Principal Brian Raab
“Any current junior who scores basic or below basic on any portion of the tests and is put into a remedial course will not qualify.” Raab continued.
This new change is going to hopefully force some juniors who want to be able to qualify for the program to take the tests more seriously. For those who do qualify, it can be very beneficial.
“By leaving early, I’ll be able to get a job so I can be financially secure.” junior Chassidy Burke said.
“It’s better than sitting in a study hall all day. More productivity, I guess,” senior Dylan Shearer said on why he is a part of the program.
One should keep in mind the possible consequences of not trying their absolute best in preparing for the Keystones, for not only will a student be placed in a remedial course but they will also miss out on the opportunity to make the most out of their senior year.
Early Release/Late Arrival gives students a way to get ahead in life, so taking advantage of it will benefit a student in the long run.
By Rachel McKinsey
Putting locks on your locker may seem like a waste of time. Most students don’t think about their valuables getting stolen.
Many students don’t think about leaving their phones, iPods, or money in their locker or bags during the day. A simple lock on your locker could fix this problem.
Although the school has video cameras that doesn’t mean that they are always able to find out who took a students belongings. There are many times when the administration is not able to find out who took what. There are times when they are not able to identify who the person is, primarily because they aren’t allowed to have cameras in the locker rooms.
“Someone stole my shirt from me while I was at gym class, and it made me really sad because I liked that shirt,” senior Cari Landa said.
“It’s just really upsetting that people would be so inconsiderate,” said senior Caitlyn Rogers. "Not everyone thinks twice when he or she is going through someone else’s things. They just do it."
“Basically if it’s something valuable and you cherish it, keep it close to you at all times, don’t let it out of sight. If it’s something like clothing keep it locked up,” senior Katelyn Klein said.
Photo by Karlie Gipe
By Karlie Gipe
At the end of every school year the students and staff look forward to two things; summer and yearbook distribution day. The yearbook is a complete record of the year’s big events put together by a group of dedicated students.
In the past, it has been said that the yearbook staff only takes pictures, writes up some captions and then sends them into a company that puts together the book. Taking a look behind the scenes, it turns out to be the complete opposite of what people expect.
The yearbook staff is a combination of two advisors, Ms. Alyson Ayres and Ms. Megan Axe and 13 students. All year round the students are gathering pictures, quotes, and ideas in order to put together a great book.
All of the pages in the yearbook start out completely blank. It is the staff’s responsibility to complete a blank page from the start.
Every week during clubs, homeroom or even after school, the yearbook staff dedicates time to working on a page layout. Deadlines are strictly in place, and by mid-March the book is completely finished and sent into a company to be printed.
According to students on the staff, it is a lengthy and creative process, but the end result is always worth the time and dedication. “I dedicate a lot of my time to yearbook. It has basically become my life since sophomore year,” senior member Jess Taylor said.
By Taylor Hartwell
After 12 years of school, seniors finally prepare for the last half of their senior year.
This includes executive council 2013 beginning to plan prom, the class trip and graduation.
For prom 2013, the senior executive council has declared the theme of prom,
which is Once Upon a Time. This theme could be characterized as a fairy tale or royal ball.
Recently, the executive council made a trip to the Valencia to figure out
some ideas for decorations and also determine dimensions for bigger decorations.
The council prefers to have a very elegant and “done up” entrance.
However, the executive council would like to keep decorations to a minimum
because they are costly and will be thrown out after prom.
“The Valencia is beautiful as is; we don’t really need too many decorations.”
Senior executive council member Morgan Laird said.
As for the class trip, Six Flags New Jersey won by a majority vote.
However, executive council is still awaiting administrating approval by the principal, Mr. Mark Shue.
Make a wish upon a star... or maybe give a wish to Student Council. Soon everybody
(including teachers, students, and any school worker) in the school will be able to make a wish.
The goal is to be able to grant as many wishes as possible, but each person is only allowed
When Student Council receives these wishes, they get separated into two piles: unrealistic
and realistic. When they determine the realistic wishes, they put them into different ranges of do-ability.
They get sectioned into low, middle, and high ranges. They will try their best to get as many wishes as
they can get done.
“My goal is to include everyone and boost motivation in the school,” said junior and
Project Manager Ellie Lyons. Ellie Lyons had found this idea during a workshop type event over summer.
Apparently this has gone very well at another school within Pennsylvania. Red Lion has decided to give this a shot,
especially in trying to increase student morale.
The coolest part about wish week is how a person will receive a wish. They will not know
ahead of time, instead, it will just happen. "I want to fulfill a wish to make somebodies life better,"
said Student Council Supervisor Mrs. Dennish.
Can’t think of a wish? No problem. This week long event is a bit away.
Some ideas to wish for could be a coffee delivered in the morning, the ability to park really
close to the school, or anything else that is realistic.
The week being dedicated to wishes will be from March 18 to the 21.
By Sarah Harrington
December was a trying month for the students of Red Lion Area Senior High.
Heartbreak was shared by everyone when the news was broken to students
that Holly day would not be happening this year.
But don’t fret! Something even better is coming along. The Best Day Ever!
The day starts with shortened classes, afterwards the festivities begin.
The Best Day Ever was centered around being able to enjoy the refreshing
May weather while Holly Day was during the winter when conditions are not
suitable enough to be outdoors. Contrary to common belief,
Principal Mark Shue proposed the idea to the student council for just that reason.
Student council is doing all of the planning.
The date of the event is yet TBA.
By Rachel McKinsey
Mini THON has recently teamed up with the York Educational Federal Credit Union to raise money.
A collective desire to see more students open accounts through the credit union, lead the union to set up a deal with Mini Thon. For every person who opens an account with
the credit union, ten dollars will be donated towards
The credit union is located inside the dining room next
to the school store and is open during lunch.
Anyone in the building is able to open an account.
Learn more about YEFCU on their website.
The Polar Plunge benefits the York County Special Olympics on an annual basis.
By Cindy Buttorf
Each year in the beginning of February, weather permitting, thousands of people gather world wide to take a breathtaking plunge into icy cold waters.
Five years ago, health teacher Mrs. Carrie Smeltzer brought the idea of the Polar Bear Plunge to York County, making it now York County’s largest fundraiser that benefits the York County Special Olumpics. Smeltzer started it to bring money in for the athletes to help pay for invitational events and specific equipment.
The first year the plunge took place in York, the event was a big accomplishment. “The first year was easy compared to now, it was new, I got butterflies because of the unknown. Will people show up and will they raise money?” Smeltzer said, recalling the thoughts from the first day of the plunge. This year over 300 people took part in the plunge and raised approximately $43,000.
Smeltzer had to leave her teaching position at the end of first semester last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer. “Last year was bitter sweet. The seniors knew my situation and supported me through the plunge,” Smeltzer said. That year was the largest turn out thus far for Red Lion, having 43 students participate in the plunge.
“I beat breast cancer, raising two kids, being a wife and a mom, running Special Olympics swimming and Polar Bear Plunge, just trying to stay as normal as possible.” Smeltzer said when she was asked about her year off. “[The experience] gave me a different out look on life; slow down, don’t take life for granted, absorb the little things. Just mainly slow down,” Smeltzer said.
There is always a little hesitation when it comes to trying something new and stepping outside of your comfort zone, but Smeltzer’s plea is, “Just do it, give it a try, and it’s three minutes of your life you will never forget.” Another thing she would like to see is a greater teacher and administration turn out for next year’s plunge.
“I want to thank Reinert for supporting something near and dear to my heart and risking hypothermia each year. I also would like to thank everyone else who helps out during that day, I couldn’t do it without you,” Smeltzer said in sympathy.
Mr. Neff (pictured) has a hands-on approach to his class. Photo by Ben Otte
By Claire Krackow
Cell Phone Applications Class is significant to students in high school because many students like to entertain themselves with their cellular phones in their free time.
Teacher of Cell Phone Applications Mr. Neff explained, “This class is mostly where the students create their own games and things that they would like to have on their smart phones.”
“What we use is a program that is an iPhone simulator to see if the apps the students made actually work.” Mr. Neff said.
“They can make up any apps on their own, starting with photo albums, address books, and all kinds of different things. The kids seem to really enjoy it.” Neff explains.
“Some people don’t have iPhones but they can still take the class because they can still learn how to make the games and things, and they still find it very enjoyable.”
“Students use an app on a map to locate where they are and where they have been. The students seem to like that the most.” he added.
Cell Phone Applications have become a very popular class at Red Lion High School. It can be a benefit for students who enjoy being on their cell phone.
By Rachel McKinsey
On April 19, 2013 the 17 annual Day of Silence will be held. All over the
country thousands of people will go a day without speaking to bring attention to
anti-LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) bullying and
harassment in schools.
The University of Virginia was the first to start this in 1996. The Day of
Silence is the largest student ran action that hopes to make schools safer, no matter
what your sexual orientation, gender identity, or your gender expressions is.
To learn more about the annual Day of Silence,
please click here to access Day of Silence official website.