Thursday, May 24, 2018

FEATURE: Does NAHS Really Have a Fallout Shelter?

By Dante Requena

Seeing as the school was built in 1955, there are bound to be some relics from days long past hidden around the school. While most of the school has been remodeled and made to look new, there are rumblings in the halls of a long abandoned fallout shelter hidden underneath the very floor that hundreds of students walk on every day…

Well, that's partially true: the door to the fallout shelter lies directly across from the engineering room. You open it and a very plain concrete stairwell greets you. The stairwell leads to a large room filled with old desks and a large section of it caged off by a fence.

The head custodian leading our tour informed us that this was actually used as an in-school suspension room. The room is also home to the school’s old incinerator which still has some ashes from documents from the 1970s and 80s. In the caged area, there is also a small door leading to a pipeline.

And after another flight of stairs we were finally in the “fallout shelter.”

Looking past the fact that it’s a small room only about the length of one classroom and the width of a hallway, it would probably be the safest place in the school in that type of event. It acts as an intermediate room to the boiler room and the old custodian break room.

The room itself is very empty containing only a desk, a very heavy cabinet, and what seemed to be an air conditioning unit from the 1970s. There is also an old booklet about heating and air conditioning from the early 1970s.

While the truth is never as exciting as the myth, it was still an experience to be able to see the famed “fallout shelter.” It also goes to show how the school has a very cool history that can still be found throughout the very building.
Photo Credit: Trinity Wambold

Photo Credit: Trinity Wambold

Photo Credit: Trinity Wambold 
Photo Credit: Trinity Wambold


Photo Credit: Trinity Wambold

Friday, May 18, 2018

STUDENT VOICES: Prom Court!

Prom 2018 is right around the corner! Get to know your 2018 NAHS Prom Court members!



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Ian Henderson



What are you most excited for about prom?
Having a good time with good people.
What is your favorite high school memory?
Raymond Kaminski’s class and playing baseball.





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Michelle Homanick


What are you most excited for about prom?
I’m most excited for the prom pictures and seeing everyone all dressed up.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory is getting to dance at last year’s homecoming pep rally.






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Grace Kindt



What are you most excited for about prom?
I’m excited to dance with all of my friends and be with my grade for one of the last times.
What is your favorite high school memory?
Being Jo in Little Women





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Mathew Lazzarini



What are you most excited for about prom?
I am most excited for prom is taking pictures with my friends and dancing.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory is beating the Parkland Boys’ Varsity Volleyball team this year which is the first time in Nazareth Volleyball history.




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Robin Lerch



What are you most excited for about prom?
I am most excited to dress up and have a good time with my friends at our last formal high school event.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory is painting up for sporting events with all my friends.




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Tyler McCrone



What are you most excited for about prom?
The food and a fun time dancing
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory would be gym volleyball and square dancing. I also love the popcorn chicken bowl at lunch.





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Noah Mennona




What are you most excited for about prom?
I’m excited to enjoy a fun night with all my friends again after high school.
What is your favorite high school memory?
Beating Easton at Cottingham Stadium




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Claire Regan



What are you most excited for about prom?
There are so many things I’m looking forward to! I can’t wait to get dressed up, take pictures, and dance with all my friends.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite high school memory was this year’s homecoming. From the pep rally, to the football game, to the dance, & to my best friend Devynn being named queen, it was an amazing time that I’ll remember forever.



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Blake Samsel



What are you most excited for about prom?
Seeing all of my friends together for one of the last times.
What is your favorite high school memory?
One of my favorite high school memories is being put in the “Row of Death” in Mr. Kaminski's room. Another memory is the time I got to spend with my friends in soccer during summer practices.




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Abbey Shiffert



What are you most excited for about prom?
I am most excited about going to prom to be with my friends to dance and take pictures.
What is your favorite high school memory?
My favorite memory of high school is all of the friendships I have made throughout high school as well as all the teachers.




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Kayne Stoner




What are you most excited for about prom?
Pre-prom activities and pictures.
What is your favorite high school memory?
Tito.





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Emily Zuluaga

What are you most excited for about prom?
I love the preparation for prom. Everything from the dress to hair and makeup to taking pictures. I’m also excited to dance with all my friends and be with the class of 2018 at one more dance.
What is your favorite high school memory?
One of the best parts of high school was being a part of the student section. I’ll never forget nights spent with them, and I’m so grateful for the friends I made. More specifically, my favorite, most memorable night was when we made history and beat Easton at their home stadium. Not only did we beat a rival, but there was an undeniable sense of spirit and pride in the student section that I’ll never forget.


All photos courtesy of Megan Hunter

Friday, May 4, 2018

TEACHER FEATURE: Getting to know Mrs. Rakos!

Welcome to NAHS's regular Teacher Feature! We interviewed Mrs. Gina Rakos, NAHS science teacher!



Photo Credit: Maggie Lefebvre
What is your favorite part about being a teacher at Nazareth?
I love my students and how engaged they are in learning.

What is one of your hidden talents?
I like to sing. When I was in high school, I was in the musicals and chorus.

What is one thing that your mother or father taught you that completely changed your life? 
My parents always stressed the value of education and how important it is to strive for excellence

Why did you want to go into Biology? 
I was interested in nature since I was a young child. I even watched shows about science as far back I can remember. 

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I would read more books for pleasure.

Are there any embarrassing teaching moments that you are willing to share? What are they? 
I once fell off a desk backwards.

How do you spend your summer breaks? 
I generally relax, work in my garden, go fishing, and spend time at the beach with my family.

If you could teach any other class in the school, what would you teach and why? 
I wouldn’t teach any other class. I love biology.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

NEWS: First Story Slam at NAHS

by Abigail LeDonne

      The first ever Story Slam competition took place at the NAHS Library Media Center on Thursday, April 26th during 4th block and Eagle Block. The Story Slam was presented in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Story Slam, an organization that includes competitions at Nazareth High School, Moravian Academy, and Lehigh Valley Charter Arts.

     In a Story Slam, students can sign up to participate in advance or on the spot, names are drawn out of a hat, and students get on stage to tell a story about a particular theme. The competition is evaluated by two judges who pick four students from each school who will advance to the final competition tonight, Thursday May 3rd at 7:00 at Moravian Academy.

     The theme at Nazareth last week was "Rising Above" and each student's story had to revolve around that idea. Twelve students competed at Nazareth and were judged according to their story presentation and its connection to the theme. The four Nazareth students who advanced to the final round at Moravian are junior Collin Disbrow, sophomore Alex Lynch, sophomore Carson Pieper, and senior Josiah Snyder. They will compete with eight students from the other schools.

    Read Collin Disbrow's winning story below:

     To think about rising above, there is probably one minuscule moment in my life that I can think of that epitomizes that idea. Every year for the past couple of years, I’ve been partaking in this event that is very dear to my heart. It’s through Boy Scouts. It’s known as National Youth Leadership Training, and through that it gives the youth the ability to teach to the youth of tomorrow the ability to lead.  
Photo Credit: Sandy Jameson

     Now, I love this program with all my heart, and I decided that I was going to partake in it after participating in it my first year, and when I first joined, they gave me the position of troop guide. Now, troop guide means that you’re in charge of 6 kids, and those kids are your little lambs to follow you for two weekends in April, and I can remember that one of the most difficult things about it was the fact that we had to give presentations all of the time. Troop guides are in charge of three half hour presentations on anything from solving problems to leading in general.
  
     And then, my senior patrol leader, which is kind of like the head honcho of boy scouts, he tells me, “Oh, by the way, you know how great you are at presenting? I’m going to give you a bonus presentation. This one is an hour long.” So I had about two weeks to put this thing together, and I finally had it down. I had some great pictures for it, some great visual aids, and I have this great dialogue ready, and I had a video, and it was fantastic. I put it all in a powerpoint, and I emailed it to my senior patrol leader, Chris. 

     Now Chris, when we got to camp that day, was like “Alright, are you ready for your presentation?” I said, “Yeah, I can’t wait, this is going to be great!” So, we sat down, and I connected the computer to the monitor, and I connected that to the projector, and I started to go through his email. I started scrolling through, searching in my email. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nothing in my name at all. I was like “Chris, hey, do you remember when I sent you my presentation?” He goes, “No, I don’t think I got it,” and that’s when my heart started to race, and I probably shed a couple tears.  

     At that point, I knew I was going to have to wing a presentation for an hour. So in the ten minutes that I had to prepare and hold off these rabid groups of children ready to hear me speak, I gave it a shot. I had this massive notepad in front of me, and I started scribbling random thoughts on it. It was a presentation on valuing people so I said, “Um, um, valuing people...” (that was a good starter), and then I started going down the line, and I thought, “Don’t judge people? Be nice to people?”  

    And I managed to pull that off for an hour, but as I was going through it, my voice started to get more and more clear. I started to understand that if I had known that I knew the information in my head, I wouldn’t have stressed so much, and at that moment, I knew that that was my time to rise up. Thank you.

NEWS: Special Olympics Come to Nazareth

by Kayleigh Vo

           The annual Special Olympics held at Nazareth Area High School took place on April 19, 2018. 144 student athletes have been preparing for the whole year to compete in activities, such as javelin throw, scooter races, long jump. Students earned colorful ribbons as a symbol of their hard work.

           Ms. Megan O’Brien who is a social studies teacher and the advisor for the Special Olympic Committee. She tells us the Committee started preparing for the event in September. The members scheduled to meet every D day during Eagle Block, but most “students [came] in on other days to help complete the decorations” because there was “so much to be done.” However, that’s not the end of it. Ms. O’Brien also “put in time after school running errands to get the supplies [they] need to make everything.”

         This year’s theme was Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The high school’s gym lobby was completely under the sea, covered wall to wall with hand-painted items and characters from the movie. While most people can admire the beautiful artwork, they don’t know about how everything came to be.

The theme of the event is chosen on the first meeting of the year. They often pick a theme that “revolves around a movie [they] can show and have the athletes view when they are not competing.” Most of the athletes are younger in age, so the movie theme must be appropriate for that age range. Of course, some of the most kid-friendly movies are Disney or Pixar.

        This year’s movie was chosen because it is Ms. O’Brien’s favorite movie and this is her last year as advisor, after 7 successful years running the event. She says, “the process itself can be very time consuming, creating the decorations.” In the past, it took the Committee one day to set up the gym lobby. However, this year, it took them two days.

Besides the competitions held throughout the gym, the lobby holds activities that athletes could participate in between their events. The stations—coloring, ball toss, crafts, face-painting, and the movie—are chosen and created by the Committee. According to Ms. O’Brien, the athletic events “are chosen by the Intermediate Unit, but the committee helps to set them up.” The Intermediate Unit also signs up the athletes and schedules their individual events.

While it has been getting harder and harder to get students to volunteer, Ms. O’Brien “received many emails from parents and the IU about how amazing [the] school volunteers (Huggers) were” this year.