Well Rounded Students

By Ms. Miller’s Journalism Class

The entire Round Square Conference 2016 on one of the last days of the conference. (Photo courtesy of Toni Momntshew)

The entire Round Square Conference 2016 on one of the last days of the conference. (Photo courtesy of Toni Momntshew)

True, Beautiful, and Good are ideals that Sem holds for our students. However, on an international level, the Round Square International Conference has their own set of “IDEALS”.

Round Square is a worldwide network of 160 schools in 40 countries and offers schools a framework for excellence and continuous improvement, along with structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers around the world.  

Sem was invited to apply for an RSIC membership. Two students, Molly Leahy ‘19 and Tara Hohn ‘18, and two faculty members, Mrs. Jill Stretanski and President Kevin Rea, traveled to Germany for the annual conference. “I knew nothing about the conference before Mr. Rea presented it before the faculty,” Shared Mrs. Jill Stretanski. “But I looked it up and I liked what the conference represented and I love the opportunity to travel.”

Full of excitement and nervousness, the group left on October 6th to begin their journey. “We spent three days in Hamburg beforehand.” Shared Tara Hohn ‘18. “It was hard the first day though, I was awake for 37 hours and was exhausted.”

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Wyoming Seminary’s Jill Stretanski, Molly Leahy ‘19, Tara Hohn ‘18, President Kevin Rea, and Mr. Jon Greenwald taking on the streets of Hamburg Germany before the RSIC conference. (Photo courtesy of The Wyoming Seminary Facebook)

However, once the group got to the conference, they easily adjusted and were fully immersed. The RSIC bases itself off of its “IDEALS”; Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership, and Service. Each of the six days the students had different activities that reflected each letter; such as boat rides, speakers, cleaning up a beach, and political talks. “It didn’t feel like it was educational at all, it felt completely cultural.” Hohn shared.

Throughout the course of  the trip both the students and the teachers were split into separate groups in order to emerge themselves in the other cultures. “Sometimes we overlapped, but I didn’t see the girls much. I checked in with the girls every day but they were obviously fine and having a great time.” Shared Stretanski.  

“I wasn’t homesick at all. I actually cried multiple times before I left all my new friends.” Hohn shared. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

“The thing I love best is that learning is not just in the classroom. You’re a student of the world, not just of one subject. ” explained Stretanski. A membership Sem hopes to receive in the near future, made for an incredible experience for not only the students but the teachers as well. Becoming a member would further expand our horizons on an international level.

Fall Sports Update

Daeshaun Jupiter- Deane is pushed out of bounds after making a reception v.s the Kiski school (photo via CVSports)

Daeshaun Jupiter- Deane is pushed out of bounds after making a reception v.s the Kiski school (photo via CVSports)

By Tyler Maddock ‘18

Football

Record 1-6

This off season the Sem football team underwent a major change from a season ago. It began with the hiring of Coach Kelly and his staff in the Spring. Kelly brings with him decades of Division 1 college coaching experience. The team also brought in over a dozen new transfers, with many making the trip from north of the border. This year’s class of post graduates was headlined by DT Kyree Campbell ‘17, the former North Carolina commit holds offers from Alabama, Ohio St, Notre Dame and about 15 more Division 1 schools. The season started off with a loss on the road to Episcopal Academy, the team also lost starting quarterback EJ Blake ‘18 to a season ending knee injury in that same game. Since then Jared Piatnik ‘17 moved over from the Tight End to fill the void at quarterback. He stepped in with ease and threw for 237 yards and 2 scores in a loss to the Hill School. Sem then took on Kiski in front of a packed house at Nesbitt Stadium on Homecoming weekend. Sem got out to a fast start with a rushing touchdown from Daeshaun Jupiter-Deane ‘18, who’s been the team’s most consistent offensive threat, early in the first. A blocked punt by Campbell lead to an 11 yard touchdown run by Abdoulaye Konate ‘17.  Sem lead 14-3 at half, but the second half was a whole other story. The team’s offense struggled to find a rhythm and injuries to Campbell and Konate depleted the Blue Knights defense. Sem dropped a heartbreaker 19-14. Following the tough loss, Sem was on the road again at Perkiomen. Piatnik ran for a score and threw one to Manny Biels ‘18, while Campbell lead the defense with three sacks and an interception. The team came away with a 15-10 victory. This weekend they finish off the season with a game at home vs Canterbury (CT).  

Boys Golf

Record 11-2

Coming off one of the most successful seasons in Sem history, theteam returned 4 of 6 starters and were preseason favorites to repeat as Wyoming Valley Conference AA champions. Sem started the season with a 4th place finish at the Ted Tryba Classic at Fox Hill. Liam Gilroy ‘17 lead the team with a T7 finish shooting an 80. The team the rolled through the regular season dropping only one match to Lake-Lehman. That lead to a rematch with Lake-Lehman in the conference championship. Facing difficult, windy conditions, the two teams remained deadlocked at 355 after the four scores had been counted. The tie breaker was the team’s fifth best score, which ultimately was Jeremy Callahan ‘19 for Sem, his 98 was one better than Lehman. This gave Sem the title and a birth in the District final for the second straight year. Sem would take on the Lackawanna League champions, Scranton Prep, at Elmhurst Country Club in Moscow. Sem saw season lows from Noah Munley ‘17 (75) and Bobby Wilson ‘19 (77) but that was not enough to knock off Prep. In individual play, Sem qualified a WVC high 6 golfers to the district tournament. Dan Rogers ‘18 shot an 80 to finish 3rd in the WVC qualifier. Munley was the high finisher for Sem at the District tournament firing a 85 for finnish T9.

Boys Soccer

Record 14-1-2

Coming off back to back PIAA District 2 Class “A” championships, the expectations were set high. The Blue Knights fielded a very experienced line-up lead by captains Michael Kim ‘17 and Andrew Kim ‘17. The team took second in the annual Rarig Soccer Tournament at Millville. Following the loss in the final, they went on a tear in WVC play, winning 12 of the first 13 games by a combined score of 75-12. With two games remaining in the regular season, Sem was tied with Holy Redeemer for first place. The two teams squared off at Nesbitt field with first place on the line. In a hard fought battle, Sem dominated play, getting off 32 shots to Redeemer’s seven, Although in the end, both teams couldn’t manage to find agoal, the result was a 0-0 tie in double overtime. Sem then fell short in a tiebreaker with Redeemer losing 3-2. They knocked off Carbondale 8-0 in the first round and will take on Lakeland in the second round. Andrew Kim leads the team with 22 goals. The JV team finished the season undefeated with stellar play from Captain Jimmy Riley ‘17. “I’m proud of the whole team for the way we really came together. I’m happy to end my career undefeated.”

Boys Cross Country

Record 8-10

The team entered the season with high expectations. Coming off a Division title the team looked to repeat. They were able to accomplish that goal at the coaches meet, again winning the team Division championship. The team is lead by Seniors Eamon Gibbons and Christian Rickrode. This week they will look to win a district title.

Field Hockey

Record 15-4(13-2)

The biggest news of the offseason was the new formatting in the Wyoming Valley Conference and in the PIAA. Sem moved up into the highly competitive Division 1 for the WVC, but moved down a class to “A” for PIAA play. Sem entered the season widely regarded as one of the top teams in the state. Offensively the team lacked experience, but were lead by a talented group of underclassmen. Hannah Maxwell ‘20 lead the team with 17 goals and lead the division with 39 points. Maxwell formed one of the best offensive duos in the state with Aubrey Mytych ‘19, who lead the team with 14 assists and finished fifth in the division in points with 33. Alicia Carr ‘18 and Alex Wesneski ‘20 also proved offensive support for Sem. The defense is lead by goalie and Drexel commit Lexie Socash ‘17. The team finished the season 12-2 in the WVC, good enough for second place. The team also defeated the number one ranked team in the country by MaxFieldHockey, Eastern High School (NJ) snapping theschool’s 131 game winning streak. Sem entered postseason play as the 3 seed. In their opening matchup, they defeated Hanover 8-0 with the help of a hat trick from Maxwell and a pair of goals from Mytych. They met with Lake Lehman in one the most highly anticipated matchups of the season in the semifinals. After going down 2-0 early, Kelsey Reznick ‘19 scored on a break away to get Sem within one goal, but a Lehman goal late in the second half gave them a 3-1 advantage heading into halftime. Hannah Maxwell was able to get Sem back within a score with a goal one the second half off an assist from Wesneski, but it wasn’t enough as Sem lost 3-2 ending their season.

Girls Tennis

Record 10-3

Sem has a rich tradition when it comes to Girls tennis and this season was no different. Regularly fielding a starting lineup filled with underclassmen, the team found great success. Sem finished the season in 2nd place in the division. The team then managed to find their way all the way to the district semifinals before losing to Holy Redeemer. Nicole Joanlanne ‘20 made it to the final eight in the district individual tournament. After that she teamed up with teammate Abby Capin ‘18 to make it to the semifinals it the doubles competition. The team will return the majority of their starters and should be favorites to compete for a district title next season

Girls Cross Country

Record 8-10

Liked the boys team, the girls are coming off a season in which they captured the division title. They took home the title yet again at the coaches meet. Tara Kupsky ‘18 lead the team with a 22nd place finish. They will look to finish off the season will a strong showing at districts.

Girls soccer

Record 3-13-1

Mrs. Griffin returned again to lead the girls’ soccer team. This team played hard every game and did not back down from any challenge. Some highlights from the season were a 6-0 win over GAR and a 4-1 victory against Hanover. They secured the fourth seed in the district playoff. On their matchup with Holy Cross, they failed to get on the board and lost 2-0. Annemaaike Reitsma ‘19 and Brenna Satkowski ‘17 lead the team with six goals each. “This team has grown and developed beautifully. They really have a good feel for the game.” said ex-manager Corey Bohn ‘18

Sem’s First Defamation Day

By Ms. Miller’s Journalism Class 

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Jeanne Arrigo, who plays Judge Barnes, addresses the crowd to begin the play “Defamation.” (Photo courtesy of Michelle Harris ‘17)

On Monday October 17th, the Wyoming Seminary community spent a day together to discuss sensitive social topics after viewing the nationally touring play, “Defamation.” “Defamation” is a courtroom drama where a black woman sues a Jewish man for defamation. The play included six actors and a jury of 500 audience members. At the end, the audience makes the ultimate decision of who is right, who is wrong, and why.

A group of 18 students and two faculty members saw the play last year at Malvern Prep High School in Philadelphia, and were asking to bring not only the play to Sem, but to bring the conversation with it. The goal of the play is to question topics that might otherwise be pushed to the side or too difficult to talk about in everyday classroom conversation.

When asked what the point of bringing Defamation to Sem was, Defamation Stage Manager, Anders Goodwin explained, “To get the civil discourse of race, class, gender, religion, [and] all of the things that come up in the play, to people who don’t have much exposure to it. [And to people who] have thoughts about it but haven’t had the chance to express their thoughts. These are conversations that we have to have in society but it’s hard to get these conversations started in a place that doesn’t feel threatening.”  

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Sem Students watching a video about race in college admissions. (Photo courtesy of Parshwa Sheth ‘17)

A main goal of Monday was to get students to listen to each other and think about what they are saying, before they say it. “Listening to your peers and teachers, because you start to realize that everyone has their own views on the play. We’ve all seen the same thing but we all come out with slightly different perceptions on it.” Goodwin explains.

Following the play students were sent to afternoon sessions; two per student based on their choice. Many controversial topics such as race, religion, gender, class and the law were covered in the fifty-five minute sessions. Each session was hosted by faculty and special guests with relatively small group sizes of around twenty students.

This was a unique experience because these subjects are often not approached in a school environment. Sessions were varied, some being more informational and material based, while others were more discussion based. But the sessions not only informed students about what was going on in their world today but also what they will be facing in the coming years. Topics included safe spaces and free speech on college campuses, treatment of people with different sexual orientations, along with other concepts.

Some sessions ended with students being more informed, while others left students arguing with one another over their own beliefs.

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Sem Students engaged in a discussion about Racial Segregation. (Photo Courtesy of Parshwa Sheth ‘17)