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A Publication of Greater Latrobe SeniorSenior High School A Publication of Greater Latrobe High School

Chase Beezer and Sarah Wisniewski during the Backyard Brawl sponsored by Miss Jordan Zeunges representative Health and| Phys athletes NEWS | PAGE 2 of the FEATURES PAGEEd6 department. SPORTS 22 | PAGE 13 from Greater Latrobe showed strength against those from Derry.

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The High Post Greater Latrobe Senior High

131 High School Road Latrobe PA 15650

Editor in Chief Kasey Lettrich Editors Molly Cunningham, Sports Lydia Daily, Opinions Raven Dupilka, News Cennedi Fry, Online Alex Hartley, Print Paige Lesko Bianca Pate, Online Alexandria Potter, Features Kenzie Shafron, Print Staff Members Molly Bobik Dianna Dinh Braelyn Henry Nick Malizia Elisha McCoy Chad Palombo Maura Rodgers Miranda Saunders Maddie Stas Kesean Williams Matt Bobula Colvin Stallings Business Manager Adrianna Guarino Adivsor Mrs. Stallings

Administration Mr. Mains, Principal Mr. Krehlik, Principal Mr. Ingel, Assistant Principal Printed by The Latrobe Bulletin Editorial Policy The staff of The High Post is committed to serving the student body of Greater Latrobe Senior High School. The opinions articles contain the ideas and views of individuals and do not represent the views of the staff, the advisors, or administration in its entirety. The High Post is a public forum for student expression; therefore, any student who wishes to create dialogue concerning an issue may do so by submitting articles or letters to editors in C109. In order to uphold the integrity of the publication, The High Post reserves the right to edit the submissions for grammar, style, and available space. Submissions should not exceed 300 words.


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Teachers Incorporate Project Based Learning Into Curriculum

Kasey Lettrich, Editor in Chief

The real world requires a certain level of training that cannot be achieved in the traditional classroom. Project based learning is a method of teaching used across America that involves extended periods of time spent on specific projects. This method dates back to the early 1900s when John Dewey supported the “learning by doing” approach to education. Project based learning emphasizes studentcentered projects and learning through the process and end products. This method allows for students to make real world connections that they wouldn’t be able to make if they were solely in the traditional classroom. The process begins with posing a question, researching how to solve the problem, then presenting the findings to an audience. Some public schools use project based learning for their entire curriculum. Last year, Greater Latrobe took a step in the direction of a project based learning curriculum. Each 11th and 12th grade teacher attended a training session and gained the knowledge to introduce this teaching method to their students. Mr. Jon Mains, who has the been the senior high principal for two years and a visionary for the school, believes project based learning teaches students and teachers the essential skills needed for critical thinking and problem solving. According to Mains, teachers are encouraged to incorporate at least one big project a year, not in addition to their curriculum, but mixed within. Over time, he hopes teachers will learn to incorporate this teaching method more frequently. Mains plans to take a group of teachers to Tech Valley High School in Albany, New York which is entirely project based learning. He plans to discover whether or not this curriculum would be a good fit for Greater Latrobe. Some teachers experimented and completed projects in the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Reaugh was one of the teachers who completed a project with his students. Last year, students in Mrs. Suter’s chemistry classes and Reaugh’s AP Chemistry classes were involved in a project in conjunction with PACE Industries in Latrobe. PACE Industries uses a very strong base compound to clean the dyes used for making metal molds. Twice a year they have to neutralize the cleaning solution, or Rust Ripper, so that it can be safely shipped out for disposal. To do this, they must add large amounts of concentrated Sulfuric Acid to the tank of Rust Ripper. Reaugh describes the project with PACE Industries by saying, “We were tasked with finding a safer, more efficient way of doing the neutralization. The project consisted of doing some initial research into possible alterna-

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tive methods of neutralization, development of a procedure/ method to test each of the alternative methods, testing of each of the alternative methods, choosing the what was felt as the best alternative method, and finally presenting that method to PACE.” Reaugh felt as though his students were apprehensive at first, but found the chemistry they learned being used in the real world to be exciting. He truly enjoyed using this method of teaching, and he and Suter have discussed ways to incorporate this project again. Jasika Shaker is one of the few students who were able to actually present the projects to PACE Industries. She feels as though this project was beneficial because she was able to see how the things she learned in school are used in the real world. Jasika said, “I would like to do something like this again because I felt that it was very helpful in teaching me time management skills. I also saw, for the first time, how the things we learn in school have real world application.” Mrs. Bryner also embraced the new method of teaching. She describes her experience as successful. She said, “Last year, second semester my Algebra II class designed the space outside of my classroom, S106 to honor the local veterans from the Latrobe area. We called it the Veterans’ Courtyard Project. The students really enjoyed completing the design, and we had two professional Master Gardeners (Dr. Wilma Light, a retired pediatrician from Latrobe and Ms. Petra Parquette from Country Farms) who visited class each Friday to offer experiences and expertise. Mr. Kurt Thomas, our district’s director of buildings and grounds, also visited class and offered suggestions from an architectural perspective.” Bryner’s students enjoyed this experience as Reaugh’s students did. She found this method to be fun and rewarding and it allowed her to watch her students get excited about a project that they could complete from start to finish. Mains believes both teachers and students have a positive response to the project based learning curriculum. Students of GLHS are being trained to prepare for the real world, as every high school student should.

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Six students from Greater Latrobe‘s National Honor Society: Gabby Sadekowski, Marianna Schrack, Alexandria Potter, Christopher Potter, Bianca Pate, and Victoria Potter pose next to Senator Kim Ward at the Senior Expo.

A Day in the Life of a Senator: Senior Expo Edition

Bianca Pate, Assistant Editor in Chief

Walking into the Senior Expo at Hempfield Area High School, I felt as if I was entering a college fair 40 years into my future. Senator Kim Ward hosted the annual Senior Expo on October 19. Six members of the Greater Latrobe's National Honor Society alongside students from Derry Area High School and Greensburg Salem High school volunteered the day to help Senator Ward run this event. As one of these individuals, I was granted the opportunity to meet Senator Ward. I not only learned from her what the Senior Expo is, but I also learned what a day in the life of a senator is like. The Senior Expo is an event that shows senior citizens the vast amount of programs that are at their service. Senator Ward explains, "It's a good chance for all of the seniors to get out all in one place and show them all of the services that are available to them." Senator Ward and her crew set the date for this event in the summer and started planning for it in January, way before the event actually took place. Many would think that the Senate would be responsible for the costs of the Senior Expo, but according to Senator Ward, "They [ the Senate] don't pay for it. We have to raise the money to pay. We don't use government money." Senator Ward represents about a quarter million people of Pennsylvania and explained how she has to make sure that information on the Senior Expo is sent to everyone, voter or not, as she represents everyone. To many, being a senator may seem like an easy occupation. We are often blind to reality, and cannot imagine the difficult tasks a senator undergoes on a daily basis. Senator Ward explains,

"I think when you are in Harrisburg is the hardest part. You are trying to get something done; we have a duty to work together no matter what party we are. The House wants to do one thing and the Senate wants [the opposite]. The governor will want something that neither of us want, so you try to compromise because he gets a say." Compromising is a skill that many are unable to obtain, for it is never easy to agree on claims against your own. As Senator Ward describes, "That is what I think people don't see. I never beat up my colleagues; we have to work together." Senator Ward elucidated how when the House, the Senate, and the Governor are unable to agree on something, it is the people that get affected, and she is who gets blamed. She describes, "The folks who depend on that money are the victims when we can't agree on something. We have social service victims. We have child care centers. We have schools. Those are victims. Senator Ward recalled a time where she personally was criticized: "I remember being in a parade in 2015 and people yelling at me [because the budget was late]." As a senator, one has the ability to change the lives of many. Senator Ward explains her favorite part as a senator. She said, "We are able to help people on a day to day basis. It's not like things that you see. It's not the big bills that we pass, but it is the people that come in and say that your office helped them." Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to have a background in law or politics to be a senator. Senator Ward elaborates on her "former life as a respiratory therapist" before being a senator: "Back when I graduated from high school in 1974, I knew I was going to go into health care."

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Although the program was only two years old, Senator Ward decided to pursue a career as a respiratory therapist. She explained, "I wanted a job that could support my family; I didn't want to have any struggles." There were only two schools in the country that had the program Senator Ward seeked, so she settled for the Community College of Allegheny County. She later advanced to Pitt for health related professions after she finished her program and met her husband who is now a doctor. They both moved to Nashville, and Senator Ward proceeded to go to Middle Tennessee State University. Although Senator Ward was content with her life as a respiratory therapist she claims, "I always wanted to be a lawyer, and never got to be, but somewhere in the twist of my life, I make laws. " Senator Ward also presented words of advice as she reminisced her run for senator: "It was an ugly nine week race in a district that was 65% registered Democrat. I was thinking, 'What am I doing, I am going to lose.' I was 52, and I thought, 'Why not?' Someday you are going to be 80 and think 'I should have tried that.' You just can't be afraid to lose. It is not great to lose, but you can't be afraid to lose." Within the short day, I discovered who Senator Ward truly is. She is an individual who cares for all of her constituents both young and old. That day, she helped the elderly plan their future and provided students with an experience that will shape the course of their lives. 40 years from now, I will be able to reminisce the impact Senator Ward has had on me as I walk through the doors of Hempfield Area High school and attend the Senior Expo.

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Leaders of Our Future

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Seniors represent at World Affairs Council

Raven Dupilka, News Editor Climate change, a very big issue in the world we live in, four students selected by Mr.Saveikis were asked to travel to the World Affairs Council in Pittsburgh to talk and discuss this issue. Bianca Pate, Raven Dupilka, Maddie Stas, and Adam Bisignani were student delegates who participated after receiving a scholarship from the local rotary club. “When we first arrived it was so imitating. We were all split up into different categories for example you could be the press, a climate activist, a third world country or a country that's a Adam Bisignani, Raven Dupilka, Maddie Stas, and Bianca Pate are all smiles big contributor to CO2 emissions,” stated Bianca after experiencing the World Affairs Council held in Pittsburgh this year. Each Pate. delegate wore a name tag around their necks displaying the group they were in Bianca explained that once given your catfor the simulation. egory, you sat with a group of student delegates Lydia Daily, Opinions Editor from schools across the state. “ It was a great Model UNs are perfect opportunities for students to get in- experience to meet new people and discuss the volved with the world around them. speakers when set up into different groups,” said The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown holds a Model UN Pate. for high school students from Northern Cambria, Chestnut Bianca commented that once everyone was Ridge, Rockwood, and Greater Johnstown every year in Octo- acquainted with each other we were introduced ber. About 100 students have participated every year in these to various experts on the effects of global warmdiscussions for almost 20 years. The Student Council of World ing. Each speaker contributes a different viewAffairs plans and carries out the Model UN. Student Samu- point on how climate change is affecting the el Miller is the president of the organization and stood as the world. leader of the event. Professor Christopher Cook has been the They also had the opportunity to experience a overseeing advisor for the Model UN for the past six years. “It simulation where they each represented either a helps students understand the United Nations and how it helps negotiator for a developed country, a negotiator

solve world problems,” Dr. Cook stated. This year’s groups were the Disarmament and International Security, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the Economic and Financial Committee, the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, and the Security Council. Each group was placed into separate rooms with different discussion topics revolving Maddie Stas, Staff writer around their focuses. Being a part of the world affairs council in I represented Finland in the Social, Humanitarian, and Cul- Pittsburgh was overall a great experience. From tural Committee. About 20 nations were in the committee. the first speaker, to the second we left after the Our discussion points included the Rohingya Muslim Crisis simulation, I was immersed in the passion that in Myanmar, the Yemeni Civil War, and the persecution of the the council had for the environment. Kurds in Turkey. The day began with a keynote speaker, Mr. The Rohingya Muslim Crisis was solved by funneling the Berlin, giving an overview on the issues of the refugees out of the country and surrounding countries and into environment. The entire convention was about temporary camps set up in Ireland. All 400,000 refugees would environmental solutions for crises. He highgo to Ireland and eventually start to diffuse throughout Europe lighted everything from the concrete details of and possibly back home once the situation had been dissolved. known environmental issues, to how the new With many countries not wanting to take either side in the Trump administration would affect efforts in Yemeni Civil War, different tactics were thought up to get those environmental care. in the war-struck zones the help they needed. Originally, sevA main point he had involved global warmeral countries wanted to send air drops with food and supplies, ing. It is a proven fact that global warming is but that idea was quickly diffused due to the danger it could occurring. Summer temperatures have been cause. Due to the massive cholera outbreak Yemen has been gradually increasing since 1992. facing, it was decided that doctors would need to be sent from He also hit on the topic that “The age of other countries because of the short staff. Doctors would carry renewable energy is here.” Fossil fuels will be medical supplies and food, with army escorts to keep them as used up eventually. And the problem is they safe as possible. take millions of years to replenish. Renewable Due to the high controversy the Kurdish problem causes, no energy is the more reliable option. solution came about in our discussion. The discussion of sanc- Trump has stated that he may pull out of the tuary cities built in mainly Ireland and Finland, but also France Paris agreement. This could have detrimenand Paraguay, was almost the conclusion, but the funding for tal effects from an environmental world plan the cause pulled out last minute. Many countries have close standpoint. ties with Turkey and did not want to ruin their relationship by All of the things he said prepared us for the going against the Turkish government. Breaking ties with Tur- main reason we were chosen to come to the key was not fathomable for most of the countries available to December 2017 give funding.

for developing country, a climate activist, or the press. During the simulation, Bianca was selected to be a negotiator of the developing country of Brazil. She was responsible for negotiating a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that would achieve the best outcome for the economy and vital national interests, as well as for the world. She had to figure out which action to take to reduce carbon emissions. Bianca had to decide on when Brazil's emissions will stop growing, when they will begin declining, and at what annual rate emissions decline. As a negotiator, she had to decide whether to make a commitment to reduce deforestation or to increase reforestation or afforestation. Her favorite part of the simulation was figuring out how to fund the country's mission to cut emissions and adapt by negotiating with students who represented the developed countries. Bianca said that overall this was an amazing learning experience, and she is thankful for the opportunity. The Rotary club paid for everything they were given including a lunch the following praising their attendance. Everyone learned what it takes to be at an actual World Affairs meeting, seeing what delegates actually go through and overall it was a life changing decisions.

Delegate gains insight: global warming council. The simulation. When we arrived, Bianca, Raven, Adam, and I were assigned different roles in the simulation. My role was that of the European Union. During the presentation, I sat with kids from schools all over Pittsburgh who were assigned the same group. Our job as a part of the European Union was to meet with other developed countries, and come up with an economic plan that would benefit the environment. Being a wealthy organization, we also had to consider how much of our money we would donate to Less Developed countries. Together we came up with a plan that would 1: benefit the environment the most but also be cost efficient and 2: help everyone in the world not just the US and Europe. All in all, the simulation and the speaker combined left me with a through understanding about the current environmental issues occurring in our country. This opportunity was particularly rewarding from the standpoint of learning how to communicate and cooperate with others during the simulation. I was honored to be able to be a part of the rotary club luncheon, where I shared my new input, and to thank the organization for their interest for my education.


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Marina Lorenzi: An Aspiring Linguist Hola!



Maddie Stas, Staff Writer There are only a handful of kids to come through Greater Latrobe who have taken two languages at a time. Marina Lorenzi is one of them. Marina posses a love and a passion for World Language that not many others have. She is taking not only two, but three languages all at once. Her schedule consists of AP Spanish, AP French, and German II. Mrs. Zaleski, her French teacher, has observed Marina’s naturally ability to learn the french language over the years, and believes taking multiple languages at once is beneficial. “Marina has excelled tremendously since French II. Marina listens really well and seems to have a natural “ear” for languages and picking up on patterns. She absorbs everything that I teach, and remembers it from year-to-year. She has spread her wings and challenges herself in all three languages now, which is a huge and brave step. She is able to use her knowledge from French to help her to learn Spanish and German. Her confidence is strong because what she knows in one language, she can transfer to another and it helps her,” said Zaleski. Part of the learning process, Madame believes, it not being afraid to try. “Marina is not afraid to try the language. She volunteers to speak and to read and to give new grammar concepts a try. She looks at the grammar as a puzzle and uses previous knowledge to figure out the new vocabulary and grammar in each unit that we study,” said Zaleski.

Out of the three languages, German is particularly harder for Marina to learn and comprehend than the others. “German is probably the most challenging because it’s so different from French and Spanish,” stated Marina. Both French and Spanish are considered romantic languages. German is in a completely different language branch, sharing more similarities with the English language. When it comes to choosing a favorite, Marina can’t decide. “I don’t really have a favorite. It’s hard to pick because they’re all different and there are aspects of each language that I like more than the others.” The fact that she has reached the AP level in both French and Spanish makes her very knowledgeable, but not yet fluent. “I’m definitely not fluent in any of them yet, but I can understand things here and there when I hear other people speaking.” Marina finds learning language and the culture behind each language enjoyable. “I think learning languages is really fun and I definitely want to travel, especially for whatever job I’ll have in the future,” said Marina.

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Taking a language does have its perks. Each language department takes an annual trip for students who want to apply their knowledge in a real world setting. Marina took advantage of using her understanding of the French language on the annual trip to Quebec. “This past summer when I went to Quebec, I loved getting to use what I have learned through my years of taking French to everyday people,” said Marina. It seems natural for a philologist to want to travel. “I definitely want to travel a lot more in the future and study abroad in college,” she said. Marina has already made a decision on which school she plans to attend next year. “My dad works at IUP so I’m doing my first two years there for free,” explained Marina. Then, to finish her bachelor’s degree she has her heart set on a big state school. “I’d like to go to Pitt or Penn State after my first two years, or a big school out of state,” Marina said. Marina’s hard work in high school stems from her goal to become a translator someday. “I want to major in linguistics in college and become a translator or interpreter. I also plan on learning other languages besides the three I’m currently studying,” explained Marina. Mrs. Zaleski is confident that Marina is capable of becoming a successful translator. “I believe that Marina will be a success and land some great jobs in the future, maybe even with the United Nations,” said Zaleski


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Seat belts are to be worn to retain people in their seats and to prevent or reduce injuries from a crash. The reason for making it a law for wearing seat belts is because they protect people and keeps people safe and secure.

Using your turn signal lets people behind you know where you are going and that you will be breaking soon. Turn signals help to caution other vehicles that you are trying to get in their lane or to turn onto another road.



You are supposed to drive a car length behind someone at all times. The only time this may not be true is when you are stuck in traffic. The reason for keeping your distance is because you don’t know if the car in front of you will slam on their breaks or break down.

The speed limit was created to improve safety for road traffic and to reduce the number of collisions. Speed limits help limit your speed and to keep your car in control at all times. The amount of speed depends on the area and the distance of the road.


By texting and driving you increase your chance of being involved in a car accident. If you get pulled over or get in an accident from it your insurance will go up, fines will be higher and your license could even be taken from you.

Senior Abby Blycheck practicing safe driving Unfortunately, 17-year-old Nicholas Richard Neiderhiser lost his life in a car accident along Route 711. The reason for the accident was a deer running out in front of his car. Living in Pennsylvania, you will come across different animals along with weather changes with the different seasons. Deer are more likely to be out and about during the fall which is hunting season. Deer tend to be with their family, so if you see one in the distance slow down and be cautious of your surroundings and speed. If a deer or any other animal would run out in front of your car, you should brake but do not swerve. Swerving from lane to lane puts your own life in danger and it also means cutting people off. If you were to cut someone off while they weren’t paying attention, they would more then most likely rear end you at the least. Teens are young and new drivers that are still learning every single day. The first step is to being a good driver is to always wear a seat belt. As much as it might feel uncomfortable or seem unnecessary, it is exactly the opposite from that. When you are driving someone always make sure that they are buckled in, it’s the law. The law statements “seat belt laws allow law enforcement officers to ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt, without any other traffic offense taking place.”

Emily Shean has a strong opinion about safety and teens making smart decisions. “I think it’s important to wear a seat belt because they can reduce your chances of getting really hurt in car accidents.” Pay attention to the speed limit and drive at that speed or 5 mph higher at most. “Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly,” said senior Courtney Hensel. A lot of people tend to not pay attention to the lights that come on in their car while they are driving. For example an engine light will come on and the driver won’t mention it to their parents until a week later. According to a poll from one hundred students that drive at Greater Latrobe, 63% said they do text and drive while only 37% of the people said that they do not text and drive. Many crashes happen today because of distractions. The number one distraction is cellular devices. “The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.” Too many people die from the something that shouldn’t even be an issue. Our generation is glued to technology and always feel a need to be on our phones. The thought that someone may have tried to reach you on your phone is one reason why people are constantly picking up their phones while on the road.

Your phone should be somewhere within reach. If you or someone near you would be in an accident you would need to call 911 asap. There is a difference between your phone being in reach and being in your hand. If you drive there is one thing you need to do, think about who else is on the road or who is in vehicle with you. There are babies in a car seat O BE A GOOD DRIVER that have so much to live for, you do not want to be the person to put their life in risk. Your friends or family members in the car are trusting “I am aware of my surroundings and I make you with their lives to make it to your sure that I never text and drive. I pay attendestination safely. The last thing your parents want tion to the speed limit and to make sure I’m is to get a call saying that their child not distracted by music or passenger(s).” has been in a car accident. Everyone Erin Grandgeorge, senior. around you cares about you. The first thing your family would think when they received the call was if their child was okay and living. How “As a young driver I realize that unsafe drivthe accident happened and who’s ing would threaten my future, so I make fault wouldn’t matter at that point. it a point to pay attention, drive under the Save yourself, your own life and let yourself come home to your family. speed limit, and not look at my phone while Do things for yourself and for driving. Speeding and texting aren’t worth your future. You can never predict your life.” Lauren Sigut, junior. what the future holds for anyone, but you can prepare for it. Take a pledge for yourself and for others, “I always concentrate on the road when I choose to drive safe. “Young drivers should always haveam driving. I drive at a moderate speed and two hands on the wheel. There are too many distractions to not,” said am cautious at all times. “ Kaitlyn Swiger, Junior. Mr. Saveikis.

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Photos and Article by Molly May, Sports Editor


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Happy Thanksgiving

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE In this world, there are so many things to be grateful for, but how many of us actually are? And how many of us actually show it? Almost every conversation involves a complaint of some sort, and that’s no way to go about life. Try to go an entire day without complaining and see how hard it is. We are all guilty of this, but once aware of it, hopefully we can change. Instead of discussing what we don’t like about our lives or what we would rather have, we should be talking about what we have that we love, and the things that we are thankful for. Having a positive outlook leads to a good life. Your attitude in life, determines your altitude in life. With that being said, try to take note of all the good things that surround you. Gratitude can promote your physical health, believe it or not. Gratitude helps to lower blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, and actually lessens symptoms of illness Not only is this something that can benefit you, but also the people around you. Gratitude is proven to be contagious. The more thankful toward a person you are and the more you tell them, the more likely that person is to reconsider just how much you mean to them. Today, make it your goal to tell at least one person just how thankful you are for them and maybe someone will do the same for you. Alexandria Potter, Staff writer

Thanksgiving is a time of thanks. What are you grateful for? “I am thankful for my loving and supportive parents. Also Star Wars.”Rylee Jackson, Senior “I’m so thankful for my friends and family.”- Riely Grabiak, Senior “My family is what I’m truly thankful for.”- Gabby Oldenberg, Senior “Thankful for the life I live with my friends and family.”- Hailey Thiel, Senior “I’d say I’m thankful for our troops and everyone who serves our country. People take that for granted now a days.”Shannon Depree, Senior

My Thanksgiving tradition... “I spend the night at my aunt’s house and we have a movie day on Friday.” -Allie Brown, Junior “My family comes to my house and we eat Thanksgiving dinner together.” -Chooch Aiello, Freshman “For my Thanksgiving tradition, I always go to my grandma’s house and eat lunch.” -Dante Frescura, Freshman

“We go to three families on my mom’s and dad’s side and eat a lot of good food.” -Joseph Spillar, Freshman “I eat dinner with my family and watch and play football.”-Quinn Norman, Freshman

Mr. Marker assists members of Student Council to package Thanksgiving baskets for those in need in the Greater Latrobe community. Student Council collected food items and assisted members of the student body with assembling baskets to give to students in the high school in need of a meal this Thanksgiving.

PUMPKIN GOBS Molly Bobik is quite a baker. Check out her recipe for delicious pumpkin gobs. Go to to see the full recipe. VEGAN IDEAS Lydia Daily is a practicing vegan. Check out her recipe for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner.

“I eat dinner with my mother’s family in the afternoon, and later on at night I eat again with my dad’s family.” -Emma Stein, “I go to my grandma’s house and invite up Freshman to 20 of my family members to her house “I will go to dinner at my grandmas house every year.” -Will Burkhard, Freshman and my whole family has dinner together.” -Peyton Hrehovchak, Freshman “I spend time with my family that I don’t get to see all year.” -Nick Redinger, Freshman December 2017

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The High Post Find a piece of art in Greater Latrobe Senior High School that speaks to you. Describe how the perspective came to live in 2-3 sentences. Be sure to include artist and title of as well as the year it was acquired. “Watchful eye because it has nice color contrast and party designs and the moon is cool.”-Leah Hill, Sophomore.

“Father's Garden by Marty Lewis Cornelious. I Like this one because it's green and planty, you can see the brush strokes and texture.”- Daniel Womack, Sophomore. “Dreamstate, I really enjoy this piece, it gives off a happy feeling, also, the more I look at it the more I get lost in it.”-Mattie Harr, Sophomore.

2017 Art Selection process

“Slag Pile, by John D. Clarkson. Stood out to me because of it’s texture. The artist piled the paint in layers to give the painting texture and some dimensions. The painting reminds me of a volcano erupting and spilling over with paint and emotion as well.”-Madison Smith, Sophomore. “My favorite piece is Looking Good by jerry McClure. This was picked in 2015. It speaks to me because when I look at it I see myself.”-Jeffery Jones, Sophomore.

Paige Lesko, Staff writer

“Harvest Home” was a welcoming theme for the Greater Latrobe 2017 Art Gala. The night was alive with artists and spectators alike gathered together to share in the abundance of creativity within the community. Art Conservation Trust Chair, Barbara Nakles, recounted the night’s festivities and the importance of their impact on the community. “The night was absolutely fantastic with a near record crowd of attendees! This unique art collection unites every student and has done so for 81 years,” said Nakles. Greater Latrobe can be proud of the artists being featured, as many are alumni of Greater Latrobe and were grateful to be a part of the legacy. Artist Adalberto Ortiz of “Celestial” has been a long time artist and member of the Latrobe Art Community. Ortiz’s wife and sons went to Greater Latrobe High School and have participated in the many opportunities offered. Ortiz attended New York University where he studied theater and set design along with graphic design and fine art. Computer elements that create abstract ideas have always been an interest of Ortiz. His piece “Celestial” brings the concept of graphic design and abstract elements to the forefront of his work by creating the stars in an observatory. “I like to play around with the effects until it creates something I like,” commented Ortiz. Although “Celestial” wasn’t selected for the permanent collection, it is being sold for $6,000. The number one piece voted on by the student body is “Safari Selfie” created by Kathy Sartoris Rafferty. Selected by the stu-

dent body and the 100 friends of art, “Safari Selfie” touched the hearts of all of its viewers. “I am extremely grateful that my work was voted on by the students and adults! It is an honor,” a gracious Rafferty said after a congratulations was shared. Artists were not the only important people of the night. Special guests Mr. and Mrs. Lester Sutton were honored for their time and dedication to the Latrobe Art Conservation Trust. “I came to Latrobe sophomore year after attending nine schools prior. I had never been to a school with so many opportunities! The collection at Greater Latrobe is what exposed me to art and is what made me who I am today,” said Sutton. He treasures his time at Greater Latrobe High School and all of the valuable experiences and opportunities he’s been given. “I was amazed when I first came to Greater Latrobe High School because it looked like a college campus. The amount of opportunity here is such an advantage compared to my other schools,” recalled Sutton. To end a successful night, Greater Latrobe Alumni and the Latrobe Community sang together the Alma Mater accompanied by the Jazz band. “Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat,” said Barbara Nakles. Whether near or far, those Alumni of Greater Latrobe are connected through the permanent art collection they had a voice in selecting. The legacy continues as “Cheesecake” by William DiBernardi and “Streams of Living Water” by Richard Hower become the newest members of the iconic collection.

Art Selection process: The selection of artwork that enters the school goes through a long selection process before it is chosen. The first step is that the student council members go to local art museums and galleries such as The Latrobe Art Center to pick out local artist’s paintings that could be part of the collection. The decisions are based on price and the budget as well as what they think the whole school would be interested in. They select about 25 paintings to bring into the school to be voted on during an assembly. Art students are then selected to be docents for the assembly. They describe the artwork as well as give personal opinions and reflections of the piece in front of the entire school. The day after the assembly the student body picks one piece of art that was their favorite and the votes are then counted. The Art Gala is the showing of the artwork to the public, donors and well known community members. The docents speak at this event as well and the audience chooses their favorite pieces after hearing each speech. The community’s selection is compared to the students revealing the top five picks. After the top five pieces are picked, student council takes a vote to pick two of their favorite art pieces and those are then approved to be purchased and hung throughout the school hallways. What seems to be just the selection of pictures actually becomes a whole event and goes through a long wellthought decision process. Raven Dupilka, News Editor

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Safari Selfie by Kathy Sartoris Rafferty Cheesecake by William DeBernardi Skukuza Zebras by Lydia Mack Destiny Brewing by Stacey Pydynkowski Youth by Stacey Pydynkowski Qdoba by Alan Byrne Emergence by Sarah Hunter Ligonier Street Looking South by William Hoffman Jr. Sunday Morning Drive by Robin Grass The ‘Burgh by James Kozak Streams of Living Water by Richard Hower Light, Shadow, Texture, FormMy View of Degas’ Little Dancer by Diana Williams Seafaring Textures by Diana Williams Ode to Matisse by Doreen Currie Dark Energy by Ronald Nigro Celestial by Adalberto Ortiz Monk’s Dream by Joseph Ryznar Girl Afloat by Marcia Koynok Marilyn Mourns by Elizabeth Roseborough Pasture by Bud Gibbons The Harris Theater by James Guentner O’hia Lehua at Dawn by Denise Maughan Pink Gerbera Daisy by Denise Maughan

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Anna Mowrey playing the piano during the Harvest Photos by Raven Dupilka “Arnold Palmer by Senga Murrary, purchases in 1994 is a great piece. This piece really comes to life due to the exact details of the Late Latrobe Legend. Home Art Gala event. It speaks to me because Arnie was such a great guy for the community and all Ashley Taylor around awesome.”-Mike Sullenberger, Sophomore and Layne Lazor were two out of many docents at this years Art Gala.

“On The Rocks by Barbra Grimm is a beautiful piece of art that reminds me of a nice summer day by a stream, it looks really peaceful and takes me somewhere beyond the walls of the school.”-Jenna Girt, Sophomore. “The artist of this piece is George Klim, and the title is Arnold Palmer. It shows how Mr. Palmer is feeling and looking.”-Jarren Stein, Sophomore. “The piece of art I chose is Moonlight Over Cornstalks by Paul McMillan, acquired in 2012, I really like the use of different shades of blue to create shadow and light.”-Katie M, Sophomore. “Winter Silhouettes by Bernice Lehman Berman 1995. I like the art because of its abstract properties that leave room for so many perspectives and understandings.”-Kayla Frett, Sophomore. “Water Hole is a beautiful oil painting. It caught my eye because of the appeal of it.”-Garrett Stock, Sophomore. “The Beach, because this painting reminds me of when I was little and went to the beach. The reason I picked this painting is because of how well textured it was created The mix of the rough, and smooth textures of the pebbles and the roughness of the leaves and scales was a great detail to the piece, also I picked this because my friends grandma made it so I got to see it before it was revealed. ”-Alex Wilson, Sophomore. “I chose Youth by Stacey Pydynkowski because of its meaning. As a teenager, I sometimes try to grow up too fast. I lose sight of the fact that I’m only young once, so I should make the most of my youth. It emphasizes that time is not infinite.”-Abby Shaffer, Sophomore. “I chose “Streams of Living Water by Richard Hower because it represents God, who’s pouring water with His hand onto a tree and the water also creates a beautiful and spectacular landscape with a delta that flows into a big lake. I am Christian so the fact that it’s God’s hands pouring the water has a religious factor that is deep and meaningful to me.”-Aviavna Beckett, Sophomore. “The piece of art I chose was Streams of Living Water by Richard Howard. S I chose this one because the painting shows that God’s hands are in the sky letting water go, and without God nothing would be living.”-Sidnie Gmuer, Sophomore.

Madison Kornides, a senior, has been a docent at the Art Gala for the past 4 years. The Art Gala is a commemoration to the art that the high school has brought over the years and place where students present possible new pieces for the art collection. Kornides enjoys looking at the art and finding the meaning in each piece. She does the Gala every year because she likes to see what is selected and learn about the artists and their works. This year, she covered “The ‘Burgh” and “Streams of Living Water.” “The ‘Burgh” is her favorite piece out of all the years she has been doing it because it is unlike another piece in the schools collection. “Not only is it three dimensional, but its use of movement and color pops” Kornides says. Although she is hoping to become a pharmacists, she does plan to keep some time in her life to appreciate art. Jason Starr. Staff writer

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Where is it from? Sweater- JCPenney Jeans- American Eagle Booties- Michael Kors How much? Sweater- $20 Jeans- $55 Booties- $250 Inspiration: Kasey Lettrich, Carrie Bradshaw

Where is it from? Sweater- Abercrombie & Fitch Jeans- American Eagle Shoes- Sonoma How much? Sweater- $60 Jeans- $50 Shoes - $100 Quote: “The grandma look”

Where is it from? Jacket- Pacsun Shirt- Zumiez Jeans- Pacsun Shoes- TJ Maxx How much? Jacket- $36 Shirt- $26 Jeans- $45 Shoes- $30 Quote: “Everyday go-to”

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My favorite song: promises by Wiz Khalifa One word to describe me is: Bubbly My most embarrassing junk food is: Spoonfuls of Peanut Butter My passion is: shopping My dream job is: lawyer My favorite season is: summer My most embarrassing moment is: getting in school for attending a pool party at Courtney’s house during school hours My favorite quote is: “No matter where life takes me, fine me with a smile” by Mac Miller

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When I was 10, I wanted to be: an astronaut My Favorite Song is: Thing Called Love by NF One word to describe me is: Nice My Most embarrassing junk food is: cheese balls My passion is: preserving despite all Odds My dream job is: being a writer My favorite season is: fall My most embarrassing moment is: slipping in heels in the hallway My favorite quote is: “it’s smaller on the outside” -Clara Oswald from Doctor Who

When I was 10, I wanted to be: an NFL Player Favorite Song: “Look at me” by xxxtentacion One word to describe me is: tall My most embarrassing junk food is: twinkies My passion is: football My dream job is: sky diving My favorite season is: summer My most embarrassing moment is: listening to Selena Gomez before football games My favorite quote is: “If you ain’t first, you’re last”

When I was 10, I wanted to be: A Pittsburgh steeler My favorite song is: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson One word to describe me is convivial My most embarrassing junk food is: cosmic brownies My passion is: sports My dream job is: Pennsylvania state trooper My favorite season is: fall My most embarrassing moment is: messing up the planer in wood My favorite quote is: “don’t worry, be happy” by Bob Marley

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As you can see my shirt, I play field hockey. I’ve played for three years, the team is really close. We have a lot of fun, especially bus rides when we dance and sing really loud. I don’t have a lot of classes with friends this year, just my one friend, and it makes it difficult. School is a lot harder this year, I’ve been really busy and stressed, but I get my license soon so that’s pretty exciting.”

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Café Borgia

By Naveed Mitchel

By Hailey Thiel

beautiful young woman running around the town on a fall night, right off the corner of Café Borgia, where the heavy street lights cover her face, flowing down her body as she brings herself closer to each one. Patiently waiting as she comes to a crossroad, she turns to the right, looking at her reflection, beaming off the glass window of Cafe Borgia. Finding herself looking deeper than her reflection, she smiles upon a little girl and her mother, picking out warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies, making her reminisce on the warmth of her mother and sister. As she allows her eyes to wander from one scene to the next, she comes across a couple about her age, sitting off to the right sharing a cup of warm hot chocolate, having what looks to be their first date. The excitement and joy beaming off this woman's smile as she looks at this young man she had just met shows their personalities clearly, inside and out. A man shouting, “Keep it movin’ lady!”, echos through These small images being thoughts. She found herself the street, shattering her not wanting to leave, wanting an invitation seen fills her heart with happi- but in. Within seconds, the heavy glass door swings open by the gentle hand ness and cleanses her mind. of the beautiful young woman. These thoughts of warmth, childhood, love, and family made her want much more. She makes her way to the front of the Café and orders two of those warm, homemade chocolate chip cookies to go along with the warm hot chocolate the couple was sipping on. These small images being seen fills her heart with happiness and cleanses her mind. She remembers all the things she has done with her family, and fantasizes over all of the things that are to come for her in the near future. “Ding”, comes from the counter of the Café, having her order packed up to go, she grabs the bag and cup full of warmth, pushes the heavy glass door, swinging back open by the same gentle touch of the young woman. She looks up at the heavy lights and asks herself when the last time she had been away from the chaos of the city. Seeing all the lights shine brighter than the stars seemed to bother her in this moment. Taking her back to a time when her and her sister, who had passed away 2 years ago, would sit under a radiant tree while gazing up at the stars above. At that exact moment was when she decided to take her warm chocolate chip cookie and hot chocolate up to that very tree on the hill outside the city. When she arrives, she takes off her heavy jacket, laying it against the old tree on the hill. This leaving her only in a lights grey sweater, with her hair flowing against it. She crosses her legs, leans back against the old tree, looking up at the stars. Taking out one of her two warm cookies, she sets one to the right beside her and put the other in her hand. Her sister sat on the right and she sat on the left. The feeling of her sister sitting beside her never leaves when under that old tree on the hill. She believes the stars are even brighter when she sits up there because of her sister, and she thanks her for that every time. The young woman looking up at the stars forgets all of her responsibilities just until she comes back down to the city. She sat up on that hill, under that old tree, for 2 hours looking up at the brightened stars. She comes down back to the city knowing each time she goes back to the tree it will be the exact same, unlike the chaos of the city below.

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Chapter 2

There was a sudden pounding on the door of Bigby’s office, he groaned and made sure there was still a gun in the drawer. “Come in..” He said. A human male and an insectoid walked in. He sighed and moved his hand from the drawer, they really didn’t look all that dangerous. “Hello sir! We were wondering if you could provide us your services, we need someone who can help us with getting the cargo places and can handle themselves in dangerous spots,” the man said with a confident smile. His friend had his face in a palm. Bigby sighed, ‘It’s just a cargo protection job, worst will probably cargo jackers depending on the cargo..’ He thought to himself. “What’s the cargo?” He inquired. “Uh….” the other man’s confident smile dropped. “We uh… don’t...know exactly….” he laughed nervously. “We just deliver after getting paid…” “So you’re smugglers….wonderful..” Bigby sighed, if there was one type of person he hated, it was a smuggler. To him they were cocky, adventure junkies that were great targets for cargo jackers, they had little crew and little weapon experience. The man was nervous “….we can pay you a lot, plus half of our pay..” he offered in hopes to coax him. “My offer is 5,000 credits and 50%,” Bigby kept a stern look. The man looked somewhat glad. “It’s a deal, I’m Jek, by the way, the bug is Hobb,” he held out a hand so they could shake. “Bigby.” He shook his hand. ***************************************** The three made their way to the Alexandra after getting the location of transport. When they got to the ship, they watched as armored men loaded a metal crate into the cargo bay and left. ‘Gotta be important to need armored guards…’ Hobb thought. Bigby watched with suspicion. Once the guards left, Jek put it in one of the hiding places used for smuggling. Once that was secured, they waited for clearance to leave. Unbeknownst to the three, a feminine figure watched them from afar in the catwalk of the bay.

***************************************** Hobb pulled them out of hyperspace to refuel both the ship and their supplies. They docked in the bay of the station, Jek leaving with Hobb to get the supplies and dinner. Bigby stayed on the ship because of an uneasy feeling he was having. He waited until they left and went to see what it was they were transporting. He tried to open the metallic crate. It was sealed shut. Examining the lock, he saw it was one of the most expensive locks money could buy in every system. ‘What is it that they’re transporting?’ Bigby inquired to himself in frustration. Unbeknownst to him, an invisible intruder had entered the ship to steal the precious cargo.

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Record: 9-0 “Our team is goofy, supportive, and loving. We have a family walking into practices and matches. We were undefeated, which was a great experience. The girls are all so humble even though they’re so amazing” senior captain Taylor Miller.


Cheerleading Cross Country


Record: 1-14 “This season was definitely a transition year. We were not that successful in wins, but this team was continually growing. We played with heart in every single game, even when the score was not what we wanted it to be” senior captain Hannah Nemanic.

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Record: 7-2 “The season didn’t start as great as we had hoped, but after lots of time and hard work put into training, we began to see the results. There are a lot of underclassmen that have potential to exceed, and I believe the upcoming years will show that. After this season I consider the girls team as more of my family than just teammates” senior captain Sydney Green.

“This season was truly such an amazing experience. I feel like this season, we transformed from a team into a family. No matter what had happened during the season, good or bad, one thing remained the same: we all stuck together. I am so proud of what this team has been able to accomplish so far and I look forward to the fall season” senior captain Bianca Pate.

Record: 6-10-1 “The season wasn’t as great as we wanted it to be, but we worked hard each day. We needed to get the ball off our feet quicker” senior captain Dylan Zupanc.

Cross Country

Record: 6-3 “All in all, the season was successful, we improved our record from last year and I’m proud of how the team performed” senior captain Colin Wilson.


Record: 13-1 “This season was great. We had a chance to go undefeated but came up short against Penn Trafford, it was a close match”senior captain Mike Sherid.

Field Hockey


Record: 7-6 “This season the team really stepped up to show the section how talented we can be and with that came a successful season of more wins than losses and this was only the beginning” senior captain Hailey Thiel.

Record: 1-9 “It felt exhilarating having a win under our sleeve. Like the pressure was just lifted off of our shoulders. I truly never found better girls to play with. We never gave up on each other. The season was truly successful despite the deceiving record” senior captain Gracie Stynchula.

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Record: 4-6 “We made huge strides as the season went on. Even though I didn’t play, it was still a great season all around” senior captain Zach Yesho.

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Nick Malizia, Staff writer

Senior ice hockey defensemen Blake Rossi has been an outstanding all around player for the high school and the Esmark Stars. The Esmark Stars, Rossi’s second league, is a fast-paced hockey team with many boys from the Pittsburgh Area. The Stars are in the second best league in class AAA, the first being Tier 1, and they still play top ranked teams, such as eighth out of a hundred twenty teams from all across the country. The Stars won their 2016 tournament, which consisted of sixteen top ranked teams. Last month, Rossi received an award for Best Defensemen in his second league. “I think it’s a huge honor, because there’s a lot of good teams, we have about twenty teams in our league, so getting the award for the month is a huge honor,” said Rossi. Playing defense can be a tough task if not a tough player, but not for Rossi. He says the key is always play on the defensive, but always look to

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J.T. SCHIMIZZI SENIOR #39 -CENTER “Hockey satisfies my complete level, and my extreme will to win, while also molding friendships that will stay with me for the rest of my life.” Other Teams: Esmark Stars U18 Locations Played: All over the country JARED STEIN SOPHOMORE #45 -WING “Playing hockey means to have fun and be with the boys.” Other Teams: Westmoreland Eagles Locations Played: Kirk S. Nevin Arena COLE FERRI SOPHOMORE #11 -WING “Hockey means a lot to me, I just love the sport and you get to meet so many other guys and make so many long time friends.”

shake up the offense. “I can jump in the play a lot, and help the forwards out, score some big goals, trying to get rebounds with my shots,” said Rossi. A professional role model for Rossi, would be Kris Letang for the Pittsburgh Penguins, because of his leadership and defensive skill. “He’s a big leader, plays the body a lot, scores big time goals for the Pens.” said Rossi. Rossi and the Stars are returning to Minnesota to compete in their tournament and look to repeat their championship win. “We play some

big teams in this tournament, we play the number eight team in the country right now, we’re ranked fifty-ninth out of one hundred and thirty teams. We’re going to be playing teams all ahead of us, it’s going to be a big weekend for us.” said Rossi. His mindset going into a game is to keep it simple. “I like to not over think, just think about the things I need to do, think about the things I need to do while I’m on the ice, nothing fancy or anything like that,” said Rossi.

Other Teams: Esmark Stars U16 Locations Played: Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Detroit DOM HART JUNIOR #13 - WING “Playing hockey means everything to me. Since 4th grade when I moved to Latrobe I’ve wanted to win a state championship.” Other Teams: Westmoreland Eagles Locations played: Kirk S. Nevin Arena, Pittsburgh Area DARICK HRTANSKI SOPHOMORE #72 - DEFENSE “I don’t know what I would do without hockey because you get to meet a lot of good and funny people and it is just really fun to play” Other Temas: Westmoreland Eagles, Allegheny

Badgers, and Steel City Ice Renegades Locations Played: Kirk S. Nevin GAGE HANDWORK JUNIOR #35 - GOALTENDER “Playing hockey is a fun way to hangout with friends and also a competitive, intense sport that I have played since a young age. It stuck with me and became my passion” Other Teams: Westmoreland Eagles, A major Black Locations played: Greensburg, across Western PA NICK BYRD SOPHOMORE #41 - DEFENSE “Playing hockey is my life. I don’t know what I would do without it.” Other teams: Westmoreland Eagles, A major black

PLAYER PROFILE -Four year cross country WPIAL qualifier. -800 meter WPIAL finalist. -Personal best of 2:02.25 in 800 meter. -Personal best of 17:47 in 5k. -USATF national qualifier. -Personal best of 4:23 in 1500 meter.

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When the question of hockey in Rossi’s future comes up, he states that he would rather play college hockey than play in the NAHL. “I really want to go to college, so if it’s anywhere from a division three to division one college would be great. I don’t really want to play juniors, I’d rather get an education.” said Rossi. This will be his third year with the Esmark Stars organization and tenth year being involved in AAA hockey.

What inspired you to become an athlete? Who pushed/motivated you? My family is the main reason I became an athlete. Growing up I always watched sports with my dad and instantly fell in love with the sports world. I am so thankful for my family and the way they motivated me along the way. What is your favorite memory from being a high school athlete? I've made so many memories with my teammates throughout my career. Some of my favorites include kayaking with Jake Wydarney and running a personal best at WPIAL finals my junior year.

What do you feel was your greatest strength as a player? Throughout my career my greatest strength has always been leadership. I've been a captain for my cross country team for three year and show the same leadership qualities in track. I think leadership is the most important quality an athlete can have because you can use leadership skills almost anywhere in life. Adrianna Guarino, Staff writer

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