Student Jobs

May 1st, 2019

Reported by: Elyza Greene

It is not uncommon for high school students to work an after school job or summer job. Having a job can help students gain work skills, and earn money that is useful later in their life, such as saving money for their college tuition or textbooks. The work experience is also great for college resumes, job applications, and experience gained from having a job so that teens know the value of hard work in their professions to come.

On the contrary, working a part time job during the week can impact a students’ grades in school. It can distract the students from their homework, or bring on extra stress to their already stressful school life, which is why it is important to find a balance between work and school, so that there is no unnecessary stress. After speaking with some students, I got some incite on what it’s like to have a job as a student, and whether or not students find it beneficial, or harmful.

Tyler Palm is a sophomore and is currently coaching boys gymnastics and young kids in ninja warrior classes at the Elmira Gymnastics Club. When asked how he thinks his job affects his school life, he said, “It definitely takes up a lot of the time I have to study, but I still make it manage.”

Erin Tucker is a senior and works two jobs: concessions at regal and as a group exercise instructor at the YMCA. After asking her about how she thinks having a job affects her school life, she stated, “It doesn’t affect my school life because I work out anyway, the only difference is I’m getting paid for it when I instruct. I get a couple classes a week and it really doesn’t get in the way of anything.”

Using data from the U.S. Department of Labor Blog on teen job trends, it is shown that the amount of students with jobs has actually decreased over the past 40 years and will continue to decline through the years. Between 2015 and 1979 the percent of student with jobs has decreased 23.6 percent. One reason this percentage is decreasing is the push for student to be in school. The majority of teenagers day is spent either in school or studying for school at home. There isn’t much room in the day to have a job.

Spring Break 2019

April 5th, 2019

Reported by: Erin Tucker

After a long, cold and grueling winter, spring is finally upon us. Although the weather is still at times unpredictable, things are starting to look up as spring break is only a short week away. Not only is spring break a light at the end of the tunnel in terms of warm weather, but it also marks the home stretch to the end of the year. Spring break is from Monday, April 15th to the 19th; when students return, we will be starting with the fourth and final marking period of this school year. Multiple students have different plans for spring break, whether it’s going somewhere warm, going somewhere not-so warm, or staying in town and enjoying a week off from school. Senior class president  JT Ryan has exciting, sunny plans for spring break: “My choir and I are going to Hawaii for the Choir trip; we’re going to the islands of Hawaii and Oahu. I’m most excited to perform at various sites of historical significance, such as the Polynesian Culture Centre, and bring our music to the state. I’m also excited to see the pineapple farms and try a pineapple that hasn’t been refrigerated or treated to last longer. It’ll be an exciting experience not only for me, but for everyone attending.” Along with several students involved in chorus going to Hawaii for spring break, other students are going out of town as well to enjoy some sunny warm weather as well, such as senior Natalie Powers who is looking forward to her vacation at Myrtle Beach. Natalie stated “I am really excited because I am looking forward to the warmer weather and I love going to the beach. There are a lot of fun things to do there, like shopping, going to the boardwalk, etc. My favorite thing is probably laying on the beach and just relaxing because I am busy all the time.” To all of the students and their families here at CPPHS, whether you are staying home for break and relaxing before returning to school for the final marking period, or going out of town, have a fun and relaxing break and safe travels to those who are leaving town for the week.

Plans After High School

April 2nd, 2019

Reported by: Elyza Greene

As the end of the year is approaching, it is time for those graduating to consider what they want to do with their life. There are many options that someone can choose to do after high school is over. Some choose to go to college and further their education, while others go into the military to serve our country, and the rest go straight to work and start their careers. Everything differs from person to person and it’s a struggle for each and every student because of the stress society puts on them to have a solid plan for their future. Sophomore Caitlin Oropallo, has decided she wants to go into the military after she graduates from C-PP. “I want to go into the military because it’s a family thing. All the generations have gone into the military except my brother,” Caitlin states. But the military isn’t for everyone; senior Christina Mizzoni wants to go straight to college and continue her education. After talking with her she explained why, saying, “I wanted to go straight to college right away because I just wanted to start getting to be able to do my career as soon as possible.” There are many paths people can follow in life from military, college, or career and each person has to follow their own path and not be pressured by what others expect of them.

Rachel Plumley’s Signing

March 19th, 2019

Reported by: Aaryaa Donthu

With her family by her side, on March 13th, senior Rachel Plumley signed to play Lacrosse for  Mercyhurst University. “I was really excited because it’s something that I have been really looking forward to and it was one of my goals since I first started playing in 3rd grade,”Plumley said. Although coming this far was tough, Plumley’s family, friends, and teammates all played a big part in her journey. . “The journey was tough and I’ve had a lot of teammates and coaches along the way and I’m so thankful for everyone that stuck by me the entire time. My family members were my number one supporters and they all have kept me grounded and motivated throughout my career. They kept believing in me and I kept believing myself and I kept working hard,” Plumley said. Her coach, Mr. Kevin Scanlon was very impressed with her and her commitment to always get better. “I’ve known her for all of her high school career just being a student but i’ve been lucky enough to coach her the last two years. She plays with more and more confidence and she’s committed to learn the game and you can tell that she’s always eager to learn more and more , she’s meticulous and always wants to improve herself so that has always struck me about her. She cares so deeply. I’m Going to miss everything about Rachel. Mostly,  the look she gives you when she’s happy or when she’s putting the work and she sees the payoff and she gives that big smile and it’s perfect,” Coach Kevin Scanlon said. As the school year is coming to an end and graduation is nearing, this can be a time of sorrow especially for close teammates and friends. “I’m going to miss her sunshiny attitude, the constant laughter, and all of the good memories that we’ve shared together,” teammate and friend Kenna Newman said.

Rachel Plumely and family pose for a picture
Rachel signing for lacrosse at Mercyhurst University

Photos provided by Aaryaa Donthu

One Step Closer

March 14th, 2019

Reported By: Stefany Booker

Graduation is right around the corner, and the time has come to start planning for the events at the end of the year. On March 11-12 during lunch periods, seniors are ordering their caps and gowns, as well as other optional senior apparel. The seniors are excited about the ordering of their cap and gowns as this means that they are getting closer to the day when they are about to take the next step in life after high school. Along with their caps and gowns, seniors are able to order sweatshirts, hats and other class souvenirs to remember their final year. In addition, juniors are also able to order their class rings early. The juniors are getting excited about getting their final year as well, while the seniors are finishing their last year here at CPPHS and getting ready to embark on their next journey.

Runner’s Up

March 14th, 2019

Reported By: Gabriella Stalter

Last Friday, the Boys Varsity Bowling team competed in States at the Strikes and Spares Bowling Alley in Syracuse NY. The competing boys included: Seniors Brice Carr, Alex Chang, Jacob Freeland, Tanner Kizis, Derek Lisi and Juniors Michael Hoffman-Bellucci, Isaiah Beschler and Cory Bigelow.

From Left to Right: Brice Carr, Isaiah Beschler, Jacob Freeland. Derek Lisi, Tanner Kizis, Coach Kizis, Michael Hoffman-Bellucci, Alex Chang

The Corning Hawks Boys Varsity Bowling team was rewarded second in the state. Although second place is not first, the boys competed better than they had last year, where they only seated third in the state.

Junior Isaiah Beschler ended the day with a score of 1340. This is the third highest series of boys with games of 206, 273, 226, 226, 185 and 224. Junior Michael Hoffman-Bellucci bowled a 1267 series with games of 178, 215, 202, 225, 221 and 226. In addition, Senior, and former State Champion, Derek Lisi bowled a 1251 series with games of 212, 162, 204, 202, 227 and 224. Senior Tanner Kizis bowled five out of six games, and Senior Alex Chang bowled four out of six games. Brice Carr and Jacob Freeland however only substituted for Kizis and Chang when they began to struggle.

Jazz Concert

March 14th, 2019

Reported By: Gabriella Stalter

On Friday March 8th, the Corning Painted Post Hawks Jazz Band participated in a student organized Jazz concert. At 7pm, in the CPP High School Theater, the Jazz Band put on a concert to help show their support, along with the community’s, for the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. To do this, they sold tickets at a price of $5 for adults and $2 for students and children. All the proceeds went straight to the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the concert itself brought awareness to the community about the need for support towards the arts.

The Corning Painted Post Hawks Jazz Band performing

The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes has a mission statement to elevate the communities through support, advocacy and promotion of the arts. They increase arts programming and opportunities in schools and organizations with grants and funds, increase public awareness and access to diverse folk art traditions, advocate for arts education, provide technical assistance and linkages to individual artists, increase awareness of the importance of the arts to the economy, and they serve the public through their regional arts calendar, special school arts activities and information sharing. They believe that the Southern Finger Lakes will be an internationally renowned arts haven filled with homegrown talent and creative people who of which have moved here to join the vibrant multi-county arts scene.

The Swing into Spring Jazz Concert was organized by students, Ada and Kiely, for a class project. The concert featured the jazz ensemble, a staff ensemble, and a student group. This is the first instance where such a big production had taken place with full- student organization. In fact, Juniors Ada Jarosch and Kiely Caulfield were interviewed on the set of WETM-TV 18 News on Thursday morning for their success with this class project.

Co-organizer, Kiely Caulfield
Co-organizer, Ada Jarosch

Pictures provided by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

National Honor Society Contributions

March 14th, 2019

Reported By: Gabriella Stalter

National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. Such students are recognized for demonstrating excellence in the four pillars: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Each year, a select number of juniors are selected, from each school, to become a National Honor Society Member during their senior year of high school. Once selected, students are inducted and begin their membership. In order to maintain their membership status, each student must continue to demonstrate all four pillars in both the school and community.

This week alone, NHS members from the CPP High School are supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the local Food Bank, the local science fair, and the Lion’s Club. To help the local food bank, 16 NHS students have volunteered to go to the Food Bank from 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, March 14th to lend a helping hand, where needed.  To support the Lion’s Club, NHS members are volunteering their time to assist at the Lion’s Club Fun Day on Saturday, March 16th from 10am to 12pm. They will assist in minor activities such as face painting and booth control. In addition, volunteers are are assisting Saturday, March 16th in the local Science Fair. They will help set up and tear down the CPP Gymnasium, along with assisting people who are not knowledgeable about signing in, getting set up, and appropriate entries and exits. Lastly, all members have participated in selling shamrocks to support MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Along with individually selling these to family, friends, and co-workers, a select few have volunteered to sell shamrocks, in the cafeteria, during the school’s six lunch sections. The selling of shamrocks started on Monday, March 11th and will end on Thursday, March 14th. All proceeds will go to the MDA to support funding for muscular dystrophy diseases.

According to Senior Sara Frutos, “I think in retrospect the NHS organization sets us up well to support organizations and groups that we may have otherwise not helped, however I believe it is truly up to the members on whether we help or not, and what degree we do so.”

St. Baldricks

March 14th, 2019

Reported By: Gabriella Stalter

300,000. That is the number of children, worldwide, who are diagnosed with cancer each year. Two thirds of diagnosed children will suffer long-term effects from treatments. In the United States, alone, more children die of childhood cancer, than AIDS, asthma, cystic fibrosis, congenital anomalies and diabetes combined. Additionally, in the last 20 years, only four new drugs have been approved that were specifically developed to treat childhood cancer. This is due to the National Cancer Institution only dedicating, at most, 4% of their budget to childhood cancer research. However, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has taken it upon themselves to change these statistics.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered organization, who fund more grants than any other organization, aside from the U.S. government. The foundation limit the number of their staff and expenses in order to direct every possible dollar to childhood cancer research. They fund supportive care research to improve the quality of life for patients and survivors. They provide hospitals with the funds to open high-impact clinical trials for rare disease types, and they fund researchers to work together to make sure the currently underway research is done by the best and brightest investigators and is shared between institutions and continents. In order to accomplish all of these goals and tasks, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation works closely with leading pediatric oncologists, doctor who specialises in children’s cancer, and they determine the most promising research to fund. Once this is done, they create funding priorities to make the greatest impact for children with cancer.

One way the foundation receives donations is from advertising. Through their online campaigns they are able to randomly get donations throughout the world. The other way they obtain such large donations is through St. Baldrick’s sponsored events. One of these events is happening this weekend in Corning Painted Post High School’s Gymnasium. These events are spread out throughout the year, at various locations, but it only takes place once every year in this specific location. During this event, there are a variety of activities and booths, such as: face painting, photo booth, food tables, raffles, spin the prize wheel, and cornhole. All of these stations are ran by either individual volunteers, local sports teams, and/or sponsoring groups. In addition  to the activities, the main event takes place at 3:30. At 3:30, all the people who are making a donation, through the shaving of their head, take their seats. Their heads are completely shaved in front of the entire gym, to allow recognition for those participating in helping the children’s funds, and they receive a t-shirt for their contribution. All the hair is then taken and sold for money, which then goes straight to the St. Baldrick’s Research Fund. In addition, throughout the day the raffles and donations baskets are traveling around the gym, furthering the donation amount.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is trying to increase the research dedicated to childhood cancers, by obtaining various, annual donations worldwide. The local Rock the Bald event is in the Corning Painted Post High School Gymnasium on March 17th from 12pm to 5pm.

Start of the Spring Sports Season

March 8th, 2019

Reported by: Stefany Booker

March 4th marks the beginning of the spring sports seasons here at CPPHS. Many student athletes have been waiting for this time of year to come around, looking forward to getting back outside and playing their sports as they have anticipated. As the first day has already happened, ladies trying out for Softball stated that it was a hard and tiring first day back into the season. Many athletes are anxious to see if they have made teams that they have tried out for; the baseball and softball teams found out whether or not they made the team, the suspense was over for the boys baseball teams when they found out March 6 after practice. The girls softball team found out the next morning whether or not they made the team from a list that was posted on the window of the women’s PE office window. “Tryouts were good and I can not wait for the season to get going and for us to finally be able to get out of the gym and get out on the field” stated freshman Kelsey Booker and Jade Padgett. The athletes are all ready for the warm weather and for the season to get going, and most of all to represent CPPHS with our great sports teams. 

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