Mrs. Carol Kelkis (Adviser, Journalism Teacher) has been advising Red Lion's High School's newspaper since 2007. A former York Dispatch correspondent and high school newspaper staff writer, Mrs. Kelkis combines years of experience with a genuine love of the news business to facilitate the creation of a multi-platform, student-friendly school publication. She was inspired by ISTE's Philidelphia conference for educators to infuse technology into the school paper, which she views as an authentic learning experience that models news organizations in the "real world". "Seeing the journalism program grow at Red Lion has been the source of true accomplishment for me. I am inspired by the students who work tirelessly at their unique, invaluable roles to produce great source of news and pride for our school. It's synergy at its best." Holding a degree in English Education, and a Master's Degree in Teaching and Curriculum, Mrs. Kelkis plans to continue advising The Leonid and bring the love of news to even more students.
Follow Mrs. Carol Kelkis on Twitter @CarolKelkis.
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Carly Guise (Editor in Chief) is a senior at Red Lion Area Senior High School and in the Journalism 3 class. She has been writing since she could pick up a pencil, even if some of the words were a little jumbled and spelled wrong. Over a decade later, spellcheck is still an occasional need and fictional worlds are some of her best friends, though she loves writing in the real world too. She lives in a state of constant denial that she is no longer six years old, yearning for the years before the scary monsters that are looking for colleges and potentially bad SAT scores existed. Instead, she’ll continue to frolic in the backyard with her three dogs and attempt to ignore all of the pressing life decisions that have yet to be made.
Ali Kochik (Senior Editor) is a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School and is currently in her third year of journalism. She has always had a passion for anything that has to do with reading and writing and loves to create her own stories. When she grows up, she’d love to become a successful author and use her love of stories as her career (preferably while living in New York City). In addition to writing for the Leonid, she runs for the school’s track team, and is a member of the Red Lion Mini-THON. When she’s not doing school things, you can almost always find her with her family or friends, who she loves more than anything.
Brianna Lehr (Staff Writer) is a senior attending Red Lion Area High School. She has always enjoyed reading and writing, and loves music. When she’s not reading or writing she likes to sing, however just not in front of people. Her plans are to attend college to major in Human Services and possibly minor in English. Brianna’s goal while in Journalism is to improve her writing skills.
Derek Etter (Social Media and Marketing Editor) is a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High and is currently in his second year of Journalism. With a passion for news and performing, he spends his time writing for the Leonid, working in the RLA-TV Studio, and participating in musical extracurricular activities. In 2016, he was the recipient of BroadwayWorld Online’s award for “Best Musical in PA” for his involvement in “Side Show” at The Belmont Theatre in York. In Red Lion’s Music Program, he is the Show Choir’s choreographer, and Publicity Secretary of the school Concert Choir. He hopes to hone is skills in the arts and perform professionally on stage. In college, he will continue to study the arts and journalism.
Eli Lanehart (Business Manager) is a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School on his first year on the Leonid staff. He is heavily involved in the music program at the high school, being a part of the school’s bands, choirs, and musical, such as marching band, madrigal choir, and jazz band. Within the music program, he is the president of the concert choir. Outside of the school’s program, he is involved in the Pennsylvania Music Educator’s Association (PMEA) and successfully auditioned for the association’s All-State Concert Band last year. In the future, he would like to receive a college education in Biology and Trombone performance, then receiving a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta Georgia.
Carrie Knight (Multimedia Editor) is a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School and is currently in her first year of journalism. She enjoys taking photos as well as writing in her free time and she was ready to take it to the next level. She hopes to eventually become a well known photographer in the future. Her plans are to attend York College in the fall of 2018 to further her education. In addition to writing for the Leonid, she is apart of the RLA-TV Studio, and is very active in Student Council. When she is not busy with her school work she is most likely at the beach enjoying her time to relax with her family. Check out Carrie's website where she frequently posts photo galleries as well as journalism pieces: carrielizphoto.wixsite.com/clphoto
Emily Heiss (News and Features Editor) is a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School and is currently in her second year of journalism and fourth year of RLA-TV. She has always been a more “right-brained” individual, partaking in numerous methods in order to express her creativity. With music being her primary focus right now, by day Emily is a writer for the Leonid, by night the lead guitarist of a small alt-rock band called, “Showerthoughts.” Her future plans include going to New York University to major in Computer Science and later reside there as a potential Google employee.
Marissa Burd (Junior Editor-in-Chief) is a junior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School. Marissa is a member of Journalism 2 and a Varsity Football Cheerleader. Outside of school she loves to go out with friends and be with family. Marissa has always loved writing and art. In the future, Marissa would like to attend a state university and continue to use her talents in writing.
Brody Patmore (Sports Editor) is a junior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School and is in his second year of Journalism. He loves sports and enjoys writing about them as well. He plays soccer for the high school. In the future he wants to attend and graduate from college.