Monthly Archives: December 2015


By Cierra Kettenburg and Alex Diamond

Every year, students at Salisbury High School participate in the annual “Ugly Sweater Contest.” The idea of the contest is to have students dress in the ugliest Christmas sweaters. The judges will be giving tickets to the students wearing ugly sweaters starting at 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23. If you plan on participating in this competition, you should stop by the auditorium lobby to receive your ticket. Once you receive your ticket you must come to the auditorium lobby at 7:35 a.m. for the final judging. The first place winner will get a $25 gift card and a giant Hershey’s Kiss and the second place winner will receive a $20 gift card and a giant Hershey’s Kiss. Third place will win a $15 gift card and a giant Hershey’s Kiss, fourth place will win a $10 gift card and a giant Hershey’s Kiss, and fifth place will get a $5 gift card and a giant Hershey’s Kiss.

Mr. Anderson came up with the idea for the Ugly Sweater Contest a few years ago. “This has been something new and fun for the students and faculty to take part in prior to leaving for winter break.”

Once the Ugly Sweater Contest is finished, the judges determine who wins by a unanimous decision. The competition is surprisingly tough so it’s hard to decide which students will win. “Truthfully, I let the judges determine, they tell me who wins and I distribute the prizes.” Mr. Anderson believes that the contest has become more popular as the years have gone by. “Sure, it has grown since SGA started it. I think it really sends the students and faculty off in a good mood into the break”.

Senior Olyvia Repyneck really enjoys participating in the Ugly Sweater Contest. She has been participating for many years. Since her freshman year, she has improved her standing. “The past three years in order, I’ve placed fourth, second, and first.” However, not all of Repyneck’s sweaters have gone off without a hitch.  “I’ve had a setback when making my tree sweater because the ornaments kept falling off.” With this being said, are you going to be participating in the ugly sweater competition this year?

Girls Basketball Weekly Wrap-Up

By Ian Carson

On Friday, December 4th, the girls basketball team played their season opener against Dieruff at Dieruff’s home court. Both Junior Varsity and Varsity started the season with a tough loss. Varsity battled with Dieruff the whole game but unfortunately ended up with a 50-40 loss. JV also lost, 37-27. Varsity’s leading scorer was Lindsay Bauer with 24 points. The following day the girls traveled to Blue Mountain where both teams ended up with another loss. The Varsity score ended up as 41-22, yet again, Bauer being the leading scorer with 13 points. JV lost 39-21. The girls need to bring the intensity up a few notches if they wish to pursue a successful season.

After two rough losses to begin the season, the ladies played their first home game on December 8th against Pen Argyl. JV got their first win, 36-23, as well as the varsity team. The Varsity pummeled through Pen Argyl with a 55-22 win. Lindsay scored a total of 25 points in the first quarter alone. Bauer finished the night with a total of 34 points, including four three pointers. Two days later, December 10th, the ladies headed to Catasauqua. The varsity team ended up with a 38-20 win over the Rough Riders and JV won 49-17. Once again, the girl’s were led by Lindsay Bauer who scored 11, accompanied by Caylin Meikrantz and Caitlin Scialla’s nine points.

The ladies ended the week with a record of 2-2. They hope to continue to be a possible candidate for a league or district title. In order to do so they will need to increase the intensity and keep winning.

Spring Musical Auditions on December 21st

By Agostino D’ancona

Musical auditions for the spring musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, start on Monday, December 21st from 6:00-9:00 pm in the school’s auditorium. You do not need to be there the entire time. Callbacks will be held on Tuesday, December 22nd from 6:00-9:00 pm in the school’s auditorium and you may be asked to stay the entire time. If not, then a scheduled time will be given to you when you should show up.

For auditions, you should have your audition packets, a pencil, and a list of conflicted dates that consists of rehearsal days you will miss because of work, family/personal events, practice schedules, or any other various reasons. Please include specific dates and times you can not make rehearsals.

Audition packets can be picked up in Ms. Deeb’s office and in these audition packets you’ll find excerpts from three songs. Ladies may choose either “I Speak Six Languages,” My friend the Dictionary,” and “The I Love You Song” to sing, while boys may sing either “Chip’s Lament” (the high school edition) or “I’m Not That Smart.” The measures that need to be learned are marked in each of these songs, except for “The I Love You Song.” For this song, please learn measures 94-123. All songs do not need to be memorized. Try to memorize at least one of the selections. Be familiar with the other selections in case you are asked to sing a little from them. Versions of all songs are available on YouTube and Spotify.

The show will be performed starting March 3rd and runs through the 6th. Attendance for the show dates and Tech Week (starting February 28th) is mandatory, but some exceptions may be allowed if notice is given early enough. If you have any questions, email Mr. Erwin at or Mr. Mantz at  

Horoscope Weekly: Dec. 14 – 20

By Samantha Perkins

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) – At the beginning of the week, it may not be wise to make any rash decisions or sudden moves. However, you can make as many sudden moves as your heart desires once Monday passes. After a long process of figuring out what you want, this week is about going out into the world and getting it. Just make sure to maintain your good reputation. By the end of the week, you’re going to be surprised with what you’ve accomplished.


Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) – Emotions are running high for you this week, Taurus. Monday looks to be a little much for you. On Tuesday, try to keep your sensitivity in check, especially around others. Later in the week, you may run into someone with assertive opinions. Try to be more open-minded than usual. Over the weekend, you may find that something someone said to you is really bothering you. It may be for good reason, but there’s a chance that the person didn’t mean what they said at all.

Read more

Review of Michael Bublé: Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition)

By Matthew Jordan

It’s that time of year again! Time for creating snow angels, hot cocoa under the Christmas tree, and of course listening to Michael Bublé’s Christmas album. Although the album was created on October 2011, it has become a staple Christmas album. Showcasing a soothing vibe and wonderful tune, it will definitely fill your spirit with the joy of Christmas.

The album starts off with a classic, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas,” which  Bublé covered perfectly and, in my opinion, is even better than the original by Perry Como. This song is then followed by “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” a tune which reminds me of a classic Frank Sinatra with trumpets playing in the background, bringing back the feel of old New York. Supplying the album with a much more modern tune, “Baby Please Come Home,” one of my favorite songs on the album, will definitely bring you the joy of Christmas. The song gives a joyful tone but the story behind the lyrics is actually downcast. The song tells a story of a man begging for his significant other to come back home so they both can enjoy the company each of them give to one another.

The song “Mis Deseos Feliz Navidad” is another great song to lift your spirits. The song starts with Bublé singing in a slow but smooth tone, accompanied by artist Thalia, then transitioning to a much more upbeat tone with a chorus then singing with them in the background.

The song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” is not one of my favorites on the album.  Michael Bublé’s rendition of the song is okay, but not the best. The way he sings the song is not very powerful due to the lack of emotion toward the message of the song. The emotion of the song should be a very strong and joyful tone, similar to the version by Rascal Flatts. Following “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” the song “Silver Bells,” featuring Naturally 7 is another song which I dislike. The main reason I dislike this song is due to one of the main singers from Naturally 7 having such a low voice.

This Christmas album is one of my favorite albums not just for the holidays, but all year round. Michael Bublé’s voice allows for a tone which suits this type of music. Although I recommend you listen to the whole album, three songs I recommend listening to are  “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Baby Please Come Home,” and “Mis Deseos Feliz Navidad.” On a scale of 1 to 5, this album definitely deserves a 5.  

Saucon Strives For State Final

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 8.41.51 AM.png

By Kyle Hartzell

Coming off a strong season last year, Saucon looked to continue their pattern. Finishing out the regular season, undefeated and the Colonial League champions, they looked to win districts and continue on into the class 3A state playoffs. Now they are in the semi-finals for the state playoffs.

Saucon now prepares to play one of the best teams in the country on Friday December 11th. Imhotep Charter is ranked 5th in the state while Saucon is ranked 7th. These numbers aren’t that far apart, but Imhotep has some key players that they look to use against Saucon. Naseir Upshur is Imhotep’s tight end, he has offers from over 25 FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools. Stopping Naseir will be Saucons biggest obstacle for this game.

Salisbury head coach Andrew Cerco stated, “The determining factor will be which team can make more big plays, who can take care of the ball. If Saucon can control time of possession and create turnovers on defense, they will have a good chance to win the game.” With this being said, Saucon Valley can usually put together nice long drives utilizing their running back Evan Culver. By giving the ball to Culver it allows time to run off the clock, not allowing their opponent to get the ball. Cerco states, “It would be great for Saucon Valley to represent the Colonial League in the State Championship game. It says a lot about the competition level in our league. Having spoken with a college coach on Friday, he said that Salisbury plays in one of the most competitive leagues in the state. Either way I’m happy for them and their success, it is a testament to how they manage their program, and the commitment level of their players and the care and love for each other. You don’t get to the state semi-final game if those things are not in order.”

This week may not be as easy as the past weeks for Saucon, but with their talent it is very possible that they can win. Facing Imhotep Charter at Liberty at seven o’clock Friday, December 11th. Whether Saucon gets a win or loss, they will have represented the Colonial League greatly this past year.

« Older Entries