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is the number of AR points sophomore Jeremy Hoffman has earned since the beginning of this school year.

R&W staff members Courtney Sabo and Meghan Ashford earned state recognition from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.



by gavin pellitteri

Class of 2011 The Junior Class prom committee recently decided on a masquerade/Mardi Gras theme for their May 14 dance.

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The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association (PNA) just released their 2010 Scholastic Keystone Award winners, and from the thousands of entries vying for the 39 potential winners, R&W staff members won two. A first place award went to editor-in-chief and production editor Courtney Sabo for her page design titled Balancing the Equation. Professional journalists and art designers commented that Sabo’s entry was “as good as any professional publication’s best effort.” This is Sabo’s second consecutive first place entry in the PNA Keystone competition. Staff writer Meghan Ashford earned an honorable mention for her coverage of students who volunteered their time this past summer in Rwanda in her feature, Rebuilding Rwanda. Both girls have been invited to attend the scholastic awards luncheon at the Hershey Lodge on March 17.


Our concert band was represented at PMEA District 8 Concert Band by seniors Matt Day, Tim Gordon and Emily Hudock. Day and Hudock then earned first chair status going into Regional Band, which will be held later this year.

Team Nasty poses shortly after winning the Sam Brown Charity Dodgeball Tournament at Central Columbia High School. Team members include juniors Adam Sosnoski, Michael Recla, Seth Loff, Spencer Eriksen, senior Jack Breisch and junior Logan Mauk.

NASTY TAKES CHARITY TITLE by gavin pellitteri

On Jan. 30, juniors Seth Loff, Adam Sosnoski, Michael Recla, Spencer Eriksen, Logan Mauk and senior Jack Breisch won a charity dodgeball tournament at Central High School. The team defeated 23 teams to become victors of this first year tournament that raised over $1,000 in charitable funds that will be given to the family of Sam Brown, a Central Middle School student who was injured after being allegedly bullied in school. Just last week, charges were filed as part of an ongoing investigation by local police. “We all had a great time playing, and it was for a really good cause,” says tournament MVP Recla. The guys called themselves Team Nasty, and they started with two goals. “We wanted to enter the tournament because it was for a great cause, and we knew we would have a great time beating everybody,” adds Sosnoski.

ALL THE RIGHT MOVES by gavin pellitteri

Advisers Jon Cubik and Mark Keeley found time in their student teaching schedules with social studies teacher Ron Grzybowski and math teacher Michael Kakaley to organize and supervise a Chess Club, which meets every Wednesday afternoon. Each meeting begins with black and white pieces flying across red and black chessboards that dot cafeteria tables, but the best part is that experience is not necessary. Chess Club is

for experienced players and those who just want to know in which direction the rook can travel. With a turnout of about 20 members, both advisers have been pleasantly surprised by the interest in the game and in gaming strategies. If chess is your game or if learning the skills of combat on a 64-square board brings out your competitive nature, you may have found your niche.

Drama Club The Drama Club will be presenting three performances of The Sound of Music on March 5 and 6 with evening shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. and the Saturday matinee beginning at 1:00. Tickets are on sale at the box office. FEA Future Educators Association members will be participating in the annual Read Across America Day on March 2, a time when the Dr. Seuss themed-day encourages adults to read to all age levels, especially to elementary students. Members will also be selling daffodils to raise money for the American Breast Cancer Society from March 15-21. Health Class Health educator Bill Perkins will take his 11/12 grade students to BU for the American Red Cross CPR certification class on March 9. Project Discovery Juniors and seniors will be attending Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s Project Discovery production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Students will be dismissed during second period and will return to the high school at 1:00 p.m. Robotics Adviser Kirk Marshall and his students have started building their robotic prototypes in class as they prepare for an early March competition in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Student Council Following the success of their Angel Dance and Hats for Haiti day, Council officers and adviser James Yates are trying to schedule a blood drive, but finding a date that everyone can agree on is quite difficult. T.S.A. Kirk Marshall and his students have started their projects. The members are either working individually or in small groups in preparation for the Feb. 20 competition.

Photos by Seth Loff and Courtney Sabo

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Accelerated Learning

MOVING ACROSS Most people see the middle school breezeway as a place to meet up with friends, a shortcut home or the location of vending machines. However, to a few middle school students, it is a connection to high school classes and advanced opportunities. by adam naessig


ince those first years, math teacher Billee Horn has taught middle school students in her Algebra II Honors classes. Although these students are younger, Horn says, “Sometimes the eighth graders are the best students. You figure that the earlier they’re in these advanced courses, the smarter they are.” Evan Ball, a current student in an Algebra II Honors class composed entirely of eighth graders and taught by Horn, has recognized the benefits of taking class in the high school as a younger student. “It will help me get a good feel for what high school is going to be like next year, so I will be able to prepare myself better,” says Ball. He also sees the academic value of taking this class. “The classes are more strict in the high school, so it helps challenge myself more, which will benefit me later in high school.” Recalling the Past Three years ago, sophomore Ryan Erwin was in the same situation Ball is currently in. “It was pretty intimidating with all the big bad high schoolers,” says Erwin. One experience especially stands out in Erwin’s mind.

“One day I walked into the high school, and there was no one in the cafeteria or Mrs. Horn’s room, and all the lights were out,” says Erwin. “I walked back to the middle school and heard there was a bomb threat.” Years Ahead While most students such as Erwin and Ball come to the high school as eighth graders, one student is taking this step a year earlier. Seventh grader Noah Crawford is currently taking Algebra II taught by James Yates. When Crawford was in elementary school, it became apparent that he had academic talents. “The school told my parents and they said, ‘Alright then, let’s see what we can get him,’ and then they moved me up,” says Crawford. Being just a seventh grader and roaming the halls of the high school can be an overwhelming experience. “I’m just waiting for someone to turn around and hit me,” jokes Crawford. “It’s something new every day.” However, this change of pace from Crawford’s normal classes is short-lived. Once the bell rings, he and every other middle school student pack up their books and experiences and travel back across the breezeway to their own building. []

COLLEGE COURSE OPTION by briana yablonski, features editor With scheduling issues and a competitive post-high school market, a small group of students have moved onto the next level of education by enrolling in college courses. This past summer, junior Aimee Becker was enrolled in American Cultures at BU in order to free up her high school schedule, an eye-opening and helpful experience. “Excelling in this class relied on self-learning and organization,” says Becker. “It was a foreshadow of what college will be like.” Due to the individual learning required for a college class, some students have struggled with these higher level courses. During the Spring of 2009, junior Season Whitenight found Pre-Calculus much harder than the classes she was used to. “It went a lot faster, and they expected you to figure out everything on your own.” Lacking free time and classroom help, Whitenight became overwhelmed and did not have a good experience. “With all of Mrs. Casteel’s stuff and track, it was just too much,” she says. Despite this, Whitenight says everyone was friendly, and she would take another class if she had to time to do so. So if your schedule isn’t working out or you just want to experience life outside BHS, remember that BU classes are an option that can greatly pay off.

Middle school seventh grader Noah Crawford stands at the intersection of his building and the high school, where he takes Algebra II with math teacher James Yates. Crawford is one of many middle schoolers who are successfully taking advanced academic courses. Photo by staff

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healthy Route


STRUGGLE All in all, Communication Studies teacher DeAnne Casteel is the essence of determination.

by meghan ashford


asteel was the director of BHS’s school productions for over 25 years, and she always put her students and their shows first. The only problem was that when focusing on those students and their needs, Casteel put herself and her health last, way down her list of priorities. “My health had to do with too many carbs over a long period of time, and that basically happened as a result of my directing here, being here every single night and just grabbing junk food,” says Casteel. After retiring from directing, Casteel decided that her health was her next project. She successfully lost over 100 lbs., but as age and a busy schedule combined to hinder her progress, the weight slowly came back. Now, eight years later, Casteel has started a new health regimen that she believes will enable her to keep doing all that she loves while keeping the diabetes she’s been struggling with for 15 years in check. “I’m ready to battle. I’ve noticed the obituaries have been running in the 50s age group, and I really want to be around to see my grandchildren,” says Casteel. However, Casteel wants to become Pull quote A CLOSER LOOK: healthy the right way. She has turned to the Harvard Food Pyramid, a superbly HARVARD FOOD PYRAMID healthy exercise and eating routine that • Whole grain foods and plant oils are eaten at even convinced her husband to join. most meals.

The current Communication Studies teacher DeAnne Casteel (left) takes a look at herself from a few years ago. Casteel has started a new health program that she hopes will take back those years while it improves her physical fitness.

SENIOR MEETS HIS GOAL by morgan lee, features editor

With more than 60 lbs. already gone, senior Adam Schell (right) easily surpassed his summer weight loss goal of 25 lbs. Inspired by his aunt and uncle, Schell turned to Shapes to Come, a weight loss center in Danville. “The most difficult part was adjusting my eating habits,” says Schell. “I always felt hungry after the maximum amount of food I was allowed per day, and

it was difficult to drink eight glasses of water each day.” However, Schell overcame the difficulties and changed on a personal level. “Now, I’m more positive and outgoing than I used to be,” says Schell. “Not only am I healthier than I was before, I also feel like I look better than I did nine months ago. I like that feeling of accomplishment.”

Nutrition Factor • Vegetables are eaten in abundance and fruit is Exercise is an obviously necessary consumed 2-3 times per day. component to a healthy lifestyle, but it is • Nuts and legumes are eaten 1-3 times per day, only one factor in the mix. Another is a but fish, poultry and eggs are eaten at most 2 strict and pleasing diet of all the essential times per day. nutrients, one that inspires its followers to maintain the program until goals are • Dairy and calcium supplements are consumed 1-2 times daily, and red meat, butter, white rice, met and maintained. white bread, potatoes, pasta and sweets are eaten “I didn’t want to diet; I wanted to sparingly. change my lifestyle,” says Casteel. And she certainly has. “Sunday, I plan all of the food for the week. I love creating stuff, but I have to be careful.” Casteel feared that her creative spirit would be put in check, but she readily finds many options and opportunities as she makes weekly meals for her and her husband. “We go to the outer edges of the grocery store and stay away from anything in a bag or a box,” says Casteel. Along with the diet, a daily exercise program is an essential component. A normal day consists of the Casteels waking up at 4:10 a.m., feeding their dogs and jumping in the car at about 4:35 to go to the gym. They follow an intense workout schedule. “On Tuesday and Thursday we do cardio, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we work with weights. I love free weights!” Casteel says. This time in the morning now spent at the gym had originally been Casteel’s time to prepare for the school day, a worthwhile sacrifice in her opinion. “The morning time is still for me, but in a different way,” she claims. Though melancholy for the loss of her day’s preparation time, Casteel is now ready to face new challenges. She has already set her sights on her gym’s Biggest Loser contest, for which Casteel has hired a personal trainer and plans on losing up to 50 lbs. When her mind is set on something, anything is possible.[]

Photo by Morgan Lee


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Sister Maria Theresa shows some cast members the yearbook that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Villa Sacred Heart.

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shown) sings a stanza of Climb Every Mountain.

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Julia Davis, who portrays Mother Abbess, shares a story with Sister Maria Theresa in the Villa’s Basilica.

The cast applauds Sister Maria Theresa after she sings a Slovak song.

Freshman Joseph Kuhar stands ready with a cordless drill to attach the railing on the set’s second floor balcony.

Volunteer Don Tretter cuts through 4x4s as he makes legs for a set of stairs that will be a main entrance in several scenes.

Freshman Cassandra Ewbanks and sophomore Walker DowdWhipple paint an archway that will be rolled on and off the stage during various scenes.


THE STAGE With the tech crew enlisting the help of actors and parents, the set design for this year’s drama production The Sound of Music has proved to be an ambitious project for a willing cast and crew. by andrea fronsman, features editor


With three weeks before opening night, the house set with its showcase stairway is getting its first coat of paint and some finishing touches.

One of the many adult volunteers attaches a platform piece to another board with his cordless drill.

orking diligently in eight-hour shifts, these workers have been showing up for the past six Saturdays to cut materials, then sand, assemble, prime and paint the elaborate set which features two stories of the Von Trapp mansion, a gazebo, a terrace and the interior of an abbey. Much planning and research went into the layout of the set according to co-director Timothy Latsha, who drew inspiration from a number of sources. “We had gone to see Susquehanna University’s production of The Sound of Music in November, which confirmed some of the ideas that we had discussed in August during our initial set design talks,” says Latsha, who was assisted in the task of designing by co-director and visual coordinator Katie Pollard and BHS alumnus Brian Tretter. However, local productions were not the only muse for the set design. In fact, they were only the beginning. “We examined some of the Austrian topography and architecture in determining the shape, color, texture and design of the set pieces,” explains Latsha. “The inspiration for design of the walls of the abbey came from looking at pictures on the Internet of the Nonnberg Abbey. For the interior of the mansion, we saw a clip of the interior of the [Von Trapp] mansion in Austria.” The production takes place March 5 and 6 with 7:30 show times on both days and a Saturday matinee at 1:00. []

Director Timothy Latsha speaks with Brian Tretter and Katie Pollard about the set construction process.

Senior Cheyenne Martin, who plays Maria, puts on the first coat of paint on the set from a 10-foot ladder. Photos by staff


More Than Just Looks


Teenagers have plenty of things to worry about: school, sports medicines that prominently list severe depression as very real s by brittany karpinski


edical experts are sounding alarms about teens from shoveling snow too m involved in activities that have become popular dermatologist at Geisinger H with those who want to look better and healthier Skin cells known as melan such as year-round tanning. Although many brown pigment, in response students feel a little bronze makes them look better, years from eventually create a tan. “By now, they could regret their daily or weekly decisions. they can’t undo the damage Experts at the Saint Louis University M Cancer Center note that each year, is “By the time people reach their one in seven Americans are diagnosed fifties, they can’t undo the damage b with skin cancer, making it the most common form of cancer in the U.S. In th they created in their teens.” 85 percent of these cases, the cancer -M.D. Victor Marks ta occurs before a person reaches the age in of 18. sa A seemingly harmless habit such as tanning both indoors and wear protective goggles and outdoors increases the risk of getting skin cancer by 75 percent while damaging eyes and causing wrinkles and premature aging Other Not So Obvious Dan to skin. Even with such consequences, many students continue But tanning is only one o to tan on a regular basis. “I like tanning because it clears up my strive for physical improvem skin. I also like the look of being tan and how it’s so relaxing,” towards a better look also h says senior Nika Cerreta. sensitive teeth are major con And the effects of tanning increase when exposure to the sun $2 billion are spent every ye starts at an early age. “I was 13 years old when I first started soon follow. tanning,” says sophomore Shyanne Shaffer, who still tans today. In a 2002 University of So But to the medical community, those benefits don’t come Dentistry survey of 100 peo close to the damage caused by tanning. “Your skin tans to moderate sensitivity after us protect itself from injury. It’s like getting blisters on your hand whitening gel (15% carbam

Senior Nika Cerreta is fully aware of the health risks, but she uses tanning to help her complexion and to provide a sense of relaxation.

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We asked school nurse Linda “What is your opinion about harmful products to enhance

collected by hillary drumheller, news “It defeats the purpose of looking good. Longterm effects of tanning can be wrinkling of skin and can really take a toll on your complexion. There is actually a better chance of getting

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TERM EFFECTS Skin cancer develops mainly on areas of sunexposed skin, including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms and hands. But it can also form on areas that rarely exposed to sun — palms, beneath fingernails, spaces between toes or under toenails and the genital area. Skin cancer affects people of all skin tones, including those with darker complexions.

s and relationships, but skin cancer, receding gum lines or side effects are usually not on the list of concerns.

much,” says M.D. Victor Marks, a Health System. nocytes produce more melanin, a e to ultraviolet (UV) rays which the time people reach their fifties, e they created in their teens,” say Dr. Marks, who also notes that skin cancer s curable if found early. Senior Julie Carpenter visits tanning beds on a regular basis but has taken he first step to reduce this damage. “I an every day during prom season, but n the winter, I only go once a week,” ays Carpenter. “I always make sure to d lotion.”

ngers of several choices students face as they ment. Teeth whitening, another step has its drawbacks. Sore gums and nsequences of a business where nearly ear. But with popularity, problems

outhern California School of ople, half experienced mild to sing an over-the-counter-strength mide peroxide), while 1 in 25 had the

kind of pain that causes intense suffering, and that number has grown with the increase usage of such products. “I feel more confident with a whiter smile. After having braces for two years, I felt the need to whiten them. Not only do I have straighter teeth, but they’re whiter as well,” says sophomore Christina Gulliver. Other treatments are often medically-required for conditions that are beyond just cosmetic concerns like severe acne, yet even that cure comes packaged with potential side effects. Accutane, unlike most topical acne skin care products, slows the production of oils that cause acne and helps to unclog pores by clearing acne from the inside out. Junior Michael Noll has used Accutane and has seen only positive effects so far. “It works great. Accutane completely cleared my skin,” he says. However, Accutane has potentially serious risks that aren’t associated with other acne medicines, including birth defects, liver damage, severe depression, hair loss and muscle pain. Stopping the use of Accutane will diminish the side effects. Candidates for this acne skin treatment should fully understand all potential side effects before using this product. “It works incredibly well, but it’s only good for serious acne problems,” says Dr. Marks. Ultimately, though, these are decisions that individuals must make for themselves. Whether a new year’s resolution or just a change in personal perception, better habits will surely be a benefit in both the short and long run. []


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n cancer from ning beds than m the tanning in sun. Overall, there better ways to rove the way you k without harming rself.”

The two side effects that occur most often with tooth whitening are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums that can quickly become a health problem if not treated. Tissue irritation most commonly results from an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the toothbleaching agent.

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Not only can diet pills cause stomach problems, insomnia and headaches, but they can also become both physically and emotionally addictive.

Because tattoos breach your skin, the body’s main protective barrier, skin infections and other skin reactions can occur.




Dying hair with chemicals can cause cancer and an allergic reaction from the dangerous chemicals in the product.

Allergic reactions can happen due to the metal in piercing jewelry. Bacterial infections are also common if the piercing is not cleaned and maintained properly.

Contact lenses can scratch, infect or permanently damage the cornea. They can also become hidden under the lid if worn at night.

Photo by staff, cover photo illustration by Courtney Sabo


Paying to Play


Junior Jordyn Siciliano, who plays soccer and runs track, poses with a variety of sports equipment at Schuylkill Valley Sports. Store manager Barry Stoud assisted us with the photo at the Columbia Mall.


for an Ampac Enterprise all star youth combo mask, Easton Jr. synergy stick, Xara tornado safety ball, Nike Basketball, Nike Shox, Wilson football and Nike Vapor 12 gloves

The consensus is that the more expensive the product, the better it must be. And that opinion often results in believing that sports have become too expensive for the average high school athlete. by tyler lunger


collected by luke klingler, sports editor


ut what is the truth behind that claim, especially when the athletic department provides the basic equipment required for most sports? Football players are outfitted with shoulder pads, knee pads, helmets, jerseys and pants which could total $250. But footwear is not provided, so what are players wearing? “I spent $100 on my cleats. The season is hard on them, so I usually have to get new ones every year,” says junior running back Michael Noll. But $100 does not put Noll onto the short list of high-end budgets. Junior tennis player Amy Lynn spends over $315 on merchandise which she needs to compete in the upcoming seasons. She ticks off the basics, “Racket ($175), tennis balls ($10 to start), sneakers ($70), bag ($50) and grip tape ($10). My parents buy me the necessities, and any extra things I want, I pay for,” says Lynn. To help cover the expenses of these items, Lynn has a part time job, which paid for her sports bag and tennis footwear. A quick look at the baseball field, and equipment costs take a significant jump. Junior baseball player Seth Loff spends an estimated $650 on his equipment. The biggest portion of this is spent on his catcher’s gear ($200), but that is just where he starts. Now throw in batting gloves ($20), cleats ($80), catcher’s gloves ($100), outfielder’s glove ($90), his own batting helmet ($40) and a personal bat ($120), and his part time job at Weis Markets becomes essential. “My parents used to buy my gear until I got a job. Now I have to pay for a lot of it,” says Loff. Even though the needed equipment is pricey, he adds, “It lasts, so I don’t have to buy new stuff every year.”

Tori Malatesta

Kevin Gross

Amanda Shaleen




“I got a Merican field hockey stick, and that was $250.”

“Nike football cleats that cost $150.”

“I spend $60 on costumes for many dance recitals.”

Most Expensive Sport But the golf course is where the real money starts to add up. Loff and Lynn together invest over $1,065 in their athletic activities, but that pales next to senior golfer Pat Dillon’s holdings. Dillon’s inventory lists clubs ($2,250), bag ($250), shoes ($100) and 12 golf balls ($50) which must be replaced every two to three rounds. Does he have any good financial news? “My bag and clubs will last about three years, and my shoes will make it two years before I have to replace them,” says Dillon. Now multiply all this by the number of students who participate in varsity sports just in this high school, and the total is a staggering amount. But for those who want to just play the game, teams provide much of what is needed for a successful career, and lower-priced products often are just as good for the starting athlete. []

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Record Breaker Junior Zachary Stephens dives from the block during the 200 medley relay during the home meet against Central Columbia.


In the most recent coverage of high school regional swimming leaders, the Press Enterprise lists junior Zachary Stephens at the top of the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back, 100 breast and as part of every relay. But what about diving, you ask? by casey ward




200 medley relay

team pool team team team pool team team state team pool

1:39.23 1:41.35 1:44.00 1:53.52 4:48.50 1:30.47 54.23 57.18 57.18 3:12.43 3:17.05

200 free 200 IM 500 free 200 free relay 100 back 100 breast 400 relay

Junior swimmer Zachary Stephens held the state record in the 100 breast for 40 minutes until it was broken by another swimmer.


During the meet against Central Columbia, junior Zachary Stephens swims the backstroke portion of the 200 IM.


welve years ago, Stephens made a decision that would impact what is arguably the best swimming career since Stephanie Williams set records that still stand today. After watching his older brother use swimming as cross-training for running, Stephens tried the sport for himself. “I decided to join in because it looked fun and was fun and still is,” says Stephens. Over the years, Stephens has developed his skills as a swimmer aided by practices that usually include 6,500 to 7,000 yards, a part of his training that improves his endurance, speed and technique. And that is usually followed by 30 minutes of dry land practice, which consists of abdominal workouts, pull-ups, push-ups and stretching. But his high school feats are just the start. To qualify for YMCA Nationals in Florida, Stephens swims not only for the high school but also for the Sunbury YMCA and admits that his lifestyle is time-consuming. “Swimming takes up a lot of time,” says Stephens. “Just driving to Sunbury takes about 45 minutes to get there and then another 45 minutes to get home.” And besides travel time, practices and meets take a toll on his attitude towards school. “There’s so much less time for school work when I get home, and since I don’t feel like doing schoolwork then, it’s not easy.” But all this effort is paying off even if it does not always involve breaking team and pool records. “As a teammate of Stephens, I have experienced the hard work of Stephens


inches, which is how much taller Phelps is than Stephens

and the leadership he shows towards his teammates to make them better athletes,” says sophomore Stefan Szilagyi, who has been swimming with Stephens on the high school team for two years. Szilagyi uses Stephens’ success as motivation to do better in his own events. “My goal is to have the butterfly record that Stephens has, so it makes me work hard to try and break it,” says Szilagyi. Record Setting Career Stephens’ success can easily be measured by the 10 records he holds at the high school, but to watch him in the pool, winning some races by over one minute, is where his dominance shows itself. Stephens beat and held a state record in the 100 breast with a time was 57.18; teammate Sam Calhoun is the second ranked area swimmer in that event, with a best time of 1:10.34. With such great talent, it is no surprise that Northwestern University and Penn State University have already contacted Stephens, who went on an unofficial visit to the University of North Carolina. With a few sacrifices and a diligent work ethic, Stephens has become the area’s best swimmer. He has transformed from a child who joined the sport simply for fun into a victorious athlete who has achieved many milestones that will enshrine him as one of the best high school swimmers to ever set foot in the pool. Now, if he could just dive. []


lbs., which is the difference in weight between Phelps (200 lbs.) and Stephens (150 lbs.)


size of Phelps’ and Stephens’ shoe

Photos by Courtney Sabo


ripped to shreds







This superset chest-and-backblasting workout emphasizes two classic upper-body exercises, push-ups and pull-ups to build strength and develop shape. The combination of these two push and pull movements will help you burn loads of calories while simultaneously attacking, strengthening and developing multiple muscle groups.

Get ready to go airborne. With over 30 explosive jumping moves, you won’t be spending much time on the ground during this highly intense cardio routine. Plyometrics, also known as jump training, has been proven to dramatically improve athletic performance. If your sport involves a ring, rink, field, court or track, then this training will give you the edge. Just be prepared to “Bring It” for a full hour when you leap into this workout because there is no letting up.

Nothing rounds out the perfect physique like a pair of welldefined arms and shoulders, and with its potent combination of pressing, curling and fly movements, this routine will leave you feeling stronger and looking sexier. Whether you want to build muscle mass or just slim and tighten what you’ve already got, these targeted shoulder and arm exercises will get you the results you want.

Yoga is a vital part of any fitness regimen and is an absolute must for an extreme program like P90X. This routine combines strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and breath work to enhance your physique and calm your mind. Yoga X will leave you feeling energized, invigorated and maybe even a little enlightened.

Get ready to squat, lunge and pull for a total-body workout like no other. While the main focus of this workout lies in strengthening and developing the leg muscles (quads, hamstrings, glutes and calves), there’s also a handful of great pull-up exercises to give your legs a quick breather while you work the upper body.

Kenpo X was created to give P90X users a high-intensity cardiovascular workout packed with lots of punching and kicking combinations to improve balance, endurance, flexibility and coordination. During this workout, you’ll learn some of the most effective ways to defend yourself while at the same time getting your body in peak condition.

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With hundreds of infomercials advertising the newest way to lose weight with exercise machines, diet plans or workouts, the average person must surely be confused.


by lauren ball


ome products work, some don’t, and results vary. However, the unique workout program called P90X ($120) contains 12 highintensity workouts aimed at turning one’s body from flab to fit in 90 days. P90X is different from most programs because it supplies everything, including a three-phase nutrition plan, dietary supplement options, step-by-step fitness guide, calendar to chart progress, online support and necessary equipment. Does it Work? Support teacher and mother of two Coleen Lupashunski wanted to get back in shape and bought P90, an older version of P90X which is less difficult but still an intense program. After not working out for years, Lupashunski successfully completed the 90-day process. The result was not the amount of weight she actually lost, but a greater overall fitness level she achieved. “When I was done with P90, I ran a 5K, something I had never done before, and I won an age group award because of the great shape the P90 put me in.” Sophomore Thomas Dillon attempted the program but admitted to quitting halfway through. “On difficulty ratings from 1-10 and 10 being the hardest, I’d give it an 11. You can’t pick this up right away; you have to be somewhat in shape because it really demands a lot of out of you.” Weight room supervisor and Bloomsburg All-American defensive end John Ochs notes that spending $120 on P90X is extremely beneficial. “Some gym memberships can cost up to $500, but now that I have P90X, I will never have to waste money on going to a gym. With “With P90X, I have everything P90X, I have everything necessary necessary to be in the best to be in the best shape of my life.” After Ochs’ football career was shape of my life.” -John Ochs over, he decided that he needed a new challenge. “I saw P90X on TV and was sold on it. After I did the first workout, I knew that it was going to get me into good shape again.” Ochs admits workout programs have never troubled him, but becoming lean is where he struggled. “I was always one of the strongest guys in the weight room, but with the program, I gained strength but most importantly lost fat.” The program is an effective fat burner for multiple reasons. “For example, in the plyometrics workout, you’re constantly jumping and moving for an hour,” explains Ochs. “The workouts are in cycles, and each cycle includes three, 30-second exercises and one, one-minute exercise. You do each cycle two times.” One of the participants in the plyometrics DVD has a prosthetic leg, which shows that these exercises are modified so nearly anyone can complete them. “Overall, I think it’s a great program. With P90X, you’re making an investment for your health and well-being,” says Ochs. []



Stretching is the one thing that will help you achieve a higher level of athleticism over a longer period of time. The X Stretch routine is an integral part of the program that will help prevent injuries and avoid plateaus. The extensive full-body stretches that make up this routine use disciplines from Kenpo karate, hatha yoga and various sports to ensure that your body is fully prepared to meet all P90X challenges head-on.

Each and every exercise in the Core Synergistics workout recruits multiple muscle groups to build and support the core (lumbar spine and trunk muscles) while at the same time conditioning your body from head to toe. Loaded with a variety of fun, unique and challenging exercises, this routine will get you moving in all directions to maximize your P90X results.



CHEST, SHOULDERS, & TRICEPS Packed with an array of moves that target both large and small muscles, this workout will do wonders for your upper body. In just one full sequence you’ll get a healthy dose of presses, flys and extensions to push you to the brink. The results will be a stronger, leaner and highly defined upper torso that will leave you looking awesome, with or without a shirt.

We asked BU Exercise Science major Caitlin Schuler, “How does P90X compare to the best products on the market?” collected by matthew sokoloski, sports editor “P90X uses the muscle confusion technique and is very intense. The workouts are always changing, so your body

doesn’t plateau, which happens with most other workout programs that you see advertised on TV.”




With a host of curls and pullups, this routine will make it fun to flex those powerful biceps. But don’t worry, ladies– by using lighter weight, you can focus on toning and tightening these showcase arm muscles without adding the size that most guys covet. Additionally, this workout will also provide some great back definition that everyone can appreciate. No matter what your goals, you will achieve them in dramatic fashion if you dig in and max out your reps.

This low-impact cardio routine can be used in a variety of ways to meet your P90X goals. Use it in addition to your standard P90X workload when you want to burn some extra calories or as a substitute if your body needs a break from the program’s highimpact workouts. Whatever your reason for using Cardio X, you’ll find it to be a fun, fullthrottle, fat burning workout that will leave you feeling lean and mean.

The combination and sequence of movements in this unique workout taps into not only abdominal strength, but true core strength as well. Master these 11 highly effective exercises, and you will achieve vital abdominal muscle strength to benefit your overall health and physical performance. You’ll also develop that highly coveted six-pack as you take Ab Ripper X to full throttle. It’s extreme work that’s better than any machine in any club.

Photo illustration by Courtney Sabo


Something to Say


Bloomsburg High School 1200 Railroad Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815 February 2010 V87 N6

Editor-in-Chief Courtney Sabo


Senior Editor Hillary Drumheller Associate Editor Anthony Sainclair


Senior Editor Briana Yablonski Associate Editors Andrea Fronsman, Morgan Lee


Senior Editor Matthew Sokoloski Associate Editor Luke Klingler


Senior Editor Morgan Lee Associate Editor Andrea Fronsman


Illustration Editor Briana Yablonski Production Editor Courtney Sabo


Writers Meghan Ashford, Lauren Ball, Ilea Franklin, Brittany Karpinski, Seth Loff, Tyler Lunger, Cara Mensinger, Adam Naessig, Gavin Pellitteri, Casey Ward Adviser Sam Bidleman The R&W is the magazine serving the students, faculty and administration of the Bloomsburg High School community, written, designed and published by the Journalism I and II classes. Views expressed in the R&W represent those of the writer, not necessarily those of the high school. Unsigned commentary represents views of the Editorial Board. Find us on the web @ bloomsburg/bhs Follow us on Twitter: The R&W is printed by the Press Enterprise, 3185 Lackawanna Avenue, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 Kathy Malkoskie, PE Customer Service Representative Letters Policy The Editorial Board welcomes all comments and letters. Please sign and send all letters to room 215 or our online address: The Board does not condone abuse deviated from the subject matter directed at one or more individuals. PA School Code 22 Chapter 12.9 Students have the right to express themselves unless the expression interferes with the educational process, threatens serious harm, encourages unlawful activity, or interferes with individual rights. School officials may not censor material simply because it is critical of the school or its administrations The R&W is a proud member of the Pennsylvania School Press Association.

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ommentary Four years ago, the U.S. House passed the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA) by a 410 to 15 vote.


his bill has the authority to eliminate social networking and chat rooms within schools and libraries in an effort to protect us from those who would do us harm. Yet, as noble as that sounds, the reality for us as students is quite different. Jim Halperty, who works at law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, who represents all legal issues for the Internet Commerce Coalition said, “This bill is well-intentioned, but it is highly overbroad and would create big obstacles to accessing sites that pose no risk to children,” a claim backed up by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI). “Unfortunately, this bill will not delete online predators. Rather, it will delete legitimate Web content from schools and libraries,” said Stupak. Our elected officials have also tried to shield us from dangerous websites. Governor Ed Rendell signed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) four years ago. It mandated that schools with federal funding comply to an Internet filter. And although our district has one of the more liberal filtering systems in a personal view by editor Courtney Sabo the state, one that still gives us access to On Feb. 9, I attended a girls’ basketball game. Sure, YouTube, the newest change has created maybe they don’t attract too many students, but that a noticeable difference in what we can night was different. Senior Jocelyn Schultz needed do with the Internet. only 7 points to reach 1,000. Our current technology-based For once, a small student section filled a portion of the bleachers, and friend and fellow classmate educational efforts have run into an Brittany Keyser brought along Jocelyn Schultz faces impenetrable firewall that have kept to hold up during the game. us from Animoto and Glogster, from I was there with my camera as usual, ready to shoot websites that we need for research papers that breathtaking shot; however, the first quarter was and from Web 2.0 sites that encourage rather mundane, and we were losing 4-2. Within a few minutes of the next quarter, Jocelyn collaboration. And we can no longer scored six points, leaving just one left. She drove to search for hundreds of topics such as the basket and was fouled by a Montgomery player. cities or countries because they are She stood at the foul line and shot. Swoosh. classified as “Travel & Leisure.” The game stopped, and music played. Fans cheered These changes have added even more as Jocelyn received flowers, balloons and hugs from challenges as our school tries to combine her teammates, coaches and parents. A thousand points is a big deal. I am glad we were education and technology, a major goal there to share it with her. of today’s world. Instead of spending time researching Mark Twain or finding out today’s atmospheric pressure, we are waiting the usual 10 minutes for our computers to boot, then another 5 for the Internet to connect, then another 5-10 for the webpage to load if it is not blocked. Again, we see the problem because we are the ones affected. We certainly don’t know about server issues, about firewall setups or about baud speeds, and we respect the efforts of IT specialists, school officials and our elected legislative representatives. But we are ones in the seats, so to speak. We are the ones who are in the process of becoming adults, those life-long learners who have integrated technology into every aspect of our lives. We heed the warnings; we have listened to our parents. We are those 21st Century Learners everyone is talking about. However, we realize that as students, no one is ready to allow us to solve these problems. It’s rare that we have any input much less the final decision in situations involving our education, which greatly affects our happiness, sociability and overall lives. But we try. In this column, we have fought for a different dress code, for less busywork, for an easier and more flexible class scheduling system, for some school-wide recognition of those who win great honors and for higher-quality classroom technology, all well-intentioned and all coming from the viewpoint of students between the ages of 14 and 18. So, maybe those are not our decision-making years, but we will continue to challenge what we know must be changed. If we don’t fight, we can’t prevail. []

Just saying

Illustration by Courtney Sabo

Points of View



just Asking

by matthew sokoloski, sports editor

“What is your favorite thing to do on a snow day?” collected by matthew sokoloski, sports editor


“On snow days, I love staying inside the whole day with my family, drinking hot chocolate and sleeping in.”


“My favorite thing to do on a snow day is just to relax and be lazy the whole day, and when I get up, I’ll watch ESPN for multiple hours.”


“I like to catch up on sleep, and when I wake up, I usually spend the day with friends watching movies.”



by courtney sabo, editor-in-chief, production editor, photographer Over the course of three days, our honors Chemistry class constructed hot air balloons out of tissue paper, glue and masking or duct tape. During the second half of our double period, we went out into the brisk winter weather to fly them. The experiment used a Bunsen burner which shot hot air up an aluminum pipe covered in duct tape into our balloons which we held. Hot air is lighter than cool air, so that caused the balloons to rise. We faced multiple problems such as the gas not being turned on, and the constant wind did not help the situation either. Next, the duct tape on the aluminum tube caught on fire, singeing the bottom portion of Rachel Defrain’s balloon. The group whose balloon flew the farthest won goodies from teacher Todd Davis’ infamous snack drawer, so after every group had made their attempt, Eric Pirrone was more than eager to try again. Unfortunately, he had some bad luck and had to jump back while his balloon incinerated (right) from the Bunsen burner’s flame. Photos by staff

When I saw the infomercials for P90X on television, I thought if someone wanted to lose weight and get fit, he could do it by running and eating a few more salads. Well, I was in for an attitude adjustment. Our weight room supervisor John Ochs told me that he used P90X, and by the looks of him, I knew that this would be a pretty good workout. He told me how sticking to the program made a huge difference in his muscular build. I was still cocky about it, Matthew Sokoloski demonstrates a Jump Shot, though. I thought, “Well, one of the plyometric exercises. In this one, I’m a football player who is Sokoloski had to repeat a leg stretching and in pretty good shape. If he jumping exercise for 30 reps. can do it, I should be able too.” I was able to borrow the P90X plyometrics workout, which Ochs said was the hardest one. My confidence level was brought down when I saw the demonstrator doing the workout with ease, especially since he had a prosthetic leg. My heart rate was already up during the warm-up, and the sweat soon followed. After the first cycle of the workout, I started paying a lot more attention to how much time was left in the hour workout and dreaming of looking like the after pictures on the infomercials and not like a stereotypical lineman in high school. After the second cycle and a minute of Rockstar Jumps, I didn’t know how much longer I was going to be able to put up with the pain. But I thought back to the cocky kid who thought, “Ah, I’ll be able to do it with ease,” and I knew I had to finish. When the workout was over, my one hand immediately dropped to my knee while the other reached for my water bottle. After the cool down, I knew that P90X was the best workout I had ever done. This is not for the faint of heart; this is a back-busting workout program that will challenge me as I strive to finish all 90 days and become the newest member of the after club.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR CELL PHONE collected by morgan lee, features editor

To double check the time because you weren’t looking when you first checked

When you’re bored

When your friends are checking theirs When someone is yelling at you To look busy when you’re alone To check the time

In class

To avoid eye contact


& Nothing Else Matters

UNBOXED a look at the new stuff


by seth loff

by michael mcgarry, film studies teacher Each year, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which, like any villainous all-powerful organization, is simply known as The Academy, deigns to present we mortals with a list of nominations for awards. Predictions are made and yet we are always surprised at the announcement, sometimes angered, always perplexed. Knowing I will be incorrect in my predictions, I present them to you anyway. Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: George Clooney in Up in the Air. I think what gets Clooney the nod over Jeff Bridges’ work in Crazy Heart is his humanitarian work, specifically in Haiti. Bridges gets robbed here. Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep in Julia & Julia. I know that Sandra Bullock won a Golden Globe, but she has a problem. Well, several actually – do we start at Speed or Miss Congeniality ... The Academy never forgets. That leaves Mirren and Streep, and as I’ve heard more about Streep’s veritably becoming Julia Childs, I think she takes home the Oscar. Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: Up. This is still a category? Here I thought they just handed this award to Disney/Pixar every year.

Avatar may finally be at the end of its film dominance, but that has not diminished its worldwide take of over $2.4 billion in just over 60 days.

Best Motion Picture of the Year: Avatar. If The Academy doesn’t at least pander to the public a little bit, I think they’ll risk public outrage. That said, I think that Up and District 9 are both alternatives just as, if not more, deserving, simply based on the content of the works rather than their shiny veneer of “innovation.”


With about 180,000 applications in Apple’s App Store, you can find almost anything you want. Not all of them are games used for wasting time, and many apps are free. Here’s a look at four apps we thought you would find interesting.

MARTIN JET PACK For everyone who had the dream of flying through the air without a plane, the Martin Jet Pack has arrived. Capable of reaching 8,000 feet and traveling at 31 mph, this contraption costs $100,000. Sure, the price may be a bit out of our range, but a pilot’s license is not required, and the machine even features a built-in ballistic parachute.

L5 iPHONE REMOTE For everyone who is waiting for an app to control your home theater system, Apple has come up with a solution. The L5 iPhone Remote ($50). This miniscule Dock-connecting accessory let you build your own interface using a library of buttons.

by seth loff Touch Mouse




Rock Band


Text Now



Touch Mouse turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a wireless mouse or keypad for your computer. Point, click, scroll and type from any location on a Mac or PC.

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iFitness is an exercise database that provides clear images, videos and instructions to different workout routines. Achieve your New Year’s resolution of getting and staying fit with iFitness.

Bring the love of Rock Band to your iPhone. Link up with friends and play more than 28 free tracks from legendary artists and bands we all know and love.

With Wi-Fi, send and receive unlimited free texts with an iPod Touch or iPhone to any U.S. mobile phone or iPod touch without having to pay any fees besides the cost of the app.

Holding three times as much tomatoey goodness as a regular packet, the Heinz Dip & Squeeze packs offers two ways to open the bottle-shaped container: either lift at the top for squeezing the ketchup onto your food or open at the bottom for dipping french fries, nuggets and other fingerfriendly foods.

February 2010  

R&W f e b 1 0 is the number of AR points sophomore Jeremy Hoffman has earned since the beginning of this school year. R&W staff memb...