CR North students ‘hooked’ on helping

submitted by Emily Schmidt, junior, Council Rock High School North

Much to many students’ dismay, a new school year has begun. Every year, the number of clubs at Council Rock North grows as students become increasingly creative with their ideas. From Doctor Who Club to Spanish Club, North seemed to have it all, but it was lacking in one area: a place for yarn-lovers. Those who love to create almost anything using simply a ball of yarn and a hook or a set of needles had nowhere to turn. Determined to bring these students together, sophomore Emily Schmidt founded FCCLA’s newest addition, Sew Hooked on Helping, in the 2013-2014 school year.

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The future of the millennials

submitted by Sienna Lee, junior, New Hope-Solebury High School

The question of whether or not the millennials are a generation of narcissists has recently been in the public spotlight. The millennials are the generation of people that are now in their teens and 20s, also known as Generation Y. This generation – the one my classmates and I are a part of – is currently taking a lot of criticism.

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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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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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