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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.”

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.

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.

Classes join competition to stock local food bank

“Bring in cans because it’s for a good cause!”

Delaney Jess, Student Council Canned Food Drive Chair

By Margaux Rentzel

Multimedia editor

Student council is gearing up for their annual canned food drive November 18-22. It will be another competition between the classes, and the winning class will win $250 and 50 class cup points.

Collected items will go to the Grace Lutheran Food Bank in Red Lion. 

“It is directly affecting our community,” head of the drive committee for student council, Delaney Jess said, “and we try to help them out as much as we can.”

Students in grades 9-12 can bring in canned food items to be a part of the competition as well as give to their community. 

“I hope it has as much momentum behind it as it did last year,” Jess said, “because we collected around 10,000 things to donate.” 

In April of 2019, the student-council-run canned food drive implemented an incentive to get people to participate. “[In previous years] when we didn’t have the competition,” Jess said, “we only had probably a couple of hundred cans.”  

In the Spring 2019 drive, the classes competed against each other for the class that brought in the most cans. The winner would receive $500 toward their graduating class’s executive council. 

According to Student Council, last year the juniors were in the lead during the whole week. Until, on Friday, the seniors and sophomores arose in the competition. The classes started bringing ramen because each ramen packet counted as one “can”. 

The seniors saw their placement on Friday morning and used their class money to leave during the school day and go buy more items for the drive before everything was counted, according to a representative from student council

The controversy caused the seniors to become disqualified and the sophomores ended up winning. Jess was disappointed in the outcome. 

“The idea that it’s going to families in our community was lost in the sense of competition.”

“Now that we know the way that it went and we have the experience,” Jess said. “We just implemented some new rules so that way it’s more fair and a friendlier competition.” 

This November the new rules are gravy packets do not count; ramen packets count as one quarter of a can; and leaving school to go buy cans is prohibited. 

“Bring in cans because it’s going to a good cause.”  Jess said. “May the best class win!” 

NAHS goes global with its orphan portraits

The orphan portraits drawn by junior Thea Hennessy (far right and far left) and junior Megan McPhillips (center). The project helps the artists to gain confidence in their realistic drawing abilities. 
Submitted by Mrs. Kelly McBrien

By Kaitlyn Resline       

Student Life Editor

A few members of the National Art Honor Society wait patiently in the room of Art 2, talking among themselves. Ms. Kelly McBrien, the NAHS adviser, lets each student pick a photo of an orphan they want to draw. Scanning their photos, the students begin to work on their portraits, which will share their gifts and talents with children from around the world.

The project is part of The Memory Project, a national movement founded by Ben Schumaker in 2004. It gives high school artists the opportunity create portraits of the orphans that will then be delivered to the children.

Different artists go about drawing the orphans in various ways. The only given information besides the photo are the child’s age, name, and favorite color. 

“I sketch the orphan and then add shading and lighting with normal graphite pencils,” junior NAHS member Megan McPhillips said. “Then add a bit of the child’s favorite color into the portrait.”

Thea Hennessy, another junior NAHS member goes about the process in a different way. She likes to use her realistic drawing skills to match the picture as closely as possible, but the process often varies. 

“As for the medium I use, I tend to experiment with that,” Hennessy said. “So far I have done digital process, colored pencils, watercolor, graphite, and I’ve recently did a pen and ink one.”  

The project produces many benefits, including creating a unique drawing that maintains the integrity of the photo. However, the greatest benefit is seeing the kids’ reactions in videos.

“All the kids look so happy and love looking at the backs where a picture of the artist is to see who drew them from miles away,” said McPhillips. “Art goes beyond language, and many of these children don’t speak any English, but still get excited and understand what they’re looking at.”

Mrs. McBrien explained it as the NAHS’ way of being involved in something bigger than themselves and the school. Usually, the NAHS projects relate to the school or local community only, but this project has a worldwide impact. 

“It’s kind of like the layers of an onion,” said Mrs. McBrien. “The NAHS looks at themselves as the core group, the next ring is the school, then it’s county, state, and global. This is their global initiative.” 

Hennessy and McPhillips both noted the sense of accomplishment they felt after finishing the portraits. They liked how the project allowed them to bring joy to kids all over the world. 

“The main reason why I do this project is for the kids,” said Hennessy. “We often try to give the portraits to orphanages that are in areas that need a reason to smile.”

McPhillips talked about how the portraits serve as keepsakes, something for the kids to keep for as long as they wish. The project has a personal value to it. 

“A lot of these kids don’t have much, but they still find joy in, what seems to a lot of us, the little things,” said McPhillips. “That is something I will always respect.”

The epidemic of vaping is spreading among teenagers

The infographic above includes information about the dangers of vaping. The statists included are from The Centers for Disease and Control.

By Ryelee Stone

Opinions Editor

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 1,604 cases of lung injury involving e-cigarettes and vaping. These cases have occurred from 49 states (all except Alaska), the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory. 

As of Oct. 19, 2019, there have been thirty-four confirmed deaths in 24 states.

Vaping is meant to be a “safer” alternative for people who smoke cigarettes, but research does not support that claim. Many teenagers started to vape and now are addicted.

The CDC recommends that no one should use e-cigarette, vaping products, and products that contain THC from off the streets. The CDC hopes to gain more information about why vaping is causing lung injuries and other negative effects.

During a wellness day held at the high school in late September, Red Lion Junior High nurse Nannette Schimek spoke about the effects of vaping. She is passionate about informing students of the dangers, including addiction and even death.

“Vaping companies make it easy for their products to fall into the wrong hands,” Mrs. Schimek said. “The various different flavors appeal to kids and can hook them for life.”

Her goal is to help kids not start vaping or helping them to stop vaping if they have already started. Mrs. Schimek is always open to have a conversation with students about this topic.

Unfortunately, there are students in high school who vape daily.

“I vape because that is how I deal with my anxiety,” said a local junior girl. “Sometimes it can even be a blessing.” 

Students vape for a variety of reasons. Stress, family problems, schools, and more can all contribute to teenagers needing to cope in any way they can.

“Vaping is something that I’m so used to that I keep doing it,” another local freshman said. “Nothing negative has ever happened to me, so I will keep doing it.”

At the high school, Mrs. Brandy Shealer is a school social worker who is always open to having a conversation about vaping if anyone needs help. 

“There’s a ton of programs coming right now that are working on targeting students in school who vape,” said Shealer. “We decided that we were going to form a psycho-educational group to inform students about vape products.”

Instead of offenders being suspended for their first offense, they talk to Mrs. Shealer and will be educated about the dangers of vaping. If students are found vaping again, then harsher offenses will be their consequences, according to Mrs Shealer.

“A ballpark estimate of how many students we catch vaping in school is four per week,” Assistant Principal Mr. Bill Rickard said. “Sometimes there will be six or even eight students who get caught vaping.”

Vaping is currently not FDA approved and is not safer than smoking cigarettes. If you or someone you know is struggling with quitting, call this hotline 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help.

“If students only learn one thing from what I say,” said nurse Mrs. Schimek. “I want them to understand that vaping is not safer than smoking cigarettes.”

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