By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
Mirth and merriment were what awaited the AP English, British Literature and Drama students who attended the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on Oct. 8.
At the gate, students were warmly welcomed by an assortment of characters ranging from peasants and pirates to merchants and musicians. They were paraded through the town and waited at the stage where they met King Henry VIII and his Queen Catherine of Aragon.
Instantly students were taken back to 1509 when Henry was to be crowned the new king of England. Conflict arises when Edmund de Pole arrived and challenged Henry for his own right to the throne. The two agreed to resolve the matter in a game of human chess later on at noon.
After the scene for the day was set, students were free to visit vendors and shows as well as gorge themselves on a plethora of food.
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 Rachel Gelfand
Red Lion’s symphonic and marching ensembles have been working tirelessly in preparation for their five day trip to Texas at the end of this month.
The symphonic ensemble is working toward a music clinic. The music clinic will center around time with the director of bands at St. Mary’s University.
“Since the symphonic band is a class that meets every day, we get to work on the repertoire pretty often,” band director Curtis Crone said.
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.
Follow this link to see the photo gallery of the students at the Renaissance Faire.
By Eli Gregory
From the moment the buses arrived, Red Lion students were able to experience what life was like many years ago. Lords, ladies, and even acting peasants wandered by, offering good days and courtesies. Vendors called out their wares through song, and “Long Live the King, God Save the Queen,” could be heard every minute or so. For the next few hours, students would be immersed in the language and culture of the Renaissance Faire.
"I haven't been in recent years," said junior Riley Perkowski. "But it still had the warm aroma of the Renaissance faire I've grown to love.”
The day of the field trip was also “students only day”, which gave the faire a unique and youthful vibe.
Throughout the day different events, acts, and performances happen. A hypnotist, a falconer, brawls, and comedy skits were among many that could be seen both on the walking paths and stages set up throughout the faire. Many students attended the human chess match, a spin on the classic game featuring real fights. The match was also hosted by the king and the queen themselves, who chose members of the audience to participate in the showdown.
One participant was a little boy who quickly became a crowd favorite called Ben the Pirate. “It very entertaining and engaging,” said senior Emma Rinehart. “The People all kept in character and it was amazing.”
Fights were well done, swords and axes clashed, fists were thrown, and one actor even used a whip. It ended with four knights announcing a duel to the death later on in the day.
When the students first arrived, many headed to the jousting arena to see the tournament joust, prelude to the ultimate joust later in the day. The crowd was cheering and booing in no time, even doing the wave when prompted to by the “Choir-man.”
Many visitors purchase the massive turkey legs sold at most vendors. For eight dollars, students could get a "taste" of what a real knight might have ate many years ago.
Instead of purchasing real swords, many students were seen with plastic sword drink cups. a novelty that went over well until the bees found the sugary soda.
Red Lion's Madrigal Chorus group also performed today alongside many other schools. “It’s great seeing other schools choirs be that advanced in creating music without instruments” said junior Kevin Scheetz, “Our choir can gain a lot from seeing these groups.”
Many schools from around the area performed alongside Red Lion. While Red Lion did not place, they still put on a great show.
"I think the best thing there was all the madrigal choirs," said senior Ryan Mendicino "They all sang very well and acted very well".
For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has been entertaining people of all ages with a massive production put on for 13 weekends. With 35 acres of Renaissance era fun, the Faire is sure to have something enjoyable for everyone.
The Faire’s season started on August 1, and ends October 25. The Faire alters their theme every weekend, providing a new and unique experience for its patrons.
Three different classes were invited to attend the trip: AP English, British Literature, and Public Speaking. The total amount of kids that attended added up to be 115 students, not counting the Madrigal Choir who also attended.
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