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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. 

How books can change your life

Kayla Tracey

Guest Columnist

Life is a mess, and that is the reality that we live in. However, that knowledge doesn’t help us cope with all the ways that our lives are not going how we have planned.

None of our lives are perfect… and this is the part where if we were talking face to face you’d say  “okay it’s not like I don’t already know that, what’s your point.”  Well, my point is that life sucks, but you can do something about it.

This is when all the ideas will run through your head about how you can cope with everything happening in your life, so go ahead take your time because I’m not going anywhere.

Everyone will think about different things because we are all different and we all deal with life differently. Maybe your thought to cope is “I can make things better by inspiring change.”

That’s a great goal but it is not easy to define what will actually change the world. But no matter how horrible the world gets there is a way to escape, and it has nothing to do with trying to change the world. It instead has everything to do with books.

Books? Seriously?

Yeah, Seriously.

Books are amazing because they can transport you to a multitude of different countries, worlds, realities, and much more.

Want to visit Narnia? Crawl through a wardrobe. Want to live like royalty become Princess Jasmine, or little Scout Finch? The sky’s the limit.

Books can transport you anywhere. When you open a book, you can instantly be consumed by the ink on the pages. Suddenly, the world disappears, and you can escape the lousy reality that you leave behind.

Not all of us are going to find interest in the same books. For me, I love seeing other worlds and problems presented in fiction and fantasy. While they’re trying to save the world from some mythical being set on destroying it, I become distracted from the problems in my life that pale in comparison.

But I know plenty of people that don’t like the type of books I read, even friends of mine have told me they aren’t interested in what I read. And I just brush off their comments. Other people don’t have to like them because I do. All that matters is that  they help and interest me. 

It’s cool if books aren’t your thing. I still urge you to try and find something that interests you. 

It only takes that one book to  help change your life. And if you try and try and try and still can’t find a book that interests you, find what does interest you. It can be an instrument, a sport, or anything else.

As long as it brings you joy and makes you forget about what has you down it does its job. Because if you have a productive way to deal with and get through the viciousness of life maybe life won’t seem as miserable. When life sucks, find what makes you happy.

For me, I read.

Seniors Organize Romp in the Boondocks as a Makeshift Prom

Shana Carey

Opinions Editor and Marketing Editor

“Cancelled due to COVID” is a phrase not so uncommon to hear nowadays. The senior class of 2021 experienced this first hand when administration officially cancelled prom. 

“Basically, we’ve known all year that if things didn’t change,” Executive Council Adviser Mrs. Rachel Curry said, “traditional prom wasn’t an option.” 

The Senior Executive Council originally also planned a class trip to Washington, D.C.. Since the museums and National Zoo are closed, school officials also cancelled this trip. 

“I was cautiously optimistic that it wouldn’t happen, but we kind of knew it (senior activities) was ending,” Mrs. Curry said, “That’s completely out of our control.”

Principal Mr. Mark Shue said that Red Lion is following all guidelines put out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are allowed to have some after school events but not prom out of concern that gatherings could be a super-spreader events for COVID-19 that “Goal number one is to keep school open,” Mr. Shue said. 

The Executive Council’s work raising money the past four years will not go to waste, however.

 “There’s a survey out there that we’re waiting for results on about whether they want an after school activity,” Mrs. Curry said. 

If the survey indicates that over half the senior class wants this event, Executive Council plans to move forward with the idea. This would be an after-school outdoor activity including food-trucks and yard games. 

“We are waiting to see if anyone is interested in it,” Mrs. Curry said. “It will be something similar to what happened with homecoming.”

Mr. Shue says that there has not been much interest in this event from the Google Form Mrs. Curry sent to the senior class. 

If this end of year senior celebration does not occur, Executive Council will purchase a gift for each senior. “I would like to have the gift be something that would be meaningful to the students,” Mrs. Curry said. 

To celebrate their graduation, many seniors are attempting to have somewhat normal end of year celebrations in lieu of the prom. A group of seniors organized a makeshift prom called Romp on the Boondocks, a non-school sanctioned event and anagram for prom. 

“It has been a very dim year for everyone,” Executive Council member and makeshift prom organizer Madison Daugherty said. “So, we decided to plan our own.”

The cancellation of prom came as a surprise to Thea Hennessy. “I was kind of excited for maybe an outdoor kind of thing, like they were talking about,” Hennessy said. “So it kind of blowed that they did cancel it, but I understand why of course.”

However, many students anticipated that administration would cancel prom. “I was disappointed,” Braden Reese de Leon said. “But it was expected.”

“It is a large venue with lots of outdoor space so we can spread out,” Daugherty said. “It also allows us to include other things that you usually would not have at prom, like a bonfire.” 

The large outdoor venue also encourages social distancing and air ventilation. Adult chaperones will enforce COVID-19 precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing.            All students attending must present a COVID-19 waiver in order to be allowed into Romp. 

 “We do want this to be a safe event,” Daugherty said. “We will have additional precautions set in place such as temperature checks and plenty of hand sanitizer.”

Many students are still concerned about the COVID-19 precautions at Romp. “I definitely am really scared about that,” attendee Hennessy said.  “I don’t think it’s going to be 100% safe.” 

Romp’s planners set the date for May 22, so many are concerned about a potential COVID-19 outbreak before graduation. 

“I hope that everybody’s really careful and thoughtful because, if it happens close enough to graduation and there’s any sort of COVID spread,” Mrs. Curry said, “there will be students in quarantine or school will be shut down before graduation.”

Daugherty told The Leonid that Romp will follow all of the governor’s mandates. Since COVID-19 is highly contagious, the seniors planning Romp are aware that many students will not attend in order to reduce their exposure to the virus. 

“We get it. Prom is not everyone’s cup of tea,” Daugherty said. “We are expecting upwards of 100 students or so. But we would love to have way more than that.”

Thea Hennessy, who is planning to attend Romp in the Boondocks, is apprehensive about contracting COVID-19.

 “Honestly, that’s why I’m really on the fence about going,” Hennesy said. “On the one hand, I want to have a good time with my senior year but on the other hand, I definitely want to be safe.”

Braden Reese de Leon does not plan to attend Romp, but she says, “I think it’ll be fine as long as they take those precautions.”

In order to raise money for Romp, Madison Daugherty and Madisson Shellenberger organized a fundraiser on GoFundMe. This money helps cover the cost of the venue, DJ, food, and decor. 

“Our vision for this event is more lowkey and relaxed, so there is no formal ticket process,” Daugherty said. “Any of our council members will be more than accommodating to get a ticket to any senior who reaches out.”

Romp is more casual because it is planned by students rather than the Executive Council. “It is not a school-sanctioned event,” Daugherty said, “so it is 100% student-planned.” 

Many people are concerned about the behavior of attendees to Romp. “I feel like they’d be just much more reckless because it’s not associated with the school,”  de Leon said. 

Members of the community will chaperone the event. “Though this is not school sanctioned, we expect behavior as if it were,” Daugherty said. “We expect nothing less than respectful behavior.

“Our biggest motivation for planning this event,” Daugherty said, ”is to give our seniors a sense of normalcy before going off to college or into the workforce.” 

Hennessy intends to go to Romp with a small group of friends before graduating. On the other hand, de Leon will not attend Romp because she wants to have a small get together rather than a large party. 

“I don’t want to go because I feel like my friends probably wouldn’t go either,” de Leon said, “and I’d rather have a small gathering of friends than try to have a makeshift prom outside of school.” 

“Our goal is to host one last hoorah before saying goodbye to our classmates,” Daugherty said. 

Administration fears a potential outbreak from Romp in the Boondocks. “We do not support a large gathering of students that could potentially lead to a COVID outbreak that could close the High School,” Mr. Shue said, “Please think before you act.” 

Student Council celebrates student leaders

By Kaitlyn Resline

Editor-in-Chief

Leaders motivate, inspire, and guide. Sometimes they stand out in front and sometimes they get out of the way of their talented teammates. Whatever the style, Red Lion Student Council will sponsor a leadership week to recognize leaders from many different clubs and organizations.

RLASHS’s Student Leadership Week takes place from April 19 to 25 to correspond with the National Student Leadership Week

“What we do is we want to celebrate the other student leaders besides Student Council in both our school and in the community,” Haley McCartney, treasurer and head of fundraising committee for Student Council, said.

This year’s theme for Student Leadership Week is “Leadership Unlimited.” McCartney said the theme reflects this past year, how to keep moving forward, and know that leadership is unlimited no matter the circumstances. 

Since RLASHS closed last school year before Student Leadership Week, this year, Student Council has planned more activities than ever.  

They plan to send cards to junior firefighters, send emails to sport captains, create a LEAD mural with photos of sports captains and club officers, and host a banquet for club leaders.

The banquet will take place Thursday, April 22, during AP and sixth period. Student Council used to hold a catered breakfast in the commons, but this year student leaders will receive goody bags of prepackaged items in the auditorium. 

They also have a spirit week and a quote of the day for every day during Student Leadership Week. 

Student Leadership Week ties into Student Council’s “why statement,” which is “To be the leaders that serve our school and community by doing all that we can for others, so that students can feel heard and grow from our help,” McCartney said. 

“The reason for leadership week is, well, why aren’t sports captains known as leaders, why aren’t the FFA or National Honors Society, why aren’t they getting recognition?” McCartney said. “So that’s why we implemented this national week into our school, to support all of the student leaders.”

Student Council member Abigail Gingrich displays the poster she created for Student Leadership Week. She also designed the cards sent to junior firefighters.
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