By Ian Adler
With 400,000 square feet, three floors, two gymnasiums, and an external tech-wing, it can be hard to get lost in the vastness of Red Lion Senior High. However, freshmen Chance Riddle has created an application to help solve that problem.
The app, called “School Scout”, is currently only accessible as a website, but the application will be available sometime before the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It holds maps of all three floors of the senior high, the various bell schedules, and even the monthly lunch menu.
“One of my biggest concerns about coming into the high school was the size,” freshmen and app developer Chance Riddle said. “I just thought it would be convenient to have something that you could see right at your fingertips.”
After forming and spreading his idea, Chance’s junior high seminar teacher Mrs. Shay referred him to Mrs. Samantha Smith, the K-12 district Technology Integration Coach, for guidance in constructing the application.
“He really thought it would be helpful, with being an incoming freshmen, to create something that would help assist freshmen when they come to the high school,” Smith said. “So he wanted to know how he could make that happen and make it a reality.”
“Of course, he wanted to make an app, which was awesome, but the reality was that I did not know how to do that,” Smith said. “So, we started creating a mobile website, which was the easiest way for us to get to his end result and ultimate goal quickly.”
Through some research into coding and design, the site was up and running by the start of the 2015-2016 school year after various tests and clearances by Red Lion-affiliated channels.
“He has access to all of the knowledge at his fingertips,” Smith said. “Plus, we do have some great resources here at Red Lion that are going to help him with coding and things of that nature.”
The next step in finalizing the application will be actually making it available as a downloadable app on the iTunes store.
However, Apple product users can easily create a shortcut button on their home screen to take them directly to the site. The website is currently available at https://sites.google.com/a/rlschools.net/test1/ as of November 24.
By Shawn Gunarich
Ten years of dancing for the students of Red Lion high school, from 2007 till present: Red Lion has been holding an event to help in ending childhood cancer.
In the beginning of 2007, a young high school student named Savannah Smith went around, room to room, asking for help in starting an event called “Mini-THON”, a 12-hour long dance-a-thon, birthed from the yearly THON held at Penn State University.
Savannah approached physical education teacher Miss Ashleigh Reinert. Miss Reinert willingly helped to the best of her ability, as her time was limited as a coach of multiple sports.
One of the events leading to the first mini-THON was to go to Hershey Medical Center to visit the very children they were helping to save. “After I saw the first hand of the first child I knew how important it was,” Miss Reinert said. “In that moment, I knew what we were doing meant something.”
It has been ten years since the first mini-THON, and Red Lion’s attendance and money raised only continue to rise, with over 300 students attending and over $53,000 raised during the 2014-2015 school year.
The 2015-2016 mini-THON fundraising campaign has already started, and the first big fundraisers are already here. On September 11, mini-THON will be holding a chicken barbeque outside the pool area before the football game. November 5 is also a date to save as Red Lion high school will the host the Harlem Wizards basketball team in a staff vs. Wizards game. All proceeds will go toward Red Lion mini-THON.
Red Lion mini-THON has also lost a valued adviser, science teacher Mrs. Misty Wilson, after she took a principal position at Dallastown High School. She has been succeeded by English teacher and mini-THON adviser Mr. Ryan Small, who has been given the title of head adviser.
“We are a team and want to give credit where it’s due,” Small said. “While I’m labeled as head adviser, all other advisers put in the same amount as work as I do, this includes Ms. White, Mrs. Capiotis and Mrs. Beland.”
Putting on mini-THON is very much a team effort, and requires the cooperation and effort of many students and staff, but the most important thing to remember is FTK.
“FTK means hope for those diagnosed.”
By Helen Zeidman
Every little girl dreams of having the perfect dress for prom. With the help of Student Council, everyone will get the chance to find their fairytale gown.
This is the second year for the Lion Queen dress drive, though it is now called the formal fashion fair, since the merchandise is not restricted to prom dresses.
In addition to dresses, Student Council also collects shoes, bags, and accessories to give away or consign. The dresses are not limited to prom dresses; homecoming and other formal occasion attire are accepted, too. The fair this year will be expanded to include everything for the prom experience, not just dresses.
Last year, the drive was only open to Red Lion students, but this year, anyone can donate, consign, or buy the dresses and accessories.
Some dresses will be given away for free and others will be sold for up to $100.
“The general idea is that people with less money should be able to get great dresses, too,” Elizabeth Gable, a member on the committee that organized the event, said.
Mrs. Jane Dennish, the student council adviser, came up with the idea from the nationwide event, The Cinderella Project.
“I thought that it would be neat to provide free prom dresses locally,” Dennish said.
According to Mrs. Dennish, Student Council is planning on having a hairstylist, a nail stylist,, and a Mary Kay consultant at the event this year. The goal is to help students figure out how to do the rest of their outfits after they find their dresses.
There will also be raffles for various gift baskets at the event with everything from hair tools to makeup.
The main goal of the event is to bring people together during the chaotic prom season, not for Student Council to make a profit.
“The students make all of the money. It is not like a typical consignment where the business takes a cut of the profit,” Dennish said. “We do it as a service.”
“We want to entice mothers and daughters to spend the day together. They can make it a mother and daughter day,” Dennish said.
By Mike McCarty
Students from Red Lion Area Senior High School’s drafting and design level four class have begun a remarkable self-driven project. Seniors Drake Schaefer, Hunter Kinard, Mike McCarty, Sebastian Smith, Joshua Ziolkowski, Ben Clark, and junior McKayla Cooley are those in charge of the effort to restore the Neff’s single-room schoolhouse.
Located on 220 Country Club Road, this historic landmark is in dilapidated condition and in need of improvements and repairs. With only a few months and a couple of field trip days lefts within the school year, the pressure is on, but the students of Red Lion are more than up for the challenge.
“Simply it has to be done, and it’s a fun challenge,” senior Hunter Kinard said.
The one overseeing this project is their very own drafting/design level four teacher Mr. John Royer. With immense enthusiasm he encourages the students to not only do this for a grade, but to find out what this project means for those working on it and to find out what you’re passionate about in life.
Mr. Royer’s passion for the project is closely tied to the reason he wants to be involved. “Why? To restore and honor the impacts that single room schoolhouses had on our community, simple hardworking close knit families who loved to help each other was a part of life,” Mr. Royer, said.
Neff’s single room schoolhouse was just a stepping stone to many of the students striving to make it to high school, where most of the core subjects were taught, including geography, mathematics, English, and especially religion.
What was once a treasure to the town and its students this historic institution is rotting away sadly.
“I feel it is important to secure the legacy left behind so future visitors may take a trip back in time. My local history students continue to be amazed at what took place in this building. Education has changed and grown exponentially over the past 65 years but it is important to reflect on our beginnings,” Mr. Sam Cooley, local history teacher said.
With panels falling from the ceiling, paint chipping, and splintering floorboards, the school house is slowly decaying, though with the help and compassion from the students, this barely recognizable structure will once again stand proud.
“It’s a part of our towns history, not everyone has the chance to tackle a project like this so why not?” Drake Schaefer said.
By Bella McCarey
For the last 12 months, the Red Lion community has been surrounding the efforts of Habitat for Humanity to build a home for Ashley Moffitt and her daughter Shaelynn. Superintendent Dr. Scott Deisley and Assistant Principal Mr. Grant Gouker teamed up to bring the dream of participating in Habitat for Humanity to the school district.
The house is in the final stretch, with the ending date rapidly approaching. March 23, 2015 is the date that Mr. Gouker has in mind and would like to continue working to meet the deadline.
“The interior is about 98% finished. There is still a little bit of painting to do, electrical fixtures to install, and window treatments to do, “ Mr. Gouker said. “There are also some exterior things to do all of which will have to be completed when the weather gets warm.”
As of now, the itinerary or location of the closing ceremony isn’t absolute. The one thing that Mr. Gouker is aware of is creating a “special project” to create for the homeowner, which will be a gift highlighting the building process.
The house was made possible mainly based on fundraising efforts by the community itself as well as the school districts, including staff, administration and students, participating in the building process.
The fundraising goal for the project was met, a $90,000 figure necessary for finishing the home.
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 Phoenix Ashman
Students are planning the first ever poetry slam at Red Lion Area Senior High School. Senior Nikki Einsig had the idea to hold a poetry slam for high school students to be held on Apr. 17 in the high school auditorium.
The event has been named ‘The Slam.’
“There is a lot of events and opportunities for people in the art and musical organizations at Red Lion and there needed to be something for people who enjoy writing, like a creative outlet,” Einsig said.
To participate in ‘The Slam’ one must attend the audition that will be held after school on Mar. 26 and 27 in room D113. Anyone wanting to perform must sign up for the audition outside of Mrs. Shultz room, D113. Auditions are mandatory.
‘The Slam’ will take place in the high school’s auditorium on Apr. 10 at 6:00 pm. Arriving early is recommended.
‘The Slam’ is a school function; therefore there have been rules and guidelines set forth by Mrs. Shultz, The Slam advisor.
The rules and guidelines are as follows, all pieces must be original (spoken or sung), must be school appropriate (language and performance), and should be three minutes or less in length. Performers are expected to be polite and respectful,
For those who have no idea what to expect when it comes to a poetry slam, Einsig shared her take on what a poetry slam is really about. “It’s intended to be upbeat and high energy. Audience participation is important. They’re basically the judges.”
A workshop will also be taking place on Mar. 19, 20 in room D113. The workshop is separate from ‘The Slam’ but is similar in its purpose. There is a sign up sheet for the workshop outside of D113.
Honors science students prepare for the upcoming Science Fair to be held in March.
By Ian Adler
As the fall season rolls in and spring draws closer, there is one thing on the mind of Red Lion’s honors science students--the Science Fair.
The fair itself is to be held March 10-11 at the Penn State York campus. The students must complete their projects well before this deadline.
For those who do not know, the science fair is an annual showcasing of science experiments created, conducted and presented by students. Schools from all over York county send their most intelligent and creative students to represent their schools well.
“I’m pretty confident we can get some first places and we have some chances to earn other prizes,” said science teacher Mrs. Valerie Stone. Along with overall place prizes, there are awards for projects in categories like engineering and meteorology or for projects that exhibit things like best statistics.
Freshman Dante Zumbo has recently settled on investigating the chemicals involved in cellular death, according to his science teacher Ms. Heather Fogell.
“When cells are stressed to the point when they realize they can’t survive, they emit chemicals that will trigger their own death,” said Fogell.
Freshman Larissa Herbert is conducting a solo project that is also unique. She plans to “take three different chickens and put them in three different environments to see how the quality of the egg is affected.”
In addition to Fogell and Stone, Mr. Blanteno, Mr. Granger, and Mr. Smith are all helping to prepare students for the upcoming fair.
With a wide range of student interests, Red Lion will have a diverse arsenal of projects to send to the fair.
From the massive amount of work that students will put in to perfect their project, Mrs. Stone has a lot of faith in her students at Red Lion.
“At Red Lion, we know what it takes to get a first place,” said Stone. “It takes a lot of work.”
By Ben Otte
Nov. 13, 14, and 15, students of the graduating senior class took finals steps to complete their final graduation project. For those three consecutive days, seniors were excused 20 minutes from one of their first three periods for their mock job interview.
Mrs. Kimberly Morris, business teacher and Career Awareness Coordinator, has been overseeing and coordinating the event for the past three years, including this one. “I see an extremely strong connection between school and employment,” Morris said. “Students will still stop along the way at college or a trade/technical school and so on, but eventually everyone winds up in the workplace.”
Seniors began developing cover letters and resumes in their respective English classes several weeks before the interviews took place. Students were interviewed by representatives from local organizations including Kinsley Construction, Cintas, and Johnson Controls in the high school library.
Morris, along with English teachers challenged students by requiring their cover letters and resumes be “perfect” in their design and to take the mock job interviews more seriously.
“People may say I’m mean,” Morris said in a chuckle. On a more serious note, her expression changed. “Ultimately, however, I want the students’ success.”
The evaluations seem to have pointed to just that. Morris says evaluation sheets she saw labeled the seniors as more positive and more mature than in past years. A lot of the sheets reflected an impressive dress code as well.
“I wouldn’t say they’re [students] mature when I’m on lunch duty, there they are students having fun with their friends, but when everyone came to the library they knew what was expected and they did it. The ‘employers’ had nothing but good things to say about our students.”