Day: November 9, 2018

Lake Howell Pep Rally

Lake Howell High School pep rallies aren’t like your average high schools. At Lake Howell, we have so much spirit that at every pep rally, each class participates in a competition to see who can show the most spirit, because when it comes to spirit, no other school can even come close! The class of 2019, which totals just under 600 students, is Lake Howell’s prestigious senior class, the largest one this year. This class comes to the pep rallies and games, and especially the football games, with so much enthusiasm and excitement. The class of 2020 is catching up, though–being the second largest class, they have big shoes to fill, especially when you consider that last year, the class of 2019, who were juniors at the time, won the spirit stick for the year. The spirit stick is a trophy handed to the class with the most spirit during the pep rallies.

 

The last pep rally Lake Howell had was a close call, but of course, that didn’t stop the class of 2019 from taking the spirit stick home. Each class gets their turn at the pep rally to try to prove that they have the most school spirit, and every pep rally begins with the freshmen and ends with the seniors for maximum hype. It’s tradition to “boo” the freshmen when they’re introduced, and at the latest pep rally, the juniors and seniors nearly had more “boos” to yell for the freshmen than they had spirit for their own class! On that Friday, there was a text sent out that stated the school’s principal, Mr. Kotkin, was going to give the spirit stick to the juniors, which caused quite a stir and made the pep rally much more thrilling for the underclassmen. When the pep rally began, Kotkin walked into the pep rally with a class of 2020 shirt. This almost made the seniors certain that they weren’t getting the spirit stick, but of course, the class of 2019 never gives up. In fact, the class of 2019 ended up winning the spirit stick because the commitment they showed to their class couldn’t be compared to any other.

 

Keep up the good work, class of 2019, and better luck next year to the class of 2020.

 

By: Madison Moore

The Kavanaugh Circus

Written by Jaron Bullington, October 4th, 2018

This article is not meant to say that Doctor Ford or Kavanagh are guilty, or completely innocent, but instead bring light to the issue at hand- the ignorance of the due process of law.

For many weeks, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been in the light of the mass media. Headlines upon headlines storm every person’s social media and newsfeeds, and it is one of the most heated subjects of this year. Why, though, you may ask, has Kavanaugh been at the center of this media attack? He was accused of rape and sexual assault, by Doctor Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh has been labeled many things these past few weeks- rapist, misogynist, etc.- but why is he labeled this way? Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, right? The fact of the matter is that there has been absolutely no corroborating evidence to confirm Ford’s original claim, something crucial to determining if Kavanaugh is guilty of said crime. The basic feature of U.S. law is the idea of due process, or the idea of an accused person being innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. It seems that this case, the case of Kavanaugh v. Ford, has had many people abandon this idea. Sparks have been flying in the #MeToo movement, and throughout the left, some outright saying or implying that Kavanaugh is indeed guilty. It is true, and undeniable that Doctor Ford’s statement in the Senate judiciary committee was heart wrenching, it felt meaningful. But, as is law, guiltiness is not determined by how someone acts or feels, instead, it is determined by cold, hard evidence. Doctor Ford does not have it.

There are many that say to “Believe the Victim”, or in this case, “Believe Doctor Ford”. This is a dangerous thing, and many do not realize why. If we inherently say that the accuser is a victim, before even determining if the accused is guilty, there is a problem. This ignores basic law, again, due process. The court should decide whether the accused is guilty, and then we can start to talk about the accused. What this creates is a sort of “guilty until proven innocent” culture, where the “victim” has bias toward them, not due to substantial evidence, but because they said that they were victimized.

This also hurts those that are victims of actual rape, and sexual assault. It demeans their claim, because of others who were trusted or “believed” but were proven wrong in the court of law. It is a “the boy who cried wolf” sort of situation; if so many people say that they were victimized by a person, but proven wrong in the court, other people who may have actually been victimized might not be trusted.

Overall, the Kavanaugh hearing has been an absolute circus; a parade. A total ignorance of the law. Our elected officials act like children in a daycare- arguing, screaming, and running away. If there’s one thing to take out of this (other than to trust in the due process of law), it is the fact that we, as the next generation, need to get out and vote.