By Taylor Bosley
“I’m asking you to step up, leave here and change someone elses life” said motivational speaker Scott Backovich. Red Lion's Student Council brought in Scott to address the student body this past Tuesday, September 23.
From Los Angeles, California, Scott Backovich says part of his inspiration is that he “loves to inspire new people.”
If there is one thing Backovich wants students to take from his message is to be a “catalyst,” to be the change. That’s the exact message he stressed during his speech to the students. After listing off the statistics of failures student endure, he called the audience out to end it.
“Turn fact into fiction when you leave here and say ‘That’s enough'” said Backovich.
Not only did Backovich to create change and be a “catalyst” after high school, but also now at this very moment.
“Create a school where people stop sitting and instead show people how to respect” said Backovich.
Backovich told students to show “real courage”, which he thinks is giving someone something that gives them hope rather than just materialistic objects, and to help those who need it.
“Decide how you are going to react to the problem” said Backovich.
Red Lion students Brittany Mancha, Ben Logan and Hannah Sattazahn all thought he conveyed a positive message. Ben Logan, a senior at Red Lion, thought he had "great energy" and senior Brittany Mancha thought he had a “standout message.”
“I thought it was a helpful message to spread the cause,” said Mancha regarding Backovich’s words to “step up and change someone elses life.”
Senior Hannah Sattazahn not only thought the message benefited herself, but also the whole school. “I feel like a could really see a change in people, they were nicer” said Sattazahn.
At the end of the speech, Backovich had more questions that he wanted Red Lion's student body to think about before leaving the auditorium.
“What if we stopped caring about what people think of us and instead of what they need from us?” said Backovich. He had one last question for everyone in the room before departing from Red Lion.
“What’s stopping you from being a catalyst?”
By Claire Krackow
Affected by the football schedule, Student Council works on organizing Homecoming, which is occurring earlier than usual.
Ladies, better start shopping for those fancy dresses and gentlemen start brainstorming how you’re going to ask that special somebody to the homecoming dance. That’s right, Red Lion High School’s homecoming is right around the corner.
Homecoming is taking place on Sept. 27, which is earlier than other past Red Lion homecomings.
“Because of the football schedule, it has to be earlier depending on what teams they play.” Senior Student Council Representative Paige Baublitz said. “There is a certain game that makes it “the Homecoming Game.”
“Since all of the football games are earlier this year, that would make the homecoming game earlier. We started planning it at the end of last school year rather than the beginning of this school year,” Senior Student Council Representative Emma Snyder said.
“Homecoming is organized by the Student Council as far as the theme, the election of queen, and the bonfire.” Student Council advisor Mrs. Jane Dennish also said. ”What we do not have control of is the date. That is determined by the football schedule of home games. Most of the games have a special title and that is the same schedule every year. We just happen to have a lot of home games early this year. We had this situation about 11 years ago.”
Homecoming has a circus theme and tickets will be on sale on Sept. 15. Singles are $20 and doubles are $30.
Nominations took place on September 2 and 3. Seniors Paige Baublitz, Taylor Bosley, Allie Burd, Kendall Lookingbill, Morgan Reider, Johnnie Tamny and Paige Taylor are on the court. The school-wide vote for Homecoming Queen will be on Sept. 25 and the winner will be announced during the pep rally in the Fitzkee Center the same day.
The Homecoming parade will be Sept. 24 at 7.
By Bella McCarey
Red Lion’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity gets back on track to hammering and drilling this September 11.
To honor Patriot’s Day and our veterans here in the high school. Mr. Grant Gouker has confirmed that Mrs. Valerie Stone,
Mr. Calvin Vanada, and Officer Marc Greenly will all be participating. Put forth by Dr. Scott Deisley, the day is designed to thank the districts’ very own veterans. Sophomore Connor Hulme and senior Jack Miller will be performing Taps using their trumpets in a brief opening ceremony before the manual labor begins.
September 16 is the first official day that students can sign up to participate.
“The idea is that the kick off will be very small and intimate, with five or six students accompanied by numerous community members,” said Mr. Gouker.
Work days are every Tuesday, Thursday and every other Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.
Students can sign up to volunteer at tinyurl.com/rlhabitat.
By Bella McCarey
Around the United States this past Patriot’s Day, people celebrated their pride and appreciation for this country and for those serving in the military.
The National Journal reported people, especially military servicemen and veterans, laying flowers down on a bench in Washington DC that represents victims from the 9/11 attacks.
NewYork.CBSlocal.com covered the ceremonies held at the World Trade Center Memorial and 9/11 Museum, as families remembered loved ones whom they lost during the attacks.
Red Lion came together on Patriot’s Day to serve the community along with men and women who had already served their community in the military.
Participants of the first official Habitat for Humanity 2014-2015 season consisted of Officer Mark Greenley, Mr. Cal Vanada and Mrs. Val Stone.
“It only makes sense, spending the day giving back because of all those who lost their lives on this day, and those who serve and protect us daily,” said Dr. Scott Deisley. To Dr. Deisley, it was inspirational to see how far the house has come and to see that process continue on a day like Patriot’s Day.
“I like to come here a couple times a month, when my schedule allows,” he said. “And I think our participation will increase. More folks are signing up than we can use.”
The student response for Habitat has been very positive since the start last spring. Mr. Grant Gouker reports many students signed up last year, and even more signed up this year.
Junior McKayla Cooley was one of the student volunteers on Patriot’s Day. “I do it because it’s a good cause, like helping the family out,” she said. “I live nearby, so everyday I got to see how it progressed.”
Cooley, as well as the other volunteers, were working on placing up drywall in the main rooms of the house. Loud noises from hammers, drills, and boisterous chatter filled the house. Officer Greenley was found wedged in a wall, hammering dry wall.
“I was skeptical at first, about coming today, but it has been great,” said Officer Greenley. “I really wanted to forget the tragedy of today, so it was a great way to forget and remember by representing the school and the Air Force.”
Lending a hand to a great cause was certainly one way to forget the tragedy associated with that day. Red Lion has always been a community that bands together in times of need and the Habitat house is a representation of the district.
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