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THE LITITZ, PA., RECORD EXPRESS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011 A17

The Warrior beat

News and Features written by Warwick High School Students

News and Features written by Warwick High School Students Photo by Maddie Rohr Brendon Hagen reads

Photo by Maddie Rohr Brendon Hagen reads the policy poster on a teacher’s door.

Warwick becoming bully-free

SARA SCHOUTEN

WHS Journalism Student

Anyone who has walked the halls of Warwick High School this 2011-2012 school year has probably noticed the

bully-free zone signs on every teacher’s door, but have you ever thought of what

it means? According to Mrs. Tracey Weller, Warwick High School Assistant Prin- cipal, there are two reasons why these signs are up. First, Warwick staff saw

a rise in bullying with the use of Face-

book and cell phones, and the other rea-

son is because the government is asking schools to have something related to bullying around the school.

“It’s the best thing for the kids,” Weller said. The new posters are placed in every teacher’s room, and they inform stu- dents that bullying will not be tolerated in or out of school. Weller said the post- ers are on the door because students see them when they leave every class. In an i-SAFE study, one in every three people experiences cyber threats online. With Facebook and other tech- nology being used more frequently this has led to an increase in online bully-

ing. “Students are becoming more fear- less,” said Mrs. Tiffany Miller, a guid- ance counselor at Warwick High School.

A brief, informal survey done by

a student recently at Warwick High

School about bullying found that half

of the students the student surveyed

said they do see bullying every day. Although the posters have only been up for two months, Miller says she has seen a difference already. According to Miller, there are more instances of bul- lying being reported. “People are more aware,” Mrs. Weller said. Warwick’s goal is to be a bully-free zone, and these posters have given War- wick a leap ahead of the other schools. “I would love to see bullying stop, for kids, for adults, for everyone,” Weller said.

New store satisfies your sweet tooth

SARA SCHOUTEN

WHS Journalism Student

For people old and young, there’s a new store in Lititz to satisfy your sweet tooth called Candy*ology. Candy fills the shelves from head-to-toe. Whether you’re looking for the new “in” candy or the hard-to-find candy, Candy*ology has it. Owner Rita Garson opened the store as a gift to her husband, Gary Garson, who has been in the candy field for over thirty-eight years. Garson is unoffi- cially the starter of gummy worms and sour patch kids. In 1977, he came up with the idea of selling Gummi Bears in 2-ounce plastic bags for twenty-five cents. Before this they were being sold for $6.99 a pound. Candy*ology’s grand opening was October 6. “It is very scary to open any type of business, especially during a recession. Historically, candy seems to do better in a recession because it is en- joyment, no matter how old you are,” Garson said. Garson does not need to worry about the recession holding her down since students pack in every day after school to get their favorite treats. Sophomore Kirsten Mohler visited Candy*ology recently and got Crabby Pattie Gummies and a giant lollipop.

recently and got Crabby Pattie Gummies and a giant lollipop. Candy*ology offers a feast for the

Candy*ology offers a feast for the eyes and the palate.

“It’s really cheap,” Mohler said. Candy*ology focuses more on gum- my candies and sugary treats, but don’t worry chocoholics, chocolate is still available. The cheap treats come from Garson’s childhood experience of walking down the street to get penny candy. Garson said she wanted a store where kids could walk in and get the candy they

wanted to get, not what they’re allowed

to get.

According to Garson, when you walk into Candy*ology all you need is 3 dol- lars in your pocket, and you will walk

out with a bag of goods. “There is a little kid in all of us,” Garson said. If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth all you have to do is head to 69 E. Main St.

Warwick fills assistant principal position

ALEX HASH

WHS Journalism Student

On Sept. 12, K. Eric Thompson offi- cially resigned his position as Assistant Principal at Warwick High School. Thompson faithfully served as Assis- tant Principal for two years. In a video announcement to students following his departure, Thompson explained that he left to pursue the same position at a different school in Bucks County in order to be closer to his wife’s family. Principal Troy Price affirmed that the district interviewed potential candi- dates for Thompson’s vacated position. Price noted that Thompson’s position is vital to the school. “The number of as-

sistant principals ultimately is based on the student population. At this point, we feel like there is a need based on the number of students to hire another per- son,” Price said. The application deadline was extend- ed to Oct.r 21 to allow for the district to screen more applicants and set up in- terviews for the Assistant Principal po- sition. Beyond the professional require- ments for the job, such as 5 years of teaching experience, the course work, and an internship, Price said the school is particularly interested in somebody who has had previous administrative experience and compliments the exist- ing administrative staff.

After a long, exhaustive search, the Warwick School Board made the deci- sion that Zachary Fletcher would take on the vacated Assistant Principal position. Mr. Fletcher is currently an English teacher and the English De- partment Chair at Palmyra Area High School where he has taught since 2005. Mr. Fletcher will assume his position of

Assistant Principal once he works out his release date from Palmyra. Fletcher will take on all the responsi- bilities of an Assistant Principal, which according to Price, includes managing student discipline, teacher supervision, and “serving all facets of an education-

al leader.”

Drama department gears up for Fulton competition

MARY HOFFMAN

WHS Journalism Student

Warwick High School’s drama department, led by teacher and cre- ator Connie Hilliar, is preparing for an acting competition at the Fulton Opera House this fall. Hilliar teaches drama to interested students as a part of the regular cur- riculum at Warwick. Five or six ago, she decided to create a school club specifically for drama students who do not get enough of acting in class. Today, the club has nearly fifty stu- dents--roughly double the size of the average club at Warwick. The school contributes nothing toward the club’s expenses so Hilliar oversees and helps the kids run fund- raisers to cover costs. They hold can- dy sales and sell gift cards in order to pay for things such as the one hun- dred dollar Fulton rental fee. The competition is “like American Idol without the singing,” according to Hilliar. Hilliar judges alongside two students at the Fulton Opera House when Warwick students per- form a two-minute monologue in front of a theater filled with family and friends. Callbacks are given to worthy competitors. Hilliar noted that this year’s drama department is particularly strong. Due to the improved program at the middle school, the freshman class is stronger than it has been in the past. Hilliar clearly cares about her students and feels that the drama club gives them a positive outlet that keeps them busy.

club gives them a positive outlet that keeps them busy. Photo by Mary Hoffman Teacher Connie

Photo by Mary Hoffman Teacher Connie Hilliar and student Ariella Trough pose for a picture during after-school drama practice.

Senior Casey Thomas has her sights set on winning the title at the Fulton acting competition. Thomas enjoys playing different characters because it is a form of expression. “It allows me to

express myself without really having to be myself,” said Thomas. Thomas plans to minor in theater at college and says preparation for this competition is excellent practice.

Education forum held at Warwick

LARISSA MILLER

Warwick Journalism Student Approximately 40 people at- tended the Warwick School Dis- trict public education forum at the Warwick Middle School Nov. 1. There have been several modi- fications in state legislature re- cently, which may cause drastic changes for Warwick in the near future. The forum presented in- formation on where Warwick stands in regards to community involvement, legislative issues, monetary issues, and student as- sessment. Yvette Line-Koller, Director of Student Services, said she was very pleased with the assessment results from the last two years. “Not only have our elementary and middle schools continued to meet AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) targets and perform well, the performance at our high school has enabled Warwick to be dismissed from the Corrective Action and School Improvement processes laid out by the Pennsyl- vania Department of Education for schools that are not meeting AYP targets,” Koller said. Superintendent Dr. April Her- shey said that Warwick will con-

tinue to focus on getting the most achievement now that the district

is out of the Corrective Action and

School Improvement processes. “We can never stop getting better,

and we’ll continue to use a continu- ous improvement model,” Hershey said. The forum also brought attention

to the approximate $1.1 million cut

in funding for Warwick from the state government. This has taken a

toll on how much the district can spend and has caused adminis- trators to make some tough deci-

sions. Hershey said that the cost of electricity, gas, and retirement for staff keep going up, and the expen- ditures and revenues for Warwick don’t match. In addition, the PS- ERS retirement system for staff

is mandated, and hours and staff

were cut to save money. Tuition vouchers was another topic discussed at the forum. Ac- cording to Hershey, “If vouchers come to fruition, the school dis- trict would lose funding from the

state for every child who accepted

a voucher and went to another

school, and this would have an im- pact on our district’s current pro- grams.” Hershey said the governor also

wants to expand charter and cy- ber-schools, which are run by com-

panies. Private schools are not as- sessed in the same way that public schools are. Of the twelve cyber- schools in Pennsylvania, only two met AYP. The state also wants to change the standardized tests to assess students in cyber-schools. “We’re glad to compete with or- ganizations as long as they’re held to the same standards,” Hershey said. Hershey said she would like to have a more open dialogue with the governor or state representatives in the future. She said the governor surrounds himself with people who support special kinds of educa- tion such as private and parochial

schools, but that he doesn’t have anyone representing the public schools of Pennsylvania, which represent the majority of schools. “There’s this assumption that public education isn’t working, but we have data to prove otherwise,” Hershey said. Another forum will be held on March 6, 2012 to speak about simi- lar topics. It will also be held in the Warwick Middle School audito- rium.

Warwick basketball preview

ZACK HURST

WHS Journalism Student

Winter sports are right around the corner for Warwick High School athletes. This means that the Warriors hoops team is get- ting into season shape. Warwick is looking to have a successful year in a very competitive Section One. The Warriors lost a strong group of nine seniors last season so the team will have a lot of spots to fill. The Warwick boy’s basketball team, led by Coach Landis, looks to have good season. With only 2 seniors, Derrick Shields and Jared Grosh, on the team this year, War- wick will heavily rely on junior and other underclassmen talent. The Warriors young talent looks strong. Key junior players who

will be returning include Matt Engle, Tyler Morris, Kshawn Mickens, Ty- ler Stief, Eric Wagaman, and Colby Weit. The team also has some solid sophomore players this year, includ- ing Austin Myers, Jake Shilliday, Tom Fishel, and Gavin Schaffer. The Warriors will have to play to their strength this season, speed and quickness. This year, the team is very undersized so they will need to play up-tempo and fast. “The team is going to need to be in good shape this year,” said Forward Colby Weit. That will be a key for the Warriors; they will need to be faster, quicker, and in better physical shape if they want to be competitive. Manheim Township, Hempfield, and Penn Manor will be very tough

games for Warwick this season. The players believe they can compete with the best and look to prove that they are a contender. “We are going to be a good team this year,” said ju- nior guard Tyler Stief. The Warriors have a lot of poten- tial due to all the young players on the team this year. Eric Wagaman said that he feels the team has a bright future due to all the young talent that will be playing this year. “The team is working hard and getting better every day,” said Stief. So come out and show your support as the Warriors look to bring the Section One crown to Warwick this winter. The Warriors first game is Dec. 9 at Delone Catholic.