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Appreciation for new art built at Forest Hills Middle School newspapers

Vol. 109 No. 40

USPS 439-000

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Forest Hills students celebrated their second annual chalk mural exhibit, spending countless hours sketching their images on the outside pavement from Monday, Sept. 30 to Friday, Oct. 4. This week-long event was a way for them to express their creativity and personality. The themes for this years chalk event consisted of wildlife, being drug free, staying creative, not drinking and drivng, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, staying active, positive versus negative actions, and having fun without alcohol. The event was hosted and directed by Dr. Jennifer Motter, the art teacher at Forest Hills Middle School. “I like to teach my students about contemporary art, as well as historical art. The contemporary art allows my students to see different forms of art that they would not normally consider art,” said Motter. She went on to add that

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the students are focusing on graffiti, which is what lead her to this year’s theme purpose. Each year, Motter teachers her students about a new contemporary artist. Last year, she started the chalk mural exhibit first by discussing Brazilian street artist, Bel Borba, and his contribution to New York City in the month-long public art residency. This year’s featured artists were Bansky, who is known for his contempt for the government in labeling graffiti as vandalism, as well as Keith Haring and Barry McGee, who are also well-known street artists. Motter’s Art 1 students collaboratively designed group chalk murals to send out a positive message to society. “Students’ murals began with a white, contour line drawings as Keith Haring, artist and social activist, used in New York subways. Then, the murals transformed into 3-D illusions as stuSEE ART, PAGE 9A

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Native Americans speaking out about misconceptions, stereotypes in society of Mainline Newspapers

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Trevor Smith gets creative with his chalk mural. Submited photo.

By Amanda Petrunak

Olivia McCabe was crowned the 2013 Portage Area High School Homecoming Queen during halftime festivities at the Portage Area football game versus Windber on Friday, Oct. 11. Olivia was escorted by her father, Brad McCabe, and met at the 50-yard line by escort Aaron Pinkston. Olivia was crowned 2013 Homecoming Queen by last year’s queen, Jordan Forst, as well as Racheal Novotny, Little Miss Portage. Photo by Chris Hochrein.

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On Sunday, Oct. 20, there will be a Native American Heritage Festival at the Portage Historical Society at 6 p.m. Deborah and Beaver Mayo will open with a question-and-answer session, which will be followed by their traditional dances. “The purpose of the questionand-answer session is to teach others about our culture. There is no such thing as a silly or stupid question; we will answer any questions the audience may have,” said Deborah. Deborah and her husband Beaver want to spread awareness about their culture; it is a dream of theirs to be able to open up a cultural awareness center some day in the future. Both Deborah and Beaver will

be performing traditional dances, after the question and answer session. Beaver will be performing a “Sneak Up dance,” which is typically considered a hunting dance. This dance usually involves a male dancer crouching down towards the ground, keeping his eyes wide open in search of food. Halfway through the song, the drums begin to play to signify that the hunter house found its prey. The Sneak Up dance is a sacrificial dance because the Native Americans do not see it as a loss of life for the animal; they view it as a gift. The animal sacrificed its body in order for others to stay nourished. “The wolves are our teachers. We do not judge others; we respect and learn from each other,” said Deborah. “All of the dances tell a story about our culture; you get into the beat while dancing, which signi-

fies you have become part of the story,” said Beaver. It is like a picture, capturing a cherished moment. The picture can serve as a constant reminder of that moment, just as dancing can make one relieve his or her culture. “Many Native Americans are afraid to live their culture or to even speak their language because many have been beaten and tortured,” said Deborah. Many Native Americans were forced to give up their native language and assimilate into society as if their culture never even existed. Their culture was always viewed as being different because they follow a matriarchal society, unlike our patriarchal society with our Founding Fathers. In the Native American culture, the women are held in high esteem because they

Balloon release sends prayers and thoughts up, up, and away

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church held its balloon release on Sunday, Oct. 13. The religious studies students gathered at the church at 9 a.m. to prepare for the event. The eleventh grade students blew up yellow and blue balloons for each student, and they tied the balloons onto a single string to connect them together. A golden cross was attached to the end of the string, to act as a rosary. At 9:15 a.m., the students, along with their director, Betty

Rosmus, began their prayer service. The yellow balloons signified the Hail Marys, and the blue balloons signified Our Heavenly Father. Each student said their designated Hail Mary, and then they went on and said the Five Mysteries of the Rosary together. As the prayer service concluded, the students walked one by one, single file, out of the wooden church doors until they reached the parking lot. They said one final prayer, and then the release began. The students were sectioned off by age; each age group had a designated release time. One by one, each group let go of their balloons. It was like a flip book, frame after frame. Group by group released their balloons, and the rosary went up and up into the sky. Once all the SEE RELEASE, PAGE 24A

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Religious study students gather at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church to prepare for the balloon release. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.


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