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Get Out and Vote
Have you ever been mad about cuts that happen around our school? Getting rid of teachers, certain activities, and ninth period? Have you ever thought about who is in charge of making these cuts and certain decisions?
The school board members are a very important part of the community who are elected by the public who live in the school district. The school board is in charge of making important changes and organizing things like new technology and budgets.
On May 21st, registered voters will go and vote for our new school board members.
The Panther Press, our sister school’s journalism club, had put together a public forum where some of the school board candidates had the chance to voice their views and be questioned by the community.
Meet the Candidates Who Attended
Jeff Brooks: This Maplewood local is a veteran, and an Edinboro education alumni. He has been on the school board for two years already, and he has “always wanted to do things [in the community].”
Brian Gisewhite: A current member of the school board, who has served as the PTO president and has two kids attending Maplewood Schools.
Gerry Dean: A Meadville local with 38 years of experience in teaching K-12 as well as being a school counselor. “Kids have always been the first and only agenda I’ve ever had.”
Tim Brown: Cambridge Springs local, married to a teacher at Cambridge Springs, with three kids who also attend this PENNCREST school. “All education is important but public education is very important.”
Jennifer Davis: This Maplewood bus driver has lived in the Guys Mills area for seven years now, and has four kids enrolled at Maplewood. She has seen the hardships when it comes to cuts, and is a very active band/sports mom and has also been a part of the PTO. “I wouldn’t want to call anywhere else home.”
Luigi DeFrancesco: Luigi has been around this area since 1977 and has had four kids graduate from Maplewood, he is a veteran from Vietnam and is against raising taxes. This candidate is the most conservative out of the bunch running for election. Luigi claims that, “They [iPads] are nothing but problems, books will last at least 20 years, not five.”
Each candidate differs in views and beliefs, but when it comes to the students, most all of them can agree that the kids come first.
THE KEY TO KEY CLUB
Our school offers many clubs to help enrich students lives and guide them to pursue a positive and helpful way of living. One of these clubs is our Key Club.
Key Club is a group that serves to aid their community through acts such as volunteering, cleaning up streets, organizing food drives, and collecting clothes to donate. The organization values teaching its members core values, such as inclusiveness and leadership by providing community service opportunities.
Leaders of Key Club work with principals, teachers, and students alike to help influence all to become helpful citizens. According to the official website of Key Club, www.keyclub.org, they promote ideas, some of which include, “to give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life”, “to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship”, and “to cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will”.
This organization isn’t just something that takes place in our school, but is a global organization, with thousands of clubs in more than thirty-eight different countries. In 2015, Key Club reached an incredible 270,046 members around the world.
Key Club International is not only the largest service program that is available for high school students, but is also the oldest. Key Club was founded in 1925 in California, starting with 11 members that all shared the goal of making their school the best it could be. The two that set the idea in motion belonged to high school administrators that were already part of the Sacramento Kiwanis Club.
The Kiwanis International today is extremely passionate about helping out their community, spending eight and a half million hours of service each year and raising one million dollars for causes both local and global.
Even though are a large amount of people from all different background make up this organization, they are all unified through their individual values. All members believe in one universal pledge, “I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.”.
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This past Saturday, March, 23 at the Woodshed, staff from both Maplewood and Saegertown competed in the biennial Donkey Basketball game. This event raises money for Parent Teacher Organization (PTO); this year raising, just under $8,000. The Donkey Basketball game is not the only draw ,however, this event also offers a large Chinese auction with items donated by our elementary classrooms, teachers, students and family members, as well as community members. In addition to the auction, chances at a Lottery Board are also offered.The event also held a concession run by the MHS band boosters and Kona Ice snow cone truck was on site,which donated 20% of proceeds back to the PTO.
Featured talent from the Woodshed was clearly seen in participants, including Mr.Gjovik, Mr. Borkovich, Mr. Drake, and Mr. Frable, all bringing lots of laughs to the spectators. The highlights of the evening for Mr. Gjovik, a third year participant, was, “Seeing Mr.Drake juggle donkey dung.” While Mr. Frable stated that his favorite part was “mostly beating Saegertown” but he also enjoyed when the announcer called Mr. Borkovich a “meathead”. A fan favorite, Mr. Drake, said that the highlight of his night at donkey basketball was looking into the stands and seeing “all the happy faces” but, in addition he found great pleasure looking at Mr.Govik next to a donkey and seeing limitless similarities. It was also Mr.Drakes special request that the following photo was included:
Finally, Mr. Borkovich declared his favorite part to be “Seeing Mr. Frable knock Mr.Greco off his donkey”. From a spectator standpoint, yet another Maplewood High School teacher, stated that, “Listening to my children laugh throughout the whole night was definitely the most enjoyable thing about the night.” There were also a multitude of high school students that attended, Lily, a sophomore here at the woodshed made the comment that her favorite part was seeing all her teachers fall. So all things being considered, Donkey Basketball, 2019, was a huge success.
A lot of teams that commonly get disused are our sports team, but other more academic teams are also available for our lovely school. One group that’s focused is around science is our own Science Olympiad team.
Science Olympiad is starting off a new year preparing for a competition that is coming in March. This might seem like a lot of time, but the amount of planning, studying, and preparing for this event can take a while. Nonetheless, it is always a fun experience for all that participate.
Science Olympiad is for grades seven through twelve who have an interest in sciences, such as biology, physics, and chemistry. Each year our school enters in the Northwest Region Competition and compete with other schools in the area, traveling to Penn State Behrend.
In the competitions, our school is divided into two groups with different rules for different subjects. B team is available for students in grades seventh through ninth, and C team which is available for students in grades ninth through twelfth. These teams will participate in companions were it might include testing, building, and creating something at the event.
This year, some of the events that students can participate in are anatomy and physiology, dynamic planet, thermodynamics, and herpetology.
At the end of the competition, awards for individuals and teams are given out for those who excelled beyond the competition. After all the awards are given out, the team eats a well deserved meal at McDonalds, and participate in a second competition of the day, the chicken nugget eating competition.
One of the goals of most of the members in the group is to beat another competing school, Laurel High School, who has a reputation of being hard to beat and placing high in many competitions. It is many individuals' goal of taking home that first place medal and having bragging rights over our number one competitor.
Science Olympiad is a fun event that all can participate in and expand their knowledge about subjects. The teams meet up every Tuesday after school, 3:00 to 5:30. To get more information about this, you can contact Mrs. Bargar. You can also go to www.soinc.org to get some more information from Science Olympiad’s official website.
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Everyone has ideas about how our school can improve in certain areas. We have all sat down with friends and complained about the school; spitballing ideas back and forth with each other about how the current state of the school could improve. It may feel like your concerns fall on deaf ears, but there is an organization whose purpose is to listen to your thought about Maplewood. A way to change your own ideas from being circled around a group of peers to being implemented in plan for improving the facility is to introduce your thoughts with our student council.
Student council is a group whose job is to represent the student body. They share students’ interests, ideas, and concern with our principal, Mr. Wolfarth, to help Maplewood become the school you want it to be. Sharing ideas with the officers of student council is a simple and convenient way to get your ideas acknowledged and let your thoughts be applied to the system.
Now, just saying you want to do something is a lot easier than doing it. Student council helps improve the overall quality of our school is working harmoniously with students and facility to meet common ground on projects. If you suggest an idea, it might not be able to become a reality the exact way you first envisioned it. Factors such as time and budget can make or break a project. But don’t let this stop you from voicing your thoughts. Student council can often make suggestions to make your project idea more feasible and able to be accomplished.
If you want to be the part of the voice of Maplewood, consider joining student council. Together we can all help make Maplewood the school we envision it to be. Remember, you have a voice and we want to hear it. Who knows, you might be the start of an idea that helps create the school of your dreams.
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