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Taylor Swift re records her second album to gain crowd pleaser

Taylor Swift has an incredible music career that keeps growing by the day. In “Red (Taylor’s Version),” Swift among featured artists wrote the setlist that inexplicably astounded the world. Released on Nov. 12, 2021, it clocks in at two hours and ten minutes; with genres including pop, country, and rock. 

Swift parted ways with her former record label, Big Machine Records, and she wanted to reclaim her songs. The new album uncovers the twists and turns of a new and complicated relationship. She first started by rerecording her famous record “Fearless,” produced by Republic Records. History was made in her music history for being the first album to be rerecorded by Swift.

Her extensive album consists of 30 songs and some of the highlighted songs that were all the rage when it came out include, “Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran)(Taylor’s Version)”, “Babe (Taylor’s Version)”,  and “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)”.

The tempo of her songs also changes how the song and the emotions are portrayed. In “I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor’s Version)”, you can hear that she is convincing herself that the relationship will not work but the change in the tempo throughout the album confirms that she is on the fence but is still optimistic about the man that she is singing about. The tempo in “Treacherous (Taylor’s Version)” and “I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor’s Version)” you can tell that she is battling internally about the relationship.

The most powerful song in Swift’s setlist is “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)(Taylor’s Version)” by flying colors. This heart-wrenching song pours all of the highs and lows of a powerful and toxic relationship into a 10-minute song. Due to the length of the piece, listeners were able to hear the full story. It gained a lot of press on TikTok, Instagram, and other social media platforms because Swift has never released any song quite like this. Fans were ecstatic about the release of the short film. The mood of this short film enhances the album even more and the acting of Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien is astonishing. 

Swift translates her feelings into lyrics that have you bitter, resentful, happy. When listening I felt like I was in her situation. This is one of my favorite albums because of the overall aesthetic of the record.  Her ability to write lyrics that tell a story is truly unmatched. 

The setlist is stunning and it flows in a perfect way. The album cover depicts the feeling of being free and “Red (Taylor’s Version)” encapsulated that free-living and having no strings attached. Taylor Swift’s “Red (Taylor’s Version)” gives her listeners the chance to be in the position of being in a relationship that is confusing and strange. Between the short film, the setlist with the ever-changing tempo and emotions, and the featured artists, this album is truly her best. 

  I think that everyone can agree that this record deserves a 5-star-rating. Overall, Swift’s album is written with passion through the heartfelt lyrics, the difference in tempo, and the use of the length of her songs. With all of this in mind, I predict with no doubt that Swift will write more albums and re-record them in the future; they will surely shock the world again.

Maria Baker Staff Writer

Lexi Lakatosh and Sophie Lanius Claw Their Way into States

By George Keene

Sports Editor in Chief

Doubles partners senior Sophie Lanius and sophomore Lexie Lakatosh preparing to return a ball in a match at the state tournament. Photo submitted by Sophie Lanius. Photo taken by Olivia Bowman

Senior Sophie Lanius and sophomore Lexi Lakatosh finished in the top eight at the state tennis tournament. 

The girls stole second place at the county tournament and second place at the PIAA District III 3A doubles tournament. Lanius and Lakatosh lost their finals matchup to Jen Manta and Judith Manta of Muhlenberg, 1-6, 5-7. 

After counties and districts, Lanius and Lakatosh found themselves in the Girls Tennis State Tournament. 

Lexie Lakatosh is one of the best players on the Red Lion Girls Tennis team, finding herself in the top slot of the rankings for the last two years. She swings with power and accuracy and won the singles county tournament last year. Her competitiveness was a major attribute in their success all season.

Her counterpart, Sophie Lanius, is a big hitter as well. They have been doubles partners for two years now. Lanius’s positive spirit was important when they faced some more difficult opponents all season.

Lanius told The Leonid about her time playing with Lakatosh as doubles partners. 

“Honestly we haven’t had one practice together for doubles this year,” she said jokingly. “My favorite thing is probably how intense she can be.”

Despite having such little practice time together, this season, they stayed on course and have had a successful year. Having played very few doubles matches all season, their natural chemistry has been a huge part of their success.

Tennis coach Troy Miller described it as a great finish to an “amazing season.”

The Leo Club inducts the 2021 Red Lion Hall of Fame Nominees

By Genevieve Turner

Co-Editor-in-Chief

The Leo Club inducted three alumni into The Red Lion Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 17. Dr. Dale Uhler, Ronald Fitzkee II, and Lt. Colonel Patrick Favey were the three individuals inducted on Friday.

Dr. Dale Uhler, class of 1960, was nominated and inducted in honor of his work in the Navy and the United States Government. Much of his professional career was private due to its classified manner. 

He began his career in the United States Navy in 1969, and then went on to work for the United States government. He served on the committee with the title Force Multiplying Technologies for Logistic Support to Military Operations, including the Board on Army Science and Technology and Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences. The report of this committee was published by the National Research Council of the National Academies in a book sharing the same title as the committee. 

Dr. Uhler died on June 3, 2015 and is survived by his wife, Treva, and his two children. 

Ronald Fitzkee II, class of 1973, was inducted due to his extensive work within the construction field. While in high school, Mr. Fitzkee was involved with many different organizations such as football and Red Lion’s own quartet. 

He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Secondary Education. After three years of teaching, he left to pursue a career in the world of business. He rose quickly within his company to Division Manager and was responsible for one third of the country’s aerosol manufacturing. Today, he lives with his wife, Esther, and his two Siberian huskies.

Fitzkee joins his father Ronald “Abe” Fitzkee, and his brother Scott Fitzkee in the Hall of Fame. “There is absolutely no doubt that everything that I am is from growing up in Red Lion” says Mr. Fitzkee. “Certainly growing up in the late ‘50s and early ‘70s is different than today, but the values, the expectations, the morals, the motivations were the same. That’s how we were driven, that’s how we were raised.”

Lt. Colonel Patrick Falvey, class of 1975, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his work in both the United States Air Force and Duke University Hospital. In high school he was involved in the band where he played the tuba and was a basketball manager.  He earned his LPN, Licensed Practical Nurse, from York Vo-tech and a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Wilmington.

Lt. Colonel Falvey took a position at Duke University Hospital, working in the Emergency Department. In 1990, he transferred to Life Flight, the Aeromedical Transport program at Duke, a position he still maintains. 

In 2008, the United States Air Force Reserve commissioned 50-year-old Lt. Colonel Falvey as a Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Nurse. Lt. Colonel Favey has had three combat deployments and has flown more than 25 combat missions. 

“There is a mom, dad, siblings and children waiting for every patient, for every Wounded Warrior” answers Lt. Colonel Falvey when asked why he continues to fly. “There are more memories for them to make together. This is what we do”.

Lt. Colonel Falvey is married and has two sons, Sean and Mark Falvey. He has hiked the Grand Canyon twice, finished three marathons and numerous triathlons, and twice swam across the Chesapeake Bay. 

These three impressive inductees join the ranks of over ninety other Red Lion Leo Club Hall of Fame members. The review of nominations and selection of inductees occur each summer. After selections of candidates are made, the Hall of Fame award ceremonies take place in the fall.

Full biographies of the inductees, along with an interview program, are available on the Leo Club website at https://www.rlasd.net/apps/pages/LEOClub.