On Feb. 5, Salisbury High School's debate team won the tournament round of the Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Debate Association.
They finished the first half of the debate season with a record of 26-6, followed by Pennridge, with a record of 24-8. This is a huge achievement for the Salisbury High School debate team; this marks the seventh year in a row where SHS has won the championship title.
On Jan. 9, 10, 14 through 18, junior Salisbury High School students took Keystones Exams. These tests, established circa 2010 replace the former standardized tests known as PSSAs. Students were tested in online assessments in three main subjects; algebra 1, literature and biology. The computerized formatting of the tests gave all a challenge; weeks before the tests began, test takers were guided through a tutorial on how to locate helpful tools throughout the tests, such as the highlighter tool, line guide, calculator, and scoring guidelines for open-ended questions.
On Dec. 13, the annual chorus and band winter concert was held in the Salisbury High School auditorium. Students had been preparing since the beginning of the school year. Traditional songs such as "Angels We Have Heard On High" sung by the newly established a cappella group "Descant Get Enough" and "The First Noel" sung by the chorus were just two of the highlights of the concert.
"I enjoy the singing and getting to know different people," sophomore Hannah Phillips said.
On Nov. 12, juniors and seniors took a field trip to Muhlenberg College to hear Holocaust survivors tell their stories. The day began with a few keynote speakers and a one-act play dealing with the lives of teenagers as their world changed around them when Hitler took over in the months leading up to the Holocaust. Students later dispersed into smaller groups to hear the testimonies of the survivors.
Students got a good chance to assess the effects of prejudice and hatred, and learn how one dictating voice can lead to the genocide of many groups of people.
On Oct. 23, Nicholas Croft, Cammi Jefferson, Kevin Esslinger, Natalia Lopez, Thalya Cresswell, Alyssa Sipos, Ciara Caldwell, myself, advisor Laura DosSantos of the No Place For Hate group and Salisbury High School Principal Heather Morningstar attended the annual Anti-Defamation League conference in Philadelphia. Students from the tristate area gathered in the Irvine Auditorium at Pennsylvania University. The day began with speaker Judy Shepard, the mother of the late Matthew Shepard.