Monday, April 1, 2013
Teen drivers get first-hand experience of how alcohol impairs the ability to steer and brake with the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s SAFETY SIMulator.
Sitting behind the steering wheel, Seneca Valley student Ashley Harris swerves off the road, nearly getting hit by an oncoming tractor-trailer truck. “I can’t control this thing,” she yells as she tries to slam on the brakes. Once she manages to get back on the asphalt, Ashley continues to have trouble staying in her lane—then she slams into the back of a mini-van. When the windshield on the screen cracks up realistically in front of her, Ashley lets out a yelp. As her fellow student, Melissa Lutz, puts it, the experience is scary—big time. “It opens your eyes to what really could happen,” she said. Melissa and Ashley were two of more than 100 students who participated Friday, March 22 in the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s SAFETY SIMulator…
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Take a peek at the stunning dresses from this year's event.
Seneca Valley High School’s students turned out in style on Friday for the district’s prom. Prom-goers lined up for a grand march at the high school beforeboarding buses to the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle for the big dance. This year's concept was "Another Night, Another City" and the venue featured four rooms with Honolulu, Tokyo, Pittsburgh and Paris themes. Do you have more photos of the grand march or the dance? Send them to Jessica.Sinichak@patch.com, and we'll add them to our gallery.
Friday, May 6, 2011
The Seneca Valley Senior Prom is tonight. Don’t let a last-minute mishap ruin it for you or your friends.
After months of preparation, your look finally is complete. Your dress is amazing, your hair is gorgeous and your accessories compliment the whole ensemble. Then the unthinkable happens. A strap to your dress breaks. Or the heel falls off your shoe. Perhaps your once-coiffed "do" is a mess after hours of dancing. What’s a girl to do? Hide the rest of the night? We think not. Cranberry Patch talked with the experts and brings you a go-to guide for fixing -- and avoiding -- prom disasters. Disaster Scenario Number 1: Wardrobe Malfunction What happens if you look down at the gown of your dreams and realize it is slowly falling off your body? While you may not be able to fix a broken dress strap in the middle of the dance floor, Cheryl Hahn, …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
The prom committee works hard to prepare for prom night.
When the final dance ended at last year’s prom, Kelly Weston started planning for this year’s event, which will be Friday at The Cathedral in New Castle. Weston, a chemistry teacher at Seneca Valley High School, is in her third year as senior class advisor, which also puts her in charge of the prom committee. Weston and a group of about 20 Seneca Valley seniors plan, organize and decorate for the prom. They also put together the school's prom fashion show in February. Besides decorating for the grand march at the high school and the prom, the committee arranges the entertainment, food, ticket sales and transportation. For Weston, consistency never fails her. “Every time we find something that works, we stick with it,” she said. “Most …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Whether you're having your hair done professionally or you're doing it yourself, we have some great tips for prom. These looks also are great for weddings!
On Friday, Seneca Valley students will step out in style to celebrate the end of their high school education and attend the senior prom. While the guys tend to have it easy -- slapping on a tux and maybe applying a little gel to their hair -- the girls put in a lot of prep work to get ready for their big night. Some of the essentials the ladies need to consider are the perfect dress, matching shoes and accessories. Then, of course, there is the hair. For style advice on how to get the perfect prom hair, we turned to Harmony Salon in Pine. According to longtime stylist Patrice DeShantz, dancing the night away with a mound of curls tightly pinned to the top of your head is so last year. Instead, a soft and relaxed do is what’s in for 2011, …
Friday, April 29, 2011
The district's prom is May 6.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Forget the Prince William and Kate's wedding today, Cranberry Patch is bringing you Seneca Valley's royal prom court. The prom will be held May 6 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle. According to the district, this year's concept is "Another Night, Another City" and will feature four rooms with Honolulu, Tokyo, Pittburgh and Paris themes. The grand march starts at 5 p.m. in the Senior High School Auditorium. Congratulations to this year's court from Cranberry Patch!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The 2nd Life Prom Dress Sale at the Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church wowed Clare Lynch.
Today’s high school prom has evolved into a highly-developed business that rivals a celebrity red-carpet event for those who attend. Getting the proper look, especially with today's economy, isn't always inexpensive. Fortunately, for girls and their parents dealing with sticker shock over the dresses, shoes and the right accessories needed for this high school ritual, there are alternatives. On Saturday, Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church held its annual 2nd Life Prom Dress Sale in the church’s basement. Event co-chairwoman Nancy MacFarlane and her volunteers offered more than 1,400 gently-used dresses to attendees. “There is a beautiful mix of dresses offered,” MacFarlane said at the event. “A lot of dresses still have the …
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Clare Lynch had the perfect prom night. Donate your gently worn prom dress to help other young girls achieve the same.
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- Clare Lynch
Saturday, March 5, 2011
If the pretty black-and-white, off-the-shoulder dress hanging in my closet could talk, you would hear the deep bass of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” playing in the background, and you would listen to a story about a night of friendship, dancing and laughter. It was 1992; the prom theme was “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. While the birth of my two sons and my wedding day have trumped that prom, it is still a fun memory from my days of youth. It was the first time a lot of young men donned a tux, and it was the first time a lot of us young ladies primped and pampered ourselves with pretty nails, fancy hair and, of course, the most beautiful dress ever. The Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church (CCUPC) believes every young woman…
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
PromProject helps underprivileged teens find the dresses of their dreams.
Allegheny County is collecting unwanted or gently used formal dresses to donate to underprivileged teens who need something nice to wear to prom, but otherwise couldn't afford them. The county’s Department of Human Services is collecting the dresses from now until late March, when it will allow the teens to browse the hangers for the dresses of their dreams. Spokesman Jonathan McKain said the department has helped more than 1,500 girls since the program began in 2003. It also has assisted about 300 boys with tuxedo rentals through gift certificates. “It’s been pretty successful,” McKain said. “It’s for people who may otherwise might not be able to go to the prom with the cost of some of these dresses. This allows them to be able to …