By Eli Lanehart
When walking through the halls, students may look around and see a random collection of brush strokes residing on the brick walls that were once bare. These brush strokes contain bits and pieces of Red Lion history and the dedication of the artists that created them. This artwork is something that will unite the past with the present; a mural of Red Lion’s history in the form of a timeline.
This idea was brewed by the PRIDE committee of the Red Lion faculty, predominately Mr. Cooley, Mr. Vanada, and Mr. Schmehl. These three teachers took off on a branch of PRIDE to carry teach students more about the history of Red Lion. It was then carried out by the National Art Honor Society (NAHS).
By Helen Zeidman and Carly Guise
Editor-in-Chief and Junior Editor-in-Chief
For years, the walls of the high school have been missing something.
In that time, many students and staff members have commented on the lack of color, particularly in one of the wings most recently built, the D200’s. This year, social studies teachers Mr. Calvin Vanada and Mr. Sam Cooley decided to change that.
By Carly Guise
Red Lion’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) has always been composed of a unique group of students.
“I really like seeing kids who would normally pass each other in the halls come here and make connections,” Ms. Kelly McBrien, NAHS advisor, said. “When you come into this room, you have a great mix of kids, from athletes to really booksmart kids, or maybe even kids that don’t like to participate in a lot of extracurriculars. They come in here and come together.”
It is this mix that allows for the group to do so many different events for their service hours. These events vary from face painting to planning for murals and decorating windows.
Over the next few months, NAHS has several service events planned.
By Helen Zeidman
Mrs. Kelly McBrien had always wanted a club of her own. When she was in high school, she did not have access to a chapter of National Art Honor Society. So, she pledged to make her own when she got a teaching job. But instead of building a club, she built a family.
McBrien has been the adviser of the Red Lion chapter of National Art Honor Society for eight years. She is close to the members of her National Art Honor Society club, even going as far to say that they are a family.
“When I look at the members, we have athletes, musicians, National Honor Society members, and students that this is the only thing they do, I know that the thing that holds us all together is visual arts.” McBrien said. “This is like a little pocket of family.”
National Art Honor Society is a highly selective club, with less than 1% of high school students participating, that focuses on the key attributes of art scholarship, service, and character. The inductees are chosen by Kelly McBrien and David Hopkins, both art teachers at the high school. Induction for new members for this school year will be on February 7, 2016.
In addition to being a group of dedicated artists, the National Art Honor Society is also a collection of passionate volunteers. All members of the club are required to have at least ten service hours per semester, and according to McBrien, most students exceed that goal.
In fact, they have already participated in one of their many volunteer projects of the year; painting windows for the holiday season. The members are creating winter scene paintings for the windows at the Red Lion Community Building. These paintings will decorate the building in anticipation for the annual Breakfast with Santa and will provide holiday cheer until January.
The club is also working on another project to decorate around the high school. They are creating paintings to hang around the school to spruce up the older hallways and stairways.
With all of the volunteer work, artistic projects, and high standards for service and character, National Art Honor Society is a very active club. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s good work,” McBrien said.
By Brittany Zeigler
It’s around 9 in the morning at Red Lion High school, and students are busy getting crayons out, finding the perfect picture book to read, or even refreshing their teaching skills. This is the preparation required for Lion’s Den Preschool held in the FCS room C303 hallway during the school year.
One is held in the fall and one is held during the spring. About 10-11 children get signed up for the lions den preschool by their parents. Ages of children range from 2-6 years old. At the preschool, children learn basic skills, such as learning colors, numbers and letters.
A normal day for preschool students includes a lesson, snack, song, crafts, and storytime. “I am excited to work with little kids because I plan on being an elementary school teacher and hope to gain new insight for the future in that career,” says senior Chloe Fleming.
Every high school student that successfully completes child care can then move on to daycare. “My goal is that the student staff not only learns how to organize and run a preschool, but also learns valuable lessons in organization, time management, child developmental stages behavior and parenting skills. They should also form relationships with the preschoolers and experience their changes and growth through the preschool class,” Mrs Dellinger said.
Every single high school student in that class will be responsible to teach a class one day. They are also expected to plan a day schedule like an actual teachers does. This class is very hands on and gives the students a taste of what a teacher does everyday at school.
By Helen Zeidman
The noise of dozens of students from the high school, junior high, and elementary schools filled the auditorium as dozens of monkeys filled the stage with the sound of enthusiastic howls. Rehearsal for Tarzan, this year’s musical, had started.
The months of February and March are crunch time for the musical. There are practices almost everyday until the first show in March. This year’s musical schedule is rigorous for the actors, with seven performances in total on March 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, and 14.
To many of the actors, the musical is more than just a show.
“I get the chance to experience having a lead role and get out of the shell I didn’t know that I had,” Allison Thomas said, the junior who plays Jane.
Thomas is also dedicated to making relationships with the rest of the cast.
“I try to have at least one bonding moment with everyone on the cast,” Thomas said. “I like to think of the musical cast as a mini family.”
Grace Nale, a senior, has been a part of this family for four years. For this production, she is a member of the ensemble. She has been proud to be part of the cast every year.
“It has become a staple of my life,” Nale said. “The musical is going to be pretty amazing. It will be something that the school and the whole county can enjoy.”
The cast has also found that the musical is a great way to create lasting friendships.
“I make so many new friends during the musical,” Nale said.
The bonding in the musical goes beyond age and grade.
“My favorite part of the musical is working with the kids,” Jackie Golden, a sophomore who plays an ape in the musical, said. “When I was in third grade, I was in the musical. The high school students were good to me, so I want to do the same for the kids now.”
Owen Smith, a fourth grader who works with Golden as a monkey, is excited that he gets to be in Tarzan.
“They don’t usually have kids in the musical,” Smith said. “This is a great opportunity.”
Smith’s favorite part of being in the musical, beside his relationships with the high school students, is his role as a little monkey.
“I like making monkey noises and acting like one too,” Smith said.
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