By Carrie Knight
Red Lion FFA had another busy start to the school year, now they prepare for many more upcoming events.
“We have several exciting and memorable activities planned for the year,” said Rebecca Parsons, the current FFA President. “We hope to get the school involved in community service activities, and knowledgement of agricultural education. I am excited to see what our chapter can accomplish.”
Falls skills day is coming up for the club in early November. This is when members from FFA come together from Adams, Franklin, and York counties. Throughout the day individuals will compete in CDE’s (Career Development Event) including apple judging, aquatics, tractor driving, forestry, and agronomy.
By Carly Guise
On April 21, rainbow banners and flags hung from the doorways and walls of the auditorium.
Students filed quietly through the double doors, keeping their vow until the very end. Members of the Gay-Straight Alliance stood inside, ready to lead their classmates to the breaking of the silence.
Soon, yells erupted from the seats and students’ voices were heard for the first time all day. Stories of personal struggles were shared and the group of students was united over a cause that was important to them all.
The National Day of Silence has been held every April since 1996. “It’s a pledge of silence for schools to participate in where everyone stays silent,” GSA president Jillian Smith said, “in remembrance of LGBT people who are bullied and the silencing effect that bullying has.”
By Helen Zeidman
Taylor Edsel has been accused of burning down a factory with first-degree arson, and her fate is in the hand of Red Lion Area Senior High School students. The Mock Trial team has the task of proving Edsel’s, the character made up by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, innocence or guilt in the round of competitions in January.
The Mock Trial team is a collection of students who have a burning desire to learn more about law, public speaking, and rhetoric. Competitions let students pursue those ambitions by acting out trials, such as this year’s criminal case involving the suspected arson that burned down a factory.
“I joined last year because I kind of want to be a lawyer,” sophomore Katelyn Taylor said. “The coaches are awesome and I enjoyed it a lot last year.”
By Carly Guise
Red Lion’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has always been composed of a unique group of students.
“I really like seeing kids who would normally pass each other in the halls come here and make connections,” Ms. Kelly McBrien, NAHS advisor, said. “When you come into this room, you have a great mix of kids, from athletes to really booksmart kids, or maybe even kids that don’t like to participate in a lot of extracurriculars. They come in here and come together.”
It is this mix that allows for the group to do so many different events for their service hours. These events vary from face painting to planning for murals and decorating windows.
Over the next few months, NAHS has several service events planned.
By Carly Guise
Throughout the school year, Red Lion’s FFA participates in numerous competitions. Some of the earliest of these competitions occur at the York Fair, which was held in early September.
The group has had great success thus far, and it is thanks in part to their preparation. Regardless of the category of their event, students spend hours researching, collecting, and practicing after school to make sure that they are ready for their competitions.
Senior Allison Macklin earned first place in the Senior Division of the Dairy Skills Contest, which is made up of juniors and seniors. For the Junior Division, made up of freshmen and sophomores, Kaylee Van Hovel took third place, Casidee Crowl took fourth, and Leah Taylor took fifth place. Through these placings, their strength was shown in the dairy and livestock judging, both of which are favorites of many students.
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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