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Stories from Baldwin High School - PA
Shaner, honored for Holocaust education, focuses on many social issues
Features

Asmita Pokharel | May 17, 2022

When she was in eighth grade, Kaylee Smolko got to speak with a Holocaust survivor as part of a program organized by gifted support teacher Daniel Shaner.

“It is emotional because you can read books…

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Lamar returns with new sounds, more social commentary
Arts & Entertainment

Sam Tobiczyk | May 16, 2022

By the time Kendrick Lamar released his fourth album, Damn., it seemed like he had accomplished everything a musical artist could.

He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on that album, becoming the only…

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Baldwin alum to pitch his makeup for men on ‘Shark Tank’
Features

Grace Spozarski | May 11, 2022

Class of 2009 alum Jon Shanahan was voted Class Clown and later ran a half marathon in a suit for his YouTube channel. He now uses his creative mind as a business mogul, and in his latest adventure, he…

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Baldwin staff members share opinions through podcasts, radio
Arts & Entertainment

Ethan Spozarski | May 3, 2022

Many people like to post their opinions about sports and entertainment on social media, with Will Smith’s “Oscar slap” of Chris Rock and the 3,000th hit by Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera dominating…

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Three hockey players help pioneer new all-girls league
Sports

Kenzie Hirt | April 28, 2022

Freshman Delaney Howard and junior Evelyn Wright made their mark on the new PIHL Girls Hockey League from the first game, with Howard scoring the first goal in league history and Wright taking the first…

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Pitt’s Tre Tipton talks college football with Purb Take podcast
Audio

Ethan Spozarski | April 25, 2022

This story was originally published on Purbalite on April 21, 2022.

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Student athletes, alums reflect on how Title IX shaped their lives
Sports

Purbalite Staff | April 12, 2022

In 1972, only one in 27 female students participated in high school sports, according to an article in History.com. Now, due in large part to Title IX, the federal legislation that has required equal sports…

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Chris Mack of 93.7 The Fan talks Pens, Steelers with Purb Take podcast team
Audio

Ethan Spozarski | March 24, 2022

Chris Mack, a Baldwin graduate who now co-hosts the morning sports talk radio show on 93.7 The Fan, joins the Purb Take sports podcast to talk about about Penguins trades and Steeler free agent signings.

This…

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Baldwin alums return with live sports coverage
Sports

Jacob Staley | February 28, 2022

Baldwin Class of 2017 alum Jake Mysliwczyk has been interested in cameras and filming since he was little. Now he owns a business that brings live Baldwin football and basketball broadcasts to Highlander…

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Your substitute teacher is a minor league baseball pitcher
Sports

Carson Chapel | February 16, 2022

Baldwin alum Sean Kealey has been a substitute teacher at the high school for the past few months, but over the summer he was on the pitching mound in Wisconsin, getting his first shot as a reliever in…

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Purb Take podcast offers Super Bowl predictions
Audio

Carson Chapel | February 9, 2022

The Purb Take sports podcast team returns for a fourth and final week of coverage of the NFL playoffs.

This week the focus is on Super Bowl LVI, which features the Bengals vs. the Rams.

Listen…

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Disney plans for live-action ‘Snow White’ stir debate
Arts & Entertainment

Eliza Swanson | February 3, 2022

Disney is revising its plans for a live-action remake of the classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs following actor Peter Dinklage’s criticism.

In recent years, diversity within film…

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Baldwin alum goes from ‘Buffy’ fan to Hollywood career as writer for HBO series
Features

Izzy Swanson | December 16, 2021

Baldwin Class of 2010 alum Alyssa Thorne never imagined that she would go from watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer to sitting across the table from the people who wrote it as part of her job as a TV writer. 

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Alum Jack Hillgrove follows the path of his grandfather in journalism
Features

Sam Tobiczyk | December 14, 2021

While Class of 2017 Baldwin alum Jack Hillgrove shares a last name with his grandfather – legendary Pittsburgh sports broadcaster Bill Hillgrove – he owes much of his success to his own ambition and…

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Former “Lost Boy” shares his journey from Sudan to Baldwin
Features

Ava Bell | December 7, 2021

Gabriel Ajang faced many life-threatening struggles when he was 9 years old and was forced to flee his village as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, but one of the more terrifying was his encounter with a…

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Purb Take podcast talks baseball with BHS alum from DK Pittsburgh Sports
Audio

Paul Kercher | December 3, 2021

This story was originally published on Purbalite on December 2, 2021.

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Security chief branches out into nationally published comic books
Features

Ava Bell | November 5, 2021

Security Chief Loran Skinkis, who is also a cartoonist, recently has had his artwork reach a new level of recognition in the comics world. Ironically, two of his biggest works involve tree-related characters. 

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Purb Take podcast interviews Penguins broadcaster
Audio

Ethan Spozarski | October 26, 2021

This story was originally published on Purbalite on October 25, 2021.

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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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