Cardinal Chronicle The Student News Site of Pine Grove Area High School Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:44:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cards Basketball Playoff Preparation Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:35:29 +0000 Both the boys and girls basketball teams for Pine Grove have qualified for the District XI Playoffs. The teams will take an extra couple of days to prepare to give them the best chance to win at the District XI Playoff. The two teams will prepare in different ways but also will have a few similarities. Alli Butler, girls basketball senior captain says, “We will be doing extra conditioning, and I will try to get us back to the fundamental skills. I will also be watching a film on the possible opponents. We are going to do some team bonding to help our team chemistry.” 

Head Coach of the Lady Cardinals, Kyler Burke says, “In preparation for the District XI Playoff, we are treating the postseason like a new season with similar drills for conditioning, skill development, defense, offense, and working on game situations. We are also bonding as a team with dinner and bowling. In terms of keys for the game, they are still somewhat unknown due to not knowing the opponent. However, they don’t change in terms of what we do; we need to play hard-nosed defense, handle any pressure, attack the basket offensively, have long possessions on offense, and knock down open shots. We’re excited to have the opportunity to extend our season and with one win we will qualify for the state tournament, which is very exciting.” The girls are confident and plan on working as hard as they can to make sure their season doesn’t come to an end just yet. 

Head Coach of the Boys Basketball team, Frankie D’Agostino says, “We will continue practicing hard after a few ‘lighter’ days. We will go at everything as close as possible to game speed once we ramp up and gameplan according to our opponent and what they like to do offensively and defensively. We’ll do drills that are competitive and require the players to go live to replicate game conditions. The keys to victory are hard to say since we don’t know our opponent, but free throws, rebounding, execution of the game plan, and energy/effort are always keys to any game.” Shea Morgan, junior captain says, “I will be watching film along with some of the other players and will be working on my individual game as much as possible outside of practice. We are all hungry and we believe that we can get a win and make states.Both Cardinal basketball teams are as hungry as ever and are willing to put in the extra work to help their teams succeed.


The Beginning of The End Wed, 12 Feb 2020 18:04:47 +0000 The second semester always starts off slow and mostly stressful since midterms are going on and some students even have Keystones to take. As high school goes on, each year seems to go faster but when you think about it, sophomores only have four more semesters left. Although most of us here, at school, have our minds set on “Oh, we are almost juniors” or 

“This year is almost over”. Most of us just rush through the year and we don’t make as many memories because we just want to be done with the school year. 

Some of our class are student athletes, so we just wait for the time of the year when we play our sport or sports. In order to play sports, we need to keep good grades and that means doing what you need to so you can play. For most athletes, the second semester is all about making memories and having a good time. As a sophomore, this means we only have two seasons left, after this year, so we try to take in everything. Sometimes we realize that in only two short years, it will be our last season, and our last practice, and then our last game with the team that means everything to us. 

The second semester has its ups and downs, but in the end we need to think about how we view everything since we are soon done with high school. In a few months we will be juniors and then we will think, “Where did that time go where everything in school was easy?”

Movie Review: Bad Boys For Life Wed, 12 Feb 2020 18:01:50 +0000 Bad Boys For Life is a movie that came out January 17, 2020 and it has two of the funniest men as the main actors. Martin Lawrence  and Will Smith play the main characters, two detectives that have worked together for years. Martin Lawrence portrays Marcus Burnett, who is very shy and hates blood and anything to do with real detective work. His partner is portrayed by Will Smith, known as Mike Lowery, and is all about the job, but he gets himself and his partner into a dangerous situation. 

My favorite part of the movie was when they had to drop off Marcus’s grandson after promising his wife a day alone at the spa, but Marcus made Mike take the baby to her. He walked in really quietly, but she saw Mike and started screaming at him, but he ran out and screamed ”Drive, Drive’!” There were many other great and funny parts of the movie, but there were also some parts that didn’t go with the movie. For example, someone was thrown into a fire, but it didn’t fit the movie because the lady deserved to be in jail. Both of the characters were great in their own ways, so I couldn’t pick who I liked more.

Since this is the last movie of the series, they had to make it the best and it truly was. This movie has many action scenes and many parts that children under the age of 14 should not watch. Other than that, I would watch the movie again.

The Circle Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:58:55 +0000  On January 1st, Netflix released a new show called ”The Circle”. Basically, this is a reality show in which a group of people compete on a fake social network to become the most popular influencers and win $100,000 if they are the last one standing. It’s like half Tinder and half group chat. Each person gets their own fancy apartment, and the only way to communicate is on the Circle, where everyone is able to create their own profiles.

The twist is that not everyone is who they claim to be. At the start, there were two catfish out of the 8 people, except no one knows who’s real and who’s not. This is the greatest part in my opinion. Every day, the players vote for their favorite to least favorite people and the two with the highest scores become the “influencers.” The influencers then discuss all the players and then decide which player then want to block from the game, which means they’re out. 

After they pick who to leave, they then tell everyone. The person who gets chosen to leave gets to meet one person of their choice and find out if they are who they say they are. The next day, everyone receives a video from the blocked player, who says a few things like if they were real or not and they give a few hints. 

Honestly, I think it’s an amazing show if you’re into mysteries and reality. The show leaves you wondering what will happen next, which makes it even better to binge watch. The people on there are funny and honestly adorable with what they say and do. It’s amazing what this show can show you.

No Valentine’s Day Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:56:26 +0000 February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is a holiday that couples celebrate for honestly no reason. First of all, no one really knows how Valentine’s Day really started. There are a lot of different stories about that day, but which one is really true? Somehow one of the stories leads to a day of “love.” 

 Now why should we even celebrate it? Some people don’t have anyone to celebrate it with. I’m not against love, I have someone too but what’s the point? On Valentine’s Day you give gifts to your significant other and prove you love them, but shouldn’t you do that regardless? Not through gifts, just like a simple “I love you” or a “you look beautiful” could make a girl’s day. You don’t have to buy them something to show you like them. 

Another possibility is that it could be a scheme for big companies to get people to buy their cards and gifts because it’s “how you show love”. They want people to waste their money for it when they can rather go do something better than that. I don’t see why this day is celebrated. It’s just another day in the calendar to celebrate for no reason. 

Helping Middle School Girls “Shine” Bright in Pine Grove Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:47:01 +0000 When you walk into The Open Door Project for “Shine Girl”, you are greeted with the feeling of safety and the smell of fresh coffee. The first thing the girls do is grab a number from a cup that corresponds with a place at one of the tables. The organizers of the program have the girls complete this exercise so the girls sit with other girls who are not in their normal social group.  In turn, this activity also makes sure that no girl feels disconnected or not included in the group or in the discussion. After they sit down, they are served breakfast, and a choice of cappuccino or hot chocolate. 

“Shine Girl” is a program that has been developed for girls and young women of all ages to learn the truth of their intrinsic value. They learn that their worth cannot be changed no matter what happens in their life. The program also teaches girls about their inner strength and gives them the tools to use that strength in their everyday lives. The core truth of the shine program is purpose. Each girl learns that she is here for  a reason and has a unique gift to contribute to the world. An example of a lesson that is taught at Shine Girl is “Worth”. During the lesson, they were shown a ten dollar bill. It was crumpled faded, and a little ripped, but it is still worth ten dollars. It is not worth any less. The point of this was to show the girls that no matter what was done or said to them, they were still worth the same and are important and it does not make them worth any less. Another example of a lesson that is taught is “grounding yourself.” A lot of times, stress and anxiety stems from past or present experiences. Grounding yourself means to stay in the present and realize you are safe in this present moment. “Shine is a safe place,” says Karley Brown, a sixth grader who attends Shine. “Everyone is special and everyone matters and it is important that everyone knows they have worth.” 

The woman who teaches Shine Girl is Ann Wolfe who is also the president on the board of the Open Door Project. “I started Shine Girl in Pine Grove, two years ago, because I saw a great need in the hearts of the girls in our community,” says Wolfe. There’s so much pressure from social media and the world in general that you have to look and be seen a certain way in order to be beautiful or worthy of love. I remember what it’s like to be a young girl searching for my worth and while it took me well into my adulthood to truly believe in my own worth I wanted to teach the girls what I had learned while they were much younger. When I first started shine I told myself that i would be happy if five girls showed up, that I would be willing to teach it for even three, and never in a million years did I believe the Open Door shop would have to purchase more tables and chairs to accommodate all the girls that were attending. I certainly didn’t expect to have sixty four girls signed up within a month of starting the program in middle school.”

“Ms. Mekosh, the Pine Grove Area Middle School Principal, attended our fundraising event at the theatre last spring and approached me about the possibility of bringing “Shine” into the school because she heard me say that I believe every single girl needs the message of “Shine”,” says Wolfe. “Middle school will be some of the most challenging years our students go through and the “Shine Girl” club is a great addition for our female students,” says Ms. Mekosh. “The club focuses on promoting positivity, recognizing self-worth, building positive relationships and maneuvering through adolescents,” says Ann Wolfe. “The girls and advisors have a wonderful time learning and growing together. Mrs. Burns, the Pine Grove Area Elementary School Principal, my faulcult adviser, Ms. Amy Joa Brixius and I are currently making plans to begin the Shine club in the elementary school within the next few weeks. There is a possibility of 150 girls attending.” The teachers and volunteers who help at the middle school Shine are Amy Joe Brixius who teaches third grade, Ms. Sterner who teaches fifth grade, Mrs. Schwartz who teaches third grade Mrs. Rhonda Brixius and Julie Stump. 

Galavant Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:39:45 +0000   The show Galavant started in 2015. It consists of two seasons and has a total of 18 episodes. The show can be described as an “ABC musical”. The show itself was written by Dan Fogelman. The show got canceled on May 12, 2016 and no one really knows why. 

    Even though the show leaves you off with a cliffhanger, it is one of the best shows I have watched. It starts off as a fairytale but then it takes some changes that would never actually happen in a fairytale. Like for example, Galavant’s (the hero) girlfriend gets kidnapped by the King and when he tries to go and rescue her, she doesn’t want to go with him. She picks the “fame and glory” over true love.  After that, the show gets more twisted and even funnier than before. So if you’re a fairytale and comedy kind of person, then this is definitely a great show to watch. 

     Overall, the show is pretty good if you watch it. It’s short and leaves you on the edge. I think that they should really make a third season because we never know what happens in the end due to the cliffhanger it ends on. Maybe if we “believe in Tad Cooper” enough, there will be a third season. 

Lady Cardinals Defeat Lady Indians Tue, 11 Feb 2020 17:58:18 +0000 Mikaili Donmoyer, #5 point guard, says,“We really need to win this game because it will help bump us up in the seeding for districts. It can also just help out our record as a whole and give us confidence as a team.” The varsity game was off to a slow start and was scoreless for the first two and a half minutes until the Lady Indians finally broke the ice with a layup. Alli Butler would respond with a layup of her own. Bailley Dorson would follow up Butler with another layup for the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Indians would rally after this with a three pointer and a layup to gain back the lead. The Lady Cardinals would finish out the quarter strong with a Dorson free throw and a Butler three, making the score 8-7 at the end of the first quarter. 

The Lady Indians would take the lead right back with a mid range jump-shot. The Lady Cardinals would trade buckets with the Lady Indians and maintain the deficit. Donmoyer would make a free throw and she would be followed up on the next possession with a Butler three pointer. The Lady Indians would make a mid range jump-shot to bring the Lady Indians’ deficit to one point. The score going into the half was Lady Cardinals 14, Lady Indians 13.

Kailen Felty would start off the second half for the Lady Cardinals with a three pointer. The Lady Indians would make a layup to attempt to shorten the gap. Butler would make one of her two free throws and Donmoyer would follow that up with a mid range jump-shot. The Lady Indians would make yet another layup and the Lady Cardinals would respond with Dorson knocking down two free throws. The Lady Indians would shoot free throws and only make one of the two attempts. Butler would get another layup for the Lady Cardinals and the Lady Indians would go one of two from the line yet again. Felty would make another 3 for the Lady Cardinals and increase their lead. The Lady Indians would make a mid range jump-shot to cut into the Lady Cardinals lead. The Lady Cardinals would lead 27-21 at the end of the third quarter. 

The Lady Indians would get two quick buckets at the start of the fourth. Abbie Brown would go to the free throw line and make both free throws. Dorson would make a layup on the next Lady Cardinals possession. The Lady Indians would go to the line and make both free throws. Dorson would make two free throws and Donmoyer would follow with two free throws of her own. The Lady Indians would get a layup and get fouled on the next possession and make one free throw. Butler would follow by making one of two free throws and Donmoyer would make a three pointer to secure the win for the Lady Cardinals with a final score of 39-30.

Lady Cardinals Spectacular Senior Night Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:51:12 +0000 The Lady Cardinals were celebrating their Senior Night for the four seniors, Meghan Sarge, Abbie Brown, Tayla Olt, and Alli Butler. Olt said, “I was upset that my senior night had come so soon. I am going to miss my team and the amazing fans.” To start the game, the Lady Cardinals would strike first with Butler making a free throw after a foul. The Lady Panthers would come down and make a three pointer to take the lead. Kailen Felty would respond with two layups to put the Lady Cardinals back ahead. Mikali Donmoyer would also make a layup of her own to further extend the lead. The Lady Panthers would make a layup and two free throws on the next two possessions to tie the game. Bailley Dorson would make a layup to give the Lady Cardinals a lead 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Panthers would strike first in the second quarter with one free throw and a layup. Brown would make one of two free throws to tie up the game. The Lady Panthers would respond with a three pointer to take the lead. Brown would score again for the Lady Cardinals with a mid range jump-shot. Donmoyer would follow Brown with a layup to regain the lead for the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Panthers would go one of two from the free-throw line to reduce the gap. Dorson would also go one of two from the foul line, and Butler would make a layup the next possession. The Lady Panthers would go one of two from the free throw line yet again. Brown would also only make one free throw to give the Lady Cardinals a five point lead. The teams would trade buckets, and Donmoyer would make one free throw to end the half with a score of 23-17.

Brown would break the ice after halftime with a layup for the Lady Cardinals. The Lady Panthers followed with a layup as their first bucket in the second half. The Lady Cardinals and Lady Panthers both went one of two from the free throw line. Butler got an “and one” and would be successful from the free throw line. Donmoyer would follow the play by making a three pointer, she would follow herself up with a layup. The Lady Panthers would make a mid range jump-shot to end the drought after an 8-0 run. Donmoyer would make a layup and get the foul, and would be successful at the line. Butler would follow Donmoyer with an “and one” of her own. Butler’s free throw was good. Butler would also drive the next Lady Cardinals possession and get fouled, making both free throws. The Lady Panthers would end off the third quarter on a positive note and make a layup, bringing the score to 44-24 at the end of the third.

Brown would make a layup to keep the Lady Cardinals rolling. Donmoyer would get fouled and go perfect from the line. Butler would make a layup to continue the Lady Cardinals run. Olt would be fouled on back to back possessions, going four for four from the free throw line. Mayomi Dutton would enter the game and immediately get an “and one” to further extend the lead. Lindsey Wolff would also go to the free throw line and make one of two shots. The Lady Panthers made a layup in the final minute and the game would end with a score of 57-28 and a Lady Cardinals win. This is the last game at home for the Lady Cardinals graduating seniors.

Senior of the Month: Kamryn Stine Tue, 11 Feb 2020 12:44:47 +0000 Kamryn Stine is very honored to be senior of the month. “It shows that all my hard work and my focus on my education was noticed by my teachers,” says Stine.  

She has not yet decided what college she would like to attend after high school. She wants to major in speech pathology where she will most likely work within a school environment. Some of her classes are a little more on the difficult side, but there are a few classes that she finds a little less challenging. Kamryn says, “They are balanced out.”  

Not only does she do her best in school but she also works hard in various extracurricular activities. Stine is very involved with Cardinals Softball where she plays third base and was a part of the State Championship team. She is a drum major in the PGA Marching Band and is a member of:  SADD, Prom Committee, Varsity Club and International Club.