Top 10 stories for the 2018-19 school year


Kaelynn Behrens

The Forgotten Bellwood series gave B-A students and community members a glimpse into the past, providing feature videos on the history of BAHS architecture.

10.) Hyped over energy drinks – Julian Bartlebaugh

No student at Bellwood-Antis was prepared to hear they weren’t allowed to get coffee at the media center anymore. Students would get a coffee everyday from the media center to wake them up after a long night of no sleep. When Mr. Trexler informed the students that this was no longer an option, there was widespread panic. Julian brings to light how much students rely on energy drinks to get through their day and how bad they are for their health.

9.) Arming Teachers: Could it be the solution we need? – Hannah Wicks

The whole topic of gun control can be very controversial in an area like Bellwood. Hannah remains objective in stating facts about both opinions of the issue. She interviews people with different opinions on the matter. Hannah talks about whether teachers should be armed and how students may feel about it. In bringing this up, she also brings up the intensity of gun control.

8.) Under Pressure – Julian Bartlebaugh

Coaching any sport or activity can cause large amounts of stress. Julian shows our readers just how much stress coaching can bring on. He also acknowledges just how much stress can impact your well-being.


On September 10th, 2018, BASD had to dismiss their students early due to extreme rain conditions. The flooding closed several roadways in Blair County. Malia wrote about this insane natural occurrence because it is so unheard of and no one really understood what was going on and why. Malia does a fantastic job of keeping the facts straight and providing the public with the necessary information they needed to know.

6.) BA family affected by Cystic Fibrosis – Paige Wenner

Cystic Fibrosis is a disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. The body produces thick and sticky mucus that can clog the lungs and obstruct the pancreas. Ali Wagner, senior at Bellwood, had been dealing with the affects of this disease ever since her sister, Laticia, was diagnosed. Paige told the Wagner’s story and it immediately got the public’s attention. She does a fine job of pulling the public’s heart strings and making sure all of her interviews are relevant and accurate.

5.) Fresh new look for BA – Kaelynn Behrens

As many of you know, the Bellwood-Antis High School decided to renovate the gym. The new gym now had a new floor, divider, and floor. In the story, I interviewed several athletes to get their opinion on the new gym and I gave a little backstory on the history of the gym itself.

4.) Ripples of change – Kaelynn Behrens

This story is my favorite story I’ve ever written. Terri Larson and her husband, Don Larson, sold all of their things and moved to Africa. Their goal was to decrease the poverty rate by showing the people of Mozambique how to grow and sell their own cashews. The two of them own the Sunshine Nut Company which brought several jobs to the area. I had the pleasure of interviewing Terri herself to get personal information. I was also able to get the inside scoop of the business.

3.) Just a cheerleader – Mya Decker

WOO HOO! This story won a Best of SNO award! The debate of whether cheerleading is a sport or not was a hot topic back in the fall. Mya wanted to show our readers just how much a single cheerleader goes through in a season. One of the things I admired most about Mya’s writing was that she really opened peoples eyes to the fact that competitive cheerleading is a sport. She changes a lot of peoples opinions.

2.) WANTING MOORE – Mason Yingling 

Jordan Moore needed a miracle, and that is exactly what he got. Moore was in a serious car accident last year. He was in the hospital and doctors told him he was lucky to be alive, he may never walk again, and he will not play football ever again. This did not stop Jordan. He went to physical therapy and worked very hard to get back on that football field. Mason tells our readers of Jordan’s amazing journey. He shows what Jordan had to go through and how his hard work paid off. This was another one of our stories that won a Best of SNO award.

1.) Forgotten Bellwood’s – Kaelynn Behrens and Mya Decker

This series is definitely the first of it’s kind for BA. Mya and I wanted to create something to be remembered for a long time. The whole idea for the series is to explore hidden or forgotten aspects of Bellwood-Antis. Each episode we visited a new place and researched the history behind it. Tim Mercer was Mya’s co-host and he really elevated the series. The public absolutely loved it.