Showing posts from June, 2015

Editorial: Supreme Court Stymies Democratic Debate with Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

For many, June 26, 2015 will go down as an important date in American history, as it marks the day that, depending on with whom you side, the Supreme Court acknowledged a fundamental right, or the Supreme Court set a dangerous precedent that challenges the democratic principles on which this nation was founded. I find myself in agreement with the latter. Today, five Supreme Court justices – all either Catholic or Jewish, and all graduates of either Harvard or Yale Law School … in other words, not a body representative of the US populace by any means – usurped 320 million Americans by ruling that in 1868, Congress and the states passed an amendment that guarantees gay people can get married, and that for anyone to say otherwise is at odds with the Constitution. Heretofore, there is a constitutional right to marriage. This unfettered judicial activism is deeply concerning – five unelected lawyers -- admittedly qualified jurists, but a non-representative body nonetheless -- redirected the…

Editorial: Look to victims' families, not politicians for how to respond to Charleston tragedy

On June 17, 2015, a Bible study metamorphosed into a racially-motivated execution chamber at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people -- including pastor Clementa Pinckney, also a state senator in South Carolina -- were killed, allegedly by 21-year old Dylann Roof. Evidence suggests that the shooting was racially motivated, and authorities are investigating it as a hate crime. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has already made a public statement urging the death penalty, and political commentators across the country are rushing to frame the tragedy to support their ideological agendas.
In the midst of the media circus, families of the victims -- the people who truly have a right to be angry -- are having a markedly different reaction. Felicia Sanders, whose son was killed by this unwarranted, unprovoked, and cold-blooded act of violence, said to Roof during an arraignment hearing: “May God have mercy on you.” Nadine Collier, a shooting victim’s daughter, said, “I forgive y…

From the editor; to our readers: Thanks for a great first month!

To our readers:
A month ago, Mr. Zurn called me into his room during the end of my fourth period class for reasons unbeknownst to me. When I arrived, he essentially said, “Hey guess what. I am the new advisor for the newspaper, and you are going to be the editor-in-chief.” Immediately, the ideas started spinning in my head for where we could take the newspaper, and the first priority was getting it online.
If by the end of the year, we had a website, I would be happy. Little did I know that in under a month, a half-dozen students would have already contributed to articles, events would be covered in great detail, and feature stories would be up and running too. It has happened very quickly, and that is thanks to you, our reader – we are already averaging more than 100 views per article, which is certainly great incentive to churn out high-quality, informative content.
As we head into the summer, I want to thank you for reading what we have put out thus far, and ask you to stick with us…

High School Teacher Presents at TEDx Lancaster

Special education teacher, Mr. Jeff Swarr, was one of 15 presenters at this year's TEDx Lancaster on May 16 at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

Mr. Swarr talked about lengthening "The Gap" and how to be present in the moment. He feels that we have become like Pavlov’s dogs by immediately responding to our cell phone notifications. He calls it #TheGap and says that by lengthening it, we can be more in the moment and get more enjoyment.

Scholars Bid Fond Farewell to Lampeter-Strasburg

Ethan Emmert, Marah Brubaker, and Kelsey McNaul finished first, second, and third respectively in the Class of 2015. Although all acknowledge the gravity of their achievement, all appreciate that other accomplishments transcend the impact of what Brubaker summarizes as “all that I have worked for (academically) during high school ... trimmed down into a single number,” a concept she called “quite strange”.
“While it is certainly a pleasure and an honor to be recognized as number two, it has never been about a ranking for me,” she says. “I have definitely seen students pursue only recognition and prestige, but that was never my motivation. To me, salutatorian is merely a side effect of the long hours and hard work. I loved learning and challenging myself during high school, and getting recognition is just a fortunate consequence.”

Friendship’s Bonds Shall Ne’er Be Broken

About 10 minutes before graduation was set to commence, the Class of 2015 emerged from the crest of the hill beyond Martin Meylin, processing one final time as a class before lives of independence took root. An audience much larger than some expected thanks to weather’s cooperation observed as the class filed into its seats, ushered in by the L-S String Ensemble’s rendition of the venerable Pomp and Circumstance.
Student speaker Julia Weigel opened the ceremony by humorously recounting the seniors’ 311,320 minutes of high school … in about four minutes and 54 seconds. She commended the students’ ambitions, and urged them to live lives with perseverance – or as her family calls it, stick-to-it-ive-ness – embodying the true spirit of a Pioneer.
Assistant Principal Mr. Benjamin Feeney was next to take the microphone. Feeney officiated at graduation in his first year at L-S, as Mr. Spencer had a child graduating at Garden Spot, and Dr. Rimmer’s daughter Mallory graduated during the ceremony…

Have you claimed your free #BearStrong Lancaster Barnstormers ticket?

On Friday, June 5, all students received a voucher for a free ticket the the Saturday, June 13 Lancaster Barnstormers game. That evening for every adult Field Box Ticket purchased, $4 will be donated to #BearStrong.

What is #BearStrong?
This spring, Lampeter-Strasburg quarterback began experiencing severe headaches and nausea. This led to the discovery of a tumor in Collin's brain. On May 12, surgeons at the Children's Hospital of Philadephia removed the tumor. Now on the road to recovery, the Shank family faces medical bills and the desire to help other facing similar situations. For more information about Colin "Bear" Shank visit his Caring Bridge page.

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2015 Senior Superlatives

Class Couple Ross Souders Madison Cunningham

Most likely to be interviewed on ESPN Cameron Enck Krista Mellinger

Most likely to win the Nobel Peace Prize Ethan Emmert Julia Weigel

Watch the 2015 L-S Commencement Live on YouTube

Can't make it to the 2015 Lampeter-Strasburg Commencement in person? You can watch it live on YouTube. Graduation begins at 7 pm.

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From Promposal to Post-Prom: Putting Prom in Perspective

This past weekend was a busy time for juniors and seniors at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. On May 30, the Eden Resort hosted the 2015 L-S Junior Senior Prom. The event started at 5:00 pm when students arrived to LancasterOnline snapping pictures for their prom webpage. However, planning for the Prom had begun long before Saturday for some students.
What many students call ‘Promposals’ started as far back as March. For the next three months, social media would feature special flowers, notes, letters, and posters as couples unite. Students enjoyed coming up with creative ways to ask their dates to the dance. For example, senior Seth Bare created a scavenger hunt for his girlfriend, Megan Doolittle, a junior. Other students prefer a more classic approach involving flowers. However, food is a popular concept. Some students ‘promposed’ with donuts or some form of cake. Some couples took a less traditional route in that the girl asked the guy.

$1100 raised for Four Diamonds Fund

On Monday, June 1, 2015, during RTII, students in the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes attended an assembly in the Performing Arts Center intended to apprise them of the Mini-Thon, which is planned for next year on December 4.
Matt Paich and Lillian Murr, members of the planning committee, offered brief introductory remarks before Mrs. Shehan, a social studies teacher at L-S and the event’s faculty coordinator, took the podium and explained her involvement with Mini-Thon in her last teaching job at Cedar Crest.
“I’m pretty socially awkward,” she confessed.