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Smoke Signals
PT Hockey
Pen’s Cup
State Champs
pg. 4
Photo by Jessie Fairbanks
May 2014/Vol. 5 Issue 5
Volume 5 Issue 5
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Smoke ...
Josh Glicksman
Editorial Team Leader
Cassi Deluca
Layout Editor-in-Chief
Kristin Slomiany
Layout Editor-in-Chief
Shane Daz...
Entertainment: PT Focus:
Life and Style:
Student Work:
Table of Contents
Mission State...
04 Layout by Val Mikec
Peters Hockey Prides Pennsylvania
urse? What curse? The Peters To...
	 “Unless you are a hermit, you are going to have children
in your life. Everyone needs to learn to work with children ...
06 Layout by Kristin Slomiany
Sports // May 2014
Athletes of the Month:
Cody Sheetz Tori Weida
	 He’s smart, kind, co...
Touching Base With Neil Walker
	 If humility had a face on the Pittsburgh Pirates, it w...
#connect // May 2014PTHS
Layout by EmmaLee Ducoeur
Graduation season is the perfect time to reflect on the
many memorie...
Morp 2014: A Senior Class
The domino of events that occurred after the Snowba...
10 Layout by Naomi Burke
Soaking Up the Summer StyleNicoleSpindler|BusinessEditor-in-Chief
	 Summer is always the best tim...
Subject To Change:
Symptoms of a Slacking Senior
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Kiawah, South Carolina
Cinque Terre, Italy
Athens, Greece
Madrid, Spain
As you plan y...
Walt Disney World
Universal Studios, Florida
Paris, France
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas
Grand Cayman
Falmouth, Jamaica
Every school hosts
their own unique dance, and
every student has their own
opinion of which one is the
best. Local scho...
No one is perfect.
At least, that’s what we’re told
when we come home dejected
because we didn’t get the score
we wanted o...
100 things I’d rather be
Jump out of a plane without a parachute
Get run over by a salt truck
Swim in a shark tank
Walk th...
be doing... in May
Compete in a cross-fit competition
Face plant into the cement
Shave my head
Run across the United State...
18 Layout by Natalie Rihmland
A Blast From Our Past
	 We grew up watching
our favo...
Once school winds down for the year, it’s time to start thinking about what to do during the summer. Sure, going to
20 Layout by: Maddy Lampert
“I like being able to help people. The club contrib-
utes to society by helping people in need...
In Michigan, hundreds of onlookers and twelve com-
petitors showed up for the Wurst Challlenge. The challenge was
part of ...
John Schuck, 12
Halie Brindle, 12 Michael Wright, 10
Adam Ketyer, 12
Student Work: The Edible EditionKarenRichtar|StaffWri...
Tristan Snyder,12
Angelina Simmons, 12 & Lindsey Thelk, 11
Claire Stuck, 9 & Angela Esposito, 12
Nolan Threlkheld, 12
and in shape. Instead of the daily workout routine of walk-
ing on a treadmill or climbing endlessly up the stairmaster,
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  1. 1. Smoke Signals PT Hockey Pen’s Cup and State Champs pg. 4 Photo by Jessie Fairbanks May 2014/Vol. 5 Issue 5
  2. 2. Volume 5 Issue 5 Peters Township High School 264 East McMurray Road McMurray, PA 15317 724-941-6250 www.ptmedia.net Smoke Signals Layout by Emilou Landas
  3. 3. Josh Glicksman Editorial Team Leader Cassi Deluca Layout Editor-in-Chief Kristin Slomiany Layout Editor-in-Chief Shane Dazen Print Editor-in-Chief Jenna Taimuty Print Editor-in-Chief Jesse Eby Section Editor-Student Content Andrew Stroud Section Editor-Student Content Rebecca Perryman Web Editor-in-Chief Casey Kirwan Web Editor-in-Chief Andrea Salizzoni Web Editor-in-Chief Nicole Torchio Business Editor-in-Chief JC Brush Section Editor-Sports Kelsey Hunter Section Editor-Sports Elise Jozwiak Section Editor-Entertainment MeettheSeniorEditors 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 Meet the Junior Editors Nicole Beichner Naomi Burke EmmaLee Ducoeur Bailey Fink Olivia Glod Alana Hiner Jill Kovac Maddy Lampert Emilou Landas Natalie Leven Kourtney Martin Valerie Mikec Deidra Moran Tori Piscatelli Joanna Pollock Karen Richtar Maddie Woodrow Brenna Woodside Staff
  4. 4. Sports: Entertainment: PT Focus: Life and Style: Student Work: News: 6 7 418 10 8 22-23 21 Table of Contents Mission Statement 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. Sitler. Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the expressed opin- ion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its adviser, or the Peters Township School District. #Connect: 12-13 16-17 People Features: 14 Athletes of the Month Neil Walker Interview Childhood Stars Pen’s Cup Champions Summer Style Morp: Senior Class Redemption Trouble in Ukraine Destination Vacations 100 Things to do in May Rather than be in School Prom Date Anyone? Jump out of a plane without a parachute Light my hair on fire Frolic through a field of snakes
  5. 5. 04 Layout by Val Mikec ShaneDazen|PrintEditor-in-Chief Peters Hockey Prides Pennsylvania C urse? What curse? The Peters Township Hockey team broke its own strange, unfortunate anomaly to capture the Penguins Cup with a 4-2 win over of Bethel Park on March 16 at Consol Energy Center, and then claimed its first State Cup in nine years by outworking LaSalle 2-1 on March 21 at Pegula Ice Center in Penn State. It was the team’s first Penguins Cup win in four years, with the other three losses coming against Bishop Canevin as a member of class AA in 2011, Bethel Park in 2012 in its inaugural campaign as a member of class AAA, and North Allegheny last spring. Losing on a grand stage three years in a row would be enough to dim the light of optimism that shined on the talented group of players, but this brand of Peters Hockey took it all in stride. “After three tough losses in a row, we knew we had to come out strong this year, and we did,” said senior forward Evan Opeka. Pacing the team between the pipes was senior goaltender Brian Baker. The All-Star netminder turned away 60 shots in this year’s PIHL playoffs, including 41 in the title game, and posted a 1.33 GAA in route in to championship. The win was especially gratifying for Baker, as he had been on the short end of the stick the prior three years as a member of the school’s varsity squad. “Our goaltending is what kept us in every game this year. If Bakes and Jesse didn’t show up like they did all year, we wouldn’t be where we are at,” said senior forward Andrew Stroud, speaking about Baker and the team’s backup goalie, senior Jesse Borne. In addition to Baker, the Indians were lead by the efforts of junior forward Adam Alavi and senior forward Jonathan Dagnal. The two combined for all four of Peters Township’s goals in the Bethel Park game, including a hat trick for Dagnal, his second in as many games. The dynamic Dagnal, who joined the team seven games into the season, had seven goals in three playoff games, a feat unmatched by any other player in the tournament. “I’m glad he joined the team this year. It was fun watching him play and having a chance to play with him. He’s definitely special,” said junior forward Gavin Rebholz. Despite the above players’ contributions, the wins would not have been possible without the rest of the team as a whole. Every member of the team played a significant role, whether it be adding secondary scoring or getting dirty and grinding out pucks from the corners. Senior captain’s Josef Kittelberger, Evan Opeka, and Brock Burns were the embodiments of the hustle and determination it requires to be a champion. Burns, a forward, played hard every time he was called upon, and his veteran leadership on the bench was invaluable. Opeka, a former national champion speed skater, used his dynamic speed and finesse to chip in several key goals throughout the regular season and playoffs. He also played the State Cup championship game with fractured vertebrae in his back, a feat that speaks volumes to the type of player and teammate he is. Perhaps nobody was hungrier than Kittelberger, however. The defenseman, who gained experience from his time on the team the prior two years, accepted the role of captain this year and took it by storm. He was a calming presence on defense and helped mold the group with his infectious personality and tenacious play. He also scored the decisive goal in the Indians 2-1 triumph over LaSalle, which cemented his place in Peter Township hockey lore. “Joey was a great player and an even better leader and I’m definitely going to miss him on the team next year,” said sophomore defenseman Matt Tylenda. Congratulations to all the players and coaches, as well as all members of the Peters Township hockey organization! Great job boys! Photos by Jessie Fairbanks PTHS PT Focus // May 2014
  6. 6. 05 “Unless you are a hermit, you are going to have children in your life. Everyone needs to learn to work with children to bring out their best,” said Mrs. Powell. Most people don’t know that there is a preschool inside of PTHS. During the second semester, Child Development II students run a preschool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This class is definitely one of the most enjoyable electives. The students not only learn how to teach lessons to young kids, but also get a chance to return to their preschool days. The children that attend the preschool are between the ages of three to five years old. It is interesting to see how different and fast a child’s fine motor skills (movements the involve writing, cutting, coloring, pointing, holding, etc.) are developed. On the first day of preschool, most of the kids are shy and keep to themselves but throughout the weeks their personalities shine through. MadiStart|PTFocusEditor Little Scout’s Preschool “I like the little kids, they are so adorable and their voices are so little and high,” said junior Adena Welsh. Each high school student or “big buddy” is assigned a preschooler or “little buddy” to help for the year. The pairs of big and little buddies establish a bond throughout the year and it’s really great to see the bond grow. “Seeing my little buddy makes me happy because we have so much fun together,” said sophomore Liz McElhaney. Each week a high school student will teach a different lesson. The topic could be anything from dinosaurs to emotions. The little buddies learn lots of new skills during the time they are at the preschool, although they may not seem important they are crucial to a child’s development. “The biggest skill my little buddy has learned so far is how to use scissors and write his name. These are important skills for him to have when he goes to kindergarten,” said junior Katy Fraticelli. If you have any intentions of taking child development, next year will be the last year to take the class. Ms. Powell will be retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 school year and the program will end at that time. For those of you that have already taken Child Development I, consider taking Child Development II. It’s a great experience; Plus, who doesn’t like making crafts and hanging out with little kids? Photo by Hannah Foster It’s been a great ride. Thank you to the Smoke Signals faithful for sticking with me for the past three years. What have we learned throughout the experience? Who really knows? 3. How Not to Celebrate Holidays The holidays are a time for family and tradition. However, there are many to avoid. I can only hope that you will follow my ten commandments about holiday traditions to give up. There’s no need to thank me, I need no recognition. Just think of me fondly every year when you see that you have a fewer amount of holiday cards. Think of me when you’re about to buy that extra carton of egg nog. I have your collective backs.   2. I Have Too Many Strong Opinions on Unimportant Matters I’m man enough to admit it. For example, I will fight the fact that the Final Destination movies are some of the best in the last few decades. I will always defend Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift in the middle of the VMAs. I will never understand why people think Nicholas Cage should be allowed in movies. Seriously, who is the person that gives him roles in films? Anyway, the point is that arguments are healthy. Why ever be wrong when you can make illegitimate points to make yourself feel correct? 1. Power Rankings Are Essential to Life Rankings are what make the world go round. When looking at two items in a category, one is ALWAYS better than the other. Ties do not exist. Blueberry frosted pop-tarts are clearly superior to strawberry ones. Kendrick Lamar is clearly superior to the rest of the rap game. Legos undoubtedly trump Play-Doh. Scat tickets are much more useful than actual currency. The list is endless. I wish you could see some of the power rankings that I wanted to put in this magazine. Apparently the five greatest Pokémon aren’t relevant enough. Unfortunately, the same goes for the top five reasons that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the backbone of our nation. Know that even as I step down from Smoke Signals, I will continue to rank meaningless topics. I can only hope POWER RANKINGS: What We’ve Learned From Power RankingsJoshGlicksman|Editor-in-Chief Photos by AP Images Photo by Hannah Foster AP Images Harnik AP Images Chernin
  7. 7. 06 Layout by Kristin Slomiany Sports // May 2014 PTHS Athletes of the Month: Cody Sheetz Tori Weida He’s smart, kind, competitive, and above all, athletic. Se- nior Cody Sheetz earned his spot as captain on the varsity lacrosse team. It all started when his older brother, Brady, talked him into joining the sport. Now, Sheetz could not imagine life without it. “This will be my eighth year playing and I plan to play lacrosse in college at the Virginia Military Institute. Lacrosse is a sport that I love and could not see myself not being able to play,” said Sheetz. Sheetz has a passion for lacrosse and would not trade it for anything. Eight years of lacrosse has produced many unforgettable memories. However, Sheetz still remembers what it was like at his first day of tryouts. He especially remembers meeting his teammates for the first time and working as a team to reach a common goal. “My favorite memory would be going 15-2 last season, which led to being ranked number one in the WPIAL,” said Sheetz. Being involved in any high school sport definitely has its benefits. These include making new friends, learning new skills, and discovering how to work with your teammates to have a successful season. Now, as college is quickly approaching, it’s important to cherish every moment and the memories that accompany it. “For incoming freshman lacrosse players, all I have to say is do not take this opportunity for granted. Before you know it you will be a senior and it will be your last high school season,” said Sheetz. From warm up drills to bus rides to winning WPIAl titles, Sheetz will definitely miss everything about lacrosse, espe- cially his teammates and the bond they have. He will even miss playing their biggest rival, Mt. Lebanon. “Our biggest rivalry is easily Mt. Lebo, and in order for us to prepare for this game we have to start off with a positive state of mind and tell ourselves we are undefeated with momentum as a result of beating them in the end,” stated Sheetz. Senior Tori Weida has been playing softball since she was just 5 years old and looks forward to mak- ing this season memorable. In order to do that, Weida has set both individual and team goals. A personal goal Weida has in mind for this year is to make the best of it and have as much fun as possible. While the team’s ambition is to replicate last year’s record. Although the team has had great success, their focus is not solely about winning. “I look forward to having fun, that is the most important thing to me. I take the game seriously just like everyone else but if you are not having fun too there is no point in playing. Sports are supposed to be fun,” said Weida. The team continues to enjoy their sport while staying focused and dedicated to the game throughout the season. Certain superstitions are strictly followed before and during games to ensure a sense of familiarity. Before every game this year, the players have a dance-off with other players and coaches to get them pumped up and ready to play. If the players do not warm up to music, it feels like everything is wrong. Music is key to team success. Another supersti- tion that the team strictly follows is when the bats are leaning against a fence, the handles can never cross. If they cross, it is bad luck. Softball has undoubtedly played a significant role in Weida’s life, but she is also eager to start the next chapter of her life. Weida is attending Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida next year, but does not plan on playing softball. “I have played softball my whole life and it is time for me to experi- ence and try new things I never got the chance to. I am going to miss it immensely but I am ready to try new things as well,” said Weida. Even when Weida graduates, softball will leave her with a lifetime of memories and lessons. “Softball has taught me so many things. I have learned life lessons, gained best friends, and had amazing experi- ences,” said Weida. Reflecting on these valuable teachings, Weida has some advice for the younger players just starting their high school career. “One thing, over my four years, that I would pass on to the upcoming freshmen, is to let go of drama and focus on what is really important,” she said. Gatorball Returns “Gatorball is the highlight of the year,” said sophomore and 2013 Gatorball Champion Brady Pike. Mr. Farrell, head of rules and regulations for the International Ga- torball Tournament, prepares students for the big day on May 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm. “I decided to make this a yearly event because my students asked me to do it since they enjoy playing it so much during gym class,” said Farrell. “I thought about it and talked to some other students. There were so many kids that seemed interested, Mr. Kuhn and I decided to plan and host it.” Although the game itself is what interests the students, the uniforms and bonds between teams keep the game so intense and competitive. “We got all of the teams together and they got to pick their own name which made them more engaged in the idea,” said Farrell. “The boys especially get very competitive with each other. They also get to choose their own uniforms, which I think also makes it more enjoyable.” The reigning champions, The Baby Gators, are already prepared to dominate this year’s tournament, as they are striving for back-to-back titles. “The Baby Gators have the best chance of winning this year,” said Farrell. “How can you bet against last year’s champions?” The Baby Gators are made up of mostly sophomore boys. Brady Pike believes his team will be victori- ous again. “Our team consists of Kel- son Marisa, Ben Doyle, Connor Man- ning, Bennett Faloni, Sam Verner, Adam Cisney, Jake Dachille, and our newest member, Cam Asbell.” said Pike. “We won last year, so there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll win this year.” Another member of the Baby Gators, Sam Verner, is ready to com- pete as well. “It was pretty awesome winning as a freshman. I look forward to being in the dome again,” said Verner. Proceeds for the Gatorball tournament will benefit the high school golf program. Be sure to check out the action on May 3 and support a good cause. “Gatorball is a very fast pace, competitive game that requires condi- tioning,” said Farrell. “This year will be very interesting as each team goes down one by one. Some people just can’t hang.” BrennaWoodside|StaffWriter NicoleTorchio|BusinessEditor-in-Chief NicoleBeichner|StaffWriter Submitted Photo Submitted Photos
  8. 8. 07 Touching Base With Neil Walker ShaneDazen|PrintEditor-in-Chief If humility had a face on the Pittsburgh Pirates, it would replicate Neil Walker, a Gibsonia native whose per- sonality may be bigger than the power of his bat. With the month of February coming to a close and March 31 looming near, I followed in the footsteps of many baseball junkies before me and set out on my own pilgrimage of sorts to Pirate City, the Pirates Spring Training facility located in Bradenton, Florida, for Spring Training. As I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to run into the second baseman in a lobby outside of my family’s condo. Walker was accompanied by a few of his childhood friends and two arm full of groceries, but he was gracious enough to sit there and gripe with me and my dad for a while, jumping from baseball to high school life to his favorite foods. There tends to be a sort of annoyance in some players when it comes to dealing with fans, but if Walker was dis- interested he did not show it. “Oh yeah, Peters Township, huh?” Walker quipped as I gave him some insight on the school, “I remember play- ing against them in my Pine Richland days. I have a good buddy who played on the team, Jimmy Gallagher, so it was always fun to play against him and get to spend some time with him.” It was refreshing to see him take such a genuine interest in someone as insignificant as myself, and it speaks volumes to the type of person he is; one who will stop what he’s doing, regardless of whether he is busy or not, to sign an autograph or two for a couple kids waiting outside the gates; one who sends as many well-wishes as he receives in return; a man who embodies what it means to be a Pittsburgher. He is a million-dollar man who lives an Average Joe life, by choice. “I like to just relax when I have downtime; go to the pool, go golfing or fishing, play with my dog Oliver, who is an Australian Sheppard and is also my best buddy, or head to the movies or dinner with my wife. We like to hang out a lot in Sarasota at a place called St. Armand’s circle. It’s a cool spot to shop and eat and walk around, and it’s close to the beach, which is definitely a plus,” said Walker. Fortunately for Pirate fans, “The Pittsburgh Kid” is back in town for the 2014 season after signing a one year, $5.75 million dollar deal this winter. Walker was a key contributor to the team’s breakthrough in 2013, batting .251 and knocking in 53 runs despite missing roughly 30 games due to injury. His slick fielding and knack for clutch hits, which included a team high eight homeruns in the month of September, helped the team capture 94 wins and a playoff berth (its first since 1992). Unfortunately, he struggled to find consistency at the plate in October, ending his postseason with an .083 average as the Pirates fell to the Cardinals in the NLDS. “You don’t want to change your approach at the plate at all, I think. If anything, you want to try to continue to do the same things that made you successful all year long,” said Walker. “I think I got into a situation where I tried to do too much last year, and it was actually more counterproductive than helpful.” Success feeds the hungry, and, in Walker’s case, no one is hungrier. “I think 2014 is the year we break out offensively,” said Walker. “We have an offense in Pittsburgh that hasn’t been unleashed yet, but it all starts here. As long as we stay humble and hungry, the sky is the limit.” Photos by Shane Dazen
  9. 9. 08 #connect // May 2014PTHS Layout by EmmaLee Ducoeur Graduation season is the perfect time to reflect on the many memories made during our years together. Enjoy these throwback pictures of preschool and kindergarten graduation. #throwbackgraduation AP Images Osan A Luxury to Regularity to Necessity JoshGlicksman|EditorialTeamLeader As phones continue to advance in their capabilities, it seems we can’t live without them. It is very unlikely that the public will step away from this obsession any time soon. With e-mail, internet, social networks, text messaging, and tons of apps all on one device (not to mention various apps, music, etc.), it’s easy for someone to get sucked in. The important thing is that people don’t become so consumed with their cell phones that it begins to detract from their social skills. Only time will tell just how technologically ad- vanced these phones may become. But for now, let’s take a look back on how the role of cell phones has evolved so drastically in our lives the past few years. Remember the LG flip phones? How about when you had to press the number nine button three times just so you could use the letter y in a text message? This was stage one. This stage included the newfound interest that came with all of the responsibility of having cell phone at the age of thirteen. This stage also included chain text messages, too much text talk, and lots of bad pictures. Remember the LG Chocolate phones? How about the three enVs? This was stage two. This stage included very mediocre ringtones (as well as ringback tones), obsession over how many contacts were in your phone, and lots of bad pictures. Middle school was the best, am I right? Where are we now? Stage three. This stage involves total obsession over your cell phone, which is almost certainly a smartphone at this point. Be it the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or an Android, you spend too much time on your phone checking social networks, surfing the web, and especially taking bad pictures. As phones continue to progress into the future, one thing is for sure; we love spending time with our phones. And we also love taking bad pictures. That’s never going to change. AP Images Wellenbach
  10. 10. Morp 2014: A Senior Class Redemption JennaTaimuty|PrintEditor-in-Chief The domino of events that occurred after the Snowball dance left students in PTHS, particularly the seniors, wanting to prove they were more than just their dance moves. The students just wanted an event that would allow them to have fun with their friends and class- mates in a relaxed environment. That is exactly why seniors Xander Browell and Riley Crane created MORP 2014. One night while studying for AP Physics, the duo discussed the events that occurred after snowball and came up with the idea to host a casual dance before prom. The rest is his- tory. “I put out a tweet asking people if that would be a good idea. After almost 200 retweets, we decided to make this a reality,” said Browell. After realizing that this idea had the potential to be one of the largest events PTHS has ever seen, Browell and Crane decided to use the excess proceeds above operational costs to benefit charity. They chose to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, since Brow- ell’s little sister was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of two. With the positive feedback on Twitter, Browell and Crane started planning this epic night. The two toured numerous venues, deciding on Southpointe Fieldhouse to hold the event. The boys decided they wanted this dance to be as informal and fun as they could make it. They wanted there to be as much neon clothing and decorations and bright lights as possible. Crane and Browell took a leap of faith and deposited money on the venue, as well as glow in the dark wrist bands that would serve as tickets to get into the event. Their goal was to create an event that EVERYONE could enjoy themselves at, where a date was not needed. The senior class wanted to unite and show that they are a force to be reckoned with. They can do good in the community while having an enjoyable time with their classmates. After some of the drama that occurred this school year, the seniors wanted to prove to the community that they were not what the media construed them to be. “I can’t say how many kids did the fox trot at MORP, but I can definitely say that kids will be enjoyed themselves while aiding the fight against Juvenile Diabetes. THAT is what MORP 2014 was all about,” stated Browell. Ticket sales occurred in Peterswood Park in March. During the first sale, over 300 tickets were sold. That sale covered all of their operational costs and allowed them to establish their J.D. donation fund. PT students made up the majority in attendance, along with a mix of students from six surrounding school districts. The second ticket sale was just as successful and in total, the boys sold over 500 tickets at $7.00 a piece- you do the math. Browell disc-jockeyed Morp, since he has been doing that for the past three years with his father at Macky-Sasser DJ Services. “We put extra funds to getting more lights, effects, and sound reinforcement to rival a concert, because we wanted MORP to be as incredible and memorable as it was,” said Browell. Browell did not disappoint. The event went off without a hitch. Everyone in at- tendance came decked out in head-to-toe neon gear and ready to “Morp.” The music, lights, and atmosphere were unforgettable. “It was really fun to have everyone from school united in a place other than a school sponsored event,” said Morp attendee, junior Olivia Glod. Instagram and Twitter were filled with shout-outs to Browell and Crane and their families for all of their efforts in planning and executing this event. The event went so smoothly, that afterwards the man who owns the field house e-mailed Browell with his pleasant regards. “I never would have known there were 500 people there the night before. Thanks for being so well organized and pulling this event off so smooth,” Southpointe Fieldhouse owner Matt Giglotti. Because of Morp, over $2,000 was raised for the Ju- venile Diabetes Foundation. With Morp 2014 under our belt, are you ready for Morp 2.0? 09 All photos submitted
  11. 11. 10 Layout by Naomi Burke Soaking Up the Summer StyleNicoleSpindler|BusinessEditor-in-Chief Summer is always the best time of year, but not if your closet is not equipped with the correct clothes, it can be a ‘hot’ mess. Ladies, below are the summer clothing basics. A bright- er future will come with eye candy. Whether they are oversized, futuristic, studded, or fleur-framed specs, these sunny looks will steal the show. They don’t have to be expensive as long as they have the UVA protection and are comfortable to wear. Ladies, save the daisy-dukes for when school is out, which is why lengthier shorts come in handy. They can be played down during the day and dressed up in the evening. The different possibilities of colors and patterns are endless. After all, summer is all about creating new outfits and shorts. A girl’s best friend is a handbag, but who wants to lug a heavy purse with them all the time? Keeping your bag small not only makes it easy to carry, but it does not detract from your outfit. If you do not like the long straps or over the shoulder look, try an oversized clutch or a wristlet in a bold color. Try looking for a bag that works with different clothes, it will be your go-to this summer. No matter what shape your body is, every girl can rock a dress, especially when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees. Look for cheery colors or unique designs that scream summer. When shopping, pick a dress that you can wear casually during the day and later at night. Adding a necklace or belt can make any dress pop. Here are some basics pairs of shoes to have handy in your closet: a comfortable pair of sandals for the pool and beach when traveling, a slip-on flat or sneak to go with any casual look, and a dressy heel to go with a summer dress. With these cool kicks, you will be able to soak up the summer sun. This summer is all about experimenting with different styles; pick a painterly pattern, mix in some classics, focus on the details, and make a statement. You can decide what works with your style or personality. Do not forget to be bold, dare to try, and make a splash this summer with fashion trends! The ABC’s of Prom DressesCaseyKirwan|WebEditor-in-Chief It’s prom season. For most girls, the most important thing to ensure the perfect night is having the perfect dress. There are some girls that have had their dresses ready for this special night since September. That may seem a little ridiculous, but finding the right dress is an important part of prom. Everyone wants to be able to feel both beautiful and comfortable for the big night. New trends in all the local bridal shops and boutiques are popping up everywhere. It’s important to think about the accessories, the basic dress style, and the color when it comes to picking the perfect dress for you. It’s as easy as A-B-C. A- Accessorizing is always important to add that little extra sparkle to your look. One of the biggest trends is rhinestones. Having jewelry with gems can add the perfect something extra to go with your dress. They can provide more color or even a little more dazzle. Something new this year that Macy’s has been showing off is corsages with little lights in them. Small bulbs about the size of Christmas tree lights are built into the corsages under the flowers, to make the petals glow. Wearing these flowers will definitely help light up the night. B- Basic style types of prom dresses come in plenty of varieties. There are mermaid style, empire waist, open-back, and many more. Of course, a long dress is traditional for prom, but for girls that are a little more vertically challenged, the floor length look isn’t always the most flattering. The high-low dress is a great option for girls tall and short because you can get the classic long prom dress look and still have something that flat- ters your body-type. A lot of high-low dresses make the longer part of the dress detach- able, so that you can take it off to make dancing easier. Having the detachable length is super convenient for anyone who doesn’t want to have to worry about tripping over their dress all night either. C- Color is key. Another trend that is seen in dresses is bold color. A lot of dresses are going from soft pastels, to outstanding hues such as red, blue, purple or hot pink. These vibrant colors really make you stand out on the dance floor and really brighten up your prom photos. Colorful patterns that accent the dress are also coming into style to create even more of a pop. Whatever the trends may be, it is most important to find the perfect dress for you. Find the dress that flatters you the most and makes you feel fabulous. AP Images Photos by Casey Kirwan Life&Style // May 2014 PTHS AP Images
  12. 12. Subject To Change: Symptoms of a Slacking Senior AndiSalizzoni|OnlineEditor-in-Chief&EliseJozwiak|EntertainmentEditor Graduation anticipation [and Peters Township in general] got you down? No worries kid, you are a mere victim in the vicious, ravenous, and possibly fatal outbreak of Senioritis.  This inevitable contagion claims its victims each year, striking hardest around second semester. Common symptoms may include the following: Laziness Put one foot in front of the other- this is called walking. If you’re incapable of completing this basic life task, you may be suffering from a primary symp- tom of this disease, laziness. Don’t mistake this symptom for casual naps every three hours; #firstworldproblems. Claim- ing hundreds of thousands of victims each year, this deadly symptom has a nasty habit of sticking around through col- lege and years after. There is no known cure for this yet, but doctors struggle every year in making advances towards  an elixir to totally eradicate such a tragic ailment.    Intolerance for others This symptom isn’t your ev- eryday frustration toward the world; it becomes real intoler- ance when you look around the classroom and can only count the people have some patience for on one hand. Another warn- ing sign is indicated when you find yourself planning who to sacrifice first in the event of the zombie apocalypse. Other signs include coming to the realiza- tion that in the event of fleeing the country, you would only miss three people; that includes your dog. Something you could also categorize under this symptom—yep, back to baby- hood; all you can find yourself doing is complaining about this and whining about that, and she said that and yata yata yata. In this case, it’s not me, it’s you. “The Nuggeting Stage” Thismeansthatyou’vejustabout had it. All logic and  patience has been tossed out the window, and experiencing this symptom will lead to excessive fatigue and self-loathing. At this point you don’t even feel a little guilty in deciding to watch the Bach- elor season finally instead of “attempting” your homework. Victims find themselves in a violent relationship with their alarm clock, and impending “nuggeting” in a cozy blanket. Nuggeting is classified as the act of cocooning oneself in a blanket, its only true nuggeting if you’re fetal. “Pop the Bubble” Syndrome Finding your Friday nights at the local TJ-Maxx, Starbucks, and/or Giant Eagle? Yearning to cross that line into Canon-Mac? You’re probably suffering from the later stages of Senioritis, aka “Popping the Bubble” syn- drome. This yearning to break away falls last among the earlier signs of this disease; proving most painful to endure. This symptom calls for extreme rest- lessness and causes the person to seek a good time anywhere outside the PT lines. Symptoms: *Disclaimer: If you are experiencing side effects such as nausea, vomiting, trouble breathing, dizziness, faintness, and possibly death, please contact your doctor immediately... (Don’t worry, you won’t die) 11
  13. 13. San Juan, Puerto Rico Kiawah, South Carolina Canada Bermuda Cinque Terre, Italy Athens, Greece Madrid, Spain As you plan your summer vacation use these ph Kick back and relax as you scan these pictures Summer Sna
  14. 14. o Walt Disney World Universal Studios, Florida Paris, France Half Moon Cay, Bahamas Grand Cayman Falmouth, Jamaica Madrid, Spain Poros, Greece se photos as inspiration for new destinations. tures and take a journey around the world. Snapshots All photos submitted
  15. 15. 14 Every school hosts their own unique dance, and every student has their own opinion of which one is the best. Local schools like Peters Township, Canon-Mac, Key- stone Oaks, and Seton La Salle compete to have the most ex- travagant dance in the tri-state area. This creates many differences in music, venue, food, attire, and overall experience. “I would have to say Peters Township would be my top choice for a dance because I would be able to be with all my friends, plus the music here is better than a lot of other schools,” said junior Jill Ciaffoni. Water bottles are running out not even halfway through the dances because the music captures the students into dancing the entire night. Our school is known to have brought the best DJs in the city to our school dances and it defi- nitely pays off in the students eyes. How- ever, as surprising as it is, there is a world outside of the bubble where the dances can be very different than ours. “Canon-Mac was interesting to say the least. Although, one thing I did like about it was the Sarris station,” junior Erin Fitzgerald stated. Yes, Canon-Mac actually does serve Sarris at their dances, including a whole chocolate Sarris fountain. Could you imagine how great this would be at Peters? Nevertheless, Peters topped another school with music. According to Fitzgerald, Can- on-Mac played a lot of country and slow music. Gah, who wants Four DancesNicoleFolino|PTLifestyleEditor that at a dance? “Keystone Oaks is definitely very creative with their dances; I always love their decorations,” junior Mackenzie Moore said. Keystone Oaks is known to be the king of dance decorations in the tri-state area. This year’s homecoming theme was Night in Paris and the dec- orations were out of this world. Stars covered their dimmed gym to resemble the night sky with a brightly lit Eiffel tower to the side, creating a sense of actually being in Paris. Yet, the Paris feeling was shortly crushed after realizing there was absolutely no food or snacks at all. Keeping up with latest decorations must have really put a damper on the school’s food committee. Apparently this is the opposite for Seton La Salle. “Seton La Salle’s prom certainly has the best food. They cater food that appeals to teenagers way more than other schools do,” senior Na- talia Haynes stated. This year, Seton La Salle is offering mouth-watering ravioli or a delicious roasted chicken breast. This may not seem enough, but they both come with wedding soup, chef’s design of starch and vegetables, assorted Mediterranean breads, and dessert. The dessert menu consists of Chocolate Royal cake or William Penn Cheesecake. It seems like Seton La Salle is attempt- ing to get their students to sit around the dinner table eating all evening. Despite all of the differences between each dance, one goal that all schools have is to ensure their students have fun. On a second note, where do you want to spend your next dance? Layout by Jesse Eby Prom is quickly approaching and I, as always, am dateless. I’m here to put myself on the market for a prom date. I’m not very picky, in other words, I’m desperate. The number of requirements I have are just as low as my standards. The few requirements that I do have however, are a must. You have to be willing to boogie. I like to get down; if you’re not cool with that, then I may not be the best date for you. If you’re embarrassed easily, don’t even bother. There’s a 100% chance I will embarrass you and a 100% chance I will make you embarrass yourself. Also, it is strongly encouraged that you can rock a tux. *Not a requirement but preferred: tri’s, bi’s, and pec’s.* If you meet all of these requirements but still aren’t convinced that I’m your girl, allow me to bring this home. You will witness me get freaky to “Ignition (Remix)” on the dance floor. I will make you look really good because while I’m making a fool out of myself, you will look like the normal one. Finally, I’ll show you the time of your life. Also, I’m a great catch (or so my mom tells me). Inquires: please contact 1800.be.my.date@gmail.com MaddieWoodrow|StaffWriter PTHS People Features // May 2014 All photos submitted
  16. 16. No one is perfect. At least, that’s what we’re told when we come home dejected because we didn’t get the score we wanted on that last big test. Even gifted students can struggle when it comes to the SATandACT.Moststudentsgo through an extensive amount of preparation for the tests, but it’s easy to crack under the pressure when SAT and ACT scores have a considerable impact on the future. According to the NY Times, just over 1.6 million students took the SAT in 2012. The ACT, for the first time in history, was taken by about Gummersbach: A Picture of Perfection KarenRichtar|StaffWriter 2,000 more students than the SAT. Each year, only a couple hundred students achieve a perfect 2400 on the SAT or a perfect 36 on the ACT. Only a few thousand achieve a perfect score on one of the three sections part of the SAT. The odds of being in any one of those categories are miniscule, and yet, three juniors from our high school- Nick Roberts, Roy Wang, and Matt Gummersbach- have beaten them; Gummersbach achieved maybe the most impressive feat of the three, a 36 on the ACT. Gummersbach is in elite company, but didn’t have any big reaction to the news of the perfect score. It would probably be a surprise to most that he didn’t spend any time specifically studying for the standardized test. For others looking to prepare, Gummersbach The Typical Teenage Girl DriverKassiannaPolitis|#connectEditor Stereotypically, women are often referred to as the worst drivers on the face of the earth. Teenage girls further ruin the reputation of the female driver. Countless high school and college female drivers constantly make silly mistakes. Although these slipups are extremely common, many students hesitate to admit them. However, almost every girl can relate. So girls listen up, here is some advice that could save your life. Mistake one: The Music. Jamming out to the radio can be very entertaining, but teenage girls take this to the extreme. Girls cannot be satisfied with a particular song for more than five seconds and therefore are constantly changing the tune more than that they are actually driving. However, once they find a song they actually like, they will turn up the volume all the way and pretend they are a contestant on American Idol. Mistake two: The Make-up. Teenage girls are sometimes in such a hurry that they feel like they do not have time to put on their make-up at home. As a result, they resort to putting it on in the car. You get out your brush and apply away. Out of the blue, you end up blowing your tire out because you swerved a little too much to the right and ended up running over a curb. Good job. Although most cases of the “makeup in the car stunt” are not this serious, it may happen. Therefore, just wake up five minutes earlier and put your make-up on at home. Mistake three: The Wave. You stop at a red light. You’re mad. You may apply some lipstick. All of a sudden, your BFF pulls up right next to you. You wave like a crazy person until they see you and roll down the window and start talking to them. Then the light turns green, people honk, but your music is too loud to hear the horns. Next thing you know, you have missed the green light and you are back to square one. Mistake four: The Pile Up. To be honest, teenage girls do absolutely everything together. From going to the bathroom to going to Starbucks, they seem to be attached at the hip. So when six friends want to go to the mall, they all pile up in the back seat, instead of just simply taking two cars. Now instead of one girl singing, applying make-up, and being obnoxious, there are six. If you said “yes, I do this” to any of the above, then congratulations, you are a typical teenage girl driver. recommends being involved in the most challenging classes available. “Do your best. Remember that standardized tests aren’t everything,” Gummersbach said. “Take your time. Take some practice tests before the day of the exam to get a feel for the format and layout.” Perhaps his secret to success is the time he’s spent in other parts of the world. He shared that he’s lived in Europe for three years, and that he’s moved a total of five times. He has also traveled to multiple notable locations. “I have been to China and Egypt,” Gummersbach stated. He explained that these locations have various similarities and differences to home and that he has gathered many memorable and valuable experiences. Gummersbach not only excels in academics, but also in extracurricular activities. He is a member of the cross- country and baseball teams and participates in math club and SADD. He aspires to study engineering after high school, but has no one he looks up to in particular. “I’m my own person,” Gummersbach said. Gummersbach was one of three stu- dents to achieve perfection on a stan- dardized test. Juniors Nick Roberts and Roy Wang both achieved perfect SAT scores this spring. ACT photo fromAP Images Photo by Kassiana Politis
  17. 17. 100 things I’d rather be Jump out of a plane without a parachute Get run over by a salt truck Swim in a shark tank Walk through snow barefoot Roll down a hill covered in thorn bushes Jump in a vat of unknown liquid Frolic through a field of snakes Go on a date with Juan PabloGet dragged across the ice by a zamboni Be dropped in the middle of the desert with no food or water Babysit 25 two-year-olds Light my hair on fire Get stung by a wasp 100 times Lick the pavement on a sunny day Work a shift as a garbage man Take an ice bath Eat a pig heart Lick a toilet seat Eat a pound of Brussels sprouts Stick my hands in boiling water Jump in a pool of jello Drink 3 gallons of prune juice Read the Twilight series Jump in a pool of jelly fish Walk a mile on broken sea shells Fight a black belt Gulp down a gallon of steaming hot hot chocolate Run a half marathon in a winter jacket in 90 degree Get stuck at the top of the sky coaster for 12 hours Lose a toe Have my finger nails plucked off Drink a jar of Atomic hot sauce from QS&L Go grocery shopping with my grandma Watch Frozen on a loop Take a road trip Walk around in wet jeans Ride an elephant in the Amazon Stub my toe on the edge of concrete Take over the recommended amount of laxatives Have wooden teeth Sleep in a bed infested with bedbugs Walk around a lion exhibit blind folded with a steak necklaceGet stuck in a cave full of bats Swim in a tank of leeches Freeze my body for science Swallow a nail Get a sun burn
  18. 18. be doing... in May Compete in a cross-fit competition Face plant into the cement Shave my head Run across the United States Spend a week working in a nursing home Take a shift cleaning rest stop bathrooms Have my room filled with Chucky dollsBe on a rollercoaster during a thunderstorm Slip n’ Slide into a lake full of piranhas Get in a fight with BatmanListen to “Friday” nonstop for 24 hours Have Beyonce hate me Be a prisoner of Azkaban Be a hufflepuff Read the dictionary front to back Have a dual with Alexander Hamilton Shake it with Shakira Watch a twelve hour game of baseball Play one-on-one basketball with Shaq Be tackled 100 times by Ray Lewis Take a pitch straight to the chest from Aroldis Chapman Close my hand in the car door Touch a car buckle on a hot summer day Walk through freshly prepared tar Starve myself for a week Play bloody knuckles Cut my nails too short Clean up road kill Stick my hand in a beehive Hang-glide over a valley full of hungry wolvesJump in a pool of jelly fish Fight a black belt Have someone throw up on me Have sand in pants all day Wear a poopy diaper all day Get stuck in an elevator full of hockey players post game Walk across burning sand Have permanent brain freeze Get acupuncture Get spit on by a homeless person Not shower for a week Sleep in a dumpster Ride a spaceship into the sun Tell Aloe Blacc that he isn’t the man, you are Have my entire body waxed head to toe Have a winning lottery ticket and then lose it Not wear shoes for a week Disney movie marathon Get trampled while Black Friday shoppingGet deported with Justin Bieber Be attached at the hip to Kim Kardashian Sit in a tub of sardines Go on a hot air balloon ride Eat 100 donuts Drink nothing but milkshakes for a week
  19. 19. 18 Layout by Natalie Rihmland PTHS A Blast From Our Past AlanaHiner&BaileyFink|StaffWriters We grew up watching our favorite stars on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. We idolized them as role models and for their ability to do no wrong. Time has passed and these teenage celebrities have grown up. Some have managed to stay out of the news, while others are still making headlines. Radio Disney pop star, HilaryDuff,wonoverourhearts with her upbeat and cheerful songs. Her bubbly personality shined through in the Disney TV series Lizzie McGuire as she portrayed an average teen girl facing everyday high school challenges. While making a name for herself in the Disney industry, she produced multiple albums. Don’t lie, every girl still has her Metamorphosis CD sitting at home somewhere; we all sang along to “What Dreams Are Made Of” and “So Yesterday” in the car with our moms. Now, to answer the question we’re sure you’re asking yourself, no, Hilary Duff did not go to rehab. Unique for girls in her industry, Hilary got married BEFORE having a child. Crazy, right? Mike Comrie won over her heart and married her in 2010; their adorable child, Luca, is two. Hilary Duff and her happy family stayed out of the news for a couple years, until just recently they announced their divorce…Okay let’s forget about that and move onto the next person. Aaron Carter defined swag before Justin Bieber even got his hands on it. Along with making albums of his own, Aaron made songs for Disney movies and TV shows. His catchy and popular song, “I Want Candy,” which reads “I know a girl who’s tough and sweet; she’s so fine she can’t be beat” is about Hilary Duff. He sang it to her in the memorable Lizzie McGuire Christmas episode. Aaron and Hilary dated in 2001 then broke up after Mr. Carter decided Lindsay Lohan was a sweeter piece of candy than Hilary... We all know how that one turned out for LiLo. Aaron also stayed out of the news for years until he recently professed his love for Hilary. We are just as shocked as you are. Jamie Lynn Spears ruined our lives. Zoey 101 abruptly ended in 2008 due to her unexpected pregnancy with boyfriend Casey Aldridge. The final episode of Zoey 101 concluded with Zoey realizing her love for Chase after he returns to PCA for the prom. We wonder where Chase is right now, probably still in Britain pressing Control G waiting for Zoey to answer his video chat. If she had not gotten pregnant we could have continued watching our favorite show and dreaming of attending PCA. Spears and Aldridge were engaged for two years before they split. Spears recently married Jamie Watson and has not acted in anything since the end of Zoey 101. Her daughter Maddie is five, which means it has been five years since Zoey 101 was taken away from us. Yes, we are still bitter about it. What happens when two teenage boys who have nothing in common become step-brothers and roommates? An endless amount of pranks, fights, and adventures. Drake Parker and Josh Nichols’ worlds collided when Drake’s mom married Josh’s dad. Drake was a jock that was girl-crazy and didn’t care much about school, while Josh was intelligent and studious with a reserved personality. Josh recently acted in movies Battle of the Year, Red Dawn, and ATM while Drake is still working with Nickelodeon to produce A Fairly Odd Summer in 2014. There have been rumors that there will be a new Drake and Josh movie in 2015, but we aren’t so sure this Photo from AP Images will actually happen. MEGAN! Since they aren’t making a movie, our guess is that in their free time Drake will continue to express his hatred towards Justin Bieber on Twitter and Josh will…well…we haven’t seen Oprah in awhile, someone call an ambulance. Entertainment // May 2014
  20. 20. Once school winds down for the year, it’s time to start thinking about what to do during the summer. Sure, going to Kennywood or grabbing Rita’s with a friend can be fun, but it gets boring after a while. Switch it up this year by going to a few concerts. Vans Warped Tour This annual music fest started in 1995 as a “third wave ska tour” and has entertained over a million people. Although it includes primarily rock bands, pop and indie artists are also featured. The tour is usually held outdoors, and about ten stages are set up for every stop of the tour, allowing multiple bands to play at the same time. A typical day lasts from 11AM to 9PM, and during this time up to 100 bands play. This year, Breathe Carolina, The Ready Set, and We The Kings are just some of the well-known bands coming to Burgettstown on July 15. Tickets are on sale from $23.50 to $48.50. Katy Perry Fun fact: As a teen, Katy was a gospel singer and released her own album. Who would have known? She hit the jackpot in 2007 when she was signed to Capitol Records and released her popular songs “I Kissed A Girl” and “Hot ‘N Cold.” Although she has taken on a modern pop vibe, she still incorporates her religious beliefs, especially through her songs “By The Grace Of God” and “Spiritual” off of her newest album, PRISM. This album was released last October and has taken the world by storm with its Swedish dance music vibe. Top hits include “Roar” and “Dark Horse.” It features self-empowering and mature lyrics. She will be performing most of these songs, along with some of her classics, at Consol Energy Center on July 22. Panic! At The Disco/ Walk The Moon Panic! At The Disco was formed in 2004 as a pop/punk rock band. The members were childhood friends and recorded their first demos while still in high school. Some of their most popular songs include “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine In The Afternoon.” Opening for them is Walk The Moon, which was established in 2008 out of Cincinnati, Ohio. They became popular after releasing their songs “Anna Sun” and “Jenny.” If you’re a fan of rock and electronic music, this concert will be one you surely won’t forget. They will be rocking Stage AE on August 1. OneRepublic/ The Script OneRepublic came out with their newest hit “Counting Stars” off of their album “Native” at the end of 2013. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Their band was formed in 2003 by head guitarist Ryan Tedder and gained national recognition in 2007 with their song “Stop and Stare.” They are currently touring with The Script, a famous Irish rock band, who will open for OneRepublic with their songs “Breakeven” and “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.” These two bands are coming to First Niagara Pavilion on August 8. Fall Out Boy/ Paramore Fall Out Boy, a pop punk band, became nationally recognized after their song “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” hit radio stations all over the country in 2013. It has been downloaded more than two million times. Although many of their fans have been following them since the beginning, their attendance at concerts has been booming recently. They will be performing on July 3 at First Niagara Pavilion along with Paramore. Hayley Williams, the famous red-headed phenomenon, formed this band in 2004 to create rock music that speaks to people. The band is excited to perform songs from their albums “Riot” and “Brand New Eyes.” This is sure to be an excellent concert for anyone who enjoys rock music. Falling into a routine is about the worst thing you can do during your summers. Break up your schedule this year with these concerts. Gather up your friends and have a blast listening to your favorite bands! Top 5 Summer Concerts NatalieRihmland|BusinessEditor-In-Chief Photos from AP Images 19
  21. 21. 20 Layout by: Maddy Lampert “I like being able to help people. The club contrib- utes to society by helping people in need and making the world better for some people. My favorite project is making Valentine’s Day cards with the kids at the blind school,” said senior Halie Brindle. The Interact Club has presented our student body a reasonable amount of opportunity to complete real com- munity service, solely for the purpose of wanting to help others, not just for a teacher’s signature. The opportunities presented to these committed students are reaching great heights when it comes to putting a dent into improving PT and surrounding communities as a whole. Time and time again, students that are considered active members of the Interact Club (participate in at least half of the activities/events) have proven what they are ca- pable of when they have a true passion for improving some- thing in the community. Club Officers Sebastian Hymson (President), Kenna Kuehn (Vice-President), Zenas Zhuang (Treasurer), Steven Lo (Recording Secretary), and Casey Kirwan (Corresponding Secretary) work tremendously hard to organize and successfully execute projects year round. The list can go on, but here are a handful of the big projects that the Interact Club has pulled off thanks to its devoted members: PV Tutoring: This is one of the most popular proj- ects organized by the club. Students who volunteer go up to Pleasant Valley to help kids do their home- work, catch up on a new lesson, or just reinforce what they already know. This is a great program not only for the Elementary students, but also for vol- unteers who have interest in either working with kids or being a teacher when they grow up. Shepherds Heart Valentine’s Day Dinner: This was the second year for the Shepherds Heart Valentine’s Day Dinner.  Shepherds Heart Veterans Home is located in downtown Pittsburgh that houses retired or handicapped veterans; this home helps veterans get back into the work- force. This project became a success through not only the work of the Interact Club, but also from the PT Rotary, and the students and families of PTHS. Prior to the actual event, students coordinated with Pleasant Valley Elementary Interact Club: Filling the Cracks in the Local CommunityAndiSalizzoni|OnlineEditor-in-Chief and Bower Hill elementary schools to have the kids make Val- entine’s Day cards. Along with that, students held a clothing drive for the men. Students served a spaghetti dinner and a night of good conversation at Shepherds Heart. Overall, it was a success! Memorial Wall: You may have seen this new addi- tion to the school when you walked through the doors this past August. This project sparked off of the Shepherds Heart dinner, when students wanted to bring light to those serving out of PT. The American Flag on the right side of the main entrance was done completely by juniors Rachel Cowler and Kenna Kuehn. Their coordination with PTHS and military recruiters, hard work, and dedication toward those serving overseas is what drove this project to be triumphant. “Being able to help honor those who honor our coun- try is very reward- ing.   For our school to be able to allow us to do so and to sup- port us while we do so, that’s truly amaz- ing,” said junior Kenna Kuehn. In-Stride Therapeutic Riding Barn: This ongoing project is staffed by not only students, but also members of the Peters Township Rotarians. Students helped with this project by making repairs to the barn itself and preparing it for its new equestrians. This barn is specifically for kids with physical dis- abilities to have the opportunity to ride horseback. Students also help by walking side by side with the kids and giving them an unforgettable experience. Autism Walk: This is the event of the year. Although new to the club, students dive in wholeheartedly to this proj- ect, whether it be participating in the bake sale, fundraising, or the walk/run. Senior Casey Kirwan came up with the idea of the project and executed it with compassion and success. Kirwan recounted about the event, “The autism walk is about the biggest project we do in the club each year. I started the project my sophomore year and have continued it ever since. We have made about $8,000 in the past two years. Money goes to help fund Autism Speaks and autism programs in the community. We hang posters to promote awareness. We have gift baskets, a bake sale, and activities at the walk. It’s a lot of fun and I hope to see it grow even more in years to come.” Photo by Andi Salizzoni Photo by Andi Salizzoni PTHS Outside the Bubble // May 2014
  22. 22. In Michigan, hundreds of onlookers and twelve com- petitors showed up for the Wurst Challlenge. The challenge was part of a local fundraiser to benefit the FLY Children’s Art Center. The main event of the fundraiser challenged the appetites of the twelve competitors, including Mayor Paul Schreiber and Eastern Michigan University President, Susan Martin. The main course of the competition included a 6 pound, 20-foot-long bratwurst, which is a fine type of German sausage. All in all, the fundraiser was quite a success as they managed to raise $7,000. Wilkesboro police recently reported that 64-year-old Polly Richards provoked a scuffle with 69-year-old Linwood Moore at the Golden Corral in Wilkesboro. According to the officers, the fight all started when the older of the two, Moore, made the mistake of taking Richard’s spot in the checkout line when she went to receive her beverage. In lieu of a subtle con- frontation, the two senior citizens began cursing, punching, shoving, and throwing nearby objects at one in other. Ultimately, the dispute ended and Richards went to jail with a $1,500 secured bond; however, not until Fay Cardwell, a 62-year-old bystander, was injured by an allegedly thrown plate. These days people seem to find the most absurd ways to consume their money, and large amounts of money at that. The Hasselblad 500, accord- ing to Vienna auctioneers Galerie Westlicht, was part of the equipment used by the 1971 Apollo 15 mission, not to mention the only camera to make it to the moon and back. The proud new owner of the Hasselblad 500, Terukazu Fu- jisawa, a Japanese business- man, spent a whopping 550,000 Euros, which is approximately $760,000. This number may come as a shock to many of you, but Fujisawa and the Hasselblad 500 are just one example. In fact, an anonymous EBay bidder recently bought a car for over 100,000 Euros. Initially 100,000 Euros does not sound that insane, right? Wrong. This car was abandoned after being completely sub- merged in the Somerset flood back in December. MariaHoge|NewsEditor Even though the 2014 Winter Olympics came to a close in February, the world’s attention proceeds to shine on Russia as the Ukraine crisis continues to escalate. Be- tween the recent annexation of Crimea and sanctions placed on government officials of both Russia and the United States, there is fear the tension will give way to a second Cold War. However, the situ- ation did not simply begin with a recent invasion of Rus- sian troops into the Ukraine. Within the past century, Ukraine has bounced from independence to being held captivate under the hands of the Soviet Union. How- ever, once the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991, Ukraine was once again recognized as an independent nation. Yet, independence was not easy for the citizens of Ukraine. Since the country’s emancipation from the world power, Ukraine has suffered vast economic tur- moil and remained consistently dependent on foreign aid. Ukraine’s problems arise over the different influ- ences pouring from the Westernized Europeans and the tra- ditional Russians from the East. The problems seemed to be overlooked until protests began in November of 2013 when former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, who had ties to Moscow and Putin, began veering away from the close knit opportunities the nation had with the European Union. On February 22, two days before the end of the Olympic Games, Yanukovych fled the country leaving the nation drowning in chaos. Putin used the positive spotlight from the games as a distraction for his next bold and shroud political move. Immediately after the games, Russia’s government in- vaded the nation that left them for independence. Russian mili- tary bases were springing to life in Ukraine and the urgency for Crimea to break free from the collapsed nation became prevalent. Numerous Western nations, including the United States, viewed Russia’s involvement as an infringement on international law. Despite extensive U.S. involve- ment, Crimea held an elec- tion on March 6 to officially rejoin Putin and the Russian government. At this point in time, not many improve- ments have been made for Ukraine. The United States has placed some sanctions on Russian officials, an act that will clearly affect their economy. Putin, however, was not frightened, and in fact responded with placing sanctions on U.S. officials, including speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and influential Arizona senator John McCain. From here, every move made involving Ukraine will have a detrimental impact on the already harrowing relationship be- tween the United States and Russia. Crimea and Ukraine Conflict OlivaGlod|StaffWriter 21 AP Images AP Images Photo by AP Images
  23. 23. John Schuck, 12 Halie Brindle, 12 Michael Wright, 10 Adam Ketyer, 12 Student Work: The Edible EditionKarenRichtar|StaffWriter Students from Foods I displayed these edible masterpieces for this month’s news magazine. These delicious projects were graded on planning and sketching, execution of ideas, level of difficulty, and time management. Much thought went into every arrangement; most students stayed true to their subject’s color and texture. Various themes inspired the innovative garnishes. “I love whales, and I thought I could incorporate my love for whales in a cute little garnish,” said senior Rhea Papi.
  24. 24. Tristan Snyder,12 Angelina Simmons, 12 & Lindsey Thelk, 11 Claire Stuck, 9 & Angela Esposito, 12 Nolan Threlkheld, 12 Allison Welsh, 12 & Rhea Papi, 12
  25. 25. and in shape. Instead of the daily workout routine of walk- ing on a treadmill or climbing endlessly up the stairmaster, Zumba adds excitement and fun to the workout. Lesson Two: What Traveling Has Taught Me Not only have I traveled to various parts of the globe, but I have lived in numerous areas of the Spanish-speaking world. The num- ber one lesson as you travel abroad is becoming introspective. Traveling helps you challenge yourself and become the best version of you. You meet and learn about people from different cultures, allowing you to become more confident. You mature and become a more tolerant, understanding, and compassionate human being. Lesson Three: Spanish Teacher Style I would have to say that Kate Middleton is one of my favorites. Princess Kate embodies a perfect and timeless style. I love Rachel Zoe, who is a stylist for many stars, including Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence. I try to learn from her expertise and experience in the fashion world. Another person who inspires me is Dulce Candy; she uploads weekly videos on YouTube that keeps me in the loop on what’s new and hot for each season. Lesson Four: Trading Places Anyone that knows me knows that I would trade places with Sha- kira. Why would I not want to be her? She can do no wrong in my mind. From starring on “The Voice” to taking part in her own mu- sic videos, I would love to trade places with her for a day. Lesson Five: Spanish in my Life One aspect I truly love about the Spanish culture is the people. They are always so warm and genuine and always put family and friends above anything else. I also love the lifestyle of Hispanics. It’s pretty laid-back and extremely family centered. Other aspects I love about the culture is the language, the music, the dancing, and of course, the food! Teacher 101Teacher 101 KourtneyMartin|StaffWriter Layout by Natalie Leven MS. MCKENNA Lesson One: Zumba A huge part of my life is devoted to Spanish, so it only makes sense that it ever since. Zumba and Latin music are a great combination and add up to a great workout every time. Zumba has helped me stay happy, healthy, Latin music is one of my passions. There is no way someone can listen to salsa, merengue, or reggaeton and not want to dance! The second I heard about Zumba, I became certified to teach and have loved