By Sarah Cimino
Winter break is finally here and there are 11 days of it, so what are people going to do for those 11 days? Someone has to get bored eventually.
Some people don’t have much planned for the whole winter break. For example, sophomore Danielle Paules doesn’t really have much going on for the holidays.
“I like to spend time with my family and drink hot chocolate, but other than that I don’t have much planned for winter break,” Paules said.
So what are some things around here that get people into the holiday mood? Christmas in Hershey, where people go to experience the rides and witness over 4 million twinkling lights in Hershey Park.
If you want to stay in your car, you can drive through the Hershey Sweet Lights Display. “It’s a wonderful, sparkling journey driving through the lights,” Sophomore Tori Clark said about the lights display, “ My family and I really enjoyed it.”
There is also Christmas Magic in York at Rocky Ridge. It’s a half-mile trail displaying more than 600,000 lights and has also has been named one of the top 13 events in York county.
There are a lot of things that you can do over this break, such as take a walk around and breathe in the crisp, jolly air.
Another classic winter-time activity is to watch a seasonal movie. There are tons of holiday movies out there such as “Elf”, “A Christmas Story”, and even “The Polar Express”. Drink some hot cocoa and spend time with the people who mean the most.
“I love waking up on Christmas morning and opening the presents under my tree,” Freshman Nevaeh Dehoff said. “I love being with my loved ones and baking tons of food with my mom.”
Be sure to not only spend time with family and friends over break, but also find some time for yourself where you can relax. Don’t let the pressures of school become too overwhelming, and have a happy holiday.
By Helen Zeidman
Mrs. Kelly McBrien had always wanted a club of her own. When she was in high school, she did not have access to a chapter of National Art Honor Society. So, she pledged to make her own when she got a teaching job. But instead of building a club, she built a family.
McBrien has been the adviser of the Red Lion chapter of National Art Honor Society for eight years. She is close to the members of her National Art Honor Society club, even going as far to say that they are a family.
“When I look at the members, we have athletes, musicians, National Honor Society members, and students that this is the only thing they do, I know that the thing that holds us all together is visual arts.” McBrien said. “This is like a little pocket of family.”
National Art Honor Society is a highly selective club, with less than 1% of high school students participating, that focuses on the key attributes of art scholarship, service, and character. The inductees are chosen by Kelly McBrien and David Hopkins, both art teachers at the high school. Induction for new members for this school year will be on February 7, 2016.
In addition to being a group of dedicated artists, the National Art Honor Society is also a collection of passionate volunteers. All members of the club are required to have at least ten service hours per semester, and according to McBrien, most students exceed that goal.
In fact, they have already participated in one of their many volunteer projects of the year; painting windows for the holiday season. The members are creating winter scene paintings for the windows at the Red Lion Community Building. These paintings will decorate the building in anticipation for the annual Breakfast with Santa and will provide holiday cheer until January.
The club is also working on another project to decorate around the high school. They are creating paintings to hang around the school to spruce up the older hallways and stairways.
With all of the volunteer work, artistic projects, and high standards for service and character, National Art Honor Society is a very active club. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s good work,” McBrien said.
By Alex Zelger
With the presidential election approaching quickly, politics has been a hot topic lately, especially with this years’ seniors being able to vote in the election.
Being an American citizen comes with responsibilities that allow us to have our rights. Responsibilities include supporting and defending the constitution, staying informed in current issues, and participating in the democratic process.
Presidential elections are usually won by either the Democratic party or the Republican party. Both parties feel that the government should handle issues differently. After asking students about which party they support, 81% said Republican, and 19% said Democrat.
Finding out what party is right for you is important. Democrats are called liberals, and Republicans are called conservatives. However, every candidate has different views on their platforms and sometimes they do not agree with a majority of their party. Current issues that are commonly brought up in debates are taxes, gun control, and same sex marriage.
Democrats believe that taxes should be based on wealth and have the poor be taxed at lowers rates than the rich, they support gun control, and support same sex marriage. Republicans believe that everyone should be taxed the same (flat tax), are against gun control, and are against same sex marriage. Students were polled and only 36% understood differences between the two parties.
Early into the presidential campaign Donald Trump leads the Republican vote while Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic vote. Ben Carson is a close second to Trump, polling an average 3% behind. Bernie Sanders is behind Hillary Clinton for the Democratic vote. After asking students, Ben Carson is the majority candidate for our school with 45% of the vote, and Donald Trump came in second with 36%. Bernie Sanders polled third at 19%, and Hillary Clinton polled last with 0% of the vote.
The poll results are interesting, as everyone polled were in the 16-19 age group and the majority of students polled Republican. On a national scale, the 16-19 age group primarily poll Democrat.
By Elijah Gregory
Marketing and Communications Editor
After auditioning in May, Red Lion Junior Kevin Scheetz was accepted as a trombone player in the All National Concert Band.
The National In-Service Conference is a three day event in which top tier high school musicians perform as part of a massive orchestra, choir, band, or jazz band. Kevin auditioned and was successful in earning a spot in the National Band.
After three days of rehearsals, the four groups performed on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, a 90 year old venue normally occupied by legendary country artists.
“Seeing the other ensembles perform was unreal, it was hard to believe all of them were high school students,” Scheetz said.
He was also able to stay in the Opryland Hotel, “A town within a building,” as Scheetz described. The building covers roughly eight acres and includes rivers and actual buildings.
“The best experiences I had was meeting people, who are now my good friends, from all over the country, as well as making beautiful music with them on a level that is unmatched,” Scheetz said.
It is considered a high honor to be selected for this band, and Kevin was able to perform alongside very talented students, an experience few people can say they have.
“All in all it was an absolutely terrific experience and I loved every second of it,” Scheetz said.
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