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SENIORS 2011

Volume 88; Issue 10


Top of the Class

2011 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Show the Hard Work Behind Such Prestigious Titles Class Mari Haffner: 2011 Valedictorian of 2011 Nathan Takitch Print Editor

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Blue and Gold Flower

Daffodil President

Pat Davoli Vice President

Ryan Aiello Secretary

Danielle Shojaie Treasurer

Laura Spiegel Motto

“Lives before us, pasts behind us, memories forever with us.” Size

Through hard work and determination, Mari Haffner has earned the title of valedictorian. She has displayed a great work ethic throughout her years at Greater Latrobe, working diligently on every project, listening acutely during class, and studying hard for each test. Haffner’s work ethic, in addition to her natural intellect, has helped her earn distinguished marks throughout her schooling to achieve a cumulative GPA of 4.25. She took nine AP classes including English Language, English Literature, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Spanish, United States History, Physics, and Chemistry. These classes helped Haffner boost her GPA to the top of the Class of 2011. “I worked hard for [the grades],” said Haffner, “but in the end it was worth it. I really feel like I have earned [valedictorian].” Although she studied hard, Mari was not simply locked up in a classroom for four years. She has diversified herself by participating in countless school activities. “I have been in musical every year. “I was the teapot in Beauty and the Beast last year and I was a dancer in West Side Story this year,” said Haffner, “I have had a lot of fun with all of the musicals.” In addition to the musical, Mari was a member of the track and field team for two years, lettering both seasons. She was also involved in several school organizations, including Spanish National Honors Society (SNHS), Letterman’s Club, Ski Club, SADD, Red Cross Club, Key Club where she was on the board of directors, the National Honors Society (NHS) where she served as the Vice President, and Spanish Club where she served as the Vice President. The resume for college applications that Mari Haffner has built up is impressive, impressive enough to get her into the honors college at Penn State University. “I am happy with Penn State. I grew up around [Penn State] and I have a lot of family that attended college there,” Haffner said. “PSU also has great alumni connections and has good business opportunities possible for me when I graduate.” As far as a major, Haffner is still undecided officially, but she wants to have a focus on neuroscience. “I appreciate all the support from my family, friends, teachers, and everyone that has helped me get to where I am along the way,” Haffner said of her path to success. Mari Haffner, one of the youngest members of the Class of 2011, has used her hard-working attitude and determination to achieve success in and out of the classroom. She has earned the title of valedictorian and she will wear this distinction proudly at the commencement

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Mike Harr: 2011 Salutatorian

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Mike Harr soared through his high school years with the drive and determination to achieve success, the gumption to solve every equation, and a personality to charm others with a smile. Due to Harr’s dedication toward school, his soccer teammates jokingly referred to him as “cure” because they always said he was going to find the cure for cancer. He has successfully gained distinguished honors, earning a cumulative GPA of 4.23 throughout his high school career with seven AP classes which included Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, United States History, Physics, and Computer Science. “Success requires drive and determination and a positive attitude. You have to believe in yourself to succeed,” said Mike Harr. Along with Harr’s impressive academics he has been a three year letterman for the boy’s soccer team and has participated on the boy’s lacrosse team for two years. Harr was involved in clubs such as the National Honors Society(NHS), Letterman’s Club, Key Club, and Ping Pong Club. Harr’s mathematics teacher Mrs. Pompelia has had a major impact on Harr’s success over the past two years. “I’ve had her for two years for two of my hardest classes and despite the difficulty of the material, she teaches it in a way that makes it easier to understand. Not to mention, she is very nice,” said Harr. Harr’s involvement and success in his AP Classes including Pompelia’s has continued to his selection of college. He will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall to major in biomedical engineering. “I chose Pitt because I wanted to go to a big Division I school preferably in the city. I also love the city of Pittsburgh because it’s not too big but still has that city atmosphere. Pitt is also ranked as one of the top schools in the country for biomedical engineering and their affiliation with UPMC is good for any major involving medicine,” said Harr. So far Mike has been granted the academic Engineering Scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh and was one of the recipients of the Chancellors Nominee Scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh. Harr will go on in life to achieve success in more ways than he could ever imagine. Someday he may even prove to live up to his nickname “cure” by being the person to succeed at finally curing cancer.

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Future Plans

Moving on to Bigger and Better Things The senior class of 2011 has been planning and preparing for their post-highschool lives ever since they took their first SAT. All of the hard work, preparation, applications, and waiting for that letter in the mail is finally over and the very-soon-to-be graduates can celebrate their pasts as they prepare for their futures. Whether off to a college, university, trade school, the armed forces, or the workforce, the class of 2011 is ready to take on the world.

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” - Ralph Waldo Emerson American International University Noah Kail - Undecided

American University Josh Dorfman - Business Administration Bryce Sulecki - Musical Theatre

Art Institute of Pittsburgh Russel Douglas - Film and Productions

come across and just enjoy yourself. Good Luck!” ~ Mrs. Shannon, Clarion Jon Mullin - Jewelery and Metalwork

Brigham Young University Caitlin Egan - Elementary Education

California University of Pennsylvania Alexis Kolman - Early Childhood/Special Education Anthony Letender - Robotics Becky Onusko - Environmental Science Brianna Ridilla - Early Childhood/Special Education Jim Ritenour - Business

Carnegie Mellon University Dan Bucci - Electrical Computer Engineering

Case Western Reserve University Rebecca Taylor - Undecided

Clarion University Jenna Green - Early/Special Education/Business Megan Levay - Computer Information Systems Will Redinger - Social Studies and Special Ed

“Clarion is such a wonderful school in so many ways. Don’t pass up any opportunity that you

Gettysburg College Andrew McCarty - Film

Community College of Allegheny County

Georgia Institute of Technology

Alexandra Gumbita - Court Reporting

Mitchell Carr - Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

Douglass Education Center

Grove City College

Cassie Milyak - Special Makeup Effects Program

Julia Menarchek - Elementary /Special Education

Duquesne University

Gonzaga University

Bradford School Theresa Marcinik - Accounting Jessica Potoma - Digital Management and Design Liz Wilkinson - Dental Assisting

Sarah Adams - Occupational Therapy Hilary Bacha - Occupational Therapy Tyler DeLorenzo - Computer Sciences

Cleveland Institute of Art

Boston College Kimberly McDonagh - Elementary Education

Gannon University

Tyler Hudock - Music Technology

Brian Gravelle - Civil Engineering

Eastern University

Hard G Hards

Jess Saenz - Church Music

Danielle Spillar - Cooking

Edinboro University

High Point University

Gia Dominick - Psychology Corey Kunkle - Video Game Development Kris Vatter - Art Education

Kelsey Tobias -

Emerson College

Christopher Fasce - Audio Production and Engineering

The Institute of Production and Recording

Maggie Smolka - Journalsim

Empire Beauty School

ITT Technical Institute LuJack Harr - Welding

Kristin Firmstone - Cosmotology/Hair

Florida Institute of Technology Daniel DeLellis - Chemical Engineering

Forbes Career and Technology Center Zack Scanlon

Full Sail University Scott Wrenn - Recording Arts

Furman University Nathan Pettican - Prelaw

Indiana University of Pennsylvania Brian Butz Jr. - Health and Physical Education Laura Delsordo - Early Childhood/Special Education Erik Dickerson - Undecided Kristen Facemyer - Marketing Jessica Jackson - Nursing Liz Kromel - Biology Dylan Marshall - Criminal Justice Chris McKee - Computer Science Dan Miller - Mathematics Skye Naggy - Nursing Amanda Solomon - Early Childhood/Special Education Amber Watkins - Elementary/Special Education

James Madison University Kate Thornburg - Psychology

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Future Plans John Carroll University

Pennsylvania State University, Erie

Syracuse University

Jennifer Dado - Undecided Elyse Echard - Communications Tyler Walker -

Christopher Dudzenski - Mechanical Engineering

Dan Trainer - Aerospace Engineering

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

Triangle Tech

Robert A. Baker - Graphic Design

Kip Deglau - Electrical Program Jeff Hebda - Electrical Maintence Brandon Pallitta - Construction Jake Stewart - Electrical Maintenance Seth Stopa - Mechanical CAD Cody Torock - RHVAC

John & Wales University, North Miami Jami Hajas - Criminal Justice

Point Park University Maria Graziano - Mass Communications

Kent State University Brittany Basenback - Musical Theatre Samantha Brooks - Undecided Kylie Lamberski - Biology or Early Education Erika Naeger - Broadcast Journalism Josh Shoemaker - Architecture Tony Tavella - Health Sciences

Robert Morris University

United States Military Academy, West Point

Amanda Seanor - Art Education and Fibers

Mel Biddle - Psychology Michelle Emanuele - Communications/Public Relations Dustin Hall - Communications Don Hoffer - Software Engineering Cody Kern - Biology (pre-med) Kim Kuhn - Business Brooke Leechalk - Middle Level/Special Education Mallory Zombek - Business

Lake Erie College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Gus Hough - Communication

Peter J. Artuso - Physics Maximilian Brown - Computer Engineering Lauren Heese - Biochemistry

University of Maryland

Kutztown University

Lock Haven University Courtney Stynchula - Early Childhood Education

Emily Buncie - Early Childhood/Special Education

Mt. Aloysius College Adam H. Pernelli - Criminology/Forensics

Ryan Aiello - Business Anne Jupena - Civil Engineering

Tori Vallana - Broadcast Journalism

University of Mount Union Mitchell Kalning - Mechanical Engineering

Alexis Brickel - Nursing Lindsey Dellinger - Occupational Therapy Andrew Ponterio - Physician Assistant

Saint Norbert College Alyssa Widolff - Elementary Education

Northampton Community College Katie Ribblet - Sport Management

Ohio University Nathan Takitch - Journalism/Broadcast

Penn College of Technology Josh Hoke - Machining Jim Palombo - Undecided Max Scullio - Construction Management Jason Stewart - Surveying Technology

Pennsylvania State University Jared Charbonneau - Health Policy and Administration Evan Coats - Engineering Mari Haffner - Honors Neuroscience Erica Jiggetts - Undecided Dan Kinney - Aerospace Engineering Nick Lazur - Mechanical Engineering Harrison Leipold - Journalism Chris Miller - Architectural Engineering Andrew Mucci - Engineering DJ Rossi - Engineering Leah Scavnicky - Premed Brandon J. Wiser - Computer Engineering Anthony Wano - Computer Science

“I really connected with my professors at St. Vincent. Even after I graduated, I called upon them for assistance when needed. Not only did they remember who I was, but they were willing to help.” ~ Miss Riebel Saint Vincent College Amy Jo Bollinger - Biochemistry Katie Critchfield - Education Shane Hoover - Engineering Sarah O’Hearn - Pharmacy Jessica Miller - Biology Hannah Poponick - Psychology Carly Meholic - Math Education Tina Mowry - Math Education April Smith - Physics/Theology Derrick Wells - Business Management Mekenleigh White - Biochemistry Regina Woloshun - Biochemistry Michael Jerrome Yeckley - Biology

Sanford Brown Roni Ferry - Medical Assisting

Pennsylvania State University, Altoona

Shenandoah University Liz Bereit - Undecided

Jodi Musick - Agribusiness Management Adrian Rossi - Material Science and Engineering Steve Taylor - Engineering

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University of Dayton

Saint Francis University

Messiah College

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University of Ohio Scott Miller - Mechanics

University of Pittsburgh Anna Fazzini - Chemical Engineering Rachl Gribbin - Pharmacy Michael Harr - Biomedical Engineering Becky Hartley - Bioengineering Justin Klimchak - Health Information Management Alec Koluder - Undecided Nick Kovacevic - Arts and Sciences/Undecided Dylan Robb - English Writing Danielle Scalise - Honors Political Science Danielle Shojaie - Honors Biological Science/Spanish Wes Sinemus - Mechanical Engineering Chase Small - Undecided Laura Spiegel - Pharmacy Justin Szilard - Economics and International Studies

“Don’t ever skip your first class. Don’t ever walk alone. Take advantage of all of the free cultural things, like the museums.” ~ Mrs.Echard, Pitt University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg Mera Alford - Education Chris Davidson - Engineering Technology Kaitlin Glover - Child Psychology Kayla Golden - Sports Management Christian Jonczak - Education/History Seth Jonczak - Education/History Ean Jury - English Nicole Nolan - Criminology Jackie Ogrodny - Undecided Andrew D. Smeltzer - Pre-Engineering

Slippery Rock University Lee Bickerstaff - Safety Management Sarah Conley - Secondary English Education Brittney Sarnese - Exercise Science/Physical Therapy

University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Katie Svetahor - Secondary Education/Nutritian Megan Visconti - Early Childhood Education


Future Plans University of Rochester

Westmoreland Community College

Emily Friedline - Information Technology

Chris Ament - Undecided Meghan Aukerman - Psychology Linny Baughman - Art Jamie Baum - Undecided Lauren Benedict - Radiology Technician Christina Casino - Education Tammy Crawford - Paralegal Sara DeMine - Culinary Arts/Hotel Management Katelyn M. Denton - Undecided Dan Downing - Undecided Zachary Falat - Undecided Jimmy Fontana - Undecided Ashley Gallagher - Multimedia/Business Vincent Giannili - Culinary Cassie Gray - Nursing Erica Hajas - Undecided Chelsey Hamerski - Dental Assisting Satannia Hayden - Nursing Ashley Hoyle - Business Jocelyn Jaworske - Undecided Alisha Knupp - Psychology Kristen Konecny - Medical Katelyn Kovalcik - Arts Transfer Liz Lathrop - General Studies Taylor Lilienthal - Nursing DJ Lonigro - Undecided Corissa Lute - Undecided Maryanne Maffia - Nursing Tyler Magana - Undecided Tom Mahoney - Computer Programming Carly Meadway - Nursing Kelly Musiak - Undecided Alexandria McCaskey - Undecided Joe Morrison - Undecided Janelle Palmer - Nursing Liz Palmer - Business and Photography Timothy Pavlik - Music Brandon Perillo - Business Kristin Piper - Undecided Jordan Rager - Undecided Anna Ross - General Education Meredith Saunders- Broadcast Journalism Marina Scaffardi - Undecided Joanna Schell - Physical Therapy Jacob Shawley - Finance Marc Shepard - Undecided/Liberal Arts Brittnee Stephen - Dental Hygen Brandon Stephenson - Homeland Security Taylor Susa - General Studies Alex Stewart - Robotics Kelly Sullenberger - Nursing Kyle Tomko - Elementary Education Joey Urana - Undecided Lisa Vingin - Criminal Justice Cody Warheit - Psychology Bernie Wires - Business

University of South Carolina Jacob Leyland - Undecided

University of Toledo Allie DeLong - Recreation-Leisure

Valparalsa University Hannah Heagy - German/Education/Spanish

Virginia Tech Katelyn Bell - Engineering

Washington College Thomas Fish - Anthropology

Washington and Jefferson Valerie Dunlap - Economics/Pre-Law Robby Hedman - History Doug Johnson - Business

Waynesburg University Lindz Brant - Nursing Matt Halula - Undecided Carmen Sylvania - Nursing RJ Tonks - Sports Management

Westminster College Madison Ennis - Psychology Mollie Yandrick - Psychology/Occupational Therapy

“During my Freshman year of college, I attended WCCC on a scholarship, and feel it was the best decision I could have made for myself! I was able to get a grasp on good study habits, got used to the ‘college life’, & made the Dean’s List both semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA. I also kept in touch with many of my high school friends that stayed in the area that year as well, and also made many new friends from various areas of Westmoreland County. On the weekends, I had the opportunity to visit my high school friends that left for college, and because of those experiences, I was able to choose Penn State University based upon a wide variety of factors. Once arriving at Penn State, I never questioned my decision, and adapted just fine to the rigorous course loads, as well as living away from home. I believe this situation worked for me because it was gradual, and planned well. Good luck to all!” ~ Mrs. Guadino, WCCC and Penn State

“Make the most of your experiences and take advantage of every opportunity offered. How ‘bout them ‘eers?!” ~ Mrs. Kubus, WVU West Virginia University Kelsey Dominick - Nursing Kasey Feiertag - Exercise Physiology Gavin Finley - Secondary/Special Education

Katti Grosso - Music Education/Vocal Performance Ryan Keys - Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Zack LaDuke - Pre-Pharmacy

Armed Forces Ryan Clark - Marines Aleasha Donoughe - Army Gregory Dunn - Marines Nick Johnson - Army Robert A. Johnston II - Navy Alex Kessler - Marines Deven Libengood - Navy Sean O’Barto - Navy Zachary Paskovitch - Air Force Rich Schall III - Army Luke Severa - Marines Edward Stevens - Marines

Workforce David Blawas - Heavy Equipment Operator Cliff Bratton - Weeds and Seeds Landscaping Emily Burick - CNA Medical Office Nicole Cope - CNA Medical Office Diono Falbo - Rienhart Nick Friedline - Allegheny Power/Marrsellus Shale Jacob Gower - Tool and Die apprenticeship CJ Grimm - Welding Anthony Guerrieri - Auto Technician Alec Henderson - Church Dillon Lewis - Construction David Long - Masonry Jake Lowther - Heavy Equipment Apprentice John McIntyre - Machinist Nathaniel Moff - Computers/Software technology Julia Osborne - Model/Housewife Zack Scanlon - Marcellus Shale Shane Shannon - Oil Rig Randy Stewart - Minimum Wage Job Stuart Varadi - Paramedic Jesse Yuhaniak - Car Salesman

Undecided Joe Albaugh Vinny Bellezza Dylan Lewis Anthony Lucchino Anthony Lundquist Chelsea Mahkovic Kevin O’Hara Jesse Skwara Rose Smith Jonathan Urch

Members of the Class of 2011, not previously mentioned Nicholas Baldwin Caitlyn Coviello Chelsea Dunn Chad Firestone Cody Ghrist Ryan Giordan Julie Harvey Jesse Henry Tyler Heydorn Ryan Hurley Brant King John Koshinsky

Andrew Menard Joshua Matuszky Zachary Piper Stephanie Powers Emily Rainey Shawn Rause Roland Ravis Kyle Ruffin Cheaney Saunders Patrick Sphon Ryan Stouffer Matthew Weltz

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Patriotism for the Future

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“I wanted to stand out and do something worthwhile, so that one day I can look back and known I fought with the best, and I made a difference.”

Robert A. Johnston II “[I decided to join the military] to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps.”

Nick Johnson “[It’s been a] family tradition for over 200 years. Each generation has someone join the military. I’ve always wanted to join, because both my grandpaps were in the Army, and my father was in the Navy. It is my turn to do my duties for Uncle Sam.”

Rich Schall III Aleasha Donoughe “I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. Also, the idea of making our country stronger also influenced me.”

Gregory Dunn

Alex Kessler

“I decided to join the Marine “[I decided to join the military] Corp, because I was looking to be the change I want to for something that would ben- see in the world.” Edward Stevens Ryan Clark Luke Severa “Discipline, serving the coun- “[I decided to join the “[I decided to join the military] efit my future and be a longterm thing. It (join the military) try, and combat [influenced military] to stand for freedom to protect the country.” had the best benefits, and it’s me to join the marines].” and serve my country.” something for my country.”

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“[I decided to join the military] to make money and to get set in the world.”

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Devin Libengood

“[I decided to join the military] because it has just always interested me when I was younger, and it was a good way to start a career.”

air force

Zachary Paskovitch

“[I decided to join the military because of] early retirement, great benefits, traveling, and patriotism.”


Collegiate Athletes The following students have decided to continue their careers as student-athletes at the collegiate level. Here is a breakdown of the future college stars by what sport they will be playing.

BASEBALL BASKETBALL CHEERLEADING CROSS COUNTRY FOOTBALL Tyler Walker John Carroll University

WRESTLING Noah Kail American International Chace Small University of Pittsburgh

VOLLEYBALL Katie Svetahor Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Chris Dudzenski Penn State Erie Valerie Dunlap Washington & Jefferson Kayla Golden Pittsburgh-Greensburg Doug Johnson Washington & Jefferson

Amy Jo Bollinger St. Vincent College Danielle Scalise University of Pittsburgh Alyssa Stewart St. Vincent College

Kim McDonagh

A select few Latrobe athletes from the Class of 2011 have displayed true talent necessary to participate in athletic programs on the premier Division-I level of competition.

Sport: Track & Field Events: Hurdler/Jumper School: Boston College High School Stats: Won “Female MVP” honors at Baldwin Invitational as a senior. Has school records in 300 meter hurdles and 4x400 meter relay.

Alexa Larkin

Carly Meholic St. Vincent College Bernie Wires Westmoreland County CC

Zack LaDuke

Sport: Ice Hockey Position: Forward School: West Virginia University High School Stats: Led PIHL with 66 points during senior year. Three straight state championships in freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.

Danielle Scalise Chace Small

TRACK AND fIELD Mitchell Kalning Univ. of Mount Union Andrew McCarty Gettysburg College Kim McDonagh Boston College

TENNIS Katie Critchfield St. Vincent College Andrew Smeltzer Pittsburgh-Greensburg Regina Woloshun St. Vincent College

Tyler DeLorenzo Gannon University Matt Halula Waynesburg University

GOLF Dylan Marshall Indiana Univ. of PA

ICE HOCKEY Josh Dorfman American University Zack LaDuke West Virginia University Tom Mahoney Westmoreland County CC

LACROSSE Liz Bereit Shenandoah University Sport: Softball Position: Pitcher School: University of Pittsburgh High School Stats: 111 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched in senior year. 0.74 season ERA in junior year. A part of the state runner-up team as a freshman.

SWIMMING Emily Friedline University of Rochester

Sport: Cheerleading School: University of Pittsburgh Expectations: “I’m really excited to be in front of thousands of people every week for football, hopefully be on the floor at March Madness, and to compete at college nationals.”

Good Luck to all Collegiate Athletes from the Class of 2011!

Sport: Wrestling Weight Class: 112 Pounds School: University of Pittsburgh High School Stats: Finished his high school career with a total record of 116-46. Led team to first appearance at states in senior year.

SOFTBALL Alexa Larkin University of Pittsburgh Hannah Poponick St. Vincent College Rebecca Taylor Case Western Reserve

Lindsay Brant Waynesburg University Liz Palmer Westmoreland County CC

SOCCER Gus Hough Lake Erie College Christian Jonczak Pittsburgh-Greensburg Seth Jonczak Pittsburgh-Greensburg Katie Ribblet Northampton CC 7


Memories

2011

“I loved international day. It was really fun.” -Jessica Miller

Making Memories “We do not remember days; we remember moments.” “I liked learning -Cesare Pavese-

“I remember kids fighting over sitting in the wooden fire truck in the library at LES. It was the cool place to be.” -Emily Buncie

how to tie-die at sixth grade camp.” -Jenna Green

“Winning the regular season championship at Little League with the Pirates.” -Justin Klimchak

“Getting to play the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella in the junior high musical.” -Bryce Sulecki

“I remember bringing in chicken broth to make stone soup that went along with the book we read.” - Jodi Musick 8

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Teachers Give Valuable Advice

DEAR SENIORS, OUR ADVICE TO YOU IS... School students spend 1/3 of their week days in school during the months of September to June. Thus, those they spend that time with – friends and teachers – influence them in many ways. Teachers have been where the current seniors are now – they’ve once experienced senior year, the disease of senioritis, and the joys of graduation. They’ve experienced a lot more life than their students and have learned quite a few life lessons along the way. Several teachers throughout Greater Latrobe Senior High School have shared their advice for the 2011 seniors, and for all seniors in the years to come.

In college, the only place you should be Sunday-Thursday night is the library.

My advice? Get your passport, travel abroad, and see as many places as possible!

Mrs. LeVan, Science

Mrs. Zalewski, French

“My advice to seniors is to find something you really love and try to pursue a career that relates to it. Most people spend more time working than doing anything else, and it makes for a much more fulfilling life if you can find a job involving something you really like and care about.”

“Take the time and energy to pursue a variety of your interests. You never know which one might become the career of your dreams! Best wishes to all of you.”

Mrs. Gaudino, Family/Consumer Science

“Recycle! Plant trees whenever possible! Make decisions that help to preserve and protect our environment! And stay away from Milk Duds!”

“College should be the best time of your life, but you have to learn how to self-discipline. Oherwise you will flunk out. When I went to college, at the end of the first semester there was a major exodus from the dorms of students failing. My advice is that you have to set up rules for yourself. My rules in college were that I had to go to class, and I could not go out during the week. It worked for me. Good luck and have fun!”

Carole Wright, Science

Ms. Kniff, Science

Mrs. Ross, Art

“Never pass by an open door. And, if you should find a closed one you were hoping was open, be sure to knock and keep on knocking until someone opens it. Opportunities exist only for those who are willing to work hard and take risks.”

Everything in moderation! If you are spending more time having fun than studying, then you are most likely wasting your tuition money. If you are spending more time studying than having fun, then you are just wasting your youth. College is all about finding an equal balance. Life is short, so keep your eyes on the prize (a.k.a. your degree), but live a little before the “real world” hits you.

Mrs. Snyder, English

Follow your dreams, not your pocketbook. A career that you love pays far more dividends than one that only pays well.

Mrs. Mullen, English

Mr. Snyder, History

“As a student of John Wooden, I would like for you to do two things: 1.) Always remember that even though we are terrified of setbacks and adversity, it is here that we find real growth. 2.) “Success” will be found in the journey and not the destination. One more thing – look out for somebody who can’t defend themselves and offer them help. You won’t regret it.”

Mr. Wetzel, History “Life is full of successes and failures. What will determine your future is how you overcome the failures you encounter. Stay positive, be resilient and don’t forget to smile!”

Mr. Brandt, Science

“Every day is a holiday and every meal is a banquet!”

Mr. Marucco, Science

“Whatever you do or wherever you go, work hard… challenge yourself… help others… have integrity… and enjoy!”

“I would like to first congratulate all of the graduating seniors. I wish them all the best in the future. Our hope is that each one of them takes what they learned here at Greater Latrobe and uses that knowledge to achieve even greater things in the future. Continue to work hard and make all of us proud to call you graduates of Greater Latrobe.”

Mrs. Pompelia, Math

Mr. Smith, Assistant Principal

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Seniors 2011

OUR YEARS AT GREATER LATROBE IF YOU HAD TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY? “I wouldn’t care so much about what other people think.” -Julia Menarchek “I would start off doing what I wanted to, instead of just taking random classes.”-Zach Paskovitch “Study and take harder classes.”Jared Charbonneau

WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN BY YOUR SIDE THROUGHOUT YOUR YEARS IN SCHOOL? “Jessica Potoma.”-Ashley Gallagher “My seven best friends.”-Kaitlin Glover “Mel Biddle.”-Lauren Benedict “Sarah O’ Hearn.”-Meghan Aukerman

“Take an easier senior year.”-Evan Coats “Nothing. I think high school was the best it could possibly be.”-Sarah Conley “I would make more friends and do more work.”-Emily Burick “Change my sleeping habit.”-Randy Stewart

“My best friend, Max.”-Alex Stewart “Brittnee Stephen and Andrew Ponterio.”-Kelly Sullenberger “Mr. Ferraro.”-Will Redinger “Erika Naeger”-Nathan Takitch “Kristin Firmstone and Mrs. Miller.”Alexis Burke “Mrs. Gaudino”-Courtney Stynchula

“I would join a sport.”-Amanda Seanor

“S108 Homeroom.”-Tyler Hudock

“I wouldn’t slack.”-Shane Hoover

“Jesse Yuhaniak.”-Zach Falat

“I wouldn’t do it again, once is enough!”-Lauren Heese

“Brooke Leechalk and Kelly Musiak.”Alex Gumbita

“I would have joined marching band earlier and got my college stuff done a lot earlier.”-Megan Levay “Play more sports and have a little more fun.”-CJ Shrum “I would be involved in fewer organizations and be more active in the few that I would choose to stay in.”-Sam Prichard. “I wouldn’t wait till the last minute to finish my work.”-Kim Kuhn

“My closest friends, Meghan Auckerman and Julia Osborne.”-Sarah O’ Hearn “Julia Menarchek and Sam Prichard.”-Laura Spiegel “Ryan Aiello and Katelyn Bell.”-Sarah Adams “Jimmy Palombo.”-Chace Small “Tyler Heydorn.”-Doug Johnson “Carmen Sylvania.”-Kyle Tomko

“I wouldn’t have missed so much school.”-Liz Kromel

“My friends Christina and Ashley, and the library staff, Miss Riebel and Mrs. Bobula.”-Lisa Vingin

“I would have taken diffrent classes.”-Alisha Knupp

IF YOU COULD SHARE ONE THING WITH A TEACHER WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING HIGH SCHOOL MOMENT?

“You’ve helped me to become better in every way and make me ready for life. Thank you!”-Katie Ribblet

“I walked into the girl’s locker room once by accident right when I moved here.”-Christopher Fasce

“Sometimes the smallest sign that you care makes a huge difference.”Jessica Saenz

“Farting by Miss Sirgey.”-Jason Stewart

“Thank you to Mr. Hamill and Mr. Murray for preparing me for college.”-Katti Grosso “Mrs. Pompelia, Thank you for seeing me as I am and having faith in me as a person and student.”-Brittany Basenback

“Wearing crocs when it was raining, slipping and falling in the commons.”Leah Scavnicky “When Stanley Ferry hit me in the face in gym during sophomore year while my crush (Jim Calabrese) was there.”Hannah Poponick

“Mr. Brandt has shown me the key to the universe.”-Jesse Yuhaniak

“Last year, a skirt I was wearing began to deteriorate and everyone at lunch could see my underwear.”-Cassie Milyak

“Thanks Mr. Cook for passing me on my driver’s test!”-Emily Buncie

“My ‘ERASER’ haircut in the 9th grade.”-Gus Hough

“I would tell Mrs. Gaudino and Mrs. Echard that they are the best teachers ever.”-Erica Jiggetts

“Sleeping for five periods [straight] in Mr. Dumuzio’s study hall.”-Rich Schall III

“The teachers, they are the key.”-Erik Dickerson “Mr. Paull, you’re really not that good at basketball or ping pong.”Seth Stopa “No projects the last three weeks of school.”-Anthony Lucchino “You’re a genius!”-Jackie Ogrodny “I would tell Mr. Wetzel how great of a man he is and also the rest of the history department here.”Seth Jonczak

“Getting taken out of gym in a wheel chair after playing kickball.” –Steve Taylor “Having to take Biology for the second time.”-Kevin O’Hara “None, I’m never embarrassed.”-Joe Albaugh “My belt flying off of me during my sixth grade camp interview and being magnetized to the chalk board in front of Mr. Krehlik and Mrs. Bates.” –Michelle Emanuele “Getting a leg cramp and falling.” -Alisha Knupp

“I would thank all of my teachers for giving me a quality education.” -Michael Yeckley

“Falling on the ice under my bus.” -Lindsey Dellinger

“Frau B, thank you, you have helped me a lot.” -Corissa Lute

“Falling in the middle of the cafeteria.”-Gia Dominick

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No Empty Seats

OUR YEARS AT GREATER LATROBE WHAT IS YOUR WHO WAS YOUR WHAT ADVICE SECRET CRUSH ON THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL?

WHAT SONG DESCRIBES YOUR TIME SPENT IN HIGH SCHOOL?

“Corey Fisher.”-Sarah Demine

“Time of my life.”-Nicole Cope

“Some people live. Some people die. It’s all what the universe is thinking.”-Vince Giannilli

“Anthony Letender.”-Danyelle Spillar

“All Signs Point to Lauderdale by A Day to Remember.”-Tyler DeLorenzo

“I’ll see you when the fogs a risin’Jason Stewart”-Carmen Sylvania

“D.J. Rossi.”-Brianna Ridilla

“IDK…listen to Wiz.”-Marina Scaffardi

“I’m on a boat.”-Aliie DeLong

“Ryan Aiello.”-Anna Ross

“Jitterbug Wham!”-Jessica Miller

“Have a good weekend, don’t get arrested.”-Tammy Crawford

“Chris McKee.”-Sam Brooks

“I’m so paid.”-Adrian Rossi

“Jodi Musick.”-Stuart Varadi

“No Step by Wiz Khalifa.”-Max Sciullo

FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS YEAR? “How do you think Val feels?”-Kayla Golden

“Jeeeeze…..-Mr. Hudock”-Donald Hoffer “No one’s a good team, but we’re a good team.”-Brittney Sarnese “Wait, JV has a match tomorrow?!Mr. Mains”-Andrew Smeltzer “All of Mr. Duda’s quotes!”-Christina Casino “Lifes a garden, dig it.”-Taylor Susa

“Jason Stewart.”-Katie Svetahor

“Chris Miller.”-Jenn Dado “Jenn Dado.”-Chris Miller “Dan Ferguson.”-Brooke Leechalk

“Emily Friedline”-Deven Libengood

“Lazy Song by Bruno Mars”-Renee Conte

“Jake Taylor.”- Sinead Waters

“Not Alone.”-Jake Stewart

“Gary Busey.” -Alyssa Widolff

“The Little Things by Good Charlotte”-Ed Stevens

“My girlfriend.”- Brandon Wiser

“No Empty Seats.”-Brandon Perillo

“Josh Shoemaker, obviously.” -Carly Meholic

“Your face is farmland.”-Jon Mullin “Would you please stand for the Pledge to the flag.”-Alec Koluder

“Wake up by Mac Miller.”-Ryan Brody

“Erica Hajas.”-Jeff Hebda

“Total groovyness.-Mr. Snyder” -Christian Jonczak

“There’s at least a million people in Latrobe…What, you don’t think so?Anthony Wano”-Nick Lazur

“When I’m Gone by Wiz Khalifa.”Josh Shoemaker.

“Mr. Krack always said that I flirted with Lee Bickerstaff in sophomore English Class, enough said.” -Maria Graziano

WOULD YOU GIVE TO AN UNDERCLASSMAN? “It goes by too fast, enjoy being a kid.”-Chris Dudzenski “Forget what people think, you’ll never see them again after graduation.”-Jamie Baum “Live it up.”-Melanie Biddle “Just be yourself. Don’t worry about fitting in. Study hard and take it seriously.”-Jenna Green “Enjoy it while it lasts because it all will be over sooner than you think.” -Aleasha Donoughe “You better make the play when you’re in Sport II.”-Josh Dorfman “If it’s something you care about, never accept less than excellence.”Sean O’Barto “Be true to yourself. (and stay focused!).”-Skye Naggy

“Awaken the Dreamers by All Shall Perish.”-Brandon Stephenson

“Get a lot more sleep than you think you need, almost falling asleep in Astronomy every day isn’t the best thing to do.”-Nathaniel Moff

“We are who we are.” -Kasey Feiertag

“Have fun and never give up.”-Ryan Clark

“American Idiot.”-Dan Bucci

“Sit down, shut up, do your work, and respect your teachers.”-Luke Finley

“Brian Butz.”-Jessica Jackson

“Like a virgin by Madonna.”-Bryce Sulecki

“Jamie Towey.”-Becky Onusko

“Highway to Hell.”-Kristen Konecny

“Try your best and have fun!”-RJ Tonks

“I’m the best there ever was- Seth Jonczak”-Bobby Baker

“Alexis Brickel.”-Bob Johnston

“Teenage Dream.”-Ean Jury

“Bring Snacks!”-Robby Hedman

“Make it rain.”- DJ Lonigro

“I never had one, but I am happily dating Dylan Rudy.” -Jacquelin Baughman

“Oops, I did it again.”-Alexa Larkin

“Don’t take too many hard classes your senior year, you’ll already be busy.”-Hannah Heagy

“It doesn’t matter.-Pat Davoli”-Ryan Aiello “Life is about falling..Living is about

“Mother’s Day by Blink-182.” -Peter Artuso

“Elias Imbrogno.”-Amy Jo Bollinger “I’ll always remember you by Miley Cyrus.”-Alisha Knupp

“Enjoy high school and appreciate it while it lasts.”-Becky Hartley

getting back up.”-Jessica Potoma

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Staff Farewell

Maria Graziano

Goodbye, Greater Latrobe...

August 31 rolled around the corner and I was standing at the front of the classroom. Twenty staff writers looked at me with the uneasiness of what was in store, and there I was, Editor-in-Chief of a new Multimedia program. These underclassmen looked at me for guidance and direction in this new beginning for the publications at Greater Latrobe High School. In that very moment I realized that I had so much to offer this team who sat before me, but also I had a lot to learn. As a senior I am an avid member of the media outlets at Greater Latrobe High School. Whether I am leading the staff of the school Photo by Timeless Expressions newspaper or reporting live from the WCAT-TV anchoring desk, I am always relaying information to the student body. I am an individual who puts forth the time to go above and beyond for others and for myself. I put forth my talents, ideas, and experiences to the best of my ability, so that everything I do inspires others. Throughout my high school career I have always had the dedication to be a leader, whether it was in the front of “The High Post” multimedia class or in the community as I tutored elementary school students. Throughout my years on the newspaper, I have gained many opportunities and experiences that helped mold my existence as a young journalist. As a sophomore I found myself getting published in the Laurel Mountain Post. As a junior I put aside my nerves and had my first professional interview, which to my surprise was with a man who could did not speak clear English. I went through my junior year growing in my writing which included professional pieces, an opinion column, and a funny recap of the Sex Ed that was displayed in my 4th period health class. As an anchor, producer, and field reporter for WCAT-TV I have covered countless stories including the “No Empty Seats” campaign, the NHS Study Buddies program, the knitting project, a feature on talented dancers from the high school, winter weather, the school blood drive, and other various topics. As a senior, I was able to lead the High Post staff to new heights with our print publication and online news source. The 2010-2011 multimedia publication is a symbol of my dedication, leadership, and hard work that I have strived for over the past four years.

Nick Kovacevic

As my senior year winds down, I feel excited for the future, yet somewhat uncertain as to what it will bring. Upon graduation, I will be attending Pitt in the fall. I am going into the School of Arts and Sciences Undecided, and hope to advance to medical school and become a doctor. While I feel as if there is some uncertainty as to how I will reach my goal, I know I will do whatever it takes to get there. I have spent six years in Greater Latrobe School District since switching from Valley School of Ligonier, and they have all been memorable. I came in my first day not knowing where to go, who to Photo by Timeless Expressions sit by at lunch, or really how to dress( I had come from a private school, complete with uniforms). As I look back to that, I realize how I have changed. I like to think I have a couple of friends, I feel pretty capable dressing myself every morning, and I know exactly where the bus is. I’ll be walking across the stage on June 3, pretty confident that I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to in school. I have enjoyed my time at GLSHS; I really have no regrets and feel as if I have done everything I wanted to while I was here. I am now looking forward to my future, and am excited to see what is in store in my next few years.

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Nathan Takitch

When I was a little kid, my dad would always tell me stories about all of the fun that he had with his friends. Quite often, his stories were set in his senior year of high school. I loved hearing his memories about sleeping through study halls, playing baseball, and inciting a riot in the cafeteria. I thought that I would never have as much fun as he did, but now that I am in my final weeks at Greater Latrobe Senior High, I can say with confidence that I will have plenty of stories to tell my kids about my final year of school. I could tell them about how there were days where I had three study hall periods, and all that I did was play games on my school laptop. I could tell them about running; probably tell them way more than they would ever care to hear about running; how I ran a 17:39 5K and a 4:54 mile. Or I could tell them about the track meet that I ran in during a snowstorm in March. I could tell them about gallivanting on late-night car adventures. I would reminisce about the freedom that we felt being able to get a midnight meal at Taco Bell and then just free-riding (while maybe pulling a prank or two) at one in the morning. I could tell them about my countless trips to Dino’s for wing nights and weekends with my friends. Even classroom memories are special. I will always remember, my ability to wait until the day of an AP History vocabulary test, write definitions and sentences for each of the 30 terms during a single study hall, memorize all of the words during lunch, and then receive a perfect score. I Photo by Timeless Expressions could tell them about my ability to procrastinate for every class and still manage to do decent work. Overall, I would tell them about how much I enjoyed my senior year. It was everything that it was built up to be. Fun with friends and senioritis was the theme of each day. Looking back, it is amazing how quickly time has gone. I am excited to be done with high school, but I will truly miss my friends and my teachers as I move on to college. I am glad that I can tell my children these stories (and some others that I may have left out), but I know that I will tell them to enjoy their senior year no matter what. I had a blast, and I will carry the memories with me for the rest of my life. Being on the staff of this publication was an honor. To know that I learned from an excellent high school program, which is rare at most schools, is amazing. To know that I left my mark on such apraiseworthy and well-recognized newspaper in our area is rewarding. As a staff we have really bonded through the course of the year. We learned to have fun with what we do and the topics that we choose to cover. Of course we balance the fun and friendships with a ton of hard work and dedication. The work that the staff pours into the High Post is beyond belief and often unnoticed by the student body. A student-led and student-run publication takes much hard work, collaboration, and efficiency. I can’t even count the number of times that I was at school at 6:50 am for an editorial board meeting, or staying late to make a production guide. Much of the time throughout the year I found myself more concerned with High Post than my AP classes. So yes, it was hard work. Yes, my senior year was a little more stressful than I would have liked. But I feel good leaving here knowing that I have a solid foundation of knowledge of the journalism field. I loved high school with all of my heart, but I am ready to move on with my life and feel confident that I am prepared to do so.

Julia Menarchek

Tori Vallana

Photo by Tony Urban Studios

I cannot believe that I’m going to be a high school graduate. I can remember my first day of kindergarten coloring a picture of a bunny and now I’m a senior about to graduate high school. Last year at this time, I was wishing I were a senior, thinking how great it must be to know you’re so close to the end. I didn’t think I would miss much of anything about high school except my closest friends. Yet, now that I’m actually one of those seniors so close to graduation, I find myself thinking about all of the parts of high school that I really will miss. I’ll miss crazy conversations at lunch, my surprisingly energetic first-period Calculus class, Mr. Snyder using extremely strange analogies in APUSH, the Kitty Kat Preschoolers that I’ve come to love, trying and failing to sight-read new songs in Chamber choir, writing my ongoing short story for Serendipity…and the list goes on and on. It���s amazing how reflective and reminiscent I’ve gotten as I realize how close I am to no longer being a high school student at Greater Latrobe High School. Before I graduate, I’d like to give some quick tips to the underclassmen, especially the juniors. I’d advise them to try to enjoy their high school years and not simply wish them away. I know it sounds cliché to say that senior year goes by faster than you think, yet that’s the honest truth. I can remember the first day of senior year, and it doesn’t as if it was nine months ago. Now that my time as a high school student is growing shorter, I find myself unable to believe the speed at which this year has gone Photo by TJZ Creationsby. Graduation will be bittersweet, for sure. Months ago, I could only see the sweetness of finally being done with high school, yet now I’m realizing the bitterness of how many aspects of high school I’m going to miss. I realize how blessed I’ve been to have such a great and memorable senior year.


Staff Farewell

Hello, Bright Future. Erika Naeger

April Smith

This year has been as hectic as the Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood. “Beginnings are scary. Endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle It was as oddly textured as a rocky that counts the most.” –Sandra Bullock road. It was even as aggressive as As another school year comes to an end, it’s hard to believe that this is a Venus Fly Trap. This school year my final year of high school. I remember waking up on the first day this school has been harder for me than any year thinking about the last time I would wake up and be on my way to a school other school year since pre-school, in the Greater Latrobe School District. It makes me think of my first day of because of the two AP classes that I kindergarten at Latrobe Elementary School, walking into the big gymnasium to took on along with the newspaper. frantically find my teacher, only knowing her face by a picture she sent me in a The senior year in high school of postcard. I remember moving from being the oldest kids in the school in sixth a young adult’s life is supposed grade, to the youngest again in seventh; another whole new ball game, and then, to be composed of easy classes so the same experience from ninth grade to tenth. Over the years, I have gained that when senioritis hits, one can so much confidence and knowledge that I am proud to say I went to Greater be ready. With mine, though, I Latrobe Senior High School for. I benefited greatly from being on this publicatook a slightly different approach. tion, building up my resume with so many different expereinces, I am confident Although this year was fully packed for what lies ahead of me. for me, I can safely say that I Although I am ready for a change, and to take the next step in my life, I learned five valuable bits of knowladmit that I will miss this high school for all the experiences and the friendships edge about myself that I would not made, that I will without a doubt cherish forever. My beginning in the school district was a little scary as I walked into that gymnasium as a little six year old, Photo by Timeless Expressions have learned otherwise. 1. I will never be a journalist. The Photo by Timeless Expressions I will be a little sad on June 3 as I walk across the stage and think of everything I pressure to research and write about something important to hundreds, even thouwill leave behind here, but the middle of my time here at Greater Latrobe will be sands, of people accurately is not my cup of tea. completely memorable. 2. I would rather skip lunch entirely for a bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch at 3:00 pm. 3. I will not be scheduling any classes before 8:00 am in college. Waking up at 6:10 am every morning keeps me from functioning correctly. With only a few days left of school, I look back on the last thirteen 4. Whatever the project, I will procrastinate. I will stay up until 2 am rather than years of my life with so many memories, some good and some bad. I reflect on get it done ahead of time, whether I like it or not. those events now and can’t believe how fast time has flown. I can blink and go 5. I should have taken Astronomy. Nuff ’ said. back to the moment I fell off the bus on the last day of school in fourth grade This year has been tough, but with these five things that I have learned about and feel the pain from my scraped knee. On this year’s last day of school, I will myself, I can better attempt to achieve great things in the future. be walking across a stage I have been on so many times. Over my years, especially in high school, I have certainly found out who I am. I have found that journalism and broadcasting is something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I have made friends along the way that will never be forgotten even if I can’t believe that my senior we never see each other after June 3, 2011. I don’t know what I would have ever year is over; it seems like yesterday done without them in these past years or those friends from elementary school that I was starting my first official and junior high who I no longer talk to, thank you. To the teachers who have year working on the High Post. made an impact in my life from kindergarten to senior year, thank you. To my Since I began writing for the publiHigh Post Staff, my broadcast and Yearbook staffs’ thank you. Thank you for cation, I have interviewed famous helping me become the person who I am and for all the fun memories we have singers, journalists, and other shared along the way. I have waited for senior year my entire life and now it is important people in our commucoming to a close and I would give anything to go back and do it all over again. A nity. At first it was overwhelming, chapter in my life now closes and another opens as my life as a college student. but once I got the hang of it, it was Good luck to my fellow classmates and may you find happiness in whatever your Photo by Timeless Expressions fun. future holds. I am really going to miss high school. I remember trying to stay up all night for the Rockdown my sophomore year and then accidentally falling asleep on the It seems like just yesterday I moved into the Greater Latrobe School District bleachers (which is very painful for from Harrisburg and started to meet my new classmates at Mt. View Elemenyour neck.) I remember in junior tary. As I now await graduation, just a few short weeks away, I think about all of year when I was a part of the pit the fond memories of my time here at Greater Latrobe. orchestra for Beauty and the Beast, Photo by Timeless Expressions From fun field trips like the zoo, sixth grade camp, and the sixth grade and the pit wanted to add our own dance in elementary school, to going undefeated on the basketball team in line to the show “Yes, MUSIC!,” junior high, to attending many sporting events in the den, homecoming, and beI will never forget spending every spare minute of every day in the band ing a part of the National Honor Society in high school I have made a lot of great room with Mr. Hamill and my “band family”. The memories that I made with memories here. them, I will cherish forever. I remember the time when the flute section tried to As a class we have been through many exciting and fun times, and we have dye Scott’s hair pink (but failed), our epic highlighter fights and of course when we also made it through some more difficult times. defended our “fortress” from the evil Stouff with our lightsabers! I even remember Now as we near the end, I realize that soon some of us will never see each the last day of junior year when we sat on the band room floor playing spoons with other again in our entire lives, while others have made friendships that may last Mr. Murray until school was out at 11:15. a lifetime. Either way, everything is about to change. The people that we have Adding to high school were my amazing and memorable teachers like spent our days with for the past several years will now all be going our own ways, Mr. Hamill who has taught me more than any other teacher has in the entire yet we will all have a connection that will always remain of growing up here school combined, Mr. Krack and his amazing way of teaching books and relating together. them to our reality. The way that Mrs. Houck and Mrs. Stallings always pushed me As I head to Penn State University this summer where I hope to continue to do my best, and how Mr. Duda made his classes part reading and part therapy in the journalism field, I will always remember my experiences here, and more sessions. I cannot wait for Jessica Sanez to finally write that book of all of those Photo by Timeless Expressions importantly all of the people I met here. crazy comments that Mr. Duda had in class because those are priceless! Underclassmen, live in every moment!

Meredith Saunders

Sarah Conley

Harrison Leipold

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