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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CR North’s National Honor Society hosts volleyball tournament for charity

by Athul Rajesh, junior, Council Rock High School North

Bump, Set, Spike! On May 29th, Council Rock High School North’s National Honors Society (NHS) hosted its annual Volleyball Tournament. By 6:00 the gymnasium was filled to the brim with confident grins and raucous shouts, all vying for the top prize.

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Things I will miss about Pennsbury High School

by Audrey Deng, senior, PHS

  • The cathedral bell at East, which releases students from period to period with its mighty toll. I doubt I will ever hear another sound akin to this campanological wonder.

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NHS honors students joining the armed forces

by Shealyn Miles, senior, Neshaminy High School

On May 23rd, the community gathered in the Neshaminy High School hub to honor those students committed to future employment in the armed services. Family, friends, students, teachers and administrators came to show their support, in addition to military leaders and local congressmen.

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Holocaust survivor shares his memories at MHS

by Brittany Ramirez, senior, Morrisville High School

There was complete silence while David Tuck spoke to the student body of Morrisville High School on May 23rd. The entire audience was captivated and heartbroken for this Holocaust survivor from WWII. For over an hour and a half the humble and humorous gentleman told his story from the time of his birth to when he was released from one of the most infamous concentration camps where he had to lie about his age and become a mechanic in order to live.

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CB West student-athletes head to college

by Sami Evans, senior, Central Bucks High School West

As the school year comes to a close, there is only one thing on seniors’ minds: college. And for some student-athletes at Central Bucks High School West, the excitement has already begun, as they look forward to continuing to play their sport throughout college.

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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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Council Rock North Orchestra tours Costa Rica

by Patrick Mulcahey, junior, Council Rock High School North

From February 8th to February 16th, the Council Rock Orchestra toured Costa Rica, giving concerts and absorbing the culture. The group traveled to San José, the capital of the country, to Arenal, a resort town located around the rainforest and an active volcano, and to Punta Leona, a beach village.

This long awaited trip was announced last year and was highly anticipated by both its members and the school community. As soon as the trip was announced, massive fundraising efforts began to try to cut the cost of the trip. The orchestra held multiple car washes, sold food products, and hosted many pancake breakfasts.

With much preparation came much excitement, and despite almost a whole week of snow days, the orchestra arrived at 2:00am sharp on February 8th at North to begin the long journey that lay ahead. The orchestra had two flights: Philadelphia to Houston and then Houston to San José. On arrival to San José, perhaps the greatest change was the weather: gone were the days of snow and cold; warm, balmy days had arrived.

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, is the major metropolitan center of the country. Here, the orchestra toured a coffee plantation to learn about the country’s most prized export, hiked on one of the local volcanoes, had a walking tour of the city, and gave two concerts. At their first concert, the orchestra had the opportunity for some local interaction when they played a piece written by a Costa Rican composer side-by-side with a Costa Rican youth orchestra comprised of high school-aged musicians.

After four days in San José, the orchestra traveled to Arenal, a town at the foot of an active volcano. In Arenal, the orchestra took a suspended bridges tour of the rainforest canopy, ziplined, and enjoyed the natural hot springs near the volcano. It was in La Fortuna, a town very close to Arenal, that the group gave its last concert of the tour in the local church whose acoustics were unsurpassed in quality.

The orchestra’s last destination was Punta Leona. It goes without saying that it was paradise there with white sand beaches, clear blue water, and warm temperatures. Here, the orchestra enjoyed the last few days of their trip. This was short-lived, as February 18th was the day to travel home, to return to school and (of course) the snow.

Senior Jason Clibanoff, primary trombone for the orchestra and three-year veteran, remembers the trip quite fondly, “I am so glad that I was able to travel with the music program again; I traveled with the band to Argentina my freshman year, and to travel with the orchestra this year was another great opportunity.” The opinions of other orchestra members are much the same. Costa Rica was a great opportunity to spread the musical passion of North and to learn about other cultures. 

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Dasia Pressley pushes ahead at state championships

by Natalie Pietrowski, freshman, Neshaminy High School

March 1st brought a new month and excitement for the overly anticipated season of spring. And this year it also produced unforgettable moments for the Neshaminy High School Winter Track team. Records were broken and dreams became reality at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) Indoor State Championships at State College, PA. 

Neshaminy’s own Dasia Pressley ran the 200-meter dash and not only placed first, capturing the title of PA State Champion, but also qualified for nationals. With a record-breaking time of 24.42 seconds, she is ranked fifth in the entire nation. It is the first time in Neshaminy history a sprinter has done this well. “It’s a great feeling and something I will never forget,” Dasia said. 

Pressure was high at the state competition, but Dasia kept calm and kept the faith. “I just prayed and remembered that I deserved to be here like every other girl. It still hasn’t really hit me how serious this is,” she said. Dasia also ran in the women’s 60-meter dash and placed third. Her time of 7.66 seconds is currently the new Winter Track record.

It wasn’t just the 200-meter champ who set new records on the track at Penn State; many other competitors gave it everything they had and left it all on the track that day. High jumper Lisa Patterson finished 15th overall, with a total height of 1.52 meters. Lisa was just a few inches shy of beating the school record. Junior Alyssa Zukowski also finished the season nicely placing seventh overall in the 60m hurdles. With a time of 9.15 seconds, Alyssa now holds the school record.

The 4×200 meter relay team made up of Dasia, Cheyenne Oswald, Alex Jackson and Saloni Hebron finished ninth overall with a time of 1 minute and 45.63 seconds.

Moving from ninth to fifth place in the nation in just one year takes as much motivation as it does dedication, and no one knows this the way Dasia does. She admitted that when she got comfortable she wasn’t working as hard as she wanted to. She decided to step things up and take it more seriously.  “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” she said, explaining her motivation.

The sprinter is already planning to qualify for outdoor state championships and hopes to win big again. “My goal for spring is to maybe win state champ again in the 200 and even place in the 100,” she said.

“Work hard, and never get comfortable because there is always someone out there trying to take your spot,” Dasia said, advising other athletes. “Always stay humble and never arrogant, because attitude is everything.”

PHOTO CAP: Dasia Pressley

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Bringing New Hope to Texas’ third smallest town

by Josh Searle, freshman, New Hope-Solebury High School

Mask & Zany, New Hope-Solebury High School’s renowned theater club, is taking the audience into the quaint Texas town of Tuna in their latest theatrical endeavor. Certain members of the club are currently tackling (fish pun intended) the straight play of “Greater Tuna,” a comedy following the lives of Tuna’s less than normal residents. In New Hope’s production of the play, there are only five cast members portraying Tuna’s entire population consisting of over 20 wacky characters. The cast members change costumes and personalities faster than a jackrabbit runs from a coyote in this hilarious send-up of small town morals. If satires and farces are your type of comedy, you will find endless enjoyment and hilarity in the antics of Tuna’s citizens.

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