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Day In the Life of Mrs. Amsley

Have you ever wondered who is behind student scheduling, report cards and grades? I was able to follow Angie Amsley (Faculty) the principal's secretary to find out just what she does in a day.

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7:00 a.m. – Amsley is the first person to arrive she opens up the school and welcomes the staff as they roll in. She starts her mornings managing the front office as she checks to see if any of the teachers are going to be out. She then organizes and prepares coverages for the teachers and substitutes. Her daughter Grace Amsley (11) keeps her mother company as she waits for the bus to the Franklin County Career & Technology Center.

 

Amsley sits at the front office in the morning scheduling coverages for the day.

The day I followed only two teachers were out so coverages weren’t too difficult. John Lum (Faculty) was the first teacher to arrive coming in at a little after 7:00 a.m. and Mr. Rodney Benedick (Faculty) the principal of James Buchanan arrived at 7:20.

 

8:00 a.m. -Amsley makes her way back to her office and finishes the coverages. She organizes and gives Benedick all the papers he needs to sign, like trip forms and club approvals. Two additional teachers were now off, so it was Amsley’s responsibility to prepare their coverages. Mrs. Suzanne Palmerchuck (Faculty), is the In-Building Substitute, whose job is to be at the high school to cover any positions. If there is no position that needs to be covered she goes to the other schools in the district to help. That day Palmerchuck was covering a class at the Mercersburg Elementary

 

y and she was needed to cover the library. Amsley spent most of the morning making phone calls to try to see if Palmerchuck was still available for coverage. After some time Amsley decided to close the library since there was no coverage. She was then called into Benedick’s office to discuss the Christmas gifts for the administrative staff.

 

9:00 a.m. – Amsley checks over timesheets for extra staff such as lifeguards. She makes sure all the time sheets are signed and correct, then sends them to Central Office. She then continues making calls and sending emails to Central Office, teachers, parents and other people in the district, and working on anything Benedick gives her to do. While doing all this, school staff will continually come into her office asking questions and asking her about things they need done.

The day I followed, she also called down a lifeguard that needed to sign their time sheet. Amsley also talked with the other secretaries about how to count the time of tardies and early dismissals. The discussion resulted in Mrs. Mary Cristafano (Faculty) making a cheat sheet for timing absences.

 

 

10:00 a.m- 12:00 p.m. – Here Amsley takes care of a variety of things. Some days she might work on preparing a schedule for a new student, help prepare emergency drills, or fix any problems on the school portal. Every event that happens at the school is cleared and approved by Amsley; that includes pool rentals, music concerts, assemblies, etc. She finalizes the events by putting it on the calendar. Amsley knows everything that happens at the school.

Amsley makes copies of coverages to handout.

The day I followed, Amsley continued to work on the Christmas gifts that Benedick wanted. A student comes down asking for help to get onto their portal and Amsley quickly takes care of the problem.

 

12:45 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. – At this time Amsley goes home for lunch and while she’s there takes care of her two St. Bernards: Copper and Gus.

 

1:00 p.m. – Amsley continues emailing, calling and answering any questions that staff and students might have. Every day is a little different with different things happening.

 

The day I followed, Amsley went to help Athletic Director Mr. Larry Strawoet (Faculty) with technology difficulties. When back at her office, Amsley and Benedict determined what the Christmas gifts should look like. Over the hour a few people came asking questions about attendance and looking to talk to Mr. Benedick.

 

2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. – Since each day is different, Amsley will work on anything that needs to be done. Once the bell rings for the students to leave, Amsley waits until all subs have clocked out and then she is able to pack up and leave for the day. At the beginning of the year, she deals a lot with schedule changes, like when students want drop classes or change lunches. She is also very involved with the food drive, communicating between the school and the families receiving the food. Amsley also prepares the rooms and proctors for all standardized tests in the school like the Keystones and PSATs. She makes sure every guideline is followed and correct. May is the busiest time of the year, with graduation, tests, and final grades all having to be completed.

 

The day I followed a package arrived with a new receiver for the announcement board at the end of the road. The old one had fallen off in a storm and was ruined by the rain. Amsley called up TechOps to let them know it arrived. She also made a new ID card for a student that lost him and sent the Honor Roll list to the newspaper.

 

What we learned-  From following the principal’s secretary, Mrs. Amsley, we learned that she knows everything that is happening and is a key component to running this school. She can help answer any problems that might arise, and every day for Amsley is a new day where she never knows what might happen.

 

The truth of the matter is: nothing in this school happens without the help of Mrs. Amsley, and for that, we are grateful for all her help.

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From Mexico to Mercersburg: Get to Know About Our Exchange Student Fernando

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 Fernando Portales- Marquez (12), hands out souvenirs he brought in to the give to students who attended his informational meeting to let the students’ get to know about his life and hobbies.

Fernando Portales- Marquez (12), hands out souvenirs he brought in to the give to students who attended his informational meeting to let the students’ get to know about his life and hobbies.

Fernando Portales- Marquez (12), hands out souvenirs he brought in to the give to students who attended his informational meeting to let the students’ get to know about his life and hobbies.

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From the city of Leon Mexico, to the little rural community of Mercersburg, Fernando

Portales- Marquez (12), sees first hand the similarities and differences between the two.

 

Portales- Marquez once being part of the Washington County School District, has recently moved with a host family living in the area. He has been welcomed by the Foreign Exchange Club, as well as many other students.

 

“ I am very timid at first,” Portales- Marquez said. “Only at first, then I’m fine.”

 

Being welcomed by Amy and Mike Hicks and student Patrick Hicks (10), they opened their house for Portales- Marquez to be educated on the culture and how people do things in Pennsylvania.

 

“He’s very sweet and is always trying to help out around the house, which makes things a lot easier,” Hicks said.

 

The Hicks go see movies and enjoy family time together to show how an American family interacts.  On Sunday, Nov. 6 the whole family went and supported Patrick at the USBands championships.

 

“They are very good with me.” Portales- Marquez said about his new host family.

 

Even though Portales- Marquez is a new addition to the family, they now consider him as being a big part.

 

“He’s like a foreign brother, because I haven’t known him for long, but we are always around each other,” said Hicks.

 

Just in the short time Portales- Marquez has been living with the family, Mr. Hicks has gotten him interested in maybe being part of the JBHS Wrestling team this winter, and it only took a wrestling video he showed to Portales- Marquez to get him interested.

 

Along with the aspirations of being on the wrestling team, Portales- Marquez also has hobbies he likes to do in his free time. “Bicycling with friends,” was one of his favorite activities to do back in his home town. Portales- Marquez is also a big fan of video games, texting, and playing soccer.

 

“I like to do soccer,” said Portales- Marquez “I played at my old school, North High, in Hagerstown.”

Ferando Portales- Marquez (12), hands out “business cards,” with his information and Snapchat username.

His hopes for the future include going into the business field. With taking the Marketing class provided at James Buchanan, he will learn the requirements and qualities he will have to possess to have a future in this certain field.

 

As far as school goes, his favorite academic course is History because he likes to learn how things happen and why.

 

Some may think, how could he do it? How could he stand to be away from his family for this long? Well, with a strong support system, Portales- Marquez always has his parents behind him in the decisions he makes.

 

“I love my mom: she always helps and supports me,” said Portales- Marquez.

 

Owners of a shoe factory in Mexico, his parents thought it was important for Fernando to come to the States and take the opportunities presented.

 

“To know English is very important, so I want to learn the language and become more independent,” said Portales- Marquez.

 

Portales- Marquez says he can cure his homesickness with a phone call home to his parents and two stepsisters every once and a while.

 

Both Portales- Marquez and the Hicks family have the desire to show him around the country, what makes our country unique, and make sure he enjoys the time here.

 

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Inspirational Individual

The tremendous results of taking your life into your own hands

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May proudly displays the outcome of new lifestyle.

May proudly displays the outcome of new lifestyle.

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May proudly displays the outcome of new lifestyle.

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A teacher at James Buchanan High School has a life-changing story to share.  Her weight loss has transformed her life.  She is now less than half the person she used to be.  

The agriculture teacher Ms. Brittany May (Faculty), has taken her life under control.  On June 27, 2016 she decided to make a change in her life.

“I had found my dream job.  I got to teach agriculture in a community that I know and I love, but I was the limiting factor for my students,” May said.

May wanted to give her students the best experience in the JB agriculture program as possible, but she felt that she couldn’t until she made some changes.  She was unable to participate in certain activities and had to cancel others.  

“They were suffering because I couldn’t give them my 100%,” May said, “That wasn’t ok with me.”

Now, nearly a year and a half later, she is able to give her best to her students. Through hard work, support, and dedication she has changed her life.

“My students are my biggest cheerleaders,” May said.  “I would have never expected to have that connection in the classroom.”

The people in her life help to encourage her when she needs support to continue her new lifestyle. Her life has had many changes, but it hasn’t been easy or fast.

“Small habit changes over the course of time because small changes, instead of a complete overhaul, that’s what’s sustainable,” said May, “Making sure I’m taking care of myself: things like drinking more water, getting more sleep, parking farther away, or using a basket instead of a shopping cart at the grocery store.”

These are just some of the many things that May has changed in her life.  May is part of a group called Optavia. Optavia provides her with many supporters and plays a very big role in her life.  

“The program is called Optavia [and] It’s four parts. I have a health coach, I have a community of people who are doing the exact same thing I’m doing; sometimes I’m their support, sometimes they’re my support,” May said, “I have the learning of the healthy habits along the way and then just the nutritional information.”

Through hard times and small victories May has changed her life in many ways.  She continues to share her story with others as she keeps working to make herself the person she wants to be.

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Making Memories on the Green

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Taking a nice swing Claire sends the ball towards the hole. Photo Credit: Maricris Alfree

Taking a nice swing Claire sends the ball towards the hole. Photo Credit: Maricris Alfree

Taking a nice swing Claire sends the ball towards the hole. Photo Credit: Maricris Alfree

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Being the only girl on the James Buchanan golf team never stopped Claire Alfree (12)  from working hard and competing during her 2017 season. Not only was she the lone girl on the team, she was also the only person to make it to Districts to compete.Alfree considers herself an encouraging source on the golf team. Being a senior, she hopes her teammates listen to her advice and positive feedback.

 

“I’m more of a motivator,” Alfree said. “I know I’m not the best person on the golf team but I try really hard to make it enjoyable for everyone.”

 

Alfree has been playing golf on the James Buchanan team since her freshman year of high school. What got Alfree interested in golf her freshman year was her parents, but the beginning of that season was not her first time playing.

 

“When I was younger, my grandparents would take me out to hit a couple golf balls and see if they would go straight or not,” Alfree said.

 

She has been working to improve her skills in her four years of playing golf on the team, and that is how she made it from Mid-Penn’s on to Districts. Before she went to Districts on Friday, October 6th, she had to work hard on her physical and mental game, more so than she usually had to.

 

“I unfortunately hurt my shoulder at the last regular season match,” Alfree said.

 

Going into Districts with an injury, Alfree had to focus on the little things to get herself prepared for the matches she faced that day.

 

“I couldn’t really golf but I still felt like I needed to golf. I really focused on my short game, which is close around the green,” Alfree said.

 

Although she did not qualify for the last round at Districts, she was ranked well in the list of golfers.

 

“Out of 60 girls I was ranked 39, so that is pretty good for someone who hasn’t golfed for very long,” Alfree said.

 

In the group of girls she was golfing against, Alfree had the second lowest score, but it was only by a difference of two strokes. While in her match, she hit the ball from the T-Box all the way to the green, and almost to the hole, which is not an easy task. Sometimes it can take two to three or even more shots to make it to the green.

 

“Claire shot a 97, which was good considering she was playing injured,” Golf Coach Mr. Mark Wise (Faculty) said.

 

Although she will no longer be playing golf at James Buchanan next year, she has high hopes for them in the next season.

 

“It would be awesome if they had a winning record next year,” she said

 

To anyone that would like to play golf for James Buchanan next season, Alfree gives some tips.

 

“Don’t quit!  You’re supposed to be doing bad, and don’t let one single bad round ruin your game and stop you,” said Alfree.

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A Direction Towards FCCTC

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Elena McNulty, 10, and Tia Campbell, 10, are two students who attend FCCTC.

Elena McNulty, 10, and Tia Campbell, 10, are two students who attend FCCTC.

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Elena McNulty, 10, and Tia Campbell, 10, are two students who attend FCCTC.

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At school, you learn the basic subjects: Math, Science, History, English. There are some subjects that students excel in. These subjects may or may not play a role in students’ careers. There are many opportunities given to students that allows them to choose the right classes for their career. Franklin County Career and Technology Center, also known as Career Tech or FCCTC, offers classes that help students prepare for their future occupation.

 

Career Tech is considered a communal school that offers undergraduates a ‘hands-on experience’ through a specific line of work that students are interested in, such as nursing, veterinary assisting, cosmetology, and mechanics. Students from six different school districts attend, Tuscarora being one of them. This opportunity is offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Elena McNulty, 10, and Tia Campbell, 10, decided to apply for Career Tech.

 

During their freshman year, McNulty and Campbell talked to their guidance counselors about applying for Career Tech. They first heard of this opportunity from meetings that were held at school. There is an open house that takes place in November which students can attend to see what  is offered from Career Tech. If students are interested, they have to go through a small process first.

 

“Students have to fill out a form online through the Career Tech website,” guidance counselor Mrs. Brenda Ford (Faculty) said.

 

“Once students fill out their online application, the Career Center will make a list of students who have applied.” Ford said.

 

The process does not end with just an application, though.

 

“Students will then have to have an interview with one of the representatives from Career Tech,” said Ford.

 

“During the interview, they will ask a couple of questions and, by the end of the interview, the student will know whether or not they have been accepted into their program.” Ford said.

 

During the interview process, both McNulty and Campbell were a little anxious. They did not know how their interview would go, but were relieved to know their ending results.

 

“I was not expecting the interview to go the way it did,” Campbell said. “I only had to answer two questions and then I was told that I was accepted.”

 

McNulty and Campbell were both excited to be a part of the Career Tech community. They wanted to be better prepared for the future that awaits them.

 

“I have always wanted to be a nurse,” McNulty said. “Career Tech gives me a head start on the career I want.”

 

“I am studying to be a nursing assistant,” explained Campbell. “The Allied Health Shop at Career Tech helps me out tremendously.”

 

There are quite a number of students who attend Career Tech, which allows them to be in a well-rounded atmosphere.

 

Career Tech is diverse compared to James Buchanan. Everyone is pretty nice and it’s just a really good environment.”

— Elena McNulty

 

“The one thing that I like most about Career Tech are the people,” Campbell explained.

 

“They are very likeable and easy to get along with. The teachers try to answer questions as best as they can. They are really helpful in the way they teach us.” said Campbell.

 

Like any typical school, there is work that students have to accomplish. They have a lot of studying to do and students have to keep up with every assignment given.

 

“I am not in favor of having a lot of work being assigned, but it’s one of the many challenges, which is my favorite part about Career Tech,” McNulty explains.

 

“I like a challenge every once in awhile. The way we learn our materials is different because it is more workshop and application than just reading from a textbook.” said McNulty.

 

“I normally stay up late to study for tests the next day,” Campbell said.

 

One thing that I would advise students is that you study the materials and always listen to your teachers. You will not pass without studying.”

— Tia Campbell

 

The Career center promotes lifelong learning and prepares students who may need a secondary education. Their goal is to further help undergraduates achieve new knowledge in their field of study. Students use hard work ethics and dedication to help themselves in the long run of their education.

 

More information is available through the FCCTC website at http://www.franklinctc.com/

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Goals of Recovery

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One of the strikers of Girls' Varsity Soccer, Addy Crouse (9), was a strong attribute to the team before becoming afflicted with a concussion during a game against Greencastle

One of the strikers of Girls' Varsity Soccer, Addy Crouse (9), was a strong attribute to the team before becoming afflicted with a concussion during a game against Greencastle

One of the strikers of Girls' Varsity Soccer, Addy Crouse (9), was a strong attribute to the team before becoming afflicted with a concussion during a game against Greencastle

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Hitting your head with an opposing team member. Being cleated while trying to gain possession of the soccer ball. Aggressively pushing and shoving the competition. Twisting your ankle while running down the field. These are just a few examples of what could happen to any player while participating in the sport of soccer.

It was Saturday, September 30th, when the Girls’ Varsity Soccer goalkeeper Meredith Iverson, 9, was guarding the net. She sustained an injury after a girl, from the opposite team, hit her in the face around her left eye.

 

“It was the first half and there was three minutes left,” said Iverson. “The ball came at me and I went for it and the girl just kept running and kneed me in the head.”

 

Iverson was pulled off the field immediately and eventually taken to the hospital once they realized further medical attention would be needed.

After gaining possession of the soccer ball, Meredith Iverson (9), looks up the field for her teammates a few games previous to her injury.

“We went to the hospital” Iverson said. “I got a scan and they told me my orbital bone, which is a bone in my eye socket, had a fracture in it and that tissue was caught in the bone.”

 

Iverson is now not allowed to play soccer until the doctors decide if she needs surgery or not. If she does need surgery, Iverson guesses it will be another month until she is allowed to be active in sports again.

 

Iverson, however, was not the only girl to experience an injury this year on the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team. The team’s strikers, Addy Crouse, 9, and Kadenn Martin, 9, were also injured.

Crouse suffered a concussion during a game against Greencastle. Having hit her head twice in the game, Crouse didn’t realize something was wrong until afterward when she was feeling dizzy and her head hurt.

 

“The trainer for Greencastle came over to me and was checking me out,” Crouse said. “She just said to go home and rest, but then I was trying to walk to the bus and I couldn’t even stand up straight.”

 

Crouse was then taken to the hospital where she was told that she could not play for two weeks. To prevent concussions from happening again, Crouse is supposed to wear a headband while playing soccer so that impacts to her head will not be as severe.

 

One of the other strikers, Martin, had torn her ACL. About eight months ago, Martin said she had hyperextended the tendon and that is when it originally tore. However, Martin did not realize  she was injured until a Northern game a few weeks ago when it started bothering her. After playing a whole season being injured, Martin’s ACL is completely torn and she has to receive surgery.

Before tearing her ACL, Kadenn Martin (9), played as one of the Varsity strikers on the Girls’ Soccer teame she was injured until a Northern game a few weeks ago when it started bothering her. After playing a whole season being injured, Martin’s ACL is completely torn and she has to receive surgery.

“After that [surgery], it will take up to nine months to a year recovery,” Martin said.  “It [ACL] hurts all the time, but there’s nothing I can do about it until I get surgery.”

 

All three athletes had a huge role on the soccer team and their absence forced the team to shift their line-ups and strategy. The girls are on their way to recovery so they are hoping to be ready to play next year.

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LenFest Scholars For Life

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Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12, are two of the honored recipients of the LenFest Scholarship.

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The expenses of college are enough to overwhelm students. And they take every opportunity they can to earn money to pay for those extra years of education. There is one scholarship in particular that not only helps you financially, but it also helps students go through everyday life unlike any other award.  

 

The Lenfest Scholarship was founded upon by H.F (Gerry) and Marguerite Lenfest, who prospered in the oil industry. Because of their wealth, they decided to give money back to the community, especially to students. They came up with the LenFest Scholarship to help students make it to college. The goal was to take kids from rural communities and introduce them into rigorous academic pursuits.

Celebrating their success, Mrs. Lynn Fleury-Adamek, Faculty, and Mrs. Bethany Snyder attend the LenFest Scholarship Awards dinner with recipients Renee Sollenberger, 12, and Nick Garbinski, 12.

 

James Buchanan High School is one of the many schools found in the rural areas of Central and Southern Pennsylvania. Two students from JBHS applied for this Scholarship: Nicholas Garbinski, 12, and Renee Sollenberger, 12.

 

Garbinski and Sollenberger are both very active throughout the school, participating in many extracurricular activities.

 

Garbinski is part of the Swim team, Cross Country team and the Wrestling team, along with being a part of the JBHS Band. 

 

“I am currently looking into engineering…” said Garbinski. “Not sure what kind yet, but I would either go for civil engineering or chemical engineering.”

 

Sollenberger is an athlete in basketball and volleyball. In addition, she is the secretary for the graduating Class of 2017. Like Garbinski, she is also a part of the JBHS Band.  

 

“I am majoring for something in the sciences…” Sollenberger said. “Either biological engineering or just biology.”

 

Sollenberger and Garbinski heard about Lenfest from their school counselors during their junior year. They both decided to take the challenge, but there was a lot of work and effort that was ahead of them.

“There are three different rounds that each student applicant has to go through,” guidance counselor Mrs. Lynn Troutman, Faculty, explained.

 

“The first round is when each applicant gives the basic information about themselves and then they write a short essay,” said Troutman.

 

“If they make it to the next round, they receive three long essays and they must get teacher recommendations along with a counselor recommendation. The third round is when they do an interview with different universities.”

 

They do not find out whether or not they make it as a LenFest Scholar until the end of May. 

 

 

The toughest part about applying for a college or for a scholarship is the wait and the results. Sollenberger and Garbinski started to feel a little anxiety awaiting the results.

 

According to Sollenberger, “I was not the first one to find out about my results. My dad opened the letter before I got home from practice because he really wanted to know what the ending results were.”

 

“I come home to an open letter from LenFest. I could not explain what all I was feeling. All I wanted to know is whether or not I got in,” Sollenberger said. ”

— Renee Sollenberger

 

“Once I pulled out the letter, I felt so relieved. All of that hard work paid off. I told my mom (who at the time, already knew about it) and she said that dad already told me. The biggest surprise was when he came home with flowers in his hand.”

 

“When I found out that Renee got her letter and she got in, that’s when the nerves started to settle in because I did not get the letter yet,” Garbinski said.

 

 

“I checked the mail the next day and holding that letter was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life,” Garbinski said.”

— Nicholas Garbinski

 

“Heart pounding, palms sweating because you are so nervous that you are going to open the letter and it is going to say, ‘Thank you for the application, but no thanks.’ Fortunately I was lucky enough to get the letter, ‘Congratulations you are a LenFest Scholar.’ I was pumped after that.”

 

Troutman described Sollenberger and Garbinski as “two pleasant, strong students academically and their involvement in the school.”

 

She was not surprised when she found out that both of them got accepted.

“All of their hard work and diligence paid off in the end. These students are good examples for what Lenfest is looking for.””

— Lynn Troutman

 

Lenfest is looking for students who show leadership, volunteerism-giving back to the community, and students who have the academic ability to get into prestigious universities.

 

Both Sollenberger and Garbinski agreed that it is worth taking this opportunity. Grades do play an important role in this process. Whether or not students believe they can or can not get the end result is up to them. The more work effort that gets put in can lead to the desired result.

 

To find out more information about this opportunity go to https://www.lenfestscholars.org/

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Get Ready to be at the Courts Around Tennish!

A Successful Season for Amber Clark and the JBHS Tennis Team

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Amber Clark prepares to hit the tennis ball to win the point.

Amber Clark prepares to hit the tennis ball to win the point.

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Amber Clark prepares to hit the tennis ball to win the point.

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The tennis season is short, and the girls have been trying to make the best out of the time that they have together.

James Buchanan’s girls’ tennis team has been enduring a season filled with ups and downs. They have a record of eight wins and seven losses for this fall.

 

This year, the team has 14 girls, but only seven play Varsity. In high school tennis, there are five matches that are played each game, three singles players and two doubles teams, making up seven players that contribute to the points that the team acquires.

James Buchanan Girl’s Tennis Statistics

Out of these seven players, one has stood out amongst the rest.

 

Amber Clark, 11, has persevered, only losing one match throughout the entire season. She plays number three singles, and has been climbing her way to the top of the team since she was a freshman.

 

“I feel like I’m a lot more focused with Tennis than I used to be,” Clark states.

 

This increase in concentration has resulted in improvement, which has been a reoccurring theme in her tennis career. Going from junior varsity in ninth grade, to number two doubles her sophomore year, and she continues to prove her drive as number three singles.

 

In regards to comparing singles and doubles, Clark explains, “Obviously when you’re playing singles, everything’s on you, to get everything right. There is a little more pressure with not having someone there to help me. I kind of like the freedom a little bit more, being by myself, and being able to play the way I want to.”

 

The independence has given Clark a better year than she could have imagined.

 

No one was more surprised about Clark’s essentially undefeated season than her, “I really didn’t expect it. I thought getting into singles it would be a lot tougher than doubles, and it is, but I didn’t think I’d be more successful at singles than I was at doubles.”

 

Tennis has been a memorable experience for her, and she is very grateful for it.

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“I feel blessed to have the season that I’m having, and to have the teammates that I have, and the coach that I have. It’s been a great experience,”

— Amber Clark

Even though the season may be over, Clark and the other top seven are gearing up for Mid-Penn’s, which are quickly approaching. They will be Oct. 5, 6, and 9, and the girls will be facing off against other teams in their division, hoping to be the best.

Dissecting Dr. Strine: Devoted Dad Develops TSD’s Destiny

JB Student Media sat down with new superintendent, Dr. Matthew Strine, to discuss fatherhood, family, sports, and helping students find their passion.

Laughing with the JB Student Media Team, Dr. Matthew Strine opens up about his family, his passion for sports, and his goals for the district in his interview.

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Basketball star. An every-day Michael Phelps. Dad. Superintendent. These are just some of the many designations that set Dr. Matthew Strine apart from the stereotype of just being the head honcho at Tuscarora School District.

 

There is so much more to the man behind the desk than just enforcing rules and promoting educational reform. Like any other average Joe he has interests and a family.

Family plays a significant role in Strine’s life, and his drive for educating stems from that.

 

“My mom was a teacher, my dad was a teacher, my sister was a teacher, I married a teacher, it’s kind of like the family business,” Strine said.

 

Whether it is the educator or father in Strine, he encourages both his children and students to find their purpose.

 

¨I want my kids to find what their passion is and what they are excited about,” said Strine, “ just like I want you all to find your passion and what you’re excited about.¨

 

When Strine is not in his office, he is raising his three children Julia, 14, Jillian, 13, and Joven, 7, alongside his wife, Karen.  They carefully chose the names of their children and they all mean youthful.

I just want them to stay young, have fun, and enjoy life,” Strine explained.

I want my kids to find what their passion is and what they are excited about just like I want you all to find your passion and what you’re excited about.”

— Dr. Matthew Strine

He keeps his own kids in the back of his mind as a motivating influence, questioning, “Is it good enough for them?” when thinking about what he implements at TSD.

 

“My job as a superintendent is to make sure we can read, write, listen, and speak effectively in multiple disciplines… and help connect you with your passion or purpose.”

 

Strine considered himself a student-athlete as he balanced academics and athletics.

 

Despite that, Strine stressed that studies always came first. “It is always, student-athlete in that order,” he said.

 

While his mind was on his grades, his heart was in sports. Strine started his love for sports from swimming and branched off to basketball when his high school coach recruited him for the team. He started every basketball game with the same number, 44, on his back.

Surrounded by students is exactly where Dr. Strine wants to be. “I love being around students,” Strine said. Here he is joined by the 2017-2018 James Buchanan Student Media during their first interview with the passionate superintendent.

“I heard that double digits were kind of lucky to have,” said Strine of his basketball number. 

 

Even though Strine is a sports man, he wants all students to have the best academic experience that is possible.

“Who’s to say that the next greatest invention or humanitarian effort doesn’t start with a 15-year-old or a 12-year-old, or an 18-year-old, or, heaven forbid, a forty-whatever-year-old,” said Strine.

 

Despite Dr. Strine’s sizeable height, authority, and intelligence, he is your typical man. And the best news? He wants YOU to find your passion, purpose, and love for learning just like he did.

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