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Opinion: A conservative analysis of Trump's first 100 days

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Today marks the one hundredth day since President Donald Trump took the oath of office on a cold January morning. Despite immense media bias and leftist fear-mongering, the beginning of Trump's administration has been full of positive milestones. Like the beginning of all presidencies, there have also been some setbacks, but great progress has already been made in these first few months.
According to CNBC, President Trump's administration is "on track to work out pretty well for stocks." Indicators have achieved record highs, increasing 10% since the election. While most economists credit this rise in equities to a renewal of optimism, President Trump has taken considerable steps to improve the economy, such as withdrawing the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has also signed executive orders aimed at reducing unnecessary and overbearing regulation. For every new regulation passed, two regulations must be eliminated, and new regulation …

Junior Alexander Williams Places 7th at PMEA State Chorus

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Last September, Alexander Williams and numerous other students spent the morning at McCaskey High School to audition for LLMEA County Chorus. Little did he know that this would be the first step in a journey that could potentially lead him to another trip to Disney World.
You might remember Al from the fall play, Arsenic & Old Lace, where Al played the role of the dead body or from High School Musicalwhere Al stole the show with his portrayal of an earthworm. Many in the high school refer to Al as the "voice of L-S" because of his hilarious deadpan delivery of the afternoon announcements. But you may be surprised to know that Al is also a very talented singer.
This past weekend, Al and LSHS choir director Mr. Erik Welchans spent the weekend in Erie, PA for the PMEA All-State Chorus Festival. Upon arrival, Al participated in re-auditions, a process in which the students sing the pieces they have prepared for a panel of judges to determine their seating for the festival. A…

Sophomore Kristen Herr places seventh in javelin at Penn Relays

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Yesterday in Philadelphia at the Penn Relays, sophomore Kristen Herr threw 146-4 in the javelin to finish seventh among some of the best track and field athletes in the country.


Kristen Herr's second #PennRelays throw was her best, a PR 140-11. pic.twitter.com/10yOF7ueHx — Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) April 27, 2017

Monday's Girls Lacrosse game to raise money for non-profit Conner M. Holland Foundation

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Join the Lampeter-Strasburg Girls' Lacrosse team tomorrow night not just for senior night but also for an outreach event for Sophia Wagner. Wagner turned one earlier this month and is currently in remission after a battle with Leukemia since April last year.
Monday's Laxin 4 Leukemia Night will raise money for the Lititz-based non-profit Conner M. Holland Foundation. The foundation supported the Wagner family over the last 12 months. It provides support and financial assistance to families dealing with pediatric cancer.



If you come, you can say hi to Sophia who will be in attendance. Since Sophia's birthday is this month the team plans to sing "Happy Birthday" and have cake for everyone. 
T-shirts will be sold at the game. Donations are also welcome. Game starts at 7 pm with the Pioneers host Cocalico.

They’re Going To Disney World: LSHS Music Department Takes on Orlando

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For many, Disney World brings back memories of magic, long lines, and expensive food. However, as well as these memories, about 100 L-S music students now have additional memories of being behind-the-scenes in the “most magical place on Earth” that will last a lifetime.
This October, the Lampeter-Strasburg High School music directors, Mr. Rob Shaubach, Mr. Erik Welchans, and Mr. Larry Royer, announced plans for a long-awaited trip to Disney World. After months of fundraising and organization by parents and students alike, the 120 students, teachers, and chaperones pulled out of the high school parking lot in three Disney-bound buses on April 11.

After a grueling overnight 19-hour bus ride, the group arrived in Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida. The day was filled with blaring hard metal music on Rockin’ Roller Coaster and screaming heads off at Tower of Terror. And after a mostly sleepless Tuesday night, Wednesday night was a different ball game with lights out at 11 PM and most f…

In My Own Words: Lander Holsinger prepares for FIRST robotic world championship contest

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In My Own WordsIn this installment of In My Own Words, Lander Holsinger talks about his Out of the Box Robotics team and their preparations for the FIRST World Championship this April in St. Louis. Preparing For Worlds
So as many of you know, my robotics team, Out of the Box, has advanced to worlds. Just because we advanced; however, doesn't mean the work is over. There is still plenty of things to do, whether it is doing something faster, building something stronger, or programming something more efficiently.
Programming Our autonomous (without human control) program worked with unbeatable accuracy. The team is known to have one of the best autonomous programs on the east coast. However, halfway through the autonomous period, robots are allowed to interfere with the opposing team's program. My team did not have a way to do this. We are currently developing a program that will run into the opposing robot's path to prevent the robot from completing its autonomous.
Scoring O…

Clash of the Classes t-shirts now on sale. All proceeds benefit the Four Diamonds Fund

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Orders for Clash of the Classes t-shirt are now be accepted at lunch and in the high school main office for only $10. The shirt color will correspond with your grade level color for Clash of the Classes.

All proceeds will benefit the Four Diamonds Fund. Download the PDF order form here.

L-S students and staff donate 60 pints of blood

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Sixty students and staff gave blood at today's senior class blood drive. Senior class blood drives are a regular occurrence in the high school happening several times a year. 
Donors must be at least 17-years-old to donate. However, a 16-year-old can donate as well as long as they have parent permission.

Music students prepare for tomorrow's Disney World performance

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Lampeter-Strasburg High School music department took 100 band, chorus, and orchestra students on a 14 hour charter bus ride to Disney World to perform.  Today, the students are busy practicing for Friday's performance. Here’s the orchestra students learning music to Disney’s Tangled.
Arriving early Wednesday morning, the L-S music students have had time to entire the wonders that Disney has to offer.

It wasn't just the orchestra students who were hard at work. On Thursday, chorus music students participated in an "awesome" workshop. They learned music from Frozen and then created a soundtrack to the motion picture. The Disney instructor said that L-S was the best group that she ever had.

--images courtesy of Mr. Erik Welchans

#ICYMI: “The banquet hall will come to order.” Garden Spot FFA holds annual banquet

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On March 16, Garden Spot FFA held its annual banquet to celebrate our member’s accomplishments and thank those who have supported our chapter this past year.
We had 200 members and guests present this year including special guests such as Lampeter-Strasburg School District board members and administration. As well as the Pennsylvania State FFA Sentinel, Garrett Jenkins and members of Pennsylvania government such as Representative Keith Greiner, Representative David Zimmerman, and Dr. Scott Sheely who is the Special Assistant for Workforce Development of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

A tradition of the FFA is to recognize its members for their accomplishments throughout the school year. We has 39 members receive degrees and 5 members of the community receive the Certificate of appreciation.

Our Discovery degree recipients included Austyn Adcock, Jasmine Thompson, Stuart Newswanger, Carson Garver, Hosanna Hoover, Keegan Johns, Cyrek Johns, Chyenne Oberdorf, Jackson Price,…

Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Chad Gaudino

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Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Chad Gaudino

Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Karoline Sigafoos

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Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Karoline Sigafoos

A Noteworthy Experience: Student and Teacher Perspectives on the District-Wide Chorus Concert

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It is not often that almost three hundred singers perform in one room in one night. On March 28, Lampeter-Strasburg took on the challenge to produce the first district-wide chorus concert in almost seven years.
The concert kicked off with the Hans Herr Chorus, featuring about eighty one fourth and fifth grade students who were anxious to make their district-wide debut. Directed by Mrs. Susan Doll, the ensemble, bursting with excitement, performed two fully choreographed pieces, titled “Ching a Ring Chaw” and “Kids are Music.” They were accompanied by mother-son team Sheila and Wesley Leaman.

The next portion of the concert included the Martin Meylin Chorus directed by Mr. Benjamin Gibson. The 100 students presented a capella classic “Old Joe Clark” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” also accompanied by Wesley Leaman.
The concert continued with the Martin Meylin Madrigals, an auditioned group of seventh and eighth grade students who want to expand their horizons and sin…

Two L-S graduates fight the ongoing crisis of sex trafficking

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Two L-S graduates are currently working to fight the ongoing crisis of sex trafficking. Their efforts are made through Project Libertad, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rachel Rutter, a 2007 Lampeter-Strasburg graduate began this organization last year through inspiration from a relative who was trafficked. Rachel is a 2016 graduate of the Drexel University Thomas R. Cline School of Law. Currently, she is an Equal Justice Works/Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at HIAS Pennsylvania. She is also a passionate advocate for women’s rights and other social justice issues.

Previously, Rachel has organized anti-trafficking work in Costa Rica, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, as well as working as working as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate. Before attending law school, Rachel attended Gettysburg College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish, Africana Studies, and English.

Over the summer, the two wome…

Hats off to new thespian society members

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Today, the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Thespian Society inducted 16 new members. New members include (left to right, front row) Samantha Tran, Emma Bender, Shannon Ferrari, Laura Komara, Ivy McComsey, Aron Possler, (back row) Matt Rhoades, Alexander Williams, Summer Neff, Izzy Mazaheri, Sarah Johnson, Cheyanne Waller, Skye Reinacher, Caroline McEligot, Braeden Weaver, and Pierson Castor.




Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Shane Lawler

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Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Shane Lawler

Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Sammi Pletcher

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Varsity Club Senior Athlete Spotlight: Sammi Pletcher