It seems like everything has happened this school year. Trends have appeared, flourished, and then disappeared. New teachers came into the school and others had their final year. There were victories and triumphs as well as defeats and failures.
Throughout everything, The Leonid has covered, written, and photographed all the events that made this year unique. As your student newspaper, we provided news, coverage, and even a little bit of entertainment, in the hopes of making the year even better.
This is our compilation of the events of the 2016-2017 school year as we covered it.
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The biggest trend of the summer of 2016 was a flashback to the world of Pokemon. Children, teenagers, and adults all rushed to landmarks, monuments, and parks to catch elusive Pokemon. As shown in the graph above, for a brief time in 2016, the time spent on Pokemon Go exceeded the time spent on many other social media sites.
The entire Red Lion Area School District community came together to support graduate Brooks Argento who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Students, teachers, and other members of the community organized card drives, fundraisers, and other events to support the Argento family. Later on in the year, he was selected as the mini-THON sponsored student.
The girls' volleyball team won the district title after fighting through multiple tough matches. The leadership of senior captains Lindsey Blevins, Logan Dontell, and Lauren Enfield guided the team to victory.
Red Lion turned back the clock with a throwback to the 1950s for this year’s homecoming dance on Saturday, Oct. 15. Students headed to the dance on Saturday full of school spirit, still celebrating their Lion’s victory in the homecoming football game the night before.
Led by a set of strong seniors and supported by ambitious underclassmen, the football team went undefeated in the 2016 season. The Red Lion team won every game by an average of at least four touchdowns, making them one of the most dominant teams to come through the York-Adams division in a long time.
Donald J. Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States Jan. 20, 2017. The editors of The Leonid wrote letters to President Trump with their wishes for his presidency.
On Jan. 20, over 150 science fair projects were displayed in the Red Lion Senior High School. All subject areas were represented, including psychology, physics, chemistry, and ecology. Senior Jessica Sun was the Grand Champion for the senior division and freshman Kiersten Lloyd was the Grand Champion for the junior division.
Jessica Sun continued Red Lion's streak of Grand Champions at the York County Science and Engineering Fair. Sun's project on 3D printing earned her a trophy at the YCSEF and a trip to Los Angeles to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
The competition cheerleading team won second place in the states competition, which earned them a spot in the national competition in Florida.
The musical season started with an explosion of emotions when the cast list for “The Music Man” was released on Nov. 28. Then, throughout the entire winter, the cast and crew prepared to bring the show to life. The Leonid also spotlighted the students who worked behind the scenes to make the musical such a success.
Track team has a season of stand-outs
The track team had an outstanding season with many featured athletes. First, Madisen Kling broke a 28-year-old record for discus. In addition, the runners earned their chance in the spotlight. The Lloyd twins had a breakout freshman season with Kiersten Lloyd qualifying for the state competition. Another set of twins, Mitchell and Garrett Helf, showed their strength together.
As a final goodbye, The Leonid seniors give advice to underclassmen and reflect on how high school changed them as well as how they changed the high school.
On April 7, the Annual Mock Car Accident was produced by the Red Lion’s Red Cross Club to promote safe driving after the popular dance. Seniors, including Aidan Nelson, Dante Zumbo, and Sloane Young, volunteered to act out a realistic car accident as a result of a drunk driver. On April 8, prom was held at the Country Club of York with a theme of Under the Sea. Jena Everett won the title of Prom Queen and Anant Rathod was Prom King.
After 11 years of hard work, Mini-THON has raised a grand total of $500,722.22. The money was raised in support of the Four Diamonds Fund and recent Red Lion graduate Brooks Argento. The Leonid staff writer Cora Beyer also wrote about how Mini-THON means more than just one night.
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. Student volunteers started painting murals to showcase the history of Red Lion.