A note from Superintendent Dr. Scott Deisley: It is nearly impossible to encapsulate a life in a few words. It is even more difficult to capture the impact and contributions of Jeff Fix to the Red Lion Area School District. A few days after the senior high prom, Mr. Fix wrote an open letter to the students of the senior high. I think his words best sum up his love for this district and our students.
Dear RLASH Students:
I am often asked why I would want to serve on our school board. There are many long meetings, complex issues that must be resolved, balancing our budget with limited tax dollars…and we don’t get paid to do it! But I think I can speak on behalf of the entire board, both past and present, that the opportunity to serve YOU, our students, and assure that you get the best education possible is well worth the effort.
We are constantly reminded of the outstanding things you do. Whether it’s your academic accomplishments, the excellence you achieve in music, athletics, and other extracurriculars or the many ways you give back to our community. Mini-THON and the Habitat House are two great examples of how you go way above and beyond what is expected.
In my nearly eight years on school board, there have been countless occasions when I have been overwhelmed with pride in your accomplishments, but perhaps never more so than on the evening of April 25th. Each year, you select a Prom Queen and King who always represent the very best of who we are at Red Lion. And this year, you did so again by selecting Lauren Bankard and Cody Woods. Both are great kids and very special people.
In addition to being special in the general sense, Cody is uniquely so, and it is not his needs that make him special nor define who he is. What makes him special is the joy, the enthusiasm, and the positive spirit that he brings to school each and every day. Thank you for bestowing both Cody and Lauren with this honor.
On behalf of the entire school board, we are enormously proud of your gesture. I believe that we as a school district are perhaps best defined by how well we include our special kids in our lives. In that regard, you have set a very high standard. You are truly the best!
Jeffrey E. Fix
Red Lion Area Board of School Directors
Jeff understood the need to run a fiscally sound district. Although he worked to not raise taxes, he never wanted to give our students less--only more. He valued academics yet recognized the importance of extracurricular activities. He was proud of our facilities from our stage to Horn Field to the Fitzkee Center. He loved to brag about the opportunities that our students have. His 32 years as an unpaid tennis coach speaks to his commitment to our students. In addition to providing our students with a world-class education, Jeff was deeply concerned about uniting the entire Red Lion Area School District. Although Jeff was elected to represented Red Lion Borough, he worked to actively include the other two regions when making decisions. He dreamed of a united district where all students were able to participate equally. He did not like to hear that some students were unable to participate in activities because of a lack of transportation or funds. To that end, he gave freely of his time and energy.
Certainly, Jeff loved this school district. He loved serving our students especially as the President of the Board. Truly Jeff represents the best of our school district. The blood that coursed through his veins undoubtedly was Gold and Black.
Our district is a better place because of him.
By Claire Krackow
Senior prom is definitely a night to remember and cherish for the rest of your life. The seniors at Red Lion Senior High School did just that and then some. On the night of prom at 8 p.m., prom court was announced to walk with an escort of their choice. Lauren Bankard won prom queen.
Senior Cody Woods, a classmate with Down Syndrome, was then crowned prom king.
Cody was very excited when he was crowned that night. The song that Cody chose to walk to with his escort (Brittany Mancha) was “Greased Lightning.
“I chose that song because it’s from my favorite movie,” Woods said. His favorite character is Danny Zucco from the movie “Grease,” which is another reason why he chose the song.
Fox 43 showed up at prom to interview Cody and other classmates about his being crowned king. Woods said that he was very “excited” and “nervous” about being interviewed but all around it was a great experience for him.
“I danced and took a lot of pictures,” Woods said.
“We were first asked if it was okay that Cody would be on court by the lady that runs the prom (Mrs. Jennifer Wireman) and everything,” Cody’s teacher, Mrs. Denise Wagner said. “And we said that we felt that he would handle it very well.”
“And then when he was on prom court, we talked to him about the possibilities of winning but also the possibilities that he might not, but that we loved him regardless and he was our king, regardless,” Wagner said with a smile.
Senior Brittany Mancha, who works with Cody on the morning announcements show, was chosen to escort him down the prom court that night.
“He’s such a sweetheart. We talk every morning when he comes to the TV studio and he always has a smile on his face,” Mancha said.
“It was so funny, Mrs. Kuhn actually called me out of calculus and said, ‘So, Cody was planning on asking you, but he wanted to make sure it wouldn’t interfere with your date.’ I said it was perfectly fine and the next morning, Cody walked up to me in the TV studio with Mrs. Kuhn. He was so giddy, but nervous, and asked me if I would escort him. Of course, I said yes,” Mancha said. “He immediately held his arms out for a hug.”
“Everyone on court was so kind to him and he couldn’t stop grinning the entire time. When the song “Greased Lightning” started playing, he walked down the ballroom and he high-fived every single person the entire walk down,” Mancha said. “I felt absolutely honored to escort such a sweet guy.”
“We chose the right kind of person to walk with him that evening, so that he had the right type of person to handle his abilities and to just be sure that he was doing okay,” Mrs. Wagner said.
Woods said that even when he was announced prom king, he already felt like a king beforehand.
“It doesn’t matter what day it is, if it’s sunny, if it’s bright or even if it’s not, he high fives everybody in the halls,” Wagner said. “He makes sure that he goes out of his way to say hello to people, good morning, he greets teachers, and he doesn’t let anybody stop him. So if he gets discouraged with somebody, he will still say hello to them again the next day.” Wagner said.
“It does not matter who they are, he wants to be friends with everybody.”
By Bella McCarey
Red Lion’s music program is one that has been acclaimed for its accomplishments on both the local and national level. It was recently named by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) as one of 2015’s Best Communities for Music Education.
Within the Red Lion community, there are select individuals who shine as musically inclined students, one of those students being senior Joelle Godfrey. Godfrey is one of the choreographers for the Red Lion Show Choir, along with senior Hannah Sattazahn.
“I’ve been choreographing for about two years now, and it mainly entails picking five pieces that are modern, fun music,” Godfrey said. “We want to be able to make it look bold and big, but also make it easy and fun.”
The Show Choir had been preparing for their concert May 2 since September, putting in three hours worth of choreographing per piece. They also performed at Voices of the Pride, at the Habitat closing ceremony, and MoTown. Once she has the dance choreographed, then they teach the dance to the whole choir.
“We [Hannah Sattazahn and I] put in two hours every Monday September through February working on dances,” Godfrey said. “It’s a lot of work, it’s not simple.”
Godfrey uses her own 13 years of experience of taking various types of dances lessons as well as her experience teaching dance to younger children.
“It’s helped to teach me about being refined and show worthy,” she said. “It’s all about responsibility and taking on a lot of leadership. But we have a lot of positive energy.”
Godfrey plans on attending York College next fall to dual major in Special and Early Childhood Education. She also intends to continue to teach dance to younger kids.
By Claire Krackow
Seniors, it’s the time of year that you’ve all been waiting for! “All that Jazz” is coming to the Valencia in York on Saturday, April 25 at 7 PM.
“So we have many different committees. We have invitations, we have decorations, we have gifts and we have food committees,” Senior Class President Heather Jackson said. “We already picked all the food that we want so that’s taken care of, and we have all of our decorations.”
The decorations for this years’ prom will be very fitting to the theme (All that Jazz) as there will be pearls and feather boas.
“Also, there will be jazz dancers’ from Joelle (Godfrey’s) dance team and we might be offering some sort of payment to them for courtesy,” Jackson said. They will be dancing as the prom court, King and Queen are announced.
Voting for prom court took place the week of April 6-10.
Tickets were on sale April 1-10 in Mrs. Wiremans classroom, D227. They are $40 per person.
Senior class prepares for class trip and graduation while underclassmen move forward with newly elected officers after recent elections.
Taylor Bosley and Bella McCarey
Class of 2014:
The senior class recently held their prom at the Valencia on Apr. 26. The theme for prom was Vintage Hollywood. After a count of votes, Graeme Nelson and Tara Tolton were crowned Prom King and Queen, respectively.
Next on the council’s agenda is their class trip to Six Flags on May 22. The cost of the trip per student is $50. Following the trip is the biggest milestone is any high school student’s career: graduation. The official date is set for June 6 at 6:45 PM at Horn Field, weather permitting.
Class of 2015:
As the year comes to an end, the Junior Executive Council held their elections for their senior year. This election differed from past ones. Rather than voting being schoolwide, voting was held to just the immediate class council.
The results brought in new people for almost every position. Heather Jackson was voted President, Gregg Thibault was voted Vice President, Ellen Weaver as Secretary and Jennifer Hedrick as Treasurer.
There are a couple of fundraisers coming up for the Class of 2015 to get involved with. There will be a car wash ticket sale, a sub and sandwich sale, and a possibility of a chicken BBQ.
Along with those fundraisers, the class of 2015 executive council is currently designing the senior t-shirts and deciding on the class colors for next year.
Class of 2016:
The sophomore class of 2016 executive council is ending the year as they had started it with the same positions. Alec Gayrama as president, Ian Adler as Vice President, Grant Fickes as Treasurer and Gabriella Zarragoitia as Secretary. Talks of any new election being held have not yet been discussed said Mrs. Amanda Seitz, Class of 2016 council advisor.
There are ways the sophomore class and other classes can help to raise money for their class trip and prom. Fundraisers they are holding currently are the Volleyball Tournament which anyone can get involved with. The cost is $5 for each team. They are also holding a Joe Corbi’s fundraiser. This includes pizzas, cookies, and other treats. Anyone is able to get involved in the fundraiser by picking up a catalogue in A209. The fundraiser money is due to Mrs. Seitz no later than May 14 for any sophomore who chooses to do it.
Class of 2017:
The phrase “power in numbers” doesn’t always ring true, especially in the case of the Executive Council for the Class of 2017. Consisting of only six members, they have already begun the process of establishing themselves as a council, starting with the assignment of Class Officers and planning a sandwich sale to take place later in April.
“We couldn’t exactly hold an election,” Freshman Class Adviser Mr. David Danner said jokingly. “Having only six people respond and turn in their forms makes that kind of hard. So they pretty much just got their positions.”
The class officers are as follows: Kynslee Shephard (President), Gillian Orwig (Vice-President), Jake Patterson (Historian), Tyler Varney (Treasurer) and Asia Adams (Secretary). The only other member is Collin Herman-Conrad.
“Even though we only have six members, I still have faith that we can get things done,” Shephard said. “And we are hoping to recruit a few more members to add to the mix by the end of the year.”
“Being President, of course a lot of responsibility comes with that… He [Mr. Danner] has mentioned that, for now, I will be leading and overseeing our meetings, working with him to organize fundraisers and stuff like that.”
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.
By Ben Otte
Class of 2013: The graduating class went to Six Flags, New Jersey on May 23 for their senior class trip. According to class advisor Dave Danner, 170 seniors signed up to go.
In addition to class trip, the council is also preparing for baccalaureate which will be held on June 6 at 7 p.m. Members of the council will reportedly be reading and speaking during the service.
Class of 2014: New class officers have recently been elected to lead the Class of 2014 executive council.
Marley Vebares has been elected by the council to fill the position of class president while Connor Green, Mason Zeplo, and Nicole Thivierge will remain in their respective positions of vice president, treasurer, and secretary.
The council has recently hosted a dodgeball tournament that brought in $240.
Class secretary Nicole Thivierge says, “I’m excited to see all of our hard work pay off this upcoming senior year. There is still a lot to do but I think we’re all looking forward to it.”
Class of 2015: The sophomore class just recently wrapped up their Sammy Sandwich sub and sandwich fundraiser that hauled about $800 into the class fund. The council has now also recently taken over the Class of 2013’s duties of selling candy on Wednesday’s after school.
“We are very pleased with the progress that we made in fundraising this year,” assistant class adviser Keith Blackwell said. “Our group is growing and I’m excited to see how the participation will benefit our class.”
Class of 2016: Ms. Heather Fogell has claimed the position of class advisor for the Class of 2016. Fogell released a statement indicating Miss Seitz and Mrs. Smeltzer will be assisting her in this role.
Although no official council has been formed yet, petition forms for interested students have been handed out.
“The students I have met so far are driven and upbeat. I look forward to seeing what they bring to the organization,” Fogell said.
By Claire Krackow
The Executive Council has many ambitious students that make up their President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer. They are doing many important things in order to help their class become successful and to have an unforgettable prom in two years.
President of the sophomore class, Bradley Irizarry, says, "My job is mostly to provide fundraiser ideas, represent my class, and be at the most class events that I can make."
"I usually run the Executive Council meetings, and pretty much anything else they tell me to do. It all varies," Bradley says. "I like my class, I'm proud of them. Being president is fun. I like being a leader and that my class voted for me to be their president. My favorite part would be that I get to run the meetings."
Vice President Greg Thibault says, "As Vice President of our class, I am required to be a role model and to represent our class well. As far as the council goes, I am responsible to conduct the meeting if the President is not there. I am also present when we try to get something passed through our school Administration." Greg says. "I feel honored to be our class Vice President. I've always wanted to be a class officer, and I will use my position to benefit our class. I truly believe that our class is great, and it is my job to make sure that we end our high school careers with best prom and senior trip as possible."
The Secretary, Ellen Weaver, says, "I take notes during the meetings about the stuff we talk about and the changes we make. I enjoy being the Secretary, I think my class is great," Ellen says. "I always gotta know what's going on, I would love if my class was a little more involved though."
Treasurer, Heather Jackson says, "I handle money funding and how we're supposed to pay for things. I'm glad that the people that are in our positions are in that position because they're all responsible and they're good for that job," Heather says. "I like contributing my ideas, and I'm glad that everyone else can say whatever they want and contribute to what they think."
The 10th grade Executive Council is very successful in helping their class, and they will continue to be very successful and make the best class that they can with their next two years of High School.