Non-Core Classes Still Essential For Rounded Education

by Uriel Gigowski

In tough financial times for schools, the non-core classes are typically the first things to get cut. Classes in art, music, and other skills sometimes don’t fit the finances of what a school wants to spend its money on. However, these classes are extremely important and should never be cut. These are important foundations for many kids’ futures, and as part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. Fortunately Pittsford isn’t in danger of having to make these kinds of decisions.

Mr. Schulte’s bands just keep taking steps forward. The importance of music isn’t lost on our band instructor. “I think music is important because there are students that are out there that aren’t athletic; music is their version of the athletes job so it’s what they do. They’re part of a team that’s like-minded. It’s also really good for the brain; it helps with memory, it helps with motor skills, and it helps with math scores. It’s good for the soul, it enables creativity,” explains Mr. Schulte.

Art is another skill and outlet that allows talented, creative people a way to express themselves and further their education. “Other subjects are what you need to survive, but art is about the kinds of things you survive for. The things you’re going to put in your house, your home, the things you like to look at and listen to. All of that is art. It is so important; you will be able to appreciate things to make your life richer,” Mr. McDonough eloquently states.

Mr. Olson’s drama class put on another outstanding play this year, and being able to perform is something that teaches numerous skills people could use in the future. “It teaches me to be confident in front of a crowd; it also gives me a voice where I’m not scared to speak in front of others,” said sophomore Samantha Leggett.

Hopefully Pittsford won’t be put in too many dicey financial situations coming up, but if so, they’d be wise to understand that the arts aren’t just fluff that can be easily cut—they’re integral in educating the whole student, and students that have unique and diverse skills.


Boys Track 3rd At SCAA League Meet

by Cody Sprunger

On Tuesday May 22 the Pittsford boys track team traveled to Hillsdale College for the SCAA championship meet, where they took third behind Hillsdale Academy and St. Philip. Pittsford finished with 104.5 points, Hillsdale Academy had 135 and St. Phil had 124.

In the 100 meter dash Skylor Osborn took 5th with a 11.79s time. In the 200 meter dash Ben Sprunger took 4th with a time of 24.44 seconds. In the 800 meter run Todd Kuhn took 8th with a time of 2 minutes and 16 seconds. Todd wished he could have done more for his teammates. “I’m happy that I was able to score a point for the team but disappointed that I only ran a 2:16,” felt Todd. In the 110 meter hurdles senior Michael Koester took 1st with a time of 15.94 and Jesse Clement took 3rd with a time of 16.51. In the 300 meter hurdles Jesse Clement also took 3rd with a time of 43.94. In the 400 meter relay the team of Ben Sprunger, Michael Koester, Skylor Osborn and Andrew Vondeylen took 3rd with a time of 46.0.

In the field events, sophomore Kimball Hughes took 3rd in shot put throwing 43-01.25 feet and 4th in discus throwing 128-07 feet. Michael Koester took 3rd in high jump with a height of 6’0 followed by Ricker Probst in 4th with a height of 5’10. In pole vault Jesse Clement took 3rd with a height of 12 feet. And in long jump Skylor Osborn took first with a jump of 20-02.50 feet. Skylor feels that the 20+ foot jumps are his new normal. “I’ve been jumping 19 feet consistently all year and now I’m starting to stay consistent in the low 20’s and I feel that’s where I’m supposed to be jumping,” said Skylor.

Girls Track Wins SCAA Championship

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Junior Renee Osborne runs away from the competition at the league meet

by Jaidyn Hinkley

The Pittsford girls’ varsity track team returned to the Hillsdale College last night for the SCAA conference championship meet. The Ladycats brought home not only one, but two trophies. They received a trophy for being the East divisional champions and for being the SCAA conference champions. The Wildcats took first with 194 points, while Hillsdale Academy took second with 115, and Athens took third with 78.

The Lady Wildcats won a whopping eight events. Junior Renee Osborne finished first in the 3200m run with a time of 12:15.67, which was a PR. Junior Alison Toner won both the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles with times of 16.06 and 48.88, respectively. The 4×100 relay team (Gabby Richards, Jordyn Cole, Makayla McDaniel, and Rachael Patterson) set a new meet record with a time of 52.33. The 4×200 relay team (J. Cole, McDaniel, Richards, and Toner) also set a new meet record with a time of 1:50.60. “It felt so amazing to set two meet records. I was so happy when I found out,” excitedly said Gabby. The 4×800 relay team (Gabrielle McCumber, Danielle Jagielski, Osborne, and Karrie Belcher) received first with a time of 10:36.10. Sophomore Lindsey Clarke won high jump with a jump of 5-00.00. Senior Mollie Smith won pole vault with a jump of 9-06.00 and set a PR in the process.

Along with the Pittsford girls team winning two trophies, Toner also won her own personal trophy. She received the “outstanding female athlete on the track” trophy. “I was pretty shocked. I knew I had a chance at it, but I didn’t think I’d get it so getting it was really exciting,” shared Ali. The girls were overall proud with how they did. Even though there wasn’t quite as many PR’s they still worked really hard. “I think we performed very well! There was lots of PR’s and everyone was doing very great,” explained Lindsey.

The girls will go to Centreville, Michigan on Saturday (5/26) to hopefully bring home the MITCA team state championship title.

Boys Track Qualifies Six For State Meet At Regionals

by Jeremy Britton

Saturday May 19th 2018 at Hillsdale College was a day for Pittsford boys track members to get a shot at going to the individual state track meet. Six athletes ended up going to state for field events and some running events, others set new personal records and did not qualify for the state meet. As a group, Pittsford finished 5th at regionals (Addison won it, Hillsdale Academy was second), only one point away from 4th place. The day was all about the individual athlete and how they performed.

Senior Michael Koester placed 5th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.30, which was good enough to qualify for the state meet. Koester also qualified in the high jump, jumping 5’11 (good for 3rd) with a qualifying height. In pole vault, junior Jesse Clement made state by jumping 12 feet in pole vault, which placed him 4th. Junior Ben Sprunger, Koester, sophomore Andrew Vondeylen, and junior Skylor Osborn qualified for state in the 4x100m relay with a time of 45.83, placing them 5th. In the discus, sophomore Kimball Hughes got 3rd and is on his way to state with a distance of 130-10. Osborn won the long jump and qualified for the state meet, leaping 20-02.75. That was also Skylor’s PR. “It took a lot of work to get where I am at today in how I preform. You just have that one jump and you just hit it and after you land you know that you did something amazing. A feeling you only get the chance to get a few times,” commented Skylor.

In the 400m sophomore Alex Bastein set a new personal record with a time of 54.24, but just one second out of qualifying for state. Freshman Kody Smith set himself a new personal record in the mile with a time of 5:17.12, always pushing himself to do better. In the 300m hurdles Clement set a new personal record and just missed state by one tenth of a second with a time of 43.13. “It’s hard to realize that you were so close to getting a chance at state but it just drives me to do better and work harder,” vows Jesse.

PHS Recognizes Stellar Scholars At Academic Banquet

by Lucas McGraw

Last Wednesday marked a monumental night of each spring, where Pittsford High School honors their high achieving students. There were awards given out for all the classes by all the teachers, along with countless scholarships.

In the math department, Mr. Brown presented Colton Black, Dakota Black, Kimball Hughes, and Sierra Kuenzer with the Algebra 2 award. He then presented Laney Clark, Emily Moyer and Jaidyn Hinkley with the geometry award. “Participating in class discussions, paying attention, doing your homework, and studying are all things that I think put me ahead of everyone else,” explained Emily Moyer. Last but not least he presented senior Keagan Hinkley with the personal finance award. Mr. Clark then presented the Trig/Calc award to Alexis Stachn and the Algebra 1 award to Elaina Kuenzer.

In the sciences, Mr. Burger presented junior Kelsey Moyer with the physics award and Laney Clark and Jaidyn Hinkley with the physical science award. “Working hard, paying attention in class, wanting to do the best you can, and doing your homework are all good things that will make you stand out,” explained Laney Clark. Mrs. Clement presented Mailia Hauer with the chemistry award. “It was really cool to be recognized in chemistry because I do try and help other kids out when they seem like they are struggling, so I am really happy about getting this award,” said Mailia.

In the English department, Mr. Hoover presented the ENG 11 award to Kelsey Moyer and the ENG 12 award to Anna Vander Hoff. Mr. Olson followed up by presenting Samantha Leggett with the Drama award, Laney Clark with the English 9 award, and Rachael Patterson with the English 10 award.

In the foreign languages, Mr. Olson gave Alandra Hess the German award, while Mr. Wilson presented Elaina Kuenzer with the Spanish 1 award, Gia Jackson with the Spanish 2 award, and Annabelle Osborne with the Spanish 3 award.

In the social studies department, Mr. Irelan presented Kelsey Moyer with the civics award, Mailia Hauer with the economics award, Ashlyn Wilson with the psychology award, and Mailia Hauer with the sociology award. Mr. Lovell presented Laney Clark with the World History award, Dakota Black with the US History award, Jaidyn Hinkley with the Archaeology award, and last but definitely not least Lucas McGraw with the Golden Shaman award. “I felt like I earned these awards because I put quite a bit of effort into all my classes, so it was definitely cool to be able to be recognized for that kind of thing,” said Dakota.

Mr. Hoeft presented Kelsey Moyer, Mailia Hauer, Colton Black, and Dakota Black with the Drafting 1 award. “I was happy I got the awards but I didn’t really feel like I did anything differently than anyone else, but I am still happy that I got them,” felt Colton. Mr. McDonough presented senior Annabella Williams with the art award, and band teacher Mr. Schulte presented senior Kaleigh Bonner with the band award.

Cool Down On A Hot Day With Your Favorite Ice Cream Treat

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Beat the heat with this cool treat

by Cody Sprunger

There’s almost no better way to cool off on a hot summer day than getting a cool, creamy ice cream treat. Whether it may be something as simple as chocolate cone or as elaborate as a filled-to-the-brim banana split. No matter how intricate or simple your favorite is, it obviously must be good enough to be labeled as your #1 pick.

Freshman Dominic Dow likes the mixture of the cool mint and the sweetness of the chocolate chips. “My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip because of the way the mint and chocolate mix,” said Dominic.

Freshman Haiden Coles likes to feel like he’s having a warm treat in frozen form. “My favorite is cookie dough because it’s almost exactly like eating a frozen cookie,” said Haiden. Sophomore Samantha Leggett likes the strong rich peanut buttery taste. “I like peanut butter milkshakes because they’re creamy and delicious,” says Sam. Freshman Joseph Cramer likes to keep it simple with chocolate. “Chocolate is my favorite because it’s so simple but yet so sweet and rich,” feels Joeseph.

Junior Katie Rose likes a sweet but tangy ice cream. “My favorite ice cream is lemon Ice cream because of the way the sour lemon mixes with the ice and sugar,” said Katie. Sophomore Cassity Hickok is into tropical fruit types of ice cream. “My favorite ice cream is coconut ice cream because its tropical but it’s also really hard to find some with good flavor,” says Cassity.

Whatever your fave is, find a nice hot day and some great shade, and spend some time enjoying your favorite cool treat!

Girls Track Runs Away With Regional Title

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A very happy regional champion Pittsford girls track team

by Jaidyn Hinkley

The Pittsford girls’ varsity track team attended regionals at Hillsdale College on Saturday, and left it with a resounding regional championship title. This win was their 4th trophy of the season. Pittsford came in first with a 168 points, while Hillsdale Academy came in second with a 103.33, and Hudson came in third with a 69.83.

The Pittsford girls took first in 7 events. Sophomore Makayla McDaniel took first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.88, setting a new PR for herself. Freshman Gabby Richards took first in the 100m dash with a time of 13.18, also creating a new PR for herself. Junior Renee Osborne took first and PR’d in the 1600m run with a time of 5:31.87. Freshman Karrie Belcher ran a 12:14.31 in the 3200m earning herself a PR and first place. The girls 4x100m relay team (Jordyn Cole, Rachael Patterson, Richards, McDaniel) also took first with a 52.11. The 4x200m relay team (J. Cole, McDaniel, Richards, Ali Toner) not only took first but set a school record with a time of 1:47.57. Patterson also took first place in pole vault with a height of 9-09.00. And even though she didn’t win the event, Toner broke her own school record in the 300m hurdles that she set earlier in the year, this time running it in 46.77. “It feels really good, like a weight off my shoulders kind of, because I’ve been really pushing myself this year to get them and to finally get them feels great,” explained Alison excitedly. The 4x200m relay team knew they were close to setting the record and were also pumped. “It felt really good to break that record. We have been trying to get that record this whole year and to finally break it felt amazing,” shared McDaniel.

Although she didn’t break a record Freshman Karrie Belcher went out and performed her very best in the two mile at regionals, which earned her a first place. “It felt great because it’s been so long since I have felt the relief of winning a race, especially since I’ve been in high school track. It look a lot of work to win, but it counted for sure,” said Karrie happily. Patterson also had a great day on Saturday. She took first in pole vault as a sophomore. “At first I was vaulting just enough to qualify for state, but after that it was game time. I was actually focusing more on PRing than winning, but winning is always nice,” explained Rachael. Overall the Pittsford girls track team had a great day with a lot of PR’s and they are ready to dominate at state.

The Pittsford track teams are going back to Hillsdale College tomorrow for the SCAA conference championship meet. Wish them luck!

Get Away From The Tech And Enjoy These Outdoor Activities This Summer


It’s not an orb….it’s a zorb

by Lucas McGraw

The cold, snowy ground is long gone and it’s tank-top and flip-flop season. It’s time to get off the couch and go explore all the amazing things to do in the great outdoors. Michigan’s seasons can change in the blink of an eye, considering about three weeks ago it was still snowing and just like that we had three beautiful sunny 80 degree days. Winter broke so abruptly you may be wondering what to do now that it’s not negative 30 outside, and I am here to help.

There are obviously all the traditional activities such as swimming, fishing, and other outdoor activities such as basketball, but I’m not writing this article to inform you about things you already know. This is to expose you to some activities that you may have never thought of.

Considering we are near a ton of lakes obviously there has to be some water activities such as skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing. All of those are extremely fun. Skiing and wakeboarding do take a bit of skill, but once you get it down it can be extremely fun. If you are looking for more of a rush without having to learn and practice, tubing is a great alternative! “I tried wakeboarding for the first time last summer and it was a great time. I will admit it does take some time to get down but once you do you will have the time of your life. If you do not have a lot of patience you may just want to stick to tubing,” explained Justice Geletzke.

If you are looking for an exhilarating summer activity, zorbing may be the thing for you. Zorbing is not a very well-known activity but it is a crazy good time! A zorb is essentially a giant plastic ball. Zorbing is where a person gets in the ball then rolls down a long slope. You can even add some water to give it a waterslide effect! “I have never actually tried zorbing but it sounds like a blast and I would definitely do it if I got the chance,” explained Austin Fellows.

Have you ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt out in the forest? If so, Geocaching is the thing for you. It is literally the biggest treasure hunt in the world. This outdoor activity allows anyone to connect with people all around the world by following clues and GPS coordinates until the cache is found. There are millions of geocaches in 190 countries waiting to be discovered—there are probably even some near you right now.

Another great family activity during the early spring/summer months is morel mushroom hunting. It can be nice to just go out and find these gems with the family. Then afterwards you can go home and cook them up or if you aren’t so fond of mushrooms you could actually sell them for quite a bit of money.

What about spending a warm, sunny day on the water without the intense movement of wakeboarding? Well, kayaking is the thing for you. “Kayaking is a very fun activity. I love floating down the river with some friends; it is absolutely priceless,” said junior Cage Hodos. Taking a float down the river in a kayak is one of the most relaxing things you can do. As you are coasting through the river you can hear the water flowing over the rocks and the wind rustle through the trees.

Turn off Fortnite, put the sticks down, and get outside to enjoy all of the awesome activities available to you this summer!

Boys Track Finishes 2nd At SCAA East Jamboree

by Cody Sprunger and Jeremy Britton

Last Wednesday, May 9, the boys varsity track team hosted the jamboree for the SCAA East Divisional title. The guys ended up falling short of first with 137 points, having to settle for a 2nd place finish right behind Hillsdale Academy with 161 points.

Junior Skylor Osborn had a solid night running, taking 4th in the 100m in 12.52 and 4th in the 200m in 25.57. In the 110 hurdles senior Michael Koester took first with a time of 16.74, with junior Jesse Clement close behind in second with a time of 17.11 seconds. Sophomore Kimball Hughes PR’d taking sixth with a time of 20.30 seconds. Kimball thinks practice is helping him in the hurdles. “I have been going through the 110 hurdles in practice and I just got a four step down and it made my hurdles much smoother,” said Kimball. Jesse also took first in the 300 hurdles with a PR of 44.19 seconds. Jesse is just happy to be running again. “It was really nice to finally get to run the 110’s and for the first time running it all year I was happy with a PR, and in the 300 I was just glad to win even though I PR’d too,” said Jesse. In the 4×100 relay the team of junior Ben Sprunger, Koester, Clement, and Osborn took second, a few tenths of a second behind first place. In the 4x200m the team of Alex Bastien, Andrew Vondeylen, Jeremy Britton, and Sprunger tied for second with Camden, running 1:39.85.

In the field events, Kimball won the shot put with a PR of 44’-11.5 inches. Kimball is giving credit to hard work for his PR in shot. “In shot I’ve been working really hard on bringing my right arm through to open my chest for the throw since I’m left handed, and for my third throw the pieces just fell into place and I got my new PR,” said Kimball. In 6th place, Vondeylen PR’d with a throw of 35’-05 inches. Kimball also took first in discus with a throw of 132 feet 4 inches. In high jump Koester took second with a jump of 5’9 inches. Osborn took second in long jump with a jump of 19 feet 9 inches. Garrett Fish PR’d, jumping 14 feet 1 inch. Garrett has been working hard to achieve this. “I have been doing run-throughs to help me get my steps more accurate and not scratch as much,” explained Garrett.

Seniors Know They’ll Miss Certain Aspects Of High School

by Kyle Brown

As seniors prepare to turn the page on this chapter of their lives and go on to the next, there will for sure be things that they will miss the most, whether it be friends, teachers, sports, and even classes. What will the PHS class of 2018 miss most?

The most common thing that seniors miss after high school are the relationships they had made over the 13 years (including kindergarten) they attended school. Seniors at Pittsford are no exception, as many of them will reminisce about the fond memories. “I will miss socializing with my friends and being able to do whatever with them” said Austin Fellows. “I will miss hanging out with my friends and goofing off with them in class” said Kyle Williams. Some of these students have a certain friend that they will miss the most after they leave these walls. “I’m going to miss Lily Spurgeon the most,” said Bella Williams. Nick Maxson says that there is a certain sophomore that he will remember forever. “I am going to miss Ian Brown the most. I’m going to miss him in STEM class, on trips to McDonald’s, and (hanging out). I’m especially going to miss him pulling out his mag light named Ol’ Reliable on Eli when he is acting up” said Nick laughing hysterically.

The second most common thing that most of these seniors will miss is the excitement of sports. “I will really miss sports, particularly football and baseball. I will always cherish the memories we shared on the field,” says Wyatt Fish. “I’ll really miss football the most. You can’t get that raw emotion in many other places or moments in your life,” said Lukas Whitner. “Sports will definitely be what I miss the most,” said Ashleigh Langston.

There are some seniors that are going to miss particular things about high school. “I am going to miss the 45 minute drive from my house,” said Zarak Popejoy. “The drive allowed me to clear my mind and listen to music and just enjoy the day.” Some will regret that their chance at a lasting joke fell flatly. “I’m going to miss the fact that we had a sucky senior prank. We could’ve made it a lot better,” said Erik Rodriguez. Lily Spurgeon will miss some of the drama that she’s seen here. “I’m going to miss school fights, whether they be at the cafeteria or at the church. It made the day interesting,” says Lily.

As you can see, high school will have you reminiscing on the good times. So for the underclassmen, have a great time while you’re here. Make friends, make memories, do what you love, and have a great time doing it. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way out, and you will miss some of the best times of your life. All you’ll have left is your memories of what you enjoyed.