By Helen Zeidman
While most students stayed at home Jan. 27 to enjoy the snow day provided by winter storm Jonas, the Red Lion Mock Trial team plowed through the snow to meet at the Giant grocery store on Cape Horn Road.
The team huddled around the fireplace in the Giant cafe to perfect their case. Not even the din of a grocery store and its customers could distract them as they rehearsed in anticipation of their first competition.
The Mock Trial team is a group of students from all grades who participate in court-case situations. They compete in two preliminary competition rounds against teams from other York County schools. Ronda Vasellas, Mary Smith, and Rebecca Yoder are the advisers for the club.
Aspects of a real trial, including witnesses, attorneys, jurors and a judge were all incorporated in the program to make it as realistic as possible. The competition was even held in the York County Judicial Center.
This year’s competition was based on a civil case regarding the insurance policies of a nature preserve, where a drone caused the paralysis of a hunter. Every school had to create both the plaintiff and defense sides of the case.
Even though the competition took place in the courtroom, most of the work was done outside of school.
“It’s a lot of extra work. I’m in other clubs, but I don’t have to practice outside of school for them,” junior Jacklyn Golden said. “I need to practice [for Mock Trial] really thoroughly to fluently speak.”
In addition to practices after school at least once a week, the members of Mock Trial were expected to write their parts and memorize them on their own time.
All of their practice and hard work was put to the test during the team’s first competition on Feb. 1 against Dover by presenting the plaintiff side of the case.
The three attorneys for the first competition were junior Tori Austin, junior Emily Zeidman, and senior Makayla Cameron. Tori Austin was awarded recognition for the best advocate for the plaintiff side.
There were also three witnesses for each case, including sophomore Philip Zeidman, senior Charles Flaharty, and senior Chloe Fleming, who was given the recognition for the best witness for the plaintiff side.
Despite their strong opening and cohesive arguments, the Red Lion Mock Trial team was defeated during a close match against Dover. The jury of attorneys and prosecutors had the challenge to determine a winner between the teams and the vote ended in a hung jury with a tie of 3-3. In the end, Dover received the victory by a slim margin according to the point system.
Regardless of their previous case, the Red Lion team won their second competition against Kennard Dale’ They were presenting the defense side of the case, with junior William Dalby, junior Emily Zeidman, and freshman Katelyn Taylor as their attorneys. A strong opening by Dalby, revealing questionings by Taylor, and a persuasive closing by Zeidman led the way to the team’s victory.
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 Taylor Bosley
The seniors viewed the 9th annual “Mock Crash” led by the Red Cross Club April 24. Student actors Mike Ondek, Kenny Holloway, Lucas Crumling, Tyler Robbins, Courtney Hake, Brianna Dean, Meghan Rutzebeck and Evelyn Kunce of the mock crash demonstrated the dangers of drinking and driving
“Every person, every part, is huge,” Vice Principal Mr. Grant Gouker said. He believes that every part of the Mock Crash, from the students to the emergency services to the famous helicopter appearance, is crucial to the whole picture the Mock Crash is trying to paint.
The list of everyone involved includes Mrs. Jennifer McCandless, advisor of the Red Cross Club, Red Lion fire company and ambulance services, Dallastown fire company, Yoe fire company, York Regional EMS, York Area Police Department, STAT Medevac, York Trauma and Arundel Fire Co.
Along with the emergency services, Baker Son and Towing donates the cars to be used in the Mock Crash.
Mr. Gouker noted that this is of no cost to the district and it includes all donations and volunteers.
The number of pieces that goes into the making of the Mock Crash all do it out of kindness.
“The goal is to make it as real as possible,” Mr. Gouker said.
Senior Meghan Rutzebeck, one of the actors involved in the display, views the mock crash as beneficial to the senior class.
“I think it’s really necessary that we show we them this scenario,” Rutzebeck said.
To begin the show, seniors could hear the 911 dispatch call over the loudspeaker. Soon after, sirens were heard in the distance and the fire truck and ambulance entered the parking lot.
The students watched as the EMT workers rushed to get the students out the cars. Many watched in awe as their friends were pulled from the cars, bloodied by make up. Mr. Gouker’s goal was to make the entire scene as real as possible. The makeup, helicopter and EMT workers were all used to reach the goal.
By Zachary Rhine
Science Fairs are a well known event in recent times, and Red Lion finally decided to take part in the cultural phenomenon.
On Jan. 24 Red Lion had its very first in-house science fair. Judging took place the previous day, Jan. 23 after school. The roster of judges included teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. The open house took place from two to three in the afternoon and awards were handed out by four.
In the senior division, Alec Gayrama was the grand champion. Allen Silks and Aston Shoup were the reserved grand champions of the senior division. In the Junior division, Vanessa Ficks was the grand champion. There was a tie between Jacob Lorenzen and Andrew Bacon for reserved grand champion of the junior division.
Mrs. Valerie Stone and Mrs. Amy Kilgore of Red Lion’s science department were the ones in charge. Most of their help was received from the Science Fair Club that was new to Red Lion this year.
Alec Gayrama is the president of the student run club, and also had a hand in its creation. The club takes place on both A and B weeks, and they understand if a member can’t come to every meeting.
“We hope to expand the club in the future. Hopefully to include junior high students, and possibly even elementary students,” said Mrs. Stone. She emphasized how much she believes in the club, and wants to make the in-house science fair a yearly event.
Viktoria Fry, a student member of the club, also encourages anyone interested in joining the club next year by saying, “We honestly became a tight-knit group. The club helps you make new friends.”
The club may also be helpful to put on resumes and help honors students plan for their own science fair project, said Mrs. Stone.
Mrs. Kilgore and Mrs. Stone are very pleased with their pool of judges they assembled even though it was a challenge. They include science board members and even college professors.
Honors students must participate in a science fair, but all high school students are also encouraged to come up with their own projects. Considering how well received this first fair went Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Kilgore are hoping to get enough participation to make the fair a regular event for many generations to come.
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 Sarah Marclues
At Red Lion Area High School, The NAHS or National Art Honor Society does so much to spread the love of art in the community. They aren’t an art club, they’re a national society. The NAHS is made up of 11 students, Erin Gildea, Linh Huynh, Sebrina Joynes, Lindsey Hemmann, Rachel Jenks, Katelyn Witmer, Hailey Gunnett, Tyler Robbins, Meghan Rutzebeck, Carley Blanchard and Sky Warner.
To be accepted into the society, all of the students need to be nominated by the art teachers-Mr.Hopkins and Mrs.McBrien. Both of the art teachers are looking for students that possess art skills, are willing to help others,have a B or higher,and have a good sense of character. Along with that you would need to give five good reasons why you would want to join the group and to show your devotion and interest, knowing they have five service hours per semester to giveto the community. This year’s induction will be February 3, 2014,so anyone interested in joining this society should definitely talk to Mrs.McBrien or Mr. Hopkins.
Every year NAHS holds all sorts of fundraisers and events that the students help out with.
“We hold bake sales every month,” senior Sebrina Joynes replied, so if you have a sweet tooth- be sure to help out and chip in. There will be an assortment of goodies to keep your stomach content and thriving for more. So definitely keep an eye out for upcoming bake sales.
All the money NAHS earns goes towards art supplies and projects like murals.
Also, for the upcoming winter, senior Lindsey Hemman informed The Leonid, “the NAHS painted at the Community Center”, all the society students worked together to makeup wintery scenes for those winter blues. All the paintings can be viewed up until January, so feel free to take a peek.
Another project they’ve been doing is called the Memory Project. For this the NAHS draw portraits of orphans, or orphans from third world countries.
Not only do they do projects for the society, they help out other organizations as well. When talking to art teacher Mrs McBrien she said,” We are like an onion with our giving and help the community”.
When talking to students from the society, they called it a family. “It (NAHS) has shaped me into who I am today.When we all come together to be the creative individuals that we are, we can just be our wacky selves without any fear of judgement. We become a family,” Lindsey Hemmann said.
Mrs. McBrien couldn’t help but to agree with just that. ”These are the coolest kids in the world and are as diverse as could be”.
According to Sebrina Joynes, ”There is never a dull moment in Art 2!” Joynes explains people are her family. "Everyone is so fun and friendly, if I could spend all day there I would. The NAHS has given me my best highschool memories that I will take with me when I graduate and I am so appreciative of that!”
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