The High Post Publications of Greater Latrobe Senior High School October 2017
Volume 94; Issue 1
Students excitedly sign away memories in this yearâ€™s edition of the Latrobean
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2 FEAtures AP Tests prove worthy for Focused Smith
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Josh Clevenger, Staff Writer Every year students are testing, testing, and more testing. Testing is the major part of all classes because it is a summary of all information in the section with only your knowledge to help you. For some classes, the teachers look to use your test for more than just that class and look to use a test to help your future. Every Advanced Placement, or AP, course has an overall test at the end of the year, and if the student chooses to take it and passes rewards such as a leg-up in college rankings or even college credit pay off. Some students who take the exams may take one or two at the most in one year, however, junior Zach Smith is taking four AP exams. This however does not overwhelm Smith. This is not his first year taking an AP test, so he knows exactly how to prepare for them. Smith always takes a week before the test to go back and review all his notes from that class for the year. “The teachers typically do a good job giving you the information you need to know for the test, so it’s good to go back and look at what they gave you,” said Smith. He remembers that having a strong brain helps for the test, so Smith always eats a full dinner the night before, gets at least eight hours of sleep, and eats a full breakfast that morning. According to Smith, the body is what takes the test, so it’s good to keep it in good shape. For a typical student, four AP tests is a lot for a single school year. When asked if it is difficult to keep up with them all, Smith responded, “It is extremely difficult, but the reward is worth the challenge.” Smith isn’t taking all these tests without reason either, he is looking for the class experience as well. He is taking the classesbecause he finds that the information given to him through the course is beneficial to himself. He can use the knowledge so he has the ability to be ahead in his college career. Smith is also taking the class for the extra college credit. Smith is an exemplary student in Greater Latrobe. Schoolwork, however, is not Zach’s only focus through his high school Mr. MCombie led the Freshman in some stretches to career. Smith also enjoys working on computers and cars at start the morning. A team of girls competed against a home. He plays tennis in the school during the spring, and is team of boys in a balloon popping game. always ready to try something new. With such a busy life, there is not much room for anything else, but at the same time he is willing to take on more.
LINK CREW WELCOMES FRESHMAN
80 Link crew leaders welcomed the freshmen on their official first day of highschool on Monday, August 30. Before hand, this large group of students went through two days of training and came out with outstanding results.
Mixed Media Field Trip
Alex Hartley, Staff Writer
On March 26, The 2D/3D and fabric arts classes took a field trip at the Carnegie Art Museum for a fashion line based off of Iris Van Herpen’s 3D designs. Juniors Luke Sobien and Hunter Stumpf and sophomore Anna Evancho captured most of the trip and got pictures of the artist’s designs. Iris Van Herpen is 32 years old and got to be the one first designers to use the 3D printer to be able to make these stunning designs. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga and Beyoncé got to wear her designs on the red carpet.
The 2D/3D and fabric arts classes are planning on tie dying aprons and auctioning them all off to different charities. “When I first signed up I thought of it as a way to get out of class, but until I got there and walked around a bit, I saw all the dresses and I thought to myself that this is pretty cool and is going to be really interesting,” said Sobien. He’s in 2D/3D arts and got to experience major beautiful works of art that is only open for a temporary amount of time.
Photos by Cennedi Fry and Complied by Kenzie Shafron
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Saint Vincent provides scholarship to preserve Arnold Palmer’s legacy
Ben Dittmar, Staff Writer Saint Vincent College has announced a new scholarship program called the Arnold D. and Winifred W. Palmer Scholarship program. The program was created to insure that the Palmer’s legacy and values be passed down to future students in the local area. They searched for students who thrived in the subjects they were in. Out of sixty students, five were chosen from Latrobe. The students that were offered the scholarship are seniors Levi Baum, Jacob Etling, Antonio Noble, Isabelle Orange, and Mary Person. Mary accepted the scholarship and plans to major in biology. “When we accepted the scholarship we have an adviser who contacts us,” said Mary. “She was really nice and met everybody.” Mary is involved in school activities that enhance her leadership. She is one of the leaders of Key Club and is involved in Interact Club, both community service organizations. Her well-roundedness is evident through her musical talents in chorus and chamber choir. She was also involved in auditioning choirs outside of
school. Ever since she was in seventh grade, she has been involved in the musicals at Greater Latrobe. Out of all of them, High School Musical and Titanic were her favorites. Even though she is not majoring in theater, she plans to participate in the musicals in college. Mary competes in beauty pageants outside of school. Her parents were involved with the Miss 4th of July pageant and wanted her to get involved. She enjoyed it so much that she competed in 2016 and won. She plans to continue competing in pageants during and after college. Mary volunteers outside of school. She has helped to raise cancer awareness for children, helped at fundraisers for wounded veterans, and volunteered at the local food bank. She will continue to change people’s lives even after college. Antonio Noble also plans on accepting the scholarship. He plans to major in accounting and business from a reputable school. He plays varsity baseball for Greater Latrobe and for the Unity Township
Bulldogs and plans to continue to play as a bearcat. He started to play when he was in fifth grade and has loved it ever since. Antonio is also a member of the Greater Latrobe Letterman’s Club and a member of the National Honor Society. Levi Baum is also accepting the scholarship. He plans on majoring in history and wants to become a history teacher. “This is the first time Saint Vincent has it,” said Levi. “It is specific to Latrobe students going to Saint Vincent and the staff and admission counselors work with the principals and staff here and helped to find students who are just in their mind, academically achieved and are involved in clubs at the school.” The scholarship program has also made a book about Arnold Palmer and what he has done in his lifetime. The book shows pictures of him golfing and talks about his best memories during his career, standing out in his own way. All of these students stand out in their own unique ways. And when they graduate they will continue to achieve great things and continue Arnold Palmers and Winifred Palmers legacies.
Scholars Exceed: Running Bases/Reading Beats
Ben Dittmar, Staff Writer he can do what he loves. “My parents keep me on task, but if I The fine arts combined with athletics are what makes GLSD am not doing well they will not let me do the musical or quit stand out. Ever since the school was founded, it has offered stuboth.” dents the opportunity to showcase talents. Reed Demangone is an outstanding Both push musician. He owns seven different types “For singing, your voice is like of instruments, students to do their best, but they chalthe string bass, violin, lenge students in ways that are both piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, an instrument, and the air is important for a bass guitar, and acoustic electric guitar. your bow.” ~Reed Demangone His voice is like no other. Growing up person, brains and physical health. Sara Blair, a junior, has played softball he was deaf and had to use sign lanever since she was eight years old and has guage. When he had surgery done on enjoyed it ever since. his ears, the only way he knew how to talk was by singing, and as “I have made a lot of friendships,” Sara said. “They are always time went by he perfected his voice to reach higher notes. there and if you need somebody to go to your team is there.” During his junior year he took AP music theory, along with Sara has a GPA of 4.06 and has straight A’s on her report card. four other AP classes. “It keeps me really busy,” said Reed. Sports help her to stay on track and focus on what she needs to Theatre helps more with brain strength rather than physical do to be successful. strength. An actor must memorize his or her lines and it may Drew Kaczmarkiewicz is involved in both swimming and take hours just to memorize one scene. music. He is able to balance both the musical and swimming in “It is very challenging but enjoyable,” Reed said. “For singing, his already busy schedule. your voice is like an instrument, and the air is your bow.” “Swimming keeps me in shape and singing keeps my voice in Reed was always an outgoing person. Being on stage was natshape and it lets me meet a lot of people,” said Drew. ural and stage fright never bothered him. He even signed up to It is not easy to balance both. There are swimming practices in be in a singing competition in Chicago. They pick 200 students the mornings and in the afternoons and when the musical comes nationwide and at the end 12 will be nominated for a scholarship up he has to decided which would be most important. of 2 ½ million dollars. There will be many colleges at the conven“I chose to sacrifice swimming at times and choir at times to tion to look for people with talent and offering scholarships. The balance them both, but I did focus on musical more.” convention was held on Thursday, May 17 to Sunday, May 20. “I wanted to show Mr. Krack and Miss Surden that I wanted Greater Latrobe has so much talent in both fine arts and athto go for it,” said Drew. letics. And these students will continue to carry on their passions Drew’s parents keep him on task at home with his studies so after high school and even college.
Student Council members as leaders of the school made teacher appreciation week filled with gratitude. Throughout the week the teachers received calendars, notebooks, pens, breakfast, and a Subway lunch as gifts. In appreciation-“I appreciate the work my teachers put in for teaching me for 180 days straight.” Cory Caperell Grade 11 “I appreciate Mr. Snyder my math teacher and Mrs. Pellegrino. They both take there time to help me understand what we are learning and it need be will help me out of class. They make jokes and tell stories to entertain or give detail.” August Haun Grade 11 “Thank you to Mrs. Prady for all you do for the GOAL class. We will all miss you next year as we move onto the next program. We all really enjoyed all you did to support us. So, in short, thank you.” Zach Burger Grade 9 “I appreciate my teacher Mrs. Doyle because of how much she cares about her students and how badly she wants them to succeed. She always has the best tips and advice.” Kiara Dumbauld Grade 10 “Mr. Snyder is probably my favorite teacher. I like how he teaches us.” Shea Murphy Grade 9 “Mrs. Skala is a wonderful and inspiring teacher. English has never been a favorite subject of mine, but I actually find her class enjoyable. Thank you, Mrs. Skala for being such a good teacher! I’ll miss you next year.” Paige Williams Grade 9
4 FEATURES WHAT DID YOU DO THIS SUMMER?
On June 28, 2017 a group of students visited Tossa del Mar
Twelve students gave up a small portion of their summer from June 19 to July 1for a trip to Spain with teachers Mrs. Harvey and Mr. Mayger.
Photos by Bianca Pate
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Seniors Show Respect at Flight 93 Memorial
Arianne Camarote, Staff Writer It was cold and rainy as we, fifty of my fellow classmates, boarded the bus. It took about an hour to get to Shanksville from Greater Latrobe High School. Pulling into the road that led to the Flight 93 Memorial site, I saw sprawling land with beautiful trees. Coming up on the memorial site, brand new buildings and walk ways lead you in every direction. I, personally, have never been to the Flight 93 Memorial before so seeing all of it was really amazing. The black sidewalks had a unique texture that the park ranger had said symbolized the flight path of the plane. Following the walkway, our group reached the end which looked over all of the land including the big rock that symbolized where the plane had crashed on September 11, 2001. It’s amazing how just one day can change a place, a people, a nation forever. The group was then led into the museum, where you could see remnants of the plane and personal belongings from the plane crashing and you were able to watch videos of newscasts on New York and the Pentagon, where other planes had crashed. Listening to recordings that the victims had sent to their loved ones really brought to life the their voices, their choices. I’m usually calm under pressure, but after watching the videos and listening to those passengers I was shaken; the impact it leaves is huge. It runs through your head that this really happened, that those planes really crashed and changed America and that these people never went home, never got the chance to grow old or continue their dreams. That impacts me. The park ranger left an impact on me. He said today if you don’t leave here with anything else, then leave with the fact that everyday is not promised and that a split second could change everything. Everything had left me feeling like I had a new purpose in life. I think it’s important
for everyone to realize the same the purpose of life. We all need to be nicer to one another and be forgiving when we get the chance, to understand that we don’t have a right to tomorrow. Everyone should visit the Flight 93 memorial, for it puts things in perspective. “In visiting the Flight 93 Memorial with my students, I expected it to be a somber experience, and it was. In the social studies department at the high school, we have incorporated the events of September 11th into the 10th grade US History curriculum. We also try to bring in guest speakers for our remembrance day. Therefore, I am familiar with the events and history of Flight 93. However, while on this field trip, I was taken aback by the stories the Park Ranger told us, the museum, and the memorial. The stories from the Park Ranger were ones I hadn’t heard before, as they were told to him by friends and families of the victims on Flight 93. The calls home were emotional for me and very impactful. Although difficult to listen to, linking emotion into learning often leaves a lasting impression. I will never forget my first visit to the Flight 93 Memorial,” said Kara Olecki-Leeper, teacher of Global Studies/ World Cultures, Law I and Law II , Economics. “I enjoyed Park Ranger Greg’s stories about the angels,” said senior Josh Kennedy. “I was most impacted by the many stories the ranger shared with us, the impact visitors have had on the ranger was amazing and inspiring,” said senior Kim Floyd. “Listening to the recorded messages from the people on the plane to their loved ones in their last moments is what impacted me,” said senior Mercedes Young. The seniors were very young on that fateful day in 2001 when only 31 miles away, 40 heroes deflected the flight path of the terrorist attacks on September 11. This experience granted a new understanding of life and death.
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Always Remember 9/11
“Together as one nation and one people, we will drive the cancer of terrorism from the face of the Earth.” Molly Cunningham and Maura Rodgers, Staff Writers
They say that when you’re under the age of 2, you aren’t supposed to remember very much, but I was one year old that day, and I remember, vividly, a very short memory. I remember getting in the car to go home from my first day of daycare, and I remember my mom looking at me and my siblings with a serious expression saying; “Something very bad happened today…” and that’s where the memory stops. Ever since, everything that happened on September 11, 2001 hits me harder than anything. It’s a tragedy that made history. Over the course of my life, I have volunteered at many places from the the beaches of South Carolina to the highways of Western Pennsylvania. By far, my favorite community volunteer work would have to be the work I’ve done for the Flight 93 memorial. When we moved to Pennsylvania, we knew about Shanksville, but we only made the 40 minute trip on occasion. When I got into highschool, I started volunteering in my community more and decided to help out at Flight 93. Not many teens volunteer up there, in fact, not many people volunteer there at all, so they had a large amount of jobs I could do. I’ve washed
Photos by Molly Cunningham
the windows of the visitor’s center, cleaned up trash on the nature trail, carried a lantern during the ceremony, helped direct parking on busy days, and I was even asked to create a brochure for the memorial and the surrounding national parks. A couple times, while volunteering, people have come up to me and my siblings thanking us for our volunteer work, and even some of the family members took the time to speak with us. I am thankful for every experience I’ve had up there because everytime I go, I feel as though I get closer and closer to the heroes we lost on that day over 16 years ago. -Alexandria Potter, Staff Writer
On September 11, 2001 a tragedy happened that day that still affects us to this day. There were 37 passengers and 4 hijackers on Flight 93 16 years ago. “We pause as a nation to not so much remember tragedy, but to celebrate heroism, and patriotism. ” Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech on Monday, September 11, 2017, that I will always remember. His words were so strong and personal, I really took it to heart. As Pence said, “Every day for 16 years their actions have inspired many, to stand up, to follow.” As he said this, a feeling of empowerment came over me. “I learned personally the sequences of events, that day.” People may not realize how this affected people and their familie. Hearing about the people, and the stories made me feel like I was there experiencing the pain, and loss from the attacks. The passengers and crew of Flight 93 stood up and did something for us and our country that we as Americans will never for-
get. Between speeches and the Celtic Aire band, they sang about the voices that spoke for the entire country. Each name was announced and blown into the wind, along with the ringing of the bells. As I sat there and listened to the echoes, I felt like I personally knew each and every person. Mike Pence mentioned the two words that Todd Beamer said before they charged the cockpit, and took down the terrorists who wanted to destroy our country, “Let’s roll.” Out of respect, Pence, along with the family members had a private ceremony after he gave his speech. As I looked around the audience, I could see and feel the impact on the people who can truly remember that day, and the ones who were not yet old enough to remember, but the words glued to us. As we remember the heroes and victims of 9/11, Mike Pence said, “Before that day they were ordinary people, but on that day they became extraordinary.”
How has the tragedy of September 11, 2001 impacted you in today’s society? “The tragedy of 9/11 has impacted the society that I live in today by making me feel a lot safer in events of terrorism. This allows me to be more free with what I can do.” -Matthew Cox, sophomore
“It impacted a lot in today’s society by having more rules in the airport security. It was a dramatic change to everyone that saw or was injured by it. I also think that whoever died and those families that are missing someone they love is a huge to society.” -Hannah DeStefano, freshman “It has impacted me through high security at airports, and tourist sites. And along with, others are less able to see and do things they loved prior to 9/11.” -Michael Dunlap, senior
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It’s All About the Game
Squirt Gun Assassin has become a trend in states across America. Local students from schools across Western Pennsylvania have been participating in the game filled with strategy, gossip, drama, and memories. Teens from Derry, Hempfield, PT, and GCC became part of the trend. Last year, Hempfield principal publicly put a halt on the game which can sometimes get out of control. The object of the game is to drench your target team in water, which eliminates that person from that round. Each team of four is supposed to squirt all four of the targets of another given team out by a certain day and time. If all four
members of the team get out, the team is out of the game completely. Within GL SGA hosted by Senior Alex White and Paxton Knupp, 53 teams competed over the spring weeks, but only one could be the winner. Team one which includes Tony Aiello, Ryan Shawley, Michael Mucci, and Austin Butler was the winning, but the winning money was split in half. Half of the money went to the winners, while the other half was donated to Meah Ezykowsky, a 2016 graduate from Latrobe who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in March.
Here are a few of the stories---
“I was leaving for lacrosse practice and then I saw some cars blocking my driveway. I parked outside so I couldn’t go outside to go to my car, so I took my mom’s car from the garage. Then I backed it through my grass. I pulled into my neighbor’s driveway and tried to drive away. Then Austin, Justin, and Nick backed me in and I hit my neighbor’s mailbox.” -Kaylin Kostic “They were hiding in my driveway at 5:45 in the morning. I came out at 7:20 and they got me. I can’t believe they got me. If I would have gone in late, they still would have stayed to get me.” -Chad Palombo
Winning team members include Michael Mucci, Ryan Shawley, Austin Butler, and Tony Aiello.
“Laura [Graytok] and Shelby [Wetzel] told someone from the track team to get Victoria Potter to go to Dairy Queen. Then Austin Butler drove them to Dairy Queen and he let them sit in his car until she got there. Once she got there Laura and Shelby got her and then Austin got Laura and Shelby in sudden death.” -Erika Gustafson “Gavyn picked me up from my house and I had the squirt gun in my pocket and then when we got to the stop sign I pulled out the squirt gun and shot him in the leg.” -Becca Tatone
“I went to pick Sarah up for school and Sarah told me that she had Noah Belak so when I walked into her house in the morning she got me, so I helped Noah, who had her, get her out.” -Adam Wolford --> “Adam [Wolford] picked up Noah Belak in the morning, then came to pick me up for school and Noah jumped out of the car and got me, but I couldn’t see because Adam tinted his window.” -Sarah Blair “After lacrosse practice my brother Ryan told me that Reed [Fenton-my cousin] is trying to get me out. So I went up to my room and locked my door to make sure I was safe. 10 Minutes later Ryan came in my room and said Reed left. So I went downstairs to get my backpack and I felt water on my backpack and I felt water on my back and I knew Ryan let Reed into the house.” -Maddie Stas
Get your squirt guns ready for the upcoming Spring of 2018.
Miranda Saunders ~Staff Writer
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Events with People Capture our Memories Tyler Hall, a representative from the LINK crew tries to decipher the clues of a maze that builds communication skills during the end-of-the year trainsing session.~ Colton Caruso climbs the rock wall in Pittsburgh on a experiential fiield trip that expands on skills learned in the auxiliary gym.~ Vanessa Clark-Deaver poses with Michael Dunlap at the Night of the Stars.where the Tittanic was still afloat in the hearts of the players. ~ Student Council representatives cheer on the Pirates on a relaxing, rewarding game after a year of serving. ~Caleb Dominick talkes a challenge from Charlie Batch at the Steelers vs. Faculty game sponsored by ChikFilA Leadership.
Josh Clevenger, Staff Writer
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ROYAL IN RED PROM 2017
Sophmore, Malaya Mekkaoui shows her talent of makeup by doing Junior, Lily Barta’s prom makeup. She gave Lily a full face makeover including beautiful eyelashes, a gold eye shadow, and some deffinition on her eyebrows. Malaya charges $15-$30 depending on what the look was.
Prom came around the corner quickly as girls scrambled around to find the perfect dress within their price range. Dress shopping seems to be the most difficult for girls. The struggle of finding the right fit, and then the hassle of the dress needing to be altered. Class officers hosted a Prom Fashion Show to showcase the trends in tuxedos and dresses. Brenna Vallorani, found her dress at MB Brides, a dress she fell in love with. “I was looking for a form fitting, flown dress that wasn’t a very bright color,” said Brenna, as she also had a price limit on her dress shopping. “My dress is the first dress I picked out at MB, the second time I went but the last dress I tried on and I knew it was my dress as soon as I put it on,” said Brenna. The dresses varied throughout the Prom held at Antonelli’s Event Center in Irwin, PA on Friday, May 12, 2017 after parading through the Grand March to a full auditorium.
Students were ready to dance the night away in their shiny dress shoes and sparkly heels.
Everyone enjoyed a variety of delicious food and danced under the bright ligths from the ceiling decorations at Antonelli’s Event Center.
COMPLIED BY KENZIE SHAFRON, STAFF WRITER
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Asher Explains Reasons
Jay Asher was interviewed about the hype of the Netflix Series and his reasons for writing the book. Ashley Beaken, Staff Writer Jay Asher, author of 13 Reasons Why, which recently turned into a Netflix series that has caused controversy among adults, spoke at the Children’s Literacy Conference at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Friday, May 5. Representatives and educators from suicide prevention groups attended the conference to get more insight on how this book and series can be used in the prevention of serious issues. The plot consists of 13 “episodes” - each one representing a reason that Hannah Baker, a young high school girl, ended her life. Before she took her life, she recorded the reasons why on cassette tapes, with each side of the tape being a student or a friend that affected her life. The stylistic idea for the piece of fiction first came to Asher while he was on a historical audio tour with cassette tapes. He thought about how he could incorporate cassette tapes into a book, but never had a specific idea on how to do that. Later in his life a close relative of his attempted suicide. She was a high school girl around the age of the main character of the book. After talking to this relative, he realized that some of the stuff he knew about her life went deeper than the surface issue, while her other struggles he had no idea were even happening at all. Nine years later, the idea of the cassette tapes and the story of the attempted suicide came together, thus creating the structure for the book. Asher brainstormed by sitting down with his wife and other female friends, talking about high school experiences, since the main character was a teenage girl. “It is hard for someone to write about something, unless they truly understand and perceive the situations in the right way to make it a reality,” said Asher. Asher said that he was slightly discouraged and shocked by the number of times his book got rejected by publishing companies. The sensitive topic was not socially accepted to be discussed so openly and honestly. Ironically, the thirteenth time was the charm, when it got published. This began his journey of dealing with the controversy but also the rewards of having the courage to finally write and tell a story of what others struggled to talk about. When the book was released, he traveled to all 50 states to talk about the issue of bullying and how to address the topic of suicide. According to Asher, that was the main goal of the book- to get people to understand and talk about these issues. “You never know what someone has going on in their life, everything you say both good and bad can affect someone,” Asher said. Turning the story into a movie was his next thought. “I always visioned the scenes in my head as I wrote the book,” said Asher. After having been contacted by actress Selena Gomez, Asher met with her and her mother to talk. He realized that the book turned into a motion picture could make a difference in others’ lives. “Selena understood the book at such a different level than anyone else, she really got how Hannah was feeling and going through, it was just great to see how much she truly took it to the next level of understanding,” Asher said.
After Gomez and Asher interviewed producers for the movie, they realized the difficulty to fit all the emotions of the 13 Reasons into a two hour movie. The suggestion of a Netflix series with each reason being an episode formed. Upon the series release on March 31, school districts discovered it had become the most tweeted about series of 2017, with 11 million tweets. Greater Latrobe School District, along with other school districts sent letters to parents warning them to talk to their children but to remain contingent about the age and maturity level of the students when essentially uncovering dark topics relative to bullying, sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and suicide. “Topics on healthy relationships, substance abuse, and suicide are worth talking about to ensure the safety of our children… while the series is fictional, young people may sometimes have a hard time discerning fiction from reality, ” the letter from GLSD stated. Although the story may be a fictional one, issues addressed in the story are a reality among teens. “Teachers, parents, students, we all need to know that this isn’t supposed to be comfortable to watch or talk about. It’s time to stop glossing over the issue, because if we do that then it’s never going to go away. Adults find it difficult to bring up to students, but by telling them not to watch it, or by refusing to talk about it, that’s sending the message that adults don’t get it or that they don’t want to get it. We have to left them know that they can talk about it with us,” said Asher. GLSD’s Students Assistance Program (SAP) works to help students who may be struggling with depression. “Anybody in the school can refer a student to SAP, which is our first defense to handling the issue of suicide. We have held many different events/ assemblies in school to help discuss suicide, such as the Sweethearts and Heroes assembly and a parent night to talk about drugs, alcohol, and suicide,” said senior high Principal Jon Mains. Students recognize the school district's efforts. “I think that our school tries to help prevent suicide, they were right in sending out the letter about 13 Reasons Why. Parents should be aware of the show and talk to their kids, but the administration should also talk about it. We spend most of our time at school and are around teachers more than our own parents, so it makes sense for them to be open to talking about these issues,” said junior, Morgan Schweizer. Guidance counselors are always available to talk to students at any time. “If a student comes in wanting to talk, we have an evaluation screening and if there is any concern we call their parents and have them get help immediately,” said counselor, Mrs. Hager. “Everyone reads and views stuff differently, sometimes teenagers can understand things differently than adults and get a whole different perspective. The best thing for an author is knowing that a reader truly understand their book and the message behind it and knows what to do with it to help someone, although knowing the right thing to do doesn't always make it easier to do it,” said Asher. “Just like in life, we never really know what will come next, how our actions will affect other people,” said Asher.
“We never really know what will come next, how our actions will affect other people,” Jay Asher
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Another one for the Cats
Miranda Saunders, Staff Writer
“We have a bond that helps us win.” This quote by senior Ryan Shawley, who not only had the game-winning RBI but also picked up the mound victory, shows the belief that was necessary to help propel Greater Latrobe into the next round of the PIAA baseball playoffs. That bond was evident in the Wildcats thrilling win - a come-from-behind, walk-off victory Monday evening over the Montour Spartans in the PIAA playoffs played at Hempfield High School. The ‘Cats were down 3-0 in the top of the fourth as the Spartans scored three runs off of Wildcat starting pitcher, Jarrod Kollar, only one of which was earned. This was something the baseball team wasn’t used to. “This was definitely the first real adversity we’ve faced all year because we’ve led in most games we’ve played in and it’s tough to do,” Shawley said. That score stood until the 6th as the Wildcat offense struggled to figure out Montour pitching. However, Zach Kokoska got the unlikely comeback started by drilling a solo home run over the right field fence making the score 3-1 and setting the stage for a frantic bottom of the 7th. The Wildcat 7th inning was filled with clutch hitting, a hitby-pitch, two intentional walks, a foul pop fly during Shawley’s final at bat that was in and out of the glove of the Montour first baseman, and some extremely questionable coaching strategies by the Montour coaching staff. With two outs and Wildcats on second and third and first base open, the Spartans elected to intentionally walk senior Kokoska, thus putting the winning run on base and bringing to the plate junior Griffin Clark. “I pulled Griff aside and told him to step up. Then Griff came up and got a hit down the left field line that scored two runs and got me to third,” said Kokoska. Clark confidently strode to the plate and taking the advice of Kokoska stepped up big time by immediately making the Spartans pay by lining a game tying, two-run double down the left field line. Once more the Spartans elected to intentionally walk a batter and Ryan Augustine took first base. “If I got out I knew we would tie it up, but not at any point during that at bat I thought I
would get out. I didn’t want to go down looking because the momentum would have completely turned from us to them again and I still would have had to go out there and pitch in the 8th inning so I was really trying to end the game right there,” Shawley said. The move left no room for error for Montour reliever Sam Medvitz and the pressure of the situation coupled with a great at bat by Shawley ended with ball four called and Kokoska crossing home with the winning run and a huge victory for the talented Wildcats. “It was the fastest I’ve ever ran down the first baseline,” Shawley said. Girls Softball celebrates their big win against Mt. The cats will play Wednesday against Lebonan. The girls went 7-3 in their section and 13-7 overall. Chartiers Valley at West Mifflin in the semi finals. This is the first time in 20 years that the baseball team has made it this far and they do not plan on giving it all up now.
BY THE NUMBERS OVERALL 17-2 CONFERENCE 14-0 FIELDING PERCENTAGE .956 BATTING AVERAGE .381
Austin Butler placed sixith in the state for javelin
on May 26-27 at Shippensburg. Marc Aukerman, a 2007 graduate of Latrobe, helped coach Austin in javelin. Rachel Harter, Faith Mucci, Maria Cawoski, and Anna Ramsey ran the 4x800 with Bella Landry as alternate. Gabby Wirick, Anna Ramsey, Lex Pynos, and Faith Mucci ran in the 4x400 with Shannon Depree as the alternate. Mike Mucci, Zakharee WIlliams, and Mitchel Carl ran in the 4x100 and came in 9th place. Zakharee Williams, Mitchel Carl, Hunter Petrosky, and Zack Carl ranin the 4x400 with Conner Pickup as the alternate. They also coming in 9th. Sadie Wetzel represented Latrobe in the High Jump.
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Latrobe Vs Unity
“Best part is probably beating your friends.” -Adam Wolford
“Best part about playing Latrobe is the constant bickering between the dugouts.” -Antonio Noble
Griffin Clark and Preston Boerio have been best friends since they were young. They played from Teener League all the way up to high school, but now it’s different. Playing on two different summer legion baseball leagues makes them respect each otherr as opponents as friends.Clark plays on the Latrobe Jethawks while Boerio plays on the Unity Bulldogs. Every professional sport has its great rivalries. The Penguins and the Washington Capitals, the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, the Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. But right here in Latrobe we have our very own rivalry - one that has been around for many years. It’s the great summer legion baseball rivalry between the Latrobe Jethawks and the Unity Bulldogs Players from the area make up two teams based on the geographical location of where they live, just as Hempfield has two separate teams; Hempfield East and West Hempfield. But nothing compares to the rivalry between the Jethawks and the Bulldogs. The rivalry is explained this way by returning Jethawks player, Junior Griffin Clark. “I mean it’s definitely different being with each other since January, February, and March from indoor hitting. But that definitely makes us want to beat them more, just so you can say you did,” said. Clark and fellow Junior Preston Boerio, who plays for Unity, have been friends for a long time and have been playing baseball together since they were young. Playing in Little
League, and Teener League together, and now as 17 year olds, the playing field is a little different, since they play on opposing teams. “I think it makes the game even more important because you’re playing against your friend who you knew for your whole life and playing against them you just want to get the win so you have bragging rights for the rest of your life,” said Boerio. In 2013 the Jethawks were district finalists, won regionals and had the opportunity to go to states, however they lost the third game were unable to advance. Former Greater Latrobe graduates were apart of the winning team. Including Dylan Hall, Seth Holler, Josh Roble, Devin Onorato, Johnny Saunders, Anthony Monteparte, and Ryan Bisi. The current players have some big shoes to fill but nothing they can’t handle. The boys are definitely ready for summer ball to begin. “I mean there’s definitely a rivalry between the two. The fans for sure make it a game to remember, they’re screaming, so you just want to go out there and beat them so you can celebrate after,” Clark said. In 2013 Unity beat Latrobe in the dis-
trict finals and made it to regionals but lost to Latrobe. Some former Wildcats that were a part of that team include Josh Keefe, Connor Kok, Eli Imbrogno, Ray Sowinski, Doug Cengia, Nick Palombo, Luke Crawford, and Vince Guerreri. Although Preston and Griffin have been playing together since teener league up through high school, they still each have a competitive attitude. “We know each other’s style of play, we practice with each other all the time. Seeing my boy across the field is a little weird because we have always been on the same team but it doesn’t make me not want to beat him because I still do. But afterwards we’ll probably still go to Dino’s,” said Clark. Even with some fire in their blood when they’re playing against each other they are still best friends at the end of the night. “I mean he’s my boy, he’s my brother. We love each other right after,” Boerio said. Either way, Clark and Boerio will be ready to make their own marks in a long-standing rivalry that our community is proud of and embraces. ~Miranda Saunders StaffWriter
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CATS WIN FIRST BASEBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN GREATER LATROBE HISTORY
By Griffin Clark
THE TOUGH GAME- The first playoff game we played Montour and we knew they were going to be tough because a couple of their players were going D1. We were down 3-0 going into the 5th then Zach Kokoska hit a solo home run. The score was 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th with our short playoff run flashing before our eyes. Antonio Noble got a single with one out then Tyler roble got hit in the foot so two on base with two outs. Zach Kokoska was intentionally walked to bring me up. I hit a double down the left field line to tie up the game 3-3. With runners on second and third, they intentionally walked Ryan Augustine to load the bases. Ryan Shawley came up and worked into a full count, and after a long at bat, he eventually got walked and we won on a walk-off walk. That was just the start of our crazy playoff run. // Matt Henderson- Not only was it this game or the other comefrom-behind win, it was all the games. Once you make it to the playoffs, all of the teams are very good, that is why they are in playoffs after all. // Connor Mondock - Playoff baseball is totally different from playing during the regular season. Every team shows up with the mentality of winning, which makes it much more difficult. Zach’s home run gave us life and then Griffin came up clutch to tie the game. My voice was pretty much gone at that point. THE COMEBACKS- The team motto is to give it
your all until the last out is made and the last pitch is thrown. Every time we were down we just found different ways to score run and it was different people contributing every time. We didn’t want the season to end on a loss.
BELIEF- We have signs in the locker room that say
“believe or leave” and Coach Basciano preaches that to us all the time. Coach Basciano says that we have more heart than any team we played the whole year. We believed in each other and it all paid off in the end. // Connor M - Like Griff said, Coach Basc always said that we won games because of our heart. He said that we had heart that
no other team had, which is why we were able to come back and win throughout playoffs.
WPIALS- We won our section and got seeded number
2 in the playoffs. We thought we were going to be seeded 1 so that gave us a bit of a sour taste. We still got the bye round and played Montour in the quarterfinals which I said before was a crazy game that we won on a walkoff. The next game we played Chartiers Valley at West Mifflin and their pitcher shut us down until about the 6th inning when they were beating us 1-0. Jared Kollar and Noble came up big to give us the lead and Shawley pitched a complete game to give us the win--sending us to the WPIAL championship. We were all fired up to be playing at the Washington Wild Things field and bring home the first WPIAL baseball championship in school history. Unlike the other games, we came out hitting right from the start and got up on them big early on. Kollar had a shutdown performance the rest of the game and we won 6-2. It was an unreal feeling that I’ll never forget.
SECTION CHAMPS- We went 14-0 in the section and
it came through hard work everyday in practice. Coach Heide would say that the most important game of the year is the next one and only to worry about the game you’re playing in now not tomorrow’s or any other. The last game in the section against Franklin Regional was a tough one. We won 1-0 with an RBI single coming from Isaac Echard and Kollar was once again shut down for us.
STATE PLAYOFFS- Once again in the opening round of playoffs we were down 4-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. I came up with with the bases loaded down 4-1 and a ball got passed the catcher to score Antonio Noble to make it 4-2. The pitcher got me in a full count and then I hit one up the middle to score Tyler Roble and Zach Kokoska and tie up the game 4-4. Then Ryan Augustine came up and hit a single into right field to score and we had won again on another walkoff. We were going absolutely crazy and could not believe what just happened. // Matt H. Winning states will for sure be one of the coolest experiences of my life. I mean it took a while to sink in that we were the best team in the entire state of Pennsylvania. It is one of those things where you hear people talk about it, and you are like that would be awesome to do that, but you know in the back of your head it's far stretched. And to be a part of one of those teams is something else. // Connor M - When I had played Little League and Junior League, the team I played on went to states 4 different times. 3 of those times we got runner-up and I didn’t know what it was like to be a state champion. After they had announced that we won during the delay, I finally knew what it is like to be best in the state. This was truly an experience I will never forget. GAME IN WASHINGTON- We played two games in Washington. The one being in the WPIAL championship and the other being in the quarterfinals of States against West Allegheny. West A was seeded as the number 1 seed in the WPIAL playoffs (instead of us) so we wanted to show them why we should have been number 1. They were pitching a kid going to Coastal Carolina, but we jumped on him early and got him taken out in the first inning. We held the lead the rest of the way to win 9-4 and head to the semifinals of states. There must be something with Washington because we loved playing there and we came out hitting early in both games. // Matt H - The games at The Wild Things park were
some of the best. This being because the field was beautiful, one of the best I have ever played on. Most importantly the two games we played there we were in control majority of the game. In the WPIAL championship, our game got delayed for about two hours due to horrid weather, but it was all worth it in the end.
T HE STADIUM- In state playoffs we played at Penn State’s baseball field which is modeled after PNC park. The grass, the dirt, everything about the stadium was beautiful. They had batting cages under the bleachers where we hit and it felt like we were in the pros. Before the game we had our own VIP seats to watch the game before us and it was pretty sick. No better place to win a state championship. // Connor M - Playing at that stadium made it feel like we were in the pros. It was so cool how we hit in the cages under the bleachers, sat in the VIP room, and how it said “2017 PIAA 5A Champions Greater Latrobe” on the jumbotron. THE RAIN- In the 5th inning of the state championship
with a runner on first and second for us it started to rain really bad so we had to get off the field. We were up 7-0 and we all just wanted the rain to stop so we could finish the game the right way but unfortunately it never did and they had to call the game off. It’s a little bit odd how the game ended but it’s all the same in the end. When the announcer said that they were calling the game we all slid on the tarp that covered the whole infield. We were all soaked going the whole way home but it was well worth it.
THE HEEL- When we got the last out in the WPIAL
championship everybody from the dugout jumped over the fence to go dogpile. When Tony Aiello jumped over he landed on Coach Basciano’s ankle. Coach Bas was limping out to the dogpile because it hurt so bad. Tony was so apologetic about it but Coach Basciano said it was all worth it and he wouldn’t change it for anything. //Matt H - I have talked to Tony recently and he claims that he does not remember stepping in it. We all know he did though, there is video evidence! Coach Bas tells him he’s not mad and said it was all worth it. All of us players thought it was pretty funny to see Coach limp around for the remaining month of the season. The whole team was close from the coaches down to the players. We spent pretty much everyday together for over three months, and we were all just a family. I loved going to practice and just being with my team and I’m sure they all felt the same way. The brotherhood that we had is what pushed us to be as good as we were. I wouldn’t trade one of the teammates for anything. Thanks for the great season and memories that will last a lifetime. // Matt H The memories from that journey will last a lifetime, from Tyler Roble’s post-game dancing to Dizzy-Izzy-Augie’s olympic performances. For sure things I will never forget.
Max McMichael 11th
When I was 10, I wanted to be: A recording engineer The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor: 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) or The Vamps People would be surprised to know that: I lived in Tennessee for 10 years My favorite thing about Latrobe is: The people My passion is: Teaching lil kiddos I’m deathly afraid of: losing someone I’m close to My celebrity crush is: Dylan O’Brien In 5 years I would like to: Be in a good college My favorite quote is: “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” My number one thing on my bucket list is: To go on a road trip with close friends
Five every-day students reveal what makes them unique
Matt Tomko 11th
Olivia Svidron 11th
When I was 10, I wanted to be: An astronaut
The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor: “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor: “It’s Raining Men”
People would be surprised to know that: My brother is white
My quirkiest inherited trait: Freckles My favorite thing about Latrobe is: The history My passion is: Soccer I’m deathly afraid of: Spiders My celebrity crush is: Selena Gomez My most embarrassing junk food is: Little Debbies My favorite quote is: “It’s lonely at the top.” My number one thing on my bucket list is: Swim in a public fountain
My quirkiest inherited trait: My Clumsiness - I run into a lot of stop signs while walking in the street My favorite thing about Latrobe is: The local restaurants My passion is: Graphic design My celebrity crush is: Bill Nye the Science Guy My most embarrssing junk food is: Sharp cheddar cheese My favorite quote is: “You don’t have to throw people under the bus, you can just be the bus.” My number one thing on my bucket list is:
To repay my parents for all the opportunities they’ve given me
Jacob Burkey 11th
Sara Majorsky 11th
When I was 10, I wanted to be: An airforce pilot
When I was 10, I wanted to be: A song writer
People would be surprised to know that: I’M lactose intolerant
The song/group that always gets me on the dance floor: Flo-Rida
My quirkiest inherited trait: I have the same face as my dad when he was young
People would be surprised to know that: My birthday is the day after Christmas
My favorite thing about Latrobe is: My friends who live here My celebrity crush is: Selena Gomez In 5 years I would like to: Be in college to become an anesthesiologist My most embarrassing junk food is: Potato chips My favorite quote is: “Conquer the weakness and work through the pain and you will remain.” My number one thing on my bucket list is: To go to a good college and play a college sport
My favorite thing about Latrobe is: The scenery My passion is: Lacrosse I’m deathly afraid of: Jellyfish My celebrity crush is: Liam Hemsworth In 5 years I would like to: Be in college My most embarrassing junk food is: Microwave quesadillas My favorite quote is: “I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” My number one thing on my bucket list is: To get a pet hedgehog
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and the current Student Body of Greater Latrobe Senior High