Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 17
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Friday, October 25, 2002 SCHOOL NEWS Page 17 Summer 'school' an experience By MALLORY FREEBERG, TOM BAKER and HEATHER DRAVECKY Wake up for a meeting at 8 a.m., then paint from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. Break for lunch and then free time from 1 until 2:45 p.m. Paint again until 5 p.m., break for dinner, then paint again from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Does this sound like too much to do in one day? For students who attended Governor's School for art this summer, this schedule was the norm for five weeks. Several students shared their experiences at a summer program called Governor's School. These students were Brittany Belin, Meghan Clay, Natalia Kaniasty, Kendra Dushac, lenny Beck and Sam Sherburne. Students attended Governor's School at Mercyhurst College to take classes in different fields of the arts. Courses included theater, painting, creative writing, music, dance and singing. Music student Jenny Beck recalled; "I remember the instructor saying 'play sadness for me.'" Beck added, "I am now closer to the people that I stayed at camp with than my friends that I have known for years." Natalia Kaniasty remarked, "I went knowing that I like theater, but I didn't think of it as a career. Now I know that I want to act... direct or just be Indiana involved in drama." Kendra Dushac attended the dance program at Mercyhurst. She explained that her department put on student-choreographed performances, and even the faculty members did short performances. "Everyone was sleep-walking by the fifth week," joked Meghan Clay, commenting on the demanding schedule. "Kids were sleeping in the halls during their free time." "I learned how to express and explain myself through painting," said Clay. Brittany Belin, who attended Carnegie Mellon for math and science courses, mentioned that there was an average of "two to eight hours of homework each night." There were also research papers to write and labs to complete. The students remarked that they got a "taste of college life." And they would do it again if they had the chance. Overall, the students who attended Governor's School learned many tilings during their stay. "I even learned how to do my own laundry!" said Belin. The students in attendance agreed that the most important thing to remember is to do what makes you happy. New AP course A new college-level course has been added to the curriculum at IHS. Approved in June by the school board, Advanced Placement Government provides an opportunity for students to excel who have a strong passion for government. "The course is designed to focus on the background and structure of the U.S. government and how the political scene works in the U.S.," said Mrs. Peggy Garbrick, AP government teacher. "I appreciated the willingness of the school board and administration to finance a new course, especially when the state funding for our district was predicted to be down this year." Throughout this course, students will view government and politics under an analytical light. Items such as the various institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas mat constitute U.S. political reality will become well known to the student. Students need to be willing to complete a summer assignment, think critically and work hard to be successful in this class. Though it isn't mandatory for AP students to take a separate economics class, they are urged to do so. The AP exam, which costs approximately $75, will be given in May. All AP government students must take the test since there is not a final exam requirement for this course. Next spring, students interested in scheduling this course need a recommendation from a social studies teacher. Other requirements include passing a government pretest and a critical thinking writing prompt. Craft Fair The IHS Marching Band invites everyone to attend an Arts and Crafts show on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Indiana Junior High. There will be more than 40 vendors set up in the gym from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with a wide variety of crafts, such as candles, wood, ceramics, floral designs, hats, rugs, all types of needlework, painting, dolls, Christmas and fall decorations, to name just a few! In addition, refreshments will be available in the cafeteria. Admission is only $1 per person, and tickets will be sold at the door. The admission tickets will then be used to award door prizes donated by the crafters throughout the day. This will be a wonderful family activity, with something to please just about everyone! The students and crafters are looking forward to everyone's support. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joy Behr at the junior high at (724) 463-8568. Indiana Senior High School students Kendra Dushac, front, and from left, Meghan Clay, Sam Sherburne and Jenny Beck attended the Governor's School this past summer. Absent from photo are Brittany Belin and Natalia Kariasty. (Indiana photo by Jenny Anderson) German students enjoy fall visit to America ByANNESEILER LIGONIER — Thirteen Germans students arrived late on Oct. 10 at the Pittsburgh International Airport to begin their three-week exchange with Ligonier Valley High School students- Accompanied by their teachers, Herr Michael Koch and Frau Birgit Widmann, the German students were tired but excited. The German students come from the Friedrich-Eugens Gymnasium in Stuttgart, Germany, and have lived . with host families at Ligonier Valley and Laurel Valley high schools since their arrival. They first attended classes with their hosts and then classes of their choice. Herr Koch, an English and German teacher in Germany, has lived with Albert Fiorina, a social studies teacher at Ligonier Valley. Frau Widmann, teacher of English and French, has stayed with Mrs. Lori DiRinaldo, the German teacher at Laurel Valley and the American organizer of the German-American Partnership Program. Most say that life is different in the United States. Clara Weis, a sophomore said, "The people here are different. They are friendly and open. There is no public transportation, and we have to go everywhere by car. School is also very different. We have four classes every day and we can choose our classes. You eat lunch in school and Ligonier Valley everything is very modern." The students have six to eight classes every day in Germany, and most days are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On some days though, the Germans have school until 2:45 or 3:40 p.m. On these days, students are given an hour between 1 and 2 p.m. to eat their lunches. There is a cafeteria, but most students walk to bakeries or pizza shops. Most students believe that .the school system in the United States is very simple. Stefanie Fink says, "The school is different — stricter and easier." All German students are bilingual and many know more than three languages. Fink, who is staying with Stacey Brehun, knows German, English, French, Latin and Italian. Jenny Shen and QiQi Qian know Chinese, German, English, French and Italian. The students must study all subjects, while Americans take only as many as will fit in their schedules. For example, every German sophomore must take German, math, English, French, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, religion (or ethics), physical education, art, music, history and government studies. All of the German students live in and around Stuttgart, in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. The students Trip to Mexico enlightening By CRYSTAL POLLOCK "We made it!" the group breathed a sigh of relief. After weeks of practicing for a Valentine's dinner theatre, early mornings of making hoagies and selling them to fishermen at Cloe Lake and months of fund-raising, they were on an airplane to Mexico! Over the summer, three students and one teacher from Punxsutawney Christian School took part in a mission trip with the Punxsutawney Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Punxsutawney _, . . Crmsian Ox^u^^.1 SchOOl students Jonathon c r <> n , Shawn Cron ^ - Crystal Pollock, along with history teacher Mrs. Pat Woods, joined 13 young people and five counselors for a week of ministry in Mexico City. "Before leaving, all (hat I knew was that Mexico was south of die U.S. and that the people there spoke Spanish," Shawn said. Mrs. Woods recalled that she didn't know what to expect. Early one morning, the group met at the Alliance Church. Late that afternoon, they stepped off the plane onto Mexican territory, where they were greeted by their friendly missionary hosts. The group's matching lime green "pepino" shirts stood out in airports, greeting everyone in Spanish. The missionary spotted the group immediately and piled 18 young people and adults into his 15-passenger van. The missionaries, Manuel and Brenda Chavarria, and their son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Rocio, opened their homes to both the Punxsutawney and Mexico youth groups. During the next few days, they helped to paint the Iglesia Evangeli- ca Los Amigos, or Evangelical Church of Friends, and spent time with the church's youth group. They played games, told jokes and learned lessons together from the Bible. Both Jonathon and Crystal gave their testimonies to the group. The groups shared communion together. The Mexican youth group had never participated in a communion time with anyone outside their group before. . Jonathon also showed the Mexican Punxsutawney Christian School students helped paint the Iglesia Evangelica Los Amigos (Evangelical Church of Friends) during their summer visit to Mexico. (Punxsutawney photo by Crystal Pollock) people his raw basketball skill of spinning a ball on one finger. "My favorite game was the holito," Jonathon said with a laugh. The group began a "bolito" by piling on top of one another. "Just don't be on the bottom," Shawn added. The group also visited a children's Bible school in Solidarity. This suburb is a separate part of Mexico City with no government intervention. The government does not enforce the laws in Solidarity so crime is prevalent. On this day, they were encouraged to stay together. They handed out toys to the children and gospel tracts to the adults that they passed on the dirt walkways. Broken cars sat beside concrete buildings that looked like small garages. Every house had at least one large dog that jumped, barked and intimidated passers-by. "This part of the country is very poor, with no paved roads or sewage system, yet the song time that we had with the children was beautiful and filled with genuine love and hope because of the Lord," Crystal said. Mrs. Woods' favorite part of the trip was the people. "To see how God is working in their lives is the most amazing thing. I watched our kids and the Mexican kids grow so much spiritually in just a week," she said. She also remembered how the people greeted each other by hugging and even kissing, instead of the American greeting of a small handshake. Both PCS students and teacher agreed that the food in Mexico was wonderful. Rocio Chavarria cooked most of the group's meals. Jonathon said that he was worried about finding food that he enjoyed since he does nof like vegetables. "But the food was great. My favorite were the cheese quesadillas," he said. "I thought that the food was fabulous," Mrs. Woods said. "My favorite was the chicken alfredo." Shawn said that his favorite experience was the open marketplace. There, they could barter with the vendors for many different items. Shawn bought a wooden chess set and Jonathon bought a silver necklace, along with souvenirs for their family. Some bought large, bright sombreros. "The hats were half the size of the boys who bought them. I wondered how they would pass through the airports on the way home!" Crystal said. But the sombreros made their way to Punxsutawney, and were even modeled during a Sunday morning service. Crystal and Mrs. Woods bought silver jewelry, which was less expensive than in the United States. Woods also bought blankets, a lace table cloth and a wool cape. "It (the wool cape) has come in handy on these cool mornings," she said. Mexico differs from the United States in many ways. In Mexico, the students pay to attend public school and for all of their books and supplies. The driving system was also different. "Our crazy drivers seemed sane compared to them!" said Shawn. In the city, the speed limit is regulated by speed bumps. Jonathon said that he thought the weather in Mexico City was perfect. The temperature stayed in the mid- 60s and '70s during their stay. Another difference was the water. The group could not drink the water from the faucets in their temporary home and were supplied with jugs of clean water to use when brushing their teeth and drinking. The youth group enjoyed their stay in the foreign country and were encouraged in their spiritual lives because of the trip. The three PCS students and Mrs. Woods said that they would like to go back to Mexico to see the friends that they made. "Amazingly enough, language was not a barrier," Jonathon said. Most of the people spoke at least a little English, and many members of the Punxsutawney youth group had taken Spanish. "I would encourage anyone considering taking a mission trip to a foreign country," Jonathon said. "Though language seems like it would be a barrier, God worked through it and we were able to connect." "Spending a week with 15 teenagers was quite an experience," said Mrs. Woods. "I watched each person change in their own way. They grew closer together as a group and closer to God. I would go anywhere with these kids. Their parents should be very proud of them. I know that I am." take public transportation, walk or ride bikes. Lynn Vera Ilona Hoberg says, "It is easier in Germany to get anywhere because the system of public transportation is very good, but it's expensive. Most of the students have Ver- bundspaesse —• tickets partially paid for by the school that allow students to go with public transportation everywhere." So far, the students have visited Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Gettysburg and Niagara Falls. In Pittsburgh, they saw the Broadway musical "42nd Street" at the Benedurn Center and ate at the Hard Rock Cafe. Last Sunday, they visited the wax museum in Gettysburg and visited several monuments and shopped in Lancaster. On Oct. 18, the Germans and their American students celebrated Okto- berfest at Laurel Valley, where they ate German food, had root beer- chugging contests and pickle-eating contests and played Pin the Krug on the Bayern. Tomorrow, the Germans will go to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and ride the incline. Everyone who has been a part of the exchange will attend a farewell party held in the Germans' honor on Sunday. The next day, they will fly to New York City for four days. The partners from Ligonier Valley and Laurel Valley will visit Stutlgar! next year in June. Apollo-Ridge High School joins the School News program this week. Reporting on events happening in their school will be Cody Musser, left, and Mark Pears. (Gazette photo by Tom Peel) German exchange program in 12th year By MARK PEARS SPRING CHURCH — Every other year Apollo-Ridge I ligh School participates in an exchange program with a school from Wurzburg, Germany. GAPP (German American Partnership Program) links students from Wirsberg Gymnasium, their school name, to students from Apollo- Ridge. Karen Kostishack, Apollo- Ridge's German teacher, has been involved with the program since 1980, the year in which the program began. During the month of September, each Apollo-Ridge student \vho chooses to do so, can host a student from Germany. Then, during the following summer, the students from Apollo-Ridge travel to Germany to stay with the student they hosted. Students visit every other year. The last time they were there was the summer of 2001 and they will be returning during the summer of 2003. The students slay in Germany from the beginning of June until the beginning of July. This provides the Apollo-Ridge students with a great opportunity to practice their German. The German students not only speak just German and English, but also Italian and French. Students from Wurzburg really enjoy coming to the states for the month. Some of the things they er.joy most about our conn try are the relaxed people, hospital ily, and Friday night football games. In Germany, students are not Apollo-Ridge permitted to drive until they are 18 and even then, having as many personal vehicles in a family as we do is very rare. The exchange students find it very different to be driven basically everywhere they want to go by their host families. At home, they would normally travel using the bus, taking the trolley, or walking. American food is also a big hit among those participating in the GAPP program. The students enjoy hamburgers and Oreo cookies. In their spare time they play music, sports, pool, and go out. They often go to clubs where Techno and Hip I lop are among the most popular forms of music heard. In Germany, most of the popular music is the same as what is popular here. Currently, Eminem and Shakira are some of the biggest names. Finally, the students from Wurzburg enjoy coming to the states to view the American life, to meet teenagers from another country, and to improve their English. The Apollo-Ridge hosts planned several events to entertain the Germans and to add interest to their stay. Throughout their stay, they visited New York City, Niagara Falls, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh and the Greensburg Courthouse. In addition to these school-organized functions, each host family provided the students with activities to do during their stay. The German students returned home on Sept. 29.

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