The Patriot Press
Issue 2 December 2011
Holiday spirit abounds at high
By: Samantha Piazza
In light of the September flooding, it seems
this holiday season more than ever people are in
need of help and holiday cheer.
Many of the clubs in the high school have
been holding charitable events since
Thanksgiving. The Stand Tall Club held their
annual food drive to assist families in the district
during the holidays. They also made a donation to
the food pantry in Pittston.
One of the newest service organizations,
The Leo Club, hosted Dupont’s annual children’s
Christmas party at the VFW on December 17.
The Journalism Club and the National
Honor Society continued their holiday traditions of
adopting a needy family from the Catherine
McAuley House and purchasing bikes and toys for
Toys for Tots, respectively.
The Sophomore Class held a lottery ticket
sale instead of their usual coin drop this year, rais-
ing funds to purchase gifts for 81 children in the
Head Start program in Pittston.
The Art Club has been busy painting winter
scenes on the lobby windows, and in conjunction
with the Key Club, they are creating Christmas
cards for the elderly.
Finally, the Student Council held their candy
-gram sale where students sent Christmas wishes
to their friends and had Santa available in the
lobby for pictures.
Top left: Stand Tall Club officers with one of their food drive collec-
tion signs. 1st Row from left: Christine D’Agostino, Ali Quinn, and
2nd Row: Nellie Diaz and Brittney Czerniakowski. Photo by: Lisa
Bottom Left: Journalism Club members pose with their gifts for
their needy family. 1st Row from left: Shelby Smith, Brittni Morrell,
Jess Oliveri, Ali Quinn, Virginia Myrkalo, Sam Piazza, Claudia
Shandra, and Haleigh Zurek. 2nd Row: Patrick Joyce, Tim Lello,
Mrs. Amy Saunders,and Charles Poli.
New Driving Laws in effect on March 8, 2012. The new law sengers in the vehicle have increased
excludes the use of a GPS or any device also.
Pennsylvania that is physically or electronically engi- The current law limits drivers
By: Patrick Joyce and Katie Kelly neered into the vehicle. Also, devices under 18 to no more passengers than
Effective December 24, 2011, new used for mass transit communication on the number of seat belts in the car. The
laws regarding teen driving will be put in a public bus or school bus are excluded. first six months after receiving a license,
effect by Governor Corbett and legisla- The changes to the Junior Driving they are not permitted to have more than
ture. The changes were made to laws Training, or Act 81, consist only of some one passenger under 18 who isn't imme-
regarding how teens drive. The new laws minor changes to the hours mandatory to diate family, unless an adult is present.
include an Anti-Texting Law, changes to be able to take the driving skills portion When the six months are over
Junior Driving Training, Junior Passenger of the driver's test. and there is no conviction of driving vio-
Restrictions, and Seat Belt Originally, only 50 hours of super- lation or any responsibility of a reportable
Requirements. vised behind the wheel training were crash, the number of passengers
The new Anti-Texting Law prohibits needed to be able to test. But, Act 81 increases to three under the age of 18
the use of Interactive Wireless increases these hours to 65. They now that are not immediate family without an
Communication Devices (IWCD). The include ten hours of nighttime and five adult present.
IWCD category includes phones, digital hours of poor weather conditions behind The seat belt requirements are that
assistants, smart phones, and mobile the wheel training. If you have taken and the driver and passengers must wear a
computers. If the device can text or passed the driving skills portion of the seat belt at all times. Children who are
instant message, browse the internet, or test before this law is put into effect, you under 8 and present in the car are
be used to send emails you can receive do not have to have the 65 hours, just required to be in a secured car seat. If
a $50 fine for disobeying the new law. the 50. If you have not passed, you are any of these requirements are violated,
Unlike the changes to teen driv- required to have the 65 hours. the consequences may be getting pulled
ing laws, the Anti-Texting Law will take Passenger Restrictions of the age of over and cited solely for violation.
the passenger and the number of pas- 1
Anything is possible for boys basketball
By: Michael Schwab
With every new season and with every new sport, a
new attitude and new plan are usually put in place for the
team. This year, the Patriots are planning for big things to
With several returning starters and other key players,
the boys basketball team has brought a new intensity and atti-
tude to the team. Head coach Alan Keisinger has a lot of hope
for his team this season. He said, "I expect to compete for a
league title this year, and for a spot in the district playoffs.
Anything can happen."
Several players return to the seasoned Patriot squad,
most notably lights out shooter Steve Stravinski. Steve Sklanka
also returns as a great scoring option for the Patriots. Chris
Kovaleski looks to be the big man for the Patriots, and 2- sport
standout Jordan Houseman will run point guard. Sean
McDermott also brings defensive intensity, hot shooting, and
great hustle to the team.
Other teams should watch out for the Patriots this year,
as well. Coach K said, "We have a hungry team this year that
is ready to compete and win."
In preparing for this season Coach K said," The inten-
sity is through the roof this year. Not only do our seniors have
a sense of urgency to win, but our whole team does. With
The 2011-2012 boys basketball team poses with their trophies after the Marsico Tournament in
returning starters, and other key components, anything is pos- early December.
sible.” Photo courtesy of: Michael Schwab
Girls Basketball Get ready, get set, wrestle
looks forward to By: Jessica Oliveri
Last year proved to be a great one for the Pittston Area wrestling team. Over the past four years, Pittston has only
a promising sea- lost to one team in the conference, Hazleton.
son Along with being District and Conference Champs, two recent graduates, Mike Domarasky and Jason Laboranti,
made it to states. With two promising members gone, everyone is wondering what the outlook is for this year. Coach
By: Anthony Schwab James Woodall said, "We definitely have guys that can make it down to states this year."
The girls basketball Senior captain Jamie Scarantino is one to keep an eye out for. He is a two time district champ and is close to 100
team did not end the 2010- wins. But he isn't the only one. Angelo Lussi and Justin Wilk, also captains, are expecting much from this wrestling season.
2011 season in the way Also, freshmen Daniel Gambini and Dave DeLeo will be competing on the varsity level.
they would have liked. On The team started preparing this past summer when members Kevin Wesolowski and Tyler Lutecki attended a
the bright side, however,
national tour in Fargo, North Dakota. The entire Pennsylvania team was coached by James Woodall.
with only one graduating
There is much to look forward to as the team travels to Conestoga Valley over the holiday break. Districts are held
senior the future looks
the end of February followed by regionals and states. The way things are looking right now, it should be a very promising
O’Neill will lead the Lady
Swim Team respectable program."
Pats beyond the three point
On top of hav-
arc. Junior Mia Hopkins
will also be a major help on
looks to ing an immense senior
class, the Patriots also
both sides of the ball, and repeat District have a very large
is within 200 points of scor-
ing her 1000th point. Title number of new and
O’Neill said, “The By: Jordan as well as divers,
atmosphere at practice is Gruttadauria which will add the
extremely positive from
Its wintertime much-needed depth
both the players and the
and you know what that factors into the
that means…another team's success.
The Lady Pats
Pittston Area swim "I am very
opened their season on
season is underway. impressed with the
December 9 at the Marsico
Last year the new swimmers this
Tournament at Old Forge
team went undefeated year," Hazlet stated.
High School against Mid
(12-0), and clinched "Many have never
the Wyoming Valley competed before so
Conference Division III Ms. Conlon and I are
title, and are looking to at square one with
Holiday Word Scramble do the same this year. them, but I am already
Answers "I feel pretty impressed with their
confident that we will work ethic and dedica-
be able to repeat as tion."
champions again," Also to add to
Coach Amy Hazlet the list of new things
said. The team is off to on the Pittston Area
a pretty good start, swim team is new div-
winning their first meet ing coach Alyssa
against West Scatena, who was a
Scranton, 131-51. former diving standout
This year's for the Patriots.
team consists of 16 Scatena works with
seniors who Coach the divers everyday
Hazlet greatly and is doing an excel-
respects. "My first year lent job teaching the
coaching was their divers what they need
freshman year and to know to be success-
from day one they ful.
started working hard," The Patriot
Top: Patriot swimmers prepare to house the competion at the beginning of Hazlet said. "They are swimmers are focused
a race. not only excellent on once again clinch-
competitors, they are ing the Wyoming
Below: A Patriot swimmer waits for a teammate to complete their part of a so fun to be around Valley Conference
race. everyday, and I give Division III title and
these seniors all of the beating their cross-
Photos by: Lauren Senese
credit in building PA river rivals Wyoming
2 swimming to a Area.
Student Council travels opened up their homes for all the
students attending the conference.
to 75th annual confer- The night ended with a general ses-
sion and a keynote speaker.
ence in Altoona Friday brought just as much
By: Shelby Smith and Jessica excitement as students attended
Oliveri workshops that would provide ideas
Thursday, November 10 was as to how to make their home stu-
the start to a couple of exciting and dent councils the best they can be.
educational days for the Student A second keynote speaker led into
Council as moderator, Ms. Jill Oliver, the dance and banquet dinner held
senior members Shelby Smith, for the students and moderators later
Jessica Oliveri, and James LaMarca, Friday night to reward the councils
and junior members Matt for all of their hard work.
Shamnoski, Julia Shandra, and Amy Saturday morning students
Silinski, traveled to Altoona, for the packed their bags and said goodbye
75th Annual Student Council State to their host families who had been
Conference. so generous as to give them a place
The trip was filled with work- to stay. The trip was concluded by
shops, games, and activities all per- one last session before departure.
taining to the "Beatlemania" theme. Overall, students had a posi- Student Council raises funds for MDA
Upon arrival Thursday after- tive experience on the trip. Junior By: Anthony Schwab
noon, students were able to bond Julia Shandra said, "It was a lot of On Thursday, November 17, Jo Anne Liples from the
with other student councils through fun and I enjoyed learning about how Muscular Dystrophy Association met with the Pittston Area Student
various games and activities set up to make the school a better place… Council to accept a check. The Student Council raised money by
in the Altoona Area High School and the Beatlemania concert helped, making "football necklaces" for a dress-down day. The dress-down
gymnasium. Such events included too." Senior James LaMarca stated, " day was held on November 4, the day of the Pittston Area vs.
inflatable jousting and a handwriting It was a great learning experience Wyoming Area football game. $2058 was raised to support the
analyzer. and it was fun to meet new people." MDA.
Students then proceeded to From left: Jamie Lee, Sarah Kosik, Jo Anne Liples, James LaMarca,
meet with their host families who Shelby Smith, Mike Hizny, and Jess Oliveri.
Marching band once championships in the past four years.
Through a lottery ticket sale, the sophomore class raised During their last competition
funds to purchase gifts for the Pittston Head Start. again on top on November 12, they competed
From left, standing: sophomore class officers Enrico By: Loxs-Ann Branham against 16 other bands in their divi-
Connors,Secretary;Kevin Wesolowski,Co-Treasurer;Alyssa In movies, marching band sion. They swept the competition in all
Rodainak,Co-Treasurer;Kyler Kovaleski,President;Michael members are typically depicted as categories, except for "most
Schwab,Vice-President. underdogs. However, the Pittston improved", with a score of 93.67.
Front Row:Angela Wombacker,Head-Start Pittston Center;Mrs. Marching Patriots are a force to reck- "It was a great win,” said
Cathie Azaravich-Turner,Pittston Area Sophomore Class oned with. Ginny Evans. "We practiced long and
Advisor;Sarah Milewski,Head-Start Pittston Center. Directed by Mr. Eric Boylan, hard throughout the summer. We
the Marching Patriots have proven practiced from Monday to Friday and
themselves to be one of P.A's during weeks of competition, we
strongest teams. They have won four would even put in a three hour prac-
tice on Saturdays.”
To spread some holiday cheer (and some embarrassment), we at the Patriot Press wanted to put in a
few of our candids from out holiday gift-wrapping extravaganza.
Left: Jess Oliveri shows what will happen if the corners on the gifts aren’t neatly wrapped.
Center: Chuck Poli puts on a “happy” face while Shelby Smith shows him how to wrap presents.
Right: Jordan Gruttadauria and Jess Oliveri with some of the gifts they wish they could have kept.
Winter fashion trends to help ring in new year
By: Loxs-Ann Branham
When it comes to winter fashion, red, silver, and royal blue are
your go to colors.
Red: It has always been and forever will be a chic color. For
school, try wearing a red button down with a black or cream fitted skirt and
simple shoes. Also, a red cocktail dress is always a good look for a
*Bonus: Red lipstick is coming back, if you’re bold enough to give
it a try. Just make sure you pick the right shade of red for your skin tone.
You don't want to look cheap or as if someone punched you in the mouth.
Silver: It matches the snow or can just make your outfit pop. Hey,
what girl doesn't like a little sparkle?
Royal Blue: Something about this color says mystery and edgi-
ness, not to mention I can't help but be reminded of The Great Gatsby
every time I see it. If you can get your hands on a blue blouse, or even
better a vintage dress, go for it. It will be worth the money, plus the dark
tone will really slim you down.
*Bonus: Three words: Statement Jewelry, or sorry, that was only
two words. Bold Statement Jewelry!!! It’s the new “It” thing. You can't go
wrong. Just pick a big earring, bracelet, ring or necklace, (but not all at
once) that will draw attention to your classy, simple outfit. A girl whom I
already saw rocking this look was the beautiful Haley Kline, who was wear-
ing a stunning pair of couture hoop earrings.
My advice, ring in the new year with bold new fashion by lighting
your fashion candle.
At right: Examples of statement necklaces and rings.
Christmas Shopping on a budget
By: Ali Quinn
Well, as Christmas approaches, many people are doing last minute shopping including high school students. First off, everybody thinks they need
to go out on Black Friday at midnight to get all the good deals. But guess what, you can get the same deals, or even better deals, the week or even day
Besides the best time to buy, another issue is what you can buy all of your friends and family while on a high school student's budget. Well, there
are many things you can buy. The number one item is gift cards; everyone loves them. You can get a gas card, an iTunes gift card, etc.
Another item that appeals to both girls and guys is perfumes and colognes. Believe it or not, many perfumes and colognes are cheap.The last go-to
item is clothes. I know many people don't like to have to pick them out or find out a person’s size, but they are cheap to get. The clothes are probably more
of a Christmas present to get your mom and/or dad, but they are still a good idea.
Unscramble the Christmas-themed words
Answers appear on pg. 2
1. SEIPOTNTIA _____________________
2. RGERENEVE _____________________
3. SERAHD ___________________
4. OEKIOCS __________________
5. EDREIREN ___________________
6. SKROOPHW ___________________
7. ITMTNSE _________________
8. TSNIEL ___________________
9. EMBRCEED _________________
10. WAEHRT ________________
11. RIFKUATEC ___________________
12. GRDBENARGEI ____________________
13. RPHLODU ___________________
14. ENIZTLB __________________
15. SYTRFO ___________________
The Patriot Press
Issue 1 October/November 2011
Historic flooding devastates valley
By: Ali Quinn and Jordan Gruttadauria
In September 2011, many people were hit by an
unexpected flood. The river crested at a record high of
42.66 feet leaving over 1,200 homes and businesses
affected by the roaring waters. Now two months after the
disaster, many people are still raising money for the vic-
tims who are still cleaning and repairing their homes.
As a school district, Pittston Area raised over
$5,000 for local flood victims. When asked about a com-
mittee that organized the fundraisers throughout the
school district Mrs. Koss said, “it was a committee of five
teachers.” The teachers were: Mrs. Luvender at the
Kindergarten Center, Mrs. Show at the Primary Center,
Mrs. Talerico at the Intermediate Center, Mrs.
Capozucca at the Middle School and Mrs. Koss at the
A survey taken by the committee allowed them
to see who was affected by the flood within the school
district. From there, they were able to disperse donations
among the flood victims.Teachers also contacted families
to come up with wishlists of items needed. Rainbow
wishlists were made so that faculty and staff can also
help with purchasing needed items.
Anyone who has driven through Duryea or
Jenkins Township can see that many students and their
families were affected by this flood. An anonymous stu-
dent who was affected stated, "I was devastated
because we didn't see it coming and I didn't have time to
get most of my belongings out." With five feet of water
already in their house, they were evacuated at 4 o’clock
on Thursday, September 8.
Senior Samantha Scialpi was affected by the
flood in a different way. Scialpi's grandparents' house in
West Pittston was flooded. Because of repairs still
underway, her grandparents are living at her house. She
stated, "I was devastated. We always had family gather-
ings there and to see it all in ruins was upsetting."
Top Right: A photo of the Water Street (metal) bridge in
Pittston which shows the rising flood waters. The far
end of the bridge (West Pittston side) is already sub-
Bottom Right: The rising flood waters near the aban-
doned factory on Kennedy Blvd. in Pittston.
Photos by: Matt Gromala
Cancer: A non-stop fight This event, however, cannot be made
possible by just the work of one person.
for a cure Volunteers from the school and community are
By: Jordan Gruttadauria needed to make it successful. "The most impor-
Cancer is a recognizable term to almost every- tant part of the relay is the teams," said Bauman.
one. We all know of someone who is suffering Teams can range from 8 to 15 people, all
from the disease, we know someone who over- of whom do not have to be Pittston Area stu-
came the hardships and beat cancer, and tragi- dents in order to participate. Participants can be
cally, we all know someone that has lost the bat- from any school district or just members in the
tle to cancer. When you think of all the people community. If anyone is interested in creating a
affected by cancer just in our community alone, team you can go to
you might ask yourself what you can do in order www.relayforlife.org/pagreaterpittston and create
to help. Now there is an answer. your team there.
On May 12, 2012, the American Cancer In addition, Bauman is looking for stu-
Society is sponsoring a Relay For Life at the dent volunteers to run the committee for the
Charley Trippi Stadium. The relay is in honor of Relay for Life event. If anyone is interested, you
those who are battling cancer, those who lost can attend one of the meetings where you can
their battles, and those who continue to fight for put your name in for a position.
a cure to stop this disease that takes millions of Bauman's goal for this event is to raise
lives each year. This fundraising event will be a at least $25,000 and he is very optimistic that
24-hour walk which will include food and enter- this goal can be reached. "The students of
tainment. Pittston Area are very passionate about their
Jeffrey Bauman, an American Cancer community,” he said. The money raised will help
Society Representative, was appointed to plan pay for hospital bills, medical expenses, and
this event. He experienced what it was like first- much more.
hand to lose someone to cancer, when his moth- This event will also bring the community
er lost her battle just this past February. He was closer together and show the people that are
passionate about Relay for Life after he saw how battling with cancer that they are not alone.
much it helped his family, and decided to bring Bauman states,"Cancer is hard enough to face,
this event back to Pittston Area after its long hia- but no one should go at it alone.”
Once again, golf team sure winner
By: Ali Quinn and Patrick Joyce
Once again the golf team completed a very successful
season. Brandon Matthews made a new record at the Foxhill
Country Club. He beat the course record set by Bill Lawler by
scoring a total of 63. "Breaking this record made me feel really
good because it was the last tournament leading into districts
and to do something like that, my confidence was really high",
stated Brandon. Also, at the start of the season a JV team was
formed. When asked, Coach Benfante said he is glad to have a
JV team even though there is not a JV league. The JV team still
had their own practices and matches.
Unfortunately for Ryan Tracy, going to districts this year
didn't happen for him. When asked how he felt about not qualify-
ing he stated, " I was disappointed because I was playing well
enough to make it and I let it get away from me." Tracy also said
that he feels that the team will need to make big improvements
once they lose Matthews to graduation. Tracy stated, “Some of At left: Todd Mitchell observes the golf ball after
the guys, including me will have to step up if we want to keep
winning without him.”
At districts, Matthews placed 3rd and moved onto Top l-r: Senior golf members Matt Taylor, Brandon
regionals, which he won. Matthews qualified for states, but at Matthews, Todd Mitchell, and Angelo Guarigulia.
the time of printing he had not competed yet. The golf team fin-
ished their season 9-1.
Patriot Resurgence seasoned line is also helping the
team this year. Josh Blaker, Cody
By: Michael Schwab Stoss, John Ameen, Joe Stoss,
Coming into this season, and Dave Dragon have restored
the Wyoming Valley Conference the once lost running game for the
was not even considering the Patriots.
Pittston Area Patriots as any sort Justin Wilk, Kyle Gattuso,
of contender, particularly coming and Mark Romanczuk have been
off of last season's 0-10 record. the bulk of the carriers for the
But, after two consecutive team.
wins at the beginning of the sea- Senior Anthony Schwab
son over Tunkhannock and leads the efficient air attack for the
Scranton, people started to realize team. Juniors Jordan Houseman
the team had made some major and Joey Starinsky have been the
changes. One of those major playmakers through the air.
changes comes in the form of new Although the past few
head coach, Mike Barrett. games of the season have been
Barrett has instituted a losses, the Patriots have consis-
positive and energetic aura around tently showed strength, driving
At the homecoming game against Dallas, players react to a flag thrown by the offi- the team, stressing basic funda- games into overtime and putting
cial. mentals needed to be successful. points on the board against every
He has provided a smash-mouth competitor. With only a few
football offense and an aggressive games left, they definitely have a
Left: Senior Anna defense. winning attitude in place.
Podrasky prepares An experienced and well-
to hit during a
Haunted attractions well worth the money
Below: Senior Ali By: Virginia Myrkalo and Claudia Shandra
Quinn and junior There are far too many haunted hay rides to go to them all, so
Alicia Chopyak we picked some of the most popular to help you to decide what to do
pose for the cam- over the last weekend before Halloween.
era with coach Mrs.
Our first pick, Horror Hall, is an area favorite, but due to the
Collins and her
son, Marcus. September flooding it could not be run this year. It is usually held at
the Plymouth Firehall, but it was being used as an evacuation shelter
for flood victims. I would highly suggest going to Horror Hall another
Photos by: year because it is 100% fundraiser for the firehall.
Haleigh Zurek Dracula's Forest has four attractions. Shockwalk, Fall Festival,
Haunted Hay Ride, and Little Screamer's Not-So-Scary Hay Ride. The
Haunted Hay ride is a $15 admission and the rest are $5. There is
also a $2 fee for parking. This hay ride is definitely a great one to go
to with friends. There is a ton of food and drinks, and you pay for
Reaper's Revenge combined their three attractions into one
bundle for $25. There is also a $2 fee for parking. The admission
includes the Haunted Hay Ride, Pitch Black, and Lost Carnival. You
can also stop at the bonfire or get some food in between if you need a
break. The attractions are great here. The only down side is if you are
limited on time and can do only one attraction, you still have spent
$25. So, just plan some extra time. Remember: None of these are for
These images are from “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”
Just a little reminder of your childhood and one of Mrs. Saunders’ favorites.
Homecoming '11: Keep It Classy
By: Jessica Oliveri
The Pittston Area School District was happy to The 2011-
announce its' Homecoming Queen of 2011, Kelly Keener, Homecomi
and her court: Nicolette Bradshaw, Danielle Fereck, Kristi ng Court.
Naylor, and Grace O' Neill. The girls were honored Saturday L-R:
afternoon, September 24, at the homecoming football game Nicolette
against Dallas at the Charlie Trippi Stadium. 2009 home- Bradshaw,
coming queen, Elizabeth Gromelski, returned to crown Danielle
Keener. When asked how she felt immediately after they Fereck,
announced this year's queen she replied, "I was very excited Kelly
and pleased with the entire court that our grade elected. It
was a great group and the experience was fantastic." Kristi
Later that night the homecoming dance was held in Naylor,
the high school cafeteria. Ms. Oliver and members of the and Grace
student council spent the morning transforming the cafeteria O’Neill.
into an epitome of class. A lighted arch, rose petals, and
floating tea lights were just some of the beautiful decora-
tions. A thank you is extended to everyone who attended this
year's dance and kept it classy for Homecoming 2011.
Junior to have book published
By: Loxs-Ann Branham
Austin Welch is a kid you would not really notice if he passed you in
the hallway. He has a small group of friends and seems very quiet.
However, he has a strong mind and passion for writing poetry and novels. In
fact, his most recent work, Alex and Sky, will be published and be available
for sale in January of 2012.
Alex and Sky is a love story, and like any case of true love, there are
bumps in the road. Welch said it is about "two people who face problems
after falling in love with one another. However, their love ends up changing
the world's view on gay rights."
Inspired by a pen pal who has faced difficulties with prejudice and
romance in Alabama, Welch also wanted to look at people's value of "materi-
alistic things over love" in his novel.
Welch has been an author since the age of ten when he started writ-
ing poetry. He turned to songwriting and then tried his hand at short stories
and novels. After experiencing writer's block with mystery and science fiction
novels, Welch decided to try something more current.
Now five chapters from the end, Welch is pleased about the interest
people have expressed in his novel. He had a full house for a book discus-
sion held at the Pittston Library on October 8, and hopes to schedule another
for December. Inspired by an aunt who is an author, Welch started to contact
publishing companies and found one, X-libres, who was eager to print his
Alex and Sky will be available as an e-book, and in soft and hardcov-
Austin Welch next to a slide from his recent presentation at the Pittston Library. er editions.
Student wins writing contest
Mrs. Nowakowski's Honors English class at Pittston Area High School
recently took part in the Ayn Rand Anthem essay contest. Meredith Yozwiak was
chosen as a winner and was the recipient of a monetary award.
The students had the choice of one of three topics distributed by the Ayn
Rand Institute as their essay response. The contest was open to 8th, 9th or 10th
grade students worldwide. The essay was judged on both style and content.
Judges looked for writing that was clear, articulate and logically organized.
Winning essays had to demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic
meaning of Anthem.
From left: Mrs. Nowakowski and Meridith Yozwiak with a few of Ayn Rand’s books.
Photo by: James LaMarca
Students participate F.Y.I
in important project The I.C.E. Club will be
By: Lisa Yeager holding its annual International
With teen pregnancy rates rising each year, it is Food Night on Thursday,
more important than ever for this generation's youth to November 10 in the high
truly understand what caring for a baby involves. school cafeteria. See Mrs.
Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at
Pittston Area Senior High School, Mrs. Marlene Verdine,
Getrige for more details.
has started a new program at the school using "Ready-
or-Not Tots", which are mechanical simulation babies. Student Council officers
The mechanical baby has various keys to control will be going to the State
its functions such as feeding, burping, and even changing Convention over Veteran’s Day
the "tot's" diaper. The students were required to care for
the baby one day in school and one night at their homes.
Mrs. Verdine wanted her students to understand
that although adorable, taking care of a baby is a lot of Attention club offi-
work and the major goal of the assignment was for the cers, moderators, and student
students to learn about the responsibility and care it takes
to raise a child. When asked what the benefit of the exer-
cise was, Pittston Area junior, Angelina Reed, commented Please bring any news that
that "It helped us understand the effort it takes to really you have (i.e. fundraisers,
care for a baby." events, important games, etc.,
to Mrs. Saunders in B-13 for
At left: Junior Bruce Edwards and senior Chris Wesolowski with publication in the school paper
some of the “Ready-or-Not Tots”.
and in the local newspapers.
Classic horror movies set Strangelove) and based on the book by the mas- subjects, some moderately taboo to this day.
ter of horror novels, Stephen King, The Shining
mood for Halloween perhaps is the essential modern horror movie. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
By: Matt Gromala and Kevin Lucke The Shining keeps you wondering (like You might be thinking that you would
almost all of Kubrick's films) "what am I watch- never take the time to watch a movie from 1925,
Anyone who watches AMC’s “Fearfest”,
ing", which is the sign of the ideal filmmaker. but there is something to say about classic films
a month-long horror movie tribute leading up to The scary moments are quick and sud-
Halloween, knows that there are a lot of scary and early special effects. There is perhaps noth-
den, and even ing scarier than seeing the Phantom take his
movies that have been made. While not all of unconventional,
these movies may be good, we have a few sug- mask off and seeing the hideous, deformed face
which make them of Lon Chaney, Sr., underneath. A classic if there
gestions of some that you should watch which more mysterious
will remind you that the holiday is not just about ever was one.
and scarier than
tricks and treats. your average Psycho (1960)
horror film. Best From the soundtrack, to the overall
Night of the Living Dead (1968) modern-horror,
This is a cult-classic,the granddaddy of creepiness, to the genius plotline, Alfred
and one of the Hitchcock's Psycho is, was, and forever will be
all zombie movies, best movies of all
from the grandmaster the Citizen Kane of horror films.
time. Hitchcock's directing style, as well as his
of the living dead,
George A. Romero signature
Saw (2004) twists and
Single-hand- turns and
one of the goriest films ever made, Saw red her-
edly starting the "zom- spawned a whole series of sequels. Jigsaw (the
bie apocalypse" rings were
killer) died and even this did not stop his mission among the
genre, the basic story to make people cherish every moment because
is of a radioactive best, suc-
you never know when it could be your last, cessfully
contaminate exploding He used natural selection in the worst
in the Earth's atmos- channeling
way possible and, in his mind, he gave people the inner
phere triggering a control over whether they would live or die,
worldwide reanimation Edgar Allan
of dead corpses. It is Poe in his
both a thrill ride of good scares and an interest-
Peeping Tom (1960) work.
ing observation on society's reaction to such Early in 1960, horror-movies had long The memo-
events fell out of the spotlight that they once basked in rable
. in the 1930's up to the mid-1950's, falling victim scenes that
to the cheesy futuristic spaceships and technolo- came out of this movie have been parodied by
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) gy of sci-fi B-movies. nearly everyone, particularly the shower scene,
If you are going to watch one it has to Peeping Tom did not change the decline which still feel eerie to this day.
be the original, not any of the sequels, prequel, in popularity of the horror movie, but it laid out Without the mention of ghosts or any
or the remake. Accept no substitute. It's the tale the foundation of the more realistic psychological other types of paranormal beings, Psycho
of what could happen when you go on down to horrors to follow, and was the obvious predeces- instead scared its audience with the horror of
Texas and get turned around. It's just a bloody, sor to the Saw films. human nature gone wrong. Without a doubt,
gory good time for all. It is the story of a serial killer who tapes one of the best horror films of all time.
his murders for his own enjoyment. Missing out
The Shining (1980) on the Hitchcock craze that would sweep
Directed by one of the greatest directors through Britain a few months after its original
of all time, Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork release, Michael Powell's Peeping Tom was
Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. destroyed by the press for dealing with taboo
From Breaking Ben It was these releases that rocketed them to
stardom. They followed up with We Are Not Alone in
To Breaking Up 2004. It was around this time that the band was first
By: Matt Gromala embroiled in controversy.
Breaking Benjamin, the local band to Drummer Jeremy Hummel was unable to
achieve the most success since The Buoys (and play with the band from August until September
undoubtedly more), has announced their break-up 2004 due to the birth of his child, and was granted
this summer. Though some say this has been com- leave of absence for that amount of time. The band
ing for some time, it still comes as a shock and a selected Kevin Soffera to fill in for Hummel during
blow to NEPA, the home of this band. It appears that his absence. When Hummel returned, he was soon
the straw that broke the camel's back, however, was fired, and he filed suit to collect money he believed
the recently released remix of their song, “Blow Me was owed to him for songs he helped write.
Away” without band-member Benjamin Burnley hav- After Kevin Soffera was finished with his
ing a say in the matter. He's currently involved in a duties as a fill-in for Hummel, the band brought Ben
lawsuit against former bandmates Aaron Fink and "B.C." Vaught into the band to fill in as their drum-
Mark Klepaski. mer. B.C. was with the band until the band hired
Chad Szeliga in early 2005. In mid-2005, We Are
Humble Beginnings Not Alone went platinum, the first for the band.
"It's a shame, even though I feel their music Their next releases were Phobia(2006) and
had gotten progressively worse since they became their last original album Dear Agony (2009) and a
famous", said A.J. Gromala, a fan of Breaking Best of... album, released in 2011. Then, on June 7,
Benjamin in their early, local days. The band was 2011 the remix of “Blow me Away”, featuring the
formed in 1998, in Nanticoke, by friends Benjamin band Valora was released. This ultimately led to
Burnley and Aaron Fink(along with original members Burnley's lawsuit and the demise of the band.
Nick Hoover and Chris Lightcap).
The band name came from Burnley's solo Hometown Heroes
days when after a performance, he knocked over "It's upsetting to hear of any band breaking
and cracked a microphone he had borrowed. The up, especially a local-born band that got so famous,
owner of the microphone walked onto the stage and and even more so since they always gave hope to
said, "I'd like to thank Benjamin for breaking my all local bands", says Jake Decker of local band
microphone." They cut their teeth playing venues Crock Pot Abduction.
like The Staircase and the Cafe Metro, as well as For many local bands, Breaking Ben's fame
various events in the area, until 2002 when they got was indeed a goal to shoot for and hopefully
their big break achieve. They got their start playing a lot of the
same venues and the same events. And, they did
On To Bigger and Better Things not forget where they came from either, every year
"It's ironic, isn't it? Breaking Benjamin is coming home to play a show.
Fans of the band will just have to keep an Pictured above are some of the album cov-
breaking up. I'm disappointed that one of the only ers from local band Breaking Benjamin.
good things to come out of the area is gone", says eye on its former members who will likely stay in
Danny Ginochetti, who became a fan after the band music, although things will certainly never be the
achieved nation-wide fame following the releases of same.
their EP, Breaking Benjamin, and their album
Saturate, both in 2002.