Students Support Fellow Classmate

By Garrett Boyd ’16, Minh Nguyen ’16, Jake Kolessar ’16, Po-Yuan Chen ’16, and Kaicheng Yu ’16

Sem students are coming to the aid of junior Andrew Schukraft ’17 through the recently founded Andrew’s Army program. Schukraft ’16 was diagnosed with kidney disease over the summer and is now going to the Geisinger Hospital in Danville for treatment.

Schukraft ’17 is not the first teenager to be diagnosed with kidney disease. Recent studies performed by the National Kidney Foundation suggest that one in fifty young adults may contract the illness. Additionally, researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School claim that a gene mutation is responsible for the illness, since it causes nephronophthisis, which is the primary cause of kidney failure in children and young adults. 

Nonetheless, neither Schukraft ’17 nor his peers have given up the fight. As a captain of the Boys Soccer Team, he has made many close friends who are concerned for his well-being and are encouraging him throughout his battle.

It is for reasons like this that Andrew’s Army has become so popular. Founded by the mother of fellow junior Connor Switzer ‘17, Andrew’s Army was created for the purpose of raising awareness for a possible kidney donor. The organization is now also handing out green bracelets to encourage awareness and express support.

“I think it’s a great idea,” says fellow soccer player Alex Grosek ‘16. “The brackets are a great initiative because they raise awareness of Andrew’s situation. This can make people more likely to take part in events and help out.”

Schukraft ’17 expressed his gratitude to the community, saying that the support he has seen “has been great support for me, and I am hopeful that as the wristbands spread, so does awareness. Everyone has been very supportive.”

A Way To Help Afghanistan Children

By Natalie Meager ’16, Lina Tori Jan ’16, Lutong Zhang ’16, Dominique Coslett ’16, and Isabella Cordero ’16

Wyoming Seminary senior Lina Tori Jan ’16 is taking matters into her own hands by raising money for Afghan poverty-stricken children. The Afghanistan government estimates that 42 percent of the country’s total population now lives below the national poverty line and that another 20 percent of people live just above that line and are highly vulnerable to the risk of falling into such circumstances.

Unfortunately, children ages five and under are among the most vulnerable members of Afghan society. As many as 50 percent of Afghanistan’s youth suffer from chronic malnutrition, and the harsh winters also damaged crops, setting food production back and childhood hunger rates through the roof.

Tori Jan ’16 claims that she still “remember[s] the cold and difficulty of life” growing up in the poverty of Kabul, Afghanistan. She explains that “every year, hundreds of children and older people lose their lives due to not having food to eat, not having the right medicine, and simply due to a cold home. With the coming of winter, my heart aches for those who don’t have wood and a place to live in.”

However, this year her heart may ache a little bit less knowing that she is giving back to her struggling community. Her “Sharing Christmas with the Kids” project was created to raise money for food, heat, and small gifts for the kids and the poor families. Setting her fundraising goal to a minimum of $5,000, Tori Jan ’16, a Levi Sprague Fellow, hopes to purchase “winter clothes and wood for the poor families [and] make small bags of gifts that will have toys and candies.” She plans to hand deliver these gifts during the holiday season, stating that she wants “to share [her] Christmas with these kids and [hopes] that those who cannot physically go to such places will take part in this fundraiser.”

If you are interested in donating to “Christmas with the Kids,” please contact  Tori Jan ’16 at ltorijan@wyomgingseminary.orgor visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/christmas-with-kids–2/x/12448589#/.

They’re Number One

By Ryan Guers ’16, Katie Paglia ’16, Mitch Kelly ’16, Ethan Rosentel ’16, and Colin Toggas ’16

On October 17, 2015, two Wyoming Seminary wrestlers competed in the prestigious Who’s Number One event at Lehigh University. The premier dual meet featured the number one vs. number two ranked wrestlers for each weight class in the country and was hosted by Flowrestling. Mason Manville ’16 and Nick Reenan ’16 each won their respective bouts.

Manville ’16 overcame his number two ranking to defeat his opponent, Hayden Hidlay, 3-1 in overtime in the 152-pound matchup. He scored a takedown in the final seconds of the first overtime. Manville ’16 had recently lost to Hidlay two times over the summer at the USA Junior Freestyle/Greco Nationals and again at the beginning of the month at the Journeyman Classic.

When asked how it felt to overcome Hidlay and finally become number one, Manville ’16 responded, “It’s an honor to be number one. I’ve worked very hard lately and focused a bunch of my time and energy into preparing to beat this kid, and it feels good that the work that Coach Green, my training partners, and I put in paid off.”

Regarding the atmosphere, Manville ’16 said, “Flowrestling put on a great event! You could feel the high-pressured atmosphere in the room. The crowd was active and engaged in the matches, and I think it made all the wrestlers wrestle harder because of  the vibe we felt in the arena.” 

Reenan ’16 defended his number one ranking by defeating Sammy Colbray by a score of 5-1 in the match at 195 pounds. Nick controlled the match and scored a pair of takedowns and an escape to secure the win. His dominance in the match was marked by his two “pancakes.”

When prompted about how it felt to retain his number one, Reenan ’16 responded, “It feels good to be on top, but I know it also means I have a target on my back now. People will game plan to beat me, and I’ll have to wrestle a lot of tough competition to stay on top.” Additionally, when asked if he was nervous about his match, he said, “I was a little nervous because I’ve never actually competed at 195 before. I just wanted the gear. A couple hours before the match, I was [nervous], and when they started the first match, I was really nervous, but once I started warming up, I knew I was ready to wrestle.”

Both wrestlers excelled in the “Snake Pit” at Lehigh University, and this paper wishes both Manville ’16 and Reenan ’16 luck in their upcoming seasons.