Red Lion makes progress as the first York County school district to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity house

On February 23, 2013, the Red Lion Area School District made history: they become the first school district in York County to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity house

Almost two school years have passed since then, and the house is almost completed. According to Grant Gouker, an assistant principal at the Red Lion Area Senior High School and the volunteer coordinator for the project, at least 200 volunteers have worked at the site, which is at 101 Schoolhouse Lane. The students were also a major force with raising the money to fund the project.

In late March, a dedication ceremony will be held and the sponsored family, the Moffitts, will receive keys to their new house.

Over the past two years, Red Lion students have been given the chance to volunteer at the work site during the school day.

“It is like a classroom outside of a classroom,” Gouker said. “The students learned things they might not have learned before.”

According to Gouker, this project is an opportunity for teenagers to battle negative stereotypes.

“Today’s world has a negative attachment with teenagers. This is something that battles that reputation,” he said. “These are teenagers helping their community. They are taking an eyesore and creating something that will be there forever.”

Along with helping the community, the volunteers are also gaining something from the experience, sometimes without them even knowing it.

“They [the students] were working with staff members and teachers. They are working outside of the classroom and building relationships,” he said. “This is a chance for teamwork and to build a more cohesive team.

Gouker said students will always remember their work on this project. “When they drive by the house in several years, they will remember that they helped build it.”

Tristan Schluderberg, a senior at Red Lion Area Senior High School, was happy to be part of the project, even before she started volunteering. According the Schluderberg, she heard about the project everywhere she went in school, and decided to join the cause.

“I like helping the community, and this is such a good purpose.” Schluderberg said. “I have the pleasure of knowing that I helped and made a difference.”

Even though the construction on the house will be completed this March, Gouker wants students to continue being involved in the community.

“They [the students] are now official volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. There are always ongoing projects that they join,” Gouker said. “There are one hundred things out there to volunteer for.”

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The Kongos take over the Pullo Center

On Feb. 14, the world-renowned band the Kongos played at the Penn State York Pullo Center. The Pullo Center attracted concert-goers regardless of the snowy weather outside. The frigid conditions are a far cry from the band’s hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa. However, that did not stop the Kongos from putting on a show to remember.

Opening for the band were Colony House and Sir Sly.

Colony House opens up with highlights from their album "When I Was Younger."

Colony House opens up with highlights from their album “When I Was Younger.”

“I like how there’s something personal about performing in front of a crowd. It’s like a conversation with a bunch of people and there’s a real energy to that,” said Caleb Chapman, lead singer of opening act Colony House.

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‘The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender’ is a haunting and stunning debut

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset“The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender” by Leslye Walton is positively one of the most extraordinary books I have read in a long time; its union of poetic writing and vivid storytelling sparked my imagination and engulfed me in the lives of its characters. I was searching for book recommendations and stumbled upon it via booksandquills, immediately intrigued.

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Teddy Feinberg speaks to Teen Takeover writers

Teddy Feinberg, the assistant sports editor at York Daily Record, spoke to the Teentakeover writers on Feb. 5 to tell us about his job. Born in Long Island, Feinberg attended Central Washington University. Like most students, he had absolutely no idea what he wanted to do. Eventually, he declared himself a print journalism major with a history minor. His first big break came when he was hired as a sports editor in Los Cruces, NM.

“Sports have always been in my life,” Feinberg said.

Writing about sports taught Feinberg about so many facets of journalism and important life lessons. It is important to push yourself into uncomfortable areas to expand your resume. Journalism is all about versatility, relationships and having well sourced stories.

“You’re as good as the people you know,” Feinberg said.

Feinberg stressed that it is pertinent to have the guts to write about the brutal truth and to get factual information out there to your readers. Feinberg learned that an immense amount of time and energy is spent into writing. Writing taught Feinberg that hard work pays off in the end.

“You really get what you put into it,” Feinberg said.

Journalism has been a worthwhile career for Feinberg. He absolutely loves working with the journalists at YDR and being a fantastic leader.

“I have really pushed myself to give 110 percent all of the time. Journalism has been a very valuable field for me,” Feinberg said.

What is up next for Feinberg?

“I want to work at a big paper, make money, write about professional sports and maybe even television,” Feinberg said.

Feinberg has learned that you can accomplish anything with leadership, hard work and perseverance.

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50 words: Teddy Feinberg

Being someone who has an interest in becoming a sports journalist this past Thursday’s meeting was both beneficial and insightful. A key point mentioned is that relationship building is a key part to journalism. Another point Teddy Feinberg mentioned is that it pays off to work hard and stay late.


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Video: What does love mean to you?

Love can be a very confusing concept, especially as a young person. Crushes, first loves and heart breaks can all occur in one year of a teenager’s life alone. It’s an emotional time, and rightfully so. Therefore, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked these high school students to answer questions based on what love means to them.

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Review: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Recently, I went to see one of Broadway’s newest hit shows in New York City. It’s quite a mouthful to say but when you do you might think “What does that even entail?” Well I can tell you that after seeing A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, I can say it entails a lot.

The show opened on Broadway in late 2013, and since then has become a favorite among Broadway-goers. Since its opening it has received various awards, including Drama Desk Awards and several Tony awards in 2014 including Best Musical. Gentlemen’s Guide plays at the Walter Kerr Theater right off Times Square.

Jefferson Mays preforms "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" on stage at the 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8th, 2014, in New York.

Jefferson Mays preforms “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on stage at the 68th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8th, 2014, in New York.

The musical takes place in old world England around the turn of the century and revolves around, well, love and murder. The play revolves around poor Monty Navaro, played by Bryce Pinkham (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) who finds out that he is in fact related to the richest family around, the D’ysquiths. He is told this by his departed mother’s dear friend, old Miss Shingle, played by an equally old Carole Shelly (Wicked). He is also informed that his mother was cut out of the family for marrying Monty’s father, a very poor man. Now seeking revenge on the family, Monty also finds out since he is a D’ysquith, he is ninth in line for the D’ysquith earldom, the family fortune, and a place at Highurst Castle.

Jefferson Mays , seated center, with the cast during a performance of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

Jefferson Mays , seated center, with the cast during a performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. (Associated Press)

To do this he must murder the other eight D’ysquiths ahead of him in the line of earldom. Some of the more prominent members of the family are  Lady Hyacinth D’ysquith the family do-gooder,  Lord Asquith D’ysquith Senior the banker, and Lord Adalbert D’ysquith the current earl at Highurst. The kooky members of D’ysquith family are all played by the same actor: the charming Jefferson Mays (I am My Own Wife).

Along the way, Monty meets the two loves of his life: His fiancée, Phoebe D’ysquith, played by Catherine Walker (Mary Poppins), and his mistress, Sibella Hallward, played by Lisa O’Hara (Broadway debut). Will Monty achieve greatness as the ninth earl of Highurst or will he be caught and spend the rest of his life in prison?

I’d tell you but I wouldn’t want to spoil it!

Bryce Pinkham, left, and Jefferson Mays during a performance of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

Bryce Pinkham, left, and Jefferson Mays during a performance of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. (Associated Press)

In my opinion, this is probably the best musical I have seen in a while. The acting and singing were simply amazing. The set was great; it really was realistic, and the old charm of the Walter Kerr Theater just adds to it. And just the script and music in general are very well written. With songs like “I Don’t Understand the Poor”, “Lady Hyacinth Abroad”, “The Last one you’d Expect” and “I’ve Decided to Marry You”, you get them stuck in your head. And if you’re a musical theater person like me, then you buy the soundtrack and start learning the songs. I’ve become pretty good at “I Don’t Understand the Poor” if I don’t mind saying.

When I met the cast afterwards and got them to sign my playbill and show poster, I let them know what an amazing job they did. I actually got in a conversation with Bryce Pinkham, who was wearing a very nice trench coat at the time. I commented on it, saying it was a very nice coat and asked where he got it, to which he replied “Oh just a second hand store on 50th street”. Let me just say, those kind of stores are the best type of stores.

In short, if you are in New York and want to see a show, I would highly recommend going to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder because of its amazing cast, great script, and award-winning music. I would even go as far as going to go see it again. For more info on the show go to their site.

In all honesty, I’m going back to NYC with the County Honors Choir later in the year, and since we get to go to a Broadway show, I’m sure you know which show I’ll pick!


Noah Schmitt, West York


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Snowed in for science: Red Lion Area Senior High School hosts their first science fair

The Science Fair Club gathers on the stage to celebrate their successful first fair.

The Science Fair Club gathers on the stage to celebrate their successful first fair.

Despite the threat of snow, a crowd of students, parents, and teachers lined up to admire the projects displayed at the first annual Red Lion In-House Science Fair on Jan. 24.

Science enthusiasts showed up at this milestone event even though two inches of snow fell the night before. Apparently, the student’s burning passion for science was enough to scare the snow away.

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The Comics Closet opens in southern York County

Vending comic books and tabletop games yields a community having the stalwart attitude of a coral reef with the alacrity of a police roadblock.

The Comics Closet, a comic books/gaming/general nerdery facility, opened up next to the ‘e Steam Vapes store in a far-flung wing of the Mason-Dixon Plaza in Shrewsbury – a site notorious for being the grave of many successions of failed businesses, but that problem isn’t likely to strike the Closet.

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Wimmer, global studies students recognize York groups

Mr. Wimmer and his first and second period students decided to recognize seven groups that are making a positive impact on York. Gregory Wimmer teaches honors global studies and AP U.S. History at Central York High School.

It all started in the first marking period when students chose a global issue that interested them. Some students chose drug wars, or more timely topics like Ebola. Then they created a timeline outlining the key events in the past 50 years for their topic.

Once completed they teamed up with a partner with a similar topic. For stage two, Wimmer’s students contacted an organization that contributed to fixing the issue locally.

Then they created an infographic and  were left with the task of coming up with a creative way to portray the information they learned in the past two stages. Some examples of these were a brochure of a drug rehabilitation center or a fitness plan to lose weight.

For stage three, Mr. Wimmer asked his students to organize themselves into groups among people who had similar topics. Next he proposed the idea that two students from each group would give a presentation, known as a pecha kucha. A pecha kucha is a presentation that has 20 slides and each slide is 20 seconds in length. This presentation would be held at the LSC building, across from the York Revolution’s stadium on North George Street, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 13. Between the two class periods there were seven groups chosen. Once the group members came together they had to decide how they would grade the different organizations they had to choose from. The end result being that at the event the students would give the Focus Forward Award to a representative of the organization chosen. The seven groups chosen include Arts in the Park, Children’s Home of York, Healthy York County Coalition, Leg Up Farm, Think Loud, York Community Progress Council, and York County Crime Stoppers.


Two of Mr.Wimmer’s second period students, Kian Tabatabai and Parth Gami, both sophomores presented their groups Focus Forward Award to Think Loud. When asked about the event, Parth Gami said “I’m excited to see four months of hard work all come together in a great conclusion.”


The idea behind the award is to make it look like a tornado but rough around the edges. The tornado is supposed to represent York and the rough edges are the things that York can improve on. The idea of the award was created by Nolan Thomas, a sophomore in Mr.Wimmer’s first period class. Another part of the award that the groups had to think of is the color of the award. The color of the award would have to signify the organization they chose in some way. But each recipient would recieve the same award just a different color than one another. Mr. Wimmer has a history of in depth projects in the past like last year when he did a film festival. When asked about what the semester long project will be for next semester, Wimmer said “it’s still in the works.”


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