Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
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On Friday, April 6th, the Exeter Optimist Club
sponsored an oratorical contest for
Mt. Penn and Exeter students at the
Exeter Restaurant. There were many
things the contestants were judged
on such as poise, delivery, use of
hand gestures and enunciation. The
winner was then determined by the
highest overall score.
Steve Kunkel, a
sophomore, and Bethany Lightner,
eighth grade, both from Mt. Penn,
won first place in their division
along with a $50.00 savings bond for
their speech �My Responsibility -
Involvement.� They later competed in
the zone contest held at the Village
Diner, April 27 but were not chosen
as winners. Also competing at the
Exeter Restaurant were Carol
and Steven Reis.
a sophomore, has decided to be one
who does something about a problem.
The problem, in this case, is
drinking and driving. An article in
Seventeen made Heather aware of the
problem. No one she knows was hurt
or killed by a drunk driver, and she
wants to keep it that way. Heather
feels that people should realize
that accidents don�t always happen
to someone else - next time it could
be you. Heather needs people to join
and to help. She stresses the fact
that the club is against drinking
and driving, not drinking.
So far, the members of SADD include Heather,
These members would like to make you
aware of one statistic �drunk
driving is the leading killer of
- Jenny Miller
�The Students Themselves�
This issue of
the Penn Post recognizes those students
who made decisions to get out and do
something. Many are participating in
volunteer services, others have achieved
goals, received awards, or made
important decisions to better their
lives. MPHS is proud of these people and
hopes they will continue the good work.
Many students from this school have participated in
volunteer activities. The proceeds of
each activity go towards helping
different organizations and people who
can�t help themselves. All students who
gave of their time should be proud of
themselves -their efforts will be
greatly appreciated by many people.
The March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon was held on April 29.
The money raised goes to the March of
Dimes Foundation to help prevent birth
defects. About fifteen students from our
The Humane Society of Berks County held its eighth
annual animal walk-a-thon on Sunday, May
6. Proceeds go to the Humane Society to
help neglected and abused animals. Five
students took part in this event.
Eighteen students from Mount Penn participated in a
bike-a-thon. The money collected goes to
Children�s Research Hospital to fight
Tuesday, May 1 was a day of jumping at Mount Penn. The
Jump-Rope A-Thon an American Heart
Association fund raiser. Eighty-five
students took part in the event which
lasted three hours.
On Wednesday, May 2, members of boys� and girls� leader
corps attended the Special Olympics at
Kutztown State College. Here, the
volunteers were each paired up with a
special olympic contestant as they
competed in various events. Thirty-five
students from MPHS attended.
- Jenny Miller
Friday, April 13th was both an unlucky
and lucky day for Denise Reiger
and Jenny Reimert.
Friday, the 13th, both girls attended the Berks County
Spelling Bee at Conrad Weiser High
For Denise, the Antietam champion, the unlucky word was
caterwaul, which she spelled
incorrectly. However, she did receive
6th place in the Bee, the highest any of
our students have placed.
Jenny, our runner-up, �tripped� on the word jacamar.
Although she missed the word, she did
receive 19th place in the Bee.
Both girls thought participating in the Spelling Bee
was exciting and fun, even though they
were a little nervous about it. Denise
and Jenny are looking forward to
competing in it again next
One of the juniors here at Mount Penn will be leaving
next year. Kari Nordhoy will be
entering the world of college life at
Bryn Mawr College. Kari has chosen to go
to college a year early because she has
acquired enough credits to graduate and
feels that she will save time by leaving
early. At first Kari wasn�t sure if she
wanted to leave so she let the decision
up to Bryn Mawr�s Admissions Office. �If
they are willing to accept me and feel
that I�m ready for college, I�ll go; and
if they don�t feel I�m ready, I�ll
accept that, too,� Kari said.
Kari has not yet chosen a major field of study. She
chose Bryn Mawr because it is in the
area and is a small school. Kari feels
that she will receive an excellent
education at Bryn Mawr. She plans to
continue her riding, which will occupy
most of her time; and she also plans to
be a member of the field hockey team. We
wish Kari luck in all she encounters and
hope she remembers her times at Mount
- Jenny Miller
Probably everyone knows there are more than one kind of
friend. There are school friends, childhood friends, and
true friends to name a few. In my opinion, the best type
is a true friend. The person you share dark secrets
with. Whenever someone needs a shoulder to cry on, the
true friend is always there. A true friend is a special
part of a person�s life. Someone to go everywhere with.
Someone that doesn�t turn their back on you to be with
another group of people. Someone who doesn�t laugh
behind the person�s back, A true friend is there to
share the laughter and tears.
On Friday, May 11 the graduating class will begin their
3-day excursion to Virginia Beach, Virginia. They will
depart 7:00 A.M. and are scheduled to check into a
Holiday Inn by 2:00 P.M. There they�ll be free to go to
the beach or the pool til 5:00. The rest of the night
will be spent at a dinner theater and an open dance from
10:00-12:00 P.M. at the hotel.
Saturday, after breakfast, there will be a tour of the
naval yard from 10:30-4:00 and dinner from 6:00-8:00.
The evening concludes with a cruise around Norfolk Bay
from 9:00.12:00 P.M. The next day they start their trek
home with one stop, Busch Gardens. They will depart, and
some very tired seniors are due to return to Mt. Penn
close to 10 o�clock Sunday Night.
Mr. Bierly - Gone?
Remember back to your middle school days when Mr.
Bierly was principal? Do you ever wonder what happened
to him? Well, Mr. Bierly didn�t give up being with
people -that�s for sure. He, in a way, went from one
extreme to the other. Instead of being with and helping
junior high students, he now works with elderly people
at the Hassler Home in Shillington.
Mr. Bierly woks 3� hours every afternoon in the
physical therapy department and says he loves his work.
Both his warm smile and happy personality help to cheer
up the patients.
Before his job at the Hassler Home, Mr. Bierly was a
volunteer at St. Joseph�s Hospital. He has certainly
touched many lives and will continue to for some time.
What the world needs is more people like this � more Mr.
- Jenny Miller
|Top Science Students
student have been nominated for the National Science
Merit Awards by Miss Brobst. The top students in their
divisions were nominated. The list is as follows:
Top Junior High
Top Junior High
students have the opportunity to be presented in the
USSA Official Yearbook. Less than 10% of the nation�s
students are eligible for this recognition.
|Junior Class News
The junior class
sold a total of $1028 worth of Easter candy. This was a
profit of $442. Jackie Ritter was the high salesperson
with $52 profit. Each person who sold candy received the
profit they made towards next year�s trip. The class is
now running a sale of two different items:
mints and peanuts and stationary items. The profits made
by the individuals again go to their credit. These types
of sales provide great incentive
because the students know they will be raising more
money for themselves, thus lowering the trip cost for
the individual. Coming money-raisers include the slave
auction in May and a sandwich sale in June.
- Jenny Miller
Did You Know...
...that the average American family owns 13 pairs of
...that Cheryl Ladd, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jack Lemmon,
and Raquel Welch were once cheerleaders.
...that professional ballerinas wear out about 50 pairs
of toe shoes a month.
...that you spend a third of your lifetime asleep.
...that the character of Dracula is based on a real
person. Vlad Tepes, a tyrannical ruler of Transylvania
in the 15th century, conducted a massacre of 30,000
...that over 70,000 young women try to become Miss
America every year.
...that doctors say that laughing actually gives you
exercise by stimulating and then relaxing your heart,
circulation system, and muscles.
...that your brain studies best during the day. One
hour of daylight studying equals an hour and a half at
...that, if rolled into one piece, that $800 million
worth of gum we pay for each year would form a stick 5
million miles long.
- Jenny Miller
Seniors of the Issue
Junior High Student of the Issue
The seventh Junior High Student to be recognized this
school year is Alfred Worrall, a
seventh grader. Alfred�s favorite
subject is math, but he dislikes Science
and English. Some of his hobbies include
model building, wood working, model
railroads, and listening to music.
Alfred also enjoys sports. Basketball and baseball are
his favorites; the Sixers and the
Phillies are his favorite teams. He
plans to play these sports in high
Alfred says he dislikes school: �It is too boring, and
there is too much homework.� Even so, he
plans to go to college and become a
- Jenny Miller
Merit Honor Roll
The names of those students who made the
Merit Honor Roll for third quarter have
once again been released. These
outstanding students have achieved an
overall 3.75 average with no grade lower
than a C appearing on their report card.
Several students from Mt. Penn received District Art
Awards in competition sponsored by the
Reading-Berks Chapter of the PA Guild of
Craftsmen. Kathy Tobias took
first and second places in oil painting,
third and honorable mention in drawing,
and a third place in pastels.
Other winners include Heli Kaillo, third place
in oil painting; Christie Perks,
first place and honorable mention in
- Jenny Miller
This issue�s male Senior of the
Last year at this time Jeff was a
new student trying to fit in with
the crowd. At his old school in New
Jersey, Jeff was in the modern
language club and received 2 varsity
letters and a jacket for wrestling.
Jeff was the co-captain of the
wrestling team in his junior year.
At MPHS Jeff is the wrestling team and entered the
District Wrestling Tournament in
March. He has been on the Penn Post
Staff since he came here. Jeff also
models at the Model�s Institute for
Chess King and Athletic Attic.
Jeff�s future plans include Kutztown
University, where he will major in
communications or finance.
- Dawn Hill
The female Senior of the Issue is
Joell Reimert. Joell is an active
member of Y-teens, the U.N. Club,
National Honor Society, Science Club,
and Student Council. She is president of
both the U.N. Club and National Honor
Society. She also plays flute in the
MPHS band. For three years, Joell was a
member of the Girls� Field Hockey Team.
With all these activities, Joell is still able to
maintain an honor student status and has
consistently been one of the top two in
Joell�s interests lie in reading and listening to music
on her stereo.
Joell plans to go into veterinary medicine at Virginia
- Dawn Hill
Mr. Segro graduated from
Lancaster Catholic and then went on to
attend Kutztown University. He has
earned his Master�s Equivalent and his
Reading Certificate from Millersville
Mr. Segro has taught at MPHS for eleven years. His
first teaching job was at Mount Penn.
Mr. Segro�s hobbies are bowling, reading, and enjoys
space and adventure movies. His favorite
author is William Faulkner.
Mrs. Ann Starr was brought up in
Shenandoah, Pa. She is a graduate of
Bloomsburg University where she earned a
B.S. in Business Education.
Prior to Mrs. Starr�s three years at Mt. Penn, she
taught at Conrad Weiser. She has also
worked at the Unemployment Office and
has been a secretary at the Courthouse.
Now she teaches typing, shorthand, and
other office skills in our Business
In her spare time, Mrs. Starr plays racketball and
pinochle with her friends.
The senior prom is coming up. I always hate occasions
where it is necessary to have d date. I
really want to go because it�s supposed
to be the highlight of my high school
years, but I don�t have a date. I hate
rejection, so I�m scared to ask anyone.
Dear Missing It,
If you don�t ask someone then you are sure to sit home
that night. It�s very rare that people
say �no� to such an invitation. Think of
someone that you think would be a nice
date, get all of your courage together,
and ask. I bet the results are great!
Wednesday, April 11, Lisa A. Martin, Stephanie
Rosenthal, and Tom Sload attended the Fourth
Annual Student Symposium. It was entitled �Business in
Berks� and was sponsored by the Berks County
Intermediate Unit and the Berks County Chamber of
Commerce. Mrs. Carolyn Holleran was the
coordinator of the symposium, which included different
presentations given by business people in Berks County
and a film entitled �Mrs. Peabody�s Beach.�
Business leaders escorted the students to lunch at
restaurants of their choice in the community. At this
time, they had the opportunity of discussing the many
aspects of business on a personal level. After lunch,
the students were separated into different groups to
participate in a program led by Mr. Thomas Aubrey,
a career educator at Wyomissing Area High School.
The symposium lasted from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It
proved to be a very educational and worthwhile
- Stephanie Rosenthal
Hugh O�Brian Seminar
For four days in March, the Hugh O�Brian Youth
Foundation held it�s 6th annual Eastern Pennsylvania
The ambassadors were sophomores from all over the
state. One sophomore was chosen from each high school on
the basis of his leadership abilities and an essay he
was to have written.
I was one of the 90 ambassadors who spent March
29-April 1 at the Treadway Resort. In those four days we
heard speakers from Business and Industry, such as
Wendy�s and McDonald�s, Education, Career Management and
had a chance to ask them questions.
Other activities which were scheduled were a Labor
Management Simulation in which four people represented
labor and four who represented management were given
three hours to negotiate a contract. A talent show, a
mock trial in which we were the jurors, a pool party and
a dance were also held.
The highlight of the entire seminar was a visit from
Mr. Hugh O�Brian -the founder, who chose our seminar
from 65 others occurring all over the country.
Since the start of the foundation in 1958, the seminars
have grown to include 8,000 high schools with 66 state
seminars in all 50 states. This year the Foundation is
celebrating its 25th anniversary. Private industry pays
for all ambassadors ($150 per person) and volunteers its
members to speak.
I can not express the enthusiasm and motivation I felt
during that time. It was one of the best experiences of
my life and a privilege for me to attend.
volleyball team attended its second and third matches
April 7th and April 28th.The second match was hosted by
Schuylkill Valley at Schuylkill Valley High School. The
boys played well, receiving 5th place.
The third match, which was at Mt. Penn, was attended by
five other teams - Brandywine, Central Catholic,
Schuylkill Valley A and B, and Oley. The Mounts advanced
to the playoffs and received 4th place. Oley, matched
against Schuylkill Valley A, won two of the three
championship games, receiving 1st place.
The last tournament will be held May 12th at the 3rd
and Spruce Rec. Center.
Baseball Gets the Short Hop This Year
The baseball team hasn�t had the best of luck this
year. They have a record of 2W-4L and have had 3
non-league rain outs. Injuries have also been a problem
for Mt. Penn. Starting pitcher Jeff Ravel has
been out with a knee injury after pitching only 2 games.
He�s out indefinitely.
Leon Pace, who also
pitches, is out with an arm injury and probably won�t
return. The absence of Warren Davis has also
caused some team changes. Replacing Warren is
The first game this year at Schuylkill Valley was a 9-7
loss. The Mounts also lost their first home game against
Hamburg 11-2. Victories against Brandywine and
Tulpehocken have been the team wins. They have also
played Kutztown and Fleetwood and lost both, 5-2 and 7-2
respectively. The team has plenty of time to prove
itself with 12 games left, and things do look promising.
Out On The Courts
The tennis team has worked very hard so far this
season. Although they haven�t won any matches yet, they
have come close. The players on the team are seated
according to ability and are then placed against members
of the opposing team in the same place. They then play
the best out of three sets of games. After the singles
matches, the members of both teams play doubles, these
too, are also the best out of three.
The rainy weather we�ve had this spring has caused the
postponement of several matches and the cancellation of
practices. The tennis season
will continue though, so get out there and support your
- Stephanie Rosenthal
March 31 and
April 21 the Girls� Volleyball team had its second and
third matches. The second match which was held at
Schuylkill Valley with 13 teams participating. The
Mounts who played quite well received 5th place. The
third match was at Mount Penn and had 10 teams
participating. The Mounts had a good day receiving 4th
place in their division. Other teams participating in
the match included Central Catholic, Holy Name,
Schuylkill Valley, St. Margarets, Sacred Heart, Oley,
Brandywine, and Most Blessed Sacrament.
Their last match will be held May 5th at the 3rd and
Spruce Rec. Center.
Softball-Slow to Start
As of April 27 the softball team has played only four
games. The first game was to be on March 30 at Governor
Mifflin. This game, like so many others, was
rained out. The first game played was at home against
Brandywine. The season didn�t get off to a good start as
the Mounts lost 12-3. The next team Mount Penn faced was
Kutztown. The Mounts were romped by an excellent Cougar
team 24-6. League games began on April 26. The team�s
spirits were lifted as they coasted to a 10 run victory
over visiting Wyomissing. The following day, the Mounts
traveled to Fleetwood. They fought hard, but their
efforts were not enough as they fell to the Tigers 10-7.
Though the majority of the team is young and
inexperienced, they will hopefully emerge as a strong
team in their division.
The JV softball team has yet to play a game, again,
because of rain. Six games are scheduled to be played.
The team is also young, and hopefully its members will
develop the skills needed to be a good team.
- Jenny Miller
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