By Molly Merson
Social Media Editor
Apple has announced the release of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, with many new exquisite features that the regular iPhone 6 and 6 Plus did not include.
The new device includes four microphones for improved video quality, along with a higher megapixel front-facing camera for better quality selfies. There is also a new color introduced to the sleek iPhone style. The color options consist of rose-gold, silver, gold, and space-gray.
In addition to design, a stronger glass screen is now in place to reduce screen cracking or scratching. The 6S will also have a 7000 series aluminum casing, the strongest material ever used for an iPhone. “There isn’t much of a difference that I noticed, except it’s 3D now.” Junior, Stephen Tierney said.
For those who spend a lot of time on the internet, the iPhone 6S now has a feature to connect to WiFi networks twice as fast as before. “It’s a lot faster, and force touch allows you to now peek into files without opening them,” Mr. Smith said. “I wouldn’t switch to any other phone.”
Users now have the ability to take live photos that piece together like an animated GIF video. There are also a few exciting announcements for emoji emoticon users.
The commonly used “emoji” included in the iPhone keyboard now includes a taco, unicorn, hotdog, and many other anticipated emoticons. The new phones were released September 25, 2015.
By Mike McCarty
Girls may have trouble buying clothes, and men may have trouble deciding what new kicks they want, but everyone has trouble buying a decent car. There’s a lot to think about when buying your first car; it’s not as simple as picking out the “nicest” pair of Jordans that just came out or the “cutest” top on a clothing rack.
The most important thing needed to buy a car is figuring out how to budget your money and what you can afford. This includes any down payments you may need to pay, monthly payments you might have to make, the cost of your insurance, or the cost of any customizations you may want.
“If I could do anything to my car, I would love for it to all be leopard print,” senior Jennifer Hedrick said.
Most teenagers would love to own and drive a brand new car for their first car. Realistically, this is not the case for many of them. Hand-me down vehicles are common amongst teenagers, and owning a pre-owned car for your first car is an excellent choice for many reasons. The big reason is that the overall cost of your car and the cost of insurance will be much lower than a brand-new or recently new model. Since you will be new to driving, the cost of repairs will be much cheaper, also.
“I would rather own a pre-owned vehicle than a brand new vehicle, as long as it gets me from point A to B and back to point A. There’s no point in spending hundreds and thousands more on a brand new car just to say it’s new,” senior Gloria Maldonado said.
Now, if you are buying a used car it is greatly recommended that you check the vehicles’ VIN number. When searched, the number will bring up all of the cars past information such as how many accidents it has been in, the manufacturer, car model, and more.
“VIN numbers alone will tell you more about a vehicle than what any dealer will,” senior Austin Russell said.
If you buy a used car from someone directly rather than a dealership it is always good to bring a mechanic with you to make sure everything runs how it should. The money spent to hire a mechanic could save you money in the long run.
“First check the car’s VIN number then bring a mechanic so you don’t find any unsuspected surprises,” Russell said.
Another aspect of car buying is the maker of the car and what type or model you would like to have. Many teenagers picture having a nice fast Lamborghini or Ferrari to ride around in, but we have to be realistic when it comes to car buying. Don’t try to buy anything you can’t afford.
When it comes down to power versus performance, performance wins every time. The performance of the vehicle is the main focus of any car, you need something that will last. If you are wanting to spend less on gas, you should look for a nice six-cylinder engine car rather than a gas guzzling eight-cylinder.
For the average teenager a good price to pay for insurance every month is between $70 and $100 for one who owns a used car. Now remember, these prices are decided on your age, occupation, type of car you drive, your driving record, and the type of coverage you buy.
Everyone has their own unique style and personality which really influences the type of car you buy and want to drive. Remembering these tips can help you save buckets of cash in the long-run, which can then help you buy your dream car later down the road.
By Claire Krackow
When going Back to School, getting back into the swing of things can be difficult. Here are some tips to help feel better about going Back to School!
1. Mornings are going to be very rough after sleeping in all summer, so start going to bed earlier. This will make you perform to your fullest potential!
2. Make sure you eat breakfast so you have the energy to pay attention during class.
3. Confirm that your homework is done the night before so you don’t have to worry about it early in the morning.
4. Score your school supplies early, beat the rush and avoid traveling to more than one store.
5. Set up a place to study so you can keep up on your classes and maintain good grades.
6. Plan out and reset your daily schedule and map out where you are going ahead of time.
7. Set goals for yourself for this upcoming school year. Make sure to stick with those goals!
8. Make sure you’re keeping active and balancing school and sports well. An unbalanced schedule can really mess with your head, and your grades.
9. Follow @rlshs, @RLFootball, and @TheLeonid to keep updated on school cancellations, football games, and events.
10. Good luck getting back to school and make this school year a great one!
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 Morgan Williams
There are two amazing libraries in the area that have amazing teen programs.
One of the two is the Collinsville Community Library, located at 2632 Delta Rd. in Brogue.
They have all different kinds of programs at their library that it’s almost always busy.
A program they have is Teen Tuesday, which occurs only once on the fourth Tuesday of every month, and is very popular with the teens.
Every Teen Tuesday is different because they always have a theme for each time they have it.
The best thing is the teens that attend get to choose what the next theme is and every idea is heard and eventually done.
Another cool program the library has is the Summer Reading Club (SRC). The SRC happens every summer from the first of June to the middle of August.
A neat thing about the SRC is that there are amazing prizes that anyone can win. Some prizes that were won last summer were things like a digital camera, an iPhone, an artist kit. It is a very sensational program, and it costs you nothing.
For the Lego lovers out there, the library has a program for that too. Two to four times a year and once a summer the Collinsville Library has this awesome program for the Lego lovers.
If you build something creative with Legos at the library on one of the Lego program days, they will put it up in the library for everyone to see.
The Collinsville Library is also an amazing hangout spot for teens, it is a laid back place with not a ton of rules and is not stiff like usual libraries are. It is definitely one of a kind.
They also have computers there for those technology lovers.
If you think that this isn’t enough, just wait till summer when a lot more teen programs and activities are expected to begin.
The second library that is also loved around the area is the Kaltreider-Benfer Library (KBL) that is located at 147 South Charles Street in Red Lion. Their contact number is (717)-244-2032. This library has a great Kindle lending program that everyone can use.
Charlaine Harris and The Wind through the Keyhole by Stephen King fill the Kindles they have with a great selection of books like Deadlocked.
The staff at Kaltreider has planned that each month they will put more fiction and non-fiction best sellers in the Kindles.
KBL also has a really good computer area and Wi-Fi. Their computers are equipped with all Microsoft applications and you can use CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, and other external media with their computers.
Plus the KBL has a massive selection of books for all ages and of all kinds/genres. It’s a great hangout spot too.
All in all these two libraries are amazing places for teens, so visit them and see it all.
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