In the past, clubs signups began a few weeks into the school year, and clubs themselves began in late October. Recently, a committee of Red Lion teachers have come together with an idea of change.
Club periods are an enjoyed break from the everyday lives of Red Lion students.
Since the high school first introduced the flex bell schedule, club periods have fallen on the last day of a seven-day rotation. In the upcoming school year, they are set to most likely continue this trend. The difference will be the date that clubs kick off.
The school will make club signups available at the end of the current school year instead of waiting until the beginning of the next. This will enable clubs to begin in early September instead of late October.
Mrs. Wilson, Red Lion science teacher, is one of the teachers on the committee that came up with this idea. She hopes that this will raise club participation from its current 65% to 80%. “I am impressed how much club participation has grown,” said Wilson, “but I know that we can do even better.”
When asked, senior Bailey Tomes thought the early club date is an excellent idea. “This will be especially beneficial for clubs like Mini-THON,” said Bailey. “They won’t have to waste time at the beginning of the school year, and they can get right down to business.”
Junior Mickayla Smith, however, had some reservations about the changes to clubs. “I think that it could benefit certain clubs, but what about the incoming freshman?” asked Mickayla. “I hope they can explain it well enough to them, and that they already have their student council members chosen.”
Club signups began on May 12 and will run until the end of the school year. Students may go to Edline for the provided link to sign up for a club. Future clubs to look out for include Yoga, Slapstick Hockey, Faith (Religion), iPhone Photography, and Scrapbooking.
To sign up, visit http://tinyurl.com/rlclubs1516
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.
"Red Lion Pride" is a phrase that deeply resonates with many teachers, administration and the surrounding community. One of the goals of the district is for more students to have pride in their school, which is evident through themes at sporting events, school clothing, pep rallies and spirit weeks.
Recently, student council began a campaign to find ways to have a higher number of students participating in spirit weeks. Adviser Mrs. Jane Dennish explained that the ideas is to orientate the spirit days so that the majority of students will be interested and want to participate.
October saw a spirit week held in preparation for the big Halloween game against Dallastown that had a lot of positive feedback. Some of the days included a hat day, "camo day" and America Monday, with hat day raising over $350 for the school.
Dennish helps to plan spirit week along with her committee. "I had received training that helped me in deciding the spirit days," said Mrs. Dennish. "In this training, I was taught to keep it simple and accessible to everyone."
Dennish wants to keep the spirit weeks and days simple and basic. She tries to have spirit days that are "oriented for all the students to express who they are."
The question is, why don't more students participate in spirit week?
"Some of what deters people from spirit week is paying for it," said Mr. Keith Blackwell, a tech-ed teacher at Red Lion Area Senior Highs School.
For many years, Red Lion has had days where the students were asked to wear some sort of clothing to represent school spirit and pride.
Mrs. Andrea Rohrbaugh would like to see more Red Lion's students participate in these types of days. "There are not enough kids," said Rohrbaugh.
Dennish wants to keep the spirit weeks and days simple and basic. She tries to have spirit days that are "oriented for al the students to express who they are."
"I think school spirit is pretty cool," said Sophomore Kyle Oberdick. As seen on the graph, more students participated in the Spirit week than they did year round.
In December, there will be another Spirit week including an ugly sweater contest and other eventful days, including another hat day. If students wear a Santa hat, they can wear it for free.
By Ben Otte
Friday's early dismissal didn't halt plans for the high school student council to
announce this year's homecoming court. Student council president Ellie Lyons announced the
nominees prior to dismissal on Friday through the school's P.A. system.
This year's homecoming court will feature a close-knit group consisting of Alyssa Castle,
Emma Conrad, Morgan Kuehne, Ali Posey, Ashtyn Smith, Taylor Sprenkle, and Kylie Strong.
It was initially planned to have the nominees announced at Friday afternoon's pep rally.
The rally however did not end up taking place due to the early dismissal.
Seniors had the opportunity to vote for this year's homecoming court
in the school Commons Area during lunch this past Thursday.
Homecoming 2013, "A Night in Paris", is to be held next Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Make a wish upon a star... or maybe give a wish to Student Council. Soon everybody
(including teachers, students, and any school worker) in the school will be able to make a wish.
The goal is to be able to grant as many wishes as possible, but each person is only allowed
When Student Council receives these wishes, they get separated into two piles: unrealistic
and realistic. When they determine the realistic wishes, they put them into different ranges of do-ability.
They get sectioned into low, middle, and high ranges. They will try their best to get as many wishes as
they can get done.
“My goal is to include everyone and boost motivation in the school,” said junior and
Project Manager Ellie Lyons. Ellie Lyons had found this idea during a workshop type event over summer.
Apparently this has gone very well at another school within Pennsylvania. Red Lion has decided to give this a shot,
especially in trying to increase student morale.
The coolest part about wish week is how a person will receive a wish. They will not know
ahead of time, instead, it will just happen. "I want to fulfill a wish to make somebodies life better,"
said Student Council Supervisor Mrs. Dennish.
Can’t think of a wish? No problem. This week long event is a bit away.
Some ideas to wish for could be a coffee delivered in the morning, the ability to park really
close to the school, or anything else that is realistic.
The week being dedicated to wishes will be from March 18 to the 21.
By Sarah Harrington
December was a trying month for the students of Red Lion Area Senior High.
Heartbreak was shared by everyone when the news was broken to students
that Holly day would not be happening this year.
But don’t fret! Something even better is coming along. The Best Day Ever!
The day starts with shortened classes, afterwards the festivities begin.
The Best Day Ever was centered around being able to enjoy the refreshing
May weather while Holly Day was during the winter when conditions are not
suitable enough to be outdoors. Contrary to common belief,
Principal Mark Shue proposed the idea to the student council for just that reason.
Student council is doing all of the planning.
The date of the event is yet TBA.
Senior Wyatt Franks hooked up to the double red machine about to save lives.
“I know there’s people out there who need it most. Wanna see a miracle? Be the miracle.” -Senior Lea Owrutsky
By Sierra Dennison
Needles, nurses, and blood can be a scary sight to some, but walking into the old gym January 8th was a whole different feeling. It was a feeling of hope and saving lives.
Wyatt Franks, a senior and blood drive coordinator for Red Lion Area Senior High School, meets with the Senior Account Executive Beverly Stambaugh from Red Cross to start the process for setting up the blood drive the school holds. They meet about six months before to schedule a date, and it snowballs from there.
Beverly Stambaugh informed the Leonid that the Red Cross is based in Baltimore and covers everywhere from the York Adams area through parts of Virginia, including most of Maryland. She trains on how to recruit donors and the basic forming steps. Then right before the drive she meets with the coordinator, to get numbers of donors so they can determine how many supplies are required.
The trucks are then pre-packed and the crew is assigned to where they will be receiving blood. Red Lion’s goal was 63, and it came in just short with 59 donors. Each pint of blood is labeled and kept chilled in a cooler.
From there, it is sent out. Little vials of blood are sent across the country to be tested. The second the blood is cleared from diseases it is sent to local hospitals.They separate the blood into platelets, plasma, and red cells while they are waiting to be sent out.
Beverly Stambaugh said, “It’s the donors, without donors we have nothing. They save lives.” Even though she runs a good bit of the show in local areas, she also gives blood six times a year.
Even Fanks, the Red Lion Area Senior High School coordinator, donates. However, he does not donate just whole blood, but double reds as well. The donor gets hooked up to a machine, and it allows the donor to donate 2 bags of red cells safely. This is accomplished by putting the plasma back into the body.
“It’s a warm and cold sensation, but it feels fine. I keep in mind this saves lives.” said Wyatt Franks.
Donating whole or double red can make a huge difference. There will be another blood drive in May. The next one will be ran by a freshman named Neil Nicholson. Wyatt Franks has a binder for future coordinators for step by step directions.
Donors are eligible if they are 16 years of age and have a parent consent form signed. Without a consent form, you cannot give. It is important to also note that iron levels need to be high enough to donate blood, and ways to do this is given when donors sign up. If you are interested in donating feel free to see Wyatt Franks or Neil Nicholson for more information.