By Zachary Rhine
Red Lion welcomes Mr. Andrew Thiry to the social studies department this year. The 2015-2016 school year is not only Mr. Thiry’s first year with Red Lion Senior High School, but also his first year as a full time teaching professional.
Mr. Thiry is teaching tenth grade government and an elective for eleventh and twelfth graders; presidential history.
“I want to show students other points of view. I want to help them build their identities,” Thiry said, “I want everyone to express their thoughts.”
Mr. Thiry graduated from Governor Mifflin and got his degree from Millersville. He comes from a family of teachers, many of whom reside in Twin Valley.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Thiry also enjoys sports such as volleyball and soccer. He also enjoys music, especially playing his guitar.
Thiry’s goal for this school year is to learn as much from the people around him as they are learning from him.
Moving up from the junior high to the senior high this year is Ms. Nicole Park. Now teaching tenth and eleventh grade English classes, Ms. Park will be inspiring students to expand their knowledge on language and literature.
This is Park’s twentieth year teaching, and fourteen of those years were spent at the junior high where she was in charge of the Cat’s Paw newsletter, the middle school’s version of the Leonid.
Park received her undergrad from Penn State’s main campus.
When asked why she teaches, Ms. Park responded with sincerity that she wants students to explore new paths of knowledge. “I want to inspire others to foster a new love of learning,” said Park
Her goal for this school year is to find a place at the high school. “This school is just so much bigger than the middle school! Even a walk to the office takes me a good amount of time. It’s exhausting,” joked Park. She went on to explain that the pace is also much faster at the high school.
Aside from teaching, Ms. Park also enjoys reading and learning about the human condition. She has one daughter that is currently a Junior at Dallastown.
By Shawn Gunarich
Ten years of dancing for the students of Red Lion high school, from 2007 till present: Red Lion has been holding an event to help in ending childhood cancer.
In the beginning of 2007, a young high school student named Savannah Smith went around, room to room, asking for help in starting an event called “Mini-THON”, a 12-hour long dance-a-thon, birthed from the yearly THON held at Penn State University.
Savannah approached physical education teacher Miss Ashleigh Reinert. Miss Reinert willingly helped to the best of her ability, as her time was limited as a coach of multiple sports.
One of the events leading to the first mini-THON was to go to Hershey Medical Center to visit the very children they were helping to save. “After I saw the first hand of the first child I knew how important it was,” Miss Reinert said. “In that moment, I knew what we were doing meant something.”
It has been ten years since the first mini-THON, and Red Lion’s attendance and money raised only continue to rise, with over 300 students attending and over $53,000 raised during the 2014-2015 school year.
The 2015-2016 mini-THON fundraising campaign has already started, and the first big fundraisers are already here. On September 11, mini-THON will be holding a chicken barbeque outside the pool area before the football game. November 5 is also a date to save as Red Lion high school will the host the Harlem Wizards basketball team in a staff vs. Wizards game. All proceeds will go toward Red Lion mini-THON.
Red Lion mini-THON has also lost a valued adviser, science teacher Mrs. Misty Wilson, after she took a principal position at Dallastown High School. She has been succeeded by English teacher and mini-THON adviser Mr. Ryan Small, who has been given the title of head adviser.
“We are a team and want to give credit where it’s due,” Small said. “While I’m labeled as head adviser, all other advisers put in the same amount as work as I do, this includes Ms. White, Mrs. Capiotis and Mrs. Beland.”
Putting on mini-THON is very much a team effort, and requires the cooperation and effort of many students and staff, but the most important thing to remember is FTK.
“FTK means hope for those diagnosed.”
By Ashlee Galloway
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, America will be preparing to elect a new President for the first time in eight years, following President Barack Obama’s two consecutive terms. Of the 25 candidates currently running for president, the top runners are as follows: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.“Bernie Sanders is the only one that seems like he has a level head on his shoulders,” senior Duncan Keller said, “I mean, you have Hillary Clinton, she changes her viewpoints just to gain followers. She’s trying to appeal to a lot of the teens now…”
12 students were asked to take an informal poll in which they were asked who they would vote for if given the chance. Overwhelmingly, the majority of students voted for Donald Trump over the other competitors.
Whether it is his honest opinions, Hollywood status, or simply the fact that “he’s a businessman,” Trump is seemingly the most popular candidate amongst the Red Lion students. Though some students may not necessarily like Trump, they cannot help but to agree with his stand on several political issues.
Junior Riley Perkowski weighed in on his stance on the Trump controversy, “I think Trump wouldn’t… he would not end the world. I think that he is not actually going to be in charge if he is in charge. I think he is going to be a figurehead…”
Another student, junior Joe Churilla, said that he believes Trump is “obviously” the wrong choice for president, “I would totally say that Donald Trump must not be elected president.”
Hillary Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton, seems to be very unpopular amongst the student body. “I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton,” junior Emily Zeidman said.
“I didn’t like her husband,” junior Domenick Eyler said. The majority of students polled said they disliked Clinton because they did not feel that her husband did an adequate job in the White House during his presidency.
Junior Amanda Clarkson feels that Clinton is the best candidate because she “didn’t agree with most of the things the other people stand for.”
Long term Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is currently a top runner in the election, standing high in the ranks alongside Trump and Clinton. Regarding Sanders, “I just think he’s a good candidate. I have a good feeling about this one, ” Churilla said.
Jeb Bush, brother of former president George W. Bush, seems to be a reasonable candidate in the campaign, whom most students do not have a very strong opinion about. “I don’t know, the first Bush didn’t have such of a positive impact,” Perkowski said.
Whether or not a student has a strong opinion about any of the current candidates, they are still encouraged to get out and vote in November 2016, as this election will have a big impact on their lives and the future of the country.