2014 Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas is here, but do you have gifts for under the tree?

When it comes to gifts, most teens are left with two main options: homemade or store-bought.

For the more crafty teenager, making a homemade gift is easy and often cheaper than buying from a store. Pinterest and many artsy magazines and websites offer helpful tutorials and ideas for gifts to make.

However, less artistic teens may not even imagine putting together a gift by themselves. For such teenagers, gifts are much easier when bought.

Still, a teenager earning minimum wage (or even those without jobs at all) cannot buy a friend the XBox they want. Luckily, affordable and thoughtful gifts are somewhat easy to find for everyone on your list, especially with this gift giving guide, made with the help of Northeastern High School students.

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Students start new chapter of Aevidum at Red Lion Area Senior High School

Students were packed in the auditorium. Pockets of yellow-clad teachers and students were scattered among the crowd. Chatter filled the air as students tried to figure out why they were called to the assembly. Then, all conversation stopped when the bananas started talking.

Four students, two of them in banana costumes, began the assembly for the new club at Red Lion Area Senior High School.

Mickayla Smith and Katelyn Willey are ready for the assembly in their banana costumes (Photo provided by student Hayley Athoff)

Mickayla Smith and Katelyn Willey are ready for the assembly in their banana costumes.
(Photo provided by student Hayley Athoff)

Aevidum, a completely student-run club to promote mental health awareness, held an assembly on Dec. 12.

Aevidum started in 2004 as a way for students at Cocalico High School in Denver, Pa. to cope after a student at their school committed suicide. The word “aevidum” was created by the students, and it means “I’ve got your back.”

The Red Lion chapter of Aevidum started when four students, Mickayla Smith, Ian Adler, Katelyn Willey, and Hayley Athoff, agreed to go to the “Let’s Talk, PA!” press conference last October with their advisor, Andrea Rohrbaugh, a social studies teacher at Red Lion.

The conference hosted over 30 schools from all over Pennsylvania.

“There were a bunch of people from different schools,” said Smith. “Those who were already a part of the club at their school and those who wanted to start a club were connected as one.”

“You could feel the energy bouncing everywhere,” said Willey, the only senior on the trip. Willey had not planned on joining the club. “I wasn’t even supposed to go to the conference,” said Willey. Another member was injured before the conference, so Willey filled in.

Even though she did not plan on working with Aevidum, she does not regret it. “I love it. I know other people will love it too. A lot of people will benefit from it.”

Teachers wore lime green on Dec. 10 to promote mental health awareness. (Photo provided by student Hayley Athoff)

Teachers wore lime green on Dec. 10 to promote mental health awareness.
(Photo provided by student Hayley Athoff)

The assembly informed the student body about the club’s purpose and goals.

“We have to have each other’s backs,” said Willey. She and her companions told the student body about the four focuses of Aevidum: acceptance, appreciation, acknowledgement, and care.

“Everyone is welcome. That’s what makes Aevidum different,” said Athoff. One of their main goals is to include every student in the program.

Another aim of the club is to acknowledge everyone’s successes and weaknesses.

“Every battle that you fight and win should be acknowledged and celebrated,” Adler said during the assembly.

Smith explained that some mental health issues are hidden from the students’ eyes.

“Depression is not as obvious in a crowd as a person wearing a banana costume,” Smith said to the students.

The club’s future plans were also announced.

According to Smith, the club plans to establish an Aevidum lounge as a place for students to relax from the stress of school work and as a safe place to get help.

The club is also organizing a paint battle as their starting fundraiser. According to Willey, students would purchase white shirts from Aevidum representatives. Students would be supplied with various containers of paint. Then, a massive game of tag would start. They would show that they have everyone’s back by placing a handprint on their shirt.

The assembly ended with the students repeating the motto, “Aevidum. I’ve got your back. We’ve got your back. Aevidum.”

The assembly was the grand reveal of the club’s cause to the student body. The decision is now up to the students on how the program will continue.

“All we can do is hope,” said Adler. “Who knows what will happen after the assembly?”

Willey, on the other hand, is confident in the club’s ability to spread their message.

“I think the club is going to blossom,” she said. “There will be a rough start, like with all new clubs, but we are all passionate enough to make it work.”

 

 

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Courtney DeMonda takes on the Fashion World

Deciding where you want to go to college is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. Determining what you want to do for the rest of your life is an even more impossible feat, but Courtney DeMonda, a recent graduate of York Catholic, has her dream all figured out.

Courtney DeMonda showcases her sense of style through her fashion blog.

Courtney DeMonda showcases her sense of style through her fashion blog.

Watch out for DeMonda’s name in magazines and the news — she’s working to become a professional stylist, while studying at LIM College in New York City. She is currently majoring in Fashion Merchandising with a concentration for styling.

“I knew I wanted to be in the fashion industry, but I wanted to know more about the business side of it instead of design. LIM College is much more focused on the business of fashion, so it felt like the perfect fit,” DeMonda said.

DeMonda said she has had a love of fashion for as long as she can remember.

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Alternative to college routes: W. Sebastiaan Ney

W. Sebastiaan Ney. Photo submitted.

W. Sebastiaan Ney. Photo submitted.

W. Sebastiaan Ney faced the world after high school by delving down a path of his own choosing. During his years at William Penn Senior High School, Ney took some college classes and observed his older friends attend college.

“I saw how unhappy and in debt a lot of them were. It wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Ney said.

Among college visits, Ney also visited a school of massage therapy and instantly fell in love. “I couldn’t see any other way,” he said.
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Rocky Ridge lights get a Central student’s touch

Matt Portka, left, with his wife Autumn Portka, and their daughter Alina Portka, 2, all of Dover, during Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge Park in early December. A Central York student helped coordinate a portion of the lights set to music. (File photo)

Matt Portka, left, with his wife Autumn Portka, and their daughter Alina Portka, 2, all of Dover, during Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge Park in early December. A Central York student helped coordinate a portion of the lights set to music. (File photo)

Most people decorate for the holidays by stringing lights in trees and bushes, or placing large, festive figurines in their front yard. Caleb Linburg, a junior at Central York High School,  prepared for the season a little differently, by decorating more than just his house.

For the first time, the 16-year-old has been working with the people at Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge County Park to add a musical element to the popular holiday attraction. “We started [working] at the end of last school year and met to set up over the summer,” he said.

Linburg’s main job is to program the music and synchronize the lights so that they will “dance” along to it. “I am syncing the lights to dance to five different songs,” he said. “There are a variety of different trees and elements, like a mega tree, that dance to it as well.”

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Students participate in National Novel Writing Month

The official coat of arms for NaNoWriMo.    Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

Sierra King spent her free time in November in front of her computer. This sounds like the average student lifestyle, however King wasn’t just browsing the web. She was an active Wrimo, the term describing those who take part in National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, is sponsored every November by a non-profit organization of the same name. The month focuses on motivating participants to create a 50,000 word (minimum) novel by 11:59 pm on November 30th. For those that finish a novel with at least the minimum word count, sponsored prizes are available.

Last year, 310,095 people participated, according to the official NaNoWriMo website.

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Northeastern students talk about lesser-known clubs

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Sophomore Nick Craft watches an informative video on “The Odyssey” during a Thursday quiz bowl practice

Imagine a high school football game. A multitude of fans fill to bleachers to their greatest capacity, cheerleaders push the players on to victory, and the band’s peppy music fills the air after a touchdown. The atmosphere at any typical high school sport game is full of school spirit.

So, what does that have to do with anything? Everything at a high school will create school spirit – it’s just natural, expected.

Well, not quite.

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50 Word Summary: Marc Charisse.

Marc Charisse, night content editor of the York Daily Record, recently visited the members of the Teen Takeover staff. During this meeting, he and the staff explored the necessities of good journalism and how to enthrall readers by “writing what matters.” Charisse’s storytelling abilities, strengthened by extraordinary life experiences, kept the staff entertained from the moment he walked into the room until the last word he said.

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50 word summary: Marc Charisse visits Teen Takeover staff

Marc Charisse, night editor at the York Daily Record, recently spoke to our staff about good journalism. To Charisse, a journalist is an “underpaid idealistic”, a risk-taker writing stories that stay with and improve the lives of readers. By answering questions and relating anecdotes, Charisse shared his knowledge with staffers.

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50 word summary: Marc Charisse

Marc Charisse, the night content editor at the York Daily Record said good news stories are the ones that “make people’s lives a little better.” His dynamic character, witty humor, and magic trick abilities made his visit to our Teen Takeover meeting quite memorable. His words were nothing but truth.

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