First Image of Planned NFL Draft Stage on Rocky Steps Surfaces

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A rendering for the planned 2017 NFL draft shows how the famed “Rocky Steps” will be incorporated into the planned stage. The image which displays the plan was shown to an Philadelphia business organization group. Philadelphia resident  attended the Center City Propertiers Association Event. She shared the following image on twitter.

The image shows that the main stage will be located towards the top of the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, made famous by the “Rocky” films.

Previously Billy Penn reported that NFL senior VP of events Peter O’Reilly said “The red carpet will come out to the terrace [of the Art Museum] and then into the green room behind,” O’Reilly told me. “When they are picked, they will come down, and we are building the theatre right into the steps. It’ll be, I don’t know how many steps, but one of those landings they will walk down and we’re going to keep it raw so you see the steps on there.”

“The behavior is running up,” O’Reilly admitted, “but they’ll walk down.”

The players’ entrance will be built into the existing structure, so the drafted players will walk down a path with fans seated on either side of them to a podium where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be waiting to shake their hands and bro-hug the living heck out of them.”

The above image was shared with the media at a press conference where details of the draft experience were revealed. It is unclear if it shows the draft stage itself, or if it shows the selection square stage, which is where picks are actually made.

Ricky “Reports” Sayer is a Harriton High School senior. He is attending Syracuse University in the fall. 

Ricky “Reports” Sayer Interviews U.S. Representative Dwight Evans at Lower Merion Town Hall

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Following a town hall meeting with constituents in Lower Merion, U.S. Representative Dwight Evans answered questions regarding issues important to high school students such the future of education, the cost of college, standardized testing, and the direction of the democratic party. The congressman, serving in his first term, represents Pennsylvania’s second district which includes Lower Merion as well as parts of North and West Philadelphia.

During the 2016 presidential election, many high school and college students found themselves supporting Bernie Sanders, whose liberal ideas on social and fiscal issues resonated with young americans. When asked if the future of the Democratic party was moving farther to the left, the congressman said,”thats a good question. I don’t know if it is, but whats most important is that Bernie ideas, like Hillary Clinton ideas, like Tom Perez and Keith Ellison, that we all come together, because were better and stronger together when we work together.” The congressman continued, “we need to have young people. I think its important for folks like yourself to be involved either in the media, public office, run for office whatever because this is your democracy, this is your future, and this is what were fighting for. We’re fighting to have a society that is inclusive that has everybody, everybody has a chance. And thats what we want to have, a better society.”

Another issue critically important to high school and college students is the price of college. The total cost of going to a public college or university has risen 10% in the past five years, according to the College Board. Evans said that the way the government could curb the cost of going to college is to make the first 2 years of community college free. Evans explained that “the way you can try to pay for that is through a financial transaction tax, through transaction, that would pay for it.”

Evans stressed the importance of education in a democracy where the citizens are knowledgable.”Education is extremely essential to move the country forward but also to protect our democracy because a educated voter is extremely important as we try to have a better society,” he explained.

Another topic that affects high school students is high stakes standardized testing. In 2015 the Lower Merion School Board took a stance agianst standardized testing in a resolution, specifically calling on legislators “to strive to minimize the amount of mandated testing and the use of standardized testing for teacher and school evaluation” That same year, 272 students opted out of PSSAs in Lower Merion School District. When asked about his views on the issue of high stakes standardized testing, the congressman responded, “I think it should be more than just testing, it should be all around, testing should be one part of it, but testing should not be the sole determining factor in terms of if a student moves forward.”

The congressman spent much of the Town Hall talking to constituents about effects of Donald Trump’s proposed policies, most notably healthcare. Donald Trump’s education secretary, Betsy Devos, was confirmed only because of a Mike Pence tiebreaker vote. Devos was criticized for having a lack of public school experience and for supporting school vouchers which could take money from public institutions. When asked about the future of education in the country even with Betsy Devos in office, the congressman said, “I belive that we have to make sure that we make sure that that education, particularly pre k school, elementary school, Kindergarten, those are extremely essential. Public education is the best idea that as a country we have come up with, cause you don’t have to pay for the education. I think its important that we maintain a system that works for everybody and we have everybody included no matter what your zip code is we have to make sure everybody is included.”

Ricky Sayer is a Harriton High School senior who will be attending Syracuse University in the fall of 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

New Information: Harriton Student Who Made Threats About Using A Gun In School Was Taken Into Police Custody Tuesday – Similar Incident At LMHS

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Lower Merion Police confirmed that on Tuesday, detectives took a 15 year old Harriton High School Student into custody as part of an investigation into an alleged threat the student made on the social media app Snapchat.

Lower Merion Police Superintendant Micheal McGrath told the Main Line Times that “The school district was contacted and took appropriate steps to advise the school community of the ongoing issue. While the student will not be able to attend school until this matter is resolved, the school and police department will be providing additional security at [Harriton High School],”

Police also confirmed with the Main Line Times that Wednesday morning, a Lowe Merion High School student was taken into custody after a similar incident.According to NBC10, “The second alleged threat at Lower Merion High School occurred the following day in which a student at that school “essentially copied what the Harriton student had done and posted it on Snapchat with the words ‘just joking,'” according to an email sent to parents by Harriton High School principal Scott Weinstein.”

Additionally, police told the Main Line Times that both students will undergo mental health evaluations.

More than 150 students did not attend school on Wednesday because of the threat as well as the icy road conditions.

Previously: A student sent a message to a friend using Snapchat that warned them that they would use a gun to commit a violent act at Harriton High School on Wednesday. Lower Merion Superintendent Copeland said that the student would not be allowed to attend school on Wednesday and that police are investigating. The student who sent the message claims that it was a joke.

On Tuesday, March 14th, a Harriton student sent a photo to one of his friends with the caption “Don’t come to school tomorrow.” The text was followed by 3 gun emoji’s. The photograph, included with the caption, showed the student’s face with his middle finger sticking out towards the camera. The student who received the photograph took a screenshot of it, as most snapchats disappear after a few seconds, and shared it with this friends. Along the way, students added captions that warned students that Harriton may not be safe on Wednesday. These images were widely circulated among students Tuesday evening. Students reacted with concern that Harriton may not be safe Wednesday, with some saying they would not attend out of fear. A number of students who received the image alerted the Harriton Administration and the Lower Merion Police.

Harriton Administrators have confirmed that they are aware and that the LMPD is investigating. Superintendent Copeland sent an email out to all parents that read in part “Earlier this evening we were advised of a threatening message posted by a student on Snapchat about committing a violent act at school.” It went on to read “While the investigation is still ongoing, the police have advised us that the situation does not pose an imminent threat to the safety of students. Along with law enforcement, we have addressed the Harriton student who posted the message and that individual will not be permitted to attend school until resolution of the investigation and any disciplinary actions.”

In an email, Harriton Vice Principal Mrs. Marcuson encouraged students to attend school Wednesday.

The student wrote in a follow up snapchat that “Uh that got blown way out of proportion. Just a joke. Not funny my bad.”

RickyReports.TV has decided to withhold the name of the student as they are a minor.

The email sent by Superintendent Copeland also read “Please know that we take these matters extremely seriously and have no tolerance for violent threats of any kind. Student safety is always our top priority. Moving forward, this situation will continue to be addressed in accordance with school district policy and in consultation with the authorities. This incident also serves as an important reminder about the appropriate use of social media. It is essential that students have clear parameters about social media use and a full understanding of the implications of their words.”

Superintendent Copeland also thanked students and families for quickly reporting the situation to the police.

The full text of the email sent by Superintendent Copeland can be found below.

“Dear Harriton and Lower Merion Families, “Earlier this evening we were advised of a threatening message posted by a student on Snapchat about committing a violent act at school.” Upon receiving this information, we immediately notified local law enforcement and they have been directly handling the matter. While the investigation is still ongoing, the police have advised us that the situation does not pose an imminent threat to the safety of students. Along with law enforcement, we have addressed the Harriton student who posted the message and that individual will not be permitted to attend school until resolution of the investigation and any disciplinary actions. Please know that we take these matters extremely seriously and have no tolerance for violent threats of any kind. Student safety is always our top priority. Moving forward, this situation will continue to be addressed in accordance with school district policy and in consultation with the authorities. This incident also serves as an important reminder about the appropriate use of social media. It is essential that students have clear parameters about social media use and a full understanding of the implications of their words. Finally, we would like to express our appreciation for how quickly the matter was reported by students and families in the District. We are grateful for your continued support in helping to ensure the safety of our school community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Scott Weinstein at Harriton at (610) 658-4950 or Principal Sean Hughes at Lower Merion at (610) 645-1819. Sincerely, Robert Copeland Superintendent.”

Ricky Sayer is a senior at Harriton High School. He will be attending Syracuse University in the fall. RickyReports.TV is in no way affiliated with Harriton High School or Lower Merion School District

 

Harriton Student Makes Threat Using Snapchat – District Says The Student Will Not Be In School Until Police & School Investigation Concludes

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A student sent a message to a friend using Snapchat that warned them that they would use a gun to commit a violent act at Harriton High School on Wednesday. Lower Merion Superintendent Copeland said that the student would not be allowed to attend school on Wednesday and that police are investigating. The student who sent the message claims that it was a joke.

On Tuesday, March 14th, a Harriton student sent a photo to one of his friends with the caption “Don’t come to school tomorrow.” The text was followed by 3 gun emoji’s. The photograph, included with the caption, showed the student’s face with his middle finger sticking out towards the camera. The student who received the photograph took a screenshot of it, as most snapchats disappear after a few seconds, and shared it with this friends. Along the way, students added captions that warned students that Harriton may not be safe on Wednesday. These images were widely circulated among students Tuesday evening. Students reacted with concern that Harriton may not be safe Wednesday, with some saying they would not attend out of fear. A number of students who received the image alerted the Harriton Administration and the Lower Merion Police.

Harriton Administrators have confirmed that they are aware and that the LMPD is investigating. Superintendent Copeland sent an email out to all parents that read in part “Earlier this evening we were advised of a threatening message posted by a student on Snapchat about committing a violent act at school.” It went on to read “While the investigation is still ongoing, the police have advised us that the situation does not pose an imminent threat to the safety of students. Along with law enforcement, we have addressed the Harriton student who posted the message and that individual will not be permitted to attend school until resolution of the investigation and any disciplinary actions.”

In an email, Harriton Vice Principal Mrs. Marcuson encouraged students to attend school Wednesday.

The student wrote in a follow up snapchat that “Uh that got blown way out of proportion. Just a joke. Not funny my bad.”

RickyReports.TV has decided to withhold the name of the student as they are a minor.

The email sent by Superintendent Copeland also read “Please know that we take these matters extremely seriously and have no tolerance for violent threats of any kind. Student safety is always our top priority. Moving forward, this situation will continue to be addressed in accordance with school district policy and in consultation with the authorities. This incident also serves as an important reminder about the appropriate use of social media. It is essential that students have clear parameters about social media use and a full understanding of the implications of their words.”

Superintendent Copeland also thanked students and families for quickly reporting the situation to the police.

The full text of the email sent by Superintendent Copeland can be found below.

“Dear Harriton and Lower Merion Families, “Earlier this evening we were advised of a threatening message posted by a student on Snapchat about committing a violent act at school.” Upon receiving this information, we immediately notified local law enforcement and they have been directly handling the matter. While the investigation is still ongoing, the police have advised us that the situation does not pose an imminent threat to the safety of students. Along with law enforcement, we have addressed the Harriton student who posted the message and that individual will not be permitted to attend school until resolution of the investigation and any disciplinary actions. Please know that we take these matters extremely seriously and have no tolerance for violent threats of any kind. Student safety is always our top priority. Moving forward, this situation will continue to be addressed in accordance with school district policy and in consultation with the authorities. This incident also serves as an important reminder about the appropriate use of social media. It is essential that students have clear parameters about social media use and a full understanding of the implications of their words. Finally, we would like to express our appreciation for how quickly the matter was reported by students and families in the District. We are grateful for your continued support in helping to ensure the safety of our school community. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Scott Weinstein at Harriton at (610) 658-4950 or Principal Sean Hughes at Lower Merion at (610) 645-1819. Sincerely, Robert Copeland Superintendent.”

Ricky Sayer is a senior at Harriton High School. He will be attending Syracuse University in the fall. RickyReports.TV is in no way affiliated with Harriton High School or Lower Merion School District

Joel Danilewitz Wins Mr. Harriton 2017 With Emotional Performance – Competition Raises 30,000 Dollars For Charities

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By Ricky Sayer and Ben Feldman – Originally published by the Main Line Times/ MainLineMediaNews.com

Rosemont, PA — The 10th annual Mr. Harriton competition raised over 30,000 dollars for charities, surpassing the previous years total by over 11,500 dollars. The event, held inside the Harriton High School auditorium on Friday, February 24th, was put on by the high school’s student council, which is donating the proceeds to multiple charities, including the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and the Lower Merion Township Scholarship Fund, among others. Mr. Harriton 2017, billed as “The Party of The Decade,” saw ten Harriton Upperclassman compete for the title by showing off their talent, their creativity, their dancing ability, and their overall enthusiasm.

At the conclusion of the unusually long 3 hour, 13 minute show, senior Joel Danilewitz was crowned the winner. Once he was crowned and presented with a 200 dollar check, which he said he would donate to the Trevor Project, Joel told the nearly 900 in attendance that “everything is so amazing, this is the best group of guys I’ve ever met, Every single person in this is so incredible, I wish you guys could all be [Mr. Harriton] […] We are all Mr. Harriton, everyone of us. Thank you so much.”

Joel won over the panel of judges with an emotional performance of “Boys Don’t Cry, which Joel sang while playing the piano. “Boys Don’t Cry” is a 1979 song whose lyrics describe how prevailing notions of masculinity can be harmful to men who suppress their emotions.

For Joel, the song he sang was personal, he told the school television station after the show that “I’ve always been one who kind of has questioned that a lot, who hasn’t tried to adhere to standards that I think really just suppress the emotions of young men, and also work in detriment to a more equal and fair society.”

Joel sung under a dimly lit light that slowly brightened as his song’s mood raised. He was flanked on both sides and above by large screens that displayed videos of all types of men that expressed themselves in typically feminine ways.

“Being a man is a very diverse experience and I don’t think we can only define masculinity in such a narrow way, in such a narrow, negative way, and I wanna move forward and I wanna start having us all direct the narrative in a positive way and allow men to be more open with their emotions and about their feelings and there not be a negative stigma around having emotions and expressing yourself,” Joel said.

Joel said that it was all the more important that he send this message in a competition about young men. “I think that we should just try to raise boys and girls in the same positive way.” Joel also said that stereotypes and expectation are used as boundaries between boys and girls. “I think once we take those boundaries away, we will be able to create a much fairer and more accepting society, and this is my way of trying to do that.”

Each contestant had a theme relating to a type of party. Joel’s theme: political party. In the Q&A portion of the show, Joel was asked how to spell the name of a program he is in “International Baccalaureate.” Instead of spelling that out, he spelled out the phrase “Smash the patriarchy.”

This year’s competition raised by far the most money of any Mr. Harriton. From 2011 to 2016, the competition went from raising 8,000 dollars to 19,207 dollars, a jump of 11,200 dollars. This year’s Mr. Harriton was able to raise that difference and more, raising 11,589 more than last year alone. This year’s total was 30,796.53 dollars, with the goal having been set at 25,000 dollars by student council president Ben Barnett.

Unlike past years, where companies could only put ads in the program, this year a company was allowed to become a presenting sponsor of Mr. Harriton. This year’s presenting sponsor was Yangming, donating 3,000 dollars to the cause. Ticket prices were also raised from 13 dollars to 15 dollars. Council also started a GoFundMe which raised 5,000 dollars before the show.

Still, Barnett said that that didn’t get council to their goal by the night of the show. “The night before the show we had raised around 23,000 dollars from a combination of the GoFundMe, some T-shirt sales, lots of ad sales, ticket sales. So we we’re really close to our goal, and then the night of the show somehow we hit 30,000 dollars, which was very surprising to me and the other officers when we saw the number.” According to Ben, the difference was made up by raffle sales, concession sales, merchandise sales and most importantly, donations that those in the crowd made during intermission.

Ben said that the reason they were able to raise over 7,000 dollars on the night of the show was that people felt that the charities hit close to home, in particular the Sean King Fund for Inclusive Practices and Cure SMA. The Sean King fund is in honor of a member of the class of 2017 who had down syndrome and died while in 7th grade at Welsh Valley Middle School. “Sean King was a dear friend to us all. His tragic passing back in middle school was one of our first experiences with real loss,” host Ben Barnett explained.

Another charity with special significance to a member of this year’s Mr. Harriton was Cure SMA, contestant Michael Kanehann trembled as he explained before intermission that his brother has the disease that confines those affected to a wheelchair for their entire lives. “One day 4 years ago, my brother lost his fight with SMA, he passed away before his time, and before he could accomplish so much in his life.” Ben Barnett told us that one person was so moved by what Michael said that they wrote a check for 1,000 dollars and donated it during intermission.

Mr. Harriton contestants are judged by a talent they perform, a comedic video that is played before their talent performance, their dancing ability, and their enthusiasm. Contestants also performed in four choreographed dances, participated in a Q&A, and shared their best/funniest pick up lines. All of the contestants had a female partner who participated in some of the dances and in some cases the talents themselves.

The competition’s second place finisher was Will Hoffman. Hoffman shocked the sold-out crowd when the curtains parted to reveal him wearing a unitard and 4-inch heels. Hoffman, a senior and the starting catcher on the Varsity Baseball team, then proceeded to dance to Beyonce’s 2008 hit, “Single Ladies.” Hoffman was inspired by a similar SNL sketch. He told us that he thought that he would just do something to be funny and he didn’t think he would end up being good at dancing. As for the 4 inch high heels, Hoffman said that he spent the first of 2 months before the show rehearsing the dance without high heels and the final month with the heels. “Every girl I talked to was like freaking out about how difficult it was going to be, they were like “you have to shower in them and walk around the house,” but it really wasn’t that hard.”

Hannibal Ahmed took 3rd place in the competition. Ahmed, who is known around Harriton High School for his musical ability and his insistence on walking barefoot, performed his original song “In Your Space” on 2 pianos. The song came from his album “Epiphany,” which can be found on iTunes.

Other performances include Noah Karpel, who performed standup comedy; Devon Chulik, who showed off live art; Jake Berberian, who played on a drum set that was programmed to emit colorful LED light; Jack Mendelsohn, who had a comedic singing performance inspired by the Nickelodeon Television show “Spongebob Squarepants;” Michael Kanehann, who rapped quickly; John Lautenbach, who performed a harriton inspired rap; and Jake Rome, who played a history of Rock and Roll on his guitar.

The dancing was well-prepared, aided by co-choreographers Rachel Rosen and Anna Berezovski. The contestants spent 3 months perfecting the highly demanding dances .

A unique challenge that was faced by council was that this year the school administration could not allow them to practice at school for the first month of rehearsal. The Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church was nice enough to open their doors and allow for rehearsals to take place there.

The artwork for Mr. Harriton was created by Secretary Sonia Groeneveld and Co-Chair Ibby Maruca, along with the entire Communications Committee. Several of the set pieces sold at auction.

Besides the artistic work that went into the show, Harriton students helped out behind the scenes. On either side of the stage were projectors, along with a middle projection screen, that showcased the event live from different angles and various videos. The live production was managed by members of the school TV station, HHS-TV. Switching the cameras were Evan Bookbinder and Nick Merriam, with Ricky Sayer operating the main camera and producing.

Sound and lights was operated by students Emma Danz, Bryan Alves, Kate Selter, Emily Wright, and Emily Klevan. Backstage, students Valentina Spadea, Leela Raj, Nicky Kotler, Hannah Richter, and several others worked tirelessly to make sure everything went smoothly.

Harriton Student Council sponsors Mr. DiPaul, Mrs. Condon, the custodial staff, the administration, and several others were instrumental in ensuring the success of the show. This merely scratches the surface of the work performed over the past four months.

Ben Barnett said, “It was an amazing night and I’m so thankful for everyone in the Harriton school community who helped make it happen. [We] couldn’t have done it without you guys!”

 
Photos from Mr. Harriton can be found on the district website and RickyReports.TV. Video of the night will soon be found on youtube.com/rickyreports