Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
Horst, a senior at Mount Penn, has recently
received a full-four year tuition to the School of
Visual Arts in New York City. Carolyn applied for
this scholarship early in December. On December
11th, Carolyn took a three and a half hour drawing
examination to determine if she would be a finalist.
Upon receiving finalist status, she was summoned to
New York to be interviewed as the last step in
scholarship selection on January 24. Carolyn was
notified on March 22 that she was one of the
students to receive the scholarship. Carolyn�s
career goals are uncertain at this time, although
obviously she will be doing something artistic.
Carolyn has won many art awards for our school and
should be noted for her talent as well as
congratulated on her winning the scholarship.
- Marshalle Palm
Students of the Issue
From Our Critics
Mr. Orlando Named
Mr. Frank Orlando, our acting
principal of Mt. Penn junior-Senior High
School on July 1, 1983. The Antietam
School Board appointed Mr. Orlando as
the principal, subject to his completion
of his secondary certification program
at Lehigh University.
His past experience makes Mr. Orlando well qualified
for the job. He taught English in this
district for 12 years. For 6 of those
years he also held the position of
assistant principal. For the past school
year he has been acting principal. Over
the years his responsibilities have
ranged from audio-visual equipment and
general supplies to discipline.
Mr. Orlando has also been active in sports. He was
first the varsity basketball and
baseball coach and then became the
athletic director, a position which he
still holds. He is now the winter sports
chairman for the Berks County
Interscholastic Athletic Association. As
of May 1, he will become president of
- Pam Horning
Miss Geiger Retires
On Monday, March 21, the school board
accepted with regret the resignation of
Miss Anita Geiger. To most of the
7th-9th graders this may not mean much,
but those of us who know her realize a
Miss Geiger came to Mt. Penn in September of 1951. Over
her many years here, she has served our
school well. She taught not only
physical education, but health and
science as well. Although none of our
present athletes have been privileged to
play on her teams, she has coached very
successful field hockey, basketball, and
softball teams in the past. In more
recent years, she served as an
ever-devoted advisor of Girls� Leader
Corps and Student Council.
Since taking her sabbatical leave this year, Miss
Geiger has used her time for her
hobbies. Her main interest is carving
ducks from wood. Antiques and boating
fill the rest of her spare time.
The staff and students hope Miss Geiger�s retirement is
filled with health, happiness, and
pleasant memories of her years at Mt.
Penn High School.
- Trish Hill
Congratulations are in order for Beth
Long who won a full, four year
scholarship to Ursinus College. Recently
8 people out of 33 applicants were
chosen for the Board of Directors
Scholarship, which covers full tuition.
Beth sent applications and umpteen forms in hope that
she would be chosen. The financial aid
department looked back to her 9th grade
records and also into her
extra-curricular activities and
In order for Beth to keep the scholarship, she must
maintain at least an 85% average. The
money can be stopped if this is not
Beth plans to major in mathematical science and have a
minor in astrophysics. She hopes some
day to work at NASA, possibly with the
space shuttle. When asked her reaction
to winning the scholarship, Beth
replied, �Ursinus College is where I
really wanted to go to school, so I was
thrilled and very excited to win the
Another Point Of View
On Monday, March
14, a visitor came to Mt. Penn to speak to a family
living course. This person was from the Berks County
chapter of Battered Women, which is a very worthwhile
organization. She explained to the seniors the problem
of wife abuse and beating and the methods of alleviating
this problem. The speech was informative and very
That, however, is not the point of this article. My
purpose is to express the feeling brought out in an
argument after class, involving her, me and another
student. According to the beliefs of this organization,
it is a mortal sin to spank a child if he does something
bad. She believes that a mother and a father should know
how to raise a child properly and not have to resort to
hitting the child.
My ideas on the subject are definitely set in stone. I
realize that a smack is not always the solution to a
behavior problem, but, on the other hand, I do think
that sometimes there is no alternative. Believe it or
not, there is a difference between discipline and abuse.
Without a certain amount of physical discipline, a child
is going to grow up to be a spoiled brat.
The point was also brought out that since I was spanked
as a child, automatically I�m going to be a wife beater
and child abuser. I fail to see the connection here, If
a child does something wrong and gets spanked, he is
going to know not to do it again. However he is not
going to be psychologically scarred by this to the point
that he becomes violent in later years.
I, by no means, am a child psychologist or expert in
the field of rearing children. My ideas may be
completely off base. I do know, however, that my
children will get a spanking when they deserve it, but I
also know they will not get one when they do not deserve
- Dave Ravel
Penn Post Staff
||E.T. - Nothing New
I don�t think it
has escaped anyone that in a multitude of stores there
is a plethora of E.T. paraphernalia. Cheap E.T. food
trays that cost more than albums and E.T. dolls that
don�t look like E.T. anyway�all of this made its way to
the shelves before Christmas. Fortunately for the
industry, E.T. can�t scream for royalties. In fact, all
he seems to be able to say is �phone home,� a line which
has appeared in two comedy films that I know of and more
of the commercial paraphernalia than I care to count. I
don�t begrudge Spielberg for trying to make money on a
movie like this, but I do dislike the fact that this
movie is given such a high rating for its artistic
value. This movie is mindless entertainment, and it
takes no real skill in making such a picture. The same
formula that went into this picture also made millions
of children applaud when the bad guys got a pie in their
faces in Walt Disney films. I feel Spielberg has gotten
into a rut, punching two films out (Poltergiest and E.T.)
that have no real detour from the film Close Encounters
of the Third Kind, a film that at least had a fair bit
of meaning behind it. I think the only thing that will
vindicate Spielberg would be his applying the profits
from E.T. to a film diverging from the norm and more
befitting his talents.
- Jeff Jacobson
The Bare Minimum
The $3.35 an hour may seem like big money when the
summer months arrive because your friend and mine,
Ronald Reagan (Crusader for big business and the
Republican dream), is pushing a bill which would lower
the minimum hourly wage to $2.50 an hour.
This proposal, in my opinion, can�t fail because the
only people against it have no say.
Put yourself in a Senator or Congressman�s place. The
President tells you it�s good for the unemployment
statistics; the corporations tell you it�s good for
production; and the I.R.S. tells you they don�t care
because students don�t pay Federal Taxes anyway. Which
way are you going to vote?
The most ironic fact is that the only minority without
a lobby is America�s young people, but maybe they won�t
- Tim Conlon
|E.T. Or Not E.T.
By now almost
the entire nation has seen the movie E.T. The article
that condems E.T. is very unfair because I liked it. Not
a good enough reason, well I�ll give you some more.
Take a look at some of the movies that are now in the
theaters; they are pretty bad. E.T. is a different kind
of movie with a different kind of story. It is probably
the first movie like it since Star Wars.
The argument has been made that there is nothing new
about E.T. and that the whole idea is becoming stale. I
say that the only reason E.T. has become stale is
because of the media. Let�s face it; there�s only so
much E.T. people can stomach. To name a few there are
E.T. shirts, notebooks, video games, board games,
drinking glasses, and dolls. With that type of
advertising any movie would become stale.
My suggestion is to see the movie at least 3 times and
buy an �I love E.T.� button and enjoy.
- Dave Ravel
I have always enjoyed being in band and chorus, but
lately it�s become more of a strain than anything else.
First of all, teachers continually forget my obligation
to band and chorus during Activity Period and frequently
schedule meetings then or ask me to make up a test then.
It�s easy to get around the latter part: I simply make
up the test after school one day. But the meetings are
another matter. If I go to band or chorus, I run the
risk of missing something important at the meeting. But
if I go to the meeting, I get in trouble for missing
band or chorus! Before, Mr. Ruch would let me out on
occasion because he knew I would be able to handle the
music. But so many people have failed to show up for so
many rehearsals that now Mr. Ruch has taken to giving a
daily grade - even for lessons. Now I run into more
problems - what if I feel that I can�t afford to miss a
class and choose not to go to lessons? Unless it�s
something super-important, I�ll get in trouble for
missing lessons, And yet, band and chorus aren�t my
entire life - I have to keep my regular grades up, too.
So what now? Band and chorus got the short end of the
deal when they were scheduled during the only meeting
time for other clubs and activities, but now the
students are getting caught in the middle, and I don�t
like it. Whatever I do, I lose.
- Obligations at Both Ends
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Ping Pong Honors
Like to play
ping pong? Think you�re any good? Then perhaps you were
a participant in the ping pong tournament recently
sponsored by the National Honor Society. A registration
fee of 50 cents was charged to cover the cost of
trophies. Games were played during activity periods.
Contestants played 15 point games, best out of three, in
the elimination games to determine individual grade
winners. The following people won top honors for their
round of competition pitted Derek Hutcheson
against John Henry,
Co Lieu against
Gregg Tucci, and Darren Modricker against
Greg Volutza. Games were played to 21 points, and
winners were chosen in the best of three games.
John Henry defeated Derek Hutcheson 21-12 and 21-15.
defeated Gregg Tucci 21-18 and 21-19. Finally,
Greg Volutza defeated Darren Modricker 21-9
In the final round of competition to determine 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place in the school, Greg Volutza
won the �bye�; consequently,
Co Lieu and John
Henry squared off for the first match.
defeated John Henry 21-13 and 21-16 to put Henry
in 3rd place. To end the tournament,
then played Greg Volutza to determine 1st and 2nd
places; Greg defeated Co 21-10, 18-21, and 21-10 in the
full three games to become the 1983 ping pong champion.
- Beth Long
The girl�s bowling team had the best overall record in
Division I which made them the Division I champions. For
attaining this honor the girls and their coach, Mr.
Fegely, will be receiving lightweight, lined jackets.
Printed on the jackets will be Division I Bowling
- Pam Horning
The odds against bowling a perfect
game are 4,000 to 1.
The Mounts knew going into the game against Millersburg
they would have to stop them going inside and that they
had to make their own offense work under Millersburg�s
pressure defense. The Mounts did not do this and
therefore lost the game 82-60. The Mounts started out
very slowly and didn�t start playing up to par until
midway through the second quarter. They then ran off 10
points right before the half to bring the game within 15
points, but the deficit from the first quarter was just
too great for the Mounts to overcome.
Jeff Eckel had a team high of 19 points; Tom
Sload followed with 14 points; Matt Faust had
8; Kevin Shearer, 7 points; Jeff Motze, 6
The Mounts had a disappointing season because they had
very high expectations at its beginning. One goal they
did attain was to be the overall Division I Champions.
For achieving this goal the ten varsity team members,
the two coaches, and the manager will be receiving a
lightweight, lined jacket. The jackets will be black and
will have Division I Champs printed on them.
- Pam Horning
High Roller Awards
Five members of Mount Penn�s bowling team received
patches for their high scores from the Young American
Bowling Alliance (YABA). Our bowlers were in the Junior
division, 12 to 14 years old, or the Major division, 15
to 18 years old. In order for a Junior girl to receive a
patch, she must have a game high of at least 175 or a
triple of at least 475. For a Major girl to receive a
patch she must have a game high of at least 200 or
triple of at least 500. In order for a Junior boy to
receive a patch he must have a game high of 200 or
better or a triple of at least 550. A Major boy must
have a 225 or higher or a triple of at least 600 to
receive a patch. The patches show the bowler�s score and
his age group.
Karen Koch, a senior, received two patches; one
for her 200 game and one for her 558 triple. Junior
Keith Biscanti had a 236 game and 636 triple, and he
received two patches for his accomplishments. Alvin
Long, a sophomore, had a 228 game high and a 606
triple; for this he received two patches. Freshman
Snyder also received two patches for her
210 game high and her 484 triple.
Ford, a freshman, received a patch for
her 177 game.
Jeff Eckel and Trish Hill will be Mt.
Penn�s representatives in the eighth annual Duke DeLuca
All-Star Basketball double-header on Friday, April 8,
1983. The boy�s game will follow the 6:30 girl�s opener
at Albright College�s Bollman Center. Berks County is
divided geographically into two halves, an East and a
West. Jeff Eckel will be on the East team which
will be coached by Reading�s Rick Binder.
Trish Hill will play on the girl�s East team.
Roger Gallo, Muhlenberg�s coach will coach the
girl�s East team.
The players, who are all seniors, and the coaches are
all chosen by the media. Each school has one or two
players representing them. The game is held in the honor
of the late Duke DeLuca, who was a Reading Eagle
sportswriter. The money raised from the DeLuca game is
used for a basketball scholarship to either Albright
College or Kutztown State College.
- Pam Horning
Softball season will begin on March 28 with a home game
against Governor Mifflin. At this writing no games have
been played, but Mr. Fegely and Miss McCaw
are hopeful for a very successful season for both
varsity and JV teams.
Bert Schreiber - pitcher
Trish Hill - catcher
Gioia Freeman - 1st base
Lisa Hafetz-2nd base
Lynn Slutsky - infield
Audrey Acker - infield
Denise Malecki - infield
L�Oreal Endy - center field
Robin Tobias - left field
Amy Schnader - right field
Deanna Spohn - DH
- Mindy DiGiacomo
The first varsity baseball game was played on Friday,
March 25 against Schuylkill Valley. The JV season also
started that day. At this printing the scores were not
available. Mr. Dengler, varsity coach, and
Todd Bowers, JV coach, are hoping for successful
Dave Ravel - P, 2B
Greg Clark- C
Tom Sload - 1B
John Ford - 2B, P
Jeff Motze -SS
Dave Werner - 3B
Joe Boyle - RF
Kevin Shearer -CF
Jeff Peterson - LF
David Blose - lB
Brett Bowers - OF
Randy Boyer - P, 3B
Tom DiGiacomo - 2B
Billy Labate - OF
Bud Levan - OF
Chris Malinowski - 1 B, 3B
Darren Max - 2B
Tim Miller - C
Steve Orth - OF
Leon Pace - 1 B, P
Erich Pfahl - SS, C
Ron Slutsky - SS
Dennis Swartz - OF
Marc Youngerman - OF
Barclay Wilson - OF
Who�s On The
The first tennis match of the season will be March 24
against Hamburg. Most of the players are returning from
last season, along with the coach, Ms. Schwarr,
but there are also some new athletes on the team this
- Stephanie Rosenthal
volleyball season is in full swing now and both the
boys� and girls� teams are participating in tournaments
in the area. The girls� first tournament was at
Schuylkill Valley and the girls played well but couldn�t
pull out a victory. Two games were credited to them
because the team they were to play forfeited. The boys
did better at Schuylkill Valley, winning first place
overall by beating the Schuylkill Valley A team in the
championship round. Coaches and referees chose Kevin
Shearer and Greg Volutza as all-star players.
The girls recently participated in a tournament at
Brandywine High School. Mt. Penn was one of six teams
that attended this long day of volleyball. The team
played consistently and pulled a win over Brandywine. At
this writing, the boys and the girls have the
Mountaineer Invitational coming up. This tournament is
held at Mt. Penn, this year on March 26 for the boys and
April 2 for the girls.
- Mindy DiGiacomo
Mt. Penn Hosts Tournament
Mt. Penn High School was the recent site of the Boy�s
Mountaineer Invitational Volleyball Tournament. For the
second time the Mt. Penn boys came out on top. At the
end of the round-robin schedule Mt. Penn was tied with
Schuylkill Valley at 8 wins-2 losses, but Mt. Penn had
outscored Schuylkill Valley. In the semi-final round
Oley played Schuylkill Valley and Brandywine played
Brandywine and Schuylkill Valley came out on top. Mt.
Penn then played and beat Brandywine and moved onto the
finals against Schuylkill Valley, whom they beat.
Greg Volutza was chosen by the coaches and
officials for the all-tournament team.
- Mindy DiGiacomo
The 17th Annual Berks Soccer Clinic will be held in two
sessions this year. The first session will be held on
July 25 to July 29 at our A-field and the second session
will be held from August 1 to August 5 at the Governor
Mifflin Middle School field. Double sessions will be
held every day starting at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a
lunch break. Other breaks will be taken throughout the
session when necessary. If bad weather occurs spacious
indoor facilities will be available.
The clinic�s goal is to improve playing skills and to
learn the techniques of soccer such as trapping,
shooting, dribbling, and passing. There will also be a
special goalkeeping program.
Any male or female, who has not graduated from high
school as of June 1983, may take part in the clinic. The
cost of the soccer clinic is very reasonable compared to
other clinics. The fee includes the instruction,
beverages, and a clinic T-shirt.
The head coach of the staff will be Frank O�Brien,
an assistant coach with Marine Soccer Club of England
and a coach of youth groups, will be returning for the
third time to Berk�s Soccer Clinic. Jeff Claybaugh,
Bob Hohl, and Shelly McCollum will be the
assistant coaches at the Governor Mifflin session.
Bob Hohl, Charlie Messner, and Todd
Schreiber will be assistant coaches at the Mt. Penn
session. If there is a large enrollment an additional
English coach will be added to
- Pam Horning
Tom Sload, 6�2� junior, was chosen to be on the
First Team for Division I basketball, Jeff Eckel
6� senior, was named to the Second Team of Division
I. Our own Mr. Gary Choyka was named Coach of the
Year for Division I. These honors were voted on by the
coaches of each division.
- Pam Horning
On Saturday, April 2, 1983, Dayna Yoder, a 7th
grader, became the proud owner of a big, brown bear. The
stuffed bear has brown eyes, brown hair and is
approximately 4 feet tall. Dayna acquired this huge,
cuddly bear by filling out a ballot at Boscov�s East.
- Pam Horning