“Hands-on is definitely my cup of tea.” So says Mr. Beiler, the new assistant principal at Elizabethtown Area High School. When it comes to being handy, he certainly has a record to prove it.
Prior to being at Etown, Mr. Beiler was a Technology Education teacher at Derry Township and Palmyra Middle School and High School. He taught everything from working in the wood shop to building electric guitars. He has also remodeled his home and is an experienced fixer-upper. He says, “I’m one of those people; I can take something apart, let it lay for a month or two, come back and put it back together and get it back together correctly.” His office is decorated with woodwork and a wooden electric guitar that he made himself.
Mr. Beiler has a bachelor’s in Technology Education from Millersville, as well as two master’s degrees: one in Stem Education and one in Emergency Management. He also has his principal’s certification. He has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 18.
On a more personal note, Mr. Beiler enjoys watching baseball, football, and a history channel show called The Curse of Oak Island. He is a Phillies and Eagles fan.
If he weren’t a teacher, Mr. Beiler says he would be a chemical or civil engineer. He not only enjoys chemistry, physics, and calculus, but is good at them. However, he is very glad to be working with students in administration. He says, “One of the reasons I wanted to be an assistant principal is, as a tech ed teacher I see like a quarter of the school, if that, in a year. Whereas as an assistant principal, [I] have the ability to help more students. I love working with students, love working with kids and helping them realize their potential and be successful beyond college.”
Having worked in masonry restoration every summer since being a teacher, Mr. Beiler understands the options beyond college. He says, “I’ve worked in industry; I understand how industry works—and you don’t have to go to college to be successful.”
When asked about his goals as an assistant principal, Mr. Beiler said, “One of my passions is making sure that we prepare students for after high school: life skills and employable skills.”
By: Carissa Horst
FFA's November meeting was a barn party, held on November 19th. Faith Burkholder (grade 12), the club’s president, explained that FFA is preparing for the “Fall Regional CDE competition with many events [and] the annual FFA float in the Elizabethtown Holiday Parade, [as well as] touching up our display board, [which] was exhibited at the E-town fair (2nd place) [for] the PA Farm Show.” FFA, according to Burkholder, is about being a leader and learning about agriculture while serving the community. Students interested in joining should contact Faith Burkholder, Mark Anderson, or Stephen Geib.
By: Emma Creason
Time is ticking, the Yearbook staff wants you to know! Seniors biographies for the yearbook are due February 4th. One of Yearbook’s student leaders, Peyton Reedy (grade 12) says, “Yearbook is about representing our school and the students in it and creating something that people will want to keep for a long time.” Club members are currently hard at work creating this year’s yearbook with guidance from club leaders Peyton Reedy, Brieal Frey (grade 12), and Alyssa Wolfe (grade 12). If you would like to join the yearbook team, you should sign up for the elective class during course selection in the spring.
By: Andrea Rodriguez
The Elizabethtown Area High School Roots and Shoots club held a tree planting event in November. Before that, club members participated in a highway cleanup project and are interested in doing that again. Club president Julia Sikora explains, “Roots and Shoots is about educating others and ourselves about the environment, sustainability, and how to keep our Earth clean and green!” If any students are interested in joining Roots and Shoots, they can email Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing interest, DM their Instagram account (@eahsrootsandshoots), talk to club leaders or members, or simply show up to meetings. Roots and Shoots meets at least once a month on Thursdays. To stay updated with EAHS Roots and Shoots, students can check out the Roots and Shoots bulletin board in the main hallway with upcoming events and meeting times.
By: Julia Sikora
As the fall season rolls around, many people look forward to the festive holiday of Halloween. To prepare for the spooky season, people often find themselves pumpkin picking, walking through corn mazes, and going to haunted houses. Over this previous long weekend, these intrepid reporters decided to explore the infamous Jason’s Woods, a well-known horror attraction in Pennsylvania. After a 40-minute drive along windy and ominous backroads, we approached the desolate field known as Jason’s Woods. Upon entering, we were directed towards the ticket booth, at which we were presented with two purchase options: three attractions for the price of $25, or all five attractions for $40. We opted for the lesser of the two, which included the Horrifying Hayride, Chamber of Horrors, and Zombie Apocalypse. Throughout our experience, actors in scary costumes wielding realistic-looking props approached us as we made our way through the attractions. One of us, who has previously experienced Field of Screams, found that many of the attractions were similar, taking away that level of fear a beginner might have. However, the actors still made a good effort to scare us as we progressed through the attractions, and a few of them were able to succeed.
Jason’s Woods provides customers with a decision in how they wish to go through, leaving it very open to flexibility. Visitors at the Woods aren’t expected to experience all attractions in the same night. Staff at the haunted house are aware of the attractions customers haven’t seen thanks to their tickets, which are punched at each attraction.
To experience all five attractions in a stress-free manner, we recommend that you arrive at Jason’s Woods near their opening hour at 7pm. The horror attractions’ hours range, but are typically from 7pm-10pm. It’s worth noting that Jason’s Woods accepts payment in cash only, for both ticket sales and food, but there is an ATM on site. For more information about Jason’s Woods, visit https://jasonswoods.com/.
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Elizabethtown Area High School’s Homecoming came back in full force this year, despite recent Covid-related setbacks. Many students participated in the spirit days leading up to the Homecoming festivities. These spirit days included Country vs. Country Club day, Decades day, and Blue and White day. The homecoming court excelled with their spirit days, showing up every day with a new costume. At the Friday night football game, seniors Allison Evans and Vincent Checco were crowned homecoming king and queen after being selected by their peers. Many students gathered at Masonic Villages and Elizabethtown College for pictures before homecoming. The festivities were long awaited after last year’s lack of events due to the pandemic. The night was filled with dancing, games, pictures, and music led by DJ Patrick Boyer. While the Homecoming dance wasn't the same as it was pre-Covid, Student Council's outdoor version offered many options not typically available, like cornhole and KanJam. Homecoming on the turf may not have been students' first choice, but the event went smoothly, and students left smiling.
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