By Ian Adler
Today’s high school athletes are extremely stressed. Whether it is the pressure of making a foul shot to the pressure of turning in their latest project, students may often have a difficult time balancing out sports with academics. One thing is for sure, athletic injuries don’t make it any easier.
“There’s a difference between being hurt, and being injured” said Red Lion’s head football coach, Jesse Shay. “If you’re hurt, you can fight through it. But if you’re injured, you don’t fight through it. You let us (coaching staff) know so we can get you the proper attention you need.”
Concussions and hamstring issues are the most commonly seen injuries to today’s athlete.
“There is so much more education that the coaches and players have, that we’re doing a much better job diagnosing and treating concussions than back when I played” said Shay.
According to Lindsay Barton on momsteam.org, “There are an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions every year.”
Along with Shay and Boys Basketball Coach Mr. Steven Schmehl, Junior Angelica Gonzalez says to “stretch every single day, before and after practice”. Gonzalez also recommends maintaining a balanced diet and “laying off the junk food.”
“You can’t be worried about injuries. I think that when you’re thinking about getting hurt, that’s when it happens the most.” says Schmehl. “I don’t think there’s really anything you can do to prevent getting injured, you just have to be ready to take care of it when (and if) it happens.”
If there is one thing that students can gain from the coach’s advice, it is just to be smart in general while they are both training and playing.
Maintain your fitness by staying healthy in the off-season, stretching before and after every event or practice and keeping your diet in check.
Submitted by Hannah Kerchner
Today there are 579,678 FFA members in the United States, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico according to the National FFA Organizations’ statistics. I am one of those many members who want to share the importance of FFA in our school and community.
The FFA is one of two organizations that have been federally chartered Agricultural Classes. FFA is important in our school, our own lives, and the community. Our motto in the FFA is “Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve” and that is exactly what we do.
The Agricultural Classes that are offered are helping me get a head start towards college as well as many other students. With the Ag Classes I have taken, I already have earned college credits towards Delaware Valley College. Because of the Ag programs, this is the college that some of us want to go to.
Through these courses and the FFA, they offer a lot of scholarship opportunities. According to the National FFA Organization, in 2014 the National FFA Organization will be offering $2.1 million in scholarships for furthering FFA members’ education. Also through the FFA, we are presented with many job opportunities in which we use in our SAE’s (Supervised Agricultural Experience). In the SAE class we learn to make resumes, learn how to keep record of our money that we earn and build an understanding of our net worth. We learn all these career skills in our Ag classes.
On the field trips we have contests in which we are learning about agricultural careers and how to be an official judge of Agricultural products.
The Agricultural Education Mission consists of 3 components. The first is a class/lab instruction in the Agricultural classes. Next it is SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience), where we record our work, as we are also learning new things about our subject.
Last are student leadership organizations, where all these organizations come into play in the FFA and help us succeed and learn to the best of our abilities. FFA is a great way to help to further our education.
FFA promotes leadership, for we have many Leadership Conferences that involve organizations like the 4-H. These conferences teach us ways to succeed in life. They teach us organizational skills and professional skills. They teach us how to deal with our everyday problems and how to manage them. They teach us that FFA is a whole and at these conferences, like ACES, we get together with members from all over Pennsylvania! These leadership conferences really dig deep and make you think about the way you feel about others and also yourself. They change your outlook on life. FFA helps us gain leadership skills to help us learn and succeed.
FFA helps to serve the community. The FFA holds various fundraisers such as book and canned food drives for the local community. During the latest book drive, the Red Lion Area FFA Chapter donated over 11,000 books to elementary schools in our district. Also, this year our FFA chapter gathered 101 cans and won the canned food drive for our homeroom. Recently, we made cards to send to the local nursing home for the holidays. We have always been encouraged to SELL! SELL! SELL! to raise money for our chapter. Our advisor always encouraged us by sending group messages telling us how proud she us of us. It feels good to help our school, chapter and the community.
I feel our school could better see the importance in our agricultural classes and FFA as a benefit to students and the community. FFA should be kept in schools and offered in more schools. Our school and kids in our school only think we just get out of school to have fun. However, its not only fun… we are actually learning stuff that we want to learn!
FFA has a reputation as if we are just dumb farmers, which is not the case. We offer so much more than just learning about farm animals. It’s hard to hear my fellow students make fun of FFA when they do not even know what we do. They have no clue that we help the community and even our school.
FFA is a great way to learn a lot of new things and could interest you in a certain career. Around 16 million of the jobs in the US are agriculturally related in some way according to the USDA. You would never believe the jobs that are related to agriculture and how FFA and the Ag classes will help you build those career skills. Where would you be if you were in FFA?
By Shalah Ponder
Black History Month, what does it mean, what does it symbolize? Even though our school does a good job at discussing black history in our history classes, celebrating Black History Month needs to be more visible and prominent to the attending students.
As a member of the African American minority here at Red Lion, Black History Month symbolizes that minorities have a chance to receive recognition. It symbolizes their heritage is worth being acknowledged and celebrated.
As a whole, our school should take pride in Black History Month because it shows students that our community and country has come a long way in how minorities are treated and respected, thanks to the Civil Rights Movement.
When asked how Red Lion celebrates black history month, social studies teacher Mr. Jay Vasellas, who has his Master degree in African American history, responded, “We don’t exactly have just one time to acknowledge black history month, we teach black history your freshman year to sort of set the foundation. And it is reinforced throughout your high school career. We also have elective classes students can take such as History of Modern America.”
So, the main thing is that students want to see a Black History month shown just as much excitement and school spirit as something as simple as the next upcoming basketball game. It helps the African American minority feel just as supported.
Recently, a few changes have been made to honor Black History Month. One is a segment on the morning announcements, spotlighting a prominent African American figure. Another idea is a lesson on Black History Month during PRIDE. Teaching a lesson is a good way to get the full attention of students and to make them aware of the subject.
Mr. Vasellas and many other teachers have been a big help in the recent changes that have been made. “What we are doing is both trying to honor Black History Month, but also incorporate it into the fabric of what we are teaching so that it’s not just for our black students but for ALL students.”
Several Red Lion students have their own ideas about how to increase awareness of black history month within the student body.
“Red Lion should recognize Black History Month and also acknowledge some of the Spanish holidays too--give the minority groups a chance to be noticed. Also it would be nice if we had a spirit week either during the first or the last month of February, to get the students and staff involved,” Junior Gloria Maldonado said.
“We should acknowledge someone historic or famous every day of the month and include trivia for the students, whoever gets the trivia right gets a pride ticket!” Junior Jessica Lewis said.
Other ways to increase awareness are posters of African American icons who have impacted the world in their fight for freedom and rights. There are so many African American historical figures that are worth knowing. These are just things that would help add more acknowledgment and recognition on an event that matters.
Black History Month should be a time of the year that everyone can get involved and everyone can get something out of it. This isn’t just important for the African American Community but for other people too, it’s a reminder that change can happen.
By Nick Stoneham
As we start the second semester at Red Lion, many seniors are preparing for college and trying to process what college will be like. It is important to be informed and know what to expect during this transition from high school to the next chapter in life: college.
A good way to start is by talking to someone who has been attending the school you are going to for a year or more. They can provide you with information that could be extremely beneficial to know. That person can also show you around the college so you know exactly where your classes are and how the college operates.
Buy all of your school supplies before the semester starts, that way you are organized from the very first day and you won’t have to worry about anything. Make sure you have a folder for each class, a planning book (or planning app downloaded on your phone), all of your books, and a stable bag to carry it all in. It may also be very beneficial to have a reliable laptop or desktop for writing assignments and internet research. If you are living on campus, make a list of everything you will need to bring in order to live comfortably.
Create a savings account. When you’re in college, chances are you will be spending lots of money. Whether it be going out with friends, needing to get a new car, buying books, etc, it is necessary to have money saved that you can fall back on. If you put some money in your savings account weekly you could have thousands by the time you graduate.
Most importantly, relax and avoid getting stressed out. As long as you stay organized and have everything you need, there is no reason to be stressed out. Just enjoy the rest of your senior year and summer and by the time August rolls around you may be excited!
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