Lake Howell football has come to an end. The Hawks ended the season with a record of 3-7. Lake Howell students are very proud of the team and how well they stuck together, even through tough times, which included 3 games that were barely lost in overtime. The boys ended the season with a very close game against the Oviedo Lions but came up short.
Ashlee Trenholm (Senior): “I attended almost every game last year and almost every game this year, and the spirit and fight in this team is exponentially higher than last year’s team. The homecoming game against Oviedo was one of the best football games I’ve ever attended. We just barely lost and, if you ask me, the refs blew it for us.” The Hawks lost 35-30 and almost scored a touchdown on their last drive of the game.
Kenyonta Skinner #13 (Senior) was the team’s leading scorer but got hurt halfway through the season. His recovery has been going well. The game against Oviedo was also senior night, and Kenyonta came in the game with his injury for one play. He managed to score, but the touchdown was overturned due to a flag on the play. “During the play I felt my knee bugging me but, as weird as it sounds, I had never felt so ready for a game in my life.”
Chase Bennett #19 (Junior) had over 200 all purpose yards and a touchdown, “As proud as I am of my performance. The disappointment in the loss is greater. I’m still very thankful for this team and very proud of the season.” Chase Bennett played his best game of the season against the Lions.
Overall, the students of Lake Howell are very proud of their team for sticking it through together this season and working their hardest.
By Tomas Roosen
On Friday November 10, 2017 a group of students got together and held an organized blackout at Lake Howell High School. A blackout is when a group of people wear all black to signify that they are against something that has happened or is happening; a blackout typically happens within the African American community.
The blackout was not organized as a part of Lake Howell’s Black Achievement Cultural Club (BACC). It was, however, arranged by a few students who are in the club.
The students organized this blackout date because they felt as though their opinions, as well as others, were not being respected regarding their choice to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance, especially under occasions where teachers had asked students to leave class.
Student Tymia Williams (Junior) commented,“It was very important for this to happen because they [our community] need to know that we matter too.”
One student, Nyla Davis (Junior), has been told to leave her first period class a total of three times in the week prior to the blackout for sitting during the pledge.
Davis said the teacher had not said anything the entire year until the recent announcement made by Principal Kotkin about people who have continued to walk during the pledge. Davis said, “I don’t understand. I’ve been doing the same thing since the first day of school.” Davis is one of several who have been asked to leave class.
After speaking with Principal Kotkin about the issue, he clarified that “students should have a pass if their teachers have any issues. There will be no disciplinary actions unless a student defies the teacher.”
Mr. Kotkin attended the BACC meeting and talked with the students face to face to ask what he could do to help. He has been very supportive of his students and wants to help students push forward in making a difference.
By Kimiya Watkins
Photo Credit to Malonte Odom