By Shawn Gunarich
Technical education teacher Brandon Krone is welcomed into the fold of Red Lion teachers.
Brandon Krone, a graduate from Dover Area High School and four year student of Millersville University, settled into his new home right here at RLASD.
Krone will be teaching digital photography and video production classes following the departure of Mr. Keith Blackwell. Despite his newcomer status, he has become a part of the TV studio.
By Ali Kochik
Social Media Editor
Following the graduation of seniors Ian Adler and Brooks Argento last year, some students were left wondering what would happen to the well-loved comedy segment, Hall Talk with Brooks and Ian.
The 2016-2017 school year, however, has brought a new pair of students who have taken on the challenge of filling the void.
Juniors Liam MacQuillan and Jared Pofi have adopted their own form of Hall Talk, a job they obtained somewhat by fate after a teacher recognized their comedic talent.
“I had them in class last year and I just thought they were pretty popular guys and good students.” Mrs. Valerie Stone said. “I just thought they’d be able to pull it off and I think they’re doing a fabulous job.”
Macquillan and Pofi took her recommendation and are continuing to run with it.
By Joel Zamora
Red Lion is one of very few schools in the entire nation to have an electron microscope in their possession.
The school has owned the electron microscope for over 10 years thanks to the generosity of Mr. Ken Converse who had five children who attended the school in the district. Converse owns a company that provides electron microscope maintenance throughout the East Coast. Converse offered to give the electron microscope to the high school.
Ms. Heather Fogell, Red Lion high school science teacher, was one of the teachers who was eager to grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity. Fogell is one of the most knowledgeable about the electron microscope and she uses it often for closer examination of everyday products, insect eyes, fibers, and leaves.
By Molly Merson
Technological advancements are being made every day. With great advancements, come great risks. Not too often do users read the privacy policies of the apps they are using, and it’s posing a great danger to user privacy.
Having your account hacked is one thing, but exposed credit card information is another. It’s crucial to read between the lines when it comes to allowing apps to access our information.
The first step to having control over private information is to set passwords. Keeping an effective password for each account keeps information hidden from others. That gives users a better feeling of security regarding their personal information. Devices also offer password locks in order to access them, and lock themselves if the incorrect password is attempted several times.
When it comes to social media, however, matters are not as simple. “It all comes down to the end user,” K-12 Educational Technology Coach, Mrs. Samantha Smith said. “You have to make sure that whatever information you give them, you’re okay with.”
By Joy Holbink
We’ve all seen them. The kids with the giant head phones, cameras, and ear pieces running up and down the sidelines at a sporting event. It may seem odd to some, but without them, our school sporting events could not be displayed on the scoreboard or online.
These students make up our TV Production Team. To join the TV Production Team, you don’t need experience, you only need an interest in filming and sharing sports with the school.
As Mr. Keith Blackwell is fond of saying, “If you have an interest, we will teach you!”
You do not have to be a part of a Tech Ed or the TV production class to join. The students who are already involved think that it is an amazing and rewarding experience.
Senior Ryan Hatterer said, “I love being able to look back on The Cube, on the live streams, and know I helped make that what it is.”
Ryan has been part of the TV production team for three years and loves filming boy’s lacrosse, because you have to be one or two steps ahead of the ball at all times.
Finally, when asked what she would like to tell other students interested in joining, senior Jennifer Owrutsky said, “They definitely should! It is a lot of fun and there are a lot of opportunities. Everyone is super nice and provides a great atmosphere. It’s a great activity to be a part of!”
If you are interested in joining, please see Mr. Blackwell. Spring sports are going on and there is a lot of action to be a part of. Don’t just observe the action, be a part of sharing the it.
By Ian Adler
On February 25, five Red Lion students traveled to the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12 in New Oxford to showcase their self-constructed project to judges and compete in various challenges. The Red Lion STEM team ending up taking first place in the regional competition and now they are on their way to the state competition to be held on May 27 in Lancaster.
“The STEM competition is a part of the Governor’s STEM Initiative,” Mentor-teacher Mr. Ben Smith said. “They had to create a project, using a $500 budget, that will improve the lives of everyday Pennsylvanians.”
Seniors Garrett Aguilar, Jen Owrutsky, Chris Balbier, and Gabriella Zarragoitia and junior Josh Kovacs prepared by researching and interviewing various engineers and companies in the local area. The entire process took place outside of classroom time, with the team often staying after school to complete their project.
“I thought it was cool because we got to use a real budget and we got to make something that’s real and actually affects the real-world,” Owrutsky said. “It was a good experience for when we’re going to be engineers in the future.”
With a real-world problem to solve, the team had to decide on what issues the average Pennsylvanian had to overcome on a daily basis.
“We sat down, brainstormed ideas and asked ‘what’s wrong with around here?’” Balbier said. “The first idea we thought of was pipes freezing in the winter because it gets too cold and we didn’t really know how to fix that. Obviously the roads are pretty terrible, so that was what we tried to fix.”
While at the competition itself, the team showcased their project and answered questions from judges, while also participating in the “mystery box event,” in which they could not prepare for.
“I feel like as a team, we really worked together,” Owrutsky said. “Especially for the on-site competition that we had.”
With their success in the regional competition, the STEM team now has a higher budget to design and build with, and they plan on conducting additional research to further improve the pothole-detecting prototype.
“If we win the whole thing, or if we place well, the scholarship money will be nice,” Balbier said. “I think that if we win the whole thing, we might possibly have an actual product that could be used by the state and by other states.”
The team’s success will shine bright for their future careers in STEM fields, with the seniors already committed to attending college for degrees in science and engineering.
“They really embrace young people in the community,” Owrutsky said. “So I think with being teenagers and seniors in high school I think we have a better opportunity right now to compete, win, and get recognized.”
“Like Mr. Smith always says, this country’s a million engineers short, so there’s room for the field to grow,” Zarragoitia said. “Young people have a lot of ideas that they can bring to the table.”
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