CR South Honor Society members ‘Bring on the Books’ to underprivileged students

by June Portnoy

Council Rock High School’s National Honor Society kicked off the school year with a book drive that ran from September 2nd through September 11th, collecting 420 books in just nine days. These gently used children’s books were distributed to Pastorious Elementary School in Philadelphia to help restore its library.

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A recap of CR South’s 2013-2014 School Year

by Haniyyah Sardar, junior, Council Rock High School South

As the school year comes to a close, it is important to look back and reflect on all of the amazing achievements of the students of Council Rock High School South. From hosting their own Mini-THON to winning big at science fair, the students of CR South have gone above and beyond this past year in their endeavors.

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Skerdlant’s Shell participates in Relay for Life

Skerdlant’s Shell in Washington Crossing will help make a difference in the fight against cancer this year by participating in the Relay for Life of Newtown. The event will be held at Council Rock High School South on Sunday, June 8th from 9:30am to 9:30pm. Several Skerdlant’s employees will be taking part in the day’s walkathon.

In addition, Skerdlant’s is a proud bronze sponsor of the Relay for Life by generously donating $500 to this worthy cause. For more information about Skerdlant’s Shell, contact 215-493-4347.

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Matinee performance to benefit CR South grad

Council Rock High School South’s Golden Wings Theater Company (GWTC) will present a special matinee performance of “Curse of the Pharaoh’s Kiss” at the school on Saturday, June 7th at 2:00pm, proceeds of which will go to offset the uninsured medical expenses of CR South grad and former GWTC performer, Lauren Shevchek.

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CR South students win at PJA Science Fair

by Haniyyah Sardar, junior, Council Rock High School South

On February 22nd, 16 students from Council Rock High School South participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Fair. The students had been working on their projects for several months before competing in this regional fair. In total, South’s students earned 11 first place awards and five second place awards. Students conducted experiments in a variety of topics including biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and behavioral science.

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Holland resident Mike Callahan recently earned his Eagle Scout Award and was recognized in a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Mike, a member Boy Scouts of America Bucks County Council Troop 147 out of the Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, earned Scouting’s highest honor after successfully completing his Eagle service project, the design, construction and implementation of four “Little Libraries” throughout Northampton Township.

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Council Rock Mini-THON raises funds to fight pediatric cancer

by Mimi Rowland

When Lauren Shain went to the infamous “THON” at Penn State University, it changed her life, and then she changed the lives of others.

THON is a dance marathon fundraiser put on by Penn State to raise money to fight pediatric cancer. The atmosphere at THON gave Lauren such a great feeling that she wanted to bring it to Council Rock High School South, where she is a student. She shared her idea with Activities Principal Mr. Cassidy and the event was approved. South’s first-ever Mini-THON was born.

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CR South Orchestra hosts festival on May 3rd

Members of the public are invited to attend an extraordinary evening of music as the Council Rock South Orchestra hosts their 10th Annual Orchestra Festival on Saturday, the 3rd of May from 5:30pm until 10:00pm in the school auditorium, 2002 Rock Way in Holland.

This event showcases some of the best high school orchestras in Pennsylvania. Come for an hour or for the entire evening! Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 (adults) and $5 (students/senior citizens); food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.

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Farah Contractor gives back with blankets

by Haniyyah Sardar, junior, Council Rock High School South

Farah Contractor, a junior at Council Rock High School South, has taken her own experiences as a childhood cancer patient and turned them into a philanthropic effort. When Farah was 12-years-old she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s B-cell Lymphoma, and at 14-years-old she was diagnosed with secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia and spent the majority of 2010-2012 at the Cancer Center in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). While there, Farah recalls receiving blankets during her treatment and says that she loved getting them. Now, after she has completed her treatment, Farah has decided to bring other inpatients at CHOP the same joy she felt when receiving blankets.

This year, Farah started the Childhood Cancer Awareness Group at CR South, which aims to create fleece-tie blankets for in-patient children at the Cancer Center while spreading awareness for childhood cancer. According to Farah, the group is “all about making children at CHOP feel remembered and encouraged while they are dealing with the hardships of cancer treatment.” When reflecting on her own time at the Cancer Center and what these blankets meant to her she says, “It can get lonely inside of a hospital and I want [the children] to know that we are thinking about them.” She says that CHOP means a lot to her because of the “amazing staff and charities that helped relieve the stress” of her journey through cancer. Her determination to giving back in such a personal way has inspired many other students to join in on the efforts.

Although Farah is the leader of the Childhood Cancer Awareness Group and has been dedicated to giving other children the same experience she had when receiving blankets at CHOP, she insists that creating the blankets is really a group effort. She says she could have never done any of this without the help of Mrs. Karen Holloran, the group advisor, and her friends who helped spread the word about the group. Member Danielle Randall says that the Childhood Cancer Awareness Group has been “a great way to take a personal experience and turn it into something charitable.” She also thinks that the group is a great way for teenagers to give back to the community by helping out kids who are battling cancer.

The group first started fundraising for the blankets through a donation website where they raised over $900, surpassing the group’s original goal for the blankets.

The blankets were started in January, and Farah hopes that the group will complete them by April. They plan on making 40 to 50 blankets to donate to the children at CHOP.

Farah is determined to bring a little more light into the difficult lives of other childhood cancer patients and encourage them to keep fighting just like she did. Her efforts will not be forgotten by the children who receive these blankets or by the students at South who help create them.

PHOTO CAP: Farah Contractor

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visits CR South

by Haniyyah Sardar, junior, Council Rock High School South

On November 7th, members of CR South’s Political Science Club had the opportunity to listen to one of the nation’s Congressmen speak. Mike Fitzpatrick stopped by South to speak to the club’s members about a variety of pressing topics.

Many students came to the meeting, which led to a great turnout. The Congressman discussed many things, and everyone was able to take something away from his lecture. Mike Quaranto, president of Political Science Club, says that he found the Congressman’s discussion on the government shutdown very interesting, while Nadine Clopton, secretary of the club, was fascinated by the Congressman’s take on rising college expenses. All in all, students were exposed to many different pressing issues and were able to ask questions about them and clear up any uncertainty.

Congressman Fitzpatrick also allowed students to ask questions about what it is like to be a Congressman and work in the government. Mike says, “The meeting has impacted the club positively because no matter what our members’ political views, they now have a better understanding of what our elected officials do.” Nadine also adds that the meeting was very important to her because it “bridged the gap between the student population and the government.”

The Political Science Club at South a very important club to both Mike and Nadine, who are passionate about politics and enjoy discussing the topics in the club. Mike says that it is important for high school students to know about politics and develop their views because “they will be voters in a few years and it’s important that they are informed.”

In addition, the club is an open area where students can express their opinions freely while gaining a better understanding of the world.

Emily DeAngelis, vice president of the club, adds that the Political Science Club “offers a respectful atmosphere where we are free to teach each other, debate each other, and agree to disagree with each other.”

Nadine also adds that in the club “opinions are discussed with the hopes of furthering everyone’s understanding of our world.”

The Congressman’s visit provided great insight into the work of a US Congressman and helped students to become more informed about the nation’s government.

PHOTO CAP: From left, Mike Quaranto, Mr. Dave Jacoby (advisor), Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Nadine Clopton, and Emily DeAngelis

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