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School Board Meeting Unmasks a Divided Community Over The Governor’s Face-Covering Mandate

By Shana Carey

Co Editor-in-Chief, Marketing and Opinions Editor

The new mask mandate sparked a heated Red Lion School Board meeting on Thursday night. An order from the Department of Health released Tuesday requires face covering for all students, teachers, staff and visitors in school buildings.

Hundreds of residents attended the meeting in the high school auditorium or viewed the meeting over a video call.  Police officers were present to help maintain order. 

In a prepared statement, legal counsel for the district Margaret Driscol said that the district will comply with the order, and that following the law is not something that district officials can pick and choose, according to preference. 

“The board and the superintendent are required to uphold and defend the laws…whether or not they agree with any particular order or regulation,” Driscol said.

“The district intends to comply and enforce the order,” Driscol said,  “Unless and until a court of law determines the order is not valid or the legislature passes legislation that negates the order.”

The order comes less than a month after Governor Wolf placed the decision for mask wearing in the hands of local officials.

The school board heard from around fifty residents last night on both sides of the masking issue.

High school junior Sophie Beard, joining the meeting by video from her residence via Zoom, said she was glad that the district was implementing it. A student athlete, Beard said some of her teammates are already missing games due to COVID-19-related restrictions.

“I don’t feel we should have  to wait until we have students who are getting sick and are being removed from school until we decide to make that decision to have everyone wear masks,” Beard said. “Now that this mandate is up, I will wear a mask because I feel that is what is best for me, my family and my peers.”

Felton resident Jess Waltersdorff joined the meeting from Zoom and identified herself as a healthcare worker.  She supports the mask mandate, saying she has held iPads for patients while family members watch them take their final breaths.  

“I have seen first hand what  COVID-19 can do to families,” Waltersdorff said.

The Red Lion school board and filled audience listen to eighth grade Emily Heiland speak about how she will not wear a mask regardless of the board’s decision.

While some spoke out supporting the board, the auditorium erupted with outbursts and many citizens disgruntled with the mask wearing mandate spoke to the board in person. 

“I will go to school every day without a mask on,” eighth grader Emily Heiland said, “I will accept the mask you put in my hands, but I will not wear it.” 

Heiland, a member of the Junior High Volleyball Team, said that she felt discriminated against by her classmates last year for not wearing a mask at all times. 

She was initially excited to hear that Red Lion was not requiring masks for the 2021-2022 school year, but the mask mandate will take effect Tuesday, Sept. 7.

 “I will not comply,” Heiland said, to an uproar of applause. 

Heiland said that the board will not see her walking around school with a mask on because her education is important, and she does not support virtual learning. Heiland also said that it should be her choice to wear the mask because the school board has no right to her body. 

After the initial public comments, School Resource Officer and school board member Marc Greenly left his chair at the board table.

 “We can do something,” Greenly said. “Many things were laws in the past that weren’t just at the time, and it took one person, one board, to stand up to. Why can’t that be us?”

Zoom call attendees could not hear Officer Greenly’s statement or the applause following it, nor see the standing ovation in the crowded auditorium. 

The in-person school board meeting attendees give Officer Greenly a standing ovation after he encouraged the board to go against Governor Wolf’s order.

Several parents asked what the consequences would be for students not wearing a mask. School Board President Mrs. Crone said that disciplinary actions are up to the principal of each building. 

 “We cannot do anything by force, but there will be disciplinary action,” Crone said.

Students receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through Red Lion Senior High School’s partnership with Rite Aid

By Kaitlyn Resline

Editor-in-Chief

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in many lives. As the virus showed no signs of stopping, the push for vaccination offered the only way to return to pre-pandemic life. With more and more adults getting vaccinated, the focus has now shifted to vaccinating teenagers.

On May 12, 2021, the Red Lion Area Senior High School held a vaccination clinic in partnership with Rite Aid. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. students had the opportunity to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Old Gym. 

“I decided to get the COVID vaccine because, A, I am tired of wearing masks everywhere I go,” junior Connor Holmes said. “And B, I also think it is the first step to getting better as a society and moving forward from this pandemic.”

To register for the vaccine, the High School sent emails to parents to select an appointment time. On the day they received the vaccine, students checked in with their identification and proof of health insurance. 

Mr. Donald Dimoff, the Marketing and Communication Director for the district, said the vaccinations were strictly voluntary, and that the district hoped to provide vaccinations to students who had not received the vaccine anywhere else. 

“I am glad we could provide the kids an opportunity,” he said. “It was a good service to have.”

Approximately 40 students received vaccines and are scheduled to receive the second Pfizer dose on June 2, 2021. 

Students had to wait 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine in case of side effects. Mrs. Sherri Taylor, the certified school nurse at the high school, discussed some of the side effects students should expect. 

“The first dose is usually just a sore arm,” she said. “The second dose usually causes more reactions but reactions are good because they show the immune system is working and developing immunity. And the reactions go away.”

Both Mr. Dimoff and Mrs. Taylor stated that they have not heard of other districts in the county providing this opportunity to their students. 

The school district has partnered with Rite Aid before to administer flu vaccines. Registered pharmacist Geena Modi administered the COVID-19 vaccines. 

“We need to build the antibodies because you may carry the virus, you may not have symptoms, but you can still carry an active viable part of the virus,” Modi said. “It’s best to get the vaccine and have immunity not only to protect yourself but to protect others around you.”

Coming of Age and Psychic powers: How Mob Psycho 100 touches the hearts of its audience

By Maxwell Vigue

Multimedia-Content Editor 

There has never been a shortage of well animated shows over the years. Notable examples would include Ufotable’s massive success stories of Demon Slayer and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. Or Gainax’s decade defining works such as Gurren Lagann and FLCL.

What really makes these shows stand out beyond their animation is the gut-wrenching stories they tell. And the characters that make you want to follow their journeys, and quenching your thirst to explore these forigen worlds. 

Studio BONES’ 2016 Mob Psycho 100 is a show that is worth the praise of a classic. Based on the original manga of the same name written and drawn by One, Mob Psycho 100 is a show which is carried by its story and character as much as it’s animation.

The first season originally ran from Jul 12, 2016 up till Sep 27, 2016, and the second season ran from Jan 7, 2019 up till Apr 1, 2019. Both seasons can be found on Crunchyroll

The show follows the main protagonist, Shigeo Kageyama, nicknamed “Mob” by his peers. Mob has always been a social outcast, who isn’t very good at socializing. Despite his shy, but polite personality, many people are mesmerized by Mob. 

His psychic powers attracted the attention of a fake psychic, Arataka Reigen. He recruited Mob to work for him, and even become his “mentor” promising to help Mob learn to control his powers. 

The events of the show follow these two main leads, as it slowly develops and fleshes out of the character’s world, and the overarching plot of the story.  

What really separates Mob Psycho from other shows is the characters’ overall charm they add to the story. The show itself is a visual process of Mob and others around him, showing how a person can grow to better themselves. 

As the audience follows Mob and Reigen through numerous situations, we get to see how they affect the people around them. That exact same impact comes back around to them as well, but from different people. 

The themes of affecting other people’s morals and thought process is reflected in the main character, Mob. He struggles to deal with his emotions, and they control the intensity of his powers. 

Mob keeps them in check by suppressing them, thus Mob comes off as a very timid and very robotic person. However when he can’t suppress his emotions anymore, his powers come into full effect. The way the show builds up his explosions via percents, and when he explodes, his power reaches toward 100%. 

In the span of two seasons, we see Mob develop better as a person from his interactions with other characters. He in turn also helps shift many of the other characters’ world views, also helping them develop as people. 

Although these initial undertones of the show might be enough to pique the interest of a consumer, what really sells the show is it’s visual prowess in animation. 

Studio BONES is already well known for its outstanding sakuga. They can be credited for the animation of series such as My Hero Academia, Soul Eater, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Bungo Stray Dogs, and Noragami

The animation in this show is always clean and looks professionally produced, and that’s only touching on the normal dialogue scenes. The actual fight scenes are adrenaline inducing, putting the viewers on the edge of their seats. Even in these high-octane sequences, the animation still carries a very artistic aesthetic. 

Overall this show is something that anyone can watch, especially teenagers. The show does an excellent job at being able to connect with it’s teenage demographic on a deeper level with it’s emotional undertones.  

Adults can also appreciate this show for it’s mature themes of self growth, emotional health, and differing perspectives. It is a show worth your time and definitely will also shape your world view. 

Mob Psycho 100 is a show that is able to deliver a coming of age story, while at the same time being relatable to more than one demographic. It’s visual canvas has painted an image of a mysterious world of psychics, stunning battles, and spiritual creatures. It’s a work that delivers on overall complex characters, realistic relationships, and inspiring personal growth.

Artwork created and Distributed by BONES Studio

Manga written and illustrated by ONE

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A Day in the 1800s

By Kayla Tracey

Guest Columnist

As we finished up studying the transcendentalists for the romantic unit in English last month, my teacher gave us an interesting assignment. She challenged us to go 24 hours without our technology and live a day like the transcendentalist writers we were studying. The assignment was  not exactly living like in the 1800s, but it removed the distractions that transcendentalists did not have.

My class initially met this challenge with protests, but I wasn’t concerned because I felt that I didn’t rely too heavily on my technology. I like being outside, and I am an avid reader, so I figured that I would not have any problems keeping myself busy without technology. And that is what I planned to do when I did my tech-free day. 

Before I did the assignment, I planned out what I was going to do, and I made sure to let people that would contact me know that they would not be able to reach me throughout the day. When I woke up that morning I made sure that my phone was off and that I didn’t take my Apple Watch with me. Since I figured that if I was going to do this, I might as well go all in to see what I would get out of it.

I started off my morning going to my internship at Perfect Paw U and helped them with their barn hunt run-throughs in preparation for the upcoming trial Easter weekend. After spending a couple of hours helping there, we decided that it was such a nice day and we had to get out to do something. So we took our dog Sadie to the park for a walk.

When she was tired of walking we took her home and packed up our bikes to head to the rail trail. One important thing to note here is that I hate running, but I love to ride a bike. Ask me to run a mile, and I will walk away but if you ask me to do a 20-mile bike ride I’ll gladly join. When we got to the rail trail, we started off together, but slowly my family fell behind, and I would have to stop and wait for them to catch up.

Kayla Tracey’s dog, Sadie, enjoys a walk.

Instead of doing this every 5 minutes, I told them that I was going to go and then turn around and come back. By the time that I was 3 miles out and turned around, they hadn’t made it much further from where I left them. So I headed back to the truck and kept going the other way past the parking lot. By the time I returned to the parking lot I had ridden 10 miles.

All throughout the ride, I was hoping that nothing would happen to me since I was alone and did not have a phone with me. This was one of the challenges of the day but other than that, I had a nice day walking, riding my bike, and reading. 

Despite the fact that I did not learn anything new about myself like it was intended, I would still recommend for people to try this. It is a very interesting experience and you may learn something about yourself. What do you have to lose from trying? Take 24 hours of your life and remove all technology- your phone, tv, music, gaming systems, computers- all of it. Who knows? Maybe a “day in the 1800s” will help you may discover a new hobby or learn something new about yourself.

Where I’m from

By Kaine McKinsey

Student Submission

I am from hand-me downs and cheap store clothes. From the bright, large, and colorful Tv and video games in the cold of winter or heat of summer. 

I am from a military vet that fought in Operation: Desert Storm as we played games of fantasy and war in the backyard. My family’s foundation seemed solid but looks can be deceiving. Someone else lives in that house now. With canned goods, microwavable meals, to almost no AC Winds tempted me to go, but I would not go until the winds howled with their temptations and I followed many times, trying to resist each time as a tree does in a storm.

I am from the stone of the city and the trees of a town. From solid to liquid to gas. I am a castaway like boxcar kids. Hoping that someday, I would have someone or something holding on strong.

I am from McKinsey, brave, hard-working, and middle of the hill living. Why live if you don’t work for it? In a moment, I can be like a Deibler, giving comfort and encouragement when people need it the most. The kindness causing friends and family to grow.

I lived in my fantasy worlds of video games and Tv to ignore my parents fighting. “Just one more minute,” turned into “Just one more hour.” I held things together like string, twisting and stretching. I’m half from protestant and half secular. Not going to church at all for most of my life until sickness hit my father. My brothers and I went to our small sweet grandma’s house, then moved in with our mom who had left almost a year before to our Deibler uncle’s house.

Soon, my Aunt Mary and Uncle Trevor took two of my brothers and I, leaving my twin brother, Holden to our mom and when this happened, our grandpa threw my dad, my brothers and I out as if we were garbage not belonging to him. I have not seen either my dad nor mom nor my twin brother in a very long time. 

I’m from Red Lion, and Stewartstown, and Delta, and in the middle of nowhere. I have been lied to, used, made fun of, and other things all for others enjoyment by people who have called me a friend. But there are few, I get to truly call a friend and they are the gold in the river; the sun smiling upon me.

In my Aunt Mary and Uncle Trevor’s home, the photos are hung up on walls, frighes, and cubirt doors. Also, in scrap books and in photo frames each showing the good times and bad times. Some are bittersweet to my brothers and I. While most are from a time when my family was not divided by personalities, choices, or distance.

Red Lion Students Recognized for Work-based Learning Experiences

Aidan Kinard

Marketing Liaison

Job seekers frequently come across the words, “Experience needed” in their search through help-wanted ads.  Often, seniors and recent graduates wonder how to gain experience while still in school.

More and more high schools are working on the answer to that question through internship and job experience programs. Red Lion High School students who completed those experiences participated in the third annual awards ceremony on April 7 and 8. Students who participated in work-based learning experiences received an award that celebrates their outstanding academic efforts. 

“They’ve gone above and beyond and devoted a lot of their time to partnering with professional members of the community to gain career and workplace learning experiences,” Sarah Warner, Co-op and Internship Coordinator said. “I am so thankful looking back like I didn’t realize in the thick of things, how many students and connections we were able to make.”

Mrs. Warner, Mrs. Stuth, and Mrs. Morris have all been working with several students over the course of the fall and spring semesters to make sure they have the experience they need in order to enter the workforce, go to college, or join the military. These courses give students the time to learn and understand their field of interest whether that is to see if it is the right career for them or if they are simply interested in learning more about the occupation. 

“We just felt there needed to be a way to pull everyone together,” said Kimberly Morris, “Regardless of what your skill level is, your academic ability, whatever, you should be honored.” 

Angela Stuth, transition coordinator for special needs students, helps her students with job skills in the Lions Grounds cafe, but her efforts don’t stop there. 

“I specifically work with students with special needs, but a lot of our students go out to work on their skills, their vocational skills, and they do an awesome job,” said Mrs. Stuth. 

Through the experience that Mrs. Stuth’s students gain through these work-based learning experiences, they will have the knowledge to better communicate with other individuals and build relationships with business partners. 

Hosting this ceremony in the age of COVID, they improvised by making the ceremony into an online live event. Even though the broadcast was recorded prior to the actual ceremony, it is a great way for parents, business partners, and the community to see these students receive their awards with pride. 


From Classroom Learning to Real Life Experience 

As students received their rewards, Digital Interactive Media Production teacher Mr. Jonathon Zeigler and his own intern, Anthony Barkus filmed the awards exchange to create a video compilation for parents, business partners, and the community to watch in early May.

“We set up cameras and we recorded what they have prepared and gave us to work with,” stated Mr. Zeigler. “The footage is going to be given to my level one students as a project and each other student will create and edit the footage and photos captured into a ceremony and from that, they will decide which one they actually want to put out and publicate.” 

Each student is in charge of editing their own version of the ceremony and from that, they will gain real-life experience in editing film.

Together, they all work to make sure that students get the experience they need to enter the workforce, go to college, or join the military. They can help any student find any field of interest that they put their mind to and make sure that students get the experience they need in order to understand the field better and get hands-on experience.

 “Any student before they leave high school should have some type of experience under their belt,” said Mrs. Warner. “You are taking your own time and your money to go off and enter our society. You should have experience before you are taking your own time and money to figure out if that’s the right fit for you.”

For any students interested in entering a career of interest internship or work experience program, Mrs. Warner or Mrs. Morris for more information. 

They will help you step by step and make sure you get the experience you need for your future career. 

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