May 2009 Smoke Signals Issue 7

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  • Smoke Signals summer 2009 volume 40 issue 07 Peters Township High School Congrats Girls Lax! 3-Time WPIAL Champions The Varsity Girls Lacrosse team beat Upper Saint Clair 18-15, winning their thrid consecutive WPIAL Championship Photo sumbitted by Mrs. Schwartz Imagination Celebration Sets New Precedents Kaitlyn Richert Staff Writer For the first time in five years, PTHS hosted a district wide Arts Festival, Imagination Celebration, which combined the outstanding artwork and accomplishments of the Media, Art, Music, Business, and Consumer Science departments. On display from Friday, May 15, to mid-afternoon on May 16th, the aesthetic scene of artwork included pieces by students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Throughout both days of the festival, various performances took place in the gym and the auditorium from the Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, Drill Team, and the Dance Team. The McMurray and Middle School students also performed in groups for band, orchestra, and choir. The Media department displayed hundreds of photographs taken by photography students and also featured five different videos created by broadcast students, some of which that recently won awards this year. Digital Design artwork and other various Middle School projects also filled the library. Artwork featured throughout the hallways included portraits by eighth grade advanced art students, pastel artwork by Bower Hill and Pleasant Valley students, and ceramics designs represented in glass windows. The Cafeteria was primarily set aside for artwork by Middle School and High School students and ceramics pieces, also providing food and refreshments for visitors. Ultimately, Imagination Celebration proved to be a fabulous success as it united the entire community with a hint of pride for our great accomplishments as a school district. I think the festival was a great way to end the year, as well as show all of our hard work, stated junior Erika Hubbell, who participated in Wind Symphony and Choir. The bar has now been set at a higher level for our next annual arts festival. Photos submitted by Mrs. Boni page 11 page 3 Farewell to teachers page 4 opinion The truth about Swine Flu features A look at the last four years in PTHS athletics news Sports Inside A preview of summer movies page 9
  • reference Summer 2009 Sunday 17 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday May 2009 18 19 Peace Day 24 Smoke Signals 20 21 26 Penny Day 27 28 Memorial Day No School 1 2 3 Doughnut Day 8 4 Egg Day 9 10 16 Fly a Kite Day 21 22 23 28 30 Paul Bunyon Day 18 13 Graduation 7:00 pm 19 World Jugglers Day 20 Garfields Birthday 25 26 Bald Eagle Day 27 June 2009 Meteor Day Escape From School Maze Smoke Signals Smoke Signals is produced eight times during a school year by the students of Media II, III, IV Journalism and extracurricular staff at Peters Towship High School, 264 E. McMurray Road, McMurray PA 15317. Telephone: 724-941-6250 x.5379. E-mail: sitlern@pt-sd.org. Commentaries, reviews, and opinion columns are the expressed opinion of the author and not of Smoke Signals, its advisor or the Peters Township School District. Member of the Pennsylvania School Press Association. ASSISTANT EDITOR Andrea Briggs National Yo-Yo Day U.F.O Day 29 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Rene Wunderlich 6 12 Last Day of School 24 Fathers Day JFKs Birthday 5 11 17 Kennywood Day 30 First Ford Car Constructed Donald Ducks Birthday 15 29 National Hamburger Day 31 14 23 Circus Day 25 7 22 NEWS EDITOR Stephanie Cotugno FEATURES EDITORS Dana Hoelle Bridget Stasenko OPINION EDITOR Emily Estep SPORTS EDITOR Taylor Relich MARKETING EDITORS Paige Burris Shelby Miller End Start STAFF WRITERS Gabrielle Brinsky, Amy Burzotta, Averi Clements, Conor Jackson, Ian Jackson, Colleen Lugar, Monica Paterra, Kaitlyn Richert, Matt Schilling, Matt Sikora, Bethany Suchy LAYOUT EDITOR Emily Correal LAYOUT TEAM Paige Burris, Shelby Miller Taylor Miller MANAGING EDITOR Katie Ellis ADVISOR Mrs. Sitler Courtesy of Puzzlemaker.com Start in the middle square and try to escape!
  • news Summer 2009 In a Nutshell: The Past Four Years Stephanie Cotugno News Editor Four years ago, the senior class of Peters Township started high school as new, innocent freshmen ready to embark on a journey into their adult life. Since that first, unmarked year, there have been endless changes affecting the school district along with the formation of plans the district will execute after the senior class departures. However, Peters high school is just a tiny piece of the big picture. February 2005 YouTube officially goes online. The 77th Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, are held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, with Million Dollar Baby winning Best Picture. April 2005 ABC News anchor Peter Jennings announces on World News Tonight that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer. It is his last on-air appearance. May 2005 Nintendo opens up its first retail store, Nintendo World, in Rockefeller Center in New York City. .July 2005 Lance Armstrong wins a record 7th straight Tour de France before his retirement. August 2005 Hurricane Katrina forms over the Bahamas and becomes the sixth strongest hurricane ever to reach the United States. February 2006 The Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Winter Olympics are held in Turin, Italy. December 2006 Saddam Hussein is executed by hanging in Baghdad. What In The World...? In four years, events occur that have the power to affect the nation. Each event creates an impact on society by altering a piece of the lives Americans live. From the years 2005 to 2009, 1440 days have passed, 2073600 minutes have gone by, and 48 months have changed. These years in review represent the memories involving struggles, accomplishments, disasters, and discoveries along with times Americans will continue to reminisce about for years to come. January 2007 Comet McNaught, the brightest comet to appear in more than 40 years, becomes visible over the Southern Hemisphere. Microsoft releases Windows Vista and Office 2007. February 2007 Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 79th Academy Awards, where The Departed wins Best Picture. April 2007 Virginia Tech Shooting occurs; 33 people are killed. July 2007 The final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released and sells over 11 million copies in the first 24 hours, becoming the fastest selling book in history. August 2008 The 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing, China. Michael Phelps wins his record-breaking eighth gold medal. November 2008 Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, and Joe Biden is elected the 47th Vice President. January 2009 Barack Obama makes a change and officially becomes our 44th president on Inauguration Day. February 2009 The Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII! Seasonal Flu or Deadly Virus? Smoke Signals Gabrielle Brinsky Staff Writer Swine usually get a certain flu once a year, mainly in the late fall or winter. They suffer fevers, coughing, running noses, sneezing, loss of appetite, and breathing difficulties. The flu is common in swine throught the midwestern United States, Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe, Kenya, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of eastern Asia. As of April 27, 2009, at least 40 cases of swine flu in humans have been reported in California, Texas, and New York City. Swine influenza was first proposed to be a disease related to human influenza during the 1918 flu pandemic, when pigs became sick at the same time as humans. The virus is a type A with four subtypes, including H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H3N1. The 2009 flu outbreak is due to a new strain of subtype H1N1 not previously reported in pigs. The pigs are suspected to have caught this new strain of virus from a farm worker who recently returned from Mexico and showed symptoms of an influenza-like illness. When a human gets the symptoms, they have a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue. Symptoms vary from mild to severe; if left untreated, the flu can easily progress into pneumonia, respiratory failure, or even death. The centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed a recent case in Allegheny County. The man was in his 30s, and because the illness was not severe, has recovered. The Pennsylvania Health Department recently reported 10 confirmed and 18 probable H1N1 cases in the state. Due to a lack of vaccine to cure this flu, the precautions people can take are to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash hands often, avoid close contact with sick people, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of germs. However, there is no guaranteed method of prevention. Once you are able to rule out the seasonal virus, the only flu virus is H1N1, said allegheny county health d Compiled by Katie Ellis Monty Pythons Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch caused quite a stir in Shoreditch, London, when it was mistaken for a real weapon. Roads were blocked off, and a nearby pub was evacuated when water company engineers spotted the prop by a fire hydrant. An hour later, bomb experts determined that the grenade was, in fact, a fake, and police were criticized for taking so long to realize that there was no threat. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Stanley Wayne Carter has admitted to living in a familys attic without their knowledge for more than a week, sneaking into their house when no one was there, and stealing a few of their belongings. Carter had originally been staying with a neighboring family, but when they asked him to leave he moved into the Ferrances attic for ten days in December. C