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“Rise of Skywalker” rises above the obstacles

By Kaitlyn Resline

Student Life Editor

“Star Wars: Episode IX- The Rise of Skywalker” directed by J. J. Abrams is the epic finale of what is called the “Skywalker saga” which began over 40 years ago. The movie concludes the journeys of Rey, Finn and Poe, as they try to take down the First Order and a new threat. 

Released on December 20, 2019, the movie has a running time of 2 hours and 22 minutes. The movie combines elements of action, adventure, and fantasy, making it appeal to a wide range of audiences. 

The movie starts off with the Resistance receiving intel that Emperor Palpatine, the main villain in the original Star Wars trilogy, has been revived. Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Damon (Oscar Isaac), are assigned a mission by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), to locate a sith wayfinder. This wayfinder is the only way to locate Exegol, where Emperor Palpatine is hiding. Along the way, they encounter several obstacles, mainly in the form of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. 

The movie had a lot to live up to, being the final movie in a beloved series. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat. In “Star Wars: Episode VIII- The Last Jedi,” one of the themes is that there is always a new generation to bring hope and balance to an ancient struggle. This is signified by the final scene in the movie, when a young boy moves a broom with the Force. However, “The Rise of Skywalker” seems to depart from these themes when introducing a new villain, and almost a new plot. This creates a disconnection between “Rise of Skywalker” and the previous films. 

The shift in narration appeases fans who were disappointed with “The Last Jedi.” However, it made the movie seem as if it was trying too hard. Certain climatic scenes felt rushed or forced, and some details did not fit the established facts of the series. The plot could also be difficult to understand. 

While the plot left something to be desired, it was made up for with the acting and characters. Ridley, Boyega, and Isaac all portray their characters with raw, honest emotion. A viewer can notice the connection the characters have with each other are as strong as the Force. Their interactions are very realistic portrayals of how people that have been through challenges together would behave. Rey’s character is commendable because, despite her trials and struggles, she never acts inconsistently with her established character. She remains a true champion of good. 

The musical score by John Williams also fits well with the movie. It plays homage to the original theme, while also adjusting to fit the new story. As it plays through action scenes, it crescendos as the action intensifies. 

Overall, the movie is engaging to watch. It might not have the cleanest plot, but the acting and action makes up for it. At the end, it did not leave a feeling of dissatisfaction. It is recommendable to all fans of the series who want to receive some closure after the long journey.  The movie receives 3.5/5 stars, because its slight stumbles did not detract from its overall enjoyment. 

The promotional poster for the movie “Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker” 
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker . 2019. IMDb, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2527338/.

Competition cheerleading flies to success

By Julia Beiler, Sports editor

With three districts wins in the past four years, seven consecutive county wins, has competed eight times in the state rounds, and has made it to the top five in states, the competition cheerleading team has grabbed all these accomplishments over the years.

December 7, 2019, the competition cheerleading team traveled to districts to compete for the District 3 title. They came out successful in this competition making this their third time coming first in districts. 

They have also recently competed at counties on November 23, 2019, coming out victorious again in their county championship making this their seventh consecutive county win. They also attended regionals on November 24, 2019, this regional competition gave the team a bid to nationals. 

The regional competition was to see if they scored high enough to go to Nationals, which they did. 

Coach Angela Masser shows great passion for her team and the sport. Earning these championships means a lot not only to her but to the team as a whole.

“That is something that is special to us,” Masser said. “Because when we first won it was as if we made history because we finally got a banner in the gym.” 

That sheet of cloth is something that is monumental is more than just a win. It is something that will always be recognized by the team every time they walk into the gym and look up at it. 

Through the eyes of the coaches, they see the potential in their team. 

“This team is really good at coming together and never giving up,” Coach Ashleigh Reinert said, “so it means a lot.” 

Stepping onto the mat is something the team shows great pride in. Masser states that they only get one shot to perfect their routine in the competitions. This one-shot determines their ranking, so putting their everything into their performance shows their talent and dedication to the sport. 

This year, the team will be going to the state finals for their eighth year in a row. No matter what the competition is, the team will be putting their all into winning, just like in the past performances they had at counties and districts. 

“Any win that anybody has is always good,” Masser said. “It feels awesome because all of the hard work and hours of work you put into it pays off.”

Bald Eagles sink Navy at second annual Rumble in the Jungle

By Margaux Rentzel

Red Lion hosted their second Rumble in the Jungle on Friday, Dec. 13 in the Fitzkee Center. Lock Haven and Navy went head to head for an NCAA Division 1 wrestling match. 

Lock Haven took the lead in the first half with a score of 12 to 6 at intermission. Before the last match, Navy almost caught up with a score of 16-15 as fans from both teams cheered on their wrestlers.

“The support from this area has been really big,” Scott Moore, the head wrestling coach at Lock Haven University said. “We are excited for the community to embrace wrestling.”

The last match between Casey Cobb and DJ Fehlman finished the score off with 19-15 for Lock Haven. 

“To be able to win a match like that,” Coach Moore said, “feels pretty good.”

The crowd was entertained during intermission with the Red Lion coed cheerleaders performing their routine.  This was followed by an exhibition freestyle match between junior Tiffani Baublitz from Kennard Dale and junior Seda Tsarni from Watkins Mill High School, Montgomery County, Maryland.. 

“I was excited they even asked us to wrestle,” Baublitz, an assistant junior high wrestling coach for Red Lion, said. The girls were glad to bring awareness to women’s wrestling.

“A couple years ago,” Seda Tsarni said, “You would’ve never thought that high school girls would be wrestling at a college match.”  

Plans for the third annual event are already in the works.

Red Lion hosts second annual Rumble in the Jungle

Lock Haven and Arizona State wrestlers grapple during the 2018 Rumble in the Jungle.

Lock Haven and Naval Academy wrestling teams square off in a regular season match

By Julia Beiler, Sports editor

Lock Haven returns to Red Lion this Friday for another year of Rumble in the Jungle. This year they take on a new opponent, the Naval Academy. 

The second annual Rumble in the Jungle will kick off Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fitzkee Center at Red Lion Senior High School. This NCAA Division I wrestling match is a huge event for Red Lion. 

Many days of hard work are being put into getting ready for Friday night’s wrestling match. With an event so large, greater steps are being taken to make this event stand out and be successful. 

Last year’s event brought lots of attention to Red Lion, as the rivalry match between Lock Haven and Arizona State brought in many spectators from all over. Local fans also came to see Kennard Dale graduate Chance Marstellar compete. 

High School Biology teacher Mr. Brad Lloyd, a former wrestler for Lock Haven University, holds the title of an all-time winningest wrestler with 146 wins and was a three-time All-American top eight in the country, second and third in the country offered commentary. He is excited to see his alma mater’s team come to Red Lion.

“What makes Lock Haven appealing to be involved is that most people on the team are from this state,” Mr. Lloyd said.

Many graduates from PIAA District III are on both the Naval Academy and Lock Haven University teams. That makes the matchups between the two teams unique within the players. 

From Lock Haven, senior Kyle Shoop is a returning All-American wrestler and is currently ranked 12th in the nation. Lock Haven also has senior Alex Klucker, who is ranked 16th in the country. Shoop went to Boiling Springs and Klucker is from East Pennsboro, both from PIAA District 3. Senior Jared Siegrist is also from Pennsylvania, Siegrist is a graduate from Manheim Central.

From the Naval Academy, freshman Jacob Koser is from Pennsylvania coming from Northern York.

Although, as successful as it was last year, it is not expected to be the same turn out again. 

“I don’t think it will be as large as last year,” Red Lion athletic director Arnold Fritzius said. “Partly because of the matchup, partly because it is earlier in the year, and partly because of the annual Army-Navy football game happening this Saturday.” 

This is only the second year of this event, but according to Fritzius, this event will be something that happens annually. “We already have one team committed to coming next year,” Fritzius said. 


Tickets range in price from $10 to $125 and can be purchased here.

Cast begins rehearsal for "Hunchback of Notre Dame" musical

By Mary Summers, Chloe Brown, and Lexie Emenheiser

Staff Writers

Red Lion Area Senior High School has big plans for their musical which is a similar version of the Disney film. This year, the cast of this musical will not stop until it is perfect.

Director, choreographer, and teacher, Cari Ayala gave a lot of insight of what is going on for this year’s musical. Dr. Ayala stated that she runs auditions, guides the cast when acting, controls blocking, which is telling the actors where to stand, and oversees all other directors in the musical. 

The other directors in the musical consist of the pit, music, set, costume, sound, light, producers, props, and makeup.  

“This version is a lot darker than the Disney version,” Dr. Ayala said. “ ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ is about a dramatic tale full of romance, action, and drama.”

The main role in the play is Quasimodo (senior Mitchel Wise). Quasimodo is Frollo’s nephew. He is deaf, has a giant humpback, and a giant wart that covers one of his eyes, which makes him unique and stand out from the rest of society.

A beautiful gypsy dancer named Esmeralda (junior, Izabella Schopf), is a charming and fascinating role in the play. Schopf plays a strong, independent, and a very empowering female role. There is romance throughout the scenes, which calls for an eventful musical.

Phoebus (senior Logan Smith), the captain of the Notre Dame guard,  is a bold and confident character who plays another main role in the musical that engages the audience. 

Clopein, Queen of the Gypsies (senior Sarah Foess), typically played by a male, has now been changed to a female roll to show Foess’s acting abilities and dancing talent. Though she isn’t supposed to be a dancer, she will be the lead feature dancer because of her past experience with dance.

Archdeacon Claude Frollo (senior Micah Sumwalt), in charge of the Notre Dame cathedral, is the story’s antagonist. He is passionate and driven, but his feelings contradict with his thoughts, which calls for violence throughout some parts of the musical.

Practice is run every Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 5pm. With the exception of Saturday, Ayala will hold practices with specific cast members who they need to focus on for that scene. Towards the show dates, they will have mandatory practices that last a lot longer and will focus on the entire musical itself.  

“There are about 65 kids from the school who are acting in the musical, which doesn’t even count for the ones who do activities behind the scenes,” said Dr. Ayala. The other kids who participate in the musical are the kids who help with costumes, props, the stage crew, makeup, pit, and of course, choir.

“A part of the choir this year is a bunch of community members who take the stage alongside the kids to create a loud, strong, symphonic sound,” Dr. Ayala said.

 Members of this adult chorus can vary from teachers, parents, and they are trying to get members from York Symphony.  

Show dates will be March 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the 2019-2020 school year. “The cast, crew, and members of the district invite everyone to come out and watch it.” Dr. Ayala said.


Mr. Wise, the musical director conducts the choir in the musical on Monday, November 18, 2019, in the Auditorium at Red Lion High School. This will influence their performance on the days of the final show.

Disney takes its turn with a streaming site

By Ryelee Stone

Opinions Editor

Streaming services provide different shows and movies that can appeal to everyone at the touch of their fingertips. I have found a streaming service that brings the magic of my favorite childhood memories to life.

A new streaming service that was recently released is Disney Plus. This streaming service provides shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

Disney Plus was released to the public on Nov. 12, 2019. The founder of this streaming site is Disney, and the CEO, Bob Iger, was the one who announced the launch.

This streaming site is Disney’s way of participating in the world of online streaming shows and movies. Disney can bring in even more revenue while providing their fans access to their favorite shows and movies.

According to Disney Plus’ website, the cost of a subscription is more affordable than other services at a price of $6.99 per month, along with a seven-day free trial to allow people to test out the streaming service. There is even a discount of paying $69.99 per year that would save buyers around $13.

After a simple signing-up process, the main menu for the site is clean and easy to maneuver through. There is a search button like any other streaming site, but the shows and movies are divided into different categories.

There are the standard streaming categories to choose from, including the Recommended for You, Continue Watching, What’s Trending, and more. What is special to Disney Plus is that there are sections to pick selections from only Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, or National Geographic.

Around the time the site was launched, the continue watching section disappeared on the home screen. Disney fixed this issue two weeks after the launch, showing that their team is responsive to problems. 

Something for parents to be aware of is that when you open the Disney Plus app after setting up an account, you can pick whichever profile you want to get into. There’s hardly any challenge to unlocking the parent accounts and there’s not a strong child lock, but time will tell if this needs to be fixed.

A larger selection of shows and movies are available to choose from compared to other sites and R-rated movies are not provided. Disney Plus still lived up to the hype it received because of the quality of the shows and movies it provides.

I have watched classic childhood movies and shows from this site that brought nostalgic feelings while watching them. I have also binge-watched the television show “Boy Meets World,” and watching shows and movies on this streaming site feels normal.

Shows and movies that I watched with my family when I was younger are on this site, and it is an amazing feeling to revisit those simpler times. “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” and “Monster’s Inc.” are all the movies that I have watched recently with my whole family because we have a Disney plus account.

Disney Plus has made a great impression on me and I plan on continuing to use this streaming service for as long as I can. Netflix does not have access to all of the shows and movies that Disney Plus has, so it is a great service that provides new content.

The overall impression that I have about Disney Plus is that it’s an amazing streaming site that provides options that everyone can enjoy. If someone is curious about trying it out, they should because it is reasonably priced and is an overall smooth experience to use.

Red Lion boots up for military night to raise awareness and funds for Jr. ROTC program

Sophomore Anthony Barkus checks out a howitzer parked outside of Horn Field. Photo by Genevieve Turner

By Julia Beiler

Sports editor

The Army National Guard, the Army, the Navy, and the Air National Guard stood on the streets of Red Lion outside the gates of Horn Field Oct. 25.

A howitzer pointed off into the distance of the town.  An Army truck idled on Horace Mann Avenue near a dozen military men in their uniforms. This was not a combat situation, but a tailgate before Friday night’s football game outside of Horn Field.

This tailgate was not your typical barbeque and family hangout. The different branches had their own special setups with yard games and informational flyers for students. Each branch was sharing the benefits of joining the military and how a student could benefit from joining. 

Not only was this event informational, but the main goal of the event was also to promote interest in and raise money for the Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program that Red Lion is trying to draw to the school. 

The Jr. ROTC program is a character development program that in placed in public or private schools throughout the country. Students who are involved in the program gain different skills and knowledge. 

 “Leadership, self-discipline, undefinable grit, and critical thinking,” Rickard said. All those traits are something that students can get from having this program within the school. 

Students who have already enlisted in the military worked at the booths that night, including senior Logan Axe.

“The night seemed to be successful,” Axe said. “Lots of students were stopping by before the game.”

The idea of bringing a  Jr. ROTC program to Red Lion has been around for just about two years, according to Bill Rickard. The Air Force was the only branch of the military that showed interest in placing this program into Red Lion. Friday night’s tailgate was a way of promoting the program and fundraising for it. 

Although it has taken a long time to get to this point, there are still many obstacles before this program can be placed into the school. One of these obstacles being the Air Force was the only branch of the military that showed interest in placing this program into Red Lion. 

“We will be having a site visit in April,” Rickard said. “And we will see what happens from there.”

An estimated $250,000 is the starting budget to get the program up and running. Assistant principal Bill Rickard said that the expense is worth it.

Having this event on Friday gained promotion and fundraising for the Jr. ROTC program that might go into Red Lion Area Senior High School. As successful as this tailgate was, there was much more behind corn hole and hanging out. This tailgate had the promotion of something that may impact Red Lion for years to come.

Voice of Democracy winners announced

Staff Reports

Four sophomore English 2 students won awards Tuesday for their “Voice of Democracy” essays.

Sweeping first through fourth places are Nicholas Hinton, Francesca Rizzo, Christopher Danner, and Bryn Hughes respectively.

Hinton and Rizzo’s essays will move on to the district level of competition.

Co-chairs of the contest were on hand to deliver the certificates. Daryl Webb, Senior Vice Commander and his wife Kathryn Tate, a life member of Red Lion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1446, expressed their pride in the work the students did to complete the essay.

“We’re so proud of the your accomplishment and your hard work,” Tate said.

Daryl Webb, Nicholas Hinton, Francesca Rizzo, Christopher Danner, Bryn Hughes and Kathryn Tate.
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