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Freshman swimmer breaks league record

photo provided by CCHS Swimming Many athletes know from a young age that they are extremely passionate about pursuing their athletic career. This was certainly the case for freshman swimmer Logan Smith. Smith began swimming competitively around the age of seven. Dawn Smith, his mother and coach has been the main influence on Smith’s love for the sport. “My coaches and teammates have been the main reason I have stuck with this sport for so long,” said Smith. As a freshman, Smith is capable of getting the boys team major points on the board. The team could count on his quick finishes in events including the 200 IM, 100 Breast, and both the 200 medley and free relays. “He is on a huge trajector

No job shadow? No parking pass

photo by Emily Bixler In its current form, Project Life has been a success. Most notable is the job shadow requirement, which exposes students to work in a field they have interest in. Job shadowing makes clear whether a student will or will not enjoy their field. This can be crucial to massive decisions like where students go to college or what classes they want to pursue. While this experience is technically scheduled for junior year, nothing stops students from postponing it until late in their senior year. More strictly enforcing this policy would better prepare students for senior-year decisions, including choosing a college and a major. Even students who enter college undeclared still

Musical welcomes faculty into cast

Every year, students come together to perform in the spring musical. This year, the cast has expanded to include members of the faculty. When casting the musical, director Martha Pierce put out a call for members of the faculty to perform as nuns in the chorus. Five high school teachers and two nurses have signed up, as well as teachers from the middle and elementary schools. “It’s great fun, we’ve been accepted by the kids and it’s nice to be a part of what they’re doing,” said Catherine Zackey, Latin teacher. For Zackey, the role is especially interesting since much of what the nun chorus sings is in Latin. “My favorite part is that we are singing in Latin, so when I saw that I thought tha

Junior takes lead in musical for second year

photo by Annika Evans The hills will be alive this weekend as junior Kara Peterschmidt makes her third appearance in CCHS theater as Maria in this year’s production of The Sound of Music. “I feel very confident,” said Peterschmidt. “It is a great way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s a way to expose yourself and be vulnerable.” Peterschmidt has been in around 12 productions including ones at the Lebanon Community Theater and the middle school. “She is an excellent musician,” said Director Martha Pierce. “She seems to love what she’s doing. She has a very strong voice and she isn’t afraid.” Pierce has directed both this year’s and last year’s musicals. This year the shows will be held in

Senior takes on complex role

photo by Annika Evans Being a lead takes hard work, determination and practice. Aaron Ciccone proves that as he prepares to star in The Sound of Music, the spring musical. “It feels good, I’m happy with the role that I had gotten,” said Ciccone. “But also I feel like I don’t truly care about being the lead more so than just acting in general and having the ability to tell a story.” Ciccone is a senior and this will be his last time participating in the musical. Ciccone will be playing Captain Von Trapp in the Sound of Music. “In comparison to the character that I played in the fall play’s production, it’s a lot more of a structured character,” said Ciccone. “I have to change essentially dur

Bowlers excel in post-season

Left: Kolby Bennett Center: Paige Boyd Right: Darren Zombro The bowling team is on a roll in the post-season with champions at both the district and league level. Freshman Darren Zombro captured the District 3 championship Saturday ABC North Lanes in Harrisburg, while junior Paige Boyd won her second consecutive Lancaster-Lebanon League girls’ championship and sophomore Kolby Bennett won the boys’ title two weeks ago. “I think it’s pretty awesome, for the small program that we have, that these athletes are having success at the level they’re competing at,” said coach Jen Wagner. “They’ve worked hard not just this season but their entire life to get to this point.” At Di

Student section finds alternate ways to cheer

With fall sports in full swing, many people are wondering what the situation is with spectators. The teams are working hard on the field while the athletic department is working hard behind the scenes to make sure that there are fans allowed in the future. “(Athletic Director Chris) Groff and I have been throwing around ideas trying to find the safest and best way to incorporate the student sections into the games,” said senior Cole Thompson, a leader of the student section. “The priority right now is to get us seniors involved as this is our last year but we would like as many students as possible,” Although no students have been able to spectate games so far, there is still hope for furthe

Comeback album bores with repetition

graphic by Marissa Arnold Playing it safe, Avril Lavigne broke her six year silence with an album characterized mostly by its dull and repetitive nature. Avril Lavigne released new album “Head Above Water” Feb. 14, largely inspired by her experience with Lyme disease. The titular opening song, “Head Above Water,” represents the album’s intentions. It is beautifully written, with powerful orchestral accompaniment and empowering lyrics about overcoming struggle. Unfortunately, the album goes downhill from there. It is made up mostly of uninspired songs about romance that open well but devolve into being overly similar to others on the album. “I Fell In Love With The Devil” is a perfect example

Sequel follows convoluted plot

graphic by Marissa Arnold Presenting little diversity from the original, the sequel “Happy Death Day 2U” is a surprisingly enjoyable film. The film picks up directly where the prequel left off, and the audience begins to see another day loop unravel. Collegian Tree Gelbman, played by Jessica Rothe (“La La Land” 2016, “Forever My Girl” 2018) attempts to save her friend from a fate she once faced, but instead wakes up to find herself trapped in another dimension. She sets out to send herself back to her correct dimension while learning quantum physics, having lunch with her deceased mom, befriending her old killer, and avoiding being murdered every night by an escaped serial killer. Although t

Media teacher earns praise

Media teacher Christopher Schwalm was chosen to be the Student Television Network Teacher of the Year. This award is for broadcast journalism, film or media teachers who demonstrate dedication and high levels of achievement. He found out that he had been chosen Feb. 7. His students set up a fake call with STN’s board of directors, which then announced the news. “I was speechless, I was stunned,” said Schwalm. “It was the last thing I expected.” Since he was chosen as Teacher of the Year, Schwalm will receive a trip to the 2019 STN Convention in Nashville, TN and $1000 toward the broadcasting program. “I feel fortunate because I am put in this position because of the administrative support we

King of Hearts exceeds goal

The King of Hearts court surpassed their fundraising goal and raised $30,900.25 for the American Heart Association. “Last year was an anomaly, but I think the guys were pretty on par with the last several years,” said student council adviser Jane Hepler. “They did better than I thought they would.” At the dance last Friday, Carter Bucks was crowned king, raising $7,300. Adam Brightbill was crowned Prince of Hearts, raising $100 less than Bucks, while Viraj Govani was crowned Duke of Hearts for his third place finish. The top three students were responsible for raising over half of the court’s total with over $18,000 between them. “[Winning King of Hearts] felt awesome because I knew I raised

Golfers qualify for Districts

Fall sports started off a little shaky, but the Golf team has taken full advantage of being back on the green. This season, three students qualified for Districts including senior Brock Smith and sophomores Jillian Fidler and Benjamin Feeman. For the past four years of his high school career, Smith has qualified for districts. Jillian Fidler has also qualified for districts each year of her high school career. “I was happy to qualify for Districts again. My hopes for the match is to shoot in the 80s and go to day two of the tournament,” said Fidler. Smith had the lowest average during the regular season at 81.75. Fidler and Feeman followed close behind with 85.75 for Feeman and a 91 for Fidl

Winter guard begins winning season

Though football season may have ended, the band and color guard continue to press forward in their artistic endeavors. The color guard has begun competing over the winter to perfect their skills. Winter guard is a fairly new program, and this is only its second year at the competition level. This year there are 16 members in the program. “This competition season looks really great,” said senior captain Abby Garrett. “We’ve been placing high in our category and are super excited to see where the future takes us.” The team is led by captains seniors Garrett and Hailey Bowser and head coach Samantha Meashey. “Being a member of winter guard has taught me a lot about teamwork,” said Garrett. “We

Swim teams succeed at league meets

For some teams, it is difficult to keep the momentum going into the post season. This, however, was not the case for the boys’ and girls’ swim teams when they competed at the L-L League meet on Friday and Saturday at Wilson Aquatic Center. Overall, the boys’ team placed second and the girls’ team tied for fifth at the meet. A total of 18 swimmers qualified for Leagues, and many succeeded throughout their events. One such swimmer is freshman Logan Smith, who set a team and league record of 58.25 seconds in the 100 breast. “As a team we put in hours of hard work and dedication to prepare for this meet,” said Smith. Smith also competed in the 200 IM, the 200 medley and free relays. “It felt ama

Roof slated for summer repairs

photo by Alexis Steele Anyone walking down a hallway has most likely had to avoid a trashcan that has been placed there to catch water from a leak in the roof. Anyone looking up at ceiling tiles is likely to have noticed brown stains caused by water from leaks in the roof. Some students have had to relocate classrooms temporarily after heavy rains resulted in major leaks in classrooms. Clearly, the school’s roof needs to be replaced. That’s exactly what will happen this summer, according to Principal Nicole Malinoski and building manager Joe Raiger. We hope it will truly be replaced this summer – instead of the usual patching that has taken place over the years. While we understand patching

Artist inspires elementary students

provided by Jennifer Gemundt During the start of the school year I was contacted by Sarah Gebhard about a mural project at South Lebanon Elementary School. They had been looking for someone to make their idea come to life because the teachers involved were too busy to accomplish it on their own. I took the opportunity and accepted the task to paint for them. I got in contact with Jennifer Gemundt, a 5th grade teacher who was ecstatic to finally get the project started. I was taken to the school’s cafeteria which was like a blank canvas in need for color. I began visualizing how big I’d make the design they had come up with and how to make it happen. The mural was all about inspiring the kids

ID policy stressed by administration

Following the new ID policy, the administration has taken further action to ensure students are following the newly implemented rules. The administration has begun enacting random school-wide ID checks. These checks require students who are not wearing their IDs at the time of the check be reported by their teacher via computer. “Honestly I think the second semester is going a lot better,” said Nicole Malinoski. “I think we see a lot more students wearing the ID and change takes time, it really does, so we also have to look at the big picture as well.” Students, on the other hand feel the random checks are unnecessary and disruptive to class. “I understand why they’re do [the random checks],

Mini-Thon raises money with fundraisers

photo by Sully Minnick Every year at Penn State, thousands of people gather to dance for a cure. Cedar Crest students may not be up all night, but they do dance to raise money for a cure. This year Mini-Thon will be held from 2:30 to 10 March 8. All proceeds will go to the Four Diamonds Fund, an organization that helps families of children with pediatric cancer and donates to research. “There is going to be tons of food, games and activities that students should look forward to at Mini-thon,” said junior co-president Emma Dissinger. The theme this year is “Kick Cancer Out of this World.” This theme was chosen by vote of the committee members. These members include Dissinger, Wise, and treasu

'90s boy band ages into mediocrity

Backstreet’s back and it is just alright. The Backstreet Boys released their 9th studio album “DNA” a generation too late. Attempting a comeback, the Backstreet boys threw together a monotonous album with sound dating back to the early nineties. While big in their day, their a capella style and frequent solos make the album boring and tedious. “Is It Just Me” is the worst on the album due to its trivial sound. It is completely unoriginal, with nothing separating it from others on the album. Most songs on the album suffer from their likeness to each other. This makes the entire album comparable to a Taco Bell menu: fancy names, same taste. The album as a whole is an indistinguishable mush of

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