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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.”

Red Lion students are involved in the career center

By Ryelee Stone

Opinions Editor

Mrs. Morris (Career Coordinator)

From the young age of 14-years-old, students are expected to know and plan out their entire future career. With high school already being stressful enough, it can be hard for students to know where to go when they need help.

The career center at Red Lion Area High School provides opportunities for students to see the different career choices that are available in the world. Getting prepared and exposed to the various amount of paths to take can be intimidating, but the career center helps with this process.

Mrs. Kimberly Morris has been the career coordinator full time for three years. She is now in charge of over 38 career exploration programs.

“I do what I do because I love helping kids,” said Kimberly Morris. “That is my goal for each year, to help every kid I possibly can.”

Internships, job shadows, mentoring/pre-apprenticeship programs, volunteering opportunities, and more can all be found at the career center. These opportunities allow students to discover what they like and see if they actually want to work in a certain field or not.

“I receive more in return from their ‘I think I’m on the right path’ to ‘I’ve figured it out’ types of comments than the students will ever know” Mrs. Morris said.

Junior Lauren Radcliffe signed up for the YCAL career exploration program for law. She met with students from Red Lion and other schools to learn about what they will be doing in the program over the next few months.

“The career center helps a lot when you are trying to find internships or jobs to shadow,” junior Lauren Radcliffe said. “The people there are willing to go the extra mile to help you.”

Mrs. Morris truly cares about the students she helps along the way. Years later, she will sometimes run into students who now have their own jobs that Mrs. Morris has aided in the past.

“And I may not know now; maybe it’s years from now, but I remember an interest, a passion, and I smile and say, ‘I’m so proud of you.’”

Mini-THON brings in new leadership

Student section rowdies sport their Mini-THON white-out apparel for the Central football game.

By Margaux Rentzel

Social Media editor                    

For the 2019 school year, Ms. Jennifer Geiselman was brought in as an adviser, along with Ms. Beyer, a previous adviser, for the Mini-THON club. Gieselman has replaced Mr. Small as the Mini-THON adviser. 

Geiselman was asked last year by some of the Mini-THON committee members and student directors if they would be their adviser for the upcoming school year. “The students came to me at the end of last year,” Geiselman said, “and asked if I would be their adviser.” 

Geiselman is not new to Mini-THON. While she was a student at Red Lion, she participated in Mini-THON, which compelled her to be the advisor this year. “When I was in high school we had the chance to attend THON,” Gieslman said, “and it was a great experience.” 

THON is the event Penn State hosts which is the 48-hour event to raise money for childhood cancer. Red Lion has adopted the organization by holding their own 12-hour Mini-THON event in the spring of each school year. 

The Mini-THON committee members had to get used to the new leadership. “We were a little nervous about changing leadership because we were worried that the adjustment would put a lot of our fall fundraisers on hold,” sophomore Mini-THON adviser, Anna Heilman said, “but the transition went really well and we are excited for this upcoming year.” 

Under Gieslman’s leadership, Mini-THON has sold t-shirts for the white-out football game. “So far, to fundraise, we have done the whiteout football game,” Heilman said, “where we sold t-shirts as apparel for the game and collected donations.”

Mini-THON plans fundraisers and events all year to raise money for the big event in April. “This year Mini-THON has a bunch of new and exciting fundraisers for everyone to participate in,” Heilman said. “We are trying to focus this year on getting a lot of fundraisers that are aimed towards the students.” 

Mini-THON plans to host a Spook-a-THON on October 19. “More upcoming events we have are gift-wrapping in December, a spaghetti dinner in February,” Heilman said, “and Mini-THON in the spring!”

This year’s Mini-THON is in honor of Aaron Weiss, who lost the fight to cancer in 2014. Aaron would have been a senior this year. “We hoped that by honoring Aaron, the senior class would get excited and want to participate,” Heilman said, “because a lot of them knew Aaron or knew of him.”  

“Our overall Mini-THON fundraising goal this year,” Mini-THON director, Emily Hornberger said, “is over $50,000 dollars.” 

The money that Mini-THON fundraises goes directly to the Four Diamond fund. “It’s in honor of Aaron,” Gieselman said, “but it goes to the Four Diamonds Fund and they distribute it.”  

Mini-THON’s new leadership does not stop their passion for the cause. “New leadership under Ms. Gieselman is going really well,” Heilman said.

Red Lion’s Mock Car Crash Paints Gruesome Scene to Discourgage DUI

Margaux Rentzel

Leonid Staff Writer

On a dreary Thursday morning, a hush fell over the senior class as Mr. Grant Gouker’s voice pierced the silence. He summoned emergency services to a car crash on Horace Mann Avenue.

In the foreground, were two cars, one on top of the other, filled with teenagers in prom attire.

Senior Natalie Rentzel stepped out of one of the vehicles, looking confused and distraught with streaks of fake blood on her face. Breaking the silence were her screams for her friends who were passengers in the cars.

Red Lion High School held its 13th annual Mock Car Crash in the Horn Field parking lot May 9, 2019. Assistant principal, Mr. Gouker, runs this program to remind seniors of the consequences that drunk driving causes.

“It just takes one bad quick decision,” Gouker said. “To ruin not only that person’s life but potentially other people’s lives.”

The senior class watched their classmates being pulled out of two crashed cars by emergency personnel.

“They were pulling the car apart and all of the glass came in on you,” one of the passengers, Senior Cora Beyer said. “And it was scary.”

In the crashed cars were Seniors, Cora Beyer, Phil Douglass, Rosa Wagner, Dean Haynes, Tatum Bouch, Riley Miller, John Crone, and the drunk driver, the first-ever female to play this role, Natalie Rentzel.  

“It was eye-opening that they could switch the gender roles,” Senior, Natalie Rentzel said. “Because it can happen to anyone, not just males.”

The impact was felt by both the people who were in the car crash and seniors who were watching.

“It was definitely a good experience to let us know and how to behave ourselves,” senior, Kayla Mckie said. “Like don’t drink and drive.”  

The purpose of the Mock Accident is to remind students to be consciouses of the choices that they make during prom season.

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