The Trumpet The Student News Site of Parkland High School Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:32:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Definitive Ranking of the Seasons of the Year Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:20:39 +0000 Although all four seasons of the year have something unique to offer, many people favor them differently. Taking into account weather, holidays, and other events during the season, here is my definitive ranking of the seasons of the year.

4. Spring

There are many reasons that spring is the lowest of the rankings on this list. Although many people will disagree with me, I cannot put it any higher. Allergies are in full swing, the weather is very unpredictable and usually cold, and there are not many holidays other than Easter, which not everyone celebrates. The only upside of spring is that summer comes next and the days tend to get longer. 

3. Winter

Although I love the cold and Christmas, I have to put winter at number three. The days get shorter and before you know it the sun sets at 5 o’clock. I love snow storms especially when there is a foot of snow or more; however, we have too many tiny 1-3 inch storms that are just a nuisance. 


2. Summer

Summer is my second favorite season mainly since school is out and you can go back to doing what you like to do. The main downside of summer is the scorchingly hot days. I can tolerate 85 degrees and below but anything higher becomes exhausting. Long days are also a reason I love this season. 


1. Fall

Taking the number one spot on my list and being unarguably the best season is fall. Although school is back, fall provides the perfect balance of temperatures so you can wear a t-shirt and jeans without feeling too hot or too cold. Halloween and Thanksgiving are two great holidays and by that time, you can start to wear my favorite article of clothing: sweatshirts.

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Soup Season is Quickly Approaching; Here are Parkland’s Thoughts Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:20:08 +0000 As the days get colder and our clothes get heavier, one thing is certain…Soup season is upon us!  Many soup fanatics (like myself and other Parkland students) may be wondering which is the best kind of soup.  To get to the bottom of this very important issue, I asked some students what their favorite soups were. Here’s what my fellow Trojans had to say; 

9th graders favorite soups (ranked by popularity):

  1. Chicken noodle
  2. Clam chowder
  3. Ramen
  4. Tomato
  5. Sancocho
  6. Beef stew

10th graders favorite soups (ranked by popularity):

  1. Chicken and wild rice 
  2. Broccoli cheddar 
  3. Pho
  4. Chilli
  5. Tomato
  6. Clam chowder

11th graders favorite soups (ranked by popularity):

  1. Chicken noodle
  2. Italian wedding
  3. French onion
  4. Split pea soup
  5. Gazpacho

12 graders favorite soups (ranked by popularity):

  1. Tomato
  2. Broccoli cheddar
  3. French onion
  4. Chicken noodle
  5. Vegetable soup
  6. Minestrone soup
  7. Sancocho
  8. Potato leak
  9. Princess soup
  10. Chicken tortilla soup


  • Mr. Laub: New England clam chowder
  • Mrs. Beck: French onion
  • Mrs. Kautzman : Lobster  bisque
  • Mr. Nabavian: Ash eio

No matter the type of soup they prefer, many students had one common opinion…Panera has the best soup.  I have one more important question; what’s your favorite soup?

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Taking a Stand for Character Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:17:25 +0000 Beginning this school year, Parkland High School is implementing a new system to promote trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship–also known as “The Six Pillars of Character.” Character can be described as a person’s defining trait, and it is important for Parkland students–now more than ever–to embrace positive characteristics and promote “The Six Pillars of Character.” 

Photo courtesy of Jess Benninger; A vibrant banner featuring “The Six Pillars of Character” can be seen outside the D-wing at Parkland High School.

CHARACTER COUNTS! (CC!) is an organization that currently operates out of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and was founded by Michael Josephson and the Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics in 1992. The CC! initiative works to improve various environments, including educational, professional, and social, by promoting “The Six Pillars of Character” and encouraging students to become more mindful of how they are interacting among their surroundings and with others.

While walking through the halls of Parkland High School, students’ peripherals are flooded with bright, rainbow-colored banners displaying six traits that are especially important for students to bring to life throughout the transition back from a challenge-ridden year. Parkland students and staff are working hard to bring these characteristics to life, but how exactly does this look in a school of nearly 3,500 students?


Trustworthiness: Between cheering on peers at sports games and showing up to support the arts, Parkland students can always be trusted to support one another.

Respect: Students and staff at Parkland share immense respect for each other’s valiant efforts to educate, learn, and grow in every aspect.

Responsibility: Parkland teachers show responsibility by offering a listening ear and dependably offering the very best materials to expand students’ knowledge; students return the favor by consistently putting in their best efforts in class and in extracurriculars.

Citizenship: Parkland students show incredible unity and Parkland pride by consistently repping Parkland sports teams, clubs, and theater groups.

Fairness: Good sportsmanship and theater etiquette are two of the most abundant examples of fairness at Parkland High School.

Caring: There is no better way to describe the Parkland community than “caring.” Students and staff are always there to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s assisting a new student in finding their way to class, or being there for a friend during a particularly difficult day, Parkland students and staff always find a way to be caring.


The month of September is represented by the red pillar: caring. Parkland students have the opportunity to be noticed for demonstrating this important trait. As a reward for their efforts, students may win the chance to have Parkland’s newest luxury–the red couch–delivered to a sporting event of their choosing. For more information regarding the new “Six Pillars of Character,” take a look at this video ( brought to you by Mr. Moniz.


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Parkland TV Senior Earns Spot at Competitive Social Media Internship Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:14:36 +0000 Many students are familiar with Parkland TV, the student organization here at PHS responsible for televising the announcements twice a day. But beyond creating newsworthy content for the student body, members of Parkland TV are doing so much more than that.

I had a chance to sit down with senior Ken Carpenetti, the Digital Media Director of Parkland TV to discuss his role in the studio, as well as an exciting new internship he will be taking on this school year. 

Photo courtesy of Ken Carpenetti; Ken is a member of Parkland TV and a social media intern for STN

When asked about his role in the inner workings of the TV studio, Ken explained, “I basically manage all the content we put out to our YouTube, our social media, and all of that. I’m also the one who controls the look of all of our graphics and our broadcast.”

Ken’s background in the areas of design and media production made him a strong candidate for an internship opportunity from STN (Student Television Network), “an educator-led organization dedicated to promoting excellence in all areas of media production,” he elaborated. Media production can be anything from film and television to art and animation. Ken will be working as a social media intern for the organization this school year. He then continued, describing the type of work he will be doing for them: “The Social Media Team distributes the workload of creating content for STN’s social media accounts within a group of students from the organization, which then works to highlight the student voices and incorporate their perspectives into STN’s brand.”

Outside of offering student internships, STN also holds competitions for high school film and TV programs to compete in a variety of categories, such as a music video contest and a mock-podcast recording. Our TV studio plans to compete at STN this year, so stay tuned!

Thank you to Ken for being interviewed, and good luck this year!

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Senior Brynn Dreisbach’s Stunning Achievements Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:13:07 +0000 Recently, Senior Brynn Dreisbach has achieved an inspiring milestone for all volleyball players. During their game against Liberty, Dreisbach earned her 1,000th career point. This milestone is one of historic proportions as Brynn is only the 4th player in Parkland history to do so, and few players in our area have achieved such success. She couldn’t believe it when she found out at practice after the game and was ecstatic at the news. 

Although the point was scored by Brynn, she wants everyone to know that she couldn’t have done it without her team.  She says “This achievement is more of an honor to my team, rather than me.” 

Brynn has been playing volleyball since she was in 6th grade and plans to continue in college. Clearly, her determination in the sport is inspiring and her hard work has paid off tremendously. 

With practice and years of experience comes wisdom, and she offers newcomers to the sport clear advice: “Mistakes are important to thrive.” 

Although all of these achievements are remarkable and noteworthy, they are not her only major accomplishments this year. Brynn was named Lehigh Valley Live Player of the week! Also, she has been nominated for The Morning Call’s Athlete of the Week

Her impact on Parkland’s Volleyball team is incredible and she, without a doubt, has a bright future in the sport. 

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Trojan Spirit is Back in Class! Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:01:26 +0000 Parkland High School is known for having notable school pride. The halls are filled with murals, posters, and trophies that make everyone feel included, and sidewalks are occasionally decorated with colorful positive chalk notes. More and more school involved clubs are popping up this year since student involvement is rising again. One of them being the School Spirit Club, which is run by Ms. Sniezek. I had the honor of interviewing her and talking to her about the clubs’ activities.

Ms. Sniezek is an English teacher at Parkland High School and this is her first year teaching here. She previously taught in Virginia before coming to Pennsylvania. 

 She explained to me, “The School Spirit Club is a group of students who really want to help create a strong sense of school community.” Student participation is promoted graciously and involvement is the major focus of this club. This is also meant to help around in the community as well as other school-based events. 

During the interview, she also told me that she was the founder of the club and was asked by the school to take over. “Last year it turned out that it wasn’t super active. It had been started the year before Covid, and so a lot of students that were a part of the club either graduated or are just no longer a part of it”. She also states that she just doesn’t have the same club members as the year before, but the club is still rather new to Parkland High School. Hopefully there will be a better opportunity for new members to join this year.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Englebert: Pictured is School Spirit club leader Ms. Sniezek

Her main  plan for the School Spirit Club is to mainly advertise for other school wide events. She also plans for the sidewalks to be decorated to “let everyone know when they’re walking in each day the events coming up,” she stated. 

What she really finds cool about this club is that it is primarily student led and it lets the students brainstorm all together to come up with these great ideas. The students also have a better feel of what the entirety of the school wants to see.

If interested, club meetings are in room D120 and are held the first Wednesday of every month.

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Parkland High School Shares Their Unpopular Opinions Wed, 20 Oct 2021 19:00:15 +0000 As an incredibly diverse school with a multitudinous amount of different opinions, many students and some teachers have some things to say. 


For example, a lot of different people had something to say about different colors. Senior Ashley Prout stated that “people are wrong when they say green is not a creative color.” Now, I’d like to agree with this because there are so many different shades of green that can be used in so many different mediums (ie: emerald green, sage, etc.). It’s seen in plenty of paintings on so many different mediums that it’s pretty difficult for it to not be a creative color. 


Next up, we have Saleha Lone, a current senior at Parkland. Saleha stated that she believes that school starts too early. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily call this an unpopular opinion because plenty of people agree with this (including me). A lot of people also take the bus and sometimes their bus stops could be around 6:30 am which can be incredibly early for most people (I also find this super early). 


Last but not least, we have Varsity Football Coach and American Government teacher Mr. Moncman. For his hot take, Mr. Moncman said that he preferred wearing hats and that they should be allowed in school. I personally don’t have much of a stance on this, but I think that other people that enjoyed wearing things such as bandanas or other sorts of headwear would appreciate it. 


Along with public opinions, the Parkland Trumpet Staff had plenty to say. Gabby Landis (Entertainment Editor) believes that red meat is overrated. Shaiyan Feisal (News Editor) thinks that avocados and eggs are both gross (apologies in advance to my fellow avocado toast lovers). Mason Todora (Sports Editor) likes to think that pineapple belongs on pizza (fun fact: it doesn’t). Abby Shurman (Co-Editor-In-Chief) thinks that summer is not the best season (I beg to differ). 

Unpopular Opinions have taken quite a rise on Parkland High School Students, with some students believing pineapple belongs on pizza.
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Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg – One Year Later Wed, 20 Oct 2021 18:58:54 +0000 “Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A little over one year ago, on September 18th, 2020, America mourned an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court and a role model to millions of people across the country. Ginsburg was a constant advocate for women and civil rights, and everyone, despite their personal views, felt her loss. 

Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female and the first Jewish female justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1993, nominated by former President

Photo from ClickOnDetroit; Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg raises her right hand during her confirmation into the U.S. Supreme Court

Bill Clinton. Before that point, she had graduated from Columbia Law, taught at Rutgers University Law School and Columbia University, and was appointed to the U.S Court of Appeals. Along with her academic achievements, Ginsburg was an avid advocate for women’s rights and helped stop gender discrimination.  

Ginsburg experienced discrimination because she was a woman during her schooling years and employment. Working at Columbia University, she became the first female tenured employee. Ginsburg was also a director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

During her time as a Supreme Court justice, Ginsburg fought for gender equality, worker’s rights, and separation of church and state. Getting confirmed into the Court was originally a struggle although she ended up getting 96 out of the 99 total votes to be confirmed. Some of her biggest and most influential cases as a justice were; United States V. Virginia, United States V. Hagan, and Olmstead V. L.C. Although these are the more popular ones, all of the cases she has worked on have made an impact. 

On that fateful day, September 18th of 2020, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away due to complications with pancreatic cancer. The world will remember her, not for her various degrees or achievements, but for the differences she has made that were felt by everybody. Years into the future, she will be remembered for all the people she has given a voice to who did not yet have one, and all the lives she touched.

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Keeping Up with the Newest COVID-19 Rules Wed, 20 Oct 2021 18:56:29 +0000 With the new 2021-2022 school year beginning it’s a good idea to check in with the latest COVID-19 protocols and keep up to date with the current school rules. With the pandemic, guidelines change quickly

Photo from Parkland School District Website; This is a diagram that shows what to do in the occurrence of a positive COVID-19 test

and it can be difficult to keep up. Continue reading to make sure you are staying as safe as possible during this ever-changing time. 

Starting at the beginning of the school year all students and staff K-12 are required to wear masks to school. The Parkland School District is using a face-covering decision matrix, with three different tiers based on the number of cases in the Lehigh County, percent of test positivity rates, PSD COVID-19 cases, evidence of community or school spread, and percent of students and staff vaccinated. Along with mask requirements, physical distancing during school hours, frequent handwashing and ample hand sanitizer usage, and cleansing and sanitizing needed areas are current rules required by the district. 

Along with PSD rules, Pennsylvania state governor, Governor Wolf has imposed a new restriction that went into effect on Tuesday, September 7th. Governor Wolf’s new mandate has made masks required in all schools across Pennsylvania. This means as long as the mandate stays in effect, and as of right now there is no end date, the current tier system created by the PSD will not be used.

Along with rules during school hours, requirements continue into school sports as well. If a school athlete is feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 they are to stay at home and contact their athletic trainer or coach. If an athlete feels symptoms during practice they should be sent home immediately. After being diagnosed with COVID-19 they must wait at least 10 days since the symptoms appeared to come back to their respective sport. Parkland also encourages all students and athletes able to, to get the COVID-19 vaccine but it is not required to be eligible to play a school sport. 

During a time such as a pandemic, normal actions like going to school can be overwhelming and confusing. Remember that you, your fellow classmates, and your teachers’ safety are of utmost importance. Following all school and state guidelines is vital for the protection of you and everybody around you. All information above can be found on the Parkland School District official website (, along with extra details about COVID-19 restrictions.

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Parkland’s Very Own Field Hockey Star In the Morning Call Wed, 20 Oct 2021 18:54:39 +0000 Athletics at Parkland High School are taken very seriously. Only a select few are capable of taking on the challenges of practicing, showing impeccable teamwork skills, and expressing great sportsmanship. The girls field hockey team rises as one of Parkland’s top sports. With a junior varsity and varsity team, the girls take on teams around the Lehigh Valley in hopes of winning championships like Districts and the East Pennsylvania Conference. This year, seniors are taking over most of the varsity team for their last season on the Parkland field hockey team. 


Senior, and team captain, Makayla Brunnabend has been taking on the field for her final year at Parkland. With the season still in swing, she has been dominating the playing field. Her game winning shot at home against Stroudsburg last week earned her a nomination for Female Athlete of the Week in The Morning Call. After the field hockey game last Friday at Whitehall, I had a chance to interview her.


Q: So Makayla, how are you feeling about the outcome of this afternoon’s game?

A: “I’m happy with the outcome because we all played well together and we started with good intensity. As soon as we got the first shot on the board it was pretty much uphill from there”

Q:What quarter did you score your goal in?

A: “Second quarter. Kira Schaffer assisted”.

Q:Have you committed to a college yet or will you be denying offers?

A: “I have not committed yet. I have three colleges but I will be denying offers”.

Q:Are you upset that it’s your last year playing field hockey for Parkland high school?

A: “At the beginning of the season I was definitely sad going into it because I didn’t want it to end and I felt like I got “jipped” last year with not having a full junior season. But sometimes as the games and practices go on I know that I am ready to move on.”

Q:Will your coaches miss you and the other seniors when you leave?

A: “Definitely. I think the 15 seniors really made an impact for our coaches first and second years coaching here and I think we will be missed.”

Although Makayla did not win Athlete of the Week, she was not discouraged and will continue to play through her senior year. 


I also had a chance to ask Makayla’s dad about what he thinks about her recognition. He said that it was an honor and a great opportunity for her. He says although she did not win, he is still very proud of his daughter.


Makayla has received several college offers for her outstanding athletic and academic work. Offers include Alvernia, York, and Lebanon Valley. She’s also interested in and has offers from Millersville, Misericordia, and Stockton university.

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