"Red Lion Pride" is a phrase that deeply resonates with many teachers, administration and the surrounding community. One of the goals of the district is for more students to have pride in their school, which is evident through themes at sporting events, school clothing, pep rallies and spirit weeks.
Recently, student council began a campaign to find ways to have a higher number of students participating in spirit weeks. Adviser Mrs. Jane Dennish explained that the ideas is to orientate the spirit days so that the majority of students will be interested and want to participate.
October saw a spirit week held in preparation for the big Halloween game against Dallastown that had a lot of positive feedback. Some of the days included a hat day, "camo day" and America Monday, with hat day raising over $350 for the school.
Dennish helps to plan spirit week along with her committee. "I had received training that helped me in deciding the spirit days," said Mrs. Dennish. "In this training, I was taught to keep it simple and accessible to everyone."
Dennish wants to keep the spirit weeks and days simple and basic. She tries to have spirit days that are "oriented for all the students to express who they are."
The question is, why don't more students participate in spirit week?
"Some of what deters people from spirit week is paying for it," said Mr. Keith Blackwell, a tech-ed teacher at Red Lion Area Senior Highs School.
For many years, Red Lion has had days where the students were asked to wear some sort of clothing to represent school spirit and pride.
Mrs. Andrea Rohrbaugh would like to see more Red Lion's students participate in these types of days. "There are not enough kids," said Rohrbaugh.
Dennish wants to keep the spirit weeks and days simple and basic. She tries to have spirit days that are "oriented for al the students to express who they are."
"I think school spirit is pretty cool," said Sophomore Kyle Oberdick. As seen on the graph, more students participated in the Spirit week than they did year round.
In December, there will be another Spirit week including an ugly sweater contest and other eventful days, including another hat day. If students wear a Santa hat, they can wear it for free.
By Bella McCarey
As Habitat house begins to come together, other schools districts show interest in participating in the cause.
The Red Lion Area School District’s home page states its mission is to prepare students to reach their highest potential while also helping them become productive citizens. Through academics, athletics and community projects, students are able to actively improve as people in and out of the classroom.
Habitat for Humanity is one venue for which students are gaining community service hours and partaking in something bigger than themselves. Students are volunteering individually and in groups within the school, such as FFA, the Executive Council of 2015 and Choir.
The hard work students have put in is shown through the house itself, which is in the final home stretch.
“The building itself is complete in structure and walls are currently primed and being painted,” Assistant Principal Mr. Grant Gouker said.
The end of March is still the completion date for the project, weather permitting.
“It depends on how bad this winter is this year, if it’s anything like it was last year,” Mr. Gouker said, “But it’s looking positive as of right now.”
While the house’s foundation is settling, another foundation is in works in other school districts. Spring Grove, Central York and York County School of Technology are all looking to begin their own Habitat projects.
“Spring Grove and other districts [Central and YCST] have asked to be a part of things, sort of following in our footsteps,”
Mr. Gouker said, “It’s always nice to be first for once.”
As the house begins to feel more like a home, the works of planning a “handover ceremony for the homeowners” is on the table.
“There’s not much detail on it yet, but if March stays as our ending date, the idea of the ceremony will be more clear,” Mr. Gouker said.
To sign up to volunteer, go to http://tinyurl/rlhabitat to sign up today!
By Helen Zeidman
One fifth of teenagers have a mental health disorder, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty.
Aevidum, a new club at Red Lion, is hoping to prevent this statistic from becoming a reality in our community.
The word “aevidum” was made by the student at Cocalico High School when one of their fellow students committed suicide. The word means “I’ve got your back.” A group of students decided to make a positive outcome from the tragedy.
So, they formed Aevidum.
This group of students, including sophomore Mickayla Smith, Juniors Ian Adler and Hayley Athoff, and Senior Katelyn Willey, are determined to bring the program to the high school.
“The club is completely run by students,” sa Ms. Rohrbaugh, teacher advisor for Aevidum. The school psychologist, Mrs. Persing, is also advising the club.
In October, Mrs. Rohrbaugh, invited this group of students to attend the Let’s Talk PA! press conference in Lancaster.
“You could feel the energy bouncing off everywhere,” said Willey.
Over 30 schools attended the conference to start off another year of spreading awareness about mental health issues.
“There were a bunch of people from different schools. Those who were already a part of the club were connecting us as one,” said Smith.
The energetic conference inspired the group of students to bring the excitement back to their school.
“When Mrs. Rohrbaugh told us about the conference, it was really vague,” said Adler. “But when we got there I thought, ‘This is awesome.’”
On Friday, November 12, the kick-off assembly was held in the auditorium.
Willey and her fellow leaders of Aevidum at Red Lion organized the assembly on Friday and will continue to plan most of the club’s events.
The presentation started with Smith and Adler wearing banana suits.. The club’s purpose and future plans were finally revealed.
Aevidum at Red Lion will focus on increasing acceptance, appreciation, acknowledgement, and care in the high school.
The club already has several ideas to accomplish that goal.
According to Willey, the club has their first activity in the works. They plan on hosting Red Lion’s first paint battles. As a fundraiser, white shirts will be sold by the club members. All of the money will go to kick starting the club and extra will go to charities that deal with mental health awareness.
Then, they will organize paint stations and students will paint handprints on each other’s shirts to show that they have each other’s backs.
“We would have paint everywhere,” said Willey.
The club is also planning on creating an Aevidum lounge as a place where students can have a comfortable place to relax and to get help.
These plans are in the works, but the club needs the students’ help. More members are needed to organize events and activities. Anyone who is interested should contact Mrs. Rohrbaugh or Mrs. Persing, the school’s psychologist and co-advisor for Aevidum.
“Everyone is welcome. That’s what makes Aevidum different,” said Athoff.
Follow @aevidum on twitter for updates and different ways to get involved
By Eli Gregory and Adrianna Clinton
Staff Writer and Co-Editor-in-Chief
With the highest score they received this season, the Marching Lions took home the title of champions of the Patriot A Class at the Cavalcade of Band Championships on Nov. 9.
The band performed their show “Immortal” for the very last time at Millersville University in front of numerous judges and over 110 band fans in attendance just for the Marching Lions.
“We’ve been waiting for a show like this, and you gave it to us,” band director Curtis Crone said to the group after arriving back to the school.
Color Guard instructor and Latin teacher Melanie Keagy said the performance was the best of the season, and that the win “challenges us to get better and better.”
Along with five other bands, the band waited nervously for the judges to finish calculating scores and designating awards. The Lions’ performance earned them first place with a score of 92.5 and four secondary awards: high overall effect, high visual performance, high music performance, and best percussion.
The drumline was proud to learn that they won best percussion by nineteen points, a feat rewarded by doughnuts for the section. Senior drum major Anna Lorenzen said the win was “Well-earned. We had a great season from the start….it’s a big deal.”
The current seniors also won championships their freshman year with the show “24 Frames Per Second.” “[This win] brings back a lot of great memories. It’s nice to relive it. Now underclassmen can have their own experience,” Lorenzen said.
In 14 years of competing, the Marching Lions have now been victorious at championships three times, in 2008, 2011 and now 2014.
The Red Lion community also showed their support for the band by lining up in the square and cheering as the buses drove by after winning. A Fire and Rescue Officer also escorted them through the streets.
The band recently learned the theme of their 2015 field show at their banquet on November 17th. It’s titled “Uprising” and will feature music from Les Miserables and The 1812 Overture. “We’ve done Les Mis and the 1812 Overture but we’ve never done them together so I’m excited!” said Director Crone when asked on the selection of the shows theme.