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Special Features

The Playwickian

March 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

The Playwickian

Special Features

Self- Harm Awareness Self-Harm: Why it goes unnoticed, untreated

Eyes wide shut at NHS

Challenge Day Survey

By Shealyn Miles Special Features Editor

By Shannon Byrne and Brianna Rayner Special Features Editor and Staff Writer

What does our society think when they hear the word self-harm? Lonely. Troubled. Freak. Depression and anxiety are often the root causes of self-harm. These are often labeled and set aside as a normal part of being a teenager and growing up. This is why these children are being ignored and thrown aside as over-dramatic teenagers and this is why they turn to drastic measures to relieve the pain. According to Mind.org, “Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, old memories, or overwhelming situations and experiences.” The orange ribbon is a symbol for selfharm prevention. The most universally recognized form of self-harm is cutting, however, the classification of self-harm is not limited to this method. Many psychologist say that self-harm is a way for troubled individuals to feel in control of their emotional pain by causing physical pain. It draws attention away from the internal pain by bringing about physical pain. People tend to confuse this cry for help as a cry for attention. For some selfharmers this may be true, but for others it’s the exact opposite. Most self-harmers are embarrassed and ashamed and don’t feel that they can receive help, or if they’re even worth the treatment. So they keep this part of their life extremely private and concealed. Another common misconception is that self-harm is a suicide attempt. This isn’t always the case. It may be a way to express suicidal feelings, but the reasons

for self-harm can be endless. Jennifer Coe, a guidance counselor from Neshaminy high school believes that there are “many different reasons why people self-harm. But I personally think people self-harm because when someone is so stressed or depressed they need a coping method, this is considered one of the negative techniques of coping, also known as ‘maladaptive coping.’” People have described self-harm as a way to express something that can’t be put into words, take away overwhelming feelings or thoughts, banish traumatic memories from their thoughts, to stop feeling disconnected or communicate that they’re experiencing severe stress. The way self-harmers are treated in today’s society needs to change if we are going to take any steps toward recovery and improvement. We need to stop judging these people and calling them selfabsorbed and attention-seeking. To stop making them feel alienated and alone and instead make them feel loved, cared for and safe. Providing help to struggling teens is the only way to solve these problems, not ignoring them and pretending they don’t exist in the hope they’ll just disappear. They’re problems don’t disappear with ignorance and neither will ours.

By Amanda Usewicz Staff Writer Challenge Day at Neshaminy High School had been going on for a long time, but not this year. It had been a program that helped teens open up to their problems and get help if needed. Challenge Day was also supposed to reduce bullying and teasing in schools. It is an award-winning day-long program for middle and high school students. Last year was the first year that Challenge Day was offered to 8th graders for the middle schools in the Neshaminy School District. Above is a chart showing how many people would or would not like to have Challenge Day back from two Homerooms in each grade out of a pool of 200 students. As you can see from the chart, the majority of people believe that we should bring challenge day back.

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By Colleen Harley Copy Editor With so much going on in the world nowadays, it’s easy to get wrapped up and lost in all different kinds of news stories. From the crises in Ukraine and Syria, to the problems with climate change, people are getting lost in translation. Every country has their own individual issues, but there is one thing that goes on all around the world that should never go unnoticed. Self-Harm and suicides are serious issues that take a backseat to so many others when it should be at the forefront. Not everyone is ignoring the problem. One major awareness project is deemed “The Butterfly Project.” Started anonymously on the social media website, Tumblr, the project is aimed at helping people of all ages take the first steps toward recovery and a higher self-worth. The way the Butterfly Project (butterfly-project.tumblr.com) works is selfharmers draw a butterfly on their wrist or anywhere else that you have previously self-harmed. The next step is, naming the butterfly, and it should be named after a lost loved one, or someone who wants you to get better. The butterfly has to fade on its own, there’s no scrubbing it off or you haven’t done the project correctly. Also,

if you harm yourself before the butterfly has faded, you have killed it. If you do not self-harm before it fades, it has survived and flown away. Even if you do not selfharm, show your support and draw one on yourself, it might just save someone’s life. Another symbol of support for victims of self-harm is the orange ribbon. The orange ribbon is the universal symbol for self-harm awareness. March 1 is designated as Self-Injury Awareness Day, or abbreviated as SIAD worldwide. This day promotes people to be open in talking about their problems with themselves and what made them want to harm themselves physically. On this day every year people from different organizations meet with these victims of self-harm and talk to them about what they can do to help themselves from doing the action. But how many countries or places in the world really recognize it and use the day to make self-harmers not feel so alone? Places all around the world are aware of people harming themselves due to depression, anxiety, stress, panic and all other sorts of problems going on in those individuals lives. This is an extremely relevant issue not only in Bucks County, but across the country and nations around the world that needs to be recognized further. There needs to be more publicity highlighting what causes self-injury and what people can do to help themselves and others. Also, there should be more publicity on highlighting that self-harmers are not alone and there is a “light at the end of the tunnel.” More walks, and events need to be held in honor of stopping, or lowering the rate of stopping self-injury because nobody deserves to feel the pain that most of these people are going through. Also, more magazine and newspapers across the world need to be writing stories or articles on people who were previous self-harmers success stories about how they overcame their battles.

April 16 is widely known as the Semicolon Project Day. The project was a day in support of those suffering from depression, self-harm, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or the loss of a loved one. Participants would draw a semicolon on their wrist to show their understanding and support for others. In writing, a semicolon is used when an author, “could have ended the sentence, but didn’t.” For this project, the semicolon represented one’s life and how important it is to not give up and to keep going. “I feel that Project Semicolon is a great way to show support… It’s not about how big or small the situation is, but how you chose to keep going when you could have just given up,” senior Sam DiFrancesco said. The alleged story is that Project Semicolon is now a scam. The original founder and rightful owner of Project Semicolon, Ron Sharpp, stepped down from being the front man to deal with “family distractions,” and left the project in the control of loyal volunteers. Sharpp began working on the project in March, 2013 because it “hit close to home” and he wanted to “offer hope” to those in need of a positive resource. During his absence, a teen from

the UK, Matt Wills, supposedly claimed the rights to the project and reached out to former co-founder, Amy Burg, to continue Sharpp’s work. Having “no reason not to trust him”, Burg agreed to the partnership and continued the project. “Matt got addicted to fame and was… not equipped…to run the organization,” Sharpp said. Deceptively, Wills began to bully the staff because of his desire for fame, leading Burg to leave the project. Wills continued on to open up a clothing line through the project’s resources, but because he was not legally in control, all proceeds from the sales went directly to him, thus resulting in a scam to the buyers. Sharpp, unable to again claim rightful ownership because of other distractions, responded by saying Wills is “not a major threat to the movement… but a threat to individual lives,” and hopes to regain control of the project with the intent of including the Christian faith as a foundation. The project is supposedly still in control of Wills and the volunteers. Sharpp is still focusing on himself with the hope of being able to access control once again, and Burg is no longer involved with Project Semicolon or in contact with Wills. Matt Wills has not been able to be reached to neither confirm or deny these events.

April 16 is widely known as the ‘Semicolon Project’ day. The project was a day in support of

those suffering from depression, self-harm, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or the loss of a loved one, to draw a semicolon on their wrist to show their understanding and support for others. In writing, a semicolon represents when an author “could have ended the sentence, but didn’t.” For this project, the semicolon represented one’s life and how important it is to not give up.

“I feel that Project Semicolon is a great way to show support… It’s not about how big or small

the situation is, but how you chose to keep going when you could have just given up,” senior Sam DiFrancesco said.

Consumed by an age in which emotional detachment is prevalent, the average teen may find solace in the notion that there is someone to reach out to in times of need. With suicide being the third leading cause of death among American youth, one would assume that the risks of self-harm would be spoken of regularly. Unfortunately, here at Neshaminy, it seems as though efforts to address these issues have been dwindling. As a public institution, it is the responsibility of the staff to be aware of students’ needs beyond academics. It is impossible for a student to flourish intellectually at school if their personal needs are not being met at home. That being said, there should be an outlet for teens to rely upon to avoid further discontent beyond what may be going on at home. Because victims of self-harm are not easily recognizable, their practices, more often than not, continue, unnoticed and untouched. Therefore, the school community should offer programs continually throughout a student’s entire high school career. C u r r e n t l y, s u i c i d e prevention is addressed in a required heath class for students their sophomore year. While this is certainly beneficial, it is limited. A senior may have forgotten their health class that had taken place two years prior. When it comes to suicide and self-harm prevention, reinforcement of support is key. Several of Neshaminy’s clubs and events that

The alleged story is that Project Semicolon is now a scam. The original founder and rightful owner

of Project Semicolon, Ron Sharpp, stepped down from being the front man to deal with “family distractions”, and left the project in control of the loyal volunteers. Sharpp began working on the project in mid-March because it ‘hit close to home’ and he wanted to ‘offer hope’ to those in need of a positive resource.

had been favorable among students in past years have, regrettably, been taken away. Neshaminy had been home to S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions.) Back in 2006, the club had implemented a yellow ribbon week (the yellow ribbon is symbolic for suicide prevention). During the week, students were given yellow ribbon cards to use or to give to a friend with the message that it is okay to ask for help. The program was established in response to the four suicides in Neshaminy’s class of 2006. The club disbanded after the former adviser, Jessica Cohen, had resigned and no one volunteered for the position. Neshaminy also had a very popular event in the month of March known as Challenge Day. It’s purpose was, not only to give students a chance to talk about their lives, but also to hear about the lives of their classmates, giving them a better understanding of one another. An extension of Challenge Day, was the Challenge Day club. This gave students an opportunity to meet every two weeks to discuss the issues that they may be having. “It was a chance to talk about what was going on in your life, and look at it in a positive way,” former adviser, Kate Livingstone said. Livingstone would make sure that every meeting would end on a positive note. The club members were hoping to improve the club this year by inviting guest speakers to address specific issues such as anorexia, depression, etc., but funding had been cut. It is clear that the high school’s efforts to support victims of self-harm are deteriorating. Self-harm is not something that is going to disappear, and incoming students should know that they are entering an environment that is going to offer them a place of peace, not a place of ignorance.

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Places for help... *1-800-SUICIDE – Hotline for people contemplating suicide. *1-800-334-HELP – Self Injury Foundation’s 24hour national crisis line *1-800-DON’T-CUT – More info on self-injury *http://www.selfinjury.com – Referrals for therapists and tips for how to stop. *1-800-273-TALK – A 24-hour crisis hotline if you’re about to self-harm or are in an emergency situation. *http://www.kidshelp.com. * https://twitter.com/ProjectBuddy- twitter page to prevent suicide, self harm, and eating disorders.

This was by far the biggest and most intriguing story I have ever written. Because of the investigative journalism I had to do, I had the opportunity to talk to people across the world to get to the bottom of a story that would affect many.


2005 by Joe Montana and other youth members of the organization called GLSEN (gay, lesbian and straight education network). Ally Week is to teach everybody to not discriminate against the LGBT community and not

GLSEN, is an annual day to take action to stop the bullying and harassment of the LGBT community. During Ally Week students are encouraged to sign a pledge saying

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Host of ‘Teacher of the Week’ reveals his life story

anybody who does sign the card. “People that signed the

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being gay, when they really their support for the LGBT community just wanted to support the Photo/Tim Cho cause, in the past we didn’t the school board doesn’t discriminate have many but just last year we had around 500 pledges,” Daly said. against sexuality or gender. Ally Week Many kids feel scared to sign the means different things to different to cards or even go to GSA for the fear different people. To Daly it means, “A that they will be judged or made fun of. time to bring attention to the hateful It’s a great thing here at Neshaminy that terms and slurs people use on a daily basis.”

Joey Lisowski, junior at Neshaminy High School, is a well-rounded student and host of Friday morning’s ‘Teacher of The Week’ via the morning announcements. In addition to his love for being on screen, he has a mutual love for being off screen, making short films. Lisowski divides his time up by working at the Buck Hotel, going for runs, and participating in the select choir. For this month’s Student Spotlight, he had the opportunity to be on the other end ofAP thePsychology questions.Exam Neshaminy High School May 5

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By Julianne Miller Circulation Editor Joey Lisowski, junior at Neshaminy High School, is a well-rounded student and host of Friday morning’s ‘Teacher of The Week’ via the morning announcements. In addition to his love for being on screen, he has a mutual love for being off screen, making short films. Lisowski divides his time up by working at the Buck Hotel, going for runs, and participating in the select choir. For this month’s Student Spotlight, he had the opportunity to be on the other end of the questions. Q: What do you like to do when it rains? A: Watch some of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies. Q: What’s the strangest talent you have? A: Well… I can make weird noises. I’m especially good at turkey gobbles. Q: What is the first thing you notice about people? A: Their confidence. Q: If you had a charity, what would it be for and how would you raise awareness? A: Probably for Alzheimer’s because my grandfather has recently passed away from that. I’d have a concert for all of Neshaminy’s talented kids to perform in. Q: What is your favorite song to sing in the shower? A: Oh, it’s gotta be Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. Q: If you were forced to face your biggest fear, what would it be and how would you deal with it? A: Confronting my parents about denting my dad’s Mustang. I guess I’d just walk up to them, hand them the keys and say ‘my bad.’ Q: If you could have one song to play as you walked around daily, what would you choose? A: Thriller by Michael Jackson. Q: Which celebrities would you choose to be your mom SPOTLIGHT - ‘Teacher of the Week’ host and dad? A: My mom would be Jennifer shares honest answers while living a busy Photo/Julianne Miller Anniston because she’s just great life. and my dad would have to be Jason Statham. Q: What is the grossest thing you have ever eaten? A: Maybe gum off of a railing when I was little… Well I was nine, so I guess that’s not so little.

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Theordore Kloos Auditorium April 24

Sheraton Center City May 10

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“Their Prom: confidence.” Senior

What to know before big night finally arrives By Sara Kelly Staff Writer

2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hub. If students are attending alone or

Senior Prom is almost here as many students have found their perfect dress and perfect date. Dresses this year have ranged from $350.00 to $760.00. Girls have even started even making hair appointments for the big day. As all of the excitement builds, there are some things that students must be sure to remember before arriving. Senior Prom is scheduled for May 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City, Philadelphia located at 17th and Vine Street. The prom will start at 7 p.m. and end at 12 a.m. Students may arrive between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets will be $100/00 each and $200.00 per couple. Making a check out to Neshaminy High School and having their school ID present will allow students to purchase their tickets. Tickets will be sold after school, April 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Art Gallery and Tuesday, April 15, from

handed out in their homerooms in by or before Friday, April 11 at the 12th grade office. If their guest is not approved by the office they will be personally informed two days within their form being dropped off. Guests must be in 9th grade and higher and older than 20 years of age. When arriving to prom they must be sure to have a photo ID present.

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Doing the Student spotlight each month was a great way to get to know kids around the school that i never would’ve had the opportunity to meet otherwise


(W)RAPPING UP THE SCHOOL YEAR “

Amongst the many different forms of talent here at Neshaminy High School, one group in particular is creating a name for themselves in the greater Philadelphia area. Son Alti, which translates into ‘the last six’ in Turkish, is a rap group consisting of five of Neshaminy’s very own and one student from Archbishop Wood High School. Beginning in 2013, Ansu Kaba, Alex Welhaf, Matt Cullen, Alex Nanni, George “Trizzy Mack” Dickerson and Brendan Eckelmeyer formed Son Alti when they felt they had a “solid team of talent that could be trusted,” Welhaf said. “We make music - preferably rap. I’m mainly promotions and ‘hype man’ for Matt on performances. Welhaf DJs all of Matt’s sets and produces beats. Trizzy, Brendan and Nanni rap and are featured on most of Matt’s mixtapes,” Kaba said. With musical inspirations such as Casey Veggies, Torey Lanez, Meek Mill and, of course, Tupac, they mutually made the decision to become a group based on passion, compatibility and convenience with Welhaf owning two studios as well as Cullen owning one, each in their homes. Son Alti holds practices once a week to ready themselves for performances held at Philadelphia venues. For convenience and listening pleasure, their music is posted on Soundcloud.com/sonalti. The boys are holding big expectations for this summer along with hopes of expanding their already rapidly growing fan base. New types of music, a series of music videos as well as rumors of another show featuring their new music have been in circulation. Although Son Alti has not yet scheduled any dates for upcoming performances, make sure to be on the

This article had the most support and coverage from the student body and raised a great amount of popularity to the Entertainment section. On Twitter, it had over 15 retweets, as many people were interested in reading about Son Alti. I had a great time writing about them. This was my favorite article.

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Son Alti raps their way to success By Julianne Miller Circulation Editor Amongst the many different forms of talent here at Neshaminy High School, one group in particular is creating a name for themselves in the greater Philadelphia area. Son Alti, which translates into ‘the last six’ in Turkish, is a rap group consisting of five of Neshaminy’s very own and one student from Archbishop Wood High School. Beginning in 2013, Ansu Kaba, Alex Welhaf, Matt Cullen, Alex Nanni, George “Trizzy Mack” Dickerson and Brendan Eckelmeyer formed Son Alti when they felt they had a “solid team of talent that could be trusted,” Welhaf said. “We make music - preferably rap. I’m mainly promotions and ‘hype man’ for Matt on performances. Welhaf DJs all of Matt’s sets and produces beats. Trizzy, Brendan and Nanni rap and are featured on most of Matt’s mixtapes,” Kaba said. With musical inspirations such as

Cullen owning one, each in their homes. Son Alti holds practices once a week to ready themselves for performances held at Philadelphia venues. For convenience and listening pleasure, their music is posted on Soundcloud. com/sonalti. The boys are holding big expectations for this summer along with hopes of expanding their already rapidly growing fan Son Alti members and Neshaminy students Ansu Kaba, base. New types of music, a series Alex Welhaf, Matt Cullen, and George Dickerson plan of music videos to continue to perform and produce new music in the as well as rumors months to come. More information on Son Alti can be of another show found on Soundcloud.com/sonalti featuring their new Photo/www.soundcloud.com/sonalti music have been in circulation. Casey Veggies, Torey Lanez, Meek Mill Although Son Alti has not yet and, of course, Tupac, they mutually made the decision to become a group based on scheduled any dates for upcoming passion, compatibility and convenience performances, make sure to be on the with Welhaf owning two studios as well as lookout for any announcements.

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History of Llamas uncovered By Julianne Miller Circulation Editor Llamas are most commonly found on farms or in pens at petting zoos, but a good amount of llamas can also be found at Neshaminy High School. However, these aren’t just any llamas. These are two legged, fast running, Frisbee-catching human beings- called the Llamas. The school’s Frisbee team is named the Neshaminy Llamas. Why have they strayed from the familiar Neshaminy mascot? What is the story behind the team name, “Llamas”? Numerous rumors and student’s own renditions of the back story of the name often float around in Llama-oriented conversation, but the most common one has some truth in it. “There was a kid, many years ago, who was named Llama and when they were at a competition, he told the judges the team name was Llamas and somehow that just stuck,” senior, Todge Rzepka said, “I like it. It sets us apart from the school.” Although most of that has been deemed truthful, there was no infamous Frisbee player named Llama. “Basically, way back in 1998, Matt Heinemann, who was a part of the Frisbee team, was in Dave Bender’s class and kept yelling “Llama”, for no reason. The team had signed up for tournaments and was unprepared, lacking a team name. Matt, being Matt, yelled out “Llama” again and so from then on their

name was The Llamas,” club adviser and science teacher Hank Oppenheimer said. Being fond of the team name and the isolation from the Neshaminy mascot controversy, the Frisbee players can’t complain. “With the whole mascot name argument, we like being the Llamas. It’s a relief,” senior, Alex Riley said, “We’re focused more on having fun rather than the sport.” Although the club sport’s season just ended for the winter, there is always enough Neshaminy Llama spirit to make up for their time off.

A Llama prances through Neshaminy’s field focused on catching frisbees and having fun. Photo/Julianne Miller

Llamas are most commonly found on farms or in pens at petting zoos, but a good amount of llamas can also be found at Neshaminy High School. However, these aren’t just any llamas. These are two legged, fast running, Frisbee-catching human beings- called the Llamas. The school’s Frisbee team is called the Neshaminy Llamas. Why have they strayed from the familiar Neshaminy mascot? What is the story behind the team name, “Llamas”? Numerous rumors and student’s own renditions of the back story of the name often float around in Llamaoriented conversation, but the most common one has some truth in it. “There was a kid, many years ago, who was named Llama and when they were at a competition, he told the judges the team name was Llamas and some-

Writing about a sports team that is not usually talked about was a great way to get a club recognition, not only in the social aspect, but also in sports. This article came from a simple question I wanted an answer to, and turned into an entire discussion that brought on the article.


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Senior lives by 3 Ss: Skittles, skating, shredding By Julianne Miller Circulation Editor

Tyler Van Osten, a senior here at Neshaminy High School, is recognized as this month’s Student Spotlight. Van Osten enjoys numerous activities outside of school, such as skateboarding almost every day, working at the local Giant, and “shredding” on guitar. He can usually be found meditating in fields to clear his mind. Q: If you were a girl for a day, what would you do? A: I would yell at everyone because they can’t yell back.

I would yell at everyone because they can’t yell back.

2. What is your spirit animal and why?

3. What is the first thing you are going to do after you graduate this school year?

Q: If your house suddenly burst into flames and you could only grab one thing, what would it be? A: My bag of Skittles.

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4. If your house suddenly burst into flames and you could only grab one thing, what would it be?

Q: Where is Waldo? A: More importantly, how is he? Q: Which Kardashian would you be in the hit series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians? A: Kim because she’s got it going on.

My bag of Skittles.

Q: If you could have dinner with any celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be and why? A: Jimmy Hendrix because he shreds on guitar like me.

Q: What is one food you could eat for every meal, every day of your life? A: Skittles.

1. If you were a girl for a day, what would you do?

A penguin because I dream of wandering Antarctica.

Q: What is your spirit animal and why? A: A penguin because I dream of wandering Antarctica.

Q: What is on your Christmas list for this year? A: Love.

Tyler Van Osten, an excited senior here at Neshaminy High School, takes the spotlight for this month’s Random Redskin. Van Osten enjoys numerous activities outside of fulfilling his maximum learning potential at school, such as skateboarding almost every day, working at the local Giant, “shredding” on his guitar and can usually be found meditating in fields to clear his mind. Van Osten was more than willing to answer some questions.

Tyler Van Osten spends his extra time skateboarding around the community. Photo/Justin Hall


“It is a pleasure to be here. Everyone security systems and I am trying to take Fiedler hopes to enhance the outdoor make Neshaminy a better, more efficient has been really nice and welcoming and some ideas from them,” Fiedler said. security systems, along with the visitor school,” Fiedler said.

#FIGHTforANDI

Community rallies behind local mom, teacher seeking organ transplant By Julianne Miller Circulation Editor

Dealing with medical issues is never an easy task and can be very discouraging. Luckily, for Neshaminy High School senior, Madi Seitchik’s mom, Andrea Seitchik, she has the support and prayers of the entire greater Philadelphia area during her quest for an O+ kidney. Struggling with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) behind a vibrant smile for the last 15 years is more challenging due to the declining condition of the scar tissue in her kidney. Because of the type of kidney needed, an O+ match is scarce. Dealing with medical issues is never an easy task and can be very discouraging. Luckily, for Neshaminy High School senior, Madi Seitchik’s mom, Andrea Seitchik, she has the support and prayers of the entire greater Philadelphia area during her quest for an O+ kidney. Struggling with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) behind a vibrant smile lastby15Harris Interactive for the - 2013 mental health study amongfor U.S. the adolescents years is more challenging due to the worsened condition American Psychol ogical Associaoftionthe 2013 scar tissue in her kidney. Because of the type of kidney needed, an O+ match is scarce. Seitchik is currently in the indefinite process of dialysis until a new kidney is obtained, but that is easier said than done. “Last year, 14,029 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 9,314 kidney transplants came from deceased donors and 4,715 came from living donors,” according to www. kidney.org As of Jan. 8, 99210 people are as hopeful as Seitchik, also awaiting kidney transplants To raise awareness of this urgent request, the Seitchik sisters, Lexi and Madi, have started a group of Facebook called “FIGHT for ANDI” and are trending the hashtag #FIGHTforANDI via twitter.

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Seitchik is currently in the indefinite process of dialysis until a new kidney is obtained. “Last year, 14,029 kidney transplants took place in the United States. Of these, 9,314 kidney transplants came from deceased donors and 4,715 came from living donors,” according to www.kidney.org. As of Jan. 8, 99210 people are as hopeful as Seitchik, also awaiting kidney transplants To raise awareness of this urgent request, the Seitchik sisters, Lexi and Madi, have started a group of Facebook called “FIGHT for ANDI” and are trending the hashtag #FIGHTforANDI via twitter. Friends of the Seitchik family in the Neshaminy community plan to sell bracelets in support.

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As my first and only news article, as well as front page article, it meant a lot to me to write about something so relevant to a Neshaminy student.s life. This was a big issue that needed coverage and I enjoyed writing about something so promient. ”


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