History is the Feature at Penn Manor

By Sam Valentin and Jake Shiner

This weekend the regional National History Day (NHD) competition returns to Penn Manor for the 7th consecutive year.

“NHD is a nationwide competition held annually to help students develop skills in historic research, interpretation and analysis,” said history teacher Donna Brady.

The regional contest includes students from four local counties where students from all the inhabiting school districts come together to compete for the chance to move on to the state competition and from there, nationals.

There will be several hundred students plus family members and teachers flocking to Penn Manor for the regional competition this Saturday. About 42 students from Penn Manor will be competing and hoping to go onto the state competition at Millersville University.

Some events will be going on during the day besides the exhibits. The McSherry’s will be having at least two major exhibits in the overpass hallway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibits will feature ball gowns throughout history from 1760 to 1970. The other will be a wild west exhibit.

The day will also include a history festival. Movies and games will be shown from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Some of those include a Risk tournament, history challenge, Pocahontas and National Treasure to name a few of the fun events during the day.

Another very exciting event during the course of the history-filled Saturday at Penn Manor is the 1950s soda shop that will be held in Brady’s room. It will feature music from a jukebox and some very refreshing drinks. This will be held to raise money for the humanitarian projects.

Brady tells everyone, ” To stop in for ice cream and to play the jukebox.”

With all these events scheduled, it should be a great day. That will be fun for everyone who attends it.

“I like the whole mood of it. The excitement of history,” said Brady.

Brady doesn’t want to mention any names about competitors but did allude to the fact that she feels good about the winning chances of a few of the projects in several categories.

Penn State Thon Gets Help from Penn Manor Students

By Katie Breneman-

Canning, fund raising, opening ceremonies dancing and the closing ceremony have one thing in common.


Thon is a cancer fundraiser held every year at Penn State University. It is 46 hours long, and volunteers round it up to two days.

It is a fundraiser to support those who have had, and the families of those who died, from cancer. Thon is a growing organization that previously was a college event but now students at Penn Manor High School have gotten involved as well.

Jordan Drexel, a Penn Manor senior, is one of those students.

The amount of money the cancer benefit THON raised. Photo courtesy of http://www.webwiseforradio.com

“I had leukemia, cancer in the blood. I was diagnosed in the second grade. Fifth grade was the last time I had chemotherapy,” Drexel said.

Thon started on Feb. 18th, and ended with a ceremony. Thon is run through many organizations. Each organization picks somebody that applies for Thon and sponsors them. The organizations raise money to allow a member to dance.

The people who dance are not allowed to know what time it is. They have to stay awake and dance the entire time. There was a pep rally on Sunday, February 20th. A lot of sports teams and organizations sing or make a skit for the pep rally. There is an ending ceremony. The ending ceremony is when they recognize the people who are being sponsored. On the screen are pictures of the people and what they are doing now. Other slides show people who died from cancer. The ending ceremony is very emotional and gets to a lot of people.

“The ending ceremony is very touching and I actually teared up,” Bryan Buckius, a Penn Manor student admitted.

Thon consists of more than 15,000 Penn State students, and 708 of those students were on the dance floor. Thon raised more this year than last year. In 2010, $7.8 million was raised, and in 2011, $9,563,016.09 was raised for the Four Diamonds Fund.

The canning, fund raising and organizations all contributed to the grand total. The top 5 fundraisers were Altoona raising $89,728.24, Fayette with $86,094.38, New Kensington with $52,392.69, Berks with $48,876.96, and Hazleton with $30,694.09.

Drexel was a part of Thon in 2010.

“The Four Diamonds fund helped us financially a lot,” Jordan Drexel said.

One college changes the lives of so many during Thon!

Motorommel Rumblin’

By Eric Gerlach –

Fumes, grease and motors. This would be Tyler Dommel’s life.

The Penn Manor High School senior is considered a racing superstar in some students’ eyes. Dommel competes in races all over the country and still manages to maintain good grades in school. He wowed them at his most recent and local race, Motorama, held in Harrisburg Saturday.

“Keep your mind focused on winning, that’s my secret,” Dommel said before the race.

Dommel’s success also comes from his experience. He has been racing competitively for more than five years. He made over $2,000 racing this past year and hopes to increase his winnings.

“I’ve competed in um… too many races to count. I’ve been racing since I was 13,” Dommel said.

Dommel is very committed to his racing and plans to race after high school. Dommel’s father owns his own plumbing business, and Dommel hopes to work and then run the family business.

“Racing is my life,” Dommel said, “the only thing else I do is hangout with Paige (girlfriend) and work on my quads and truck.”

Dommel has two race quads, one for racing, and one for practicing. He has a lot of aftermarket parts on his quads. His  seven sponsors help him get the parts he needs either by giving him discounts, or giving it to him for free. Dommel’s fastest quad has 60 horsepower and the top speed is 75 mph. Even if that seems slow to some, racing quads are geared for acceleration not just top speed.

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Dommel had some high points and low points in his racing career. During a race in 2008, he broke his ankle and tore his shoulder in 2009.

“My biggest race was National A Class, and I finished third out of sixty-five,” Dommel said.

Last Saturday Dommel raced in two races at Motorama, placing third and fifth. Racing against pros like Jason Dunkelberger, featured on the popular video game MX vs. ATV, was a challenge for Dommel.

Motorama is not just quad racing, it consists of go-kart, dirt bike and RC car racing, as well as a car show and, of course, a bikini contest. It also features a robot conflict, a battle between competing makeshift robots.

Millersville is Dancing through the Decades

By Lauren Ressler –

“This is the big kick-off to a year-long celebration.”

The small town of Millersville, Pa., is celebrating 250 years on the map starting February 26th of this year.

Millersville is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year.

‘Dancing Through the Decades’ will be held at Pucillo Gym Saturday as the first event of many that will be held throughout the 2011 year to celebrate Millersville as being one of the first towns established in Pennsylvania in 1761.

The series of celebratory events has been chaired by members of the Penn Manor School District and Millersville community.

Ellen Pollock, assistant superintendent at Penn Manor, is serving as an events co-chair for the anniversary. Pollock said she is looking forward to this event in particular because it is the “kick-off” of an entire community celebrating its history, and there will be many highlights to the evening.

Dancing Through the Decades is themed by growth throughout generations. Pollock said there will be professional ballroom dancing demonstrations throughout the night, featuring time-period costumes provided by former Penn Manor student Christina McSherry.

Millersville is famous for its swans.

McSherry said she has been involved in National History Day with Penn Manor for many years where she has made costumes reflecting historical America.

“Last year I did a fashion show display that covered ancient Egypt to the 1960s,” said McSherry. “Ms. Pollock saw the display and contacted me when they began working on the Dancing Through the Decades event and we decided that I would set up a display of historic ball gowns covering the late 1700s until 1970.”

McSherry added that she already had some gowns made from previous displays, but she has made multiple gowns and male garments for this event, coupled with time-period accessories and antique pieces.

Other students from the Penn Manor community have been eager to help with this event. Pollock explained that members of Penn Manor’s National Honors Society will be attending the event to escort and greet guests. Also, students from the Agriculture department at Penn Manor High School will be making twenty boutonnieres for select members attending on Saturday, and students from Eshleman Elementary School have been working hard at creating centerpieces for the tables.

Co-chair of the 250th celebrations and Assistant to the VP for Alumni and Community Relations at Millersville University, Steven DiGuiseppe said, “I’m looking forward to interacting with the descendants (of the founders of Millersville), and guests… The celebration as a whole.”

DiGuiseppe said the events committee is hoping to have a turnout of 150 people. Guests in attendance will be people from all over the community including borough representatives, the Herr family (of John Herr’s Village Market), donors and sponsors of the anniversary events, the Wiley brothers (of Wiley’s Pharmacy), and television’s Cake Boss’s very own Mauro Castano.

Yes, that’s right, Carlos Bakery of the TLC show ‘Cake Boss’ is coming to Millersville. Chef and cake designer Mauro Castano will be delivering the cake at Pucillo Gym.

According to Castano, the cake will feed about 200 people, and will be filled with devil’s food and vanilla cake with chocolate fudge. The design elements will be made of krispie treats, modeling chocolate, and fondant. Castano said the cake will feature aspects of the town, such as the lake at Millersville University, Biermesderfer Center, John Herr’s Village Markey, and Wiley’s Pharmacy.

“At the end of the day, we put our heart and soul into our product. Each cake is a piece of edible artwork, and we work hard to make sure there is great attention to detail,” said Castano about theCarlos Bakery, located in Hoboken, New Jersey.

DiGuiseppe confirmed that Lori Burkholder of WGAL-TV will be covering the making of the cake Tuesday or Wednesday, reporting from the bake shop in New Jersey.

Dancing Through the Decades will also feature food and drinks, music by DJ David Nye, and fireworks at 10 p.m. that will be launched from Comet Field. Tickets are on sale for $50 per ticket, and can be purchased by calling 717-872-3811. The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

Career Day: A Chance for Students to look into the Future

By Cody Straub –

Tomorrow Penn Manor High School students will get a little taste of what the real world is really like.They will have the chance to listen to anything from a firefighter, to a federal government employee, to a teacher and everything in between.

Tomorrow students will spend the first three hours of school going around classrooms listening to three different professionals talk about their careers.

For two of the sessions students will listen to professionals that they chose earlier this year, and  Tom Baldrige, President of the Lancaster Chamber of  Commerce and Industry, will be the third professional every student hears.  He will speak to every class in the auditorium during each session.

Penn Manor holds Career Day each year to help students learn more about the real world, and different jobs. Students will have the opportunity to listen to a presentation and then ask any questions they might have. It allows them to talk to people in professional fields they are interested in, and learn everything about the job.

Millersville Parade Finishes its Westward March

The Lone Ranger and Silver are once again riding into the sunset, this time along with the rest of the Millersville parade participants.

The parade took place Sat., Oct. 23 at 9 in the morning. In its 14th year, it experienced its largest number of participants with over 2,300 people, floats and animals marching through the streets.

Comet Man sits on top of a western-themed horse drawn carriage. Photo by Cassie Funk

With a special appearance by The Lone Ranger and his horse, Silver, and new additions to the lineup such as the inflatable mascots and the Original Hobo Band, the parade managed to entertain the hundreds of people that showed up to watch and cheer.

“This year we had good community support,” said parade chairman, Steven DiGuiseppe. “We raised over $21,000 to keep the parade running.”

DiGuiseppe has been the chairman of the parade since it began. He coordinates the participants and community groups that volunteer to march.

Native American dancers perform in the streets

“Doing the lineup is definitely my favorite part about the parade,” said DiGuiseppe. “I have to coordinate music groups next to non-music groups. It’s a fun challenge that involves so much thought process.”

Because of DiGuiseppe’s hard work and hours of devotion to the parade, it is an enjoyable community experience for the residents of Millersville.

The parade will continue for years to come as long as it is welcomed by the Millersville community and good support is shown.

With this year’s parade finished, DiGuiseppe can now relax until he must begin planning next year’s parade and start the challenging process all over again.

By Cassie Funk

Millersville Parade Marches West

Hi-yo Silver, away!

Many are familiar with the holler of the Lone Ranger to his white horse, Silver.

The dynamic duo will be stampeding through the streets of Millersville on Saturday, October 23, along with the rest of the Millersville parade. The parade, in its 13th year, is celebrating with a “wild, wild west ” theme.

With over 2,000 participants, this is its largest function ever.

The Lone Ranger on his white horse, Silver, is celebrated with the theme of the Wild, Wild West.

The parade is set to feature 16 bands, Native American dancers, antique cars, clowns, mascots, community groups and the Lone Ranger.

Months of hard work and careful planning are spent preparing the parade and making it enjoyable for the viewers every year.

Many community members are involved in making the parade worthwhile. Penn Manor’s own marching unit is set to perform songs along the parade’s route beginning at Herr Avenue the preceding to Landis Avenue then George Street and ending on James Street with a final performance for the judges.

Senior Amy Wagner has performed with the Penn Manor Marching Unit for the Millersville parade for three years and “enjoys it.”

Wagner says “The best part of the parade is that it exposes many people  to the band’s show music, people who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to hear it”

For senior Bethany Napier, the Millersville parade is an important part of the community. She has been attending it “forever” and helps her church hand out free balloons and hot cocoa.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning.


By Cassie Funk

AP Art Hosts Their First, And Last, Show

It looks like Andy Warhol has entered the building.

An “art walk” will be held in the art wing of Penn Manor High School Thursday, June 3. The event, hosted by the AP art students, will last the entire school day and it will showcase the work of students and faculty.

At any time, teachers may take their classes down to the art wing to view the artwork.

“It would be great if all classes could come see [the art] especially since not everyone comes down this hallway,” said senior Kayla Kauffman, an AP Art student.

Student art will be displayed during "art walk." Photo by Abby Wilson

The day is being planned by the current AP art class as a last hurrah since the probable cancellation of the class.

“We are starting an art movement,” said AP art senior Matt Blaisdell. “Gaining interest in the art department [is the goal].”

“It’s an opportunity to show off our work to students not in art classes and who normally wouldn’t see it,” said senior Addie Aukamp.

Despite disappointment over the proposed cancellation of the class, but the students are still excited for the show.

“[Our pieces] were really hard work, but it’ worth it in the long run because now everyone in the school can come see it and benefit,” said Megan Carr, another AP art student.

Art is already being hung in the showcases and signs are going up in the hallway.

“Come out and hang with some freakin’ cool art kids,” said Blaisdell.

By Emily Brody and Jacqueline Lennon

Small Ensembles Bring Crowd to Their Feet

Penn Manor’s small ensembles concert ended their season on a high note as the last performance finished with a deafening cheer and a standing ovation from the extremely pleased and more-than-satisfied audience.

On Wednesday, May 19, the Jazz Band kicked off the night with “The Work Song” which included a solo by senior Zach Levenson on saxophone. Levenson performed four other solos throughout the Jazz Band portion of the night and performed a combo tune with pianist Holly Mancinelli.

Nick Charles was mentioned before the start of “It Don’t Mean a Thing(If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” because he had to step in and replace fellow Jazz Band member, Tyler Funk, because of Funk’s inability to attend to concert. Charles took over Funk’s drum solo and prepared for the concert in a week’s time. His dedication paid off with a roar of applause at the conclusion of the song.

The line up on stage changed nearly every song as a different drummer replaced the last and allowed each their time to shine. Jesse Griffith, Nick Charles, Sal Dumas and Steven Resh each played a song.

Tommy Hotchkiss and Adam Zangari each had a trumpet solo for “Rooster Tail” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” respectively. Helen Hutchens had a vibes solo for “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and Tim Deubler had a solo during “Cut to the Chase.”

Hotchkiss and fellow trumpet player, Mike Helwig grooved to the music by swinging their bells to the rhythm of the songs.

The audience followed their lead by bobbing their heads and moving their feet. Band director, Tom Mumma, even let loose on stage and got into the swing of things.

A special guest player, Nate Sheaffer, joined the band from start to finish. Sheaffer was the woodwind instructor for the 2009-2010 marching band season.

The Manor Singers started out with laughs as Kyle Hallett received a ‘top secret’ envelope from an ‘unidentifiable mystery man.’ The Singers came out of the woodwork as they appeared from the audience and backstage decked out in dark sunglasses as a search light scanned the auditorium in a mock prison-break style.

After the song ended, Melissa Telesco, chorus director, encountered minor microphone difficulties which were quickly fixed and the concert continued.

The musical “RENT” came to Penn Manor in the form of the opening song “Seasons of Love.”  Tim Deubler, Jenna Spayd, Brendan Kincade, Kate Harrold and Ian Bricker all performed solos.

Hannah Tucker, choral student president, showed off her leadership skills as she conducted the Singers while performing alongside them in “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

The lighting crew played up the ‘buttercup’ aspect of the song by illuminating the ensemble with bright yellow lights in a flower type pattern.

The alto section stole the show with their understanding of the lovey-dovey meaning of the song and their playful attitude and smiling faces.

“O Magnum Mysterium” had a haunting start that captivated the audience in stunned silence. The layers of harmony began with the song and continued throughout. The sacred piece received great praise from the crowd.

The Manor Singers concluded their performance with “Faithful Over a Few Things.”  The constant dynamic changes created a hush over the auditorium as the crowd prepared themselves for the next rise and fall of the music. “Faithful” was the only song of the night to include accompaniment, and Kelly Lenahan, sophomore, was thoroughly applauded.

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Build Me Up Buttercup – Manor Singers

During the classical Mozart piece, “Amadeus!”, Henry Stewart was captured by the music and showed the audience his passion for the music.

During “Arabian Nights” the beginning of the song started with a soft, barely audible violin solo from Sophia Wu-Shanley, which crescendoed to a suspenseful, dramatic inclusion of the other orchestra members.

Orchestra conductor Sara Ricciardi was left without a microphone after the song but was rescued by Mumma, who returned the missing mic. Mumma then raised the stand over Ricciardi’s head and quickly exited stage right. Ricciardi took the joke lightly and introduced “Bagatelle.”

Wu-Shanley and Mark Chrictman each had a violin solo and Shannon Nitry had a viola solo during the piece. The song included many dynamic changes and received much praise at its conclusion.

The lighting crew returned again to shower the full orchestra with pale pink lights during “Pink Panther.”

In the final performance of the night, Manor Singers and Colorguard members, Olivia Stoltzfus and Kimberly Riley, joined the full orchestra for “Baba Yetu.”

Ricciardi publically thanked Stewart for taking the time to contact the composer, Christopher Tin, and ensuring that Penn Manor could use the song during the concert.

The lighting crew created a sunset scene behind the orchestra to create an African-inspired backdrop for the piece.

Logan Falk, Nate Lussier and Luke Harvey each had a vocal solo as Stoltzfus and Riley executed their self-choreographed routine on the right and left-hand sides of the stage.

The crowd loved the song and rose to its feet and shook the auditorium with cheers, whistles and shout outs to their favorite performers.

The energy in the auditorium excited the musicians as their grins threatened to take over their faces.

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Baba Yetu – Penn Manor Singers Video

By Danie Beck

Coffeehouse Chords Ring Through Penn Manor

Forget George Street Café, Java-teas, Square One, and Prince Street Café. Penn Manor hosts their one-of-a-kind Coffeehouse.

This past Friday, Penn Manor High School’s chorus hosted their very own.

Tim Deubler, Courtney Jacobs and Kyle Hallet perform a Paramore cover. Photographed by Haley Blazer

“The set up was really nice and cozy.  The people seemed to enjoy it,” said Luke Harvey, a member of the chorus and a performer that night.

The atmosphere was full of warm drinks, desserts, and light chatter.

Though there was a list of performers, the event was treated as more of an “open-mic night,” and the music department students provided one-song acts for the public.

From stand-up bass to acapella, the mic was visited by an array of music styles.

“I thought it was cool for each of us [music department students] to sing in our favorite style and hear everyone else perform what they wanted to do,” said Courtney Jacobs, sophomore.

Coffee House
Zach Levenson performs. Photographed by Haley Blazer

Guests were treated to all-they-could-drink coffee, hot chocolate, and desserts while students performed for a mere $5.00.

“It was no stress, and it was a place where you could relax. It was casual.  It looked like a little Starbucks.  I loved it.  It was so much fun,” said Melissa Telesco, chorus director.

All profits benefit chorus students, who are planning on traveling to Hawaii in 2012 to commemorate the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

This melodic night ended up being a smash-hit.

By Dessie Jackson