By Eli Lanehart
Walking through the hallways as a senior; a student that is about to go into real world as an adult contributing to society. College may be in the future for this individual, but they also may be confused. Hope has arrived for this student and students of all different scenarios.
“I’ve been working with some teachers and administrators for the past nine to twelve months about creating some opportunities for students while they’re here,” said Mr. Bill Rickard, an assistant principal at Red Lion. “Some of them we’ve run into accidentally and some I’ve been chasing down purposefully.”
By Eli Lanehart
It is now the second marking period at Red Lion Area Senior High School. The Homecoming frenzy is over, halloween made its mark, and everyone has acclimated to their classes for this school year. Now, students need to think about next year.
“We are looking for every opportunity to allow kids to get college credits here at the high school or at least get prepared for college curriculum,” said Ms. Megan Axe; Head of the Social Studies Department at Red Lion.
These courses that permit college credits and preparation are called AP courses, which stands for Advanced Placement. Students that take these courses and if they successfully take the AP test receiving an appropriate score, will gain college credit and may be exempt from college courses.
By Carly Guise
Many students know the all-too-familiar call of Advanced Placement classes. These classes entice students with their 1.3 weight and high credit value, as well as with the possibility for college credit if they do well on their AP test.
What many students do not know, however, is that there is another option that also offers a 1.3 weight and college credit.
This second option is called dual enrollment, and it is when a high school student attends both classes at their high school and classes on a local college campus.
By Helen Zeidman
Changes to the FAFSA, particularly the early release date, will mean easier filing and quicker feedback for students applying to college this year.
Starting this year, the FAFSA form is available on Oct. 1. Parents and their children are able to get a head start on filing the tax information and financial detail, in comparison to the previous Jan. 1 release of the form.
“Your parents can go in the FAFSA and use taxes from 2015,” Mrs. Scott, a guidance counselor, said. “There used to be a lag time, but with the prior-prior systems the taxes are more accurate.”
This means that instead of using tax information from 2016, applicants will be able to use already available data from 2015. For example, students who are applying for loans for the 2017-2018 school year can start filling out the FAFSA now with tax information from 2015. Previously, the FAFSA was not available to fill out until Jan. 1 when most parents did not have their previous year’s tax information finalized.
By Sarah Cimino
Nurses never know what might happen next. They never really know when someone might need their help or when something bad will happen. And they will have to be at the hospital all night to monitor things. Every single day, nurses will have a new story to tell. While some people like the idea of that other people don’t.
It’s hard being a nurse. They get attached to patients, they have to know how to listen very well, and going to school to become a nurse is not easy at all. Sarah Meeks, a nurse at York Hospital, knows that the profession has ups and downs. “Being a nurse is both exciting and scary,” Meeks said. “You have to know what you’re doing.”
Regardless, Meeks thinks that nursing is worth all of the struggles you have to go through. “Being a nurse really changes the way you look at the world,” Meeks said.
There are a lot of different types of nurses. There are agency nurses who go from place to place for their job, ambulatory nurses who take care of temporary patients who only stay for 24 hours or less, nurse anesthetists who assist the doctors in a lot of different ways, including the hospital room, the surgery room and dentists’ offices. Those are only a couple of different kinds of nurses that someone could choose from.
Nurses have to go through school. If someone would want to stay here in Pennsylvania, they may attend school and earn their certification through these organizations: Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, there’s also Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.
According to Meeks, nurses have to be very professional people. They have to know how to keep a straight face and how to keep things serious because it’s hard not to get attached to patients. Also, it’s just a very important and serious job.
A lot of students here at Red Lion want to become nurses, for example, sophomore Seirra Skaggs would like to pursue nursing “I like the idea of making people feel better and feel themselves again.” Skaggs said. “I think I would have an amazing life if I become a nurse.”
By Rebecca Hosier
As Red Lion’s Class of 2014 prepares to graduate, many students are faced with the difficulty of what to do next. Spring is a time of high stress for seniors everywhere. Whether they are going away to college, commuting to a local school, or attending a technical school there are things every student must do to be prepared.
1. Always have a back up
There is nothing more disheartening than not getting into your first choice school. But it is not the end of the world. It is important for students to have backup schools. Even if accepted into multiple colleges, students should have a variety of schools and programs to choose from. A larger range of schools to choose from can make sure that the student chooses the school that is right for them.
2. Apply for as many scholarships as possible
According to Collegeboard.com tuition has risen 2.9% this year. Future college students should counter this by applying to as many scholarships as they can. Not many families can afford to send their children to college out of pocket. Scholarships should be used to lessen the amount of loans and debt for the parents and students.
3. Visit Colleges
It is important to visit the college that one is planning on attending. Most schools offer open houses on the weekends and will work with students and parents to set up tours during the week. When one is going to spend tens of thousands of dollars to attend a college, it is always a good idea to be comfortable with the college and make sure it is truly the one that one wants to attend.
4. Know the requirements to apply
Every college and university has different requirements to get in. The students should know what their college asks for. Make sure that all transcripts and test scores get to the right school before the deadlines.