Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
The Salvation Army is
considered to be the world�s biggest
Santa Claus. There are literally
thousands of dedicated volunteers
who enable the Salvation Army to
serve over three million people. The
following poem was written by Mark
Buxbaum to insure people to donate
toys for needy kids to The Salvation
The Child without a Christmas
all the world is silent . . . on
this holiest of nights . . In a
million beds, the small ones dream .
. . of Christmasy delights.
But some awaken sadly . . and their tiny hearts are
numb . . . when they realize through
tearfilled eyes . . . that Santa
A bit of cold or hunger . . . are things they
understand . . . but a Christmas
without toys . . . to hold in heart
and hand . means that someone has
forgotten . . . that someone didn�t
care that someone failed to listen .
. . to a very special prayer.
It�s, oh, so very hard to tell . . . a disappointed tot
. . . just why she had to be the one
. . . that Santa Claus forgot.
- Steph Sosh
who lives for himself will have
small troubles, but they will seem
to him great. He who lives for
others will have great troubles, but
they will seem to him small. This is
the spirit that is called Christmas.
E. Paul Hovey
is the season of giving and caring. The
PENN POST staff wishes all of you the
blessings of joy and love this holiday
What May I Give?
Virginia Covey Boswell
What may I
give you for Christmas?
What shall you have this year?
A beacon of hope to enfold you,
A word from the heart to cheer?
All this would I willingly give you:
The sunlight through green leafy trees;
The stars in their courses and
And always, awareness of these.
I wish you the fun of a new friend,
The joy of a pleasure shared;
I wish for you true understanding,
And laughter, with nothing spared.
A child�s little hand in your large one,
And firelight ever aglow;
For tenderness holding you lightly
And encircling all you may know.
The enriching discovery of kindness,
A winged and wonderful thing,
The depth of its meaning and music
All this would I reverently bring.
May the road ever rise up to meet you,
May the wind give you nothing to fear;
May the sun shine warmly upon you
May these be your gifts this year.
Mr. Fegely -
skiing lessons from Jean Claude Killey
Mr. Messner -
a personal organizer
Mr. Dengler -
a telephone in his room
Mrs. Blackson -
35 hours in a day
Mrs. Thomas -
Snow in Vermont in February
Mr. Becker -
a later starting time
Mrs. Del Signore -
a Pennsylvania accent
Mr. Segro -
an Avon sales record
Mrs. Starr -
typewriters with no letter ��a�
Mr. Strickler - no holidays
Mr. Minter -
more 9th grade classes & a permanent 7th
Mrs. Herzog -
No absentees in the New Year
the MPHS Faculty -
a week with no Mondays
1. What did George
Washington do on Christmas night, 1776?
2. What does tiny Tim say in the last
line of Dicken�s A Christmas Carol?
3. In the song The Twelve Days of
Christmas what gift is given on the
4. Name the eight reindeer n the poem �A
Visit From St. Nicholas.�
5. What was Scrooge�s favorite saying in
Charles Dic ken�s �A Christmas Carol "?
6. Who stole Christmas?
7. What was the magic signal Santa gave
before he went up the chimney in the
poem �A Visit From St. Nicholas�?
8. In one holiday song a little boy
claims all he wants for Christmas are 2
things, Name them.
9. The three wisemen brought Jesus three
gifts. Name them.
10. Where is Christmas Island?
11. What is the official Christmas
12. What gift did the Little Drummer Boy
give to Jesus?
13. What 3 words does Santa say when
14. Who is the singing chipmunk known
for his Christmas songs?
- Steph Sosh
Letters to the Editor
Exchanging gifts ranks as one of the
supreme joys of the holiday season.
Matching the right present to the right
person can involve a lot of thinking.
You may not think so, but what you give
to someone else is really reflecting
something about yourself. This is why
you may feel anxious about how your gift
Review the following suggestions before you begin your
holiday rush: think about the person�s
likes and dislikes, consider the
person�s financial situation, don�t
assume the person will like everything
you do, and don�t give to impress or to
Just remember to keep the spirit of the season in mind.
Remember � what you give is not nearly
as important as the feeling behind it.
- Steph Sosh
Present A Pet
Is there someone on your holiday gift list that would
like to receive a fuzzy bundle of joy?
Give them a pet-the only present that
gives love all year round. Before you
rush out to adopt a puppy or kitten,
consider the points below.
For a small fee, a puppy, kitten, or full-grown animal
can be adopted from a local animal
shelter. Generally this fee includes
immunization shots and neutering.
Because the rush of activity during the holiday season
may be too stressful for a puppy or a
kitten adjusting to a new home, the best
way to give a pet is by using a gift
certificate. These certificates which
can be purchased at some shelters will
enable the recipient to choose his own
Caring for an animal is a lot of work, and it�s a
ten-to-twelve year commitment. So before
you give someone a pet, be sure he�s
mature enough to handle the
responsibility and really wants a furry
- Steph Sosh
Volume XXVIII, Edition II
Penn Post is
published 8 times per year by the
Journalism Class of Mt. Penn
Junior/Senior High School
Penn Post Staff
With the holiday season coming up, more
people will be killed or injured by
drunk drivers than any other normal day.
More people drink and more people drive
after drinking. Before you drive drunk
or ride with a drunk driver maybe you
should consider some of these
|Drunk driving is
the number one cause of death for
Americans up to the age of 30.|
|Someone is killed
by a drunk driver every 23 minutes.|
|44% of all night
time fatal alcohol|
related crashes are caused by the 16
to 24 age group.
|6 out of 10
people who kill themselves in single
vehicle accidents are drunk.|
|1 in 3 high
school students rides in a car
driven by a heavy drinker at least
once a month.|
|On a Friday or
Saturday night 1 out of 10 cars
around you is driven by a drunk
|Of 60 children
born today, 1 will die and 3 will be
gravely injured in car accidents
related to alcohol before their 20th
HOW TO SURVIVE A
He collects bugs, rubber bands, and he�s a wonderful
human being. That�s all your Aunt Emma
told you about the boy she�s gone and
fixed you up with, so understandably,
you�re nervous. After all, what if this
you wants to show you his bug
NO doubt about it: A blind date can be dreadful. But
you can survive - maybe even have fun.
When you and your mystery date discuss the particulars
of your date on the phone, don�t tell
him, "I'm game for anything� - you could
end up on a guided tour of an ant farm.
Instead, ask him what he enjoys doing. A
movie isn't a bad idea. Afterwards, it
will give you something to talk about.
A blind date is not the best time to experiment with a
new look, so hold off getting that Cyndi
Lauper haircut you�ve been admiring.
Wear something you feel comfortable in,
then pray he doesn�t show up in a plaid
shirt with striped trousers.
Think of a blind date as a test of your courage - an
adventure even. Who knows
- maybe he�ll be the spitting image of
Richard Gere, Robert Redford, or Tom
Merchants say they have absorbed
shoplifting losses as long as they can.
In the past, store owners seldom
prosecuted; after a reprimand or call to
the parents, a young shoplifter would be
released. But times have changed and the
crackdown on all shoplifters is in full
Here are a few weapons being used in the war on
1. Closed-circuit television cameras.
These are not always obvious. Today
sophisticated survellance equipment may
be disguised as a decoration or part of
a store display. Most survellance
cameras are equipped with zoom lenses so
powerful the viewer can count the change
in your hand.
2. Electronic tags and strips which are
attached to merchandise. If these
devices are not removed by the clerk, a
piercing alarm sounds as the would-be
shoplifter goes out the door.
3. Improved communication between
observers in a central security booth
and plainclothes guards on the floor.
4. One-way mirrors and fake support
columns double as observation booths for
floor level surveillance.
5. Incentive programs for employees who
In addition tough new shophfting laws
with penalties including fines up to
$500 and a year in jail - have been
aimed at juveniles. In California a
second offense can get you 15 years in a
- Steph Sosh
HOLIDAY MAIL ORDERS
If you order by mail and your package arrives late or
damaged or not at all, you need to know
your rights. Protect yourself with these
mail-order shopping tips from the
Federal Trade Commission:
Read the product description carefully to make sure it
is what you want, don�t rely on
Note the delivery time stated in the catalog, and order
early. If none is given, the seller
must, by FTC rule, ship your merchandise
within thirty days or give you the
option of receiving a prompt refund.
Check out the merchant�s return policy before you
order. If the article doesn�t fit,
return it immediately by registered mail
with a letter of explanation.
Keep a copy of your order form,
cancelled checks, charge-account
records, and all correspondence. These
will be helpful if problems develop.
- Steph Sosh
THE CHRISTMAS TREE
The very first Christmas tree was in
Germany in the 8th century. The
evergreen sprang out of an oak tree cut
down by St. Boniface. This tree came to
symbolize the old beliefs of the pagan
religion practiced then and the
evergreen was considered to be holy. St.
Boniface said, �Let this be called the
tree of the Christ Child; gather about
it in your homes and surround it with
loving gifts and rites of kindness.�
It wasn�t until much later that the Christmas tree
became a vital part of holiday
celebration. Families decorated it with
paper roses, candies, and cookies, as
well as candles, which were said to
represent the stars in the sky over
Santa Claus, who was originally pictured as a rather
dignified person in long robes, was
based on St. Nicholas, a real 4th
century bishop. St. Nicholas brought
about the gift-giving aspect of
Christmas when, hearing of a nobleman
who had no money for his daughter�s
dowries, he rode by their house and
tossed in three bags of gold. One of the
bags landed in a stocking drying by the
chimney and so began the custom of
hanging up stockings, as well as the
custom of giving gifts.
The legend of St. Nicholas spread all over Europe, but
it was brought to the U.S. by the Dutch,
who called him "Sinterclaas,� from which
we got the American �Santa Claus.�
It wasn't until 1866 that Santa lost his stern image.
With the help of Clement Moore�s �A
Visit From St. Nicholas� and Thomas
Nast�s drawing in a magazine, Santa came
to be pictured as the fat, jolly,
red-checked man all children know and
- Jen Eckel
Mistletoe is a parasite that grows from a �sucker root�
on the trunks of other trees. This
familiar Christmas decoration, with its
waxen white berries and glossy evergreen
leaves, was recognized once as an
important and prominent part in German
and Norse mythology. It was with a
branch of mistletoe that Loki managed to
have the beautiful god Balder killed.
The mistletoe also played a part in
Celtic religion, particularly when it
grew on the oak. The mistletoe was said
to bring happiness, safety, and good
fortune as long as it did not touch the
ground. According to tradition, a person
caught under the mistletoe must give up
Italians traditionally fast on the day
before Christmas. At the end of that day
each family holds a ceremony around the
�Prespio� or Nativity scene. The family
then prays while the mother places a
figure of the �Bambino,� or infant
Jesus, in the manger. Next gifts are
distributed among the family members
from a large crock called �The Urn of
Christmas day in Italy is filled with many religious
ceremonies as well as feasts. Italians
like to eat baked Magi cakes (small
wafers) with fried eels, chicken, and
pork for their Christmas meal.
British children hang their stockings by the fireplace
in hopes that Father Christmas will fill
them with goodies. The British call the
day following Christmas �Boxing Day.�
The purpose of this day is for the
British people to give money to people
such as milkmen and postmen, who have
served them throughout the year.
Traditionally, the English Christmas dinner Consists of
roast peacock, boar�s head, and mutton
pies in the shapes of mangers.
�Wassail�, a mixture of hot ale, spices,
and toasted apples has come to be part
of the English Christmas menu as well.
In Finland, fasting near Christmas is a tradition.
It is a ritual that leads up to a
traditional holiday meal of fish, ham,
stewed prunes, and mashed turnips, and a
dessert of rice porridge.
Almost all Scandanavian people give food to the birds
at Christmastime. This is because all of
the seeds, nuts, and insects are covered
- Jen Eckel
Most Austrian families have an Adventkranz, a wreath of
fir and spruce, decorated with four
usually red candles which are lit
successively on the four Sundays before
December 24. On the evening of the 24th,
after a bell has rung, the previously
locked living room doors are opened and
there stands the tree in all its glory.
Everyone assembles around the Tannenbaum
and Christmas Carols are sung. After the
Bescherung, the presentation of the
gifts, the traditional meal of carp is
eaten. Later the family go to the
traditional Mette, the Midnight High
Happy Birthday, Nor!
Merry Christmas, too!
Luv, your BSN
Happy 1st Anniversary
Alice, Spain & Hen
Nan & Gary
Merry Christmas Erich P.
I love you!
Love, Cathy K.
Happy Holidays Bob,
Love Robin, 4-Ever
iFeIiz Navidad y
Prospero Ano Nuevo,
You can eat, drink, and be merry during the holidays
and not look and feel like the stuffed
turkey you just ate - if you do some of
the following exercises. Each of them
burns off 100 calories.
3-5 min. of jumping rope
15 min. of jogging
17 min. of downhill skiing
18 min. cross-country skiing
20 min. of cycling
17 min. of swimming
20 min. of singles tennis
25 min. of brisk walking
34 min. of skating
45 min. of bowling
- Jen Eckel
CHRISTMAS ABROAD (Cont.)
Christkindli arrives in Switzerland in a sleigh drawn
by six reindeer. He has wings and wears
white robes and a crown on his head. He
drives about the town distributing
gifts. In this land of public fountains,
an interesting custom is followed by
young persons of marriageable age. On
the way to midnight service they
secretly go to nine different fountains
and drink three sips from each. The
belief is that the young man�s or girl�s
spouse will be found waiting at the door
of the church.
The Polish people make thin cakes, oplatki, for
Christmas. They are decorated with holy
pictures and are blessed by the priests.
On Christmas Eve they are eaten by
members of the family, and are even
exchanged among friends much as we
exchange Christmas cards. The custom in
Poland of �carrying the star� consists
of a transparent paper star with
Christmas scenes on it. The star has a
light inside which shines through the
paper showing the scene.
- Steph Sosh
Promising Job Opportunities (Cont.)
Equipment Service Technician -
REQUIREMENTS: A worker in this field
needs trade school training, must pass a
hands-on test. POSITIVES: You can bide
your own time. NEGATIVES: Difficult
field to get into. STARTING SALARY:
7. Mail Carrier - REQUIREMENTS:
High school diploma necessary.
P0SITIVES: Provides the opportunity to
meet new people, and get exercise and
fresh air on the job. NEGATIVES: A mail
carrier is subject to weather
conditions, dogs, and heavy work.
STARTING SALARY: $18,000.
8. Painter and Paperhanger -
REQUIREMENTS: 6,000 hours of weekly
training. POSITIVES: Self-satisfying.
NEGATIVES: Must sometimes work under
dangerous conditions. STARTING SALARY:
$7.70 per hour.
9. Paralegal - REQUIREMENTS: A
college degree and 2 years of training
are necessary. POSITIVES: Demand in this
field is increasing. STARTING SALARY:
10. Paramedic - REQUIREMENTS:
Vary state to state. POSITIVES:
Exciting, self-satisfying work.
Paramedics work long hours and do some
heavy work. STARTING SALARY: $17,736.
Places in the Heart
Places in the Heart, starring Sally Fields, is a
touching drama about a widow and her two
children who try to survive during the
1930�s. To help her earn money, she
takes on a blind boarder and enlists the
help of a black beggar to help raise
cotton. There are parts of this movie
that will make you laugh, and many more
where you will find tears coming to your
eyes. On the whole, this movie has a
good story and was blessed with very
fine actors. On a scale of one to ten, I
would rate Places in the Heart a
I�ve got a crush on a guy who is cute and athletic but
also sweet and considerate. The problem
is, he�s in the popular crowd, and I�m
not. Do you think there is hope for a
Wanting a relationship
Dear Wanting a relationship:
Of course. Guys very often look outside their crowd for
a relationship. If you establish a
friendship with him, don�t worry about
whether you fit in with his group. He
should like you for who you are, not for
who your friends are. Maybe you'll
succeed in starting an �in crowd� of
My boyfriend and I get along great, but lately, he has
been paying a lot of attention to my
best friend. They often eat lunch
together, and she even calls him
sometimes. Do you think it is �just
friendship� or could it lead to
Most likely, they are just friends and have no
intention of being more than that. But
friendship can blossom into romance,
even when two people don�t want it to. I
think you should voice your concern to
your boyfriend first. He may put your
fears to rest immediately. If he
doesn�t, or if your girlfriend�s
interest begins to look really serious,
it may be wise to have a word with her
as well. If she continues to chase after
him, it�s clear she�s no friend.
Thanks should be extended to members of the Y-teens who
served as waitresses at a fundraising
dinner on Nov. 14, 1984, at the Mt. Penn
Fire Co. Kristen Pfahl,
Cindy Jurasinski, Amy Miller,
Alysia Jacobs, Felicia Overley,
Mary Ellen Reed, Missy
Oberhauser, Traci DeCarlo,
Jen Eckel, Audrey Miller,
and Kim Steiger donated their
services to the group that is attempting
to raise money to salvage the Majestic
Theatre from the wrecker�s ball. My
thanks again for participating in an
activity where the purpose was saving
one of the major landmarks of our
Alysia Jacobs has been elected an officer in the
New Expectations Corporation. It is a
company founded by Alysia�s Junior
Achievement group and markets such items
as auto trouble lights and cloth
calendars. Congratulations, Alysia.
For your information: Graduates of Mt. Penn have, in
the past, been given credit for basic
college science and math courses when
the college notices advanced courses on
their transcripts. Imagine, receiving
college credit for courses taken in high
You say you don�t believe in Santa Claus! You might as
well not believe in Mom, apple pie, and
the U.S.A. Nobody sees Santa Claus, but
that is no sign there is no Santa Claus.
The most real things in the world are
those which neither children or adults
can see. No Santa Claus! Bah, humbug. He
lives and he lives forever. Merry
Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and Happy New
This month�s outstanding Senior of the
issue, Sandra Steigerwalt, is a
very actively involved student. In 9th
grade, Sandy received the American
Legion Award. Even though Sandy hasn�t
received any recent awards, she was
chosen to be 1984-85's Junior Miss for
the Mt. Penn High School. Sandy is the
President of FTA and is co-captain for
the Varsity cheerleading team. She also
participates in FBLA, Girls Leader
corps, V-teens, the Science Club,
Student Forum and is in charge of the
senior section for Penn Alma.
In her spare time, Sandy likes to dance, bake, travel,
ski, and eat hot fudge sundaes. She
loves to spend time at the shore, and
cruise around with her friends. After
graduation, Sandy would like to attend
Shippensburg University for 4 years,
majoring in Elementary education.
- Robin Clouser
Students of the Quarter
These students are recognized for their
improvement over past work.
Mr. Gary Choyka, who teaches history for 10th
and 11th grades, graduated from
Bloomsburg University. His degree was
one in history, which he claims was
always his main interest. His first job,
which he took 11 years ago, was here at
When Mr. Choyka�s not spending time with his wife and
sons, Brian, 5�, and Kevin, 3�, he
enjoys photography, basketball, and
building improvements on his house.
During the summer vacation he finds time
to go to the shore and teach basketball
at a camp for a few weeks.
- Jen Eckel
This month�s boy senior of the issue,
Dave Werner is so actively involved,
he doesn�t have much time free for
himself. Not that he complains though,
for he is an active member in all types
of sports here at school, especially
soccer, basketball, and baseball. Last
year Dave received an award for the most
improved player for baseball. Besides
doing well in baseball, he is also a
guard for this year�s Varsity basketball
team. Even his free time is spent
Dave also plays alto saxophone in the band and is
president of the Boys Leader Corps, and
president of Student Council.
Dave plans to attend college in the future for
Accounting. He is not sure what college
he would like to go to yet, but he has
Millersville or Bloomsburg in mind.
was recently named Student of the
Quarter at Berks West
Vocational-Technical School. His award
for outstanding work in the field of air
conditioning and refrigeration was based
on grades, workmanship, skills, and work
Besides his technical field, Mark is interested in cars
and motorcycles. He considers one of his
achievements, a 25-mile hike. His hobby
is model car building.
Some day Mark hopes to have his own business in air
conditioning and refrigeration sales and
impossible to a faithful and willing
MERIT HONOR ROLL STUDENTS
Carol Ann Bigos
Kevin Krick Norine Miller Steven
Alan Rosenthal Jennifer
Jessica Neuhs Gregory Pocrass
This issue of the Penn Post is honoring
an outstanding student of the junior
high. Mark Dereska, an eighth
grade student, is a dedicated swimmer.
He first became involved in swimming by
participating on the Antietam Swim Team
and is presently in his fourth year of
training. He spends 45 minutes on
weights and 2 hours in the water 5 days
Mark now swims on a national level and has competed in
the states. Mark has achieved the
following: won YMCA States in 50
freestyle as a 10 and under with a time
that placed first in the nation for
YMCA�s that year, 3 county records plus
many throughout Y�s and United States
Swimming, won or placed at the Junior
Olympics both summer and winter for the
past 2 years, received Sam Cohen Trophy
for outstanding swimming at Antietam
pool for 2 consecutive years. Altogether
Mark has 110 medals, 32 trophies, 6
plaques, and 32 ribbons.
In the future Mark would like to break a national
record. When asked about Olympic hopes,
Mark replied, �I spend my time training
for the next meet. If the Olympics would
come up, I�d love to try and win a gold
medal or two.�
- Steph Sosh
Well, at last it is all over . . .
And the new year on its way . . . The
Christmas rush a memory now . . . Of a
fond and happy day . . . But wouldn�t it
be wonderful . . . If we could keep the
Christmas cheer . . . Around us in our
lives . . . Throughout each day this
year . . . If we could only keep in mind
. . . The reason for that day . . . And
thank God every single night . . . For
the love He sent our way . . . Why
should it be just once a year . . . We
feel the Christmas glow . . . Why should
it be just once a year . . . We let the
spirit show . . . I do not know the
reason . . . These things couldn�t come
to be . . . Except perhaps two
reasons . . . Those are you and me!
HAVE A CIGARETTE?
It is apparent that many students will have a
cigarette, according to the surveys
taken by Miss Weaver�s Survival living
class. The survey was taken by 43%
female and 56% male. 21% of those
students were in 7th grade, 9% in 8th,
9% in 9th, 13% in 10th, 21% in 11th, and
26% in 12th. Students were asked what
age they were when they started to
smoke, 13% said they were between the
ages of 7-9,21% said between ages 10-U,
and 13% said they were 13 or 14.39% of
the students didn�t answer. When the
students were asked what made them
start, 1 7% answered friends, 4%
answered brothers and sisters, and 21%
answered that they started just by
When asked how much they spent a week
for cigarettes, 17% said they spent
$2.00 or less, 4% said $4.00, 4% said
$5.00, and 81% said they spent more than
The most popular brand of cigarettes chosen by 34% of
the students surveyed was Marlboro. The
students surveyed on parents approval of
them smoking; 13% of the students said
yes, 30% said no; and 21% said their
parents didn�t know they smoked. When
asked what makes them smoke, 17% replied
that their friends do, and 30% had other
- Robin Clouser
This year a CPR course is being offered to all the
seniors. Instructed by Mrs. Auchter,
students are learning and enjoying how
to save a life by CPR.
The course takes place every eighth period for a length
of two weeks. During this time students
learn CPR and take a test to be
certified in this skill. There is a
total of 6 students per course, and the
courses will be going on through the
remainder of this year.
- Scott Christman
SOLDERICK, attended school at
Kutztown. The biggest change for him
thus far, has been adjusting to the
variety of people. According to Mike the
people at Mt. Penn, �act weird and dress
Mike is pleased with the many different aspects Mt.
Penn has to offer. He enjoys his
schedule and likes the idea of switching
classes, of which his favorite is
science. His dislikes include English
class and the cafeteria food.
During his free time, Michael enjoys listening to the
radio, playing video games, and visiting
and taking walks with his friends.
MILO STOCKS attended school in
the Boyertown area. Milo feels the
people here are very friendly and he is
adjusting well to his new surroundings.
He enjoys gym class and his interest
lies in computers. In the future he
would like to become a computer
ANGELO DiMARIA previously
attended school at St. Mary�s parochial
school Angelo enjoys school at Mt. Penn.
One of the biggest adjustments for him is becoming
familiarized with the school and
switching to different rooms for his
classes. He likes most of his classes
and is particularly fond of music, art,
and wood shop.
Another major change for Angelo is becoming accustomed
to gym class; although he finds it to be
very different, he thoroughly enjoys it.
Angelo also finds the cafeteria to be new to him. He
likes the food served and is adapting
well to his new environment.
PATRICIA DAWSON, is originally from Germantown,
Md., where she attended Germantown
Elementary School. She finds that Mt.
Penn is larger in size as compared to
her old school, and that classes here
are much tougher.
Patricia misses her old school and friends, but looks
forward to participating in new things
here at Mt. Penn. She would like very
much to be a member of the soccer team,
since it is not limited to boys, and to
play the flute in the band.
MICHAEL AKINS is a new student in
7th grade. He feels that the Lunches are
much better here in comparison to those
of his old school which was in England.
He likes both the students and teachers
here at Mt. Penn, although he thinks the
teachers give out a little too much work
sometimes. Michael is already a member
of the intramural soccer team, and hopes
to continue playing in the future on the
high school team.
HERMAN HEFFNER came here from the
Tulpehocken School District.
TRACY MOSER likes the students and
teachers here at Mt. Penn very much. She
goes on to say that she thinks the
teachers are very good at what they do.
Some of Tracey�s extracurricular activities include
volleyball and tennis. She is looking
forward to trying out for cheer-leading
when she becomes a high school student.
DONOVAN HENSLEY originally came from
North Carolina. He says that Mt. Penn is
much smaller than his old school.
Donovan takes a liking to the students
and teachers here because he thinks
they�re very nice. Along with the
majority of students in this school, his
only dislike is the short lunch period.
Donovan misses his old friends, but seems to be having
no trouble in making new ones. This year
he is an active member of chorus.
JOSEPH OCETNIK, who is from Reading,
claims that Mt. Penn is smaller than his
previous school. He enjoys the lunches
here very much, although he feels they
should be lengthier.
Joseph, a 7th grader, misses going on
regular field trips as he did at his
previous school, as well as his school
mates. He looks forward to being a high
school student and joining the baseball
This year�s Christmas Concert was held on December 18.
For the first time the concert combined
the efforts of the high school and the
elementary school. This was done to
generate a larger audience and to give
elementary students and parents a chance
to see the high school�s music program.
The participants included the elementary band and
chorus, the junior high chorus, the
senior high band, and chorus. The
cheerleaders were also featured in a
dance to the �Reindeer Rock.�
The accompanists for the chorus numbers were Amanda
McGuire, Missy Oberhauser,
The Y-Teens donated a Thanksgiving basket to a needy
family in Reading as they do every year.
The basket included everything for a
complete Thanksgiving dinner including a
turkey. Each Y-Teen donated canned or
boxed food and the turkey was paid for
out of the treasury.
MLC Spaghetti Dinner
On Thursday, November 15, the Modern Language Club had
a Spaghetti Dinner to raise money. The
dinner was held in the high school
cafeteria from 4:30 to 6:30. Tickets
were $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for
children undcr 12 years.
This year Girls Leader Corps is sponsoring a skiing
trip. They will be going to Bulton
Valley in Vermont. It is a very
picturesque ski resort.
The trip however, was not only open to girls in GLC.
Anyone wishing to go, who paid their
down payment, was allowed a seat on the
They will be leaving at 9:00 a.m. on February 15 and
will be arriving home on February 17.
To raise money for the expenses of the trip, those who
are going are selling cashew patties.
Student Council News
The student council, whose advisor is Mr. Segro,
is doing a variety of things this school
year. One activity which has already
begun is the selling of fluorescent
pencils at 2 for $.25 in the library.
Also �The Empire Strikes Back� will be
shown in the auditorium for the
Christmas holiday. In addition, the
student council will be trying to
schedule several pep rallies for the
upcoming basketball season.
In the spring of 1985, they hope to hold a dance
marathon. To end the 1984-85 school
term, a one-day trip for members is a
- Jen Eckel
On December 14, students were able to
participate in a Science and Mathematics
Conference sponsored by Reading Area
Community College. This is a �hands on�
experience where teenagers themselves
perform various procedures. Some of the
labs include bioiogy/physiology,
analytical chemistry, microbiology,
medical, laboratory automation and
instrumentation. Other courses were
microcomputer statistics, robotics, and
basic audio production techniques.
Each person was given four out of his/her six choices,
the classes lasted 45 minutes each.
The students who attended were
Greg Tucci, Sandy Steigerwalt,
Paul Herr, Dawn Doskus,
and Sybil Kane.
Students from Spanish III and German III were given the
opportunity to go to Cedar Crest College
on November 30. The students were chosen
on the basis of merit (grade point
average) and teacher recommendation.
The day consisted of a short orientation, a
Spanish/German class, a tour of the
college, lunch, and another Spanish/
The day gave the students a good idea of what the
college and language classes are like.
The students from Spanish who went were
The students from German were
**The above trip was cancelled
because of the unavailability of school
Many people who would like to go to college but can�t
afford it don�t realize that more than
nine hundred colleges and universities
across the country are involved in
cooperative education programs. There
are plans that allow students to attend
school part of the year, and work in
jobs usually related to their major for
the remainder. Therefore a student can
pay for a good part of her college
education while she works.
These programs are called �cooperative education�
because they depend on cooperation
between outside agencies and the college
to design a program in which study and
work will reinforce each other.
In 1968, there were 120 of these pro�grams. Today there
arc about 920, and enrollment is still
Each fall, the senior class votes on the
good citizen of their class. Mr.
Dengler, in charge of the DAR
(Daughters of the American Revolution)
award, handed out ballots to each of his
senior history classes. When all the
votes were in, the winner was Jenny
The IDEA (Individual Development through Enrichment
Alternatives) Program is actually the
high school gifted program. Its
coordinator is Mrs. Krick. This
is an optional activity for all gifted
students in grades 9 through 12. Some of
the things they are encouraged to do in
it are: independent research, enroll in
a course at a local college, do
volunteer work in a lab, school, office,
or industry, and explore careers of
- Jen Eckel
Pennsylvania Science and
95 students from all over the state participated in a
Pennsylvania Junior Science and
Humanities Symposium held at Penn State
University. I represented Mt. Penn at
For three days I listened to lectures on various
science and humanity related subjects,
visited labs, and toured the college
Some of the professors� speech topics were research in
science and math, the impact of science
on society, Olympics and political
intervention, and art sculpture using
the computer, to name just a few.
Students had the opportunity to tour two of the college
labs. Some of the labs included
astronomy, biological science,
agriculture, chemistry, and physics.
Seven students presented research papers on anything
from medical technology to computer
This symposium was a memorable experience. I learned
about Penn State itself, I met
professors and had a chance to talk to
them, and I learned more about various
subjects in science and humanities.
Jan. 2 � All
Schools Open (come back from winter
Jan. 24� Second Quarter Ends (H.S.)
Jan. 25� Third Quarter Begins (H.S.)
Jan. 26� SAT tests (H.S.)
Feb. 1 � Report Cards Issued (H.S.)
Feb. 9� V-teens Valentine Dance (H.S.)
Feb.14� Science Club Valentine�s Day/
Carnation Sale (H.S.)
Feb.27� Interim Progress Rep. Issued (H.S.)
- Robin Clouser
It�s Hoop Season!
It�s that time again and the Mounts
are really jumpin'.
The outlook for the season is really good. There are
three senior starters back from last
year: Jim Seiz, John Sosh,
and Dave Werner. Along with the
seniors there are also six juniors, who
are returning from last year.
Mr. Zuber is very hopeful and expects a lot from
this year�s team. He is glad to see that
there are some new faces, which will add
to the depth.
SHOTS ARE HOT!
This years girls basketball team has an
outstanding number of participants.
There is a lot of talent to be found,
along with depth.
There are three Varsity starters returning from last
year: Roberta Schreiber, Amy
There is also one sophomore, who played
last year: Lara Stutz.
Mrs. Thomas, head coach, hopes to have a winning
season. She feels that there is much
talent and victories aren�t out of
introduction of players:
This issue�s outstanding athlete is
Tom DiGiacomo. Tom plays a major
role in the Mount Penn athletics. He
most recently played as a member and one
of the captains of the soccer team.
Because of Tom�s great efforts and
aggression, he also boosted the team�s
morale, leading them to many victories.
Tom also takes part in many other sport
activities such as volleyball and
baseball. Since Tom is well known for
his great enthusiasm and pep, he can
always be counted on to cheer the boy�s
basketball players in the stands with
BOWLING FOR FUN
It�s that time again! Mount Penn bowlers are striking
up the alleys in preseason. It�s bowling
intramural time. Most of the people who
participate in this activity usually
play during the regular bowling season.
It�s a practice session for them. All
players play a regular three game set as
if they were playing during regular
season. The only difference is that the
bowlers are not competing against other
Mr. Fegely, coach of the Mount Penn girls� and boys�
bowling teams, feels that this season is
filled with some high prospects. He
mentioned that the girls bowling team
will probably be contenders in their
division. On the other hand, this year�s
boys� bowling team is very young and
that may cause some difficulty in
gaining a top spot in their division.
The boys wilt be in a building process
This issue's outstanding female athlete
a junior. Diane is a very fine hockey
player who has an excellent attitude and
will always give 100% during practice
and games. Some of Diane�s
accomplishments this year were leading
the hockey team in goals and making the
All-Division hockey team.
Besides hockey, Diane also plays basketball,
volleyball, and softball. Mrs. Thomas
is looking for many fine things from
Diane this year and next.
WHO�S GOT THE SPIRIT?
Last spring, on May 22, forty-seven girls tried out for
the Mount Penn cheer-leading squad. The
judges who rated the girls expected a
lot from them this year. They emphasized
certain basics that they thought each
girl should perform adequately. The
judges marked the performance of each
girl in five categories: Precision,
voice, smile, pep, and overall
movements. Girls trying out for
cheerleading were required to perform a
dance, three jumps, a cheer, and a chant
made up by each individual. Each girl
could have done an extra stunt of her
own performance to achieve extra points.
The following girls were selected to
represent Mount Penn High School: