By Taylor Bosley
Junior Student of the Month for March, Mckayla Cooley, is dedicated to her involvements in and out of school.
Mckayla Cooley is involved in various organizations within Red Lion.Currently she is working on Neff’s School House, a restoration project for students in the Drafting 3 and 4 classes. It is also open to other students and staff.
“Mr. Royer, my drafting teacher, asked if I would do the interior design work such as picking paint colors and how things are placed within it,” Cooley said.
Along with that project, Cooley helped with the construction of the Habitat for Humanity home three times.
Cooley is also a member of the Red Lion varsity field hockey team.
Another project she is involved in is held in the town of Manayunk, located in Philadelphia. She and senior Drake Schaefer are holding a competition to see which school can design a hub or location where students can get food, get bike repairs, or any other services and products that would be needed, which will end in April.
“I love making people laugh,” Cooley said when asked about what she enjoys.
In addition to providing people with humor, Cooley also loves adventures and hanging with her friends, noting that her favorite place to be is the mountains.
Cooley has some of her future figured out.
“I plan on studying architecture and then obviously becoming one, and then hopefully someday I will be making bank and driving a Range Rover,” Cooley said.
Junior Stephen Baker, or known on the high school morning announcements as “Stephen Baker the Rainmaker,” was named Rotary Club International’s Student of the Month for March, and is heavily involved within the school.
Baker is widely involved within the school’s choir community. He is a member of concert choir, Madrigal choir and also show choir.
His involvement in performance doesn’t stop there. Baker was also a member of the Tarzan cast from this years school’s musical. Playing Professor Porter, Baker said he has a “blast” throughout the production of the musical.
“I loved being able to meet up with my friends on a regular basis,” Baker said. He enjoyed being able to have a good time and laugh with his friends daily.
“I like movies and also listening to music,” Baker said. That is, listening to any music other than country.
Baker’s love for music is also shown through his practicing of piano for the past two years.
“I’ve been thinking of going to a college to major in music education and musical theater,” Baker said, despite his undecided choice of a college to attend.
Baker seems to not have any annoyances or pet peeves.
“I’m a very mellow guy, nothing really bothers me,” Baker said.
With his membership in National Honor Society and musical ability, Baker was considered an excellent candidate for Student of the Month.
By Claire Krackow
February Student of the Month junior Morgan Grove is very dedicated to her academics and extracurriculars. She is a part of the Mini-THON committee and an honor roll student every marking period.
Morgan swims for the Lady Lions swim team as well.
“Outside of school, I swim for another team,” Grove said. “I am involved in my youth group, I also babysit as my job.”
Outside of school, Morgan continually volunteers at Leg Up Farm. Leg Up Farm helps kids with disabilities recieve physical therapy, and she has been volunteering there since she was 14 years old.
“I started helping out in the barn with the horses, now I am volunteering there twice a week helping with therapy sessions,” Grove said. “I also still volunteer in the farm. I was asked to help this summer at Leg Up’s week long summer camps.”
“I love volunteering there. It feels so good to watch the kids makes improvements and know that I got to help them achieve their goals.”
Following high school, Grove is interested in a career in either physical or occupational therapy, though she is leaning toward physical therapy.
“In the end, I would like a job in pediatric physical therapy. I love working with kids. One thing that is really close to my heart is getting the chance to help others, that’s why I would like to become a physical therapist,” Grove said.
Junior Charles Flaharty was named Rotary International’s Student of the Month for February.
Charles plays tennis on the Red Lion High School tennis team. He is featured on the announcements almost every morning, and he is also a member of the Class of 2016 Executive Council.
After high school, Flaharty plans on majoring in Astrophysics and would like to go to Grove City College or Brigham Young University.
“I like to hunt and shoot any type of weapon, and I love to go camping too,” Flaharty said.
He is also a boyscout for Troop 184. “I joined boy scouts because I thought it was a cool program and it teaches many valuable skills.”
“I can’t stand it when people pick on others and act like they are better than everybody else,” Flaharty said. “One of my biggest goals is just to make a difference in the world.”
“I would like to work with NASA when I finish college and hopefully go to space one day,” Flaharty said. “I love to ride horses and to hunt, both of which require lots of patience.”
By Kelsee Hunt
You may have smelled the freshly baked brownies, and seen the creative prom dresses and tuxedos displayed in the display window.
“Like most electives Family Consumer Science is a half year course, however, it teaches students to be more self reliant,” according to Mrs. Neff, a clothing, culinary arts, housing, furnishing, and crafts teacher.
Mrs. Neff hopes teaching students all of these things will help them prepare for the near future so they will be able to take care of themselves.
One of the classes most frequently taken by students in the department of Family Consumer Science is cooking.
The non-baked cookies are favored by most of the students. “Non-baked cookies is one of my favorite things to make. They are very tasteful and plus it was very interesting to see how every little ingredient makes a huge difference if not put in right or used too much,” sophomore Page Shingler said, a student of Mrs Neff.
The students themselves look forward to class for new learning experiences.
“Family Consumer Science is different than any of my other classes which makes it more fun, plus you can eat, and I love to eat!” Shingler said.
The love of Mrs. Neff’s job is well expressed throughout her room, with plenty of motivational posters to motivate students.
”Being able to work with students one on one makes my job more enjoyable,” Mrs. Neff said.
Not only that, but Mrs. Neff has been shaping up classrooms for over 30 years. She feels that Family Consumer Science is about preparing students for life, and that’s exactly what she’s been doing.
“Mrs.Neff is a great teacher being able to cook makes me feel like an achiever,” Shingler said.
The Family Consumer Science Department is not only known for their cooking classes, but their clothing classes as well.
“I’ve made a photo pillow for my grandmom with a picture of us made of fur and a special quote,” senior Javeba Mayers said. The quote reads “ Grandma’s hold our tiny hands for just a little while...but our hearts forever”.
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