Monday, May 22, 2017

Thank You New Castle YMCA

When the folks at our local New Castle YMCA heard about the successes of LCCTC's Opening and Closing team at state competition, they decided that they could lend a hand in helping the team prepare for national competition in June.

You see -- the Y has a room of mirrors they use for various fitness classes such as yoga, body combat, Silver Sneakers, and more.  This room allows participants to watch themselves as to make sure they are completing the movements correctly.  This room was perfect for the team to do the same thing!  

Part of what the team needs to do is to move in a synchronized manner with natural gestures.  Being able to utilize the mirrors during practice was just what they needed to do just that!

Thank you, Michelle Swogger and New Castle YMCA!  We really appreciate all that you do for the community and for US!

For more information about the Y and a the multitude of programs they offer, please check out this link: 

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Mrs. Kegel, We Love You! ~ by Gemma Gatto

The news floats around.  "Mr. Smith is absent!  We have a sub!!"  

In some school districts, this may mean another wasted day, but not in our school -- especially when the sub is Mrs. Kegel.  

Yes -- we will still do the work that our regular teacher assigns, but Mrs. Kegel will help us, with a smile, and by the end of the period, we'll be better because of it.  

We would like to congratulate Mrs. Kegel, Kelly Substitute Teacher of the Year, who, out of over 40,000 other substitute teachers over thirty-five states was selected as the National Winner.  For more information on the Kelly Substitute Teacher of the Year program, please click on this link:

Mrs Kegel:  We hope that you are able to see YOUR "True Colors!"  And we hope that you know this:  "We love you!"

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sometimes, Blood Isn't Thicker Than Water ~ by Kalley McClure

Last Christmas, I gave this to a very dear friend of mine whom I consider every bit as family as my mom is. Now, you’ve heard it said that blood is thicker than water, but what if I tell you that’s not always the case?

My mom has always had to play both roles of mother and father. She was a single parent who worked hard and loved her children, but she was away most nights due to work. I was fortunate to have family to step in when needed; my brother filled in to help watch me while Mom was at work.

While I am glad to say that my mom is amazing, recently having been able to become a full-time mother and grandmother, my mother doesn’t serve as my sounding block. I find myself sharing my teenage thoughts with others; it seems to save her from stress.  I know my mom tries hard, but I am doubly blessed to have people who were able to step into my life. They are still in my life today.  

In addition to my mother, I have others who share that role for me -- who brag about my report card to their coworkers, people who are making sure I’m taking care of myself  -- mentally and physically. I have people who I’d consider asking to walk me down the aisle on my wedding day, who makes dumb jokes and stupid puns, or is there to greet my date at the door and give them the “talk.”  I am blessed to have found a home away from home for me to escape to when the world is too loud, someone who takes me in as family, even if I’m not related by blood.  I have someone to teach me how to drive and how to cook, someone to turn to for advice or just to vent, and someone who wants me to be the best ME that I can be.  I find myself feeling welcomed and loved -- unconditionally.

For some, surrogate parents take the form of a stepdad or a stepmom; for others, it’s a sibling, but for me, it was a young couple who became that second family that I really needed.  

In whatever form, “Blood is thicker than water” is false.  Sometimes, it’s the life-giving water who can also provide that love and support, and I appreciate them.

In the end, family is made up of love -- you choose your family, it’s not written in your DNA.  For ALL of my parents, blood and water, I choose to take their best qualities with me into adulthood.  Finding these people does not mean I love my blood family any less, it’s just that I have allowed my definition of "family" to grow in more than one way.

Maybe water can be just as thick as blood?

“DNA doesn’t make a family; love does.” - The Fosters, Lena Adams-Foster

A Letter to You ~ by Gemma Gatto

I remember starting high school. Even though I no longer recognize the person I used to be. So here’s a letter to you, to the person who helped make me who I am today.

I see you, and I know what you’re thinking. At this moment in time, you're 14, sitting in class zoning out because you're over all of it. Tonight you have cheer leading practice; your squad is all sitting at lunch together, but there you are -- sitting with two of your friends wondering, "What am I doing differently?" You spend all your time trying to fit in, trying to be like these girls you force yourself to talk to.

At the games, we all look alike, we move alike, we sound alike, but we are not alike. There’s something wrong, you're failing your classes. You’re distracted all the time, and you're all-around-angry with everyone, and it’s not their fault. You sit in class and try not to talk. All of your teachers know you as your older sister’s "Mini-me,” yet you're nothing like your sister. The thought of being compared to her only upsets you more and more.
As the year goes on, school gets harder and harder, and I know you're only falling more and more behind. Then one day, you reached your final breaking point: ninth grade year second semester, fourth period Spanish class; this was the defining moment. Clearly, it was time to make a change. With tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat, you go to the second floor bathroom in the last stall and sit on the window ledge -- finally texting Mom with the words, "I can't do this anymore. I need to leave."

Your mind was made up; it was time. I know that at fourteen no one thought you knew what was best for you, but you knew what was best for you. Finally, after much discussion, Mom and Dad gave in and let you transfer schools for your sophomore year.

It’s now 826 days later, and a lot has happened over the past three years. Not to give anything away but...... you’re a completely different person. Your grades go to A's, and your smile has never faded. You made so many friends' you know the entire school and choose to find something good in every person. You have your two forever-friends who are the biggest blessings in your life. You’re going to fall in love, and it's gonna’ feel like your heart is on fire.

Listen, I know right now that life can be miserable, but you're just going to have to trust me with these things. Keep doing you girl, don’t be afraid to be you. Do what you want; love who you want. Please just be yourself because you’re going to love who you turn out to be. Finish out Freshman year strong. Say your goodbyes and get ready because you’re about to become who you were always meant to be. I know you might not believe this right now, but I love you.
                                                                              ~  Your Future Self

Saturday, May 13, 2017

My Season to Bloom ~ Macheala Nail

In ninth grade, I felt lost; I was bullied, and I hated myself more than anyone could ever understand.  I knew I needed to make a change because it was making me miserable, and I’d never better myself by staying there. With that in mind, I decided to transfer to LCCTC to study Health Assistance; this stems from my desire to help people and, more importantly, to help children; LCCTC has granted me the ability to do so. I had my whole life ahead of me, I wished for a better life, and I got it.

9th Grade Macheala
Today, I am a senior in high school who has been accepted to BC3 for their nursing program and will begin my studies next fall.  I have worked hard and am still working hard to get where I am at in life.  I had doubts in the past where I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish what I wanted with my life or how my future would unfold.  While I felt lonely in ninth grade and for a while when I got to LCCTC, that soon changed; I now have a direct care staff, my amazing friends, and teachers.  Things got much better; I became stronger with the help of SkillsUSA, Peer Leadership, and my friends who make feel loved, appreciated, and accepted.  LCCTC became my home away from home, and, when I walk across the stage in June, I’m going to dearly miss the connections I’ve made.
Macheala, radient for her senior prom, posing with
her friend, Lacey Lopes

Striking our Heart Strings: Joey Koscianski Competes at States ~ by Kalley McClure

Joseph Koscianski is a fifteen year old Welding sophomore from the New Castle School District who has been bowling since the age of five and training since the age of six. For the last two years, Joey, as his friends call him, has been trying his best to better himself in bowling, and we celebrate him in this article!

His training over the years hasn’t been for nothing.  Joey has become an accomplished bowler; typically averaging one-hundred sixty, his top score he ever earned was a two-hundred twenty five and he once bowled seven strikes in a row! Recently, he competed in league tournaments; over the last seven months, Joseph won his bid to compete in a three-day state competition against twenty-seven others in his age group.

During this competition among the best of the best in the state, Joey scored a four-hundred twenty-seven. Though he placed sixteenth place in his division, he says, “I accept failure, everyone fails at some point in their life, but I don’t accept not trying. I will train hard this coming year, and will do better next year.” His positive attitude rolls a strike in our hearts!

Joey -- you're a winner in our eyes! Keep up the great work!