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Mayoral Election 2017

By Alex and Lindsey Diamond

2017 holds an important election for the city of Allentown. Residents of the City of Allentown will have the choice of many different candidates to be the Democratic and Republican Party candidates for Mayor of Allentown.

Edward “Mayor Ed” Pawlowski

The current Mayor of Allentown has been in office since 2006 and has spent his time in office revitalizing downtown via the Neighborhood Improvement Zone construction program that has given the city a hockey stadium. He says that crime has consistently gone down and property taxes have remained steady in the time he has been in office. Pawlowski is broadly popular but is often considered corrupt due to scandals that have occurred during his time in office.

Ray O’Connell

The City Council President was active in education for many years as a principal and administrator and has focused his campaign on the needs of the youth. He wants to encourage young people to become police and firefighters and work with the school district on programs for young people. O’Connell also would want to pass ethical reforms and make it harder for city politicians to accept gifts.

Josh Siegel

A recent graduate of Seton Hall University; Siegel is a newcomer to Allentown but has lived in Bethlehem and Philipsburg in the past. He is campaigning on financial transparency and will make financial records more easily accessible.

Siobhan “Sam” Bennett

A businesswoman and frequent candidate for public office; Bennett wants to institute many reforms including mayoral term limits, campaign finance limits, and transparency. She advocates for reform efforts within the city and tends to take a progressive platform.

Charlie Thiel

Worked for Communications Systems, Inc., where he progressed to the position of Vice President. Thiel currently holds the current position of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce and is involved in many boards pertaining to Allentown, such as the Allentown School District Foundation, the Allentown Community Development Advisory Board, etc.Thiel is primarily affiliated with the Democratic party and prioritizes safe and clean neighborhoods, improving public safety, job opportunities, and an honest government and fair taxes.

David Jones

Jones works as a Lehigh County Commissioner and has more than 20 years experiences in business and nonprofit services such as the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in the Lehigh County within the church he is a pastor in, New Vision Church in Bethlehem. Jones is affiliated with the Democratic Party and prioritizes restoring trust within city government.

Nathan Woodring

Nathan Woodring, a bus driver from Allentown, is a Democrat whose main goal is to address the corruption among city officials if he is elected. Woodring also wants to challenge the city’s hiring process, such as Allentown City Council increasing its’ role in the process to keep choosing city employees a fair process. Woodring previously ran for mayor in 2005 as a Republican, but switched to the Democratic Party because he sees is as an easier passage to get into office.
Although Salisbury residents can’t vote in the Mayoral election, it is important that they keep an interest as Allentown is a major hub near Salisbury Township.

Hello/Goodbye Soccer Tournament

By Paige Mathieu

On Saturday April 29th, students Oliva Hoeing, Rylee Donaldson, and Elena Lagunilla held a Hello/Goodbye Soccer Tournament for their CBL Project in Miss Brinson’s Seminar Class.  A CBL Project, or Challenge Based Learning Project, is a year long project that requires students to help the school or community in someway. The tournament was held at 2 PM at the SHS Turf to help raise money for Jenn’s House. Jenn’s House is a hospitality house for families who are coming to the Lehigh Valley for medical care.

To participate in the event, students throughout the high school were able to create teams of 8-10 players.  The teams included the Diversion, Manchester United, Lucas’s Winners, Soc Monkey’s, The Communists, and Tasselled Wobbegong. Each team was also required to donate an item to Jenn’s House. The game was played 6v6. Congratulations to Manchester United who won the tournament!
The group was able to earn $250 of proceeds from the event, which included money from the tickets sold, the donations from each team, and money raised from selling the Olivia Hoeing famous chocolate chip cookies.  All of the proceeds were donated to Jenn’s house, which is located in Emmaus.  

When is Cinco de Mayo?

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By Paige Mathieu

Cinco de Mayo, unlike what some people assume, is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th. The fifth of May is a day to celebrate the day that General Ignacio Zaragoza fought and won the Battle of Puebla. Puebla, a state in Mexico, was invaded by the French army.  The battle lasted all day, and only 100 Mexicans had died, while almost 500 of the French army had died.  Since then, Cinco de Mayo has been commemorated as the day that Mexico won the Battle of Puebla.

Today, most Spanish-speaking countries do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Even in Puebla, people spend their day like they normally would, without a Federal holiday.  Often times, there may be a parade to celebrate the day or a reenactment of the events of the battle.  Cinco de Mayo has become a day mainly for Americans to celebrate Mexican culture.

On May 5th, people in America may enjoy Mexican food or listen to Mariachi music to celebrate the holiday.  Large cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, or Houston, may also hold large celebrations.  

To celebrate the day at the high school, students in both Ms. DosSantos’s and Ms. Cherry’s Spanish classes celebrated Cinco de Mayo by holding a small fiesta, which included many different foods from hispanic culture.  These dishes that ranged from guacamole to Mexican brownies.  

Twirlers Compete in Wildwood

By Paige Mathieu

On May 4th, the Salisbury High School and Middle School Twirling team traveled to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete in the Atlantic Coast Championships. This year’s high school team included Emma Bates, Alyson Godusky, Madison Herrmann, Kacy Roblyer, Katelyn Souder, Kalista Hadinger, Abbey Byrne, Bethany Hnatow, Emily Lamana, and Megan Leary.  Congratulations to the high school team who finished with a score of 89.5. The middle school team was also able to compete and win a score of 93.8 with a team that included Madison Ekdahl, Kyleigh Viscoso, Katelyn Csondor, Christina Do, Savannah Harford, Sugeiri Hernandez Cid, Emma Kichline, Isabel Moyer, Amaya Shelton, Eric Smith, Mia Bernard, Isabel Gaulano, Bryiah Ogolla, Alexis Stroble, and Paris Tran.

In twirling, the performers can be judged for general effect, movement and equipment.   General effect is the overall performance, including all of the elements. Movement is the choreography used, as well as how the performers move on the floor, and the equipment portion of the judging is how the performers used their batons and flags.  

On Thursday night the performers performed in the preliminaries for the chance to move on to the finals. Then on Saturday night, the team performed in the finals for the final time this year.

Bethany Hnatow, 9th grade twirler, says that going to Wildwood is different from other twirling experiences. The team is able to come together better, since they spend four days together at Wildwood. She also says that the actual performance is different because although the choreography stays the same, there is more pressure and larger crowds than there are at their usual performances. Megan Leary, also a 9th grade twirler, says that her favorite part of the trip is spending time at the boardwalk, and she enjoys the opportunity to spend more time with the twirling team.  

Senior Alyson Godusky won a scholarship at the regional championships in Souderton High School only a week before the Wildwood competition. Students who compete in the Tournament Indoor Association, are seniors, and are active in twirling are eligible to win a scholarship.  Alyson says she had to write an essay about how twirling has affected her life.  For her essay Alyson says, “I talked about how twirling equipped me with essential life skills and taught me valuable lessons over the last 10 years.”  Three seniors from Salisbury applied for the scholarship, as wells as more than 50 other twirlers.

Congratulations to the twirlers who won the Scholastic Twirlers World Championships and to Alyson Godusky!


Blood Drive

By Jocelyn Donaldson

On Thursday, April 27, there was a blood drive held during school which was open to all eligible faculty and students. This year, any 16 year old with their permission form filled out was able to donate. Also, for those looking to add a little color to your graduation cap and gown, you can sign up for the Miller Keystone’s Red Cord Program. If you have donated four times or volunteered at the blood drive four times, then you have the option to wear a red cord at graduation. However, your application must be in by May 15, which can be found at Laura Daher is one senior who donated this year. “It was interesting. It’s the first time I’ve ever done it and I’m glad I was able to donate to help out with those who need it.” She also mentioned she would be willing to donate again, as long as her iron levels don’t manage to get in the way like last year. Another senior to donate blood was Alex Diamond. “ I liked giving blood and then eating a lot of Oreo cookies afterward in the canteen.” He was able to donate in his sophomore year, but wasn’t able to donate in the fall this school year because they said he had too much iron. Abby Rapp also donated blood. “It was a great experience! Being able to donate blood made me feel great for being able to help people.” This was actually her fourth time donating blood, so she does have the option of receiving a red cord for graduation. Overall, the blood drive went pretty well, with 88 people donating blood and 66 pints of blood collected. According to Miller Keystone Blood Center, this was Salisbury’s best and largest blood drive. Emily Kiska, Melinda Rivera, and Jessette Long deserve a special thanks for all their hard work in making sure the blood drive ran successfully. Keep up the great work Salisbury and let’s aim to do even better next year.

United Airlines Scandals

By Lindsey Diamond

United Airlines have recently been involved in a couple of scandals that significantly altered their image. Situations consist of a men being stung by a scorpion, to unrightfully dragging a doctor off an overboard plane. Two huge scandals in one week does not paint United Airlines in the best light.

The largest controversy surfacing around United Airlines was a doctor being physically dragged off the plane due to overbooking. The process of overbooked flights consists of picking a passenger’s name from a computer that randomizes the names. Then after, the passenger is compensated money and offered a later flight. One person who was asked to remove themselves from the flight resisted, causing two police officers to physically pull him out of the airplane. The passenger screamed and laid himself out on the ground, yelling he was a doctor and he felt he was being targeted due to being asian. In contrary to this, overbooking is not illegal. Most airlines overbook in anticipation for no-shows and selecting passengers for removal based on criteria is allowed according to the US Department Of Transportation’s Fly-Rights.

The second situation that happened within a week to the overbooking issue was a scorpion stinging a passenger when he opened the overhead bin. The man attempted to pick the scorpion up by the tail, and it stung him. After he threw the scorpion into the aisle, the flight attendants quickly captured the scorpion and flushed it down the toilet. Because of the incident, United Airlines reached out and gave a compensation to the man that was stung. The terms of the compensation were not elaborated.

With two serious situations happening in a week within one another, the image of United Airlines has definitely been affected for the negative. United will have to work very hard in the future to regain the trust and good reputation it had before.  

Keystone Test Preparations in Place

By Alex Diamond

Keystone test preparations have concluded for the current school year. The stage is now set for the high stakes tests in English, Math, and Science that are mandatory for all students who want to graduate in the class of 2019 or later.

Some aspects of the preparations for Keystones have proven controversial. One element that often causes disarray are the amounts of time that teachers must focus on test preparation. Junior Samantha Haas does not like this emphasis on the test. “My graduation year does not have to pass them to graduate, so it means nothing to us.” Junior John Rodriguez also did not agree with the focus on it, but because the information on the test is already integrated into the curriculum. “Extra time does not help except when you don’t understand something you know is going to be on the test.” Sophomore Cathryn Fitzsimmons felt that teachers should go into a review right before the test.

The policy that limits electronics to the computer (while testing) and a calculator had more supporters than detractors, to an extent. Both Haas and Rodriguez thought that the policy was good for the test itself, but felt that they should be allowed after the test, because it staves off boredom and there is no way to cheat if the teachers already have packets. Fitzsimmons was more resolutely supportive of the policy. “Using electronics unrelated to the subject material can only impair the results of the test”.

The subjects offered on the Keystones include English, Biology and Math. Math seemed to be the hardest this year, with two of the three saying that was the hardest. Haas said that Math was the hardest. “It’s confusing.” Fitzsimmons also agreed that Math was the hardest, but English was the longest section. Rodriguez said that Biology was the hardest but the difficulty didn’t vary much for him.
If students who are in the Class of 2019 or later do not pass a Keystone subject on the first try, they must take tutoring during some of their Falcon Periods and retake the tests that they failed in either the winter or the spring of the next school year to be able to graduated. Students who have failed multiple times without significant improvement can also meet the requirement by completing a long-term project on the subject or by achieving select I.E.P. goals, provided they currently have or can qualify for an I.E.P. Fitzsimmons for one says that it’s a good idea, but there could be better ways of implementing it. “It’s a good way of reassuring the lessons got through to the students, but I’m not sure it’s the best way.”

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