Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 20
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 20

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Friday, October 25, 2002
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Page 20 — Friday, October 25, 2002 SCHOOL NEWS Parents, students speak on renovations By ADAM KOVALCHICK ELDERTON — Monday night in the Elderton High School gymnasium, the Armstrong School District board of directors proposed plans for the renovations of the cur- Elderton rent junior-senior high school and two plans for the K-6 facilities. The first plan for the elementary schools would be to renovate both Kittanning Township Elementary and Elderton Elementary. The second plan calls for a new building and the merger of the two current elementary buildings. The gymnasium was filled with students and parents who had come to express their concerns over plans to renovate the Elderton complex. When the public was given the opportunity to speak, several students took to the floor and expressed their concerns about Elderton. Tom Kness, a junior, stated, "I appreciate a small school since I have seen a school where the students were packed like sardines in a can." Several students plainly stated that they want to graduate from the school from which they started. Beth Christy, another junior, said that in a small school such as Elderton, stu- School unites for Teen Read Week Two baskets were raffled at the recent Region 13 fall leadership conference of the Future Business Leaders of America in Butler, Proceeds from the baskets — $851 was raised — went to Habitat for Humanity. From left are Mrs. Sue Boarts, FBLA adviser at Elderton High School; Kathleen Woodside, a sophomore member of Elderton FBLA; and Avis Mohney, winner of the basket. Nathan Dailey won a smaller basket and Natalie Plavi won the door prize at the confer(Elderton photo) ence. dents excel due to the fact that teachers are willing to work one on one with their students. Parents also stated their views to the school board with many of the same concerns as their children. As the school board listened to each statement being given, it seemed unclear what decision they will come to. One board member failed to comment if the possibility of Elderton being closed had been discussed, leaving open the fear of the closing of the school. The purpose of the meeting was for the school board to hear public opinion about the proposed plans and to reach a compromise. However, the likelihood of a total compromise appears slim. But for now, students and parents will review the facts of Monday night and hope to see both Elderton schools remain open and preserve their rich heritage. By STEPHANIE BALL and ASHLEY DERUELLE SALTSBURG — During the week of Oct. 13, students and faculty at Saltsburg Middle/High School participated in a nationwide event, Teen Read Week. During the week, students and faculty alike celebrated the joy of Saltsburci opening a book. _ Throughout the nation, students, teachers, parents and community members took the time to sit down and relax with an enjoyable book. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), which is a division of the American Library Association, created Teen Read Week. The nationwide celebration began in 1998 and has since become an annual celebration. Mrs. Grace Kerr, librarian at Saltsburg Middle/High School, brought the idea of Teen Read Week to the School Community Council and the event was later introduced to students. To celebrate Teen Read Week, Mrs. Traci Penatzer, who is Saltsburg's school community council facilitator, and Mrs. Kerr, with the cooperation of seventh through ninth grade English teachers, organized a very successful book fair at the school. During the week, all students were given a chance to browse and purchase a wide selection of books as well as posters, journals and pencils. The book fair was managed by students and was considered by many to be the main event of the week. Nationally, the theme of Teen Read Week is, "Read For the Fun of It," but each school is given the option to choose a theme of its own. The theme of Saltsburg's book fair was, "Extreme Book Fair: Dive Into Books" and every student was asked to participate in the celebration. Whether it was a novel, magazine, or play, every student was encouraged to take the time to read so that Saltsburg Middle/High School could be a community of readers. Cheerleaders compete The 2002 Saltsburg competitive cheerleading season is here and the varsity cheerleaders are roaring and ready to go. Throughout the month of October and into early November, the girls will be competing in various competitions around the area. The squad began their season with a competition on Sunday, Oct. 13, at West Mifflin High School. The event started roughly at 11 a.m. In the varsity division the girls competed against many Pittsburgh area schools such as Baldwin, Key- stone Oaks, McKeesport, Steel Valley and Central Catholic. After a 15- point deduction, the squad ended up with a fourth place. "It was a great experience to see what we could do in front of a crowd," commented senior Brandi Ventresco. At this competition, Allison Stitt also ended the day with a third place for her individual routine. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the girls traveled to Ligonier Valley High School to compete in the third annual Heritage Conference Cheerleading Competition. Participants included the 10 schools in the Heritage Conference: Blairsville, Homer-Center, Laurel Valley, Ligonier Valley, Marion Center, Northern Cambria, Penns Manor, Purchase line, Saltsburg and United. Trying to recapture their 2000 Heritage Conference title, the girls went out and performed a solid routine. They came out on top with a victory and became the 2002 Heritage Conference Champions. Kami Nagg and Allison Stitt were named to the All-Conference Team. "I think we did the best we could and deserved to win," stated senior Kami Nagg. "We really came together as a squad." Congratulations girls and good luck in remaining competitions. SADD talks to elementary classes . . LlflG By LAURA YEVCHAK PURCHASE LINE — Members of the SADD club at Purchase Line High School traveled to both of Purchase Line's elementary schools on Wednesday, Oct. 23, for Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon Campaign is a nationwide program introduced to increase drug awareness and to promote a drug- free environment. Red - Ribbon Week runs from Oct. 23-31 each year. The program, instituted by the United States in 1988, has also spread to other countries. Students of Purchase Line's SADD participated in the program by visiting each elementary classroom and distributing a red ribbon and stickers to each student. Students are encouraged to wear their ribbon, which displays an anti- drug message. Members of the club hope that by promoting Red Ribbon Week, they communicate to peers the dangers of destructive decisions. "It's important to see older kids not doing drugs and still being role models," said senior Steph Peles, president of Purchase Line's SADD club. She thinks it is imperative that younger students get positive messages about drugs from older teens. Purchase Line High School SADD member Ashley Lechner spoke to the older elementary students in the South Building. She's shown holding the poster and place mat that she had made just for the event. Her slogan is "Don't bee stupid, go against the buzz!" (Purchase Line photo) Ms. DiMaio, a special education teacher and one of the SADD sponsors, took the members. Students who went were seniors Bailey Barrett, Jenna Beatty, Chanda Beck, Cassie Burba, Nicole Deitman, Amanda Edwards, Stacy Forberger, Bonnie Gardner, Niki Hopkins, Ashley Lechner, Lauren Moran, Deedra Moyer, Steph Peles, Daniella Salazar, Ryan Stefan, Laura Stossel, Julie Tabacsko, Heather Misko and Miranda Zurenko. Juniors In-Sook No and Brittany Wilson also attended. HIGH-TECH TRAINING — All faculty and staff at the newly renovated Punxsutawney Area High School have been trained to make the most of the high-tech telephone communications system that's part of the school's leap into the 21 st century. Because there are sophisticated telephones in every office and classroom, a representative of ASCC, the company that installed the system, met recently with school personnel to provide training. Soon the high school will have a Homework Hotline in operation, just as the Punxsutawney Middle School does already. From left are ASCC representative Bob Schleicher with PAHS staff Bill Vassallo, Vanessa Dorsey and Mechelle Ingres. (Punxsutawney photo by Gloria Kerr) Penn State sets records for enrollment STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A record 41,445 students enrolled this fall at Penn State University's main campus, contributing to record enrollment throughout the university. Penn State officials announced fall enrollment figures Thursday, showing a record 83,038 students enrolled at the system's 24 campuses. That's 1,334 more than were enrolled last PHEAA execs highest-paid state workers HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) —Two officials with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency could finish the year as the top-paid employees in state government, thanks to performance incentives that boost their salaries. Michael Hershock, president and chief executive officer of PHEAA, could make $392,000 this year from his $245,000 salary and maximum performance incentive of 60 percent of his base pay. Richard Willey, chief operating officer of the student-loan agency, could make $322,482 from his $214,988 salary and maximum 50-percent incentive. State System of Higher Education Chancellor Judy Hample was found in a recent analysis by The Patriot- News of Harrisburg to have the highest base salary of any stats employee at $275,000. But she is not eligible for bonuses, State System officials said. Officials at PHEAA, one of the nation's largest full-service student financial-aid services providers, defended the compensation paid to 34 executives and managers who have been able to enhance their salaries through a program instituted in 1986. year, including an increase of 617 on the University Park campus. "For the past several years, our plan to keep University Park enrollment stable while enhancing opportunities for upper division students at other campus locations to continue and complete their studies at that campus has successfully evolved," said John Romano, vice provost and dean for enrollment management. Penn State also saw its minority enrollment rise, both systemwide and at the University Park campus. There were 9,352 minority students enrolled throughout the Perm State system, up 483, or 5 percent, from last year. Minority enrollment at University Park rose by 271 students, or 6 percent, to 4,960. The Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport remained the largest campus outside of University Park. Enrollment there rose by 435 students, or 7.7 percent, to 5,963. Enrollment also rose at Penn State's Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine and Dickinson College of Law in Carlisle. The word! 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