Class of 2013: what’s next?

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The 381 students of the Penn Manor class of 2013 attended graduation at Franklin & Marshall college on June 4. Below is a list of some of the students and their plans are for life after high school.

  • Lauren Ali, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Julie Andrusisin, South Carolina
  • Jonathan Bitner, Cedarville University
  • Molly Black, Millersville University
  • Caleb Bolinger, Penn State University
  • Aaron Brown, Lebanon Valley College
  • Patience Burd, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Zac Burke, Coastal Carolina University
  • Brady Charles, Jacksonville University
  • Nick Charles, Temple University
  • Cari Concini, HACC
  • Mark Dano, University of Alabama
  • Kate Destafano, Shippensburg University
  • Maggie Dubbs, West Chester University
  • Mike Eshleman, Millersville University
  • Mac Evarts, Washington & Lee University
  • Sarah Evarts, St. Lawrence University
  • Ryan Flexman, Bloomsburg University
  • Morgan Flood, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kelsey Fulton, University of Delaware
  • Andrew Glick, Millersville University
  • Erica Goulet, West Chester University
  • Jason Green, West Chester University
  • Jessie Greenslade, George Mason University
  • Taylor Hager, HACC
  • Tim Harris, Lebanon Valley College
  • Matt Hatch, James Madison University
  • Jillian Heckman, Emory University
  • Lake Heckman, Notre Dame College
  • Mike Helwig, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Brooke Hemcher, Penn State University
  • Abigail Henry, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design
  • Adam Hess, Virginia Tech
  • Dustin Hornberger, Millersville University
  • Lindsay Hutchinson, Stony Brook University
  • Katie Irwin, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • Eleni Jones, Penn State University
  • Doug Kyle, Millersville University
  • Amber Kuhns, Ohio University
  • Jena Lacock, The Art Institutes
  • Elena Lajuett, Bloomsburg University
  • Danielle Landis, East Stroudsburg University
  • Josh Lefever, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Cooper Lindsley, Seton Hall University
  • Allen Markes, Millersville University
  • Ian Martzall, Penn State University
  • Emily McCoy, Boston College
  • Eryn McCoy, Boston College
  • Becky Miller, Bloomsburg University
  • Deryk Morales, West Chester University
  • Kyle Musser, Kutztown University
  • Addison Myer, Oaksteram University
  • Ian Noll, West Chester University
  • Lindamarie Olson, South Carolina
  • Daulton Parmer, Lycoming College
  • Cayla Pavlovec, Millersville University
  • Natalie Pavlovec, HACC-Lancaster Campus
  • Anthony Polaski, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Alex Quinn, West Point
  • Jamie Reel, West Chester University
  • Kevin Reinhart, Millersville University
  • Samantha Ressler, Millersville University
  • Austin Rineer, Drexel University
  • Erik Robison, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Joziah Rodriguez, Temple University
  • Melanie Rupp, Millersville University
  • Adam Sahd, Richmond University
  • Harrison Schettler, Shippensburg University
  • Zach Sinz, Shippensburg University
  • Taylor Skelly, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Jake Spencer, Millersville University
  • Brandon Stone, Penn State University Park
  • Nick Tulli, Penn State University
  • Darren Weidman, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Travis Wells, Bloomsburg University
  • Nakeisha Woolery, Penn State University
  • Carolyn Zimmerman, Penn State University

If your name and plans are not included on this list and you would like to be added, please use the contact us page located above or email


(Coral Consylman, Damon Cummins, Alexis Cunningham, Gavin Freeman, Lauren Hillegas, Brandon Kauffman, Greta Lindsley, and Kyle Lively contributed to this story.)

A stroll down Queen Street

By Taylor Hager

If you’re anything like most of the people who’ve grown up in Lancaster, PA, this city is too small for you. You’ve become so accustomed to it that it has become boring, dull and bland. If you’ve grown up here, it’s likely that Lancaster doesn’t seem to have much to offer. However, many of us overlook the beauty we’re surrounded by. Though the city may not be new and exciting, it is a place filled with history; a place filled with life. All it takes to recognize this is an attentive, open mind and a stroll down Queen Street.

Although many of us see it every day, most fail to notice the magnificent architecture, innovative design and artsy aspects of Lancaster City. With the right outlook, this place can be full of excitement, beauty and life.

Penn Manor’s top five favorite outdoor activities

By Lauren Hillegas and Alexis Cunningham

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We recently surveyed a total of 45 students in grades 9 through 12 about their favorite outdoor activities from a list of 10 and then the top five were recorded. The top five are as follows:

1. Outdoor games and sports

2. Swimming

3. Music festivals and concerts

4. Camping and bonfires

5. Boating and kayaking

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Local places to go for these activities:

Sports- parks, fields and yards

Swimming- Millersville pool, Conestoga pool and Mountville pool

Music festivals- Longs Park, Chameleon Club and personal preference

Camping- Muddy Run, Outdoor World and Tucquan Park Family Camp Ground

Boating- Susquehanna river, Conestoga river and other large bodies of water

Penn Manor students, staff share summer plans

By Emily Adams and Cici Padua

When that final school day ends letting you know you’re free for three months to enjoy your summer, what will you be doing? Some say they might be working, getting ready for their next couple years of schooling (college), or just basically relaxing for the time being before they have to strap down and start another year of schooling and work. We asked students, teachers and staff how they plan to spend the summer, and here is how they responded:

Chris Roberts-Junior "Going to South Carolina beach."
Chris Roberts-Junior
“Going to South Carolina beach.”
Ms. Lonergan- Teacher ‘Working, hiking in Maine, and also training for a marathon.”
Ms. Lonergan- Teacher
‘Working, hiking in Maine, and also training for a marathon.”
Mark Smith-Senior “Working at a company in New Jersey”
Mark Smith-Senior
“Working at a company in New Jersey”
Mrs. Valentine-Secretary “Going to see my grandparents preview of their movie.” Opening date is the 19th of July 2013. Name of movie is called “The Conjuring.”
Mrs. Valentine-Secretary
“Going to see my parents preview of their movie.” Opening date is  July 19. The name of the movie is called “The Conjuring.”
Sarah Evarts-Senior “Working at the pool and teaching swimming lessons.”
Sarah Evarts-Senior
“Working at the pool and teaching swimming lessons.”
Kelsey McBryde-Senior
“Senior week, then a family vacation to North Carolina, and working.”
Mr. Eby- Principap
“Working all of June and August, but gets to enjoy the beach in July for a week spending time with family.”
Mr. Taylor-Librarian
“Spending time with my 3-month-old daughter and 2-year old son.” The end of this year makes the mark of his first year as a librarian.
Salma Tumanga-Senior Getting ready for college; going to attend Millersville. Going to stay at home while attending college and working a lot.
Salma Tumanga-Senior
Getting ready for college; going to attend Millersville. Going to stay at home while attending college and working a lot.
Kyle Musser-Senior modeling on June the 31st, Dutch Wonderland in mind, Phineas & Ferb inspires his ideas.”
Kyle Musser-Senior
modeling on June the 31st, Dutch Wonderland in mind, Phineas & Ferb inspires his ideas.”
Ryan Flexman- Senior “Going to the beach a Lot, working and going to college, hangout with girlfriend.”
Ryan Flexman- Senior
“Going to the beach a lot, working and going to college, hang out with girlfriend.”
Samara Figueroa-Junior(on right) “Getting a summer job, going to the beach and amusement parks.” Whitney Wise-Junior(on left) ‘Working at Wendy’s, going to the beach and amusement parks, enjoying her cotton candy.”
Samara Figueroa-Junior (left)
“Getting a summer job, going to the beach and amusement parks.”
Whitney Wise-Junior (right)
‘Working at Wendy’s, going to the beach and amusement parks, enjoying her cotton candy.”
Mr. Brenton- Teacher “Going to Seattle, Washington to watch son graduate.”
Mr. Brenton- Teacher
“Going to Seattle, Washington to watch son graduate.”
Josh Bennett-Senior “Going to Disney”
Josh Bennett-Senior
“Going to Disney”
Mr. Schueing- Teacher “Recruiting for F&M baseball across the country, playing baseball locally, going on a vacation with wife (Tybee, Georgia) basically relaxing.”
Mr. Schueing- Teacher
“Recruiting for F&M baseball across the country, playing baseball locally, going on a vacation with wife (Tybee, Georgia) basically relaxing.”

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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Agriculture classes are more than just farming

Students in the floriculture class
Students in the floriculture class teach the Life Skills students how to make flower arrangements and terrariums. (Photo provided by Mrs. Fay)

By Michelle Zercher

When most people think about an agriculture class they think, “oh, all they do is learn about farming.” Well, that is not true. Agriculture classes are incredibly beneficial classes for any student to take while they are in high school. They teach students skills that will be helpful for them as they continue their lives as adults.

Honestly it all depends on the classes you take. For example if you are interested in engines, you can take engines one and two, and if you are interested in flowers or plants you can take horticulture and floriculture. You can also take the agriculture science classes that are offered. You will learn a variety of things like how to write checks, keep a budget, get a loan, balance a checkbook and many other things that will help you later in life. Agribusiness is another class that the ag department offers. You will learn about different types of businesses, create your own business plan and help run the fruit sale.

Agriculture classes are not ones that you can screw off in and expect to get a good grade. I’m not saying that you will need to study like you do in an AP or honors class, but you will need to actually pay attention in the classes to do well. There is time for talking and independent work almost everyday, because the teachers give you an assignment and you are responsible for finishing it.

One skill that is stressed in ag classes is public speaking. Katrina Reiff, a senior at Penn Manor High School, said that the most important things she learned in ag were, “how to present myself in interviews and prepare for my future.”

The agriculture teachers want you to enjoy the class, but they also want you to be able to buckle down and learn what they are trying to teach you. I think it is easier to learn things in a more relaxed classroom atmosphere. The ag teachers do a very good job at making the classroom relaxed and easy to learn in.

Agriculture classes are taught in a way that teaches you the concepts and how to apply them to real life. They also teach you things that you could need in other classes. For example you learn about Punnett squares in ag science 4, and you also learn about them in biology and biology 2.

When you are in an agriculture class you have the option to join the FFA. According to the National FFA’s website, “through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components one is classroom/laboratory instruction (contextual learning), second is supervised agricultural experience programs (work-based learning) and third is student leadership organizations (National FFA Organization).”

FFA is a fun way to learn things and it gives you many more opportunities to get involved in your ag classes. You can show animals at the fair through the FFA, you can go to leadership conferences, you can compete on career development event team, and you can participate in the activities that the FFA organizes.

The agriculture classes are incredibly helpful and students should carefully consider taking at least one during the high school career. They won’t regret it.



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.

Students love their old cars

By Grant Houck

Senior Mike Eshleman is very attached to his car. (Photo by Grant Houck)
Senior Mike Eshleman is very attached to his 1999 Saturn SL2. (Photo by Grant Houck)

The paint is chipped and faded. The interior upholstery is stained and discolored. The engine groans to life when the car is started and whines loudly every time the driver nudges the accelerator.

“But that’s why I love it,” explains Mike Eshleman, senior at Penn Manor who holds a special place in his heart for his car, a 1999 Saturn SL2.

Eshleman’s fondness for his car is not uncommon among students at Penn Manor High School. Just ask around; you might be surprised to find that the majority of young drivers are sentimental about their vehicles.

Some students have even nicknamed their cars.

“I named my car the “Silver Bullet” because of its silver exterior and sleek design,” said Matt Gue, senior driver and owner of a 2004 Ford Focus, ”I think it gives my car a little more personality.”

Other drivers appreciate their vehicles for what they offer under the hood. Senior Bobby Goss owns a 2008 Ford Mustang, a popular muscle car and longtime icon for the american auto industry. Mustangs are known for their speed and style and boast impressive mechanical design, albeit with a hefty price tag.

I consider myself a car enthusiast. I couldn’t call myself that if I didn’t at least own nice car,” says Goss, “Over the years I have grown attached to my car and I kind of consider it a part of me.”

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.”

A new kind of energy

verveBy Coral Consylman

We have all heard of energy drinks and possibly have tried them. Popular energy drinks are Red Bull, Full Throttle and Monster. But this year a new energy drink has been sweeping colleges and high schools.

It’s called Verve, and according to its makers, it is a healthy alternative energy drink that is nutritious. Verve was created by Vemma Company that has brand partners buy a monthly supply of Verve and get paid to spread the word to friends so the business becomes successful.

Brand partners earn points when people in their network sign-up to get more products which then turn into paychecks. Shipments are not cheap, because two cases of Verve cost $150. Most partners sign through builder packs with more product and marketing supplies that can cost $500 and even $1,000 a month.

If partners stack up enough points and keep up with shipments, they can move up company ranks.

Eric Shetrompf is a brand partner for Verve and a junior at Penn Manor.

“I love the product and how healthy it is and the brand partner aspect of everything is a lot of work but totally worth it,” said Shetrompf.

Daily meetings are held for brand partners. Each meeting consists of 10 to 60 people, and there are always new people showing up.

“The usual meeting consists of brand partners listening to up lines from higher brand partners, trying product and looking at new cars that brand partners can earn,” said Shetrompf.

Brand partners who purchase and sell enough product earn Platinum Status with Verve and have the option to purchase a car.

Penn Manor’s Mrs.Christa Craig, who teaches entrepreneurship, is not convinced by Verve.

“I haven’t heard of Verve, and I would be extremely skeptical of this. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” said Craig. “This seems like a marketing ploy to me- they are trying to get their name out to as many outlets as possible. Reaching “diamond” level is probably difficult, so few do.”