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

DECEMBER 1984

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is considered to be the world’s biggest Santa Claus. There are literally thousands of dedicated volunteers who enable the Salvation Army to serve over three million people. The following poem was written by Mark Buxbaum to insure people to donate toys for needy kids to The Salvation
Army:

The Child without a Christmas
     When all the world is silent . . . on this holiest of nights . . In a million beds, the small ones dream . . . of Christmasy delights.
     But some awaken sadly . . and their tiny hearts are numb . . . when they realize through tearfilled eyes . . . that Santa didn’t come.
     A bit of cold or hunger . . . are things they understand . . . but a Christmas without toys . . . to hold in heart and hand . means that someone has forgotten . . . that someone didn’t care that someone failed to listen . . . to a very special prayer.
     It’s, oh, so very hard to tell . . . a disappointed tot . . . just why she had to be the one . . . that Santa Claus forgot.

          - Steph Sosh

 

He who lives for himself will have small troubles, but they will seem to him great. He who lives for others will have great troubles, but they will seem to him small. This is the spirit that is called Christmas.
     E. Paul Hovey

 

This is the season of giving and caring. The PENN POST staff wishes all of you the blessings of joy and love this holiday time.
 

What May I Give?
Virginia Covey Boswell
What may I give you for Christmas?
What shall you have this year?
A beacon of hope to enfold you,
A word from the heart to cheer?

All this would I willingly give you:
The sunlight through green leafy trees;
The stars in their courses and moonlight,
And always, awareness of these.

I wish you the fun of a new friend,
The joy of a pleasure shared;
I wish for you true understanding,
And laughter, with nothing spared.

A child’s little hand in your large one,
And firelight ever aglow;
For tenderness holding you lightly
And encircling all you may know.

The enriching discovery of kindness,
A winged and wonderful thing,
The depth of its meaning and music
All this would I reverently bring.

May the road ever rise up to meet you,
May the wind give you nothing to fear;
May the sun shine warmly upon you
May these be your gifts this year.

SANTA’S GIFT LIST
Mr. Fegely -
skiing lessons from Jean Claude Killey

Mr. Messner -
a personal organizer

Mr. Dengler -
a telephone in his room

Mrs. Blackson -
35 hours in a day

Mrs. Thomas -
Snow in Vermont in February

Mr. Becker -
a later starting time

Mrs. Del Signore -
a Pennsylvania accent

Mr. Segro -
an Avon sales record

Mrs. Starr -
typewriters with no letter ‘‘a”

Mr. Strickler - no holidays

Mr. Minter -
more 9th grade classes & a permanent 7th grade homeroom

Mrs. Herzog -
No absentees in the New Year

the MPHS Faculty -
a week with no Mondays
CHRISTMAS TRIVIA
1. What did George Washington do on Christmas night, 1776?

2. What does tiny Tim say in the last line of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol?

3. In the song The Twelve Days of Christmas what gift is given on the tenth day?

4. Name the eight reindeer n the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas.”

5. What was Scrooge’s favorite saying in Charles Dic ken’s “A Christmas Carol "?

6. Who stole Christmas?

7. What was the magic signal Santa gave before he went up the chimney in the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas”?

8. In one holiday song a little boy claims all he wants for Christmas are 2 things, Name them.

9. The three wisemen brought Jesus three gifts. Name them.

10. Where is Christmas Island?

11. What is the official Christmas pudding?

12. What gift did the Little Drummer Boy give to Jesus?

13. What 3 words does Santa say when he’s happy?

14. Who is the singing chipmunk known for his Christmas songs?
          - Steph Sosh
 
Letters to the Editor Gift Giving
     Exchanging gifts ranks as one of the supreme joys of the holiday season. Matching the right present to the right person can involve a lot of thinking. You may not think so, but what you give to someone else is really reflecting something about yourself. This is why you may feel anxious about how your gift is received.
     Review the following suggestions before you begin your holiday rush: think about the person’s likes and dislikes, consider the person’s financial situation, don’t assume the person will like everything you do, and don’t give to impress or to manipulate.
     Just remember to keep the spirit of the season in mind. Remember — what you give is not nearly as important as the feeling behind it.
          - Steph Sosh

Present A Pet
     Is there someone on your holiday gift list that would like to receive a fuzzy bundle of joy? Give them a pet-the only present that gives love all year round. Before you rush out to adopt a puppy or kitten, consider the points below.
     For a small fee, a puppy, kitten, or full-grown animal can be adopted from a local animal shelter. Generally this fee includes immunization shots and neutering.
     Because the rush of activity during the holiday season may be too stressful for a puppy or a kitten adjusting to a new home, the best way to give a pet is by using a gift certificate. These certificates which can be purchased at some shelters will enable the recipient to choose his own animal.
     Caring for an animal is a lot of work, and it’s a ten-to-twelve year commitment. So before you give someone a pet, be sure he’s mature enough to handle the responsibility and really wants a furry friend.
          - Steph Sosh
 

Penn Post
Volume XXVIII, Edition II
November 1984
Penn Post is published 8 times per year by the Journalism Class of Mt. Penn Junior/Senior High School

Penn Post Staff

Editor Sandy Steigerwalt
Editorials Heather Hill
Features Robin Clouser
News Scott Christman
Sports Karen Denby
Reporters David Blose
Diane Churan
Jenny Eckel
Kelly Grim
Stephan Martin
Steph Sosh
Marc Youngerman
Advisor Mrs. Strickler

 

DRUNK DRIVING FACTS
     With the holiday season coming up, more people will be killed or injured by drunk drivers than any other normal day. More people drink and more people drive after drinking. Before you drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver maybe you should consider some of these statistics:
bulletDrunk driving is the number one cause of death for Americans up to the age of 30.
bulletSomeone is killed by a drunk driver every 23 minutes.
bullet44% of all night time fatal alcohol
related crashes are caused by the 16 to 24 age group.
bullet6 out of 10 people who kill themselves in single vehicle accidents are drunk.
bullet1 in 3 high school students rides in a car driven by a heavy drinker at least once a month.
bulletOn a Friday or Saturday night 1 out of 10 cars around you is driven by a drunk driver.
bulletOf 60 children born today, 1 will die and 3 will be gravely injured in car accidents related to alcohol before their 20th birthday.

          - Heather Hill

HOW TO SURVIVE A
BLIND DATE

     He collects bugs, rubber bands, and he’s a wonderful human being. That’s all your Aunt Emma told you about the boy she’s gone and fixed you up with, so understandably, you’re nervous. After all, what if this you wants to show you his bug collection?
     NO doubt about it: A blind date can be dreadful. But you can survive - maybe even have fun.
     When you and your mystery date discuss the particulars of your date on the phone, don’t tell him, "I'm game for anything” - you could end up on a guided tour of an ant farm. Instead, ask him what he enjoys doing. A movie isn't a bad idea. Afterwards, it will give you something to talk about.
     A blind date is not the best time to experiment with a new look, so hold off getting that Cyndi Lauper haircut you’ve been admiring. Wear something you feel comfortable in, then pray he doesn’t show up in a plaid shirt with striped trousers.
     Think of a blind date as a test of your courage - an adventure even. Who knows
- maybe he’ll be the spitting image of Richard Gere, Robert Redford, or Tom Selleck.
          - Diane Churan

THE CRACKDOWN
     Merchants say they have absorbed shoplifting losses as long as they can. In the past, store owners seldom prosecuted; after a reprimand or call to the parents, a young shoplifter would be released. But times have changed and the crackdown on all shoplifters is in full gear.
     Here are a few weapons being used in the war on shoplifters:
1. Closed-circuit television cameras. These are not always obvious. Today sophisticated survellance equipment may be disguised as a decoration or part of a store display. Most survellance cameras are equipped with zoom lenses so powerful the viewer can count the change in your hand.
2. Electronic tags and strips which are attached to merchandise. If these devices are not removed by the clerk, a piercing alarm sounds as the would-be shoplifter goes out the door.
3. Improved communication between observers in a central security booth and plainclothes guards on the floor.
4. One-way mirrors and fake support columns double as observation booths for floor level surveillance.
5. Incentive programs for employees who nab shoplifters.
In addition tough new shophfting laws with penalties including fines up to $500 and a year in jail - have been aimed at juveniles. In California a second offense can get you 15 years in a state
prison.
          - Steph Sosh

HOLIDAY MAIL ORDERS
     If you order by mail and your package arrives late or damaged or not at all, you need to know your rights. Protect yourself with these mail-order shopping tips from the Federal Trade Commission:
     Read the product description carefully to make sure it is what you want, don’t rely on pictures.
     Note the delivery time stated in the catalog, and order early. If none is given, the seller must, by FTC rule, ship your merchandise within thirty days or give you the option of receiving a prompt refund.
     Check out the merchant’s return policy before you order. If the article doesn’t fit, return it immediately by registered mail with a letter of explanation.
Keep a copy of your order form, cancelled checks, charge-account records, and all correspondence. These will be helpful if problems develop.
          - Steph Sosh
 
Christmas Legends
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
     The very first Christmas tree was in Germany in the 8th century. The evergreen sprang out of an oak tree cut down by St. Boniface. This tree came to symbolize the old beliefs of the pagan religion practiced then and the evergreen was considered to be holy. St. Boniface said, “Let this be called the tree of the Christ Child; gather about it in your homes and surround it with loving gifts and rites of kindness.”
     It wasn’t until much later that the Christmas tree became a vital part of holiday celebration. Families decorated it with paper roses, candies, and cookies, as well as candles, which were said to represent the stars in the sky over Bethlehem.

SANTA CLAUS
     Santa Claus, who was originally pictured as a rather dignified person in long robes, was based on St. Nicholas, a real 4th century bishop. St. Nicholas brought about the gift-giving aspect of Christmas when, hearing of a nobleman who had no money for his daughter’s dowries, he rode by their house and tossed in three bags of gold. One of the bags landed in a stocking drying by the chimney and so began the custom of hanging up stockings, as well as the custom of giving gifts.
     The legend of St. Nicholas spread all over Europe, but it was brought to the U.S. by the Dutch, who called him "Sinterclaas,’ from which we got the American “Santa Claus.”
     It wasn't until 1866 that Santa lost his stern image. With the help of Clement Moore’s “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and Thomas Nast’s drawing in a magazine, Santa came to be pictured as the fat, jolly, red-checked man all children know and love today.
          - Jen Eckel

MISTLETOE
     Mistletoe is a parasite that grows from a “sucker root” on the trunks of other trees. This familiar Christmas decoration, with its waxen white berries and glossy evergreen leaves, was recognized once as an important and prominent part in German and Norse mythology. It was with a branch of mistletoe that Loki managed to have the beautiful god Balder killed. The mistletoe also played a part in Celtic religion, particularly when it grew on the oak. The mistletoe was said to bring happiness, safety, and good fortune as long as it did not touch the ground. According to tradition, a person caught under the mistletoe must give up a kiss.
          - Karen Denby
Christmas Abroad
CHRISTMAS ABROAD
Italy
     Italians traditionally fast on the day before Christmas. At the end of that day each family holds a ceremony around the “Prespio” or Nativity scene. The family then prays while the mother places a figure of the “Bambino,” or infant Jesus, in the manger. Next gifts are distributed among the family members from a large crock called “The Urn of Fate.”
     Christmas day in Italy is filled with many religious ceremonies as well as feasts. Italians like to eat baked Magi cakes (small wafers) with fried eels, chicken, and pork for their Christmas meal.

Great Britain
     British children hang their stockings by the fireplace in hopes that Father Christmas will fill them with goodies. The British call the day following Christmas “Boxing Day.” The purpose of this day is for the British people to give money to people such as milkmen and postmen, who have served them throughout the year.
     Traditionally, the English Christmas dinner Consists of roast peacock, boar’s head, and mutton pies in the shapes of mangers. “Wassail”, a mixture of hot ale, spices, and toasted apples has come to be part of the English Christmas menu as well.

Finland
    
In Finland, fasting near Christmas is a tradition. It is a ritual that leads up to a
traditional holiday meal of fish, ham, stewed prunes, and mashed turnips, and a dessert of rice porridge.
     Almost all Scandanavian people give food to the birds at Christmastime. This is because all of the seeds, nuts, and insects are covered by snow.
          - Jen Eckel

Austria
     Most Austrian families have an Adventkranz, a wreath of fir and spruce, decorated with four usually red candles which are lit successively on the four Sundays before December 24. On the evening of the 24th, after a bell has rung, the previously locked living room doors are opened and there stands the tree in all its glory. Everyone assembles around the Tannenbaum and Christmas Carols are sung. After the Bescherung, the presentation of the gifts, the traditional meal of carp is eaten. Later the family go to the traditional Mette, the Midnight High Mass.


 

Happy Ads
Happy Birthday, Nor!
Merry Christmas, too!
Luv, your BSN

Happy 1st Anniversary
Duf-n-Concep
Alice, Spain & Hen

Nan & Gary
Good Luck
Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Erich P.
I love you!
Love, Cathy K.

Happy Holidays Bob,
Love Robin, 4-Ever

iFeIiz Navidad y
Prospero Ano Nuevo,
Mis amigas!
Diana

 

Holiday Workouts
     You can eat, drink, and be merry during the holidays and not look and feel like the stuffed turkey you just ate - if you do some of the following exercises. Each of them burns off 100 calories.
   3-5 min. of jumping rope
   15 min. of jogging
   17 min. of downhill skiing
   18 min. cross-country skiing
   20 min. of cycling
   17 min. of swimming
   20 min. of singles tennis
   25 min. of brisk walking
   34 min. of skating
   45 min. of bowling
          - Jen Eckel


CHRISTMAS ABROAD (Cont.)
Switzerland
     Christkindli arrives in Switzerland in a sleigh drawn by six reindeer. He has wings and wears white robes and a crown on his head. He drives about the town distributing gifts. In this land of public fountains, an interesting custom is followed by young persons of marriageable age. On the way to midnight service they secretly go to nine different fountains and drink three sips from each. The belief is that the young man’s or girl’s spouse will be found waiting at the door of the church.

Poland
     The Polish people make thin cakes, oplatki, for Christmas. They are decorated with holy pictures and are blessed by the priests. On Christmas Eve they are eaten by members of the family, and are even exchanged among friends much as we exchange Christmas cards. The custom in Poland of “carrying the star” consists of a transparent paper star with Christmas scenes on it. The star has a light inside which shines through the paper showing the scene.
          - Steph Sosh

 
Promising Job Opportunities (Cont.)
6. Electronic Equipment Service Technician - REQUIREMENTS: A worker in this field needs trade school training, must pass a hands-on test. POSITIVES: You can bide your own time. NEGATIVES: Difficult field to get into. STARTING SALARY: $15,800.

7. Mail Carrier - REQUIREMENTS:
High school diploma necessary. P0SITIVES: Provides the opportunity to meet new people, and get exercise and fresh air on the job. NEGATIVES: A mail carrier is subject to weather conditions, dogs, and heavy work. STARTING SALARY: $18,000.

8. Painter and Paperhanger - REQUIREMENTS: 6,000 hours of weekly training. POSITIVES: Self-satisfying. NEGATIVES: Must sometimes work under dangerous conditions. STARTING SALARY: $7.70 per hour.

9. Paralegal - REQUIREMENTS: A college degree and 2 years of training are necessary. POSITIVES: Demand in this field is increasing. STARTING SALARY: $15,000.

10. Paramedic - REQUIREMENTS: Vary state to state. POSITIVES: Exciting, self-satisfying work. NEGATIVES:
Paramedics work long hours and do some heavy work. STARTING SALARY: $17,736.

Places in the Heart
     Places in the Heart, starring Sally Fields, is a touching drama about a widow and her two children who try to survive during the 1930’s. To help her earn money, she takes on a blind boarder and enlists the help of a black beggar to help raise cotton. There are parts of this movie that will make you laugh, and many more where you will find tears coming to your eyes. On the whole, this movie has a good story and was blessed with very fine actors. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Places in the Heart a nine.
          - Dave Blose
Dear Habib
Dear Habib:
     I’ve got a crush on a guy who is cute and athletic but also sweet and considerate. The problem is, he’s in the popular crowd, and I’m not. Do you think there is hope for a romance?
          Signed,
          Wanting a relationship

Dear Wanting a relationship:
     Of course. Guys very often look outside their crowd for a relationship. If you establish a friendship with him, don’t worry about whether you fit in with his group. He should like you for who you are, not for who your friends are. Maybe you'll succeed in starting an “in crowd” of two.


Dear Habib:
     My boyfriend and I get along great, but lately, he has been paying a lot of attention to my best friend. They often eat lunch together, and she even calls him sometimes. Do you think it is “just friendship” or could it lead to something else?
          Signed,
          Jealous

Dear Jealous:
     Most likely, they are just friends and have no intention of being more than that. But friendship can blossom into romance, even when two people don‘t want it to. I think you should voice your concern to your boyfriend first. He may put your fears to rest immediately. If he doesn‘t, or if your girlfriend’s interest begins to look really serious, it may be wise to have a word with her as well. If she continues to chase after him, it’s clear she’s no friend.
PRINCIPAL’S CORNER
     Thanks should be extended to members of the Y-teens who served as waitresses at a fundraising dinner on Nov. 14, 1984, at the Mt. Penn Fire Co. Kristen Pfahl, Sandy Horning, Cindy Jurasinski, Amy Miller, Alysia Jacobs, Felicia Overley, Mary Ellen Reed, Missy Oberhauser, Traci DeCarlo, Tiffany Zambito, Lori Stoss, Laura Schnader, Jen Eckel, Audrey Miller, and Kim Steiger donated their services to the group that is attempting to raise money to salvage the Majestic Theatre from the wrecker’s ball. My thanks again for participating in an activity where the purpose was saving one of the major landmarks of our community.
     Alysia Jacobs has been elected an officer in the New Expectations Corporation. It is a company founded by Alysia’s Junior Achievement group and markets such items as auto trouble lights and cloth calendars. Congratulations, Alysia.
     For your information: Graduates of Mt. Penn have, in the past, been given credit for basic college science and math courses when the college notices advanced courses on their transcripts. Imagine, receiving college credit for courses taken in high school.
     You say you don’t believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in Mom, apple pie, and the U.S.A. Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those which neither children or adults can see. No Santa Claus! Bah, humbug. He lives and he lives forever. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New Year.
 

Outstanding Students

Sandy Steigerwalt
SANDRA STEIGERWALT

Dave Werner
DAVID WERNER

     This month’s outstanding Senior of the issue, Sandra Steigerwalt, is a very actively involved student. In 9th grade, Sandy received the American Legion Award. Even though Sandy hasn’t received any recent awards, she was chosen to be 1984-85's Junior Miss for the Mt. Penn High School. Sandy is the President of FTA and is co-captain for the Varsity cheerleading team. She also participates in FBLA, Girls Leader corps, V-teens, the Science Club, Student Forum and is in charge of the senior section for Penn Alma.
     In her spare time, Sandy likes to dance, bake, travel, ski, and eat hot fudge sundaes. She loves to spend time at the shore, and cruise around with her friends. After graduation, Sandy would like to attend Shippensburg University for 4 years, majoring in Elementary education.
          - Robin Clouser

Students of the Quarter
Senior High:
Todd Ringler

Junior High:
Elizabeth Ramsy
Charles Alexander


These students are recognized for their improvement over past work.

FEATURE TEACHER
MR. CHOYKA

     Mr. Gary Choyka, who teaches history for 10th and 11th grades, graduated from Bloomsburg University. His degree was one in history, which he claims was always his main interest. His first job, which he took 11 years ago, was here at
MPHS.
     When Mr. Choyka’s not spending time with his wife and sons, Brian, 5½, and Kevin, 3½, he enjoys photography, basketball, and building improvements on his house. During the summer vacation he finds time to go to the shore and teach basketball at a camp for a few weeks.
          - Jen Eckel
     This month’s boy senior of the issue, Dave Werner is so actively involved, he doesn’t have much time free for himself. Not that he complains though, for he is an active member in all types of sports here at school, especially soccer, basketball, and baseball. Last year Dave received an award for the most improved player for baseball. Besides doing well in baseball, he is also a guard for this year’s Varsity basketball team. Even his free time is spent playing sports.
     Dave also plays alto saxophone in the band and is president of the Boys Leader Corps, and president of Student Council.
     Dave plans to attend college in the future for Accounting. He is not sure what college he would like to go to yet, but he has Millersville or Bloomsburg in mind.
 
     Mark Schwartz was recently named Student of the Quarter at Berks West Vocational-Technical School. His award for outstanding work in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration was based on grades, workmanship, skills, and work attitudes.
     Besides his technical field, Mark is interested in cars and motorcycles. He considers one of his achievements, a 25-mile hike. His hobby is model car building.
     Some day Mark hopes to have his own business in air conditioning and refrigeration sales and service.
 
 

Nothing is impossible to a faithful and willing heart.
     Author Unknown

1st QUARTER
MERIT HONOR ROLL STUDENTS

12th Grade
Lori Fizz
Jennifer Miller

11th Grade
Leann Deisher

Sally Ford
Christine Jurasinski
Steven Kunkel
Jill Moyer
Suzanna Post
Elizabeth Rosser
Stephanie Shaeff

10th Grade
Nicholas Baer
Carol Ann Bigos
Jennifer Eckel
John Henry
Kevin Krick Norine Miller Steven Reis
Alan Rosenthal Jennifer Schickler
Stephanie Sosh

8th Grade
Alicia Gibb
Yen Lieu
Kimberly Sobjak

9th Grade
Kristen Bukowski
Sandra Horning
Susan Hunt
Cynthia Jurasinski
Margaret Monroe
Kristin Motley
Kathleen Petruska
Jocelyn Quaintance
Harry Siklas
Marsha Verger

7th Grade
Jessica Neuhs Gregory Pocrass Tracy Spinka

MARK DERESKA
     This issue of the Penn Post is honoring an outstanding student of the junior high. Mark Dereska, an eighth grade student, is a dedicated swimmer. He first became involved in swimming by participating on the Antietam Swim Team and is presently in his fourth year of training. He spends 45 minutes on weights and 2 hours in the water 5 days a week.
     Mark now swims on a national level and has competed in the states. Mark has achieved the following: won YMCA States in 50 freestyle as a 10 and under with a time that placed first in the nation for YMCA’s that year, 3 county records plus many throughout Y’s and United States Swimming, won or placed at the Junior Olympics both summer and winter for the past 2 years, received Sam Cohen Trophy for outstanding swimming at Antietam pool for 2 consecutive years. Altogether Mark has 110 medals, 32 trophies, 6 plaques, and 32 ribbons.
     In the future Mark would like to break a national record. When asked about Olympic hopes, Mark replied, “I spend my time training for the next meet. If the Olympics would come up, I’d love to try and win a gold medal or two.”
          - Steph Sosh

 

 

New Students

Reflections
Verona Moore
Well, at last it is all over . . . And the new year on its way . . . The Christmas rush a memory now . . . Of a fond and happy day . . . But wouldn’t it be wonderful . . . If we could keep the Christmas cheer . . . Around us in our lives . . . Throughout each day this year . . . If we could only keep in mind . . . The reason for that day . . . And thank God every single night . . . For the love He sent our way . . . Why should it be just once a year . . . We feel the Christmas glow . . . Why should it be just once a year . . . We let the spirit show . . . I do not know the reason . . . These things couldn’t come to be . . .  Except perhaps two reasons . . . Those are you and me!

SURVEY
HAVE A CIGARETTE?

     It is apparent that many students will have a cigarette, according to the surveys taken by Miss Weaver’s Survival living class. The survey was taken by 43% female and 56% male. 21% of those students were in 7th grade, 9% in 8th, 9% in 9th, 13% in 10th, 21% in 11th, and 26% in 12th. Students were asked what age they were when they started to smoke, 13% said they were between the ages of 7-9,21% said between ages 10-U, and 13% said they were 13 or 14.39% of the students didn’t answer. When the students were asked what made them start, 1 7% answered friends, 4% answered brothers and sisters, and 21% answered that they started just by experimenting.
When asked how much they spent a week for cigarettes, 17% said they spent $2.00 or less, 4% said $4.00, 4% said $5.00, and 81% said they spent more than that.
     The most popular brand of cigarettes chosen by 34% of the students surveyed was Marlboro. The students surveyed on parents approval of them smoking; 13% of the students said yes, 30% said no; and 21% said their parents didn’t know they smoked. When asked what makes them smoke, 17% replied that their friends do, and 30% had other reasons.
          - Robin Clouser

CPR
     This year a CPR course is being offered to all the seniors. Instructed by Mrs. Auchter, students are learning and enjoying how to save a life by CPR.
     The course takes place every eighth period for a length of two weeks. During this time students learn CPR and take a test to be certified in this skill. There is a total of 6 students per course, and the courses will be going on through the remainder of this year.
          - Scott Christman
 
8TH GRADE
     MICHAEL SOLDERICK, attended school at Kutztown. The biggest change for him thus far, has been adjusting to the variety of people. According to Mike the people at Mt. Penn, “act weird and dress differently.”
     Mike is pleased with the many different aspects Mt. Penn has to offer. He enjoys his schedule and likes the idea of switching classes, of which his favorite is science. His dislikes include English class and the cafeteria food.
     During his free time, Michael enjoys listening to the radio, playing video games, and visiting and taking walks with his friends.
 
 

     MILO STOCKS attended school in the Boyertown area. Milo feels the people here are very friendly and he is adjusting well to his new surroundings. He enjoys gym class and his interest lies in computers. In the future he would like to become a computer technician.

 

     ANGELO DiMARIA previously attended school at St. Mary’s parochial school Angelo enjoys school at Mt. Penn.
     One of the biggest adjustments for him is becoming familiarized with the school and switching to different rooms for his classes. He likes most of his classes and is particularly fond of music, art, and wood shop.
     Another major change for Angelo is becoming accustomed to gym class; although he finds it to be very different, he thoroughly enjoys it.
     Angelo also finds the cafeteria to be new to him. He likes the food served and is adapting well to his new environment.

7TH GRADE
     PATRICIA DAWSON, is originally from Germantown, Md., where she attended Germantown Elementary School. She finds that Mt. Penn is larger in size as compared to her old school, and that classes here are much tougher.
     Patricia misses her old school and friends, but looks forward to participating in new things here at Mt. Penn. She would like very much to be a member of the soccer team, since it is not limited to boys, and to play the flute in the band.
 
 

     MICHAEL AKINS is a new student in 7th grade. He feels that the Lunches are much better here in comparison to those of his old school which was in England. He likes both the students and teachers here at Mt. Penn, although he thinks the teachers give out a little too much work sometimes. Michael is already a member of the intramural soccer team, and hopes to continue playing in the future on the high school team.

 

     HERMAN HEFFNER came here from the Tulpehocken School District.

 

     TRACY MOSER likes the students and teachers here at Mt. Penn very much. She goes on to say that she thinks the teachers are very good at what they do.
     Some of Tracey’s extracurricular activities include volleyball and tennis. She is looking forward to trying out for cheer-leading when she becomes a high school student.

 

     DONOVAN HENSLEY originally came from North Carolina. He says that Mt. Penn is much smaller than his old school. Donovan takes a liking to the students and teachers here because he thinks they’re very nice. Along with the majority of students in this school, his only dislike is the short lunch period.
     Donovan misses his old friends, but seems to be having no trouble in making new ones. This year he is an active member of chorus.

 

     JOSEPH OCETNIK, who is from Reading, claims that Mt. Penn is smaller than his previous school. He enjoys the lunches here very much, although he feels they should be lengthier.
Joseph, a 7th grader, misses going on regular field trips as he did at his previous school, as well as his school mates. He looks forward to being a high school student and joining the baseball team.

 
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
     This year’s Christmas Concert was held on December 18. For the first time the concert combined the efforts of the high school and the elementary school. This was done to generate a larger audience and to give elementary students and parents a chance to see the high school’s music program.
     The participants included the elementary band and chorus, the junior high chorus, the senior high band, and chorus. The cheerleaders were also featured in a dance to the “Reindeer Rock.”
     The accompanists for the chorus numbers were Amanda McGuire, Missy Oberhauser, and Barbara Yerger.
          - Dave Blose

Thanksgiving Basket
     The Y-Teens donated a Thanksgiving basket to a needy family in Reading as they do every year. The basket included everything for a complete Thanksgiving dinner including a turkey. Each Y-Teen donated canned or boxed food and the turkey was paid for out of the treasury.
          - Heather Hill

MLC Spaghetti Dinner
     On Thursday, November 15, the Modern Language Club had a Spaghetti Dinner to raise money. The dinner was held in the high school cafeteria from 4:30 to 6:30. Tickets were $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children undcr 12 years.
          - Heather Hill

Ski Trip
     This year Girls Leader Corps is sponsoring a skiing trip. They will be going to Bulton Valley in Vermont. It is a very picturesque ski resort.
     The trip however, was not only open to girls in GLC. Anyone wishing to go, who paid their down payment, was allowed a seat on the bus.
     They will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. on February 15 and will be arriving home on February 17.
     To raise money for the expenses of the trip, those who are going are selling cashew patties.
          - Diane Churan

Student Council News
     The student council, whose advisor is Mr. Segro, is doing a variety of things this school year. One activity which has already begun is the selling of fluorescent pencils at 2 for $.25 in the library. Also “The Empire Strikes Back” will be shown in the auditorium for the Christmas holiday. In addition, the student council will be trying to schedule several pep rallies for the upcoming basketball season.
     In the spring of 1985, they hope to hold a dance marathon. To end the 1984-85 school term, a one-day trip for members is a possibility.
          - Jen Eckel
Science/Mathematics
Conference

     On December 14, students were able to participate in a Science and Mathematics Conference sponsored by Reading Area Community College. This is a “hands on” experience where teenagers themselves perform various procedures. Some of the labs include bioiogy/physiology, analytical chemistry, microbiology, medical, laboratory automation and instrumentation. Other courses were microcomputer statistics, robotics, and basic audio production techniques.
     Each person was given four out of his/her six choices, the classes lasted 45 minutes each.
     The students who attended were Kelly Carter, Leann Deisher, William Reed, Heather Hill, Greg Tucci, Sandy Steigerwalt, Beth Rosser, Paul Herr, Dawn Doskus, and Sybil Kane.
          - Heather Hill

Language Students
Visit College

     Students from Spanish III and German III were given the opportunity to go to Cedar Crest College on November 30. The students were chosen on the basis of merit (grade point average) and teacher recommendation.
     The day consisted of a short orientation, a Spanish/German class, a tour of the college, lunch, and another Spanish/ German class.
     The day gave the students a good idea of what the college and language classes are like.
The students from Spanish who went were Karen Denby, Heather Hill, Christine Jurasinski, Beth Rosser, Laura Schnader, and Stephanie Schaeff. The students from German were Leann Deisher, Kathy Ford, and Jill Moyer.
          - Heather Hill

**The above trip was cancelled because of the unavailability of school transportation.

Work Study Programs
     Many people who would like to go to college but can’t afford it don’t realize that more than nine hundred colleges and universities across the country are involved in cooperative education programs. There are plans that allow students to attend school part of the year, and work in jobs usually related to their major for the remainder. Therefore a student can pay for a good part of her college education while she works.
     These programs are called “cooperative education” because they depend on cooperation between outside agencies and the college to design a program in which study and work will reinforce each other.
     In 1968, there were 120 of these pro¬grams. Today there arc about 920, and enrollment is still climbing.
          - Kelly Grim

GOOD CITIZENSHIP
AWARD

     Each fall, the senior class votes on the good citizen of their class. Mr. Dengler, in charge of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) award, handed out ballots to each of his senior history classes. When all the votes were in, the winner was Jenny Miller.
          - Kelly Grim

IDEA Program
     The IDEA (Individual Development through Enrichment Alternatives) Program is actually the high school gifted program. Its coordinator is Mrs. Krick. This is an optional activity for all gifted students in grades 9 through 12. Some of the things they are encouraged to do in it are: independent research, enroll in a course at a local college, do volunteer work in a lab, school, office, or industry, and explore careers of their interest.
          - Jen Eckel

Pennsylvania Science and Humanities Symposium
     95 students from all over the state participated in a Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held at Penn State University. I represented Mt. Penn at this symposium.
     For three days I listened to lectures on various science and humanity related subjects, visited labs, and toured the college campus.
     Some of the professors’ speech topics were research in science and math, the impact of science on society, Olympics and political intervention, and art sculpture using the computer, to name just a few.
     Students had the opportunity to tour two of the college labs. Some of the labs included astronomy, biological science, agriculture, chemistry, and physics.
     Seven students presented research papers on anything from medical technology to computer science.
     This symposium was a memorable experience. I learned about Penn State itself, I met professors and had a chance to talk to them, and I learned more about various subjects in science and humanities.
          - Heather Hill

COMING EVENTS
Jan. 2 — All Schools Open (come back from winter break)

Jan. 24— Second Quarter Ends (H.S.)

Jan. 25— Third Quarter Begins (H.S.)

Jan. 26— SAT tests (H.S.)

Feb. 1 — Report Cards Issued (H.S.)

Feb. 9— V-teens Valentine Dance (H.S.)

Feb.14— Science Club Valentine’s Day/ Carnation Sale (H.S.)

Feb.27— Interim Progress Rep. Issued (H.S.)

          - Robin Clouser
 

Sports...

It’s Hoop Season!
    
It’s that time again and the Mounts are really jumpin'.
     The outlook for the season is really good. There are three senior starters back from last year: Jim Seiz, John Sosh, and Dave Werner. Along with the seniors there are also six juniors, who are returning from last year.
     Mr. Zuber is very hopeful and expects a lot from this year’s team. He is glad to see that there are some new faces, which will add to the depth.

An introduction of players:

Jim Seiz

Charles Truckermiller

John Sosh

Steve Monroe

Dave Werner

Michael Wenger

Randy Boyer

Kevin Haney

Darren Max Jeff Seyfert

Barry Mowery

Marc Goldstein

Jeff Petersen

Dan Hafetz

Ryan Petersen

Derek Hutcheson

Ron Slutsky

Mike Dautrich

Dave Rogers

Rick Schreiber

John Henry

 

         - Diane Churan

SHOTS ARE HOT!
     This years girls basketball team has an outstanding number of participants. There is a lot of talent to be found, along with depth.
     There are three Varsity starters returning from last year: Roberta Schreiber, Amy Miller, and Diane Churan. There is also one sophomore, who played last year: Lara Stutz.
     Mrs. Thomas, head coach, hopes to have a winning season. She feels that there is much talent and victories aren’t out of reach.
 
An introduction of players:

Roberta Schreiber

Marsha Yerger

Diane Churan

Valerie Kring

Kim Schmidt

Catherine Krize

Barbara Yerger

Judith Krize

Amy Miller

Jenny Moyer

Lara Stutz

Traci DeCarlo

Margaret Monroe

Amy Milakofsky

Kristen Bukowski

Cindy Jurasinski

Lisa Jozwiak Debbie Albrecht

 

Pam Tucci

         - Diane Churan

Outstanding Athletes

Tom DiGiacomo, full of aggression and pep!
TOM DiGIACOMO

     This issue’s outstanding athlete is Tom DiGiacomo. Tom plays a major role in the Mount Penn athletics. He most recently played as a member and one of the captains of the soccer team. Because of Tom’s great efforts and aggression, he also boosted the team’s morale, leading them to many victories. Tom also takes part in many other sport activities such as volleyball and baseball. Since Tom is well known for his great enthusiasm and pep, he can always be counted on to cheer the boy’s basketball players in the stands with his friends.
          - Karen Denby

BOWLING FOR FUN
     It’s that time again! Mount Penn bowlers are striking up the alleys in preseason. It’s bowling intramural time. Most of the people who participate in this activity usually play during the regular bowling season. It’s a practice session for them. All players play a regular three game set as if they were playing during regular season. The only difference is that the bowlers are not competing against other schools.
     Mr. Fegely, coach of the Mount Penn girls’ and boys’ bowling teams, feels that this season is filled with some high prospects. He mentioned that the girls bowling team will probably be contenders in their division. On the other hand, this year’s boys’ bowling team is very young and that may cause some difficulty in gaining a top spot in their division. The boys wilt be in a building process this year.
          - Karen Denby

Diane Churan, a very fine hockey player
DIANE CHURAN

     This issue's outstanding female athlete is Diane Churan, a junior. Diane is a very fine hockey player who has an excellent attitude and will always give 100% during practice and games. Some of Diane’s accomplishments this year were leading the hockey team in goals and making the All-Division hockey team.
     Besides hockey, Diane also plays basketball, volleyball, and softball. Mrs. Thomas is looking for many fine things from Diane this year and next.
          - Dave Blose

WHO’S GOT THE SPIRIT?
     Last spring, on May 22, forty-seven girls tried out for the Mount Penn cheer-leading squad. The judges who rated the girls expected a lot from them this year. They emphasized certain basics that they thought each girl should perform adequately. The judges marked the performance of each girl in five categories: Precision, voice, smile, pep, and overall movements. Girls trying out for cheerleading were required to perform a dance, three jumps, a cheer, and a chant made up by each individual. Each girl could have done an extra stunt of her own performance to achieve extra points. The following girls were selected to represent Mount Penn High School:

VARSITY

JR. VARSITY

Traci Wenger

Kelly Clark

Cherisse Conlon

Marta Weitz

Karen Denby

Becky Shaeff

Jenny Miller

Gloria Hutcheson

Wendy Crow

Tonya Sload

Sandy Steigerwalt Kristen Pfahl

Missy Ryan

Missy Oberhauser

          - Karen Denby