Outdoor programs for teenagers in York, Pa.

Summer can be a bleak and boring time for teenagers if they do not stay active. Luckily, York has a few surprises to offer to teenagers and children who are looking for a way to spend their time.


The Get Outdoors York scavenger hunt includes Rocky Ridge County Park. (Submitted)

Get Outdoors York, also known as GO York!,  is a recreational program run in conjunction with the York County Library System’s Summer Reading Program. The program is perfect for teens and kids who love the thrill of the hunt. Continue reading “Outdoor programs for teenagers in York, Pa.” »

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Fear and loathing at the DC Grand Prix

(Here’s the post I wrote earlier this week explaining the basics of Magic. The following post is the story of my trip to the Washington D.C. Grand Prix on June 29, attended by 1,400 competitors and promising up to $4,000 to the winners.  Winning is simple: use any method in the cards you’re given to send your opponent’s life down to 0, two times out of three, within a 50-minute round.)

We were just south of D.C., in a reformed Walmart padded with black tables as numerous as strands on a shag rug – tables as far as you could see, all with little markers with numbers leading from 1 to over 600.

You never realize how big a Walmart is until it stops being a Walmart, and just becomes a big gray box with hanging lights. Without the shelves to block my sight I could have imagined this place had its own celestial bodies. Perfect place to hold 1,400 weirdos (I use that term endearingly) in a fantasy battle royale.

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What You All Ought to Know About Magic: the Gathering

Friends… subscribers… confused people who found this post after Googling “flabbergasting” out to the fourth page… we are about to embark on a bold journey into the nation’s capitol… into that marble landscape which rose up so intrepidly from the Virginia swamp… we are about to lead a riotous militia of gods, giants, hydras, minotaurs, two-headed snakes and at least one starfish…

We are going, in short, to nerd out.

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Teen Takeover now accepting applications

Calling all teenagers in York County! Interested in getting your work professionally edited, and published online and in print? Having an impact on York County and beyond? Talking with other teens about issues at school and in your neighborhoods? Or reviewing the last movie you watched?

Consider joining the York Daily Record/Sunday News Teen Takeover staff. Members are responsible for writing one to two stories a month, posting to the Teen Takeover blog and attending a monthly meeting.

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YC Seniors Share Their Advice to Underclassmen

Journalism class will not be the same without these seniors.

Before York Catholic’s seniors graduated, a number of them wanted to leave behind some advice to share with the underclassmen. Surviving high school is difficult, but these seniors managed to do it and have come out on top. Now they wish to pass this advice onto others so that others can learn from their experiences. Continue reading “YC Seniors Share Their Advice to Underclassmen” »

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Former NFL player Rocky Bleier visits York athletes

On April 23, Rocky Bleier visited York County athletes from Heritage Hills Athletic Club at the Praise Center. About 100 athletes and parents came to the event. Bleier spoke about his life story and career achievements.

Kevin Bankos, director of club sports at Heritage Hills, organized the event with coworker Kevin Marquette, director of  recreation, to inspire athletes of all ages. “We want our athletes to hear that you should not let anyone squash your dreams and if it is your dream you have to work hard to get it,” said Bankos. Continue reading “Former NFL player Rocky Bleier visits York athletes” »

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Film review: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

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On Monday night I went to see “The Fault in Our Stars” and was absolutely thrilled by how amazing it was. Every component came together flawlessly, resulting in one of the best films I have seen in quite a long time.

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Red Lion students volunteer to help the community through Habitat for Humanity

Helen Zeidman

Red Lion Area Senior High School

The worksite has transformed from an abandoned firesite to the beginnings of a home.

The worksite has transformed from an abandoned firesite to the beginnings of a home.

This year, the Red Lion Area School District became the first York County school district to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity house. The house, located at 101 Schoolhouse Lane in Windsor, is currently under construction, with Red Lion Area Senior High School students as the main volunteers. The Moffit family will be the recipient of the house

This long-term project, predicted to be completed late in 2015, has been brought to the attention of Red Lion students. According to John Royer, a technology education teacher at the Red Lion Area Senior High School, over 100 students are signed up to volunteer and more are being welcomed everyday.

The students are the base of the operation, especially during the first phase of the project — deconstruction. Continue reading “Red Lion students volunteer to help the community through Habitat for Humanity” »

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High School Graduation: Six Days Later

Turn off alarm. Check. Empty contents of backpack into trash. Check. Graduate. Check.


It’s official. As of last Friday, May 30, I graduated Central York High School with 444 of my fellow seniors. I am no longer a high schooler, but rather an alum. Class of 2014!

While some people say they feel like their time in high school flew by, I would say that time progressed at the rate it should. I felt ready to graduate. Ready for the next phase of my life. Ready to be more independent. Graduation may have been bittersweet, but it was more sweet than bitter.
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Spaghetti Strap Surprise

On Wednesday, May 14, a teacher at Susquehannock High School commanded a student to take off her shirt.

Which isn’t anything abnormal, or even illegal. The shirt just didn’t measure up to the three-finger rule set up by Susquehannock’s dress code. The teacher was only doing her job in enforcing the school rules.

The three-finger rule, which is a good name for a band, declares that the tank top straps going around a girl’s shoulders have to be at least three fingers wide or else she has to change in the nurse’s office. Enforced erratically yet often, it’s affected the majority of the girls in the school at least once.

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