November 2, 2007
131 High School Road
Volume 85 Issue 3
Seniors in semifinals for national scholarship
Photo by: Angela Repko, Photo Editor
On October 31, the annual Academic Improvement Recognition Breakfast was held in the Cafeteria for students that improved their GPA by at least .2 during the 2006-2007 school year. Speakers at the Breakfast included Ashley L. Heckel, former recognized student and Latrobe graduate; Dr. Anne E. Simmons, Assistant Superintendent; and Dr. Georgia Teppert, High School Principal. Samantha Service, News Editor
World Culture’s students attend conference at SVC
Anna Sylvester Staff Writer
On October 10, twelve of Mr. Saveikis’s World Cultures Seminar students attended a Leadership Program at Saint Vincent College in the Carey Center Auditorium. The Center for Political and Economic Thought held the program with the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. Every school in Westmoreland County was invited to bring students. The topic for The Civitas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life was “The Death of American Conservatism.” Four speakers with background in the area of conservatism spoke at the program. The speakers included Mr. David Frisk with the topic “Young Men in a Hurry: William F. Buckley, Jr., William Rusher, and National Review’s Call to Arms, 19551964” and Dr. Rafeal Major
with “The Fall of the Wall and the Search for the Principals of Conservatism.” The other speakers were Mr. Michael Tanner with “The Rise of Government Conservatism” and Mr. Jonah Goldberg with the topic “The Permanence of Conservatism.” The program also was very informative to the students in regards to the upcoming presidential election. Junior Victoria O’Barto said, “With elections coming up, and the continuous clash of political parties, it’s important to know as much as you can about the current political parties.” Some political views might have also been changed or broadened. “It is important to hear views from different types of parties and people because it may widen your views and acceptance to certain subjects,” said junior Joseph Sachetti. World views for the
future could also be affected by what the students learned. “If you take a look at what’s going on in the world, the students we’re teaching are the future of America, and they need to learn that things like socialized medicine are parts of other cultures,” said Mr. Saveikis. “Each election we get involved in it, and each candidate gets involved in a different topic. Decisions people make as leaders affect everybody.” The program also related to what the students are learning about in world cultures classes. The students are learning about the cultural differences between the United States and other countries throughout the world such as China and South America, where many changes with political ideas are taking place. The program allowed the students to see new perspectives on events happening in the world around them.
Carmella Stanko Staff Writer In September, seniors Brian Joseph and Ben Steele were selected as semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Only 16,000 students can continue on in the competition, a mere one-third of the original commended students. Talent from across the entire nation needs to be recognized. Therefore, only a select few students are chosen as semifinalists from each state, making the honor perhaps one of the greatest which a high school student can receive. Joseph and Steele, both GLSHS students, are well on their way to becoming finalists in this competition. Both Joseph and Steele achieved a total score of 214 on his PSAT’s. Joseph’s combined SAT score was a 2100, with a 740 in math, and a 680 in both reading and writing. Steele’s compiled SAT score of 1540, managed to excel over that of Joseph’s. Broken down into sections, Steele earned a 740 in reading, an 800 in math, and a 650 in writing. To continue on in their quest for this great Merit Scholarship, Joseph and Steele must first receive approval and recommendation from Dr. Georgia Teppert, the GLSHS principal. Joseph and Steele’s high school academic record will be put submitted to the program along with information on their completed courses and course work they are scheduled to undergo as a sen-
ior. These two young gentlemen are under extreme pressure for their SAT scores and must meet the high standards set by their PSAT scores. Also, their academic accomplishments throughout their senior year must remain superior. GLSHS is required to notify the National Merit Program if a decline in grades were to occur. Joseph said, “Colleges seem to really take notice of the semifinalists. I’ve recently received a truckload of advertisements and impressive scholarships from many schools that found out I qualified.” Steele said, “I was very excited. Many schools are already offering me free rides if I become a finalist.” He is hoping that his essay on past experiences and accomplishments, as well as his future goals, will be enough to power him into the finalist position, and possibly a free college education. In 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Program began. An approximate 1.4 million students enter the Scholarship Program each year by completing the Preliminary SAT or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, more commonly abbreviated as the PSAT’s and NMSQT’s. Few requirements exist including being enrolled full time as a high school student, planning to attend college no later than the coming fall, and being a US Citizen or lawfully permanent resident. Completed answers
to the questioners at the beginning of the tests, as well as the student’s scores determine their eligibility for the scholarships. Of the nearly 1.4 million entrants, 50,000 are then recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program. These recognized individuals obtained the highest scores on either the PSAT or NMSQT test when critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores were compiled. Around the month of September is when these students are notified of their status as either a Commended or Semifinalist Contestant. Around 34,000 of the recognized students achieve a status of a Commended Student. This is over two-thirds. These individuals met requirements below that of the semifinalists and although unable to advance in the competition for the Merit Scholarship, they are still eligible for Special Scholarships, which are sponsored by various other corporations and businesses. Joseph and Steele have already made the Greater Latrobe School District proud. They have successfully represented the school district in a positive way, making it known across all of Pennsylvania and the nation. Hopefully, Joseph and Steele will accomplish their goal of becoming a finalist, making a name for themselves in the world.
New Landro Study Site created to help students learn Justin Downs Staff Writer Every student and teacher will stress importance of attendance in class. The fact is that a student’s attendance correlates directly to his or her GPA. Unfortunately, absences will always occur. However, thanks to a revolutionary invention, a student not present in class will be able to achieve all of the benefits of being in class that day. Students will then be able to gather their assignments, hear a lecture given by their teacher, and be all caught up with their assignments by the following morning. The Landro Study Site is a video sharing tool which allows you to upload, share, download, preview, and search video clips. The site would serve a place where you can study; share information and better comprehend lessons by simply watching video. Inventor of the Landro and President of Iris Technologies, Jerry Salandro, promises that “students will love studying more than they ever thought possible!” The study site would also provide a video library of recorded classes easily accessible to students and other teachers. This site
would act as an online tutor as students would be able to watch the entire class over and over again. Thanks to the use of video students would be able to pause, rewind, and even fast forward through a teacher’s lesson. The one aspect that makes the site so valuable is that it can be used by anyone. Coaches, teachers, students, athletes, instructors, trainers, student teachers, and even sales people are able to study and share techniques that can make a true difference in helping people learn, faster than they ever imagined. This is the latest of the long line of Iris Technology products adopted by the school district. Some of the previous products include the Landro Play Analyzer, which is used by the football team to break down game footage, and the Video Commander which is used daily by the Broadcast II class to produce and air the morning announcements. This revolutionary idea hopes to provide an alternative solution to the way students learn.
Annual Art Gala held in Center for Student Creativity Anna Sylvester Staff Writer
On November 1, the 15th Annual Art Gala Fundraiser was held by the Greater Latrobe School District Art Conservation Trust in the Center for Student Creativity. Over 400 guests attended the gala, which had the theme of “Treasures for the Eye.” “We are seeing the collection as a treasure for the students and community and something to be so proud of,” said Jessica Golden, director of the Center for Student Creativity. The guests viewed the 191 pieces of art throughout the school and the works to be purchased this year. Guests included chairperson of the Gala Mrs.
Cynthia Busch, a member of the Art Conservation Trust; and honorary chairpersons Mr. and Mrs. William Hoffman, Jr. Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of Latrobe, an artist and an art professor. Mrs. Hoffman is a board member with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. Guests arrived at 6:00 p.m. to view the art in the school and the works on display being considered this year, including Looking Yonder by Becky Mormack, whose painting Dark Secrets was purchased for the collection last year.
The guests enjoyed mini crab-cakes, deviled eggs, teriyaki chicken skewer, mozzarella roulades, salmon dill phylo cups, sweet and sour meatballs, fruit kabobs, ham puffs, spinkopita triangles, mini Philly cheese-steaks, California rolls, stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp, cheese and crackers, and meat and mini-buns from Ernest Gourmet, Touch of Class, Chef Dato, and Long’s Catering. The attendees then went to the auditorium for a student docent presentation of the works chosen. The Student Docents Presenters were seniors Abigail Binkey, Abgail Diamond,
Joshua Helfferich, Lindsay Kramer, Jessica Morelli, Thomas Nemunaitas, Elizabeth Nicely, Hannah Straight, Carolyn Stuber, and Lauren Taylor. “Adding to the art collection, this is going to be ours forever and having stories of the artists and paintings that come into the school, it’s so cool to think about,” said Diamond. “I have the honor of talking about it, and I think it’s awesome.” The GLSHS art collection is a unique tradition that will be kept alive by the students for years to come.
November 2, 2007
11/3 Junior Varsity Football Game vs. Kiski at 10:00 a.m. SAT Test at GLSHS at 7:45 a.m. 11/5 No School for Students-Parent/Teacher Conference Day from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Courtney Briggs Staff Writer
The Breakfast of Champions took place on October 25, 2007 for the second time this school year. Nominees, teachers, and parents are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the students. Breakfast of Champions is a student recognition program that highlights and recognizes abilities and attitude. The teachers explain the students qualities that lead to their nominations, while they enjoy their school-sponsored breakfast. The students then received a certificate to showcase their success. During the breakfast, the teachers explain why each student is invited, which eulogizes the individuals with positive feedback. Usually about 10 students are nominated each month from each department. Those nominated are who go above and beyond in today s society and deserves to be recognized. Originated in 1990, Breakfast
of Champions has about 500 students since. Every month, a new set of students are nominated to be recognized as a member of the Breakfast of Champions program. A teacher nominates a student based upon the forty developmental assets the student exhibits. In-school suspension supervisor, Mr. Mikeska, is in charge of gathering teacher nominations and organizing the breakfast. Mrs. Burford also helps keep the tradition intact that was originated by Mrs. Renee Stallings, a teacher at GLSHS and Mrs. Theresa Vasinko, a teacher at LES, both members of The Student Assistance Program (SAP). Mikeska lets each department nominate one or more students. The selection process is based on who the teacher feels is worthy of the nomination. He feels that, It s a great program because it does not only recognize stu-
11/6 Report Cards issued during Homeroom 11/7 Class play preview for Junior and Senior High students Latrobe vs. Mt. Pleasant Basketball scrimmage at 10:00 a.m. 11/8 Report Card Grade verification due 11/9 and 11/10 Class Play Performance in Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. 11/12 Veterans Day- No School 11/14 Hip Hop Assembly in the Auditorium during period 1
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dents who always got good grades but students who improved behavior and have excelled in their classes. Junior Clay Long was nominated by math teacher Mrs. Pompelia. He states, I was nominated because I took a summer math class in order to get into AP Calculus, which showed that I like to learn for
the sake of learning and not for the grade. Any student has the opportunity to be a member of Breakfast of Champions and since a student can be nominated only once, there are opportunities for everybody. Who knows, you may be next.
11/15 Breakfast of Champions held in Faculty Dining Room at 7:30 a.m. 11/16 Annual Band Sub Sale in the CafĂ˜ at 3:00 p.m. 11/17 Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Rockdown Committee in CSC at 8:00 a.m. 11/22-11/26 Thanksgiving Break: No School for faculty and students
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Students honored at Breakfast of Champions
11/1 15th Annual Art Gala in the CSC at 6:00 p.m.
Students achieve merit status at Congress Kristina Wiggins Staff Writer
The Greater Latrobe Forensics Team coached by junior high speech teacher, Miss Bompiani is basking in its current success. Junior Carly Marsh, sophomore Laura Vogle, and freshmen Jessica Jackson have recently gained enough points to achieve Merit status in the National Forensics League by participating in the Speech Festival on Wednesday, October 10 held at Hempfield High School. Accomplishing merit status is a goal for all Forensic Team members. The first level of merit status is met when a student earns 25 points. The student can then continue to move up in status through the different levels of merit, the highest level being 250 points. The Forensics team is a club based on public speaking. Members participate in student congresses or
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mock congresses, where they take real bills being discussed in congress then debate them as a representative would do in congress. A teacher or an experienced student posing as a judge stands in the back of the room guiding and leading the discussion. Topics include downsizing domestic spending, gay marriage, AIDS testing, and homeless shelters. Students can earn up to six points from congress to add to their merit status. Other events include festivals where students recite poetry, drama monologues, or radio broadcasts for a panel of judges. Students can earn up to three points per speech at festivals. Junior Carly Marsh enjoys attending the festivals we get to met new people at festivals, and I enjoy the challenge. Bompiani has been coaching the team for the past eight years. She first became involved in forensics when her students approached her to help the team out. Forensics is a great activity for students,
Haunted Drive-in On October 31, 2007, the Key Club will be hosting a school night at the Haunted Drive-In located on Route 30. Tickets are 9 dollars and will require a permission slip to be purchased in all lunches. The Ring (PG-13) will be shown from 8pm10pm along with some special surprises prior to the event. Be sure to get your ticket soon and enjoy the haunted night.
Art to Wear Students who were selected for the Art to Wear were announced on October 19, 2007. Congratulations to seniors Katie Barchesky, Ashley Fisher, Cameron Kniffen, Brittany Murvine, Liz Nicely, Emily Walters, Kylie Whitfield, Josie Wright; juniors Bridget O Boyle, Florine Labarre, Anne Penrose,Candida Sylvania, Kaitlyn Tryon; sophomores Julia DeFabo, Jessica Donitzen, Lauralee Markle, Ali Morelli, and Megan Nicely.
everyone should give it a try, they might be surprised at how much fun we do have. Forensics is also a helpful way to prepare for the future, as public speaking skills will be beneficial for any career. Junior Alex Battaglia says, Forensics has helped me a lot to develop better public speaking skills. The club is relaxed, meetings are kept to a minimum, but still Bompiani prepares students by helping research bills, and giving advice on movements and facial expressions. The team works together by practicing performances and giving helpful criticism. The team is currently preparing for a festival they will host here at the high school on November 7.
Honors Choir On October 20, 2007 four students from Greater Latrobe participated in Honors Choir at High School Derry Area High School. The four students were seniors Tim Lewis and Issac Prichard, junior Mark Dediana, and sophomore Lucas Sweeney.
PA Math League The recent Pennsylvania Math League scores were announced. Congratulations to senior Bryan Joseph and junior Clay Long for receiving scores of five. Also, graduations to seniors Taylor Thompson, Ben Battaglia, Ryan Kissell, Will Brooks, Mike DeFabo, and Rachael Revitsky, Jamey Butala, Lauren Taylor, and Rich Kucera for second highest scores of four.
Marching Band On October 20, 2007 the Greater Latrobe Wildcat Marching Band traveled to Gateway High School for a band competition. They competed in class AA against Fox Chapel, Black Hawk, Mars, East Allegheny, and Elizabeth Forward High Schools. Greater Latrobe Marching Band earned sixth place with a score of 79.3.
Majorette Team A new up and coming majorette team is in progress. The majorettes will perform with the marching band during half-time. Practices for this new team start in November. If you are interested in becoming a majorette see Mrs. Bosco in the athletic office for an information paper. No experience is needed, beginners are welcome.
Cross Country Runs into Playoffs
Girls Volleyball breaks 28 year drought-wins section title
Lindsey Yelenic Staff Writer
Marcus Campbell Intern
This time last year, the girls volleyball team was searching for their first section title since 1979, and they came up just short, with a record of 12-4. This season, the Lady Cats have already clinched a playoff spot with about a fourth of their schedule remaining. Just how have the Cats done it? Well, posting a record of 10-0, with dominating wins against section rivals PennTrafford and Hempfield already, it looks like the Lady Cats have what it takes to break that 28-year slump without a section title. And oh yea, beating the number one ranked team in class AA, Derry Area, in five games shows the Lady Cats are the real deal. Captains, Kelly Feiertag, Lindsay Kramer, and first year player Emily Fenton, have kept the team clicking on all cylinders. With Feiertag s team records in assist being consistent game after game, some could say that she keeps the team going. Feiertag has also had a lot of help. Freshman Katie Svetahor has been a huge help and surprise, while sophomores, Sarah Moss, Emily Braden and senior Ashley Cowles have been solid and efficient in every game this season. Assistant Coach Jenny Feiertag says that, the girls hard work and dedication have fueled this season s success. The girls really have a good relationship with each other and that s
November 2, 2007
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important to a good team, Feiertag stated. Some say the importance of a championship program, is building within. And that s just what the Girls Volleyball program is doing. The Junior Varsity team has kept strides with the Varsity team, with posting a perfect record as well. With the talent on the JV team, as well as the girls coming into the system, the program should be one of the elites in the WPIAL for years to come. The Lady Cats won their opening round game against Moon Area High school. The contest went the distance as Latrobe won in 5 games, with wins no higher than three points in each game. Latrobe will now travel back to Plum Area High School, where they will face number 5 seed, North Allegheny, in the quarter finals on Tuesday October 30.
Senior Night Spotlight
To the left, the Lady Wildcats take huddle as they look to defeat Hempfield in their last home game on senior night. At the bottom, the band takes pose before the football game where they were announced onto the field for band senior night.
Matt Zitt Sports Editor
Senior Cameron Kniffen is escorted out onto center court by her parents in recognition of senior night.
The fall season has brought many triumphs to the Greater Latrobe Athletic Department, from girls volley-ball to the boys golf team. But one team sticks out, the 2007-2008 Cross Country Season. Both boys and girls have been victorious in most of their races including; the boys winning counties for the first time ever. Both teams are headed for states. Among boys winning counties they have also won sections and eight are going to WPIAL s. Montana Miller, one of the boys varsity runners who is going to WPIAL s says, I feel really good and confident about it . Junior Varsity runner Ryan Rullo says He felt that the season was long but it was worth it. The boys have been enjoying their wins all season. All section races were key wins this year. Not just the varsity team is doing well, also the JV team. They are on a winning streak better then ever. The girls team on the other hand, won sections, counties, and placed second at tri states on October 18. Latrobe girls top runner, Natalie Bower had to say, I m glad for the long season to finally be over and I have a break, but I m also sad because I m going to miss the team. We are like a family and Iâ€™m truly going to miss all of the seniors! Our coaches are amazing and we could not have gotten even close to what we did this season without them. Hopefully we will finish with our "best foot first" Girls team remains undefeated in the section. Bower herself placed first in WPIAL s clinching Latrobe s spot.State s here they come.
Face off Tyler Baloh and Ryan LaDuke Columnists
5 Colorado upsetting Oklahoma Oklahoma was upset 27-24 after being ranked third in the country going into the game. The game was at Colorado, but they should have let this happen. Oklahoma was getting national title talk before the game and then got upset by the unranked Buffaloes. However, the Sooners might still have a chance to get the National Championship because most other top teams were upset too, as the list shows.
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4 Auburn upsetting Florida
Students assemble on senior night for the girls volleyball game to recognize the hard work of the seniors. This is the last game the seniors played at Latrobe as the emotions ran high.
Girls and Boys basketball teams fundraise to support cancer patients Mary Maatta Staff Writer
Greater Latrobe High School is continuously making an impact in the world and especially in our community. Many of the sports teams hold fundraisers and other events to support the team or raise awareness for charitable causes. GLHS girls and boys basketball teams are each stepping up their game in order to beat cancer. The girls basketball team held a Cure Hoop Shoot Fundraiser on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Each member of the team, grades 6 through 12, contributed by shooting 100 foul shots. Junior Varsity coach Plassio said, It s a really good opportunity for the younger girls to shoot with the varsity girls. We shot really well and raised a lot of money for the cause so overall it was a very successful event. They raised the money by getting flat donations and per shot donations from various members of the school and community. A flat donation is when contributors say they will give ten dollars to the cause and then a per shot donation is when they ll give ten cents for every shot made out of 100. The money raised will be divided between the Susan G. Komen for the cure to global breast cancer and the team boosters. The boys team is also using their skills on the court to raise money for the Jimmy V Foundation. This sixth annual shoota-thon event will take place on Saturday November 24, 2007. The team members are responsible to get as many pledges as they can in order to raise as much money as possible to put towards research of brain cancer. Last year the team raised about 6,000 dollars and has set a goal to beat that amount this year. Coach Wetzel said, It s an outstanding way for a team of players and coaches to have a sense of purpose as well as a bonding experience to unite for a worthwhile cause.
Another fundraiser that the guys are holding is a raffle for an autographed Hines Ward jersey. The drawing will take place on December 14, 2007 during halftime of the varsity game. The tickets cost $3.00 and will be on sale from now up until the drawing. The proceeds will defer the cost of their preseason trainer and will be used to purchase items for the team. Through these fundraisers the GLSHS basketball teams will make a difference in many peoples lives. GLSHS has an outstanding group of athletes motivated to not only have a successful season but also to make an impact on the community while doing it.
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Girls tennis team claims dominance in section Matt Zitt Sports Editor
The Latrobe girls tennis team has established themselves as a powerhouse over the past five years by having a singles or doubles state champion in each year. Last year the girls team made the playoffs but did not advance far because of the ACL injury to division one player Michaela Kissell. But lets face it, losing a player of that caliber would hurt any team. With the loss of Kissell and doubles state champion Allie Seranko the tennis team needed new players to step up this season if they wanted a successful year and that is exactly what happened. Joelle Kissell picked up right where she left off last year leading the girls to a section title. I m very proud of my teammates and the hard work and dedication that went into this season, said Kissell. With a record of 12-2 in section play the Cats took home the gold. Latrobe entered the playoffs playing Mount Lebanon and had high hopes for advancing deep into the playoffs. Battling
hard every match the girls fell short by losing four matches to one. We had a great season this year and we are all very sad that it had to end. Hopefully we can carry our hard work and determination into next season and continue our success, said
junior Andrea Sutyak. Overall the girls tennis team had great success this year both as a team and individually. The girls worked very hard this year and they have deserved everything that they earned, said coach Mains. For next season the girls look to defend the section title with the talent that is returning. The Kissell reign will continue as freshmen Stacia Kissell will try to best her sisters in the years to come. The Latrobe tennis program is one of the elite in the section and will try to keep their reputation in the 2008 fall season.
For the second year in a row, Auburn has beaten Florida after being ranked lower than the Gators. Fortunately for Florida, it did not affect them last year as they went on to win the national championship. This season, however, the Auburn Tigers beat the Gators in the Swamp on a last second 43-yard field goal to win 20-17. Florida was ranked fourth in the country when this happened. This upset could bring Florida s chances to repeat as National Champion to an end. 3 Rutgers upsetting South Florida People started talking national championship for South Florida just a little bit too soon. The USF Bulls, then ranked number two in the first BCS standings, lost at Rutgers 30-27. USF almost made a comeback, but the Scarlet Knights were able to hold them off for the upset. It was the first time the outstanding Bulls defense let a running back rush for over 100 yards against them as Heisman
candidate Ray Rice obliterated them for 181 rushing yards. 2 Stanford upsetting USC The Trojans were ranked number two in the nation when they lost to the Stanford Cardinal 24-23 in the Los Angeles Coliseum. An outstanding finish by Stanford to convert on two fourth downs in the last minute and a half concluded the upset. Stanford completed a pass on for twenty yards on fourth down and 20 to just barely keep their chances alive. Then with 48 seconds left in the game, Stanford quarterback Tavita Pritchard lobbed a pass to Mark Bradford on fourth down and goal for the game winning touchdown. 1 Appalachian State upsetting Michigan Everyone plays a weaker opponent on week one to get their team into a rhythm and start the season on a right foot. However Michigan underestimated their weaker opponent. Michigan, which was ranked number five in the nation to start off the season, lost to former Division 1-AA Appalachian State 34-32 in the Big House. Michigan was making a comeback, but when their last second field goal was blocked, Appalachian State s miracle became reality. It was the first time in college football history that a Top 25 college football team lost to a Division 1AA opponent. This might not only be the biggest upset of the season, this might very well be the biggest upset EVER in college football.
November 2, 2007
Who’s Meow is a 32 athlete bracket style tournament to determine who is the most now, or should we say meow, athlete. So what does it mean to be meow? You have to excel both on the field and in the classroom. We will break down the matchups, but the students will decide who is crowned the most meow athlete.Watch WCAT-TV for the voting process. JeffJoe Regula Natalie Bower
Tyler Balo oh and d Ryan LaDuke, Co olumnists 1. Natalie Bower Natalie Bower
1. JeffJoe Regula JeffJoe Regula
8. Mike McCurdy
8. Kayla DeVault
4. Anna Gibas
4. Lindsey Muchnock
Brent Heckel Region
Michaela Kissell Region
J.J. Hue 5. J.J. Hue 3. Emily Fenton Emily Fenton
Lindsey Muchnock 5. Jason Timmons 3. Nathan Pennesi Nathan Pennesi 6. Kelly Feiertag
6. Matt Blank Emily Fenton
2. Jeff Yunetz
2. Brian Hantz
Nathan Pennesi Brian Hantz
7. Andrew Williams 1. Alexa Bryson
7. Dave Duhaim 1. Joe Dado
8. Tony Lamosek
8. Lisa Artuso
4. Sean Knaus
Emily Fedor Region
Ryan Goodman Region
Sean Knaus 5. Amber Mondock 3. Ryan Kissell Ryan Kissell
Eric Shaffer 5. Abby Hewitt 3. Dylan Nowe Dylan Nowe 6. Andrew Oshnock
6. Joe Walters 2. Joelle Kissell
2. Matt Molitor
7. Kristin Schmucker
7. Tony Lonigro
CHAMPION Michaela Kissell Region
Ryan Goodman Region
Brent Heckel Region
Emily Fedor Region
1 Natalie Bower vs. 3 Emily Fenton
1 Joe Dado vs. 3 Ryan Kissell
1 Alexa Bryson vs. 3 Dylan Nowe
Three WPIAL cross country championships in three years of competition is not too shabby. Natalie Bower could be the first ever in the WPIAL to win four cross country titles. Many runners have won three, but no one has ever won four in a row. Natalie has also placed fourth in the state both her freshman and sophomore years. In track, she placed sixth in the state in the mile her sophomore year. Bower also has participated in varsity swimming the past two years. Fenton is a three sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball, and softball. In her first year of playing varsity volleyball, Emily Fenton has earned all-section honors. Currently, Fenton is the right side hitter for the volleyball team that is making a run in the WPIAL AAA playoffs. She was all-section in basketball in her sophomore season. Last season as the starting point guard Fenton averaged 14.0 points per game. She was the starting shortstop for the state runner-up softball team until she injured her thumb.
Both football players, both geniuses in the classroom, and both like women. Now it s a just a matter of who is more meow. Dado uses that leg for both the varsity soccer and football teams. Dado was first-team all section in soccer his sophomore season and scored eight goals for the Cats. In the 2007 soccer season, Dado scored nine goals. In his first year as a football kicker, Dado has looked like Jeff Reed. Dado is 16 of 17 on extra points and 2 of 3 on field goals with a 34-yarder against North Allegheny and a 26-yarder against Fox Chapel. Ryan Kissell is an all-around athlete and is ranked second in his class with a G.P.A. over a 4.0. Last season, Kissell had 7 interceptions and was voted first-team all-conference at cornerback. He also had 8 catches for 94 yards at wide receiver. This season he is a captain and in eight games, he has one interception at cornerback and 17 catches for 250 yards as wide receiver plus one kick return touchdown. Kissell is a long jumper, high jumper, and he is a member of the 4 x 100 relay team in track.
1 JeffJoe Regula vs. 3 Nathan Pennesi The high school Sidney Crosby vs. the high school Chuck Lidell. JeffJoe Regula is starting off the 2007-2008 hockey season on a roll, as many people expected, recording 8 points, 5 goals and 3 assists. Three of those goals came all against Greensburg Salem for his first hat trick of the 07-08 season, and the Ice Cats have played only two games so far. In his sophomore season, JeffJoe Regula recorded 58 points, 34 goals and 24 assists. Regula had the third most goals in all of the PIHL Class AA. He also received the most All-Star votes of any player in all of the PIHL Class AA. Nathan Pennesi has compiled a 72-16 record throughout his freshman and sophomore seasons. As a sophomore at 112 lbs, Pennesi finished third in sections, fourth in the W.P.I.A.L., fourth at the Powerade Tournament (fifth toughest tournament in the nation), second at the King of the Mountain Tournament, and missed medaling at States by one round.
Prediction: Natalie Bower
Prediction: JeffJoe Regula
Prediction: Ryan Kissell
Both of these Latrobe athletes barely survived the second round of the Who s Meow competition. Alexa Bryson beat quarterback Eric Shaffer by only four votes. It could have been her recent commitment to Robert Morris University that made the voters think that she is more meow than Shaff. Alexa Bryson is the most dominant softball player in all of the WPIAL and possibly the whole state of Pennsylvania. She was voted the WPIAL Softball Player of the Year by both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review. She threw multiple no hitters including one in a playoff game. Starting since he was a freshman, Dylan Nowe has been the big man for the Cats basketball team. Nowe is just as good on defense as he is on offense, always standing his ground in the paint becoming a tough man to beat. As a sophomore, Nowe averaged 8.9 points per game, 8.7 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Nowe also plays for one of the best AAU teams in Pennsylvania on the PA Storm with teammate Jeff Yunetz. Dylan has also been getting a lot of looks from division one coaches, as he has already worked out for a scout from Navy. Prediction: Dylan Nowe
Golf team goes to playoffs and beyond
Ben Battaglia Staff Writer
Amber Mondock, Hilary Bastin and Laura Shuhart had a goal each as Latrobe (8-9-1) rolled to their fifth Section 1-AAA victory, 4-1, over the Greensburg Salem Golden Lions.
With a new coach and promising season, the Latrobe golf program is heading in the right direction. The team finished second in the section and fourth in the semifinals losing by just four strokes. With hard work and preparation, the Cats accomplished a main goal of making the playoffs this season. I expected to make the playoffs and at least contend for the section, which we did, said first year coach Scott Reaugh. It came down to the last match of the year [to win the section]. The Cats came within four strokes of tying for the section. The fairly young team looked up to senior players for guidance throughout the season and in the playoffs. Seniors Matt Bryan and team captain Sean Knaus led the team to the playoffs not only with their play, but also with their experience. Sean and Matt s leadership and play has really led the team, said Reaugh. Knaus advanced to the second round of the Individuals but did not make it to the finals. I think I could have done better [on the front nine], said Knaus, If I passed the second round I probably could have made it to States, he said. Knaus did not play extremely well on the front nine shooting 43, but made an impressive comeback on the back nine shooting 39. He missed making the finals by only three strokes, finishing with a respectable 82. Nathan Porembka, a junior golfer, reached the State Championship PIAA Finals. He shot 83 the first day and 91 the second day. It was a fun experience, Porembka said, I know I could have done better but I wasn t really expecting to do well.
Justin Downs Staff Writer
Junior golfer Nathan Porembka earned a trip to the PIAA State Championship, which will be held at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, PA. Porembka has performed exceptionally well over his last four outings. In his most recent round, he shot a 73 (1-over par) at the PIAA semifinals at Tom’s Run Golf Course in Blairsville. WPIAL cross country championships will be held at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock. That’s when Natalie Bower will hope to sprint after her third consecutive Class AAA title. Only four girls have achieved such a record in the WPIAL since 1990.
Photo by Andy Smithhammer
Porembka surged late in the season and his momentum helped him throughout the playoffs. Nate played very well and at the end of the season he got hot, Reaugh said. I think we accomplished the goal of making the playoffs and ended up tied for seventh in the WPIAL, said Reaugh, All the kids played a lot of golf this summer, and I know many of them take lessons, he said. The team figures to build on this season with returning lettermen Jonathan Hue, Jacob Bucci, Sam Cline, Ben Gjebre, as well as Porembka. They hope to accomplish even more in the next season.
The ice hockey team has dominated their first three opponents (3-0). They are led by junior JeffJoe Regola, who has eight of the cat s twenty four goals, including two hat tricks. Coming off a 10-2 win on Monday night over the Greensburg Salem Golden Lions. They have kept their opponents to just seven goals so far this season.
Varsity Football 2-6
Field Hockey 3-5-2
Boys Soccer 6-8
Girls Soccer 8-9-1
Girls Tennis 8-3
Girls Volleyball 13-2
Compiled by Justin Downs, Staff Writer
November 2, 2007
New policy requires some seniors to
retake PSSA Natalie Schade Staff Writer
The Greater Latrobe School District is challenging students who did not receive an advanced or proficient mark on the Pennsylvania System of Student Assessments to participate in a retake starting on October 23, 2007. Previously, retakes were not mandatory. The students made the decision to retake. Three years ago GLSHS decided to make the retest mandatory. The reason we do the retake is to give the students an opportunity for improvement, said GLSHS Principal Dr. Georgia Teppert. Students take the PSSA test in their junior year of high school and the scores are then posted on their first quarter report cards senior year. The test is divided into math, reading and writing. The areas are graded as either advanced, proficient, basic, or below basic. Any mark of 50 points below the below basic mark results in a failing grade. To get
an A on the report card a student would have to have achieved an advanced mark on the overall test. The grades correlate with these areas (A,B,C,D or F). The score is credited as one full grade. Each section (math, reading and
Roble said, It s unfair to make us retake them. If we didn t know the answers the first time, we probably are not going to know them the second time. Students do not want to have to take this test over again especially their senior year and
The reason we do the retake is to give the students an opportunity for improvement. - Principal Dr. Georgia Teppert
writing) is one third of that total grade. Many students are displeased with the retest. Several feel that getting basic on the PSSA s is still average and they should not be penalized by having to take the test over again. Senior Morgan
feel it is a huge inconvenience. I have mixed feelings about it too. I understand we have to do the PSSA s but it does take time from students classes, said Teppert. Students were informed via an assembly, that if they achieve a better grade on
the section that they had to take, the new, better grade is posted on the third quarter report card. This will then raise their GPA. The old grade will not count and will not show up again. Essentially, a student can raise their GPA within one or two hours of a school day with the retest, whereas it takes most students 9 weeks to raise their GPA. Most students could be one or two questions short of the next grade, said Teppert. This retest will give them the opportunity to get the next higher grade. All in all, students may be in dismay but truly this is a great opportunity for improvement. Even though many are disgruntled about the whole situation they have to do it and understand that it is only benefiting them. Students should welcome the retest with open arms and make every effort to do better.
I know I love sitting out here the courtyard is the best.
Rain or shine we are always out here
Cartoon by Brianna Saddler
Chit Chat: Classroom Temperatures Students attending Greater Latrobe Senior High School experience many uncomfortable temperature fluctuations each day, with that perfect medium never seeming to be met. Just as students escape one classroom as hot as a safari, they are forced to enter a new class where the temperature has somehow managed to transform to that of a freezer within a matter of four minutes. The cafeteria has long been compared to an ice box, while the gymnasium has been referred to as a sauna. As a student of GLSHS, I have the unfortunate privilege of experiencing these conditions of misery on a daily basis. It truly is a pain. I never know what the temperature of the day will be at school, and I somehow always manage to choose the wrong attire. For some reason the jean skirt and tee shirt I had chosen the night before to coordinate with the eighty degree weather proves disastrous as I find that the school feels like a mere fifty degrees. When I try the opposite, wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, the school seems hotter than ever. I can either be observed sweating or shivering in the cold, at times, making it nearly impossible to concentrate on the knowledge being presented to me throughout class. A journey through my day may help illustrate these extreme temperatures. I start off in math class, where sweating is not uncommon. AP English means cold, while the High Post Workshop room has an always changing temperature. Physics class is always freezing, as is the lunch area. The cafeteria may be the chilliest one of all. Then it is on to Broadcast and Video Production, which rivals the coldness of the cafeteria. In this class, we are advised to bring a hoodie, designed to keep us from receiving
hypothermia. Down the hall, the TV Studio has an uncomfortably hot temperature. Mrs. Houck had a very unique observation, It s bizarre that rooms truly needing to be a certain temperature receive just the opposite affect. For example, the TV studio is quite warm, whereas it actually needs to be cold to keep all the controls working properly. GLSHS teachers and their opinions also vary depending on the state of their room. Mr. Wetzel said, I feel blessed that I have a nice, cold room. Just the way I like it. Others, such as Ms. Fennell, do not find the conditions of their room quite as pleasant. Fennell said, It s always cold in here. I actually have a student who brought in a blanket and sat, wrapped in it throughout class. She jokes though, saying, It keeps my students awake at least. Many teachers have also resorted to drastic, unauthorized measures when it comes to keeping their room temperatures in check. Faculty members use the method of placing a damp paper towel over the thermostat in hopes of tricking it. I have even heard of screwdrivers and scissors being placed in the vent themselves to turn a knob. Enough is enough. It s ridiculous when your outfit must change along with your classes. Something needs to be done about the ever changing temperatures. Ideally, it would be a comfortable temperature regulated throughout every classroom at GLSHS. Until this vision is accomplished, students and teachers alike will continue to rely on scissors, damp paper towels, and sweatshirts to see them through the long school days.
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Good Guy Bad Guy Brian Noel Columnist In 1985 three girls were caught smoking in a bathroom in a high school in New Jersey. The one girl T.L.O. claimed to be innocent, and stated that she did not smoke at all. The vice principle of the high school seized the purse of T.L.O. and found a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, a bag of marijuana, rolling paper, and an index card with students names who owed her money. T.L.O. admitted to smoking in the bathroom, and was sentenced to one year probation. T.L.O. then claimed that the searching of her purse violated her fourth amendment rights, and that all the evidence plus the confession should be thrown out. In the infamous court case (T.L.O. vs. New Jersey) the Supreme Court ruled that as long as the school official has “reasonable cause” then the search of the student’s belongings did not violate the fourth amendment establishment clause, which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Some are saying that this ruling is unconstitutional, claiming that the school official did not have a warrant for the search of the student’s personal items. John Ellis, a proponent of student’s rights in high schools across the United States, believes that searches and seizures in public schools violates the fourth amendment. “If adults are given the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, I believe teenagers should have that right too,” Ellis said. Ellis has made a very bold statement and I believe it is for the most part correct, however sometimes rights must be sacrificed for the security of the school. In a hypothetical situation, imagine if a teenager would bring a firearm to school and carry it in his book bag. This is a threat to the security of the school officials and to the students attending the high school. If the school is unable to search the student under reasonable suspicion of possession of a firearm, you can guarantee a tragedy. However, if the administrator is able to search the stu-
dent and finds a firearm, he/she can notify the police. The damage is minimized and all the individuals in the school are safe. That is how the law is intended to work, to provide for the safety of the students, while simultaneously not violating their rights. So how would Greater Latrobe High School maintain a student’s rights and still provide safety at the same time? As students we need to be more understanding of the administrator’s hardships when dealing with this law in particular. “The difference between the school and the police is that the police must have ‘probable cause’, where as the school must only have ‘reasonable suspicion’ to search a students belongings...the ability to determine reasonable suspicion is based on prior experience” said Mr. Krehlik, a vice principle at GLSH. If there is suspicion of an illegal substance, the student should give the administrator approval to search their belongings, but if they do not, then it is still legal under the law “loco parentis” for the administrator to search the student’s possessions and remain lawful. In looking at searches and seizures, most cases are made in the heat of the moment situations. Neither the administrator nor the teachers have the time to go through the process of getting a warrant for the search of a student without potential danger. As students and members of the school district, we must swallow our pride for the security of the school, even if it means that your possessions could be searched. The law states that school officials must have “reasonable cause” to conduct the search of student’s possessions. As long as there is a reported threat, I believe that is reasonable cause for the search of any student’s belongings. That is my interpretation of the 4th Amendment, which also concurs with the Supreme Courts ruling, the only issue with illegal searches and seizures in schools, is the illegal contraband that the individual possesses.
Art residency programs provide opportunities for GLSHS students Andy Smithhammer Staff Writer With the available money and effort, artists and professionals are able to promote special learning in our school. The money and time spent go straight to ripening student’s minds. With careful planning and thought-out arrangements, these features are terrific attributes to the school agenda. The money and time spent to host artists in residencies is a worthy expenditure. The typical cost for a professional like photojournalist David Farmerie who visited GLSHS in September is two hundred dollars per day. At a five day residency, a total of one thousand dollars were spent to host Farmerie. Additional money is provided for mileage and lodging. And in the case of Brody Shaw, a glass-blowing artist who worked with the art students for two weeks in November, further support is provided to secure the propane gas and other necessary material. These expenses will encourage the interest and provoke the imaginations of participating students. Finance for such residency programs is funded through grants and affiliations in collaboration with the Greater Latrobe Art Series (GLAS). The average one to two thousand dollars it takes to fund a residency is obtained and secured through Mrs. Golden, the director of the GLHSH Center for Student Creativity. Culture Across the Curriculum funded programs such as David Farmerie and Pie Day activities. The McFeely Rogers Foundation along with the Penn Council of Arts Grant paid for Brody Shaw’s residency.
Russia, and Iran: Get this; Russia is building Iran’s first nuclear power plant. Just last week Russia shut Iran down when they asked Russia for help. If this situation does not seem shady to you, then you really need to open your eyes. Despite the alleged assassination attempt on Russian President Vladimir Putin, he still attended the Caspian Sea Nations Conference. The country of Iran is scary, and the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Just weeks ago Ahmadinejad was in the U.S. making wild statements to students of Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City. Teen school shooting: How many times does school violence have to occur before something changes? Around 1:15 pm Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 Asa Coons walked through the halls of Success Tech Academy shooting wildly with a gun in each hand.
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Dobbs, what a joke: Can we survive the Bush presidency? That was the question Lou Dobbs asked his viewers. Dobbs claimed that Bush diminished the country and will continue to diminish the country in the remaining 18 months of his term. He called Bush a neo-liberal, who drove the budget to record heights. Is he forgetting that we are in the middle of a war against terrorism? We are fighting an invisible enemy, who brutally murdered, yes murdered, thousands of people on 9/11. Look in the mirror Lou Dobbs, you are the liberal one. I would love to see Dobbs step into office for just one day. Go home Hillary: I am so sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton; she needs to stop fishing for attention. If she becomes president, I think
Opinion Compiled by Andy Smithhamer
In the years past, midterm reports from a specific class were sent home only to students’ homes who had a D or an F in that class. This year, the policy is that, regardless of a student’s grades, his/her full report is sent home in the middle of every quarter.
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The only fatality that occurred was the shooter who apparently shot himself. Five were injured, three teachers and two students. Coon often had police at his front door, he was troubled. That is why kids like this are always called “troubled students.” Are they possibly just looking for attention? Maybe they just want to feel what its like to have people be afraid of them.
Brody Shaw, a glass blowing artist from Johnstown, PA, spent class time with two art programs (Design and Portfolio Prep) this November. Class discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on learning excited the minds and hands of the students involved. Accommodations by GLAS, Mrs. Balko and the artist himself allowed some students to apply what they learned and engage themselves in a completely new and unique art form. In September, photojournalist David Farmerie visited journalism classes and the staffs of the GLHSH publications. His intent was to touch upon press techniques that will help the young journalists in the future. Farmerie supplemented journalism students with skills and knowledge to develop their own online blogs. The students engaged learn that they are able to pursue a calling that might advance future press. Upon the request of the different departments, GLSHS will host other artists and professionals in residency throughout the course of the year. Among the many things our school spends its money on each year, artist in residency is one of the most important. Field trips, assemblies, art work and clubs must measure up to match these special programs. While they all maintain special principles, hosting an artist to target a particular interest can benefit the students at GLSHS a considerable amount in a specific area.
Midterm Report Policy
Around the world in 80 words Pat Lynch Columnist For this issue I decided to focus mostly on subjects happening right now in the United States of America. Sorry, if they do not appeal to the more liberal readers out there, but lets keep in mind this is an opinions column.
November 2, 2007
that I will be migrating to Canada. She cannot keep an opinion on something for more then a week. Do not get me wrong I have no problem with women in the government. However, I do not want Hillary Clinton’s finger near that big red button. I mean come on, the lady was married to everyone’s favorite president, Bill Clinton. I mean that as sarcastically as possible. Hillary Clinton is trying to turn the presidential position into a celebrity role. Hillary and Lou Dobbs should just go live on an island together. Staph ..Taking Over the World Staph infections in Virginia schools are Unsanitary sports facilities in Bedford County schools in Virginia were enough to cause students to protest. One of their students was diagnosed with Methicillinresistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA, and died a week later. MRSA is a new strand of Staph that does not respond to medicine, so basically there is no way to treat it. This can be simply prevented by keeping good hygiene and washing sports equipment regularly. The schools in Bedford County, Virginia were then closed for a thorough scrubbing.
Do you feel that A. the second “report card” per quarter is shadowing me and will have a negative effect on my performance in school. B. the extra briefing to my parents will motivate me to work harder throughout the quarter. C. the new policy will not affect my performance in school.
How are the school lunches benefiting your health?
“ I don't really think it’s helping my health because I just end up buying more food because they don’t give us a lot anyway.” - Tony Lamosek, junior
“Breakfast is better than the lunch.” - Bob Price, junior
“ I pack my lunch but I still beg my boyfriend to buy me breakfast sandwiches. Sausage bagels are where its at.” -Lizzie Harkins, junior
“ Lunch ladies rock!” -Alex Smith, senior
“ I like the pizza. It’s tasty.” - Mike Cook, junior
“Nacho taco platter is not only delicious, but is a moisturizer for your hands.” - Alex Halferty, senior “I like the soup. Cheese and broccoli is the best.” - Danielle Susa, junior
“I really miss the packets of dressing.” - Hannah Straight, senior
Voicebox compiled by Mike DeFabo, Editor-inChief
Photo by Andy Smithammer, Staff Writer
Answer: Kelsey Borza
November 2, 2007
Art enriches life at GLSHS Art Gala Celebration Anna Sylvester Staff Writer
The GLSD Art Collection is unique, as it is one of the only collections in the United States that is studentselected and student-purchased. The tradition began in 1936 with two high school teachers, Mary Martha Himler and James R. Baetty. They began by borrowing paintings for art students to study, but their ideas soon became actualized. In 1936, the first two paintings were purchased, Blossom Time by Martha M. Morgan and Desert Farm by Clarence McWilliams. The Latrobe One Hundred Friends of Art soon formed, and throughout the years, the process of students choosing the paintings developed into what it is today. Each year, the student council selects artwork produced by local artists which are then presented to the student body. The students vote on their favorites. The student council then purchases these with aid from other groups, like the One Hundred friends of Art. “We believe living with art, as students do here, helps to make each of them a more complete person,” said Mrs. Barbara
Nakles, chairman of the Art Conservation Trust. Most students feel the art at GLSHS is important and something to look back upon. Junior Alicia Kolling said, “It’s something that, if we came back years after we graduated, we would be able to bring back old memories and see how the collection has evolved.” Recently, a tour was given for 30 people celebrating their 50 high school reunion. They were very excited when seeing paintings purchased while they were in school as well as pieces that had been their favorites. Many students find the art throughout the school enjoyable. “I think it’s important that the school not only focuses on sports and education, but also on the arts, which is not always the case,” said junior Shiloh Elder. “It makes me feel like I’m in an artistic environment,” said sophomore Andrea Love. “I like art, so it interests me.” The art throughout the school is something that will remain with each student forever and is an ever-growing tradition for everyone who attends GLSH.
Photos by: Angela Repko, Photo Editor
Features NAHS to be inducted Brianna Saddler Staff Writer
The National Art Honors Society recognizes and encourages students who have outstanding abilities in art. It helps to aim members in furthering their creative abilities and talents and to help them attain their highest potential in the arts. To be selected for the NAHS students must show artistic talent, creativity, and selfdiscipline in the area, as well as students who have an A average in two art classes. Mrs. Balko, one of the Art Teachers said, “It’s a wonderful way for artistic students to share their talents with the school and community.”
These creative students received their letter of acceptance in their art class. An induction ceremony will be held on Friday November 16, 2007 at three o’ clock pm in the Center for Student Creativity to officially accept the students into NAHS. Kirsten Schwartzel, the secretary for NAHS said, “I think it’s an honor because not everyone gets to be in it and it shows your talent and hard work.” The NAHS held a meeting on Tuesday October 23, 2007 after school and discussed these years’ plans. NAHS plans on taking a field trip to either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. They also are planning a walk around the school for raise money for Make a Wish Foundation.
Students chosen for Art to Wear The Art to Wear Program, which has been instilled in the school for about ten years, enables students to put their creative skills to use and to learn new artistic techniques for four to five weeks. A meeting was held which 50 interested students attended. After the meeting the hopefuls were asked to write a proposal consisting of a letting saying why they wanted to be chosen for the program and original design ideas. The finalists went on a field trip to the Strip District in Pittsburgh and were a part of a fiber workshop. In the workshop they created a marble scarf in which they floated a scarf in water and then mixed ink onto the fabric. The workshop helped improve student’s skills for when they have to dye the pieces the original pieces that were created. Also the students visited fashion designer Pat Farley who dies and print her own fabrics and then sells them internationally. “The Art to Wear program is fun for the students and us teacher,” said art teacher Mrs. Balko. “We get to display the talents of the students and reward them for their efforts.” Each year after going through all of the proposals the GLSHS art teachers choose 16 to 18 students to create either pajama pants or a skirt which will be on display at a fashion show at the end of the program. “I’m excited,” Junior Kaitlin Tryon said after finding out she was one of the chosen, “I get to experience a new form of art and expand my artistic skills.” The Eighteen students chosen this year to be in Art to Wear program are Seniors Katie Barchesky, Ashley Fisher, Cameron Kniffen, Brittany Murvine, Liz Nicely, Emily Walters, Kylie Whilfield and Josie Wright; Juniors Bridget O’Boyle, Florine Labarre, Anne Penrose, Candida Sylvania, and Kaitlin Tryon; Sophomores Julie Defabo, Jessica Donitzen, Lauralee Markie, Ali Morelli, and Megan Nicely. Kaitlin Zurawsky Staff Writer
Sigler strives outside of school Wendy Hager Sigler is perhaps one of the most physically active women on the teaching staff at GLSHS. Sigler manages to be avidly devoted to athletics, as well as her students. She participates in many activities throughout the year including a few extreme sports. A graduate from Pepperdine University in Malibu California, Sigler is no stranger to the west coast. In fact, last October she ran her first half marathon in San. Titled the woman’s Nike Tiffany half, the marathon had an interesting quark to match its title. At the finish line awaited men lined up in tuxedos handing out necklaces from Tiffanys. “That was fun!” said Sigler. The following April, Sigler ran yet another half of a marathon in the Florida Keys. “So do I use running as an excuse to travel, or traveling as an excuse to run? It has yet to be defined.” Over labor day break at the beginning of the school year, Sigler participated in another half marathon in Virginia Beach. The theme of the marathon was Rock and Roll Half Marathon. With every mile that passed, a new band played songs for the crowd and the runners.
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Photo By: Angela Repko
Glass Artist teaches students skills Brianna Saddler Staff Writer
2D & 3D design and Portfolio Prep classes taught by Mrs. Balko and Mrs. Ross hosted a professional glass blower, Brody Shaw. Shaw moved west from his hometown in Johnstown to Seattle, Washington. Shaw while in Seattle attended an Art Craft show and saw The B Team, a glass blowing studio group out of New York. Seeing The B Team sparked an interest to Shaw in the field of glass blowing. Shaw decided to take glass blowing classes at Mt. St. Helen. After Shaw’s classes were complete, he worked at Mt. St. Helen glass company. While at Mt. St. Helen, Shaw created small paper weights to sell for the company. After about 4 years of living in Seattle, Shaw decided to move back home to open his own studio. On a private farm in Johnstown, in 2000 he opened his first studio. In order for more people to purchase his work and see him blow glass, Shaw made the
Not So Shady: Dosalyn Thompson habits and wants those habits to follow her through college. “Science is my strong point and “This will be my twelfth year I think I would be good at [being a doctor],” said cheerleading and I love it because I am very Thompson. Dermatology, oncology and school spirited and it’s excellent exercise,” said pediatrics are the fields that she has in mind. junior Dosalyn Thompson. She loves being on a Thompson models her work ethic after her mother team that has helped her develop friendships that who she admires. Her mother successfully raised have lasted for years. three kids and for that reason, Thompson looks up “She is my back spot. I trust her and she trusts to her. She is constantly working and trying to me,” said her teammate junior keep everyone on track. Her Collin Zitelli. One thing work ethic is yet another reason Dosalyn wishes she could why she is always concerned change about the sport is the with her grades and edgy about stereotype cheerleaders have how she is doing in each and been associated with. Her craze every class. and fever for the sport over Dosalyn Thompson is an plays all the negative drama and excellent model for all gossip. teenagers. She is able to Along with Collin Zitelli, junior maintain outstanding grades cheerleading, activities and while faithfully participating in clubs she participates in are Key a year round sport. She is also Club, Leaders of Tomorrow, committed to many clubs and Letterman’s club and Student activities and devoted to being a Council. She is also involved with Pep Club well rounded kid. Thompson has her goals set because she is a cheerleader. Besides high for the future and constantly reminds herself cheerleading and school activities she enjoys of steps she first has to take to reach these high scrapbooking, listening to music, watching TV, standards. hanging out with her friends, and shopping. She does not get much free time though between cheerleading and school. Also Thompson is able to handle a part time lifeguard for the Latrobe Country Club. With all of her activities, clubs and holding a job as a lifeguard, Thompson still manages to maintain a near perfect GPA. She strives for excellence in her academics and wants to achieve everything. She takes great pride in her accomplishments academically and describes it as being one of her greatest undertakings. “I want to be a doctor,” she said confidently. Thompson knows that she has to be at the top of the academic game if she wants to go to medical school and do well. She has very good study Natalie Schade Columnist
Besides being an avid runner sigler also participates in seasonal sports. During the fall and spring she loves to mountain bike and kayak. During the winter, she skis and snowboards. Recently she has begun to take tennis lessons, which she claims to have trouble with. “ I am just as bad at hitting the tennis ball as I am at trying to catch wave surfing,” stated Sigler. While Sigler spends her day running around to complete her counselor obligations, she also spends her free time running all over the country. With many interesting stories and her friendly and personable demeanor, it is hard to find something you cannot talk to Sigler about.
Eli Smith in the spotlight Eli has been on Senior High student council for 3 years. He also volunteers at his church youth group and has work experience at the administration building. Favorite color orange and black Favorite food
Sport to watch/ play
What do you want to do after high school? Most valuable possession
Business or Special Education Faith in God Compiled by Natalie Schade
Photo By: Mike DeFabo
The Greater Latrobe Wildcat Marching Band performed at Fort Ligonier Days on Saturday, October 13, 2007. Fort Ligonier Days are a celebration of the Battle of Fort Ligonier during the French and Indian War. -By: Kathryn Baker, Intern Photo by: Kathryn Baker, Intern
decision to open a second studio closer to Johnstown. He sets specific days for the public to watch him and days for him just to work in the studio. In Shaw’s first studio, he used a gas oven to create his glass, but in his second studio he advanced to an electric oven to create his glass blown art, the two ovens are different in how they provide heat but, both are about the same to work with. While visiting Greater Latrobe, Shaw built his own furnace on a trailer, a combination of a glass melting furnace, a glory hole which is used to reheat the glass, and also a pipe warmer. He takes this traveling furnace to all of the schools and craft shows. Students in the art classes signed up two different times to create a paper weight or a flower. A variety of colors and basic shapes were used. Shaw stated that glass blowing is “exciting, rewarding, and fun.” Glass blowing is a unique art and is very different from your typical drawing and painting.
“She is my back
spot. I trust her and she trusts me.
November 2, 2007
Features What is your favorite halloween costume? One time I was road kill, it was pretty attractive Liz Richards, Sophomore
When I was a red m&m Natalie Bower, Sophomore
Can you guess which staff members these are?
In second grade I was Dorothy from the wizard of Oz Natalie Snizaski, Sophomore
Last year I velcrod Barbies all over a black shirt and I was a "chick magnet" Nate Soup Campbell, Sophomore
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My favorite costume of all time was being the blue power ranger Neal Henderson, Junior
Answers: 1.Anna Sylvester 2. Kristina Wiggins 3. Courtney Briggs 4. Kaitlin Zarawsky 5. Sam Service 6. Courtney Furwa 7. Chris James 8. Brianna Saddler 9. Natalie Schade 10. Ben Battaglia
I would have to say being Barney Morgan Stouffer, Junior
Fright night at Kennywood
Haunted Drive In Courtney Briggs Staff Writer
Photo By: Courtney Briggs
Photo By: Courtney Briggs
As my wheels crackle up the road to the Haunted Drive-In, ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and various other creepers jump and bang on the windows of my car. As I look to my left, I notice four more of them pounding on my windows trying to get in. After swerving to avoid hitting the creatures, I pick a parking spot. Just as I begin to relax and enjoy the movie, another zombie appears at my window causing me to hide under a pillow and regret the night before it even began. In prior years, the Highway Drive-In was closed during the month of October, but this year The Highway Drive-In is converted to a different atmosphere. The staff consists of evil characters. The Highway Drive-In is located in Latrobe and shows various movies on a big screen that guests can watch from the comfort of their own vehicles. Open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the guests view a single feature or a double feature. During the movie, the creatures jump out at various cars trying to surprise the viewers when they are not looking. Sophomore Jodie Miller said, This is the best job I ever had because of the look on the people s faces when I scare them is so funny.
Not only does a customer get to watch Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Ring, but the scariest is the new Slaughter House Grill. The old concession stand is transformed to a Slaughter House Grill which consists of car side service. Vampire Garlic Wings, Bar Blood Que Pork Sandwiches, and Spider Web Cotton Candy are served. On a Sunday Night, junior Megan Stouffer attends the Haunted Drive-in and is scared out of her mind.Stouffer said, I m not really sure what occurred half of the time because I was under my blanket, being scared to death. One may predict that Stouffer will not be seen there again. Do not let Stouffer s opinion make up your mind, another junior Michelle Dudzenski feels that the Drive-in is a lot of fun, but scary at the same time. Dudzenski said, Every time a character appeared at the window, I jumped into the backseat and screamed at the top of my lungs. By the next morning, I had a sore throat. As soon as the movie concludes, I remove the blanket from my head and crawl out of the backseat slamming on the gas to try to escape. Although the night had scared me more than anything, I could not stop talking about it.
Halloween Activities A fun local attraction are the mazes at Lonesome Valley Farms held every weekend in October. There is the non-scary Country Hayride and Get Lost Corn Maze for those who just want to enjoy the fall scenery. For the brave there is The Haunted Hayride with a Haunted Corn Maze. Junior Ali Weihl enjoyed visiting the farms attractions with her friends. It was kind of childish but it was something fun and different to do with my friends, said Weihl. The Hobgoblin Hike were held at Mammoth Park hosted by Westmoreland County Parks & Recreation, on Friday October 26. The GLSHS Key Club was involved with members volunteering their time to dress in costumes and man the scare stations created along the half mile trail, or by guiding groups through the hike. President of Key Club, Liz Perrone volunteered in the spider pit, I dug deep inside myself to find the best scare tactics possible said Perrone. Junior Paige Blawas was also working hard that night in the spider pit saying, Some of the children mocked me, but still I had so much fun with my friends trying to scare people.
Samantha Service News Editor
Beginning in the last weekend of September and continuing until the last weekend of October, Kennywood Amusement Park holds its annual Phantom Fright Nights. The entire park is transformed from a friendly family amusement park to a scary haunted house. The gate of Kennywood open at 7:00 p.m. and the scaring does not end until 1:00 a.m., which is well past the witching hour. Tickets can be bought at the Kennywood gates for $21.00 per person. Due to all the calamity of the haunted park children under the age of 13 are discouraged from attending. This allows for a perfect teenage bash during the ghouling month. It s probably one of the most cool experiences ever.
Roller Coasters are a whole lot better in the dark. They only downside to it is that it was so crowded that the lines took forever to ride everything, but it was worth the wait, said junior James Orange about his fright night experience. Most of GLSHS students find that their Halloween Season is not complete without a necessary trip to Kennywood s Phantom Fight Nights. Senior Kelly Burkley said, Between all the haunted houses, rides, and just being with friends, it s really a lot of fun. When walking into the transformed Kennywood a person can forget that they are even in the same park. Three haunted mazes are created throughout the park just for the Phantom Fright Nights. The haunted mazes include Morten
Manor, Villa of the Vampire, and Captain Skully s Curse in 3D. Along with the mazes, the Phantom created three little haunts, the Kennyville Cemetery, Gory Park, and Fort Despair. However, the most noted thing about Phantom Fright Nights are the converted rides. The Swingshot, the Jack Rabbit, the Exterminator, the Thunderbolt, King Kahuna, Noah s Ark, and the Phantom s Revenge have all been possessed by the Phantom and are now terrifying rides. Phantom Fright Nights offer a fun escape from reality and allow teenagers and adults alike to enjoy the wonderings of the haunting season. Phantom Fright Nights allow everyone to live in the scary movie instead of just watching it.
What was your bes Halloween memory? I love going to big Halloween parties or Fright Night at Kennywood. Danielle Duchateau, When I was a ninja and went trick or treating at my grandmas and then I went to a haunted maze in Connellsville and got lost Josh Pratt, senior
When I was little my parents dressed me and my brother up as crayons by making a box and cutting holes for our heads and they pulled us around in a wagon. Mandy Weber, junior
In grade 7, I had a Halloween party and since it was the beginning of the school year, it was a way to make a lot of new friends and it was really fun. Elizabeth Nicely, senior
A couple years ago when Annie Maroon and I dressed up and walked around my neighborhood and we almost got attacked by a dog. Marissa Keys, junior Compiled by Courtney Briggs
Kristina Wiggins Staff Writer
Greater Latrobe Marching Band celebrates the fall season at the Unity Photo by Jessica Smeltz Township building on Saturday, October 27 for the annual bonfire.