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The five questions you were too embarrassed to ask about Syria

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HHS welcomes the new staff


October/November 2013

HMS teacher brings rocket launch to students back home BY LEVI DILLON Online Managing Editor __________________________ It is easy to imagine how locked down Wallops Launch pad was on Sep 18, the day Antares was scheduled to launch. Built by Dulles, Virginiabased Orbital Sciences Corporation, competitor to another prominent space firm, Los Angeles based SpaceX, the Antares shuttle was designed to launch the unmanned Cygnus cargo aircraft, responsible for delivering 11 thousand pounds of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). Therefore, it would be hard to believe that the same view as professional journalists filling the bleachers of the media-viewingarea two miles away from the launch would be shared with one extremely lucky class of Hershey Middle School sixth-graders. Not by attending themselves, but through JoAnn Delaney and her iPad, their passionate teacher who attended the launch as a citizen journalist for the day. Delaney's students have been familiar with their teacher's forward-thinking teaching style for some time; each of Delaney's classes for the last six years has been completely paperless. She conducs class through experiences, technology and networking. Her educational philosophy is reflected through a quote she once

heard: “If the smartest person in room is the room,” explained Delaney, “then the smartest person in the world is the world,” emphasizing the value in what she described as “collaborative culture and education.” It was the implementation of that culture in her daily life that granted Delaney the unique opportunity to attend the Antares launch that all began with a tweet by her Twitter friend and SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk posing the question, “Are you a connected educator?” The tweet was accompanied by a link to register for a “NASA Social,” a concept developed by the National Aeuronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to allow educators and social networkers the opportunity to attend official NASA events. Delaney's day at Wallop's Flight Facility on Virginia's east shore consisted, in addition to the launch, a briefing as well as a pre-launch press conference with representatives from NASA and Orbital Sciences. “[The representatives] went through the traditional media first, and then because they wanted to get the word out to the community, they opened the conference to NASA Social attendees,” explained Delaney. When called upon, Delaney asked Alan Lindenmoyer, manager of Commercial Crew and Cargo at NASA what his message was to young people as the space mission

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Wallop’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore was the location for the launch and press conference for Mrs. Delaney. The actual launch took place two miles away from the area where Delaney was watching from, live-streaming the event to her students in HMS.

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Mrs. Delaney, a science teacher at HMS, poses with NASA equipment. Delaney got the opportunity to attend official NASA events and share the experience with her students via Skype.

moved forward. “My message to young people,” responded Lindenmoyer, “is that I hope [this launch] is as inspiring to [young people], now, as it was to me when I was young. Watching these amazing achievements certainly captured my interest and I hope what you're seeing today is something that will stick with you and encourage you to keep studying, working on your math and science and all the skills that are necessary to keep this space program going because it is really an amazing field.” Delaney's students, however, did not have to take Lindenmoyer's word for it, for shortly thereafter, Delaney and the rest of the media were transported to the viewing location two miles from where the rocket was to be launched. Amidst rows of professional journalists and cameras stood Delaney, sporting a bright pink turtle-neck and North Face vest holding her iPad in the direction of the launch as she Skyped live with her students in Hershey. “Even though we were two miles away, you could still feel the ground shake as the shuttle lifted off,” she explained. Delaney's day also consisted of a visit to the NASA visitors center until finally returning home and to her students in

Central Pennsylvania. There, she continued in her attempt to foster a creative and collaborative classroom fueled by stories, photographs and videos of a truly oncein-a-lifetime experience. “I want [my students] to be critical thinkers -- I want them to be driven and for them not to be restricted by the 'four walls' [of a classroom]” said Delaney.

Cygnus was captured by the ISS Sep 29, indicating another successful mission for NASA and Orbital Sciences. Visit for a video-interview with Delaney as well as photographs and videos of her experience with the Antares launch and her 21st century sixth grade science classroom.



October 28 - HHS Fall Choral Choral Concert and Italian Dinner

October 30 - HHS Bands and Orchestra Concert / End of Marking Period

November 20 - End of First Trimester November 27 - Early Dismissal November 28 - November 29 Thanksgiving Recess

December 2 - Thanksgiving Recess December 3 - Two-Hour Late Start

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October/November 2013



PRINT CO-EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Managing: Emma Hetrick, Jordan Holycross, Rachel Robertson News: Michaela Prescott, Ashley Reeb Editorial: Isabel Bergey, Lindsay Karli Feature: Hayley Karper, Kate Montgomery Sports: Rosie Andrews, Matt Burns Entertainment: Erika Hufford, Beckie Preston Life: Yanna Bekelja, Makenzie Neal Centerspread/Art: Levi Dillon Centerspread/Photography: Alex Shapiro

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EDITORS Operations Editor: Rachel Straw Business: Morgan Hocker Circulation: Noah West, John Voyles, Tia Smith Exchange: Leigha Nortier Advertising: Eden Light, Dee Dee Pulisic Public Relations: Mallory Royer, Nick Scheib, Courtney Wagner Copy: Julia Johns, Dahlia Chrosinksi, Melanie Sheehe, Felicia Stover, Angelina Olivas, Katie DeFiore, Makena Mordret, Sarah Williams, Grant Wicklem, Turo Boyiri, Marley Greene, Alyshia Moyer, Evan Sassaman, Brynn Frew Corrections: David McCurdy, Lindsay Powell, Mia Steele, Emily Lebo, Leah Umberger, Destiny Bugg Advertising: Eden Light, Dee Dee Pulisic ADMINISTRATION Adviser: Kimberly Brown Assistant Principals: Peter Ebert, Laurie Wade, Dan Serfass, Shane Mack Principal: Dale Reimann, Ed.D. Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction: Joseph McFarland Assistant to the Superintendent, Personnel and Student Services: Jason Reifsnyder Acting Superintendent: Joseph McFarland The Broadcaster is a member of the Pennsylvania School Press Association, the Quill and Scroll Society, and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

LETTERS AND EDITORIALS POLICY Unsigned editorials reflect the opinions of The Broadcaster staff. Signed editorials reflect the opinions of the individual author and not necessarily the opinions of The Broadcaster staff. Students, faculty, and community members are encouraged to submit editorials and letters to the editor. Letters must be signed with the student’s name and grade or author’s name and phone number, and can be mailed to Editor: The Broadcaster, P.O. Box 898, Homestead Road, Hershey, PA, 17033; e-mailed to:; or turned into the box in the high school library. All letters and editorials submitted to The Broadcaster may be edited for length and content.


Dear Readers, The journalism staff is very excited to bring you The Broadcaster, and we hope to represent all that goes on in HHS in the best way that we can. We appreciate your readership, and can’t wait to experience this new year with you. With a few months of school behind us, we are now in the full swing of things. Assignments and college essays are piling up. Sports practices and club meetings are in full swing. It may be hard to believe sometime that there is a world waiting for you outside of your textbooks. Although homework and studying may be taking up a lot of your time, don’t forget to enjoy the activities offered at HHS. Go to a football game with your friends, participate in a school fundraiser or just try something new during one of the sampling days in the school cafeteria. With the weather turning colder there are even more options, such as going ice skating or decorating pumpkins. The options are endless, but the school year is not. So make the most of the fall months at HHS. And remember, Thanksgiving break will be here before you know it. Best of luck to everyone, Emma Hetrick, Rachel Robertson, and Jordan Holycross Print Managing Editors


Benefits of block scheduling

Many schools have taken the chance to change their own school schedules. I believe that Hershey High should change into the block schedules. Block scheduling is only four periods a day, but the classes are twice as long. This cuts the homework load students get in half and they are more likely to not complain about the homework. This can also allow students longer time between classes which allows them to stop at a locker, go to the bathroom and talk to friends. Longer class periods mean longer social times which I see in between classes every day. This benefits students who complain about carrying eight binders everywhere by only carrying four. This also allows the seniors to transition to a college class lifestyle easier than without block scheduling. This helps the teachers get through with their lessons and avoids the common, “can I go to the bathroom? locker? etc.” questions all day. Block scheduling can help HHS become a better school district. Sincerely, Erica Groves, ‘16 After school activities and homework force students to stay up late Every day when I get home from school, sports, and extra curriculars I have a pile of homework calling my name. There are many other students that have this problem too. The amount of homework given to students every night is very high. We all know school comes first, but when does it have to come to the point where students have to stay up ‘til 11:00pm to finish homework. I think homework is essential to learning but after coming home from a long day of school and sports, the amount of homework stresses me out. Teachers should be considerate when giving out homework and think about what other stuff is on a student’s plate after school. Students need sleep in order to function and learn. During the school day many students say they feel tired because they had to stay up late getting homework done for the next school day. School is the most important in all students’ eyes, but would it be

so bad to ease on the homework? Sincerely, Quinn Strader, ‘16 Dress code needs to be revised

Some days I wake up and I don’t feel like trying. I put on a sweatshirt and a pair of athletic shorts, get in the car, and come to school. Then... BAM! “Your shorts are a little inappropriate. You need to go to the office and change.” I think HHS dress code needs to be more lenient with shorts and skirt lengths. The school dress code policy states that shorts need to be closer to the knee. But who wants to wear ugly, knee length, Bermuda shorts to school every day? Not me! I think that as long as a girl’s butt is not hanging out, the shorts are fine. It would be great if girls could finally wear what they want without having to worry about getting in trouble. Sincerely, Hannah Ferrara, ‘16 Students miss their assignment books Ever since I can remember, the school has provided all students with assignment books. This year, however, they have not been supplied for us. The school claims that we do not have the money for assignment books, but the school just bought every teacher a MacBook even though the teachers already had laptops. We are high school students. We are assigned loads of homework every night and have multiple tests a week. On top of that, many students participate in extra-curricular activities. Middle school students are still provided with assignment books and in most cases, those students are not assigned nearly as much as high school students are. How are we supposed to keep track of assignments and assessments if we are no longer being supplied with assignment books? Sincerely, Ally Hufford, ‘16 Unsatisfactory lunch menu I am extremely unhappy with the amount of food I am served at lunch. I hardly ever feel full and I don’t think there is as much of a variety of sides as last year. As a cross country run-

ner, it’s really important to make up all the calories lost while exercising. I need to eat more to function through both school and practice. I understand the school is trying to provide healthier lunches to students, but it isn’t benefiting me or other athletes. Hershey High school should consider providing more side options and bigger lunches for students. Sincerely, Maddie O’Shea, ‘16 Restrictions at Football Games

Friday night football games are what every student in the high school looks forward to at the end of the week. Every year we have an amazing rowdy student section to support our team. This year the administration is trying to take this away from us. We now have police officers and our principals watching us like hawks to ensure that we act the way they want us to. Even the rule, “No signs are allowed at games” is being enforced. Now they have cameras watching our student section? Students are being suspended from all Hershey games for running on the field to congratulate their friends on the team. The Hershey High administration has done a great job of trying to take the most exciting part of our week and make it another place filled with rules and good behavior expectations. Let us have a little fun. Sincerely, Corrie Anderson, ‘14

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DTSD welcomes new technology BY EVAN SASSAMAN Editor ____________________________ HHS has recently taken its BYOD policy and upgraded it. This year the district has purchased 375 Macbook Pros and Mac Minis for high school teachers, approximately 400 iPad minis for students and a brand new wireless internet system that can better tolerate students personal devices, as well as the new computers and iPads. According to Dave Sweigert, Director of Infrastructure of Technology for Derry Township School District, the previous HP laptops teachers were provided with had reached their maximum life span of three years. After countless viruses and hard drive crashes, Sweigert said HHS needed a “refresh cycle.” This new refresh cycle resulted in the district purchasing the Macbook Pro. While the Macbook may sound expensive at first, the savings behind it may just change a person’s mind. The Macbook Pro is practically impervious to viruses, saving money on antivirus software and the need for repairs due to viruses. Additionally, with the reliability of Apple computers, the school predicts that they will be able to hold onto these computers

for four years, rather than three. The new Macbook Pros that the district has purchased have all of the capabilities that the old computers had, plus even more features such as iBooks, a program HHS may be getting familiar with in the near future. iBooks is one of the reasons the district chose the Macbook. iBooks is essentially a textbook on an iOS device, and with iBooks being on the

computer, when history gets updated, so do the textbooks. The

school hopes to potentially use iBooks as HHS’ resource for textbooks rather than the old fashioned paper books because they now become “more of a living document,” said Sweigert. In addition to iBooks, the Macbook now includes the whole iLife series. iLife is a program which houses many different productivity applications which can be beneficial in the classroom for both teachers and students. The iPad mini has also made its debut at the school district this New iPhones coming out, like the iPhone 5c, are changing the way year. Many HHS students are that schools incorporate technology. HHS welcomed new Macbooks, products of Apple, to the teachers for the new school year. already utilizing these gadgets with ease since most are familiar with devices. However, the technology Some students have been showing the iOS operating system. The iPad department has upgraded its WiFi concern for the new introduction of is also lightweight and portable, and systems into two stronger net- these high end computers. it has countless features. The iPads works: “BYOD” and “DTSD.” Junior Adam Firestone said, “I are designed to be used for a variety “BYOD” stands for “Bring Your very much like buying technology of different miscellaneous tasks Own Device”, any student who for the kids since it is very benefiaround the school. According to brings his or her device to school cial to the learning process, but I’m Apple’s iPad website, “right from connects his or her internet to those not positive of the necessity of the the start, there is a lot to love wireless routers. Any teacher who Macbook Pro.” about the iPad. It is simple yet connects his or her computer logs Firestone was concerned about powerful. Thin and light yet on to the network “DTSD.” This the price of the computers as well. full-featured. It can do just procedure alleviates any overload When asked if other budgets about everything and be just on the school’s internet. throughout the district had been cut about anything. And because “I think that this is a great idea or had to be made to accommodate it is so easy to use, it is easy when using such a large quantity of the price of the new technology, to love.” technology,” said Senior Zoe Sweigert responded, “No, absoluteMany students and facul- Gomer, who also added, “I have ly not,” he added that the funding ty experienced severe problems in noticed a difference in the new for these computers came directly previous years when it came to WiFi. I think it’s faster.” from the general budget, the same internet access in the high school With all of these new techno- as any other expense. building due to an overload of logical advances comes a price tag.

New policies added for 2013-2014 school year BY MAKENA MORDRET Editor Ripped jeans, student parking, absent student planners and the prohibition of picture taking. Many policy changes were made for the 2013-2014 school year by the administration. During the school assemblies that occurred in the first week of school, the administration went over all of the changes that were made regarding these new policies. Ripped jeans? On par with modern fashion trends, the administration acknowledged the popularity of

wearing ripped jeans. "We recognize that holes are sort of a style," said HHS principal Dr. Dale Reimann, "If students have a small hole that is in an appropriate place it should not interrupt class." In prior years, the strict policy was to completely ban them. "This new rule makes it easier for teachers to not have to necessarily be on the lookout out for a small tear in clothes," said English teacher Lakyn Bianco. The dress code now allows rips no larger than a baseball, given the holes are in an appropriate location. Both teachers and students are pleased, with 82 percent

of students liking this change in a survey of 50 students conducted by a Broadcaster staff member on September 16. Parking lot procedures HHS did away with the point system due to the removal of PSSA's and addition of Keystones. "I think the point system was a good thing," said Vanessa Rudzinski, a Spanish teacher at HHS, "it was merit based." With the removal of one aspect of the system, however, it became outdated. Student parking is now assigned based on a first come, first serve basis.

In addition, 15 to 20 staff members were assigned ‘student parking spaces’ this year. As an administrator, Reimann’s goal was to get teachers in closer proximity to the building. Bianco is one of the teachers that were assigned parking in the student area, and has seen a boost of morale with teachers who no longer have to walk as far from the school to their cars. “It has made a big difference this year, parking closer to the school,” said Bianco, who often works late, “there is nothing worse than walking all the way out to your car in the back lot alone at eight at night.” Student planners In an effort to increase financial savings, the administration removed student planners that have been provided in prior years. Purchasing student planners cost the school an average of $4,000 ($3.30 per student). "In the grand scheme of things it is not a huge savings, but in this day and age every dollar counts," said Rudzinski. Many students went out and purchased their own student planners for $10 $30. Out of 50 HHS students, 45 said they want the school to supply the planners again. As far as the

Staff/Makena Mordret

environmental aspect of getting rid of student planners, there is "a clear benefit," according to Reimann, which is cutting down on paper usage throughout the school. He also wanted students to rely more on technology as a planner, although only 28% of the 50 students in the previously mentioned survey actually do it. Photographing ban According to PA laws regarding invasion of privacy, it is forbidden to photograph people in a private place without their knowledge or consent. Thirty four percent of students in a survey admit they are not aware of such a rule. "Taking pictures of kids under 18 without parental permission is illegal. A lot of people do not know this," said Rudzinski. To prevent students from getting into legal trouble regarding these laws, HHS has prohibited taking photos without approval. "There are some settings where it is fine, and others where it is inappropriate," said Reimann. "[Photographing] is one aspect of the devices that have been taken advantage of," said Bianco, "it is a great new policy."

Students begin to arrive at school as early as 6:50 AM, with the new policies signing is required. The parking lot fills up quickly in the course of the morning, and needing a parking spot tag is necessary.

October/November 2013

Diversity coming to HHS cafe BY RACHEL STRAW Editor Many students look forward to one period of the school day: lunch. Everyone gets hungry but everyone has different dietary needs. Our school has been working towards pleasing all students by adding new items to the lunch menu and healthier snack and drink machines to the cafeteria. Some of the new lunch items are the soups and entrées. The new soups are tortilla, minestrone, tomato, veggie and cream of broccoli, along with a three bean chili. New entrées coming to HHS include Thai chili chicken, cookies, vegetable curry and ciabattas with homemade chips. The cafeteria has many more entrees to come, and they will be determined using the taste testing events. Another change to the menu will be the addition of vegan and homegrown options. Hoping students will enjoy the new food, the staff wants feedback so they can better please everyone. Most students have noticed the changes to the cookies. Food Director Gregory Hummel explains that the school made the change because it is a better quality cookie. These new cookies include chocolate from

Hershey’s, which provided the cafeteria with the new posters hung around the room. “I thought the Reese’s with the chocolate were a perfect marriage,” said Hummel. Junior Michael Anderson voiced the pros and cons of the new cookies by stating, “I like them because they are better, but the price has increased.” Senior Maria Chroneos agreed with Anderson by stating, “They’re good, just too expensive.” The cafeteria staff has seen cookies like the ones now being served charged for the price of two dollars or more. Our cafeteria charges a dollar fifty, which is fifty cents more than last year. With the new ingredients, the prices did go up, but the quality did too. HHS will be hosting taste testing events to get a better feel for what students like. There is a planned pierogi and vegan event. Pan pizza is also back by demand from 2009. To spice up this old favorite, cooks are playing around with buffalo chicken, chicken bacon ranch and bacon cheeseburger pizza recipes. Along with the blast from the past, HHS is playing around with Latin flavors. Latin options coming to HHS include new flatbreads, green salsa, queso sauce and chili chicken.

Head Cook Jerry Hess is preparing the new recipes. “I think it’s going to be a good year with good quality new items,” he said. “Your [students] eating out habits are affecting what we want to put in the cafeteria,” explained Hummel. Sophomore Erica Groves is excited for the events. “I think it’s a good thing that they [the cafeteria staff] are giving more of a variety of food choices.” The cafeteria staff is focusing on adding a lot more vegetarian and vegan friendly options. In the food bar, they hope to serve a variety of pastas and breads. Vegetarian Senior Annie Jastrzebski she was overall pleased with the upcoming changes. “I’m very impressed by the school’s progressiveness. There are many vegetarians in the school, and there have never been options for us until the school began to address it this year,” she said. Senior Maura McErlean is also a vegetarian and is excited about the changes. “I usually pack my own lunch due to the lack of vegetarian options, so this will be a nice change.” Staff/ Rachel Straw “We are here for the students and that’s why we are try- Cookies are a new item in the cafeteria for HHS students this ing to offer a wider variety of year. Packed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the new cookies are “a perfect marriage,” as Food Director Gregory Hummel foods,” said Hummel. says.

Gym teachers strive for a healthy generation BY DESTINY BUGG Editor

From 1980 to 2010 the childhood obesity rate has gone from 7% to 18%, according to the Center for Disease Control website. The health of America’s youth has been

declining. Some people are taking action and choosing not to let this problem continue to get out of hand. On Feb. 9, 2010, our First Lady, Michelle Obama, initiated her policy to help stop childhood obesity. The plan is called “Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids.”

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Changes in gym, like walking the mile in 14 minutes, are due to a movement started by Michelle Obama. Called ‘Let’s Move’, the program helps school enforce exercise to children.

Throughout the nation adults and children have been getting involved in hopes of reducing the amount of overweight children in America. The ultimate goal of this plan is to solve childhood obesity in just one generation. Obama is not the only one to notice this increasing problem, gym teachers in HHS have also noticed it and decided this year would be different. Gym classes will now have more of what Tami Scola, a HHS gym teacher, considers beach games. Things like foursquare, sand volleyball and bocce ball should get more students engaged. A change that has affected many of the students was stopping the use of cell phones during class. Unless students are required to use them for class, Scola thinks they will be better off without them. The VO2 max test is a new way of assessing students this year. In this test the students must walk, not run, a mile in 14 minutes or less. If they do not meet the goal then they will have to keep redoing it until they complete it in the right amount of time. “The VO2 max test could take the place of running the

mile,” Scola said, but the final decision is still to be determined. So far, many of the classes have already completed this test and Scola feels that they have done an excellent job. The point of this test is to show the individual’s physical fitness. After walking the mile the students find their pulse and plug it into a formula in order to determine what their fitness level is. Another gym teacher at HHS, Brandon Bucher, feels that it is designed for all skill levels rather than the mile which was more tailored to those who were skilled at running. “It is a more appropriate way to assess students’ fitness levels,” said Bucher. He also thinks the test is important because it shows the connection between other subjects, like math and science, in relation to gym. The teachers have noticed that students are more engaged and are curious to see what their test results are. The way gym classes are going is being well received by both those involved and not involved in sports. Taylor Grace, a junior, does not think the changes in class are necessary for her in

particular because she is involved in sports year round, but she understands why it was done. “It is necessary because not everyone has other physical activity outside of the gym class every day,” said Grace. She thinks having a powerful individual, like the First Lady, encouraging kids to get active will also help to stop childhood obesity. For a student who is not currently participating in any sports, Andrea Matovich, a junior, thinks that a more structured gym class will be good for those who participate in sports as well as those who do not. “I’ll probably be more active and participate more during class activities,” said Matovich. Nearly one third of the children and adolescents in America are obese, according to the Let’s Move website. With the help of the plan people all across the nation can become more active. The HHS gym plan changes are also leading to a healthier school. If everyone makes an effort to help eliminate childhood obesity, it could lead to healthier generations in the future.

October/November 2013

New species discovered in Ecuador BY DEE DEE PULISIC Editor ____________________________ A two-pound carnivore leapt its way into the racoon family tree recently. Its small size and unique looking face makes it a popular new discovery. On August 16, a new mammal was discovered at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Scientist Kris Helgen discovered this animal while looking for it all over Ecuador for a decade. This journey began when Helgen discovered unusual bones at a museum, different from the species they were categorized with. This interesting discovery sent many other scientists curious to figure out what this mammal may be. Although it took a while, the unique animal was an exciting and unusual find for the 21 century. This new animal was scientifically named the Bassaricyon neblina; but better known as the Olinguito. The Olinquito is approximately 35 cm long with a tail about the same length as it’s body.

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The new species of mammal, as shown above, often perches in trees. This newly discovered creature has been named Bassaricyon nebliria.

“I cannot wait for the Olinguito stuffed animals to hit the shelves,” said Stephen Newell, a Biology teacher at HHS. According to a Smithsonian researcher who has spent the past decade tracking them, the raccoonsized critters leap through the trees of mountainous forests of Ecuador

and Colombia at night. They are nocturnal animals, and spend most of their day sleeping in trees. They eat mainly fruit from trees and small insects. This animal was the first mammal discovered in the Western Hemisphere for over 35 years, however it was mistakenly identified for

over 10 years at the National Zoo. The Olinquito there was mistaken by a closely related species called the Olingo. Although the Olingo and the Olinguito have many different features, they fooled people as the same species for a long time. The looks were not just the only giveaway. The Olinquito that zookeepers mistakened for a Olingo was brought to breed with other Olingos, and because of their different anatomies, the Olinguito refused to be bred. Even though it seemed obvious that something was different about the mammal, people were oblivious to the differences. Because of the strange results, Helgen and many other scientists started to examine the Olinguito deeper. There are over 600,000 specimens bones collected at The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C . Out of those species many were collected over a century ago and were often mislabeled or not properly identified. Due to the recent changes in technology sci-

entists brought bones of the Olinguito to that research center. They have been able to get scientists to extract DNA from even the most ancient remains. This new technology gave the scientists a better opportunity to study the animal. After finding so many small differences between the bone structure of the Olinquito and the Olingo, the mammal was pronounced a new species. According to the National Zoo staff, scientists were excited about the new discovery, and love to find even the smallest things to add to our ecosystem. “Discovering new things helps us to better appreciate all of the diversity in the world and each species' unique contributions to our biosphere,” said Elizabeth Blosky, a Biology teacher at HHS. The Olinguito was right in front of our eyes for over a decade. This leaves many to wonder, are there more undiscovered species we are not yet aware of?

Naval yard and Kenyan shootings cause alarm BY LEIGHA NORTIER Editor ____________________________ Former Navy reservist, Aaran Alexis was the cause of yet another massacre here in the United States. Twelve were killed. The shooting that occurred at the Washington Navy Yard (officially referred to as the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters) in Washington DC on September 16th will be the 5th tragedy of its like that has happened in the last year. As America reflects back on

the causalities that took place in Newtown, Boston, the Colorado movie theater and more the question may first appear to be, “will the United States ever do anything about gun control?” But what if gun control is not the true issue here. Across the Atlantic Ocean only five days later Nairobi, Kenya experienced devastation much larger than what had happened in DC. On September 21st in Nairobi, Kenya more than 67 innocent people were killed.

Early that in the morning, in the wealthy and glitzy West Gate Mall, chaos struck. What has been found to be a plan of the Somali Islamist terrorist group, alShabab, has been the most recent cause of fear in the hearts of many Kenyans and neighboring African countries as well. The group of about 10-15 alShabab shooters were organized and ruthless aiming to kill as many as possible. Some were holding innocent civilians hostage. Many hostages were

killed shortly after the first shooting while some of the lucky ones were able to escape or rescued by Kenyan troops. According to BBC there were some people still missing days after the attack had occurred and the Kenyan government is in fear that this will is only the beginning of al-Shabab reign of terror. What might be shocking to many is that Kenya’s gun laws are extremely restrictive compared to those of the United States. According to the International

Gun Rights Organization,” In Kenya, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law”. So why does a country with laws against civilians having access to firearms manage to have a death count of 67 in one day? So what if the United States had laws restricting gun control would it truly control these random attacks on innocent civilians. The subject is dicey and still up to great debate, but the Kenyan tragedy simply throws another wrench into the situation.


1. Bangladesh- On Sept. 7, 2013, riots in Bangladesh broke out after the leader of its most prominent Islamic party was sentenced to death. The court sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah after an appeal on a charge of “crimes against humanity.” His punishment is for his role in the brutal killings of a man, his pregnant wife, and their two year old son. After the hearing riots and strikes throughout, the country broke loose.

2. Indonesia- On Sept. 16, 2013, Mount Sinabung erupted, covering the city of Karo with debris and ash. The vol-

cano eruption resulted in the evacuation of more than 6,000 people; there were no reported casualties.

3. United States- On Sept. 16, 2013, twelve people were reportedly killed in the Navy Yard after a shooting. Suspect

Aaron Alexis was found to have psychological problems, where he believed that there were “voices talking to him”

as well as a history with the Navy. The former Navy contractor has now pulled off America’s latest mass shooting.

4. Syria- On Sept.18, 2013, the Syrian civil war continues to develop as U.N. investigators plan to return to Syria and make allegations of the sarin gas use. Russia has recently slammed a report from the U.N. and made the claim that it was “distorted." The inspections into who used the chemical weapons use will continue.

HHS Alumni Joe Gunkel joins the Boston Red Sox BY MATT BURNS Section Editor __________________________ With the 533 pick in the 2013 first year player draft, the Boston Red Sox selected right handed pitcher Joe Gunkel, out of West Chester University. Many high school and college baseball players every year hope to hear their name called in the first year major league baseball draft. In the draft there are forty rounds with typically over 1200 picks throughout the draft that spans over three days in the month of June. For many players this is a stressful, frustrating time until their name is called. This is a dream for most if not all players. For 2009, Hershey alum, Joe Gunkel, a dream came true. The six foot five inches, two hundred and twenty pound, right handed pitcher has been playing baseball practically his whole life. Gunkel was born on December 30, 1991, in Boynton Beach, Florida. Gunkel lived in Boynton Beach until his freshman year of high school, when he moved to Hershey with his mother, father, sister and brother. The second oldest of the three, Gunkel experimented with first base, pitching and third base throughout his career. He says it was not until he started college baseball that

he was primarily used as a pitcher. Gunkel had a modest high school career. Receiving little amounts of college scholarship offers. The one scholarship Gunkel did receive, was to West Chester University. Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Little did Gunkel know that this Division II school, would make baseball history. By the Golden Rams winning the Division II college baseball world series, this would be the first time ever that the state of Pennsylvania has ever won a baseball championship. This Gunkel says is his greatest career accomplishment. Gunkel played a vital role in the road to the championship, being the Golden Rams ace, or number one pitcher. Gunkel threw his second complete game of the tournament leading the Golden Rams to a 9-0 shutout over Delta State. Delta State was ranked number two in the tournament, having better hopes than WCU’s number nine ranking. It was sophomore, Joe Gunkel who carried the pitching staff. “I started talking to professional scouts at the beginning of my junior year. I had talked to a lot of teams and knew I had a pretty good chance of getting drafted.”, says Gunkel. Having

scouts coming to watch him play from around twelve ball clubs, he knew he had a realistic shot of getting signed. Being the 533 pick in the draft, Gunkel’s number was not called until the third and final day of the draft. “I actually found out via twitter, but I got a call from the Red Sox scout moments after that to congratulate me.” Being a first year player, there are two places or teams in the Red Sox organization that Gunkel could have been placed. The most realistic one would be the Gulf Coast league Red Sox, which takes place in Fort Myers, Florida. Fort Myers is where the Red Sox hold their spring training camp. The second would be a single A team. There are three branches of single A ball. There is short season A which is the Lowell Spinners, there is A which is the Greenville Drive, and the there is advanced A which is the Salem Red Sox. Gunkel was placed in the Gulf Coast League Red Sox after he was drafted. His Minor League debut was July 3, for the GCL Red Sox. Shortly after

that he was promoted to the Lowell Spinners, where he would excel further for the rest of the season. Gunkel had fifteen appearances where he had an earned run average of 1.29, five saves, twenty one innings pitched and thirty three strikeouts. Gunkel was named to the New York Penn League All star game. After having so few appearances and just getting to L o w e l l

and I had no clue what it was about.” said Gunkel on his thoughts of getting named to the NYPL all star game. “I was surprised.” According to the Red Sox prospects website, Gunkel is a big right hander with a an excellent pitcher’s frame. A workhorse who pitches deep into games. Strong make up. is a site that lists every player in the Red Sox organization with a scouting report and statistics.

Gunkel has yet to receive his assignments for es next season, however mag AP I shortly he will most likely start either before the all star game. “I was with Lowell or Greenville. called to my manager’s office,

ATHLETE PROFILE: Emily Bruggemeier BY COURTNEY WAGNER Editor __________________________ WE ARE PENN STATE! Senior athlete Emily Bruggemeier of HHS will take the Penn State Field Hockey field by storm to become a new nittany lion next fall. Bruggemeier’s hard work had finally paid off and she can’t wait to play with the team next year. Bruggemeier has been playing field hockey since she was in seventh grade and has not stopped since. She remembers attending many Penn State games and going to camp with her high school team every summer. Bruggemeier loves watching Penn State move the ball across the field. “Watching them play with such speed and skill was inspirational and made me want to play at a high level,” said Bruggemeier. Bruggemeier adds that the recruiting process was tough as a whole. She understood there were limited spots on the team, so she needed to work her hardest. “Yes I had to work hard, but it was exciting to push

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Bruggemeier, captain of the field hockey team, poses before a game. She intends to continue to play at Penn State next fall.

myself and see how far I could go,” Bruggemeier said. HHS Field Hockey coach Tami Scola agreed that Emily is a good fit for the team. “ S h e has great stick skills and moves

well with the ball on the field,” said Scola. She includes that she has great leadership qualities and a good work ethic. Scola stated that there is a strong tradition of players that

graduated from Hershey and moved on to play field hockey at Penn State. Players like Ayla Halus, Bekah Hostetler, and even Scola’s own daughter Allie all were awarded All-

American at Penn State. “This strong tradition opens doors for new players graduating from Hershey,” said Scola. “There’s a commitment to do well and to work hard.” Emily was helped all along the way with none other than her own field hockey coach. “Mrs. Scola helped me throughout the whole process,” said Bruggemeier. “Not only did she guide me with emailing and talking to coaches, but she believed in me more than anybody else.” Bruggemeier knew then that she could have the courage and confidence to succeed in her favorite sport. Bruggemeier has goals to do well and to score big; not only at Penn State but with her team here “This season I want to make it as far as we can into states. We have incredible effort, ability, effort, and team chemistry to make it that far,” said Bruggemeier. As for next year she plans to work as hard as I can to get some playing time. She is excited for what’s ahead and plans to work harder than ever to achieve these goals.

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Freshmen to watch: Fall Every season we ask the coaches of each sport which freshmen are expected to excel in their sports

1) Who are freshmen that stand out on the team? 2) What makes these athletes stand out?



Girls Volleyball Coaches: Mathew Kurtz and John Zitko

1) Ali Gmerek 2) “She has so much potential and she has the ability to be very versatile. She already has a basis and understanding of the game and now it’s just about building on top of that knowledge,”

Cross Country Coach: Mike Gustantino

1) Grant Geyer, Sarah Hamilton and Taylor Motensen 2) “Will be an immediate impact in the sprint freestyles as well as adding team depth to the relays.”

Football Coach: Nate Erdman

1) Seth Strohm, Dawson Burnham, Eric Kreiger, and Joe Brittain 2) “They’re hustlers, hard workers, tough and leaders on the field,”

All photos Staff / Lindsay Powell

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Meet the HHS Fall captains! The Broadcaster meets this falls sports captains to find out: What are your goals for this season? What are you most excited for this season? What makes this year’s team special?

Football Dallas Ricker: “Our goal is to be as good as we know we can be. If we live up to our potential we are a squad to be reckoned with.” Chris Stouch: “Our goals are to keep getting better every week and to make a run in the district playoffs” Jesse Campbell: “This year is special to me because its our year to prove to everyone we are a legit group of athletes.”

Sarah Finger: “We want to be able to do competitions and support all the fall sports. Not just football.” Rachel Von Arx “This years team is special because we have so much potential! It is evident that we are all willing to put in 100%. We have all been been so committed and hard-working that it is going to pay off in the end.”

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Dallas Ricker (left), Chris Stouch (middle) Staff/Rosie Andrewsand Jesse Campbell (right).

Boys Soccer


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Sarah Finger (left) Rachel Von Arx (right)

Cross Country


Megan Ingals: I am most excited for post season, because so far our regular season has gone undefeated.” Gabi Broschard: “Our goals for the season are to have each team member reach their own personal goals they set and to work hard and have fun together as a team.” Ben Curry: “Our goal is to perform at the best of our individual ability.” John Brechbill: “This year is special because I am the captain... And I am special”

Jacqueline Oggero: “Our goals this season are to go to states as a team, to shoot our personal best sometime and to go to districts individually.”

Field Hockey Emily Bruggemier: “This years team is special because of the work everyone has put in. Last spring we would practice before school and in the summer we would have intense workouts. We all have a common goal to succeed, and we get along really well!”

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Emily Bruggemeier

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Matt Johnson (left), Dalton Awde (center), Sean Donegan (right)

Girls Soccer

CJ Zachary : “This team is very special because we have all been together since my sophomore year and the team is very close, opposed to years in the past when we just played golf together.”

Isabel Bergey: “I’m really excited for all of the team bonding we have planned, sleepovers, pool parties, bonfires, movie nights, pasta parties and food runs. I am also excited to play LD and all our other rivals.”

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Megan Ingals (left), Gabi Brochard (left center), John Brechbill(right center), Ben Curry (right)

Sean Donnegan: “I am most excited to be playing with a great group of talented guys.” Dalton Awde: “This year's team is and will be special due to our great chemistry on the field. If all goes well and as planned we'll make a deep run in the District 3 Playoffs.” Matt Johnson:“Our defense is really good and we have a lot of seniors, so we have good leadership.”

CJ Zachary (left) and Jacqueline Oggero (right)


Isabel Bergey


Michelle Cui: “What makes this team special is that we are not only good players with good sportsmanship but we are also close friends” Mackenzie Klinger: “Our team is special because we never give up when we play and we have each others backs on and off the court.” Christina Kreamer: “What makes this years team special, is that we are such a close team and we all love every second we are on the court.”

Savanna Laflamme: “We have girls who have played for years and it's the most talented team we have had yet.”

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Michelle Cui (left), Mackenzie Klinger (middle), Christina Kreamer (right)

Savanna Laflamme

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HHS breaks Bean record BY DAVID MCCURDY Editor ____________________________ The clock strikes zero and the crowd goes wild: The HHS football team brings home the Cocoa Bean again, setting a new record of consecutive wins in the long standing annual tradition. On August 31, 2013, the HHS football team hosted the 71st annual Cocoa Bean at the Hershey Park Stadium. The Cocoa Bean has been a big part of this community's history and has been around for quite some time. But this year was not like any other year. If the HHS Trojans won, they would be setting a new record for the most consecutive wins in the Cocoa Bean games. In the end, the Trojans did win the game, and brought home the Cocoa Bean trophy, setting a record of

eight years in a row. Throughout the whole game, both teams battled hard and valiantly to fight for the trophy, according to coaches and players. On the field looking into the home stands, there was nothing but people cheering and clapping, a sea of orange. This year’s Cocoa Bean was much different from years past for the HHS fans because if they won, they would not just be bringing home a win, they would be making history. Although the fans and community looked at the game as a chance to make history and be a part of the new record, the Trojan football team could not think this way, according to the team, because that would just create more nerves and anxiety. Head football coach Mark Painter, had only one goal in mind:

to “keep the Bean.” Painter did not want his team and coaching staff to be nervous or to think about setting the record because that would get in the way of the main goal: winning. “If you've had a streak of successful adventures, you get more nervous,” Painter said. Being anxious is the last thing his team needed. According to Painter, Milton Hershey was much better than years past. But Painter knew that his team prepared well throughout the whole off season. Starting wide receiver, strong safety, and kicker, junior Michael Gadd, would agree with the main goal of Painter’s: to win. Gadd said he was confident in his ability, but was still very nervous. “People don't realize how much of the mental aspect is part of it,” Gadd said.

Gadd said he felt very prepared going into the game because of the push from his coaches and from his peers. After the first half of the game, the Trojans were in the lead. Even though they were ahead, Painter, Gadd, and the rest of the team had to stay on target. “I had to play it like a new game,” Gadd said. Starting running back, senior Jailen Harmon, had the same theory and same idea of how he was going to approach the second half. “Don’t stop,” Harmon said, “Keep putting points up on the board.” That is exactly what the Trojans did in the second half. The Trojans defeated the Milton Hershey School Spartans 20-15

Senior Chris Stouch takes down a Milton Hershey player. Neither Milton Hershey nor Hershey were willing to give up the bean.

bringing home the Cocoa Bean for a new record of eight years in a row since 2006. There was only one way Gadd felt after winning that football game: relieved. Gadd, Painter, and Harmon said how they were happy that they could take a deep breath and know that all their time, commitment, and preparation has all paid off. With a new record being set, and history being made, Painter, Gadd, and Harmon are all looking forward to next year. Painter and Gadd will be returning again next year as Head coach and Gadd being a senior. They share the same goals and expectations as soon to be graduate Harmon does. “Win again,” Harmon said. “Don't let them get it back.”

This year was the 71st Cocoa Bean, the first football game of the season. Hershey brought home the bean for the nineteenth consecutive year, and set a new state record.

Athlete Profile: Jesse Campbell BY LINDSAY KARLI Online Managing Editor _________________________ “There is nothing better than playing in front of hundreds of people every Friday night.” HHS Senior Jesse Campbell has been playing football for nine years and knows that he will never lose the drive he has for the sport. In second grade, Campbell wanted to be just like his older brother and began playing on his first flag football team. In seventh and eighth grade at Hershey Middle School, he participated on both JV and Varsity levels in tackle football. Following in his father’s footsteps, Campbell started on the ninth grade team at HHS but quickly made his way up to Varsity by Sophomore year. As a sophomore, he got a sufficient amount of time in the Varsity games and then was added to the starting line-up. “I like winning and getting excited when there’s a big play with my teammates,” Campbell said. From Quarterback to Slot

HHS senior, Jesse Campbell rushes against the Milton Hershey Spartans in the 2013 Cocoa Bean Game. Hershey won the game 20-15.

Receiver, he has dedicated many years to the overall dynamic of the team. One of his most memorable moments occurred when he ran the ball for the first time as a Sophomore in the Trojans' win over Milton Hershey in his first

Cocoa Bean. Unlike many athletes who pump up before a game with loud, headbanging music, Campbell just thinks about what he has to do in the game and his energy then builds in an adrenaline rush before kick-off.

Aside from winning on the field, some of his favorite team activities include team dinners and wing nights. “I think our team works really well together and I like seeing how we improve over the course of the season,”

Campbell said. In addition to playing football, Campbell has been involved in a variety of other sports including basketball and baseball. In fact, he believes his greatest athletic achievement was winning the Mid-Penn Championship his Sophomore year on the HHS Baseball team. Other than playing sports, Campbell enjoys hunting, watching tv and spending time with his family and friends. After his high school career, Campbell plans on playing football in college. Currently, the College of William & Mary, University of Delaware, Towson University and Lehigh University have shown interest in recruiting him. During each game, Campbell tells himself, “Don’t look at the scoreboard. Just worry about the next play. If we only worry about what we need to do, we will like what the scoreboard looks like at the end of the game.”

Are private schools worth it? BY ISABEL BERGEY Section Editor _______________________ Some might say private schooling provides a more one on one, student to teacher interaction and attention, in which they would be correct. On average, private high schools only enroll about 300 students total while public schools like HHS have a student body of approximately 1,200 students. However, this extra attention does not automatically mean that students of private school get significantly better grades than a public school student. According to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), when 2003 SAT scores of private versus public school students were compared, on

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In the United States 25 percent of schools are private which includes Catholic, other religious affiliations and nonsectarian. Some are only one gender while others allow both.

average private schools only produced 31 points more in reading and writing and only 14 points higher in math. Now the question is: are those 45 points really worth all of the hassle? With public schools being essentially

free, the price of private school is an important factor to consider. The cost of these prestigious schools range anywhere from $8,000 to $27,000. In addition to the extra cost, CAPE reported that

only 25 percent of schools in the United States are private. And of that, 22 percent are Catholic, 46 percent are of another religious affiliation and only 31 percent are nonsectarian. Therefore if you are looking for a private school without a religious background there are just under eight percent of these schools in the country. Because of this a student may have to travel a significant distance to and from school each day, when a public school might only be 10 minutes away. This means not only does the tuition of a private school cost vastly more but the extra gas money to get to a private school would be large. There are some pros to attending a private school. According to CAPE it is true that the percent of students

who use drugs in a private school is one-third of the use in a public school and that the alcohol use is just under half of a public school student body, but I would argue that this trend is not due to the school they attend but instead to the environment the students were brought up in. If a parent is going to spend the time and money to get his or her child into a private school, that parent is one that would keep a close eye on his or her child and tend to be stricter due to school being a main priority. Because of how much greater the cost is and the minimal success in creating better grades I would say private schools are not worth it. They are more of a burden than what they are worth.

Is being required to read the best way? BY ASHLEY REEB Section Editor _______________________ When summer rolls around, the thought of homework is in the back of most HHS students minds. Except for some, where the nagging notion of summer reading is present even in long days filled with hours lounging at the pool or beach vacations. The requirement of reading during the summer for students who selected Honor classes is one that many argue is beneficial for preparing for the future, keeping the class challenging, and for allowing classical literature to remain in modern reading for each generation. However, the flip side of required reading is one that points out the negatives of forcing students to read, and how sometimes it can backfire to affect the student’s thought on reading as a whole. Required reading is not always just in the summer but often occurs throughout the school year for students in every English class level, Honors or not. And the reputation that most required reading works get is: old, boring, and completely a waste of time. The route

most educators take to enforce reading with students is one that has become a bumpy road with the technology our generation has at the tip of our fingers. Reading classic literature like Hamlet, Tale of Two Cities, or the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has become one that takes only five minutes. Five minutes to watch a video clip or skim the plotline of the work on SparkNotes. Reading now in this age of technology, compared to years before, has changed so much so that the requirements of reading in school must change as well. However, reading, whether in Honor classes or not, is something that is imperative to growing and preparing for the future in college. The average college student, at a four-year public school, spends roughly $1,200 on books and supplies and $1,250 if the school is private, as recorded by the College Board fund. Thousands of dollars just going to books. Reading is going to be a part of college no matter what, and the $1,200 students spend on textbooks show it. Having to read difficult books, like classical ones in high school will prepare students for

having to read even harder simple, no. Students need just does not add up when books in college. Mr. these required or else they you think of the need of Bittinger, a HHS English would not even bother flip- accountability that students teacher said, “Sometimes ping open the front covers. have to actually read. you need a challenge” to “Kids do not read,” said Mr. Required reading will make the future goals seem Bittinger, “unless they will always be a subject for stueasier to accomplish. be held accountable.” dents and teachers to bicker Required reading, from Required reading is ben- over, but if you see past the classics to even contempo- eficial no matter how you details the idea of reading rary pieces, is important to look at it. Preparing you for being more than just a homekeeping the culture and mes- the future, challenging you work assignment but somesages from each novel alive. as a reader and allowing thing that prepares you for For example, if students classical literature to remain the future. And that is something never read To Kill A in modern times is someMockingbird again then thing that only reading does. worth noticing. As Mr. eventually no one would And although the argu- Bittinger says, “no matter remember the message of the ment that the concept of what your plans are, having coexistence of good and evil being ‘forced’ backfires for strong reading and writing in a time of racial prejudice students is a valid point, it skills can only help you.” and use the message to connect to modern conflicts. Each required reading is one that holds meaning for students to assess, and although it may come in an unattractive package it still holds value. Despite this, many argue the opposite that students should not be forced to read and that being forced ruins the idea of reading for students. Knowing that during summer you have to read a whole book, a book that was picked for you, is something many do not like to hear. But you have to ask the AP Images question as a student: would Students and other individuals browse books in a Barnes and Nobles. you read if it was not Searching for the required reading in a bookstore and purchasing it required? And the answer is is one responsibility a student has for the reading assignments.

October/November 2013 Anonymity gone wrong BY ALEX SHAPIRO Section Editor

depressed but I keep it because sometimes someone will stick up for you on there. It does not make up for the bullying but I do not think that anybody would stick up for me the same way in real life.” “Nobody has ever said the same awful things that people say to me online said to me in person.”

It is natural for adolescents to want to know what other people really think of them and it is a common belief that anonymity is a necessary element in getting true feedback. Many HHS students have recently tapped into this desire using a website and app called is a means to receive and deliver questions, compliments, ratings and comments to users in an anonymous setting. Though I can understand the appeal, I do not believe that a few compliments are worth the risk involved when one gives their peers that much power.

“The bullying makes me depressed but I keep [an account] because sometimes someone will stick up for you on there.” Anonymous The terms of use tab on Ask.Fm states that “ Anonymity should never be used to ask questions that are mean or hurtful. Asking a question anonymously on hides your name from the person your asking and from other users. We will never reveal your identity to the user.”

“Nobody makes their account expecting to get a bunch of hatred[...]” Anonymous is an online social media site that allows its users to ask anyone anonymous questions. The fact that it is anonymous creates many problems with bullying.

This can be useful if you're feeling shy or think that the recipient would be more comfortable answering a question without knowing who may have asked it. If you break the rules, you are responsible - and we can supply identifying information to law enforcement if necessary. reserves the right to terminate your account for the violation of any of these terms at any time and without notice. I decided to do a little research of my own to see how many students were using in a way that could be deemed as “mean or hurtful.” Unfortunately, my findings confirmed that there are far more inappropriate, harsh

and malicious questions and comments than there are friendly questions asked out of shyness. There were a variety of interrogations about sexual experience, accusations about users’ personal lives, profane name calling, gossipy questions about users’ opinions of other students, etc. But perhaps the worst comments I found were the ones that told users that they were worthless and should kill themselves. Shockingly, these comments appeared multiple times across several different HHS students’ accounts. I wondered why students that are constantly targeted on keep their accounts and what kind

of emotional toll anonymous bullying has on a person. I decided to research anonymity more closely by conducting anonymous interviews of several students who have experienced bullying on in the past or presently. The following quotes are some of their poignant thoughts towards the online community that bullies them but they continue to contribute to: “I have used as a way to release my emotional stress. Sure, sometimes I cross the line sometimes and answer things I maybe should not but I feel like more people will reach out to me if they are anonymous.” “The bullying makes me

“I have been told to kill myself. Nobody should ever have to go through that. I keep it because people were supportive afterwards even though I figure the person who said it is probably one of the same people that supported me after.” “Nobody makes their account expecting to get a bunch of hatred or to be told to kill themselves. I guess we are partially responsible when we are told those things because we put ourselves in that position.” Regardless of how intends its users to act on the website, giving adolescents the powerful tool of anonymity is a dangerous combination with our emotional vulnerability as this time in our lives. So long as the website exists, kids will continue to be bullied.

Risky behavior creates fame BY TURO BOYIRI Editor

The saying goes “the ends do not justify the means.” Nowhere in there does it say “unless the means lead to fame.” With that being said, why is it that people are willing to do just about anything to gain some level of fame? In the media today there are countless examples of people doing immoral things to gain stardom or going to drastic measures to remain in the spotlight. A prime example of someone who scandalously created a name for herself is Kim Kardashian. She first garnered media attention in 2007 when a sex tape of her and her then boyfriend Ray J leaked on the web. “She would not have become as famous without her ridiculous antics,” said junior Nancy Wang. Let us face it, we probably would know of Kardashian if this tape wasn’t made. I find it sad that someone would sacrifice their dignity to be talked

about. I am not the only one who notices the loss of dignity in exchange for fame. “They allow others to think poorly of them in exchange for fame,” said Wang. Another name that went viral through the making of a video is Giovanna Plowman better known as “the girl who ate her own tampon.” Early this year, a video called “girl eats her own tampon” went viral. This 5:41 video showed 15 year old Plowman doing just that; eating her tampon. Plowman is another illustration of the crazy things people will do to have their name be known. According to Uproxx’s website, Plowman tweeted not long after the video was taken down from YouTube ,“What I did was stupid… but SO WHAT? I am famous for that, I will be on Ellen, I will get verified, I am getting money to show up at some parties!!” What she is essentially saying in this tweet is that even though she’s aware of the “stupid-ness” regarding her actions, this is irrelevant because it resulted in her fame.

Junior and singer songwriter Cosette Gobat has different beliefs. “Yes, I want to achieve fame but I would never do anything to skip ahead or cheat” she stated. Now that the territory of people scandalously trying to achieve fame has been charted, I would like to remind you of some celebrities who have gone to drastic measures to remain in the spotlight. I can’t think of a better example than “we can’t stop singer” Miley Cyrus. Either Cyrus is desperately trying to remain relevant in our minds or she’s going through some sort of crisis. She recently cut off her hair and dyed it bleach blonde, not to mention her excessive twerking (a popular new dance that AP Images involves shaking of the rear),culminating in what some would call the rock bottom of her career: her 2013 VMA performance. From the second she walked out with those two stubs on her head dressed in some sort of furry bear leotard, one could predict the train wreck ahead. Her performance

was filled with inappropriate gestures. It received plenty of negative comments being described as “desperate” and even “a hot mess” by Us Weekly Magazine. People couldn’t help but wonder why she went so far. Some would argue that there’s nothing wrong with doing anything and everything for fame and that we should not be concerned with what these people do because it does not involve us. Unfortunately this is false because there are many young boys and girls who hear about and view the actions of these celebrities and come to conclude that this behavior is appropriate. “Celebrities like that definitely need to realize that things they do are incredibly public and they should try to set better examples,” said Wang. Fame to me is overrated. So many of us are willing to compromise our morals to attain this four letter word but I think there are means that should not even be considered taking, no matter the result.

Kim Kardashian found her way to fame through a scandal. Whether people think of her as good or bad her being famous is unquestionable.


The Homecoming has not gone unnoticed by the student body at HHS this year. The weekend of September 28-29 contained a homecoming event with a planned overall classic composition. The HHS student council scheduled no foreign themes this year, as the parade, game and dance centered around an idea close to home: candy. The Homecoming Court members for the 2013-2014 school year were Rachel Von Arx, Ally Morgret, Gabi Broschard, Emily Bruggemeier, Alex Shapiro, Kate Wenner, Dallas Ricker, Jesse Campbell, Dalton Awde, Ben Wagner, Jake Cronin, and Josh Haverstick. But homecoming would not be complete without Hershey’s very own King and Queen. Taking home the crowns in 2013 are clarinet section leader Kate Wenner and varsity football player Dallas Ricker. Wenner was very shocked and excited to have won the crown. She also expressed her appreciation for the homecoming tradition. “It’s like starting off the year right,” she expressed. “I had a really great time.” The coordinator for the HHS Homecoming, Barbara Clouser, also had only good things to say about the subject. “I believe that it was one of the best Homecomings that we’ve had in recent years. The weather was perfect, the parade was wonderful and the students really got into the theme with both their shirts and floats. The dance was also well-attended with over 700 students participating.” Clouser stated. She added that because homecoming was fairly early in the year, it made the timeline very short and made the coordinators have to work extra efficiently. However, with the extra challenge, she is glad that the contributors were still able to be successful. The HHS football team also did well, winning 49 to 7 against Palmyra. In the stands, the freshmen were “Fun-sized Freshmen,” the sophomores were “Smarties Sophomores,” the juniors were “Junior Mints,” and the seniors were “Sour Patch Seniors.” Students also had plenty to add about this weekend. Joanna Seivard, HHS junior, confessed that she really enjoyed her time at the dance, and the theme as a whole was very “classic Hershey.” Although no weekend is perfect, Clouser believes it was fairly close. “I think that everything just went perfectly this year, from the Pep Rally to the parade and half-time show and finally the dance. The whole weekend was a complete package.”


The homecoming has not gone unnoticed by the student body at HHS this year. The weekend of September 28-29 contained a homecoming event with a planned overall classic composition. The HHS student council scheduled no foreign themes this year, as the parade, game and dance centered around an idea close to home: candy. The Homecoming Court members for the 2013-2014 school year were Rachel Von Arx, Ally Morgret, Gabi Broschard, Emily Bruggemeier, Alex Shapiro, Kate Wenner, Dallas Ricker, Jesse Campbell, Dalton Awde, Ben Wagner, Jake Cronin, and Josh Haverstick. But homecoming would not be complete without Hershey’s very own King and Queen. Taking home the crowns in 2013 are clarinet section leader Kate Wenner and varsity football player Dallas Ricker. Wenner was very shocked and excited to have won the crown. She also expressed her appreciation for the homecoming tradition. “It’s like starting off the year right,” she expressed. “I had a really great time.” The coordinator for the HHS homecoming, Barbara Clouser, also had only good things to say about the subject. “I believe that it was one of the best Homecomings that we’ve had in recent years. The weather was perfect, the parade was wonderful and the students really got into the theme with both their shirts and floats. The dance was also well-attended with over 700 students participating.” Clouser stated. She added that because homecoming was fairly early in the year, it made the timeline very short and made the coordinators have to work extra efficiently. However, with the extra challenge, she is glad that the contributors were still able to be successful. The HHS football team also did well, winning 49 to 7 against Palmyra. In the stands, the freshmen were “Fun-sized Freshmen,” the sophomores were “Smarties Sophomores,” the juniors were “Junior Mints,” and the seniors were “Sour Patch Seniors.” Students also had plenty to add about this weekend. Joanna Seivard, HHS junior, confessed that she really enjoyed her time at the dance, and the theme as a whole was very “classic Hershey.” Although no weekend is perfect, Clouser believes it was fairly close. “I think that everything just went perfectly this year, from the Pep Rally to the parade and half-time show and finally the dance. The whole weekend was a complete package.”

October/November 2013

Herbicides harm more than just weeds BY DAHLIA CHROSCINSKI Editor At a glance, the quintessential American lawn is a fruitful haven brimming with life. The healthy green grass, the collection of bright colored flowers reaching just below the window and the perfectly trimmed bushes lining a weedless, brick path all create a picturesque scene almost too good to be true. But that is just it. A closer look beneath the elusive charm of a typical American lawn would reveal that there are darker forces at work delivering a more superficial beauty. All too often, the exterior refinement of America’s lawns is neither a result of careful cultivation nor Mother Nature’s benevolence, but rather the product of a more synthetic means of obtaining a green thumb that leaves dangerous effects in its wake: herbicides. Whether it is to outdo a neighbor or to boast an appreciation for nature, most Americans want a weed-free lawn. The only trouble is that gardening is not exactly a top priority in the eyes of modernday society. So, motivated to produce a healthy-looking lawn but unwilling to sacrifice the time and effort, most people resort to herbicides to do the job. Merriam Webster’s online dictionary defines herbicides as a form of pesticides that use chemicals to kill excess vegetation and stunt plant growth, commonly applied to tame lawns or to maximize crop yield. But what Merriam Webster’s definition lacks is the

damage herbicides can inflict on more than just the weeds they are intended for. Citizens across America are jeopardizing their own health and that of the environment all for efficiency and economics. Although the toxins in herbicides eliminate unwanted weeds and stimulate the agricultural industry, they ultimately leave lasting effects harmful to both the environment and human health. Over the years, herbicides have earned their place as an everyday staple on the shelves of barns and garages alike, and it is no mystery why. On the farm, herbicides are the most economically efficient means of producing crops. According to a 2001 study conducted by The Crop Protection Research Institute (CPRI) for the National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy, the agricultural use of herbicides resulted in an annual production increase of 289 billion lbs. of food and fiber, as well as a $21 billion increase in the value of crop production. In a 2005 update of the original survey, herbicide use increased the value of U.S. agricultural productivity by $26 billion. The CPRI notes that these figures are based on the manual labor and reduction in fuel consumption that would be needed to replace the effects of herbicides. Back in American households, Beyond Pesticides’ website reports that over 90 million pounds of herbicides are used on U.S. lawns each year, providing the best results with the least amount of effort. But while America reaps the

rewards of herbicide use through a thriving agricultural industry and greener lawns, the

females. So, as herbicide use endangers the health of ecosystems, people choose to turn a

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Herbicides affect not only agriculture, but the entire environment. The toxins take a toll on more than just the weeds in your yard. With an increase in use of herbicides comes an increase in the chemicals emitted into the air and every day products.

environment is experiencing more negative repercussions. The chemicals in herbicides act as major pollutants of the world’s water supply. In a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, herbicides were found to infect every stream and over 90 percent of wells in the U.S. By contaminating waterways, herbicides also pose a serious threat to living organisms. Atrazine, the second most commonly used agricultural herbicide, has been proven to give tadpoles sex changes. The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) states that 10 percent of male frogs raised in atrazinelaced water developed into

blind eye to live a more productive lifestyle. The harmful effects of herbicides are not only limited to the environment. Amidst all of their contact with the toxins in the air and water, humans inevitably end up at risk, too. According to PAN, the herbicide atrazine, found in 94 percent of the world’s water supply, has been linked to birth defects, infertility and cancer. In addition, the Toxics Action Center (TAC) reports that studies by the National Cancer Institute revealed that American farmers, who in most respects are generally healthier than the rest of the population,

had startling incidences of leukemia, Hodgkins disease, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and many other forms of cancer. The TAC also asserts that with underdeveloped bodily systems and an increased exposure to herbicides through their outdoor adventures, children are less capable of fighting off the toxins that enter their body via herbicide use, making them more susceptible to experiencing developmental problems. So why disrupt frogs’ genetics and threaten children's health for attractive lawns and more crops? Cultural laziness. People do not want to spend their afternoon manually removing weeds when they can spray toxins with one finger. Likewise, farmers do not want to waste time running a handoperated agricultural industry when they have more efficient methods of chemical fertilization readily available. But what people fail to realize is that the hazards herbicides impose on the environment and living organisms supersede any economic advantages chemical fertilization grants. Instead of applying synthetic treatments, farmers can exercise natural methods for growing organic crops. At home, residents can invest that extra time and effort into caring for their lawns by hand. By taking a chemical-free approach to controlling unwanted vegetation, farmers and gardeners alike will be enjoying healthy crops and green lawns without risking the health of the environment or the human race.

HHS offers senior alternative gym BY ERIKA HUFFORD Section Editor One of the biggest changes when entering high school is the fact that students essentially get to select their own classes and make up their own schedule. At HHS, some students find themselves with an overflowing schedule, especially in senior year, that doesn't always fit any physical education into their courses. Because of that, HHS offers a senior alternative gym. Senior alternative gym is an outside-of-school gym class that students, usually seniors, are required to take when a normal gym class won't fit their schedule. The class requires its students to participate in a variety of different exercises throughout the year and log these activities to be turned into the course teacher. The course, however, raises some debate over why students are not able to choose if they do or do not have senior alternative gym. It also raises the question of if they should be able to

choose. Senior alternative gym is a class that students are required to take when no other gym option is possible and for that reason, it should not be a course students opt to take when they have open spaces in their schedule. If senior alternative gym was optional, many students would opt to take this form of physical education outside of school while a normal gym class could easily fit into their schedule. Students taking senior alternative gym are often times involved in internships or taking many full credit classes that leave no room for a study hall or gym. Many students leave spaces in their schedule and can fit a gym course that only meets a few days in a cycle into their schedule. These students are not allowed to take senior alternative gym because it does not apply to their schedules. When possible, schedules consist of all required courses and any

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HHS students run one lap for warm up before each class period. After they finish, students have to complete 10 push-ups and 20 situps.

chosen electives. From there, the counselors make up schedules for each students; schedules rarely have any kind of requirements to get credits outside of school. Senior alternative gym is more of a last

resort for student who have no study hall days where a gym class would fit; the course is not, nor should it be, an optional course because many students would opt to take the class while still leaving empty spaces

in their schedules. If a student is really keen on getting into senior alternative gym, one must fill-up their schedule. And even then, it isn't guaranteed. It is not the end of the world which gym class someone takes their senior year and many students have room to take the class during school and get their physical education requirement out of the way during school hours. Some students don't take any classes that leave study halls on certain days and have no other option than to take a physical education course outside of school. Senior alternative gym is not an offered class because school courses are meant to be taken at school and when that is not possible, sometimes courses are rearranged and students must do extra work outside of school. The goal is to avoid that and because of that, senior alternative gym should only be a class given to students who have no other options.

Celebs get social with fans BY FELICIA STOVER Editor _________________________ Girls constantly check their new Twitter followers for their dream guy, Justin Bieber, to follow them back. Guys continuously check Instagram every two minutes to see if Ariana Grande posted a new photo. Many people believe that social media is affecting their relationships with their favorite celebs every day. Junior Kendra Bomgardner believes that social media is affecting relationships between celebrities and their fans in both good and bad ways. She is followed on Twitter by 15 verified celebrities and considers herself a devoted fan to many. Bomgardner also said that by celebrities having social media, it is easier for fans to “stalk” them. “I think celebrities having social media websites is good because it helps celebrities stay connected with their fans,” she said. “They [celebrities] just

need to know that what they post is seen by all their fans.”

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Ariana Grande is one celebrity who uses social media to connect with her fans. When celebrities communicate with fans over the media they walk a fine line between what is appropriate or not to share with fans.

Celebrities know that what they post is shared on the internet. The choice to post that picture of the party last night to Instagram was theirs to make. The choice to post their loca-

tion at the time on Twitter was also their decision, and they know fans will see. According to a study on celebrities managing their social media accounts, it is proven that most celebrities have ‘scheduled’ posts to help make sure that if their fans are trying to find them, they would have a hard time doing so. Junior Lyaga Munyofu said that even though celebrities may follow you on social media websites, it does not mean they are more accessible to fans. Bomgardner agrees, and proceeds by stating that so many other fans are following and being followed by their favorite celebrities, so they will not become “every day besties.” “Just because they followed you, does not mean that they are going to tweet you every five seconds and become your best friend,” Munyofu said. Sophomore Paul Banka said that social media can affect the way people see celebrities in

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Social medias such as Twitter have created new ways for celebrities to connect with their fans; which has its pros and cons. Social media has created an unprecidented closeness, where fans can know when and where their favorite celebrities are at all times.

either positive or negative ways. He believes that celebs can use their social media to help their fame, or can use it to bash their reputations. “If a celebrity posts a tweet that is inappropriate, fans might change their viewpoint on him or her,” he said. Celebrities get new fans following them every day. Whether it be Twitter,

Facebook, Instagram, or Vine, fans are now being able to see what their favorite celebrities are doing all the time. Rising stars can use social media to make or break relationships with their fans. “How celebrities use social media accounts can either make or break their relationships with fans” Banka said. “They [celebrities] need to be smart.”

How I Met Your Mother’s final season premiers BY NICK SCHEIB Editor __________________________ As the final season of “How I met Your Mother” kicks off on September 23 (on CBS), fans around the world are suiting up for what could be the best season yet. The show follows Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) in the year 2030, telling his children, played by David Henrie and Lyndsy Fonseca, the story about how he met their mother. The show is based on flashbacks to Ted’s (Josh Radnor) late 20’s to mid-30’s in his search for love in the heart of New York City alongside his friends Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris, Robin Scherbatsky, played by Cobie Smulders, Marshall Eriksen, played by Jason Segal and Marshall’s wife Lily Aldrin played by, Alyson Hannigan. Last season ended with many cliffhangers leading into season nine. The season concluded with everyone on their way to Barney and Robin’s wedding. One of the most anticipated guests is Ted’s future wife (Cristin Milioti) who the TV audience has had many suspenseful misses with and finally met in the season eight finale. She was buying a train ticket to go to Barney and Robin’s wedding when her identity was revealed. She will play bass guitar for the wedding band.

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The last season of How I Met Your Mother will reveal many mysteries that have carried through the series. Ted, seated on the far left, will finally get to know his future wife.

“I like the choice of Cristin Milioti as Ted’s wife. She is very beautiful and I could totally see them together,” said Senior Jacqueline Oggero, who is an avid fan of the show. Going into season nine, Ted still has many unresolved issues that will arise. He has had strong feelings for Robin since the first episode. On their first date he said “I Love You.” He had an intimate moment with her in Central Park, while they were looking for her “something old” for the wedding back in season eight. Ted found the “something old” in his apartment before the wedding and is planning on giving it to Robin as a gift. His intentions cause friction between Ted and Lily because she understands Ted still loves

awkward situation leading into season nine for the mostly happy couple. This season will have a very unique format compared to the eight previous seasons. This season will take place over the course of three days (Barney and Robin’s wedding weekend.) The show will have many flashbacks and flash-forwards so Ted’s wife can be fully integrated with the rest of the cast. The cast will not be featured in their normal setting at “Maclaren's bar and pub.” Cobie Smulders has said numerous times that, "Someone is going to ruin this wedding." It wil be an extremely unpredictable wedding. Sophomore Delaney Price (a fan since the first episode)

was indifferent about the new format for the show, stating, “I like knowing all the details but if it were over a longer period of time there could be more room for major events to happen.” Junior Danny Reeves (who has followed the series through Netflix) on the other hand feels differently. He said, “I trust the writers of the show to produce a very amusing, comical and likeable final season of the show. Even if it only takes place over three days.” With its old appeal, and new components like the same star studded cast, plus newcomer Cristin Milioti and a new Robin Sparkles video (Robin as a Canadian teenage pop star) this season could be. Wait for it ..... Legendary!

Robin. Lily will do whatever it takes to make this wedding happen. Ted is trying to get over Robin by taking a job in Chicago. Now on the flip side are Marshall and Lily in a very different predicament. Early on in season eight Marshall applied to be a judge after an very intense trial. Assuming he had no chance at getting the new job, he agreed to move to Italy for a year with Baby Marvin and Lily, so she can pursue her love for art. As the couple is packing for their trip, Marshall receives a call with an offer for the job. Marshall is forced to make a quick decision and tells them “Yes.” Marshal is planAP Images ning on telling Lily at the wedding that he accepted the posi- The stars of the show are pictured above, posing for a picture on the tion. This could be a potentially red carpet at the Peoples Choice Awards. How I Met Your Mother’s final season premiered this fall.

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ARTIST PROFILE: Mackenzie Klinger BY ALYSHIA MOYER Editor __________________________ High school is a place where teenagers are trying to find themselves. Whether that is through sports, theater, dance, or academics teens are always trying new things to find that certain activity that acts as a void where they can let go for a while or do what they like to do. For senior Mackenzie Klinger art is what fills the void. Klinger has grown up around art. Her mom, also an artist, does interior design as a hobby. "Art runs in the family,” said Klinger. From the time she was young it was inevitable that art was going to be Klinger’s forte. "I have always had an eye for color and pattern,” said Klinger.

Like most students at HHS, Klinger started getting into art in elementary school but became serious in high school, taking art classes on her own, anywhere from painting and drawing to nude figure classes in Harrisburg. As Klinger’s skills started to developed and her passion and interest for art grew, she discovered a certain type of art called, Fabric Art. Fabric art is when an artist uses a piece of cloth as a canvas, manipulating and transforming the fabric into something new. While researching, Klinger came across a fabric artist by the name of Will Koffman who soon became her inspiration. "His bleach work really caught my eye" said Klinger. Since then Klinger has been hard at work improving and try-

ing new things with her fabric. Black cotton, silk and velvet are the three main pieces of material she uses. Klinger produces her artwork with acrylic paint but also bleach, paints, dips, dyes, and she experiments until she is able to find the perfect medium in which all the colors, shapes and patterns line up perfectly. “My work usually tries to portray abstracting reality,” Klinger said. She added “It is not a common form of art unlike drawing and painting; it takes things to a new level.” But reaching the perfect final product is no walk in the park. “I have to work in dim lighting to see high contrast [between colors,]” said Klinger, “It is very difficult.” Because most of Klinger’s

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Another piece of Klinger’s work shows her eye for color. Growing up with art, Klinger has grown to love art and calls it her passion.

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Many pieces of Klinger’s art are publically displayed. Klinger usually portrays abstract realities in her artwork.

work is life sized, it can take her hours and sometimes even weeks to complete just one project. Nevertheless, the type of art Klinger does is rigorous, but it does not seem to faze her. “[Art] is a way I can express not only myself but my ideas too,” said Klinger. Klinger has even won awards for her art, including a free summer art program at Penn College art and design. Although Klinger will soon be closing the doors of her high school art experience here at

HHS, new doors will be opening to her future plans for art. Klinger is hoping to apply to art schools this fall and sees herself becoming an art professor teaching the way of art and everything involved in it. What the future holds for Klinger and her art is unknown, but one thing is for sure, and that is that art is going to be in it. “It is the one thing that is my passion,” said Klinger. “Art is a part of me that I hope to share for the rest of my life.”

MUSICIAN PROFILE: Kate Wenner BY HAYLEY KARPER Section Editor __________________________ Playing an instrument is not the only way Senior Kate Wenner incorporates music into her life. Wenner is indeed an avid radio listener with a wide variety of tastes. She can be found jamming to alternative, rock, indie, techno, some dubstep, some rap, select screamo, electro-pop music, or her select favorites Lorde, Vampire Weekend and the Strokes. However, Wenner is normally seen playing her beloved clarinet with the marching band under the lights on Friday nights. Wenner got her start with the instrument in fifth grade when she decided to take up band. “I chose the clarinet because the saxophone was too big for my small body when I was 10, the flute looked boring and the clarinet looked small and enticing,” said Wenner. Besides being a co-section leader in the marching band, Wenner is the Key Club Vice President, one of the Mini THON

overall chairs, co-editor of the Yearbook, classroom assistant for Ms. Bianco and a member of German club. Outside of school, Wenner keeps herself busy by working part time at the Gap, reading, taking walks with her mom, running errands, driving her friends around and online shopping at places like Urban, Zappos, Mod Cloth and Anthropologie. One of Wenner’s other great loves is Netflix. “There is nothing I love more in this world than Netflix,” said Wenner. For Wenner, the time for figuring out what to major in and what colleges to apply to has come. Although she has decided to forego majoring in music, Wenner believes she will still participate in her college’s marching band as long as it is not too hardcore. Instead, Wenner thinks she will pursue a major in pre-medicine or one that involves agriculture and economics. Wenner is applying to a grand total of 10 schools which includes Boston University, Bowdoin College, Bucknell University, George

Washington University, Northwestern University, Penn State University, Tufts University, University of California Berkeley, University of Chicago and Wellesley College. As Wenner’s final marching band season comes to an end, she reminisces on some of her favorite songs that the band has performed. Wenner’s favorite ‘stand’ tune, the songs the marching band plays in the stands during the football games, is “Stacey’s Mom”. Her favorite ‘show’ song, the show the marching band performs during halftime at away games and 10 minutes before every home game, is “One Day More” from Les Miserables. “I am going to miss being in marching band because it combines all my favorite things: football, music and friends,” said Wenner. Whether Wenner is playing songs on her iPod or on her clarinet during football games, music continues to be a big part of who she is.

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Kate Wenner enjoys playing the clarinet in the high school marching band. She dedicates much of her time to practicing her instrument but also enjoys many other activities outside of her high school music commitments.

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Netflix craze taking over HHS BY SARAH WILLIAMS Editor _________________________ “Wanna come over and watch Netflix?” Today, this is a common invitation among teens. Netflix, a streaming media company, describes itself on its website as “the world’s leading Internet television network.” Founded in 1997 in Scotts Valley, CA by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, Netflix has recently exploded in popularity. The company originally started as an online movie rental system, sending its customers DVDs by mail. In 2007, streaming was released and Netflix now boasts more than 37 million members in more than 40 countries, according to the company’s website. Some may question why Netflix has become so popular recently, especially among teenagers like HHS students. Part of Netflix’s appeal is that, though its customers do have to pay a minimum of $7.99 per month, there is no commitment; the subscription can be cancelled at any time. There are no commercials on Netflix programs either, and the programs can be streamed both online

and directly to a TV through devices like an Xbox, Wii, and PS3, among others, making its content easily accessible to teenagers virtually everywhere they go. What makes Netflix especially appealing to teens is that when a viewer finishes an episode of a series, the next episode in that series often automatically starts playing. “Then you get into the ‘maybe one more episode’ rhythm until it is ten hours later and your legs have grown into the floor,” said senior Umer Qureshi. Qureshi, who watches Netflix almost daily, admits to having what he lightheartedly called a “crippling addiction” to the Internet streaming service. Senior Alexandra Brittain admitted to binging on Netflix, too. “Over the summer,” she said, “I did a solid three days of watching Grey’s Anatomy.” The binging potential of Netflix is particularly attractive to teens because, said senior Kate Wenner, “It gives you the perfect excuse to not move all day.” Wenner said she enjoys the fact that Netflix allows teens to binge watch, even though she recognizes the

potentially negative side effects of doing so. “A friend of mine once got a B on a homework assessment because she had been binging on Downton Abbey the night before,” recalled Wenner. However, she does not believe

thing parents fear,” she said, adding that “It is just like anything else people do: reading, eating, working out, doing homework. It is about finding balance.” Qureshi, on the other hand, feels that Netflix has impacted

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Netflix customers have to pay a minimum of $7.99 per month and the subscription can be cancelled at any time. There are no commercials on the programs and they can be streamed online, directly to the TV and through other devices.

that the amount of Netflix she watches is negatively impacting her own grades or school performance. “I think that’s some-

his motivation to do school work. “I have had to cut down on Netflix in order to actually study,” he admitted, “I actually

unplug my TV.” During the school year, he watches an average of ten hours of Netflix per week. In the summer, that number increases to up to 40 hours every week. Both Wenner and Qureshi agree that “obsession” is indeed an appropriate word to describe their age group’s relationship with Netflix. Though “Netflix Addiction” has not been identified as a clinical addiction, a simple Google search will yield many blog posts, almost all written by people in their teens to mid-twenties, in which the writers identify themselves as self-proclaimed “Netflix addicts.” Qureshi believes that, with its binging abilities, “Netflix Addiction” could be real. “We spend countless hours on it,” he explained, “so it is an addictive drug.” He does have some advice for teens struggling to stay motivated when tempted to watch Netflix: “Just unplug the TV or try to keep the device you use it on away from you while you work. You can never watch just one episode!”

Movies take the lead in conveying and changing public opinion BY EMMA HETRICK Print Managing Editor _________________________ The media has a way of influencing public opinion. As stated by Malcolm X, “The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” In particular, movies have the power of engaging an audience in a way that no other form of media can. Over the course of approximately two hours, a message is conveyed to an audience through sight and sound, sometimes a slap-in-theface message and sometimes a more under-toned one. Regardless of the intensity of the message, movies have been exposing the public to different sides of social issues for years.

The 1993 movie Philadelphia was released right after the peak of the AIDS epidemic in America. It portrayed the struggle of a homosexual man who tried to prove in court that he was fired from his job because he had contracted the HIV virus. This movie premiered during a time when people were still ignorant about how HIV was spread and whom the disease could affect. Philadelphia was able to dismiss many of the pre-connotations held by the public at the time; Denzel Washington’s character realizes he must represent in court a homosexual man facing intense discrimination because the African American population, to which he belonged, had faced the same type of abuse and separation just 30 years earlier. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, released in 1967, was one

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was a film that broke ground during the height of the Civil Rights movement. The film was a direct parallel to life as the premiere audience experienced it.

such film that broke ground during the height of the Civil Rights movement. According to Princeton’s website, “The film was groundbreaking for its positive representation of the controversial subject of interracial marriage, which historically had been illegal in most states of the United States, and was still illegal in seventeen southern American states up until June 12 of the year of the film's release.” In the film a young, white girl invites her fiancé, who happens to be African American, home to her upper class family living in AP Images San Francisco. The reactions and sentiments of her parents and Tom Hanks portrayed the struggle of a homosexual man in the 1993 movie Philadelphia. The movie dismissed many of the pre-connotafriends closely resembled those tions held by the public regarding the transmittance of HIV. of Americans who were in favor of racial equality in the 60s. more than a bit manhandled." Iranian officials. They add that it Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Now it is a consensus among depicts Iranians as “too violent.” was a direct parallel to life as the Americans that slavery and racial The article added that this censorpremiere audience of the film segregation is wrong; two parts ship has not stopped Iranians experienced it. of African American history por- from obtaining illegal copies of A recent example of a film trayed in an uncomplimentary Argo in order to make up their conveying a message would be way over the course of the film. own mind regarding the controLee Daniel’s The Butler. This Sometimes, government versial film. film is an example of how public authorities are worried about the Films reflect the times but opinion has changed over time effect a movie can have on the public issues reflect what is porand how the media has portrayed opinion of the masses. Take for trayed in films. As much as pubthe change of public opinion. instance the recent Oscar winning lic opinion decides what is appro"Daniels knows how to push an film, Argo. Directed by and star- priate and what is not for a film, audience's buttons, and as crudering Ben Affleck, this film movies also have a say in decidly obvious as 'The Butler' can bedepicts a dangerous operation ing what is appropriate for public whether juxtaposing a launched by a CIA agent who opinion to discuss and agree with. Woolworth's lunch-counter goes into Iran in 1980 in order to Sometimes films go too far in the protest with a formal White rescue six American embassy eyes of authorities and so the House dinner, or showing a charworkers under the guise of a authorities take action against the acter keeling over at the breakfast movie production crew. story told by the film. After all, table with oxygen tank attached Ironically, the movie is banned in films are just visual stories, it is also genuinely rousing," all Iranian theatres. According to though sometimes there may be Variety critic Scott Foundas a Huffington Post article, the film an ulterior motive for their prowrote. He added, “By the end, it has been “ pro- duction other than entertaining an is hard not to feel moved, if also CIA, anti-Iran propaganda” by audience for a few hours.

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Check out Hershey’s fall events BY BRYNN FREW Copy Editor __________________________ Now that the summer is over and the weather outside is starting to get chilly, many of us are tempted to stay inside. We think that the end of summer means the end of fun things to do in Hershey, but that is not the case. Lots of things are going on in Hershey the next few months and it would be a shame to miss out on them. So get up out off your couch and out of your sweats and check out some of these fun events! If you are an animal lover then ZooAmerica’s, “Creatures of the Night,” is for you. The ZooAmerica website encourages visitors to bring their own flashlights (or buy one on your way in) so you can catch “a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of over 200 native North American animals.” Sneak a peek at the sleeping wolves or the snoozing praire dogs. Or if you want to see some more lively animals check out the nocturnal vampire bats. The event runs from Oct. 25- Oct. 27. For something everyone can enjoy, Hersheypark reopens on Oct. 13 for Hersheypark in the Dark. According to the Hersheypark website, visitors can “experience thrilling roller ghosters, spooktacular attractions and exciting holidaythemed live entertainment!” Anyone looking for something to do with siblings or visiting family members ages 12 or younger should visit Hershey's Trick-or-Treat Adventure. Starting at Hershey Chocolate World, kids visit three stops inside Hersheypark in Treatville, where they are given plenty of “sweets and treats.” For music lovers, Gregg

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Pictured above is a scene from the new musical Ghost, based on the 1990 film with the same name. Ghost will be showing at the Hershey Theatre from Oct. 29-Nov. 3.

Allman will be performing at the Hershey Theatre on Oct. 27. According to The Hershey Theatre website Gregg Allman “has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music.” Allman is a “blues legend and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band." If you have a love for musicals, on Oct. 29 “Ghost the Musical” will be performed at the Hershey Theatre. The show, which is based upon the hit film “Ghost,” “breathes glorious new life into a timeless love story,” according to the Hershey Theatre’s website. The musical features music created by numerous Grammy Awardwinners, Such as Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. “Relive the iconic and magical moments from the Oscar-winning movie Ghost in a brand-new Broadway musical." For fans of the hit TV series Cake Boss (on TLC), or

anyone who loves cake (so basically everyone), Buddy Valastro will be appearing at the Hershey Theatre on November 11. According to the Theatre’s website, Buddy will be performing an all new show of “cakes, stories, and fun." Something unique about this show is that it will be interactive. Buddy will be answering questions from the audience, and will be giving lots of live cake & cupcake decorating demonstrations, sharing many tips and techniques the audience can use at home. The event should be lots of fun for the whole family. For anyone whos loves the classics, The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be playing on October 26 at the Hershey Theatre. The play takes place at midnight and audience members are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. The Theatre’s website describes the show as ”The ultimate Halloween audience participation film, complete with a

couple in love and a spooky castle with strange Transylvanians - including Dr. Frank N. Furter - dancing to the "Time Warp.” The theatre will even be selling audience participation bags to make the show even more fun. A fun event to go to with the whole family is Hershey Gardens’ “Pumpkin Glow.” Kids 12 and under can go trickor-treating around the garden in costumes, collecting all kinds of candy. Meanwhile everyone else can see the beautiful fall flowers and the over 150 carved pumpkins, all lit up. Some pumpkins can even be seen floating along in the ponds. The Gardens’ website says visitors can also enjoy “a gardenthemed story time and interact with [the] scarecrow displays.” So whether you are looking for a musical to see or a place to take the kids you babysit, there are plenty of places to keep oneself busy during the fall months in Hershey.

Upcoming Events in Hershey Creatures of the Night...Oct.25-27

Hershey Park in the Dark...weekends from Oct. 18- Nov. 3

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Hershey Theatre...Oct. 26

Gregg Allman performance at Hershey Theatre...Oct. 27

Ghost the Musical at the Hershey Theatre...Oct. 29Nov. 3

Budy Valastro from Cake Boss at the Hershey Theatre...Nov. 11

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Pumpkin Glow at the Hershey Gardens...weekends from Oct. 18-Oct. 26

Cast members in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show dance to a song from the film. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at the Hershey Theatre on Oct. 26.

Explore concert venues outside of Hershey BY JORDAN HOLYCROSS Print Managing Editor __________________________ While driving down Hershey Park Drive during nearly any time of the year, the massive, lit up billboard in front of the Giant Center advertises events coming to Hershey, from country groups like Rascal Flatts to pop singer Selena Gomez. Hershey residents are used to the big name artists coming through town, and all the traffic that comes along with it. It is easy to forget, however, that Hershey is in close proximity to many other music scenes, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Philadelphia. Escaping the “Hershey bubble” in a short drive and a cheap concert ticket can lead to new music experiences and the discovering of musicians that are

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Featured above is Pete Wentz, the guartist from the band Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy was one of the bands featured at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory.

not quite so mainstream. When it comes to local, one venue stands out more than any else. The Championship, other-

wise known as The Champ, sits right outside of Harrisburg in Lemoyne. It is a small venue, and most often, the artists playing are from central Pennsylvania, or close to it. According to their website, The Champ promotes local bands by pairing them with national acts or with other local bands with a similar sound. They also claim to “promote a positive atmosphere” and “do not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, fighting, drinking, or drug use of any kind.” The venue is open to all ages, so freshmen and seniors alike can go see live music there. Tickets run from ten dollars to close to nothing, so there is no need to save up to go see a local band. Some venues sit in unlikely places, such as Lancaster city. Although Lancaster is known mostly for its country fields and

Amish, there is a bustling music scene. One venue brings in 200 shows a year, from both national and local bands. This venue is the Chameleon Club, which was established in 1985. Unlike The Champ, this venue is known more for its national acts, and is for a little bit of an older crowd. Some shows are limited to 18+ groups, but it is not hard to find shows for all ages either. For those who want to dive deep into Pennsylvania’s music scene, and maybe have some extra cash, make the trip to Philadelphia’s Electric Factory. The venue has been around for over 40 years, and attracts many national headliners, such as Fall Out Boy, Sara Bareilles and the Arctic Monkeys. It hosts an array of genres, so it is not difficult to find a show anyone would enjoy. Most shows are all

ages, and for those who can not drive, the venue is easily accessible by train, bus, or taxi. Although many popular acts come into Hershey every year, it does not hurt to go outside the chocolate bubble and see favorite bands, or even discover new ones.

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Sara Bareilles, featured above is another artist who has been featured at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory. Both big-named artists and local bands perform at this venue.

Hershey Free Church goes to Haiti BY ANGELINA OLIVAS Editor _________________________ In a country full of citizens oppressed by poverty, a church full of compassionate members from across the globe came to their aid. During the week of July 512, high schoolers from the Hershey Evangelical Free Church travelled to Gressier, Haiti to be a part of a life changing experience. Every day the missionaries did something to help the Haitians and everyday the Haitians did something to change the missionaries outlook on life. The days teens were in Haiti started off with a break-

fast and an early morning of about 6:15. Their day would end with a traditional Haitian dinner, that they seemed to enjoy greatly. The first three days were spent helping out with vacation bible school (VBS), a camp for kids. VBS consisted of activities to entertain the children, like a soccer tournament, arts and crafts, games, EnglishCreole lessons and simply making friendships with the kids. At first, it was difficult for the missionaries to communicate with them, but as time went on, they started to get the hang of things. “I loved the kids at the VBS camp, they were fascinat-

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Three days were spent at the local church in Haiti. The missionaries interacted with the locals and helped carry things like water.

ed with my hair,” stated Junior Shunah Kim. The first day went as planned, and after a morning of the camp they all went to the Haitian Queen (a restaurant in the area), ate lunch and then went on a prayer walk through Gressier with the team and translators. A prayer walk usually consists of walking to houses and getting to know the people inside and doing anything to Submitted/Pastor David Boerema help. "There were little kids carSunah Kim (left), Carissa Hostrander (right) and other church rying water [to their houses], members helping at a VBS camp for kids. High schoolers from and we helped them and they the Hershey Evangelical Free Church travelled to Gressier, Haiti were so fascinated," said Kim. the week of July 5-12. After the prayer walk, they part of the mission was the Pastor for student ministries at walked to the camp again, and community service that went the Hershey Evangelical Free began making more connecalong with the interaction. The Church and the person in tions. missionaries helped aid some charge of the mission, and his The following three days locals in carrying water and family started their adventure, were spent coming together in anything else they could do to Boerema recorded on his blog, unity, at the local church in help. “with this uncertainty comes a Haiti. The missionaries interEven though they got to bit of fear. The lack of knowlacted with the locals and they spend their days hanging out edge makes the most confident got to know one another. While with the children, an over- among us makes us a bit communicating and interacting whelming feeling of stress squeamish and consider turning with each other they caught entered them as well. back.” onto the language, Creole, and On the blog page, HHS Although several missionused it to their best abilities. Junior Carissa Hostrander and aries felt this way in the begin“… I grew close to some home schooled Junior Steph ning, it sure has changed in the incredible people,” stated Abby Nicholson wrote, "after a long end. Hyatt, a freshman at Rochester day of stress, fun and lots of "I would definitely go back Institute of Technology and a heat it was finally time to go to again, it was a great experience, former HHS student. bed." it went by so fast," stated Kim. Besides interacting with Before David Boerema, the the little kids each day, a big

New exchange students arrive at HHS BY LEIGHA NORTIER Editor __________________________ The 2013-2014 school year is finally here. Of course with a fresh new year HHS gets the opportunity to meet tons of new faces. But this year along with the usual new entry students and freshmen there are three other new students. The three foreign exchange students this year come from Spain, Poland and Turkey and each are already quickly adjusting and loving HHS and the rest of Hershey as well. Bartosz Klimza, a senior

from Poland, is fascinated by the colossal size of Hershey. "Seriously everything is .... bigger,” said Klimza with outstretched arms to further his point. Klimza is enjoying his first few weeks at Hershey and is anxious to see what the year has to bring. He is a little surprised about how different the social life of teenagers in America is from the kids’ back in Poland. "I think it is harder to get to know more people”, said Klimza. Back at his school in Poland there were ten minute social breaks between every class where here

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Bartosz Klimza is a senior from Poland. At his school in Poland there were ten minute social breaks between every class.

at HHS there are only four minutes. Klimza has noticed that students here are more worried about their grades than he and his classmates in Poland were. The foreign exchange student from Spain, Irene Herrera, agrees with Klimza that everything in the United States is simply bigger and that the overall school atmosphere is different than what she is used to. Herrera, a freshman, is intrigued in the classes she is taking, but says that school is set up very differently. "You stay with the same students all day long and there are fewer teachers,” said Herrera.

At her school a single class of about 30 students stay with each other throughout their daily classes and will usually end up staying with each through their entire high school careers. Herrera admits that this system allows you get to know more students. Here at HHS she has classes with so many different students throughout the average school day and it intimidated her at first. Besides the slight changes Herrara loves it here and cannot decide exactly what she likes best. "Oh...... I love all of it”, said

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Irene Herrera is a freshman from Spain. At her school in Spain a single class of about 30 students stay with each other throughout their daily classes.

Herrara with a warm smile. Last but not least is Turkeynative, Simal Cinar. Cinar feels differently from both Klimza and Herrera. "People here have more time for social[socializing]," said Cinar. Cinar, senior, feels a large shift from her home country and feels less of a workload. Overall things have been a breeze so far. “It is not that different from home is ways”, said Cinar. These students from overseas look optimistically into the future and await the other changes they will have the opportunity to experience at HHS.

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Simal Cinar is a senior from Turkey. HHS has given her less of a workload than her school in Turkey.

October/November 2013

HHS welcomes the new staff BY MIA STEELE AND EMILY LEBO Editors

Teaching in the Social Studies and World History department, Dr. Angela Grabuloff had previously been in the Air Force and is now here at HHS. Originally from Middletown, PA, she attended West Virginia University and received a Doctorate in Education. Grabuloff had also had a prior job as a teacher at a school in Alaska.

In the library you will find HHS’ new Library Assistant, Ms. Ashley Fellman, a graduate of Central College and University of Wisconsin. Fellman always knew she wanted to work in a school environment and she feels Hershey is the best place to do just this after originally living in West Liberty, Iowa.

Originally from Dunbar, PA, HHS’ new chemistry teacher Mrs. Kimberly Haney graduated from Waynesburg University with a Chemistry major. After earning her masters from Drexel University, Haney became a chemistry teacher and loves every second of it. Haney finds that the students at HHS always keep her on her toes and are very motivated.

An Elizabethtown College alumna Ms. Emily Bancroft is welcomed into the math department at HHS. The former Quakertown resident finds Hershey to be a very welcoming school and community as a whole. Bancroft has always been interested in working with students and finds this to be the perfect fresh out of college job.

HHS’ new athletic director, Mr. Dan Serfass of Upper Merion, PA, is bringing his unique experiences from two previous school districts in Europe back to HHS. After four years at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MA, he was a vice principal at Radnor High School in PA. “I have a real passion for athletics and lessons we learn from them. This job is extremely important as we support all of our students,” said Serfass.

HHS’ new guidance counselor, Ms. Lisa Maggio, a graduate from University of Delaware and Villanova loves the district so far. Since moving from Brewster, New York, Maggio has filled many long term sub positions like she is doing this year at HHS. “Hershey has a great school environment, staff and the students are great,” said Maggio.

After attending Coastal Carolina University, Ms. Amanda Przybylowski received a degree in Special Education and later became a teacher at the Vista School in Hershey. She is now here as a long-term substitute as an intensive learning support teacher. “I want to help all students access the learning environment and get acclimated to high school,” said Przybylowski.

A Pittsburgh, PA, native Ms. Janelle Natskakula is welcomed as the new ESL Specialist to HHS. The positivity and helpfulness of the various students makes this job a great start to her career. The graduate from Penn State enjoys hiking and walking with her Welsh Springer Spaniel named Molly when not in school.

After packing up her things from the middle school, new guidance secretary Mrs. Mary Senchak is welcomed into HHS. Having worked at Hershey for the past eight years, Senchak views Hershey as a very supportive district and feels that the staff and faculty at HHS are very helpful.

A graduate of Flagler College in Saint Augustine, FL, Mrs. Patti Costello, is now a new Art teacher at HHS. She has degrees in fine arts, graphic design and art education. This will be her 16th year teaching in the Derry Township School District. She enjoys playing tennis and golf in her free time as well as making art.

All photos Staff / Emily Lebo and Mia Steele

October/November 2013

Adventure sports hosts distracted driving challenge BY KATE MONTGOMERY Section Editor __________________________ Owen Brezitski was eight years old when he was killed by a distracted driver. Owen and his family had just left his sisters’ band concert and were walking across the crosswalk outside the old Bishop McDevitt high school. Owen had been so wellbehaved at the concert that his grandfather gave him a dollar bill. As they walked across the street on that Saint Patrick’s Day in 2011, Owen told his family that he wanted a Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s, Owen’s mother Karen Brezitski explained. Meanwhile a 17-year-old driver was speeding towards the crosswalk going about 10 miles over the speed limit. She was talking to her passenger and was distracted with the music on her cell phone. She did not yield at the crosswalk. She did not notice the people in the crosswalk. She did not even realize she had hit Owen until she saw a group of people yelling and running after her car. Brezitski explained that after the accident her daughters came up with the idea of the “Orange 4 Owen” bracelets. The nonprofit Owen’s Foundation posted a LED crossing sign at the new McDevitt high school and they hope to make crosswalks everywhere safer. They have created an Owen Brezitski Memorial Scholarship, have spoken at conferences, given grants to needy families and donated baseball equipment to baseball teams. The Owen’s Foundation website,, lists the foundation’s goals, upcoming events, products and a place to make donations.

“Tragedies are just seconds away from happening if you take your eyes off the road,” Brezitski explained. When Brezitski and her husband were approached by Adventure Sports to help bring awareness to distracted driving, they were happy to help. On Saturday Sept. 7, Adventure Sports in Hershey and the Owen’s Foundation hosted a teen texting and driving safety fair. All of the volunteer staff wore orange shirts that read “Orange 4 Owen Distracted Driving Challenge 2013.” Distracted driving is no longer just driving under the influence. The US Government’s official website for distracted driving explains that texting, using a cell phone, eating, drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, using a navigation system or map, watching a video and adjusting music are all considered distracted driving. If the attendees visited every table, event and demonstration their paper was filled up with stamps and they were entered into a drawing for prizes. The tables represented were State Farm Insurance, Sprint, CW15, 101 The Rose, CBS 21, Ciocca Honda, AAA, Central Penn Parent and the Owen’s Foundation. The state and local police helped throughout the day and the Palmyra Fire Department did a Jaws of Life demonstration. There was a tractor trailer truck in the parking lot that the attendees could sit in to see the perspective of a truck driver. There was a stoller on the left side of the truck and a car parked behind it. This showed how little a truck driver see while he/she is driving. One of the tables provided

drunk goggles to simulate how vision is skewed when under the influence of alcohol. The participants tried to pick items up and catch items being thrown to them. The main activity used the go-karts to show the danger of texting and driving. One of the most influential parts of the day for Senior Zach Luttrell was “seeing the drastic change in time between the laps of race.” The guidelines were as follows: the first lap was driven without distractions or obstacles and had to be completed within 45 seconds. The second lap was driven while texting, but still without obstacles. The third lap was once again without distractions but with cones and had to be completed within 50 seconds. The final lap was driven while texting and with obstacles. Police officers accompanied the drivers to keep score. The scoring was as follows: +1 each time a cone is hit, +1 each time a guardrail is hit, +1 every second over the base time, +5 for spin outs or accidents and a point was deducted for each 100% correct text that was sent. The police officers told the participants what to text and the goal was to have a low score. Junior Emma Hrabovsky had not realized, “how dangerous texting and driving actually was and that a lot can happen in a split second.” The day was not just about texting and driving, Brezitski explained that because the times are changing, so is distracted driving. The Owen’s Foundation wants to bring awareness to all kinds of distracted driving. Their motto is, “Slow down, be alert and save a life.”

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The main activity used go-karts to show the danger of texting and driving. Police officers accompanied the drivers to keep score.

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The Palmyra Fire Department did a Jaws of Life demonstration. The state and local police helped throughout the day as well.

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The Owen’s Foundation hopes to make crosswalks everywhere safer. Their goals, upcoming events, products and a place to make donations can be found at

Teachers explain the reason behind summer reading books BY MARLEY GREENE Editor __________________________ Summer means beaches, vacations and for many students, summer reading. Over the summer, any student enrolled in an AP or Honors English course for the 2013-

2014 school year was required to read a novel selected by the English department. Freshmen had to read a nonfiction novel by Bill Bryson from an approved list and sophomores read George Orwell’s 1984. Junior AP students were required to read the mandatory novel, The

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and a personally selected and approved nonfiction book. Senior AP students read Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. Students spent the summer reading their book but many are left to wonder why each novel was selected. Richard Bittinger, an AP literature teacher said that the novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns was suggested by the English department to students among other choices. The other options such as A Picture of Dorian Gray did not receive the same level of enthusiasm. Bittinger felt that students needed a relevant and interesting book. “Some summer reading books can be challenging to read,” said Bittinger. He named Staff/Marley Greene A Thousand Splendid Suns as one of his favorite summer readAny student enrolled in an AP or Honors English course was required ing books because he saw that to read a selected novel. According to O’Brien, books like students were becoming interestHuckleberry Finn, 1984 and A Thousand Splendid Suns offer a started in the novel. ing place for rich in-class discussions.

“We wanted to find a book with quality literature,” Bittinger explained. In the past summer reading included books such as Animal Farm, Frankenstein and To Kill A Mockingbird. Both Lakyn Bianco and Erin Ives teach Honors 10th grade english. Ives feels that 1984 is an example of the quality literature that the English department was striving for. “It is rich with complexity of characters and many different themes,” Ives said. She feels that the themes present in 1984 can be discussed in class throughout the year and lend themselves to many different prompts. Similarly Michelle O’Brien, both an AP and Honors English teacher, thinks that students not only need to be interested in their book but also need to understand that each novel has an important theme to be emphasized. O’Brien explained that all

controlling governments are themes throughout many of the stories. “The same racial discussions we have had for years,” she said. According to O’Brien, books like Huckleberry Finn, 1984 and A Thousand Splendid Suns offer students and teachers a starting place for rich in-class discussions and an opportunity to discuss a common text from the start of the year. Although each book had been approved by the school board prior to it being assigned, some are still surrounded by controversy. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been off and on the banned books list due to the use of strong language and themes, and because of this it can be cause for concern. “If we can not have intelligent, scholarly discussions in a college level class, where can it be discussed,” said O’Brien, “There are uncomfortable moments in many great works.”

October 2013

Dirty jobs across Chocolate Town BY LEAH UMBERGER Editor __________________________ Get down. Get dirty. Get working. Dirty jobs are the ones people rarely ever want, but in some cases are the ones society needs the most. Throughout the Hershey community, people take on all sorts of jobs to maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of the town. In accepting the challenge to keep the community clean, many face unpleasant situations on a regular basis. These jobs can often be gruesome, but rewarding nevertheless. Brennan Neal, a graduate of HHS and now a senior Biology Major at Messiah College, expressed his love for working at ZooAmerica as a Naturalist Aide. Throughout this past summer, he kept the animal exhibits clean and the animals healthy. “Not too many jobs let you get licked by black bears, pet elk, train red-tailed hawks, hold baby skunks, carry snapping turtles, help give injections to venomous snakes, play with mountain lions, assist with treating injured prairie dogs, feed river otters, etc. The list goes on and on,” said Neal. Neal revealed that although he enjoyed his job, sometimes things could get down right disgusting. One day when Neal was taking care of the Coatis, a relative of the raccoon, Jasper, a male Coati, sprayed Neal in the face with urine just missing his eyes and mouth. Even though he had an unfortunate encounter with this particular animal, he said, “The stories and memories that I made

working there will last a lifetime.” Neal may handle animal feces at the zoo, but lifeguard Danny Reeves, a junior at HHS, has taken care of human feces on the job at Hotel Hershey this past summer. Lifeguarding is not just about watching for drowning victims, but consists of skimming the pool of debris and rescuing frogs. No matter the dirty task, HHS students and Hershey community members tackle their jobs to provide sanitary areas in the community whether it is by cleaning up after animals and humans or in Carmen Marcucci’s case, fish. Marcucci works at the Hershey Medical Center in the Zebrafish lab where there are about 200 tanks consisting of anywhere between seven and ten thousand fish. These fish are important to genetic pigment testing and have to be kept clean. “There’s a lot of build up in the tanks, you’d be surprised,” she said. Zebrafish, according to Biosignaling’s website, have provided medical experts with an understanding of disease biology over the last two decades. Embryo screening allows scientists to see the mutations that cause retinal blood vasculature which is the same gene that causes vision loss or blindness in humans. Studying Zebrafish has provided a lead for the medical field to discover chemicals that target retinal vasculature. Although Marcucci’s job may be pretty gross when she has to siphon the tanks with a hose, she is helping to find a potential

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Maria Chroneous (left) and Carmen Marcucci (right) siphon scum and debris out of the Zebrafish tanks at the Hershey Medical Center. This is just one of many dirty jobs seen in Hershey.

cure by keeping the fish clean. A job like Marcucci’s is not uncommon, as Mike Leonard has a job with a similar theme: to maintain the healthiest environment possible. Leonard has owned his own plumbing company in Hershey since 1991, but has been a plumber since 1983 right after graduating

from Williamsport Area Community College. About two years ago Leonard came across the most disturbing thing yet: a dead squirrel stuck in a toilet trap. “Wow did it stink,” said Leonard. Nevertheless, Leonard was sure to emphasize that “[Plumbing] is ever changing.

It is great to wake up each day, provide for my family, the employees, the customers and the community,” said Leonard. Hershey’s community possesses many jobs that provide for the community in numerous ways, but they all have one thing in common: to serve.

Kluwe takes on punting and politics BY GRANT WICKLEM Editor __________________________ Whether you are student at HHS, or a punter in the National Football League, the ability to be able to speak your mind is as important as ever. With the rapidly increasing usage and development of social media and the prominence of political clubs available to young students, almost anyone has the ability to let their voices be heard. HHS alone offers many clubs including Young Democrats, Young Republicans, Youth and Government and Young Libertarians, while others like NFL punter Chris Kluwe have taken to social media to speak their minds. Kluwe, using his notable background in the NFL and his Twitter account, has defied the stereotype of the “macho, alpha male” football player. Kluwe has gained a reputation for his fearlessness when it comes to speaking his mind and shows

no signs of letting up. Despite his countless (usually profanity-layered) blog posts, articles, letters and recently published book, Kluwe is not afraid of any repercussions from the NFL. “Never be afraid to call out injustice when you see it,” he said, “Never be afraid to be who you are.” Kluwe stresses the importance of having views and beliefs and the importance of being able to voice and defend them. Living by the philosophy, ‘No tolerance for intolerance,’ Kluwe has attained many feats, including assisting in generating enough public support to reject the ‘Minnesota Marriage Amendment,’ an amendment which would have banned gay marriage in Minnesota. As a recently published author, a civil rights advocate and a punter in the NFL, Kluwe urges the practice of logic and empathy and encourages students to get involved. “Learn how to write and

communicate effectively, know the other side’s position better than your own [and] the best advice I can give is to always ask why,” said Kluwe. Halfway across the country, within the walls of HHS, students are getting involved. With various clubs and extracurricular activities open to all students, HHS caters to almost any possible need a student may have to express themselves. Whether it be Young Republicans, Young Democrats, Young Libertarians or Youth and Government, students are encouraged to form their own views and beliefs and express them in an appropriate manner. Wherever one might hear the chatter of politics, or the banter of those immersed in the controversy of debate, they are bound to find Adam Firestone and Matt Fagerstrom, both juniors at HHS. At first glance, these two may seem quite different. One is a Democrat. One is of the

Republican party. One is involved in Young Democrats; the other participates in Youth and Government. Notwithstanding these differences, the two share the common belief in that it is of vast importance that young people form and defend an informed opinion. “People have to know what they believe in to be able to support it,” said Fagerstrom, a republican and member of Youth and Government. Firestone, the president of Young Democrats, agrees. “Express yourself with confidence,” he said, “Research viewpoints of each party.” Though they all come from different walks of life, Kluwe, Firestone and Fagerstrom all share a common belief: that regardless of age, race, or political party, it is of great importance that young people have the ability to let themselves be heard. That this generation is the future of our

nation. “Know your facts,” said Fagerstrom, “At the end of the day, emotions are not going to fix the economy.”

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NFL punter Chris Kluwe punts the ball down the field for the Minnesota Vikings. Kluwe is a big believer in speaking his mind on countless subjects.

HHS Seniors are under stress BY MAKENZIE NEAL Section Editor _________________________ College applications, homework, tests, SAT classes, college essays, and college visits are all tasks HHS Seniors need to complete during the first couple months of school. These tasks needing to be completed in a certain amount of time cause stress throughout the senior class. Senior Britta Dieffenbach has been applying to around 30 schools, as well as keeping up with her normal classes and after school activities. Dieffenbach states, “I’m so stressed all the time,” when talking about the tasks she has to complete in the next few months. Seniors are expected to ask for teacher recommendations within three weeks of the college deadlines, complete a Family Connection survey, and fill out transcript forms before a certain deadline in order to ensure their paperwork arrive at the colleges on time, all while trying to keep their grades up. Senior Sydney Jean, who is

applying to Penn State University and Penn State branches, states “It’s too much going on,” when reflecting on

the start of their senior year. Dieffenbach explains “I’m stressed but yet I’m having fun. It’s weird,” unlike Jean who is

to seven or eight colleges, has been finding herself stressed and unmotivated. She describes senior year as “It is okay.”

Staff/Makenzie Neal

Some seniors will be using the Common Application to apply to college. The Common Application is a way to apply to more than one school by using only one application but only certain schools use the Common App.

the amount of work she has to complete. Even with this stress, some seniors are still managing to enjoy

viewing the first month of senior year as “kind of boring” and “not as much fun yet.” Senior Emma Wolfe, who is applying

Although seniors are overtaken by this stress, the anxiety could have been avoided. Dieffenbach would have

focused energy on college essay drafts and the SATs during the summer if she would have been aware of the stress sooner, while Jean would have taken the SATs sooner and started her application process earlier. Wolfe wishes she would have worked on essays sooner. Working on applications, essays and SATs over the summer could save many seniors from the stressful first months of senior year. Since experiencing this anxiety, some seniors are warning juniors for the next year to come. Dieffenbach suggests to “Just mentally prepare yourself that you’re going to be stressed the first few months of school.” Along with Dieffenbach, Jean states, “don’t let other people stress you out,” and Wolfe adds that you should maybe visit colleges junior year and the sumStaff/Makenzie Neal mer before senior year. Stress is just another part of senior year, along with the deadlines, essays, and college applications. Through this stress and to future seniors, Jean stated, “Take school seriously.”

Students balance school and life BY KATIE DeFIORE Editor _________________________ School. Practice. Work. Homework. Sleep. Repeat. Sounds like a lot to handle in one day, but for many HHS students, this is a normal routine. How do they do it? There are more than just a few students at HHS that strive to be as well-rounded as possible. Switching shifts at work last minute in order to have time to work on a project, staying up late after practice to finish that English essay, and then waking up early the next day just to do it all over again.

“Sometimes I’ll have to stay up late to finish homework (after working). I’ll be really tired in the first few periods of the day,” admits HHS senior Britta Dieffenbach. Dieffenbach works at Fenicci’s as a waitress 4-6 hours a week. She is also involved in field hockey, the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program (PYAP), National Honors Society (NHS), as well as several other clubs. How does she do it? “My bosses at work are definitely flexible. If I tell them I have a big test to study for, they will let me study or let me go early,” states Dieffenbach.

Staff/Katie DeFiore

HHS senior Megan Bittinger serves one of her customers during her weekend shift at Mazzoli’s. Many students at HHS try to balance after school jobs, school work and extra cirricular activities.

Dieffenbach isn’t the only one who seems to have flexible bosses. Senior Megan Bittinger, who works at Mazzoli’s ice cream shop 6 hours a week, also

“Students should be careful of just how mucht hey are taking on, though.” Erin Ives mentions her easy-going bosses. “I can get my homework done at bosses are laid back and want us (employees) to have time for extra curriculars,” says Bittinger. These students seem like they have this balancing act under control. But they may be the minority. The majority of working students at HHS could be having trouble maintaining their grades as well as their jobs. English teacher Erin Ives notices that some students who work start to fall behind in the classroom. “Students who work are often more tired and come in with assignments not fully completed,” states Ives. Ives also believes that most of these students are juniors and seniors who are over extending themselves in their final years of

Staff/Katie DeFiore

A few students from HHS spend their weekends and after school hours working at the Mazzoli’s ice cream shop in Hershey. Mazzoli’s is an ice cream shop located in Hershey since 1956.

high school. Nevertheless, Ives thinks that working is a good idea in terms of helping students build a sense of responsibility. “Students should be careful of just how much they are taking on, though,” states Ives. Sara Dieffenbach, Britta Dieffenbach’s mother, strongly believes that having a job in high school helps prepare students for the real world. She thinks that being able to plan time efficiently is an important skill to have. “I feel it very important to balance different parts of your life: school life, social life, work life. When you have that experience, it makes it easier later on,”

explains Mrs. Dieffenbach. So, the remaining question is, why do the students themselves choose to work during the school year? For Bittinger and Dieffenbach, it’s as simple as just getting some extra money for college. “I also just like to be busy all of the time,” states Dieffenbach. HHS senior Zhexi Lu, who works at the Tommy Hilfiger store at the outlets, continues to work during the school year because she likes her job and the people she works with. “It is refreshing, I get to meet interesting people,” comments Lu.

October/November 2013

Cultural experience benefits HHS students BY MALLORY ROYER Editor _________________________ When most people describe their summer they mention the common beach trip, church mission trips, and the usual hanging out with friends. For eight HHS students along with two faculty members, their summer vacation spot was not the ordinary Jersey Shore. On July 8th, a group of current juniors and seniors took off across the Atlantic for 10 days to experience the exotic country of Spain. Hitting all the major cities, Barcelona, Granada, Córdoba, Toledo and Madrid, the students and teachers definitely had a lot to take in. It was “estupendo y increíble” or “seriously, an amazing experience”, according to Barbara Clouser, one of the two mentors and Spanish teachers leading the excursion,

along with Lynn Shirk. The trip was organized through a program called ACIS, an educational tour group that lends a hand in putting together large trips like this one. Although it was a small group, they were matched up with other schools from Boston, Iowa and Mechanicsburg. In total there were 36 people from four different schools. Students were given the opportunity to dive into the culture of Spain and take in the social aspect of the country as well. Not only does a trip like this give students memories to last forever, but also a time to use the skills they have acquired throughout their Spanish careers. Starting the trip in Barcelona, students were able to see Gaudi’s still-unfinished Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, works by Picasso, and a panoramic view of the city by

bike. After an overnight train, the group arrived in Granada, the home of the Alhambra: one of the greatest accomplishments of Islamic art and architecture. Along with seeing the Albacín area, the group enjoyed a flamenco lesson and show. The next day, the group hopped in a charter bus and drove three hours to Córdoba, which includes the Moorish Mezquita. Five hours more in the bus and the group came to the capital of Spain, Madrid. Here, HHS students and faculty attended a bull fighting demonstration and lesson, toured of the city, caught a glimpse of El Prado museum, and saw the iconic El Plaza Mayor. On the final day of the trip, the group ventured to Toledo, once the capital of Spain. To finish out the trip, they took a cooking lesson led by professional chefs, visited a steel factory,

and saw the treasures of the Gothic Cathedral and the Mudéjar-style medieval synagogue. As evidenced by the itinerary, the trip was jam packed. A HHS senior who went on the trip, Clare Collins, only had positive feedback from her experience and gives insight to what she gained from the adventure. “There was truly never a sour moment in the trip,” said Collins. Although her favorite part of the trip was trying all the food and meeting new people, she felt that what she took in overseas can be directly applied to her classroom learning. “You can really get a glimpse of how other people and other cultures perceive things differently,” said Collins.

Clouser, who was right alongside the eight students during the trip, said that the best part “was that Mrs. Shirk and I were able to observe all of the students trying to communicate and work together within a foreign language and culture.” Currently, there are no immediate plans for another trip like the one that occurred this summer. According to Clouser, the Spanish department will work together to determine where and when the next trip will take place. She encourages all students to engage in this opportunity, no matter how good you are at speaking the language. “Students get to see our curriculum come to life,” said Clouser, “They get to experience firsthand what we’ve studied and totally immerse themselves in the language and culture.”

Staff/ Mallory Royer

(Left to right) Sra. Shirk, Mallory Royer,Sra. Clouser, and Clare Collins pose outside the iconic Alhambra in Granada, Spain. The group visited this site and many others on its 10-day excursion.

Bekelja talks Fall fashion trends: Choker necklaces and pajamas BY YANNA BEKELJA Section Editor _________________________ Once again, fall is upon HHS. Crisp air whisks in new fashion, trends, colors, patterns, and more. The self-expression fashion offers is dramatic; But the change in season is almost just as dramatic, as it brings forth new ideas, or new and improved trends that can dramatize anyone’s look. This fall, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has brought us

two WOW trends that can be made as subtle or as loud as desired. For those daring enough to pull off such an edgy look, choker necklaces are very much in style this fall. Spice up an outfit in a unique and punk rock way by pairing this chic accessory to an ensemble that is in need of some ‘oomph’ or ‘wow’. This gothic trend is THE statement jewelry trend this fall. A softer look cozying its way into closets is pajama

dressing. This is not a brand new trend, more of an updated cold weather inspired look. Many times a silk dress slip would make its way into an outfit or two, or even a pair of silk sleep shorts would be paired with a blazer and heels. This year the idea is to incorporate ‘pajama pant suits’ and ‘the slip dress’, again. But it is used in a cold weathered way. Wear your pj’s under a long top coat and All Photos/ AP Images pair with heels for a chic, high fashion, non-rolled out of bed Actress Audrina Patridge (left) and singer Alicia Keys (right) model choker neckalces. Choker necklaces will be a top fall fashion trend this year. way.

October/November 2013

Apps prove helpful in and out of classroom BY MORGAN HOCKER Editor _________________________ Day after day, students and teachers of Hershey High School use apps on their devices to enhance learning or to quickly get an assignment completed. Not only do these apps help students and teachers, but they are becoming a new way for people to communicate. Google Drive, Edmodo, Twitter and Safari are just a

few of the apps that students and teachers have been using for assignments and learning during school. Josie Corbacio, a senior at HHS, uses these apps to help her get school work completed. “Edmodo can be more useful than Moodle because it gives you due date notifications,” said Corbacio. For some students this may be more helpful because if one would forget about an assignment the notification

would be sent as a reminder. Corbacio also said that Google Drive is very useful on the go. “Google Drive lets you edit documents for school and I can see if teachers comment on my papers,” said Corbacio. The apps not only are useful for school; they also allow you to get instant notifications and feedback. Ally Abruzzo, a sophomore at HHS, also uses an app called Springpad.

“Springpad is a notebook that you can use to collaborate with teachers about papers and notes,” said Abruzzo. Another student, Zhexi Lu, a senior at HHS, uses apps during school but for other educational reasons. “I use College Confidential for college purposes and also HS Sports for sports updates. I also use my calendar app to put plans in and to see my agenda,” said Lu. Teachers also use apps

during school to communicate assignments done in class. Mr. Mummert, an AP Human Geography and Honors World Cultures Teacher at HHS uses Twitter and Safari in his classroom. “We did this activity in class where I had the students draw a map, and instead of having them show me, I had them take a picture and send it to me using a hash tag on Twitter,” said Mummert.

Staff/Morgan Hocker

Staff/Morgan Hocker

Students in HHS have been encouraged to use apps like Edmodo and Springpad to complete assignments and school activies during class. Some other apps students have been using throughout the school day are Google Drive, Safari, Lino, Socrative, Gloster, and Nearpod.

Apple releases iOS7 update BY BECKIE PRESTION Section Editor

____________________ As of September 18, Apple has officially released the IOS7 update to all apple products. This new update was targeted to look more “beautiful” than for an effective purpose. The Apple website said, “When something is designed to work beautifully, it tends to work that way, too.” And that is what Apple did with the new update. They created a product that is well liked and handy for their users. The update allowed for change for the Apple products and to give users a fresh new Apple

look. Junior Rossella Amato said, “I was tired of [the phone] being the same and looking at the same thing every time.”

“I really like how it will tell you how far away you are from your home...” Mary Kate Starner The IOS7 update includes a variety of all new features. The control center has been completely updated to look newer, and eas-

ier to use. The Apple website summarizes it as, “Do what you need to do. Quick.” The new control center allows easily accessibility to airplane mode, wifi, bluetooth, and the do not disturb option. Within the control center, the update allows you to adjust brightness and the screen’s orientation in just a click of a button. When listening to music, you can easily pause or skip a song and now you have quick and easy access to your flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera. Also included in this new update is a brand new notification center. Just slide down the screen and you have access to new mail,

missed calls, to-do lists, and more. A new feature allows you to access all your notifications from that day. It will tell you the weather, birthdays, and even the traffic in your city. You can access these notifications from any screen with just a swipe of a finger. Senior Mary Kate Starner said, “I really like how it will tell you how far away you are from your home and how the weather app is animated.” Another new update is to the camera. All the same features of flipping to front camera, and recording a video still remain, but now you can filter all your pictures right there on your camera. All the

days of cropping and photo shopping pictures in photo booth are in the past. Although this new iOS7 update has become widely popular, there are many people who are not fans of the new approach to Apple. Senior Alana Sexsmith said, “The new IOS7 [update] looks like it was made for a five year old to use. The apps and everything just look childish to me.” This update has received many different reviews regarding the quality and road Apple is taking. Apple says, however, “This is the mobile OS from a whole new perspective.”

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Apple’s new iOS 7 has a brand new look. With new features like iTunes Radio, new control center, and a bubbly new design, the iOS 7 is grabbing the attention of many iPhone users. Many, though, have given mixed reviews over the update.

October/November 2013

Taking a closer look: farmers’ markets vs. supermarkets BY JULIA JOHNS Editor __________________________ Americans are constantly on the quest for the best deals, especially when it comes to clothes, technology, and most importantly, food. So when it comes to your favorite strawberries or tomatoes, white or wheat bread, 12 oz. steak or sausage links, where can you get the best deal? The choice lies between either your local farmers’ market or the nearest supermarket such as Giant, Wegmans, Weis, Karns, etc. And what factors help determine where you find the best deal? When it comes to food, the price, quality, and selection all seem to be the biggest “make or break it” factors. It’s hard to grasp how different and/or similar farmers markets and supermarkets really are until you dig into the research, where the real quest begins. PRICE Prices vary by product, but a number of studies (including the Seattle study, NOFA-VT, and Leopold Center) found that similar produce is typically less expensive at farmers markets than at nearby grocery stores. In 74 percent of the communities examined in Anthony

Flaccavento’s price comparison study of Appalachia and the Southeast, produce was less expensive at farmers markets compared to supermarkets, on average by 22 percent. Farmer’s

the better bang for your buck.” QUALITY One of the biggest factors that helps in determining something’s perceived quality is

Staff/Julia Johns

Price, quality, and selection are all major factors that contribute to the difference in farmers markets and supermarkets produce. These factors have left people pondering where they should exclusively buy their produce.

markets have the advantage of being able to offer fresh food in bulk at the height of its season and preserve for later use when that product would otherwise be more expensive, hard to find, or of lower quality. “I buy everything I need from my local farmers markets because not only is it cheaper- but it tastes that much better,” stated local resident Tina Kraybill. “You get

freshness. Almost all of the foods in a supermarket are delivered from different states and countries from all over the globe. Raspberries from California travel over 2,800 miles before they arrive here in Pennsylvania, bananas travel over 3,200 miles from Guatemala, and garlic cloves come as far as 4,400 miles from Italy. Foods in a local farmers

market tend to come from anywhere within 50 or less miles away. “Knowing where it comes from is one of the most important things to know when considering where to buy your food,” stated local farmer Alex Masser, 27. Masser grew up into the business, as his family owns over 1,000 acres of land in several counties of PA. Over 90% of their produce is homegrown, and is immediately sold after it’s picked. Needless to say, the foods purchased from farmers like Masser will have a much fresher taste and appearance than those at a big-name supermarket. Maintaining a fresh appearance on the foods in a supermarkets is also a struggle, which has resulted in the use of things like a chemical called M e t h y l c y c l o p r e n e , used to extend the storage life of some fruits and vegetables. It blocks some of the biochemical changes that occur as fruit ripens and matures, which unfortunately also blocks some of the compounds that contribute to flavor. On average, meats in supermarkets are put in storage for up to 100 days- usually more. Their extended storage time can cause major health risks as bacteria grows to dangerous levels while the meat still appears normal to the

naked eye. Thorough cooking should kill most bacteria, but extra care is needed to make sure that the meat is cooked right through and to avoid cross-contaminating other foods with bacteria via knives or cutting boards. SELECTION What is sold at a local farmers’ market depends on a combination of location, season, and the market’s rules and guidelines. Many farmers markets typically produce only carry locally-grown, locallymade and/or locally-processed, foods, creating a system of guidelines that ensure vendors are producing what they are selling.The products available at farmers markets generally represent their agricultural region. They sell everything from fruits & veggies to baked goods, meats, eggs, flowers, and sometimes dairy products. In addition to food, some may also sell homemade crafts, clothing, and furniture. Supermarkets can carry almost any product from virtually anywhere in the world. Nearly any food you can name off the top of your head can be found in a supermarket, from exotic fruits to factory brand cereals to professionally iced cakes.

Field of Screams provides thrills and chills BY TIA SMITH Editor _________________________ Surrounded by darkness, all you can see is the silhouette of the person in front of you. Passing by undead creatures, being chased with chainsaws, and coming face to face with human size spiders leaves you not knowing what to expect next. Going from room to room facing your worst fears is bloodcurdling experiences that will make your hair stand on end. Founded in 1993, Field of Screams was rated by Hauntworld Magazine as one of

the best haunted attractions for 2013 and one of the top five attractions in the world. Featuring four different thrilling attractions, there’s never a dull moment. “Don’t forget an extra pair of underwear,” said Riley Curtin, junior at HHS. The making of Field of Screams is a year-round effort. The staff makes changes, additions and improvements as soon as the doors close on one season. During the winter months, they work in their shop to create new monsters and scares. Come spring and summer, the staff starts to apply and finish all the improve-

ments for the next season. The original attraction, the Haunted Hayride began in 1993. This 20 minute tractor pulled hay wagon will take you through a spine-chilling cornfield that consists of the slaughterhouse, a toxic village, and you’ll even stop by an abandoned drive in movie. The second attraction is the Den of Darkness which was added in 1995. Here lies narrow passageways, dark hallways and numerous ghastly inhabitants. You will experience the different rooms including the torture chamber, the arachnophobia crypt, and the office of Dr. D Sable. The third

attraction is the Frightmare Asylum. This four-story barn is full of electrifying hospital scenes. Walking through the autopsy room, gruesome laboratory, and solitary confinement chamber you will encounter many different creatures including Freako the Clown and Dr. Stitch. Newly added this year is the fourth attraction, Nocturnal Wasteland Haunted Trail. Different from the other 3 attractions, Nocturnal Wasteland is based in the woods. Walking through the home of vicious and humanlike creatures, you will

come across demented actors, many special effects and big scares. “It’s like a post-apocalyptic hold out where there are a bunch of mean creatures living,” said owner Jim Schopf. Planning this for the past 5 years, the Field of Screams staff wanted to create an experience unlike anything else that they’ve ever done. “We wanted to take somewhat ordinary situations and turn them into scary scenarios,” said Schopf. These four attractions come together to make an “experience that you’ll always remember,” according to Austin Paxton, junior at HHS.

All Photos Submitted/ Tia Smith

Just a few of the faces you may see if you dare to experience the bone chilling experience that is the Field Of Screams. After you have escaped the terror a haunting sign taunts you to return for more.

The Broadcaster -- October 2013  

The October 2013 issue of The Broadcaster from Hershey High School

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