By Claire Krackow
Every month, juniors at Red Lion get to participate in the Rotary Student of the Month program. Only two students chosen every month will earn the title.
“Every month, a different guidance counselor gets to choose one of their students that they think is worthy of being student of the month. This involves school, community, and academic requirements,” said Red Lion High School guidance counselor Kathy Moser, who got to choose the Student of the Month in October.
“These students that are chosen represent the Red Lion Rotary Club. They stand up and tell something about themselves and they get a Rotary Award and also get their picture taken,” said Moser. “This picture will go in the local newspaper. They also get to go to The Great American Saloon for a luncheon.”
Red Lion’s Students of the Month for October were Hayley Althoff and Ian Adler. The Students of the Month for September were Alex Keough and Megan McGuire.
These students will have the opportunity to participate in a Summer Leadership Preparation Camp with a free application.
“Years back, we used to give this title to seniors but since they will sometimes be unable to participate in the summer camp because of college acceptances ectera then we decided to give it to juniors,” Mrs. Moser said. “That way, they will be able to attend the summer camp and prepare for their senior year.”
Rotary International is a service organization whose purpose is to provide volunteer services and help bring good will and peace in the world
By Allie Burd
What once began as girls and boys with a dream, the Red Lion Cheerleading Competition Squad has achieved their goal of making it to championships, placing fifth in the state and county champions.
RLC is looking to further their accomplishments by going to nationals this year which will be held at Walt Disney World in Florida. However, they will be relying on people’s help to do it.
Throughout the course of the season, the squad will be doing various forms of fundraising to help pay for all competitions this year. Fundraisers will include hosting competitions, community nights, car washes, and bake sales.
The biggest fundraiser of the year will be November 15, when they host a cheerleading expedition at the Red Lion High School. High school competition squads will come from many different counties for a chance to win a first place title at a competition at Red Lion.
Spectators are encouraged at this competition, and it will be judged by the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). UCA judges many high school competitions all over the nation.
“We’re hoping that we get a good turnout with it being judged by UCA, I think that will bring squads in considering that’s who will be judging things like districts and counties,” RLC Coach Ms. Ashleigh Reinert said.
Along with hosting the competition, RLC will have programs to help raise money. “If we have a program for the competition, we’re going around to the community and asking people if they’d like an ad featured in it.”
The squad is also looking for sponsorships as another form of fundraising because it benefits the squad as well as benefitting the sponsors involved.
Car washes will also be held at Metro Bank during the season. All donations benefit the squad, and any amount helps.
By Kailey Smith
An Assessment Committee investigated the idea of changing to a percentage based system, and presented their ideas to the School Board in May of 2014. The first marking period of this year the new system is in place. Prior to the board presentation, the committee surveyed students, parents and teachers of Red Lion High School.
Some of the questions included on the survey were, “Would you work harder if there was not only a percentage on the report card but also a letter grade?” Over 60% of Red Lion’s students agreed that they would work harder with the new grading system. Not only did they say they would work to get the higher letter grade, they also said they would like the challenge.
The students of Red Lion now have a goal to reach. Students have a better opportunity for colleges to look at their college transcripts and see their grades. Mrs. Kathy Moser was on the committee last year; she was asked the same question about how she personally feels about the new grading system.
“There is a big discrepancy between nine points. Now students have the chance to work hard,” said Mrs. Moser. “For example a 87-89 would be a B+ but a 80-82 would be a B- and anything in between that would be a B.”
The new grading system not only helps the teachers with not filling out as many academic at risk forms, but also having the students aim for a higher grade than a 64%.
High school social studies teacher and Mr. Kevin Zieber spoke about the change in the grading system, saying, “Students and parents are going to like having more of a precise grade.” But he also said there are some downsides, “Students and parents are not going to be in favor of having to do math to figure out the GPA,” said Zieber.
He also made a point from a parent’s perspective, saying “ As a parent, I don’t think its going to have a big affect on the students, because students are just going to look at it as if it was the old grading system.”
The high school teaching staff, the school board, and many parents are hoping that the new grading system will not only look good for colleges but encourage students to work harder toward reaching the goal of higher grades and have a feeling of success.
By Zachary Rhine
Students jump at the chance for a field trip, so why not spend a day off in the nature teaching a younger generation?
Fourth Grade Environmental Days is a club and community service activity offered by Red Lion Area High School that gives students the opportunity to become educators for a day. It is one of Red Lion’s oldest running field trips, beginning roughly around 1987.
The first three days of Fourth Grade Days commenced earlier this fall, and according to elementary school teachers, it was “one of the best, if not the best, trips.”
“I thought it went extremely well,” said Ms. Heather Fogell, one of Red Lion High School’s biology teachers and the coordinator of the field trip. She went on to explain that “the students who had already been trained did an excellent job of training the new high school students so that they could do the best job possible.”
Ms. Fogell herself participated in the field trip when she was a high school student, and she became the lead organizer of the event in 1997.
Other teachers who assisted in the most recent Fourth Grade Days were Mrs. Kilgore, Mrs. Stuth, Mrs. Funke and Mrs. Hoffman. Mrs. Saunders, the school dental hygienist, was also there taking pictures.
“(Fourth Grade Days) is a great program that shows Red Lion students demonstrating their knowledge of the environment, through hands on activities with younger Red Lion students,” said Fogell, informing all who are on the fence about getting involved with the program.
The next three Forth Grade Days will occur in the spring, most likely in March.
Fourth Grade Environmental Days is also a club offered at the high school to further prepare students interested in becoming part of the actual field trip and expanding on leadership skills.