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Stories from Baldwin High School - PA
Podcast: Writer from The Athletic previews Pens season
Audio

Ethan Spozarski | October 12, 2021

This story was originally published on Purbalite on October 11, 2021.

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National food shortages reach district lunch lines
News

Leila Usanovic | September 28, 2021

Schools across the country are facing food shortages for their lunch programs, and that trend has reached Baldwin-Whitehall.

Food suppliers nationwide are dealing with staff shortages and Covid outbreaks,…

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Security guard’s passion for positivity stretches from activism to morning greetings
Features

Alli Schroeder | June 1, 2021

Baldwin students know Roderick Wilson as the security guard who greets everyone with positivity in the morning. 

But before his employment as a security guard, Wilson was a bishop in several different…

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Belak, Buys recount close escape from Green Bay shooting incident
News

Lindsay Bonetti | May 11, 2021

Senior Dylan Belak was at a team dinner in a Green Bay, Wis., hotel after the last day of a USA Hockey tournament when his dad came into the room yelling. Dylan and his Pittsburgh Predators teammates thought…

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Swift regains masters, offers fans a look back to her Fearless era
Arts & Entertainment

Lindsay Bonetti | April 13, 2021

It’s hard to get Taylor Swift and Kanye West to agree on much of anything — other than the importance of owning their masters. 

In 2019, Swift’s label, Big Machine Records, sold its catalog –…

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Video story: Vigil recognized victims of violence
Video

Brooke Scanlon | April 13, 2021

This story was originally published on Purbalite on April 9, 2021.

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Video story: Handprint day hits home for seniors
Video

Lindsay Bonetti | April 13, 2021

This story was originally published on Purbalite on April 9, 2021.

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For applicants to more selective universities, it’s decision time
News

Lindsay Bonetti | April 7, 2021

For the high school seniors who aspire to attend one of the country’s more selective universities, the application process was hard enough. Now comes decision time.

With most universities going test-optional…

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Opinion: Reparations are not the answer
Opinions

Kevin Hutchinson | April 1, 2021

According to Biden adviser Cedric Richmond, the White House is “going to start acting now” on reparations. In layman’s terms, reparations are payments meant to compensate the victims of crimes. In…

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Lana Del Rey’s new record focuses on personal growth
Arts & Entertainment

Leila Usanovic | March 24, 2021

Dreamy, melancholic sounds discussing self-worth, isolation, and romance are staples of any Lana Del Rey album. In her latest studio album, Chemtrails Over the Country Club, Del Rey conveys her growth…

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Students protest school’s response to abuse allegations
News

Eli Traud | March 23, 2021

More than 50 students walked out of class today to protest Baldwin’s response to sexual assault allegations, a topic that had spread widely on social media over the weekend.

Students gathered in front…

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Justice League director’s cut is an improved, but still flawed, film
Arts & Entertainment

Sam Tobiczyk | March 23, 2021

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is a successful recut of the 2017 addition to the DC extended film universe. The original Justice League movie, which received mixed reviews, focused on the DC Comics characters…

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From pop stars to food trucks, basketball coach balances busy life and team
Sports

Grace Hampton | February 26, 2021

Coaching a high school sports team with title aspirations is a huge commitment, but girls basketball Coach Jamal Woodson is taking on the challenge — while also handling his other responsibilities, including…

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Students, teachers share their thoughts on takeover of the Capitol
News

Purbalite Staff | January 8, 2021

Students and teachers reacted in shock to the attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, and wondered how long it would take for the country to recover.

Social studies…

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Opinion: Violence at Capitol shows Trump at his worst
Opinions

Alli Schroeder | January 7, 2021

On Wednesday night in Congress, senators voted 93-6 to reject the challenge to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after immense pressure from President Donald Trump to sway the election. House members…

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On new record, Taylor Swift proves she is a masterful storyteller
Uncategorized

Lindsay Bonetti | December 14, 2020

Back on her 2013 hit album, Red, Taylor Swift mocked her ex-boyfriend’s “indie record that was much cooler than (hers).” But now with the surprise release of her ninth studio album, Evermore, it’s…

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Stuffed animals, crazy hats, sports gear: Theme days liven up Google Meets
Features

Lindsay Bonetti | November 23, 2020

In a year marked by smaller classes, emptier hallways, and countless Google Meets, a group of Spanish class students are bringing a little excitement back to their wearisome days.

Every day for…

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History teachers say Biden faces a difficult path with divided nation
News

Alli Schroeder | November 9, 2020

Fans of President-elect Joe Biden may be in for a rude awakening after he is sworn in, since he might not be able to accomplish many of his legislative goals without controlling the Senate, Baldwin history…

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Baldwin students, like Americans everywhere, keep checking for election updates
News

By Purbalite Staff | November 6, 2020

Like many people across the United States, senior Layne Dunsey has been regularly checking her phone today for updates on the presidential election. 

“I was checking my phone pretty constantly, especially…

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Toy drive aims to recognize Holocaust survivor‘s work
Features

Lena Barakat | October 27, 2020

Born during the Holocaust, Shulamit Bastacky was given up to a convent by her parents to guarantee her safety. Seven years later, her parents recognized her in an orphanage by a birthmark on her neck.

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Football, cheer, band finally get their home debut
Video

Lindsay Bonetti | October 14, 2020

This story was originally published on Purbalite on October 14, 2020.

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Crowd limit rules change again, drawing mixed reactions from athletes, parents
Sports

Purbalite Staff | October 5, 2020

Reactions today from athletes and their parents ranged from anger and frustration through understanding to Thursday’s court decision that at least temporarily reinstates crowd limits at sports events.

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Athletes applaud decision to increase crowd size at games
Sports

Purbalite Staff | September 28, 2020

Allegheny County’s decision to lift strict limits on crowd size at sports events will not only make most athletes and parents happy, but also may lead to better performances at games, Baldwin students…

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Girls soccer, football players quarantined after positive test results
Sports

Alli Schroeder | September 18, 2020

In the first four days of hybrid learning, the district has seen three positive coronavirus cases, with two at the high school level that also have disrupted the seasons of two sports teams.

A second-grader…

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Opinion: When will we all learn to stand together?
Opinions

Jaiman White | June 1, 2020

I am not black. I am not black, I never will be black, and I can only imagine what the African-American community has had to endure for so long. With that being said, I am more than sympathetic for what…

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‘Last Dance’ follows Jordan on his hero’s journey to greatness
Sports

Jaiman White | May 19, 2020

It can be hard to put the legacy of Michael Jordan into words.

He looms large for the diehard fans who watched every Bulls game in the ’80s and ’90s. And for the younger generation of fans who watch…

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Online learning changes get mixed reviews
Coronavirus

Cassie Snyder | May 13, 2020

Baldwin has now settled into mandatory online learning for the fourth quarter, with a pass/fail grading system, “Flex Fridays” with no new work, and an earlier end to the school year. 

Students,…

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Changes in AP tests get mixed reviews
Coronavirus

Lindsay Bonetti | May 4, 2020

Students and teachers alike are being forced to adjust to the new formats of this year’s Advanced Placement tests.

This year, due to schools being closed nationwide, the exams will occur online. All…

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Reactions mixed to week of optional distance learning
Coronavirus

Alli Schroeder | April 6, 2020

Senior Angela Jesionowski never thought that something as simple as going to school would be something she would yearn to do.

“I definitely have realized that I miss regular school — the social interactions…

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Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has taken over Netflix
Arts & Entertainment

Jaiman White | April 1, 2020

In the craziness that has become the self-quarantine state of stopping the spread of the coronavirus, Netflix has released the docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which has showcased crazy…

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Virus, time out of school have brought big adjustments
Coronavirus

BY PURBALITE STAFF | March 30, 2020

Senior Gavin Wieckowski’s parents made him quit his job at the Brentwood Giant Eagle grocery store because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I was really worried whenever the virus became a bigger threat…

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Coronavirus, business travel concerns hit home
Coronavirus

Lena Barakat | March 16, 2020

Many people have a sense that the coronavirus may soon impact their families, but mine is already facing the effects of this frightening global pandemic. 

My father, who works in international business,…

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Security chief makes mark in the comics world
Features

Bianca Puglin | March 3, 2020

Just as superheroes have secret identities, Chief of Security Loran Skinkis has a life outside of Baldwin’s hallways: He is a cartoonist.

Skinkis has been a graphic designer for almost 25 years, and…

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Departing football coach made an impact off the field as well, players say
Sports

By Purbalite Staff | February 12, 2020

Coming out of middle school, Dorien Ford was not especially hard-working or motivated when it came to playing football. Then, for Ford’s freshman year, Loran Cooley became Baldwin’s head coach.

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Gen Z reaches voting age
News

Lindsay Bonetti | February 6, 2020

With the Internet and social media at their fingertips, members of Generation Z have become more politically aware and involved than recent generations, taking part in online and real-world debates and…

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Konesky crochets critters for a cause
SNO's 18 Under 18

Brooke Scanlon | February 5, 2020

Crocheting hooks might remind some students of their grandmas, but for senior Riley Konesky, they are a tool for business.

Konesky manages her own online toy business, Crayon Crochet Critters, where…

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Not all posthumous records are equal
Arts & Entertainment

Eli Achtzehn | January 31, 2020

The death of an artist in his or her prime can be a devastating event for thousands of people. Fans mourn not just for the person, but also for the art that will now go unmade. Thus, those close to musicians…

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Competition cheer team makes history with first ever WPIAL win
Sports

Lindsay Bonetti | January 7, 2020

As soon as she saw her coaches crying and the crowd screaming, senior Abby Zuder knew that her cheer team’s routine at Saturday’s WPIAL Championships was something special.

“In your own stunt…

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Video story: Coach Wright’s 10-year running streak comes to an end
Video

Grace Hampton | January 6, 2020

This story was originally published on Purbalite on January 3, 2020.

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Freshman surprised by reunion with brother in the Army
Features

Adam Goldsboro | December 26, 2019

When freshman Alex Dorsch was called down to the office during eighth period on the last day of school before Christmas, he thought he was in trouble for breaking up an argument today in an earlier class. 

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Dem presidential candidates come to Pittsburgh, debate education issues
News

Lindsay Bonetti | December 17, 2019

As the race to gain the Democratic presidential nomination intensifies, seven candidates came to Pittsburgh this weekend and turned their attention to education.

The candidates spoke at the Public Education…

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Seniors sign their letters of intent
Sports

Colton Brain | November 25, 2019

Bethany Yauch

For senior Bethany Yauch, who verbally committed to play Division I tennis for Cleveland State University during her junior year, Monday’s official signing for a full scholarship…

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Governor visits Baldwin, praises tech efforts
News

Lindsay Bonetti | November 22, 2019

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visited Baldwin High School on Friday, spending time with the Head Start preschool students and seeing key high school programs.

Throughout Wolf’s hour-long visit, he talked…

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2 band members find time for cheer and football
Features

Grace Hampton | November 15, 2019

As soon as the buzzer sounded, starting the halftime of Friday night football games, junior Sydney Smarsh had to throw down her pom poms and hurry to meet the band where a student waited with her flute….

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Opinion: Kaepernick workout offers chance to right a wrong
Opinions

Jaiman White | November 14, 2019

Protest is not a crime, and in America it is a protected right listed in the Constitution. With that being said, the NFL has treated Colin Kaepernick as a criminal since he decided to kneel during the…

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VIDEO: Baldwin hosts regional tournament for Special Olympics athletes
Video

Pratiksha Timsina | November 8, 2019

This story was originally published on Purbalite on November 8, 2019.

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Coach Cooley discusses Friday’s big playoff game on Purb Take podcast
Audio

Jaiman White | October 30, 2019

This story was originally published on Purbalite on October 30, 2019.

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Purb Take podcast looks at a huge week in Baldwin sports
Audio

Jaiman White | October 15, 2019

This story was originally published on Purbalite on October 15, 2019.

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VIDEO: Hoops contest, homecoming court anchor pep rally
Video

Grace Hampton | October 11, 2019

This story was originally published on Purbalite on October 11, 2019.

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Baldwin students model for Aerie’s celebration of Global Week of Inclusion photo shoot
Features

Cassie Snyder | October 3, 2019

Modeling for a big company such as Aerie or American Eagle is only a dream for most young women, but for two Baldwin students it became a reality.

This past summer Special Olympics athletes and Baldwin…

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