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Mike Stimac’s Return to Karns City School District Was Inevitable

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By Ron Wilshire

COWANSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – It was almost inevitable that Mike Stimac would one day be principal at Sugarcreek Elementary School in the Karns City School District. He remembers as an 11th grade student at Karns City telling the principal, Mr. Beck, that he would come back and take his job someday. Stimac stepped down from […]

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Bible Club Trip

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By Lacey LaBorde, Contributor

Bible Club has arranged for a one-day coach bus trip to New York City on April 29. The cost is $95. You must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult. See Dr. Harmon for details. Bible Club has arranged for a 2nd bus for their April 29th trip to New York City.

You will be leaving the school at 3:00 am. You’ll be dropped off at Battery Park in New York City at 10:00 am. It’s a short walk to the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Wall Street, and Freedom Tower.

Enjoy NYC on your own all day.

Leave from Times Square for home at 8:00 pm. Short walk to Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, American girl store, Tiffany’s, Trump Tower, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Restaurants galore!

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Student of the Week 1/23/17

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By Kylie Drayer, Contributor

Name: Cyle Bowser

After-school activities: Baseball and track

Favorite book, its author, and why: Looking for Alaska by John Green because it has a good plot.

Favorite band or musician and why: Twenty-One Pilots because their music sends a good message.

Preferred or dream career/job: Teaching literature

Highlight of your high school experience so far: Winning districts in basketball freshman year

What is your favorite subject? English/Literature

If you could create your own high school course, what would it be called and what would it teach? Coaching 101 would teach students how to be a sports coach and teach leadership skills.

Name three things you would like to accomplish by age 30:

Be a college professor and publish a novel that eventually gets made into a movie.

If you could spend one year abroad, where would you go and why? Italy, because I love the food and would love to experience the culture.

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Anatomy and Physiology Project

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By Kylie Drayer, Contributor

Recently, students in Mrs. Lightner’s Anatomy & Physiology classes have been doing a dissection lab. Check out the Q&A below to learn more about the lab:

What is the purpose of dissecting a cat, in particular?

Cat specimen are reasonably priced for dissection specimen and are a nice comparison for human anatomy. They have excellent muscular structure as well. We use the similarities and differences to reinforce the anatomical learning. For example, some variations result because cats walk on four feet and humans walk on two feet. We then spend time comparing the skeletal structure differences because of this.

Where will students apply what they learn?

Most of my students are looking to enter the medical field (anything from nurse’s aide, LPN/RN to medical doctors or surgeons) or to work with animals (vet tech/veterinarian, animal biologist). These students will use this knowledge as they enter into colleges/universities to further their education. Others just take it for the learning experience. All students will learn study skills they can use in higher education settings or the real world.

What is the process for the dissection?

The first step is removing the skin from the cat specimen. This takes multiple class periods to complete. After the skin is removed, we do an in depth study of the muscles of the upper body followed by the muscles of the lower body. Then, we open the abdominal cavity and study the digestive, reproductive, and urinary systems. Finally, we open the thoracic cavity and study the cardiovascular system and nervous systems.

What kind of preparation do students have to do before they can dissect?

We don’t do much in preparation for actual dissection. The only experience that can be helpful comes from students that have hunted and skinned game animals. Otherwise, it is a learn-as-we-go experience.

As for learning during dissection, we study the physiology and structure of each system while we study the anatomy of the system during dissection. This allows the students to learn physiology and apply it to the anatomy. Students then take written exams on the physiology. They then have to identify the parts of the dissected cat system on their practical exams.

What are the students’ responses to the project?

Some students squeal and get really excited. Others sit back and observe quietly. But, as the days go by, most students become comfortable with the specimen and learn a significant amount from their dissection experience.

Thank you, Mrs. Lightner for your overview of dissection.

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Regional and District Chorus

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By Kylie Drayer, Contributor

Check out the interview with Mrs. McIntire to learn about District and Regional Chorus:

What is district chorus?

A small group of students who are enrolled in chorus and are in grades 10-12 are chosen to participate in the District Chorus Festival. This festival is a part of PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 3.

There are approximately 35 schools that attend this festival, from the following counties:

Venango, Clarion, Indiana, Jefferson, Armstrong

There are a total of 160+ students that participate.

The students prepare music between being chosen (late October) and the festival itself (in January or February). Once they arrive at the festival, each student must audition for Region Chorus. The audition consists of singing a couple of pages of a song acapella (without piano accompaniment). Students must sing the proper pitches, rhythms, dynamics, and more for each song (they must do 2). Students do not know what the audition will be until they arrive at the festival.

There are approximately 20 students in each section (alto 1, alto 2 soprano1, soprano 2, tenor 1, tenor 2, bass 1, bass 2). To qualify for the PMEA Region II Choral Festival, students must be in the top 10 chairs after auditions..

For the remainder of the festival, the group will rehearse the songs for a concert that will end the festival. This year’s concert was on Friday, January 13 at Marion Center HS

Did any students move on to regional chorus?

Brandon Shaffer (8th chair in bass 1) and Madeline Marshall (7th chair in alto 1) have qualified.

It will be held in Freeport on Feb 23-25.

What happens at regionals?

Regions is run in pretty much the same fashion as the District Festival.

Differences are:

Only the top 4 chairs out of 20 will be taken to the next level: PMEA All-State Festival which will be held in Erie in March.

Schools participating range from Indiana and up to Erie.

Congratulations to all of the students who made it to regions and districts!

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‘Tickets Tuesday’ Continues with Movie Tickets Giveaway

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By Jake Bauer

FAIRMOUNT CITY, Pa. (EYT) – Nolf Chrysler Dodge, Inc., exploreClarion.com, and exploreJeffersonPA.com have teamed up for a new weekly giveaway – Tickets Tuesday! Each Tuesday, one randomly selected winner will win tickets to an event, movie, or theme park. This week, Nolf Chrysler Dodge, Inc. is giving away 2 movie tickets to Carmike Cinemas in […]

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Four Generations Come Together for First Time at Shippenville Healthcare

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By Joanne Bauer

Four generations came together for the first time at Shippenville Healthcare on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Betty Preston of Shippenville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center met her great-grandson, Liam Alexander Preston, for the first time on January 21. Pictured (left to right): Matthew Preston, of Clarion, (father of Liam); Liam Alexander Preston being held by his […]

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Message Received: Halftime Talk Helps Keystone Boys Past North Clarion

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By Chris Rossetti

KNOX, Pa. (D9Sports) – With his team trailing by one at halftime to visiting North Clarion Monday night, Keystone head coach Greg Heath delivered a number of messages at halftime. (Photo of Tanner Wilson. Photo by Mike Schnelle. Check out more of Schnelle’s work here) But those messages boiled down to one thing, play smarter, […]

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UPDATE: Man Faces Hearing After Allegedly Assaulting Victim, Attempting to Steal Vehicle

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By Joanne Bauer

BARKEYVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A 23-year-old man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly assaulted a victim and attempted to steal his car in Barkeyville Borough. According to online court documents, Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 23-year-old Tan Cao Nguyen, of Randolph, Massachusetts. According to a criminal complaint, around 9:29 a.m. on January […]

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PA Residents Can Apply For Tax/Rent Rebates

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By Scott Shindledecker

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Application forms for the Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible residents to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2016. It costs nothing to apply for a rebate, and the department reminds residents that applications and free filing help are available at no cost from […]

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Who’s Hiring in Clarion County

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By Jake Bauer

A look at which local companies have employment opportunities in Clarion County and surrounding areas. Featured Jobs CNA’s, LPN’s, and RN’s Caring Hearts Staffing Agency – Clarion, Chicora, and Butler, PA Caring Hearts Staffing Agency is currently seeking candidates to fill multiple positions. Seeking qualified CNA’s, LPN’s, and RN’s. · Full and part time positions currently […]

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