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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).

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. 

Get Ready to be at the Courts Around Tennish!

A Successful Season for Amber Clark and the JBHS Tennis Team


Sydney Jones

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

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

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


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

James Buchanan Girl’s Tennis Statistics

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

— Amber Clark

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

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