By Bella McCarey
Following the one o’clock hourly line dance, a select group of seniors stayed behind in the Fitzkee Center. It was a group of sixteen seniors who have participated in all four years of high school and were rewarded for their dedication with the 4-year dancer group photo.
“It just doesn’t feel like it’s ending, like it’s not happening,” senior Tara Tolton said about her final year at Mini-THON. “I am a lot more enthusiastic and motivated to make it the best one yet.”
For a departing senior, the rare feeling of dread is at 6 a.m. Dancers are encouraged to stay motivated to remain strong until finally sitting down. But the seniors, do not want their last Mini-THON to end.
Senior and Mini-THON committee member Olivia Uberti noted four reasons why she has been a part of Mini-THON saying, “I think it’s such a great cause, for the kids. I like hearing the stories, and it’s a lot of fun. I also like raising money, because it’s for kids with cancer.”
Last year’s seniors all cried of joy during the countdown of the last 60 seconds before 6 a.m., realizing it would be the last time to witness the moment. It is anticipated that similar reactions and emotions will flow through the room once more.
“Being a part of the community is the best, and it [Mini-THON] just motivates you to be a part of that,” senior and Dance and Revelations Chairman Mason Phillips-Cary said.
By Bella McCarey
As twenty-something Mini-THON committee members lined up to form an archway, hundreds of Dancers ran through the makeshift tunnel and made a beeline towards the stands of the Fitzkee Center. The committee members screamed and yelled at the top of their lungs, pumping up the crowd.
The hustle and bustle calmed down for a brief moment as Dancers found a seat on the stands and it all started up again once junior Trevor Ruppert walked down the stands with one of the three tri-casters that were live streaming Kick Off and Family Hour. “FTK! FTK! FTK!” was chanted over and over and over again. An indescribable excitement filled the atmosphere, sending chills down everyone’s spines.
This was just the beginning. Mini-THON 2014 officially started with Lead Adviser Mrs. Misty Wilson orchestrating and snapping the group photo and Adviser Mr. Eric Wilson went over the rules and itinerary for the night.
“Dancing and badminton will be here in the Fitzkee Center,” Mr. Wilson said, “We have a lot of great food and drinks…. There are a lot of fun games going on in the old gym. Swimming is happening, that’s always a favorite among you guys.”
Before giving the okay to leave and take on the night, Mr. Wilson concludes with, “Reminder to everyone… we do not sit and we do not sleep. That is how we show our support for The Four Diamonds, by remaining awake and standing the whole 12 hours.”
Senior Mason Phillips-Cary lead the teaching of the line dance, which included moves and lyrics that describe events that have happened in last year.
Dancers then dispersed for a short while before the start of Family Hour to scavenge for food and participate in the various activities, such as the Bounce House, face painting and dancing in the commons.
By Phoenix Ashman
Students are planning the first ever poetry slam at Red Lion Area Senior High School. Senior Nikki Einsig had the idea to hold a poetry slam for high school students to be held on Apr. 17 in the high school auditorium.
The event has been named ‘The Slam.’
“There is a lot of events and opportunities for people in the art and musical organizations at Red Lion and there needed to be something for people who enjoy writing, like a creative outlet,” Einsig said.
To participate in ‘The Slam’ one must attend the audition that will be held after school on Mar. 26 and 27 in room D113. Anyone wanting to perform must sign up for the audition outside of Mrs. Shultz room, D113. Auditions are mandatory.
‘The Slam’ will take place in the high school’s auditorium on Apr. 10 at 6:00 pm. Arriving early is recommended.
‘The Slam’ is a school function; therefore there have been rules and guidelines set forth by Mrs. Shultz, The Slam advisor.
The rules and guidelines are as follows, all pieces must be original (spoken or sung), must be school appropriate (language and performance), and should be three minutes or less in length. Performers are expected to be polite and respectful,
For those who have no idea what to expect when it comes to a poetry slam, Einsig shared her take on what a poetry slam is really about. “It’s intended to be upbeat and high energy. Audience participation is important. They’re basically the judges.”
A workshop will also be taking place on Mar. 19, 20 in room D113. The workshop is separate from ‘The Slam’ but is similar in its purpose. There is a sign up sheet for the workshop outside of D113.
By Rebecca Hosier
As Red Lion’s Class of 2014 prepares to graduate, many students are faced with the difficulty of what to do next. Spring is a time of high stress for seniors everywhere. Whether they are going away to college, commuting to a local school, or attending a technical school there are things every student must do to be prepared.
1. Always have a back up
There is nothing more disheartening than not getting into your first choice school. But it is not the end of the world. It is important for students to have backup schools. Even if accepted into multiple colleges, students should have a variety of schools and programs to choose from. A larger range of schools to choose from can make sure that the student chooses the school that is right for them.
2. Apply for as many scholarships as possible
According to Collegeboard.com tuition has risen 2.9% this year. Future college students should counter this by applying to as many scholarships as they can. Not many families can afford to send their children to college out of pocket. Scholarships should be used to lessen the amount of loans and debt for the parents and students.
3. Visit Colleges
It is important to visit the college that one is planning on attending. Most schools offer open houses on the weekends and will work with students and parents to set up tours during the week. When one is going to spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend a college, it is always a good idea to be comfortable with the college and make sure it is truly the one that one wants to attend.
4. Know the requirements to apply
Every college and university has different requirements to get in. The students should know what their college asks for. Make sure that all transcripts and test scores get to the right school before the deadlines.
By Adrianna Clinton
In his 18 years of teaching, Red Lion physics teacher Eric Wilson has never seen schools lose this many days from the wrath of winter weather.
As of Mar. 4, Red Lion has lost 12 school days this year due to the worst winter in recent memory, with some of the most recent cancellations brought about by the Nor’easter that dumped over 20 inches in parts of York County, the fifteenth storm this year alone.
Though the weather has been tough on local municipalities finding money within their budget to clean up the storms’ aftermath, it has also had a harsh effect on schools and how their teachers teach, especially with the May Keystone exams weighing on their minds.
Wilson’s most recent unit in physics on work and power was supposed to take two weeks, but because of the continuous cancellations, it took well over a month to complete.
While it has been a “very hard yet new learning experience” for teachers, Wilson is thankful that not only are there no physics Keystone exam, but also that the school board was able to change what remains of this years’ calendar to ensure that students will not be going to school until the end of June (June 30 to be exact, which is Pennsylvania law.)
On Feb. 6, the Red Lion school board met, proposed, and approved a calendar that would change the last day of school, pending additional cancellations, which at the time was June 13 to June 6, by instituting the following make up days: President’s Day on Feb. 17, a staff development day on Mar. 7, and Apr. 21, an extension of Easter vacation.
The Red Lion school district requires the district to be in session for a total of 182 days, but was amended to meet the 180 day requirement issued by the Pennsylvania Board of Education.
Should Red Lion see any more snow days through the remainder of winter, superintendent Dr. Scott Deisley said that they will think creatively, with the worst case scenario being adding 20 minutes to each school day. Going to school for a half day on Saturdays was an option as well, according to Deisley.
Despite all the concern over when the last day of school and graduation will occur, senior Katelyn Witmer said these cancellations have not increased her ‘senioritis’ at all. “Sure, the timing wasn’t great to have one of the worst winters we’ve seen in a while fall on my senior year, but I love snow and I wouldn’t change it at all.”
The continual postponement of graduation doesn’t upset fellow Chris Knorr too much either; “We can’t get mad about all the days off because we can’t control the weather...we are going to get out eventually.”
However, Chance Wonder is antsy about the graduation date, because he leaves for Army boot camp shortly after school ends. “If I lose my graduation after all these years of schooling, I’m going to be upset.”
At the Feb. 12 senior class meeting, Mr. Shue addressed the seniors anxiety over their graduation date, saying that the administration is trying to set their graduation date, but a decision cannot be made at this time.
Regardless of when the seniors will officially move on from high school and Red Lion, Wilson has said that the school district is in fact “doing [their] best to make sure all students leave with a proper education, hopefully on time.”
Hall Talk: Are you tired of the snow days?
By Ian Adler
Freshman Class of 2017: The class of 2017 is currently recruiting members for their executive council to get fundraising and activities started, according to Class Advisor Mr. Danner.
Sophomore Class of 2016: The class of 2016 sold “Sammy Sandwiches” until March 3. They also plan to put on a volleyball tournament in the near future. Exact dates are unsure, according to Class Advisor Mrs. Smeltzer.
Junior Class of 2015: The class of 2015 is discussing plans for a sub sale in May and a Chicken BBQ in March. They will be having a class vote the next “RSVP” day to determine the venue for prom, according to Executive Council Member Adrianna Clinton.
Senior Class of 2014: Executive council members recently took part in a Sheetz coupon fundraiser. According to class adviser Miss Ashley Bollinger, the donut sales will continue. As far as prom news, the theme of thevent will be Vintage Hollywood and it will take place on April 26. Bollinger says that the senior class trip will be at Six Flags New Jersey and will take place on May 22.