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About Asian Club

Asian Club is an organization at Lake Howell that aims to educate the student body about Asian culture and society. As Asian culture is mostly overlooked in pop-culture and western society, this club attempts to showcase Asian countries and their culture. The current president is Hannah Tran, a senior at Lake Howell, and the sponsor is Mr. Agagnina. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month, in room 1-232, with rare exceptions.


Each month will represent a different country; for example, October was Thailand and November was the Philippines. We will enjoy cuisine from that month’s selected country as we discuss their history and the current events of the country. Our goal is to shine a light on Asian culture in a way where high school students will be able to enjoy it and interact with the culture. Asian club tries to immerse students into Asian society through discussions and cuisine; as most members consider themselves as Asian-Americans, this club acts as a safe space to discuss current events and politics with one another. It serves as a great way to learn more about Asia than you would in a normal class setting.


If you want to get more information, you can join the remind for Asian Club by texting “@lhhsac” to 81010 to stay updated on upcoming meetings and events for Asian Club. We will be sharing the date for the next meeting soon! Dues are $15 (including the shirt) and $10 (not including the shirt). Seniors must have paid dues and the requirement for meetings is at least one meeting attended in every quarter in order to receive a cord. New members are welcome at any time; Asian Club is open to every student at Lake Howell regardless of race. Asian Club is truly a rewarding experience and it is highly recommended that you join! Hope to see everyone at the next meeting!

By: Hannah Tran

A Glimpse Inside NJROTC

NJROTC is a course at Lake Howell High School. NJROTC stands for Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. NJROTC offers a lot of various opportunities and activities where you can learn about the navy and its principles as well as receive training to be leaders and better members of our society.

After school teams include armed basic, unarmed basic, armed expedition, unarmed expedition, color guard, academics, athletics, marksmanship, and orienteering. Armed basic is marching with rifles, while unarmed basic is standard drill marching. Armed expedition includes marching with rifles, like armed basic, but it also incorporates expert movements, such as spins and throws, with the rifles. Unarmed expedition, similarly, is like unarmed basic drill but with cool hand movements. Color guard features marching in a group of four, with two people holding rifles and two holding flags–normally the United States flag and another flag.

Academics is a competition between schools about military knowledge. The academics include general orders, principles of leadership, ranks, and chain of command.

Athletics is physical competition between schools, which involves students doing a series of runs, push-ups and sit-ups. Marksmanship is using air rifles in precision–in other words, shooting at targets. Orienteering is a competition where you have a compass and a map which you must use to reach certain points within a limited amount of time.

NJROTC also has other activities like fundraisers and community service. Community service and fundraisers include car washes, trash clean-ups–such as our local Dike Road clean-up and beach clean-up–as well as helping in sports events, like football games and swim meets.

The last activity a student can do in NJROTC is Leadership Academy, where three students from the school will be selected to train. The academy starts on June 17th and lasts a week. Students who attend wake up at 5:30 and go to sleep at 10:30, and must complete a physical training and get uniform inspections every day. Near the end of the academy, students participate in an inspection test, a physical fitness test (including a three mile run), and an academic test. Then, the students graduate if they passed all of the test and earn a silver cord for their uniform as a reward.        


By: Corey Hazard



2017 Student-Faculty Basketball Game

On March 30, students gathered in the gymnasium to experience the annual student-faculty basketball game. Similar to those of previous years, this close game produced numerous spectacular moments. This time, it was the students who prevailed.

The first quarter saw a steady and proportional increase in the two teams’ points; both teams entered into a rhythm that produced a score of 22 (students) to 21 (faculty). In the second quarter, the faculty exchanged their lineup for a less aggressive approach. The students, however, had exchanged their lineup to include proficient, varsity level players. Such a change meant that the students dominated the faculty in the second quarter, bringing the score to 29-43. The third quarter was the complete opposite: the faculty dominated the students after bringing back their all-star players. At the end of the third, the score was tied at 57. This produced a nail-biting fourth quarter. Neither team was capable of creating a comfortable lead on the other; the changing lineups could not break this trend. With less than thirty seconds left, the score was 81 to 79 (students lead). Each time the faculty came close to the basket, the crowd fell silent and rose in anticipation (a prospective three-pointer at the sixteenth second compelled the entire audience to their feet). When the fourth quarter finished, the scoreboard offered a tie at 81 points.

Overtime would allow only three minutes of playtime, and it was imperative that every shot was a success. Once again, the score displayed an evenly matched set of players. The faculty, however, were not employing their best lineup (the one that tied the game in the third quarter). An issue affecting both teams was that the time on the clock was inaccurate because timeouts and free throws in the tense few minutes remaining caused confusion. The score was at 90 to 87 (students lead) when a faculty player was fouled while taking a three-point shot. Should this player make all three free throws, the faculty would tie the game. Should he miss two, the game was all but over. Should he only miss one, he could intentionally miss the final shot so that his team can rebound and earn the conventional two points from a shot. The first was a miss. The second went in. There was an uncertain amount of time on the clock because of the aforementioned confusion, but the faculty team would have to secure the ball and complete a shot in practically no time. The player purposely missed the final free throw, rebounded, and shot. He missed. A teammate of his rebounded that and shot again. He missed. Another teammate rebounded that and, as the buzzer went off, released the ball toward the hoop.  Unfortunately, he missed. The game ended there, in overtime, with a score of 90-88. The double overtime, possible if that shot was successful, would have produced even more edge-of-the-seat moments. No matter which team an observer was rooting for, everyone acknowledged how great a game the event was.

Overall, the 2017 student-faculty basketball game was well worth the cost. Though there were issues with the clock and a lackluster halftime event, the outing created a fun, competitive, and safe environment for students and faculty to interact. Members of SGA and all participants of the event should be proud.

Lake Howell High School’s 2017 student-faculty basketball game may be over, but there is still much to look forward to for the 2018 incarnation.

By Ryan Hill

Winter Week 2016 Recap

Before the break, Lake Howell experienced its first ever winter week! Students bussed as the holiday spirit filled the air with the different themed days. The week was used to help raise various items to donate to our school’s food pantry.

The week kicked off with students wearing pajamas to school, while the entertainment for the night was a dodgeball tournament. That Tuesday was the Ghost of Holidays Past where students dressed up in decade theme clothing. Wednesday was Shweater Shwednesday, students wore their holiday sweaters to the school and were encouraged to wear them to the boys basketball game against Lake Nona as well. On Thursday students dressed up as different holiday characters or decorations to symbolize Holiday Madness. That same night to continue the madness the Polar Plunge Pool Party was held as a fundraiser for Prom 2017. To end the week in true floridan fashion, students dressed as tacky tourists to represent a floridian holiday and after school was the show in the snow where the movie elf was played in the auditorium.
Overall winter week was something new and interesting for Lake Howell and the food, toys, and money raised were used to help those in need to give back during the holidays.

By Julia Patittucci

A Novel Idea


Across from the Casselberry Commons, with its comparatively grandiose Publix and the adjacent haughty Starbucks, hides a small bookshop, tucked away next to a hair salon in the Market Square Shopping Center. The sanctum lies behind its humble sign which reads, in large, dull red block letters, “Books.” The title does not fully capture what lies behind. Though, perhaps it does; books stand, stack, and splay across any horizontal surface that is not the floor. The certain controlled chaos of literature that seemingly only ever occurs in small-town novels about eccentric geniuses somehow finds itself in a serene environment that creates a mood only befitting under the circumstance of being surrounded by a small yet vast expanse of books. So there, standing proudly behind a pile of cookbooks and a display of current books that have been made into movies, is A Novel Idea’s current owner, Dede Baker.

Upon walking into the shop, Ms. Baker exclaimed in her own soft-spoken style of mellow excitement that some of her kids were graduates of Lake Howell High School. (It was previously scheduled, so she knew I would be interviewing her for the LHHS school newspaper.) “In fact, I think Mathew still has a swim record there,” Baker said as we delved deeper into the conversation. “He was on the swim team. He swam 500 FLY instead of Free; he was just being smart-alecky ’cause nobody else would do it.” She laughed almost deviously (but light-heartedly) at her son’s antics, and I laughed along as I pretended to know what “FLY” and “Free” meant. (As it turns out, according to usaswimming.org, “FLY” is the nickname for “butterfly,” a competitive racing stroke, and “Free” is the nickname for “freestyle,” another kind of racing stroke in the sport of swimming.) In addition to Matthew, Baker has two other children. She explained that the pictures on the wall behind her included her children; the now fully-grown adults hold a great range of professions from a former Cirque du Soleil performer and a Sea World choreographer to an architect. The pictures of one of her children with an assortment of famous people were proudly displayed next to a picture of, wait for it, Ms. Dede Baker herself as a circus performer.

She told the story fondly. A friend of hers enjoyed looking up people’s histories, and the friend asked Baker if she could look up hers. After sharing the background of Baker’s family, the friend added that, while doing research, she had found a photo from LIFE Magazine in the Florida State University archives. The picture depicted a young Dede Baker atop the back of her partner in the foreground with several other performers holding a striking pose (they each balanced against different levels of some type of high-flying circus set) in the background. Baker had been in the circus for two years. “I had no brains at the time. I was like, ‘Why am I doing this? It’s so scary.'” She explained the time when LIFE Magazine came to the college. The photographer was picking out people to pose for the photo. “You and you and you and you and you,” she said, mimicking the photographer’s voice as she pointed at invisible people in the flashback. The people picked were told to go put on costumes, for they were going to be in the photo. The former circus performer divulged how disappointed she had been at the fact that she wouldn’t be featured in the picture at the time until, after the other girls were in place, the photographer told Baker and her partner to go over; they were going to be in the foreground. The memory captured as a photograph, still perfectly captured in black and white, showed Baker and her partner in the very front as featured performances in the article’s picture.

“That was kind of fun,” she added. “I got letters from people all over the country. Somebody from Australia!” She and I laughed together in the quiet book store at the hilarity of the random sequence of events. Barely audible instrumental music played in the background. (“I have a new toy. It’s called bluetooth. And I was like, ‘O.K. What’s bluetooth?’ I’m eighty-one.”)

In addition to traipsing around with the circus, Baker did actually take classes at Florida State University and graduate as well- 1951-1955. I asked what she majored in, and she smiled conspiringly. “I majored in art. My father didn’t care what I majored in just so long as I graduated.” The bookshop owner disclosed that when she said she wanted to be a librarian, the college told her that she needed to to take science classes, which she emphatically refused to take. “The first class I had, they started cutting up a cat, and I said, ‘O.K. I’m done. I think I’ll major in art.’ So I majored in art, and it was fun. I had no talent, but it was fun, and I graduated!”

After her somehow real compilation of college adventures that belonged in a multitude of sitcoms, before A Novel Idea, Ms. Baker worked as a bookkeeper for a number of places. She worked with a friend at a store and then an owner who owned a couple of stores. Afterwards, she bought A Novel Idea from a friend in 1993 (the friend had founded and owned it for a year and a half before she had to move and sold the store to Baker).
When she first owned the store, romance novels were the most popular, and were Baker’s personal favorite. (“They always have a happy ending.”) That and science fiction novels were top sellers. Now the people who usually stop by the bookshop are grade-school students and students from Full Sail University doing projects like movies and so on. Subsequently, she likes to keep a lot of the books that students usually come looking for, and they are almost always classics and therefore easy to find. To Kill a Mockingbird has been in particularly high demand recently. “Right now, I think it’s Winter Springs High School, is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and I knew they were going to get it, so I got some in.” Popular books like Wicked and Brave New World, as well as of the famous current series like The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, and Lord of the Rings, are kept in stock for chance that people often come in looking for those specific books. Additionally, Baker likes to follow any news that has to do with books. To Kill a Mockingbird has also become very useful as of late because it was found that Harper Lee had actually written another book about the same characters but then wrote the book we know today with the main character as a child. The first book is going to be coming out in hardcover, and the news has people racing to read To Kill a Mockingbird again. Baker has in turn made sure to keep that book in stock. Along with that she keeps any books that are being made into movies. For instance, right now, she has American Sniper on display on her counter because the movie has come out in theaters recently.

With all of the books that she managed to get a hold of, I asked where she got them all. She responded that a friend of hers, the one who found the circus picture, has a hobby of going out and finding books. Therefore, a mutualistic symbiotic relationship has been formed; Baker gives a list of the books she needs to her friend. Baker gets the books she needs. Her friend gets to find them through one of her favorite hobbies. Each person wins. Any other books are ordered new from the publisher, and some are even donated.
This diverse community creates one of Baker’s advantages over large chain bookstores. Since most of the material is used, an overwhelming majority of the books are sold at about half the price the book was originally, if not less. Even books that were ordered new are sold at 20% off what the book would be sold as at the larger bookstores, and books that are pre-ordered at A Novel Idea are sold for 25% off the publisher price. Baker doesn’t make as much money off of newer books, but with the discount of the books, those customers are hoped to be seen again out of a newfound favor of that store over others.
Really, the bookshop owner needs any leg-up on other stores that she can get, especially when even online stores like Amazon are tough competitors to the small bookshop in today’s world where people can buy books without stepping into a bookstore at all. Even so, the opportunity to own a bookstore is one too appealing to Baker to simply give up in a time of tough competition. When I asked her what she liked most about owning a bookshop, Baker responded, “Oh, I love it. I don’t mind being here at all. I mean, I live close by, and, you know, I don’t have anything else to do.” Chuckling, she continued, “I’ve been here twenty-one years. What would I do without it?” Though, really, any single person could also ask what the community would do without her and the comforting bookstore with the assortment of potted plants and towers of books upon books, and I do not think anyone would really want to imagine the answer.

The A Novel Idea Book Shop is located at 1436 State Road 436 in Casselberry at the corner of Semoran Boulevard and Howell Branch Road. For the phone number of the store and more information, visit the store’s Facebook page here.

By Jade Ammones

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