By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
A select number of graduating seniors looked back on their lives through the revival of time capsules that they buried four years prior.
Mrs. Bethany Mahan, current junior high and former senior high English teacher, returned to the high school on May 3 to assist with what she deemed the “Big Dig.” The “Big Dig” was a one and only time event in Red Lion history where a senior class had permission to dig up a time capsule they buried as freshmen.
One of Mahan’s former students, Taylor Griffith, suggested the idea to Mahan when they were reading the 1983 play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. The time capsule in the play inspired Griffith and her class to bury one of their own.
By Zachary Rhine
News and Feature Editor
The end of one’s senior year of high school is a coveted moment in any student’s life. It marks the completion of a thirteen year journey of schooling, and recognizes all of their efforts over those years.
Some students choose to make this occasion even more memorable by delivering a graduation speech at the ceremony. Graduation speeches are student delivered monologues that are directed at that year’s graduating class and are meant to be inspirational.
At Red Lion Area High School, students audition after school in front of a small group of faculty members including principal Mr. Mark Shue and English teacher Dr. Cari Ayala, who is the main orchestrator of the events.
This year there were 15 students that auditioned; a much bigger turnout than previous years, noted Ayala. Students are chosen not solely based on the quality of their speeches, but also their posture, articulation, and overall presentation skills.
By Ashlee Galloway
Aside from prom, the senior class trip is often one of the last major events of senior year. On May 17, the class of 2016 travelled to Pocono Valley Resort in Reeders, PA to celebrate the last few weeks of their senior year.
At approximately 6:30am, 129 seniors crowded the high school commons area awaiting their coach busses to arrive to transport them to the Poconos. The students filled three busses, where they were entertained with movies and provided with snacks from Executive Council.
Following a nearly three hour long bus ride, the students and chaperones arrived at the 350 acre resort. The resort, which includes a 40 acre lake, houses several outdoor and recreational activities. Activities students participated in included kayaking on the lake, zip lining, 40 foot rock wall climbing, and a tree top adventure course.
By Rachel Lau
Social Media Editor
There have been several new changes this school year, but one that has seemed to gain everyone’s attention is the addition of an “academic prep” period.
Last year, Red Lion had a period called flex, that didn’t exactly work well for students or teachers. Typically, either the period was left with nothing else to do for the extra 20 minutes or students would become bored and couldn’t keep their attention on the class.
“All changes were made to give students extra support,” Principal Mark Shue said. He also brought up the statistics that showed from this year to last year, student failures lowered 16 percent.
By Shayla Scallorn
The scene is set, fragments of glass coat the pavement, streams of synthetic blood trickle down the battered vehicle, and the “victims” remain frozen in their pre-manipulated positions.
An eerie silence sweeps over the parking lot right as the senior students begin filing out of the building, crowding around the semicircle of roadblocks. As if turned on by a switch, figures begin moving in the car, and a voice on a radio describes the situation and calls for aid.
A startling shriek echoes from inside as the passenger frantically shakes the unconscious driver, repeating his name, pleading for him to wake up. Her attention shifts to the driver of the car opposite them “What did you do!?” Holding his head and stumbling, the driver looks between the two vehicles, then to his date whose body has been cast through the windshield and now lays lifeless on the hood. “What have I done…?”
Sirens wail and emergency personnel come barreling down the street. EMT’s and firefighters jump into action. One by one the victims are carefully removed and loaded onto the ambulances.
The tenth annual mock accident assembly was held April 14 for Red Lion seniors.
“In all the years we’ve been doing this if we make even one student think before they make a decision, I think that’s worth it,” assistant principal Grant Gouker said. “I really worry about these things that could create tragedy in a time that is so great for everyone.”
The purpose of the assembly is to make an impact and to make students really stop and think about what consequences could come out of poor choices.
“I hope it shows people that this type of thing is not some sort of joke that you brush off lightly,” senior actor Duncan Keller said. “It can result in the death of one of your friends or someone close to you, so I really hope people take this seriously.”
The mock accident happens every year the week before prom so the seniors had an idea of what to expect going into it, but didn’t fully comprehend the effect it would have on them.
“The assembly was actually a lot more than I expected,” senior Hayley Althoff said. “The way they portrayed an accident really made me think twice about how I spent my night after prom.”
“It can happen to anybody, it can happen at any time and none of us are invincible,” Gouker said. “It just takes a second. That’s all it takes.”
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By Molly Merson
Technological advancements are being made every day. With great advancements, come great risks. Not too often do users read the privacy policies of the apps they are using, and it’s posing a great danger to user privacy.
Having your account hacked is one thing, but exposed credit card information is another. It’s crucial to read between the lines when it comes to allowing apps to access our information.
The first step to having control over private information is to set passwords. Keeping an effective password for each account keeps information hidden from others. That gives users a better feeling of security regarding their personal information. Devices also offer password locks in order to access them, and lock themselves if the incorrect password is attempted several times.
When it comes to social media, however, matters are not as simple. “It all comes down to the end user,” K-12 Educational Technology Coach, Mrs. Samantha Smith said. “You have to make sure that whatever information you give them, you’re okay with.”
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