Volume 53 Issue I October 2010
Inside This Issue FEATURES
Central students head into the Military pg.3
Freshmen get their own wing pg. 4
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PREDICTIONS FOR HOMECOMING GAME OCTOBER 15 page 7
Central gets in the ‘SPIRIT’ for 2010 by Corrine Elliott OPINION EDITOR
Hearts pounding, voices screaming, and cheers coming from the stands are what junior, Bree Reese, said she hopes to see more of from Central’s fans. The school year is a fresh start for Central’s sports teams. It is also a beginning for new clubs. The SPIRIT Club was added to Central’s list. “I want to influence others to step out of their shell,” said Reese. Reese is the President of this club and co-founder, along with vice president and senior, Kelsey Flinchbaugh. So exactly what inspired this club? Reese said, “I started this because I knew when I was a freshman I thought school spirit was fun. As I got older, I began to realize that our school did not have as much spirit as I did.” Giving teams more motivation and more support is what this club hopes to accomplish. “I think Central has enough drive, just needs more spirit,” Reese said. The SPIRIT Club differs from the SPIRIT SQUAD. According to Reese, the SPIRIT Club is in charge of organizing events and getting students energized for games. “Over the summer Bree and I met at least every week. We typed up all our ideas, made the posters students see around the
SPIRIT Club members, wearing Sype Squad t-shirts, at the September 10 football game versus Cumberland Valley High School. (Photo by Corinne Elliott, OPINION EDITOR) halls, met with Mr. Re [assistant principal], and researched fundraiser ideas,” said Flinchbaugh. “I hope the student body appreciates and realizes how committed Bree and I are to promoting school spirit.” In the SPIRIT Club, students can expect to brainstorm new ideas on how to involve other Central fans at school and during games, fundraisers, and, supporting Central teams. Teachers Diane Aldridge and Erin Walker are the co-advisors for the club. Aldridge said, “The SPIRIT SQUAD will build a positive school climate. Our goals are to get students involved in being spirited in
all sports.” Reese emphasized the importance of attending all sports and not just football games. “Little attention is given to cross country, tennis, track, volleyball, and tennis. We are trying to change that,” Reese said. “At the start of the year, school spirit is up. Then it trails off. We don’t want that once the football season is over,” Alridge said. With currently 60 members, Reese said she hopes to get Central excited by making posters, having games, and getting students aware of all sporting events. Some of the club’s fundraising ideas are paint-
ing bodies, selling tie-dye shirts and having a bake sale. The club hopes to raise enough money for a dance and a carnival at the end of the year. All are efforts for gathering school pride and unity. “We have full support from the administration,” Reese said. Asstistant Principal Timonthy Re said, “I like to see 1,700 Panther fans come out to support sporting events and non-sporting events as well.” He also said, “The administration tries to approve ways for students to express themselves and show pride.”
“After I graduate I want someone to carry the leadership and enthusiasm as well as allow the SPIRIT Club to grow and become better,” Reese said By the end of the year, Flinchbaugh said she would love to see the student section grow as the year progresses. “You’re only in high school four years, so you may as well become part of all the events to make your school experience a great one,” said Flinchbaugh, To both girls, that is what the Club is all about: being proud and supportive of the teams and people involved in these activities.
CYSD School Board votes down One-to-One Initiative In “Sype Squad” gets ready for the season pg. 6
Controversy over Ground Zero Mosque pg. 8
New T.V. Production class pg. 10
by Breanna Heilman CO-FEATURES EDITOR In late August, the Central York School Board decided not to adopt the One-to-One Initiative, which would provide every high school student with a laptop. Many teachers and students were awaiting the decision about assigning a laptop to every student at the high school. One-to-One was an attempt by the district to allow all students access to laptops, particularly to those who could not afford them. The district’s intention was to try and break the technology barrier for those not having a computer outside of school. Exploring this idea was an attempt focused on creating more project based learning, improving reading and writing skills, and allowing more individualized student instruction to happen. These were some of the changes the administration wanted to happen if the One-to-One Initiative would have been passed. In 2006, Central York School District Board
started to explore the idea of going one to one at the high school. From 2006 until the 2010 summer, committees and groups of teachers and parent formed and met to research the proposal. During this time, in 2008, Central was also named one of the four top districts for schools of excellence in technology for PA. In early 2010, Central provided a proposal plan to the school board called, “Learning with Technology
“ There appears to continue to be support for moving forward with such an initiative at some point in the future.” ~ Eric Wolfgang Initiative for Central York High School.” The administration at Central said that they hoped to empower all students at the high school with equal access to the same technology.
2010 Homecoming Court pg. 12
“It’s not a big deal to me because we’re already so priviledged at this school.” Kristin Lyons, 12
Although the decision for each student to have a laptop was denied over the summer, Central York High School principal, Ryan Caufman; Michael Snell, Central York superintendent, and many other administration and faculty members were part of the push for a technology upgrade. When referring to the new technology, Caufman said that laptops for every student would have been a great research tool to help further their knowledge, while also raising their level of critical thinking. Improving the way a student learns was one of the main goals of all the administration pushing for the Learning with Technology Initiative. Central York senior, Natasha Stanley, attended many of the board meetings involving the initiative. “When I was at the board meeting, it seemed as though more of the community was for One-to-One because multiple students, parents, and teachers came with petitions and speeches ready for the board proclaiming their ‘love’ for One-to-One,” said Stanley. Although many at-
tending the board meetings were for the new technology, the school board had to weigh out the positives as well as negatives dealing with this decision for Central York School District. The main concerns the board members had with this initiative were financial. They also felt not enough research was done about the topic to support the educational need for students in grades 9-12 to each have a laptop. Julie Romig, the Director of Communications for Central York School District, said, “Our school board members must balance making fiscally responsible decisions for the district’s taxpayers with ensuring the district is serving its mission to provide educational opportunities through which all students strive to achieve their full potential.” While the school board looked over the proposal, they took into consideration the effects that their decision would have on the students, teachers, and taxpayers in the district. After doing that over the summer, they decided that though they “clearly support providing students
Voices in the Hall you
“We never really experienced it, so we’re not really losing anything.” Anthony Mace, 11
“We don’t know what’s it like to NOT have computers. Nothing is going to be that different.” Kelsey Miller, 12
and staff with access to resources in support of education” at this time Central York school board did not see it as a wise decision with the financial resources the had to pass the one-to-one initiative. “These are difficult financial times. To someone who can¹t maintain a mortgage payment or pay their bills, providing a laptop to each student is seen as an unnecessary expense,” said Eric Wolfgang, Central York School Board President. The Learning with Technology Initiative is not completely out of the question for Central York, however. According to Dr. Snell, he said he plans to create a new proposal each year to take to the board with his new request involving the One-to-One initiative. “There appears to continue to be support for moving forward with such an initiative at some point in the future,” Wolfgang said. “The administration will continue to investigate avenues to see that additional technology is utilized throughout the district,” he said.
“I think it’ll complicate things a bit.” Justine Ward, 12
by Cierra-Rene McGee CO-FEATURES EDITOR
Thomas Snell leaves Central York Middle with French IV tucked into his back pocket and enters Central York High ahead of those who are just beginning the French courses. At the age of 12, Snell was taking French II in the seventh grade. The following year, he was one of the only two students at his age to be taking the next level French course. Now 14 and a freshman, Snell has taken more French lessons than anyone of his age, within the school district, and in his grade. Having a mother who was born in France has “pushed” Snell to take the courses “Speaking the language was easy,” he said. “But the grammar was a little harder.” In order for Snell to have taken the high school classes, he first needed to have the approval of the district, which had not dealt with this type of scenario before. Arrangements were made, “strings were pulled” and Snell got his chance to take the courses he wanted. “Nobody believed I was in the seventh grade,” Snell said about his classmates in his French II class. “Then
by Megan Bratton MANAGING EDITOR
the teacher told them.” After the confirmation of Snell’s age, his classmates were “really cool” about the situation, helping him through the course by making it easier. Lori Jacobs, Snell’s
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“And it was a great benefit for his classmates to hear his fluent french, I thoroughly enjoyed having Thomas in class.” ~Lori Jacobs
French II and IV instructor, said she felt that Snell’s adjustment to the high school climate wasn’t troubling. According to Jacobs, the French classes are “not terribly large”, making French II students “fairly familiar” with each other. When Snell first started taking high school classes, he was a new face to everyone. “I felt that he was well liked and respected by the class,” Jacobs said. “And it was a great benefit for his classmates to hear his fluent French. I thoroughly enjoyed having Thomas in class.” Jacobs said Snell’s humble attitude and good sense of humor made a winning combination, while his
Freshman, Thomas Snell, already has three high school French classes under his belt. (Courtesy Photo) “beautifully spoken” French that goal. Apart from work- challenge. ing on his resume, Snell said “You have to spend was an added bonus. “Thomas was a he plans on getting involved time reviewing,” he said. good student who was al- in school activities such as “You have to be at the top of ways open to learning more Model UN, volunteering in your game.” Snell said middle about French grammar,” she the community, and just do- ing the best that he can. school was the time when said. While on the side, you worried more about “Even though his spoken French is really bet- he plays the cello, runs track what others thought about ter than mine. I miss being and participates in soccer. you than your grades, which able to bounce pronuncia- With his family, he travels were easy A’s and B’s. to places such as France, Ar- As for now, Snell tion questions off of him.” Aiming for a “good uba, England, Canada, and sees English and Civics as looking” college resume, Hawaii during the summers. being the most challenging As far as the high courses he shall face this Snell felt that the two ex- tra high school language school experience goes, year. courses will help achieve Snell sees it as more of a
Where are the 2010 seniors now?
Advice for the 2011 seniors? Graduate early! What made you decide on Temple? I wanted a school in the city, with lots of concerts, shopping and restaurants.
The Prowler Staff The Prowler is published three times per semester by the students enrolled in Journalism I and II at Central York High School, located on 601 Mundis Mill Road, York, PA. The views expressed on the opinion pages represent those of the bylined writer and not necessarily those of the entire Prowler staff. Editor-in-Chief: Addy Peterson Managing Editor: Megan Bratton Co-Features Editor: Breanna Heilman Co-Features Editor: Cierra Rene-McGee Opinion Editor: Corinne Elliott News Edtior: Alanna Hoey Arts Editor: Kelsey Flinchbaugh Sports Editor: Chris Cappella Adviser: Lucinda Hogentogler Staff Writers: Ben Smolin, Danae Taylor, Catherine Burke, Justine Parks, Breanna Stoneburg, Jonah Polnau, Morgen Snowadzky, Kameron Kirk, Brianna Snead, and Nathaniel Miranda
Activities still involved in: I am still very involved in theater now that high school is over. Any advice for 2011 seniors? Keep asking questions; whether they’re stupid or serious sounding to you.
Andrew Dinkel Difference from Central: It snows here in September. Advice? Don’t wait until the last minute, take everything seriously.
Tanner Sanderson Miss most about high school? All my old teachers, they were so supportive of my goals.
Biggest change in college: Most of my classes are now 50 minutes instead of 80 minutes.
Do you still keep in contact with people from Central? Yes! Students from Central actually live in my building. Miss most about Central? The staff at Central and the intimate connections with my teachers.
Bad economy costs job opportunities for Central students Work within the community is scarce, leaving teenagers with limited places to turn to for employment. by Ben Smolin STAFF WRITER
It’s hard not to hear about it these days: the economy. What went wrong. and who’s to blame? But jut how much are Central students affected as teens? But just how much are the students here at Central affected by this as young adults? According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the current recession started in December of 2007. In May of 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quoted the national unemployment rate at 9.3 percent. York was close to the national average, with the same department stating a 9.4 percent unemployment rate in the same month. Megan L. Thomas, a contributor to msnbc.com, said in July of 2010 the unemployment rate for teens hit 26.1 percent. Unemployment rates are calculated by taking the number of people actively seeking jobs divided by the total number of people in the workforce, then multiplying by 100.
Senior Sarah Thompson helped contribute to that statistic. “I applied everywhere I could, like Tractor Supply Co. to Smitty’s Pretzels,” said Thompson. Most of the time, she was told that they weren’t hiring anyone after handing in her application. Thompson thought that the current recession had a significant impact on her job search. “People are losing their big-time jobs and are coming down to work where
stores, golf courses, bowling alleys, and other places they believed would normally have a healthy teen workforce. Neither of them were able to find jobs. They both said they
Sham agreed in saying, “Yeah, they only want kids who don’t have to worry about school.” Both are still searching for jobs. Thompson, Sham, and Rayner all agreed that
“They only want kids who are out of school.” -Andrew Rayner teens normally would.” Thompson still remains hopeful that her prospects will improve once she turns 18 and more jobs are available to her. Seniors Aakash Sham and Andrew Rayner also had difficulty finding a place to work. They said that they applied to places such as fast food restaurants, grocery
swim instructor at Central and the other as a sales associate at Aeropostale. Stevens said that she has had both of these jobs for a while, and that they weren’t just summer jobs.
Central students fill out numerous applications, in hopes of securing a job. (Courtesy Photo) believe that while the economy played a big role in their poor fortune, the attitude of the people hiring is just as much to blame. “They only want kids who are out of school,” Rayner said.
their stories are fairly typical. Senior Abbigail Stevens is one of the students who was able to find employment. She in fact works two jobs: one as a lifeguard/
Stevens felt that her experience was definitely a different one however, and that a lot of her friends either struggled or are still struggling to find jobs that they like or were, overall unsuccessful.
My worst fear is of getting a dishonorable discharge
by Brianna Snead STAFF WRITER “Boo-yah!” Central York High School’s class of 2011 has many students who wish to pursue a career in the military. Seniors Michelle Smith, Darryl Bauer, and Connor Morris, all 17, each intend to be shipped off to basic training as soon as the school year ends. Morris and Smith are both going to the Marines while Bauer is looking forward to the Navy. “I chose the Marines because it is the most challenging branch of the military,” Smith said. Morris agrees and also wants the challenge. But the hardest task for the three is leaving their families here in York. “If your plan is to join the military, be ready, don’t wait,” Morris said. The Marines have the longest basic training,
which is an intense physical training that disciplines the soldiers and gets them ready for combat. All three agree that all branches of the military supply adequate training. “I’m already sworn in and my leave date for basic training is on June 27,” Morris said. Morris, who also
assisted at the Marines’ stand at the York Fair, said hehopes to make a career out of the Marines and plans to retire from his branch, perhaps even serving as a drill instructor after. He also said he plans on keeping his legacy going as a Marine. Smith is also considering a career in the Marines.
“I’m only going to sign up for four years first to make sure I am still content with the Marine Corps,” Smith said. “But I’m pretty sure that I am going to be retiring from my branch.” Bauer, who received the second highest ASVAB test score (a test that all branches of the military require that you com-
plete before joining; helps to choose your career field) last year, comes from a Navy family. “I think this would be the best career option to better myself as a person,” Bauer said. Even though he has a history of family members in the Navy, they were not the ones who influenced him
to go to the field. Bauer’s eighth grade middle school teacher, Mr. Werner, encouraged and gave information to Bauer about the Naval Academy. “My worst fear is of getting a dishonorable discharge,” Bauer said. A few more tips from the students: • It’s not going to be easy • Don’t think of it as a safe alternative to college • Term of service on a resume is just as good as putting a college on it
Naval officers line up outside of the US Navy Hospital Corpsman School in Great Lakes, Illinois. (Courtesy Photo by Darryl Bauer)
Information gathered by Cierra Rene-McGee, Co-FEATURES EDITOR
*If under the age 18, parental consent is needed; single parenting not admitted
Basic: Ages: *17-34 Colors: Blue and Gold Education: High school graduate or GED Financial: Financial Eligibility Determination will determine eligibilty to enlist Physical/Medical: ASVAB ( 35 to be eligible); Military Entrance Processing Station Medical Exam Drugs/Alcohol: Zero tolerance: two urinalysis tests are required and must be questioned about prior drug or alcohol use
R E Q U I R E M E N T S
For more information on either the Navy or Marines, contact the nearest recruiter in the area. Keep in mind that once enlisted and sworn by oath, a commitment is made to be followed. Each term of commitment depends upon job.
MARINES Basic: Ages: *17-29 Colors: Scarlet and Gold Education: High school diploma Financial: Financial Eligibility Determination Physical/Medical: ASVAB (32 to be eligible); 13 weeks of Boot Camp; passing of Combat Fitness Test (CFT); Military Entrance Processing Station Medical Exam Drugs/Alcohol: Dependency on illegal drugs, substance abuse and alcohol are disqualifying
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New freshman 500 wing takes flight To
by Danae Taylor STAFF WRITER
Welcome to high school, where AP courses, college prep, pep rallies and proms are among the list of different activities that students can be part of. The older students, who once ran the hallways in a building with about 870 students, are now the younger kids in a building with roughly 1,500 students. The freshmen class of 2014 are the newest addition to the building along with a few new teachers and courses. This year’s freshmen class is the first to have its own wing in order to help their transition into high school. It is also to lessen the fear of them getting lost throughout Central’s ‘looka-like’ halls. “One advantage to having the freshmen classes in the 500 wing is that it helps lessen the anxiety the
Chantel Rosier- “I don’t like it because I think we need to interact with more upperclassmen.”
But, she says, this hasn’t caused changes in student behavior. So far she hasn’t heard any complaints from the students about being in the freshmen 500 wing. Her only concern is how confidence will be effected next year when they don’t have the majority of their classes in one wing and they are spread out around the school. Even though they do get to choose what electives they want to take, the freshmen usually stay in the downstairs area of the 500 wing. “The disadvantage is that the freshmen do not have an opportunity to interact with upperclassmen and that the students might have use them as resources or as a lot more free time in be- models for behavior or study tween classes. habits,” Acri said. She compared this Freshman, Mereto the York City circuit be- dith Schlager said she doesn’t cause of the way the students like being in the same wing take laps around the 500 for most of the day. “I wish wing before their next class. we could see more people,” students might have in finding their way around the building,” said Jeanne Acri, a Twenty-first Century Literacy teacher. This year’s freshmen are on teams just like they were in middle school, which was designed to help the teachers respond to the needs of the students in a more effective way. However, Acri said
“I wish we could see more people.” ~ Meredith Shlager
said Schlager. Before coming to the high school, she was worried about being made fun of, and not about getting lost. She said she would rather have her classes more spread out. “It’s too much like the middle school,” she said. On the other hand,
“They’re easing us into high school slowly.” ~ Alexia Mort Romello Barbour, also a freshman, said he likes being in one wing. “I think it’s easy because I get to see my friends more,” he said. He knows that next year he will have classes in other areas of the school and isn’t afraid of getting lost since he has an older brother who will be a senior.
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Marshall Shelton“I don’t like it. I wish I could see more of my upperclassmen friends.”
Taysia Cassell-“ I like not having to walk the whole way around the school for my classes.”
Anthony Savage- Casey Rosengrant- “I like seeing all my “It’s okay, but I’d old friends, but I’d like to see more of still like to see more my older friends.” new people.”
Lyric Carter, Juliana Swanson, and Alexia Mort also prefer having all their classes in the freshmen 500 wing. “They’re easing us into high school slowly,” said Mort, who actually does get to interact with upperclassmen in her Theatre Arts class. Though the freshmen classes are set up in a similar way, she thinks that it’s “way different” from the middle school. Carter, who was expecting to see the stereotypical “jocks” and “mean girls” when she came to high school, likes being in the wing. Swanson, who said that the transistion from the middle to the high school was easy to adjust to. They aren’t worried about being lost as sophomores either. Swanson agreed with Carter when she said, “I don’t think I’ll be too shook up about it.”
Breaun Randle-” I didn’t even know we had one until right now, but I guess I like it.”
Central plans to open more vegetarian options in the lunch lines The lack of vegetarian options in the school lunches have become a greater problem with more people becoming vegetarians. by Morgen Snowadzky STAFF WRITER About 7.3 million people have identifed themselves as vegetarians in America. Vegetarians make up 2 percent of all American youth, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group. This dietary choice is a growing trend in America, yet the government regulations for cafeteria lunches do not accommodate these needs. Most teens make this decision for religious, ethical, and health reasons. Vegetarianism, not eating meat, poultry or fish, is different from veganism, not eating any animal products including eggs and dairy. Sophomore Devki Gami has been a vegetarian for her whole life for religious reasons. Gami is Hindu, and she does not eat meat because it involves violence and killing. Gami is a lacto-veg-
etarian, meaning she doesn’t eat meat, poultry, fish, or eggs but does consume dairy products. Packing her lunch is how Gami deals with the lack there of options provided in the school lunch line. “I would like to see more options, but I don’t mind packing,” said Gami about her lunch situation. The options for Gami at school are limited to the salads, pizza, and vegetarian meals, which usually consist of a bagel, cheese, yogurt and carrots. Senior Alex Davis has been a vegetarian for about two and a half years for a combination of ethical and health reasons, “I love animals and I want to treat my body well,” said Davis. On the schools attempt to cater to his dietary restriction, Davis said, “The school makes a fair attempt but more could be done.” But he tolerates it and eats what he can. Davis also said
he would like to see more variety in the options which are “easy to get tired of.” Frances Knaub-
government regulations and requirements. “It’s a regulated program, it’s not like a
knowledges the fact that more and more students are making the choice to become vegetarians and would
Students are waiting in the salad bar line during C lunch. (Photo by Addy Peterson, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF)
Keller, food services director at Central York School District since 1997, is the woman behind the menu. Along with managing cafeteria staff and creating the food budget, Knaub-Keller plans the menu according to
food court in the mall,” said Knaub-Keller. Since the government does not have any regulations pertaining to vegetarian options, it is not the fault of the school that these are lacking. Knaub-Keller ac-
like to be able to offer new options for them. Some ideas that are in the works include the addition of yogurt parfaits to the grab and go lunches, a hot pasta bar, and garden burgers line.
On the subject of lunch lines and those vegetarian students who pack as an alternative to eating the school’s lunch, KnaubKeller said that she hopes that these students are remaining conscious of food safety. For example: being mindful of keeping certain things cold that need to be kept cold. Knaub-Keller said the cafeteria has pretty good support from the student body. Recently, Central’s culinary arts classes started assisting with the menu planning. Knaub-Keller appreciates students’ suggestions for what they would like to see on the menu. She said they are the ones that know what needs to be done to meet their needs. The goal of the school food system is to meet guidelines while satisfying the student body.
Daniel Delatorre was in an accident this summer and is currently being treated at the Penn State Hershey Rehab facility. by Alanna Hoey NEWS EDITOR
Daniel Delatorre, 16, started off the summer with the hopes of it being a great summer, but unfortunately he was involved in an accident that left him seriously injured on Saturday, June 26, 2010. Delatorre’s mother, Amy Delatorre, said she doesn’t know all the details but as far as she knows her son was trying to reenact a trick from the movie ‘Jack Ass.’ “He landed on his feet but then he fell back and hit his head,” said Amy.
When it happened, Delatorre was in Maryland. Daniel was then taken to the University of Maryland Medical Center. While he was hos-
“I wasn’t going to let that happen, I was going to fight for my son’s life.” ~Amy Delatorre. pitalized at the Universtity of Maryland, they told his mother that he was most likely not going to survive due to the extent of his injuries. “I wasn’t going to let
that happen. I was going to fight for my son’s life,” she said. They then transferred Delatorre to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center where he made a “miraculous” recovery. “They had him talking again, and moving his arms,” Amy said. He is now a patient at the Hershey Rehab center, but about a month ago, Delatorre had a seizure that brought him back to where he started from in the summer. His mother has hope and said, “They are slowly bringing him back to where he was.”
Delatorre would have been a junior in the high school this year along with best friend, sophomore, Tierney Wickman. Wickman said, “It is really hard not having him around to hang out with or at school because we always make sure that we find a way to see each other between classes.” “It’s tough because everyone is constantly coming up to me and asking me how he is and I sometimes I can’t even answer that question because it’s too hard for me to get it out,” she said. “Daniel’s personality is very caring. He always
knows how to make people laugh, and he is very funny and always joking around. Our favorite thing to do was play ‘World of War Craft’ and
“ I can’t really do anything about any of this. It’s all up to Daniel now,” said ~Tierney Wickman ‘Call of Duty’ together,” said Wickman. “What makes him my best friend is that I can tell him everything and he always knows how to cheer me up when I’m down.”
She can’t get up to see him as much as she would like because her parents aren’t always available to drive her to Hershey, but she said she goes to visit him as much as she possibly can. Wickman said she was very close with Delatorre’s family as well. She said his family was like her second family and that she always felt like she had people to go to if she ever needed them. “I am really trying to be strong about it all because I can’t really do anything about any of this. It’s all up to Daniel now,” said Wickman.
by Jonah Polnau STAFF WRITER
Most likely you have heard about it. Just two blocks from Ground Zero, the historic site of the 9/11 attacks, there are plans to build an Islamic community center, called Park51. This seems to be causing quite a controversy. Before the 9/11 attacks, 45-57 Park Place, the proposed site of the center, had been a Burlington Coat Factory. When one of the
“I believe Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to build it.” ~Wareesha Tariq planes crashed into the World Trade Center, parts of the plane crashed through the building, damaging the foundation.
It was sold in 2009, and since then has served as a prayer space for Muslims. Feisal Abdul Rauf, founder of the American Society for Muslim Advance-
thrilled with the prospect. Many feel that Ground Zero is sacred ground, and that building such a monument would be insulting to those who died
old senior, Kevin Myers. “It’s causing the media to go crazy. I think it should be built somewhere else.” Myers supports the constitutional right of those
Proposed mosque has students speaking out Central’s
pened there. It would kind of be offensive to a lot of Americans.” However, he said he feels that if it were built somewhere else, it could
Above is the plan for the Mosque that has been proposed to be put two blocks away from Ground Zero in New York City ment, had the idea to put up a community center two blocks away from Ground Zero. The main purpose of Park51 is to improve relations between the west and Islam, and to promote religious tolerance. But not everyone is
on 9/11, and their families. Some feel that it would be wrong because the Muslim extremists who attacked did so in the name of Islam. Central students have their opinions as well. “It’s causing too many issues,” said 17-year-
who wish to build such a monument, but thinks that it should be built elsewhere. Junior Aaron Diffenderfer, 16, has a similar view. “I don’t think any religion should build on a ground like that because something so serious hap-
be beneficial. People could come in who aren’t Muslim and see what they really do. “They think the whole Middle-East is just terrorists, but they don’t really understand how they live,” he said. “I believe Muslims, like all Americans, have the
right to build it,” said Wareesha Tariq, a 17-year-old senior. Ta r i q said that having a community center would provide a bridge between Muslims and people of other faiths. “Christianity, Islam, and Judaism have a lot in common,” she said. “People should not go and straight out blame a
Central replaces its former grading system Centrals
by Justine Parks STAFF WRITER Central York High School’s grading system has taken a change for the 2010 2011 school year. The new grading system consists of getting a 100 percent to get a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in regular classes, a 95-100 percent to get a 4.0 (or higher) in honors classes, and a 90-100 percent to reach a 4.0(or higher) in AP classes. Questions have been thrown around about how this new grading system would come to benefit Central Students. “The benefit is really for those kids that are always at the upper levels.” In the old system, a student could have a 90 percent, and another could have a 99 percent, but they would both get a 4.0(GPA). “So for those students that continually push the envelope, there will be a distinction between the two,” said Assistant Principle, Timothy Re.
The school consulted colleges to see whether the change would be beneficial, and most colleges agree that an un-weighted system is better for students. Re said that compared to other schools in the state, Central’s old grading
“It’s unfair for those people who do work hard and take the more challenging classes.” ~Olivia Farish. system was “out of whack.” “Central is not the only school that uses percentages instead of weighted grades. Schools within York County and other counties including Franklin and Lancaster, use the percentage system,” Re said. Weighted grades are the four, three, two, one, and zero students that parents of Central previously saw on report cards.
Now with the new system, instead of a four or one, you see the exact percentage. Senior, Olivia Farish is taking one AP class, one honors class, and six regular classes this school year. Farish said she plans to major in either nursing or elementary education at York College, which requires a minimum 3.6 GPA to attend. She said that the new system would not affect her chances on getting into York College. “It’s unfair for those people who do work hard and take the more challenging classes. But, their best work only gets them the grade that’s on the borderline,” Farish said. Although she is in challenging classes, Farish, said she thinks that people will be earning their grades more fairly now. The new system may affect grade levels differently. Most students seemed concerned that their GPA’s will drop. Junior, Kelsey Ki-
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erce, is taking five honors classes and three regular classes. “I feel like its going to mess up the GPA I already had, because it’s not going to be equal to what it was last year. I’m afraid it will look like my grades went down,”
“Colleges focus on your junior year grades. Now it’s more difficult to achieve a 4.0 in my regular classes.” ~Garrett Hipkins Kierce said. Kierce plans to attend either Bucknell or Boston College, which are both are highly competitive schools. To keep her high GPA, Kierce said “The new grading system is going to make me try a little harder to keep my grades higher than they were, but I don’t think it will overwhelm me.” Chemistry teacher, Julie Rafferty, was on the panel that decided on the
new grading system. “That’s what college is all about: competition. There’s nothing better than taking higher-level course to get you prepared for college. Now the competition is there to say that you don’t get a 4.0(GPA) just by coasting an 89.5 percent. You now have to actually earn that 4.0(GPA),” Rafferty said. The new system not only benefits students, but the teaching staff as well. “It takes pressure off some teachers too because if you had a kid that had a 89[percent] you felt really bad because they were only one point from an A. Where as now, if everyone has their straight percentages, then it makes everything fair for everyone,” Rafferty said. One hundred Central students were surveyed about the grading system, and 85 percent of students do not agree with the new system. Garrett Hipkins, a junior, was one of them. “Colleges focus on your junior year grades. Now, it’s
more difficult to achieve a 4.0 in my regular classes,” Hipkins said. Teachers and administrators say this will encourage students to work harder in their classes, but 61 percent of students say that it will not make them do so. In regular classes to receive a 4.0 GPA, students must achieve 100 percent in that class. “I don’t think its realistic for students to get a 100 percent in a class because who honestly is going to get a 100 (percent) on every single thing in that class,” Farish said. “I mean we all have our off days sometimes, and we do slip up with a bad grade every now and then. No one is perfect.” Kierce and Hipkins agreed that it is almost impossible to get 100 percent in a class. Eighty-seven percent of students at Central said they wish they had a say in this new grading system. “It’s confusing, it’s a change and no one likes change,” Re said.
VOICES IN THE HALL
What is your opinion of the new grading system?
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“I don’t like it. I think it’s too hard, even if you try your hardest the new system doesn’t show your full potential.”
“It’s a more fair approach for students to have different grades for working harder.”
“It hasn’t really affected me yet, but I don’t like the idea of it because I think it will mess up our GPA’s.” rating:
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Senior lineman, Andy Sipe, was chosen to represent this year’s student section. by Alanna Hoey NEWS EDITOR
Fall remaining schedule
Cross Country 10/12 @ Delone Catholic 10/20 Postseason begins Field Hockey 10/12 Spring Grove 10/14 @ Kennard Dale Football 10/15 Southwestern 10/22 @Dallastown 10/29 @Red Lion 11/5 William Penn 11/12 Playoffs begin Guys Soccer 10/12 William Penn 10/14 @ New Oxford Girls Tennis 10/7 @ South Western 10/12 @ Red Lion 10/19 Dover 10/21 Spring Grove Girls Volleyball 10/12 @ Red Lion 10/19 vs. Dover 10/21 vs. Spring Grove
by Chris Cappella SPORTS EDITOR
We’ll start this section off with a shout-out to the girl’s tennis team. Having two of their top players left for college, sophomore Emily Kuhn has stepped up big time, becoming the team’s number one and dominating York County. The Panther girl’s are currently second in the YAIAA standing behind powerhouse Dallastown. As always, good work to the football team for coming on strong after some early season struggles. After having two tough games against two good teams from Pennsylvania, the Panthers have found their niche, especially in the running game with junior’s Saladin Dickson and Marquis Fells. The defense has been dominant as always, evident by three straight shut outs during the middle of the season. Junior Ryan Troup has made a ton of plays on defense this year. Onto cross country where it should be noted how good sophomore Kelsey Ibarra is doing. Ibarra has won nearly every race she has partaken in and has found her way into the top 20 for the State rankings. Quite frankly the whole cross country team has been good this year. The girls have one loss while the guys have three. Drew Belnick has been leading the way for a young guys team, which currently has only two senior’s in their top ten, Grant Meckley and Cody Lutz
Over the summer of 2010, the upcoming senior class was in the midst of deciding who they wanted to dedicate their student section to. This year the seniors picked Andy Sipe, 17, to be the face of the student section. The name decided upon was, “The Sype Squad.” Sipe said he wasn’t expecting that the class of 2011 would choose him to dedicate the fan section to. “I was surprised because I know other people who deserved it as much as I did and worked just as hard as I did,” he said. If he would have guessed at who it would have been, he said he thought it would have been senior, wide receiver Justin Burke. Sipe had this assumption because he thought it had been planned already and that “he’s a good player.”
Andy Sipe, number 74, takes a break with his team mates during the October 1 game against New Oxford. (Courtesy Photo) The season ended in heart break for Burke, who tore his anterior cru-
“I love football and I really can’t imagine what I would do without it.” ~Andy Sipe cialte ligament (ACL) in his right knee in the second game this year, ending his
senior season. There were other senior football players who would have been great components for the student section name, one of which would have been Christopher Englar, 17. Englar says that none of the other players are at all jealous or upset that they were not the ones picked, because Sipe is a genuinely nice guy and he is a talented player. “I think he deserves
it because he is a captain, a good leader, and he always picks us up when we’re down,” said Englar. “And he’s not egotistical, which is a good thing.” Sipe hasn’t been playing as long as some of the players. He started playing in middle school. “I didn’t play EYC football; I started in the eighth grade. I was a late bloomer,” Sipe said. “Everyone told me
to start playing so I folded under the peer- pressure.” Although Sipe hasn’t played as long as the other players, he said he would still love to continue his football career as he goes into college. “It all depends on the offers I get. I would even play for a D3 school if that was the offer I got,” said Sipe. “I love football, and I really can’t imagine what I would do without it.” If he had his pick of any school in the country to play for it’d be University of Pittsburgh. “I love Pittsburgh and the football team there,” he said. He plans to further his life by going to college to major in business management and minoring in criminal justice. He has yet to decide what college he wants to attend but he is looking around at different schools to decide. Hopefully, Sipe said, it ends by playing on the football field.
Senior exchange student gives soccer team a kick by Kameron Kirk STAFF WRITER
A senior at Central and a foreign exchange student staying with fellow senior Matt Stanley, Pedro Lacerda traveled 4,000 miles from Patos de Minas, Brazil to York, Pennsylvania two weeks before school to learn about the American culture and to play soccer. Lacerda has been playing soccer since the age of three. In Brazil he played with the club soccer team Atlético Mineiro, and now a member of the Panthers, he continues to “work hard and give a good effort.” Soccer in Brazil is about “skill, speed, and technique. It’s not all about power,’’ said Lacerda, when comparing the two countries. “The level is better and players play harder,” he also added. The left-winger says he gives the team “Bra-
zilian flairs” and he plays by the phrase “Jogo Bonito” which means “the beautiful game” in Portuguese. Lacerda’s host Matt Stanley said “when Pedro came, he looked at things differently, such as the American culture or on the pitch.” Stanley signed up for a foreign exchange student because his mother had an exchange student when she was a senior in high school.
“The team is like a family and we all accepted him as a brother.” ~Austin Wright The process of getting a foreign exchange student starts by filling out the necessary paperwork. Then, you would
need to have an agent from the exchange program check out your house to make sure it’s a safe environment for a student to live. After the acceptance, you receive five or six biographies from kids around the world, one of which you choose. Stanley says he chose Lacerda because he felt he was the right match for him. “He learned English quickly and was pretty laid back,” Stanley said. “We also needed help on the soccer team,” he added. “Pedro has a great sense of humor, but when on the field, he plays with a lot of heart,” said senior goalie Austin Wright “The team is like a family and we all accepted him as a brother.” Off the field he says, “Pedro is like our Fez.” With Pedro up front, Wright says he can
Senior, Pedro Lacerda, waits to receive a pass from his teammate. (Courtesy Photo by Mike Stanley)
stay relaxed and know he’ll get the job done. Wright, a goalie constantly watches the offense and “appreciates the, effort they give.” As for Wright, he wants to end his high school
career with a district championship and a chance of playing in the State playoffs. With Pedro’s “Brazilian magic” and the team’s dedication, he believes anything is possible for them this season.
Moments of the Fall sports season
(Courtesy Photo by Emily Kuhn)
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~Emily Caffery (Courtesy Photo by Emily Caffery)
(Courtesy Photo by Barb Lutz)
~Bryce Palm (Courtesy Photo by Bryce Palm) photos gathered by Chris Cappella, SPORTS EDITOR
Juniors Devin Lippy, left, and Mijamin Friend, right, walk onto the field in preparation for their game. (Courtesy Photo) by Chris Cappella up and coming team,” were committed and not SPORTS EDITOR said Smith, who says the there as a joke. Smith said hav There are some biggest disadvantage for very noticeable changes this year’s team is inex- ing the males on the team started with a bunch of to Central’s field hockey perience. Central has some guys, and dwindled down team this year, starting players still learning the to the four currently on with the people on it. A young, new ropes of the game early the team. “We really startteam features a new head in the season, including coach, Laurie Livingston, himself, because this is ed to like the sport,” said his first year on the field Smith. and four males. The four males Zac Smith, a se- hockey team. Smith also adds on the team are Smith, nior at Central and one of the males on the team, that the team is starting to junior, goalie Jesse Munson, junior, forward Miplays right midfielder and work together. At first, Smith jamin Friend, and junior, feels that this team is now starting to come together. said he felt the males on midfielder Devin Lippy. The males on “We are a young, the team had to show they
the team began working on their skills in the offseason by playing in the summer league with Central’s field hockey team. And that effort, Smith said “seems to be paying off.” Junior Chelsea Zortman would agree. “The guys proved a lot to the team and the community by playing in the summer league. It showed everyone that they were serious and wanted to learn the game,” she said. Zortman, a forward, was not quite sure what to expect, she admits, but said she enjoys having the males on the team. “I think it’s awesome,” Zortman said. “Field hockey is not just a sport for females.” She said that the guys on the team have shown capability of performing and she thinks that they have helped the team’s intensity. She said that the guys show they want it, a quality on the team everyone now has. “People have the
Field Hockey team adds new dimension wrong perception of field hockey,” she said. “Students at our school write it off as a girls sport. In Europe, it is predominately a male sport. What they don’t understand is field hockey is a sport that requires a lot of strength and cardio conditioning, as well as a quick feet and a lot of stick skills.” Zortman and Smith both felt that in the beginning of the season the team chemistry was a little off, but “it’s getting to the point where we all have to have one common goal.” As the season goes on, the better the team has played. Said Smith, “we are a talented team, but have never fully clicked in the games. I feel that once we find our rhythm, we will be a big contender.” Next year’s team holds high expectations. Smith said that while this year, the team is young, next year’s team should be better. “Hop on the band wagon,” Smith said.
Cross country members run with extra purpose by Nathaniel Miranda STAFF WRITER Cross country is a physically demanding sport, and many athletes in Central use it to get in shape, train, and gain a competitive edge for other sports. Varsity runner Zach Rauch, a sophomore, said that cross country helps him work on endurance and speed for track. He said that cross country works on your legs, but it’s also works on cardio and improves your heart. Rauch, who also runs long distance for the Central York track team, said his least favorite workout during cross country practice is the mile repeat. “It’s when I am trying to run a fast mile over and over again, with
a 45 second break in between each mile,” Rauch said. Although he dislikes the mile repeat, he said it gets him better and faster than his competition and other athletes. Rauch said, “I joined the cross country team to be with my friends and I also love running.” Rauch has been running track since seventh grade and it is one of his biggest passions. Joshua Hardt, senior caption on the cross country team said, “cross country gets you in shape; it builds up leg muscles, improves your cardio, and helps you run longer.” “I like the family aspect, it is an individual sport, but you run for yourself and to help the team. I think it’s a great idea to use it to say
in shape for other sports,” said Hardt. A typical cross country practice consists of a warm up jog around the track for 10-15 minutes; after that it’s stretching and calisthenics. The
“Being able to keep up with the miles is achievable but hard. You have to love it.” ~Zach Rauch team has two hard workouts per week, which could consist of a hill or speed workout. There is also at least one meet per week. When they’re done with the practice they have a ten minute cool down jog followed
by stretching. “I think people know we do a lot of running, but they don’t know how hard core it is. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty hardcore,” said junior, Katie Crum. “After a workout, we work on our abs and we do yoga,” said Crum. Yoga can improve a runner’s flexibility and posture, which is an essential key in becoming faster. Crum said yoga can also prevent injuries and it can help a runner cool down after a hard work. A typical cross country runner runs about 20-30 miles per week. Keeping up with these miles are essential to a well-rounded runner. “Being able to keep up with the miles is achievable but hard. You have to love it,” said
Rauch. The team also does numerous amounts of strength training to work on the core. A strong core will help you when running a race or training for any other activity. Cross country practice runs 3-5 p.m. on weekdays with no weekend practices. Meets are generally held on Tuesdays, and the season runs from early August until mid- November. The cross country coaches are Sean Potts, and Lara Bushey, Coaches Rutter and Benjamin are assistant coaches. Of the coaches, Rauch said: “they are a lot of fun to be around, and they have a lot of passion towards cross country.”
Voices in the Hall
What do you think the score of the homecoming game will be?
“21-14 Central” -Bryan Pimentel, 12
“Central 27-10” -Brandon Mohn, 11
“Central 17-10” -Cassandra Wadsworth, 10
“Central wins 35-10” -Shawn Morrison, 10
“Central 2-0... defense all the way!” -Dan Royer and Matt Newman, 12
“28-21 Central” -Katie Crum, 11
Cappella’s Column Cont’d Someone not noted in the field hockey story is senior Emily Caffery. Caffery is having an amazing year, leading the team in scoring. It’s been a tough transition year for the Panthers, because it’s the first season under new coach, Laurie Livingston, but they’ve still managed to have a season that should finish with them in the playoffs. The golf team’s season is already officially over. The team, full of upperclassman, put together a very respectable season, finishing with 51 points, good enough for third in the division. Central had Bryce Palm, Paul Kuhn, Chris Garling, Dan Hunter, and Nicolette Drescher qualify for postseason play. The most exciting match of the year came in the last match, when the team upset Dallastown to knock them out of first place in the division. Congrats to coach Demarzo on another job well done. Fall baseball season has also kicked off. As the team preps for the spring, it has found some nice surprises, especially in freshman Dan Sepic, who has pitched very well so far this year. Junior Jordan Chacanias has been great so far this season, as evident to his fast start in the team’s first two games where he went a combined 6-7. All-county outfielder Austin Allison has been playing at his usual high level, and Evan Heidlbaugh has shown flashes of power. Last but not least, volleyball. It’s been a tough year for the ladies team, struggling with a very young squad and a new head coach. There are only two seniors on the team, Amy Harcourt and Megan Bratton. Conversely, there are five sophomores. Junior, outside hitter Ashlee Burd has had a standout season. The season is not over yet for the Panthers though. Wins in their last three games against division opponents could propel them into the playoffs. Top four goes on.
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Taking stance on mosque controversy
by Wareesha Tariq GUEST WRITER
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I am sure that by now you have all heard about the Park51 Project or the more commonly known Ground Zero Mosque controversy. If not, then you should know that this controversy revolves around the planned construction of an Islamic Community Center, two blocks from Ground Zero, the place where the World Trade Center used to stand, until it was attacked on September 11, 2001. This 13-story Islamic Center, to be named “Cordoba House” when finished, will include a 500-seat auditorium, theater, performing arts center, fitness center, swimming pool, basketball court, childcare services, art exhibitions, bookstore, culinary school, and a food court serving halal (foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines) dishes. This project has attracted a lot of negative controversy over the past few
feminine. Then we write them off. Their opinion, thoughts, goals, and experiences are suddenly invalid. I am sick of young women
“Femininity is not celebrated in our culture” by Rachel Watson GUEST WRITER I’ve spent a great amount of time reflecting on what being a woman means in today’s society. I still have yet to come to a conclusion. The more I began to refuse the standard definitions, the more I began to observe at least how women are perceived by my own generation. I found the perception to be largely negative. But it’s not just women who fall victim to this sort of bashing. These are not just attacks on females, but femininity in general. How many times a day do we criticize females for dressing provocatively? For wearing heels too high? For wearing too much makeup? We pick apart the way they walk, speak, laugh, stand; their hobbies, likes, dislikes, and anything about how they carry themselves that could be perceived as
months and even the fact that the Muslim community wants this place to be “a platform for multi-faith dialogue,” hasn’t convinced the opposition yet. But all is not lost, as these criticisms have faced an equally large number of defenses in the last few weeks. The fact that the attack on 9/11 was organized by the radical Islamic military group, Al-Qaeda, has increased the aggression from both sides. Suddenly all of the lines have been re-drawn and all the old animosities have resurfaced. What should have been an issue of constitutionality and reasonability has turned into an outrageous scavenger hunt to find a reason to throw this building plan out the window. Why have people become so engrossed in their own side of the story? Can they not stand to step into someone else’s shoes for a minute? And I am not talking about just one side, but rather about both of them. You know what I say? Let’s all just take a deep breath now and try to understand what the real problem is. The fact of the matter is that all Americans are still deeply hurt about the attack on their country nine years ago. We as a nation cannot stand to see any outside force barging through our barrier and attacking us
feeling obligated to repress their true selves in order to live up to standards of what it means to be “a girl.” I am also sick of young women being ridiculed and deemed incompetent for choosing to express their femininity, whether it’s through their appearance or mannerisms. It seems as if no matter what a person’s sex or gender identity is, femininity is not celebrated in our culture. It is exploited, highly sexualized, and seen as a weakness or flaw in character, not only for women, but for everyone. If a person is more feminine, they’re liable to be labeled with derogatory slurs and seemingly negative attributes (weak, stupid, sissy, etc). Yet females are expected to be feminine, because if they express them-
selves in a more masculine manner they are regarded with a whole slew of other negative attributions. So where does this leave us? Females seem to have the option of either expressing their femininity and not being taken seriously or expressing their masculinity and still not being taken seriously. But what about those who defy the standards of both masculinity and femininity? I’m not just addressing women, but those who are in solidarity with females but may not identify with them. There are so many people who are harassed and ridiculed for their expressions of femininity and masculinity who also challenge generally accepted gender norms. I cannot count the number of times that I myself have been glared at, laughed at, are verbally harassed for dressing and behaving not like the typical girl. I realize that I don’t express my femininity and masculinity in ways that others may see fit, nor I do intend to. I walk through the hallways each day and accept the fact that people may have negative perceptions about my expressions of gender. What keeps me going is the knowledge that I
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as they please, so I can see why any mention of ‘Islam’ at all can trigger their anger. But let’s take a reality check, shall we? There are approximately two to six million Muslims residing in the United States at the moment and most of them are either LEGAL American citizens or LEGALLY naturalized American citizens. These American Muslims have been living here for a long time and deserve the same rights as any other American, regardless. So constitutionally, these people have a right like any other person to practice their freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Even President Barack Obama just recently stated, “Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in the country.” Secondly, the people who are calling this center a “Victory Memorial” to terrorism, have based their opinions on the notion that Islam, rather than “Islamic Radicals,” was responsible for the terroristic attacks in 2001. This sends a very wrong message across the nation, because these people are basically blaming anyone who is Muslim of being a terrorist. Also, I don’t understand why all of a sudden this piece of ground, which is located two blocks away from Ground Zero, has be-
am not alone in my pursuit to defy gender norms. For example: How many times have you seen someone and questioned whether or not they were a “he” or a “she,” and unfairly settled to call them “it?” We are unsure about their biological sex. They are an “object,” an “it;” an “outsider” simply because we can’t figure out if they fit in box A or B. In reality, we can never assume that a person’s biological sex matches their gender identity. A person may identify as male, female, androgynous, no gender at all, or one that’s entirely their own. What is known as the gender binary is the idea that human beings are either male (boy) or female (girl). This is where gender expression comes into play: as all forms of masculinity are reserved for males and all forms femininity are reserved for females. Strict adherence to the gender binary can be damaging to a person’s sense of self. I believe there are as many genders as there are people. Each individual’s identity is unique and intensely personal. Gender is deeply rooted in the cores of our minds and hearts.
come hallowed or holy to so many people. The place in question is surrounded by fast food restaurants, delis, and adult entertainment venues. And in Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf’s words, “You can’t say a place that has strip joints is sacred ground.” But let us even forget that piece of information for a minute and look at the situation from the other point of view. Approximately 3000 people were killed on the tragic day of the attacks and countless unknown lives were lost during the rescue missions. I understand why opponents of the proposal are upset about this situation. But I can’t see how it is “a slap in the face,” as dubbed by those opposed. Even before this controversy began, this ethnically diverse area had a very large number of places of worship, including churches, temples, and even mosques. And many people might not know this, but right this moment many Muslims are using the “Cordoba House” for prayers. So what exactly are people trying to say? That ALL Muslims are terrorists? Or that ALL Muslims do not deserve the title of being an American? I know that many people believe that they are being fair by asking Muslims to move the Islamic Center, but I don’t think that
Our bodies need not match for what is already in ours hearts and souls. By upholding outdated ideas of what it means to be either a “girl” or “boy,” and a “woman” or a “man,” we are denying our freedom to explore a deeper and more meaningful part of ourselves; a part that is free from the restrictions of gender norms and what our peers tell us is socially or morally acceptable. I had originally deemed the negativity surrounding femininity and strict gender confines as a women’s issue. While women are deeply affected, I would be lying if I said they were they only people to be experiencing this. The more we begin to reject the notion that there are only two genders, the more we’ll see that these issues affect us all. That is not to say that we shouldn’t take pride in our identities. No one can take that away from you. Love who you are and never be afraid to explore what it means to be YOU. Let’s work to stop assuming that everyone’s physical bodies match who they truly are. And most importantly: let’s stop accepting, ignoring, or encouraging hatred towards those who express their femininity or defy the gender binary.
it’s right. I can understand their sentiments and beliefs and even their demands, but I don’t think that the Islamic Center should be moved just because some people believe in paper rights rather than actual, applicable ones. The ultimate solution to this problem would come only if people from both sides sit down together and have a logical conversation; one with concrete facts and hardcore arguments. Only then, I believe, can this country move along in the direction of progress with victory and loyalty hand in hand.
Voices of the Hall
Do you think the Mosque should be built in New York City?
Logan Bricker, Senior “I believe anyone has the right to worship and believe what ever religion they want.”
Nicole Rosengrant, Sophmore, “I think its rediculous. Its not about what religion is there, but it should be a rememberence of ground zero.”
Chris Emswiler, Sophmore, “It should be kept sacred to honor those who died in 9/11.”
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by Cat Burke STAFF WRITER
This past summer, a handful of Central students, along with students from other schools around York County, traveled to Europe with instruments in their hands. The reason? Youth Music Abroad, a York County based music program that selected about 100 students to play their instruments all over Europe at a price tag of nearly $4,000. Two of the students who went on the trip from Central were junior, Dan Snare, trumpet player, and senior, Brittney Shue, flute and piccolo player. Snare and Shue spent about nine hours on a plane to and from Europe; they left June 24 and came home on July 6. “The plane rides were fun,” Snare said, “they were long, but there were movies on the plane and some awesome people.” Shue felt the same way, saying that she watched movies with her friends, and had coloring books to pass the time. The group departed from Washington-Dulles
Airport, connected in Paris, France, and then landed once more in Rome, Italy, where the beginning of the European Tour kicked off. “I took Latin in school, so I had a bit of background knowledge that helped me out in Italy,” Snare said, “I knew a bit about the Coloessums.” When they got to Italy, the group had time to sightsee and take in the culture. They also performed twice in Italy; once in Tivoli and once more in Lake Como. The students also went to Germany, where they continued to play concerts and go sightseeing. They then traveled to London, where they didn’t play any concerts, but did have the opportunity to look around. “We took the Chunnel,” Shue said. Snare added that the 50-kilometer undersea rail tunnel was “awesome.” The students also went to Switzerland, where they played a concert and got to sightsee. Paris was the last stop on the trip before going home, which was most
Central musicians take European excursion
Junior Dan Snare, left, and senior Paul Kuhn, right, in London during their trip to Europe. (Courtesy Photo). Snare enjoyed Paris performance. If there was travelers’ favorite city. “I loved Paris, it was by far my as well, especially the Eiffel no planned performance, the favorite place on the trip. I Tower, “It was a beautiful musicians would have free went to the Eiffel Tower at experience,” he said. “It’s time, or move onto another night, and it was so beautiful one of those places you hear city. The group also ate dinbecause I could see all of the about, and when you actu- ner together, and Snare said with a laugh, “Lights out city lights from up there,” ally go there, it’s amazing.” The daily schedule was supposed to be at about Shue said. Shue also said that that Snare and Shue fol- 11 p.m.” The band members she took French, which lowed started at around 6 helped her immensely while or 7 a.m., when they woke got in some shopping too. “I in Paris because she could up, ate breakfast, and got loved the clothes in Paris,” understand what people on a bus to go on a bus tour. Shue said, adding that she were saying, and knew what The group would then have also bought some souvenirs some of the foods were on lunch and free time, and if for friends and family memthe menus at restaurants. “I there were a concert that bers, along with some Eurocould understand what was day, spend the rest of the pean chocolate. Snare said, day getting ready for their “I bought my vuvuzela.” going on,” she said.
Central keeps it short and sweet
Homecoming brings out the females’ fashionable side (Photos by Kelsey Flinchbaugh, ARTS EDITOR)
glam and glittery
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Keeping it classy and cheap for the gentlemen
Inexpensive places for the group before the dance
Cheap shoes for girls and guys
*Chili’s (2 for 20 deal) *Print out coupons online for Texas Road House *Olive Garden *T.G.I.F’s
* Ross *Forever 21 *Boscov’s *TJMaxx *Consignment shops *Sears *Payless (Top Drawer) *Bon Ton *Charlotte Russe *Charlotte Russe *Formal Affairs *Forever 21 *Macy’s *The Hub *Marshall’s *DEB *KOHLS’ *Famous Footwear *Target *JCPenny’s
Dresses: Fun, flirty and fierce
*Information gathered by Alanna Hoey, NEWS EDITOR and Breanna Heilman, CO-FEATURES EDITOR
He also said that he bought magnets for his family, a metro shirt, and his “sharp shirt.” Overall, Shue and Snare spent a little under two weeks in Europe. Shue said that long before the trip, she had wanted to go to Paris mainly because she was in French class and had learned about the culture. “The worst part about the trip was leaving Europe,” Snare said.
News teacher at Central
by Breanna Stoneburg STAFF WRITER
When she walked across the stage on the Central York Athletic field in Shanna Lentz June 2004, “ never imagined she’d be returning six years later. But now, the 24 year-old Lentz has returned to Central once again as an English III and GEP teacher. “I wanted to come back to my alma mater,” said Lentz, adding she was involved in the Central York High School Marching Band and musicals as a high school student. After graduating from high school, Lentz attended York College and decided in her second year that she wanted to become an English teacher. “I had good experiences with my teachers,” said Lentz, explaining why she wanted to go back to Central to teach.
“I think I have more confidence which helps and I feel like I know a lot more now.” ~ Shanna Lentz
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“I taught at Southwestern High School for three years, and did my student teaching at Spring Grove,” said Lentz. But coming back to Central was what she wanted. “She’s really nice, she tries to explain everything to you, and she’s kind of easy-going, she’s just a really cool teacher,” said Cassie Conley, junior. The experiences between being a student and teacher aren’t all that different according to Lentz, “I think I have more confidence
which helps and I feel like I know a lot more now.” (As a GEP teacher) “I feel that now I am more of a facilitator and that I work more with the students helping them pass,” said Lentz. “But the basic managing and organization are the same.” Another new addition to the Panther family is Wesley Ward, a graduate of York College and student at John Hopkins University (attending to obtain an MA in Creative Writing). Student teaching here 11 years ago he has returned as well, “always kept the district in mind ever since,” said Ward. In speaking of Central, Ward said, “I love it, the entire staff and student body has been overwhelmingly welcoming. I walk into work everyday with a smile on my face.” Susan Everett, a new science teacher at Central and graduate from SUNY College at Buffalo State, Buffalo NY. Completing her student teaching at LaSalle Middle School (Niagara Falls School District in NY). “I decided to become a teacher because my aunt was a Spanish teacher and I had a great deal of influence from her. I used to go to her future teachers club meeting when I was in high school. I also had some great teachers when I was in school including a phenomenal biology teacher,” said Everett. After teaching for over 10 years and moving from New York to Pennsylvania in order to have more job opportunities, “The students have been great and I really enjoy seeing them every day. I guess the best thing about being a teacher is the connections that you make with your students. I really enjoy getting to know my students and seeing them succeed in school,” said Everett.
New faces grace the halls Other New Faces
Rebecca Kennedy- Learning Support Heather Wisner- Secretary to Building Administration Michael Groft- Lincoln Intermediate Unit Life Skills Peter Fernandez- Diversity Specialist
Full Time Teachers
James Grandi- Art Laura Ryan- Art English as a Second Language
Megan Kitzmiller- for Jennifer Gaidos Martin Rodriguez- for Karen Hudson Laura Wetzel- for Stephanie Kantz
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New year calls for new uniforms Cheerleading old
“I think they’re really pretty and I love them a lot.” -Kayla Jacoby
(Left to right) Seniors: Taylor Pendergast, Kayla Jacoby, Jacki Belker, and freshmen Tori Mutzel and Katie Friend (Couresty Photos of Kayla Jacoby and Katie Friend).
Football “I think the new football uniforms are pretty sweet“ -Blue Curry
Sophomores, Blue Curry and Thomas Flinchbaugh (Photo by Kelsey Flinchbaugh, ARTS EDITOR).
“It’s really nice but it’s a pain to put on” -Brittney Shue
Senior, Brittney Shue and junior, David Hodgson (Photo by Kelsey Flinchbaugh, ARTS EDITOR).
Graphics by Addy Peterson, EDITOR -IN-CHIEF
Behind the scenes of CTV, TV Production class
Students in the TV production class, work hand in hand with Central’s own television station: CTV. by Kelsey Flinchbaugh ARTS EDITOR The morning bell rings, students hustle to period one, and up comes Central’s morning announcements on the projected screen. Two student anchors read the lunch, news, weather, and events of the day. But, Central Television, otherwise known as CTV, is not only anchored by students, it’s produced, written, and filmed by them as well. CTV’s producer is 17-year-old senior Dylan Mckenna. Mckenna’s regular jobs are to arrive at school every day promptly at 7:15a.m., get the technical equipment in order, oversee the announcements, and help coordinate and edit field reports. Mckenna admits the downsides and stress level to becoming a producer are slim. “We’re a team and we all depend on each other,” Mckenna said. “There’s something about running cameras and using tech equipment that excites me.” Co-Executive Producers, Brandon Topper, senior, and Jeb Linburg, junior, are a part of the CTV team, and run the tri-casters for the
morning announcements. Advisor to CTV is Andrew Shumway. This is Shumway’s second year at Central as an English teacher. Shumway is also the Television Production teacher, which is held in the same room as CTV. “As the semester progresses, the students in the TV production class will
“Sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store with all the technology around me.“ ~Andrew Shumway shadow and perform several of the roles involved in the production process. In addition, students will be required to submit field reports for CTV to fulfill the requirements for the electronic news gathering unit,” Shumway said. During the course of the class, the students will learn about directing, editing, lighting, auto recording and sound, electronic news, and studio broadcasting. “Currently, we
Andrew Shumway helps students with a project during TV Production. (Photo by Kelsey Flinchbaugh, ARTS EDITOR). are discussing video composition, including camera angles and movements, and how to capture the shots that best communicate the desired message in video production,” Shumway said. “I like the filming because it’s cool and the editing because I like to see the final product,” Junior, and student of the TV Production class Vivian Greene said. Mckenna agreed with Greene in saying “Mr. Shumway puts in a lot of
time and effort to make the class as fun as possible for us.” This year, TV production class and CTV obtained three broadcasting quality cameras and other new technological equipment, courtesy of the school. “Sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy store with all the technology around me,” Shumway said. “It’s just fun to use and experiment with equipment
that would be cost prohibitive for me to own personally. ” The outlook will be beneficial for students looking to learn more about production. There is talk of a Television Production II class, which will cover the material in the introductory class, and also further the students’ knowledge on already discussed topics. Also, CTV is planning on expanding its ideas and broadcasts to other
school districts and to people in the Central community, instead of just the high school students. Shumway admits he would eventually like to get some high quality wireless video transmitters and even a portable broadcast unit to provide the school with wireless recording to broadcast live at football games and graduation. “The goal is to truly be a student run television station,” Shumway said.
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Top Five Halloween Activities All through October go to see the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. This retired prison is said to be haunted. It also held one of the most notorious gangsters of all time, Al Capone. The prison is running a tour called, Terror Behind the Walls. Check online for more information.
2. Presenting, “Poe Evermore,” at Mount Hope’s Mansion. Here, you can expect to see characters like Edgar Allan Poe and Mary Shelly reciting Poe’s most famous poems and short stories. Starting October 30 running until November 14. Check online for times and prices, these may vary.
3. Go to Cherry Crest Corn Maze at 150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA. Running until November 6, and open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Get lost in over five acres of corn with your friends. If you want a twist on the the corn maze, they offer a night time tour. Don’t forget your flashlight! Not to mention, they have pumpkins, apples and fudge.
4. Camping at Rickets Glen with friends and having a bonfire with s’mores and hot chocolate. Most of all, tell scary stories like: Seven Gates of Hell or the Rail Trail Ghost Legend.
5. Taking the Mountville exit on Route 30, you can expect to get scared out of your wits by Field of Screams. Running until November 6, each of their three attractions are sure to give you a run for your money. There is a reason this attraction draws thousands of visitors each year! Including Haunted Hayride, the Den of Darkness, and the Insane Asylum.
Information gathered by Corinne Elliott, OPINION EDITOR; graphics by Corinne Elliott and Addy Peterson, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
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