The Stinger This Just-In ILY Seniors
It didn’t matter how I felt beforehand. Trekking the hallways, I could be close to tears as I sometimes was in the morning (I mean, come on; it’s upsetting that I have to get up at 5:30). But once I marched into that room, I knew I’d come out laughing. The Stinger has changed my life, and I don’t just mean the paper. The people here are unbelievably magnificent. I feel like I talk about The Stinger most of the time, but other people might not understand just how magical that back room in 559 really is. I know one morning I came in basically crying because I knew I was losing a friend. I entered as Queen Bee Kitty was showing Ms. Reaman and Maura her chicken corsage from KFC for her prom date. That brought a smile to my face. Then, I remembered I had something to show off: my driver’s license that I had earned the day before. Greeted by genuine congratulations, I beamed. Soon after, Maura explained her plan to straighten our very own Dave Heiney’s hair to discover its true length. Almost as if on cue, Dave trudged in unaware of the event about to take place. As Maura let down the beautiful mane that is Dave’s hair, a crowd of former and incoming editors formed in the back. Everyone wanted to see the impossible done. Another time we all did the boys vs. girls ice cream eating contest. We gathered in a cute shop, and each team started yelling ice cream flavors and toppings out to order to our 14 scoop monstrosity. We gathered in the back of the shop dragging three tables together as we all wanted to sit together. As the two giant bowls of ice cream came out, we took pictures and dove in. I can tell you this; most of the girl’s least favorite flavor was my choice: the chocolate banana. The seven girls pulled together as a team and chowed to victory. Then, we ended up helping out the poor four boys. All of us on The Stinger make a really great team. That’s what I will to miss most about this year. All of us are like a big family, and these seniors are my big brothers and sisters. This year we are saying goodbye to nine seniors. There’s Steve, the sports genius, who usually quiet, sometimes randomly makes some hilarious remark. There’s Emma, the beautiful fashionista who sews prom dresses and will jam to Disney music with me during production. There’s Eamon, the music prodigy who snags many awards for his reviews and helped me fight dreaded InDesign beast when we both hadn’t quite mastered it yet. And Savannah, also known as the headline queen, who became the most creative person I know. If anyone can help with original wording or design, it’s Savannah. And Dave who answers any call for help in Photoshop and always says hi to me in the hallway. Destiny, who spends her lunch with me in the back while discussing current events and celebrities with me and co-wrote the biggest reporting story I have ever written. Kevin, whom I can count on to make me laugh and also to pass me a lollipop when my breath smelled like a garlic explosion. And finally, there’s Kitty. Kitty was the only person I knew on paper when I started as copy editor. I admired Kitty from the moment I walked in Stinger. She would do anything to get her stories finished. Most editors in the back considered Kitty to be perfect. She could basically do anything, and it would be done perfectly. As an honest and very, very helpful editor in-chief, Kitty definitely impacted my decision to follow in her footsteps and apply to be editor-in-chief. And because of these seniors, my column is going in this spot. There is one person who has impacted each and every one of these seniors, and that person is Ms. Reaman. She gathered all these people here in this special part of the school we call home. From editing our articles to listening about our lives, we have been blessed to have found a teacher in this school as generous and supportive as her, and I’d like to say thank you to her for introducing me to these wonderfully fun seniors. So seniors, I want to thank all of you for the positive impacts you’ve had on me and the rest of the staff. I hope I can make half of an impact on the incoming editors next year, and I wish you the best of luck in your future. You guys got this.
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Farewell, Seniors As I begin my final column of the 2013-2014 school year with tears welling in the corners of my eyes and the occasional sniffle in my nose, it’s hard to believe that in just a few short days some of the most interesting, talented, and dedicated kids I know will leave the little corner in the back of the Stinger room for the last time. I can still remember my first production last year, sitting amongst the chaos and feeling so special to be a part of something that was bigger than me. I recall observing everyone’s little production ticks, like spontaneous dance parties, laughing till tears pool at the corner of one’s eyes, or perhaps the most common habit: stress eating. I sat there picturing what this year would bring. What memories I would add to my mental scrapbook. What friendships I would make. I can say without a doubt that my experience in the Stinger this year surpassed any expectations that I could have cooked up in my little freshman brain last May, thanks to a special group of people. Seniors, that’s you. This year truly wouldn’t have been the same without you. It wouldn’t have been second period without the enticing smell of Kevin’s perfectly brewed coffee wafting through the room as I sat typing furiously away on Quizlet. It wouldn’t have been fifth period without a completely BS’ed presentation by Dave, making the entire class erupt in laughter at every nonsense answer and crazy hair shake. It wouldn’t have been eighth period without a prom discussion between Emma and Sav, as the rest of us girls listened intently. Although it pains me to say this, and I find it quite surprising that my fingers are typing these words, I might actually miss Kitty’s scream-o “production pump-up” music that blasted from a Mac as I sat fiddling with InDesign, ready to chuck my computer out of one of the 10 windows in the Stinger room. I really am going to miss you all, and everything that came with your place in the Stinger, from Steve’s chicken jokes to Kitty’s broom flying. Emma, I would just like to take this time to address you directly, because I really don’t think you know much you’ve impacted me this year. When I first met you at that ungodly hot cross-country practice last August, little did I know how close we would become. Your constant support through cross country, track, and the Stinger created lasting memories that will remain with me long after you and I both leave Emmaus. You’re incredibly talented and I know with complete certainty that you will go on to do amazing things at NC State. And I suppose it wouldn’t be a farewell column unless I wrote a little more about Dave Heiney. Last year, as I sat in Journalism 1, I didn’t think much of the boy who wore all tie-dye and listened to Bob Marley. All I knew was that he wrote a funny column with a lot of big words entitled the Heiney Hotspot. It’s funny how much can change in a year. Dave, I can’t express how happy I am to have gotten to know you over the course of this year. Your hair, tie-dye, and “hey man” greetings will always be a fond memory of my first year on the Stinger, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say you truly are a character. Finally, Kitty, I would like to thank you. Thank you for creating this award-winning paper. Thank you for busting your butt whenever we editors may have...slacked off. Thank you for caring so much about everything that you do. This paper would not have been half as successful without your commanding leadership. As all of you graduate, I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. Whether its just “livin’ life” (Dave) or writing for the Temple News (Sav) I know you will all excel in whatever you. You truly are a group of exceptional people and I can’t thank you enough for making this year a great one.
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Coleman to paint new path
since 2001. She has gathered many fond memories over the years and recalls seeing students learn and grow in their abilities. “I will miss seeing students that start in Art teacher Virginia Coleman will rethe art department in 9th grade, so unsure tire at the end of this semester after workof themselves,” she said. “[They] stay in ing at Emmaus High School for 13 years. the art department and grow and produce Coleman acted as an integral part of amazing work.” the art community at She will also EHS, as well as East miss the great work Penn School Disdynamic she and the trict. She studied at three other art teachMansfield University, ers have developed in earning her degree in their time together. Textiles and Clothing “It doesn’t hapand minoring in art. pen everywhere,” she She later received art said. “For teachers to teacher certification have three colleagues from Kutztown to work with, bounce University. Coleideas off each other, man taught many support each other.” classes at EHS, Regina Oster, including Crafts 1, another art teacher at 2, and 3, Drawing, EHS and one of ColePainting, 2D and man’s close friends, 3D Foundations, believes Coleman was and 3D Design. an important part of Before coming Coleman has enjoyed working in the the art department. to work in EPSD, district since 1986. “She’s been a great she worked at other team member of the EHS art department,” schools in Pennsylvania, such as CaOster said. “And we will miss her a lot. tasauqua Middle School and Brandywine Students will also miss Coleman’s presHeights Middle School. Coleman was ence in the art room. Freshman Lindsay hired in the district and assigned to work at Shoemaker Elementary School in 1986. Skrak is among those students whom Coleman has taught and influenced. Over the years, she has worked at several “She was really helpful,” Skrak said. other schools in the district, teaching an “She made me a better artist.” array of grade levels. Carmen Chan and Emily Yen, two “I’ve taught every grade level,” she other ninth graders, appreciate Coleman said. “K- 12.” as well. Coleman has been working at EHS “I will miss her great personality,”
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Before I even stepped foot in Emmaus, still an eighth grader months away from leaving my small pond of parochial school, I was repeatedly told that high school would pass me by in the blink of an eye. That before I knew it, I would be moving on with that stage of my life and onto college Of course I scoffed at this; my abundant knowledge of tween coming-of-age movies informed me that high school would be the longest years of my life, and that I might possibly not survive the experience. It was going to be just like a scene out of Mean Girls, right? Surely I was to be personally victimized by some malicious teenager, correct? Or have to eat lunch in the bathroom by myself? It was going to be that bad, right? Wrong. It has been three years since I asked myself those ridiculous questions, and I can attest that those who told me these years would fly me by were undoubtedly correct. I have one more year at Emmaus left. However you measure that amount of time, whether it be in days, hours, or even minutes, that ultimately means I will still be walking these hallways for another nine months before I walk across that stage. And though that sounds like a long amount of time, I’m beginning to realize that it’s really not at all. In my eyes, days seem to be passing like minutes, and weeks like hours. I keep changing my calendar after months I don’t remember going through. Like, did we even have April this year? I’m trying hard to value my time here more by taking things day-by-day and not counting time by how many days I have between now and a due date. But my time to leave our island of education has not yet come; it has, however, for the Class of ‘14. I’m not a crier. There’s a running joke at my of “appropriate” emotions at moments. These last couple of weeks, however, I have found myself having to hold back tears at the mention of any of our senior staff departing from us. They’re going off to take on the world in their own personal ways, which makes me proud for them. Yet that doesn’t keep me from having to take in a breath and stop what I’m doing for a moment to recollect myself. Though I don’t necessarily consider myself emotional (at least most of the time), I am definitely sentimental, and that seems to be triggering even more of my episodes lately. Whether it be one of the hundred selfies on my phone the staff took together, some quote on “The Wall” that can still make me laugh out loud, or a cheeky note or article of clothing lying in 559, I’m filled with nostalgia so strong I seem to have transported back in time. Many of us have heard the phrase, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” However, I am beginning to believe that this philosophy is easier said than done. Yet, everyone has to move on at some point in their lives, take the next step and move onto bigger and better things. This year, it’s the Class of ‘14. Next year, it will be me. The Stinger will not only be losing fine staff members, but I will be losing some of the most genuine, creative, and kind people I have had the pleasure to call friends. I wish the best for my departing seniors, and hope that when they look back on their time on The Stinger, they will smile and fondly remember 559, “where it’s business up front, and party in the back.” To Kitty, Dave, Savvy, Emma, Eamon, Steve, Destiny, and Kevin, I will miss you dearly.
Chan said. Yen will especially miss the teacher’s expertise in improving students’ artwork. “I think she knows what she’s doing,” Yen said. “I think she has a lot to offer with ideas and freedom of creativity.” Not only have students learned from Coleman, but she has gained insight from them. “Even though I’m teaching a lesson, there are always students that come up with a different way to do things,” she said. “Minds work in different ways and [students] are able to teach [their methods] to someone else. This is always what I find amazing.” Apart from her creativity and artistic ability, Coleman hopes to be remembered for a few things after she retires. “The one thing I used to say all the time was ‘dots of glue, not lots of glue,’” she said. She also had one goal for all her students: to relax in the art room. “Take a break from the stresses of the day,” Coleman said. “And enjoy 45 minutes of using your mind creatively.” In her retirement, Coleman will trade in 45-minute periods of creativity and freedom into days and years. She plans on getting her Bachelor in Fine Arts and Interior Design in Charleston, South Carolina, and to delve into endeavors she hasn’t had time for while teaching. “[I can] enjoy time to exercise, read,” Coleman said. “[I’m looking forward to being able to] do whatever I want at the spur of the moment, have time to travel, pursue my own artwork that I’ve put aside for a long time.”
Inspirational special education teacher to retire
students reach their individual goals and potential at EHS, she is looking forward to spending time with her husband and family, and having time to read and travel. Roberts is also excited about “not having After 33 years of working with special to get up in the morning.” education students, Mary Ellen Roberts Kevin Remaly, a math teacher and will retire, lookmember of the special ing forward to education department, enjoying time has had the “honor” of with family and working with Roberts traveling. since late 2008 and Roberts atreferred to her as a tended Manreliable and humble sfield State leader, and a great College (now listener. University), “She was an and studied overall inspirational special educahuman being in gettion for her ting to where she is undergraduate today,” Remaly said, degree, later re“through determinaceiving a master’s tion, faith, and care for degree in educathe lives of hundreds tion from Cedar of students that had Roberts enjoyed the challenge of helping Crest College. She all students reach their potential. the honor of being believes her desire instructed and managed to work with students learning challenges by her.” came at a young age after helping a classRoberts said that teaching, both in mate at her parochial school. general and for special needs students, has “I think it was when I was in elemenchanged exceptionally over her years in tary school,” Roberts said. “I was in the education. fifth grade, and one of the nuns asked me “I think our jobs have become more to help one of the younger girls [learn] complicated, maybe because the society how to read. From that point I wanted has become more complicated,” Roberts to help students that may have learned a said. “In special education, there has little differently from other students.” definitely been, over the years, more After first working for four years at paperwork, more meetings, and definitely James Buchanan High School in Mercers- more of an attempt to make sure all kids burg, PA, Roberts wanted to move to the are included in public education.” area. She spent time working at Rodale Roberts has also seen many changes Press, and Shepherd Hill Dinner Theatre in Emmaus itself, such as a population before landing a teaching job at Emmaus growth in the school, as well as the comin 1985. Now, after 23 years of helping munity becoming more diversified. The
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special education department has, since her beginnings, grown exceptionally also, increasing from four teachers to 21 in her over two decades at the high school. What Roberts said she liked most about working with special needs children is all of the different kids she is able to work with. “The variety, the challenge of finding out the best way to reach kids and help them learn and get ready after school,” Roberts said. “Whether it’s college or a job. We have kids with a wide variety of goals and plans.” Principal Dave Piperato describes Roberts as a mentor, confidant, and friend and says she will be missed at EHS. “Mrs. Roberts is a wonderful teacher and collaborative department chair,” Piperato said. “She had always been a champion for students, and will be dearly missed by everyone at EHS. There are few in this profession who possess her compassion, commitment to excellence, and sense of humor.” Remaly agrees that Roberts will be missed dearly. “Mrs. Roberts cannot (and never will) be replaced as to the very special presence she brings to our school,” Remaly said, “but certainly her impact will be clearly evident in how we move forward thanks to her role in our professional and personal lives.” Roberts found her job rewarding because she was able to help students “cope with life both now and in the future,” and through seeing kids being able to accomplish their goals for the future. “I’m proud to have worked here these 29 years, and I wish everyone here at Emmaus the best,” Roberts said.
Ambassador, lacrosse player, and a member of National Honors Society, Rogers longs to be remembered for her positive contributions to the school. Stinger: How do you feel you have impacted by Emmaus? Rogers: I definitely think that I’ve impacted Emmaus a lot through the Ambassadors Program. It’s very important to inspire and excite the new students coming in. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Rogers: I think I’ve become a lot more outgoing than I used to be. I’m definitely more independent and know how to advocate for myself. Stinger: What are your plans after high school? Rogers: I’ll be attending James Madison University in Virginia. I plan to study biology. Stinger: Who was your mentor in high school? Rogers: My mom was definitely my mentor. She helped me a lot. I definitely really bonded with two teachers: Mrs. Barthold and Mr. Gallagher. Stinger: What excites you the most about college? Rogers: I think being in a new environment, even though I’m a bit scared to live on my own, and meet new people. Although it’s scary, I think I’m ready for it.
Bova has worked hard to make her high school experience a memorable one.
Lynn, who will attend DeSales University for the Physician Assistant program in the fall, and will miss EHS’s reliability.
Contributing Authors: Justine Coleman, Austin Flaugh John Lang Hanna Brosky Sydney Buck
Photo courtesy of Zach Clinchy
Expectations: wildly high, average, or depressingly low, we all have them and we can’t escape them. I am the type of person who always anticipates the ideal outcome. “Everything is going to be perfect,” I think to myself every time I embark on a new journey in life. I can get lost in the cavern of my mind, mapping out the flawless sequence of events with excited vigor. A hopeless idealist. Take my perception of freshman year for instance. There were multiple incidents where reality seemed far off as I fantasized about the glittering possibilities of ninth grade. I saw myself victoriously breaking free from the cage that was middle school, starting a golden new chapter in my life. I would effortlessly glide down the EHS hallways, ready to take on the world - the high school part of the world that is. I envisioned myself as a regular social butterfly (unlike my eighth-grade self), making tons of new friends and connections. Even apart from the social aspect, I would be successful, breeze through school work. Of course I would never, ever procrastinate again. Glancing at my grades on HAC, I would see all A’s and grin to myself, “things are going great.” And at the end of the year, I would assuredly think “best year ever.” Kind of like a high school Wonder Woman. Oh gosh. What was wrong with me? I cringe thinking about this now. I really messed with myself thanks to those reveries. As I look back at the year, it definitely did not live up to what I had hoped. Yes, I did make friends. A few people actually thought I was a worthwhile human being *gasp.* Yes, I did get pretty good grades. But it wasn’t easy. I did not effortlessly glide through the halls and breeze through all my work. And I procrastinated for about 87 percent of the year (those school planners do nothing for me). The year wasn’t perfect. Not at all. And I feel like I downgraded it in my head due to the extreme expectations I set at the launch of the year. Many good things happened to me actually, even though it may seem like I had a pretty lame ninth grade experience. My History Day partner Jason and I placed first at the school level History Day competition. I was ecstatic. I became an editor of The Stinger staff. I was elated. But when I remembered my ideal ninth grade year, the achievements just… faltered. They grayed with the unavoidable mediocrity of school and the disappointments in life, which really sucks. I wanted to enjoy my successes for as long as possible, but I couldn’t in comparison to what I had hoped for initially. Don’t get me wrong; I still know and appreciate what I accomplished, but I can’t get as fully immersed in the feeling of unadulterated delight with my life as I wish I could. All thanks to my expectations. *Sigh.* So I have come to a conclusion. High expectations do more damage than good. Going into new situations with idealistic views is basically digging your own grave. You might as well just grab a shovel and start hacking at that dirt if you plan on heading down that path, because 99 percent of the time you are going to be let down. Take it from a professional idealist. You are going to fall hard. And you do not want to be that person on the side of the road stranded with your shattered hopes and dreams while everyone else is okay. Trust me, you want to be a person who approaches a situation with pitifully low to painfully average expectations and gets surprised when something good actually does occur. Just trust me on this one. And hey, the worst that could happen is that the situation meets your expectations. In spite of all this idealism-bashing don’t not get excited. By all means; get pumped, throw a party, buy some confetti, whatever, but don’t get lost in the clouds. Be psyched for whatever life holds for you, yet remain grounded. So whatever you plan to do in years to come, ditch the high expectations.
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Clinchy will be remembered as an asset on the football team, and dedicated student athlete. Stinger: What made you decide to get involved with Pediatric Cancer Club? Clinchy: I had met Sam Mackaravitz when he was chosen to be the “angel warrior” for our football team. When I met Sam, I was very touched by his story. This is when I knew I wanted to do more.
Kid to Kid president Wiscount, who will attend the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, has taken advantage of the many programs available to students at EHS. Stinger: What’s your favorite part of being in the theater program? Wiscount: My favorite part of being in the theater program is the feeling of accomplishment of succeeding in putting on a great show.
Stinger: Are you going to college? What are you majoring in? Clinchy: I will be attending Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. I will be majoring in psychology.
Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Wiscount: In 10 years, I want to be financially stable and working in a job that I am happy to go to every day.
Stinger: How did being a student athlete all throughout high school affect you? Clinchy: Being a student athlete is not easy it shows work ethic, discipline and friendship the bond you make with your teammates is something will never be taken away from you.
Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Wiscount: My inspiration is my dad because he came from a working-class family and was the first in his family to go to college.
Stinger: Will you play college football? Clinchy: I was originally being recruited by Susquehanna to play football but I still have not decided whether I want to play or not. I have decided that I will be playing rugby for Susquehanna. Stinger: What is your favorite high school memory and why? Clinchy: My favorite high school memory is stepping onto the field every Friday night. The feeling you get when you run onto the field is indescribable. Stinger: Were you involved in any clubs/ sports? If so, which ones? Bova: Yes, I swam on the swim team at Emmaus all four years. I was involved in Latin club, key club, and mountains of hope. I was also the president of the National Honor Society at EHS. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Are you going to college? If yes, what are you studying? Bova: I am going to the University of Pittsburgh to study bioengineering on the pre-med track. I also might minor in Spanish. Stinger: What excites you the most about college? Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Lynn: I think I’ll miss knowing I can see my friends all the time, and the everyday schedule that you can rely on. I think it’s easy to forget how comforting both of those things can be. Stinger: What was your favorite class? Lynn: My favorite class was Anatomy/ Physiology with Mrs. Kramer-Hinks, junior year. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Lynn: I think since freshman year, I’ve learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of. Freshman year I had no idea what I was going to do with my future, but luckily I’m leaving high school with a clear idea of what I want to do and the kind of person I want to become.
Stinger: What excites you most about college? Wiscount: I am excited to go the a new city and to meet people from all over. I also am so excited to start classes and learn about my major. Stinger: What was your biggest accomplishment in high school? Wiscount: My biggest accomplishment, I think, is becoming stage manager of the drama department because when I first started, I thought that it was such a reach to achieve. Bova: I’m excited to have more freedom and to not have to wake up at the crack of dawn every morning. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Bova: Take school seriously, but don’t make it your life. One bad grade isn’t going to make or break your high school career. So go to the football games and social events, but also do your schoolwork and manage your time wisely. Balance is probably the most important thing you can learn from high school. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Bova: I hope I can make a difference in people’s lives whether it be with my career or just my character. Stinger: What is your most embarrassing high school memory. Lynn:My most embarrassing memory is probably tripping up the cafeteria stairs freshman year, carrying a tray of food up to the balcony. Food was everywhere, and some fell off the stairs onto tables below, so just in case the people immediately below the stairs didn’t notice my tragic fall, they did when the contents of my tray fell onto their tables. Stinger: Any regrets? Lynn: I wish I would have broken out of my shell and stepped out of my comfort zone a little more... gone to a few more events and taken better advantage of all the amazing clubs and activities Emmaus offers.
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Death of a Freshman by Angie Stein
Dear Angie the Freshman, I wish I could say I am saddened by your death. Surely, we were well-acquainted. Friends, even. I knew you like the back of my hand, and yet, I’ve spent a good hour or two wondering, “How am I going to sum up this girl in a couple of paragraphs?” I remember the first day you strode through the doors of Emmaus High School. All dressed up in preppy clothes, backpack bulging, your wide eyes surveyed the brightly lit halls, a labyrinth crawling with beastly upperclassmen. You saw that September day through both jade- and rose-colored glasses, creating a brownish, muddy vision of your upcoming high school career. Words rang in your head, quotes and sayings and bits of dialogue swimming in your conscience. You were always enthralled in fiction. The stuff you liked best was all about teens. The cliques, the drama, the rebellion. Ultra-cool friends who would show you the ropes, 3 a.m. car rides blasting rock music all the way, dyeing your hair, getting into fights, joining a band. You walked into ninth grade expecting to find your very own Breakfast Club, meet some Mean Girls, discover the Perks of Being a Wallflower and make friends with a Ferris Bueller or two. Isn’t that what it’s really all about? Oh, but Angie, you still had the same old friends who knew just as much as you did: nothing. You couldn’t have 3 a.m. car rides because no one had their license. Your mother would have shaved your head if you dyed your hair. And you didn’t even know how to punch or play an instrument. Did you think this would all change the instant you stepped through the doors of EHS? Well, then, I’m sorry that your short life didn’t turn out to be the John Hughes movie or Bowling for Soup album you dreamed it would be. You should’ve spent less time trying to make your first year a teen dream and more time just letting high school happen. Months passed, a blur of classes, clubs, gossip, standardized testing, overdue projects, awkward promposals, lame hallway fights, and two-week relationships. You dipped the occasional toe into the pool of high school fiction, tempted to dive back into the world of emotional rollercoasters and one life-changing experience per day. At least you got to grow up a bit in your last days. The Stinger, the prestigious publication for which I am writing this piece, was one of the best things that ever happened to you. You met some amazing people whom you instantly clicked with, including Ms. Reaman, your mentor, and the fabulous Savannah, who, by the way, has passed the torch of Opinion Editor on to me. Amazing, huh? If you knew doing something you love would get you recognized better than wanting to be someone you’re not (e.x. those glamorized delinquents from Grease), would you still dream of beating kids up and then having a smoke? Why am I not saddened by your death? Simply put, it was an eye-opener. With your passing, I realized that my same old friends were better than any edgy upperclassmen I dreamed of hitting it off with. I didn’t need 3 AM joyrides to give me a thrill, or to change my appearance to seem interesting to others. And while the idea of a band still seems a little cool, let’s be honest, the stage is not for me. I’d rather be doing what I am right now: sitting at a computer, putting my all into writing a fantastic piece, surrounded by people who will want to read it. I almost wish you were here to see this, Angie the Freshman. No, the first year of high school did not turn out exactly how you envisioned it. No thrills, no chills, no hot-blooded teenage rampage. After all, this was only our first year. There’s still 3 more big ones, with plenty of room to maybe, possibly fit that stuff in there. Regardless, I won’t be tearing my hair out about it. I’ve got better things, now. I’m not Angie the rocker, or party girl, or art freak, or biker chick, or anything else I wanted to be when I was you. And I’m certainly not you anymore, Angie the Freshman. I’m Angie the Opinion Editor, the girl who’s taking high school one steady, not-so-life-changing day at a time, just being myself. Isn’t that what it’s really all about? Well… I won’t act like I know everything quite yet. Sincerely, Angie the (soon-to-be) Sophomore
I N O N E B I T E - S I Z E PA C K A G E
As the captain of Debate Team, Hewertson helped to implement new team strategies that he hopes will lead the team to more wins in the coming year. He will attend the Penn State Schreyer Honors College in the fall, and sees himself as a patent lawyer in the future. Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Hewertson: All the different groups of clubs, and having classes with people you know.
Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Hewertson: This year I was captain of Debate Team and we changed a lot
Junker is on the Debate Team along with many other clubs. Junker is also a part of FBLA, Model UN, and the Academic Team. He plans on attending Ithaca College with a major in political science or economics.
Lover of America, Myers plans to attend Loyola University in the fall and work his way into politics.
Stinger: What excites you the most about college? Myers: Heading towards a career. Even last year I couldn’t wait to get out and start a job. Stinger: Political views? Myers: I’m mainly moderate, but I do tend to go liberal, more so than conservative. Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Myers: My mom. She works the hardest out of all of my parents,
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of things, so if we win next year, the changes are what had us win. Stinger: What did you enjoy most about Debate Team? Hewertson: I enjoyed it because if you were [in it] you had a lot of things to do. If you were in charge, you were in it 100 percent.
Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Hewertson: I wanna go for computer or chemical engineering and then for for patent law.
Stinger: What was your biggest accomplishment in high school? Hewertson: I got into the Penn State Schreyer Honors College and it’s really exclusive, so to get into that was a really big accomplishment.
Stinger: What was your favorite class?
Junker: I can’t pick one, I’ve taken so many great courses in all the different subjects. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Junker: Mr. Didra. I’ve taken his classes all four years of high school and he’s an outstanding teacher.
by Sydney Buck worthwhile and enjoyable. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Junker: College, but I’m still not sure after that. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Junker: Take advantage of all the opportunities that you have. Four years seems like a long time now, but it really flies by.
Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Junker: I’m keeping my options open, but hopefully doing something by Destiny Nagle
she’s always tried to make my life easier, and she’s always been there for me, too. Stinger: Were you involved in any clubs/sports? Myers: German club - 3 years, debate team - 2 years, concert crew, every show, every year, and drama department. Stinger: What’s your most prominent memory? Myers: Doing the musicals. They’re always a big production; even if you’re not center stage, it’s still great.
Stinger: A song that describes your high school career? Myers: Pompeii [by Bastille] Stinger: Last comments? Myers: Be open to other people, don’t be stuck in your ways; and also get educated.
Gerald “Mike” Kashuba Kashuba has spent his years at Emmaus involved with football and lacrosse. He serves as president and founder of the Young Conservatives. After he graduates, he plans to attend Virginia Tech and join the Corp of Cadets. Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Kashuba: Jake Purnell. Stinger: Who was your mentor in high school? Kashuba: Jack Melnick.
Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Kashuba: Tom Bisko.
Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Kashuba: How I dress. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Kashuba: I learned how to dress myself. Stinger: Where do you see yourself in ten years? Kashuba: Riding a lion over my kingdom eating
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bacon. Stinger: What’s your most prominent memory? Kashuba: Mr. Emmaus Dirty Dancing. Stinger: A song that describes your high school career? Kashuba: “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins.
by Steve Gudonis
In her sophomore year, Walck learned news that changed her life. She learned she was not a citizen of the United States. Walck was not entailed the specific rights, privileges, and duties that come with the status of citizenship. Until now. Walck has completed all necessary steps, and will soon be sworn in as an American citizen. She will attend Lehigh Carbon Community College for two years, and plans to transfer to the University of Tennessee to study forensic anthropology. Stinger: Where are you originally from? Walck: I was adopted from Moscow,
Russia, in 1996. I’ve lived in Emmaus ever since. Stinger: How did [non-citzenship] impact you? Walck: I was unable to get a job, a driver’s license, or any type of photo ID in the U.S. If I were to do anything illegal, I could have been deported and sent back to Russia. The only form of photo ID I currently have is my EHS ID. Stinger: I’ve heard the citizenship test is tough. Is that true? Walck: I recently had to go to Philadelphia to take my test. They had given me a book with over 100 ques-
tions in it. I only had to answer six and it wasn’t on a paper. Stinger: What is the next step towards citizenship? Walck: I’m waiting to go to Allentown to be sworn is as an official United States citizen.
The Last Laugh
Jacob Puleo Opinion Columnist
The Grass Isn’t Always Greener
The world is your oyster? Forget oysters. The world is your urethra. And you’re a kidney stone. Keep moving on through. No. Start over. by Savannah Pukanecz I once watched a series on Netflix. I really With a boomStinger: What is one of your most liked it. But then I finished it. So I moved on to ing voice that prominent memories? Stinger: Any regrets? another one. Such is life. can be heard Wilcox: The trip to Germany last Wilcox: I regret not going to more No. Start over. halfway across year. dances. During the migration of greater flamingos, the world, flocks of elegant birds move on to bigger and betWilcox is most Stinger: Where do you see yourself Stinger: Who was your mentor? ter breeding grounds. Bam. Pulitzer Prize. actively inin 10 years? Wilcox: Mrs. Nero, she pointed me No. No. No. It’s all wrong. Start over. volved in Ger- Wilcox: Starting a family. in the right direction of accounting. As you can probably see, I’ve been tasked man club. He with writing a “farewell piece” for our outgoing was not only Stinger: Who was your mentor? Stinger: Any advice to underclassseniors. It’s proving to be tricky business, trickier treasurer, but Wilcox: Mrs. Nero. She pointed me men? than walking through a field of barbed wire in he also served in the right direction of accounting. Wilcox: Hard work and respect will parachute pants. Perhaps this would be easier if I the club as president for two years go a long way. had the slightest idea of what the hell I’m talking and will continue on to Messiah for Stinger: Describe your high school about. I’m not exactly the most qualified person criminal justice and accounting. experience in three words. for the job, to put it lightly. Wilcox: Fast, insightful, interesting. Being a freshman, I can’t provide feedback on this issue from personal experience. If I were Doogie Howser, maybe I would have graduated by now. But alas, the best I can do for now is say “good luck” to the future workforce of America by Angie Stein and be done with it. “But surely you’ve accomplished some sort During his time at The Stinger as Stinger: What excites you the most of monumental life goal or gone through a lifea copy editor, Shaun Baillie was a about college? Stinger: Which year of high school changing event that we as fellow members of free-spirited yet hard-working indiBaillie: Getting out of here and was your favorite? society can relate to,” you may think to yourself. vidual. While he may have changed meeting people. Baillie: Senior Year, no question. Or maybe not; I doubt you care. I don’t even care, since then, those qualities have not. and I’m me. But I digress. Quite frankly, I’ve Throughout high school, Baillie Stinger: Where was your favorite never accomplished anything of significance in got involved with Robotics Club, place at EHS? my entire life. football, track, and more, he also Baillie: The Stinger room. On second thought, I didn’t die in my sleep last made many friends along the way. night. Does that count? He plans to attend the University of Stinger: If you could go back and I doubt my idea of a life goal would be much Pittsburgh, where he will study to change one thing, what would it be? help to Emmaus High School’s finest young become a nurse. Baillie: I never would have taken adults. Let’s just say there’s a reason I’ve never AP Econ. I wish I had taken AP Gov reached one. For example, my all-time greatest Stinger: What will you miss most or AP Gov/Econ. life goal is to lose my left hand. I wish to part with about your time at Emmaus? my non-dominant hand for the sole purpose of Baillie: I’m going to miss my bros. Stinger: A song that describes your being a complete jerk. Every time someone asks I have a really close group of old high school career? how I lost it, I plan to respond with a different sarfriends and saying goodbye won’t Baillie: “Danger Zone” from the castic remark in order to satisfy my sadistic need be easy. Top Gun soundtrack. to make other people feel bad about their natural human curiosity. “I lost a pirate fight, but they were all out of hooks.” “I punched a shark. It didn’t work.” Will Newbegin If you’ll excuse and whatnot. I don’t think anyone thing fun. “A hedge trimmer is not a suitable substitute me, I’m going to could realistically juggle all of that. My apologies to anyone who sees for safety scissors.” deviate from the Forget juggling, that’s like trying to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as a possible “Never shake hands with a blender.” opinions of our backflip through a flaming hoop on a venture for themselves. “I got hungry.” other two columunicycle. If I was a comic book deForget what anyone tells you; I’ve I don’t care how it happens. I’ll most likely end nists in this secsigner, that might make for some good learned that high school isn’t just up slicing it off myself. That takes courage. At this tion. I don’t hate material. Super-Freshman DOES have grades and work. Screw that. Meet point in my life, the most courageous thing I’ve high school. Well, a nice ring to it after all... new people. Join clubs. Find someever done was make eye contact for more than 10 that is if you’re Or maybe amidst the social presthing you love to do, and do it. seconds. But I digress yet again. excluding the presures of high school, kids just get misI’ll give you an example: Coming Why is high school graduation such a big deal, 7:00 a.m. into the year, I had fallen out with a anyway? Please don’t crucify me for that one; let wakeups. couple friends of mine, and was not me explain. I just find it interesting how nothing I won’t necessarily looking forward to my you have done or will do in this building (beeven lie, those kinda suck. freshman year. Thankfully, after about sides your education, of course) will ever matter And the excessive amounts of a month or so, I had assimilated myself in the real world. Everything you find important homework (please don’t give into a group of new friends, started will cease to be important one day. Yoga pants. me the “you’re a freshman” talking to more people in general, Starbucks. Beats headphones. That person you thing, we get loaded up some nights directed in the shuffle of people telling and also found myself being asked to hold hands with. The size of your damn backpack. too). And sitting through math. And... them who’s cool to hang out with. I write for The Stinger. Things kinda You name it, chances are it’s trivial in the grand Okay, maybe I’m making too many don’t know. I’ve got enough trouble snowballed I guess, as I’m now more scheme of things. Now that I think about it, maybe exceptions, but on the whole, my first picking what I wear each morning. involved with the paper as an editor, there is reason to celebrate one’s departure from year of high school has been a blast. But on a serious note, it always sad- no thanks to Ms. Reaman. this place. Sadly, I think I’m in the minority of dens me when kids try to do too much, I feel so cliché writing this. This is turning out to be one of the most unorpeople who think that. I always have then end up as a disorganized mess The reality is this: high school can ganized things I’ve ever written; a column about been an odd duck. when their whole act collapses in their stress you out to the bitter end, but contortionists would have been less disjointed. Anyways, it’s my humble opinion face. I think this is because they’ve only if you let it. If you focus on havI doubt you learned anything here today, but that too many ambitious freshman missed the point of high school. If you ing friends and being a social butterfly nonetheless I wish you the best of luck in all your plunge into the trap of overextending really wanna enjoy yourself in high as much as you focus on grades, high endeavours. Don’t worry too much about life after themselves. They try to be straight-A school, don’t stew in your own juices school very well could be the best four high school. I heard McDonald’s has a few job students on top of varsity athletes and and wait for those far-fetched plots in years of your life. openings. gifted musicians and prodigy children teen movies to come true. Do someOne down, three to go.
“I’ve got enough trouble picking what I wear each morning.”
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By Christine Carlson Life. The triumphs, the losses, the love, and the heartbreak. One tiny word that has infinite meaning. Every day I hear people say, “Life sucks” or better yet, “I hate my life”. And I think to myself, “Why???” Honestly though, what could be so bad as to cause a person to say that? Sure, it may be a bad day, or even a bad week, but it will get better. Life goes on. Look around. Life is pretty amazing. I am extremely close to the family who lives next door to me. They are practically my family; so fittingly, I nicknamed them my Aunt Ronnie and Uncle Dom. They are basically my second parents. They are my guinea pigs when I bring over my latest cupcakes for them to try. They will always tell me to go after my dreams and that I will someday be extremely successful doing what I love. But most importantly, they love me like they love own daughters. I have certain memories since our families have been living next to each other. From the occasional backyard water fight to the long talks I had with my Aunt Ronnie about cooking and recipes, I will always love spending time with them. I love the fact that Uncle Dom didn’t want to plant real flowers, so he went and picked up those cheap flowers and planted them in the ground. Some of them even stayed for more than one summer, lasting through the winter. This past year, my Uncle Dom has been battling cancer. There haven’t been any late summer night talks between him and my dad about what they would do if they were president and could run the country. He may not come outside and stand on the deck when my family is out running under the sprinkler or going sledding, instead watching from the comfort of his family room. Sometimes, he has even had to turn down my cupcakes because of the terrible taste that he constantly has in his mouth due to his medication. Though he can’t do some of the things that I remember him doing in years past, he is still full of life and joy. He always cracks these hilarious jokes and picks on everyone. He still loves watching his favorite program, Penguins of Madagascar, even though it’s a kids show. Part of that has to do with the way he treats his family. He loves all of them so much. My Uncle Dom is a man of faith, and no matter what he and his family face, he will always lean on and trust in the Lord. I admire that and strive to have that kind of faith. His family just found out about a week ago that his prognosis is about six months. While no one knows exactly how much time my dear Uncle Dom has left in the world, but God, I know he will spend the last of it loving his family and friends. I still think my dear Uncle Dom sees the beauty and wonder in life, even through all of the pain and sadness that his family has faced and the suffering that they will continue to face over the next few months. They understand that life is amazing and they have faith in God. Life has taught me to try to enjoy everything, because you never know when it will be taken away from you. I think my Uncle Dom understands something that some people fail to see. Life is beautiful.
Seeing himself working for NASA in years to come, Nicolini, plans to attend West Chester University in the fall, and major in astrophysics.
Brinckman wishes to be remembered at Emmaus as “Ambassador to the LVC”. He will attend the University of South Carolina where he will study mechanical engineering. Stinger: You are regarded by your fellow classmates as a funny guy; why is that? Brinckman: ‘Cause I have a few friends. Stinger: Who are these friends? Brinckman: (Jake) Thompson, Nate (Feiertag), Justis (Faulkner), (Kevin) Kender, (Matt) Marsh, Ivan (Zarkov), Rowan (Hobson), (Jake) Reynolds. Stinger: You played soccer and scrubs basketball, but are there any other clubs or activities you wish you would have taken part in? Brinckman: I wish there was a croquet club.
Stinger: What are you most looking forward to for college? Brinckman: The freedom.
Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Nicolini: Hopefully making Stinger: Where do you see class a little more fun than it is. yourself 10 years down the It can be a little dry sometimes. road? Brinckman: Waking up in Stinger: Any advice to a new Bugatti. underclassmen? Nicolini: Don’t take freshStinger: Any advice for man and sophomore year underclassmen? lightly. That’s what I did and Brinckman: Work hard, I had to bust my butt junior but play a lot harder. and senior year. Take them Stinger: What do you want seriously. to be remembered for? Brinckman: Ambassador to the LVC.
“Dogmeat,” “butthurt,” and “slight” are just a few of the phrases that Andrew Miller claims to have coined. Also recognized for his skills in the gaming world, Miller plans to attend Kutztown University with a major in computer science. Stinger: If you could be in any game which one would it be? Miller: Call of Duty. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Miller: Don’t have a big backpack. Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Miller: Creating good words that everyone uses.
Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Nicolini: Seeing my friends everyday. Going to college, I won’t see everyone I know.
Stinger: A song that describes your high school career. Nicolini: “We Are the Champions” by Queen. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Nicolini: Find a job that I love. I know a lot of people who are going into majors just because of the money, but money shouldn’t matter. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Nicolini: Mr. McConville. He’s my advanced astronomy teacher. He loves what he does, he’s nice, he’s kind. I also like Mr. Ohl and Mr. Flynn.
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Stinger: Do you have any prominent memories? Miller: Freshman year these crazy seniors threatened to beat me up for no reason and I laughed at them. Stinger: Is there any competitive aspect of playing video games? Miller: I win tournaments for money. Stinger: What is the most you have ever won? Miller: In my most recent game I won $210.
Haley Warner has had a lot on her plate throughout her high school career, but that hasn’t stopped her from enjoying her last year at Emmaus. Stinger: What clubs and sports are you involved in? Warner: I played field hockey, softball, I’m in Emmaus Christian Fellowship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, spanish club, kid to kid, key club, mountains of hope, and ETV. Stinger: What will you miss most from Emmaus? Warner: The friends that I’ve grown so close to throughout my years here.
The two became best friends after meeting in a dance class six years ago. During their junior year, On left: Toni On right: Roni their relationship shifted from friends to sisters because Aten’s hard at all. It has been so much fun living together. mom married Battaglino’s dad. The sisters will attend West Stinger: How have you Chester University in the fall. changed since freshman year? Aten: I’m no longer shy. I Stinger: What was it like think I am more responsible transitioning from friends to and mature. I’m ready to move sisters? and enjoy life. Aten: Transitioning from Battaglino: I think all friends to sisters wasn’t hard together I have become a more at all. I already loved her like a responsible and outgoing. sister, and we were so close it person. High school has taught didn’t even feel like anything me to never please anyone but changed. yourself because no one else Battaglino: It was definitely matters as long as you’re makweird to think about that your ing yourself happy. best friend is now your sister, but the transition was not
Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Warner: I am going to Messiah College studying Christian Ministries. I want to be a pastor or do missionary work. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Warner: Mr. Didra because he’s so passionate about all things he does from teaching to coaching softball. He’s loving and genuinely nice to everyone. Stinger: What won’t you miss from EHS? Warner: PDA in the hallways. Stinger: What excites you the most about college? Warner: Being with people with likeminded faith.
Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Warner: Focus on your academics because it will determine your future. Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Warner: I want to be remembered for my compassionate personality. Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Warner: Leading others to Christ, wherever God has me. Stinger: Who was your inspiration? Warner: Jesus. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Warner: To live my life for God. To serve others and God in everything I do.
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Wang will be remembered for her amazing contributions to The Stinger as well as her keen eye for fashion and design. Stinger: You’ve been a part of The Stinger all four years; how has that changed your high school experience? Wang: I’ve made a lot of friends through the stinger and I’ve developed as a writer through my time here. Stinger: What is your favorite high school memory and why? Wang: I loved every time I decided to relax and have fun. I’d have to say though going hiking and laughing around campfires with my friends is one of my favorite memories. Stinger: What is your most embarrassing moment and why? Wang: Every “public speaking” presentation because I hate talking in front of people. Stinger: Are you going to college and what are you going to major in during college? Wang: North Carolina State University and I’m going into fashion design. Stinger: What song would summarize your high school years and why? Wang: I’m not sure because I’ve had such a variety of experiences during my high school career. Stinger: You were a part of the cross-country team for a couple of years. How was that experience and do you look to still run in college? Wang: Cross country was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I loved the six years I ran, and I hope to continue running in college even though I won’t be running for NC State.
Gudonis first arrived in 559 by taking a Journalism 1 class during his sophomore year, and started writing for the Stinger after being assigned to do a Four Face. He then applied to be an editor, and junior year became the section editor of sports. He was named managing editor of sports his senior year. He will attend Shippensburg University. Stinger: What was your biggest accomplishment (in or out of high school)? Gudonis: Overall, coming out of my comfort zone and becoming more comfortable. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Gudonis: Ms. Reaman. I’ve spent a lot of time with her and I feel like in that time, I’ve learned more than I even realize, and not only about journalism. I’ve just benefited so much. Stinger: What was your favorite class? Gudonis: PFM. Out of all the classes I’ve taken, that one taught me about things I’m going to use in real life and I learned a lot of valuable knowledge that I’m going to use some day. I have Mrs. Duffy to thank for that. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Gudonis: Go to college, work my hardest, and see where that takes me. Stinger: A song that describes your high school career. Gudonis: “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Gudonis: I feel like I’ve grown up a lot and matured. I have a lot more of that to do, but I feel like high school has helped in that respect and gave me a taste of the real world. I’ll keep learning and maturing in and after college. Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Gudonis: Hopefully with a steady job. I don’t know exactly where I see myself but I hope to be healthy, happy, and successful.
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Guido: When I got my first quo Stinger: What was it like to be e Guido: It was stressful at points ing editor-in chief, I get to decid Stinger: If you could go back an Guido: Not trying so hard. Stinger: Any advice to undercla Guido: Do what you love, and d you, so finish what you start.
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After four years of taking journalism, Nagle rose to the role of Managing Editor of News and now moves onto Indiana University of Pennsylvania to major in journalism. Stinger: What is your favorite school lunch food? Nagle: I like the tomato wrap with the oven-gold turkey, provolone cheese, chipotle sauce, lettuce and tomato, either an orange or banana, and a milk. Stinger: On a scale of one to ten, one being the least amount and ten being the most, how much senioritis have you experienced this year? Nagle: 13. Stinger: How do you feel about being a part of the Stinger? Nagle: Proud because the Stinger has a high reputation. I found my niche and where I’m supposed to be. Stinger: How has Emmaus impacted you? Nagle: Going from a Catholic school to Emmaus was different. It definitely exposed me to a bunch of different people and personalities. It helped me mature and become more accepting of others. Stinger: What’s your favorite article that you’ve written? Nagle: My column on bulimia because it kind of hit home. It’s something my family went through, and it gave you an outlet to express my feeling on the subject research about it and to inform people at the same time. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Nagle: Obviously Ms. Reaman. When I first started school, I wanted to be a lawyer. Then, I took this class and realized I wanted to write. She definitely gave me a step up. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Nagle: I hope to successfully go to Indiana University of Pennsylvania and be able to live by myself and make it through college with very little help from my parent. I hope to really establish myself as a writer and start my career off.
Stories courtesy of Maura Benner, Sydney Buck, Christine Carlson, Justine Coleman, Austin Flaugh, John Lang, and Hannah Maehrer
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Editor-in-chief Katrina Guido, known as Kitty at The Stinger, reigned as queen bee of the Stinger this year, leading the paper to victory at the Pennsylvania Keystone Student Press Awards and the Pennsylvania Press Club High School Journalism Contest. She will attend Stevens Institute of Technology and major in physics. Stinger: What will you miss most about The Stinger? Guido: Always having awesome people to talk to and hearing everybody’s stories. Stinger: How do you feel about being a part of The Stinger? Guido: It’s a pretty incredible experience because you always feel like you have somewhere to go and are a part of something greater than yourself. Stinger: What was your favorite production moment?
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Heiney has been a columnist for the Stinger for two years. His last year at Emmaus has been spent continuing to make student’s laugh with the “Heiney Hotspot” and being the section editor of opinion. Stinger: Plans for after high school? Heiney: Chillin. Stinger: How has being a part of the Stinger impacted your high school career? Heiney: Met a lot of cool peeps. Stinger: Most prominent memory in stinger? Heiney: When I had to come back to school at eight o’clock to rewrite my column. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Heiney: It’s all good, no worries. Stinger: What will you miss most about Emmaus? Heiney: Colleen. Stinger: Song that describes your high school career? Heiney: “Young, Wild, & Free” by Wiz Khalifa. Stinger: Favorite Cafeteria Food? Heiney: Peach Ice tea. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Heiney: I used to wear all black, now its tye dye. Stinger: How many pounds of pretzels do you think you’ve eaten? Heiney: One pound. Stinger: How many times have you eaten Savannah’s leftover lunch? And why? Heiney: I often times will eat her sandwich crust and the apples she doesn’t eat; it’s free. Savannah Pukanecz took advantage of her writing skills at Emmaus High School. She spent three years being on The Stinger staff. Not only was she a writer, but she became the top editor for the opinion section of the paper. She was also a part of the Kid to Kid, Mud Club, along with several others. Savannah plans to continuing her passion in writing by pursuing a career in journalism at Temple University. Stinger: What is your favorite part about being on The Stinger staff? Pukanecz: I just love everything about it. I like the sense of belonging and all the opportunities it has given me. Stinger: How has journalism helped you? Pukanecz: It helped me discover who I am as a person and as a writer. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Pukanecz: Get involved in sports, clubs, as much as you can because it will better your high school experience. Stinger: What do you believe was your biggest accomplishment in high school? Pukanecz: Surviving AP English. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Pukanecz: Eventually I hope to be a foreign correspondent for a politically affiliated news station.
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Rodgers graduates as The Stinger’s website extraordinaire and a diverse, fun-loving guy. Stinger: What clubs or sports are you involved in at Emmaus? Rodgers: I am on the fitness team, I am in robotics club, Spanish club, Mud club, band and The Stinger. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Rodgers: I have enlisted in the United States Air Force to protect your freedom. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Rodgers: Ms. Reaman, by treating us as equals rather than condescending to us. Stinger: What won’t you miss about Emmaus? Rodgers: Learning things. Stinger: What club or team would you have liked to join? Rodgers: I wish I played lacrosse. That looks like a fun sport to play. Stinger: What is a song that describes your high school career? Rodgers: “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie. Stinger: What was your favorite year of high school and why? Rodgers: Senior year because it was just crazy and fun. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Rodgers: I want to be financially independent.
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MANAGING EDITOR: Olivia R iccio SEC TION EDITOR: K ayla McGovern
Seniors in the Spotlight
Hannah Cobb teachers. I wouldn’t be at the level I’m at [Drawing III] without the teachers I’ve had. Also there’s a lot of different people you meet.
Cobb, a level III drawing student, is planning to major in molecular biology; she hopes to one day work in research. She also advises underclassmen not to stress too much. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Cobb: Mr. Luckenbill. He cares a lot about his students, and you can tell he’s teaching the class for us, not just for him.
Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Cobb: Don’t stress out about little things that aren’t going to affect you later on. They really don’t matter. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Cobb: I’m going to the University of Pittsburgh to major in molecular biology and minor in art. After that I want to work in a research lab. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Cobb: I want to backpack the Rockies.
Stinger: What have you enjoyed most about being with the Art Department? Cobb: The teachers. I definitely think the
James Lindenmuth like the philosophy of the abstract expressionist movement back around the 50s. They were all about displaying emotion and You can tell if they threw the paint or lightly dripped it and so on. I also really like conceptual art.
Despite being very much involved in the art program at Emmaus, Lindenmuth does not consider himself an artist. Two years ago, he began painting abstract art. Lindenmuth claims his work is “pretty messy,” but there is so much more behind his work than what is seen. Stinger: What inspired you to begin doing abstract art? Lindenmuth: I really
Stinger: What is your involvement in the art program at Emmaus? Lindenmuth: I’ve taken classes, and I’ve been in the art show last year and will be this year. I’m secretary of art club. Stinger: Do you plan on continuing to pursue art in the future? Lindenmuth: I’m minoring in art history, but mostly I’m just going to be doing it on my own.
Matt Franco Franco is an exceptional artist who looks to go out to the west and become a professional artist. Stinger: You’ve been doing art for nearly your whole high school career. How has that impacted you? Franco: It caused me to be less focused at school and rebel against life. Stinger: Are you going to college if so what college and what are you going to major in? Franco: I’m going to Northampton Community College for the first 2 years for fine arts then transferring to a larger art school.
something more than your own personal issues. Stinger: Are you happy with the way your high school years went? Franco: Yes, because I enjoyed the times I had, but I’m also looking forward to the future even more.
Stinger: You were a part of the wrestling team a couple of years; how did that impact your years in high school? Franco: It showed me what it’s like to be on a team and care about
David Pickett Newly certified pilot and light and sound designer, Pickett plans to take his knowledge of flying and become a pilot at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Stinger :What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Pickett: After high school I plan to receive all the other requirements to become an airline pilot. Go to college. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Pickett: Mrs. Kuebler. Elliot Laubach and I were able to advance the technology for the auditorium. Stinger: What excites you the most about college? Pickett: Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Probably the fact that I’ll be up in the air everyday. It’s very hands on. It’s not just your typical college classes. Stinger: If you could describe your high school career in one word, what would it be and why? Pickett: Amazing; I was able to learn more than just about high school. You learn to deal with people. It’s not always about the courses you take.
Life with Liv By Olivia Riccio Your teacher hands out the huge packet with a smile, as the rest of the class follows with a chorus of groans as they read the title: Research Paper Packet. I, on the other hand, couldn’t be more excited to start the paper. Call me crazy, but I actually like writing a research paper. I don’t really get joy from tedious hours of citing sources and wasting note cards, nor do I enjoy writing an outline. But I do find the research part of a research paper to be quite interesting. I mean come on, how cool is that you can take what you got out of the novel you read, and use other authors and writer’s ideas to create a whole paper on a topic and make it your own? I think that’s extraordinary, to be able to convey your own thoughts on a novel and gather ideas until you get a final product to call your own. I always loved writing for this reason, because you can make it your own. You can do things you never thought were even possible with the help of writing. Honestly, what would happen if writing didn’t exist? There would be no books, newspapers, television shows, movies, music, poetry, love letters, text messages, and most importantly, no imagination. Without imagination, our world would be an extremely boring place. That’s another reason why I love writing. Because we all have the power to use writing to develop up our own worlds and ideas, and to write anything we can possibly imagine. We can write our dreams, our hopes, and our desires. It can be used as an outlet, to distract ourselves from the real world of school, work, and relationships, and help shape us into better people. Writing an essay shouldn’t be a big deal for our generation, we should be grateful that our minds can do such remarkable things, that we can learn through writing, and that we even have the opportunity and ability to write. We develop our own unique styles and voices, and we have the ability to capture the minds of many with just one simple sentence. The fact that all of us have that ability is mind blowing, because we humans are capable of just about anything if you really think about it. The possibilities with writing are endless. You can write about a billion topics. You could write it creatively, journalistically, or even in the form of poetry. There’s always a way that you can write and express what you feel, at the exact moment you are feeling it. Not only can you write about what you are feeling, but you can create stories and write about how characters are feeling. It’s just fascinating what we can do and what our minds are capable of. I encourage whoever is reading this to seriously consider writing. You can write anything. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at it, all that does matter is that you are getting your thoughts out. Whether it’s in an e-mail, a note, a letter, a journal, or a novel, you can do it. Just express what you have to say, and I promise you, it will make you look at life differently. It certainly has for me, and when something inspires me, makes me upset, makes me happy or angry, I write about it. And writing has made me into the person I am, and I will continue to write for the rest of my life. So my friend, pick up a pen, a notebook, a computer and write your heart out.
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Hanna, the daughter of the Channel 69 weatherman Ed Hanna, made her mark at Emmaus by participating and sharing her talent in the drama department.
Stinger: What is your favorite high school memory and why? Hanna: Performing at the Freddy Awards sophomore year is certainly at the top.
Stinger: Are you going to college and what are you going to major in during college? Hanna: Yes, I am going to college. I am going into my first semester undeclared, but I will definitely stay involved with the theatrical productions at my university. Stinger: How has being in the theater program changed your high school years? Hanna: Being in the drama department has helped me become comfortable with who I am. I have been able to discover myself in a safe and creative way.
Stinger: What theater productions have you been in and what role did you play in them? Hanna: “Guys and Dolls”-Ensemble, “Legally Blonde”-Chutney Wyndham, “Pride and Prejudice”- Mrs. Gardiner, and “Beauty and the Beast”-Babette.
Stephen Wimble had some pretty big adjustments to make when he moved to the United States from Thailand his junior year. Since then, he’s involved himself heavily in the drama department, becoming historian and being part of all sorts of musicals and plays put on by Emmaus.
teacher. She was like another mother.
Bryce Haines made his mark on Emmaus as the president of the drama department, vice president of Chorale, treasurer of Kid To Kid, treasurer of Select Choir, vice president of Fermata Nowhere, executive producer on ETV, and vice president of Tri Music. Now, he marches on to Emory and Henry College to major in musical theater.
Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Wimble: Being nice and fun to be around.
Stinger: Which year of high school was your favorite? Haines: Senior year. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Haines: I have become comfortable with who I am and I think I matured a lot more [and] became a leader. Stinger: Could you sum up your high school experience in one word? Haines: Rollercoaster
Sawyer Long Long took Emmaus by storm as he worked his way up to becoming the vice president of both Fermata Nowhere and the drama department, Lumiere, and everyone’s favorite ETV anchor.
Stinger: How did you get involved in theatre? Long: My parents, they were in community theatre when I was young, so I was always at rehearsal. I think my first show was when I was six. I was Roo in Winnie the Poo.
Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Long: Ms. Cortez
Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Wimble: I am going to Cairn University to get my BA in education and minor in music.
Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Wimble: Mrs. Day, she was beyond a
Photo courtesy of Bryce Haines
Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Haines: All of my hard work in the music and drama departments and my bluntness.
Stinger: Where do you see yourself
Stinger: What are your plans after high school? Long: Northampton Community College and then transfer to Temple University.
Stinger: When did you move here? Wimble: I was born and raised in Thailand and moved here two years ago.
in 10 years? Haines: Performing on some sort of stage (hopefully Broadway).
Stinger: Who was your mentor in high school? Haines: Mrs. Kuebler
Stinger: What’s your best memory from high school? Wimble: Definitely doing Beauty and the Beast.
Stinger: What is your most embarrassing moment and why? Hanna: My freshman year I fell down the one of the main staircases in school and one of the senior football players caught me.
Stinger: What will you miss the most from your time at Emmaus? Wimble: All my friends that I met here.
Stinger: Favorite restroom? Long: Definitely the ones across from the Multi Media room. Everyone always thinks they’re locked but they’re not, and they’re super nice inside. Photo courtesy of Stephen Wimble
Stinger: What’s your worst/most embarrassing memory? Wimble: When my pants ripped on stage during Guys and Dolls.
Stinger: Have you changed since freshman year? Long: I’m not awkward. I’m very social now and I’m not afraid to do what I love.
Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Long: Probably in NYC or Chicago, living in an apartment with a significant other.
Stinger: Which year of high school was your favorite? Long: Definitely this year.
Megnot Toggia is a ray of light in the Emmaus High School halls as she shares her joy with everyone she meets. She won the Freddy Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Belle in Beauty and The Beast, and became reallife royalty when she was crowned prom queen at the Senior Ball.
Stinger: What was your favorite role and why? Toggia: Belle, because I loved the Disney movie. It’s one of my favorites. Belle is such an independent and intelligent disney princess; it’s a dream come true. All of the songs are so beautiful. Stinger: How do you feel about winning a Freddy this year? Toggia: It’s unbelievable. My sister was in the musicals so I would watch the Freddy’s when she was in the musicals. I never thought I’d be there, let alone win a Freddy. It still doesn’t feel like it actually happened. It feels like a dream.
Stinger: How did you like being a part of the Emmaus production? Toggia: It was the best, the absolute best. Everyone was so welcoming and fantastic and just really fun to work with. Stinger: Who has been your inspiration? Toggia: The first person who kind of pushed me to go for vocal performance in college was Anthony Sharpe. He was basically the one who told me to audition for the musical. He’s the perfect inspiration for me. Stinger: Any advice for underclassmen? Toggia: Just do what you wanna do and follow your dreams. I don’t think it was possible for me to get a lead in the musical. Whatever makes you happy. Stinger: Where are you going for college? Major? Toggia: Temple University. Vocal Performance for Opera. Stinger: What will you miss most about Emmaus? Toggia: I’m going to miss a lot of my underclassmen friends that I made this year. I’m going to miss fantastic teachers like Ms. Cortez, Mrs. Arnold and the music teachers who’ve been there for me all along.
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high school? Thompson: I am going to the University of Colorado to study business. Stinger: What is your most prominent memory from high school? Thompson: The Thompson Tailgate. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Thompson: Mr. Luckenbill because he told me to get a haircut freshman year and that changed my life. Stinger: What won’t you miss about EHS? Thompson: The grease, the lack of clean oxygen and clean H20. Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Thompson: I want to be remembered as an Ambassador to the LVC.
Stinger: What clubs or sports are you involved in? Thompson: FBLA, Model UN, Hornet Ambassadors. Stinger: What are your plans after
Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Thompson: In crystal waters with my feet in the sand sitting in a chair made of 100 dollar bills.
Bucha, or the pillow boy as many of you may know him as can be seen either carrying his favorite pillow around from class to class, on the field, or at Friendly’s on Cedar Crest.
ties as possible Stinger: A song that describes your high school career. Bucha: “Tunak Tunak Tun”
Stinger: If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be? Bucha: Probably try to get higher grades as freshman or try harder as a freshman. Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Bucha: I guess my parents because they were successful so I wanted to be successful.
Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Bucha: Mrs. Heather Montero, I feel like she’s a high school student at heart. Stinger: Any regrets? Bucha: Taking AP Econ as a senior.
Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Bucha: I hope to get through college alive. University of Delaware. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Bucha: Get involved in as many activi-
Stinger: What would you like to be remembered for? Bucha: The kid that brought a pillow to class repeatedly and who played loud music in the hallways every once in awhile.
a physician’s assistant. Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Woods: Being an outgoing funny kid. Stinger: What excites you most about college? Woods: Freedom. Stinger: What won’t you miss about EHS? Woods: EHS. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Woods: I learned which things were the important things in life.
Woods is the typical “class clown” to all his peers. Woods is a part of Key Club and the Hornet Ambassadors. He plans on going to Lock Haven University to be
Jake Thompson Thompson will be remembered as a fun, creative, wild comedian from the class of 2014.
Stinger: Which year of high school was your favorite? Why? Woods: Senior - I had the best experiences and made the most memories.
Mantone is the president of Key Club. He was also involved in Spanish Club, varsity baseball, and Fitness Team. He plans to attend Philadelphia University for five years to become a physician assistant.
Mantone: The thing that most excites me about college is the amount of freedom I
Stinger: What made you decide to become president of Key Club? Mantone: I decided to become president of Key Club because I wanted to be put in a position of power while doing something that helps others. Stinger: How has Key Club impacted your life? Mantone: Key Club has impacted my life in a positive way by making me realize how fortunate I am and how easy it is to help those that aren’t. Stinger: What excites you most about college?
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Corniel spent his years at Emmaus playing baseball his first two years with the school and then basketball for fun. While he figures out his major, he will be atending Northampton Community College.
Stinger: Any advice for underclassmen? Corniel: My advice is to be yourself. Don’t just do things you’re not really into or try to fit in if it’s not what makes you happy. Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Corniel: I want to be remembered as the kid with a uniquely crazy personality for hose who really knew me. Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Corniel: I see myself being a billionaire in 10 years. I don’t know what for yet though.
Stinger: How has Emmaus impacted you? Corniel: Emmaus was pretty much the place that showed me the type of things I like to do and don’t do and the people and atmosphere I wanna surround myself around. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Corniel: Other than being two inches taller, I work now and almost done with high school, I’m more mature and prepared for whatever the future holds for me as opposed to me four years ago where all I wanted to do was learn how to dougie. Stinger: What excites you most about college? Corniel: The independence scares me but also really excites me about college. Oh yeah and those long nights where I’m trying to finish a paper that was assigned three weeks ago that I haven’t even thought about starting should be a blast too. Stinger: A song that describes your high school career? Corniel: “Just what I am” by Kid Cudi.
Contributing writers: -John Lang -Hannah Maehrer -Sydney Buck -Austin Flaugh -Destiny Nagle -Justine Coleman -Kayla McGovern
Ode to the Chicken God
Here it is. My time has finally come. I, John Thomas Lang, now control the famous sports column space. I have big shoes to fill as my predecessors have left a legacy of sports columns regarding all things athletics. First thing my readers must know, is that columns scare me. Naturally, I have written a few amateur columns in my day for my journalism classes. But a column from John Lang that is written to go in the paper is seldom found. So bear with me here, as I am a novice at best. The hardest part of writing a good column, in my opinion, is choosing a topic to write about. As directed by my advisor, Ms. Reaman, a writer should compose a column that is personal to them. It makes it easier to write. That being said, the advice meant nothing to me as I struggled to find a topic to write about. Well, the other day I was starting to lay out my pages in the sports section for this issue. I was using a template from last year’s final issue (to make my job easier due to the fact that I am extremely lazy). As I was moving things around and updating parts of the page in preparation for this year’s debut of the senior issue, I was struck with a depressing realization: I was removing Steve’s name and picture from the column section of the page and remembered that he is leaving in a few weeks. It got me thinking of the huge impact he’s had on me over the past year. I have known Steve Gudonis, now known across The Stinger as “Chicken God” for his providing of delicious KFC since I was very young. He, like myself, was a very sports-oriented kid growing up. We played baseball for the same program, LMYA. However, since he is a year older than me, we never played on the same team, and I therefore had never spoken a word to him before this year. He is a quiet, thoughtful guy. But that hasn’t deterred him from teaching me plenty, and impacting me the way he has. Steve and I have a sort of odd relationship. We don’t talk each other’s ears off. We have short conversations when a sports topic arises in the news. We respect each other while working and when we are together we enjoy each others presence without blabbing about pointless conversations. I value our friendship, and I apologize right now if that was too corny for him. Holding the editor position under Steve for the sports section this school year, I spent a good deal of time with him. He has taught me a lot about how to create sports pages and all that newspaper stuff. Although to be honest, all the things he’s taught me about newspaper print is great and all, but it’s nothing compared to what he’s taught me about life or what he’s taught me about being a person. Let me just say now that I do not know anybody who knows more about sports than Steve Gudonis. It’s one of my favorite things about him. Steve and I, naturally, conversed about March Madness this year, sharing thoughts, giving advice, and persuading decisions. Steve knew things about EVERYONE. He would pull out stats and facts about every player and every team just from his memory. He would have every team analyzed down to each shot and every turnover. It was impressive to say the least. Steve and I also discussed this year’s NFL draft. Those conversations gave Steve yet another chance to showcase his extensive (and slightly ridiculous) knowledge of every player and potential draft options. Steve taught me that if you are going to call yourself a “sports editor,” you might as well be neck deep in sports familiarity. Steve is truthfully one of the most laid-back guys I know. He just has fun and enjoys life. That’s something he has taught me that I need learn from, big time. Steve has always been a calm, content guy. He has directed me not to take life so seriously all the time, and to enjoy my time in high school. He still gets his work done and applies himself where need be, but he is so relaxed all the time and I think that’s really important. We should all learn from that. The last thing that Steve Gudonis has taught me is probably my favorite thing I have learned from him. This year, due to mutual friends and a love for basketball, Steve and I have played ball together many a time. In fact, we were on the same Scrubs team this season. Now, Steve is not the fastest guy. He’s not the tallest kid. He can’t jump through the roof or hit threes like Ray Allen. But damn, Steve hustles. He’s that kid that you’re playing with that will give 110% at all times. Always. He goes so hard and I love it. Steve will snag key rebounds or make the clutch defensive play. All because he is willing to leave it all on the court whenever he plays. And because of his hustle, Steve will surprise you time and time again with great plays. He has taught me the value of working hard and always giving 110%. If you are going to do something, like play a sport, why not leave it all out there? Why not play your heart out like it’s your last game? That is why I love playing with Steve. So to wrap it all up, I will miss Steve. I wish him the best of luck in college at Shippensburg University, I know he’ll do great things and have fun at the same time. I can’t wait to come down and visit you, Steve. Love you, man.
Boyle entered Emmaus as an accomplished cycler: a state champion and top 20 at junior track nationals. However, he decided to quit cycling in his sophomore year. Since then, it’s safe to say he has kept himself busy. Boyle will study accounting at the University of Mississippi. Stinger: When did you begin cycling, and when and why did you decide to call it quits? Boyle: I began at age 13. I stopped because of a change of interests when I was 16. Stinger: What did you focus on after walking away from cycling? Boyle: Better grades, more extracurricular activities, and exploring new hobbies. Stinger: What were some of those hobbies and activities? Boyle: I got a sport on the golf team in 11th joined Key Club, FBLA, Spanish Club, and Earth Watch Club. Senior year I joined the wrestling team and was treasurer of Key Club.
Green spent her high school career volunteering at nursing homes and keeping the school spirit high. She will go on to study psychology at Delaware Valley College. Stinger: Were you involved in any clubs/sports? Green: Cheerleading. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Green: It’s only high school, things get better. Stinger: What was your biggest accomplishment (In or out of high school)? Green: Winning the St. Lukes Shining Star award for my volunteer work at Phoebe Nursing Home. Stinger: How have you changed since freshman year? Green: I’ve grown up and realized some things are more important than others Stinger: What was your favorite class? Green: Psychology. Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Green: Graduated from college and starting a family.
Contributing Writers • Steve Gudonis • Hanna Brosky • Maura Benner • Destiny Nagle
Martinez, who plans to study business and film, enjoyed his time on Fitness team. Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Martinez: Going to California every year for fitness. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Martinez: Coach Gibbs. He’s a very good role model, and he’s good with the ladies. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Martinez: Keep the GPA up, and try to have fun while doing that. Stinger: What was your biggest accomplishment? Martinez: I got first in nationals in California this year (for the whole fitness competition). Stinger: A song that describes your high school career. Martinez: “Thrill” by Wiz Khalifa.
Lea Bishop spent her years at EHS dancing her heart out on the dance team. She will be immersing herself in a new environment when she attends East Stroudsburg University in the fall and is excited to start anew. Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Bishop: My inspiration is my sister, she’s my best friend. I look up to her, and we talk about everything. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Bishop: My advice to underclassmen is to really do your best the first two years so you can get your GPA high. It’s very hard for it to go up and very easy for it to drop. Stinger: Were you involved in any clubs/sports? Bishop: I was a part of the EHS dance team all four years,and I did the club PALS my first two years. Stinger: What’s your most prominent memory? Bishop: My most prominent memories was at dance team. I became really close with all the girls and wouldn’t want to be a part of anything else. I’m going to really miss it when I’m gone. Stinger: What won’t you miss about EHS? Bishop: After high school, I won’t miss the crowded hallways and our 7-hour-long school days.
Contributing Writers • Sydney Buck • Hannah Maehrer • John Lang • Steve Gudonis • Savannah Pukanecz
White has been playing football for 12 years. He also used to play basketball, baseball, and wrestle. He plans on attending Lackawanna College for over a year with his brother.
Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? White: Work hard, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Stinger: What was your biggest accomplishment in high school? White: [My] biggest accomplishment in high school was being named first team for the eastern region. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? White: Mr. Speicher impacted me the most. Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? White: I want to be remembered for being a great individual and also one of the greatest to ever play defensive back. Stinger: Who is your inspiration? White: My biggest inspiration is my dad and brothers.
Hawkins has been on the legendary Hornets field hockey team since freshman year, and will remember the memories she’s made over the years. Stinger: What clubs or teams are you involved with? Hawkins: I’m in Latin Club and I play field hockey and lacrosse.
Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Hawkins: Definitely my team. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Hawkins: I am going to Georgetown, but I’m not sure about my major yet Stinger: What’s your most prominent memory? Hawkins: Winning states my freshman year. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Hawkins: Mr. Parish, he’s the most fun teacher. He made the subject matter interesting and easy to learn. Stinger: What is your worst/most embarrassing high school memory? Hawkins: I fell up the stairs freshman year. Sophomore year I passed out during my chem exam. Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Hawkins: J.K. Rowling
Best known as the epitome of “Baby got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, Jack Tiberius Melnick was a scholar-athlete for lacrosse and football, treasurer of the Young Conservatives Club and the Pediatric Cancer Club, and involved in Mountains of Hope and the PA Math League. He will be attending Villanova University to major in
mathematics. Stinger: What was the best part about playing football for EHS? Melnick: The brotherhood and the camaraderie. Stinger: Between lacrosse and football which one was more significant to you? Melnick: Lacrosse was just fun, football defined me. Stinger: Do you want to play sports in college? Melnick: I want to play rugby or possibly Quidditch. If I had to be anything, I’d probably be a Keeper. Stinger: What are your plans for the future? Melnick: After the military, I’m either going to run for office and be Mike Kashuba’s secretary of state, or I’m going to wander the world and be everyone’s best friend and then move to Chile and surf and snowboard everyday.
Lawrence enjoyed his years at Emmaus by participating as class treasurer for three years, a peer tutor coordinator for two years, and a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish National Honor Society. Stinger: What sports were you involved in? Lawrence: I’ve been on the varsity wrestling team for four years, being a team captain my senior year. Stinger: Plans for college? Lawrence: I will be attending Ohio State University to pursue a B.S. in neuroscience. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Lawrence: My advice is to work hard so you can play hard. However, there’s plenty of fun to be had and friendships to be made so try to keep the stress levels low and enjoy yourself as much as you can.
Stinger: What do you want to be remembered for? Lawrence: I would like to be remembered as “That guy with a lot of tie dye” who can get along with anyone, yet is still a hard working student striving for perfection.
Moxey played an instrumental role in the continued success of the field hockey program in her four years at Emmaus. She also was a member of the track team for three years, and was involved in student government, National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Principal’s Advisory. Moxey will be attending Rhodes College in Memphis, where she will play field hockey. She also plans on going to med school in the future. Stinger: When did you begin playing field hockey? Moxey: I started field hockey in second grade. Stinger: Did you know right away field hockey was your sport? When did it become your primary focus? Moxey: I always loved it, but I really started focusing on it in fifth grade. Stinger: What is your favorite memory of playing field hockey at Em-
maus? Moxey: Making friendships that will last forever and our coach’s picnics but playing wise, when I scored the game winning goal to get into the state championship game my senior year.
Hunter Kushy Kushy’s time at Emmaus was spent in the Young Republicans Club, on the football team, and as a member of SADD. Next year he will attend Millersville University with a major in meteorology and will continue to play football with his college. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Kushy: Mrs. Simpkins. Stinger: How has Emmaus impacted you? Kushy: Nobody saw it coming till it was too late. I saw it as it was about to impact and I just braced myself. Stinger: If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be? Kushy: I would have done more to study to get me more smarter. Stinger: Favorite school lunch food?
Kushy: I packed lunch most of the time. Stinger: Where was your favorite place at EHS? Kushy: The gazebo I built with my bare hands.
Spring Sports Zobaku Acholonu
Acholonu, a member of the varsity track team for four years, will miss her time as a Hornet. Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? Acholonu: All my friends that I’ve known since the 4th grade. Stinger: What was your favorite class? Acholonu: Junior year world history with Mr. Wenner because he always made us laugh and could easily take our jokes we reciprocated. Stinger: What did you like most about track?
Acholonu: I like staying active and fit and hanging around with my friends and playing a sport I love. Stinger: How has Emmaus impacted you? Acholonu: It has opened me up to new situations where I have to think on my feet and be more independent. Stinger: Favorite hall monitor and why? Acholonu: Mrs. O’Donald. She’s always willing to listen, and she always has a solution to any miscellaneous problem I have. Stinger: A song that describes your high school career. Acholonu: Although I don’t like country music all too much, I think “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts, because high school was a journey that I took day by day and it went so fast and eventually ended but I rode it all the way through. Stinger: What excites you the most about college? Acholonu: Just finally meeting new new people and starting my own future. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Acholonu: I got a full academic scholarship to Lock Haven. I will major in health science.
After three years of playing varsity baseball for EHS and pitching lefty, Moore plans to go to Kutztown and study criminal justice. Stinger: What is your most prominent memory?
Moore: Pitching at Coca-Cola Park. Stinger: What is your favorite baseball team? Moore: The Mets. Stinger: What will you miss the most about your time on the baseball team? Moore: Practicing with my team every day. Stinger: What is your favorite pitch to throw? Moore: A curve ball. Stinger: How long have you been playing baseball? Moore: Ten years. Stinger: Who was your mentor? Moore: Mr. Pum. Stinger: Any advice to underclassmen? Moore: Get involved.
DeCaprio has played lacrosse for the Hornets for four years. But among his work on the field, he has also led the student section at other sporting events, and was in charge of the Hornets Nest. Stinger: What clubs or sports are you involved in? DeCaprio: I play lacrosse and scrubs
basketball. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? DeCaprio: I will be attending Bloomsburg University and I will be studying business management. Stinger: Who was your mentor in high school? DeCaprio: Mr. Caccavo, he’s just a great guy. He always tells you how it is. Stinger: A song that describes your high school career DeCaprio: “Alright” by Darius Rucker Stinger: What is your most embarrassing high school memory? DeCaprio: Freshman year I was at lunch and I was flipping an ice tea bottle in the air and on one of the flips it landed and exploded all over me. Everyone clapped for me as I went out of the caf.
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Maria Justus Multi-track and Fitness Team record breaker, Maria Justus plans to backpack her way around the world after graduation. Stinger: Who is your inspiration? Justus: Lolo Jones (a hurdler) because it took her 8 to 10 years to get to the Olympics; she was homeless and she went through a lot of hardships to get where she is now. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? Justus: I hope to have seen a lot of things (from travelling) and meet a lot more people. Stinger: Do you have any advice to underclassmen? Justus: Try freshman and sophomore year. The work will pay off. Stinger: Favorite lunch? Justus: Peanut butter and jelly. Stinger: Were you involved in any clubs/sports? Justus: Cross-county since 7th grade, track and field since sophomore year, fitness team since sophomore year, International Justice Missions. Stinger: What teacher impacted you the most? Justus: I wanna say Gavin, because he has a great perspective on life and
he understands our point of view as a student, and Petrunak because she shows me as an adult and as a teacher that you can still have connections with kids and enjoy life. She’s really relatable to kids. Stinger: What’s your most prominent memory from high school? Justus: Going to California for fitness and anything to do with track.
After spending his high school career on the Emmaus baseball team, LeMaster now moves on to DeSales University and most likely will major in marketing. Stinger: What position do you play? LeMaster: Pitcher. Stinger: How many years did you play on the Emmaus team? LeMaster: All four, three on varsity and one on junior varsity. Stinger: What was your favorite year of playing on the Emmaus team and why? LeMaster: Senior year, because we’re winning a lot. Stinger: What will you miss most about your time at Emmaus? LeMaster: Probably the people. Stinger: On a scale of one being the least amount and ten being the most, how much senioritis have you
experienced this year? LeMaster: 10 by far. I’ve had it since like last year. Stinger: What do you hope to accomplish after high school? LeMaster: Get a decent job after college.
Jake Pacheco After four years of playing on the Emmaus baseball team, shortstop Pacheco goes on to bat in college and major in business administration. Stinger: What are your plans for after high school? Pacheco: I’m attending Northampton Community College and playing shortstop there and hopefully going to transfer to a Division I baseball school after two years. Stinger: What was your favorite year of playing on the Emmaus team and why? Pacheco: Definitely this year. We are the best team since I’ve been here, and there are 9 seniors that make it a lot of fun Stinger: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Pacheco: I’m still not giving up on my childhood dream. I see myself in the MLB in 10 years playing pro baseball.
Stinger: Who will you miss most at Emmaus? Pacheco: I’m going to miss a lot of people but to be specific I’ll miss Mrs. Grim. She was my second mom around here and always had my back whether it was college related or picking the right classes.