Bon Appétit Penn Manor – A Delicious Afternoon

I have two words for you Penn Manor: soups on!

Mindy Rottmund’s advanced foods class took part in a cook-off today and the results were simmering. Wednesday the students spent their time cooking two separate entrees which were then tasted and judged.

The unit was based on the movie “Julie and Julia.”  The movie is based off of the famous cook Julia Child and her many recipes.

“I had gotten the movie for Christmas and was excited about it. The kids had participated in a Rachel Ray challenge before so they knew what to expect,” said Rottmund.

All four groups had to create Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon along with another one of her famous soups.

Billy Brice, a chef from Mazzi’s restaurant in Leola, and Krista Cox, Penn Manor High School’s assistant principal, served as the two judges during the competition.

Brice got involved in the event from a local connection.

“I knew Billy from the hotel restaurant where I work,” said Zach Ross, a senior at Penn Manor.

Each student had their own role to play in the making of the soup and Brice found the results of their teamwork quite tasty.

“I was very surprised by the garlic soup. I’d never had it before and didn’t think much of it, but it tasted pretty darn good,” said Brice.

However, one team did not finish in time and was not allowed to compete.

“They just didn’t work well together,” commented senior Brandi Kauffman, one of the participants in the cook-off.

The judges had to grade each dish on a one-to-five scale in categories such as visual presentation, aroma and flavor.

Rottmund had high hopes for her class and was satisfied with the end results.

“It went well,” said Rottmund. “The kids learned a lot about timing, organization and teamwork. We did some good life-long skill building.”

Ross, who plans to attend YTI in his near future, has much appreciation for the class and the skills he is learning.

“All the activities we do are going to be helpful for college and my future career,” said Ross.

However, at the end of the day, it seemed all that mattered was who took home the gold.

Contestants in Penn Manor's first French cooking contest stir up delicious meals.

In the Boeuf Bourguignon competition, the first place award went to “the boys”-Zach Ross, Cory Horst and Vaughn Stetler with 52 points out of 60. Second place went to Mariah Landis and Stephanie Carroll with 45 points out of 60.

The second soup that each group made also received scores out of 60 points.

First place with 49 points went to Zach Ross, Cory Horst and Vaughn Stetler for their outstanding cassoulet de porc et de Mouton soup. Second place with 48 points went to Brandi Kauffman and Cory Bowman for their soupe de poulet, or strained chicken soup. Third place with 47 points was awarded to Emmy Hess and Kendra Keuper for their garlic soup.

Overall, the judges thought the food was a hit.

“I gave high marks all around in different areas,” said Brice. “Some scored high in visual display…and some not so high in taste.”

By: Emily Brody and Jacqueline Lennon

Indie Artist Comes to Penn Manor

Bess Rogers is going to “Travel Back” to Lancaster on April 15.

Recruited by Kim McMullen, Penn Manor art teacher, through a Penn Manor Education Foundation grant, the semi-famous indie artist will perform and speak with students and faculty.

McMullen describes Rogers’ music as: “she’s anywhere from indie pop, to 80’s and country…it’s just such a vast spectrum.”

She and Rogers met in true indie fashion.  After a concert, McMullen invited Rogers to ‘crash on her couch.’

Rogers has appeared on Ellen, The CBS Early Show, and is awaiting an appearance on The Rachel Ray Show, and her music has been featured on TNT’s “Raising the Bar” while apparently maintaining a happy obscurity.

She often swaps between her solo work, and performances with Ingrid Michaelson, The Flux Capacitors (dedicated to bluegrass covers of 80s songs), and The Age of Rockets, an orchestral/electronica group, who have been compared to “The Postal Service meets a grand orchestra.”

The event will also be host to the “Be a Fan, Bring a Can” drive, a sort of “optional admission fee.”  Food gathered will be donated to the Solanco Food Bank, which supports 14 families within the Penn Manor School District.

By Kennedy Phillips

The Art of April Fools

Last week, Principal Phillip Gale decided students won’t have to make up snow days this year, returning to us our days off.

April fools!

Watch your backs Penn Manor, April Fools Day is approaching and you never know who’s going to get you.

“Last year someone put a lunch tray in my back pack and I didn’t even realize it until I got home,” said sophomore Junior Suarez. “I still I have it too. That’s a souvenir right there.”

Junior Emmy Hess said “In sixth grade my teacher put a fake rat in my pencil box. I freaked.”

But not all people go all out on their jokes.

“I tell my kids that some project’s due that day but nothing big. They wouldn’t fall for it.” said English teacher Holly Astheimer.

Sophomore Brendan Kincade said “The only thing that’s happened is my mom told me I had off school.”

Kristina Simon talks abut her feelings for April Fools Day Photo by Lindsey Ostrum

“[April Fools Day is] kind of stupid and kind of fun,” said Kristina Simon. “You get to pick on people but its a pointless holiday ’cause it doesn’t mean anything.”

So if it really is pointless, why did the holiday start?

In the 1500s the calendar changed. Those who forgot to change their calendars and celebrated New Years on April first, which was the New Year in the previous calendar, were called April Fools.

This holiday has been around for a long time, but people still aren’t remembering it.

“I didn’t even know April was that close,” said Amber Schwebel. “But I guess I could try to get someone.”

“I completely forgot about it,” said Suarez, “but I so will [trick someone] now that I know.”

So, whether you plan on tricking somebody or not, be on your guard Thursday April first.

By Lindsey Ostrum

Career Day Aimed at Students’ Future

Penn Manor was taken over by DJs, chefs and accountants Friday to give students the opportunity to explore their future during Career Day.

The counseling department worked for months to prepare and organize the annual event.

Marjean Long, guidance counselor, said, “I think it went very well. I wanted to get kids into the speakers they wanted, but it was hard because of the snow day because some speakers couldn’t come today.”

Students met by graduating class in the auditorium to learn about life after high school. Photo Jim Yearsley

But setting up this massive event had it’s challenges.  Students attended three sessions including a large-group seminar in the auditorium with eight speakers who have attended various colleges.

Penn Manor students learned about various jobs on Career Day. Photo Jim Yearsley

Professionals across the spectrum were represented from attorneys to a dog trainer, a psychologist to a state police officer – and everyone in between.

“It was hard getting all the kids to sign up because it was our first year using SurveyMonkey,” said Long.

Sophomore Christina Stoltzfus said she would have enjoyed Career Day more “if the speakers would have been more enthusiastic. They were just too long.”

But more good came from it than bad.

“Yes I did [enjoy Career Day]. The assembly was very long and a bit boring, but I enjoyed listening to the speakers,” said freshman Nick Charles.

All kinds of careers were represented including art, dance instruction, health fields, teaching, the military, landscaping, nuclear engineering, small business and accounting, to name a few.

Principal Jason D’Amico said, “It fits in with our goal to help students prepare for life after high school.”

By Sarah Schaeffer and Mike Nitroy

Pepsi Cancels Carbonation In Classes

Pepsi’s packing up its books and dropping out of high school.

PepsiCo Inc. announced on Tuesday, March 16 that they planned to remove sweetened, high-calorie drinks including soda from high schools in more than 200 countries by 2012, this includes Penn Manor.

Answering to cries from critics and food activists, Pepsi is one of the few companies to change their product distribution in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Pepsi plans to replace the soda with water, fruit juice and diet drinks.

Penn Manor family and consumer science teacher Laura Weaner believes it’s a good idea, but doesn’t know if it will solve the problem.

“I think students will find other sources of sugar. They’re not just going to stop,” said Weaner.

PepsiCo plans to remove soda and other high calorie drinks from high schools. Photo by Lindsey Ostrum

But not all of the teachers are looking forward to it.

“I’m torn because I’m a soda drinker myself,” said teacher Holly Astheimer.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, one in three school-age children are overweight or obese.

But will Pepsi removing soda help bring down this statistic?

“[Students] are gonna buy whatever is  there,” said sophomore Courtney Jacobs.

“If soda’s not there, they’re gonna get iced tea or juice,” added junior Jill Wiley.

Both girls agree that Pepsi’s decision is a good idea.

While Pepsi’s soda may not be available in Penn Manor and other schools, competitor company Coca-Cola Co. has no plans to do the same.

“We believe school authorities should have the right to choose what is best for their schools,” says Coke spokeswoman Crystal Warwell Walker to USA Today.

The news didn’t come as a shock or upset to many people.

“I could care less. I’m not sad,” said Jacobs.

This topic has been a debate for years now.  First lady Michelle Obama will hold an annual conference with the largest food companies urging them to “entirely rethink” products they market to kids according to USA Today.

From Pepsi vs. Coke to can vs. bottle, the new soda debate is whether it’s in or out of high schools.

By Mike Nitroy and Lindsey Ostrum