Showing posts from November, 2016

Column: Donald Trump elected 45th President of the United States

Early on the morning of November 9, news organizations all over the country projected Donald Trump as the winner of the 2016 presidential election. After nearly seventeen months of campaigning, the Republican businessman defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Along with reclaiming the White House, Republicans also won majorities in both houses of Congress.
After his unexpected victory, Trump delivered a speech in which he pledged to be president for all Americans: "To all Republicans, Democrats, and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people." He continued, "As I've said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people. And serve the people it will."

Donald Trump was not my first choice...or my tenth. However, he is the person whom millions …

Help the Varsity Club kick poverty with sneaker donations

The Lampeter-Strasburg Varsity Club is holding their second annual Sneaker Drive.
Varsity Club Sneaker Drive commercial.
The sneakers are Philadelphia bound for poverty stricken youth. Without sneakers, these Philadelphia students are unable to participate in gym class. Sneakers can be new or slightly used.

Place your sneaker donations in a bag, write the name of the homeroom teacher on the bag and put the bag inside one of the boxes located around the school.

The sneaker drive run now until Thursday, December 8.

Enigma Weekend Edition: Ceramic Vase by Natalie Ludwig


Enigma Weekend Edition: 'Missing You' by Shyla Boose

Missing YouBy Shyla Boose

Every second that goes by
Another tear I cry.
And every single night
I keep fighting the fight.
The pain I feel
I’m sure will never heal.
And I pray and I wait
For when I’ll see you at the Golden Gate.
I ask myself why
Though never do I get a reply.
Why you had to go
Only God will ever know.
I love you, I miss you
And I hope to see you soon.

In honor of my little brother, Antonio “Peanut” Cortes
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Last chance to help L-S families in need

Did you know that approximately 22 percent of Lampeter-Strasburg students live at or below the poverty level? This is your opportunity to help by donating food items to student council's annual food drive which concludes tomorrow, November 18.
In the past, the high school has been able to fill six pallets of food. But currently the donations are only filling two.

These donated food items will directly support local families in need here in the L-S community to be distributed by local food banks at Strasburg Presbyterian Church and Lampeter United Methodist Church.

Items are being collected beginning at 7:20 until 7:35 am each day in the high school cafeteria. 
The total points will be divided by the number of people in each homeroom. There will be two divisions this year. Homeroom's with fewer than 15 students, will be in the small homeroom competition, and the top homeroom with the highest number of points per student will win.  All other homerooms with 15 or more students wi…

Holocaust survivor speaks to high school students

Yesterday, Lampeter-Strasburg High School students and eighth graders had the privilege of hearing guest speaker, Marion Blumenthal Lazan, discussed her experiences during the Holocaust.

As a child, she was moved to different places, including the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She was separated from her father and brother, so her mother was her main source of strength. Lazan explained how difficult life was in the concentration camps and how she survived. She also stressed the importance of remembering the Holocaust.
Highlights from Guest Speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan: Holocaust Survivor Assembly
One of the ways Lazan coped with the harsh conditions in the camps was by playing a game, which was the inspiration for the title of her book, Four Perfect Pebbles. To feel a sense of safety, she would look for four pebbles of similar shape and size. If she could find all four, she believed it meant that all four members of her family would survive. She, her mother, and her brother surv…

Pioneers blank York Suburban, 48-0 in quarterfinal match up

On Friday night, the Lampeter-Strasburg football team blanked York Suburban in a stunning 48-0 defeat.

The victory improve the Pioneers' record to 7-4. L-S will now square off against number one seed Berks Catholic (10-1) in next week's semifinals game.

See all of Maya Pieters' football pictures.

--Maya Pieters, LS News Photographer

Review: Arsenic and Old Lace is no dull affair!

Opening night. 

Just like any other opening night, energy was high. I happened to catch preparation for curtain call, and I heard the cast sounded off with mysterious grunts and yells, presumably of excitement. They joked and laughed with each other, almost like a family. Many of these crew members spent time working together for the entirety of their high school careers, but even the new additions seemed to fit right into the energetic group.
Regrettably, before this year (my senior year), I had never seen any of the school’s productions, neither plays nor musicals. I always had “other things to do”. Now, I see how big of a mistake I had made missing out on our school’s performances. Even from the back row, every aspect of the stage, from the impeccable set to the talented cast of characters, was electrifying.

Because of this cast’s camaraderie, all interactions between actors and actresses appears natural, especially the relationship between Sean Burke and Braedyn Weaver. Their cha…

Enigma Weekend Edition: 'Eye Study' by Izzy Mazaheri


Aevidum to hold pancake breakfast / 5K fun run

On Saturday, November 19, Aevidum is planning their second annual Pancake Breakfast/5K Race for Awareness. The event is designed to promote awareness about mental health issues facing teens.
Proceeds from this event go towards supporting Aevidum projects throughout the Lampeter-Strasburg School District, including helping fund Susquehanna Service Dog Maya. Maya joined the staff at the high school last month. You can read more about her here. If you are interesting in making a direct contribution for Maya's future care, contact Mr. Kristin Glass.
Proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast and 5K help to support Aevidum activities and SSD Maya. Here Maya demonstrates how she can lay on a student's lap. 

The Pancake Breakfast runs from 8-10:30 am with the 5K run/walk starting at 8:30 am. For more information visit their event page on Facebook. You can register for the event online at or download the registration form here.

Cross Country members honored at L-L League banquet

Last night, several Lampeter-Strasburg athletes were honored at the 2016 Lancaster-Lebanon League Cross Country Coaches Association banquet.

Among those honored included cross country head coach Mrs. Mari Cunningham as Section Two Coach of the Year as the girls team went undefeated and the boys tied in Section Two play.

Jasmine McClintock received several accolades this season including Section Two All Star, Scholar Athlete, Leagues medalist, and achieved an overall 17th place ranking in the entire L-L League. 
Kelsey Kimmel was also honored as a Section Two All Star and achieved an overall 22nd place ranking in the entire L-L League On the boys' side, Noah Pritchard was a Section Two All Star. Section Two Second Team All-Stars included Colleen Gilbert, Madeline Helm, Abby Gordley, and Alyssa Cunningham. L-S also had several scholar athletes which included Lauren Bliss, Abby Gordley, Alyssa Cunningham, McKenna Kimmel, and Nathaneal Ferrari.

Four L-S athletes sign letters of intent

This morning four Lampeter-Strasburg athletes signed National Letter of Intent commitments. Olivia Martin 
Division I National Letter of Intent for Women's Lacrosse at Temple University
Autumn Peters  Division II National Letter of Intent for Field Hockey at Millersville University
Leah Wieland  Division II National Letter of Intent for Volleyball atGeorgian Court
Tyler Zameroski  Division II National Letter of Intent for Lacrosse at Seton Hill
The National Letter of Intent is a document used to indicate a student athlete's commitment to participating National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) colleges and universities in the United States.

So you think your family is crazy? The Brewster's have you beat in 'Arsenic and Old Lace'

Every family has a skeleton in the closet. The uncle you don’t talk about. The vacation everyone has agreed not to mention. The cousin who has had a run in with the law.

But Mortimer Brewster (played by Brendan Massar) is about to discover a closet or in this case a basement full of skeletons in the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Thespian Society’s presentation of Arsenic and Old Lace opening next week.
For those unfamiliar with Arsenic and Old Lace here is a brief introduction. Mortimer Brewster has been living a fairy tale. His loving spinster aunts (played by Emily Sidelinger and Ashely Crutcher) fill the role of surrogate mother. He has a dream job as a Broadway critic. He has just gotten engaged to his childhood sweetheart and neighbor (played by Caroline McEligot). Life is perfect.

However, Mortimer’s calm reality is about to be shattered when he discovers **Spoiler Alert** his entire family is insane homicidal maniacs.

Mortimer always knew his brother, Teddy Brewster (played by…

Field hockey earns state playoff spot in comeback game

Last night the Lampeter-Strasburg Field Hockey earned a ticket to states when Laura Horner scored off a corner as time expired beating New Oxford, 3-2.

The Pioneers needed a win at Wednesday's contest played at Lower Dauphin Middle after losing 3-0 to last year's state champion Twin Valley on Saturday.

In the game L-S was able to take the lead, 1-0 in the first half with 9:21 left on the clock. New Oxford was able to tie the game before halftime. Both teams put another point on the board with the Pioneers scoring first.

It was Horner, who has had 13 goals and six assists before last night's game that gave the Pioneers the victory in the final moments of overtime.

Here's video of the game winning score.
Berm won't have the biggest heartbreaker of the night. With time expired, Lampeter Strasburg scores on a corner. Laura Horner on the goal. — Adam Michael (@GoodOleTwoNames) November 3, 2016
The Pioneers (13-7) will now face the Gettysburg W…