Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
A LIGHT IN A
Many people don’t realize how lucky
we are to have an education. We
wonder why certain courses are
required and why we even have some
of the courses that we do. It is
important for us to know all about
ourselves, inside and out. The more
we know about ourselves, the better
we may get to know others.
Two very important required courses are English and
Health. English is taught to us so
that we may know how to communicate
in the adult world. The more English
we know and use, the easier it will
be to achieve ends that we wouldn’t
ordinarily achieve if we didn’t use
It is very logical as to why we have health classes.
Some of us don’t understand the big
words used but as long as we
understand how our body functions we
will be able to take care of
We may not always use courses like trig and chemistry,
but they are good to know because it
is like going into a dark room with
a lit candle. The dark room are the
subjects we don’t understand. When
we take these courses and go into
the dark room, the light gets bigger
and brighter, and we know a little
more. This knowledge makes it easier
to get along with others who have
also brightened the light in their
rooms by studying in school and
broadening their horizons.
We should all try to learn the most we can in school so
that when we get out of school, we
may walk into many lighted rooms.
- Robin Clouser
To the Student Body:
As we embark upon another new year, it is my hope that
each of you enjoys a prosperous,
successful, and safe educational
experience with us. It is also my wish
that you contemplate and retain for
future use the ensuing comments.
A famous architect was asked which of his great
accomplishments gave him the most
satisfaction. He replied that he was
never totally satisfied and that it was
this feeling of not having attained
perfection that compelled him to strive
for higher goals.
If you will strive continually to achieve greater and
greater accomplishments, if all of you
will utilize your innate abilities and
talents, and if you will allow us to
challenge you to use those abilities to
the utmost degree, then you will be
successful, not only in your endeavors
at Mt. Penn.
Once again, my best wishes for a successful, enjoyable,
and safe 1984-85.
- Mr. Orlando
10/18, MPHS Open House
10/19, Senior Class
10/23, PSAT/NMSQT Tests
10/26, M.L.C. Halloween Dance
10/29, Y-Teens Trick/Treat
11/01, Band/Chorus Citrus Sale
11/03, SAT Testing
11/08, M.L.C. Spaghetti Dinner
11/16, Report Cards Issued
In this 1984-85 school year a few
regulations have been changed and a few
new ideas have been added.
This year if a student receives a detention slip from a
teacher he will report directly to that
teacher. This was changed so that the
student will have a chance to obtain
individualized instruction. For larger
offenses against school policy, such as
lateness or truancy, the student will
report to the detention room as usual.
There is also talk of a change in the attendance
policy. If a student is truant
(illegally absent) two days or more per
quarter, he may fail that quarter. Also,
this year there is an attendance
committee. Although not new, many
students have not taken advantage of
this system in the previous years. The
committee consists of three school
officials and one student. Its purpose
is to provide students with an
alternative when they have reached their
5th day of absence. If a student wishes,
instead of reporting to detention for
six days for one extra absence, a
student may ask to have the committee
review his case and possibly spare
himself the detention.
A change involving failing students has also been made.
If a teacher feels a student is doing
poorly or failing, the student may be
obliged to report to school for an extra
30 minutes on Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday, in other words - no early
dismissal. The early dismissal is given
to the students as a privilege for those
doing their work well and completing it
Although some of these changes may seem harsh, we must
realize they are made only to better the
education provided by our school system.
Letters to the Editor
Hopes of a Longer Lunch Period
At 11:45 a.m. a senior high dismissal bell is rung to
signify the beginning of lunch period.
Charge! The mad rush to the lunch line
is becoming second nature to most
students. We students shouldn’t be
subject to conditions that are too
uncomfortable. During the warmer part of
the year, the cafeteria is basically
uncrowded and comfortable, but when
winter rolls around, it becomes very
Unfortunately, students at the end of the lunch line
find it terribly difficult to eat their
lunches quickly enough. By the time the
students at the end of the line are
through the line, it’s already 12:05
p.m., and they have only 10 minutes to
eat lunch and then prepare for the
afternoon. Another problem that then
arises is students being late for their
6th period class. Late slips are then
required for the tardy students.
One possible solution might be to have our lunch period
extended 5 to 10 minutes longer. Perhaps
we could begin classes earlier, such as
7:30 a.m. Possibly another way to
resolve their problem is to decrease the
time of the activity period and add that
time to our lunch time. Students find it
difficult to work seriously during the
activity period anyway because of all
Many students feel that adequate time for eating lunch
is necessary to prepare for one’s self
for afternoon classes.
Religion in the Schools
All around the country there is a big issue debating
prayer in the classroom. Some want it
and some do not. This controversy also
extends to religion classes.
This conflict really is a two-way street. There are
students who want to learn more about
their religion and practice it at the
same time. These students are the ones
who will benefit. The conflict arises
among those students who don’t want
religion taught in the classroom. They
feel religion should be preached in
church on Sundays. According to these
people, the classroom should be used
only for educational purposes.
As far as having religion as a mandatory class, I feel
the class should serve as an elective
class. That way the students who would
like the course can take it on their
own. This way those who didn’t wish to
take the class are not effected.
This conflict can have an easy solution
if both sides of the issue would
compromise on everyone’s interests.
From Our Critics
“It’s the creature!” is screamed as
Rodney Dangerfield makes his appearance
on the Miller’s Light beer commercial.
“Man, I sure hope those horses can
swim,” quips Bubba Smith of the Miller’s
Light beer commercial. “Book 'um,"
charges Sergeant Friday of the
Dragnet-based Yellow Pages commercial.
What has happened to the television scenario? Today, it
seems, the biggest source of
entertainment being provided to the
public, is that of T.V.’s commercials.
More and more of us are scurrying off to
raid the refrigerator or answer the
doorbell during the network’s program,
rather than during the commercials which
may, in fact, be on the air longer than
the T.V. show itself. This fact alone
may be a blessing in disguise.
All is not well in commercial land; for instance, the
lyrics of toilet bowl disinfect can be
heard throughout the three major
networks in the form of, “Don’t be
bullied by your bowl, bully your bowl
instead.” This type of commercial is a
degrading form of low-life entertainment
which is insulting to the intelligence
of the viewing public. Perhaps the best
we can do is sit back and wait for the
light to shine through at the end of the
tunnel or for another MASH to appear.
- Steph Sosh
is basically a non-fiction account of
rock, pop, and blues star Prince’s life.
Although I went into the theater
expecting a thinly plotted video movie
such as Rick Springfield’s “Hard to
Hold”, I came out pleasantly surprised,
Instead of the acting in “Purple Rain”
just piecing the music together, the
music was used as a way of elaborating
on the feelings of the characters.
The movie begins as Prince, who belongs to a band
called “Prince and the Revolution”,
meets Appolonia, a beautiful girl who
needs his help in boosting her career.
Prince agrees, and they fall in love.
But then Appolonia’s rising career
threatens Princes job at a night club,
and he is told to shape up his act. He
does so, and, in the process manages to
create a new song - the hig single
“Purple Rain” - and save his career
“Purple Rain” also includes Prince’s #1 hits “When
Doves Cry”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, and many
more songs which are sure to become
popular. So BEAT IT Michael Jackson —
Prince is on the rise!
You don’t have to be a Prince fan to love this movie,
but if you are, you’ll think it’s a 10!
- Jenny Eckel
One Child “tells of only one child. It
was not written to evoke pity. Nor was
it intended to bring praise on one
teacher. Nor to depress those who have
found peace in not knowing. Instead, it
is an answer to the question of
frustration in working with the mentally
ill. It is a song to the human soul,
because this little girl is like all my
children. Like all of us she is a
This is a true story of the dedication, the
psychological help, and most important,
the love Torey Hayden (a special ed.
teacher) gives to one child, Sheila.
Sheila is a six year old who has been
placed in Torey’s class while waiting to
be admitted to a state hospital for
tying a younger boy to a tree and
severely burning him.
Sheila refuses to do any kind of paperwork. She would
also destroy almost everything in the
room including the classroom goldfish.
Torey then finds out her mother had
literally dumped her on a highway, and
she now lives with her father who abuses
her. Her home consists of one room in a
migrant camp that has no running water
In spite of all this, when she is
tested, her IQ is over 180. She had
taught herself to read and do math, yet
never showed these abilities in the
After many incidents and interactions between Sheila
and Torey, Sheila learns to trust
someone for the first time in her life.
Even after she was molested, she was
able to keep going forward in her life
because of the trust and love she had
This book is quite different from the books we are used
to reading but I think it would be a
good book for everyone to read because
it can teach us all something about
ourselves and others.
Volume XXVIII, Edition I
Penn Post is
published 8 times per year by the
Journalism Class of Mt. Penn
Junior/Senior High School
Penn Post Staff
Our first female senior of the issue
is very active, and is an
outstanding and energetic senior,
Jenny Miller. Jenny is vice
president of the National Honor
Society and secretary of the Class
of ‘85. In addition to the offices
she holds, Jenny is also a
cheerleader, president of Y-Teens, a
member of chorus, and a member of
the yearbook staff.
Jenny is one of the captains of the
hockey team and also plays on the
softball team. Jenny likes to draw,
play the piano, and play sports in
her spare time. She hopes to go to
college, possibly Temple, to study
- Robin Clouser
Mt. Penn’s candidate for the 84-85 Berks County’s
junior Miss is Sandy Steigerwalt.
The competition is among twenty
girls from different schools in
Berks County and the pageant is
being held at Schuylkill Valley High
at 7 P.M. on October 6.
The last practice is being held Oct. 5 (the night
before). From there, the girls pair
up and spend the night at a
volunteer chaperone’s home. Before
practice is over on Oct. 5, the
personal interviews are held. The
personal interviews involve current
events, and future plans.
The competition on Oct. 6 includes a dance, which is
done by all the competitors, talent,
and evening gown. Sandy’s talent
will be a dance acrobatic routine to
the song “Lucky Star.”
There will be five awards given during the pageant - a
scholastic award, which is a
scholarship of approximately $2,000;
an award in each of the following
areas -poise, physical fitness,
personality, and talent.
Sandy has found this a very memorable experience. It
has given her a chance to excel at
what she does best, meet new
friends, and have lots of fun in the
In this month’s issue of the Penn Post,
the most outstanding Vo-Tech student is
Chris Peckham. Chris has been in
painting and decorating at Vo-Tech for
three years. This year he is on Co-op
doing commercial painting for John
Hoppe, who is a part of a union
belonging to Frank Fararo & Son.
Chris has been known to have a good-level head and does
well not only in Vo-Tech but also in his
academic classes. He likes to paint
murals on vans and would like to run his
own business someday.
- Robin Clouser
Our male student of the issue is
Donald Mackowiak. Donald is a very
active member in our school. He is
president of the U.N. club, and business
manager of the yearbook He also
participates in Boys Leader Corps,
National Honor Society, and college
Donald’s hobbies include boating, water skiing and
camping. Besides being very active in
school, Donald is also a very active
member in Boy Scouts of America. After
Mt. Penn, Donald plans to attend
college, majoring in physics and
- Scott Christman
Financial aid is help in paying college
costs. There are two kinds of expenses
that financial aid can help pay for; one
is direct educational costs (tuition,
fees, and books) and the second is
personal living expenses (food,
transportation, and housing).
The three main types of financial aid
are grants or scholarships, loans, and
Both grants and scholarships consist of money that
doesn’t have to be paid back. Grants are
given on the basis of need alone, but
scholarships are awarded on the basis of
need and/or academic achievement or
ability in sports.
Loans must be repaid, usually after you have graduated.
The major difference between student
loans and other loans is the student
loans usually have lower interest rates.
Many colleges will arrange a work-study program, which
will help you pay for college but attend
college as well.
Grants and scholarships are considered “gift aid”,
while loans and work aid are considered
“self help aid.” You may be able to
receive a combination of the two types
This year’s seniors will
come into contact with
representatives from Berks
County industries as we hope
to facilitate a smoother
transition from school to
representatives will speak
to seniors on car loans,
purchase of a car, career
opportunities, and other
Our SAT scores increased dramatically over last year’s.
The class of ‘85’s verbal
score increased by 14 points
while the math score
reflected a jump of 20
points. Our combined scores
are approximately 150 points
above the national norm.
Congratulations to Lori Fizz, Matt Elvin,
and Bill Reed for
being named National Ment
Lori, Matt, and Bill are
three of the 15,000 students
selected as semifinalists
out of the 1,000,000
students nationwide who
participate in the NMST
A reminder to students to take advantage of the
Wednesday, Thursday, and
Friday early dismissals by
scheduling conferences with
teachers to get extra help
or to simply discuss topics
of interest to you. The help
is here if you want to avail
yourself of the opportunity.
Don’t fall behind in your
class work and then decide
to work when it is too late
to achieve the grade you’re
You might remember seeing Jeff Rogers on the
basketball or volleyball court or maybe
even on the baseball field. He was very
active while in high school.
Jeff is now attending PCPS (Philadelphia College of
Pharmacy and Science) and majoring in
pharmacy. This school is highly
respected and the educational facilities
are excellent. Jeff is doing very well
for himself and working hard for his
grades. In his spare time he plays on an
intramural basketball team. He advises
those of you who wish to begin a
pharmaceutical career to be certain it
is what you want to do. The work is
extremely hard and you must be very
dedicated to your studies.
Maia Carvalho placed 5th
in the Berks County Girls’ Golf
Tournament at Arrowhead recently. Her
score of 114 qualified her for the
District III Golf Tournament to be held
in York. This is the 3rd year Maia has
received a medal in county competition.
qualifying by only 1 stroke. She placed
Spohn, from our boys’
team, also qualified for the District
Once again our Habib has offered to
help our readers with their problems.
Send your questions to Habib by way of
the Penn Post mail box in the main
I have a really good male friend who always drops in
without notice and stays a long time.
Sometimes I’m not up to talking to him,
but I don’t want to tell him to go. He’s
a very good friend, and I don’t want to
hurt him, but I don’t want him
constantly around. How can I tell him to
Wishing to be alone
Dear Wishing to be alone:
Your problem can be solved very easily. All you have to
do is tell him nicely that you don’t
feel like having company. Let him know
that you would like to be alone. Assure
him that it has nothing to do with him.
I'm sure he’ll understand because he
seems to care about you.
Sometimes when my friends and I go to parties, I don’t
know how to act. All my friends seem to
blend in well; mixing and mingling with
others. I’m shy when it comes down to
opening my mouth to make new friends.
How can I overcome my shyness?
First thing you have to do is develop realistic
expectations about popularity. If you
feel classifed and locked into a certain
role with friends, look for some outside
friendships. Becoming active in
special-interest groups can give you a
new perspective on popularity and
yourself. Don’t be afraid to open
Feliz Cumpleanos, Consepcion! Luv ya —
Antonia y Consuela
Hope you have a very Happy
Birthday Tommy D!
Hey, Juniors! One more to go!!
Hang in there
Love ya! -
Miss ya and luv ya, K.P.
Casa del sot - Where anything goes!
9/15 Thanks Carole and Bill
A recent survey has been done to find out what the most
popular food places are that are located
in the vicinity of Mt. Penn.
This survey was only given to grades nine through
twelve. Out of a hundred students
surveyed, 35% chose Pizza Hut, 20% chose
McDonald’s, 13% chose Wendy’s, 7% chose
the Chink Shop, and 10% chose to eat at
Also listed on the survey sheet were two new food
places just recently opened up: The
Edmond’s 23 Street Substation and
Italian Gardens. 6% chose Edmonds 23
Street Substation, located at the top of
Grant Street. 7% chose Italian Gardens,
located across from Wendy’s where Taco
Casa used to be.
- Robin Clouser
WILLIAM REED, a former student of
Central Catholic High School, enjoys
classes at Mt. Penn. He feels they’re
tougher, but more beneficial for future
His favorite class is Advanced Placement Math. He added
that Mount Penn has an excellent math
In questioning William about our open lunch program, he
stated, “Open lunch at Mount Penn is
more reasonable than Central’s program,
but it should be longer!”
Although William is not in any clubs yet, he plans to
be an active member in the Future
Teachers of America and the yearbook
William finds Mount Penn students to be more open
minded and is adapting quite well to our
- Sandy Steigerwalt
from Central, feels Mt. Penn has better
teachers and nicer students. She likes
the early dismissal but wishes there was
more free time. The only complaint she
has is that we have hardly any dances.
JOSEPH GALLAGHER, from
Central likes our open lunch system, but
didn’t like coming back to school. He
says the only difference between Mt.
Penn and Central is that there are no
nuns at Mt. Penn. Joseph enjoys drag
racing in his free time.
HELM, also from Central,
thinks Mt. Penn has better classes than
Central. She too, thinks the teachers
and people are nicer at Mt. Penn. Amy
doesn’t like having the same classes
every day and she misses the free
periods that Central has.
SCHMIDT, came to Mt. Penn
from Linden Hall, an all-girl boarding
school. She likes having guys in her
classes, but, like all of us, she wishes
we would have a longer lunch period,
since she had over an hour at Linden
Hall. Kim has played basketball for four
years; she was a library aid, and a
former drama club member.
BARBARA YERGER, a former
Reading High student, feels the student
teacher relationship is better here than
at Reading. She also thinks students at
Mt. Penn are more interested in
academics than in electives. Besides
missing her friends, she also misses
some of the many electives Reading has.
Barbara is an active chorus member and
is still getting used to our small
One of the many new faces this year on
the faculty is that of Mrs. Del Signore.
She will be with us until January when
Mrs. Spatz will return from her
sabbatical leave. Mrs. Del Signore
teaches mathematics and computer
courses. This is her first full-time
teaching position since recently
graduating from Brown University in
Providence, Rhode Island. When she first
moved here from Rhode Island, school had
already started and she took a job in a
Mrs. Del Signore entered the teaching field because of
the great pleasure she takes in working
with younger people. She student-taught
at Classical High School in Rhode
Island. She finds no major difference
between Mt. Penn and Classical High,
other than MPHS being smaller and our
students are very well-behaved.
Photography, working out at the Nautilus, and playing
the guitar for fun are some of Mrs. Del
Signore’s favorite hobbies. She has been
married for one year and plans to start
a family in the future. Another of Mrs.
Del Signore’s goals is to continue
- Steph Sosh
WHO’S MRS. THOMAS?
Mrs. Thomas is a new name in our school but not a new
person. You guessed it! Mrs. Thomas,
formerly Miss Biffel, was married this
past summer to Mr. John Thomas.
The couple left for Cancun, Mexico, on June 28th, to be
married. Mrs. Thomas was married on July
3rd, and to symbolize this, her wedding
band has three diamonds in it.
The bride and bridegroom stayed in a hotel in Cancun,
which was located on the tip of a
pennisula. Since their hotel was on a
pennisula, two bodies of water
surrounded their hotel. On the east side
of their hotel was the Gulf of Mexico,
and on the west side was the Caribbean.
Imagine that! Having the view of two
beautiful waters and the choice to swim
in either. Mrs. Thomas was especially
excited about the Caribbean waters. She
said it was as blue as day.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas enjoyed parasailing, snorkling in
the Caribbean, exchanging goods with
Mexican merchants, and visiting the
ancient Mexican ruins.
Mrs. Lucinda Warmkessel is teaching 7th
and 8th grade reading at Mt. Penn
Jr./Sr. High School. You may remember
her from the elementary school, where
she taught 3rd. grade. For Mrs.
Warmkessel the biggest change in coming
from the elementary school to the high
school is the changing of classes, not
having the same students all day.
Mrs. Warmkessel is a graduate of Penn State University
and has a Masters from Kutztown
University. She is also a church
organist and enjoys music.
After twelve years of teaching, two of the twelve years
in Ohio, Mrs. Warmkessel feels that the
most important aspect of education is
the student-teacher relationship. She
says the teacher must treat each student
as an individual and let him know the
teacher is here to help the student
learn all that he can.
(Seniors Transitioning to
This year Mt. Penn is one of the many schools picked to
participate in the STEP program. STEP is
run by Threshold Rehabilitation Service,
Inc., a non-profit corporation providing
rehabilitation services to handicapped
adults. One of STEP’s major goals is to
provide opportunities for participants
to achieve their maximum vocational
potential. STEP deals with the process
of helping students prepare and train
for a job.
The purpose of STEP is to place students into full-time
employment upon graduation or as soon as
possible thereafter. Students who
participate in the STEP program are
expected to attend classes, counseling
and placement meetings; to actively seek
employment when they are identified by
the training team as job ready.
Activities include discovering open
positions, making telephone calls, going
to worksites for applications and
interviews, and following-up at all
Students participating in STEP will be filling out an
employment application, participating in
a mock job interview which is
videotaped, and completing a Money
Management Questionnaire. Some of the
job skills will be employer contact,
preparation of applications and resumes,
job interviews, employee-employer
communications, orientation to work, job
retention, money management, and
Classes for the STEP program will be held every Monday
during activity period. Thirty seniors
have already enrolled.
- Robin Clouser
Mount Penn his a new addition to its band. The band his
purchased a keyboard bass along with a
130 watt bass amplifier. Mr. Ruch say
that it will be used mainly to augment
the bass sound in the hand. Another use
will he to supply the bass sound while
accompanying the chorus on selected
choral pieces. Also purchased by the
band was a set of parade percussion. Mr.
Ruch hopes to have the band do a small
warm-up parade this fall and then do
some big parades in the spring. To
further enhance the look of the marching
band, Mr. Ruch hopes to purchase
additional equipment for the band front
with some of the profits made from their
citrus fruit sale that begins in
Mr. Ruch would also like to add a few notes about the
winter concert. First, the date of the
concert has been changed from Dec. 13,
1984 to Dec. 18, 1984. Also, this year's
concert will be a combined concert with
the Mount Penn Elementary School’s band
and chorus under the direction of Mr.
FUTURE TEACHERS OF
The FTA club is on its way once again. Mrs. Haag, the
advisor, is now even more encouraged
than ever since the number of college
students involved in a teaching career
is declining and projections indicate
that there will be many job openings in
the future. More of our students may be
considering teaching now.
This year’s president is Sandy Steigerwalt. The
other officers will be announced after
the club has their first meeting.
Their plans for the year are a lolly-pop
sale and student teaching at the
elementary school, grades K-6.
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF
FBLA takes off for another good year with Tracy
Damiano, president; Traci Wenger,
vice president; Robin Clouser,
secretary; and Tina Seidel as
treasurer. The first meeting was held at
Schuylkill Valley on October 9. The
initiation will be held sometime at the
end of October.
The members of FBLA will be holding many bake sales
during the year. Mrs. Starr has planned
for them to go to the Reading Area
Community College on Secretary Day in
April. She would also like to take them
to visit and spend some time in business
- Robin Clouser
The time has come again for this year's
freshmen and other newcomers to bear the
scorn and humiliation of the Y-Teen
initiation. To particpate as a Y-Teen
member, each individual must undergo
zany antics. The girls involved in the
informal initiation will have to submit
themselves to mockery, embarrassment,
and crazy acts of weirdness.
This year’s staff consists of Jenny Miller,
president; Bert Schreiber,
treasurer. Miss Weaver is the Y-Teen
advisor. The Y-Teen members have great
expectations for the anxiously awaited
participants. The date for the
initiation will be October 4.
Some important events that will take place include
Trick or Treating for UNICEF, a
Christmas party and Christmas caroling,
the Valentine’s Day Dance, the Variety
Show, and a fashion show exhibiting
spring and summer fashions.
This year there is a possibility of initiating a junior
Y-Teen Club. This way 7th and 8th grade
students can participate in a club of
their own since junior high students
aren’t allowed to participate in senior
This year much has been planned for Student Council
activities. Future plans include an
assembly, a dance around Christmas time,
a walk-a-thon for the repairing of the
Statue of Liberty, and possibly
organizing a MADD (Mothers against Drunk
The 1984-85 officers are David Werner,
president; Alan Ganas, vice
president; Cherisse Conlon,
secretary; and Amy Miller,
Student Council Representatives
305 Kim Steiger
211 Nicholas Baer
210 Jessica Rech
103 Michael Green
Gym Cory Baver
Girl’s Leader Corps is an organization
for all girls who possess a leadership
quality. This club is responsible for
doing good deeds for the surrounding
community. Some of the helpful
activities planned for this year
include: a Thanksgiving basket for a
needy family, a Christmas visit to a
nursing home and pediatric ward in a
hospital helping out with the Special
Olympics, planning the jump-Rope-A-Thon,
and a fund raiser. The annual trip is
not yet determined.
The club’s advisor is Mrs. Thomas and the officers are
Roberta Schreiber, president;
This year has much planned for the Penn Alma staff.
Their advisor, Mrs. Tucci, will be
starting off the year by selling ads.
The price range for the ads is as
follows: $100 - full page, $60 - half
page, $35 - quarter page, $25 - eighth
of a page, $5 - patron, and $1 for
The yearbook is scheduled to be released sometime in
Assistant Editor -
Business Manager -
Head Typist -
This year the science club has the following officers:
Vice President -Thanh
The science club plans to make this year
the most active year yet. Some of the
planned activities include a trip to the
Philadelphia Flower Show, a Christmas
get together, and a trip to Baltimore
Harbor. The annual Valentine’s Day
carnation sale is still on, as well as
the Christmas candy stick sale, and
possibly another sale yet to be
determined. The club hopes to get a
speaker to speak to them about a
medically related topic. As always, the
science club welcomes new members.
There have been several course changes for the 1984-85
Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade English classes will
rotate each quarter so that a class will
have three or four different teachers
during the year.
Grade 12 - All students are required to write a
research paper. In addition, they will
have two quarters of English literature
and one of grammar.
Grade 11 - The research course is being moved to the
junior year. Each junior is required to
write a research paper. Other quarters
will be composition, grammar, and
Grade 10 - Students will have one quarter of speech,
one quarter of grammar, and one quarter
of literature. The third quarter this
year, they are being offered a choice of
drama, preparation for the Verbal SAT,
7 and 8 - Back-to-back scheduling has
made it possible to section stu¬dents
according to their math ability, no
matter what section they are in for
Remedial time is now available for those who have
difficulty with math on the seventh
Grade 12 - Advanced Placement Mathematics is offered to
seniors taking calculus. One of the
objectives of this course is to prepare
for the advanced placement calculus test
given in the spring.
Grade 9 - Introduction to Business is a rotating course
that will include typing, computer
programming, reading, and personal
business record keeping.
Grade 8 - 8B and 8C will have typing once a week.
- Sandy Steigerwalt
This school year, the library has taken on a new look;
a new slate - blue colored carpet has
replaced the original rust-colored one
which has been present since the early
sixties. The library has also been
repainted which is a first since 1976.
Another difference in the library is the
arrangement of the book collection.
Still filed under the Dewey Decimal
System, many books have been relocated
in the library. The entire process took
almost the entire summer to complete,
ending the Thursday before Labor Day.
To say the least, Mrs. Haag is delighted by the changes
saying, “The library has a new, clean,
fresh look to it which has been a long
time in coming.” Mrs. Haag also added
that many old reference encyclopedias
have been retired to the classrooms as
the library has obtained a brand new set
of encyclopedias. Mrs. Haag mentioned
that the students of Mt. Penn can be
proud of our book collection which is
the best of any of the other seventeen
schools in the county.
- Steph Sosh
This year the Sports Boosters Club will sponsor its
second annual Homecoming Day and Dance
on October 20. During the day, the Mount
Penn hockey team will challenge the
Exeter hockey team to a game. After the
hockey game, the soccer team will play
Nominees for king and queen will be announced at the
Homecoming Dance which will be held at
the MPHS on October 19. On
Homecoming Day, the king and the queen,
as well as the other nominees, will be
chauffeured in choice cars around the
Refreshments and baked goods will be served throughout
the entire day.
It’s that season again and sticks are
really hot at Mt. Penn. However, Mrs.
Thomas feels the team is still in a
building process. The program is better
than ever because the number of
participants and interest is really
increasing. With the two-coach concept
there is more individual contact. The
girls are a young team and have only
been playing the new system for 1 or 2
years. Mrs. Thomas feels very positive
and says the team is full of talent.
The girls have already played their toughest matches.
The hardest part is over, but there is
still a lot of work to be done. Injuries
have plagued the team.
broke her arm during a scrimmage game
and Roberta Schreiber bruised her knee.
The team does have high hopes and is a
good contender in their division.
They’ve come a long way and are going to
go much farther. Go for it girls!!
Cherisse Conlon - Inner
Norine Miller - Goalie
Jenny Schickler - Link
Roberta Schreiber - Back
Kim Steiger - Inner
Terry Goodbred - Sweeper
Steph Sosh - Back
Vicki Straka - Back
Amy Miller - Back
Jenny Miller - Wing
This year’s Junior Varsity hockey team
is doing a very good job. In preseason
scrimmages they won 1 and lost 2. The
team is full of potential and has great
speed. The team is mostly comprised of
freshmen with a few returning from last
year. The team’s goalie, Jenny Eckel, is
very strong in the cage and in one game
she had 10 saves. There are a few who
are expected to be playing varsity by
the end of the season. Miss Weaver and
the girls are very hopeful in improving
A NEW HOCKEY FIELD
Mt. Penn does not have a regulation-size
hockey field (100 yds. x 60 yds.). For
years Mt. Penn hockey players had to be
satisfied with a short field on a hill.
A rough terrain also made it a very
inadequate playing field. Moving on the
right track and getting things done,
Mrs. Thomas, the hockey coach, is
pushing to get a regulation-size field.
As a result of Mrs. Thomas’ efforts, the hockey games
are now played on a regulation-size
field at the Antietam Recreation Center.
Next year, however, we may have a
regulation field at the A-field. Because
of the sale of the Pennside building,
there is money for school improvements.
Mrs. Thomas has received approval for
the original hockey field to be leveled
and lengthened this spring.
Mrs. Thomas feels very optimistic about
the field. She continued to add that if
athletes in a school district are
willing to put forth their time and
efforts for an athletic program, then
it’s the school district’s
responsibility to supply for those
athletes the best equipment and
Mt. Penn Golfers
This season may be the turning point for the Mt. Penn
golf team. With the experience of the older
players combined with the youth and enthusiasm
of the younger players may make this a season of
surprises tot the team.
The Mounts opening match was lost to a strong Fleetwood
team. They then lost two consecutive matches by
one stroke - 472 to 471 against Twin Valley, and
428 to 427 against Daniel Boone. The Mounts
fourth match provided better results. Mt. Penn
defeated Reading 422 to 464 winning by 22
Coach Roger Fegely feels that the golf team has
a very promising future with a young team and
they should be contenders within the next 3
years. Fegely also says that individual golfers
should do well in qualifying for the district
tournaments. Good Luck Mounts!
Let’s Hear it for the
The Mount Penn cheerleaders attended camp at East
Stroudsburg College July 27-31. They competed
with many other schools and won numerous awards.
They received a ribbon for a special dance
routine, placed in all evening ribbon
competitions, and were quite honored to receive
the spirit ribbon.
The spirit ribbon was an award in which the counselors
observed all squads closely to see which group
displayed the best spirit. Spirit was determined
both on and off the practice field. In
recognition of the "spirited” group, they were
awarded a spirit ribbon and Shimmy Kitty (a
stuffed animal) for one night, which they could
decorate with their school colors. Mount Penn
decorated Shimmy Kitty with a Mount Penn hat,
buttons, stickers, and orange and black pom pom
The workshop featured instruction in cheers, chants,
pom pom routines, tumbling, mounts, jumps, and
Members of the squad that attended camp are:
Traci Wenger (Co-Cap.)
Sandy Steigerwalt (Co-Cap.)
- Sandy Steigerwalt
female athlete of this issue is Jenny Miller.
Jenny, a twelfth grader, plays right wing on
field hockey. She’s one of the leading scorers
on the team, and she’s one of the captains.
She’s not only outstanding on the field, but off it as
well. A leader on the team, she’s always ready
to help the younger girls. Jenny has been
playing field hockey for 4 years. She also plays
softball and is a cheerleader.
issue’s male athlete is Dave Werner, a
senior. Dave plays a striker on the varsity
soccer team, and is one of the leading scorers.
He excels in not only soccer, but in basketball and
baseball as well. Dave has played all of these
sports for his four high school years.
- Jenny Eckel
MOUNTS ARE ON THE BALL
year the Mount Penn soccer team has experienced
an enthusiastic “break-through.” The Mounts won
two of their league games this season. The
victories were against the Exeter and Twin
Valley High Schools. Unfortunately, Fleetwood
beat the Mounts in a 4 to 1 battle. The Mounts
have 2 wins and 2 losses in the Berks County
League and have 4 wins and 2 losses over all.
Mr. Messner, the head soccer coach, feels that the
Mounts are doing very well, and he believes that
they will hold their place against most of the
other soccer teams.
Although the Mounts lost three starters (Jeff Motze,
Jack Evans, and Kevin Epler) this
year, Mr. Messner feels the team has a very
strong defense. The offense is a bit weaker
because of many injuries, such as the ankle
injury sustained by Dave Werner.
Mr. Messner thinks that the Mounts are playing
as a team this season and will contribute to
many more wins this year. Although the Mounts
are on the right track, Mr. Messner believes
there is still room for improvement and the need
for more playing time.
Disappointingly, the J.V. soccer team hasn’t been doing
as well. The reason may be a lack of experience
of the individual players.
Mr. Messner likes the fact that more people are
interested in playing soccer and hopes the
interest will continue in the future.