By Molly Kuhn
Senior Staff Writer
Every year the Red Cross Club holds the mock accident the day before prom to show seniors the possible outcome of drinking and driving. The seniors stood behind the barriers while they watched their friends they knew suffer from the “accident” that just happened.
Students Jeffery White, Brandon Laveau, Tim McGee, CJ Weigle, Kayla Garcia, Tori Sprenkle, Cassie Krackow, and Ashley Zagorski were the eight individuals nominated to be in the mock accident on April 26. The Red Cross club nominated these eight individuals because they are well known in their class. Therefore, making it more emotional for the many students who know them.
The seniors approached the scene a little unsure and intimidated. There was chatter coming from some of the students, who didn’t seem to be taking it seriously. But after Tim McGee dramatically fell out of the car, screams from Jeffrey White and Ashley Zagorski hit the crowd, and the ambulance came racing down the street into the parking lot, the crowd fell silent.
This experience was surreal for some of the students. “You would never picture it being people you know,” senior Amanda Wivell said.
Senior Kenzie Schmitt was very emotional after watching her best friend, Cassie Krackow lie on the gurnay with a sheet over her body because a drunk driver cut her life short. “Knowing her since preschool, it was just so surreal,” Schmitt said.
According to Alcohol Alert!, in 2011, there were 32,367 total fatalities in car crashes, 9,878 being alcohol-related.
The enforced message was that this could happen to anyone; your friends, family, and even you. Don’t drink and drive, because you are not only putting yourself at risk, but everyone else on the road.
By Molly Kuhn
GSA club is raising awareness by putting their feet down to make an effort to stop bullying by planning The National Day of Silence that will be held at Red Lion High School on April 18th, 2013.
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a club in the high school open to anyone who is in need to talk. President of GSA, senior Sierra Stambaugh said, “It’s a place in the school where people can come to let them know they’re not alone.”
This year GSA club and with the help of their adviser Mrs. Barton, are planning Red Lion’s, National Day of Silence.
Raising awareness, rallying students, joining together, acknowledging, and stopping the intolerance and hate that is swimming around the school is the goal of GSA.
Bullying is happening in high school, to students everyday. “We do this for those who are not heard and are hurting everyday,” Stambaugh said.
On this day, students must not speak unless it’s to communicate with a teacher, administrator, or any other school staff member. Students will also not be permitted to use any type of social media or cell phone.
Each student that signs up to participate on this day will receive a letter, concerning the information about this event, and a badge to identify the students who will be excused from speaking for the day.
“He’s stronger than a superhero,” says Lori Weiss about her son, Aaron Weiss.
Mini-THON officially kicked off their campaign at Wednesday's school assembly to pump up students for what's to come for this year's superhero-themed event.
By Rachel McKinsey
The reason behind hosting a Mini-THON each year is to raise money in honor of a family affected by childhood cancer for the Four Diamonds Fund. The money raised this year is in honor of Aaron Weiss, an eleven year old fifth grader from Locust Grove. He was diagnosed on February 7, of this year, with a brain tumor.
“Sick,” was all, his father Marc Weiss, could say about finding out the news. Lori Weiss said she was devastated to say the least. “You hear about it (cancer) all the time, and you go through life not thinking it would happen,” says Lori Weiss, Aaron’s mother.
The Four Diamonds fund means something different to each person who knows what it is. For the Weiss family it means a hidden blessing. “It’s a philanthropic organization that has your back,” said Marc. Lori said, “It’s good to know someone is there for you.”
Aaron “ a man of few words” says, “It’s cool,” to be chosen for this years Mini-THON. “Thank you for the opportunity and support. Go Red Lion,” said Marc. “God has a plan and it’s for good, something miraculous will happen,” said Lori.
This years’ Mini THON will be held May 24 to the 25 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Everyone must raise a minimum of 75 dollars to attend. The deadline to sign up is April 26.
Some new things this year will be a blow up obstacle course with a rock wall, a life size Jenga game, and a make-your-own-cape setup.
"Just like the student body heard Wednesday during the kick-off assembly, Mini-THON has a direct and vital impact on the lives of those dealing with cancer. Our rallying cry “For The Kids” never rang clearer than it did today, “ said chairmen Jake Owens.
You can follow Red Lion Mini-THON on Twitter at @RLMiniTHON.
Online registration is also available by clicking here.
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