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2015-2016 Staff Editor-in-Chief -- Colleen Grablick Associate Editor -- Cathryn Seibert News Editor and Business Manager -- Maura Benner Section News Editors -- Lily Day, Andrea Klick Opinion Editors -- Sophia Wertz, Angeline Stein Cartoonist -- Angeline Stein Feature Editors -- Ourania Draklellis, Isabella Wegner Culture Editors -- William Newbegin, Rachel McQuiston Sports Editors -- Katie Mest, Abby Moore Sports Columnists -- Kyle Carraher, James Marler Photo Editor -- Lindsay Harner Photographers -- Jared O'Neill, Rachel Reed Copy Chief -- Olivia Riccio Convergence Editor - Darsh Patel

So what are some students up to during quarantine? Check out The Write Brothers - editors Erick De La Rosa and Jacob Wel...
04/23/2020
The Write Brothers Podcast: Ep.2 Quarantine Convo (w/Maddie Mauro)

So what are some students up to during quarantine? Check out The Write Brothers - editors Erick De La Rosa and Jacob Welsko and podcast host Aidan Springs -- as they talk with opinion editor Maddie Mauro.

On this second episode of The Write Brothers Podcast, we sat down with Stinger Opinion Editor, Maddie Mauro, to discuss living under quarantine and answered students’ questions. Intro/outro m…

Pandemic relief: How the East Penn School District continues to provide several thousand meals each week to students
04/23/2020
Meal program helps East Penn families amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Pandemic relief: How the East Penn School District continues to provide several thousand meals each week to students

While most of the East Penn School District community stays at home practicing social distancing, essential workers remain on the front lines, helping others get by during this time. Part of this e…

During the COVID19 pandemic, The Stinger staff continues to cover school- and community-related news and features on its...
04/16/2020
Senior Issue Nomination

During the COVID19 pandemic, The Stinger staff continues to cover school- and community-related news and features on its website, stingerehs.com. However, our editors plan to print the annual Senior Issue. The Senior Issue spotlights several dozen seniors who may have made an impact, large or small, at EHS or who have a special story to share.

Due to the unusual circumstances, we are looking to the community to contribute to our planning budget. Do you know a senior who you believe should be featured? If so, please complete the Google Form and let us know about a senior who you believe should be included.

Thank you, The Stinger.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Cx7ArOrYre0--7d04iwZbieTiWce3NsOv99OSiI9Q-Y/edit?ts=5e98c4e5

For The Stinger's June issue, we feature seniors who are involved in any club, sport, extracurricular or has an interesting thing about them. In this form, please nominate seniors who meet this description for Stinger staffers to interview for the June issue.

03/06/2020
The Stinger on Twitter

The Stinger is currently accepting application for all positions in the 20-21 academic year. The publication, which has consistently won national and state awards for writing, photography, design, and cartooning, welcomes students without journalism experience to learn about its print and digital platforms. Visit our newsroom in 559 to learn more!

“Here’s your chance to join our nationally recognized team of editors, designers, writers, photographers, digital content producers & social media managers. We’re taking applications for next year. Didn’t take journalism? That’s ok! Stop by 559 for an app or chat & grab a pretzel. ...

According to Arts & Culture film critic Thomas Hartill, Pixar creates a shockingly effective tale of brotherly love at i...
03/06/2020
Pixar brings the magic back in “Onward”

According to Arts & Culture film critic Thomas Hartill, Pixar creates a shockingly effective tale of brotherly love at its center with a unique setting in "Onward," which opens to wide release this weekend.

Over the past 30 years, Pixar has made a name for itself as an anomaly of a film studio—one that spends years crafting emotionally resonant animated films for all ages. Yet in the past 10 years, Pi…

We are accepting applications for an online team responsible for our social media presence and website management. This ...
12/20/2019
Google Forms - create and analyze surveys, for free.

We are accepting applications for an online team responsible for our social media presence and website management. This opportunity is open to any EHS student. Apply through this google form using your EPSD email.
No journalism experience required.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeVxqMtNBwL0H76PNvyxsJBumODDA8MihC3tnuYA7Zr6HXkaw/viewform

Create a new survey on your own or with others at the same time. Choose from a variety of survey types and analyze results in Google Forms. Free from Google.

With the Emmaus High School course selection day moved to Jan. 3, here's a look at what prospective freshmen can opt in ...
12/19/2019
Project Emmaus: Administration approves new student program pushing for project-based learning in place of traditional testing

With the Emmaus High School course selection day moved to Jan. 3, here's a look at what prospective freshmen can opt in for with the new Jasper initiative next year.

Next fall, a select group of freshmen will take part in the Jasper Learning Initiative—a newly approved Emmaus High School program which emphasizes project-based learning, providing students with d…

For four days, 24 staff members attended the National School Press Association’s Fall Conference in Washington D.C. for ...
11/25/2019

For four days, 24 staff members attended the National School Press Association’s Fall Conference in Washington D.C. for training, competition, and sessions with journalism professionals. Students heard Chuck Todd from Meet the Press, met with freedom of expression advocate and Supreme Court case icon Mary Beth Tinker, listened to Pulitzer Prize-winning writers and photographers, and studied design trends - while squeezing in time to tour the Newseum, see pandas at the zoo, and stop by the National Cathedral.

Six students captured national recognition from the NSPA in write-off competitions, an impressive accomplishment: Heather Fabritze, superior in news writing; Nate Garcia, excellent in editorial cartooning; Rylan Bassett, honorable mention in commentary writing; Emma Brashear, honorable mention in sports action photography; Kristen Heilenman, honorable mention in newspaper editing & headline writing; and Aidan Springs, honorable mention in press law & ethics.

Drumline learns beats will go on for student section next year
11/13/2019
EHS drumline punishment reversed, set to play next season

Drumline learns beats will go on for student section next year

Update, as of November 12: East Penn School District superintendent Kristen Campbell reported the restoration of the Emmaus High School drumline’s performances at football games during yesterday’s…

Congratulations to the 12 senior scholar athletes who were recently recognized for their hard work both on the field and...
11/10/2019

Congratulations to the 12 senior scholar athletes who were recently recognized for their hard work both on the field and in the classroom.

Drumline performance that goes viral causes rift after Friday's game
11/07/2019
EHS drumline faces removal for student section act

Drumline performance that goes viral causes rift after Friday's game

Following their viral performance at last Friday’s Freedom football game, Emmaus High School’s drumline is not permitted to play for the student section next season. The removal of their appearance…

Read how the Emmaus High School football team has welcomed one freshman fan into their family -- a gesture not uncommon ...
09/15/2019
Freshman Ian Foerst personally greeted by football team

Read how the Emmaus High School football team has welcomed one freshman fan into their family -- a gesture not uncommon under Fairclough's lead.

Friday nights often set the scene for hundreds of students who pack the stadium and cheer for the Emmaus High School football team. But on Sept. 6, the “hippie-out,” one excited fan did more than c…

Emmaus High School graduate Ryan Bilger, once named player of the year by the Greater Philadelphia Quiz Bowl, won his se...
07/06/2019
A Q&A with Ryan Bilger, the EHS grad taking “Jeopardy!” by storm

Emmaus High School graduate Ryan Bilger, once named player of the year by the Greater Philadelphia Quiz Bowl, won his second day as Jeopardy! champion, earning more than $63,000 so far. The history buff will defend his seat on Monday. Read his interview with Managing Editor Katie Taranto. #Jeopardy #Quizbowl

What’s the difference between competing on a high school academic team, and on a nationally televised trivia show? According to Ryan Bilger, not much. While “Jeopardy!” is certainly a far cry from …

http://stingerehs.com/2019/06/when-level-playing-fields-arent/ When the Emmaus girls’ track team found out they didn’t e...
06/21/2019
When Level Playing Fields Aren’t

http://stingerehs.com/2019/06/when-level-playing-fields-arent/ When the Emmaus girls’ track team found out they didn’t earn the title of EPC co-champs last month, more than a few people were surprised - considering that football won the same honor with a similar record in the fall. Read how officials at first planned to award track with a trophy, but hours later ruled differently.

How the EPC denied Emmaus girls’ track title in last-minute ruling, while football maintains co-champion status With varsity letters in three sports, seven state championship competitions under her…

http://stingerehs.com/2019/06/nate-garcia-wins-national-art-award/ From near ruins to national winner: read how Emmaus H...
06/10/2019
Nate Garcia wins national art award

http://stingerehs.com/2019/06/nate-garcia-wins-national-art-award/ From near ruins to national winner: read how Emmaus HIgh School junior Nate Garcia restored his work "Trojan Horse" after rains flooded his basement bedroom. The artist went on to capture a gold medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, awarded at Carnegie Hall last week. You can check out more of Garcia's work on our website stingerehs.com or by following us @stingerehs on Twitter and Instagram. #artist #artwork #artandwriting

Last year in May, junior Nate Garcia woke up to a loud splash in the pitch black of his room. As he stepped out of bed, his feet became submerged in a puddle of water. On the floor lied Garcia’s in…

Our Senior Issue is out, featuring a dynamic range of more than 60 students.
06/06/2019

Our Senior Issue is out, featuring a dynamic range of more than 60 students.

06/02/2019

Please support our $5 car wash until 11 am today at the Applebee’s in Trexlertown! 🐝💚💛 #Hornetpride

With yesterday's primary wrapped up, the countdown begins for a critical showdown: the 2020 presidential party nominatio...
05/22/2019
Politics May 2019

With yesterday's primary wrapped up, the countdown begins for a critical showdown: the 2020 presidential party nominations. Check out our special project on what EHS students anticipate in the year ahead.

One year until 2020 primariesEmmaus students look toward presidential election Ronald Rohlsen, contributor There’s no disputing the importance of the 2020 Presidential election. The past two decade…

The Stinger's cover photo
05/12/2019

The Stinger's cover photo

In just over 10 days, the Emmaus Drama Department will learn if they won Freddy Awards at the State Theatre on May 23. E...
05/12/2019
Emmaus claims 13 Freddy nominations for “Les Misérables: School Edition”

In just over 10 days, the Emmaus Drama Department will learn if they won Freddy Awards at the State Theatre on May 23. Emmaus earned 13 nominations last week for the spring musical Les Miserables, school edition. Check out our photo coverage posted on our website when the cast and crew found out that they secured nominations.

The cast and crew of the spring musical gathered in the Black Box May 9 to watch the live announcement of Freddy award nominations. Nominations granted to Emmaus include Outstanding Use of Scenery,…

"Not once in my 15 years of being have I sniffed a baby's head and thought to myself, 'Huh, I wish I had a candle that s...
04/30/2019
I’m never having kids

"Not once in my 15 years of being have I sniffed a baby's head and thought to myself, 'Huh, I wish I had a candle that smelled just like this!'" Read why features editor Eleanor Creelman isn't a fan of babies. Art by #nategarciascartoons http://stingerehs.com/2019/04/im-never-having-kids/

Many people I know fawn over small children and babies, saying that they can’t wait ‘til they have one, but if you’re like me, you can’t wait to not have one. Babies are gross. They smell weird and…

EHS' Library brings people, creativity, community, and a throwback to the '70s together with monthlong popular pet rock ...
04/30/2019
April brings pet rocks to the makerspace

EHS' Library brings people, creativity, community, and a throwback to the '70s together with monthlong popular pet rock project.

Following the end of WWII, the baby boom pummeled the 50s and 60s. But in 1975, the nation saw another increase in population, the birth of pet rocks. The Pet Rock, founded by Gary Dahl, a freelanc…

There's more to cinema than the Avengers. Read how 2016 EHS grad Rania Draklellis, former Stinger features editor, wrote...
04/27/2019
Emmaus graduate creates award-winning short film

There's more to cinema than the Avengers. Read how 2016 EHS grad Rania Draklellis, former Stinger features editor, wrote the screenplay for the film "American Love" that's winning awards, including best film.

http://stingerehs.com/2019/04/emmaus-graduate-creates-award-winning-short-film/

Rania Draklellis, a junior at Pittsburgh’s Point Park University, projects a story of an undocumented Venezuelan immigrant in her nationally recognized short film, American Love. Along with $…

http://stingerehs.com/2019/03/emmaus-shave-for-the-brave-raises-over-100000/See how members of the East Penn School Dist...
03/17/2019
Emmaus Shave for the Brave raises over $100,000

http://stingerehs.com/2019/03/emmaus-shave-for-the-brave-raises-over-100000/

See how members of the East Penn School District community and beyond came together last week to raise money for St. Baldrick's Foundation, which helps fund research to find cures for childhood cancer.

For the 2021 Emmaus Shave for the Brave, the organizers will have to consider a larger event space than the school’s main gymnasium, seeing as the over 1,000 attendees spilled from the bleachers on…

Four staff members earned national honors earlier this month during write-off competitions at the National School Press ...
11/16/2018

Four staff members earned national honors earlier this month during write-off competitions at the National School Press Association’s Fall High School Journalism Convention in Chicago. Fifteen EHS students were among more than 6,300 student-journalists attending.

Rylan Bassett captured superior, the highest ranking, for review writing. He was the only student from Pennsylvania to achieve a superior score in writing from judges. Arianna Werner landed excellent in photography portfolio. Erica Love and Tabitha Nowak received honorable mentions for editorial writing and newswriting, respectively. (Photo by M. Wait)

Come support Emmaus High School’s newspaper from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and help us defray costs for training, workshops, a...
10/29/2018

Come support Emmaus High School’s newspaper from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and help us defray costs for training, workshops, and contest fees for this award-winning student-run newspaper. You get a great meal while helping student journalists.

Attention all student photographers at Emmaus High School and Eyer and Lower Macungie Middle Schools: register your work...
09/23/2018

Attention all student photographers at Emmaus High School and Eyer and Lower Macungie Middle Schools: register your work from your portfolio today for this area contest!

Even though they graduate Sunday, some seniors plan to return to district offices on Monday to appeal to the East Penn S...
06/09/2018
Science department cuts lead to student activism

Even though they graduate Sunday, some seniors plan to return to district offices on Monday to appeal to the East Penn School Board to help save the beloved elementary school planetarium program that will stop in 2018-2019 due to proposed budget cuts. Read The Stinger's online story.

On June 11, Emmaus High School students will present a proposal to the school board advocating for the acquisition of two additional science teachers to the school due to the amount of students tha…

Congratulations to Angeline Stein, former opinion editor of The Stinger. Stein, who just completed her first year at the...
06/03/2018

Congratulations to Angeline Stein, former opinion editor of The Stinger. Stein, who just completed her first year at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, last week was named first-place winner for cartooning in the annual journalism contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. She was one only winner from Pennsylvania to capture first place at the national level this year. In order to be eligible for nationals, Stein won first place in the Pennsylvania Press Club contest and moved to the next level. During her tenure at EHS, Stein earned numerous laurels, including second in the nation from the National School Press Association for Editorial Cartooning. She said she thanks her mentor and advisor, Ms. Reaman, as well as the rest of the Stinger staff for their support. She will be honored this September at the NFPW's national conference.

Read how one Emmaus High School freshman decided to help out those in need by creating and selling origami at school in ...
05/31/2018
Freshman transforms talent into fundraiser

Read how one Emmaus High School freshman decided to help out those in need by creating and selling origami at school in a fundraiser that he organized last month.

Freshman Hikari Inaoka is trying to make a difference at Emmaus High School. Since fifth grade, Inaoka has been folding paper into origami designs and decided to share and sell his creations at lun…

Please come out and support our student-run newspaper by having lunch or dinner or even just a half-priced Pizookie at B...
05/28/2018

Please come out and support our student-run newspaper by having lunch or dinner or even just a half-priced Pizookie at BJ’s Brewhouse between noon and 10 PM Tuesday, May 29. Twenty percent of sales will help defray our costs to participate in the National School Press Association fall conference and competition. Please show the flyer below to your server! Share with your family and friends. Thank you for your continued support of our program. 🐝💚💛📰📝📸

The East Penn School District has narrowed down its superintendent search to two finalists who last week were introduced...
05/12/2018
EPSD superintendent finalists met with questions, comments from stakeholders

The East Penn School District has narrowed down its superintendent search to two finalists who last week were introduced during separate Q&A sessions. Read about them in The Stinger online.

This past week, East Penn School District community members and employees had the opportunity to meet for the first time and question the final two candidates for the district’s new Superintendent …

Please consider supporting our efforts to offset costs to participate in national competition and educational workshops ...
05/11/2018
Click here to support The Stinger Emmaus HS newspaper organized by Denise Reaman

Please consider supporting our efforts to offset costs to participate in national competition and educational workshops for the upcoming school year to help improve our student-run newspaper and website! Thank you!

We are The Stinger, Emmaus High School's award-winning student newspaper. Our talented staff works diligently all year long to produce an outstanding and reliable publication both online and in print. We are currently seeking funds to enter and attend the 2018 National School Press Association...

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