Penn Manor Class of 2013 Lights up the Night at prom

By Danielle Johnson and Michelle Zercher

The Penn Manor Class of 2013 celebrated the ending of their high school years on Friday, May 10 at the Eden Resort from 5-10 p.m.

The theme of this years prom was “Light Up The Night.” The theme allowed decorations of hanging lanterns and candles on the tables. Even the monogrammed gel candles for the students to take home tied in with the theme.

The Prom Committee worked hard to prepare a night of relaxation and celebration for the senior class.

Senior Jillian Heckman said, “The goal of this year’s prom committee was simple. We wanted to give seniors one last chance to celebrate all the remarkable accomplishments we have achieved over the past four years and to recognize they are a part of an amazing class of individuals.”

A total of 400 students and guests gathered in the courtyard of the Eden to eat and dance the night away.

Of the 400 attendees, 227 people ordered the stuffed chicken breast, 109 ordered the sliced beef and 50 ordered the manicotti. There was one gluten-free meal served and five vegan meals.

The following are pictures of students who attended prom and some of their favorite parts.

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Spring cleaning at Long’s Park

By Mrs. Taylor’s and Mrs. McMichael’s Life Skills and School to Work classeslongs park 2

On Friday April 26 the Serteen Club, Autistic Support Class, Life Skills and School to Work classes joined together for a day of spring cleaning at Lancaster’s Long’s Park. The Serteen Club organizes a park clean up every year to beautify the park in preparation for the Sertoma Chicken BBQ on May 18.

The Serteen Club advisor, Mrs. Rathbone-Frank explained, “Most of the students really just want to help other people.”

Serteen is a teenage branch of the Sertoma Club.  The Serteens do service projects that they plan and help other organizations such as the Millersville Parade Committee.

The Autistic Support, Life Skills and School to Work classes help at Long’s Park side by side with the Serteen students weeding, planting, mulching, and picking up trash.  It’s a day of hard dirty work, but the chance to socialize and make new friends is priceless.

The day is a very productive one with old beds being cleaned out, new annuals planted in the various beds throughout the park, and finally fresh mulch being spread on the flower beds and the playgrounds to keep the little ones safe. The Long’s Park staff supplies everything needed in the way of gloves, garden tools, digging shovels, and wheelbarrows, just to name a few.

longs park 1This year was especially nice because the weather cooperated and no one had to deal with the cold, rain or mud. At lunch the students break for a pizza party, and appetites are satisfied with the pizza, snacks and drinks that are supplied by the Serteen Club and Life Skills class. During the day while the students are working hard, fresh drinks are delivered periodically to those who needed them.

“It was fun, and I would definitely come back next year,” Destiny Osborne, a first year student.

“I find the day interesting, and I learn something new each time I go,” said Cristian Phibbs.

Senioritis strikes again

Perhaps these sleeping students are also suffering from senioritis. photo credit: Jens-Olaf via photopin cc

Perhaps these sleeping students are also suffering from senioritis. photo credit: Jens-Olaf via photopin cc

By Josh Lefever

Every year new students graduate from high school. Every year students begin to slack and some of their work starts to slip. Many colleges each year take back their acceptance to students for low academic performance in their senior year.

When many students were asked if they thought that they did procrastinate more in their senior year some had very different answers.

Richard Schulz is a prime example of a “procrastinator.“

“Yes, I have waited way too long to do papers and homework assignments, said Schulz. “I’ve found myself up late many nights trying to get a paper done for the next day.”

Harrison Schettler also agreed that he has slacked much more his senior year.

Some students allow senioritis to carry over from their senior year to their freshman year of college. They slack and some even get kicked out of college.

Many students at Penn Manor do not think the overall slack of their senior year will transfer into college.

“I am going to make sure I actually get my work done in advance, and study for all my tests,’” said Schulz.

Shettler actually has some motivation to keep his grades up here and in college.

“Next year I’ll be running track so I think that will help me keep my grades up.”

Some of you may be wondering if these students planned for an easy senior year.

“I did not purposely make me schedule easier, but I would say that i’ve had much more fun this year in many of my classes,” said Schulz.

Danielle Landis and Shettler both agreed they also did not plan to have an easy senior year.

As the year is dwindling down now students can see how their effort decreased across time.

“Yes I would say my work ethic at the beginning was much higher than now,” said Schulz. “Just all the things that i’ve done this year has shown me I am almost done with this part of my life.”

Marching band plans new show

By Emily Thyrum

The marching band is planning a show called "Water" for the 2013-2014 school year. The show is based on the movement of water.

The marching band is planning a show called “Water” for the 2013-2014 school year. The show is based on the movement of water.

Normally, band camp consists of long and difficult work, but this year, The Penn Manor Marching Unit will flow right through it.

According to Mr. Tom Mumma, the band director, the marching band show of the 2013-2014 school year was originally going to be called “H20,” but now the name is “Water.” The music is called New Beginnings.

The show will have many different shades of blue out on the field with the backdrops scattered around the field. These backdrops will be the same as the last year, which will be turned horizontally to create a swirly blue background.

At the end of the band season of the 2012-2013 school year, the band staff met to pick the next year’s show. Everyone in the staff brought different possible shows to the meeting, and the list was then narrowed down. The show was decided on about a month later. Details are worked out a few weeks after that.

“[I am most looking forward to] arranging the music. I really like the music this year,” said Mumma. He is also looking forward to working with the students and performing the music, which he finds fun this year.

According to Mumma, the band will probably be five to 10 students larger than it was in 2012-2013. Some of the smaller sections from the 2012-2013 school year will now have more members, so Mumma expects that the band will move back up to the American division of the Cavalcade of Bands. This division consists of bands of a small-medium size.

“I like the drive and the impact of the music,” Mumma said. He also likes how the music flows, and he thinks the lyrical sections will be effective on the field.

Mumma plans to hand out the music on May 29. The band will try to put the general idea of the show out on the field for the first competition in September.

The music is rather challenging, and there are no pauses in the music, to emphasize the topic of water as the show. These aspects will be a challenge for the band for the upcoming school year.

Another challenge for the staff will be writing the show so some people will go out of view for some moments since there will be no pauses.

Band members are looking forward to next year’s show.

“[I’m excited for] being a positive role model for the younger students and the possibility to lead my section,” said Julia Yoder, a sophomore and flutist.

“I’m looking forward to seeing band members I can’t see anywhere else,” said Ashley Pfister, a freshman who plays the clarinet.

FFA students complete SAE projects

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Freshman Emily Witmer, second from left, won grand champion market goat at the Lampeter fair in September. (Photo provided)

By Michelle Zercher

Have you ever wondered what FFA students are talking about when they talk about their SAE projects, which are supervised agricultural experience projects?

A supervised agricultural experience is a project that a FFA member can complete and get a credit toward graduation. Students complete these projects with the help of their FFA advisors also known as agriculture teachers and can receive credit for up to four SAE projects.

If students want to do an SAE project, they have a lot of options. The two most popular projects are raising animals and working.

Some students will work at a farm or really any job. Students can also work at a flower shop or restaurant, for example, as long as they keep a record of their paychecks and what they do everyday. This kind of SAE project is called a work experience project.

Jesse Burkholder, a junior, works on his family’s dairy farm.

“I enjoy working outside and working with machinery,” said Burkholder.

Another possible SAE project is to raise animals. When students are raising animals, they have to keep records of what they do with the animals everyday, the money they spend on feed, vet bills and boarding costs, and the income they receive from selling and showing their animals.

When September comes around it becomes a very busy time for many of the Manor FFA members, because for most students it is time to show the animals that they have spent the past months raising, feeding and training for the fairs. Students can take their animals to the Solanco and Lampeter fairs.

The most popular animals that Manor FFA kids show are steers, pigs and lambs.

Margaret Drumm, a senior, has been showing steers for six years. She said that the normal time to get a show steer is in October or November.

Cameron Long, a senior, shows pigs and steers.

According to Long, fair pigs are bought in the middle of May. Long shows pigs at the Lampeter Fair, Solanco Fair and the Pennsylvania Farm Show. When asked his favorite part of showing he said, “my favorite part of showing is getting to compete with my friends”.

Katie Hess, a junior at Penn Manor High School, shows pigs and dairy beef.

“My favorite part of showing is getting the animals all ready so that they look nice,” said Hess. “I like to be able to show the judge that I really have been working with my animals, and I love when my hard work pays off. I also like selling them and making money”.

Kayla Major, a junior at Penn Manor High School, shows lambs.

“My favorite part of showing is the rush of adrenaline I get when I walk into the show ring and get to show off my hard work,” said Major.

Katrina Reiff, a senior at Penn Manor High School, shows lambs, pigs, and dairy beef.

“My favorite part of showing would have to be competition but also showing beside my sister and friends,” said Reiff, who shows her animals at the 4-H roundup, Solanco Fair, Lampeter Fair, and the PA Farm Show.

Entrepreneurship class sells chocolate-covered pretzels

By Anthony Polaski

Students in Mrs. Craig's entrepreneurship class are selling chocolate-covered pretzels.

Students in Mrs. Craig’s entrepreneurship class are selling chocolate-covered pretzels. (Photo by Anthony Polaski)

There’s a sweet chocolate scent afloat in the Penn Manor high school hallways thanks to Sweet Temptations, a class-created company that sells a variety of chocolate covered pretzels. This is part of the entrepreneurship class which teaches students how to start a business, how to run a business and how to liquidate the business.

There are three different kinds of pretzels for sale: candy covered, rainbow sprinkles, and crunchy toffee. The pretzels cost $1.50 each or two for a $2.

So far, the company has experienced success with sales with only a few minor setbacks.

Sweet Temptations ran into a problem when their original supplier stopped supplying at this time of year and a new source had to be found. The new source charges 10 cents more per pretzel but eliminates shipping costs so there is both an advantage and a disadvantage.

The entrepreneurship class has a standard business class curriculum but the class revolves around the creation of a student generated business idea. After determining what the business is going to be, students are elected or volunteer to be different positions of the company. Every company has a production, marketing, finance, public relations and human resources department. Each department has a vice president which leads the department and a company president is elected to oversee all activity.

Deion Valentin is a senior in the entrepreneurship class this semester.

“This class has been a great experience so far and taught me a lot about how to run my own business and just how I could become successful and profit from my own idea,” said Valentin.

To start off the company the students gain capital by selling stocks for the company. The company sold 50 stocks at $3 to anyone willing to buy. Stocks in entrepreneurship usually work out unrealistically well for buyers, giving them sometimes more than 200 percent profit.

When the company is started, the students create bylaws to determine things like how much employees would earn. For Sweet Temptations, students get paid a percentage of the profits once the company breaks even.

So far the company is experiencing  success through its pretzel sales and could even possibly do better than last semester when the class sold paracord bracelets.

Mrs. Christa Craig, who teaches the class, has advice for anyone interested in entrepreneurship,

“In entrepreneurship you need to work hard and be dedicated to your idea in order for your company to be successful.”

Hersheypark donates engines

By Danielle Johnson

Hersheypark donated Kohler engines from its Turnpike and Speedway rides to the Penn Manor Ag Department.

Hersheypark donated Kohler engines from its Turnpike and Speedway rides to the Penn Manor Ag Department.

Manor FFA is receiving a donation from Hersheypark. Included in this donation are Kohler engines from amusement rides and tools including a valve grinder.

The engines are being donated because Hersheypark is upgrading the motors in the Turnpike and Speedway rides to Honda GX200. These new motors will be easier and cheaper for the park to repair. They should also be more fuel efficient and save around two gallons of gas every day of use.

The engines from the Turnpike cars have arrived at Penn Manor, and the engines from the Speedway cars will arrive in the coming weeks. Along with the engines, Hersheypark has also donated parts and tools used to work on the engines.

Rather than wasting or recycling the engines, Hershey Park decided to donate them to the Penn Manor Ag Department for educational use. Penn Manor was selected for this donation through an FFA advisor’s personal contact.

This donation will allow the Ag Department to put the money saved for upgrading engines towards other items.

The new engines will serve as demonstration engines for troubleshooting and diagnostics. They are different from the current demonstration engines and will provide expanded learning possibilities for Penn Manor students.

“The new equipment will allow our students to use industry standard valve service equipment,” said Mr. Jonathan Hess, agriculture teacher. “We feel this will greatly benefit our students’ education.”

Talented students to take the stage

By Damon Cummins

Members of Don't Call Me Shirley (left to right) juniors Gavin Freeman, Peter Lombardo, Katie Carle and Steve Short will play at ETPM.

Members of Don’t Call Me Shirley (left to right) juniors Gavin Freeman, Peter Lombardo, Katie Carle and Steve Short will play at ETPM. (Photo by Damon Cummins)

April 27 marks the date when students from Penn Manor will come out to show their stuff in front of friends and family in the Entertainment PM talent show.

Of the 35 talents who tried out in front of the nine judges including sports medicine teacher Mrs. BillieJo Atkins, senior Julie Andrusisin, senior Sarah Evarts, junior Rachel Shelley, junior Jenn Adams, junior Lauren Hillegas, senior Jillian Heckman, athletic trainer Steve Kramer and athletic secretary Cindy Bachman.

Twenty-two acts were accepted to perform in ETPM.

From local bands to individual singing from local kids to completely self-choreographed dances, there is something that will impress all audience members.

The event is organized by student council members.

Andrusisin,a judge for ETPM, said that this year’s show will be enjoyable.

“[The show is] a lot of fun, successful, and a lot of fun for all audiences,” said Andrusisin.

Junior Steve Short and his band, Don’t Call Me Shirley, will perform a Rolling Stones song, “Give Me Shelter.”

“The hardest thing about performing at ETPM is picking the right song, but other than that we are very excited,” said Short. The band usually practices once every two weeks

The show will be held April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Penn Manor auditorium. Tickets can be bought during school lunches for $5 dollars or at the auditorium ticket booth on opening day for $7.

Penn Manor introduces 1:1 laptop program

These laptop carts could become a thing of the past when the high school introduces a one-to-one laptop plan in January 2014.

These laptop carts could become a thing of the past when the high school introduces a one-to-one laptop plan in January 2014. (Photo by Alexis Cunningham)

By Alexis Cunningham

Penn Manor High School will introduce a 1:1 program for high school students in January of 2014. The 1:1 program will be giving each student their own personal laptop.

According to the Lancaster New Era, the technology department, lead by Charlie Reisinger, introduced the idea this past fall, but the 1:1 program was not presented to the school board until March 18. The board approved the plan on April 1.

The laptops will be monitored by the school’s network for appropriate use only. Each student is responsible for any damages and viruses to their laptop.

“Laptops will be connected to the school’s network. When off-campus, the Internet will be filtered via the district web-filter,” said Reisinger. “The laptops will be personally assigned to students and may be used both in school, at home and off-campus.”

With the 1:1 program, each student has access to the internet at school as well as at home.

“They are first and foremost a learning tool and we trust that students will use them for educational pursuits. The Penn Manor  Acceptable Use Policy applies in full—even when the laptops are off-campus,” said Reisinger on appropriate use of the laptops.

Although there was some debate over the type of technology to purchase, the teachers who helped create the program decided that a keyboard is essential for writing purposes. The district is considering netbooks.

“However, my team and I are still evaluating various models. We still have a great deal of testing to do before making a final model decision,” said Reisinger.

The 1700-student high school is due for laptop upgrades in the upcoming year. According to Principal Dr. Phil Gale, the cost to purchase laptops for each student is now much cheaper than it would be to replace all of the current laptops.

“Costs are estimated at approximately $580,000,” said Reisinger. “To put that figure in perspective, the Pennsylvania Classrooms For the Future (CFF) grant provided approximately $470,000 for the 400 current MacBooks.”

The 1:1 program offers many benefits, including the possibility of allowing the student to purchase their laptop when they graduate. This is due to the fact that every three to four years the laptops need replaced.

However, Reisinger says that the laptops will be reused for upcoming freshman as of right now. The tech department is also offering students with advanced computer skills to become a tech-support team in a form of an internship.

Dr. Gale said that the laptops will give the student body more opportunities to apply what they have learned in class.

According to Reisinger’s blog, the 1:1 program is intended to improve class engagement, school attendance, science and math skills and writing and language arts.

“That’s our whole purpose (of the laptops), to improve student achievement,” said Dr. Gale. Dr. Gale is hoping that the 1:1 program will eventually advance Penn Manor’s curriculum.

Penn Manor’s Ultimate secret

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Mike Leaman, on the left, reaches for the frisbee, as Ben Moore, on the right, catches it. (Photo provided)

By Lauren Hillegas

Football. Basketball. Baseball.  Soccer. Lacrosse. These are some teams at Penn Manor you’re probably familiar with.

But what about Ultimate Frisbee?

That’s right. Penn Manor has its own Ultimate Frisbee team, although the team is not officially associated with the school.

Ultimate Frisbee combines features of soccer, basketball, football and Netball into a demanding game involving a Frisbee. According to Sports and Fitness Industry Association, ultimate is one of the fastest growing team sports in the country.

The 20 members of the co-ed Ultimate team compete in a league against Lampeter-Strasburg, Solanco and Lancaster Country Day School, as well as a home school team.

Although the team has no official coach, junior Mark Hoffer along with others has created the team successfully at Penn Manor.

Hoffer said that his expectations for the season are “just to start the team, get founded among the league, and get it started for future years to come.”

Hoffer had originally been part of the team at Lampeter-Strasburg before he moved to Penn Manor. At Lampeter Strasburg, he played an active role in the team that had been developed there two years ago. Once settled at his new high school, Hoffer gathered friends to form an Ultimate team here at Penn Manor.

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Penn Manor (in white) took on Lampeter-Strasburg on April 17.

The Ultimate Frisbee team competed in its first game of the season on Wednesday April 17, against Lampeter-Strasburg. According to one of the team players, Justina Mylin, the team lost but played a good game.

According to Hoffer, the team plans to get uniforms for the games, but the uniforms are still in progress.

Something unique about the Ultimate game itself? The players referee themselves.

“It’s not difficult to referee yourself,” said Hoffer. He added that most people tend to display good sportsmanship.

The team practices three times a week at Millersville Borough Park.

Although Hoffer will leave the team next year to attend Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, junior Ben Moore plans to take over for next year and continue the team.