A Final Goodbye



For the past four years, I have been going to the same school, with the same classes, and the same people nearly everyday. As my senior year comes to an end, it is finally time to say goodbye.

Throughout my time at Lebanon High School, I have grown up and become so different than the fourteen year old girl that I was when my freshman year started. Drama, friendships, and sudden life-changing events have affected me more than I ever thought they could.

At the beginning of this year, I made it a point to try and go to every game or event that our school held and to stay more positive.

Despite not keeping the first half of that promise, I have continued to show my support for our school and everything we stand for. I have made several friends in the past few months, and it is clear that attending Lebanon has given me opportunities and friendships that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else.

What makes this school so special is the people that attend and work here. It is a very mixed school with race, religion, and wealth. I believe that these varieties have shaped alumni into more open-minded people.

My senior year seems to have gone by in a flash, it feels like just days ago I was typing out my first article as editor of the CT. I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on what all has happened in the past few months, and writing for this site has been one of my favorite activities.

Even though I am leaving, the Cedar Times is going to be left in exceptional hands, with the Junior Editor-in-Chief, Leah Connatser, taking my spot next year when she is a senior.

Leah and I, along with fellow senior and writer for the CT, Cheyenne Reichard, have become very close this year, and I am very excited to see Leah take over my role.

My advice for any incoming freshman, or really anyone in high school, is that you should try to make the most of your time here.

Don’t start meaningless arguments with people, enjoy the time that you’re here and you’re young, because you only get to experience this once.

Also, don’t worry about what people think of you. After these few years, you don’t have to worry about what they think of your new haircut or outfit. Be yourself and you’ll be happy.

Before I get too emotional about my final entry to The Cedar Times, I’m going to bid farewell to all of our members and wish them the best.

Leah, Devin, Ilyana, and Nadra, I trust that you four will continue this paper with pride and (hopefully) interest people in joining the team.

Goodbye, Lebanon High School, thank you for the best four years that I could have ever asked for.


How To Balance Your Schedule

At the age of seventeen, young adults tend to become stressed with their busy life schedule.

They tend to get involved with sports, get hired for positions to work, receive more homework, and start thinking of their life after high school. It is the upcoming seniors that tend to feel like they are completely booked.

Well, I am here to show you easy steps to balance out your schedule to be more efficient with life.

The first step to balancing your schedule is by using a calendar or a planner. When we write events down on a specific date, we tend to remember much more.

Our cellular devices provide an alarm for when you have to go to an event or do something. All you have to do is write down your important dates during that month and your life is one step closer to becoming successful and less stressful.

A planner is very efficient for homework and work. When you write down what homework you have for that specific day, you are more likely to get it done and turn it in on time.

Step number two is to take about a 15-20 minute nap each day. Yes! I know what you are going to say. “But how can I take a nap when I’m completely busy?”

Well boys and girls, believe it or not but we all need sleep. Sleep is what keeps us going and what keeps us active.

It is proven that with a little bit more energy each day, you get the blood flowing and your system reboots to start all over again.

In WebMD “The Secret (And Surprising) Power of Naps” by Jennifer Soong, she claims “You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping. You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.”

The last and final step to balancing a healthy schedule is to take a couple deep breathes, count to ten, and remember “don’t worry, be happy.” You should never stress about your schedule because it is not the end of the world.

There are people willing to help and make you feel that there is another way to deal with stress from being overwhelmed with schedules.

For the upcoming seniors, get involved as much as possible with school but work as well. Take risks and challenge yourself to something new and different.

If you feel overwhelmed use these three easy and useful steps for making your schedule as efficient but busy as possible.

How To Keep Your Voice Healthy

BY ILYANA CORREA- Editorial Editor

Are you a singer trying to maintain a healthy voice? Are you someone who is tired of having strep throat or a sore throat?

Well, you are in luck because today I will teach you how to maintain a healthy voice.

Step 1: Drink lots of room temperature water. Water that is too cold will cause your throat to become sore and tighten up the open space.

Step 2: Drink hot tea often. Drinking hot tea with a hint of honey will soothe your throat and continue to make it last throughout the whole day.

Step 3: DO NOT YELL! Yelling is prohibited when trying to sustain a healthy voice.

It is very bad for you because once you lose your voice it becomes sore and lacks strength.

When you feel a tingle in your throat or you feel the tickle sensation, take Zicam. Zicam is a great medicine that cures your throat in no time, but you can only use it once you feel the tingle.

Also, always keep cough drops with you. I recommend using Ricolas because they have natural medicines and they lack menthol.

Any medicine with menthol in it is not as effective because menthol just numbs the pain, it does not actually cure it.

Step 4: Get lots of rest. It may sound weird to get rest when trying to sustain a healthy voice, but resting will solve many problems.

It is a mechanism that soothes your throat.

Step 5: The last step is to make sure your voice is properly warmed up before singing anything. It is a good step to take, especially when singing in front of an audience.

You want to make sure your voice is completely warmed up and ready to go for the crowd that awaits.

Just follow this article and all the pain will go away.

Beginning A New Year


As we all know the New Year has just begun.

Many have put aside their problems that occurred in 2016 and have hopes for a better year to come. Every year is a new beginning!

New Years is a time to celebrate the joy and wonders of congratulating your peers and yourself for having yet another year of being healthy and happy.

Everyone celebrates New Years on the same day, but some may celebrate it differently.

All over the world are different events that have something to do with dropping a significant item by counting down until midnight. For example, New York’s tradition is “dropping the ball” with the countdown.

Here in Lebanon, PA, the tradition is to drop a bologna during the count down.

Once it reaches midnight on December 31st everyone gives hugs and kisses to their loved ones to show their affection towards one another. It is a time to share the memories, moments, and bonds that have grown over the past year and a chance to look back at all of it and smile.

So boys and girls, I have a request for you this New Year: Live and love life to the fullest!

Do not be afraid to be yourself! Speak your mind freely whenever you feel the need to, because you only live once!

Do the impossible! Be the impossible!

Let’s make this year, a year to remember because every second counts.

Relay For All

BY SHIRLEY SCHAUER – Editorial Editor

This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to support Lebanon High School and our Librarian, Mrs. Rivera, at the annual Relay For Life event. Relay For Life is a large event that raises money for cancer research and helping those who are battling the disease.

Relay For Life is a cross-country event that normally happens in a 24-hour long period. The teams take that time to walk around a track to raise money from donors.

Relay For Life isn’t just for walking though. There are tons of games and activities, like Zumba and Bingo, that everyone can participate in.

One of the most notable ceremonies at the Relay For Life event is the Luminaria Ceremony. This is when we all remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and it really shows what we are fighting for.


Mrs. Rivera, a four-time cancer survivor, has had her own team of LHS students for the past few years, which I have been apart of for the past two years. We call ourselves “Team Hope.”

Team Hope helps by raising money through fundraisers within the school and donations of their own money.

Rivera is very passionate about our team and is always trying to improve how we do things in order to raise more money. Her enthusiasm rubs off on all of her team members, bringing us all closer.

This year, Relay For Life was held on May 14th and 15th at Cedar Crest High School.

Sadly, our Relay For Life event was cut short this year due to the immense amount of rain we were expected to recieve. The event is all outdoors so rain is not something that’s good for it.

We ended up missing my favorite event: the Closing Ceremony. This ceremony shows how much money we’ve all earned and what it will all go to, which makes participants feel like everything that they’ve done is helping.

All in all, this relay event was a huge success, and all of the money raised is going to a good cause. Lebanon County has one of the top relay events in the country, and it continues to grow each year.

Next year, I plan on participating in Relay For Life again for my last year at LHS. I ‘hope’ our team will grow and continue fighting for a cure for many years to come.

10 Lessons Of Freshman Year



It’s finally here. The end of the year is coming and it’s close to summer vacation.

Personally, I’m happy. Here I come jeans!

However, I learned a lot in my freshman year. Here are some of the lessons I learned.

  1. Have a Flexible Schedule! I learned to not bite off more than I can chew. In your freshman year, adapt to high school life.

It’s not that different from middle school, but the rotations and classes are confusing, so you’ll need some room to breathe.

2: Make Friends! In high school it’s important to make friends. When you have a group (it doesn’t have to be a lot) of people who you’re comfortable around, it makes lunch a LOT easier instead of awkwardly standing there looking for somewhere to sit.

It’s best to stand awkwardly with a friend or two rather than by yourself.

3: Be Aware! Make sure you know where you put your stuff or whom you lent it out to.

I once went to the bathroom, and when I came back my headphones were missing from my bag. That was the first and last time I slipped up.

4: Join Clubs! It may be a little intimidating at first to join a club or sport, but it really helps. It allows you to learn new things, meet new people, and broaden your horizons.

I joined the Artist’s Guild and Wildlife and Fisheries (however, it’s more of a class than a club) and they helped me make more friends and learn new things. These two activities in particular have a lot to offer outside of school, including Journalism, which helped my writing skills.

5: Plan Ahead! It’s okay to think about your future, but do not OVER think it. Don’t freak out over every little thing, just try your best and things will fall into place.

To start thinking about your plan after high school is a good idea instead of waiting until senior year when you have to scramble for everything instead of just relaxing.

6: Try New Things! Do things that may be out of your comfort zone, like joining a sport or volunteer group.

It may seem like a waste of time since you may not like it, but it gives you a new outlook and more possibilities.

What if you end up enjoying it? Or you’re good at it; you never know!

7: Don’t Get Comfy! If you slack off because you feel like you have things under control… you probably don’t.

Be on top of things and don’t get behind on work. If being in a sport or group is making you slack off or get behind, then I recommend making a schedule to get all your work done.

8: Grades! Don’t be too worried about grades, as long as you know you did all the work. Sometimes the teachers are just a little behind on grading.

I once freaked out because I had a C in my class, but I KNEW I did the work. It turned out the teacher hadn’t put in all the grades.

9: Come to School! Make sure you come to school as much as you can, if not it could mean a lot of trouble.

If you’re absent too much you can get a fine, be taken to court, and you’ll be way behind on work. Unless it’s not killing you, I recommend coming to school.

10: Have Fun! High school is all about doing new things and getting to know yourself better, so you might as well make it fun!

If you’re not having fun, high school can feel more like a prison than it already does so I recommend making the most out of your experience. High school can shape who you are in life, you might as well be a happy person.

Enjoy your summer and freedom until the next year! Keep these rules in mind when school starts again, because they are pertinent to more than just incoming freshman.



Passing on the Editorial Torch: The Future of the Program

BY KIAYA SECHREST – Editor-in-Chief

The second half of my high school career was spent dedicating a large amount of time to The Cedar Times. After taking Journalism for the first time my sophomore year, I continued to join Lebanon High’s school newspaper, taking on more responsibility each year.

As Editor-in-Chief for my senior year, I learned a new level of obligation. Aside from just feeling accountable for what was posted this year in The Cedar Times, I also experienced a new form of authority and leadership among my peers.

Being a part of The Cedar Times has taught me what it means to have a voice, and how to properly convey that in my writing. Our advisor, Mrs. Heefner, has personally helped me grow and achieve goals inside and outside of the classroom.

Any member of the newspaper will attest to the fact that it helps teach time management, as participating in it is an extra amount of time and effort outside of just the regular workload from classes.

I advise anyone and everyone who has an interest in writing to join The Cedar Times, because even if working as a journalist is not their final goal, writing weekly articles will improve their skills.

The memories I have made with my fellow section editors and staff writers over the past two years are ones that I will look back on fondly, as well as remembering proudly the improvements I have watched all of them make.

Although I will no longer be a part of The Cedar Times, I know that it will continue to grow for years to come. I am proud to say that for the 2016-2017 school year, previous section editor Shirley Schauer will be Editor-in-Chief, and Leah Connatser will act as Junior Editor-in-Chief.

Both have shown true dedication throughout this past year and a deep interest in continuing to write in the future. I have been impressed by their unique, and often funny, topics they have decided to discuss and share with Lebanon High.

I am happy to be putting The Cedar Times into their hands and am confident that they will both successfully fill the roles and take the newspaper in a positive direction.

A lot of times high school is a course filled with trial and error and working for the school newspaper has been no different. I feel lucky to have had the high school experience that I did, and I am excited to see what the future holds both for The Cedar Times and myself.