By Alexcia McKinley
When you ask an English teacher if they always wanted to have this particular career, most of them will answer “Of course I did. I knew since I was little.”
But Ms. Vasellas is a little different in that aspect. She didn’t always want to be an English teacher. If she could have any other job in the world, she would become a music teacher.
By Emily Heiss
Each month, the Red Lion-Dallastown Rotary Club chooses two Red Lion juniors as their Students of the Month. For November, these students were Sandra Phan and Alexander Schor.
When she isn’t busy studying the makeup of functional groups like, Alcohols and Carboxyls, Sandra Phan can be seen studying the makeup of a piece on the piano.
Sandra Phan is one of the two students who were awarded the Rotary Club of Dallastown-Red Lion’s November Student of the Month.
Sandra is involved in a variety of activities, from marching band to student council to just recently, National Honor Society.
Her motivation to shine in everything that she does is what makes her stand out. “I think the general key to being successful is finding the motivation to strive for triumph,” said Sandra.
She cites her mother as not only her role model, but her inspiration to work harder each and every day. With every obstacle she has faced, she sees that as inspiration to overcome anything.
She is currently taking AP Chemistry in order to prepare her for her future major in chemistry. Her goal after college is to become a dermatologist, however she also is interested in being a pharmaceutical scientist.
Among her many academic accomplishments, Sandra also involves herself in the music world.
She marches for the Red Lion Marching Lions and has been doing props for the musical since freshman year. It is her piano playing skills, however, that make her stand out the most. For four years Sandra has been taking lessons, and has since passed the Pennsylvania State Music Auditions at York College twice.
Junior Alexander Schor, commonly known as Alex, is the other November Student of the Month for the Rotary Club.
With a diversity in interests, Alex does it all. He says, “The key to being proficient in whatever work I do is balancing my time-management skills.”
Alex states his mother as not only his number one support system in everything that he does, but as his role model as well.
Alex has been involved in Red Lion’s seminar program for years and meets with Mrs. Cozzens each morning before his AP Calculus class. In the future Alex hopes to go to college and study engineering.
Helping others is one of his biggest passions. When he’s not working hard in his AP Physics and AP Calculus classes, he spends his time tutoring sophomores in chemistry.
He also uses his nine years of tennis experience to help Coach Small in managing the girls tennis team.
Tennis is among the many things that he does when he isn’t pursuing his academic career. His greatest accomplishment was lettering his freshman year.
Tennis is not the only extracurricular that he partakes in, he also enjoys playing in the school’s guitar club. “I have been playing guitar for about a year now and love playing mainly rock and indie genres,” said Alex.
One thing many may not know about Alex, is that each Wednesday, rain or shine, he wakes up earlier than the rest of us to meet his friends at the flagpole outside of the commons. Why you ask? They all gather to unify and pray together. Alex states religion as a very big part of his life. “God is good,” he says.
By Carrie Knight
Each month, the Red Lion-Dallastown Rotary Club chooses two Red Lion juniors as their Students of the Month. For October, Kate Taylor and Alexander Sun were chosen.
By Carly Guise
Ears that stand ready at attention and brown eyes that beg for love (but more importantly, food). A tongue that lolls to the side to reveal a toothy smile. Four feet that are waiting to be taken on a walk. A stocky pitbull body that wants to snuggle in for the night.
Her name is Gracey. She just celebrated her eighth birthday. She’s been waiting for a forever home for a little over two years.
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