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Junior wins Scholastic Gold Key for WWII inspired story

Many people dream of becoming authors, but few take the steps to get to that point. Junior John Fitzgibbons has done just that by submitting an original work to Scholastic. Fitzgibbons won a Scholastic Gold Key award for his story “The Dollhouse Rebellion.” The story follows a family of dolls living in a realistic world. As the story progresses, the reader learns that the doll family is part of a minority that is being targeted and follows them as they weigh the costs of fighting for their survival. “I was really surprised, I was really happy obviously, I had not been expecting to place at all so I was really happy to get that [award],” said Fitzgibbons. Along with his gold key award, Fitzgi

Swimmers break records, place at states

Breaking school records and placing at states are two dreams every athlete strives for. Senior Krysta Weik and freshman Logan Smith were able to achieve both within one season. Weik and Smith competed at the state swim meet March 15-16 at Bucknell University. Smith placed 13th overall in the 100 breaststroke. “[Placing at states] was a very humbling and unique experience,” said Smith. “I wouldn’t have been able to be where I am without the people at the meet to cheer me on and my teammates.” Weik finished 26th in the 100 breaststroke and 30th in the 200 IM after placing second at districts in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 IM. “[Qualifying for states] felt awesome,” said Weik. “I

Eliminate class ranking

graphic by Marissa Arnold At the end of every year, the class rank of the senior class is tallied up, assigning students numbers and honoring the valedictorian. But is it possible that this system is outdated and even harmful? When students receive report cards, they can check their grades, GPA and class rank. It seems odd that class rank is placed alongside GPA and grades, objective and unchanging methods of analyzing success. While the same grades in the same courses will always create the same GPA, class rank fluctuates based on the class. Plus, class rank is not as important to college decisions as it used to be. According to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, th

Senior hopes to take hoop photos at Duke

photo provided by Broadcast Video 3 Taking photos for the Duke Men’s Basketball team would be a slam dunk for senior Jackson Muraika. Next fall he will be attending Duke University in North Carolina and is planning to major in Economics. He chose Duke for its immense opportunities and great mix of size and flexibility. “I don’t want to go to a school so crowded it felt overwhelming,” said Muraika. In college he also plans to continue taking pictures. He has created a goal for himself because he is disappointed by the lack of photographs he’s taken recently. Muraika has set the goal of taking photos for the Men’s Basketball team at Duke. He believes Duke will give media opportunities and crea

Bowling claim team, two individual titles

photo provided by Jen Wagner What a weekend it was for the school’s bowlers as they captured three state championships. The Falcons captured the boys’ team, boys’ individual and girls’ individual titles last week at the Pennsylvania State High School Bowling Championships at Dutch Lanes, Ephrata. It is the first time in state history the same school had the boys’ and girls’ champion. “I knew we definitely had the talent to do it, but for them to actually be successful on those days that they needed to was just a dream come true for them,” said bowling coach Jen Wagner. “For our school to be represented that way, it speaks volumes about the hard work that they put in during the season.” Junio

Track dedicates season to coach's wife

photo by Sully Minnick With spring sports in full swing, all teams are preparing in different ways for the season ahead of them. The track & field team is starting their season with an even stronger urge to succeed. The track team has decided to dedicate its season specifically to head coach Rob Bare’s wife, Tiffany Bare. Over the past 15 years, Bare has been battling cancer. “We are competing for something that is larger than ourselves,” said senior Nathan Shutter. Throughout every track season, Tiffany Bare shows up to countless practices and pre-meet events, encouraging the team with motivational speeches and giving the players a true perspective on life. “She tells the kids never give up

Seniors commit to colleges

As the year goes on, more seniors have completed their exit interviews, and more know which college they are going to. Their high school experiences are coming to a close, and many of these students have reflections on it all. The beginning of the end was the exit interview, and the process in preparing for it. Most students begin with the step of choosing some colleges they would like to apply to. Senior Ian Benard had four colleges in mind: Penn State, University of North Carolina, Temple and West Chester University. One of the big factors in his decision process, like many, was price. “Well I applied to all the places, and then I got accepted to Penn State and it was just the cheapest opt

Sequel fails to match previous films

Despite continuing a series of movies that made Tyler Perry famous, the new film, A Madea Family Funeral has failed to continue his legacy. Starting off with sublime acting, Sylvia played by Cierra Payton (“The Runner” 2015, and “Madea Goes to Jail” 2009) and Carol played by Kj Smith (“Baker’s Man” 2017, and “Throwback Holiday” 2018 ) are preparing a family reunion inviting Madea, played by Tyler Perry (“The Haves and Have Nots” 2013, and ”Madea goes to jail” 2009) and her family to come celebrate. The movie continues as the death occurs near both Aj played by Courtney Burell (“Too Close To Home” 2017, and “Black Boots” 2013-2016) and Renee played by Quin Walters( “The Haves and Have Nots”

Wrestler qualifies for, competes at states

Making it far in the post season is every athlete’s goal and junior wrestler TJ Moore took his wrestling season all the way to states. Moore competed in the PIAA state wrestling tournament March 7-9 at the Giant Center. “It felt like it was really cool to be competing there and it was a really cool experience,” said Moore. According to coach Chris Voshell, the PIAA state tournament is one of the toughest tournaments in the country. “Any time a wrestler qualifies for the state tournament, as a coach you are always proud of that wrestler but that pride has to be tempered because the work is not finished,” said Voshell. Moore was in the top 16 wrestlers of his group as he competed in the 220 we

Honor Society prepares for senior dance

Dancing is a long loved pastime that many enjoy. Dances take much preparation along with long hours of planning and work. The National Honors Society will be hosting its annual Senior Dinner Dance (formerly called Senior Senior Prom) April 5 in the Cafeteria. The theme of the dance this year is “down by the seashore.” “Hallie Koslowski and I did a project that was kind of Hawaiian themed,” said senior Rachel Batra, the events coordinator for NHS. “We had a lot of fun with that and thought it would be better to make it even bigger.” The theme was chosen by NHS secretary senior Hallie Koslowski and Batra. The decorations are being made and stored in room 207, Shannon Reisch’s room. “My room ha

Teachers adjust to hybrid model

Many of us have only just returned to school, but teachers have spent months preparing their classrooms and curriculum to abide by the new COVID restrictions. The new restrictions have resulted in many teachers having to rearrange their classrooms and change the way they would normally teach. “The biggest change to my room has been the fact that desks are back in rows instead of in groups,” said biology teacher Jeanine Snyder. “I am also having students sit at lab tables to maximize the amount of space that kids have between them, so that I can do mask breaks in classes where 6 feet of distance is possible.” New restrictions have resulted in some teachers having to change activitie

Cafeteria expands menu

Many people like trying new foods, and soon students will get the chance to do so in the cafeteria. The cafeteria will be changing some of their menu offerings in the next few weeks. These changes include adding more portable lunch items along with a few new lunch options. “Whatever you guys are asking for, we’re trying to go that route,” said cafeteria manager Marci Heverling. “We’re trying to make you guys more comfortable with what is down here and to want to come to lunch.” The main goal of making these changes is to make lunch more accessible for students who leave the cafeteria either for class or to go to CTC. “I think the grab-and-go options are a good idea for the simple fact that w

Album features confusing lyrics, choppy sound

Juice wrld released his third studio album “Death Race for Love,” equally sad in sound and quality, on March 8. Most people, whether they are fans of Juice wrld or only heard a few of his songs, recognize him for his sad rap lyrics. “Death Race for Love” features 22 mediocre songs about love, depression, lean broken hearts, depression, regrets, betrayal, depression, etc. Though the album is mostly depressing and poorly written, listeners can find one or two songs they like enough to listen to again. “Big” and “Fast” are two of these songs, even though they contrast greatly. “Big” has a stronger beat with good lyrics, while “Fast” is slower with a more chill vibe. Many songs on the album fail

Superhero origin film meets expectations

graphic by Marissa Arnold The latest superhero film is a ‘marvel’ on many accounts. “Captain Marvel” was released March 8, serving as the origin story for its heroine. The plot, set in 1995, follows Kree Starforce member Vers, played by Brie Larson (“Room,” 2015 and “Kong: Skull Island,” 2017) as she is stranded on Earth. A rogue agent, she attempts to find and defeat the shapeshifter Skrulls that followed her to the planet. Vers, who previously could not remember anything prior to joining the Starforce, is confronted with memory flashes of a life on Earth. She attempts to piece together her own story as she works with a young Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” 1994 and

Athlete overcomes injuries before lacrosse season

Some athletes struggle with injuries, dying to get back into the game, but senior football and lacrosse player Gage Ebersole has overcome three major injuries throughout his high school career and is ready to return to the field. This past fall Ebersole tore his labrum in his left shoulder in the second football game of the season. He then had to get surgery, missed the remainder of the football season, and then got cleared four months later just in time for lacrosse. “As I was recovering I knew I would be missing a ton of sports,” said Ebersole. “The constant Friday nights on the sidelines and watching practices crushed me, although made me strive to get back even more.” With constant trips

Staffer learns to write music

Almost everyone listens to music and among those, quite a few perform it. However, there is often a divide between performance and composition. I started playing piano when I was in 2nd grade. I instantly fell in love with music, adoring my newfound ability to string together simple notes into something complex and beautiful. I continued to play for years, expanding my repertoire and experimenting with tempo, dynamics and even the notes themselves. Eventually, I felt ready for the next step. My sophomore year, I decided that I wanted to start writing music, so I bought a composition book. Unfortunately, my attempts to write a song typically ended within minutes. I was worried that what I tri

Basketball advances to states

After a hard fought season the girls’ basketball team has pushed forward to meet their goal of making it to states. The team will be advancing to the first round of the state championship against Garnet Valley on March 8. The away game will begin at 6. “It’s really awesome and we feel really accomplished,” said senior captain Hannah Woelfling. “No matter what the outcome, it’s just an awesome experience to be in.” The last time the team made states was two years ago with key players Alyssa Austin and Ariel Jones. Both Austin and Jones were 1,000 point scorers. “It feels good to make it to states, it’s really awesome,” said senior captain Madison Rambler. “We’re really excited and it’s going

Mini Thon Activities

Where: Cedar Crest High School When: Friday, March 7, 2:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Cost: Donation of at least $40.00 Event Includes: Food Floor hockey Tournament Dodgeball Tournament Giant Inflatables Games Arts/Crafts Zumba Thai Chi Gift Card Walk Live Band Open DJ And…so much more! Registration information and other activities can be found in the following locations: Room 116 (Dissinger), Room 202 (Boger), Mrs. Springborn’s office, Mrs.Wawrzyniak’s office, main office, and The Perch. Contact the Mini Thon advisers for any questions.

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