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“Classical” Madness Takes Over the Rocket Band

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JBHS Drum line, Noah Shank (12), Sarah Funk (12), Zach Slodysko (10), Jacob Troupe (10), Sean Martin (12), Olivia Harman (11), watch the drum majors to stay with tempo. Photo Credit: Dean King

During the 2017 JBHS Marching Band field show, you get to watch the insanity unravel throughout the band as they perform, “Classical Madness.” As the story unfolds, the students’ seemingly cohesive minds turn mad with pieces of music that mesh and intertwine together, and tunes that never finish.


“Classical Madness” is a combination of 40 different pieces of music, including pieces from famous composers Beethoven, Holst, and Copland. The song is arranged by composer John Fannin.


The band is under the direction of band director, Mrs. Sheryl Deike (Faculty), assistant band director Mrs. Christine Metcalf (Faculty), color guard instructor Rachel Deike (Staff), and drill writer and percussion instructor Michael Seville (Staff).

Mrs. Christine Metcalf (Faculty), Mrs. Sheryl Deike (Faculty), Rachel Deike (Staff), Michael Seville (Staff).

“It’s the hardest show, us as a band, has ever done,” said Abby Carbaugh (11). “It pushes us in a good way.”


Led onto the field by drum majors Claire Alfree (12) and Ashley Grove (11), the first song of the show exhibits sanity. With only limited bursts of red, the band builds up for the absurdity to come. The featured soloists for the first song are Jarrett Iverson (11) on trombone, Kirstyn Black (12) on clarinet, Emily Newman (11) on mellophone, and Noah Shank (12) on snare drum.


The second song features dancer Chelsea Wareham (11) as she tempts senior soloist Macey Keefer with a flute to entice her, as well as the rest of the band, to join the “madness.” As the song progresses, Wareham will start to win over others, bringing them to the side of musical insanity.


At the beginning of the show, the Color Guard members are dressed with dark purple vests with black lipstick to accentuate the “madness.” The Color Guard opens their show with limited pops of the color red.

Spinning with swing flags Gwenhvier Hunt (11) and Phylan Cooper (12) anticipate their next move. Photo Credit: Dean King

As the show progresses, the color red is presented more to the audience. With the final push of the last song, the Color Guard switches their ascots that were once white, to dark red, to show the audience the exact moment they have been consumed by the “madness.” It is also accompanied by red flags and scarves that are used to dance with in the “tango” part of the third song.


The band also displays this theme, because what the crowd doesn’t know is that every band member has a red scarf tucked away inside their uniform jacket. Then at the given time, the band members drape the scarf out of their jacket and the color red coats the field.


The JBHS Rocket Band doesn’t just perform half-time shows at football games; they also travel to competitions in the area. Being part of USBands, the band competes against other schools in the 3A Division, which is determined based on the numbers of participants.


On Sept. 17, the band traveled to a competition in Urbana, MD, where the Color Guard came in third out of five and the percussion took home second.


On Oct. 21, the band traveled to Westminster, MD where the whole band came in seventh out of nine competing bands.


The band will continue to prepare for the USBands championships that will be held on Nov. 5, in Allentown, PA.


With three-hour practices on Mondays, after-school practices on Wednesdays, and the all-day competitions that take place on some Saturdays, the band members always find ways to bond and create memories.


“Last year Emily Newman broke her glasses and we taped them with duct tape and she wore them the whole time,” Dawson Green (11) chuckled as he shared his favorite memory.


As the 2017 JBHS Marching Band season is quickly coming to an end, Indoor Guard and Percussion sign ups are posted outside the band room. No previous music background is required for this activity. An Indoor Meet and Greet will be held on Nov. 14 at 6 P.M. inside the Band room for anyone who is interested.


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ACE Australia

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Continuing a tradition that has been going on since 1989, Mr. John Lum, Faculty, as the EF Educational Tours Representative for JBHS, took another trip, this time to Australia with a small group of teachers and students. The teachers on this trip were Ms.Danielle Simchick, Faculty, and Ms.Jenna Sheaffer, Faculty, who were joined by students Kimberly Stup, Graduated, Ethan Izer, Graduated, and Megan Miller, 12.  Planning these trips for 28 years, he still never gets tired of going to see new places. They have been going on trips annually, a change from taking trips every two years prior to 2001. when before that they only went on trips every two years.


Kicking off the adventure at James Buchanan High School the group headed to Ronald Reagan National Airport. There were many stops between airports before they landed in Brisbane, Australia.


“We left here around 10:00 a.m. and got to Brisbane about 31 hours later,” Lum said.


The fun started in Brisbane and then they traveled north up the coastline to their first stop, Fraser Island. While at Fraser Island the students and teachers on the trip stayed at a Treehouse Resort, which was, “like being in Jurassic Park,” according to Lum.


There was a lot of wildlife on the island that are native only to Australia.


“I saw Dingos in their natural habitat!” Megan Miller, 12 said.


“People ask me about the most beautiful place I’ve ever been and Fraser Island is right up there,” Lum said.


After visiting Fraser Island for three days, the largest completely sand island in the world, they traveled south down the coastline. On the way, they went through Noosa Heads, the Glass House Mountains, and eventually down to Surfer’s Paradise. They spent two days there and then continued on to Boward Bay and Sydney, the capital of Australia.


“We went on a boat ride there in Sydney Harbor,” Miller said of her favorite moment.


In Sydney, they got to see many famous parts of the city. They were able to go up into the Sydney Tower Eye, which allows you to see pretty much all of Sydney. While there they were also able to go and see the Sydney Bridge.


When asked if she had brought anything home with her from Australia Miller said, “I got four boomerangs and a bunch of clothes.”

These were just a few examples of many of the fun places that they got to visit on the trip. If you are interested in traveling there is still an opportunity to sign up for Mr. Lum’s next trip to Costa Rica.  

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The Robotic Future of James Buchanan

Kiersten Siko, 11, displays James Buchanan's drone in the Robotics club's workshop.

Kiersten Siko, 11, displays James Buchanan's drone in the Robotics club's workshop.

Kiersten Siko, 11, displays James Buchanan's drone in the Robotics club's workshop.

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Throughout the school year academics are praised, sport teams are highlighted, and every social event is brought to attention amongst the student body. However, lying behind the scenes is a small, yet upcoming club known as the Robotics club.

The Robotics club is a growing, high-tech club where a group of seven or eight students learn how to assemble and program different robots. The robot softwares used at James Buchanan are known as Vex and Boebots. The club also treasures their own drone, which is managed by the upperclassmen.


The drone is the biggest project the robotics club is currently working on. It is used to capture pictures or video footage of James Buchanan’s sports complexes or of the elementary schools. Students Whitney Deshong, 12, and Kiersten Siko, 11, describe how during a typical Robotics club session they either fly the drone or mess around with the drone’s software.


“Right now, it [the drone] is having software issues so we’re figuring that out,” Deshong said showing how problem-solving is an important characteristic of the club.  


The members of the Robotics club are also gearing up to enter competitions for the drone or for their other robots in the near future.

“We are learning how to program and build the robots in anticipation of entering several competitions across the state of Pennsylvania and Maryland,” said advisor Mr. Bill Brooks, Faculty.

The Robotics Club’s drone operated by the upperclassmen   

The members of the club are already preparing for these competitions, along with preparing for the Homecoming parade. They are planning on having their homecoming parade appearance have a movie theme to correspond with the Hollywood Homecoming theme. 


Although a lot of work and time is put into the robots, the members of the robotics club enjoy working with technology and learning more about it.


“It’s a fun experience. It’s really exciting when you see something you worked on for three weeks walk three inches,” Siko said.


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Back in Time: The Tradition of Homecoming

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The leaves begin to fall and the air becomes crisp and cool. Leggings, boots, football, and all things pumpkin: hints that fall is officially here. You know what that means: it’s also the start of Homecoming!

But what is the history behind this custom? Universities, colleges, high schools, and towns come together to celebrate Homecoming every year in September or early October. This American tradition has stuck around for over a century.

People in the local area will coordinate events like parades and pep rallies to celebrate the victory of the home team after a tough game against rivals and welcome back alumni and current students. The game is usually football, however, it can be a game of any sport. Some other events that are connected to homecoming are nominating and choosing a Homecoming king or queen, pep rallies, parades, and of course, a dance.

No one is quite sure what school had the first Homecoming. According to Michael Crampton from, Baylor University, University of Illinois and the University of Missouri are tied for having a “coming home” celebration with similar characteristics to each other.

Crampton also states that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) acknowledges the University of Missouri for the first real Homecoming celebration that took place in 1911. Chester Brewer, the football coach for the University of Missouri at the time, wanted to draw attention to the upcoming game against Kansas that was going to be played in Missouri’s brand new stadium. The coach invited students to “come home” for the game. This was the birth of the tradition of Homecoming.

Since then, high schools have been more involved with the idea of this event than colleges usually are. Allison Price from Angelo State University says that high school Homecomings are full of activities and are more about celebrating school spirit whereas college Homecomings are about welcoming alumni.

From 1911 to today, Homecoming has really changed. Dance moves, dresses, and music are not the same as they were 20 years ago.

Unlike today’s Homecoming, dresses were longer and not as detailed, shiny or fancy. Also, new music and dance moves have changed this festivity over the years because they are always being created and becoming popular.

Even though this celebration has changed over time and will continue to change, there are a few key points that will always stay. Homecoming will always be about celebrating school spirit and making memories and friends that you will remember forever.

This picture of the Homecoming court was taken from James Buchanan’s 1981 Yearbook

This picture was taken from last year’s “Candid” yearbook. You can see how styles have changed.








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Stay In The Flow With StuCo

Hurricane Harvey, Homecoming & Halloween: How student council is making it happen

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James Buchanan’s biggest events this  autumn all happen thanks to our Student Council organization, who have maximized their community impact despite school being in session only a little over a month.

Student Council Members gather around the supplies they collected to aid in the Hurricane Harvey relief.happen thanks to our Student Council organization, who have maximized their community impact despite school being in session only a little over a month.

Student Council members created this year’s Homecoming theme, Hollywood, and they are in full preparation mode and plan on packing tons of glitz and glam into the screen-worthy weekend.

“Expect a red carpet entrance at the dance,” said Shaelyn kaiser, 11,  who along with Victoria Hutchinson, 11,  and Kristin Embly, 11,  are the chairs of the dance this year.

The Homecoming week kicks off with different themed spirit days, the pep rally on Friday, the Homecoming parade and the game to follow.

“We’ve planned some fun games and performances for it (the pep rally)” Hutchinson said. The trio also revealed to expect some emceeing from Kaiser and fellow student Council member Bergen Stevens,11.


Other than putting all their effort into Homecoming preparations, Student Council has also been helping in the Hurricane Harvey relief.


“We put a box in the office to bring food, water, clothes and supplies in,”  StuCo president Amber Brindle, 12, said.

They’ve been collecting more than supplies but also money through a hat day they sponsored to raise money for the Red Cross relief effort.

“We ended up taking three carloads down to the drop-off station and helped organize it,” Brindle said.

On top of organizing Homecoming and assisting in the hurricane efforts, Student Council also is leaping into fall with the start of Halloween festivities.  

They plan to include the annual pumpkin-decorating contest and costume-judging around Halloween.

Student Council spends all year drawing up new ideas and plans for exciting activities and there’s no doubt this year they will continue to provide memorable events for the school.


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The Seating That Transforms the Classroom

From the classroom to Starbucks, teachers are changing the classroom atmosphere, by personalizing the classroom seating structure for each child.

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Myer’s classroom set-up of long tables, ottoman cubes, and the cushions corner.

Teachers all over the United States are beginning to make a change in the way classroom seating operates. From standing desks to yoga balls, the classroom has begun to operate as a Starbucks in the way seating is personalized for students. Flexible seating has become a huge craze for teachers across the country, allowing each student to choose their own seating to learn.


This year English teacher Ms. Nicole Myers, faculty, is the first to implement full-on flexible seating in her classroom. Along with her, Spanish teacher, Ms. Danielle Simchick,  and Art teacher, Ms. Kayla Chambers have also began to add their own flexible seating ideas to their classrooms. 

It is talked about how important it is in the elementary levels promoting, movability, being versatile as a teacher, how it allows kids to have additional choices.”

— Ms. Nicole Myers

“It is talked about how important it is in the elementary levels promoting, movability, being versatile as a teacher, how it allows kids to have additional choices,” said Myers.  “So I thought as much as that is an elementary thing it can be a middle school and high school thing. ”


Myers explains how she had to make some changes to make it more age appropriate for students in middle school and high school.


Myer’s classroom set-up of high-top tables and four chair table.

“ I had to look for options that would work for those bigger individuals.” Myers said.


This led her to choose options like the high-top tables, low-top tables, and lawn chairs rather than options that would be more fitting for smaller children.


Making the classroom student-centered, also raises the question, “Can students handle it?”  It is believed students will become disruptive when given the chance to sit on structures, like the yoga balls.


Myer’s classroom set-up of yoga balls and fabric covered pool noodles.

“They’re still fifteen, they still want to sit with their friends. If they find a chance to be distracted they take it. They get it some days, and I take it away somedays.” Myers said . “What it does for me to take it away is make it that much more of an award. They take it and make good choices with it.” Myers explained.

Many teachers adopt this new method of the classroom because each student is different in the way they learn. It can be difficult to accommodate every student, but this type of seating can allow each student to sit at a different structure each day depending on what is best for them.


“I have had students say I really do not like this, I want this instead, ” said Myers. “And that is what it is for.”


The students have alternative seating arrangements, and allowing them to choose what they enjoy and don’t enjoy, helping the student be comfortable in their own learning environment.  Like Starbucks, the classroom can allow students to work comfortably work alone or in groups.

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Homecoming: Let Me See Your Green and White!

With Homecoming week, game, and dance quickly approaching, the JBHS students are ready to showcase their school spirit!

StuCO prepares for Homecoming with signs that explains the theme days of the week.

StuCO prepares for Homecoming with signs that explains the theme days of the week.

StuCO prepares for Homecoming with signs that explains the theme days of the week.

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As the streamers are ready to be hung, the balloons being filled with air, the votes being counted for Homecoming king and queen, and the bitter October air, everyone knows that that means! The James Buchanan High School is preparing for the well known event, Homecoming.


“Homecoming is the first dance of the year, it is the freshman’s first dance and they get to see how different it is from middle school.” Said Gwenhvier Hunt, 11, a student who has been attending the Homecoming dances since freshman year.


Homecoming this year will be on Oct. 7 from 7-10 p.m. in the James Buchanan High School cafeteria. The Homecoming game and parade will be on Oct. 6. The parade consists of school groups who volunteer to showcase themselves as they walk down the track. The football game will be up against our competitors Frederick High School.


Performing at the football game, the JBHS Rocket Band will be showcasing their show, “Classical Madness.” The Rocket Band will also be saying goodbye to their many seniors as they walk down the track with their parents.


Also walking with their parents across the field, the seniors of both the football team and cheerleading squad get praised for their personal accomplishments throughout the year with lots of clapping and support from their peers


“It’s really fun to do all the dress ups, and to participate in the activities.” Hunt explained her thoughts on the Homecoming spirit days.



The JBHS Student Council puts on certain theme days of the week, and will ask the students to  get in on the spirited fun. Monday is Decade Day, where you dress up from your favorite decade of time. Tuesday is Twin Day, where two people dress alike to show school spirit. Wednesday people will show off their ball gowns and bling with a “Walk Down the Red Carpet.”  Thursday is a throw back to when you were a child. Friday dig out the black spirit wear so you can show school spirit with a total blackout at the game and pep rally.


The Student Council, as well as the Homecoming king and queen candidates work hard to go above and beyond to get the student body hyped by participating in all the spirit days and using this week to hopefully gain your vote.


The 2017 Homecoming candidates for the boys are: Jae-Lin Carmack, Jackson Ellis, Noah Shank, Austin Sheppard, and Hunter Sowers.  For the girls the candidates are:  Kirstyn Black, Megan Hoffeditz, Abby Mackling, Mackenzie Shughart, and Renee Sollenberger.


The student body will cast their votes the week of Homecoming. The votes will then be counted, and the winner will be announced at the Homecoming game on Friday. 


The Homecoming pep rally takes weeks of planning. “It takes a while to figure out what kind of games the candidates are gonna do and who all is going to perform and what is gonna happen in what order,” said StuCo Vice President Madison Shupp.


The pep rally that takes place on that Friday of homecoming week, is a chance to get students excited about the game and parade that night.


“The pep rally isn’t just thrown together at the last minute,””

— Madison Shupp


 In the 2017 Homecoming pep rally, you will see school spirit being represented by The JBHS Rocket Band, the JBHS cheerleaders, sports teams, and then will end the program with some fun and games with the candidates.


With the festivities ending on Friday, the part everyone looks forward to happens Saturday night as you “walk the red carpet” to the Homecoming dance.


“I like getting all dressed up and the preparation that comes with it….I can’t wait to make memories that I can make and take to college” Katlin Shatzer, 12, said about her last  homecoming dance.


According to Student Council, the dance is going to be like you are walking down the red carpet into a glamorous setting filled with Hollywood props, with colors of gold, silver and lots of glitter. Also the dance floor will be filled with well known music from a local DJ. The 2017 Homecoming dance is destined to be a memory that you will remember forever.


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Want to Know How to Save a Life?

One donation saves three lives.

Michael Newman has his arm in the air awaiting the final steps of the blood donation process.

Michael Newman has his arm in the air awaiting the final steps of the blood donation process.

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Michael Newman has his arm in the air awaiting the final steps of the blood donation process.

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It’s the morning of the first day you donate.  The doors open and a cold draft runs over your body and nerves take over.  As you scan the room you see students and teachers waiting in line to get blood drawn.  Friends lay on the Red Cross tables with arms in the air, while others wait for the process to begin.  Familiar voices fill the air as some have friends with them for support as the volunteers begin.

Possibly the scariest, but most rewarding donation to give.  Your blood.  Needles, tubes, bags, and

iodine in abundance on the stage of the James Buchanan High School on Thursday, Sept. 21 as a Red Cross blood drive was hosted by the JB FFA chapter in the auditorium last week.

The FFA motto seems to stand for many of the students and staff at the high school. “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve,” said Ella Heckman, 10, FFA Reporter.

The exceptional turnout, yet again this year, has proven the servant-hearted community that surrounds the school.

When asked the question if Ms. Brittany May donated blood she said, “I give blood as often as I can. Thursday was actually my 15th donation!”

Items that are a must have to donate blood.

Each donation saves three lives.  Together the community helped save 69 lives on Thursday during the FFA’s first blood drive of three to be held this year.  The next blood drives will be in the winter and the spring.  

“It is quite rewarding to see students and teachers take time out of their busy schedules to help others in need,” said May.

The blood drive serves more than just one purpose.  There is a scholarship that the relies on the success of the blood drive.

“The scholarship is based on the number of units donated throughout the year,” says May, “We are already about halfway to our goal of units donated this year to reach the first tier of scholarships.”

If there are more than enough units donated for the first scholarship, there could potentially be two.  This scholarship is offered to any senior that is currently active in the Community Service Committee, which is the committee that offers the scholarship.

“FFA is full of amazing opportunities to help people. The blood drive is so easy and rewarding because all it takes is a pint of blood to save somebody’s life!” said Heckman.

The James Buchanan High School FFA chapter prides themselves as being community based and willing to serve.  The annual blood drive is a great way to keep that reputation alive.

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Ladle Full of Creativity

Caroline Zimmerman, 9, starts shaping her bowl on the wheel. Photo by Madison Dorsey.

Caroline Zimmerman, 9, starts shaping her bowl on the wheel. Photo by Madison Dorsey.

Caroline Zimmerman, 9, starts shaping her bowl on the wheel. Photo by Madison Dorsey.

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James Buchanan High School’s Art Club is molding the communities outlook on them one ceramic piece at a time.

Art club is not just the club that stores unique works of art in the display cases around the school; they are making a difference in the community with their upcoming Soup Bowl Fundraiser.

The group based out of room 301 spends their spare time making hand-crafted pottery bowls to sell with a variety of soups to the people who attend the fundraising event in the JBHS cafeteria on December 15th.


“All the bowls are $10 each, and you can have as many bowls of soup as you want,” explained , Lizzie Pittman, 11, Art Club President.


The function is occurring to generate money for the club’s expenses, but the unused money goes to a worthy and local charity.


Advisor Mrs. Kayla Chambers-Matulevich, Faculty, said, “The first year we did it, we made, I’d like to say, closer to two grand. Maybe not quite that much, but we ended up donating over eight-hundred dollars to Saint Thomas Tiger Totes, and that is what I’d like to do again.”


Tiger Totes is ran through the St. Thomas Elementary School, and they send home food for the less-fortunate kids every Friday. The school does this so the children can eat over the weekend. Art Club donates money to the organization to help feed more families.

The bowls are not just something that you could easily pick up in a store, but they are created differently depending on the artist who crafts them.

Using a tool, Trinity Myers, 11, carves designs into her bowl. Photo by Madison Dorsey

“I like putting my own creative twist into everything, so it’s like it’s my own work,” said Sydni Ressler, 12.  


Alongside the bowls, other items are made from clay to be sold in order to produce more funds for the club and their club trip.


Ressler stated, “Some of us just don’t just make bowls, we also can make mugs or little ornaments.”


The soup bowl fundraiser will be happening on December 155h, and the club members are already adding their flare to their pieces to sell in the school’s cafeteria to financially support themselves and assist others.

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LenFest Scholars For Life

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.


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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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