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Two art teachers from different districts, bringing students together in a time of tragedy using origami cranes

Payje Davis

Senior Editor-In-Chief

Following the death of Red Lion senior J. Carson Capik in February, graphic arts teacher, Paul Thom with the help of Littlestown art teacher Trinh Sudak, came together to organize a One Thousand Cranes project at both high schools.

An origami project to symbolize remembrance, hope, peace, and healing, A Thousand Cranes originates in Japan and involves folding pieces of paper into the shape of cranes.

The overflowing box of cranes filled Mr. Thom’s classroom before
being taken to Littlestown High School that following week. Cranes piled in fast that week. Picture by Payje Davis

 Red Lion students made the cranes on March 1, 2, and 6 in the LGI with plans to hang them up at Littlestown High School, where Carson’s father, Mr. John Capik, teaches graphic arts.

“It kind of just snowballed from there,” said Thom when he talked about how the students handled the project introduction. “Before I knew it, I had around 100 students in the LGI each day, so it was really rewarding.”

The total number of cranes made here at Red Lion is 1,250 and Littlestown has a total of 1,050, creating a grand total of 2,130 cranes in honor of Carson.

 The initial kick-off to the project here at Red Lion started when Littlestown art teacher Trinh Sudak reached out to Red Lion graphic arts teacher, Paul Thom. Telling him how students at Littlestown were participating in the project to “show support to Mr. Capik.”

Thom was happy with the turnout of the project, even mentioning how students he had never met were just coming to his room to participate.

“I saw the truth of Red Lion, and I saw everybody come together,” said Thom as a recap of observations over the three days the cranes were being made. “Students to my knowledge, that wouldn’t normally be talking to one another were connecting, whether over Carson and his memory or perhaps hope for the future.”  

Thom said the project calls attention to always checking on your friends to simply see how their day is going. “It brings opportunities to come together as a community for the togetherness that I feel like everybody’s been looking for,” Thom said.

The music stands covered in cranes over the course of the musical weekend. The number of cranes multiplied immensely throughout the three days. Picture by Maria Baker

The Red Lion musical, “The Sound of Music” landed right in the middle of the days the cranes were being folded. Maria Baker, who played one of the nuns in the show, took a stack of paper to the performances that weekend.  The cast and crew were hard at work backstage, before, during, and after the show.

“People asked me what are you making, and I told them about the project,” Baker said. “And then it just snowballed from there. We started cranking out these cranes.”

Pretty soon, a stack of 258 cranes piled up on music stands.

“It was so cool to just see everyone at musical come together whether they knew the reason or not, Baker said.  “It was just uplifting to see”

 As of mid-March, the cranes are still nested safely in Mr. Thom’s room, but plans will take flight toward the end of the school year. Pending approval from the administration, the cranes will be displayed at Red Lion’s 2023 graduation, along with Carson’s senior portrait.

High schoolers benefit from recreational sports

Kevin Keene

Multimedia Journalist

The Red Lion Narwhals get together under their basket to take a team photo after their last game of the season. They received second-place medals after losing to Neysa in the championship game. Photo by Matthew Keene

 Teenagers all have many different hobbies that they benefit from and grow from. A very popular one being sports.

For different high schoolers, sports don’t have the same seriousness or importance for every person. For some, it could eventually be a possible future job, a serious activity, or just something to do with friends for fun.

Playing sports for fun on a recreational team has the most benefits.

Recreational sports teams are an opportunity for teenagers to play sports without the stress and commitment of being on a school sports team.

The long-lasting benefits that someone can obtain from recreational sports are limitless. Three benefits outweigh any advantages of playing school basketball.

The first is improving fitness without all the stress.

Though participating in school sports will also increase your fitness levels. There is an unbelievable amount of pressure to get stronger and fitter to be able to compete with some of the best players in the country.

Whereas in recreational basketball, your fitness will naturally get better as you are playing. However, you do not have to worry about staying in the best shape possible, because you won’t face as athletic or talented of players.

The second benefit of playing a recreational sport is time consumption.

On a school team, practices usually take up every weekday after school, and weekends for games; this leaves little free time to hang out with friends and family or enough time to get homework done efficiently.

If you choose to play on a recreational team, there will be no more than two practices a week, with one game on the weekend. This allows the sport to not interfere with the rest of your life and will leave time to do whatever else you want to do.

The last benefit, which is also the most important one, is the opportunity to improve social skills and form long-lasting friendships.

School sports are strict. They put unnecessary pressure and stress on players which prevents some players from forming deep positive relationships with one another.

From personal experience, I have formed countless friendships with my recreational teammates that have lasted years. Even after the season ends, we still meet up and hang out.

 I have also played on school teams, and most of those friendships didn’t last that long, especially once the season ended.

On a recreational team, since there is no extra pressure or stress weighing you down and you do not see the same people every single day of the week, it allows you to get close to one another, while not getting sick of each other.

Participating in recreational sports over school sports doesn’t only allow you to form deep emotional and trusting relationships, but makes you a better person by learning to rely on people to achieve a common goal. 

Masser Shoots Lights Out on Senior Night, Ladies Prepare for Postseason Run


The Lady Lions played their final regular season game vs Manheim Township on February 4 and came out with the win. Coach Dimoff’s basketball team finished with an impressive 16-6 record on the season.

Before the game, fans and players took the time to celebrate three seniors: Bhrooke Axe, Tatiana Virata, and Kamauri Gordon-Bey. The crowd cheered loudly as the seniors, with their families, walked out to the center court to be acknowledged.

Bhrooke spoke on this being her last season earlier in the week saying, “I think it’s gone pretty good so far,” Bhrooke said. “I think it’s definitely met up to what my expectations were.”

Our Ladies then dismantled Manheim Township showing off their whole array of skills. The first half clearly showed the Lady Lions were stronger, showing high intensity on both ends of the ball. But foul trouble became an issue.

All three seniors picked up three fouls early, leading to Coach Dimoff needing to go deep into his bench.

Grace Masser rises in the lane to put in the jumpshot over multiple Manheim Township defenders. The Lady Lions defeat Manheim Township 53-29 on a senior night. Matthew Keene

At the half, the score was 23-16 in favor of the Lions, with the leading scorers being Gordon-Bey, Grace Masser, and Axe all with six points. The third quarter was the turning point of this game. The Ladies came out firing, more specifically Masser.

In that quarter, the Lady Lions outscored the red-hot Manheim Township 18-3.

Coach Dimoff hinted at how good his team could be at their very best in a week prior to the game.

 “We are good enough to beat anybody, anybody, but when you are playing against solid teams, if we don’t go out there and give a good effort, we’re going to be able to get beat too,” Coach Dimoff said.

The final score would end up being 53-29, led by an absolutely dominating second half from the Ladies. The leading scorer was Masser who would end up scoring 17 of her 23 points in the second half.

Coach Dimoff spoke more about what he wanted to see from this game.

“This is the time of year where we don’t have time to step backwards…every time we step on the floor, it has to be a step forward, because that’s what it takes in the postseason,” Coach Dimoff said. “Each time we step on the floor we are improving.”

It’s now time for postseason basketball. Senior player Axe gave her opinion on what she thought it would take to make a deep postseason run.

“It’s just going to come down to our effort and how much we want it,” Bhrooke said. “That’s going to determine how far we make it.”

The Lady Lions have played very well this season, playing up to expectation, and will now do their best to get to states.

“Whatever effort they are putting on the floor against anybody, is that good enough to beat the best teams,” Coach Dimoff said. “If it’s not good enough to beat the best teams, it’s not a good enough effort.”

Kevin Keene

Multimedia Journalist

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.

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