Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
Are SATs Valid?
The Scholastic Aptitude
Test (SAT) is a three-hour, timed, paper and pencil,
group administered, objective test taken by
college-bound students. Many question if the SATs
are valid enough to have the power to stamp students
�qualified� or �unqualified� for college. Numerous
studies show that the test scores have a limited
relationship to success in school, and no
demonstrable relationship to success in later life.
SAT scores do not relate to a student's
accomplishments in social leadership, the arts,
science, music, writing, speech and drama. Many
argue that the test penalizes students who have
complex or creative styles of thought. Also the
Federal Trade Commission has found that coaching
does raise scores. Minorities feel that the SATs are
culturally biased and the tests bar them from higher
Why are the tests being used? One reason is that the
SAT is a national standard for comparing students
since all schools have different grading systems.
Also because of grade inflation the SATs are a
better predictor for a student�s performance in
The college admission offices look for a well-balanced
student with good grades, social leadership,
extra-curricular activities, good recommendations,
and high SAT scores. It can be shown however, that
if other factors are equal, the college chooses the
student with the higher SAT score.
- Pat Horning
�A Strong Nation Needs Strong Schools,� the theme of
American Education Week (Nov. 14-20),
has never been as evident as it is in
today�s highly industrialiied Society.
Industry in America is undergoing a major
transformation - a transformation that
may be as far-reaching in its inpact as
the earlier shift from a rural society
to one industrial in nature.
But will high school graduates be ready to take their
places in the technically oriented
society that is in fact already upon us?
Predictions indicate that by 1990, more
than half of the labor force will be
employed in technical and white-collar
It is our responsibility as educators to develop the
skills of critical thinking, problem
solving, communication, and decision
making that will be able to succeed in
our highly technological society. It is
your responsibility to put forth the
effort needed to master those skills so
that you can succeed in the achievement
of your goals. Together we can create a
strong school which will eventually
result in a strong nation.
The concept of a strong nation developed through strong
schools has long been cherished by some
of our most revered leaders. Perhaps the
best way to conclude would be to quote
two of those men who led our nation
through the most critical of times.
education as the most important subject
we as a people can be engaged in. --
schools do may prove in the long run to
be more decisive than any other factor
in preserving the form of government we
� Franklin D. Roosevelt
American Education Week,
Another nearly famous national holiday is upon us again
and I bet only a few of you knew. No, I
am not talking about Thanksgiving. I am
talking about that time-honored event
that all of us know and love so well,
American Education Week. Some of you are
asking yourselves, �Have we ever
celebrated American Education Week
before?� or �What is American Education
Week?� Well, it is six days of putting
emphasis on learning, how to make
education better, and basic improvements
in our school.
We have to be reminded every now and then of the
importance of education, that is what
this week is for. We often take it for
granted, or even grow to dislike it
because it makes us getup early in the
- Mindy DiGiacomo
The School�s Week to Shine
If your parents come to the school to talk to your
teachers on a November evening, don�t be
alarmed. It�s just a way to commemorate
American Education Week, the week of
November 14. The Open House will he held
on November 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Parents may also observe classes Monday
through Friday of that week.
Mr. Orlando feels that American Education Week is
important with the trend away from
education today. He points out that the
re-emphasis on positive aspects of
public education is necessary; this week
refocuses public attention on education.
Next year the Open House will be held in September,
allowing parents and teachers to meet in
the beginning of the school year.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
Girls� Sports at Mt. Penn
Have you ever glanced at the gymnasium walls during
inside gym classes? If you have then you must have seen
all the banners of past championship sports teams from
Mt. Penn. I guess I should feel proud of what our
athletic program has accomplished in the past, but
instead I am confused and somewhat disturbed.
What did these teams have that we don�t? One possible
answer became very clear to me recently. When mandatory
practice began for girls� basketball, 12 players showed.
After two days, two girls quit, leaving this year�s
girls� basketball team with 10 players. As a result,
there were not enough girls to complete two full teams;
thus, the junior varsity squad had to be dropped. Some
people may feel that this isn�t a problem, but two or
three years from now what kind of team can we possibly
have? � if there�s one at all.
Having participated in many girls� sports over the
years, I have experienced the frustration and the
humiliation that year after year of losing brings. Why
can�t Mt. Penn produce any more championship teams? Not
only are numbers a factor; talent and experience have
also been lacking. It is my feeling that up until now
our school had not begun to develop its girls� sports
program early enough. The middle school had its
intramurals but there was no exposure to sports of this
kind below that age level.
Fortunately, our elementary school has begun
intramurals for it�s students this year. I think this
will prove to be very beneficial both to the individuals
playing and to the future athletic program. With earlier
development and increased dedication by its players, I
think the girls� sports program can again be the cream
of the crop and not the bottom of the barrel.
- Trish Hill
Smoking In or Out
A question has been raised through-out the student body
of Mt. Penn High School. Should smoking be allowed
inside the walls of the school or left among the birds
and the blue sky? If it would be allowed inside, the
number of suspended people would be fewer and the
bathrooms would be foggy no more. However, more
complaints would be heard. Some people can�t stand the
smell of a lit cigarette. One way to get rid of the
smoke-screened bathroom could be to open a smoking
lounge. The other and more sensible way would be for the
�smok�ers� to try to restrain themselves from �lighting
up� until lunch rolled around. I don�t think this
is too much to ask.
- Lynn Slutsky
|Deadlines Loom Ahead
Making the choice of a college is never an easy
decision for anyone. be he sophomore, junior, or senior.
Hopefully, most seniors have chosen their college(s) by
now and are applying. I myself have narrowed it down to
a �chosen few� and am now applying. One thing I�ve
noticed, however, is that there never seems to be enough
time in the day for me to fill out the application
forms. So I begin to worry. As the deadline approaches,
I begin to panic. Believe me . it�s scary to think that
not filling out a lousy piece of paper on time will
destroy one�s chances of entering a favorite college.
And it�s even scarier to think that you�re talking about
an entire year of your life hinging on that piece of
paper. So sophomores, juniors - be warned. It doesn�t
matter if you apply to more than one college- if you
delay applying because you haven�t chosen a few
favorites, you�ll be sorry when those deadlines are
suddenly looming in front of you. Apply as early as you
can - and start filling out those applications as soon
as possible, so you can work carefully and slowly. You
certainly don�t want to make a stupid mistake that could
cost you the college�s acceptance. What it all boils
down to is this: give yourself enough time to fill out
the applications carefully; make sure you keep all the
different deadlines separate in your mind if you apply
to more than one college; and read all directions
carefully and proofread your final copy. Save yourself
- Beth Long
First Period Fiasco
Two years ago the students of Mount Penn High School
were expected to report to school at 7:55 a.m. In a
typical School Board paradox this was the same year that
the no-high-school-bus-service bomb was dropped.
These two events added up to lateness for many
students, who did not have a car and were forced to rely
on the almighty bus company. The time was wisely changed
to 8:05 in 1981-82. But this change has quickly been
forgotten with the advent of the middle school and high
The Mount Penn High School commuter is given two
choices of departure time from Stony Creek. One
is 7:10 a.m. which arrives a half an hour before the
start of school. The other and final choice is the 7:40
a.m. bus which either gets to school right on time or
one minute late, depending on the bus driver and the
direction of the wind.
Why then not sacrifice those first five crucial minutes
and save many people days of after school detention?
- Tim Conlon
|This Is Lunch?
On the first day of school, the Penn Post staff learned
about the new lunch schedule: There are 3 lunch periods,
beginning with 7th and 8th grades at 11 a.m. and ending
at 12:30, when grades 11 and 1 2 drag their starving
bodies down the hallway to the cafeteria because there
is not enough time to go out. The change is a result of
a greater number of students in the building. More lunch
periods had to be provided; consequently, lunch time had
to be shortened from previous years.
Another complication of the modified open lunch is
permission slips. The residents in the school area had
been complaining about students loitering on their
properties during open lunch. Therefore, a decision was
made by the school board to require every 9th, 10th,
11th, and 12th grade student to bring in a parent
permission slip stating that he may have open lunch. The
deadline for these letters was Sept. 13. If a rushed
student forgot to bring in his note, he is now denied
open lunch privileges for the entire year.
The school has gone through many changes this year, and
the schedule had to accommodate this, but perhaps the
lunch periods could have been somewhat longer, giving
students enough time to go through the lunch-line or to
go out for lunch.
The requirement for parent permission slips in order to
have open lunch doesn�t solve anything. Most parents
signed the notes, but a student could have signed his
own. The complaints from the community surrounding the
school are justifiable, but many of the students who
were not the cause of the problem must remain inside
during lunch because they did not hand in a note from
These changes have made lunch time less pleasant than
in the past. It makes some of us wonder, Why bother to
go to lunch at all?
- Stephanie Rosenthal
NEW FACES AT MPHS
Is that a field
hockey team member wearing that kilt? No, it�s Miss
Michewicz, the new phys. ed. and health teacher. Miss
Mic, as she is called by many of her students, is
filling in for Miss Geiger, who is on a sabbatical leave
for the 1982-83 school year.
Miss Michewicz graduated from East Stroudsburg College
and previously taught at the St. Ignatius Loyola School
in West Lawn. She lives in this area with her family.
After school hours she enjoys fishing, cooking,
listening to music, and officiating field hockey and
girls� basketball games.
Miss Michewicz is an alumni of Mt. Penn, and she enjoys
being back here as a staff member.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
Another stranger to the faculty is Mrs. Walborn, the
7th and 8th grade art teacher. She�s quite hard to find
because her schedule varies from day to day, and classes
are spread throughout the day. Although she has taught
art before, this is the first time she is teaching art
in the junior high. Mrs. Walborn thoroughly enjoys
working with the other students.
Mrs. Walborn is a native of Connecticut, but is no
stranger to Berks County. In fact, she received her
bachelor�s degree in Art Education at Kutztown State
College. Following her years at Kutztown, she went back
to Connecticut where she taught senior art in West Haven
for one year. Mrs. Walborn and her family now live in
Muhlenberg Township, which she considers her home. Her
family consists of two little boys, one in first grade
and the other in second. In addition
to her children, Mrs. Walborn has two cats and a dog.
Mrs. Walborn, a busy person, does a lot of volunteer
work, such as doing art work for various organizations
and being the treasurer of the Muhlenberg Library. Mrs.
Walborn�s art work is often in the areas of weaving,
making wall hangings, or painting with water colors. She
is especially fond of any type of fiber art.
In Mrs. Walborn�s opinion, our new junior-senior high
school is working quite well. She likes being at Mt.
Penn and feels we have a nice group of students and
- Pam Horning
One of the many new faces this year on the faculty is
Miss Murray. She will be with us until the end of
January when Mr. Dengler comes back to resume his post.
Then she will try to get a job in the educational field,
hopefully in this area. The courses Miss Murray teaches
are ninth grade American History and twelth grade P.O.D.
This is her first teaching position since graduating
from Dickinson College, which is in Carlisle, Pa. Miss
Murray was a student teacher at Mechanicsburg High
School near Harrisburg. There she taught mainly
psychology and some courses in social, political,
economic problems and American history.
Her family lives in Birdsboro. She has a younger
brother who is a senior at the Hill School. Miss Murray
now lives in a Mount Penn apartment. She has no pets
except for the bugs in her home. She likes living in the
Mount Penn area because it is closer to stores, movies,
and city life, than her home in Birdsboro. Going to her
aerobic dance class, seeing movies, and swimming are
some of Miss Murray�s favorite hobbies.
Miss Murray thinks our school has a friendly atmosphere
where it�s not hard to meet the people. She likes our
smallness because one can fit in easier with the others.
Unlike the rest of us, she�s having no trouble adjusting
to being in a Junior-Senior high school. This is because
she went to Daniel Boone, Junior-Senior high school.
- Pam Horning
It you asked Mr. Higgins �Parlez�vous francais?� (Do
you speak French?), he would answer �Oui� (yes). This is
because he is the new French and European history
teacher here at Mt. Penn.
A graduate of Kutztown State College, Mr. Higgins
received a Bachelor of Arts in history and state
teaching certificates for social studies and French.
This is his first teaching position.
Mr. Higgins is not new in Reading and lives with his
family. Outside of school he is interested in music,
especially piano; he enjoys reading science fiction and
history; and he also likes sports, such as fishing.
At this point, Mr. Higgins has pleasant feelings for
Mt. Penn High School; he enjoys it here very much.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
Takes New Position
Mr. Okuniewski, part-time industrial arts teacher, has
left us to take a full-time position at the Exeter
Senior High School. He is teaching metal shop and
architectural drawing there. Mr. Okuniewski enjoyed his
years here very much and he really hated to leave us,
but he is pleased to have found full-time employment.
Those of you who play street hockey beware because Mr.
Okuniewski is out to win.
- Pam Horning
Mr. Groff, the replacement for Mr. Okuniewski, is a
graduate of Millersville State College. This is his
first job as an industrial arts teacher; however, he has
some experience from student teaching at Governor
Mifflin, where he taught wood work.
Mr. Groff�s priority here at Mt. Penn is to keep our
industrial arts program strong. Another goal he has is
to get the dust collecter working. So far he likes the
school and the small shop classes.
Mr. Groff lives with his family in Boyertown. The
family consists of six bothers and six sisters of which
he is the second youngest. In addition to his family,
Mr. Groff has Sheb.�, his German shepherd.
If the name Tim Groff sounds familiar, it might be
because he was twice state champ and an All-American in
cross country. At Boyertown High School he was league,
district, and state champion in 1976. For the league and
District I title he ran the 3-mile cross country. Mr.
Groff also ran the indoor track 2 mile, breaking the
standing record with the time 9:26. At Millersville he
was an All. American and a state co-champion in 1979. He
qualified for All-American by running 5 miles in 24:38.
Mr. Groff no longer runs competitively.
- Pam Horning
You may have walked into the Home Ec. room one day only
to notice that it is not Miss Weaver whom you see; it is
Mrs. Godek. Mrs. Godek works part-time at Mount Penn
teaching 7th grade foods and 8th grade clothing.
Mrs. Godek graduated from Mansfield State College and
has taught 7 years in the Reading School District.
She lives with her husband, 7 year old daughter, a dog,
and a rabbit. When not teaching, she enjoys playing
tennis, bowling, sewing crafts, and reading.
Mrs. Godek enjoys teaching at Mt. Penn, and she
especially likes the faculty and the students.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
council met on October 5 to discuss a variety of topics.
The first item on the agenda was directed to all
homeroom representatives and concerned their duties and
absences. One of their responsibilities is to inform
their homerooms after each meeting about student council
news. Another job is to participate in the activities
planned by student council. Finally, they must inform
their alternates if they can�t attend a meeting. With
regard to absence, President
Angela Anastasiadas takes a firm stand --
1) No representatives are allowed
more than 2 unexcused absences.
2) If neither the alternate nor the representative are
present at a meeting, new elections are held and both
The second topic was a report from Denise Malecki
on Student Forum, but nothing much happened at that
Trish Hill reported on the school board meeting. The
only important thing was that the board decided to use
the middle school for basketball games.
Finally, members were chosen to serve on various
Fund-raising Committee members:
reminded that Student Council is eager to hear from you
if you have a problem or an idea. See your homeroom
representative or alternate.
- Beth Long
FTA Travels Again
On October 28 five members of FTA went to Kutztown
State College for a Preview Day for the Arts program.
Students interested in programs of the art school had
the chance to visit classes and speak with faculty
members. They were also able to experience performances
and readings in the majors of Music, Speech, and
Theatre, as well as Creative Writing and Literature.
The FTA members who went on the trip all agree they had
learned much and would like to attend similar programs.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
No, she is not related to Miss Geiger, our former
health and physical education teacher. She is Miss
Geiger, the part-time general science teacher. Miss
Geiger has two 9th and one 7th grade class. Since this
is a one-year position, she plans to pursue a job in
education, moving out of the area if necessary.
Reading and Governor Mifflin are two schools at which
Miss Geiger previously taught. In addition, she has
worked at the Reading Planetarium, teaching pre-school
through 8th grade.
Miss Geiger, an Exeter graduate, obtained her
bachelor�s degree in earth science at Penn State. She
received her teaching degree from Kutztown.
Miss Geiger makes her home in Reiffton. Her family
consists of two older brothers, two younger brothers,
and two younger sisters. Her cat Riffer, her only pet,
has been with her since she was at Penn State.
Needlework is one of Miss Geiger�s hobbies. She
crochets and needle-points. Her aim is to make an afghan
for Christmas but feels she is starting too late to be
done by then. Reading and hiking are her other hobbies.
Since a large amount of her time is spent preparing for
school, she doesn�t have much time for her hobbies.
Miss Geiger enjoys teaching here at Mt. Penn. She likes
our school and her students.
- Pam Horning
Music at Mt. Penn
Everyone has probably noticed many changes in the
school system now that the seventh and eighth grades are
at the high school. One of these changes is the size and
form of the band and chorus.
This year there is one band, open to all interested
students from grades seven through twelve. The chorus,
however, is separated into seventh/ eighth and ninth
through twelth. There are about fifty students in the
band, thirty in the seventh/eighth grade chorus, and
forty in the senior high chorus.
Mr. Ruch says, �I�m looking forward to working with a
six-year band again, primarily because of the added
personnel. It gives the band a lot more flexibility.�
The band did not parade at all this fall, primarily
because of problems involving uniforms and scheduling.
Right now all three groups are preparing for the
- Beth Long
From October 27 to December 22 Mr. Riley, Mr. Choyka�s
student teacher, will be in our midst. Mr. Riley is
still getting the feel of teaching. Primarily he�s
teaching 10th grade world cultures. To date he likes the
school, its students, and its friendly faculty.
Mr. Riley is quite a busy man. In addition to his
teaching duties he is an assistant football coach at
Schuykill Valley. At Southern Junior High he coaches
ninth grade girls basketball. He will also be helping
Mr. Choyka with our boys basketball team. Because Mr.
Riley is so involved with sports, he has little time for
As a student at Kutztown State College, Mr. Riley has
been a member of the football team and the track team.
He plays defensive back and in 1981 was an
All-conference player. In the spring of 1982 he was an
All-conference discus thrower, As a student at Reading
High, he also played football and was an All-county
player. He was also on the 3rd string All. state team in
Mr. Riley had signed with the NFL Detroit Lions for
tryouts. During the summer he broke his wrist playing a
friendly basketball game. This prevented him from trying
out. Mr. Riley hopes to play football again, but he
isn�t sure it�s in his future.
- Pam Horning
Unfamiliar Face at MPHS
On Tuesday, October 26 we had a strange visitor in the
high school auditorium in the form of a dog. This dog,
Bruno, worth 6 to 8 thousand dollars is not your usual
run-of-the-mill dog. He was trained in Virginia to sniff
out marijuana, hashish, cocaine, and heroine. He was
here with his owner trainer Philip Gipprich, from the
Berks County Sheriff�s Office. Bruno and Mr. Gibbrich
are available to any police department in the county for
searching out drugs.
In the demonstration some very reluctant students were
asked to give up their valued school books. The Officer
put these on the stage in 7 or 8 piles. The first time
Bruno went across the stage, there was no hashish. But
the second time he found and tore apart the manilla
envelope containing the narcotic drug. To stop Bruno
from attacking the package, Officer Gipprich gave him a
small, rolled up towel to chew on.
- Lynn Slutsky
The 9-12 gifted
program this year is coordinated by Mrs. Krick, who is
one of the guidance counselors at the high school. Most
of the gifted work for this year can be done outside the
school setting on released time. Participation in the
program is voluntary, depending on the student�s
interest and school schedule. The students in the
program will attend classes or work on projects designed
for themselves to fulfill their own needs. Mrs. Krick
will assist in any way possible.
The students have different options from which to
choose. The first option is to attend a local college
and receive both high school and college credit for a
course of the student�s choice. The student wishing to
participate in this option must pay for the expense of
the college course (Albright, for example, would be
approximately $300) and find his own transportation. The
second option is a shadow program in an industry or a
career field. The student will observe a person in a
field or industry of his choice on a scheduled basis.
The third option is voluntary work at a lab, hospital,
medical facility, or a child care center. The final
choice is an independent project in the student�s area
of interest. Released time from school will be granted
to gifted students choosing any of these options if it
can be worked into the student�s schedule.
After the students are finished with their programs,
they arc required to write a report about the work that
they did and tell what they learned from their
- Marshalle Palm
To Learn or Not to Learn
On October 23, 1982, the Mt. Penn High School United
Nations Club, held its annual workshop. Approximately 45
students from five area schools participated.
The workshop was to explain about the Model United
Nations to new members and to refresh the memories of
old members. The workshop was conducted by the senior
members of Mt. Penn�s Club.
The workshop was run as a conference, but was a
learning experience, rather than a competition. The
workshop served its purpose and the club was pleased
with its outcome.
The UN Club�s next venture and first competition is at
Reading High School, on November 19 and 20.
- Jodi Kisling
|Junior High speaks out
Since the high
school students have spoken out as to how they like Mt.
Penn becoming a junior-senior high, we thought it was
time to hear the 7th and 8th grade views about the
school. We surveyed all the 7th and 8th grade classes
and the results varied.
Many 7th graders enjoy being in a larger school with
senior high students because it makes them feel older.
Others liked the simplicity of the middle school pods
and feel intimidated by the older students here.
The 8th grade opinions are not as diversified. While
they were counting on being the �top of the school� this
year, they feel that being in the high school is now
preparing them for their future years. Many of them have
friends in the upper grades to help them out.
Most of the 7th and 8th graders said that they would
like to be included in more senior high activities. Some
of the more popular activities and clubs were Y-teens,
the newspaper, and various sports teams.
Intramural sports, 7th and 8th grade dances and
playnights were also some activity ideas.
The majority of the junior high students said that they
missed the middle school, but being a part of Mt. Penn
High School seems to be a good experience.
- Stephanie Rosenthal
The Fascinating Art Class
In previous years in the middle school, we had art,
shop, and home ec. Home ec and shop haven�t changed that
much, but art has. This year in art we are doing many
exciting things. Mrs. Walborn is a good artist and
really gets the point across to the students. Right now
we are working on drawings and outlining them in black
ink. We also are learning how to design things and make
different shapes. Mrs. Walborn told us to start
following the lines on her paper, and it would turn out
to be a picture. It turned out to be a really neat
design. I think art is a lot of fun, and I hope it stays
- Heather Ruhe
In an interview with Mrs. Krick, our guidance
counselor, I found that the purpose of her guidance
class is to help the 7th and 8th grade students make
adjustments to school and life. Mrs. Krick enjoys
teaching her new class. She says, �My class is fun.
There�s no work, unless you think having fun is work. It
is interesting, and I like talking and discussing things
with students.� Mrs. Krick thinks the students also
enjoy her class; in fact, she can�t think of any reason
why they would not.
- Becca Weitz
|Going to the A-Field
Every Monday and Tuesday, second period in the morning,
7-A has physical education class. We leave our first
period science class and scamper down the stairs to the
men�s locker room to change into our gym suits. Gym
class is usually a lot of fun, but the few minutes spent
in the locker area preceding class are really physically
debilitating. The locker room is so cold and damp that
most of us are shivering uncontrollably while changing
into our gym clothes. At the same time we are praying
that we can get out of there as quickly as possible.
If the weather is decent, Mr. Shultz announces that we
will travel to the A-field for this class. A mass of
shivering bodies emerges from the locker room, ready but
not always willing to make the mad dash to the Mt. Penn
athletic field. Approximately halfway some of the group
begin to tire; their breathing becomes heavy and
labored; their muscles quiver with each contraction and
extension. Now the pace changes from full sprint to slow
The physical education instructors are waiting for us
to arrive. Next they tell us what activities they have
planned for this day. The following 20 minutes make all
the suffering we endured worthwhile; now we are finally
allowed to scream and run and release our tensions and
frustrations. All too soon the activities are over, and
it is time to begin the dreaded journey back to the
classrooms at the high school.
- Tim McMahon
The Excellent Experience
Gifted is a class that is becoming more and more
popular with parents as time elapses. It is an extra
enrichment class with many different learning areas. The
teacher, Mrs. Latimer who used to be a history teacher,
has been a gifted teacher for two years. She always
makes sure we work and have fun doing it.
There are many activities to keep the students busy,
some activity centers in the past have been stamps and
famous mathematicians. Some of the activities to come
are calligraphy, unique, and time-line. To get the
students� brain power working Mrs. Latimer starts off
with a brain teaser and a brainstorming activity. After
the mind games we work on centers and sometimes play
games. When we finish a center, we must present it to
the teacher and the class.
This year the gifted class is planning a trip to
Washington, D.C. Last year this group went to
- Kristin Motley
A Late Night Murder
Has popularity killed Second City Television? In a way
it certainly has.
I started watching SCTV over two years before the Bob
and Doug Cult helped the show to Take Off. One year
before this show became the in thing to watch it was
easily the best late night viewing around with
outrageous skits like John Candy�s Fishin� Lodge,
Polynesian Town and The Captain Combat Show! If you are
an SCTV addict and none of these ring a bell, then you
are among the unlucky ones who have missed the show�s
real flavor. Which only a late night underdog can have.
It may be coincidental that when SCTV gained popularity
it changed for the worse, but I think the writer�s
became starstruck. Although it�s still a funny program,
I fear the former and funnier SCTV has become another
prime time casualty; I hope you didn�t miss the show at
- Tim Conlon
by George Orwell
The book 1984 was written by George Orwell in
the 1950�s. It is an account of a futuristic government
that has robbed everyone of individualism, freedom of
thought, and conscience. I truly enjoyed reading this
book and intend giving it a good review. It�s very hard
The main characters in 1984 are Winston Smith
and Julia. They are two lovers who commit a mortal sin
in the futuristic society: they care for each other and
they have a love affair. There is also a man named
O�Brien who starts the reader believing that an
underground rebellion movement really does exist. Later
in the novel his real identity is revealed. There is
only one other main character, who is never really in
the action. Goldstein is the name of a man who allegely
committed treason against the government.
The setting is the year 1984 in a world filled with
hate, lies, and mistrust. There are 3 main super powers:
Oceana, Eurasia, and East Asia. This story takes place
in Oceana, but any story in the other two countries
would have the same background. Each power goes by the
same philosophy: government is the supreme power and the
people have no power at all. The people even have to
speak another language called Newspeak. The �Thought
Police� is an organization designed to bring in people
who they believe to be traitors to the government. The
slogan �Big Brother
is watching you� can be found everywhere.
1984 is an excellent piece of work and is recommended
reading by most colleges. It is not a fictional book of
some far off future but a grim reality of what we may be
starting to face. This book is essential reading for
every American, and I give it my highest rating. 1984 is
a classic book that is sure
to last for a long time.
- Dave Ravel
is someone who knows all
about you and still loves you.
For as long as I can remember, I�ve been really good
friends with this girl. We never saw each other very
often, because we lived kind of far apart. Since we
wanted to spend more time together, we joined this club.
We met a lot of people�and now she spends more time with
them than with me. The club isn�t all that interesting
anymore, but it�s the only time I see her or even talk
to her�she doesn�t call me anymore or anything. What do
I do? Do I stay in the club?
Dear Left Behind,
You should keep your membership in the club, but take a
break from it. When you have been away from the club for
a while, you will probably like it when you return.
(Call your friend and explain the situation to her; if
she ever was your friend, she �II understand and if she
doesn�t understand, forget her, for she never was worth
it to begin with.) Meantime pursue other interests and
try to meet new people. You can never have enough
My problem is my pet rock, Spot. I�ve had Spot for
close to four years now, and we�re very close. Lately,
though, he just hasn�t been himself. He never fetches,
begs, or comes when called anymore. Spot�s only activity
is rolling over and playing dead. Please help my sick
pet! What do you think is wrong?
Lonely for Spot
Dear Lonely for Spot
I did research on pet rocks, and discovered some useful
information. Every four years they go through a
religious ritual where they prove themselves to the rock
god. It is difficult and strenous; all they do is lie
down and meditate. Spot will come back to normal, but
you have to be patient with him. Even rocks have morals
which they can�t contradict.
Habib's Believe It or Not
D.R. is going to be a green beret, just
R. is sexy.
Weekends were made for P.S.U.
J.J. has been seen with a pretty little girl from
L.H. � What is that blue stuff all over your legs?
KS. is a proud puppy owner, but can�t find his shadow.
B.L. has D.H.�s child in her possession.
We have found the solution.
Penn Post Staff
Students of the Issue
Our female student of the issue has a �long� list of
attributes to her name. This student is the highest
ranking senior, and she participates in many
extra-curricular activities. She is not only president
of the National Honor Society, but she is also a member
of the Penn Alma and Penn Post staffs. This issue�s
senior is Beth Long.
Beth participates in band, where she plays the flute and
the piccolo. Her involvement in our school chorus has
taken her to the county and district levels.
Her main interests lie in the art field. Beth enjoys
water color, oil painting, drawing, and silkscreening.
She received awards in these areas last spring. Her
other pastimes are music, photography, reading and
Obviously Beth is quite a public speaker. Last year she
won the local level of the Optimist International
Oratorical Contest, and in 1980 she won the local and
the zone levels.
Beth would like to attend either Kutztown State College
or Penn State University where she hopes to major in a
math-science field. Beth is looking forward to a career
- Trish Hill
The student of the Issue is Kevin Shearer. Kevin is an
all-around student at Mt. Penn. He does well
academically; he plays basketball, baseball, volleyball;
and he he manages the soccer team. Kevin is
vice-president of the Senior class, an office he also
held as a junior, and treasurer of the National Honor
Society. He participated in band for three years and
chorus for one.
Kevin enjoys many things. They include basketball,
M*A*S*H*, basketball, baseball, basketball, volleyball,
basketball, sleeping, and basketball. Kevin has also
enjoyed being vice-president of his junior and senior
class. He can always be counted on for having spirit at
Mount Penn High School. Kevin has recently acquired a
new puppy, named Shadow, and is very excited. Kevin is
planning on going to college or going into the military.
- Jodi Kisling
On Monday, October 18, Miss Korba took all of the
German students on a field trip. They went to Allentown
to see The Alpine Mountain Boys from Austria. The group
sang and danced and played musical instruments from
- Marshalle Palm
|Golf Season Ends
Golf is finally over for another year. Although the
team did less than admirably, they had fun doing it. The
team was building because it was young and
inexperienced. Perhaps until next year they will be
strong enough to win a match or two.
The season started out on the wrong foot because of
lack of interest on the part of seniors on the squad.
All of them missed the physical dead-line, so none of
them could play golf. If the present team can stick
together until their senior year, perhaps we may even
have a winning season.
The final games against Conrad Weiser and Wilson were
tough matches because the teams were very good. We lost
both, but hopefully we�ll get them next year.
- Dave Ravel
Recently two outstanding hockey players were chosen
from Mt. Penn for special honors. Trish Hill and
Kari Nordhoy were chosen as members of Division I
All-Star hockey team. There are 3 divisions in hockey
competition, each of which comprise 6-7 teams. Every
year outstanding players from each division are singled
out for honors.
This is the second year for Trish, a senior, and Kari,
a sophomore, is on her way to a great high school hockey
career. We at Mt. Penn applaud them for a job well done.
- Dave Ravel
That�s Our Hockey
Sound the trumpets
Ring the bells
Let�s spread the word
If you have to, YELL!
After four years of trying
Our hockey team won!
Let�s give them a hand
For what they have done.
The first was Twin Valley
A shut out, no less
The second was Oley
They were in first place!
Miss Weaver was crying
The fans clapped and cheered
The team was hysterical
Two wins in one year!
We�ve always been the losers
A streak of bad luck
I�m just so thankful
That we never gave up!
- Trish Hill
resumed with a game at Tulpehocken. Coming off a
disappointing loss against Oley, Mt. Penn resumed the
fight. Tulpehocken scored first, a few minutes into the
half. But Mt. Penn�s offense was relentless and
Jackie Savitz scored in the second half, ending the
game in a 1-1 tie. Kutztown was next on the list, and
this game was begun with high spirits. Mt. Penn scored
first on a scoop by Kari Nordhoy. Kutztown evened
it out before the half. When the game resumed, Kutztown
scored 3 times in 15 minutes. But Mt. Penn didn�t give
up and scored again, followed by a Kutztown goal and one
more by Mt. Penn. The final score was 5-3 in favor of
The team met with Fleetwood next on the home field. The
Tigers scored first but Mt. Penn quickly tied it upon a
penalty flick by Trish Hill. However, Fleetwood
scored twice in the second half, ending the game at 3-1.
Undaunted by this loss Mt. Penn entered the game against
Twin Valley. Playing with the home field advantage the
Mounts scored 30 seconds Into the game. Due to the
ferocious fighting of the whole team Mt. Penn held off
the Raider offense and scored 2 more times. Trish
Hill scored all three goals. Yes, you heard it
right, Mt. Penn won a hockey game. The first win in over
eight seasons! As a result of this win the Mt.
Penn/Central game was entered into with highest spirits,
but these were quickly squelched by a Central goal early
in the first half. Determined that this wouldn�t happen
again, Mt. Penn fought harder and kept the ball out of
the goal. The game ended at a score of 1-0.
Daniel Boone, a tough game earlier in the season, was
the next opponent. The Mounts were confident that they
would not lose to them again, and they didn�t. Mt. Penn
held off the Blazers the entire game for an end score of
Wyomissing�s first place status was a little
intimidating in the next game, and Mt. Penn lost 3-0.
The final game of the year was against Oley, a team also
tied for first place. This time the intimidation factor
wasn�t there, and Trish Hill scored early in the
first half. Mt. Penn played one of it�s best games this
season, beating Oley 1-0 and knocking them out of 1st
- Mindy DiGiacomo
The second half
of the season began with the Conrad Weiser game which
the Mounts lost 1-4. John Ford had the lone goal
with an assist from Greg Volutza. The Mounts were
then crushed by Tulpehocken 2-10. The Trojans played
their best game that fateful day. John Ford and
Greg Volutza both scored. The Governor Mifflin
game was lost 1-4 with Dave Werner, assisted by
Greg Volutza, scoring in the last 30 seconds of
the game. At the Wilson game the Mounts got their act
together and won 4-1. Goals were made by Jeff Motze,
assisted by Dave Werner; Werner, assisted
by Matt Gross; Todd Ringler, assisted by
John Ford; and Ford unassisted. The Mounts
then went on to beat Hamburg 2-1. Greg Volutza
and Jeff Motze, who broke the tie in the 4th
quarter, both scored with no assists. Twin Valley was
the Mounts� next victim
4-2. John Ford scored twice with assists from
Greg Volutza and Jeff Motze. Volutza
scored with the help of Ford, and Carlos
Scheirer had a goal unassisted.
The second Kutztown game was the same as the first. The
score was 3-1 going into the 4th quarter. Kutztown tied
the score, and the game went into a scoreless overtime.
The ending score was 3-3. John Ford had two goals
with assists from Greg Volutza and
the third goal came from
Pace. At Oley the
Mounts lost 1-5. John Ford had the lone goal.
The Mounts were then overrun by the county champs.
Fleetwood 0-6. Fleetwood�s score in the first 30 seconds
intimidated the Mounts. There were 3 more goals in the
first quarter. After the first quarter the boys pulled
together and played well the remainder of the game.
Greg Clark, the team�s goalie, played an outstanding
game with several spectacular saves. The Mounts final
game was a cold, night game at Brandywine. The team
played a good game despite the final score 2-3. Scoring
was Dave Werner who was assisted by
and John Ford.
- Pam Horning
to save that goal.
Mounts losing record of 5-9-2 league and 6-10-2 overall,
Mr. Messner feels the team had a successful season when
he looks at the team�s experience and talent. The team
is losing 5 seniors, four of which were starters at key
positions. The losses include Greg Clark, a good
experienced goalie; John Ford and Greg Volutza,
the team�s top scorers, Carlos Scheirer, the
center half back, and sub Rick Denby. With all
the defense except the goalie returning, the team is
looking for some new scorers.
Mr. Messner hopes the intermural soccer program and the
indoor soccer team, both including grades 7-12, will
keep the team in shape and sharpen individual skills.
- Pam Horning
New Role for the
Mounts on the Court
the boys basketball team is expected and predicted
to be one of the main teams in the section. In other
years the Mounts were always the dark horse
struggling to reach the top. Coach Choyka feels the
season will be interesting because staying on top is
tough since every other team will be striving to
knock down the Mounts.
The reason the Mounts are being selected as a main team
is the four remaining starters. Matt Faust,
Jeff Eckel, Kevin Shearer, all
seniors, and Tom Sload, a junior, will be the
nucleus of the team. Having four returning players
should give the Mounts good balance. Coach Choyka
says the question of who the fifth man will be is
still up in the air.
Besides a new role, the Mounts also have a new
division. The division is made up of Mount Penn and
five other schools which include Oley Valley,
Wyomissing, Central Catholic, Daniel Boone, and Twin
Valley. The Mounts will be playing in twenty-five
games, playing each team in their division twice and
the remaining fifteen games will be exhibition games
with the teams from the other divisions. All the
games count since the team�s overall record is
decision-maker of whether the Mounts will go to the
- Pam Horning
for the Mounts
the senior hockey players can graduate with a smile of
triumph on their faces. Their overall record of 2-9-2
would not have made many other teams happy, but our team
knows they overcame a lot to get their two wins. They
put up with the mockery, the lack of enthusiasm, and the
criticism of other schools and even that of their own
school. Miss Weaver is proud of her team and feels that
they have improved 100% from last year. She hopes the
enthusiasm from beating undefeated Oley will carry over
to the start of next season, for which she is very
anxious. After a slow start of 0-6, the Mounts pulled it
together and finished the last 8 games with the record
The leaving seniors include L�Oreal Endy,
goalie; Trish Hill, center; Pam Horning,
wing; Carolyn Horst, full�back; Lynn Slutsky,
wing; Kristin Szurgot, inner; and Robin Tobias,
half-back. Gioia Freeman, scorekeeper, left the
team this year because of a nose operation. The majority
of seniors played on the offensive line. Miss Weaver
feels the line can be replaced with the scoring talent
of the JV line. There will be many returning players and
hopefully freshmen to fill in the vacant positions. An
intramural field hockey program for 7th and 8th grade
should arouse interest and sharpen the skills of
In addition to the two wins and two ties, there were
several casualties. The streak began with Trish Hill�s
Diane Churan then
was hit in the mouth during a practice corner before a
game. Pam Horning�s black eye was next. During
the same game Carolyn Horst broke her finger.
Aside from these more serious injuries, there were also
the assorted bumps, bruises, strains and sprains that go
with any sport.
Trish Hill was the high
scorer with 6 goals, followed by Jackie Savitz, 2
goals, and Kari Nordhoy, 1 goal. L�Oreal Endy
the goalie, had 125 saves in 125 games.
Nordhoy dodges her opponent