Volume 101, No. 4 Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA SNEWSE HADY SID Junior Class Prom Fashion Show and Tea Sunday, April 19 1:00 Pm Fox Chapel Golf Club Shady Side learns the Steelers can hoop it up, too By Billy Rutherford As Matt “The one and only” Steelers rolled to a 91-64 victory. Goldstein flaunted his arms during his John Cappa, eager to prove Deal introduction, the Pittsburgh Steelers si- wrong for putting him in third-string lently plotted their fierce onslaught of position, looked to challenge the three-pointers and dunks alike. Steelers, saying, “I take my game seri- The SSA team was coached by Gene ous, boys, I’m not messing around.” Deal and consisted of alums, students, SSA fed off this type of energy early and one very brave English teacher Jeff on and took a quick 8-3 lead in the first Miller. quarter. Head boys’ basketball coach Terrence Shortly thereafter, Batch began his “Tank” Parham and former NFL player assault of deep shots, and the home team (and Tank’s old roommate) Eugene fell victim to the reigning Super Bowl Baker highlighted the Shady Side squad champs. that showed flashes of competitiveness. Says junior Max Heilbrunn, who Former SSA basketball state cham- finished with 11 points, “As big as I pions Damian McGill and Tom Sochacki thought [Mendenhall] was, he was even also put their uniforms on for the first bigger in person. I just stayed away time since their playing days. from him, just too big for anything good Says sophomore player John Bray, to happen.” Senior Raediah Lyles took “These guys are some of the legends at a braver approach, jawing with Batch Shady Side, part of our basketball his- throughout the game. tory, so it was a great opportunity to get McGill, a state champion on SSA’s to play with them.” ‘95 team, led the team with twelve points. Standing in their way were six pro- Baker finished with 10 points, and dished fessional athletes, including quarterbacks out a clever no-look pass to Tank on a Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon, as well fast break in the first half. as last year’s first round draft choice The Steelers’ athleticism and sharp- fresh off a season-ending shoulder in- shooting were in the end too much for jury, Rashad Mendenhall. SSA, and a monstrous dunk by Dixon Batch had the green light and practi- with 30 seconds remaining on the clock Photo by Justine Kim cally could not miss from behind the arc, put an exclamation point on this historic Time stands still. Shady Side basketball players look on in anticipation as Steelers take their foul shot. making ten three-pointers in all as the game in Mellon Gym. French connection Shady Side’s Peruvian adventure By Anna Sabo plored the beautiful Impressionist paint- By Olivia Seecof While most Shady Side students were ings of the Musée d’Orsay while others Fourteen Shady Side Academy stu- eagerly counting down the last five days shopped in the grand ten-story Galeries dents, along with two faculty members before spring break, thirteen Shady Side Lafayette. embarked on a true adventure over the students and teachers Scott McClure After bonding in Paris for a few days, 2009 Spring Break. Shady Side teamed and Michelle Ament were getting their the American students said au revoir to up with the World Leadership School, first tastes of French culture from Air Paris and flew to Bordeaux, where they and organized a trip to Peru. France’s surprisingly appetizing air- were then transported to Saint Joseph World Leadership School is a pro- plane food and welcoming French-speak- de Tivoli. Suddenly, everyone was filled gram based in Denver, Colorado ing flight attendants. with nervous anticipation as Shady Side thatpromotes the idea of being a Global After countless baguettes and French students saw their French correspon- Citizen by sending students to different pastries were consumed on the plane, dents for the first time since October. areas of the world to discuss and act on these fifteen individuals found them- Students and teachers of Saint Jo- issues such as climate change and com- selves waiting for lost luggage at the seph de Tivoli welcomed the Shady Side munity service. Our program was de- baggage claim area of the Paris Charles de group with a reception of French past- signed so that we had the perfect balance Gaulle International Airport. ries and appetizers. Despite the differ- of sightseeing activities, and spending Despite the group’s sleep depriva- ences between cultures, the Americans time in a local village as everyday citi- tion and the heavy rain falling outside, quickly made new friends among the zens helping a local school. after a long bus ride everyone’s eyes students of Tivoli and had the opportu- After getting our luggage after three were wide awake as the bus pulled up to nity to observe a typical French class- days and acclimating to the new altitude the quaint Minerve Hotel in Paris. room setting. of about 9,000 feet above sea level , we Students next had a chance to test With a highly enforced no chewing began our community service project. Photo by Erin Lasky The project took place in a village about Olivia Seecof, Missy Wolz, Frankie Costa, Chad Rosenbloom, Sujay Busam, Karen their French skills while eating at a café, gum rule, no bathroom breaks during two hours from the city of Cusco, called Dawson, Joey Hoffman, Todd Berglund, Emily Rosenberg, Noah Schoen, Kelsey where some had their first croque class, and a strict policy for prompt- Hickey, Nate de la Torre, C.J. TImoney, Dan Ament pose by their finished craft hut. monsieurs and crème brulées. ness, Shady Side students soon discov- Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is a Afterwards, our time in Paris itself ered how much more strict and difficult town filled with ancient Incan ruins. ploring their new place with smiles from sations about things such as the current began with a thorough bus tour of the the French school system could be. Over 90% of the population there is of ear to ear. United States economic crisis and a dis- city. Points of interest ranged from However, the experience was nothing direct Incan descent. The days were long and hot; some cussion about why the Peruvian fútbol seeing the Tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte, short of eye-opening, and although stu- The project was to build a craft hut had to fight through itchy flea bites and (soccer) team was better than any other to witnessing the magnificent Sacre Coeur dents often found it difficult to under- at a local elementary school where the peeling sunburn, and others battled team in the world. and Montmartre. stand all of the French, they sometimes students can create crafts that they will through illness due to the different bac- The trip was not all focused on work, While experiencing the wonders of had the convenient option of going to an later sell. We worked with an organiza- teria in the food and water, but the as over the first weekend we took a break true French crêpes, during the next few English class instead. tion called Ania on a project called La satisfaction of helping promote self- from constructing the craft hut and went days in Paris the group visited the Lou- Junior Donnaya Presberry remarked Tierra de los Niños (Childrens’ Land). esteem and responsibility in the children on an over-night trek through the Andes vre, Notre Dame, the Place de la about Tivoli, “I really appreciate Shady This project will take many groups of made everything worth while. Mountains. The trek was difficult be- Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, climbed Side more now because the way of teach- volunteers like us to finish, but it is truly While we were working on the build- cause the altitude ranged from 13,000 to to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and ing at their school was so much differ- amazing how much one group can do. A ing, we were divided into groups of two 14,500 feet, and there were many steep shopped on the Champs-Élysées. ent.” playground had already been built, and or three and stayed in a local family’s climbs. To ensure safety, we took many there were children climbing, playing, home. breaks and drank plenty of water. During free time some students ex- (Please see French, Page 2.) and laughing all day long. The home stay was one of the high- On the trek, we saw live alpacas, Before starting the project, we took lights of the trip to some, while others llamas, and other wild life, as well as part in a Despacio ceremony, in which truly had an eye opening experience. stunning views of grass covered hills and we asked the Pachamama (mother earth) The houses varied from those with valleys. We spent the night in tents wet to protect our work site. The experience multiple guinea pigs and chickens run- and cold at 14,000 feet, but it was an was interesting and unlike anything any ning around, to those with an actual experience that we will all remember. of us had attended before. living room, but either way, the bond The hike on the second day was mostly As for manual labor, we had to level created between the Shady Side stu- down hill, but the continuous rain clouded the ground at the location of the building, dents and the Ollantaytambo residents the views and created even tougher ter- sift the rocks out of the dirt by throwing will last a lifetime. rain. Once again, our group stuck to- it through a homemade screen, transport Even those who did not speak Span- gether and encouraged each other. Courtesy of Scott McClure the adobe bricks from a neighboring ish felt as though they connected with Another adventure our group took village, create our own mud out of crushed the family. part in was the exploration of the famed adobe and cactus, sort the grass for the German speaker Kelsey Hickey said, Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Won- roof, and finally, actually build the build- “Even though my Spanish is pretty ders of the World, and it truly deserves ing. much limited to saying hello and goodbye, that title. It was a lot to do in six short days, but please and thank you, and asking where We said goodbye to our home stay the group worked well together, and by the bathroom is, I still feel like my family families, and took the 5:00 AM train to the sixth afternoon of work, the craft hut accepted me and they loved to hear my the town of Agua Caliente, which is right Parlez vous Francais? Lindsay Bernstein, Meg Donnelly, Larisa was standing and we were enjoying an attempt to learn new phrases.” below Machu Picchu. The first glance I Bodnarchuk, Jemila Adoki, Anna Sabo, Tory Bruch, Mr. Scott McClure, “earth oven” dinner with our host fami- As a level four Spanish speaker, I had of Machu Picchu was from the very Danny Rua, Alix Spence, Gena Bradford Tume, Donnaya Presberry, lies at the school. The children of the loved the opportunity to enhance my top, and it took my breath away. Katie Foster, Joe Tumolo, Asher Saperstein in front of the Notre Dame. school were wandering through it, ex- vocabulary and hold meal time conver- (Please see Peru, Page 2) 2 Opinions, etc. Shady Side News Tuesday, April 14, 2009 PECD strikes the United States SSA travels to Peru By Elizabeth Diggs So even though I (Continued from Page one) The ancient city was amazing, as showed us around Cusco, and he pro- vided us with a day full of entertain- each rock looked like it had been placed ment.” It’s been a little over five months since November 4, and cannot watch the with a purpose, and the grassy terraces We also had a lot of time to explore I am still recovering from presidential election coverage President speak to remained well kept and were filled with the city and give our contributions to the detoxification. The effects of PECD are devastating and sell-out crowds of llamas roaming around, adding to the Peruvian economy by buying one of severe. CNN no longer plays twenty-four hours a day on thousands, his tiny majestic beauty. almost everything in sight. every television in the house and the latest polling results but innovative tech- We took a tour and enjoyed lunch on A special added bonus to the trip was no longer conveniently pop up on my phone, fueling my niques to unite and a small resting bench next to the Sun an extra day in Cusco due to inclement election addiction. reach the public on a Temple. We then had free time to weather. We were all excited to return to From June 2008 to December 2008, these small com- broader scale have explore the city. Some decided to hike the United States, but an extra day in forts became a part of my everyday life. In fact, for six had extraordinary ef- the trail towards Wanu Picchu, while sunny 75 degree weather was not all that months I was transformed into a walking, talking election fects on the way I others decided to relax on a terrace and bad. expert. I watched the most up-to-date news, received up- view his seat in pub- write in their journals. We flew to Lima a day late, but we to-the-minute statistics, and closely followed my favorite lic office. He seems Machu Picchu was a great place to still got to enjoy the planned activities in candidate, now President, through as many means as I down-to-earth, ac- relax and take in the Incan culture while the capital city. We took a short bus could: email, Facebook, YouTube, phone alerts, and tele- cessible, and, even surrounded by astounding beauty. tour, ate lunch, enjoyed the rocky vision. I have never felt so connected to a political figure, more importantly, attentive to the concerns of the Ameri- Our trip came to a close in the city of beaches, and explored an underground to a movement. can people. Cusco. Cusco was much more metro- shopping mall. A week, however, after the inauguration I began to Last December, the Obama camp launched a politan than Ollantaytambo, but it still On our way to the Lima airport, we wonder, “Why don’t I see President Obama as often groundbreaking experiment called “Open for Questions,” had Andean charm. drove through downtown and saw where anymore? Will he still have time to make daily appearances which acts as a vehicle for curious and inquiring citizens who The city is nicknamed the Belly the president of Peru, Alan Garcia, re- to deliver the same awe-inspiring words that captured my want their queries to be heard. Here’s how it works: anyone Button of the World. We toured a sides and runs the country. interest and admiration in the first place?” who has access to the Internet can submit a question about cathedral and had the rare opportunity After a small struggle to get 16 seats Well, of course, the answer is obvious. President Obama the economy to the link on www.whitehouse.gov and then of watching a parade that celebrated on the plane back to Atlanta, we were all is very busy, arguably the busiest person on the planet. He can also vote “yes” or “no” to other submitted questions. native Peruvian culture. relieved to land on American soil, but the should be doing the job that we elected him to do rather than A “yes” vote implies that they think the question is valid Sophomore Missy Wolz said, “I entire group was sad that the adventure striving to excite his fan base. After all, President Obama and a “no” vote indicates the opposite. Then President loved our tour guide Saul; he truly had come to an end. has a lot on his plate. The economy is in shambles, bailouts Obama answers the questions that received the most “yes” French exchange and bonuses are being handed out like candy, and millions votes within a certain period of time in a town hall-like of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck (if getting setting. one at all). Although these statements were convincing and When the first run of this experiment began, close to accurate at the time, they did not make the detoxification 7,300 questions were submitted and over 600,000 votes (Continued from Page one) any easier. were cast. Now these numbers have swelled to 103,981 during the school day to places such as To me, the election was one big bonding experience. I questions asked and 3,602,695 votes cast. These numbers Although the classroom environment the Dune du Pyla, Arcachon, Château bonded with my family as we discussed the latest election may seem small compared to the overall population, but the was somewhat strict, Shady Side stu- Camarsac, and San Sebastián in Spain. coverage at the dinner table. I bonded with friends who sheer growth of the program shows that people are listening dents had some more relaxing and recre- While touring and shopping in Bor- shared the same love of election reporting, and, finally, I felt and open to this new form of communication. ational activities at Tivoli as well. Since deaux, the group was also fortunate to as though I bonded with other Obama supporters around President Obama said of the program, “Many of you are Tivoli students have an hour and a half witness in action one of France’s strikes the world as well as with the man himself. I believed in the worried and have a lot of questions, and you want to know for lunch each day, many students ate in response to the economic crisis. message and was overjoyed to witness President Barack what your government is doing to get our economy back on lunch in a park nearby on the sunny After a pot d’adieu reception on the Obama take his rightful place in the White House on track. You deserve those answers. That’s why we are going days. last day filled with slideshows, delicious January 24, 2009. to try something a little different. We’re going to take Additionally, Shady Side students French food, and goodbyes, Shady Side Soon after the election concluded, however, I began to advantage of the Internet to bring all of you to the White had the opportunity to work with the students woke up bright and early to feel more and more disconnected from the message. Maybe House to talk about the economy.” elementary school students of Tivoli in catch their flight back to Paris and even- it was the lack of reminders and polling pop ups. Maybe The great thing about “Open for Questions” is that their English classes, and many were tually to America. it was the diminishing number of public appearances. anyone can express a question, concern, or troubling thought. surprised at how much French they Although everyone was excited to Either way, I hoped the disconnect would not last forever. It does not cost money. You do not need tickets. There are could learn from eight-year-olds. see their American families again, the President Barack Obama’s greatest tool has always no age barriers. All you need is a computer and an Internet The Americans learned many new students and teachers left their French been technology. Many have even argued, me included, that connection. The program almost acts as a direct line to the words from the young students and host families regretfully and with a few it electrified his campaign in a way that has never been seen President’s ear. Do you have something you would like to even played Bingo and “Jacques a dit,” tears. before on the national stage. ask? Is there something that is troubling you and you don’t which is the equivalent of “Simon says” Junior Tory Bruch said of her expe- Every other day during the campaign a new video know where to turn? Well, submit a question to “Open for in France. rience, “I was humbled by the generos- message would be sent to my email address alerting me of Questions” and, if you’re lucky, your inquiry will land on The American students found bond- ity and kindness shown by my host upcoming events and projects. This kind of outreach was the desk of the President of the United States. ing with their French students and fami- family and it is so nice to know that not only convenient to an election observer like me; it Between online programs that cause millions of Ameri- lies an easy task because they shared so across the ocean there will always be a invigorated his base and made each supporter feel linked to cans to flock to their computers, daily Facebook updates many common interests. Senior Gena family waiting for me!” his organization (it didn’t hurt that he referred to us as and posts, and a late night appearance on the Tonight Show Bradford-Tume said of the pairings, “I All Shady Side students and teachers “friends” either!). I knew that once the campaign process with Jay Leno, it is clear the Obama administration is trying think Mrs. Parker did a great job with agreed that the experience was life-chang- ended, these messages would be sorely missed. to get in touch with the American people. matching people up.” Jessica Parker is ing and unforgettable. Once the First Family gracefully settled into its new For supporters like me who were deeply involved in the Coordinator of the International Pro- Junior Katie Foster said of France, “I home, I assumed that the video notices and Internet an- campaign and felt as though our duties ended when he was gram. think it was a really great cultural expe- nouncements would stop. A couple of weeks into the term, inaugurated in January, these outlets are a way to remind During the group’s two-week stay rience and let us look into the lives of however, I was delighted to see messages return to my us that our job isn’t over yet. We still have ideas, thoughts, in Bordeaux, they took many excursions typical French teenagers.” inbox. I even received daily updates from President Obama and judgments that need to be heard. And, who knows, with (or at least his staff) that flooded my Facebook homepage all of these tools at our disposal, the detoxification might every time I logged on the site. just go a little smoother. Album Review: Knowing Working knows no On a Dream creativity By Maria Natoli After listening to Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, Working On A Dream, I By Haley DeJulio think I can safely say that Bruce is back. Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas His loyal fans endured over a year of and starring Nicholas Cage, is a disaster anticipation for his newest album, and it movie that dares to be different. did not disappoint. Cage plays a professor at MIT, and Many of you might consider when his son chooses a letter with num- Springsteen as some old guy your par- Ides of March Madness. John Bray (Et tu, Brute?) wields the bers on it that appear to be in random ents listen to, or remember him solely for knife against Max Kaplan’s Caesar in Latin Club. Photo by Suzanne Belles sequence from his school’s time cap- sliding across the stage, straight into a sule, he investigates further. camera during his otherwise outstanding HADY SID As it turns out, the numbers have actually successfully predicted every disaster that has resulted in a number of fatalities since 1959, but not all of the foreseen disasters have happened. Super Bowl XLIII halftime performance. But I urge those of you with this mindset to listen to Springsteen’s new album and to change your minds. While I admit this is not my favorite Designed with Adobe Pagemaker 7.0 on an IBM S NEWS E All the news that fits, we print The fast-paced core of this movie is of his numerous albums, Working On A Published by Shady Side Academy very thoughtfully directed, and by mak- Dream contains funky, bluesy, and 423 Fox Chapel Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 TEL: 412-968-3000 ing every scene count without any no- overall classic Springsteen songs such as “Working On a Dream,” “Kingdom of The Shady Side News welcomes responses and opinions from students, faculty, table wasted moments, Proyas captures Days,” and “Outlaw Pete.” Another and readers. All letters must be signed. News reserves the right to edit for content his audience. great song in this album is “The Wres- if libelous statements are involved. If necessary, letters will be edited for length. This movie is rife with symbolism, some of which is a little ambiguous, and tler.” It was winner of a Golden Globe offers an unexpected and boundary- for Best Original Song in the movie of the Editors-in-Chief........................................Justine Kim, Lizzi Diggs, Olivia Seecof pushing conclusion. same title. “The Wrestler” is an example News Editors............................................................Anna Sabo, Zack Myers I enjoyed the movie for the most of a classic Springsteen song with pow- Features Editors .............................................Rekha Toshok, Pooja Tripathi part, but, where most of the film seems erful lyrics accompanied by simple gui- Opinions Editors........ .........................................Jeremie Kim, Noah Schoen highly plausible and realistic, the ending tar and piano chords. Sports Editors....................................................Billy Rutherford, Jen Cozen transitions into supernatural territory, Overall, the album is great; perhaps Photography Editors........................................Kimberly Flit, Nick Gasbarro and essentially renders the first 118 not as inspirational as his past work, but Art Editor .................................................................................. Nick Barnes minutes of the film unnecessary. still excellent nonetheless. Faculty Advisors.............................................Angela Irvine, Suzanne Belles Shady Side News Tuesday , April 14, 2009 Barnum! 3 P.T.’s circus visits SSA By Justine Kim “Barnum’s the name, P. T. Barnum!” From Friday, March 5 to Sunday, March 7, Shady Side Academy’s actors and actresses presented the spectacular and colorful show “Barnum! The Musical” directed by our very own Mary Beth Gray, who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Starring junior Mitchell Mason and senior Paige Kiliany as Mr. and Mrs. Phineas Taylor Barnum, the musical told Mr. Barnum’s life story. A natural and ultimately professional humbugger, Taylor Barnum, as his wife calls him, never sees a dull moment. From owning a small, and oftentimes nonexistent, sideshow, to being partner of the greatest show on earth, P. T. Barnum meets many obstacles and successes. The tumultuous interactions with wife Charity “Chairy” and the scandalous affair with Swedish nightingale Jenny Lind, played by senior Anna Sabo, provide an amusing human streak. Ben Lawrence, a member of the orchestra pit, said of his favorite part, “In the ballad ‘I Like Your Style,’ Paige has an awesome pose, one that’s almost half dance, half fencing. It’s a very small detail, but it shows how much thought and energy was put into this musical.” The orchestra and lively choral numbers were directed by Dr. Brill. The musical engaged the audience through parades and animated clowns, who were very amiable. Grabbing hands, flashing flamboyant smiles, and sporting colorful costumes, make-up, and hairdos, the clowns, acrobats, and other perform- ers introduced interaction between the circus and circus-goers. There was a visible increase in the number of seniors participating in the school musical this year. After years of encouragement and advice concerning risk-taking, the class of 2009 revealed many talents from singing and dancing to riding a unicycle. Seniors Laura Allen, who played Joice Heth, the world’s oldest woman and nanny to George Washington; Adnan Agha playing General Tom Thumb; Shivam Gosai as the Concert Master; Saxon Baum playing Wilton; Alison Mears as the Blues Singer; and Eva Raimondi all debuted with impressive solos, enthusiastically received by the audience. Although the individual performers may have outshone the vehicle, the final production was yet another success for student actors, actresses, and company. Such a success on stage would not have been possible without the Director. “Ms. Gray has the amazing ability to keep the students engaged despite their numbers and she really helps everyone get into their role. She will be missed,” said Joe Tumolo. Senior Rekha Toshok, a member of the circus, offers her advice to the underclassmen, “Having never participated in the musical before, this was a truly awesome experience. I definitely regret not having done it in the past. For all of you underclassmen, take advantage of the opportunities and join the musical. It’s so fun and totally worth it!” Photos by Kimberly Flit, Justine Kim, Sam Rossi, and Jack Wolf 4 School News, etc. Swimmers raced towards victory Green Cup Challenge Shady Side News Tuesday, April 14, 2009 dares us to think green By Sean Hannon Shady Side Swimming is a dynasty in the truest sense of the word. The boys captured their third consecutive section title, eighth consecutive WPIAL title and By Kelly Casey Latterman ninth in the last ten years, and second The Green Cup Challenge (GCC) is consecutive third place finish in the state. a student-led national competition where The girls won their second section title in schools compete to reduce Carbon Di- a row, finished second in the WPIAL for oxide emissions over a month long pe- the tenth time in the last thirteen years, riod by reducing campus energy use. and finished second in the state. Carbon Dioxide is a green house gas, The continued success of both the which contributes to the effects of global boys’ and girls’ swim teams is a tribute climate change and the “greenhouse ef- fect.” Photo by Sean Hannon to the countless hours coach John Landreth puts in year in and year out. Shady Side Academy entered the As Sean Hannon put it, “Coach competition for the first time this year. Landreth teaches during the day, but I Sarah Cudney’s environmental science swear he never stops thinking about swim- classes were excited to take on the chal- noted “Why not try candles, turn off the ming and how he can make us better. He Team work. The 200 Free Relay team, David Paulk, Erik lenge. From January 26 to February 23, lights!” Another encouraged conserva- gets us to accomplish things we thought Zentgraf, Brendan Scott,and Frank Brown, earned 5th at States. students recorded the wattage on elec- tion with the slogan: “Not Liberal? Then tric meters across campus every Mon- Conserve.” were impossible.” at the WPIAL and PIAA meets for both Collins, Hillary Cummings, Anne Marie day. The numbers were then compared These messages, along with a Senior co-captain Andrew Ellis noted, teams, with stellar performances in the Bilott, and Alexis Georgiadis took second to those from the previous three Febru- scoreboard outside the Dean’s office “The boys’ and girls’ teams have a hand- relays. in the 200 Medley Relay; the team of ful of swimmers who are just amazing, but aries to measure the change. showing the percentage change of en- As senior co-captain Basyl Stuyvesant Alexis and Margaux Georgiadis, Katie To get the Shady Side community ergy used by each building on campus the majority of the team is made up of said, “Any team can have a few good Vincett, and Natalie Domeisen won and excited about the challenge the environ- week by week, reminded students to average and above average swimmers swimmers who score points in individual set a WPIAL record in the 200 Free Relay; mental classes did a lot of promotion. reduce everywhere they went. who become great by the end of the year.” events, and we have swimmers who do and the team of Domeisen, Vincett, Bilott, They made a funny environmentally Morewood and Croft got into the spirit The main reason the teams overachieve that, but the reason why we do so well in and M. Georgiadis took second in the 400 based video based on Cash Cab, which and had their own competition. is because they are among the hardest these meets is because of our relays.” Free Relay. At the PIAA meet, the 200 was put on the GCC website along with Both dorms reduced a significant working at Shady Side. Erik Zentgraf At the WPIAL meet, the boys’ team Medley Relay took eleventh, the 200 those from all of the other participating amount, but in the end the boys of Croft summed it up best, saying, “We come to of Stuyvesant, David Paulk, Brody Free Relay won and nearly set a PIAA day and boarding schools. The video were able to pull off the largest reduction school in the dark and leave school in the Kelley, and Frank Brown won the 200 record (they were .04 seconds off), and was ranked by participating students victory. Overall, every building on cam- dark…enough said.” Medley Relay and set a new WPIAL the 400 Free Relay won as well. from across the country and earned quite pus reduced a percentage of its average Zentgraf is referring to the “volun- record; the team of Sean Hannon, Brendan The teams also had great individual a few stars! energy use, except for the tech center. tary” morning practices at 6:15 on Mon- Scott, Erik Zentgraf, and Paulk took sec- performances turned in at the state meet In addition to the video, students The Green Cup Challenge was a huge days, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Then in ond in the 200 Free Relay; and the team by Kelley in the 100 Fly, Stuyvesant in made posters which were hung in the success. Though Shady Side did not win the afternoon Landreth makes up work- of Kelley, Stuyvesant, Zentgraf, and the 200 IM and 100 Back, Paulk in the 200 student center and across campus with the overall GCC, the community made outs that he describes as “harder than a Brown won the 400 Free Relay. IM and 500 Free (Paulk is the WPIAL informative messages and suggestions a great environmental victory. good amount of college programs.” At the PIAA state meet, the 200 champion in the 200 IM and runner up in on how to help Shady Side win the The challenge may be over for this As senior co-captain Katie Vincett Medley Relay team was disqualified for both events at states), Brown in the 100 challenge. One poster encouraged stu- year, but keep on conserving because said, “It is sometimes hard to push through a false start; however, if anyone looks at Free, Vincett in the 50 and 100 Free, M. dents to have a class in the dark, and every little bit counts! the practices since you don’t see the work the replay the call was bogus so in our Georgiadis in the 100 and 200 Free, pay off immediately, but at the end of the mind they are the state champions. The Domeisen in the 500 free, and Bilott in the year when we do so well, we realize it was 200 Free Relay took fifth (Brown swam 100 Breast and 200 IM (Bilott is the all worth it.” in Hannon’s place at states), and the 400 WPIAL champion in the 100 Breast). The depth of the teams is the strength free relay took fourth. With this legacy, next year’s team of the dynasty. This depth shined through The WPIAL girls’ team of Courtney will settle for nothing less than success. Wrestling team finds gold by Tim Giel his third PIAA crown. Geoff placed 6th from Benton High school. Lear had a The Shady Side wrestlers traveled to in the state this year, battling through a record of 34 – 1 coming into the finals, Hershey, PA the weekend of March 6 to very difficult bracket. his only loss coming at the hands of try and claim the team gold at the PIAA At 130 lbs, Frank Martellotti came Matthew earlier this season at the state wrestling tournament. Along with away with the bronze medal for the Powerade Tournament. Lear avenged crowning individual champions in their second year in a row. In arguably the his loss by defeating Matthew 7-2 in the respective weight classes, the PIAA toughest bracket in the tournament, finals. also tallies a team score. Frankie lost a very hard-fought semi- The other finalist was Dane Johnson When the dust had settled, Shady finals match in overtime to eventual at 140 lbs. Dane easily defeated his Side had accumulated 84 team points, champion Nick Hodgkins. opponent in the finals and became only besting second place Benton High school The other 3rd place finisher was at the eighteenth wrestler in Pennsylvania by 10 points. This is the second year in 189 lbs, where Roman San Doval lost a history to win three PIAA Wrestling a row that Shady Side has won the team very tough semi-final match to Jon Fausey Championships. trophy, a feat that only five other AA from Line Mountain High School, the On his way to the championship schools have been able to accomplish in eventual State champion. In the semi- match, Dane also set the new WPIAL the history of this tournament. final match Roman and Fausey had some and PIAA records for most wins in a At 112 lbs Geoff Alexander set a new incredible flurries of action, but Roman career. He also garnered the coveted Photo By Hanna Dolberg WPIAL record for career wins for a sopho- came up on the short end each time. Outstanding Wrestler trophy. On tour in Berlin. Sarah Cudney, Vince Ciampaglia, Alice Curry, Peter more. Geoff currently has 98 wins to his Making it to the finals at 160 lbs, Dane and Roman San Doval also Sinnott, Basyl Stuyvesant, Charlie Rosenthal, Matt Limbach, Kevin credit and with two more solid years will Matthew Cunningham made easy work competed in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Lemon, Jessica Hirsh, Luke Racek, Sara Tisherman, Mary Krauland make a run at Dane Johnson’s current of his first three opponents, and pinned Classic which has been called the “Rose WPIAL record for career wins. Dane set his semifinal opponent in 3:45. In the Bowl of Wrestling,” and features the top stand in front of the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin. Science Olympiad heads to States Reise nach Hamburg the mark this past weekend on his way to finals he was set up to meet Corey Lear wrestlers from around the country. Ten SSA students enjoyed their reciprocal exchange with the Gymnasium By Niteesh Sundaram Oldenfelde in Hamburg, Germany from March 20 through April 3. Kevin Lemon said The Shady Side Academy Science of the three week stay, “In the history of everything, there has never been anything Olympiad team was off to a very rough as awesome as the German exchange.” start in the beginning of the year. The team SSA chaperone Mary Krauland managed the linguistic barrier with aplomb, saying, lacked members and often had to compete “I didn’t know much German when I arrived, but I learned to understand a lot.” against some of the best schools in the Among the memorable activities during the trip were a harbor cruise in Hamburg nation, such as Solon and Centerville. and a visit to the Planetarium for a Pink Floyd laser show. Sarah Tisherman says, “The On March 25, however, the team culture wasn’t very different from ours. The kids are a lot like us.” qualified for states by placing seventh To express their gratitude and sincerity, the German students sent off the Photo by Stephanie Montemurro overall in the Southwestern Regional tour- Americans with a song. Hanna Dolberg, lead teacher for the German students, said, nament held at the California University “Like the previous times, it was a heartbreaking goodbye and I saw tears in many eyes.” of Pennsylvania. The team studied hard Though most students are wishing they had not yet left Germany, Frau Dolberg during break, and even came to school on is already anticipating future parterships, saying, “So now our third exchange between Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the Shady Side and Gymnasium Oldenfelde has ended ... and I am already looking forward tournament. to the next one in 2010!” Freshmen Monica Srinivasa and Non Profit Org. Naveen Menon and sophomore Marile SHADY SIDE ACADEMY Pittsburgh, PA Schruat joined the team at the last second, Hail, Olympians! The team at the Regional Tournament. 423 Fox Chapel Road US Postage and proved to be three of the most valu- Pittsburgh, PA 15238 PAID able members of the team. Monica only a freshman, but he also joined the tives,” and Ajay Kanak and Matt Malesky Permit No. 609 Srinivasa won a gold medal in the event team only two weeks before the tourna- in “Junkyard Challenge.” “It’s about time,” and Marile Schraut ment. Naveen also won more medals than The State tournament will be held won a bronze medal in the event “Fos- any other person on the team, which was Friday, May 1 at Juniata College. The top sils.” comprised of mostly sophomores and two teams will qualify for the national The largest contributor to the team by juniors. tournament held in Georgia. far, however, was Naveen Menon, who Others on the team who medaled in The team is still looking for members. won a gold medal in the event “As- their events include Madhav Iyengar in If any students are interested in going to tronomy” and a bronze medal in “Fos- “Astronomy,” David Franklin in “It’s states with them, please contact or email sils.” This is an incredibly impressive About Time,” Nandeesh Prasad and science teachers Stephanie Montemurro achievement considering Naveen is not Niteesh Sundaram in “Disease Detec- or Elyse Zheng.
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