Game, Set, Match

SARAH CORNELL

The tennis team bonding through laughter.

The tennis team bonding through laughter.

After practicing all summer long for the upcoming matches, the lady Spartans tennis team ended their season with a record of 19-7. They also came in second place at the Mt. Vernon Invitational on August 23, 2014. With the help of coaches Doc Flemming, Mrs. Bacon, and Mrs. Hahn, the team had a successful season. Even though the team lost three players from the previous year, they gained seven new members for the fall season, giving them a total of sixteen players.

Dedicated, passionate, and cheerful are three words that could describe any member of the lady Spartans tennis team. Since the team was spirited throughout the season, it is easy to understand how the team did so well. Assistant Coach Bacon said, “I think our team did very well. We had a winning record and all of the girls seemed to have gotten along. I think we all had some fun along the way as well!”

The season has not ended yet. Sophomore Natalie Zitko won at sectionals in her final match against Clear Fork. Now she will be moving on to districts in Bowling Green on October 9, 2014. The team and entire student body wishes her the best of luck in her upcoming matches.

Although hard work goes into having such a great season, the team always seemed to make time for some fun and excitement. After being challenged by Coach Bacon, the lady Spartans completed the ALS ice bucket challenge. The ice cold water definitely woke the girls up after a long, exhausting match against Ashland. Coach Bacon described this event as her favorite memory from the season. Sometimes the girls needed a little extra encouragement along the way to help them get through the match too. Senior Leslie Stewart said, “My favorite memory would have to be the time when Coach Bacon bribed Hannah Novack and I with chocolate doughnuts if we won our match, and we did!”

Many things can be gained from being a part of a team. For the lady Spartans tennis team, this includes lifelong friendships, tons of lasting memories, and the ability to play tennis well. Stewart said, “This season was filled with so many unforgettable memories and I am truly going to miss it now that it’s over!” The coaches are just as passionate about the game of tennis as the players are. They always strive to make the team the best that they can be. Coach Bacon said, “My favorite part of coaching is seeing the excitement when a player wants to win, or hits a good shot during a match that we had practiced, or winning a really tight match. I hope I can pass on my fondness for the game and how it can be a lifelong sport. It’s not only the winning for me. I love the improvement in everyone as our season progresses, and I like all of the different personalities! I also hope that everyone can learn from my dislike of no man’s land and carry that with them in their future tennis game!”

Not only did the lady Spartans tennis team have a winning record, they also had a great time together throughout the whole season! The coaches helped the girls improve their game and also supported and cheered them on along the way. Every member of the team showed dedication and passion for the sport they played.

 

The Evolution of Bullying

JANNA CAMPBELL

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Many schools today have adopted a “no tolerance” policy when it comes to bullying. This means that some actions or behaviors deemed inappropriate by a school will automatically result in a suspension or expulsion. Policies such as this are put in place to protect students and to provide a safe learning environment for children at school. But what happens when the bullying is not done at school but rather online?

Cyber bullying is taking the act of bullying to another level. Teachers and school faculty cannot help students who are victims of bullying when they are not aware that it is occurring in the first place. One of the main problems with cyber bullying, and one of the main reasons why students are choosing to bully behind a screen rather than face to face, is because unless someone comes forward, not much can be done to stop it. Monitoring bullying and the general well being of students becomes even more difficult through social media and text messages. Our Dean of Discipline here at St Peter’s High School, Jon Cuttitta, said, “We obviously don’t have the time or resources to monitor every student’s Facebook and Twitter, and we certainly can’t read or monitor text messages.” This is especially true for larger schools that have thousands of students.

Cyber bullying also brings up the issue of privacy and whether or not a school has the right to punish students for things they say or do outside of school. At St. Peter’s, bullying is not tolerated no matter where or when it occurs. “If a student is being bullied online and it creates a hostile environment or infringes on their rights at school, then absolutely the school has a right and will step in” said Mr. Cuttitta. Although it can be harder to detect cyber bullying, once it is noticed, it can provide sufficient proof of the bullying that can be shown to school administers.

It is not an easy task to monitor all of the students here at St. Peter’s, but the faculty practice the “zero tolerance” policy on bullying. Senior Meghan Keller said, “Cyber bullying is a growing problem, but I do not think it is an issue at our school.” If cyber bullying does become an issue for a student at St. Peter’s Mr. Cuttitta and our principal, Mr. Wasiniak, added a link to the school website that allows both parents and students to report bullying anonymously.

Dedication. Focus. Respect.

ALYSSA MILLS

Henrich pictureMost know him as an extremely humble and intelligent young man at St. Peter’s Junior High. However, his teammates know him as one of the the most talented cross country runners St. Peter’s Junior High has been gifted with. Eighth grader, Luke Henrich, has not only proven himself to be a natural runner by tearing up each course he has been challenged with, but also a dedicated leader through his actions and demeanor.

Henrich has had an impressive 2014 cross country season. He has reigned champion at Maumee Bay State Park, The Tiffin Carnival, and Mt. Gilead Christian. Not only this, but he has placed in the top five at Cat Pack, Buckeye Central, Galion Invitational, and Seneca East. Along with recognition at local cross country meets, Henrich has made a name for himself by recently breaking the previously held two mile time at St. Peter’s. The new record set by Henrich is 11:24, replacing Bailey Daughterman’s junior high time of 12:34.

Cross country coaches, Mike Mion, Mark Mills, and Mike Zook are eager to see what Henrich can do with his running career. Head Coach Mike Mion said, “Luke is a talented runner because he has the mental focus and determination to be the best. He trains hard during the off-season, and he runs tough at practice. He has a positive attitude toward any training routine that will make him better. He is an absolute joy to coach; he runs hard throughout the race and still has the guts to finish strong at the end. He makes it look easy, yet he is humble enough to be respectful to his competitors. He reflects on his races to get better, and he doesn’t like to lose. He has done exceedingly well this season, and I have no doubt that he will improve that time by the end of the season.”

Along with the coaching staff, teammates of Henrich are also awaiting the added potential by him joining the high school team next year. Varsity runner, Anthony Mulherin, said, “I’m excited for next year’s season because we have a good team now, but with Luke we can be great. Maybe, for the first time in a while we will advance to regionals as a team.”

Luke Henrich is a talented runner with a bright athletic career ahead of him. Despite how many medals he has been able to hang around his neck, he has stayed humble. Not only has Henrich earned the attention given to him by spectators, but also, more importantly, he has earned their respect.

Get Ready for the Halloween Parade

The Halloween Parade is just around the corner!  Part of the St. Peter’s Marching Band was on hand during this particular practice this week and are getting ready for the event, scheduled for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 6:30 p.m. and sponsored by Downtown Mansfield, Inc.

Be sure to join the fun at the parade . . . and watch the entire marching band do their thing!  Thanks to Mr. Friend and all the marching band members for their many practices and for representing St. Peter’s School at the Halloween Parade!

Singing the Color Song in Spanish

A few Montessori students were playing “teacher” last week and Mrs. Beres taped them singing the “colors” song in Spanish that they had just learned. If you don’t know your color names in Spanish, you might know them after you watch and pay attention to this like a good student!