Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 18
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 18

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Friday, October 25, 2002
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Page 18 — Friday, October 25, 2002 SCHOOL NEWS ,3nJ»tmta dwtxette Career Club breakfast held; October Fest starts By JESSICA SHIELDS and JENNA PAPPAL MARION CENTER — Marion Center High School's Career Club hosted a Bridge Builders' Breakfast yesterday morning in the high school's Secret Garden. Invited guests were some of the many people who help facilitate career decision making through job shadowing, class presentations, and special programs. The Culinary Arts classes prepared the breakfast and the Career Club presented a program highlighting Marion Center's career preparation. The breakfast was organized by senior Alyssa Bopp under the direction of career counselor Mr. Frank Palilla. Marion Center High School is hosting two new student teachers. From now until Dec. 12, Miss Melissa Lawson is teaching in the life skills classroom with Mrs. Madeline Stango while Mr. Brandon Billotte will be in health and physical education with Mr. Brad Smith. In recognition of Red Ribbon Week, members of SADD distributed lollipops to the randomly selected winners who were wearing their red ribbons and the clothing of the day. Monday's winners for crazy sock day Marion Center were Mike Ashbaugh, Erika Yarko, Brittany Winebark and Meghan Barelick; Tuesday's winners were Dan Mabon and Tessa Peterman. Winners for the rest of the week will be listed in next week's column. On Sunday and Monday, senior Kari Painter, juniors Sabrina Gates and Diane Lloyd, and freshman Kelly Houser, accompanied by advisor Mrs. Barbara Treese, will be attending the Future Business Leaders State Leadership Workshop at Perm State. October Fest, hosted by Student Council, started today with the sock hop in the gym and will continue through Friday, Nov. 1. On Monday there will be a Halloween Trivia Quiz and the Door Decorating Contest will begin. In addition, students will have opportunities to send a "korny" message to a friend. Messages will cost $.50 and will be delivered next Friday, Nov.l. Monday's festivities will carry into Tuesday and a Scavenger Hunt will continue throughout the day. Wednesday's event will include "Guess the Weight of The Jack-O- Lantern," and lucky students may find that the "MC Halloween Fairy" has left candy taped under their desks. Thursday will be "Black and Orange" day as all students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to wear Halloween colors. Also Halloween music such as "The Addam's Family" and "The Monster Mash" will be played between classes. Door decorations will also be judged on Thursday. On the final day of October Fest, students will receive "korny" messages during eighth period. It will also be MC Spirit Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear green and gold to support the Marion Center football team. Next Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30, the ninth graders will be taking the Differential Aptitude Test. Results of the testing will help students with career planning, with completing the graduation project, and with meeting the requirements of the mandatory tenth grade Career Challenge class. Not only will the test evaluate math and English skills but will also provide students with a printout of other abilities, such as mechanical abstract reasoning and perceptional speed and accuracy. Parents and students are reminded that high school picture retake day Marion Center High School seniors Trad Lorenzo, left, and Katrina Wells were among the junior and senior girls who participated in last Saturday's Powder Puff football game. In spite of the rain, mud and cool temperatures, the efforts of the players raised more than $500 for Children's Hospital. The event was sponsored by the Marion Center football team and Future Farmers. (Marion Center photo by Jenna Pappal) will be Friday, Nov. 8. Tuesday, Oct. 29, is the volleyball banquet in the McCreery Middle School cafeteria. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. the Marion Center ROTC students will be visiting area nursing homes such as Indian Haven and Crystal Waters to interact with the elders. During these three hours they will be reading books, telling stories, and playing games with the residents. "The Magic Guy," Skip Cain, will entertain the students and faculty of the Middle School next Thursday afternoon. A former educator, he is a unique entertainer who mixes magic, humor, audience participation and the right blend to provide motivational messages that work for ages 2 through 82. Thursday, Oct. 31, is the end of the first high school marking period. Report cards will be distributed on Thursday, Nov. 7. Student Government gives action to words By SHANNON STILES The Indiana County Technology Center Student Government Association (SGA) gives voice to the student body concerning issues affecting school-wide actions and activities of the school. The SGA works in partnership with administration of issues affecting school-wide issues. At the Indiana County Technology Center, how to communicate effectively in the ICTC leadership position is being practiced through the SGA. During special SGA Executive Committee sessions the administration is invited to be present and student suggestions are openly discussed. At each monthly Student Government Association meeting, the program representatives report on the current projects. Some of the program projects reported at the Oct. 9 meeting included preparations for midterms, opening the ICTC restaurant, building sheds and cabinets, studying the principles of design while applying them to the business applications, and preparing for the American Red Cross Blood Drive. At the September meeting, the SGA representatives agreed to adopt a plan of action for establishing the 2002-2003 SGA Program-of-Work. All the officers and the SGA council of representatives are working on the plan of events for this year and encourage all students to participate fully in their programs and with the schoolwide SGA projects to make the school a better place. Tech Prep Coordinator, Ms. Erin Eisenman, advises SGA representatives. Some of the ICTC SGA Program of Work's broad goals include a vari-' ety of leadership duties in and outside of the Tech Center; community services activities to include projects Miller, Grant honored By KATHRYN BOOLE and EMILIE SYKES CLYMER — Recently at the Calvary Baptist Academy, the students eagerly awaited the teachers' choice of elementary and high school students of the month. Ryan Grant, a fourth grader, was chosen in the elementary, and Kristin Miller, a senior, was chosen in the high Calvary school. Grant is a respectful, helpful student who always works hard and does his best. He is friendly and consistent. Miller is well-liked by her classmates, and a great help to teachers and students alike. She has a good attitude about her work and is always ready to lend a hand when someone needs help. Both students were given a book of coupons, including those for skipping a class, not doing a homework assignment, choosing not to take a quiz and receiving a free hot lunch from the school. Chess club Two weeks ago the Academy chess club began its sessions. The group is headed by Mr. Steve Burbank, who Baptist Members of the afternoon session Student Government Association executive committee mef recently with Indiana County Technology Center Principal Carol Fry to discuss field trips. Attending the meeting were, from left: Erin Eisenman, SGA adviser; Melissa Westin, Justin Clouser, Dane Mergen, Tawnia Lewis and Fry. (ICTC photo) such as the Teddy Bear Fund Drive and Love Basket Food Collection; and planning special events. Leading this year's morning session students are president Nick Daskivich, machining technology; vice president Cory Shultz, network communications; secretary Tiffany Debar, cosmetology and treasurer Melissa Garschnick, culinary arts. The executive committee for the afternoon is made up by president Justin Clouser, welding technology; vice-president Dane Mergen, digital media technology; secretary Melissa Westin, graphic and electronics; and treasurer Tawnia Lewis, cosmetology- Appointed representatives and alternates from each program are Jason Kirkland, Matthew Brewer, Jared Garza, and Ryan Hickok, automotive technology; Tony Busija, Joel Pomposini, Robert Ammerman, Jeffrey Weber, carpentry; Dereck Custer, Rebecca VansCoy, David Lyons, Joseph McKee, collision repair technology; Tiffany Debar, Lance Burfield, Tawnia Lewis, Tonya Clawson, cosmetology; Melissa Garshnick, Kayla Ault, Jenifer White and Erin Dougherty, culinary arts; Kevin Rusin, Matthew Neiderhiser, Dane Mergen and Paige Benton, digital media technology. Craig Leary, Marc Kough, James Britenaugh and Christopher Smith, electrical occupations technology; Ashley Hinton, Theresa (Tessa) Fulton, Melissa Westin and Andrea Booth, graphics and electronic media; Kaylia Lightcap, Ashley Dixon, Ashley Midock and Amy Hoak, health occupations technology; Nicholas Daskivich, Kyle Carney, Patrick Miller, and Brian Ashbaugh, machining technology; Brian Robinson, Jeremy Gentry, Allan Smith and Christopher Shirley, masonry; Cory Shultz, Damion Brown, Matthew Liboski and Krysta Daugherty, network communications; and Shawn Yount, Peter Mils, Justin Clouser and Jeremy Loop, welding technology. The American Red Cross Joined with the Health Occupations Technology (HOT) program in its annual fall partnership to sponsor a community-wide blood drive. Under the direction of the Health Occupations Technology instructor, Ms. Dianne Miller, and Health Occupations Technology instructional assistant, Ms. Tara McClellan, students promoted the event, completed the recruitment paperwork, and completed all the duties as assigned to the Wednesday, Oct. 23, event which took place at the ICTC. The ICTC Restaurant is now open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. with full-breakfast entrees. Lunch is served from noon to 1 p.m. The Chef's specials include a variety of fresh soups, salads, rolls and beverages for $4. The special for Wednesday is minestrone soup, beef braciolle, potato wedges and broccoli Normandy. Cream of broccoli soup, pork chops Charcutiere, baked potatoes and waxed beans will be the Thursday specials. Alternate entrees are available. All restaurant items are available for eat-in or take-out. To make a reservation or order for takeout, call (724) 349-6700 ext. 117. Check out the services available at the Cosmetology Salon that will open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for community clients beginning Oct. 31. This salon is the training site for students enrolled in the program. Hours are from 8 until 11 a.m. and from 12:45 until 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (724) 3496700 ext. 105. Alumnus returns to teach phys ed, health Calvary Baptist Academy's students of the month are Ryan Grant, a fourth-grade elementary student, and Kristen Miller, a senior. (Calvary Baptist photo) instructs the students twice a week to improve their logical skills. At the end of the year, the members play a chess championship, in which first, second and third place winners are chosen. The members of ihe club are Justin Adams, Ricky Bailey, Joshua Burbank, Tim Buterbaugh, Amber Hooks, Jonathan Neidich, Alan Otto, Emilie Sykes, Heather Sykes and Nathan Sykes. The students have fun as they learn and sharpen their skills during the season. The All-Conference team During the playoffs for soccer and volleyball last week, three Academy students were selected for the Fundamental Christian Athletics Association All-Conference team. Throughout ihe season, coaches from other teams chose athletes who excel in their sports. Ryan Leasure, a senior, and Matthew George, a sophomore, were recognized for their achievement in soccer. Laurel Crawford, also a sophomore, was selected to receive this award in volleyball. The athletes received engraved plaques to commemorate this event. Much harderwork went into earning these awards, and these students are to he congratulated for their strong finishes to the soccer and volleyball seasons. By JESSICA ABRAHAM, ALISON BAKER, ALISSA GRAFFIUS, DAVID RENNE and SOPHIA YEUNG PUNXSUTAWNEY — Eric Eddy, a 1990 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, has returned to teach physical education and health, filling a position opened by the retirement of two long-time physical education teachers, Gale Shields and Jim McQuown. Todd Stiner has filled the other opening. Eddy is also taking over the head wrestling coach position vacated when Lee Weber accepted a position in Clarion. "With the returning lettermen," Eddy says, "I think we are going to have a very successful season as long as we continue in the direction we're headed." Kddy earned his bachelor of science degree in health and physical education, as well as certification to teach safety and drivers education, at Edinboro University. Before coming to Punxsutawney this fall, he taught health and physical education for six years elsewhere. He has experience teaching at the New Oxford Middle School near Gettysburg, as well as at Shinglehouse Elementary in Pottery County. At those schools, he served as New Oxford junior varsity wrestling head coach and then as assistant varsity Punxsutawney wrestling coach in the Oswayo Valley School District in Potter County. Now at Punxsutawney, he's happy to be back home and teaching alongside some of his former teachers. He especially likes Dr. Kerr who, he acknowledges, was his favorite teacher in high school. "I was almost an English teacher because of her," he claims. In his free time, Eddy likes to work out, hunt and read. He especially finds pleasure in reading the works of classic American authors like Ernest Hemmingway and John Steinbeck. ' The music he enjoys is classic rock and alternative music, with Led Zeppelin and Social Distortion being two of his favorites bands. A coach with a very positive attitude, Eddy lives in Rochester Mills with his dog, a chocolate lab named Sonny. With his winning personality and infectious smile, this physical fitness buff who reads is expected to make a very positive difference at PAHS. Biology student teacher Mrs. Holly Travis, an IUP student working on her master's degree in biology, is currently doing her student teaching with Jim Meneely. Continued on page 19 'Angels' aiding younster By JACKIE FRITZ BLAIRSVILLE — Every parent wants the best for their child. They want nothing more than to see them happy and healthy, Living life to it's fullest. Sadly, not every family is fortunate enough to have that for their child. Jessica Kurnocik, an eighth grade student at Blairsville Middle School, was diagnosed with cancer BiairSVJIle when she was in sixth grade. It was very devastating news to the people of her community and many put all of their effort into raising money to support the Kurnocik family. "Whenever the news of her illness broke, many of us knew we had to do something to help," said Blairsville High School senior Alissa Joyce. With the eagerness to help, a committee called "Jessie's Angels" was formed. The majority of its members are students at Blairsville. The group has been very successful in raising money for Jessica. Rachel Kurnocik, Blairsville High School Senior and cousin of Jessica, currently serves as the president of Jessie's Angles. "I am very pleased with the amount of participation I have seen from the students," said Kurnocik. The group has been very active in raising money for Jessica, selling candles, raffle tickets and recently, sponsoring a trip to Kennywood's Fright Night. Approximately 70 to 80 people attended. The group was able to raise around $800 for Jessica. "We were surprised at the turnout for Fright Night," commented Joyce. "It was nice to see students willing to help out someone in need, even if they don't know her that well." In addition to Fright Night, Jessie's Angels has been busy planning other events to support Kurnocik. On Nov. 2, there will be a "gym sale," a large garage sale in the Blairsville High School gymnasium. The event will begin at noon and end at 4 p.m. All of the profits will be given to the Kurnocik family. It is open to the public. "We are hoping to see a lot of people at the sale," said Joyce. "If you're not doing anything that Saturday, come out and support Jessica." Girls' team named champions By KATE McCULLOUGH andJONTROUP RURAL VALLEY — The big news this week is that the girls' volleyball team coached by Shawn Spencer is the AA section champions. Led by seniors Nicole Rearick, Kate McCullough, Ashley Gillis, Jamie Carson, Kristin McCoy, Nicole Rankin and Jessica Englert, the team steam-rolled through the section without a single blem- W6St ish in the . loss column. dhaiTtokin The girls first playoff game will be next Tuesday, Oct. 29,«at Elderton; they will play either Greensburg Central Catholic or North Catholic. In other news, 35 Armstrong School District students, teachers and district administrators attended a rally in Harrisburg Tuesday. The goal of the rally was to promote equal school funding and educational justice for all of Pennsylvania's school districts. Of the students who attended the rally, eight were from West Shamokin: Jon Troup, Ben Smith, Kelsey Boats, Briana DeVivo, Kylie Weaver, Brett Ashley, Josh Osche and Brett Cogley. Troup was the spokesman for the group, and he spoke to 1,500 other students in attendance. Troup addressed such issues as high taxes, state mandates, technology in the classrooms and equal state funding for education. During the day, students received bells, papers, pins and bumper stickers to promote the causes espoused by the attendees. An interesting highlight of the day was the march around the Capitol building by the students, teachers and administrators — all led by the Harrisburg band. After all the speeches were given, students met with their state representatives. Republican Jeff Coleman, who supported the rally, was kind enough to speak with the Armstrong School District representatives. We hope the rally will help bring change lo Pennsylvania schools.

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