Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
In the December 1985 issue of The
Ensign, a National publication about
boating, there was an article about
a new class that had been formed by
our Miss Luckenbach. Along with
Laura Hawkins, Sue Holder and Gail
Schell, Miss Luckenbach taught a
‘‘First Mate’s’’ course for the
Goblets, women of the Schuylkill
River auxiliary. Included in the
course were topics such as docking,
anchoring, handling lines! piloting,
and knots. The main purpose of the
course was to inform the women and
make their boating trips more
enjoyable, and most important,
The idea for this class originated with Miss Luckenbach
and she was rewarded for her
originality by having the course
mentioned in a national publication.
loving and you'll never want
Do you want to learn about electronics, satellite
technology, or how a micro-wave works?
Do you want to work with cable lasers,
or fiber optics? Are you interested in
telephone, video or audio communications
If so you should consider taking a look at the
Technology Degree at Reading Area
Community College. Not only will you be
able to produce audio and video
programs, but you’ll also be able to
maintain and troubleshoot the equipment
needed to do that production. It enables
you to be ready for the jobs of the
There are many courses to choose from. In the Audio
Production course you will experience
some of the latest in sophisticated
sound recording technology and
equipment. There are two television
production courses and both of these can
be encountered at your First year at
RACC. In Electronics I and II you can
study AC and DC circuitry, theories of
resistance, capacitance, current and
voltage. They have state of the art
individual learning work stations, where
you can learn with your hands, at your
own pace, to really get ahead. At RACC
you can get the training you need to
reach for your future.
- Sandy Horning
The College Bowl team has won their
first two competitions. Their first
competition at Reading High School was
against Kutztown and Twin Valley. They
won by one point. The players for this
and Alan Rosenthal. Their second
competition at Kutztown University was
against Oley Valley and Fleetwood Area.
Fleetwood had 22, Oley had 6, and Mount
Penn won with 27.
replaced Alan Rosenthal for this
Miss Luckenbach said, "Mount Penn will have to fight
really hard to win because the scores of
the other schools recorded in
competition were higher than Mount
8th - Corina Davis, Shelby Davis, Kelly Fegley, Jessica
Neuhs, Brian Snyder.
7th - Hillary Barth, Stephanie Daniels, Amy McGow,
Ethan Miller, John Rockowicz.
As we approach the end of
the First semester, I felt
it might he necessary to
review specific aspects oF
the grading process and how
it affects your
In order to achieve a final passing grade, you must
have averaged 60% or better
for the quarterly marking
periods and the final exam;
i.e., the sum of your five
grades must he at least 300
or more points in order to
produce a minimum 60%
average. However, you must
also remember that ii you
fail the third and fourth
quarters you automatically
tail the course(s) for the
year regardless of your
The average of the grades in
example (a) is 76.8% or a C;
however, as a result of
failing grades in the third
and fourth quarters, that
average reverts to a 59 or a
failure for the year. In
example (b), 322 points have
been accumulated for the
five grades. When you divide
the sum of the five grades
(322) by 5 an average of
64.4% or a D is realized.
You might ask why a policy of this nature exists. What
this policy hopefully
guarantees is that students
exert a modicum of effort
during the second semester
and during the final exam
instead of “relaxing” after
passing the first two
The only advice we can offer is that you do your best
and work to the utmost of
your potential at all times.
If you heed this advice,
every student in our school
is capable of passing each
course and thereby attaining
promotion to the next grade
If you have any questions regarding this or any policy,
please do not hesitate to
schedule an appointment to
meet with me to discuss it
or to approach the members
of your Student Advisory
Committee to have it placed
on our next agenda.
year, you may have noticed a tallish
strange-eyed individual roaming our halls with a
deck of cards in one hand and a magic book in
the other. Well, if you haven’t noticed him then
you should look again. His name is Sam
Laterza, and lie came to us from Berks
Sam started to get interested in magic about two years
ago when his father who dabbles in magic,
introduced him to it. He says he really doesn’t
have a specialty in magic, but he does enjoy the
art of manipulation.
He has studied under another magician, Mark Wilson, at
his Magic Camps in 1984 and 1985, but mostly, he
learns most of his magic from fellow magicians
in the area. They like to practice at the S.W.C.
Sam hasn’t really done any big shows, yet, but for now,
he’s content to do picnics, birthday parties,
and seasonal parties like Christmas or
February 14 is known to us as Valentine’s Day. We give
valentines to our loved ones, and sometimes we
give presents too. Flowers, candy, and red
hearts are symbols of Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day originated From a Roman feast called
Lupercalia. Young people drew partners for this
February feast from a lot. This custom was later
associated with a Christian bishop who was
killed on February 14, 271, His name was
Valentine’s Day is also linked to the mating season of
birds. It is when the birds choose their
partners, and it is an appropriate time For
choosing your valentine.
-- Nancy Snyder
There is a time and a way for all things
to come true and they are all sparked to
life by our belief.
Without the belief in oneself, there is no belief at
There is no greater television screen than our
To become who we want to be we must know who we are.
Truth to our neighbor, that is important, but above air
we must be true to ourselves without any
consideration of others,
-- Michael Young
back to Mrs. Starr and Mrs. Spatz. Mrs. Starr
was out for the first semester for the birth of
her son Peter; and Mrs. Spatz was on sabbatical
leave. We hope they are happy to be back at Mt.
Leaving us are their substitutes, Miss Gerbino and Mrs.
14 to February 16 are the dates for the second
annual ski trip to Vermont. Last year,
members of the Girls Leader Corps and other
students went on the trip to Bolton Valley. This
year, the number of students has nearly doubled.
There also is a change in location. Instead of
Bolton Valley, the trip will be to ML Snow,
which has many more slopes than Bolton Valley.
The cost of the trip has also increased a
little, from approximately $130 to $146.
The Y-teens 1 986 Variety Show will he held on
March 20, if there are enough people signed up.
The 1985 Variety Show was canceled because of
lack of interest. Rehearsals will begin near the
end of February. This year’s Variety Show will
be opened to the entire school, grades 7-12. If
you are interested, please contact Miss Weaver.
Let’s make this the best show ever!
-- Kristen Pfahl
RADIO WINNER UPDATE
Leah Hill, who recently won $100 and an album on
98 WCAU, also won the chance to play the Sam
Goody Album Rush Game. After being the 18th
caller, she had 10 seconds to name as many
albums by the name of the album and artist as
she could. Leah managed to name and win 14
albums of her choice.
-- Heather Hill
In the past year of 1985 many new things have
been discovered and explored. Here listed are
some events of 1985 according to Science News
1. Archaeologists found that the Maya
civilization of Central America flourished even
as Spanish conquests was imminent in the early
2. The Titanic was located with equipment that
will revolutionize the surveying of the oceans
and the sea floor.
3. A galaxy with two centers was found.
4. Studies showed that left-handed people appear
to be able to withstand moderate brain damage.
5. Observations by scientists think that human
ancestors were scavengers rather than hunters.
These are just a few out of the many new things
discovered in 1985. Perhaps 1986 will hold a
cure for AIDS, an answer to the explosion of the
Challenger or a cheap, effective method of
disposing of toxic waste.
-- Pam Tucci
THE MOUNT PENN
Our school has had the honor of
educating students that are now some of the most successful people in the world
of occupations. Every issue we will focus on one of these people.
Scott Clark, Class of ‘78, graduated from
Hahnnemann Medical College, June 1984. He completed his premedical college
requirements in 2 years at Lehigh University, graduating from Lehigh in June of
1980. Scott served his 1st year of residency at Lehigh Valley Medical Center
Hospital working in Surgery with the trauma unit and the Medivac helicopter
patients. At the present time, Scott is in his second year of residency at
Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia working in Anesthesiology,
Our list will continue next issue. If you know of any
other success stories about graduates of Mt. Penn we are very interested in
adding them to our List. Please send your information to the Penn Post or to
Joy Christman, a sophomore, was the answer to
last issue’s mystery student.
This issue’s mystery student, a freshman girl, has
brown hair and green eyes. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music,
talking on the phone, and being with her Friends. Outside of school, her hobbies
include ice skating and playing hockey. In school, the subject that interests
her the most right now is algebra. Although she had a hard time thinking of
something extra to say, she did happen to mention that Phil Collins was one of
her favorite singers.
female senior of the issue is
Karen Denby. Karen belongs to
many clubs and participates in extra curricular
activities. She is presently in Y-teens, Girls
Leader Corps, National Honor Society, and Penn
Alma, She is also the co-captain of the
cheerleading team. Along with these activities,
Karen also plays field hockey, softball and
Karen’s favorite subject is Anatomy and Physiology. In
her spare time’ Karen enjoys being with friends
and listening to Sting.
Karen is planning to go to college after graduation,
and pursue a career in nursing.
-- Dan Hafetz
Imagine the feeling of your first memorable birthday,
and how special that day was.
Thanh Lieu, a senior, recently
celebrated her first real birthday at the age of
Thanh is Chinese, but was born in Vietnam where they do
not celebrate their real birthdays. Instead, on
New Year’s Day everyone turns a year older, and
this is why New Years is such an important and
Although Thanh has missed celebrating many of her own
birthdays, she doesn’t feel any regret. After
all, celebrating a birthday on New Year’s Day is
a tradition in her family and culture just as
celebrating a birthday on a given day is ours.
The following 10th grade names were
inadvertently omitted from the 1st quarter Merit
Honor Roll List:
our Male Senior of the Issue, is a member of
College Bowl, Boys’ Leader Corps and Science
Club. Steve is also president of the United
Nation’s Club. Basketball and golf are two
sports in which he participates. American
Government is Steve’s favorite subject in
In his spare time, he enjoys sleeping, eating,
listening to Bryan Adams, and being with his
Steve’s plans for the future are to attend college in
Virginia and study political science.
-- Sandy Horning
MERIT HONOR ROLL
This issues male athlete is 62”, weighs 180 lbs., is
a senior and is co-captain of this year’s varsity
basketball team. His name as most of you know, is
Randy Boyer. Randy is a starting
forward and is currently averaging 14 points per
game. He has been involved in the Mt. Penn
basketball program for 4 years, playing varsity
since 10th grade. Randy also plays baseball and is
co-captain of the volleyball team.
Not only is Randy a good athlete, but also is very
active in clubs. He is on the yearbook staff,
president of the Leader Corps, National Honor
Society, and the Senior class Vice-president. In his
spare time Randy enjoys “shooting hoops,” watching
movies, and sleeping.
PINS ARE FLYING
This year’s boys bowling team got off to a slow start,
losing 3 straight games to the division favorite
Exeter team. Chris Malinowski had the high triple of
576. Mt. Penn then took 2 of 3 games from Twin
Valley. Mark Leffler had the high game of 248 and
the highest triple of 611. Their record as of now
stands at 2-4, but should be improving rapidly.
The boys JV has a record of 3-3 and has an optimistic
outlook for the future.
Coach - Mr. Fegley
The boys basketball team has a record of 7-5 overall
and a 2-1 record in league play. After opening with
a great 64-58 win over a very strong Wyomissing
team, Mt. Penn then suffered a tough loss to
Central. Mt. Penn then bounced right back to defeat
Daniel Boone 61-45 to have the league record stand
at 2-1 . The other schools in our league include
Twin Valley and Oley who we have not yet played. Our
team is hoping to play well in league and possibly
win the division. Our team is very confident and
should show strong in every outing.
The J .V.’s have a 2-1 league record also and are
hoping to play well the rest of the season.
Wyomissing wins by only 1 point.
Mountaineers defeat Central.
The female athlete of the issue
is a junior who plays girls basketball. Amy Miller is a starting
forward and one of the leaders on the team. Amy has played Varsity
basketball since her freshman year and has proved to be very effective
for the Mounts this year. She should also be very effective next
year. Other than basketball, Amy plays varsity field hockey.
Amy also participates in Y-teens, Girls Leader Corps, and Student
In her spare time she enjoys reading, driving her car,
and being with her friends.
Coach Thomas feels very confident with Amy and expects
Amy to be very valuable next year also.
ARE FLYING II
The girls bowling team got off to a good start,
achieving a 4-2 record after two matches. They started by defeating
Exeter in 2 out of 3 games. In their next match they defeated Twin
Valley by the same score.
Kathy Ford led the team against
Exeter with a high triple of 478 and
Sally Ford led the girls over Twin
Valley with a 444 triple.
The girls J.V is also doing very well with a record of
3-3 and are looking forward to the rest of the season.
Coach - Mr. Fegley
SPIRITS SHOW THROUGH
Even though half of the season is over, the Mt. Penn
girls’ basketball team still has most of their
league games ahead of them.
At the start of the season, on December 6th at
Fleetwood, the visiting team, Mt. Penn, lost to
the Tigers. However, Mt. Penn came back on the
eleventh to defeat Tulpehocken by 27 points. In
the following games, the Mounts didn’t fair as
well. After losing several non-league games to
Kutztown, Exeter, Holy Name, and Conrad Weiser,
Mt. Penn was ready to fight. On January 9th, the
Mounts clashed with the Cardinals. Mt. Penn held
tight in the first quarter and was down by only
six baskets at the end of the first half In the
second half the Mounts kept up their spirits
along with their defense by coming within 5
points of Central.
The girls’ junior varsity teams’ spirits are still high
despite their losses. Their efforts show through
in each game.