For some, especially the seniors, it seems as though the year has flown by. For everyone, this year was packed full of school, classes, studying (hopefully), sports, activities, socializing… everything a good school year should have. But like every school year, it must come to a close. Some will be thankful to finally have a break from school, to have a much needed vacation. To me, it seems like only yesterday was my first day as a senior. As I look back at all of my memories I have had, I realize how fast this year was. Now that graduation is only seven days away, I remember all of the good times I have had throughout high school, but I also look forward to a new beginning. To all of the seniors, good luck with whatever your life will hold. To the underclassmen, have a good summer and good luck with next school year.
This is the end! Graduation is only a week away, and this is the last day for senior classes. I’d like to say my personal goodbye. I’ve greatly enjoyed writing for the Belron this year. It’s been fun and a very good experience. This has helped me prepare for college, since I will be majoring in Journalism. The Belron is a great activity and I’m very glad I joined; I only wish I joined earlier. Thank you to everyone who took the time to read our articles; it’s greatly appreciated! I will be sure to read the Belron next year to stay up to date with the latest news from NL. If you like to write, consider joining the Belron. Good luck to all the seniors and thank you all for a great senior year. I will miss it here at Northern Lebanon and at the Belron, but it’s time to say goodbye.
This Thursday, May 30, the Northern Lebanon School District is given the opportunity to hold a PA Senate hearing on the funding of schools. They have accepted and the hearing is planned to be at 1:00 in the afternoon. That means, this Thursday, we are having an early dismissal. Grades 7-12 will be getting out at 11:00 AM and classes will be shortened to 23 minutes.
Last night was the last concert that elementary band director, Mrs. Debra Mengel, will be conducting. After over 25 years of being the band director for the elementary schools, Mrs. Mengel is retiring. Last night, the four elementary schools combined to perform the last concert of Mrs. Mengel’s career. There were over 140 students performing in the combined elementary bands under Mrs. Mengel’s direction. Also, the middle school and high school bands joined in for a very well-known elementary band piece called “The Tempest.” After “The Tempest” was played, the senior class of 2013 presented Mrs. Mengel with a plaque and flowers from the band parent organization as a thank you and farewell gift. The final number that the combined elementary band played was a John Phillips Sousa march called “Stars and Stripes Forever.” This was a tradition that Harlan Daubert had when he directed the high school band. So as a tribute to him, Mrs. Mengel conducted this final piece with one of Harlan Daubert’s old batons. Thank you to Mrs. Mengel for everything she has done for the band program in our elementary schools. We will all miss her dearly, and band will not be the same without her!
Mr. Miller’s creative writing class is putting together a type of book comprised of works from all of his students. They handed in pieces each week for a total of 5 weeks and he went through and looked over them. He then decided which ones were to be added. There’s all kinds of pieces of works going into The Kaleidoscope. There’s artwork, pieces of writing, and poems. Once finished, the book will be sold. Each student taking creative writing, as well as each staff member, will be getting one for free and whoever else wants to purchase one do so.
Tonight, National Honor Society students will participate in the annual Senior Sendoff Ice Cream Social. Seniors in NHS choose underclassmen also involved in NHS to speak for them. Speeches are to recognize the senior for all they have done during their high school career and to send them off to whatever their future holds. Seniors will also receive their Honor Society cords. The night also includes ice cream and refreshments for students to enjoy. Senior Sendoff is always a lot of fun, and it is sure to be again this year. It is also a transition from this year’s officers to next year’s officers, which include: President Lucas Keefer, Vice President Sam Lyon, Secretary Shannon Deckert, and Treasurer Richard Iwuagwu. Good luck to all of the seniors next year and also to the new NHS officers.
The annual parade in Jonestown will be held again on Monday and the Northern Lebanon Marching Band will be attending. The band will play patriotic songs to celebrate and honor our troops. Within the parade there will also be the Boy Scouts, Firetrucks, and much more to enjoy so come out and support everyone. After the parade a ceremony will be held at the cemetery by the Zion Lutheran Church that help to honor veterans and current members of our military. The ceremony will feature speakers, a choir group and a 21 gun salute for all of the military members. Please come out and honor all of our service members and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Last night the jazz band, chamber choir, freshman choir, and concert choir had a performance at the auditorium. First the jazz band who includes Steph Speicher, Dan Kreiser, Nat Lion, Sam Lion, Katie Boylan, Katelyn Neiswender, Zac Lutz, Curtis Gingrich, David Sowyer, Megan Risko, Macey Saphore, Jason Allison, Justin Allison, Tyler Wolfred, Jaco Pinental, Matt Rhodes, Josh Eisenhour, Charity Betchel, Hope Snyder, and Maddie Yingst. They performed many songs like Born this way by Lady gaga. They were amazing! After them the Freshman Choir sang their songs that they were practicing like The Cup Song and Its Time by Imagine Dragons using the cups. They did a phenomenal job. As did the Chamber Choir that went after them, the song they did was Balleilakka and He ain’t heavy, He’s my brother. The Concert choir performed last with songs like Some Nights by Fun and One more day featured in Le Mis. The night was fun to do and enjoyable to watch.
One more week until Memorial Day weekend is here again. Memorial Day weekend is from Saturday, May 25th – Monday, May 27th, but Memorial Day isn’t until the 27th. Friday, May 24th and Monday, May 27th we have off for the holiday! As you may know, Memorial Day is to celebrate the soldiers who have died serving our country to keep us free. During Memorial Day weekend, you can visit Washington, DC for family friendly events and special services. Some things that you may see while there are: free concerts on the West lawn of the US capitol, a parade, a motorcycle rally, visits from the 3rd U.S Infantry Regiment and other members from the US Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company. After that, you can go to visit the Navy Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, World War II Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and President Lincoln’s Cottage. To me, it seems like fun and it seems like it’d be a fun experience!
Today is the annual Northern Lebanon volleyball tournament. This tournament has been going on for many years now. The preliminary round took place yesterday after school to determine which student team will face the teachers. Today the winning team of the preliminaries is competing against the teachers. If the student team wins, they get to pie a teacher in the face. This tournament is a great way for the student body to come together. Good luck to all of the players in the tournament.