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PURCHASE LINE: Variety of new clubs introduced at school

by By BRIANNE GUZMAN and TIMOTHY KEITH, Gazette Student News Reporters on November 01, 2013 11:00 AM

PURCHASE LINE — This school year, Purchase Line has many exciting clubs students can participate in.

FBLA, or Future Business Leaders of America, is a national organization in which you learn a lot about what the business world can be like and how it works.

Senior Ashley Prugh is the president of FBLA because the position gave her an opportunity to be more involved in this club she has grown to love. Being president has been beneficial to her, she said, because it enhanced her skills to run meetings and be in control of an entire group.

“She is focused, doing a good job, and is also the regional treasurer for FBLA,” business teacher and FBLA adviser Debra Fisher said.

FBLA participates in a program that includes going to a regional conference and possibly a state competition. Also, their fundraisers include selling candy bars at the Green Township Community Fair, Santa’s Workshop and the spring Red Cross blood drive.

Prugh recommends joining FBLA because “it helps increase your knowledge of the aspects of the business world.”

Foreign Language is a club where students get to learn about other cultures and participate in making food from French, Spanish and a few other cultures. Senior Morgan Scalese has been in Foreign Language for two years and was elected president this year. She joined this club because she takes French and really enjoys learning the language. Since this is her senior year, she figured why not strive to be president?

“Morgan does a great job at pretty much everything she does and is doing a great job as president. We’ve accomplished more this year than we have before!” said French teacher Jeffrey Dorsey. Morgan recommends everyone join Foreign Language because “it’s a nice way to branch out from American culture.”

Music Club consists of those who are in the various bands and choirs at Purchase Line. In this club, everyone shares a passion for music, and they do various fundraisers such as PeeJay’s fruit order that starts this month. The president of music club is junior Greg L. Boring. He joined the music club because of his passion for music and wanted to be president because he “just wanted to make sure things get run well and things (in the music department) get taken care of.”

NHS, also known as the National Honor Society, is a group of juniors and seniors who have a cumulative GPA higher than 3.5. They hold a banquet every year and take various field trips to honor these students for their stellar academics. Senior Alec Sunderlin considers it an honor to be in this club, and also an honor when he was nominated president. He recommends striving for a GPA above 3.5 because “it looks great on r←sum←s and college applications as well as having the perks of the banquet and field trip.”

Student council is a group of elected students, two from every homeroom, that help set up the assemblies, various dances and fundraisers such as clothing and food drives. Sunderlin is the president of student council as well.

“He is one of the best we’ve had and does a really good job,” social studies teacher Kathleen Cowden said when asked about Sunderlin’s performance as president. He wanted to be involved more with the school and make decisions for the students. He wanted to be president so he could have more power in the club over decisions of what they do for the school community. Also, if there is a major school issue within the students, he said, “I would bring it up to our advisers and then I could take it to the principal and eventually the school board (if necessary).” Sunderlin recommends joining so you can help the school community and get the perk of attending a Pittsburgh Pirates game in the spring.

Newspaper staff is a group of writers who try their best to inform the student body of the most recent and factual news in the school district. They also spend time interviewing other students and the school’s staff members to get others’ opinions out, too. The club president is senior Sierra Berringer. She enjoys writing for the newspaper because she has a passion for writing, sees it as an opportunity to express herself and likes to be involved. She wanted to be president because she feels she’s qualified to take on the responsibilities that the newspaper presents.

“Sierra is willing to do more than is asked of her, and I appreciate her dedication to making the newspaper successful,” said family and consumer sciences teacher and Dragon Tales adviser Jessica Subich.

“Others should join newspaper because even though it can present stress, writing can relieve stress and it’s a lot of fun,” Berringer said.

Bible Club is also run by Berringer.

“Bible Club is a great way for kids to participate in their faith and learn more about the word of God while in school,” she said.

Bible Club does various fundraisers, such as a volleyball tournament in January at Kinport Assembly of God, and they’re starting something they call “Mission Abandon.”

It’s based on the song “Abandon” by News Boys and is where those in the club look into their lives and decide what they can give up in order to live a better life for Christ. Berringer enjoys being president of Bible Club because she said it gives her the opportunity to share her studies with her peers and put her beliefs in the open. There are more than 30 students in Bible Club, so you’re bound to know someone there.

Berringer recommends going to the club meetings because students know they won’t be judged on their beliefs and is a time where they can have fun.

SADD, also known as Students Against Destructive Decisions, is a club that influences the student body to make the right decisions. The group holds surveys at their meetings to see what the student body feels is most important and work with the guidance department so they can organize activities to help the students in their decision making. Senior Tia Adams joined because she was against the destructive decisions that she hears about some teens making. She enjoys being president because she likes leading people in the right direction.

“SADD is blessed to have Tia as our president. She is responsible and diligent and has been a fantastic example of what a SADD president needs to be,” said social studies teacher and SADD co-adviser Melinda Knapp.

Adams recommends joining SADD because it’s fun, they organize the fall ball and prom season activities, and they have a few guest speakers over the duration of the year.

Ever wonder who designs Purchase Line’s yearbook? It’s the yearbook club. Yearbook club “gives you a chance to be creative, have a part in the school and help people remember their life in school,” club president senior Koren McCullough said.

She recommends the club because it’s really fun, students get to take pictures for yearbook, design the layout, decide the colors, fonts and theme, and run Student of the Month. McCullough admits it is a lot of work, but worth it to leave your mark at Purchase Line.

If students are interested in any of these clubs, contact the president. Clubs can add that spark of fun into a student’s school day.

SADD ACTIVITIES

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) sponsored activities and theme days for Red Ribbon Week, Monday through Friday.

SADD members voted on a theme for each of the days for this year’s Red Ribbon Week and chose the prizes that were distributed to students throughout this week.

“Red Ribbon Week is a week for Students Against Destructive Decisions and the community to take a stand against drugs and alcohol. It’s held to prevent students from doing drugs and drinking alcohol,” said Special Education Teacher and SADD Co-Advisor Janis Cope.

High school students visited the Purchase Line Elementary School to discuss the anti-drug message of the event. Junior and senior volunteers made posters to prevent drugs and alcohol use. The SADD members presented posters, gave out anti-drug items, then allowed time for elementary students to ask questions.

At the high school wristbands and pencils were distributed to students.

“I want to try to help students and keep them on the right path,” said Elizabeth Curry, a senior member of SADD. Red Ribbon Week “shows students not to drink and do drugs.”

Senior Brandon Keener said he is in SADD “to help stay away from drugs.” Keener likes “to get free stuff” during Red Ribbon Week by participating in the theme days.

Sophomore Pamela Patterson said she likes “to team up against drugs” during Red Ribbon Week. She is in SADD “to help say no to drugs.”

According to www.redribbon.org, “The Red Ribbon Campaign was started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985. This began the continuing tradition of displaying Red Ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs. The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a drug-free America.”

The national Red Ribbon Week theme for 2013 is “A Healthy Me is Drug Free,” and students can participate in a photo contest by decorating their home door, mailbox or fence. Contest details are found at www.redribbon.org and the deadline is Monday.

PHOTO:  SADD juniors and seniors from Purchase Line High School visited Purchase Line Elementary on Monday to distribute Red Ribbon Week materials and to promote an anti-drug lifestyle.

Pictured are, front row, from left, Gabriella Scott, Tabitha Yates, Keegan Musselman, Courtney Jarvie and Alex Seger; second row, Joshua Syster, Cory Hudson, Hannah Richards, Alex Wetzel and Devin Dillon; third row, Jammie Goss, Tia Adams, Katelyn Parke, Kayla Collis and Dakota Pearce; and fourth row, Carrie Keith; Timothy Keith, elementary Principal Thomas Grierson; Shannon Wyne; Chaney J. Pugh; Katie Mertens; Madeline Peles; Christy Tiger; social studies teacher and SADD co-adviser Melinda Knapp; and elementary guidance counselors Cindy Risinger and Justine Smuro. (Submitted photo/Purchase Line Elementary School)

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