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Devan Chacey, Junior combines passions and talents as yearbook editor

Emily Ankers         

Editor-in-Chief

As a second year member of the yearbook staff, junior Devan Chancey strives for greatness in her role as academic editor and has taken each task assigned to her and completed it to the best of her capability for the best yearbook they can produce. 

Chancey was exposed to yearbook through her American History class in her sophomore year. She was assigned a magazine cover project and discovered that she enjoyed the process of creating and designing. Her teacher, Mrs. Axe, then discussed the idea of Chancey joining the yearbook staff. 

Junior Devan Chancey, Lion Yearbook
academic editor

As a second year member of the yearbook staff, Chancey is responsible for tasks including designing the spreads and taking over certain sections of the book to get the needed material and the correct format.

The staff runs in through groups that are assigned one central layout. They work together to design the layout of the spread before separating to work on their individual assigned pages. To do this, the staff utilizes computer programs such as Balfour and photoshop.

“Having other staff members and advisers put their trust into me to create something amazing never fails to fill me with joy,” said Chancey. “I’m very proud to be part of this amazing staff and get to work with other passionate people.”

The passion Chancey feels for her activity is not simply fueled by the work she is doing. Her passion is created from the knowledge of what is to come from all the work she and her fellow staff members are contributing. 

“There is so much to love about yearbook it’s hard to pick one thing as my favorite,” said Chancey. “If I had to pick something it would be seeing the finished product. Knowing my hard work created something amazing is a great feeling.” 

Working for a staff involved with something like creating a yearbook is a very hands-on activity. There is very little time for falling behind and not doing your part. Chancey expressed that the fast pace and constant need for alterations and tweaking keeps her excited and interested in what she is doing. 

Yearbook is based around a central deadline that is set in the middle to end of March. Chancey has emphasized the stress she feels in meeting these deadlines as she has to ensure that the school is being represented in the best way. This means that there must be accurate and appropriate quotes from students as well as proper grammar with no mistakes present throughout the book.

“Yearbook is so much more than a club,” said Chancey. “Yearbook has taught me how to use different computer programs and communicate with other people more efficiently. It also gave me something to be excited for and look forward to every day.”

Red Lion Student Council carries out first ever Clothing Drive

By Daphne Riddle   

Junior Editor-in-Chief

A Clothing Drive has just taken place at Red Lion, the first one to take place at the high school, during the weeks of Jan. 27-31 and Feb. 3-7. Student council collected piles of clothing to donate to Community Reach in their two-week drive. 

Total tallies of all pieces of clothing brought in by each individual class, showing the final ranks of the Clothing Drive.

Delaney Jess, the committee head of the Drive committee, showed her enthusiasm in this new idea to help the community. “I decided to start a clothing drive because it had never been done before which I thought was very surprising,” Jess said. 

This drive was also used as a competition between the classes, the prize at the end being class cup points towards larger prizes later in the year. This created a race for the grades against one another, and the numbers of clothes collected grew each day. 

Two weeks of donations went by quickly, and the classes were fighting for the top spot. The walls were covered by posters hung by multiple classes, encouraging students to donate. There was also an abundance of social media posts made for the same purpose. This healthy competition spurred on the students to collect as many clothes as possible, with the thought of helping the community also a motivating force. 

At the end of the time period, all the articles of clothing were counted by Student Council members, and the final tallies were announced on the council’s Instagram. The stacks of clothes piled high, as tall as the tables they were being collected by. Hundreds of pieces were folded and getting ready to be packaged while the students were anxiously waiting for the results. 

Taking first place were the sophomores, who brought in 347 pieces of clothing. The remaining classes ranked as follows; seniors with 197, freshman with 82, and juniors with 28. The sophomore’s reward will be a day of getting out of class early to be the first people in line for lunch. 

This first year initiative went over very well, and everyone around the school seemed to enjoy the competition aspect. Hundreds of articles of clothing are now waiting to be donated to Community Reach to go to people in need. “I think for our first year it was a huge success,” said Jess, “Every little bit counts and we collected over 600 articles of clothing!”

The hope of the Drive committee is to continue this event next year, and the students’ passion of bringing in clothes this year makes it a likely chance of another clothing drive in the future. 

Student Council’s work to donate towards locals in need were evident the past few weeks when collecting clothing, and Community Reach will soon be receiving hundreds of clothes to assist these people. “It is just another way we can help our community,” said Jess, “so why not!”

High school administration gives new consequences to students who vape

By Ryelee Stone                  

Opinions Editor

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been a total of 2,711 hospitalized cases due to e-cigarettes and vaping products as of Jan. 21, 2020. In 27 states and the District of Columbia, there have been 60 confirmed deaths that have also been linked to vaping.

Vaping is the action of using electronic devices such as e-cigarettes to inhale nicotine, which is an addictive chemical. These devices were marketed as a “healthier” option for those who smoke traditional cigarettes.

However, e-cigarettes have fallen into the wrong hands and have caused many health complications, as well as hooking a new generation onto nicotine. There are a variety of reasons why individuals may vape such as mental illnesses, peer pressure, social media, and more. 

“I vape because that is how I deal with my anxiety,” a local senior girl said. “Sometimes it is just what I turn to in order to find comfort and to calm my nerves.” 

Vaping is an ongoing issue in the nation and in other parts of the world that has affected teenagers. School administrations now have the responsibility of ensuring that students do not vape during the school day.

At Red Lion Area Senior High School, there are students who attend there that vape daily. The school has taken certain measures to try to educate students about this ongoing epidemic. 

“The people that developed vaping lied to you,” principal Mr. Mark Shue said. “They said it wouldn’t hurt you and that’s not true.”

Health classes and different programs are provided so students have the opportunity to learn about the dangers of e-cigarettes. New programs and other propositions are being set into place in an attempt to reduce the number of teenagers who vape.

“We want to educate people so they can make educated decisions,” Shue said.

Not only is vaping a health and safety concern, but it has also created many conflicts between students.

“It [vaping] seemed like it created tension between the kids going to the bathroom,” Shue said. “Some kids thought it was cool, but there were a whole bunch of kids who saw it as an annoyance.”

Instead of using the bathrooms just for their traditional purpose, teenagers will sometimes take a “bathroom break” as an opportunity to vape. As a response, the school installed vape detectors to try and prevent students from vaping in the bathrooms.

“It [vape detectors] has acted as a deterrent,” said Shue. “Once we put the vape detectors in, it helped with the attitude of the students and the frequency.

If students are caught vaping, they may be suspended regardless if they are of age to use tobacco products or not. Recently, a new penalty has been added to the possible consequences that students may face if they are found to be vaping in school.

A newsletter was emailed to parents/guardians and students by superintendent Dr. Scott Deisley about the new rules regarding tobacco products, and the enforcement policies that school districts are allowed to use. Governor Wolf signed House Bill 97 into law that states schools are now allowed to fine students and adults who use tobacco products on school grounds.

“Please understand that as of January 26, 2020 students and adults possessing nicotine delivery products on school property will be subject to summary citations and fines that may be in excess of $200. Fines for possessing THC or THC delivery products may result in greater fines and criminal consequences.”

Red Lion Area Senior High School administration has also been focusing on enrolling students who are found vaping in school into educational programs. In these sessions, students have conversations with the school social worker, Mrs. Brandy Shealer, about the harmful effects of vaping.

“I have worked with over 40 students so far this year,” Shealer said. “I am hoping to send out a survey at some point this year to gauge the impact the sessions have had.”

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. Another option is to seek more information or help from Mrs. Shealer in room number C210 or to email her at shealerb@rlasd.net.

“I have seen a dramatic improvement from walking the halls and going into the bathrooms since they are both emptier,” Shue said. “From a number standpoint, vaping in school has decreased and fewer people are being caught on their second offense. I’m very happy with this outcome, however, there is still more improvement to be made.”

Senior maintains ‘Mind Escape’ literary magazine

Using both her writing and artistic skills, Danielle Santana Denrich reads over and reviews a piece submitted for the Literary Magazine, Mind Escape. Pieces can be submitted using this form in order to be considered for publication. Photo by Kaitlyn Resline.

By Kaitlyn Resline

Student Life Editor

When Danielle Santana Denrich was assigned a passion project for Mrs. Jane Dennish’s Honors English 3 class, she did not realize she would continue the project after junior year. However, sometimes it works out that way. 

Santana Denrich started Mind Escape, a Red Lion High School literary magazine during the 2019-2020 school year, but continued it because she enjoyed it. The website is an opportunity for students to showcase their creative works, as well as view works from their peers. 

If students are interested in submitting work they can click on the About Us page of the website where there is a link to submit work. Once she receives the work, Santana Denrich reviews the pieces to make sure they are suitable for publication. 

“Some difficulties with picking pieces is the grading process,” Santana Denrich said. “Grading someone based on their creativity can be purely subjective and it’s up to me to make sure I am unbiased and grade objectively.”

The website is currently under construction to be renovated. Santana Denrich wants to set it up so that readers and click on a story and read it instead of scrolling to find it on the page. Visitors to the site are still welcome to view the Writing Tips and Tricks page or submit work while the website is being revamped.

“I use a lot of skills from knowing conventions and grammar and my own creativity to be able to read through each piece to determine which one goes on the site,” said Santana Denrich. “Then I also use my artistic knowledge for the website design and setup and also which piece goes where based on how each story is told.”

Mrs. Rochelle Bupp has become an informal adviser for the project but Santana Denrich took charge of the project. Mrs. Bupp explained that she took care of everything, all of the little details. 

“She is very passionate about writing,” Mrs. Bupp said. “She wanted a way to share her love with everyone, and give a place to show other people’s writings.”

Santana Denrich hopes the project encourages students to express themselves creatively beyond their core English classes. She hopes someone will take over the project next year after she graduates, or else it will fade out. 

“My goal with this project is for everyone to appreciate the creativity that many students have but don’t have a way to show it,” said Santana Denrich. “I think it’s beneficial to the high school because it shows an appreciation to each of the student’s creativity and I hope it also inspires others to delve into their imagination and to maybe submit something themselves!”

RL Alumnus exhibits her pride

By Margaux Rentzel 

Social Media Editor and Marketing Director

Not many people can say that they teach at the same school that they were taught at. Alumnus Megan Axe, a graduate of the class of 2001, can say that she does. 

Ms. Axe came back to Red Lion in August of 2008 to teach at the Senior High after going to York College. “They were looking for a teacher that could teach advanced placement government,” Ms. Axe said, “and my name came up.” 

Ms. Axe is the social studies department head at the Senior High School. She teaches 9th grade U.S. History as well as advanced placement U.S. history. 

“Teaching is not necessarily just a job,” Ms. Axe said, “it is a calling to give back to the next generation and contribute to society by creating an educated and active citizenship.” 

Ms. Axe keeps herself busy in the high school by being the yearbook co-adviser as well as musical props director and house manager. But, in her free time, Ms. Axe visits presidential libraries and homes. 

“Where we are located in Pennsylvania,” Ms. Axe said, “we are surrounded by the foundation of America.”

Ms. Axe is passionate about history and was inspired by her history teachers in high school. “I was fortunate enough to have a series of history teachers in junior high and high school that I greatly respected and admired,” Ms. Axe said, “and I wanted to follow in their footsteps.” 

One specific teacher that inspired her was Henry Stoner, who taught her U.S. History in the 10th grade.

 “Henry Stoner had a saying that he actually took from his mentor.” Ms. Axe said, “It was ‘Good better best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best’, and that stuck with me.” 

Jay Vasellas also inspired Ms. Axe after teaching her for twoyears in high school. “He is ultimately who hired me.” Axe said, “I got to work with him for several years as he mentored me.” 

Most students can’t look at their teachers and ponder that they will be their coworkers someday. “Some of the people I’m working with now educated me,” Ms. Axe said. 

Since hired, Ms. Axe wants to inspire her students the way her teachers and mentors influenced her. Ms. Axe wants to see students become career-ready when they leave high school. 

“We need to make sure that [students] are choosing paths that are going to be fulfilling for them in life.” Ms. Axe said, “You need a career that you are gonna want to get up every day and go to that job and work passionately.” 

Ms. Axe cares for her students and her teaching shows that. “I’ve been to a lot of schools and have never met another teacher like Ms. Axe,” sophomore, Shana Carey said. “She genuinely cares about US history and wants all of her students to learn and succeed.” 

As an alumnus and teacher who now works at her former high school, Ms. Axe shows pride in being a former Red Lion student. 

“I’ve always been a Red Lion Lion,” Ms. Axe said. 

Ms. Axe

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.

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