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Ally Armstrong and Connor Tench are crowned as Class of 2011’s Prom King and Queen

Kernsville Elementary’s Blake Shuttle goes to Florida to NASA base

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Annual festival of the arts enlightens community The front quad was the hub of FOTA’s Saturday activities, which included multiple performances by both middle schools, an instrument “petting zoo”, dance performances, and much more. The anticipated “Artists on the Quad”

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enjoyed themselves greatly with hands-on arts and crafts such as The eighth annual Parkland Festival making paper flowers and sand of the Arts concluded Saturday, May 21. art. The Festival of the Arts, otherwise known A Dance Showcase was held as FOTA, is a festival that combines art, in the auditorium with multiple theatre, music and dance performances by into an event for the eintre the Pennsylvania community. Performing Arts The festival began on Center, Dance Works Thursday, May 19, with and That’s Dancin’! the Parkland High School studios. Student Art Show and Arte The instrument Suite. The Family Consumer “petting zoo” was set FOTA club members like Alli Steinke, Cherish Sciences wing hosted an up in the cafeteria for exhibit called “The Art of kids to see and hear a Ruggles and Dustin Wingate helped keep the day running smoothly. Living”, which “features sampling of different different foods prepared by musical instruments. anything from smoothies to waffles and and served by the students Of course, a highlight of the ice cream. in the FCS classes. It started festival was the High School Perhaps the most exciting moment three years ago and is a great Art Show, held throughout in the duration of the festival was the way to showcase the work the A-Wing. Artwork from flash dance mob – comprised of students of that department,” said Mr. all of the classes offered was photos by Lauren Ranzino and quite a few teachers – that surprised Stutz, FOTA’s coordinator. This year a flash mob made a surprise appearance making on display, from Ceramics to everyone on the quad. The high school’s Spring Photography to Computer Art waves all across the festival. Students, their families and community Chorus Concert also performed There was plenty of food, members showed their continuous support in the auditorium. consisted of our own high school as fundraising for many of Parkland for this appreciated Friday night had two of the most students sharing their artwork as well as High School’s clubs. Many clubs were tradition; one family anticipated events of the weekend. The community artists that were invited to represented, including PAC, Boys commenting it was first was the Battle of the Bands. This show off their creations, whether it was and Girls Lacrosse, Music “better than ever” this year’s bands included Every Friday, All jewelry, pottery or paintings. Boosters, FBLA, Leo Club, year! of the Above, The Artwork from Lit Mag, Art Club, Red Yo Yo’s, Paint the elementary Cross Club and, of course, Town Careless, and the Festival of the Arts Benny and the C u b , Jets and As Cities middle school selling Fall, all of which students was auditioned for on display this exciting throughout competition. As the school and Cities Fall took under tents home the title. outdoors. Both The second Orefield and event was the Springhouse Parkland Stardust M i d d l e Diner in the School’s auditorium lobby choruses and Many different mediums of art were displayed, along with the jazz bands, the including student-made paintings. “Wheels of Time” Elementary antique car show. Chorale and This diner was 50’s “car hop” themed the Indoor Percussion, provided music complete with waitresses in poodle skirts and entertainment throughout the day. Students featured in the art show even became art themselves! on roller blades and checker patterned The younger attendees of the festival tablecloths. The customers enjoyed FOTA members singing while they dined une une une une une on the burgers, macaroni and cheese, root beer floats and desserts that comprised the 50’s inspired meal. SAT Testing Last Day for IMPACT Testing Graduation ast day of by Lauren Ranzino



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Navy SEALs succeed in assassinating Bin Laden by A.T. Spikol On Sunday, May 1, President Obama announced on television the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. military and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), declaring that “The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat alQaeda.” Osama bin Laden had been a target of the United States government ever since his terrorist organization, alQaeda, executed a simultaneous attack on the US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, but he is most noted for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, which he planned and authorized. The killing came after years of arduous intelligence work conducted by the CIA, along with the other governmental counterterrorism and intelligence agencies, much of it developed from sources who were or are detained in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The significant break came in August 2010, when one of bin Laden’s high-level couriers was located and traced to a large, suspicious compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. After months of surveillance using methods that are still classified, the intelligence suggested a 60-80% chance of bin Laden residing in the compound. In order to prepare for the assault, Seal Team Six, which operates under the elite Joint Special Operations Command, built a replica of the compound and practiced

attacking it. In the lead up to the final dethought to be located in the remote and cision, President Obama held a series of mountainous region of North Waziristan, high level meetings with his top national rather than the relatively affluent Abbotsecurity advisors which culminated in tabad, where his compound resided only his signing of an executive order a week a short walk from Pakistan’s premier milbefore to authorize the attack, including itary academy. For ten years, Pakistani the provision that the Pakistani military officials denied accusations that bin Ladand goven was ernment hiding not be inin their formed. counThe att r y , tack took all the f o r t y while minutes, acceptcost no ing bilU.S. lives lions of and one dollars US heliin aid copter. f r o m Bin t h e L a d e n ’s United death, States. Photo Courtesy of T h a t which Osama Bin Laden profile from Time magazine after Bin has been Pakistan Laden killing widely celwould ebrated throughout the United States, help neutralize al Qaeda, including bin in particular at the White House and at Laden, has always been a stipulation of Ground Zero, has also raised numerous that aid. questions. In particular are the concerns Bin Laden’s death is the strongest in over whether his death will engender rea series of defeats that have befallen the prisal attacks and over the complicity of main branch of AlQaeda. While the orthe Pakistani government and military in ganization commanded some 4,000 fighthis successful evasion of capture for nearers located in Pakistan and Afghanistan ly 10 years. While bin Laden was widely in 2001, its numbers have now fallen to believed to be hiding in Pakistan, he was only several hundred, with most of the

Severe tornados slam the South

PETCO hosts animal adoption weekend

many others cities in the path of the tornado, is completely destroyed. Homes have been ripped down to nothing but The worst record of tornado outbreaks rubble, nuclear plants have had to shut struck since 1974 on Wednesday down in order April 27. Approximately to halt the “We are going to do every- chance one hundred seventy three of tornados tore with a vengeance thing we can to help these o v e r h e a t i n g through the states of Alabama, and the communities rebuild…” Mississippi, Tennessee, towns main - President Obama Kentucky, Texas and Georgia infrastructures in one day, leaving a total of have been 278 fatalities and hundreds destroyed. more injured. Alabama reported 109 plus Through Mississippi, Alabama and people dead, Mississippi 32, Tennessee Tennessee, millions of people were left 33, Georgia approximately ten, Kentucky without power as the storm damaged one and Virginia reported seven. transmitters at the local nuclear power While all six states experienced plant, leaving little damage to the plant the dangerous storms, Tuscaloosa, itself but destroying the poles that Alabama, seemed to have experienced transfer power to electric companies. the worst. Thirty-two residents died Red Cross shelter facilities held over a during the tornado that hit, whose winds thousand people across the states affected, reached between 177 and 200 miles as civilians tried to stay together through per hour and may have traveled on the the devastating day after. Alabama had ground for a hundred seventy six miles. deployed over two thousand troops for The city of Tuscaloosa, along with a search and rescue in hopes of finding those still stuck or trapped within the aftermath of the tornados. President Obama has stated that the government will do everything in its power to help out those in need in the tornado struck states. “We are going to do everything we can to help these communities rebuild… We cannot bring those who have been lost back... but the property damage, which Photo Courtesy of is obviously extensive, that is News alert from Fox affiliate showing lethal tornado something we can do something about,” said President Obama. in Tuscaloosa, AL in April 2011. by Nadia Boekenkamp

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difference being either killed or captured by U.S. forces. While bin Laden was influential within this group, and served as a powerful international symbol for terrorism, it is notable that most of the organizations calling themselves al Qaeda, such as al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, are not under bin Laden’s or his close associates’ direct command and that they receive little direction or funding from the al Qaeda main branch. Yet while al Qaeda’s ideology and various branches continue to operate in the wake of his death, they are doing so in a climate that has called into serious question their ability to command influence in the Muslim world. The mass secularist uprisings, which have caused the fall of the regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, long targets of al Qaeda, espouse views largely antithetical to the al Qaeda line. The new regimes, whether they are pluralistic or not, are poised to possibly relegate al Qaeda to a still dangerous, but increasingly irrelevant role in international affairs, a fact which bin Laden’s death is only likely to compound. According to a member of the Muslim Brotherhood (an Islamist political party) interviewed by CBS news, “The killing of Osama bin Laden can be a new start for a dual call, or a dual respect and search for common interests and common values that can build and make a bridge between the West and the Arab and Islamic world.”

By Michelle Moore Approximately 7 million animals enter animal shelters each year in the United States. Of these animals, most are either abandoned by their owners or picked up by Animal Control as strays. Each year less than 15 percent of these animals are rescued by original owners; the rest are up for adoption. While most household pets are obtained through other means such as pet stores or family adoption, more are beginning to be brought home from shelters. Every few weeks at Petcos across the country National Adoption Weekends are held. The most recent one was the weekend of May 14th and May 15th, but there is another one in a few weeks in mid-June. These events are sponsored by companies such as Blue Buffalo pet food, Purely for Pets, Ellen Degeneres’ HALO association and Petco itself. People can adopt pets on the Saturday of these pet adoption weekends from 11 am to 3 pm and on Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Students looking to adopt a pet should stop by the Petco on MacArthur Road in Whitehall or Lehigh Street in Allentown on the next adoption weekend. As homes for over 16,000 pets are needed, it should not be hard to find a pet to take home. Those adopting pets from shelters need to remember a few important things. Many animals from shelters


wind up having behavioral problems due to the distress of previous owners, and those wishing to adopt these pets should be ready to deal with their quirks. Although pets with extreme issues such as biting are not put up for adoption, many who are can easily be excited or scared and are often nervous around strangers but are capable of finding a forever family. Students must realize that these animals are just as easy to love as those bought from a breeder or store. “They need homes so that every animal has someone to take care of them,” said senior Jennifer Rizzolo. It is vital to remember that many of these pets in shelters have been treated poorly in the past, and therefore, they may be slow to warm up to their new owners. The pets could require extra attention and love and should be shown that they are cared about. Everyone should realize that these animals should not suffer because of poor treatment of past owners. “They deserve a loving family too,” said freshman Annie Fox. Every day thousands of animals are left in shelters. These animals continue to suffer each day as they live without a home and their own loving family. Students who want to help the cause should attend the next adoption weekend and spread the word to others of the importance of adoption. Doing so would benefit both the family who would get a loving pet and the animals who would get a family who would care for them for the rest of their lives.

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Editors’ Note:

We are Riddhi Doshi and Rae Holly, the 2011-2012 Editors in Chief of The Trumpet. This issue the staff worked esspecially hard to write relevant articles that will inform, educate, and entertain you. Check out page 11 for "You know you're a senior when" for a good laugh. Also take a look at the reviews on page 15 to see what we think about the newest shows, books, and movies. Plus, we have an article addressing the concerns about the new Keystone exams on page 2. We hope you enjoy this issue! Please feel free to contact us anytime with story ideas or concerns.

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One senior thinks twelfth grade should be elimintated by Gilbert Jones special to The Trumpet Senioritis: The marked decrease in motivation that is associated with being in the twelfth grade. It is acquired in various ways, but its eventual infection of almost the entire senior population is inevitable. For some, it will lead to dropping out, hopefully to become a productive member of society. For those remaining, one of two general statements apply: those who are waiting to join the workforce and those who are waiting to attend college. For both, senior year is essentially a vacation. As senior year remains as unproductive as ever and states face massive deficits, it is time to once again consider eliminating senior year. To answer this question, it is important to consider the purpose of high school: to prepare students for their lives after graduation. Thus, when considering senior year, one has to keep in mind if it is preparing students for anything. One indication is that some adults will freely admit that they have not used much of what they learned in senior year (or in high school) for the rest of their lives. This stems from the fact that high school’s best way of preparing students is through helping them to differentiate themselves by their academic abilities and personal interests, a process which by senior year has generally been accomplished.

The period then acts simply as one of little productivity, decelerating students before catapulting them into adult life. For those attending college, senior year is little more than a period to fill out college applications, log hours in class and wait. For those who are not attending a university, the senior year

simply be eliminated to create savings. There would other benefits besides monetary savings though. For one, the high school dropout rate would inevitably decline. Students focused on simply getting a job as quickly as possible would have an incentive to remain in school if it were 25% shorter. In addition, their education would be more focused as they would have to adhere more strictly to graduation requirements throughout their high school experience. For the college bound, senior year would no longer act as an unnecessary buffer between them and further educational experiences, as the college environment is simply more effective at teaching those who are continuing their education. Because in colleges, teachers have more control over their curriculum. Students have Photo Courtesy of “Katarina” more control over their studies is generally used to fulfill abstruse and thus greater enthusiasm for graduation requirements in order to their courses. The result is a much validate the past three years of schooling. more cohesive learning environment This wastes talent that could be better than that provided in high school. spent either in college or at work. Eliminating senior year would have a Accompanying this waste of talent is a multitude of benefits, from more balanced comparable waste in millions of taxpayer state checkbooks to more productive 17 dollars. In these hard economic times, in and 18-year-olds to lower dropout rates which state budgets are strained to the to students more quickly moving up to limit, education is inevitably targeted college. The net result is that eliminating for cuts. Rather than reducing programs senior year would simply prepare students which enrich and inspire younger students more quickly and more effectively for who stand to benefit the most from public the adult world, which in the end is educational programs, senior year should the only real purpose of high school.

The truth behind vegan, vegetarian diets by Lauren Ranzino Too many people seem to attach labels to the diets that they supposedly follow, concurrently annoying those who actually know – and follow – the dietary rules. There are always those people who claim to be some subset of vegetarian or follow another diet, though few of them seem to ever fully commit or follow through with their decision. Three seniors who stick to their diets – Lauren Klingensmith, Brandi Tebo and Taylor Wejkszner – gave some great insight into what it really all means. There are three main categories: vegetarianism, pescetarianism and veganism. Most vegetarians are lactoovo-vegetarians. Lacto-ovo-begetarians do not consume any meat, fish or shellfish. However, they do eat eggs and dairy products (the prefixes lactoand ovo- meaning dairy consuming and egg consuming, respectively.) Next, there are the pescatarian. The same rules apply here as they do to the lactoovo-vegetarian, except fish is consumed. The vegan diet is perhaps the most interesting. Vegans follow the vegetarian rules but also exclude all animal products, including dairy products, eggs and any processed food with animal-derived

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ingredients. Veganism could be called more of a lifestyle or philosophy than a diet. Many are skeptical about these diets because of the health concerns associated with them. While important food groups are cut out, it is still possible to receive a steady intake of protein, vitamins, etc. – as long as one knows the proper ways to procure them. If the diets are “appropriately planned,” states the American Dietetic Association, “vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits.” “I do not take any other supplements besides vitamins,” said Klingensmith. “I just make sure I keep track of the nutrients I am getting throughout the day. I even have an app on my iPhone for it!” All three of these diets constitute lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower body fat levels, lower rates of hypertension and fewer incidents of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Additionally, people tend to receive an increase in levels of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, magnesium and potassium. Some hardships include getting enough vitamin B12 and vitamin D in the diet. It is very hard for people on these diets to get in a lot of calcium, too; they can,

however, get it through large amounts of dark, leafy green veggies, tofu and calcium fortified soy and rice beverages. “To get protein, I eat “fake” meat, like soy substitutes, tofu, etc. and there are more and more varieties of soy products coming out,” said Klingensmith. Pescatarians must be careful about just how much fish they consume, as there are concerns about toxicity, such as Mercury and PCBs. More importantly for everyone to realize is that becoming a vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan is not just about not eating meat, but to make a difference to support the ethical treatment of animals. Factory farming has a large and detrimental effect on the animals, due to the lack of care, and the environment by producing greenhouse gas emission, using a huge amount of energy and using land that could be used for growing crops. By switching to any of the three diets, hundreds of animals (per person) could be saved each year. Brandi Tebo makes a great point. She said, “If you care about the environment, if you care about other living creatures, if you care about your health, [and you are willing to make the commitment] then you should go vegan.”


“M eh” Yo uTube is not for eve ryone by Cain Azar So, let’s just hypothetically say a girl named Sally received a brand new video camera for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa). Just because Sally has this shiny new video camera does not mean Sally should post videos of herself on YouTubeespecially if Sally cannot sing, dance, or make intelligent sentences. America’s youth has suddenly decided to blog their lives, record every thought and throw stupid opinions onto the web for the entire world to view, replay, share and favorite. If Sally were to post an awful video, she may find herself receiving death threats similar to Rebecca Black. And, contrary to popular belief, death threats are not fun things to obtain. They are about as fun as reading A Farewell to Arms. Nevertheless, mindless children continue to upload all of their awful little videos to the web and then cry when they get an equally awful response. The Internet can be a mean place. Sure, watching somebody hurt him or herself is all in good fun, but that poor, unattractive girl who cannot sing is overwhelmed by hatred. That poor, unattractive girl should pose as a lesson to everyone. Just because one has a video camera does not enable one to suddenly have talent at singing or playing the banjo. With cyber bullying on the rise, teens and children should be doing whatever possible to make themselves less likely to be poked fun at by creepy people with YouTube accounts. In addition, children and teens who actually decide to post videos should learn to use proper grammar and punctuation. I am by no means saying that abbreviations should not be used; I am simply stating that awful grammar is just annoying, especially if the video one is posting is a lyric video. Also, if one plans on posting a video, it may be a wise idea for that person to know what they are talking about. It is inappropriate for third graders to be posting video responses about bin Laden’s death; so therefore, these videos should not be clogging up YouTube. People who are simply watching them should also do their part in not making humanity look hopeless. Saying that “the 4,397 people who dislike this video never had friends” is just stupid because obviously the poster does not have friends either or they would be spending their time with them instead of posting “witty” comments that nobody finds funny.


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Alex Vratsanos wins Key Club’s “Unsung Hero” award by Alexander Hess "Alex is always the first to ask 'How can I help?'" said Key Club co-advisor Mrs. Laura Walizer in her letter recommending senior Alex Vratsanos for the organization's Pennsylvania District Robert "Bob" E. Bagans Unsung Hero Award. The award, which shares its name with the present district administrator and lifelong Key Club associate, recognizes the efforts of devoted Key Club members who are not yet officers in their divisions. According to the Pennsylvania District, it is given to those who " hard yet receive little thanks." It is evident that Vratsanos had been hard at work for his 18-month term with Key Club, limiting himself not only to this one foundation. He has worked to branch out into other organizations and causes such as UNICEF, Geo Club, and Autism Awareness. The crown jewel of his accomplishments was the collection of $250 for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, which comprised nearly a fourth of the total amount collected by Parkland’s Key Club. Vratsanos views this as one of his greatest personal accomplishments.

"It started when I picked up a box for it in (Key Club co-advisor) Mr. Martin's room and filled it over the course of a couple days," said Vratsanos. "I returned it and picked up another, to find it was the last box he and Key Club had. So, I decided to use it over and over... and by the end of October, I had filled it a total of seven times.” In Walizer’s eyes, Vratsanos’ unyielding devotion more than merited him the award. The local division’s lieutenant governor agreed, and Vratsanos was officially recognized for his charitable work with the Unsung Hero award on March 5th at a division meeting in Hershey. Vratsanos, upon hearing the good news a month later, immediately called to mind the encouragement offered to him by Parkland staff, including both Martin and Walizer. Vratsanos, upon hearing the good news a month later, immediately called to mind the encouragement offered to him by Parkland staff, including both Martin and Walizer. “[Ms. Walizer] seemed very confident that I would stand a good chance of winning it,” said Vratsanos, “and when they

announced that I had won, she was one of the first people that I thought of.” Vratsanos, however, says that official recognition is not the sweetest victory . “Official recognition for my work in Key Club is... nominal. To me, having my work now in the books does provide some satisfaction, that those who read those books will see my name and what I have done,” said Vratsanos, who furthered that the truly satisfactory aspects of his work arise from the work itself. “Knowing that I sacrificed some of my achieve something greater which I will remember constitutes half of the ‘real’ satisfaction,” he said. “The other half comes from the...people that I Photo Courtesy of Parkland Key Club have done work for- their satisfaction, their happiness, their Vratsanos is an active member of the Key Club gratitude, all of which I share and has recently recieved the high honor of the with them.” “Unsung Hero” award.

Senior Kela Cope volunteers at Ghanaian orphanage by Sam Wolf With the end of the school year approaching, many students see sleeping in late, trips to the beach and complete care-free days in their near future. However, one Parkland student has a slightly different way of spending some of her free time this summer. Senior Kela Cope will be travelling to Ghana this summer to volunteer at an orphanage for two weeks. The orphanage she will be working at is located several miles north of the nation’s capitol, Accra. Cope’s mornings will consist of maintenance work such as cooking and cleaning along with her afternoons consisting of directly caring for the children. Her host family and their home, which is where she will be residing for the duration of the trip, is not far from the orphanage. The trip is being run through and subsidized by the International Volunteer Headquarters, also known as IVHQ. The IVHQ offers several different locations in which one can work during their stay in their selected countries. “There

were a whole bunch of different places I could work, but the two that really caught my attention were a school and

have had such a difficult life already considering they’ve lost their parents.” But what exactly was Cope’s attraction to working with children? She claims that it and her whole inspiration for going on the trip root from w o r k s such as A Long Way Gone, a book in the senior year English curriculum. It is about a boy from Africa who is captured and forced to serve in a government army at the age of 13. “I found it so shocking that this was the first time I was hearing about this. It just amazes me that we don’t learn about it in school,” said Cope. In recent months, the Parkland photo by Sam Wolf senior has been learning about an orphanage,” said Cope. “I decided the difference in cultural and social on the orphanage because those children life compared to the U.S.. Aside from

the extremely hot temperatures and nonexistence of running water, one element that will be a bit of a culture shock is the way in which everybody treats each other. “In America you just walk by people on the street don’t even acknowledge them, but over there everybody greets each other whenever they see them. You call all of your elders grandmother or grandfather, and there’s just an overall more intimate relationship between everybody. Should anybody choose to become involved with IVHQ there is very minimal costs to attend a trip. For example, the only expenses Cope has to pay for are her plane ticket and $100 per week. When asked about what kind of experience she expects to have, Cope responded by saying, “I think it will be a wake up call for how lucky I am. I am very interested to see how life is in a completely different part of the world.”

“ I am very interested to see how life is in a completely different part of the world,” - Senior Kela Cope

Blake Shuttle launches toward Cape Canaveral, Florida by Phil Riola Parkland has always been known for taking learning far outside the classroom and engaging students in the material they love. Luckily, as budget cuts

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drown Pennsylvania public schools, Parkland is still able to spread our extraordinary resources and extracurricular programs to students and professionals outside the district. Lately, this has meant sending one of our most popular teaching tools to Florida. On April 29, 2011, Parkland’ s treasured Blake Shuttle was front and center for the final flight of NASA’ s

Space Shuttle Endeavor. Endeavor’ s final flight marked the end of an almost two-decade long space program. Mr. Robert Boehmer, an elementary art teacher, conceived Parkland’ s Blake Shuttle, which is currently being housed at Schnecksville Elementary School, shortly after the Challenger disaster in 1986. Boehmer had participated in the same “Teacher In Space” program that Challenger crewmember C h r i s t a McAuliffe participated in. Blake took nine years and 40,000+ volunteer hours to build. It is a 4/10-scale replica of the Space Shuttle, and since its opening day, has served more than 64,000 children across the Lehigh Valley. On launch day, Blake was front and center on the NASA Causeway Launch Viewing Area photo courtesy of Blake Shuttle Crew at the Kennedy Space Center and


was open for tours throughout the day. In addition, Blake was featured at the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center’ s Visitor’ s Complex on April 30 and May 1. Blake was transported to Florida with help from Mack Trucks, Lee Butz, AFC First Financial, Ironton Telephone Company, Service Electric Cable TV and Communications, and American Banks. It is hard in these harsh economic times to find funding for such extraordinary programs; however the importance of such programs is crucial. Dr. Louise E. Donohue Superintendent of Schools said, “Our selection to participate in the festivities surrounding the Endeavor’s final mission allows us the privilege of representing the Parkland School District, Pennsylvania, NASA and the Astronaut Corps during a national historic event. We are delighted to put this unique educational tool on display for so many others to see.”

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by Nishant Modi After a state-championship caliber performance last spring, this season’s boys’ volleyball team entered this year with a focus more towards rebuilding and harvesting raw talent. Yet the team proved themselves beyond such, taking home a winning season as well as several key matches. However, for the first time in three years, the boys did not bring back the LVIAC tournament title back to the high school. The Trojans lost to Bethlehem Central Catholic in the tournament’s semifinals, losing in a close but sweeping 0-3 (21-25, 14-25, 22-25). Led by a quad leadership of four seniors – Anthony Khoury, Shaan Negandhi, Justin Lewis, and Joseph Guiliano – the team achieved a 10-3 record in the district, losing in district semifinals to long-time rivals Whitehall. “Whitehall has always been a great match for us and for those following our team to watch. They have maintained a close second behind us in the regular season and they always challenge us every time we play them. This match was as close as all the other games. We went into five close sets,” said senior Anthony Khoury. Khoury played with the team for all four years of his high school career; unfortunately for his senior year, a

leg injury sidelined him with crutches to the bench for much of the season. Yet though temporarily incapacitated, Khoury was still able to lead the team through constant encouragement and advice. “Even with his injury, Anthony has still kept the spirit of the team alive – he was able to stay as one of our leaders even when he could not play. He would come to every practice, every game, and make sure the team stayed on track. He contributed as much as he normally would; often times, even more,” said senior Shaan Negandhi. Parkland entered the district tournament against the Easton Red Rovers, taking away the quarterfinal win in four sets. The five-set match against Whitehall in the district semifinals was extremely close, with the Zephyrs taking away the first two sets. Parkland would come back with wins in the next two sets, forcing a final showdown in the fifth set. After leading for much of the last set, Whitehall used a strong showing from their senior leadership to gain momentum and take the win away from Parkland. The Zephyrs would go onto lose to Emmaus in the district championships, though joining the Hornets into the state tournament. Yet the prospects for next season’s team promise a return to full glory. Said Negandhi, “The juniors and sophomores of this year’s team have enormous po-

tential. With the few seniors we had this year, some of these underclassmen have already started to take leadership and key role player positions – both with the team’s roster and its chemistry. I have played with them in open gyms and club volleyball – after another year, I am sure

that they will improve. Even as a senior, I do not mind substituting for them. As always maintain the motto that I have repeatedly quoted to the Trumpet – that I do not care how much I play or if I start, just as long as the team wins, because that is all that matters.”

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Senior Justin Lewis hits against a Nazareth player during the LVIAC tourney.

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by Jared Gluskin The Trumpet has delivered extensive coverage on Parkland High School’s boy’s tennis this spring season, delivering updates from the very beginning of the season to now, the very end. Before the season even started, the team was held at high expectations. With a drop-off of only two seniors from last year, the large majority of the varsity team returned alongside a bit of new talent. With a year of experience under his belt, Coach Julian Taibi brought out a whole new system of practices and game time strategies. With a large drop-off of outgoing seniors, the competition seemed to wane in comparison with Parkland’s team. The boys were basically expected to sweep the season and win team districts and proceed onto states. Yet from an unlucky combination of terrible weather and controversial line calls, the team was not able to totally meet these goals. The team swept the regular season, winning most of their matches with sweeping scores of 7-0. “Our regular season amazing as usual amazing. In the past four or five years, I do not think there has been a single time where we have not gone undefeated. But this season was even more special

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because we did not drop a single doubles or singles match in a league match,” said senior Salil Ketkar. The team met one if its biggest foes though this season, possibly in Mother Nature herself. The spontaneous weather of the months of April and May have not allowed the team many practices and have caused many games to be rescheduled in close proximity of each other. As a result, without much practice, the team went through straight weeks of matches and tournaments. “The most time we got to form as a team and to build our skill was nowhere else but the court – we were constantly without time,” said senior David Miller. And so while the team did win with the best regular season record in the league, they came up short to expectations in all three-district events. First singles Egor Ivanov, as mentioned in the previous issue, exceeded expectations this season, beating Emmaus’s Akshay Damani three times during the season. Yet when he played top seeded Eric Perez of Southern Lehigh in the district singles championship and district teams championship, he lost, alongside the rest of the team. At team districts, the team breezed through all competition up to the finals,


losing only one match of all the preceding simply be a bad day for the senior. series. The district championship “Like the rest of the team, it just was however, proved otherwise for the not his day. Southern Lehigh’s third team. The team lost with a score of 3-0, singles was able to get in his head and immediately having to drop their two win by taking momentum off of unforced doubles matches that they were predicted errors,” said Ketkar. to win. Though the team was upset in their “We knew it would be a hard fought journey for a title, it still did accomplish match, but sometimes it just does not go a remarkable season. They went our way. We knew we had to win at least undefeated in the regular season and one singles match in order to take the swept LVCs. trophy – again, it just was not our day,” said Ketkar. Indeed, many saw third singles Alec Lucente as the key player to winning the title. Lucente was predicted to win, especially after his meteoric rise since his freshman year. Districts on the other hand, proved Photo Courtesy of t o Egor Ivanov went all the way to district finals to lose in three sets.

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The implications of Osama’s death, near and abroad by A. T. Spikol After ten years of playing the role of America’s most prominent nemesis, Osama bin Laden’s sudden demise has come as an immense shock and relief to the country. Throughout the war on terror he has occupied a unique niche in the nation’s conscience, once reserved for our most dreaded specters, in his case the threat of another major terrorist attack on American soil. While his death, at this point, may do little to either provoke or prevent such another attack, it is still a significant event with very real ramifications. First and foremost is the blatant satisfaction that has been so visibly drawn from his demise. While America may like to think of itself as by and large a moral nation, there is little moral justification for the targeted killing of an individual, mass murderer or no; therefore our recent jubilation (which I have full heartedly shared in) does not derive from some abstract sense of justice but from the more visceral and fundamental notion of vengeance: The killer has been killed. In an era of conflict that seems to be defined by its moral gray areas, whether it is the prolonged detention of detainees at Guantanamo or the murky justifications for the Iraq War, the sudden removal of one of America’s longest and sharpest thorns in a manner that almost every American could agree on is cathartic. As a nation we seem to be letting out a pent up breath, as if the tide of emotion following 9/11 had somehow crystallized in amber over the previous years of increasingly

chaotic conflict only to be let out with in the area than any force of arms could the attainment of an old national goal, accomplish. While Islamists may benefit bringing with it some of the moral clarity in the short term from the attending chaos that first flamed the national spirit in the or the need for established parties, their wake of our long term disaster. If we success will can salvage ultimately that feeling, d e p e n d the sense that on their it is our right moderation to defend r a t h e r ourselves, and than their couple it with radicalization the hard won which bin wisdom that Laden sought security can to achieve. be maximized Even if only to a Islamist certain extent parties gain before its costs p o w e r , outweigh its the rise in gains, we democratic will emerge Photo Courtesy of a s p i r a t i o n s a stronger, Osama bin Laden profile taken during his reign will force them safer and more to conform to a as world terrorist. enlightened new pluralistic nation, far from both the enfeebled paper norm and adapt their own ideology to tiger or draconian reactive security state democracy rather than the other way that our enemies wish to see us become. around. Islam will likely flourish in Yet more has changed than ourselves. many Arab countries again in a way it In particular the Arab world, whose has not for centuries, but it will not be imagination and zeitgeist always served the Islam of the sword, which bin Laden as the true goals of al Qaeda, has evolved championed, but rather an Islam of the in a direction far different than the one people. bin Laden envisaged for it. While the Yet with great changes awaiting the repressive states which he and his cohorts Arab world, it is important to remember reviled are falling, they are toppling not by what bin Laden stood for. While in the the hands of al-Qaeda but by a secularist United States it is common to write off political awakening which will likely bin Laden simply as a man who hated do more to combat religious extremism us for our freedoms (which he did), it

is vital to know that this is not why he attacked us. Rather, his main concern was what he perceived as the hegemonic goals of the U.S. with respect to the world, particularly the world of Islam. Unlike many of his fellow countrymen, bin Laden was unwilling to tolerate U.S. soldiers on his country’s soil, soil which to him is not only that of his nation but that of his God, the holy land of Islam itself. Bin Laden was a weak man, from a weak area of the world, very aware of his weakness; in his frustration he fought back in the most vicious way he could find, in the process abandoning every tenet of the faith he professed to defend. Imbalances of power, while inevitable, will always generate strong reactions; weakness breeds resentment. Simply because Arab regimes become more pluralistic does not mean they will become stronger or more prosperous. The outsize role the United States plays in the region and the constant presence of Israel will always serve as sources of tension and embarrassment for Arab populaces and governments. The narrative bin Laden presented is as provocative today as it was in 2001 and while his methods have lost some credibility, the role of the terrorist is not one that will disappear for want of willing actors. Yet terrorism may prove to be of lesser concern in the future. After all, those who practice extreme violence can never really speak for a majority of people. As Hamas, the democratically elected terrorist group in Gaza, has ably demonstrated, sometimes the most vexing problems are those elected by the will of the majority.

Global economy shifts towards developing countries in East by Aditya Misra It seems that the US is losing its economic prowess as the East is making gargantuan economic strides. By 2030, the developing world will account for 60% of the global GDP. In addition, China will most likely surpass the US economy in 2016-2020. The Chinese and Indian economies have also powered ahead that of the US while US had boombust cycles. Their power is evident in the modern business world. China is the primary global trading partner of Brazil, India, and South America. Naturally, these countries would prefer Chinese-manufactured goods over American goods due to the lower prices. An example would be the Indian multinational Tata, a company

similar to Ford Motor Company, is very active in investing money into Africa. In addition, 40% of world research is based in Asia. There are several reasons why such developing countries are racing to hold the coveted position of leading global trade. Brazil, India, and China all give quota-free market access, or rather unrestricted trade to countries with low income, benefitting both the buyer and seller. This type of trade has increased twenty-fold while global trade expanded only four times. This not only increases profit, but also allows for the trade of ideas--ranging anywhere from technology to monetary aid. The “invisible hand” behind China’s prowess is its unsatiable desire for pursuing expansion and power. Once upon a time, the United States was

also power-hungry in the 1800s, like modern China. However, the U.S. tried to surpass Britain during the time of the Industrial Revolution. They were successful. Similarly, China is trying to surpass the U.S. Unfortunately, the U.S. has no tangible goals to set itself towards and may as well succumb to the same fate as Britain. Moreover, China has state-driven market system while US has free market. As a result, US gave China jobs and increased profit, but this allowed China to grow its manufacturing capacity as well. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that they are prosperous. Most of the population in the developing world is still in poverty. Only China has made significant bounds in reducing poverty. For instance, 22.5% of world’s impoverished population escaped the

poverty line due to the improvements in China undertook. This increased economic prowess by such countries has displaced American jobs. For example, 1.8 million American jobs have been displaced over nine years since China entered the World Trade Organization. Detroit is a prime example of this trend because the city’s car manufacturing plants got outsourced to different countries. In addition, the U.S. dollar will not be the global reserve currency due to its declining value. The U.S. companies will have to strive to be more competitive. They cannot just rely on innovation to strengthen their business, but they have to take into account their employees and their working conditions, even though it may mean reducing the profit margin.

Keystone tests are poised as predecessor to the PSSA by Aditya Misra Keystone Exams are slowly ousting PSSAs. Sophomores and freshmen had to take the Keystone exams recently on May 2 and May 3, 2011. Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, Keystones will officially replace PSSAs. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs) are not very accurate in depicting high school performance. Legislators want a test that will clearly show whether the student understands the logic behind the course material and is at the intellectual level to receive a high school diploma. According to The Merionite, deputy press secretary of the Dept. of Education Leah Harris said, “We think that the PSSAs, although good, are a general look at achievement, not a specific glimpse

and what’s being scored, only 55% of the at how well a student understands the students are scoring course.” at a proficient level Under the right now in 11th PSSA, even those grade. Maybe 45% who do poorly are goofing off…I do receive high school not know,” said Patti. diplomas, at the “Yet almost 99% of cost of development the same students courses in college or are getting their high a bleak prospect for school diploma a success in the job year later.” He also market. According stated later that the to The Merionite, high school graduates President and CEO who did not go to of the Pennsylvania college did not have Business Council the necessary math, David Patti said,, reading, or writing “The scary thing is skills to be successful that we really do not Photo by Nadia Boekenkamp in a job. know how they are Current freshman will be the next Under the doing. Given what group to take the Keystones. Keystone exam, more they are handing in

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of the questions are at an above-average difficulty, which will make it somewhat harder to earn the high school diploma, and make candidates more ready for life outside the classroom Due to the budget cuts for the year 2011-2012, Keystone exams will not be administered during that year. However, they will be fully implemented in the following year. According to the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, Secretary of Education Amy Morton said, “This was a very deliberate decision and was made for two important reasons. First is the cost associated with exam development during a very challenging fiscal year; the second reason is the need to provide schools more time to align their curriculum and instruction to these more rigorous assessments.”

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The Trumpet reviews the 2010-2011 year by Sam Wolf

Courtside seats by Andy Shah My columns have been absolute drivel – they have been worthless pieces of garbage that were worth less than the manure used to fertilize large gardens. I thought that last issue’s column would be my last. I thought the students and faculty of Parkland High School would finally be spared from my never ending rants on Allen Iverson, Philadelphia, the NBA, and all other below amateur sports commentary I may have. Unfortunately (for all of us) that appears not to be true. Yet, in lieu of discussing the aforementioned, I have decided to tribute this column thanking the two coaches I had during my years of high school tennis. Coach Julian Taibi, a lot of memories both from the start of your tenure here at Parkland and the years before at Westend’s summer tennis camp. When you first came into the cafeteria to introduce yourself as our coach, you were near unrecognizable. You were dressed professionally and you no longer had the high school persona you possessed during the times you were my camp counselor. I remember the first time I had you as a counselor, you taught my group and me “Lose-a-Limb” and you chased us around while we pelted you with balls and stole your hat. Now compare that to you as a coach; you made sure we ran miles during practice and conditioned us to high levels of performance never seen before. From getting free Rita’s to joking around, you presented the team with a whole new level of united chemistry. Coach Art Smith, I have never been more scared, yet respectful of anybody in my life. Just looking at your record, you may just be the best coach Parkland has ever had. Basketball, Girls Tennis, Boys Tennis, you name it, you could have been a coach for anything. Your players were disciplined; they had a certain amount of class that you did not often see with many other teams. Teachers respected you, students respected you – you rightfully had that daily parking space near the pool entrance. With your years of experience, you always knew who to place at what position, taking into account game time ability rather than mere skill and experience. And yes, though I took a fall through the ranks due to that, it was something that I admired the most. You had a certain knack for picking those that would win, that would work the best for the team. Tennis became more than the country club activity that we played with our parent’s dime – it became a true athletic competition rather than a hobby of rich pansy spoilt brats. Coach Neil Curtis, you never were really a Parkland coach, but you coached virtually all of us on the team during your time at Westend. It was truly well deserved to have the back courts named after you. You taught me tennis from the start, and stayed as my coach for ten plus years; you taught generations before and after me. Virtually everyone in the Lehigh Valley Area recieved instruction from you. But with you, it was always on a personal basis, making sure we all improved our game.

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The 2010-2011 athletic season was full of shocks, twists, turns, victories and defeats for the Parkland Trojans. However, as usual, PHS attained many victories in key moments and/ or in dramatic fashion. This is why The Trumpet is doing a review of the highlights of the athletic year. The first highlight begins only two days after the first day of school at Parkland. The boys soccer team took on the Nazareth Blue Eagles on September 8. They upset the Blue Eagles, the top ranked team in the district, 2-1. Three weeks later, October 1, the football team traveled to Bethlehem to take on Liberty on their homecoming night. The score went back and forth all game, but with three seconds left, Rob Dvoracek scored his third touchdown of the evening to give Parkland a 27-21 lead, and an eventual 28-21 victory. October 19 was a victorious day for Parkland athletics. Earlier in the day, the girls cross country team placed second at the Lehigh Valley Conference meet. Later in the afternoon, sophomore Brooke Benedict scored a goal in double overtime of the LVC field hockey semi finals against Northampton to end the game 1-0. Finally, that evening the boys soccer squad took on Nazareth for the second time of the season in the LVC semi-finals. Nazareth, still ranked atop the District XI, fell to the Trojans at a whopping 6-0. The next week, October 28, the District XI cross-country meet was held. The boys and girls squads both placed second, giving them a bid to the state meet. The girls were expected to place second, considering their second place finish at the league meet, but the boys beat out favored Easton by just one point to attain second place. The following week, on November 4, the Parkland girls volleyball team beat Emmaus in four games to claim the District XI title, the very first district title in the history off the Parkland girls

volleyball program. Roughly a month and a half later, the Parkland boys basketball team traveled to Northampton on December 21. As time expired, Senior Tobi Solako made a three-point shot to send the game into overtime. The Trojans went on to outscore the K-Kids in overtime by seven, winning the game 46-39. On February 7, the boys basketball team embarked on anther dramatic game, this time hosting the Freedom Patriots. Zach Muhr had the game of his life, scoring 28 points, leading Parkland to a victory 55-54. The next day, the girls basketball team completed a double overtime victory against top district contender, Northampton, 51-50. Three days later, it was senior night for the girls basketball squad. After defeating Whitehall 36-31, the team found out some exciting news as they were walking off the court. Nazareth had beaten Northampton, which meant Parkland would receive a bid to the Lehigh Valley Conference Tournament. After a month of winter sport playoffs, Parkland’s attention moved to their star wrestler that took the state as well as the nation by storm; senior Mike Ottinger. On March 12, Ottinger defeated the fifth ranked wrestler in the nation to win the Pennsylvania State Championship for the 160 pound weight class. Fifteen days later, at the Dapper Dan Invitation Tournament, held at the University of Pittsburgh, Ottinger, went against all odds by defeating Destin McCauley. McCauley was a five-time state champion from Minnesota with a career record of 286-6 and was riding a 98-match win streak before falling to Ottinger, 6-4. Two weeks later, on April 7, the boys volleyball team defeated tenth ranked Whitehall in five games after losing to them only five days earlier in tournament play. Thirteen days later, the boys lacrosse team traveled to Emmaus, where they ended the Hornets’ undefeated season with a score of 14-11. The following week, the boys tennis team defeated Whitehall 7-0 to cap their undefeated


season. The squad’s depth allowed them to only lose three matches the entire season. On May 6 the baseball squad was able to hold off District XI top dog, the Nazareth Blue Eagles, in the eighth inning with a score of 10-9. Two weeks later, on May 19, District XI held their all-district track meet at Blue Mountain High School. Parkland had six athletes place in the top two, giving them a bid to the state meet. Those who qualified were: Austin Semmel who placed second in the 1600 meter run, Matt Guetzlaff who placed second in the 3200 meter run, Olivia Hassler who placed second in the javelin, Lindelle George who placed second in the discuss, Oksana Wittbrodt who placed first in the discuss, and Kelly Robertson who placed first in the triple jump. That same day, the girls lacrosse team defeated Easton 13-5 after falling to the Red Rovers only eight days earlier, 109. Two days after, the baseball team defeated Nazareth 5-1 to win the LVC title. Five days after Parkland claimed their first LVC title for the Spring of 2011, the girls soccer team defeated Eason 1-0 to claim another District title for Parkland.

Photo courtesy of Parkland Football Booster Club

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Monica Hagenauer, Mike Ottinger claim crown in Trumpet’s Top Athletes of the Year by Sam Wolf Parkland High School has attained a tradition of athletic success for itself. Many athletes who have gone through the programs in this district have gone on to continue their success at the collegiate and even proffesional level. This year, two athletes in particular have separated themselves from the rest of the pack not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. Representing the female athletes for the 2010-2011 school term is Monica Hagenauer. Hagenauer has been a member of the varisty basketball team and a varsity thrower since her freshman year. This season, after losing several key seniors, the girls basketball team was expected to have nothing more than a rebuilding year. However, Hagenauer was able to lead the squad to a regular

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Monica Hagenauer was named to the Lehigh Valley Via-all star team this season

season record of 19-4. The team captain was honored several times this season for her achievements. She was given honorable mention by The Morning Call to the All-Lehigh Valley team. The Parkland senior was also named a Via-all star team to represent the Lehigh Valley. Hagenauer was also a key component of the girls Track and Field team this year. Her main event was the shot put, while dabbling in the discus. She qualified for the league meet and district meet for the shot put on her season-best 37foot throw. Photo by Hagenauer finished first at Mike Ottinger claimed his first state title this March the Lehigh Valley Conference second at regionals. Meet. However, when it came At states, he defeated the number five to the District meet, or the “Monsoon”, wrestler in the nation from Pittsburgh as some referred to it, she finished third, Central Catholic to win his first PIAA falling four inches short of qualifying for championship. states. Two weeks after being crowned state Next year, the two-sport athlete will champion, Ottinger found himself at the be attending the University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh competing at the Baltimore County on an athletic Dapper Dan Invitational Classic, one of scholarship for throwing. She was also the most prestigious invitationals in the awarded the scholar athlete award for the nation. girls track and field team. Dropping down a weight class to 152 Senior Mike Ottinger represents the pounds, the state champ was scheduled male athletes as he was awarded The to wrestle the number one recruit in the Trumpet athlete of the year. nation, Destin McCauley. McCauley, a This Fall, Ottinger lead the boys five-time state champion in Minnesota soccer team in assists and goals. Being a with a record of 286-6, was riding a key component to the squad’s success, he 98-match winning streak going into the lead the team to the LVC champinoships invatational. Ottinger, however, was able where they lost to Emmaus. The team to upset the five-time champion 6-4. finished with a record of 14-6-1. Several weeks later, Ottinger was Due to his accomplishments, Ottinger named the scholar athlete for the was named to The Morning Call’s All wrestling squad. Area team. He will be attending Central Michigan The Parkland Senior’s true success, next year on an athletic scholarship however, was found in his wrestling for wrestling. He will be majoring in abilities. Competing at the 160 pound education with an intention for becoming weight class, Ottinger defended his a math teacher. District XI title this season and placed

The Scoreboard by Ryan McGowan According to Mrs. Marilyn Stinebaugh, I’m a complainer - malcontent, as she says. So, when given the opportunity to takeover in writing this column for The Trumpet, I figured I would use this talent for complaining. I apparently have to voice my opinions. Now I know that the majority of you who do read this expect to see Sam’s opinions, insight, and solutions to issues in sports today. I assure you that although I do not have a jet black beard that rivals Giants pitcher Brian Wilson’s awesome facial fur, do not attend Steak Night and have never anchored PMN in a plain white V-neck, I will, or at least will try to fill up this green rectangle with a few somewhat interesting opinions of mine. To start off, I would like to talk about baseball, in particular the Phillies and the rest of the NL East. But, there is something I would like to say before I jump into my thoughts of the current season.       I don’t have even the smallest problem with Jayson Werth leaving the Phillies. I admit it. I was a fan of his when he was batting fifth for the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, but he is a replaceable guy. Thirty plus homeruns does not amount to much when you’re batting average has never peaked above the .300 mark. Since he decided to go to the NL East’s doormat for $126 million, I just hope he realizes his mistake when he is in Washington getting beaten down by some team like the Mets in a stadium predominantly filled with the opposing team’s fans.      Now that that’s out of the way, I can talk about issues that are actually current in baseball. As I mentioned before, the Nationals are the doormat of the NL East who have not even been close to being a realistic contender since they were playing in Montreal as the Expos. The Mets are like the Buffalo Bills of the 90’s; they may come close to winning but will ultimately and undoubtedly find a way to blow it. As far as the Marlins and Braves, they are decent teams that may give Philadelphia a run for its money if the Phillies don’t get it together.     Arguably the best rotation in the history of baseball will not win a championship without run support from the offense. Injuries, slumps and of course Raul Ibanez, who could not get a hit in a game of Tee-ball, are weighing down this team. Hopefully, new life in the form of Chase Utley’s return and exciting young players like Vance Worley will be what this team needs to return to the Fall Classic.      Wow! I kind of underestimated how quickly this green box would fill up. I had a long list of complaints about the NFL, but I think you can guess my views on it.


Girls Soccer for winning Districts & Boys Baseball for winning LVCs DISTRICT XI SEMI-FINAL Game: Against: Northwestern Lehigh Date: May 24th, 2011 Score: 1-0 Game Stats: Score: 1-0 Against: Easton

Date: May 26, 2011 Score: 1 - 0

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Game stats: Against: Nazareth Date: May 21, 2011 Score: 5-1

Photo courtesy of Parkland Baseball Booster Club Sports

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The Trumpet Top Ten: by Brian Tom

You Know You are a Senior When 1 . Your number of lates/ tardies matches or surpasses the days left in the school year.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. “I come to school late every day,” said senior Mary-Noel Weber. “I would say that this one relates to me the most. I actually have class in the morning, but I come in so late that I miss the first few periods of the day,” said Weber.


The only math problem you can do is to calculate the number of days left in the year. photo by Brian Tom


The only thing you can summarize in English class is last nights episode of Jersey Shore. Underclassmen know about the seniors’ awkward obsession with Jersey Shore, and we know that this obsession with this show has slowly progressed to the point of great concern. As a senior, you probably find that you have an excessive amount of time on your hands so your Thursday nights can be spent watching hours of the dramatic show Jersey Shore which is now becoming a franchise. That is mad shady, but do not sound the grenade whistle.

Let’s be honest, the only reason why students were taught basic math in grade school, was to do just that. All those math classes like calculus, college algebra and statistics, were to figure out how many days of school are left. Remember thinking, “What’s 180 minus 179? One.” Now every time there is a math problem with 180 in it, you will be pro at it.

8. Your schedule includes eight study halls and one lunch period. “I did not take as many classes as usual. You definitely take more electives your senior year,” said senior Daniel Doormann. As an underclassman, there is no chance of getting into classes like Piano 1, Piano 2, basic foods, American foods, or creative crafts, because most of the seniors will fill those.


You have red marks on your face from falling asleep in class....again. “I sleep everyday in class,” said senior Matthew Wendling. Unfortunately, this has happened to everyone at some point, senior or not. Well, this is probably more common in the Class of 2011. Here is some advice for those students who constantly fall asleep. If falling asleep in class is inevitable, then bring a pillow, a blanket, or even a teddy bear. It is not like seniors even bring their books to class anyways. If a pillow is not readily available, then let us find a good use for that thing called a book. Maybe convince the teacher to play a movie so the lights will be turned off making it easier to fall asleep, which is the perfect time to use that pillow you made in creative crafts.

photo by Brian Tom

6. You coin the phrase, “ Whatever! I am a senior ” more than 20 times a day.

The seniors have already begun the downward spiral and are now in the advance stages of not caring, going through the stages of: 1. “I need to get a good grade” phase 2. “I have to be honest with myself, for sure a B” phase 3. “I like to draw smiley faces with the C’s I get” phase 4. “A D now stands for do not care” phase And finally, the D is the new B and you

4. You think Senioritis is a real disease. By definition, Senioritis: (noun) the disease in which the early phases that has been recorded to take effect as early as March to mid-June, the disease can become serious, causing estrangement of teachers and administration, massive tanning, and lack of enthusiasm in school. (Below is a chart of how Senioritis works.)

5. “Whatever! I am a senior” phase.

7. You only come to school

for four out of nine periods a day, one of them being lunch. Dear seniors, Your classmates know you skip. The excuses of “I have mono. I have a headache. I was on a college visit. I thought it was senior skip day. I thought it was summer break already,” are really not necessary.


cannot remember what GPA is.

Most of the seniors probably walk into homeroom on report card day and take one look at their report card and ask, “When did I sign up for economics?” Some seniors see a little number at the bottom of the report card and think that their GPA is a 100, even though they are looking at how many days they were absent. The rest of the seniors think that GPA stands for Going (to) Pass (out) Abruptly.

10. A visit from Mr. Bilder is like a visit from the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and Blade (yes Blade) all in one period. Most of the students have heard of the stories, but until your senior year, the rare gift of being visited by substitute Mr. Bilder is worth waiting for. With a multitude of stories about his friend Blade in his arsenal, there is never a dull moment in the life of a senior when Mr. Bilder is your substitute. To describe a visit from Mr. Bilder is really not applicable, but it is better than the Easter Bunny giving you a hug on top of a marshmallow mountain while riding on a unicorn with Santa Claus down a hill made of cotton candy clouds; except not really, but you get the picture. graph created by Brian Tom The Trumpet


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Parkland’s Green Team promotes environmental acts by Brian Tom No doubt that in modern society recycling has become an important part of most people’s daily lives. The Parkland School District’s Green Team, a group of staff, administration and students who promote and encourage environmentally sound acts, has done its part to make recycling at the high school easier and more convenient for students and faculty alike. By installing recycling bins throughout the school, students have been encouraged to recycle, not only at lunch, but also throughout the day.     “I am not exactly sure who first thought of the idea of the recycling bins,” said senior Curt McConnell, one of the student representatives for the Green Team, “but the idea was first brought up a few years ago by GEO Club, but it was rejected. It was rejected because it is against school policy to have drinks in the hallways and having the recycling bins in the hallways would be viewed as an “OK” have drinks in the halls.”      “GEO again asked about putting the recycling bins in the hallways beginning of the school year and the administration would review this appeal. It looked like the bins were not going to happen until the timely formation of the Green Team,” said McConnell.

    Green Team student representative, McConnell and Samuelson brought the senior Hannah Synder-Samuelson said, idea of the recycling bins up at a meeting “There is such a broad spectrum of ways in 2010 and head librarian, Mrs. Will, that we can work on being more energy math teacher Mr. Hoff and head custodian efficient Mr. Fehnel and Earthagreed with friendly, it is the idea. “The important for administration a committee really thought it like ours to through,” said center our McConnell. efforts on a      “Placing few small recycle bins things.” in convenient      “Since the places is an Green Team important first is new to our step in making school this the school year, we’ve green. My only been trying to hope is that get started by students and focusing on staff use them strengthening correctly and initiatives that refrain from are already in using them as photo by Brian Tom garbage bins. place,” said Samuelson. That would She said Students use recycling bins to dispose of bottles in an be a big step recycling has backwards,” environmentally friendly way. been provided said Baranek. by the school,      With the but was overlooked by many staff and ongoing help of Mr. Lessel, McConnell students. and Samuelson decided on the placement      Science teacher Mrs. Baranek, of the recycling bins and Fehnel acquired,

labeled and installed them throughout the hallways.     “We decided on getting the recycling bins because we were all sick of seeing the plastic bottles constantly being wasted in the trash cans,” said McConnell, “but there was not much we could do to prevent kids from having bottles in the hallways so we decided recycling bins would be the smartest idea. Administration kindly looked past that it conflicted with school policy.”      McConnell said that the reaction to the recycling bins was mostly positive, except for the few obligatory naysayers.      “Of course there are some people who abuse the recycling bins by throwing trash in them, but the number of students doing so is not substantial,” said McConnell.      “I think it was a success. The bins do not have the special lids with labeled holes in them since that would have been expensive. I am just thankful we, the Green Team, received the approval to have recycling bins installed,” said McConnell.      “The Earth,” said Samuelson, “to our current knowledge, is the only planet on which humans can survive. If we don’t make some big changes today, the problems will only escalate at an exponential rate. Every single person will be affected.”

The presidential race begins with unlikely Republican candidates by Emily Harrington In recent history, the beginning of the race for president has become somewhat of a circus. Every four years, the wild cards come out of the wood-work, and, until the primaries weed out the least likely candidates, the country watches as the improbable contenders fight for the spotlight. The last term was filled with issues ranging from health care to the war in the Middle East. Highlights of Obama’s term include the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden and the complete pull out of troops in Iraq. Obama has worked hard, and most signs indicate that that he will be running for a second term. Some of the controversy surrounding the new candidates for the 2012 election is deserved, some not so much. Donald Trump demanded that Obama show his birth certificate to verify his being an American citizen. Why he did this is unclear. Trump even went as far as to accuse Obama of being a socialist. Sarah Palin recently had a reality show. This show was meant to calm the controversy of Bristol Palin’s child, despit her not being married. Johnson is an extremely unconventional Republican who pushes the defintion of being a Republican. Though many of these outlandish candidates are not officially running, we predict they will make it an election to remember.

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photo courtesy of DONALD TRUMP (not actually running) Quote: “Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.” Credentials: Real-estate mogul, entertainer, filed for bankruptcy twice Donald Trump first gained notoriety in the 70s and 80s as a wildly successful real-estate mogul based out of New York City. He has since expanded his empire to include casinos, steaks and his television series, “The Apprentice.” However, despite Trump’s status and experience as a businessman, he has never held a public office. Many doubt his ability to govern, as well as the legitimacy of his bid for president. Also, Trump’s credibility as a businessman is debatable—Trump filed for bankruptcy several times, most recently in 2009. Chance of Election: Not much. Trump’s credibility as a businessman is debatable— Trump filed for bankruptcy several times, most recently in 2009.

photo courtesy of photo courtesy of GARY JOHNSON (declared bid) Quote: “We’re on the verge of financial collapse.” Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, is not the average Republican. Johnson does not attend church, is pro-choice, pro-immigration and supportive of legalizing marijuana. However, Johnson keeps in step with the usual Republican ideals of small government and low taxes. During his two terms as governor, he cut New Mexico’s annual budget growth by 10%, and set state records for his use of the veto. Chance of Election: Johnson’s libertarian tendencies, especially concerning social issues, will not garner him any support from the current Republican party, despite his adherence to classic fiscal conservatism.


SARAH PALIN (not officially running yet) Quote: What’s the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom? Lipstick. Sarah Palin became known to most Americans in 2008 as Senator John McCain’s left-field pick for vicepresident. However, prior to the last presidential election, Palin was a multiterm mayor of Wasilla, a small Alaskan town of barely 8,000 people. Palin also served two and a half years as the governor of Alaska. Currently, she provides political commentary for Fox News. Chance of Election: Despite Palin’s executive experience, her public image and brief stint as a reality television star in “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” may have damaged her chances of election.

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Pictured above is the 2011 Prom Court. The court is nominated by the Senior class and is comprised of five boys and five girls. L to R: Left to Right: Connor Tench, Hannah Goldner, Chris Nolan, Ally Armstrong, Ben Mays, Alicia Hutchison, Rohit Rajendran, Tori Buser, Phil Riola and Nicole Goodwin.

DJ Dave Mara lit up the room with dozens of blinding lights and blasted the roof of the Palace off with fantastic music all night!

Connor Tench and Ally Armstrong were crowned Prom King and Queen Saturday night. The senior student body spent two weeks nominaing candidates for the court (picture below.) Voting for king and queen took place on the Thursday and Friday before prom and was open to all faculty and staff at the High School. Ally and Connor were joined by the entire court for the King and Queen dance.

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If Prom is the academy awards, Post Prom is the after party at George Clooney’s penthouse. The High School comes alive at 11:30, imidiately after Prom Ends, and is filled with food, carnival games, inflatble rides and entertainment shows. Post Prom lasts until five a.m. Some of the most noteable events include the Hypnotist Show, the Segaway course and of course, the dozens of prizes which include, laptops, tvs, and iPad and the PT Cruiser! Parkland High School’s 2011 Senior Prom was held at the Palace Center again thisi year. This was the third time Parkland has hosted its prom at this venue and it was a tremendous success again. The decssion to move venues (from the Holiday Inn Fogelsville) was made three years ago by the class adisors and a team of administrators. The Holidy Inn proved to be too small for Parkland’s gargantuan party! The Ice Palace, on Hanover Ave. Allentown provides an excelent space to accomidate our 950 plus student prom! The Trumpet

Royal Wedding strikes emotion around the world addition, while Kate stunned the crown in an elegant Sarah Burton by McQueen lace and silk gown, Princess Diana’s The last few months almost everybody gown was a trendsetting, record-breaking has been talking about the royal Elizabeth Emmanuel taffeta gown with a wedding of Prince William, now Duke 25 foot train, extending of the entire set of Cambridge and Kate Middleton. The of stairs in St. Peter’s Basilica. couple met at St. Andrews College in There were pivotal guests in Scotland where they both were students in attendance of the wedding of the year. the 2001 fall term. The couple started off Nearly 1,900 people as friends but by the spring were invited to attend of 2004 the couple began the service, with 600 dating after he saw her in people in attendance a charity fashion show. A of the lunchtime few years, a public breakup reception hosted by and public speculation Queen Elizabeth at on them dating found the Buckingham Palace. couple announcing their Almost 300 guests engagement on November attended the dinner th 16 2010 with a public press hosted by Prince conference at Clarence Charles, father House with Kate receiving Photo by Mrs. Shirley Thomas of the groom at William’s late mother, Buckingham Palace Prince Diana of Wale’s, Even at Parkland, the teachers on the wedding day. sapphire and diamond were struck with wedding fever! Among those big engagement ring. They names in attendance at the service were were married in the Church of England members of the British royal family such on Friday, April 29th at 11 am Greenwich as Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip or Mean Time at the Westminster Abbey in The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Henry London, England, which is also known of Wales, Prince Andrew or The Duke as The Collegiate Church of St. Peter. of York and many other members of The couple was joined in matrimony by the royal family. Famous celebrities in the Archbishop of Canterbury and the attendance include David and Victoria ceremony itself was conducted by The Beckham, Elton John and Kanye West Dean of Westminster, John Hall. were also at the wedding. Also in Many people have wondered how attendance of the wedding were members Prince William’s and Kate’s wedding of foreign royal families, dignitaries, would size up in comparison to the members of government and parliament, grandiose wedding of William’s parents’ representatives of the church, members Diana and Charles. While Princess Diana of national defense services and many and Charles’ wedding drew 14.2 million others who have inspired and influenced American viewers over the television, Prince William and Kate throughout their the recent royal wedding drew even more lives also received a cordial invite. with 18.5 million American viewers. In The British Armed Forces played a big by Michelle Moore

part in the formal pomp and circumstance in the wedding in April. Among the roles were those of Queen’s Guard, The Guard of Honour, street liners, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force alongside others of the Armed Forces. The military members wore their service ceremonial uniforms and were in attendance of all aspects of the wedding. While many weddings produce mindblowing price tags, most cannot hold a candle to the cost of the recent royal wedding, clocking in with a price tag of $34 million dollars. Most of the cost went towards security; this took $32 million of the $34 million spent total. Other major expenses were Kate’s wedding ring, the multiple receptions, the gown, the cake, flowers and after-party cleaning. After security, flowers wound up being the second most costly with a price tag of $800,000 U.S. dollars. Even the cake itself cost over $80,000! These estimates do not even include the price of invitations, wedding party apparel and hotels for the night before, among other items. In order to help celebrate their wedding with those less fortunate, Prince William and Kate set up a charitable gift fund. These funds will help the five types of charities the couple has chosen to focus on. Some of these charities are The Zoological Society of London, Ocean Youth Trust UK and Venture Trust, among over 20 other charities. They ask that anyone wishing to give them a gift do so by supporting the

aforementioned charities. The Royal Family was extremely welcoming to those who wanted to help celebrate the wedding. While spectators could not actually get into the wedding itself, the ceremony was shown on two large screens in London one at Hyde Park and one at Trafalgar Square for spectators. The wedding was also broadcast live on television for those outside of London to be able to view the ceremony. All in all, the wedding was a huge success, all of England was happy to see their future King and his wife and share a special day which will be remembered forever. Now, everybody knows how the old adage goes; first comes love, then c o m e s marriage, the n comes the royal heir or heiress in a baby carriage. All one can hope for is best wishes and a happy life for Prince Wi l l i a m and his n e w bride.

‘Latin Dance Craze’ Zumba takes over Lehigh Valley By Dolly Malik Recently, the Latin dance craze, Zumba, has been taking over gyms, dance studios and homes all over the world. Besides being a fun dance style, Zumba is also an intense workout. Created in the mid 90’s in Cali, Colombia, fitness instructor Beto brought to Miami, Florida in 2001, Zumba classes now have over 12 million students, not including Zumba videos and games. Today, there are many different Zumba classes ranging from those for children to aquatic classes, but the more typical classes are held in a either dance studios or gyms. Classes are generally an hour long of nearly non-stop music set to Latin beats. The instructor leads the class in different dance steps, while incorporating various stretches and other body movement to help tone the body and turn a simple dance class into an

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invigorating workout. Each class ends with a “cool-down” song, which involves light stretching. Nobody has been seen leaving a Zumba class without breaking a sweat. Zumba instructors are usually dancers or dance instructors. In order to become a Zumba instructor, since the dance style is under rights, they must apply with the Zumba company and go through a seriesof training classes before being certified. “My instructor is full of energy! I love it because you sweat a lot yet have so much fun and the time really flies.,” said sophomore Madison Donchez. Some of the songs featured in a Zumba workout include Shakira’s Waka-Waka, Papa Americano, Cosculluela’s Prrrum, and Pitbull’s Krazy and Calle Ocho. Besides Latin beats, Zumba classes also tend to feature other foreign music. Some teachers incorporate African and Bollywood beats, adding an interesting feel to the class.

Zumba fanatics can be seen around donning their Zumba apparel and frequently posting statuses about classes or conversing with others about their latest Zumba adventures. “I just love Zumba. It’s definitely the best!” said senior Angela Krustick. This new workout dance has been called a “fitness-party” and it tends to be just that. There are over 500 classes just in the Lehigh Valley. Most gyms, dance studios and many churches like Bethany offer these classes. For more information and to find a Zumba class near you, visit


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Zumba lessons are everywhere including the Curves gym at Tilghman Square even for nonmembers.

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Adieu Adieu, To You and You and You

Mr. Windsor

Mrs. Arbogast

Accomplishments: 35 1/2 years teaching; 18 at Parkland Taught Drawing I Drawing II, Portfolio Preparation and A.P. Studio Art

“The most important lesson I have learned is that every student is an individual and has something unique to offer. “ Accomplishments:

“Patience, a sense of humor, and understanding goes a long way when trying to reach students.”

Mr. Steckel

27 years teaching; 25 at Parkland Taught Spanish

“I appreciate the relationships that teaching has provided me, both with students and colleagues. I’ll miss these people and the challenges of the profession, but I’m also looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr. Kohan

Accomplishments: 35 years teaching; 20 at Dieruff/Allen and 15 at Parkland Taught Social Studies

Mrs. Barr

“The best part of teaching is getting to know each student personally as much as possible. It is rewarding to see a student who can prepare a meal or sew a garment when they are finished.”

Accomplishments: 35 years at Parkland Taught Fashion & Computer Aided Design Int. Design

Mrs. Krimmel “The most important thing I have learned is to take it one day at a time because each day presents new challenges, so start each day as a clean slate.” Accomplishments: 35 years teaching; 31 at Parkland Assistant Boys Basketball Coach - 5 years Garter Bowl Coach- 10 years Taught Math/Algebra

Mrs. Morffi

“Respect and kindness is very important to and appreciated by people of all ages.” Accomplishments: 40 years teaching; 35 at Parkland Taught Spanish

“I’ve enjoyed getting to know students’ diverse personalities and cultural differnces which, in turn, enhanced the learning experience in my class room while always maintaining a sense of humor and making education fun.” Accomplishments: 27 years teaching; 19 at Parkland, 8 in Dominican Republic Taught Spanish

Boekenkamp’s Boss Reviews T he Cake Adele 21 Hthe anna movie the album Artist the show

    Most sixteen year old girls spend their days worrying about if a boy likes them, analyzing every move he makes, every smile or shrug. Girls spend hours staring at themselves in the mirror and go around gossiping about something that most likely almost certainly is not even true. Sixteen year old Hanna on the other hand, the main character in the movie Hanna, does not have to worry about anything like that, she does not live the life of a typical teenager. Hanna has been living in the forest with her dad ever since she was a baby and while being secluded from the entire world does not sound so bad, young Hanna wants a taste of the outside world. This one decision arouses a wild goose chase as Marissa Weigler, a CIA agent who created Hanna, tries to capture her.      For a large portion of Hanna, the viewer is sitting in their seat, wondering in anticipation what will happen next. Then comes that occasional somewhat awkward lull where the movie drags on just a little too long on something that seems less important or just not as action filled as everything else you just spent your time watching. But while the movie did have some of those “alright we get it, now move on with the movie” moments, it did have good action and a good story line to base off of.

In the past few years bakery shows such as Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars and DC cupcakes have been making a splash and gathering lots of viewers. But the events that occur on some of the shows are a little ridiculous. Cake Boss is the type of show where a lot of it seems like it is pre-planned. Whether the cake falls down a flight of steps or is not finished by the time it must be delivered or sometimes the cake does not get refrigerated when it is supposed to be, something always seems to happen on the show. Cupcake Wars on the other hand is more like a Top Chef type of show. Contestants compete to see who can make the most creative and delicious cupcake out of everybody. Sometimes things occur that seem a little pre-planned, but those events do not occur very often. Personally Cupcake Wars are the most exciting to watch. The next show to come out in the Cupcake/ Cake world of TV is Staten Island Cakes. This show features Vinny Buzzetta an executive pastry chef and owner of a bakery for wedding and special occosions cakes on Staten Island. The show premiers June 21 on We TV.

ADELE has come only come out with one album, ADELE 19, other then her most recent. ADELE 19 had only a couple songs on it, but her song Chasing Pavements, fromt the album, quickly became a hit. After that CD, ADELE came out with a few not so popular, yet still enjoyable songs, on their own which was making many loyal fans wonder if she was going to be just another one hit wonder like many other bands and artists are doomed to become. Just as it seemed fans were questioning her starpower, she came back bigger and better then ever releasing her most recent album ADELE 21. This album features iTunes number two on the top one hundred song, Rolling in the Deep, which was featured in the movie I am Number Four and also features the song Turning Tables was performed in a recent episode of Glee. All of the songs of her new album seem to have a main theme of either love or relationships. And while the themes of the songs seem to be similar, the beats and feeling that is given off from each song is different. Rolling in the Deep is a faster catchier song while One and Only feels like it could be played at a coffee house. The diversity in the songs is what gives ADELE’s newest album an edge to it. This new hit album lets everybody know that ADELE is not just a one hit wonder, but is here to stay.

Congratulations to all Freddy Award winners!

Parkland congratulates... Ben Mays, 12th grade Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Freddy Benson

Northern Lehigh High School, Once On This Island Bethlehem Catholic High School, Half a Sixpence Pius X High School, The King and I

Morgan Reilly, 12th grade Special FREDDY: Most Valuable Player

Allentown Central Catholic HS, Beauty & the Beast

Nicholas Bonsell, 12th grade Student Achievement Award (The Express-Times Internship) Wilson Black Technical Scholarship All Cast and Crew of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Outstanding Production Number, “Great Big Stuff”

Congrats to all other Freddy Recipients!

Emmaus High School, The Phantom of the Opera Notre Dame High School, The Wedding Singer Moravian Academy, HONK! Dieruff High School, Hair Southern Lehigh High School, Annie Northwestern Lehigh HS, Cabaret

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