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Seniors sweep the StuCo Canned Food Drive competition amid controversy

By Aubrie Wise

Junior Editor-in-Chief

Red Lion Student Council released a new incentive for this year’s can food drive. To increase involvement, the graduating classes were pitted against one another in a competition to raise the most cans. The winning class received $500 towards their class budget, and Sheetz coupons for every student.

The incentive worked. This year’s canned food drive brought in 10,499 cans which is almost 10,000 higher than previous years.

“I think that definitely got people in the spirit,” Stuco adviser Jane Dennish replied when asked if she thought the competition drove up the number of cans. “Hopefully they can see past the point of getting money and getting coupons, and see what good they are doing in their community.”

The senior class of 2019 brought the most cans at 4,217. This came much to surprise to the junior class who were in the lead for most of the week.

During the weeks leading up to the food drive, and the week of, a video featuring junior Adam Naylor singing a parody of “I’m the Man” called “Bring in Cans” played on the announcements, encouraging juniors to bring in cans to support their class.

“I thought our advertisement was really well received, so I’m a little surprised that we didn’t win,” Junior Class President Emma Hively said. “Still, we’re pleased with the participation from each class and we’re happy to have filled the local food bank.”

However, the senior class would not be beat. On the last day of the competition, seniors brought in thousands of cans to put their class over the top. They made all the stops, spending their own money to help their class. Senior Joe Benge spent $70 on 864 boxes of cereal.

“I did it because the seniors were losing and I wanted second place,” Benge said. “And now we won, so I think it turned out just fine!”

A reliable source close to the senior executive council revealed that the senior’s win is under review by administration.

The purpose of the can food drive was to donate money to a local food bank that feeds families in the district.

“The food bank was very grateful,” Mrs. Dennish said. “They are running out of money as well, and we feed over 200 families in the school district with that.”

A day to end bullying

By Lillian Kiehner

Staff Writer

For most, bullying is a touchy subject. Many try not to think about it, or think that it even happens at the high school. For those that are being bullied, they have no choice but to think and live with it.

“People think, ‘It’s 2019, there’s no bullying going on,’” junior Falon Smith said. “Bullying is still relevant.”

The GLSEN website describes the purpose of the day “GLSEN’s Day of Silence, on April 12th 2019, is a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.”

GSA club members have set up and planned the Day of Silence for participating students at the high school. Sign ups went around the last club period in hopes of getting as many people to join.

Before Apr. 12, students will receive a badge and a paper explaining what they are participating in and what it means. Those participating will be silent all day on Apr. 12 until the breaking of the silence that occurs in period 8.

The purpose of being silent focuses on those that have already taken their lives and brings light to those that have thought or attempted and what it would sound like without them.

The goal of this event it to show support for LGBTQ community members and to show the diversity in the community. They want to bring light to the harassment and bullying that is happening to many students, not just in this school, but across the world.

“Last year people would rip down the posters, crumple them up, and then keep them. I don’t know if this happened to anyone else, but I know they would throw the crumpled poster at me.” Kaydie Dellinger, a sophomore, said. “I would be like ‘Oh, that was a poster I worked on and hung up.’”

“This year, I’m not saying it’s better, but it’s definitely not worse.” Jamie Bredlinger, a sophomore, said about their posters being ripped down. “And people are putting them back up.”

Those participating are not all just LGBTQ. Many supporters and straight allies have signed up for the event, according to GSA club members. People that support the community can join the mission to bring an end to the bullying.

“It wasn’t just GSA posters people were tearing down, they would also take down color guard posters and The Leonid bake sale posters,” said Falon. “They only seem to be torn down once the Day of Silence comes around.”

When the club went around asking people to sign up, people would sign up as jokes or immediately laugh at them. Most sign ups came from three different clubs that were Anime, Aevidum, and NAHS.

“Sign up, even if you’re the only one,” Smith said.

GSA members opened up their club Instagram as a safe space for those that need it. Follow them @rlash_gsa.

Administration takes action against bathroom vandalism

By Brandon Bosley

Staff Writer

Administration is facing problems with the boys bathrooms at the high school, from trash being thrown on the floors and things being ripped off the walls, to stalls being destroyed and issues with students vaping.

Principals at Red Lion are well aware of what is going on in the bathrooms, but what is not as clear cut is the solution.

“There isn’t a clear solution but to try to get the students to stand up to it,” said Principal Mark Shue.

Administration wants students to take pride in their school and stand up to these disrespectful outbursts. But administration is facing issues with the “snitch” mentality.

Mr. Shue said that this is not the only time they have had issues with this type of behavior, but it comes and goes. He also added that the vandalism has been spread out and is never consistent in one bathroom.

Male students asked about the bathroom vandalism were rather angry, but others had no idea it was even happening. Those that did, were not amused.

“There are vulgar things written on the wall, kids throwing food around and just straight up destroying the place,” said senior Nick Krystofiak.

Some students said that they are nervous sometimes to even go to the bathroom because they don’t know who will be in there and what they might be doing. Freshman, Jase Adomanis said that in one bathroom an entire wall has been ripped off of a stall.

In addition stall doors have been removed by students and even mirrors ripped off of the wall. All of this misbehavior has caused administration to make some changes.

There are now changes to the schools bathroom policies. Teachers now must always have a sign out sheet and the student must sign out. Teachers also need to see who is going before they can go, and only one person at the bathroom at a time.

These acts have also caused some bathrooms to be closed around the school. It started with the bathroom in the lunchroom which was closed for a day, now administration has completely closed the bathroom in the language hall due to vandalism and misbehavior.

During its peak, school resources officer Marc Greenly stated that they would find something new being done to a bathroom two to three times a week. Since the policies have been changed and closings have been made there has been a major decrease in vandalism counts.

In comparison to the boys bathroom, every girl that was interviewed stated that there is little to no vandalism in the girls bathroom, and they find it unfair that they are being punished for the boys actions in the bathrooms.

School officials are taking a lot of action but they also ask that students step up, support, and take pride in their school to stop the vandalism and misbehavior.

Lions leave the Wildcats scoreless at second home game

By Marissa Burd

Editor-in-Chief

Red Lion Baseball played rival Dallastown on Wed., Apr. 3.

Senior CJ Czerwinski started at pitcher for the Lions and the defense holds the Wildcats scoreless.

The Lions got their offense started off early when a Senior Channing Bratton lead the game off with a walk and Czerwinski followed by singling to left center to put the Lions up 1-0 in the bottom of the first.

During the bottom of the second, senior Nate Hodgkinson singled up the middle and then junior Adam Naylor walked.

Another senior, Sean Gladfelter, bunted to advance both runners. Then, senior Tyler Ness, bunted as well and scored Hodgkinson. The Lions built their lead to 2-0.

Both teams failed to score again until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Lions added to their margin.

The inning started when senior Cole Daugherty hit a single. Shortly after, Czerwinski advanced and Daugherty ran to second base.

Ben Price, a senior, hit a grounder to second and Daugherty made his way to third.

The score reached 3-0 after Hodgkinson hit a center field single and scored Daugherty.

The remaining innings were scoreless and the Lions took the win with the final score of 3-0.

What can be achieved from completing book reports?

Opinion Blog

By: Clare Mankin

Business manager

Book reports- we’ve all had to do them at least once in our lives. They’re one of many contributing factors to final grades, and are among one of the least favorite things students enjoy completing.

Earlier this year, I found myself in this very predicament that most, if not all, despise- writing a book report for my philosophy class. It was a major percentage of my final grade, and I had no idea what to write about.

The assignment given was simple, find a book that pertains to certain philosophical and/or ethical ideals. Easy, right?

Instead of trying to find a philosophical book written about a certain religion or lifestyle, I tried to find a book that would be considered outside the box for this assignment.

“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen was what I had decided on and found the outcome of the assignment very enlightening in both ethical and moral stances.

Austen originally wrote “Pride and Prejudice” almost 222 years ago in 1797. The time period alone would initially cause a reader to think women held no real education or knowledge of the world, and therefore, couldn’t write a book with philosophical ideals.

Austen, however, defied this notion and relayed her message with surprising eloquence and modern-day thinking. Through her strategic, humorous, and dramatic styles of writing, Austen was able to mock societal prejudices while also revealing the true meaning behind a person’s pride.

Driven in her belief of human virtues, mainly those of happiness and self-worth, Austen is able to both educate and deplete any forethought of ignorance in 17th century society.

For a woman to speak out about her own personal views on the aristocracy of fine society was a form of taboo and very insulting. It was also unheard of.

Austen’s ideals were a foreign concept during her time. However, today she is seen as an active opposition to the oppression and degradation of women.

If this book report were not assigned and if I hadn’t thought out of the box when it came to choosing my reading material, I would have never come to these conclusions.

I had always thought of classic romance novels to either be cliché or degrading towards the female sex, but this assignment has shown me that, even during a time period such as Jane Austen’s, traditional thinking and the oppression of women held no weight over speaking out about societal morals and ethics,

Book reports are important and even though you may not like them, you can learn a lot and form perspectives you might not have originally had. So, the next time you’re told you have to complete a book report for a grade, keep an open mind and try and see what you can actually learn from it.

Lions win home-opener in walk off fashion

By Marissa Burd

Editor-in-Chief

Supporting friends and families came out to cheer on Red Lion Varsity Baseball at their home-opener Mon., Apr. 1.

In the top of the second inning, opponents the Spring Grove Rockets scored two runs, leaving the score at 2-0.

Senior Cameron Czerwinski, started off the bottom of the second inning with a walk.

Ben Price, a senior, then advanced Czerwinski to third base with a double.

Another senior, Nate Hodgkinson put the Lions first run on the board with an RBI single to score Czerwinski.

The game was then scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Hodgkinson picked up his next hit of the day. Hodgkinson then advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Senior Jaylen Bell tied the game at 2-2 with an infield single to score Hodgkinson.

In the bottom of the sixth Czerwinski singled to centerfield, and Price then hit an RBI triple to score Czerwinski to bring the score to 3-2.

During the top of the seventh, the Rockets strung together a couple hits, making the score 5-3.

To start the bottom of the seventh, Hodgkinson tripled to right field on his third hit of the day.

Junior Adam Naylor then scored Hodgkinson on an RBI double, making the score 5-4.

Senior Tyler Ness came in to pinch run for Naylor on second base.

Then tying the game, sophomore Kyle Daugherty singled to center to score Ness.

Daugherty stole to second, and then got to third on a wild pitch. His brother, senior Cole Daugherty, walked.

C. Daugherty then stole second and Czerwinski was intentionally walked to load the bases for the Lions.

Price then came up huge for the Lions with a walk-off single to right field, and the Lions win their first home game of the season 6-5.

Computers change the way students learn

By Kaitlyn Resline

Staff Writer

Red Lion Area Senior High School made a new addition to its education system: one-on-one personal Chromebooks.

Mr. Timothy Smith, the Supervisor of Instructional Practice and Technology Integration for the school district, explained that the district had been considering giving students devices for about four or five years in order to limit computer availability problems for use in and out of the classroom.

Last year, the devices were given to Red Lion Area Junior High School students and they were introduced to the high school this fall for the 2018-2019 school year.

“I’d say it’s affected my learning by allowing me to work on things whenever,” said sophomore student, Allison LeGore. “I like being able to make up snow days at home, work in the car or bus, and use the laptop in study halls.”

LeGore talked about the flexibility computers provide in her learning, letting her make up snow days at home and complete more work outside of school.

Ms. Allyson Ayres, the school media specialist, also noted some general benefits the devices bring, like their ability to save class time with quick logins and online homework assignments.

The computers are also teaching students to become versatile in using computer programs.

“It helps and it hinders,” said Ayres. “The students that always do their homework and what they’re required to do, it helps them. The kids that maybe slack off a little bit, it probably hinders them more because I feel like teachers are assigning more things to do at home than they did in the past.”

For the most part, LeGore felt that the integration of the devices has been straightforward. However, she did note how she felt she was spending a lot of the time on the devices.

“My least favorite thing about them is that I can sometimes get headaches when I’m using it in every class and then have to go home and use it some more,” said Legore.

Smith claims that adding the devices was ultimately worthwhile. He spoke about how teachers are using the computers to go with lessons, but encourage to not let the computers take over. The computers are mixing traditional and modern learning styles together in a way that makes sense.

“More and more teachers are using them to supplement the lesson,” Smith said. “Not to replace.”

Paper shortage affecting everyone in the school differently

By Margaux Rentzel

Staff Writer

It was a crisp day in early September and the students at Red Lion were starting to get settled into their routines for the new school year.

The school was filled with dim rooms and lit up computer screens at each student’s desk. Fewer teachers handed out papers, and more teachers told kids that their assignment was on google classroom.

There was less pencil to paper action, but more fingers to the keyboard keys, and eyes to a computer screen.

Students began to find out that supposedly, there was less paper this year than there was last year. Thus began the name, “the paper shortage”.

“I have heard many of my teachers complain about the shortage of paper and having to go online,” sophomore Randy Fizer said.

Red Lion High School principal Mr. Shue confirms that the paper budget was cut by, “About 40%” from last year to this year.”

“We were told at the end of last year,” chemistry teacher Mr. Blanteno said. “That the paper budget would be cut by about 40%.”

The question remained why the paper budget was cut in the first place.

“When you take a look at priorities then sometimes you have to make tough choices,” Shue said. “As far as where money gets allocated and where it doesn’t and what I have to do is take a look at what’s best for our programs.”

The school has to give money to programs that need it and the paper budget this year was not one of those needs.

Students and teachers are forced to conform to less paper.

“We started out at the beginning of the year to only a few assignments being online,” Fizer said. “And now it is evolving to everything being online.”

“It has forced me to find other resources for my students,” Blanteno said. “So some of the things that I would have done using paper, I choose not to and I use a digital platform instead.”

Administrators, teachers, and students have understandings of how the budget cut of paper is affecting the school.

“The way I understand it is, when students need to print they go to the library,” said Shue.

“I can still do the same things that I was doing before,” Blanteno said. “But what I have really now done is put the need for paper on the students. It has also saved me a lot of time.”

“Many subjects aren’t good to use computers for, like math,” sophomore Tyler Keener said. “And it is much easier to use paper for.”

Whether this is permanent or temporary is still up for debate.

“Let’s take the year and let’s assess,” Shue said.

When push comes to shove the reducement of paper takes some getting used to but can be accomplished.

“You can make a decision in September and people are highly critical of it,” Shue said. “But by the time May rolls around, the people that were highly critical of it in September, in May say that was a really good idea.”

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