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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.

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.”

Viewpoint: Spend 24 hours unplugging from technology and reconnecting with life

By Kaitlyn Resline, Student Life Editor, and Daphne Riddle, Junior Editor-In-Chief

Technology over the past hundred years moved from black and white film and corded telephones to self driving cars and CGI technology. The improvements of these automations make everyday life easier for humanity, and create higher quality communication, science work, and entertainment means. 

Although technology helped to enhance the lifestyle of millions of people, it also has features that can harm the minds and bodies of people who take it for granted. Everyone, especially younger people, easily become obsessed with their phones, computers, televisions, or any other forms of technology that provide entertainment. These devices act as a distraction to real life, and get in the way of people completing what they need to do every day, or should do every day. 

Negative effects of technology: What to know” by Jon Johnson outlines some of the negative effects of using technology too frequently. These issues include poor sleep quality, lack of physical activity, social issues like anxiety, and aggressive behavior. 

Being on a phone and watching a streaming service, playing a game, or scrolling through social media is a fun way to pass time, but it oftentimes gets in the way of doing things that are more important. When people spend all day with technology surrounding them, acts like spending time outside and reading books get lost, and seem like they have lesser importance. 

Understanding the negative effects of using technology too often, Leonid staff writers Kaitlyn Resline and Daphne Riddle decided to go 24 hours without technology. This idea came from an assignment given in Honors English 3 from Mrs. Jane Dennish where the students did the same 24 hour challenge without technology. The assignment was inspired by reading “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau, where he reflected on simple living and reconnecting with nature. After completing the assignment, Kaitlyn and Daphne reflect on what the experience was like for them.

Kaitlyn’s Viewpoint- 

Towards the end of March, I had only been in quarantine for a few weeks, but I found myself spending more and more time on my phone. 

As I spent more time on my phone, I found that I was becoming more irritable, more detached from my family, and less productive. I decided it was time for a change. I decided to go 24 hours without technology.

Since I wasn’t using my phone or watching TV, I got a much needed relief from the constant stream of COVID-19 news. I was able to not worry so much about what was going on in the world and have a moment of peace.

Throughout the day, I spent a lot of time reading. Since I had spent so much time on my phone, I had forgotten one of my old passions. Long before I grew attached to doing nothing, I spent time discovering far away lands and reading stories of magic and adventure. 

I also spent more time with my sisters, Kiersten, 13, and Carlee, 10, playing games together. We learned how to play Yahtzee, although it was a bit difficult trying to understand the instructions without being able to look up a video on how to play.

My sisters expressed to me that they felt I was only spending time with them because I didn’t have my phone. It made me realize that I had cast them aside to just scroll through the internet mindlessly. I would rather text friends virtually than have conversations with my sisters. I made them feel like I had better things to do on my phone than be with them. 

Although I encountered minor inconveniences, it felt much better going throughout my day without technology. I was more productive without my phone to distract me and had more time to do activities for myself. I definitely found some peace of mind during the 24 technology free hours. 

Daphne’s Viewpoint-

Spending 24 hours separated from technology was harder than anticipated. I never noticed how much we all rely on technology in our daily lives. Throughout the day, I would find myself wishing I could mindlessly scroll through social media to take up time, instead of looking for better, more productive activities to do. 

When I woke up, my first instinct was to reach over and grab my phone. Usually, I spend anywhere from 5-20 minutes on my phone when I first wake up, whether it is to respond to messages or scroll through social media. Not being able to do that first thing in the morning, however, actually made my mind start off more at ease and less stressed out.

This ease continued throughout the rest of the day since I was not exposed to any pressure or conflicts that we all see every day on the internet. It was nice to not see the drama of people on the internet, or unrealistic lifestyles on social media. Instead of spending hours online, I got to do things that I never make time to do on a normal day. 

I spent the day continuing the Harry Potter books, which I have failed to finish after a few years of trying, getting in a few miles of running, and playing board games like Clue with my family. These are hobbies that I always put to the side when I have my phone or the television sitting right in front of me. Spending time with my family, in particular, was nice. We are all usually preoccupied in our own lives that doing things together gets to be more rare than when technology was more scarce. 

Overall, I noticed that a day without technology was refreshing, and definitely something that more people should try. It made the easy distractions disappear, and  let me take time out of my day to relax and not worry about the pressure that can be caused from being on technology too much. 

It was nice to take a breath and step back from the new ways of life that are controlled by our devices. The lack of distractions made it clearer what the important things in life are, and made me want to spend more time doing these things instead of mindless pastimes that technology provides.

We encourage everyone to try 24 hours without technology and to share their experiences with us!

This infographic outlines some activities to do in place of using technology. There are many benefits of taking a break from technology, both mental and physical.

Standardized tests make major changes due to COVID-19

By Emily Ankers, Editor-in-Chief, and Daphne Riddle, Junior Editor-in-Chief

Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, people all across the country are being quarantined to their homes in hopes of stopping the spread of the growing pandemic. Schools are closed until further notice, and all non-essential businesses are temporarily shut down. 

This world-wide phenomenon is something new to everyone, and many find it difficult to navigate their way through these troubling times. People are using new ways to complete tasks that have been uncomplicated in the past, such as learning and testing. State-wide and national tests, however, have been altered from the standard means of testing. 

The government cancelled test dates for SATs and ACTs in March and May to avoid gathering large groups of students together. The early June date was cancelled as of April 15, so the next available test dates will be at later, currently unknown times. Additional dates in June and July, however, are planning on being added to ensure students have as many opportunities as possible to take the exams. 

Many students, especially the ones in the junior year, who are beginning to look for colleges to apply to next fall, are worried about the lack of test dates of these exams that most colleges require for acceptance. 

“Canceling SAT’s and ACT’s is certainly an inconvenience for students as they prepare for college,” said Mr. Shue, the principal at Red Lion Senior High. “Hopefully these tests will be available to students, in some form, as soon as possible.

Some colleges are looking into lowering requirements for the students affected by this pandemic, or even getting rid of some of the requirements. Schools could be looking into going test-optional for acceptance. Everything considered, the colleges and universities are trying to find the best means of adjusting to the current situation. 

The cancelation of the SAT testing dates is leading to a great likelihood that students belonging to the class of 2021 will not be required to provide scores to gain entrance into college. Currently, a handful of colleges have already waived the need for SAT scores and many more are considering it. The College Board is doing all they can to make the transition into college for the young adults as easy as possible given these unforeseen circumstances.

Other standardized tests were also changed including AP tests, Keystone exams and PSSAs. The state tests, Keystones and PSSAs, were cancelled all together for the spring of 2020. 

AP tests, however, were rescheduled and turned into an online test. All AP tests were pushed back about a week later, in May, and shortened to 45 minute open-note exams. 

“They are shortening the tests,” said Mrs. Scott, a guidance counselor at Red Lion Area Senior High, “based on the material that the majority of United States students would have gotten before we shut down.” 

Students and teachers must prepare for these changing tests, and try their best to make the most out of the new forms of taking these important tests.

Many changes and cancellations have been made to schools, as well as the public, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This graphic illustrates the changes made to standardized tests as a result of this time.

Turning the tables on online school

Students and teachers discuss the advantages and disadvantages of transitioning to online school

By Margaux Rentzel, Social Media Editor and Marketing Director, and Kaitlyn Resline, Student Life Editor

“To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  The song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” written by Pete Seeger, inspired by the book of Ecclesiastes, and released by the Byrds in 1965, speaks to many generations. The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!

 In this trying time, there are advantages and disadvantages to everything, but everything has a purpose. Since the high school was shut down for the rest of the year, students have had to complete their work online. There are positives and negatives, advantages and disadvantages to online learning, but nonetheless, it has to be done. 

“A time to laugh, a time to weep.” Some students were over the moon when they heard about school closing for the rest of the year, while some, were not. 

“The coronavirus has taken away probably the best part of senior year,” senior executive council president, Emma Hively said.

Students face difficulties with completing their assignments because it is easier to get distracted and it can be hard to manage their time. 

“I think online school does allow a lot of people to procrastinate and not do their work to the fullest,” freshman Dani Graham said. “Therefore they aren’t getting the full benefit.” 

Another disadvantage is that class discussions are hard to have digitally, so students aren’t getting the full potential they can of learning. Cheating is also easier with online school because it is easier in the student’s head. 

“It is harder to have online discussions because it is harder to focus,” junior Austin Wilbur said. “Thus making kids just wanting to get answers from friends, so they can just move on.” 

Teachers also face difficulties, especially if they teach hands-on classes like art, music performance, and technology education. When the face-to-face aspect of learning is taken away, it can be hard for students to learn. For the senior high orchestra, that means adapting from being a performance-based group. 

“The goal is to perform for people but that might not be happening,” said junior and senior high orchestra director Miss Elly Cope. “So, the goal is to get [the orchestra] to realize the benefit of performing and to grow from performing for people.”

A disadvantage for seniors is that the rest of their senior year is not happening for them. In-person graduation was officially canceled for the senior class, and many of the seniors were sad about this. 

“Senior year is often idealized and is supposed to be the best year,” Hively said. “But many of the most exciting parts are now in question.”

“A time to gain, a time to lose.” There are many disadvantages to online school, but to stay positive people should look at the advantages. 

Although it is difficult to teach the orchestra online, not being able to perform allows Miss Cope to focus on some other aspects of music.

“Every day we’re so focused on performing and getting ready for a concert and we might not be doing that now,” said Miss Cope. “So instead, we can talk about the theoretical points of music and the technical parts.”

This allows for students to study things like a key signature, and to really focus on their playing technique. Not being able to perform give the students time to learn about the emotional parts of the music and all the components they do mentally and physically that go into playing. 

Another advantage that students have is that they can create their own schedules for getting their online work done. This prepares students for college because they have to find time to do their assignments and can complete them at their own pace. 

“I believe online school is good for the students because they are able to do the work when they want,” Junior Austin Wilbur said. “And they have an increased amount of freedom.”

Teachers have been trying to figure out a way to make the transition easiest for themselves and the students. Teachers have to make their lesson plans online and try to help students with everything they need. 

“The transition hasn’t been the easiest for me,” Hively said. “But thankfully my teachers are being reasonable in the amount of work they give.” 

“A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.” The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the worst in people, and the best. It is hard for teachers and students to transition to online school. But, looking at the positives in the situations will bring peace to a silent war that we are all fighting. 

“It is very disheartening and seems very unfair,” Hively said. “But we are lucky to have an administration that is aware of our situation and is working to give us as much normalcy as possible.”

This graphic demonstrates several advantages and disadvantages to online schooling. Different students have different experiences with online schooling.
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