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Santa’s Favorite Treat

Send in pictures of your Christmas Cookies to be posted on our online site.
Karlee Clark
Mrs Donahue and her son pose for a picture with Santa Claus!

 Western Pennsylvania is known for cookie tables. Christmas cookies are the star-sweet treat of the season. Many people in southwestern PA  take pride in the cookies they make for the season and give to loved ones. As cookie season approaches people in our area begin cleaning out their freezers to make room for dozens upon dozens of cookies. They make these cookies to give out to loved ones. 

Cookie tables have been involved in our area’s culture for a long time.

It is thought that the tradition most likely started during the Great Depression when European Immigrants would get married and many couples could not afford a wedding cake. Family and friends close to the couple would step in and make cookies for the wedding instead. 

 With cookies being Santa’s favorite sweet treat when he drops gifts in homes, many people in our area make cookies in preparation for his arrival. 

Culinary students at school are also baking in preparation for Santa’s arrival. 

Hispanic Food and Culture classes taught by Mrs. Donahue made traditional Christmas cookies from Spanish-speaking countries this year. The cookies included cocadas, biscochitos, galletas de chocolate chips, and polvorones. They sold approximately 20 dozen cookies! 

Baking and decorating cookies is a way families bond together. Student Olivia Carlquist said, ”I love baking around the holidays with my family. It’s a time where we put our phones to the side and just enjoy each other’s company while making something delicious.” 


Getting off of technology is something all of us need to do this holiday season. Making cookies is the perfect way to do that. 


Below are a few recipes you can try making with your loved ones. 

  • A classic chocolate chip cookie




  • Lady Lock Cookies 

  • Buckeye Cookies 

  • Pizzelle Cookies 


Send pictures of cookies you make this holiday season to [email protected] to be posted on our online site! 

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Maggie Elder
Maggie Elder, Staff Writer
Maggie Elder is ecstatic to be writing for The High Post as a junior this year! The 2023-2024 school year will be her first year on the High Post. She had the incredible pleasure of having Mrs. Stallings for English her sophomore year and got to see some of the beautiful things the High Post did last year. Maggie is a member of the Greater Latrobe girls varsity swim team. She also swims for the Greater Latrobe Aqua Club and Allegheny Mountain Swimming. Her main event is the 100 breaststroke, but this past year she was one of the four people in the state qualifying 400 free relay. While she has many athletic achievements, she has also had many academic accomplishments. Maggie is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the French National Honors Society, Interact Club, Key Club, Link Crew, and Environmental Club. Maggie’s favorite place to be is in Ocean City, New Jersey with her family. As a High Post member, she volunteered at the Banana Split Festival and Trooper Iwaniec Race. Maggie decided to take Multimedia Journalism because she enjoys covering events happening around the school and enjoys spending time with her friends who are also taking the class.   
Karlee Clark
Karlee Clark, Staff Writer
Karlee Clark, a Sophomore and a brand new member of the High Post staff. She joined staff to further her love of writing and also looks forward to the opportunities that come with being a staff member. Her main hobbies include music, reading, writing, and leadership. She is a member of the Greater Latrobe chamber choir, wind ensemble, treble ensemble, pep band, and drama club where she participates in the spring musicals every year, she shares her love of music and performing with the people she loves through things like, shows, concerts, and caberts. She is also a defensive specialist for the Greater Latrobe JV Volleyball team, she adores the team aspect and the inside jokes and fun times she shares with her team. Her main passion in life is leadership, she displays this through participation in the lighthouse leadership team where she collaborates with peers to make a difference in her school community. She was a teacher nominated member of the Future Ready Leaders Team, she has also been a student council representative since elementary school. This year she had been granted the opportunity to hold an officer position in student council as head manager of the Greater Latrobe Student Store.  She also loves to learn new things, she loves to read both fictional novels and nonfiction articles as much as she can in her little free time. But also furthers her knowledge of the environment as an active member of the Envirothon team. As active and busy she is in her school she is no stranger to her community and jumps on any opportunity to volunteer and make herself useful as a leader in her neighborhood. One of her favorite clubs at Greater Latrobe High School is the forensics team. Commonly known as Speech and Debate Karlee loves every aspect of what the forensics team does. As a freshman she competed all year with a persuasive essay that she held close to her heart and that meant alot to her, in mid march she qualified for the State competition and had an amazing time, she made many friends and built strong relationships with many people. This year she is switching to competing in the poetry category and is hopeful to make it just as far if not further in the State competition with her selected poetry arrangement.

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