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Bring It In

Mrs. Katie Kertoy
Students bring it in at the conclusion of the game.

Mrs. Kertoy’s 10th period classes describes themselves as “energetic, positive, and entertaining.” Everyday at the conclusion of tenth period, the senior public speaking class comes together and “brings it in.” 

Like a sports huddle, the group of seniors come together and shout “public speaking”  to end each day. This newly formed tradition is something that brings the class together and lifts their spirits as they close out their days here at Hempfield Area High School. 

Waiting for the kick. (Mrs. Katie Kertoy)

The class agreed, “It gives us one last moment together to talk about the accomplishments of class. We [wish each other] good luck for any games or events for the night. And [it] pumps us up for tomorrow”.

The group of students were not long-time friends, but rather, a slew of dynamic personalities that came together to create an exciting class. Nick McCauley originally started the huddle. He said,  “The purpose was to have unity and the feeling of being a family. Marcus Smith inspired us to do it every day, as it brought us close together “.

So when Ms. Kline’s autistic support P.E. class invited them to play in a kickball tournament on October 20th,  it was no surprise that they jumped at the opportunity to include them in the tradition that has made their classroom feel more like a family. Inclusion is a major aspect of Hempfield Area culture, and  it is what united the two groups together for an exciting afternoon. 

Gracie runs to get on base. (Mrs. Katie Kertoy)

Ms. Kline wanted to get the class more involved with the student body, and Mrs. Kertoy’s class were eager to participate.

 In reflection, senior Rylie Fordyce said, “It was a rewarding experience.” 

At the end of the day,  both parties benefited from their involvement with one another.

We as members of Hempfield Area Senior High school can learn from the kindness that students shared with others unlike themselves.  Maybe we as people need to engage others in our quirky, yet motivational traditions to “bring it in.”  

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Abby Harvey, Contributor
Abby has been attending the Hempfield Area School District for 11 years. From a young age, she has had a passion for writing. She loves going on adventures with her friends and family, finding a new experience everyday! It's even better when she gets to write about it. She loves to watch live sports, more specifically the fantastic Friday Night Lights and hockey at Hempfield Area or professional hockey! She looks forward to providing Hempfield with stories to inform and entertain! Like Taylor Swift says, “When I get on a roll with something, it’s really hard for me to put it down unfinished.”
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Tanner Collins lives his life by the quote "Whether you believe you can or you cannot, you are right". Tanner does not wake up trying to find a story, but with an open mind, he waits for a story to find him.  Tanner is a devoted member of the Hempfield Area swimming and diving team, and whether he is at the pool or behind a laptop, he is hardworking, thorough, and a stickler for details.  Tanner feels the need to be thrown out of his comfort zone regardless of what others think.  He is not afraid to go up to strangers and introduce himself whether he likes their style, or he thinks they need a friend.  Tanner is blunt and honest but also genuine and sweet-hearted. These contrasting traits allow him to dig deep and inspires others to be their true selves.