By Eli Lanehart
Students may remember in years past that safety precautions have been centered around the passive-resistance of “staying down” in a classroom, waiting for a hostile to pass. This all is about to change as Red Lion is taking on the safety system that has been storming the nation - ALICE.
“It’s a shift to how we usually do our lockdowns when we would potentially have problems,” Principal Grant Gouker said.
By Kailey Smith
Stereotypes have been used against women for centuries, saying women cannot do what a man can. But now this stereotype is starting to change.
In August of 2015 Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver made ranger history. These women were the first to graduate from the elite ranger academy.
“Many men do not believe that women can work up to the same ability as them,” senior Emily Falenski stated. “But these women proved that us females can accomplish anything a man can as long as we put out the effort.”
Senior Skye Stambaugh had the opportunity to attend The American Legion State police youth week a few years back.
“The American Legion State police youth week is a program that parents can enter children in that need to get there attitude in check.” Stambaugh said. “The program definitely changed me. It’s what made me decide to join the military after high school. They teach you respect, the program really opens your eyes,” Stambaugh explained.
Her initial request to attend Basic Training during the summer between between junior and senior year was denied because of concern about extended abscences at the start of the school year.
Stambaugh said “I wasn’t giving up.” She then took her request to Dr. Deisley, the Superintendent of Red Lion Area School District.
Stambaugh’s request was granted and she had the opportunity to attend Basic Training in June of 2015 during the summer between her junior and senior year of high school.
“I was lucky to have the opportunity to be able to attend Basic Training as early as I did. When I went to Basic it was as if I was proving that any female is capable of anything they put their mind to,” Stambaugh explained.
It might be slow, but females are finally making a comeback to prove to men that females are more than just housewives.
“These accomplishments make us females proud. We are proving that we can do the same thing any man can do. We are finally starting to beat the stereotype against women.” Stambaugh said.
“Many men do not believe that women can work up to the same ability as them. But these women proved that us females can accomplish anything a man can as long as we put out the effort.” - Senior Emily Falenski
By Bella McCarey
Around the United States this past Patriot’s Day, people celebrated their pride and appreciation for this country and for those serving in the military.
The National Journal reported people, especially military servicemen and veterans, laying flowers down on a bench in Washington DC that represents victims from the 9/11 attacks.
NewYork.CBSlocal.com covered the ceremonies held at the World Trade Center Memorial and 9/11 Museum, as families remembered loved ones whom they lost during the attacks.
Red Lion came together on Patriot’s Day to serve the community along with men and women who had already served their community in the military.
Participants of the first official Habitat for Humanity 2014-2015 season consisted of Officer Mark Greenley, Mr. Cal Vanada and Mrs. Val Stone.
“It only makes sense, spending the day giving back because of all those who lost their lives on this day, and those who serve and protect us daily,” said Dr. Scott Deisley. To Dr. Deisley, it was inspirational to see how far the house has come and to see that process continue on a day like Patriot’s Day.
“I like to come here a couple times a month, when my schedule allows,” he said. “And I think our participation will increase. More folks are signing up than we can use.”
The student response for Habitat has been very positive since the start last spring. Mr. Grant Gouker reports many students signed up last year, and even more signed up this year.
Junior McKayla Cooley was one of the student volunteers on Patriot’s Day. “I do it because it’s a good cause, like helping the family out,” she said. “I live nearby, so everyday I got to see how it progressed.”
Cooley, as well as the other volunteers, were working on placing up drywall in the main rooms of the house. Loud noises from hammers, drills, and boisterous chatter filled the house. Officer Greenley was found wedged in a wall, hammering dry wall.
“I was skeptical at first, about coming today, but it has been great,” said Officer Greenley. “I really wanted to forget the tragedy of today, so it was a great way to forget and remember by representing the school and the Air Force.”
Lending a hand to a great cause was certainly one way to forget the tragedy associated with that day. Red Lion has always been a community that bands together in times of need and the Habitat house is a representation of the district.
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