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Lewis to play for All-State Band Kaitlin Zurawsky Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association All-State band competition held auditions on February 20th. Senior Tim Lewis was selected to participate in the festival. Lewis, who auditioned for the euphonium, has been playing it for one year. He also participates in jazz band, concert band, chamber choir, and marching band. In order to be able to audition for the All-State Band students must meet a series of criteria. First students must have played in the district band. To do this they submit an application to the PMTA explaining their musical experience. Once in district band the students qualify for regional band. Regional band members are chosen by an audition. Making it into regional band qualifies the musician for the audition process of the AllState band festival. The auditions consist of students performing three excerpts of songs for the four judges. The instrumentalists are then called with whether or not they made the band. Auditions for the State Band took place at Cumberland Valley High School. Tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, pitch and intonation, technique, musicianship and preparation were all part of the judging process. “I’m lucky that I got selected,” stated Lewis, “I’m really happy.” The festival is broken into five different parts wind ensemble, concert band, chorus, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and vocal jazz. Lewis was selected for the concert band portion and will be directed by Keith Richardson of Central Dauphin East High School, and will be guest conducted by William Stowman. “It is an extreme honor to be selected for the competition,” said Mr. Raymond Hamil the band instructor here at GLSHS. The band rehearses at Central Dauhphin East High School. The concert is Saturday, April 19 at Hershey Theatre begins at 4:00pm. Tickets, if still available, may be purchased at the concert site or will be available in advance through the PMEA office until Wednesday, April 9. Being selected for the State festivals is a process that takes a lot of practice and work to obtain. The musicians must possess a large amount of talents and dedication to the instrument they play.
Latrobe Rockdown raises $15,000
Volume 85 Issue 10
GLSHS implements new Students prepare recycling program Mary Maatta Staff Writer
iced tea bottles that we just throw out everyday that could be recycled. There are so many of us that we can make that large difference that the community needs,” said O’Boyle. Recycling is an easy way for students and faculty
With a school with over 1,000 students, a lot of garbage can build up giving the students an opportunity to make a difference that will impact the community. The school already participates in many activities that benefit the community such as food drives and high way clean ups. In addition GLSH is now implementing a recycling program. The Science Club along with students in the Capstone Class taught by Mr. Richter has set up a recycling program throughout the senior and junior high schools. This program will give the schools the opportunity to have an impact on our environment and the way we will live in the future. “All recycling programs are important because they conserve natural resources and reduce pollution. I feel our program is even more important than most because we have a chance to make young people think about where their Photo by: Shawna Edwards, Intern trash goes when they throw it to make a difference. away,” said Mr. Richter. The program Science Club consists of recycling a variety treasurer Lu Wu felt that, of items such as flattened “Since we are a school, we all papers have a lot of paper being cardboard, products, magazines, clip used. Now we just need to board, plastics and metals. recycle it. It just makes Students can drop these sense.” Junior Bridget recyclable goods off in the O’Boyle agreed that what blue bins located in every these students were doing was classroom, the cafeteria, the responsible. “I think it’s a Center for Student Creativity, really good idea considering the auditorium and the office. how many water bottles and Also, if there is spare electronics such as cell
phones, batteries, laptop computers, GPS or any type of circuit board take them to the student store or in Mr. Richter’s room, S201. Every Monday and Wednesday after school, and Friday during 11th period the Westmoreland
Cleanways will collect the gathered material. Senior Science Club Treasurer, Jessica Smeltz said, “I think this is something that should be taken very seriously. This is our earth and we need to protect it.” The students who presented the idea to the students and faculty included seniors Amber Biddle, Emily Butina, Erica Hixson and Rob Lewis. These four students spent a month gathering and organizing information to
present the program. Lewis said, “It’s good that we finally have a recycling program because there is so much that we can recycle. These are all nonrenewable resources that we need to work together to conserve.” The earth contains only so many natural resources that humans can use so conserving these resources is crucial. However, recycling at school isn’t enough. “Hopefully this will lead students to explore the environmental and social implications of producing, transporting and disposing of consumer goods. Once people are more knowledgeable about these implications, they are usually willing to do simple things like recycling and composting to reduce their impact on the environment,” said Mr. Richter. The students need to take what they learn from the schools recycling program and apply it to the way they live at home so that the next time they go to throw a piece of paper away you will remember to put it in the recycling bin. Doing this regularly will save trees and energy. By working together, the students and faculty of GLSHS are going to make an impact on the way we will live tomorrow. So remember Latrobe; Reduce Reuse and Recycle.
Two junior high school GOAL students let their inspiration flow during the impromptu segment of a creative writing competition held at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. The competition was a part of the Westmoreland County Gifted Coalition’s Olympics of the Arts. A total of 46 participants from 11 schools competed in either poetry or prose. In addition to the impromptu writing, the 6th, 7th and 8th graders sent in work to be judged by AP Language students. The AP students sat down with the youngsters to provide tips and insight. Participants were also treated to an art tour, and more enticingly, to free cookies and Capri Sun. -By: Mike DeFabo
Photo by: Ang Saffer, Intern
Lunch with faculty to help boost scores Samantha Service and Courtney Briggs News Editor, Staff Writer
On February 6, 2008 in the CSC Dr. Georgia Teppert and fellow GLSHS administrators hosted a luncheon for 50 juniors preparing to take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). During the luncheon, Dr. Teppert explained a new method of helping students to prepare for their PSSA exam. The school offered new tutoring sessions on Tuesday and Thursday before and after school. The tutoring times will occur during the morning tutorials and after school from 2:30 p.m. until 3:20 p.m. The administration and faculty feels that these PSSA tutoring sessions have the power to raise a students’ grades from C’s to A’s and B’s. The sessions will begin on Tuesday, February 12 and will last until Thursday, March 27. This will allow students to participate in almost 25 sessions before and afterschool. Although 114 juniors were invited to the luncheon and tutoring session, the sessions are opened to anyone who wishes to take part in them. A pre-test will show teachers and students the area in which they need to improve to achieve the ideal PSSA scores. Junior Ginny Severa attended and enjoyed the luncheon and attended the tutoring sessions. She said, “I am going to attend the session because the school is giving me the opportunity to improve my score by giving me extra help in the areas I need it.” Junior Angela Cullen was chosen to attend extra help sessions but cannot make them so she uses her study halls to attend the math lab and get teachers to show her how to complete problems that she cannot do. Cullen said, “I have PSSA pretests and complete what I can but whatever else I need help with I Continued on Page 2
History students learn about war in Iraq Emily Anna Intern
With the war in Iraq being such a prevalent topic on the news, it is often on many students’ minds. To help clear the air, Mr. Wetzel and Mr. Snyder brought about 20 students from their history classes on Thursday, February 28 to listen to four colonels from the US Army and one lieutenant colonel from the US Marine Corps, representing the Department of Defense. Each discussed their area of expertise which included Africon, Guantanamo Bay, and the
energy crisis. The first half of the seminar was a lecture, where the students learned about Iraq and other national security issues. Mr. Snyder says, “It was informative and insightful. It inspired the students and faculty in attendance to look at today’s problems from a different perspective.” The second half was a question and answer session, where the audience challenged these top military officials with their inquisitive questions. Africon is a system that puts American military
personnel into Africa to help keep the peace between fighting groups. Colonel Banks said that America tries to be very discreet; she just accomplishes her mission and leaves. The irony was noticed by many students, and Col. Banks seemed to avoid a direct answer when questioned. Located in Cuba, Guantanamo Bay is a detainment camp for suspected militant combatants from the Middle East. There have been accusations of torture and misconduct, but Colonel Lora
Tucker put these to rest. She explained that they are given many of the same rights as US citizens, like being able to practice their religion freely. Col. Tucker also says that, “the inmates at Guantanamo Bay receive the same medical care that an injured U.S. soldier would receive." Chloe Wertz adds, “I'd heard a lot about Guantanamo Bay on the news, but I never listened enough to fully grasp what was going on there. They definitely answered all the unanswered questions that I had.” This information
from a reliable member of the US Army helped put the rumors to rest. Lieutenant Colonel Mike Sweeney spoke about the current energy crisis the world is facing. He focused especially on all of the oil in Alaska that, under the current policy, America cannot use. This oil in Alaska could meet America’s current energy consumption for decades. Sweeney feels that by drilling into Alaska, America would not have to depend on oil from other countries. After the official
conference was over, students could stay and talk with each of the officers on a more personal level. “I think students appreciate the opportunity to get facts from people who live it rather than the media,” said Mr. Wetzel. “Anytime you can have students in the presence of the best and the brightest that the US military has to offer, and have open conversation with them is a positive thing.” The lecture taught all in attendance what is really happening all over the world.
March 19, 2008
3/17 Boys varsity tennis v. Franklin Regional 3:45pm
Kristina Wiggins Staff Writer
A group of twenty students in GLSH’s National Art Honor Society attended a field trip to The Andy Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory on Friday, March 7. The museums located in Pittsburgh provided the students a chance to witness modern installation art. The Andy Warhol Museum featured an exhibit by Ron Mueck displaying seven realistic human sculptures. The museum focuses on
contemporary art that represents, “Art you can get into in room-sized environments, created by inresidence artists.” Senior Abby Binkey was, “Super excited” to be attending. Mrs. Balko, an advisor of NAHS, was involved in organizing the field trip saying, “We pick different museums each year so kids can experience the different styles of art.” After the educational
experience the students were permitted to explore the South Side Works. The shopping was the best part according to junior Anne Penrose. She also enjoyed the installation art at The Mattress Factory, along with junior Bridget O’Boyle who thought it was, “wild and eccentric. Senior Carly Pelchen enjoyed the trip which happened to be on her birthday saying, “I enjoyed the Andy
Warhol Museum, especially a painting of shoes with diamond dust. It was the best birthday ever.” Junior Mike Kovalick’s favorite part of the trip was, “The giant statues of people at the Warhol museum, cause they were creepy.” Kovalick says he learned a lot on the trip, “It was a unique experience to see art made my local successful artists.”
On Tuesday, February 26, Lee Crafton parked his horse and buggy behind Tractor Supply Company in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Lee was a professional “horse logger,” or one who hauls trees using horses rather than machinery. He left East Glacier, Montana about 18 months ago to embark on a three and a half year journey. His path took him to the East Coast by way of Boston and California. After doubling back, the Great Circle Route will eventually land him in Alaska. Crafton relies on the kindness of strangers to provide his two dogs, three horses, and himself with food. He lives one day at a time, never knowing what he’ll do next. Crafton said, “When I reach Alaska, I’ll deal with Alaska.” He eats two meals a day, showering only when the opportunity arises, which is rare. “I’m simply visiting myself across North America,” he said. -By Carmella Stanko, Staff Writer
3/18 Math league competition in room S103 at 6:55am Boys varsity hockey at Mellon Arema 3/19 Boys varsity tennis v. Penn Trafford 4:00pm at Penn Trafford 3/20 Girls varsity softball v. Gateway 4:00pm at home Boys varsity volleyball v. Bethel Park 4:00pm at home Latrobe Art Center Ceramics Class 6:00pm-8:00pm in F201 3/21 No School 3/22 Boys varsity volleyball Norwin Tournament 9:00am at Norwin 3/24 No School Boys Varsity baseball game v. Yough 12:00om at Yough
News NAHS takes trip to museums
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Students prepare for PSSAs
Continued from Page 1 get it so that I can know everything on the exam.” Junior Kristy Vincze said, “I have packets I get from my math teacher that I try to do in preparation for the PSSA. Whenever I am done I get them checked and learn how to do what I could not do previously.” Teachers in the math and language arts departments were also in attendance during the administration luncheon. These teachers were asked to come in order to provide insight to the students whom they would be working with during the tutoring sessions. Teppert explained during the luncheon importance for students who have the ability to do well to also put worth the extra effort and excel on the PSSAs. However, Dr. Teppert feels that all the hours spent will be paid off in the end. She made
these plans concrete because she “always wanted to assist students with the PSSAs and we now can because of the tutor here daily.” Dr. Teppert also wishes to create an enjoyable and stress-free atmosphere for the students to work in. This applies not only in school, but also in the work place. Along with explaining the new program, Dr. Teppert explained the importance of the PSSA exam. This exam helps determine not only a student’s strengths and weaknesses, but also those of the school. In the minds of the juniors, this exam should be taken seriously since the results of the exam will be on their reports first quarter, senior year. These exams will even be calculated into a student’s GPA; therefore imperative that students do well as to not
News In-Brief Compiled by: Brianna Saddler, Staff writer
harm their GPA and chances of getting into a postsecondary school. Students who receive an advanced on their PSSA exam will receive an A on their report card, and students who receive a proficient on the exam will receive a B on their report card. If the student, however, does not perform in the advanced or proficient category, then they will have to retake the PSSAs during senior year. With the help of the teachers’ dedication, the students’ devotion, and the extra help from individual volunteering their times, students’ scores should improve on the PSSAs which allow for an overall happier GLSD and community.
Winterguard On February 23, 2008 the Greater Latrobe Winterguard traveled to Norwin High School and competed against Deer Lakes High School, Penn Trafford High School, Gateway High School and Kiski Area High School in Regional A class. They received a score of 61.1. The girls then traveled to East Allegheny on March 1, 2008 and competed against West Allegheny and received a score of 68.0. Rotary Student of the Month For the month of February juniors Andrea Sutyak and Peter Semo were
Photo by: Courtney Briggs, Intern
Juniors Joe Churbock and Mark DeDiana (above) observe a Duquesne presentation at the NACAC College Fair in Pittsburgh on Thursday February 28 and Friday February 29. Held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, they planned enough room for high school students to meet face-to-face with representatives from over 350 schools from around the nation. Many students from GLSHS attended and received information about prospective colleges. The representatives attracted students to their schools by handing out information packets and explaining the top features. Junior Renee Lundquist said, “I attended the career fair to find out what colleges may be options for my future and to figure out their requirements and what I should do to make my application stand out.” Not only the booths, but extra helpful stations such as College Board, helped students prepare for the SAT, FAFSA helped students prepare for college tuition, and Counselors Corner, helped students figure out which colleges are best for their major. -By: Courtney Briggs, Staff Writer
chosen for Rotary Student of the month. They were selected based on their outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, and community service. Andrea is involved in tennis, and challenges herself with AP English. Peter is involved in cross country and track, and tutors at Baggaley Elementary Big Brothers Big Sisters. For the month of March Juniors Brian Bossart and Maura Bainbridge were chosen for Rotary Student of the Month. Brian is involved in basketball and baseball, and challenges himself with AP chemistry. Mara plays soccer and field hockey, and
is in pre calculus. Tri-M National Music Honor Society During the month of February, the Tri-M National Music Honor Society collected “Pennies for Patients.” All donations will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Every Tuesday a member of the Tri-M society will bring a bucket to each homeroom. Then, every Thursday the buckets will be collected and counted. The homeroom with the highest amount at the end of the month will have a lunch from Olive Garden. Mr. Cook’s homeroom raised
$114.83 to win the Olive garden lunch. Breakfast of Champions For the Month of February the following students were selected for Breakfast of Champions: seniors Kelsey Borza was nominated by Mrs. Houck from the language arts department, Emily Butina was nominated by Miss. McLaughlin from the mathematics department, Kevin Croner was nominated by Mrs. Curci from the physical education department juniors Joshua Clark was nominate by Mr. Schrecengost from the mathematics department,
Keira Conley was nominated by Mr. Hamill from the music department sophomores Cassie Loucks was nominated by Mrs. LeVan from the science department, Marie Regula was nominated by Miss. Harvey from the world languages department, Alicia Nicely was nominated by Miss. Kauffelt and Mr. Ferraro from the social studies department, and Jessica Arborne was nominated by Mr. Krack from the language arts department
March 19, 2008
Sports Swim team breaks records at WPIALS Pat Lynch Staff Writer
Photo by Angela Repko
The swim team at Greater Latrobe High School is stacked with talent. The girls relay team consisting of all sophomores broke the school record at the WPIAL swim meet, at The University of Pittsburgh. The Division 1 atmosphere brought out the best in the swimmers. Missing two days of school may seem too
many students like fun, for the swim team it was all business. Sophomore Anna Gibas was the most successful Latrobe swimmer. She won the 100-meter Backstroke event with a record breaking time of 57.15 seconds. Gibas was trailed by Corrine Talhouk of north Allegheny who scored a time of
59.33. She also broke the school record at 100-meter Freestyle with a time of 23.90. Gibas will be competing at states in three events. Along with Gibas, Alyssa Taylor, Jillian Kniffen, Alex Waller and Freshman Emily Friedline will all be competing in the state meet. Matt Shrum recorded the fastest times for the Latrobe boys at WPIALS. He placed 17th in the 50-Freestyle event. Shrum was also a part of a two top twenty relay teams along with Sam Cline, Josh Fry, Hunter McGrogan, and Charlie Defrancesco. There will be no boys from Greater Latrobe competing at PIAA state m e e t . After a successful season for both boys and girls, the future looks bright for the team with all of their underclass talent returning next year. An individual state champion will most likely be crowned from Greater Latrobe in the near future. UPDATE Sophomore Anna Gibas has won a state championship in the 100-meter Backstroke
Pennesi and Walters leave it all on the mat Ryan LaDuke Staff Writer
going in to states this year as I was last year, because I’ve been there before and know what it’s about,” said Pennesi. Pennesi’s first round match-up was against returning 112-pound PIAA state champion Keegan Handlovic from Easton. Handlovic went on to defend his title, but this time he claimed the 119 pound state championship. Pennesi wrestled him hard, but ended up getting defeated 12-3. In the next round, he faced Downingtown West’s Pat May, a much more evenly matched battle. Pennesi was able to come away with a 4-0 victory to meet arch-rival Nico Cortese from Hempfield. Cortese always seems to get in Pennesi’s way, whether it be sections, WPIALs, etc. Once again it was a great hard fought match between these two, but Cortese was able to come away with the 5-2 win. Greater Latrobe’s 130-pounder Joey Walters also had uphill battle to get to the top of the states bracket. In his first match, he wrestled Joshua Kindig of Blue Mountain. Kindig defeated
Walters 7-2 and went on to earn a PIAA second place medal. “I felt I did relatively well in my first match. I got in on his leg a couple times, but I was unable to finish,” said Walters of his first match in the PIAA tournament. In the next round, Walters faced off against Kyler Killian of Middletown. “It was tied 1-1 with 40 seconds left in the third period and he got me in a headlock for four points. I tried a big move to stick him because there wasn’t enough time for me to come back and beat him in points, but it didn’t work,” Walters said. Walters and Pennesi left it all on the mat this year at states, but they both plan to advance farther in states next season. “Almost everyone in my bracket was a senior this year, so I want to get back there next season and win it all,” said Pennesi. As seniors, they will have more experience to accomplish their goals at the PIAA Wrestling Championships.
Penn State hosts indoor track state championship Bower, Hewitt, and Timmons place in states Ben Battaglia Staff Writer
The indoor track state championship took place Saturday March 1 at Penn State. Three members of Greater Latrobe’s track team took place in the state finals. Senior polevaulter Jason Timmons and junior distance runners Natalie Bower and Abby Hewitt gave it their best effort at this prestigious event. Bower, who holds school records in both the 1600 meter and the 3200 meter relay, finished 5th in the 1600 meter and 3000 meter races at the indoor states. Although Bower felt she could have placed better, she also felt satisfied with her overall performance. “I was satisfied with my times even though I didn’t place exactly were I wanted,” said Bower.
Timmons, who broke the Greater Latrobe pole-vaulting record at 14 feet 3 inches last year during the regular season, cleared 13 feet but then failed in three attempts at 13 feet 6 inches. Timmons wasn’t too happy with his performance in the State Championship. “I feel like I could have done a lot better, 13 feet is my opening height,” said Timmons.
“I’ve been doing abs workouts every Tuesdays and Thursdays and inversion drills in the school pool,” said Timmons The athletes thought that the indoor and outdoor versions of track differ in some ways.
Will the Penguins trades guarantee them a chance at the Stanley Cup Ryan LaDuke and Tyler Baloh Columnists
Wrestlers look forward to next year Greater Latrobe sent two wrestlers to the Pennsylvania State tournament on March 6-8 at Giant Center in Hershey. Juniors Nathan Pennesi (119) and Joe Walters (130) both qualified for states by obtaining third place at W.P.I.A.L. Championships. With a two week layoff period between W.P.I.A.L.s and states, the wrestlers had plenty of time for preparation. Training for the state tournament is much different than practicing for other wrestling matches. “I think training for states is more laid back because you work more on what you need to personally and drill for what you need to accomplish at states,” Pennesi said. Since only two members from Latrobe qualified for states, they had some practices at other locations in the Westmoreland area schools like Penn-Trafford and Hempfield to drill with other wrestlers that made it to states. Unfortunately, Pennesi and Walters faced tough roads in trying to medal at states. “I wasn’t as nervous
“The two biggest differences for me is that the indoor bars look so much higher so it feels more intimidating and also the wind is not as major of a factor indoors as it is outdoors,” said Timmons. “Indoor track is different from outdoor track in that the track is only 200 meters and the curves are banked,” said Bower, “The only thing I don’t like about indoor is that it feels like I’m running twice the distance.” The athletes have also trained for this event all year leading up to the state championships. Their training not only helped for the indoor state championship but will also prove valuable come the regular season. Also getting into a competitive state of mind before the season starts should help out. “I’ve been doing abs
workouts every Tuesdays and Thursdays and inversion drills in the school pool,” said Timmons, “I also have been jumping at West Virginia University’s indoor pit on Wednesdays to get ready for indoor states.” “I started running about 3 days a week during the end of the swim season,” said Bower, “Before States I ran in four other indoor track meets to prepare.” Overall the State Championship was just extra experience for the Greater Latrobe Track members. It will surely help them in the preparation for the upcoming season.
How do you think the Penguins moves at the NHL trade deadline will affect them for the future? LaDuke: Even though the big name player acquired before the NHL trade deadline, Marian Hossa, has not played a full game for the Penguins due to a knee injury, I still believe that the moves that Penguins’ general manager Ray Shero made before the deadline will be significant for the Penguins to make a run for the Stanley Cup. This deal basically stated that the Penguins are playing to win the Stanley Cup this season. Losing three young and quality forwards in Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, and Angelo Esposito may hurt the Penguins in upcoming years, but the Penguins are looking to win a Stanley Cup this year. Acquiring a star forward in Marian Hossa will definitely help the Pens accomplish this goal. Before getting injured in his first game wearing the black and gold, Hossa had 56 points (26 goals, 30 assists). Armstrong has 17 points and Christensen has 20 to combine for only 37 points. Adding a pure goal scorer like Hossa to the team will give the Penguins two dominant lines, especially when Sidney Crosby gets back from his high ankle injury. The trade will also give them a very powerful power play line. Can you imagine Hossa, Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin all on the same power play unit? The three of them combine for 207 points. HOLY MOLY PRAY FOR THAT GOALIE!!! The Penguins also obtained defenseman Hal Gill and forward Pascal Dupuis before the trade deadline. Both of these players will have important roles for the Penguins this season, especially on the penalty kill unit. Gill is a giant on defense at 6’7’’ 250 pounds and will create fear in the other team when they
enter our zone. Dupuis is a good player who will help kill penalties and score goals as he has already scored eleven this season. When the Pittsburgh fans didn’t think anything would happen before the deadline, Ray Shero went out and got us three big players who will be crucial in the Penguins deep run in the playoffs and win a Stanley Cup. Baloh: The NHL trading deadline was coming to an end quickly on Tuesday February 26. For the Pens to make their cup run this year, or plan for the future, Ray Sharrel felt the urge to build for the following years. It was quite evident that the pens want it all this year as they acquired five time All star right winger Marion Hossa, and hard nosed defenseman Pascal Dupris from Atlanta. But these players didn’t come cheap as Atlanta wanted wingers Colby Armstrong and Christiansen in return. But that was not all. The thrashers also took our future prospect right winger Angelo Espesito who didn’t dress one game for the Penguins this season and lost a first round draft pick for next years draft. Now the question is this, was it worth it? Some say yes and some say no, but if you think about it, we didn’t lose much other than two grinders that worked for ice time and were just getting hot coming out of the all star break. Christiansen’s specialty was his spot in the shoot out line up which wasn’t a always a guaranteed goal. Plus Angelo Espesito could simply be a bust considering the fact we never even saw him play. Marion Hossa is the real deal, he has experience and he knows how to get the job done in the clutch. He has all the abilities and the skills to help out the Pens for their quest for the cup. Its just as exciting picturing Hossa, Crosby, and Malkin on the same team, it is a scary thought.
Baseball team gets the opportunity of a lifetime Natalie Schade Staff Writer
The baseball season is approaching and the players are anticipating a chance of a lifetime. The team is selling tickets to Pirate games throughout the season. If they sell 800 they will be able to play on the field at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. “Playing at PNC Park is a chance of a life time and we are all excited to have this opportunity to play on a major league field,” stated senior Andrew Oshnock. Not only will they be playing on a top field in the major leagues, but they will be playing their backyard rivals, Derry Area. Derry must also sell 800 tickets. If the sales soar the big game will take place at 3:00 on Thursday, April 17, 2008. The current status is 418 tickets sold as of March 4. Tickets range in price from $27 to $9 depending on the seats. The buyers can pick which ever seat they want to sit in but now that the February 15th deadline has passed the tickets are sold as vouchers. Since the tickets are open to the general public the buyer might not be guaranteed the seat they chose but are guaranteed a ticket to the game. If anyone wants to purchase tickets they can see any player or coach. “This is a great opportunity for our team. This is chance to only play on a major league field, but also the field that ESPN has called “the best field in Major league baseball,” said head baseball coach Mr. Matt Basciano.
4 On the ice
March 19, 2008
Icecats play at Mellon Arena in championship games Ryan LaDuke Columnist
Playing in an NHL arena is every young hockey player’s dream. The Latrobe Icecats got that opportunity on March 10 when we played at Mellon Arena against West Allegheny in the Penguins Cup semi-finals. Our nerves were running high playing on the same ice as the Pittsburgh Penguins, but we weren’t going to let them get in the way of our goal. The ice was perfect, the atmosphere was amazing, fans were screaming, we were sitting on the same bench that the Pittsburgh Penguins sit on, we dressed in the locker room of the every Penguins’ away opponent, and we had our names individually announced before the game; it was all a dream come true. The best part of this dream is that it had a fairy tale ending. After three periods of play the score was tied 2-2 and for the third time in a row against West Allegheny, overtime was needed to claim to a winner. Last season, the Indians ended our season by scoring a goal in overtime. The taste still lingered in our mouths from last year and we were not going to let it happen again. We have worked way too hard all season long to earn the number one seed and win the Penguins Cup. The Indians would not get in our way of glory this year. Just like last season’s playoff game against West Allegheny, a
penalty was called within the first couple of minutes in overtime. However, this season the penalty was called against the Indians and we were the ones to go on the power play. Our power play unit had been on fire throughout the game as Alex “Two-Fo” Stahl had already scored two power play goals in the game. We had confidence in ourselves that we could do it again. Junior forward JeffJoe Regula flew down the ice to set up our offense in their zone. He passed it over to junior defenseman Brody Aukerman, who had been exhausted from shutting down PIHL leading scorer Ryan Kumpfmiller all game long. A West Allegheny defender was able to block Aukerman’s shot, but Aukerman was able to regain possession of the puck and this time his blistering shot sailed right on net creating a rebound. With the ticket to the championship game in his hands, junior forward Mike McCurdy was right there to bury it five-hole between the goalie’s legs and send the Icecats back to Mellon Arena for a chance to win the Penguins Cup. In that very second, we had felt like the 1991-1992 Pittsburgh Penguins when they won the Stanley Cup. We scurried off the bench to swarm Mike with excitement and to congratulate him for scoring the
goal that put us in the championship game. I’m injured, but I still jumped off the bench and tried my best to run across the ice without falling because nothing was getting in my way of joining my teammates in the huddle of joy. The Latrobe fans rose to their feet screaming with jubilance like a fire had just been lit under the butts. In those ten seconds, I experienced a feeling that will stay with me and all of us for the rest of our lives. A great sense of accomplishment had set into each and everyone of our heart as we knew that we were going to play at Mellon Arena one more time for the Cup. For the first time in school history, the Latrobe Icecats will be playing for the Penguins Cup Championship at Mellon Arena on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. against a very good Franklin Regional hockey team. We beat the Panthers 3-2 during the regular season, but it was a hard fought battle all game. Shutting down their numerous scorers like Jarod Yesko and Eugene Mack, who scored 2 goals and had 2 assists in their semi-final game, will be important for our team to have success. Another key to victory for us will be capitalizing on the power play again, as we scored three power play goals in the semi-final match-up against West Allegheny.
Inline hockey team finishes in third place
Photo by Angela Repko
Spring sports are underway as the softball team has indoor tryouts due to inclimate weather. Weather plays a major role in the practice schedule of all the sports teams. The baseball and track teams also use the gyms and pool to practice when the weather keeps the teams indoors.
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Alex Stahl Senior •PPG (points per game)- 0.71 •Goals- 7 Assists- 8 Penguins game Semi Finals- 2 goals
Championship series goes down to a final third game in best of three series Ben Battaglia Staff Writer
Entering the season, the Greater Latrobe inline hockey team wasn’t sure what to expect. This season marks merely the second year for this team with the program, with not much expected in the first year. With a year of experience under their belts the ‘Cats ended this season with a modest 11-5 record finishing 3rd in the standings. The ‘Cats received the 4th seed going into the playoffs and played the 5th seeded Seneca Valley Raiders in a single game elimination. Latrobe won the game convincingly 12-5. In the second round of the playoffs, the team was matched up against a tough North Hills team that was undefeated in the regular season in a best of three game series. The ‘Cats won the first game 9-4 but had to endure their first hardship of the playoffs during game two. A different and better North Hills goaltender was between the
pipes for this game and Latrobe trailed 5-2 in the 3rd period. However the ‘Cats tied the game up at 6 goals a piece just before the final buzzer. The teams then played a 15 minute overtime period. Kyle Devault scored late into the period the send the ‘Cats into the next round of the playoffs. In the ‘Cats final round of their playoff run, the team matched up against the number 1 seeded Pine Richland team in a three game series. The ‘Cats lost the first game 6-5 but triumphantly came back to crush the Rams 8-0 in game two. The ‘Cats season ended in an 8-7 game three loss to the tough top ranked team. Although the ‘Cats season might have ended prematurely, the experience the young team gained throughout the playoffs will help them to improve next year.
Varsity Hockey (18-2) 3/13/08 Wrestling (3-5) 3/13/08 Girls Swimming (3-0) 3/13/08 Boys swimming (1-2) 3/13/08 Boys’ Basketball (16-8) 3/13/08 Girls’ Basketball (12-9) 3/13/08 Justin Downs Staff Writer
Jillian Kniffen Sophomore 200 Medley Relay- 7th 1:51.12 (broke school record) 2001M- 16th - 2:18.30 100 Breaststroke- 18th - 1:12.12 Compiled by Ben Battaglia
Wildcat Sportswire Justin Downs Staff writer Latrobe's victory Monday night over West Allegheny in a PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA Semifinals game at the Mellon Arena truly was a special win. The 'W' puts the Wildcats into the Class AA high school hockey finals against Franklin Regional. Since much of the game was an offensive stalemate, it was the special teams that had Latrobe celebrating a hard-fought triumph over West Allegheny 3-2. All three goals were scored with the man advantage. The power play surge included a game-winning goal scored by Michael McCurdy in overtime. The Letterman’s Club Athlete of the Week is Senior Lindsy Muchnock who helped lead the Girls Basketball team into the playoffs as the Section runnerup after winning the Section title last year. This season she led the team in shots with 382, connecting on nearly 40% from the field. From the foul line she was good 57% of the time while attempting the most free throws for the team (111). Lindsy led the team in rebounds, totaling 254 this season and she also blocked 33 shots. She finished as the second leading scorer on the team this year. The inline hockey team played the first two games of the 3-game Championship series against Pine Richland White this past weekend. The first game was on Saturday at Harmerville. Latrobe, having only 5 skaters, lost to Pine Richland 5-6 in Overtime. The second game was on Sunday at Neville Island. This time, Latrobe had a full bench and the team mercied Pine Richland 80, automatically winning the game after only two periods of play. Congratulations to Josh Hoke, who once again had an outstanding game in goal and his first ever shut-out. With the series record tied 1-1, Latrobe will play Pine Richland White to determine the League Champion.
March 19, 2008
Good Guy Bad Guy Political breakdown
Brian Noel Columnist “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” Winston Churchill famously commented. Some Americans see governments as unable to do any anything right and agree with Churchill that democracy is a last resort. Unfortunately, the current administration has little to disprove this opinion. But there is still hope to over come the mass cronyism and failed policies of the Bush administration; the answer is Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. With John McCain being the presumptive nominee on the Republican ticket. Some members of the Conservative Wing of the Republican Party such as Rush Limbaugh are not convinced, and are concerned that John McCain is a true Conservative. “McCain above anything else is not conservative” said Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh and ultra-
conservatives have a hard time believing that McCain represents conservatives in a sufficient way. Unfortunately, Limbaugh and his ultraconservative “posse” do not even listen to their own party! The American Conservative Union (ACU) has assigned John McCain with a lifetime conservative rating of 82.3, this compares to Obama’s 8.0 rating, and Clinton’s 9.0. If McCain is not conservative, I don’t know what conservative is. On the Democratic side Senator Obama and Senator Hilary Clinton are in a virtual deadlock in the race to 2,025 Delegates with Obama holding a slight 100 Delegate lead. The reason for this is mainly because their plans for change are strikingly similar. Both Obama and Clinton’s Economic and Health Care Plans run succinctly with one another. But one place where Obama sets himself apart is in Education Reform. Obama is pro-
posing a $4,000 tuition credit to college students, with a determined number of hours of community service. This reform is unprecedented in the history of this country, and is long overdue. This is the kind of leadership we need to propel our country prosperously into the 21st Century. The American people about had enough of Conservatism. Every Republican President since the 1920’s had corruption in his administration. The American people are starting to look at that historical trend, and acting upon it as evidenced by the 2006 midterm elections. Americans are sick of failed policies which only benefit the wealthiest of Americans, such as we are seeing in the Bush administration with Oil Subsities and Halliburton “No-Bid” Contracts. All high school students should be democrats because they represent the needs of the students from the middle class the most sufficiently. If you are filthy rich you
should be a republican, other wise if you are in the middle class the demo-
cratic ticket is the only logical way to go.
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Obama Clinton McCain Huckabee
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A survey was taken by the student body and is represented chart above. The figures represent who the student body would vote for, if they were to vote today.
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Answer: Alaina and Mary Luttner
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Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton is now taking the approach of if you can not beat them, join them. Personally I think that her taking part in an SNL skit is hilarious. Clinton truly believes that people are laughing with her now, meanwhile they are still laughing at her. Clinton’s rival and competition for the Democratic vote is Barack Obama who is being backed by George W. Bush. Our president may have made some questionable decisions in his terms but, you can not deny the fact that he is doing what is best for his country by backing Obama. Bust does no like helping Obama necessarily he is just doing his part in making sure someone like Clinton does not gain presidency. I would not be able to sleep at night knowing Clinton has her emotional finger anywhere near the infamous “nuclear button.” The
Critic’s Corner Movie Review: Semi-Pro Ben Battaglia Columnist Although I thought Semi-Pro was a bit too overly hyped, the movie was actually rather amusing. Directed by Kent Alterman and written by Scot Armstrong, Semi-Pro was released on February 29 across America. The main character, Jackie Moon is played by the hilariously obnoxious Will Ferrell. Moon first became rich and popular with his hit song “Love Me Sexy.” With the proceeds he earned from his hit song, Moon bought the Flint, Michigan Tropics franchise of the American Basketball Association. He is the owner, promoter, coach and “star player” of the Tropics, but when he
discovers that the ABA will collapse and only the top four teams will merge into the NBA, he must rally his last place team to fourth place as well as average 2,000 fans in attendance each night. Knowing he must do something to improve his team, Moon trades the team washing machine for former NBA player Ed Monix, who rode the bench as his Celtics team won a championship. Monix plays and coaches and leads the Tropics in their quest to become an NBA franchise. Will Ferrell made this movie what it was. Similar to his acting in one of his more popular movies Anchorman where he played the legendary Ron
Burgundy, he used an arrogant and egotistic attitude to make Moon a funny and remember able character. One of the funniest parts of the movie I thought was when Moon led the team through a practice which included them all wearing ridiculous tropical themed costumes to use for promoting the franchise. Although the main point of this movie was to provide comedy, Monix’s courageous and inspiring influence on the team made it also inspirational. This combination of comedy and sport, although heavily advertised leading up to its release date, was well worth the hype.
Kane and Lynch: Dead Men Patrick Lynch Columnist The game Kane and Lynch: Dead Men begins in the role of Kane, a death row inmate on his way to his execution for his part in a notorious gang called The 7. The game opens on a prisoner transfer bus with a strange man named Lynch who tells you to cover your head. After an explosion, you're both busted out and on the run. The surviving members of The 7 have busted you out to force you to recover something they think you stole from them. They consider you a traitor and
will kill Kane's family if he doesn't comply. Lynch is sent along for the ride to watch over Kane and report in if anything weird happens. The core game play in Kane & Lynch is the standard third-person shooter with cover elements and a light dusting of squad tactics. Unfortunately, even when you're aiming, hitting your targets is more difficult than it should be because the automatic gun fire has a wide spread on it. There's no health meter, but if you go down, you don't die immediate-
ambassador of China will be staying in the White House, and will innocently ask Mrs. Clinton where he can get his shirt ironed and bam, China is gone. I honestly believe someone like Ralph Nader would do a better job in office then Hilary. Get serious. Just look who the lady is married to. Mr. I smoked-it-but-I-did-notinhale. Teenage Violence A 16-year-old girl’s parent’s opposition to her teenage romance is suspected of leading to a fiery attack that left the girl's mother and brothers dead and her father critically wounded. Four suspects, Charlie James Wilkinson, 19; Charles Allen Wade, 20; and Bobbi Gale Johnson, 18, including the 16-year-old daughter, are each charged with capital murder, according to the sheriff's department of Emory, Texas.
All remained in Rains County jail with bonds set at $1.5 million each. Terry Caffey, who was shot in the head, was able to crawl to a neighbor's house to seek help, while flames consumed his home with his wife and two young sons inside, the Rains County Sheriff's Department said. Penny Caffey, 37; Tyler Caffey, 8; and Mathew Caffey 13, had been shot and stabbed multiple times, according to the statement. The part that bothers me most about this whole incident is the fact that three grown men slaughtered two young boys and their mother all because one 19-year-old was not allowed to see a 16-year-old according to the police. Hopefully they all get what they deserve, the death penalty, including the daughter who took part in this atrocity.
War against terror A U.S. military helicopter fired a guided missile to kill a Saudi Arabian Al-Qaida leader in Iraq. Jar Allah who was believed responsible for the bombing deaths of five American soldiers. Allah, also known as Abu Yasir al-Saudi, and another Saudi known only as Hamdan, were both killed Wednesday in Mosul. Finally we hear about something good that our military is doing. I am sick with the constant negative connotations. Al-Saudi was a well know leader of the AlQaida. The fact of the matter is that our forces are making progress in the attempt to wipe out terrorism and the Al-Qaida off the face of the earth. Anyone who disagrees with the methods must have forgotten about the terror we experienced seven years ago in New York City.
Voicebox What do you think of the scheduling process? “It feels good for this to be my last time scheduling. I’m considering taking college courses to enhance my academic skills.” -Megan Stouffer, junior “I picked my classes based on what my major is going to be in college, business and management.” -Connor Shields, junior “I hope I have a class in upstairs C hall so I can hear Mrs. Bronson flip.” -Rob Nanovsky, junior “I took an AP class this year, next year I’m not taking one.” - Spencer White, junior
“My favorite class I scheduled is Latin 3. Love you Mrs.B!” -Heather McMahan, junior
“I don’t know what classes I want to take next year.” - Meghin Kerila, sophomore “I based my scheduling around what I want to major in while in college, scheduled things I’m interested in such as photography.” - Joe Churbock, junior “I’m pretty mad I can’t take the class I want to take.” -Chris Mock, sophomore “I’m excited to schedule because that means its close to summer.” - Ricky DeStepfano, sophomore
“I’m pumped for my senior year.” -Ryan Rullo, junior ly either. You can be revived by one of your teammates with an adrenaline shot. If you get that shot too frequently, you'll overdose and die. While it might seem like a basic heist game, Kane & Lynch does a good job of moving the action around, and you'll see a variety of different environments and situations, ranging from banks, to prison breaks, to full-scale conflicts in the middle of fields.
Compiled by Lindsey Yelenic, Staff Writer
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March 19 , 2008
Chit Chat Theft in school Carmella Stanko Columnist
As students, we all make the same mistake. We assume that our school is filled with people whose morals are in check. While most of our classmates are trustworthy, no class is complete without a few rotting apples. These “rotten apples” are capable of stealing. Although stealing at Greater Latrobe High School is not of epidemic proportions, thefts still occur. One hot spot seems to be the girl’s locker room. The girl’s locker room, according to gym teacher Mrs. Curci, “is pretty controlled, but your going to get things stolen now and then.” Students often leave their belongings unsecured, failing to realize that their friends are not the only people with access to the locker room. All athletes and junior high students have access to the locker room. Some kids may stay after school to root around, for they know it is accessible. Since the locker room doors are not locked during the school day, guys could technically have access as well. About two weeks ago my laptop was stolen from the girl’s locker room. As usual, only two of the big lockers were available. My mind was focused on the race to get one of the two working ellipticals. Therefore, I left my possessions unlocked on the shelves, as most girls do. When I returned, I found no laptop in its case. What I had failed to realize is that not all people can be trusted. The following morning I filed a report with the office and spoke with the technology department. Two days after the crime my laptop was found, broken, but found nonetheless. According to school officials, when items are stolen the student is usually at fault. They insist that it is the student’s responsibility to lock things up. But what if this is impossible? What if a lack of locker space prevents kids from fulfilling their responsibility? An investigation concluded that large locker space in the girl’s locker room is indeed limited, if not impossible to obtain. Mr. Krehlik, assistant principal at GLSHS, offered the same advice when speaking to me about the missing laptop. “Lock your locker,” he said, “The vast majority of the time; students didn’t have their locker secured.” Mrs. Curci stressed this same idea saying, “It is the responsibility of the girls to lock things up.” She said, “If I put my book bag out there for the day, I take the chance on somebody going through it. If there is 10 bucks in there, is it going to be in there at the end of the day? I don’t know.” According to the vice-principals, the lockers are supposed to be in use only during the period in which one has gym.
Therefore, in between periods the large lockers should be free. Right? Wrong! I think there are a couple still out there. I really do,” she said. However, while walling with Mrs. Curci in between second and third period, we found all of the 64 large lockers were still in use. “There were some open ones a couple weeks ago. Now there aren’t,” said Curci. Many small lockers were vacant, but are only big enough to house a pair of gym clothes, not large items such as laptops and book bags that girls working out after school have with them. This lack of locker space is what forces girls to leave belongings unattended. As it turned out, “Big lockers are always given to those girls who need them for sports,” said Curci. It makes perfect sense that girls on the swim team are issued these large lockers. After all, they need somewhere to hang their dripping suits. However, I do not agree that simply anyone should be issued a large locker to call their own. Four of the 64 large lockers cited during the investigation contained absolutely nothing. No clothes, no shoes, not even a hair tie, but they remained locked. These lockers were not signed out. It is empty lockers like these that could be used by students after school and so Mrs. Curci would now like to take about five or six locks off. The school suggested students keep their belongings locked in their hallway lockers while they work out. This would be an excellent solution if only the gates didn’t shut at 4:30 every night, prohibiting students from getting back into the locker areas. Waiting to shut the gates could be a simple solution. And while some kids have the privilege of being able to lock belongings’ in their car, others don’t have this luxury and shouldn’t be punished for this. If the school is willing to issue thousand dollar laptops to every student, they are also responsible for providing those same students with a place in which to secure them. The key is to lock your things up in a locker or with a teacher. The adults I spoke with were right, but the school should also strive to make this task easier on its students. See Mrs. Curci for more information on securing your belongings. She is more than willing to help. She said, “Girls are always welcome to lock things up in my office if I am here.” She will even issue you a large locker for temporary use after school, just ask. I wish I would have known all this before. It could have prevented me from losing my laptop.
Opinion No Child Left Behind act falls short of expectations Andy Smithammer Staff Writer
On January 8, 2002 President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act with overwhelming support from senators and congressmen. Vermont governor and Democratic candidate Howard Dean, among others have since backed out and admitted regret for voting for the bill. Other than boosting President Bush’s and the Federal Government’s esteem, NCLB only benefits a select group of teenagers. As an expensive and restrictive law, it disrupts the education of public school students. Bush’s plan works against itself for reasons like funding. Because of years of weak tax revenue for the plan, states are forced to make cutbacks in several areas including education. The implementation of the law is far too expensive and, in some regards, is a complete waste of money. North Dakota, Ohio, and Vermont all launched stud-
ies to see if the plan was worth the money they were being forced to spend on it. An estimated 12 billion dollars was spent on the NCLB in the first year of its adoption. All of that money could be put toward updated technology, materials and classes. Rather it is exhausted on a plan that, idealistically, will program all students to be adequate. T he law is unreasonable and in some cases, far too intrusive to work for public schools. It calls for every teacher to prove through data that he is “highly qualified.” Even if every teacher in every school building was a perfect ten, not every student is going to meet the standards set. There will simply always be students who are incapable of performing at the level the law dictates per grade. That is the reason that the goal of 100% compliance by 2014 is unattainable. Schools are con-
structed of hundreds or thousands of individual people— not battery powered robots. The standardized tests that result from NCLB like the PSSAs dictate much of the material teachers are supposed to cover. Because so much pressure is put on the schools to increase scores, the teachers begin “teaching to the test” or covering only the material that will be seen on the test. As a consequence, most students miss out on a broadened sense of education. The standardized tests actually lower the standards of each individual state when they are creating their state-wide tests. The NCLB focuses on core subjects—reading, writing, and arithmetic—at basic levels. It fails to focus on excelling students who are already strong in those areas. In all actuality, focusing on one group of students negates Bush’s plan. “If you don’t
test,” the President said, “you have a system that just shuffles the kids through.” But the emphasis on the improvement of the scores of struggling students leaves the hardworking and gifted students to be shuffled through. The other group of students left out of this grand educational plan is the artistic learners. Of course art is not a focus of this program because a standard test for it cannot be prearranged for all students. One size does not fit all. The generation of young people in school should be taught as individuals with individual learning needs—not clumped together into mass-produced adequacies. This forceful law has a narrow design and it doesn’t push people to their limits. In contrast, the No Child Left Behind Act limits many students.
Cartoon by Brianna Saddler, Staff Writer
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The United State’s Presidential Election is set for November 4 of this year. In Issue 10 of the High Post, the results from this survey will be compiled into and infograph of student opinion. If a faculty member ran for president, for whom would you vote? The top five faculty members will be posted in the infograph.
Infograph by Andy Smithammer, Staff Writer
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March 19, 2008
Feature On February 29, Guillermo Frutos, Alfonso Batalla, and Ignacio Chillon spoke with spanish classes at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. Although enrolled at Kiski Preparatory School, all three boys live in Spain with their families during the summer. “We know Miss. Harvey and Mrs. Ryder, so we just came to have fun,” said Guillermo. Students were permitted to ask questions of all kinds and received answers in spanish from the boys. Classes also watched spanish music videos throughout the day.
7 Not So Shady: Josie Wright
Carmella Stanko, Staff Writer Photo By: Anna Sylvester, Staff Writer
Foreign Film Festival enhances the community’s cultural views of foreign film Kristina Wiggins Staff Writer
The Greater Latrobe World Language Department of GLSH is continuing their foreign film festival. The Winter/ Spring season of the Foreign Film Festival offered in the CSC is a series of six foreign films. The films are shown on February 5 and 12, March 5 and 12, and April 3 and 10. All shows start at 7:00 p.m. with no admission cost. The Language Department’s goal is to “Reach out to their students and the community that surrounds Latrobe to increase cultural and linguistic awareness via the art of cinema.” The specific movies are chosen by language teachers Ms. Harvey and Mrs. Powell who first screen films to decide what films will be shown. They take into consideration incorporating the languages taught at GLSH, and try to vary the movies from season to season. All films chosen are in foreign languages with English subtitles. This season audiences will hear Danish, Swedish, French, German, Spanish, Finnish, Mandarin, and Tibetan languages. In hopes of creating a richer educational experience each movie viewer is provided with a pamphlet containing information on the movie’s plot, history, directors, cast, and reviews from movie crit-
ics. Provided with admission are complimentary popcorn, coffee and water. Spanish teacher Ms. Harvey who currently runs the festivals created the first series of films running in January of 2006. She herself had seen many foreign films in grad school and while living in Spain, and noticed the lack of availability of the films locally. Harvey states that the program holds a dual purpose, “It serves as community outreach and exposure for students to learn what foreign films are like. Harvey along with Mrs. Zalewski, French teacher offers to their AP and level VI students bonus if they attend a movie bringing along a community member. Zalewski only opens this opportunity to those select students who “Have the maturity level, since the movies are not always PG.” Afterwards they discuss the movie in class. Zalewski supports the Film Festival saying it is, “A unique opportunity for the community and school everyone is welcome, and also for the students who are exposed to the unique style of European cinema, native languages, culture, behavior, and food.”
Snyder breaks away from traditional to experience a different type of lifestyle Anna Sylvester Staff Writer
“It is easy in the midst of a crowd to follow the crowd’s opinion. It is easy alone to follow your own. The great man is he, who in the midst of the crowd can keep with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson completely personifies Mrs. Rebecca Snyder, a unique and exuberant person whose personality is conveyed through everything she says and does. Road trips across the country are the way Snyder likes to spend much of her free time. Instead of going on a traditional honeymoon she and her husband hopped into a car and drove from coast to coast and to Montreal, with stops in major places such as Niagara Falls, Woodstock, and Cape May. “I like seeing new things, meeting new people, and it’s a way to be with my family and talk about things that we might not normally get to talk about in the daily grind,” said Snyder. Her favorite city to visit is San Francisco, while Utah and other parts of the Midwest are also much loved. “We just like to get in the car and see where it takes us,” said Snyder. One of Snyder’s favorite memories came from her first road trip with her husband. Driving home from the trip, they heard about a huge storm moving through the Midwest, so they took a way back home that was supposed to be unaffected. Instead of missing the storm, they wound up right in the middle of it. Snow piled up while winds gushed, and they could see no one else in
any direction. The police came on the radio to say that no one should go out because if something happened, no one would come to the rescue. Miraculously, Snyder and her husband found a Best Western, and after settling in, turned on the television. A 60 car pile up was being shown live from right where they had been driving, and while 4 police officers were seen taking notes about the accident, another car crashed into two of them and added to the pile up. Luckily, Snyder and her husband had gotten out of there in time to not be involved. Snyder’s 7-year-old son Billy is also an important person in her life. “He’s genuinely giving, genuinely funny, and sweet,” said Snyder. “He always seems to know when I’m having a bad day, and he’ll come up and give me a hug and say he just wanted to brighten my day.” Other hobbies Snyder enjoys are cooking and baking, scrap-booking, working in her garden, and listening and playing music. She studied as a classical pianist for 20 years. In school, Snyder teaches English class- Photo Submitted By: Mrs. Snyder
es and film media. She also is the director and producer of the school musicals. This will be her ninth show at Latrobe. “This is a really nice cast, they are very friendly and willing to work,” said Snyder. “It’s a fun show and we have a young cast this year. It’s fun to see the guys being singing and dancing gamblers.” Snyder is an enthusiastic person in everything she does. She has a love of learning and giving back to her students and she is always learning new things with them. She loves giving back to her students and learning new things with them. “”I love it here,” said Snyder. “I love you guys. It’s great to be a wildcat.”
Natalie Schade Staff Writer
Senior Josie Wright is known for many reasons, one important one being her artwork. She has taken many art classes to enhance her skills throughout the years such as Art Exploration, Art History, Printmaking, and Drawing and Painting. She likes Drawing and Painting so much that she actually took it twice. Josie’s favorite type of art is oil painting. In fact one of her most prized work was done in oil. It was a painting of Marilyn Monroe. Josie also participated in GLSHS’s Art to Wear program where students designed a fabric and then create it into a skirt. Her skirt was unlike any other with just two simple colors, pink and black, which caught the eye of many. Although she likes to paint the most, simple drawing is also a favorite. “I pretty much like to draw anything,” said Josie, even though she did say that she likes to draw people because they are challenging and make her look at things in a new way. On the other hand, when painting, she likes to do animals and landscapes because they are easier and tend to be more relaxing and not stressful. Josie doesn’t know if she wants to pursue art in college, but she did say “I also just don’t want to forget about it.” She may minor in the art field. As for a major, Josie wants to study to become a nurse. She will be attending West Virginia University to prepare for her career. More specifically, Josie would like to become a forensic nurse. “Helping people and getting people healed is interesting to me,” said Josie. One person who inspired her to want to get into the nursing field is her mother. She is someone who has impacted her future in big ways. Just in the past two years Josie has realized her love for helping and decided that this is what she wants to do. “Josie is sweet and helpful and also eager to learn,” said Mrs. Ross. As for where she wants to work, Wright has several places in mind. “I think I want to be ER nurse. You are constantly moving and it’s not boring. You’re always busy,” said Josie. She also mentioned that a surgical nurse would be something of interest. “Working with kids would be fun too,” said Josie. She has many options to pick from but it will all come as the future progresses. Josie also participates on the high school lacrosse team. She started playing when she was a freshman and has played ever since. She likes being on a team. “The best part about it is going to away games with all the girls,” commented Josie. Josie Wright is a girl with a lot of artistic ability that she expresses very well. She has a love for painting and drawing which is shown through her dedication to the art class at Greater Latrobe. She has a bright future ahead of her in the nursing field and knows that this is what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
GLSH seniors place third in the LifeSmart’s competition Carmella Stanko Staff Writer
Juniors Tony Lamosek and Rocco Piscione watch as senior Kevin Kepple masters Guitar Hero on Friday, February 29 during Winterfest held in the commons area. For the price of $1.00, Latin Club challenged students to earn a 95% or higher at the game, receiving a free pepperoni roll upon completion of this goal. Many other clubs were also represented during the final day of Winterfest. For example, National Honor Society sold Italian Sodas in a variety of flavors for $1.50. Interact Club charged $2.00 for Iced Lattes and Spanish Club prepared their traditional tacos. “Key Club Smoothies” came in Berry flavors and the National Art Honor Society offered a healthy alternative of Fruit Kabobs. Winterfest did not last only one day; events had been taking place throughout the week. For example, clubs hosted tournaments after school. On Monday National Honor Society sponsored a chess tournament won by senior Bryan Joseph, a scrabble competition won by junior Aaron Ulish, and a checkers tournament won by senior Jake Gibas. National Art Honor Society hosted pictionary on Tuesday at which the senior team was victorious. Juniors captured a win at “Fitness Ball” sponsored by Student Council on Wednesday. Also on Friday, the facility versus student volleyball game was held in the gymnasium during eleventh period. The underclassman and senior teams each faced a faculty team comprised of all male teachers except Mrs. Houck. Carmella Stanko, Staff Writer Photo By: Anna Sylvester, Staff Writer
Photo By: Natalie Schade, Staff Writer
On February 26 and 27, seniors Ryan Kissell, Richie Kucera, Heather Prah, Mike Roach, and Tom Nemunaitis competed in the LifeSmart competition held in Harrisburg. Since the competition did not start until 9 pm, students were granted permission to stay overnight at a hotel with advisors Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Kelp. The LifeSmart competition was a consumer knowledge competition in which the team finished third. Questions covered everyday life topics such as applying for credit, shopping wisely, and the rights of consumers. The goal of the program is to help teens learn skills that can be used throughout life, regardless of their professions. “I’m prepared for life now because I’m LifeSmart,’ said Kucera.
JCL members assist at the Special Olympics Members of the JCL attended Hidden Valley Ski Resort to help special needs children
March 19, 2008
Senior Spotlight: Jeff Sisson
Kaitlin Zurawsky Staff Writer
The Junior Classical League took an annual service project ski trip to Hidden Valley on January 27-28, 2008. The students acted as escorts for students participating in the training camp for the Special Olympics. The students who went were seniors Melissa Balliet, Katie Barchesky, Courtney Furwa, Dylan Harns, Sam Kerila, Leah Lohr, Nick Price and Autumn Russell; juniors Andy Armor, Emily Braden, Brittany Cavallo, Joe Churbock, Allie Deglau, David Duham, Emily Farah, Emily Farah, Bobby Price, Connor Shields, Andrew Williams; sophomores T.J. Butala, Sam Denton, Ricky DeStefano, Meghin Kerila, Josh Koutsky, Ricky Phillabaum, Alex Pochet, Tyler Somers. The goal of the program is to bring intellectual disabilities “out of the darkness” and have the public acceptance. The
program also wants to give every participant an opportunity to become productive citizens who are respected in their communities. Mrs. Bronson has been taking students to participate in the event for 21 years. She first got involved with the Special Olympics when she was a teacher at Greensburg Central Catholic. Her husband, with the Intermediate Unit, was asked to organize the Special Olympics. “I started the tradition at GCC and I brought it with me. It’s good for the students to be involved with,” stated Bronson. The Hidden Valley event is a state level competition for athletes who won on a local level. If they win the athletes can then continue on to a national competition. The people participating in the Olympics had different levels of experience from novice to intermediate to advanced. The partici-
pants are of all different ages ranging from teens to later 20s and most were able to upstage the GLSHS escorts in their skills. No students from GLSHS competed this year, but have in the past. Junior Emily Farah said, “It was a really fun and exciting and a really good experience for everyone to have.” A banquet was held at the end of the competition for the athletes and their parents. Students and other escorts were given a shirt, gloves, headbands, face masks, or a backpack with the Special Olympics logo on it. No one went home empty handed. Overall the ski trip was a good experience for the GLSHS students and athletes alike. Both will come out with a greater respect for each other. Bronson and her support for the Olympics will turn into a legacy at GLSHS.
GLSHS students teach the importance of the economy to elementary kids Brianna Saddler Staff Writer
On Wednesday February 27, 2008 Mr. Ferraro took sophomores involved in U. S History to a Day of Economic Understanding at St. Vincent College. The students competed against other sophomores from Derry Area High School. The students participated in this all day event with guest speakers to help them in their ideas to create a theme park ride. The speakers were Dr. Thomas Cline, a professor at St. Vincent, Mr. Ed Saxton who deals with public relations and marketing at Idlewild Park and Soak Zone, and Donna Edmonds from the St. Vincent College Admissions Office. The students were put into 10 groups of 5 and their goal was to create a ride for Idlewild, Kennywood, or Sandcastle. They had to choose a target market, such as what ages the ride would attract. Students also had to develop advertising for the ride and how to attract people to the ride.
At the end of the day students in all of the groups presented their ride idea in the form of a promotional skit along with a drawing of what their ride might look like. They presented their plans in front of the other groups as well as judges. “They had really creative ideas,” stated Miss. Kauffelt Mr. Ferraro’s student teacher. Sophomore Laura Faust said, “It was really fun and basically amazing.” The group that won consisted of sophomores Mallory Mulheren, Zach Kenly, Kaley Burkardt, Joan Catinchi, and Katelyn Malizia. They designed a ride for Kennywood that was called Raising the Jolly Roger, a pirate themed roller coaster. This ride that went through tunnels and had pirate sayings and attracted riders of all ages. Miss. Kauffelt says, “The students definitely had fun.” This field trip helped get the kids more involved with the community by visiting a local college and having a competitive side, as well as having fun.
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“Alternative mostly: OAR, Dispatch, Modest Mouse, Weezer”
Greatest Challenge “Waking up every morning and being motivated to go to school”
People chewing too loud with their mouth open or people walking too slow in the hallway
Describes self as
Lazy, but when I do something I do it well
“2 months in Fiji, with no men just Deal or No Deal models”
I like my qualities, but sometimes I Qualities you admire in a person/ wish I was a little more motivated to do things wish you had
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Teams of five to seven people worked together to earn points throughout the night in the different events which took place. Team Ownage worked hard throughout the night to earn the most points to come in first place to win the grand prize of V.I.P season passes to the Post Gazette Pavillion.
The Opening Ceremonies started at 9:00pm in the main gym. The ceremonies included guest speakers which included superintendent Dr. Stavisky, Jennifer Stokes from the Pittsburgh Post Pavillion, members of the Smetak family, and nurses from the Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion where half of the proceeds went to comfort cancer patients.
Following the opening ceremony, The Clarks took the stage to get the participants ready and energized for the rest of the night. Many of the Rockdown participants were anxious to see The Clarks perform live.
The “Control Room” also known as the local area gaming area (LAN) of the Rockdown held several tournaments on various consoles. Some included Guitar Hero III, Call of Duty 4, and Halo 3.
The pie eating contest was one of the many different competitions going on throughout the night. Teams competed in these mini competitions to earn extra points for their teams.
The dodgeball tournament took place in the mat room where the athletic teams could show of their skills. Along with dodgeball, other sports included basketball, soccer, and an obstacle course.