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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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New fall musical tells story of students with special needs
Features

Sarah Watkins | October 2, 2019

Instead of a fall play, this year the Baldwin Drama Club will be performing a fall musical titled Normal-C, which shines a spotlight on young people with special needs.

The show was co-written by Jason…

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Sophomore returns after leukemia battle
Features

Zach Wyse | September 30, 2019

Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most frightening things anyone can experience, but sophomore Rylee Boyle handled the situation with courage and determination.

“When the doctor first came…

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Incoming principal ready to make an impact at Baldwin
News

Paige Crawley | May 20, 2019

Shaun Tomaszewski wants Baldwin High School to be a place where all students feel like they belong.

“I hope to make sure that every single student in the school knows that they are cared for — that…

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Biology teacher Tina Gaser places in physique competition
News

Devon Schroeder | April 29, 2019

A lot of teachers at Baldwin take advantage of the weight room or enjoy working out to maintain physical fitness. Biology teacher Tina Gaser, however, is on a whole different level.

Last week Gaser…

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Opinion: WPIAL Softball mercy rule needs revisions
Sports

Lindsay Bonetti | April 11, 2019

Our team was winning 26-0, it was my fourth time up to bat in a first inning that already had lasted for over an hour, and all I could think about was: How much longer will this last?

Baldwin varsity…

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Culinary TV moves away from tired stereotypes
Arts & Entertainment

Brooke Scanlon | March 25, 2019

The stereotypical view of culinary TV shows is that they are the programs that moms watch to get new recipes from their favorite chefs.

That stereotype does apply to many shows on the Food Network,…

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Gaetano demonstrates civic virtue
Features

Prudence Nowicki | March 12, 2019

Senior Julia Gaetano has always felt a need to stand up for what she believes in. For her, making a difference comes naturally.

Last spring Gaetano participated in The Pittsburgh March For Our Lives,…

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It’s not ‘skip day’ for every senior
Opinions

Elizabeth Solenday | March 10, 2019

Today, March 6, is Senior Skip Day. It’s not an official school holiday, although most seniors stay home to be part of the tradition.

I, however, am one of the seniors who came to school today. We’re…

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“Kingdom Hearts 3” stays true to its magical story and gameplay
Arts & Entertainment

Prudence Nowicki | February 23, 2019

The long-awaited Kingdom Hearts 3 stays true to its roots, bringing together the magic of classic Disney characters and a fantasy role-playing game style, but it has improved by leaps and bounds since…

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Meyer swims though her last season
Sports

Connor Reiche | February 15, 2019

After swimming as a youth, senior Katelyn Meyer quit in her middle school years. But she came back in her freshman year and has not looked back since.

Now in her fourth year of high school swimming,…

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Bean ‘Partners’ for success
News

Devon Schroeder | February 12, 2019

Intro to Business students knew they were going to get hands-on experience as they helped run the Baldwin Bean coffee shop this year, but they also have gotten much more out of it, thanks to their work…

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Bird Box is the off-brand version of A Quiet Place
Arts & Entertainment

Paige Crawley | January 4, 2019

Netflix’s latest thriller, Bird Box, already has attracted major attention on Twitter and YouTube, where a spout of memes and blindfold-inspired challenges have arisen.

Bird Box, based on the book…

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Seventh-grader runs 50 5K’s in 50 days for charity
News

Natalie Zgurich | December 27, 2018

There are professional athletes who hate the idea of running. Seventh-grader Kenzie Hirt puts them to shame.

Hirt, who attends Harrison Middle School, just completed a streak in which she did a 5K run…

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“Stronger than Hate” logo created by a Baldwin grad
Features

Austin Bechtold | November 6, 2018

The creator of the popular ‘Stronger than Hate” logo, designed in the wake of last weekend’s shooting at a Squirrel Hill synagogue,  is a 1996 Baldwin graduate.

Tim Hindes created the logo to…

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Online petition seeks removal of senator from Baldwin hall of fame
Midterm Elections

Fiona Selden | October 23, 2018

Senior Julia Gaetano has started an online petition to remove Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch from Baldwin’s Distinguished Highlander Alumni Hall of Fame, but administration has no plans to do so.

Gaetano said…

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Whitehall fourth grader to compete at Augusta National golf course
Sports

Natalie Zgurich | October 4, 2018

When he was 2 years old, Whitehall fourth-grader Michael Quallich played with plastic golf clubs. In April, he will be playing at Augusta National, one of the most prestigious golf courses in the world….

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