Month: December 2016

Chorus Concert

The Lake Howell auditorium hosted a wonderful choir concert on October 17 for the enjoyment of everyone who attended. The concert itself was beautiful: filled with a plethora of emotions, ranging from humor to suspicion to love. With perfect music, beautiful singing, thought-out choreography, and eye-catching outfits, this choir event is by far the best I have ever had the pleasure to attend.

A couple days prior to the event, I took the time to interview various members. Everyone was excited and nervous about the upcoming event.

Jessica Petty, sophomore at LHHS, said that being in chorus “is really underrated,” and “it’s a surprising amount of work,” which, after discussing with the members, I related to.

After the performance, everyone looked tired, but they were glad that it went so well. It becomes so tiring that some students fall asleep immediately following the concert.

The concert opened with A Musical, a song I had heard a friend during practice.The lead female role, Frankie Coverini, junior at LHHS,  did an astonishing job developing the atmosphere by captivating the crowd.

My favorite songs (along with many of the audience members that spoke with me) were Do You Love Me?, Let’s Get Loud , Ballad of Sweeney Todd, and We Can Do it.

Do You Love Me? was the story of a husband asking his wife if she loved him from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. It was both humorous and heartfelt. I could easily see the affect it had on the audience. They laughed at the wife’s responses and smiled at her final response. (Yes, she loves him).

Let’s Get Loud was a female-empowering song that had the members of the Wings Show Choir wear ‘street clothes’. It was fun, sassy, and an all around great song to sing and listen to.

Ballad of Sweeney Todd was something else all together. It started and ended dramatically; right from the beginning there was a feeling of bloodshed and death. The song told the story of a barber, Sweeney Todd, who murdered his clients with the shaving blade.

My last favorite, in contrast to Sweeney Todd, was We Can Do It. This piece was performed by the LHHS Man Group, and it held a boyish feeling to it. The story held two groups: one group were the confident flirts, trying to push the shyer males to gain confidence to ask a girl out. The second group was comprised of timid boys who seemed to gain it, then lower themselves, repeatedly saying “We can’t do it!”

All in all, the performance was spectacular; stunning visuals and vocals pieced everything perfectly together. I cannot wait to go to the next one!

By Mylena Ferman

Pulse

I went to the beach today.

And when I got home I showered.

My vanilla scented soap washed away the sand

and all the salt and the stickiness from the ocean,

but the scalding hot water could not wash away my pain or my grief or my fear.

As I felt the stream run down my face the water slipped between my lips in secret and it was salty

– and I will never know from what – for i have cried too many tears today.

So I will not distinguish the water from the waves from the water from my eyes.

They taste the same – but on this day one is made from freedom and the other is from fear.

I am too soft for this world.

By D.A.

How the Trump Stole Election Day

Whether it is the rejoicing Trump supporters, the lamenting Clinton supporters, or the flabbergasted rest of the world, absolutely no one perceived this outcome to the 2016 presidential election cycle. In one of the greatest—if not, the greatest—political upsets of modern times. A businessman entertainer, turned political rookie, precluded the ostensibly inevitable tenure of Hillary Clinton as Commander-in-Chief  after conducting the most disastrous campaign in American political history (that is, a fatally disastrous campaign for anybody besides Donald Trump). President-elect Donald Trump defied all expectations, all predictions, when he conquered the Electoral College. Numerous sources, including In-Flight News’ own article regarding the matter, placed a Clinton victory at a high certainty. The challenges that Trump faced seemed too insurmountable, and Clinton’s lead seemed too unreachable for him to overcome. Nonetheless, he did. And, as far as she is concerned anyway, Donald Trump stole the election right out from under Clinton. So, how did he do it?

In order to understand Trump’s victory at the Electoral College (Clinton has won the popular vote by about 2 million votes), one must analyze the demographics of the election. Surprises and clarity are found there. First and foremost, this election seemed to be dictated by ethnic race far more heavily than previous elections. In reality, however, the racial margins were quite similar to those of previous 21st century presidential races. According to Pew Research Center, Trump continued the Republican trend of achieving the white vote—he had a 21 percentage point lead over Clinton. Likewise, Clinton retained the minority votes with an 80 point margin among African Americans, and a 36 point margin among Hispanic voters. Clinton, despite the impressive margins, clearly lost votes among these ethnic groups.

Though it is not particularly shocking, the gender gap in voter choice this election surely provided Donald Trump with additional votes that Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, could not secure. By a margin of 12 points, women supported Clinton over Trump; by a margin of 12 points, men supported Trump over Hillary. And, as per usual, young voters failed to make a significant mark on this year’s election due to their perpetuation of low turnout. They, just as in 2012 (but by a smaller amount; six percentage points more young voters aided President Obama), supported the Democratic Party by a double-digit margin, 18 percent.

The single most striking alteration to demographic trends during election cycles this year is education level. In 2012, Obama was victorious among both voters with a college degree (two point margin) and voters without a college degree (four point margin). This year, however, college educated voters favored Clinton with a 9 percent margin while voters without a college degree favored Trump by an 8 percent margin. So, despite both candidates achieving a greater margin than the party’s previous nominees did, Trump benefited. Clinton gained about seven more points than Obama did in the college educated cohort, but Trump gained 12 more points than Romney did in the non- college education cohort. Furthermore, this disparity grows when only white voters are taken into account. Trump won among white college educated voters by a margin of four points (a ten point decrease from Romney’s margin of victory).

More important, though, is his victory in the category of non-collegiate graduates of the white race. His margin of victory over Clinton was a whopping 39 percent, a 14 percent increase from Romney’s margin four years ago. It is this demographic that opened the door of the White House to Donald Trump. Blue-collar workers, a group of voters that were treated with negligence by Clinton and catered to by Trump, dominate this category. These workers just so happen to live in the former industrial sector of America, now known as the Rust Belt, and this sector just so happens to include the Midwest. It was the key region of the Midwest, particularly the states surrounding the Great Lakes that leaned Democratic in previous elections (Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio), that ultimately consolidated the Trump victory.  The enormous victory that Trump had among white blue-collar workers—who typically conglomerate in Midwestern states—and non-college educated voters (who tend to be blue-collar workers) gave him the edge in the three Rust Belt states, thus securing the election in favor of Donald Trump.

In a way, it is the greatest riches-to-more-riches story in history. And he lived it on the backs of the people he would be employing if he never ran for president—given that he wouldn’t have hired undocumented workers like he had done in the past, of course.

By Ryan Hill

2016 Powderpuff Game

While the students in the crowd were scarce, support and spirit were not at the 2016 LHHS Powderpuff game. Smiles were passed as tickets were received, and student government was lined up behind the gates to greet and direct guests to the Junior or Senior side with eagerness and exceeding joy, not forgetting concessions with kind and quick service.Club Base Camp worked concessions, raising donations for funding.

During the first quarter, the Juniors started out with possession on their own ten yard line, but were intercepted, handing it over to the Seniors. The first touchdown was scored by number 19, Madison Oakes (senior), and a two point conversion by Ashley Gonzales. The sound of our very own silver hawk screeched over the field in a sense of victory, with Seniors leading: 8-0.

In quarter two, the Seniors scored two touchdowns; Madison Sakes passed for four touchdowns,all while two famous hits from Shrek and Madagascar played through the speakers. The first half ended with Seniors leading 24-0.

The third quarter went by too quickly to handle; Juniors and Seniors scored touchdowns left and right, and eventually lost the ball in the midst of things. The announcer asked if, “Anyone see the football?” and it was eventually found.

Finally came the fourth quarter. One Direction played as Madison Oakes scored a seventy yard touchdown, earning the Seniors a two-point conversion and, with only two seconds left on the clock, bringing the game to an end.

Ultimately, the Seniors won, with the score: 32-8.

By Jessica Petty

Who Will Win the White House?

The conclusion of what will go down as the most absurd election in America is fewer than two weeks away. The year and a half journey leading up to election will end in a week and a half. Some of the students at Lake Howell will have the ability to influence this election, but all will be profoundly affected by it. Silverhawks will enter college, the bridge between basic education and the application of education, under the tenure of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Few of are joyed by that fact, but this article will not be discussing the implications of a candidate’s residency in the White House. This article will be determining which of the candidates will call the White House their home come January.

At this point in the election cycle, all three debates have occurred. Therefore, time most suitable to predict the outcome of the election is now. Presidential forecasts all have one thing in common: Hillary Clinton wins. The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and BBC all have Clinton above Trump in recent national polls. In eight out of the nine most recent polls observed by RealClearPolitics, Clinton leads Trump nationally. The margin of her lead varies from nine points over Trump, to as little as a single point, but she still leads. Fivethirtyeight.com projects Clinton’s currrent chance of winning at 84.5 percent based on the breakdown of state polling. What is most remarkable about this data is that exactly one month ago, when the first presidential debate took place, Clinton had an estimated 54.8 percent chance of winning. After the first debate, and through the second, her chance of winning skyrocketed. This percentage is expected to drop as Election Day approaches, but the message is clear; to the American people, Hillary Clinton won the first debate. She employed a  greater sense of restraint and composure than Trump. Regardless of one’s position on the policies, most can admit Trump has failed to eloquently audition for the presidency. The momentum carried through to the second debate because, once again, Clinton outperformed her opponent (not to mention the video leak depicting a very lewd and very unpresidential Trump). The third debate has not changed either of their standings in the long run, and only the impending arrival of Election Day can coerce a fluctuation in the polls.

A far more interesting, and more reliable, method of discerning who will win this game of votes is by taking into account the Electoral College. 538 electoral votes are up for grabs, and 270 are needed for the victory. Following the pattern set by the national polls, the projections of these votes declare Clinton as the winner. This is expected, considering she has taken a slight lead in the two most important battleground states: Florida and Ohio. But what is truly fascinating about these projections is the way she wins. Based on the most up-to-date polling data per state, both 270towin.com and RealClearPolitics discover that even if she lost every battleground state—including Florida and Ohio—Clinton would still gain enough electoral votes to clench the presidency. She would win by two electoral votes even if Trump could win every battleground state, something that is nearly impossible. Even more incredible is the forecast by fivethirtyeight should states swing to the candidate that they are currently leaning towards; Clinton would win with three hundred and thirty two electoral votes—the exact same number of votes President Obama received. For the first time ever, it seems that the White House will be headed by a matriarch.

By Ryan Hill