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!


Salisbury Students Host Second Annual 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 Ms. 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 Monkeys, The Communists, and Tasselled Wobbegong.  Each team was also required to donate an item to Jenn’s House.  The game was played 6 v 6.  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.  

Season Starts Early for Falcon Football

By CJ Wittman

Along with the rain and flowers that spring brings us, football is not far behind.  After lifting all winter, the Salisbury Falcons will finally get to get back in the pads soon.  With only 10 days left of full lifting ending on May 23rd, they will relax through Memorial Day Weekend, and transition into spring practice May 30th.

Returning senior quarterback Cameron Vaka says spring ball is going to be a learning period for the team, as the offense is being changed from the triple option, back to the wing-T.  Vaka claims that just getting back out there is the best part, and puts him back in the football mode.  

Another returning starter Thomas Jones, who played middle linebacker also had some things to say about spring ball coming.  “Everyone should start to learn the plays and their primary positions, so that when doubles and summer practice come around we are ready”.  Jones is looking forward to getting back together with the team and just getting out there.

With some coaching staff changes and a whole different look on offense, the Falcons will have some work to do when spring ball comes around.

Salisbury Baseball Senior Night vs. Catasauqua

By Alex Glenn

After the traditional Senior Night Ceremonies involving Collin Wagner, Blake Jones, Ryan Misiura, Damein Casanova, Peter Forestieri, and Eric Pennella, Andrew Sukanick would head to the mound to start off the matchup between the falcons and the Rough Riders.

The first couple innings would result in no score for either side, then at the bottom of the 3rd the falcons took flight. After Catty going three and out in the top, Salisbury would score 4 runs which would result in the first lead of the night.

The 4th inning would result in 2 more runs for the falcons after another Catasauqua shutout. The Falcons would score yet again in the 6th making the score 7-0. The Falcons would then shutdown down Catty yet again in the 7th making the final score 7-0 Salisbury.

Pitcher Andrew Sukanick would throw a shutout with only allowing 3 hits on the whole night. On the offensive side of things, 1st baseman Damein Casanova would go 3 for 3 at the plate making his senior night a night to remember.

Nocerino Comes With Experience and Excitement for Math

By Alex Diamond

Marilyn Nocerino, the new math teacher at Salisbury High School has had many years of experience in Salisbury Township and other school districts. However, most of her time was spent in special education. “I started in Easton Middle School as a Learning Support Teacher for 5 years for grades 5-7. I then moved to Parkland High School as a Learning Support Teacher for 5 years for grades 9-10. I was at Western Salisbury for 11 years, first as a Learning Support Teacher and then as IST (Instructional Support).”

Nocerino decided to go to the high school as a math teacher because she missed teaching high school since she moved to the elementary level and liked the comparative independence of the high schooler. Math is also one of her favorite subjects. “I love to see how everything in the world is interrelated with math and embedded.” She is teaching Alg/Geo I, Algebra I, and Algebra II for the rest of this school year and feels she has transitioned well into her role. “Everyone has been really kind and the students have been great.”

Outside of school, Nocerino likes to read and do many activities with her husband and two sons. “We do a lot of hiking and outdoor time.” She advises students to work hard and persevere whenever they can. “It will serve you well for the rest of your life.”

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 http://www.giveapint.org/HighSchoolCordProgram. 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.

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