By Bella McCarey
Thanks to the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, the Habitat for Humanity house will be completed ahead of schedule.
The Red Lion Habitat house is well under works as students and volunteers work to finish sanding and putting up drywall. FFA is working on landscaping the exterior of the house and hoping to get a donated lawn mower to give to the homeowner, Ashley Moffitt.
Hard work and contribution that Red Lion has had towards the cause has really paid off so far, according to Mr. Grant Gouker.
“We have had a tremendous turn out from groups here at the school, including NHS, choir and wrestling just to name a few of them,” Mr. Gouker said.
Progress on the house has occurred faster than what was initially expected.
“We are looking at the end of March as a completion date which is two months ahead of what we were originally projecting at the beginning of the project,” Mr. Gouker said. “This is largely due to the great work ethic of Red Lion students.”
Habitat has a goal of raising $90,000 in order to complete the project. Mr. Gouker reports that the goal is very realistic as they currently have about $75,000.
Students still have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer up through March. Volunteers can be individuals or groups with clubs or organizations. Sign up at tinyurl.com/RLHabitat
By Autumn McLearnon
Its been one of the best views in York County Football for years. The top of the stands at Horn Field majestically peers over the valley, overlooking lush green hills, burnt orange and fiery yellow trees, and crystal blue sky. Nature’s technicolor.
In the fall of 2014, the technicolor got technical with the addition of a video scoreboard on the football field adding a splash of color and live action to the view from the stands. Spectators now see live action, video replays, advertisements, and graphics when viewing the game.
At an estimated cost of $201,948, the videoboard not only brings a new element to spectating at Horn Field, but it brings opportunities for journalism and multimedia students at the high school.
“In the TV studio we stress, giving the students an authentic experience. We want them to have a good idea of what a real life experience outside of high school would be like,” said Mr. Blackwell.
Becoming familiar with the equipment used in the broadcasting industry is important to the advisors involved, according to Mr. Blackwell.
Some of the new equipment includes a Tricaster 40 which helps play videos on the scoreboard. Red Lion High School even has four students at every home game that are on Horn Field video recording the game from different angles. The video shots are then replayed on a monitor called a Three-Play in the press box above Horn Field.
A 3-play allows a student to watch the games from all four angles on the field. Once a good play is recorded, the student then is able to send it to the tricaster 40 to be replayed on the scoreboard.
By Zachary Rhine
2016 is a year of change. From a new president, to the summer Olympics, and even the SAT’s.
The SAT’s are a trademark used by colleges in the US to gauge high school students using standardized entrance exams, where they are ranked as they are about to enter college.
The SAT’s may help students financially, guide them down what path they should take, and predict how well they’ll do in their secondary education.
Big changes are coming to this daunting and time consuming milestone in a person’s life. Regardless of whether the change is considered beneficial or harmful by the individual, it is coming soon.
The last big change to the SAT’s occurred back in 2005, which means by the time the new changes are put into place it will have been a total of 11 years.
Test-takers will see that the currently required essay is now optional, and the so called “pointless” vocabulary will be cut. There will be no penalty for incorrect answers, therefore encouraging guessing.
The grading scale will be returning to a 1600 scale from the now 2400 scale. Contrary to these potentially helpful changes, there will also be a change to the math portion of the test; the calculators are currently available on every part of the test, but in 2016 they will only be allowed for certain questions.
Also, the SAT’s will be going digital. The digital age is in full swing, and the test will now be available in both written and online form.
PSAT’s, or the preliminary SAT’s, aren’t going to be strangers to change either, and Red Lion is already prepared for them. This year the PSAT’s were available for free to sophomores and juniors during school hours.
The schedule for the day of the test ran the same as the schedule for spring Keystones, meaning that seniors could come in late, and there were activities for freshman to enjoy. Next year this same procedure will occur but with the free test being made available only to sophomores.
“More practice equals more success, which means more opportunities for students.” said Red Lion High School Principal Mr. Mark Shue. “You never want to limit yourself,” said Mr. Shue.
Although these changes could potentially make the challenging tests slightly easier for future students, they should not take them lightly. Along with ACT’s, or American College Testing, SAT’s are the best prediction of student’s success after high school, according to Mr. Shue.
Students need to work hard to prepare themselves to be successful in life. While students may grumble about having to put such energy into a standardized test, the score they receive will affect how colleges view them and hopefully will help them create more opportunities for themselves in the future.
Before going into the test, STUDY, get a good night’s rest, have a healthy breakfast, and mentally prepare to take the future head on.
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