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March 31-April 9
Artisan Boys Kickin’ it up a Notch
If you haven’t been paying a en on to the Ar san’s soccer season,
you’re missing some great games like last Sunday’s. The Winter II League is
tougher than Winter I. The local high school teams are ﬁelding their players
to prepare for the spring season and the outdoor weather. Squads such as
Central Tech, Collegiate Academy, and General McLane are pu ng their
veterans on the turf to get them in shape. The Ar sans have improved too.
Facing tougher compe
on has made them rise to the challenge. Sunday’s
game serves as proof of this.
The game started later then it should have. With an increase in teams,
the directors of the league at Family First had to adjust to a larger crowd
and more stoppages during games. As the guys stretched in the hallway just
oﬀ the ﬁeld, you could tell they were concentra ng. Their ﬁrst game against
Central served as a wakeup call. The 7‐3 loss to a fast‐pace striking team
reminded the Ar sans that they needed to get into be er shape if they
wanted to be compe
ve. Their next game served as a lesson in pa ence as
a well organized and disciplined Admirals team executed prac ced plays in
a 5‐3 victory. As the Ar sans faced a larger Girard team, they knew they
needed to be fast, as well as eﬀec ve.
A er the opening whistle, it did not take long for the Ar sans to score.
Moving the ball well and comple ng passes put them ahead 1‐0 in the ﬁrst
ﬁve minutes of the game. 12 minutes into the ﬁrst half, Girard answered.
Physical play and good communica on allowed them to e the game at 1.
As the game con nued in the ﬁrst half, Girard would go on to score three
more mes to the Ar san’s two. As the Ar sans came oﬀ the ﬁeld, Coach
Miller started his speech. “Guys,” he shouted, “you need to stop playing like
you are afraid. You need to communicate and beat your man to the ball. I
don’t want to see anyone walking out there. When I put you on the ﬁeld, I
want you to give 100% the whole me you are out there.
The second half of the game, the Ar sans play hard as they ba led
against bigger players for posi on. Girard had scored in the beginning of the
half to set the score at 5‐3. It looked like the Ar sans would be defeated
again, but this is something they would not let happen. With 8 minutes le ,
Prakash Subba kicked in a goal oﬀ the far post. This put the Ar sans behind
by one goal and shi ed the momentum of the game. Suddenly, Girard was
on the defensive as their goalie defended mul ple a acks. As the clock
clicked down, both teams grew more desperate: the Ar san to e the game
and Girard to win. With 14 seconds le , Kiran Rai pushed in the ﬁnal goal of
the game. As the buzzer sounded, the score was 5‐5.
The Ar sans soccer team has had its ups and downs, but there have also
been some great games and good mes. Take the me to come out and
support the Ar sans this Sunday as they face Collegiate Academy.
Turning the Tassels
By Mr. John Timmers
It was a night to remember for CSE’s
ﬁrst members of class of 2012 and
their families and friends who came to
the Leadership Center Auditorium to
support them. On February 21, 2012,
eleven students earned their diplomas and completed
the ﬁrst step in their long journey of life. It is an accom‐
plishment that not everyone can complete. For some of
them, they are the ﬁrst members of their families to
graduate from high school.
Mr. Primavere led the ceremony and re red teacher and
student favorite Mr. Duane Churchill gave an inspiring
speech. But two students stole the show. Dominique
Johnson and Amanda Whitehead were asked to take on
the honor and challenge of speaking at commencement.
Mr. Johnson thanked his favorite teachers, especially Mr.
Dolak, for dedica ng their me and energy in helping him
reach his goals. Ms. Whitehead composed and orated a
speech that could have been the envy of any valedictori‐
an speaking at gradua on. She quoted King Solomon and
spoke of the virtues of wisdom and the importance of
developing good character. Amanda’s address to her fel‐
low classmates was one of the best in Charter School
Let their examples of hard work and dedica on be a clear
message to all the students of the Skills Center and the
Leadership Center: There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Achieving your goals and having a posi ve and bright
future are just over the horizon; all it takes is your best
eﬀort. Congratula ons to the ﬁrst members of the class
Picture from Le to Right: Mark Knight, Amanda White‐
head, Eric Robinson, Bri any Wi , Robert Schiemer, Tay‐
lour Maxwell, Damar McLaurin, Dammi Jiuliante, Jona‐
than Delrio, and Dominique Johnson. (not pictured: Man
Super Skills Students!
By Ms. Erica Young
Anita Subba was selected as the February
Student of the Month at the Skills Center.
Anita believes that she is a model student
because she works hard, has good a end‐
ance, and is respec ul to all of her teachers.
Anita, 18, likes to hang out with her friends
and help her family, but her favorite ac vity
is hos ng Nepali programs. Recently, she hosted the Nepali
New Year cultural program where people came from all over
to celebrate and watch cultural dancing, singing, and ac ng.
In school, Anita says that she likes all of her teachers, but
her favorite class is Dr. Baron’s college‐level reading and
wri ng course. Anita will also be par cipa ng in a dual‐
enrollment biology course at Mercyhurst College to help her
prepare for the future. Anita’s educa onal goals are to gradu‐
ate from high school and enroll in a four‐year college to study
nursing. Her long‐term goal is to become a doctor.
Anita’s advice for students at the Charter School of Excel‐
lence is to be honest and respect your teachers. She believes
that everyone should live by the Golden Rule: treat others the
way that you want to be treated.
Prem B. Kha woda was also selected as the February Stu‐
dent of the Month at the Skills Center. Prem thinks he was
nominated because he is a good student who works hard in all
of his classes. In his spare me, Prem, 17, likes to play soccer
and chess. Recently, Prem was the cham‐
pion of a chess tournament hosted by Mr.
Timmers, where he earned the number
one seed for the 1
Annual Chess Tourna‐
ment of Kings. He is conﬁdent that if he
works hard and keeps his mind sharp, he
can come away as the winner.
Like Anita, Prem enjoys all of his teach‐
ers at the Skills Center, but his favorite class is Math with Mrs.
Woods. Although he is not sure which career path he will pur‐
sue, Prem would like to graduate from high school and a end
a four‐year college. His advice for students at the Charter
School of Excellence is to work hard every day and be re‐
spec ul to all of your teachers.
Congratula ons to the Anita Subba and Prem B. Kha woda
for being Student of the Month! We wish you both con nued
A Look at CSE’s Animation Program
By Skills Center Art Director, Mr. Tim Fesmire
Early one evening, a moth‐
er of about 30 sits on her
couch watching television. It
appears to be some sort of
reality TV. Whatever it is, the
mother is cap vated. So cap ‐
vated, that she doesn’t no ce
two li le eyes, belonging to
her young son, peeking around
the corner at her. Dressed in
purple foo e pajamas, he
quickly scoots past the door‐
The son, a lad of about 5, successfully makes it to the kitchen un‐
detected. His plan, aside from a small fall, is going smoothly. The cook‐
ie jar, he no ces, is only the span of the kitchen away. Only one obsta‐
cle remains between him and the sweet treats he so covets. The kitch‐
en stool is posi oned perfectly by the kitchen table, but is s ll taller
than the boy and presents a challenge that can’t be taken for grant‐
This story, and its conclusion, is the product of Tash’jay Hol‐
lingsworth’s independent anima on project. For an en re quarter,
Tash’jay worked diligently to design a character and story. Sketches
were drawn and clay was sculpted. A story was wri en and music was
chosen. Storyboards were dra ed and anima on tests could begin.
The tests proved that the character could move and walk. It was me
to design and build the set. A stool and kitchen table were constructed
out of wood and placed next to freshly painted “walls.” The kitchen
cabinets were fashioned out of cardboard. The 2
quarter was an ex‐
ercise in prepara on and Tash’jay made sure everything was in place.
The actual shoo ng of the anima on would only take a few days,
and edi ng would last for only a day more. The result was a 30 second
short ﬁlm, complete with music, sound eﬀects and changes in camera
angles that was born out of Tash’jay’s crea vity.
This is one example of the work that can be done in Anima on
class. Students work primarily with stop‐mo on anima on (think clay‐
ma on) and can also use cut‐out (south park), ﬂash (computer) and
pixila on (stop‐mo on people) techniques. The process can be, at
mes, tedious. Moving an object in small increments 12 mes every
second has a tendency to do that. However, the product that can
come from someone’s brain and onto a screen can be well worth it.
Say “Yes” to Extending the School Day
by Principal Gordon
We are looking forward to a new opportunity available to students at the Skills Center called the YES to
Success program. As a district, we have been awarded a 21
Century Grant that focuses on strengthening
student success. Starting on Monday, March 12, there will be classes offered as an extended day four
days per week. There will be classes offered in the following areas: reading & writing, math, science, phi-
losophy, basic engineering, drama, art, piano, wellness & fitness, service learning, and the history of Erie,
Teachers have been preparing their coursework and they are excited for these upcoming classes! Students will have the
option of two classes per day. The first class is from 3:30pm to 4:45pm and the second class is from 4:50pm to 6:05pm. The
intent is for students to enhance their skills while gaining enrichment in new areas of learning. Snacks and transportation will
be provided, if you are interested in attending this program, please feel free to see me.
Faculty Spotlight: Ms. Christine Vomero
The Skills Center is proud to formally introduce the newest member of its faculty—Ms. Chris ne Vomero. Ms.
Vomereo is originally from Erie, but she has lived all over the United States including stops in Ohio, Colorado,
Tennessee, Washington State, and Florida. She just recently moved back to Erie in October prior to coming on
board with the Charter School of Excellence. Erie has a way of drawing people back home—it must be the beau‐
ful winter weather!
Before coming back to Erie, Ms. Vomero was working at an alterna ve school in Florida with students from
Hai . The school has about 850 students with about 600 of them from Hai . She was the Language Arts Depart‐
ment Head, Literary Fair Coordinator, Human Rela ons Advisor and Co‐chairperson of the Professional Develop‐
ment for the school. She was nominated teacher of the year for 3 consecu ve years.
College: BA John Carroll University
Hobbies: workout, cra ing, scrapbooking, card making, altered arts, reading, & boa ng
Cer ﬁed in English with English Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement and Reading Endorsement
“My friends and family keep thanking me for the mild winter because since I moved back to Erie I told them that I put a bubble over
Erie shielding the city from all the terrible weather.”
Advice to all Students: “There are always choices in life.”
Future Educators Experience CSE
Four prospective Teachers From EUP
My name is Ms. Nichole Lemke and I am stu‐
dent teaching with the legendary Mr. Miller
whom I hear is not only a mathema cian, but
quite the surfer. I’m from Albion, PA and a
graduate of Northwestern High School. Cur‐
rently, I am working on master’s degree at Edin‐
boro University with a cer ﬁcate to teach sec‐
ondary math. Besides my passion for math and
numbers, I enjoy reading and drawing. I’ve had a wonderful me
working with the students at CSE, and I can only hope that the rest of
my teaching career will be this rewarding. Skills Center rocks!
My name is Mr. Joseph McCom‐
mons and I am student teaching with
Mr. Thompson. I am on the last leg of
achieving my teaching cer ﬁca on
from Edinboro University. Originally
from Erie, I moved to a end Queens
College in Flushing, NY. Over the next
ten years I lived and worked in New
York City. Three years ago, I got mar‐
ried and started a family. For this reason I choose to make a
decision to make a career change and move back to Erie. My
interests are family, movies, sports, and books that have to do
with society. It has been a privilege working with the staﬀ
and students at the Skills Center. Thanks to everyone for wel‐
coming me into your school.
My name is Mr. Kumer, and I’m Mr.
Dolak’s student teacher from Edinboro
University. I received my Bachelor’s De‐
gree in English from Penn State Behrend
(which I highly recommend to anyone
applying to college), and I will be able to
teach the subject a er this semester. I
was also Resident Assistant at Behrend,
so I know many details about college
life, so if there’s anything you might be wondering about, just
ask! I’ll be here for the next couple weeks, and I’m deﬁnitely a
“people‐person”, so if you ever have any ques ons, or just
want to chat before or a er class, don’t be afraid to say “Hi!”
Meet Butler, PA na ve Amanda Gladd… she
currently is student teaching with Leadership’s
favorite art teacher—Ms. Lisbeth Burne . She
is a student at Edinboro University, majoring
in Art Educa on and Photography. Her hob‐
bies include making jewelry, thri y shopping,
and photographing people. She is enjoying
her me and experience at the Leadership
Center…“I really enjoy the energy of the students and how posi ve
they have been in welcoming me to the school.” The faculty and
staﬀ from the Charter School of Excellence is privileged to have
Amanda and all the student teachers working hard to help educate
The Curse of Technology
by Vincent Grosso
Technology is overused, a lot of parents are lazy, Dora the Explorer is a par‐
ent, and modern electronics gives children an increased chance of psychopathy.
That’s right, when parents throw their kids in front of a TV because they’re too
lazy to have a ﬁreplace installed, they’re giving their kids the gi of mental disor‐
ders. When we have a genera on of adults yelling “Swiper no swiping!” at bank
robbers, we’ll know why. The Veldt, wri en by Ray Bradbury in 1950 has given
us par cularly humorous ﬁc onal example of what can happen when kids are
raised by technology.
George and Lydia are the parents of two. The son is a social outcast and the
daughter beheads Barbie dolls. Ok, not really. They’re just two kids who are ad‐
dicted to their technology like Americans to their CAFO burgers. These two par‐
ents had made a decision that “Nothing is too good for our kids!” and had
amassed such an unholy amount of technological luxuries into their house that it
would make even Bill Gates tell them to tone it down. The most notable exam‐
ple of their mechanical decadence (that is aside from their auto‐cook stoves and
auto‐wash baths) is their children’s nursery. No, this isn’t a place where nuns
rock children to sleep, but rather a room that replicates the contents of their
children’s imagina ons. Now, as we all know, kids are twisted individuals. Giving
them the ability to conjure up the contents of their mind is never a good idea.
Were this actually possible, New York would be destroyed not by Godzilla, but
by a 200 foot version of Barney, Boots the monkey would be running for presi‐
dent (Republican party, of course), and there would be Teletubby road kill every‐
where (I could imagine them waddling into the street and ge ng hit by a semi.)
George and Lydia know best, however. Their omniscience is best demon‐
strated when they walk into the nursery a er repeatedly hearing eerily familiar
screams and see nothing but a vivid African se ng and a horde lions feas ng on
something that they can’t quite make out. It looked all too real for something
virtual, but George wrote it oﬀ as nothing while Lydia thought something was
amiss. A er enduring further badgering from his wife, George enlisted a psy‐
chologist to come in and examine the room, presumably to humor his wife. The
psychologist suggested that he and his wife disable the technology in their
house and take a vaca on because their children are deranged psychopaths and
they make him sick, only not in those exact words. He agreed that they are in‐
deed messed up in the head, and told them that their beloved nursery would be
shut down forever. The kids threw a ﬁt that didn’t at all resemble the result of
turning Peppa Pig oﬀ while a 3 year old is watching it, un l Lydia suggested that
they turn it back on for a minute because “it can’t hurt” (big red ﬂag?) He ig‐
nored the fact that he had earlier found his wallet chewed up and covered in
blood and his wife’s scarf torn to pieces in the nursery and agreed to let them
have their nursery for another 60 wondrous and non‐harmful seconds. Father
does indeed know best, a er all. They promptly went upstairs to dress and pack
for their vaca on and le their children alone to be with their love for a few ﬁnal
moments. Before the me was up, the two were called down by their children
into the nursery. They walked in like the waddling teletubbies into the path of
the truck and the door closed behind them. Surprise? As their son gave a com‐
mand to the house to not let them kill the nursery, the African lions inched clos‐
er. The parents could only let out a scream as the virtual lions neared them.
Oops, they were supposed to be virtual? It looks like they bought the wrong
So let this be a lesson to everyone that you probably shouldn’t stuﬀ children
so full of technology that they can no longer discern a horde of virtual blood‐
thirsty African lions from reality or their real parents. Though technology can be
helpful, complete reliance on futuris c nurseries is the number one cause of
being fed to virtual lions. Even 60 years ago there was literature hin ng that we
should be wary of technology lest we fall vic ms to our own psychopathic chil‐
dren. Yet, we s ll have Dora raise our children and we s ll live on Facebook.
by Jake Matha
She gives me a vibrant feeling
that turns my black heart vermilion,
so it will con nue bea ng.
She makes me slow in my eyes
to obtain the a rac on
of all her ac ons.
Her smile is like a cloud,
white and peaceful.
I can get lost in it
like crowds of people.
Her touch s ll lingers on my skin,
so I wear short sleeves
to feel it over and over again.
She’s comfortable with my sins,
so there’s no hiding them.
She makes sure all the skeletons in my closet are
so I never misplace them.
What I have been through makes me who I am to‐
but I’ll change in any way
as long as my jagged edges match with hers.
I absorb her feeling through my pores.
As long as we are together,
we have the key to unlock any door.
Some of the things she says are hard to swallow
like medicine to children.
So when it hits my stomach
I feel like throwing up more thoughts towards her
but she ﬂushes them away.
And I agree that we will never be
unless someday gets added to the calendar.
Then I’ll have her.
Till then I’ll serve a life me daydreaming sentence,
that’s the way I’ll be able to capture her presence.
I don’t want to steal her track of mind,
but if she wants to waste me
she can help ﬁnd the heart in me.
It’s hard to see;
it blends in the dark,
so bring the light out of me.
a Better Place
by Alyssa Eliason
Have you ever no ced how when you click “log
in” on Facebook, you automa cally see drama
from your friends all over your news feed? It can
be pre y annoying. Personally, I can’t stand the
fact that Facebook has turned into complete dra‐
ma. I’m sure you can’t either. When I log on to
Facebook, I want to see all my no ﬁca ons, and
read interes ng things posted by my friends. I don’t want to see
rude and inconsiderate posts that will automa cally cause drama.
Some of the things people post can make others angry and want
to comment on it, which causes people to argue and can some mes
lead to violence. People some mes react with violence because the
person, upset about what was posted, might want to go ﬁnd the
person who posted it and ﬁght them. Personally, I think it is foolish
and a waste of me to ﬁght with someone over something posted
on the internet.
People don’t consider the feelings of others when they post. It
can make the person or people it was directed to sad or angry,
which makes them try to do something that could either hurt them,
or hurt others around them, all because of one post. People should
really consider certain things before they click “update” on their
Every me you go to update your status, consider the fact that it
could either contribute to all of the drama, or you could make Face‐
book a be er place than that and post something that is not hur ul
or demeaning to others. If you contribute to all the drama, things
will never change and Facebook is going to stay the same. Do you
really want to be brought into drama that doesn’t even involve you
and gets you either hurt or in trouble?
So before you post, consider these 3 ques ons: 1.) Do I want to
post something that I know would hurt me if someone said that
about me? 2.) Is it even worth it to post this, knowing that it is just
going to bring more drama to Facebook? 3.) If I post this, will some‐
one say something on it that could hurt my feelings?
Lately it seems like drama has pre y much taken over Facebook,
and I’m ge ng red of seeing it all over my news feed every me I
log in. I’m sure I’m not alone. I just wish all the drama would stop
because it is really irrita ng and annoying. Hopefully in the future,
things will change for the be er, and Facebook can ﬁnally be fun
again, and drama free.
By Mr. Nathan Otis
The Leadership Center is proud to announce its new partnership with Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylva‐
nia. Junior Achievement collaborates with schools and local business professionals to oﬀer programs that engage
students in academics, work‐readiness, personal ﬁnance, economics, business management, and other engaging ca‐
reer perspec ves. Beginning later this month volunteers from local businesses and ﬁnancial enterprises will visit the
Leadership Center to conduct JA Success Skills; a seven session program aimed at developing work‐readiness skills
and strategies for successful careers using JA’s sixteen Success Skills.
Addi onally, in May, a select group of students will compete in a regional contest through the JA Titan program aiming to represent
Western Pennsylvania in the na onal ﬁnals. A er a seven session business simula on that builds cri cal thinking and decision‐making
through interac ve business management models our team will travel to Penn State Berhend’s campus to
proudly represent our Charter School of Excellence.
Credit: Maynard Nelson
By Ms. Hannah Evans
The guidance oﬃce has been very busy plan‐
ning and organizing a college and career fair,
trips to technical schools, and planning for stu‐
dents’ futures. On Thursday, March 1
, the Skills Center hosted
the semi‐annual college and career fair in the Board Room. A
variety of organiza ons a ended; some college and career fair
veterans made an appearance, while other visitors were brand
new to our district. Technical ins tutes such as the Art Ins tute
of Pi sburgh, Pi sburgh Technical Ins tute, Erie Ins tute of Tech‐
nology, and Triangle Tech were amongst the crowd, showing oﬀ
student art work and crea ve displays of modern technology.
Several local colleges and secondary schools were happy to speak
with students about programs, housing, and opportuni es
oﬀered by their ins tu ons. As always, the military table was a
popular des na on. In addi on to tradi onal representa ves, an
Oriental medicine prac
oner, a Metz food representa ve, and
the chairman for Youth Leadership Ins tu on of Erie were in
a endance. The college and career fair was a great success,
thanks in part to student par cipa on. Representa ves were
impressed and pleased with the turnout of interested students.
Thank you to those that a ended and represented the Skills Cen‐
ter with couth.
Poten al 2013 graduates have several upcoming events that
should be noted. A trip to Edinboro University was a ended on
Wednesday, March 7
by twenty‐one students. They received a
guided tour of the campus, dorms, and classrooms, a feast in the
community cafeteria, and an informa onal ques on‐answer ses‐
sion with an admissions director.
The end of the third quarter is only three weeks away. You
should be aware of progress in all of your classes. If you are un‐
sure, u lize tutorial me before and a er school to check in with
your teachers. With spring fast approaching, be cau ous not to
let your studies fall behind! Good luck in the next few weeks, and
stop by the guidance oﬃce with ques ons or concerns.
CSE Teams up with Erie Art Museum
by Ms. Lisbeth Burnett
The Charter School of Excellence is teaming up with the Erie Art Museum and the AAUW (American Associa on of University Women)
to oﬀer a series of social and educa onal art experiences for 20 chosen female students. The students and AAUW volunteers will par ci‐
pate in 6 sessions that will meet every other Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 star ng on March 13
and ending on May 22
. Each session will
be devoted to a hands‐on art‐making project led by a local Erie ar st. Each project will have a clear connec on to work(s) of art on display
in the galleries.
Session 1 and 2: All par cipants will gather at ClaySpace, Erie Art Museum’s ceramic studio located in the ArtWorks building at 1505
State. They will work with ClaySpace Coordinator and ceramic ar st Julia Weber. In the ﬁrst session they will create a ceramic cup, in the
second session they will glaze their vessel. Ini ally mee ng at ClaySpace in March allows an easy walk in possibly inclement weather for
the students. Clay is also a medium that lends itself to play, explora on, and is a wonderful icebreaker for AAUW and Perseus House girls
to get to know one another. Everyone will also get a taste of the challenges of clay and the crea vity that goes into crea ng an original
Session 3: All the cups made at ClaySpace will be used during session three for an informal tea party and orienta on at the Erie Art
Museum. Par cipants will get a tour of the facility and focus on Born of Fire, Po ery of Margaret Tafoya, a world‐class retrospec ve of
one of the best Pueblo po ers of the 20thcentury. Par cipants will learn about how the tradi on is passed from genera on to genera‐
ons, and listen to Pueblo folk tales from Museum educator and storyteller Kelly Armor. Having had the experience of crea ng their own
cup will give everyone real apprecia on for Tafoya’s accomplishments.
Session 4: Par cipants will learn about color theory by viewing works by Joseph Plavcan and Richard Anuszkiewicz and work with tra‐
di onal African bead ar sts Yolanda Lorya and Fa ma Athow to create their own beaded bracelet.
Session 5: Par cipants will learn about the Hindu sculptures on display at the Museum and work with Indian (not Na ve American)
ar st Pooja Mehta. Pooja has lived in Erie eight years and is a fashion designer and tex le ar st. Pooja will lead a workshop where every‐
one will hand‐dye her own silk scarf.
Session 6: Par cipants will explore pa erns in the Spring Show (an annual juried exhibit) and then create and apply their own tempo‐
rary henna ta oos under the guidance of master henna ar sts Kolina Okot and Afaf Kormouna.
By the end of this project both high school and AAUW volunteers will feel completely comfortable visi ng the Erie Art Museum, and
be able to observe art and reﬂect on it. They will gain a broad understanding of various cra tradi ons (bead work, henna, ceramics, and
tex le dying) through personally experiencing them in a hands‐on way. They will also learn how those cra tradi ons can teach them
about ﬁne art through color, pa ern, and form. High school girls will develop rela onships with AAUW women and Museum educa on
staﬀ that hopefully will extend into the future.
By Nurse Karol Taylor
Nine students had a very cool ﬁeld trip to Penn State Behrend on February 16
Nick Miehl, RN MSN introduced us to three mannequins‐an adult, a child and a
newborn. All can be controlled by a computer that can be programmed to change
their heart rate, respiratory rate, pupil size, and skin color, to name a few. “It was
so cool that it was hands‐on, to imagine what the nursing students get to do”, said
The students could listen to hearts bea ng, lungs expanding; watch pupils
change with a light, feel pulses in extremi es and an umbilical cord stump. Dami‐
ana Cartagena really valued the experience too, she states, “We got to see the
baby’s color change to blue. The infant became limp and began having grun ng
respira ons also”.
The child mannequin was “made up” to have 2
degree burns to the
face and one arm. Aleshia Hefner was heard to say, “It was a good opportunity to
work “hands on” and now I know I want to be a nurse.” Mr. Miehl explained the
diﬀerent nursing programs oﬀered at Behrend and what it takes to become a
nurse. “It was a great experience to help me prepare for my career ahead of me,”
quoted Kaela Lyons.
Our next stop for Health Career Explora on will be a “Behind the Scenes” tour
at Saint Vincent Health Center on March 29
Skills Center Chess Club Making Positive Moves
Bishops, rooks, knights, and pawns were center stage as the ﬁrst ever Skills Center Chess Tournament took place during the month of
February. Twenty students par cipated in the preliminary contest to determine the rankings and seeds for the oﬃcial tournament which
is currently under way. Prem Kha woda was the victor and he will be the number one seed in the showdown that will earn the champion
a $50.00 gi card to the Milcreek Mall.
One of the biggest surprises of the tournament was Ryan Cooper, who rose from obscurity as a #16 seed to defeat #2 seed Vincent
Grosso. Cooper got the opportunity to play Grosso by bea ng James Lehr in the preliminary round. A er his unlikely upset win over
Grosso, Cooper defeated Nandi Timsina to advance to the ﬁnal four. His improbable reign of terror ended abruptly in the semiﬁnals as he
lost to the tournament’s eventual champion.
Prem won with victories over Kiran Rai and the tournaments #1 seed (and LC Chess Hall of Fame member) Dhan Gurung. The ﬁnal
match lasted just over 60 minutes and it was anyone’s game to win up un l the end. Check back next month for the latest results and
The Skills Center top eight players have a ﬁrst round bye in ﬁrst annual Skills Center Tournament of Kings.
1. Prem Kha woda
2. Dhan gurung
3. Prakash Subba
4. Ryan Cooper
5. Pawan Rai
6. Kiran Rai
7. Nandi Timsina
8. Mitch Cooper
A Skills Center Production…
By Mr. Bill Burdick
The Communica ons class is working on a diverse array of projects. A
venture for Edinboro University was just completed. This video intro‐
duced our school, students and city to the Edinboro students considering
taking an Urban Experience course this summer.
We have just begun working on seven
projects for Perseus House Inc. that includes
interviews, tes monials and virtual tours.
This project will require mul ple ﬁeld trips
and lots of ﬁlm edi ng.
The students are working on individual
public service announcements based on the
Personal Development course taught by Mrs. Titus. These projects are
due by the end of the quarter.
We have commercials for Cool Beans and WQLN in the works and have
just entered a contest for Adobe Youth Voices.
Our skills are improving every class as we learn to use ligh ng and
various sound techniques to improve our product.
We have also just begun to use a green screen in class and have sever‐
al projects in the works using the Chroma key technology.
We hope also to have a program ready for the school each Monday
morning. “This Week at Skills Center” will focus on introducing students
and staﬀ as well as school‐wide announcements.
Two of our students are beginning work on “radio show” type pod‐
casts. These programs will be 20 minute music and talk shows (audio on‐
ly) and will be Internet based and available from any loca on. Jake Matha
will take a look at the local music scene, probably comment on the Stew‐
art and Colbert programs and provide a brief respite on a weekly basis.
Anita Subba will be working on an English/Nepali language blend program
featuring interna onal music and news.
The podcasts will be uploaded and ready to listen to within two weeks.
The newest thing at Cool Beans is
new employees and student manag‐
ers, all of whom have been doing a
Cool Beans, Skills Center’s own
student run café, has six new em‐
ployees: LeAsia Page, Jesse Guzman,
Courtney Wasielewski, Kalpana Ta‐
mang, Shiqueta Simmions, and Diziya Woodard. They have
all been doing a wonderful job learning their responsibili‐
es and doing their jobs. All the employees at Cool Beans
welcome them and would like to congratulate them on
becoming our new co‐workers. We thank you for working
so hard to learn the ins and outs of Cool Beans.
In addi on, Cool Beans also has promoted three stu‐
dent managers: James Lehr, Carly Earnst, and me—Jolisa
Meyers. Our job is to manage the store and make sure eve‐
rything runs well now that Ms. Therese is back at Skills Cen‐
ter for much of the school and work day. As student man‐
agers we have to make the food in the morning, as well as
help the employees run the store, we also do the end of
the day daily report and
count the draw to make sure
all the money is there. We have many new responsibili es
and are working hard to learn the things it really takes to a
Everyone is working hard at Cool Beans with changes in
responsibili es and du es. But what hasn’t changed is the
great experience you are sure to have if you stop by Cool
Beans! We look forward to seeing you.
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