Senior Wyatt Franks hooked up to the double red machine about to save lives.
“I know there’s people out there who need it most. Wanna see a miracle? Be the miracle.” -Senior Lea Owrutsky
By Sierra Dennison
Needles, nurses, and blood can be a scary sight to some, but walking into the old gym January 8th was a whole different feeling. It was a feeling of hope and saving lives.
Wyatt Franks, a senior and blood drive coordinator for Red Lion Area Senior High School, meets with the Senior Account Executive Beverly Stambaugh from Red Cross to start the process for setting up the blood drive the school holds. They meet about six months before to schedule a date, and it snowballs from there.
Beverly Stambaugh informed the Leonid that the Red Cross is based in Baltimore and covers everywhere from the York Adams area through parts of Virginia, including most of Maryland. She trains on how to recruit donors and the basic forming steps. Then right before the drive she meets with the coordinator, to get numbers of donors so they can determine how many supplies are required.
The trucks are then pre-packed and the crew is assigned to where they will be receiving blood. Red Lion’s goal was 63, and it came in just short with 59 donors. Each pint of blood is labeled and kept chilled in a cooler.
From there, it is sent out. Little vials of blood are sent across the country to be tested. The second the blood is cleared from diseases it is sent to local hospitals.They separate the blood into platelets, plasma, and red cells while they are waiting to be sent out.
Beverly Stambaugh said, “It’s the donors, without donors we have nothing. They save lives.” Even though she runs a good bit of the show in local areas, she also gives blood six times a year.
Even Fanks, the Red Lion Area Senior High School coordinator, donates. However, he does not donate just whole blood, but double reds as well. The donor gets hooked up to a machine, and it allows the donor to donate 2 bags of red cells safely. This is accomplished by putting the plasma back into the body.
“It’s a warm and cold sensation, but it feels fine. I keep in mind this saves lives.” said Wyatt Franks.
Donating whole or double red can make a huge difference. There will be another blood drive in May. The next one will be ran by a freshman named Neil Nicholson. Wyatt Franks has a binder for future coordinators for step by step directions.
Donors are eligible if they are 16 years of age and have a parent consent form signed. Without a consent form, you cannot give. It is important to also note that iron levels need to be high enough to donate blood, and ways to do this is given when donors sign up. If you are interested in donating feel free to see Wyatt Franks or Neil Nicholson for more information.
By Sierra Dennison
Teachers should be stoked because Act 48 credits and valuable knowledge are heading their way with the Career Education and Work Standard Symposium. On February 26, 2013 from 4:30-7:45 PM Red Lion Senior High will be hosting this 3rd annual event.
This Symposium will touch on Career Awareness, Career Acquisition, Career Retention and Advancement, and Entrepreneurship topics for lesson plans to teach all grade levels. The grades will be broken into K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Throughout the evening there will be a guest speaker and dinner provided.The sections for grades will meet, and when each teacher leaves they will have four made lesson plans. They will also be able to network with teachers from around the county.
Mr. Cook and Mrs. Morris of the Business Department are forming this event with its sponsor YCAL (York County Alliance for Learning), who also sponsors the mentoring program.
“It’s a privilege to host this symposium, and to have the county come to the school to showcase what we have planned,” said business teacher Mrs. Morris.
They are expecting roughly 200 teachers from across the county to come to Red Lion.
By Karlie Gipe
It has been said in the past that a book is way to escape from reality and jump into a fantasy. Located in this very school is a place where students can go to do exactly that. In the first few weeks of December, our high school’s library received approximately 62 new books.
As you walk into the library, the books are set up on a table display labeled “New Books” as well as on a shelf located against the yearbook office. The quantity of books consists of several different types of genres from memoirs to mystery.
“All of the books fall under the category of ‘young adult’, and several follow the genre of fantasy,” Librarian Ms. Allyson Ayres said.
A few new books sitting on the table include Sent and Caught from the popular series written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Recently, Jodi Picoult tag-teamed with Samantha Van Leer in writing a novel about a high school girl that falls deeply in love with a classmate. Their novel is called Between the Lines.
The library was fortunate enough to receive books that were purchased from amazon.com, Junior Library Guild, and some donated to them. “When the students come into the library, they tend to always ask for new books,” Ms. Ayres said.
During homeroom, study hall or lunch stop by the library and check out what new books are in store.
By Claire Krackow
The Executive Council has many ambitious students that make up their President, Vice president, Secretary and Treasurer. They are doing many important things in order to help their class become successful and to have an unforgettable prom in two years.
President of the sophomore class, Bradley Irizarry, says, "My job is mostly to provide fundraiser ideas, represent my class, and be at the most class events that I can make."
"I usually run the Executive Council meetings, and pretty much anything else they tell me to do. It all varies," Bradley says. "I like my class, I'm proud of them. Being president is fun. I like being a leader and that my class voted for me to be their president. My favorite part would be that I get to run the meetings."
Vice President Greg Thibault says, "As Vice President of our class, I am required to be a role model and to represent our class well. As far as the council goes, I am responsible to conduct the meeting if the President is not there. I am also present when we try to get something passed through our school Administration." Greg says. "I feel honored to be our class Vice President. I've always wanted to be a class officer, and I will use my position to benefit our class. I truly believe that our class is great, and it is my job to make sure that we end our high school careers with best prom and senior trip as possible."
The Secretary, Ellen Weaver, says, "I take notes during the meetings about the stuff we talk about and the changes we make. I enjoy being the Secretary, I think my class is great," Ellen says. "I always gotta know what's going on, I would love if my class was a little more involved though."
Treasurer, Heather Jackson says, "I handle money funding and how we're supposed to pay for things. I'm glad that the people that are in our positions are in that position because they're all responsible and they're good for that job," Heather says. "I like contributing my ideas, and I'm glad that everyone else can say whatever they want and contribute to what they think."
The 10th grade Executive Council is very successful in helping their class, and they will continue to be very successful and make the best class that they can with their next two years of High School.
By Cindy Buttorff
Many students are struggling with what to do when they get out of high school, worrying about college, and issues getting jobs.
The former Advanced Skills Center now called HACC Academy, “[Is] a tremendous opportunity for seniors to get involved with, it gives them the skills needed to become employable immediately out of high school,” Mr. Cook said.
Currently the students attending the academy this year have graduated from the nurse’s aid program. They have taken a CNA test and then they were able to work in a hospital or nursing home, making up to $12 and $15 an hour.
This is a good choice for kids who don’t thrive in the typical high school setting. The students come to the high school for the first three periods and leave to complete all of their hands on training. “We actually took care of real nursing home patients,” Morgan Lloyd said. A great advantage to HACC Academy is that the school pays for you to go to this program.
The main goal of this course is for the graduates of next year to be trained in a specific field of their choice. HACC Academy is an outstanding way to secure students’ plans for high school.
By Molly Kuhn
You are a child again, the lights are turned off, and a figure comes crawling through the door with a mask on, breathing heavily and yelling words you don’t quite understand. The children of Mrs. Synder’s Day Care class had no idea what was in store for them when they entered the classroom on Thursday, January 10th.
Each week the high school students who take the semester long course, Day Care, votes on a theme and teaches lessons concerning the theme to the children. Safety was the lesson for that week. Who would be able to demonstrate a safety lesson better more efficiently than a real live fireman?
Volunteer Deputy Chief, Tim Mooney, and other volunteer firefighters from Red Lion Fire Department, visited Mrs. Synder’s Day Care class to teach them different lessons and scenarios about what to do in case of an emergency or fire.
“I wasn’t scared of him because I know they help people,” preschooler Danielle Caudweller said after her encounter with the firefighters crawling through her classroom.
One of the lessons he taught was “stop, drop, and roll”. He picked a child from the class to help demonstrate, while Tim gave specific instructions on how to do it correctly.
Teaching the children to not be afraid of firefighters was Tim’s ultimate goal. “They get scared and hide,” Tim said.
Tim and his team of firefighters went around to Red Lion schools to teach the children the same lessons during October, which was Fire Prevention month. When Tim first received the call asking to come teach his lesson to the pre-school kids in Mrs. Synder’s Day Care class, he was happy to accept.
Senior Gabby Dorer, who takes Day Care class, was able to set up this lesson by having connections with her dad who is also a firefighter.
“[The children’s] smiles make your bad mood turn completely around,” Gabby said.
“The kids are so funny,” juniors Elizabeth Matheis and Courtney McBride said when asked what it was like to see the kids through their experience.
By Cindy Buttorff
Each year York College of Pennsylvania and the career center give the privilege to the juniors and seniors in all schools across the county to take part in a variety of mentoring programs. Some of the programs that are available are Accounting, Arts, Banking, Culinary, Entrepreneurship, Insurance, and Law. For a full list of the programs a student can contact their guidance counselor or Mrs. Morris in the career center.
Last month on December 5, four Red Lion seniors and one student from South Western won awards for their outstanding performance at this program. The task that they were given was to prepare a business plan, create a product, and present it through power point. The presentation was viewed by a panel of judges which consisted of parents, professors, and other school personnel.
Senior Bradania Harrington created hand-made birdhouses naming her plan “The Bradania Collection”. Senior Marquice Phillips created a business plan targeting small businesses, which consisted of marketing/videography naming his ”Marquee Marketing”.
Kenzie Schmitt also one of the awarded seniors. She created detachable accessories for headbands, belts, scarves, and bracelets for babies, girls and women naming hers “Junction Accessories”. Lastly, Senior Derek Shaull’s business plan was to create a breakfast truck that would move from location to location through York county selling breakfast sandwiches which would be able to be tracked through Facebook and Twitter, naming his “All About Breakfast”.
These new programs are always arising and there are students currently attending some at the moment. They are a great way to get the whole high school experience, boost up a resume, and get a head start toward a really good career.
By Sierra Dennison
Mouth watering aromas could be smelt along the A100s to the C100s. This was because the Marketing Fair -- held at business teacher Mrs. Krouse’s room -- had all the best foods anyone could find on January 13.
The students taking Marketing class have been non-stop preparing. They were designing their displays, packaging, and pitches to bring customers in to try their delicious food.
The marketers were dressed to impress, to serve, and were prepared to catch the eye of the consumer. Students used bedazzling techniques to decorate. Senior Tori Sprenkle used lights on her display, while senior Shae Owens and others glittered their displays.
But the most important part was the food. The consumers were predisposed to what they wanted. Some went straight to the desserts as if they had a sixth sense while others went to spicy food. There was also appetizers and main dishes. The crowd seemed to have a hard time finding a favorite between these, and most went back for seconds.
“It was hard at first putting everything together, but then it got easier from there.” said senior marketer Melissa Clark.
The principal and vice principals came in as a pack ready to devour, pleased as they went around sampling.
“It’s definitely unique. I like seeing the hard work of the students.” said principal Mr. Shue.
The visitors voted, and seniors Tori Sprenkle (Best Display), Sierra Stambaugh (Best Verbal Presentation), and Nate Vangorder (Best Food) were the best of the show. Despite the final outcome, everyone did a great job!