What do students say about prom proposals?

The jewelry box Jake Smith made to ask his girlfriend Nitasha Agarwal to prom.

The jewelry box Jake Smith made to ask his girlfriend Nitasha Agarwal to prom.


Central York High School

Prom, short for promenade, a semi-formal dance or gathering, is the the epitome of dances. Period. High school juniors and seniors anticipate prom as a night to remember forever.

Leading up to this big day, school halls fill with excitement and and murmurs of secret plans to ask out that special someone to the dance.

For Central York High School senior Jake Smith, a handcrafted prom proposal for his girlfriend Nitasha Agarwal seemed perfect. In an internship with his woodshop teacher he crafted a jewelry box for her, with her name engraved on the lid. When she opened the box, a block of wood read ‘Prom?’.

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Spinoffs of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Recently, I have discovered the wonder, and evil, that plagues every high school student– Shakespeare. Normally, I would consider myself advanced in English class, but Shakespeare’s never-ending soliloquies weave a fog around my brain that is practically impossible to clear. It does not help that the play I am forced to read what I think is the most over-used and cliché story– “Romeo and Juliet.”

The familiar storyline provides comfort, but I find myself longing for the story to take a sudden twist that will draw me into the plot. I do enjoy the banter between the characters and the occasional romantic scene, but I need a modern-day version of the story.

Luckily, there is a great deal of spin-offs available at the library and bookstore. Here is a list of some books that are based off of the popular love story, but will, hopefully, help you appreciate the original version. Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Divergent”


As a big fan of the book series “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, I had high expectations for the movie version of one of my favorite books. Out of all three of the books in Roth”s series, “Divergent” was the best in my opinion. However, the movie version sorely paled in comparison to the book. Continue reading

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Elementary School Nostalgia

When I was young, fire drills were an event that shook the world.

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Review: ‘If You Leave’ by Daughter bleeds emotion

I first happened upon the band Daughter when exploring the wonderful thing that is the YouTube suggestion bar. Their sound immediately drew me in and I have been listening to them continually ever since. Daughter is an indie rock, alternative, ambient band, originated from England. They were formed in 2010 by Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, who all met at London’s The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. After playing locally, they self-released their debut EP, “His Young Heart” on April 20, 2011 and later in October of the same year “The Wild Youth” EP was released by Communion Records.

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Five reasons to play the ukulele

Ukuleles have become very popular over the past few years and it is no surprise. These quaint little stringed instruments bring lots of joy and charm to those who play and listen. Here are five reasons to play the ukulele:

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Red Lion students take the stage in The Slam

By: Helen Zeidman

Red Lion Senior High School

Traditionally, stages are for singing and acting, but at Red Lion Senior High School the students are bringing a new art to the stage — rhyming. This year, Red Lion is hosting their first poetry performance, called The Slam. Continue reading

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Origami Owl is the New Charm Bracelet

Remember when charm bracelets were the “it” jewelry to have? Origami Owl is the new version of charm bracelets.

Instead of being a bracelet, Origami Owl is a necklace that you can customize according to your tastes. There are hundreds of options to choose from to make it personal to you. To get started, choose any locket and chain that you like that vary in style, size and design. Different types of charms are available for purchase.
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Melissa Grove, owner of Sweet Melissa’s Dream, tells of her journey on Beaver Street

Melissa 001Melissa Grove, shop owner of Sweet Melissa’s Dreams on 38 N. Beaver St. is from a long line of market ancestors. “I come from a market family,” she said. Generations of her family held produce vendors within Central Market York. Due to her family history it was natural for Grove to move her business from her basement into Central Market York.

“As a child, I would come to market almost every Saturday with my grandmother,” she said. “And I always loved the market. I had a really deep love for that building.”
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How Generous are you? MercyMe’s song “The Generous Mr. Lovewell “

This weeks song features MercyMe’s  , “The Generous Mr. Lovewell .” This song describes a person who realizes how much influence they have because of the love of Jesus living inside of them. Because we have been born again, as Christians we constantly should be imitating Christ in all we do and say. To do this, we must strive to love like He loved and give like He gave. We can show Jesus to the people around us by simple things; showing Jesus to the world does not have to be an extravagant act. It is the little actions of love that make the biggest difference in someone’s life sometimes. A few lines of the song say, ” It may be a simple “how do you do” //The kind of thing that could pull them through//A minute or two can mean so much.” Although you may not see the effects of the small ways in which you reach out to other people, know that you are making a huge difference. John 13:35 says, ” By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When you show love to others, you are being Jesus to them. Never miss out on those small opportunities you have daily to make a difference; it counts for eternity.
~ Melissa Futrell

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