Young adults prepare to vote in upcoming election
It’s an exciting time for some seniors of the Minersville Area High School. Come Tuesday and it’s election day, the first in which some will have the privilege of participating in. We interviewed some of the soon-to-be first time voters about their thoughts on this historical event.
“I think the election, this year especially, is very important in deciding the future of this country.” said Megan Horan, president of her class since seventh grade. Indeed the 2020 Election is arguably the most important since 1968, a year notorious for war, massive protests, and death; but in an age of intense political division, each of the four seniors we interviewed offered a sense of hope for the future of political discourse.
“I think that we as Americans need to try to be more open minded to each other, if we do that maybe this intense fighting will stop, and politics could be more civil.” said Ethan Carvajal, who turned eighteen just last month. Pennsylvania itself is very divided, with a strong presence of both Biden and Trump signs, throughout Schuylkill County. It is imperative that those who are registered to vote in Pennsylvania perform their civic duty.
“As a battleground state, Pennsylvania is crucial to both candidates.” said Dakota Boyer. As election day dawns upon us, many Americans fear the possibility of a red mirage. It is a strong possibility that this will be a contentious election. Still, the interviewed seniors’ optimistic stance on the future of this country is nothing short of inspiring.
“[I want] more peace and acceptance towards each other.” said Alyssa Patten.
“[I want] total equality, and a political atmosphere based on listening, rather than arguing.” said Ethan Carvajal.
“I want the wars to end and our troops to come home.” said Dakota Boyer.
“I hope we can soon bring some stability and normalcy back to people’s lives.” said Megan Horan.
Each senior additionally outlined their desired qualities of a leader, which you can find along with their other answers, here. While we move forward as a nation, let us take a lesson from the maturity and open-mindedness of these seniors.
Writer: Lucas Hydock
Record-Setting Senior: Davis Approaches ANOTHER Mark!
Minersville Football’s Senior standout, and 2019 All-State wide-receiver, Gabe Davis, is closing in on another school record.
Gabe needs just 32 more receiving yards to move into first place on Minersville’s all-time receiving yards list. The Battlin’ Miners travel to Shenandoah Valley tonight, where Gabe is expected to surpass the current mark of 1,359 career receiving yards amassed by 2019 alum, Bryce Ellinger.
Gabe currently holds the school football records for: single-season receptions (65), single-season receiving yards (1,041), and single-season receiving touchdowns (10). In addition, Gabe also holds the records for career receptions (85) and career receiving touchdowns (13). Remarkably, Gabe has accomplished these feats in only 2 seasons of varsity football for the Battlin’ Miners!
Gabe and his Battlin’ Miners teammates look to add to those totals tonight against the Blue Devils. Good luck, Gabe!
Writer: Emily Huntzinger
Getting to Know: CSBBH
CSBBH (Community and School Based Behavioral Health) is a counseling program with an office in Minersville High School. You may remember the program as “New Story” at the elementary center. The base at the high school furthers CSBBH’s mission to provide support to all children, grades K-12. The program is state funded and offers individuals a variety of support, including case management, individual counseling, and family and group counseling. This program is specifically tailored to help and meet the individualized and specific needs of those they serve. Students can work individually with the school based team, or include family sessions if desired. If you have any questions feel free to stop by room 024 and ask Ms. Kelly or Ms. Jenn!
Writer: Emily Huntzinger
Minersville unveils its new track
For the first time since it was built, the high school track has undergone a major renovation. Students can expect the completion of an up-to-date, all-weather track within a few weeks. The track is only second in a recent trend of major renovations at the high school, the first being the Gym which received an update during the spring. Talks about the track being remodeled date back to around two years. The school board initially approved to install it in November 2019, but construction was delayed until July.
According to Dr. McBreen, school superintendent, he’s wanted to remodel the track since he became the high school principal. The track was originally installed as a cinder track in the mid-90’s; the only time it ever received an update was when the cinder went bad and had to be replaced. Now, students and members of the community can enjoy access to the modern track.
“It’s not just for athletes,” says Dr. McBreen. “All students and community members can use it to exercise.” The update is anticipated to have a positive impact on students of all kind.
As for the time being, there are no additional renovations planned for the near future. Still, the board and superintendent are constantly monitoring potential new projects. “We continue to make decisions on the facilities.” Dr. McBreen commented on Monday. “I’d like to do upgrades to all our outdoor facilities, and our auditorium as well.”
Writer: Lucas Hydock
Another Year Has Come to an End, as Another One Starts to Begin
Every new year, most Americans typically organize New Year’s Resolutions hoping to fix or improve certain areas of their life. You’ll usually find people trying to better their health or create new fitness habits. More than likely, you’ve heard of these repetitive goals, but people also look forward to achieving other projects every year too. So which resolutions are the students at Minersville thinking of making as they look ahead to 2020? Lets have a look!
“Don’t think of the opportunities that you have missed in the last year. The New Year is an unwritten book, so choose your actions and words wisely and fill it up with pages that are worth reading by the end of the year.”-UNKNOWN
Madihah Dumashie (12th) : “Stop procrastinating.”
Caleb Primeau (12th) : “Read more books!”
Staisha Engleman (12th) : “Mainly to stop caring about what others think and to not feel bad for things I can’t control anymore. Lol.”
McKenzie Briggs (11th) : “To start putting an effort into the way I look coming to school and stop looking like a bum. Obviously, it didn’t make it that far.”
Gabe Davis (11th) : “Get 2,000 yards in football.”
Sarah Hummel (11th) : “Have more confidence.”
Gavin Stone (11th) : “Be more kind to everyone.”
Ulani Harris (11th) : My New Years resolution is to blow up and then act like I don’t know nobody.”
Avery Rumberger (11th) : “I want to get into shape so I’m ready for basic training this summer.”
Hannah DePuka (11th) : “Read 50 books by the end of the year.”
Katelyn Ricigliano (11th) : “To not let little things affect my whole entire life.”
Alyssa Hammer (11th) : “Drink more water.”
Tabby Panek (10th) : “To not be so depresso (depressed).”
Michael Rizzardi (10th) : “For me, I’d like to eat healthier this year.”
A New Year’s Resolution always needs encouragement from yourself. Just know that your success and happiness lies within you. Resolve to keep happy, and you will find yourself with no troubles that could bring you down. Not everyone gets a brand new start, but you can always make a new ending. Good luck to all!
Writer: Keryn Corby
An 8/8 Farewell
For the past 33 years, Mrs. Rutecky has taught an endless amount of students. From the 19 years here at Minersville to the time she has spent teaching in other facilities, she has dedicated her life to educating and inspiring her students to be the best they can be. Here at Minersville, she was known as a teacher of mathematics, but perhaps even more than that, she taught students how to act with care and respect for everyone. Even students that didn’t have the privilege to be taught by Mrs. Rutecky still knew her down to Earth and motherly personality. She was renowned for not only how she acted towards her students, but her always shining, fun, and happy smile. The students had the chance to witness this first hand at the Price is Right assembly where Mrs. Rutecky was picked at random to be a guest in the event. She was never caught in front of a big group without doing the occasional dab, a dance move that she perfected. Students loved seeing her do it.
Students were caught off guard to hear the news, and on her last day crowded into her room to give her signed cards, well-wishes, or a teary-eyed embrace. She will forever stay in the hearts and minds of students here at MAHS.
From all of us in the Digital Literature class, we would like to say thank you to Mrs. Rutecky for everything she has done to make her countless students into better people through the lessons she has taught us. We would like to wish her a long, happy, healthy, and well-deserved retirement.
Writer: Max Wigoda
Seniors For Sale
The senior class of 2020 held this year’s senior auction to raise money for their class trip. Students volunteered to be sold in the auction to one of their fellow students or a faculty member and must listen to that person for a day. With the slam of Mr. Bressi’s gravel, the last senior was sold and the auction was called to a close. From all of the bids added together, the senior class was able to raise $773 dollars for their senior trip. The students and teachers alike buzzed with anticipation for Friday to see what was in store for the seniors.
On the Friday following the auction, seniors made their way to their designated location to meet with their buyer. For many, it was a fun day. Anyone coming in without knowing the context was sure to be quite confused. From seeing the captain of the football team, Noah Woodford, strutting down the hallway dressed in drag, to Caleb Primeau, member of the drama club, acting as a sith knight running around Mrs. Kanaskie shouting, “Down with the Rebellion,” both teachers and students alike enjoyed the break from the monotonous school day. “It was definitely a strange but fun day,” said Noah when asked about it.
Writer: Caleb Primeau
Cheerleaders Make Minersville History
On Saturday, November 26, members of the Minersville cheer team made history by participating in the 2019 Bulldog Classic held at Wilson High School.
Sixteen girls from the Minersville Cheer Team boarded a bus before dawn with the destination set for Wilson High School in Reading, Pennsylvania. During the hour-long bus ride, some cheerleaders could be seen sleeping, finishing last minute touch ups with bows and makeup, or listening to music. An hour later from the start of their journey, the girls arrived at their destination. Upon their arrival, the girls had a few hours until they would perform, so the coaches allowed the girls to have some free time. Vendors were located all around the gym selling an array of amenities such as scrunchies, customizable t-shirts and headbands, among others. Thirty minutes before the girls were to perform, they were taken to a smaller room in which they were able to stretch, warm up, and practice their routine. Once their practice session was finished, they proceeded to the gym floor were they waited for their cue. Then, the girls finished their two and a half minute routine, headed off the mat, and into another room to watch their performance. Glee and pride were plastered on all the coaches’ and cheerleaders’ faces as they watched the playback of their performance. Everyone headed back to the bleachers to await the results. In the meantime, jumping and tumbling contests were held while the judges were deliberating on the winners. Joyce Spotts participated in the tumbling contest. Taylor O’Brien, Tanor Matukewicz. Jaime Buchanan-Rowe ,Raina Land, and Madihah Dumashie participated in the jumping contest.
The time had finally come to hear the winners of the cheerleading competition. The girls were nervous as they held each others hands awaiting the judges’ decision. Eyes tightly shut, waiting for the winners to be announced, the girls’ wishes were answered with a first place trophy for the medium team division!
Congratulations to the Minersville Competition Team with their First Place Prize!
Written By: Madihah Dumashie
Fall Sports Wrap-Up
The weather is starting to get cold, which means all of Minersville’s Fall sports are coming to an end. Here’s how the teams made out this year:
Girls 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball
Our 8th grade team was certainly shooting for success this year with their record of 14-1. The girls were coached by Becky Evans, who used to play for Pine Grove back in 2014. The team’s key players include Kieran Plesnarski, Kaycee Raczka, Julia Becker, Keera Brennan, Emily Hart, Julia Burgess, and Brooke Kopinetz. Kieran Plesnarski commented on their team’s season saying, “The better the coach, the better the season.” As you can tell, the players have a lot of appreciation and respect towards their coach, which created a team bond that allowed them to work hard and play hard throughout their season. As the team advances to JV and/or Varsity next year, we hope they create more excellent seasons ahead.
The 7th grade girls’ transition from the youth league to the junior high program seemed to be a bit challenging for these girls. By the end of their season, our 7th grade girls’ basketball team compiled a record of 3-11. Meagan Melenchick, one of our Supplemental Learning Support/Life Skills Teachers at Minersville Area, coached these young ladies this season. The team consisted of Ayla Castle, Camryn Colna, Julia Becker, Ava Long, Katey Wank, Macie Carl, Mady Eckert, Lydia Harris. “Unfortunately, we started communicating better on the court towards the end of the season. We improved in our defense and our drills by a lot, which should help us out next year,” says Julia Becker. As the 7th grade girls move forward, they look at this improvement as motivation for next year. Hopefully they will be ready to create an epic comeback for next season.
This year’s boys cross country team was a very young squad. Featuring only two seniors and no juniors, they compiled a 7-11 record. But XC being a team and an individual sport, sophomore sensation Landon Boyle was able to shine. He was selected to the Schuylkill League DII All Stars and qualified to for the PIAA State Championship meet, by finishing 7th in the district. The future looks bright as the jr high team ran to a 15-3 record, led by Keegan Dube, who finished 3rd in the Schuylkill League meet.
On the girls side, freshman Kaylei Wentz led the team in scoring. Also a very young team with no upperclassmen, they did not have enough runners to score as a team, but they have five strong 8th graders ready to move up to varsity next season. The Jr High team had a 10-3-3 record, led by Julia Burgess, who was unbeaten in her regular season meets.
Landon Boyle had this to say about his season: “I enjoyed this year the most. Overall we had a good season, but we’re a young team that will improve next year. At the beginning of the season, I wasn’t expecting to go to States. I wouldn’t have thought I would be at States until my senior year. After districts, I knew I had a chance and I strove to run my best race. It wasn’t as overwhelming as I had thought it would be. There was a lot of other runners competing at States, but I knew just to run my own race.”
The Battlin Miners Football season came to an end with a win against Panther Valley on October 25th resulting in a record of 5-5. Scott Schwalm (senior captain) notes, “To me, the last game was the best game. It was the last ride for the seniors and it was a close game. Plus we got to play against Rick Jones who was our old offensive coordinator and former head coach here.” There were many ups and downs this season, and as captain Noah Woodford states,” It didn’t go as we expected, but we still had a pretty good season overall. We finished with a 500 record, so it was pretty good.” The boys had a rough start to the season with a loss to Williams Valley (7-39), but were able to pick things up in the following game with a monumental win against Nativity’s football team (23-0).
All good things must come to an end as we have seniors leaving the team that will be missed dearly. Scott Schwalm, Ethan Bulino, Noah Woodford, Tallin Chupik, and Ryan Kieser had the honor of being picked for the All-Star team. Scott Schwalm gave these words of advice to the returning players, “We have a very young team who’s going to do great things in the next couple of years. Take it all in. There’s nothing like playing under the lights. It’ll be gone before you know it, so enjoy the ride.” According to the Minersville Football Facebook page, “ Schwalm broke every conceivable record [that] Minersville had at the position.” From breaking single-game records to having the most yards ever thrown by a quarterback, Schwalm proved himself to be a talented athlete.
The Junior Varsity team had a successful season with a record of 3-1-1.
Congratulations to the football team for a great season, and good luck to all returning players in their future seasons.
JV/Varsity Girls Soccer
Coach Jeff Rinaldo and the Minersville girls soccer team ended their long season with a record of 16-5. The girls made it all the way to the District finals losing 0-1 against Moravian Academy in a tough fought game. After the season came to a close, there was time to look at the achievements that have been accomplished, like Madolyn purcell setting the school record for most career goals scored with 130. Madolyn was also selected to the All-State soccer team. Some of the other girls were selected to the Sch. Co. Soccer Coaches Assoc. All-Area team: First team- Isabella Lentini, Madolyn Purcell, Shea Hossler, Jewel Leonard, and Alyssa Hammer Second team- Kameron Thomas, Haley Sekellick, and Ashley Roberts Honorable Mentions- Alyssa Patten, Grace LaPoint, Devin Hubler, and Megan Horan
JV/Varsity Boys Soccer
Under the new coaching staff of Coach Adam Freeman, the Minersville boys ended their season with a record of 7-8-4. “At the begining of the season, we started out a little rough under a completely new coaching staff” said senior Max Wigoda. “It’s always hard completely changing something you’re very used to. With a new coach it’s like a whole new program.” He has the hope for the soccer team to explode next season and go all the way. After the season some of the boys were selected for the Boys all-League team: First team- Jason Cullen Second team- Jack Leonard & Koda Whalen
JV/Varsity Girls Volleyball
With the leadership of their coach, Kenton Martin, the girls’ volleyball team was able to have a respectable season with a record of 9-8. The team was able to make it into Districts this year, but lost in the first round to Marian. Players Bella Kuehn and Aramie Arroyo were selected to play on the Twin Valley Conference All-Star team. This year’s senior players are Kali Woodford, Bella Kuehn, Lindsey Rinaldo, and Alexandra Kroznuskie. Before leaving, Kali Woodford gave some advice for anyone playing volleyball or who is interested in playing. She said, “Work hard and understand that it’s a game of mistakes and you just have to keep moving.
High School Seniors Inspire the Youth during Fall Sports Day
On Friday, October 18, 2019, high school seniors had the opportunity to go down to the local elementary center. Seniors that participated in Football, Girls and Boys Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country and Cheerleading were able to go down to the Elementary Center. Many of the seniors were excited to talk about their passions to the younger students. Regina Yeung said visiting the younger students made her “feel inspired because we’re starting with the younger generation and it reminds us of where we started and we’re ending where we are.” There were a plethora of activities that allowed the high school students to integrate with their younger counterparts: participating in a hula hoop contest, playing baseball, as well as serving the kids lunch. The cafeteria was buzzing with excitement and the younger students were more than happy to receive autographs from the high schoolers. As Marissa DonFaust of Mrs. Smith’s 4th-grade class puts it, “I feel like I’m going to burst and I want to get everybody’s autograph.” The seniors were able to conclude their day by going outside for recess with the younger students. It is safe to say that everyone had a field day on Friday afternoon!
Written by: Madihah Dumashie
Fall Blood Drive Approaches MAHS, November 7th
According to the American Red Cross, close to 38% of the United States’ population is capable of donating blood; however, only 10% is authorized to contribute to the cause. Our demand in the U.S. is constantly high; we use up to 40,000 pints every day. Our current short supply is the main reason why you should be donating blood!
On Thursday, November 7th, MAHS is hosting a Fall Blood Drive for any student or teacher from its facility wanting to donate blood (16 year olds must have parent’s permission). Keep in mind, you must be a healthy donor in order to give blood to the program. If you are unsure, don’t worry! The Red Cross team will confirm if you can become a donor or not by a simple test at the Blood Drive, with no expense.
Maybe you’re not convinced with voluntarily putting a needle through your arm, which is understandable, but have you ever realized how many lives you could save? The four types of transfusable products, red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate, can be abstracted from one pint of donated blood, which is how your donation could help save more than one life! Not to mention, have you ever realized who you could help? A mother? A father? A child? Nevertheless, donating blood can help tons of people, and quite possibly someone you know.
Want to know more about the process? A one pint’s donation of blood normally takes anywhere from 8-10 minutes. The entire process from the time you arrive to the time you leave takes about an hour and fifteen minutes (missed class time 😊 )! After you are done giving blood, you will be treated with snacks and a drink provided to you by a staff of trained students handpicked by Mrs. Eggler. If by chance you are feeling dizzy, you will either stay longer or be paired with a buddy to escort you back to class. After the blood drive is over, your blood will be stored in a box truck ready to be transported to the American Red Cross Association in PA for it to be processed. When your blood is completely confirmed that it can be safe to use, it will then be shipped to a nearby hospital. There, your blood awaits to save lives.
What To Expect?
Registration — You will sign in, show an ID, and be asked to read some required information.
Health History and Mini-Physical — Answer some questions online or in a private interview, and receive a general health check.
The Donation — You’ll be seated comfortably while a pint of blood is drawn. The actual donation only takes 8-10 minutes.
Refreshment and Recovery — After donating, you can enjoy a snack and a drink for 10-15 minutes before resuming your day. The entire donation process takes about an hour.
Testing — Your blood is tested and sent to a patient in need.
Join your classmates and/or co-workers as Minersville Area Jr/Sr High School participates in this year’s American Red Cross Fall Blood Drive on November 7th, 2019.
“Everyone enjoys the great feeling of helping save lives!“– The American Red Cross
Writer: Keryn Corby
Students Participate in S.K.I.P. Clean up
Students that are part of the A.P. Bio and Diversity Club took part in the S.K.I.P. clean up during school on October 11th. They were allowed to dress down into jogging pants and leave school during club; and they returned just after 3rd period. This project has been advised for the past few years by Mrs. Motley (A.P Bio Teacher) & Mrs. Jones (Guidance Department), with the help of Officer Brown to ensure students’ safety. Students who participated in the S.K.I.P. clean up went up to the helipad at the end of Sunbury St. and cleaned trash off the side of the road on both sides of the road.
Students were given protective gloves to wear and vests to enhance their visibility. Expressing her thoughts, Mrs. Jones said, “It’s a great way for students to take part and give back to their community.” She also added, “As an adviser, I’d like to thank the Minersville Police & the School District for allowing us to take part in this year’s S.K.I.P. clean up.”
Writer: Maxwell Wigoda
Bella Kuehn Takes the Crown For Homecoming
Throughout endless days of juggling school, sports, and fundraising, our three homecoming contestants finally got a breather. On Friday, September 27, during halftime at our home football game, senior, Bella Kuehn, was crowned Minersville’s 2019-2020 Homecoming Queen. The first-runner up was Isabella Lentini, while Elizabeth Harding came in third.
Under the dazzling lights, each young woman stood with confidence and integrity awaiting their results, all hoping their countless days of hard work would pay off. Even though there would only be one victor, each equally expressed that they were happy to be a part of the journey at a recent pep rally.
As homecoming took place, all three, seniors were driven around half the football field by a young gentleman of their choice. Once they arrived midway, they each took the arm of their partner and graciously walked down the field. While being presented to the crowd, each were introduced individually.
Miss Bella Kuehn:
“Bella is being driven by Dominic Pizzico. Bella is a senior. She is the daughter of Jamie and Karen Kuehn of Carbon Street, Minersville. She’s being escorted by Hezy Bethea. Bella is President of National Honors Society, a three-year class officer and a member of the Spanish Club. She is a four-year member of the Softball team and a four-year member of the Volleyball team. She is enrolled in the College Prep Curriculum and takes AP Courses and consistently maintains Distinguished Honor Roll status. Bella is employed as a seasonal lifeguard at the Minersville Area Community Swimming Pool. She is a member of St. Matthew Parish where she is an altar server. She volunteers at the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Day Meal, the annual Christmas with Grinch Breakfast to benefit the Pottsville YMCA, and the annual Minersville Community Haunted House. Bella’s future plans are to attend a four-year University to continue her education. Miss Bella Kuehn.”
Miss Isabella Lentini:
“Isabella is being driven by George Benyak. Isabella is a senior. She’s the daughter of Bonni and Cesare Lentini of Teaberry Hill Road, Minersville. She’s being escorted by Carter Melochick. Isabella is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, The Junior Advisory Board, Prom Committee, Teens Against Tobacco, The Four Diamonds Club, Minersville Spirit Committee, and the Yearbook Committee. She’s a four-year member and second-year captain of the Soccer Team and a four-year member of the Track Team where she holds the school record for the 4 x 4 relay. Isabella is employed by Palermo’s Restaurant. She plans to continue her education at a four-year University and major in broadcasting journalism, and minor in business. Miss Isabella Lentini.”
Miss Elizabeth Harding:
“Elizabeth is being drive by Jimmy Sieck. Elizabeth is a senior. She is the daughter of Tessie Snyder and Dave Harding of North Delaware Avenue, Minersville. She is being escorted by Zachary Zulkowski. Elizabeth’s school activities include Teens Against Tobacco, Drama Club, and The Minersville High School Spirit Committee. She is a Varsity Cheerleader. Elizabeth is enrolled in the College Prep Curriculum. Elizabeth plans to continue her education and major in Social Work at Bloomsburg University. Miss Elizabeth Harding.”
At the end of the day, we’d like to thank each young lady for participating in this year’s Homecoming event. Thanks to their fundraising efforts, they have collectively raised a total of $12, 711.50 towards the Minersville Area High School Scholarship Fund. Since the scholarship fund started in 1967, Minersville has raised over $412,934 that have been awarded to 496 Minersville graduates in college scholarships.
Congratulations to Miss Bella Kuehn! ♥
Writer: Keryn Corby
Newly Appointed Heads of Departments
A new school year comes with new beginnings! At the start of the new 2019-2020 school year, there have been updates to the roles of some of the faculty. These changes include the appointment of heads of departments in the following subjects: History, Science, Math and English. There have also been titles added in the department of student affairs such as Dean of Students as well as Curriculum Coordinator. The following teachers and their positions are listed below:
|Mrs. Gee||Head of the History Department|
|Mrs. Motley||Head of the Science Department|
|Mrs. Ferguson||Head of the Math Department|
|Mrs. Kanaskie||Head of the English Department|
|Mr. Motuk||Dean of Students|
|Mr. Spotts||Curriculum Coordinator|
Each of the staff had to apply for the position through a letter of interest, followed by an interview conducted by the high school administration. These new titles come with responsibilities, not to mention leadership: holding meetings with their respective departments in order to make sure that classes are aligning with state standards, as well as avoiding redundancy between different classes within the same subject. Mr. Spotts notes that his role of Curriculum Coordinator involves overseeing curriculum in the district, ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. He mentions, “ Well, obviously we hope that scores go up, we hope that everything improves academically-not that we are in a bad spot now, but we always want to get better.” The future looks bright with new measures being implemented to improve the school’s performance!
Writer: Madihah Dumashie