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WEST SHAMOKIN: Can Wars comes to a close with winning class named

by By VINCENT PASSERINI and DOUGLAS HOUGH, Gazette Student News Reporters on October 25, 2013 10:50 AM

RURAL VALLEY — As the dust settles, West Shamokin High School’s first Can Wars has come to an end.

In the end, more than 800 cans were collected and will be donated to the local community action program.

The drive was led and organized by Tristan Cribbs from Student Council and Vincent Passerini from the Leo Club.

The winning class was Kim Swank’s first period English 12 AP class, which will receive a breakfast buffet next week as a reward for their hard work.

The hardworking and generous students in Miss Swank’s winning class include Passerini, Kelsey Altman, Alyssa Bruno, Nicole Hough, Douglas Hough, Elle Gandolfi, Rachel Greenawalt, Berea Longwell, Makayla Murray, Ryan Myers, Anna Skamai, Hannah Skamai, Marissa Smail and Alida Zaczyk.

The Senior High Student Council and Leo Club would like to sincerely thank all of these students, and all students for their participation in the very successful drive.

Additionally, we have a lot of upcoming events at West Shamokin. This evening the Leo Club is holding its annual Halloween Elementary School Dance Fundraiser. This dance is a lot of fun for the elementary students and the high school helpers.

On Tuesday, the senior class is holding its annual Senior Class Carnival, which is a day filled with games and prizes for the junior high students. The senior class has also just booked the Gateway Clipper for the upcoming Snowball Dance on Dec. 21. The Senior High Student Council is beginning preparations for the annual Veterans Day Activities, which will be held on Nov. 12.

The first nine weeks are also coming to a close; it is hard to believe that the school year is already a quarter of the way over. I guess we are just having so much fun learning here at West Shamokin that time really does fly.

PASA-PSBA Student Delegate 2013 Conference

On Oct. 16, the Armstrong Student Board Representatives were invited to a special three-day field trip to Hershey. There, DJ Hough, Collin Adamson and Bethany Petras, who were representing West Shamokin, joined another hundred board representatives from all over Pennsylvania. After the delegates got to the hotel, they were given a dinner buffet.

One of them said that a chaperone had told them, “You will not go hungry here at PSBA.” Boy, was she right.

Later, the students were bused to the Hershey Convention Center where they watched talent from all over the state. They heard Liberty High School Grenadier Band, featuring bagpipes, fanfare trumpets and drummers; Eva Katherine; Hunter Cook; and the Riverview Jazz Band, to name a few. The talent was so impressive that all of the performances were given a standing ovation.

One of the board members said, “I never want to play an instrument again,” comparing himself to the bands. To close the night, the representatives were allowed to eat at the nachos bar back at the hotel and catch up with friends or to make some new ones.

The next day, the students were awakened to a monstrous breakfast buffet. After they ate, the students separated into groups based on what they thought were important issues in their schools today. The choices were school dress code, technology in school, bullying in school and lunch and nutrition. The delegates were supposed to work with their groups to make the best policy that could be passed by a mock board later that day.

When the groups were let out, the representatives prepared for the mock board meeting in the evening. Once they were at the convention center, the students presented their ideas to the board to see if they could get their code approved. It was an eye-opener for many of the students; they were able to understand the difficulties in creating and passing regulations in today’s schools.

Many of the students became engaged in the meeting by defending their rules, asking inquisitive questions on codes, and even acting as the part of board.

In the end, only the dress code was passed successfully. It was a great experience and the representatives learned a lot. In the evening, the conference members met back in the convention center in their best attire, and they met with one of their school board members who sent them on their field trip. They ate a delectable dinner before listening to an inspirational presentation by Richard Phillips, who was the first U.S. captain to be captured by pirates in the past 200 years. The moral of his story was to never give up, even when times get hard. His story was very moving and influenced the delegates to keep pushing forward. To end the night, PSBA organized a dance. All of the students were dancing and moving to the groove. Everybody had a good time.

Friday was the last day of the conference. Everybody was sad to leave, but happy to get back to their schools. They packed up their bags and said their good-byes to a great leadership conference. They learned how to work together and how to create rules and regulations within their own clubs at school. Although all of this is exciting, they will never forget the friendships they made with their Armstrong counterparts.

Adamson said that “even though we (Armstrong delegates) only met two days ago, I feel like we have been best friends forever.”

On behalf of the student representatives, I want to say thank you to the board for providing us with the awesome experience.

I also want to thank our principals, Dr. Steve Shutters and Joe Treglia, for choosing us to represent West Shamokin High school.

PHOTO: PASA-PSBA Student Delegate Conference attendees from the Armstrong School District included, from left, DJ Hough, West Shamokin, and Collin Adamson, West Shamokin; Erick Shiring, Kittanning; Devin Shellhammer, Ford City; Sarah Dunn, Kittanning; and Bethany Petras, West Shamokin. (Collin Adamson/West Shamokin High School)

 

PHOTO:  Teacher Kim Swank's first period English 12 AP class was declared winners of the first West Shamokin Can Wars. Seated, from left, are Ryan Myers, DJ Hough, Vince Passerini, Kelsey Altman and Marissa Smail; and standing, Rachel Greenawalt, Anna Skamai, Makayla Murray, Alida Zaczyk, Elle Gandolfi, Hannah Skamai, Alyssa Bruno, Nicole Hough and Berea Longwell. (West Shamokin High School/Submitted photo)

Teacher Kim Swank's first period English 12 AP class was declared winners of the first West Shamokin Can Wars. Seated, from left, are Ryan Myers, DJ Hough, Vince Passerini, Kelsey Altman and Marissa Smail; and standing, Rachel Greenawalt, Anna Skamai, Makayla Murray, Alida Zaczyk, Elle Gandolfi, Hannah Skamai, Alyssa Bruno, Nicole Hough and Berea Longwell. (West Shamokin High School/Submitted photo)

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