By Cora Beyer
This school year seems to be characterized by change. This can be seen from laptops for everyone to new teachers and classmates. Another exciting change that might be overlooked is the addition of new clubs, specifically the Politics Club.
The Politics Club is a place that allows students to, not only discuss politics from all points of view, but extend their learning and come up with ways to improve the world around them.
A small group of students feel that it is important for them to be involved in their community and found common ground as they developed this new club.
By Carly Guise
As students filed into the auditorium on Dec. 1, buzzing with excitement for the upcoming weekend, a little boy sat on the steps leading to the stage, eyeing up the crowd.
His name is Connor Rowan. He is in first grade at Locust Grove Elementary, and he is a cancer survivor.
By Derek Etter
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After much public demand and requests by district administration, the Mini-Thon club was asked to host their yearly event again this year.
As a result, Mini-Thon’s committee has announced that they are once again holding their night-of event, much to the excitement from students and staff alike.
However, this year’s Mini-Thon will be shorter, now running from 4-10 p.m. at the high school on April 27, 2018.
By Marissa Burd
Over the years at Red Lion High School, students have started a tradition to support their sports teams, specifically varsity football. This group of school spirited students organized a Student Section and call themselves the “Rowdies.”
With every new school year, a graduating senior passes down the role of being the leader of the Student Section to a rising senior. This year, the legacy was passed down from last year’s leader, Tristan Fuentes (2017), to two seniors, Cole Gipe and Micah Davis.
By Shawn Gunarich
Red Lion students will pick up the slack of a pre-established recycling program in a campaign that kicked off in November.
With the help of Mrs. Heather Fogell, science teacher and recycling activist, and Mr. Mark Harvey, head custodian, students will be tasked with picking up the recycling from classrooms due to a lack of resources among custodial staff.
Red Lion Area Senior High School has considered starting a student-run recycling program for a long time. Recycling does exist at the school school, and has for a while, but students were asked to fill the gaps in the existing program.
“The school has all the necessary grounds and maintenance, but due to the custodial staff spread so thin, there is not enough time or help in the day,” Mrs. Fogell said. “With the push of student help, we should be able to successfully get the ball rolling.”
By Alex Price
One place you may not visit as much as your classrooms but remains a great resource for students is the school library. The library provides a quiet working environment with the perfect blend of electronic and print sources for students.
“For me the library is a great place to get away from the noise and stress in the classroom,” Library Assistant Quinn Waldrup said. “The library is a great place to clear your mind and get work done.”
The library offers online databases for all subjects. These are web based programs such as Aleks and Noodletools. The library staff keeps the library up to date by taking classes and webinars. By doing this the library staff is able to provide a solid background in technology to help students succeed.
For the students that enjoy reading, the library is full of books. There is a wide variety of genres, the most popular include young adult, science fiction, and fantasy.
“The library is a great place to go to work on the computer, do homework, talk about great books, and learn,” Librarian Allyson Ayres said. “For some, it is a secure, quiet place to gather thoughts. For me, it is a sanctuary, much different than the rest of the building.”
What if there is a book a student wants to read but it isn’t available? The library will purchase the book on Amazon and have it ready within three days.
The library is open from 7:20 to 3:05 during school days.
Students may come in during open periods, which are determined by classes being taught in the library on a particular day.
By Carley Blanchard
The Future Farmers of America, or FFA, recently participated in The State Legislative Leadership Conference, and the Public Speaking competition.
The SLLC was held at the Sheraton hotel in Hershey, PA. Its purpose was to teach students about the legislative process and how to run official meetings. It included a dance and breakfast with other FFA officials from chapters all over the state.
By Shayla Scallorn
At their meeting on March 29 the members of National Honor Society selected three qualified individuals from the junior class who they feel will be successful in leading the club in the following year.
Jessica Sun was elected as the club’s new president along with Emily Zeidman as vice president and Helen Zeidman as the treasurer/secretary. The primary duties of the officers include presiding over meetings, updating administrators on goals and activities for the chapter as well as coordinating fundraisers and service projects.
The National Honor Society holds itself to four core values, these being scholarship, character, service and leadership. It is a responsibility of the officers to further encourage and instill these values in each of the members.
Aside from demonstrating these core principles the individuals running should also possess certain characteristics that would be useful in these positions.
“People are scattered all around the school and you have to be able to communicate information to everyone,” senior Tristan Schluderberg, NHS President said. “You definitely need to be organized.”
This is an important position, being in charge of the success of an entire club, however the responsibility is certainly fulfilling.
“I like everything,” Schluderberg said. “It’s fun getting to make decisions and I don’t think there are any cons.”
All members in the NHS, not just the officers, are leaders. They are expected to set a good example to the student body and also the community.
Students who are aiming to become a part of the club need to “work hard, maintain a good grade point average, and maintain good character,” Cindy Vanada, NHS adviser, said. “You need to be a good person and a good student.”
By Ian Adler
With almost 170 projects submitted, Red Lion managed to take home 24 of the 59 awards available at the York County Science and Engineering Fair Mar. 7-8, including the awards of Grand and Reserve Grand Champion.
YCSEF Fair Director and science teacher Mr. Ben Smith attributes Red Lion’s wide range of success to a team effort from both students and staff.
“We’ve had the (county) science fair for a long time, but this is the second year that we’ve had a Red Lion fair,” Smith said. “So I think what we’re seeing is the fruits of the labor from the Science Fair Club and Mrs. Stone and some of the other science teachers who have really worked to try and get students to raise their level.”
The Red Lion fair scored and placed projects roughly a month in advance, allowing students to improve and adjust their projects before the county fair rolled around. Not all of the Red Lion fair projects advanced on to the county fair, but those that did drew lots of attention.
Juniors Mickayla Smith and Levi Jones earned the title of Grand Champion(s) and seniors Tristan Schluderberg and Olivia Tarman brought home the title of Reserve Grand Champion(s), Red Lion’s two highest awards earned at the YCSEF.
“We looked at what people find attractive in different faces and then how that perception of attractiveness can affect how they perceive you otherwise,” Tarman said. “In the first part, we had people look at different faces and just pick which one they thought was the most attractive and in the second part, we looked to see if there was a match between what people found as being attractive and what they also found to as being trustworthy.”
Tarman and Schluderberg ended up sorting the data of 377 50-question submissions in Microsoft Excel and displaying results and observations on their tri-fold board in typical science fair fashion. Their project was called “Face to Face.”
Other multiple award winners included juniors Jason Bernhardt and Jessica Sun, sophomore Anthony Migash, and freshman Austin Kutcher.
“We see a great enthusiasm about science at Red Lion and we think that that’s finally starting to show up at the county science fair,” Mr. Smith said.
While the projects are required for certain science courses, several voluntary projects found their way into the county fair, including Schluderberg and Tarman’s. Although their project was voluntary, several incentives were still offered, such as bonus points on their final and midterm scores.
Schluderberg gives credit to the “unique projects” for much of Red Lion’s success in the county fair.
“I think it’s just going to keep building and progressing,” Tarman said. “Before these two years, it had been awhile since Red Lion had done that well in the fair, I think maybe Red Lion’s making a comeback.”
By Carly Guise
Despite what their name may suggest, students in the National FFA Organization aren’t just planning on becoming production farmers.
With less than five percent actually going into farming, many students instead choose to go into teaching, medicine, engineering, or science, among many others, according to Mrs. Kimberly Dahr, the high school’s agriculture teacher and FFA advisor.
Larissa Herbert, a junior, wants to be a veterinarian. “The skills I’m learning now in FFA are really going to help me in the future,” she said. “I was even able to enter a state vet skills competition that I came ninth in out of 68.”
“I’m going to be an Ag teacher,” said Jacki Henshaw, also a junior. “So the competitions like Teach Ag really help to gain experience and knowledge.”
The organization’s goal is to create a path of achievement through leadership, personal growth, and agriculture education. Lessons such as these are often learned in numerous competitions that members of the Red Lion Area FFA enter and often dominate.
Mrs. Dahr calls it the program’s “best year yet,” which can be seen in their record of success so far this year.
Starting at the York County Fair in September, Red Lion students Larissa Herbert and Casidee Crowl both won first place in the senior and junior divisions of Dairy Skills, respectively.
Allison Macklin took home first places in the senior division of Livestock Judging and Chapter Bundle. Stephanie Gerver’s display, “The Avian Flu and You,” also won a first place prize.
From there, students traveled to the National All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, where Heidi Chapman came in first out of 168 competitors overall.
At the Keystone International Livestock Expo, Sam Bacon came in third overall out of 377 other competitors.
Out of all of their competitions, the organization’s Fall Skills Day is one of the more recent. The day typically features numerous individual competitions for students to enter; including Apple Judging, in which Larissa Herbert came in fourth; County Agronomy, where Stephanie Gerver won first; and County Tractor Driving, in which Ethan Urey came in third.
“You have to have past experience—a lot of it—to drive a tractor,” said senior Ethan Urey. “Especially if you want to do well [in a competition].”
The success of Red Lion’s FFA so far this year has shown that these future teachers, doctors, entrepreneurs, and scientists have been putting the lessons learned through the organization to good use, proving that they’re so much more than their name conveys.