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The Issue of Climate Change

The recent weather change has done a lot more damage than the news has discussed. These various hurricanes, flooding, and tropical storms are just a few elements of the weather changes. Homes have been destroyed and families have been torn apart due to the most recent hurricane, Hurricane Michael, but maybe there’s a reason hidden behind all of these anomalies.


Climate change has been a hot button issue for quite a long time; unfortunately, the President of the United States has been quick to deny any sliver of evidence presented to him. But what causes climate change? And why does it affect the world’s population?


To answer the first question, the Compassion in World Farming website says that factory farming “intensifies climate change, releasing vast volumes of greenhouse gases.” Greenhouse gases have the ability to trap heat in the earth’s atmosphere, which could end up increasing the earth’s temperature twofold by 2050 unless we take action to stop it. Additionally, carbon dioxide levels will have doubled by then, which will increase the temperature with effects that no scientist has been able to accurately predict. One major factor that contributes to carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is car emissions. The industry present in America is one that craves energy–one that has the need to manufacture and dig and take the natural resources straight from the earth and harm it at the same time. The NCA (National Climate Association) has stated that the national average of precipitation has skyrocketed 30 percent! And this is can be attributed to the heat–warmer air usually contains more water vapor than cooler air, therefore increasing the amount of heavy downpours and tropical storms.
Now, that it is clear that America should make a change to stop this from destroying the earth. How does this affect the world? Take a look at any hurricane in the last decade and realize how much power they get. Not only has the intensity of hurricanes risen in recent years, the carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases have increased as well. Now look at the death toll, destruction, and injuries–thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed along with families that lived and worked within them. The facts are there, the statistics are there, and the deaths certainly are too. For more information about this topic, these are the links used in the article.




By: Abdiel Perez

Interview with Mr. Kotkin

I interviewed our new principal, Mr. Kotkin, for InFlight News about who he is and what his vision is for the new school year.


Kassandra: How does it feel to be back at home at Lake Howell High School?

Mr. Kotkin: It’s awesome. I love it. I’m so glad I’m here. It’s not the same school I went to many years ago, but it is still the heart that is still identical.

Kassandra: What year did you graduate?
Mr. Kotkin: I graduated in 1990. I’m glad to say Class of ’90.

Kassandra: Are you currently married and do you have any kids?

Mr. Kotkin: Currently yes, I am currently married. I am married to my beautiful wife, Summer. We have been married for 12 years. We have 2 children, 8-year-old daughter Faith and 5-year-old Noah. They are the best part of my day.

Kassandra: Tell me more about yourself

Mr. Kotkin: I went to all Seminole County Public Schools; Red Bug Elementary, Tuskawilla Middle, and here at Lake Howell High. I went to the University of Florida, but ended up graduating at UCF. My master’s is from UCF also in education leadership. I love the Dallas Cowboys, but I bleed Orange and Blue.

Kassandra: What is your plan to help increase the graduation rate this year?

Mr. Kotkin: To address attendance and tardiness. We have such amazing teachers here, we just need to tighten and look at instruction a little bit differently in some classes not everywhere. We need to do something different in order to meet the needs of today’s kids.

Kassandra: How will you be interacting more with students?

Mr. Kotkin: I love to be with the kids. You will definitely see me at a lot of events. I usually don’t walk by people without saying hello or addressing them. I try to interact as much as I can.

Kassandra: What are you looking forward to the most this school year and many more to come?

Mr. Kotkin: Starting new traditions and bringing back old traditions from when I was a kid I want to see the school spirit come back and I want to see the reputation that we have always had where people use to fear us and respect us at a higher level, but that has to start with the us first meaning the kids. I love it.

Make sure to give Mr. Kotkin a warm Silverhawks welcome back. Go Silverhawks!

By: Kassandra Chi