Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
STUDENT PLACES IN
Alan Rosenthal, a junior,
recently placed second in an
oratorical contest sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Reading. Alan
prepared a 5 minute speech on �Why
Education and Training Are the Paths
to Achieving a Person�s Potential�
which he delivered two times to the
judges. His placement was especially
hard-won because the second time he
delivered his speech, he did not
know he would not be allowed to use
his notes. Alan, therefore,
had to speech and at the same time
keep his speech within the 5 minute
time-frame Obviously, he did both
Along with the other top 5 winners the Alan was honored
at the April Rotary Luncheon. He was
presented with a $200 Scholarship.
Alan was the only student to
represent Mt. Penn. With
Alan's success, perhaps next year
others will be interested in getting
involved in this contest.
Some of our junior high students participated in an
Earth Day Poster Contest sponsored
by Nolde Forest Environmental
Education Center. They had to enter
posters dealing with wildlife. This
year, the theme was, �Discover
Wildlife in Your World.� The posters
were on display at C.H. McConnell
Environmental Education Hall
throughout April and May. The
advisor of this contest was Mrs.
School is coming to a close in June and
the students graduating arc planning
their future. Following is a list of
Jurasinski - Albright, Bryn Mawr,
Dickinson, Millersville, PSU (UP), WC,
Leann Deisher - Philadelphia
College of Pharmacy, Juniata
Elizabeth Rosser - Lebanon
Valley, Albright, Kutztown
Suzanna Post - Virginia, PSU
(UP), Cornell, Pratt
Steven Kunkel - University of
Karen Denby - Bloomsburg, West
Stephanie Schaeff - Penn State
Darren Max - Millersville
Christian Malinowski - Drexel,
Moravian, Carnegie Melon
Kathy Ford - PSU (UP)
Heather Hill - Albright, PSU
(UP), Shippensburg, Mt. St. Mary�s
Barbara Yerger - Eastern College,
Brendan Kane - Rochester,
Sally Ford - Mt. St. Mary�s
Diane Churan - Lebanon Valley
Randall Boyer - Dayton
Maia Carvalho - PSU (UP),
Kelly Clark - Pratt, Philadelphia
College of Textiles and Science
Thanh Lieu - Millersville,
Drexel, PSU (Berks)
Audrey Acker - Shippensburg,
Lisa Pacharis - PSU (UP), Pratt,
Corienne Roboski - PSU (Berks)
Laura Schnader - Kutztown,
Wendy Crow - Millersville
Kelly Carter - RACC
David Blose - SMU
Sheila Mervine - PSU
Leon Pace - Millersville, PSU,
Kelly Grim - Millersville
Eric Delewski - PSU (Berks)
Victoria Vinchofsky - PSU (Berks)
Debra Lojec -
Kutztown, PSU, Millersville
Melinda Snyder - RACC
James Quirk - West Chester
Julie Horst - Eastern
Sean Gimeno - Bloomsburg, Lock
Jeffrey Petersen - Millersville,
Luck Haven, Kutztown
Melissa Ryan - Goldy Beacom
Evan Spohn - PSU, Kutztown
Ron Slutsky -
Delaware Valley, Slippery Rock,
Sue Klempke - RACC
Co Lieu - PSU (Berks), Lincoln
Chris Cunnius - Kutztown
David Dunkelberger - PSU (Berks)
Todd Weikel - Lehigh Community
For some time now, the Mt. Penn High
School�s Marching Band has been outside
every Friday preparing themselves for a
parade. It was time to show everyone
what has been learned, and the band and
bandfront did just that in three
The first two parades fell on the same day - May 1 7.
The first of these was the Berks County
Armed Forces Day Parade. It was in
Reading and started at 10 a.m.
It was short in length, but many bands participated.
The next parade was the Lower Alsace
Fire Company�s Housing Parade. This
parade began at 2 p.m., and it was a
long one. It began at the Stony Creek
Middle School and went through Stony
Creek and Pennside to the A-field, then
turned onto Byram Street past the pool,
ending up at the Lower Alsace Fire
Company in Stony Creek.
The third parade was the Exeter Area Memorial Day
Parade. It was on May 26, and started at
9 a.m. This parade went from the area
around Exeter High School to the Forest
Hills Cemetery ~.
The band and band front had practiced long and hard for
these parades, and they were ready to
put Mt. Penn back on the Streets.
MT. PENN�S ART
Once again, Mount Penn�s talented
art students come out on top. The
Wyomissing Art Institute Exhibit
sponsored an art contest.
Jennifer Rearden won $75.00 for
her 1st place in the Junior high
school level. Mount Penn also
excelled in the senior high level.
Leanne Seitz won $100.00 for
placing 2nd in the senior high
won $50.00 for her 3rd place
was awarded two honorable mentions
who also had an honorable mention.
The exhibit will be displayed at the institute for
approximately 2 weeks. Any student
may view the work during regular
Letters to the Editor
On May 22nd and 23rd the elementary got
some help in the shape of four student
teachers from our high school. These
students belong to the club, FTA. The
four students were Irene
Hatzistavrakis, Sandy Horning,
Irene taught 3rd grade, Missy and Sandy
taught 1st grade and Barbara taught 6th
There were three other student teachers that
participated but not at the elementary
school but at the high school. They were
Cindy Jurasinski who taught for
Mr. Fegely, Kathleen Petruska who
taught for Mr. Hamilton, and Steve who
taught for Mr. Strickler.
Out of the ten who applied only these seven taught
either at the high school or at the
elementary school. FTA - which stands
for Future Teachers of America - also
sold sugar daddys at the beginning of
the school year.
- Irene Hatzistavrakis
THOUGHTS TO THINK
* Ambition without hard work is
futile; hard work without ambition is
dormant, but both ambition and hard work
without thought and planning arc
* The best guide to life is your own
book of values and the best cover for
such a hook is sound reasoning.
* An unused mind is like an unused car;
it usually has an empty tank.
- Michael Young
Volume XXIX, Edition 8
Penn Post is
published 8 times per year by the
Journalism Class of Mt. Penn
Junior/Senior High School.
Following close behind the recent
nuclear disaster in Russia has been a
greater number of protestations against
nuclear power in the United States. This
is to be expected at such times; just as
the questions as to whether the space
program will go on after the Space
There have been 15 nuclear accidents within the last
twenty-five years. Though this is only 3
accidents every 5 years, one cannot
question the widespread danger to lives
not even within the nation of the
disaster. For these reasons I do believe
that the United States was very wise in
not allowing for anymore constructions
of nuclear power plants, at least for a
while. I also believe that we have
rushed into the nuclear age much too
quickly, for we do not know how to
control most of this power once the
stability we set it under is lost. If
the close down of nuclear power plants
was to occur, I would agree with it
The U.S. attack on Libya was a surprise, but at the
same time it was a possibility that
people were warned about.
I know I do not wish to be in a war, but the U.S. must
not allow its rights to be dissolved by
another nation. Many people believe that
the U.S. provoked the Libyans by
entering the Gulf of Sydra, but the
Libyans did try to take away the U.S.�s
right to be there. This passing into the
Gulf of Sydra could be analogous to
someone�s right of free speech being
taken away. The person would certainly
speak his mind regardless, just to keep
that right which is truly his and
everyone's. The continuous terrorist
attacks upon many different national
ties of people is another transgression
of laws that cannot be taken for simple
hatred of other countries or other
people, this is murder.
I do support the U.S. attack against Libya, but I do
believe that fighting should only be
considered when it is the only
alternative and when all forms of
diplomacy have failed. It is most
regrettable that many countries as well
as individual people are irrational and
must be dealt with in such a way.
- Michael Young
This year in the first week of May, Mr. Orlando allowed
the student body to wear shorts until
the end of the year. In order for
everyone to enjoy this privilege,
certain rules must be followed. All of
the shorts must be the length of your
extended arms. If indeed you are sent
home because of the length of shorts,
you get a 0 for all work missed.
Let�s enjoy this privilege and stick to these few very
- Pam Tucci
The summer enrichment programs for talented high school
students are programs that encompass the
fields of creative expressions in the
language arts, math/computers, science,
visual arts, and international studies.
With in these fields students could
apply to be chosen for a program and
once chosen, would attend one of the
colleges, such as Alvernia, RACC,
Pennsylvania State University and
others, that are going to teach that
subject. The program will run from July
7-25th and the classes will be Monday
through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The people chosen will also have the
option of staying on campus.
The students that have been chosen from Mt. Penn High
are Kristen Bukowski for
math/computers, Kymberly Becker
for science, and Michael Young
for creative expressions in the language
arts. All three are in the 10th grade.
- Michael Young
During the month of May, some of our seniors took an
advanced placement test in mathematics.
This test is given in math because our
students are given an opportunity to
work on college level skills in that
area. When a student�s chosen college
receives his score on this test, it may
recognize his achievement by giving him
credit for one or two math courses. This
is quite an advantage in money and time.
Students taking the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam
this year were
Next year, in addition to math, some of our students
will be given the opportunity to retake
the Advanced Placement English test and
possibly be exempted from 1 or 2 college
English courses as well.
has been chosen as the Vo-tech student of the
issue. Sherri was chosen because of her
outstanding work in Data Processing. She has
been working on Data Processing for 3 years at
Some of Sherri�s hobbies going to the races, boating,
She also is very active in VICA at East. She has
been in VICA for years.
After graduation, Sherri would like to follow her
career and work with computers.
- Kristen Pfahl
issue�s mystery student was John Henry.
Having blue-green eyes and light brown hair, this
female sophomore�s interests include reading,
dancing, drawing, and working with children. In
her spare time, she enjoys being with her
friends and family, as well as most of her
previously mentioned hobbies. In school, this
sophomore�s sports activities include only
basketball, but out of school, swimming, tennis,
softball, and hockey keep
her busy. Her future plans include legal work,
such as negotiating contracts for those involved
in the fine arts.
- Cindy Jurasinski
the male senior of the issue, is the
vice-president of the Science Club. He says his
main duty is to take over should the president
be assassinated. He is also president of the
Chris Malinowski Fan Club which was organized in
1982 in honor of himself.
Chris has participated in bowling in his five years at.
Mount Penn. He was placed on the All-Berks team
this year for his 196 average. He has received a
lot of recognition and hopes to be awarded MVP
for bowling for the second year in a row. Chris
played baseball in 9th and 10th grades but says
he was forced to retire in 12th grade when his
parents decided that dollar bills were more
important than base hits.
You can now find Chris working everyday in Boscov�s
Garden Center which leaves him no spare time. He
says that if he had any spare time he might
listen to some good music like Peter Gabriel or
Nick Kershaw or he would maybe just sit around
and burn pictures of Simon Lebon.
Chris enjoys being with his friends, being neat, and
just plain being.
After this year, Chris will be attending Drexel
University where he plans to study Computer
senior girl of this issue is
Barb Yerger. Barb plays a very
important role in the music program here at
Mount Penn. She is captain of bandfront, sings
in the chorus, and plays the piano for the band.
Not only did she play in the band, but she
accompanied almost all of the musical acts in
this year�s variety show. Barb is also active in
NHS, Y-teens, UN, Science Club, and is president
Barb also participated in Girl�s Volleyball and also
likes to play tennis. In her spare time, Barb
enjoys reading and playing the piano. Her
favorite class is Biology.
After Barb�s graduation, she is planning on attending
Eastern College, majoring in Biology Secondary
Education and to find a career in teaching.
Steiger, a junior representative to the
Berks County Student Forum, has been elected to
represent Berks County in Harrisburg next year.
She and one other student will represent all
students in the 18 schools of Berks County on
the Governor�s Student Forum Council. This is a
fact finding group that meets several times a
year to help the governor and his state
officials understand what is going on in the
states schools on the student level.
BLC BRAVE THE RAPIDS
On April 17, twelve members of the Boys� Leader Corps
left for a spectacular day of white-water
rafting down the challenging Cheat River. The
trip consisted of camping out overnight in a
nearby campground and then leaving early the
next morning for a six hour rafting ride through
some terrific white-water.
The water level was extremely high and very fast,
increasing the difficulty and danger of the
trip. Many of the rafters ended up taking some
of the rapids without a boat, and finding this
bone-chilling experience very frightening. The
trip turned out to be a dazzling success, and
all of the rafters agreed it was delightful. The
following are the students and chaperons who
were daring enough to brave the rapids:
- Kerry Motze
COUNTY TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The county tennis tournament was held Thursday, April
24, Mount Penn sent one doubles team and two
players in singles. The Mount�s doubles team of
Mark Leffler and Craig Carpenter
were knocked off in the first round by a team
from Hamburg. Mark and Craig both gained a great
deal of experience by having to play under a
In the singles, Mount Penn�s top two seeds played in
the tournament. Nick Baer, the Mounts
number one player, won his first. round match
against a Muhlenberg player. Then Nick played
Tim Klahr from Governor Mifflin. Tim, the
number four seed in the tournament, eventually
Derek Hutcheson, the Mount�s second seed, won
his first round match. In the next round, Derek
lost to Jim Peters the number three seed
This year, the singles� champion was Bif Neihaus,
from Wyomissing. In doubles, the Wyomissing team
of Chris Confer and Greg Cooper
- Daniel Hafetz
female athlete of this issue is
Audrey is very active in the Mount Penn sports
program. Currently, she is the short stop for
the girls� softball team. She has played varsity
since 9th grade. Audrey also is a member of the
bowling team, and she played field hockey in 9th
and 10th grade.
Some of Audrey�s hobbies include reading and playing
sports. In her spare time, she enjoys listening
to music and going out with her friends.
Audrey�s favorite class is Accounting II, and she plans
to attend Shippensburg University and major in
- Kathleen Petruska
Our girl�s team competed unsuccessfully at the
Brandywine Volleyball Tournament.
Kelly Clark was named to the
All-Star Team. Five teams participated in the
tournament; only seven players were picked for
the All-Star Team.
At the Mt. Penn Volleyball tournament the girl�s had an
A-team and a B-team. The B-team didn�t do too
well scorewise, but they got experience for next
year�s season since the A-team has only one
player that's not a senor. The A-team played
very well and had a good chance to win the
tournament. This was their last tournament for
this season. Overall the girl�s didn�t have a
perfect season, but they played their hearts out
at the last tournament.
Kelly Clark was also named to the All-Star Team at the
Mount Penn Volleyball Tournament. Kelly is the
setter for the team.
- Sandy Horning
The softball team had a rough time this year. They lost
some very close games. There was actually a lot
of talent, but also just a lot of tough breaks.
Mt. Penn gave their opponents a good fight.
Their record for this season was 3-15.
Mr. Fegely feels that the team played very well this
year. He thought the games were close and a few
key hits could have won many more games.
athlete of this issue is John Henry. John is
doing very well as one of the pitchers for the
varsity baseball team. During a recent Twin
Valley game, John pitched a three-hit shutout.
He is also very active in other sports as well.
In school, John plays varsity basketball and
varsity soccer. Outside of school he enjoys
playing tennis and swimming.
John�s favorite classes are math and Spanish. In his
spare time he likes collecting coins, going to
movies, and being with his friends.
In the future, John hopes to attend the Air Force
Academy and major in engineering.
- Kathleen Petruska
The boys volleyball team looked to be very strong, but
couldn�t come up with the big points in crucial
situations. In the second tourney, which was
held at Brandywine, the Mounts ended up with an
overall record of 3-5. This poor showing only
increased the eagerness to win the Mountaineer
Invitational. At this tournament, our team came
to play, winning their first 6 games until
losing two close games to Schuylkill Valley. The
Mounts then lost some steam and were ousted in
the semi-finals by Oley. The Mounts still have a
supply of young recruits and the volleyball
program should remain strong.
This year�s varsity, shooting for a .500 record,
came up a little short of their goal. The Mounts
league record of 2-8 may seem a bit shallow, but
they proved to be a formidable opponent to all
other teams in the league. The two victories
were both sustained over Twin Valley, and the
numerous losses were in many tight games. The
Mounts had, what seemed to be an impressive
arsenal, until repeated injuries took a lot out
of the offensive swing of things. Many of the
goals came up short in this year�s season, one
can only wonder what next year�s season will be