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Breaking Out

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Times are changing and with technology on the rise, students are becoming more and more tech-savvy. Teachers are innovating new ways to keep their students engaged in the classroom: gamification of the classroom, or using games to enhance student learning, has been getting very popular more recently.


A way teachers are gamifying their classrooms is by using digital breakouts. Teachers at James Buchanan have been beginning to use these for an entertaining way to review material. Mrs. Emily Poffenberger (Faculty), Ms. Kelley Reeder (Faculty), and Ms. Nicole Myers (Faculty), and Mrs. Erin Martin (Faculty) have all found their own ways to use digital breakouts.


This idea was inspired by escape rooms that can be found throughout the United States. A group of individuals are put into a room where they have to use clues to unlock puzzles and riddles to “escape.”


“I heard of them when the escape room started becoming a pretty big thing,” Myers said. “Once we had the idea of the Escape Room we started coming up with ways we could use them in the classroom.”


Digital breakouts have been created for education. Teachers can create their own or use ones they find online. These escape rooms have puzzles, riddles, and questions based on what their class may be learning.


Poffenberger, a Biology teacher, uses digital breakouts in her classroom to review material learned before a test.


“I use digital breakouts by having students solve different codes I have on a Google Form,” Poffenberger said. “They solve those codes using different resources that I make available to them. Some resources are embedded with links online, some are within resources I have handed them to help them unlock the different locks.”


The English Department used their digital breakout to prepare for the Keystone exam and media bias, using newspaper articles from the time of Jack the Ripper. In their final review of the unit, students had to go through a journey to prove their innocence to getting out of jail.


“They had to escape from being prosecuted by the people of Whitechapel, London. They had to convince the guard they were innocent, using persuasive appeals. Then they had to figure out the layout of the jail and how to get out of that,” Myers said. “They had to figure out different puzzles to then get on a boat, and codes to get into the governor’s house and convince him they are innocent.”



Students breakout of these situations by being able to complete questions they have already learned in class and using their brains for advanced thinking.


“We worked with the idea of author’s claim, author’s purpose, and author’s bias,” Myers said.


It is not easy to create your own digital breakout, Myers and Reeder found. There were a lot of steps to take in making their digital breakout successful and how they wanted it.


“We already had the idea to do this, but then we got the chance to go to a Google Summit workshop where we got to see it in action first,” Myers said. “We luckily had a snow day after so I could build it all. That was our big push, we had the time, and we had the endurance.”


There are also websites you can find pre-existing digital breakouts that you can buy or use in your classroom. Poffenberger used the website,  Teachers Pay Teachers for her first digital breakout. Teachers can create their own digital breakout and allow other teachers to buy what they have created.


Digital breakouts cannot only be used to teach material learned in class, but also life skills.


“It teaches them to not be dependent on a teacher, but trying to figure it out on their own with the technology, tools, and the peer they have with them,” Myers said. “It really teaches students problem-solving skills and relationship skills.”


Gamification is about creating a fun atmosphere for learning so that students do not actually realize that learning is taking place. Digital breakouts are not just a resource for teachers to review material they have taught but also allow students to have fun while also learning.


“The best part of the day is when my kids say, ‘Ms. Myers, that was really fun.’” Myers said.


With the times always changing teachers must be on top of what works best for students when it comes to reviewing material. With digital games at the fingertips of students at all times, a digital breakout can allow students to have fun while also using their video game skills and skills they learned in the classroom.


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Are You Guilty of Distracted Driving?

Joel Feldman wears bracelets honoring many boys and girls who lost their lives to distracted driving. Each bracelet has its own story that Mr. Feldman sees when he looks at his wrists.

Joel Feldman wears bracelets honoring many boys and girls who lost their lives to distracted driving. Each bracelet has its own story that Mr. Feldman sees when he looks at his wrists.

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Joel Feldman wears bracelets honoring many boys and girls who lost their lives to distracted driving. Each bracelet has its own story that Mr. Feldman sees when he looks at his wrists.

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On Monday, May 7, Mr. Joel Feldman presented the importance of being a safe and alert driver to the James Buchanan Faculty and students. He used his own personal experiences to leave a lasting impact.


Being a distracted driver could be dangerous to yourself and others around you. Being on cell phones, eating, looking out the window, and even changing the radio station can make you a distracted driver.


Emily Palmerchuck (11), who is a teen driver, admits to sometimes being a distracted driver, even when she tries not to.  


“My parents like to know where I’m going and when I’m leaving places,” said Palmerchuck. ”So if I forget to text them before I leave, I’ll call them or text them using the voice recognition.”


Throughout Feldman’s presentation, he explained that car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers and that distracted driving is no joke. He used videos and statistics to make everyone see his points.


“I think he reinforced ideas and opinions that I already had and really showed the importance of not being distracted,” said Palmerchuck. “Even if you’re doing things that you don’t think distract you, like talking on a cell phone instead of texting.”


Feldman also expressed caution to passengers of distracted drivers. He stressed the importance of using “I messages” when confronting drivers about your safety. For example, tell the driver, “I feel uncomfortable when you text and drive.”


“The part that impacted me the most was when he asked, “Would you tell your friend and family?” said Palmerchuck. “On your own you can do it, but sometimes it’s harder to tell your friends because you don’t want to upset them.”


Another eye opener of Feldman’s presentation was his personal experience concerning the death of his daughter, Casey Feldman. Casey was killed at the age of 21 by a distracted driver who hit her as she was crossing the street. Mr. Feldman shares her story to raise awareness to people all over the world.  


To honor Casey and help stop crashes and deaths of distracted driving, her parents created The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation. Mr. Feldman also passed out pink and black bracelets to students at James Buchanan to remind them of Casey’s story and to always drive safe.


Many people are aware of the dangers of distracted driving but the real question is: what will it take to make it stop?


Palmerchuck says, “ From the things we’ve listened to, read, and seen, we know nothing is important enough to injure or kill someone because you’re distracted.”


The Financial Reality Fair

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As the school year is coming to a close, this means the beginning of the seniors’ lives in the “real world.” Sometimes that sounds exciting, and it is, but sometimes it can be really frightening. You know you are going to have to pay bills, but how? How will you afford them? Will you have extra money?


The Financial Reality Fair on Friday, May 4 was designed to help seniors answer these questions in a unique way.


“The fair is an opportunity for students to learn what it’s like to live within their budget,” said Mrs. Chris Shelley (Faculty).


Shelley thought that the fair would be a good opportunity for the senior class to take par as they will get to see in a real-world situation some of the things they have been learning in class.

“It’s part of my curriculum, it’s part of the curriculum in Personal Finance courses,” said Shelley.


Before the event could take place, the seniors had to do a little preparation so they were ready for the day. They had to look up the career they wanted to do and find the starting salary, which is the salary they will have to use for the day. The students also were required to do a survey asking about how much they save, how much they will make, and what their plan is for spending and saving in the future. They will get a copy of their budget with their salary on it, but it will also have their student loans on there if they plan on going to college to make the fair even more realistic. Seeing their salary on paper is a way to let students see what their financial life will be like.

“I made more money than I thought I would and it was comforting,” said Logan Rockwell (12) “I will have money to pay off my student loans”

The First Ed Credit Union is hosting the event and is going to be guiding the students throughout the day. There are going to be 13 different expense booths with different options of things students need or want to buy. The different tables include: Housing, Food, Utilities, and Clothing. Not only do the students have to buy these things, they also have the option to buy other things that are not required.


“I bought a dog because I like them and I think they’re worth the money,” said Josie Myers (12).

There are things in the fair that students may want but cannot afford with just their salary, so that is why there is a part-time job option. Another part of the fair is going to be the reality wheel. The wheel is many things that could be good or bad. Life can take unexpected turns sometimes, so there are things like winning the lottery or having your car break down and having to buy a new one. These are all things that could happen to the student in real life.

Posing with the Wheel of Reality, Abby Mackling (12) is happy with what she got.

“I lost $30 for a doctor’s co-pay,” said CarlyCaron (12) “When you’re an adult getting sick can be expensive”


Each student has one hour at the fair to buy all the things that they need and want while remaining within their budget.

“The last thing they will do is go to visit the financial advisors,” said Shelley “when they are finished, they’ll visit the advisors who will look over their budget, and see if they stayed within their budget and met their goals,”


If the students were not able to maintain their budget they have to go back to the tables and adjust their spending. Some students may even stay under budget, and the advisors will discuss some things that they may be able to do with their extra money. Maybe they did not buy a pet because they were not sure they could afford it. Now, they know they can, and if they keep to their budget, they will be able to keep it. Another thing the advisors will discuss with the students is if they will be able to invest their money into anything, and what would be good for them to invest in. After this, their time at the fair is over.


“I hope they learn how to prioritize their spending, how to recognize that fixed expenses have to come first,” said Shelley “And the importance of budgeting and the importance of education.”

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Getting a Head Start on College: Do Honors and AP Classes Help?

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For many high school students, getting as prepared as possible for college is a main priority. One way these eager JB students choose to stay ahead of the game is by taking Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors classes, as well as Penn State classes offered here.  


At James Buchanan they offer a wide variety of honors and Advanced Placement Courses including: AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP World History, AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Government,,  AP Chemistry, Honors Economics, Honors Anatomy, Honors Chemistry, Honors Science 9 and Honors Geometry.


The AP classes are taught in the same format as a college course, but rather than receiving college credits on your classroom grades, students have to take an Advanced Placement test to determine if they can receive college credit for the course.


The type of college credit one receives is all based on the test score. The test is out of five points and while a perfect five might get a student a full college credit for the course, most colleges accept at least a three to go towards your degree, even if it counts as an elective credit.  


In addition to getting a head start with advanced high school courses students also have the option to apply for an early-to-college program offered by Penn State Mont Alto. The courses consist of two classes per semester, and are taught in the morning prior to the school day from 7:15 to 8:45 on Mondays and Wednesdays.


The classes offer not only tuition reductions and technology fee coverage but allows the students to take courses dually with the highschool and also receive college credits for the class.


These classes place students in a real life example of college, consisting of not only one weekly in-person meeting, but an online aspect as well.


“The college classes (Penn State) prepare you for college by exposing you to a more rigorous curriculum than what you regularly experience in normal high school classes,“  said Isaac Miller (12), who participated in the early to college program this year.


Students see the positive side to getting a jump start to college, as well as the teachers.


“I think taking an AP class puts the student at a higher standard of learning,” said AP Language and Composition teacher Mrs. Jenna Sheaffer (Faculty).  “ You’re in charge of your learning and it [AP/ Honors classes] teaches you responsibility and organization that will help you with college-level courses in the future.”


No matter what your plans are after graduation, whether attending a four year college, two year college, or trade school, preparing for your future is a key focal point. AP classes help prepare you not only for future learning opportunities but gives you organizational skills that can be carried on to your future endeavors. High school is all about getting ready to go into the adult world. Like all things choosing a course that best fits you and your plans will be the key to success.

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Showcasing Our Students Art: Ensemble of the Arts

During Ensemble of the Arts, there was artwork accepted from all of the schools in the district.

During Ensemble of the Arts, there was artwork accepted from all of the schools in the district.

During Ensemble of the Arts, there was artwork accepted from all of the schools in the district.

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The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and with it comes many annual events, such as Arts in Action. Arts in Action has been a tradition in the district for several years, but this year it is being replaced by a new event: Ensemble of the Arts.


On April 23, James Buchanan High School hosted its first annual Ensemble of the Arts, in replacement of Arts in Action. At Ensemble of the Arts, there was an art show, along with performances by Messa Voce, Indoor Guard & Percussion, and Stage Band.


Although Arts in Action was a community favorite, Ensemble of the Arts will offer an extended appreciation for students’ artistic work.


“It’s just an art show,” said Mrs. Kayla Chambers-Matulevich (Faculty). “We really felt that as great as Arts in Action was for the community, we really felt that our students’ artwork wasn’t being the center of the show.”


For the students participating, this is their time to be the spotlight in the school.

One of the few stands to sell food, NHS had a baked goods sale, where members Kirstyn Black (12) and Annabelle McCullough (12) sold a baked good to Grace McKenzie (11).

“I feel like in our school, sports are always seen as taking over every other activity, so I think this is a good opportunity for kids to really show their arts because it’s not only paintings, drawings, and clay work, but it’s also with the music,” said Olivia Harmon (11). “It’s a chance to let these kids who are usually over-shined come out from underneath and show who they are and what they do.”


Past years at Arts in Action, there have been petting zoos, food, crafts for younger kids, and other various activities. At Ensemble of the Arts, there will be very little of those things.


“We are considering next year maybe having some performances,” said Chambers, “but if you would go to a college or really any other high schools, and you go to an art show, you are there to view that art, not to see demonstrations.”


Although the art show will be fruitful for the older students, the younger children might not have the same reaction because of its seriousness.

“I think that having an ensemble and having it not be an art competition but like a showcase. It’s more of a serious thing, so people might take the artwork more seriously, especially in high school,” said Harmon. “Also for the younger kids who come around and have artwork, it might not serve them for what they’re looking for in different programs, such as the petting zoo or the art demonstrations before.”

One of the events at Ensemble of the Arts was a show by the Indoor Percussion, where they performed their routine for this year, “The Noise Inside”.

Since this is the first year of Ensemble of the Arts, it is pretty small and there are not numerous categories for the art.


“Next year, I would like to have at least two categories: 3D, 2D, and then maybe Best in Show. This year we are just going to stick to one overall category,” said Chambers.


There is more to the art show for students than just their own creations being viewed.


“I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s artwork. I only ever really get to see mine, to be honest, because obviously, I work on my own art,” said Harmon. “I don’t get a chance to see other peoples. Now, I get to see what they are able to do.”


While Ensemble of the Arts lets the community focus on what students in all sections of art can do, it will permanently replace Arts in Action.


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Coming to a Close

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Twirling flags, beating drums, counting, and lights.  Practice, practice, practice is all the indoor program has done since day one in preparations for championships.  On April 7 and 8 the James Buchanan High School Indoor program attended championships in hopes that all their hard work and dedication during the season had paid off.


“We start out with a really good warm-up,” said Mrs. Sheryl Deike (Faculty), “We kinda chunk things along the way.”


Each rehearsal begins with a warm-up that can include anything from running, to rhythm exercises, to tossing flags.  To ensure the best possible outcome, each Indoor member must be fully loosened up and ready for each rehearsal.


Both indoor guard and percussion practice every day after school.  After their warm-up they move to the show. This year Indoor Percussion performed “The Noise Inside” and Indoor Guard performed “Evil Alice.”


This year’s Championships began with the Indoor members arriving at the school at 9 a.m.  They began to do run-throughs of both of their shows trying to perfect every detail. Shortly after their arrival. the Indoor program left bound for Chambersburg Area Senior High School.  


Once they got there they sat and relaxed before their performance at 1:30 p.m.  The pressure continued to build as the Indoor members guide took them to their practice spot.  Keeping the members updated on time, the guide, would periodically tell the members how much time they had left.  Each update brought on more nerves as the performance became closer and closer. Soon the time came for performance and the guide took the indoor members to a waiting spot before performing.


“We were excited, nervous, but confident,” said Deike.


The nerves between regular competitions and championships have grown more tense as the clock continues to tick towards the finale of the season.


“This is their moment to shine that each one of them has been given a gift and a talent and there is no one else that can take their spot on the floor, off the floor,” Deike said. “It is up to them now to go out and take everything that they have learned and just put it out on the floor.”


Guard took fifth place with a score of 80.980 and percussion took third place with a score of 84.20.  


Deike said,“There’s no next week, no next time, it is now, now is their time to shine.”


As championships came to an end so did the season.  Each group had a very successful season and look forward to having a successful season next year.

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April Snow Causes May Flowers to Not Grow

The Reasoning Behind the Fluctuating Weather

An Example of the Relentless Snow in 2018.

An Example of the Relentless Snow in 2018.

Sydney Jones

Sydney Jones

An Example of the Relentless Snow in 2018.

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Typically the beginning of April brings Easter, rain, and warmer weather, followed by flowers blooming in May.


But this year, Mother Nature had different plans.

It began the week of February 18, when the weather went from 30 degrees up to 80, all in the span of a few days. Since then, there have been a majority of winter-esque days, with a few summer ones in the mix.


This also included the snowstorm in March that brought 13 inches of snow and closed school for a few days.


On the second day of April, the wavering temperatures still showed their true potential. The day after Easter, an inch of snow was present on the ground as people went off to work, but by the end of the day, there was not a trace of it in sight.


Last week, Monday called for anywhere from 32 to 36 degrees, but on Friday and Saturday, the weather had a high of 80 degrees.


Even though the weather may be confusing, have you ever wondered what has been causing it?


Let’s dive into the controversial topic of global warming, or should we say, “global freezing.”


It’s a common misconception that since we’re getting cold, brutal weather in Pennsylvania in the spring, that earth cannot be getting warmer. However, this could not be more inaccurate.


It turns out that the growing warmth in the Arctic is causing colder winters up in the northeastern United States. According to Climate Central, multiple studies have come up with the conclusion that “abnormally warm Arctic temperatures make severe winters in the Northeast two to four times more likely.”


The answer to this topic lies the in two important factors: jet stream and teleconnections.


Scientific American states that the jet stream “[transports] air masses” as well as “[creates] clashing zones for storm formation.” Thus, jet stream is what directs our weather patterns.


Teleconnections explains how the weather in a particular place can affect other continents. This is why harsh winters are being seen up here in the Tuscarora School District.


On the bright(er) side, April will bring more days of slight warmth and with summer around the corner, being cold will be a thing of the past.

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Taking a Closer Look at Prom 2018

This year's Prom tickets are rubber keychains that look like wood to represent the

This year's Prom tickets are rubber keychains that look like wood to represent the "Enchanted Gardens" theme.

Madi Dorsey

Madi Dorsey

This year's Prom tickets are rubber keychains that look like wood to represent the "Enchanted Gardens" theme.

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Junior Class Officers are preparing for one of the most PROMinent events of the year! Many aspects must be thought out to make the event go smoothly and successfully, ensuring everyone has a good time and a night they will remember forever.


This year’s Prom will take place on May 19 at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle from 7-10 P.M. Tickets are now on sale through April 27 and prices are $35 for a single and $60 for a couple.


Officers Alyssa Blair (11), Chesney Carbaugh (11), Madi Dorsey (11), Shaelyn Kaiser (11), and Tori Hutchison (11), have always held meetings to agree on decisions for events and fundraising. As juniors this year, they will put together the Prom.


“We’ve been preparing since spring of last year so I feel like we’ve been doing a pretty good job at getting everything together,” said Kaiser.


A big aspect of prom is the theme. The theme is the story that decides what the decorations, food, tickets, and favors will look like.


“The theme is Enchanted Gardens and it’s going to be really pretty,” said Dorsey. “We’re going to have a lot of flowers and lights. We’re hoping that it turns out to look very enchanted.”


The officers spent a chunk of their time flipping through big prom magazines that companies send them filled with theme ideas. They all had to come to agree on a theme that would be fun and fit with the venue.


“We were actually thinking of a Starry Night theme,” said Kaiser. “But since Green Grove Gardens already has a nice garden theme on the outside, we thought it would correlate very well with the inside.”


A lot goes on when prepping for the big event. It is not all just simply picking and choosing. Officers must keep a budget, time, and what students will like while making decisions. They want to make the prom look nice but still keep tickets affordable so students want and are able to attend.


“It’s difficult to stay within the budget sometimes because we want certain things but the expense might be too large so we have to work around it,” said Kaiser. “We’re doing the best we can to keep the tickets cheaper because I know that was a complaint last year.”


With the help of the junior class doing multiple fundraisers since their freshman year, including Joe Corbi, Yankee Candle, Fisher’s Popcorn, and Krispy Kreme donuts, ticket expenses will be lower and more money can be added to the budget.  


“There’s a lot of stress that goes on behind the scenes. You have to talk to decorators, multiple decorators, so you can see who has the best price for what you want,” said Dorsey. “Also, you have to think about what you want and agree on it with your other officers and that’s kind of hard because we all have different tastes.”


Despite different tastes, the junior class officers met in the middle to decide on the best choices for an enjoyable prom that will be remembered by students for a lifetime.

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What on Earth are You Doing on Earth Day?

Surrounded by lush plants and flowers, a tree grows in the safety of old rubber boots

Surrounded by lush plants and flowers, a tree grows in the safety of old rubber boots

Surrounded by lush plants and flowers, a tree grows in the safety of old rubber boots

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It’s April 22, 1970. Nobody seems to be noticing the increasing pollution in the air from cars and factories or the damage that oil spills can have like the one that occured a year prior in Santa Barbara, California. That is everyone except for a Wisconsin senator by the name of Gaylord Nelson. Using the zest and motivation from the students and people holding anti-war protests against the Vietnam War, Nelson decided to create a national day in honor of environmental awareness; this day is known as Earth Day.


When the first Earth Day occured in 1970, it was a huge hit. According to The History of Earth Day article, 20 million Americans took part in rallying and cleaning the Earth. Many schools would even hold demonstrations teaching people about the effects of pollution. From there, Earth Day became an annual event that is always celebrated on April 22.  


The next big celebration of Earth Day took place in 1990. On this year, Earth Day spread from only being honored in America, to being honored worldwide. The number people that celebrated Earth Day grew from 20 million to 200 million throughout 141 countries.


Today, Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people all over the world. Within our school, there are several people who are planning on commemorating this day. For instance, the James Buchanan Student Council is planning a service event for Earth Day. One of the co-chairs of the Community Service Committee, Claire Kriner (10), hopes to clean waste around the school or even the town of Mercersburg during the weekend.


“Every month, the Community Service Committee co-chairs have to come together and scheduled an event or activity which the student council has to participate in,” Kriner said. “For April, we saw Earth Day as a perfect opportunity to give support to the environment and clean up trash.”


A teacher at James Buchanan, Mr. Michael Mele, is a huge advocate for the environment. Every year, Mele and his family always take time out of the day to recognize how important a clean and healthy environment is.


“Protecting the environment is one of the most important things we can do as people, not just for ourselves, but for our kids and then their kids and so on,” Mele said. “Every year, my wife and I recognize Earth Day and talk about it with our kids and tell them the importance of protecting the environment. Then we usually plant a tree every Earth Day.”


  Many people view the Earth’s environment and how important it is differently. However, Earth Day brings many people together to honor our one and only home, Earth.


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What is Student Media?

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From the outside, Student Media may look like it is just taking pictures, but there is much more to it than that. Yearbook does many things like choosing a theme for the yearbook, designing pages, and writing articles not only to document the year, but for our online school newspaper, as well.


However, Student Media has just as much fun as they do working with special events, such as the Yearbook Wedding, Ad Sales Day, and the monthly Work Nights.


At the beginning of the year, it is all about getting the newbies introduced to how a journalism classroom runs, from the way photos should be taken, how to write features, or how to design their own pages. There are many things done to prepare the new staff for publishing the yearbook and newspaper, like the Photo Challenge where they practice taking pictures, the article they all wrote together to teach them how to write as a journalist, and the study of digital design.


“Being the editor, and having a year of experience has significantly helped me to enhance my skills so that I could teach the new staff,” said Hannah Zomak (11).


As the year progressed the staff worked on completing the seven sections of the yearbook in four deadlines. They were able to meet each deadline on time as they had planned. The sections range from the People section, to Student Life, to Ads. They are all different, but they each take a lot of work for the staff to complete.


“The biggest challenge I had would have been with the Academics sections and that’s because I had PLTW/AG/Business/Tech Ed.” said Madi Dorsey (11). “That is a spread that has four departments on it and it was hard to fit all four departments on two pages.”

Even though there was a lot of work to be done, the staff also made time to participate in activities together. They participated in the Ag Olympics together, went to a PJ night at the movies, and even went out to eat at Burger King.


Student Media is period 7/8 in the school day, so the staff is able to work together and have some bonding time. One period of the day is not enough, so once a month they have Work Nights. when the staff gets together after school to work on the yearbook, have a meal, and also enjoy one another’s company.


Work Nights are full of laughter and many inside jokes. To the yearbook staff, at these Work Nights is where they become more of a family. At the first work night, they had they Yearbook Wedding where each staff member vowed to be loyal to each other as well to the yearbook. Each Work Night has a different theme and everyone enjoys them.


“I really like talking with everybody and it is a great way to work and socialize,” said Rachel Kimmel (12).


As the year is coming to an end, many classes are finishing up their work for the year, but Student Media is already getting prepared for the next year. Currently, the staff is working on the Theme Project, where they design the theme for next year’s yearbook and try to “sell” their theme to admin in the district.


The staff is divided into three teams with three different designs, and they create and sell a theme package that they present. The class then votes along with the judges on the Best theme for the upcoming school year. The three themes they are choosing from are “Once Upon a Year”, “Let’s Rewind”, and “Day in, Day out”.


“Our theme we are working on is all about the work students and staff put in day in and day out,” said Emma Gipe (11) “Every day everyone put in hours of hard work along with balancing their outside life.”


As well as doing work for next year, the staff is also looking for students to join Student Media. There will be a meeting held on April 19 in room 220 activity period for anyone who is interested. If you are unable to attend the meeting, come down to Ms.Reeder’s room and get the information. The JB Student Media Staff is excited for you to become a part of their family and are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Marc Mero: An Inspiring Story

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Marc Mero, former WWE wrestling champion and author of How to be the Happiest Person on the Planet, visited James Buchanan High School on March 28 to share his Champion of Choices tour.

According to the  Mami Herald, “Mero dedicates his post-WWE career to inspiring students to overcome bullying and self-destructive thinking, set goals, dream big, and to appreciate those who support them most in life.”

With more than one million people seeing the program, they describe it as “life-changing” and says it reaches students at “heart level.” Mero does these productions to show students that they are not alone in the battle against bullying.

With both the JBMS and JBHS students packed tightly in the gym, Mero took each student through his life journey. Starting out living in a beaten-down apartment, his life took a turn when his parents got a divorce. Living with his mother, he started hanging out with the wrong people who took him down a path full of drug abuse and an alcohol addiction.

 “Friends are like elevators: they are gonna take you up or take you down. Show me your friends and I’ll tell you your future,” Mero said during the assembly.

Throughout the crowd there were tear-filled eyes as students became emotional as he shared his story. With the death of his mother, younger brother, and sister, Mero reiterated the importance of family.

The detrimental effect that it had on my family, losing family members, made me realize how precious life is, ”

— Marc Mero

Mero asked all students to go home and tell their siblings how important they are, as well as  also to apologize to their parents for any wrongdoings.

“I see hardworking kids with dreams and goals, I just don’t want the kids to make the same mistakes I did,” said Mero “I see hope; the darker it gets the brighter we have to shine.”

After listening to the assembly, Aurora Wagner (9) shared how she is going to change. “I’m gonna go home and thank my family, apologize for stuff I said to them,” she said.  “Overall just treat everyone better.”

The assembly also informed the students the usefulness of talking about your problems, to let people help you through feelings of depression because everyone matters.

Mero thinks his presentation is different from others because “[he] shares from the heart, making  students realize that there is a part of his story in each one of them.”

Mero encourages all students that see his presentation to contact him through email, Twitter, or Instagram to tell him your story and how his presentation might have changed their life.  

One thing can be said: the assembly was powerful and one students at JB will remember.

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With only three months left in their senior year, students in the graduating class are feeling a lot of stress about what is next. There are three primary options for graduating seniors:  entering the workforce, joining the military, or heading to college. Some of the seniors have already figured out what they will be doing when they leave JB.


Joining the workforce straight out of high school can be tough, but with the help of Mrs. Chris Shelley (Faculty) and the Work Co-Op program, it can make it easier. RJ Fogelsonger (12) will be heading straight to the workforce after high school. Fogelsonger was working at another job, but he wanted to work in a shop and somewhere he could continue to work after high school. Shelley knew there was a job opening at APX Industrial Coating, and was able to get him a job there. He is currently working there as a prepper.


“I prep things to get painted, sand them, tape them up, and just prep,” said Fogelsonger.


Right now he is not in a high-ranking position but he hopes it may be different in the future. At his workplace he is able to move up through the ranks as he gets more experience.


“I would be a supervisor if I got the chance,” said Fogelsonger.


He has not been at this job long but he has decided this is the job from which he would like to build his career. Some people are made for the workforce and others are not, but he hopes in the end that it will work out well for him.


Another option after high school is to join the military. Some people may build an entire life out of the military, while others sign a contract for a certain amount of time and then start a different career.. Shayla Ramsey (12)  is heading to the United States Air Force after graduation.


“I really wanted to join the military because it is different from what everyone else is doing,” said Ramsey. “I also have a lot of family in the military and that encouraged me to join.”


After her eight-week basic training in Texas, she will be headed to Mississippi to her tech school to learn her job for the Air Force.


“My job is client systems, Ramsey said. “It’s basically working with computers and just troubleshooting.”


After the two- to three-month tech school is completed, Ramsey will be stationed in West Virginia to perform her job. However, she will not be in the military forever. After her contract is up with the Air Force, Ramsey wants to head to college to become a nurse. She hopes to make nursing her lifetime career.


Heading to college is another option available when leaving high school. Makenna Snider (12)  is planning to attend Wilson College for nursing after graduation in June.


“I have always wanted to be a nurse and to be a nurse you’re required to go to college,” said Snider.  “Plus I want to set myself up for a successful career.”


When her schooling is completed and she is officially a Registered Nurse, Snider hopes to get a job at the Chambersburg Hospital in the Emergency Room. However, she doesn’t see herself here forever.


“I hope to see myself as a flight nurse on Life Net to fly and be a nurse on there,” said Snider.


Life Net is the helicopter unit that lands at serious accidents and they also transport patients from a local hospital to a more advanced care hospital. To do this Snider must be an RN as well as become a certified paramedic.


“You’re administering medicine like a paramedic would do in an ambulance but you’re doing it on a helicopter instead,” said Snider.


Snider knows that going to college to become a nurse is the best option for her. However, this is not the same for everybody.


Having many options available to you after high school can ease some of the stress you may feel when graduating. Joining the workforce,military, or college is just some of the countless things that you can do.


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