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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

Open Campus Closure

March 4th, 2019

Reported by: Stefany Booker

On Wednesday, February 27, due to the inclement weather open campus was closed for all the seniors at CPPHS. As a result of the continuous snow as well as the dangerous road conditions, the school felt as though the best way to ensure the safety of students was to prevent them from driving around and leaving the school throughout the day. After receiving the news, many seniors had controversial feelings about the decision. Many were walking through the hallways disappointed as they were not able to leave school to go home or get food during their free periods. At the end of the day, the reasons for closure became apparent as the snow continued at a steady rate. Several students had to wipe the snow and ice off their cars, and there were even some who had to assist in jump starting each others’ cars because they would not start. It has been a long and cold winter, and with all of the snow and harsh conditions lately we can only hope that spring is coming soon.

Accumulated snow in the Student Parking lot
Student’s view of the snow
Several students struggle with their cars as the snow is coming down

All photos provided by Elyza Greene

A Tragedy Brings Light to Many

March 4th, 2019

Reported By: Gabriella Stalter

On April 20,1999 the nation was struck by what would go down into history as an infamous tragedy. In Littleton, Colorado, two teens, by the names of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, opened fire on Columbine High School.  

It as approximately 11:19 a.m. on April 20th, when Klebold and Harris began shooting their fellow students outside of the school. The to teens were dresses in trench coats to conceal their weapons. By 11:35 a.m., Klebold and Harris had killed 12 students, one teacher, and they had wounded more than 20 other people, with most of their victims in the school library.  Finally, at 12 p.m., the two teens had turned their guns on themselves and committed suicide within the walls of the school.

Harris and Klebold were carrying two 9mm firearms and two 12 gauge shotguns. Harris additionally had a Hi-Point 995 Carbine, that carried thirteen 10-round magazines and a Savage-Springfield 67H pump-action shotgun. Klebold used a 9x19mm Intratec TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun with one 52-, one 32-, and one 28-round magazine and a Stevens 311D double barreled shotgun. In addition to firearms, the two teens had wired explosives and planted them around their high school, in attempt to destroy the school and murder more people. The two teens suffered from bullying and depression, however Erin Harris also was diagnosed with psychopathy and sadism. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris did not see any other way out of their hellish existence, except to open fire on those who made it that way.

According to the FBI, a mass shooting is a shooting that kills four or more people, excluding the shooter or shooters. With this definition, the history of mass school shootings in the United States aone dates all the way back to 1764, when three men entered a schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and killed 10 students. Even though this Columbine shooting was very tragic, and is the reason for many schools across America enacting a zero tolerance rule regarding disruptive behavior and threats of violence from students, it was not the deadliest or the last. For example, in 2007, a massacre at Virginia Tech left 17 people wounded and 33 people dead.

Although Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris died at approximately 12 p.m., this was not the end for the school. The school did not reopen until fall of 1999, and many were still scared from the tragedy that had occured in their very halls. In addition, now, Frank DeAngelis, Retired Principal of the Columbine High School, is a national-level speaker who addresses numerous professional and school audiences on the topic of recovery after a school-based tragedy. He also is serving as a consultant for safety and emergency management. Retired Principal DeAngelis has received multiple awards for his teaching, leadership and coaching skills, along with assisting in the recovery of school communities such as: Platte Canyon, Chardon, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook. Retired Principal DeAngelis was even in the Corning Painted Post High School on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m. During this presentation, Mr. DeAngelis told his story of the Columbine Shooting. He also revealed the leadership lessons he had learned in the focus of an international firestorm, providing invaluable insight into managing the after crisis with students, staff, and the community.

The school shooting tragedies are not yet behind us, however Frank DeAngelis believes, that “our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results”.

Hawk Threads

February 15th, 2019

Reported by: Alex Behn

It’s almost time to put away those winter coats everyone has been awkwardly hauling around. If you need new clothes cause it’s so hot lucky for you, you can use Hawk Threads. The name might sound familiar, but many students don’t know what it is. Hawk Threads is our school’s clothing store filled with all sorts of new and gently used clothing. It is open every Wednesday during 5th, 6th, and 7th period. When I asked Monique Tovey if she thought Hawk Threads is good for the school she said, “I believe that it is a good idea because a lot of people in the cold season don’t have gloves or jackets so it’d be nice for them to get it for free.” That is exactly what Hawk Threads is- an easy, free way students and even parents can get new clothes and school supplies, without the extra expense. Mrs. Freeman, a freshman guidance counselor that actively assists Hawk Threads stated that, “You really just go help yourself, you can take as little or as much as you want.” Of course, they need to get the clothing from somewhere, and if you don’t want to use it to pick up new clothes you can always donate if it is something you want to get involved in. You can drop off bags anytime in the library, attendance office, main office, or even in the hawk threads room which is located at the end of the A hallway. Everything is pre-washed, organized, and easily accessible just for you. Whether or not you want to donate your gently used clothes to the program, or are interested in getting clothes appropriate for the constant changing, unpredictable weather, Hawk Threads is the way to go.

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