but we didn't realize how bad…” said Emily. Most times, after someone experiences an intense event such as this one, they experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Emily knows she will never be able to forget this day for the rest of her life, and also knows she could have easily been one of the victims in the crowd. “To this day I still think about that night and I know it's a night I'll never be able to forget. I can't imagine how the family and friends of the victims are feeling, it's such a senseless tragedy that's really hard for me to believe happened... There are still about 35 people in the hospital (as of 10/23/17) as well and about half of them are in critical condition and their lives will be changes forever,” said Emily “I love country music and going to concerts and festivals and so do a lot of people - you go to forget about your worries and enjoy the music and the moment...I flew home to spend time with my family before heading back to work, it was wonderful seeing everyone and being able to hug them in person and feel the love. I could have easily been out in the crowd on Sunday night just like I was on Friday and Saturday night... I'm very lucky and unfortunately there were so many people that weren't,” said Emily.

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On September 28, freshman, sophmores, juniors, and seniors, particiapted in an online career pathway activity through periods 1, 2 and 3. Molly Bobik, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, October 11, the freshman also got

the opportunity to visit a college campus for a day. The visits correlated with the students’ career pathways, provided them with an insight on college life, and informed them of the importance of high school. Approximately 324 students left from the school around 8:30 and spent the entire day touring campuses. Eight busses departed from the school to eight different colleges and universities including: Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Seton Hill, Westmoreland County Community College, Robert Morris University, Chatham University, California University, and Washington and Jefferson College. In the second year the freshman class grew in number and so did the program. The prior year only six colleges were involved, but two additional ones were added to accommodate for the larger group. “Our goal is to give freshmen an opportunity to see what it's like to study and live on a college campus,” said Mrs. Kuhn, the ninth grade counselor. “Additionally to see the career pathway at the postsecondary level.” The tours provided the students with the chance to think about the type of college setting they would feel most comfortable in. They considered whether the college visited was a match. Autumn Wright, who attended Washington and Jefferson, said, “I would consider attending this college, because I like small colleges and I really like their campus.” Each school connected with a different career pathway. Prior to attending the campus tours, students took a survey in their history classes. It helped to place them in the pathway and school best suited for them. The students could have been placed in one of five pathways: human services, business, health and science, engineering, and art and communication. Multiple lectures from real college professors and admissions counselors took place during the visits. During these presentations, the students got the opportunity to be in a college classroom setting. The professors spoke mainly about how they go about teaching their class and even provided the students with some information that connected to their chosen pathway. Most importantly, the students learned the necessity of their success at the high school level. “Our average GPA is 3.4 and average SAT is 1100,” said Heather Kabala,an admissions counselor at UPG. “About 70 percent of our incoming students have taken some AP, dual enrollment, or honors classes in high school.” Good high school academics will not only improve a student's chances of being accepted into a school, but they can also qualify them for many scholarships. Through scholarships the high price of tuition can greatly decrease and give students more options when deciding on a school. Most all the students walked away with something positive to say about their visit. For Autumn Wright it was just the entire day. “My favorite part would definitely be the tour,” said Wright. “I loved walking around the college campus and getting to see all the different buildings around it.” GLSD provides so many great services for their students. “I am not aware of any of the local school districts who provide this service,” said Mrs. Kuhn. As the GLSD mission statement says, “The Greater Latrobe School District shall prepare students to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens.”

As a freshman, you are selecting a career pathway. What do you need to think about when making your decision? How did you choose? Where do you see yourself in fifteen years? “I need to think about what subjects I do well in and enjoy. I choose by choosing careers I enjoy doing or it will have to do with what I like. I see myself being a veterinarian in 15 years because I like animals.” -Natalie Rodgers, Freshman “You need to consider having a career that you will enjoy but still be able to support a family. I chose a career that connects subjects I enjoy in school. I see myself with a family and a job as a physician’s assistant.” -Alexi McNeil, Freshman “I think it’s cool, I’ve known for a while though that I would be an aerospace engineer. I just have always been interested in it. I see myself working for SpaceX on the newest rockets.” -Keegan Shannon, Freshman

As a sophomore, you have selected a career pathway, you have visited a local

university, and you have scheduled your classes accordingly. Explain how this program is helping you reach your future goals. “I think about what I like to do when I think about my future career, I enjoy cosmetology and beauty, thats what im studing at EWCTC and in fifteen years i see myself being a cosmetologist.” -Emilee Henderson, Junior “I’d think about what i'd enjoy doing for a lifetime. I’d also look at the salaries and upcoming job openings or how long schooling would take. Id choose a career i would exceed in but also make a decent living off of. In fifteen years I hope to be an aquatic vet and live somewhere coastal with a lot of dogs. I aspire to make change in my small part of the world.” -Abbie Flowers, Junior “In the next five years I see myself playing college football. In the next 10 years I hope to be working in the field with chiroparactor. Next year I hope to be committing to a university for football.” -Trent Holler, Junior

As a Junior, you are selecting a career pathway. What do you need to think

about when making your decision? How do you choose? Where do you see yourself in fifteen years? “This program is helping me reach my goals because it it telling me if a job or career I am interested in is highly wanted. Also it shows the average pay and growth rate, which shows if you could do this your whole life.” -Aidan Mills, Sophomore “It’s showing me where I stand as an individual compared to other occupations. I am able to know what my job’s stability is predicted to be in the future, which I otherwise wouldn’t have taken into consideration.” -Ethan Baughman, Sophomore “This lets me understand myself and my goals and how to truly succeed by my standards and not by society’s definition. This helps me apply myself for my current schooling and future life.” -Zachary Buerger, Sophomore

As a senior, you are ready to taste the Real World. Describe your aspirations for

the career of your choice. What have you done to make your dreams a reality? How do you plan to take advantage of job shadows and/or mentorships? “I go to EWCTC in the morning at highschool and I plan to do co-op through tech at an IT place to strengthen my career knowledge.” -Josh Secrist, Senior

“I’ve met with Mr. Princeton to set up job shadow with a detective from Westmoreland County. I’m doing it to get a taste of criminal justice careers.” -Luke Sobien, Senior “My biggest aspiration is to go to a four-year college and study Forensic Psychology. I will continue to work hard in high school. I hope to go out into the real world and learn what it is like to work in the world of Pennsylvania.” -Aimee Siecinski, Senior

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Layne Lazor Takes on Americna Idol

Flexible Seating in the Classroom

Kasey Lettrich, Editor in Cheif

The hit series, American Idol, has been revived after two years. The winner of this singing competition wins a recording contract and broadcast exposure that a performer can’t receive anywhere else. American Idol hosted auditions in Pittsburgh’s Bakery Square, on September 3, 2017. Layne Lazor, best known for her amazing voice and her role in last year’s musical, The Titanic, attended these auditions. She met some strong competition, amazing singers, and had a great experience. She heard about these auditions from her dad, and after some contemplation, decided to take the chance. Layne is not one to miss out on an opportunity. She said, “You shouldn’t live with what ifs.” With the long day ahead of her, Layne was herself in gray ripped jeans, Vans, and a leather jacket. Layne describes her experience with a smile by saying, “It was some kinda day.” Her kind of day began at 6 a.m., and she arrived in Bakery Square at 8:15 a.m., with no time to spare. She stood in line, with hundreds of other contestants, until 11 a.m. After three hours, she was finally called to audition, which took about an hour. Although Layne has a great deal of experience, she prepared very little for this audition. She says, “I procrastinated until the day before, and decided what to sing two minutes before I auditioned.” Layne decided to sing “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 and “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. Layne has a passion for Winehouse, she is, “her queen and her inspiration.” The audition process consisted of four tents, with a different judge in each tent; the final tent being the “money tent”. Layne made it to the third tent before she was denied. The harshest judge told Layne that she had a beautiful voice, but just did not have the American Idol look of previous winners, like Kelly

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Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Layne was nervous for the day, and didn’t expect anything from it, but really enjoyed her experience. Layne’s not sure if auditioning again will be in her future, she says, “Maybe, I’ll see where life takes me.” Days after the audition, Layne received an email from American Idol telling her she had a second chance. This time, she didn’t have to go through the intense audition process, she simply had to send in a singing video. This was some of the most exciting news Layne has had in a long time because she hopes to obtain a career in singing. Her current future plan is to perform on Broadway, and one day star in movies alongside actors like Natalie Portman and Emma Stone. Surely, this is not the end of Layne’s journey. She has a strong future ahead of her with many musical opportunities.

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lexible eating is what you might hear of taking hold of the school and schools across the nation. The idea is to replace a traditional classroom seating chart and to allow students to sit where they choose according to Edutopia.org. Teachers are expanding upon this idea and providing different lighting options,food and drinks, and even couches. This concept has especially taken hold at Latrobe with six teachers already on board and bringing flexible seating to their rooms. “It's not just about comfy couches in the classroom the concept includes creating lessons that incorporate collaboration and teamwork,” Mrs. Leeper added. Teachers implementing flexible seating in their classrooms have faced challenges with students and teachers. “The first challenge was deciding what type of seating to choose and how to obtain it for my classroom,” Miss. Fedor commented on challenges of making the switch. Price was an issue for some teachers but Mrs. Leeper found a cost effective solution. “I monitored Craigslist for months until I found the pieces I wanted to purchase, travel to Ikea, and negotiated some donated.” According to Edutopia.org, there are some “immediate benefits from flexible seating. They include burning more calories, using up excess energy, improving metabolism, increased motivation and engagement, creating a better oxygen flow to the brain, and improving core strength and overall posture.” Students at Greater Latrobe have really taken a liking to the new seating arrangements and have found it very helpful when trying to learn in a classroom. Senior, Riely Grabiak, had nothing but positive things to say about Mrs. Leeper’s room. “It's so much more comfortable than it was before and I find it easier to learn and concentrate when I'm comfortable.” As this trend takes off, more teachers are working hard and aspiring to jump on board. Teachers around the school that haven't already made the switch are doing research and bringing small pieces in their rooms to try and initiate the change. Changing your room completely requires some inspiration to pull from and Mrs. Leeper gave us her source she used. “I was really inspired by Ms. Delzer’s presentation, especially a comment she made about why do people go to Starbucks to work? And what’s life outside like? Full of choices, where adults are responsible for their own learning.” Adrianna Guarino, Staff Writer

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New or Old It: Which is Scarier?

Rylee Jackson, a senior, painted an impressive comparison between the 1990s and 2000 version of Pennywise. Notable differences include his hair, makeup, eyes, and smile. The old Pennywise (on the left) looks inviting with his big red hair and matching red nose, cheery eyes, and the curl of his smile. The new pennywise (on the right) appears more tortured, based on the intense green of his eye, curl of the lip, and off-color orange hair.

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Just when it was okay to go back to the circus, IT enters the box office to give a whole new generation coulrophobia. IT is a 1986 novel by Stephen King about a demonized clown that terrorizes the town of Derry, Maine during the summer of 1988. The story begins when the innocent Georgie is playing in the rain until his paper boat falls into a grate. This is where Pennywise the “dancing clown” is introduced. The character makeup and picture quality makes you feel like Pennywise is staring back at you. Georgie then goes missing, and his brother becomes obsessed on finding out what happened. He eventually gets his seven friends to become part of this mission. They become even more involved when Pennywise personally visits each one of them. The nerdy kid in the bunch, Ben discovers that Derry has a long history of children going missing every 27 years. The 2017 version is much darker than the 1990 original. This can be credited to the fact that 1990 version involved a group of kids from the 60s, and this version involves a group of kids from the 80s. Kids from the 60s are typically labeled as good kids. The 80s era of children are labeled as rebellious. The first major difference involves Bev, the only girl in the friend group. She lives alone with her physically abusive father. Both movies highlight this, but the new version shows it much worse. She shows a strength against her father, that was not shown in the other adaptation. Secondly, Ben, the chubby nerdy, kid of the bunch, gets cornered by the group of town bullies. Both movies show Henry Powers, the main bully, pull out a knife on him. But, the 2017 version actually reveals Henry carving out the letter H into Ben’s stomach. The new version is much more gruesome and intense during this particular scene. Also, Pennywise the dancing clown went through a complete transformation in the making of this film. Tim Curry played Pennywise in the old movie. This version was scary in its simplicity. The new Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgard, is scary because of its absurdity. The crookedness of his teeth and the blood tears rushing down his face are mesmerizing. The way he tilts his head with that signature smile, will send chills down your back. In my opinion, the new Pennywise is a lot scarier. There are major music differences between the two films as well. The old version specifically use music so it is easy to predict when something will jump out on the screen. It is meant to make the moment suspenseful, but it comes off as cheesy. Both movies share the same theme song. The lack of music in the new movie is what makes it even scarier. The placement of music choices put the new movie a step above the old one. Stephen King’s It will give horror movie fanatics something to go back to the movies for. Just in the time for Halloween, anyone who buys a ticket for this piece of scary movie mastery will not be disappointed.

What will you be this Halloween? “This Halloween I plan on being a Ninja Turtle because they are my favorite. I will most likely be Michelangelo because he is the funny one and wears an orange mask.” -Maura Casey, Junior “My best friend is going as a mermaid, so I’m going as a sailor.” -Tyler Simonovitch, Sophomore “I will be Dorthy because my friend and I are doing a Wizard of Oz group costume. My costume will be cute.” -Katie Dunlap, Junior “My costume will be funny. For the Key Club Parade, I have to dress in a Julius Caesar costume.” -Joey Testa, Junior “I will be a clown for Halloween this year. My costume will be scary.” -Zoe Kubitz, Sophomore Molly Bobik, Staff Writer

Red Balloon Take Over

“You’ll float too” is a common theme in the film. This refers to the red balloon pennywise always has clutched in his hand when he preys on his victims. This has begun a phenomenon of placing red balloons in random places as a prank. Kasey Lettrich was the victim of this cruel prank. “I came home from the movie, and went straight into my room. It was pitch black, and the only thing I saw was a red balloon floating in the corner. I was scared out of my mind!” Kasey’s mom placed the red balloon in her room to giver her a good scare. Gianna Ferry and Lauren Willner saw these creepy red balloons multiple times. “When I got home from the football Lauren Willner came out of Dino’s after game, there was a red balloon tied to my the first home football game, to discover mailbox. Then for multiple days people a red balloon tied to her jeep. She didn’t put red balloons on Lauren’s car, and in discover who was behind the prank until the front of my house. I was extremely a week later creeped out since I didn’t initially know who was behind this prank,” explained Gianna. Maddie Stas, Staff Writer

Graveyard Cupcakes with Molly Bobik 3. Bake for 18-20 minutes (or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean). Allow to cool. 4. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. Refrigerate until set. Directions: 5.Then fold in the cool whip. 6. Cut out a small piece of the center of each cupcake 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degreese and fill cupcake tins and fill it with a spoonful of the pudding mixture. with liners. 7. Place the piece of the cupcake you removed on top 2. Prepare cake mix according of the pudding. to directions and fill cupcake 8.Frost the cupcakes and roll them in Oreo tins with the batter. Ingredients: 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 can chocolate frosting 1 cup crushed Oreos Gummy Worms Candy bones and tombstones 1 chocolate pudding mix 1 ½ cups milk 1 cup Cool Whip

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The Horseman Rides at Midnight By Naveed Mitchell

Sean Patrick sat in the front of the carriage as he rode through the dark, foggy Irish countryside. He was but a young boy doing his best to care for his ailing mother. The carriage was empty other than a few wooden boxes and barrels of food he couldn’t sell in town. He attempted to see through the thick fog, groaning at the thought that he still had a few hours before he was home. Sean Patrick thought about his life at the moment. A sound suddenly pulled him from his thought. He heard heavy galloping that echoed. He stopped the carriage and looked around, when he looked behind him, he saw a dark figure on a horse galloping towards him. Sean Patrick gasped and galloped away, the carriage rocking and bouncing as he sped away as fast as he could into the forest. Soon after entering, the carriage fell on its side and hit a tree. Sean Patrick attempted to get up, he yelled in pain. He looked down and saw that his leg had broken and the bone stuck out. He tried to crawl away. He looked up and saw his horse trying to crawl to get up. He looked and saw a headless figure on a horse coming, it whipped a spine at the horse and it sped off. Sean Patrick continued his crawl away. Heard heard the galloping end and faced that direction and saw the figure pull a head from its saddle, the face of the head had the most horrifying grin on the face. He gasped and continued crawling. He kept trying to get away from it, he cried silently as he made his way out. He stopped to rest and tried to see where the creature was. It was above him. He let out a raspy cry of terror as the head wheezed out his name, “Sean Patrick.” And then, his life ended.

2014 Cross-Dressing Ethan Apple has a talent creating elaborate and detailed Halloween Costumes. He shows his process of creating the wig, jacket, and skull of his biker costume.

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Greater Latrobe Marching Band Halftime Show Molly Bobilk, Staff writer

The Greater Latrobe Marching Band is full of soul, and it’s not just their music. The marching band, lead by director Mr.Sheridan, is performing a soul-filled halftime show. It is a very big shift from their show last year.“Last year was a more serious show,” said Mr.Sheridan, “This was definitely more fun and upbeat.” Some of the songs being performed are “Signed Sealed and Delivered”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Rescue Me”, “Respect”, “I’ll be There”, and “Soul Man.” The performance is put together by 113 students, broken into three diversely talented groups: the woodwinds and brass, the color guard, and the drumline. The woodwind and brass sections are comprised 5 smaller cohorts: the flutes, clarinets, trumpets, saxophones, and low brass. Each division has a captain. This years captains for the woodwinds and brass are Elizabeth Meier, Sarah Sass, Michael Lopata, Brianca Pal, and Richard Cane. The captains are also assisted by director Mr.Sheridan and assistant director Mr.Jordan. The color guard, a very important aspect of the marching band, is lead by captains Olivia Douglas and Grace Rosenbaum. They paint a picture of each piece of music for the audience. “We add the visual with the dancing,” said Miss Richards, color guard director. “We are the color.” They add the color through the use of dance, silks, or rifle routines. The Greater Latrobe Marching Band performed their halftime show at the Yough In addition, the drumline, supervised High School band festival on Saturday, September 23. 13 different bands perMr.Rick Auman, provides the beat for the music. They are like the back bone of the band. formed alongside them that evening. This section includes bass drums, snare drums, “Seeing our four grade levels grow together This Spring the band will be traveling to New tenor drums, cymbals, and many other percusnot only as a group but as a family. I love that,” Orleans where they will embrace the roots of sion instruments. Josh Clevenger is the captain said Marianna Schrack, president of the band. their music and show off their hard work. It will of this section. Marianna is assisted by her VP Stephanie Scalbe a five day trip and include performances by Drum majors, Jazmin Farabaugh and Kayla amogna. the band and tours of the city for the students to Holsopple, receive the honor of standing at the Even throughout the school year, the marching enjoy. head of the entire marching band as they lead band works to perfect their every step and note. Some places included in the trip are the them through their show. “I’m always super focused on trying to imMardi Gras World Performance Museum, a live Each group began rehearsing for this years prove each time we perform,” said Schrack. jazz cruise, a plantation swamp and bayou tour, shows before last school year even came to a Their improvement can be seen each week at close. Throughout the summer, the different plusmuch much more. the football games and in every performances. sections met separately, for multiple hours, to “No matter what happens, I’m always proud of learn their part in the performance. everyone because we all work so hard to do our On August 7, the entire marching band came best,” Shrack said. together for two weeks to pull all their parts The band not only gets us pumped up every into one. Band camp, as it is better known, was Friday to cheer on the wildcats, they also pera time for students to learn the fundamentals form in band festivals and local parades. Most of marching, the music, and the drill that goes band festivals have anywhere from five to twenty along with it. The students worked from eight in different bands from high schools all over. Each the morning to three in the after noon each day. band performs their halftime show. Many of the “It’s a lot of fun,” said Mr.Sheridan. It was also parades that the marching participate in take a place for students to learn how their section fit place right in downtown Latrobe. Some parades together with another. They also learned to trust included are the Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Meone another. morial Day,and Fourth of July parades. “We learn to become a team. Learn how to In all, the band memorizes and performs any work as one,” Mr.Sheridan said. Some ways that where from eight to ten songs a year for both this camaraderie is built is through playing their halftime shows and parades. games and bonding activities.

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THE QUEEN AND HER COURT Homecoming Proposals

Shelby Wetzel

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Lexis Puskar-Hantz

"I am honored to be nominated to represent the school. It's exciting and I feel like it could be a cool experience!" Photo taken by Jason Starr

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Cammi Kaminski Emma Fenton

Bianca Pate Molly Krug

Sara Sakalousky

Elaina Schrack

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Sophie Vreeland

Jasika Shaker

Jackson Jacquet

Lydia Daily

Paige Lesko

Where is it from? Collared shirt- Vineyard Vines Sweater- Saks Fifth Ave Shorts- American Eagle Shoes- Converse How much was it? Collared shirt- $100 Sweater- $100 shorts - $30 shoes - $55 What inspired your outfit? Thought the sweater would complement the shirt well. Do well, live well, and dress really well.

Where is it from? Sweatshirt-Urban Outfitters Tights-Express Boots-Zara How much was it? Sweatshirt- $50 Tights- $10 Boots- $30 What inspired your outfit? Bella Hadid “This outfit is a trendy street-style go to.”

Where is it from? Shirt- cotton on Jeans- cotton on Belt- Saks fifth ave Shoes- tj maxx How much was it? Shirt- $24 Jeans- $50 Belt- $150 Shoes- $25 What inspired your outfit? Throwback day “Classics never go out of style.”

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Paw Prints Jackson Jacquet, Senior

Carly Augustine, Junior

Who is your celebrity crush? Billy Buck Russo What is your favorite holiday? Christmas What are you most looking forward to this year? Sweek Biggest fear? I hate bugs. Favorite song? Flashing Lights by Kanye West Who is your partner in crime? Blake Rossi or Jason Defelice Favorite class? AP Human Geography

Who is your celebrity crush? Dave Franco What is your favorite holiday? Christmas What are you most looking forward to this year? A good hoop season. Biggest fear? The dark. Favorite song? Anything from High School Musical Who is your partner in crime? Makayla Munchinski Favorite Class? Law

Cassidy Dunaway, Senior

Angelo Jones, Senior

Who is your celebrity crush? Joe Jonas What is your favorite holiday? Christmas What are you most looking forward to this year? Making memories Biggest fear? noises Favorite song? The way life goes Who is your partner in crime? Erika Gustafson Favorite class? Yearbook

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Who is your celebrity crush? Ariana Grande What is your favorite holiday? Christmas What are you most looking forward to this year? Florida Biggest fear? Spiders Favorite song? Too Much by Drake Who is your partner in crime? My sister Favorite class? Law Highpostonline.com

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A tour in our eyes Jake Vreeland, GLSD Class of 2016 What are the best places to go to study, eat, hang? Pitt has a bunch of great places to study in, my favorite is in the Cathedral of Learning or in Posvar Hall. The Peterson Event Center has a court with a Pizza Hut, sub place, and burrito place so i go there a lot I also frequently visit the Qdoba on Forbes. The best places to hang are greasy south Oakland basements and apartments. What made you decide on Pitt? I picked Pitt mainly because it is a great school. Their english program is awesome. Most of the professors had their work published. Pitt’s location was the next factor. Being in a city gives me a ton to do, and is a great cultural and social experience. Are you happy with your decision? I’m so happy I’ve came here. I think I’ve really learned a lot, but also am having a great time. I feel at home here.

Nick Bobula, GLSD Class of 2017 The Panther is the mascot for Pitt. This statue of the Pitt Panther is located in Schenley Park in downtown Pittsburgh. Pitt adopted the Panther as its official animal and mascot on November 16, 1909 at a meeting with alumni and current students.

Overall Grade: B+

Students who attend Pitt also get to experience the city life. There are many places within walking distances and that is just one pro to going to Pitt main. The scenery you get in Pittsburgh cannot be compared to any other city.

Students without a vehicle and needing to get somewhere further than walking distance take the bus. These buses have routes all over the area that come in handy for many students. Students can go from their dorms to work or any other places they need to Photos by Molly Cunningham be in the area.

Our group assigned for Pitt was a B+.Pitt has great restaurants, places to get together and if you love the city it’s a perfect place for you. With the inner city of Pittsburgh just blocks away Pitt there is no way to get board. For a D1 institution it was easily walkable around campus and enjoyable at any time of the year. Pitt also offers free bus fare to all students if you want to go downtown or around the city as well. With that major perk you can go out on weekend and explore the rest of Pittsburgh. Pitt has great medical institutions right

on campus and has various majors for many students to choose from. The dorm rooms on campus are a bit outdated but are standard for older, bigger, universities. The traffic in the city is a bit hectic and overwhelming bringing down the scoring of the overall school. For students the tuition is a bit expensive but pitt offer thousands of dollars in scholarships to students every year. When we all took everything into consideration after we laid out all of our points Pitt ranked very high on national levels as well as our own. Raven Dupilka, Staff Writer

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What are the best places to go to study, eat, hang? I like to go to WIlliam Pitt Union to study. They have a nice study room on the third floor. The Peterson Event Center has a nice food court area that I eat at frequently. I usually just hang out in my suite with my suitemates. What made you decide on Pitt? I chose Pitt because it’s close enough that I can go home on the weekends, and I like that it’s in a city. Are you happy with your decision? So far, I think I made the right decision.

Ben Desiderato- Irwin, (transferred from community college, lives off campus)

-The O for $1.75 pizza, Starbucks, Chipotle -Pitt ‘s close to home, recognized school, campus, classrooms (from 50-350 students), teachers. -Loves his decision

Abi Evans- Hempfield -Study- Hillman library

Katelyn Luiyoob- Scranton -Study- Benedum

-Hang out- at people’s houses -Anywhere on campus can be a [she’s in a sorority.] hangout spot -Pitt is fun, city, big school, -Places to eat- Pamela’s Diner football games for breakfast, Sushi Fuku and Lotsa Pizza -Loves her decision -It’s in the city and it has a lot of research opportunities for biology

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By: Naveed Mitchell

O'Brien was awoken by blaring alarms and flashing lights. He groaned and rubbed his temples. Suddenly, a loud explosion jolted him out of bed.

“Dammit. Why doesn’t anyone wake me up?!” he asked while rushing to get his uniform on. He ran past fires on his way to the bridge of the USS Suzanne, his ship. He had made his way there, crew members in the bridge were trying to coax the first mate into leaving, he wouldn’t budge saying that it’d be cowardly to do so. O’Brien knocked him out with a blow to the head. “Get us out of here!!!” he shouted to the pilot as he sat in the captain’s chair. When he looked at the screen, his mouth went agape, shocked at the sight. “Dear God….” was all he could say as a gargantuan beam of red light obliterated the Suzanne and her crew of 563. ****************************** Back on Earth’s military moon base, reports and communications were broadcasted of a peace ship being attacked by an alien ship. Admiral Banks was furious and was nearly shouting at everyone who were either senators from other worlds or communications officers. He sat in his office, sighing and grumbling about how this can’t be start of another war. He just hoped that whoever, or whatever, attacked was from outside the aligned systems.

Chapter 1 AN-036 was the most sought after and most expensive, assassin in and outside of the aligned planets. She was precise, stealthy, and quick. She could make one of her contracts look like an accident, or on purpose by being more careless in detail. Either way, she got paid, and the scumbag who hired her was happy. She was on a job to kill the boss of a gang, reasoning of why didn’t matter to her, just as long as she got her pay. She lay flat on a roof, in the dark, with a long range sniper rifle. She aimed for a chandelier above them, and she waited for the moment to take the shot. As she shot the chain and it fell, crushing and impaling the insectoid. She crawled away for 20 meters before standing and quietly walking to her cloaked ship. It was a small, sleek, and arrowhead-shaped vehicle. She flew away in it, attaching to a colony ship, waiting until she was near another station. She looked on a small screen and saw that money was transacted to her account. **************************** Somewhere- in Centaurus A, there is a planet, no bigger than Earth’s moon. This plant, is mostly covered in connecting bio stations for life, dotting across its surface with tubes connecting these stations. In one of these stations, there is a bar, and at this bar, Jek Douglas is getting thrown out for starting fights. He landed in front of his good friend Hobb. Hobb was a member of the insect-like race called the Gryllus. “Good God, Jek...can’t you go in any bars without starting a fight?” his mandibles twitched as he talked. “Hey! He started it first! Or she…..they...they were a tentacle mass and moved so fast at me it’s hard to tell really,” “With that said, it’s hard to see how your race survived diplomatic meetings,” Hobb sighed and pulled him up, they started the walk back to the hangar. “You know in all the movies and stories, I heard as a kid, I thought being a smuggler would be much more adventurous,” “And I thought I’d be in an office job, but where are we? In an old bucket of a ship.” “Hey the Alexandra is more than a rust bucket, she’s gotten us out of more bad deals than what you’ve been carrying.” “Now that offends ME,” Hobb said, pointing at himself with his four arms. They laughed and flew out of the station into open space. Once out there, Jek set course for the nearest space station, to look for jobs.

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“We should get more crew…” “Agreed, it’s hard to operate a ship with just six hands.” Hobb showed his four. Jek sighed and ran a hand through his disheveled brown hair. They were cleared for entry once they found a station and docked in bay 5 section 16 G. Hobb was given a small card from a machine when they exited, showing the bay and section number they were parked in. “Hey, isn’t this where that club is, what was it….Valhalla?” Jek inquired. “Yep, that sounds about right,” responded Hobb. They made their way to the ship, Jek getting drinks while Hobb went through a job list on a pad at their booth. ***************************************** On the other side of the station, in a more desolate part, Bigby was in the middle of a bad deal. It had gone wrong after the person who hired him as bodyguard got twitchy and , they lay dead next to him. He had his hands in the air, a gun pointed at him by a member of the Mars gang. He sighed and took in his surroundings. He stood in a dirty alleyway. Pipes dripped and steam blew out into the area. There was litter and grime covering the alley, more than a few stains from various liquids Three Martians stood front of him, one holding the gun, the other two using stun batons. There was another in the shadows, what they had was unknown to Bigby. He let out a breath before slapping the gun out of his face, hitting the gun holder in the throat. When the other two came at him, he blocked one and used him as a shield, protecting him from a hit from the other. He took the baton and beat the third goon down. The fourth man came running out with a knife, his arm was grabbed and swiftly broken. All but Bigby were on the ground, groaning. He sighed and left, being glad that he was paid before the deal went south. He made his way through drug dealers, bankrupt businessmen, begging children, and people asking for food to reach the checkpoint which would clear him to higher levels. He showed his pass and was let onto the tram taking only him up to a less scum-ridden level. He was the only one on the elevator past a few guards, because no one wants to go down to level 237, unless they’re looking for trouble the lowest level in the station. He was whisked up to level 108, a nicer, but still unliked level. Here many went to distract themselves or be entertained or simply to have good time with buddies. It was also where his office was located. He walked in and sighed, sitting in his chair. He needed an hour to rest, he hadn’t slept in a day or so. He closed his eyes and rested.

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How old were you when you started playing tennis? I was seven years old when I started Approximately how many days a week do you practice? I practice 5 to 6 days a week, but I had to cut back due to the High School season. Where do you train? Alpha Tennis at Pittsburgh What would you say your strongest quality is in how you play? I would say my strongest quality is just always trying my best, being aggressive, and having a positive attitude. How did you adjust from competing in tournaments to competing on the school team? Do you like the change? Being on the tennis team wasn’t a huge change for me from tournaments. I was still playing and the only thing that changed was having a team to rely on and have fun with.

Volleyball

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Service Aces: 17 Kills:127 Digs:81 Blocks:29 Top 3 in all offensive and defensive categories Leads the team in kills and blocks

Kills:112 Digs:72 Blocks:57 Averaged 6 pts, 6 digs, 9 kills, and 4,75 blocks per match 2016 WPIAL All-Section 1-AAA girls’ volleyball third team 2016 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Girls Volleyball Class AAAA Section 2 All-Star Second Team

Is there anything you wish you had done/tried that you never did? There are many many things I regret not doing throughout my life. Sometimes I wish I would've gave basketball another try because I think if I would've stuck with it I would've liked it a lot. Although, one weird thing I always wanted to do is play the drums. To be honest I think drummers are the coolest. So if I would get the chance to start highschool all over again i would've joined the band/marching band and played the drums. What is your favorite memory from being a high school athlete? My favorite memory of would definitely be during volleyball season. Specifically, it would be when Riely fell asleep with her eyes open during Indiana camp because it was hilarious. But in general, just spending time with Adrianna, Riely, and Gabby has been so so fun. I love seeing you guys everyday at practice and games, and laughing and joking around. I'm really really gonna miss that. What do you feel was your greatest strength as a player? That's a tough one. If we're talking physical strengths, I've always been kind of a really coordinated person, like I've always had pretty exceptional hand-eye coordination. I picked up juggling pretty fast along with spinning a ball on my finger, but mentally I guess I've always done everything I can to improve my game and give it my all at practice. -Adrianna Guarino, Staff Writer

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How do you handle the pressure of playing 1st singles? I just played the game I knew how to do and tried my best to have fun with the team knowing they were there if I got nervous or scared. Do you find it intimidating playing girls two and three years older than you? No not really, I just stick with my own skills and try not to worry about the other person. Age really doesn’t matter to me and it really shouldn’t matter at all. As long as there is two people trying their best and both want to win, age shouldn’t affect that. Do you plan on playing tennis in college? Are recruiters already looking at you? If so, which schools? I do hope and plan on playing in college. Because I still have 4 year till college I don’t think anyone is looking at me yet.

Addison Kemerer: Freshman

Terese Mihalcin: Senior

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Girls Tennis Team: Undefeated Champs

Maddie Stas, Staff Writer

With evident talent, determination, and teamwork, this year's group of girls stand out from the rest. Being undefeated section champs hasn’t been accomplished for Latrobe Girls Tennis since 2009. They collectively have claimed victory over very strong competition, including Norwin, Penn Trafford, Gateway and Hempfield. Hempfield was a very important win for the ladies. Hempfield hasn’t been beaten by Latrobe in over eight seasons. Going into the match, Coach Stas knew it would be a battle. Whichever team was more focused that day would come out on top. Addison Kemerer faced Hempfield’s Rhiannon Kelly. Addison showed her ability to move her opponent around the court in the very first set. Her ending set scores were 6-2, 6-2. Both Gianna Ferry and Maddie Stas had very tight matches. Ferry’s first set was back and forth, going into 7 games. Her loss during the first set motivated her going into the second. She won 6-2. Both girls wanted to win that match. Hempfield’s Angela Popovich reluctantly finished on top. Maddie Stas played a very similar match. She dominated the first set winning 6-4. The next two sets were very tight. The set scores do not do justice to how evenly matched Cam Brown and Maddie Stas were. Most if not all points went into deuce. The second and third set scores for Stas were 3-6 and 4-6. With two losses and one win, the fate of the match landed on the doubles players shoulders. Emily Mondock and Julia Huczko went into the match determined to come out on top. They both knew how important their effort was in winning this match. Both girls communicated, ran after every ball, and were unstoppable at the net. The set scores reflect that as they defeated Maura Harbaugh and Sarah Ewing. Amanda White and Annie Rause went in with the same mentality for Latrobe. They lost in the first set, but came back and one the next two sets 6-2, 6-2. Both of the doubles pairs winning clinched the wildcat victory over Hempfield. One look at the roster may be surprising. With only two seniors, and four juniors, “young” is only a word. Young does not mean inexperienced- it means quite the opposite. Coach Stas attributes this success to many different things. She believes that even though key players graduated, this team was even more experienced than years past. “Most of our starting lineup is putting in work in the offseason, which has not always happened, and we're definitely seeing the benefit of that,” Stas explains. The graduation of Tori Rutigliano, a starter at the first singles position and 4 year varsity letterman, was a tough loss for the team. Freshman Addison Kemerer has filled this void spectacularly. She shows dedication during the season and out of the season, by practicing with Pittsburgh teams and on her own time. Addison loves playing for the school team. “I enjoy being part of a real team with a bunch of awesome, nice and really supportive girls,” said Kemerer. Her 8-1 record at first singles has been a key reason for the Wildcat’s success. Another key point for the success she sees is the team's chemistry. “Everything is a collaborative effort from the motivational talks before a match, cheering each other on while on the court, to working on skills together at practice after a match.”, said coach Stas. Junior Gianna Ferry and senior Maddie Stas are next in the singles lineup. Both of these girls were starters last season and continue to put in the time and effort to prepare for matches. Gianna stayed at her 2nd singles position, whereas Maddie made the transition from first doubles to third singles. Julia Huczko and Emily Mondock are two sophomores who have made an immense impact on this seasons outcome. As freshman they showed promise, and their chemistry on the court is undeniable. Huczko and Mondock at first doubles have been a pair the whole team can count on to contribute a win during very tight matches. “I think me and Julia work so well together because we have been playing with each other for so long. I feel like by now we know exactly what the other person is going to do and are ready for it. If one of us is having trouble that day the other knows exactly how to fix it and it’s just a ton of fun!”, said Mondock. The pairs Annie Rause and Amanda White, alongside Lauren Willner and Taylor Miller show their skills at second doubles. As for the playoffs, the Wildcats will face Peters Township in the first round. Being first in the section does nothing but help them as far as seeding goes. If they defeat Peters, their next opponent will be Shady Side Academy or Butler. With their chemistry, experience, and dedication, there is no doubt that the girls have all the necessary skills to make it all the way.

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Sophomore Emily Mondock volleys forehand in front of the net. Her doubles partner, Julia Huzko, watches as she gets ready to back Emily up.

Junior Gianna Ferry focuses on the ball as she prepares to hit her backhand. She played a close match against Hempfield’s second singles.

Senior Maddie Stas leans up against the fence in between sets to talk to Coach Stas. Photos by Chad Polombo

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Down but Not Out

Raven Dupilka, Staff writer

When he felt his leg pop, he knew he couldn’t get up even if he tried. Senior football captain Zach Yesho got injured during the 2nd Quarter of the first game of the season September 8, 2017 at Gateway High School. Yesho got injured during the 2nd Quarter. Yesho number 68, is the 6’3 , 260 pound starting left tackle for the Latrobe Wildcats. When the whole stadium saw him down, everyone was shocked. A deafening silence struck the stadium as the athletic trainer ran out on the field towards him. Yesho was carried off the field by the trainer and grabbed by the paramedics. He was rushed by ambulance to UPMC East Hospital which was just down the road to get checked for any major injury. Unfortunately, the doctors concluded that his knee was dislocated and needed put back in place. Not only did they discover his dislocation, but also that his growth plate was fractured. Having a dislocated knee and fractured growth plate meant being in a cast for about 6-8 weeks before having to go through multiple doctors’ appointments as well a possible surgery. After the game, Yesho went to twitter to update all of his friends, family and community of his condition. Yesho received a cast from his upper thigh down to his ankle, causing him to use a wheelchair and crutches to get around until he is healed. To some this is just another unfortunate football injury. But to Zach this meant not being able to finish out his senior year of football. Zach has loved football since he began on the D-team in GLAMFA football. Since then he has been working his hardest to become starting left tackle on the varsity team. Yesho not only achieved his goal as a junior, but was also chosen as captain this year by his teammates. In a recent visit Yesho found out he had to get a operation performed at Children’s

Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. He received eight screws into his leg and a brace to keep it steady. Recently the Tribune Review wrote about Zach and his impact on the team. Zach thought of it as a honor to even be considered to be written about in the paper, which hinted to Latrobe winning their home game in honor of Yesho. The first home game against Chartiers Valley, the team rallied around Zach coming out with a victory of 48-26, which happens to be Latrobe Football’s first home game field win since 2011. Following the game, Zach received the game ball as the team celebrated the night’s big win. Fellow teammate and senior captain quarterback, Jason Armstrong, appreciates Zach’s ever presence. “When Zach shows up to the game the atmosphere definitely changes, the team loves having him around and it shows in our performance,” said Armstrong. “Zach is one of the hardest workers I know and he is a great all around teammate. It’s saddening to see him hurt because he has talent that will take him to the next level still.” Zach shows hardwork and determination to overcome this injury as he plans to play at the college level. Before the football season started Yesho attended Joe Moore Linecamp which he has attended for the last couple years now. Over the summer Yesho also attended Cal U and Fairmont State football camps, as well as the WCCA showcase. He is in contact with coaches from Cal U, Saint Vincent College, and Seton Hill. Now even with his injury, colleges still realize his potential and talent, they continue to take him through the recruiting process. The injury might stop his playing time as a senior, but it can’t stop his budding future as a player.

The four captains; Zach Yesho, Jason Armstrong, Preston Boerio and Trent Holler walk onto the field for the coin toss.

Zach posts on his Twitter the x-ray of his leg showing how severe the injury was. After the knee was put back in place Zach puts a thumbs up to show how strong he is.

Yesho tackles a running back from Gateway stopping him from getting the first down. The play was just before his leg injury.

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Emily Weaver: Cheerleading & Marching Band Senior Emily Weaver is a determined individual who tries her hardest in everything she does. Emily is a well rounded student being involved in the arts, sports and clubs. Weaver is a member of Interact club, National Honor Society,and participates in her Church Youth group outside of work. Religion is a main aspect of Emily’s life as well as something that she always can make time for. Weaver is an altar server at her church and volunteers within her youth group in her spare time.These activities help Emily remain true to herself. Emily is also a varsity cheerleader, but she also participates in Marching Band. Emily has been cheering since 1st grade when she decided to join Cowboys Midget Cheerleading and has been cheering every since. She has cheered on the junior high, JV and varsity level. Emily joined the Marching band three years ago and she plays the clarinet. This can be a challenge for her due to both activities being in the same season, as well as being apart of Friday night lights. She handles all her extra curricular activities and her huge school work load well, during this stressful time of year. Q: How do you balance your school work when you have cheer and band in the same season? Emily: I work extra hard to get homework done early, due to having to stay on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the school from 2:25-8:30 at night before getting a chance to go home. I also take full advantage of my study halls to get all my work done on time. Q: Where do you personally draw your inspiration from? Emily: My biggest inspiration comes from my faith and trust in God. If something goes wrong or if i'm having doubt about anything, I turn and ask God what to do, and I just listen and it all falls into place. Q: What would be your ultimate achievement in cheer and band? Emily: I am hoping to continue my cheer career in college and possibly become a cheerleading coach along with my career so I can help other cheerleaders find their passion like I found. I’m also hoping to continue my marching band career, being that music has had such an influence on my life and i never want that to change. Q: What is your favorite cheer and band memory? Emily: My favorite memory from both cheer and band would be every home game when the cheerleaders sit in front of the band when we are playing our halftime show and they always try to get me to smile/laugh or even just look at them. Knowing how much the cheerleading team supports me when I perform means so much to me and makes me work even harder to accomplish a perfect show. Q: What is some of the best advice you were given? Emily: “ When climbing up the mountain barefoot, the may little stones hurt worse than a few big ones.” I took this advice and found a deeper meaning towards it, meaning that the little stuff can hurt more than the major obstacles in life, but you have to move past them. Keep moving forward, and trust in God that he can keep you moving through it.

Emily plays the clarinet during the marching band performance in her cheerleading uniform. She never takes a break. Pic credits to Suzy Weaver.

Senior Emily Weaver stands out in the half time performance. The band this year is doing all soul music for their up coming trip to New Orleans.

Emily wanted to add that she thanks all her cheer coaches through the years as well as Mr. Sheridan. She says they are the ones who made it possible for her to be able to do both marching band and cheer. They are also the reason she pushes herself to be 110% in what she does, she wouldn't be the musician or cheerleader she is today without any of their help.

November 2017

Highpostonline.com

Raven Dupilka, News Editor


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