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Awards for the Keystone Kids


2020 started off right with the Pennsylvania Farm Show.  At the beginning of every year, people file into the Farm Show Complex to see all the attractions and events. Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, but for certain students of the Conococheague FFA Chapter it is a great day of celebration.

 Members of the Conococheague FFA Chapter are able to get rewards to help their journeys in later agriculture paths. Two of the rewards you can get at the Farm Show are the Keystone Degrees and new members can get their FFA Jackets.

“It felt a lot like graduation,” said Faith Mitchell (12). “ We had to walk across the stage to get our awards.”

Eight members of the chapter earned awards, four receiving their Keystone Degrees and four got their jackets. The Keystone Degrees is the highest degree that can be bestowed on an FFA member at the state-level. The four recipients of the degree were Adrianna Durboraw (12), Rachel Martin (12), Faith Mitchell (12), and Colby Shingler (12). The first-year jacket recipients were Chloe Cook (9), Kristin Oberholtzer (9), Zane Ocker (10), and Connor Stine (9). 

“My initial reaction was excitement to getting my jacket,” said Zane Ocker (10).

When achieving these awards, a lot of work goes into them. The Keystone Degree recipient, must have demonstrated leadership abilities, as well as  earning or productively investing at least $1,000 or working at least 300 hours in a supervised agricultural experience program. When getting the FFA jackets, students  have to fill out an application on why they should get their jacket and how they are going to use it in their FFA journey. The significance of all of these awards are pushing students forward in your journey to success and never stop trying to get what you want. 

Cable TV or Netflix: which one do you choose?


Megan Rummel

Displaying their preferences of cable TV or Netflix are Colby Shingler (11) and Carlee Jackson (11).

The popcorn is popped, the fire is lit, the blanket is laying on the couch, and the television is on. It is finally time to catch up on the latest episode of Stranger Things, but the show is not being watched on cable TV; it’s on Netflix.

According to Netflix Media Center, 1998 was the year when the official Netflix website was first launched. During this time, Netflix was a DVD rental and sales website. Almost twenty years later, Netflix has movies and TV shows that can be streamed to multiple devices and includes the most recent and up-to-date content. In 2017, Netflix hit 100 million members from viewers across the nation. Netflix is becoming more popular, which causes more people to switch from cable TV to Netflix. This begs the question: Is Netflix taking over cable TV?

“I think [Netflix] has taken over TV because a lot of people don’t like advertisements anymore, and they would rather pay to not view advertisements,” said Kendra Martin (12).

There are people who have both cable TV and Netflix, which they use to watch their favorite shows and programs. A survey was given to 50 students at JBHS and asked if Netflix or cable TV is better. From the results, there was a higher percentage of people who preferred Netflix over cable TV.

“I only have Netflix and not cable TV,” said Faith Mitchell (11). “It’s just more convenient for some people because with Netflix, you can watch it whenever you want and all of your seasons are on there. Plus, it’s cheaper.”

Compared to the vast majority of people who like Netflix, Skylar Garlick (10) prefers cable TV over Netflix.

“One thing that I like about cable TV is that you can record movies and tv shows if you are not home,” said Garlick.

People choose Netflix over cable TV because of what features it contains. These features benefit their viewers, which allows them to have a satisfying experience.

“A lot of people have Netflix, so since it has all of the newer shows it’s just easier and more convenient,” said Mitchell. “For cable, you have to wait for commercials and with Netflix, you don’t have to.”

On the contrast, the features that Netflix has may not suit the viewers. For example, when it comes to TV shows, Netflix is not always up-to-date with the latest episodes.

“Unlike cable TV, you have to wait like a year for Netflix to release new seasons,” said Garlick. “Most of the time on cable TV, they release an episode each week.”

Ever since Netflix has been released, it has gained more viewers. Since the number of Netflix viewers has increased over the years, the way people watch TV has been impacted.

“Netflix tends to be a brand new culture to teenagers and the rest of the world,” said Martin. “It’s a faster, cheaper, and easier way to watch the shows you love…making it important for teenagers who want what they want.”

Ever since Netflix launched its first website, the number of viewers has grown over time. From the survey that was conducted, the results show that the vast majority of students would choose Netflix over cable TV. From the evidence given, it is evident that Netflix has taken over cable TV for many students.

Don’t Make Math a Task, Just Ask!

45 minutes may not be long enough to understand the quadratic formula, but some extra help can go a long way.


If you’re one of many students looking for extra help understanding the mysteries of mathematics then all you have to do is ask the math tutors.


Every activity period in the library, any student is able to go down and receive aid in school work; all they have to do is ask one of the ten math tutors for help.  


Their goal as a program is to encourage students to ask questions.


“We want students who are struggling to realize we only got to where we are by asking questions,” said Nick Garbinski,12, one of the math tutors


The advisor and co-founder of the math tutoring program, Mr. Michael Mele, Faculty,  is also a promoter of asking questions.


“My job is to let them [the students] figure things out and ask questions when they need some guidance and clarification,” said Mele.


The math tutors hope to achieve the focus and effort that is based on Mele’s beliefs and the objective of the math tutoring program overall.


“I realized how much I enjoy being down in the library, helping others or receiving help,” said Jae-lin Carmack, 12, another tutor who volunteers his time every activity period.


For the people who partake in math tutoring, asking questions has helped the program better answer similar concerns from other students.

“I needed help significantly, and slowly but surely I’m improving,” states Colby Shingler, 10, currently taking Algebra 1. Shingler is a regular at the library and feels the tutoring program has played a major role in improving his math skills.


The math tutors have anywhere between two to five people come to the library a day with questions on homework. They hope by promoting thought-provoking questions, more students will come asking for help.



The math tutors will continue to aid others until the end of the year and start all over again once more with the new school year.


Carmack advised, “Never be afraid to ask questions because without questions you get no answers and without answers everyone’s clueless.” 

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