Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 19
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SCHOOL NEWS Friday, October 25, 2002 — Page 19 Alumnus returns to teach phys ed, health Continued from page 18 She earned a bachelor's degree in animal science in 1982 from Cornell University. Now she's aiming to earn her teacher certification in biology along with a master's degree. Travis hopes one day to earn her doctorate and teach at the college level. On the road to that high goal, she is in charge of three of Meneely's four biology classes. Travis, at 42, is a non-traditional student who is juggling her roles as student, teacher and mother. Married to Gary Travis for four years, she has one daughter, Brandy, who attends our middle school, and two stepchildren, Tiffani and Brandon. Travis was originally from Clinton, N.Y., but she's lived in Punxsutawney forthe last 14 years. Before attending IUP, she worked in the meat department at County Market. For a while she was a lunch aide for the Punxsutawney Area School District and she also spent some time working as an assistant for veterinarian Dr. William Wise. Travis says she loves farming and she and her husband, Gary, raise horses, sheep and beef cattle. She also raises Labrador retrievers and expects a litter to be born at the end of this month. Other family pets include four turtles, a tortoise and two millipedes. A versatile woman with lots of interest, Travis enjoys country line dancing, which she teaches, and horseback riding. One who smiles easily and often, Travis obviously is also enjoying her student teaching experience at PAHS. Senior interviews Each year the guidance counselors schedule persona! interviews with every member of the senior class. The class of 2003 has approximately 205 members. The purpose of these individual conferences, which were completed recently, is to review the seniors' academic records, assess students' needs and interests and discuss post-high school plans. Counselors aim to make potential graduates aware of aH the options open to them. Counselors also help students secure materials for colleges, technical schools, or training programs in which they also have an interest. Seniors are encouraged to explore their options and make college visits. College visit excuse forms are available from the guidance office. The interview is also a time to review each senior's graduation project, a requirement for receiving a diploma from PAHS. Every senior is to have a project proposal submitted by mid- November. In addition, counselors verify that a student has enough credits to graduate and that all his or her requirements are fulfilled. Students review their own transcripts and get their current class rank as well. Varsity Club organizes When fans buy programs at football games, their patronage helps support Varsity Club, an organization for athletes who have lettered in a sport. Club advisors are basketball coach Bill Vassallo and track coach Keith Hughes. Organizing for this school year, members elected these seniors as officers: president Ann Doty, vice president Kayla Gomola and secretary Dustin Guidash. Junior Mike Pride was elected treasurer. According to Coach Vassallo, there are lots of advantages to being a varsity club member. In the spring, the group takes a senior trip which, for the last two years, has been to Cedar Point. In addition, the club enables member athletes to make a positive impact on the school. Collecting advertising from local businesses, the club is responsible for the football programs each fall. Moreover, with the high school renovations, the club will begin to maintain a showcase and an activities board in the cafeteria. They also plan to buy large sports banners to hang in die gym. Placed in the wall behind the seniors' bleachers, the banners will measure 5 feet by 40 inches. One will be ordered for each sport. Plans are to have them hung by Christmas to being the year 2003 with more visible school spirit. FHS sets goals for the year The Future Health Services Club, advised by school nurse Shar Loennig, held their its meeting recently to review goals for the year and to re-affirm the club's main objectives: to educate students about the wide variety of health career options and to provide service to the community. Mrs. Holly Travis, left, is an IUP student working on earning her ' master's degree and teacher certification. She's student teaching biology classes at Punxsutawney Area High School under the guidance of Jim Meneely, right. Also shown is her daughter Brandy. (Punxsutawney photo by Gloria Kerr) As in past years, Loennig plans to have guest speakers attend regular meetings to talk about specific careers in the medical field. Then in the spring, members can visit Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh to job shadow medical professionals in a hospital setting.At this first meeting, Loennig addressed the shortage of nurses in the United States and the open job market for good nurses. She outlined the different options for those completing a four-year program to earn a bachelor of science degree, a three-year diploma school and a two-year associate degree program. Each of those options produces registered nurses. The club plans again to raise funds for Make-a-Wish to pay for at least half of a child's wish, to sell daffodils for the American Cancer Society and to help with the senior class bloodmobile in December for the American Red Cross. Loennig says, "I feel the club is beneficial because, when I was in school, I didn't know how many different jobs there are in the medical field." Cheerleaders take part in first competition By AMANDA CAPITOSTI and MEAGAN GNIBUS HOMER CITY— On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Homer-Center High School cheerleaders competed in their first competition of the season at the Heritage Conference Cheering Competition in Ligonier Valley. The squad came out in the first round as the only team to hit their routine without any falls. Hats off to the cheerleaders as they took fourth place out of the 10 competing squads. Twenty students were excused from school on Wednesday and sent Homer-Center to college, but not entirely. These students from journalism, eleventh grade Honors English, and Advanced Placement English attended the English Extravaganza at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The extravaganza presented students with a variety of workshops; each student chose five. Each of the workshops was designed to enhance the students' writing skills and interests. English teacher Mrs. Roxanne Rouse and student teacher Miss Ali Faucher attended the extravaganza with the students. Seniors in Mrs. Carole Occhuizzio's economics classes recendy finished the Stock Market Challenge. The challenge is a game used to teach students the different techniques in buying, selling, and trading stocks. For the game, students are paired with a teammate and given $100,000, unfortunately in fake money, to make investments over a four-week period. The team that gained the most profit from their investments over the entire class was awarded $100 in real cash. Matt Lawson and Jim Bocz proved to be the big moneymakers. The halls of Homer-Center are being filled widi talk of the coming football game, but not the Varsity football game this evening. Rather, students are raving about this year's powder-puff football games. Junior and senior class officers have been diligently working toward making the games a reality. Two football games will be held between die senior high girls on Monday, Oct. 28. Sophomore and junior girls will play against each other in die first game, which will be held during school hours and open for all students in grades seven through twelve. The second game will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday and the seniors will compete against the winning team of the first game. This evening game will be open to the public arid an admission of $2 will be charged for adults and $1 for students. Not only do the powder-puff games have the school filled with zest, but also the arrival of school yearbooks. Homer-Center's yearbook, The Wildcat Tale, is issued each fall to make certain that the entire previous school year was covered. Graduates are reminded that their yearbooks may be picked up at the high school. Gratosky named Homecoming Queen Bv KELLY EMEIGH, ANTONETTE FABRIZI, and TIMOTHY HOCHSTEIN ARMAGH — United High School's annual Homecoming Dance was held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the high school gym. Over 103 couples attended the enchanting event. The gym was lit up with tons of lights, balloons, and glittery tinsel to add to the dreamy effect. Homecoming events started during United's football game. Nine girls were picked to be on Homecoming Court and only one could win me crown. The girls were Meiissa Zimmerman, Jessica Gralosky, Ashlee Bennett, Kayla Shetler, Kayla Spiradi, Allison Hastings, Jackie Allison, Donna Tinkey, and Jessica Long. Last year's winner, Lindsey Maloskey gave the crown to Jessica Gratosky during half time. After the game, a dance was held in the gym from 6 to 9 p.m. Music, food, and slushies were provided during die dance, and a photographer was set up in the auxiliary gym for professional pictures. One junior, Kendra Evans stated, "I really liked homecoming this year. It was a beautiful scene, good cookies, great music, friends and a nice dress. United I had a great time!" Senior Jamie Ault said, "I had a good time, the decorations were really pretty this year, and the pictures turned out nice too. I also liked the photo albums." Events leading up to homecoming were somewhat stressful, "however, that's the fun of it," replied Mrs. Patricia Berzansky, student council advisor and head of Homecoming Committee. The Homecoming Committee began to brainstorm for die dance last year. They had many meetings and decided on a scene. After they had the scene, they met with student council homeroom representadves and voted on a theme and song. "Enchanted Dreams" was the theme, and "The One" by Gary Allen, the theme song, was also voted on. Prior to the date, there were many nights of staying after school to make the centerpieces, as well as favors for each table. Finally, on the Friday before Homecoming, student council began decorating right after homeroom, working hard all day and after school. After close to $2,000 dollars spent and almost 13 hours of hard work, they finally finished at 9:30 that night. "It was the fastest year for decorating ever! In prior years we were here until 11:30 p.m.," exclaimed Berzansky. For 11 years, Berzansky has been handling this important United event. When asked why she keeps coming back for more every year, she stated, "I love to be involved with students. I also like to see how happy everyone is when everything is done right, plus it's a tradition I believe in." Parents take over United Open House was designed with the primary purpose of informing parents about what students are doing in the classroom. This annual event allows parents to come to school and visit the classes that dieir children have. The teachers put together a seven- to 10- minute presentation to inform the parents about the basic operations in the classroom. The faculty, this year, have some different presentations planned. For example, Mr. Nathan Bevard planned on showing the student's work called "Visual Basic." Miss Darlene Plyier planned to do math manipulative with the parents of her. students. Lastly, Mr. Thomas Witcomb did an element and crystal display, an explosive metal demonstration and a flame test to hold the parents' attention, during their stay in his class. According to one staff member, Mr. Robert Penrose, "The parents who came out are very interested in what their children are doing in school." There was a different spin on Open House this year. Mr. Robert Butchkoski, the principal, thought it would be pleasant to have a dinner for the parents. The ultimate goal behind this gesture was to try to faring more parents to Open House. Prior to the Open House, note cards were sent to all parents in the district, informing of the optional dinner at 6 p.m. The menu for the evening included Salisbury steak, pizza, salad bar and cold/hot hoagies with a drink and fruit (all for only $2). Parents had to select a menu prior to Open House. As usual, cookies, coffee and Kool- Aid were served in the cafeteria after all the parents had attended their child's classes. Food For America 2002 Recently, the United Future Farmers of America Chapter held its annual Food For America program, which lasted Oct. 15-18. During the first three days, the students from the FFA Chapter went to the elementary school and taught fourth graders about agriculture. Some of the lessons taught were about food product origin, how different crops are grown and who is involved in the agricultural field. On the fourth day, the students went on a field trip to McNutt's dairy farm. The high school students lead the elementary students to different stations at the farm. Some of the stations included the office, utility room, the old and new milking parlors, hayloft, repair shop, manure pit, old and new barn, silo, power takeoff shaft (PTO) on John Deere and International tractors and the calf barn. During the trip, ail of the students got to see a calf that was born minutes before they arrived at the farm. At the end of the tour, everyone was treated to a pint of flavored milk. The chocolate, strawberry and vanilla milk was donated by Turner's dairy. A special thanks to McNutt for donating their time and farm for this educational trip. Also, a special thanks to United School District staff for allowing us to participate in the program. Band's halftime show impressive By LINDA VISLOSKY and NATHAN WINTERS KENWOOD — The Penns Manor High School band has been having a good season this year. This season, the half-time show consists of multiple songs including, "Get It On," "25 or 6 to 4," "More and More" and the new song they've been learning, "Make Me Smile." The band moves in different formations and does one number where they stand in a single formation Manor This adds up to an impressive half-time show. The band consists of some 128 members in many different instrumental, percussion and auxiliary sections. They have participated in the IUP Homecoming parade and Clymer Days and are eagerly waiting for the Clymer I lalloween Parade. In a few weeks, Nathan Winters will be traveling with Mr. Paul Rode and other students to learn about audio mixing software that he is planning to use. Hopefully, this will prove useful in future years in producing a compilation of the band's music. The drama club created a haunted trail Thursday and today at the high school nature trail. Times were be announced iri school. Doors will take on the Halloween spirit tin's week as the Student Council decorating contest gets started. The winning homeroom will be given a pizza party at school. The Penns Manor drama club is working on the play "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." It premieres on Nov. 15 and 16. The play is a comedy in which Dobie and his fellow students experience the trials and tribulations of high school life. From romantic complications to a campaign to save the school newspaper, Dobie uses his wits and charm to achieve a happy ending. The main characters are Josh Peles playing Dobie Gillis, Steph Stupic as Bonnie Willit, Ashley Catchpole as Helen Dixon, Orry Baker as Petey Bellows, Kala Markel as Happy Stella Kowalski and Chrissy Filipovich playing the part of Limbo Lamb. Along with the many clubs that began new activities this year, there is a new addition. Mr. Scott Lowry and Mr. Andrew Bridge who teach the tech education and woodshop classes started a tech ed club. Mr. Lowry said, "I have always had a desire to start a tech ed club arid it was actually Andy Lopozinski who came up with the idea last year that we start one here." There are 30 members involved from grades 7 through 12. The members are now working on projects for Toys for Tots, in which they are planning to mass produce boats for needy children this Christmas; their goal is 300 to 400 boats. The Home Depot is Johnstown is providing the materials needed for the project. The club is also planning on mass- producing clocks and oilier crafts for the holiday season and chancing them off to raise money for the club. JUST FOR KIDS: SHORTCUTS, PAGE E-8 EVERY SUNDAY Red Ribbon Week marked By MIST1 McKEEHEN WESTOVER — The students this week at Harmony Area Schools are proudly proclaiming their choice to remain drug free by sporting the official Red Ribbon Against Drugs. The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club is in charge of the week's festivities and is the organization of the week. Advisors of (he SADD club are Mr. Shawn Deemer, Mr. Mike Dolges and Mrs. Jill Marie. The president of the 2002-2003 SADD is Desirre Spaid and the vice, president is Sarah Hutton; both girls are seniors. Jennifer Nelson, the secretary of the club, is also a senior, and the treasurer is junior Christy Brink. The organization is made up of senior high students who choose to remain free from destructive decisions. "Red Ribbon Week is a way for everybody to gel involved, and it's not just listening lo someone speak Harmony about the hazards of drugs. This week gives us a fun way to show that we are participating in the campaign against destructive decisions," explained Sarah Hutton. Throughout the week students wore different items to show their participation in Red Ribbon Week. Monday was mismatch day; Tuesday students wore their Ted, white, and blue for American Pride Day. Midweek many of the students wore their favorite sports team's paraphernalia and Thursday was "put a cap on drugs" day, while students wore their headgear to show their school spirit. Today, was Tie Dye Friday to finish out the week. Aside from the fashion statements and bearing the Red Ribbon there were several activities that took place to promote the week. Daily there were winners for the Lucky Tray, one student from each lunch period found a star on rneir tray, which earned them a prize from the cafeteria. There was also a poster contest held as the posters were displayed in the cafeteria. To earn additional prizes each student that keeps their red ribbon throughout the week has the opportunity to turn it in for a chance to be entered in the weekly drawing. The winner of the drawing will be granted either a season pass to the home basketball games or a SADD T- shirt. Not only is SADD involving the school but also this year they are reaching out to the community to help everyone get involved in the war against drugs. In addition to distributing a red ribbon to each student, many were sent to local churches and organizations. This made the week not only for the students, but our surrounding communities were given the chance to participate. Harmony High School students wore shirts proclaiming their favorite sports teams Tuesday as part of Red Ribbon Week. From left are Heidi Pearce, Chad Romagna and Allicia Neff. (Harmony photo)

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