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Break by Kelf
Dec. 2013/Vol. 5 Issue 2
Life & Style
Photo by Molly Campbell
Volume 5 Issue 2
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Layout by Kristin Slomiany
Meet the Senior Editors
Editorial Team Leader
Section Editor-Student Content
Section Editor-Student Content
Meet the Junior Editors
Kassianna Politis- #connect Editor
Natalie Rihmland- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Spindler- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Folino- Section Editor: Life and Style
Maria Hoge- Section Editor: News
Madi Start- Section Editor: PT Focus
Vanessa Scoulos- Section Editor: Student Content
Table of Contents
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Smoke Signals is produced six times a school year by the students of
Media II, III, IV Journalism Staff at Peters Township High School.
The staff adviser is Mrs. N. Sitler.
Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the expressed opinion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its adviser, or the Peters
Township School District.
PT Focus // December
Bean There…Done That; CoffeeHouse 2013
CoffeeHouse, the annual and Mrs. Kuhn, the tech director. Both teachers are veterans and
variety show sponsored by Thespian have 23 years of CoffeeHouse experience between them. SponTroupe 185, was a great way to enjoy soring CoffeeHouse is not all bottomless mugs and cheesecake;
the talents of other students while choosing acts and hosts that the majority of students will enjoy.
enjoying hot beverages and pastries. Picking an appropriate leadership team that helped CoffeeHouse
CoffeeHouse 2013 had all run as smoothly as possible was a major responsibility.
of the legendary bottomless mugs
“Choosing the acts is not easy! Ms. Wilmus and I work
while hosts Savannah Brooks and together after auditions to make the final decisions. It was espeRachael Ferraco provided lots of cially difficult this year with all of the variety and talent,” said Mrs.
“CoffeeHouse was a great op-
This time of year, most people think of hot chocolate and
portunity for my band to perform in Christmas carols that will not get out of your head. The students
front of a live audience,” said senior that participated in Coffeehouse shared these holiday favorites
Artwork by Diana Sarnicke
A.J. Clark, a member of the band FYFS.
with their audience. CoffeeHouse is always a highlight of the holi
This year’s theme was Bean There… Done That. It was
held in the cafeteria from December 12 to December 14 at 7:00
“I participated in CoffeeHouse last year and it was such
a cool experience. I was so excited to see how the show came together this year,” said sophomore Nikki Wall.
CoffeeHouse is sponsored by Ms. Wilmus, the director,
Artwork by Ms. Wilmus
Get It To The Italians:
Mastrangelos Clinch WPIALs
Most athletes symbolically refer to their teammates as family members, rather than just other
competitors who help them score goals or win games. However, in some particular cases, teammates
are actually siblings. The WPIAL champion boys soccer team contains three sets of brothers including
junior twins Mario and Nicco Mastrangelo.
The Italian duo began playing soccer at the age of four and have not lost touch with the ball since.
“Every parent signs their kid up to play soccer when they’re little,” said Mario, the older twin by thirty
minutes. “As soon as we joined the grass hopper league we immediately loved the sport and we love it
even more now.”
After playing on travel and cup teams their entire childhood, the twins are proud to admit that
their most memorable soccer experiences have been with the high school varsity squad. Within their
first three years of high school, Mario and Nicco have not only played, but also started, for a team that
has faced rivals for the past two years in the WPIAL Championships.
This season, the team won WPIALs due to a goal scored by Mario. Just
like the twins in the notable Will Ferrell movie “Kicking and Screaming,” Nicco and Mario constantly are hearing, “Pass the ball to the Italians!”
“The most memorable on-field moment with Nicco was when I assisted him a pass with 58
seconds left in the second half and him scoring the game winning goal in the WPIAL semi-final playoffs against our rivals, Canon Mac,” stated Mario. “He and I always know where the other is on the field
at all times without even realizing.”
“It’s awesome,” Nicco says when describing living the life of a twin. “There’s always someone
to joke around with or get help from. On the field, we know what each other are thinking and our
chemistry is strong.”
The Mastrangelo brothers prove that twin telepathy is not a myth through their numerous
accomplishments. They hope this superstition can help the team improve and reach even greater success next year. The season may be over for this year, but the duo is already ecstatic to play together for
possibly the last time next season of their senior year.
Photos by Olivia Glod and
Layout by Val Mikec
Overrated Holiday Traditions, Part II
DISCLAIMER: I’m a Grinch
5. Christmas Ham
Do people still eat these? For the Smoke Signals faithful, you may recall egg nog from part I of
Overrated Holiday Traditions. The ham falls into a similar category. Wouldn’t you rather have a turkey or
something else? Ham is just so nasty after a while. Maybe it’s because there have been no classic movies about
turkeys. The same can’t be said for pigs. After my second plate of ham, I just envision Babe or Wilbur crying
out for help. Too much? Very possibly. Is this a pitch to make you ditch the ham? I won’t tell.
4. A White Christmas
A light covering of snow on the ground is perfect. That’s all we need. Just
enough to cover the ground. For those who want the mass snowfall: are you crazy? Who wants to spend
Christmas Day shoveling? Wow, opening presents was fun, now let’s go shovel for hours on end. Perfect.
My shoveling job is going to turn out worse than Janet Jackson’s performance at the Super Bowl. I just want
eat a lot of food and do nothing. Christmas is like Shabbat—it should be a day of rest. Don’t make your
kids work. Please.
Let me start by saying that this one doesn’t apply to long-time couples. But for the rest of us: ugh.
Another good idea in theory. It’s really cute, right? Look who found themselves stuck under the mistletoe? Teehee! In reality, it
just ends up creating an awkward situation. Now both parties are stuck looking at each other wondering who’s going to make the
first move. Everyone happens to be watching and tensions increase by the second. It feels more awkward than a middle school
dance. Or a high five/fist-bump mix-up. Or watching Kristen Stewart try to act. Pass.
2. Secret Santa
In theory, this is a good idea. Unfortunately, it almost always goes downhill when people start opening
gifts. Why can’t people just follow the spending cap? There always has to be that one person that needs to go
above and beyond. Suddenly, my creative yet inexpensive gift looks mediocre in comparison to your assortment
of pricey gifts. Thanks for making me look bad. Thanks for making us all look bad. You know those compliments
that we’re giving you about how generous you are? They’re laced with anger and envy. The whole night just went down the tubes.
It’s always interesting to see the various poses and creative ideas from the different families on holiday
cards each year. However, that’s not the issue. The problem is that some people want to tell everything (AND I
MEAN EVERYTHING) that happened in the past year. Even a few major events are acceptable. But when I start
hearing about the daily eating habits of the kids, it starts to drag on. When it comes to holiday cards, there should
be a specified word limit for everyone. 150 words or less. No exceptions. Go.
AP Images Mead, Burkaty, Ano and Rubra
Mr. PTHS Returns
The cost of admission to this event will be five dollars.
Miss America, Mr. PTHS, what is the difference? This
year the PTHS cheerleaders will bring back an old tradition, the All proceeds will benefit the Watchful Shepherd and the MozMr. PTHS competition, set to occur on Friday, April 4, 2014 in the ingo family in West Virginia. The Watchful Shepherd provides
the Washington County Child Protection Services Unit with an
high school gym.
The competition will involve senior boys that will be electronic monitoring device that enhances efforts to increase the
chosen by the student body. The ballots to choose which boys will safety of children in possible threatening home environments.
The Mozingo family’s house exploded earlier in October because
compete will be similar to those of the homecoming court.
The actual competition will include a talent competition, of a natural gas outburst. The explosion killed their eighth-grade
a dance (in board shorts of course) performed with the cheerlead- daughter, Hannah, who was a cheerleader, the mother, Tracy, and
the family’s other daughter, Haley. The family is left with nothing
ers, and a final question and answer for the five runner-ups.
The judges will be personalities from outside of the school. and a donation fund for the family has been set up at Progressive
The cheerleaders are hoping to get television personalities as well Bank at 744 Charles Street Wellsburg, WV 26070 to accept donaas some other well-known local celebrities to judge the competi- tions.
The details are subject to change and more are to
tion. As for the winning prizes, donations such as gift cards and
prizes from businesses around the community will be gifted to the come about this fundraiser. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite senior boys during homeroom in March.
winner and runner-up.
Sports // December 2013
The Boys Turn
PT has been known for its terrific soccer teams over the
years. While both the boys and the girls teams have been very
successful, the girls have stolen the recent spotlight from the boys
by winning states three years in a row. This season both teams
advanced to the WPIAL Championship game, but it was the boys
turn to shine.
After many years of disappointing playoff losses, it was
the boys who captured the gold, beating rivals Canon-Mac and
Upper St. Clair during their playoff run, making their success that
much sweeter. Going into the championship, PT was an obvious
underdog but was able to outplay the St. Clair Panthers, winning
1-0. The team’s great season came to an end after losing in the
second round of the state playoffs to those same Panthers. This
loss did not diminish a well- played season.
“Winning WPIAL’s was a great feeling, but going into
next season our goal as a team is to win states,” said junior Rylen
The 2014 team has a chance to replicate this year’s suc-
cess and hopes to win the state title, as well. The boys strive to
match the dynasty like play the girls exhibited over the last few
years. With their success, it is safe to say they are on the verge of
a dynasty themselves. The team has many key players returning
next season. Anything short of a WPIAL and state title would be a
Photo by Caitlin Pendergast
Tired of Second Place
“Second place is not a
defeat. It is a stimulation to get
better. It makes you even more
determined,” said former baseball player Ty Cobb.
The hockey team has
made the Penguin Cup finals
for the past three seasons only
to succumb to their opponents.
“It’s painful to come
that close every year and watch
as the other team steals your
trophy,” said senior forward
The Indians last won
the Penguins Cup in 2005 and
are looking to reverse their
misfortune this season.
“It is tough for everyone, but it is particularly tough
pected of the Indians entering
the 2012-2013 campaign, but
the team proved their doubters
wrong. Behind senior captain
Trevor Recktenwald, who now
plays for the Johnstown Tomahawks of the NAHL, the squad
finished the regular season atop
the standings in Section 1 and
swept through the playoffs to
make their return to Consol.
They eventually fell to powerhouse North Allegheny when a
late goal sealed a 2-0 victory for
The dream of gold has
been cemented in the players’
minds, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them return to
the cup this season for a fourth
try at the title. The team has
arguably the best goalie in the
state (senior Brian Baker), not
to mention junior Adam Alavi
who was one of the league’s
top scorers last year. They also
have senior Evan Opeka who is
one of the fastest skaters in the
In addition to talent,
the team has been preparing for
this season since the summer
by participating in intense on
for the seniors,” said senior
forward Keenan Witmer.
“Being a senior, you want
to win it.”
Reaching the Penguins Cup in three consecutive seasons is something
that happens very rarely.
The team started the streak
in 2010, when it fell to
Bishop Canevin while playing in class AA. The following year, the team rode its
strong goaltending and senior
leadership all the way back to
Consol to face Bethel Park. An
unlucky late goal gave Bethel
Park the win and left the Indians devastated again.
Not much was ex-
Layout by Kristin Slomiany
and off ice workouts. They are
hungry and aren’t intimidated
by the challenges that lie ahead
of them in one of the toughest
sections in Western Pennsylvania.
“We’re ready,” said
junior Gaven Reboltz, “A lot
of teams are aiming for us, but
we’re not backing down.”
Canon Mac, Bethel
Park and Upper Saint Clair are
expected to have strong teams
and any one of those clubs have
a realistic shot at capturing the
Penguin Cup. At the same
time, Peters desperately wants
to break the “Consol Curse”
and finally bring home the cup.
Good luck boys!
Photos by Emilou Landas, Jake
Augenstine and Erin Pakela
Athletes Of The Month:
Senior Brian Baker has spent a large part of
his life involved in hockey. He continues to make a
name for himself as the starting goalie on the hockey team.
His personal goal is for the team is to win the
coveted Penguin Cup. After three straight seasons
of finishing second, the team is determined to earn
it this season. In order to make his dream a reality,
Baker has made it his personal goal. Following his lead, the team
has dedicated themselves and will work harder than ever before.
Although it is a challenging task to achieve, it is possible for the
team to win it all.
The team is off to a great start, with a 5-1 record in a
tough division. They have already beaten North Allegheny, who
they lost to in finals the previous year. With this much success
already, they have high hopes for a triumphant season. Like most
teams, the boys have their own superstitions.
“We have pasta dinners at people’s houses where we get
to enjoy a nice meal and be with the boys before the game,” said
Along with the pasta dinners, there are other perks, according to Baker.
“My favorite thing about hockey is that there is never a
set outcome, that anything can happen and any team can win. Statistics are worth nothing in the game of hockey,” said Baker.
Baker became interested in hockey at a young age. Being raised in Pittsburgh, his favorite NHL team is the Pittsburgh
Penguins, and more specifically, his favorite
player is their goalie, Marc-André Fleury.
“As a young goalie, I always used to
watch Fleury and go to Pens practices to see
him,” said Baker.
Although this chapter of his hockey
career is closing, his deep-rooted passion for
the sport is not going away anytime soon, as
Baker plans to continue his hockey career
through college. Best of luck to Baker and PT
varsity hockey as they progress through the
season. Bring home the Cup boys!
Photo by Molly Campbell
Senior Saoirse Paulu-Benson spends almost as
much time in the water as she does out of it.
Paulu-Benson is confident that her team will be
successful in many meets this year. She, along
with the rest of the team, is anticipating meeting
personal goals that will result in overall team success.
“Gliding through the water and feeling the competition race beside me is one of my favorite parts
about being a swimmer,” said Paulu-Benson.
Paulu-Benson grew up swimming and enjoys being in
The pool is her second home and gives her the opportunity to hang out with friends, most of whom she has been swimming with since middle school. Swimming also serves as a stress
She maintains focus during each race by concentrating
only on that race. The swim team is very close and supports each
other during their practices and meets. Paulu-Benson typically
leads the team in cheers to pump them up before meets.
“Swimming is a very competitive sport. You can always
see the competition next to you during the whole race,” said Paulu-Benson.
Along with swimming, she puts a lot of time and effort
into her academics.
“Although swimming is important, academics take first
priority in my life,” said Paulu-Benson.
Paulu-Benson’s personal goal for this
season is to place in the state competition. She
plans to continue swimming through college.
Best of luck to Paulu-Benson in pursuing her
goals and in her senior year on the varsity
Editorial: Crossing the Line
With the fallout of
the Jonathan Martin scandal
concluding, it has become evident that sports, and football,
in general, will have to raise its
standards of maturity if it hopes
to avoid another catastrophe
like the one that is unfolding in
front of their eyes.
Rookie hazing has
been common practice in locker rooms across the country for
decades. Players, notably veterans, ostracize younger players by making them perform
degrading tasks that stem from
cross-dressing to covering lavish dining expenses. Martin’s
humiliation has exposed the
severity of this practice in a
league that is supposed to be more disconcerting is the in“professional?” Is it a responsi- ability of grown men to solve
bility as a teammate, and, more their problems in a professional
importantly, as a human be- manner. These players are role
ing, that the best environment models for society, whether
be provided to anyone who is they want that responsibility
willing to expose and sacrifice or not. The example that has
themselves for the greater good been set here is clearly short of
moral stability, and the profesof the team?
The degradation of sionalism, or lack thereof, both
Martin, a current Miami Dol- players displayed is inexcusable.
phins player, who was threat- There are countless hazing
ened on several occasions by and bullying victims everyday
teammate Richie Incognito whose pleas for help are unwith the use of racial and sexual heard, and the way the situation
epithets has lead to discussion was handled does not serve as a
over what is going to be accept- forum for them. Incognito, who
able and unacceptable in the described his relationship with
Martin as ‘brotherly,” failed
NFL going forward.
However, what is far miserably as a leader, as a team-
mate, and, most importantly, as
an individual. Martin should
have said something to authority in order to avoid the situation
that unfolded. The ability to talk
to someone about his problem
may have helped ease his mind
and the toll bullying was taking
on him. No one is ever too old
to ask for help.
The NFL is not a classless league. It is full of richly
intelligent and genuinely respectful individuals, but the
counter-culture that exists
beneath the spotlight must
change. Threats and violence
are not solving any issues;
they’re aiding them.
Last Minute Shopping Ideas
For the holidays, Pinterest is the perfect website that gives you resourceful ideas. It is well equipped with some creative last
minute gift ideas for girls, guys, and parents.
Holiday gift for a girl: Not sure what to
buy that teen girl on your list? What does
she like? Do you know? Do they know?
(Clothes are dangerous; wrong size, wrong
style, and wrong decade). Here are my top
five gift ideas for teen girls on your list.
AP Images Pedroncelli
Holiday gift for
a guy: not sure
what to buy for a
teen guy on your
list? Here are my
top five gift ideas
for a teen boy
this year. Perfect
for your boyfriend, brother,
cousin, or friend.
New pair of shoes
Holiday gift for a parent: You are down to the
most difficult people on your holiday gift list:
mom and dad. Even if you have already blown
through your holiday gift budget, you can
still get your parents a unique, thoughtful gift
without spending a lot of money. Here are my
top five gift ideas for parents for this year.
AP Images Lee
Homemade picture frames
Homemade baskets of gifts
AP Images Kaster
These throwback photos were taken at McMurray Elementary School when we were in grades four to six. Every holiday
season the PTA held parties for us where we participated in festive games and activities. My hope is that these pictures don’t
embarrass you, but remind you of our enjoyable time in elementary school.
Layout by EmmaLee Ducoeur
Paul Marchky, 10
Gina Vilsack, 12
Sarah Heeter, 11
Olivia Miller, 12
Jake Augustine, 12
Ryan Page, 10
Dream Life Quiz
At this age, everyone is confused on where they want to settle down. Some have an idea of their future lifestyles, but most high
school students have no clue as to what their future holds. Hopefully this quiz will point you in the right direction for your future
1. Where is your ideal vacation
B. Los Angeles
C. New York City
D. Beverly Hills
2. How do you relieve stress?
A. Working out
B. Sleeping or watching TV
C. I don’t have time for stress
D. Shop till I drop
5. What is your most fond memory of high school?
B. Late nights with friends
3. What is your ideal holiday gift?
A. Skis or snowboard
4. What do you look for in friends?
B. Good sense of humor
D. Good Listener
6. What did your childhood summers mostly consist of?
A. Playing outside with the neighborhood kids
B. Playing video games or on the computer
C. Coloring or reading books
D. Vacation after vacation
Mostly A’s- You are bound for a life of taking risks and chances. You love living life on the edge and your ideal dream home is a sweet house in the mountains
where you can live your dicey lifestyle to the fullest.
Mostly B’s- You put the “chill” in “chillax.” You love spending long, endless days on the beach not worrying about a thing. A pristine beach house would work
great with your relaxing lifestyle.
Mostly C’s- Hustling and bustling is definitely your thing. Face it, a city apartment with a breathtaking view is basically made for you.
Mostly D’s- The life of luxury and riches is calling you. You love being pampered and what better for that than a gorgeous mansion with your name on it?
Life & Style // December 2013
Subject to Change:
4 Winter Sports you Didn’t Think Were
All winter sports have one thing in common: facing the bitter cold to participate in something you love. Some winter sports
push people past their freezing point, just for the fun of it. The question is, are you brave enough to try these
E: Shovel Racing-If you think sled riding is extreme, try traveling down a hill on a shovel hitting speeds as high
as 60 mph. Shovel racing is actually a worldwide sport that began in the 1970’s when slope workers were looking for a quick way to get down a hill. This sport doesn’t exactly qualify as an Olympic event, but that doesn’t
mean you shouldn’t keep your eye out for it every once in a while on TV.
A: Polar bear swimming-Some call it polar bear swimming, some call it “The Polar Bear
Plunge.” This treacherous sport, usually lasting just under a minute, is considered a once
in a lifetime experience. Imagine hopping into a body of water that can make your internal body temperature
drop several degrees in just a matter of seconds. Make sure a steamy cup of Starbucks Coffee is waiting for you
after you decide to participate in this “bucket-list” worthy experience.
E:Speed Flying- If skiing wasn’t hard enough, try parachuting out of a helicopter on skis
while avoiding trees and rocks looking to take you out. This crazy winter sport rightfully earned its name of
‘speed flying.’ A skier is usually flown to the top of a mountain and proceeds to click his/
her skis on, say their last words, and jump. If the skier comes across a tree or rock in their
way, he/she better pray they have the clearance to sail over it. If not…good luck.
A: Ice Yachting- Alright everyone, time to get your yachts out early this year, the Annual
Ice Yacht Race is underway. Racers control the direction of their yachts much like directing a sail boat--by getting
ahead of the wind. This competitive sport is making its debut throughout the northern U.S. and is taken very
seriously by its participants. Just don’t wreck your yacht, kids. Your parents would be disappointed.
Would you try these wacky sports? Double-dog-dare you.
AP Images Montoya, Heisenfelt, Bilow, and Faber
Healthy for the Holidays
Staying healthy during the holidays is always a tough task. up mashed potatoes, however, they can be
There’s the candy, pie, cookies, and other large amounts of food. loaded with fat when the potato is full of
Eating some unhealthy food is unavoidable, however, it is easier butter, cream cheese, bacon, and cheddar
cheese. This holiday season go for a baked
than you think to find the healthiest option.
Surprisingly, holiday beverages could potentially pack as potato with a small amount of butter. And
many calories as a full meal, if you are not careful. Opt for the tall who could forget about the crescent rolls?
Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks instead of a ven- This delicious treat should be limited to just
ti. This will cut out almost half of the calories while still letting you one, not four. Finally, stop yourself from getting thirds.
It can be a difficult task resisting all of the tempting desindulge in one of your holiday favorites.
Dinner is considered to be serts. Instead of depriving yourself of these tasty treats, learn how
the main course of the day. It’s hard to make your choice a healthier one. Have pumpkin pie without
to change family traditions just to be any whipped cream. Also, choose sugar cookies over the stuffed
healthy. Although, there are healthy cookies containing icing.
Once you are finished with your meal and have some time
choices you can make. One option you
have is to pick white meat over dark to recover, go shopping to burn off some extra calories. By this
meat. Dark meat contains more fat, cal- point you will probably be exhausted and out of money. It’s a good
ories, and cholesterol. No one can pass idea to sleep away the resent of eating yourself sick and spending
all of your money for the next twelve hours.
*Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist
Layout by Naomi Burke
AP Images Crowe
As the holidays round the corner, every girl wants something fashionable this year, and here are some teachers to help design
that perfect holiday outfit.
Mrs. Pinto: “My style is all about
being classic with a little sprinkle of trendy,” stated Mrs. Pinto.
She believes that a bold
necklace or scarf can complete
any outfit. Pinto is inspired by
Piperlime and Polyvore, two
online fashion sites. The perfect
gift Pinto wishes to receive is
a tab collar leather jacket. She
believes that a holiday outfit
should pair something neutral
with some sparkle or velvet.
Photos by Nicole Spindler
Ms. McKenna: While trying to
keep up- to- date on what’s in,
Ms. McKenna’s style is always
classy with a touch of trendiness.
“The best holiday outfit should have something sequined, a sequin dress or skirt,
with thick black tights and
boots,” stated McKenna.
Her fashionable gift
ideas are a pea coat and combat
boots. McKenna’s inspirations
and fashionable outfits come
from Kate Spade and J. Crew.
Mrs. Polard: “A comfy and stylish outfit such as a sweater dress
with leggings and boots is the
perfect holiday combination,”
stated Mrs. Polard.
Polard’s two favorite
stores, Banana Republic and
Nordstrom, are her places to
go when looking for the latest
fashion. Of all the expensive
and beautiful accessories out
there to buy, Polard thinks that
you do not have to look far to
find something; your smile will
complete any outfit.
Señora Miller: Señora Miller
walked the runway with her
fashion tips in the October issue and now she is back to talk
about the holidays. “For the
holidays the essentials: shimmer, sparkle, and shine and
for the winter cold weather,
nothing is better than cozy and
comfortable sweaters, booties,
Miller’s best fashionable gift to give this season is
a scarf; it is a great accessory
when completing an outfit. The
inspiration for the season is to
keep boots and heels in heavy
Who knew delicious peanut butter could lead to something as awful as cancer? Carcinogens are hidden in items that we use
everyday. Items that seem so harmless that we would never think twice about them being potentially dangerous to our health. Besides
peanut butter, some of these culprits include deodorant, sunscreen, and cell phones.
A fungus called Aspergillus flavus grows in peanut butter stored at room temperature. It releases
a cancer causing metabolic product called aflatoxin B1, which is officially recognized as a carcinogen.
Researchers recommend refrigerating peanut butter or buying organic peanut butter so this fungus cannot grow.
Unfortunately, peanut butter is not the only everyday item that may lead to cancer. Just because
you wear sunscreen while having fun in the sun does not mean you are safe from skin cancer. People
often think that sunscreen is the ultimate shield for skin cancer. Too much sun is harmful, even if you are
wearing SPF 50.
Interestingly enough, the FDA states, “there is no assurance that the specific values themselves
are in fact truthful…”
Regarding that higher SPF sunscreen is not in fact safer then lower SPF sunscreen. Junior Alex Pacich said, “Sunscreen companies should be more honest about what their products actually do.”
Sunscreen is not the only product we use that may be harmful to our health. Everyone wears deodorant to stay odor free but
some scientists have experimented and discovered that deodorant may be harmful. Some scientists have suggested that the aluminumbased compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer. These compounds enter the body through
nicks and cuts caused by shaving.
Everyone loves browsing their twitter feed before bed, but falling asleep by your phone might actually be extremely harmful.
Dr. Devra Davis, author of Disconnect--The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, has been researching the safety hazards of radiation
emanating from your cell phone.
The truth is, cell phones have a similar frequency to microwaves. Dr. Davis suggests that people should not talk on their
phone for thousands of minutes each month and not sleep by them to prevent radiation exposure.
“This is shocking to me but I don’t sleep by my phone or talk on it a lot so I don’t really have to worry,” stated Zach Jaap.
These are just a few of the items researchers have found out to be potentially dangerous. Although this research hasn’t been
substantiated by other studies, it is still a sobering thought that common everyday items could be harmful to our health.
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Past Teacher Feature
RebeccaPerryman|WebsiteEditor-In-Chief & KelseyHunter|SportsEditor
Elementary and middle school teachers have molded our student
body since the first day of kindergarten. A few of these teachers include
the humorous gym teacher Mr. Shaw from McMurray, the enthusiastic
seventh grade social studies teacher Mr. Maiolo, the caring and compassionate Mrs. Gropp from Pleasant Valley, and the comical eighth
grade science teacher, Mrs. Palko. They shared insights, advice and
what they learned from the Class of 2014.
What has changed over the years teaching at your school?
“The biggest change in my 21 years at Pleasant Valley has
been in technology. We have gone from writing lesson plans by hand
to typing them on the computer in files that can be shared electronically throughout the district and stored on the N drive. Also children
spend more time in front of technology rather than creatively making
projects or running and interacting with friends,” said Mrs. Gropp.
What are your best memories teaching?
“I have so many great memories teaching science. I love what
I teach and couldn’t ask for a better curriculum. More so, I really enjoy
teaching middle school students. They are always very excited to complete the hands-on activities and ask off the wall questions,” said Mrs.
What did the class of 2014 teach you?
“[The Class of 2014 taught me] the value of having a good
sense of humor in the classroom,” said Mr. Maiolo.
Do you have any advice for the graduating seniors this year?
“I would simply say [to the graduating seniors] to give 100%
of yourself in everything that you do and you will end up with no regrets. Don’t accept failure; strive to be the best. Good luck to you on
your journey ahead,” said Mr. Shaw.
Photos by Kelsey Hunter and Rebecca Perryman
Guten Tag! From Kirsten
Hello! Or should I
say guten tag? PTHS welcomes
junior Kirsten Rieper, a
foreign exchange student from
Switching schools can
be difficult, but moving from
one country to another and
trying to fit into a new school
can be even more challenging.
“I really like it here at PTHS
and it is what I imagined an
American high school would be
like,” stated Kirsten Rieper
One way new students
make new friends and get to
know their fellow classmates is
by getting involved in a school so we can just adjust to it.
sport or activity.
Learning the language overall
“I joined cross country, I like was a little difficult but not too
it a lot because I’m not use to hard.”
competing and being with a With the holidays
team, and will probably join approaching Rieper shared
indoor track too since I enjoy her thoughts about celebrating
running,” said Rieper
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Everyone adjusts to
“I am excited to
new situations differently, celebrate my first Thanksgiving
however, Rieper’s transition and Christmas here, I feel like
from speaking German to you celebrate these holidays
the English language was no more here than we ever did
problem for her at all
back in Germany,” stated
“I took an English Rieper. “I will probably be sad
speaking class while living in on Christmas, as my family will
Germany since middle school,” not be here with me, but I am
stated Rieper. “We listened to excited to see how you guys
American music all the time celebrate it.”
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Behind the Bench: Ted Elattrache
The anticipation of senior year begins the minute you you practically plan out the rest of your life. You have an idea of
walk into the doors freshman year. For senior Ted Elattrache, where you’re going and what you’re anticipating the rest of your
life,” said Elattrache.
freshman year was like yesterday to him.
Students may see high school strictly as a place to learn,
“I remember my
but there are also life lessons that are acfirst day of freshman year
quired that can really come in handy later
and looking up to all of the
on in life.
seniors and wanting to be in
“I love high school. I’ve learned so many
their position. Time goes by
life skills that I never thought I would
so fast,” said Elattrache.
learn. I learned how to be a good friend
The senior benches
and to take as many opportunities as posgrant upperclassmen the ausible. Knowing how to interact with people
thority that comes with sewill get you further than any other skill,”
“The senior bench As much as we all love high school, the
es are definitely a place for
journey must come to an end for everyone.
sociable seniors. It’s a place
“High school goes by so fast. What I will
where we share stories,
miss most it is being in the same building
laughs, and share other exwith hundreds of people that I grew up with.
periences,” stated Elattrache.
Goals that I have for the end of senior year
are to meet as many people as possible, to do
has its negatives, senior year
everything I can, and to take any opportunity that approaches me,”
has its positives.
“What I like about senior year is that it is the year that said Elattrache.
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Painting a Picture of Krissy Rhen
Gifted artists are
usually a rarity in high schools,
where the focus is not placed
on art theories and techniques.
Senior Krissy Rhen is one of
these unique art students.
Rhen has taken numerous art
classes over the past four years,
but has been most involved in
“Painting would be
my favorite art class because
of the watercolor and acrylic
mediums used,” Rhen stated.
“There are a wide range of
experimental techniques that
can be used to create abstract
art pieces as well as realistic
Rhen prefers to work
with watercolor while painting.
To no one’s surprise, her
favorite piece out of those that
she’s created is a watercolor
“This year I created
a watercolor painting in
“My inspiration can
Advanced Art Honors. It is an come from almost anywhere,”
up close image of the rib cage of Rhen said. “Music, nature, and
a skeleton,” stated Rhen. “The even other artists’ pieces have
bones were painted in a magenta inspired some of my work.”
color against a contrasting blue
Different art forms
require new sources of
to inspiration and some are
the watercolor techniques more challenging than others.
incorporated throughout the This year Rhen is exploring
painting, sharpie details were Ceramics, a class that is new to
drawn in the background. A her.
viewer examining the work
“I find the art form
might wonder how long Rhen much more difficult than other
has been developing her art forms because it is very
incredible artistic talent. The ‘hands-on’; it requires lots of
answer is further back than she practice,” Rhen said. Outside
of art classes, Rhen enjoys
“I created art at such a designing and sewing clothing.
young age I can’t remember the She has decided to attend Kent
first thing I made,” Rhen stated. State for fashion design next
Other than creativity, year.
natural talent, and practice, the
key for any artist is inspiration. important in creating artwork.
For Rhen, inspiration is an Don’t overthink!”
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How Mr. Sussman
Every Indian down in Peters liked Christmas a lot…
But Mr.Sussman who taught in room 214, did NOT!
Mr. Sussman hated Christmas! The whole holiday season!
Now please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be that he liked math way too much and the whole
holiday season just didn’t add up.
But I think the most likely reason of all,
May have been that his heart was pi sizes too small.
But, whatever the reason, his heart or the math,
He stood there before break, planning how to carry out his
Staring out at his class full of chatty teens with a sour, Sussman frown,
He planned and he plotted on how to bring their spirits
“I know just what to do!” Mr. Sussman laughed about his
As he prepared his costume to look just like St. Nick
“All I need is a reindeer or two,” Mr. Sussman looked
But since we live in Western Pennsylvania there were none
to be found.
Mr. Sussman didn’t let this problem stop his plan.
“A student shall do,” as he searched for a nice young man.
That’s when he spotted Max walking in the hall,
He said, “If you help me I will award bonus points to all.”
He couldn’t resist. He couldn’t refuse,
Max agreed to help no matter what he had to do.
n Stole Christmas
The morning of the last day before break,
Mr. Sussman thought, “This is going to be a piece of cake!”
On this very morning the fire alarm he did pull,
Forcing all of the students, besides Max of course, out of the
Mr. Sussman chuckled and laughed with glee,
“Mwahaha,” he said, “Christmas was stolen by none other
Max led the way from room to room,
They had to work quickly and swiftly “ZOOM, MAX,
Mr. Sussman took phones and iPads and computers,
He took pictures and decorations from every teacher, even
There was one last stop they had to make,
The janitor’s keys Mr. Sussman would take.
As the students filed in, down the hallway floor,
Mr. Sussman locked door after door.
The students were trapped with nowhere to go,
They didn’t have phones to play on or pictures to show.
Mr. Sussman only left two things in the classroom nooks,
Some bright yellow calculators and torn up math books.
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Entertainment // December 2013
Keep Catching ‘em All
There are currently
718 Pokémon in existence and
people everywhere are still trying to catch them all. October
12, 2013, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y were released all over
the world for the Nintendo
3DS and 2DS. According to
Gameinformer.com, in just the
first two days that the game
was released, over 4
million copies were
sold. That is the same
number of iPhone 4S’s
that were sold during
its weekend release.
This game is the most
revolutionized Pokémon game thus far. Now with
customization, and special effects, this sixth generation in
the Pokémon game franchise is
an enormous success.
It has been nearly 20
years since the very first Pokémon game was created for the
GameBoy and it is impressively,
after all these years, keeping its
spot as the second most popular gaming franchise behind
Nintendo’s own Mario. Despite
the original main target audience of young kids, Pokémon is
extremely popular among teenagers and college students. The
release of Pokémon X and Y has
already made an impact here at
PT as kids on the buses and in
the cafeteria are trading pokémon back and forth. People are
with the new
goodies of the
the friend safari
the most,” said
junior Jacob Simmons about
one of the new features in the
games. “It gives you the ability
to find pokémon with rare abilities and many other secrets.”
Senior Tristan Snyder
said, “My favorite thing about
the new pokémon is the trainer
customization because there
are a lot more choices than just
a stereotype trainer, plus, your
character is in cut scenes and
they use your trainer as they
This game pair also
brings about a whole new storyline for players to enjoy and
Junior Garrett Murray commented, “The plot is
the best thing. It is very dark
and emotional unlike the other
It is evident that there
are many new pokémon to look
forward to. The designs and
looks have improved much
since the last pair of games.
Simmons said, “[My
favorite new pokémon is] Mega
Alakazam because it put a nice
new twist on one of the old
“[I like] Aegislash. He’s
a possessed sword!” enthused
Murray. “His design is a sword
sheathed in a shield. His hilt
looks like a crown and he can
change form in battle to switch
his defense to his offence.”
There is definitely a
lot of hype over the new “fairy
type” pokémon that has been
released with the game as well.
Fans find this new breed of
pokémon to be very refreshing
after so many years of the same
“The new fairy type
adds something new to the
game and finally gives dragons
something to worry about,”
“The fairy type, while
it seems weak, the type is very
strong,” explained Murray. “It’s
very annoying to fight if you
don’t have a poison or steel
This new release is
clearly a must-have for any
gamer. Pokémon X and Y are
here and it appears that they
will be highly in demand all the
way until the next pair of games
reaches the shelves.
Photos by Casey Kirwan
Beating the Winter Blues
With less sunlight and freezing weather, it is easy to catch a case of the winter blues. Instead of laying on the couch watching
Netflix for hours on end, try something new. Try one of the ideas below if you want to have an exciting winter break.
Invite your friends
whip up a batch
of warm chocolate
chip cookies. You’ll
enjoy spending some
quality time talking over freshly
baked desserts. The best part is
that you get to eat cookies.
Spend a lovely Saturday
afternoon skating at one of our
local rinks. The Iceoplex and
South Park skating rink are
popular choices for many local
kids, but if you are looking for
more excitement, try the
PPG rink. It is located in
downtown Pittsburgh and
is open until midnight on
Build a snowman:
You cannot let this winter
season pass by without playing
in the snow. Embrace your
inner child and get outside! Put
on your snow pants and boots
and head out to the
back yard. Invite your
and siblings. This
doesn’t appeal to
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you? Try building an
ice sculpture instead.
Ginger bread house
When it comes to
building ginger bread
houses, everyone feels like an
architect and this is your chance
to prove it. Instead of going out
with friends on a Friday night,
share some quality bonding
time with your family. Whip
up some icing and have
a contest to see who can
make the best house.
Prizes can be awarded
for the winner. Kits are
available for purchase
at Giant Eagle and
most convenient stores
at a fairly low cost.
Read a book:
Sometimes you have
to just chill out and have some
quiet time. Pour yourself a
mug of hot cocoa and curl up
with a good book. Some of this
season’s best sellers include
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott
Card, Doctor Sleep by Stephen
King, and Sycamore Row by
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& Dunham, and Vanessa
Holiday Bucket List
As the holiday season nears, adults scurry to find the most effective prices for the best gifts while students are piled to the sky
with homework and tests. This year, take some of the stress away by knocking out one or two of the holiday activities listed on the Holiday Bucket List.
1. Choose, cut, and buy a real Christmas Tree
What better way is there to open presents than to open them under a real Christmas tree? Gather your family
and head to Candle Tree Farm in Washington County. Here the full experience is provided. You can walk or ride a wagon
into the field, choose from thousands of Christmas trees, and even cut it down yourself. Afterwards, come inside and
enjoy a complimentary cup of hot chocolate or coffee. This is quality fun for the entire family as a real tree will complete
the Christmas experience, imprinting the senses of smell, sight, and touch that will create lasting family memories.
2. Bring back childhood memories
We all remember those days when the first snow fell and everyone rushed outside to play in it. Bring back your
childhood memories this holiday season. Gather your friends, and start with the old classic snow ball fight. Afterwards, change gears a little and get
ready to build and decorate a snowman. Although it may not come to life, do not forget to add a top hat! Save the best for last, and end the outdoor
adventure by sledding. Wrap up this fun filled day with a warm cup of a hot chocolate and a holiday movie.
3. Downtown at PPG
Bundle up, rent some skates, grab your friends, and head down town for a fun filled evening at PPG. First,
stop at the amazing PPG ice rink and surround yourself with the ones you love, a 65-foot tall Christmas tree, and
holiday themed songs. Then, warm up in the PPG Wintergarden as you enjoy the breathtaking “Spirits of Giving from Around the World” exhibit. This exhibit features a 32-foot tall
Christmas tree and sixteen life-sized Santa Clauses representing sixteen different countries.
PPG Ice skating and the Santa Clause display is the perfect combination for a delightful holiday packed day.
4. Times Square for News Year’s Eve
Where is the craziest, noisiest, and most amazing place to celebrate the New Year? You guessed it, Times Square. Enjoy
six hours of live music performances, celebrity guests, and time in New York City. As the anticipation of thousands wait for
midnight, do not forget to set your resolutions for the new year. And as the countdown comes to an end, the famous ball drop
occurs exactly as the clock strikes midnight.
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Gay marriage is an ongoing debate in the United States.
The country seems to be going in circles instead of resolving the
issue. While some states have made gay marriage legal, other states
are vehemently fighting for it to be banned altogether. Although
the government plays a key role in deciding the legality of it, the
people also have an impact. Significant people protest in forms
of marches, lectures, and movies. Bridegroom, directed by Linda
Bloodworth-Thomason tackles this controversial issue.
It tells the heart wrenching story of Shane Bitney Crone and
Tom Bridegroom. The happy couple has been committed to each
other for six years and has done everything together. Tom was a
brilliant photographer who had a successful business going. One
day, he decided to go on the roof of a high story building when
he tragically slipped off the edge and fell to his death. Shane was
completely crushed and turned to his family for support. The
day the funeral arrived, Tom’s family forbid Shane to attend and
would not even allow him to see his body one last time. Shane was
devastated, distraught, and confused; it left him wondering what
kind of people would go to that length to ruin someone’s life.
They completely shut Shane out, financially and
emotionally; Tom’s family removed all memories of Shane from
Tom’s estate, including pictures of them. They refused to give
Shane even a penny of the money that they had saved together
over the years. This prompted Shane to
make Bridegroom so his voice could
be heard and give people without
legal protections the help they need.
Bridegroom opens a window into the
issue of marriage equality like no
speech ever could. It shines a light on
the important lessons in life, such as
fairness and equality.
Bridegroom was a hit in
the theaters and is now a popular
documentary on Netflix. The movie
has also won numerous awards for best
documentary of 2013.This movie is a
highly recommended must see by the NY Times.
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News // October 2013
What in the World?
There are too many kids that face the challenge of obesity everyday and too few schools that are able to
meet each state’s physical education requirements. Medgar Evers High School was not able to meet the necessary
requirements until they turned the basement hallways into an indoor track. This may seem crazy but it allowed the
students to break a sweat and to receive credit for the necessary eight semesters of gym.
In 1990, a group of tourists decided to endure the cold conditions and
stay in the Icehotel, located in the small Arctic town of Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Little
did they know, this hotel turned out to be a popular tourist attraction today. Entirely made out of snow and ice, the Icehotel has always experienced some difficulty rebuilding itself every
year. This year has not been any different, especially with a new demand for the placement of fire alarms.
When dealing with food recipes there are basically two types of people: those who do not like to
try new recipes and those who live for it. If you are the latter, then Zucker’s Bakery, located in New York, is the perfect shop for you this
holiday season. They made a new concoction: Thanksgivukkah donuts. These donuts are supposedly a mind-blowing combination of
the favorite foods of both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. A few of the different Thanksgivukkah donuts offered
include a sweet potato donut with a marshmallow filling or a donut filled with slices of turkey and cranberries.
Unsure of the public’s reaction to these treats, the bakery plans to continue selling the usual donuts as well.
You can never practice something too much, right? Laia Martin, a 27-yearold concert pianist, thought so too. That is until she was confronted with the possibility of serving jail time due
to her downstairs neighbor filing a complaint. The prosecutor claims that Martin’s constant practicing has
caused her to suffer from a lack of sleep and panic attacks. The indicter is asking that Martin is not only jailed
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for 16 months, but also banned from performing as a professional pianist for six months.
“No Tune Left Behind” Rocks Out in D.C.
In 2004, four teachers from McMurray Elementary (Mr.
DiFilippo, Mr. McGough, Mr. Cygrymus, and Mr. Lovett) decided to work together to assist with the school’s talent show. After
receiving praise on their show performance, the teachers were
motivated to form the band called “No Tune Left Behind.” Since
then, NTLB has greatly contributed to Peters Township’s character education program. As a result
of their contributions and successes,
the band traveled to Washington
D.C. this October to perform at the
annual National Character Education Conference.
“Dr. Freado is a big reason
that we found out about the CEP,”
said Mr. DiFilippo. “He has helped
us to establish and continue Character Counts here in Peters Township.”
Unfortunately, the combination of challenges presented by
both mother nature and the transportation of equipment caused a delay in the band’s arrival. However, They were greeted by the exceptional audio and video crew,
giving them the luxury to focus on perfecting their set.
“Musically, we performed well and the audience we
had appreciated our hour-long show,” stated Mr. McGough, the
drummer and one of the singers in the band.
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The set included songs the teachers felt had clear positive messages, such as “Under Pressure” by Queen and “Instant
Karma” by John Lennon. “My favorite song that we are performing right now is Under Pressure by Queen. I really like this piece
because it has a great message and I love a challenge,” stated Mr.
Although there was not much time to spare, three out
of the four members had the chance to sit in on former principal
Dr. Freado’s presentation on establishing a good character counts
“In the past couple of years, we have been focused on
our live performances, but, as we approach our ten year anniversary, we are looking to create more videos,” said DiFillipo.
“No Tune Left Behind” plays at the National Character Educational Conference
in Washington, D.C. “Musically, we performed well and the audience we had,
appreciated our hour-long show,” stated Mr. McGough.
The Unresolved Assassination
Kassianna Politis #connectEdtor
During the 2013 career fair, students were given
the opportunity to listen to a
remarkable speaker and wellknown forensic pathologist
Dr. Cyril Wecht. Dr. Wecht
has performed autopsies on
our nation’s toughest cases.
In 1968, he was called to
consult on the results of the
autopsy of the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy.
Dr. Wecht spoke at
our school on November 21,
2013, coincidentally the eve
of the 50 anniversary of the
JFK assassination. The official government report states
that Lee Harvey Oswald was
the lone assassin that shot both
Kennedy and Governor John
Connelly with a single bullet.
However, Dr. Wecht has a different theory.
“75-85% of the American public does not accept the
Warren Commission Report.
I think that Americans should
learn about this case and contemplate what is owed to all of
us and what we in turn owe to
our country, the pursuit in what
I consider to be an unresolved
case, the assassination of the
president, and most importantly not by the Russians, Cubans,
or Chinese, but by people here
in America. That’s really what
it’s all about,” stated Dr. Wecht.
He reiterates the fact
that in order for the bullet to
pass through Connelly’s ribs
and then hit President Kennedy
in the head, it would have had
to turn at a 90 degree angle,
which is impossible. Therefore,
Dr. Wecht ultimately believes
that there was at least one other
The notoriety he received from challenging the
official Warren Commission
report on the assassination led
him to be called in to consult on
many other high profile cases
such as the Robert F. Kennedy
assassination, the Charles Manson killing of actress Sharon
Tate, the death of Rolling Stones
guitarist Brian Jones, and Elvis
Presley. These cases have made
him the most successful medical examiner in the nation.
However, to achieve his success,
Dr. Wecht put in many years of
hard work. Not only does he
have a medical degree, he obtained a law degree as well.
Dr. Wecht has put his
degrees and experience to good
use. He has served as Allegheny County Coroner, Medical
Examiner and County Commissioner. He has been the
president of both the American
Academy of Forensic Science
and the American College of
Legal Medicine, and currently
heads the board of trustees
of the American Board of Legal Medicine. In his name,
Duquesne University School
of Law established the “Cyril
H. Wecht Institute of Forensic
Science and Law.”
Dr. Wecht said,
“Speaking realistically, pragmatically, and perhaps regrettably the college diploma isn’t
worth a great deal. You have
to think that you are going
to have to get a masters degree and in many fields you
will need a PHD. Wecht has
plenty of advice to share with
high school students beginning their career paths, “My
advice is to think about what
you want to do, find a school
that has good programs and
post graduate programs, study
hard, make good grades, learn
as much as you can, and in the
summer time look for positions in those fields to acquire
more knowledge and information about it.”
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Just think back to the middle school days of walking to
Farmhouse Coffee. It was the hot spot for
every student after school. Sadly, this local coffee house closed on November 1 of
this year. Farmhouse Coffee was not only
popular with students, but also with many
groups such as book clubs and community members that met there over the years.
Farmhouse started to lose business three
years ago when Starbucks Coffee opened
across the street, causing many students and
residents to rethink their hang out spot. In
addition to the obvious competition, Farmhouse was in a less convenient location for
customers, which was a huge drawback.
This unfortunate combination along with limited hours of operation caused customers to choose
faster service at the drive through
over a cozy, relaxed environment.
“I am going to miss Farmhouse. I used to go there with my
friends before band practice,” stated
junior Kayla Damazo.
The students will miss some of
farmhouse’s unique beverage choices not offered at other coffee shops.
“I’m upset because I have never had their frozen hot chocolate,”
said junior Julia Kuehn.
Photo by Deidra Moran
Keep Calm and Clay On
With the hectic holiday season upon us, ceramics students are relaxing with some mug-making and pottery-painting. Enjoy
this display of the student body’s impressive talent, original ideas, and personal masterpieces.
Home Sweet Home
These delicious Gingerbread houses were on display at PPG Place
during the holidays made by Foods I students.
Anna Cocco, Parker Delaney, and
Evan Lantry, Adam Jaworski, and
Gabby Quarture, Demi Blair,
and Megan Kinney
Elena Haynes, Niki Lester, and
Nicco Mastrangelo, Connor Pike, and
Jordan Harakal, Alanna Weiss,
and Alyssa Watkins
Blake Dickey, Crystal Ecker, and
Jennifer Holcombe, Alyssa James,
and Abby Marnik
Seana Soika, Lexi Rhoads, and
Photos by Samantha Abraham