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State rules will change gender participation in high school sports

State rules will change gender participation in high school sports

By Rowan Young, Carlisle HS, Carlisle, Pa.

November 19, 2014

High school sports team rosters may look different in the future, and they’re not adding positions. On June 19, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) passed a bylaw that will support participation for female athletes. This includes the issue of boys playing girls sports and b...

Popularity of wheelchair hockey continues to grow

Popularity of wheelchair hockey continues to grow

By Jake Hartline, Haverford HS, Havertown, Pa.

November 14, 2014

The whistle blew and the wheels began to turn, the sticks began to swing, and the ball began to roll. It is just another Saturday of hockey for the Philadelphia Powerplay, a power wheelchair floor hockey team based in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. As an organization, their goal is to provide a...

Game Review: Destiny’s graphics and storytelling encourage teamwork

Game Review: Destiny’s graphics and storytelling encourage teamwork

By Micheal Eyer, Tyrone Area High School, Tyrone, Pa.

September 23, 2014

Perhaps the most anticipated game of the year, Destiny launched on Sept. 9 to a hail of excitement and splendor with its beautiful graphics, storytelling, and adaptive gameplay. An MMO/Shooter hybrid with slight RPG elements in places, Destiny aims to set the standard for large, persistent world FPS titl...

First-person shooter game ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ continues dystopian storyline

First-person shooter game ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ continues dystopian storyline

By Micheal Eyer, Tyrone Area HS, Tyrone, Pa.

June 3, 2014

Since the 1990s, the Wolfenstein series has been the predecessor to the modern FPS games that dominate the market today. Combining the deserving nature of an advancing Nazi foe with fast and fun gunplay, Wolfenstein remains a hallmark series in the gaming shelves of countless players. Five years after...

Former dean hosts radio show

Former dean hosts radio show

By Adalie Zanis, Pottsville Area High School, Pottsville, Pa.

June 3, 2014

For 13 years before his retirement in 2012, students were called to see Mr. John Powers, the dean. Now, they can call him. “I don’t think I intimidate people like I did in my office,” Mr. Powers said. Mr. Powers, or JP, as he is known at WPPA radio station in downtown Pottsville, is one ...

Fitness is new focus of physical education

Fitness is new focus of physical education

By Kaelee Rupell, Southern Lehigh HS, Center Valley, Pa.

June 2, 2014

The nature of gym class has changed a great deal throughout the years. From high-activity team sports to more individualized body improvement such as weight lifting, cardio and setting personal goals, personal fitness has evolved greatly since the addition of individualized workout programs for students...

‘Global Nomads’ connect with students in Middle East

‘Global Nomads’ connect with students in Middle East

By Talia Trackim and Taylor Marouchoc

May 28, 2014

A group of 26 freshmen find themselves face to face with students from Pakistan and Afghanistan once a month.

These nurses have seen everything

These nurses have seen everything

By James Mason, Boyertown Area Senior HS, Boyertown, Pa.

May 7, 2014

As far as bizarre nurse visits go, high schoolers have nothing on elementary and junior high students. That’s according to Mrs. Debra Holauchuck and Mrs. Dianne Hopple, Boyertown Area Senior High School's new nursing duo. The nurses replace Mrs. Margaret Schellinger, who retired, and Diana Smith,...

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a grand slam movie

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ is a grand slam movie

By James Mason, Boyertown Area Senior HS, Boyertown, Pa.

May 2, 2014

I’ve been looking forward to seeing "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for nearly two years now, ever since I saw "Moonrise Kingdom," also written and directed by Wes Anderson. Moonrise Kingdom was in my opinion the best movie of 2012, and immediately after seeing it I wanted to see what Anderson (who also c...

Basketball player reaches 1,000-point milestone

Basketball player reaches 1,000-point milestone

By Olivia Bietz, Tyrone Area HS, Tyrone, Pa.

March 18, 2014

Last night senior Jordyn Swogger joined a very elite club by scoring her 1,000th career point in varsity girls basketball. During one of the toughest games of the season against Central, Swogger hit her 1,000 on a three-pointer from the right wing with 1:52 left in the 3rd quarter. But rather than...

Ready for raunchy? Try ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’

Ready for raunchy? Try ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’

By Micheal Eyer, Tyrone Area HS, Tyrone, Pa.

March 11, 2014

"South Park: The Stick of Truth" is what happens when "Final Fantasy" starts making fart jokes. Seriously though, "South Park: The Stick of Truth" (TSOT) is a role playing game centered around the raunchy TV show "South Park." TSOT incorporates numerous gaming classics from titles like the aforementi...

Teacher shares inspiring journey from West Africa to Pennsylvania

Teacher shares inspiring journey from West Africa to Pennsylvania

By Carly Crofcheck, Tyrone Area HS, Tyrone, Pa.

October 15, 2013

If there were a Tyrone Area High School award for miles travelled on life’s journey, TAHS French and chemistry teacher Ganieyou Salamy would be a strong favorite to win. Salamy was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire, also known as Ivory Coast, in West Africa. Salamy’s parents were originally...