By Carly Guise
Red Lion junior Alex Sun has been named Grand Champion of the York County Science and Engineering Fair.
Alex, whose project was titled “3D Printing of Biodegradable Materials,” is the fourth person from Red Lion to win a Grand Champion title at the county fair in four years. His predecessors include Alec Gayrama (2015), Levi Jones and Mickayla Smith (2016), and his sister Jessica Sun (2017).
By Carly Guise
As the school science fair has come and gone, students across the high school have begun preparing for their next challenge: the York County Science and Engineering Fair.
The county science fair takes place on Mar. 5 and 6 at Penn State York. Its predecessor, the school science fair, took place on Jan. 5.
At the school fair, Alex Sun, junior, was named Grand Champion for his project on 3D printed biodegradable material. Ismail Guler and Shreeji Patel, both sophomores, were named Reserve Grand Champions for their project that dealt with radiation, specifically from power plants.
By Carrie Knight
Two years of preparation and planning has finally come to fulfillment for the members of student council. November 2, 3, and 4 Red Lion hosted 1,000 students statewide.
“I have never seen a group of leaders so dedicated and passionate about working for two years straight on a conference that was going to directly benefit 1,000 students from across the state.” said Jacob Franciscus, the current president of student council, and state co-chair. “The council has become family within the past two years...I am so proud of every single one of them.”
By Carly Guise
Jessica Sun has been named Grand Champion at the York County Science and Engineering Fair.
The senior won the title on Mar. 8 after claiming the top prize at Red Lion’s own science fair and two days of judging at the county level.
“I was both happy and surprised when I found out I was Grand Champion,” she said. “It was not a goal that I set out with. Mainly, I just wanted to research something I was interested in and do a good project.”
The title will send Sun to the compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair, which is being held in Los Angeles this coming May.
“I’m both nervous and excited for the fair,” she said. “I still have a little bit of work to do with my project before I go, but I’m really excited since the international fair is going to be in Los Angeles. I think that it will be a really cool experience.”
By Helen Zeidman
One day a year, the Red Lion Area Senior High School’s cafeteria is turned into a center for innovation and research. Students from every grade contribute to this event of creativity and learning. The high school held its third in-house science fair to display the hard work and investigative talents of its student body on Jan. 29.
Professionals in various fields of science and technology judged about 150 projects Even though the number of participants was lower than last year, the boards still had a large range of topics, with everything from personality types and plant growth to video games and solar panels.
Since students can research any field of science, these projects extended across multiple subjects and incorporated skills from a plethora of areas. This made the fair very diverse.
By Carly Guise
Juniors Jacob Lorenzen and Summer Hinton have made Red Lion history.
The duo became the first Red Lion team to score in the top three at the 32nd Annual Millersville University Science Lectureship and Competition on Nov. 17. They worked together to complete a test based on mathematics and science topics and earned third place.
“We went into the competition with very little preparation,” Lorenzen said, “so when we got third place, we were very excited and surprised.”
By Carly Guise
Punkin Chunkin--it’s an activity that has been steadily gaining popularity over the past few years. The idea is that participants build some kind of machine — usually a catapult or a trebuchet — capable of launching pumpkins that range from five to eight pounds.
Chunking festivals around the nation have popped up, with the most well-known in Delaware.
On Nov. 4, the festivities were brought to York County, with a Punkin Chunkin contest at West York Middle School. Red Lion juniors Tyler Burchett and Andrew Bacon placed fifth out of 15 teams while there.
By Tori Austin
Physical education is an assigned course that students are required to take two days a cycle every year--but that will all be changing next year.
During a meeting on Nov. 3, the school board approved a plan that will completely alter the way science labs and gym classes are set up.
Under the plan, physical education will become a semester-long course students take every day of the cycle. However, students will only be required to take three semesters of gym class throughout their high school career. This change means that students could have a senior year free of gym class.
Meanwhile, Advanced Placement (AP) science classes with double lab periods would move to having a lab period every day for a full year. During the first three marking periods, under Mr. Mark Shue’s outline, the lab period would be used for an extension of classwork. In the fourth marking period, however, the class would explore a specific science elective that the teacher deems relevant to the end-of-the-year AP test.
By Aidan Nelson
Two of Red Lion’s very own are attending the International Science Fair. Juniors Levi Jones and Mickayla Smith have qualified to attend.
“We are proud of all our science fair participants, and our grand champions. We are excited to see Levi and Mickayla compete at the next level,“physics teacher Mr. Ben Smith said, Head of the Science Department at Red Lion Senior High School.
The project that they created is using plastic, known as polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, to create fibers; These fibers can be used to make fabrics.
About 25% of the PET is being fully recycled, making it the most recyclable plastic in the U.S., but only 31% of it is actually recycled.
“Levi and I had a focus on adding strontium aluminate powder into the recycling process to produce recycled glowing fibers,” junior Mickayla Smith said.
Science is not the only thing that happens at the International Fair. Students from around the world get to meet and enjoy each other’s presence.
“I’m looking forward to the pin exchange with kids all around the world,” junior Levi Jones said.
Levi and Mickayla, along with Mr Smith, are going to be at the International Science Fair, held in Phoenix, Arizona, from May 5 through May 13.
By Zachary Rhine
News & Feature Editor
Pond, stream, reptiles and amphibians, energy, insects and arachnids- these words come together to form the embodiment of what Fourth Grade Environmental Days is all about.
For six days a school year, three in the fall and three in the spring, a small farm in Felton, PA is transformed into a place of learning and games for the fourth grade classes of the Red Lion school district.
The field trip involves high schoolers instructing fourth graders on how they can better their environment while at the same time preparing the kids for their impending standardized tests such as the PSSA’s.
On the last of the three spring days, field trip adviser and Red Lion Science teacher Ms. Heather Fogell invited Pennsylvania representative Stan Saylor to the day’s events. While Saylor himself could not make it, he had his office’s regional manager, Kevin Eck, attend the field trip.