By Rachel Lau
DaNica Shirey, 2007 graduate, is making a statement in song. As she progressed up the ladder of the show, “The Voice”, those who knew her at her alma mater remember her fondly as someone who loved to sing.
Miss Katherine White, a math teacher at Red Lion High School had DaNica. She taught her CP Algebra 2, and had said she participated well in the class.
“I knew she was into music,” said White, “she sang at the Apollo Center and cut me a Demo CD that was signed by her.”
“I’m proud of her,” she said about the competition. Along with many other students and teachers from Red Lion, she was surprised to hear a past graduate was on a major singing competition.
History teacher, Mr. David Danner also had the Red Lion star. He knew she was into music at the time bringing up that she’d take trips to singing camps.
Danner recalled when he had her and she performed at the school’s talent show. “She crushed everybody, just anialated them.” He didn’t have much knowledge or interest in “The Voice” until he heard of DaNica’s audition and success. Flipping on the show, he didn’t recognize her, and he couldn’t get over her being on it. “Wow,” he said after watching her perform.
“It was really cool having a Red Lion person on TV,” said secretary Mrs. Sindy Smeltzer. She knew DaNica from some of her visits to the office and knew that she was into music. “Her being on the show made it more interesting.” Smeltzer attended the latest concert DaNica performed at the Apollo Center. “It was awesome.”
Not only was DaNica into music, but she was also interested in art. Mr. Dave Hopkins taught her drawing class. Last year, he had seen her at Lowe’s and she revealed she was going to audition for “The Voice”. “She’s the only reason I watch the stupid show,” he said. He loved her performance of “Radiohead” on the show. “It blew me away.”
Danica progressed to the top 8, but missed the top five. She then returned to York to give a mini concert inside the Pullo Center, singing four songs that she prepared for “The Voice.” She sang Whitney Houston’s “I have Nothing” and Radiohead’s “Creep.” She also performed “Help Me” by Legendary Joni Mitchell and “Big White Room” by Jessie J.
In the future, Shirey plans to work with Pharell Willilams, her voice coach from the show and play concerts locally, including ones at the Pullo Center early next year
By Taylor Bosley
On Dec 4, Coroner Pam Gay and a spokesperson from the drug task force held a meeting regarding what they are calling a “heroin epidemic.” This year has seen 45 deaths caused by heroin use, an increase from the 17 total last year.
Aside from the deaths themselves, there are various other negatives that come from widespread heroin use, according to the presentation. It can cause families to fall apart, it has an economic effect on businesses due to the need to drug test their employees and also the sick days many addicts use. It also costs the taxpayers.
Along with human and economic negative tolls, there are numerous health risks that come along with using heroin. Abusers have high risk of HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C, heart infections and other disorders. Using can also lead to organ failure.
Gay mentioned that sudden withdrawal can actually make a user sick, which can cause them to use again, making heroin addiction a “vicious cycle.”
Gay also went on to mention how it is common that prior to being a user of heroin, many times they have abused prescription pain pills. The high price of the pills led to users moving to heroin due to the cheap price of heroin. This is why Gay recommends discarding old and unused prescriptions in drug boxes at local police stations.
Gay noted it is rarely easy to figure out the best path for treatment for an addict.
“Do we use tough love, or try and control the situation?” said Gay.
Preventive steps were mentioned including what the community can do and also where to find help for an addict.
Members of the community can learn about legislation being proposed and can also contact with legislators regarding the heroin epidemic. If it’s known that someone has an addiction help should be seeked through family physicians or trusted adults.
Supporting community events and also promoting them regarding drug abuse can also help, according to Gay. She noted that this wasn’t a one solution problem.
By Helen Zeidman
Disney fans at Red Lion have been waiting for this moment, Tarzan is swinging onto the auditorium stage.
For the first time, Red Lion is performing Tarzan the Musical. This production, which has never been performed by any school in York County, is based off of the Disney version of Tarzan.
“I am very enthusiastic for the musical,” said Ayres. “It is the first time the musical has been released to the public. So we are one of the first schools to perform it.”
After grueling auditions, which involved memorizing an entire dance routine and singing a solo in front of the producers, the cast has been chosen.
Mark Peters, a junior, is starring as Tarzan. Allison Thomas, also a junior, is playing Jane, Tarzan’s leading lady.
Brittany Mancha, a senior, is playing Terk, Tarzan’s gorilla friend. Hannah Sattazahn, a senior, is acting as Kala, Tarzan’s adoptive gorilla mother.
Dante Zumbo, a sophomore, is playing Kerchak, the leader of the gorilla tribe. Justin Danner, a second grader, and Duncan McQueen, a fifth grader, are both playing young Tarzan.
Sarah Foess, a seventh grader, is acting as young Terk. Quinn Waldrup, a sophomore, is performing as Father. Emily Sybert, a senior, is playing Mother.
The cast has already been working on to vocals and the physical aspects of the play.
“It is a very physical show,” said Ayres, the musical producer. “We have already started practicing because we need to get into shape.”
The stage crew plans to have several cast members flying from vines during the show. This is the first time students will be flying on the Red Lion stage. It will require a lot of practice for the cast members.
“The kids are excited for the flying,” said Ayres. “They get to go up into the air on stage.”
The cast is also excited to start working. Mark Peters, who is starring as Tarzan, is eager to work with the rest of the cast.
“I am looking forward to all of the fun we will have,” said Peters, “I like the closeness we [the musical cast] will have.”
The show includes the beloved Disney songs, dances, complex musical numbers, and, of course, gorillas flying across the stage.
The show will be performed on March 5, 6, and 7 at 7 p.m. The show will also be presented on March 8 starting at 2 p.m and March 13 at 7 p.m. The final day to see the show will be on March 14 at at 2 p.m. with an encore at 7 p.m.
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