By Gabriella Lozada

On December 19,2018, the freshman class elected their class officers. They a class president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The new class President is Naiya Schankowitz and her supporting vice president is Madison Bryant. The class treasurer is Christina Do; the class secretary is Nevaeh Eck-Shade. Many do not know the roles and the importance of these new class leaders. Here is a short synopsis of each role.

By Haroula Barbounis

Adapted into a movie on Netflix, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy is a book that addresses many insecurities that girls grapple with today. Self-confidence and being true to yourself are the two of the many themes in the book, which causes it to be engaging as well as empowering. The main character in the novel, Willowdean Dickson, is our plus-size heroine, who enters the local pageant in hopes of taking a stand in her small Texan town. Which oh-so-happens to be run by her beauty queen mom. Friendships are formed and tested as we see Willowdean, aka Will, show her town that it’s not all about having a Barbie-like body.

By Zach Peace

Every year students obsess over the weather in the winter. Every freshman turns into a junior meteorologist and tries to figure out exactly when and how our school schedule will be interrupted by snow days, early dismissals and 2-hour delays. So, in the spirit of trying to avoid going to school in the winter, we decided to take a look at our winter break this year.

By Gabriella Lozada

This week is Red Ribbon week; this celebration runs from October 29th to November 2. Red Ribbon week is an alcohol, tobacco, drug, and violence prevention campaign that is held and celebrated during the month of October. During this week, schools hold days where students may dress up and be informed of the history of this week and are encouraged to say no to drugs and alcohol. This week is also held in honor of Enrique Camarena. His story sparked several movements, support groups, and campaigns across the country that promote the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.

By Elizabeth Sirianni

Key Club is taking gift card donations for the Lehigh Valley Humane Society, which is a local animal shelter that takes in a wide range of animals. The gift cards can be worth any amount and can be from any pet store or grocery store. The cards will be dropped off to the Humane Society at the end of the month and will be used to help feed the 70 beagle puppies that they have recently taken in. The cards will also go towards the multiple birds, reptiles, and pigs that have been taken in after living in deplorable conditions. As of now the pigs are being housed at a volunteer’s house and the reptiles are waiting to be identified by experts. For both SHS teachers and students who are interested in donating, all gift cards can be given directly to Mrs. Hutchinson-Birk in room 138 during Falcon Period, or they can be placed in the envelope in the mailroom.

By Haroula Barbounis

The Model UN training session took place on Monday, October 15th, 2018. Students in Model UN were able to miss their classes for the day, given that their meeting was at Wyomissing Area High School. And before we jump into the trip, what is Model UN? Kaitlyn Macauley, a member of Model UN, had plenty to say on the subject. “It is like a form of debate. But you do debate as a team and it’s less formal. And you represent a country. For example, all the countries debate on an issue on, say, human trafficking, and each country develops its own opinion on it and they voice that opinion to the other countries. Then, at the end they all come to some sort of agreement.”