The High Post A Publication of Greater Latrobe Senior High School
May 2, 2012
Planting the Future
Volume 89 Issue 11
With Baggaley Elementary kindergarten students surrounding, seniors Riche Hall, Jeese Arandas, Mike Nicely and junior Joe Murphy plant a tree during Kindergarten Earth Day on Friday April 27, 2012 at Rotary Park. Senior high environmental students helped kindergarten students celebrate Earth Day through fun and engaging activities that demonstrated the importance of protecting the environment.
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The High Post A Publication of Greater Latrobe High School
131 High School Road, Latrobe PA 15650
May 2, 2012 Volume 89 Issue 11
Editorial Board Shea Augustine, Ally Bair, Klaudia Long, Kaitlin Newingham, Lizzie Ruppen, Jimmy Singer, and Rachel Stauffer Staff Chelsea Croner, Colin Bauerle, Stevie Huston, Sarah Haenel, Courtney Joseph, Sam Prasnitz, Alex Morris, Haley Sheffield, Katie Stallings, Selena Sweeny, and Maria Yokopenic Interns Clare Harkins, Justin Maust, Michael Nicely, Pat Repko, Natalie Ryall, and Morgan Stout Broadcast & Production II Staff Ally Bair, Zach Daigle, Dan Kubus, Audrie Kuntz, Josh McIntyre, Jillian McLaren, Mickey Orange, Alex Palmer, Kasey Paul, Tory Russo, Jessica Shivetts, Morgan Stout, Adam Stynchula, and Julia West Advisors Mrs. Acacia Houck Mrs. Renee Stallings Administration Mr. Steve LoCascio Mr. Chad Krehlik Mr. Matt Smith
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Students Create The Future Students take advantage of unique BotsIQ program, participating in community competitions
Much creativity flows throughout the entire the very hands on project. “I enjoy being hands on,” said sophomore Eric McCracken. The lengthily process of brainstorming, planning, and designing starts in October, leading up to the primaries, which occurred on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012 at California University. Acting as a pre-battle against other schools, the preliminaries allow for adjustments and fixes to be made before the real competition. Because of the previous years with two robots, it was decided to have two teams represented Greater Latrobe again this year in the main competition, which took place on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Westmoreland County Community College. The advanced team included students who had experience with the activity in the past. Seniors Ryan Staffen, Ian Steel, and Patrick Trumbetta, along with juniors Jacob Heese, Dan Krall, acting as driver, Larry Kunkel, Nathan Schomer, and Zach Stewart represented the advanced team, with a unique robot. “Our design was a 15 pound aluminum robot with a square spinning egg beater type weapon which spun at approximately 17 times per second,” said Schomer. Juniors Haley Morella and Robert Vasinko, and sophomores Daniel Clark, Katie Hillebrecht, Eric McCracken, Pat Repko, acting as the Photograph By Pat Repko Pat Repko driver, and Maddie Wilson made up the rookie team. Keeping it simple, the team used a wedge on the front of the robot to get underneath of the Intern High school offers students a chance to expand knowledge in opposing bots, showing the true complexities of the creation. The results for the advanced team were approximately 20th out of many areas, ultimately finding a niche. An elite and passionate group 55 schools, stemming from a few issues in both the preliminaries and in of individuals at Greater Latrobe further their classroom learning by the competition. Similarly, the results for the rookie team were better, participating in an extracurricular activity involving robotics. coming in at approximately 12th out of 55 schools. All of the hard work Creative, imaginative and ingenious students make up the Battle Bots was evident with both teams breaking team at Greater Latrobe. These students opposing team’s robots. design and execute innovative projects The hard work throughout the year throughout the year and create a robot to shined through on competition day when a compete against in a competition against sudent’s talents and knowledge are tested, 55 local schools. from start to finish on the fighting floor. “I Advisors Mr. Repko and Mr. Brandt always had an interest in robotics and felt exhibit their outstanding talents not only that to would be a good experience,” said in their classrooms, but also through the junior Robert Vasinko. unique program. “Battle Bots is a unique Not only is it a fun activity, many because the program encompasses many - Mr. William Repko, Advisor students use the valuable knowledge different areas, from brainstorming gained in multiple areas of their future. “I to designing to manufacturing,” said chose to do bots to enhance my drafting skills,” said junior Zach Stewart. Mr. Repko, technology education teacher. “Mixed in this vast field is “I have always had an interest in designing and building. I try to share electronics and radio control. Battle strategies and teamwork play an this with the students on the Battle Bots team by throwing out ideas to important role as competition nears. Add some fun and you have the them and letting them run with it. This creates many, many ideas, with perfect program!” one being picked from the robot design,” said Repko. Groups get to design, build and test a robot, ultimately fighting it in competitions. “I like being able to apply my electronics knowledge Above, the GLSH rookie BattleBot team’s robot is shown before a to something because I obviously don’t get to do this in a classroom recent competition. The design features a classical wedge that can be useful to get underneath and eliminate opponents. The design setting,” said junior Nathan Schomer.
“I have always had an interest in designing and building and try to share that with the students on the Battle Bots team, leading to many ideas.”
stage is just one of the many steps involved in finishing successfully.
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Students Are the Sum of Success in Challenge Elite group of math students take on national challenge, gaining much knowledge
Stevie Huston “The experience they were given allowed them to develop skills they wouldn’t get in Reporter a classroom,” said Mrs. Pompelia, AP calculus teacher. “It was a current event involving a Forty three minutes usually does not seem like enough time to take a math test. What social aspect; they really put together a great team.” if the math test was 14 hours long? A 43 minute test would probably seem like a much The team was made up of certain strengths to be successful. On top of strong calculus better deal. Five students decided to take on this 14 hour challenge by participating in the skills, the team needed members who possessed strengths in communication, writing, Moody Mega Math Challenge, a nationally recognized math test for only the most driven statistics, and programming. Each member had to have patience, the most important realand determined math students. world quality, in order to work together cooperatively in a group for that 14 hour period. The Moody Mega Math challenge is a competition that requires groups of three to “I wanted to see how I could put together everything I have learned,” said Brasile. “The five students to research, solve, and submit a maximum challenge taught me to never give up, to try everything, and 20 page solution online within 14 hours. More than 1000 that pizza definitely helps you think.” teams participate throughout the nation, and $115,000 is This challenge required the students to think outside of awarded to the winners of the challenge. Panels of Ph.D.the box. “We used a lot of creative thinking and that helped level applied mathematicians serve as judges in the three us see the problem in a different way,” said Faddish. rounds of judging. In the national arena, the team unfortunately did not take Greater Latrobe seniors Austin Faddish, Kelly Pohland, home the grand prize, but the work done and experience Bryan Brasile, Melissa Sinemus, and junior Nathan Schomer gained in this new challenge is an award in itself. decided to take on the test for the first time in Greater “It was definitely an experience,” said Faddish. “It feels like Latrobe history this year through their own initiative. “I saw an accomplishment no matter what the outcome was.” An - Kelly Pohland, Senior it as a challenge and thought it might be fun,” said Pohland. accomplishment for sure, considering the solution that the On Saturday, March 3, 2012, the team gathered at team submitted was a total of 16 pages. Faddish’s house and worked from 7:00am to 9:00pm to solve an open-ended, realistic, “No matter how difficult a problem may seem, if you put your heads together, especially applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue. Without any instructed when it gets down to crunch time, you can come up with a solution,” said Pohland. The preparation or review beforehand, they were only permitted to use publicly available experiences these students took away from this challenge stretch far beyond an academic resources to aid them in their work. accomplishment. Through such a challenge, important communication and teamwork “We reviewed old M3 problems and discussed real-world modeling using mathematics,” skills are acquired which will only help in future endeavors. said Brasile. Taking the time to prepare and study proved the team’s dedication.
“No matter how difficult a problem may seem, if you put your heads together, especially when it gets down to crunch time, you can come up with a solution.”
Hands On Experiment In Dissection Normal classroom learning expands for many students in science courses through dissections
Lizzie Ruppen Print Editor Learning about the muscular system in class teaches students the basics, but when a student can open a cat and can identify the muscles for themselves, the learning experience increases greatly. This year, Anatomy and Advanced Placement Biology students completed many activities to enhance their learning and give meaning to what they learn in the classroom. While the initial thought of opening up a dead creature is alarming and uncomfortable, for most students, the experience of completed dissection in high school will carry through most students’ college careers. “I was a little nervous at first, but I kept an open mind and enjoyed applying what I know to a hands on experience,” said senior anatomy student Trevor Octavio. A.P. Bio students dissected various organisms to help students further understand what was taught in lecture. With the help of handouts and explanations regarding what incisions to make and parts to look for, students completed five different dissections: clams, earthworms, crayfish or grasshoppers, frogs, and fetal pigs. Dissections prepare students venturing into the science or medical field experience by giving them a taste of how to complete a dissection Dr. Wnek explained that dissections help students learn their capacity of what they can handle and prepare them for what they might encounter in college. “It allows my classmates and me to get hands on experience with actual bodies,” explains senior Nina Wickham. “For me it was a vital part in showing that I think I can handle the medical field.” Anatomy students had two unique opportunities for dissection. Students dissected a deer heart to reinforce lessons about the heart and blood; the purpose of a cat to strengthen their understanding of the muscular system, digestive, and respiratory systems. For the past three years, anatomy students have been completing a cat dissection instead of a fetal pig dissection, like students completed in the past, because a cat’s muscles are comparable to humans and one can see the muscles much more visible on a larger
specimen. “Dissection teaches students many skills that will benefit them in a college dissection,” said anatomy teacher Mrs. LeVan. “They might not remember the actual muscle they are discovering, but dissection in high school gives students the basic skills on how to complete a dissection. It helps students become comfortable with dissections.” “I think dissection is a good way to learn. It’s more interesting then reading from a textbook. Also I feel that I learn better because dissecting is hands on and I can see in full view what I am learning,” said senior David Moffa, an A.P. Bio and anatomy Student. Dissections enhanced students learning, and helped prepare for higher learning opportunities. An anatomy student carefully dissects a lab cat, looking for specific muscles. Not only did students gain knowledge through book learning, but by the action of dissections, further learning occurred. Students enjoy the unique opportunity offered. Photograph By Lizzie Ruppen
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Interact Club ‘Plays for Polio’
GLSHS Interact Club partners with Derry to organize and assist community and world, impacting others and themselves
Jimmy Singer up for this worthwhile cause. “Don’t worry,” joked Hudock. “Next year we are going to News Editor make a comeback and win, I’m very confident of that.” Fully eradicated decades ago, polio may seem as a distant disease for many in the In addition to the action of the basketball game, a Chinese auction basket raffle, 50/50 United States, however, the reality is that countless raffle, t-shirt sales, and food sales raised funds individuals in third world countries still live, toward the cause. “It is awesome to be able to help suffer and endure the disease. Latrobe Rotary has people on a global scale while doing something as launched their “Pennies for Polio” campaign to raise fun as the Playing for Polio event,” said senior Katie money to fully eradicate this disease. Douds, Interact Club president. Cooperatively organized the Interact Clubs of Additional monetary donations came through Greater Latrobe and Derry Area, Playing for Polio the generosity of students, community members helped in reaching Rotary’s goal of a 10K (6.2 mile) and local businesses. Donations were encouraged worth of pennies, over $5,000 by June 1, 2012, based and promoted through another competitive, good on the success of the 2010 event “Hoops for Haiti.” natured rivalry between the two school districts to The Derry Area High School gym overflowed with raise the most money. Latrobe and Derry’s students the hearts of those present on the evening of Friday, collected donations from the Latrobe community. March 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. The cheerleading Through the generosity of two communities squads of both Derry Area and Greater Latrobe coming together, a total of $4,000 was raised. “We suited up in a fierce battle as basketball players have two close knit communities and doing things provided excitement and support with every trick like this strengthens the ties,” said Snyder. and chant cheering from the sidelines. The generosity of the community and work of The student bodies of the rival teams supported the students will surely leave an impact. Rotary their own, but everyone – no matter a Wildcat International gratefully accepted the donations or a Trojan – worked together for a worthy cause. at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. “It’s “The event generated much interest because it is a great feeling to know that we worked so hard something that’s out of the ordinary,” said Mr. Bill and did what we could to make a difference,” said Snyder, social studies teacher and Interact Club Interact Club member junior Jessica Buchman. “I advisor. “Everybody had fun without a doubt.” hope we have more events like this because it’s a lot A sea of black and blue filled the Derry Area gym, of fun and was very successful.” where the main event of the evening took place. Prior Unity was prominent throughout the evening, Photographs By Bree Tryon to the event, members from each sport coached the Greater Latrobe Basketball Players turned Cheerleaders cheer from the sideline showing that no matter what team, school, or others on the fundamentals of the sport. “Even with to the “lady wildcats,” as they fight to win against Derry Area cheerleaders in position one plays, by working together for a the backyard basketball brawl, supporting Interact Club’s cause of ending Polio. a loss, we came away knowing we raised a lot of common cause, a goal with magnitude can become money for polio vaccinations,” said junior cheerleader Erika Hudock. reality. Even with two very different schools and communities rooting for their home Although the “lady Wildcats” came up short, with a score of 7 to 41, the proceeds added teams, the real victory was against Polio.
$4,000 Total Money Raised Through Event
Final Score of Basketball Game, Derry Trojans victorious
Rotary’s Goal of Collected Pennies in Miles
$5,000 Rotary’s Goal by June 1, 2012
Key Club and Interact Club Lend a Hand for Kylen Cause Pervasive Development Disorder, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and tourette’s syndrome are interfering with the life of an innocent five year old boy. Kylen never knows when he is going to take a seizure and since he is only a child, he has a difficult time understanding his health. Although Kylen suffered a mini stroke at the age of two, he is a survivor and is capable of speaking and talking, according to the Herald Standard. His single mother and two Therapeutic support staff are devoted to helping Kylen beat the odds and stay calm when stressful situation occur. Kylen’s story was exposed to Latrobe High School by sophomore Castle Leonard. “My mother went to high school with Kylen’s mother, Lisa Roberts. We wanted to
help because his mom sacrifices so much to help him; even a job because she has a Masters Degree in business and cannot leave Kylen to use it,” said Leonard. “If students discover a cause that they care about, Key Club and Interact Club will work as a team to make a difference,” said Mr. Snyder, Key and Interact Club advisor. During the week of April 10-13, 2012, Key Club and Interact Club made a difference. T-Shirts were sold and the proceeds were given to Kylen’s family who needed the money to purchase a service dog in order for Kylen to be able to lead a more independent life as he grows older. “Service dogs are trained to perform tasks that assist a life functioning need. Kylen’s dog will be trained to
take Kylen to a safe place before a seizure comes on, alert those around him that he is having a seizure, and perform calming exercises to relieve anxiety,” said Lisa Roberts in the Herald Standard. The dog costs $5,000, Key club and Interact club raised $ “Kylen recently got all of the money needed to purchase his dog,” said Leonard. Key and Interact club as well as all of the students who made a donation have made a permanent impact on Kylen’s life. He will be able to learn and grow with a feeling of security, knowing that he will be safe. ~Compiled By Samantha Prasnitz, Reporter
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Students express their views on the latest current issues
On February 26, 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by 28-year-old Caucasian/Hispanic George Zimmerman. The incident has now reached international attention, with a focus on racial profiling. Zimmerman also disobeyed the 9-1-1 operator’s instructions to stay in his car and followed Martin, which led to a brief fight and Martin’s death. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder charges, which could land him in prison for life. Do you think he is guilty and what do you believe his punishment should be?
“Yes, he is guilty of this charge. He didn’t know what Martin was doing and killing him was uncalled for. Even if there was a fight, you don’t kill someone over that. Prison for life would be one acceptable charge. Seeing as he’s not a serial killer or anything, he doesn’t deserve a death penalty.” ~Jessica Yasher, sophomore
“He should have stayed his distance and called the authorities if he had worry.” ~Morgan Wano, sophomore James Hooker, a 41-year-old teacher is currently in a relationship with his previous 18-year-old student, Jordan Powers. He left his wife and children, one of which is a junior in high school, to be with Powers. An investigation is underway to determine if he had illegal contact with her before her 18th birthday. The two said they are happy together, are best friends, and love each other. What do you think should be done about this unprofessional relationship?
“I feel it is inappropriate to have relationships between students and teachers, unless the student is 18 and about to graduate or graduated and both are single.” ~Daniel Sarver, senior
“I believe it shouldn’t be allowed. After the student graduates, it would be fine, but not while the student is still in school.” ~Cory Saddler, senior Jordan Brown was 11 years old when he murdered his father’s fiancée and her unborn baby. It is presumed he did so because he felt her daughters were treated better than him. He was originally charged as an adult, but as of last fall was charged as a juvenile. He was charged with 1st degree murder and will be released by age 21 (under law) from the correctional facility. Do you think his punishment should have been more severe?
“I don’t think Brown recognized the severity of his crime when he committed it. He is only a child; he needs a life with an education.” ~Alexis Nale, junior
“Yes, if he was aware of what he did then he deserves to spend his life in jail.” ~Compiled by Natalie Ryall, Intern ~Alyssa Myers, junior
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A+ Capital Campaign Stresses Community, Alumni Involvement
GLSD embarks on exciting capital campaign that will bring improvements, impacting students and the community
Jimmy Singer community.” proposal. Additionally, a new concession stand, ticket News Editor Stemming from the importance of community booth and press box building are proposed with 2000 Greater Latrobe fosters a cutting-edge educational involvement, the “A+ Campaign” will embark on numerous bleacher seats overlooking the field. program, regardless of evolving budget changes. GLSD is renovations in the district focusing on the ever important “Literally, from the band to the sports, everybody in the committed to a well-rounded education centered on the 3 A’s – academics, arts and athletics. “All three move the school district at some point during any week will access three A’s. Offering a myriad of AP classes and electives, district forward in the eyes of the community, and we know the facility,” explained Mears. “Everybody, every kid will an academically innovative online program, hosting a that the school district creates opportunity for students be involved through physical education classes; where else seventy-five year old unique art collection and can you have a project where you guarantee distinctive facilities in the arts, and boasting a every student using [the athletic complex]? I “I believe 100% in public education. It is the three time hockey champion team, swimming think that’s why everyone is excited about it.” keystone of what makes Pennsylvania great, and wrestling standout state athletes and national The construction, proposed to take place providing a quality education for every student; track stars, separates GLSD from other districts. between October 2012 and October 2013, In the words of Vince Lombardi, “Perfection is will create a campus like atmosphere for that’s what we are here to do at GLSD,” not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can students and athletes alike. “I’m hoping to ~Mrs. Judy Swigart, Superintendent catch excellence.” Lombardi’s philosophy affirms create a very strong surge of excitement for GLSD’s goal, not only remaining good, but athletics,” reflected Mears. “It’s an exciting constantly getting better – striving for perfection. to have a solid base for the future,” said Swigart. “We are time and it will be exciting to see it all unfold.” “Our goal is to maintain and develop curriculum that strong academically. In the arts, we encompass excellent While excited, students similarly ask questions about is global in nature and one that meets the needs of our programs. Athletically, we need to improve our facilities to economic factors in the project. A prominent track and students as they pursue higher education or jobs. That’s a meet our needs; it is really the marriage of three.” field athlete, junior Francie Fazzini said, “I’m happy about tall order. That is our overarching goal,” said Mrs. Judith The school board’s approval of the campaign in February the decision to build a new sports complex, but I’m a little Swigart, Superintendent. set much into action. An investment in athletics will anxious about how it will affect the school price wise; The newly formed Greater Latrobe Partners in Education upgrade current fields and ultimately create an athletic/ however, it will make transportation to my track meets Foundation demonstrates the strong need to maintain wellness complex. Plans for the complex are becoming easier.” the distinctiveness of Greater Latrobe School District. a reality through the surveying, bidding and rendering In addition to the fundraising campaign, money for the Accentuating interaction with alumni and community, process. campaign will come through a bond issuance. The timing GLSD will embark on a unique campaign that is familiar to The current field areas behind the junior and senior allows the district to take advantage of historically low many colleges and universities. A culture of philanthropy, high complex will be transformed into a thriving athletic/ interest rates. “The issue that people need to understand is individuals making tax-free charitable contributions to the wellness center through the creation of two synthetic that a separation occurs between the way capital budgets school district, will support long-term programs. fields separated by a field house with meeting rooms, team and operating costs are funded,” explained Watson. “The “People are excited to give back to the school,” said rooms, locker rooms and storage facilities. A fifth tennis district could not borrow $10 million to pay for district Mrs. Jessica Golden, Center for Student Creativity court, six-lane track, batting cage, golf practice green, salaries, benefits, textbooks, supplies as the money is one Director. “Strong schools equal strong opportunity for the walking trail, and a basketball court are included in the time, while operating costs occur yearly.”
COMPLEX BY THE NUMBERS...
Construction to Begin in October
Total tennis courts
Million dollars: Total investment in aLL PROJECTS
Story field house with locker and team rooms
nEW synthetic Construction to fields TO BE End in October INSTALLED ~Compiled by Jimmy Singer, News Editor
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The planned improvements will bring GLSD up to a similar level as most local schools as most have artificial playing surfaces. “It’s not like we are doing something unheard of. If anything, we are behind the curve,” remarked Watson. GLSD is ensuring competitiveness, while ensuring safety for athletes and the community. “When it rains the field can be very muddy and hard to play on,” said senior softball player Rachel Conrad. “It takes a long time trying to fix the field to make it suitable to play on and effects our team by taking away practice time. Last year, it rained so much that we couldn’t make up all of our games because the field was too sloppy to play on.” South Western Pennsylvania weather is a constant factor for Mears. “The fact that we have so many muddy and torn up fields; it’s a safety issue,” remarked Mears. Students in physical education classes, athletes in lacrosse and the band will be more secure and safe in the new facility. Community members will also benefit from the complex. According to Swigart, the school district is the community. “It’s the one constant. It’s always, a community. That’s what we are made up of,” said Swigart. “It is a good thing. We are always improving, always moving forward.” Embarking on a capital campaign also means improvements to academics and arts, thus the entire community. According to Swigart, the academics piece involves a K-12 global classroom initiative, providing every classroom an interactive white board, student response systems, a teacher slate, and other technologies for specific classes and grades, like specialized globes for geography classes, furthering GLSD’s place of educational leadership.
“Global classrooms benefit all students,” remarked Swigart. Greater Latrobe High School’s special art collection is a distinctive feature of the district. Through the campaign, improvements will be made to initiate a similar art collection at the junior high to display existing student art work and promote the advancement of the fine arts. “I believe think students rise to the level of expectation,” said Swigart. “Once students are able to get connected [to art], we will see the same results we see in the high school, which is total respect for what is there.” Greater Latrobe School District’s students, alumni, administrators, faculty and community members share excitement to keep the district’s curriculum global. Vouchers and state legislature will give the opportunity of choice for public education. Because of the facilities, GLSD will remain strong and welcoming. “As a district, we have to be fiscally responsible with tax payer dollars but at same time look into the future to maintain the competitive, cutting-edge attributes of Greater Latrobe,” said Watson. Swigart shares similar feelings and hopes for a strong future of the district. “It’s really two folded, first to maintain and improve programming K-12. In order to do that though you have to continue to hire excellent staff, maintain facilities, and continue to recognize that you are responsible for the community educational system. The second part is being fiscally responsible,” she said. “I believe 100% in public education. It is the keystone of what makes Pennsylvania great, providing a quality education for every student – that’s what we are here to do at GLSD,” said Swigart.
Timeline:GLSD in Comparison
Is now the right time to make such an investment? How will it impact you? “I think this is a very large investment for the school to make. While it may be beneficial for the sports teams, it puts too much focus on sports and athletics rather than academics for the school. I am not an athlete, so it wont affect me that much.” –Christian Majorsky, senior “I think it would be a good decision. It would help increase our athletics performance and also boost school spirit. I think it’s a good idea but it is a lot of money.” –Lauren Truxal, senior “I believe this is a very large amount of money. We have 4 fields available to us already… Why do we need another? It would be really nice, but is it necessary? It would provide a new place to practice.” –Hannah Armor, junior “I feel that it can be a major improvement, but am upset it will not be done while I attending Latrobe. It’s a decent time, though. It won’t impact me because I will have graduated, but it will offer students more opportunities to tone and improve their skills.” –Chris Carbone, junior
“I think the school should make the investment because I think that sports are a very important thing in today’s society and they also help keep people from being overweight. The complex will allow students to get together and watch sports.” –Brandon Lawrence, junior “I think it’s a great idea. It’s a chance to bring new facilities to the school, like hopefully a brand new baseball field. It won’t really impact me because it probably won’t be finished until my senior year. It may encourage other students to try sports.” –Alex Powell, sophomore “Why would you build a sports complex when you don’t even have enough money to keep teachers? The sports complex is bogus.” –Vincent Regula, senior “I feel like it’s a good idea, but this probably isn’t the best time to start such an expensive project. It would be nice to have a stadium closer to the school.” –Ivy Prengaman, junior “The school received a big loan for the complex so I approve of it. I won’t have to drive to the stadium for track practice.” –Alex Sfipanovich, junior
~Compiled by Jimmy Singer, News Editor
Many of GLSD’s neighboring school districts have had turf complexes for over ten years. With the plans for improvements, Greater Latrobe will make the list. *=Replacement Facility
Norwin Penn Trafford Hempfield
*Norwin *Penn Trafford *Hempfield
~Compiled by Jimmy Singer, News Editor
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8 • Features
Preparation for Prom Night 2012
“Some Hearts Just Get Lucky” May 11, 2012 Grand March 5:00PM Senior High Auditorium Prom starts at 6:00PM ends at 12:00AM Ramada Inn (Greensburg) $90/couple & $45/person
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How did your date ask you?
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Who are you going with? “I’m going with my boyfriend, Trevor Love. We’ve been dating for two years. We’re going with our friends who are dating too..” -Cortney Grossman, junior “I’m taking someone from another school. There are many things to do, so word of advice is to ask early so you won’t be rushed.” -Blake Reeping, junior “I’m excited for prom because not too many sophomores get the chance to go. I get the chance to have fun and it’s awesome because I have the best boyfriend in the world.” -Courtney Dean, sophomore “I’m going to prom with a kid whose girl broke up with him and is bringing her new boyfriend to prom. I’m there to make her jealous...” -Katie Daugherty, junior
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“I was at a Pens game with my friend Jesse Arandas and it came up on the screen ‘Tera, will you go to prom with me?’ My face then came up on the big screen with my reaction. Lets go Pens!” –Tera Pettina, senior “I was at his pool over the summer and he just asked me.” –Elly Hu, senior “I bought a shamrock shake and a ¼ sheet St. Patrick’s day themed chocolate cake because mint and chocolate are her favorite foods —David Moffa, senior “Vinnie just said, ‘we are going right?’” –Lauren Truxal, senior “I went to her house and asked her with cupcakes that spelled out prom with her favorite candy in the icing.” –Ryan Staffen, senior “Scott dyed ‘PROM?’ on an Easter egg and of course I said yes!” –Taylor Smail, senior “Will and I were driving home from a hockey game and he handed me a cookie cake at a stop light with ‘Prom?’ written in icing.” –Alex Palmer, senior ~Compiled by Stevie Huston, Reporter
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Vietnam Class Visits Washington D.C. Students were given the opportunity to view what they have been learning about all year
Above, senior Lucas Bureau and junior Shane Jogun find the name of a veteran who served in the Vietnam War and sketch it onto paper. Right, junior Ben Biss also inscribes a Veteran’s name from the memorial. The trip provided a real life application of the class.
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“The moment that I was taken by was to see Colonel Loizer etch the name of his best friend who was killed, and the emotion that he showed. That moment brought the wall to life and helped me realize they are not just names,” said senior Dan Kubus. Visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. brought what students had learned in the Vietnam class to life right before their eyes. On March 29, 2012, 23 Vietnam students along with teachers and Vietnam Veterans, traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the Vietnam Memorial and other famous places in and around the D.C. Area. This trip is offered to all students enrolled in the Vietnam class. Vietnam students visit the memorial because it shows 58,000 names, 58,000 lives that were disrupted because of war. The Vietnam War is a war that is often put on the back-burner or ignored by most people. The wall brings the war home to all people who have the opportunity to see it. It also gives reverence and respect to fallen heroes. These students had the unique opportunity to experience the memorial for the first time along with Colonel Loizer, a Vietnam Veteran, who visited this memorial for the first time as well. For the past two trips to D.C., Veterans accompanied students on the trip. “Having Veterans on the trip added enormously to the trip,” said Vietnam teacher Mr. Wetzel. “It was an invaluable experience, and I had to take a step back to take the whole experience in.” Having Veterans accompany students also personalized the trip for students. Throughout the year, students listened to many Veterans who shared their story with the class. “It was very interesting to see the Veterans reactions to the memorial,” explained senior Phil Schnupp. Schnupp enrolled in the Army last year and has completed basic training. Hearing the true stories of the Vietnam War from people who experienced it gave the Vietnam class a personal connection to what they learned in class through a textbook.
What was your favorite part of the trip? “The changing of the guards ceremony. I was very moved by the reverence of it.” –Phil Schnupp, senior
“I liked seeing the Vietnam memorial itself. It gave me a new perspective on just how many people died by looking at the size of the wall.” –Dan McNerny, junior “I liked seeing all of the monuments and being able to talk to the veterans who were there with us.” –Johnnie Fircetz junior “My favorite part was the wall and seeing Washington D.C. It impacted me in such a positive way that I want to go back. It is definitely a good experience, and even better that the veterans went with us.” –Jake Uncaphar, senior “Having Pappy tell us stories.” –Nathan Bryan, senior “My favorite part of the trip was the changing of the guard and seeing all the memorials. It made me appreciate history more.” –Chris Carbone, junior “My favorite part of the Vietnam trip was visiting Arlington. The person who I researched for my final project was buried there. Although I didn’t get a chance to visit his grave, it helped me put the men and womens’ sacrifices into focus.” –Rebekah Guidas, junior “Just visiting the war memorials for the first time.” –Lucas Bureau, senior
10 • In-Depth
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Students Stand Up to Stop Bullying Samantha Prasnitz Reporter “A knife across a plate makes the sound of need on hate.” –Jewel (Grey Matter). Jewel’s lyrics express that every act or verbal expression of hatred scar the soul deeper than anyone could ever know. Despite efforts to end the hurt, students of all ages face the realities in and out of school harassment from their peers every day. Sixty percent of American youth witness bullying at least once a day (antibullying.net). In recent years, the popularity of technology has made it easier for bullies to reach their victims, but traditional forms, such as physical, verbal and emotional harassment still persist. Parents, teachers and peers alike must act on ending harassment, before drastic decisions end life permanently. Kristina Calco, 15, was subjected to nonstop harassment from her peers which led her to make a permanent decision. On December 4, 2005, she committed suicide at her home in Portage, Michigan. Calco was exposed to hatred, according to jaredstory.com. Every day at school, a group of boys taunted her by calling her hurtful names and making negative comments concerning her appearance. Kristina’s friends consoled her and reassured her intellect and beauty. Yet to Kristina, suicide seemed to be the only way that she would be able to escape the pain. Even with help from her friends, Kristina made a permanent decision by ending her life because the constant torment never seemed to end. To some, suicide seems to be the only way to escape relentless torment from their peers. Harassed teenagers are nine times more likely to consider suicide, than non-victims (bullyingstatistics.org.) Actions that cause these feelings must be prevented by those who are witnessing the situation. Rolling Stone exposed the truth about the severity of ignoring harassment in a high school in Anoka, Minnesota. “School of Hate” addressed the loss of nine students in two years at Fred Moore Middle School. The victims, harassed because of their sexual orientation, found no help and chose to make irreversible decisions. According to the article, “When she(one of the victims) told administrators about the abuse, they were strangely unresponsive.” After one of the bullying incidents, the principal reportedly told the victim to “prepare herself the next round of teasing with snappy comebacks.” The ‘snappy comebacks’ proved no match for the victims
who numbered nine at the end of a two year span. Victims from Fred Moore Middle School reported verbal abuse, but due to the lack of support, received no guidance. “No one would come to her aid for fear of violating the district wide policy requiring school personnel to stay ‘neutral’ on issues of homosexuality.” The number of suicides reached nine because the members of Fred Moore Middle School did not take the proper action to end the harassment. Schools must realize that their impact on ending harassment is critical to saving student lives. When both real and virtual harassment come into school any person has the responsibility to report it. Greater Latrobe school board encourages open communication to end harassment. By providing mediation in situations brought to their attention, Greater Latrobe addresses the issues and puts an end to them before it becomes too late. According to the Washington Post, only 17% of victims report bullying, an alarmingly low number compared to the number of teens who claim they have been bullied. Victims, teachers, and witnesses are all responsible for advising administrators about any type of harmful activity. Even if the harassment occurs online, school staff can take action against the perpetrator, if it interrupts the educational process. Reporting harassment to teachers, guidance counselors and administrations will ensure students proper mediation in many situations. Harassment has evolved from “staying in the school yard” into continuous harassment at home because of social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. Simple disagreements, even as simple as who you are going to the gym with or a relationship becoming ‘Facebook official’, can break out as fights in the hallways or lunchroom. Teens used to be able to escape the tormenting of peers in the safety of their homes, but now those safeties have been broken down by the frequent use and availability of technology and the internet. Situations that happen at home are brought into the school in an exaggerated emotional situation. “From the school’s
60% of American Youth witness bullying at least once every day
perspective, there’s only so much we can control due to Facebook and Twitter and everything, it creates a sort of the bully behind technology. People feel much more powerful when they are hiding behind the screen,” said guidance counselor Ms. Hager. Without any real mediating situations can get take out of hand. The cafeteria, hallways and classrooms become the battle ground that start over a boyfriend or a misread post. All of these situations can be avoided if the problems are solved with the help of a mediator, an idea that administration strongly enforces, which includes sitting down with all parties in the disagreement and talks through the problems. The traditional forms of harassment are still just as harmful. On February 15, 2012 an instance of verbal abuse occurred at Laurel Highlands High School. According to wpxi.com, the victim, Torrey Wakala, was repeatedly being referred to as a racial slur by a classmate. Wakala was disgusted with the offensive language that was used without consequence, so she retaliated physically. Wakala could not handle the constant abuse so she punched her classmate. Wakala was suspended for three-days and the boy was later suspended, and apologized to Wakala. Reasons for harassment can range from sexual orientation to race and religion, the simple solution for to end this harassment is tolerance, accepting everyone for who they are. Social status and ethnic backgrounds are not sole characteristics of individuals, but minute details that are part of amazing people. “Harassment is idiotic, there are so many songs out now that promote being different, but as soon as somebody shows their difference, people jump on it as an opportunity to harass them,” expresses sophomore Marina Shenouda. Tolerance doesn’t mean that you have to be friends with someone, but it does mean that you have to treat them with the respect that you believe you should be treated with. Being kind to everyone is crucial. Standing up for yourself, and for those around you is an honorable quality. Students, teachers, parents and administration must work together to end the bullying that no longer just occurs in schools but at all levels, constantly beating down upon its victims.
Only 17% of victims report bullying
42% of students in the United States have been cyber bullied
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The Pains of Harassment
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consequences for students who intentionally hurt someone else, whether physical or emotional. Did you ever find yourself depressed over something The scars that harassment leave go deeper than the right-out mean someone said to you in school? What surface. As senior Lauren Hennessey put it, “Bullying about going home early and upset because people really hurts people. It sometimes seems like people would not quit harassing you? These situations are just say mean words, but in reality, they cause real pain results of bullying, because bullying hurts and really for people. It’s harder to blow off for some kids than leaves an impact on people. All forms of bullying, others would like to think.” Although victims may whether verbal or physical, are harassment and need seem fine on the surface, harassment can leave them to be ended. Disclaiming the idea that harassment feeling self-conscious and as if they are worthless. just leaves a temporary hurt, the words that cut the “The bottom line is every person in this school victims deep leaves them hurting for years. It needs should feel safe. When someone no longer feels safe, to be stopped, there needs to be consequences. we need to address it,” said Principal Mr. LoCascio. Harassment is beyond simply Harassment can leave hurting someone’s feelings and deep and painful scars. It has become a life or death issue, as may not seem possible, is proven by the countless suicides. but some will remember This generation breaks people the hurt for the rest of down instead of lifting them their lives, which may be up. Fortunately, horrible hazing cut short if a fatal decision - Mr. LoCascio, Principal is made. Yale University sprees or painful fist fights are not prominent at Greater Latrobe, found that victims of but harassment exists, both bullying are between mentally and physically. The problem with bullying 2-9 times more likely to consider suicide. is that something that may seem insignificant to one Some people bully in order to make themselves person is extremely humiliating for someone else. feel strong and some bully to try to forget Greater Latrobe has stepped up on the issue of their own hurt. The only way to stop bullying harassment, both in and outside of school. “There is to take good care of each other and respect has been, by our district, an idea and movement one another with kindness. Bullying must be toward implementing a formal program as part of stopped, and we are the only ones who can. the curriculum that focuses on bullying and makes Human value comes from the basic fact that people aware of it and how to handle it, how to be everyone has equal rights and deserves equal more aware of people’s actions and respecting each treatment. Simply agreeing to treat each other equally other,” said guidance counselor Ms. Hager. These and kindly can end this problem. Step up. Take a situations include people calling each other out stand. Let’s not throw harsh words at each other, on Facebook or Twitter and bringing the anger let’s not risk pushing someone to death, let’s not or pain into school. Schools are implementing risk leaving someone with scars that will never heal.
“The bottom line is every person in this school should feel safe.”
Standing Up to Break the forced Silence
The New Form of Bullying
Maria Yokopenic Reporter Phones were once corded and computers were as big as a classroom. To many of us, this seems like the Stone Age. Text messages, Twitter, Facebook and instant messaging were probably not even an idea for the future. Cell phones weren’t pocket size and people talked to one another using only the muscles in their mouths and not their hands. Sure friends’ get in disagreements, any normal relationship would. Although, instead of working out issues face to face in a mature way, fights over the internet happen instead. Whatever happened to “talk it out”? Talking does not mean commenting back and forth on facebook, or tweeting to one another because in the end that isn’t going to solve anything! Over the internet, people easily have the power to blow things out of proportion. If everything that is able to be said in the safety of a home, hidden behind a computer screen, could be said in a real life situation…would it? The feeling of the power behind the keyboard becomes overwhelming to the point where nobody knows what has been said, until the regret sinks in a few hours later, a few fights later, a few broken relationships later. It’s easy to get carried away knowing that the worst that could happen is a few choice words being said and there is no threat of a physical altercation. It’s not worth it to destroy a friendship because of the immature things that people are saying online Granted, misinterpreted statuses are mainly what triggers fights online. It’s the whole concept of sharing too much information with everybody and sometimes forgetting that when you post something, anybody can see that status. All of those 700 plus friends can see everything that is written. When a situation occurs that can be upsetting such as a status, a picture, or perhaps a new relationship, instead of talking about it, a comeback is quickly written, and the sparks ignite. There is no tone or mood to an updated status and sometimes that is how things get misunderstood and lead to something far worse than they should be. It gets down to “he said she said” and the harsh comments that are made ruin the relationship that may have once been. In the blink of an eye charges could be pressed, things get out of control, out of hands. What is the fear of confrontation? The power behind the keyboard becomes amusing to many and knowing that one is safe in the privacy of a home. Feeling untouchable, just because a few harsh words could be commented and there is nothing that can be done. When in the end, those powerful words that were typed wouldn’t stand a chance in a face to face confrontation. The only thing left behind; a rage of emotion, maybe a few shed tears, but most importantly…a broken and battered relationship. Face to face; solve the problem, before it gets worse.
A bill filed March 29 in the Missouri House of Representatives and sent to the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee would prohibit any discussion of sexual orientation in the classroom which raised questions about First Amendment Rights. “Not withstanding any other law to the contrary, no instruction, material, or extracurricular activity sponsored by a public school that discusses sexual orientation other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction shall be provided in any public school.” Information From The Turner Report
Break the silence of bullied gay, lesbians, transgender and bisexual adolescents on April 20, the Day of Silence. Multiple students participated by refusing to speak for entire day. They are protesting the silence forced onto teens about their true sexuality, in fear of being bullied and harassed. Breaking the silence is only the first step in creating the respect that gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual teens that they deserve. It is a bold move for anyone who is willing to participate.
~Compiled by Maria Yokopenic, Reporter
Photograph By Kaitlin Newingham
Greater Latrobe Ensures Student Safety
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With the recent numbers of bomb threats in the news and in our school, ensuring student safety has become the main worry of both students and parents. Kaitlin Newingham In-Depth Editor School should be a place where students feel safe and have the ability to learn in a comfortable environment. Any act that disrupts this causes major inconveniences for an entire school district and the community surrounding it. In 2010, Greater Latrobe evacuated students from the senior high due to a bomb threat found on a bathroom wall. Students lost an afternoon of classes and students were bussed home early without belongings, including cell phones, cars and homework, as new fear set in. “Being evacuated was definitely an inconvenience, but I’m glad that our school took the appropriate measures to keep us safe,” said senior David Moffa. The evacuation illuminated student safety as a first priority and proved that even inconvenient measures had to be taken. During the 2011-12 school year two bomb threats, both which were handled with measures that did not include evacuation, caused disturbances at Greater Latrobe. Despite this, the first threat required all students to be searched the following day upon entering the school. The second almost caused an evacuation but administration found reason to believe that the school was safe before those actions were taken. Safety becomes any schools first priority in bomb threat situations and all measures must be taken to ensure student and faculty well being. Threats at Greater Latrobe have fortunately been few, but the University of Pittsburgh has not been as lucky. Since the middle of February the University of Pittsburgh has received over a hundred bomb threats, disrupting daily life for students and faculty of the university. Just like at Greater Latrobe, safety becomes PITT’s first priority, causing evacuations of the threatened. PITT students
have been forced to leave dormitories in the middle of the night, classes have been canceled and posted online , exams have been altered and students were not permitted to carry backpacks to and from classes. “For examinations, Professors have had to change most of our exams to online, which has been nice, since you can just sit in your bed and take a final yet frustrating, because you have to rely on your internet to work, because if your web browser screws up, more than likely you’re getting a zero,” said PITT sophomore Kaitlin Paul. Although the lives these students have been disrupted, they can feel safe knowing that all necessary measures have been taken, both at the university and high school levels. Greater Latrobe follows a set of procedures as soon as a threat is received. “Bomb threats demand immediate attention and become a main priority as soon as one is received,” said Principal Mr. LoCascio. Immediately duties are divided within school and district administration and the state police are contacted. Plans for evacuation are set into action and safety of the students and staff becomes the main focus. Every bomb threat at Greater Latrobe triggers a series of investigative measures which range from considering the information found directly in the threat to any other information that can be gathered about the time in which it may have been written. Despite the level of bomb threat measures are taken to ensure safety until the threat is dispelled and administrators are sure that the school is safe. The level of the threat is determined by the timing and information provided, in time crunch situations administration must act quickly to ensure safety. In some cases, including the threats found in 2010 and this school year, bag checks are
used to guarantee safety and discourage any student from bringing in a bomb. “When we perform bag checks before school we’re not necessarily looking for tobacco or drugs, our goal is to identify anything that can cause danger to our school,” said Assistant Principal Mr. Krehlik. After the threat is justified as just a threat, the search begins for the culprit, if one has not already come forward. The culprit faces not only school punishments, such as expulsion, but federal charges as well. Restitution is one of the charges that a student may face, which includes compensating for lost wages and the costs of all affected by their actions including salaries or all teachers, staff and administration of the school on top of that of the police officers who must work on the case. Area schools, such as Greensburg Salem and Connellsville, have experienced bomb threats similar to that at Greater Latrobe. For each situation schools have go through procedures meant to make certain school safety. “I feel pretty safe. Our school has a good evacuation plan for us. The only thing to complain about is that a lot of the students don’t take it very seriously. Someday if something very serious was to happen and students at our school didn’t act mature many people could get hurt!” said Greensburg student Faith Milburn. In any school environment, safety is the first priority. Greater Latrobe focuses on eliminating any danger as soon as it is brought to their attention. Students should feel like they can learn and flourish in a safe and comfortable environment for all.
Above, students assemble outside after an unexpected fire alarm sounded on April 19, 2012, a precaution similar to those taken when a bomb threat is received.
Photograph by Jimmy Singer
Past and Present Students on Bomb Threats in School
“We actually had two bomb threats this year, but definitely not as crazy as what PITT is dealing with. My life wasn’t really affected by the threats because PITT has received so many that I looked at it as a copycat. Bomb threats should be taken seriously but myself along with others assumed it was a prank. However, the PITT bomb threats affect me more because I have friends that go there and I pray that they finish out the semester safely. It is hard to imagine that something this drastic would just stop and have no outcome.” - Maria Graziano, Freshman at Point Park “The bomb threats at PITT haven’t affected my daily life too much. A few of my classes have been evacuated and we have gotten some in the middle of the night. Those are probably the most disruptive. The school has adapted really well I believe. Some classes have been rescheduled or been moved to different places in and around Oakland, and the Pitt Police Force has absolutely been excellent in this whole matter. Those guys deserve so much thanks and we have been really appreciative of them. Also, instead of this tearing apart our school, it has made us become closer. We are all taking it in stride, and I believe that PITT is going to be just fine” -Justin Kilmchak, Freshman at PITT “However now that classes are done and I’ve been studying for finals, I have been evacuated from the library twice which has been frustrating when you’re trying to work on a paper or study. Most of my sympathy goes out to the students who still live on campus, luckily by living off campus, I have made my apartment available to my teammates on the crew team, if they want to get a decent night’s sleep they text or call me and i just let them crash on my couch. I’ve had several people stay over at my apartment the past month at different times so they can just avoid being evacuated in the middle of the night. It’s a very unfortunate situation that has brought on a lot of stress and anxiety but as the just like the shirts say that the student government board has been handing out to “Keep Calm and Hail to Pitt!”” -Kaitlin Paul, Sophomore at PITT “I feel as safe as I had before all the threats. The school takes it seriously, and I think that even though someone makes a threat, they aren’t really going to bring a bomb to school. I feel that bomb threats are idiotic and I can’t possibly fathom why anyone would want to make one.” -Emilie Samella, Sophomore at Greater Latrobe “I’m kind of in the middle with it because I don’t feel safe because that’s all we have are bomb threats and they don’t even dismiss us from the school even when there is one because a bomb can look like anything they just don’t know and I do feel safe because they do check for bombs.” -Krista Lawrence, Sophomore at Greater Latrobe
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Opinions • 13
Senioritis of a Hard(ly) Working Senior Senioritis subsides with the ending of senior year
A common disease has been making its rounds around high schools across the country, throughout this entire school year. Now that spring break is over, the sun has come out for good leaving us with seventy-degree weather. Only one month of school remains, this disease, otherwise known as senioritis is spreading like wildfire. Fact: Senioritis is a real problem that seniors face every single year for as long as we can remember. Myth: There is not a cure. Now, the cure isn’t medication this timewisdom, experience, and the fact that graduation is just a blink of an eye away for seniors proves that this disease is controllable; we just adapt to senioritis without even realizing it. Procrastination is a main side effect of senioritis and it’s an issue that I struggle with as well as with the majority of senior high school students. The thought, “Why should I start this project now when I have a week to get it finished?” constantly runs through our minds. Then the following week creeps up on us and panic mode begins realizing that nothing was ever started. I typically reserve the night or two before the project or assignment is due for cramming and late-night struggling to finish it for the following day. Waiting until the night before the due date to write 53 note cards for AP Calculus was not a smart idea on my part, but I managed to get them finished on time even though my stress level was
You Know You’re a SENIOR! When.... “You do not carry any writing utensils with you.” ~Dan Sarver
“You stop doing your homework, even in homeroom.” ~Stacia Kissell
“You don’t use your locker anymore.” ~Phil Shnupp
“You need two cups of coffee every morning.” ~Amberlyn Sacchetti
sky-high. That day was procrastination at its finest and, believe it or not, I usually work better under this pressure because I manage to get my work done faster, and more efficiently. Maybe senioritis is actually preparing me for my first year in college. If someone walked up to me and said that they have never procrastinated in their life, I wouldn’t believe them in a million years. Everyone, especially seniors procrastinate at times when it comes to school. We have grown to learn how to work to our best ability under this “procrastination” pressure with getting homework finished or cram studying in a limited amount of time. Seniors have learned how to use 15 minutes of homeroom and 43 minutes of study hall effectively to complete assignments due that day. Staying up past midnight finishing homework because we decided to start homework at 11 p.m. is normal now and somehow, a miracle occurs where we can still roll out of bed at 6:30 in the morning, throw yoga pants and a T-shirt on because it’s the quickest thing to change into, and make it to homeroom on time, fingers crossed that there is an empty parking space in the main lot. We know what we can handle when it comes to procrastination only because of all the experience we have as seniors. Let’s face it; everyone who procrastinates in high school, including myself, will probably end up doing it in college
too. It is not the end of the world though because we are used to late-nights studying, cramming the night before an assignment is due, and our limits. Senioritis begins to subside when you look at your calendar and your summer is already booked with graduation parties to attend, college orientation, senior week, and of course, dorm room shopping with mom. There is so much to look forward to so, the entire month of May needs to be enjoyed as much as possible because after this, there will never be a day of high school again. Unless you plan to be a F.I.G. (Forgot I Graduated) of course. Once AP testing is over, AP classes will be simple with not nearly as much work, for journalism students, only two more issues of the High Post to get out on time, for yearbook students, the book is finished and sent, and all of the other classes will be coming to an end before we know it. Seniors have their last prom to look forward to, and the most important event that we have worked 12 years to achieve that proves senioritis is gone-graduation. Before we know it we will be on stage with the people we have grown up with, receiving our diplomas, and throwing our caps in the air as a united student body. We will be able to proudly say that we never let senioritis get in the way of our accomplishment. ~Compiled by Rachel Stauffer, Features Editor
Senior Bucket List
• Pull a senior prank. But remember, if you decide to graffiti, spell ‘seniors’ correctly. • Try to attend as many sporting events to display school spirit. No matter the sport, cheering on in orange and black can create fond memories. Try catching the girls softball team who are continuously winning, or the boys lacrosse team with their excellent season. • Attend prom. The biggest high school cliché but it creates fabulous memories. • Don’t over procrastinate. Don’t wait to the last minute to study for all of your finals coming up! • Collect a copy of Miss Riebel’s MLA guidelines for future college reports. • Have a “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” type of day. One day of skipping to experience all Latrobe has to offer. Go eat a banana split, golf at Statler’s, walk around Twin Lakes, or swim in Latrobe pool. • Grab some astronomy charts from Mr. Brant’s room so you can impress your college friends by pointing out a constellation like Camelopardalis. • Get an A in –insert your hardest class in your schedule here-. • Even if you just want to fall asleep in a class like drivers ed., stay alert and awake. Falling asleep can be as tempting as blowing homework off and procrastinating, but continue to work in class. • Visit your favorite teachers, like Mr. Wilkins or Mr. Girt , from the past that you won’t see ever again. • Take tons of pictures of your final memories like time spent with friends to remember the class of 2012! Then, make a scrapbook of all of these fun times so you can always look back and remember. • Spend as much time as possible with friends before it’s too late. Take seminar period, homeroom, and in between classes to catch up with friends. • Don’t be afraid to make new friends by starting up a conversation or picking someone new as a project partner. You may have seen this person everyday for the past twelve years, but you may just now connect. Even if you won’t see them again soon, you will create memorable experiences. ~Compiled by Klaudia Long, Opinions Editor • Graduate on June 1st.
“You spend more time in the halls than in class.” ~Nick Rubino
“You look around the classroom and everyone’s eyes are dead.” ~Drew Eline
“You wake up at 6:30am and say “Well I’m already late, might as well not go in.’” ~Bryan Brasile
“You stay up really late to do your homework, but you still can’t get it done.” ~Jen Brown
~Compiled by Lizzie Ruppen, Print Editor
14 • Sports
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Spring Sports Update Current Record: 7-4 Norwin Game: led by junior middle hitter Joe Wojciechowski with 14 kills -Sophomore Keving Gibson with 11 kills -Senior John Skoloda with 45 assists “My vision for this season is the team coming together as one to take the section, the WPIAL, and bring the state championship home. We have what it takes… From the ashes of defeat comes victory. We are ready!” –John Skoloda, senior
Chad Kissell won Section Singles Trevor Octavio and Chad Kissell took first at Section Doubles Doug Smeltzer is playing at UPG Current Record:7-3
“I hope to win team sections since that is something I have never experienced and I believe the team is more than capable.” –Trevor Octavio, senior Upcoming Home Games: 5/2 vs. Altoona at 3:30
Current Record: 5-6
Leading scorer is Stacia Kissell with 48 goals Current Record: 3-10
Two games were won in overtime The boys are still in the running for playoffs
“I picture us doing extremely well and improving our flaws from last season” –Amanda Pletcher, senior
Upcoming Home Games: 5/4 vs. Ellis School at 4:00 5/7 vs. GCC at 7:30
“This season we are playing more as a team and all the players are focused on the game and what we can do to be both better as a team and individually.” –Zach Daigle, senior
Photograph Provided By Mark Bereit
Current Record: 4-3 Record: April Krivoniak-Javlein 117’ 4”
Upcoming Home Games: 5/11: 9th and 10th grade invitational at 3:30
Upcoming Home Games: 5/4 vs. Shaler at 7:30 5/9 vs. Norwin at 7:30 Current Record: 5-2 Record: Jeff Elam -110 Meter Hurdles-14.87s -300 Meter Hurdles-38.38s “I want our team to win the team title at the state meet and individually I want to win four WPIAL gold medals and place in four events at the state meet.” –Jeff Elam, senior
“I want to break the school record in the triple jump because I am really close to it and qualify for states in the long and triple jumps” –Annie Jakubek, senior
Girls Track & Field
Upcoming Home Games: 5/3 vs. Penn Hills at 7:30 5/10 vs. Hempfield at 7:30
Boys Track & Field
Upcoming Home Games: 5/11: 9th and 10th grade invitational at 3:30
Photograph By Shea Augustine
Current Record: 5-8 Jordan Giannini is playing at IUP next year 11-2 victory over Albert Gallitin
Current Record: 8-5 Emily Banner brought in winning runs with a double against Connellsville
“I see us getting deep into the playoffs. With a close knit team like we are, there is no telling how far we can go.” –Derrick Zavatsky, senior
“I’m hoping to get to states and go undefeated this season, I am also looking forward to messing around in the outfield with Emily Yokopenic.” –Emily Banner, senior
Girls Softball Photographs By Bree Tryon
Upcoming Home Games: 5/4 vs. Pine Richland at 4:00
Upcoming Home Games: 5/1 vs. Norwin at 4:15 5/9 vs. Franklin Regional at 4:15
~Page Compiled by Stevie Huston, Maria Yokapenic, Kate Stallings, and Shea Augustine
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16 • Features
Getting To Know Greater Latrobe’s Personality
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MICHAEL SISAK SOphomore
My nicknames include...
My passion is...
Watching the Pittsburgh Penguins
Disagreeing with others
One word to describe me is... When I was 10, I wanted to be...
A Nascar driver
The song or group that always gets me on the dance floor... If I’m eating fast food, you’ll find me here... The best movie I’ve seen in the past year...
Able to read Any bluegrass music T-bell
I’m not sure...
Optimistic 10 and a half Ignition (remix) Wendy’s
Exhilarating A Chippendale For My Dawgs... Chick-fil-A
Hot Tub Time Machine
Dazed and Confused
People would be surprised to know that...
I live on a farm
I was briefly married to Kim Kardashian
I’m going to SVC
I’m a ‘good kid’
My quirkiest inherited trait...
The best mistake I’ve ever made...
Missing a flight to Florida; it was forced to go down due to engine failures
How is that possible?
My favorite thing about Latrobe is...
Arnold Palmer Iced Tea
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”
“Stupid is as stupid does”
My favorite quote is...
Not making the golf team in 9th grade My friends “Just taaaap it in” -Happy Gilmore
Going to Santa’s Workshop “The Stix” “Risk it like a biscuit”
~Compiled by Jimmy Singer, News Editor