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Back On Track

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Have you ever felt down and lost in life, or feel like you have lost control?

“Back On Track” is the title of the 2019-20 Marching Band show that focuses on the idea of recovering and getting back on track when life knocks you down.

“My favorite part about the show is the emotional transition before ‘Man of Constant Sorrow,’” said Connor Slemp (9). “It reminds me of going to high school when I gained freedom.”

Everyone has their own ways of dealing with their issues and it is important that you do so you can recover. As the show progresses, the railroad is broken and they put the pieces together to signify overcoming challenges.

“Everyone has struggles in life,” said Teagan Starenchak (10). “Music is something I can use to get through them.”

In the show, prisoners and railroad workers use music to get their mind off of the back-breaking work. Worrying about the issue will often stress a person out so one could use music to find their way.

“My family is based around music so playing music reminds me of good times with them,” said Slemp.
The closer of the show is the song, “I’ll Fly Away,” to show overcoming challenges. It’s much faster and a stronger song than “Down To The River To Pray,” which was in the ballad.

“It generally takes me about a week to get over most things but other things take longer,” said Slemp.

The show expresses a change through many emotions and ups and downs to get to the goal. You just have to push through like a train ready to get back on track and get through it.

“Many times I’ve wanted to give up, but I knew I shouldn’t because there are others who depend on me,” said Slemp.

Life isn’t always easy and when it’s not, you have to keep your mind focused on your goal and stay determined like a train that won’t stop.

Activity Period Change

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This year JB started the school year off with new students, new teachers, and a new activity period change. Activity period is now after third period compared to past years where it was at the start of the day.  This has been a major adjustment. Faculty would use this time to prepare for classes and students would use this time to check homework and review for tests. 

Mr. Samuel Dickey (Principal) wanted to get a jump start to the student’s academic day. School doors open at 8:00 a.m.  Because of our geographical area, busses are arriving between 8:00- 8:30 a.m. Homeroom ends at 8:35 and students are off to first period.

Students arriving as early as 8 a.m. have 35 minutes of free time to begin their day, while students who are dropped off closer to 8:30 walk in and have to begin their day right away. Dickey feels the best approach is to have students begin their academic day right away while they are productive and have a positive attitude.

“Sometimes our days took forever to get started,” said Dickey.

There are many mixed feelings about the new change and a lot of adjusting. It’s a new experience for students that were used to the same schedule. 

“I can’t do my work in the morning,”  said Evan Clopper (11).

“I have to come to school now right away,” said Syrus Maldonado (12).

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Some feel that with the new activity period change their day goes by faster; instead of having classes back to back, they can have a break between classes. Others feel having activity period first thing in the morning allowed students to ask teachers questions about homework they were not understanding or finish homework from the night before.

“It gives me a break throughout my periods,” said Johnny Crowe (12).

This has been an adjustment for all faculty and students. “It’s a change that’s open for discussion,” said Dickey.

In the past years, students thought activity period was optional in the morning. People would show up late because they had extra time to relax at home. Students now have to come in on time, since we start classes right away. In hopes, Dickey wants to see kids participating in extracurricular activities.

Dancing Through the Decades

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Dancing Through the Decades

President of Student Council, Sarah Kimmel (12) paints a sign for spirit week.

President of Student Council, Sarah Kimmel (12) paints a sign for spirit week.

President of Student Council, Sarah Kimmel (12) paints a sign for spirit week.

President of Student Council, Sarah Kimmel (12) paints a sign for spirit week.

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Homecoming has been a tradition at James Buchanan High School for many years. For alumni, it’s a time to reminisce. The student body sees it as a time for dancing and pep rallies; however, for a small group of students it’s the busiest time of the year. The Student Council takes on a hefty workload behind the scenes to make sure this grand event runs smoothly. 

“We had a work day right after school ended last year to plan the dance,” said Bella Shupp (11), “We laid out all the details.” 

This year, Homecoming is much earlier than previous years. This put extra pressure on Student Council members to have everything ready on time. Students usually come to the dance and see the decorations, but don’t realize how much work and planning it requires. They had to book the DJ, make decorations, design t-shirts, and plan the pep rally. 

“We put up flyers and made a bulletin board to help spread the word to get participation,” said Timothy Helman (10). 

The theme is “Dancing Through the Decades.” To promote the theme, the bulletin board was decorated with records and retro fonts. For Spirit Week, each day was a different decade starting with the 50s and ending with the 90s. 

“We chose this theme because it is easy for people to participate,” said Helman.

Many people within the school own Converses, scrunchies, and many other things that were popular fashion trends in past decades. This makes it easy to show school spirit and participate throughout the week. The Student Council also wanted to boost school spirit even more; they plan to do this through the pep rally with fun games and songs. 

“The Homecoming candidates will be singing karaoke,” said Shupp, they will also be doing a fashion show with toilet paper.” 

The Homecoming King candidates this year are: Nick Alfree (12), Brady Bigler (12), Dean King (12), Grant Souder (12), and Jacob Troupe (12). The Homecoming Queen candidates are: Kaitlyn Ebersole (12), Lily Faust (12), Ella Heckman (12), Reilly Heinbaugh (12) and Hannah Kimmel (12). 

“All the seniors nominated candidates,” said Shupp. “Then the whole school is allowed to vote for the final King and Queen.”

Typically the football game is on a Friday night and the dance takes place the next day on a Saturday night, but this year the game and dance are all in the same day. Saturday at 1 PM the game starts. At halftime the King and Queen will be announced, then at 7 PM the dance begins. 

“I just hope that everyone has fun at Homecoming. It’s a time to relax and not worry about school,” said Shupp.  

At the end of last school year, members of Student Council congregated together to plan out next year’s Homecoming. Since then, Student Council has been implementing their ideas that were written down on paper into reality. 

 

A Jamboree to the End of the School Year.

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A Jamboree to the End of the School Year.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

Playing some jenga, Sadie Garbinski (9), Ashley Alfree (9), Colby Starr (10), and Kaanan Hissong (10) work to not knock down the stack.

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All Graduates Need is Money!

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Back Row: Emily Gipe (12), Jakob Line (12), Grace Amsley (12), Abby Carbaugh (12), Lindsay Ambrisco (12). Row 5: Cormac Houpt (12), Owen Stoner (12), Noah Wise (12), Maggie Strawoet (12), Chapin Mowen (12), Saige Heckman (12), Shaelyn Kaiser (12), Madison Dorsey (12). Row 4: Harley Rife (12), Kiersten Siko (12), Kayla Noll-Bader (12), Jarrett Iverson (12), Dylane McCardell (12), Bryce Ocker (12), Anna Zimmerman (12), Jackie Wagaman (12), Aria-Jewel Barnett (12). Row 3: Olivia Harmon (12), Cass Martin (12), Kylei Martin (12), Alyssa Blair (12), Dan Corcoran (12), Dale Miller (12), Emily Newman (12), Jared Moquin (12), Gwen Hunt (12). Row 2: Kristen Louder (12), Chelsea Wareham (12), Madi Shupp (12), Michael Newman (12), Lizzie Pittman (12), Dawson Green (12), Emily Palmerchuck (12), Allison Collings (12), Hannah Zomak (12), Kelsi Parson (12). Front: Kendra Martin (12), Emma Gipe (12), Jakob Dorty (12), Alex Horst (12), Shay Fisher (12), Deanna Grove (12), Ashley Grove (12), Hailey Young (12), Amber Clark (12), Kristin Embly (12).

Back Row: Emily Gipe (12), Jakob Line (12), Grace Amsley (12), Abby Carbaugh (12), Lindsay Ambrisco (12). Row 5: Cormac Houpt (12), Owen Stoner (12), Noah Wise (12), Maggie Strawoet (12), Chapin Mowen (12), Saige Heckman (12), Shaelyn Kaiser (12), Madison Dorsey (12). Row 4: Harley Rife (12), Kiersten Siko (12), Kayla Noll-Bader (12), Jarrett Iverson (12), Dylane McCardell (12), Bryce Ocker (12), Anna Zimmerman (12), Jackie Wagaman (12), Aria-Jewel Barnett (12). Row 3: Olivia Harmon (12), Cass Martin (12), Kylei Martin (12), Alyssa Blair (12), Dan Corcoran (12), Dale Miller (12), Emily Newman (12), Jared Moquin (12), Gwen Hunt (12). Row 2: Kristen Louder (12), Chelsea Wareham (12), Madi Shupp (12), Michael Newman (12), Lizzie Pittman (12), Dawson Green (12), Emily Palmerchuck (12), Allison Collings (12), Hannah Zomak (12), Kelsi Parson (12). Front: Kendra Martin (12), Emma Gipe (12), Jakob Dorty (12), Alex Horst (12), Shay Fisher (12), Deanna Grove (12), Ashley Grove (12), Hailey Young (12), Amber Clark (12), Kristin Embly (12).

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Back Row: Emily Gipe (12), Jakob Line (12), Grace Amsley (12), Abby Carbaugh (12), Lindsay Ambrisco (12). Row 5: Cormac Houpt (12), Owen Stoner (12), Noah Wise (12), Maggie Strawoet (12), Chapin Mowen (12), Saige Heckman (12), Shaelyn Kaiser (12), Madison Dorsey (12). Row 4: Harley Rife (12), Kiersten Siko (12), Kayla Noll-Bader (12), Jarrett Iverson (12), Dylane McCardell (12), Bryce Ocker (12), Anna Zimmerman (12), Jackie Wagaman (12), Aria-Jewel Barnett (12). Row 3: Olivia Harmon (12), Cass Martin (12), Kylei Martin (12), Alyssa Blair (12), Dan Corcoran (12), Dale Miller (12), Emily Newman (12), Jared Moquin (12), Gwen Hunt (12). Row 2: Kristen Louder (12), Chelsea Wareham (12), Madi Shupp (12), Michael Newman (12), Lizzie Pittman (12), Dawson Green (12), Emily Palmerchuck (12), Allison Collings (12), Hannah Zomak (12), Kelsi Parson (12). Front: Kendra Martin (12), Emma Gipe (12), Jakob Dorty (12), Alex Horst (12), Shay Fisher (12), Deanna Grove (12), Ashley Grove (12), Hailey Young (12), Amber Clark (12), Kristin Embly (12).

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Back Row: Emily Gipe (12), Jakob Line (12), Grace Amsley (12), Abby Carbaugh (12), Lindsay Ambrisco (12). Row 5: Cormac Houpt (12), Owen Stoner (12), Noah Wise (12), Maggie Strawoet (12), Chapin Mowen (12), Saige Heckman (12), Shaelyn Kaiser (12), Madison Dorsey (12). Row 4: Harley Rife (12), Kiersten Siko (12), Kayla Noll-Bader (12), Jarrett Iverson (12), Dylane McCardell (12), Bryce Ocker (12), Anna Zimmerman (12), Jackie Wagaman (12), Aria-Jewel Barnett (12). Row 3: Olivia Harmon (12), Cass Martin (12), Kylei Martin (12), Alyssa Blair (12), Dan Corcoran (12), Dale Miller (12), Emily Newman (12), Jared Moquin (12), Gwen Hunt (12). Row 2: Kristen Louder (12), Chelsea Wareham (12), Madi Shupp (12), Michael Newman (12), Lizzie Pittman (12), Dawson Green (12), Emily Palmerchuck (12), Allison Collings (12), Hannah Zomak (12), Kelsi Parson (12). Front: Kendra Martin (12), Emma Gipe (12), Jakob Dorty (12), Alex Horst (12), Shay Fisher (12), Deanna Grove (12), Ashley Grove (12), Hailey Young (12), Amber Clark (12), Kristin Embly (12).

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On May 14, 65 students from James Buchanan High School participated in the Senior Awards Ceremony. At the ceremony, students were given a numerous awards that had varying amounts of money. In total, there was an estimate of $200,000 in awards that were given out to students.

Gavin Barnhart (12) receives a department award from Mr. Thomas Bradley (Faculty).

At the ceremony, 175 awards were offered from the school and local businesses in the area. There were a couple of awards that did not deal with money. Amber Clark (12) received the Violet Clark award in honor of her sister.

“…The person who gets that award is supposed to exemplify everything that Violet stood for and being like a younger sister, that was something that she put onto Amber,” said Olivia Harmon (12).

In order for students to receive these awards, there is a certain criteria that a student must meet to qualify for the award. Things like career path, where a person lives, and GPA all are considered when choosing winners.

“The first main criteria is to fill out the universal application,” said Mrs. Mary Cristofano (Faculty). “[…] We eliminate those who do not fit the criteria, and then we look at the student’s need and how they represent the purpose of the award.”

For some students, getting an award, especially the Glazier award, was something that students were most anxious about. This award gave 17 students $2,361 dollars each.

“Towards the end when they were giving out the Glazier award, I felt nervous because only the top 20 people get it…” said Emily Newman (12).

The amount of money that was given to students will help pay for tuition as well as other necessities for college.

“I will be using my money for board and room because (F&M) gave me a full tuition college scholarship, and it will help pay for my books,” said Kelsi Parson (12).

Mr. Dickey ended the ceremony by acknowledging the students who came and received awards for their achievements throughout high school. With one last cheer, the proud parents of 65 students applaud for the Class of 2019. 

A Louder Finale

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If you went to James Buchanan Middle School, chances are you saw Mr. Gary Louder (Faculty) at least once. The 2018-2019 school year is the last year you’ll see Louder, though. After 35 years in the Tuscarora School District, Louder is retiring at the end of the school year.

As a graduate of Altoona Area High School, he stayed local for his first two years of college. He attended Penn State’s Altoona campus for his first two years, then transferred to the main campus to finish his studies. After graduating from Penn State with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, he first began teaching in Oneonta, New York before returning to his home state to teach for a couple years in Potter County, Pennsylvania.

“After starting my teaching career, I went back to Penn State during the summers and received my Master’s Degree in Music Education,” Louder said.

After leaving Potter County, Louder was interviewed for an opening at JBMS. The opening was for the seventh- and eighth-grade Band director, which he was then hired for. For the beginning of his career at the middle school, that was all that he taught, but as the years progressed, he took on more duties.

“For the past eleven years, I have directed the Middle School Orchestra,” said Louder, “and for the past nine years, the sixth-grade Band.”

Louder conducts the high school Band as they play “Liberty March.”

It’s not just the middle school that Louder teaches at, though. For the past two years, Louder has been teaching elementary band lessons. He also served at the assistant high school band director for seventeen years.

“The Mummer’s Parade and the Apple Blossom Parade are our two big trips for the year,” Louder said. “However, the band also marches at the Mercersburg Halloween Parade and the Mercersburg and St. Thomas Memorial Day Parades, as well as participating in the Homecoming Parade.”

With parades every year and thirty-five years in Tuscarora alone, many memories are made. Louder’s favorite memory with the JBMS Band is when they were selected as the Junior Royalty Parade Honor Band for the 2010 Buckhannon, West Virginia Strawberry Festival. They traveled by coach bus, spent Friday and Saturday marching in parades, and toured the West Virginia University football and basketball venues on the way back.

“Another memorable trip was when the band marched in a 4th of July parade in downtown Washington, D.C., representing Mercersburg as one of the birthplaces of an American president,” said Louder.

Louder has represented Mercersburg in surrounding states, but he’s also active in the musical community of Mercersburg.

“Out of school, I have been director of the Mercersburg Area Community Band for the last 14 years,” Louder said.

Louder speaks during his time on stage.

Once summer rolls around and Louder has officially retired, he will still be directing the Mercersburg Area Community Band. As Louder leaves the school, he offers advice to new teachers.

“Find a school district where you feel comfortable and determine what age group fits your personality and teaching talents,” said Louder.

Alongside his regular summer routine of directing, Louder plans to vacation at the seashore. He also looks forward to having free time to do what he wants, when he wants. However, he also still has duties at home.

“If this summer is anything like last year, I’ll spend the rest of the summer mowing my lawn,” said Louder.

With Louder’s 35 years in Tuscarora School District, plus more in other school districts, he has inspired hundreds of students to continue playing music after they’ve left him at the middle school.

 

Rockets Catching the Dub for School Spirit

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Cass Martin (12) and Hannah Kimmel (11) lip sync their portion of the Lip Dub project as Austin Thomas (10) films and Mr. Kevin Gustafson (Faculty) carries a speaker with the music.

Cass Martin (12) and Hannah Kimmel (11) lip sync their portion of the Lip Dub project as Austin Thomas (10) films and Mr. Kevin Gustafson (Faculty) carries a speaker with the music.

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Cass Martin (12) and Hannah Kimmel (11) lip sync their portion of the Lip Dub project as Austin Thomas (10) films and Mr. Kevin Gustafson (Faculty) carries a speaker with the music.

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Cass Martin (12) and Hannah Kimmel (11) lip sync their portion of the Lip Dub project as Austin Thomas (10) films and Mr. Kevin Gustafson (Faculty) carries a speaker with the music.

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On Tuesday May 7 the faculty and students at James Buchanan High School showed what being a Rocket is all about during their morning activity period.  Students in Mr. Kevin Gustafson’s (Faculty) Sports and Entertainment Marketing classes planned a Lip Dub in which the whole school participated. Every club, sports team, student and faculty member were shown off in the lip-syncing video.

Students in the class stayed after school Monday to decorated the halls with balloons, streamers, and posters sporting our school colors and cheering on the Rockets to show off during the video. Also, most students wore green and white to show school spirit, representing their various organizations.

“Coach G had the idea last year and showed us a couple of different schools doing lip dubs, which made us decide to plan our own,” said Madison Bailey (11).

The Lip Dub project showcased clubs like National Honors Society, Foreign Exchange Club, Work Co-Op, and sports like Football, Softball, Baseball, and Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis. 

Many people helped plan the Lip dub to make it run as smoothly as possible. Each club or sport was assigned to an area in the hallway. As a mashup of popular songs played over the loudspeaker of the school, students from Gustafson’s class filmed each club and sports team.

“We had to first start with songs,” said Bailey. “Considering what songs were the most popular and unblocked from the United States on YouTube.”

A map of where the clubs and sports teams were supposed to stand helped keep everything organized. A designated singer was assigned to certain areas in the school that walked through as each song played.

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Austin Thomas (10) and Mr. Kevin Gustafson (Faculty) pose for a photo after the third run of the Lip Dub Project on Tuesday. Austin was behind the camera and Mr. Gustafson had a speaker to play the music.

“Most of the student body was involved,” said Trenton Bradley (12). “We welcomed all clubs and sports teams to participate and we trusted them with the freedom to do their own act.”

There was even an activity period where everyone spent time practicing for the Lip Dub to work out some small kinks before the actual video was filmed.

“We even timed all the different switches between hallways and turns and began to place clubs in their different areas on the map,” said Bailey.

 

After all the clubs and sports were featured in the Lip Dub, everyone sprinted to the gym for a miniature pep rally where teachers and students did the wave and cheered. The drum line also pepped up the crowd for the video while the basketball team dunked to show our school spirit as a grand finale in the Lip Dub.

The Sports and Entertainment Marketing Class is now working on the editing process. They have to put all the clips together and add the music to make the final product.

“Expect to see the Lip Dub within the following weeks of filming,” said Bradley. “Definitely before the end of the 2019 school year.”

When the finished product of the Lip Dub project arrives, the James Buchanan student body will see all the work, planning and editing put in to make this happen.

“It was a lot, but between the two Sports and Entertainment Marketing classes and students, it became a huge success,” said Bailey.

 

 

2019 Special Olympics

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On May 1 2019, the James Buchanan High school hosted their own Special Olympics. Taking place at the rocket stadium, schools in the Tuscarora school district bussed their kids to the stadium early Wednesday morning.  With a total of 42 participants; 19 high school participants, 9 Middle School, and 14 elementary school students. Each student competed at 3 events; softball throw, track race, and the long jump. Each school was put into different teams which competed against each other in the different events. Every participant was given 3 tries to get a better distance/score, when the participant finished they were given a popsicle stick telling them what place they received. All the students were happy as they showed off their multiple ribbons to the volunteers as well as their own parents who were welcome to attend the event. The day was filled with lots of cheering and encouragement as students had a chance to come out of their shell and express themselves.

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Class of 2023, This is For You

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The school board at Tuscarora School District has implemented two new graduation requirements into the curriculum for the incoming freshmen of next year, for the Class of 2023. The two classes are titled Personal Finance and State & Local Government/Community History. The teachers in the departments of these classes have shown excitement about including these new required courses. They are anxious to see growth in the students taking the classes since they believe they will see a positive impact from them.

 

The State & Local Government/Community History class being introduced will become part of the required curriculum for the Social Studies department. One advocate for this new class is Mrs. Megan Swailes (Faculty) who is a ninth grade American History teacher. She feels that students should be more aware of the government and history around them that they may not even see and believes that this course will be beneficial towards that.

 

“It’s just to educate the kids on how the local setting is set up and hopefully kind of push them to where they could get involved,” said Swailes.  “Then the history part of it is just acknowledging that you live in a pretty historically-rich area.”

 

The department feels that this class will play a more vital role in the students’ academic career rather than federal government, which most students rarely get involved in throughout their lives. The teachers feel it will motivate the students to get involved in the community that is around them which they have easier access to.

 

“You take federal government but there is not a lot of time for the state and local and that level of government is what people tend to get more involved with,” said Swailes. “That’s the government that we feel we really need to emphasize for kids.”

 

The Personal Finance course has been offered as an option for previous classes but is now being introduced as a requirement for the Class of 2023. This course teaches financial skills such as paying taxes, cashing checks, and preparing for retirement that are very important for adulthood. The department teaching this course hopes students take something positive away from it.

 

“I hope that they learn something that maybe their parents didn’t teach them and that they can use it in life to further their finances and their savings,” said Mrs. Linda Rife (Faculty).

 

With these skills being so essential for adulthood, it is hard to see why a student would not want to take this course to prepare for their life after graduation. Different faculty members at James Buchanan are supporters of the Personal Finance course and feel that it would be helpful to the students.

 

“One of the things people struggle with the most is money, so teaching people how to be prepared financially for after high school I think is just very vital,” said Mrs. Lynn Troutman (Faculty).

 

The rationale behind adding these courses is very simple: both are proven to be very vital for after high school and will give you skills and knowledge that you may not often get the opportunity to learn. The staff hopes to see great things come from the students after taking these graduation requirements.  

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