Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
State Board Votes
to Change Teacher Certification
The State Board of Education has adopted rigorous new
requirements for becoming a teacher
or administrator in Pennsylvania
schools. The Board�s vote for
Chapter 49 puts in place the last
major component of the program
proposed one year ago in Governor
Dick Thornburgh�s �Agenda for
Excellence in Pennsylvania�s Public
The new regulations made three major changes in the way
teachers and administrators will be
certified, beginning in 1987.
Teacher graduates will be required to pass tests of
basic skill, general knowledge,
professional knowledge, and the
subjects they plan to teach in order
to be certified.
New teachers will serve a one-year, supervised
induction period before receiving a
Future teachers and administrators will be required to
take six credits of continuing
education every live years in order
to keep their certification active.
�Our goal is to ensure that teachers enter the
profession with superior skills and
that they keep those skills current
throughout their careers," said
Acting Secretary of Education
Margaret A. Smith. �These
regulations will help to achieve
The roots of education are bitter,
but the fruit is sweet. -- Aristotle
NATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK
Our Nation�s Strongest Defense.�
Let�s Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of
Our Mt. Penn Junior/Senior High School
is a public educational center for
grades 7-12 located in suburb Reading,
Pennsylvania. The current structure was
built in 1923 while an addition was
constructed in 1959. The high school was
founded on the philosophy that, in order
to meet the needs of each individual in
our continuously changing society, the
educational format should strive to
develop each Mt. Penn student
intellectually, vocationally, morally,
and aisthetically, to the fullest extent
of his or her potential.
This ideal continues today.
11 subject areas
111 courses in academic, business and
1/2 day through the year Vocational
training through Berks County Vocational schools.
Co-op work experience
Average yearly number of merit scholars:
2 to 3
Average SAT scores above national norms:
Math - 512 Verbal -473
Faculty and Staff
Full time teachers: 28
Part time teachers: 3
Nurse - full time: 1
Vocational Technical School 11%
Two year college/University 48%
Four year College 48%
10 interscholastic teams including
soccer, basketball, field hockey,
baseball, softball, tennis, bowling...
40% to 50% participation
School newspaper, active musical/vocal
organizations, language club, yearbook,
student council, and a number of other
Students Light on
Science and Math
Statistics from the National Center for
Education on the percentage of high
school students taking three years of
science and math show that students are
light in Math and science subjects
com�pared to other countries.
About 20% of U.S. students take three years of Math,
and 30% hike three years of Science.
These percentages arc very low compared
to the Soviet Union, West Germany and
Japan, whose Math and Science
percentages are 100%.
The U.S. percentagcs may increase
because the Statc Board of Education his
adopted new curriculum standards and
increased graduation rcquircmcnts which
will take effect in 1985 for the class
More than 400,000 3rd, 5th, and 8th
grade students in Pennsylvania were
involved in a new state mandated testing
program held in October. Tells (Testing
for Essential Learning and Literacy
Skills) measures student achievement in
vocabulary, reading, and math.
If students score below the grade level acceptable to
the state, they will be eligible for a
state-funded remedial instruction
program to begin in January of 1985.
The 8th grade students at MPHS were tested October 16,
under the supervision of Mrs. Barbara
Competency testing for promotion from 11th to 12th
grade is still in committee. Passage of
this measure is almost a certainty, but
it will not affect this year�s 11th
- Scott Christman
Letters to the Editor
Lefties: The Right Stuff
People stare at you curiously when you write. Using a
pair of scissors is an exercise in
coordination. At school, you can never
find a desk that �fits.� You�re not an
oddball or a klutz; you�re just simply a
Being a lefty doesn�t mean you lack the right stuff.
Kristy McNichol, Paul McCartney, John
McEnroe, Goldie Hawn, and Mr. Orlando
are just a few of the famous lefties who
are right on. Experts in the scientific
fields may disagree on what makes ten
percent of the world�s population
left-handed. They do agree that it all
starts in the brain.
Basically, the brain is divided into two parts called
hemispheres. The right hemisphere
controls movement of the left side of
your body, while the left hemisphere
controls your right side. The side of
your brain affecting your ability to
speak, read, and write is the left side,
while the right half � the side most
used by lefties � deals with perceptions
of space, musical tones, and artistic
judgment. In most cases, one hemisphere
will have more control over the other.
In the case of lefties, that means the
right side of your brain dominates.
Left-handedness was once thought to be hereditary, but
most lefties are born to right-handed
parents. Left-handedness wasn�t always
regarded as fascinating. Consider
phrases such as �left out� and �two left
Although it may be awkward for some, people who are
left-handed are considered more
independent, intuitive, imaginative, and
more adaptable than righties.
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
Mr. Orlando expressed his opinions to the column
written in the first issue pertaining to
a longer lunch.
He sees two different view points about it. He feels
that sometimes the time required to go
through the lunch line is too long. He
knows that eight to ten minutes to
really relax and socialize among friends
is not much time, and he sympathizes
with you. On the other hand, a double
lunch period allows students to be
dismissed Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday at 2:30 P.M. instead of every day
at 3:00 P.M.
He stressed that everyday, the school teachers are at
the school until 3:15. Those students
who need extra help or are in danger of
failing may seek help even on the
dismissal days of Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday. This could give a student
the maximum of forty-five extra minutes
for special, individualized attention in
a difficult subject. Mr. Orlando also
stated that there is mostly a mutual
respect among the students during the
9-12 lunch period.
If Mr. Orlando could have his choice, he would remove
open lunch and put study halls in its
place. He mentioned a new social study
in the cafeteria where soda and candy
machines could be installed. There would
also be a quiet study for individuals in
the auditorium. Maybe this could lead to
opening up the courtyard again?
As far as he knows, the lunch periods will stay the
same for now. When the students did have
a triple lunch period, the juniors and
seniors complained that they were eating
too late. It was actually they who
requested a double lunch period.
Do you burn out during the day? Poor eating habits are
probably to blame. The answer is in what
you eat - or don�t eat. Here�s how to
fix what�s wrong with your diet.
THE BREAKFAST SKIPPER. When you skip breakfast your
body is forced to function on a
low-blood sugar level that takes away
energy. This results in a mid-morning
craving for sweets which, if satisfied,
causes the blood-sugar level to rise
rapidly and then drop again soon after.
That�s when you crash. The same thing
happens if you eat a high sugar
breakfast. To avoid this eat an adequate
breakfast that includes protein,
carbohydrates and a little fat.
THE LUNCH SKIPPER. Go without lunch and your body
may react in a similar way, that is
fatigue, dizziness, lack of motivation,
basically - a slump. To avoid this
slump, stick with something light; just
make sure it's something.
Better Off Today?
Are the American People Better Off Today
Than 4 Years Ago? This question was
first raised by Ronald Reagan in 1980
during his bid for the presidency. Now,
four years later, Walter Mondale is
asking the American public that very
same question. In my opinion we are
better off. Ronald Reagan has done so
much for the economy: lowered interest
rates, lowered inflation, lowered taxes,
and created jobs. Walter Mondale has
already stated he will raise taxes if
People raise questions about the huge deficit. Ronald
Reagan has a plan, a constitutional
amendment that will balance the budget.
However, the democratic controlled House
has rejected that plan. And remember, it
is unfair to blame a country�s deficit
wholly on one man, considering all
previous administrations failed to
control the deficit.
People also complain about high spending on defense.
The United States has let the Soviet
Union catch up or surpass our numbers of
conventional weapons. To adequately
defend our nation, we need a very strong
defense and Ronald Reagan is leading us
there. But no matter what I say, each
one of you must ask yourself, �Am I
better off now than I was four years
What has happened to our school�s enthusiasm? Why is it
so hard to get students involved in
activities? For example, very few
students showed interest in having a
school play or a SADD (Students Against
Drunk Driving) Chapter.
Look at Exeter, they have two plays a year, including a
musical. You may say that Exeter is a
larger school and that they have more
students, but just because Mount Penn is
a small school doesn�t mean we can�t
produce a play.
Although a SADD Chapter is going strong at Muhlenberg,
it can�t seem to get started here.
Granted, because one of the seniors at
Muhlenberg had been killed in a drunk
driving accident, the students realized
the problem of drunk driving. But
because no one at Mt. Penn has been
seriously hurt, or killed, in an
accident doesn�t mean we can�t help
prevent it � for most likely we will all
be affected someday, one way or another
by a drunk driver.
These are just two examples. We, the students, have to
make Mt. Penn the best all around school
by participating in such activities that
not only will improve our school but
will allow each of us to grow as
Our female student of the issue,
Lori Fizz, is a very busy and
active student. Lori is often on the
Merit Honor Roll and in addition,
she has received the Merit Honor
Award and is a National Merit
Semi-Finalist for PSAT. Lori is also
National Honor Society.
Lori has been a life guard at the YMCA for two years.
She works after school every day for
two hours, yet she manages to get
her work done and also enjoy the
things that she likes to do. As you
are probably aware, Lori likes to
swim. In the summertime, Lori is a
Coach for the Antietam Swim Team.
Besides swimming and coaching, Lori
is on the Mt. Penn bowling team.
After graduation, Lori would like to go to MIT,
majoring in math and science related
- Robin Clouser
For this month�s issue of the Penn Post,
the outstanding Vo-Tech student is
Dana Kistler. Dana has been in
Vo-Tech for three years as a machinist.
He plans to put to good use his
mechanical ability when he goes into the
Navy August 20, 1985, as a Radio Man.
Dana will be down in a submarine most of
the time, receiving coded messages. But
he will be well rewarded for his work,
for the day he sets foot on the bus to
start training, he will receive
$1500.00. Instead of going out and
spending it, Dana plans to send it to
his parents, for them to hold it for a
The activities that Dana likes to do include fishing,
bicycling, hiking, and reading.
- Robin Clouser
This month�s Senior of the Issue is
John Sosh. Since John started his
life at Mt. Penn in 7th grade, he has
been active in sports. He played
basketball then and now he has been
playing point guard for our varsity
basketball team. John played baseball in
grades 9 and 10 and is a member of Boys�
John is also a strong academic student at Mt. Penn. He
was recognized for his character and
service to others with the American
Legion Service Award in 9th grade.
Some of John�s hobbies include, besides sports,
listening to his favorite music, The
Moody Blues, and clowning around with
his little brother.
During the past summer and the week-ends John works
with a landscaper. His future plans,
however, lie in business accounting and
he is thinking about attending Notre
- Scott Christman
Why do some freshmen flee for home after the first few
months of school, while others thrive
like ivy on a wall? Some experts agree
that the way the students decorated
their private spaces was a factor. They
found that freshmen who dropped out of
college were too tied down with their
hometown. Freshmen rooms were filled
with old prom corsages and high school
photos. This led to serious
homesickness. It�s okay to save some
memories, but don�t let the past clutter
up your future.
Happier freshmen welcomed college into their lives by
hanging up campus maps and football
schedules. Experts say their rooms
indicated commitment towards the new
environment. Discover your campus
grounds. Be open and make new friends.
Homesickness is a normal reaction, but
try to think of a new beginning.
PROMISING JOB OPPORTUNITIES
No College Degree Necessary
Entry-level jobs that pay well are not
only for graduates with bachelor
degrees. Here are 5 jobs that prove just
that. They begin at $15,000 and work
their way up.
- REQUIREMENTS: Must start as an
apprentice. POSITIVES: It�s outdoor,
physical activity. NEGATIVES: A
carpenter is involved in heavy work,
and is subject to weather
conditions. STARTING SALARY:
- Chef -
REQUIREMENTS: Need to complete 6,000
hours of apprenticeship training, 2
years of class work at a culinary
school, and pass a written exam.
POSITIVES: A chef gets to supervise
people. NEGATIVES: Long hours.
STARTING SALARY: $17,828.
Systems Technician -
REQUIREMENTS: Need to know how to
run, program, and most importantly,
fix a computer. POSITIVES: This job
is in high demand. STARTING SALARY:
- Court Reporter
- REQUIREMENTS: A court reporter is
required to get slate or national
certification acquired by taking
certain tests. POSITIVES: Court
reporters are constantly learning
new things, and it�s a good job for
mothers. NEGATIVES: You must work
your way up from lower positions.
STARTING SALARY: $26,000.
Optician - REQUIREMENTS: Good
math and physics records from high
school are the only requirements.
POSITIVES: There is advancement
potential, and it involves working
with people. STARTING SALARY:
JOYCE BROBST, biology teacher, has distinguished
herself for the second consecutive year
in the horticulture exhibit at the
Bloomsburg Fair. Joyce�s violets
garnered one second place and two fourth
place awards, while her palm variation
was deemed worthy of a gold medal.
both juniors, have initiated the
paperwork necessary to spend part of
their remaining two years in an overseas
student exchange program. If successful,
Heather and Leann will be the first Mt.
Penn student in 4 years to be accepted
into the program.
Mt. Penn is one of the 5 schools out of
the 20 high schools in Berks County to
be chosen by New Home Federal Savings to
participate in a program which would
familiarize seniors with banking skills.
Topics include auto loans, credit cards,
checking accounts, student loans,
mortgages, saving plans, career
opportunities, or other pertinent
topics. At no time will any attempt be
made to sell the students a product or
promote New Home Federal Savings.
The seniors will be meeting with the bank
representatives on November 12, while
the date for the junior session is
This is only the first step in our process of
acclimating students to specific aspects
of surviving in society. It is our
intention to utilize speakers from the
insurance area, the field of car sales,
law enforcement officials, and possibly
Berks County Prison.
As part of �Juvenile Court Week,� the
Juvenile Probation Office met with our
students to explain the Juvenile Justice
System of PA. The representatives
provided basic information and served as
a resource for our social studies
teachers, as well as answered any
questions the students had about
MIKE ELVIN, Class of �81, was one of the
recipients of The President�s Award for
Distinguished Academic Achievement for
juniors and seniors nationwide. These
students achieve a 4.0 grade average for
at least two academic years. Mike was
one of 5 seniors and 4 juniors
recognized for this award at the
Covocation for the 1984-85 academic year
at Bucknell University.
BRADLEY HYMAN, 1974 MPHS valedictorian, is part
of a research team at the University of
Iowa which has made a significant
breakthrough in the search for a cure
for Alzheimer�s disease. The team has
found a pattern of cellular damage in
the brains of victims. It is hoped that
knowledge of this pattern will help
researchers find the cause of the
deterioration in memory and thinking
capacity caused by the disease.
After leaving Mt. Penn, Bradley graduated PHI BETA
KAPPA from Northwestern University where
he earned a bachelor�s degree in
biochemistry. He went on to get both a
doctorate in biochemistry and a medical
degree from the University of Iowa. He
is now doing his study of Alzheimer�s
disease on a fellowship from the
National Institute of Health.
The work of Bradley Hyman and his associates was
recently featured in The New York Times.
This dynasty take-off about the glamour worlds of
fashion, beauty, and modeling will
surely make those actually in the career
cringe. Most of these beautiful people
are greedy, selfish, spoiled and phony.
Why should I care what happens to them
week after week?
King and Queen
On Friday, October
19, the homecoming queen and king,
chosen by the students of MPHS, were
announced at the dance sponsored by
the Sports Boosters. Jenny Miller
was crowned queen and Tom
DiGiacomo, king. The other
candidates in court were Traci
Wenger, David Werner,
Sandy Steigerwalt, Joe Boyle,
Robin Clouser, Todd
Ringler, Liz Stewart,
Tim Miller, Michele Zillhart,
and Scott Christman.
The homecoming parade was held on Saturday, October 20.
The couples drove around the A-held
twice before the start of the soccer
game. Mt. Penn played Governor
Mifflin. The varsity tied 1-1 after
two overtimes, and the JV tied 3-3.
The hockey game scheduled for that
morning was cancelled due to the
- Sandy Steigerwalt
Signs of Life
Barreling down the rock-and-roll
highway, Billy Squier makes his
hoarse, gritty vocals surge with
excitement. His guitar wails in
sympathetic unison as he sings �Take
a Look Behind Ya� or �Reach for the
Sky�, his band in solid support.
Some may see the world through
rose-colored glasses, but Billy�s
incandescent view is tied to an
amplifier - it�s larger than life,
and that�s what makes it go so good.
Anyone liking Bill Squier is definitely recommended to
purchase this album.
previously attended Central Catholic.
Although he feels the academic courses
he takes at Mt. Penn are more
challenging to him, he enoys it here.
The biggest change for him is becoming accustomed to
the lay teachers. He is also fond of
open lunch privileges and is estatic
about the dress code. His only dislikes
are the crowded conditions and being
intimidated by older students.
STEVEN GETROST previously attended school at
Exeter. Steve feels the atmosphere at
Mt. Penn is much nicer than at Exeter,
however, he feels Exeter has a better
variety of courses from which to choose.
He enjoys most of his subjects and
particularly likes math class. Steve
enjoys collecting coins and would like
to go to college or a trade school after
ALISON KLIPPEL is from Reading High School. She
enjoys school here and feels the
teachers are nice and the student body
is very friendly. The biggest adjustment
Alison has had to make is becoming
accustomed to our smaller school system.
Also, Reading High offered more and
different courses. Alison enjoys science
and spends much of her free time
swimming, bike riding, or bowling.
- Steph Sosh
One of the new additions to the 9th grade this year is
ELIZABETH REED. Coming from
Central Catholic, Elizabeth enjoys the
freedom in dressing (not having to wear
uniforms), and at lunch (open lunch).
As all of the other new students do, Elizabeth misses
her friends at Central. But, in
addition, she misses the strange, and
sometimes funny opinions of the nuns.
Elizabeth, who is already in the Modern
Language Club and Y-Teens, would like to
participate in softball and try out for
cheerleading this year.
REED is from Central Catholic. She
also prefers the more informal dress
here at Mt. Penn, but unlike her sister,
is easily getting used to not having
nuns. Mary Ellen enjoys the open lunch
policy, but dislikes the rotation
schedule; she�d rather have the same
class all year.
The lunch period, which was 1 hour for her at Central
is one of the things Mary Ellen misses.
She already belongs to the MLC, Y-Teens,
the GLC, and looks forward to many other
MARSHA YERGER feels the people here are much
friendlier than at Northeast Jr. High
School, the school she previously
attended. She also likes the teachers
and the merit system here at Mt. Penn.
One of Marsha�s dislikes is the long line at lunchtime.
From her past school she misses the Panther Service
Club and the teachers. Marsha would like
very much to try out for volleyball, and
also basketball and softball this year.
CHRISTOPHER O�CONNOR, says that he gets along
with students here better than at Oley
where he used to go. One reason may be
that he used to attend Mt. Penn.
Christopher misses nothing from Oley. He is interested
in track and field however, and regrets
that we don�t have a team here at Mt.
- Jenny Eckel
MRS. DIANE ANDRE
Mrs. Andre, another addition to our faculty, is working
part time in the Home Economics
Department with 7th and 8th grades.
Mrs. Andre, a former graduate of Mt. Penn received a BA
in home economics from Messiah College
in Grantham, PA.
She taught at Reading High for the past
Mrs. Andre�s husband Charles, also a Mt. Penn graduate,
is a letter carrier. They have twin boys
that started kindergarten this year.
Much of Mrs. Andre�s interest lies in
stitchery. As a matter of fact, she has
done stitchery for Dimensions, a craft
company, which were then photographer
for their catalog.
Mrs. Andre enjoys her work here and finds little
difference between MPHS students and the
students at Reading High.
- Scott Christman
Mr. Becker, our world traveler, had another great
summer. The first 2� weeks of his summer
were spent on a bus tour to the World�s
Fair in New Orleans, a tour which
included Lexington and Nashville.
The next 3 weeks he spent working for a travel
agency in Reading and managed 2 tours,
one to Ontario, Canada, and another to
His next adventure was a vacation with his wife
and Mr. and Mrs. Dengler. They spent 5
days on a cruise to Nassau and the
To end the summer with a bang, Mr. Becker and his
family drove out to Los Angeles to see
the Summer Olympics. They were able to
witness the events of soccer, boxing,
shotput, wrestling and diving. Driving
home they stopped at campgrounds and the
National State Parks and did some
hiking, photography, and fishing.
- Scott Christman
Some additions to the computer room this year are two
new computers with new printers. They
are smaller, compact, have more memory,
and are made of very good quality. The
new computers, Apple 2C�s contain two
disk drives each and are very compatable
with the other computers, 2E�s. This
addition of computers allows more
students access and learning time, and
raises the computer room to a total of
- Scott Christman
the Scene with
Mrs. Auchter, our school nurse, does more than wait
around for one of our studnets to get
hurt or feel sick. She carries out many
duties unknown to most students. The
following list of her responsibilities
should give you an idea how busy she is.
1. Weighs and measures all students
annually and refers students with
unusual or unexplainable deviations.
Councils students and parents for over
or under weight.
2. Tests all students yearly for vision
acuity. Informs parents when a problem
is found and assists them in obtaining
3. Administers a rapid hearing test to
all students in grades 7, 11, and
4. Arranges physical examinations,
provided by the school, for grades 7,
11, and Special Education.
5. Arranges dental examinations,
provided by the school.
6. Does scoliosis screening on all
students and assists a physical
therapist from the Department of Health.
7. Maintains accurate and comprehensive
health records on all students.
8. Administers a tuberculin test every
three years to students entering ninth
9. Notifies and guides parents when a
serious accident or sudden illness
10. Dispenses medication following Board
11. Teaches students to recognize and
report health problems.
12.Serves as a resource person to
supplement health units and provides
health education materials.
13. Completes all state forms mandated
by the Department of Health to
- Scott Christman
The person who
knows how will always have a fob. But
the person who knows why will be his
-- Carl C. Wood
The seniors are busy making decisions
about their class trip and prom, as well
as earning money for these activities.
Some of their fundraisers include a car
wash, a spaghetti dinner, and an Avon
sale. They are now considering a dance.
No decisions have been made on the trip
The class officers are Tom DiGiacomo, president;
Tim Miller, vice president;
Jenny Miller, secretary; and Todd
Ringler, treasurer. This class
advisor is Mr. Choyka.
The spaghetti dinner sponsored by the senior class on
October 19 was not as big a success as
planned. Because of a lack of senior
interest in selling tickets, the profit
was only $200.
Although the dinner was not a financial success, the
evening went well. Everything was so
well organized that those who worked
were able to enjoy themselves.
Approximately 20 seniors helped with the
dinner and cleanup. Eight parents
volunteered to cook.
- Scott Christman
The juniors have many money making ideas to raise funds
for class jackets and the class trip. In
the plans are some sales, items not yet
determined, and a car wash.
The class officers are
treasurer. Mr. Fegely is the class
The Class of 1987, whose advisor is Mrs.
Brault, anticipates an eventful
sophomore year. Many fund raising
activities have been scheduled by Mrs.
Brault, who has never been a class
advisor before. The fund raisers began
with a sandwich sale in October,
followed by a popcorn and assorted nut
sale. They are now selling Class of . .
. . items, such as key rings and
friendship pins, which range from the
year 1985 to 1990.
The class officers are
president; Steph Sosh, vice
president; Becky Shaeff,
secretary; and Kim Steiger,
- Jenny Eckel
This year the Modern Language Club is
going to do something different:
they are going to Europe. The Modern
Language Club members will spend 9 days
in Spain and France for a price of $879.
The price includes airfare, hotels, 2
meals a day, and the tour itself. This
trip will take place over Easter
vacation so the students will only miss
three days of school. The tentative
dates are Saturday, March 30 to Monday,
The trip will emphasize Spain�s capital, Madrid
and Frances capital, Paris. Some of the
highlights in France will be Notre Dame,
the Louvre Museum and the Palace of
Louis XIV (Versailles Palace). The
highlights of Spain are El Greco Museum,
Cervantes, and a tour of many medieval
MLC Halloween Dance
The Modern Language Club is sponsoring many different
activities this year including a
Halloween Dance. The dance was held on
Friday, October 26. Some students
dressed up and prizes were given for the
costumes. The dance was open to grades 7
through 12, and the profits will be used
for their trip to Europe in the spring.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
On October 20, the
Y-Teens didn�t trick or treat for candy,
but for money. The donations collected
went to UNICEF (United Nations Childrens
Fund) to help with their work all over
the world. After collecting the money
the Y-Teens had a Halloween Party in the
school cafeteria with lots of food,
games, and fun.
Anyone absent on the day of the Y-Teen initiation
missed out on the fun of a Mount Penn
tradition. The initiates were seen
wandering the school in pajama tops,
diapers, curlers and new make-up styles.
They wore flashy socks and thongs on
their feet, leg warmers on their arms,
and on their hands were rubber gloves
with the fingers cut off, rings, and
multicolored nailpolish. They were also
"encouraged" to do such things as sing,
dance, mop, and bark in the halls.
Congratulations initiates, for making it
through the day and becoming Y-Teens -
you earned the priviledge!
The Girls Leader Corps accepted letters
from 23 hopeful girls no later than
October 9th. On October 9th, the letters
were read by the old members, and all 23
of the new ones were selected.
This school term the Girls Leader Corps will be
visiting the children�s ward of a
hospital. Another service they will
provide is donating a Thanksgiving
basket to a needy family in our
To start off its fund raising activities, the GLC will
sell cashew patties beginning November
5th. The money from this and another
fund raiser, which has not yet been
determined, will be used toward their
annual trip which will be a ski trip to
Vermont on February 15th-18th.
- Jenny Eckel
The Science Club went to Baltimore Harbor on October
20. The students and their advisor, Miss
Brobst, enjoyed the many activities at
the Harbor Place from from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. The aquarium was a popular place,
particularly the shark exhibits and the
tropical rain forest. Others enjoyed the
science museum. Renting small paddle
boats and sharing the Harbor with small
cruise craft proved to be an exciting
adventure. Eating and shopping rounded
out the day�s activities.
Reagan, along with all the Republican candidates, swept
the mock election held at MPHS November
5. Of 180 votes Reagan and Bush received
123. Only a total of 3 students voted
for members of the minor parties. The
closest contest was between Stull and
O�Pake, the incumbent, for state
senator. Stull won by a margin of 87-68.
The students favored all three referendum questions.
Students were required to register in October. Those
who didn�t register were turned away
from the polls. A disappointing 45% of
the students registered only 26% of the
seniors. Of the registered voters, 87%
cast their ballots at the polls.
Since we had a regular voting machine, this was an
opportunity for the students to learn by
doing. The poll workers were members of
the Penn Post staff. With
in charge, they also organized the
registration and the election with the
help of Mr. Orlando.
A Great Presentation
Do you get nervous when you have to give
a speech or a presentation? Nearly
everyone does. All that nervous energy
can be changed to have it work for you.
Your image during a presentation is affected by the
little things - how you stand, talk,
gesture, focus your eyes and handle
questions. Here are a few tips to help
you through your presentation.
Stand, don�t sit. If you really want to make a point
appear forceful and get your message the
center of attention.
Face the audience directly. Keep your weight equally
distributed on the balls of your feet.
Don�t shift your weight back and forth.
You may take a step or two - but don�t
pace back and forth.
Use your hands. If you want to gain the listeners
attention, gesturing is a must. Besides
burning off your nervous energy with
forceful gestures, it looks better than
pulling at your necklace or turning your
Focus your eyes. Hold your focus on each
listener separately instead of sweeping
your eyes around the room.
The annual magazine drive was again held in September.
The homeroom representatives were
Corina Davis, Steve Goodhart,
Rebecca Quick, Michele Delp,
Mike Henry, Jenny Reimert,
Cathy Heck, Tracy Miller,
and Felicia Overley. These
students collected the money from other
students in their homerooms.
Students were encouraged to sell as many
magazines as they could and received
prizes for their efforts. The prizes
ranged from a Hershey bar to a
television or an AM-FM radio.
This year�s high salesman was Mark Leffler, 9-2,
with $205.02. The runners up were
Colette Szortega, 8-3, with $195.42;
Denise Rieger, 8-3, with $129.
7-3, with $105.25. The high homeroom,
Mr. Minter�s 8-3 section, was treated to
a pizza party.
Profits buy some large item to be used by the students
and faculty. Over the past two years,
the money was saved to buy the copy
machine in the office. This year
suggestions for the use of the money
will be taken from the students and the
As a representative of the Penn Post, I will be
attending all four morning lectures
being presented by the Townhall Lecture
Series for the 1984-85 season. The
speakers will include Winston Churchill,
the former English Prime Minister�s
grandson; Art Linkletter, a noted radio
and television personality, also author
of Kids Say The Darndest Things; L.
Bruce Laingen, a former American hostage
in Iran; and Jane Brody, an expert on
nutrition. After each lecture, I will be
writing a review for the Penn Post.
As I was trying to find my seat at the Rajah Temple,
many thoughts and expectations were
racing through my mind. After all, here
was a man with such a historic and
famous family. My own visual image of
Winston Churchill was that of his
grandfather, the former Prime Minister
of Britain, and I expected his thoughts
to be the same also. In many ways he is
like his grandfather, but Winston
Churchill is a very knowledgable man in
his own right.
The Honorable Winston Churchill is a 4th generation
member of Parliament, elected to his
first term in 1970 at the age of 28. Mr.
Churchill is also an international
journalist, covering the Vietnam War for
the London Sunday Express and Look
Magazine. He also served as a roving
reporter for the London Times during
Britain�s involvement in Biafra. Mr.
Churchill has also authored several
Mr. Churchill�s topic was �Can peace survive the arms
race?� His speech covered a wide variety
of topics that included Soviet
involvement in Vietnam and Afghanistan,
the US invasion of Grenada, US GI�s in
Europe, and his grandfather. My personal
highlight of the lecture came during a
question and answer session after the
speech when I was able to ask him about
US involvement in Central America. His
response was this: If a hands-off
attitude is adopted by the United
States, within a decade all of Latin
America, including Mexico, would be
under Marxist ruse. But he also said
that support of these countries should
be conditional, so that the money is
used within human decency.
As I look back on this lecture, I will remember Winston
Churchill as a man who knows the world
around him and presents himself as a
8th Grade Gifted
The junior high gifted program is held
at the Mt. Penn Elementary School. Its
instructor is Mrs. Latimer, who was
previously the 7th and 8th grade history
teacher. The students attend this
special class once a week for 1/2 day,
or 4 periods. These 7th and 8th graders
work on logic games and computer
problems, as well as learning some
French and other various activities
while at the elementary school. For
their annual trip this year they�ll be
going to Williamsburg, Virginia on March
- Jenny Eckel
Are You a TV Addict?
Nicholas Johnson, former head of the FCC (Federal
Communications Commission), once
suggested, with a bit of humor, that
television could be as addictive as
alcohol. He offers this list of ten
questions which will help you determine
if you are already addicted to
1. Do you turn down the set when you
answer the phone so the caller won�t
know you�re watching TV?
2. Do you stay up late watching TV, but
can�t remember the next morning what you
3. Do you have to watch a TV program as
soon as you get up in the morning?
4. Do you suddenly find you�ve watched
several programs in a row without
thinking about it?
5. When you have company, do you find it
impossible to turn off the set or carry
on a conversation without continuing to
6. If unexpected visitors come do you
rush to turn the channel to a �better�
7. Did you refuse a social engagement
because you didn�t want to miss a
program, but were ashamed to tell anyone
that was the reason?
8. If you try to go through an evening
without TV, do you become nervous and
9. When other people say you�re watching
too much TV, do you become defensive?
10. Do you find yourself saying, �I
never watch TV, but the other night I
just happened to turn the set on and . .
The way to protect yourself from being
adversely affected by television is to
be more selective of the programs you
watch and limit your viewing time. Only
you can see to it that TV doesn�t run
- Steph Sosh
This season there were some surprises
for the Mounts. The biggest surprise was
the tic score against Oley, because Oley
had previously beaten the undefeated
Fleetwood Tigers. The Mounts went into
the game ready to play and psyched. They
really shocked the visiting Lynx.
Mr. Messner, the head coach, feels the team had a very
good season despite the number of
In the beginning, the team didn�t have a goalie.
volunteered to fill the position. This
year he did an outstanding job and will
be back next year.
Next year, the Mounts will lose many senior starters
They are Joe Boyle, Dave
Werner, Tom DiGiacomo,
Todd Ringler, Matt Elvin,
Dave Chlebowski, and Tom Schmitz.
They are losing many starters, but next
year they will still put up a good
fight. Despite the loss, there will be a
great number of players returning.
outstanding athlete is
a junior. Maia has been a member of the
golf team for 3 years. Her average in
the game has improved by twenty-six
strokes since her freshmen year.
Her placement in Berks County Girls Golf Tour is as
1982: 4th place
1983: 3rd place
1984: 5th place
She was the first girl at Mount Penn to play in the
District III Girls Golf Tour.
Maia�s determination and dedication to the golf team
has continued and grown even though her
seasons with the golf team have been
losing records. Her coach expects her to
place in the top five in the Berks
County Tour next year and qualify for
District III play. Congratulations Maia!
This issue�s male athlete is
a junior. This year, Leon has been
playing the varsity soccer goalie. This
is Leon�s first year as a goalie. At the
beginning of the season the team had no
goalie and Leon very graciously
volunteered his services. He is doing
very well and is considered just as good
as the other experienced goalies in the
county. Leon also participates in
volleyball and baseball. On the baseball
field, he plays pitcher and left field.
and Jenny Miller
charge Twin Valley goalie and score.
Unfortunately, things didn't turn out
the way the varsity hockey team had
hoped they would. This was probably due
to all the injuries and sickness during
the season. Those on the injured list
for part of the season were
Terry Goodbred, and Bert
Schreiber. These players were all on
the starting team. In addition, some
players were absent many times and a few
players quit the team entirely. The team
suffered greatly from the absences of
Mrs. Thomas feels that another reason for the
unexpectedly poor season was the empty
seats on the bench. Since the starters
were injured, the second string varsity
played. This left no one to fill the
bench except the junior varsity players
who lacked playing time and experience
in varsity games.
The Mounts were defeated by Hamburg (2-3), Daniel Boone
(1-3), and Wyomissing (1-3). The Mounts
conquered the Brandywine Bullets (1-0)
and the Schuylkill Valley Panthers
Next year the team will he losing four starting seniors
- Jen Miller, Roberta
Schreiber, Terry Goodbred and
Vickie Straka. The outlook for
next year, however, is good because many
starters will be returning.
The season for the junior varsity was also
unpredictable. They started off strong,
for the most part, kept a strong hold.
They, like the varsity, had a number of
illnesses and injuries. This often led
to defeat. The experience some of the
players had on the varsity this year
should help them next year. Hopefully,
there will be as much interest in hockey