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Job seekers frequently come across the words, “Experience needed” in their search through help-wanted ads. Often, seniors and recent graduates wonder how to gain experience while still in school.
More and more high schools are working on the answer to that question through internship and job experience programs. Red Lion High School students who completed those experiences participated in the third annual awards ceremony on April 7 and 8. Students who participated in work-based learning experiences received an award that celebrates their outstanding academic efforts.
“They’ve gone above and beyond and devoted a lot of their time to partnering with professional members of the community to gain career and workplace learning experiences,” Sarah Warner, Co-op and Internship Coordinator said. “I am so thankful looking back like I didn’t realize in the thick of things, how many students and connections we were able to make.”
Mrs. Warner, Mrs. Stuth, and Mrs. Morris have all been working with several students over the course of the fall and spring semesters to make sure they have the experience they need in order to enter the workforce, go to college, or join the military. These courses give students the time to learn and understand their field of interest whether that is to see if it is the right career for them or if they are simply interested in learning more about the occupation.
“We just felt there needed to be a way to pull everyone together,” said Kimberly Morris, “Regardless of what your skill level is, your academic ability, whatever, you should be honored.”
Angela Stuth, transition coordinator for special needs students, helps her students with job skills in the Lions Grounds cafe, but her efforts don’t stop there.
“I specifically work with students with special needs, but a lot of our students go out to work on their skills, their vocational skills, and they do an awesome job,” said Mrs. Stuth.
Through the experience that Mrs. Stuth’s students gain through these work-based learning experiences, they will have the knowledge to better communicate with other individuals and build relationships with business partners.
Hosting this ceremony in the age of COVID, they improvised by making the ceremony into an online live event. Even though the broadcast was recorded prior to the actual ceremony, it is a great way for parents, business partners, and the community to see these students receive their awards with pride.
From Classroom Learning to Real Life Experience
As students received their rewards, Digital Interactive Media Production teacher Mr. Jonathon Zeigler and his own intern, Anthony Barkus filmed the awards exchange to create a video compilation for parents, business partners, and the community to watch in early May.
“We set up cameras and we recorded what they have prepared and gave us to work with,” stated Mr. Zeigler. “The footage is going to be given to my level one students as a project and each other student will create and edit the footage and photos captured into a ceremony and from that, they will decide which one they actually want to put out and publicate.”
Each student is in charge of editing their own version of the ceremony and from that, they will gain real-life experience in editing film.
Together, they all work to make sure that students get the experience they need to enter the workforce, go to college, or join the military. They can help any student find any field of interest that they put their mind to and make sure that students get the experience they need in order to understand the field better and get hands-on experience.
“Any student before they leave high school should have some type of experience under their belt,” said Mrs. Warner. “You are taking your own time and your money to go off and enter our society. You should have experience before you are taking your own time and money to figure out if that’s the right fit for you.”
For any students interested in entering a career of interest internship or work experience program, Mrs. Warner or Mrs. Morris for more information.
They will help you step by step and make sure you get the experience you need for your future career.
Life is a mess, and that is the reality that we live in. However, that knowledge doesn’t help us cope with all the ways that our lives are not going how we have planned.
None of our lives are perfect… and this is the part where if we were talking face to face you’d say “okay it’s not like I don’t already know that, what’s your point.” Well, my point is that life sucks, but you can do something about it.
This is when all the ideas will run through your head about how you can cope with everything happening in your life, so go ahead take your time because I’m not going anywhere.
Everyone will think about different things because we are all different and we all deal with life differently. Maybe your thought to cope is “I can make things better by inspiring change.”
That’s a great goal but it is not easy to define what will actually change the world. But no matter how horrible the world gets there is a way to escape, and it has nothing to do with trying to change the world. It instead has everything to do with books.
Books are amazing because they can transport you to a multitude of different countries, worlds, realities, and much more.
Want to visit Narnia? Crawl through a wardrobe. Want to live like royalty become Princess Jasmine, or little Scout Finch? The sky’s the limit.
Books can transport you anywhere. When you open a book, you can instantly be consumed by the ink on the pages. Suddenly, the world disappears, and you can escape the lousy reality that you leave behind.
Not all of us are going to find interest in the same books. For me, I love seeing other worlds and problems presented in fiction and fantasy. While they’re trying to save the world from some mythical being set on destroying it, I become distracted from the problems in my life that pale in comparison.
But I know plenty of people that don’t like the type of books I read, even friends of mine have told me they aren’t interested in what I read. And I just brush off their comments. Other people don’t have to like them because I do. All that matters is that they help and interest me.
It’s cool if books aren’t your thing. I still urge you to try and find something that interests you.
It only takes that one book to help change your life. And if you try and try and try and still can’t find a book that interests you, find what does interest you. It can be an instrument, a sport, or anything else.
As long as it brings you joy and makes you forget about what has you down it does its job. Because if you have a productive way to deal with and get through the viciousness of life maybe life won’t seem as miserable. When life sucks, find what makes you happy.
For me, I read.
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“Cancelled due to COVID” is a phrase not so uncommon to hear nowadays. The senior class of 2021 experienced this first hand when administration officially cancelled prom.
“Basically, we’ve known all year that if things didn’t change,” Executive Council Adviser Mrs. Rachel Curry said, “traditional prom wasn’t an option.”
The Senior Executive Council originally also planned a class trip to Washington, D.C.. Since the museums and National Zoo are closed, school officials also cancelled this trip.
“I was cautiously optimistic that it wouldn’t happen, but we kind of knew it (senior activities) was ending,” Mrs. Curry said, “That’s completely out of our control.”
Principal Mr. Mark Shue said that Red Lion is following all guidelines put out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and are allowed to have some after school events but not prom out of concern that gatherings could be a super-spreader events for COVID-19 that “Goal number one is to keep school open,” Mr. Shue said.
The Executive Council’s work raising money the past four years will not go to waste, however.
“There’s a survey out there that we’re waiting for results on about whether they want an after school activity,” Mrs. Curry said.
If the survey indicates that over half the senior class wants this event, Executive Council plans to move forward with the idea. This would be an after-school outdoor activity including food-trucks and yard games.
“We are waiting to see if anyone is interested in it,” Mrs. Curry said. “It will be something similar to what happened with homecoming.”
Mr. Shue says that there has not been much interest in this event from the Google Form Mrs. Curry sent to the senior class.
If this end of year senior celebration does not occur, Executive Council will purchase a gift for each senior. “I would like to have the gift be something that would be meaningful to the students,” Mrs. Curry said.
To celebrate their graduation, many seniors are attempting to have somewhat normal end of year celebrations in lieu of the prom. A group of seniors organized a makeshift prom called Romp on the Boondocks, a non-school sanctioned event and anagram for prom.
“It has been a very dim year for everyone,” Executive Council member and makeshift prom organizer Madison Daugherty said. “So, we decided to plan our own.”
The cancellation of prom came as a surprise to Thea Hennessy. “I was kind of excited for maybe an outdoor kind of thing, like they were talking about,” Hennessy said. “So it kind of blowed that they did cancel it, but I understand why of course.”
However, many students anticipated that administration would cancel prom. “I was disappointed,” Braden Reese de Leon said. “But it was expected.”
“It is a large venue with lots of outdoor space so we can spread out,” Daugherty said. “It also allows us to include other things that you usually would not have at prom, like a bonfire.”
The large outdoor venue also encourages social distancing and air ventilation. Adult chaperones will enforce COVID-19 precautions such as mask wearing and social distancing. All students attending must present a COVID-19 waiver in order to be allowed into Romp.
“We do want this to be a safe event,” Daugherty said. “We will have additional precautions set in place such as temperature checks and plenty of hand sanitizer.”
Many students are still concerned about the COVID-19 precautions at Romp. “I definitely am really scared about that,” attendee Hennessy said. “I don’t think it’s going to be 100% safe.”
Romp’s planners set the date for May 22, so many are concerned about a potential COVID-19 outbreak before graduation.
“I hope that everybody’s really careful and thoughtful because, if it happens close enough to graduation and there’s any sort of COVID spread,” Mrs. Curry said, “there will be students in quarantine or school will be shut down before graduation.”
Daugherty told The Leonid that Romp will follow all of the governor’s mandates. Since COVID-19 is highly contagious, the seniors planning Romp are aware that many students will not attend in order to reduce their exposure to the virus.
“We get it. Prom is not everyone’s cup of tea,” Daugherty said. “We are expecting upwards of 100 students or so. But we would love to have way more than that.”
Thea Hennessy, who is planning to attend Romp in the Boondocks, is apprehensive about contracting COVID-19.
“Honestly, that’s why I’m really on the fence about going,” Hennesy said. “On the one hand, I want to have a good time with my senior year but on the other hand, I definitely want to be safe.”
Braden Reese de Leon does not plan to attend Romp, but she says, “I think it’ll be fine as long as they take those precautions.”
In order to raise money for Romp, Madison Daugherty and Madisson Shellenberger organized a fundraiser on GoFundMe. This money helps cover the cost of the venue, DJ, food, and decor.
“Our vision for this event is more lowkey and relaxed, so there is no formal ticket process,” Daugherty said. “Any of our council members will be more than accommodating to get a ticket to any senior who reaches out.”
Romp is more casual because it is planned by students rather than the Executive Council. “It is not a school-sanctioned event,” Daugherty said, “so it is 100% student-planned.”
Many people are concerned about the behavior of attendees to Romp. “I feel like they’d be just much more reckless because it’s not associated with the school,” de Leon said.
Members of the community will chaperone the event. “Though this is not school sanctioned, we expect behavior as if it were,” Daugherty said. “We expect nothing less than respectful behavior.”
“Our biggest motivation for planning this event,” Daugherty said, ”is to give our seniors a sense of normalcy before going off to college or into the workforce.”
Hennessy intends to go to Romp with a small group of friends before graduating. On the other hand, de Leon will not attend Romp because she wants to have a small get together rather than a large party.
“I don’t want to go because I feel like my friends probably wouldn’t go either,” de Leon said, “and I’d rather have a small gathering of friends than try to have a makeshift prom outside of school.”
“Our goal is to host one last hoorah before saying goodbye to our classmates,” Daugherty said.
Administration fears a potential outbreak from Romp in the Boondocks. “We do not support a large gathering of students that could potentially lead to a COVID outbreak that could close the High School,” Mr. Shue said, “Please think before you act.”
By Kaitlyn Resline
Leaders motivate, inspire, and guide. Sometimes they stand out in front and sometimes they get out of the way of their talented teammates. Whatever the style, Red Lion Student Council will sponsor a leadership week to recognize leaders from many different clubs and organizations.
RLASHS’s Student Leadership Week takes place from April 19 to 25 to correspond with the National Student Leadership Week.
“What we do is we want to celebrate the other student leaders besides Student Council in both our school and in the community,” Haley McCartney, treasurer and head of fundraising committee for Student Council, said.
This year’s theme for Student Leadership Week is “Leadership Unlimited.” McCartney said the theme reflects this past year, how to keep moving forward, and know that leadership is unlimited no matter the circumstances.
Since RLASHS closed last school year before Student Leadership Week, this year, Student Council has planned more activities than ever.
They plan to send cards to junior firefighters, send emails to sport captains, create a LEAD mural with photos of sports captains and club officers, and host a banquet for club leaders.
The banquet will take place Thursday, April 22, during AP and sixth period. Student Council used to hold a catered breakfast in the commons, but this year student leaders will receive goody bags of prepackaged items in the auditorium.
They also have a spirit week and a quote of the day for every day during Student Leadership Week.
Student Leadership Week ties into Student Council’s “why statement,” which is “To be the leaders that serve our school and community by doing all that we can for others, so that students can feel heard and grow from our help,” McCartney said.
“The reason for leadership week is, well, why aren’t sports captains known as leaders, why aren’t the FFA or National Honors Society, why aren’t they getting recognition?” McCartney said. “So that’s why we implemented this national week into our school, to support all of the student leaders.”
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If there’s one thing that the pandemic taught me, it’s that I am not the kind of person who can be cooped up in a room all day.
When Governor Wolfe established the first set of quarantine restrictions, I eventually grew tired of staring at my bedroom walls, and it became apparent that I had to do something for my own sanity.
So what do you do when you have a strong desire to leave your bed and get off TikTok, but a pandemic is stopping you from doing so? For me, the answer was hiking.
I can proudly say that I walked nearly every trail in York County within the matter of one month. Quarantine wasn’t so bad because I was constantly moving and experiencing new places.
This newfound love of the outdoors came with a price, though. I now see the mistreatment of our environment as an increasingly important problem.
I first noticed how prominent litter is in the modern world when I was attempting to get a bird’s nest out of my dryer shaft. Apprehensive that I would see an innocent bird carcass, I peaked down the tube to find something far worse.
A weak-looking nest held together with a long green string of plastic stared right back at me.
Not only did human development force this bird to use a dryer shaft as a sanctuary, but the bird was also reduced to constructing a home made of litter.
At this moment, I realized that waste directly affects the animals living in our environment right now.
People are so desensitized to pollution because it does not immediately affect them. It’s easy to throw a paper bag on the ground and never see it again because ittering doesn’t instantly hurt litterers.
But it does directly influence this generation of mammals while leaving long term negative effects on the sanctity of our planet.
With a world that is covered in concrete, it’s easy to feel pretty isolated from the natural world. For this reason, littering and depletion of natural resources seem like distant problems that will never affect us.
Next time, you are on a walk around Red Lion, look around.
On my 0.125 mile walk from the parking lot into the school, I saw nine pieces of garbage. Of those nine pieces of garbage, five were disposable masks, one was a half-full Fanta bottle, there were two disposable forks, and a plastic bag entrapped by a tree’s grasp.
When you aren’t looking for it, a plastic bag trapped in a tree branch isn’t that incredible to look at. The sad thing is, it isn’t that unordinary either.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, an estimated 502 million pieces of litter scatter Pennsylvania roads.
This explains why I am met with several new pieces of garbage on the ground each time I go outside.
Now that I’m an avid hiker, every time I see a piece of garbage on the ground, it feels like a personal attack.
Problems fill the world to the brink, but this one resonates with me because humans are doing it to themselves. We are knowingly depleting our natural resources and harming our environment but continue to make few efforts to fix the problem.
So what should we do? Boycotting big corporations or passing Congressional laws are all really great ideas, but they seem like radical solutions. The only way to improve this whopping environmental problem is if every single person sacrifices a little convenience in their lives.
This means carpooling to school, turning off unnecessary lights, throwing trash in the appropriate areas, conserving your water intake, recycling, and even going to thrift stores.
I recently made a vow to purchase all of my clothes from thrift stores in order to reduce the amount of clothing in landfills.
Many people don’t know that manufacturing new clothing uses a tremendous amount of energy and water. However, thrifting is a useful tool to conserve natural resources and reduce water intake. Not to mention, the clothes are super cute and cheap.
Not only do I enjoy thrifting, but I also started a garden in order to avoid pesticide-infested veggies. Making this environmentally conscious choice has helped me to stimulate growth in my backyard and create a sanctuary for snails, caterpillars, and other little creatures.
Everyday environmental actions allow me to reduce my carbon footprint. Making the decision to be environmentally conscious didn’t inconvenience me that much, but it will have lasting positive effects on the environment.
If everyone makes a small change in their life to be more environmentally conscious, then this giant environmental crisis will slowly diminish.
The thing is – I want to enjoy hiking throughout my adulthood. I want to go swimming in a lake that isn’t heavily polluted. I want to walk 0.125 miles without seeing a piece of garbage.
And it all starts by putting litter in its place.