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Enigma Weekend Edition: "Breath of Life"

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Breath of Life By Maximo Franco
Sucked in, Pushed out. These are the breaths, The breaths of life.
Stolen and abused, Saddened and misused. These are the souls, Who breathe of life.
Joyful and open minded, Amazing and talented, Unique and loving. Intelligent from learning, How to breathe of life.
Alone are some, Seeking others. While some can’t get away, From the group they stay.
If this is life, How is it so? That I now stand, Together nor alone, Yet without a body, Or a breath. So now suck in, And my last out, My final breath of life.


Enigma is the art and literary magazine. Staff membership is open to any interested high school student. Each year’s staff is formed at the beginning of that school year. The Enigma staff is responsible for all aspects of production, from writing and artwork selection to layout and publication tasks. Members are also required to attend Coffeehouse readings. Items intended for publication may be submitted to the faculty adviser, Mrs. Carol Allen-Gordon

Advice: Are you making the most of your summer?

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It's the middle of winter but that doesn't mean that thousands of high school students aren't already planning out their summers. Are you planning yours?

Around December, every year, applications to pre-college summer programs are opening all across the nation. High school students are already carefully crafting their applications to some the of best summer programs offered in 2018, including myself. Are you going to get involved?


Continuing to learn over the summer has so many benefits. Not only does it keep your brain from getting rusty, but it puts you ahead of your classmates and provides you with the opportunity to experience amazing things and meet phenomenal people. Taking the time to figure out what you are going to be doing next summer is worthwhile.

There are so many ways to keep learning during those 100 degree months, so here are some options for how to get involved over the summer:

Pre-College Summer Programs
Almost every university or college provides a pre-co…

GSA invites recent L-S graduates to discuss college experiences

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On Thursday, December 21, the Lampeter-Strasburg GSA held a Christmas party and welcomed back two alumni guest speakers to discuss college life.
The first was 2017 L-S graduate Lily Murr who said, “College is definitely a place where you can find yourself and feel good about doing so. Diversity is a big part of college life. And even if you don’t go to college, there are so many organizations around that you can join. In the real world, being your own person is easier, in my opinion. You don't have to be afraid of not fitting in; there’s going to be some group that makes you feel welcome.”
Sarah Goldberg, who also graduated in 2017, stated “college is a huge change but it is really fun.”
Members of the GSA brought food and even invited students from outside the club to join in the fun. During the party people socialized and had an all around good time.

Enigma Weekend Edition: "Faith"

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Faith
By Steven Shepherd
The dark surrounds me But I have nothing to fear, Because I, of the many, know that God is near. He protects me from evil, And from Satan too. Put your faith in Jesus, Because Jesus loves you.

Enigma is the art and literary magazine. Staff membership is open to any interested high school student. Each year’s staff is formed at the beginning of that school year. The Enigma staff is responsible for all aspects of production, from writing and artwork selection to layout and publication tasks. Members are also required to attend Coffeehouse readings. Items intended for publication may be submitted to the faculty adviser, Mrs. Carol Allen-Gordon

Advice: How to give back this holiday season

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The holiday season is truly the perfect time to give back. As we open our gifts and spend time with family, it can be hard to not feel bad for the children and families who won't be smiling at all this Christmas.

If you want an opportunity to give back, here is a list of five ways to help your community this holiday season.


1. Visit a nursing home.
Especially at this time of the year, nursing home residents start to think about the fact that no one comes to visit them over the holidays. You don't have to know the residents, just talking to them is all they could ever want for Christmas. Visiting them, and maybe giving them a gift too, can make them so happy. Contact your local nursing home to request a visit.


2. Volunteer at a food bank or donate to a food bank.
Do you love the food that comes along with the holidays? You might, but there are millions of people who won't have any holiday feast or Christmas cookies this year. Typically around the holidays, food banks are in n…

Advice: Ten books to add to your reading list

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I love to read. And unlike most kids, I look forward to the time when I can just sit down and read a good book. I’ve been reading my whole life, so I’ve read a fair amount of literature. Here's my top ten favorite books.
1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I know this isn’t one book, but it is my favorite collection of books I have ever read. After reading these books six times each, I have come to love the life lessons, bonds of friendship, magical adventures, and more, that Harry Potter has taken me through. I don’t know what kind of person I would have been if I didn’t read Harry Potter! J.K. Rowling has become a huge inspiration to me. Harry Potter has made me into the avid reader I am today! No matter how young or old you are, you can always read and love Harry Potter.



2. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
 I only read this book a year ago, but it instantly became one of my favorites. It combines stories of love and friendship, as well as stories of kids pursuing th…

Hats off to new Thespian Society members

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Yesterday, the Lampeter-Strasburg High School Thespian Society inducted ten new members. New members include (left to right, front row): Emily Sidelinger, Kristen Mast, Jillian Pontz, (left to right, back row) Matt Monroy, Ryan Fahnstock, Lauren Kneisley, Luca Ferretii, and Josiah Zehr. Alina Rutherford and Lauren Torres were also inducted.

Enigma Weekend Edition: painting by Olivia Honert

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Collage
by Olivia Honert


Enigma is the art and literary magazine. Staff membership is open to any interested high school student. Each year’s staff is formed at the beginning of that school year. The Enigma staff is responsible for all aspects of production, from writing and artwork selection to layout and publication tasks. Members are also required to attend Coffeehouse readings. Items intended for publication may be submitted to the faculty adviser, Mrs. Carol Allen-Gordon
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The Asian Culture Club Ate What…?

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On Tuesday, the Asian Culture Club ventured forth to try an alternative form of dining. Lisa Sanchez, a Lancaster County Park Naturalist, visited Mr. Brian Fisher’s room during flex to teach the Asian Culture Club about the kinds of insects, which insects are edible, what bugs taste like, and how they are eaten around the world.

Everyone was shocked to learn that people in other countries intentionally eat insects everyday… and enjoy them! Then, at the end of the presentation, the students were able to form their own opinions on exactly how tasty bugs actually are!

Lisa Sanchez created an interesting presentation of about 30 minutes that kept everyone whispering “gross” under their breath. She bombarded the students with unbelievable insect facts, accompanied with pictures. 
Did you know that insect parts are in all of our food, meaning that we have all eaten bugs in our life?  Or that all of the termites in the world weigh more than all of the humans?  What about the fact that honey is…

Practical Arts department hosts third graders for 22nd annual Holiday Workshop

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As the holidays approach, so does our excitement for spending time with loved ones, giving back, and eating all the Christmas cookies we could ever want. And while the third graders of Lampeter-Strasburg are excited for what typically accompanies the holidays, they may argue they are even more thrilled for the high school’s annual Holiday Workshop.

In its 22nd year of festivities, the Holiday Workshop has continuously brought smiles to every third graders’ face, as they travel through four 25 minute sessions of holiday activities. Arriving at 12:40 pm, the third graders, decked out in Santa and elf hats, are always eager to get started. They are split up into four groups and directed to their first station.

The elementary students love interacting with the “big kids” and learning from them. As they are guided through their four child-friendly holiday activities, they are able to see the high school and get a feel for the high school schedule set up.

The festive stations include crafti…

Enigma Weekend Edition: Jewelry by Ansley Yost

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Bracelet
by Ansley Yost




Enigma is the art and literary magazine. Staff membership is open to any interested high school student. Each year’s staff is formed at the beginning of that school year. The Enigma staff is responsible for all aspects of production, from writing and artwork selection to layout and publication tasks. Members are also required to attend Coffeehouse readings. Items intended for publication may be submitted to the faculty adviser, Mrs. Carol Allen-Gordon
Related:View other weekend edition content

In My Own Words: L-S student performs in dance series to commemorate local dance legend, Barbara Barden

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In My Own WordsIn this installment of In My Own Words, Crosby Renninger talks about performing in the Barbara Barden Dance Series.
Last month, I performed a dance piece with my dance studio, Premiere Dance Academy, at Lancaster Country Day School. Theater of the Seventh Sister (TSS) puts on the production of the Barbara Barden Dance Series in honor of Barbara Barden, who was a local actress, director, and choreographer for dance companies and schools.

Theater of the Seventh Sister puts on the production of the Barbara Barden Dance Series, to continue sharing Barbara Barden’s vision of sharing with audiences of all ages, the wonderful art of dance.

Premiere Danse Academy, as well as many other dance studios and companies, perform a piece on the night of the show. The show is about an hour long, and tickets were fifteen dollars. There are two shows, one on Saturday evening, and one on Sunday afternoon.

This year there was a great turnout. The Saturday show had more people than the Sunda…

LSHS student’s robotics team advances to States

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After a season that ended in April with a semi-final finish on the world stage in St. Louis it was "back to drawing board" for Lampeter-Strasburg High School sophomore Lander Holsinger and his team, Out of the Box Robotics.

Actually, it was a CAD laptop and a 3D printer that Lander used to design three robot drive trains over the summer between seasons. After the annual game reveal in September one of Lander's drive train designs was selected among the team of 14 students and several adult coaches and mentors. 
Lander and his team set about finalizing the design, working with local machine shops to machine, laser cut and powder coat the components. Lander's keen vision and mechanical aptitude also led to a unique intake mechanism to gather, stack, transport and deploy foam blocks called "glyphs".

It all came together on Saturday, December 2 when Lander and two other drive team members drove the robot to a 1st place tournament finish among thirty teams fro…

In My Own Words: My First Day of (Not-so) Indoor Track

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In My Own WordsIn this installment of In My Own Words, Julianna Evans talks about her first day of indoor track that surprisingly takes place outside.  

At the end of my eighth grade track and field season, my coach told us that if we wanted to do high school track, he recommended doing indoor track – if you weren’t doing another winter sport. I don’t do basketball so I signed up for indoor track.

This past fall season I played soccer for the high school team. Since I was on JV, my season ended in the middle of October. The varsity’s season continued into November because they made it to states.

Indoor Track started on November 28, so that was almost a month and a half of break from sports. After soccer season I got sick and after that, I was in no mood to stay in shape. Which was a bad thing to do as the indoor track’s warm-up run gave me a rude awakening.

The run? 
From the high school’s fitness center doors to the stop sign. Oh, a stop sign can’t be bad right? Yeah no. The stop sign…