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Let’s put our best foot forward, eco-friendly style

Maria Baker

Junior Editor-In-Chief

Have you ever walked through a park and seen trash on the ground? Or went to the beach and saw plastic in the ocean? It is important to be eco-friendly to help our world be safe and clean. Always trying to keep the earth in mind when outside can be difficult but when achieved, it can make a huge impact on our lives.

So what is eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly means being aware of your actions that affect the earth. Even doing a little each day can make a difference. Especially with climate change, it is important to keep our planet in our minds every day.

Here is a quick list of how to be environmentally friendly to our planet:

  1. Clothes
This symbol represents recycling. The earth needs to be clean in order to be safe and less polluted. Recycling is one of the best ways to keep our Earth clean.

Trying to find new and trendy clothes can be difficult sometimes but the best way to help is to reuse clothing, like going thrifting or going online to stores like Poshmark or eBay. Also, it is important to pay attention to materials, such as using cotton over polyester, because it takes longer to break down. Polyester contains microfibers that go into our ocean and can harm marine life.

  1. Food

Eating locally and supporting local farmers’ markets can help reduce the use of GMOs and can also help out the community. Packaging produces a lot of waste which ultimately goes into a landfill. Eating less red meat will also reduce the amount of livestock that is killed which can also reduce the amount of waste produced.

  1. Beauty

Using makeup wipes is actually harmful to the environment, it is more beneficial to use a reusable wipe or micellar water. If you need something to bring on the go, biodegradable wipes are the way to go. Again, just pay attention to brands that support eco-friendliness

  1. Energy

Be sure to turn off your electronics to save power and help reduce your carbon footprint. For larger appliances, look at the energy efficiency scale.

Basically, it is easier to be safe than sorry, remember it never hurts to recycle! So when you are out and about, please be sure to pay attention to our earth to keep it safe!

Two Red Lion students recognized again for a prestigious graphic arts contest

Makenzie Draper

RL Media Reporter

As you’re driving your normal route to your house, you get a notification on your phone from the passenger seat. You think, “That could be my boss getting back to me on that important project, or that could be my mom telling me how her doctor’s appointment went…I better check that.” 

You reach over for your phone, and as you take your eyes off the road for just a moment, another car slams you and your car into a billboard. As you get out of the car to check the damage, you look up at the billboard to see that it reads:

this is the picture of their design that was displayed on a billboard off of the I-83 Emigsville exit. On December 19, 2022, these two students were awarded yet again with recognition from the state. 
Photo by Tyler Wernick

The Create Real Impact Contest deemed two Red Lion students winners: Allyson Colbert, a 2022 Alumni, and Chase Britton, a current senior, on May 8, 2022.

In this contest, teens and young artists were asked to design a billboard on either alcoholism or the dangers of texting and driving. Both students agreed that this project would serve the purpose to change people’s lives, so they decided to participate. Colbert and Britton decided to take on a design that incorporated texting and driving because they thought it would impact a larger audience, implying that this issue is present in adults and teens. 

Throughout the 3-week long project, Britton and Colbert were a dynamic duo; Britton brainstormed lots of ideas and Colbert was able to convey those ideas in the artistic design. After their hard work was done, their design was voted on by the Department of Transportation and other students. Once all of the votes were cast, Colbert and Britton were deemed the winners, and their designs would be presented publicly on a billboard. But their recognition didn’t stop there. 

Colbert and Britton, the students receiving their award from Stan Saylor, the Pennsylvania state representative. Pictures by Principal Christopher Hewitt

Mr. Thom was beyond proud to present this award to them, and he mentioned that “this is a prestigious honor,” Thom said, “Not many people get one of these.” 

Red Lion is extremely proud of Colbert and Britton, and they impacted hundreds of people that drove by their billboard and hopefully thought twice about checking their phones while behind the wheel. 

Finding Pieces of History in the Present

Emerson Campbell

Staff Writer

In the new age, many teenagers often wonder what is the point of going antique shopping? “Isn’t it just all old weird stuff?”, my thirteen year old cousin scoffed, when I asked if she wanted to tag along with me to an antique shop. I would agree, it does have old, weird trinkets that most people would not think to buy. But, it also houses thousands of pieces of history. Whether it’s jewelry from the 1950s or a coin from 300 B.C., each item has a memory of another place in time. That is the beauty of the shops; they hold a spot for all people, no matter their age or background.

Just recently, I accompanied my brother to a nearby antique store, in search of rings for myself. Upon entering, I immediately noticed there were shelves upon shelves of everything imaginable. Rings, furniture, jackets, decorations, books, and many other items. My brother and I immediately split up, in search of very different things. He made his way to the ancient book section, while I went to the jewelry case.

A shopper sifts through old postcards from many years ago. Photographed by Emerson Campbell.

While I made my rounds, I spotted an older couple there, looking together at some aged teacups. “Hmm, do you think it would fit in with our China?” The older woman asked her husband. He shrugged and picked up an old book that was tearing apart at the seams. Their quiet interaction made me realize just how diverse the kinds of people you find in antique shops are.  Four different people; one seventeen year old, one twenty-two year old, and two who are, presumably, over the age of seventy, all flocked to the same old shop. None of what we were pursuing were similar, and that’s the beauty of it. 

Yes, there are weird cherubs, books that are ripping at the seams, stained tea cups, and old jewelry. But it’s all in how you picture it. I see books that were written hundreds of years ago that landed in a small town close to you. Jewelry that your great-grandmother cherished for years before giving it up to her grandchildren. Clothes that were loved for years and now will become someone else’s story. So yes, outlandish and unconventional things are in antique stores, but I think that is the beauty of it.

Social studies department member takes on a new course

Serenity Nace

Staff Writer

The social studies department is coming up with a new elective for the 2023-24 school year. Steven Long, the current Sociology teacher at Red Lion, has decided to teach an Anthropology course next school year. 

Mr. Long is very excited to teach a new class for Red Lion.

Mr. Long has only been teaching for four years; the 2022-23 school year is his first year at Red Lion. He taught for three years in a small town in Colorado. “The high schools in Colorado were a lot smaller,” said Long. “There were around 400 people compared to places like Red Lion.”

Along with Sociology, Mr. Long also teaches US Government/Economics and US History. When asked why he wanted to teach a course of this sort, Mr. Long said, “I took a few courses in high school, and then another few in college.” said Long  “I had good professors so the course was really intriguing to me.”

To get people interested in taking a course, they have to know what the course is about. “Anthropology is essentially the study of cultures and civilizations.” Long said. “That also branches into physical and cultural developments; and physical developments could be broken into forensics based study, too.”

After hearing the basic outline of the course, some students would be more likely to take the course. “I’m in Sociology right now and the two [courses] are very similar,” sophomore Xavier Poulin said when asked how he felt about the class. “It would be really interesting to learn about different societies outside of the one we’re a part of.”

The National Honor Society raises high funds for local families

Serenity Nace

The participating National Honor Society members bag donated groceries at  Community Reach in Red Lion. The students were proud to have finished all 700 bags in one night, according to member Natalie Rudolph.

Staff Writer

The Red Lion Area Senior High National Honor Society recently held an event to raise money for Thanksgiving food donations for local families. The event held nine teams of teachers who each raised money and Red Lion students who donated to the cause. Their sums were added together at the end of the event. 

“I think it went well considering there was no set goal,” NHS advisor, Cameron Murray said. “The turnout was really good for not having any idea of where we wanted to end up.”

The groups of teachers, determined by the social committee, are also participating in a year-long competition with many events. Team Nine landed in first place having raised $51.37, so the total was bound to be high. Overall, the nine groups raised a grand total of $307.95. Additionally, the students who donated raised another $75.13. This means that the NHS and all other participants raised $383.08 this Thanksgiving season. 

“Student participation could have been better,” said NHS member, Natalie Rudolf about the funds raised, “but the teachers did well.”

On Nov. 8, some of the NHS members volunteered at Community Reach to help bag 700 bags of food for local families. Murray said that while they were originally supposed to bag food on both the eighth and ninth, “the students did so well that they didn’t get asked back the next day.” 

Safe to say that the NHS had a very productive fundraiser to start the year and season.

Free breakfast available for all students in the 22-23 school year

A state program launched by Governor Tom Wolf will provide free breakfast to Red Lion students and other schools across the state no matter what their income level. The program will go into effect here at school Monday, Oct. 3. 

Breakfast is available daily from 7:15-7:38 am, before the first period. The process for getting breakfast will not change. Students will need to use their ID or lunch number pin so they can keep track of who gets breakfast in the mornings.

Junior Destiny Hildebrand is glad that breakfast is available at school so she can still eat without getting up early.

“My bus comes at 6:35 so I would have to get up at 5:30 if I wanted to eat at home,” Hildebrand said. “It’s nice that it’s free because then I don’t have to pay for it.”

Cafeteria manager Bridgett Shifflet has been preparing her staff for the change but says much will stay the same. 

“Students will still come into the cafeteria serving area through the commons and then they will be able to get a bag,” Shifflet said. “They will be able to fill their bag… to make a complete breakfast.” 

According to the PA Department of Education, a complete breakfast includes five components; one whole grain, one dairy, one or two fruits, and a protein item.

For Red Lion, a variety of fruits, and a grain can be combined with cheese sticks and yogurt to fulfill the protein requirement. A choice of 1%, fat-free,  and dairy-free milk top of the choices.

Breakfast and lunch menus are posted on the SUN site for students. They can be found under “Meal Menus”.

Maria Baker

Junior Editor-in-Chief

Hungry for breakfast? The Red Lion Area High School will be given free breakfast starting on Monday, October 3.

Red Lion students win graphic arts contest for safe driving

A cool, breezy spring morning, and you’re driving your daily commute to school, just as always. There’s a ding on your phone, and it’s from somebody you enjoy talking to. In that same moment you take your eyes off the road to check that message, an out-of-control vehicle slams into the side of your car.  

The Create Real Impact Contest asked young people, ages 14-22, to show how they would talk about the number one killer of teens in America, distracted driving. Junior Chase Britton and Senior Allyson Colbert, students in the Graphic Arts 3 course, were the winners of this contest, sponsored by Impact Teen Drivers in collaboration with State Farm Insurance of York County.

“Phones are a problem for teens and young adults,” said Colbert. “And that was the main idea.” 

The contest allowed for a wide variety of media that could be entered to win; including graphic design, music, video, and creative writing creations.  Colbert and Britton created a design for a billboard, which features a representation of a text message next to the words, “They need you alive.  The text can wait.”

The billboard is up and can be seen from I-83 northbound near the Emigsville exit. 

Red Lion Area Senior High School Junior Chase Britton and Senior Allyson Colbert won the Create Real Impact contest with this design, which was presented in a hand-held version to them. The life-sized billboard can been seen from I-83 northbound near exit 24, Emigsville. Photo by Tyler Wernick

Marlin Bollinger from State Farm of York County and Melissa Sweitzer from the Center For York Traffic Safety presented a one-hundred-dollar check to each student from Red Lion, a unique award modeled after their billboard design submission, as well as a one-thousand-dollar educational grant to the Red Lion Graphic Arts Program.   

Mr. Paul Thom, a Graphic Arts, Technology and Engineering Education teacher guided students through the design process and then evaluated the final design product. 

“Students prepared for the event by enrolling in the level 3 Graphic Arts course,” said Mr. Thom, “which provides industry-standard, real-world, skills for students to successfully create graphic designs and products.” 

He and the rest of the Graphic Arts program team at the Senior High, plan to use the educational grant on a future graphics-related project that will also promote safe driving for the students at Red Lion.

By Tyler Wernick

Multimedia Journalist

From left to right, State Farm Agent Marlin Bollinger, Assistant Principal Dana Schmidt, Senior award winner Allyson Colbert, Junior award winner Chase Britton, Traffic Safety Specialist Melissa Sweitzer, and graphic arts teacher Paul Thom display the $1,000 grant to the RLASHS Graphics Arts Program.  The students hold their awards,  miniature versions of the billboard they designed.  The full-sized version can be seen from interstate 83 northbound near the exit 24, Emigsville. Photo by Tyler Wernick

Red Lion Career Center Director Mrs. Morris Retires

Mrs. Morris leaves a legacy of career exploration programs at the senior high

By Shana Carey


Many students do not know what they are going to do after graduation. Red Lion encourages students to dabble in different career opportunities that can allow them to find their passions. Originally a business teacher, Mrs. Kim Morris built the Career Center from the ground up and is ready to retire after 33 ½ years in public education. 

“Red Lion has made a strong mark in York County,” Mrs. Morris said. “That makes me proud.” 

Mrs. Morris is passionate about helping students find a career that excites and supports them. She says that the key to finding this is to experiment in different activities while in high school. 

“Get your foot in and dabble a little. If it works, that’s awesome,” Mrs. Morris said. “If it doesn’t, dabble in another pool.” 

The career center was not always as prevalent as it is today. When Mrs. Morris got started at Red Lion 30 years ago, there were two programs that she oversaw while teaching a full day of business classes. Now, Mrs. Morris focuses on the Career Center and its 42 career exploration and apprenticeship programs. 

“The more opportunities you (the students) have,” Mrs. Morris said, “the more that we’ve done our job.” 

Mrs. Morris passes the torch after this year to Mrs. Scott to run the career center. Mrs. Scott was originally a business teacher before becoming a counselor and has helped students find their career paths ever since starting at Red Lion. 

“She and I have been co-workers and friends for a very long time,” Mrs. Morris said. 

Mrs. Morris sits at her desk in the Career Center with cards from students and community members hanging behind her. Mrs. Morris has met with past students that achieved their various career goals because of the career program.

Mrs. Morris looks forward to seeing how the Career Center changes with new leadership. 

“Throughout the years we continue to think of ideas,” Mrs. Morris said, “so I’m anxious to see new directions, but there has to always be continued growth.” 

Moving into retirement, Mrs. Morris will watch the Career Center develop but will also have more time to herself. Mrs. Morris told The Leonid that she is very much looking forward to “no bells.” 

She also is excited to travel with her husband and spend time with her four grandchildren. She is looking forward to “just having more time to stop and play.” 

Mrs. Morris works in her Career Center office with a bulletin board filled with pictures and thank you cards from past students. Over her years in Red Lion, she has kept in touch with many students. Mrs. Morris reminisced about meeting with one of her first students for lunch and hearing about his travels as a marine in the past 15 years. 

“He remembered things from the class that I taught,” Mrs. Morris said. “It was lovely.”

Moving into retirement, Mrs. Morris is optimistic and said, “You never know where one little possibility might take you.”

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