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Trojans Got Talent

2-15-18 Thursday Article Deadlines (Feb 15, 2018 at 10_33 PM)After a beautiful performance, I captured a photo of the singer and her mom.

2-15-18 Thursday Article Deadlines (Feb 15, 2018 at 10_36 PM)Another amazing performance on stage.

2-15-18 Thursday Article Deadlines (Feb 15, 2018 at 10_37 PM)A pictured captured of a dancer and her dad celebrating.


Written By: Riley Alewine

  Lee County’s Trojans Got Talent was very eventful and included many incredible acts.

  I can say that everyone there had a whole lot of talent.

  Pranavi Gottapu says that before participating in the talent show she felt very nervous and wasn’t sure what’d it’d be like, during the talent show she felt very confident and felt like she was alone in her room dancing.

The talent show included tons of diversity as far as acts go. The acts included singing, dancing, comedy, piano, and jam skating.

  Katie Blaise, Rachel Ward, Deserae Boos, Katlyn Simmons, Kyle King, Taylor Gill, Gabrielle Yarbrough, Justin Creamer, Tanner Dziedzic, and Chase Graham all participated in the singing portion. The singing portion of the talent show included all types of music from country to pop to theatre.

  In the dancing portion of the talent show, Pranavi Gottapu and Addy Angira participated in an Indian dance duo.

Isabella Sauls was an absolutely hilarious stand up comedian.

  The Pianists included Galen Graff, Maggie Nguyen, and Michael Johnson.

Aaron Barnett was a very talented jam skater.

  Overall everyone that participated in the talent show did very well and put in their upmost effort.

Photo By: Riley Alewine

Freshman Kobe Bailey competes at state wrestling meet

Written By: Maria Cerrone

  The Lee County varsity wrestling team recently competed in sectionals and state.

    Kobe Bailey was one of the only freshmans able to compete. Tom Matheny commented that it is rare for a freshman to be able to compete in these two meets. “Normally they are too busy learning and competing for a back up position on the team.  However, this year we had an opening at 138 lbs and Kobe Bailey held that spot” (Matheny). Bailey placed 8th at sectionals and qualified for state.

    We asked Matheny to explain the process for state and sectionals. He explained that sectionals is the big meet right before state to see who will qualify for state. Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 competed at Alexander High school while regions 3, 6, 7, and 8 competed at Lanier High School. Lee County went to Alexander High school. The top 8 teams from each competition move onto state. Bailey placed 8th at sectionals and qualified for state.

   Bailey explained during his interview about the surroundings during state. He explained that it is very tense. The wrestlers are basically by themselves. They don’t have a coach to supervise and tell them when they wrestle so they have to pay attention.

    Wrestling ended their season with top 10 at state. Kobe Bailey did not place at state but made a huge accomplishment by competing in state as a freshman.

Photo By: Maria Cerrone

FFA valentine fundraiser

Written By: Arwyn Kovach

  The FFA has a cookie/cupcake of the month fundraiser. Each month FFA will have a theme. FFA will sell cookies for $2, cupcakes for $2 and dozens for $20. The customer can pick from a menu of flavors.

  FFA has sold over 300 cupcakes and cookies for this month’s fundraiser. The cupcakes and cookies will be delivered on Feb 14th to first period teachers.

  The National FFA Organization started in 1928. It is the largest student led organization in the nation. Georgia is the 3rd largest state association in the country. LCHS FFA has over 250 members. The FFA is a service/leadership organization that focuses on the principles of agriculture.


Photo by: Arwyn Kovach

The Daily Life of Puns

Written By: Carlin Garey

  The title can be slightly misleading yet on point at the same time. Any who, the main idea of any of this is how people react to certain puns, and their perspectives onto what they think about them. This may not sound important, but the real reason is why not and too know what people really think about them.

  The literal definition of a pun is a play on words relating to a certain standard and/or subject. Therefore, anything that is meant to be used for comedic effect, makes it either a joke or pun. Originally, yours truly was planning on interviewing 10 random people in the hallway by asking/telling them a pun, get their reaction, and walk away slowly.

  Then, Mrs. H states, “Why not interview a whole class… Like Mrs. Smith’s, she loves puns.” With that idea in mind, I then wright the 10 puns of different variety and tell the class each one. The following are what were stated in class:

  1. Yesterday, I accidentally swallowed some food coloring… The doctor says I’m okay, but I feel like I’ve dyed a little on the inside.
  2. How did the skeleton know it was going to rain? He could feel it in his bones.
  3. I wasn’t’ originally going to get a brain transplant… But then I changed my mind.
  4. Did you hear about the guy who got his left side cut off? He’s all right now.
  5. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger, then it hit me.
  6. Why don’t some couples go the gym? Some relationships don’t work out.
  7. I’d tell you a chemistry joke, but I know I wouldn’t get a reaction.
  8. What does a clock do when it’s hungry? Go back four seconds.
  9. When notes get in treble, bass-ically they get put behind bars. The alto-nate punishment is to push them off a clef. And hope they land flat on sharp objects.
  10. I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. It’s impossible to put down.

  As you may have noticed, some were very well planned out, then some were just plain luni crisp and pure stupidity and on a few, some people even guessed the answer. Anyway, the reactions of the majority were entertained and probably glad that they got to avoid biology for a few minutes. Which answers how people would view puns and what they mean towards them.

  That does not mean that every person in the world enjoys a good pun or two, but that’s all up to the perspective and view of the victim of the pun. In turn, puns are just very in depth (some not in depth) jokes that are just a play on words.

Photo by: Carlin Garey

DJ Smith Student of the Month

Written by: Willa Dyer

  It is that time of the month again! Lee County’s 9th Grade Academy has yet again selected another group of amazing kids with outstanding academic achievement. In this group of kids there is one in Student of the Month in particular that has expressed a lot of excellence in school. Derrick Smith Junior is one of the sweetest, most kind hearted people in the 9th Grade Academy.

  DJ is not only admired by his students but he is also admired by his administrators. According to Mrs. Emerson, “Derrick demonstrates positive behavior in and out of the classroom, is well-mannered, and respectful to both peers and teachers.” DJ not only displays exceptional character but, “he shows a strong effort to learn skills to the best of his ability.” DJ is a hard worker and always puts forth his best effort.

  He is a wonderful example of a truly genuine person. He is loved by everyone. DJ has definitely deserved his position as Student of the Month for January!

Photo by: Willa Dyer

Student of the Month: Henry Gabriel

Written By: Peyton Hart

  Another month, another great student! Henry Gabriel, one of the many excellent kids chosen for the SOTM! Mrs. Lane would like to recognize his efforts for bettering himself academically and personally: “Henry always has a positive attitude and is ready to learn. He is helpful to others and a pleasure to have in class.”

    When Gabriel was asked what advice he would give to students who look forward to getting the achievement of being a student of the month, he says to “never get yourself down about anything, always stay positive and encourage others to do great.”

  Receiving SOTM was “pretty exciting” Gabriel says. “I knew the teachers appreciated my attitude, but I didn’t really expect to get this,” he also says.

  Gabriel is such a lifted person all in all. He keeps a smile on his face and always seems to keep a smile on others’ face.

Photo by:  Peyton Hart

Lexi Cravens chosen as January’s SOTM

Written By: Maria Cerrone

  The new SOTM at Lee County 9th grade for January is Lexi Cravens. Cravens was chosen by Mr. Matheny. He felt that “she was smart and well-mannered. She can articulate her thoughts well and concisely.  She also has above-average writing ability.”

   Cravens enjoys reading, listening to music, and watching tv on her free time. She stated that she has been having a very good year at the 9th grade campus. Cravens favorite class is Law and Justice.

   We asked Cravens her reaction to being named one of January’s SOTM. She stated that she was very surprised and wasn’t prepared because she hasn’t received SOTM for a couple of years.

    Craven’s advice to her peers regarding trojan pride is to be mindful of your teachers. “People don’t remember that teachers are humans to” (Cravens).  

   The next time you see Cravens congratulate her. Remember to show trojan pride in your daily school day and you may get the chance to be a SOTM.

Photo taken by: Maria Cerrone

Orienteering Area 12 Championship

Written By: Samantha Burrows

  Recently, Lee County’s NJROTC orienteering team had their last meet and did very well. Before the meet is elaborated on, what is orienteering? Orienteering is an NJROTC team where cadets have after school practices on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and practice reading maps, using compasses, and becoming better runners. These practices are to prepare for the meets that we have every few months.  At these meets the team members get a map and a compass and go out into the woods alone and find all of the points that the map has. The cadets running get no help from any other people on the course, so it is a completely independent sport.

  Our team just had a meet up in north GA, Chattanooga State Park. The runners started to run around 8 o’clock and stopped  at about 12 o’clock.

  There are three different courses in orienteering, a yellow, orange, and green course. The yellow course is the easiest course to run that can receive an award. It is generally about 3 kilometers. This course generally has about 10 points, while the orange sometimes has 13 and the green has about 15 at some meets.

  We had 18 runners at this championship, which is good participation considering the fact that only 15 are required to qualify for the championships. 10 out of the 18 runners completed the course in under 2 hours, finding every point. 8 of the runners overall were freshman. The team did not qualify for nationals, but they still did really well for so many of the runners being freshman.

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Why Was Mrs. Hyslop Chosen As Teacher Of The Month

Written By: Riley Alewine

  Recently Mrs. Hyslop was chosen by her students as teacher of the month for January.

  Brandon Bush says that Mrs. H is deserving of Teacher of the month because she helps him out when he doesn’t understand things and she helps him be the best he can be to reach his fullest potential.

  Mrs. H believes that she was chosen as teacher of the month because her students know that she loves them and that she wants the best for them.

  She says her favorite thing about teaching is “seeing the light bulb come on for students when they finally make a connection to what [she is] teaching. [Her] mission is to make even the most reluctant readers and writers enjoy [her] class so that they can view reading and writing in a more positive light.”

  One of Mrs. Hyslop’s weaknesses as a teacher is how much she cares. She says that she can’t just let work be at work, she takes things from her day home with her too.

  Her biggest strengths as a teacher are the relationships she builds with students.


Photo taken by: Riley Alewine

SOTM Spotlight: Andrew Nelson

Written By: Donna DeReus

  Andrew Nelson was chosen as Student of the Month for January. Andrew is a very hardworking student. According to Coach Harris he is, “engaged everyday in class and participates in classroom discussion”.

  I interviewed Andrew to get to know him better and see his outstanding qualities just as Coach Harris did! After interviewing him I learned that Andrew is a creative person who loves to write his own stories. In his free time he likes to brainstorm about his complex plots and extraordinary characters! His main influences for his creativity and people that inspire him are Stanley Cooper and David Lynch. He says that they both give him joy in writing and give him confidence to make his ideas heard.

  Andrew is also a very calm person around his friends. He likes to keep quiet, which is probably more time to think up a great story! Andrew’s final advice for everyone is to “please be more respectful”. I think that that is great advice for everyone to take for a change in their school environment  and life in general.


Photo taken by: Donna DeReus