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Two art teachers from different districts, bringing students together in a time of tragedy using origami cranes

Payje Davis

Senior Editor-In-Chief

Following the death of Red Lion senior J. Carson Capik in February, graphic arts teacher, Paul Thom with the help of Littlestown art teacher Trinh Sudak, came together to organize a One Thousand Cranes project at both high schools.

An origami project to symbolize remembrance, hope, peace, and healing, A Thousand Cranes originates in Japan and involves folding pieces of paper into the shape of cranes.

The overflowing box of cranes filled Mr. Thom’s classroom before
being taken to Littlestown High School that following week. Cranes piled in fast that week. Picture by Payje Davis

 Red Lion students made the cranes on March 1, 2, and 6 in the LGI with plans to hang them up at Littlestown High School, where Carson’s father, Mr. John Capik, teaches graphic arts.

“It kind of just snowballed from there,” said Thom when he talked about how the students handled the project introduction. “Before I knew it, I had around 100 students in the LGI each day, so it was really rewarding.”

The total number of cranes made here at Red Lion is 1,250 and Littlestown has a total of 1,050, creating a grand total of 2,130 cranes in honor of Carson.

 The initial kick-off to the project here at Red Lion started when Littlestown art teacher Trinh Sudak reached out to Red Lion graphic arts teacher, Paul Thom. Telling him how students at Littlestown were participating in the project to “show support to Mr. Capik.”

Thom was happy with the turnout of the project, even mentioning how students he had never met were just coming to his room to participate.

“I saw the truth of Red Lion, and I saw everybody come together,” said Thom as a recap of observations over the three days the cranes were being made. “Students to my knowledge, that wouldn’t normally be talking to one another were connecting, whether over Carson and his memory or perhaps hope for the future.”  

Thom said the project calls attention to always checking on your friends to simply see how their day is going. “It brings opportunities to come together as a community for the togetherness that I feel like everybody’s been looking for,” Thom said.

The music stands covered in cranes over the course of the musical weekend. The number of cranes multiplied immensely throughout the three days. Picture by Maria Baker

The Red Lion musical, “The Sound of Music” landed right in the middle of the days the cranes were being folded. Maria Baker, who played one of the nuns in the show, took a stack of paper to the performances that weekend.  The cast and crew were hard at work backstage, before, during, and after the show.

“People asked me what are you making, and I told them about the project,” Baker said. “And then it just snowballed from there. We started cranking out these cranes.”

Pretty soon, a stack of 258 cranes piled up on music stands.

“It was so cool to just see everyone at musical come together whether they knew the reason or not, Baker said.  “It was just uplifting to see”

 As of mid-March, the cranes are still nested safely in Mr. Thom’s room, but plans will take flight toward the end of the school year. Pending approval from the administration, the cranes will be displayed at Red Lion’s 2023 graduation, along with Carson’s senior portrait.

High schoolers benefit from recreational sports

Kevin Keene

Multimedia Journalist

The Red Lion Narwhals get together under their basket to take a team photo after their last game of the season. They received second-place medals after losing to Neysa in the championship game. Photo by Matthew Keene

 Teenagers all have many different hobbies that they benefit from and grow from. A very popular one being sports.

For different high schoolers, sports don’t have the same seriousness or importance for every person. For some, it could eventually be a possible future job, a serious activity, or just something to do with friends for fun.

Playing sports for fun on a recreational team has the most benefits.

Recreational sports teams are an opportunity for teenagers to play sports without the stress and commitment of being on a school sports team.

The long-lasting benefits that someone can obtain from recreational sports are limitless. Three benefits outweigh any advantages of playing school basketball.

The first is improving fitness without all the stress.

Though participating in school sports will also increase your fitness levels. There is an unbelievable amount of pressure to get stronger and fitter to be able to compete with some of the best players in the country.

Whereas in recreational basketball, your fitness will naturally get better as you are playing. However, you do not have to worry about staying in the best shape possible, because you won’t face as athletic or talented of players.

The second benefit of playing a recreational sport is time consumption.

On a school team, practices usually take up every weekday after school, and weekends for games; this leaves little free time to hang out with friends and family or enough time to get homework done efficiently.

If you choose to play on a recreational team, there will be no more than two practices a week, with one game on the weekend. This allows the sport to not interfere with the rest of your life and will leave time to do whatever else you want to do.

The last benefit, which is also the most important one, is the opportunity to improve social skills and form long-lasting friendships.

School sports are strict. They put unnecessary pressure and stress on players which prevents some players from forming deep positive relationships with one another.

From personal experience, I have formed countless friendships with my recreational teammates that have lasted years. Even after the season ends, we still meet up and hang out.

 I have also played on school teams, and most of those friendships didn’t last that long, especially once the season ended.

On a recreational team, since there is no extra pressure or stress weighing you down and you do not see the same people every single day of the week, it allows you to get close to one another, while not getting sick of each other.

Participating in recreational sports over school sports doesn’t only allow you to form deep emotional and trusting relationships, but makes you a better person by learning to rely on people to achieve a common goal. 

Masser Shoots Lights Out on Senior Night, Ladies Prepare for Postseason Run


The Lady Lions played their final regular season game vs Manheim Township on February 4 and came out with the win. Coach Dimoff’s basketball team finished with an impressive 16-6 record on the season.

Before the game, fans and players took the time to celebrate three seniors: Bhrooke Axe, Tatiana Virata, and Kamauri Gordon-Bey. The crowd cheered loudly as the seniors, with their families, walked out to the center court to be acknowledged.

Bhrooke spoke on this being her last season earlier in the week saying, “I think it’s gone pretty good so far,” Bhrooke said. “I think it’s definitely met up to what my expectations were.”

Our Ladies then dismantled Manheim Township showing off their whole array of skills. The first half clearly showed the Lady Lions were stronger, showing high intensity on both ends of the ball. But foul trouble became an issue.

All three seniors picked up three fouls early, leading to Coach Dimoff needing to go deep into his bench.

Grace Masser rises in the lane to put in the jumpshot over multiple Manheim Township defenders. The Lady Lions defeat Manheim Township 53-29 on a senior night. Matthew Keene

At the half, the score was 23-16 in favor of the Lions, with the leading scorers being Gordon-Bey, Grace Masser, and Axe all with six points. The third quarter was the turning point of this game. The Ladies came out firing, more specifically Masser.

In that quarter, the Lady Lions outscored the red-hot Manheim Township 18-3.

Coach Dimoff hinted at how good his team could be at their very best in a week prior to the game.

 “We are good enough to beat anybody, anybody, but when you are playing against solid teams, if we don’t go out there and give a good effort, we’re going to be able to get beat too,” Coach Dimoff said.

The final score would end up being 53-29, led by an absolutely dominating second half from the Ladies. The leading scorer was Masser who would end up scoring 17 of her 23 points in the second half.

Coach Dimoff spoke more about what he wanted to see from this game.

“This is the time of year where we don’t have time to step backwards…every time we step on the floor, it has to be a step forward, because that’s what it takes in the postseason,” Coach Dimoff said. “Each time we step on the floor we are improving.”

It’s now time for postseason basketball. Senior player Axe gave her opinion on what she thought it would take to make a deep postseason run.

“It’s just going to come down to our effort and how much we want it,” Bhrooke said. “That’s going to determine how far we make it.”

The Lady Lions have played very well this season, playing up to expectation, and will now do their best to get to states.

“Whatever effort they are putting on the floor against anybody, is that good enough to beat the best teams,” Coach Dimoff said. “If it’s not good enough to beat the best teams, it’s not a good enough effort.”

Kevin Keene

Multimedia Journalist

Let’s put our best foot forward, eco-friendly style

Maria Baker

Junior Editor-In-Chief

Have you ever walked through a park and seen trash on the ground? Or went to the beach and saw plastic in the ocean? It is important to be eco-friendly to help our world be safe and clean. Always trying to keep the earth in mind when outside can be difficult but when achieved, it can make a huge impact on our lives.

So what is eco-friendly? Being eco-friendly means being aware of your actions that affect the earth. Even doing a little each day can make a difference. Especially with climate change, it is important to keep our planet in our minds every day.

Here is a quick list of how to be environmentally friendly to our planet:

  1. Clothes
This symbol represents recycling. The earth needs to be clean in order to be safe and less polluted. Recycling is one of the best ways to keep our Earth clean.

Trying to find new and trendy clothes can be difficult sometimes but the best way to help is to reuse clothing, like going thrifting or going online to stores like Poshmark or eBay. Also, it is important to pay attention to materials, such as using cotton over polyester, because it takes longer to break down. Polyester contains microfibers that go into our ocean and can harm marine life.

  1. Food

Eating locally and supporting local farmers’ markets can help reduce the use of GMOs and can also help out the community. Packaging produces a lot of waste which ultimately goes into a landfill. Eating less red meat will also reduce the amount of livestock that is killed which can also reduce the amount of waste produced.

  1. Beauty

Using makeup wipes is actually harmful to the environment, it is more beneficial to use a reusable wipe or micellar water. If you need something to bring on the go, biodegradable wipes are the way to go. Again, just pay attention to brands that support eco-friendliness

  1. Energy

Be sure to turn off your electronics to save power and help reduce your carbon footprint. For larger appliances, look at the energy efficiency scale.

Basically, it is easier to be safe than sorry, remember it never hurts to recycle! So when you are out and about, please be sure to pay attention to our earth to keep it safe!

Two Red Lion students recognized again for a prestigious graphic arts contest

Makenzie Draper

RL Media Reporter

As you’re driving your normal route to your house, you get a notification on your phone from the passenger seat. You think, “That could be my boss getting back to me on that important project, or that could be my mom telling me how her doctor’s appointment went…I better check that.” 

You reach over for your phone, and as you take your eyes off the road for just a moment, another car slams you and your car into a billboard. As you get out of the car to check the damage, you look up at the billboard to see that it reads:

this is the picture of their design that was displayed on a billboard off of the I-83 Emigsville exit. On December 19, 2022, these two students were awarded yet again with recognition from the state. 
Photo by Tyler Wernick

The Create Real Impact Contest deemed two Red Lion students winners: Allyson Colbert, a 2022 Alumni, and Chase Britton, a current senior, on May 8, 2022.

In this contest, teens and young artists were asked to design a billboard on either alcoholism or the dangers of texting and driving. Both students agreed that this project would serve the purpose to change people’s lives, so they decided to participate. Colbert and Britton decided to take on a design that incorporated texting and driving because they thought it would impact a larger audience, implying that this issue is present in adults and teens. 

Throughout the 3-week long project, Britton and Colbert were a dynamic duo; Britton brainstormed lots of ideas and Colbert was able to convey those ideas in the artistic design. After their hard work was done, their design was voted on by the Department of Transportation and other students. Once all of the votes were cast, Colbert and Britton were deemed the winners, and their designs would be presented publicly on a billboard. But their recognition didn’t stop there. 

Colbert and Britton, the students receiving their award from Stan Saylor, the Pennsylvania state representative. Pictures by Principal Christopher Hewitt

Mr. Thom was beyond proud to present this award to them, and he mentioned that “this is a prestigious honor,” Thom said, “Not many people get one of these.” 

Red Lion is extremely proud of Colbert and Britton, and they impacted hundreds of people that drove by their billboard and hopefully thought twice about checking their phones while behind the wheel. 

Finding Pieces of History in the Present

Emerson Campbell

Staff Writer

In the new age, many teenagers often wonder what is the point of going antique shopping? “Isn’t it just all old weird stuff?”, my thirteen year old cousin scoffed, when I asked if she wanted to tag along with me to an antique shop. I would agree, it does have old, weird trinkets that most people would not think to buy. But, it also houses thousands of pieces of history. Whether it’s jewelry from the 1950s or a coin from 300 B.C., each item has a memory of another place in time. That is the beauty of the shops; they hold a spot for all people, no matter their age or background.

Just recently, I accompanied my brother to a nearby antique store, in search of rings for myself. Upon entering, I immediately noticed there were shelves upon shelves of everything imaginable. Rings, furniture, jackets, decorations, books, and many other items. My brother and I immediately split up, in search of very different things. He made his way to the ancient book section, while I went to the jewelry case.

A shopper sifts through old postcards from many years ago. Photographed by Emerson Campbell.

While I made my rounds, I spotted an older couple there, looking together at some aged teacups. “Hmm, do you think it would fit in with our China?” The older woman asked her husband. He shrugged and picked up an old book that was tearing apart at the seams. Their quiet interaction made me realize just how diverse the kinds of people you find in antique shops are.  Four different people; one seventeen year old, one twenty-two year old, and two who are, presumably, over the age of seventy, all flocked to the same old shop. None of what we were pursuing were similar, and that’s the beauty of it. 

Yes, there are weird cherubs, books that are ripping at the seams, stained tea cups, and old jewelry. But it’s all in how you picture it. I see books that were written hundreds of years ago that landed in a small town close to you. Jewelry that your great-grandmother cherished for years before giving it up to her grandchildren. Clothes that were loved for years and now will become someone else’s story. So yes, outlandish and unconventional things are in antique stores, but I think that is the beauty of it.

Mr. Kevin Scheetz returns to the place where he found his love for music

Maria Baker

Junior Editor-In-Chief

In 2017, Mr. Kevin Scheetz graduated from Red Lion Senior High School. He left with many memories, opportunities, and friendships that can never be replaced. In addition to a multitude of awards in music, Scheetz graduated Magna Cum Laude, meaning that he graduated with a GPA higher than 3.75. Now, he is our school’s senior and junior high orchestra teacher. This is his first year of teaching, but there is certainly more to come.

During his time at Red Lion, Scheetz was involved with all things music. He was in almost every ensemble. Scheetz participated in Madrigal Choir, musical (cast), pit orchestra, orchestra, symphonic band, concert band, jazz ensemble, marching band, Concert Choir, and Mixed Choir. The list doesn’t just end there.

“I also auditioned for and participated in PMEA District 7 Band, Choir, and Orchestra, PMEA Region 5 Band and Choir, and PMEA All-State Band, Choir, and Jazz Ensemble,” Scheetz said.

Not only did he participate in many ensembles at school but in 2017, his graduation year, he auditioned and was selected for NAfME All-Eastern Band at Atlantic City, NJ. In 2015, he also was in the NAfME All-National Band in Nashville, TN. 

Scheetz was also involved outside of the music department as well. He was in the TV-Studio and played recreational baseball.

One of his favorite memories was his music trip to Boston, MA. There, he was able to perform the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game. 

“[We] stood on the field about ten feet away from the players,” Scheetz said. “As a big-time baseball fan, it was a pretty special memory.”

His achievements didn’t stop after high school. He received his degree in Music Education at West Chester University in 2021, where he also received Magna Cum Laude honors. 

“During my time at West Chester, I participated in numerous ensembles which led me [to] some great traveling opportunities, such as Phoenix, AZ, and Indianapolis, IN,” Scheetz said. “I even performed with the West Chester marching band at a Philadelphia Eagles playoff game in 2019.”

In his college years, he auditioned and received many awards and scholarships to further his education in music. This led him to the opportunity to play a major trombone solo within a top music ensemble at his college. In addition, he played in other high schools’ pit orchestras for musical productions. 

“I have had many opportunities to perform outside of college too,” Scheetz said. “I had the chance to play in the horn section for The Trammps, a 70’s disco music group.” 

After university, Scheetz taught a year of chorus and band in Wilmington, DE at a middle school. 

“Being in Delaware allowed me to perform with the Newark Symphony Orchestra during their 2021-2022 season,” Scheetz said. “Which fulfilled a dream of mine – playing with a real symphony orchestra.”

As far as Red Lion High goes, “The orchestra was only about half its current size when I attended Red Lion,” Scheetz said, “so it is great to see the growth.”

He also mentioned that since he only graduated six years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of change. However, many of his teachers are still teaching, but some of his mentors have retired.

Mr. Kevin Scheetz (‘17) conducts orchestra rehearsal during the school day of his first year of teaching. Music was his passion at Red Lion and it still is today. Picture By: Maria Baker

Scheetz came back to Red Lion for a couple of reasons. He was looking for a place that was close to home, due to the reason he left home for college. Scheetz was thankful for his opportunities but looked forward to coming back.

“When the opportunity arose to teach at the same place I grew a passion for music, I couldn’t pass on it,” Scheetz said. “I find it so rewarding to be able to provide my musical knowledge with the community that made me love music education.”

Kevin Scheetz, the current junior and senior high orchestra teacher, in the class of 2017, came back to teach at the very high school he found his love for music.

It’s Flu Season: Shoot Your Shot

Brianna Cheatham

Multimedia Journalist

Winter weather is just around the corner, and along with it, the flu. With vaccines constantly updating, is it even necessary to get the flu shot once again? Every new year brings new modifications to the virus– even if it’s minor. This year you should shoot your shot at getting the influenza (flu) vaccine.

‘It’s just the flu…’ is a common thought of most people today. Many individuals skip the yearly shot due to not knowing the severity of the illness. It’s common to think that the flu is nothing more than a mere cold, however, in all actuality, the virus is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious hospitalization. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the flu vaccine annually.

A nurse from Wellspan Pediatric Medicine gives an 11-year-old girl her yearly flu shot. Photo by Brianna Cheatham

While some people who get vaccinated still get ill, many doctors say that it is proven that the shot softens the blow of the virus. It’s recommended to get the shot at the end of October or early November, that way you’re safe for the cold days and the holidays.

Young children are affected by the flu each year. According to NFID.Org, “an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to flu complications each year.” To help kids’ help in the future, getting the flu shot each year can help prevent hospitalization.

You can find that flu vaccines are offered in many medical facilities and health centers. The flu vaccine is accessible in many health departments such as pharmacies, urgent care, and clinics–even the traveling ones. Vaccines are also offered here at the Red Lion Senior High School or possibly at your workplace. 

Every year, everybody asks the million-dollar question, ‘Is this safe?’ Millions of people around the world and even around you daily have safely received flu vaccines for the past five decades. Don’t be afraid to fight off the spreading of illness  

To keep our community a little healthier and our school a little cleaner. Make sure you shoot your shot at getting the influenza vaccine this year…it’s just a little pinch!

Brianna Cheatham
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