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Mr. Bull guides students on how to vote during Covid-19

By Shana Carey

Opinions Editor and Marketing Editor

The next election is just around the corner during the Covid-19 pandemic. And new voters don’t know where to start. With registration, mail-in ballots, and traditional polling, the voting procedure is more unique than ever. Mr. Bull, US Government and Politics teacher, says, “Voting isn’t hard. It’s like ordering food at Sheetz.”


Registration

According to Mr. Bull registration is vital to the voting process. He says that people will be denied to vote if they are not registered by Oct. 19, 2020. He suggests looking at https://www.votespa.com/ for detailed election information. 

In order to register, students need to visit https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/. Here, they can fill out their name, personal information, and political party. They can also apply for a mail-in ballot. 

Mail-in and Absentee Ballots

For voters that want to remain socially distanced, they can request mail-in ballots without a reason when they register. Absentee ballots are reserved for those that are disabled or out of their municipality during election day. All mail-in and absentee ballot applications are due by Oct. 27, 2020 at 5 p.m.. 

Mr. Bull says that Mail-in voting is a viable method of voting. He says that there is no evidence of fraud through this voting process. Although ballots are not required until a few days before the election, Mr. Bull suggests mailing in these ballots well in advance. 

He also advises students to sign them as neatly as possible. According to him, the government will throw away votes because they are not legible. Overall, Mr. Bull said, “if you are okay with Covid, I recommend going to the polls.”

Poll Voting

Going to the polls is somewhat daunting to new voters, according to Mr. Bull. He said that the first step is finding which polling place a student should go. “This can easily be looked up online,” Mr. Bull said.  

The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020. “I’m sure it’ll be slower than normal with the Covid procedures,” Mr. Bull said, “expect to wait a long time.” He suggests planning ahead in order to reduce wait times. 

He says that early morning and after work hours are usually the busiest. If their schedule permits, Mr. Bull recommends people go during daytime hours. He also wants voters to know that if they get to the polls before 8 p.m. and are in line as the polls close, they still have the legal right to vote. 

Pennsylvania does not require any form of identification, but Mr. Bull says to bring a driver’s license or school id just in case. 

Once voters are there, Mr. Bull says that poll workers guide them through the new processes and help them to cast their ballot. “It’s not hard,” Mr. Bull says, “but it’s somewhat intimidating.” 


New voters may feel nervous or confused, but they can always ask for help according to Mr. Bull. He tells students to “talk about it with your parents.” He says that this can relieve the stress of going registering and voting for the first time. 

According to Mr. Bull, his best advice to students is to do a little research before voting. He says to find out what the candidates stand for and how that aligns with your views. Voters can easily research candidates online and learn about local politicians that are running.  “Don’t just vote to vote,” Mr. Bull said, “vote educated.”

Boys of fall win home opener as Horn Field Stadium remains closed to public

By Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

Friday night football at Horn Field usually draws thousands of spectators. Parents, teachers, students, and other local fans show up to cheer on the Lions.

This year is a different story. 

Red Lion beat South Western 43-21 on Horn Field Friday night. The event marked Senior Night for the Lions cheerleaders, marching band and football players. 

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, only a few family members were allowed to attend a game that brought a big win for the Lions.

The team started out with an early lead, scoring their first touchdown only four minutes into the first quarter. They kept up a strong defense against the Mustangs, surrendering three touchdowns, but not surrendering an overall win. 

Both teams each scored three touchdowns over the second and beginning of the third quarters. The end of the third quarter and the fourth quarter were filled with major gains by the Lions. 

They scored three more touchdowns as well as field-goals, and a  two-point conversion. 

Junior wide receiver, Jeffery Nyamekye scored a 99-yard touchdown, one of the more impressive moves of the night. QB Randy Fizer rolled out to the right, finding Nyamekye who caught the ball, broke a tackle, and powered downfield.

Senior football players were disappointed that due to PA’s guidelines limiting the number in attendance at outdoor sporting events to 250. This meant that their friends and siblings could not come. 

“I wish my brother could be here,” Senior RB, Brock Holloway said. 

Many siblings could not attend because each football and cheer senior got two tickets each. 

Alongside the Lions, were the RL Cheerleaders. 

“A cheerleader’s job is to cheer on every player,” Senior Margaux Rentzel said. “Having no fans here gives us the opportunity to be as loud as we can for the football players, and be crazy and spirited because we are all that they’ve got.” 

“I wish that my friends could be here on my senior night because I have really grown with them every football game,” Rentzel said. “I looked up at the rowdies and I looked at my friends, and this year I won’t be able to look at the rowdies and see my friends cheering me on.” 

Rentzel and Senior cheerleader Emily Padre both felt that more pressure was put on them because the cheerleaders would be the only ones cheering on the football team. 

 “I wish my best friend could be here,” said Padre. “She’s at home right now, but she’ll be streaming the game.” 

Home sporting events are live streamed to the YouTube channel RL Sports Live.

Senior Kairen Gordon-Bey, 52, lifts senior Randy Fizer, 1, as they celebrate a touchdown made by Fizer. The Lions outscored the Mustangs Friday 43-21. Photo by Genevieve Turner
RED LION–Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Horn Field stands remain mostly empty as The Governor’s Plan for State Reopening limits the number of people permitted to attend outdoor sporting events to 250. On this senior night September 25, 2020 parents of senior football players and cheerleaders were permitted to attend. Photo by Carol Kelkis

Lions Football Returns Friday to Limited Fans at Horn Field

By Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

Football Friday returns to Horn Field this Friday as the Lions take on the South Western  Mustangs. The event will be Senior Night for the football team, cheerleaders, and the Marching Lions.

With a state-imposed limit of 250 attendees, the school will live stream the game on Youtube at: RL Sports Live starting at 4:30.

Seniors will walk onto the field at 4:30 p.m. with their parents. Football players will go first, cheerleaders next, and finally the Marching Lions. At 5:15 p.m. the Marching Lions perform, and at 7:00 p.m. the game begins.

School officials want to make it clear that during the game, no one is allowed on school grounds, other than those already permitted to attend the game. 

Allowed to attend are the coaches, cheerleaders, and players for both teams, RL’s Athletic Director, the ambulance staff, custodial staff and press. The extra seats in the stadium have been given to the senior football players and cheerleaders parents. 

Student-Athlete Spotlight: Jacob Bradley

By Genevieve Turner

Sports Editor

It’s a Friday night at Horn Field. The stands are full of fans as they cheer with anticipation of the rush of players to come (pre-COVID, of course). When the first arm breaks through the decorated banner, the screams and cheers come to a deafening roar. The next moments are a sea of black and gold as the many players run onto the field preparing to demolish the opponents. 

From afar, every player seems to blend together. But, if you look closely, one stands out from the rest. From a distance, his shoulder-length blond hair is his most prominent feature, but with a closer look, you can distinguish Jacob Bradley by the look of determination and hard work etched onto his face. 

Bradley was only a sophomore when he got a starting spot at varsity running back. This makes him one of the very few who got to step out onto the field as a varsity player while only being an underclassman. Last season Bradley had a total of 25 rushing yards, with an average of 2.8 rushing yards per game. Bradley also had a total of nine carries, 52 solo tackles, and 75 total tackles. 

Bradley started playing flag football in first grade, and in fourth grade, he made the switch to tackle football. Since then, his coaches and teammates have seen him improve immensely. 

His teammates and coaches both say many positive things about him. Senior wide receiver Davante Dennis describes Bradley as, “Hilarious, hardworking, and he’s like a brother.” 

Fellow teammate, senior QB Randy Fizer, said, “He is hardworking, talented, and I would say, has a strong sense of brotherhood.” 

Offensive Coach Jeremy Granger described Bradley as, “Dedicated, athletic, and intense.” Coach Granger also mentioned that Bradley is special because he can make up for strategic errors with athletic ability, and stresses that not many players are able to do that. 

“He never is satisfied with the way he is performing currently,” said Coach Granger, “He always wants to better himself and always does things to better himself.” 

“He is the kid that is a returning starter. Not a lot of players are able to start 10 games as a sophomore but he was able to do that,” Coach Granger said. “He is gonna have a leadership role to play.” 

He may not have the title of Captain yet, but many still look to him to set an example. “A lot of times even though he is a junior, some guys are thrown into that role, of a leader,  but he will be fine and he will lead by example,” said Coach Granger. 

Over the past year, Bradley has expressed that he had struggled with his motivation towards football. “…I let myself go and lost my motivation, but over the summer I was able to get it back.” Part of this loss of motivation was when Red Lion played Central High School last season. Red Lion lost and Bradley got upset with himself because he wasn’t able to gain any yards or get out of the place in which he was stuck. 

Bradley turned these emotions into hard work, determination, and drive. Which he plans on using this Friday when Red Lion plays against Central High School again. 

Although his future is undecided, Bradley plans to continue playing both football and lacrosse and hopes to continue on in college. 

“I would be nowhere near the same person I am now without football.”

Randy Fizer, Jacob Bradley and Davante Dennis. Taken by: Deja Downs

Students Faced With Unmasking the Secrets to Successful Pandemic Dating

By Shana Carey       

Opinions Editor and Marketing Editor

Imagine this. You’re a teenager looking for love. And bam! A pandemic strikes. Social distancing is the new norm that makes maintaining relationships and meeting new partners a challenge. This is the exact situation in which junior Mackenzie Zagroba found herself. “This past year, I went a little boy crazy,” she said. 

Zagroba and her pre-pandemic love interest danced around the idea of dating. However, she found it difficult to maintain a relationship while social distancing. According to Zagroba, they couldn’t go on a date during the lockdown. 

Dr. Jodi Stauffer, a school counselor, thinks that couples can lead healthy relationships during the Covid-19 pandemic as long as they are on the same page regarding quarantine. She says that being honest about how you want to approach social distancing is important. 

Because Zagroba’s partner wanted to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, their relationship consisted of Zoom calls and text messaging. “We’re better in person than over text,” she said. According to Zagroba, they eventually stopped talking completely due to a lack of communication.

Dr. Stauffer said, “I think that it’s great that we have the technology to do video calls.” She also brought up the point that you see less of a person when they can hide behind a screen. 

“I wonder if it wasn’t for quarantine if we would have worked out. I had feelings for the guy,” Zagroba recalled her romance. According to her, it was the right person but the wrong time to start a relationship. 

After her romantic fling, Zagroba jumped back in the dating pool and started talking to new singles. Right before school, she went on a dinner date but did not feel a connection. This made Zagroba want to focus on her schoolwork instead of relationships. She attributes lack of communication to the end of her romances.

Dr. Stauffer said, “I think the biggest barrier in any relationship is lack of communication.” She thinks that students can have a valuable relationship while still maintaining social distancing. According to her, quarantine is a great time to get to know people since they cannot go out on roller coaster rides together.

This was true for senior couple Jason Mendicino and Jocelyn Herres, both of whom managed to stick together through the pandemic. 

According to the couple, they didn’t follow CDC guidelines during the quarantine. Although, they were monitoring how they were feeling. “We were around each other enough,” Mendicino said, “that it was like being around your family.” 


Seniors Jason Mendicino and Jocelyn Herres wear masks and joke with each other while eating lunch. The couple does not socially distance as they frequently watch anime together and work at a pet store. They had more time to communicate during the quarantine and grew closer together because of the pandemic according to Mendicino.
PICTURE BY: Max Vigue

Because the couple had more time to communicate and see each other, Mendicino even went so far as to say, “quarantine was better for the relationship.”

Herres said that she and Mendicino had nightly phone calls and kept in constant communication. According to Dr. Stauffer, it’s important “to communicate with your significant other more regularly than not during a pandemic.”

Dr. Stauffer says that the pandemic can make or break couples dependent on how honest they are with each other. She says that “problems occur when you don’t agree and you pretend to agree” regarding social distancing. 

“I think kids can have a safe picnic together and stay socially distanced,” Dr. Stauffer said. She explained that there are safe and smart ways to date during quarantine. According to her, couples need to communicate, be honest, and respect each other in order to be successful. 

Whether couples are socially distancing or not, Dr. Stauffer says, “you still need to give that vulnerability.” She thinks that it is important to openly get to know your significant other and what their quarantine precautions are. 

She says, “Communication is key right now – and should be anyhow.”

Teenage students work essential jobs during Covid-19 pandemic

By Ryelee Stone           

Opinions Editor

Madisson Shellenberger, a junior, no longer has to wake up early in the morning and to get ready to attend school. She now keeps herself busy by working an essential job at a local pizza shop, Primo Pizza. 

“Working during quarantine has been a lot different. We have to maintain a six foot distance from all customers and wear masks,” Shellenberger said. “Customers aren’t allowed in the store so we have to take all the food outside and set it on a table.”

In general, working can be stressful and challenging for everyone. However, COVID-19 has made it even harder for bosses and all workers to smoothly and effectively accomplish their jobs in a timely manner.

Many new problems have arisen along with the disease itself and many businesses and schools closing. In April alone, the unemployment rate was at an all-time high of 14.7 percent in the United States according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, children no longer have easy everyday access to food because of schools closing, causing one in four children to face hunger.

Essential workers, such as nurses and food providers, are being appreciated now more than ever during these challenging times. However, it can be easy to overlook student teenagers who work “simple jobs” at local restaurants, fast food stores, or as a cashier at a local grocery store.

“I have always admired teenagers who work at fast food places or are a cashier at a grocery,” local customer Linda Rider said. “This pandemic has made me appreciate teenagers who work now more than ever because I would not want to do their jobs at a time like this.”

Most teenagers who have jobs did not decide to be essential workers like those who work in the medical field, they simply became one once the coronavirus started to spread. Teenage student workers have to juggle distance learning and their job, along with the fact that they are putting their safety at risk for others. 

“I never thought of myself as being an essential worker,” senior Shane McDanel said. “A lot of teenagers and people who go to our school work at Giant, but as time goes on I see how important we can be.

The differences of working during the coronavirus do not stop at just at the regulations set by the Control and Disease Prevention Center to keep both workers and customers safe. Now more than ever, members in the community are taking action to support those who may not be able to support themselves because of financial issues.

“We have been a lot busier at Primo Pizza lately because of everything that Ryan [boss] has been doing,” Shellenberger said. “We have had fundraiser nights for local businesses and have been giving out free lunches to kids who are in need.” 

Some student essential workers see this time as a way to grow and develop their character because of all the changes they have to adapt to. This experience of working during a pandemic will not only impact the student essential workers, but also everyone who has been positively impacted by their time and strength. 

“Working during the coronavirus has been a unique experience for me because it has taught me that even though there be issues throughout our communities, as long as we come together we can overcome a lot as long as we stick together,” Shellenbeger said.

Madisson Shellenberger is shown placing lunch items into brown bags for families and children to pick up for free. This picture was taken before masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) were required by the state.

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