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 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 Ashlee Galloway
As seniors are quickly approaching the final months of their high school career, many students are striving to make lasting memories with the friends they have made throughout their time in high school.
For the past four years, Executive Council has worked to raise as much money as possible to provide the class of 2016 with the prom of their dreams. Not only has all of the hard work of the Executive Council members and officers paid off, but the entire class has helped to raise money by selling Wolfgang candy and Sheetz books through fundraisers. The money raised from these efforts has helped to buy decorations for prom, and lowering the ticket price to $40 a person.
Out of the 362 students in the senior class, 243 purchased tickets to prom. 390 prom tickets were sold in total, raking in enough of a profit to pay off the $6,000 venue and catering.
With the cost of prom totalling over $6,000, the senior class has made it all possible. The profit made from prom tickets alone, has totalled nearly $16,000 dollars to pay for the venue, decorations, and DJ.
This money, along with profit from the Wolfgang fundraiser in early March, has also made it possible for every graduating senior and staff member to receive a gold football pin to wear in honor of Stone Hill and Nick Mankin, who would have been graduating with the class of 2016 in June.
Following the weeks of prom planning and anticipation, prom is fast approaching. Most students have waited all year to hear who has been voted to be on this year’s prom court, and the winners have been announced.
Prom court voting took place the week of March 14-18, and the top five males and females with the highest votes earned themselves a chance at being crowned king or queen.
The senior males with the most votes were Ian Adler, Brooks Argento, Dalton Grove, Alex Keough, and Joel Zamora. Seniors Tristan Schluderberg, Courtney Dimoff, Brooke Gladfelter, Emily Ayre, and Kelly Snyder stole the votes for the girls.
Senior Joel Zamora will be making his prom court debut alongside his close friend from church, Morgan Pierce. “I chose to invite her because she’s a sweet girl… She’s been my friend for awhile.”
As most people, Zamora never thought he would have won over the votes for prom court. “It was funny because, like, a week or two before, my friends were telling me how they were going to vote for me, and I started joking about how I’d be prom king, but I didn’t think it would actually happen (to be on court)… It felt nice.”
Tristan Schluderberg was also very appreciative, adding in that it was “a complete honor to be voted for by the senior class.”
“I did not expect to be on the prom court, so when I found out I felt very grateful,” Schluderberg said, “It was a surprise. There are so many other girls that are deserving of being on prom court that I never pictured myself being one of them.”
Seniors Nathan Law and Hannah Kirsch are planning on making their senior prom a special night to remember. “I’m looking forward to spending a special night with my girlfriend,” Law said, “It’s one of those nights you remember for the rest of your life, and I get to remember it with my best friend and girlfriend.”
By Ashlee Galloway
As the school year comes quickly to a close, seniors are becoming more eager to graduate and begin their lives as adults. The Executive Council for the Class of 2016 is currently working to make seniors’ final months of high school memorable.
As opposed to previous years, prom 2016 will not be held at the Valencia ballroom in Downtown York. To make a change, this year’s prom will be hosted at the Wyndham Garden York Hotel.
Prom will be held on April 16, 2016 from 6-10 p.m. All prom tickets will be sold during lunch and in A209 for $40 each from March 21 to April 4.
As a reminder to all students, the Executive Council for the Class of 2016 is adamant that there will be no refunds for any ticket purchases regardless of the reason. Any student who is suspended during the time of the trip or prom will be ineligible to attend and will not receive a refund for their purchase.
The senior class trip, which tickets have previously been sold for, will be at Pocono Valley Resort in Reeders, PA on May 7 and will include a lunch and dinner buffet for all students.
To ensure students are able to sit with friends on the busses, it is advised to buy your tickets and sign up with people whom you may want to sit with.
At the resort, students will be able to enjoy several outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, rock wall climbing, zip lining, an obstacle course, and more.
If any student has questions regarding prom or the class trip, please contact Mrs. Amanda Seitz in A209 or any Executive Council member.
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