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2011 Senior Scoops

It’s time to hit the road running, seniors. High school is done and your futures are within sight. Whether you are heading off to college, going into an ROTC program, traveling the world or staying close to home, we want to thank you for your time, energy and spirit that you have brought to Central these past four years. We dedicate this to you all, our last paper for this year, and to say ‘good luck in all that you do and that you all will be greatly missed.’ ~ The Prowler Staff

Beach takes his talents to Rochester by Zach Sheffer STAFF WRITER

Senior says she isn’t afraid to show who she is

Matt Beach, a senior at Central York High School, has excelled in advanced science and mathematics all throughout his high school career. Matt Beach says two favorite classes are Advance Placement Calculus and Advanced Placement Chemistry. Beach said that AP Chemistry a n d

AP Calculus were the most beneficial of all of his high school courses. Beach also took Honors Physics Modern, Honors Physics Mechanics, Dual Enrollment Psychology, as well as an internship with CYHS science teacher Matt Williams. Beach said that AP Calculus was his favorite class this year because he enjoys math and the other students in the class. He has had many great teachers during his years at CYHS. Beach said that one of his favorite teachers is his math

by Morgen Snowadzky CO-NEWS EDITOR

She is a geek of many trades. Theater, internet and is a geek of speech and debates. Senior Rebecca Lease is a self-professed geek, a label she embraces to the extent of doing a sevenminute speech on the subject. The art of being a geek is identical to the art of being passionate. As stated by Lease: “We’re all geeks about something. Let your geek flag fly!” Students may recognize Lease and her red eyeglasses from one of the shows she’s participated in since November 2009. She has been in one show since then, barring a two-month hiatus, which she described as miserable. “I get legit confused when I don’t have rehearsal. I’ll tell people that I can’t do things because I have rehearsal-and then I



teacher Raymond Dubose. “He teaches calculus and is able to make the class even more fun,” Beach said. One of his other teachers this year, science teacher Eric Musselman, discussed Matt’s performance in his honors physics class. “He’s capable of critical thinking,” Musselman said. “He performs well

“He performs well in class and is a good problem solver.” ~ Eric Musselman

*(Courtesy Photo) won’t have it,” said Lease. Lease described her future plans to attend Hood College in Maryland as an English/Secondary Education Major with a Theater Minor. Lease has dreams of being a mix of her favorite English teachers. One teacher she admires and has had for two years is Lisa Sands. Sands said that she recalls a significant memory of Lease in her classroom one year. “I’ll never forgetone of our first activities, when I ask students to tell me something that is unique to you and will help me re-


member you for who you are. We get to Becca and she says, ‘My name is Rebecca Lease and I have Aspergers.’” “Having Aspergers is like living in York County. You can make fun of York if you live here but anyone else makes a joke about it and you’re forced to protect it,” said Lease. Even when faced with a syndrome that affects mainly social skills, she makes a point to take hold of this element of hers and own it. “Do I respect that she’s proud of who she is and



doesn’t care? Absolutely. At the end of the day, Becca is okay with who she is,” said Sands about the confidence that is characteristic of Lease. Sands had Lease for a student in Honors English III and currently has her in Yearbook. One thing Lease brings to Sands’ classroom is the element of controversy. Lease says that she likes that idea of bringing up new ideas and making connections from one area of culture to another. The thing about her long-winded comments and speeches, whether made for



Having a dream to be in the Naval Academy, Alex Greene turns to support from his family to keep him going. (*Courtesy Photo)

by Holly Michaels STAFF WRITER

Alex Greene remembers the day he decided he wanted to go to the Naval Academy. It was 9/11. Greene’s mother and brother both have served and Greene says, “I felt that it was just my responsibility to defend the freedoms we have as Americans.” With hopes of still attending college, Greene hasn’t given up on his dream of being part of the Naval Academy. Greene spent his high school career preparing for the “prestigious” school he wishes to get into and said he plans on doing so even with obstacles in the road. To be accepted to the Naval Academy, a student must have a nomination from a senator or congressman, pass a medical examination, be in the top ten percent of the class, and show strong moral character and leadership skills. He spent his four years at Central York High School in marching band, Student Council, playing tennis, soccer and participating in other activities. He has shown leadership through being in Student Council, treasurer for

National Honor Society and drill captain for Central’s band. Despite his many activities, Greene said they don’t overwhelm him. “They kind of just pass the baton off to the next thing.” Along with his school activities Greene spent time talking with former Central student, Patrick Lyons who

went through the process of getting accepted in the Naval Academy last year. Greene was doing well until his medical examination from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board. Greene’s left eye does not

have the 20-20 vision required to pass the examination. “Initially I was really disappointed,” Greene said. Just a week after learning he failed his medical examination, Greene learned about eye therapy that could potentially help improve his vision. “They can’t guarantee anything because they say once you’re older than

twelve your vision can’t improve. But I’ve seen improvements since I started in December.” Once a week, Greene travels to Dallastown where they give him 30 minute activities to strengthen his eye. He is going to use

his Naval Reserves Officer Scholarship to help pay for college. “You have to be in the navy for five years and they pay for tuition, books, the whole shabang. Then I’ll reapply to the Naval Academy.” Greene says he’s so set on the Naval Academy because there are certain experiences he can’t get anywhere else. Greene’s mother, Sharon Donley, said, “Alex has been inspired to enter the military through his family. Alex has an older brother who is currently serving in Afghanistan.” “But I believe he wants to go into the Navy to follow in my footsteps, as I served in the Navy during Desert Storm in the sands of Saudi Arabia.” Donley said that she always encouraged her children on to go into the Naval Academy. “The seed was planted, and I just kept watering and fertilizing it.” Without a military background, Greene says he can’t be too involved with serving the country but that he’s always been supportive of his family. Greene has also found support from his father. “I have a bet with him, when I get into the Naval Academy he’s going to shave his head when I have to shave mine.”

in class and is a good problem solver.” Beach’s high grades and strenuous schedule have given him the opportunity to attend the college of his choice. Beach has been involved in more than just academics while at Central. He is a member of Central’s symphonic band as well as a member of jazz lab. Beach plays multiple instruments for the various divisions of the CYHS band. He plays the tuba for symphonic band and the trombone in jazz lab. Beach has even gotten to travel to places like Walt Disney World as a member of the band. Beach has also been involved with some of Central’s performing arts events as a member of the band. Beach along with other CYHS band members have played in the pit for plays and musicals performed at Central. A s i d e from his Speech i n and Debate competitions or in conversation with friends. She flourishes them with strong language, “which gives the illusion of having real points.” She found the perfect arena for her knack for speaking in Speech and Debate club that she plays a major role in organizing. In addition to giving her a chance to talk in front of people and be rewarded for it, the competitions have become a place where she meets friends from other schools. Her face lights up when given the chance to

volvement with Central’s band, Beach has been an anchor for Central’s TV station CTV in the past. These activities along with the others that Beach has been involved in while at Central have complemented his success in academics. Beach said that he is planning to continue his focus on Chemistry/ Physics/ Mathematics while in college. Beach will be attending the Honors College at Rochester Institute of Technology. “It’s usually referred to as RIT,” Beach said. “It has a strong emphasis on math and science and they offered me generous financial aid.” Beach is hoping to turn his interests in science and math into a rewarding career after college. Beach says that he would like to enter into the field of Chemical/Physical research as a career. Beach is hoping that his focus on Chemistry/ Physics/Mathematics will further improve his skills in these fields and will translate into a long, successful career. talk about her close friend she met and the shenanigans she participates in during the score tabulation at competitions. Lease also says that her interest in the internet and certain shows on TV are different from most. She is comfortable with her geekyness, just as she wishes everyone else could be with theirs.


by Kelsey Flinchbaugh ARTS EDITOR

with Austin Wright

Q: What college will you be attending? A: I’m going to Marywood University in Scranton. Q: What are you planning on majoring in? A: I am planning on going to school for five years to get a masters in Speech Pathology. Q: How and why did you choose Marywood? A: Sort of long story how I chose Marywood, but basically the soccer coach was recruiting me and he pretty much convinced me by informing me that Marywood was also one of the top schools in the country for Speech Pathology (my intended major). So I get to play soccer as well as study speech pathology at a good school..pretty good bonus! Q: Why are you interested in this particular major? A: I’m interested in speech because I had the wonderful opportunity to intern in the life skills (LIU) classroom at Central. I had the chance to shadow both the physical and speech therapists when they came into work with the students, and speech therapy was the one that really stuck out at me. I found it to be a really fun way of helping others. Q: When did you begin interning with the life skills kids? A: I began interning in the last semester of the last school year, and finished interning the first semester this year. Q: How have the students impacted your life? A: I can honestly say that those students are some of my biggest fans and would have my back wherever I go. The kids were just so much fun to be around. Q: Tell me about your time at Camp Pennwood. A: Camp Pennwood is a camp for intellectually disabled people, from ages 6-21 and I worked there for the past two summers and will be working this summer too as a camp counselor. Working at camp has taught me maturity, in a way where I now know it is wrong and rude to use the “R” word in a derogatory manner towards an intellectually disabled individual, or in a general setting and things of that nature. Q: What are you looking forward to in college? A: Well I guess since I don’t know anyone going to Marywood. I’m looking forward to getting to meet new people and make new friends; as well as play soccer.

Central York Prowler Senior Edition  

Newspaper written and published by Journalism classes at Central York High School, this edition being specifically for the senior class.

Central York Prowler Senior Edition  

Newspaper written and published by Journalism classes at Central York High School, this edition being specifically for the senior class.