The High Post A Publication of Greater Latrobe Senior High School
Volume 91; Issue 3
Remembering Courtney Reed The Wrecking Ball of 2013
The Perks of Being Alive
Look HOT this Winter for a Great Price
Overly Competitive Sportsmanship?
Mrs. Mackâ€™s Incredible Art
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GLSD Shooting for a Cure The boys basketball team has done many tip-off season events in the past. This year they did something very unique. They teamed up with the Courtney Howard Reed Memorial Committee to bring the community together in support of the Boys Basketball program and a local effort to celebrate the life of Courtney Howard Reed, a 1985 graduate from Latrobe who was taken from cancer.
November 2013 Volume 91, Issue 4 Editors-in-Chief
Katie Stallings Maria Yokopenic Editorial Board Connor Belak, Julianne Rosa, Jake Stallings, Anna Ayers Staff Vincent Bonar, Emily Daily, Lain Fisher, Erika Kellerman, Matt Kalning, Anja Lenhart, Abbey Machesney, Olivia Marcanio, Ryan Mattioli, Kayla Murphy, Patrick Murtha, Frances Piper, Johnny Saunders, Amber Smith, Brett Vallorani, Sarah Weise, Ryan Wilhelm Advisors Mrs. Renee Stallings Administration Mr. LoCascio Mr. Ingle Mr. Shivetts
Printed by the Latrobe Bulletin Editorial Policy The staff of The High Post is committed to serving the student body of Greater Latrobe Senior High School. The opinions articles contain the ideas and views of individuals and do not represent the views of the staff, the advisors, or administration in its entirety. The High Post is a public forum for student expression; therefore, any student who wishes to create dialogue concerning an issue may do so by submitting articles or letters to editors in C109. In order to uphold the integrity of the publication, The High Post reserves the right to edit the submissions for grammar, style, and available space. Submissions should not exceed 300 words. Cover Photo by Ryan Wilhelm
Boose Reed, son of Courtney Reed, at the Shoot a Thon. A third of all funds go to The Courtney Reed Foundation, another third goes to the V Foundation, and the last third goes to the boys basketball team. Photo taken by Johnny Saunders, Reporter
Along with the Reed committee, all proceeds were split with the V foundation also. The V foundation is a charity formed by ESPN and Jim Valvano in 1993 through his ESPY speech after being diagnosed with cancer recently before the event. His goal for the foundation was to raise money for search of a cure for cancer. Valvano battled cancer for several weeks before losing his battle only eight weeks after his speech. But he did have a message for all looking for a cure, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up”. Latrobe certainly is not giving up. The event took place Saturday, November 15 from 6:30-8:30 in the Main Gym. There was music, a live announcer, concessions, a Chinese Auction, 50/50 ticket, and a lottery ticket. Mrs. Butler, organized the collection of baskets from clubs and departments throughout the district, there were close to 30 baskets. Butler was responsible for the presales on all items at the event. A concession stand was open during the event, and all donations went to the foundation as well. Matt Cullen, a member of the Varsity Basketball team, said, “Everyone will shoot 100 shots, and we have to go out and get people to sponsors. We can get straight donations or a pledge per shot.” For example, if a pledge was made for a dollar and the player makes 80 free throws, the person who made the pledge owed the player 80 dollars.
The participants included all players who tried out for basketball team, both junior varsity and varsity, willing players from 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Junior Pro (grades 2nd-8th grade), student assistants and managers were also able to participate. Key and Interact Clubs both had two participants. Courtney Reed’s friends shot as well, along with Mr. Mears, Mr. LoCascio, Mr. Ingel, and Mr. Shivetts. Coach Wetzel wanted to expand participation to include more people and try to get the public more involved. This event was open to everyone. Not just those in the basketball community. Al were welcome. Wetzel believed we could do something good on a national level as well as a loca level. ”I think one big difference is that the fact we’re trying to incorporate the com munity in the event. Trying to get the community come out to meet and see players who will be trying out for the team. Introduce them,” said Wetzel. The goal was limitless. Wetzel wanted to make it big He wantes a roof put on the pavillion out near the tennis courts in the new complex, in honor of Courtney Reed, whose spirit lives on. Hundreds of participants and crowd members showed, and the event is expected to have raised between $9,000 and $10,000. Johnny Saunders, Reporter
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Artwork in the Halls of GLSD is Celebrated by the Community
Sarah Weise, Reporter On Thursday, November 7 2013, the GLSD Art Conservation Trust hosted the 13th Annual Art Gala at Greater Latrobe High School. Local artists, teachers, and prominent community members all came together for a night to celebrate the High School’s one-of-a-kind art collection. The school’s commons was transformed into a beautiful beach themed venue, inspired by the painting “The Beach.” Attendees mingled while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktail piano played by Greater Latrobe students. Later in the night, guests went into the auditorium to see this year’s prospective pieces, led by insight from Conservation Trust president, Barbara Nakles. The Jazz Band also performed with an impressive rendition of “Stormy Weather,” sung by Lindsey Ferguson, amongst other songs. Gabrielle Nastuck, Latrobe Art Center’s director, accepted an award on behalf of the Center that honored the contributions to the community as well. During her acceptance speech, Gabrielle remarked on the impact the Center has on the community’s youth, “The Center is something that they [kids] always have in their lives, it’s their release. The Latrobe Art Center is somewhere where they can be themselves.” The Jazz Band also performed with an impressive rendition of “Stormy Weather,” sung by Lindsey Ferguson, amongst other songs. The GLSD Art Conservation Trust, comprised of community members and leaders, is dedicated
to preserving the art collection through constant upkeep and care. James Okonak, a prominent member of the trust said, “It [the Art Gala] brings the community together and it’s an important fundraiser for the conservation of art in the school.” The Gala is held yearly with the intentions of raising money for this cause while showcasing the school’s prospective pieces for the 2013 school year. Student Council members chose 18 unique works from local showings this year for the student body to vote on. Some of the pieces showcase abstract ideas and designs, such as Ken Merget’s “Dance Roll” with its swirling neon flower print, or Robert Keffer’s eccentric painting of his dog entitled “How I Love My Little Porter,” inspired by the artist’s love-hate relationship with his dog. More traditional pieces have been selected as well, like Dianne White’s “Grand Feast,” which is a realist styling of chinese takeout. When asked about being apart of the Gala, White said she was “deeply honored to be apart of such an important tradition.” Amongst this year’s pieces is a painting by William Hoffman Jr., a seasoned Latrobe art veteran who already has two paintings in the collection. The voting process began on November 6, 2013 when student docents presented the selected pieces during an assembly. The next morning, students voted on their favorites. Once the student votes are tallied, the top pieces will be reviewed by the Student Council who will ultimately chose the painting that will be
History of the Art Selection
Seventy-seven years of tradiPhoto courtesy of Emily Daily, tion rest behind the Greater Reporter Latrobe High School art colArtist, Lydia Mack, stands lection. Consisting of over 250 next to her oil painting People of New Guinea: Leaf southwestern Pennsylvania Men at the Latrobe Art Gala pieces, this collection was started on November 7. Lydia Mack in 1936 by two incredible, is an art teacher at Greater forward-thinking teachers. The Latrobe Senior High School. founders, Mary Martha Himler Based on student votes Mrs. and James R. Beatty, collaboMack’s painting was the rated to make the art selection number one artwork from the selection. Her inspirastudent-based. tion was from a photo her Himler, the art teacher husband had taken. “The at Latrobe during the Great painting is the 9th one I have completed in a series. Depression, feared that her They are all inspired by pho- students were becoming undertographs my husband took exposed to fresh, new artwork. when he lived in Papua, To keep the arts fresh in her New Guinea. The men students minds, Mary Martha depicted are dressed and Himler talked to artists, swaying painted for a singing and dancing competition called them to lend their works of art a SIngSing, said Mrs. Mack.” to be brought to Latrobe. The preserved in the school’s hallway. works were presented by Himler At the Gala the top pieces and Beatty at the original were revealed with Mrs. Mack’s Latrobe High School in down“People of New Guinea: Leaf town Latrobe. The teachers preMen” taking first place amongst sented the physical pieces of art the student vote and Maura Kee- on stage. Then students voted ney’s “Abounding Exuberance” receiving first amongst the Gala’s on the peice for the permanent collection. attendees. However, for a period of Each piece has potential to betime, this Latrobe tradition come an addition to the school’s collection and students anxiously faded away. From the years 1967 awaited to learn which piece was to 1975, a piece of art was not chosen. selected by the students. Real“We own the collection and izing the former tradition of when you own something it is Latrobe, the student council your job to protect and learn advisor at the time, John Hull, about it,” said Dr. William began a movement to resurrect Stavisky, the district’s previous the art selection. Without these superintendent. That mindset efforts, the art collection would is always present at art events or within the school. This year’s Art Gala was surely a success and would have made its original founders, Mary Himler and Emily Daily, Reporter James Beatty, proud. Since 1936 Greater Latrobe Senior High School has been acquiring a large collection of artwork from local artists. The student council selects a number of paintings then art Stephanie Kubus students are picked to present each piece to the school. Each Taylor DeLancey docent is given a painting to introduce to the school. In a Nicholas Aiello speech the docents described Abby Gunderson the intention of the artist and their own interpretation of the Jocelyn Kimple work. Carly Lubic Each docent has a unique love for art. Taylor DeLancey, Matthew Proch who presented two works of Emily Porter art, plans to attend Edinboro University for an Art History Marissa Miller degree. “I’m happy to be part Samantha Friedline of something so important,”
not be nearly as extensive as it is today. The tradition is carried on by students at Greater Latrobe High School today. The student council members travel to various locations, such as The Latrobe Art Center, to select art for the student-body voting. Student Council votes on which pieces will be voted on. The pieces are presented to the student body by student docents. The docents give personal descriptions of the paintings and background information about the artists. This year, something different happened though. For the first time in years, the physical pieces of art were presented on stage by student council members. The original tradition of Mary Martha Himler and James Beatty lives on in Greater Latrobe students today. The paintings are expensive, so a lot must be done to preserve them. Mrs. Golden, director of the Center for Student Creativity at Latrobe, commented “The art collection is preserved by the GLSD art conservation trust, there is a lot of work done behind the scenes.” Without preserving the art Latrobe already has, the tradition would not be able to carry on. Vince Bonar, Reporter
Student Docents Present Artwork
2013 Art Gala Docents
said DeLancey. Another docent, Marisa Miller, gushed about the art selection process. She spoke about the transition from painting to painting. “You fall into the mood of the painting,” said Miller. Marissa was accepted into the Art Institute of Austin as a fashion and design major. The role of the student docents is beyond important. Having other classmates talk about the artwork keeps the selection process student driven. Greater Latrobe’s art collection is one of a kind and each docent should be honored to be a part of something so unique and important.
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Veteran’s Day: A Day to Celebrate and Remember Lain Fisher, Reporter It was a day to honor and remember those who fought in battle as well as those who are currently deployed at Greater Latrobe Senior High. On November 8, 2013, students of the high school gathered around the flagpole to commemorate veterans in the local area. This was the first year where students ran the Veteran’s Day assembly, which truly made it special. “There’s just not enough that you can do to honor somebody who payed the ultimate sacrifice,” said Mr. Burkley, guidance counselor and operator of Latrobe’s S.T.A.R club. The S.T.A.R club reinforces leadership and initiative skills. Students learn how to take action in the school and community with assistance by the local recruiting Photo by Ryan Wilhelm, Reporter army station. The S.T.A.R club Junior Savannah McElhaney sings the National Anthem on organized the Veteran’s Day cel- Friday, November 8, around the flag pole. ebration with intent to present not bought cheaply. It has a cost; were being read over the interthe values of the club in honor it imposes a burden.” com by principals and guidance of one special day. “If our country fails to counselors. Memories of soldiers The gathering revolved carry this burden or to ignore served as nostalgic reminders of around students recognizing the it, I do not feel that we can long what families and friends lived importance of the veterans who expect to prosper and deliver through as their loved ones. risked safety to ensure safety for an America similar to the one “The entire world stops on this all. Junior Savannah McElhaney we inherited,” said Mr. Wetzel, day to reflect the Armistice of opened the ceremony by singing U.S History teacher of Greater W.W.I and while we have, I a gripping rendition of the “The Latrobe Senior High. think rightfully, extended this Star Spangled Banner” a capella. The entire student body day to represent all the people Senior Jarrett Patterson surrounded the flag, lending an who have served our nation in reflected on the great stakes ear during the speeches as they uniform, it is only fitting to the once active soldiers took to silently memorialized the heroic make sure we never get too busy ensure the freedom and security men and women of America. for us to stop and recognize this of their country. In his address The student involvement reinday,” said Wetzel. junior PJ Scanlon referenced forced the idea of the current A special thanks to those who a speech by President Ronald generation still being able to have served in the United States Reagan, “The United States and connect and be grateful for the Armed Forces, as the bravery and the freedom for which it stands, honor-bound Veterans. abilities are immeasurable and the freedom for which they died, Throughout the day, letters the amount of importance you must endure and prosper. Their from soldiers to “back home” have in society is boundless. lives remind us that freedom is
On Sunday, November 10, AP U. S. history students went to the Unity Cemetary for a memorial ceremony where a variety of stories were being shared by veterans. Students researched a Civil War veteran and told the story to the public. Mr. Snyder and Mr. Wetzel coordinated the event. From left to right, Juniors Lindsay Anna, Hannah Ciocco, and Hedi Klugh stand with a Veteran attending the ceremony. Photo Courtesy of Mr.Snyder
Students Reflect on Veteran’s Day
“I thought about and prayed for all of the current and past soldiers. We need to think about them and support them because they do so much for us.” -Dan Staffen, Junior “I think Veteran’s Day is a great day to reflect on all of the people who sacraficed everything they had to keep our nation safe” -Doug Cengia, Junior “It opened my eyes as to why we actually have Veteran’s Day off. It is not just another day off of school, it is a day to remember our heros and thank them.” -Paige Hemminger, Junior “I am super greatful for all that our veterans have done to make this country safe. I respect all of them so much and admire the courage and heart that they all share by serving.” -Brett Siko, Junior “Veteran’s Day this year meant a lot more to me than in the past. Experiencing the flag raising during homeroom made me realize the love the veterans have for us, to be willing to risk their life and everything they have.” -Kennady Grejtak, Junior “It is a very sad day that not many people understand. People need to understand. People need to understand that these people fight for our lives along. We need to thank veterans more often and appreciate them more. They should mean more to us than just another human being.” -Jenna Adams, Junior “Normally students overlook the main idea of giving respect back to veterans and see this as a day off from school. However, the fact that our school had a planned flag raising in honor of this day, and the students who spoke about this day, brought a more ideal image of why we celebrate Veteran’s day.” -Kelsey Paul, Junior “There is no possible way to express the necessary gratitude that veterans deserve. These people voluntarily give up years of their lives and sometimes even pay the ultimate sacrifice in order to defend the people and ideas of this great nation.” -Joe Russo, Junior “Veteran’s Day is a day to reflect on the ones that gave up everything to serve our country. I liked what we did to honor them. These people sacrificed a lot to keep us safe and we need to honor what they did.” -Hannah Anderson, Junior “Veteran’s Day always seemed like it was just a day off of school, but it’s way more important. My grandfather is a veteran and he made it back to us. I never really considered that people died until I heard that my friend’s grandfather had died before he ever saw him. Veteran’s Day is to respect those who fought for us.” - Travis Lewis, Junior “Taking time out of our morning routine to watch and respect the flag raising was an amazing opportunity and symbolized unity. We represent America and solute those who fight for us. Keep in mind the ones who fight now, or are in Korea or other parts defending us. Appreciate.” -Amber Beaken, Junior “On Veteran’s Day I feel like we should give thanks to all who have served in wars. They were fighting for us and protecting us so we wouldn’t be in harm. I am so happy that we have brave men fighting for us because I know that I couldn’t do what they are doing for us.” -Cheyanne Lesko, Junior “Today I saw a senior, who is going into the military soon, salute during the National Anthem. It was amazing. He showed a whole new level of respect, I thank him for being not only inspiring, but for being one of the people who respected and enjoyed the flag raising.”-Alexis Gustafson, Junior
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Education Foundation invests in community
Sarah Weise, Reporter The Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation, the group responsible for the new athletic complex, has recently received a grant of one million dollars. This grant helps to bring the school even closer to achieving the goal of having a world class facility. The GLPIEF is an independent charity organization committed to bettering enrichment in the Greater Latrobe School District. Their proposed plan, called the A+ Capital Campaign, will enhance student opportunities in the three A’s of education: Academics, Athletics, and Arts. By modernizing classrooms, building an athletic complex, and inducting a formal art collection, the GLPIEF will successfully cover the three A’s. Currently, the GLPIEF has a al-
ready executed one point of their plan with the Athletic/Wellness complex which is nearing its completion behind the Greater Latrobe High School. School teams began using the field for practices on September 16, 2013. The much anticipated renovations to the Greater Latrobe Junior High School will provide younger students with a museum grade art collection, similar to that in the Senior High, has finally been given a production date with the money to fund it secured. The “long hallway,” as students called it, will receive a complete reworking to integrate the artworks. Sophomore student, Amanda Baez Snyder said, “The hallway is simply too bleak and uninviting, I’m excited to see it live up to its true potential,” when asked about the renovations.
P.A.W. Accepts Donations Operation Christmas Child to Gift Simple Items Lain Fisher, Reporter A lot of us are very fortunate in the things we are given everyday. Sometimes we take for granted the tangible things we possess and our mental comforts: going home to a warm house, dry clothes, family and friends who love us. However, some people are not as prosperous as others. Fortunately a non-profit organization called Samaritan’s Purse was started 43 years ago. It provides children with staples of everyday life: Soap, medicine, food and for the holiday season, toys. But how do you participate? It is as simple as bringing a few necessary items in. Students can also assemble care packages of their own and send them to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters. Items are collected in churches across the country, acting as collection centers, and are sent to the Operation Christmas Child headquarters. Gifts are distrib
uted not just to the United States, but worldwide to those in need. Greater Latrobe will be running the collection starting Monday, November 18, 2013 and ending Monday, November 25, 2013 giving students the chance to collect as many items as possible. Some ideas for the drive include: school supplies, hygiene items, accessories (watches, flashlights, hair ties), toys or even a personal note. Sarah College, a member of PAW, reflects on the event, “This is unique because we are not only giving these kids material possessions, but also and eternal life through Christ. It is really a wonderful ministry opportunity.” The Prayer and Worship club encourages strong participation. There is no better feeling doing something for someone who is unable to repay you.
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The Richard King Mellon Foundation, started by the president of Mellon Bank with intentions to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania, has granted the GLPIEF one million dollars. This grant will not only support the arts, a quarter has also been given to academics. Maryann White, GLPIEF president, greatly appreciates the grant, “Our Board members are deeply honored to have the trust and confidence of such a highly regarded and respected foundation. Their willingness to take a leadership role in creating a world class learning environment for Greater Latrobe students through private philanthropy is truly affirming,” said White. The money reserved for academics is to help achieve the Global Classroom Initiative, a new style of
classroom to be integrated in Latrobe. The Global Classroom Initiative will provide cutting edge technology for teachers and students. Fifty-eight junior high classrooms have been globalized already for the current school year and the high school is currently undergoing the process. Promethean Boards, interactive whiteboards that are included in the Global Classroom, are already lining the walls of certain classrooms. “The Promethean Board enables me to present notes and activities in an efficient manner. I am able to engage students more in learning with the capabilities the board offers,” said Miss. Fedor, a high school math teacher. The renovation is scheduled to begin by the end of 2013 and be complete for the 2014-2015 school year.
Kayla Murphy, Reporter
Career Lunches Opportunities
Each year at the senior high a career fair gives an opportunity for juniors to look at different careers to get ideas for what they might want to do for a living in the future. The guidance counselors and principals thought of a more personalized approach with The Working Lunch Series available to all grades at the senior high. The Working Lunch Series offers an opportunity to learn about different careers during student lunches. Students simply get their lunch, and go to the CSC, so they can talk to professionals to learn about different job opportunities. Below are the given dates when the career lunches will take place. On Thursday November 14 it was a health and wellness professions special, featuring nutritionists, personal trainers, chiropractors, and sports medicine professionals. “It’s really neat to see how students get interested in the different kind of professions and it helps them in the future also,” said Ms. Hager.
Thursday January 16: Communications Professions - radio hosts, public relations, and news casting/marketing professionals. Thursday February 13: Natural Gas and Oil Industry - representatives from Peoples Gas, WCCC, and Marcellus Shale professionals. Thursday March 13: Business Proffessions -real estate agent, marketing/sales and insurance professionals. Thursday April 3: Careers in Manufacturing - Students can talk to Aggressive Grinding, Latrobe Steel, Kennametal, and UPG Manufacturing professionals.
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Letter from President
This year has been going great, we have had a lot of good times. For example the Lipdub on October 30 was a huge success, there was so much participation. You could truly see our school working together. The music video produced by our students with the student body lip syncing the lyrics. Any member of the student body was open to participate in the video. Students from various groups such as the history department, the swim team, and student council represented organization in the Lip Dub. The grand prize will be $5,000 for our school if we win. Voting began on November 15 and will end on December 5. You can vote by creating an account on the Trib Total Media website and voting for Latrobe up to 10 times per day. Winning would prove that we are incredible as a school. Latrobe came in second place last year, and nobody enjoys being a runner-up! The annual Thanksgiving food drive is taking place right now.To participate, sign ups to bring items are in homeroom. A truly caring act, it feeds families within our own school. The drive takes place between November 12 - 22. Around 25 to 30 families will be helped within our own district. Could you imagine living your Thanksgiving withou a bite to eat? Participate this year make a change. Student Council President, Vince Bonar
Kid Logik Upcoming Show Schedule November 22 Opening for Huey Mack at Altar Bar In Pittsburgh November 29 Opening for Junter Moore at 30 Something in Altoona December 7 Perfoming at 17 Birthday Party in Acets in Johnstown December 18 Opening for Hi-Rez at Altar Bar In Pittsburgh
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Local School Changes impact students and community
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GLSD Response Against Drugs: Remembering Adam
Amber Smith, Reporter sign up for the program pledge The country is in the middle to NOT abuse any drug or At CDT, the former principal, Sister Donna Marie, Vince Bonar, Reporter of a crisis relating to drug activsubstance, and to be put into a was put on “administrative leave,” then was allegedly Have you ever experienced someone who leads ity. In Westmoreland County, random drawing for voluntary forced to resign. She had a tenure of administration you, someone who you look up to, someone who Pennsylvania drugs have become drug screenings. “I think it’s a which lasted several years. A favorite sixth grade exudes passion, just leaving? Having them in your teacher, Julie Bisi, was dismissed without reasonable a serious epidemic. Since 2002, good thing, but it doesn’t really life, then all of a sudden they are gone? This is how explanation by the diocese of Greensburg. the students of Greensburg Central Catholic High the Drug Overdose Task Force do enough about the students Joey Peretti reflected on the situation of his School, a local private-catholic school felt after their (DOTF) has recorded that drug who are already doing drugs. former elementary school, Peretti said, “It was unfair overdose from prescription to principal, Mrs. Denise Myers, was put on “adminIt doesn’t hold those students what happened to a favorite teacher of ours at CDT. Illegal drugs has been the leadistrative leave.” This led to her termination, with no responsible,” said junior Lindexplanation to the public, students, and tuition-pay- They blew the situation out of proportion and made ing cause of death and increased sey Anna. The purpose of the it worse. She didn’t even do anything wrong. They ing parents. She is no longer the sole administrator 355 percent. According to the program is to promote healthy lied to us to get information, they said nothing of GCC High School and Junior High School--all (DOTF), as of June 2013, decisions and behaviors regardwould happen, then she got fired.” History tends to of a sudden. Westmoreland County alone has ing substance abuse, not necesrepeat itself. About 150 students, friends, parents, and staff experienced more than 110 drug sarily to punish those involved Even though GCC is not a very large school, this members, gathered in a field near the school to pray related deaths. in drug use. about the circumstances regarding the suspension of dismissal has affected many people. Mrs. Butler, a teacher at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, is The problem can not be hidGreater Latrobe School Myers on September 27, 2013. Students crafted TDenise Myers’s sister. She said, “My sister is one of den or kept in secrecy. SomeShirts with the slogan “Myers Strong” in support of nurse, Tami Zezza , is an active the strongest people I know! Through all of this, their former administrator. Parents and students are thing must be done. Greater participant in the program, “I she continues to walk with her head held high and Latrobe School District has holding a spaghetti dinner on November 20. Conbelieve that it will set a posiher faith stronger than ever. A woman of character found multiple ways to take a tinued support by means of fundraising and social tive example for not only our outside of her family, this job was her life and her media has rallied for Myers since the dismissal. proactive approach to address students but the community as No explanation was given to the public as to why passion. To say it came to an abrupt end would be the problem said an understatement and if you talk to the people who a dismissal of a beloved school administrator oc“I believe that it will set well,” of drugs Zezza. The worked with her every day, who learned under her curred. “She was known for her discipline, but also a positive example for within the administraleadership, and who entrusted their children to her an understanding of the students. She wanted us to have fun. She did everything for our school. She was on a daily basis, you will realize that she is so highly student not only our students tion hopes body. to promote respected and so deeply missed by everyone! I can’t everything,” said a GCC student, who must remain but the community say much, but what I can say is she is a woman who GLSD the healthy anonymous due to restrictions by the administraholds herself to the highest of morals and values, so emphasizes as well.” ~Tami Zezza, tion. Limitations have been imposed on students, choices when asked, did she deserve this; I believe people which forbids them to protest or let their voices be Red Ribmade by GLHS nurse know the answer and hope that justice will prevail.” bon Week heard. Greater Myers is clearly loved by the community. Not Criticism has been directed at Trent Bocan, the to help Latrobe diocese of Greensburg Superintendent regarding this one negative word has been spoken about her students partake in drug free students through a substance publicly leading up to and after her dismissal, yet issue. Accusations of slander and corruption are on prevention education program. the Internet. A facebook page devoted to the current negativity is still creating tensions. Without justice, lives.To kick off the start of Red Ribbon Week on October 23, “All too often we don’t celebrate the fate of Myers and the future of GCC’s students circumstances carries speculation behind the reason 2013,Greater Latrobe shared a the good things. Remembering and parents will never be the same. for dismissal. local drug overdose case, dealAdam is a chance for our school Bocan has a history for taking similar actions. ing with a local Hempfield Area to celebrate the students who High School student, Jonathan make the right choices every Morelli. Knowing that a local day,” said Mr. Ingel. Since its high school student surrendered proposal on October 24, 2013, Erika Kellerman, Reporter were reminded that even though diction, and parents who host to the seductiveness of drugs 70 GLHS students have become we were all different, we matand buy alcohol for their kid’s In Westmorland County, a was an eye opener for not only active participants in the Reparties. committee composed of parents tered. Our voice and opinions students but for the school. membering Adam Program. had something no one else did. It was stated that people of overdose victims, commisThis story touched teachers and The Remembering Adam We were experts in the “field.” are in denial of drugs being in sioners, advocates, recovering students and helped give a better Program can create environthis area. One of the counselors addicts, healthcare professionals, My opinion got voiced through outlook on the harms of drugs. mental change within school our chair, Tay Waltenbaugh. It said that in 7/10 times a habit law enforcement, principals, was chosen for one of the final like smoking “weed” can lead Greater Latrobe is showing systems and communities and superintendents, counselors, thoughts to be acted on. to heavier things such as heroin this community and schools can modify attitudes and beliefs mental health professionals, and I proposed that we need or prescription and substance nationwide a stand by takconcerning substance use. concerned citizens, hope to try abuse. to do something about the over- more raw programs in schools ing action against the abuse of Drugs are and have been an I felt proud and actually dose and drug problem going on to make things more forceful to substances. Students at Greater issue for places all around the get drug education into young happy after leaving this comright now in the area. Latrobe were offered the procountry and worldwide. Greater peoples’ lives. mittee. I felt like I had brought As one of the only teenagposal of the Remembering Adam Latrobe’s actions towards the isOther topics were discussed an insight they hadn’t had yet. ers, I was reluctant to give my Program. sue are making a change. Greater that day about how to make a Anybody can participate in these opinions. Why would a bunch Remembering Adam is a Latrobe is taking a stand for change. From halfway houses in meetings. The committee would of adults, some I never would prevention education pro gram what is right and is striving to be Westmorland County, to peer love for more young people to have imagined sitting with on for school districts to particia drug free school. to peer counseling, the comattend. A word of advice from a council, listen to what a 17mittee is figuring out solutions. me to you: Don’t be afraid, be pate in a voluntary drug testing year-old has to say? Another topic discussed was the difference in the commu- program. Students who On Wednesday, November the Oxford House, kid care for nity. 6, I was proven wrong. We outpatients getting help for ad-
Committee Discusses Drug Issues in Area
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Do We Remember? School Shootings
Anna Ayers, Reporter Do you remember Columbine and Red Lake, what about Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook? Are these places familiar? Does your memory of these places make you feel angry or scared, do they make you want to be more thankful for the life you have? Do you remember what happened? Do you immediately recognize these five schools as the murder sites of 82 students and teachers in just four of the US school shootings since 1999? Many people don’t, and the question is, Why not? Why haven’t we changed? Why must more innocent people die? On April 20, 1999 Eric Harris, then 18 years old, and Dylan Klebold, only 17 years old, the modern era of US schools experiencing a multitude of days to forever live in infamy. Harris and Klebold killed 12 students and one teacher, and wounded 21 others at Columbine High School in Colorado. And so it began. On March 21, 2005, in Red Lake, Minnesota, Jeffrey Weise a 16-yearold student killed 9 people and injured 5 more in what would be known as the Red Lake massacre. On April 16, 2007, the Virginia Tech Massacre shook the nation. Seung-Hui Cho, 23 years old killed 32 students and faculty, and wounded 17 others at the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Hundreds were killed in school shootings since Columbine in 1999, hundreds more were wounded, and thousands of families were torn apart. Still we did not learn, we did not find a way, and then December 14, 2012 shattered the hearts of many as they watched their TV screens. 20 students and 6 teachers were killed, 2 more were injured. None of the students who died were over the age of 7. That was Newtown, that was Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012. A day of true infamy, a day we should never forget, and, unfortunately, a day we have not learned from. Since the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut there have been 18 school shootings in the US. 20 people have died and over 20 wounded, in less than a year. In 2012 there were 10 school shootings in the US, including Newtown. In January, 2013 alone, the month following Newtown, there were 8 school shooting across the US. Do you remember the moments of silence? Do you remember the terror felt by our nation? Do you remember the faces of the parents and families? If so, instill change, do whatever it takes, don’t let our school’s name mark the next day of infamy. On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, three Brashear High School students were shot while leaving the school campus only minutes after the school day ended. Brashear High School, a public school in Pittsburgh, is now a scene of sadness for its over 1,400 students. How can we, as GLSD students, prevent such a tragedy from happening in our proximity?
“I don’t think we can prevent it without violating rights. People are still going to do stupid and violent things.” Rachel Douglas, Sophomore “I honestly think when things like this happen, schools aren’t to blame. It’s more of a mental and emotional unstableness with the attacker. We could increase teacher’s and staff’s awareness of the warning signs of unstable students.” Kaitlin Morris, Junior “I don’t really think anything could prevent this. I think if kids are educated at a young age it would help stop such tragedies. Maybe having guards or metal detectors could help make people think twice before doing something that bad, but I think the best way is to educate people.” Caleb Whitehead, Senior
Diary of an Adventurer: Overcoming Fear
If there’s one thing that I was always told it was, “If you don’t fear anything then you don’t believe in anything.” I think in a lot of ways we all are fearless, but that doesn’t mean the absence of fear. It means doing what you love in spite of what scares you, so the fear is still present but repressed. Personally, I think both good and bad experiences can really reinforce what you fear and believe in. And sometimes you just have fears because you’ve never been fully exposed to something. Heights have never really been my thing. Bunk beds, diving boards, stairs, whatever it is, if my feet aren’t touching the solid-ground, I might as well be on top of Mt. Everest. Maybe it has a lot to do with the fact I’ve been significantly under the average height my entire life, so naturally I like being closer to the ground. A lot of people cross sky-diving off of their bucket list as a form of “fear” because you’re literally free falling into a vast sea of blue- the only exception is: that’s not a sea of water. It’s a sea of unforgiving air that won’t excuse your mistakes. Skydiving to face my fear of heights would probably only make me like the ground that much more. So what did I do? I struck out two fears at once: Co-piloting an airplane at 10,000 feet above my comfort zone. Growing up, my Pappy took me and my sister to do a lot of things. I remember was I was about five I got to ride in the back of a plane that his friend owned, but that was thirteen birthdays and a million fears ago. As a kid you also don’t hear about all of the tragedies that happen in the real world, everything seems like it could never hurt you. As you grow older though, you realize all of the horrible things people do themselves and to other human beings: whether it’s accidental or on purpose. That’s when your fears set in because you don’t know when or if those things will happen to you so it’s a double-edged comfort for living everyday like it’s your last. Personally, hearing numerous stories about planes crashing and planes catching on fire or whatever it was, that’s what gave me fear: being too high to save yourself from danger. Not too long ago I was invited back by the same friend who owned a hangar at the airport. The only exception is this time he wanted to give me the
chance to fly it. Obviously I was completely hesitant on it because it was most definitely not my cup of tea. I liked being on the ground where I knew I didn’t have the potential to fall out of the sky. I said yes anyway because it was always on my bucket list to face a fear of mine, and heights is at the top of the list. I got into the plane and put my headset on and they closed the capsule where we sat. I thought to myself: I’m going to die. As he was checking all of the gauges I was checking to see if I still had a pulse because it set in that there’s no going back since he was already communication with the towers of the airport. I ended up being the one to lift the plane off and as we got higher into the sky it seemed more of a doubleedge comfort knowing that I have control of the plane but also the cliche phrase of “people looked like ants”. I looked to the horizon where we were going and we were almost to Pittsburgh. I could distinctly make out the buildings and see the bridges. It amazed me that in about 8 minutes we made it to Latrobe all the way to Pittsburgh; which would typically be an hour commute give or take. It was beautiful. We would weave in and out of clouds and he would point out buildings to me that I didn’t even recognize. Seeing everything from a different perspective really made me think why people do this all the time; because it clears your mind and makes you think. I didn’t even feel like I was afraid at all because there was no need to be: it was more comforting to be in the sky, a single airplane, then on a congested route-30. I even got to land the plane which was less nerve wracking than taking off because everything seemed so breathtaking to me. My point is that if you’re afraid to do something, do it anyway. You learn so much more about yourself and the great things you are capable of. Lain Fisher, Bucket Lister 1. Get my second tattoo 2.Throw a dart and travel where it lands 3.Protest for a good cause 4.Buy food for the houseless people in Pittsburgh 5. Visit Times Square for the second time
Making your Marc THE WRECKING BALL OF 2013
Olivia Marcanio, Reporter The original twerker who seems to be so devastatingly promiscuous, has certainly attracted our attention. With the constant shield of “Hannah Montana” preventing us from seeing the soon-to-be twenty-one Miley, Cyrus needed to break her suit; find something new. With the constant hate flooding her reputation for her music video for “We Can’t Stop,” and her VMA performance with Robin Thicke; her appearances talk shows have inspired us to think one way or another about her work. The Beatles were the first band to have four beats in a measure, Elvis Presley was the first man to dance like that, Madonna set the trend for being outright crazy and careless, and 1987 brought the original Kurt Cobain of grunge. Miley is making a Movement, being original. Madonna did it, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Gwen Stefani, Freddy Mercury, Lady Gaga, David Bowie; Miley is engineering her own image as did others before her. Standing tall with those who have changed our perspective of the social and fiscal publicity of celebrities, Miley isn’t afraid to be herself as well as have a laugh with us. Her appearance on Saturday Night Live in October assured us that she couldn’t have made any more fun of herself than she did that night. Ripping apart her publicity in the first skit, good or bad, couldn’t have been more innovative for her career. The skit is set in 2045, in post-apocalyptic America, the demise of our nation due to Cyrus’s performance at the 2013 VMAs. The old Miley was advising present Miley not to do her planned performance, as it would be too controversial. Present Miley assured her that there was nothing to worry about, and she would always stay true to Miley Cyrus. Miley’s Movement is up and coming, and often judged; but she is changing our social perspective of celebrities. She won’t become Elvis or Madonna, but Miley; setting her own trends, being her own person. She’s making a Marc in my book.
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Today is a Gift. Cherish it for Tomorrow. Be A Friend Project: Pay it Forward
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Stephen Chbosky told us in “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” that being a wallflower is something to be proud of; making us infinite. What makes you proud of who you are? “I do not care what people think of me. I like following my own path and achieving my own personal goals. I also don’t ever give up when a goal gets hard to accomplish. I keep on going until I reach it.” Kayla Owens, Senior “I’m different. I love myself.” Nick Rosky, Senior “I’m proud of who I am because I’m unique and not afraid to be different.” Cassidee Knott, Junior “Well, I’m a band geek and I’m proud.” Mickayla Selembo, Junior “I am proud that I am willing to listen to people without judging them.” Angelina Poole, Junior
I started to hate how the things I liked were different and how I acted different. I hated myself, and I felt so alone. These people who said things just for a laugh destroyed me, and in turn the only thing I thought I could do to make it better was destroy myself. My physical pain became my escape. I will always have the scars to remind me of it for the rest of my life. So please hear me when I say this, no matter how much they think I am broken and worthless, I am not damaged. We’re not damaged. You are not damaged. Just because you are different doesn’t make you wrong. You are just who you are supposed to be. We are all different and if none of us were, no one would stand out. You, my friend, is why I’m willing to share my experience with everyone. I am willing to face any disapproval thats bound to follow, if this can help you. You are the most important thing in the world to me, and you need to know that. I care about you like so many others do even though they may not say it. If you ever need someone to lean on or talk to the members of the Be a Friend Project will always be there for you. I know they really helped me. For the bullies reading this I want to tell you something. I understand that your life may not be everything you want it to be but putting other people down to make yourself feel a little bit better is unacceptable. You are hurting other people. Before I didn’t understand how someone could be so cruel, but now I do. You, Mr. Hot-Shot Bully, don’t think about other people’s feelings. All you care about is making yourself feel better. To you my friend, all I have left to say is stay strong. Stay strong, if people are laughing at you. Stay strong, if people discriminate against you. Stay strong, if they made you feel hopeless. If we all stand together we can be a strong force that is unbroken. We can show everyone who we are. We can be happy being ourselves. love Always,
As teenagers, admit it, we think we know everything. We think that acting out in class is funny, and will make everyone like us. We think that saying one rude comment, or giving someone a hard time doesn’t matter because, well, it’s just high school. What we don’t realize is that everything that we do, both negative and even positive can possibly affect a persons life forever. Maybe they’ll never follow their dream, because someone made them feel like they weren’t good enough to acheive. Maybe they wake up every morning, looking in the mirror hating themselves because someone else lead them to believe that they aren’t beautiful. And maybe they are struggling at home and the absolute last thing they need is that struggle to continue when they come to school. People go through a mass amount of things during a school day, such as failing tests, eating alone at lunch, being left out, or even being made fun of. Many of those who have the worst issues are seen as normal and happy. You never know what a person might be going through on the inside. The Be A Friend Project was created on tumblr for this reason. Peers are committed to help motivate people and give help to those going through depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anorexia, bulimia, drugs and alcohol abuse, self harm, and multiple personality disorder. We are not guidance counselors, nor do we claim to be, but we have experienced problems that could relate us to others on a serious level. And those involved can offer advice to get help. The Be A Friend project was created to promote kindness, gratitude, helpfulness, and to be a friend to those in need. By being a friend and sharing some positive “awesomeness,” you can change a world in a better way. You may need a person to just listen or you may help others who are in need of a friend, who just need someone to listen. Those who need a friend, a group of teenagers in Greater Latrobe is there to lend a hand, to pay it forward, to listen, and to promise to be there for you and as a positve influence. Erika Kellerman, Reporter
Find stRength In Every siNgle Day
“What makes me proud to be me is I follow my own path. I choose not to give into peer pressure and instead choose to focus on the more important things in life. I choose to focus on school and my famTake it from her; She’s been there ily along with always being a good example and a leader for the kids I Demi Lovato take care of at work.” Katie Plummer, Senior Inspirational singer who self harmed, had an eating dis“My talents, the ability to play violin. The amazing people and friends I have in my life.” Janine Schomer, Junior “Because I know there is only one me. I am completely unique, and so is everyone else. I’m proud to be the only me.” Jessica Brown, Junior “I’m proud of who I am because it took me a long time to get here. I had to work hard to change the bad stuff and make the good better. I’ve had to go through six moves across the country and each time I feel I’ve become a better person.” Heather Hartley, Junior Compiled by Olivia Marcanio, Reporter
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“13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher highlights 13 reasons why a teenage girl committed suicide. from “The Be a Friend Project” we offer you better reasons why not... “There is always hope. No matter what your situation, things can always get better. But if you end your life, you will never know.” Emily Bonar, Junior “Everyday is a new day. Sometimes you’re having an awful day and things are really hard. But there’s always tomorrow.” Abby Pratt, Junior “The reason why people shouldn’t is because everything gets better even if you don’t think so. A lot of people are going through the same thing and even though you think that about yourself, everyone probably thinks the complete opposite.” Maria Mucci, Junior “Because there is so much more to life than high school. People really don’t understand, because school can be all they know; including the fact that it needs some improvement. There is no light without darkness, even if the darkness comes first.” Olivia Marcanio, Senior “Suicide can be a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Everyone has struggles in their life, some last longer than others but all problems will end. Don’t let what others say about you define you. Your beauty is more powerful than all of the bad things in your life.” Emily Daily, Senior “Because you’re worth it. Your life is a precious gift and you should never let anyone or anything make you feel differently. You are beautiful inside and out, no matter what anybody else thinks. You matter!” Maria Yokopenic, Senior “The list is truly endless. There are so many things that need you now and in the future. Such as your future kids, future husband, and the things you’ll do for the world. The difficulties you’re experiencing now are only temporary and the happiness you will find in the future is overwhelming and endless.” Laurel Hergenroeder, Junior “In life there are so many beautiful things to be discovered, so many opportunities you will have, and so many people who will love you and appreciate you. What you are going through now may be hard, but if you decide to take your life away you are losing any chance of it getting better. You will lose all of those beautiful moments, opportunities and people who love you. So many people care about you and live to see your smile.” Anja Lenhart, Junior
The Semicolon Project draw a semi colon in sign of being self harm free “You should be alive because you are special, you are aweIt Gets Better some, and you deserve to be here. You will miss out on so LGBT project that promotes order, and almost committed suicide. She is an advomuch. You won’t get to learn new things, get out in the world, suicide awareness cate for people who were bullied. She is seen as a very or get to be here for tomorrow, or next month, or new years, or The Butterfly Project strong and independent person by society. She had draw a butterfly in sign of being self the great things that will happen to you in your lifetime.” Erika Kellerman, Senior a nervous breakdown in the middle of a performance harm free and was admitted immediately to rehab. She has had The Carrot Project “There’s always a new day, and that new day is a chance for many singles since then. She had overcome so much draw a carrot in sign of being self everything to get better. There will always be people who love and became a very empowering and positive role harm free you. There is a whole life to live and a chance for new experiDoSomething.orghelps model for many girls (and guys) struggling with self ences every single day.” Cassidy Hatten, Junior projects get started and keeps hate, substance abuse, and those who were bullied. them thriving. it also helps gift Check out her new book grants to developing projects. Staying Strong 365 Days a Year.
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“A Day to Remember” that Awesome House Party
Olivia Marcanio & Frankie Piper, Reporters Since 1997, Moxie has provided high school newspaper, radio, and TV with free music and videos, along with artist’s shows and visits to utilize as a part of their ongoing curriculum and activities. Moxie was the only reason Marcanio and Piper had the chance to go and see these punk pop bands up close and personal. The organization is meant to make teenager’s, young adults, and adults dreams come true. The show was at Stage AE; the venue is a multi-purpose entertainment complex located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania. Right beside Heinz Field, it contains an indoor concert hall with room for 2,400 spectators and an outdoor amphitheatre that can accommodate 5,500. The start of construction was in April, 2010, until November, 2010 and it opened the following December. The venue was perfect for the concert. The pit area was big enough for the crowd to get crazy. Parking was expensive but fairly easy to find a spot. Although, everything was far too over priced and security took The Wonder Years whole set to get everyone inside. Beforehand, they had a acoustic show in the indoor concert hall, strictly for VIP’s only. The enthusiastic, eager, and surely some would say hardcore show, was an experience of a lifetime. Taking a step back to see the crowd from afar was really something; feeling everyone’s vibe come together as one. The Wonder Years, All Time Low, and Pierce the Veil were upbeat and wild; but when ADTR came on, “ridiculous” would be the only sufficient word. Everyone was crazier, happier, bouncier than the previous performance, and it was awesome. There wasn’t a place to go without a slew of people already there. It was so warm for October, like a summer night; making it a lively experience to share with 500 people in 8,000 square feet. Sharing the experience with so many other people that fell in love with the same bands you did was truly of the greatest times to be had. Personal
space couldn’t be a subject of description to someone, until they are in a “mosh pit” and people try to be as close they can get to one another; but still a good time. When the headlining band, A Day To Remember came on stage, everyone was pushing and shoving, struggling to stay afloat while the moshing started. People running, jumping, arms flailing; a good time. Some people stayed back, and some people go in fearlessly; whichever you choose, it’s a bucket list experience. Overhead, there were plenty of people drifting along as they crowd surf, finding their way to the front. The fear of hitting the cement is logical, and it does happen, but this is what we could call: another bucket list experience. When music fans go to a concert with the pop punk scene you have to be ready to get pushed around and probably hit in the face a few times. Kids would be crowd surfing over you and they would either land on you or go right over you. Both Piper and Marcanio crowd surfed for their first time at this concert; right as you were about to hit the ground someone would scoop you up in their arms and toss you up above the crowd again. “The second time I crowd surfed, I wasn’t surfing over all the crazy fans, I was being thrown through the air.” Piper claims. The reporters had the chance to talk to some other teenagers who had the opportunity to experience the radical show. “The show was amazing, the most inspirational concert I have ever been to and it was worth every cent I paid. The atmosphere was amazing with all kinds of awesome people everywhere. The pit was full of a bunch of sweaty people though, but that’s okay! Because I had a crazy awesome time!” - Ben Martin, Junior of Derry Area. “It was crazy! Everyone was really cool and down to earth. I had random conversations with so many new people. The pits were fun and crazy, I also liked how the second you fell there was someone making sure you got right back up. A Day to Remember’s stage performance was amazing, of course, and every single person in the crowd was going nuts. All Time Low played great songs but the tunes weren’t heavy enough for some serious moshing. Pierce the Veil did alright but didn’t catch my attention too well. But ADTR, though. They blew me away! It was my first concert and there will definitely be more to come.” - Eric Buchanan, 2013 Graduate of Derry Area. Emily Porter purchased VIP tickets a few months before the show, which granted access to the pre-show acoustic performance by A Day To
Remember. A Day to Remember is an American rock What was the VIP experience like? “In one word: Amazing. It was band from Ocala, Florida founded in 2003 a very personal experience, not only by former guitarist Tom Denney and drumdid we get to be right in front of a stage mer Bobby Scruggs. They are known for their of which was only about a foot high, unusual blend of metalcore and pop punk. we got to have a question and answer Today, the band consists of vocalist Jeremy session with the band. We got free t-shirts and signed posters and we got McKinnon, rhythm guitarist and backing first choice as to where we stood for the vocalist Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodard, percussion and drummer Alex Shelnutt, and actual show.” The Wonder Years, an Ameri- lead guitarist Kevin Skaff. The band’s setlist consisted of twenty songs, mostly classic hits can Pop Punk band from Lansdale, but a few new ones were played. Songs from Pennsylvania that formed in June of 2005. The name originates from a their albums “And Their Name was Treason” paper that Dan “Soupy” Campbell (released in 2005), “For Those Who Have read, written by his after school educa- Heart” (released in 2007), “Homesick” (retion teacher titled “The Wonder Years”. leased in 2009), “What Separates Me From The band was born out of the remains You” (released in 2010), and “Common Courof an old Lansdale band called “The tesy” (released in October, but will officially Premier”. Today The Wonder Years consists of lead vocalist Dan “Soupy” be released on copy November 26th). Them Campbell, guitarist and backing vocal- being the headliner band, they were the last ist Matt Brasch, a second guitarist & but certainly not the least. They opened with backing vocalist Casey Cavaliere, per- an already recorded clip of the band setting cussion and drummer Mike Kennedy, up for a house party and their performance Bass Guitarist and backing vocalist Josh was them “practicing for the party”. The stage Martin, and guitarist, keyboardist and was set up to look like a plain suburban house pianist Nick Steinborn. The Lansdale and as the show went on, pyrotechnics shot band was the first to play out all four off the roof to the house. The band opened up bands and their setlist consisted of with All I Want; and as their gnarly perfornine songs. Tunes from “The Upsides” mance continued they played I’m Made of (released in 2010), “Suburbia I’ve Wax Larry, What Are You Made Out Of?, Fast Given You All & Now I’m Nothing” (released in 2011) and “The Greatest Forward to 2012, 2nd Sucks, Right Back at Generation” (released in March of this it Again, A Shot in the Dark, You’ll be Tails, I’ll be Sonic, Over My Head (Cable Car) The year). The Wonder Years opened up with Washington Square Park; as their Fray Cover, You Had Me At Hello, Its Complicated; that is when McKinnon ran out onto performance continued they played Melrose Diner, Don’t Let Me Cave In, the crowd in a giant human hamster ball, Mr. Passing Through A Screen Door, Local Highway’s Thinking About the End, Dead Man Ruins Everything, Dismantling & Buried, The Danger in Starting a Fire, Summer, Cul-De-Sac, Chaser and they Have Faith in Me, Monument, The Plot to closed with Came Out Swinging. Bomb the Panhandle and their surprise encore The alternative band All Time included Violence (Enough is Enough), All Low also joined A Day To Remember’s House Party Tour. Originating in Bal- Signs Point to Lauderdale, and The Downfall timore, the crew formed ATL back in of Us All. During their encore, they brought 2003 with Alex Gaskarth as lead singer, about 25 fans up on stage and they were conJack BaraKat on guitar, Zack Merrick sidered “party guests”. on bass, and Rian Dawson on drums. Being second in the lineup, All Time Senior, Emily Porter Low had a classic setlist including “The purchased VIP tickets, which Reckless and the Brave,” “Weightless”, and their most popular “Dear Maria, granted access to the pre-show Count Me In.” Vic Fuentes of Pierce acoustic performance by The Veil joined All Time Low for the A Day To Remember. last song “A Love Like War,” transition- What was the VIP experience ing into Pierce The Veil’s performance. like? “Bulls in the Bronx,” started PTV’s setlist and flooded the sky “In one word: Amazing. It was a with echoes. Pierce The Veil a postvery personal experience, not only hardcore band, also touring with A did we get to be right in front of a Day To Remember this year, started in stage of which was only about a 2007 in San Diego. PTV played other foot high, we got to have a quespopular songs like “Bulletproof Love, tion and answer session with the and “Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful band. We got free t-shirts and Tears,” only to be joined by the lead signed posters and we got first singer of A Day To Remember, Jeremy choice as to where we stood for McKinnon, to finish out their gig with the actual show.” “King For A Day.”
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Harvey, Supplied Laughs and a Lesson
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Elwood P. Dowd (Adam Sarp) contemplates which bar to attend that night while his fellow castmates discuss the fate of his char acter.
On November 1-2, the high school drama department brought to life a beautiful rendition of the classic American play, Harvey. Harvey is composed of three acts which revolve around a kind man, Elwood P. Dowd, during the 1940s. (More details about the time, plot, problems) Unfortunately for Elwood, he sees an imaginary rabbit named “Harvey” he describes as a sixfoot-tall pookah. Elwood’s sister, Veta, becomes increasingly bothered by her brother’s shenanigans and decides to commit him to a sanitarium. A series of comic events ensue which drive Veta to the edge where she decides to give Elwood an injection to make him a “perfectly normal humanbeing.” At the last second though, Veta changes her mind and decides to accept Elwood for who he truly is and everything that comes with him, including Harvey. The play was well captured with stunning performances from Adam Sarp, who played as Elwood P. Dowd, Amanda Baez
Snyder who played as Veta, and many others. Harvey started off quickly and managed to hold its audience’s attention for the entire ride with its witty humor and insinuating puns. The audience was on the tips of their toes as they waited for one of the most entertaining duos, Jayden Moffa and Dylan Pal, to admit they were attracted to one another during one of their various spats about the sanitarium’s innerworkings. Harvey was brought to life with the work from the high school’s stage crew who constructed two sets, one being a powder blue library and the other a sanitarium. The sets were made in a way that by rotating three walls the crew could transition gracefully from one scene to another. All in all the play was funny, sharp, and conveyed a great message: all aspects of someone can be be appreciated and loved. Reporter, Sarah Weise
In the final act, Veta (Amanda Baez Snyder) embraces Elwood (Adam Sarp) after accepting him for who he is in front of Judge GadSquier), Myrtle Mae (Cassidee Knott), and Dr. Chumley (Alex Jabbour).
“ymI Black Jacket”: $21.99 This stylish black scarf always manages to keep you bun-
Sophomore Kayla Murphy, will visit “Ross” clothing store every month and pick out one of her favorites outfits. Thfitinifta never fails to impress.
Reporter, Kayla Murphy Courtney Kloos is an average junior, she is anything but average. She has two siblings, one older and one younger. Her older brother, Tyler, is twenty-three. Her younger sister, Delaney, is six. When Courtney was younger, she got involved in cheerleading. When she first joined she didn’t expect to be doing it for 11 years. “I never really had an inspiration for cheer, but it fit my personality the best, and I couldn’t ask for a better squad,” Courtney said. Courtney is also very academic. She is an honor roll student and plans to stay that way. In the future, she would like to attend college and become a radiation therapist to help cure cancer.
Courtney is the secretary for French Club and is a member of the Student Against Destructive Decisions Club. This is her first year in the S.A.D.D. club, and she loves it. “The S.A.D.D. club is a great program to be apart of and sends a out a great message to others,” said Courtney. Courtney’s hero is her grandmother, Margie. “My grandmother has taught me that even in the worst situations there’s always something to smile about,” Courtney said. Courtney’s grandmother has inspired her to help others with cancer. “ I watched my grandma battle cancer for seven years and it made me realize that I wanted to dedicate my life to helping people like her,” Courtney said.
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Act On: Stuff A Bus
Erika Kellerman, Reporter Mikey and Big Bob are at it again! The duo will be the leaders of the Stuff-A-Bus 2013 collection. From December 2-6, bring new, unwrapped toys to the Monroeville Mall parking lot across from Best Buy. There, you can help stuff a bus full of toys for less fortunate children. All donations from the Stuff-A-Bus collection will be sent to Toys for Tots. Can’t make it out to Monroeville Mall? No problem. Toys will be collected throughout GLHS for Toys for Tots and Operation Christmas Child. Last year, 35 busses were stuffed. They hope to get many more people out to help and a whole lot more busses filled. Set a good example for others and feel good about yourself for donating to those who are less fortunate. Hope to see you there!
Latrobe Provides Thanksgiving Baskets
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Creative Minds Meld Art and Sewing to Wear Lain Fisher, Reporter
Art to Wear, an educational art program for Greater Latrobe students, has been around since 1998. Funded by the McFeelyRogers Foundation, it is found to be a great way for the students attending Greater Latrobe School District to participate in expressing individuality on a “hands-on level”. “There aren’t too many opportunities for these kind of hands-on activities in school,” said FACS teacher, Mrs. Burford. This a four and a half day event that blends Family and Consumer Science with Art. “It involves both Art and FACS because of the skills,” stated Mrs. Burford, “You involve the Art skills by dyeing the fabric and the FACS skills by the sewing and assembly of the product.” Students are chosen on multiple bases such as overall interest in art, teacher permission, and their participation in previous Art and Family and Consumer courses. Each art student is paired up with a
FACS student in order to trade and utilize skills and to build teamwork. The project the students work on is called Japanese Shiboh which is one of the oldest known techniques to manipulate and dye material such as fabric. Students take on their own spin of the techniques by dyeing the fabric unique to each person. This is similar to what we know as tie-dyeing. National Art Honor Society President, senior Emily Daily,appreciates the program, “Art to wear is such a fun way to express yourself. It’s both messy and exciting. In
the end you have a bunch of memories to look back at.” The group of selected students will meet four times between November 13, 2013 and December 13, 2013. The first meeting is a demo where the group learns a few varying dyeing techniques to follow to create the first step of their product. The next two meetings consist of dyeing the fabrics, the “Art” part of the event. The final meeting is a full day of sewing to assemble the garment and/or scarf that was dyed during the process. Once each pair has completed the final product, the program holds a Fashion show in downtown Latrobe at the Latrobe Art Center in January. Since each outcome and end result is different with each pair of students, the customary colors and patterns are a visual representation of their personality and who they are. “It gives the students a chance at the opportunity to create a truly “one of a kind” fashion,” said Burford.
Have You Caught the Fire??
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark survived the 74th annual Hunger Games, and they thought their problems were over. They were wrong. While attending the Victory Tour they witness how cruel the peacekeepers in Panem are, and just how fast the world they once knew is crumbling. This year is the 75th Hunger Games and its worthy of an anniversary celebration. The Games are continuing but with a big twist. Instead of drawing contestants from the reaping bowl, the previous victors will fight to the death against each other. Are Katniss and Peeta’s actions to blame? This second installment of the bestselling trilogy is full of betrayal, surprising plot twists and even a little romance for the Kat-
niss and Peeta shippers. Each scene is bound to be action packed. The movie will keep viewers on edge, waiting to see who will survive. Just when they think they know what’s going to happen, the ending be completely unexpected. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are back on the silver screen as District Twelve’s tributes. Catch these two as Catching Fire is exploding into theatres on November 22, 2013. Select theatres are showing premieres on the 21. The local Latrobe 30 Theatre is having three showtimes on the 21 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00. Tickets are available for presale. Buy them now while the odds are still in your favor. Emily Daily, Reporter
A Walk in Winter Weather
The pride in creating such an individual form of expression is truly reflected by the students being able to utilize the art (wearing it). Not only is Art to Wear a fun way to break down the mechanical makeup of school, it also provides a great opportunity for gaining new skills. “They learn different dying techniques, sewing techniques and get to show off their creations in the fashion show,” said Mrs. Balko, the art teacher in the senior high. The arts are a catalyst in enabling the sharing of experiences with each other as well as teamwork in bringing skills to the table others might not have.“It provides opportunities for trying out new ideas and new ways by thinking and problem solving,” Mrs. Balko realizes the benefits of the program, “Creativity is the freest form of self-expression.”
1. Hurricane Sandy, November 2, 2012 Deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season as well as the secondcostliest hurricane in United States history.
2. JFK Assassination, November 22, 1963
The 35th President of the United States was fatally shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.
3. Establishment Marines, November, 10, 1775
The branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the United States Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces established.
Let these relaxing, chill rhythms take you in. I’m sure you’ve walked around 4. World War I ends (Armistice Day) - November 11, 1918 outside when it’s snowing outside. These songs will help you admire the When the ceasefire came into effect beautiful winter weather even more. Student Council has been collecting donations for their annual Thanksgiving Basket drive. Council members assembled the baskets and will be picked up by local families this week Photo Courtesy of Connor Belak, Reporter
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“Breakdown” - Jack Johnson Sometimes all there is left to do is breakdown and walk. “Dead Sea” - The Lumineers, You never sink in the dead sea, your mood won’t sink either. “Everlong” - Foo Fighters, This song is powerful but chill. “Let Her Go” - Passenger, This melody sounds like falling snow, you just let go of the cold. “For Emma” - Bon Iver, The steady pace of this song reminds you of your feet in the snow. “Notion” - Kings of Leon, The melody reminds you of tree lights. “Trouble” - Ray LaMontagne, A walk in the snow is enjoyable, but sometimes you get in trouble Vince Bonar, Reporter
for the First Great War.
5. Iranian Hostage Crisis November 4, 1979
Day one of captivity for fifty-two Americans who were held hostage for 444 days (to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran.
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Player Profile: Luke Pletcher
Q: Wrestling has been in your life since a young age, what keeps you motivated to continue wrestling? A: I think wanting to be the best I can be.
Q: Knowing you have been so successful, what is your number one goal that you have for the future? A: I want to be ranked number one in the nation and win another state title. Q: Being a sophomore and being so successful already, what do you have to do to keep improving as an individual? A: Keep working hard and focusing on my goals. Q: Success doesn’t come easy, what workouts/ practices do you do the most? A: Putting extra practices on top of our school practices. Q: You were a state champion, what was the hardest part of that season? A: The hardest part of the season was the first couple of weeks. Q: Being an underclassmen, do you feel like there is anything you still have to learn? A: Yeah I do, there is always ways to improve.
Q: After making the playoffs as a team last year, what is the key to returning there or even going further in the playoffs? A: If everyone does their job individually then we will go far as a team. Q: Being a defending state champ and a Super 32 champion, do you feel any pressure coming into the season? A: Yes, I feel like I have a target on my back. Q: You have wrestled so long now, what is the biggest individual accomplishment you have achieved? Super 32 Championship this year was my biggest accomplishment Q: Weight is a concern for a wrestler to go up or down, how do you manage to maintain strength and weight A: Probably, just watching what you eat.
Q: With all your success over the years, do you have any superstitions that you’ve used? A: No I do not.
Brett Vallorani, Reporter
Sophomore Weight 120 Record: 41-2 in Last Seasoon 2012 Powerade Champion Super 32 Champion 2013 2013 WPIAL Champion PIAA State Champion as a Freshman (second in school history) Ranked #2 in Country at 120 lbs by intermat.com
Latrobe Swimming Team Experinces Elite Camp Brett Vallorani, Reporter The swimming and diving team plan to have another successful year in the upcoming winter season. The members of the team put in a lot of hard work into their sport, behind the scenes, beyond the season, and even before the school day. Many hard workouts are put into swimming, sometimes even twice a day including before school. Swimming is one of the hardest sports physically to do. You have to stay in shape, you are using mostly every muscle in your body. All these girls plan to do all of this to be successful this season. Two girls from the Greater Latrobe swim team got the opportunity to go to Florida and train with the top swimmers in the area. This elite training camp was sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania branch of USA swimming called Allegheny Mountain Swimming. Ten of the fastest girls and ten of the fastest boys were selected to go on the trip, which was in Fort Lauderdale, FL from October 24-27. The two girls from Latrobe, senior Kayla Owens and also junior Monica Sowinski attended the camp. “It was a good experience because we worked really hard because of the coaches there and we got to train with the best,” said Sowinski.
“The experience was life-changing swimming-wise,” said Owens. “The trip gave me confidence in myself when racing. I always used to get very nervous and anxious when swimming any opponent, but after I
“I think our girls will be very competitive. Our goal as a team is to try our best to win the section title. ~Kayla Owens, champion swimmer attended this elite camp I have more confidence in my ability to race,” Owens added. The purpose of this camp was to train with the competition in the local proximity. Owens said that this competition pushed limits in swimming by racing the best people in the local area. The rigorous practices two times a day, two hours each practice, for three straight days automatically improves a swimmer, especially as a preview to the regular
season. “These were the hardest workouts I’ve experienced and helped a lot for me in swimming,” Sowinski said “After experiencing these hard workouts, which were the the most difficult ones I have ever done, I have faith that I can accomplish the goals that I have for myself with the continuation of hard work and dedication,” Owens said All of the girls practiced multiple times a day during the camp. Practices were very intense because you were practicing with the best. “I learned a lot of things during the camp including new training,” Sowinski said. For the swimming team this year, they plan to have another successful year. “I think our girls will be very competitive,” said Owens. “Our goal as a team is to try our best to win the section title.” This years team is planning on winning the section title just like any other year. They have won the past four section titles as a team. This has been a huge accomplishment but its in the past now. All of the girls are looking into the future, planning on repeating the same accomplishment as years before. By the end of the year each swimmer will make the school, their family and most importantly themselves proud.
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Wrestlers from GLSD Gearing to Grapple with Competition Nationally Ranked
Words from the Coach~
“We enter the season ranked #36 in the
country, and #2 in the state. So our goals and expectations are very high. The team will be led by Zack Zavatsky, who places 3rd last year at states, along with Luke Pletcher, who brought home gold as a freshman. We also boast a strong supporting cast led by state qualifier Jake Shaffer, Tyler Mears, Travis Schmeling, Luke Shaffer, Dylan Davis, Ethan Stas, Justin Short, Nathan Verchuck, and Matt Lesko. We’re also very excited with the return of two former Wildcats, Ethan McCoy and Dom Scalise. Both of these guys placed at Prep Nationals last year while at Kiski school. They are going to make a huge impact for us individually and as a team. We also have two solid freshmen moving up to the varsity, Ethan Smith and Joel Cawoski. I will be looking for them to contribute right away. As always, we are going to have a challenging Schedule. We want to wrestle the best teams we can to prepare our guys for the
Dom Scalise 12th @ 160 Ibs Zach Zavatsky 8th @ 182 Ibs Luke Pletcher 2nd @ 120 Ibs According to Intermat.com state tournament. This year’s team has the capability of being the best team in school’s history. And I believe this group is ready for that challenge. We’re looking forward to having some monstrous crowds for our home matches. We will feature a matside wildcat den and also try to change up the gym lighting to place the emphasis on the action on the mat. Our guys are stylish wrestlers on the mat, but also very physical. They will be a fun group to watch, as the action will be very high-paced. The team definitely appreciates the support of the student body ~Coach Harbert
“Franklin Regional will be a tough match because they have a lot of state returning placers.” ~Ethan Stas
Steelers Spirit Steps Up to the Competition
The Pittsburgh Steelers have come a long way this season. Starting the season 0-4 and now six games later, the record is 4-6 and 2-1 in the division, in a three way tie for second. The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the few teams who have not scored any points on their opening drive, until the last unexepcted win against the Detroit Lions. In that game they scored on the first two drives with a lead 14-3. People kept blaming the lack of offensive drives on Todd Haley, offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The fans even wanted him gone. And then the offense line blocked, so that Big Ben had the time to execute. And that he did on the third down of the opening drive to Antonio Brown. And again on the second drive into the hands of Brown. And again on a fourth drive to make an unexpected turn in the season. And defensive cornerback Ike Taylor had to cover the best wide receiver in the NFL today, Calvin Johnson, otherwise
known as “Megatron,” who caught one 75-yard touchdown pass. And that was it. The Steelers this year are known to lose against the teams they should beat and beat the teams that are in first place. The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the first place Detroit Lions 37-27. The Pittsburgh Steelers also beat their rival, the Baltimore Ravens, in week seven of the NFL 2013 season by the score of 19-16. That’s the biggest rival in the NFL today and for the first time ever they are playing on Thanksgiving night. It’s going to be a huge game wth the whole world will be watching. The Steelers fight hard the whole game and come out winning, improving their record to 4-6 and are now tied in the AFC North Division for second place behind the division leaders the Cincinnati Bengals, with a 7-4 record. The Steelers are not done fighting. They can still win the division and make playoffs. Ryan Mattiolli, Reporter
Sportsmanship VS. Competitive Spirit: No Victor, No Limits
Today the world of sports often becomes subject to players and coaches that have forgotten what it means to embrace the competitive spirit it takes to win games and the sportsmanship it takes to realize that it is so much more than just a game. The scandals of shamed players and disgraced coaches are ever present in the constant stream of sports media. It is apparent that sportsmanship and its true value is overshadowed by the overwhelming power of winning and the competitive spirit it takes to win. The sports world does not have to look far to find the astonishing, and often unnoticed, examples of athletes with immeasurable competitive spirit and selfless sportsmanship. Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest boxers ever to step into the ring. He was one of the most taunting and intimidating figures in sports, his competitive spirit was endless. In 1990, years after he had retired, he met with Saddam Hussein. After only 50 minutes of discussion, 14 american hostages were released. Ali knew his value as an athlete and had the grace to save the lives of 14 innocent people. Billie Jean King was a pioneer for the
world of tennis. In 1972, King was the During the second game of the series first woman to win Sports Illustrated’s WOU’s Sara Tucholsky slammed what Sportsman of the year award. She played would have been a three-run homer the game even when people told her over the centerfield fence, it was her first she didn’t belong. She played the game homerun in both high school and colwhen the critics said she wasn’t good lege. Her hit was model of the competienough and that tive spirit that all women didn’t have who play the game a place in tennis. value. As Tucholsky We represent the King won 39 Grand first base idea that our actions, rounded Slam titles and she wrenched her shaped the future knee at the base and on and off the field, of women’s tennis. collapsed. carry the weight of She did not turn The umpires everything embodied decided to allow her back on a game that at times was a pinch-runner to by the name on the brutal, instead she replace Tucholsky, front of our jerseys. dedicated herself to but she would be making it great. credited with a Sportsmansingle and only two ship and competiof the runners on tive spirit is not limited to the largest base could be brought in for scores. Censtages or the greatest athletes. Legends tral Washington first baseman Mallory are made everyday. Greatness goes far Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace, as beyond the scoreboard or statistics. athletes, saw an equal. They saw a player, Greatness is not about awards. Greatness just like them. A player who had done is sportsmanship. Greatness it is about all the hard work, who spent the hours contributing to society through sports. upon hours of practice and training, and In May, 2008 the Western Oregon a player who deserved to round the bases University softball team played a tripleand capture what she had earned. header against Central Washington. Holtman and Wallace carried Tucholsky
around the bases, completing her homer. Central Washington loss the game and were eliminated from the Division II postseason. Their actions do far more than epitomize sportsmanship, they reveal its greatness. Jesse Owens, a great U.S. Olympic athlete, understood and embraced the competitive spirit it takes to be a champion and the sportsmanship it takes to be much more than a champion. “In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that. It takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?” said Owens in an interview after the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Competitive spirit and sportsmanship can be embraced together, and that is the only way to truly win. As Greater Latrobe athletes, we represent more than just a team or game. We represent the idea that our actions, on and off the field, carry the weight of everything embodied by the name on the front of our jerseys. Anna Ayers, Reporter
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Greater Latrobe High School
My Childhood Hero: Eminem
My Childhood Hero:
I am Deathly Afraid of: Possums and Mustard
I am Deathly Afraid of:
My Boys Not Being Happy in Life
My Celebrity Crush: Jared Leto
My Celebrity Crush: Hugh Jackman
Pick One: a.) Kid Cudi b.) The Beatles c.) Johnny Cash
d.) All Time Low My Favorite Quote: “Never look
back unless you are planning to go that way.” -Henry David Thoreau
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
My Quirkiest Inherited Trait: My laugh, it’s loud and obnoxious like my mom’s.
My Childhood Hero:
I am Deathly Afraid of: Dying
#1 Thing on My Bucket List: I want
I am Deathly Afraid of:
My Childhood Hero:
My Celebrity Crush: Kate Upton Pick One: a.) Kid Cudi b.) The Beatles
to give people hope and faith, no matter how hard life is that they can make it through, and be something.
c.) Johnny Cash
The Super Power I Wish I had:
My Favorite Quote: “Free men
Favorite Pittsburgh Sports Team: I Hate Sports xcept for the Penguins
d.) All Time Low
ought to be armed.” - Thomas Jefferson My Quirkiest Inherited Trait:
Making something funny that isn’t really funny at all #1 Thing on My Bucket List:
Go to Space
The Super Power I Wish I had:
Mind Reading or Invisibility Favorite Pittsburgh Sports Team:
Favorite Thing About Latrobe: It’s a
small town and all the students are very passionate about their sports, including myself
Favorite Thing About Latrobe: Nothing I guess. It’s little...I know people.
Rachel Berger Rabbits
My Celebrity Crush:
Pick One: a.) Kid Cudi b.) The Beatles c.) Johnny Cash d.) All Time Low My Favorite Quote: “Don’t worry. Someday you’ll find that person who is perfect for you. They can’t hide forever, we have satellites.” - Welcome to Nightvale #1 Thing on My Bucket List:
Travel the World
The Super Power I Wish I had:
Favorite Pittsburgh Sports Team: Penguins Favorite Thing About Latrobe: Madam
Pick One: a.) Kid Cudi b.) The Beatles c.) Johnny Cash d.) All Time Low My Favorite Quote:
“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can read.” - Mark Twain. My Quirkiest Inherited Trait:
My Big Thumb
#1 Thing on My Bucket List:
To Visit Italy
The Super Power I Wish I had:
Favorite Pittsburgh Sports Team:
Favorite Thing About Latrobe: The
“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured. ” -Gordon B. Hinckley