The Broadcaster The student news site of Hershey High School Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Broadway Musical Frozen Recasts Anna and Elsa Mon, 24 Feb 2020 17:27:40 +0000

After two years on Broadway, Frozen has recast their leading ladies.

Based on the 2013 animated film, Frozen features music and lyrics by the creators of the film score, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and a book by Jennifer Lee, the film’s screenwriter and co-director. Michael Grandage directs the show with choreography by Rob Ashford.

Anna, who was previously played by Patti Murin, is now being portrayed by McKenzie Kurt, making this show her Broadway debut. Elsa, previously played by Caissie Levy, is now being portrayed by Ciara Renee. Renee has also portrayed The Witch in Big Fish and the Leading Player in Pippin

Along with the two princesses, Hans has also been recast to Ryan McCartan. McCartan has also been JD in Heathers, Brad Major in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Diggie on Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie. 

Frozen on Broadway continues its run and tickets are available through their online box office.

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Asking HHS about Valentines Day Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:51:36 +0000

To celebrate the season of love, The Broadcaster surveyed Hershey High School students and teachers, asking a variety of questions about Valentines Day. 

Some knew everything from what their ideal date would be to the origin of Valentine’s day, but some others did not. Watch the video to see what students and staff had to say.

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Apollo Awards: HHS Theatre’s Radium Girls Earns Four Nominations Including “Outstanding Play” Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:28:40 +0000

Hershey’s Radium Girls cast received four nominations and two honorable mentions. The Apollo Awards for the play productions came out on January 30, 2020.

The Apollo Awards are a spin-off of the popular Tony Awards. Nominated schools from around Central PA area come together for the night to perform and watch. Last year, HHS Theatre received five nominations for the musical Anything Goes and one for the play Our Town.

Chris Santiago received an honorable mention for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play” for his role of Tom Krieder, and Hannah Armstrong received one for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play” for her role of Mrs. Roeder.

Anna Callahan received a nomination for “Featured Performer in a Play” for her role as Irene Rudolph. This is Callahan’s first time being nominated for an Apollo Award.

“I was shocked, I didn’t even think about getting an award,” Callahan said, “but I’m very excited about it.”

Jaelissa Akers also received a nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play” for her role of Grace Fryer. This is her second time attending the Apollo Awards, but her first time being nominated.

Alex Winnick received a nomination for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play” for his role of Arthur Roeder. This is Winnick’s third time being nominated for an Apollo Award. Winnick also won his sophomore year for “Supporting Actor in a Play”. 

The whole cast received the nomination for “Outstanding Play.” 

The Apollo Awards will take place on May 17 at the Hershey Theatre, where they have been held since the awards inception. Tickets for the awards show are for sale on Ticketmaster, starting at $12.

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HHS Hockey Team Defeated by CD in First Round of Playoffs Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:53:19 +0000

Hershey High School’s Hockey team was defeated by Central Dauphin in the first round of the playoffs with a score of 1-0 on Monday, February 10, 2020. 

The game was an evenly played scoreless contest through the first and second period, but Central Dauphins’ assistant captain, Colin Nemshick, scored the game-winning goal with 3:45 left.

Hershey was unable to answer resulting in their first round loss.

Playoffs are double elimination, so Hershey will be now playing in the elimination bracket. 

CD defeated Palmyra and are now advancing to the Bears Cup.

Hershey will have to defeat both Lower Dauphin and Palmyra in order to advance onto the Bears Cup Championship game. The next playoff game is against Lower Dauphin on Wednesday, February 19th, 2019.

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How Will HHS’s New Start Times Impact Athletics? Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:49:14 +0000

Every student has dreamed of this moment. With the busy schedule of a high school student (and athlete), getting to sleep in only happens on occasion. However, the Derry Township School District (DTSD) has finally made this dream a reality, as they announced in the fall that they will be carrying out new start times starting in the year of 2021-2022. But how will these later start times be proven effective for Hershey’s athletics?

New school start times 

Starting in the year of 2021-2022, Hershey High School (HHS) will begin implementing new start times.

DTSD announced new start times in the Fall of 2019. Once the announcement was made, many questions were raised arguing how this will both be beneficial and detrimental to students’ sleep schedules and learning abilities. 

Fully impacting students of all ages, these new start times were revamped to primarily benefit high school students. DTSD says that lack of sleep can leave adverse effects on student achievement. Not only does it impact one’s ability to learn in school, it also influences athletic performance.

The new start times have sparked a controversy regarding students of all ages; however, athletes are being singled out for having to make the most adjustments to their after-school schedules.

The fundamental reason for these new start times is to analyze the research and better match the sleeping patterns of students. It is often argued that no matter the start time, students will go to bed later and still get just as many hours of sleep. If school is let out at 3:30 p.m., athletes will be released from practice later, only giving them so much time to eat dinner and complete their homework before it’s late at night. These later start times will also move everyone’s schedule back an hour, causing a time shift in a later sleep schedule and later wake up time.

HHS Athletic Director, Scott Govern said he has many doubts. After hearing about the change in August, Govern said his first thought was that students won’t go to bed earlier.

“They will still get the same amount of sleep, it doesn’t matter if they go to bed and wake up an hour later than our typical schedule. It still won’t change anything,” said Govern. 

Govern has spoken with other coaches and athletic directors from school districts that start later. After speaking with  State Colleges’ Golf Coach, Greg Wilson, it was very clear to Govern that the plan has flaws. 

“Studies say that it’s positive, but I don’t buy it,” says Govern. Govern said several coaches have already shown concerns and are questioning whether a morning practice would solve this problem. Despite these growing questions, Govern claims that the School Board said morning practices would defeat the purpose of the late start times.

As Govern and the athletic coaches struggle to find a solution, he says if after school practices were shortened that “our athletes would be falling behind in their overall performance.” Govern said that DTSD would be at the other teams’ mercy if we lessened the hours of after school practice. However, the later students are let out of school, the more school athletes will miss when they leave for away games. Eventually, this will put more stress on athletes that have to makeup all of the work they’re missing to participate in a sport.

In addition to the athletes’ stress, Govern has shown concerns for the coaches as well, specifically regarding their personal life at home. “Younger coaches have families they want to see after practice, and coaches that don’t even live in the district will have a longer commute during rush hour, making them get home even later.” 

In the midst of all of these problems for athletes and coaches, Govern has a life at home, and his schedule is going to go through major changes as well.

“My family is not going to be happy. My son is a junior,” said Govern.” I will rarely see him by the time I get home, and my wife won’t be happy either. This will just make my days even longer, and it gives me less of a reason to agree with this decision.”

In the scheme of it all, HHS has test scores that are top 10 percent in the country. Mechanicsburg and State College both implemented later start times. But neither schools have given us a reason to think Hershey needs to do the same, and Govern agrees along with the rest of the athletes and coaches.

“Why us? Why change it now?” said Govern, “It’s just not my thing. We are different than other schools.”

Impact on athletes

While starting school an hour later has many proven health benefits for teenagers, there are concerns surrounding sports practices and how they could potentially affect a student’s daily life and sleep schedule. HHS students have different opinions about the decision, and they have been considering how it could affect their days and nights as a student athlete.  

Sophomore Julia Zakovitch plays varsity basketball and softball for HHS. Zakovitch said the later start times will cause her to go to bed later. Being someone who likes to go to bed early on school nights, Zakovitch said she will particularly be affected by a change in sleep schedule; she will be up later doing her homework after late practices and games.

Zakovitch also values free time to go home and rest before a night game, something that will most likely have to be sacrificed when school times are pushed back. 

Zakovitch said, “I think it is good to go home before a game so that you can clear your mind after school and just chill until you have to leave again.” 

Zakovitch also brings up the point that students would potentially miss two class periods instead of just one on the days teams leave school early to attend their away games. This would mean students would miss more class; therefore, they would have a greater amount of work to complete at home. She also wonders if coaches would need to implement morning practices, specifically for sports that have to share practice facilities, such as girls and boys basketball. 

Besides Zakovitch’s athletic life being affected, she said her home life will also face change. The students attending Hershey Elementary (Kindergarten-fifth grade) will now get released from school at 2:30 p.m., an hour before the middle and high school students. Zakovitch is the oldest of five siblings, so she finds herself in charge of making sure her younger siblings get home from school safely; however, with their school day ending an hour earlier, Zakovitch will be unable to be home with them. 

Overall, Zakovitch, especially as a student athlete, does not see a great benefit in changing the school start times. 

“If we have later practices, we won’t get the rest we need to do well,” Zakovitch said. 

However, Noah Amato, sophomore lacrosse player, said he believes the new start times may have some advantages to the student-athlete. Amato said students will be able to get the proper amount of sleep by being smart with managing their time. 

Amato also said after a later practice, students will only get to bed an hour or two later, which will not make a noticeable difference in an athlete’s performance. He said other factors go into how an athlete performs such as their diet. He also says it is important they are focused mentally. “Sometimes it just comes down to if the player is feeling on top of his/her game,” Amato said. 

In theory, Amato agrees that pushing back the times would be beneficial. If students work on their time management, they will not go to bed much later than they do now; however, Amato said, “It will not fix anything if kids are still going to bed at one in the morning.” 

HHS fall and winter cheerleader and lacrosse player Lauren Cribbs is a current sophomore. At first, she thought she would like the change because she would get to sleep in an hour later. She then realized that she will be getting home from her practices and games later every night. 

“I already go to bed so late, so I feel like when I have to wake up later I will stay up even later and mess up my sleep schedule,” Cribbs said. She said this will cause her and other student athletes even more stress than they are already feeling. They will be forced to fight being tired in order to complete their school work.

Cribbs also likes having time to go home before games. When she cheers at basketball games, she usually does not have to be back at the high school until 5:30 or 6:00, giving her plenty of time to go home before needing to return. 

“I feel like it’s really nice to be able to go home before a game because I can take that time to sleep, get ready, and if I have homework then I would do that,” Cribbs said. 

Cribbs said she foresees herself being tired at later practices and wanting to go home. 

“As the year advances, it will continue to tire athletes down,” Cribbs said, “with the stress of school and athletics, it will be nearly impossible to get the sleep you need to be productive at practice the next day.”

When the start times are pushed back, student athletes will be under increased pressure to get to bed at a decent hour while keeping up with their school work and sports practices.

Impact on coaches:

Transitioning to a later start time not only affects the students and athletes in question, but also the staff that accompanies them. Many athletic coaches dedicate a lot of time and effort into their teams during the school year. With the new time adjustments to Hershey’s school day, the HHS coaches’ schedules will certainly be affected also. 

HHS girls softball head coach and physical education teacher  Jessica Intrieri views the later school start times as detrimental to valuable family time. With a new baby as an addition to her family, Intrieri questions whether the later times will prevent her from being able to coach.

On the other hand, the girls cheerleading coach, Kimberly West, only sees benefits in the adjusted schedule. For her personal life, West is grateful for the extra hour of sleep before she wakes up to go to the gym prior to the start of her school days.

She also believes her students and cheerleaders will benefit from the adjusted times as well. West believes that in all circumstances more sleep is always advantageous. 

As for the future of the cheerleading team, Coach West is open to having practices before school. In reference to before school practices, West said, “I feel like kids will be mad and annoyed at first, but they will have so much more time after school. I think it’ll be difficult for coaches who don’t have practices in the morning.”

Ronald Moore, the head girls basketball coach and assistant girls volleyball coach, shares his concerns regarding how the adjusted schedule will affect his team. Like many other coaches and members of the district, Moore raises the question as to how the athletes will be able to handle missing more school time in order to participate in athletics. 

Moore said, “My initial impression was to consider how this would affect athletics. In particular, I was very concerned about the athletic start times remaining the same and resulting in less time for athletes to focus on their academics.”

He also foresees the new start times taking time away from his own family life, and he believes the district should consider this result. 

Despite the flaws in a later school start time, Coach Moore does acknowledge the benefits that more sleep can have on athletes. Moore said, “Sleep is paramount in terms of athlete recovery.  More sleep increases player performance in game and practice.”

The coaches of HHS approach the adjusted school start times with the best interest of their athletes in mind. While many agree that more sleep is crucial, multiple coaches and athletes have raised concerns regarding the amount of missed school and the late practice times. It is important for the district to consider the opinions of its coaches since they work closely with our student athletes and have families of their own. 

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Feature: Joey Corado Impacts Hershey High School On and Off the Field Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:27:26 +0000

Hershey High School (HHS) junior, Joey Corado, is the varsity kicker for the Trojans Football team and an avid athlete.

During Corado’s time at HHS, he has had many accomplishments as an athlete. He has been the varsity starting kicker since his freshman year, plays point guard for the varsity basketball team, and is shortstop for the baseball team. 

Corado has attended several camps, one being Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camp. He has been attending Kohl’s camp for three years now, and in 2019, Corado was given a 4.5/5 star kicker rating.  

According to Kohl’s, “He is athletic, coordinated, and an explosive athlete. He possesses the rare ability to be a high level Power 5 combo prospect.” 

Corado has impacted the school in many ways – not only through athletics.

Kohl’s Kicking, a professional camp for kickers, punters, and snappers, started a program called Kick-It Champion which teams up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to spread awareness and raise money for cancer research. Corado brought this campaign to HHS after visiting a camp through Kohl’s Kicking the summer before his sophomore year. Corado and HHS worked together to raise a combined total of $9,778 over the past two years. 

“I raise money for the kids. I know everyone has been affected by cancer somehow, either a family member or friend, so I am just trying to make a difference for a small part of a big problem,” says Corado. 

Corado has also contributed to a club called “Best Buddies” which is an organization bringing together special education students to participate in community events. Students who are in the club help with activities such as Special Olympics, and most importantly, form a bond.

Across Hershey High School, Corado has made an impact on the student body. Scott Govern, HHS’s Athletic Director said, “Joey has a good pulse on the student body and where people are and where they’re not. Because of his energy and attitude, he is very popular with everyone, so he has the ability to reach out to not just student athletes but the rest of the kids in the student population.”

Along with everything Corado has accomplished, his team has always come first.

“My teammates are my favorite part of being on a team because being around the same group of guys becomes a brotherhood and that’s what makes it fun,” said Corado.

Max Schmidt, a senior teammate on the HHS football team said, “His teamwork and work ethic will get him far, and I cannot wait to see what he does in life.”

Corado has impacted everyone on his team regardless of age or position.   Sophomore Alec Angello said, “Joey has been a great influence on underclassmen by showcasing the importance of hard work by always showing up and working hard.”

Joey Corado kicks for a field goal. Corado will kick for his final year at Hershey High School as a senior in the 2020-2021 school year. (Broadcaster/Lauren Cribbs)

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Kansas City Chiefs Celebrate Super Bowl Win with Parade Fri, 14 Feb 2020 17:20:27 +0000

The Super Bowl LIV Champions, Kansas City Chiefs, hosted their celebratory parade on February, 5, 2020. 

The American Football Conference (AFC) Champions, the Chiefs, and the Nation Football Conference (NFC) Champions, the 49ers, came head to head to battle for the Super Bowl title. Super Bowl LIV was hosted at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

After two playoff games being behind in double digits, the Chiefs were seen as a comeback team. During Super Bowl LIV the Chiefs were behind again, but this time, being in the 4th quarter, the team made it seem as though their season would be ending in a loss, but the Chiefs came through once again.   

Kansas City had already claimed a date for the celebration parade before the game was played, so fans already had an idea of when it would occur. After the Chiefs win, the date was still set but questions of a push back due to weather were put into consideration. In the end it was confirmed that the parade would be Wednesday, February, 5. 

Although the weather was not ideal, standing at 28 degrees and snow showers, fans still showed up. According to the Today Show, it is estimated that one million fans attended the parade. 

Chiefs fans started showing up as early as 4am along the parade route and in front of Union Station to recieve the best views.  

Players riding in double decker buses with “World Champion” plastered on the side made their way down the two mile route. The end of the parade simultaneously marked the start of the rally located at Union Station. The rally started at 1:30pm and lasted an hour. 

The parade was also broadcasted on television, and due to the cold weather, many fans decided to stay in and support from home. 

Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce celebrate winning Super Bowl LIV in Kansas City on Wednesday, February, 5, 2020. The Chiefs have secured a total of two Super Bowl wins. (Broadcaster/Lauren Cribbs)

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Photo Essay: York Suburban Defeats Hershey on Senior Night Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:40:52 +0000

The Hershey Trojans wrestling team was defeated by the York Suburban Trojans 16-55 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 

Before the match started, Hershey Wrestling honored their seniors: Devan Lamb, Omar Abdo, Mark Lavelle, Donte Hibbert, and Tanner Updegraff. 

The boys were escorted by their loved ones as Coach Zach Cerrone announced their accomplishments. 

The first match of the evening was the 126 pound match up, and Aydean Bertoldi was pinned in the first period. 

The Trojans followed with another loss at 132, but the team earned a victory by fall from junior Tariq VonGetzie at 138lbs. The Trojans followed with 3 more losses. At 170lbs, Andy Burd registered a win by major decision which was followed by a victory by fall by Tristan Bingeman at 182lbs. The Trojans did not register another win on the night.

Senior Night was the last match for the Trojans, and they will next compete in Sectionals next Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, 2020 for individual postseason. 

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Editorial: Phone Use Should Be Strictly Regulated in Classrooms Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:28:02 +0000

A shocking 72% of teenagers check their phones right when they wake up, according to the  Pew Research Center.  And that’s just the start.

Phone use in classrooms is lowering the focus and the test scores of students, and it needs to be regulated for the sake of students’ futures.

Many students all over the world use their phones daily in classes. According to a study conducted by the Educational Psychology Journal, teenagers that are actively on their phones while a lesson is being taught get grades that are five percent (half a letter grade) lower than students not on their phones.

Any type of distraction in the classroom negatively impacts the amount of information students are taking in, which often leads to lower grades on tests and quizzes. If there is less phone usage during lessons, then students will be able to better their performance in classes. This would also allow students to be able to focus on information being taught instead of their next notification.

Teachers and administration are at a constant battle with students having their cellphones in classrooms. Since students are typically not allowed to use cellphones in the classroom, they tend to hide their device in pockets, their lap, their desk, etc. According to Sherri Gordon, a published author with several books focusing on teenagers in schools, doing so only allows the student to be half present in class, and they lose focus on what they are learning. 

When a student has their phone hidden from a teacher, it centralizes their focus from the subject being taught to keeping their phone activity a secret. That causes students to not fully learn the subject which often has a negative outcome on their overall grade.

According to CBS News, 35 percent of the 2,000 students surveyed used their cell phones to cheat on at least one test, and 52 percent of the students have used the internet to cheat in some form.

Cell phones have given students an easy and quick way to cheat on tests and to get homework answers. Cheating on tests can damage a student’s learning environment when they get into harder courses and do not feel the need to learn the material.

When a student does cheat on a test, it can affect the way that they learn new material. After getting away with cheating, students tend to assume they can get away with it every time and think they do not need to learn new material.

If a teenager was to get caught cheating with their device, it can have serious consequences and can put their grades at risk – even their future.

Phones can sometimes help with learning, but they should not be used in class unless the teacher gives permission. 

To better the school experience for all students, talk to your teachers and administration about stricter regulation of phone use in classrooms.  Consider emailing DTSD Superintendent Joe McFarland to toughen the rules on phone use at Hershey High School.

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Editorial: HHS Dress Code Targets Female Students Wed, 12 Feb 2020 17:25:46 +0000

Imagine being in class trying to focus on your education, when a member of the school staff pulls you out of class, possibly making you miss a crucial lesson, and forces you to change because of something that you happen to be wearing.

School dress codes should be more inclusive, rather than specifically targeting womens’ clothing.

The fact that many school dress codes specifically mention female body parts shows that these rules are aimed more towards girls than boys. Dress codes that state body parts only on a woman make female students feel like they cannot wear what they want, due to possible distractions.

The average dress code prohibits 32 items of clothing, according to “The Pudding.” Dress codes eliminating this many articles of clothing for women can make it expensive for families to meet these standards. This requirement can add stress to families and make female students feel less comfortable in what they are wearing 180 days of the year to school.

Phi Delta Kappan, an organization of veteran educators, conducted a survey at Lincoln High School and, out of the 384 responses, it showed that white females were at a slightly higher rate of being dress coded than any other group of students.

Since girls are at a higher risk for being dress coded, it implies that dress codes are targeting female students. These regulations can make female students feel ashamed of what they are wearing due to only having specific clothing for school.

Schools with dress codes that are more strict often say that these rules are to prevent distractions in class, create a workplace-like environment, reduce pressures based on social status, and limit gang activity, according to Education Weekly.

The schools with dress code reasoning similar to this often makes female students feel excluded. They feel as if they have to dress for school based on what will and won’t cause boys to lose focus.

The female portion of the student body is often blamed for wearing certain clothing items or hair styles that attract the male students. Teenage girls should not have to dress for the sake of not “distracting” the boys during class. The purpose of school is to learn, not be objectified.

“Telling girls to ‘cover up’ just as puberty hits teaches them that their bodies are inappropriate, dangerous, violable, subject to constant scrutiny and judgment, including by the adults they trust,” said the New York Times.

Dress codes often cause girls to have less self confidence in their own skin, and they struggle to understand why they have to dress a certain way to please others.

No matter what a young girl wears in middle or high school, they will always face judgment which can affect how they see themselves everyday.

To help make a change in the school dress codes, you can sign this petition, or talk to your local school officials, such as superintendent Joseph McFarland.

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