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Oct. 2013/Vol. 5 Issue 1
Photo by Katie Steigel
al IV Ph
Volume 5 Issue 1
Peters Township High School
264 East McMurray Road
McMurray, PA 15317
Meet the Senior Editors
Editorial Team Leader
Section Editor-Student Content
Section Editor-Student Content
Meet the Junior Editors
Kassianna Politis- PT Connect Editor
Natalie Rihmland- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Spindler- Business Editor-in-Chief
Nicole Folino- Section Editor: Life and Style
Maria Hoge- Section Editor: News
Madi Start- Section Editor: PT Focus
Vanessa Scoulos- Section Editor: Student Content
Table of Contents
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Superi ent Inte
Life and Style:
Trick o nkings:
PT Focus // October 2013
Bring in Brand-New
In early September, several students from the PTHS
Media Department had the opportunity to interview Dr.
Jeannine French, the new superintendent of schools, who was
hired in June.
Broadcast students senior Robbie McKinney and
sophomores Caroline Curran and Vincenzo Giovannitti met
with Dr. French to welcome her to PTHS and to gain insight
about how her agenda will impact students.
“Our vision is to send our children off into the world
well prepared,” said Dr. French.
Media students know firsthand the importance of
preparation, especially when it came to interviewing Dr. French.
“We created a storyboard in advance and formed some
questions to ask Dr. French about her experience in education,”
said Curran. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were all
hoping that the interview would run smoothly.”
During the interview, students asked Dr. French
questions about her vision for the school district, previous
experience and decision-making process.
“The school board sets the vision through the strategic
planning process,” said Dr. French. “It’s my job to make it
She believes that there are two choices when it comes to
high school. It can be viewed as bunch of checklists to complete
or as an investment in students’ dreams and futures.
“My role is to get adults together to best support our
kids and lead to better outcomes,” stated French.
Dr. French comes to PTSD with 16 years of experience
at Pittsburgh Public Schools. She held various roles throughout
her tenure there, including behavior specialist, coordinator of
student services and chief of school performance.
Afterward, Giovannitti noted how he not only
appreciated the opportunity to gain practice in the field, but also
the chance to meet the new head of the school district.
“This was a very enjoyable experience. Dr. French
was very nice and accommodating. I like how in media I am
challenged to step outside of my comfort zone,” he said.
The interview will be shown on the local Headlines
a show on
the month of
Photo by Cassi DeLuca
Layout by Val Mikec
‘Roars’ for GMA
After last year’s impressive lip dub victory, the Media Department attempted to duplicate
their success by entering GMA’s
Katy Perry ‘Roar’ Contest.
The Video Club developed
up grand plans for the project.
Broadcasting and TV Production teacher, Mrs. Hodgin-Frick,
facilitated the project through after school meetings with the club
to shoot and edit the assignment
to the best of their abilities.
The group must follow the
contest requirements. The video may only be two minutes in
length and must portray what ‘Roar’ symbolizes to the group.
However, unlike the lip-dub, this project can be constructed by
multiple shots rather than one continuous take.
“I think this year’s project has the potential to be better
than the Lip Dub, but I don’t know if we could beat the spirit of the
video last year,” said senior Hannah Foster.
While juniors Natalie Rihmland and Samantha Abraham
sparked the flame for this project, Foster was the driving force behind the project. Their inventive storyline displays stereotypical
teenagers breaking their stereotype and committing acts of compassion due to the encouraging theme that is presented throughout the song, ‘Roar.’ However, these ideas had to transfer from
Foster’s head to a final product within a very miniscule amount of
time. Already spending most of her day in the media department,
Foster put in extra time in and out of the basement to complete the
“The biggest challenge in completing this project was the
time crunch. There was not a lot of time for reshoots, so it was
stressful,” stated Foster. “I cannot wait to watch the final project all
the way through. I worked on it almost six periods every day, so
I am really proud of it and can’t wait to see the results of the hard
The video club met at least twice a week to film, edit, and
discuss the production. In addition,
students not involved in the media
department were also needed for actors and extras.
Unlike the local lip-dub
competition, this contest is nationwide. The entries will not only include thousands of participants, but
also more skilled and competitive
“I have very high hopes for
Photos by Olivia Glod
our video, considering how well we
collaborated and how the shots turned out,” said Foster.
5 Reasons Why Trick-or-Treating is Still Acceptable
Welcome back to another year of power rankings. How did you all survive without your favorite regular segment these past few months?
No worries, I’ve returned. Exhale.
5. Cardio Workout
We’re in high school. That means there is an increased workload and a decreased motivation for productivity. Most
free time is spent complaining about the actual work that needs to be started relatively soon. Who has the time to run with
so much homework and studying to do? Sure, going trick-or-treating means you’ll be receiving a rather unhealthy amount
of candy, but at least that night you’ll receive a solid amount of walk jogging in. Am I right? Always look on the bright side.
That one night covers for the next few months.
4. Economic Experience
Mrs. Hruby, back me up on this one. Most kids don’t gain any legitimate knowledge about how to successfully manage stocks, trade,
or work supply and demand until senior year. Everyone knows nothing is more valuable to kids than their candy bars. Gaining experience
through solid trades such as an almond Hershey bar and a Reese’s for a king-sized Twix PB can only benefit kids over the long haul. Kids get
hands-on experience with bargaining tactics and trade-offs. These are the kids that will be running the country someday, at least give them
some prior practice.
3. Saving Money
Hey, most high school workers only earn minimum wage. Most of that money goes down the drain on clothes, gas, and
video games. I’m pretty sure most kids aren’t dropping hundreds of dollars on Twix PBs. So when offered enough candy
to last you through March (hopefully), why would you pass it up? Don’t act like you’ve never made the late night Giant
Eagle run to pick up a little snack. Well, how about saving gas and a George Washington or two, huh? Plus, all the candy
is stashed in a pillow case, which makes it all the cooler for some odd reason.
2. Top Dog
I’ve logged too many years trick-or-treating to quit when I finally become the alpha male. All too many times I’ve helplessly
watched older kids stuff themselves with candy from the “please take one” baskets. Well, now it’s my turn. I’m finally faster than the kids
racing to be first in line at various doors. I might even look back and wink at the Halloween novices as I dump the whole basket into my
seemingly endless pillowcase of candy. Who’s going to stop me? It certainly won’t be the third grader in the cheesy skeleton costume.
1. Costume Party
I follow the Rowdy Red on Twitter. It seems that on a weekly basis, students argue over the theme for sporting events.
Kids in the hallways “frequently” complain over the lack of costume parties. Once more, problem solved! Think of all the freedom and choices. From JFK to Bill Nye the Science Guy to Pablo Sanchez, the possibilities are endless. Oh, you’re too cool to
go door-to-door in a costume as a high schooler? I’m so jealous. I’ll enjoy my time parading around in a backwards snapback
Photos from AP Images
and a belly shirt, thank you very much.
We Believe in PT
Photo by Rachel Campion
Senior Olivia Miller performs a band
dance with the band during a football
It is no secret that
PTHS has been lacking in
school spirit the past few
years. However, that is not
the case this year due to the
new Spirit Committee. The
committee is headed by
Mrs. Ecker and other cheer
booster mothers, but is run
Jenna Taimuty|Print Editor-in-Chief
by the student leaders. Almost is yet another idea the spirit
every sports team or activity is committee has implemented.
represented by either captains, Each week, a sport’s game
officers, or students in an is chosen and publicized
activity, designated by the by the televisions around
coaches/sponsors, who are the school or on the morning
epitome of school spirit.
The student leaders from the Spirit Committee are
met over the summer at asked to attend those games
Rolling Hills Country Club to and get as many students as
brainstorm ideas on how to possible to pack the house
raise school pride throughout for the game. The “Rowdy
the student body. Mr. Lesnett Red” and“We_arePT” Twitter
was a guest speaker at the accounts tweet when and
meeting. With his help, the where each game is, so be sure
students came up with the to check there for updates.
slogan “We believe in PT.” It
The spirit committee
has become the district wide also came up with the theme
cheer that can be heard in for this school year, which
several youth level sports as is “be the change you wish
well. If you hear this chant to see in your school.” Those
while at a game or school would explain the 25 signs
event make sure you chant you see with that slogan on it
along with everyone else; the hung throughout our school.
more you get into it, the more So many students always
fun it is (trust us).
complain about Peters and
The game of the week how there is no school spirit,
but what have any of us done
to change that? Nothing.
Well, now is our time. Get
into all the chants and cheers
the cheerleaders, band, or
student section does. It
becomes so much more fun
when you do. You go wild
after the football team scores
a touchdown, so why not
carry that over to when the
soccer or field hockey teams
score a goal or when the
volleyball teams get a spike or
when the softball or baseball
teams hit a homerun? These
are the memories you will
make in high school. Don’t
look back and remember
how you stood there at all
the games afraid of looking
stupid while participating
in the chants; look back and
remember how much fun
you had with your friends at
Sports // October 2013
The Life of an Everyday Athlete
For some, playing sports is just an after school activity that my work done, as well.”
Game day is what every athlete looks forward to most,
passes the time or creates enjoyment. For others, however, it is about
for obvious reasons. It is a physical test, one that requires both
much more than that. It is a commitment that well exceeds spending
the mind and body to function at their peaks. It is a culminaan hour of their time practicing their skills; it is life.
Their day usually begins early. Athletes are creatures of hab- tion of all the countless hours spent doing the little things that go
it. They have a deliberate morning routine, which might include any- unnoticed, all the
thing from fueling their bodies with food to finishing uncompleted nights spent stayhomework to working out. The routine usually sets the tone for how ing up until 1:00
the rest of the day will pan out.
“I am all about the morning lift,” said senior baseball player
all the pain the
Phil Pisarcik, “it’s a grind waking up that early, but once you are there
body goes through
it is so worth it.”
There are many responsibilities one assumes when they de- to be in that posicide to play a sport, but the one that far outweighs every other is tion. No matter the
keeping up with grades. The balancing act of performing on the field outcome, the pride
and performing in the classroom can sometimes be tricky, so it is felt when stepping
Photo by Shane Dazen
best to exercise a plan of action that will help them shine on and off on the field makes Student athletes dedicate precious time in the weight
everything about room after school to gain an edge on their opponents.
“Managing your time is definitely important,” said senior being a student Their effort in their workouts reflects their play on the
football player Dane Sehnert, “I like to set aside a specific time every athlete worth it.
night to do homework. That way, I can still go to practice and get all
Best Photos of the Season
1. Senior field hockey player Lizzy Hill chases the ball as it heads towards the sidelines.
Photo by Carson Kochman
2. Senior Golfer, Tyler Pollack, hits the ball out of sand trap. Photo by Jake Augustine.
3. Cross Country runner, Hunter Jaap, sprints to the finish line, Photo by Josh Dunleavy
4. Senior Volleyball player Jordan Harakal tips the ball to score. Photo by Danielle
Layout by: Kristin Slomiany
5. Senior Mike Erenberg lines up as a wide receiver. Photo by Molly
6. Sophomore Brady Pike takes a shot on goal. Photo by Samantha
7. Sophomore Synclaire Kuhn watches her ball after her drive. Photo by
8. Senior Kristen Czajkowski passes the ball to a teammate. Photo by
The tennis team is
undoubtedly successful, howStroyne
believes a team as ever Stroyne admits there is
a whole is more always room for improvement.
important than Stroyne believes the team is
an individual victorious not because of one
player. Stroyne player, but because of the team
as a whole.
Maddie Woodrow has helped lead
“We all work well tothe girl’s tennis
gether and are all such good
team to victory over her past
four years at the high school. friends outside of tennis. We
Making WPIALS last year push each other to get better,”
was one of the highlights of Stroyne said.
Stroyne shows pasStroyne’s career and the team is
posed to replicate their success sion not only for the sport, but
for her teammates as well. With
“It was such a great her love for the game, Stroyne
experience and it was such a will hopefully be leading her
great feeling to see all of our team to another winning seahard work pay off,” stated son this year.
The girl’s tennis team
has consistently been victorious, winning two state championships and two WPIAL titles.
Although there are countless
distractions throughout the
season, Stroyne stays focused
by having fun with fun with her
“We stay concentrated by having fun outside of
practice so we don’t lose focus
during important matches,” Photo by Cameron Morgan
Photo by Kourtney Martin
Athletes Of The Month:
Greg Watts for the team. Watts’ personal
believes the goal is to just become a better
football team overall player and contribute
the to the team. The team’s goal is
off to make it to the playoffs this
on a positive year.
“The team is stacked
one of the five captains on with numerous seniors who
the team, he is excited for this will all contribute to the game
year. Watts looked forward to in order to make it a long,
playing football as a senior successful season. “Our attiever since freshman year.
tude has changed and all the
Watts grew up play- seniors believe it’s possible
ing football and loves the about playoffs,” said Watts.
game more than anything
Watts is really looks
else. What he loves most forward to playing Mt. Lebaabout high school football non at PTHS. Last season, the
is being with his teammates; team really competed with
the team bonds before and af- them and Watts feels that the
ter games. They love hanging match up this year will be
out and becoming friends off even better.
“It will be a very
“We really do act like we’re exciting game,” said Watts.
brothers,” said Watts.
Hopefully, PT football will
Several months ago, come out with a win.
he had already discovered a
After the football
way to motivate the team and season and school year is
prepare them for the game.
over, Watts isn’t 100 percent
“I usually get in the sure on what he plans to do,
middle of the circle and talk but is considering his options.
to the guys about winning College football is always a
the game. Then we just start possibility for him. Best of
jumping around and yelling,” luck to Watts in making a desaid Watts.
cision and having a great last
Being a captain in- season as a high school footvolves several responsibili- ball player and captain.
ties, including setting goals
Softball Strikes Out The Competition Early
Building upon their winning streak from last year, the girls softball
team kicked off their season with two huge victories. The girls played at the Mt.
Lebanon Tournament and won it all going undefeated. Afterward, they also
captured the Chartiers Houston Fast Pitch Tournament.
Overall, the Lady Indians won an astonishing thirteen games, lost
none, and tied one. This record is only a slight preview of what will come later
during the season.
During the Mt. Lebanon tournament, the girls played exceptionally,
especially in their final game when junior Marissa Wickstrom hit a home run to
finish the game and tournament.
The girls carried all this energy to the Chartiers Houston Fast Pitch
Tournament. Junior Emily Lusk motivated her team in order to take down their
rivals, Canon-Mac. She drove in the decisive run to win the game and take
home first place yet again.
“We all bond very well, so I think we will be very successful and have a
lot of fun doing it,” said Lusk.
Even though their record already triumphs those of years past, this is
just the beginning. PT softball has extremely high expectations for the spring.
Photo by EmmaLee Ducoeur
“I think we will be very successful this year and have a lot of fun
doing it,” junior Emily Lusk stated.
Opinion// October 2013
Senior Advice to the Freshman Class of 2017
College is often considered to be the ultimate
goal for the majority of our
student body. It’s the light at
the end of the tunnel. Ask any
senior- the application process is stressful and the only
way to ensure future success
is to prepare early and go beyond expectations. It sounds
cliché, but what else can be
said? Acceptance rates have
dropped in recent years, as
millions of qualified kids are
competing to secure their
spot at their dream school.
Freshmen, you have
your whole high school career ahead of you. Plan accordingly. Take as many
Honors and AP classes as
possible. Although these
classes sound intense, a
boosted GPA will reward
your work. Colleges like to
see that you’ve challenged
yourself with a full schedule
each year, and surprisingly
they aren’t very impressed
when they see straight A’s in
all academic classes.
aspect of your college profile
is your SAT and ACT scores.
These play a huge part in
your credentials and can help
or hurt you tremendously.
Practice makes perfect with
standardized tests and it’s
recommended to start as
soon as possible. Take both
the SAT and ACT to find out
which one is the best fit for
you, and take them sooner
rather than later so you can
relax during your senior year
and focus on applications.
After school activities improve your credentials
because colleges like to see
a well-rounded student; getting decent grades just isn’t
enough. Try a sport and a
couple interesting, out-ofthe-ordinary clubs. Enlist
some friends to sign up with
you. Clubs not only help you
play an active role in high
school, but they also make
your application more attractive to admissions counselors. The more unique you
are, the more inclined they
are to send you that acceptance letter that you’re dying
An activity that’s almost more important than
after school activities is volunteering. Colleges (especially Catholic universities)
love to see a student with
hundreds of volunteer hours.
Although the concept may
not spark your interest, it’s
incredibly beneficial. You’ll
stress volunteering instead
of having a
volunteer experience. It’s a
Next month, please
submit your throwback
holiday photos on www.
Layout by: Maddy Lampert
High school can
seem overwhelming and
this loaded advice is a lot to
ponder. But with a healthy
balance between school and
fun, that overwhelming feeling can be almost eliminated. You will fly through the
tunnel and reach that light,
that ultimate goal, sooner
than you thought was possible.
“Shout out to them
freshman, on Instagram
straight flexin’!” … Sorry
Trinidad James, you won’t
find any of that in this magazine, but here is a compilation
of some of the best Instagrams
Patrick Fitzgerald, 11, @patfitzgerald_
Jake Augustine, 12, @jake_augustine
Ciara Refosco, 12, @ccraex
Emily McKenzie, 12, @emmymckenzie
Alec Stopperich, 10, @alecstop
Kylie Knavish, 12, @kylieknavish
Kourtney Martin, 12, @kourtneymar
PT Accounts Take Over Twitter
Can you go a day
without looking at Twitter? The
average high school student
would answer no. High school
students are always refreshing
their feeds in hopes of a fight, a
sub tweet, or a mention. They
always complain about how
“the bubble” is such a boring
place to live in. To create some
excitement, some students created accounts involving PT students. to provide entertainment
and increase school spirit.
PT crushes allows
students to submit their feelings they may have for another
student anonymously through
ask.fm. This account started off
slow but students really grew
fond of it and submissions are
posted all of the time. PT crushes has over 700 followers. Some
typical submissions are “OMG
I wish he was single,” “she is so
cute,” “I have the biggest crush
on him,” or “I wish she would
notice me.” Students love sub- also give game times and other
mitting and seeing these tweets. information so that students
Peters Township Life can come out and support their
is another well known account. peers.
The most popular acThe tweets are all over the place
but for the most part they keep count is the Rowdy Red page. It
students updated with what is is the voice of the student secgoing on in the bubble. PT life tion and has single-handedly
has over 600
to PT. The
and close to
of this account is to
body of all
There are accounts encourage students to come
that focus strictly on our sports out and support. The Rowdy
teams. They keep fans and Red account does its best to
students updated with team’s get a student section for every
games and their success. A few sporting event, home or away.
Twitter pages include individu- It establishes themes for games
al accounts for soccer, football, and really gets students excited
hockey, baseball. These pages to attend them. The Rowdy Red
continues to grow and is not
only a big hit in PT but also all
over the WPIAL. This account
has over 500 followers and some
typical tweets for Rowdy Red
would be, “BEACH NIGHT for
the game Friday #rowdyred,” or
“Everyone better be at the game
tonight #blackout #rowdyred.”
This account will be passed
down after the current operator
It is safe to say that
most high school students could
not function without Twitter.
PT accounts have been a great
outlet for students giving them
a way to communicate with the
rest of the student body. Some
of the accounts may come and
go but it would not be a surprise
to see new accounts form in the
future. PTHS has taken Twitter
Life & Style // October 2013
Subject to Change:
AndreaSalizzoni|OnlineEditor-in-Chief _ EliseJozwiak|EntertainmentEditor
Autumn is a season of vibrant colors, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches; and along with these already seasonal favorites comes
a handful of PT fall favorites.
Andrea: UGGs: UGGs, the ever so favorite of every teenage girl. The cool weather of autumn attracts the warm, fuzzy comfort of the UGG
boot to all. Have you ever stopped to question the bursting appeal of this Australian footwear? The world may never know, but still expect
to see every girl walking the halls in this comfy, cool fashion statement throughout the season.
Elise:Fall Coffee Flavors: With fall quickly on the rise, this can only mean one thing for all the Starbucks addicts, Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
After months of withdrawal from this addictive flavor, there is nothing better than the taste of sugar, spice, and everything nice used to
create one of Starbucks most coveted creations.
A: Sweaters: The blistery cooling of autumn welcomes your favorite and mine, the sweater. As Spongebob wisely said, “...the best time to
wear a striped sweater, is all the time…,” and that statement sure proves that sweaters are the heat of the season. The one that makes the
biggest appearance during these mildly cool days is “the comfy sweater.” Its largest appeal to us girls is not only its coziness, but also its
stylishness. Expect to see many showing off this two in one article of snug happiness throughout the season.
E: Haunted Houses: As if the amount of homework you have on the weekends isn’t scary enough; another way to spend time would be
dodging men with chainsaws and having your worst nightmares jump out at you from behind bushes. That’s right, save the homework
for Sunday, because the haunted houses have just opened. From Hundred Acre Manor to The Scarehouse, Pittsburgh has its fair share of
haunts for the season.
E: Fall Scents: And with another great season comes another rainbow of fragrances. Out of all the seasons, fall has to be crowned the season of scents. From pumpkin spice to apple harvest, fall brings along every aroma in every form. Candles, body sprays, scented pinecones
and home décor all bring back the memories of jumping into a crunchy pile of leaves or watching the trees shed their green blankets into
beautiful colors of orange and gold.
A: Scarves: Scarves, this fresh sensation is a mandatory must-have for everyone when it can be paired
with sweaters and boots. This “cliché” fall look wouldn’t be the same without a cozy, cute scarf to complete the outfit. Most importantly, there are scarves for every style, and always come at a fair price. Start collecting!
E: Pumpkin over everything: Carve them, smash them, smell them, and eat them. In the fall, you cannot get away from pumpkin flavors.
Everywhere you turn you find pumpkin flavored cookies, coffee, candles, breads, and pies. Not that anyone is complaining over this flavor
domination, but if there is one thing for fall to be associated with, it’s the pumpkin spice cookies. Who can deny the sugary icing drizzled
over a warm pumpkin cookie? Fall foods never disappoint.
A: Beauty of Nature: You may be asking yourself, what is it that makes autumn so great? Not only is it because of “comfy sweater days,” but
also its simple and beautiful appearance that is eye candy to all. Even those who hide indoors from what mother nature has to offer can’t
deny an array of colorful, crispy leaves to jump into.
Photos by AP Images, Andrea Salizzoni, and Elise Jozwiak
Layout by: Naomi Burke
Fashion Tips from Señora
Nicole Folino |Life & Style Editor
“Elegance and femininity are some of the characteristics that define you; you can be wearing a simple cardigan and feel feminine
or sophisticated on it. My style is having fun and feeling proud of myself. The rest is icing on the cake,” said Señora Miller.
Everyone has those teachers who come into class with the stiletto heels, designer brand bags, and perfect outfits. However, there is not one teacher that exhibits
fashion better than Señora Miller.
“Often, women are never satisfied when looking in the mirror; they always
find flaws. When talking about fashion, it is extremely important to understand that
to be able to feel good on the outside, you need to feel good on the inside,” said Miller.
According to Miller, students need to gain confidence in their looks. In order
to do so, dress to your body type, wear colors that compliment your eyes or skin tone,
and always exhibit your own original style. Although these tips are wonderful to follow,
there are other guidelines to being the fashion queen.
“Get dressed according to the occasion, the time of the day, weather conditions, and your personal edge. A complete and well put together outfit must include
color, texture, and right-fitting accessories. When you are choosing accessories, I recommend paying attention to the hairstyle. Believe me. It always works,” stated Miller.
Miller’s style is extremely unique and remarkable. However, everyone’s style is inspired by someone, even Señora. Though some
role models may be actresses, political leaders, motivational speakers, or singers, Miller’s role model is one that is very close and special
to her heart. “My mother of course,” said Miller. “She is one of the most beautiful, elegant, sophisticated, amazing women that I know.”
Leather and Combat Boots- Stores will be
stocking up on sleeker and more rugged footwear this fall and winter. Leather boots of
all colors, as well as rough and tough combat
boots, will be in high demand as both are continuing to trend this boot season. Don’t wait
too long to catch onto this more mature style.
Jillian Kovac|Staff Writer
Studded Clothing- Shoes, dresses, shorts,
pants, shirts, blouses, jackets, and boots are all being adorned by
these little metal accents. Whether gold, silver, or really any other
color, studs are in and seen everywhere. They are both chic and
rugged, and add just the right amount of shine to any outfit. Don’t
be afraid to try them out, they don’t scratch.
Boat Shoes- They are on the rise because of their comfort, style,
and versatility. Sperry’s, the most popular brand, come in several
patterns, materials, and colors. Boat shoes are a great investment;
not only are they durable but they also don’t
appear to be going out of style any time soon.
Whether on a boat or on land, these shoes are
sure to provide you with the support you need
and the style you are trying to achieve.
Photos by AP Images, Cassi DeLuca, Nicole Folino and Jillian Kovac
UGGs- Don’t cry girls, this news may be
hard for some of you to take. Those warm,
fuzzy toes may turn cold this winter unless
you dare to deny the end of the UGG age.
That’s right, the sparkly, studded, and sometimes fluffy footwear has been ditched for
the moment, but not forever.
Text Talk- Lik omg,
lol, it’s so gr8 this trnd is ovr. Rly tho thnk
gdness! But seriously, it’s time to rid ourselves
of improper grammar and lazy spelling (if it
is even called spelling). With a lack of understanding, text talk conversations are of no
use. Leave your abbreviations behind and
join in the new era of intellectual conversations and proper use
of the English language.
Beats- Are those earmuffs? Oh, sorry, I didn’t know those were
oversized speakers on your head. The pricey headphones are
decreasing in popularity as people are turning towards smaller
devices. Though they are still used by travelers, famous athletes,
and music professionals, these supersized headphones are no
longer seen resting on the heads of fellow classmates in study
hall. But don’t go selling your Beats; listening to music will never be out of style.
Very creative and fun! Love it!
The football team won!!! The Rowdy Red was lacking.
1. Seniors Rebecca Brott and Nathan Wolk have been
dating for three and a half years. This year they
spent their fourth and final homecoming together at
2. While many students attended the dance, Senior
Emilou Landas had different plans. She surprised
her boyfriend, PT grad Jeff Berry, with tickets to the
Pens game. Their attire didn’t go unnoticed when
they appeared on the jumbotron.
3. Clay McCloskey took creativity to a whole new level
this homecoming when he asked Christine Renz,
senior volleyball player, to “assist” him to the dance.
How could she have ever checked off no?
Homecoming was a week to remember!
Photos by Digital 4 Photography, Rebecca Brott, Emilou Landas, Clay McCloskey, Nick Chapman, Nicole Steliotes, Rachel Noonan and Erin Pakela
Layout by Emilou Landas
Lots of student participation . Great job!
Servants rocked their outfits! But the hot gym put the crowd to sleep.
Although the P-Rade and auction were successful , the floats weren’t up to par.
Spirit is vital for a
positive high school experience.
Some may know the twitter
run by senior Nick Parello.
Parello took over the
account from 2012 alumnus,
Tom Nettles. The account tweets
consist of when games are held,
where they are held, themes for
games, and game updates for
those not in attendance.
Nettles chose very
wisely when Parello as his
successor. He is responsible,
respectful of the school and
its activities, and shows school
“I believe that school
spirit helps our players get more
excited and more into their
game. Having family and friends
People Features // October 2013
Parello Reveals Rowdy Red
is our motivation to do better, but just makes everything more
having the entire student body interesting. It shows a side of
helps our team get more into support for our school and our
it knowing they have 200-300 peers. Football games, basketball
people cheering them on,” said games, lacrosse games, soccer
games, etc. The band also makes
PTHS plans many the games much more enjoyable
events to encourage school spirit. as well,” said Parello.
One tradition is to hold a pep
rally during the beginning of the responsibility of choosing the
year to kick it off with a fun start. themes for games and planning
“One goal to improve other events involving school
school spirit is to have more pep spirit.
“The only downfall
rallies,” said Parello. “They need
to be bigger and better and get about having responsibility
players pumped for their games. of this account is picking out
Our pep rallies aren’t the most themes for every game. I try to
exciting. In my opinion, it’s the satisfy everyone, but people
same thing every time, every disagree on the different
year. We need to switch it up and themes. Participation is
needed when picking a
become more involved.”
to theme for games because
encourage as many people as I never want to pick
possible to go games and support something that the school
won’t enjoy. Besides that, I
“I enjoy going to really have enjoyed having
games, especially when everyone this account so far and
goes. Having themes for games I have gotten more into
school spirit than I ever have,”
At the end of the
year, Parello will hand over
this account along with its
responsibilities to an upcoming
senior whom he believes will
continue this tradition of spirit.
“I will pick someone
who isn’t afraid to speak up
and be creative. We need
new and better ideas every
year. Having school spirit not
only makes everything more
enjoyable, but it’s also a way
to bring our school together,”
Photos by Nicole Steliotes and Digital IV
Behind the Bench: Connor “Diesel”
Connor “Diesel” Pope
is new to the high school this
year, but he has already made
a memorable first impression.
The loveable lineman, known
for his trademark beard and
infectious personality, decided
to finish his senior year at Peters
after being homeschooled
“I like the idea of
the public school,” said Pope,
“You get to learn with a group
rather than by yourself. It’s a
whole lot easier.”
Pope has fit right in, and his
presence on the senior bench
has become commonplace.
Layout by: EmmaLee Ducoeur and Cassi DeLuca
“It’s cool that the
school has a place for seniors
to hang out,” said Pope, “I go
before almost every class.”
Oddly, one thing that
most people don’t know about
Diesel is.. well.. his actual
“My real name is
Connor Edwin Mackenzie
Pope, but everyone knows
me as Diesel because one
day at football practice, Cole
Kochman said “Diesel” and
I answered. It has stuck ever
since,” said Pope.
Tackling his way
Michalski Leads the March
With over 150 members,
the PTHS Mighty Indian Marching
Band needs someone to lead the way.
Senior Walt Michalski has accepted
a position vital to the success of the
marching band for the past 41 seasons: drum major. Michalski is in his
fifth and final season with the band.
His first four years were spent as part
of the trumpet section.
What is the
difference between a “band
geek” and a “football jock?”
For sophomore Jake Reardon,
there is none. He is not just the
guard and defensive tackle
on the varsity football team,
but also a snare drum player
in the PT Mighty Indian
Marching Band. Reardon
has been a part of both
the marching band and the football team for three years. Because of their
demanding schedules, he barely has time to breathe.
“Football is six days a week and marching band is twice a week
with a performance on Friday and usually a festival on Saturday,” Reardon
Already tired from playing in the game, Reardon then must
perform in the halftime show. Assisted by band managers, Reardon must
acquire his drum and get right back on the field.
“Before the halftime show, I have to take off my shoulder pads and
helmet, and then I get my drum and play,” Reardon said. “ away games I
hardly have any time because we perform first. At home games I have as long
as it takes for the other band to perform.”
Reardon knows he can’t choose between the two activities, and
has decided that he will be participating in both activities next year.
“It’s pretty simple, I love playing football and playing in the band.
They just happen at the same time,”
Reardon has little time for
anything other than school, band,
and football. Because practices are
extensive, it makes study time brief,
which can cause his school work to
suffer. On Friday nights, this “band
jock” will be the one wearing a
football jersey while playing a drum.
Photos by Rachel Campion
Sophomore Jake Reardon plays the
drums while in football uniform during
the halftime show.
Ms. Corsinelli: More
Than Just a Teacher
Ms. Corsinelli, a Duquesne University
graduate, started her first year teaching at PTHS
this fall. Corsinelli instructs global studies,
which is the required ninth grade history course.
Although this is her first year teaching at the high
school, Corsinelli is definitely not a stranger to
the district. She did her student teaching at the middle school
and spent some time as a substitute teacher here, giving her the
chance to get to know numerous teachers and students across the
district. To read more about Ms. Corsinelli go to www.ptmedia.
Drum major Walt Michalski
leads the marching band onto
the field for their festival performance.
“In the band, I only ever
played trumpet (which he notes is
the best section). However, I can also
poorly play guitar and piano,” Michalski said.
Michalski and fellow drum major, Rebecca Brott, lead
the band through their practices twice a week. The band performs
halftime every Friday, and attends band festivals every Saturday
in September. They perform three songs every Friday night, and
a fourth for festivals, all taken from the Michael Bublé songbook.
The selections include ‘It Better Be Tonight,’ ‘Fever,’ ‘Spiderman
Theme,’ and ‘Everything.’
“My favorite song is ‘Spiderman’ because of how far it has
come since we first played it,” Michalski said, and then added, “Put
it this way: if anybody heard ‘Spiderman’ the first time we tried to
play it, they probably wouldn’t have recognized the song.”
Although halftime is when the band has center stage,
those who attend the football games are familiar with the band
playing songs such as ‘Seven Nation Army’ in between plays to entertain fans and pump up the team.
“The band just learned to play ‘Mambo No. 5’ and it was
really cool to hear our rendition go from this basic rhythm we
started with evolve into what we play now,” said Michalski.
Music is, of course, the heart of band; however, even
more memorable than the melodies played are the friendships and
memories created. Many band members describe these as the best
thing about being a part of the program. Michalski is no different.
“Last year, on the Virginia Beach trip, some close friends
and I found an isolated hotel balcony and just sat there. It was
probably the best thing ever,” stated Michalski. “It was a chance to
relax. It was a perfect moment in time.”
That friendship leads to team
work, which helps the band
conquer challenging music, sets, and drills. After five years of
marching band, Michalski reflects on the marching band’s success.
“Seeing a bunch of individuals work together so well to put on such
a huge show is massively rewarding,” Michalski said.
Photo by Harrison Nix
Photos by Emilou Landas, Meredith Rovito, Sarah Zimmerman, and Rachel Cellini
Entertainment// October 2013
Good Girls Gone Wild
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Lindsay Lohan: Lohan, a
child star, acted in movies such
as “Parent Trap” and “Freaky
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Friday.” Similarly to many
celebrities, Lohan’s fallout came
known for “The Amanda
Show” and “She’s the Man”
Bynes displayed no early signs
of going down the dark path;
she did not follow the typical
trend. Instead, ten years after
leaving Nickelodeon, Bynes
developed a drinking and drug
problem and was involved in
numerous hit-and-run cases.
Additionally, she got her
cheek pierced and supposedly
talks to inanimate objects. In
just two short years, Bynes
had completely transformed
Cyrus: We all
remember Cyrus as the
famous, innocent, Disney pop
star, Hannah Montana. Just as
the Montana era was coming
to end, her transformation
began in 2010 with her song
and music video, “I Can’t Be
Tamed.” On her nineteenth
birthday, Cyrus recorded a
video of her and her friends
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smoking pot. However, her
biggest fallouts were the 2013
VMA’s and her latest music
video to “Wrecking Ball.”
a fight with the paparazzi, and
was photographed smoking
weed at a party. It gets even
worse; in a video, Bieber peed
in a bucket and cursed out Bill
Clinton while intoxicated.
The big question is: who will be
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baby, baby ooh thought you’d
always be mine.” Although not
officially a girl, it is not much of
a stretch. Do you have Bieber
Fever? Well, Selena Gomez
certainly does not anymore.
After their big break up, Justin
Bieber became another victim
of the infamous Hollywood
curse. The 19-year old star
posted a picture drinking beer
on Instagram, almost got into
Britney Spears: Spears can
be credited with being the first
sane star to go crazy. Britney
shaved her head to cover up
her drug use, attacked the
paparazzi with an umbrella,
drove with her child on her
lap, went to drug and alcohol
rehab, and like many others,
partied non-stop. Although she
has done some crazy things in
the past, Spears has managed
to somewhat control her
when she broke away from
Disney with the movie, “Mean
Girls.” However, her true road
to insanity, rehab, and arrests
began when she turned 17 and
was caught driving under the
influence several times. From
there, Lohan went down the
path of drugs and still finds
herself in illegal situations.
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It is the ultimate good girl
gone bad cliché and curse. The
pattern of young stars from a
clean background transforming
into untamed adults has
become one of Hollywood’s
most notorious trends. The list
below consists of the top five
girls gone wild.
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The Boy Who Lived Lives On
Harry Potter has been
one of the most successful book
series of all time, selling over 450
million copies worldwide. Ever
since the release of the eighth and
final Harry Potter film in July 2011,
there have been numerous rumors
that J.K. Rowling may possibly be
writing an eighth novel. Rowling
stated that she was going to write
her first adult fiction novel and take
a break from the legendary world.
Rowling’s readers reading her
adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy”
were upsetting. She believed
that her readers were perplexed
and disappointed because they
were expecting another Harry
Potter book. Despite her readers’
reactions, she continued to write
adult novels, but under the name
of Robert Galbraith. Still receiving
mixed reviews from loyal fans
worldwide, she decided to treat
them by writing another Harry
On March 13, 2013,
the New York Times confirmed
that Rowling is 75 percent done
with the manuscript of the eighth
Harry Potter book. The details on
the storyline are currently a secret,
but she will reveal more about the
upcoming novel as the release date
approaches in late fall of 2014.
The eighth book will probably be
either about the adventures that
Harry Potter’s children will have at
Hogwarts or about the first battle
at Hogwarts, when Harry’s parents
were still alive and attending
Hogwarts. “I am really excited,”
said freshman Maria Getto. “I will
preorder the book and read it a
With the news of the
eighth book being written comes
the potential idea of the ninth film
in the franchise. Although none
of the series’ actors have officially
signed on, one of the stars is
already excited about returning to
play the role of Harry Potter. Daniel
Radcliffe stated that he never
thought Jo would write another
novel, and is anxious to return to
the magical world.
J.K. Rowling announced at
a press conference in Scotland that
a series of spin-off films set in the
magical world of Harry Potter. The
first film will be called “Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them,”
which will be based on a textbook
of the same name Harry used at
Hogwarts. With the movie set in
New York and featuring magical
zoologist Newt Scamander, it will
take place 70 years before any of
the core events in the Potter series
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to
Find Them” is neither a prequel nor
a sequel, but an extension of the
wizarding world. Rowling’s success
with the Harry Potter phenomenon
has been fueled by her passionate
fans around the world. If we are
lucky, the Harry Potter series might
become the next never-ending
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Entertainment Must List
As fall closes in upon us, many students are caught up in piles of homework, studying for tests, and attending after school
activities. However, it’s nice to take a break once in a while. These movies will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.
The Great Gatsby
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Based on the bestselling book, the movie came
out this past spring. Set in
the roaring twenties, it is
an irresistible story about
young love. As a soldier, Jay
Gatsby falls in love with Daisy
Buchanan. Years pass, and
when he comes back from the
war, she is married to another
man. Now, as a wealthy New
Yorker, he tries desperately to
get her back in this romantic
drama. Rated a 7.3 out of 10,
the movie follows closely with
the classic novel.
Grown Ups 2
If you have seen
Grown Ups, the sequel is a must
see. Three years have passed,
and Lenny has moved his family
back to Connecticut, where he
and his friends grew up. The
events of the last day of school
teach the adults some valuable
lessons, and they realize their
children a aren aren’t so little
Despicable Me 2
The minions are
back! These small yellow
creatures play a major role in
the continuation of the first
movie. This story is about Gru,
a former evil genius who tries
to save the day by finding out
who stole a lab near the arctic.
The movie captures attention
with excellent animation and a
Iron Man 3
This classic superhero
film features Tony Stark, a
When the Mandarin attacks,
he must go on an actionpacked adventure to defeat
them. When his fiancé is
kidnapped by the enemy, his
drive to defeat them grows
News // October 2013
Fighting for Evelyn’s Way
The name, Evelyn
Jozefkowicz , may not be immediately recognizable, but it
belonged to an extraordinary
and a well-respected employee
of the Peters Township School
District. She was recognized
for her dedication to 60 years
of service with a street sign. So
when the gesture of recognition
was taken down this summer,
the community rallied to restore
Her significant role as
a PT employee started in the
1950’s as a playground monitor
at the Venetia school. After several years of monitoring, she began working in the high school
cafeteria. Years later she took on
the responsibility of being the
crossing guard, providing safety
to the students, teachers, and
parents in various weather con-
ditions. Evelyn continued this constantly,” stated Sharon Lutz, and that sign stood for that
job for the next three decades of a resident of Bellwalt Drive and love,” stated Lutz, “even when
she was gone, we wanted the
creator of the Facebook page.
“Evelyn’s Way,” a mod- After gaining community sup- symbol of her love to be put
est street sign, was put up at port, people stepped forward back up and carry on.”
On Monday, Septemthe entrance of McMurray El- to address the school board.
ementary School. It would re- Lutz was among the people that ber 16, 2013, the PT School
main there until it was abruptly stepped forward. She repre- Board decided to restore Evremoved in May due to a mix- sented the Jozefkowicz family elyn’s Way. The board also
up in the district policy, three in hopes of the restoring the began developing a new polsign.
icy, that would assure that this
months before her death.
“She loved her job and mishap does not repeat itself in
The removal of the
sign was not well received the children that she protected the future.
by the community and soon
enough the initiative to “Save
Evelyn’s Way” began. The initiative quickly spread and gained
supporters through the creation
of a Facebook page, which in a
short period of time had over Photo by Sharon Blasch
Evelyn’s Way sign stands at the entrance of McMurray Elementary in honor of
Evelyn Jozefkowicz. “She loved her job and the children that she protected and
“So many people loved
that sign stood for that love,” stated Lutz, “even when she was gone, we wanted the
her that the Save Evelyn’s Way
symbol of her love to be put back up and carry on.”
page was shared and updated
A Debut of Twists and Turns
Photo by Casey Kirwan
Casey Kirwan|Section Editor
There is so much hard work that takes place both on and off
Halloween is quickly approaching. Not only is this a time
the stage in order to make this show the best that it can be. The
for chilly weather, but also for some chilly ghost stories. Instead
students working behind the scenes are really enjoying watching
of catching a thrilling horror flick, go see this year’s fall play, “The
the performance come together.
Turn of the Screw.” The performance is scheduled for the nights of
“[I love] working with all the talented cast mates every day
November 1, 2 and 3 in the auditorium. Gather your friends toand helping [Mrs.] Barefoot out with the whole process,” stugether for an evening of spookiness.
dent director senior Courtney Chaplin said. “I am really looking
“The Turn of the Screw”, directed by Mrs. Barefoot, is a ghost
forward to all the special effects all coming together in the whole
story based on the book by Henry James. It is about a young woman
who becomes the governess of two children named Miles and Flora.
The cast and crew are exShe comes to live with them in their dark, confined home. During
tremely excited for the first
her stay, she sees mysterious figures of former servants appearing
play of the year and highly
around the property. She fears that these ghosts may have a horrific
recommend that students and
connection to the children. The story’s conflict rests on the idea of
faculty members go see it.
whether or not the apparitions are actually there.
“This show is perfect to see
“I am a horror movie addict,” Mrs. Barefoot said, “I have always
because it has a little horror,
loved being scared and I thought it would be a fun challenge to see
some comedy, and it’s perfect
if I could recreate the horror captured on film on the stage.”
for Halloween weekend,” said
There is a lot to appreciate about this play. It’s a shocking and
creepy story that leaves the viewers asking questions to the very
This show is definitely the
perfectly haunting ghost story
“I like that there are multiple interpretations that the audience
that is just the right type of
can explore. It makes someone think about the mysteries and unentertainment for celebratexplained phenomena of the world around us and also challenges
ing the Halloween season.
the audience to explore the darker side of human nature,” said Mrs.
Attend the performance of
“The Turn of the Screw” if you
Layout by Maria Hoge
The Pizza Boom of PT
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza opened in the beginning of your family. I like the coalSeptember and Fiori’s Pizzaria is opening later in October. PT has fired taste of the crust,” said
had many restaurants that open and then shortly close because of junior Allison Magyar.
the lack of business. These two restaurants will be battling for who
For a more laid-back
can bring in more customers in the South Hills area.
environment, try a Pittsburgh
Anthony’s is a chain restaurant that has locations in five favorite, Fiori’s Pizzaria. It is
other states. Dan Marino, a Pittsburgh sports legend, partnered located one mile south of the
with Anthony’s to open locations in Pittsburgh including the one liberty tunnels; McMurray
in Peters Township. They opened early in September and specialize will be their second location.
in baking their pizza in 800 degree coal-fired ovens. The business Fiori’s offers more traditional
started in 1982 in South Florida as an Italian lounge; the coal-fired style pizzas where customstyle of cooking did not come about until 2002.
ers can choose standard or
Each pizza is topped with mozzarella, Italian tomatoes, gourmet toppings. They also
Romano cheese, basil and olive oil. Specialty pizzas can be topped offer a specialty white pizza,
with some out of the ordinary toppings such as cauliflower, arugu- appetizers, hoagies, calzones,
Photo by Alana Hiner
la, or eggplant. If you are pastas, and salads. Fiori’s sells Anthony’s is located in the heart of
craving something other homemade pasta sauce, steak Peters Township near Donaldson’s
than pizza, try Anthony’s sauce, and buffalo sauce to take Crossroads.
coal-oven-roasted chick- home. Their catering options include trays of appetizers, hoaen wings topped with gies, wings, and pizza boats.
caramelized onions, Ital-
“I have been to the Pittsburgh location before and I
ian salads, or sandwiches. am glad we will have one closer now. I love their pizza,” said
They also offer Italian senior Allie Tomlinson.
home cooked specials
Both restaurants are unique in their own ways.
and desserts while
ca- It will be interesting to see which pizza parlor will
Photo by Alana Hiner
tering parties and events.
last longer: the classy coal-fired style or the popular
Fiori’s is still under construction but it is
“Anthony’s is a Pittsburgh favorite.
expected to open sometime in October.
good place to go with
What in the World?
The five senses enhance your everyday life, often with 850. That’s how many snakes, includout you even realizing it. You may not realize how much these
ing two illegal six-foot Burmese pythons,
senses benefit you, but those in the medical field definitely do.
were found in the Richard Parinello’s New
Recently in China, surgeons performed a medical procedure that
York home. Parrinello, an animal control
included putting a nose on a patient’s forehead. This procedure
officer, apparently was operating an illewas required because the patient had his original nose damaged
gal side business selling the reptiles. Parin an automobile accident; a few years back, but at the time never
rinello faces charges of owning pythons
received medical attention. To perform this operation doctors
and violating town codes by not having a
have to place a skin tissue expander on the new location, (in this
permit for running a business at home.
case the forehead), cut it into the shape of a nose, and lastly plant
College education isn’t cheap, espeAP Images
a piece of cartilage. Although the procedure worked, operations
cially in today’s economy, so it’s imporlike it are still being developed.
tant that students have some kind of income. Eric Dahl, a college
Not often do you hear of people paying for things, such
student at the University of Wisconsin, found a unique way to
as parking fees, in anything other than
earn some cash. He’s eating his way through college. Literally.
money. However, in London, a comYou see, Dahl, participates in competitive eating competitions,
pany that controls parking lots is alwhere he has earned $18,000 in prize money. It all started at the
lowing drivers to pay with chestnuts,
Big Red’s Steakhouse in Madison, when he decided to attempt
locally called “chunkers.” So far there
to avoid paying the bill by accepting the challenge of eating a
have been 1,500 chestnuts collected.
three-pound cheese steak in less than ten minutes. This was not a
Raising awareness for car emissions
problem for Dahl as he finished in the time frame of five minutes
in the environment is the mission of
and 50 seconds. Dahl currently is ranked third in world for comthis peculiar program; however, they
petitive eating and will try to continue his success in the national
haven’t decided what to do with the
pizza eating contest in Madison.
Every photographer’s goal is to capture a
perfect moment in time. Featured on these pages are
Digital IV photography students’ recent works.
“I like that you can make something so
simple into something so extraordinary,” said senior
Julia Schuerle. Nature scenes were the most popular
photos. The students’ favorite memories were working
with friends and enjoying the final product of all their
“[My favorite memory in photography is]
putting together the themed books in photography II
and III,” said senior Rachel Cellini.
Where to go because it is more
What were you most nervous about heading to PTHS?
Not knowing how to find my
Mr. Darcy from Pride &
They’d call us “freshmeat”
Um.. I’ve never tried
If you were to be a TV character, who would you choose to be?
Walter White from
Mega from Hercules
What’s the best part of being a senior?
Planning for college
Teachers Who is your dream date?
Looking forward to college
How many licks does it take to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop?
Knowing that the
underclassmen look up to you
It’s awesome if you don’t take a
ton of hard classes