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.”
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.”
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“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.”
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.’”
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.
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.
At Red Lion’s Mock Car Crash Assembly, Clare Mankin shares reflections from the crash that took her brother’s life
by Aubrie Wise
Each year Red Lion Area Senior High School holds a mock accident assembly where all the seniors go outside and see the aftermath of driving under the influence. Held May 9, the assembly shows seniors why they should not drive while distracted or under the influence, especially on prom night and when students may be tempted more than ever.
Red Lion senior Clare Mankin stood in the Horn Field parking lot earlier the morning before the mock car crash. She reflected on the site and the reasons she thinks the mock accident should be taken seriously and why people should never drink and drive.
“Nobody understands the severeness of their actions,” Clare said. “Nobody understands the consequences, they all think it’s a joke, and it’s not a joke.”
Clare’s brother, Nick Mankin, died on June 16 in 2015, due to an alcohol-related car accident. He had spent the previous day and night at a house where underage drinking occurred.
Clare spoke of what normal life had been like up until the fatal call that changed their lives. She was shopping for her birthday dinner that day. In the evening the family received the call about the accident. It was supposed to be a festive evening for her and her family.
“My mom got a call on her phone saying Nick had gotten in an accident and that she needed to leave,” Clare said. “Everyone was really upset, and I remember just worrying that he had broken something and that he would be taken to the hospital. I never imagined he would end up the way he did.”
Clare retells the pain she felt when receiving the news her brother had died.
“I didn’t even cry at first. I just sat there, and my brother just freaked out,” Clare said. “He just pushed my mom away, and claimed that she was lying and that it wasn’t true. My mom just continued to sob.”
A short time later, however, the terrible news started to sink in.
“I destroyed my room. I literally threw baskets of clothing around and tore things off the walls. It was a horrible, horrible day,” Clare said. “I remember not wanting anyone to touch me, or come near me because then it would be too real.”
“I was praying to God, please just let this not be true, let my brother come home. I need my big brother, Sean is my older brother, but Nick was my big brother. He was my protector.”
In the Horn Field parking lot, the low clouds and heavy mist of the morning seemed to match her recollections. Clare recalled the wreck itself; tears were in her eyes as she recalled the details of the accident and funeral.
“He died in a fiery car crash. It’s just insane to me. He was completely burned. It was terrible; it was awful.”
The single-vehicle crash occurred along Slab Road in Lower Chanceford Township, York County when the car hit a telephone pole, rolled and burst into flames.
“I just remember a couple days after the crash, we went to the site. The car was removed, but there was still debris all over the ground. I remember my sister just crawling around on her hands and feet, just looking around for some evidence and piece of him that might have been missed,” Clare said.
Nick’s funeral was held just a few days later on a Saturday morning. The line of people waiting to go in and pay their respects stretched around the building. Inside, his teammates wore football jerseys as they were surrounded by pictures and artwork of Nick’s.
“My mom wasn’t even coherent. She can’t even remember most of it,” Clare said. “Over 450 people showed up and that was a shock because we didn’t know he knew so many people and touched so many lives.”
The aftermath of Nick’s death changed her family and Clare herself.
“That summer was just the hardest summer in the world. I had so many panic attacks, and my mom wasn’t herself. This was almost four years ago and so it feels like a lifetime ago, but it’s still fresh in your mind,” Clare said.
“It’s hard to comprehend that someone who had always been there to protect you, and just be there for you, pick on you, unknot your necklaces, and help with your homework, is just gone.”
“Your sisters fall off the deep end; your brother falls off the deep end; your mom is no longer your mom. She’s a shell of herself. Your father is always angry, and you just feel so lost, like a hole has been punched inside of you, in your heart and your soul, and there’s nothing that could ever fill that void.”
He took a piece of all of us with him when he left, and in some cases, it might have been the best parts of us that he took. Unless you’ve gone through it, it’s so hard to move on with life when someone you loved so deeply is gone and you have no idea why God would’ve taken him from you.”
The family did not find out until months later that accident was alcohol-related, which added an additional toll on the family.
“ We had no idea. And then you have to go through all these different scenarios of why there was alcohol involved, and all the other key details that no one wants to talk about.”
Now that Clare is about to graduate, she and her family are reminded of the bittersweet moments Nick never got to experience.
“I’m about to graduate, and all I can think about is that,” Clare said. “ Nick never got to graduate. Imagine going to your brother’s graduation and instead of seeing him there with his cap and gown, you see a picture of him from the year before because he never made it.”
I don’t trust people when they say, ‘Yeah, just come to this party with me’ or ‘Let’s go do this,’ and there’s alcohol there. I don’t- I’m not involved in that type of stuff because it scares the life out of me. I never want to end up in a fiery car wreck like my brother.”
Clare ends with a final plea to all the seniors and other drivers about not drinking under the influence.
“Kids don’t understand, and when I say kids, I mean people our age. They don’t understand that you can’t mess around with life, whether it’s yours or your family’s.
You can’t drink and drive; laws exist for a reason. I don’t care how smart you think you are, you’re 16, 17, or 18 years old.
Second graders from North Hopewell-Winterstown Elementary came to Red Lion Area Senior High School to have a blast May 9 for the first-ever STEAM Ahead event.
After testing out aerodynamics by bouncing balls on top a giant red, yellow and blue parachute, the students rotated between activity stations run by about two dozen high school students.
They spent twenty minutes at each station to keep them engaged and excited about all the aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). “We wanted to make sure we kept them busy,” said senior intern Jacob Franciscus.
Senior high biology teacher Mrs. Laura DeLawder organized the STEAM Ahead event with assistance from Franciscus, along with funding through Red Lion Area Education Foundation’s Friends of the Foundation Grant.
“I believe that the day went very well!” said Mrs. DeLawder. “Our second-grade students were engaged and seemed to truly enjoy themselves.”
STEAM Ahead was inspired by a science experiment at home. Mrs. DeLawder and her oldest son, Bryce, were doing an experiment when Bryce said he wanted to do these types of experiments with his friends. A year ago, Mrs. DeLawder got permission to bring this idea to life, leading up to a lot of planning and help from other teachers.
Students ranging from 9th to 12th grade chose from six different stations to learn from and help the second graders.
At “Leo’s Launch” station, students worked together in pairs to use their creative minds to build a catapult with popsicle sticks and tape to launch a ping pong ball as far as possible.
“Some of the designs they came up with were pretty out there,” said junior Alex Serrano. “But they had fun experimenting. They took to it more quickly than I thought they would.”
High school students asked the second graders questions to check their understanding of physics vocabulary. “They (high school students) surpassed any of my expectations as they interacted with the second graders and passed on their passion for STEAM,” said DeLawder.
Students built circuits and made mini saucers fly at the station, “It’s Electric” where the second graders learned the fundamentals of basic electronics.
“The Math Challenge” tested logic, creativity, and skill as students raced to sum their total to twenty by combining cards of different values.
Students became mechanical engineers as they paired off to build the tallest self-standing Iggy Peck Tower challenging their creativity.
Robotics then allowed students to use logic and critical thinking to get a taste of coding at “Leo’s List” station. The students had to understand the basics of coding, so they were asked engaging questions to figure out where to go with their lebo-built robots.
Students raved about “The Art of Chemistry” station, which incorporated art and science by giving the students three rotations to experiment with test tubes in which chemicals reacted to one another.
“This is the second best day of my life,” says Tyler L., one of the second grade students. “The first was when I was born.”
Second graders watched sophomore Isaiah Morales make bubbles created with the carbon dioxide from dry ice in water. The students then created their own masterpiece with the shaving cream lab that students in the high school chemistry class do for one of their labs.
“It was nice to teach the little children something and to get them to expand their knowledge and think critically while having a good time,” sophomore Laela Thibault said. “The children had high energy and that made us more excited.”
Mrs. DeLawder hopes to continue second grade STEAM Ahead days, but with many more elementary school students participating in this experience.
“Providing joint opportunities, such as STEAM Ahead, is so important as it provides another connection for students, empowering them to know that they too can make a difference.”
The first Unified Track meet was last Tuesday at home.
Unified Track is a track team made up of students with disabilities and an equal number of students without disabilities who participate in three meets over the course of the season.
Tuesday was the first meet of the season for the team as they took on Dallastown and York County School of Technology. The Lions came out on top with a score of 131, beating the Wildcats of Dallastown by just two points.
However, unified track is not all about winning.
“I do Unified Track to meet new people and to just see everyone so happy,” said junior Zach Stambaugh. “When we heard our score today, everyone was just so excited because of the hard work paying off.”
Brandon Sinks and Rachel Hannah, both special education students, said they do Unified Track to meet new people, make new friends, and have fun.
The Lions are lead by head coach Mrs. Denise Wagner who is also a special education teacher at the high school. Wagner feels that the determination of the team is what brought them the win.
“I would encourage people to do Unified to be able to experience something new and to go out of your comfort zone to meet new people,” said Stambaugh. “You don’t know what you’re missing out on until you’ve tried it.”
The next meet is Apr. 29 against Ephrata and will be held at J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster.
“I hope that the team spirit fills their hearts with wonderful memories and positive emotions,” said Wagner. “It is not about winning a meet, but the feeling of giving your best that makes a true team.”