S-T-A-T-E-S. What does that spell?! STATES!

BY SAVANNAH MCDONNELL – Arts & Entertainment Editor

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The Lebanon Cedars Cheerleading Competition squad had exciting results after their competition, hosted at Central Dauphin East High School, on December 12th. They’re going to States!

In order to get into States, the squad had to place in the top 16 in Districts, a competition used to determine whether they’re going to States or not.

They placed 10th out of 21. This automatically guaranteed the squad a spot in States.

I was able to interview an LHS Cheerleader, senior, Amanda Ruiz, about the squad’s big achievement.

CT: How did you feel when you found out you placed in States?

Ruiz: When I found out we were going to States, I was very excited. We did so good, that as soon as we ran off the mat, I automatically knew we had a spot.

CT: What did you personally, and as a team, do to get this far?

Ruiz: To get this far, we’ve had 3 to 4 hour practices every Saturday morning, and if we could squeeze in a day during the week, we tried to. We just gave it our all this season, and we succeeded.

CT: What will you, as a team, do to keep pushing forward this season?

Ruiz: We need to keep motivating each other to do better and if we don’t hit a stunt, we need to realize that it’s okay. As long as we try, that’s what counts.

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The team started practicing back in September to get their routine down.

States are going to be held January 29th, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Our Lebanon Cedars will be performing at 5:30

If you see a Lebanon High School cheerleader, wish them the best of luck at their competition next week! They deserve our cheering after all they’ve done to motivate us.

The Most Important Meal of the Day

BY KIAYA SECHREST – Editor-in-Chief

On Friday, January 15th, Mr. Seyfert’s AP Psychology class had an unusual first period. Earlier that week, we as a class decided Friday morning would best be spent cooking breakfast and enjoying it with Mrs. Heckard’s Life Skills class.

Mrs. Heckard was kind enough to let us use the kitchen inside the Life Skills room, where we all stumbled in at 7:55, still half-asleep and mumbling our hellos, each of us holding a bag of supplies that we were designated to bring.

However, each of us quickly realized this wouldn’t be a calm morning, as Mr. Seyfert already had hash browns and ham on the stove and was yelling orders at us as we walked in the door, all before we could even say the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Eggs, hash browns, ham, bacon, freshly sliced fruit, blueberry and chocolate pancakes were all hurriedly (and messily) made by our class, the finished dishes being passed off to Life Skills students to place on our makeshift buffet table in the cafeteria. Once the last pancakes were flipped and cooked, we all headed over to begin our meal and found that a few Life Skills students and their aids had set up balloons and decorations to surprise Mrs. Heckard for her birthday, which was one of the sweetest things I have ever seen.

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Our two classes intertwined into one as we all ate and talked around the table, as the sound of our laughter leaked out into the Atrium. First period came and went as we continued to dine inside the cafeteria.

After we had all finished, a Life Skills student, Juan, decided it was a good time to break out his guitar and we all gathered around him to listen. He put on a mini-concert for us, including a belted rendition of “Happy Birthday” that we all joined in on.

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The rest of second period was spent cheering on Juan as he performed solo acts and sometimes called a friend in to perform with him. Although we eventually had to all go back to our classes, the smell of my favorite meal, breakfast, lingered with me for the rest of the day (literally in my hair and clothes).

Any preconceived thoughts I had about the Life Skills class quickly vanished. The students in this class are really just like anyone else in the school, maybe even a little kinder, and should be treated as such.

Now when our two classes see each other we will all say hello and recall the morning we spent cooking breakfast instead of learning about Sigmund Freud and his psychoanalytic theory.

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Senior of the Week

BY AMELIA KUHNSports Editor

Kaylee Hinzman has been selected as the Senior of the Week.

Hinzman is the daughter of Stacey Hinzman and Wayne Glass. She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, until she moved to Lebanon and attended Southeast elementary school.

In her free time Hinzman enjoys hanging out with her friends, cooking, and shopping. Her favorite class at LHS is Creative Foods.

Next year, Hinzman plans on attending Tampa University to study forensic science. Her mother will also be making the move to Tampa with her.

Tampa was always her first choice school and she is excited about moving to a new place.

Hinzman wants to study Forensic Science because crimes scenes and crimes in general have always sparked an interest in her.

After college, Hinzman hopes to find a job and settle down in Florida. Good luck, Kaylee!

Places Everybody!

BY CHASSITY AGOSTO– Staff Writer

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Lebanon High School hosts a yearly spring musical. This year our musical will be Aida.

Aida is a show with music composed by Elton John, lyrics written by Tim Rice and originally produced by Walt Disney Theatrical. The original book for the production was written by David Henry Hwang, Linda Woolverton, and Robert Falls.

According to the, Broadway Musical Home website, the plot behind Aida is a love story. Egypt and Nubia give birth to a star-crossed love affair between Aida, the captured princess of Nubia, and Radames, the Egyptian captain who enslaved her people.

With both of their love and responsibility at odds, they must decide whether or not they should follow their hearts or lead their people.

Make sure to check out the list of people who received the lead on stage:

Aida…Paige Hall

Radames…Gian Fabian

Amneris…Natalie Payne

Mereb…Charles Hildebrand

Nehebka…Melanie Skylakon

Zoser…Josh Martinez-Santos

Pharaoh…Adam Burgis

Amonsaro…Isaiah Fenstermaker

Featured Vocalist…Mary Pagan

I received the luxury of interviewing Aida’s lead, Paige Hall.

CT: Knowing that you were hoping for Aida, how did you feel when you discovered your lead role as Aida?

Hall: I was really excited and I actually cried a bit; it was happy tears.

CT: How comfortable are you singing in front of everyone at an actual performance?

Hall: Not very comfortable right now, but as I get more practice, I’ll probably feel a little more comfortable.

CT: Who is your musical role model?

Hall: Idina Menzel.

CT: How long have you been involved with the musicals?

Hall: Since my 8th grade year.

I also got the chance to interview, Gian Fabian, who received the male lead of Radames.

CT: How nervous do you feel singing in front of everyone at an actual performance?

Fabian: Compared to how I felt in my sophomore [year], not very nervous at all. Yes, there are jitters but that’s only on the first performance.

CT: How long have you been involved with the school’s musical?

Fabian: Since my 8th grade year. I’m currently still involved with the school musicals. I have loved every minute of it.

CT: Was this the role that you originally wanted?

Fabian: Yes, Radames was my one and only desired role. I worked very hard to earn it and it paid off.

CT: How did you feel when you got the luxury to play him?

Fabian: I feel that I am not only a lead role, but also a leader amongst the whole cast. I was picked for this role for a reason and it’s my duty, especially as a senior, to prove myself. It’s an honor to hold an important role.

Everyone in this musical production has put a lot of time and effort into the show, so don’t forget to check it out.

Dates for Aida are March 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. The prices are not yet determined; however, it will most likely be the same prices as last year.

Tickets at the door will be $15 per adult and $8 per student. Pre-sale tickets will be $12 per adult and $6 per student.

It’s, “Written In The Stars,” for you to come watch Aida.

Operation Santa

BY DEVIN TURNER – Feature Editor

th.jpgToys for Tots is a program that helps families who are less fortunate than others and cannot afford gifts for Christmas. According to Wikipedia, the program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.

Every year, Lebanon High School students have a chance to participate in the Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots program has received outstanding notable achievements throughout history.

According to the Toys for Tots Foundation, the Toys for Tots program has been a top rated charity, since 2001. The program continues to meet all 20 standards established by the Better Business Bureau WiseGiving Alliance.

The mission of the program is straightforward: to give families in need support and to provide presents for their child or children. Donations can be made simply by buying newly purchased toys to the program to help bring the holiday cheer to several families.

Aside from Toys for Tots, Operation Santa is a program that works with Toys for Tots to provide food for the less fortunate. These two programs are well-known and have helped many families just in time for Christmas.

Lebanon High School students should take the opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need. Distributing toys and food to others will put a smile on their face, as well as yours.

For Lebanon High School students, signing up is fast and simple. Go to room L-207 and get the permission slip(s). Pick a day or two when you wish to distribute toys and food.

Signing up for Toys for Tots is a great way for Lebanon High students to give back and improve the reputation of Lebanon School District.

Getting to Know Your Technology Coach: Mr. Musser

BY KIAYA SECHREST – Editor-in-Chief

The first day I met Mr. Zach Musser was two years ago in my 10th grade English class. Here he came in the form of a teacher, who’s first request for the class was to draw a pig on a piece of paper, “any way you want to.”

Despite our confusion and questions, Mr. Musser waited patiently while we all finished our pig masterpieces (some better than others), and eventually revealed the purpose of drawing in an English class.

He explained to us that these were actually personality pigs that may or may not reveal something about each of our personalities; for example, if the pig was drawn more towards the top of the page the artist may have been more optimistic, towards the bottom they may have been more pessimistic, and if it was centered they might have been considered a realist. For the rest of that trimester my personality pig, along with the rest of the class’s, were proudly displayed on the wall inside Mr. Musser’s classroom, possibly revealing an inner truth about each of us.

Today, I see Mr. Musser with a laptop in hand literally everywhere he goes, supposedly working on a very important task. Luckily, the Technology Coach was able to spare a few minutes between fighting off the Internet zombies.

 

CT: Where did you grow up?

Musser: I grew up in Palmyra.

CT: What was your favorite thing to do as a kid?

Musser: Hm… Play capture the flag across the whole neighborhood, for sure.

CT: What high school did you attend?

Musser: Palmyra High School.

CT: What was your favorite subject growing up?

Musser: Well, in elementary school I really liked science, and I wanted to be a scientist until probably going into high school, but then when I took Chemistry and Physics and there was so much math involved, I hated both of those subjects. I always liked English though.

CT: How long were you a teacher?

Musser: This is my tenth year, so I taught nine years and then switched to this.

CT: Where did you go to college and what did you study?

Musser: I went to Millersville. I got my Bachelor’s of Science and Education in English/ Language Arts.

CT: Did you take any other classes to reach the position you’re in now?

Musser: Well, I took a Classroom Technology Master’s degree through Wilkes University. Right now I’m taking my Instructional Technology degree through Wilkes as well. So all those classes are really focused on what I’m doing right now, which is Technology support.

CT: What do you do on a daily basis now as a Technology Coach?

Musser: On a daily basis I spend probably equal time either here or at the middle school and I divide my time between just teacher’s preps, talking with them about planning and how they can use different technologies, or what they want to do, or how things are going in their room with hybrid teaching. Then I also spend some time actually in the classrooms, just kind of observing the kids and the teacher and writing up notes and giving feedback. Any spare time I spend troubleshooting technology issues.

CT: Is there something you miss most about teaching?

Musser: I miss the relationships with the students really. It was strange this year not getting to know eighty or a hundred new kids. You kind of see students a little differently in this position, and they see you differently, and it’s nice in one way in that they’re willing to share with you a little more, if they don’t know you as a teacher, you know you’re not the hammer, the disciplinarian, so they kind of open up with you from time to time. But you don’t get to know them as well.

CT: Is there something about teaching that you’re glad you don’t have to deal with anymore?

Musser: (smiling) Grading.

 

Although there never ended up being a Dr. Musser the Mad Scientist, we should all be a little thankful for Mr. Musser the English teacher, and now Technology Coach.

Because the Technology Coach job is currently only a one-year position, there are multiple possibilities for where he might end up next year. Whether in the classroom as a teacher or an advisor, Mr. Musser is sure to add life, and a little bit of insight, to any role he is in.

Passing on the Editorial Torch: From Molly Foster to Kiaya Sechrest

BY MOLLY FOSTER Editor-in-Chief

I can advocate the fact that time surely does fly, as I sit here composing my final article for The Lebanon Cedar Times. My days here at Lebanon High School are quickly drawing to a close, and I encourage all of you to seize the moments presented to you everyday; enjoy the highs and lows of your high school years, because soon, sooner than you know it actually, you too will be faced with the end of one part of your life, as you graduate into far bigger things.

Over my three years of involvement in the school newspaper here at LHS, I have explored the many aspects of journalism, developed and sharpened my writing skills, and somewhere along the way, have fallen in love with the written word. This class managed to lead me in the direction of my future, as I realized that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life—to write, and to be a voice for the people.

Throughout my journalism experience in high school, my staff and I have developed a close-knit bond, almost like that of a family. I particularly grew close to Mrs. Megan Heefner, the journalism class advisor; I almost looked at her as a second mother at times as she motivated me, connected with me on a personal level, and left a mark on me as we formed a bond that I have never had with another teacher throughout my education thus far.

This class not only pushed me as a writer to think outside of the box, but it also encouraged me to look at myself as an individual outside the box as well, and not to make limitations for myself. I also had the privilege to watch my staff writers develop immensely under my wings.

My LHS experience may be nearly over, but what I learned along the way and the bonds that were formed, will surely be things that will live on with me in the future.

I wish all of my fellow staff, those who will be graduating with me, and those who will be continuing to spread the news of The Lebanon Cedar Times in their upcoming high school years, best wishes and the best of luck in achieving their biggest dreams, goals, desires and aspirations. I am now officially passing my figurative editorial torch for The Lebanon Cedar Times, to my fellow staff member, Kiaya Sechrest. Kiaya has displayed integrity and determination as she crafts her articles, and I have no doubt that as I leave, she will continue to lead the paper to prosperous things.