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Editor’s Note: The shutdown ended shortly after this opinion piece’s submission. 

By Justin Burkhardt

The government shutdown has entered day 34, making it the longest shutdown in history by 12 days. The previous record for the longest shutdown occurred during Bill Clinton’s presidency. That one lasted from December 15, 1995, through January 6, 1996. There is no clear way out of it as of now.

By Gabriella Lozada

Pictured: Twirlers attended an escape room as a team bonding activity. Photo courtesy of Emma Kichline

In the beginning of November, all the Salisbury twirlers unite for tryouts for the winter competition season. The twirlers are split into two teams based on their ability and grade. This year there are 12 girls on the senior team, which includes one 8th grader and a range of girls between 9th and 12th grade. The team is run by the seniors. The team is coached by Coach Chrissy, Coach Julie, and Coach Lynn. The twirlers began preparing for their competitions in November. Their annual indoor competition is this weekend on January 26th at Salisbury High School.

By Elizabeth Sirianni

The 6th annual “Be Cool for Our School” Polar Plunge is this Saturday. The event will benefit Marian Catholic High School. The plunge takes place at Mauch Chunk Lake in Jim Thorpe and registration is open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Those who register first will start plunging at 12:00 p.m. However, you also have the option to register as a “Chicken” instead, meaning you will be supporting the cause but staying dry at the same time. All registers must be 18+ except for students of Marian High School. There is no fee for anyone who only wants to spectate the event.

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.