Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
GIVE A DOLLAR
FOR A HEART
Just before the holidays news
reached the high school about Jim
Krause and his need for money to
pay for a heart transplant.
Community efforts were begun to
raise money, but since Jim was a
former Mt. Penn student, graduate of
the class of �73, and athlete, the
students wanted to do their share. A
campaign urging students to �Give a
dollar for a heart� was held for 5
days at the high school and the
elementary school. The students dug
deep into Christmas and lunch money;
parents supported the campaign as
well. A total of $642.20 was raised
and deposited in the Merry Christmas
By press time the community effort has well exceeded
the $100,000 and more activities are
planned, including some by our high
school student council. Jim has also
had, at this point, a successful
- Scott Christman
Jim Krause, one of three Berks County men
undergoing heart transplants, was a
member of Mt. Penn�s Class of �73.
Jim was on the golf team three years
and played basketball all through
his school years except one in
junior high, a year in which he was
badly burned. Jim, a student in the
vo-tech�s co-operative work program,
was well liked by all his
instructors, many of whom had this
"Jim was a hard worker, an A-B
student, quiet, dnd never any
Adele, Jim�s wife, was an active member of Y-teens,
chorus, student council, the hockey
team, and the cheerleading squad.
Adele graduated in 1974. She now has
Jim, doing well after his operation, is now at home.
His experience should serve as a
reminder that none of us are
impervious to disease or infirmity.
It�s nice to know that our community
Go, Cupid and
my sweetheart tell
I love her well.
Yes, though she tramples on my heart
And rends that bleeding thing apart;
And though she rolls a scornful eye
On dotting me when I go by;
And though she scouts at everything
As tribute unto her I bring-
Apple, banana, caramel-
Haste, Cupid, to make my love and tell,
In spite of all, I love her well!
And further I say I have a sled
Cushioned in blue and painted red!
The groceryman has promised I
Can �hitch� whenever he goes by-
Go, tell her that, and furthermore,
Apprise my sweetheart that a score
Of other little girls implore
The boon of riding on that sled
Painted and hitched, as aforesaid;-
And, tell her, Cupid, only she
Shall ride upon that sled with me!
Tell her this all, and further tell
I love her well.
The Y-Teen�s annual Valentine Dance was held on
Saturday, February 9. As usual, the
girls asked the guys.
The Y-Teens and their dates went out to dinner before
hand and later came to the dance.
About 40 couples attended the dance. Music was provided
by Sound Celebration.
Danny Hafetz, the winner of this year�s Smile
Contest, was chosen by an official from
the Reading-Berks Dental Association
over Donese Mabry and Heather
Ruhe, the other two representatives
from 9th grade homerooms.
Danny was interviewed by the official and asked
to tell his slogan which was, "I owe
this smile to good dental hygiene."
On February 19, at the Sheraton, Danny will compete
with all the other Smile Contest winners
from local schools.
- Jen Eckel
Mt. Penn is off to a great start in this years
competition. In round one, we crushed
the other two districts. The scores
were: Fleetwood - 3, Wilson - 6, Mt.
Penn - 20. Round two was a significanT
round because we were up against Twin
Valley who dominated game play in
previous years. The scores were: Reading
-4, Twin Valley - 17, Mt. Penn - 17.
One interesting note is that in Berks competition,
there are no winners or losers. All this
is to prepare for the competition at
Lebanon Valley College, where about 60
other schools will also meet to match
wits this March. Our team feels they are
set for a winning year.
This year the Pennsylvania Society of Professional
Engineers is sponsoring a math contest.
It is for seventh and eighth graders
only. This program is to give awards for
academic achievement and to bring top
honors to our school. There will be
three competitions in all: regional,
state, and national. The winner of the
state finals will win a free trip to
Washington, D.C. to compete for a
The local competition will be held at Alvernia College
on Saturday, Feb. 16. There will be
individual and team competitions. Our
team, representing Mt. Penn Jr. High
School, will be competing
in both categories.
The team is
According to PARADE magazine each
minute around the clock, 50 creatures
are sacrificed in laboratories and
experimental centers all over America.
Quite recently the cruelty and sometimes
senseless scientific experimentation
done on over 200,000 animals a day has
been brought to the publics attention.
The Animal Welfare Act is the only minor legal
protection for lab animals. This law
merely sets standards for housing and
veterinary care. It has no power
The big issue, as many people view it, concerns animal
rights vs. scientific progress. In view
of this, one must understand it is not
progress these animal rights
institutions are protesting but rather
the inhumane and indecent treatment of
the animals involved. They are
out-crying against the duplication of
experiments and hope to terminate
useless research. For example, one
researcher broke the wings of 56 wild
mallards and then released them. Four
survived. The conclusion made was that
crippled ducks do not survive as well as
healthy ducks in the wild. Common sense
would have brought the average person to
this same conclusion.
It is senseless research such as this that leads to the
destruction of 70 million animals a year
in this country alone in the name of
medical and scientific research. Should
these experiments not be limited to a
fewer number? Should the animals
involved not be treated in a more
merciful manner? Should the research
being done not be done for a valid
reason? Should these animals not be
guaranteed more legal rights so that
they, too, might have justice?
Hopefully, with the support of the
public, these animals might have a
Facts and statistics taken from PARADE magazine.
- Steph Sosh
The Penn Post is again sponsoring a Creative
Arts Contest. The contest consists of
three categories: poetry, short short
stories, and cartoons.
Short short stories are to be 250 to 500 words, and
poetry is to be 50 to 150 words. Both
must be typed and double-spaced. The
cartoons must be no smaller than 3 x 5
inches, and no bigger than 8-1/2 x 4-1/2
inches. They are to be drawn on white
paper in black ink.
There is a limit of 2 entries per person per category.
Your name, grade, and category are to be
on a cover sheet attached to your work,
not written on your work.
There will be a $20 prize to the best entry in each
category, and $5 to honorable mentions.
All entries are due by March 18, and the
winners will be announced on April 15.
All work submitted will be the property of the Penn
Post. For further information see
- Jenny Eckel
Berks County Peace
The Peace Information Center of Berks County is
sponsoring the second Annual Berks
County Peace Essay Contest. The purpose
of the contest is to encourage original
ideas for establishing a peaceful world.
The contest is open to students enrolled
in public and non-public schools in
Reading and Berks County, grades 10-12.
The topic is to "Describe your Vision of
a World Free of Nuclear Weapons in the
Year 2001." Your essay should be between
800 and 1200 words. Anyone interested
should see Mrs. Strickler for
more details. Arrangements can be made
to have your essay typed if handed in
before March 7, 1985.
Prizes awarded are: 1st Place - $100, 2nd Place - $50,
3rd Place - $25.
Since this is a local contest, the chances of winning
are greater. Judging will be based upon
originality, thoughtfulness, and clarity
Mrs. DelSignore was our computer
instructor for two marking periods. At
the end of the second marking period she
will step down to make way for Mrs.
Spatz, who will be returning from
sabbatical. Mrs. DelSignore said she
will be looking for a full time job, and
if none are available, she will be a
substitute teacher. Her closing comments
were on a positive note:
�I always felt comfortable teaching here
because the students were nice, well
behaved, and conscientious. I�ll miss
This year the 48th Annual National High School
Oratorical Contest is being sponsored by
the American Legion. The purpose of the
contest is to develop a deeper knowledge
and appreciation of the Constitution of
the United States on the part of high
school students. There are two different
phases to the contest. The first is the
Prepared Oration. The subject of the
Prepared Oration must be on some phase
of the Constitution of the United States
which will give emphasis to the
attendant duties of a citizen to our
government. The Prepared Oration must
not take up less than 8 minutes or more
than 10 minutes for delivery. The other
phase of the competition is the
Extemporaneous Discourse. This cannot
consume less than 3 minutes or more than
5 minutes for delivery. The purpose of
this phase is to test the speaker�s
knowledge of the subject, the extent of
his research and the ability to discuss
extemporaneously the topic as related to
the basic principles of government under
the Constitution. Any interested
parties should see Mrs. Strickler
for more details no later than March 15.
Regional contests begin on April 15.
Mr. Brossman has been accepted into the
program at Lehigh
University. He will be
assisting Mr. Orlando
during his unassigned
periods. At the same time,
he will be involved in the
observation and preparation
of the schedule and budget
Kathy Bennecoff, a
representative of Allentown
Business School, presented a
lecture on "Impressive
Interviews� to Mrs. Haag�s
opportunity classes and
Mrs. Starr�s secretarial
classes. The discussion
revolved around resume
preparation, proper attire,
and attitudinal approaches
to job interviews.
In this month�s issue of the Penn Post,
the most outstanding senior girl is
Roberta Schreiber. Roberta, ranking
in the top 5th of the 1985 graduation
class, is a very actively involved
person. She is the President of the
Girl's leader corp, Vice-President of
Y-teens, and also participates in the
Roberta plays on the volleyball team, softball team, is
captain of the hockey team, and also
captain of the basketball team. Roberta
has received the MVP award for both her
sophomore and junior years and has made
the Division I All Star Team and is a
very high scorer in basketball.
In her spare time, Roberta likes to play sports and
spend time with her family. After
graduation, Roberta would like to go to
Rutgers University to play basketball
and major in sports psychology.
- Robin Clouser
This issue�s feature teacher selected by Penn Post is
RICHARD C. HAMILTON. Mr. Hamilton
began teaching at Mt. Penn High School
in 1957. He attended Penn State for his
B.S. degree and graduated in 1953.
Later, he continued his training at
Temple University, where he received his
M.Ed. degree. He teaches Algebra I,
Algebra II, Trigonometry, Geometry,
Calculus, A.P.M., and 7-C Remedial math.
Before Mr. Hamilton started teaching at Mt. Penn, he
taught at the Perkiomen School for Boys.
In 1954, he served in the Air Force for
three years until he came to Mt. Penn.
During his spare time, Mr. Hamilton enjoys fishing,
hunting, and gardening. He also finds
time to work part-time in a liquor
Greg Tucci has been selected as
the outstanding male Senior of the
Issue. Greg, ranking in the top 10 of
his class, still finds time for
extra-curricular activities. He has been
playing trumpet in the MPHS band since
5th grade. He is a mainstay of the
yearbook staff and a member of the
College Bowl team. He is also in Science
Club and U.N. Club.
Greg participates in the MPHS sports program as well.
He is on the tennis, volleyball, and
Watching television and movies is Greg�s favorite
Although he hasn�t chosen a major, Greg
plans to attend Haverford College.
- Scott Christman
Penn State (Univ.Pk.)
Penn State (Behrend)
Penn Post is
published 8 times per year by the
Journalism Class of Mt. Penn
Junior/Senior High School
This months Vo-Tech Senior of the issue
is Jackie Ritter. Jackie attends
Berks Vo-Tech West Tuesday and Thursday
for occupational child development. On
Monday, Wednesday and Friday she goes to
the Pennside Nursery School to help in
the morning. Jackie loves kids and plans
to be a nursery school teacher in the
Her hobbies are ceramics, television, and babysitting.
She is also a member of FTA, FHA and
HERO (Home Economics Related
- Scott Christman
Y-TEEN VALENTINE QUEENS
Senior - Sibyl Kane
Sophomore - Cherisse Conlon
Freshman - Heather Ruhe
Thanks to you, sweetie, this past year has been my best
ever! I�m hoping for many more to come,
and you�ll always be my very favorite
All my love,
To my sweetheart, Bob:
Happy Valentines, & Happy Anniversary A toast to 5
teammates Barry Mowery
and Jeff Petersen battle
The Best word to describe this year�s basketball team
is �aggressive.� Because of the tough
inner-divisional competition however,
the Mounts will not be going into Berks
County play-offs. They will be going
into District 3 play-offs. Three key
losses this year were to Wyomissing at
home (45-52), Wyomissing away (36-40),
and to Central away (42-59). Despite
these disappointing losses, the team
never gave up and always gave 100%. As
this paper goes to print, the Mounts
will be facing Daniel Boone, Central,
and Oley. Of the three, the game against
Central is what everyone is waiting for.
Supporting and carrying the team this season were the
three seniors: John Sosh, Jim
Seiz, and Dave Werner.
John Sosh is not only the team�s
leading scorer with an average of 15.7,
but he also ranks eighth in Berks
County. These three players will be
missed next season. However, returning
are six juniors, who will add support to
the team. Along with these returners
there will also be aspiring sophomores
coming back. The Mounts aggressiveness
and talent will definitely make them a
contender in their division and will
help them go far.
It is good
that men should think, but
it is indispensable that men
The selection for Penn Post�s
outstanding female athlete is Roberta
Schreiber. Bert is outstanding not
only in basketball, where she has become
a leading scorer, but she excels in
field hockey and softball also. On the
basketball court she plays the guard
position and on the softball field she
plays shortstop. Bert�s strength in
field hockey is defense. She is very
supportive on the field and off. Bert
displays the qualities of a true
BERT REACHES 1000
Roberta Schreiber became the 20th girl in Berks
County to reach a goal of 1,000 points.
Besides this outstanding achievement,
she has also broken the school record
for scoring, which was held by Jodi
Michewicz. Bert and Jodi are the only
two girls from Mt. Penn to score 1,000
Spirits Still High
Things did not turn out anything as expected for the
girls� basketball team; however, their
spirits are still high. So far they have
only 2 wins to their record.
Some of the games that were lost should have been won,
but there is nothing that can change it.
Our inexperienced girls play against
mostly all juniors and seniors, who have
been playing for a long time. The Mounts
have two starting freshmen, a sophomore,
a junior, and only one senior. There is
a lack of not only experience but also
Next year, there will be more players who know the game
a little bit better, which should
improve previous records.
This issue�s most outstanding athlete is
Joe Boyle. During the Mount Penn
Varsity soccer season, Joe protrayed the
important role of captain and played the
striker position on the field. With his
tremendous efforts and talent, he helped
the Mounts pull ahead against many other
school teams. Although he actively
participates in other school activities,
he also finds time to keep statistics
for the Mt.Penn boys� basketball team.
Joe has been their manager during his
four years at Mount Penn. With an
interest in first-aid, Joe acts as
trainer for the team by taking care of
sprains and minor injuries.
On the baseball field, he is well-known for his ability
as pitcher. Because of his great agility
on the field and ability as a pitcher,
he managed to achieve MVP for Mount Penn
last year. He portrays an outstanding
athlete with a great inspiration to his
News from the Alley
When most people think of Mt. Penn, we are easily
identified with basketball. Our bowling
teams never seem to get enough credit.
The girls team is doing quite well. Mr.
Fegely is confident they will win their
division. The boy�s 1-11 record is not
as impressive as the girls, but Mr.
Fegely reminds us that the boys� team is
young. While now floundering, the boys
still have 30 matches to go. With the
strength of some team members, such as
there is still lots of potential for our