Month: September 2017

Volleyball Season Begins

Lake Howell volleyball starts off with a killer spike against East River High 25-27!

The volleyball players are all excited to be playing this season and expect big things. Tatiana H. (Sophomore), says she is so eager and ready for the upcoming season. She also sees herself playing a leadership role as a JV volleyball player and helping her teammates with as much possible. Speaking with Shayley P. (Junior), yells of excitement as a varsity player! She and her teammates are determined and ready to win championships! Lake Howell volleyball are used to winning districts against teams like Oviedo, Winter springs, and Hagerty high. Though it will be challenging these Silverhawks are as ready as ever to take on every set & acton to be champions!

By: Vanessa Correa

Early Childhood

While most of our students spend their entire time at school sitting in a desk and listening to lecture, some of our students step onto the other side of the desk. As part of the career tech program at Lake Howell, Early Childhood Education serves as a full functioning preschool run by high school students. At Little Hawks Preschool, students can learn hands on about childhood development, working together and communication. Teachers in the preschool can take away some more concrete things too, such a CPR Certification, Department of Children and Families training, Child Development Associate license and college credit! Even more than this, students can take away a future sense of direction from the program, Lizzy Mattei (Senior) said Little Hawks “helped her realize she wants to be a teacher.” For those students who aren’t sure if they want to join, Early Childhood is a place to make friends, have fun and work with some awesome kids!   

By: Genna Rose

First Home Game of the Season

The Silverhawks Varsity Football team took on Seminole for the first home game of the 2017-2018 school year. Hawks had very high spirits for this game, but fell short, 41-7.

“Seminole took the ‘dub’ [win] tonight,” Greg Heyward (Senior), Varsity Captain, said after the game

One of the stand-out players during the game included Steven Mackey (Senior), who blocked passes from being caught by the Seminoles through the entirety of the game.

Dylan Hood (Junior) also made outstanding plays during the game. Hood had an interception during the first quarter helping the Hawks to get a touchdown. Unfortunately, this was not enough for the Silverhawks to win.

Right after, the offense turned it over to Seminole. The Hawks had a fall, but they are determined to take on the next teams and work harder and with tenacity to be champs this football season!

“It is one game. One ‘L.’ One loss. But we have to lose some to win them all. We will have ups and downs. We are Silverhawks; don’t sleep on us,” said Jacob St Amant (Senior), Varsity Captain.

Lake Howell’s next game is this Friday at Winter Springs High School for the annual Tuskawilla Tussle. Be there at 7:00 pm to support your school! Go Silverhawks!

By: Kassandra Chi


A few weeks ago, events in Charlottesville, VA have captured the attention of people throughout the United States. As of August 14th, three people had died and at least 34 were injured as a result of the violence between protesters and counter-protesters.

Conflict began on the night of August 11th, 2017, as protesters gathered in Emancipation Park in objection to the removal of a statue of Robert E Lee. Video was later released of the protesters performing the Nazi salute and chanting Nazi slogans as well as anti-semitic messages. A fight broke out near the end of the night and turned into what seemed to be mobbing.

On the following Saturday morning, protesters and counter-protesters met at Emancipation Park prior to when the protest was scheduled to take place. The air of hostility was immediately evident. Offensive chants were shouted by the protesters, many of which were racist and homophobic. Both sides were prepared for physical confrontation, and fights quickly broke out. Footage of the fights were released showing homemade riot shields, as well as bricks and glass bottles being thrown and swung. A state of emergency was declared within the city. Soon afterwards, a man identified as James Fields drove a car through a crowd of counter-protesters, sending off at least nineteen and killing one, a woman named Heather Heyer. He sped away but was later arrested and charged for second-degree murder, malicious wounding, and failure to stop at an accident resulting in death. Two police officers, Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper pilot Berke Bates also died in a helicopter crash during their attempt to aid public safety.

Notable politicians and public figures have spoken out against the violence, most notably President Trump. He has been praised for speaking out as well as criticized for failing to directly call out white supremacists, the KKK, and neo-Nazis until his staff later clarified his remarks. He later revisited his statement, condemning both sides for violence.

By: Miguel Santiago 

Review of Thrones

With the seventh season of the phenomenon at a close, it is still accurate to say that the little screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy epic is one of the greatest television shows of all time. HBO’s behemoth of a show began in 2011, and has since then risen to become an icon of popular culture. To date, Game of Thrones has been nominated for 612 awards and has received 212 of them; the show holds the title for the most Emmy’s for a primetime television show at 38, and it is conceivable that the two seasons of the show yet to be scored will overtake Saturday Night Live’s 45 wins to become—according to that standard—the most accomplished show in television history.

The story of Game of Thrones is not one that can be constricted down into a few-sentence recapitulation, for the complexity and intricacy of its numerous plots and subplots would not be given its due. From the first episode to the most recent season finale, plot threads have woven characters’ connections and personal arcs to each other’s in nearly unfathomable ways, sparking and furthering the growth that every character has undergone that exemplifies the richness of this world. The show transports its audience to a world in which mystical fantasy, medieval brutality, and timeless politics merge seamlessly into a brilliantly written story; mirroring the blights on our own world, the characters that have captivated the audience with their quirky wit or vicious savagery and imbued them with passions of hate and love must face an unforgiving society that cares not for justice and fairness. This show will capture the intrigue of its viewers while it sends on an emotional journey to euphoria or heartache or both many times over. It will incite laughter, evoke tears, inspire shock, and demand cheers of triumph or curses of anger, but most of all Game of Thrones will bestow upon its audience—notoriously without remorse and with great frequency—senses of utter awe. Whether they be crushingly heart-wrenching character deaths or unexpected plot-twists or realistic depictions of violence or incredibly intelligent dialogue or breathtakingly immaculate scenery or powerful character moments, this show will consume the mind with its genius and leave the viewer breathless.

The acclaim for television show is entirely warranted. The acting for the show is at a standard worthy for the spectacle, and it is no wonder that the actors and actresses who appear on the show are instantly perceived as skilled practitioners of their craft. Notable actors who propel the work to its highly-lauded status are those who play Ned Stark (Sean Bean), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Caster-Waldau), Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley), Olenna Tyrell (Dianna Rigg), and Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). The show is an ensemble cast, but each of its actors excels in making each scene palpably important in relation to the characters presented. Furthermore, the other technical aspects of the show are impeccable. HBO has endowed the show with an increasingly large budget, which has furthered the quality of large-scale battles and the rendering of the dragons. Ever since season one, however, all of the aspects that make the show a technical marvel—the thorough costume design, adept makeup and lighting, discernibly superior sound design, beautifully potent music and scores—were present. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners of Game of Thrones, have distinguished their show into a class of its own.

It is not a far cry from the truth to say that Game of Thrones is the greatest television show that has thus far been created. Not faultless—the recently concluded penultimate season was a mixture of Game of Thrones at its best and its worst—but as much a masterpiece as a show can get. It is hard to find an entertainment-inclined person unfamiliar with certain quotes and aspects that come from the world of Westeros and Essos, and it seems unlikely that the show’s endgame—which will be revealed in the six episodes of the eighth and final season—will not become another facet of popular culture. Understanding that fact, do not let the end to what truly might be the greatest show ever be spoiled for you before you endeavor to indulge in this fantasy world. Before it is all over and you cannot unknow that which you learned, experience the phenomenon. Follow the honorable Ned Stark and the triumphs and misfortunes of his Northern House. Cheer for Jon Snow, the bastard of Winterfell, as he finds that qualities of an honorable leader are direly needed. Laugh with Tyrion Lannister, the drunken dwarf, as he discovers what the game is and why it must be won. Witness the transformation of Daenerys Targaryen from a helpless princess to the Queen Mother of Dragons. Their stories have not yet ended, but come the final season all their fates will be sealed and known. The threat of the White Walkers is still dominant, the mysteries of Jon and Dany still present. If you watch the show years from now, you will be but an observer of the world of Game of Thrones, but if you watch now, you will be a part of A Song of Ice and Fire. Winter is here, but it won’t last forever.

Rating: 5 Comings of Winter out of 5

By: Ryan Hill

Upcoming Powderpuff

With the 2017-2018 school year getting underway, one of the most competitive football games of the year is quickly approaching–powderpuff! The traditional powderpuff game is played between juniors and seniors. The girls will take the field in a flag football game, and the boys will get to dress up and perform their best cheers. Those not participating are encouraged to attend so they can support their favored class!

The official date for powderpuff is set to be September 19th and all juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in this exciting event!

Stephanie Reas, a junior at LHHS who is involved in leadership, “participating in powderpuff shows school spirit, and the funds will also go towards prom!” The more money that can be raised by powderpuff the better this year’s prom can be! The location has also been revealed and will be at the Contemporary Hall Hotel at Disney, on April 20th, 2018.

Meagan Harkins, a senior at LHHS who is also involved in leadership believes that “a friendly rivalry between classes is a good thing.” So be sure to be there on September 19th to see which class will be victorious this year!

By: Katie Groves

North Korean Missile Crisis

In the midst of Trump’s “fire and fury” tweets and ominous imagery of nukes hanging overhead, it can be easy to forget the facts. Over the past few months, North Korea has been launching missile tests, experimenting with combining a long-range missile and a nuclear warhead. On the Fourth of July, North Korea launched a missile called an intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM]—a missile with the power to cross the Pacific Ocean and land in Alaska. Earlier this week, North Korea announced that they had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, which means that they can be placed inside missiles such as an ICBM. They have officially stated that they have missiles which are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. While most experts believe that it will still be a year or two before North Korea can produce highly accurate long-range missiles, the threat is now much closer than it had been before.

In response to this situation, Donald Trump has asked for China to “put a heavy move” on North Korea and cut off any economic ties between the countries. Additionally, the United States and South Korea both launched several precision missiles into the South Korean Sea as a show of force against North Korea. President Trump has been very clear that any threats to the United States will not be tolerated. Following reports that North Korea had the potential to put a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile capable of reaching the United States, he tweeted that any threat would be met with “fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before.” After this warning, North Korea revealed that they had plans to launch four missiles at Guam, a tiny US territory in the Pacific Ocean that is home to 7,000 US military personnel. While a diplomatic solution is still the goal, and economic sanctions and diplomacy will be attempted before moving into options regarding military force. As of Tuesday, August 15th, Kim Jong Un has announced that the proposal for launching missiles at Guam has been put on hold. It appears that both the United States and North Korea have backed off—for now. Beginning August 21, the US and South Korea have been participating in joint military drills, although they are insisted to be purely defensive. But for the time being, tensions have lowered and we wait in uneasy silence for someone to make the next move.

By: Rachel Smith

First Pep Rally of the Season

Last friday, August 25th, 2017, Lake Howell experienced its first pep rally of the year in the school’s auditorium. There were various teams that performed, much to the delight of the students. The two performances that got a lot of noisy support were the Dynasty Dance and NJROTC Drill teams. However, the addition of the first female football player to Lake Howell’s troupe had everyone screaming with excitement, proud of their school’s accomplishment. Everyone is hoping she gives Lake Howell an edge to the competition.

Other important aspects of the pep rally included Mrs. Rivas (as the announcer she raised a lot of noise), the band (played throughout the event with their well-practiced music), the football team (the very team the rally was held to support), Phi-Omega-Nu (Lake Howell’s step team), and the cheer team (with a routine that had rose excitement from all).

Mrs. Rivas kicked off the pep rally by urging Freshmen and Sophomores to stand up and represent themselves, and ended with the iconic ‘roller coaster.’ The pep rally was a boisterous event and was only one of many more to come. Most would agree that Mrs. Rivas was one of the main aspects of the pep rallies, generating the most noise from students. She did say, after all, that she “lived off the noise,” so it is no shock that she enjoys her job in these events. Though, while some students were put off by the noise, many others enjoyed it. Even 9 month old Kipton Fox, Mrs.Fox’s (cheer coach) daughter, was watching and smiling.

Of course, the main reason for the gathering was to celebrate and support the football team as they were sent to play their first home game of the season. Mrs. Rivas had confidence in the team, claiming that no matter the year she believed they would win. Other students were not so sure; a former Seminole High student even declared Lake Howell would lose as Seminole’s “football team is beast.” Everyone was excited to meet the first female player: Sophie Jackson. Students want to see how she impacts the team’s performance, and to learn more about her . As the first female football player, there is a lot of pressure on her and various expectations from students.

Throughout the entire rally the band was playing. They officially began the event and continued to play out ‘til the end. Jah-son Smith, drum major, was very proud of the other band members and their talent. Three students he gave praise the most were Jason Smith, Josh Sanchez, and Rim Benhadda. Mr. Jason Smith, a freshman in band, played a large role in the performance by excelling in his role in the clarinet feature. Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Benhadda, both just starting out in drum major were significant influences on the performance as well due to the amount of talent and leadership they display both on the field and off.

The other performances also had people shouting with pride and amazement. Dynasty Dance performed after the appearance of the football team, all clad in ruby-red lipstick with hair straightened to perfection. The girls danced wonderfully, their bodies moving in sync. All eyes were on them, feminine power clear in their movements. Afterwards Phi-Omega-Nu, the step team, had a very short but well-executed performance. They began with no music and did one short routine. They then began to leave with music playing, performing as they left. The drill team was a pleasant surprise as this was their first performance in the pep rally; many people were shocked over the perfect ripple effect of their movements. No one knew what to expect, yet they manage to have the crowds cheering them on within moments.

The pep rally had many people with sore throats, even Mrs. Rivas jested that she “barely can speak” when asked how excited she was. Despite the school showing plenty of spirit, the team did lose later that evening. Perhaps next time Lake Howell can raise enough spirit to push the football team further.

By: Mylena Ferman