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The goal of this podcast is to give you the story of the 9th Grade here at Emmaus High School through the people who live it daily - the students and staff. We will attempt to touch on the real issues and stories that 9th grade students face in order to prepare them to know that #ehs9counts.

The 9th Grade Experience Chris Stuchko

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The goal of this podcast is to give you the story of the 9th Grade here at Emmaus High School through the people who live it daily - the students and staff. We will attempt to touch on the real issues and stories that 9th grade students face in order to prepare them to know that #ehs9counts.

    Season 4, Episode 27: School's Out For Summer - A Look Back for the Class of 2025

    Season 4, Episode 27: School's Out For Summer - A Look Back for the Class of 2025

    The last day of school always brings mixed emotions. Mostly it is relief, for the students and the teachers, on the completion of another year. There is also opportunity for reflection by the members of the Class of 2025 on the transition from middle to high school.  

    In this episode you will hear from several students who were in person on the final day of the school year that wanted to share the highlights of their year and some tips for incoming 9th graders. We also had a chance to hear from those students who participated via the 9th Grade Experience message board but did not want to talk live on the episode.  

    The 9th Grade Experience will continue to produce episodes throughout the summer to share the stories of Emmaus High School alumni telling their 9th grade stories, experts in the field of education helping students prepare for their first year of high school, as well potential surprises to help grow and expand the podcast.   

    Thanks for listening during the 2021-2022 school year!  

    Special Shout Out

    Thanks to Kyle from the Xhausted Educators Show for recently having me on a guest. On the episode, we chatted about my background in education, my role in the classroom and Philadelphia sports. To listen to the audio podcast, click https://www.teachbetter.com/podcasts/xhausted-educators/

    Musical Credit 

    Thanks to Eli Heckman, Class of 2025 for providing the music in today's episode!  

    Education Podcast Network 

    I am proud to announce that the 9th Grade Experience Podcast has joined the Education Podcast Network (EPN). The passionate hosts of the EPN family are made up of a wide variety of teachers, administrators, and educators who are dedicated to bringing you the best in education-related content. The network covers everything from current events in education, technology, and best practices to the latest editorials and more on a regular basis in high quality. To find out more information about all the great shows, visit https://www.edupodcastnetwork.com/

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    Season 4, Episode 26: What Can I Do After High School? Lessons from the 2022 EHS College Fair

    Season 4, Episode 26: What Can I Do After High School? Lessons from the 2022 EHS College Fair

    As the 9th grade year is quickly coming to an end, it is only natural to think about what is ahead ...

    A relaxing summer?

    A first job?

    A fun vacation?

    College, trade school, military service, or an apprenticeship program?

    It's never too early to think about what you might want to do after high school and on this episode, we recap the 2022 Emmaus High School College Fair, held Thursday, April 28, 2022. Representatives from over 120 post-secondary options were available to assist students in learning more about what they could do after high school graduation.

    If you were not able to attend or did not get the chance to meet all of the representatives, we were able to ask 11 representatives the following three questions:

    1. What advice do you have for 9th graders beginning the college/trade investigation process?

    2. What is a misconception of parents and students during the college/trade investigation and application process?

    3. What can you tell us about your college, university, trade school, military service or apprenticeship program?

    Special thanks to following counselors and representatives that took the time to speak with the 9th Grade Experience during the event (representatives are listed in the order of appearance)

    John Carreiro - Graduate/Field Force Member - USMA West Point

    Sgt. 1st Class Andrew Treiber - PA Army National Guard

    Rachael Toonder - Admissions Counselor - Northampton Community College

    Robert C. Franklin III - Training Director - IBEW Local Union No. 375

    Kathleen Stango - Admissions Officer - University of Connecticut

    Izzy Ambrogio - Admissions Counselor - St. Bonaventure University

    Emily Grady - Career Planning Specialist/CSC - Empire Beauty School

    Carrie Puentes-Bornmann - Admissions Counselor - Elizabethtown College

    Christine Gibble - Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions - Neumann University

    Chris Paul - Regional Recruiter of Central NJ/Eastern PA - University of Alabama

    Layla Malewicz - Recruitment Liaison - St. Luke's School of Nursing

    Musical Credit

    Thanks to Eli Heckman, Class of 2025 for providing the music in today's episode!

    Education Podcast Network

    I am proud to announce that the 9th Grade Experience Podcast has joined the Education Podcast Network (EPN). The passionate hosts of the EPN family are made up of a wide variety of teachers, administrators, and educators who are dedicated to bringing you the best in education-related content. The network covers everything from current events in education, technology, and best practices to the latest editorials and more on a regular basis in high quality.

    To find out more information about all the great shows, visit https://www.edupodcastnetwork.com/

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    Season 4, Episode 25: #EHSCareerMonth - Jackie Bassett, Class of 2018, Founder & CEO of FD Market

    Season 4, Episode 25: #EHSCareerMonth - Jackie Bassett, Class of 2018, Founder & CEO of FD Market

    We close out #EHSCareerMonth with a focus on Emmaus High School Class of 2018 graduate Jackie Bassett. She is the Founder and CEO of FD Market, which is a “a sustainable goods shop and zero-waste refillery. We're on a mission to make sustainable living obtainable and beautiful for everyone.” She does not have a linear path to business ownership, rather through a collection of experiences, both good and bad, established her values and ideas to create a thriving store, which is getting ready to open a second location in Easton.

    Some of the topics discussed in this episode include:


    Jackie's EHS experience and how it didn't always work for her
    Inspiration for her business while on a trip with the National Parks Club
    The path Jackie took to business ownership
    Sustaining a business during the pandemic
    What people don’t know about owning their own business
    Satisfaction of giving back to your high school and the local community
    Career advice for current students

    To find out more about Jackie and the FD Market, visit https://fdmarketco.com/ or check out the store at 348 Main St., Emmaus, PA 18049

    Welcome to Education Podcast Network

    I am proud to announce that the 9th Grade Experience Podcast has joined the Education Podcast Network (EPN). The passionate hosts of the EPN family are made up of a wide variety of teachers, administrators, and educators who are dedicated to bringing you the best in education-related content. The network covers everything from current events in education, technology, and best practices to the latest editorials and more on a regular basis in high quality.

    To find out more information about all the great shows, visit https://www.edupodcastnetwork.com/

    Musical Credit

    Thanks to Eli Heckman, Class of 2025 for providing the music in today's episode!

    • 27 min
    Season 4, Episode 24: #EHSCareerMonth w/ Bob Rotruck, Radio Announcer of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

    Season 4, Episode 24: #EHSCareerMonth w/ Bob Rotruck, Radio Announcer of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

    As part of the #EHSCareerMonth series, we talked to Bob Rotruck, the radio announcer for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, a minor league hockey team based in Allentown that plays in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition to his duties on the microphone, he coordinates media coverage on the Phantoms’ website and does videos for the team’s social media accounts.

    During this conversation, Rotruck talks about his journey from carrying his own radio equipment to broadcast college hockey games on Friday and Saturday nights to being the only broadcaster in the history of the Phantoms. He stressed the importance of being versatile in the job, especially in aspects that have nothing to do with calling the action on the ice. He also gives advice for students on how to create their own opportunities to call games and get experience behind the microphone in whatever ways they can.

    To learn more about other careers with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, listen to the episode featuring Creative Director Amy Keller on Season 4, Episode 23.

    Thanks to Eli Heckman, Class of 2025 for providing the music in today's episode!

    • 32 min
    Season 4, Episode 23: #EHSCareerMonth w/ Amy Keller, Creative Director of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

    Season 4, Episode 23: #EHSCareerMonth w/ Amy Keller, Creative Director of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

    As part of the #EHSCareerMonth series, we talked to Amy Keller, who is the Creative Director for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, a minor league hockey team based in Allentown that plays in the American Hockey League (AHL). She coordinates the in-game fan experience for those attending the action at the PPL Center.

    She provided a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into the production of a game discussing the long hours of preparation for the event. In addition to hearing about her duties, responsibilities, and how she arrived in Lehigh Valley, Keller, a Northampton High School graduate, shares that she is in charge of sounding the goal horn after the Phantoms score. She closed out the conversation giving students advice on how to get started now if they hope to pursue a career similar to hers.

    To learn more about other careers with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, listen to the episode featuring radio announcer Rob Rotruck on Season 4, Episode 24. 

    Thanks to Eli Heckman, Class of 2025 for providing the music in today's episode!

    • 25 min
    Season 4, Episode 22: EHS Shave for the Brave Honored Kid Sam Mackaravitz

    Season 4, Episode 22: EHS Shave for the Brave Honored Kid Sam Mackaravitz

    We are privileged to share the story of one of this year’s EHS Shave for the Brave “Honored Kids,” current EHS freshman Sam Mackaravitz. At the time of the recording, Sam is two years cancer free in his battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

    In this episode, Sam talks about


    His transition to EHS and participation in the marching band
    How did he become associated with Shave for the Brave and become an “Honored Kid”
    What does an event like Shave for the Brave mean to him
    What he wants people to understand about what he has gone through and the importance of being a fighter through tough times

    Since its inception in 2010, the Emmaus High School Shave for the Brave event has steadily grown its size and ability in raising funds to donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in order to conquer childhood cancer. As of March 8, 2022, EHS has raised close to $500,000 through its current fundraising and six previous events!

    In order to donate to the EHS Shave for the Brave, please use the links below

    Donate to Sam: https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate/participant/1088427/2022?amount=50&donation_type=donate_once

    Donate to Mr. Stuchko: https://www.stbaldricks.org/donate/participant/1088409/2022?amount=50&donation_type=donate_once

    Thanks to freshman Eli Heckman for providing the intro and outro music for today’s podcast!

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