Dover Dispatch The Student News Site of Dover Area High School Wed, 04 Mar 2020 14:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Memories Remain as Pool is Demolished Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:49:31 +0000 The high school swim season has officially come to an end, and with that an era too. January 23, 2020, the Eagles swam their last meet in the current Dover pool. 

With construction underway for the new high school, there have been many changes. For the swim team, that was the demolition of their pool. For many, they grew up in that pool. This is where they made most of their friends, learned to swim, but most importantly made many memories at this pool.

“All of our close races, laughs and cries together,” senior Taylor Mills said about her favorite memories. For alumni Madelyn Kinard (2019), her favorite memory was during a practice when the team was resting at the wall in between sets, suddenly Coach Richard Janosky (who just happened to be carrying a printer) slipped on the deck and dove right into the dive tank, tossing the printer on the way down. He wasn’t hurt, and the team got a good laugh out of it. “This is just one of many memorable moments, nothing was ever dull at that pool,” Kinard said. 

For sophomore Austin Smith, his favorite memories were made with Dover Area Aquatic Club (DAAC). DAAC, founded in 1980, is a club for swimmers in the district ranging from all ages. Through DAAC, young children are able to take swim lessons from current high school and alumni swim team members. Every year, DAAC holds a Pentathlon where students ranging from age 5 to high school seniors can swim. Many alumni and current high school swim team members were a part of DAAC at one point in their swim career. 

For alumni, like Rhonda Zortman (1990), seeing the pool gone is a bittersweet feeling. “Everytime I would walk into the pool, it just brought back memories; seeing it, smelling it, looking at the old record board. I will miss the way it makes me feel. I will never be able to walk into the new pool and feel that way again,” she said. 

For the current students, they’re excited for a new pool. Sophomore Kennedy Coble stated, “I’m excited to see what the new pool looks like, but I’m sad to see the old one go since we all grew up there.” For the seniors, they will never get to experience the new pool as a swimmer, but for Mills, she’s looking forward to see what it brings to all the underclassmen.

The old pool was extremely outdated. Equipment was falling apart, and the walls were cracking. “We were definitely just swimming in a giant cave puddle, there was hardly any natural light,” Kinard said. The students are most looking forward to a new and improved space. “Hopefully the new pool will have more deck space, better blocks, and equipment that isn’t falling apart,” Smith said. 

For both alumni and current students, it’s a bittersweet moment to see their childhood pool gone. However, the pool may be gone, but the memories and bonds made there will last a lifetime. As Smith stated, “The new pool is just a different space, everything else will still be normal.”

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Marching band welcomes new uniforms Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:10:56 +0000 Along with our new high school, Dover is also receiving new marching band uniforms this upcoming year. The staff hopes that the uniforms will be handed out before the first game to start off the football season. During an interview, Mr. Bradshaw revealed that the uniforms will still feature the school colors—red, black, silver, and white—but they will have a contemporary, bold, and clean marching band look with less weight and bulk than the current uniforms. The uniforms will also include new hats and gloves. As the previous uniforms are over 14 years old and difficult to wash, they will not be given to the middle school concert band—they are instead being turned into pillows which can be donated or purchased by alumni. Even though the band is thrilled for new uniforms and are in need of them, Mr. Bradshaw still has a special place in his heart for the previous ones, since he helped design them and has been used to using them for years. 

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Dover stages production of Les Miserables Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:10:49 +0000 This year, Dover Drama Department is performing the musical Les Miserables. This is Dover’s second production of this show—the first was in 2010, under the direction of Jaci Keagy, who has since retired. Mrs. Brandstadter, the show’s current  director, chose Les Miserables again because “the show is iconic. It is a show that is timeless, but it is heavy—a show that will have to be done once a decade. It was a perfect moment to do it.” 

Some argue that the most difficult thing about theatre is casting. When asked how casting played out, Brandstadter responded with the obvious: “As much as you make someone’s day with casting you break other people’s hearts, which is really hard to deal with.” She also added on how strong and connected the cast is: “The cast is very talented; they never settle with casting. There are always strong and talented people.” 

The preview performances are scheduled to take place during assemblies on Monday, March 2nd, and Tuesday, March 3rd. These performances are for intermediate and high school students, respectively, and encourage students to come watch the performance and support their peers. Mrs.Brandstadter has high hopes for all of the performances. 

Shows are Friday, March 6th, at 7:00 pm; Saturday, March 7th, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm; and Sunday, March 8th, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $7 for students and senior citizens.


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FFA to host spirit week Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:38:54 +0000 “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve” is the current motto of Future Farmers of America. FFA is a youth organization that changes lives by helping to prepare members and students for leadership, personal growth and career success. 

Each year there are different branches of the FFA organization around the world that celebrate national FFA week. This is a unique way to show what FFA is and to show appreciation towards FFA members. National FFA week is held from Feb. 23 to Feb. 29. Dover is supporting the FFA organization by holding a “spirit week.” Monday is for FFA members only, and they are to wear one of their conference shirts. The rest of the week includes theme days for all students and staff:

Tuesday- America Day

Wednesday- Hunting Day

Thursday- Official Dress for FFA Members, Blue and Gold for Everyone else

Friday- Flannel Day

If you would like to learn more about FFA, or if you are interested in joining, contact Mrs. Barzydlo, Mr. Bowen or Mrs. Marsh or one of the student officers. Junior Sierra Weaver is President of the Dover FFA; and junior Caleb Staples is Vice President. Other officers include junior Faith Scearce, sophomore Grace Benton, sophomore Amelia Wilt, sophomore Brianna Grim, junior Connor DePatto, and senior Mazie Sterner. You could also plan to attend the committee meeting on Friday, February 28 after school. 

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Eagle grapplers ground Bulldogs Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:43:53 +0000 The Eagle Wrestling team beat the West York Bulldogs 53-18 last Thursday. 

Sophomore Anthony Barrett started off the teams win by pinning his opponent in the 220 weight class, and the team continued after him. Sophomore Justin Ruidicile (106), Junior Jonathan Firestone (170), Junior Brayden Yerges (160), and Senior Connor Richcreek (195), all pinned their opponents. 

“It was electric. Everyone knows we’re rivals so the match was on. Intense and high pressure” says Teziah Howard, Junior, when asked how he would explain this match. 

Junior Mason Leiphart had 15 points against the Bulldogs and finished his match with a tech fall.

The Bulldogs had numerous wrestlers out with injuries, including concussions, giving the Eagles three forfeits, each worth six points. 

Overall, it was a good season for the Eagles. Their overall record was 12-9, beating some of their harder teams. The seniors, Mason Lewis and Connor Richcreek had a good season and will be missed among the team. The Dover Eagles attend sectionals this weekend at South Western High School. Their first matches are Friday and they go through Saturday. Wish the boys luck with their matches this weekend!

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Lady Eagles fall to Warriors Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:42:15 +0000 The lady Eagles fell 59-21 to the Warriors in Gettysburg’s home gym earlier this season.

The Eagles came into the game with a positive mindset along with their coach, Nick Staab. Unfortunately, it didn’t result on the scoreboard. Staab said, “We pushed until the end, and that is what I like to see.” The girls were exhausted and disappointed, but they didn’t let it weigh on their shoulders too much. 

Dover’s shots made percentage was only 19.2% while Gettysburg’s was 67.1%. Gettysburg has a couple of transfer players that does indeed impact the team. Some of them are shooters and guards who made their shooting percentage soar. Dover did have more offensive rebounds holding a number of 10 to Gettysburg’s 8. 

Eagle senior Ashley Goebeler said, “We had a good number of shot attempts, but they just didn’t fall our way tonight.” Goebeler was right. The Eagles had 28 shot attempts; unfortunately, they didn’t fall. Junior Riley Mulder was the leading scorer, with 7 of Dover’s 21 points. Sophomore Michaela Fink hit 100% of her foul shots. 

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Senioritis sets in for class of 2020 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:58:39 +0000 It’s getting closer and closer, and the seniors are counting down the days of school that we have left. Many have senioritis and say they probably could be doing more for their grades. “It makes me not want to do any work, so my grades aren’t as good as they could be,” Ashley Goebeler said. Paige Lantz says senioritis is “when a senior loses interest in high school and doesn’t care about classes or the drama really anymore.” These seniors seem to want to keep pushing through the senioritis, but it’s catching up to them. 

David Patterson says he’s hanging out with his friends, while Joseph “JoJo” Hogue is constantly reminding himself that school, and not succumbing to senioritis, will benefit him in the long run. Lantz is making checklists to keep herself motivated for her grades. Senioritis can kick in at any point in time and stay or come and go. Lantz says her senioritis started when the second semester started, while Goebeler said hers comes and goes. “Sometimes I have it, but not all of the time.”

Patterson says the senioritis he and his friends are experiencing is affecting him more because of the thought of the future. “A lot of my friends are ready to move on from high school, and it’s overwhelming to think about how our lives will never be like they were the last 18 years. Sad to me but exciting at same time for new changes.” 

These specific seniors are planning to attend college, and they are looking forward to it. Goebeler is planning to attend East Stroudsburg and major in athletic training. Patterson and Lantz plan to attend Duquesne, majoring in marketing and pharmacy respectively. Hogue is planning to attend community college for now. With any luck, their senioritis symptoms will fade by the time freshman orientation begins.


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Jane the custodian says goodbye Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:14:37 +0000 Everyone knows Jane the custodian, whether it’s a needed tissue box or a mess someone made for her to clean up, she’s always on the run. Jane has been working at the high school for 24 years now, and still loves the job like it is her first day. “Being able to help anyone and everyone, I love it!” She responded after being asked what she looks forward to when she comes into the school each day. 

Jane has worked at several buildings, including the high school and when the high school was undergoing construction, she was transferred to the Intermediate school. She also worked at Weigelstown in her 24 years. Jane came into the job with experience because she was working part time while cleaning other places in the evenings. Before she was a custodian, she worked at a store, Maple Donuts, and made teeth at Dental Supply when she decided to try out the school and realized it was a great job.

Jane comes in at 5:30 a.m. and works until 2:30 p.m. and as everyone knows, she is so positive all day, every day. When asked why that was and she responded, “I really don’t know, I just love everything I do.” Her attitude makes her the best person with an even greater personality and everyone knows that about Jane. What she is most proud of is knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it so quickly. “I have done a lot to know what we need. I’m on top of everything. I already got the tables and chairs ordered for  STEM day Wednesday!” Jane said Friday afternoon. 

Jane is not planning to continue her journey at the new high school, “I say it’s mostly my husband’s health, but I’m also getting older and the next school looks fairly large!” After retirement, she plans to go to her grandson’s graduation held in New York, and go on some trips. Jane is going to miss everyone and helping out, but I told her we are all going to miss her as well! 

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Fasick Finds New Home Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:12:43 +0000 Jennifer Fasick is Dover High School’s new principal. Even though this is her first time as a principal, she is not at all new to leadership roles. She has had seven years of administrative experience (four years in high school as an assistant principal and three years as an intermediate school assistant principal). Dover is especially familiar to her. She grew up in the West York area and regularly engaged in activities that many of our students do today, such as going to golf or getting ice cream at Bill Mack’s. Mrs. Fasick was so inclined to take this position because she missed high school and enjoys it more than middle school. “The conversations you can have with students, the activities the students are in, the organizations, and the positive relationships” are all a part of what she missed about working at a high school.

While working at Cedar Cliff, she also enjoyed the relationships she built, and a lot of them were still in touch through social media. In Dover, she sees that our major strength is our students and staff. On the other hand, something she believes we should and can improve on is our school pride. She states, “We say ‘Dover Proud,’ but I don’t know that we show that pride, so I think (something we can improve) is how we grow as a community and how we support one another to come together and truly be ‘Dover Proud’.”

Mrs. Fasick has many goals, but her most important priority is to first listen to what the student body and teachers want from the school before imposing her beliefs. However, she wants to see more participation in school and make sure that everyone is involved in something to ensure that more people are “Dover Proud.” To Mrs. Fasick, Dover Proud is when we, “support one another whether it’s athletics, whether it’s academics, whether it’s personal issues that are going on, but that we have strength in the community and we support each other in all walks of life.”  She wants to bring energy and relationships to Dover, and also consistency in who the principal is.

In the future, she sees the new high school as a fresh start that ultimately will allow more momentum and engagement from students. “Students are always the number one (priority).” Fasick wants open relationships with students. She wants a door directly in her office to communicate with students any time. “I couldn’t imagine doing any other job…It’s what drives me,” she explains “…Students are our future they are the ones that are going to be leading our country so why not invest in them?” 

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STEM Summit Review Thu, 13 Feb 2020 18:14:43 +0000 Feb. 5, the sophomore class attended STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) summit day. STEM summit is held annually at Dover High School to help show students the possibilities of careers and to help influence their career choices. 

The STEM summit included more than those four specific categories. There were stations throughout the gym and a few classrooms for students to experience real life jobs. The Junior Achievement staff incorporated a large amount of hands on activities such as fixing a faucet, wiring a light switch or driving a robot to collect cones to help students learn how these everyday jobs work.

These stations not only demonstrated the occupation, but also the skill of working with others. 

My favorite station was the chemistry station, where we mixed two chemicals to make foam hands. I didn’t like the metal working station, where you made little pendants. I think that the basics, such as the biology or chemistry stations helped show students that science isn’t just the everyday science we learn in school, but that there are extended aspects than to what we learn.

In my opinion, this event was helpful for us as a class because of our age. I think this may have helped a number of students decide what they want to do when they graduate. Our life after graduation is a stressful thing to think about, but this event gave the majority of us an idea of the wide variety of choices for after graduation. 

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