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ergast says attracted her to the school. “ T h e r e ’s so much I like. I love Washington D.C. and I love a big city. It has it’s own little campus in the middle of Washington D.C.,” she said. Pendergast said she looks forward to the diversity of the university along with the opportunity to meet new people. “I plan on majoring in International Studies because I love to travel. I traveled to Australia in 2008,” she said. American University offers more than 100 study abroad programs to their undergradtuates. “I think Taylor has more than what she needs to be successful in her major,” says fellow senior and friend Alanna Hoey. “She has always been so obsessed with traveling, especially with Australia, so a major that deals with traveling and doing things internationally is perfect for her.” However, as the only student from Central York attending AU, and two

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by Marissa Fauth STAFF WRITER

Selecting a college depends on a variety of factors such as location and size that can easily impact students’ lives. But there’s also

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that small fear of having to behind the home and the people that you now so well. It can be a difficult decision for high school seniors. However, senior, Taylor Pendergast has her heart set on one university before she even started applying. “I only applied to

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two colleges; I applied to American University (AU) and George Mason (University) as a back up. I really wanted to get into American,” Pendergast said. And she did. She’ll start at American University in the fall of 2011, directly following her graduation from Central. American University is located in the heart of Washington D.C., a trait of the university that Pend-

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of them getting into Princ- kids, but I’ve visited the eton,” Ravida said. Ravida school and liked it. There’s explained that it’s always nothing bad to say about it, The saying goes been a dream of hers to go to besides the fact that it’s intimidating.” that April showers bring May an Ivy League school. “It’s so crazy, I’m Although Princeton flowers, but this year those nervous because of all the is prestigious, Ravida admits rains are bringing more than stereotypes of Ivy League that her biggest fear was not just spring daisies. Gabriella Ravida, a senior at Central York High School, has received acceptance letters to an array of prestigious schools. However the one congratulatory letter that put Ravida in a state of “complete disbelief” was from Princeton University. “My dad recorded me opening the letters,” said Ravida. “As soon as I read ‘Congratulations,’ we were screaming and jumping up and down. I was trying to read what it said and I started crying because I just couldn’t believe it, it was so surreal.” Ravida said that she owes her successes to her family. “They’ve been so Gabriella (right) stands with her mother, Kelley Ravida supportive of me, me getting (left). (Photo courtesy of Gabriella Ravida). into Princeton was like all

by Abbey Miklitsch STAFF WRITER




ner, but sometimes actions speak louder than words. Stoltzfus has prepared and participated in this years Bob Potts Marathon. The marathon is a 26.2 mile run throughout


and half hours away from her family here in York, Pendergast said that she is not looking forward to having to get to know new people. After settling in, Pendergast says she intends to participate in extra-curricular activities and take advantage of her surroundings. The student population of AU is composed of students from 139 countries and all 50 states. AU also possesses the largest U.S. undergraduate program in International Studies-the major of some 1,698 students. “I plan on hopefully doing basketball cheerleading, being part of a sorority, and studying abroad,” she said. Though wanting to be involved in multiple organizations, Pendergast still remained in saying that her biggest challenge will be being far away from everyone. “I’m going to miss all my friends and all of the people and teachers. I will miss seeing everyone every day,” she said. Regardless, Pendergast is looking forward to earning her degree in International Studies and someday traveling around the globe. “The fact that she has her plan set, and she knows where exactly she wants to go in life convinces me that her determination will definitely take her there,” Hoey said.

getting accepted anywhere. “When I visited Princeton I was scared to love it because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. That was one of the bigges things I had to overcome, to just go for it.” The decision on Princeton is not yet final, but Ravida says she’s “95 percent sure” that it’s where she’s going to go. Planning to major in international affairs, Ravida also intends to go to law school. Ravida’s Gifted Individualized Education Program teacher, Dianna Guise, describes Ravida as an “extremely dedicated and focused student.” Guise has been Ravida’s GIEP teacher for three years now, and says she thinks Ravida’s acceptance into Princeton is wonderful. “She is going to impact the world in a positive way,” says Guise. Ravdia’s gives


some advice for students that want to apply to those “hard” colleges: “Challenge yourself, because that’s what the schools look for. Everyone who applies already has those perfect scores, you need to be unique.” Ravida thinks there is a common misconception of Ivy League schools, “they only care about a perfect SAT, GPA, and a laundry list of activities. But what people don’t realize is that they want to see kids who aren’t afraid to take risks.” “Don’t be afraid to apply,” Ravida encourages other students. “People told me ‘Oh the chances of you getting in aren’t too great,’ but I applied anyway, and I got in.” “Other than the fee for the application, there’s really nothing to lose. The worse they can tell you is no,” Ravida said.


York. The marathon director is Sean Potts, head coach of Central’s cross-country team who started the event in memory of his father, Bob Potts. Stoltzfus added that she thought Potts did “awesome” in directing and setting up the marathon. According to


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Stoltzfus, running a mara- training partners, seniors by Chris Cappella thon is something she’s Emily Wolf and Courtney SPORTS EDITOR always wanted to do. “I Peterson. Senior Sammi wanted to do something dif- Wolf, who accordStoltzfus said she would ferent this spring season, ing to Stoltzfus, designed not call herself an avid runand running a marathon the training regimen, would before I turned 18 has been run Tuesday, Wednesday, by Falon Keith one of my goals since I ran Thursday, and Saturday, STAFF WRITER a ten miler in ninth grade,” with the Saturday run beshe said. ing the longest. Sunday was Life lessons Stoltzfus’ said she a day for cross training and and fond memories will stay with had two goals; one was to Monday and Friday was for senior Alex Davis as he finishes his year. Experirun the whole time and the rest. It was an 18 week proences from being involved in the Sea Scouts program since other was to run consis- gram that built up until the the summer of 2006 is where Davis got most of his memories. tent 8:40-9:00 minute week of the event. Davis started them with his first trip, Raft Up 2006. This was the start of miles. She admits Wolf said, “I’ve almany more experiences for Davis. Davis said that ha has visited many places that she could ways wanted to run a marawith the Sea Scouts, from backpacking through the mountains in New Mexico to canot do this thon just to say that I did noeing through the Adirondacks of New York, backpacking the white mountains of New without it. I chose Potts’ marathon Hampshire and reaching the top of Mount Washington. “The white mountains are arguably h e r because he is an awesome the most difficult part of the Appalachian trail which stretches from Maine to Alabama,” Davis coach and started the race in said. Through the hardships he faced on these trips, he learned plenty. “I have learned many values memory of his dad who was through Sea Scouting. Of those I believe that it was the lesson of moderation and patience that affected a running icon in York.” me the most.” “It’s fun and you learn a lot about yourself in the process,” Cody Lutz, fellow senior and Wolf also said that one of seascout, said. Not only have the experiences made a big impact on Davis, but his scout leader, George Kain her only goals was to run has had one on him as well. “He is the best man I know and serves as my role model as an individual of modthe whole 26.2 miles with esty and intellectual integrity,” Davis said. Davis started Sea Scouts because George “Skip” Kain took him to a no stop. boat after a scouts meeting one day. He has been in it ever since. His adventure to the White Mountains he describes Stoltzfus said that as the greatest trip he’s ever been on. The White Mountains run from Maine to Alabama. With seventeen 4,000-foot she would have troupeaks, Davis had no trouble telling why this was his favorite place he visited. “I have never felt so entirely immersed ble doing it without in nature in my entire life. I learned a lot about myself through standing on the tip of mountains and quietly reflecting on the other two girls life,” Davis said. “It’s liberating to look behind you and see all the mountains you have climbed, and to look ahead of you there for support. to the mountains you have yet to climb,” Davis said. For those two years he dedicated most of his time to sea scouts. Now “As long as I know having a job, he says that Sea Scouts have impacted his career choice after high school. Davis said that he plans on becoming they are doing the a teacher in government, global, or American history. He hopes to one day retire to a large sailboat when he gets older. “The workout, I know experiences have given me a greater appreciation for culture and the world around me,” Davis said. “I would be a different person it’s possible. It had I not had those experiences.” helps overcome

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with Sarah Thompson by Breanna Heilman FEATURES EDITOR Q: What college will you be attending and what made you decide? A: I’m headed to West Chester to major in English. I might be becoming a teacher. I also look really good in gold and purple (the school’s colors). Q: What do you think is the biggest challenge you’ve had to face during high school? A: Learning to do homework or simply studying. Not that I do either of those things well, but I had to learn. Q: What has been your fondest memory that you will take with you to college? A: I’ve been to almost every football game since freshmen year with the marchingband. When I was a junior, we always had a blast at the top of the bleachers with the baritone section. Q: What changes do you see in yourself from freshman year to senior year? A: I feel like I am the exact same person. The only difference is I let myself actually be that person. Q: How was your general experience in high school? A: High school was a blast for me. I tried to have as much fun as possible. Q: What advice do you have for younger students about high school and life in general? A: People aren’t kind sometimes, but give them the benefit of the doubt and learn to work together. No one can make it alone. Q: What one person, thing or event has inspired you? A: My sister, Katie. She has been through some really hard times, but ever since I was little, she has said, “Never let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Never let them tell you you aren’t smart enough. You can do everything.” Q: Who do you look up to and why? A: I’ve always look up to people who aren’t afraid to live. I’ve always looked up to the people who live in spite of fear and hate. I look up to the people who follow their dreams. I can only dream to be half the person a lot of them already are. Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? A: 10 years from now, I plan on having a house with a couple of kids, a successful relationship and a home made with love. A college degree is a must and so is a job that I’m going to love. 10 years from now, I plan on being happy.




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the mental aspect by knowing that someone else is doing it too.” Stoltzfus and Peterson both completed the marathon while Wolf was not able to finish due to pain in her feet.Just because both girls have reached their goals of running a marathon before 18, doesn’t mean they’re done with running in the future. “Running is something I think I will always do. Even though I hate it at times, I do love it,” said Wolf. Stoltzfus said that she doesn’t think she’ll ever take it more seriously than a casual exercise and added that she enjoys other forms of exercising such as spin classes, swimming, and biking. All and all, Wolf said that it has all been worth it. “Running, for me, has led to many friendships,” she said.

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.