February 1983

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Penn Post
Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High School
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt. Penn, Pa. 19606


Falling snowflakes - silent;
   a blanket of pure white
   covers the cold, hard earth. Morning - crystal skies;
   blue ice above.

Households awaken - scrambling
   for mittens, hats, scarves,
   and boots
   as mothers prepare their children.
Footprints - unbroken snow;
   A kalieoscope of color as
   the children play.

Snowballs and Angels - white;
   colors are lost as
   the battles continue
   and little coats and pants
   get wet with newfallen snow.
Mothers call

Children receed - playing ends;
   quiet descends
   and all that is left
   are the footprints
   deserted angels
   and forgotten mittens.

Uninterrupted white and
   shades of gray
- Beth Long

Valentine�s Day
     The 14th day of February, St. Valentine�s Day, is now symbolized by parties and the exchange of valentines. In earlier days the customs of the day were taken quite seriously by young men and women, It was an ancient belief that birds chose their mates on February 14; therefore, people also began to believe that the first person one met on that day was to be one�s valentine for a year, perhaps for life. Sometimes young people held a lottery on St. Valentines Eve. The names of the girls were put into a box and were drawn at random by the young men. Then each pair would exchange gifts, and each would be the other�s valentine for the year.
     St. Valentine actually had nothing to do with the day that is named in his honor. In fact, there are seven St. Valentines listed in the Acta Sanctorium (Acts of the Saints) from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, and Africa. February 14 is the saint�s day for all of them. It is thought that the customs of today are really a continuation of an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia. This was held on February 15 (the ides of February) and was something like a carnival.
          - Marshalle Palm

The oldest American valentine is a handmade card from the early 1700's.

Pam Horning and Rick Denby
Pam Horning and escort, Rick Denby

Mt. Penn Begins
New Tradition

     Pam Horning was elected Basketball Homecoming Queen as a part of a new tradition here at Mt. Penn High School. This coveted honor was awarded on Dec. 28 at the game against Schuylkill Valley.
     Nominations were held in senior homerooms; two nominees were chosen from each. The six candidates included Kelly Boarder, Cindy Bright, Lisa Hafeti, Pam Horning, Kristin Szurgot, and Robin Tobias. The entire school voted for their choice on Dec. 21, and the results were kept secret until the night of the game.
     There are hopes that this will become an annual tradition.
          - Mindy DiGiacomo

Pennsylvania Newspaper
in Education Week
February 7-11, 1983
TV Violence
     First of all, this is not an editorial concerning any specific civic group of concerned citizens organization. Rather, I�d just like to remind everyone of one very important fact regarding violence on television: I can always turn the set off!!
     I have to laugh when I read in the papers that someone wants a show taken off the air or changed because there�s too much violence, nudity, or the like. Everyone has their own opinion about shows on television, but it gets funny when people campaign to have a show removed from the viewing program. If they don�t like it, why don�t they simply not watch it? There are other shows on. And, of course, there�s always that one final option - turn the set off. There are plenty of other things to do if there isn�t anything on that you want to watch.
     Granted - there are some things that don�t have a place on TV. For instance, I agree with the banning of hard liquer advertisements from television. After all, you can�t turn the television off every time a commercial comes on. But when it comes to entire shows, I still feel that it is my choice, and not someone else�s. I�m the one who should decide what I want to see, not some unknown person or group who doesn�t know me or even consult me. It�s my choice, it�s my TV set, and it�s my off-switch.
        - Beth Long

     If you want my advice on extracurricular activity, not only are you among the few, but you�re even going to get it. My advice to you on what to do with the spare time school allows you is work, work, work; and when you get paid, save at least half of the fruits of your work.
     I don�t speak from years of experience because I�ve only been working a few months. What motivates my thinking is logic. What better time in your life to save than when you live at home with few expenses. So if you see a friend who�s working for peanuts in a grease pit, don�t say a word, or he may tell you to get a job, a real job.
         - Tim Conlon

Bathroom tissue at the turn of the century was packed in single sheets, wrapped in a plain brown wrapper, and sold only in drugstores where it usually was stored out of sight under the counter.

Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,
     This year when we came back to school, we found a few people missing. This was because they had gone to college early. This, I�ve been told is completely legal as long as they make up classes over the summer. They have enough credits and enough class time to graduate, so they did.
     What is the fun in that? From the day a child begins first grade, he dreams of that day when he can get up on stage and receive his diploma. But these individuals are so anxious to get out of school that they can�t wait for June. They must not realize what they are missing. They�re missing the prom, the class trip, and graduation ceremonies.
     I�m not jealous because if I wanted to do it, I�m sure I could. It�s just the fact that it�s not normal. It�s like leaving the dinner table before the dessert comes.
     Do you think you could possibly explain the philosophy behind leaving your school before your time?
        - Dave Ravel

     I personally don�t think it�s normal or healthy to spend 13 years waiting and working for a fleeting moment of honor. I also don�t think It�s fair to call someone who is trying to trim a year from their formal education abnormal.
     If I would choose to leave high school a year early to start college, I would do it because there's a sort of romance about college that high school just doesn�t hold. I�ve always felt that high school molds minds, but college allows for their use.
     Either mode of exit is normal it just depends on values. Many people regard high school as merely a stepping stone, while others like their senior year and graduation because they affirm years of achievement. If you are patient and can wait the 10 months of your senior year, that�s great. However, there is another philosophy. It might be best expressed in the philosophy of Clement W. Stone. �Do it now!"

Dear Editor,
     I attended the College Day which was held in our cafeteria before Christmas. I felt it was a good idea in the way it was set up, but far more ineffective than the one held last year. This year�s format in which the students were to seek out individual colleges only provoked chit-chat, where as, the previous year�s format, a question and answer panel, answered many serious questions before we were allowed to gossip. If it is to continue, I would like to see it return to the original format.
         - Jeff Jacobson
Crime Watch
     You�ve all seen those commercials on television many times. A criminal is caught robbing a home by two neighbors riding in a car talking to the police on a C.B. radio. A dog dressed as Columbo walks in and takes a bite out of the word crime. That idea has become a reality in Berks County today. There are Crime Watch programs in our area from Shillington to Stony Creek.
     Two or more people ride in a car or work a radio at the base station. They cruise the streets looking for any suspicious actions or people. If they see something wrong, they immediately call the base station, which in turn notifies the police.
     The idea of a program like this was started by concerned citizens who felt that crime was running rampant in the streets. It also helps to get under age people off the street by curfew. According to statistics, Crime Watch is a huge success. In most places crime has dropped dramatically, and property values have doubled since the program was started. The idea alone seems to be a big deterant of crime.
     The neighbors are helping out the police and community, but there are some rules and regulations they must follow. This is to protect the volunteers and the criminal.

1. Record accurate descriptions of vehicles, people, locations, times, and license numbers.

2. Watch merchandise being loaded onto cars or being carried.

3. Report disorderly groups.

4. Report underage drinking.

5. Report traffic accidents.

6. Patrol known trouble areas.

7. Report Street and traffic lights out of order.

8. Report anything out of the ordinary.

1. Do not lay a hand on any individual.

2. Do not have in possession or in vehicle any weapon.

3. Do not perform any security investigations such as checking doors or searching between homes.

4. Do not become involved in the pursuit of speeding vehicles.

5. Do not shine lights in any vehicle or house.

6. Do not get involved with police work unless told by an officer.

7. Do not get out of vehicle except at an accident scene or disabled vehicle.

8. Do not violate any traffic laws.

9. Do not render first aid to anyone unless you are qualified.

10. Do not discuss what you see or hear while on patrol.

11. Do not use alcoholic beverages or drugs.

        - Dave Ravel

Missing Pages 3, 4, 5 and 6
The Breath of Life
     If you walk into the health suite and see a group of seniors beating up manikins, don�t be alarmed. Actually they are practicing to save lives rather than to be good muggers.
     Mrs. Rita Auchter, the school nurse, is teaching CPR courses to all those seniors who are interested. CPR means cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which is the process of acting as the heart and lungs for a person in distress. The whole course is taught with the use of an individualized guide prepared by the Red Cross and 4 manikins. These are used to simulate people who are unable to breathe or those whose hearts have stopped working.
     The course involves techniques for administering CPR to babies and adults. It also includes handling choking babies and adults, 1 man CPR, 2 man CPR, and mouth-to-mouth resusitation. It also teaches one of the most important aspects of CPR, which is when to give it and when not to. Too many people watch Marcus Welby on television and think they know how to give CPR. This class is really a necessity for those who may have to save a life some day.
     At the end of the course there is a 70 question test on the important points. Those who score 80 or above receive a card stating that they are qualified to give CPR for one year. For those who think they are good enough at the end of the course or those who want to polish their knowledge there is the instructor�s course.
     Only seniors can take the CPR course, and I recommend that every senior think seriously about learning CPR. You may be able to save a life some day.
        - Dave Ravel

There�s a connection between stuttering and teaching natural a left-handed child to be right-handed.


A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.

A Breathtaking Experience
     One-one thousand, two-one thous�and, three-one thousand, four-one thousand, five - b-r-e-a-t-h-e. Did you ever try to push in a mannequin�s chest five times, all in five seconds? If you have, you�ve probably taken CPR. In our four years at Mt. Penn the only time we�d ever been in the nurse�s office was for height, weight, and eye checks, but starting January 5 we were to be there for two weeks to take CPR. Our first day we went to work on the babies. Those dolls must have weighed 30 pounds! We had to give mouth-to-mouth resusitation to a big baby doll with a diaper, making sure the chest was compressed at least 1/2 to 1 inch the trick was covering the baby�s nose and mouth and breathing hard enough to inflate the baby�s lungs. After we mastered the baby, it was time to breathe into Annie. Annie is a plastic body that has inflatable lungs. That mannequin seemed to have lungs the size of Texas because it was so hard to get the light to light up. The light indicates that Annie�s lungs are properly inflated. After we could inflate the lungs, we had to master chest compressions at a rate of 60 to 80 compressions per minute, depend�ing whether one or two persons are working the CPR.
     To sum it up. CPR is very difficult. As a matter of fact, taking CPR is a breathtaking experience. But, we still recommend it.
        - Jodi Kisling

Let Us Hear From You
     I was very disappointed with the feedback that the Penn Post received last marking period. When I walk down the halls, I hear plenty of gripes complaints, and stories of disappointments. Talk alone, however, just won�t do. How about putting your opinions in writing and dropping them off in the Penn Post mail slot in the main office. There�s been too much muttering and too little shouting around here.
Please, write something down and turn it in. You�ll be glad you did.

Last night�s freshly fall�n snow glitters with diamonds in the morning light.
         - Beth Long

Can You Afford
To Be A Senior

     Warning to all underclassmen: start saving your money now! If you don�t you�ll be broke by the end of your senior year. It�s standard to pay dues, and buy class rings and jackets in 10th and 11th grades, but that�s nothing compared to what you�ll spend while you�re a senior.
     Before your last year even starts, the school photographer sends your proofs in the mail. You can just pick out one senior picture for the yearbook at no cost to you, but Aunt Florence, cousin Joe, and all your grandparents are counting on 5x7�s. You�ll also need enough wallet sized pictures for friends. Of course, it costs more.
     If you are planning to go to college, the beginning of September is a good time to start filling out applications. Unfortunately, colleges require a fee for reviewing your application, and if you�re accepted, most of them will ask for a down payment.
     Then it�s yearbook time again. You don�t have to buy one, but your picture will definitely be in it this year. Besides, you�ll want to remember all the people you�ve gone through school with. It will also come in handy when your 10-year class reunion rolls around. Seniors have the option of having their names printed on the cover of their books. Of course, it costs more.
     Next you must cough up the money for cap and gown rental. Oh yes, don�t forget an extra tassel for your rear-view mirror. Of course, it costs more.
     While you�re thinking about graduation, order some graduation announcements. They aren�t required but they�re nice for close friends and distant relatives. You may, of course, send them to close relatives and distant friends if you wish. More announcements will just cost more.
     If you�re lucky, all of those people who receive announcements will send you money-money which could be used to pay for your class trip. You�ll want to have a good time for as long as possible, right? Well, more time means more money! If things have gone well, the class treasury will give you some money towards expenses.
     Speaking of the class treasury - Have you been contributing to it? I hope so because you�ll probably need financial help to meet prom costs. Professional photographers, meals, and formal attire aren�t free, you know.
     Now that you know what to expect, make sure you can afford to be a senior.
         - Trish Hill


Mounts Score High
     The Mt. Penn girls� basketball team has made a definite improvement this year compared to the past few years. The team�s record as of January 17, is 4 wins and 11 loses overall. Although they do not have any victories in league play yet, the girls have definite potential. In the game against Tulpehocken, January 13, Mt. Penn cleaned up by scoring 61 points and leaving Tulpehocken with only 20 points. Bert Schreiber was top scorer and reached her all time game high with 27 points.
     Coach Cardinal and the girls are looking forward to improving their win-loss record in the next few weeks.
         - Stephanie Rosenthal

Girls are enthusiastic over victory

Three Cheers for the

     What has a big mouth, wears a short skirt, and is usually of the female gender. No, it�s not a tennis or a field hockey player. It�s a cheerleader! We at Mt. Penn have much to be proud of, and our cheerleading squad is no exception. These spirit-lifting girls are responsible not only for cheering at basketball games, but for coordinating pep rallies, entertaining during halftime, cheering at soccer games, and organizing the homecoming ceremony. They also run a stand with coffee and baked goods in the lobby during home basketball games.
     The cheerleading advisor is Mrs. Mazzo, who took over after Mrs. Sload left.
     At the next basketball game come out to support the team, not to mention the cheerleaders.

Tracey Walker -
Sandra Seiz -
Vicki Denunzio
Denise Malecki
Lisa Martin
Patti Boyer
Steph Kingree
Sandy Steigerwalt
Missy Becker
Sybil Kane
Alternates -
   Kim Zuber
   Vicki Straka
Kristin Szurgot -
Cheryl Ryan -
Lisa Ruemmler
Kelly Clark
Tracy Damiano
Traci Wenger
Missy Ryan
Dawn Hill
Jenny Miller
Kathy Kunkel
     - Mindy DiGiacomo
League Games Start in
Boys� Basketball

     In order to salvage the Mounts� dismal start, the boys must make a fine showing in their league. Mr. Choyka feels the team is still not playing up to its potential. As a matter of fact, he feels the team has only played close to its capability in three games: Lebanon Catholic, Hamburg, and the first Exeter game (first three quarters). The team must be able to maintain the consistency that was present in these games in order to save their season.
     The Mounts struggled over Lebanon Catholic to win 54-51. At Exeter, our rivals, the boys lost 45-63. Against Brandywine the team lost a close one
50-52. The Mounts conquered the Kutztown Cougars 44-33 and the Tulpehocken Trojans 81-51. The Mounts then lost to Fleetwood 50-62, Schuylkill Valley 53-56, and Hamburg
35-41. With the start of the league season, the Mounts pulled out two very close games. At Wyomissing they won 38-34, and in overtime against Daniel Boone, they won 61-58.
Leading scorer is junior Tom Sload, with an average of 13.7 points. He is followed by senior Jeff Eckel, whose average is 10.5 points and senior Matt Faust with 9.3 points. Tom Sload is also the leading rebounder with 9.5 rebounds per game. He is followed by Jeff Eckel and Matt Faust who each average 5 rebounds per game. The offensive average for the games is 50.6, and the defensive average is 51.5.
         - Pam Horning

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Sending a Fruit Basket Today
Beats wishing you had tomorrow

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"Some kids used to take a year off before college to find themselves. Now they�re taking a year off to find some money to go to college." - John Q.

Mt. Penn Bowlers
     Mt. Penn is once again in the midst of another bowling season. As usual we are the �cellar-dwellers� of our division.
The season started on January 3 against Twin Valley; we lost three games. Although this first match was disheartening, there was one outstanding player: Keith Biscanti rolled a 639 triple with a high single game of
254. The JV bowlers managed to pull out one game, as did the varsity girls. High girls� scorer was Mindy Snyder with a 454 triple.
     The next match was on January 6 against Daniel Boone; this, however, produced the same results. The high scorer for the varsity boys was Steve Orth with 573. The JV boys won only one game, and again the girls followed suit. Mindy Snyder, got her name in the paper with a 444 high score.
     The last match before this issue went to press was January 10 against Exeter. This would prove to be an interesting match because both teams had perfect records no wins and six losses. Exeter took all three games in the match, putting Mt. Penn at the bottom. Steve Orth bowled the varsity high by getting 497. The only win by Mt. Penn was recorded by the girls. The high scorer for the girls was once again Mindy Snyder with 461.
     If you�ve been adding as we go along, you know the boys� varisty record is now 0-9. Hopefully, this is just a bad start, and the team will improve. Coach Fegely certainly hopes so.
         - Dave Ravel


The Pekingese dog is the result of a love affair between a lion and a squirrel, or so say the Chinese storytellers.


Penn Post Staff

Editor Marshalle Palm
Editorials Tim Conlon
Features Pam Horning
News Jodi Kisling
Sports Stephanie Rosenthal
Art Lynn Slutsky
Reporters Dave Ravel
Beth Long
Trish Hill
Mindy DiGiacomo
Jeff Jacobson
Advisor Mrs. Strickler