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Dear Readers, Enclosed within these pages, you will find the winners of Lancaster Newspapers’ 30th Annual NIE Week Design an Ad & Journalism Contests. The purpose of this special section is to promote literacy, to showcase outstanding student writing and graphic ability, and to recognize classroom teachers for their efforts and encouragement to the next generation of creative thinkers. The printing of this 40 page-page special supplement is made possible due to the financial support of 28 local businesses listed on the back cover of this section. Many of these advertisers support this project year after year. We are grateful for the encouragement they give to the young artists that compete in our Design an Ad Contest. More than 1700 students from Grades 2 to 12, in 110 different classes in public, private, and home schools submitted hand-drawn and computerdesigned ads for the Design an Ad Contest. Each class was assigned one of the twenty-eight advertisers, who in turn, selected the ad which would represent their own business in this special section. Roughly 2200 students participated in our Journalism Contests. More than 150 classrooms submitted entries for our Illustrating Headlines (grades K-1), Writer’s Choice (grades 2-5), News Feature (grades 6-8), Editorial (grades 9-12) and Photojournalism (grades 7-12) categories. Our literacy partner, the Lancaster-Lebanon Reading Council (LLRC) tackled the task of selecting approximately ten finalists from each grade level in each category of the Journalism Contest. The LLRC, in collaboration with the editorial staff judged the finalist entries and selected the winners that you’ll find within these pages. You, the readers, will see the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention places. Additionally the NIE staff gave the teachers the option of selecting one entry from each of their classes which they thought deserved special recognition in the final publication if the piece was not selected as a finalist. Each year the LLRC and the Intelligencer Journal / Lancaster New Era hosts a reception for the 1st place Journalism and Design an Ad winners. Turkey Hill Dairy as well as the LLRC generously provided the refreshments for this reception. The Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. is proud of all of the entries and appreciates the efforts and enthusiasm of both the students and teachers who spend countless hours brainstorming, editing, and submitting their work. Please turn the pages and enjoy the creativity and talents of our local students.

Stop the Cycle of Abuse
Every day more than four children in the United States die as a result of child abuse (“National Child Abuse Statistics”). Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level and across all races, religions, and cultures. This abuse needs to be terminated in order to uphold the standard morals of society. Statistics indicate that 30% of parents who were abused as children will later abuse their own children1. Individuals who were abused as children need to be taught proper parenting skills or else the cycle of abuse will continue. Psychologists have determined that in a child’s first year of life he or she needs to be able to trust his or her caregiver. A child who is abused never develops this trust and can grow up with emotional and psychological distress. In fact, about 80% of 21 year olds who were abused as children are diagnosed with at least one psychological disorder1.

KRISTIN KURJIAKA GRADE 12 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

Child abuse can emotionally and psychologically alter children for life. Abused children are nine times more likely to commit crimes1. Some believe that the government should not spend additional money on intervention programs, but adults who have faced a lifetime of abuse need to learn proper parenting skills so that their children will not face the same abuse. First time parents should be required to take parenting classes in order to learn techniques to raise well-adjusted children. These classes should continue as the child grows and enters different developmental stages. These interventions will ensure that future generations of children will grow up in a safe and healthy environment. If parents are taught how to raise their children properly, this cycle of abuse will be broken.
WORK CITED 1 “National Child Abuse Statistics.” Child Help. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013. childhelp-usa. com/pages/statistics.

Marketing & Events Specialist Lancaster Newspapers Inc.

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Music Piracy:
Hurting More Than You May Believe
Music Piracy is defined as any act in which you illegally obtain music, whether it be an album or a song, without paying for it. Music theft has drastically risen since the arrival of internet file sharing services such as Napster and Frostwire in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Many believe that music theft doesn’t hurt anyone, but that is simply not the case. Since the creation of Napster in 1999, music sales have dropped 53 percent in the United States. In a study completed by NPD, only 37 percent of music acquired in the United States has been legally obtained. This, in turn, hurts all of the people who have come together to create this piece of music. The artist, the songwriters, the producers, and countless others who are involved in creating music are hurt. In a study completed by the Institute of Policy innovation, it was shown that music piracy has led to the loss of 70,000 jobs in the industry, as well as 12.5
CAM HARTMAN GRADE 11 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

billion dollars lost from the US economy and 2 billion lost wages for employees of the companies who are releasing the music. From 2004 to 2009, nearly 30 billion songs were downloaded illegally, more than what Apple has legally sold in the entire company’s existence. Those who pirate music believe that since you can listen to songs whenever you want to on the internet, it is okay to download them to listen whenever you want. What these people do not realize is the lasting effect that piracy has on both the music industry and the United States economy. Piracy must be stopped before any more jobs are lost.
WORKS CITED http://www.riaacom/index.php news/1538108/itunes-crosses-25-billion-songssold-now-sells-21-million-songs-a-day

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Getting Started Earlier:
Multiple Languages
children not acquiring additional languages when they are that young? Knowing a variety of languages is very beneficial when entering adulthood. Being multilingual would make international travel and business much easier. Although this sounds great, many American schools do not start teaching additional languages until eighth or ninth grade. By that time, it is harder to memorize a subject as complex as a brand new language. If schools started teaching two or three languages in small doses to children when they enter kindergarten, the students will be able to absorb and understand all the When children are young, they absorb information that is all around them, and it sticks in their minds. Children tend to receive new information better than adults because adults use tactics they already learned to try to understand a new topic, whereas adolescents are better able to keep an open mind and take in the new information. They learn the alphabet before they enter kindergarten, and it stays with them for eternity. They learn the language native to them, and they continue to speak it forever, because once they learn new words, they become part of their life experience. So why are information with less of a struggle. There was a very informative documentary covering a new method of teaching children different languages. The featured family had different language speaking rooms in their home. As the family members entered the different rooms, they were required to speak a different language. It is ultimately the same concept that American schools should follow. America would be much more advanced if children graduated from high school being able to speak English, German, French, and Spanish fluently.
Die Zukunft, L’avenir, El Futuro, The Future

ALEESHA FEISTER GRADE 10 Pequea Valley HS Teacher: Aftan Fisher


Is Skinny Really Perfect?
“I seek your wisdom, your faith and your featherweight. I pledge to obtain the ability to float, to lower my weight to the single digits. I pledge to stare into space, to fear food, and to see obese images in the mirror. I will worship you and pledge to be a faithful servant until death does us part.” This is part of a poem posted onto a blog called “Thinspiration!” It was posted by a girl with anorexia, and the “person” that the poem is written about is anorexia itself. Blogs and websites like these encourage the deadly disorder and should be prohibited. “Pro Ana,” short for pro anorexia, websites are everywhere. They are mostly run by anorexics themselves, trying to motivate girls to starve themselves, saying things like “being thin is more important than being healthy” and “if you aren’t thin, you aren’t attractive.” This “Thinspiration!” blog is one of the first blogs that comes up when “Pro Ana” is searched. Of course, because of freedom of speech, those websites are not illegal, but they should be. They spark the flame. They teach people that being skinny by starving yourself is the most important thing. Many girls get an image in their head of what they want to look like and they will do almost anything to get there. Anorexia scars people and stays with them for the rest of their lives. Many people, even after going to rehab, still see themselves as fat, and a lot of times just end up going back to rehab. These blogs and websites teach them to hate everything about their body. Anorexia makes people self-conscious and it destroys any confidence they had in the first place. Anorexia is a physical illness just as much as it is a mental one. It eats away at the muscles in the body and when the person does eat, the body thinks its going to be starved again so it just stores it as fat right away. When there isn’t enough food in your body, it is very hard to do things because of the lack of energy. According to Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, it is common to have seizures, brittle nails and hair, intolerance of colds, dehydration, low blood pressure, constipation, and many more health issues. This disease is extremely unhealthy and dangerous. Anorexia is a mental and physical illness. Putting up blogs and websites on how to starve yourself is sick. These websites need to be shutdown.
WORKS CITED “Anorexia Symptoms and Effects.” Anorexia. Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, 2005. Web 17 Nov. 2013 Blanksteen, Jessica. “Thinspiration!”; Ana Tips and Tricks to Surviving Hunger Pains and Reaching Your Massively Important Goals. Blogger, 8 Dec. 2012. Web. 17 Nov. 2013. http://thinspirationisnecessary.blogspot. com/2012/12/ana-tips-and-tricks-to-survivinghunger.html

LAURA BUCKWALTER GRADE 9 Penn Manor HS Teacher: CeCe O’Day

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The 15 Year Old Chess Prodigy
TUNG DO GRADE 8 Centerville MS Teacher: Cristin Kramer

Known as the “Mozart of chess,” he earned the coveted title of grandmaster at just the age of 13, the 3rd youngest ever. Magnus Carlsen is the current #1 ranked chess player in the world. He earned the title of grandmaster after winning the Dubai Open Chess Tournament. Born in Tonsberg, Vestfold, Norway in March 31, 1990, he

started playing chess at the young age of 5. Fascinated, he began to study chess, 3-5 hours a day. It was evident that he was becoming good at the game, after doing well in even national tournaments. He had his first formal tutoring at the age of 12, by a Norwegian grandmaster, Simon Agdenstein. “In Norway, we are not good at many things, so when you win, you quickly become popular,” says Magnus. He began to gain attention in 2003. His father sold their family’s second car and gained a sponsorship from Microsoft. Magnus gained popularity when he won a Holland Grandmaster tournament in 2003. He gathered

even more attention by defeating former chess world champion, Anatoly Karpov in a tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland. He received his 2nd tutoring from another chess grandmaster, Garry Kasparov, in 2009. Under Kasparov’s tutelage, Magnus’s skill greatly increased, and he went on to win the Tal Memorial Chess Tournament, securing his position as world champion. Today, Magnus is still the world champion, and plans to keep it that way. However, he has also successfully pursued a career in modeling, bringing even more attention to the chess world.

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The First Noel
At American Music Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Snow is falling while children dressed in hats and mittens are engaged in a snowball fight. On a stage where toy soldiers, teddy bears and ragdolls come to life, the theater has found a way to include more than forty children in this year’s production of The First Noel. The children started rehearsals at the beginning of October. While in rehearsals, they learned more than ten musical numbers over the course of two and a half weeks. Pennsylvania labor laws state that a child can only be in two shows a day and eight shows a week. Since there are eleven shows a week, American Music Theater has split the children’s cast into two teams. The children were carefully chosen by Mathew Gotwalt, Andrea McCormick, and Missy Clayton of the American Music Theater. The show has a Celtic and woodland kind of feel to it. Between the evergreen trees, the forest animals, and the talented singers, dancers, and musicians, this is a place where children can be seen dancing on stage around Frosty the Snowman or in the aisles with woodland animals during the song, The First Noel. It is an amazing opportunity for these children to be able to use their talents and to work with such professional people in a show that brings great joy.

ERIN MARY LYNCH GRADE 7 St. Leo the Great Teacher: Ellen Tucker


A Person to Emulate
My team is sitting on the bench. The game is about to begin. As I’m called out, my mind wanders to the time I first stepped on the ice. I was a boy of five and never believed I would play on a real hockey team, but now I’ve proven that boy wrong. As I skate out, I think of my first hockey coach, Coach Ray. I wouldn’t be here without him.
STEPHEN SCHOUSEN GRADE 5 Buchanan ES Teacher: Lori Bergey

he never got angry. He is also thoughtful, giving everyone a water bottle filled with candy for Christmas. Finally, he knows how to handle tough situations, like the time my grandpa died. I was devastated. Then a letter arrived from Coach Ray telling me he was sorry for my loss and that he missed me at practice. I knew he really cared about me. Because of these qualities, I try to emulate Coach Ray. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a faceoff to take.

Coach Ray has been a great influence because he is always positive, calm and patient. He never yells or screams. When I was learning how to skate backwards he always told me what I did right. If we made a mistake during drills


Oh Deer!
Mom was driving, Dad was snoring loudly, we kids were watching our favorite movie. It seemed like a normal drive to Minnesota. Until...oh Deer! It wasn’t two or three along the side of the road; it was five or six bounding across the six lane highway in front of us! We thought they would keep on frolicking across the other side of the highway and disappear into the night. But...oh Deer! The deer circled back right smack toward us! Mom screamed and slammed on the brakes. Dad woke up. We just missed them. But...oh Deer! One of the female deer was hit in the lane next to us. Our van pulled over, Dad got out and walked back toward the dead deer. He heaved that dead deer off the busy highway. When he was finished, he needed thousands of baby wipes to clean off his bloody hands. We called the state police. We waited for a long while for them to arrive. Thankfully no one was hurt and we were allowed to leave. We were on our way again. Oh dear, I will NEVER forget that day.

CHLOE GARBER GRADE 4 Lancaster County Christian Teacher: Alecia Weaver

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Beautiful Breach
One quiet day on my trip to British Columbia, my family decided to go whale watching on the really tough current of the Pacific with a wonderful wind! So we drove to the bay and found guides to take us whale watching. We boarded a zodiac that felt small in such a colossal ocean. We drove out to sea and searched and searched and we saw many bears and eagles but no whales! When we were about to go back to the dock, a huge beautiful blue whale was breaching right before my eyes! It felt like I was flying alongside the whale and just then a rainbow came out from the sky! Nothing in my life has ever felt so natural. Our boat settled down and stopped for a while and watched the whale play with its mother. They were one large animal family sharing their play time with us. I could tell the whale was enjoying his day with his family as much as I was. Nothing could have been better. I’ve had many cool experiences but none as beautiful as this.

GEORGE FENIMORE GRADE 3 Buchanan ES Teacher: Lori Bergey


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SEAN MCALEER GRADE 2 Our Mother of Perpetual Help Teacher: Beth Eberly

The Surprise in the Pool
didn’t land on the ground! It landed in the pool! I was in a panic! I didn’t want to tell my Mom or I would get grounded. There was only one choice. I would go in the pool, but the water was freezing! I didn’t even have my bathing suit on! I climbed into the pool. I swam to the bottom. I grabbed the tennis ball and swam to the top. I jumped out of the pool. UH-OH! My Mom was watching the whole time! I’m going to owe her big time!

One day I was hitting tennis balls. Whack! Whack! I was hitting the balls with my tennis racket really hard! Then I got an idea! Maybe I could hit the ball as hard as I could and watch it fly into the sky! I took a ball, shut my eyes, and gripped my racket with all my strength. I was ready! I threw the ball into the air and WHACK! The ball went up into the air. Wow! I did it. I hit the ball into the sky. Uh-Oh! I think I hit the ball too hard. The ball came down super fast. To my surprise the ball

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A Collective Dream

Purple Heart returns to PA

SARA HERNANDEZ GRADE 1 Resurrection Catholic Teacher: Mandee Hatcher

PHOENIX AYER Grade K Resurrection Catholic Teacher: Kristy Legenstein

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Nyad swims into record books

Getting a handle on the dollars

NORA FEERRAR Grade 1 • Lancaster Mennonite—New Danville Campus Teacher: Jen Miller

JATNIEL AVILES Grade K • J.E. Fritz ES • Teacher: Sue Gehman


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ROB HOPKIRK GRADE 12 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

Fool’s Gold
need it the most and give it to the students that need it the least. The voucher system is a quick-fix solution that falsely appears to improve student performance while disempowering taxpayers and letting public schools crumble. These voucher funds could be the salvation of public school budgets. The government should discontinue the voucher program and bestow its funds on public schools. Then, America can stop handing out golden tickets to the few, and instead start making a committed effort to repair the schools that are open to all.
WORKS CITED Jennings, Jack. “School Vouchers: No Clear Advantage in Academic Achievement.” Huffpost Education. N.p., 11 July 2011. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. “School Voucher Debate.” NOW. PBS, n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.

to fund schools that do not conform to the standards integral to a solid American public education. Voucher supporters celebrate the improvement shown by voucher recipients. Countless studies, however, have concluded that there is no difference between the average test scores of public and voucher students. Additionally, the Center for Educational Policy has found that voucher recipients see “no clear positive impact” in any area of achievement when they move to private schools. With all the focus on voucher recipients, it is easy to forget the students who are left behind. As private schools fill up with self-motivated, middle class voucher recipients, public schools are left with disadvantaged or disabled students who cannot get into private schools. School vouchers siphon taxpayers’ dollars off from the students who

School vouchers are the golden tickets of modern America. They offer students the necessary tuition to trade failing public schools for successful private ones. The school voucher system is certainly well intentioned. Unfortunately, it is a government gaffe that undermines taxpayers, fails to improve student performance, and cripples public schools. Through their elected officials, taxpayers hold public schools accountable for their actions. Voucher students attend private schools that answer to boards and clients, not the government. The government should not use taxpayers’ dollars

ABBY SCHREDER GRADE 11 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

Good or Bad?
Just because the launch of Obamacare didn’t take off smoothly doesn’t mean the program itself is horrible. Let the affordable care act remain, but possibly make a few tweaks or changes to help people. Abandoning this act would only lead to more uninsured Americans paying their medical expenses out of pocket. With Obamacare more people are now able to live freely. And really isn’t that what being an American is about?
WORK CITED N.p., n.d. Web 6 Nov. 2013. http://www. US Department of Health and Human Service, n.d. Web 6 Nov 2013. healthcare/rights/.

that prohibit insurance companies from refusing to sell coverage or renew policies because of an individual’s pre-existing conditions.” Tens of millions of uninsured people will now get the chance to get affordable health care, but that does mean that higher earners will be taxed more. Essentially they’re helping people be insured. Why is that such a bad thing? The website debut and subsequent downfall have given many skeptics a cause to voice their concern. They might believe that just because a website doesn’t work, means that the system as a whole is going to be a failure. Thousands of people will now have insurance, and millions will now have insurance that is required to cover mental health, maternity care, and medical coverage.

As most Americans should know, the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare, hasn’t exactly been going smoothly. Many people have been unable to get health care because of technical difficulties on the website. But does that mean the bill should be repealed? This health care bill is, in its essence, a good thing. People should have health care that is at a reasonable price and covers all of their needs. In 2014, the health care law prohibits discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. According to, “The law implements strong reforms

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The Issue on Depression
CASSANDRA BOWLEN GRADE 10 Pequea Valley HS Teacher: Aftan Fisher

Depression is an unseen illness. A smile is usually worn to hide the true emotions of a person. It is like a shadow that follows you and weighs you down. It whispers in your ear all the flaws, and all the mistakes you have made. It changes your vision of the world around you. Depression is a major issue. The number of people diagnosed with this psychological illness increases by twenty percent per year. Eighty percent of people with depression are not getting any treatment for it. Depression is directly linked with suicide; fifteen percent of those who are clinically depressed commit suicide (“Depression Statistics”).

Some people see it as a weakness. People with depression are seen as a target. Experts say bullying is directly linked with depression. Other people though think that depression is nothing more than a trick on your mind. You think you are sad; therefore, you are sad. Depression is something you can “get over”. This is not the case. If you tell someone with depression to not be sad; it is like telling a dog to not bark. It is useless and ineffective. Those with depression need help. From personal experience, I know that someone being there for you is one of the best things to have. Those who suffer from depression should not be treated as a target, or talked to as if they can just be happy. They need understanding. They need someone who can be there for them. What we need to do is show those who suffer from this mental illness that we are here and we will listen to them.
“Unhappiness by the Numbers: 2012 Depression Statistics.” Healthlines RSS News. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.

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Wild Fire Smoke Threatens Health
TESS TOCZEK GRADE 8 Sacred Heart Catholic Teacher: Ann Weaver

Are you affected by wildfires? No? Think again. A study conducted over the past several years has shown that smoke from wildfires has drifted hundreds of miles across our nation. This polluted air causes respiratory problems such as asthma attacks, pneumonia, and worsening in previous lung conditions in areas far from the fire itself. “It affects a much wider range of the United State than people realize” said Kin Knowlton, a Columbia University health professor. The central US has been seriously hit by the pollution. Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma have had up to 50 days per year of high-density smoke. Illinois, a state with no actual wildfires inside its borders, had 12

million people affected by traveling fumes of these fires in 2011. That placed it as the second largest number of residents hurt by the noxious drifts after Texas. Climate changes are making our state more vulnerable to fires. Many professionals have reported that this issue will worsen if awareness and prevention isn’t immediate. Other than fumes, the immediate effects are dire. Wildfires cause about 339,000 deaths annually. They also amount to 3.5 billion government dollars yearly for costs of fighting, prevention and repairing damage from the fires. Although these fires spread quickly and consume more than 4,000,000 acres per year, many can be prevented. To help keep fires under control, always monitor open flame, don’t let young children near fire, and obey your local fire laws. This will help you protect your health and the health of others.

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School and Workplace Harrassment
NATE SHENK GRADE 9 Penn Manor HS Teacher: CeCe O’Day

Sit back and think about the people you care about: your friends, family, or possibly your spouse or children. Everybody hates to see them go through hard times and nobody likes to feel worthless. So why do we sit around and not take as much action as needed against harassment in our schools and workplaces? Harassment is a serious action that is a big problem in our everyday lives. We need to raise awareness and invest more money in harassment prevention. Not enough is done today to prevent harassment, and it continues to be a problem in our present day lives. How often do we see people getting harassed, and we just ignore them and don’t speak up? It isn’t

right to let the victims be treated that way with no help. Harassment is wrong, and it shouldn’t just be ignored like it’s not a big deal when it can severely affect our lives. As afraid as we are that becoming involved will just turn us into a target, isn’t it worth it to help a fellow student/co-worker? On Bully Statistics, a website that provides information about common bullying, they show that it is better to confront the issue in groups rather than doing it alone (“School Bullying”). If this is true, then why aren’t we using these solutions to fix the problem? Investing more money in harassment awareness would help raise our knowledge of it and help prevent it. If workplaces and schools invested in more harassment awareness, then productivity in both school and work would increase. According to Bullying Statistics, production would increase in businesses and other workplaces if harassment weren’t a problem because employees would not be as stressed and would feel more motivated to

work (“Workplace Bullying”). This can apply to both work and school by raising the desire to work and get tasks done. It would even make your work or school more appealing to go to if people were friendlier, and harassment wasn’t a common issue. Everywhere harassment is negatively affecting kids and workers in their everyday lives, and it should be dealt with by increasing awareness and investing more money into prevention. Our everyday duties don’t have to be hampered by harassment when it can be fixed if we just put a little effort into it.
WORKS CITED “School Bullying Statistics.” Bullying Statistics. N.p., 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. “Workplace Bullying.” Bullying Statistics. N.p., 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. on TV.

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A Safe Book to Hold
HARMONY BEPPLER GRADE 7 Landisville MS Teacher: Scott Feifer

In 2008, Alyssa Deraco, then a ten year old, wanted to do something for the community. She and her mother, Lillian Smith, decided to start a nonprofit charity for families in need, named Alyssa’s Bedtime Stories. The idea behind collecting new and gently used books came from when Alyssa was younger, and her parents divorced. “Reading helped me get rid of the sadness and gave me happiness. The whole point of this organization is to help kids in need of an escape.”

In 2012, Alyssa’s charity went to New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy terrorized the areas. Alyssa’s Bedtime Stories donated books, pajamas, and warm clothing to the elementary schools that were the most devastated. “I am so happy to make a difference in everyone’s lives,” said Deraco. At first, they asked family and friends to help the cause. Then, they started collecting pajamas to add to the nighttime comfort effect. Alyssa’s charity donates to families living in shelters, lost their homes, victims of natural disasters, or just cannot afford books or pjs. Especially around

Christmas, they need donations. Alyssa’s Bedtime Stories accepts donations or suggestions for those in need. They hope to travel in the near future to Central America, perhaps Guatemala, helping make others’ lives better. In November, an annual charity event helps raise money and awareness. Alyssa’s motto is “Anyone, even kids, can do anything if you just put your heart into it.” Go to Alyssa’s website www.Alyssasbedtimestories. org to see how you can help.

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Malala Stands Up
KATHERINE SAHD GRADE 6 St. Leo the Great Teacher: Ellen Tucker

Can you imagine not being allowed to go to school? And to do it even when it puts you in harm’s way? This is what it was like for Malala Yousafazi. Meet Malala Yousafazi, a sixteen year old girl from Swat Yalley, Pakistan. In 2007, a group called the Taliban took over the area where Malala lived. The Taliban forced the people of Swat Yalley to follow harsh laws. They banned many things, and school was one of them. Malala kept going to school even though it was against the law. In 2009, she started a blog called “Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl.” She

talked about the dangerous life she lived to be able to go to school. The blog made her an easy target for the Taliban. In early 2012, she began to receive death threats that were posted on her blog. Malala wasn’t shaken by these threats. But the Taliban were tired of her going against them. On October 9, 2012, the Taliban tried to stop her once and for all. When she was on her bus riding home, two men boarded the bus and shot her. Malala was seriously injured and was flown to Great Britain to recover. She spent eleven weeks in a hospital. The Taliban thought that she would stop, but it only made her message grow louder. To this day, she has her own fund that helps girls be able to go to school. Malala is a very powerful girl.

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Blue Man Group
JORDAN SCHUCKER GRADE 5 Central Manor ES Teacher: Allison Weidman

Have you ever been to see the Blue Man Group? If not, you better get going! The Blue Man Group is a group of three men that travel the U.S. in search of places to perform their show. These men are dressed in all black clothes and shoes, except their faces and hands, which are painted blue. In their show they beat, pound, and shake various objects to make their creative style of music. But the cool thing about the performance is that they never talk. Actually, at some

points, it’s rather creepy. They just look at one another and stare out into the audience with a straight, wideeyed, look on their faces, basically waiting for someone to give them an instrument or something to do. At the end, it was probably the loudest grand finale I’ve ever been to. They passed out about eight HUGE, blow up balls, filled halfway with helium, so they would be light when the audience hit them around. Also at the end, they played really loud music and we basically just danced and had a party until our time expired. All in all, the Blue Man Group is the best show to see!

Winning the Talent Show
CHRISTIAN MEDINA GRADE 4 Hans Herr ES Teacher: Vanessa Moore

I wasn’t worried in the waiting room until my dad said, “Make sure not to mess up.” That got me thinking. So I got on stage and said, “Hello everybody my name is The Great Medini! Today I would like to perform some magic for you. Would you like to see some magic? (yaaay!!!) OK.” I waved a silk and threw it into the air and it turned into a cane!!! Then I got my magic bag and put an uncolored picture, toilet paper,

and a C-inside. Then I said ... HOCUS!!! POCUS!!!!!!! Then the bag did its magic and turned the uncolored picture into a colored picture, the toilet paper into scarves and the C-into an A+, but wait A+++, nice. Then I got two ordinary handkerchiefs and tied them and put them in my pants. Then 1.2.3. PULL!!!!!! I pulled my underwear out (good thing I had an extra pair!) That was the end of my act. Then the moment I was waiting for came. “The winner for Hans Herr is..... THE GREAT MEDINI!!!!!” I jumped! I spun!! I was so happy. I got $50.00 and some roses.


Spike the Caterpillar
JULIANNA RITTENHOUSE GRADE 3 Lancaster County Christian Teacher: Tammi Dodson


was. So I called my brother’s friend Will, who is a nature expert. He said Spike was an imperial moth caterpillar (Eacles imperialis). We then discovered that imperial moth caterpillars burrow into the ground over winter, where they change into pupae. The adult moths emerge from the ground the following summer, and are yellow and brown. After mating, the females lay eggs at dusk, which hatch in two weeks. Then the imperial moth caterpillars start their life cycle over again. Last summer, we saw a large yellow and brown moth on our door. Turns out, it was an imperial moth! You may have had one on your door too!

My First Skyrush Ride
ELIZABETH PURSEL GRADE 2 Fred S. Eshleman ES Teacher: Gail Thomson

I recently found an extraordinary caterpillar who was very chubby, green and colossal! “Spike” was about five inches long, with white spots, white hair on his back, and of course yellow spikes on his head! I found this caterpillar at school, in the foresty part of the playground. When my classmates saw him, they ooed and ahhed and some said it was the biggest caterpillar they had ever seen. When I got home, my Mom and I tried to identify Spike right away, but we could not find out what he

When I was waiting in line for Skyrush, I felt nervous because I never rode on an enormous rollercoaster before. Skyrush is located at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I never rode on the enormous rollercoasters before because I was not tall enough. You must be 54 inches tall to ride the biggest rollercoasters. Finally I was tall enough to ride because my new sneakers had big heels.

When I was on the rollercoaster, I felt like I was doing cartwheels. My seat was on the end and there was no floor under my feet. I thought I was going to fly out of my seat, but I didn’t. We went up a tall hill and when we came down the hill it felt like we were going 200 MPH. Skyrush also has side to side turns and hills that make the ride roll sideways and up and down really fast. Would you like to ride Skyrush? Would you be brave enough? I thought it was excellent!

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Cutting Costs: Extracurriculars
MEGAN MCGUIRE GRADE 12 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

them. By giving students a focus on something, it takes away from them engaging in risky behavior. Students do extracurriculars to help cultivate their interests. By cutting extracurriculars that allow children and teenagers to express themselves, schools are limiting the growth of intellect and motivation to achieve. In the John S. and James L. Knight study, nearly 99 percent of principals and 97 percent of teachers said that it is important for all students to participate in extracurriculars. Even administrators believe in the concept of extracurriculars helping students. Matt Craft, president of the Iowa State University Government of the Student Body stated that “being involved teaches students organization and time management skills.” Knowing time management

and organization are crucial for many jobs and everyday life. By cutting activities, this will lower a student’s ability to generate new life skills. Some say extracurriculars are the easiest to get rid of in school budgets, which is why they are usually on the chopping block. A way to solve this would be that a student can still join an extracurricular, but by paying an activity fee. This increases money flow and allows a student to participate. Districts should go through all options before cutting extracurriculars.
Research: news/three-of-four-school-districts-in-state-saytheyll-cut-programs-to-help-balance-budgetslancaster-pa-intelligencer-journal/ rombokas.htm profileofactivities.php

Each year, as the debt ceiling for our national government increases, local budgets are finding ways to decrease their financial obligations in schools. Columbia School District will be making another round of cuts this school year, and one thing on the agenda to go are extracurriculars. But, extracurriculars are important for students, and should not be cut. Keeping the programs keeps students busy and most likely out of trouble. According to The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s High School Initiative, 73 percent of students stated they participate in extracurriculars, and 56 percent said they spend 1-15 hours a week doing

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JOANA PINZON Grade 10-12 Elizabethtown Area HS Teacher: Kevin Goss

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Dropout into Online Schooling
LOGAN CONNELLY GRADE 9 Penn Manor HS Teacher: CeCe O’Day

Live United, an online database, has found that around 8,300 students drop out of high school daily in the United States, adding up to 3,030,000 dropouts each year (Christopher). On the other hand, a 2011 study from the Newburyport, Mass.based Sloan Consortium, which works to integrate online education into higher education, found that 6.1 million college students took an online class in 2010 (Davis). Without the choice, traditional classrooms lacking online or extracurricular courses could hinder the potential of learning in both school droouts and highly motivated students. Any level of education should offer online courses to benefit the learning process of each student. Although online classes can improve any student’s learning process, not many school districts offer or demand an online course to be taken. In fact, “Education Week” magazine states that Alabama, Florida, Idaho, and Michigan are the only states that require students to take at

least one online course before graduation. Even if states do not pressure all districts from using online programs, individual districts like one in Marietta, GA can bring in their own versions of this technologically advanced classroom. Students are allowed to bring in personal devices from home and officials have gotten the school to improve the wireless connection Internet within the schools. They want to prepare their students for any online programs in college or in future jobs that they must face (Davis). USA Today tells the story of Marie Perez, a 19 year old mother. She would have dropped out of high school if it were not for online classes provided in her school district. She is six courses away from her diploma, but the demand of her 4 year old daughter prohibits Perez from spending all her time on school. Marie states “I can work at my own pace” (Welsh). Unlike Perez, Patrick Welsh tells how Carter Goodwin wanted to find a higher level course than offered in his school. Goodwin wanted to take a course in European history but was disappointed to find out his school district had no courses on that topic. Carter turned to an advanced online course

and received the highest grade in the class (Welsh). Both teens were able to find online courses to help them succeed. I have taken multiple online courses and scored in the advanced category when online programs were available. These courses are known as credit recoveries and are tailored to help a student advance in their education or previously failed classes. Online classes help both at risk and very determined teens find a way to improve their education beyond a normal classroom with desks and chairs. Online schooling can help prepare students for their careers in this world of advancing technology. Direct learning from textbooks has begun to fade, and the use of technology in classrooms begins to grow. Offering these programs to dropout teens and advanced students with expose schools to new and beneficial ways of learning.
WORKS CITED Christopher, “3 Reasons Students Drop Out of High School.” Live United. United Way. 09 March, 2013. 16 Nov, 2013. Davis, Michelle R. “Districts Make Virtual Courses a Graduation Requirement.” Education Week. 29 Aug, 2012:16. SIRS Issues Researcher, Web. 16 Nov, 2013. Welsh, Patrick. “Schools, Take the Online Course.” USA TODAY. 09 Jan, 2013: A.8. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web 16 Nov, 2013.



Who’s Driving
HELENA SCHREDER GRADE 8 St. Leo the Great Teacher: Ellen Tucker

New York City
JULIA KOGER GRADE 7 Landisville MS Teacher: Diane Anderson

Someday, driving will be a thing of the past. Soon you won’t have to struggle with parallel parking or traffic jams. Blind people will be able to drive. This is all because of new driverless cars. Car companies have already started the race to build a driverless car. In fact, some companies have already built and tested their new cars which will be sold to the public by 2020. These cars use GPS, radar, and computer vision to track other cars, pedestrians, landforms, roads and anything else you can think to see on the road. Could these cars be the way of the future? State police spokeswoman,

Maria Finn says, “That might be the wave of the future, but we’re more concerned about (this) and what safeguards are being put in place to not cause disruption to traffic or endanger anyone on the roads or in that car.” These cars could truly change the way roads are now. Some say self-driving cars are even safer than cars driven by humans. This could rid the roads of accidents. People won’t have to worry about calling a cab after having too much to drink. The one question people would have to ask themselves is: Do you really want to put your life in the hands of a machine? Will people welcome these cars with open arms or turn their backs to this new technology? Will these cars really rid roads and highways of traffic and accidents? Only time will tell.

of Brooklyn and the structure that supports the Statue of Liberty. Parts of the tours are given in up to nine languages. While visiting New York City many people look forward to the restaurants and shopping. Throughout the city’s five boroughs there are a variety of food choices and unique shops. Shopping in the city is especially big around the holidays. Winter time in New York City is a fun time to visit, many visitors walk along the streets looking in store windows to see the decorations and displays. There are holiday shows featuring the Rockettes, snowy carriage rides through Central Park, and the Rockefeller Center tree lighting. Regardless of what time of the year, New York City always has the fun things to see and do.

Less than three hours away from Lancaster, Pennsylvania is one of the most visited cities in the world, New York City. In one year New York City gets more than 9.7 million tourists, but what is everyone there for? Year round there are many things to see and do in New York City. One well-known attraction in New York City is Broadway. Some shows performed on Broadway are Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, as well as many other classics. New York City is also known for being the home of the Statue of Liberty. Ferries are available for trips to Ellis Island for tours. There are tours that take people the whole way to the crown and provide a limited view

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MORGAN DUNLAP GRADE 10 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

People fall in love because it is in their nature. If the relationship works, then they get married, and then if it does not they divorce. One thing is for sure though, it does not always have to between a male and a female. According to “Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage on May 17, 2004, had... Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008” (“Gay Marriage”). Gay Marriage has state governments, in America, fighting over if it should be allowed or banned. So far, only fourteen of the fifty states have legalized gay marriage. Gay and lesbian couples should have the right to marry. America should legalize it because “...the majority of Americans now support gay marriage” (“Gay Marriage”). Lately, the number of people who support gay marriage has been rising. From 1988 to 2010 the support for gay marriage increased at

a rate of 1 to 1.5 people per year (“Gay Marriage”). People who oppose gay marriage say that marriage is traditionally between a man and a woman. “The concept of ‘traditional marriage’ being defined as one man and one woman is historically inaccurate” (“Gay Marriage”). Times are changing and old traditions are fading away to make room for the new ones, like gay marriage. It is a form of discrimination to deny samesex couples their right to get married. The Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote “ is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status” (“Gay Marriage). One way to help get same-sex marriage legalized is to hold events that will bring public support, like rallies or marathons. People should support them because love is still love, no matter with whom. Why deny them their right to marry the ones that they love?
WORK CITED “Gay Marriage.” N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Oct. 2013. <

HANNAH WEBB Grade 10-12 • Elizabethtown Area HS • Teacher: Kevin Goss

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Sun through the leaves EMILY BURKHOLDER Grade 7 Elizabethtown Area MS Teacher: Mary Jane Davies

CASSANDRA BOWLER Grade 10-12 • Pequea Valley HS • Teacher: Tim Hess

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A Special Thank You to All the Participating Teachers
CONESTOGA VALLEY J. E. Fritz Elementary Sue Gehman Jessica Martinez-Duarate Smoketown Elementary Stephen Scheidt DONEGAL Donegal Intermediate Sarah Lawrence Donegal Springs ES Keith Royer EASTERN LANCASTER COUNTY (ELANCO) Blue Ball Elementary Paige Brizek Alison Eberly Brecknock Elementary Kerry Kuipers New Holland Elementary Dawn Mergenthaler John Steel ELIZABETHTOWN AREA Elizabethtown Area High Kevin Goss Elizabethtown Area Middle Mary Jane Davies Mill Road Elementary/ Rheems Elementary Melissa Clark EPHRATA AREA Clay Elementary Dorothy Boyd Beth Garrison Alycia Kauffman Deborah Sheaffer Patricia Weaver Ephrata High Gemma Rasmus Fulton Elementary Matt Becker HEMPFIELD Centerville Elementary Sylvia Kilheffer Centerville Middle Jennifer Axe Cristin Kramer Laura Wentland Hempfield High Pamela Felegi Chris Hanusa Andrew Wise Landisville IC Clare Daher Linda Fungaroli-Azaroff Debbie Wrightson Landisville Middle Diane Anderson Scott Feifer Christine LeFevre Kim Petrosky Landisville PC Sandy McConnell Nancy Neff Rohrerstown Education Center Melissa Bailey Rohrerstown Elementary Kathryn Kapchinske LAMPETER-STRASBURG Lampeter Elementary Elizabeth Fluck Suzanne Mannix Rachel Petruso Gini Sitler Kimberly Smith Brittany Snyder Hans Herr Intermediate Beth Hendrix Vanessa Moore Martin Meylin Middle Timothy Shoff LANCASTER COUNTY CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER (LCCTC) Brownstown Campus Randy Hess Daniel McCauley Willow Street Campus Mark Maisano MANHEIM CENTRAL Doe Run Elementary Suzanne McMechan H. C. Burgard Elementary Leisa Bowman MANHEIM TOWNSHIP Manheim Township High Julie Frey Marty Pflieger William E. Nitrauer ES Marian Good Nathan C. Shaeffer ES Allison Zell PENN MANOR Central Manor Elementary Sue Althouse Jerrell Birch Jenna Boyd Tracy Cornell Liz Crum Karen Devenburgh Becca Eichler Kim Garvey Lorien Gilbert Laura Heverling Cheryl Hogg Shelly Kyle Jennifer Loreto Beth Mader Emily Mattern Pam Noll Heather Piatt Carol Purzycki Megan Quinn Casie Saxton Beth Schoelkopf Patricia Shover Johanna Treir Ali Weidman Stacey White Amy Wiggins Conestoga Elementary Ellen Altdoerffer Fred S. Eshelman ES Carole Chismar Elizabeth Kaplan Gail Thomson Hambright Elementary Bill Southward Lisa Roth Walter Martic Elementary Susan Frese Candy Steiner Penn Manor High CeCe O’Day PEQUEA VALLEY Paradise Elementary Courtney Bushnell Pequea Valley High Rob Dorshimer Aftan Fisher Tim Hess Salisbury Elementary Anita Girvin Diane Hemperly Gabrielle Oberg SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LANCASTER Buchanan Elementary Lori Bergey Karen Labiak J.P. McCaskey High Matthew Lawrence Lisa Wolf Elizabeth R. Martin ES Lori Irvin Darrell Yoder Reynolds Middle Nate Leonard Karen Morrisette Ross Elementary Emily Bires Eilene Euston Laurie Sallie Wharton Elementary Kenneth Shertzer SOLANCO Bart-Colerain Elementary Jane Ausel Rebekah Bouffard Melissa Evans Jenna Krieger Donna Railing Greg Schmitt Shelia Schmitt Clermont Elementary Christina Olindo WARWICK Kissel Hill Elementary Barbara Jones

LINVILLE HILL MENNONITE Karen Donaldson Joe Luethy Keturah Peterson LITITZ CHRISTIAN Nancy Hackman MONTESSORI ACADEMY OF LANCASTER Stacy Rosenberger Mary Smigel NEW SCHOOL Jean Hill

EPHRATA MENNONITE Leanna Martin LANCASTER COUNTY CHRISTIAN West Lampeter Campus Tammi Dodson Alecia Weaver LANCASTER MENNONITE Kraybill Campus Marie Burkholder Gena Fisher Kristine Long Nathan Rush Heidi Steffen Sylvia Weaver Mary Zehr Lancaster Mennonite High Kris Horst Locust Grove Campus Denise Bender Kaitlin Craul Maria Hartzler Marcy High Stephanie Kreider Chris Peterson Pat Shelly Albert Vega New Danville Campus Kelley Buckwalter Lindsay Grosh Lindsey Martin Jen Miller Eloy Rodriquez

OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS Teri O’ Donnell JoAnne Schober OUR MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP Theresa Chanko Ann DiNovis Beth Eberly Jenny Harrington Deborah Spencer RESURRECTION CATHOLIC Mandee Hatcher Sylvia Buller Hollice Coccio Kim Ingram Kim Kramer Kristy Legenstein Mary Scaccia SACRED HEART OF LANCASTER Samantha Corvino Deborah Edmiston Ann Weaver ST. LEO THE GREAT Irene DeSolis Kaitlin Timmons Ellen Tucker VERITAS ACADEMY Jacqueline Lake

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NIE Week Reception

A Special Thank You to All the Participating Advertisers, Judges & Staff! Judges
Lancaster Lebanon Reading Council Kathy Brabson Bill Coble Cindy Coble Sarah Cooley Karen Davis Mary Flory Kathy Geltz Susan Grammer Sandra Haines Bonnie Hindman Roxannah Hunter Dave Martin Sue Martin Alice Meckley Patty McClune Andy Morrison Dr. Kelly Poniatowski Emily Ritholz Carol Severence June Shultz Deb Weaver Dr. Linda Young Ellen Zaledonis Lancaster Newspapers’ Editorial Staff Larry Alexander Tim Buckwalter Earle Cornelius Chris Emlet Margaret Gates Jo-Anne Greene Brett Hambright Jed Kensinger Dan Nephin Dave O’ Connor Todd Spidle Jennifer Todd Chad Umble Paula Wolf

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Konrad Hurst Grade 6, Landisville IC

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Lancaster Lebanon Reading Council Officers Lancaster Newspapers’ Staff
Marketing & Events Supervisor Lauren Ditmore Marketing & Events Specialist Janis Harrington Editor Genine Antonelli Photographer Joyce Fitzpatrick

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Abby Nagle Grade 6, Martin Meylin MS

President Jody Allen President-Elect Sandy Haines Treasurer Cindy Anderson Secretary Julie Baumbach NIE Chairman Mary Flory

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MELISSA GRUBE GRADE 7 Landisville MS Teacher: Diane Anderson

This past year, 2013, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapped with the first night of Hanukkah falling on Thanksgiving day, creating Thanksgivukkah. It may not seem very exciting, but his could be a once-in-a-lifetime event! Hanukkah is an eight-day religious festival which more often than not falls in late December. Because of this timing, we often experience Chrismukkah (Christmas falling on one of the eight days of Hanukkah). Chrismukkah happened last in 2011 and will be a near miss with the last night of Hanukkah ending on December 24th, 2014. Next in 2017 and 2019 they will overlap. Christian Easter and Jewish Passover often overlap as well.

But not always because Easter is a constantly moving holiday, dependent on the Spring equinox. Also, Ramadan, a Muslim holiday, sometimes overlaps with Christmas and Hanukkah. This last happened in 2001 and won’t happen again until 2031. Though Ramadan overlapping Chrismukkah may seem pretty rare, Thanksgivukkah is even more rare, seeing that the first candle of Hanukkah will be lit on Thanksgiving only two more times, 2070 and 2165. But the reason Thanksgivukkah may be a once-in-a-lifetime event is because the Jewish lunar calendar has a long term drift out of sync with the 365-day lunar calendar, so if that mistake is fixed, we will never see Thanksgivukkah ever again. It might have been a once-in-alifetime event and many people didn’t even notice.

Empowered Playgrounds
BRIAN MCCLOUD GRADE 6 Resurrection Catholic Teacher: Kim Ingram

Can you harness the energy of children and turn it in to electricity? Yes, because that’s what Empowered Playgrounds does. According to retired engineer Ben Markham who started Empower Playgrounds Inc. Markham figured out how to capture the energy of kids and reuse it. This is good for the children of Ghana. They are off the electric grid, which means they have no source of electricity. Much of this part of the world lives in poverty. Children grow up working in the fields during the daylight hours, and when night comes there

is no light. Since Ghana is so close to the equator people spend half their lives in darkness. It is dark in Ghana 12 hours a day. Actually it is so dark that you can see the Milky Way. Even if a child is fortunate enough to go to school it is really hard because it is so dark. Mr. Markham says that a healthy 8 to 12 year old generates 150 watts of energy per hour while actively playing. Children play in a high tech playground; all of that energy is captured and stored in battery packs. It is then used to power advance LED lights. This allows students the ability to study in groups to complete their homework. The LED lights last 50 hours on one charge.



My First Concert
ALYSSA EBERLY GRADE 5 Kissel Hill ES Teacher: Barbara Jones

MATTHEW STRICKLER GRADE 4 Lancaster Mennonite— Kraybill Campus Teacher: Sylvia Weaver

This was it. The moment I’ve been waiting for. I walked as stately as I could onto the stage. I wore my new dress that I had bought with my mom, and held my blue flute carefully. As I took my seat, I glanced around at all the people looking at me and the rest of the band as we took our positions on stage. Then, we started. As I held my flute up to my lips, I couldn’t help smiling, which makes it very hard to blow across the mouthpiece of the flute.

I was nervous, yet excited. I love to play the flute, and I think it comes sort of easily to me, not to boast of course. The band played our first few songs, with flute players in the front, trumpet players, percussion, etc. After Beginner Band finished, we joined with the Advanced Band to play our last song. Then I grandly walked off the stage, head held high, beaming from ear to ear. I found my parents in the audience, and we drove off for ice cream to celebrate. This was probably one of the most exciting days of my life!

What spins at 300 mph, destroys houses, cars, and trees? A tornado! Tornadoes are becoming more common and intense due to global warming. Tornadoes often form in an area called Tornado Alley. Tornado Alley consists of these states: South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. These areas are where the most violent and large tornadoes form because of warm air pushing up from the Gulf of

Mexico and cold air pressing down from the north. When they collide with each other, the air starts to spin. Sometimes a column of strong wind forms. When this column touches down on the ground, it becomes a tornado. If a tornado warning has been issued for your area, you should get in a basement. If you don’t have a basement, you should go into the lowest point of your house. If you happen to be outside, you can hide in a ditch or drainage pipe. I hope you never meet up with a tornado, but if you do, remember these tips.

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I Love Costa Rica!
MARY ECKERT GRADE 3 Lancaster County Christian Teacher: Tammi Dodson

What has homemade food, cool animals and beautiful beaches? Costa Rica! We went to visit because my mom is from Costa Rica and we went to see our Grandma and Grandpa. To get there we took a plane ride that was long but worth it. My Grandma makes the best food and lunch is always big and delicious! My Grandpa and I pick limes from his lime tree and Grandma makes limeade, this is one of my favorite things to do.

We went to the zoo, it was awesome, and we saw a lot of beautiful animals like parrots, monkeys, sloths and butterflies. We also traveled to the beach, we stayed at a beautiful beach house, and we had a lot of fun playing in the pool. We visited a volcano and it was very exciting, it was high, smoky and it smelled really bad! Costa Rica is a beautiful country and I am glad we get to visit; it’s a place that makes me so happy and I am thankful God made it so incredible. I love it there! It’s always sad to say good bye, but we’ll be back again, this time for Christmas!

The Most Wonderful Game of My Life
It was a scorching hot Saturday, and my mom drove me to a big field hockey game while my annoying sister was teasing me. Not until I got out of the car, did I figure out that my team was going to be against the league champions. By the time I got to the field, I was incredibly nervous. My legs felt like melted Jell-O. I think many of my teammates were scared too. Finally, the game started!
MARIE GEHMAN GRADE 2 Lancaster Mennonite— Kraybill Campus Teacher: Sylvia Weaver

Everybody was watching! Some kids were leaning against the fence peeping in. At half time, the score was 4-2, with my team losing. Horribly, with seven seconds left in the game, the score was 7-7. One of my teammates passed the ball to me, and I had a clear shot. WHACK!! Amazingly, I had scored! I couldn’t believe my ears! The crowd was roaring! My team had won the trophy! That game turned out to be the best game of my life — so far! The only problem was that I was daydreaming about all this in school.

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Making Waves
NICOLE RIZZO GRADE 12 Hempfield HS Teacher: Pamela Felegi

he or she will earn the grade without “fluff” points (Stout). Teachers now lose a sense of autonomy since they cannot set their own weight system. Although beneficial, it does not accurately portray students’ grades in a cumulative sense. Seniors have had three years of one grading system, and the change presents an “inconsistency” in cumulativeness. For example, conscientious AP Calculus students are experiencing the adverse effects of the system by receiving atypical grades. The change negatively affects seniors, juniors, and sophomores because it influences their college acceptance ability since most colleges determine eligibility from transcript grades. However, freshman are unaffected since they have no record of performance with the old system. Grades are incredibly important to students pursuing higher education; so, implementing the new system with just the freshmen would reduce any “inconsistencies” in students’ cumulative transcript. If the new system desires less variance in grades, then why not exempt the students at risk?
WORK CITED Stout, Will, Dr. Personal interview. 25 Oct. 2013.

Knocked out for good
NICK STROBEL GRADE 10 Manheim Township HS Teacher: Marty Pflieger

When asked about the implementation of the new grading system, Dr. Stout, the head principle of Hempfield High School, claimed, “any change is difficult” (Stout). It is evident that the new grading policy has made a splash in accurately representing an individual grade in a class; however, the resulting ripples are not necessarily helping Hempfield’s students make greater strokes toward post-secondary success. The system reduces “inconsistencies” within students’ grades by using a 70/30% ratio, where 70% of grades are summative assessments and 30% are formative. Instead of earned points out of total points determining students’ grades, tests now mainly account for 70% of grades, while participation, homework, etc., account for the rest. According to Dr. Stout, the typical “soft skills assessments” based purely on work ethic are taken out of the equation in order to ensure that no matter which teacher a student has,

With great plays and hard hits football is an American sport with high entertainment value. However many players will undergo injuries that have big effects on them later in life. The NFL is constantly under bombardment by players suing the league for head injuries that lead to brain trauma later in life. This issue should not be completely blamed on the league. Instead the players need to take the initiative to not point fingers unless it’s at themselves. Players in the National Football league will make millions of dollars but will also partake in physically demanding activities. They bash their bodies into each other every practice and game. The league will not force any player to do this if the player elects not to, so blame shouldn’t be pinned on the league for injuries the players experience.

Now that players are more aware of what is going to happen to them over a course of an NFL career they need to accept responsibility for their actions. In any other sport there are few, if any, occasions in which former players sue for injuries and its because they were aware that when you put your body under physical stress even the strongest will get hurt so there is no one else to blame than yourself. Players especially don’t need to sue because they already make millions and money is not going to buy them back their life. Players have to accept that they might have a shorter than average life but they will receive more than an average person. Players need to make the distinction as to whether or not the money is worth it. Therefore it’s not the league’s fault because a player had not paid attention to what the consequences could be for the millions they make.

GANESH GURUNG GRADE 8 Reynolds MS Teacher: Karen Morrisette

Nepali Ho
and have scrimmages among the players. The team has so much fun. The coaches decide to elect a captain. The captain’s job is to watch and encourage the players to work hard. Even though they are from different countries and do not have the best facility or uniforms, they still try and never give up on dreams of playing professional soccer. Look for Nepali Ho the next time you are near Buchanan Park.

Nepali Ho is a youth soccer program involving students from 3 different countries. Most of the students are from Nepal. They play soccer at Buchanan Park and the Boys and Girls’ Club in Lancaster. At first, the team gathered at the Boys and Girls’ Club for a 5-day

week of playing soccer. After the 5-days were over, the Nepali boys wanted to form a team. They started to play at Buchanan Park along with Mr. Tim and Mr. P.J. as coaches from the Boys and Girls’ Club. The team chose Buchanan Park because the boys know the park and live close by. Everybody on the team likes to play at Buchanan because they can walk there, and it’s free! Nepali Ho has more than 50 players. They split up during practice

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Striving for Perfection
SADIE PENN GRADE 9 Penn Manor HS Teacher: CeCe O’Day

“Belly gorged on two pints of my own blood I had swallowed under anesthesia, and every convulsive twist, like my own body screaming at me from the inside out ‘What did you let them do to you? ... Will I be pretty?’ Will I be pretty like my mother, unwrapping the gift wrap to reveal the bouquet of her daughter her $10,000 bought her? Pretty? Pretty” (Makkai). Katie Makkai shows us in her poem “Pretty” the struggles teenagers think they have to go through for perfection. The image they have of pretty is only reachable by taking away the originality of who they are. Unnecessary cosmetic surgery in teenagers, even with parental consent, should be prohibited. A disturbing number of adolescents receive cosmetic surgery. According to Huff Post, the majority of teen cosmetic surgeries are to avoid

the encounter of bullies that they face (Huff Post). Cosmetic surgery can have effective results, but those results are primarily for patients who are adults. Going into this as a teenager, you may have unrealistic expectations of what it will do for your life, or have a history of depression that would cause you to be unhappy with the way you look. Everyone deals with a poor body image, but those who want to resort to cosmetic surgery have underlying problems that need to be faced head on. Patients may experience social isolation, become severely depressed, and engage in self-destructive behavior. Appearance is everything to teenagers, therefore adolescents are incapable of considering all the risks that they will face postsurgery. According to Diana Zuckerman, an author for a health research facility, certain cosmetic surgeries most likely cause a serious complication within the first few years. Some complications that occur are serious infection, blood clots, and damage to vital organs, nerves, and skin tissue (OBO). Also, teenage bodies

are still growing, which can cause difficulties as the tissue begins to expand more in adulthood. The lack of maturity and understanding that teens hold on the topic of unnecessary cosmetic surgery makes this a dangerous thing to allow, even with parental consent. Our society has the knowledge of this subject to be rightfully persuaded to outlaw cosmetic surgery in teens, yet even our leaders have fallen into this distorted need for acceptance. Suffering through deeper depression and physical complications shouldn’t be the price to pay for this unrealistic image of “pretty” society has bestowed upon us.
WORKS CITED Huffington Post. N.p., 2013. Web 7 Nov. 2013. http:// Our Bodies, Ourselves. Bostons Woman Health, 2011. Web 7 Nov. 2013. asp?id-l&compID=102. Poem Hunter. N.p., 9 Sept. 2010. Web. 7 Nov. 2013. http://www.

LOGAN WOODHAM GRADE 8 Centerville MS Teacher: Jennifer Axe

Hempfield Marathon
A boy named Carlos Rivera, at the age 13, was diagnosed with cancer. He realized that all he needed was confidence, and he eventually fought past the disease. Carlos Rivera said, “You have to learn how to die to learn how to live.” Believe it or not, cancer kills more children than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and congenital anomalies combined. This inspiring organization began in 2009. Today, Hempfield continues to break records and barriers in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death for children under the age 15 in the United States. Approximately 250 kids around the world die from this disease every day. Well, now you can help. The Hempfield Mini-thon is a fundraiser for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. THON, also know as the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, is the largest student-run organization in the world.

The Mini-thon is held at Hempfield High School where students from only the Hempfield district can attend. Also, there are two separate Mini-thons for the middle schools (Centerville and Landisville) and the high school. Each are only once a year between fall, winter, or spring. During the Mini-thon, there are several events. For example, there is dodge ball, volleyball, racing games, and more! All individuals can enter a drawing to win prizes. T-shirts cost $8 while admission is $20. There is also music blasting and an entertaining dance party for everyone to join!

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Can Sleep Deprivation Cause Serious Health Problems?
LOGAN PAULUKOW GRADE 7 St. Leo the Great Teacher: Ellen Tucker

The Cure for Food Allergies May Be in the Food Itself
GRACE DAVIES GRADE 6 St. Leo the Great Teacher: Ellen Tucker

and sleep so our body can build up our immune system backup and get rid of the sickness. Although people think they are getting more work done when they stay up late, they are really not. According to the MediResources Clinic Team, sleep loss can also make a person see things, have obesity problems, have bad performance at work or school, not be able to enjoy life, have accidents on the road and it can even ruin your relationships. Do you sleep 7-8 hours a day? Well, if you don’t, then you might just want to think of what sleep deprivation can really do to your body. You know people don’t want these problems. People should be aware of the problems of sleep deprivation so they can get proper sleep.

Can sleep deprivation really cause serious health problems to the average person? According to experts, sleep deprivation can cause many problems like heart attack, heart disease, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. This is concerning because many people in our world today stay up late to get work done. They then get up early to leave for their job and might only get 4-6 hours of sleep everyday when they are supposed to get 7-8 hours. Another reason people need sleep is because it helps build their immune system. That’s why when we have a cold or the flu for example we rest

Have you ever met a person with a food allergy? More than 15 million Americans have food allergies, many of them are life-threatening. Allergies to peanuts and tree nuts are some of the most common food allergies. Each year, about half of the 150 to 200 people who die from food allergies are from peanut allergies. Traditionally, epi-pens have been the way to treat severe reactions from food allergies. An epi-pen gives the person a dose of epinephrine, which treats the reaction. However, Epi-Pens are not a perfect solution because they treat the person after the food is eaten. Recently, doctors discovered a possible new way to treat peanut allergies that would actually relieve

people of their peanut allergies. Basically, they would “desensitize” the person’s immune system so they can tolerate some amount of peanuts. This would reduce a life-threatening allergy to a more manageable one. To start, doctors give the person an amount of peanut protein equal to 1/1000th of a peanut. Gradually, this amount is increased until six months later they are eating an amount equal to 15 peanuts. People who have been successfully treated continue to eat peanuts or peanut butter daily to maintain their tolerance. Even though this treatment is still in its early phases, it is still good news to the millions who live with life-threatening allergies. Hopefully, its success will continue and the desensitization theory will be able to be used with other life-threatening allergies to make them a thing of the past.

March 3-8, 2014
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Lemonade for Two
KAYLEE ALTIMORE Grade 7 • Elizabethtown Area MS Teacher: Mary Jane Davies

Coal Plant Recertified
JAMI GREENAWALT Grade 10 • Elizabethtown Area HS Teacher: Kevin Goss

JAMI GREENAWALT Grade 10 • Elizabethtown Area HS Teacher: Kevin Goss

Flags honor Vets

MATT BRODBECK Grade 7-8 • Rohrerstown Education Center Teacher: Melissa Bailey

Beginning of Fall

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Finding my Wonderland
KATE PLANK Grade 10-12 • Pequea Valley HS Teacher: Tim Hess

Christmas Tree Lighting
ABBY ALSPAUGH Grade 8 • Elizabethtown Area MS Teacher: Mary Jane Davies

Monumental Fix
KAITLYNNE PITTMAN Grade 10-12 • Pequea Valley HS Teacher: Tim Hess

LUIS COLON-GONZALEZ Grade 10-12 • Rohrerstown Education Center Teacher: Melissa Bailey

Old vs. New

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Sidewalks brighter for shoppers
CALLIE REYNOLDS Grade 1 • Lampeter ES • Teacher: Brittany Snyder

Stevens College grows a branch
CLARISSA LIVENGOOD Grade K • Linville Hill Mennonite • Teacher: Keturah Peterson

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For many, the music never ends
OLIVIA WARFEL Grade 1 • Lancaster Mennonite—New Danville Campus Teacher: Jen Miller

Sun comes out, and stars do too
OLIVIA STOLTZFUS Grade K • Linville Hill Mennonite • Teacher: Keturah Peterson

Sunday News Comics

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CARA RUTT Grade 1 • Clay ES • Teacher: Beth Garrison

The magic of dance

Volunteers up to their ears in corn
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On Strike

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The Day I Went Shark Tagging
HALEY DELGIACCO GRADE 5 Kissel Hill ES Teacher: Barbara Jones

My mom and I were on our way to see Mark Sampson, a professional shark tagger, and my hero. We got there, and headed out to sea. We helped them throw out fishing lines, and put up a kite so others knew we were fishing. My mom said she would eat her hat if we didn’t catch one! About forty-five minutes into the trip, one of the rod’s lines started going out rapidly. I sat down in a chair and had the rod in hand.

There was ten minutes of crucial fighting against the two-foot Atlantic Sharpnose Shark. Other people caught sharks too, but my second shark was the only one big enough to tag. I gave it a shot, and then tagged its fin. It was a Dusky Shark, said to grow to twelve feet long. I gave it a push off the boat, and it swam deep into the ocean blue, encumbered now by water. It swam like a bird soars in the sky. It was a sight to treasure. Our captain then headed back to shore. We looked at the pictures and looked at the sharks. They were amazing! That was the best experience of my life!

My Amazing, Awesome Older Sister
NATALIE ZOOK GRADE 4 Hans Herr ES Teacher: Beth Hendrix

Have a sister? I do too, so I know how it is. My sister’s eyes are as blue as the deep, dark depths of the sea. She has purple, zebra striped glasses that really top it all off. One of the things I love most about her is her laugh, which is the most contagious laugh I’ve ever heard! I absolutely, positively love, love, love her name,

Olivia! Olivia has a very tomboyish personality. Her favorite thing to wear is short sleeved, tie-dye shirts and knee-length, gray shorts. My older sister is eleven years old and in sixth grade. For a sixth grader, Olivia is a very soft-hearted, sensitive girl. My funky, fun older sister’s favorite food is cheesy rice. Her favorite movie is Despicable Me 2, and her favorite TV shows are Full House and Good Luck Charlie. Sometimes Olivia can be annoying, but I will always love my hilarious older sister!

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Our Hike
ANNA MILLEN GRADE 3 Lancaster County Christian Teacher: Tammi Dodson

This summer in the Adirondacks, New York, a group of us went on a hike up Mt. Saint Regis. There were gray boulders, many different trees, and squishy mud. Sometimes the mud was so wet that when you walked on it, your foot would sink into it. Some of the trail was really steep and rocky. It was a 6.6 mile round trip. On the way up, we heard a woodpecker in a tree. My sister spotted him. At the top, it

was cold and windy. My sister and her friend were taking a picture when her friend almost stepped on a green snake! The mountain was so high up that our place where we were staying looked so tiny we could barely see it when we looked down. While we were at the top, we saw big, dark clouds! A storm was coming! We had to hurry down! Within minutes it started to rain. As I was running down, I hurt my ankle, but I was able to keep hiking. It rained and rained. We were soaked like the ocean! I will never forget that hike!

The Treadmill Tragedy!
GRETA BORNMANN GRADE 2 Lancaster Mennonite— Kraybill Campus Teacher: Sylvia Weaver

One night I had a terrible tragedy. My friend and her sister invited me to her house. Her family had a treadmill, and so she suggested, “Let’s go on the treadmill.” We took a vote for who would go first. My friend won!

When I finally got my turn, it went a little fast, but I kept my pace. However, then it started to go much faster. I felt scared, but I couldn’t slow down. Oh no! I started to slip! Then my foot hit the wall. In addition to that, I fell on my face, but I still didn’t really fall off the treadmill. Unfortunately, I got a scar on my face and my arm. I still have the scar on my arm. I don’t think I ever want to go on a treadmill again!

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Field Hockey
GRACE GERNER GRADE 2 Fred S. Eshleman ES Teacher: Gail Thomson

This year I got asked to do a very important job, be ball girl for the Penn Manor Field Hockey team. On game days, I would get picked up from school and taken to the fieldhouse for the team meeting and sometimes a team meal. We would talk about positions and goals for the game. During the game, my job is to run up and down the field with an extra ball in my hand and follow the play. When the game ball goes out of bounds, I roll my ball in and I run to get the

other ball. Ball girls are important to keep the game going fast. One time at an away game, the official was running backwards and BAM! We collided and she fell on top of me! As ball girl, I got invited to the Nook where I met and got to play with Katie O’Donnell and other members of the USA field hockey team. Katie even gave me a tour of their locker room and gym! I hope to practice hard so I can be a terrific field hockey player like Katie from the USA team and Rachel Suter from the Penn Manor team!

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Nancy Hackman, Lititz Christian School, wins Kindle Fire
Nancy Hackman, a 4th grade teacher at Lititz Christian School, is this year’s lucky winner of a Kindle Fire. Nancy is a first time participating faculty member in the annual 2014 NIE Design an Ad and Journalism contest. Mrs. Hackman’s name was selected in a random drawing from all of the teachers who submitted their entries one week before the entry deadline. When principal Mrs. Sherry McConaghay first saw the notice in the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era inviting all teachers of private, public, and home school associations to participate in the journalism contest, she encouraged her teachers to participate. Not believing that one of her faculty members would be selected, she dangled the idea that one classroom could possibly win a Kindle Fire for their classroom. Nancy was inspired to participate this year after remembering Mrs. Jeanette Marlin, a retired teacher who had participated in the contest several years ago. By participating in the NIE Week Journalism contest, she saw an opportunity to enhance writing in her classroom, and her enthusiastic students immediately began to create their submissions. Mrs. Hackman, a teacher with 30+ years experience believes that writing can be a part of an integrated classroom, and the hallway outside her classroom displays the results of that belief. Good writing is the product of hard work, patience, and enthusiasm. And her students have it all. Their hands shot up when asked what they liked best about the Lancaster Newspapers. Vincent, with hand raised, answered “The weather. I love weather facts, and news about other countries, and sports.” All of the students agreed that sports and the comics are what they turn to first. When asked if they suffered writer’s block when assigned this project, heads moved horizontally in unison. When asked what the students believed the most difficult of the assignment to be, they agreed that trimming Photo: Joyce Fitzpatrick, LNP photographer their stories to meet the Front Row: (left to right) required limit of 200 Luke Miklas, Adam Gehman, Logan Byrne, Lauren Grove, Andrew Hoover, Emily Krieg, Abby Murray words required a lot of Back Row: (left to right) revision. Stephen Christner, Vincent Clay, Noah Felty, Mrs. Nancy Hackman, Kyiah Flahive, Erik Borg, Micah Brown Micah and Erik described their trips to and guinea pig or Noah’s first Nancy stated that the project the beach as if it had happened view of his baby sister Bailey or lasted about two weeks from the the previous weekend. Logan Stephen’s family’s realization first week in the computer lab to described the first time on the of their empty gas tank on a the completion of the final draft. Comet roller coaster at Hershey lonely Indiana highway. Lauren Since winning the Kindle Fire in Park, and Adam remembered his described her family’s Christmas January, they have put it to good time at the park when he thought trip to Florida to visit aunts and use. his parents had left him behind. grandparents. Abby wrote, “It is Everyday experiences typical so cool to drive in our golf cart to all fourth graders, with the and look at the Christmas lights in exception of Emily, who vividly Florida.” described her 16-hour plane ride Evidence of his knowledge of to Japan, became the subjects for personification Luke described their essays. As the saying goes: himself as a leaf. “I look down on write what you know and they did. children wishing I was there, but Story topics included acquiring in autumn when I fall off, I might new pets, such as Andrew’s rabbit get stepped on.”

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Teacher Picks • Teacher Picks

Polio —

the old disease that was thought to be gone is back in Syria
declaration, WHO and UNICEF partnered in a campaign aiming to inoculate around 22 million children against polio in seven Middle Eastern countries, including Syria. Polio vaccination campaigns have become an urgent priority since the presence of the disease has given to fear that polio might spread to Europe. Syria had not had a reported case of polio since 1999, but is now considered the country most at risk, since its civil war has produced conditions conducive to the rapid spread of disease - movements of refugees, a collapse of health care systems, lack of hygiene, and lack of access for vaccinators. UNICEF hopes its current campaign will reach over one million Syrian children. The recent spread of polio has the world remembering the disease’s power.

Wild Mustangs
ANNA MECK GRADE 9 Homeschool Teacher: Renita Gerlach

EMILY ASHLEY GRADE 6 Donegal IS Teacher: Sarah Lawrence

Polio, short for Poliomyelitis, is a disease that struck humans from 1894 until 1979. Children more than any other age group get polio because their immune systems aren’t as strong as most adults. The two most common side effects are being paralyzed or having breathing issues. Polio has killed many people. Many thought that polio had seen its last days until a surprising outbreak in the country of Syria. Thirteen cases of the disease have been detected in war-torn Syria, with the victims left partially paralyzed. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared polio an emergency in the Middle East. Following this

For years people have been arguing with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that it is wrong to remove mustangs from the wild. The BLM says that they’re trying to manage the population, so that the mustangs do not starve from the lack of food. The BLM is trying to lower the population of wild mustangs. They don’t want the population to get too large and the mustangs to starve. They have built large facilities to house the mustangs that they capture. The people who disagree with the BLM also have very good reasons why mustangs should be left in the wild. The mustangs are a part of our heritage. The BLM proposed gelding more stallions, but animal activists filed a lawsuit saying that gelding stallions

will take the wild spirit out of them. Gelding the stallions would be an effective way to control the population, because mustangs that are captured can become dangerous. If fewer foals were born the BLM would have fewer horses in captivity. Geldings might be a little less spirited, but in the end it would help them. Adoption is another option. Horses that are captured and tamed should be adopted by experienced horsemen. Horses are flighty creatures and mustangs can be more flighty than tamed horses. Most people that adopt mustangs are not experienced and just want to own a pony. The best solution for mustangs is to be captured in a humane way and adopted, or put onto sanctuaries and farms made for them. If they’re kept in the wild, the stallions should be gelded.

Sailing in Frenchman Bay
ANNALISE BOSSERT GRADE 5 Smoketown ES Teacher: Steve Scheidt

Friends from a different planet
GEORGIA COX GRADE 5 Wharton ES Teacher: Kenneth Shertzer

This summer I went sailing while on vacation in Maine. The sun was shining brilliantly that morning, and its lustrous rays hit the sea, flashing thousands of tiny diamonds across the bay. Our slow leisurely pace quickened as we headed out towards open water. It was exhilarating, feeling the wind in my hair and sea spray on my face. At one point during the ride, I thought I saw bubbles where a seal or porpoise might be hiding. Then, suddenly, without

warning, the boat tipped, so the bench I was sitting on was almost parallel to the seat opposite it. I was very frightened, but the captain explained that the wind was filling the sails on one side, causing the other one to dip lower. I felt silly, being scared, but when offered a chance to steer the ship, I cheered up again. As I steered, I felt, for once, powerful, my spirit melding with the boat. Nothing seemed to exist but my ship and me. It was disappointing when we had to turn back towards the dock; I could do this for hours. As the ship pulled back into the harbor, I knew I had found a lifelong passion.

I have many friends. Most of them are from different countries. But sometimes it can feel as if they are from a different planet. There are so many differences between us like language, how we dress, our color, and the food we eat. But we are all actually the same in some ways. For example, my best friend Rubina is from Nepal. And we have become like sisters. We are so similar. We both love fashion, we tease each other playfully, we

both love music, and we like to help others in class. If I didn’t have this friendship, I don’t know what I would do. I really enjoy her company at school. All I know is that I would not be the good person I am today without her friendship. She is the sister I never had. So if you have friends from a ‘different plant’ keep them close. Show them kindness, respect and care. If you lose friendships then try to mend them. Because if you lose one, you may realize that it meant everything to you. Even though at first that friend may seem like she is from a different planet, she may end up like family.

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Teacher Picks • Teacher Picks

Yummy Lunches!
HANNAH REESE GRADE 7 Our Lady of the Angels Teacher: Teri O’Donnell

An Odd Rock
One blazing hot summer day my family and I went to the beach. When I stepped out of the car I could smell the salty air and see the waves restlessly beating against the rocks and the golden brown sand. The sand dunes looked like rumpled sheets. When I stepped into the sand it was scorching hot so I dashed to the ocean and when my feet cooled off I started searching for shells and different
KYIAH FLAHIVE GRADE 4 Lititz Christian Teacher: Nancy Hackman

Everyone loves lunch time in school! At Our Lady of the Angels School in Columbia, PA, Lunches have changed over the past two years. They are healthier and include whole wheat rolls, black beans and hummus. This change came about because Mrs. Obama was concerned with the obesity of children in the United States. The new lunch program follows the new guidelines for the Nutrition Standard in the National School Lunch Program. The new lunches have met with mixed reviews from the students at Our Lady of the Angels. Some say

that they would like to go back to the ‘old’ lunches. Others don’t think the new lunches taste as good as in previous years. They are not fond of the new, reduced fat Doritos that they now have. Still, others, do not like the portions that are used in this program. Many claim that they are hungry after school, like they never had lunch. On the positive side, there are many students who enjoy trying the new foods that are appearing in the lunch line. Hummus has been introduced as well as black beans and rice bowls. While many say that they would like to go back to the Mac-n-cheese as a main meal, they are trying to stay positive and try all of the new food.

stones. Then I saw an unusual stone. It was small and had small hexagons on it. I heard my mom calling me from the other side of the beach that it was time to go. When I got home from the beach I investigated the rock. Suddenly a head and fins popped out of the stone. Then I realized it was a baby turtle. It was as small as my palm and it had blue eyes like the ocean and was green, so I named it Seaweed. Then I went to the beach at sundown to release Seaweed and sat along the beach to watch the sun go down.

My amazing life
ADRIENNE MAIER GRADE 3 Fulton ES Teacher: Matthew Becker

BRANDON KOEHNKE GRADE 6 Landisville IC Teacher: Debbie Wrightson

KIVA is a non-profit organization that organizes loans for people around the world. KIVA receives money from those who wish to put $25.00 towards a small business loan in another country. It provides a chance for people to help others. It shows that some people are still willing to work hard at something they believe in. When the person pays off the loan, KIVA reimburses the lender’s account which allows the lender to choose another person to help.

KIVA partners with 73 different countries. There are more than a million KIVA lenders and over half a billion in money lent. Every 9 seconds another loan is made. 5,000 new KIVA accounts have been created this week, with more than $2 million loaned to help others. One option in KIVA is joining a team. A team is when lenders are grouped together by similar interests. These may include religion, age, country or just friends. There are no benefits of joining a team, except for personal reasons. It is fun to watch the loan progression of those within your group. To get involved, go to www.kiva. org for more information.

One morning I woke up to a phone call, it was my mom! She had great news; she had her baby, now I would have my first sibling! I was excited! Right away I got dressed and was out the door to go see my sister for the first time! Before I knew it I was at the hospital holding my new baby sister. It was such a cool experience to hold a baby. As I was holding my sister,

Brielle, I noticed how much hair she had. It was unbelievable, she look like she had as much hair as I did! Then the doctor took Brielle to give her a bath. So I handed over the baby. It took about an hour because they gave her other medicines she needed. Soon she was back in the room and I held her till it was time to leave. It was 7:45 p.m., so I went home with my dad because visiting hours were over at eight o’clock. Shortly after that I gave my sister to my mom and told my sister I would be back tomorrow. ‘Bye’ I said calmly. Oh what a day!

Four Habits
CARTER VINSON GRADE 2 Central Manor ES Teacher: Shelly Kyle

I put first things first. Every night I do my homework after supper and after breakfast I do my chores. I have a club where you memorize verses and I memorize them after every meal. At school when I am done my papers, I sometimes help my group. Outside at home I help my Dad before I play with my cat. I am also proactive when I fold my hands

at school. At recess I let everybody play with me who wants to play. I also let other people do what I like doing. I like playing pole tag and being it. I let other people be it too. I begin with the end in mind too. I plan who is it at pole tag. At art I plan how to make things. I also think win-win. When I play four square if there is four or more people in line I say teams of two so everyone gets a chance. I seek first to understand, then be understood. When my baby sister cries I try to find what’s wrong with her. There goes another day.

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